NNC41 Master

October 21, 2014 Comments Off on NNC41 Master
Andrew Walton
Just a happy guy who loves travelling, loves Africa and feels that travelling changes you forever.

Day 1: Arusha

We leave the lively capital of Kenya today and make our way into Tanzania. We make a stop-off in Arusha to pay a visit to the local Masai Museum and the well-known snake park. In the afternoon we prepare for our impending optional expedition into the famous Serengeti National Park and the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater.

Enclosed by some of Africa’s most well-known landscapes and National Parks, Arusha is located at the base of Mount Meru – on the eastern edge of the Great Rift Valley’s eastern branch. The city experiences mostly balmy weather due to its location on the hills of Mt Meru. Within close proximity to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha contains its very own National Park, situated on Mount Meru. The main industry of this area is agriculture. Producers of huge vegetables and flowers send superb produce to Europe. Small-scale farming was negatively impacted by the somewhat recent ‘coffee crisis’ and has therefore transformed into mostly subsistence farming. Arusha has several factories including a brewery, tyre and fibreboard plant as well as a big pharmaceuticals manufacturer.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Route: Nairobi to Arusha +/-306 km
Travel Time: +/-4-5 hours plus a border crossing
Activity Package: Masai Museum and Snake park *Please note that this activity could either take place on this day or after the Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

Days 2-4: Serengeti and Ngorongoro Excursion

Today we set off on an optional four-day, three night camping adventure in the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This region contains one of the most dense animal varieties in all of Africa. We are given time to visit the Oldupai gorge and museum on our first day journeying from Karatu to Ngorongoro. Our Serengeti expedition takes place in an open-topped 4X4 safari vehicle in order to take on the obstacles we come across whilst driving through the Park’s gravelly and narrow roads. For those who opt not to partake in this excursion, simply devote your time to relaxing and soaking in the sun as well as the vibrant local cultures surrounding you. Be sure to take with you a small day pack with a change of clothing, binoculars, cameras, warm clothes (for the cold rim of the crater), plenty of insect repellent, a few dollars for tips and curios, provisions and, of course, your sleeping bag and pillow. There is also a variety of Optional Activities in which to partake for those who aren’t going on this expedition, including a range of Serengeti and Ngorongoro excursion packages, Lake Manyara game drives, day hiking, village tours and other day trips.

The Serengeti is world famous for hosting the biggest and longest overland migration on earth, deemed a ‘natural travel wonder of the world’. During October, almost 2 million herbivores journey from the hills of the north to the plains of the south, crossing through the Mara River in search of food and water. During April, these animals return to the north via the west, once more crossing the Mara. This spectacle is often called the Circular Migration. More than 250 000 wildebeest are fated to die along the trip from Tanzania to the Masai Mara Reserve in upper Kenya, a total distance of 800 kilometres. Their death is frequently caused due to wounds, exhaustion or by being hunted by the stalking predators that follow close behind the herds. Around 70 bigger mammals and approximately 500 various bird species can be found in this migration. The massive assortment of species that composes the migration is due to the wide range of habitats ranging from river forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the common mammals that can be spotted in this area are Blue Wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and buffalos.

The Ngorongoro region makes up part of the ecosystem of the Serengeti and, to the northwest it meets the Serengeti National Park and lies adjacent to the southern plains of the Serengeti. These plains spread to the north into the unguarded Loliondo division and are open to wildlife due to the farming habits of the Masai. Volcanic highlands lie to the south and west of the region whilst the rim of the Great Rift Valley wall defines the southern and eastern boundaries. This wall serves to prohibit animals migrating in these directions.

