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A young elephant’s last encounter…

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
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It is a true story that even the guides confirmed not experienced before.
It was early morning in Chobe National Park and we were driving out when passed by ar lioness following a 6 or 7 months baby elephant which was abandoned by the herd due to any disease or maybe an orphan elephant... she was walking very slowly, step by step and whit in 5 seconds she was right on top of her prey, going directly into its troat, and using the most common way to kill by holding very tight to sufocate. The poor elephant was screaming non stop and after few minutes maybe 7 to 11 minutes we could see his trunk moving, so he was still alive. From the moment she jumpped on him, we could see another 6 lions coming from everywhere, but no one touched till she completes the job. After that they all join the feast.
It was for sure a very sad situation, but there was nothing we could do, but just wacth.
It was an early morning in Chobe National Park and we were on our way out of the park. We passed a lioness. She was following a six or seven month old baby elephant. The ellie had either been abandoned by its herd (due to some disease) or it was an orphan elephant. Lioness following her prey

Above:  The lioness paying close attention to the baby elephant

Baby elephant walking

Above: The baby elephant spots the lioness and begins to run away

Step by step, the lioness approached the baby elephant very slowly. Within 5 seconds the lioness was right on top of the baby elephant. Using the most common way a lioness knows to kill, she went directly for the elephant's throat, gripping it tightly to suffocate the elephant.

Five seconds later

Above: The lioness tightly grips the baby elephant's throat

The elephant was screaming non-stop and after a few minutes, we could see its trunk moving. It was still alive. From the moment the lioness jumped on it, we saw another six lions approach from all angles, but none of them touched the elephant until she finished the job. After that, all the other lions joined the feast.

Another lioness came to help

Above: Another lioness approaches the scene

The other lions joining the feast

Above: The other lions join the feast

It was such a sad situation, but there was nothing we could do, except watch. This is nature. This is Africa.

Article by Luiz Carlos

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1 Leopard vs 50 Steenbok

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
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It was june the 5th 2012, we woke up very early as usual when you are in a safari, had a quick breakfast and we all left for the first game drive of the day. Considering the experience we had two nights before with the lions surrounding our camp, we all went after lions, and following spoors we end up finding something very special and I would say something quite difficult to see it, a male leopard hunting; definitely I have no words again to express the feeling to see such a nice scene. We got the whole thing... we saw when he jumped from a tree and start walking towards the steenboks, we could count as easy as 50 of them, all very careful and paying a lot of attention to their predator, the male leopard.
The movements were like a dance, where predator and prey were very careful and trying to do their best, one to kill and others to scape.
We stayed as much as we could till the moment when our guide decided not to bother them anymore and we left. I have no doubt that it did work for the leopard, and we were luck to see at least the preparation and strategy of his hunting skills.

It was June 5, 2012 when we woke up very early (as you usually do when you're on safari). We had a quick breakfast and then left for the first game drive of the day. Considering the experience we had two nights before with the lions surrounding our camp, we all went out in hope of spotting lions. While following animal tracks we ended up finding something very special. At first it was very difficult to see. We'd come across a male leopard in the process of hunting. I have no words to express the beautiful scene. Hunting Leopard

Above: A leopard in the process of hunting

We were fortunate enough to capture the whole thing on camera from when we first saw the leopard  jump from a tree and start walking towards the steenbok. We could easily count fifty of them, all very cautiously paying attention to their predator - the male leopard.

Leopard and 50 Steenboks

Above: The steenbok keeping their eyes on the leopard

The movements of the leopard and the steenbok were like a dance, where predator and prey were very carefully trying to do their best; one to kill and the other to escape.

Leopard and 50 Steenboks

Above: The leopard and steenbok dancing

We stayed as long as we could until our guide decided to not bother predator and prey anymore and we left. I have no doubt that the leopard succeeded. At least we were lucky enough to see the preparation and strategy of his hunting.

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African Festivals of Vibrant Culture

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
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Zanzibar Music Festival


Zanzibar Music Festival

The stage at Old Fort. Photo by: Jill Maczka

What:

Sauti za Busara also known as the Zanzibar Music Festival is East Africa’s No.1 festival that brings people together to celebrate the variety and richness of African music. The festival spans over three nights and includes both established and upcoming musicians from East Africa and further.

