Zanzibar to Cape Town

Zanzibar to Cape Town
From £ 350
Duration 34 Days
From £350.00 - 350.00
Duration 34 Days

Dreaming of the perfect, desktop background-worthy African getaway? From Zanzibar’s famed white sand beaches to Cape Town’s glittering city lights, this trip will surely do the job. Check out awe-inspiring sights like Fish River Canyon, the ancient Namib and Kalahari deserts, Okavango Delta, Lake Malawi and the mighty Victoria Falls; interact with the locals (both the human and animal varieties), and tick off bucket list items one action-soaked activity at a time. You won’t regret it.

Tour Itinerary

Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar, Tanzania

Today we ferry across to the magical 'Spice Island' of Zanzibar to spend three blissful nights. Discover the island’s idyllic, palm-fringed beaches, winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests, as well as its intriguing history as a major trading centre for spices. For centuries, Zanzibaris would trade with the people of the Arabian Peninsula and ply the ocean in simple dhow sailboats, relying on the annual trade winds for passage. The Arab influence is evident in the architecture and diverse street stall offerings of the capital, Stone Town, so keep your eyes peeled when wandering the city’s historic pathways. The next four days are on your own watch, so spend your time exploring at your own pace.

Please note: As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic safari lodge/hotel accommodation and breakfast on Zanzibar is included. However, lunches and dinners are your own to arrange. We usually divide our nights here between accommodation in Stone Town and accommodation on one of the northern beaches, but there are no set activities – the time is entirely yours to do as you please.

Included today:
-Ferry to Zanzibar

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Spice tour
-Visit the former slave market site
-Arabic Fort
-Palace Museum

Zanzibar

Don your comfiest walking attire and set out to explore Stone Town on foot. Get lost in the labyrinth of laneways at the bazaars, and marvel at the array of ancient maritime trinkets, vibrant fabrics and ornate wooden carvings. Be sure to pay a visit to the city’s mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways for a living history lesson of this fascinating island.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Spice tour
-Scuba diving
-Mnemba Island
-Dhow snorkelling safari
-Massage

Zanzibar

Awake to another day in this dreamlike haven. If it's white sand, a sparkling ocean and hot sun you're after, head to the northern beaches and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best. Try your hand at snorkelling and diving, indulge in some sumptuous seafood, or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Spice tour
-Scuba diving
-Mnemba Island
-Dhow snorkelling safari
-Massage

Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam

Time to farewell this picture-perfect paradise. Sneak in some last-minute shopping or relish one last dip, before catching the ferry back to Dar on the African mainland. Tonight, our campsite on the coast awaits.

Included today:
-Ferry to Dar Es Salaam

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park

Leaving the bustling city and warm Atlantic coast we drive inland through the Mikumi National Park and we may, with luck, spot forest elephant or giraffe feeding near the side of the road. Our campsite is located a stone's throw from the park, where we'll have the chance to sip sundowners at the local bar, followed by an evening around the open fire under the blanket of stars. If time allows, a game drive in the late afternoon will sate your appetite for a spot of animal viewing.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Mikumi Game Drive

Mikumi National Park to Iringa

After a scrumptious breakfast we depart for Iringa and Kisolanza Farm, which is at an altitude of 1600 metres, ensuring a pleasant climate in what is one of the most scenic areas in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. Home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years, Kisolanza remains a working farm, which provides organic meat (beef, lamb and chicken) and vegetables to the surrounding markets. This farmhouse is famous for their amazing hot showers, chocolate brownies and hot chocolate; and of course Amarula, which can be bought at their quaint candlelit bar.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Iringa to Lake Malawi, Malawi

After our last night in Tanzania, we head through lush mountain passes, rich grazing land and both banana and tea plantations on the way to Songwe, the border post into Malawi. For the next two nights we will stay at the Chitimba Beach campsite on scenic Lake Malawi.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Lake Malawi

Enjoy time on the beach or shop at a large curios market, where you can test your bargaining skills and buy some of Malawi's famous ornate and carved chairs. Alternatively, take an optional hike to Manchewe Falls, or embark on the Chihanga walk with a local guide. These trails are beautifully serene, but can take up to 10 hours so be sure to get plenty of rest beforehand!

