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The whole nine-yards, with all the highlights between! Travel from East Africa's famed safari parks like Bwindi, Maasai Mara, Nakuru and Serengeti, to the pristine beaches of Zanzibar. Head into Africa's rift valley at Lake Malawi and stand in the spray of the thundering Victoria Falls. Traverse the myriad of waterways in Botswana's Okavango Delta and sprint down the rust-coloured dunes of the Namib Desert. Finishing in iconic Cape Town - there's so much adventure on this tour that's not to be missed!
This accommodated overland will take you to East and Southern Africa's best attractions. From trekking for gorillas in Uganda to game driving in Maasai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Chobe and Etosha. Enjoy the white sand and clear blue ocean of Zanzibar and feel the spray from Victoria Falls. Climb the sand dunes in the worlds oldest desert and finally finish off in beautiful Cape Town. This tour will leave you with incredible memories and provide you with an insight into the magic of Africa.
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. Accommodation. Naiberi Camp.Today our adventure begins! Boarding our custom built overland safari truck, we settle in and meet our fellow travellers as the truck makes its way out of the busy city.
As the city begins to dwindle, we head on to the rift valley escarpment viewpoint looking out into the massive geographical phenomenon.
From the viewpoint, we continue on the drive to Nakuru where we will spend our first night at a pleasant camp on the outskirts of the Lake Nakuru National Park.
Lake Nakuru National Park is a relatively small park (by African standards) however prolific in wildlife, situated on the Great Rift Valley floor. The shallow soda lake attracts a huge variety of birdlife – especially flamingos, which may gather in such numbers that (when viewed from above) they form a strikingly pink ‘fringe’ around the lake-shore.
However Lake Nakuru is not simply a bird sanctuary, it is also home to buffalo, lion, rhino (black and white), leopard, warthog, baboon, antelope, and a variety of smaller animals. A delightful introduction to East Africa’s wildlife diversity that we seek out on an afternoon game drive, with a local guide to tell us of the ins-and-outs of Kenyan safari highlights 3 images Great Rift Valley 4 images Lake Nakuru, Kenya 3 images Naiberi Camp
Day 2. Lake Nakuru to Eldoret Accommodation. Punda Millias.Leaving Nakuru we travel northwest climbing at altitude to the rural town of Eldoret. We cross the Equator today going from the Southern to Northern Hemisphere. Eldoret is the fifth largest town in Kenya and surrounding by lush tea plantations that are abundant in this part of Kenya. 3 images Punda Millias
Day 3. Eldoret to Kampala, Uganda Highlights. Kampala, Uganda. Accommodation. Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala.Leaving Kenya, our journey takes us into Uganda today. After crossing the busy border we drive along with views of the local villages and people carrying on with their daily routines.
We enter the capital city Kampala and head to our camp on the outskirts of the city. 5 images Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala
Day 4. Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park Accommodation. Simba Camp, Uganda.Today we continue on to the western side of Uganda and the pretty Albertine valley with its hills. This part of Uganda offers vast tracts of natural vegetation and is home to a number of conservation areas.
We stay just outside of the park allowing you to explore the surrounding areas this afternoon. 4 images Simba Camp, Uganda
Day 5. Queen Elizabeth National Park Highlights. Chimpanzee Trek, Kyambura Gorge, Uganda. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. Accommodation. Simba Camp, Uganda.With over 500 species of bird, and 100 mammals, Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of Uganda's finest with a high diversity of plant and animal life. We make our way to the Kyambura Gorge that is home to the forests where chimpanzee reside in their natural habitat. Most troops consist of 30-80 individuals and are mainly seen in the tree canopy. Chimpanzee are fantastic climbers and set up their nests high in trees where they rest during midday, and later sleep in at night. They build new nests in just minutes through simply bending branches, interweaving them to create a platform as well as lining the ends with twigs.
Our trekking groups are limited to 8 people at a time, so depending on our group size you may trek either in the morning or the afternoon.
