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47 Days Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland

R43,150

+ Single Supplement ZAR 4930

+ Optional Gorilla Trekking USD 630 - 730


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Tour Style Camping
Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya
Starts Nairobi
Ends Johannesburg
Group Size Max 18
Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
 

 

47 Days Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland Tour Overview

Departing from Nairobi
Ends in
Johannesburg

Included

  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport per itinerary

Excluded

  • International Airfares
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Visa costs
  • Border taxes
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • All optional activities and Activity Packages
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities
  • Sleeping bag if needed
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks - Alcohol, Soft Drinks, Bottled Water
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Other items of a personal nature

SKU: CAM04691
 

47 Days Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland Itinerary

Day 1 - 2

Nairobi – Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

We leave Nairobi today and travel to the Masai Mara Reserve – a vast region rife with incredible wildlife that allows for spectacular photographic opportunities. The Masai Mara is famous for being the Greatest Wildlife Reserve of Africa, renowned for its profusion of lion, the Great Wildebeest Migration and the Masai people who are well-known for their distinguishing customs and dressing styles. The Masai Mara is by far one of Africa’s most popular and beautiful safari destinations.

The Masai Mara spreads over 1530 square kilometres of land and is bound by the Serengeti Park at the south, the Siria slopes to the west and the Masai pastoral ranches to the north, east and west. The reserve’s landscape is mainly vast savannah grassland with occasional rivers that come and go according to the seasons. The Great Migration is one of the most remarkable natural phenomenons of the world, encompassing around 1.5 million wildebeest, 360,000 Thomson’s gazelle and approximately 191,000 zebras. These various travelling animals are shadowed closely on their yearly circular course by a wide assortment of ravenous predators, namely lions and hyena.

All animals comprising Africa’s Big 5 can be spotted in the Masai Mara, though the number of black rhino is extremely threatened with a population of a mere 37 (recorded in 2000). Hippo can be found in big gatherings in the Masai Mara and in the Talek rivers. Cheetah are also found, but their population too is threatened. In addition to this, more than 450 species of bird have been identified in the Park, including marabou storks, secretary birds, hornbills, crowned crane, ostriches, long-crested eagles and African pygmy-falcons.

Accommodation: Camp: Masai Mara Camp
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Nairobi to Masai Mara ±240 km
Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion

Masai Mara National Park

Day 3

Masai Mara – Lake Nakuru, Kenya

An early rise allows us to enjoy our last game drive before we depart from the Masai Mara and journey north to Lake Nakuru where we devote our afternoon to game driving. First established as a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru was developed into a National Park in 1968. Here, white rhino roam frequently through the savannah area that surrounds the lake, providing us with incredible photo opportunities.

Lake Nakuru National Park got its name from the alkaline lake that surrounds it. Nakuru means ‘dry or dusty place’ in the Masai language. Though the Park was initially created as a bird sanctuary, it is now inhabited by an immense number of various animal species, including the Big Four – lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo (unfortunately the Park is not home to any elephants). Famous for its enormous flocks of flamingos that gather around the edges of its shores due to the abundance of algae in the waters, Lake Nakuru is also a haven for black and white rhino and, as of recent, has been extended in order to provide protection for these majestic, endangered creatures.

Accommodation: Camp: Kivu Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions (Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered)
Route: Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru National Park ±220 km
Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion

Day 4

Jinja, Uganda

We say goodbye to Lake Nakuru and make our way towards the border into Uganda’s second largest city – Jinja. It is famous for being located on the shores of Lake Victoria where the Nile begins the 6695 km journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean.

Originally a fishing village that profited from being situated on long-distance trading courses, Jinja was established as a city in 1901 by the British as an administrative centre for the Provincial Government Headquarters for the Busoga area. This took place around the same time that Lake Victoria’s significance in transport heightened due to the Uganda Railway joining Kisumu – a Kenyan town located on the lake with Mombasa on the Indian Ocean, 1,400 kilometres away. Jinja was enabled to increase its size due to cotton-packing, nearby sugar estates and access to the railway. In 1906 a street layout was established and Indian traders began to inhabit the area from around 1910.

