56 Day Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Tour

From R 79245

DURATION:

56 DAYS

STARTING POINT:

CAPE TOWN

ENDING POINT:

NAIROBI

TOUR TYPE:

Overland Tour

TOUR CODE:

AACCN56

56 Day Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Tour

This is it! The great trans-African overland experience. The longest single overland trip you can do in Africa, incorporating all the highlights of Southern and East Africa.

Starting in Cape Town, winding up the South African West Coast and into the vast deserts of Namibia, then crossing over to Botswana to traverse the waterways of the Okavango Delta and Chobe River before hitting Victoria falls for some adventure activities. You are now roughly half way and have completed the Southern African section of your trip, now it’s time for East Africa. From Victoria falls it’s on to the beaches of Lake Malawi, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar before moving inland to do some excellent game viewing in the Serengeti. Moving further North into Kenya and then up to Uganda where you will search for the elusive and majestic mountain gorilla. Finally heading back to Nairobi where this grand adventure comes to an end.

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56 Day Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Tour

Day 1

Cape town – Western Cape

Our overland safari begins in cosmopolitan Cape Town, overlooked by Table Mountain and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, one of the world’s most picturesque cities. Before we leave the city we take a tour of the Cape Flats, at one of Cape Town’s intriguing townships, visiting some of the local people and community projects in the area. The townships illustrate both South Africa’s tumultuous history and its hope for the future which makes for a fascinating visit. From here we head north through South Africa’s Western Cape and through the fruit growing regions of Citrusdal. Our campsite is located near the Olifants River overlooking the stunning Cederberg Mountains. After setting up camp there is an option to sample some of the local wines of the region, properly meet the rest of the group and enjoy our first night under the African sky.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Wine Tasting

Day 2

Western Cape – Orange (Gariep) River

Continuing north, the landscape gradually turns drier and rockier as we head towards the Namibian border. We set up camp tonight on the South African side of the Gariep (Orange) River, a stunning backdrop. Our camp provides you with the necessary comforts like hot showers, flush toilets, grassy campsites and bar facilities. You will be briefed on an optional Orange River canoe safari for later this afternoon or the following morning. There is also the option to hike to the lookout above the campsite and the Orange River is safe for swimming! The camp by night is showered with stars of the Richtersveld – a truly peaceful and tranquil experience.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Canoe Safari

Day 3

Orange (Gariep) River – Fish River Canyon, Namibia

This morning we have the opportunity to partake in an optional canoe safari on the river, or simply relax on the water’s edge before entering Namibia via Vioolsdrift Border post, arriving at the majestic Fish River Canyon in the mid afternoon. One of the natural wonders of Africa, the canyon is some 500m deep and over 160km long and often referred to as the second largest canyon in the world. There are plenty of opportunities for keen photographers this afternoon especially at the canyons infamous sharp river bend known as ‘Hells Corner’. A great opportunity to find a quiet spot and marvel at the sheer beauty of the Fish River Canyon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Canoe Safari 

Day 4

Fish River Canyon – Sesriem Area

After a night near the canyon we continue north to the Sesriem Area, the gateway to the Namib Naukluft National Park, containing the world’s oldest desert and highest sand dunes. The Namib-Naukluft National Park contains part of the Namib Desert and the Naukluft mountain range. With an overall area of 49,768 km2 it’s larger than Switzerland and is the second largest game park in Africa and the fourth largest in the world. Here we set up camp for the evening under the starry Namibian sky.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 5

Namib Naukluft National Park – Solitaire

This morning we enter the National Park to trek to the top of famous Dune 45. A spectacular sight but be warned, it’s not an easy feat to reach the top as some dunes are over 300m high! After a well deserved breakfast we continue deeper into the park for a short shuttle ride and nature walk to ‘Dead Vlei’, amidst the giant sand dunes – a real glimpse of Namibia’s unspoilt natural environment. Bring your camera – the shifting colours of the desert as the sun climbs throughout the mid/late morning offer some brilliant photographic opportunities. Departing from the dunes, we stop off at the smaller Sesriem Canyon where the multiple layers of rock and pebbles make for an interesting insight to what lies beneath the mountains of sand. Thereafter we make our way to Solitaire – Namibia’s smallest town for the night

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 6

Solitaire – Swakopmund

Leaving Solitaire, we head for the Atlantic coast for the next two nights, crossing over the Tropic of Capricorn, and stopping for a photo opportunity en route. Swakopmund makes for a refreshing change with cooler Atlantic sea air, a taste of civilization and a swathe of exciting things to do and places to explore Be daring and try some desert based adventure activities – quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (weather permitting) and more! For those not seeking adventure enjoy what the town has to offer: shopping, restaurants, museums, aquarium, art galleries – or else simply walk along the promenade admiring the ocean, the quaint German-style architecture and indulge in the town’s café culture. N.B: For the sake of practicality, meals in Swakopmund are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back for meal times. Swakopmund town offers a variety of bakeries and cafes with a selection of reasonably priced meals (allow ZAR 50-100 per meal). Relax and enjoy these days at your own leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity:  Sandboarding, Quad Biking, Skydiving, Deep sea fishing, scenic flights, Swakopmund Township Tour 

Day 7

Swakopmund

Today is a free day to enjoy all this quaint seaside town has to offer – from the many optional activities to the German patisseries, cafés and restaurants.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity:  Sandboarding, Quad Biking, Skydiving, Deep sea fishing, scenic flights, Swakopmund Township Tour

Day 8

Swakopmund – Spitzkoppe

Leaving the coast we turn inland to the beautiful Damaraland region and explore Spitzkoppe where we admire ancient bushman paintings still visible on peculiar rock formations. The giant boulder-like rock formations peak at approx 1800m above sea level, and form a spectacular view. Take your time to explore the area and its delightful calmness. Keep an eye on the ever changing colour of the rock, especially during sunrise and sunset, when they acquire intense red shades. The most impressive rock painting is “Bushman Paradise” and the natural rock bridge is a favourite viewpoint. The Spitzkoppe Rest camp lies at the base of the mountain and is owned and maintained by the local community. All proceeds from our visit go directly to this community.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 9

Spitzkoppe – Etosha

From Spitzkoppe we turn north again making our way to Etosha National Park, a vast reserve of over 20,000 sq km surrounding a central salt depression or ‘pan.’ The pan is seasonally full of water but specially managed waterholes sustain some 114 mammal and 340 bird species. We spend two nights here, usually making camp near a floodlit waterhole. Observers frequently see a range of night visitors including elephant, giraffe, zebra, even lion and hyena, making it one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in Namibia – a truly African experience and a highlight of any trip to Namibia. We have a short afternoon game drive on entering the park and heading to the camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 10

Etosha National Park

Today, we enjoy a full day game driving in this magnificent animal kingdom – taking in the park’s main characteristic, the salt pan which can be seen from space – in search of elephant, rhino, zebra, giraffes and the numerous grazing animals frequently spotted around the water holes. Despite the dry nature of the terrain, the park sustains a wide variety of bird species including the large Kori Bustard, Secretary Bird and many other seed & insect eaters, as well as birds of prey. After a full day game driving we return to camp, or onto the next camp and enjoy our last evening around the floodlit watering holes, observing natural animal behaviour at its best.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 11

