My Top 5 Africa Overland Tours (15 Days of Less)

Looking for Africa overland tours for less than two weeks? When friends and family ask me what part of Africa to visit, I tell them “every part”. There is always something different and equally interesting around the corner. However, if you only have a certain amount of time available, it’s important to think about what you might see or miss on a particular tour. For this reason, I will now outline my top five Africa overland tours for less than 10 days.

Note: You will notice I recommend a specific company for these overland tours. I might receive a small commission for anything you might book through them but please know, the reason for this recommendation is because I believe their are the most reliable tour operator on the market. You can rest assured they have excellent transport, equipment and knowledgeable guides.

1. Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Zanzibar – 10 Days

Tanzania is the perfect destination for first time travellers to Africa. Aside from wildlife encounters in Serengeti National Park, this tour also takes in the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar with a nice overnight stop in Usumbara mountains. While every Africa overland tour will involve a reasonable amount of travel, the time spent driving is limited on this one and you get to see quite a bit of Tanzania in just a short space of time.

Full Itinerary and details here: Serengeti, Crater and Zanzibar 10 Day Tour


2. Masai Mara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater (10 Days)

If you’d like to encounter more wildlife, this overland tour takes in both the Masai Mara and Serengeti National Parks. You will also visit Ngorongoro Crater, magnificent Lake Manyara, and enjoy campouts under the broad midnight skies over 10 adventure-filled days. Aside from tracking the “big five.” +, you will also encounter many locals and tribes along the way.

Full Itinerary and details here: Masai Mara and Serengeti 10 Day Tour


3. Kenya & Uganda Adventure(15 Days)

This overland tour is packed full of adventure and takes you through Kenya and Uganda. The journey begins with travelling into the Masai Mara in search of wildlife. You will visit Lake Nakuru National Park before journeying into the highlands of Kenya. At Jinja, there is the opportunity to go kayak or whitewater-rafting on the River Nile. There is also a chance to go chimpanzee trekking in the forest and visit the stunning Lake Bunyoni ‘The Switzerland of Africa’.

Full Itinerary and details here: Kenya & Uganda 15 Day Tour


4. Cape Town to Etosha National Park (10 Days)

Starting out in the beautiful city of Cape Town, this overland tour travels up along the Western Cape and then straight into the Namib Desert. You will visit the largest canyon in Africa (Fish River) and then climb some of the highest dunes in the world. The desert vistas induce wanderlust and the old town of Swakopmund is a welcome stop in between. Another highlight is the trip into Etosha National Park for game drives and the tour comes to an end in the city of Windhoek.

Full Itinerary and details here: Cape Town to Namibia 12 Day Tour


5. Victoria Falls & Botswana (8 Days)

You will fly into Vic Falls and try to arrive a couple of days early to enjoy what the area has to offer. On the tour, you will travel to Chobe National Park for a wildlife safari and also visit the largest inland delta in the world on a canoe. This overland trip travels across some of the most remote, driest landscapes on the continent. If you have already experiences the other four options on my list, this is an interesting, short option for an overland tour in Southern Africa.

Full Itinerary and details here: Victoria Falls & Botswana 8 Day Tour


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Derek Cullen
Derek Cullen
Derek Cullen is an experienced overland tour leader in Africa. He is best known for cycling across Africa and writing about travel in Africa for many online media publications. If you would like advice or information for your trip to Africa, you can speak with him directly through the LiveChat box!

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I worked as an overland tour leader in Africa for many years. I now want to help you book the trip of a lifetime and find out everything you need to know about taking an overland tour in Africa.

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