Where:

Usually held at Old Fort and Forodhani Gardens in Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar, Tanzania.

When:

Takes place every year over a weekend in February.

Why:

Come to Zanzibar Music Festival and get to see some of the best East African musicians live in action.


Festival in the Desert


Festival of the Desert

A group of musicians onstage at Festival in the Desert. Photo by: SPINearth.tv

What:

The Festival of the Desert also known as the Festival au Désert is a musical festival in which is held annually in the north of Mali. The festival showcases traditional Tuareg music as well as music from all over the world. About 30 artistic groups from the world perform at this festival in Africa.

Where:

The festival is held just outside Timbuktu in Mali.

When:

It takes place every year over 3 days in January.

Why:

It’s not every day that you get to experience a music festival in the desert.


Cape Town Jazz Festival


Cape Town International Jazz Festival

The crowd at one of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival stages. Photo by: Danie van der Merwe

What:

Cape Town International Jazz Festival is one of the biggest festivals in Africa, annually hosting more than 30 000 jazz lovers. With renowned jazz artists from all over the world, it's a weekend not to be missed. Every year there are about 40 international and local acts performing across five stages over three days.

Where:

Annually the event takes place in Cape Town at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

When:

It spans over three days and is annually held in April.

Why:

Get to experience some of the best international and local jazz acts all under one roof.


ABSA Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK)


Klein Karoo National Arts FestivalDie Tuindwergies onstage at the KKNK. Photo by: MKtv

What:

The ABSA Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) is an Afrikaans art festival that takes place every year in Oudtshoorn with more than 100 000 people that attend over 8 days. There are about over 1000 performing and exhibiting artists. This African festival includes; visual art, music stages and much more.

Where:

Every year the event takes place in Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape, South Africa.

When:

It usually takes place at the end of March to the beginning of April.

Why:

Get to see experience the biggest art festival in South Africa.


Kriol Jazz Festival - Praia


Kriol Jazz Festival - Praia

Yamandu Costa at the Kriol Jazz Festival. Photo by: Antonio Gomes

What:

The Kriol Jazz Festival - Praia is an annual jazz festival where you will get to see some the best artists in the Creole world. There are concerts as well as workshops for people to share their experiences and expertise.

Where:

The festival annually takes place on the island of Santiago.

When:

It takes place during April over 3 days.

Why:

Come see some of the best jazz  music that Santiago and the rest of the world has on offer.


Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA)


Harare Int’l Festival of the Arts

One of the groups onstage at HIFA. Photo by: HIFA's gallery

What:

The Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) is a 6-day festival and workshop programme that annually showcases local, regional and international arts and culture. The festival's programme includes theatre, dance, music, spoken work, circus, street performance and visual arts. HIFA is currently the biggest cultural event in Zimbabwe and one of the eight major African festivals.

Where:

Takes place in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe.

When:

The festival usually takes place between the end of April and the beginning of May.

Why:

Get to experience one of the most diverse festivals in Africa.


Bushfire Festival


Bushfire Festival

The crowd at Bushfire Festival. Photo by: Bushfire Festival gallery

What:

The Bushfire Festival is a three day music and arts festival  that takes place annually. Every year a global community of up to 20 000 people gather in Swaziland to experience the amazing Pan-African festival and international line-up of live music, theatre, dance, poetry, film, circus and visual arts.

Where:

Takes place every year at House on Fire in Swaziland.

When:

It takes place annually between the end of May and the beginning of June.

Why:

You've got to be there to experience what sets the Bushfire Festival apart from all other festivals in Africa.


Mombasa Street Cultural Carnival


What:

Mombasa Street Cultural Carnival is an opportunity for Mombasa to celebrate its rich cultural resources. There is a street parade where many cultures and communities participate. There a few stages featuring bands and dancers, art and crafts stalls and a sailing Regatta.

Where:

Takes place in Mombasa, Kenya.

When:

The carnival takes place every year in November.