The remaining time is spent at leisure enjoying the surrounding wilderness. 3 images Chimpanzee Trek, Kyambura Gorge, Uganda 3 images Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda 4 images Simba Camp, Uganda
Day 6. Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake Bunyonyi Highlights. Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda. Accommodation. Lake Bunyonyi Camp.We bid farewell to this part of Uganda and make our way south to the Virunga Mountain Ranges, and the dense jungle that is home to the last of the free mountain gorillas.
Making our way to Lake Bunyonyi high up in the mountains, we base ourselves here for the next few days in order to have time to trek the gorillas, and explore our surroundings.
Lake Bunyonyi is the second deepest lake in Africa (after Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania), and measures over 900m deep, 7km wide and 27km long with a number of small islands and inlets throughout. 3 images Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda 4 images Lake Bunyonyi Camp
Day 7-8. Lake Bunyoni - Gorilla Trek Highlights. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Mountain gorillas. Accommodation. Lake Bunyonyi Camp.Trekking the endangered mountain gorilla is a rare opportunity which we enjoy over the next couple of days. We generally trek in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, but may from time to time trek in neighbouring Rwanda. Each permit allows for one visit of up to one hour of viewing gorillas, however the trek to catch up to them in the forest may take anything from 2-6 hours depending on each individual group's location.
As the gorillas are in their natural habitat, our rangers ensure that the trekking group has as little impact as possible on their natural behaviour. Watch as they feed, groom and play in very 'human-like' ways and enjoy the encounter to observe these magnificent creatures.
While not on the trek, there is plenty to do from our base at Lake Bunyonyi. Grab a canoe and explore or visit a local school or community project on a guided tour. Alternatively, just sit back and enjoy the views from the scenic camp. 4 images Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda 4 images Mountain gorillas 4 images Lake Bunyonyi Camp
Day 9. Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala Highlights. Equator. Accommodation. Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala.Heading north we travel back to the bustling capital city Kampala crossing the equator back to the northern hemisphere again.
Tonight we are back at the lovely Red Chilli Hideaway with an option to head out onto the town to explore the local nightlife. 5 images Equator 5 images Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala
Day 10. Kampala to Jinja Highlights. Jinja, Uganda. Accommodation. Nile River Explorer.Just a short drive from Kampala is the source of the White Nile, flowing from the massive Lake Victoria. We head to the banks of the Nile on the outskirts of the town of Jinja, where we stop off for the next days in order to explore the surrounds.
Our accommodation overlooks the Nile River and you have many optional activities to enjoy here over the next few days. 5 images Jinja, Uganda 3 images Nile River Explorer
Day 11-12. Jinja Highlights. Jinja, Uganda. Accommodation. Nile River Explorer.The next two days a free for you to enjoy your time in Jinja. Relax on the banks of the river or take the option to try river rafting - an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of ‘whitewater’. There is also the opportunity to make some difference to local children at a local school project: ‘Softpower’ is a locally run volunteer program aimed at building and improving schools in the Jinja area to which your contribution of a few hours is always most welcome. Other activities include mountain biking, quad biking, village walks and even bungee jumping! 5 images Jinja, Uganda 3 images Nile River Explorer
Day 13. Jinja to Eldoret, Kenya Accommodation. Punda Millias.Bidding our farewell's to the lovely Ugandan people, we cross back over to Kenya today and make our way back to our camp at Eldoret.
3 images Punda Millias
Day 14. Eldoret to Nairobi Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.Tracing our way back across Kenya, our drive takes us back to the bustling city Nairobi. Arriving in the late afternoon, we have time to settle in before heading out to explore the city tonight.
3 images Karen Camp, Nairobi
Day 15. Nairobi Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.Enjoy a day off the truck and out exploring Nairobi's highlights. Visit the many cafes, bars and restaurants along with the National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi National Park, Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre. Alternatively the Nairobi National Park is nearby too! 3 images Karen Camp, Nairobi
Day 16. Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve Accommodation. Maasai Mara Camp.This morning we meet our local guides who will take us into the Maasai Mara National Reserve on safari!
Leaving Nairobi we travel across the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve crossing the Maasai town of Narok, and seeing the many Manyatta's peppered around the countryside. We use specialised safari vehicles for our time in the reserve allowing us the a better game viewing experience with greater access on the rugged terrain here. 4 images Maasai Mara Camp
Day 17. Maasai Mara National Reserve Highlights. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Accommodation. Maasai Mara Camp.The Maasai Mara is world famous as one of the best wildlife reserves in Africa and today we head out to see what this is all about.