Meals: Breakfast X3, Lunch X3, Dinner X3
Accommodation: Seronera Campsite: www.tanzaniaparks.com/serengeti.html
Facilities: Shared ablutions, cold showers
Route: Arusha to Serengeti +/-260 km
Travel Time: +/-3-4 hours

For those not partaking in the above excursion:

Meals: Breakfast X3, Lunch X3, Dinner X3
Accommodation: Kudu Camp: www.kuducamp.com
Facilities: Restaurant, bar, swimming pool, hot showers, en-suite, gift shop & internet cafe
Optional Activities: Day walk inside Ngorongoro Forest, Mountain biking around the villages, various day safari options (Kudu Lodge to Karatu)

Day 5: Arusha

Those who participated in the excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro will join the truck in Arusha, where we will have time to tell tales of incredible encounters you had in the Park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Ndoro Camp http://www.ndorolodge.com
Route: Serengeti to Arusha +/-260 km
Travel Time: +/- 3-4 hours

Day 6: Bagamoyo

From Arusha we head south towards Bagamoyo, who’s name means “lay down your heart” and goes back to the days of slavery. Our accommodation for the night is the Bagamoyo Travellers Lodge and is situated on the beach.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Bagamoyo Travellers Lodge http://www.bagamoyo.com/travellers-lodge/
Route: Arusha to Bagamoyo +/- 565 km
Travel Time: +/-7-8 hours

Days 7-9: Zanzibar

We wake up early today in order to depart from Lushoto and to make our way to Dar es Salaam, where we will board a local ferry that carries us from Dar to the capital of Zanzibar, Stone Town. Our first evening is spent exploring the historical and unique architecture. There are also many spice and seafood markets to take a look at. The next day we are transferred to the island’s north region where we will spend two days unwinding on the sun-kissed beaches.

Due to the dominant Islam religion in Zanzibar, conservative clothing should be worn most places except on the beach, where your regular clothes and swimsuits are acceptable. It is recommended that women wear t-shirts and knee-length shorts or skirts in town. The Islamic religion frowns upon the showing of arms above the elbow or legs above the knee. Shoulders should also remain covered and no revealing necklines are acceptable. Men’s clothing is less restrictive, allowing them to wear shirts and shorts. However, on the beach or in our resort, there are no dress codes other than the regular ones adhered to in most pool/public areas.

If you happen to be visiting Zanzibar during the month of fasting (Ramadan), please speak to your local guide about the customs adhered to during this period. Regular eating times during the day are forbidden and most locals will be sure to make you aware of this. Majority of shops and restaurants will be closed during Ramadan, but it is acceptable as a foreigner to have meals at hotels or resorts. Your guide will be able to inform you of what is appropriate and when.

Zanzibar is a semi-independent portion of the United Republic of Tanzania. Comprised of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean located 25-50 kilometres off the mainland’s coast, Zanzibar has numerous small islands and two bigger ones, Ungula (the main island informally referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba. At one point in time, Zanzibar was in fact a completely separate state with a lengthy trading history within the Arab world. However, it merged with Tanganyika to create Tanzania in 1964 and still maintains a high level of independence within the union. Zanzibar City is the capital of Zanzibar, situated on the island of Unguja. Stone Town situated in the city centre is a World Heritage Site.

Zanzibar produces spices and raffia and the tourism industry also assists with boosting the economy. In addition to this, Zanzibar is also home to the extremely endangered species of the Red Colobus Monkey. The word ‘Zanzibar’ was derived from the Persian term ‘zangi-bar’ meaning ‘coast of the blacks’. However, it is believed that the name could have also originated from the Arabic ‘Zayn Z’al Barr’ meaning ‘fair is this land’. ‘Zanzibar’ frequently refers specifically to Unguja Island and is sometimes referred to as the Spice Islands, though this term is more often associated with the Indonesian Maluku Islands.

Meals: Breakfast X3
Route: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by Ferry/ Stone Town to Nungwi Beach +/-70 km
Travel Time: +/- 2-3 hours (Day 7) +/-2 hours (Day 9)
Optional Activities: Lunch and dinner, Motorbike hire, spice tour, walking city tour, swimming with dolphins, scuba Diving, snorkelling, etc.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have not purchased the Activity Package, you will be staying at the accommodation in Dar es Salaam for these three days.

