Tour Package Overview
A 42 Day tour that traverses the whole of East and Southern Africa on an Overland experience that will build memories for years to come. Get to see th various cultures, people, wildlife and flora tht exists in these diverse regions and get to learn the rich cultural lifestyles from the locals. Enjoy local cuisines, experience the exuberant life of the wild jungles and close proximity to nature.
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Days 1-2 Citrusdal and Orange:
From Capetown where our trip starts, we take a short drive to Citrusdal. This is via South Africa’s wine growing region. Our journey then takes us to Orange River via the serene Cederberg mountain region. Orange River is on the border with Namibia where we have the option of doing a four-hour canoe safari from our oasis-like campsite.
Days 3-5 Fish River Canyon and Naukluft National Park:
Our next stop is FishRiverCanyon, which is arguably the world’s second largest canyon. There is a spectacular viewpoint over the canyon and the sunset never fails to impress. From FishRiverCanyon we go to the Namib-NaukluftNational Park. This park has one main feature, which is sand, large mountains of sand. These dunes are the highest in the world reputed to be as high as 300 meters. The ones we will see have been measured by altimeter on our previous trips and are about 200 meters high. Our day here begins before sunrise as the best time to photograph the dunes is when the sun is low on the horizon and shadows define the contours clearly. The other reason for the early start is that it is too hot to walk up the dunes once the sun has fully risen. There is also the chance to go on a brilliant and informative early morning walk amongst the Sossusvlei/Dead Vlei sand dunes getting up close and personal with the expertly adapted resident flora and wildlife.
Day 18-19 Chobe National Park:
From Maun we head to Kasane near ChobeNational Park. At Chobe we usually go on a 3 hour sunset boat cruise drive in open sided 4×4’s and a 3 hour sunrise game drive in open sided 4×4’s. Both the game drive and boat cruise (and the resident 50000+ elephants) give us great game viewing opportunities in one of the largest parks in southern Africa.
Days 20-22 Victoria Falls:
Two full days to enjoy the many activities available including the option to do an evening river cruise on the upper (above the falls) ZambeziRiver, which takes about 3 hrs with drinks included. On the Zimbabwe side there are a wide variety of optional activities, the most famous being White Water rafting on the Lower Zambezi. This excursion takes a full day and has 14 plus rapids none below grade 4 (rapids are graded from 1 to 6). Please note that at certain times of the year the rafting may be restricted or even closed due to high water levels (March – May). Bungee jumping is also an option for all those who wish to throw themselves 111 meters head first off a perfectly good bridge. Another optional activity is Jet Boating, imported and improved on from New Zealand. Various flights are on offer, Including light fixed wing aircraft, helicopter, microlight and ultralight, all offering wonderful viewing of the falls. As well as these, there is horse riding, elephant riding and canoeing, not to mention a walk to the falls themselves. Videos and still photographs are available for purchase of most activities, and are a great reminder of your adrenaline filled visit to the mighty Victoria Falls and Zambezi River. At Victoria Falls some members of the group may be transferring to other tours. There may also be new Members joining for the remainder of the tour to Cape Town. NB Please note that entrance (approximately 20 USD) to Mosi oa Tunya (Victoria Falls) National Park is not included in your tour price.
Days 23-24 Zambia:
Zambia is a transit country to Malawi where we will have opportunities for numerous activities. On the way we cross the LuangwaRiver, see the vast open lands and the ever changing landscapes. We sleep at Lusaka the capital city and Chipata before crossing into Malawi.
Day 25-28 Lake Malawi Beaches:
The next 4 days are spent in the Capital City Lilongwe and the Lake Malawi beaches. Malawi is a small country in central southern Africa and is dominated by water and mountainous regions. More than 30% of the country’s landmass comprises of Lake Malawi. On our trip through Malawi we visit a number of the small bays along the lakeshore. Snorkeling and diving are available or people can just swim and laze about on the beaches. There is also ample time to visit local villages and the local markets which abound with woodcarvings, the most famous of these being large carved chairs. These chairs have proved very popular with our clients over the years, only to become a problematic purchase when the time comes to send such a large object home.
Day 29-30 Iringa- Dar Es Salaam:
From Malawi we cross North into Tanzania headed for Dar Es Salaam. The route takes us through the MikumiNational Park. This is not an excursion, but, fortunately for us, the road actually passes right through the centre of the park, and it is possible to see numbers of giraffe, antelope and elephants. It is interesting to note that these elephants are very small in stature, which is attributed to the decimation of their gene pool due to poaching
Day 31-33 Zanzibar:
We travel to Zanzibar by ferry from Dar es Salaam and this journey can take up to 3 or 4 Hours. Conditions are usually smooth but beware the occasional day with rolling seas. Zanzibar is known as the SpiceIsland, which comes from the many different spices that were grown there by the original Omani settlers. A lot of spices are still grown on the island and make up a large part of the economy of the island. The island does have a more sordid past in that it was once a major slave trading port; and it is still possible to visit the site of the old slave trading markets. The town centre still shows a lot of its Arabic origins in its architecture. It’s fascinating to walk around the labyrinth of old buildings and walled streets. For the beach lovers you can go out of the town and spend some relaxing time on the isolated beaches. There are spice tours that take in all manners of exotic fruits and spices and you can sample many of the tastes and smells first hand. Just off the coast of the old town is PrisonIsland, where there is a population of giant land tortoises who are happy to share their stretch of beach. We will spend 3 days on the island, generally split between 1 night in Stone Town and 2 nights on the Coast where accommodation with breakfast is included however all other meals will be at your own expense during this time. We recommend that you budget around U$200-$300 for your stay on Zanzibar to cover food, transport around the island, optional tours, accommodation upgrades, drinks and souvenirs. Please note that this is a recommendation only as different passengers have widely differing spending patterns.
