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. помощь психолога по скайпу skype 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