Highlights
  • Full Game Drive in Kruger National Park from the Tucan Travel truck
  • Okavango Delta – 1 Night mokoro cruise & game walk excursion to the Okavango Delta
  • Stop off at Solitaire and the Tropic of Capricorn
  • Sesriem Canyon
  • Dune 45 (optional sunrise climb)
  • Sossusvlei & Vlei
  • Fish River Canyon

This neat tour packs in heaps of southern Africa’s biggest highlights. Drive through South Africa’s most famous game reserve, Kruger NP and keep an eye out for the big five. Camp in the Okavango Delta, where you can glide amongst the reeded waterways on mokoro and sample South Africa’s finest wines before ending in Cape Town where you can ascend the mighty Table Mountain via cable car.

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Kruger, Falls & Cape Town

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Tour was presented a wide variety of December 2015

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Tour was presented a wide variety of place, landscapes and activities. The guide was very nice and was great to travel with local people, felt included in the cultural diversity of Morocco. The driver Hassan was exceptionally patient and safe driver.
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Had a really good time on this December 2015

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Had a really good time on this tour! Highlight was the camel ride and Sahara. Tour guide (Mustafa 1), driver (Mustafa 2) and local guides helpful and knowledgeable. Food included in the tour was very good. Overall a good tour at good pace.
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This was a great tour for seeing December 2015

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This was a great tour for seeing Morocco, but was NOT an adventure tour. The tour leader was pleasant and informative when asked, but did not volunteer the information as readily as other tours we have been on. The orientation tours did not happen
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Who can? Tucan! January 2017

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Traveled with Tucan to Colombia, had such an amazing time! Apart from the country being beautiful, the itinerary itself was diverse and varied, the locals friendly and the guide was super enthusiastic and knowledgeable who treated us like guests to his country as opposed to customers on his tour.
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Good value for money! January 2017

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I've been on two Tucan tours (one overland in Africa, one budget in SE Asia) and can't fault Tucan. Good value for money, any customer service issues are quickly sorted and the tour of Africa resulted in me meeting some of the most brilliant people ever! They definitely excel at Overland Tours and I'll be booking another one soon.
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Itinerary

Day 1 to 1 Arrive Pretoria

The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre tour accommodation. On arrival please ask at the reception for information on when the pre departure meeting will be held.

If you book extra nights in Pretoria, you can take day trips into Johannesburg and the surrounding areas. Why not visit some of the fascinating museums devoted to subjects as diverse as apartheid, Nelson Mandela, gold, beer and traditional African medicine. There are also plenty of other options, including the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, or you could meet the healers at the Mai Mai market, You may also choose to visit the Soweto Township on a professional guided tour.

Day 2 to 4 Mlilwane

As Swaziland is comparatively small to most other African countries, Mlilwane provides an excellent base from where you can explore many different areas of this incredible kingdom.

Today is free time for you to investigate what Swaziland has to offer, and there are certainly many different options to choose from. How about taking a morning cycle or walk through Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary amongst herds of relaxed wild animals? Here you can admire the grassy plains, tranquil lakes and stunning mountain backdrops (there may even be time to take a dip in one of the mountain streams or warm springs), before visiting the Mantenga Cultural Village where you can enjoy some of Africa’s best traditional cultural song and dance performances.

If you would prefer something a little more adventurous then you might opt to participate in some zip-lining or take a canopy tour in the Malolotja Reserve located in the in the North West of the country where you can also visit the Phophonyane Falls, Maguga Dam, Ngwempisi Rock Art and the old mining town of Bulembu.

Day 5 to 5 Hazyview

As we bid farewell to Swaziland, we re-enter South Africa and head to our accommodation located close to Kruger National Park. Tonight we stay in Hazyview, a small town in South Africa's Mpumalanga province. Depending on time we may make additional stops en route, to the view scenic wonders of God's Window, the world renowned Blyde River Canyon or Lisbon Falls.

Approximate Travel Time: Nine hours

Day 6 to 7 Kruger

We have an early morning start to get to Kruger National Park where we search for the big five.