Etosha – Windhoek

Heading south, we arrive in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, which is located in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains. Windhoek (Windy-corner in English) is home to approximately two hundred thousand people, an extremely small capital by global standards. The city centre is characterized by a proliferation of German style buildings, a lasting reminder of Namibia’s early colonial history and atmosphere. Take the opportunity to enjoy a night out at one of the local restaurants. Please note that some group members may be ending their tour in Windhoek. Both old and new are invited to join for the group outing.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 12

Windhoek – Ghanzi, Botswana

Leaving Windhoek we travel west into the Kalahari region and cross into Botswana. Our first stop is at the town of Ghanzi. Here, in this midst of (seemingly) barren terrain we meet the San/Bushman and have a guided bush walk for a cultural experience and insight into these ancient people’s way of life. We learn how they work with nature and manage the renewable resources found in their natural surroundings without damaging the fragile balance found in this ecosystem. Something we can all learn from. Your support of this ecotourism venture gives the San/Bushman a sustainable income and helps keep their culture alive. Around the campfire at night, you can experience the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushman. On special occasions this could be a healing or trance dance, which can continue all night, and is an intense spiritual experience for both participants and visitors alike.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 13

Ghanzi – Maun

Maun is the fifth largest town in Botswana and is an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native dwellings. Although officially still a village, Maun has developed rapidly from a rural frontier town to a community that has distributed along the wide banks of the Thamalakane River where red lechwe antelope can still be seen grazing next to local donkeys, goats and cattle. Since Maun’s founding in 1915 it has had a reputation as a hard-living ‘Wild West’ town helping the local cattle ranching and hunting operations. Maun today is a thriving tourist town famous for its donkey population and to a lesser extent, goats. These animals can be seen standing around town as they are used by local traders and farmers alike to transport their wares to sell on the curb side.

NB: If time allows, we have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta, either this afternoon or on day 15 on our return from the Delta excursion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Okavango Delta scenic flight

Day 14

Maun – Okavango Delta

Leaving the campsite in Maun we begin our excursion into the Okavango Delta by an open 4×4 truck to the mokoro station. Here we will be introduced to the local Tswana Polers that will be guiding us on this expedition. We travel by mokoro (dugout canoe) amongst the giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels in search of resident wildlife and a variety of birds, to our tented camp from which we can explore the area on a walking safari. The Okavango is a natural wetland spreading over some 1,600,000ha of northern Botswana that offers a perfect habitat for the many species of wildlife that roam here freely. The Okavango River rises in Angola (farther to the north) and flows south dividing repeatedly after crossing into Botswana to form an intricate floodplain of channels and which spreads out into a broad flat inland delta – the only one of its kind in the world. We enjoy the afternoon wilderness experience and overnight listening to the sounds of the African night – an unforgettable experience!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 15

Okavango Delta – Maun

This morning we take an easy paced mokoro ride out of the Okavango Delta back to the polers station from where we will drive back to Maun, our overnight stop. We aim to get back to camp around lunch time to allow for the opportunity to enjoy an optional scenic flight over this spectacular UNESCO world heritage site. Alternatively, the afternoon can be spent at leisure at the camp’s pool.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Okavango Delta scenic flight

Day 16

Maun – Nata

Today, we make our way towards Nata travelling through a wide open wildlife corridor between the Nxai and the Makgadikgadi Pans. We stop off to see one of Africa’s most iconic trees – the Baobab along the way and arrive at the Elephant Sands Lodge during the late afternoon. The camp has no fences so all wildlife can roam freely from one waterhole to another and one can expect to see a variety of antelope and other wildlife during your stay at Elephant Sands. It is one of the most unique and amazing experiences to watch wild elephants and their behaviour at such close proximity.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Morning bush walk, evening game drive

Day 17

Nata – Kasane

We make our way to the northern corner of Botswana to Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. By size, it is the third largest park in the country and is the most diverse; home to elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo and abundant birdlife, including the famous African fish eagle. We take a ‘Fish Eagle’ cruise on the Chobe River – a great opportunity to see hippo and perhaps elephant or buffalo coming to the river to bathe and drink. The Chobe River is a major watering spot for large breeding herds of elephants, as well as families of giraffe, sable and cape buffalo. The flood plains are the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be seen. Birding is also excellent here. When in flood spoonbills, ibis, various species of stork and other waterfowl flock to the area.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 18

Kasane – Livingston, Zambia (Victoria Falls)

This morning we head out to explore the Chobe National Park on an open vehicle game drive where we have the opportunity to spot not only elephant that are so prolific in the park, but also lion, and different antelope species. Moving on from Kasane we take the ferry across the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers into Zambia. Zambia, formerly known as Northern Rhodesia took its name from the Zambezi River at independence in 1964. The Zambezi River is the fourth longest in Africa (after the Nile, Congo and Niger) and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean. Home to one of the world’s largest waterfalls, we visit Victoria Falls and try to take in the immensity of one of nature’s Wonders of the World. At various times of year, the spray from the Falls can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name ‘Mosi oa Tunya’ – the ‘smoke that thunders’. We set up camp at the Waterfront campsite on the banks of the Zambezi, just a few kilometres from the Victoria Falls and the small town of Livingstone. We will give a full briefing on the various optional activities available in the area (typically these include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights and river cruises), allowing you to plan your time accordingly.

NB: For the sake of practicality, meals in the Livingstone/Victoria Falls area are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back with the group at mealtimes. The Waterfront camp restaurant overlooks the Zambezi River and offers a good selection of reasonably priced meals and snacks throughout the day (allow US$15 -$30 per meal). Relax and enjoy these few days at your own leisure. Alternatively, take a taxi into Livingstone to try local fare.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Bungee jumping, Full day abseil, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game walk, Chief Mukumi village tour, gorge swing, Zambezi jet boat and cable car, Half day canoe, Zambezi sunset cruise, Full day white water rafting, Helicopter/ Microlight flights from, half day fishing, Bridge Tour.

Day 19

Victoria Falls, Livingston

Out tour ends after breakfast but we highly recommend staying a few more days in the area in order to explore the Victoria Falls area to the full. Apart from the adventure activities already mentioned check out the markets, volunteer a day in some worthwhile local projects, or simply relax at the beautiful waterfront and watch the Zambezi River flow quickly past on its way to Victoria Falls.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Bungee jumping, Full day abseil, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game walk, Chief Mukumi village tour, gorge swing, Zambezi jet boat and cable car, Half day canoe, Zambezi sunset cruise, Full day white water rafting, Helicopter/ Microlight flights from, half day fishing, Bridge Tour.