Why:

Get to see the amazing artists and musicians from all over Kenya.


Essaouira Gnaoua Music Festival


Essaouira Gnaoua Music Festival

The crowd at Essaouira Gnaoua Music Festival. Photo by: Hasan Almustafa

What:

Every year thousands of people gather at the Essaouira Gnaoua Music Festival to celebrate their love of music. The festival creates a space for people to enjoy the great music and just let themselves go.

Where:

The festival is held in the city of Mogador in Morocco.

When:

The Essaouira Gnaoua Music Festival takes place in June.

Why:

Get to experience music like never before.


Durbar Festival


Durbar Festival

Drummers at the Durbar Festival. Photo by: Gozilah52_Archive

What:

The Durbar Festival is celebrated in some cities across Nigeria. It is an annual festival and takes place during the month between Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha (two Muslim festivals). It starts with prayers, there's a parade of the Emir which includes music and showcase of horsemanship.

Where:

The festival takes place in cities such as Katsina, Bida and Kano in Nigeria.

When:

During the month between  Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

Why:

Get to experience Nigeria's rich tradition and enjoy the showcase of horsemanship.


L'Boulevard - African festival of music


L'Boulevard

The crowd at L'Boulevard. Photo by: culturejamming-mark levine

What:

L'Boulevard is a music festival contest which takes place annually in Morocco. The festival lasts for four days and includes four main music genres: hip hop, electro, fusion, rock and roll/metal.

Where:

L'Boulevard takes place in Casablanca, Morocco.

When:

Takes places every year in May and spans over four days.

Why:

Experience a mixture of music genres all in one venue.


International Camel Derby


International Camel Derby

The start of the Camel Derby. Photo by: Mark Skipper

What:

The derby is known as an international sport and is also a platform which is used to make people aware of the desertification in Africa. Besides the camel rides, there are also cycle races, donkey rides, other events as well as stalls and regional dancing.

Where:

Yare Camel Camp, 3 km from the township of Maralal in Kenya.

When:

The derby takes place over a weekend in August every year.

Why:

Get to experience Kenya's culture like never before at this international festival in Africa.


Live 1001 nights in the Moroccan


What:

Get to spend the last evening of the year watching traditional folkloric dance, while listening to the Berber drum music and some songs. There is also a delicious Moroccan feast to indulge in.

Where:

Moroccan Sahara.

When:

New Year's Eve - 31 December.

Why:

Celebrate the new year at this African festival in a completely new way like never before.


Hermanus Whale Festival


Hermanus Whale Festival

Crowds at the Hermanus Whale Festival. Photo by: Celanth

What:

The festival celebrates the spotting of Southern Right whales that return during the mating and calving season. Many food and craft stalls can be found at the festival as well as music and entertainment.

Where:

In Hermanus, Western Cape in South Africa.

When:

Takes place every year at the end of September and spans over four days.

Why:

Get to see the return of the beautiful Southern Right whales while enjoying great food and music.


FESPACO


FESPACO

FESPACO closing ceremony. Photo by: talatu-carmen

What:

Fespaco is the biggest film festival in Africa. It is also the largest cultural event that takes place in Africa that focuses on the African film industry.

Where:

Takes places in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

When:

The festival takes place two weeks after the last Saturday in February. It lasts for a week and is held every two years.

Why:

Get to see the best films that Africa has on offer.


Cattle Crossing Festival


Cattle Crossing

A young man herding cattle at the Cattle Crossing Festival. Photo by:  Brad Watson

What:

This is one of the biggest festivals that takes place in Mali and is held in Fulani village of Mopti. It's an important African festival as it marks return of all those who sent their cattle across Sahel with young men who herded the cattle for a year. The festival is filled with singing and dancing to honour the young men who returned home.

Where:

Diafarabé, in Mali.

When:

The festival happens every year in December.

Why:

Get to experience a unique festival that is unlike other African festivals.


International Festival of the Sahara


International Festival in the Sahara

A group of people gathering at the International Festival of the Sahara. Photo by: Mossaab

What:

The festival is an annual celebration of traditional desert culture. The festival includes traditional music and dancing, camel races, poetry reading, horse races, dog races and wrestling. There are usually conferences and discussions that round out the festival.