Day 34 Dar Es Salaam:
Today we return to our campsite in Dar Es Salaam
Day 35-37 Usambara Mountains/Arusha:
From Dar Es Salaam we spend two nights on the UsambaraMountains where we will have optional activities like bird watching, walks, village visits and other cultural experiences. The next overnight is at Arusha before we head to Serengeti.
Day 38-39 Serengeti National Park:
Leaving Arusha behind us, you will journey through the Tanzanian countryside to the SerengetiNational Park, crossing vast plains in search of the Big 5 on our way to our bush camp in the heart of the National Park where we will spend two nights listening to the sounds of Africa. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the SerengetiNational park. Expect an early rise in the mornings which give us the best opportunity to view game as they start their day, an unforgettable experience to watch Africa wake up! Afternoon game drives offer their own beauty and give you some amazing photo opportunities.
Day 40 Ngorongoro Crater:
One last early morning game drive in the Serengeti on our way as we head for the Ngorongoro Crater escarpment where you will set up camp and prepare for an early start tomorrow morning
Day 41 Arusha:
We descend onto the Crater floor in 4×4 Jeeps for an early morning game drive in one of the most stunning natural wonders of the world. At 19Kms across and 600m deep this is the 5th largest crater in the world. It is a world heritage site and boasts a unique ecosystem. The crater itself reflects a mini rift valley. It has a soda lake with flamingos, fresh water, open plains, and a forest area. There is a high concentration of animals here, and it is also a home to a small population of black rhinos. We spend around 4½ hours game driving around the crater and have our picnic Lunch before we head out of the Park where we meet our Truck again and head out to Arusha again
Day 42 Nairobi:
Today we drive through Maasai country as we cross into Kenya and finally head to the Capital city, Nairobi. Accommodation for tonight is included, tomorrow morning you will need to have a booking for your onward plans. We strongly recommend that you do not arrange onward flights until the following day, but stay overnight in Nairobi. If you do need to fly out on the final day, we suggest that you do not book a flight before 9pm at the earliest, in case of any unexpected delays
What you get and what you do not get in your safari expedition
Kindly take note of the following
How it works:
This is a group participatory trip whereby you are more than just a passenger. You’re part of the crew, pitching in to set up camp, shop for food, cook and generally help out. We operate a rota system, dividing the group into smaller units, so that these duties are shared equally amongst the group. These jobs will include things like loading the back locker, sweeping the truck, food stores etc. Even though we have a cook on board the truck who will organize and supervise the cooking, you will still be required to help prepare meals. The more you put into your tour the greater the experience you will get from your trip. It is all about participation and mucking in with your fellow passengers! Participation is a key factor on a tour of this nature and everyone is expected to pull their weight and get involved with the daily duties. The most successful trips are those where people become involved. Naturally, amongst any group of people you will find a multitude of personalities, just remember that this is YOUR trip of a lifetime and don’t let other people’s quirks and habits bother you too much – take home your happy memories of Africa. On the flipside you may find your tent partner will become a lifelong friend, which is one of the joys of the internet & social networking sites! A typical camp breakfast might be toast with spreads, cereal and something hot such as eggs or pancakes as well as tea and coffee. Lunch is almost always a sandwich heaped high with healthy salad and assorted fillings, with fruit to follow. Dinner might be a BBQ, risotto, pasta dish and there is always the chance to try some local cooking. Generally our passengers find the more they put into a trip, the more they benefit for it. All passengers are required to obey all laws of the countries through which we pass. This particularly applies to the smuggling of contraband and possession of narcotic drugs, firearms, antiquities and ivory. Any passenger found contravening such laws or customs may be required to leave the trip immediately with no refund of the trip price.
NOTE: - The longer Jambo African Adventures trips are combinations of shorter tours. Passengers on our longer tours might therefore change crew and vehicles at either Nairobi, Lake Naivasha or Victoria Falls. These and other destinations are also pickup and drop-off points for passengers so new faces and personalities will join the tours.
Overland travel and security
One of the real advantages of overland travel is that the vehicle provides a very real level of security when traveling. There is no doubt that a properly equipped overland vehicle, with safes, fully lockable doors and windows is an obvious advantage when traveling in much of the world. We recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt whilst traveling for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items (although most of these can be locked in the safe whilst you are on the trip) and advise passengers to leave any valuable jewellery, watches etc at home. Generally speaking, you will not be traveling on local public transport and will have the added security of traveling in a group with experienced crew on hand to offer advice. Please note: Any personal effects that are left on the truck, even if they are stored in the safe, are left at your own risk and Jambo African Adventures cannot be held responsible for any damage or theft that may occur. The safety of our passengers, leaders and operators is a major priority of Jambo African Adventures.
Issues on the trip
While we always endeavor to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local partner straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.