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41 Day Nairobi to Cape Town Overland

Starts: Nairobi, Ends: Cape Town

Group Size: Max 20

Age Range: 16 – 65 Years and older

This Nairobi to Cape Town tour takes us south through Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia before coming to an end in Cape Town, South Africa. It is one of the most popular adventure trips in Africa.

R36,500

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 17020

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Tour Overview

Departing from Nairobi   and Ends in Cape Town

This Nairobi to Cape Town Overland tour takes us south through Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia before coming to an end in Cape Town, South Africa. It is one of the most popular adventure trips in Africa.

Included

  • Meals - 39 Breakfast, 35 Lunch, 33 Dinner
  • 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)
  • Activity Package and Optional activities
  • 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

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Itinerary

Day 1

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
Border Post: Tanzania: Namanga, no telephone number, Open: 24hrs    Kenya: Namanga, Tel: +254 455 32002, Open: 24 hrs

Day 2 - 4

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
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 5

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

Day 6

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

Day 7- 9

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
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 10

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
Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion
Included Highlight: Stone Town included in Zanzibar Excursion
Optional Activity: Dinner Out

Day 11

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

Day 12

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
Activity Package: Mikumi National Park Game Drive

Day 13

 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
Border Post: Malawi: Songwe (no telephone), Open: 06h00-18h00 Tazaia: Chizuulu, Tel: +   , Ope: h-18h00

Day 14 - 15

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 16

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

Day 17

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
Activity Package: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park

Day 18

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 19

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
Included Highlight: Textile project visit (full tour available March to December)

Day 20

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

Day 21 - 22

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
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 23

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
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 24

Kasane – Caprivi, Namibia

We wake up early in the morning to enjoy a game drive in the Chobe National Park. We travel through the Caprivi Strip in Namibia to our next destination. It is important to note you will be entering Namibia twice (please note this for Visas).  We spent the night on the banks of the Okavango river where we prepare for the Delta excursions.

Accommodation: Camp: Rainbow River Lodge  or similar
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
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 at the accommodation during the Delta Excursion on the next two following days.

Day 25

Caprivi – Okavango Delta, Botswana

This morning we travel into the Okavango Delta. All those participating in the Okavango Delta Excursion, will experience picturesque cruises on crystal clear waters the and nature walks for the following 3 days, and you might spot some of the abundant wildlife.

Note: Activities may vary depending on water levels

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

For more information on the Okavango Delta Excursion please click here

Day 26 - 27

Okavango Delta –  Maun, Botwana

We begin our day early heading to the Delta around palm islands, this could be the most picturesque and relaxing of experiences.. Enjoy the variety of activities on offer in the Delta such as Mokoro rides and nature walks. On the following day we depart from the Delta and take a boat ride back to the truck before meandering back to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta.

Note: Activities may vary depending on water levels

Accommodation: Camp: Permanent Tented Camps: Okavango Delta Excursion ,  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: Rainbow River Lodge to Okavango Delta, Okavango Delta to Maun
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion

Day 28

Maun – Ghanzi, Botswana

A Scenic flight over the Delta presents itself this morning before making our way towards Ghanzi today. We will set up our camping site, following which we will meet the local San community. Enjoy an optional walk with San guides this afternoon. In the eveining we will get in touch with the San culture being entertained with some traditional Tribal Dancing and story telling.

Accommodation: Camp Ghanzi Trail Blazers or  Dqae Qare San Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Maun to Ghanzi
Included Highlight: San Evening Dance Performance
Optional Activity: Guided Walk with San Trackers

Day 29

Ghanzi – Windhoek, Namibia

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

Accommodation Two Per Room: Heja Game Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Ghanzi to Windhoek
Included Highlight: Visit to Windhoek City Centre
Optional Activity: Dinner Out at Joes Bee House
Border Post: Namibia: Buitepos, Tel: +264 62 560 401, Open: 07h00-24h00. Botswana: Mamanu, Tel: +267 659 2013/2064, Open: 07h00- 24h00

Day 30 - 31

Windhoek – Etosha National Park, Namibia

After leaving the city we head into Namibia’s desolate northern area. En route, we spend time at a popular craft market where you can buy handmade gifts to take home as souvenirs. We reach the Etosha National Park and game drive through to our camping site for tonight.

On the second day, there is more terrific game spotting on our way to our next campsite. Etosha National Park provides some of the most exclusive game viewing experiences in Africa. We will have several game drives here and spend our nights at the where we will have the opportunity to take some fantastic pictures.

Accommodation Camp:  Okaukuejo OR Halali OR Namutoni OR  Mokuti Etosha Lodge OR Toshari Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Outjo to Etosha National Park
Included Highlight: Craft market stop en-route, Full-Day Game Viewing
Optional Activity: Etosha Night Drive – subject to availability

Etosha National Park

Day 32

Etosha – Outjo, Namibia

Today we leave Etosha behind and travel towards Outjo, where we will be spending the night. We will have an optional game drive through the park in the morning (subject to availability), the afternoon is at leisure.

Accommodation: Camp: Etotongwe or similar
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Etosha to Outjo

Day 33

Himba Tribe, Namibia

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

After visiting the Himba group we turn south and make our way to the quaint town of Khorixas. We end the day by visiting the petrified forest in the outskirts of the town.

