Starting a Cape Town this amazing 31 day tour covers some of the best sights and activities in Africa. Covering six countries and unforgettable features like the Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls and Lake Malawi, it will ensure that your African vacation is an epic adventure of a lifetime. The best option if you do not have the time of budget for the 56 day ultimate tour or want to end up on Zanzibar beaches (not included).

Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania Overland Experience

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31 days of amazing adventure!

Cape Town to Tanzania Overland (7)South Africa and East Africa contain some of the most incredible gap year destinations and activities. This once in a life time tour will take you to all of these places. Starting in a  cosmopolitan  Cape Town you will explore some incredible sites and have some  unforgettable  cultural interactions with various tribes along the way. Discovering a raging  Victoria  falls after emerging from the dry  Namibian  desert will take your breath away, so will diving into the crystal waters of lake Malawi. This will be nothing, compared to the blissful days you will spend on Zanzibar, one of the worlds most beautiful islands. Plenty jam packed into a 31 day itinerary with all of you food transport and many activities covered in the price, makes this trip a great value way to see a lot of Africa and have the trip of a lifetime.

Countries Visited

  • South Africa
  • Namibia
  • Botswana
  • Zimbabwe
  • Zambia
  • Malawi
  • Tanzania
If you want to read more about the highlights and activity pack upgrades click the images below. We have extensive write ups on our blog.

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DAY 1 SOUTH AFRICA, CEDERBERG MOUNTAIN REGION:

 

Leaving Cape Town we make our first stop at Table View and take photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. We will be heading north towards our stop for the first night, passing through the Cederberg Region. Upon arrival at our overnight stop, we will enjoy a wine tasting, sampling wines from the region. Tonight we will be treated to a traditional South African meal, followed by a full tour briefing from your guides.

Cape Town to Victoria Falls Overland adventure! (6)Distance
±195km
Route
Cape Town to Citrusdal
Activity Package
Wine tasting & traditional dinner

DAY 2 NAMAQUALAND & ORANGE/GARIEP RIVER

Leaving Cape Town we make our first stop at Table View and take photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. We will be heading north towards our stop for the first night, passing through the Cederberg Region. Upon arrival at our overnight stop, we will enjoy a wine tasting, sampling wines from the region. Tonight we will be treated to a traditional South African meal, followed by a full tour briefing from your guides.

Distance
±195km
Route
Cape Town to Citrusdal
Activity Package
Wine tasting & traditional dinner

DAY 3 NAMIBIA, ORANGE/GARIEP RIVER – FISH RIVER CANYON

This morning there’s the chance to see the beautiful river valley by canoe or just relax at camp. After lunch we cross the border and travel to the Fish River Canyon. We enjoy a scenic walk along the edge of the canyon before enjoying our dinner, while watching the sunset. This is also a fantastic photo opportunity.

Cape Town to Victoria Falls Overland adventure! (1)Distance
±180km
Route
Orange River to Fish River Canyon
Included Activities
Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon
Optional Activities
Half-Day Canoe Trip

 4 NAMIB-NAUKLUFT NATIONAL PARK

We arrive at the Namib-Naukluft National Park and set up camp, then enjoy a short hike into the Sesriem Canyon. Tonight we enjoy the star-studded sky and enduring silence of the Namib Desert, only occasionally interrupted by the call of a jackal or, a rather unique lizard, the barking gecko!

Distance
±520km
Route
Fish River Canyon to Namib-Naukluft Park
Places
Namib-Naukluft National Park

DAY 5 SOSSUSVLEI DUNES – NAMIB-NAUKLUFT NATIONAL PARK

This is our earliest morning as we prepare for our hike up Dune 45 to marvel at the sunrise. After our hike, we will have the chance to visit Sossusvlei. Later we join a local expert on a guided hike and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions.

Distance
±150km
Route
Sesriem to Sossusvlei
Included Activities
Sunrise hike up Dune 45
Walk into Sesriem Canyon
Places
The Namib Desert
Sossusvlei

DAY 6 SWAKOPMUND

After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital, Swakopmund. Just before we arrive in Swakopmund, we stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon en-route, where there are often flamingos to be seen. You will be briefed on the many optional activities available here and there is time to explore the town before dinner out at one of the local restaurants.

Distance
±250km
Route
Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
Included Activities
Stop off in Walvis Bay (to view flamingos)
Places
Swakopmund
Activity Package
Guided desert walk with local expert
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Swakopmund

DAY 7 SWAKOPMUND

Today is your chance to experience the adrenalin filled atmosphere that Swakopmund offers. Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day if you are not participating in the many activities available on offer here.