Kruger National Park is South Africa's premier game reserve, regarded as one of the finest in Africa. Here you'll have the chance to experience the vast diversity of wildlife as we explore some of the two million hectares of the park. The Big Five game animals of Africa are richly represented here – lion, leopard, African buffalo, African elephant and the white rhino in large numbers.

Approximate Travel Time: Eight hours

Day 8 to 8 Musina

After breakfast we make our way out of the National Park and head towards Musina, a small town close to the border of Zimbabwe.

Approximate Travel Time: Eight hours

Day 9 to 10 Bulawayo

We leave South Africa and cross the border into Zimbabwe, making our way to the town of Bulawayo which will be our base for exploring Matobo National Park. Situated in the awe-inspiring Matobo Hills and occupying a total area of 44,500 hectares, Matobo National Park is home to a protection zone in which a large population of Black and White Rhinoceros are successfully breeding. Established in 1953, the park was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2003.

You have the option to sign up for a full day excursion to Matobo National Park, admiring the fantastic scenery, unique rock formations and Bushman paintings, whilst learning about the local flora and fauna. After our picnic lunch we enter Matobo National Park where we will take a short game drive before leaving our vehicle and continuing on foot, allowing us to get closer to the magnificent rhinoceros and other animal species which roam the park. Time permitting we may also have the opportunity to fit in an optional visit to ‘Worlds View’ located on Malindidzimu Hill (The dwelling place of benevolent spirits). Apart from providing magnificent views of the Matobos region, this site also houses the grave of British colonist Cecil John Rhodes, who requested to be buried here after passing away in 1902.

Approximate Travel Time: Six hours

Day 11 to 12 Victoria Falls

We depart Bulawayo and drive north towards one of Africa’s greatest attractions and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. With a length of over one kilometre and a height of over one hundred metres this magnificent natural wonder of cascading water defines the border separating Zimbabwe & Zambia. Depending on the wind direction you can hear the roar from the falls up to 40km away as it surges into Africa’s fourth biggest river, the mighty Zambezi.

We will stay close to the action in the town of ‘Victoria Falls’

Approximate Travel Time: Eight hours

Day 13 to 14 Livingstone

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Day 15 to 15 Chobe Area

Next we stay in the town of Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park which is home to the most diverse wildlife in Botswana. 11,000 square kilometres of wilderness, flood plains, forests and swamps supports all manner of animal and birdlife. To gain a different perspective on the park and to see the diversity of this incredible place, in the afternoon we have the option to board a boat for a cruise up the Chobe River to see the wildlife from a different viewpoint as the sun goes down. Game is common along the water’s edge; as we glide by you may see elephants, buffalos, kudu, bushbuck, hippo, giraffe and sable.

Located in north west Botswana, Chobe is a diverse area spanning from the border at the Chobe River, to the now dry Savute Channel and beyond to the borders of the Moremi Game Reserve and Okavango Delta. The park is divided into four distinctly different eco systems: Serondela with its lush plains and dense forests in the Chobe River area, the Savuti Marsh, the Linyanti Swamps and the dry hinterland and it is famous for having one of the largest game concentrations in the African continent.

Please note: From the 1st of June 2017, you will be required to pay a Tourism Levy of U$30 when entering Botswana. This is payable by cash or credit card.

Approximate Travel Time: Five hours depending on border

Day 16 to 16 Maun

Driving across the top edge of the Kalahari Desert we reach the town of Maun, where we will then go on to visit the Okavango Delta, Africa's largest freshwater wetland.

Approximate Travel Time: A full day drive

Day 17 to 17 Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is a huge area of very slow flowing water fed by the Kavango River. The water fans out from the river into a labyrinth of channels, lagoons and palm-covered islands before evaporating over the sands of the Kalahari Desert.

We depart camp early and head to the polling station where you will board a hand-crafted mokoro (small boats with shallow drafts similar to canoes) and glide silently along the reed-fringed waterways, steered by stealthy polers who earn their living transporting travellers along the delta.

