Johannesburg to Nairobi – 30 Days

December 17, 2010 by  
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OVERLAND SAFARI JOHANNESBURG TO NAIROBI
22 NIGHTS CAMPING 4 NIGHTS CABIN 3 NIGHTS INN

The ultimate experience for the adventurous is an overland camping safari through Africa. A cultural experience second to none, and with adventure around every corner, sometimes finding oneself so isolated that the nearest town could be some 300 kilometres away, this trip is certainly not for the faint-hearted. We expect a great deal of participation and flexibility from all passengers on this trip, without which the tour cannot be a success.

DAY 1: JHB – LIMPOPO D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days Leaving Johannesburg early, we begin our trek north. Stopping en-route to do some last minute shopping, we head for our rustic bush camp set on a private game reserve in the Limpopo Valley. We arrive early and familiarise ourselves with the vehicle and equipment, before camping the night. Enjoy a traditional “braai”.

DAY 2: ZIMBABWE RUINS B L

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days After a morning walk, we travel the short distance to the border where we complete formalities and then travel directly to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. The afternoon is spent exploring this massive complex, and delving into the mysteries surrounding their origin. Tonight we enjoy a night of relative comfort, and a catered meal (own expense).

DAY 3: BULAWAYO / MATOBO B L D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days A short drive today, we pass through the wide streets of Bulawayo, and on to our camp nestled amongst the precariously balancing boulders of Matobo. This afternoon we enjoy an open vehicle drive into the Matobo National Park where we will track Rhino and other animals on foot.

DAY 4: HWANGE B L D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days Arising early, we stretch our legs with a climb on one of the “koppies” surrounding our camp before packing up and moving on to Hwange. This afternoon we enjoy an extensive drive or walk in search of the animals for which this area is so well known. Tonight we drift off to sleep to the sounds of the wild at our bush camp.

DAY 5 – 6: VICTORIA FALLS D5: B D | D6: B

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days Leaving our bush-camp, we head for the amazing spectacle of Victoria Falls, and the surrounding tourist village. We spend two nights here in comfort, at the DRIFTERS VICTORIA FALLS INN. There are numerous activities to pursue, bungeejumping, white-water rafting and aircraft fl ips (own expense). Clients will have leisure time to explore the town. One evening meal will be at a local restaurant (own expense), the other will be a “braai” with traditional dancing at the pool.

DAY 7: KAFUE CAMP B L D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days An early start, we have a last view of the falls whilst crossing the historic Livingstone Bridge over the Zambezi Gorge into Zambia. Our journey takes us across southern Zambia to the Kafue River where we set up camp. Relax at the pool and enjoy a hot shower.

DAY 8 – 10: ZAMBEZI CANOE D8: B L D | D9: B L D | D10: B L

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days After a river safety and procedure briefi ng we begin our canoeing adventure. These days are the highlight of the tour with excellent bird and game viewing opportunities. Hippo and other big game may be encountered at close range. This section does involve a certain amount of effort, and at night we camp wild. We end the paddle at the Chongwe River, and camp the last night on the mainland. The next day we conduct a short game walk before transferring back to Kafue camp by boat, for a hot shower and a catered meal (own expense). Camp the night.

DAY 11: LUANGWA B D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days We continue north via the capital city, Lusaka, where we stock up on provisions and enjoy an own expense lunch, before moving along the Great East Road to our overnight camp. We will cover as much distance today as possible.

DAY 12 – 13: LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK D12: B L D | D13: B L D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days Travel on to camp on the banks of the Luangwa River where we overnight for two nights just outside the Luangwa National Park. We enter the southern park for some spectacular game viewing with excellent opportunities for leopard sightings. Camp both nights. (Optional night drive, own expense)

DAY 14 – 15: LAKE MALAWI D14: B L D | D 15: B L D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days Today we enter Malawi, and after replenishing stocks and spending some time at the curio stalls in Lilongwe, we continue down to the lake where we spend two nights literally camping on the beach. The days are spent simply relaxing and soaking up the sun, or for the more energetic, the crystal clear waters offer excellent snorkeling and lovely beach walks.

DAY 16 : LAKE MALAWI B L D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days Following the winding road along the lakeshore, we continue north and again camp the night on the beach, enjoying Lake Malawi, one of Africa’s jewels.

DAY 17: MIKUMI B L D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days Entering Tanzania, we begin our journey across this vast country. Tonight we will camp near the remote village of Mikumi.

DAY 18: DAR ES SALAAM B L D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days We arrive in Dar Es Salaam, the historic port of Tanzania, around noon. We will spend some time in this bustling city before moving to the north coast where we will camp the night on the beach.

DAY 19 – 22: ZANZIBAR D19: B | D20: B | D21: B | D22: B

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days This morning we head directly to the harbour where we embark on a ferry ride across to the spice island, Zanzibar. Exploring the island thoroughly, we spend time at the remote villages and sandy beaches of the north, and enjoying the mystique and history of the Stone Town. Visit the slave pits and participate in a spice tour, the food and fruit market is not to be missed. Lunches and dinners whilst on the island are own expense – clients are free to enjoy the local restaurants and food markets.

