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African Overlanding Encounter | Dar es Salaam to Cape Town

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On our 37-day African Overlanding Encounter, we travel from the bustling city of Dar Es Salaam to the mother city of Cape Town. In between, we search for the “big five” in world-renowned game parks, relax on white-sand beaches, snorkel the magnificent reefs on Zanzibar, and enjoy the tranquil setting along Lake Malawi. Southern Africa doesn’t disappoint with the majestic Victoria Falls, the highest sand dunes in the world in Namibia and impressive Table Mountain.

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All about the African Overlanding Encounter | Dar es Salaam to Cape Town.

This trip begins in Dar Es Salaam and travels to Zanzibar and south through Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia before ending in Cape Town, South Africa. This trip departs from Dar Es Salaam early on Saturday morning. Should you wish to explore Dar Es Salaam, ATC or your travel agent can assist you, in booking your activities as well as accommodation. However, costs due to earlier arrival will be for your own account.

Trip Code: ZC37
Departure Point: Dar es Salaam, Kipepeo Beach Camp, Plot 4, Mjimwema, Kigamboni
Check-In: 7:30AM Departs: To be advised at pre-departure meeting
Trip Type: Camping
Pre-Departure Meeting: Held at the Departure point at 17h00 on Day 1 of the tour

*All ATC trips include an arrival airport transfer. Please notify us should you not be using this so we can plan accordingly. Should you choose not to make use of this, or in the event that ATC were not updated with your arrival details, no refund will be paid for services not used.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Zanzibar Ferry & Zanzibar Excursion
  • Spice Tour & Sunset Dhow Cruise
  • Dar Es Salaam
  • Lake Malawi
  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Entrance to Victoria Falls
  • Chobe Overnight Excursion
  • Chobe National Park
  • Okavango Delta Excursion
  • Etosha National Park
  • Spitzkoppe
  • Swakopmund
  • Transfer to Sossusvlei
  • Namib Nauklift National Park
  • Fish River Canyon
  • canoeing on the Orange River
  • Wine tasting
  • Township Tour
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Flights
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Departure transfer
  • Visas
  • Meals (unless otherwise stated)
  • Travel insurance
  • Laundry
  • Personal items
  • Sleeping bag & Pillow
  • Tips
  • Bottled water
  1. Day 1 - 6 Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Iringa Mikumi,

    DAY 1 – 2: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Included (Breakfast)

    A ferry from Dar es Salaam takes us to the ”Spice Island,” where we spend the next 3 nights. Zanzibar is steeped in history and was one of the major starting points for most East African explorers in their quest for new lands.

    Included Activity: Spice Tour & Dhow Excursion Included Activity: Zanzibar excursion

    PLEASE NOTE: Meals are for your own account whilst on Zanzibar, as it is our experience that passengers prefer to explore the island on their own, and in accordance with their own budget. The Trip Leader joins you and will arrange your activities, while meals can be enjoyed from a wide selection of restaurants. There are also a wide variety of optional excursions on offer.

    PLEASE NOTE: New legislation prohibits the taking of photographs during the Zanzibar ferry ride. Spot fines can be issued, if legislation is not obeyed.

    DAY 3 – 4: Zanzibar (No Meals)

    History aside, Zanzibar offers a wealth of experiences for the visitor. Today the quiet streets of the old Stone Town still retain their Arabic influence, from the Medina-like shops to the palaces of the Sultans, who founded their vast empires on the spoils of the slave and ivory trade. The island is famous for its spices and an excursion around a spice plantation is always a fascinating experience. Other options include a trip to the beautiful beaches and giant tortoises of Prison Island, a full day scuba dive in Nungwe or a fishing trip in a traditional dhow. Mopeds are available for hire if you’d like to explore the more remote areas of the island. Zanzibar is a seafood lover’s paradise. Numerous restaurants offer a great variety of the freshest catch from the ocean – crayfish being a popular speciality. Alternatively, mingle with the locals for dinner at the Forodhani Gardens seafront market, where delicious, inexpensive seafood is on offer.

    DAY 5: Zanzibar to Mikumi (Lunch/ Dinner)

    This morning we leave Dar es Salaam and head south. We pass through the Mikumi National Park where it is possible to view a range of wildlife from the roadside, totally impervious to the passing traffic. This is where we will spend the night.

    DAY 6: Mikumi to Iringa (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner)

    From Mikumi we travel towards Iringa where we spend the night in a beautiful rustic campsite famous for its Amarula Hot Chocolates and its steamy showers!

  2. Day 7 - 9 Iringa to Lake Malawi (Malawi)

    DAY 7 – 9: Iringa to Lake Malawi (Malawi) (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Winding our way through the beauty of the Tukuyu tea and banana plantations, we head towards Malawi entering the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ through the border post at Songwe. Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its total area made up of beautiful Lake Malawi. We travel the length of the western side of the lake, stopping off at various bays and inlets over the next 3 days.