We spend the night camping on small islands in the bush, with our exact camp spot determined by the water level and local conditions at the time. This campsite has no facilities and the polers will dig a communal toilet a safe distance from the camp. You will have a chance to swim in the delta, paddle the mokoros yourself and take walking safaris through the bush and you will share a delicious meal under the stars and around the campfire. The following morning, you will return to the mokoro station and travel back to our accommodation in Maun. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to fly over the Delta if you choose to do so.

Day 18 to 18 Maun

From the Delta you will then return to Maun for one more night where you will re-join your driver and expedition vehicle.

Day 19 to 19 Divundu

Departing Maun we drive through Botswana towards Namibia and cross the border through a narrow strip of land known as the Caprivi Strip. Keep your eyes peeled as we drive through Mahongo Game Reserve as you may be lucky enough to spot zebra, giraffe, gazelle and elephants among other wildlife.

Please note: A yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving to Namibia from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission; this includes transiting through a yellow fever risk country. Please make sure you have a valid yellow fever certificate with you for inspection by Namibian customs or health authorities, otherwise you could be refused entry or quarantined

Approximate Travel Time: Six hours depending on the border

Day 20 to 21 Etosha National Park

We will spend two nights camping in or around Etosha National Park. Where possible we try to stay at the rest camps inside the park for one or more nights. All the campsites inside or outside of the park are very well equipped with great facilities providing us with a great base to explore the park on our full day game drive. Etosha National Park is one of the most memorable places you will visit on this trip.

Etosha National Park is one of the best places in Africa to spot cheetah and the endangered black rhino. Keep your camera lens ready for rare antelope species, the Burchell's zebra and black-faced impalas which roam the wild savannah. You may spot the odd giraffe or two chewing through thorny acacia trees in the woodland areas. Etosha National Park is a bird watcher's paradise with some 340 species inhabiting the park at different times of the year. For a short period after seasonal rains Etosha's vast salt pan is covered by a layer of water which attracts massive flocks of pelicans, flamingoes and other wading birds. While the pan is dry it is notable for the way it dramatically changes colour during the early morning and late afternoon sun.

Approximate Travel Time: Full day in the truck including Game Drive

Day 22 to 22 Kamanjab

This morning we leave the Etosha area and make our way towards Kamanjab where we stay for the night at the famous Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park. You have the option to to get close to these beautiful creatures which have been rescued, on an optional tour around the reserve.

Approximate Travel Time: Seven hours stopping along the way

Day 23 to 23 Windhoek

Welcome to Windhoek, Namibia’s capital city. At an elevation of 1650 metres, Windhoek lies in a beautiful valley and is surrounded by the Eros Mountains in the north and the Auas mountains to the south. This is the only city in Namibia and is home to a population over 250,000 inhabitants.

You will notice the strong German influence here. German is still widely spoken and it is common to find traditional breads, sausage, and other delicacies, they even hold annual beer festivals! 

No tourists visit to Windhoek is complete without paying a visit to Joe’s Beerhouse, a bar and restaurant providing a mix of warm Namibian and German hospitality. This place is full of old relics from ‘Joe’s’ travels and creates a great atmosphere for socialising and reminiscing about your journey so far. Here you can also opt to sample some delicious game meats or try out one of the many craft beers on offer.

Approximate Travel Time: Nine hours

Day 24 to 26 Swakopmund

We will then head to Swakopmund, a historic German colonial town surrounded by desert situated on the Atlantic Ocean coast. It is Namibia's most popular holiday destination. Once in Swakopmund, we have two full days to fuel your thirst for an adrenaline rush with a range of optional excursions available. The town has a selection of good bars and restaurants, and you can spend the evening watching videos of activities you did during the day over a cold locally brewed beer or two. It's a great place for a few nights and a lot of fun.