Winding our way around the hills, valleys and savanna we seek out cheetah, lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard alongside the many antelope and bird species that are at home here. See the horizon far in the distance dotted with lone Acacia trees, and spot the amazing wildlife along the way. The Masai Mara is truly a once-in-a-lifetime place to behold.
This evening we enjoy an African sunset with the sounds of the wilderness and enjoy retelling our stories of sights and experiences had today. 9 images Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya 4 images Maasai Mara Camp
Day 18. Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.We depart the Mara today travelling back across the Great Rift Valley to Nairobi where we meet back up with our overland safari truck for the night. 3 images Karen Camp, Nairobi
Day 19. Nairobi to Arusha, Tanzania Highlights. Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.This morning we may welcome some new travellers, before we head south out of Nairobi and on to the border of Tanzania.
Once we've crossed over, we continue on to Arusha - the safari capital and base for most wildlife expeditions into the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks. We also see the towering Mount Meru as we drive to the city.
We arrive to our camp at Meserani and after settling in, we head out to a nearby Masai Village to learn about this fascinating African culture, and their way of life. 3 images Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania 4 images Meserani Snake Park
Day 20. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Serengeti Camp.This morning we prepare for our excursion into the famed Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. We transfer our gear into the smaller 4x4 vehicles and meet our local guides who take us on this memorable trip.
Heading out from Meserani, we head first across the flat plains surrounding Lake Manyara National Park before ascending the rift valley escarpment and entering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We climb further up the steep crater walls and along the winding track on the outer edge before making our way down to the famed plains of the Serengeti.
Once we've 'checked in' we continue on game drive to our nature camp in the centre of the park where we will spend the night under canvas, in the camp that is open to wandering wildlife. Our guides ensure we are briefed and know what to do in the event of a wildlife encounter - making this night one of the most spectacular and memorable on our tour.
We supply your tent, mattress, sleeping bag and pillow for the next two nights so you can enjoy this unique wilderness experience
We meet our guides and get into our smaller game park vehicles this morning passing through Mto Wa Mbo and entering Ngorongoro Crater Conservation are. We drive around the Craters rim and down to the Serengeti plains game driving to our campsite for the evening. 5 images Serengeti National Park, Tanzania 1 images Serengeti Camp
Day 21. Ngorongoro Crater Accommodation. Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater.Rising with the African dawn, we are out early enough to catch a glimpse of the predators that may still be roaming in search of a fresh kill.
Once we've packed up our camp, we continue on our game drive exploring the wild in search of lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant and of course the vast migration of wildebeest and gazelle that make their way around this massive area throughout the year, in search of fresh grazing. The migration is a sight to behold and can be seen in its different stages throughout the year.
After exiting the Serengeti, we ascend back up the crater rim to our camp high on its edge where we spend another night under canvas and the majestic African night.
Game driving out of the plains this morning we make our way towards our camp on the craters rim in the afternoon again game driving en route. 1 images Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater
Day 22. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.Starting early today we descend the steep road onto the Crater floor for a morning of game driving. Most of the large mammals can be found here apart from giraffe who cannot manage the steep slope to the floor. The morning is spent zig-zagging the dirt tracks in search of the herds, predators and other exciting animals to be seen here. It's easy to see why the Ngorongoro Crater was declared a World Heritage Site with the spectacular wildlife viewing and scenic panoramas we experience today.
This afternoon we make our way back to Arusha and our accommodation at the Meserani Snake Park. 7 images Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania 4 images Meserani Snake Park
Day 23. Arusha to Bagamoyo Highlights. Bagamoyo, Tanzania. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Accommodation. Firefly Camp.We bid farewell to safari country and make our way across the base of the mighty Kilimanjaro this morning. With the cool morning air, the peak is most often shrouded as we drive past but with some luck we may glimpse it from further afield as we head south today.
We travel along the Usumbara mountain range, and through rural Tanzania before branching off to the Indian Ocean coastline, and the historic town of Bagamoyo. Arriving in the late afternoon, there is time to enjoy a dip in the warm waters before our dinner tonight.