Day 10: Dar es Salaam

Today we depart from Zanzibar and hop on board a ferry to carry us through to Dar es Salaam where we make our way back to our truck and campsite.

Previously ‘Mzizima’, Dar es Salaam is the biggest city in Tanzania, with a population of over 3.2 million. It is also the richest city in the country as well as a crucial economic centre. Even though Dar is not the official capital city of Tanzania, it is still the centre of the permanent central government and serves as the capital for the surrounding Dar es Salaam area. Albert Roscher of Hamburg was the first European to arrive in Mzizima 1859, and in 1866 the city was given its current name by Sultan Seyyid Malid of Zanzibar.

Located within such close proximity to the Equator and inviting Indian Ocean, Dar es Salaam experiences a relatively tropical climate, with hot and humid temperatures during most of the year. Annual rainfall amounts to approximately 1,100 mm and, in an average year, the city experiences two separate rainy seasons. First there are ‘the long rains’ that fall during the April/May period, and secondly, ‘the short rains’ which fall during the months of October and November.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Kipepeo Camp: www.kipepeocamp.com
Route: Nungwi Beach to Stone town: +/- 60-70 km; Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by ferry
Travel Time: +/- 4-5 hours

Day 11: Mikumi

We depart from the warm Indian Ocean coastline today and begin our journey to Mikumi National Park. Mikumi contains countless lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant. We have a chance today to partake in an optional afternoon game drive through this magnificent Park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Route: Dar es Salaam to Mikumi +/- 260 km
Travel Time: +/- 4-5 hours
Optional Activities: Afternoon game drive in Mikumi National Park

Day 12: Iringa

We journey further inland today and make our way up to Iringia situated in the highland tea plantation region. Tonight we eat in a fantastic local Masai restaurant where we are treated to a traditional Tanzanian evening.

Tanzania is a mountainous region in the northeast, where Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, is located. The Great Lakes of Lake Victoria (Africa’s biggest lake) and Lake Tanganyika (Africa’s deepest lake, famous for its unique fish species) are to the north and west. Central Tanzania is comprised of a vast plateau complete with savannahs and fruitful land. The eastern shore is hot and humid, with the exotic island of Zanzibar situated just offshore.

Tanzania experiences tropical temperatures and, in the highlands, the climate ranges between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius during the cold and hot seasons respectively.  The remainder of the country has temperatures that seldom drop lower than 20 degrees Celsius. The hottest season takes place between November and February, reaching temperatures of over 30 degrees, whilst the coldest season occurs between May and August, dropping to below 15 degrees.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Kisolanza Farm: www.kisolanza.com
Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot showers, bar, restaurant, water not drinkable
Route: Mikumi to Kisolanza +/- 280 km
Travel Time: +/- 5-6 hours

Included Tour Highlights: Dinner in a local Masai restaurant

Day 13: Nkhata Bay

We leave Tanzania behind and make our way down through the picturesque mountain passes today, travelling to our lakeshore campsite in Nkhata Bay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Mayoka Village http://www.mayokavillagebeachlodge.com/
Route: Iringa to Nkhata Bay +/- 690 km
Travel Time: +/- 12-13 hours plus a border crossing

Days 14-15: Nkhotakota Bay

Following our arrival in Nkhotakota Bay, we spend the next two days participating in the various Optional Activities on offer here, such as the Nkhotakota Pottery Training Workshop, walking safari into Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve or visit to Mbewa Village.

Lake Malawi is the third biggest in Africa and the eighth biggest in the world, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. The lake offers fantastic snorkelling and diving adventures and its tropical waters contain more species of fish than any other lake on earth. These fish support the locals who rely on the lake for survival, using mokoros (dug-out canoes) to set out massive nets. There is a massive variety of different ethnic groups dwelling in this area and as a result, there are plenty of dialects to be learned and spoken. Majority of these groups are Christians due to the countless missionaries who passed through the area, whilst the remainder have maintained their traditional belief systems.