Day 20

Victoria Falls, Livingston

Spend your leisure day in Livingstone exploring the activities, town and markets or simply relax poolside at the Waterfront. The perfect time to catch up on your social media and share your experiences before heading off into the East Africa part of your holiday in the morning.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Bungee jumping, Full day abseil, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game walk, Chief Mukumi village tour, gorge swing, Zambezi jet boat and cable car, Half day canoe, Zambezi sunset cruise, Full day white water rafting, Helicopter/ Microlight flights from, half day fishing, Bridge Tour.

Day 21

Livingston – Lusaka

Relaxed and revitalized from the wonderful stay in Livingstone, we head through lush country and small villages to Lusaka, Zambia’s Capital city. Lusaka is Southern Africa’s fastest growing city with approx 1.7 million people and is located on the southern plateau at an elevation of 1300m with four main highways running north, south, east and west to different parts of Africa. This city is the commercial hub as well as the centre for the government. Our campsite for the evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing setting on a farm.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 22

Lusaka – Chipata

We leave early and take the Great Eastern Road through lush countryside and small villages, crossing the Luangwa River to Chipata. Chipata formally named Fort Jamerson has a population of approx 98,000, and is the capital of the Eastern province of Zambia. This unique town has colourful fruit and vegetable markets and an unexpected amount of ornate mosques due to its large Indian community.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 23

Chipata – South Luangwa National Park

Today we head to the South Luangwa National Park, which is known to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its oxbow lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa. There are 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species inhabiting the area. Hippo’s, elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, giraffe with many other species flourish in the 20,000 sq miles of savannah woodland watered by this 500 mile–long river. The river itself is the most intact and unaltered major river system in Africa and covers 9059 km2 . The changing seasons add to the Park’s richness, ranging from; dry, bare bushveld in the winter, to lush green lands in the summer months. On arrival we set up camp and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the many optional activities from walking safaris and village walks.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Village Tour, Walking Safari, Game Drives

Day 24

South Luangwa National Park

Relax around the pools edge, which is the best place to be in the hot hours of the day. Later that afternoon we embark on an open vehicle game drive with a local ranger along the river’s edge to see the abundance of animal and birdlife inhabiting the area. Your tour includes one guided game drive during our stay. Additional walks and drives can be booked on arrival.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Village Tour, Walking Safari, Game Drives

Day 25

South Luangwa National Park – Kande Beach, Malawi

Leaving Zambia behind, we cross the border to Malawi. Lake Malawi formerly ‘Lake Nyasa’, covers almost a fifth of the country’s area and provides the source of livelihood for many of the Malawian people. Fishermen, fish traders, canoe and net makers all ply their trade, and a common sight is that of a fisherman in his Bwato, (dugout canoe made from hollowed out tree trunk) fishing on the lake at the break of day or with lanterns by night The lake also has the highest number of endemic freshwater fish species of any in the world and attracts divers globally to seek out the many colourful Cichlid species. We arrive at camp on the lake’s shore in the afternoon and have the rest of the day to swim and explore the beach and surrounding area.

NB: Although it is our intention to adhere to the campsites described, a certain amount of flexibility is built into our time in Malawi and the crew may make alterations to the published itinerary. Please therefore treat the Malawi section of the dossier as a guideline only.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Horse Riding, Village Walk

Day 26

Kande Beach (Lake Malawi)

Today you’ll have some free time to try some of the water sports available including diving and snorkelling, take a horse ride along the beach or simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, generally known as amongst the friendliest in Africa, to gain insight into their way of life on an optional guided Village Walk, or you can simply head out and explore the lakeside, craft market and meet some of the locals.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Horse Riding, Village Walk

Day 27

Kande Beach – Chitimba Beach

Taking a nice scenic drive through rubber plantations to Mzuzu – the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi, where we stop for a short while to grab supplies and check out the markets before arriving at Chitimba Beach where time is at leisure in the afternoon and evening to enjoy the picturesque Lake Malawi.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 28

Chitimba Beach

Relax on the beach, take a leisurely village walk or do the full day trip to Manchewe Falls where after 11km of hiking you can cool off in a natural bath. The surrounding hills are home to the Livingstonia Mission where David Livingstone worked from for a time while staying in Malawi. The views from here are simply magnificent and well worth the effort of hiking to. For those staying at the campsite, there is a local craft market where you can enjoy learning the ins and outs of the game of Bao, haggle for some souvenirs or enjoy a relaxing day admiring the shimmering waters on the beach.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Day Hike

Day 29

Chitimba Beach – Iringa, Tanzania

Leaving Chitimba Beach, we travel the short distance north to cross the border into Tanzania. We steadily climb in altitude through Tanzania’s Southern Highlands all the way to Kisolanza Farm House. This farm is at an altitude of 1600m ensuring a pleasant fresh climate in one of the most scenic areas of Tanzania. Home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years, Kisolanza remains a working farm providing organic meat (beef, lamb and chicken) and vegetables to the surrounding markets as well as further afield in Dar es Salaam. This farmhouse is famous for their hot showers, chocolate brownies and hot chocolate that can be bought at their quaint candlelit bar.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 30

Iringa – Dar es Salam 

We continue towards the Indian Ocean coast and the port city of Dar es Salaam (‘Haven of Peace’). This route runs through the Mikumi National Park and we may, with luck, spot forest elephant or giraffe feeding near the side of the road. ‘Dar’ is Tanzania’s hub of commerce and industry – a hot, humid and bustling seaport city of high rises, colourful markets and Arab influenced architecture on the coast accessing one of the most important sea routes on earth (with an interesting history too). To a majority of travellers, this city is the port of call to the more exotic Zanzibar and the remaining of the Archipelago islands. We set up camp at our campsite on the beach just outside of the city centre, usually having time to browse curio markets – best known for ebony wood – and prepare for our trip to Zanzibar.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 31

Zanzibar Island

Evocative and exotic, Zanzibar conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm fringe beaches; romantic winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests. You will find all of these here – and an intriguing history. Zanzibar was the base of the great 19th century explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone and once was a major trading centre of spices. Indeed, the spice trade is centuries old: Zanzibaris have traded with the people of the Arabian peninsula for generations, plying the ocean in simple dhow sailboats relying on the annual trade winds for passage. The Arab influence is evident in the architecture and diverse street stall offerings of the capital, Stone Town This influence can be seen right along the Eastern coast – the Swahili language itself is a result of the mixing of Arab and African languages and cultures over many centuries. Zanzibar’s other history is not romantic. The island was also a staging post for slaves bought from the African interior being held before shipping to slave owners in the Middle East. You can still see the places where these men and woman were held – and even a short visit is enough to convey the appalling conditions they had to endure. Our time on the island over the next 4 nights is not structured and your time is at leisure. Perhaps the best way to see Stone Town is on foot: explore the bazaars for old maritime trinkets, cloths, wooden carvings, visit mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways of the old town. Spices are grown in plantations nearby and you can take day tours to visit some 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.