We make our way south this morning via the town of Moshi to Bagamoyo. We pass Mount Kilimanjaro and may be lucky enough to get a view of this snow capped mountain if the weather is clear. 3 images Bagamoyo, Tanzania 6 images Kilimanjaro, Tanzania 4 images Firefly Camp
Day 24. Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.Waking to the sound of the ocean and the cool sea breeze, we head further along the coastline to the bustling port city of Dar es Salaam (which translated to English, means Haven of Peace).
Our base for the night is to the south of the city on a stretch of beach. Tonight we chat about our trip across the channel to Zanzibar, what to expect and what to bring along while our overland truck remains at the camp in Dar. 3 images Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 2 images Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam
Day 25. Dar es Salaam to Stone Town, Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Zanzibar, Tanzania. Accommodation. Safari Lodge, Zanzibar.Heading out early to catch our ferry, we make our way across the channel to the seaport at Zanzibar. A bustling and busy experience, followed by a check in through customs (Zanzibari's consider themselves to be independent of Tanzania) and we're off to our accommodation in Stone Town.
After checking in, the rest of the day is spent at leisure exploring the winding alleyways, Arabic architecture and shops, stalls, markets and restaurants of the Old Town. This evening there is the Forodhani food market to explore - or alternatively settle in to one of the many restaurants for some delicious island fare. 7 images Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania 3 images Zanzibar, Tanzania 4 images Safari Lodge, Zanzibar
Day 26-27. Zanzibar - Northern Beaches Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Accommodation. Sunset Bungalows Kendwa.This morning there is an option to explore one of the local spice plantations as we make our way north out of the city. Learn about the many different flavours and uses of the spice trade, taste delicious fruit and enjoy a few hours out in the plantation.
From here our transfer takes us to the northern tip of the island and on to Kendwa Beach where we settle in for the next for days of rest, and relaxation. Activities while staying here include diving, snorkelling, sunset boat trips and simply enjoying the beach. 5 images Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania 5 images Sunset Bungalows Kendwa
Day 28. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.This morning we can go for one last swim in the ocean or do some last minute shopping before we head back to the African mainland and our camp at Dar es Salaam for the evening. 2 images Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam
Day 29. Dar es Salaam to Mikumi Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Tanswiss, Mikumi.Heading west we drive inland again and on through the towns and villages outside of bustling Dar es Salaam. We drive through a section of the Mikumi National Park where we may be lucky enough to spot the wildlife here, to our accommodation just outside the park. Time permitting, there is an option to enjoy an additional game drive in the Mikumi National Park this evening. 6 images Tanswiss, Mikumi
Day 30. Mikumi to Iringa Accommodation. Iringa Farmhouse.Leaving Mikumi we travel through the baobab valley and on to the small town of Iringa and our accommodation at the Kisolanza Farm. This working farm has been home to the same family for over 70 years.
Nestled in the Tanzanian highlands, this camp is one of our crew's favourites! 3 images Iringa Farmhouse
Day 31. Iringa to Chitimba Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.Our journey takes us further west through farming country and on to the frontier town of Mbeya before we head south and cross the border into the Warm Heart of Africa - Malawi.
Dominated by the glittering lake, Malawi is home to predominantly subsistence farmers, fishermen and a small amount of industry. One of Africa's poorest countries, it is a treasure to experience the warmth of the Malawian people.
Our first two nights are spent in the northern lake region.
4 images Lake Malawi, Malawi 5 images Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi
Day 32. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.Enjoy a day at leisure either on the beach, out at the local wood working market learning to play a game of bao, or if you're keen to stretch your legs and see some spectacular views - head out on the 11km hike to Manchewe Falls. 4 images Lake Malawi, Malawi 5 images Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi
Day 33. Chitimba Beach to Kande Beach Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.We further explore Malawi today as we drive through the town of Mzuzu, the rubber tree plantations and local market before heading to the central lake and our base at Kande Beach.
