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.
Style – A particular procedure by which something is done in a manner or way.
When we’re talking camping styles there are several to be mentioned:
– Fly Camping
– Adventure or Overland Camping (Participation Camping)
– Classic Mobile Camping
– Serviced Camping
Even though Africa4us have been featured in the 2018 National Geographic Traveller Collection for our Adventure based Camping Tours, we have decided to embark on a new journey for 2019 and will be offering Serviced Camping to all the adventurous souls out there!
Participation Camping has been the industry standard for many years (who wants to work or have duties to do while on holiday?) and travellers were expected to assist with cooking, cleaning, setting up and taking down their own tents and other camp chores.
Serviced Camping, on the other hand, provides the traveller with a value-added service – you enjoy the experience and budget only a camping style tour can provide – but we take care of all the camp chores, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the sunset after a long day travelling. Africa4us have added a third crew member to your team that will assist the Driver and Tour Leader with all chores covered by the crew – cooking, cleaning, pitching & packing of tents
The idea is that you will have more time to relax and enjoy the many experiences Africa has on offer, instead of having to waste time with camp chores.
When you travel with Africa4us on one of our camping tours, you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the adventure. You do however need to bring your own sleeping bag, pillow and towel. Tents are spacious canvas dome style tents with mosquito netting on the windows and doors. We also provide you with our own uniquely designed dual density mattress for the ultimate nights rest under the African stars.
On all serviced camping tours, we make use of our Adventure Overland Safari Vehicles fitted with 20 luxury reclining seats, air-condition, fridges and 24/7 charging ability to name but a few key features. For more information about our vehicles, please visit our “Fleet” page on our website.
Come and relax while enjoying your hard earned, well deserved holiday with Africa4us!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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Namibia is situated in the southwest of Africa and is known for the Namib Desert cascading along its Atlantic Ocean Coast. Namibia as its neighbours is home to diverse wildlife including its cheetah population. Our 10 Days Namibia Explored tour starts and ends in Namibia’s capital – Windhoek, which has high German colonial-era buildings and architecture such as Christ Church, which was built in 1907. You will have the opportunity to explore this unique city, on Day 1 of your tour (we suggest a pre and post night), walk along the streets, meet the locals and even try some local cuisine. Walk around the markets and purchase some unique Namibian artwork or gifts.
Namibia however, hosts a variety of different ethnic groups; and therefore one particular dish cannot be singled out.
Here are a few, which you may also find in other countries around Africa:
- Potjie Kos – basically this dish is prepared and cooked in a large, black three-legged cast iron pot which has been placed over an open fire.
- Braaivleis – also known as a ‘barbeque’.
- Boerewors – South African influence, and is also known as a beef sausage.
- Biltong – Dried meat, that has been marinated for days and then spiced.
- Mopane worms – Caterpillars which are fried to get a crispy coating.
- Kapana – this is more of a local street snack and sold in Namibia’s townships.
- Tripe – also known as offal (Stomachs).
Etosha National Park is one of our favourite locations in Namibia, with their salt pan drawing game including rhinos and giraffes, you are bound to get some great photos! If you are an avid photographer, and looking for your next National Geographic photo, then Namibia is one of the places to visit!
Visit the famous White Lady Bushmen Painting in Brandberg. You will have the option of a self-drive guided tour, in one of our Polaris Utility Terrain Vehicles. Soak in the scenery along the riverbed with multicoloured rocks that take on a variety of shades of flaming orange in the late afternoon. Once you have arrived at your destination, the chance of you seeing the famous desert elephant are high, as they can often be seen wandering on the premises.
Namibia has so much to offer, and what a fabulous way to experience this country, and getting to know a variety of people from different backgrounds!
We look forward to seeing you on your next African Adventure!
Written by: Daina Walters
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:
- White & Black Rhino
- African Wild dog
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
Africa4us has been featured in the National Geographic Traveller – Africa Collection for 2018, the collection offers a variety of Accommodation, Tour Operators and Spas who can provide you with a great African experience.