NB: As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic tourist class accommodation and breakfast on Zanzibar are included in the tour price, but for the sake of flexibility other meals are left for your own account. Typically we spend one night in Stone Town and the next three nights in the north of the island at one of the beaches. Your tour leader will be available to assist if you if you have any questions or need activities arranged. Please note that some group members may be starting their tour in Dar es Salaam today.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Spice Tour, Slave markets, Arabic Fort, Palace Museum

Day 32

Zanzibar Island

Enjoy free time on Zanzibar and transfer to the northern beaches from Stone Town. Relax on the sun kissed beaches of Kendwa, northwest part of the island, take an optional diving trip to the rich colourful reefs or grab a snorkel and goggles to explore these from above Please note that some group members may be starting their tour in Dar es Salaam. Both old and new are invited to join in any group outings

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Spice Tour, Scuba Diving, Mnemba Island, Dhow snorkelling safaris

Day 33

Zanzibar Island

Browse markets or enjoy hanging in a hammock with a cocktail and a good book. The beach is a great place to catch up with the locals who will pass by selling their wares, offering henna tattoos and inexpensive massages. Round the day off with a sunset dhow cruise or chilling to the tunes from the nearby beach bars.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Spice Tour, Scuba Diving, Mnemba Island, Dhow snorkelling safaris

Day 34

Zanzibar Island

Adjusting to the lazy ways of the northern beaches is easy to do in such picturesque surroundings. Enjoy your last day on the island swimming in the warm ocean, snorkelling in the crystal turquoise waters and enjoy time at leisure in this tropical haven.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Spice Tour, Scuba Diving, Mnemba Island, Dhow snorkelling safaris

Day 35

Zanzibar  – Dar es Salam

We have the morning to do any last minute shopping or enjoy one last swim before catching the ferry back to the African mainland to Dar es Salaam and onwards to our campsite on the coast for the evening. Please note that some group members may be ending their tour in Dar es Salaam. Both old and new are invited to join in any group outings.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 36

Dar es Salam – Marangu

Departing early from Dar es Salaam, we head north past the Usambara and Pare Mountains in the Eastern Arc Mountain Range to Marangu, nestled at the base of the famed Kilimanjaro. The camp takes its name from the surrounding area. “Marangu” means “full of water” in the local Chagga language, and the lush green surroundings demonstrate the truth of this. If weather is clear we will gain a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain (5895m).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 37

Marangu – Arusha

We drive past the town of Moshi and eventually reach Arusha; a city situated exactly mid way between Cape Town and Cairo. This is Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’, a city of some 2 million people, a bustling melting pot of markets, vehicles and people – all nestling in the shadow of the brooding Mt Meru (4556 m). With time to explore town we head out to our camp just outside the city at the edge of the Masai plains. This afternoon we enjoy a walk to one of the local Masai villages, a local school and clinic, a small but highly interesting Masai museum, and the snake enclosure at the Meserani Snake Park. It is from here that we prepare for our two night/three day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Camel Ride

Day 38

Arusha – Serengeti National Park

This morning we transfer to smaller more ‘game park friendly’ vehicles and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo (‘mosquito creek’) and enter the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. We pass into the park and drive around the ‘Crater’s rim and down onto the Serengeti plains. Green after the rains, brown and burnt in the dry, this is home to an enormous variety of grazing animals, predators, and birdlife. Flatter and larger than the Masai Mara the Serengeti is simply huge – indeed the name derives from the Masai word Siringitu – ‘the place where the land moves on forever’. We game drive to our designated (but unfenced) campsite for the evening where lion and hyena roam nearby for an unforgettable experience.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 39

Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater

We drive out of the plains, game driving en route, and after lunch ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater. We spend the night camping on the rim (you may need a jacket; it can be cold at night due to the high altitude here), where wildlife also roams free. At 326 square kilometres in area the Ngorongoro is Africa’s largest intact caldera and a World Heritage Site. If the view from the rim (2400 metres above sea level) is spectacular, the site from the Crater floor (some 600 metres below) is equally enjoyable.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Serengeti Balloon Flight

Day 40

Ngorongoro– Arusha

We wake early and descend the steep dirt road of the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning of game driving in this spectacular wildlife haven. All of the major mammals are present except giraffe (which cannot manage the steep slopes leading down onto the Crater floor). After our game drive we ascend to our campsite on the rim for a final view over the Ngorongoro Crater, pack up our camp and have lunch before retracing our steps to Arusha and our campsite at the Meserani Snake Park where we will overnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 41

Arusha – Nairobi, Kenya

We make our way across the Maasai Steppe to the Kenyan frontier. Completing formalities at Namanga border post, we drive the last stretch of road to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, where our tour ends.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 42

Nairobi

Today is free to explore the city and surrounding area and our Tour Leader can help you arrange these optional excursions locally. Popular excursions include catching a taxi into town to check out the shopping, markets, bars and restaurants; Visit the National Museum of Kenya; chow down at Carnivore – a bbq meat eater’s paradise; go on safari at Nairobi National Park; Visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Centre or check out the Karen Blixen Museum in the nearby town of Karen. Alternatively the day is yours to simply relax and enjoy some ‘downtime’.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Centre, Karen Blixen Museum 

Day 43

Nairobi – Lake Nakuru National Park

We depart Nairobi early and descend into the ‘Great Rift Valley’, an enormous cleft in the Earth’s surface stretching from the Red Sea to Madagascar but with particularly marked escarpments here in Kenya. We stop at a lookout point to take in the magnificent views. Our overnight stop is Lake Nakuru National Park, a relatively small park (by African standards) however prolific in wildlife, sited 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 search for in an afternoon game drive making use of local guides and smaller safari vehicles for a more intimate experience.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 44

Lake Nakuru – Eldoret

From Nakuru we continue northwest and climb in altitude towards the town of Eldoret en route to the Ugandan frontier. We cross from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere today over the Equator, enjoy some time here learning a little about its significance and taking photos before moving onwards to Eldoret. The name ‘Eldoret’ is based on the Maasai word ‘Eldore’ meaning stony river due to the stony bed of the nearby Sosiani River. The town is the 5th largest in Kenya and is the fastest growing with a population of approx 194,000. We camp outside of the town in a unique campsite. It is created on a hilly forest tribal land, which was once home to members of the ancient Sirikwa tribe. Preserved on the site are excavations with stone sides, commonly called Sirikwa holes, which are believed to have been roofed and occupied by the inhabitants of a bygone age.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 45

Eldoret – Kampala

We cross into Uganda, Winston Churchill’s ‘Pearl of Africa’, a country with beautiful natural scenery and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures. Travelling through Uganda you will be captivated by its sheer overwhelming beauty and friendly people. Our first night we camp in the capital city Kampala, which is an attractive hilly city, bustling with roadside traders, markets and busy matatu (mini-bus taxi) stands.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 46

Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National Park

From Kampala, we travel west towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, across the Equator again, through fertile green terraced hillsides, lush banana plantations, steep mountains and tangled forests with herds of Ankole cattle with their incredible long curving horns roaming the roads and paddocks. We camp a short distance from the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here you will have the opportunity to relax and unwind, take a walk in the surrounding areas and mingle with the local community.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 47

Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning we enter the Queen Elizabeth National Park and take in the magnificent views of the mountains that separate Uganda from central Africa as well as Lake Edwards and Lake George. In fact Queen Elizabeth National park has over 500 species of bird and 100 species of mammals making it one of the most bio diverse national parks in the world and if we are lucky, we may get to spot these animals en route to Kyambura Gorge for the trek to see the chimpanzees. Unlike their larger cousins the mountain gorilla, chimps live mostly in the trees and so our viewing is usually peering high into the forest canopy. However the experience of seeing man’s closest relative in the wild is a memorable one. Trekking permits are issued by the wildlife authority in groups of up to 8 people per group. Depending on our group size, we may trek on the afternoon of day 46, morning of day 47 and afternoon of day 47 or morning of day 48.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 48

Queen Elizabeth National Park – Lake Bunyonyi

We leave the picturesque hills of the national park and make our way to the lush and stunning ‘Lake Bunyonyi’ (‘Place of many little birds’). This lake is 27 km long, 7km wide and at an elevation of 1950 metres above sea level is surrounded by undulating hills between 2200m to 2478 m high. With a depth of nearly 900m in parts this lake is the second deepest lake in Africa (the deepest being Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania). With twenty nine islands that can be visited by local boats, the lake is a great place to unwind, relax and explore on the days that we don’t trek to see the mountain gorillas.

Over the next two days the group will be split with one group trekking to the mountain gorillas while the others relax at Lake Bunyonyi to enjoy the many activities on offer.

Lake Bunyoni

There are many activities to do here such as hiring canoes to visit some of the lakes islands, visit local tribes and villages, visit the local orphanage, bird watching and nature walks. Alternatively, just relax around camp, catch up on your travel diary or postcards to home.

Mountain Gorilla Trekking

This region of Africa is home to the world’s remaining 700 mountain gorillas, many of which inhabit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. [Occasionally we may travel into neighbouring Rwanda to trek for the gorillas.]

On the day of our trek we gather in the early morning to meet our local guide and tracker. Walking in small groups we trek into the thick rainforest. The trek can be demanding at times with uneven terrain and hilly rainforest but the privilege of spending time with a family of these gentle primates makes the effort well worthwhile. To many people the day’s trek and time with the gorillas remains their most exciting wildlife encounter in Africa.

The usual procedure, once we have located the gorilla ‘family’, is to squat or sit down and simply observe them for around an hour – the time set by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (the national body charged with controlling and maintaining the gorillas in Uganda). Gorillas are sociable creatures, living in groups between 12 and 20 individuals, usually led by an ‘alpha male’ (the ‘silverback’ – so called because of the silver hair on his back which grows once the male gorilla attains maturity). Most people find that the gorillas are remarkably human-like at close quarters – particularly in the social interaction between family members and in ‘play’ activity in which the young engage. Photography is permitted (although not with a flash and there are restrictions for those who wish to use a video camera.)

Your permit allows you one trek and gorilla viewing (time limited to one hour). However, because the authorities maintain strict limits on the number of visitors allowed to view the gorillas each day we may spend several days in the area while all passengers in our group complete the trek and viewing.

NB: 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, eg 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Island boat trips, village walk, Traditional dance, Bird watching, Canoe hire

Day 49

Lake Bunyonyi

If not trekking, today is free to explore the surrounding area, discover the Islands by boat on Lake Bunyonyi or relax back at camp catching up on some well deserved rest and relaxation.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Island boat trips, village walk, Traditional dance, Bird watching, Canoe hire

Day 50

Lake Bunyonyi

Today is a trek day or a day at leisure to enjoy the many optional activities in Lake Bunyonyi. Whether relaxing on the shores of this deep crater lake with a good book or heading out to the village and orphanage to gain an insight into the everyday life of Ugandans in this area – you’ll no doubt wish you could stay in this beautiful part of Africa for longer.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Island boat trips, village walk, Traditional dance, Bird watching, Canoe hire

Day 51

Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala

Leaving Lake Bunyonyi we make our way back across the Equator (stopping for a photo opportunity if we did not stop on route to Queen Elizabeth National Park) through lush pasture lands and the northern reaches of Lake Victoria (largest lake in Africa) to Kampala where we will overnight. Kampala is a hotspot for great food and entertainment. If time allows, take the night out and try the local cuisines and enjoy the hospitality and friendliness of the local Ugandans.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 52

Kampala – Jinja

Leaving Kampala we drive the short distance to the town of Jinja on the banks of Lake Victoria and the Nile. It was in 1862 that the British explorer John Hanning Speke recognised Lake Victoria as the ‘source of the Nile’ settling a long running dispute about Africa’s (and the world’s) longest river. From this modest monument the Nile begins its 4132 mile course through Uganda, Sudan and eventually Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea. Our camp is situated on the grassy banks overlooking the Nile River. It is here that we usually have the option to try river rafting – an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of ‘white-water’. There is also the opportunity to make some difference to local children at a local school project: ‘Softpower’ is a locally run voluntary programme aimed at building and improving schools in the Jinja area to which your contribution of a few hours of painting or plastering is always most welcome. Other activities at Jinja include mountain biking, quad biking, village walks and even bungy jumping!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Bungee Jumping, Quad biking, White water rafting, Community School Project, Nile Cruise, Nile sup from, Kayak from, Fishing trips from, Mountain biking

Day 53

Jinja

Enjoy a free day in this magical place and the many optional activities on offer. Adrenaline lovers can head to the world class rapids and try rafting – an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of ‘white-water’. Those seeking a more relaxing day can visit the local community or simply just relax at camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Bungee Jumping, Quad biking, White water rafting, Community School Project, Nile Cruise, Nile sup from, Kayak from, Fishing trips from, Mountain biking

Day 54

Jinja

Enjoy a last day on the banks of the Nile exploring the surrounding community, the town of Jinja and discover the beauty of the river Nile as you relax on its banks or indulge in the many optional activities on offer.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Bungee Jumping, Quad biking, White water rafting, Community School Project, Nile Cruise, Nile sup from, Kayak from, Fishing trips from, Mountain biking

Day 55

Jinja – Eldoret

After our refreshing stop at Jinja, we retrace our steps across the border to the Kenya’s frontier and onwards to Eldoret, where we will camp for the evening. Tonight you can celebrate the last evening of your Gorilla Encounter with your fellow travellers and exchange stories, emails and laughter around the campfire one last time.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 56

Eldoret – Nairobi

This morning we make our way south to the Capital city ‘Nairobi’ where our tour ends on arrival.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Activity: N/A

 

Adventure Pass

Every Overland tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

1450 USD 

* This pass is a compulsory add-on for this tour.

The Adventure Pass for this tour includes

  • Cape Town Township Tour, South Africa
  • Sossusvlei, Namibia
  • Chobe National Park, Botswana
  • Okavango Delta, Botswana
  • Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana
  • South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
  • Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
  • Ngorongoro Crater, Kenya
  • Lake Nakura, Kenya

Gorilla Pass

This pass includes your gorilla trek and permits. This pass is compulsory on this tour.

