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Ultimate African Overlander

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Group Size: Max. 16

Trip code: UAO

Duration: 58 days

Travel through 8 African countries
Wildlife experiences, game drives & more
Camp in amazing surroundings

This breathtaking African Overland adventure takes you from the Northwest plains of Kenya to the coastal cities of South Africa. En route you will experience some of the greatest things this continent has to offer, including stunning National Parks full of wildlife and unique tribal villages from long ago. Travelling with a group and guide, you’ll make camp in beautiful landscapes and explore sparkling cities and villages. You’ll even get up close to a family of Mountain Gorillas in Uganda. This epic tour will blow you away and make you fall in love with Africa forever!

Trip highlights

  • Tick off 8 incredible African countries from your travel bucket list!
  • Enjoy magical game drives through stunning National Parks, including the Serengeti and Etosha
  • Enjoy a 3-day retreat to the beautiful island of Zanzibar
  • Get up close to majestic Mountain Gorillas in Uganda!
  • Camp beneath starlit skies in the great African outdoors
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What's included
  • 57 nights’ accommodation
  • 57 breakfasts, 46 lunches and 44 dinners
  • All in-country transport
  • Camping equipment (apart from sleeping bag)
  • Rift Valley drive
  • Lake Nakuru game drive
  • Maasai Mara excursion
  • Maasai Village visit
  • Serengeti &Ngorongoro Crater trip
  • Mountain Gorilla Trek Permit
  • Return Ferry and hotel accommodation in Zanzibar
  • Chobe National Park boat cruise
  • Chobe game drive
  • Kalahair Bushman experience
  • Etosha National Park game drives
  • Bushman painting visits in Spitzkoppe
  • Dune 45 climb
  • Sesriem Canyon visit
  • 24-hour emergency support
What's not included
  • International Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Botswana Tourism Levy
  • Sleeping bag
  • Mandatory Adventure Pass
  • Optional activity
  • Additional meals, snacks and drinks
  • Pre/post-tour accommodation
Further trip information

Day 1: Nairobi – Lake Nakuru National Park. Depart Nairobi and journey through the ‘Great Rift Valley’, a stunning stretch of plunging rocks that travels all the way down to Madagascar! Arrive at Lake Nakuru National Park and enjoy an afternoon game drive. Lunch and dinner included.

Please note: Because the tour departs Nairobi early on day 1, we recommend you arrive at least one day before the beginning of your tour. Extra accommodation will be at your own cost.

Day 2: Lake Nakuru -  Eldoret. Travel north to Eldoret, the 5th largest town in Kenya. Camp in the forested hills just outside Eldoret and see ancient tribal Sirikwa holes. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 3: Eldoret – Kampala. Cross the border into Uganda, and discover the scenic delights of this incredible country. Arrive at Kampala, the capital, and explore this vibrant city of markets, restaurants and bars. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 4: Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National Park. Journey past verdant hills, sprawling banana groves and dramatic mountain slopes en route to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park. Trek to Kyambura Gorge and get up close to chimpanzees in the wild – a magical experience! Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 6-8: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Lake Bunyonyi. Travel on to Lake Bunyonyi, a spectacular lake dotted with green islands. On one day, you will head out for an unforgettable Mountain Gorilla Trek. You will meet a local guide and delve into thick forest in search of gorillas. Once you find a family, you’ll sit and watch them for around an hour. An enchanting experience! Breakfasts, lunches and dinners included.

Day 9: Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala. Travel away from Lake Bunyonyi and around the northern fringes of Lake Victoria to Kamapala. Make camp and sleep under African stars. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10-12: Kampala – Jinja. Head across to Jinja, a town on the banks of the River Nile. Opt to try out some white water river rafting, or make a difference as a volunteer at a local school project. (Optional activities at extra cost). Breakfasts, lunches and dinners included.

Day 13: Jinja – Eldoret. Return to Eldoret Spend the evening chatting with your fellow travellers at camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 14-15: Eldoret – Nairobi. Cross the Equator (again!) and return to the Kenyan capital. Top up on some history and culture with a visit to the National Museum of Kenya, or get up close to wonderful wildlife at the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre. 2 breakfasts and 1 lunch included.

Day 16-17: Nairobi – Maasai Mara Reserve. Leave Nairobi behind and drive to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Plunge through tree lined paths and broad, shimmering plains in search of the Big 5. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners included.