DAY 23: ZANZIBAR / DAR ES SALAAM B L D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days Leaving the island behind, we board the ferry for our journey back to the mainland. We camp the night north of Dar Es Salaam at a small resort.

DAY 24 – 25: ARUSHA D24: B L D | D25: B L D

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days Moving inland we head for Arusha where we spend two nights camping in this bustling town. We enjoy a full day of curio shopping and exploring the numerous markets. At this stage it is possible to view Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa, if the clouds oblige.

DAY 26 – 28: SERENGETI / NGORONGORO CRATER D26: BLD | D27: BLD |D28: BLD

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days Travelling from Arusha to Serengeti we are bound to witness the impressive Masai herdsmen, herding their cattle amongst the game. Most of the day is a game drive with exceptional game viewing potential, and we arrive at the Seronera camp in the late afternoon to camp the night. Rising early we continue game viewing for the entire day, before exiting the park and making for Simba Camp to camp the night on the lip of the Ngorongoro crater. We descend into the crater on the steep dirt track cut into the crater wall. The diverse habitats of lake, swamp, grassland, and acacia forests bring with them an equal diversity of game, with everything one can imagine, from fl amingo to elephant and the ever-present Masai herdsmen. We fi nally exit the crater after lunch to return to Arusha for the night.

DAY 29: ARUSHA-NAIROBI B L

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days After a final hopeful glimpse of Kilimanjaro we head due north to enter Kenya and to travel directly to Nairobi. We overnight at a camp just outside of the city and enjoy an evening farewell meal (own expense).

DAY 30: NAIROBI B

Johannesburg to Nairobi   30 Days After breakfast we bid farewell to our fellow travellers and depart on our separate ways. Clients may join or leave this tour at certain stages of the itinerary. Call us for a quote in this regard. Clients may on occasion return to Johannesburg with the vehicle at a nominal cost, but Drifters will be under no obligation whatsoever.

DEPARTURES

This tour departs from January every second / third Wednesday.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

During the dry season we may travel from Nairobi via Lake Victoria to enter Serengeti from the west. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. A trip of this nature can only be undertaken by people of a certain mentality and we only recommend it to people under 55 years of age, although this obviously depends on the individual. Africa can be harsh, with not only unpredictable weather, but unpredictable attitudes as well. Clients must expect delays for whatever reason. All visa requirements and border formalities are the responsibility of the client, and we will not hold the tour up for irresponsible reasons. Seasonal Malaria precautions are advisable and are locally obtainable. The recommended currency for this tour is US$, in small denominations. The most necessary item on this tour is an open and flexible mind! Our price includes all transport, accommodation, scheduled entry and park fees, Vic Falls entry, canoe safari, ferry ride, group equipment, a professional guide, breakfasts, most lunches and all evening meals when not scheduled in a restaurant, coffee and tea. Our price does not include alcohol and soft drinks, curios, tips, visas, airport taxes, transfers, other optional excursions, restaurant meals and harbour taxes. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement agreeing to our booking conditions and general information.

DEPARTURES

This tour departs from Johannesburg every third Wednesday.

Mozambique Transfrontier – 17 Days

December 13, 2010 by  
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3 Nights Established Camps, 6 Nights Cabin, 7 Nights Camping

7 NIGHTS CAMPING 6 NIGHTS CABIN

A crossroads of civilizations, cultures and landscapes, influenced from the early days by nomadic tribes, Arab traders, British sailors and Portuguese colonials, then torn apart by over 20 years of civil war. With newfound peace, and a fast growing economy recently reopened to tourism, Mozambique offers the explorer a wealth of treasures in the form of untouched wilderness areas, natural beauty, deserted beaches, and unique cultural heritage. This tour combines the well-known attractions of Kruger and Hluhluwe National Parks – where animals abound, living in their natural environment, with the recently initiated Transfrontier Peace Park, Banhine / Zinave wilderness and Maputo Elephant Reserves in Mozambique. The Transfrontier Park incorporates the existing Kruger Park as well as large adjoining parts of Mozambique and Zimbabwe. We will traverse the Mozambique section, using rough bush tracks, and camping wild at a remote, unspoiled, yet incredibly scenic bush camp. The tour will also visit natural and cultural attractions, and will spend time at deserted Indian Ocean beaches, including the Bazaruto Archipelago. We enjoy a night near the capital Maputo, where we experience the almost Latino culture, and enjoy the city before crossing the bay by ferry to explore the southern coastline and Maputo Elephant Reserve. A 4×4 expedition vehicle is used for this tour, but clients must expect delays, or inconvenience associated with exploring such rough terrain. Bad roads, flooding rivers and other factors beyond our control may necessitate unplanned adventure, detours, etc. An open mind-set is essential. We may run this tour in the reverse direction on occasion.

