What do you pack for an adventure tour deep into the heart of Africa? When one day you’ll be traversing majestic wildlife sanctuaries and the next you could be quad-biking, skydiving, coming face-to-face with Africa’s big 5, or scampering up legendary desert dunes and sand-boarding off? The answer is: Not much

With Africa4us, you’re travelling in Africa’s most comfortable premium overland safari vehicle, and you’re either staying with trusted accommodation providers, or enjoying blissful camping – serviced and catered by us – so there’s really not much to worry about. What you pack depends more on your comfort level than pure necessities.

Here are our recommendations on what to bring on your African Overland Adventure Tour.

For Accommodated and Serviced Camping Tours
Your premium overland safari vehicle is equipped with your own lockable storage space next to your seat, a personal safe, dual USB charging station, dedicated air-conditioning nozzle – and of course your spacious, reclining seat. For the duration of your travels, you will be comfortable and looked after. When you step outside your comfort zone, into Africa, you might need some essentials.

What you need to pack:
– Sun protection – Don’t underestimate the African sun. Pack your wide-brim hat and sunscreen.
– Mosquito repellent – They might not be dangerous, but they’re annoying
– Cash – We invite you to support the local restaurants and businesses where you can.

See all our Accommodated tours here.

For Serviced Camping Tours
We’re very excited to introduce our all-new Serviced Camping in 2019. Serviced Camping means that you get to enjoy all the benefits of an African camping adventure, with none of the work! Your adventure crew takes care of all of the duties (setting up camp, cooking, cleaning, etc.) and you just enjoy the adventure (read more here). All you have to do is kit out your spacious dome-style tent with all the comforts you need to turn your camping into glamping!

What you need to pack:
– A sleeping bag and bedding
– Your favourite pillow – we provide the comfy mattress
– Mosquito repellent (your tent has mosquito netting on the door and windows but one can never be too careful)

Read more about our Serviced Camping Tours here.

For Ultimate Self Drive Adventure Tours
Although your all-terrain Polaris UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) is fitted with a windscreen, roof and other necessities, things might still get a little dirty and dusty. Your adventure crew will provide you with dust goggles and covers to wear around your face but things like wet wipes and towels will also come in handy.

What you need to pack:
– An adventurous spirit!

Read more about our Ultimate Self-Drive Adventure Tours here.

We hope to see you – with your wide-brimmed hat – on one of our tours soon! If you have any trouble deciding on a tour, our blog on this topic might help and please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Make one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World your playground

Bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge is one of top five adrenalin experiences on the planet and for good reason. Adrenaline junkies go crazy for that four-second free fall through a roaring, misty gorge followed by glorious minutes of swinging in the presence of one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.

Of course, plunging into the abyss is not the only way to enjoy this spectacular world heritage site. There are many (less adrenaline-inducing) ways to experience the majestic Victoria Falls, like taking a scenic helicopter flight, white water rafting, bridge swinging, and just breathing in the spectacular view from as many angles as possible. Read more about the Victoria Falls here.

 

See the Okavango from an African gondola

Our guests love exploring the Okavango by means of a Mokoro – a traditional Delta dugout canoe. Sit back and relax as your African gondolier takes you into the flourishing Okavango with only the sounds of the kingfishers, frogs, and the teeming reeds around you. Not a bad way to relax after a day of African adventures. Read more here.

 

Take the adventure into your own hands

Africa4Us is the first company to introduce custom-built Polaris Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs) to the African continent. What does this mean for you? It means that you no longer have to be the idle passenger of your African adventure. You get to drive your own all-terrain 4×4 vehicle through the rivers, dust, rocky terrains and mountains of Namibia. Does this sound like your kind of Ultimate Adventure Tour? Then you should read our blog to find out more.

 

Have real, authentic African cultural experiences

Authentic interactions with the local people is a big priority for our guests. The good news is that you’ll be able to enjoy this highlight in various forms on all of our tours. Whether it be dancing with the San (Bushmen), getting your travel aches and pains relieved by a Sangoma (an African traditional healer) or just making the rounds at the local curio shops, you’ll be sure to take something special home from the heart of Mother Africa. And if you want to know more about any location, its history or any particular culture, feel free to strike up a conversation with your Africa4Us crew. All of our crew members are highly knowledgeable and extremely passionate about Africa.

 

A laid-back approach to wildlife viewing

There is no doubt that you’ll be seeing plenty of animals on your African Overland Adventure Tour but there is something very special about seeing these animals from the water. A slow boat cruise down the Chobe river not only makes for a very relaxed wildlife viewing opportunity, but it also offers a unique perspective.

