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54 Day Cape Town to Nairobi and Gorillas Overland Adventure (Inclusive)

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Tour Style Camping
Countries Visited South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
Starts Cape Town
Ends Nairobi
Group Size 18 - 24
Age Range 18 - 39 Years

The 54 day Cape Town to Nairobi Overland camping adventure is one of the most popular routes and tours spanning from Southern to Eastern Africa.

 

 

Tour Overview

Departing from Cape Town
Ends in
Nairobi

Why Book this trip? This ultimate Africa Adventure tour spans 54 days from the bottom of Africa travelling through the highlights of Southern and East Africa. It is full of diverse cultures, wildlife and amazing landscapes. The tour includes all highlights in the tour price making it easy for budgeting and not carrying vast amounts of money.

  • Vehicle has air conditioning, usb charging and reclining seats

Highlights

  • Vehicle has air conditioning, usb charging and reclining seats
  • Experience game drives
  • Witness giant sand dunes and massive Victoria Falls
  • Photograph exotic wildlife
  • Ride in 4x4 safari vehicles and dug-out canoes
  • Meet mountain gorillas in Uganda
  • Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei Dunes, and Spitzkoppe
  • Etosha, Serengeti, and Lake Nakuru national parks
  • Okavango Delta overnight bush camping excursion
  • Ngorongoro Crater visit
  • Zanzibar excursion (3 days)
  • Guided chimp trek (Kalinzu Forest Reserve)

Included

  • Kande Beach Local Dinner, Kande Beach
  • Entrance to Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei Dunes, and Spitzkoppe
  • Entrances and wildlife safari drives in Etosha, Serengeti, and Lake Nakuru national parks
  • Damaraland Living Museum visit
  • Okavango Delta overnight bush camping excursion
  • Ngorongoro Crater visit
  • Zanzibar excursion (3 days)
  • Guided tour of spice plantation (Zanzibar)
  • Guided mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi with permits
  • Guided chimp trek (Kalinzu Forest Reserve)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 51 breakfasts, 45 lunches, 41 dinners (budget 200 USD - 300 USD for extra meals)
  • 2 Crew (head guide/cook and driver)
  • Simple hotels (5 nights), participation camping (40 nights), permanent tented camp (1 nights), full-service camping (2 nights), guesthouses (2 nights, multi-share), basic bush camping (2 nights), hostel (1 nights, multi-share)

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
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities
  • Sleeping bag if needed
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Other items of a personal nature

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Itinerary

Day 1

Cape Town

Upon your arrival in Cape Town, you will be transported to your hotel. Following a pre-departure meeting with your group, you should ensure that you have all necessary visas for the trip. You will then attend a welcome meeting, after which you are free to explore the Mother City. There is a wide range of activities in which to partake here, including the infamous Robben Island, the iconic Table Mountain, Cape Point or even wine tours around the stunning area of Stellenbosch (most definitely worth the drive). Franschoek offers incredible scenery and its surrounding areas provide a myriad of optional activities, including skydiving, abseiling, and cage diving, during which you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with majestic Great White sharks.

Spend time roaming through he city, admiring the architecture and basking in the glory of the beautiful gardens you can visit, such as the Botanical or Parliament Gardens.You could also spend time in the fantastic Cultural Historical Museum, Planetarium and various other museums and theatres.Cape Town got its name from the term ‘Cape of Good Hope’, and is a cosmopolitan city rich in history and extremely diverse cultures. The city boasts over three million residents and is the Western Cape’s capital. Look forward to spending time shopping, dining and enjoying various entertainments at the famous V&A Waterfront, which is a major tourist attraction. The Waterfront still acts as a working harbour and boasts more than 250 stores, an abundance of restaurants and cafes, as well as plenty of activities. Another thing you could do in Cape Town is enjoy a ‘Local Dinner’ in a private house located in an informal settlement, giving you a genuine community experience that allows visitors to reach deep inside the heart of the city. Choose from a wide range of local cuisine and pay a visit to families in their traditional township homes in order to get a sense of the ‘real’ South Africa. Any money spent here is funnelled into the community, enhancing the lifestyles of many Africans.

Day 2 - 3

Cederberg / Gariep River

On Day Two we make our way out of the city to start our adventure with a stopover in the Cederberg region. Here, we visit a local vineyard, do some wine tasting, play some football with the local children and spend time exploring the camp surrounds in this stunning area of South Africa.

On Day Three we make our way northward to the South Africa/Namibia border, taking a break on the South African side of the Orange. (Gariep) River. Following camp setup, we indulge in some early evening swimming, unwinding and maybe even some river canoeing. The Orange River is the main river of the country and, though being first discovered by indigenous folk, was only explored by Europeans in 1760, after which it was named ‘House of Orange’. In certain areas, the River is fantastic for diamond mining due to the fact that for thousands of years salt has rushed down the river path, creating diamonds in the riverbanks. These diamonds sometimes make their way to the ocean and even occasionally wash up on the coastlines.

Meals Included: 2X Breakfast, 2X Lunch, 2X Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 300 kms (Day One), +/- 350 kms (Day Two),
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours (Day One), 6.5 hours (Day Two)

Day 4

Fish River Canyon

We cross the border into Namibia today, so be sure to have your correct visa ready. We then travel through to the magnificent Fish River Canyon, the biggest in the continent and the second largest in the entire world. We spend some time exploring this area and, in the late afternoon, admire the dramatic sunset disappear behind the edge of the canyon. We spend the evening camping in the surrounding area.

