Highlights
  • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: Located in southern Tanzania on the coast of the Indian Ocean, Dar es Salaam is a bustling, chaotic place, filled with life and color. It is the largest city of Tanzania, and is the countries richest city and an important economic centre.
  • Great Rift Valley: The Great Rift Valley is the name given to the geographic trench, approximately 6000 kilometers in length, which runs from Syria to Mozambique. The Rift Valley has been a rich source of fossils.
  • Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa: Greater Kruger National Park, is joint venture between the Kruger National Park and the Associated Private Nature Reserves. Together they have an area of more than 20.000.000 Ha (or more than 20.000 Km²), under their joint conservation.
  • Matobo or Matopos National Park, Zimbabwe: The Matobo National Park lies in the Matobo Hills, which are a 200 million year old range of granite domes, spires and unique smoothly-rounded balancing boulders created by years of erosion. The 424 sq km park is the burial ground for colonial imperialist Cecil Rhodes and his peaceful grave can be visited on the top of one of these outcrops of rock. It is also home to a diversity of wildlife, and has one of the largest densities of leopard in Africa, and considerable populations of both the black and white rhinoceros. The highlight here is a game walk to possibly get close to rhino on foot.
  • Kruger National Park, South Africa: Spanning 18,989 square kilometers, the Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa, and is the premier game reserve of South Africa.  Home to the Big Five, there are 147 mammalian species, as well as 517 bird species and 114 species of reptile.
  • Lake Malawi, Malawi: Lake Malawi is one of the great African lakes, and is the south-most lake in the Great Rift Valley. The third largest lake in Africa, Lake Malawi is positioned between Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique. It is the second deepest lake in Africa, and has reportedly the most species of fish on Earth.
  • Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya: Known to the locals as "The Mara", Maasai Mara National Reserve is the largest game reserve in Kenya. The Mara is famous for its population of big cats, game, annual migration of zebra, wildebeest and gazelle from the neighbouring Serengeti
  • Maasai Village Walk: The Maasai village tour is an interesting experience. As you arrive at the village, excited children and adults welcome you with a song and dance. The village huts (called Manyatta) are made of cow dung and clay plastered over stick frames. One of your hosts will give you an insight into Maasai life and the stories of the elders and the colourful dress attire.
  • Matobo or Matopos National Park, Zimbabwe: The Matobo National Park lies in the Matobo Hills, which are a 200 million year old range of granite domes, spires and unique smoothly-rounded balancing boulders created by years of erosion. The 424 sq km park is the burial ground for colonial imperialist Cecil Rhodes and his peaceful grave can be visited on the top of one of these outcrops of rock. It is also home to a diversity of wildlife, and has one of the largest densities of leopard in Africa, and considerable populations of both the black and white rhinoceros. The highlight here is a game walk to possibly get close to rhino on foot.
  • Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
  • The worlds largest unbroken caldera in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater is 16-19 km in diameter, has a crater floor of 26,400 ha and a rim soaring to 400-610 m above the crater floor. The formation of the crater is associated with the massive rifting which occurred to the west of the Rift Valley. It also has a population of about 25,000 large animals living in the crater, which makes game driving a true highlight!
  • Serengeti National Park, Tanzania: The Serengeti is probably one of the most well known African Game Reserve. Located in the north western corner of Tanzania bordering Kenya and the adjoining Masai Mara the word Serengeti is derived from the Masai word meaning 'Endless Plain' and when you enter the Serengiti you can really see where the name came from. The Serengeti is home to the 'Great Migration' a wildlife spectacle as nearly two million herbivores cross the Mara River in persuit of the fresh grass after the rains.
  • Victoria Falls National Park: Victoria Falls or Mosi Oa Tunya, the smoke that thunders sits on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe where the Zambezi river drops 108 metres into the gorge.
  • Victoria Falls, named after Queen Victoria are also known by their local name Mosi Oa Tunya, which literally translated means 'The Smoke that Thunders' referring to the coloumn of spray from the waterfall that can be seen from miles around. Victoria Falls is undoubtedly Southern Africa's adventure playground and some of the activities on offer are:
  • Bungy Jumping
  • White Water Rafting
  • Canoeing
  • Microlight Flights
  • Helicopter Flights
  • Walk with Lions
  • Walk with Elephants
  • Gorge Swing
  • Your tour leader will be able to assist in booking on these activities and others too!
  • Zanzibar, Tanzania: The Island of Zanzibar is a semi-autonomus part of the United Republic of Tanzania and lies 25 - 30 Kilometres off the coast and consits of numerous small islands including the two main islands Ugnja (informally referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba. Zanzibar's main industry is spice exports, hence the name 'The Spice Island' that, along with tourism are the islands main income source. Zanzibar is home to fantastic coral reefs making for excellent diving and snorkelling, not forgetting beautiful white sandy beaches. Also not to be missed is the excellent and informative 'spice tour' where you will learn more about the island's interesting past.

