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Zanzibar to Cape Town

40 Days | African adventures of the safari and coastal kind

4.9 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
Overland
Wildlife
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Travel from Zanzibar's pristine coastline to the southern hub of Cape Town to see an array of amazing African vistas. Sample the exotic flavours of Africa's 'Spice Island', relax on Kande Beach at Lake Malawi, scale the sand dunes in Sossusvlei, glide through the Okavango Delta by local mokoro and keep your eyes peeled for elephants, hippos, crocodiles and lions on your multiple included game drives. With an expert local leader and a small group of eager travellers joining you each step of the way, this incredible adventure will open your eyes to the natural beauty of southern Africa. 

Trip overview

Map of Zanzibar To Cape Town including Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, United Republic Of, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Start
Zanzibar, Africa
Finish
Cape Town, South Africa
Theme
Overland, Wildlife
Destinations
Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 22
Trip code
YXOBC
This trip generates 22.77 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Chill out on the northern beaches of Zanzibar, enjoying white sand and sparkling blue sea of the Indian Ocean, and stroll the cobbled streets of Stone Town.
  • Join an expert guide to track rhinos on foot in Matobo National Park. Discover black and white rhinos and other game while learning about the cultural and spiritual importance of the many ceremonial sites, San paintings, and rock formations.
  • Spot elephants, hippos, giraffes, lions, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, wildebeest, impalas and more on not one but five included 4WD safari drives.
  • Enjoy a full-day game drive in Etosha National Park, home to a wide range of southern Africa's wildlife, including the endangered black rhino.
  • Choose from a range of optional activities at Victoria Falls so you can see the cascades the way you want, and maybe treat yourself to an unforgettable helicopter ride.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is an overland trip. That means you’ll be travelling with a group in a purpose-built vehicle, visiting remote communities, setting up your own tent, occasionally roughing it in the bush with no facilities, and getting the best possible views of the Big Five. While the trucks don’t have air conditioning, they do have sliding windows which let in the breeze and make it even easier to take spectacular snaps of the local wildlife. The drive days can be long, but it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie. For more info on this style of travel, see our Africa overland page: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/africa/overland
  • We use mokoros (small dugout canoes) to pass through the shallow waterways of the Okavango Delta to get to our campsite for the night.
  • As the early bird catches the worm, the early camper sights the animals. There will be many early starts either to make use of the better safari time or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

Map of Zanzibar To Cape Town including Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, United Republic Of, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Inclusions

Meals

38 breakfasts, 24 lunches, 29 dinners

Transport

Overland vehicle, 4x4 Safari Vehicle, Ferry, Minibus, Mokoro

Accommodation

Hotel (2 night), Bunglow (2 nights), Camping with facilities (31 nights), Camping (without facilities) (1 night), Cabin (3 nights)