Kande Beach is located on a busier stretch of beach, and offers a variety of activities to enjoy. 6 images Kande Beach, Malawi
Day 34. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi. Lake Malawi, Malawi. Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.Today is a free day to try out the snorkelling or diving available here. You can horse ride along the beach, go on a guided village walk or simply relax on the beach.
Lake Malawi is a sought after dive destination owing to the variety of fresh water tropical fish that are endemic to the lake. The nearby island offers a great spot to snorkel from to see these, alternatively take part in the local resort dive course and get underwater to see them up close and personal
4 images Kande Beach Activities, Malawi 4 images Lake Malawi, Malawi 6 images Kande Beach, Malawi
Day 35. Kande Beach to Chipata, Zambia Accommodation. Mamarula Camp.We travel via Malawi's capital city Lilongwe today, where we stop off for supplies before heading to the border and entering Zambia.
The small farming town of Chipata is our host tonight, and we spend the evening at a pleasant camp on the outskirts of the town.
Day 36. Chipata to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia. Accommodation. Eureka Camp, Lusaka.Today is spent in transit to Zambia's capital city Lusaka. Founded at the meeting point of the Great North and Great East roads - the old trading routes used by colonial explorers; the city today is a hive of activity and is Southern Africa's largest growing city with a current population of around 1.7m. 4 images Eureka Camp, Lusaka
Day 37. Lusaka to Livingstone Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.Leaving Zambia's capital we travel to Livingstone and our accommodation on the banks of the Zambezi River. This afternoon we go to see the mighty falls themselves. At high water from March-May, the thundering water is so intense a curtain of spray can be seen from many kilometers away. 4 images Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia 5 images The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone
Day 38-40. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.The next three days are free days allowing you enjoy some of the optional activities available in Livingstone.
The accommodation management provide information on all activities available in the area (typically these include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights, river cruises), allowing you to plan your time accordingly over the next few days. 5 images Livingstone Activities, Zambia 5 images The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone
Day 41. Livingstone to Kasane, Botswana Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana. Accommodation. Thebe River Lodge.We welcome some new travellers to the group in Livingstone and today we take the short drive across to neighboring Botswana. Once we've crossed the pontoon ferry, we head to the town of Kasane and get settled for the afternoon.
Later today, we head out onto the Chobe River on the Fish Eagle Cruise to explore the abundant birdlife, and wildlife that is found in this area. A nature lover's paradise awaits as you head into the Chobe National Park.
7 images Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana 7 images Thebe River Lodge
Day 42. Kasane to Nata Highlights. Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana. Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana. Accommodation. Elephant Sands, Nata.Rising early, we board our open safari vehicle for a game drive in the Chobe National Park looking out for the many elephant as well as lion, buffalo, antelope and more living in the park. After our exciting morning activity, we board our truck and head south to Nata.
Arriving at our accommodation this afternoon, you will notice there are no fences allowing us the chance to maybe see elephant and antelope roaming freely as they come to the camps central waterhole. 5 images Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana 1 images Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana 4 images Elephant Sands, Nata
Day 43. Nata to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana. Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.Heading west we pass through the central game corridor on our way to Maun - the gateway town to the Okavango Delta. Maun is a rapidly developing town even though its still referred to as a village.
This afternoon we prepare for the nature excursion into the Delta region where we will spend a night at a rustic camp in the midst of the wilderness. 6 images Sitatunga Camp, Maun
Day 44. Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana. Accommodation. Elephant Bush Camp, Okavango Delta.Grabbing our gear, we board the 4x4 transfer that will take us across the sandy outer conservation area and to the poler station where we meet our local guides.
Living in the wilderness, our guides are accustomed to the ways of the wild and assist us in packing our gear on the mokoro's (dug-out canoe) before we head out on the waterways and to our camp for the night. Enjoy the gentle rocking motion as the boat glides through the shallow channels - it takes a bit of getting used to, but is well worth the experience!
After lunch there is some down time to catch up on your journal, a good book or simply relax till it is cool enough to head out and explore. Wildlife is generally not active in the hotter hours of the day so we wait out the heat for the optimal time to go for our nature walk.