    Spend the days learning the game of bao from the locals, scour the markets for a bargain or simply relax on the pristine beaches. Malawi’s temperate climate allows for swimming in the clear blue freshwater lake all year round. Explore the beautiful shore where you’ll happen upon the local fishermen sorting their catch. Traditional fishing techniques are still practiced and to appreciate their boating skills, try to paddle a dugout canoe yourself! At night, you’ll see the ‘fairy’ lights of the fishermen out on the lake. The various beachside campsites along Lake Malawi’s shores offer many optional Excursions including a variety of water sports, horseback rides and a visit to the local village and school.

    Optional activities vary; however, we do recommend to village tour. Please note that you can bring along with you pens, pencils, notepads and dry starch food for the villagers. Please speak to your crew for more information.

  3. Day 10 - 13 Livingstone, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls

    DAY 10: Lake Malawi to South Luangwa National Park (Zambia) (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    We head away from Lake Malawi, and stop off in the capital, Lilongwe, a small city distinctively divided into the old town and the new administrative centre, to stock up on supplies before crossing into Zambia where we spend the night in the breath-taking South Luangwa National Park.

    DAY 11: Luangwa National Park (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    This breath-taking park is situated on the Luangwa River in the Eastern part of Zambia, and it is the southernmost of three national parks in this region. South Luangwa was founded in 1938 as a game reserve, 1972 was the year it was declared as a national park, and today it covers over 9000 kilometres squared. Animals such as Giraffe, buffalo and Elephants can be found in abundance. The Luangwa river is home to many a hippo and croc.

    Included Activity: Game drives through South Luangwa National Park in the ATC vehicle.

    DAY 12: Luangwa National Park to Lusaka (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Today we depart this amazing National Park and make our way down south. As we drive, we pass through a few of the villages and towns of Zambia along the way. Prosperous during the copper boom in the 60’s, Zambia was able to build infrastructure at the main mining and farming communities. After the fall of the copper industry, the country was left virtually bankrupt and existing infrastructure was left to fall to ruin. Due to foreign investment and a rise in the mining industry, Zambia is today once again starting to prosper.

    Optional Activity: Zambezi Sunset river boat cruise

    DAY 13: Lusaka to Livingstone (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Heading further south, we journey through the southern Zambian towns mostly supporting local agriculture and farming on our way to Livingstone. The Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and it’s not difficult to see why. At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high, this is the world’s largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari! The Falls can be viewed from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia – a fantastic photo opportunity. Tonight, we have the option of enjoying an optional sunset dinner cruise on the mighty Zambezi.

  4. Day 14 - 24 Livingstone, Chobe National Park (Botswana), Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Kasane, Maun, Okavango Delta, Ghanzi, Windhoek (Namibia)

    DAY 14: Livingstone to Chobe National Park (Botswana) (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    We leave Zambia and cross the border into Botswana at the Kazangula Ferry. Once we’ve completed the border formalities, we continue to the town of Kasane, situated on the banks of the Chobe River. The Chobe River forms a border between Botswana and Namibia and Zambia and is the main water source to the Chobe National Park. After lunch, we have time at leisure to relax. In the afternoon, we leave for our Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile excursion – an overnight experience in the wilds of the Chobe National park. Chobe is one of Botswana’s premier game parks, renowned for its large elephant herds. Spend the afternoon in search of wildlife while we game drive to our camp within the park where we spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises of the local wildlife. Look out for the rare Sable and Roan Antelope on your game drive, with their majestic backward slanting horns, or try keep a count of the Lilac Breasted Roller’s that swoop by! After our night in the bush, we head out early to continue our search for wildlife, before packing up the camp and heading back to Kasane.

    Included Activity: Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile excursion

    DAY 15: Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) (Brunch)

    Once returning to camp, we get back on our truck and continue to the border of Zimbabwe. Once we’ve completed border formalities, we have a short drive to the nearby Victoria Falls. Named after the famous World Heritage site and Water Falls, the town of Victoria Falls is situated on the Zambezi River and surrounded by the Victoria Falls National Park. Our campsite is conveniently situated in the centre of town, and within walking distance of the adventure booking agents, restaurants and shops. A short walk down the main road takes you to the entry point to view the falls, which are situated between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), was named by David Livingstone on his explorations, and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high, this is the world’s largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari! After our adventure activities briefing, the afternoon is spent relaxing at the campsite, viewing the Victoria Falls, or exploring the many sights and delights of this town!

    Included: Entrance to Victoria Falls

    DAY 16 – 17: Victoria Falls (Breakfast)

    The next 2 days are spent relaxing or participating in a myriad of Optional Excursions. Some of our fellow passengers will leave us in Vic Falls, to be replaced by new passengers joining us for the next leg of our trek.