The Fish River stretches 650 kms in length, making it Namibia’s longest river. Its source is located in the eastern Naukluft Mountains and runs southwest of Ai-Ais into the Oranje. The canyon itself is situated along the lower area of the Fish River, and is one of the most remarkable natural creations of Southern Africa. It runs 550 metres deep, 27 kilometres wide and is the oldest canyon in the world, formed around 500 million years back, with some of its bottom rocks aging up to about 2,600 million years. Cat fish can be found in the River and survive the arid seasons by digging into the mud and waiting for the water to return. The River is very slow moving and shallow, making it more like a stream. The levels of the water are usually highest from February to April, and the highest known temperature at the Canyon’s floor is 58 degrees Celsius.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 180 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours

Day 5 - 6

Namib Desert

We carry on northward today, passing the small and isolated towns of Bethanien and Helmeringhausen on the way to the Namib Desert. Upon your arrival in the early evening, spend some time admiring the massive scarlet sand dunes of Sossusvlei that create the gateway into the Desert. This is a truly remote, giving you a true sense of being alone with nature. Day Two is spent exploring the natural gems of this interesting environment. You will pay a visit to Sossusvlei – a giant clay pan encircled by the world’s tallest sand dunes, some of which reach heights of 300 metres. Here, you can embark on a guided stroll through the dunes and taking some free time for yourself. Be sure to make a stopover at the beautifully small Sesriem Canyon. ‘Namib’ comes from the Nama culture, with the name referring to a huge savannah located in the Desert. The region is extremely arid, receiving less than 100 millimetres of yearly rainfall.

The sand dunes are mostly formed from deposits that run down the Orange River. The most common dunes are Star Dunes, created by wind rushing from every direction. Barchan dunes are crescent shaped and formed when the wind blows mostly from one direction, whilst Linear dunes, created by two dominant southerly and easterly winds of central Namib, line up in a north-south direction. The Sesriem Canyon stretches 14 kilometres in length and was created by the Tsauchab River. As you roam canyons, you will embark on an adventure that  takes you back ten to twenty million years ago, when gravel and sand remains and were deposited and paved together by lime. The rim of the Canyon is home to an abundance of pigeons, pied crows and starlings. An incredible range of wildlife has adjusted to the living standards of this seemingly uninhabitable area, including lizards or black toc tokkie beetle. When exploring the Canyon, you will come across an easily accessible route that leads you down into its depths. You could even take a short swim in its cloudy pools, joined by small fish if the water level is high enough.

Meals Included: 2X Breakfast, 2X Lunch, 2X Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 560 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 10 hours

Day 7 - 8

Swakopmund

Today gives you the opportunity to truly explore the Namib Desert as you spend hours traversing across this barren are and crossing through a couple of arid mountain passes. Prior to your arrival in Swakopmund, you will travel past Walvis Bay – the only town on the Namibian shoreline that contains a deep-sea harbour. We spend two evening in this region, where you will have time to explore the town drenched in history, or taking part in some of the many exciting activities on offer, including dune boarding and a dolphin cruise. You can also spend time becoming acquainted with the local folk and strolling down the back streets, learning about the local culture on an interpreted guided tour.

Swakopmund is home to spectacular lunar landscapes, vibrant sunsets and strange prehistoric Welwitchia vegetation. The Topnaar people who dwell in the Swakop River valley got their name from the mud, flotsam and general debris floating down during the area during its rare floods, which reminded them of the loose movement of bowel evacuation. A military fort was constructed in the area in 1892, which marked the beginning of Swakopmund. A railway started being built in 1895 and, after WWI, Germany lost occupation of the region and the artificial harbour that had previously been established was automatically displaced by Walvis Bay.

Namibia is renowned for its deserted northern shoreline, aptly names ‘the Skeleton Coast’. Along the West coast of Namibia runs the Cold Benguela Current, as well as an extremely hot desert. The cold and clammy air from the ocean combines with the hot air of the desert and creates a dense mist that has, over hundreds of years, been the cause of various shipwrecks along the coastline. In 1986, Portuguese Diego Cao arrived just north of what is presently ‘Swakopmund’ and constructed a stone cross in honour of John II of Portugal. Now referred to as Cape Cross, the region is often paid visit to by tourists searching for the massive concentration fo Cape Fur Seals that occupy the shore.

NOTE ON ACCOMMODATION: In Swakopmund, we stay in backpacker’s (hostels) or small guest houses, which will give us a break from camping and to be better located than the campgrounds in the area. Here, the accommodation is based on several people sharing dormitory-style rooms, with possibly 6 to 8 people sharing a room. Although we will try, we cannot guarantee to be able to divide the group into different dormitories based on gender lines. As such, males and females may have to share the same sleeping quarters for these nights. The bathrooms and showers are private, but may also be shared between both males and females

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 300 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 7 hours

Day 9

Swakopumd to Spitzkoppe

In the morning we make our way north to te granite rocks of Spitzkoppe. You can explore by foot and relaxing in the evening looking up at the beautiful nights sky!

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Approximate Distance: 380 km
Estimated Travel Time: 4 hrs

Day 10

Damaraland

Today will present you with the opportunity to admire the incredible desert landscapes that seem to never end. We travel north, into the rocky desert environments and set up camp near Twyfelfontein. In the late morning, spend time exploring the region which is peppered with fascinating rock engravings and petrified fossil forests. We get to visit the Damaraland Living Museum where we learn about the Damara People.