At one point in time, Jinja contained a massive East Indian community up until they were forced out of Uganda by Idi Amin in 1971/1972. Most of the architecture in Jinja is Indian-influenced, though the intricate shop-fronts and buildings were not maintained well after the departure of the Indians. Local industrial concerns also fell. The majority of the East Indians who are presently heading back to Uganda have decided to construct businesses once more.

Accommodation: Camp: Eden Rock Resort
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Lake Nakuru to Jinja ±430 km
Included Highlight: Crossing of the Equator

Day 5

Kampala – Masindi – Murchison National Park, Uganda

Today we meet our guides in Kampala and head to Murchison Falls National Park. The falls area is also known as the Kabaraga Falls and is found on the course of the great Nile. It is one of the largest National Parks in Uganda. Once you have settled into your surroundings, the guide will fill you in on the next day’s activities.

Accommodation: Camp: Kabalega Resort Hotel
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Jinja to Masindi to Murchinson National Park ±330 km

Day 6

Masindi – Budongo Central Forest Reserve, Uganda

Today you will participate in a Chimpanzee trekking in the Budongo Forest, the biggest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa. This is home to the largest number of chimpanzees in Uganda. A game drive will take you through the forest where you can spot other wildlife.

Note: If there are more than 12 guests on the tour, the group will be split into two between the morning and the evening. We ask that you please allow for flexibility.

Accommodation: Camp: Kabalega Resort Hotel
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Activity Package: Chimp trekking (half day)
Included Highlight: Game drive (half day), visit to Murchison Falls lookout

Day 7

Kampala, Uganda

Today you are given the opportunity to participate in any activities if you have not had the chance to partake in them previous days. Then we head to Kampala where you have leisure time in the afternoon in the bustling city of Kampala.

Accommodation: Camp Sky Hotel International
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route:Masindi to Kampala ±210 km
Activity Package: Ziwa Rhino walk
Optional Activity: Dinner Out

Day 8

Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi), Uganda

A small, but beautiful lake with steep banks and plentiful birdlife, Lake Bunyonyi is circled by mountains and is most famous for its abundant otter population and picturesque surrounds. We take this day to unwind in this stunning spot the evening prior to our final drive to the gorillas.

Lake Bunyonyi, or ‘place of many little birds’, is situated on the Rwandan border. At 25 kilometres long and 7 kilometres wide, the Lake spreads over 61 square kilometres, whilst it’s depth is said to deviate between 44 and 900 metres. It is one of the rare lakes in the area that is bilharzia-free and safe for swimming. All 29 of its islands are clustered in the central part of the region.

Accommodation: Camp: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kampala to Lake Bunyonyi ±420 km
Gorilla (Lake Bunyonyi)

Day 9 - 10

Gorillas (Lake Bunyoni), Uganda

The mountain gorilla is an extremely endangered animal and though the precise numbers of its population vary, it is largely believed that there are just around 650 of the gentle giants remaining. Paying a visit to the gorillas is a lovely way to support their future on earth as the money you spend on your gorilla permit goes toward their protection. A crucial part of conserving the gorillas that are still left lies within the community development work. As local communities adjust their attitudes toward nature and wildlife, and begin to protect rather than poach, the future of the beautiful mountain gorilla is guaranteed.

Because permits granted to visit the gorillas are extremely limited, we will require some flexibility on both our travel itinerary and the location where will actually get to see them. The mountain gorillas reside in man-made borders, therefore, their inhabitance range includes Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC. Whenever it is possible, we will be making use of the National Park in Uganda, but this is dependent upon the availability of permits. If we do not manage to obtain permits to go on our Gorilla Trek, then all passengers will be told beforehand that our journey will travel to Rwanda or the DRC.

On our free day spent in Bunyonyi, we will have the chance to partake in some Optional Activities. You can also opt to go hiking or to explore the region on mountain bike.

PLEASE NOTE: Although there are 2 days allocated to Gorilla Trekking you will only spend one day on the trek. The other day is there to provide a large enough window in which to obtain permits and to allow the entire group to trek if there are more than 6 of you on the tour.

