Enjoy an audience with the gentle gorillas in misty highlands, watch the Zambezi River tumble over Victoria Falls and view the shimmering dunes of the ancient Namib Desert. Game parks, beaches, deserts and wetlands from Lake Victoria to Table Mountain. This overland tour through Africa has it all.
Gorilla and Chimp trekking permits are booked at the time of confirming your tour at an additional cost. See more info for details.
Day 1. Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park Highlights. Great Rift Valley. Lake Nakuru, Kenya.Heading off from the bustling Capital city, you'll head down the Great Rift Valley escarpment to the town of Nakuru and the game-rich Lake Nakuru National Park. Explore the park on an afternoon game drive with an expert resident guide. 3 images Great Rift Valley 4 images Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Day 2. Lake Nakuru to EldoretNamed for the Maasai word 'Eldore' which means stoney river and is a growing town on the frontier to Uganda. Crossing from the southern to the northern hemisphere, you'll get to stop off at the equator to learn about its significance.
Day 3. Eldoret to Kampala, Uganda Highlights. Kampala, Uganda.Crossing into Uganda, you'll experience the busy road border with the local vendors, boda-boda taxis and other traffic before heading on to Uganda's Capital city - Kampala. Sprawling across five sacred hills, Uganda's economic growth can be seen with the spread of the city and it's inhabitants.
Day 4. Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park area Highlights. Equator.Heading west, the Ugandan countryside opens up with it's lush banana plantations, terraced hillsides and smiling rural population waving the truck along as you go. Keep an eye out for the majestic Ankole cattle with their long curved horns along the way. 5 images Equator
Day 5. Queen Elizabeth National Park Highlights. Chimpanzee Trek, Kyambura Gorge, Uganda. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda.Today you'll have the opportunity to trek into the forest in search of the resident chimpanzees and see them in their natural habitat (permit holders only).
Day 6. Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake Bunyonyi Highlights. Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda.Named for the many birds that are found around this picturesque crater-lake, Bunyonyi is a hidden gem and offers a lovely stop over on this tour.
Day 7-8. Lake Bunyonyi Highlights. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Mountain gorillas.This region of Africa is home to the world’s remaining 700 free-roaming mountain gorillas, many of which inhabit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. During our stay at Bunyoni the group will head off for their trek on either day 7 or 8.
Day 9. Lake Bunyoni to Kampala Highlights. Kampala, Uganda.We leave the terraced slopes of the Bunyoni area and head back north-east to Kampala.
Day 10. Kampala to Jinja Highlights. Jinja, Uganda.Named for the orange hue of the soil on the banks of the Nile, the town of Jinja is home to markets and the Mahatma Ghandi monument.
Day 11-12. JinjaSpend 2 days enjoying the tranquil feel of the Nile and surrounds. Optional excursions include bungee jumping, quad biking, white water rafting, community school project, Nile SUP, fishing trips, mountain biking and kayaking.
Day 13. Jinja to Eldoret, KenyaRetrace your steps across the border and back to Kenya where the night is spent at Eldoret.
Day 14. Eldoret to NairobiHeading back up the Rift Valley Escarpment the trip heads back to Kenya's Capital Nairobi where you'll have the afternoon at leisure to explore the local markets and the city sights.
Day 15. NairobiToday is free to enjoy some of the optional activities available in Nairobi. Popular choices include the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Langatta Giraffe Centre or check out the Karen Blixen Museum in the nearby town of Karen. The Nairobi National Park is also nearby and offers an excellent opportunity to see wildlife.
Day 16. Nairobi to Maasai MaraThe sweeping plains, distant horizons, low slung acacia trees, and plentiful wildlife ensure a deeply evocative few days spent out in the reserve.
Day 17. Maasai Mara National Reserve Highlights. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.This morning we head out early on our specialised game vehicles with expert local guides to show us the way. The Maasai Mara is well known as a wildlife mecca during the Great Migration when the massive herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle make their way across from the Serengeti in Tanzania.
Day 18. Maasai Mara to NairobiWe bid the reserve and the colourful Maasai of this region farewell and head back to the bustling Capital.
Day 19. Nairobi to Arusha, Tanzania Highlights. Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania. Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania.The town of Arusha is situated on the half-way point between Cape Town and Cairo along the old trade route and is famously known as the Safari Capital of East Africa.
Day 20. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.Packing the gear into the 4x4 safari vehicles in the morning and getting prepped for the tour into the Serengeti National Park makes for some excitement this morning.
Day 21. Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro CraterWaking early to the sounds of the wilderness we head out on an early game drive to explore before packing up the camp over breakfast.
Day 22. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.After a cool night at the Crater camp we breakfast early and head off to descend the crater walls in today's wildlife extravaganza.