    Optional Activities: Adrenalin junkies can bungee from the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia or abseil down the Batoka Gorge – neither activity is for the faint hearted! All year round, flights in fixed wing, micro light and ultra light aircraft or helicopters provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World Heritage Site. White water rafting on the Zambezi is world class. Beside the excitement of the Grade 5 rapids, there are the ”floats,” where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and the occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.

    DAY 18: Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park (Botswana) (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    After breakfast, we cross the border into Botswana and head to Kasane where we have a chance to explore the town of Kasane.

    DAY 19: Chobe National Park to Kasane (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    At camp we have a bit of free time to relax at leisure. You can either partake in the boat cruise on the Chobe River which is an optional excursion, or you can just spend your time relaxing at the swimming pool.

    DAY 20: Kasane to Maun (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Maun is the starting point for travel into the Delta and it is from here that we set off to explore the Okavango Delta. Tonight, we prepare our provisions and packs for our overnight excursion. We suggest bringing along a smaller daypack on your trip which can be used to pack the supplies needed for this short excursion. Your trip leader will brief you fully on what is needed, and what to expect prior to your trip into the Delta.

    DAY 21: Maun to Okavango Delta (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Included Activity: Overnight Delta excursion

    Here we have the opportunity to take the included overnight excursion into the Delta. After an early rise, we pack our expedition vehicle and from Maun we drive north for a couple of hours to reach the mokoro poler’s station. The Delta region is studded with many local villages where many families live in a traditional way. Some of the villages are very remote and can only be reached by the traditional mode of transport – the Mokoro. Mokoros are dugout canoes manoeuvred through the waterways by local guides who “pole” them through the reeds. At the Mokoro station, we meet our ‘Polers’ and pack our supplies before heading out into the waterways. After a couple of hours along the waterways, we arrive at our mobile tented camp situated in the heart of the Okavango.

    On arrival, you will meet the local staff who will be your host during your stay. A brief introduction to the camp will show you your dome tent with twin beds and a bush en-suite bathroom – long drop toilet and a bucket shower. Relax in the tent with a cold drink or take a paddle in the Delta in a canoe. The activities at the camp include Mokoro trails and guided walking.

    DAY 22: Okavango Delta to Maun (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    After our Mokoro ride and vehicle transfer, we arrive back around lunch time and have the chance to complete our picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional scenic flight over The Delta (dependent on weather conditions & availability).

    DAY 23: Maun to Ghanzi (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Today we head towards the small village of Ghanzi which will be our last night in Botswana. Ghanzi is home to the San / Bushman and you can learn more about them by partaking in the Bushman experience offered by the campsite.

    Optional Activity: Bushman Experience

    DAY 24: Ghanzi to Windhoek (Namibia) (Breakfast / Lunch)

    Today’s drive will take us through small rural towns and scenic landscapes. Nestled between the hills, Windhoek is a rather small capital city but has many places of historical interest. This afternoon is spent at your leisure with time to visit the local museum or haggling at the street side markets. There are also many shops for those in need of a bit of retail therapy.

    Optional: Dinner at Joe’s Beer House

  5. Day 25 - 30 Windhoek, Etosha National Park Area, Brandberg (UIS), Swakopmund

    DAY 25: Windhoek to Etosha National Park Area (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    From Windhoek, we head to the Etosha National Park. Covering 22 270km2, Etosha is Namibia’s premier nature and wildlife reserve. Situated around the Etosha Pan with a large variety of animal and bird life, the extensive network of gravel roads affords us the opportunity of accessing even the most remote areas of the park. After lunch, and once it has cooled off a bit, we spend the remainder of the day exploring the park’s northern area. Keep an eye out for the striking Oryx and Springbok as these are endemic to desert National Parks! After dinner why not head to the waterhole where you can sit and observe the animals may come to drink in the evenings.

    DAY 26: Etosha National Park (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Today we make our way across the park, keeping a look out for the many different mammals, reptiles, birds and insects in the various regions. As the vegetation types change, so does the animal and bird life that relies on it, and so different sections of the Park offer a variety of different game options. After a full day of game viewing, we exit the park through Anderson gate and head to our camp just 10kms away; perhaps the chance for a quick dip in the pool before dinner, followed by a relaxing evening in this very interesting bar.

    Included Activity: Game drives through Etosha National Park in the ATC vehicle

    DAY 27 – 28: Etosha National Park Area (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Today’s drive takes us further south through the Namibian countryside to our campsite, located in the vicinity of Etosha National Park.