Wild animals come to the river to drink, bathe, play and sometimes even to pray on others. You’ll see creatures and behaviours that you don’t often see on land or even at watering holes – and the best part is, you don’t have to endure a bumpy ride to experience it. You can just sip your favourite cocktail as the boat cruises into the sunset. Now isn’t that the way to end off a day in Africa?

 

We hope that this list of highlights will help you decide which path to choose for your African Overland Tour. Herewith another 5 best-hidden gems to visit while you visit in Africa. And if you’re still unsure, just remember that with Africa4Us, all paths lead to adventure. Give us a call (+27 21 200 5766) and we’ll help you choose the right adventure for you.

Nothing screams adventure more than the Polaris Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs) that Africa4us has introduced on their “Ultimate Adventure Tours”.  As the name suggests – virtually no terrain is off limits to these new 4×4 beasts – and with their power and agility, exploring the landscapes of Namibia has never been more exhilarating.

Once you strap yourself into the seats of these all-terrain vehicles water and mud become your friends. Go off the beaten track to scale the peaks of mountains looking for wildlife, or plunge into muddy valleys and shallow rivers to get a fresh perspective on the environment surrounding you. The variety of terrains found in this daring landscape, combined with the fact that Africa4Us is the first tour company to introduce these UTVs to this special spot in Africa, means that you’re in for the ride of a lifetime, and the best part is: you’re in control – we’re merely here to guide you.

Whether you want to do game viewing, a sunset drive for a couple of hours or you want to do an overnight trip to have the full experience of what the UTVs can do, our team of professional guides will be right there to show you the way and to make sure that you’re as comfortable as you can be while still preserving the adventurous feeling one has on a 4×4 Ultimate Adventure Tour. This means all safety gear, drinks, snacks and a comfy spot to sleep if you’re doing an overnight trip.

Your professional local guide will lead the way, but all of our tours are self-drive, so you have all the control in your hands and you’re free to rip up the soil however you want, leaving your stresses and worries behind in the dust.

We have tours to suit every party. Whether you’re a group of friends, a family or you’re flying solo and looking for an interesting way to meet other bold-hearted adventure seekers – we’ve got a tour for you.

If you’re looking for a beautiful sunset tour with stunning scenery and bushmen paintings on the way, our 2-hour Brandberg Sunset Drive is for you (link). If you prefer something a bit more extensive, you will enjoy our 4 hour White Lady Drive (link). You’ll still be able to see the bushman paintings but this route takes you over various terrains so you can put your wheels to the test.

Alternatively, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous and you’re ready to get wet, why not try the Ugab River Nature Drive (link)? Make your way through swamps and river beds to get to the open savannah landscape where Springbok, Zebra, Steenbok, Oryx, Ostrich, Cheetah and even Elephants roam.

And finally, for those who want to take their Ultimate Adventure Tour to the next level, there’s the Overnight Trip (link). Be amongst the first people ever to do this trip in Africa. You’ll have two days to explore the Brandberg area with all its natural splendour and its truly wild game. Set up camp next to the river and enjoy a night under the stars in a spot where no ordinary tour vehicles can go.

The only thing left to ask is: Are you ready to get down and dirty with Africa? If you are, get in touch at info@africa4us.com or book your tour through our website here www.Africa4us.com.

Food

South African Cuisine has many influences from Europe and Asia dating back to its colonialism times.  You will most likely find that their meat is some of the best you have possibly ever tasted, as well, as finding some very different meats such as Ostrich and Kudu.  Something to definitely try on your trip is Biltong, simply put Dried meat.  Which has been marinated for a  lengthy period of time, then spiced and hung up to dry, you may actually think this sounds horrible, but believe me it is extremely tasty!  On your travels we also suggest trying not only some of the best restaurants in Johannesburg and Cape Town, but also some street food and local delacacies.

Locations

The 20 days South Africa Explored tour as well as our 13 Days Best of South Africa, has been specifically designed by our tour guides/experts to include the most spectacular locations in the country.  You will travel around three different countries, South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho, stopping at the most magnificent spots along the way.  Sit back and relax, let us take you on a magical adventure through these three beautiful countries, and on the track less travelled!