Around 100,000 Damara people reside in Namibia, all sharing a common language with the Nama, but keeping a distant relationship with each other. Some evidence suggests that the Damara have gathered small herds of stock for thousands of years, as well as grow tobacco and pumpkins (and, more recently, vegetables and corn). Before 1870, the Damara resided in most of central Namibia, but majority were evicted or killed when the Nama and Herero began to occupy the region, seeking better grazing conditions. When the first Eurpoeans landed in Namibia, the Damara were known as a gathering of semi-nomadic gardeners, pastoralists and hunter-gatherers. They were also trained in mining and metal work. However, in 1960, the government of South Africa moved the Damara folk to the regions of Twyfelfontein and Khorixas, presently known as Damaraland. The area has poor quality soil and infrequent rainfall, resulting in only approximately a quarter of the population still living in Damaraland.

The region is well-known for its bushmen paintings that can be spotted all over the area. The valley is referred to in the Damara language as ‘Uis’ (‘fountain’). This natural spring, when flowed, drew in wildlife and travellers, but the consistency of water-flow has always been unpredictable, resulting in the name ‘Twyfelfontein’, meaning ‘doubtful fountain’. There are various well-preserved rock engravings found in this area, estimated to have been created by Bushmen or Nama artists who resided there more than five thousand years back.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 200 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 4 hours

Day 11 - 12

Etosha National Park

In Wambo, ‘etosha’ ,means ‘the great white place of dry water’, or ‘water of mirages’. As one of the best features of Africa, the Etosha National Park provides a wide range of fauna, flora and exquisite natural splendour. When you arrive in the afternoon, we embark on a game drive through the massive arid pan in search of elephant, hippo, antelope herds and lions gathered around the waterholes. Once the sun has set, spend some time observing wildlife at the watering holes, located close to the secure camping space that is floodlit. Game drives are conducted in an overland car, with evening game drives are done by Namibia Wildlife in open cars.

The next day, experience yet another game drive on the way toward the eastern side of Etosha. Etosha boasts thousands of blue wildebeest, springbok, zebra, kudu, hartebeest, gemsbok, eland, giraffe, elephant, lion, black rhino and bird species. Founded in 1907, Etosha National Park initially began with a size of 100,000 square kilometres, making it the biggest game reserve in the entire world. Because of changes in politics since its establishment, the reserve is now less than a quarter of its original size. However, at 22,912 square kilometres, the Park remains a big and remarkable region in which various game are protected.

The Etosha Pan dominates the reserve, approximately 130 kilometres in length, and in certain areas 50 kilometres of width. The salt pan is normally arid, but fills with water for short periods during the summer, when it draws in pelicans and flamingos. Periannual springs lure a wide range of wildlife throughout the year; including the threatened black rhino and endemic black face impala. Our first camp’s name is Okaukuejo, meaning ‘place of the fertile women’ in oKakwiyo. It started as a veterinary post formed by the Germans during a rinderpest epidemic in 1897. In 1901, a tiny fort was constructed here as a military stronghold. Our camp for the second evening in the Park, Namutoni,was initially maintained as a police outpost and customs post by the Germans.

Meals Included: 2X Breakfast, 2X Lunch, 2X Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 300 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 8 hours

Day 13

Windhoek

Please note that as this is a combo tour some of your fellow travellers might be ending their journey in Windhoek. You might also have some new people joining the tour. We depart from the Game Park today and make our way south through the Namibian countryside to Windhoek. This is Namibia’s capital, with a population of around 230,000 and an altitude of 1,654 metres. Windhoek was initially the centre of a Nama chief who conquered the Herero inhabitants of the area in the mid-19th century. Germany then took over the area in 1885, where they constructed a fort that eventually stretched over a town that developed beneath its protection.

During WW1, Windhoek was taken over by South African troops and was converted into a British dominion. Until Namibia’s independence in 1990, Windhoek was known as the capital of Southwest Africa. The city is known as ‘Ai-Gams’ by the Nama, and ‘Otjomuise’ by the Herero, both names referring to the hot springs of the area.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Distance Covered: +/- 280 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours

Day 14

Kalahari

Today we make our way across the border into Botswana. Please ensure to have your visa ready at this point. We travel through the eastern portion of Namibia today, entering Botswana and making our way into the centre of the Kalahari. Take this chance to embark on a stroll with a local San Bushmen guide to be educated about plenty of interesting bush skills.

Ghanzi, situated in the western side of Botswana on the northern edge of the Kalahari Desert, is the administrative hub of the Ghanzi District and is also referred to as the ‘Capital of the Kalahari’. Ghanzi is a fascinating town, focused on farming that provides the Botswana Meat Commission with majority of the required beef produce. Ghanzi is mostly made up of a wide range of ethnic cultures, including the Bushman, Batawana and Afrikaners.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 500 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 9 hours

Day 15

Maun

As we make our way from the Kalahari to Maun, you will take note of the landscape subtly transforming as we get closer to the lush lands. Following our arrival, we collect any required provisions and prepare you for the next two to three day outing into the magnificent Okavango Delta.

Note: If you pre-booked the Okavango Delta Flight, you will be flying today.

Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and enjoys the reputation of being the premier town of Botswana. Presently, Maun is one of the quickest towns in the continent. It was initially founded in 1915 by the Batawana, with the name ‘Maun’ meaning ‘place of reeds’.  Though officially still a village, Maun is the fifth biggest town in Botswana. It is a diverse combination of contemporary structures and traditional huts. Maun is renowned as the tourism capital of Botswana and the administrative hub of the Ngamiland district. The town has swiftly grown from a rural town, stretching along the Thamalakane River. It now contains wonderful shopping centres, hotels and lodges, as well as vehicle hire. However, it still manages to maintain a rural atmosphere and local tribesmen continue to lead their cattle to the town to sell. This community is presently peppered along the broad Thamalakane Riverbanks, where red lechwe can still be spotted grazing near local donkeys, goats and cattle.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 280 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 4 hours

Day 16

Okavango Delta

Today we embark on our thrilling adventure into the Delta as we travel for about 1-2 hours. We then board our mokoros (traditional dugout canoes) that carry us into the depths of the Delta. A few hours later we arrive at our bush camp for the evening, where there are no shower facilities due to the fact that the area is so rustic. However, the camp does offer beautiful landscapes and animals. For the entire day, as well as the following morning, we will embark on gorgeous mokoro trips to do some bird and game viewing in the unspoiled region of the Okavango Delta, the biggest inland delta in the world. This outing gives you plenty of free time to spend at your leisure, unwinding at camp beneath the warm sun or blanket of stars.

The region of the delta was once a portion of Lake Makgadikgadi – an old lake that dried up more than 10,000 years back. Presently, the Okavango River has no exit into the ocean. Instead, it drains into the Kalahari Desert plains which water the arid area. The water rushing into the delta is extremely pure, mostly because of the lack of agriculture and industry along the Okavango River. It runs through the sand aquifers of the various delta islands and evaporates, leaving massive amounts of salt remaining.  The Okavango Delta experiences seasonal flooding, which starts every mid-summer in the north and six months later in the south. During the peal floods, the islands of the Delta can completely disappear beneath the water, making an appearance again at the end of the season.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Basic bush camping

Day 17

Gweta

Admire one final sunrise in the Delta before returning back to Maun in mokoro, then by car. We collect our luggage and carry on through to Gweta where we will be treated to the unique experience of camping beneath beautiful old Baobab trees. The town is located between the bigger towns of Nata and Maun, and is situated on the Makgadikgadi Pan’s rim, an enormous region void of anything but salt and glimmering horizon.

As the biggest stretch of ‘nothingness’ in the world, the pans reach the size of Switzerland and can even be spotted from outer space! The pan is made up of two major pans, both of which are encircled by a range of smaller pans. Though it is barren of any water, native folk used to inhabit the region before it was declared state land. Villagers were permitted to allow their livestock to graze within the boundaries when dry season hit.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 240 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 4 hours

Day 18

Chobe National Park

We make our way to Chobe National Park this morning and spend the evening in a camp located just outside of the Park, close by to the town of Kasane. In the afternoon, feel free to embark on a game drive through the Park, or perhaps an afternoon sunset boat cruise along the Chobe River, where you will have the incredible chance to spot hippo and crocodiles, and to observe the plenty elephants splash in the water. Kasane is located on the Chobe Riverbanks, nearby its mouth, where the Chobe and Zambezi rivers merge. This forms a border region of four countries, including Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Chobe National Park is the first national park of Botswana and is located along the Chobe River. It contains one of the highest populations of game in all of Africa, and is one of the world’s last remaining large wilderness regions. In terms of size, the Chobe NP is the third biggest reserve in the country, sporting the most diverse and fantastic fauna and flora. The Park is most well-known for its magnificent elephant concentration, and with more than 120,000 of the species, the reserve has the biggest elephant population in the continent. Majority of these mammals are part of the biggest surviving elephant concentrations in the world. The numbers of elephant have risen dramatically since 1990, with Kalahari elephants inhabiting the Park (the biggest known elephant species). During the rainy seasons, the elephants embark on a 200 kilometre migration to the southeast area of the Park.

The Chobe National Park is also renowned for its lion concentration who, at times, hunts the elephants. The initial inhabitants of the region were the San Bushmen – nomadic hunter-gatherers who continually travelled in search of food, water and animals. Presently, you will be able to locate the paintings of the San inside of the rocky hills of the Park.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 420 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 6 hours

Day 19 - 22

Livingstone, Zambia

We cross over into Zambia today, again requiring you to have your visa ready. Please note that as this is a combo tour some of your fellow travellers might be ending their journey in Livingstone. You may also get new travellers joining the tour.

We head over the Zambezi River to travel into Zambia and through to Livingstone, where we spend the following two days. This base is s fantastic area in which to observe some incredible natural wonders and participate in some thrilling activities. Here, you have the opportunity to get extremely close to the magnificent Victoria Falls, even experiencing some of the spray. You could also do some white river rafting on the powerful Zambezi, or partake in a bungee jump at the amazing height of 111 metres.

David Livingstone was the first European to discover the Mosi-oa-Tunya waterfall, which he names ‘Victoria Falls’ after his Queen Victoria. Livingstone supported the idea of trade and encouraged Christian mission centres to be formed in central Africa. The town of Livingstone is a regional transport hub, being situated near the Botswana and Zimbabwean borders, and acts as a base for plenty travellers hoping to witness this portion of Africa, as well as the nearby Falls.

The Victoria Falls are located in a flat country, with its source being situated on the borders of the DRC. The Zambezi flows for 1,300 kilometres across the wooded highlands of Zambia, forming a shallow valley on its slight descent to the Falls. The River eventually located a weak spot on the surface on which it passed through, and eroded a passage that slowly deepened into an exit gorge. Throughout the past half a million years, the river has carved out eight of these fissures across its floor.
‘Zambezi’ is derived from the Tonka tribe, meaning ‘Great River’. However, the Kololo Sotho-speaking people in the upper regions of the river deemed it ‘Mosi-ia-Tunya’, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’. Either way, both names refer to the sheer power and magnificence of the mighty Falls.