Our tour Packages are multi-country. Travel from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, with stops in Namibia and Botswana, along the way you will have many opportunities to experience their culture, vast landscapes, local cuisine and activities. If you are more of the chill back and relax type, you can sip on a cocktail and watch the sunsets if that pleases you!
Africa4us has handpicked some of the best locations in the Southern hemisphere, from the Hustle and bustle of the City in Cape Town, the incredible Mokoro rides in the Okavango Delta, the Namib desert and their vast Landscapes to one of the seven wonders of the world the mighty Victoria Falls.
If you are an avid foodie and interested in learning about the different delicacies in Africa, then we recommend joining us for a trip of a lifetime. Explore the markets in Cape Town, Namibia and Victoria Falls, chat to the locals and try their local cuisine, from Tripe and Mopane worms to Pluck (Heart, lungs etc). You will find every destination has their own way of preparing these variety of weird snacks, we do recommend trying at least one if not all while on your trip with us.
Are you also an adrenaline junkie? Along the way, you will find some great activities to participate in such as our own offering of Adventure Vehicles (applicable to certain tours only).
When Africa4us uses the word ‘Premium’ they mean it, in every sense of the word, whether you choose an accommodated overland tour or a camping overland adventure, the emphasis is on sheer comfort and style!
Travellers have a selection of full package tours that can last up to 39 days, taking you from Southern Africa right up into East Africa with unforgettable experiences every step of the way, or, the option combining tours (Combo Tours) to add a few more destinations to your original package!
One example of this is that should travelers select a 14 day tour of South Africa for instance, there is the option of combining this tour, which would take you either from Cape Town to Windhoek, Namibia, or from Windhoek to Cape Town, and add a 21 day adventure tour that will add an exciting journey from Windhoek (or the other way around from Cape Town, depending on your starting point) to Victoria Falls and Zambia!
An overland adventure like this with Africa4us will take you from the vibrancy of Cape Town, to the shifting red sands of the Namibian desert, across to the Okavango Delta, rich with teeming wildlife, and from there, across to the breath-taking world of thundering falls and rain forests of the Victoria Falls!
An Africa4us East African Northbound Overland Adventure will take you on experiences like game drives in South Luangwa, meeting the locals at villages in Malawi, taking the ferry to Zanzibar to take a legendary Spice Tour in vibrant surroundings filled with the colours and sounds of spice traders who have passed their knowledge of spices down through generations!
An East African overland adventure like this, laid on by the passionate team from Africa4us will also include game drives in 4×4 Safari Vehicles in the Serengeti and down into the Ngorongoro Crater – to miss the magic of the wildlife and beauty that comes with every Africa4us overland tour package is an experience that everyone should be entitled to at least once in a lifetime!
The Africa4us crew that takes you on any package tour across this continent they love are truly the best kind of guides anyone could hope for; they know exactly where to find the best of everything, whether it is the perfect view of wildlife (it is worth noting here that no crew can beat the Africa4us team where it comes to spotting wildlife hidden to ‘ordinary’ human eyes!), to the most spectacular views and very best accommodation or camping sites – even the places they choose along the way to set up lunch in the middle of nowhere always carry a sense of the magical!
Once you decided on your Africa4us overland tour package you can rely on this organised, friendly and passionate team to ensure that you know exactly what you need to pack, how to organise the money you need to bring along for the extra’s you are definitely going to be adding to the luggage you take back home and so much more; they really leave nothing to chance!
If being packed like sardines into a tour bus that rushes you from one destination to another as fast as possible sends shivers down your spine, then any Africa4us African adventure tour package that sends your imagination wild will be right up your alley for an adventure that is incomparable and unrivalled by any other African tour company you could possibly choose!
The only decision left to make is which of the tour packages will echo your dream of an overland African adventure, and then to prepare to head out for an other-worldly experience with Africa4us!
Imagine an adventure tour that will blow your mind and exceed your wildest dreams about Africa, a tour that puts you at the wheel of a tough little all-terrain-vehicle for scenic sunset drives to night time adventures? Got the picture? Well, Africa4us has just brought those dreams to life for you and your adventure buddies!
