Our Tours

Search for a tour in Africa

Search for a tour in Africa

31 Days Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland Tour

StartNairobi (Kenya)
Duration: 31 Days
Style of Tour :
ZAR 70840.00AUD 5,556.08CAD 5,024.11EURO 3,423.88GBP 3,224.40USD 3,758.09

An overland adventure for those looking for wildlife, beach time, adrenaline activities, local culture and incredible scenery. Tour from Nairobi to Johannesburg and visit Africa's most famous game drives - Serengeti, Masai Mara and Kruger Park. Relax on the tropical beaches of Zanzibar and Malawi and experience the mighty Victoria Falls. These are just some of the attractions on this amazing African safari.

Accommodation on tour:Camping


  • Great Rift Valley
  • Masai Mara Game Reserve
  • Tribal Villages
  • Game Drives
  • Arusha
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Dar es Salaam
  • Stone Town - Zanzibar
  • Tropical beaches - Zanzibar
  • Malawi - amazing beaches - culture
  • Zambia
  • Victoria Falls
  • Matobos National Park
  • Tshipise - hot pools
  • Kruger National Park
  • Game drives
  • Johannesburg

Below is the basic day to day brief,

The Full downloadable Itinerary is at the bottom of this window.

Please download the dossier should you want more detailed information on the route and tour.

Day 1:  Nairobi – Masai Mara
We depart Nairobi early morning and head towards the Masai Mara National Park. This part of the adventure is conducted in smaller specially adapted game viewing vehicles. The journey to the Masai Mara takes in spectacular views of the Great Rift Valley. We set up camp on the edge of the park where we will spend the next two nights. We spend the next couple of days enjoying this famous game reserve.

Meals:  Lunch and Dinner

Day 2:  Masai Mara National Park
We spend the day in the park taking in the amazing vistas and open savannas and enjoying wildlife sightings and photographic opportunities. The Masai Mara is renowned for its excellent game viewing and one can expect to encounter a variety of animals all year round including the Big 5. The Masai Mara is best known for its annual migration of huge herds of wildebeest and zebras. The timing of the migration varies according to rainfall patterns as the animals move to find better grazing. The migration is followed by a large number of predators such as lions, leopard, cheetahs and hyenas.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3:  Masai Mara – Nairobi
Departing the Masai Mara we make our way back to Nairobi enjoying the rural areas of Kenya. We spend the night in Nairobi.

Meals:  Breakfast ,Lunch and Dinner

Day 4:  Arusha – Tanzania
Today we depart Kenya and enter Tanzania after a busy border crossing. Our destination is Arusha – the “Safari Capital” of Tanzania. The town is buzzing with safari activities and we have time to visit the local craft and curio markets. We set up camp on the outskirts of Arusha and in the afternoon we enjoy a walk to one of the local Masai villages, where we get an insight into village life (dependent on time constraints).

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Optional Activity: Camel Ride US$5

Day 5:  Serengeti National Park
Once again we transfer to smaller game viewing vehicles and head off for a fantastic wildlife experience. The day is spent game driving across the open plains of Serengeti where we will encounter a large variety of wildlife including the big cats. The Serengeti is one of Africa’s most famous reserves and lives up to its reputation for its incredible game viewing.  The open savanna plains and Acacia trees set the scene.  Our unfenced camp is an ideal setting to take in the night sounds of prowling hyenas and lions.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6:  Ngorongoro Crater
Our wildlife experience continues as we safari across the plains to the Ngorongoro Crater. We ascend the crater where set up camp. The crater is a World Heritage Site and the views across this massive crater are stunning. Note that it can get cold on the rim of the crater and a jacket is recommended.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7:  Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha
We spend the morning on a spectacular game drive in the basin of the crater. One can expect to encounter all the large mammals except giraffe as they are unable to descend the steep slopes of the crater. We enjoy this wildlife sanctuary before we begin our return journey to Arusha. One can expect to see animals on the return drive. Our Serengeti/Ngorongoro safari comes to an end in the late afternoon. We may go out and experience the Masai walk today if we missed it yesterday.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8:  Arusha – Bagamoyo
Today we depart the safari town of Arusha and head for the seaside town of Bagamoyo. We pass the town of Moshi, under the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Weather permitting we should get a sighting of this iconic mountain. We set up camp and one is able to explore this historical trading town. The beach is a short walk from the campsite.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9:  Bagamoyo – Dar es Salaam
We head south along the coast line to the Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania. This a huge bustling city and one can see the Arab influence in the architecture. Dar es Salaam is the gateway to the tropical island of Zanzibar. We set up camp on the outskirts of the town on the beach.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10:  Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar – Stone Town
The next part of journey begins with the ferry crossing from Dar es Salaam to the spice island of Zanzibar. Stone Town is the capital of Zanzibar and has a rich history and one can spend hours wondering the narrow alley ways of the old town. The island has been strongly influenced by trade and cultural links with the Arabian Peninsula. These historic links are plain to see as one explores the old town, visiting the markets, browsing the alley ways and viewing the palaces and mosques. Stone Town definitely has a unique culture heritage.  Note that the next few days are flexible and you are free to explore on your own. It is recommended that you change money in Stone Town – best rates. Accommodation is in budget hotels and is included in price