R10000

 

R79245 - Camping
R10000 – Mandatory Supplements
USD $1450 – Mandatory Adventure pass
R122375 - Accommodated
R10000 – Mandatory Supplements
USD $1450 – Mandatory Adventure pass

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Meals & highlights as per itinerary, accommodation, guides and transport

Excludes:

All items of a personal nature, entrance fees, alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, snacks, souvenirs, tips, optional activities, Zanzibar Meals

Please note that maps shown are a rough guide. Exact locations and routes might differ slightly to what is shown. Please refer to the tour itinerary for a more precise route.

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56 Day Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Tour
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56 Day Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Tour

R79,245.00

This is it! The great trans-African overland experience. The longest single overland trip you can do in Africa, incorporating all the highlights of Southern and East Africa.

Starting in Cape Town, winding up the South African West Coast and into the vast deserts of Namibia, then crossing over to Botswana to traverse the waterways of the Okavango Delta and Chobe River before hitting Victoria falls for some adventure activities. You are now roughly half way and have completed the Southern African section of your trip, now it’s time for East Africa. From Victoria falls it’s on to the beaches of Lake Malawi, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar before moving inland to do some excellent game viewing in the Serengeti. Moving further North into Kenya and then up to Uganda where you will search for the elusive and majestic mountain gorilla. Finally heading back to Nairobi where this grand adventure comes to an end.

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Day 1

Cape town – Western Cape

Our overland safari begins in cosmopolitan Cape Town, overlooked by Table Mountain and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, one of the world’s most picturesque cities. Before we leave the city we take a tour of the Cape Flats, at one of Cape Town’s intriguing townships, visiting some of the local people and community projects in the area. The townships illustrate both South Africa’s tumultuous history and its hope for the future which makes for a fascinating visit. From here we head north through South Africa’s Western Cape and through the fruit growing regions of Citrusdal. Our campsite is located near the Olifants River overlooking the stunning Cederberg Mountains. After setting up camp there is an option to sample some of the local wines of the region, properly meet the rest of the group and enjoy our first night under the African sky.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Wine Tasting

Day 2

Western Cape – Orange (Gariep) River

Continuing north, the landscape gradually turns drier and rockier as we head towards the Namibian border. We set up camp tonight on the South African side of the Gariep (Orange) River, a stunning backdrop. Our camp provides you with the necessary comforts like hot showers, flush toilets, grassy campsites and bar facilities. You will be briefed on an optional Orange River canoe safari for later this afternoon or the following morning. There is also the option to hike to the lookout above the campsite and the Orange River is safe for swimming! The camp by night is showered with stars of the Richtersveld – a truly peaceful and tranquil experience.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Canoe Safari

Day 3

Orange (Gariep) River – Fish River Canyon, Namibia

This morning we have the opportunity to partake in an optional canoe safari on the river, or simply relax on the water’s edge before entering Namibia via Vioolsdrift Border post, arriving at the majestic Fish River Canyon in the mid afternoon. One of the natural wonders of Africa, the canyon is some 500m deep and over 160km long and often referred to as the second largest canyon in the world. There are plenty of opportunities for keen photographers this afternoon especially at the canyons infamous sharp river bend known as ‘Hells Corner’. A great opportunity to find a quiet spot and marvel at the sheer beauty of the Fish River Canyon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Canoe Safari 

Day 4

Fish River Canyon – Sesriem Area

After a night near the canyon we continue north to the Sesriem Area, the gateway to the Namib Naukluft National Park, containing the world’s oldest desert and highest sand dunes. The Namib-Naukluft National Park contains part of the Namib Desert and the Naukluft mountain range. With an overall area of 49,768 km2 it’s larger than Switzerland and is the second largest game park in Africa and the fourth largest in the world. Here we set up camp for the evening under the starry Namibian sky.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 5

Namib Naukluft National Park – Solitaire

This morning we enter the National Park to trek to the top of famous Dune 45. A spectacular sight but be warned, it’s not an easy feat to reach the top as some dunes are over 300m high! After a well deserved breakfast we continue deeper into the park for a short shuttle ride and nature walk to ‘Dead Vlei’, amidst the giant sand dunes – a real glimpse of Namibia’s unspoilt natural environment. Bring your camera – the shifting colours of the desert as the sun climbs throughout the mid/late morning offer some brilliant photographic opportunities. Departing from the dunes, we stop off at the smaller Sesriem Canyon where the multiple layers of rock and pebbles make for an interesting insight to what lies beneath the mountains of sand. Thereafter we make our way to Solitaire – Namibia’s smallest town for the night

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 6

Solitaire – Swakopmund

Leaving Solitaire, we head for the Atlantic coast for the next two nights, crossing over the Tropic of Capricorn, and stopping for a photo opportunity en route. Swakopmund makes for a refreshing change with cooler Atlantic sea air, a taste of civilization and a swathe of exciting things to do and places to explore Be daring and try some desert based adventure activities – quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (weather permitting) and more! For those not seeking adventure enjoy what the town has to offer: shopping, restaurants, museums, aquarium, art galleries – or else simply walk along the promenade admiring the ocean, the quaint German-style architecture and indulge in the town’s café culture. N.B: For the sake of practicality, meals in Swakopmund are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back for meal times. Swakopmund town offers a variety of bakeries and cafes with a selection of reasonably priced meals (allow ZAR 50-100 per meal). Relax and enjoy these days at your own leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity:  Sandboarding, Quad Biking, Skydiving, Deep sea fishing, scenic flights, Swakopmund Township Tour 

Day 7

Swakopmund

Today is a free day to enjoy all this quaint seaside town has to offer – from the many optional activities to the German patisseries, cafés and restaurants.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity:  Sandboarding, Quad Biking, Skydiving, Deep sea fishing, scenic flights, Swakopmund Township Tour

Day 8

Swakopmund – Spitzkoppe

Leaving the coast we turn inland to the beautiful Damaraland region and explore Spitzkoppe where we admire ancient bushman paintings still visible on peculiar rock formations. The giant boulder-like rock formations peak at approx 1800m above sea level, and form a spectacular view. Take your time to explore the area and its delightful calmness. Keep an eye on the ever changing colour of the rock, especially during sunrise and sunset, when they acquire intense red shades. The most impressive rock painting is “Bushman Paradise” and the natural rock bridge is a favourite viewpoint. The Spitzkoppe Rest camp lies at the base of the mountain and is owned and maintained by the local community. All proceeds from our visit go directly to this community.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 9

Spitzkoppe – Etosha

From Spitzkoppe we turn north again making our way to Etosha National Park, a vast reserve of over 20,000 sq km surrounding a central salt depression or ‘pan.’ The pan is seasonally full of water but specially managed waterholes sustain some 114 mammal and 340 bird species. We spend two nights here, usually making camp near a floodlit waterhole. Observers frequently see a range of night visitors including elephant, giraffe, zebra, even lion and hyena, making it one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in Namibia – a truly African experience and a highlight of any trip to Namibia. We have a short afternoon game drive on entering the park and heading to the camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 10