Where:

Douz, Kebili, Tunisia.

When:

The festival annually takes place in November or December.

Why:

Join the celebration and experience traditional desert culture.


Zanzibar International Film Festival


ZIFF

Swahili Vibes onstage at the the Zanzibar International Film Festival. Photo by: Peter Bennett

What:

Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) is the biggest film, art and music festival in East Africa. Some of the best films from Africa and beyond are screened. There is also live music, DJs, workshops, exhibitions and performances at various venues.

Where:

Annually takes place in Zanzibar.

When:

Lasts for just over a week from the end of June until the first week of July.

Why:

Get to see some of the new and best talents from Africa and beyond.


Fez Festival of Sufi Culture


What:

The festival features music, dancing, meetings and lectures which are based on the Sufi culture. The festival also includes Sufi's spiritual and cultural traditions of the Moroccan people.

Where:

Takes place in Fes, Fès - Boulemane, Morocco.

When:

Takes place annually in April.

Why:

You will get the full Sufi Culture experience by attending the Fez African Festival.

We hope you find this list of festivals in Africa useful when choosing the right African festival to attend. With so many awesome choices, we're sure that you'll enjoy them all, no matter what you choose.

ABSA Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK)
The ABSA Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) is an Afrikaans art festival that takes place every year in Oudtshoorn with more than 100 000 people that attend over 8 days. There are about over 1000 performing and exhibiting artists. The festival includes; visual art, music stages and much more.
Every year the event takes place in Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape, South Africa.
It usually takes place at the end of March to the beginning of April.
Get to see experience the biggest art festival in South Africa

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I camped among lions in Central Kalahari…

Monday, February 25th, 2013
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After a quite long drive into the Central Kalahari, we finally arrived in our wild camping area. When I say wild, is really wild, and I mean it.
Right on our arrival, our guide advised us not to leave the perimeter, and for toilettes during the night, we should use the head lights before coming out of our tent, he finalise saying that the place we were camping was full of wild animals, in special lions.
After setting down our tents and stuff, we had dinner and stayed seated around the fire, having south african red wine and talking, all very relaxed till the guide asked for silence and started to point out the noise coming from inside the bush, it was lions roaring and believe me, they were so close that I though it would be my last night in life. They stayed roaring to each other for quite a log time, at least time enough for us to go sleep and hear the roaring from inside the tents, which I tell you, it is even worse. It was a great experience and for sure a very excited night we all had, only five of us surrounded by lions and other species, all very wild in the middle of Central Kalahari. Apart of the excitement, that night was for sure when I started to feel respect, real respect for the wildlife, it was clear that we are nothing comparing to the wild, nothing!
The day after, we found this lioness on her own and her kill, a male ostrich just couple of meters from our camp. Wild, isn't it?

While on my Kalahari and Okavango Delta safari we ventured off on a long drive into the Central Kalahari, and finally arrived at our wild camping area. When I say wild, I mean really wild. Right on our arrival, our guide advised us not to leave the perimeter because where we were camping was full of wild animals, especially lions. He also said that if we wanted to use the toilets during the night that we should use one of the spotlights before coming out of our tent.

After setting up our tents and stuff, we had dinner and stayed sitting around the fire. We were all very relaxed, drinking South African red wine and talking, until our guide pointed to the bushes and signaled us to lower our voices. There was a noise coming from inside the bushes - the noise was roaring lions. The lions were so close that I thought it could possibly be the last night of my life. They continued roaring for quite a long time. While we drifted off to sleep we could still hear them roaring from inside our tents.

It was a great experience and definitely a very exciting night that we shared - only five of us surrounded by lions and other species (all very wild) in the middle of Central Kalahari. Besides the excitement, that night was definitely when I started to respect wildlife - it was clear to me that we are nothing compared to the wild, nothing! The next day we found this lioness with her kill; a male ostrich, just a couple metres from our camp. Wild, isn't it?