David Livingstone arrived at Lake Malawi in 1895 whilst he was attempting to put a stop to the awful slave trades taking place. He returned in 1861 accompanied by seven missionaries who established a mission station in the southern area of the lake, but some contracted malaria and other various illnesses as well as suffered from conflict with slave-drivers. The surviving missionaries soon withdrew to Zanzibar. Livingstone came back again in 1866 as part of his journey to discover the source of the Nile. In 1869 he travelled north and was subsequently out of contact for almost two years. Found by journalist Henry Stanley on the banks of Lake Tanganyika in 1871, Livingstone was uttered the famous phrase from Stanley: “Dr Livingstone, I presume.” Livingstone then carried out his mission, eventually dying at a village called Chitombo in Zambia in 1873.

The death of this remarkable explorer revived the desire in other missionaries to come to Malawi and, after they finally finished setting up missions in various malaria-ridden areas, they constructed a malaria-free mission in the highlands of the eastern escarpment, aptly named Livingstonia. This particular mission is still operational today and is open to visitors willing to embark on a strenuous hike in order to reach it. Because of the relative difficulty of this 6-8 hour trek to the mission, you should be sure to partake in it only if you feel you are truly fit enough to brave the steep slopes and boiling temperatures.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camp: Nkhotakota Pottery Lodge http://www.nyasalodges.com/nklodges.html
Facilities: Hot Showers, Bar and Restaurant
Route: Nkhata Bay to Nkhotakota Bay +/- 220 km
Travel Time: +/- 5-6 hours
Activity Package: Slave Trade and Historical Tour

Day 16: Lilongwe

We pay a visit to the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre today – the only sanctuary in Malawi for rescued, orphaned and wounded wild animals. The Centre is situated within 180 hectares of stunning woodland, Lilongwe’s only protected wilderness.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Barefoot Lodge campsite: www.barefoot-safaris.com/index_files/BarefootLodge.htm
Facilities: Shared ablutions
Route: Nkhotakota to Lilongwe +/- 380 km
Travel Time: +/- 6-7 hours
Included Tour Highlights: Visit to Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
Optional Activities: City tour

Day 17: Zambia – South Luangwa National Park

In the early morning we travel from Malawi and make our way into Zambia, carrying on to the South Luangwa National Park where we spend the following two evenings on the riverbanks. You can frequently spot hippos and other wildlife from the camp’s bar. In the afternoon we embark on an included sunset game drive through the beautiful South Luangwa National Park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Wildlife Campsite: www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com
Facilities: Water not drinkable, shared ablutions
Route: Lilongwe to South Luangwa National Park +/- 330km
Travel Time: +/- 10-11 hours
Activity Package: South Luangwa National Park sunset game drive

Day 18: South Luangwa National Park

You will have a chance to embark on one more game drive this morning. The Park is renowned for its large population of leopard and hippos. Following lunch, we pay a visit to the community-run tribal textile project as well as a charming local village.

Located in eastern Zambia, the South Luangwa National Park is a world famous wildlife sanctuary that is well-known for its beautiful walking safaris. There is a large population of Thorneycroft’s Giraffe, as well as herds of elephant and buffalo. The Luangwa River sustains plenty of crocodile and hippo. Established as a game reserve in 1983, the area was declared a National Park in 1972 and presently covers over 9000 square kilometres. Hippopotami flourish in this Park due to the areas of flooded grassland habitats that are situated nearby to the river, on which they happily graze during the evenings. We may be able to spot pods of over 500 hippos during the dry season as this is when the river dries up and leaves them restricted to areas of deep pools.

On average, there are most likely up to 42 hippos per kilometre. These magnificent creatures are crucial to the Park’s ecosystem as their excrement released into the river fertilises the waters and supports the fish population which, in turn, sustains the crocodiles. The South Luangwa National Park is also believed to contain the largest population of leopard throughout the entire African continent. It is estimated that there is one leopard for every kilometre of river in the Luangwa Valley. Therefore, the possibility of spotting this elusive and majestic nocturnal creature is fairly high.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per Tent: Wildlife Camp: www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com
Activity Package: Village and textile visit
Optional Activities: Morning game drive, Game walk inside park

Day 19: Chipata

We depart from South Luangwa today and journey through to Chipata where we spend the afternoon unwinding. Zambia is authentically African, boasting lush, subtropical plant life.