    Included Activity: Game Drive in ATC Truck Optional Activity: Night Drive

    DAY 29: Brandberg (UIS) to Swakopmund (Breakfast)

    Today we head for Swakopmund, via Spitzkoppe (day trip). Founded by the Germans in 1892, their colonial influence is still evident today. Swakopmund has a selection of excellent coffee shops, restaurants & bars as well as many arts and crafts shops selling Namibian curios. There are fine beaches to walk along as well as a great museum, aquarium and galleries to visit. Alternatively, the lovely beach and promenade make for a great relaxing walk – though bathing in the ocean waters may be somewhat chilly!

    DAY 30: Swakopmund (Breakfast on both days)

    The next day can be spent relaxing or participating in a myriad of Optional Excursions.

    Optional Activities: Skydiving, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, fishing trips, golf, horse riding and more. An activity briefing will be held on arrival in Swakopmund.

  6. Day 31 - 37 Swakopmund, Sesriem, Fish River Canyon, Gariep River (South Africa), Cederberg, Cape Town

    DAY 31 – 32: Swakopmund to Sesriem (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Leaving Swakopmund, we head south to the industrial Walvis Bay before turning inland and toward the desert. Continuing our journey, we enter the Namib-Naukluft Park in one of the oldest deserts in the world. We base ourselves at Sesriem, a great place to experience the Namib and its many moods. A short distance away is Sossusvlei, surrounded by a dramatic sea of sand dunes reputed to be the highest in the world. Magnificent views of the desert can be seen from the top of the dunes, some over 300 m high. We spend the afternoon exploring this amazing area.

    Included Activity: Visit to Dune 45 Included Activity: Visit to Sossusvlei

    DAY 33: Sesriem to Fish River Canyon (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Heading out early, we see the sunrise over this beautiful area and we leave the serenity of the dunes to head south to the Fish River Canyon. At 161 km long, 27 km wide and about 550 m deep, it’s the second largest canyon in the world. The outer canyon was formed by tectonic activity, while the erosion of the Fish River formed the inner canyon. A road follows the eastern rim, giving us access to several viewing points from where we can take in the spectacular vistas.

    Included Activity: Visit to Fish River Canyon

    DAY 34: Fish River Canyon to Gariep River (South Africa) (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    This morning we continue south, where, after a short drive, we reach the Gariep River – the natural land border between Namibia and South Africa. We camp at a beautiful campsite on the South African bank of the river. Tonight, there’s a chance for some fun at the awesome camp bar overlooking the river!

    DAY 35: Orange River to Cederberg (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    An early morning start see us travel south through the Richtersveld and the mining town of Springbok, before reaching the region known as Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of Namaqua wildflowers that occur each spring. We spend tonight in a picturesque campsite. Tonight, is our last night under the stars!

    DAY 36: Cederberg to Cape Town (Breakfast)

    We leave the scenic Cederberg area and travel south towards Cape Town. We travel through the rich fruit growing area of Citrusdal before crossing the Piekenierskloof Pass to the Cape’s wine growing regions. Our first sighting of the Mother’s City Table Mountain across Table Bay means we’ve reached our final destination. Tonight’s accommodation is in dormitories in one of Cape Town’s best loved hostels.

    DAY 37: Cape Town (No Meals)

    This morning we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!

    There are a wide range of activities available in Cape Town and the surrounding areas, including day trips, short tours and longer tours travelling up the picturesque coast of South Africa. We suggest you extend your stay by a few days to participate in some of the exciting activities available here. Post tour accommodation can be booked directly at: info@ashanti.co.za or through your agent & the Africa Travel Co office.

Meals and menus vary as food is purchased en-route, and is subject to produce that is available seasonally in the areas we travel through. Our safari cooks are able to offer a wide variety of menus with the ingredients available, even if the produce on offer is not of the same selection as what you may be used to back home.

The breakfast spread consists of bread (toast when time allows), spreads and cereals with a hot breakfast every few days. Lunches are mostly prepared en-route with a supply of ‘build your own’ sandwich ingredients available. Dinners are cooked in the evenings on arrival at the campsite. A wide array of dinner menus is on offer during your safari, consisting of curries, stews, pasta, and BBQ’s.

Our overland vehicles are custom built converted trucks that have seating space for our passengers and a storage area for luggage and all trip equipment. The trucks seat between 27-30 passengers on our camping trips. Most seats are forward facing, though some models have a combination of forward, backward and some inward facing seats with tables. Vehicles have sliding glass windows, and the seating area is raised providing a great advantage for game viewing and photography. Seats are cushioned and there is storage space for personal items like cameras, snacks and day packs in the seating area.

All of the tours operated by ATC are participation trips meaning that all passengers are expected to help out around camp. The crew members running the trip will set up a rota system that will be followed. One day you may be on cleaning duty, the next day you may be on cooking duty and so forth. This is not only to make the trip easier for all involved but also for you as the passengers to get to know one another while on trip.

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