Lioness and her kill

 

Above:  A successful ostrich kill leaves traces of blood lingering on the lioness' fur.

Article by Luiz Carlos

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Festivals of Africa

Friday, July 8th, 2011
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Every year, Africa is alive with celebration. From food and wine to music and culture, Africa has a wealth of festivals happening in the next six month. When embarking on an overland adventure, you really want to get as much out of your time away as possible. Why not start or finish your African exploration with a 'bang' and schedule a few days extra to attend a festival in the area? July Festivals in Africa

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Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show

Cape Town Fashion Week

13 - 16 July 2011

Cape Town, South Africa

Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show

28 July - 1 Aug 2011

Lusaka, Zambia

Durban International Film Festival

21 - 31 July 2011

Durban, South Africa

Stellenbosch Wine Festival

28 - 31 July  2011

Stellenbosch, South Africa

August Festivals in Africa

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Imilchi Marriage Festival: taken by Deunvistazo

The International Festival of Carthage

8 July - 19 Aug 2011

Carthage, Tunisia

Hermanus Wine and Food Fair

6 - 8 Aug 2011

Hermanus, South Africa

Imilchil Marriage Festival

25 - 27 Aug 2011

Imilchil, Morocco

Homowo Festival, (Hooting at Hunger)

Aug 2011

Southeast coast, Ghana

September Festivals in Africa

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Photo by Bex Ross

Enkutatash (Ethiopian New Year)

10 - 11 Sept 2011

Ethiopia

Wodaabe Gerewol (Part of Cure Salee)

Sept 2011

Niger

Johannesburg Art Fair

23 - 25 Sept 2011

Johannesburg, South Africa

Hermanus Whale Festival

30 Sept - 4 Octr 2011

Hermanus, South Africa

Meskel

27 September 2011

Ethiopia

October Festivals in Africa

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Lake of the Stars Festival by Steve McInerny

Lake of Stars Festival

30 Sept - 2 Oct 2011

Mangochi, Malawi

Abu Simbel Festival

22 Oct 2011

Abu Simbel, Egypt

Erfoud Date Festival

late Sept, early Oct 2011

Erfoud, Morocco

Rocking the Daisies Music Festival

7 - 9 Oct 2011

Darling, South Africa

November Festivals in Africa

Mombasa Carnival
Mombasa Carnival

Hogbetsotso Festival

5 Nov 2011

Volta Region, Ghana

Mombasa Carnival

1 Nov 2011

Mombasa, Kenya

Amakula Kampala International Film Festival

29 Oct -  6 Nov 2011

Kampala, Uganda

Cairo International Film Festival

30 Nov - 9 Dec 2011

Cairo, Egypt

December Festivals in Africa

Cape Minstrels_by_Kelsie DiPerna
Photo by  Kelsie DiPerna

Ncwala Festival (Festival of the First Fruits)

1 Dec 2011 - 10 Jan 2012

Swaziland

International Festival of the Sahara

22 - 25 Dec 2011

Douz, Tunisia

Cape Town Minstrel Carnival

31 Dec 2011 - 2 Jan 2012

Cape Town, South Africa

New Year's Eve in Africa

31 Dec 2011 - 1 Jan 2012

Everywhere in Africa

 

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African Wildlife from an Overlanding Truck

Monday, May 9th, 2011
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Africa's wildlife spectacle is actually quite easy and inexpensive to access, if you've got the mettle of an overlander. Of course there are silver-service bush camps dotted throughout the wilds of Africa offering bespoke game viewing experiences, but unless you're on a film star's salary, chances are these types of safaris are something you'll save for later, and besides we've got an option that is infinitely more entertaining. Budget African travel from Overlanding Africa is definitely your best opportunity to experience Africa, her wildlife, landscapes, cultures and cities, plus you'll do it with a bunch of like-minded people whose agenda begins with fun and ends with good times.