Accommodation: Camp: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort or similar
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Lake Bunyonyi National Park to the starting point of the gorilla trek ±125 km (in safari or smaller vehicles)
Activity Package: Pygmy village visit (including motor boat transfer)
Optional Activity: Gorilla Trekking

Day 11

Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala, Uganda

Today we head back from the Gorilla Trekking at Lake Bunyoni to Kampala. You will be briefed in the following days activities so that you can plan the day tomorrow. The evening is spent enjoying an optional dinner out.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Sky Hotel or similar
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Lake Buyonyi to Kampala ±420 km
Optional Activity: Dinner out Kampala

Day 12

Jinja, Uganda

We arrive at lunch time in Jinja and have the afternoon to enjoy in some outdoor activities such as  swimming, quad biking, kayaking and rafting.

Accommodation: Camp: Eden Rock Resort 
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kampala to Jinja ±230 km

Day 13

Kenya – Eldoret, Kenya

On our way back to Kenya, we stop by the country’s 5th biggest city, Eldoret. The presiding geographical characteristic of this area remains the Great Rift Valley whilst the altitude of Eldoret varies from 2,100 to 2,700 metres above sea level.

Eldoret is a Kenyan town established by Afrikaners in 1910. The town was initially known to the locals as 64 or Sisibo due to it being set up at the 64th mile post on the wagon course from Londiani.  In the year 1908, the entire region of Eldoret has been settled by Afrikaans speaking South Africans who journeyed there from Nakuru following a trek from South Africa by sea and by rail from Mombasa. Briefly following this, further settlers and traders of European and Asian descent started to arrive. When the governor chose to set up an administrative centre in 1912, the town became officially known as ‘Eldoret’.

The town, becoming an administrative centre, resulted in a massive increase in trade within the potential city. As an outcome of this, a bank and a few shops were constructed. Eldoret is the hometown of many well-known Kenyan runners, the most famous of whom is Kipchoge Keino. The elevation of Eldoret makes for a prime training ground for plenty of middle and long distance sportsmen. The athletes from this town have contributed immensely to Eldoret’s economy by sharing their winnings from races won all around the world.

Accommodation: Camp: Naiberi River Camp
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Jinja to Eldoret ± 290 km
Border Post Kenya: Busia 09256 454 3482, Uganda: Malaba

Day 14 - 17

Nairobi, Kenya

Arriving in Nairobi in the late afternoon. Most travellers choose to spend the evening at Nairobi’s restuarants spending time with travellers who are leaving the trip.

Over the next 3 days in Nairobi you can spend your day exploring the city and surrounding areas. This could include visiting the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (which is an orphanage for baby elephants). One can also spend time creating beautiful jewellery by beading at Kazuri Beads or other crafts. This endeavour also supports the surrounding community financially. On the 4th day you can choose to come face to face with giraffes and get the opportunity to feed them and touch them. A truly unique experience.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Sentrim Boulevard Hotel
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Optional Activity: Dinner at Local Restaurant, Nairobi National Park, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Giraffe Centre

Day 18

Arusha, Tanzania

We leave the lively capital of Kenya today and make our way into Tanzania. 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.

Those not participating in the Serengeti Excursion will be free to enjoy a variety of optional day tours and this can be booked upon arrival in Arusha.

*Please note that this activity could either take place on this day or after the Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

Accommodation: Camp: Ndoro Lodge (no website available)
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Nairobi to Arusha  ±290 km
Travel Time: +-4-5 hours plus border crossing
Border Post: Tanzania: Namanga, no telephone number, Open: 24hrs    Kenya: Namanga, Tel: +254 455 32002, Open: 24 hrs

Day 19 - 21

Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Excursion, Tanzania

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. 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.

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. We will kick off our first game drive upon our arrival.

The campsites are owned by Tanzania National Parks Board and over 90.000 tourists frequently visit this park and some of the facilities are not sufficiently maintained. Attempts have been made to improve the situation, but these have not been sustained. Please keep an open mind when using the ablution facilities in the Serengeti National Park. You will need to provide your own toilet paper and wet wipes.

If you are not taking part in the Serengeti Expedition, you will remain at the accommodation provided. Enjoy the opportunity to take in the local cultures around you. You can partake in some of the optional activities such as Lake Manyara game drives, day hiking & village tours and many more various day trips.

The following entire day will be spent game driving through the Serengeti as we track animals through the savannah. The route will be determined by the movement of the game and sightings.