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Livingstone day hike

Lake Malawi to Malawi Beach

After a relaxing morning we take a scenic drive to Mzuzu, the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi. Here, we'll stop for a short while to grab supplies and check out the markets before arriving at Kande Beach (also on Lake Malawi), where we stay two more nights.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner
Optional activities:
-Horse riding
-Village walk

Malawi Beach

Try your hand at some of the water sports typically available, embark on a leisurely horse ride or simply relax by the lakeside and dip your toe in its warm waters anytime the need arises. It's also worth taking the time to get to know some of the locals, often regarded as some of the friendliest in Africa.

Please note: Although we do our best to adhere to the campsites described in this itinerary, the crew may need to make some alterations to the itinerary published here.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner
Optional activities:
-Horse riding
-Village walk

Malawi Beach to Chipata, Zambia

Upon leaving the lake we head for the capital Lilongwe to gather supplies for our onward journey into Zambia - which means a good chance to spend the last of your Malawi kwacha before we leave. Chipata, formally named Fort Jamerson, is the capital of the Eastern Province of Zambia and is a colourful town with a number of fruit and vegetable markets and ornate mosques, thanks to its large Indian community. If time allows, we'll make a stop in town before arriving to our campsite, situated a short distance from the town centre.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Chipata to Lusaka

Today we leave early and take the Great Eastern Road through lush country and small villages, crossing the Luangwa River to Lusaka, Zambia's capital. Lusaka is southern Africa's fastest-growing city, and is located on the southern plateau at an elevation of 1,300 metres with four main highways running north, south, east and west to different parts of Africa. Enjoy the peace and quiet at our campsite, which is situated on a farm outside of the hustle and bustle, and be sure to keep watch for the zebras, ostriches, giraffes and antelopes roaming freely around the outskirts of the main camping area.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Lusaka to Livingstone

Next up, we head south to Livingstone, our gateway to the majestic Victoria Falls and the continent's adrenalin capital. Setting up camp on the banks of the Zambezi, just a few kilometres from the Falls, you'll have the chance to marvel at the sheer force of the water. In fact, the spray can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name Mosi au Tunya - the 'smoke that thunders'. Hint: now's the perfect chance to use that waterproof case you bought for your camera.

Included today:
-Mosi oa Tunya - Victoria Falls
Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
Optional activities:
-Victoria Falls bungee
-Mosi oa Tunya National Park game walk
-Chief Mukumi Village tour
-Gorge swing
-Zambezi jetboating
-Half day canoe safari
-Zambezi sunset cruise
-White water rafting
-Helicopter over the Falls
-Fishing
-Bridge tour
-Full day abseil

Livingstone

Welcome to our picturesque Livingstone campsite, perfectly placed on the doorstep of the Mosi au Tunya National Park. Fancy another game drive? Here, you have the option. Elephants crossing the Zambezi River from Zimbabwe can usually be spotted, as well as giraffe, buffalo, white rhino, warthog, hippo and a variety of different monkey species. The next few days are yours to explore the Victoria Falls area to the max.

Meals:
-Breakfast
Optional activities:
-Victoria Falls bungee
-Mosi oa Tunya National Park game walk
-Chief Mukumi Village tour
-Gorge swing
-Zambezi jetboating
-Half day canoe safari
-Zambezi sunset cruise
-White water rafting
-Helicopter over the Falls
-Fishing
-Bridge tour
-Full day abseil

Livingstone

If Jinja in Uganda is Africa's adrenaline playground then Livingstone is its Disney World. Every life-defying activity you can think of is on offer here. Rafting, canoeing, bungee jumping, abseiling, gorge swinging, elephant and horse riding and scenic flights above the thundering Victoria Falls are just the beginning. With so much action, you'll be guaranteed a good night's sleep tonight.

Meals:
-Breakfast
Optional activities:
-Victoria Falls bungee
-Mosi oa Tunya National Park game walk
-Chief Mukumi Village tour
-Gorge swing
-Zambezi jetboating
-Half day canoe safari
-Zambezi sunset cruise
-White water rafting - full day
-Helicopter over the Falls
-Fishing
-Bridge tour
-Full day abseil

Livingstone

Of course, there's more to Livingstone than action-soaked activities - which is why you have another day to check out the markets and fascinating museum, spend a worthwhile day volunteering with a local project, embark on a day-trip to Victoria Falls Township in Zimbabwe, or simply relax on the serene campsite deck and watch the Zambezi River flow rapidly to the Falls.

