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Camping vs Accommodated: The Overland Experience

Monday, June 6th, 2011
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We understand that camping isn’t for everyone. The thought of nothing but millimetre thin canvas between you and the elements doesn’t quite strike everyone’s fancy: we get it. For this reason, we’ve made sure that there is also an ‘accommodated’ option to pair with your yearning for an overland adventure.

Camping

The camping option offers a traveller the fully blown ‘roughing-it ’experience. It’s as simple as: 1. Find a flat-ish piece of land. 2. Pitch your tent. 3. Unroll your mattress. Easily the most important item to pack on your overland trip; your sleeping bag is something you don’t want to find yourself without in the middle of Africa.

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Accommodated

The accommodated option offers a traveller a twin room, unless a single room is requested. There are certain locations where dorms are used and ablution facilities are usually communal.

You’ll still need to pack your bag as if you were on a camping trip though.

Dorms

Being able to carry your luggage comfortably on your adventure will make the experience all the more enjoyable for everyone, so leave the clunky suitcase at home and sling on a backpack. Not sure what you should be packing? We have helpful packing guidelines. The accommodation preference makes no difference to the actual experience; the journey is still classified as an adventure trip. This means you’ll need to prepare for a journey where you can carry your own bag and dig your own hole in the ground (you never know when nature might call).

Whether you choose to rough-it in a tent or venture indoors for your shut eye, the spirit of overlanding remains the same: Awesome. Get more more information on our camping trips. Get more more information on our accommodated trips.

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Tags: accommodated, accommodation, budget-camping-safaris, camping, camping-safaris, camping-safaris-in-africa, overland-travel, what-to-pack-for-overland-tours


Cape Town to Vic Falls Overlanding Africa Travel Diary Part 1

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
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Tamzyn recently enjoyed a 21 day overland adventure from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. This is the first part of her daily diary entries on her incredible Overlanding Africa experience.

Meeting the Overland Crew

Our pre-trip departure meeting has been postponed until tomorrow as our tour guide's opening speech is drowned out by the noise of a packed pool party at the backpackers. We’ll receive Innocent's official welcome speech when we reach our campsite and the need for a mime rendition is negated. I did however meet some of the interesting travelers I will be sharing the next 21 days with as well as our fantastic friendly crew - 3 Zimbabweans and a Namibian. Everything is ready for a perfect trip and awesome adventure. I have even received my nickname already - Thamsanqa (means lucky in Zulu).

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Tomorrow we head into the ragged, rocky towers of the South African Cederberg Mountains north of Cape Town with the chance to enjoy a wine tasting tour before camping at one of the area’s gorgeous wine farms.

Day 2 - Cederberg:

There could not have been a greater start to the trip! Plenty of drive-by photography as we all snapshot the hell out of the some of the insane Cederberg rock formations and the most mind-blowing majestic mountains I have ever seen. Cederberg-Mountain-View

My world for sunscreen

I have committed one of Overlanding’s cardinal sins and forgotten to wear my sunscreen. The scorching sun has turned my window arm bright lobster red and it’s starting to hurt! Ouch. We set up our tents for the first night and choose our new tent buddies before spending the afternoon lounging in a clear and cool blue waters of the pool overlooking the vineyards of The Highlander Wine Estate, getting to know the mixture of characters and personalities in our motley travelling crew. Overlanding Africa learn how to pitch a tent We are a diverse bunch with everything from adventurous Aussie boys and dynamic young Danes, to a hilarious South Korean Police Officer, an entertaining older Englishman and a Canadian. Many of them are seasoned travelers of Asia, South and North America.

Star-sprinkled evenings

We spend a blissfully quite evening under a sparkling star-filled night sky at the vineyard bar before turning in to our tents for our first night on nature’s orthopedic mattress, the ground. Useful Hint: Before choosing a tent buddy asks who snores. Cedarburg Campsite View We are all extremely excited about crossing over South Africa’s largest river the Orange River tomorrow, which is currently in flood and has reached its highest level in 24 years! Our usual campsite is sitting under water, so we are crossing our first border into Namibia to camp on the Namibian side of the riverbank.

Day 3 - Orange River:

A gorgeous sunrise greets us this morning as it rises and lights up the enormous vineyards before we set off on the truck towards Namibia.

On the road

Kim’s, the Police Officer, hilarious stories of life in Korea and travelling through South America keep us laughing our asses off the entire way. Did you know: melons are imported into South Korea and are so expensive that they are given as gifts in boxes? After a roadside lunch of tomato and cheese sandwiches in the dry Karoo heat we arrive in the historic town of Springbok, our last stop before entering Namibia. The Northern Cape’s largest town, Springbok is centred round a strange hill which now shows off some of Namaqualand’s strange floral life. The Namaqualand area is known for its spectacular transformation in spring in which the dry scrub-land bursts forth in a dazzling show of flowers. The heat is frying our brains as it visibly rises off the road in front of and as we cross the flooded Great Orange River and Namibian border. Our first border post of the trip- YIPPEE!!! Overland through Africa Namibia Border Post

Felix Unite, tonight’s campsite on the banks of the Orange River has had its lower bar and lodges flooded. The pool and poolside bar overhanging the river offer up an awesome view and the best spot to watch the sun go down over the river whilst we enjoy a few pre-party drinks.