Optional Activities
Dolphin Cruise 4/5 hours
Sky Diving
Sandboarding
Quad Biking (2 hours)
Dinner Out Swakopmund

DAY 8 SPITZKOPPE

Leaving the coast we drive through arid landscapes to Spitzkoppe Mountain. The enormous granite monoliths dominate the otherwise flat landscape and we set up camp in the wild plain at the base of the mountain. This afternoon our guide will take us on a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations. The more adventurous among us may want to try some mountain climbing for some stunning views of the landscape.

xtreme gap ultimate overland  (44)Distance
±80km
Route
Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe
Places
Spitzkoppe
Included Activities
Guided Walk with our Guide through Spitzkoppe

DAY 9 HIMBA TRIBES

Cape Town to Victoria Falls Overland adventure! (3)We visit a Himba community close to Kamanjab where you will have an opportunity to interact with the people who live there. This is a working village and is only a representation of a larger group of nomadic pastoralists. The semi-nomadic Himba people are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaced during the wars that raged in Angola. The dwindling number of pastoralists that still exist in their natural environment are protected as far as possible by creating a “buffer zone”, or an “educational tribe” where tourists who would like to get a better understanding of the way of the Himba, their lifestyle and their traditions, can do so without interfering with those still living in their natural environment.

Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the camp fire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand.  The income that this specific tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of orphaned Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage.  There is a market at the end of your visit, this is a way for the women to establish a small income, used for their own private expenses, and it is up to you whether you’d like to purchase anything or not.

DAY 10 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Leaving the city sights behind us, we travel into Namibia’s barren northern area. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. We enter Etosha National Park and game drive through to our campsite for the night.

Distance
±170km
Route
Outjo to Etosha National Park
Included Activities
Craft market stop en-route
Entrance to Etosha National Park
Afternoon game drive in our truck
Places
Etosha National Park

DAY 11 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. The sparse grasslands allow great opportunities to see animals normally hidden in dense vegetation. You may even see some of the amazing animals crossing the road in front of your truck! We will go on various game drives and spend our evenings at the abundant waterholes for some excellent game photography.

Included Activities
Full day game drive

DAY 12 WINDHOEK

After an early morning game drive we set off towards Windhoek, the Capital city of Namibia. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. Windhoek is not only the capital; it is also the cultural, social and economic centre of Namibia. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short drive through Windhoek in our truck. Joe’s Beer House is an exciting dining experience for our optional dinner out.

Distance
±450km
Route
Etosha National Park to Windhoek
Included Activities
Drive through Windhoek with the truck
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Windhoek
Bushman Walk (May take place on Day 7)
Places
Windhoek

DAY 13 BOTSWANA, GHANZI

After an early start, we say goodbye to Namibia and cross the Botswana border. Later we arrive at our lodge in Ghanzi and this evening we experience some traditional tribal dancing from the local San community.

Distance
±520km
Route
Windhoek to Ghanzi
People
Bushman – San People
Included Activities
Bushman Tribal dance in evening

DAY 14 GATEWAY TO OKAVANKA DELTA

This morning you will have the opportunity to participate in an optional bushman walk with the locals, before we continue our journey north towards Etsha and venture into the bush. We spend the night at our overnight camp on the banks of a beautiful lagoon. Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at this campsite for the following 2 nights.

Distance
±400km
Route
Ghanzi to Northern Delta
Optional Activities
Bushman Walk (May take place on Day 7)

DAY 15

After a leisurely breakfast we depart on our boat cruise to Seronga via the winding channels of the Delta. A vehicle transfer sees us arrive at our base for the next two nights, where we settle in and prepare for our afternoon mokoro trip that ends with sundowners overlooking the waterways of the Delta. The evening is spent around the campfire. Note: Activities may vary depending on water levels. Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the campsite for the following 2 nights.

Route
Sepopa to Jumbo Junction
Activity Package
Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
Places
The Okavango Delta

Day 16

An early start sees us head off on the crystal clear waters of the Okavango. Water lily beds and palm islands make for the most scenic of experiences. We stop at an island for a nature walk, where we have the possibility of seeing wildlife. We return to camp to relax before heading out onto the water for a sunset cruise.

Optional Activities
Tips for Polers

 

DAY 17

Today we bid farewell to the Delta and head north. After being re-united with our truck, we re-enter Namibia. Our overnight is located on the banks of the Okavango River in the Caprivi Strip of north-eastern Namibia.

Distance
±160km
Route
Okavango Delta to Rainbow River Lodge
Places
Caprivi Strip

DAY 18 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

This morning we travel through the Caprivi Strip and onto Kasane. This afternoon we will enjoy a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River.

Distance
±435km
Route
Rainbow River Lodge to Kasane
Optional Activities
3 hour photographic Boat Safari (includes usage of DSLR Camera, refreshments)
Places
Chobe National Park
Activity Package
Chobe National Park Boat Cruise

DAY 19  VICTORIA FALLS

 

Established in 1968, the Chobe National Park covers approximately 11700 sq kms, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. We will rise early to enjoy a game drive through the park, in search of vast herd of elephants and a multitude of antelope including the rare sable. After our game drive, we will pack our bags and head to Victoria Falls.

