Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg Tours
Day 4; Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam, Leaving the group take the ferry's back to mainland for an overnight in Dar es Salaam. There may be an opportunity to visit one of the craft markets offering an extensive range of exquisite ebony products to sell (where prices depend on your bargaining skills) and where the goods are made on-site. It is possible to observe the carvers at work and understand the skills, which has gone into making even the simplest trinket. (D)
Day 5; Dar es Salaam to Iringa, The driver-guide and turistas leaves Dar es Salaam we head for Iringa and camp at the Old Farmhouse, a beautiful rustic campsite in rural Tanzania. Try one of the signature Amarula Hot chocolates! (B, L, D)
Day 06 - 09; Iringa to Lake Malawi, The next morning turistas head for Malawi passing through the beautiful tea plantations of Tikuku before exiting Tanzania. We enter Malawi through the border post of Songwe and head to Chitimba Beach campsite in Malawi for the night. The newly democratic Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its total area being the beautiful Lake Malawi. The country's temperate climate allows for swimming in these clear blue fresh-waters all the year round. We travel the full length of western side of lake, stopping off at various bays and inlets for the next 4 days. This is the time out for rest and relaxation. Lake Malawi offers a variety of water sports from various beach-side campsites. Alternatively, you can go wandering along quieter shorelines where you can see the fishermen sorting their daily catch. Traditional methods are still used in their fishing techniques and you can appreciate their boating skills by trying to paddle in a dugout canoe yourself. The group visit the nearby villages and schools as well as dine in the local village, haggle for a bargain at the local markets, learn the game of bao with some locals … or simply relax on the pristine white beaches. (B,L,D)
Day 10; Lake Malawi to Chipata, The group cross the border into Zambia, heading to a beautiful little campsite just 10kms before the Zambia/Malawi border, where we spend the night. (B, L, D)
Day 11; Chipata to Lusaka, The landlocked country of Zambia is quickly crossed, passing through the capital Lusaka for one night. The group campsite is home to some local wildlife and has beautiful facilities. (B, L, D)
Day 12 & 13; Lusaka to Lake Kariba, This morning the group will pack up camp early and head south for Lake Kariba. The group head to the western waters of Lake Kariba and our base camp for the next 2 nights. The lake is one of the largest man made lakes in the world, boasting a wide variety of African game, bird life and unique flora and fauna.
Here the group have the option to take a 2 night trip on the House Boats on Lake Kariba. For those of you who do not want to partake in the House Boats there are many activities you can do at the campsite with relaxing music and such as fishing, canoeing, hikes, explore the local village or just relax the back on the tranquil banks of Lake Kariba. The group campsite also has a swimming pool where you can enjoy soaking up the sun. (B,L,D)
House Boat option 2 night/2 day:
The group board the House Boats at approx 1pm and have lunch after you have settled yourself in. The group depart the harbour at approx 2pm and sail out to the Maaze River for a beautiful sunset and overnight on the House Boats. Lake Kariba is famous for its spectacular sunsets. (B; L, D)
The next day you can relaxin take it easy the entire day on the deck of the House Boat and enjoy the on board Jacuzzi. House Boats on Lake Kariba are truly one of the most relaxing ways to spend a few days. For those of you feeling a bit more active in the early morning we take a Fishing/Game Cruise on tender boats or you have the option to do a game walk on the island in the Maaze area. There is opportunity to see plains game and many different species of bird life. After lunch and head to Maaze Island where we do a tour of the Crocodile Farm. Dinner is prepared on the boat while we sit back and enjoy our sun-downers over the lake. (B, L, D)
Day 14; Victoria Falls creek, Zimbabwe, Today the group cross the border into the town of Victoria Falls. 1700 metres wide and around 100 metres high, Victoria Falls are one of the most memorable sights on a African safari. A couple of days are spent here to enable you to experience the sights and the many activities available. All year round, flights can be taken which give you a panoramic view of the Falls, Batoka Gorge and the islands above the Falls. Flights can be taken in fixed wing planes, micro lights or helicopters. Back on the ground zero, the Falls can be seen from the Victoria Falls park. All offer fantastic photographic opportunities. (B)
White water rafting in the Batoka Gorge is considered to be world class. Besides the excitement of the grade 5 rapids, there are the "floats" where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.