Activities
  • Mikumi National Park - 4x4 Game Drive
  • South Luangwa National Park - 4x4 Dawn Game Drive
  • South Luangwa National Park - 4x4 Afternoon Game Drive
  • South Luangwa - Jewellery workshop Project
  • Masvingo - Great Zimbabwe Ruins guided visit
  • Matobo National Park - Rhino Tracking, Park Visit & San Rock Paintings
  • Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust Visit
  • Chobe National Park - Dawn Open 4x4 Game Drive
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro safari
  • Okavango Delta - Nature Walk
  • Grootfontein - San Bushman cultural experience
  • Etosha National Park - Overland Vehicle Game Drive
  • Cape Cross Nature Reserve - Cape Cross seal colony
  • Sossusvlei - 4x4 Tour
  • Sesriem - Sand dunes visit
  • Fish River Canyon - Canyon entrance
Add on activities
  • Stone Town Tour - Dharajani Market, Joseph's Cathederal, Palace Museum, Forodhani Food Market - USD20
  • Zanzibar - Prison Island Tour - USD25
  • Stone Town - Handicraft & Music Urban Adventure - USD50
  • Zanzibar - Spice tour - USD25
  • Zanzibar - Dhow Trip - USD60
  • Zanzibar - Snorkelling - USD60
  • Stone Town - Culinary Urban Adventure - USD29
  • Lake Malawi - Guided village walks - USD10
  • Lake Malawi - Pedalos - USD25
  • Lake Malawi - Canoe Hire - USD10
  • Lake Malawi - Bike Hire - USD25
  • South Luangwa National Park - Game Walk - USD50
  • Balawayo - Natural History Museum - USD10
  • Bulawayo - Railway Museum - USD5
  • Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls entrance - USD50
  • Victoria Falls - Canoe trail (full day) - USD185
  • Victoria Falls - Flying fox - USD50
  • Victoria Falls - Gorge swing - USD103
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter Flight of the Angels (12 mins - Excludes US$25 fuel surcharge and NP fees) - USD150
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter Flight (25 mins - Excludes US$30 fuel surcharge and NP fees) - USD284
  • Victoria Falls - Village & township tour - USD61
  • Chobe National Park - Boat Cruise - BWP270
  • Bagani - Sunset Cruise - USD25
  • Etosha National Park - Evening Game Drive - ZAR750
  • Spitzkoppe - San People rock painting guided walk - ZAR50
  • Swakopmund - Fishing trip - USD120
  • Swakopmund - Swakopmund Museum - USD2
  • Swakopmund - Seal and dolphin cruise - USD60
  • Swakopmund - Horse riding - USD65
  • Orange River - Canoe trip - NAD525
  • Klawer - Winery visit & tasting - ZAR140
  • Cape Town - Harbour cruise - ZAR200
  • Cape Town - Table Mountain Hike - ZAR1600
  • Cape Town - Table Mountain Aerial Cable - ZAR380
  • Cape Town - Robben Island tour - ZAR550
  • Cape Town - Best of the Cape Combo Tour - Full Day - ZAR2000
  • Cape Town - Cape Peninsula and SUP Tour - Full Day - ZAR2100
  • Cape Town - Robben Island Ferry & Table Mountain Tour - Full Day - ZAR1800
  • Cape Town - Winelands Tour - Full Day - ZAR1600
  • Cape Town - Winelands Tour - Half Day - ZAR1000
  • Cape Town - Cape Peninsula & Table Mountain Tour - Full Day - ZAR2000
  • Cape Town - Cape Malay Cooking Tour - Half Day - ZAR1200
  • Cape Town - Township Experience - Half Day - ZAR965
  • Cape Town - City and Waterfront Tour - Half Day - ZAR1100
  • Cape Town - Cape Peninsula & Kirstenbosch Tour - Full Day - ZAR2000
  • Cape Town - District Six & Bo-Kapp Cultural Tour - Half Day - ZAR965

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 25 (Camping) and Days 32,33,34 (Chalets), where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

2. This trip is a combination of YXOF, YXON and YXOR of our most popular itineraries. As such the make up of your group and your leader may change on Day 4 and 19.

3. The Zanzibar portion of your itinerary may have a few more passengers than the maximum group size of 22 as we have a crossover of trips starting and finishing in Zanzibar.

4. This trip starts in Stone Town on Day 1 at 2pm. This allows time after the welcome meeting to explore Stone Town. This trip finishes upon arrival in Cape Town on Day 40. Please do not book any flights until after 7pm this evening.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
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Anne Elizabeth · Traveled July 2023
I would like to make positive comments for your website, after receiving compensation for 20 Days that I was unable to continue…swap those unused days for another Intrepid Journey.
Review submitted 21 Aug 2023

Dorthe · Traveled June 2023
It was a great trip. Especially thanks to the good spirit of the crew, great destinations, wild life and people.
Review submitted 27 Aug 2023

Derrick · Traveled June 2023
I travelled on the Zanzibar to South Africa trip with MJ as our guide. It was simply an excellent experience. I loved learning about the cultures and history. I cannot say enough about the various safaris. I think it was one of the best things I ever did.
Review submitted 05 Aug 2023

Edwin · Traveled June 2023
Review submitted 19 Jul 2023

Selda · Traveled May 2023
It was the trip of my life! Incredible destinations, comfortable tents, delicious food and an amazing crew. Everything was well organized. The whole crew went above and beyond to make this trip unforgettable. Always helpful, knowledgeable, respectful, polite and friendly. Thank you very much Laban, Henry and Patrick for being such a fantastic crew and family!
Review submitted 10 Jul 2023
Zanzibar to Cape Town
From
EUR €3,808