Last updated on October 14th, 2018 at 03:43 am

Overland Budget African Safari budget safari

I’m going to put it out there. I think an African Safari is one of the top 5 things to do on an adventure traveler’s bucket list. And it has certainly been at the top of mine for as long as I can remember. Budget Safari

Daydreaming about luxury lodges with balcony’s overlooking game reserves;  private game drives at sunset where sundowners are served as the wildlife walks by and guaranteed sightings of ‘the big 5’ (thats the Buffalo, Rhino, Lion, Leopard & Elephant if you weren’t sure)  I always thought I would have to wait until I was earning mega-bucks before my dream would become a reality. Then I found another way. Overlanding. It’s the ever growing, ‘get involved & get dusty, live on a converted truck, camp under the stars and cook your own meals’ budget safari that is allowing more and more people the opportunity to visit this incredible continent.

Let me tell you all about it as I travel through 5 Countries in 6 Weeks. It’s Safari Time Baby!

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There are several companies that offer Overland adventures, with the majority following the same routes. The difference between them boils down to cost and – in some cases – level of comfort. We booked with Absolute Africa. They hit all the major spots in Southern Africa and offered exceptional value for money (read: they were the cheapest!). Along with a fantastic African guide and driver(s), well equipped truck and quality camp gear (tents and sleeping mats provided) the company has years of experience in Africa. After moving their head office from London to Arusha (Tanzania), they can proudly say they all ‘all African’. If you are looking to experience the real Africa I cannot recommend them highly enough.

(NOTE: I am not in any way affiliated with Absolute Africa, I was (and still am) thoroughly impressed with the company and cannot wait to see more of Africa with them)

The Cost

For our 31 day tour we paid less than £1000GBP/$1650AUD/$1250USD plus a $650USD local payment (per person). This covered life on the truck: breakfasts, dinners, camp equipment along with a driver and a guide. Some activities  listed below were included, others were an additional cost and we bought lunch everyday. We also added additional days to the beginning and end of the tour to make up the 6 weeks. Nothing short of a Bargain!

 

Life on the Truck overland budget African safari

Overland Budget African Safari

This is one of the ‘Absolute Africa’ big yellow trucks – the lower lockable compartments store the bags, the food, cooking equipment, tents and roll mats. The group of travelers sit on a raised platform above the lockers in ‘coach-style’ seating. Thee driver and guide sit in the cabin. All members of the group are split into equal teams – dependent on the number on board – who take turns to cook, do dishes, clean the truck and make sure the truck is secure and locked each time we exit. Each group has 1 day off in every 5, and everyone is responsible for putting up and taking down their own tent.

The cooks are each day responsible for shopping (with the group kitty money – kept by the guide) and preparing the evening meal, with breakfast stuffs (toast, cereal, eggs, fruit etc) purchased for the truck and prepared individually each morning. Lunch is the only meal you are required to purchase yourself each day. There is a fridge/freezer on board the truck and this stores the group and individual food – and can get extremely full if buying for a three day stretch!

If the above sounds a bit too much like ‘roughing it’ – other companies offer options which include an on-board chef and/or staff to put up/take down the tents for you, some of which are also fully catered. If this sounds more like what you are looking for check out Intrepid, Nomad, G Adventures – and for those who need a child friendly route – Dragoman. (Tour Radar offer all these tours and more. If you’re ready to book, scroll to the bottom and claim your 5% discount. Valid on any tour – not just Safari’s!)

Related: Packing for a safari can be daunting – head on over to my Ultimate Overland Safari Packing List to make  sure you’ve got everything!
RELATED – Overlanding is one heck of an adventure – check out these other incredible African Adventures to add to your Africa Bucket List!

 

The Route

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Southern Africa Safari

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Victoria Falls: -17.931805, 25.825558
Kasane: -17.795231, 25.171130
Maun: -19.995262, 23.418077
Chobe National Park: -18.666667, 24.500000
Okavango Delta: -19.228979, 23.048854
Rundu: -17.925330, 19.753215
Etosha National Park: -18.855591, 16.329320
Hoba Meteorite: -19.592562, 17.933679
Cheetah Farm: -19.606330, 15.069690
Spitzkoppe: -21.824722, 15.194167
Swakopmund: -22.674847, 14.537659
Himba Village: -19.668800, 15.022520
Sossusvlei: -24.735007, 15.324827
Deadvlei: -24.747233, 15.287899
Dune 45: -24.720719, 15.475598
Fish River Canyon: -27.704694, 17.586761
Ais-Ais: -27.918091, 17.489019
Orange River: -28.686291, 17.558110
Highlanders : -31.900820, 18.651193
Stellenbosch: -33.932105, 18.860152
Cape Town: -33.924869, 18.424055
Gansbaai Shark Alley: -34.483354, 19.254913
Hermanus: -34.417673, 19.245987
Cape of Good Hope: -34.356842, 18.473988
Knysna: -34.035086, 23.046469
Mossel Bay: -34.186246, 22.135391
Safari Ostrich Farm: -33.600723, 22.202635
Cango Caves: -33.392300, 22.214900
Jeffreys Bay: -34.050671, 24.910154
Addo Elephant National Park: -33.483333, 25.750000
Tsitsikamma National Park: -33.974897, 23.888553
Victoria Falls (Zambia Side): -17.924353, 25.855894
Mountain Zebra National Park: -32.250000, 25.450000
Bloemfontein: -29.085214, 26.159576
Johnnesburg: -26.204103, 28.047305
Hazyview: -25.051912, 31.136672
Kruger National Park: -23.988385, 31.554740

 

Days 1 – 6 : Zimbabwe & Zambia Africa safari

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If you’re struggling to decide which side of the falls to stay, read my post about which side of the falls is best – zimbabwe or zambia?

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Can’t wait for the details? Read all about these activities in Top Things to do in Victoria Falls! And Once you’ve worked up an appetite you’ll want to make sure you know  Where are the Best Places to Eat In Victoria Falls

 

Days: 7 – 12 : Botswana

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Walking Safari in the Okavango Delta

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Sunset Mokoro Safari in the Okavango Delta

 

Days 13 – 26 : Namibia budget safari

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Climbing Dune 45 to watch the sun rise

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If you’re needing Inspiration to visit Namibia here’s 10 Reasons to Visit Namibia in 15 Beautiful Photographs!

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Feeding Time @ the Cheetah Sanctuary

 

Days 27 – 42: South Africa

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Watching the Hot Air Balloons taking off at sunrise

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Can’t wait for the details? Read all about our epic Road Trip along the Garden Route from Cape Town to Johannesburg which covers all of the activities listed for South Africa!

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You can climb into a cage in the water meters from a great white shark!

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Do you want to know more? Budget safari

So there you have it. The ultimate overland budget African safari route and just a taster of the activities on offer in each country. If I have piqued your interest, you’re in luck! Over the next few weeks I will be posting detailed articles about each and every aspect of the tour and activities including cost breakdowns and budgeting tips.

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