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$ 35

Johannesburg to Nairobi - North 2018

Jeeping
Jeeping
min $ 35
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: Johannesburg, Maun Airport, Okavango Delta, Nata, Chobe National Park, Kasane, Victoria Falls National Park, Lusaka, South Luangwa National Park, Iringa, Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Nairobi
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 35
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  • Itinerary

Overview

Covering 8 African countries (Southern and East), this is one incredible 30 day adventure encompassing tropical beaches, world renowned game parks and all the adventure activities you could imagine.
Leaving behind the city of Johannesburg we venture deeper into the Central Kalahari in Botswana where we will get to know the fascinating San people. We will also join our San guides for a guided walk that will introduce us to the many secrets of their survival in the Kalahari Desert. We take in the sights and sounds of the Okavango Delta from a peaceful position in a mokoro (dugout canoe) before leaving for the Chobe National Park where we will watch elephants and other animals play on the banks of the river from the comfort of our sunset boat cruise. We visit the adventure capital of Victoria Falls before heading to the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, the shores of Lake Malawi and the paradisiacal beaches of Zanzibar Island. In Zanzibar you will have ample opportunity to create some island memories. Rent a scooter and explore the many attractions on offer, go scuba diving or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun. We end our tour with a two night camping excursion to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The Serengeti offers an authentic and idyllic wilderness safari that can not be left out on an overland adventure tour!

Itinerary

Our tours come with an "Optional Activity Package".  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don't book the package, the activities won't be included.  We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

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  Camping     Accommodated   This tour also leaves from Nairobi
> View this tour Day 01

Johannesburg to Kalahari Gateway

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Leaving behind the city of Johannesburg, we travel through the North-West Province to the Botswana border. After completing border formalities we continue on the Trans-Kalahari highway to our overnight stop.

Day 02

Kalahari Gateway to Kalahari

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After breakfast we venture deeper into the Central Kalahari and our camp in the Ghanzi district, here we will spend time getting to know the fascinating San people. After lunch we will join our San guides for a guided walk that will introduce us to the many secrets of their survival in the Kalahari Desert. The nomadic San are hunter-gatherers that have passed down a rich knowledge of the plants and animals that play such an important part in their lifestyle. This evening we will get a first-hand experience of the San culture, well known for its rich traditions of song, dance and story-telling.

Day 03

Kalahari to Maun

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This morning we bid farewell to the San and make our way to Maun, gateway to the Okavango Delta. There will be time this afternoon for those who wish to enjoy an optional Scenic Flight over the Okavango Delta. Your guides will brief you this evening on what you will need for the upcoming Delta Excursions, please note that baggage restrictions apply for transfers to our camps so a small daypack or similar is advisable.

 

Day 04

Okavango Delta

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This morning we embark on our exploration of the Okavango Delta, one of Africa’s great wilderness areas. This unique and unusual ecosystem sees the annual flood waters of the Okavango River fan out into the sands of the Kalahari Basin. The seasonality of the flood waters lends the Delta its ever changing character. While water levels may fluctuate the tranquillity of this wilderness area remains constant.

Please be advised that clients who have not selected the Okavango Delta Excursion as part of their Activity Package, will remain in Maun with the truck for the next 2 nights, accommodated clients in en-suite rooms and camping clients in the campsite with shared ablutions. Meals are provided by the base camp and optional activities are available.

 

Day 05

Okavango Delta

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A full day is set aside to enjoy the activities on offer in the Delta, while the programme of activities is flexible to accommodate the seasonal changes in water levels, you will have the opportunity to enjoy amongst other activities traditional Mokoro rides and natures walks. The Okavango Delta is not only a natural wonder, but represents one of the last unspoilt wilderness areas in the world today.

Day 06

Nata

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Our journey today takes us across the northern reaches of the Makgadigadi Pans, the road to Nata is lined with majestic examples of the iconic Baobab tree. While we will pause to experience a finger of the pan on our journey from Maun, those who would like to can join an optional excursion to the Pans this afternoon.

Day 07

Chobe National Park

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We rise early this morning as we continue north to our camp on the banks of the Chobe River. This afternoon is set aside for exploring the Chobe National Park. We begin our exploration in 4×4 vehicles, which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many elephants that frequent the river in the afternoons. The afternoon ends with a leisurely boat cruise and a meal served around the campfire.

Day 08

Kasane – Victoria Falls

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With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border to Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. Today we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets to explore and a delicious high tea is on offer at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Tonight we enjoy an optional dinner out, your guide will assist you to decide on the many options available.

Day 09

Victoria Falls

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With the many activities on offer in Victoria Falls, today is the perfect day for the adventure that most suits your style. Whether rafting the mighty Zambezi River or enjoying a scenic flight over the falls below, this is your day to enjoy the many attractions on offer in Victoria Falls.

Day 10

Lusaka

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Setting off early from Victoria Falls, we catch a last sighting of the mighty falls before crossing the border into Zambia. While we have a long day travelling today, we get our first impressions of the Africa that awaits us. Colourful markets, busy villages and rural scenes form the backdrop of our journey to the outskirts of Lusaka. We enjoy a prepared meal on arrival as our guides brief us on the days ahead.

 

Day 11

Petauke

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This morning we drive through Zambia’s busy capital Lusaka before turning east towards Petauke, our destination for the night. As an important link between Lusaka and neighbouring Malawi, the Great East Road winds through rural Zambia and we will cross the mighty Luangwa River along the way. Dotted with villages and subsistence farms, todays landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries so many of us call home.