Felix Unite Deck Orange River

Orange River Punch Anyone?

Tonight is punch night and the entertainment is proudly provided by the duly appointed punch master and punch bitch! A few of us choose to play drinking games and have refreshing late night swims in the camp pool, laughing into the early hours. We are going to regret this in the morning when we have to spend 7 hours on the truck!

Orange River Namibia Punch Night 7's

I wonder if the Fish River Canyon is more or less beautiful when you are wearing vodka/beer/cane/shooter goggles. Stand by for the next installment!

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Huge Discounts on Africa Overland Trips - Even Get One Free!

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
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Buy one of the following Africa Overland trips in September, depart in either September or October, and GET ANOTHER SEAT FREE! Buy one of these trips in September, depart in either November or December and get 20% off the tour price! Buy one of these trips in September and depart anytime before the 1st June 2011 and get 12.5% off the tour price! hwange.sunsetelephantcrop

Doesn't get much better than that!

Kenya, Uganda and Gorilla Trek - 18 days from Nairobi

KT Adventure - 13 days from Nairobi

East Africa Southbound - 22 days from Dar Es Salaam

Southern Safari - 31 days from Nairobi

Namib Desert Safari - 11 days from Windhoek

Southern Africa Adventure - 19 days from Livingstone/Victoria Falls

Vic Falls and Kruger Highlights - 6 days from Livingstone/Victoria Falls

Nairobi to Livingstone - 24 days from Nairobi

Namib Desert Explorer - 11 days from Cape Town

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Contact the team at OverlandingAfrica.com for all Africa Overland trips and advice! ** Subject to the following terms and conditions: - Both travellers must travel on the same trip and departure date to qualify for a free seat - Normal Local Payments apply - Subject to OverlandingAfrica.com standard Booking Terms and Conditions

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Camping Safaris in Africa

Thursday, May 27th, 2010
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Camping safaris in Africa offer the ultimate way to experience the beauty of Africa, with a wide range of highly affordable safaris on offer to suit every taste and budget. From the very early days of African travel, visitors have long been enthralled by the scenery, wildlife and birdlife that the continent has in such abundance, with each destination offering its own unique charms. Camping safari trips take things one step further, putting you right into the heart of the African wilderness for an adventure that will be remembered for years to come.

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Three of the most popular and rewarding camping safaris by far include the following:

1. Kruger National Park Kruger National Park safaris are hugely popular with visitors and locals alike, offering a thrilling and memorable wildlife experience on the borders of South Africa's Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces. The park is home to a staggering 336 tree, 49 fish, 34 amphibian, 114 reptile, 507 bird and 147 mammal species (including the famous Big 5 - lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo), with 18,989 square kilometres of beautiful landscapes to be found. A number of rivers run through the park from west to east, including the Sabie River. The size and sheer magnificence of Kruger National Park makes these camping safaris extremely popular, offering an excellent option for travellers seeking an affordable and exciting big game experience.

2. Serengeti National Park Serengeti National Park offers one of the most unforgettable camping safaris in Africa, with the awe-inspiring natural spectacle of the annual wildebeest migration into bordering Kenya offering a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience. Situated in Tanzania, and forming part of the Northern Tanzanian Safari Circuit this park is home to an abundance of wildlife including the millions of wildebeest that make their way across the borders each year in a huge stampede. Additional must-sees in the park are the famous tree-climbing lions and some of the largest elephants in Africa, with massive tusks that are built to adapt to the vegetation and landscapes of this area. Within this region you can also visit Ngorongoro Crater - a prehistoric crater that is teeming with game and luscious vegetation presenting incredible wildlife viewing opportunities. The trip from the Serengeti into the Crater is one of the most beautiful and memorable ones imaginable, passing through the 'Cradle of Mankind' and the Rift Valley, with undulating landscapes and game to be seen throughout.

3. Botswana From its lush waterways to its harsh deserts, Botswana is teeming with wildlife, bird life, plant life and fascinating culture. Key destinations on camping safaris in this region include the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Savuti National Park and Chobe National Park, with large numbers of elephant, lion, rhino and many other game species to be found throughout. Explore the deltas of the Okavango in a moroko (canoe) and witness some of the rare and magnificent species of bird, reptile, fish and game to be found in this beautiful country. Botswana is arguably one of the most visited countries in Africa for its wildlife alone, ensuring one of the best options for camping safaris in Africa - especially for nature lovers seeking an affordable overland adventure in this spectacular country.

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