Day 18: Maasai Mara Reserve – Nairobi. Head back to Nairobi where you’ll spend the night. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 19: Nairobi – Arusha, Tanzania. Cross the Tanzania border and head to Arusha, the capital of safari in Tanzania! Spend some time exploring the city’s colourful markets and meeting its friendly people before heading to camp on the outskirts of the city. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 20: Arushua – Serengeti. Leave Arusha and travel west to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area and out onto the Serengeti plains. Listen to the roars of lions and cackles of hyenas in the warm night air. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 21: Ngorongoro Crater. Journey out of the plains and climb the outer wall of the Ngorgongoro Crater. Camp on the rim of the crater and watch the sky fill with a sea of stars. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 22: Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha, Meserani Snake Park. Descend the steep slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater and enjoy a morning game drive. Then head back towards Arusha and camp at Meserani Snake Park. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 23: Arusha – Bagamoyo. Wake up early and travel south to Bagamoyo. Make camp near the gorgeous beaches that look out over the Indian Ocean. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 24: Bagamoyo - Dar es Salaam. Head south and soak up the lively atmosphere of Dar with its high rises, colourful markets and Arabic architecture. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 25-27: Zanzibar Island. Hop across to the idyllic spice island of Zanzibar by ferry. Sample the tasty local seafood, try a spot of scuba diving or snorkelling or just laze beneath the swaying palms and soak up the stunning scenery in paradise! You’ll also have a break from camping, with 3 nights in hotels! Breakfasts included.

Day 28: Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam. Enjoy a final few hours on Zanzibar before catching the ferry back to the mainland. Make camp on the coast and prepare for the next leg of your adventure! Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 29: Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National Park. Leaving the lively city of Dar es Salaam behind, drive inland to your campsite near the Makumi National Park. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 30: Mikumi – Iringa. Today you’ll climb in altitude until you reach a remote and rural farm house, where you’ll spend the night. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 31-32: Iringa - Chitimba Beach, Malawi. Travel through amazing mountain passes, banana and tea plantations and lush scenery to the Songwe border post, where you’ll cross over into Malawi. The following day you’ll make your way to magical Lake Malawi. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners included.

Day 33-34: Kande Beach, Malawi. You’ll spend the next two nights at Kande Beach by Lake Malawi, where you can try some exciting water sports such as diving, snorkelling or surfing. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners included.

Day 35: Kande Beach - Chipata, Zambia. Cross the border into Zambia and arrive at the town of Chipata (formally known as Fort Jameson). Relax and spend another night under the stars in your out-of-town campsite. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 36: Chipata – Lusaka, Zambia. An early start along the Great Eastern Road takes you to Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka. You will camp in a peaceful and relaxing farm setting outside the city. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 37: Lusaka – Livingstone, Zambia. Your destination today is the town of Livingstone, home to one of the world’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls, Victoria Falls. Breakfast included.

Day 38-40: Livingstone, Zambia. Spend the next three days exploring the Victoria Falls area and trying some adrenaline activities. Breakfasts included.

Day 41: Livingstone – Kasane, Botswana. Cross into Botswana today and travel towards Chobe National Park. You will enjoy a unique ‘Fish Eagle’ cruise on the Chobe River and watch hippos basking, buffalo drinking or elephants splashing in the water. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 42: Chobe National Park – Elephant Sands, Nata. Enjoy a morning game drive through Chobe National Park and spot elephant, lion and antelope. Travel to Nata, arriving at the Elephant Sands Lodge in the late afternoon. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 43: Elephant Sands – Maun. Head to Maun, Botswana’s fifth largest town, which lies along the banks of the Thamalakane River. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 44: Okavango Delta.Enjoy an incredible excursion today! Head into the magical Okavango Delta and take a guided canoe tour among the amazing giant lily pads and grasses of the Delta, searching for a sight of wonderful wildlife such as hippo, crocodile and birds. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 45: Okavango Delta – Maun. Cruise back to the polers’ station by mokoro and arrive back in Maun by midday. Enjoy a free afternoon trying exciting optional activities or relaxing in Maun. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 46: Maun – Ghanzi. Journey across to Ghanzi on the fringes of the Kalahari Desert. Take a guided bush walk among this barren-looking terrain, led by local San/Bushman and learn all about this ancient people’s way of life. As night falls, immerse yourself in the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushman around the campfire. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 47: Ghanzi – Windhoek, Namibia. Depart Botswana and cross into Namibia. Enjoy a night out and sample some local food or make the most of the city nightlife. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 48-49: Windhoek – Etosha National Park. Leave Windhoek behind and venture into the wilds of Namibia. Your destination is beautiful Etosha National Park, a vast landscape of orange plains and shimmering watering holes. Enjoy a magical game drive in the park. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners included.