Day 12

South Luangwa National Park

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With two days of travel behind us we look forward to the tranquillity of South Luangwa and this morning we make our way to the banks of the Luangwa River. Our first stop though is the town of Chipata, home of Chipata Cotton and an important centre for the cotton famers of the region. Tribal Textiles represents the creativity of the African culture and those interested can enjoy a tour of their workshops (March to December). One of the finest sunsets is surely that enjoyed on the banks of the Luangwa River, so grab a cold drink and watch the day fade away.

Day 13

South Luangwa National Park

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South Luangwa National Park is a world-class safari destination and we have a full day to explore the park in search of the variety of wildlife found in the park. This morning you can partake in an optional morning safari or during the dry season (April to December) you can join one of the iconic walking safaris on offer in the park. This afternoon we will enjoy a Sunset Drive in the park, we split our time between day and night with a sundowner stop in between. The unique opportunity to explore the park at night gives us a chance to spot the elusive nocturnal species that are rarely seen in the day.

Day 14

Lake Malawi – Malawi

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This morning we board our truck and set off for Malawi, the warm heart of Africa. Our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi, the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system. As one of the ten largest lakes in the world, the lake stretches for over 500km along the western boundary of Malawi and is home to more species of fish than other lake. We spend the night on the shores of this natural wonder.

Day 15

Northern Lake Malawi

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Taking our time this morning we enjoy the charms of sunrise on the Lake, we head out this afternoon and come to rest on the northern reaches of the lake shore. Here we spend a few days indulging in the many attractions that underlie the charm of the Lake and its people. Our base for the next three nights offers a range of opportunities to satisfy every wish.

Day 16

Lake Malawi

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Amongst the myriad of optional activities to fill your days, we will pay a visit to a local community this morning to meet the people of the lake. Hikers will find a selection of trips, including a rather strenuous outing to the mission village of Livingstonia, set high above the lake. Snorkelling in the crystal waters offers the chance to see first-hand the brilliantly coloured tropical cichlids, tiny fish often found in colourful aquariums around the world. Your guide will assist you to plan your activities for the coming days, or you can simply slow your clock to Africa time relaxing on the lake shore.

Day 17

Lake Malawi

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Today is set aside for a day of relaxation on the shores of this great lake.  This afternoon we will enjoy a village walk to the nearby local village.

Day 18

Tanzania – Iringa

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Today as we leave Malawi, we ascend the Great Rift Valley and make our way into Tanzania. We round the northern extremes of the lake as we turn east and continue to our overnight stop in Iringa.

Day 19

Mikumi

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This morning we complete our journey to the doorstep of Mikumi National Park. Mikumi ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania, but forms part of a 75 000 square kilometre wilderness that centres on Selous, Africa’s largest game reserve. Abutting the northern border of this vast wilderness, Mikumi offers us an opportunity for an afternoon of game viewing.

Day 20

Dar es Salaam

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Today we continue onwards to the bustling port of Dar es Salaam, tonight we have an opportunity to dinner out on the town as we prepare for our upcoming excursion to Zanzibar. Dar es Salaam grew from a humble fishing village and today is one of the largest cities in Africa.

Day 21

Zanzibar Excursion

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Boarding the ferry to Zanzibar this morning we make the ocean journey to the island of Zanzibar. On arrival we will partake in a Spice Tour before reaching Nungwi on the northern point of the island. Our home for the next two nights, Nungwi offers a perfect stop to enjoy the beaches and activities on offer. Those who have not opted for the Zanzibar Excursion will remain in Dar es Salaam for the next three nights.

Day 22

Zanzibar Excursion

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Today is a free day for enjoying some of the many attractions and activities on offer. Water sports are the order of the day and Nungwi offers fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and a variety of ocean safari options. Whatever it is you chose to do today, you will have ample opportunity to create some island memories. Rent a scooter and explore the many attractions on offer or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun.

Day 23

Zanzibar Excursion

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Our visit to Nungwi comes to an end today as we travel to Stone Town this afternoon. Boasting a rich history this bustling port was once a landmark on both the  Slave and Spice trade routes. We overnight here before returning to Dar es Salaam in the morning.

Day 24

Dar es Salaam – Bagamoyo

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This morning we have some time to explore the sights of Stone Town, the rich history and vibrant markets are some of the highlights of any visit to Zanzibar. We bid farewell to the island this afternoon and board our return ferry, on arrival in Dar es Salaam make the short journey north to Bagamoyo where we make our stop for the night.

 

Day 25

Arusha

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Heading north this morning we travel across the northern reaches of Tanzania, our destination tonight is the bustling town of Arusha which is our launching point for the Serengeti. Northern Tanzania is home to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro. This evening we will briefed on the excursion to Serengeti by our local guide as we prepare for the coming days.

 

Day 26

Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

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The following days are set aside for the 3-night camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This area has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4×4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks. We leave our accommodation in the morning and drive to the Serengeti. On arrival we will start with our first game drive.

Day 27

Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

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We spend the entire day game driving through the Serengeti. Our route is depending on the movement of the game and sightings.

Day 28

Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

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Today we explore more of the Serengeti and make our way to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. We drive down to the bottom of the Crater, where we try and see as many animals as possible.

Day 29

Arusha

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Returning to Arusha tonight we share out experiences of the Serengeti and prepare for the trip to Nairobi tomorrow.

Day 30

Kenya – Nairobi

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We cross the border into Kenya this morning and make our way to Nairobi where our journey ends on arrival.

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