Meals Included: 4X Breakfast, 4X Lunch
Distance Covered: +/- 100 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 3 hours

Day 23

Lusaka

Today’s lengthy adventure through jagged roads leads us to an exclusive game farm located 20 kilometres outside of Zambia’s capital, Lusaka. Here, you will be able to admire the many zebra, buffalo and sprinkboks that wander freely around the area. You could also take time to simply unwind next to the swimming pool, or at the camp’s bar.

Like plenty of Africa’s capitals, Lusaka is a vibrant city growing around its colonial roots, socialist history and, presently, its motivation for independence. Lusaka is an illustration of just how many cities are still attempting to locate their independence in today’s fast-moving world. Located in the southern portion of Africa, Lusaka is known as one of the most rapidly developing populations in the country, and is the governmental and administrative hub of Zambia.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 543 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 10 hours

Day 24

Chipata

We venture northeast today, up through the landscapes of Zambia to the Eastern Province’s capital, Chipata. Previously known as Fort Jameson, Chipata is a well-known stopover point for travellers heading to South Luangwa National Park.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 544 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 10 hours

Day 25 - 28

Lake Malawi

We cross the border into Malawi today, so be sure to once again have your visa ready. We spend four evenings unwinding on the shores of ‘the Lake of Stars’. Beach strolls, swimming in the sparkling water and snorkelling amongst exotic fish are all part of your incredible stay here. Pay a visit to a range of lakeside camps as we drive northward along Lake Malawi’s shores.

The Lake is the primary attraction of Malawi, spreading over 1/5th of the country. It is the third biggest lake in the continent and is around 500 kilometres in length. The lake houses more fish types than any other lake in the entire world, boasting over 600 different species. The biggest fish family is the Chichlids, which are sent all around the world to pet shops and such. The Lake is renowned for its fantastic snorkelling and diving, and it is depended on by the locals for their survival – they use mokoros (dugout canoes) to fish from and throw out long nets. There is a wide variety of diverse ethnic groups here, all speaking their own language. Most of these groups are of Christian belief, whilst the remainder maintain their traditional beliefs.

Chitimba Beach – a mission station named after explorer David Livingstone – is located up in the hills. Livingstonia is a tiny mission town that was established in 1894 by the Free Church of Scotland’s missionaries. Initially, the mission was situated in Cape Mclear, but was moved due to Malaria. The mission slowly grew into a small town that now houses around 6700 citizens.

Meals Included: 4X Breakfast, 4X Lunch, 4X Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 400 kms (Day One) +/- 235 kms (Day Two)
Approximate Driving Time: 10 hours (Day One), 5 hours (Day Two)

Day 29

Tanzania/Iringa

We make our way into Tanzania today, traveling out of the Great Rift Valley through some incredible mountain passes. During our journey we can spot the massive tea plantations of the highlands as we head through to Iringa, where we set up camp.

Iringa was once a hub of colonial administration. When Germany occupied the region, the German military built the town as a fortified defence against pillaging. Just outside of the town is Gangilonga Rock, a famous site where the Hehe chief at the time, Chief Mkwawa, met with his people and figured out how to fight the Germans. Iringa was also the spot of plenty of battles throughout WWI and WWII.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 534 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 11 hours

Day 30

Dar es Salaam

Today we depart for Dar Es Salaam, a city that began as a fishing village before becoming a port and trading hub. Dar was once the capital of the country, and is presently the main commercial city, as well as the de facto seat of majority of government institutions in Tanzania. It is the primary seaport for the country, landlocked by adjacent countries.

Dar Es Salaam, or ‘Abode of Peace’ in Arabic, is Tanzania’s biggest city, with a population of more than 2.5 million. It is also the country’s wealthiest city, and a significant economic hub.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 637 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 12 hours

Day 31 - 34

Zanzibar/ Stone Town/ Ngungwi

Please note that as this is a COMBO tour some of your fellow travellers might be leaving the tour.
Following our arrival in Zanzibar, we have the rest of the day free to explore the centre of the island, Stone Town. It boasts a fascinating labyrinth of slim, cobbled streets lined by Arabic structures. The best way in which to view the town is to get lost within it. Hours can easily be spend roaming through the many alleys and squares, drinking strong coffee from street cafes, or purchasing sweetmeats from a variety of small stores. Here, we might be joined by fellow travellers who will be beginning their adventure in Zanzibar. In the late afternoon, everyone will be required to attend a group meeting.

Known as ‘the Spice Island’, Zanzibar is drenched in intriguing history and culture, due to it being the heart of the slave and spice trades in the 1800s. Zanzibar is one of the most interesting regions of East Africa, and due to the efforts of a preservation programme run by UNESCO and the Aga Khan, plenty of the renowned old buildings have been refurbished, or are in the process of being restored. The next morning we make our way north to Nungwi, where we will spend two evenings at one of the country’s main attractions. Here, you can spend time unwinding on the picturesque beaches, partake in a diving/snorkelling outing or simply roaming freely through the Nungwi village.

A ‘must-do’ on this trip is to pay a visit to the spice plantations, which will stimulate your senses. It is here that you will be educated about the various growing spices and their range of uses, including the likes of black pepper, cinnamon, jackfruit, vanilla, lemongrass and more.

During our final day on the island, we make our way back to Stone Town where we are given one last opportunity to shop and enjoyu all that the area has to offer. Remember to dress conservatively as Zanzibar is a Muslim society. Always ask permission before taking a photograph – a phrase that can be taught to you by your guide.