On the last day of our excursion we explore more of the Serengeti before we head to the famous Ngorongoro Crater where our trucks will drive down to the very bottom of the crater where there is plenty of game viewing.

Accommodation: Seronera Campsite, Simba Campsite or similar
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Arusha to Serengeti National Park ± 250 km
Optional Activity: Serengeti 4-day camping Excursion (min 4 people)

For more information on the Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater Camping Excursion please click here

ngorongoro safari overland

Day 22

Arusha, Tanzania

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 while enjoying a meal in camp this evening.

Accommodation: Camp Ndoro Camp (no website available)
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Serengeti National Park to Arusha ± 250 km

Day 23

Bagamoyo, Tanzania

From Arusha we head south towards Bagamoyo, who’s name means “lay down your heart” and goes back to the days of slavery. Today is a travel day where you will experience the markets, villages and magnificent views that give life to the rural Africa. Our accommodation for the night is the Bagamoyo Travellers Lodge and we prepare for the following days Zanzibar Excursion.

Accommodation: Camp: Bagamoyo Travellers Lodge or similar
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Arusha to Bagamoyo ± 550 km

Day 24 - 26

Nungwi – Stone Town (Zanzibar Excursion)

We wake up early today in order to make our way to Dar es Salaam, where we will board a local ferry that carries us from Dar to Zanzibar. We are transferred to the island’s north region where we will spend time unwinding on the sun-kissed beaches.

While you are staying in Zanzibar we encourage you to explore, snorkel, scuba dive or go on sunset cruises.

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 (Ramadaan), 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 is comprised of 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 boasting 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, and its historic centre known as Stone Town is a World Heritage Site.

The main industries of Zanzibar are spices, raffia and tourism. 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.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Amaan Bungalows , Ocean View Hotel , or similar
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Bagamoyo to Nungwi (Zanzibar) , Nungwi Beach to Stone Town ± 60-67 km
Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion plus Ferry
Included Highlight: Spice Tour and City Tour
Optional Activities: Fishing, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Turtle Sanctuary Visit, Village Tours, Jozani Forest and more

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.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Kariakoo Hotel
Facilities:  Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered

Zanzibar

Day 27

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

We explore the ancient area of Stone Town today before 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. Enjoy an optional dinner out this evening.

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 (‘healthy town’) in 1859, and in 1866 the city was given its current name by Sultan Seyyid Malid of Zanzibar.

After Malid’s death in 1870, Dar began to rapidly deteriorate, but in 1887, it was revived when the German East Africa Company constructed a station in the city. The development of the town was due to its key role as the administrative and commercial centre of German East Africa as well as the industrial growth that resulted in the establishment of the Central Railway Line in the early 1900s.

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.

Accommodation: Kariakoo Hotel
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam ±60-70 km
Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion
Included Highlight: Stone Town included in Zanzibar Excursion
Optional Activity: Dinner Out

Day 28

Mikumi, Tanzania

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.

Accommodation: Camp: Asante Afrika Camp
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Dar es Salaam to Mikumi ± 195 km

Day 29

Iringa, Tanzania

Starting the day early this morning we enjoy a game drive in the Mikumi National Park before journeying further inland making our way up to Iringa situated in the southern highland tea plantation region of Tanzania. Tonight we eat in a fantastic local 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 has 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.

Accommodation: Camp: Kisolanza Farm
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Mikumi to Iringa ± 360 km
Activity Package: Mikumi National Park Game Drive

Day 30

 Lake Malawi – Malawi, Tanzania

We leave Tanzania behind and make our way to Malawi. Passing through the picturesque mountains and tea plantations in the highlands, travelling to our campsite for the next three nights.

Accommodation: Camp: Maji Zuwa
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Iringa to Chilumba ± 560 km
Border Post: Malawi: Songwe (no telephone), Open: 06h00-18h00 Tazaia: Chizuulu, Tel: +   , Ope: h-18h00

Day 31 - 32

Lake Malawi, Tanzania

The next two days are spent enjoying the magnificent views and sounds of Lake Malawi. You could laze around at the pool at your accommodation, snorkel or swim in Lake Malawi. You may be able to book a full day hike to the Livingstonia Mission.

The following morning we make time to visit Karonga. The town is the centre of Malawi’s slave trade. Home to magnificent museums boasting displays of dinosaurs and the rich history of people and the world.