With a population of approximately 75,000, Chipata is the eastern province of Zambia’s capital. As we journey from Lilongwe to Chipata, Malawi, you will notice a constant stream of people and transport carrying in supplies that are not always available in African areas. You will also spot vibrant fruit and vegetable markets as well as a surprising amount of ornate mosques due to the enormous community of Muslims.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Route: South Luangwa NP to Chipata +/- 120 km
Travel Time: +/- 6-8 hours (due to bad road conditions)

Day 20: Lusaka

Our travels to the lively capital of Lusaka leads us along a fascinating path. On weekdays there might be a chance to pay a visit to one of the intriguing local markets of the area.

The capital and biggest city of Zambia, Lusaka has two primary spoken languages – English and Nyanja. It is situated in the southern region of the central plateau of Zambia at a height of 1300 metres and has a population of approximately 1.7 million. With one of the most rapidly developing city centres in Africa, Lusaka is situated in a prolific farming region and is Zambia’s administrative, financial and commercial centre. It is believed that with proper and effective economic improvements, Lusaka (as well as Zambia as a whole) will advance significantly. Lusaka is home to a varied community of foreigners, many of whom work in the aid industry, as well as diplomats, representatives of religious societies and several business people. Lusaka was named after its headman which was situated at Manda Hill; close by to where the National Assembly building now stands. The area was extended by European settlers in 1905 with the construction of the railway.

During 1935, Lusaka was selected to replace Livingstone as the capital of the British colony of northern Rhodesia, due to its relatively central location on the railway. After the union of northern and southern Rhodesia in 1953, Lusaka became the heart of the independence movement, resulting in the formation of the Republic of Zambia. Zambia became the 9th African state to gain independence from the British colonialists in 1964, following which President Kaunda came to power, with Lusaka as the country’s capital.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Eureka Camp http://www.eurekacamp.com
Facilities: Hot showers, shared ablutions, swimming pool, bar, water not drinkable
Route: Chipata to Lusaka +/- 567 km
Travel Time: +/- 10-14 hours (due to bad road conditions)

Days 21-23: Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls

Today we journey from Lusaka and make our way across the border of Zimbabwe into Victoria Falls.

At 1700 metres wide and 108 metres high, Victoria Falls is said to be the biggest falls in the world. According to popular belief, Scottish explorer David Livingstone was the very first European to stand witness to the mighty Victoria Falls and wrote: “It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so wonderful must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” The local name of Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’, is used as the official name in Zambia. Because of its enormous power and size, the Falls are embellished with countless mythologies. It is believed by the local Tonga people of Zambezi that a river god, Nyaminyami, lives in the water in the shape of a gigantic snake.

The Zambezi River flooded thrice when the Kariba Dam was constructed in the 1950s, causing numerous deaths and much devastation. The locals believe that Nyaminyami became angry with the building of the Dam and thus was the entity that caused the horrendous floods. The peculiar form of Victoria Falls allows its entire width to be seen face-on from as near as 60 metres to the Falls due to the Zambezi River dropping into a deep and narrow slot-like fissure connected to a lengthy sequence of ravines. There are very few waterfalls in the world that permit this close of an approach on foot.

