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.

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa,
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
1 219kg pp per trip


  • 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


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 as you prepare for weeks of adventure.
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.
Return to the mainland and Dar es Salaam. Spend one last day enjoying the seaside before heading heading to the wilderness of the African inland.
Journey through the rolling plains of Mikumi National Park 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.
Enter Malawi and head straight for the lake that covers almost a fifth of the country. Spot fisherman aboard their dugout canoes, floating on the still waters at the break of day.
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.
Cross the border into Zambia to game drive through 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.
Camp on the banks of the river, under a blanket of stars in the African night sky.
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.
Journey through the rolling African landscape and lose yourself in the vast expanse of this wild continent.
Get an early start in Zimbabwe and make a v-line for the awesome power of Victoria Falls. This curtain of water stretches almost a mile across and falls over 100 m into a narrow gorge below. The spray created from this powerful raging torrent can reach up to 400 m in the air!
Enjoy a game drive on the former royal hunting grounds of a Ndebele warrior-king.
Explore the second largest city in Zimbabwe before heading out on foot to track rhinos in Matobo National Park.
Cross into Botswana and traverse the magnificent Makgadikgadi Pans – one of the largest salt pans in the world.
Travel to Maun, a modern African city with a rural heart.
Explore the expansive waterways of the Okavango Delta in a traditional mokoro canoe.
Return to Maun and perhaps enjoy a meal in one of the local restaurants.
Head south and camp at the Dqae Qare Game Reserve, a community project located in the Kalahari Desert.
Make tracks to the German colonial town of Windhoek, a curious mixture of African and European culture.
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.
Bush camp in the shadow of Spitzkoppe and witness a golden sunset over this remote region.
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.
Use Sesriem as a base for exploring the incredible Namib Desert – home to some of the world's tallest sand dunes.
Witness a sunrise over the vast plains of the desert before escaping the heat of the desert in riverside Bethanie.
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.
Camp on the scenic banks of the Gariep River.
Cruise into South Africa to explore the rock art of Citrucel or take an optional winery tour.
The journey comes to an end in the coastal haven of Cape Town.
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Ferry, Mokoro, Overland vehicle
Bungalow (1 night), Bush camp (no facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with facilities) (33 nights), Hotel (4 nights)
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


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