Meals:  Breakfast
Optional Activities:  Spice Tour US$35, Slave market US$15, Palace visit US$10, Arabic Fort US$5

Day 11 & 12:  Zanzibar – Tropical Beaches
The next couple of days are spent enjoying the pristine palm lined beaches of Zanzibar. Transfer up north and enjoy the turquoise waters and brilliant white beaches. Relax on the beach, have a massage and definitely take a dhow snorkeling trip to the coral reefs of the north to view exceptional marine life. Spend your evenings at one of the local beach bars or enjoying a delicious fish dinner at one of the local restaurants.

Meals:  2 x Breakfasts
Optional Activities:  Snorkeling trip US$40, Scuba diving US$150, Massage US$20, Spice Tour US$35

Day 13:  Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam
We take our last dip in the Indian Ocean or do some quick local shopping before taking the ferry back to Dar es Salaam where we set up camp on the outskirts of the city on the coast.

Meals:  Breakfast, and Dinner

Day 14:  Mikumi National Park
Leaving the city and ocean, we head south. Our drive takes us through Mikumi Game Reserve and hopefully will spot some elephants and giraffes living in the forest. We set up camp on the outskirts of the reserve and spend the evening enjoying sun downers at the local bar. If time allows, one can do an optional game drive.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Optional Activity:  Mikumi game drive US$150

Day 15:  Iringa
From Mikumi, we head to Iringa, where we and visit Kisolanza Farm. This working farm provides much of the produce of Tanzania and is an interesting visit. It is a well-known stop over on the way to Malawi and one can expect to encounter other travellers.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 16 & 17:  Malawi – Chitimba Beach
Traveling through the mountains of southern Tanzania, we pass tea and banana plantations en route to the Malawi border. After a long day of driving and border crossing, we set up camp on the beach at Chitimba. The next day is spent relaxing and swimming in this magnificent lake. Malawi is known as “the warm heart of Africa” and one can enjoy this beautiful country and amazingly friendly people. The locals are open to travellers and welcome you in their villages. The lake itself is spectacular and clear and offers excellent snorkeling and other water based activities. Lake Malawi is known for its abundant number of fresh water fish.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Optional Activity:  Livingstonia day hike US$10

Day 18 & 19:  Malawi – Kande Beach
Leaving Chitimba we journey through rural Malawi, passing rubber plantations and villages that rely on subsistence farming, and offer an insight into rural African life. We stop in Muzuzu to stock up on provisions and have time to take in the local markets. We then head to spectacular Kande beach. Located near Nkahta Bay, this is an opportunity to kick back and relax. Explore the town, horse ride, dive or just swim in this amazing lake. These 2 nights at Kande beach are definitely a highlight of the tour.

Meals:  2 x Breakfasts, 2 x Lunches and 2 x Dinners
Optional Activities:  Horse riding US$55, village walk US$10, Snorkeling Day trip US$15, Fresh Water Scuba diving US$45, Canoe Hire US$15

Day 20 & 21:  Chipata & Lusaka – Zambia
Travelling across southern Africa, we leave Malawi and cross into Zambia. A stop at the market town of Chipata is a welcome break and we have time to explore the colourful markets.  (Dependent on border crossing formalities). After a good night’s rest we head to the bustling city of Lusaka where we set up camp on the outside of this fast growing city on a serene farm– the capital of Zambia.

Meals:  2 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch and 2 x Dinner

Days 22 – 25:  Victoria Falls
Travelling from Lusaka, we head to the mighty Victoria Falls – the adventure capital of Africa. We set up camp on the Zambian side of the mighty Zambezi River. The “Zambezi Waterfront Camp” is our home base for the next few days. (Wi-Fi is available and this is a good opportunity to catch up). We spend the next few days enjoying a welcome rest with plenty of time to explore Victoria Falls and the surrounding area. There are loads of activities to partake in – see a few of the more popular options below. For our stay at Victoria Falls only breakfast will be served. For those looking for more of a cultural experience – you can explore the town and markets of Livingstone, take guided walk through a traditional village or visit the town of Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side of the Zambezi River. This is definitely one of the top destinations in Africa and your stay at Victoria Falls will be an adventure and highlight of your tour.