DAY 1: JOHANNESBURG – BUSH CAMP D

Mozambique Transfrontier   17 Days Departing from Drifters Johannesburg Lodge at 06h30, we head for the spectacular scenery of the Mpumalanga province. We will visit numerous sights including the pioneer gold mining village of Pilgrims Rest and the Three Rondavels that tower over the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Late in the afternoon we descend from the escarpment to the Lowveld area where we overnight in the comfortable DRIFTERS BUSHVELD CAMP within the Balule Game reserve part of the Greater Kruger National Park. After dinner we will enjoy an open vehicle night game drive. D

DAY 2: BUSH CAMP – KRUGER BRUNCH D

Mozambique Transfrontier   17 Days Arising with the African sun, we set out on foot in this “Big 5″ reserve for a lengthy walk. Our tracker will attempt to show us animals in their natural habitat and to give us some insight into the art of tracking. We return to camp for a healthy brunch and a swim before packing up and moving on to the world-renowned Kruger National Park – widely acclaimed as being Africa’s most successful Nature Reserve. We will spend our time here game driving in search of the many animal and bird species that inhabit the area, and will camp two nights in the Park’s rest camps. Brunch D

DAY 3: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK B L D

Mozambique Transfrontier   17 Days This entire day is for viewing animals in the Kruger Park from our well-equipped vehicle. We will search for the “Big 5″ today. Camp the night. B L D

DAY 4 – 5: MOZAMBIQUE TRANSFRONTIER PARK D4: B L D | D5: B L D

Mozambique Transfrontier   17 Days This morning, we cross the border into Mozambique. At this point the road becomes a bush track which we will follow, venturing into the heart of the wilderness. The area that we traverse over the next days is the Mozambique side of the Transfrontier Peace Park and is privileged to have remained virtually unexplored by humans. The bush is exceptional, and offers areas of exquisite natural beauty and wildlife. The diversity of the flora ensures some of the finest birding in Africa. We will spend two nights camping wild, exploring both on foot and by vehicle, and enjoying the serenity of the wilderness. Road conditions are rough and river crossings numerous, clients will be expected to assist in difficult sections, but for those seeking true adventure and unspoiled Africa, there are few areas that compare with this. B L D ; B L D

DAY 6 – 7: BANHINE / ZINAVE D6: B L D | D7: B L D

Mozambique Transfrontier   17 Days Leaving the Transfrontier Park, we make our way across the Limpopo River and into the heart of the Banhine/Zinave wilderness region where we will spend two nights wild bush camping. We will attempt to traverse some of the Zinave Park, once renowned for its abundant wildlife. Few people have visited these areas in the last two decades. B L D ; B L D

DAY 8 – 9 : VILANCULOS D8: B L D | D9: B L

Mozambique Transfrontier   17 Days Leaving the wilderness behind us, today we pass through the many vibrant and bustling villages en route to the coast. Our next stop is Vilanculos – on the shores of the warm azure Indian Ocean, overlooking the Idyllic Bazaruto Archipelago. We spend two nights here in Casitas, situated literally on the beach. We will enjoy a traditional Dhow trip to the islands and will have the opportunity to snorkel along a reef in this marine reserve (this trip is dependant on weather conditions). One night we will enjoy a meal at a local restaurant. (Own expense) B L D; B L

DAY 10 – 12: INHAMBANE D10: B L D | D11: B L D | D12: B L

Mozambique Transfrontier   17 Days Moving south along the coast, our next stop is the ancient trading port of Inhambane. Clients will enjoy a trip across the bay on a traditional Dhow while the guide drives around to meet them in town. We spend some time exploring and visiting the bustling local market before continuing to our DRIFTERS BARRA BEACH CAMP under the Coconut Palms on the beach. We will enjoy three nights in relative comfort, staying in Casitas at this camp. During our time here we will relax, snorkel, and soak up the sun whilst exploring the deserted beaches that Mozambique is so well known for. On the last night we enjoy a catered meal (own expense). Those who wish to have the options of scuba diving or horse riding on the beach (own expense). B L D ; B L D ; B L

DAY 13: MAPUTO B L

Mozambique Transfrontier   17 Days Well relaxed and sun-drenched, we continue down the coast to the capital Maputo where we spend some time driving around and exploring this once grandiose city. Maputo boasts a Latino culture of street cafés, music and bustling markets. We spend the night in a comfortable hotel. Tonight we will eat in a local restaurant, sampling some of the local seafood (own expense). For the brave, Peri–Peri is a must. B L

DAY 14: ELEPHANT RESERVE / SWAZILAND B L D

Mozambique Transfrontier   17 Days It is with new excitement that we venture back into the bush. Driving on sandy tracks we wind our way south to the Elephant reserve where we will spend the entire afternoon exploring the coastal flood plains and surrounding forests in search of these larger than average African elephants. Somehow, during the war years these elephants survived by moving down the Futi channel into South Africa, it is one of nature’s miracles that they have now returned in large numbers. We will camp the night. B L D

DAY 15 – 16: ZULULAND D15: B L D | D16: B L D

Mozambique Transfrontier   17 Days Returning to South Africa today via the Ponta do Ouro border post, we enter the area once ruled by the famed Shaka Zulu. We will spend two nights at the DRIFTERS ZULULAND CAMP, a rustic camp in the sand forest on our private reserve adjoining Lake St Lucia near Hluhluwe. During our stay we will enjoy game walks through the forest, experience an open vehicle game drive in Hluhluwe National Park and will visit a rural Zulu school which Drifters sponsors through the benefits of tourism. B L D ; B L D