Cape Town to Victoria Falls Overland adventure! (7)Activity Package
Chobe National Park Game Drive
Vic Falls National Park Entry
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Victoria Falls
Places
Victoria Falls

DAY 20 VICTORIA FALLS

Most people will spend the day White Water Rafting, a not-to-be-missed experienceMost people will spend the day White Water Rafting, a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime! Vic Falls offers many exciting activities and today you will have the day free to participate in the activities on offer. of a lifetime!

Optional Activities
Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Bungee Jump – Solo
Dinner Out Victoria Falls
Helicopter Flights
White Water Rafting

Day 21 Lusaka

Leaving behind the natural wonder of Victoria Falls we continue our expedition. After Livingstone we journey towards the bustling Zambian capital of Lusaka. You will notice the vegetation becoming sub-tropical and the roads a little rougher.

Distance
±480km
Route
Victoria Falls to Lusaka
Places
Lusaka

Day 22 PETAUKE

Today is a long drive through lush country, crossing rivers en-route to Petauke, the gateway to the South Luangwa NP. Zambia is truly African and an adjustment from the more Western ways of Southern Africa.

Distance
±410km
Route
Lusaka to Petauke
Places
Chipata

Day 23 South Luangwa National Park

Early in the morning we drive from Petauke to the border of the South Luangwa National Park where we will spend the next two nights right on the banks of the Luangwa River. Before our arrival at the South Luangwa NP, we will stop at the community run tribal textile project. The Tribal textile production factory is closed annually from December to March, when we will not be able to view the fabric production, however the textile shop is open all year round. This afternoon we enjoy a sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP (the game drive may take place the following day due to time constraints).

Distance
±180km
Route
Petauke to South Luangwa National Park
Places
South Luangwa National Park
Highlights
Textile Project Visit in South Luangwa
Activity Package
Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park

Day 24 South Luangwa National Park

In the morning you will have the opportunity to take an optional game drive through the South Luangwa National Park, which is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos. You can often see hippos and other animals from the camp bar.

Places
South Luangwa National Park
Optional Activities
Safari Walk in South Luangwa National Park
Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park

Day 25 LAKE MALAWI

Today we depart the South Luangwa NP and head towards Lake Malawi. Our accommodation for the night is situated on the edge of Lake Malawi and if time permits, grab your snorkels and discover some of the interesting creatures residing in the lake.

Distance
±250km
Route
Lilongwe to Ngala Beach
Places
Lake Malawi

Day 26 NORTHERN Lake Malawi

It’s a short drive to our next destination, situated in the northern region of Lake Malawi. As we will be spending the next 3 nights here, you will have sufficient time to explore the area. Lake Malawi is regarded as one of the most beautiful freshwater lakes in the world, tropical fish (the colourful kind) swim past in schools of brilliant blues, yellows and purples. It may also be possible to book an excursion to the Livingstonia Mission (full day hike).

Distance
±290km

DAY 27 AND 28 LAKE MALAWI

As you have the entire day, make use of your time here enjoy the sights and sounds of Lake Malawi or laze around the pool at our accommodation.

Day 29 Tanzania – Iringa

Xtreme Gap Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Africa (25)Today we leave Malawi and enter Tanzania. We ascend out of the Great Rift Valley through some spectacular mountain passes, passing vast tea plantations in the highlands before arriving at our camp outside Iringa.

Distance
±510km
Route
Karonga to Iringa
Included Activities
Traditional Local Dinner

Day 30 Mikumi

We leave Iringa today and head north to the Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant. Here we have the opportunity to enjoy an optional afternoon game drive through the park.

Distance
±360km
Route
Iringa to Mikumi
Activity Package
Mikumi National Park Game Drive

Day 31 Dar es Salaam

Our journey today brings us out of the cool highland region to the humid Indian Ocean coastal city of Dar es Salaam. Meaning ‘house of peace’ in Arabic, Dar es Salaam is the economic and trade capital of Tanzania, but inland Dodoma remains the official capital city. Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in Dar es Salaam.

Distance
±195km
Route
Mikumi to Dar es Salaam

 

Accommodation

On our camping tours you will be staying in two-man dome tents. We supply a mattress and you supply your own sleeping bag. The accommodated tours stay in traditional huts, permanent tented camps and hostel-style rooms.