Meals:  4 x Breakfasts and 1 x Lunch 

Optional Activities:

• Bungee Jump US$160      

• Gorge Swing US$95       

• Zambezi Jet Boat & Cable car US$215

• Zambezi Sunset cruise US$70

• Helicopter / Microlight  US$195

• White Water rafting US$180

Days 26 & 27:  Bulawayo – Matopos
Leaving Victoria Falls, we cross the border into Zimbabwe and head for the Matopos area. We drive to Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe, and set up camp in the outskirts of this bustling city. The Matobo National Park, with its unusual boulder formations is a rich cultural heritage area and has many Bushman paintings dispersed across the park. It is also the burial site of the infamous Cecil John Rhodes – a major player in the colonisation of Southern Africa. Matobo National Park is also known for its concentration of Black and White rhino, as well as a large number of leopards and Black eagles. We do a half day excursion on foot with our guides for a closer look at some of the spectacular wildlife in the area. If we choose to do a full day tour we will visit Cecil John Rhodes' grave and have the chance to see several ancient Bushman paintings.

Meals:  2 x Breakfasts, 2 x Lunches & 2 x Dinners

Day 28:  Tshipise – South Africa
Heading south, we cross the Limpopo River into South Africa. We head for our camp which is located just outside Tshipise. The resort where we camp has natural hot pools and one can spend the afternoon soaking in the pools or strolling in the surrounding woods. A great place to unwind before the Kruger Park part of adventure begins.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Days 29 & 30:  Kruger Park
Kruger Park is our next destination. The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s largest game reserve and is a must do for travellers visiting Southern Africa. The park is known for its high concentration of wildlife, including the Big 5 and visitors are bound to see a large variety of game. We set up camp on the outskirts of the Kruger and on the first evening enjoy Shangaan tribal dancing. The Shangaans are the dominant local tribe of the Greater Kruger area.

After an early morning breakfast, we head to the gate of the Kruger Park. Note that the game drives are conducted in specially adapted open game vehicle. These 4x4 vehicles offer great viewing as well as excellent photographic opportunities. The local guides have a load of experience and know all the best spots to find the animals. We enjoy a morning game drive, before having a welcome break for lunch and a rest. The afternoon is spent searching for any elusive species that may have eluded us. After a long day in the park, we head for camp for a well deserved rest.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 31:  Pretoria
After breakfast we leave the wilderness of the Kruger area and head to the metropolis of Pretoria. Out tour ends late afternoon or early evening and it is time to say farewell to our fellow adventurers.

Meals:  Breakfast

Please Download below link

Note: Itineraries do change, please speak to your consultant for the latest up to date itinerary for your travel period.

Approx. tour cost in
ZAR 70840.00AUD 5,556.08CAD 5,024.11EURO 3,423.88GBP 3,224.40USD 3,758.09

2023 Tour Prices - Per person

ZAR 70,480 per person

Plus USD 1,490 per personLocal Payment / Adventure Pass 

This is separate and in addition to the trip price. It includes key activities which are listed in the downloadable Itinerary. This is paid on day 1 to your trip leader or can be paid ahead of time if you prefer.

  • Fully equipped safari vehicle
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Meals as indicated
  • Masai Mara Excursion
  • Masai Village Walk
  • Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion
  • Zanzibar Ferry and Accommodation
  • Victoria Falls visit
  • Matobo National Park
  • Kruger Park game drives
  • Shangaan village visit
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Sleeping bag required
  • Travel insurance and visas
  • Beverages
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs, tips
  • Optional activities (see list on Itinerary for complete breakdown).
This tour has a duration of: 31 Days

Related Listings

Johannesburg to Nairobi Safari Tour

28 Day Johannesburg to Nairobi Lodge Tour

ZAR 124250.00AUD 9,745.10CAD 8,812.06EURO 6,005.32GBP 5,655.44USD 6,591.51
Nairobi to Cape Town via Victoria Falls Tour - Budget Package

43 Day Nairobi to Cape Town Adventure Tour

USD 6290.00AUD 9,530.30CAD 8,616.44EURO 5,770.64GBP 5,113.82ZAR 125,800.00
Nairobi to Victoria Falls Overland Tour

22 Day Nairobi to Victoria Falls Tour - Camping

USD 3990.00AUD 6,045.45CAD 5,465.75EURO 3,660.55GBP 3,243.90ZAR 79,800.00

About Detour Africa

The Gateway to Africa ~ looking for an adventure. We  provided vehicles, guides, information and a range of different tours into the African Mainland.