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Cape Town to Zanzibar Overland

35 days,Cape Town to Stone Town

Exploring Fish River Canyon, Cape Town's streets and Zanzibar's spice plantations, marvelling at giant sand dunes and Victoria Falls, experiencing 4x4 vehicle game drives.


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Feel the grit of the Kalahari in your teeth, explore Africa's largest canyon and float through the Okavango Delta in a dug-out mokoro canoe—journey through the colours, culture and iconic highlights of six countries. Enjoy an intriguing combination of stunning wilderness and bright city lights from our unique overland truck and camp under the big African sky for a different perspective of this majestic land. This journey is chock-full of big game viewing, diverse cultures, abundant wildlife, spectacular landscapes, stunning beaches—and a ton of adventure.

What's Included

  • Fish River Canyon entrance, Sossusvlei Dunes entrance, Etosha National Park entrance with game drives, Okavango Delta entrance with mokoro excursion, Spice Plantation entrance with guided tour, 4 day Zanzibar excursion.
  • 33 Breakfasts, 24 Lunches, 22 Dinners. (Allow USD235-305 for meals not included.)
  • Simple hotel (6 nts), participation camping (24 nts), basic bush camping (2 nts), multishare guesthouse (2 nts).
  • Overland vehicle, mini-buses, ferry.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO), cook and driver throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 22, Avg 18
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Places Visited

Reverse Itinerary

This trip also runs in reverse from Stone Town to Cape Town. See Zanzibar to Cape Town Overland

Day 1 Cape Town

Arrive at any time.

Days 2-5 Gariep River/Fish River Canyon/Namib Desert (4B,4L,4D)

Enjoy the sunset at Fish River Canyon. Explore Sossusvlei Dunes and climb its breathtaking Dune 45. Option to ride a canoe at the scenic Gariep River.

Days 6-7 Swakopmund (1B,1L)

Choose among exploring Swakopmund’s historical town, sand-boarding, a dolphin cruise, sky diving, or a Living Desert tour.

Days 8-10 Damaraland/Etosha National Park (3B,3L,3D)

Game drive in own vehicle.

Days 11-12 Waterberg Plateau Game Park/Windhoek (2B,1L,1D)

Options for a scenic walk in Waterberg Plateau Game Park, or to explore Windhoek.

Days 13-14 Kalahari/Maun (2B,2L,2D)

Stopover in Kalahari Desert. Optional walk to learn survival skills from the locals.

Day 15-16 Okavango Delta (2B,2L,2D)

Enjoy game walks, traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions and birding on our 2-night bushcamping. Learn the ways of the bush from your local polers.

Days 17-18 Gweta/Chobe River (2B,2L,2D)

Camp under ancient baobab trees. Option to embark on a boat cruise on the Chobe River or game drive in open safari vehicle in Chobe National Park.

Days 19-24 Livingstone/Lusaka/Chipata (6B,3L,2D)

Option to visit Victoria Falls for white-water rafting, canoeing, elephant-back safari, and even fly over the falls! Camp on a private game farm outside Lusaka. Option to visit craft markets in Chipata.

Days 25-28 Lake Malawi (4B,4L,4D)

Relax on the shores of 'the lake of stars,' visit various lakeside camps. Option to go for walks, snorkelling, village tours, fishing trip.

Days 29-30 Iringa/Dar Es Salaam (2B,2L,2D)

Climb out of the Great Rift Valley, view vast tea plantations, descend down to the Indian Ocean.

Days 31-34 Zanzibar (4B)

Explore Stone Town, guided tour of a spice plantation. Option to visit museums, historical sites, markets, and enjoy the beach and marine activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, and swimming.

Day 35 Zanzibar (B)

Depart at any time.