Etosha National Park

Today, we enjoy a full day game driving in this magnificent animal kingdom – taking in the park’s main characteristic, the salt pan which can be seen from space – in search of elephant, rhino, zebra, giraffes and the numerous grazing animals frequently spotted around the water holes. Despite the dry nature of the terrain, the park sustains a wide variety of bird species including the large Kori Bustard, Secretary Bird and many other seed & insect eaters, as well as birds of prey. After a full day game driving we return to camp, or onto the next camp and enjoy our last evening around the floodlit watering holes, observing natural animal behaviour at its best.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 11

Etosha – Windhoek

Heading south, we arrive in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, which is located in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains. Windhoek (Windy-corner in English) is home to approximately two hundred thousand people, an extremely small capital by global standards. The city centre is characterized by a proliferation of German style buildings, a lasting reminder of Namibia’s early colonial history and atmosphere. Take the opportunity to enjoy a night out at one of the local restaurants. Please note that some group members may be ending their tour in Windhoek. Both old and new are invited to join for the group outing.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 12

Windhoek – Ghanzi, Botswana

Leaving Windhoek we travel west into the Kalahari region and cross into Botswana. Our first stop is at the town of Ghanzi. Here, in this midst of (seemingly) barren terrain we meet the San/Bushman and have a guided bush walk for a cultural experience and insight into these ancient people’s way of life. We learn how they work with nature and manage the renewable resources found in their natural surroundings without damaging the fragile balance found in this ecosystem. Something we can all learn from. Your support of this ecotourism venture gives the San/Bushman a sustainable income and helps keep their culture alive. Around the campfire at night, you can experience the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushman. On special occasions this could be a healing or trance dance, which can continue all night, and is an intense spiritual experience for both participants and visitors alike.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 13

Ghanzi – Maun

Maun is the fifth largest town in Botswana and is an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native dwellings. Although officially still a village, Maun has developed rapidly from a rural frontier town to a community that has distributed along the wide banks of the Thamalakane River where red lechwe antelope can still be seen grazing next to local donkeys, goats and cattle. Since Maun’s founding in 1915 it has had a reputation as a hard-living ‘Wild West’ town helping the local cattle ranching and hunting operations. Maun today is a thriving tourist town famous for its donkey population and to a lesser extent, goats. These animals can be seen standing around town as they are used by local traders and farmers alike to transport their wares to sell on the curb side.

NB: If time allows, we have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta, either this afternoon or on day 15 on our return from the Delta excursion

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Okavango Delta scenic flight

Day 14

Maun – Okavango Delta

Leaving the campsite in Maun we begin our excursion into the Okavango Delta by an open 4×4 truck to the mokoro station. Here we will be introduced to the local Tswana Polers that will be guiding us on this expedition. We travel by mokoro (dugout canoe) amongst the giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels in search of resident wildlife and a variety of birds, to our tented camp from which we can explore the area on a walking safari. The Okavango is a natural wetland spreading over some 1,600,000ha of northern Botswana that offers a perfect habitat for the many species of wildlife that roam here freely. The Okavango River rises in Angola (farther to the north) and flows south dividing repeatedly after crossing into Botswana to form an intricate floodplain of channels and which spreads out into a broad flat inland delta – the only one of its kind in the world. We enjoy the afternoon wilderness experience and overnight listening to the sounds of the African night – an unforgettable experience!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 15

Okavango Delta – Maun

This morning we take an easy paced mokoro ride out of the Okavango Delta back to the polers station from where we will drive back to Maun, our overnight stop. We aim to get back to camp around lunch time to allow for the opportunity to enjoy an optional scenic flight over this spectacular UNESCO world heritage site. Alternatively, the afternoon can be spent at leisure at the camp’s pool.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Okavango Delta scenic flight

Day 16

Maun – Nata

Today, we make our way towards Nata travelling through a wide open wildlife corridor between the Nxai and the Makgadikgadi Pans. We stop off to see one of Africa’s most iconic trees – the Baobab along the way and arrive at the Elephant Sands Lodge during the late afternoon. The camp has no fences so all wildlife can roam freely from one waterhole to another and one can expect to see a variety of antelope and other wildlife during your stay at Elephant Sands. It is one of the most unique and amazing experiences to watch wild elephants and their behaviour at such close proximity.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Morning bush walk, evening game drive

Day 17

Nata – Kasane

We make our way to the northern corner of Botswana to Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. By size, it is the third largest park in the country and is the most diverse; home to elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo and abundant birdlife, including the famous African fish eagle. We take a ‘Fish Eagle’ cruise on the Chobe River – a great opportunity to see hippo and perhaps elephant or buffalo coming to the river to bathe and drink. The Chobe River is a major watering spot for large breeding herds of elephants, as well as families of giraffe, sable and cape buffalo. The flood plains are the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be seen. Birding is also excellent here. When in flood spoonbills, ibis, various species of stork and other waterfowl flock to the area.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 18

Kasane – Livingston, Zambia (Victoria Falls)

This morning we head out to explore the Chobe National Park on an open vehicle game drive where we have the opportunity to spot not only elephant that are so prolific in the park, but also lion, and different antelope species. Moving on from Kasane we take the ferry across the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers into Zambia. Zambia, formerly known as Northern Rhodesia took its name from the Zambezi River at independence in 1964. The Zambezi River is the fourth longest in Africa (after the Nile, Congo and Niger) and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean. Home to one of the world’s largest waterfalls, we visit Victoria Falls and try to take in the immensity of one of nature’s Wonders of the World. At various times of year, the spray from the Falls can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name ‘Mosi oa Tunya’ – the ‘smoke that thunders’. We set up camp at the Waterfront campsite on the banks of the Zambezi, just a few kilometres from the Victoria Falls and the small town of Livingstone. We will give a full briefing on the various optional activities available in the area (typically these include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights and river cruises), allowing you to plan your time accordingly.

NB: For the sake of practicality, meals in the Livingstone/Victoria Falls area are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back with the group at mealtimes. The Waterfront camp restaurant overlooks the Zambezi River and offers a good selection of reasonably priced meals and snacks throughout the day (allow US$15 -$30 per meal). Relax and enjoy these few days at your own leisure. Alternatively, take a taxi into Livingstone to try local fare.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Bungee jumping, Full day abseil, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game walk, Chief Mukumi village tour, gorge swing, Zambezi jet boat and cable car, Half day canoe, Zambezi sunset cruise, Full day white water rafting, Helicopter/ Microlight flights from, half day fishing, Bridge Tour.

Day 19

Victoria Falls, Livingston

Out tour ends after breakfast but we highly recommend staying a few more days in the area in order to explore the Victoria Falls area to the full. Apart from the adventure activities already mentioned check out the markets, volunteer a day in some worthwhile local projects, or simply relax at the beautiful waterfront and watch the Zambezi River flow quickly past on its way to Victoria Falls.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Bungee jumping, Full day abseil, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game walk, Chief Mukumi village tour, gorge swing, Zambezi jet boat and cable car, Half day canoe, Zambezi sunset cruise, Full day white water rafting, Helicopter/ Microlight flights from, half day fishing, Bridge Tour.

