On this accommodated overland you will visit 8 different countries in East and Southern Africa. Startiing in cosmopolitan Cape Town via Serengeti, Etosha, Chobe National Parks, Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta and finishing off in Uganda trekking for Gorillas and Chimpanzees. Discover some of what this incredible continent has to offer.
This tour includes Gorilla and Chimp Trekking. This is paid at the time of booking - please see supplements for pricing.
Day 1. Cape Town to Cederberg Area Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa. Township Tour Cape Town, South Africa. Accommodation. Highlanders Camp, Cederberg.We start our tour in Cape Town making our way to one of the cities townships in the Cape Flats. We get to meet some of the local people, see how they live and visit a community project in this area.
Day 2. Cederberg Area to Gariep (Orange) River Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia. Accommodation. Felix Unite.Travelling further north, we pass into the dry Karoo region and see the landscape flatten out offering wide views over the countryside.
Day 3. Gariep (Orange) River to Fish River Canyon, Namibia Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia. Accommodation. Canon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon.This morning there is an option to get onto the water and enjoy a canoe trip on the river. The trip is relaxing and a great way to view the surrounding Richtersveld scenery and local birdlife.
Day 4. Fish River Canyon to Sesriem Area Highlights. Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia. Accommodation. Little Sossus Lodge, Namib Naukluft .Today we travel further into Namibia and on to the Sesriem Area which is the gateway to the Namib Naukluft National Park. The National Park has an area bigger than Switzerland and contains the worlds oldest desert and highest sand dunes.
Day 5. Namib Naukluft National Park to Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region Highlights. Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Sesriem Canyon, Namibia. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia. Accommodation. Solitaire Country Lodge, Solitaire.We enter the park today and trek to the top of Dune 45, giving us an incredible view over the surrounding desert dune-scape. We then continue to the Sossuvlei where we join a transfer to 'Dead Vlei' embarking on a nature walk before visiting Sesriem Canyon.
Day 6. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region to Swakopmund Highlights. The Tropic of Capricorn. Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.Heading back to the coastline we first cross the Tropic of Capricorn - the imaginary line that shows the southernmost point of the sun's direct light. We also pass through the interesting Kuiseb Pass with it's strange rock formations and then head to the flat coastal plateau.
Day 7. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia. Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.Today is a free day for you to explore this coastal town or enjoy the optional activities available, including skydiving, quad biking, sandboarding, township visit and more.
Day 8. Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia. Accommodation. Spitzkoppe Community Camp.Bidding farewell to the Atlantic, we travel inland to the Damaraland region and the stark Spitzkoppe rock formations.
Day 9. Spitzkoppe to Etosha National Park Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.Making our way further north we travel to Etosha National Park. Home to 114 mammals and 340 bird species, and a number of reptiles, the park is dominated by the large salt pan.
Day 10. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia. Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.We have a full day game driving in Etosha today looking to spot the wildlife that can be found here. Etosha covers an area of around 20,000 sq km and has a number of waterholes that we will visit today. Springbok and the majestic Oryx are on our list of unusual antelope to spot today, as well as elephant, lion and the many other mammals.
Day 11. Etosha National Park to Windhoek Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia. Accommodation. Urban Camp, Windhoek.Today we travel back to civilization and on to Namibia's capital Windhoek where we spend the evening. A small capital city compared to global standards with a population approximately two hundred thousand people. 6 images Urban Camp, Windhoek
Day 12. Windhoek to Ghanzi, Botswana Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana. Accommodation. Ghanzi Trailblazers, Ghanzi.We depart Windhoek and Namibia crossing the border into Botswana. Travelling to the farming town of Ghanzi, nestled on the northern edge of the great Kalahari region, we enjoy a guided nature walk with the San/Bushman who share their insights into their environment and lifestyle with us. 3 images Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana 5 images Ghanzi Trailblazers, Ghanzi
Day 13. Ghanzi to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana. Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.We travel further into central Botswana to the fifth largest town Maun. After stocking up on supplies, we prepare for our overnight excursion in the Okavango Delta. A natural treasure-trove, this inland Delta is home to a mass of wildlife and birdlife.
Day 14. Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana. Accommodation. Elephant Bush Camp, Okavango Delta.We board the open 4x4 vehicle that will take us through the soft desert-like sand and on to the mokoro poler's station. The drive is fairly slow going as we cross through into the wilderness area and offers an interesting view of the local fauna.
Day 15. Okavango Delta to Maun Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.After our night in the wilderness we wake to the sounds of the wild. We have a leisurely mokoro ride out of the Delta and back to the polers station to collect our 4x4 transfer to Maun.