Activities

We have included some of the best activities to do while on your South African exploration, from Safari’s to Penguins, we have covered them all.  Please also note that some activities are optional, and are not included in the tour price as per Itinerary.  Some of our favourites to mention are:

  • Boulders Beach
  • Boat cruise in St.Lucia
  • Game Drives in Addo Elephant National Park
  • Diaz Museum
  • Wine tasting
  • Cape of Good hope

Take the leap and book your South African Adventure with Africa4us, and let us make your adventure become a reality!

Matopos National Park also known by the locals as Matobo National Park is located in the South of Zimbabwe and was established in 1953.  The Park spans an area of 44 500 hectares and over the years become an intensive protection zone for endangered black and white rhino’s and In 2003 the park was awarded World Heritage Status.

The park is located a mere 34 km’s from the charming town of Bulawayo, which will be your home for two nights.  In 2019, Matopos National Park will be one of the stops on a variety of Adventure tours with Africa4Us, and we couldn’t think of a better way to explore the fantastic Zimbabwe gem, that is Matobo National Park than with a full day Matopos Safari!

You will be collected from your hotel in the early morning, ready to set out on your day of safari, so have your camera fully charged and the sunscreen packed!  The main road to Maleme dam is tarred while other park roads are gravel (mostly in good condition), along the way you will notice the most unique rock formations ever seen.  The Park is famous for one formation specifically, which is known as the “Mother and Child”.

Your experienced guide is extremely knowledgeable on the local fauna, birds and of course, the wildlife, soak up and take in all that you can!  You may have the opportunity to Walk with Rhinos, a very popular activity not only with International tourists but locals too!  Speaking of which, I was lucky enough to experience this first hand, and what an unforgettable moment!

Rhino

The park is home to a variety of animals such as Hippo, Rhino, Antelope, Zebra, Leopard and one of the highest concentrations of a black eagle in the world.  View the final resting place of Cecil John Rhodes, and experience the 360-degree views while “on-top” of Worlds’ view!  With so much to offer our guests, we definitely had to include this Majestic National Park on our trips!

You can choose to visit the park on either or Serviced Camping or Premium Accommodated Adventure tours.

Take in the rural beauty and the Swazi culture with a trip to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Swaziland.  The Ezulwini Valley also known as Valley of Heaven is where you will find the gem that is Mlilwane, Swaziland’s oldest protected area.

The Sanctuary was originally a 450-hectare family farm which was turned into a sanctuary after witnessing the decline of the area’s wildlife by Ted and Liz Reilly.  The Reilly’s planted indigenous trees created a wetland and restocked the area with wildlife.  Mlilwane Sanctuary is now under a non-profit Trust after being donated by the Reilly family and has seen significant growth in its original size due to the endless support by International travellers and donations.

Mlilwane Beehive Village is within the nature reserve and offers traditional Swazi experiences.  Stay in a grass dome-shaped hut that has been built with traditional Swazi reed fencing.  Bear in mind, this accommodation style is not luxurious, but definitely comfortable with en-suite bathrooms!

Spanning over 4,500 hectares there is an array of activities for you to participate in, and here are a few of our favourites:

  • Mountain Biking – you can hire by the hour, and are welcome to either do your own self-guided or guided tours. Whether you are an avid cyclist or looking to explore the sanctuary on the bike, there are a variety of trails to suit your activity level.
  • Horse Riding – the Chubeka Trails (northern section) is the main area you will explore while on horseback. The sanctuary has a variety of horse to suit your skill set (riding skills).
  • Self-Guided Walking Trails – with 9 interlocked trails covering over 20 km, and vary in length and difficulty.

Choose the life less travelled, and explore Mlilwane now on our 7 Days Kruger and Swaziland Safari or our 20 Days Southern Africa Explored adventure tours.

Situated in the north-west of Botswana the delta comprises of marshlands and seasonally flooded plains, this is one of the major wetlands that is almost intact.  The delta is home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large mammal such as:

  • Cheetah,
  • White & Black Rhino
  • African Wild dog
  • Lion

At the centre of the delta is Chief’s Island, the largest island in the delta, once reserved as a hunting area for the chief it is home to a vast number of wildlife.  Experience how the locals travel around the delta in a Mokoro, also known as canoe.  The Mokoro is a common type of canoe traditionally made from the dug out trunks of trees.  Sit back and enjoy the tranquillity while the oarsman will be situated behind you pushing it with only a pole, similar those in venice.

As sustainable tourism is on the increase, the Mokoro’s are now made out of Fibreglass, and have kept the same shape as they would have had, had they been made out of trees.  The Mokoro is designed to fit two people and is the perfect option to get deeper into the delta where Game drive vehicles can not explore.  You may find you will feel closer at nature while on your excursion, as you will see varies reptiles, and water life.