DAY 17: JOHANNESBURG B

Mozambique Transfrontier   17 Days Our journey today takes us through the heart of Kwazulu – Natal, we will pass many rural Zulu villages and some spectacular scenery en-route back to Johannesburg. We arrive back at the DRIFTERS JOHANNESBURG LODGE in the late afternoon. B

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This tour covers areas of Mozambique that are virtually unexplored and as such, have little or no road and other infrastructure. A 4×4 expedition vehicle is used but even this is no guarantee that we will always be able to stick to our planned route. Road conditions, rising rivers or other factors beyond our control may necessitate major detours and/or inconvenience – particularly after heavy rains. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. Due to the extreme nature of this tour we insist that clients travel with an open and flexible attitude, and are prepared to accept inconvenience and discomfort if necessary. For those that are looking for true adventure this is the ultimate journey, and on parts of the tour clients will be rewarded with experiencing unspoiled wilderness seldom visited by other humans. Besides an adventurous spirit, visas are required by most nationalities for Mozambique, these are the clients responsibility and can be obtained in advance. Seasonal Malaria precautions are advised and are locally obtainable. If available, bring a mask and fins for snorkeling. Scuba diving will be available at some of the beach resorts – clients wishing to partake must bring the necessary certification. The recommended currency for this tour is the South African Rand, and this can be purchased at Johannesburg airport. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement agreeing to our booking conditions and general information. Our price includes all transport, accomadation, meals as specified, entry fees, xxx permits, groups equipment, and professional guide. Alcohol, soft drinks, curios, trips, visas, taxes, optional excursions and items of a personal nature are for the client’s own expense. Before depature clients will be required to enter into an agreement agreeing to our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.

DEPARTURES

This tour departs from Johannesburg every third Thursday.

Namibia – 12 Days

December 7, 2010 by  
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CAMPING SAFARI WINDHOEK to WINDHOEK
2 Nights Lodge – 9 Nights Camping

The land of unrelenting sun, where the ground seems to beg the heavens for rain, and the landscapes stretch uninterrupted for hundreds of kilometres on end. Deserts where one gazes in wonder and amazement at the animals and plants that survive in this harsh environment. This tour covers all of the highlights of central and northern Namibia, but also concentrates on “off the beaten track” routes and attractions. Flexibility, a willingness to participate and an awareness of the elements are essential in order to get the most out of this tour.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This tour involves a fair amount of walking, so a small daypack is advisable. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. Seasonal Malaria precautions are advisable and are locally obtainable. During winter the nightime temperatures can fall below zero and during summer the daytime temperatures can reach the forties, so be prepared for this. Most major currencies can be exchanged on arrival in Windhoek and other centres, but banking hours do apply. Credit cards are generally accepted. Our price includes transport, food, coffee, teas, and fruit juice at breakfast, a professional guide, group equipment, accommodation, permits and park entry fees. The price does not include alcohol and soft drinks, tips, curios and optional extras. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement agreeing to our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.

DEPARTURES

This tour departs from Windhoek every second Tuesday.

DAY 1: WINDHOEK – NAMIB – D

Namibia   12 Days Setting off from the capital, Windhoek at 09h00 (Meet at 08h30), we travel south to Rehoboth, and then into the true Namib to the DRIFTERS DESERT CAMP in the Namibrand Nature Reserve. Here we camp alone in the wilderness with only the desert landscapes, rocky mountains and towering dunes to keep us company. The sunset over the desert is a sight to behold. We enjoy a traditional meal under the clear night skies before falling asleep to the sounds of the wild. D

DAY 2: NAMIB DESERT – B L D

Namibia   12 Days Awake to desert vistas that extend further than the eye can see. The DRIFTERS DESERT CAMP is nestled against a towering rock outcrop within a protected wilderness that DRIFTERS has conserved, and restored and onto which game has been protected with the proceeds of tourism. During our stay here, we will conduct extensive guided walks and game drives both during the day and at night in order to better understand the desert fauna and flora. B L D

DAY 3: SOSSUSVLEI – B L D

Namibia   12 Days After a short morning walk we pack up and continue through the endless plains to the Sesriem Canyon and the awesome Soussusvlei dunes. We will transfer into the dunes by 4×4 and will spend time climbing these spectacular mountains of sand before moving on to camp wild in the desert. B L D

DAY 4 – 5: SWAKOPMUND – D4 B L D – D5: B

Namibia   12 Days Crossing through the Namib Naukluft Park, we visit the dramatic Lunar Landscape, and the ancient Welwitschia plants, before making for the coastal town of Swakopmund where we spend two nights in the centrally located, comfortable DRIFTERS SWAKOPMUND LODGE. We explore this holiday town and its surrounds thoroughly, and enjoy one evening meal at a local nightspot (own expense). Clients will have the opportunity to partake in Quad Biking, Sand Boarding and Sky Diving whilst here (own expense). B L D ; B