The Falls are created by the entire width of the river plummeting in a solitary vertical drop into a 120 metre wide chasm, whittled by the cascading waters along a breakage area in the basalt plateau. The chasm called the First Gorge varies from 80 metres deep at its west end to 108 metres in its centre. The only opening to the First Gorge is though a gap 110 metres wide, approximately two-thirds of the way across the width of the Falls from the western end, through which the entire volume of the river spills into the gorges of the Victoria Falls. Two islands, Boaruka and Livingstone, are situated on the peak of the Falls. They are big enough to divide the sheet of water, even at full flood. At less than full flood, other islands perform the task of dividing the curtain of water into dispersed parallel streams. The main streams are known as Leaping Water, Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls (the tallest) and the Eastern Cataract.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel http://www.victoria-falls-rainbow-hotel.com
Route: Lusaka to Victoria Falls +/-570 km
Travel Time: +/- 7-8 hours plus a border crossing
Activity Package: Vic Falls National Park Entry
Optional Activities: Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Lion Encounter, Dinner out, Elephant Encounter, Helicopter Flights, Full Day White Water Rafting

Day 24: Botswana – Chobe National Park

We leave the Falls behind and travel towards Kasane today. Upon our arrival at Kasane, we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River and take our time to settle down. In the afternoon we enjoy a wonderful sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River, where we will spot elephants, hippo, crocodiles, eland and many other wildlife species that have made Chobe their home.

Optional Activities: Chobe National Park game drive
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Thebe River Safaris

Day 25: Nata

We wake up early in the morning and travel towards Nata. We stay here for the night and prepare for the 3-day Delta excursion. You will also have the chance to participate in a 3-hour Game Drive to Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Camp: Nata Lodge or Pelican Lodge http://www.natalodge.com http://www.pelicanlodgebotswana.com/
Facilities: Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar and Shared Ablutions
Route: Kasane to Nata +/- 320km
Travel Time: 4-5 hours
Activity Package: Visit to the Nata Pans

Day 26: Maun

Today we will travel towards Maun, which is the main entrance to the Okavango Delta, and in the afternoon we will pack the minimum for a two night excursion. There may be a chance this afternoon to go to the local crocodile farm or to take a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta.

Optional Activity: Crocodile Farm visit, Scenic Flight (time permitting)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Sitatunga Camp

Days 27 – 28: Maun – Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve

Our 4×4 vehicle will take us in to the Delta today. The water level might be too high, under which circumstances we will take a boat. After our trip to the poling station, we catch up with members of a local community. We stay for two nights (Okavango Delta and Moremi) in the wilderness and if the water is level, we can use a mokoro (a traditional canoe) to glide along the narrow water channels of the Delta. We will go for some hikes as well try to spot some wild creatures in their natural habitats. On day 16 we make our way out of the delta on route to Moremi Game Reserve where we will spend time on a game drive.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Elephant Bush Camp and Delta Rain, Moremi

Day 29: Ghanzi

We wake up early in the morning for a drive towards Ghanzi today. We will set up our camping site, following which we will meet the local Bushmen community. In the afternoon we will get in touch with the Bushmen culture being entertained with some traditional Tribal Dancing. There are also some traditional bushman huts that you will have the chance to stay in for a nominal fee.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Ghanzi Trail Blazers: http

Day 30: Windhoek, Namibia

This day starts off with a long drive to the Namibian border and then on to Windhoek, in the heart of Namibia, where we will arrive in the early evening. Upon arrival in Windhoek, our guide will give us a short tour through the city in our vehicle. We will have the option to go to Joe’s Beer House to enjoy a hearty meal – definitely a feast for all the senses.

Optional Activities: Dinner out at a local restaurant
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Arebbusch Lodge http://www.arebbusch.com

Days 31- 33: Etosha National Park

After leaving the city we head into Namibia’s desolate northern area. En route, we spend time at a popular craft market where you can buy handmade gifts to take home as souvenirs. We reach the Etosha National Park and game drive through to our camping site for tonight. On the second day, there is more terrific game spotting on our way to our next campsite. Etosha National Park provides some of the most exclusive game viewing experiences in Africa. We will have several game drives here and spend our nights at the where we will have the opportunity to take some fantastic pictures.