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 past 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.

Accommodation: Camp: Maji Zuwa
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Included Highlight: Karonga Town and Museum Visit
Optional Activity: Snorkelling, Livingstonia day trip (hike), Community Volunteering
Lake Malawi

Day 33

Lake Malawi, Tanzania

Our lodging for tonight is situated on the peaceful shores of Lake Malawi, Ngala Beach. Enjoy an afternoon of swimming and snorkelling in the clear, calm waters of the lake.

Accommodation: Camp: Ngala Beach Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Chilumba to Nkhotakota Region
Route: ±375 km

Day 34

Zambia – South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

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.

Accommodation: Camp: Wildlife Camp
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Nkhotakota Region to South Luangwa National Park ±305 km
Activity Package: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park

Day 35

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

You have a full day to explore the park and its huge varieties of wildlife within it. You will have a chance to embark on one more optional morning safari or one of the walking safaris this morning. The Park is renowned for its large population of leopard and hippos. Following lunch, we embark on a Sunset Game drive in the park. Our day is seperated into a day and night drive with an enjoyable sundowner break in between. An amazing opportunity presents itself when we are able to see the animals we are unable to spot during the day.

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 are plenty of Thorneycroft’s Giraffe as well as large herds of elephant and buffalo, whilst the Luangwa River is home to 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.

Note: Tribal textile production department is closed from December to March, but the textile shop is open all year around.

Accommodation: Camp: Wildlife Camp
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Activity Package: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
Optional Activity: Safari Walk (seasonal) or Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa

Day 36

Petauke, Zambia

We depart from South Luangwa today, we stop at Tribal Textiles. The area Chipata is a huge producer of Cotton and we get to experience the creativity of African culture. A workshop (March to December) is available for those who would like to enjoy and see how the beautiful fabrics are crafted. Our camp this evening will be in the quaint town of Petuake. Purely African, Zambia is somewhat of an adjustment to the more western ways of Southern Africa.

Accommodation: Camp: Chimwemwe Executive Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: South Luangwa National Park to Petauke ±185 km
Included Highlight: Textile project visit (full tour available March to December)

Day 37

Lusaka, Zambia

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. Historically, Lusaka was once the site of a village named after its headman, Lusaka, 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.

Accommodation: Camp: Eureka Camp 
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Petauke to Lusaka ±403 km

Day 38 - 39

Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today we journey from Lusaka and make our way across the border of Zimbabwe into Victoria Falls where we will arrive in the late afternoon. You can look forward to an optional dinner with your fellow travellers.

*Please note that it is possible that your crew and truck will change today.  Please report to the hotel reception to meet your crew for your 07:00 departure.

The following day we visit the remarkable Victoria Falls where you will be staying the night. Viewing the mighty Zambezi River dropping into the Batoka Gorge below. A variety of optional activities are on offer for those wanting to experience an adrenaline dosage this afternoon.

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.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offer
Route: Lusaka to Victoria Falls ± 570 km, Victoria Falls to Kasane  ± 100 km
Activity Package: Victoria Falls National Park Entry
Optional Activities: Bungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner Experience, Dinner Cruise and more

Victoria Falls

Day 40

Victoria Falls – Kasane, Botswana

We leave Victoria Falls and make our way towards Kasane. On arrival we set up camp along the Chobe River.   Lunch is served from the truck and the afternoon is spent exploring the national game reserve. Chobe National Park is a massive game reserve reknown for its elephants and hippos that explore the river, swamps and woodlands. You can take advantage of photographic opportunities this afternoon on a picturesque boat cruise through the park in search of these large animals and this evening we enjoy dinner around a campfire.

Accommodation: Camp Thebe River Safaris
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Victoria Falls to Kasane ±100 km
Activity Package: Chobe National Park Game Drive and Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
Border Post: Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00. Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50330, Open: 06h00- 20h00.

Day 41

Kasane – Caprivi Region, Namibia

Rising early to enjoy a game drive in the Chobe National Park before leaving Kasane. We travel through to the gateway to the Okavango Delta. We enter Namibia  and set up camping on the pan handle of the delta. Here we will prepare for our two night outing into the Delta.