Meals:
-Breakfast
Optional activities:
-Victoria Falls bungee
-Mosi oa Tunya National Park game walk
-Chief Mukumi Village tour
-Gorge swing
-Zambezi jetboating
-Half day canoe safari
-Zambezi sunset cruise
-White water rafting
-Helicopter over the Falls
-Fishing
-Bridge tour
-Full day abseil

Livingstone to Chobe National Park, Botswana

Moving on from Livingstone, we travel a short distance to Botswana and the town of Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. The Chobe River, which flows along the northeast border of the park, is a major watering spot for large breeding herds of elephants, giraffe and cape buffalo. The bird-watching here is also excellent, so prop your binoculars and keep watch for spoonbills, ibis, various species of stork, duck and other waterfowl flock to the area. We change it up this afternoon with an exciting game-viewing cruise on the Chobe River - a truly amazing way to see hippo, elephant and sometimes buffalo come to the river to bathe and drink.

Included today:
-Fish eagle boat cruise

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Chobe National Park to Nata

We leave Kasane and make our way south, hugging the fringes of the dry and dusty Kalahari Desert and stopping at our campsite Elephant Sands Lodge, located just north of the small town of Nata. Since the camping area is unfenced, wild animals frequently visit the lodge's waterhole to drink so keep your eyes peeled for elephant, buffalo, zebra and giraffe (and possibly the odd lion and wild dog!). Like the other beasts of the land, gravitate to the water (in the form of a swimming pool!) and relax and absorb nature's bounty at its best: up close!

Included today:
-Chobe National Park game drive

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Nata to Maun

Leaving Elephant Sands, we make our way to Maun via Nata keeping our eyes peeled for wildlife which wander freely in these parts. The gateway to the Okavango Delta, Maun is the fifth largest town in Botswana and is an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native huts. Although officially still a village, Maun has developed rapidly from a rural frontier town to a community that has distributed along the wide banks of the Thamalakane River where red lechwe can still be seen grazing next to local donkeys, goats and cattle.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Okavango Delta scenic flight

Maun to Okavango Delta

From our campsite in Maun, we begin our excursion into the Okavango Delta by an open 4x4 truck to the mokoro station, where we'll be introduced to the local Tswana Polers who will be guiding us on this expedition. We travel by mokoro (dugout canoe) amongst the giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels in search of hippo, crocodile and a variety of bird to our island tented camp, before exploring the area on a walking safari. A completely unspoilt area that teems with wildlife, the Okavango is the perfect spot to get amongst nature and listen to the sounds of the African wilderness at night.

Included today:
-Okavango Delta excursion with mokoro/walking safari

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Okavango Delta to Maun

Returning to Maun, you have the day to unwind at your leisure. Since Maun's founding in 1915 it has had a reputation as a hard-living, wild-west sort of town built to supply local cattle ranching and hunting operations. Today however, Maun is a thriving tourist hub, which plays host to a range of interesting cultural activities.

Included today:
-Okavango Delta excursion with mokoro safari

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Maun to Ghanzi

Today we farewell the paradisiacal Okavango Delta and roll onto Ghanzi, which skirts the Kalahari Desert. Here, in this midst of (seemingly) barren terrain we meet the San Bushman and enjoy a guided bush walk, where we learn about this ancient people's way of life. Later on this evening, you'll witness the ancient dance rituals of the San Bushman, which on special occasions, could be a healing or trance dance - expect a truly intense spiritual experience for both participants and visitors alike.

Included today:
-Kalahari Bushman walk

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Optional activities:
-Traditional dancing

Ghanzi to Windhoek, Namibia

Today we leave Botswana behind and travel to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, which is located in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains. Windhoek is home to approximately two hundred thousand people, an extremely small capital by global standards. The city centre is characterised by a proliferation of German-style buildings, a lasting reminder of Namibia's early colonial history and atmosphere. Take the opportunity to enjoy a night out at one of the local restaurants or visit 'Joe's Beerhouse'.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Windhoek to Etosha National Park

We make our way north to Etosha National Park, a vast reserve of over 20,000 square kilometres surrounding a central salt depression or 'pan'. The pan is seasonally full of water but specially managed waterholes sustain some 114 mammal and 340 bird species. We spend two nights here, usually making camp near a floodlit waterhole, where observers frequently see a range of nocturnal visitors (think: elephant, giraffe, zebra, hyena and even lion!) making it one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in Namibia. We have a short afternoon game drive upon arrival and a full-day game drive the following day.