As you glide along the delta, you may come across Elephant herds, buck and other wildlife that have decided to have a drink from the delta.  Don’t forget to spot for the Hippos and crocodiles, need worry though, your experienced guide knows exactly how to operate your Mokoro and the distance to keep from these majestic mammals.  You safety is their highest concern while on this breath-takingly beautiful experience.

How do I experience this you ask?

You can view our Okavango Delta and Zimbabwe tour here: Accommodated – 8 Days Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls. Camping – 8 Days Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls Serviced Camping

See you soon!

Written by: Daina Walters

If you have ever longed to hear the call of the Fish Eagle then a good place to start is just across the border from South Africa and into Namibia at the Felix Unite camping site on the banks of the Gariep River!  From here, Africa4us will take you in their beautiful overland truck to the Fish River Canyon.

A glass of wine as the sun goes down across the river and then dinner by candlelight, prepared by the Africa4us crew, a dinner which by the way would put any cordon bleu chef to shame, and you will be ready to zip up your Africa4us tent and stretch out on a super comfortable memory foam mattress to get a good night’s sleep in before hitting the road.

Make sure you look up at the stars before you hit the sack, it’s a breathtaking sight which makes you feel as if all you have to do is stretch up and pluck one out of the sky!  Starting the day in the peace and quiet as you watch the sun rise over the meandering Gariep River will be an experience you will want to relive once you get back to the hectic pace of ‘civilisation’, a memory to carry you through harried and rushed mornings ahead back home.

This is not one of those mornings where you have to scuttle to get on the road before sunrise, which means that you will have the time to take a canoe down the river before you finally head out, but a whatever you do, whether it’s a refreshing trip on the river or a relaxing morning soaking up the sights and sounds, you will be shoring up for the longish drive to the Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa, in time to make the sunset.

The comfort of the luxury seats designed by Africa4us will make the bumps to come a lot more comfortable than any other overland truck will, but, this is Africa and bumping, slipping and sliding are all part of your African adventure!  Not too far along the journey you will see the cleanest, neatest local villages you will ever come across, home to those who work in the surrounding vineyards.  The vineyards are a sight to see in this arid landscape, rich swathes of green breaking the harshness of this dry and sandy region.

By the time you reach the spot where the Africa4us crew will drop you off in the Fish River Canyon you will be very grateful for the air-conditioning that comes part and parcel of the Africa4us overland truck experience!  While you are not able to hike in alone to the Fish River Canyon, the crew will drop you in an area that will give you enough of a hike to enjoy the absolute vastness surrounding you before you reach the ridge of the canyon.

The Fish River Canyon is second in size only to the Grand Canyon, and while it may not be as big, the colours and changes in the rock formations that form the canyon are an awesome sight, it is as if you can hear the earth calling out its history to you in the layers and formations that tell the ancient story.

After spending time at the edge of the Fish River Canyon you will join the Africa4us crew for snacks and wine in style at the main viewpoint, which gives you a stunning view of the changing colours that ripple through the sky as the sun goes down and the stars begin to take their place in the evening sky!

If taking an overland truck to the Fish River Canyon is on the horizon for you then make sure that you experience it in comfort and style in the company of guides passionate about everything that makes Africa the number one adventure holiday on millions of bucket lists!

There are an abundance of overland travel companies in Africa but choosing the right one is not always easy.  You need to take into account how many years an overland company has been operating successfully, the size of the operation, experience and background of the tour guides as well as the level of comfort and safety that is offered on each tour or safari in Africa.

Africa4us has a proud record that has stood the test of time over 16 years as a successful, well organised overland travel company, offering a wide selection of overland tours and safaris that will take you to many parts of Africa that you may only have dreamed of visiting until now.

Our safety record is outstanding and our customers trust us to show them the depth of beauty and culture of Africa in the safest, most enriching environment and with our tour guides who focus on bringing their extensive knowledge and experience of the various regions, we are able to create unforgettable experiences for our customers.

All of our team at Africa4us are proud ambassadors for Africa who want nothing more than to encourage all our customers to come back for more of this magical country, and, as born and bred Africans you can be assured that you will have a ground-level experience that will bring your up close to the real rhythm, energy and beauty that is Africa, as well as offering you the opportunity to engage the locals through their cultural experiences.

Based on our experience, we know what it is like to spend several hours a day in a vehicle, which is precisely why we make our vehicles roomy and comfortable with access to windows so that you do not miss a thing on the journey.

