Cape Town to Zanzibar

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Duration: 34 or 35 days

Trip code: CTZ

Have an epic African overland adventure, travelling through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi & Tanzania. Begin in Cape Town, South Africa and visit the Namibian desert, the Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Lake Malawi and end up on the stunning spice island of Zanzibar on this amazing adventure tour through Africa!

Please Note: This tour also runs in reverse from Zanzibar to Cape Town. Please select the direction of travel you'd prefer in the booking section to see the relevant start dates.

Trip highlights

  • Travel by truck off the beaten track, make new friends as you bond with your travelling buddies and camp under the African stars in unforgettable locations
  • Start your tour in Cape Town, relax by the Orange River, see stunning Fish River Canyon in Namibia, spot wildlife in the Namib Naukluft National Park and see amazing Spitzkoppe Bushman paintings
  • Have an animal experience in Etosha National Park, go on a Kalahari Bushman Walk, be blown away by the beautiful Okavango Delta and visit Chobe National Park        
  • Laze by the idyllic shores of Lake Malawi, browse the colourful markets in Tanzania's Dar es Salaam and end your tour on the amazing spice island of Zanzibar!
  • Opt to do the trip in reverse, from Zanzibar to Cape Town!
Further trip information

Please note: This route can also be travelled in reverse, from Zanzibar to Cape Town. Please see the end of this itinerary for more details.

Day 1: Cape Town to Western Cape, South Africa. Kick off in Cape Town. Optional township tour (Adventure pass only). Travel along the Western Cape and enjoy a wine tasting before camping by the Olifants River.

Day 2: Western Cape to Gariep (Orange) River. Travel to your camp by the Gariep (Orange) River. Optional canoe river safari or hiking in the area.

Day 3: Gariep (Orange) River to Fish River Canyon, Namibia. Cross into Namibia and arrive at the spectacular Fish River Canyon.

Day 4: Fish River Canyon to Sesriem. See the Namib desert and the highest sand dunes from spectacular Sesriem, the gateway to Namib Naukluft National Park.

Day 5: Namib Naukluft National Park to Solitaire. See the sunrise over the desert from famous Dune 45 in Namib Naukluft National Park. Optional sand dune tour in Sossusvlei.

Please note: If your trip departs in 2017, you will stay in alternative accommodation in Solitaire. You will stay in a remote camp with spectacular views across the Namib Naukluft Desert. Please contact a travel advisor for more information.

Day 6–7: Solitaire to Swakopmund. In Swakopmund you can enjoy cool sea air and adventure activities galore. Why not try quad biking, sand boarding or skydiving? 

Day 8: Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe. Stop off at Spitzkoppe to admire the ancient bushman paintings and watch the sunset.

Day 9-10: Etosha National Park. Etosha National Park is home to 114 mammal and 340 bird species. Spend two nights camping by a floodlit waterhole, where you will be able to spot wildlife, plus go on amazing game drives.

Day 11: Etosha to Windhoek. Travel south today to Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek, which sits surrounded by mountain ranges.

Day 12: Windhoek to Ghanzi, Botswana. Cross into Botswana and the town of Ghanzi. Take a guided bush walk among this barren-looking terrain, led by local San/Bushman and learn all about this ancient people’s way of life.

Day 13: Ghanzi to Maun. With its unusual mix of modern and native homes, Maun, Botswana’s fifth largest town, lies along the banks of the Thamalakane River. Possible optional flight over the Okavango Delta region (at extra cost).

Day 14: Okavango Delta. If you've booked the Adventure Pass you'll head into the magical Okavango Delta for a unique canoe and wildlife overnight excursion.

Day 15: Maun. Return to Maun by midday and spend a free afternoon trying exciting optional activities or relaxing in Maun.

Day 16: Maun – Elephant Sands, Nata. Travel from Maun to Nata, arriving at the Elephant Sands Lodge in the late afternoon. With no fences, expect to spot wildlife roaming freely between waterholes!

Day 17: Elephant Sands, Nata – Kasane. Kasane is the gateway to Chobe National Park. Adventure Pass only: ‘Fish Eagle’ cruise on the Chobe River and game drive.

Day 18: Kasane to Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zambia. Cross the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers by ferry today into Zambia and camp close to Livingstone and see mighty Victoria Falls.

Day 19-20: Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zambia. Spend two more days having fun in Livingstone!

Day 21: Livingstone – Lusaka. Make your way through lush scenery to Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka. You will camp in a peaceful farm setting outside the city.

Day 22-23: Lusaka – South Luangwa National Park. Your destination today is the stunning South Luangwa National Park, where you will spend two nights. If you have booked the Adventure Pass you will enjoy a morning game drive.

Day 24: South Luangwa National Park – Kande Beach, Malawi. Cross into Malawi to the capital Lilongwe and make your way to magical Lake Malawi. You’ll camp on the shores and spend time swimming, relaxing on the beach or exploring.

Day 25: Kande Beach. Spend the day on the beach by Lake Malawi, where you can try some exciting water sports such as diving, snorkelling or surfing (extra cost), or head out and meet some of the locals.

Day 26: Kande Beach – Chitimba Beach. Drive through rubber plantations to Mzuzu to check out the local markets. Spend the night in Chitimba Beach.

Day 27: Chitimba Beach. Chill out on the beach, explore the area, and wander the surrounding hills that offer magnificent views. There is also a fantastic local craft market where you can brush off your haggling skills in search of the perfect souvenir.