The rivers that run into the Okavango Delta have to way in which to reach the sea, so instead irrigate around 15,000 square kilometres of Kalahari Desert, creating the world’s biggest inland delta, and the only one of its kind.

Accommodation: Camp: Rainbow River Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Kasane to Rainbow River Lodge ± 435 kms
Border Post: Namibia: Ngoma Border Post, B8, In Ngoma, Zambezi (Caprivi), +264(0)66 250 601 Open: 07:00-18:00 (GMT+2)

Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay behind during the Delta Excursion for the next two days.

Day 42- 43

Caprivi Region – Okavango Delta, Botswana

We make our back to Botswana this morning and enter the gateway to the Okavango Delta. On arriving at our camp we get ready for our afternoon cruise and sundowner drinks on the water. Throughout the time we spend in the Delta, we are introduced to the finest nature has to offer.

An early start the following day sees us head out on the waterways on our way to the larger islands for our nature walk, where we have the possibility of seeing some of the abundant wildlife and enjoy the activities on offer at the Delta.

We embark on several nature hikes and explore the Delta by means of mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe), depending on water levels. The Delta is remarkable and a truly memorable experience as the game here are not used to humans. Just sitting and unwinding frequently allows for spectacular bird or game viewing.

A maze of lagoons, lakes and concealed channels spreading over 17,000 square kilometres, the Okavango Delta is the world’s biggest inland delta. Originating in Angola, countless rivers merge to form the Cubango River which flows through Namibia, becoming the Kavango River and finally entering Botswana where it turns into the Okavango. Eons ago, the Okavango River flowed into a massive inland lake named Lake Makgadikgadi which is now known as the Makgadikgadi Pans. Tectonic activity disturbed the currents of the river, resulting in it backing up and thus creating what is now recognized as the Okavango Delta. This has formed a complex network of waterways that sustain a large variety of fauna and flora.

There are approximately 200,000 large mammals living in and around the Delta. On the mainland and amidst the Delta islands, lion, elephant, hyena, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and crocodile gather with an assortment of antelope and other smaller animals such as warthog, mongoose, spotted genet, monkey, bush baby and tree squirrel. Remarkably, the endangered African Wild Dog lives within the Okavango Delta, displaying one of the richest pack densities throughout Africa. The Delta is also home to over 400 species of bird including the majestic African Fish Eagle. Plenty of these creatures live in the Delta, but most simply pass through during their migrations with the summer rains to seek out renewed lush fields ready for grazing. During the beginning of winter, the countryside dries up and these animals head back to the Delta, making for spectacular game sightings as the massive numbers of prey and predators are forced together. Specific regions of the floodplains provide some of the most magnificent predator action seen anywhere in the entire world.

Accommodation: Camp: Jumbo Junction
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Rainbow River Lodge to Okavango Delta ±160 km
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
Border Post: Namibia: Mohembo Border, Divundi/Bangani, Zambezi (Caprivi) +264(0)66 259 902 Open: 06:00-18:00 (GMT+2)

Optional Activities: If you wish to participate in additional Mokoro rides or nature walks, apart from what is included in the activity package, please speak to your guide. Tips for Polers are appreciated by not compulsory.

Day 44

Okavango Delta – Maun, Botswana

We depart from the magnificent Delta and journey to Maun where we will spend the night. Spend the evening around the camp fire reflecting in the experiences in the Delta.

Accommodation: Camp: Delta Rain – Sitatunga or Island Safari Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Okavango Delta to Maun  ±485 km

Day 45 - 46

Maun – Central Kalahari – Kang

An optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta is available for those wanting to participate in activities before travelling to the central Kalahari. Home to the fascinating San people, we spend time getting to know the cultures and traditions of these people and your evening is spent experiencing first hand song, dance and story telling.

The following day we rise early and embark on a guided walk with our San guides, learning the many secrets of their survival in the Kalahari  Desert. We travel on the Trans-Kalahari highway and spend our second evening in a small village of Kang, the gateway to the Kalahari.