Food and Meals

Included are three hearty meals a day, (unless otherwise specified). Vegetarians are easily catered for and they’re always impressed by our varied menu. Our guides can produce miracles on a camp-stove. Special dietary requirements can be catered for, but only by special request. In East Africa it is more difficult to cater to certain requirements.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

The Africa Overland Truck Tours are open to all ages and nationalities.
All people who join an adventure tour need to be in good health. Medical facilities are not always available. If you have a specific medical condition it is compulsory for you to advise us before departure.
Malaria is a real concern in many areas of Africa, especially during the rainy season. Our advice is simple, prevent getting bitten by using an insect repellent and use an effective prophylactic. Speak to your doctor before selecting your Malaria medication.
Please ensure you have the relevant vaccinations. Proof of inoculation is required on certain tours. The best is to contact your GP.
This is covered comprehensively in the pre-departure dossier. South African Rand and Credit Cards work in Southern Africa. In East Africa (incl. Zimbabwe and Zambia) USD cash is best

Passengers under the age of 18 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. Passengers over the age of 65 require a medical clearance certificate from their doctor stating they are fit enough to travel.

A sense of fun and a flexible attitude! A full checklist of essential items is included in the pre-departure info document.
Your watch, Mobile Phone, laptop, work, stress, concept of time, pre-conceptions about anything and any attitude that is not pure adventure.
Although we will do our best at all times to ensure that the tour remains on schedule we want to make it very clear that this is not always possible. There is always something unexpected on a tour, sometimes the truck gets stuck in mud, or sand, sometimes it rains… Anything can happen, but nothing that a good sense of humour cannot overcome.

Yes! Make sure your insurance covers being airlifted in case of serious illness/injury as good hospital facilities are often a long way from where our tours travel. Free credit card insurance is often insufficient, so a separate policy is recommended. As travel insurance is compulsory, you will be asked for the policy number before being allowed to board our vehicle.

The average number of passengers on a tour is 18. On the camping tours there is a maximum of 24 and minimum of 4. On the Accommodated tour the minimum is 4 and the maximum is 18. The maximum number on Gorillas, Serengeti and Masai Mara tours is 18. Single Supplements are limited to 4 per tour on all tours.

Of course not, but you will not make many friends! On our tours our guides do most of the work. On a camping tour your participation in camp chores is limited: taking turns to assist with washing-up duties, putting up and taking down your tent and loading your bags. On some of our accommodated tours we include a camp assistant.

You are responsible for your own visas. Please check the itinerary of your tour carefully and if you need a multiple entry visa be sure to get one. Your passport needs to be valid for 6 months after your departure date from Africa and you must have at least 3-4 blank pages available. Some countries will not allow you to enter without 2 blank pages in your passport

All of our tours are priced on twin share accommodation. The single supplement is not compulsory on our camping tours but if you want your own tent you need to pay the single supplement. If you are booking one of our accommodated tours alone you have to pay the single supplement. There are a maximum of 4 single supplements available on all tours.

All travellers will be required to sign our indemnity form on departure. Any person refusing to do so will not be allowed on the tour.

Duration Option Price  
31 (Days)Camping No Activity PackGBP 1779Book Now
31 (Days)Camping with Activity PackGBP 2399Book Now

Included

  • Services of a tour leader
  • All transportation by private adventure vehicle
  • 31 nights camping fees & equipment
  • Most Meals: B x 30, L x 29, D x 27
  • Detailed predeparture pack
  • Check the highlights section for more on inclusions

Included in the Activity pack

This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be ´essential activities´ on our tours and therefore this itinerary has been written with these items included in the day-by-day itinerary. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this.

  • Cederberg guided walk
  • Guided desert walk with local expert
  • Himba tribe visit
  • 3 day Delta drive in
  • Chobe NP boat cruise
  • Victoria Falls National Park entrance
  • Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa NP
  • Textile village visit South Luangewa
  • Village tour Malawi

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Activity Pack (unless booking that option)

Dates

We have multiple departures per month. Please contact us for specific dates & availability.

Trip Highlights

Some of the exciting highlights you will find on this trip include the places and activities listed below.

If you would like a detailed review of each of these places don’t forget to check out our blog .

  • Orange River
  •  Namib-Naukluft Nationaal Park (NP)
  •  Okavango Delta
  •  Fish River Canyon
  •  Sesriem Canyon
  •  Spitzkoppe
  •  Himba Tribes
  •  Masai Village
  •  Chobe NP
  •  Victoria Falls NP
  •  South-Luanga NP
  • Lake Malawi
  •  Zanzibar

 

Activity Pack Upgrade Includes

The activity pack is a bolt on pack including what we consider to be the must to do activities on the trip. You do not have to purchase this at the time of booking, and all activities can be purchased locally as well.

  • Cederberg guided walk
  • Guided desert walk with local expert
  • Himba tribe visit
  • 3 day Delta drive in
  • Chobe NP boat cruise
  • Victoria Falls National Park entrance
  • Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa NP
  • Textile village visit South Luangewa
  • Village tour Malawi
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