Tonight we have the starry sky, crackling fire and chatter of the guides as entertainment in the wilderness. 4 images Okavango Delta, Botswana 5 images Elephant Bush Camp, Okavango Delta
Day 45. Okavango Delta to Maun Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.Waking to the rustling and chatter of the birds in the trees and bushes, we rise early for a short walk to see what activity has occurred around camp overnight.
After breakfast, we take a leisurely mokoro ride out of the Delta before picking up our transfer back to Maun. On our arrival back in Maun we may get the opportunity for an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta to see the watery wilderness from a different vantage point. 6 images Sitatunga Camp, Maun
Day 46. Maun to Ghanzi Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana. Accommodation. Ghanzi Trailblazers, Ghanzi.Continuing west we head to the town of Ghanzi on the outskirts of the Kalahari Desert, where we meet the San/Bushman who take us on a guided bush walk and give us a cultural insight into their lives.
Surviving in the harsh, dry conditions is a way of life for the San who have ancient knowledge of the animals, plants and ways of their natural environment. 3 images Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana 5 images Ghanzi Trailblazers, Ghanzi
Day 47. Ghanzi to Windhoek, Namibia Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia. Accommodation. Urban Camp, Windhoek.Bidding farewell to Botswana, we cross over into Namibia and travel to its capital city - Windhoek.
As a former German colony, Namibia still has many cultural influences from the German way of life. There are many cafe's and coffee shops with German specialties that can be enjoyed throughout the country.
This is a small capital city compared to the rest of the world with a population of around 200,000 people. 6 images Urban Camp, Windhoek
Day 48. Windhoek to Etosha National Park Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.Undoubtedly one of Namibia's premier highlights is the Etosha National Park, situated in the north of the country.
Today we head to this park and enjoy game driving in our overland truck to gain an elevated view over the woody shrubs and trees. Home to the desert antelope species, this is where we hope to see Springbok and the majestic looking Oryx (Gemsbok) - Namibia's national animal.
6 images Etosha National Park, Namibia
Day 49. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia. Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.We have a full days game driving today around this 20,000 sq km park. Dominated by the central Etosha Pan - this wilderness is truly different to any of the other National Parks on this journey. Look out for the 340 bird species and 114 mammals as we make our way through the different areas. 7 images Etosha National Park, Namibia 6 images Etosha National Park, Namibia
Day 50. Etosha National Park to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia. Accommodation. Spitzkoppe Community Camp.We game drive out of Etosha National Park this morning travelling south to the Damaraland region. As we journey further south, the terrain changes remarkably and this afternoon we arrive to the gigantic boulder-like Spitzkoppe. We explore Spitzkoppe famous for its ancient bushman paintings and peculiar rock formations with a local guide.
Tonight is spent out under canvas. We supply your tent, mattress, sleeping bag and pillow for the night so you can enjoy this unique experience. 4 images Spitzkoppe, Namibia 1 images Spitzkoppe Community Camp
Day 51. Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.Sunrise over the amber rocks is truly memorable - we recommend rising early, finding a good vantage point and relishing the experience!
From the Spitzkoppe we take the relatively short drive to the coastal city of Swakopmund - our base for then next 2 nights. 6 images Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund
Day 52. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia. Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.Enjoy a free day to explore the surrounding dunes by quad bike or glide down the steep slopes on a sand board. For those seeking a unique perspective, there's tandem sky diving offering an adrenaline rush and the best views by far!
There are many restaurants, cafes and shops in the town along with a quaint seaside promenade for those wishing for a more relaxed day out and about. 4 images Swakopmund, Namibia 6 images Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund
Day 53. Swakopmund to Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region Highlights. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region, Namibia. The Tropic of Capricorn. Accommodation. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region, Namibia.After a day of adrenaline fun, it's time to head back to nature. We travel into the vast Namib Naukluft region stopping off at the tropic of Capricorn before we arrive at our desert camp and on a local farm. It's here we sleep under canvas and enjoy the stillness of the desert night.
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. Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia. Sesriem Canyon, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia. Accommodation. Little Sossus Lodge, Namib Naukluft .Waking early, we pack up and head into the Namib Naukluft National Park. Our first stop is Dune 45 - at 170m high, the views from the top offer spectacular panoramas of the surrounding scenery.