We have had travellers who have left our shores with unforgettable memories that enrich their lives and inspire others to take the same journey with Africa4us for many years, knowing that they will experience the same high quality experience that should be the accepted norm for any overland travel company.  Word of mouth is our most effective advertising tool, which means that we are able to include more activities and superior equipment on our tours instead of spending that money on expensive advertising campaigns, and this word of mouth advertising speaks volumes for our reputation formed over 16 years, making us an easy choice for your African adventure.

Going on Safari in style has become a reality with Africa4us12-seater luxury overland vehicles that have been designed to bring a whole new level of comfort for travellers who have wanted to do more than just ‘rough’ it in Africa.

With luxury seats that have been designed by Africa4us to make travelling over 1000’s of kilometres on challenging African roads a pleasure and with plenty of personal space around your seat, having a birds-eye view out of your own window is unique to Africa4us.  Overhead luggage space and a personal ‘box’ next to your seat that will hold cups or water bottles, with a safe and USB charging points reinforce the meaning of the words ‘safari’ and ‘luxury’!

With drivers who have travelled up and down throughout Africa for many years, the Africa4us overland safari is not only a statement in comfort, but is also one in which the safety and reliability of these vehicles takes first place and is easily felt by each traveller on board.

If you are camping a night or two along the way you will have to watch closely as your tent is raised because the Africa4us crew have got it down to such a fine art that if you blink you will miss it! These nifty tents zip-up every which way, making even the most nervous traveller feel safe from crawlies! Zipped up in your sleeping bag on the specially designed Africa4us camping mattresses that include a layer of memory foam takes camping on safari in Africa to a whole new level.

Whoever it was that said that an overland safari in Africa is hard and uncomfortable obviously never did it the Africa4us way! You will be amazed at the cuisine that your tour leader and driver will rustle up in no time at all; bringing five star food to the table from the lower level of their overland truck, a lower level that boasts an amazing amount of storage space and includes a roll-out awning.  Everything is organised and has its place, which makes setting up at each stop seem effortless.

On your accommodated overland safari, even the smallest one horse town in Africa has clean and comfortable rooms which have been selected by Africa4us as overnight stops on each leg of your journey to rest your weary head before you take on the next adventure-filled day.

The Africa4us crew is available to make sure that all your needs are attended to along the way, and in most cases their intuitive experience and passion for what they do will pre-empt your needs before you express them.  If doing an overland safari in style is at the top of your bucket list then Africa4us has a tour and destination to make your African adventure a reality!

There are actually too many things to do on an overland Safari with Africa4us to list them all here, and some of the major experiences that offer a fascinating look at many different cultures and breathtaking natural beauty in Africa is also quite a challenge in choices, but here are just a few ideas of what to expect on an overland safari with Africa4us.

No matter which of the overland safaris you choose to do with the Africa4us crew, they will introduce you to so many aspects of this continent of contrasts which will leave you with a deeper understanding of why Africa features at the top of millions of bucket lists.

Africa4us will bring you face to face with the Big 5 and other prolific African wildlife in game reserves such as the Kruger National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Etosha Pan, giving you moe than enough time to enjoy a myriad of wildlife that includes Zebra, Giraffe, Elephant, Gemsbok, Kudu, Lion, Cheetah, Rhino and Buffalo.

Standing on the banks of the Victoria Waterfall, taking a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River or eating breakfast as the sun rises over the Serengeti are just a few examples of incredible memories that are made on an African overland safari with Africa4us.

Camping anywhere under the African sky where the stars seem so close that you could reach out and touch them is a must, or falling asleep to the distant roar of lions and other wildlife that make the most of the cool African nights, there is no other experience that comes close to these sights and sounds, and the Africa4us crew know how to it all safely and in style.

Africa is made up of her people as much as her natural beauty, and on overland safari’s with Africa4us you will have the opportunity to experience many different cultures, such as dancing with the San (Bushmen), meeting the chief of a traditional Himba village or enjoying an adventurous mokoro excursion in the Okavango Delta, to name just a few of the experiences with indigenous people spread along your journey.

From the arid beauty of the Namib Desert to the Ngorongoro Crater in the Serengeti with its mini-world that comprises a lake, forest, swamp and grassland you will be putting together unforgettable moments that will form the memories and images you take back home at the end of your safari.

The Africa4us crew know this land intimately and are passionate about showing you every treasure along the way, off and on the beaten track; rest assured that these highlights mentioned are really just titbits in comparison to the whole list of things to do on an overland safari with Africa4us.