Meals Included: 4X Breakfast
Approximate Driving Time: 3 hours (Day One), 4 hours (Day Two), 2 hours (Day Three)

Day 35

Korogwe

Our campsite today neighbours the Motel White Parrot and is the ideal area in which to relax after the day’s travels. With beautiful vistas of the Usambara Mountain escarpments and ample space in which to unwind, you can freely enjoy a sleep, good book or cocktail whilst basking in the sun’s rays.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 370 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 8 hours

Day 36

Arusha

We pass Africa’s tallest mountain today, Mount Kilimanjaro, and make our way toward Arusha, situated at the base of Africa’s fifth tallest mountain, Mount Meru. Also referred to as the ‘safari capital’ of Tanzania, Arusha is most certainly the most significant centre in northern Tanzania. With plenty of protected national reserves and mountains, Arusha is a picturesque contemporary town. Boasting an array of markets, services and a fantastic location, this is the finest base for our next expedition.

The main industry of Arusha is agriculture, with massive vegetable producers exporting high-quality produce to Europe. The city is peppered with coffee plantations, which only serves to add to the region’s charm. Arusha got its name from the local Wa-arusha folk who inhabited the area for ages, making the region historically and politically important to East Africa. In 1961, independence was officially given to Tanzania.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 250 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 7-8 hours

Day 37 - 38

Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Following a delicious breakfast, we start our adventure into the Serengeti NP and the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater – two of Africa’s leading wildlife regions. We switch to specialised four wheel drive safari vehicles today, and are led on an incredible game drive through the Park by expert driver/guides. The trucks we use have lovely sliding windows and a big, pop-up roof that is ideal for fantastic game viewing. They are smaller than our traveling vehicle, which lets us move more easily through the plains.

With an area of 14,763 square kilometres, the Serengeti is incredibly vast. We camp and spend time game viewing in the central Serengeto ‘Seronera’ region, which is situated in the southeast of the Park. Due to the size of the reserve, certain areas will not be available to visit during our stay here.

As we travel through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and into the Serengeti NP, you will begin to realise the enormity of this region, admiring the huge populations of wildlife that roam the acacia-spotted plains. The following day, we carry on with our search for the Big Five (elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino) whilst marvelling at our exquisite, vast surrounds.

Note: If you have pre-booked a Serengeti Balloon Safari Theme Pack, your flight will be early in the morning of Day 38.

Meals Included: 2X Breakfast, 2X Lunch, 2X Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 320 kms (Day One), +/- 160 kms (Day Two)
Approximate Driving Time: 8 hours (Day One), 5 hours (Day Two)

Day 39

Ngorongoro Crater/ Arusha

Today we travel to the floor of the Crater, experiencing our last expedition whilst observing the massive variety of fauna and flora, including zebra, gazelle, impala and cheetah that are enclosed by the Crater’s walls. We depart from the crater in the early afternoon and begin to make our way back to Arusha for our last evening of camping.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 200 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours

Day 40 - 41

Nairobi, Kenya

We cross the border into Kenya today, requiring you to have your visa ready once more. We journey from 8am from Arusha to the Masai lands in Kenya and to our camp located just outside of Nairobi. Nairobi gets its name from the Masai, meaning ‘cool waters’. At present, this vast and multicultural city mixes the first-world extravagance of gleaming, reflective skyscrapers with developing-world poverty. Nairobi began to grow in 1899 from just a couple of shacks that were erected after the construction of the Uganda railway. Because of the large game hunting that draws in British tourists, the city developed swiftly in the early 1900’s. A big number of British nationals inhabited the region, encouraging further development. This angered the Masai and Kikuyu people as they were both losing out on hunting ground because of the city’s dramatic growth.
The tension rose and eventually resulted in the uprising of the Mau Mau, which led to the future president, Jomo Kenyatta, getting put in jail. In 1963, Britain finally gave Kenya independence, setting Nairobi as the capital. Aside from being the capital of Kenya, as well as the major government and commerce hub, Nairobi is the most important city of East Africa and a significant player on the pan-African stage. It is the diplomatic base for plenty of African countries, with its wide range of international embassies and headquarters for the United Nations, multi-national companies, non-governmental organizations and press correspondents. It is also the centre of East Africa’s developing safari business.

Meals Included: Breakfast X2, Lunch
Distance Covered: +/- 286 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 7 hours

Day 42 - 44

Lake Naivasha/Eldoret/Kampala

We stop at the stunning Lake Navasha before lunch where you take a hippo spotting boat ride. Crossing the Mau Mau Escarpment to Eldoret here there is a variety to landscapes to be viewed. We cross the border to Ugunda on day 44.Visas are required for various nationalities for Uganda. Please be advised with regarf to visa’s, you will be held responsible for this. If you are unsure if this please ask your agent for further information. The Ugandan Shilling is the currency used in Uganda (UGX). With almost 1,210,000 of a population, the laregst city in Uganda is known as Kampala. Located withing the district of Kampala at 1 189m above sea level (3 900 feet). The Kabaka, also referred to as the Buganda King, selected this area as his favourite hunting grounds before the British arrived. Made up of a large number of rolling hills and wet lands. After the arrival of the british the area was called the Hills of Impala.

Meals Included: 3X Breakfast, 2X Lunch, 3X Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 90 kms (Day One), +/- 359 kms (Day Two)
Approximate Driving Time: 3 hours (Day One), 5 hours (Day Two), 12 hours (Day Two)

Day 46 - 48

Gorilla Tracking/Lake Bunyonyi

We travel through gorgeous countryside to Lake Bunyoni, our base for several days in the area. Our time in this lush, magical, mountainous region of Uganda is spent between enjoying the area of Lake Bunyoni and many activities that it has to offer, and an unforgettable guided trek deep into the forest-sloped volcanoes for a wild encounter of a family of mountain gorillas (Gorilla Permits Included). Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the home to approximately half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas, the world’s most endangered ape. One of Africa’s major highlights, a close encounter with these amazing animals is simply breathtaking.