Day 23. Arusha to Bagamoyo Highlights. Bagamoyo, Tanzania.Driving through Moshi at the base of Kilimanjaro we then head south along the Usambara Mountain range where with a bit of luck we'll catch a glimpse of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak (5895m). This afternoon we arrive to Bagamoyo - once a thriving port city to the colonials. 3 images Bagamoyo, Tanzania
Day 24. Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.Travelling down the trade-route road from Bagamoyo to Dar, there is lots to see along the way with larger villages and more business activities. A hub for commerce and trade in Tanzania, the city is a base for many consulates and businesses and is often mistaken as the Capital of Tanzania.
Day 25. Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Zanzibar, Tanzania.This morning brings the next adventure as you head to the port and board the ferry to Zanzibar. Arriving to Stone Town, the rest of the day is free to explore the myriad of alleyways in the city or discover the markets and shops for some excellent souvenir shopping.
Day 26-27. Zanzibar - Northern Beaches Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania.Spices are grown in plantations outside Stone town and you can take day tours to visit these and have your senses dazzled by the tastes and scents experienced. If it’s white sand, sparkling ocean and hot sun you prefer – head to the northern beaches and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best. Try snorkelling and diving, indulge in some sumptuous seafood, or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book. 5 images Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania
Day 28. Zanzibar to Dar es SalaamLeaving the tropical spice island we head back to mainland on the ferry and to our truck awaiting us at camp. The evening is enjoyed with the group reminiscing about our island adventures
Day 29. Dar es Salaam to Mikumi Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.Driving west we pass through the Mikumi National Park and possibly spot some giraffe or elephant browsing the nearby trees. The Park forms the north-western border of the great Selous Game Reserve.
Day 30. Mikumi to IringaHeading into the highlands we wind our way through the Baobab Valley and on to the small farming village of Iringa.
Day 31. Iringa to Chitimba BeachBidding farewell to Tanzania we make our way back down the Rift Valley Escarpment and into Malawi.
Day 32. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi.Enjoy a free day to explore the local village, take a hike up to the Livingstonia Mission or simply relax and enjoy a swim in the warm waters of the lake.
Day 33. Chitimba to Kande BeachToday we pass through the town of Mzuzu and stock up on supplies in the local market before heading to the central lake area and our camp at Kande Beach.
Day 34. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi.Diving the fresh waters of tropical Lake Malawi offers a myriad of fresh water tropical fish to see - most famously of the Cichlid family.
Day 35. Kande to Chipata, ZambiaTaking our wonderful memories of Malawi with us, we pass through the Capital Lilongwe and on to Zambia where we spend our first night at Chipata.
Day 36. Chipata to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia.Zambia is fast becoming one of the leading farming and mining countries in Southern Africa with an economy that is recovering from a detrimental crash in the late 70's.
Day 37. Lusaka to Livingstone Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.Winding through the farming towns of southern Zambia we make our way to the famed Livingstone - named for the colonial explorer David Livingstone. Time allowing we head to the Victoria Falls at Mosi oa Tunya National Park and see what the hype of this UNESCO Site is all about.
Day 38-40. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.It's time to explore! Three full days are available to enjoy the many sights and experiences in the Livingstone and Victoria Falls area. From white water rafting the Zambezi, scenic flights over the falls and bungee to mountain biking through the villages, volunteering with GreenPop and canoeing the upper Zambezi.
Day 41. Livingstone to Kasane, Botswana Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana. Chobe National Park, Botswana.We cross from Zambia to Botswana at the Kazangula ferry and make our way to the gateway of the Chobe National Park - Kasane.
Day 42. Kasane to Nata Highlights. Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana.Waking early we board our game driving vehicles with resident guide and head out into the Chobe National Park.
Day 43. Nata to MaunBotswana is home to many interesting wildlife havens including wide tracts of migration routes from east to west and north to south. We travel west today to Maun - the gateway to the Okavango Delta.
Day 44. Maun to Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana.We board our 4x4 transfer this morning and wind through the small settlements surrounding Maun and on into the Okavango Delta wilderness.
Day 45. Okavango Delta to MaunWaking at dawn we head out on foot to further explore the surrounds. The experience of walking in an open game area is like none other with the sights, sounds and smells of the wilderness to enjoy.
Day 46. Maun to Ghanzi Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana.Travelling further west we head to Ghanzi - a small town on the northern edge of the Central Kalahari region.
Day 47. Ghanzi to Windhoek, Namibia Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia.Today's journey takes us from Botswana to Namibia and the Capital city - Windhoek.
Day 48. Windhoek to Etosha National ParkJourneying north through the smaller towns we head to Namibia's most famous National Park, Etosha.
Day 49. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia.Today we spend the day out on the pathways around the park seeking the animals that make this dry area their home.