We are proud to announce our new Ultimate Adventure Tour Product! You will be heading off the beaten track in Damaraland, exploring the spectacular scenery around the Brandberg area, close to the site of the White Lady Bushman painting and the wildlife that calls this area home!
So what is so unique about this adventure tour? It’s the fantastic thrill of exploring this area at the wheel of custom fitted Polaris all-terrain-vehicles, enjoying the challenge of negotiating rocky terrain, open savannahs, sand and river beds!
Although you will be at the wheel, an Africa4us professional local guide will be with you through it all and operations are backed up with satellite phone communications and vehicle tracking, pretty essential when you are roaring through the wilds of Damaraland and its wildlife!
Phase one of this Ultimate Adventure on four very tough wheels starts with several morning and afternoon tour options, covering everything from early morning 4×4 driving in the sand to a night drive in search of nocturnal animals!
If you are up for an early morning that will give you hours of fun and adventure, the White Lady Ultimate Adventure definitely has your name on it. Spin through a bit of 4×4 driving in the sand at the Ugab River before navigating rocky terrain that will take you through local villages on your way towards the famous Brandberg White Lady Bushmen painting! The return to the White Lady Lodge will be one that follows the ins and outs of small tracks and riverbeds.
The Ugab River Nature Drive offers you three hours of driving through swamps that are going to add real adventure to your 4×4 drive, and from there you move out into the open savannah landscapes which bring you closer to encounters with the wildlife of the area, such as Springbok, Zebra, Oryx, Ostrich, Cheetah, Elephant and Steenbok!
The Sunset Drive offers you a spectacular sunset experience through river beds and beautiful landscapes in search of the perfect spot to sit back and relax as you are served delicious snacks, giving you time to capture the best shots of the sun setting over the majestic Brandberg Mountain!
There is life after dark in the beautiful area surrounding the Brandberg Mountain, which brings us to option four, which takes you out in your Polaris vehicle for a night drive to raconteur nocturnal animals and then to find a spot where you can experience the night sky like never before in this after dark adventure!
Your ultimate 4×4 adventure with Africa4us is a thrill a minute, and in case you are thinking ‘what about drinks and snacks’ on these adventures, never fear, the crew from Africa4us also happen to be magicians who can rustle up the best fare in the middle of nowhere, all of which is included in the price of your chosen adventure!
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.
Our team at Africa4us do not call ourselves the best overland tour company in Africa, our many clients who have experienced and enjoyed the benefit of our 16 years of offering the best tours throughout Southern and Eastern Africa do that for us. With vehicles that have travelled over millions of miles and the commitment of our team members who have, with their combined knowledge and experience, ensure that throughout these years our customers return home with unforgettable memories to share.
It has taken a passion for Africa in our team to build our reputation for the ability to engender the level of trust our customers have in us to show them the beauty and culture of Africa in an enriching and safe environment to make us one of the best overland tour companies in Africa.
Our guides are all proud ambassadors of Africa, born and bred across this land of exquisite beauty, vast expanses and colourful locals on this second largest continent in the world. With a deep love for Africa combined with extensive knowledge of the region, our tour guides are able to focus on creating only the most stunning and unforgettable experience for our customers.
Whether you decide on an adventure into countries like Namibia and Botswana, exquisite Cape Town and beyond, or into the heart of Eastern Africa through Swaziland to Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar, we are confident that as the best overland tour company, Africa4us will offer you the experience of a lifetime.
Africa4us have made it as simple as possible to cover as many of the beautiful sights and experiences of our diverse terrain as possible with each of our overland tours. We invite you to experience wildlife that unseen anywhere else in the world, including the ‘Big 5’ that is as much a part of the history of this magnificent continent as its diverse scenic beauty and colourful locals and its ancient history.
Book your adventure tour with Africa4us and allow our team to take you on an overland tour across the continent of Africa in our vehicles made for comfort with roomy seats and window access, we will show you exactly why we are considered the best overland tour company in Africa!