Zanzibar to Cape Town In Depth Overview

Visit Africa and travel through Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa on a Kenya to Cape Expedition.

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Travel from Nairobi to Cape Town to explore the best of Africa.

Visit Africa and discover the beauty of Tanzania’s epic landscapes, tour the exotic spice island of Zanzibar, explore the vast Lake Malawi, learn about the diverse history of the Zambia, see the incredible Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, marvel at the beauty of Botswana and revel in the culture of South Africa on this Overland adventure from Zanzibar to Cape Town.

  • Watch a sunrise over the sand dunes at Sesriem
  • Visit Namibia’s lively capital, Windhoek
  • Enjoy a glass of the local wine in Cape Town
  • Take in the views over Fish River Canyon
  • Meet a plethora of wildlife on the Okavango Delta
  • Visit the intoxicatingly beautiful Zanzibar
  • Spot the Big Five on safari

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Finish:

    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 22
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Bungalow (1 nt), Bush camp (no facilities) (3 nts), Camping (with facilities) (33 nts), Hotel (4 nts)
  • Transport:

    Ferry, Mokoro, Overland vehicle
  • Included activities:

    2 day canoe trip on the Lower Zambezi, Cape Cross seal colony, Fish River Canyon, Game drives, Painted Dog Conservation Centre, 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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Zanzibar to Cape Town In Depth Summary

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Day 1 Dar Es Salaam

Dar es Salaam lies by the Indian Ocean and is abuzz with busy streets, laidback restaurants, colourful markets, interesting architecture and lots of water-based activities.

Days 2-4 Zanzibar

Famed for its fragrant spices and infamous for its slave-trading history, Zanzibar mixes divine beaches, an atmospheric main town and Middle Eastern flair with an African beat.

Day 5 Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam roughly means 'haven of peace' and has a long history of trade with India, the Middle East and Germany, making it a fascinating blend of cultures.

Day 6 Iringa

Overlooking the Ruaha River, Iringa is a picturesque town with a relaxed vibe, some good places to eat and a wonderful crafts centre.

Days 7-9 Lake Malawi

Chitimba lies along the coast of Lake Malawi and has lovely beaches, friendly locals and a laidback atmosphere.

Day 10 Lilongwe

As the cosmopolitan capital of Malawi, Lilongwe has a number of great restaurants, cafes and markets, which are often interspersed with areas of greenery.

Days 11-12 South Luangwa National Park

Famed for its walking safaris, South Luangwa National Park holds an abundance of Africa's favourite animals and classic savanna scenery.

Day 13 Luangwa River

See amazing sunsets and hear a symphony of animal calls while camping on the banks of the winding Luangwa River.

Days 14-16 Lower Zambezi

With big populations of hippos and crocodiles - among the usual suspects - the Lower Zambezi is a fabulous spot to take to the river and see Africa from the water.

Day 17 Choma/Livingstone

Choma is a small, friendly Zambian town halfway between Lusaka and Livingstone with a small market and smattering of shops. Located on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, Livingstone is a lovely town catering to those who are visiting the falls, and named after Dr Livingstone, I presume.

Days 18-20 Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is a town on the Zimbabwean side of the falls, with spectacular views and a reputation as the adventure capital of Zimbabwe.

Day 21 Hwange National Park

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

Days 22-23 Bulawayo/Matobo National Park

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

Days 24-25 Makgadikgadi Pans

Cross into Botswana and traverse the magnificent Makgadikgadi Pans – one of the largest salt pans in the world.

Day 26 Maun

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

Days 27-28 Okavango Delta

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

Day 29 Maun

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

Day 30 D'Kar

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

Day 31 Windhoek

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

Days 32-33 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 34 Spitzkoppe

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

Days 35-36 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 37 Sesriem

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

Day 38 Bethanie

Witness a sunrise over the vast plains of the desert before escaping the heat of the desert in riverside Bethanie.

Day 39 Fish River Canyon

Explore the incredible Giant’s Playground, a collection of magma formations that have to be seen to be believed. Then, arrive at the Fish River Canyon and be treated to some phenomenal views.

Day 40 Noordoewer

Camp on the scenic banks of the Gariep River.

Day 41 Citrusdal

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

Day 42 Cape Town

The journey comes to an end in the coastal haven of Cape Town.
    • 42
    • YDVYC
    • Trip Price tool tip
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $1,630
    • Total price tool tip
    • Overland
    • Basix
‡ As our kitty is flexible the indicated amount is indicative only - please click here to view the kitty amount for your departure date.