DAY 6: SKELETON COAST – SPITSKOP – B L D

Namibia   12 Days Today we head up the barren Skeleton Coast, scene of many a shipwreck, to the Seal Colony at Cape Cross where thousands of Cape Fur Seals can be seen ashore. Venturing inland, our next stop is at the impressive Spitskop where we will camp wild amongst the boulders at the base of this unusual granitic outcrop. We hope to see the endemic colorful Lovebirds during our stay here. B L D

DAY 7: TWYFELFONTEIN – PALMWAG – B L D

Namibia   12 Days A long day, we move on to visit the Organ Pipes and the bushman Rock Engravings at Twyfelfontein before entering Damaraland and crossing the Grootberg to camp the night near the oasis of Palmwag. This is one of a few sanctuaries used by the rare Desert Elephants, and we hope to see these magnificent animals up close today. B L D

DAY 8-9: EPUPA FALLS – D8: B L D – D9: B L D

Namibia   12 Days Traveling through the heart of the Kaokovelt today, we make our way north to the Angolan border where we will camp at a community project on the banks of Cunene river at the awesome Epupa Falls. During our time here we hope to interact with the nomadic Himba people, a tribe that live in this inhospitable region and wander with their livestock in search of grazing. We will also explore the area surrounding the Falls. B L D ; B L D

DAY 10 – 11: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK – D10: B L D – D11: B L

Namibia   12 Days Entering Etosha National Park today, we will spend two nights here in search of the big game that this park is so well known for. One evening will be spent at a floodlit waterhole, watching the many animals that come down to drink. During these days we will conduct extensive game drives within the park. One night we will dine at a camp restaurant (own expense). B L D; B L

DAY 12: ETOSHA -WINDHOEK – B L

Namibia   12 Days This morning we leave the Park to make the journey back to Windhoek. We expect to arrive back in the capital in the late afternoon. B L

Overland Johannesburg to Cape Town – 18 Days

5 Nights Established Camps, 12 Nights Lodges

6 NIGHTS INN 11 NIGHTS CABIN

South Africa is a haven of spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, diverse cultures and first world norms, topped with a healthy and invigorating climate. These qualities, as well as a relatively cheap currency, make it an adventure destination not to be missed. A country virtually the size of Europe with over 3000 kilometer’s of unspoiled coastline, boasting climatic differences from searing hot desert to snow-capped peaks, and varied cultures, from the primitive Bushman to the most Western of ways. We visit the highlights, but leave the beaten track to explore the great outdoors. Overnight stops are mostly at Drifters owned properties and reserves where extensive conservation and game introduction projects have created truly unique accommodations and surroundings. The tour requires a certain amount of flexibility and an adventurous mentality.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This tour involves a fair amount of walking, so a small daypack is advisable. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. Seasonal Malaria precautions may be necessary and can be purchased locally. Passports/visas are required for entry into Swaziland.
The price includes all transport, accommodation, food, coffee, tea, fruit juice at breakfast etc, group equipment, permits and entry fees, optional pony ride and professional guides. The price does not include alcohol and soft drinks, meals where stipulated, curios, tips and optional excursions. Before departure clients will be required to enter into a agreement agreeing to our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.

DAY 1: JHB – BUSHVELD CAMP D

Overland Johannesburg to Cape Town   18 Days Departing at 06h30 from DRIFTERS JOHANNESBURG LODGE, we travel the scenic road to Mpumalanga. Along the way we visit Dullstroom, traverse Robbers Pass and spend time at the quaint historic town of Pilgrim’s Rest. We also visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Blyde River Canyon. Thereafter we wind our way down the escarpment to the Lowveld bushveld where we overnight in our well appointed DRIFTERS BUSH CAMP. In a private reserve adjacent / unfenced to the Kruger Park, the tented Camp is tastefully designed, totally blends in with the environment, and offers comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, a refreshing splash pool, and stunning views over the surrounding bush. Dinner tonight is cooked on the open fire. D

DAY 2: BUSHVELD CAMP BRUNCH D

Overland Johannesburg to Cape Town   18 Days We start the day with customary coffee and rusks, before setting off on a game walk. We walk for approximately 3 hours in search of game, stopping regularly to learn more about the ways of the bush. A Drifters guide and tracker lead all walks. Return to camp for a late morning brunch after which it’s time to relax around the pool and to enjoy the camp. In the afternoon we conduct an open vehicle game drive, which develops into an extensive night drive, being in the bush at night provides us with the opportunity of viewing nocturnal animals, otherwise not normally seen. This evening we enjoy a hearty bush “braai” and again fall asleep to the sounds of the wild. Brunch D

DAY 3: HAZYVIEW B L D

Overland Johannesburg to Cape Town   18 Days A leisurely start, we travel through the rural Bushbuck ridge area to the sleepy settlement of Hazyview, and then on to the DRIFTERS HAZYVIEW LODGE, a log cabin spectacularly situated on stilts in indigenous subtropical forest on the banks of the Sabie River. This afternoon we will have time to relax at the bird hide, or enjoy swimming and forest walks. B L D

