Cape Town to Zanzibar In Depth Overview

The ultimate African adventure tour. See chimps in Kenya's Kibale Forest, elephants in Uganda and go on a gorilla safari in Rwanda. This tour is unforgettable experience of wildlife, culture, food and epic landscapes.

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Travel into the heart of Africa from Nairobi to Cape Town.

Visit Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. From the pristine beaches of East Africa to the thundering Victoria Falls in the heart of Southern Africa, be dazzled by the grandeur and beauty of this region. Get under the skin of rural Africa, visit bustling markets, relax on the shores of Lake Malawi and kayak along the Lower Zambezi River. Spot wildlife in the South Luangwa, Hwange, Matobo and Etosha national parks. Explore the stunning Okavango Delta, cross the edges of the Kalahari Desert, and swim in idyllic beaches. This Cape Town to Zanzibar In Depth tour offers a wealth of adventure and fun.

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Finish:

    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 22
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Bungalow (1 nt), Bush camp (no facilities) (2 nts), Camping (with facilities) (34 nts), Hotel (5 nts)
  • Transport:

    Ferry, Mokoro, Overland vehicle
  • Included activities:

    2 day canoe trip on the Lower Zambezi, Cape Cross seal colony, Fish River Canyon, Game Drive, Hwange National Park, Game drives, Guided Safari Walk, Matobo, Painted Dog Conservation Centre, Visit Sand Dunes, Sesriem, Visit Victoria Falls, Zanzibar Spice tour

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1219kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.

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Cape Town to Zanzibar In Depth Summary

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Day 1 Cape Town

The journey comes to an end in the coastal haven of Cape Town.

Day 2 Citrusdal

Cruise into South Africa to explore the rock art of Citrucel or take an optional winery tour.

Day 3 Noordoewer

Camp on the scenic banks of the Gariep River.

Day 4 Fish River Canyon

Be treated to some phenomenal views at Fish River Canyon.

Days 5-6 Sesriem

Use Sesriem as a base for exploring the incredible Namib Desert – home to some of the world's tallest sand dunes.

Days 7-8 Swakopmund

Get a further sense of Namibia’s German colonial roots in Swakopmund. After checking out the European architecture, why not indulge in a range of adrenaline pumping activities in this action sports Mecca.

Day 9 Spitzkoppe

Bush camp in the shadow of Spitzkoppe and witness a golden sunset over this remote region.

Days 10-11 Etosha National Park

Get an up-close look at some of Southern Africa’s most iconic wildlife, and some truly unique species, in the world renowned Etosha National Park.

Day 12 Windhoek

Make tracks to the German colonial town of Windhoek, a curious mixture of African and European culture.

Day 13 D'Kar

Head north and camp at the Dqae Qare Game Reserve, a community project located in the Kalahari Desert.

Day 14 Maun

Travel to Maun, a modern African city with a rural heart.

Days 15-16 Okavango Delta

Explore the expansive waterways of the Okavango Delta in a traditional mokoro canoe.

Day 17 Maun

Return to Maun and perhaps enjoy a meal in one of the local restaurants.

Days 18-19 Makgadikgadi Pans

Traverse the magnificent Makgadikgadi Pans – one of the largest salt pans in the world.

Days 20-21 Bulawayo/Matobo National Park

Explore the second largest city in Zimbabwe before heading out on foot to track rhinos in Matobo National Park.

Day 22 Hwange National Park

Enjoy a game drive on the former royal hunting grounds of a Ndebele warrior-king.

Days 23-25 Victoria Falls

Let the mists of Victoria Falls wash away the jet-lag and perhaps enjoy an adrenaline pumping bungee jump – a great way to get into the swing of Africa!

Day 26 Choma

Journey through the rolling African landscape and lose yourself in the vast expanse of this wild continent.

Days 27-29 Lower Zambezi

Canoe down the gentle Lower Zambezi River. Float through a stunning natural landscape, keeping an eye out for wildlife stopping to drink at the river banks. Camp on islands dotted throughout the waters.

Day 30 Luangwa River

Camp on the banks of the river, under a blanket of stars in the African night sky.

Days 31-32 South Luangwa National Park

Take a game drive through Zambia's South Luangwa National Park. The Luangwa River is home to vast numbers of crocodiles and hippos, while the plains of the park contain many species of buck, kudu and gazelle. Perhaps visit Kawaza village to see a local dance performance and try a traditional Kunda midday meal.

Day 33 Lilongwe

Travel to Lolongwe, Malawi's capital. With a vibrant atmosphere, the city is a hub for the country's cultural output and boasts a lively restaurant and bar scene.

Days 34-36 Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi covers almost a fifth of the country. Spot fisherman aboard their dugout canoes, floating on the still waters at the break of day.

Day 37 Iringa

Journey to Kisolanza Farm in Iringa, a town set into the slopes of a cliff overlooking Little Ruaha River. Wander through the markets, full of colourfully dressed locals. If you are feeling game try the legendary Dabaga chilli sauce.

Day 38 Dar es Salaam

Relax in Dar es Salaam, the city that's name translates to 'Haven of Peace'. See the Arabian influenced architecture and stroll the lively ports. Camp right on the beach and soak up the atmosphere.

Days 39-41 Zanzibar

Catch the ferry to Zanzibar, the spice island so full of fragrant bazaars and delicious eateries that you can almost smell it before you dock! Take a guided tour through the spice plantations of cinnamon and vanilla and shop for authentic goods at the markets. Work up an appetite walking through the friendly atmosphere of the port town before making the most of exquisite local restaurants that utilise local produce to create the freshest meals.

Day 42 Dar es Salaam

Return to the mainland and Dar es Salaam. Spend one last day enjoying the seaside.
    • 42
    • UDOWC
    • Trip Price tool tip
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $1,630
    • Total price tool tip
    • Overland, Wildlife
    • Basix
‡ As our kitty is flexible the indicated amount is indicative only - please click here to view the kitty amount for your departure date.