Here's a fraction of the wildlife roaming Africa:

Wildlife Wonders:

Armadillo in Africa

Armidillo in Africa

Waterhole reflections

Buck drinking water

Cheetah Cubs in a Tree

Cheetah cubs perched in a tree

A Herd of the Gentle Giants, Elephants

Elephant herd

Giraffes at an African Sunset

Giraffes at sunset

A Horse Rider in Cameroon

Horserider in Cameroon

Quirky Meerkats

Meerkats-resized

Wild Dog Pups

Wild-dog-pups-resized

The Greatest Show on Earth, Wildebeest Migration

Wildebeest migration

Zebras

Zebras reflection

Although there's no best time to visit Africa, generally the Southern Hemisphere winter tends to offer better game viewing in Africa, the sparser vegetation and general decline in water availability means wildlife is easier to spot and animals reliably congregate around water holes.

If you're interested in visiting Africa on a budget holiday see our Overlanding Africa Tours page, or get in touch with one of our overlanding travel consultants, they're veterans of overlanding Africa trips and will excite you into an itchy feet frenzy about experiencing Africa from a truck.

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Tags: adventure, africa, animals, cape-town, drc, egypt, ethiopia, images, landscape, mozambique, overlanders, overlanding, photography, south-africa, travel, trips, waterfall, wildlife


Our Overlanding Africa Images

Monday, May 9th, 2011
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We were trawling through the image database last week, a little house keeping before the overlanding season kicks off, and while slotting images into the correct folders we pulled out a few of our photographs to wet your appetite. Here's 16 snapshots of what it's like to go overlanding in Africa. Overlanding Exclusives: Dune Climbing in Sossusvlei, Namibia

Overlanders dune climbing in Sossusvlei, Namibia

Game Drive at Sunset

Overlanders game drive at sunset

Game Ride on Horseback

Overlanders horseback game ride

Lake Malawi Water-skiing

An overlander water-skiing at Lake-Malawi

Overlanders in Okavango Delta, Botswana

Overlanders enjoying lunch in the Okavango Delta

Overlanders Getting their Feet Wet

Overlanders getting their feet wet

Overlander Restroom

An Overlander restroom

Overlanding Beach Drive

An Overlanding beach drive

Overlanding Tent Site

A typical overlanding tent site

Overlanding Truck Stuck

Overlanding truckstuck

Overlanding Truck Stop

Overlanding truck stop

Paragliding

An Overlander Paragliding

 

Quad Bike Adventure

An overlander quad biking in Namibia

Overlanders Recycle

Overlanders recycle

Skydiving in Namibia

Overlanders Skydiving in Nambia

White River Rafting Adventure

Overlanders white-river rafting

If any of the images above struck a chord with you, or enticed that travel bug to rear its adventurous head, have a gander at our Overlanding Africa Tours page, we've got a 164 trips for you to explore Africa.

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Tags: adventure, africa, animals, cape-town, drc, egypt, images, landscape, mozambique, overlanders, overlanding, photography, south-africa, travel, trips, waterfall, wildlife


Our Top 5 Overlanding Africa Trips

Thursday, May 5th, 2011
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Overlanders across the planet will be the first to tell you that an Overlanding trip will more or less wreck your ambitions for one day sitting at a desk and a being a responsible corporate type. Yip, these trips are that much fun, and almost without exception, feed that greedy travel bug, just enough to fatten the little #%&%#@$ up. Beware the gluttonous travel bug people! A post-trip daydream of adventure spanning the length and breadth of this planet is your doggy bag from an overland truck trip… you simply have to get your butt onto an overland truck, it’s the best way to see the crazy beauty that is Africa. So first timers, the overlanding virgins, and seasoned overlanders, these are our 5 most popular overlanding trips in Africa!

1. Wildlife Wonderland

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This particular trip covers some of the best game parks in Africa. Starting in Nairobi, traversing the Masai Mara in Kenya, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania and finally finishing up in Nairobi, 8 action-packed days later. This trip is a great introduction to the wilds of East Africa. Visit Overlanding Africa to find out more about the Wildlife Wonderland Trip.

2. Nairobi to Cape Town Epic:

Nairobi to Cape Town Epic Overland Trip

Thread together tons of game spotting, meeting the local tribes, kicking back on beaches and a few adrenaline sports thrown in to keep your pulse bouncing and you've got a proper African expedition, we call it The Nairobi to Cape Town Epic, this overlanding trip does everything it says on the can. Get your memories of a life time on Overlanding Africa's Nairobi to Cape Town Epic.

