Day 1, Johannesburg - Limpopo (D), Leaving Johannesburg early, the overlanding group begin the trek north. Stopping en-route to do some last minute shopping, the group head for a rustic bush camp set on a private game reserve in the Limpopo Valley. The group arrive early and familiarise themselves with the group truck and equipment, before camping the night. Enjoy a traditional “braai”.
Day 2, Zimbabwe Ruins (B L), After a morning walk, the group travel the short distance to the border where we complete formalities and then travel directly to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. The afternoon is spent exploring this massive complex, and delving into the mysteries surrounding their origin. Tonight the group enjoy a night of relative comfort, and a catered meal (own expense).
Day 3, Bulawayo / Matobo (B L D), A short drive today, the group pass through the wide streets of Bulawayo, and on to the camp nestled amongst the precariously balanced boulders of Matobo. This afternoon the group enjoy an open vehicle game viewing drive into Matobo National Park where the group will track Rhino and other animals on foot.
Day 4, Hwange (B L D), This morning the group stretch their legs with a climb on one of the “koppies” surrounding the groups camp before packing up and moving on to Hwange. This afternoon the group enjoy an extensive drive in search of the animals for which Hwange is so well known. Tonight we drift off to sleep to the sounds of the wild at the bush camp in the Hwange area.
Day 5 & 6, Victoria Falls (B D), Leaving the bush-camp, the group head for the amazing spectacle of Victoria Falls, and the surrounding tourist village. The group spend two nights here in comfort, at the Victoria Falls Inn. There are numerous activities to pursue, such as bungi jumping, white-water rafting and aircraft trips (own expense). Visitors will have leisure time to explore the town. One evening meal will be at a local restaurant (own expense),the other will be a "braai" with traditional dancers at the pool.
Day 7, Kafue Camp (B L D), An early start, the group have a last view of the falls whilst crossing the historic Livingstone Bridge over the Zambezi Gorge into Zambia. The group journey takes them across southern Zambia to the Kafue River where they set up camp at Gwabi. Relax by the pool and enjoy a hot shower.
Day 8 - 10, Zambezi Canoe (B L D), After a river safety and procedure briefing the group begin our canoeing adventure. These days are a highlight of the overlanding tour, with excellent bird and game viewing opportunities. Hippo and other big game may be encountered at close range. This section does involve a certain amount of effort, and at night the group camp wild on islands. The group end the paddle at the Chongwe River, and camp here on the last night. The next day the group conduct a short game walk before transferred back to Gwabi camp by boat, for a hot shower and a catered meal (own expense). Camp the night.
Day 11, Luangwa (B D), The group continue north via the capital city, Lusaka, where we stock up on provisions, before moving along the Great East Road to the overnight camp. The group will cover as much distance today as possible.
Day 12 - 13, Luangwa National Park (B L D), Travel on to camp on the banks of the Luangwa River where we overnight for two nights just outside the Luangwa National Park. The group enter the southern park for some spectacular game viewing with excellent opportunities of Leopard sightings. Camp both nights. (Optional night drive, own expense)
Day 14 - 15, Lake Malawi (B L D), Today the group enter Malawi, and after replenishing stocks and spending some time at the curio stalls in Lilongwe, to continue down to the lake where the grouping on the beach spend two nights literally camp. The days are spent simply relaxing and soaking up the sun, or for the more energetic, the crystal clear waters offer excellent snorkelling and lovely beach walks.
Day 16, Northern Malawi (B L D), Following the winding road along the lakeshore, the group continue north and again camp the night on the beach, enjoying Lake Malawi, one of Africa's jewels.
Day 17, Mikumi (B L D), Entering Tanzania, the group begin their journey across this vast country. Tonight they will camp in the remote village of Mikumi.
Day 18, Dar Es Salaam (B L D), The group arrive in Dar Es Salaam, the historic port of Tanzania, around noon. The group will spend some time in this bustling city before moving to the North Coast where the group will camp the night on the beach.
Day 19 - 22, Zanzibar (B L D), This morning the backpackers group head directly to the harbour where we embark on a ferry ride across to the spice island, Zanzibar. Exploring the island thoroughly, they spend time at the remote villages and sandy beaches of the north, and enjoying the mystique and history of the Stone Town. Visit the slave pits and participate in a spice tour. The food and fruit market is not to be missed. Sample the local cuisine one night (own expense).
Day 23, Zanzibar / Dar Es Salaam (B L D), Leaving the island behind, the group board the ferry for the journey back to the mainland. The they camp the night north of Dar Es Salaam at a small resort.
Day 24 - 25, Arusha (B L D), Moving inland the group head for Arusha where we spend two nights camping in this bustling town. The group enjoy a full day of curio shopping and exploring the numerous markets, etc. At this stage it is possible to view Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa, if the clouds oblige.
Day 26 - 28, Serengeti / Ngorongoro Crater (B L D), Travel-ling from Arusha to Serengeti the group are bound to witness the impressive Masai herdsmen, herding their cattle amongst the game. Most of the day is a game viewing drive with exceptional game viewing potential and the group arrive at the Seronera camp in the late afternoon to camp the night. Rising early the group continue game viewing for the entire day, before exiting the park and making for Simba Camp to camp the night on the lip of the Ngorongoro crater. The group descend into the crater on the steep dirt track cut into the crater wall. The diverse habitats of lake, swamp, grassland, and acacia forests bring with them an equal diversity of game, with everything one can imagine, from Flamingo to Elephant and the ever-present Masai herdsmen. The overlanding group finally exit the crater after lunch to return to Arusha for the night.
Day 29, Arusha - Nairobi (B L), After a final hopeful glimpse of Kilimanjaro the overlanding group head due north to enter Kenya and to travel directly to Nairobi. The group overnight in a simple hotel with an evening farewell meal (own expense).
Day 30, Nairobi (B), After breakfast the group bid farewell to their fellow travellers and depart on our separate ways.
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