Bungi jumping enthusiasts can take the plunge from the Zambezi Bridge, which connects Zambia and Zimbabwe. The leap into the Batoka Gorge is one of the latest activities at Victoria Falls and is certainly not for the faint-hearted.
Other optional activities around Victoria Falls include day trips into the Zambezi National Park, horse riding safaris, a visit to the Crocodile Ranch, Snake Park, golf at the Elephant Hills Hotel, parachuting, the Falls Craft Village.
Days 15 & 16; Victoria Falls creek, The next few days are at the group own leisure to explore the town of Victoria Falls and partake in the many activities available.
Day 17; Victoria Falls to Kasane, This morning the groupdepart Victoria Falls after breakfast and cross the border of Zimbabwe into Botswana. The group set up camp for the night and prepare for our afternoon game drive in Chobe National Park. Chobe is one of Botswana's premier game parks, renowned for the large herds of elephant around the Chobe River. (B,L,D)
Day 18; Kasane to Maun, An early morning start sees us travelling in southwesterly direction to Maun, the group base camp before we start our Optional Excursion into the Okavango Delta. Today is a long days drive with lunch on the roadside. (B, L, D)
Day 19; Okavango Delta, The Delta is a huge expanse of water, which has travelled from the Angolan highlands, spreading out to form the largest inland Delta in the World.
Studded with exotic islands, the Delta is renowned for its incredible variety of bird life as well as many other animals unique to Southern Africa.
Here the group have the opportunity to partake in the optional 3 day / 2 night excursions into the Delta. In this excursion we travel approximately 1-2 hours north to the Mokoro poler's station. From there we board Mokoro's, the local dug out canoes, which are poled by local guides through the winding waterways. The group guides will select a place to set up their delta tools and camp. An afternoon game walk will allow you to experience the Delta wilderness. (B,L,D)
Day 20; Okavango Delta, A day of rest, relaxation and Delta experiences await. Today the group will have the opportunity to partake in a number of activities including game walks, mokoro cruises, swimming and even a chance to try your hand at poling your own mokoro! (B,L,D)
Day 21; Okavango Delta to Maun, There is a final opportunity for a morning game walk before packing up camp and setting off back to Maun. After arriving back in the early afternoon the group have the opportunity to complete the picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional sunset scenic flight over the Delta region. (B,L,D)
Day 22; Maun to Francistown, Today is the group long days drive to Francistown. The town was originally a gold-mining centre, but now days the town has expanded into a retail and wholesale shopping mecca. The group stock up with supplies for the next few days. (B, L, D)
Day 23; Francistown to the city, A night is spent in Joburg before we head for the low-veld region and the famous Kruger National Park. (B, L, D)
Day 24, JHB to Hazyview - the national park, Departing the group head towards the low-veld and the very famous national park, our camp for the next two nights is 8km from the Numbi gate. Spoilt with a swimming pool and good hot showers we spend the evening around the campfire anticipating the group game drive tomorrow. (L,D)
Day 25; Kruger NP, is one of the most famous wildlife parks in the world. Covering an area of 21, 497 sq km - 60km wide and over 350km long, this conservation area has more than 500 bird species, 114 reptile, 49 fish, 33 amphibians, 146 mammals and over 23000 plant species have been recorded. Today is spent in the Park on a full day game drive to see how many of the species can be found. Tonight there is an option of a night drive in the park (B, L, D)
Day 26; Hazyview to JHB, After a delicious campfire breakfast the groups journey starts to the city, the group drive once again through beautiful ever changing scenery before entering the bustling city where our trip will finish.
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