DAY 4:KRUGER NATIONAL PARK B L D

Overland Johannesburg to Cape Town   18 Days Leaving Hazyview early, we travel the short distance to the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Here we spend the entire day viewing animals from the high vantage point of our well-equipped vehicle. We enjoy a picnic lunch and then a night in one of the park’s camps. B L D

DAY 5-6: SWAZILAND/ZULULAND D5: B L D | D6: B L D

Overland Johannesburg to Cape Town   18 Days Traveling south through the Kingdom of the Swazi, our journey takes us into an area of spectacular scenery, and past numerous traditional homesteads and curio markets, then we enter Zululand, the area once ruled by the famed Shaka Zulu, a region of Game Reserves and impressive scenery. We spend the next two nights at the DRIFTERS ZULULAND CAMP, a rustic camp situated in the sand forest on our private game reserve adjoining the World Heritage Site of St Lucia. During our stay we will do a game walk on the reserve and will conduct an open vehicle game drive in Hluhluwe Game Reserve. We will also visit a rural Zulu school which Drifters sponsors through the benefits of tourism. B L D ; B L D

DAY 7: DOLPHIN COAST B L D

Overland Johannesburg to Cape Town   18 Days A short drive today, we travel to one of the world’s finest coastlines, where the unrelenting waves of the Indian Ocean continuously pound deserted beaches. Our next night will be at the DRIFTERS DOLPHIN COAST INN, situated literally on the beach. Our time here will be spent soaking up the sun and simply enjoying the beach and warm ocean. Tonight we enjoy a traditional fish braai on the Inn’s patio. B L D

DAY 8 – 9: DRAKENSBERG B L D

Overland Johannesburg to Cape Town   18 Days After a visit to the holiday city of Durban, where we have the option of visiting the Ushaka Marine World or exploring the Golden Mile and the traditional market, we travel back inland to the majestic Drakensberg mountain range, “Barrier of Spears”. (Lunch today will be own expense in Durban.) On reaching the foothills we transfer to a 4X4 vehicle, and then enjoy an exciting drive on mountain tracks up to the DRIFTERS DRAKENSBERG INN where we spend two nights in cosy log cabins. We will spend time hiking and exploring the wonders of this National Heritage Site and visiting a San rock art site. Pony trekking is also available. B D ; B L D

DAY 10: LADYBRAND B D

Overland Johannesburg to Cape Town   18 Days After a 4×4 transfer back to our vehicle, we cross the Oliviershoek Pass to view the turquoise waters of Sterkfontein Dam, then on through the Golden Gate National Park, well known for its towering sandstone cliffs and wealth of unique wildlife. Lunch today will be own expense in the artful little village of Clarens – clients will have time to explore the art galleries and other unique attractions. Those that wish to experience white water rafting have the option here. This night will be spent on a farm near the town of Ladybrand B.D

DAY 11 – 12: KAROO B L D

Overland Johannesburg to Cape Town   18 Days Exploring lesser-known gravel roads, we head into the dry Karoo interior. We will travel via quaint and remote farming villages including Nieu Bethesda to the DRIFTERS KAROO INN. Our home for the next two nights will be in stone cottages on a traditional farmstead nestled against the Sneeuberg Mountains. During our stay here, we will enjoy an extensive walk in the mountainous terrain, home to a variety of interesting plants, animals and bird life. B

DAY 13 – 15: GARDEN ROUTE D13: B L D |D14: B D |D15: B L

Overland Johannesburg to Cape Town   18 Days An early start, we head for the historic town of Graaff-Reinet where we spend time visiting the various museums, strolling around the town, meeting the locals and admiring the unique architecture. We then cross the mighty Outeniqua Mountains, barrier between the dry interior and the lush coastal Garden Route area. We arrive at the well located DRIFTERS KNYSNA INN where we will spend the next three nights. Our days here will be spent exploring this renowned region and its many attractions. We will walk in the forest in search of the elusive Knysna Lourie, we will travel to the Tsitsikamma coastal National Park where we will walk part of the acclaimed “Otter Trail”. On our return journey, those with suicidal tendencies may try the world’s highest bungi jump at 216 meters or clients may choose a sea kayak trip. (Own expense). We will visit sun-kissed beaches , the Knysna Heads , and our superb location will allow free time to explore the old woodcutter town of Knysna.. One lunch and one dinner will be own expense. B L D ; B D ; B L

DAY 16 – 18: CAPE TOWN B

Overland Johannesburg to Cape Town   18 Days A leisurely start, we leave Knysna to travel through the Lake District and then to follow the “Whale Route” around the Hottentots Holland Mountains toward our final destination. Arriving in the “Mother City” of Cape Town in the late afternoon, we check into the DRIFTERS CAPE TOWN INN, which is situated on the Sea Point beachfront. Cape Town is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and we will spend two days visiting Cape Point, Hout Bay, and the Waterfront, secluded beaches, a wine farm and many more highlights. We will also hike up Table Mountain. (Lunches and dinners in Cape Town are own expense). B ; B ; B

This tour ends at 16h00 on day 18, however clients are welcome to extend their stay by booking post-tour nights at the DRIFTERS CAPE TOWN INN. If arranging an onward flight on this day, please allow time for an airport transfer and for check-in procedures (up to three hours).

