Overland adventure in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana & Zambia!
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Group Size: Avg. 16, max 24
Trip code: DTR
Duration: 19 or 25 days
Journey through the deserts of Africa on this epic safari adventure. Discover towering sand dunes and vast shimmering plains as you travel overland through four stunning countries, including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. You’ll enjoy unforgettable animal encounters in Etosha and Kruger National Parks, see natural wonders such as Victoria Falls, and be immersed in local culture with the San/Bushman people in Botswana. Plus, you’ll spend your evenings camping under star-filled desert skies. This is a truly magical African odyssey!
This trip has 19 or 25-day options. Please specify your preference when booking.
- Discover four incredible African countries on the back of a safari truck
- Camp under African stars in breathtaking natural landscapes
- Enjoy animal encounters in Etosha National Park and be blown away by the beautiful Okavango Delta
- Bucket list inclusions: See Victoria Falls in Zambia and climb the Namib sand dunes
- Round up your adventure with a Shangaan Tribal Experience and a wildlife extravaganza in Kruger National Park (25-day tour only)
This exciting overland adventure tour takes in 4 amazing Africa countries: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. Overlanding offers the ultimate adventure experience, as you travel off the beaten track in a safari truck and set up camp in unique and exciting locations across Africa.
Optional Adventure Pass. You can supercharge your experience with an optional Adventure Pass, which includes awesome extra activities and excursions. See the end of this itinerary for more information.
Day 1: Cape Town to Western Cape, South Africa. Kick off in buzzing Cape Town. Adventure pass holders will take a tour of a local township. Travel along the beautiful Western Cape and enjoy an optional wine tasting before making camp by the Olifants River.
Day 2: Western Cape to Gariep (Orange) River. Journey north to the rocky landscapes of the Namibian border. Make camp by the gorgeous Gariep (Orange) River. Optional canoe river safari or hiking in the area.
Day 3: Gariep (Orange) River to Fish River Canyon, Namibia. Relax on the banks of the orange river and then explore the mighty Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world.
Day 4: Fish River Canyon to Sesriem. Get your first glimpse of the beautiful Namib desert and set up camp beneath a starry desert sky.
Day 5: Namib Naukluft National Park to Sossus on Foot. Venture into the desert and watch the sunrise from Dune 45. Adventure pass holders will visit the giant sand dunes of Sossusvlei. Explore the impressive Sesriem Canyon before camping in a traditional desert camp.
Day 6–7: Sossus on Foot to Swakopmund. Swap the baking desert for the cooling coast in Swakopmund. Here, you can enjoy cool sea air and adventure activities galore. Why not try quad biking, sand boarding or skydiving?
Day 8: Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe. Step back in time in Spitzkoppe and admire the ancient bushman paintings. Watch the rock turn orange and red as the sun sets. Camp at the foot of the mountain.
Day 9-10: Etosha National Park. Prepare for your first wildlife encounters in Etosha National Park, home to 114 mammal and 340 bird species. Spend two amazing nights camping by a floodlit waterhole and spot wildlife on unforgettable game drives.
Day 11: Etosha to Windhoek. Journey south towards the Auas and Eros Mountains and spend the night in Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek. Enjoy a night out with your group.
Day 12: Windhoek to Ghanzi, Botswana. Head east into Botswana and meet the local San/Bushman people. Enjoy a guided bush walk through sun-blasted plains and learn about this ancient people’s way of life.
Day 13: Ghanzi to Maun. Once Botswana’s ‘Wild West’, Maun has a fascinating mix of modern and native dwellings. Keep your eyes peeled for antelope grazing on the banks of the Thamalakane River.
Day 14: Okavango Delta. Adventure Pass holders will head into the magical Okavango Delta for a unique canoe and wildlife overnight excursion. An unforgettable experience!
Day 15: Maun. Return to Maun by midday and spend a free afternoon trying exciting optional activities or relaxing in Maun.
Day 16: Maun – Elephant Sands, Nata. Travel from Maun to Nata, arriving at the Elephant Sands Lodge in the late afternoon. With no fences, expect to spot wildlife roaming freely between waterholes!
Day 17: Elephant Sands, Nata – Kasane. Journey to Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. Adventure Pass holders will enjoy a ‘Fish Eagle’ cruise on the Chobe River to spot hippos, buffalo and elephants.
Day 18: Kasane to Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zambia. Adventure Pass holders will explore Chobe National Park on an open vehicle game drive, spotting elephants, lions and antelopes. Then, cross the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers by ferry and enter Zambia. Camp close to the mighty Victoria Falls.
Day 19: Livingstone (Note: 19-day tour route ends today). Travellers on the 25-day route will spend a magical day exploring Livingstone and Victoria Falls. The 19-day tour ends today after breakfast.
Day 20: Livingstone to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Cross the border into Zimbabwe bound for your campsite just outside Bulayawo. Relax at camp, listen to the sounds of the countryside, and watch the stars appear overhead.
Day 21: Matobo. Head over to Matobo National Park, home to the largest concentration of White and Black Rhino in Africa, as well as leopards and black eagles. Adventure Pass holders will enjoy a game walk, seeking a close-up encounter with the rhino.
Day 22: Bulawayo – Tshipise, South Africa. Cross back into South Africa and travel to Tshipise town. Camp close to the Honnet Nature Reserve, famous for its hot springs and stunning surrounding woodland.