3. Discover South West Africa:

Discover South West Africa Overlanding Tour

This trip is hands down, our best-seller. It's 21 days of great game viewing, local tribes, adventure sports and dramatic scenery ranging from beautiful desolation in the Namib to the lush abundance of the Okavango. This overland trip takes you from the mighty Victoria Falls through Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, finishing up in the Mother City, Cape Town. Seriously, could you plan a better 21 days anywhere?! This journey gets a massive thumbs up, get full details on the Discover South West Africa overland trip here

4. Kruger to Victoria Falls:

Kruger Park to Victoria Falls overlanding africa trip

Discover the beautiful Mpumalanga Province en route to the world famous Kruger National Park where two days of game drives, wildlife and the Big 5 lie in wait. We explore the Polokwane Game Reserve on foot before a couple of days in Botswana and Zambia. A day in Livingstone is just a taste of the adrenaline adventures that await you at your destination, Vic Falls. Got 7 days? Want to have your world rocked? See our Kruger to Vic Falls overlanding trip.

5. Ultimate Trans Africa Expedition:

Trans Africa overland trip

This is the ultimate African adventure, actually, this is the ultimate adventure period. 280 days from London to Cairo is for the adventurous only. If you like pressed linen and daily showers stop reading now, if you love grit, getting stuck in, camaraderie and life altering experiences set against the most magnificent scenery on the planet then have a look at our tour itinerary for the Ultimate Trans Africa Expedition.

The Overlanding trips mentioned above are the top 5 overlanding trips we offer, but they're by no means the only trips. We have 164 overlanding trips on our books and that number is growing. We can advise you, assist you and even tailor make a trip for you, contact Overlanding Africa and get trucking!

For detailed information on these trips, and how to get yourself a seat on a overland truck, visit the Overlanding Africa website.

 

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Cape Town to Victoria Falls Tour- Tamzyn’s Travel Diary Part 8

Monday, April 11th, 2011
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Epic, wonderful, spectacular - words that fall frighteningly short of what the feeling of wanderlust accomplished presents... Read on for the final tale of Tamzyn’s 21 day Cape Town to Vic Falls overland trip. Zimbabwe campsite

Day 22: Victoria Falls

Today is my last day at Victoria Falls and reaching the end of my Overlanding Africa trip is very disheartening. I keep thinking that this tour cannot get any more exciting, any more wonderful or any more spectacular and then I wake up and something else comes along to prove me wrong! An overlanding trip is absolutely the greatest African adventure!

Vic Falls Gorge Swing

Cliff-Diving Head First

We are going out with a bang and opted for the many hair-raising extreme activities on offer around Victoria Falls. There is so much for us to choose from: lion walks, elephant back safaris, gorge swinging, bungee jumping, grade 5 white water rafting, and helicopter flights over the falls. In the end we decide to toss our logic out the window and opt for the gorge swing, zip-line and flying fox package; or as was eloquently put by one of my overlanding tour buddies “to jump head first off three platforms down a bottomless gorge for no other reason than to scare ourselves sh##less”!

Flying Fox

The gorge swing is the highlight of the day! We look like a group of mentally insane patients; climbing up onto our hands before being pushed off the platform and diving 70 metres head first, along the cliff face before swinging out above the furious brown waters of the Zambezi River below.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls Park

After all that monumental adventure we have the afternoon left to walk along the length of the roaring white waters of Victoria Falls and appreciate the different viewpoints of Mosi-oa-Tunya: The Smoke that Thunders. The seemingly endless curtain of water gushes with immense power and force rushing down the side of the steep chasm at over 545 million litres per minute and sending a towering cloud of spray spiralling up into the air. We are so dumbstruck by the sight of Victoria Falls, we don’t even notice that we are all soaked from head to toe in the shower of spray.

