This tour offers you an adventure to some of the best highlights in the Southern African region. This tour offers incredible value for money and encompasses exciting new experiences each day. Following our departure from the City of Gold, Johannesburg, our journey covers a variety of territories. From South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park to Zimbabwe’s Matobo National Park and the mighty Zambezi River and awesome Victoria Falls. This tour is an ideal introduction to the magic of Southern Africa!
Kruger NP, Open Vehicle Game Drive Shangaan Cultural Evening Matobo National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive and Wilderness Walk with Guide* Mosi Oa Tunya NP, Victoria Falls Visit (*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass)
7 Days South Africa – Zimbabwe – Zambia It is our intention to adhere to the route described below but a certain amount of flexibility is built into the tour and on occasion it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations to the published itinerary.
Please therefore treat the following as a guide only
Camping Overland Tour Travelling on an overland is great fun, but it can also be challenging! This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in setting up the camp each night and assisting (usually on a rota basis) with the various day to day campsite duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the truck and camp tidy. But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip. Africa is an adventure destination and travelling here is not always predictable so be prepared to ‘expect the unexpected’ in difficulties or delays which might come our way! However, you’ll soon find that the diversity of the African landscape, the wildlife and the communities we pass on our way, make the sometimes rough travel and long driving days worthwhile. Come with a sense of adventure and a flexible attitude and you will be sure to enjoy your overland tour across this amazing continent. Africa provides an ever-changing environment, power failures, water and fuel shortages, temperature fluctuations, and other uncontrollable / unplanned situations do occur. You will need to remain flexible, understanding and good-humoured. “African time” can be difficult and frustrating for those who are used to a very structured life, so this is something to keep in mind!
Johannesburg – Hazyview - Kruger National Park From Johannesburg - South Africa’s commercial capital - we travel via the panoramic region of Mpumalanga with its beautiful scenery and dramatic escarpment views, to South Africa’s famed national park – Kruger. Fences between the National Park and surrounding private reserves were removed several years ago to form Greater Kruger, an area of some 24000 sq km. Wildlife is free to roam the whole enormous area and it has become incredibly diverse in both fauna and flora. From the dwarf mongoose to the famed ‘Big Five’, almost every major African mammal (148 species) is present. There is also prolific birdlife (over 505 species) and over 330 varieties of trees. This evening we enjoy Shangaan tribal dancing and singing around an open fire.
Hazyview - Kruger National Park Waking at sunrise, we board our open 4x4 safari vehicles ready for our full day game drive. Kruger is home to over 505 species of birds, 148 species of mammals and many reptiles which we enthusiastically search for during the morning and afternoon. The impressive atmosphere of the park enables you to understand why it is held in such high esteem amongst explorers from all over the world who visit this park. We take a well-deserved lunch break en-route before game driving out of the park to our accommodation for the night.
Hazyview - Greater Kruger – Tshipise, South Africa Leaving Greater Kruger we travel north through South Africa’s lush countryside to Tshipise, a town situated in the northern Limpopo province. Our campsite is located at Forever Resorts at the foot of one of Limpopo’s rolling koppies set adjacent the Honnet Nature Reserve. There are hot springs in the resort offering a variety of swimming pools to enjoy. The area is surrounded by dense woodland comprising of Mopani, Red Bushwillow, Jakkalsbessie trees – and the third largest Baobab tree in South Africa.
Tshipise, South Africa – Matapos, Zimbabwe After a refreshing night’s sleep we make our way across the border to Zimbabwe and on to Bulawayo, a pleasant city with broad tree lined avenues and wide open spaces. Our campsite is located in the Matopos Area surrounded by the interesting hills and rock formations. The area is revered as a historical, geological and natural heritage site which we will have a chance to explore fully tomorrow.
Matapos Matobo National Park is located a short distance outside Bulawayo and knowledgeable guides will take us to this very impressive park. The wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings and the area holds a special cultural and spiritual importance to the indigenous people here. The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and, provided conditions are right, our guides will lead us on foot to some of the more concealed places in search of these magnificent animals. The park also has the densest population of leopard and black eagle in the world and we keep our eyes peeled high and low for these creatures. The hills are also home to the grave site of Cecil John Rhodes who chose this as his burial place owing to the intense natural beauty and startling views from the hills. His grave can be visited at World’s View - a place of continual debate owing to his involvement in claiming the land and its people for Queen & Country in colonial times.