Approximate Travel Time: Day 11 is a full day stopping along the way

Day 27 to 27 Sesriem

Today we have a scenic drive through some beautiful mountainous areas and through the Namib-Naukluft National Park, famous for its giant sand dunes, on our way to Sesriem. We drive towards the tropic of Capricorn where we make a stop so that you can get that obligatory picture with the sign before having our lunch stop at Solitaire, a small settlement in the Khomas Region of Central Namibia. Once we've at Sesriem arrived, you can go on a walk through the Sesriem Canyon in the late afternoon. An amazing variety of wildlife has adapted to the harsh conditions here and you may see rock pigeon, crow, starling and owl, along with various species of lizard.

Approximate Travel Time: Eight Hours

Day 28 to 28 Fish River Canyon

This morning we wake up early in Sesriem to reach Dune 45 before sunrise and hike to the top of the dune to watch the sun rise over them. The copper in the sand dunes creates a beautiful red glow unlike any sunrise seen before. We have time to explore Sossussvlei and Deadvlei where the dark camel thorn trees against the white floor make for superb photos

Approximate Travel Time: Five hours

Day 29 to 29 Orange River

We continue south to Orange River, known locally as Gariep, which runs along the border of Namibia and South Africa. On the way we visit Fish River Canyon. Fish River Canyon is one of the world's largest canyons and it is quite breathtaking in its immensity and is rivaled only by the Grand Canyon in North America for sheer grandeur. We will park at the viewpoint overlooking the canyon and from there you can take several short easy walks around the top, stopping along the way for photos.

The Fish River running through the bottom of the canyon is one of Namibia's few permanent rivers and while the flow is seasonal, beautiful turquoise pools can be seen in the distance during the dry season. As you walk and enjoy the colours of the strata and rugged scenery, you may be lucky enough to spot hardy mountain animals in the distance, as well as numerous bird species. Weather depending we will have lunch at the viewpoint.

Approximate Travel Time: Eight hours

Day 30 to 30 Cederberg

On our way to Cape Town we will travel via the Cederberg Wilderness Area with its rugged landscape crisscrossed by streams, waterfalls, cool pools and amazing natural rock sculptures. Here you have the option to do a wine tasting tour as we spend a night on a local vineyard.

Approximate Travel Time: Six hours depending on the border

Day 31 to 31 Cape Town

Situated on the south western tip of Africa and set between the Atlantic Ocean and the iconic Table Mountain, Cape Town is recognised as one of the most beautiful cities on Earth.

There are dozens of amazing sightseeing opportunities to enjoy in Cape Town and in the surrounding area. You can tackle a trek up Table Mountain or take the cable car to the top for spectacular views of the city. If you have a good head for heights you can enjoy the scenery looking over Camps Bay then rather than taking the cable car, abseil 112 metres down again, but obviously this option is not one for the faint hearted!

The V&A Waterfront is the very epitome of African chic and offers a unique shopping and entertainment environment where you can soak up the cosmopolitan vibe of the city. Be sure to sample some of South Africa's famous wines with dinner and sit back with a hot cup of rooibos herbal tea afterwards.

From Cape Town, you can visit Robben Island where former South African President and Nobel Laureate Nelson Mandela was incarcerated among other political prisoners. Once a blight on the nation's history, the island is now seen as a national symbol of triumph over adversity and has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. If you want to arrange this activity, it is advised that you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Just 60 kilometres away from the centre of Cape Town you can visit Cape Point, which is part of the Table Mountain National Park. The peninsula is a largely unspoilt wilderness and home to several species of antelope, including the eland, as well as many beautiful plants species. There are two lighthouses on Cape Point which can be reached by a funicular known affectionately as the Flying Dutchman.

Approximate Travel Time: Four hours

Day 32 to 32 Depart Cape Town

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

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Trip Includes
  • 23 Dinner(s), 31 Breakfast(s), 24 Lunch(es)
  • Overland Truck
Trip Excludes
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
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  • Optional excursions - On each trip, you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyone's taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular, don't hesitate to ask your tour leader.
  • Sleeping bag & sleeping mat
Meals Included: 23 Dinner(s), 31 Breakfast(s), 24 Lunch(es)
Accomodations
27 night(s) camping, 4 night(s) in hostels
Start City
Pretoria
End City
Cape Town

Trip ID#: tucan-BXAKF

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