Booze Cruise Boys Group Photo

Day 23: It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

It’s a sad and difficult farewell to my new found friends and the overlanding truck, the flight from the airport marks the end of my awesome adventure filled overland journey from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. I saw some fantastic sights, experienced and explored more of Africa than I could have ever dreamed of and met inspiring and friendly locals - as well as making a bunch of new friends and amazing memories. These have only fed my wanderlust for overland trips through Africa.

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Kenya a Gateway to Africa

Monday, April 11th, 2011
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Kenya, the gateway to Africa for a fair chunk of Overlanders, the disembarkation point for others. Which ever camp you find yourself in, you’ll most likely have a few days either side of your Overlanding Africa trip to while away in Kenya. Here are some ideas on how to keep yourself from functioning as a bar prop.

Kenya Safari

Photo By Sarit

Can You Say, ‘Safari’?

Wildebeest, buffalo, antelope, giraffe, elephants, the Big 5 – need we say more? Enjoy a Kenya Safari and discover the fabled Africa. Well known for its reputation as the ‘safari country of Africa’, Kenya is a burgeoning economy of safaris.

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Photo By Steve Safari

The Great Migration Unfurls

One of the biggest tourist attractions in Kenya, also referred to as ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth’. Taking place annually, the infamous Wildebeest Migration sees hundreds of thousands of ungulates trek to greener pastures. Read more on the migration misconception here (link to Migration misconception article).

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Photo By Eric Lafforgue

Tour a Traditional Tribal Village

Many Kenyan tribes have stayed true to their roots and maintain the lifestyle of their ancestors. The more famous of the tribes, the Masai, are actually taking their newly harnessed ‘fame’ and making it work for them. It's possible for tourists to enjoy a cultural visit with the Masai tribe; this entails meeting the elder men (who will eagerly explain their way of life), enjoying a cup of chai tea, watching the performance of traditional dances.

Saunter the Swahili Coast Region

Kenya’s coastal region is quite unique and stands apart from the rest of Kenya, fusing African, Arabic and Indian cultures to create the colourful Swahili culture. Swahili has become the hybrid language understood and used by many natives to East Africa. Intriguing places one should consider stopping by include the island city of Lamu and the harbour city of Mombasa. Bear in mind the Kenyan coastal regions comprise of over 500 kilometres of beautiful white sandy beaches.

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Photo By Andrew Wragg

Balloon Tripping in Kenya

Enjoy Kenya from an omnipotent view point. Kenyan hot-air balloon safaris open up kilometre upon kilometres of untouched and unscathed terrain gifting you a 360 degree view of the pristine bush.

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Photo By Steve Safari

Mount Kenya Trekking

Africa’s second highest peak is an excellent trekking opportunity and delivers big time on regal views, magnificent sunrises, biodiversity, scenery and a breathless sense of accomplishment. From here you can see Africa’s giant, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Kenyan coast and Mount Elgon. You’ll want to be prepared and guided for this trek. Sail Away on a Dhow
The traditional Kenyan dhow vessels offer a great sailing experience along the coastal shores of Kenya. Dhows were historically used by Arabic traders who used to frequent East Africa from the 8th century, and are still fully operational today.

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Photo By B Smith

Diving the Kenyan Reefs

The diving and snorkelling possibilities offered by most of Kenya’s National Parks are supposedly at such high standards, most dive enthusiasts make a bee-line for them. Kenya’s coastal reef is in pristine condition, allowing many exotic fish to flourish.

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Photo By Focal Smoke

Nairobi - A Word of Caution

Nairobi, or 'Nairobbery', is considered the hub of East Africa. However the nick-name Nairobbery is not without reason. If you choose to go anywhere in Nairobi, use a reliable taxi (ask for these at your hostel) and try to leave the bling at home, like wise for anything electronic, or in fact valuable. When travelling, some of the smallest nuances are what leave the greatest impressions, unexpected encounters and meetings, local interaction, traditional mannerisms and customs. Of course Kenya’s magnificence is undeniable, her nature is grand her wildlife spectacular, but it’s her quirks that imbue a visitor with a sense of place and Kenya is peppered with these.

Get out there and feel Africa on a Kenya Safari. Browse our overland trips in Kenya here.

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