Optional Activities: Upgrade to full day tour including historical tour and village tour US$40
Bulawayo – Livingstone, Zambia Moving on from Bulawayo we continue north, and pass through the town of Victoria Falls, before crossing the border into Zambia, We travel the short distance to the Waterfront Resort campsite a few kilometres from Livingstone. Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, the Waterfront has a restaurant and small deck/terrace overlooking the river, and is a base and booking point for the numerous optional activities available in the area. Staff will give a full briefing on what can be booked (typically including rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights and river cruises). Choose your activity at leisure, if time allows or else simply relax and enjoy the mighty Zambezi as it flows past your vantage point. But whatever you do, don’t leave Africa without seeing the Victoria Falls themselves! A visit to the Mosi Oa Tunya National Park is included in your tour – be sure not to miss it - at over a mile wide and some 100 metres deep the Falls at high water form the largest curtain of falling water in the world with spray visible from 20 kilometres away (hence the local name Mosi Oa Tunya , or ‘smoke that thunders’). At low water the Zambezi dries so much that it is possible to walk out onto the river bed itself! N.B: For the sake of practicality, meals in Livingstone/Victoria Falls area are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to enjoy the optional activities without having to be back with the group at mealtimes. The Waterfront camp restaurant overlooks the Zambezi River and offers a selection of simple and reasonably priced meals and snacks throughout the day (allow US$15-$30 per meal). Relax and enjoy at your own leisure, or alternatively, take a taxi into Livingstone to try local fare.
Activities: Bungy jumping US$160, Full day absail US$180, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, game walk US$110, Chief Mukumi village tour US$50, gorge swing US$95, Zambezi jet boat and cable car US$120, Half day canoe US$110, Zambezi sunset cruise US$85, Full day white water rafting US$160, Helicopter/ Microlite flights From US$170, half day fishing US$145, Bridge Tour US$65. (please use prices as a guide only)
Livingstone - Zambia After breakfast is when your tour ends with us, however most people spend the day (and following days) taking the numerous opportunities available to explore and enjoy what this magnificent destination has on offer. The Zambezi boasts one of the world’s highest rated rivers for pure white river rafting through its many challenging rapids. Alternative options include the David Livingstone museum that is easily accessible and provides in-depth historical insight dating back including the discovery of the falls; or explore the colonial town on foot and visit the local trading markets. From game walks, cultural interaction, Micro-light flight or white water rafting to name a few, Livingstone will capture and fulfil your imagination, validating the myths of the African spirit.
All tour highlights, 2- person dome tents, fully equipped safari vehicle, camping and cooking equipment, sleeping mattresses, service of two crew, all road and vehicle taxes, all ground transportation, meals as indicated.
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional), visas, travel insurance, flight departure taxes, airport transfers, optional activities, tips, drinks, sleeping bag and items of personal nature. NB: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner in Livingstone on day 1 is not included in the tour price or the Local Payment
Every Overland tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, which is paid before travel, and is paid in the currency listed in the brochure or on the website (usually US dollars in clean, un-torn post 2006 edition notes). The Adventure Pass covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier. The purpose of the separate payment is to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.
These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.
We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in ground sheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool.
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with on-board tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70 Ltr individual lockers and 4x4 safari vehicles.
In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit.
When you make a confirmed booking for your tour you will be sent pre-departure information and related documents. Once you have paid in full you will receive a Travel Voucher giving full details of your joining point. Livingstone and Johannesburg are well served by a variety of airlines. Your travel agent can advise on flights to and from the start and finish of your tour.
This tour starts in Johannesburg. The pre-departure meeting is held at 18:00 on the evening prior to departure. The tour ends in Livingstone on day 7.
Meeting Point in Johannesburg: MoAfrika Lodge
Address: 120 Sandham Road Norton Home Estates, Benoni, Johannesburg 1501
Contact details: Tel. +27 82 506 9641
E-mail: email@example.com Tour
Start time: Anytime on Day 1 – Day of leisure
Finishing Point in Livingstone The Waterfront Sichango Road Livingstone Contact Details: Tel. + 260 3 320 606/7/8 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tour end time: Late afternoon/ early evening on day 7 PRE/POST TOUR ACCOMMODATION This tour departs Johannesburg; we strongly recommend that you plan to arrive before the tour starts to fully benefit the activities and sights in this region. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings. If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of Vic Falls and the surrounding area. See below for a guide to extra accommodation costs. These prices are a guide line only and are subject to change so please check with your agent for current prices. Description Price (US) Description Price (US) Johannesburg Livingstone Pre tour accommodation – twin pppn $45 Post tour accommodation – Adv Village Tent Tw 1st Jan – 30th Jun $25 Pre tour accommodation – single pppn $60 Post tour accommodation – Adv Village Tent Sgl 1st Jan – 30th Jun $35 Pre tour accommodation – dorm pppn $30 Post tour accommodation – Adv Village Tent Tw 1st Jul – 31st Dec $25 Post tour accommodation – Adv Village Tent Sgl 1st Jul – 31st Dec $40 PPPN = Per person, per night *includes breakfast and airport transfer
Paid in the currency listed in the brochure or on the website (usually US dollars in clean, un-torn post 2006 edition notes) directly to your Tour Leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour, or pre-paid by arrangement, the Adventure Pass of this tour covers the following.Matobo National Park
Please try to keep your luggage to a minimum, bearing in mind that most airlines impose a 23kg luggage limit. A large soft holdall or backpack and a smaller day pack is ideal. On this tour you will need a mixture of lightweight cool clothing for the day and warm clothing (i.e fleece, long trousers and hat) for mornings and evenings as it can be cool on game drives. Pack a light rain jacket. It is advisable to bring mosquito spray throughout the year. Bring a towel and a pillow if required. A money belt/pouch that can be worn comfortably beneath your clothing is recommended. Please avoid bringing unnecessary valuables and use hotel safe to store your cash, passport and air tickets. A power bank is useful for recharging electronic devices. [NB: You do need a sleeping bag for this tour.]