Day 50. Etosha to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia.We leave the wilderness and travel to the stark boulder-mountains of the Spitzkoppe. Once massive volcanic batholith's that now lay above the ground.
Day 51. Spitskoppe to Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia.Departing the giant granite mountains we head to the Atlantic Ocean and the seaside town of Swakopmund.
Day 52. SwakopmundThe day is yours to head out and explore, or enjoy a few days back in 'civilization'.
Day 53. Swakopmund to Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region Highlights. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region, Namibia. The Tropic of Capricorn.Getting back inland today, we leave the cool Atlantic coastline and drive rugged mountain passes to our desert camp situated in the Khomas Region of Namibia. Enjoy an afternoon desert experience or simply marvel at the spectacular views. 1 images Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region, Namibia 2 images The Tropic of Capricorn
Day 54. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region to Sesriem Area Highlights. Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Sesriem Canyon, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia.This morning we rise early and head out with the sunrise to Sesriem and Sossusvlei within the Namib Naukluft National Park.
Day 55. Sesriem Area to Fish River Canyon Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia.We awaken in the tranquil desert and head further south to the majestic Fish River Canyon.
Day 56. Fish River Canyon to Orange River Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia.heading south through rugged mountainous desert terrain dotted with quiver trees and euphorbia's, we arrive at the Orange (Gariep) River.
Day 57. Orange River to Cederberg Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa.Leaving Namibia behind, we journey further south through South Africa's northern Cape region to the majestic Cederberg. Our camp is situated in the small farming town of Trawal where we enjoy our last evening 'on the road' together. 1 images Cederberg, South Africa
Day 58. Cederberg to Cape Town Highlights. Cape Town, South Africa.Our final journey brings us to the South Africa's mother city with the iconic Table Mountain as a backdrop.
Conveniently located on Nairobi's Harry Thuku Road and set in manicured gardens, this hotel offers a peaceful oasis in the centre of town. Walking distance to shops and craft markets. Rooms – single, twin, double en suite rooms with balcony and satellite TV. Facilities – restaurant, bar, swimming pool, internet, laundry. Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation. Ashanti Lodge, Gardens, Cape Town
Please note: As from 1st May 2018, we will change our accommodation from Ashanti Lodge in Greenpoint to Ashanti Lodge in Gardens. Please check your tour voucher to confirm that your tour starting and ending point is correct before departing. Situated at the foot of Table Mountain and in walking distances to the city centre, Ashanti Lodge Backpackers in Gardens is your gateway to Cape Town. This gorgeous Victorian Mansion offers backpacker dormitories to single, double and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Chill next to the stunning pool, join the party in the legendary Kumasi Café/Bar with its cool cocktails, tasty food and fabulous mountain views or go explore the city's highlights close by.
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Nairobi early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.
If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of this part of Africa. Accommodation is usually available locally on arrival but you can pre-book this with Acacia or your agent. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Cape Town area’s that can be arranged locally.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.
GORILLA & CHIMPANZEE TREK:
Depending on the availability of the chimpanzee and gorilla permits the tour itinerary may vary in day to day running order which is based on the brochure itinerary. From time to time we may have to trek on different days. If at any chance our Gorilla trek should be in another neighbouring country, e.g. Rwanda (instead of Uganda) this may entail extra visa fees although we shall endeavour to advise you before departure of any significant changes to the tour itinerary. Please take the above itinerary as a guideline only. This applies to day 6-8 of this tour.
We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in groundsheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool. In Maasai Mara we use multi shared tented camp with en-suite facilities. In the Okavango Delta we use twin share pre-erected tents with basic en-suite facilities. In the Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater there are basic facilities. On Zanzibar we use basic tourist class local hotels. In Swakopmund we use multi shared accommodation (dorm).
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with on-board tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, mokoro (dugout canoe), river boat, 4x4 safari vehicle and fast ferry.
GAME PARK VISITS:
In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit.
This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in assisting with the various day to day duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the truck tidy (usually on a rota basis). But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip.
57 Breakfasts, 47 Lunches, 44 Dinners
49 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 3 night in twin share pre-erected en suite tents, 2 nights dorm room, 3 nights tourist class hotel
Have you seen the movie Gladiator? If not, go and watch right now. Those who have seen in will be glad to know that Sahara is the location where the most prominent scenes of the movie were shot. You can start with capturing the velvet dunes and taking photos of the snake charmers and mighty camels proudly swaying as they carry bedouins on their back. Once in a province, you will get a chance to capture and even participate in the traditional tea ceremony as well as to see the locals playing gnawa music performed on goatskin drums. The beauty of the sunset in Sahara is just a cherry on the top of a cake you cannot miss out on.