DEPARTURES

This tour departs from Johannesburg every Tuesday, every Friday.

Zambia Malawi & Mozambique – 21 Days

December 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Camping Safaris, Featured, Photographic Safaris

21 day small group participation camping & cabin safari

Journey through the heart of the wild continent, from Zambia through Malawi and down the Mozambique coast to South Africa. A diverse and fascinating journey along the old trade routes!!

Highlights

  • Victoria Falls – natural wonder of the world
  • Lower Zambezi – canoeing
  • South Luangwa NP – game walk & 4WD game drives
  • Lake Malawi – snorkelling & beaches
  • Benguerra Island – explore the islands on a dhow
  • Inhambane – beaches and scuba diving
  • Kruger National Park – morning and afternoon game drives

Includes

  • 6 nights in cabin / casitas & 14 nights camping
  • Entrance fees
  • Use of camping equipment (except sleeping bags)
  • Transport in safari truck or 4WD
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Professional guide
  • Canoeing on the Lower Zambezi
  • Benguerra Island excursion

Day 1 – 2 LIVINGSTONE

Zambia Malawi & Mozambique   21 Days Guided walk included. The group will meet in Livingstone, in Zambia, at 14:00 where we have 2 days to explore Victoria Falls, a natural wonder of the world, plunging into the Zambezi Gorge. Adventure activities abound, white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi, or a 111m bungi jump (own expense). [camping Bx1 --] (B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner)

Day 3 KAFUE RIVER

Zambia Malawi & Mozambique   21 Days A long drive takes us across the rolling Miombo forested hills of southern Zambia to the Kafue River where we camp the night. [camping BLD]

Day 4 – 5 LOWER ZAMBEZI CANOEING

Zambia Malawi & Mozambique   21 Days Full day canoeing included We drive down into the Lower Zambezi Valley and spend two nights at our lodge on the banks of the river. Enjoy a full day canoeing down the Zambezi River, home of the tribal mythical god – Nyami Nyami. The river attracts elephants and other wildlife from the surrounding wilderness. After a day highlighted by bird watching and game viewing, relax around the campfire in the evening. [lodge BLD]

Day 6 LUSAKA

Zambia Malawi & Mozambique   21 Days We head to Lusaka where we stock up on supplies in the bustling shops and markets of the Zambian capital. Taking the Great East Road we drive this afternoon until sunset. [camping BLD]

Day 7, 8, 9 SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

Zambia Malawi & Mozambique   21 Days Guided walk included. Make our way down into “the valley” of the South Luangwa National Park. This wild and remote sanctuary is one of Africa’s finest wildlife sanctuaries, full of hippo, crocodiles, elephants, lion and leopard. We camp on the banks of the Luangwa River and explore the area on 2 game walks and an open 4WD game drive, with spotlights, to see nocturnal animals.
includes 4wd open vehicle game drive [camping BLD]

Day 10 – 11 LAKE MALAWI

Zambia Malawi & Mozambique   21 Days Malawi “the warm heart of Africa”. We restock with fresh supplies in the markets of Lilongwe before heading to our camp on the beach at Lake Malawi. We’ll take a boat out to the islands to explore the fantastic bays and coves in the area. [camping BLD]

Day 12 – 13 TRANSIT MOZAMBIQUE

Zambia Malawi & Mozambique   21 Days Diving available Heading south again we enter Mozambique at Zobue border post. Making our way back over the Zambezi we travel through the Tete region, camping en route in this remote part of Mozambique. [camping BLD]

Day 14 – 15 BAZARUTO ISLANDS

Zambia Malawi & Mozambique   21 Days Upon reaching the Indian Ocean we stay overnight in Vilankulo. We take a full day to explore the Magaruque Island on a local dhow, a traditional ocean going trade vessel. Beautiful blue sea, expansive white beaches and some excellent seafood available – what a day! [chalets Bx2 Lx2 Dx1]

Day 16 – 17 INHAMBANE

Zambia Malawi & Mozambique   21 Days Dhow sail to island excursion included Arab influences are strong in Inhambane dating back to when slaves, ivory, gold and spices were traded. Explore Inhambane and its 200-year-old cathedral, before moving to our casitas (reed cabin) under the palms next to the beach. Dhow rides and scuba diving on coral reefs are available (own expense). [casitas Bx2 Lx2 Dx1]

Day 18 BILENE

Zambia Malawi & Mozambique   21 Days Diving available We travel further south along the coast to the town of Bilene situated on the shores of the Uembje lagoon. The lagoon is 8km wide and 27km long with clear water and white, sandy beaches. We spend the afternoon exploring the lagoon with options of kayaking and snorkelling (own expense), and swimming in the shallow, calm waters. . [camping BL-]

Day 19 – 20 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Zambia Malawi & Mozambique   21 Days We travel through the Transfrontier Limpopo Park into Kruger National Park – visit big game country! Exciting game drives to spot lions, giraffe and the mighty elephant. Relaxing in the tranquil bush we experience a land forgotten by time, a true African wilderness. [camping BLD]

Day 21 JOHANNESBURG

Zambia Malawi & Mozambique   21 Days After an early morning game drive we return to Johannesburg in the evening, sun-tanned, laid-back and ready to rejoin life. Tour ends @ 18:00. [- B--]

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM:

In the Luangwa Valley we stay at Wildlife Camp who donate 60% of their revenues to the Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia. A local guide will lead us on a game walk and night drive. Your visit will support employment opportunities.