The table below indicates the vaccinations suggested for travel on this tour but should be treated as a guide only. You should seek professional medical advice from your GP or clinic at least six weeks prior to departure. Please be aware that some of the areas visited on this tour are malarial. We strongly recommend you seek professional medical advice for the appropriate anti-malarial tablets. Country Tetanus Diphtheria Polio Hepatitis A Hepatitis B Typhoid Meningitis Rabies Yellow Fever Malaria Zambia R R R R R R - R * R Zimbabwe R R R R - R - - * R South Africa R R R R - R - - * R C = Compulsory, R = Recommended, * = If travelling from infected countries a certificate of proof may be required NB To be used as a guide only. Please see your GP or travel clinic for up-to-date medical advice.
The table below indicates the visas required for travel to the countries on this tour but should be treated as a guide only. At least one month prior to travel seek confirmation from embassies or a visa specialist, that these requirements are still current. Nationality UK AUS NZ USA CAN BEL IRE NED DEN ITA GER AUT SWE FIN NOR MEX KOR Zambia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Zimbabwe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes South Africa No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No Yes No NB The above is a guide only. Please check all visa requirements at least one month in advance of travel. Most nationalities do not need to obtain any of the above visas in advance. They are available at the border entry points and payable in US$ cash.
It is a booking condition that you have full travel insurance valid for the duration of your tour to cover you for medical emergency and repatriation to your home country. Your guide will ask you for a copy of this when you join the tour. It is also important that you leave a copy of your insurance with the person nominated as your emergency contact.
Naturally you will require extra money for your own personal spending on the tour, for Activities and Excursions, snacks, drinks, souvenirs, tips and items of a personal nature. Everybody has different spending habits but as a guideline we suggest you budget US$10-15 per day. Most spending will be in US$ cash and South Africa Rand (for incidental expenses along the way, optional activities, most additional accommodation before/after the trip) but it’s a good idea to bring along some extra US$ cash for any international airport taxes or visas. - Spending money is best carried as cash in US dollars (US Dollars in clean, un-torn, post 2006 edition notes), Sterling or Euro which you then exchange into local currency on arrival and as you go. Your guide can advise how and when you can change the rest of your money throughout the tour. - Currencies are as follows: South Africa – Rand; Zambia – Zambian Kwacha; Zimbabwe – US Dollars - ATM machines are found in are found throughout Livingstone and South Africa Please note they are sometimes unreliable and only dispense local currency so therefore cannot be used to draw your Local Payment. - Credit cards can be used to pay for larger optional activities although there may be a fee for their use. We recommend you bring your spending money in several different ways (some cash, some t/cheques, some cards); your guide can best advice on what to use where. TIPPING As in many areas where tourism is an important contributor to the economy it has become customary to offer a small gratuity to local staff at the end of the tour if service has been of a high standard. Naturally this always remains at your discretion.
In order to give you maximum flexibility on tour we offer a number of optional activities on the tour. To help budget, approximate prices are listed below (in US$ unless otherwise stated. All prices subject to change and availability). Activity Price (US$) Activity Price (US$) Livingstone Zambezi Sunset Cruise $85 Vic Falls bungee (single/tandem) $160 White Water Rafting – full day $160 Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game walk $110 Helicopter /Microlight flight over the Falls From $170 Chief Mukumi Village Tour $50 Fishing – Half day $145 Gorge Swing $95 Bridge Tour $65 Zambezi Jet Boating & Cable Car From $120 Full day absail $180 Half day Canoe Safari $110 Matobo Upgrade to full day -tour and village $40 Should you have further questions, please feel free to contact us on the below details.