From here we drive deeper into the dune-sea and join our 4x4 transfer into Sossusvlei - former wetland area. As you walk from here to Deadvlei, you'll see the amazing desert landscape and the life that exists here - despite the harsh conditions.
After our visit we continue on to the Sesriem Canyon, and then to our accommodation in this dramatic desert landscape.
today trekking to the top of the world famous Dune 45. We take a shuttle for a nature walk to 'Dead Vlei' an Incredible sight in the desert and great place for photos. on our way to our accommodation for the evening we stop off at the Sesriem Canyon. 3 images Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia 4 images Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia 1 images Sesriem Canyon, Namibia 4 images Sossusvlei, Namibia 4 images Little Sossus Lodge, Namib Naukluft
Day 55. Sesriem Area to Fish River Canyon Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia. Tsaris Pass, Namibia. Accommodation. Canon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon.We continue on our drive through the arid terrain crossing the Tsaris Pass enroute to our accommodation near the Fish River Canyon.
Later this afternoon we head out to the Canyon viewpoint to experience this vast geographical highlight. Formed through a combination of tectonic movement and erosion, it is a marvelous sight to behold. The late afternoon light offers great opportunities for budding photographers to catch the different hues against the rock formations as the sun heads to the horizon for sunset. 4 images Fish River Canyon, Namibia 5 images Canon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon
Day 56. Fish River Canyon to Orange River Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia. Accommodation. Felix Unite.Leaving Fish River Canyon we continue our journey to the Gariep (Orange) River.
Our camp this evening is on the banks of the river with views out into the surrounding Richtersveld area which is recognized as a World Heritage Site owing to the unusual formations and biodiversity found here.
This afternoon you have some time free to enjoy the Orange River swimming, enjoy an optional canoe safari or just relax on its edge. 3 images Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia 4 images Felix Unite
Day 57. Orange River to Cederberg Highlights. Cape Winelands, South Africa. Cederberg, South Africa. Accommodation. Highlanders Camp, Cederberg.Crossing to South Africa, we journey through the Northern Cape's unique surroundings and on to the Cederberg. From vast flat plains, the mountains rise as we near them and the southern tip of Africa.
Our camp tonight looks out onto the Cederberg and surrounding winelands with the Olifants River Valley below. An optional wine tasting is offered at tonight's camp for those who wish to taste some of the local wines on offer. 2 images Cape Winelands, South Africa 1 images Cederberg, South Africa 4 images Highlanders Camp, Cederberg
Day 58. Cederberg to Cape Town Highlights. Cape Town, South Africa.Our last journey takes us over the Picketberg Pass, through the farming communites of the Western Cape and on to South Africa's first city - Cape Town.
Our tour ends on arrival in Cape Town, but be sure to spend a couple of days exploring this incredible city. 2 images Cape Town, South Africa Show more...
Hotel Boulevard, Nairobi
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 Greenpoint/ 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 also pre-book this with Acacia. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Cape Town area you can arrange locally or with your Tour Leader.
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.
Twin share accommodation with facilities (53 nights) twin share tents with a sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (4 nights) some camps may be with bar or swimming pool.
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, 46 Lunches, 44 Dinners
53 nights twin share accommodation, 1 night pre-erected en suite tented camp (Delta); 4 night bush camping at Khomas Region/Spitzkoppe/Serengeti/Ngorongoro (equipment supplied).
Fully equipped safari vehicle
Accommodation as specified and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew
Sleeping mattress (Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater/ Spitzkoppe/Khomas Region - 4 nights)
The Great Rift Valley
Lake Nakuru NP, Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
Maasai Mara excursion with small vehicle*
Maasai Village Walk with Resident Guide
Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion in Purpose Built Vehicles, Game Drives with Resident Guide*
Zanzibar, Return Ferry & Accommodation
Mosi Oa Tunya NP, Victoria Falls Visit
Chobe NP, Fish Eagle Boat Cruise*
Chobe NP Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
Okavango Delta Wilderness Excursion, Mokoro/Walking Safari*
Kalahari Bushman Walk
Etosha NP, Game Drives
Spitzkoppe, Bushman Paintings
Sossusvlei shuttle & guided walk*
*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass Excludes.
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