Day 16. Maun to Nata Highlights. Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana. Accommodation. Elephant Sands, Nata.Heading further east we pass through the corridor between the Nxai and Makgadikgadi Pans as we head to our camp just north of Nata. Elephant Sands has no fences allowing wildlife to roam freely and providing us with the opportunity to see the wildlife up close. It's not uncommon to have elephant meander down to the waterhole in the afternoon - a magnificent sight from their terrace a pool area. 1 images Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana 4 images Elephant Sands, Nata
Day 17. Nata to Kasane Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana. Accommodation. Thebe River Lodge.Travelling north we head to Kasane nestled in the northern corner of Botswana. This area is where four countries - Namibia, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe - meet. Here we visit Chobe National Park and this afternoon enjoy a Fish Eagle Cruise along the Chobe River spotting the wildlife on the banks. There is also an abundance of birdlife and the Chobe Riverfront is well respected as one of the best bird watching spots in southern Africa. 7 images Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana 7 images Thebe River Lodge
Day 18. Kasane to Livingstone, Zambia Highlights. Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.Waking early we board an open game driving vehicle this morning and go out on a game drive in Chobe National Park. We hope to spot predators like lion or leopard, and the more rare Sable or Roan antelope along with seeing wildlife roam free in this woodland habitat.
Day 19-20. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.The next two days are free days for you to enjoy the optional activities available here including bungee jumping, gorge swing, river cruise, game walk, white water rafting and more.
Day 21. Livingsone to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia. Accommodation. Eureka Camp, Lusaka.We venture further into Zambia to Southern Africa's fastest growing city and Zambia's capital, Lusaka.
Day 22. Lusaka to South Luangwa National Park Accommodation. Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.We head back to the wilderness today and on to Zambia's famed South Luangwa National Park. Home to one of the largest leopard populations of any African reserve, the park is also home to a number of elephants that often make their way through the local camps. The park is 20,000 sq miles in area and has the 500 mile long Luangwa River flowing through it.
Day 23. South Luangwa National Park Highlights. South Luangwa National Park. Accommodation. Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.This morning relax at the pool and soak up some of the sun before our afternoon game drive in the park. With 400 different bird species and 60 different animal species living in the park there is plenty of wildlife to look out for. 3 images South Luangwa National Park 4 images Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa
Day 24. South Luangwa National Park to Kande Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi. Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.We depart Zambia today and cross the border into Malawi. Our first stop is the capital city Lilongwe where we stop for supplies before heading to the Lake.
Day 25. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi. Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.Lake Malawi is often referred to as the calendar lake, owing to its length at 365 miles and breadth at up to 52 miles wide. Home to fresh-water tropical fish species, it is a sought after dive destination for avid divers owing to the fact that some 99% of species are found only here.
Day 26. Kande Beach Highlights. Chitimba Beach. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.We travel further along the lakeside today via the town of Mzuzu - a bustling hub to the surrounding farms and industry in the region. From here, we head to Chitimba Beach where we spend the next two nights. 2 images Chitimba Beach 4 images Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi
Day 27. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.Today go and explore the local craft market, visit the nearby village and school, or relax on the beach with a good book in hand.
Day 28. Chitimba Beach to Iringa, Tanzania Accommodation. Iringa Farmhouse.We travel the short distance today to the border crossing into Tanzania passing the local rice paddies and farms as we go.
Day 29. Iringa to Mikumi National Park area Accommodation. Tanswiss, Mikumi.On this day we descend the Southern Highlands in anticipation of the change of scenery to that of the Mikumi National Park, the 4th largest park in Tanzania. Known for its landscape of baobabs, black hardwood trees and grassy plains, as well as hosting 4 of the Big 5. Upon reaching the accommodation you may have time for an afternoon optional game drive or simply relax at the lodges swimming pool, marvel the beauty of the area from the comfort of the lodges restaurant/bar. 6 images Tanswiss, Mikumi
Day 30. Iringa to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.Our journey takes us east once more as we make our way towards the Indian Ocean coast and the city of Dar es Salaam. Along the way, we pass through the Mikumi National Park. We may, with luck spot the array of wildlife inhabiting the area.
Day 31. Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Zanzibar, Tanzania. Accommodation. Safari Lodge, Zanzibar.From the port of Dar es Salaam, we board the fast ferry to Zanzibar and cross the channel to the island. Arriving around lunch time, we have the rest of the afternoon at leisure to explore Zanzibar's capital, Stone Town.
Day 32-34. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Zanzibar, Tanzania. Accommodation. Sunset Bungalows Kendwa.We transfer to the northern beaches of the island where we have the next three days free to enjoy this tropical paradise. There is an opportunity along the way to enjoy a local spice tour to learn about the spice trade, and sample some delicious local fruits.
Day 35. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.This morning go for one last swim or do some last minute shopping before we catch the ferry back to the African mainland and the city of Dar es Salaam where we spend the evening back at our beach accommodation. 2 images Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam
Day 36. Dar es Salaam to Marangu Highlights. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Accommodation. Marangu Hotel.We leave Dar es Salaam this morning and make our way to Marangu, a town at the base of the famous Mount Kilimanjaro. We may be lucky enough on a clear day to see this snow capped mountain, Africa's highest. 6 images Kilimanjaro, Tanzania 5 images Marangu Hotel
Day 37. Marangu to Arusha Highlights. Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania. Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.This morning we head into Arusha, a city exactly mid way between Cape Town and Cairo. After stopping off in the town we head to our camp a short way from the city.