The trek can take from one to six hours and can exceed altitudes of 2500m. The terrain is rough and at times muddy and slippery. It is very important to bring along plenty of water. It can rain in a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is essential along with protective bags for your camera and film. We also suggest dressing in ‘layers’ as often it’s chilly at firs until you start trekking and long sleeves and long pants to protect you from Stinging Nettle found in the forests. The trek can last up to 6 hours, exceeding altitudes of 2500m. The terrain tends to be rough and can be slippery at times due to the mud. It is essential to keep hydrated at all times. We can expect rain within a few minutes, therefore waterfproof clothing will be advisable on your trip as wel as protective bags for your belongings. We also recommend dressing thicker as it tends to be chilly at first unti the trekking begings. Long sleeves and pants is recommended to protect you from Stinging Nettle found within the forest. About 98% of the trekking is successful but we cannot guarantee that there will be gorillas seen as they are always moving around. For the remainder of your time here, you have the chance to participate in optional activities.

Meals Included: 3X Breakfast, 3X Lunch, 3X Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 201 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 6 hours

Day 49

Kampala

Known as the nation’s capital, we make our way back to Kampala. Alot of ground is covered to get closer to our next destination in Jinja.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 520 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 12 hours

Day 50 - 51

Jinja

We travel south today, to Lake Victoria’s shores where Jinja, or ‘the Source of the Nile’, is swiftly becoming the adventure capital of Africa. Spend time on a full day raft or kayak down the Nile River, embark on a mountain bike journey through the Mabira Forest, volunteer to help out with a local project or simply unwind and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of Jinja. Jinja is the second biggest commercial hub in Uganda and was formed in 1901. It is situated southeast of Uganda, 87 kilometres northeast of Kampala and is located on the shores of Lake Victoria, near the White Nile’s water source.

The city is the main town in the Jinja District and is referred to as the Kingdom of Busoga’s capital. Its population reaches around 106,000 with most people being of Bantu origin. The major local languages spoken include Lusoga and Luganda, and downriver from Owen Falls Dam is Bujagali Falls. This is a world-class highlight for kayaking and white water rafting, and is also a hotspot picnic area during the weekends for the locals.

Meals Included: 2X Breakfast, 2X Lunch, 2X Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 90 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 3 hours

Day 52 - 53

Eldoret/Nairobi, Kenya

We make our way back to Kenya where we spend a night in Eldoret. Continuing to Lake Nakuru in the morning, one of Rift Valley Soda Lakes.  Huge amounts of flamingoes are attracted to the algae found here. Due to the vast amount of flamingoes standing here the surface of the shallow lake is often unrecognisable. Providing the Sanctuary for the black rhino, they have extended the park partly. This resulted in a fence. There is more than 25 rhinos in the park now, one of the biggest concentrations in the country. a variety of other mammals can be seen, including zebra, impala, gazelle, waterbuck, lion, warthog, bushbuck, buffalo, and sometimes leopard.  Enjoy your time participating in optional activities, such as a walking safari to view giraffes and antelope on Crescent Island, or a visit to the flamingo-filled Green Crater Lake, or simply viewing birds and wildlife around your camp – spotting ibis, lovebirds, fish eagles, hippo, and the black and white colobus monkey on the banks of this scenic lake.

Naivasha is derived from the Masai ” Nai’ posha”  meaning “rough water”. Lake Naivasha is generally calm in the morning,  and is the best time to spot hippos, crocodiles, and birdlife.

With the cool climate, Lake Naivasha is a retreat for the tourists looking for tranquillity.  Due to the fertile soil and fresh water,  this plays a huge role in producing fruit and vegetables. Home to most animals in the area

Because the lake is fresh water and the surrounding soil fertile, this is a major production area for fruit and vegetables and, more recently, vineyards. Many animals call the area home; giraffes wander among the acacia, buffalo wallow in the swamps and colobus monkeys call from the treetops while the Lakes large hippo population sleep the day out in the shallows.

Meals Included: 2X Breakfast, 2X Lunch, 2X Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 169 (Day One), +/- 75 (Day Two)
Approximate Driving Time: 8 hours (Day One), 7 hours (Day Two)Meals Included: 2X Breakfast, 2X Lunch, 1X Dinner

Day 54

Nairobi

We make our way into Kenya and onto Nairobi – where our tour comes to an end.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch,
Approximate Distance: +/- 90 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 3 hours

 

Activities

Included Activities

  • Kande Beach Local Dinner, Kande Beach
  • Entrance to Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei Dunes, and Spitzkoppe
  • Entrances and wildlife safari drives in Etosha, Serengeti, and Lake Nakuru national parks
  • Damaraland Living Museum visit
  • Okavango Delta overnight bush camping excursion
  • Ngorongoro Crater visit
  • Zanzibar excursion (3 days)
  • Guided tour of spice plantation (Zanzibar)
  • Guided mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi with permits
  • Guided chimp trek (Kalinzu Forest Reserve)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


Other Activities

All prices are in US dollar amounts, per person but will generally be paid in local currency. SOUTH AFRICA Cape Town