Starting in Nairobi, Kenya, and ending in Johannesburg, South Africa, this Acacia Africa overland tour offers the best of what Central and Southern Africa have to offer.

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Just come back from my amazing 34 day Zanzibar to Cape Town trip. It flew past - I had such a good time. Sam and Julius, my trip leader and driver, were awesome, really helpful and funny and had lots of interesting stories to tell. Had a great group too and have so many fantastic memories. From the white sands of Zanzibar, the smiling, waving children of Malawi, walking with lions and swimming at the top of Victoria Falls, gliding through the reeds of the Okovango Delta in a mokoro, elephants wandering through the campsite, seeing all the wildlife drinking from the watering hole at Etosha, skydiving over the Namibia dunes in Swakopmund, climbing up Dune 45 through the mist only for it to clear with the sunrise to going up to the top of Table Mountain and feeling on top of the world in Cape Town. Really want to go back and I've only been home a day. If you are hesitating about booking - just go for it! I loved every second, well maybe not taking down tents at 5am but practically every second! Acacia are a really good company, our truck seemed so much nicer than some others who didn't even have lockers inside the truck. I will be back to do the Kenya to Zanzibar leg of the trip at some point in the future and know I won't even bother looking at another company to do the trip!
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Itinerary

Days 1 – 7: Masai Mara, Serengeti Plains, Arusha

From Nairobi we cross the Great Rift Valley and enter the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya’s premier safari destination. Our camp beside the park gives us perfect access to afternoon and morning game drives in pursuit of the ‘Big Five’ and other fantastic wildlife. Situated in the heart of Masailand, we may also see Masai villages and red-robed Masai herdsmen in and around the reserve. From the ‘Mara’, we briefly head back to Nairobi before crossing the border into Tanzania, to arrive in Arusha. Make local friends on a fascinating guided walk to a local Masai village and visit the Meserani Snake Park! We transfer to 4x4 vehicles for a 3-day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. Drink in the views of the crater floor from the top of its high walls, listen to the sounds of the African bush as we camp in the Serengeti and revel in the amazing animals we see on morning and afternoon game drives in these world-class conservation areas. We return to Arusha to explore the markets before continuing to the Indian Ocean coast.

Days 8 – 15: vDar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Malawi

We rejoin our truck in Arusha and drive in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, across vast tracts of savannah to the port city of Dar es Salaam. A ferry transports us to Zanzibar to explore tone Town’s intriguing alleyways and spice markets, ancient architecture and fabulous seafood. Meanwhile on the northern beaches white sands, leaning palms and coral-filled waters offer perfect east coast relaxation. Back on the mainland, we leave the coast and drive via Mikumi National Park into Malawi.

NB Basic shared accommodation is included on Zanzibar however meals will be for your own account allowing you to experience some of the many different options available on Zanzibar. Please refer to the tour dossier (available below) for more information.

Days 16 – 21: Lake Malawi, Lusaka, Livingstone

Malawi is one of the friendliest countries on tour and home to the third-largest fresh water lake on the continent with over 600 different species of endemic fish. We follow the shore of Lake Malawi and stop at beachside camps along the way. At Kande Beach try scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing and horseback riding. We also take part in a guided village walk. Leaving the lake we enter Zambia, and stop near its capital, Lusaka.

Days 22 – 24: Victoria Falls, Livingstone

Livingstone, close to Victoria Falls, is our base for the next few days. This is Africa’s adrenaline capital - try white water rafting, jetboating, gorge-swinging, canoeing or even bungy jumping! Alternatively, enjoy horse riding and walking safaris, or simply relax at our riverside campsite. We view the thunderous Victoria Falls from Mosi-Oa- Tunya (‘Smoke That Thunders’) National Park and then have time in Livingstone at our leisure.

Day 25 – 27: Livingstone - Bulawayo, Zimbabwe - Matobo National Park

We cross the border to Zimbabwe and make our way to the city of Bulawayo and on the picturesque Matopos area. The Matopos hills are made up of large granite boulders balanced on one-another making for striking scenes and interesting surroundings. Explore the Matobo National Park on foot with a resident guide and see if you can spot some of the resident Rhino.