Accommodation: Dqae Qare San Lodge  or Ghanzi Trail Blazers , Kang Ultra Stop
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Maun to Ghanzi ±309km , Ghanzi to Kang ±262km
Included Highlight: San Evening Dance Performance
Optional Activity: Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta
Activity Package: Bush Walk with San Guides

Day 47

Kang – Johannesburg, South Africa

Leaving the Kalahari behind we make our way to the north western province where we will arrive in Belverde Estate in the afternoon. Following a lengthy, picturesque journey, we arrive in Johannesburg where your tour comes to an end. South Africa’s City of Gold has plenty to offer and should by no means be underestimated as a spectacular travel destination.

Johannesburg, or the City of Gold, is the biggest and most populated South African city and is the second biggest city in all of Africa (after Cairo). Gold was discovered in the mineral-rich Witwaterstrand in 1886 by George Harrison, an Australian prospector. This find began a massive gold rush as fortune-hunters flocked to the region from all parts of the world. A large labour force of contract workers quickly sprung to work in the mines, and within the span of just three years, Johannesburg transformed into South Africa’s biggest settlement. This city is now the economic and financial centre of the country and though mining no longer takes place within the bounds of the city, the headquarters of majority of mining businesses can be located here. Johannesburg is also renowned as the world’s biggest man-made forest, with more than ten million trees planted throughout the massive city.

Accommodation: Own Arrangements/post-tour accommodation can be booked through us
Route: Kang to Johannesburg ±680 km
Optional Activity: Traditional Braai at Belvedere Estate
Border Post: Botswana Pioneer Gate Tel: +267 533 3992, Open: 06h00 – 24h00 South Africa Skilpadshek Tel: +27 0800 00 7277, Open: 06h00 – 24h00

 

47 Days Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland Activities

The Activity Package of ZAR 29670 (optional on this trip) includes the following:

  • Bush walk with San guides ZAR100
  • Okavango Delta excursion ZAR5040
  • Chobe National Park boat cruise ZAR570
  • Chobe National Park game drive ZAR570
  • Vic Falls National Park entry ZAR540
  • South Luangwa National Park afternoon game drive ZAR1490
  • Mikumi National Park game drive ZAR1490
  • 3-Day Zanzibar excursion ZAR6420
  • Kenyan Park highlights excursion ZAR10250
  • Chimp Trekking Murchison Falls ZAR1750
  • Pygmy visit Kabale ZAR500
  • Ziwa Rhino walk ZAR950


Other Activities

  • Nile Cruises Uganda From $40 to $60
  • Nile River Rafting Half Day Uganda From $110 to $150
  • Canoe Rental Lake Bunyoni Uganda From $8 to $12
  • Pygmy Village Visit (per boat) Uganda From $80
  • Rhino Trekking Uganda From $45 to $55
  • Dinner Out Nairobi Kenya From $35 to $50
  • Tips for Guides Clients Discretion
  • Serengeti 4-day camping Excursion (min 4 people) Tanzania From ZAR8950
  • Ballooning over Serengeti National Park Tanzania From $540 to $560
  • Zanzibar Meals (per meal) Tanzania From $10 to $40
  • Swimming with Dolphins – Full Day (min. 2 people) Tanzania From $40 to $160
  • Spice Tour – Half Day (min. 2 people) Tanzania From $20 to $60
  • Scuba Diving – Per Dive Tanzania From $60 to $80
  • Mikumi National Park Game Drive (min 6 clients) Tanzania From $150 to $220
  • Safari Walk in South Luangwa National Park Zambia From $40 to $60
  • Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park Zambia From $60 to $80
  • Dinner Out Victoria Falls Zimbabwe From $20 to $50
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise Zimbabwe From $50 to $70
  • Bungee Jump – Solo Zimbabwe From $145 to $165
  • Helicopter Flights Zimbabwe From $150 to $170
  • White Water Rafting Zimbabwe From $150 to $160
  • Three hour photographic Boat Safari Botswana From $120
  • Tips for Polers Botswana Clients Discretion
  • Two hours Horseriding incl transfer (min 2 pax) Botswana From $80 to $100
  • Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta (7 seat plane – time permitting) Botswana From $425 to $600
  • Dinner Out Johannesburg South Africa From ZAR80 to ZAR150

 

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R43,150

+ Single Supplement ZAR 4930

+ Optional Gorilla Trekking USD 630 - 730


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+ Activity Package (Compulsory) ZAR 29670

+ Gorilla Trekking Permit (Optional) USD 630 - 730

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