Day 38. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Serengeti Camp.This morning we board smaller game drive vehicles and meet our local guides before travelling across the Great Rift Valley and entering the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Our journey takes us around the craters rim and down onto the adjacent Serengeti National Park.
Day 39. Ngorongoro Crater Accommodation. Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater.Waking with the dawn, we head out with the sun's first rays to see which night-time activities have occurred around our camp area.
Day 40. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.Another early wake up as we have a quick breakfast and then descend onto the Crater floor. At 600 meters from rim to base, we slowly wind down the dirt-track as we see the tiny specks of wildlife transform into herds of buffalo, zebra and other animals.
Day 41. Arusha to Nairobi, Kenya Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.We depart Tanzania today and cross the Namanga border into Kenya. We drive to Kenya's capital Nairobi where we will spend the next two nights. 3 images Karen Camp, Nairobi
Day 42. Nairobi Highlights. Nairobi. Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.Today you have the day free to explore this capital city, visit its markets, shops, cafes and restaurants. Alternatively visit Nairobi National Park, the Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre. 3 images Nairobi 3 images Karen Camp, Nairobi
Day 43. Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park Highlights. Lake Nakuru, Kenya. Accommodation. Naiberi Camp.We leave Nairobi and descend into the Great Rift Valley as we drive to the Lake Nakuru National Park.
Day 44. Lake Nakuru to Eldoret Highlights. Equator. Accommodation. Punda Millias.Leaving Nakuru we climb at altitude crossing from the Southern to Northern Hemisphere over the Equator to Kenya's fifth largest town Eldoret.
Day 45. Eldoret to Kampala, Uganda Highlights. Kampala, Uganda. Accommodation. Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala.Today we cross the busy border into Uganda. From here we travel through the lush countryside dotted with farms and villages and on to the capital city - Kampala.
Day 46. Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park Highlights. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. Accommodation. Simba Camp, Uganda.Travelling west today and crossing the Equator again we make our way towards the Queen Elizabeth National Park are. We stay just outside the park where you can explore the surrounding areas and meet the local community. 3 images Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda 4 images Simba Camp, Uganda
Day 47. Queen Elizabeth National Park Highlights. Chimpanzee Trek, Kyambura Gorge, Uganda. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. Accommodation. Simba Camp, Uganda.Today we head out onto our adventure in the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Climbing on board our local transfer, we make our way to the Kyamburu Gorge where we trek for the chimpanzees. We may be fortunate enough to spot other wildlife as the park is home to over 500 bird species and 100 mammal species. 3 images Chimpanzee Trek, Kyambura Gorge, Uganda 3 images Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda 4 images Simba Camp, Uganda
Day 48. Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake Bunyonyi Highlights. Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda. Accommodation. Lake Bunyonyi Camp.Leaving the national park we make our way to the Lake Bunyonyi where we set up for the next few days for our gorilla trekking. The lake is 27km long and 7km wide with 29 islands that can all be reached by local boat.
Day 49-50. Lake Bunyonyi or Gorilla trek day Highlights. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda. Accommodation. Lake Bunyonyi Camp.Due to safety regulations, only small groups of visitors are allowed to trek at one time, and only one group may visit per gorilla family per day. This is to ensure the gorilla's natural way of life is not disturbed and they are kept safe from too much human exposure (they are highly susceptible to human diseases).
Day 51. Lake Bunyoni to Kampala Highlights. Equator. Accommodation. Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala.We leave Lake Bunyonyi today crossing the Equator again and making our way to Kampala where we spend the evening. 5 images Equator 5 images Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala
Day 52. Kampala to Jinja Accommodation. Nile River Explorer.We travel the short distance to the town of Jinja situated on the banks of Lake Victoria and the Nile. A tranquil and relaxing place - our camp is our base from which we can enjoy a number of optional activities over then next few days.
Day 53-54. Jinja Highlights. Jinja, Uganda. Accommodation. Nile River Explorer.Over the next two days relax on the banks of the river, explore surrounding areas or take on the optional activities - Bungee jumping, quad biking, white water rafting, community school project, Nile cruise, kayak and more. 5 images Jinja, Uganda 3 images Nile River Explorer
Day 55. Jinja to Eldoret, Kenya Accommodation. Punda Millias.Leaving Jinja we cross the border back into Kenya and the town of Eldoret where we spend our last night together. 3 images Punda Millias
Day 56. Eldoret to NairobiWe leave Eldoret today and travel back to Kenya's capital city Nairobi where our tour ends on arrival. Show more...
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.Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation. 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.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Cape Town 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 Nairobi 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 48 – 50 of this tour.
Twin share accommodation with facilities (51 nights) twin share tents with sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (4 nights) some may be with bar or swimming pool. In the Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater, there are basic facilities. On Zanzibar, we use basic tourist class local hotels.
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.
55 Breakfasts, 43 Lunches, 43 Dinners
50 nights twin share accommodation, 1 night pre-erected en suite tented camp (Delta); 4 nights bush camping at Khomas Region/ Spitzkoppe/Serengeti/Ngorongoro (equipment supplied).