Optional Activities: Night or Dawn Game Drives in safari vehicles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Halali and/or Okaukuejo

Day 34: Outjo

Today we leave Etosha behind and travel towards Outja, our destination for the night. We will have our last game drive through the park in the morning, the afternoon is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Camp: Etotongwo http://www.etotongwelodge.com
Facilities: Swimming Pool, Bar, Internet, Drinkable Water, Restaurant and Hot Showers (sometimes)
Route: Etosha to Outjo +/- 90km
Travel Time: +/- 1-2 hours

Day 35: Himba Tribe

Our journey goes on towards Kamanjab. Today we will be able to experience life within a Himba group. The Himba are pastoral individuals and primarily reproduce livestock or goats. They are quickly recognisable by their unique outfit designs. The Himba have been incredibly persistent about maintaining the origins of their lifestyle, but they are also very curious about guests visiting their homes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Bush Camp: Igowati http://www.igowatilodge.com
Route: Outjo to Khorixas +/- 135km
Travel Time: +/- 3-4 hours
Activity Package: Himba Tribe Visit

Day 36: Swakopmund

Today we enter Swakopmund and spend our time exploring this German colonial town. You can also choose to book one of the plenty Optional Activities available here (own expense). At night, there is an optional dinner at a local restaurant where you can try many different types of local dishes.

Optional Activities: Quad biking, Sand boarding, Sky Diving, Scenic Flights, Dinner etc.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Gruner Kranz Courtyard http://www.grunerkranz.com

Day 37: Swakopmund

This day gives you the opportunity to participate on multiple adventurous activities. Most activities include a pick up and drop off service to/from your hostel. You can also spend your time at the internet café or wandering through the streets doing some shopping. Available excursions include sand boarding, quad biking, skydiving, kayaking, hot air ballooning or scenic flights over the vast Namib Desert.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Gruner Kranz Courtyard http://www.grunerkranz.com

Day 38: Sesriem

We depart from Swakopmund today and head southwards, to the gorgeous Namib Desert.

We will be accompanied by a local expert on a guided stroll through the desert as well as get taught more about the exclusive desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen managed survive in these harsh desert circumstances. In the evening, we will enjoy a nice dinner around the campfire, watching the stars and listening to the sounds of the surrounding wildlife, on occasion hearing the noises of the jackals and barking geckos.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Camp: Hammerstein http://www.hammersteinlodge.com/

Day 39: Sossusvlei Dunes

This will be the earliest morning wake-up of our entire trip. We will wake before dawn for one of the highlights of the tour, climbing up Dune 45 to watch the rising sun. After our stroll, we will get the opportunity to explore Sossusvlei and unwind at our camping site before taking a short walk into Sesriem Canyon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Camp: Hammerstein http://www.hammersteinlodge.com/

Day 40: Fish River Canyon

Today we head south to the Fish River Canyon, where we walk along the rim to watch the incredible sunset. (It is possible that you may see the sunrise at the canyon during the next morning instead, due to the road conditions or time of year you are travelling).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Camp: Ais Ais http://www.aiaisresort.com/

Day 41: Gariep / Orange River

We wake up early and, on our final day in Namibia, we will travel south to the border of South Africa at the Gariep/Orange River. Our campsite is located on the banks of the Orange River, on the South African side. In the afternoon there is a chance for you to canoe down the River or for you to take your time relaxing at the campsite and going for a swim.

Optional Activities: Gariep /Orange River canoeing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Camp: Felix Unite http://http://www.felixunite.com/accommodation_namibia/group_camping

Day 42: Citrusdal

Today we embark on a long drive to the Northern Cape’s fruit producing region in the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Camp: Highlanders Campsite http://www.highlanderssa.co.za 
Activity Package: Wine Tasting and Traditional Dinner

Day 43: Cape Town

On our last day on tour, we visit the Mother City of South Africa, Cape Town. Along the route we visit !Kwa ttu where we are treated to a San guided tour and museum visit. After the excursion, we will have a prepared lunch and then continue on through to Cape Town, stopping at Table View for an outstanding view of Table Mountain from the other side of the bay. This is the spot from which the most photographs of Table Mountain are taken.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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