Accommodation: Bush Camp: Igowati or Khorixas Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Outjo to Khorixas
Included Highlight  Petrified Forest Visit
Activity Package: Himba Tribe Visit

Day 34

Khorixas – Swakopmund, Namibia

Today we enter Swakopmund and we pay a visit to Spitzkoppe. You can also choose to book one of the plenty Optional Activities available here (own expense). At night, there is an optional dinner at a local restaurant where you can try many different types of local dishes.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Haus Garnison
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Khorixas to Swakopmund
Included Highlight: Guided Walk at Spitzkoppe
Optional Activity: Dinner Out

Day 35

Swakopmund, Namibia

This day gives you the opportunity to participate on multiple adventurous activities. You can also spend your time wandering through the streets doing some shopping. Available optional excursions include sand boarding, quad biking, skydiving or scenic flights over the vast Namib Desert.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Haus Garnison
Facilities En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Optional Activity: Dolphin Cruise, Sky Diving, Sandboarding, Quad Biking and more

Day 36

Swakopmund – Namib Naukluft, Namibia

We depart from Swakopmund today and head southwards, making a quick stop in Walvis Bay before turning east to the gorgeous Namib Desert. We will be accompanied by a local expert on a guided stroll through the desert as well as get taught more about the exclusive desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen managed survive in these harsh desert circumstances. We end the night early as we see have an extra early morning the following day.

Accommodation: Camp: Hammerstein or Betesda Lodge
Facilities: Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Swakopmund to Naukluft National Park area
Activity Package: Guided desert walk with local expert

Day 37

Sesriem and Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia

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

Accommodation: Camp: Hammerstein or Betesda Lodge
Facilities: Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Included Highlight: Hike up Dune 45, visit to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei and the Sesriem Canyon

Day 38

 Namib Naukluft – Fish River Canyon , South Africa

Today we head south on route to Ais Ais. Famous for its hot water baths, this is perfect way to ease away the dust of the Namib. Enjoy an evening swim under the Desert Starts before preparing for the following day, as it will be another early start to catching the morning light filters into the Fish River Canyon.

Accommodation: Camp: Ais Ais or similar
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Namib-Naukluft Park to Fish River Canyon ±425 km
Included Highlight: Ais-Ais Hot Springs

Day 39

Fish River Canyon – Orange River, South Africa

We wake up early and make our way towards Hobas and to the Fish River Canyon, one of the largest canyons found in the world. We walk along the rim of the canyon before on our final stop in Namibia. Our campsite is located on the banks of the Orange River, on the South African side. In the afternoon there is a chance for you to canoe down the River or for you to take your time relaxing at the campsite and going for a swim.

Accommodation: Camp Felix Unite or Norotshama Lodge 
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Fish River Canyon to Gariep / Orange River
Optional Activity: Half-Day Canoe Trip

Day 40

 Orange River – Cederberg Region, South Africa

Today we embark on a long drive to the Northern Cape’s fruit producing region in the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa. This evening we enjoy a traditional South Africa meal and celebrate the memories made.

Accommodation Camp: Markuskraal  or similar
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Orange river to Citrusdal
Activity Package: Traditional Dinner
Border Post: Namibia: Noordoewer, Tel: +264 (0) 63 297 122, Open 24 hours   South Africa: Vioolsdrift, Tel: +27 (27) 761 8760, Open 24 hours

Day 41

Cedarberg – Cape Town, South Africa

On the last day of the tour, we make our way to the beautiful city of Cape Town. We stop at Table View for an outstanding view of Table Mountain from the other side of the bay. This is the spot from which the most photographs of Table Mountain are taken.

Accommodation: Own arrangements can be booked through us.
Route: Citrusdal to Cape Town
Activity Package   Wine Tasting

Activities

*The Activity Package (optional on this trip) includes the following:

  • Wine tasting & traditional dinner ZAR200
  • Guided desert walk with local expert ZAR350
  • Himba Tribe visit ZAR350
  • 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


Other Activities

  • Serengeti Camping Excursion (*Optional Activity) Tanzania ZAR12700
  • Spice Tour – Half Day (min 2 people) Tanzania From $20 to $60
  • Zanzibar Meals (per meal) Tanzania From $10 to $40
  • Dolphin Half Day Trip Tanzania From $40 to $160
  • Scuba Diving – Per Dive Tanzania From $60 to $80
  • Livingstonia Day Trip (Hike)
  • Snorkeling 1hr Tanzania From $25 to $50
  • Walking Safari (4 hours) inside National
  • Park Zambia From $40 to $60
  • Morning Game Drive (Including Park Fees) Zambia From $60 to $80
  • Dinner Out Victoria Falls Zimbabwe From $20 to $50
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise incl Transfers Zimbabwe From $ 90 to $ 100
  • Bungee Jump Zimbabwe From $ 155 to $ 175
  • Helicopter Flights 12-13 min (3pax min) Zimbabwe From $150 to $175
  • Full Day White Water Rafting (High water/low water) Zimbabwe From $145 to $160
  • Photo Safari Botswana From $120 to $360
  • Tips for Polers – Per Day Per Person Botswana Clients Discretion
  • Dinner at Local Restaurant Namibia From ZAR80 to ZAR150
  • Bushman Walk Botswana From BWP80 to BWP90
  • Dinner Out Swakopmund Namibia From ZAR80 to ZAR150
  • Dolphin Cruise 4/5hrs incl Transfer and Light Lunch Namibia From ZAR550 to ZAR650
  • Skydiving incl Transfer & Safety Gear Namibia From ZAR2300 to ZAR2600
  • Sandboarding (Stand Up/Lie down ) Namibia From ZAR350 to ZAR550
  • Quadbiking (2 x Hours) Namibia From ZAR600 to ZAR700
  • Half Day Canoe Adventure (Min 4 pax) South Africa From ZAR250 to ZAR 300
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