Isak Dinesen wrote, ‘When you have caught the rhythm of Africa, you find that it is the same in all her music.’ And it's not just the tribal drums, but the rhythms of the land: the sound the Serengeti makes as it wakes each morning, a mountain gorilla rustling through the Rwandan jungle or the thunder of wildebeest hooves across the Masai Mara. Kick back on the chalk-white beaches of Zanzibar, chat with vendors in the spice-filled souqs of Marrakech and watch plodding elephants from the snowy summit of Kilimanjaro. Africa is calling. Come and get rhythm.
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Reflections from the road: Kenya and Tanzania Overland
Travelling overland through East Africa is something special. There’s very little between you and the world – and on safari, that world is pretty wild. Lucky you’ve got an expert local crew and small group of fellow travellers to share in the experience. Across the plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, through corn fields, mountains and remote villages, one traveller reflects on her trip through Kenya and Tanzania. This is overland adventure – Intrepid style.
Highlights of Africa
See the Big 5 on an African safari
In some destinations, you’ll want to hit the tourist hot-spots, like the Eifel Tower, Angkor Wat or the Pyramids of Giza. On an African safari, it’s all about getting up close and personal (from a respectable distance, that is) with the Big 5 animals – the African elephant, the black rhino, the Cape buffalo, the African lion and the Africa leopard. Don’t forget your camera as you hop aboard one of our custom-built Overland vehicles.
Towering mountains, changing cityscapes, twisting coastal roads and heritage vineyards. A cycling trip in South Africa covers a lot of ground (both literally and metaphorically), but it’s undoubtedly one of the best ways to experience this amazing destination. Cross nature reserves, spot whales in Hermanus and explore the Cape Peninsula, wind through mountain ranges from the bike saddle, before stopping to sip local wines guilt-free. Bliss!
Wrap up your headscarf or turban for sun-protection, put on your loosest, most colourful desert clothes and mount your camel for the ride of a lifetime. With the sun setting behind you, you’ll be amazed by the seemingly endless crests and valleys of the Erg Chebbi dunes. Your camel and local leader will guide you through the sand to the desert camp where you’ll spend the night with local guides and fellow adventurers.
The Masai Mara’s wide-open plains, clear blue skies and herds of wild animals are almost too picturesque to be real. But it’s also home to the Maasai people, one of Kenya’s most famous tribes. You might have seen photos of these red-clad warriors taking part in jumping dances – they’ve maintained a traditional way of life and welcome everyone to come and learn about their vibrant culture.
If you want to see a different, more tropical side of Africa, it’s hard to go past Madagascar’s golden beaches, idyllic islands and quirky wildlife. Explore lush rainforests in Ranomafana National Park and encounter local flora and fauna – including 33 species of lemurs, one of which is the famous golden bamboo lemur. Round it out with a refreshing dip in the Indian Ocean from the relatively untouched Ill Sainte Marie.
One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls are the world’s largest waterfall thanks to their huge flow rate (despite not being the highest or the widest falls). You can soak up the spray from the edge, take part in active adventures like canoeing or rafting or simply stroll around and admire the stunning views. Who would have thought that a trip to Africa would involve so much water?
What should I pack for a safari? What are the toilet facilities like? What do you do if there’s a lion in your campsite? Two Intrepid travellers answer the big questions about East Africa overland travel in this 30-minute podcast, recorded in a tent in the heart of the Masai Mara. They discuss how to prepare for a trip (packing, visas, health) and what to expect on the ground (camping, game drives, life in the truck) – plus run through their personal highlights of two Intrepid Basix tours: the 8-day Serengeti Trails tour in Tanzania, and the 8-day Kenya Wildlife Safari. It’s kind of like a chat with your most helpful friends.
This is your chance to experience the wide diversity of Moroccan people. From the high mountains to the seaside to the Sahara and all points in between you will leave this to her feeling like you really understand this country. I highly recommend this trip.
This trip isn’t for the weak hearted. Expect a full itinerary with action each day. Wonderful opportunities to be up close with real experiences, interactions with local people in a variety of environments. A moderate level of fitness is required as days can be long with frequent physical activity along the way. Expect fun!
Prepare for an adventure of a lifetime! I would strongly recommend the flight over the Okavango delta as an additional activity and the morning drive in Chobe National Park. Personally, I thought that the best place for getting souvenirs was in Nata Lodge. Definitely bring a solar power bank for the camp in the delta and binoculars are a must.
Loved the trip, I highly recommend it. Our leader Abdessamad was the best, he was very knowledgeable and fun. He kept us busy and showed us the best of Moroccan culture. Moustafa our van driver kept everyone entertained on long drives through Morocco. We got to see so much beauty everyday and eat different local food. I miss it already. Would do it again in a heartbeat.
Really great trip - comprehensive tour of Morocco. Great driver and group leader. My ONLY complaint is that we could have used more room pn the bus - it was very tight with little spare space and a bit uncomfortable at times.
The tour Victoria Falls to Cape Town covers lots of diverse and beautiful sights. I really can recommend doing it - you'll find many friends along the way and have great experiences. A good way to get to know the region!