Day 50: Etosha National Oark – Sptizkoppe. Plunge south to the delightful Damaraland region, stopping off at Spitzkoppe to admire the ancient bushman paintings, situated high up on rock formations, which offer a spectacular view. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 51 - 52: Spitzkoppe – Swakopmund. Travel on to Swakopmund and get involved with adventure activities such as quad biking and skydiving, or wander the city’s galleries and museums. Spend the evenings by the sea, enjoying the cool Atlantic sea breeze and toasting your African adventure with your travelling mates. Breakfasts included.

Day 53: Swakopmund – Sossus On Foot Camp. Traverse the Tropic of Capricorn and make your way to an epic desert campsite in Namibia’s Khomas region. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 54: Sossus on Foot Camp – Sesriem area. Wake up early to climb the famous Dune 45, and enjoy breathtaking views of the Namib’s orange and yellow sands. Visit the Sesriem Canyon and marvel at the layered rocks that expose the nature of the earth beneath. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 55: Sesriem Area – Fish River Canyon. Today you’ll visit the world’s second largest canyon, Fish River Canyon. 500m deep and 160km long, this canyon is an impressive sight and offers many awesome photo opportunities, especially at ‘Hell’s Corner’, an impossibly sharp river bend. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 56: Fish River Canyon – Orange River, South Africa. Head to the South African border and make camp on the banks of the gorgeous Orange River. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 57: Orange River – Cederberg Region. Cross the border into South Africa, the final country of this multi-country trip! Drive past the wildflowers of Namaqualand and camp by the Olifants River, where you can sample some local South African wines (extra cost). Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 58: Cederberg Region – Cape Town. Arrive into Cape Town, where your tour ends. Why not spend a few days here, and make the most of this incredible city? Breakfast included.

Mandatory Adventure Pass

This tour has an Adventure Pass which is a seperate payment for a range of activities over the course of the tour, including game drives and excursions. This Adventure Pass is mandatory. You can either purchase at the time of booking for £1570 by speaking with a Travel Advisor or purchase it in country for approximately USD 1990. Please download the trip notes for further details.

Please note, the price of the adventure pass is subject to change

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This tour has a mandatory Adventure Pass which is a seperate payment for a range of activities over the course of the tour, including game drives and excursions. You can either purchase at the time of booking for £1570 by speaking with a Travel Advisor or purchase it in country for approximately USD 1900.Please note, the price of the adventure pass is subject to change.

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Arrival information

The tour begins in Nairobi, Kenya, on day 1. As the tour departs Nairobi very early on day 1, you will need to book an extra night of accommodation before the tour begins (extra cost). The tour will have a compulsory pre-departure meeting at 6pm the evening before departure which it is essential you attend. 

Airport transfers are not included but are easy to arrange. The tour ends in Cape Town, South Africa, on day 58. In case of delays we strongly advise all customers to book an extra night of accommodation after their tour ends and fly out the following day as we cannot guarantee an exact time you will arrive into Cape Town.

Accommodation & meals


57 nights of accommodation are included. All camping and cooking equipment is provided, including 2-person dome tents with zip up insect screens and foam sleeping mattresses. Campsites will usually have shower facilities and power points. You should bring your own sleeping bag.

As the tour begins early on day 1, we recommend booking a night of pre-accommodation the day before (extra cost). We can help you organise this. Please contact a travel advisor for more details.

Upgraded Accommodation

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


57 breakfasts, 46 lunches and 44 dinners are included on this tour. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. This is a great opportunity to discover some African culture by sampling delicious local delicacies and interacting with local people!

Single Use Plastics

We ask that you bring your own refillable water bottle with you in an effort to help us reduce single use plastic on our trips. Some of the safari vehicles have free safe drinking water which you can use whilst on the trip.

Please be aware that Tanzania has banned the use of plastic bags and you may be asked to surrender any plastic bags you are carrying upon entry to Tanzania.

Minimum age & eligibility

This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-39. This trip requires you to show evidence that you have been fully vaccinated against covid-19 (final dose administered a minimum of 14 days prior to the start of the trip).

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. 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.

Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for the most up to date visa information.

Tour Style

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!

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.