Botswana Classic Safaris – 10 Days

10 day small group participation camping safari

DEPARTS MAUN on TUESDAY at 14:00pm

Group size max 12 people

ENDS LIVINGSTONE on THURSDAY at +/-08:00am

Highlights

  • Moremi Game Reserve – game drives
  • Savuti – game drives
  • Chobe National Park – game drive and river cruise
  • Victoria Falls – adventure activities

Includes

  • 9 nights camping
  • Entrance fees
  • Use of camping equipment (except sleeping bags)
  • Transport in 4WD game viewing vehicle
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Professional guide
  • Moremi Savuti and Chobe game drives

An exclusive wildlife experience in the premier national parks and game reserves of Botswana. Some of the best game viewing in Africa – Moremi, Savuti and Chobe! Safari through the wilderness areas of Botswana on open 4WD vehicles and watch elephants from a boat as they drink from the Chobe River. Culminating in the wonderful views of Victoria Falls!

Day 1 MAUN [camping - - -]

Sunway Safaris adventure begins at 14:00pm in Maun. Maun is a small town on the South Eastern edge of the Okavango Delta and Sunway Safaris access point to the wilderness of Botswana. The first day of your tour will be spent settling into your camp and preparing for the trip.

For the more adventurous of heart there is a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta, which is a great opportunity for game spotting (own expense). As the african sun starts setting over the horizon, sit and relax with a sundowner drink at the pool, and a meal in the lodge restaurant, (own expense) celebrating the start of the journey.

Day 2 – 3 MOREMI [camping BLD]

As day breaks, we head north out of Maun, to the Moremi Game Reserve, in our open 4WD vehicle. This unique area of Moremi Game Reserve is named after the Chief of the Batawana tribe, who founded the reserve in 1963, making it one of the first reserves in Africa proclaimed by the local community.

The Moremi Game Reserve protects a large part of the greater Okavango Delta. The grasslands, floodplains, forests and winding water channels combine to form a variety of game viewing habitats attracting amongst others; elephant, lion, hippo, leopard and wild dog. We explore the reserve on morning and afternoon game drives, relax during the heat of the day and spend two nights wild camping in the reserve.

Day 4 – 5 SAVUTI [camping BLD]

The dry Savuti channel runs from the west into the sandy Mababe depression, but it seldom flows, so the seasonal rains and waterholes in the park ensure a perennial source of life for the game in the area. From our spot we have this amaizing oppotunity to watch as wildlife gathers on the open plains of the Savuti marsh. The surrounding dry camel thorn trees make this place a wildlife photographer’s dream. Famous for its big game and particularly its predators – the lions and the hyenas of Savuti fight a constant battle for survival. Here we set camp for 2 nights, near a waterhole which is a constant source of activity.

Day 6 – 7 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK [camping Bx2 Lx2 Dx1]

The Chobe National Park offers an Incredible wildlife experience. The meandering river feeds the flood plains, which provides essential grazing to the herbivores throughout the year. And although it boasts some of the largest concentration of plains game, Chobe is most famous for massive herds of elephants.

We are more than likely to spot them during the dry season, in the late afternoon, when the herds of elephants emerge from the Mopane woodland to quench their thirst. One of the best ways to view the elephants and to get closer to the hippos and crocodiles is an afternoon cruise on the river.- an experience of a lifetime. We spend one night camping in the Chobe National Park and one night on the border of the park, in Kasane. We treat ourselves to a meal in the local restaurant.

Day 8 – 9 VICTORIA FALLS / LIVINGSTONE [camping B - -]

For our last 2 nights, we Cross the Zambezi River on the Kazungula ferry to enter Zambia and make our way to Livingstone. The Zambezi river plummets 110 meters over the Victoria Falls and it is a breathtaking sight. We spend half a day touring the falls before setting up camp.

The next day is at your leisure. Enjoy some of the wonderful activities available in the adventure capital of Southern Africa. We highly recommend the Flight of Angels over the falls in a micro light, Absolutely exhilarating. Of you may choose to have day of rafting on the white waters of the mighty Zambezi River. If that does not interest you, you could chance an elephant back safari which is an experience never to be forgotten. Our evening meals are in colourful local restaurants.

Day 10 LIVINGSTONE – TOUR ENDS [- B - -]

Tour ends at 08:00 after breakfast. Transfers to local airports are available.

This safari has a 14h00 departure which means you can fly into Maun and join the tour on the day of your flight arrival. Please indicate if you require assistance with airport transfers and hotel reservations in the vacation planner when prompted.

Certain “Classic Botswana ” departures can be combined with the Zambia, Malawi & Mozambique Trade Route departures to create a complete safari from Southern Africa, or a Zambia and Botswana Untambed Rivers Safari for an extended game viewing experience.

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