Day 28: Chitimba Beach – Iringa, Tanzania. Cross the border into Tanzania, climbing in altitude until you reach a working rural farm, where you’ll spend the night.

Day 29: Iringa – Mikumi. Keep your eyes peeled for elephant and giraffe in Mikumi.

Day 30: Mikumi - Dar es Salaam. Soak up the lively atmosphere of Dar, with its colourful markets and Arabic architecture.

Day 31-34: Zanzibar Island. Hop across to the idyllic spice island of Zanzibar for a 3-night island stay. The exotic destination of Zanzibar is known for its stunning sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, winding cobbled streets and tropical forests.

Day 35: Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam. Enjoy a final few hours on Zanzibar before catching the ferry back to the mainland, where the tour ends today in Dar es Salaam.

Please note: The itinerary above is for guidance only. Every effort is made to adhere to the planned route, but please allow for a certain amount of flexibility, as on occasion it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations to the itinerary.

Please note: From 1st June 2017, all tourists visiting Botswana will be required to pay a tourism levy when crossing the border. This levy will be approximately USD30, payable by cash in US dollars. This is subject to change. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.

Optional Adventure Pass

If you wish you can book an optional Adventure Pass, which includes awesome extra activities and excursions for a price of USD530. The cheapest way to get the pass is to book it locally, in cash, when you arrive in Africa. If you wish, you can pre-book the pass in the UK; please contact our travel advisors for more details. The Adventure Pass includes:

  • A township tour in Cape Town
  • A 4x4 transfer in Sossusvlei
  • Okavango Delta excursion
  • Fish Eagle cruise in Chobe National Park
  • Game drive in Chobe National Park
  • Game drive in South Luangwa National Park

Reverse Option: Zanzibar to Cape Town

This tour can also be done in reverse, from Zanzibar to Cape Town. Starting in Dar es Salaam, this 34-day adventure includes all the same destinations apart from South Luangwa National Park. Please select the direction of travel you'd prefer in the booking section to see the relevant start dates!

The Adventure Pass for the reverse option costs USD410. The Adventure Pass includes: 

  • Fish Eagle cruise in Chobe National Park
  • Game drive in Chobe National Park
  • Okavango Delta excursion
  • A 4x4 transfer in Sossusvlei

The reverse itinerary runs as follows:

Day 1: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar. Discover the markets and Bazaars of Stone Town. Due to the early start today we recommend you arrive the night before and book an extra night of accommodation. Speak to a travel advisor for more information and advice.

Day 2-3: Stone Town to Kendwa Beach. Enjoy blissful beach life on Kendwa Beach.

Day 4: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam. Catch the ferry back to Dar es Salaam.

Day 5: Dar es Salaam to Mikumi Park area. Venture into the beautiful countryside and camp near the park.

Day 6: Mikumi National Park to Iringa. Spend the night on an organic farm.

Day 7-8: Iringa to Chitimba Beach, Malawi. Relax beside the sparkling waters of Lake Malawi.

Day 9-10: Chitimba Beach to Kande Beach. More beach bliss on the shores of Lake Malawi.

Day 11: Kande Beach to Chipata, Zambia. Hop over the border into Zambia.

Day 12: Chipata to Lusaka. Camp near the capital on a tranquil farm.

Day 13-16: Lusaka to Livingstone. Journey to Livingstone and enjoy free time here.

Day 17: Livingstone to Kasane, Botswana. Cross the border into Botswana. Discover Chobe National Park.

Day 18: Chobe National Park to Nata. Enjoy adventure activities in Chobe (Adventure Pass only) before camping in Nata.

Day 19: Nata to Maun. Journey west to the gateway to the Okavango Delta.

Day 20: Maun to Okavango Delta. Explore the Delta on a traditional dugout canoe (Adventure Pass only).

Day 21: Okavango Delta to Maun. Head back to Maun to stock up on supplies.

Day 22: Maun to Ghanzi. Meet Bushmen in the small settlement of Ghanzi.

Day 23: Ghanzi to Windhoek. Hop across to Namibia and explore the city of Windhoek.

Day 24-25: Windhoek to Etosha National Park. Discover the gleaming salt pan of Etosha National Park. Enjoy a full day’s game drive.

Day 26: Etosha National Park to Spitzkoppe. See the unique rock formations of Spitzkoppe!

Day 27-28: Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund. Enjoy the seaside air in Swakopmund! Optional adventure activities here.

Day 29: Swakopmund to Sossus. Venture into the desert.

Day 30: Sossus to Sesriem. Climb Dune 45 and check out Sossusvlei (Adventure Pass Only).

Day 31: Sesriem to Fish River Canyon. Gaze out across spectacular Fish River Canyon.

Day 32: Fish River Canyon to Orange River. Head south and relax on the banks of the river.

Day 33: Orange River to Cederberg Area. Drive across the border and check out the Western Cape.

Day 34: Cederberg Area to Cape Town. Arrive into Cape Town where your tour ends. Due to the late finish we recommend booking an extra night of accommodation in the city before flying out the next day.

Fancy some extra time to explore beautiful Cape Town? Enjoy 4 days of fun on our Cape Town City Stay and discover the wonders of this spectacular city!

Dates & booking
Please select the direction of travel you'd prefer in the booking section to see the relevant start dates.

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