Day 23–24: Tshipise to Kruger National Park, South Africa. Arrive in beautiful Kruger National Park. Spend two nights under the stars and enjoy a sunrise game drive, tracking the iconic Big 5. Experience local culture and watch the traditional singing and dancing of local Shangaan tribesmen.
Day 25: Greater Kruger to Pretoria. Make your way from Kruger to the lively city of Pretoria, where your tour will end in the late afternoon/ early evening. Accommodation for tonight is not included.
Please note: The itinerary above is for guidance only. Every effort is made to adhere to the planned route, but please allow for a certain amount of flexibility, as on occasion it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations to the itinerary.
Optional Adventure Pass
Supercharge your experience with an optional Adventure Pass, which includes awesome extra activities and excursions.
The Adventure Pass includes:
- A township tour in Cape Town
- A 4x4 experience in Sossusvlei
- Okavango Delta excursion
- Fish Eagle cruise in Chobe National Park
- Game drive in Chobe National Park
- Matobo National Park excursion (25-day tour only)
The cheapest way to get the pass is to book it locally, in cash, when you arrive in Africa. This pass costs USD480 for the 19-day duration or USD570 for the 25-day duration. If you wish, you can pre-book the pass in the UK; please contact our travel advisors for more details.
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You will need to arrange your flights into Cape Town International (CPT). The pre-departure meeting is held at 6pm on the evening prior to departure. You will need to book one night’s accommodation in Cape Town (at your own cost), as the tour departs at 8am on day 1. We can help you arrange this accommodation. Airport transfers are not included.
The shorter route option ends in Livingstone on day 19 and the longer tour route ends in Pretoria on day 25. Johannesburg airport is a short 30-40 minute taxi ride from Pretoria so we recommend you depart from OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg. In case of delays, we always recommend customers spend an extra night (at own cost) in the end accommodation and fly out the following day after your tour ends. If time allows, we also suggest planning a few days after your tour ends to make the most of this part of Africa. We can help you to book extra accommodation if you wish.
Overlanding is a real adventure and one of the best, most authentic ways to discover Africa, but it can also be a challenge! All the group will be expected to help out setting up the camp each night, and there will be a rota for camp duties such as shopping, cooking and keeping the truck and camp tidy. It’s a real African immersion experience!
You will be travelling in an overland, custom-built safari truck which will soon become your home from home. These 24-seater trucks have tables, electricity sockets, a freezer and water tank, an on board library, i-pod jack and individual lockers.
Travelling in Africa is not always predictable so you should be prepared to “expect the unexpected’ and bring your sense of adventure! It is possible we may encounter a few delays or difficulties en route and there can be occasional power failures, water or fuel shortages and temperature changes. But if you keep an open mind and a flexible attitude then your overland tour will be an unforgettable experience!
This tour departs Cape Town early on day 1, and your welcome meeting is held at 18.00 the previous evening, so we strongly recommend you arrive in Cape Town the day before the tour departs. Accommodation is not included for this night, but we are happy to help you book pre-tour accommodation, speak to one of our travel advisors if you wish to book this extra night.
You will be camping in 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in ground sheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and a small pillow should you wish for one. You will mostly be staying on campsites with washing and shower facilities, toilets, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool. In the Okavango Delta on day 15 you will sleep in twin share pre-erected tents with en-suite facilities. You will be staying in some amazing locations, alongside rivers, by mountains and in stunning National Parks.
The shorter tour route ends on day 19 in Livingstone, and accommodation for this night is not included. The longer route ends in Johannesburg on day 25, and again, accommodation for this night is not included. If you wish to book post accommodation (at an extra cost) we are happy to help you do this. Please ask a travel advisor for more details.
Please note- If you would prefer to stay in hotels, rather than camp, there is the option to upgrade on this tour for extra cost. Please contact us for more details
Most meals are included on this tour. Travellers on the shorter tour route will have 18 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 14 dinners included. Travellers on the longer tour route will have 24 breakfasts, 20 lunches and 19 dinners included.
On days 6-7 in Swakopmund and days 18-19 in Livingstone, included meals are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back for meal times. It is easy to find a meal locally for around USD15-30 per meal.
Luggage should be kept to a 20kg maximum, and should be kept either in a soft bag or rucksack, plus a smaller day bag. We recommend you bring a mixture of lightweight clothing and warm clothing for the evenings and for wearing on early morning game drives. You will also need to bring your own sleeping bag (and also a small pillow if you would like one). We also suggest you pack a small torch or headlamp, mosquito spray and a money pouch/ belt. Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables.
The minimum age to join this trip is 18. Our adventure tours are designed for 18-39 year olds.
All countries require travellers to have a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity), and you are required to acquire the entry visas for each of the countries visited. For UK citizens, visas are not required for entry to South Africa, Namibia or Botswana, but are required for entry to Zambia. Visas should be arranged with the relevant embassy before you travel. If you show up at a border and should you not have the required visa you will be denied entry to the country and be sent back to the closest embassy/high commission to get the visa. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation.
From 1st June 2017, all tourists visiting Botswana will be required to pay a tourism levy when crossing the border. This levy will be approximately USD30, payable by cash in US dollars. This is subject to change. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.