  • Home Dinner- $50 p/p (Incl. Transfer&Guide)
  • Table Mountain Cableway- one way ticket- $12 p/p
  • Table Mountain Cableway- return ticket- $23 p/p
  • Township tour $77
  • Robben Island (Tour times are: 9:00, 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00) $30 p/p (3 hrs)
  • For bookings: +27 21 413 4263/4 (Credit card details required). In peak season (Sept-April) it is recommendable to book one month in advance.
  • Boulders Beach (where the Jackass Penguins can be seen)
  • Entrance- $5 p/p
  • Cape of Good Hope (Cape Point)
  • Entrance- $10 p/p
  • Shark viewing and cage diving (including transport): $175 p/p
  • Table mountain hike to Platteklip (3 hrs) $60
  • City sightseeing bus tour (hop on hop off bus) One day pass- $20 p/p
  • Winetasting Stellenbosch (8hrs, min3 pax) $85
  • Lambert's Bay Area  Visit to the Bird Island $5
NAMIBIA Sossusvlei
  • Desert Walk- $30 p/p (3-4 hrs)
Swakopmund
  • Quad biking (2-3hrs)- $73 p/p
  • Horse riding (1–2 hrs)- $53 p/p
  • Sand boarding – (half day)
  • Standing up- $45 p/p
  • Lie down- $35 p/p
  • Dolphin cruise (half day)- $60 p/p
  • Fishing boat trip (full day incl, transfers, lunch, drinks & equipment)- $125 p/p
  • Kayaking (5 hrs)- $70 p/p
  • Pleasure Flights – Sossusvlei/Forbidden Coast/Skeleton Coast - (half day to ¾ day) $275
  • Paragliding- $100 p/p
  • Hot air Ballooning (1hr) - $340 p/p
  • Township tour- $45 pp
  • Twyfelfontein
  • Guided Engravings Walk- $7 p/p
Etosha
  • Game drives (in open-air park vehicles)
  • Evening Drive- $80 p/p
  • Morning & day drives- Prices on request
BOTSWANA Ghanzi
  • Guided walks - Hunting and Gathering- $10 p/p
  • Traditional dancing- $10 p/p
Kasane (Chobe NP)
  • Boat cruise (Incl. park fees)- $40 p/p
  • Game drive (Incl. park fees)- $40 p/p
Maun
  • Okavango Delta Scenic flight- $110 p/p
  • Chobe Game Park (Botswana) Day Trip (Excludes Visa Fees) USD190
VICTORIA FALLS:
  • Falls Tour (Zambia) (Excludes Visa Fees and USD20 park fee) USD35
  • Falls Tour (Zimbabwe)(Excludes Visa Fees and USD20 park fee) USD40
  • Flights over the Falls
  • Helicopter Short flight (approx 15mins) USD186
  • Helicopter Long flight (approx 30mins) USD372
  • Microlight Short flight (approx 15mins) USD174
  • Microlight Long flight (approx 30mins) USD384
  • Livingstone Island (Devil's Pool)
  • Morning Breezer USD90
  • Lunch USD150
  • High Tea USD120
  • *Excludes transfers
  • Mukuni Village USD50
  • African Culture tour (markets, cooking lunch, languages) USD60
  • Chobe River
  • Photo-safari ($120USD)
MALAWI
  • Kande Beach
  • Village Tour- $10 p/p
  • Snorkeling- $15 p/p
  • Diving- $50 p/p
  • Horse riding- $90 p/p
Chitimba Beach
  • Village Tour (2-3hrs)- $10 p/p
  • Guided tour to Livingstonia- $5 p/p
TANZANIA Zanzibar
  • Prison Island Tour- $55 p/p
  • Dolphin Tour- $40 p/p
  • Scuba Diving- $70 p/p
KENYA Nairobi
  • Bomas of Kenya- $9 p/p
  • Karen Blixen Museum- $12 p/p
  • Nairobi National Park- $60 p/p
  • National Museum- $12 p/p
  • Railway Museum- $3 p/p
  • The Carnivore Restaurant- $35 p/p (set meal)
  • Hells Gate Bike hire- $10 p/p
  • Hells Gate Entrance- $25 p/p
  • Elsamer Conservation Centre- $8 p/p
UGANDA Please note that the price of this tour includes all national park and permit fees for the gorilla tracking experience in Uganda. As such, you will not be expected to pay any other fees in order to take part in this amazing experience on this tour—we include all fees of this activity within the selling price. Jinja
  • Rafting Half/Full day $140/$160
  • Tandem Kayak $160
  • Quad Biking Half/Full day $70/$110
  • Bungee Jumping $115
  • Horseback Riding 1-2 hours $40-60
  • Sunset Cruise $45 pp (minimum of 5 passengers)
  • Kazinga Channel Cruise $30 pp
  • Lake Bunyonyi
  • Bird Watching $5
  • Nature Walk $5
  • Canoeing $5 per canoe
  • Traditional Dance Show $20
  • Fishing $5
  • Boat Tour of Lake $20/15 mins, $25/1 hr.
All prices are per person, are in US dollar amounts, are subject to availability and are only an indication due to currency fluctuations.

 

Dates

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Highlights

Highlights

  • Vehicle has air conditioning, usb charging and reclining seats
  • Experience game drives
  • Witness giant sand dunes and massive Victoria Falls
  • Photograph exotic wildlife
  • Ride in 4x4 safari vehicles and dug-out canoes
  • Meet mountain gorillas in Uganda
  • Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei Dunes, and Spitzkoppe
  • Etosha, Serengeti, and Lake Nakuru national parks
  • Okavango Delta overnight bush camping excursion
  • Ngorongoro Crater visit
  • Zanzibar excursion (3 days)
  • Guided chimp trek (Kalinzu Forest Reserve)

 

Price

R112,969





R112,969

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