Included today:
-Etosha National Park game drive

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park is the ultimate definition of the perfect game-viewing destination. Picture this - a barren landscape teeming with neon flamingos and pelicans and surrounded by nothing but native bush, grasslands, scrubland and saline lakes. Trust us, you'll be in awe of this magical spot. Today we dive straight into the heart of Etosha National Park and enjoy a full day game drive, keeping our eyes peeled for more of the local residents.

Included today:
-Etosha National Park game drive
Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Etosha National Park to Spitzkoppe

Today we head south to the beautiful Damaraland region and stop at Spitzkoppe to admire ancient bushman paintings still visible on peculiar rock formations. The rock formations peak at approximately 2,000 metres above sea level and form a spectacular view, so take your time to explore the area and enjoy its delightful calmness. Keep an eye on the ever changing colour of the rock, especially during sunrise and sunset, when they acquire intense red shades.

Included today:
-Spitzkoppe Bushman Paintings

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund

Departing the granite-infused Spitzkoppe, we make our way to Swakopmund - a small town redolent of Namibia's colonial past but with modern adventure oriented attractions for the visitor. Sandwiched neatly between the desert and the ocean, Swakopmund is Namibia's main seaside resort and is a delightful coastal oasis.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Sandboarding
-Quad biking
-Skydiving
-Deep sea fishing
-Scenic flights
-Swakopmund township tour

Swakopmund

Take the day to try some adventure desert-based activities - quad biking, sand boarding, or for the real thrillseekers, skydiving (weather permitting). For those without an iron stomach, enjoy the town's shopping, cafes, restaurants and art galleries - or simply stroll along the promenade admiring the ocean.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Sandboarding
-Quad biking
-Skydiving
-Deep sea fishing
-Scenic flights
-Swakopmund township tour

Swakopmund to Solitaire

Continuing south, we cross over the Tropic of Capricorn, stopping for a photo opportunity en route to Solitaire - Namibia's smallest town - for the night.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Solitaire to Sesriem Area

Continuing on, we reach the Namib Naukluft Park (aka the world's oldest desert, containing some of the highest sand dunes in the globe). Traversing into the park, we make a stop at the base of Dune 45 - the perfect spot to clamber to the top of one of the most photographed sand dunes in the world and marvel at the vastness of the empty desert as the sun starts to set (hello, perfect photo op!). Tonight we rest our heads at the Sesriem campsite on the outskirts of the national park entrance under the star-filled African sky.

Included today:
-Dune 45, Sossusvlei shuttle & guided walk
-Sesriem Canyon

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Sesriem Area to Fish River Canyon

This morning we prepare ourselves for the beautiful site of Fish River Canyon, the world's second largest canyon (behind the Grand Canyon, of course). Fish River Canyon is one of the natural wonders of Africa, some 500 metres deep and over 160 kilometres long. Again, there are plenty of opportunities for keen photographers as we spend time around this area and visit the canyon's infamous sharp river bend known as 'Hell's Corner'. There is nowhere in the world quite like this remarkable spot. Seriously.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Fish River Canyon to Gariep (Orange) River, South Africa

Leaving the mighty Fish River Canyon we travel south to the border of Namibia/South Africa to the Gariep (Orange) river. Our campsite lies on the banks of the river on the South African side, where you have the chance to swim, relax and unwind on the water's edge, or embark on an optional canoeing trip in sight of the abundance of birdlife in the area.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Canoe safari

Gariep (Orange) River to Western Cape Citrus Area

We continue south passing through Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of wildflowers that occur in spring (best seen between August and September). Pitching our tents at a picturesque campsite nestled near the Olifants River, we have the opportunity to sample some of the beautiful wines of the region. Bottoms up!

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Wine tasting

Western Cape Citrus Area to Cape Town

Wave goodbye to the scenic Cedeberg area and travel south, passing the rich fruit growing area of Citrusdal and the spectacular views, as we meander down the Picketberg Pass to the Western Cape Province. We continue to cosmopolitan Cape Town, without a doubt one of the world's most beautiful cities, where are tour ends. If time allows, we recommend you spend a few days exploring the city and surroundings.

Meals:
-Breakfast

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