Day 28 – 30: Bulawayo – Tshipise - Kruger National Park, South Africa

Leaving Bulawayo, we continue south to the border at Beitbridge. Completing formalities we cross the Limpopo River -the second largest in South Africa and an important water source for this arid region. From here we visit southern Africa’s most famed national park - Kruger. The fences between the private game reserves on the fringes of the park, and the park’s borders with adjoining Mozambique and Botswana, have been taken down to form Greater Kruger and the park’s animals are free to roam the whole area. Kruger and Greater Kruger cover over 24,000 sq km and is home to an incredible wealth of African animals from the dwarf mongoose to Africa’s ‘Big Five’ (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo). There is also an incredible diversity of birdlife and flora to be discovered. We spend two nights within the Kruger area and take game drives across the savannah to glimpse some of the wildlife that inhabits the park.

Day 31: Johannesburg

On the last day of the tour, we travel via the Panorama region of Mpumalanga with its beautiful scenery and dramatic escarpment views, to Johannesburg where our tour ends. Also known as the ‘City of Gold’, it is one of the most cosmopolitan cities on the African continent.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 3,470

Price Per Day:

$ 112 per day
 
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Fully equipped safari vehicle
  • Camping and cooking equipment
  • All road tolls and vehicle taxes
  • All ground transportation
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Services of two crew
  • Meals as indicated
  • Masai Mara Excursion
  • Masai Village Walk
  • Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion
  • Zanzibar Ferry and Accommodation
  • Victoria Falls Visit
  • Motobo National Park
  • Kruger National Park
  • Shangaan Cultural Evening
Trip Excludes
  • Local Payment excursions
  • Visas
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Departure taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Sleeping bag
  • Optional activities
  • Drinks, tips, items of a personal nature
  • Meals on Zanzibar (Lunches x 3, Dinners x3).
Meals Included:

30 Breakfasts, 23 Lunches and 23 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 24
Average 16 and Maximum 24
Start City
Nairobi, Kenya
End City
Johannesburg, South Africa
Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation by You If You wish to cancel your booking You must inform the Company in writing (signed by the person who signed the original Booking Form) sending such written notification to Basement Unit, 23A Craven Terrace, London,W2 3QH. Cancellation will be effective on the day it is received by the Company. The following charges, in addition to your deposit and where applicable the gorilla and chimpanzee permit moneys, will be payable by You, depending upon the number of days prior to departure date when the Company receives notice of cancellation.

Date when Written Advice Percentage of Holiday of Cancellation Received Fee Payable

56 days or more prior to departure Deposit

42 to 55 days prior to departure 35% Tour Price forfeit

28 to 41 days prior to departure 50% Tour Price forfeit

14 to 27 days prior to departure 75% Tour Price forfeit

Less than 14 days prior to departure 100% Tour Price forfeit

Age Notes

Min. Age: 18

Max Age: 39

Additional Information:

Your Responsibilities:

a) All passports, visas, health certificates or other travel documents required for the holiday must be obtained by you. It is your responsibility to ensure that that these remain in order, and to meet any additional costs incurred (whether by you or by the Company on your behalf) as a result of failure to comply with such requirements. Any information or advice given by the Company on passports, visas, vaccinations, etc. is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of the Company.

b) No credit or refund is possible for any unused services included in the holiday price or Local payment. This includes where the reason for not using the services is due to illness or to disinclination, or to lost, mislaid, or destroyed travel documents, or for departing the tour early or before it reaches its final destination.

c) You must obtain confirmed onward or return flight tickets prior to departure for Africa. The Company cannot be held responsible if you are refused entry to any country through failure to supply proof of onward travel. You must accept responsibility for reconfirming all onward travel arrangements.

d) You are responsible for checking-in at the correct time. The Company cannot accept responsibility if you miss flights or tours as a result of late a check-in.

e) You acknowledge that the nature of the holiday is expeditionary and adventurous, and that you will be visiting places where the political, cultural and geographical conditions present certain dangers, risks and physical challenges greater than those present in our everyday lives.

f) It is compulsory that you have personal travel insurance. This policy must include a minimum cover of $3,62,892 for medical and repatriation expenses.

g) You agree that during the holiday images, photos, or videos may be taken by other clients or Company staff that may contain you in part or in whole. You agree that these images may be reproduced by The Company and You grant perpetual, royalty free, worldwide, irrevocable license to reproduce such images, photos, or videos in any medium for promotion and publicity purposes.

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