Day 20

Victoria Falls, Livingston

Spend your leisure day in Livingstone exploring the activities, town and markets or simply relax poolside at the Waterfront. The perfect time to catch up on your social media and share your experiences before heading off into the East Africa part of your holiday in the morning.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Bungee jumping, Full day abseil, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game walk, Chief Mukumi village tour, gorge swing, Zambezi jet boat and cable car, Half day canoe, Zambezi sunset cruise, Full day white water rafting, Helicopter/ Microlight flights from, half day fishing, Bridge Tour.

Day 21

Livingston – Lusaka

Relaxed and revitalized from the wonderful stay in Livingstone, we head through lush country and small villages to Lusaka, Zambia’s Capital city. Lusaka is Southern Africa’s fastest growing city with approx 1.7 million people and is located on the southern plateau at an elevation of 1300m with four main highways running north, south, east and west to different parts of Africa. This city is the commercial hub as well as the centre for the government. Our campsite for the evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing setting on a farm.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 22

Lusaka – Chipata

We leave early and take the Great Eastern Road through lush countryside and small villages, crossing the Luangwa River to Chipata. Chipata formally named Fort Jamerson has a population of approx 98,000, and is the capital of the Eastern province of Zambia. This unique town has colourful fruit and vegetable markets and an unexpected amount of ornate mosques due to its large Indian community.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 23

Chipata – South Luangwa National Park

Today we head to the South Luangwa National Park, which is known to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its oxbow lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa. There are 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species inhabiting the area. Hippo’s, elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, giraffe with many other species flourish in the 20,000 sq miles of savannah woodland watered by this 500 mile–long river. The river itself is the most intact and unaltered major river system in Africa and covers 9059 km2 . The changing seasons add to the Park’s richness, ranging from; dry, bare bushveld in the winter, to lush green lands in the summer months. On arrival we set up camp and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the many optional activities from walking safaris and village walks.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Village Tour, Walking Safari, Game Drives

Day 24

South Luangwa National Park

Relax around the pools edge, which is the best place to be in the hot hours of the day. Later that afternoon we embark on an open vehicle game drive with a local ranger along the river’s edge to see the abundance of animal and birdlife inhabiting the area. Your tour includes one guided game drive during our stay. Additional walks and drives can be booked on arrival.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Village Tour, Walking Safari, Game Drives

Day 25

South Luangwa National Park – Kande Beach, Malawi

Leaving Zambia behind, we cross the border to Malawi. Lake Malawi formerly ‘Lake Nyasa’, covers almost a fifth of the country’s area and provides the source of livelihood for many of the Malawian people. Fishermen, fish traders, canoe and net makers all ply their trade, and a common sight is that of a fisherman in his Bwato, (dugout canoe made from hollowed out tree trunk) fishing on the lake at the break of day or with lanterns by night The lake also has the highest number of endemic freshwater fish species of any in the world and attracts divers globally to seek out the many colourful Cichlid species. We arrive at camp on the lake’s shore in the afternoon and have the rest of the day to swim and explore the beach and surrounding area.

NB: Although it is our intention to adhere to the campsites described, a certain amount of flexibility is built into our time in Malawi and the crew may make alterations to the published itinerary. Please therefore treat the Malawi section of the dossier as a guideline only.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Horse Riding, Village Walk

Day 26

Kande Beach (Lake Malawi)

Today you’ll have some free time to try some of the water sports available including diving and snorkelling, take a horse ride along the beach or simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, generally known as amongst the friendliest in Africa, to gain insight into their way of life on an optional guided Village Walk, or you can simply head out and explore the lakeside, craft market and meet some of the locals.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Horse Riding, Village Walk

Day 27

Kande Beach – Chitimba Beach

Taking a nice scenic drive through rubber plantations to Mzuzu – the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi, where we stop for a short while to grab supplies and check out the markets before arriving at Chitimba Beach where time is at leisure in the afternoon and evening to enjoy the picturesque Lake Malawi.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 28

Chitimba Beach

Relax on the beach, take a leisurely village walk or do the full day trip to Manchewe Falls where after 11km of hiking you can cool off in a natural bath. The surrounding hills are home to the Livingstonia Mission where David Livingstone worked from for a time while staying in Malawi. The views from here are simply magnificent and well worth the effort of hiking to. For those staying at the campsite, there is a local craft market where you can enjoy learning the ins and outs of the game of Bao, haggle for some souvenirs or enjoy a relaxing day admiring the shimmering waters on the beach.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Day Hike

Day 29

Chitimba Beach – Iringa, Tanzania

Leaving Chitimba Beach, we travel the short distance north to cross the border into Tanzania. We steadily climb in altitude through Tanzania’s Southern Highlands all the way to Kisolanza Farm House. This farm is at an altitude of 1600m ensuring a pleasant fresh climate in one of the most scenic areas of Tanzania. Home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years, Kisolanza remains a working farm providing organic meat (beef, lamb and chicken) and vegetables to the surrounding markets as well as further afield in Dar es Salaam. This farmhouse is famous for their hot showers, chocolate brownies and hot chocolate that can be bought at their quaint candlelit bar.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 30

Iringa – Dar es Salam 

We continue towards the Indian Ocean coast and the port city of Dar es Salaam (‘Haven of Peace’). This route runs through the Mikumi National Park and we may, with luck, spot forest elephant or giraffe feeding near the side of the road. ‘Dar’ is Tanzania’s hub of commerce and industry – a hot, humid and bustling seaport city of high rises, colourful markets and Arab influenced architecture on the coast accessing one of the most important sea routes on earth (with an interesting history too). To a majority of travellers, this city is the port of call to the more exotic Zanzibar and the remaining of the Archipelago islands. We set up camp at our campsite on the beach just outside of the city centre, usually having time to browse curio markets – best known for ebony wood – and prepare for our trip to Zanzibar.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 31

Zanzibar Island

Evocative and exotic, Zanzibar conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm fringe beaches; romantic winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests. You will find all of these here – and an intriguing history. Zanzibar was the base of the great 19th century explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone and once was a major trading centre of spices. Indeed, the spice trade is centuries old: Zanzibaris have traded with the people of the Arabian peninsula for generations, plying the ocean in simple dhow sailboats relying on the annual trade winds for passage. The Arab influence is evident in the architecture and diverse street stall offerings of the capital, Stone Town This influence can be seen right along the Eastern coast – the Swahili language itself is a result of the mixing of Arab and African languages and cultures over many centuries. Zanzibar’s other history is not romantic. The island was also a staging post for slaves bought from the African interior being held before shipping to slave owners in the Middle East. You can still see the places where these men and woman were held – and even a short visit is enough to convey the appalling conditions they had to endure. Our time on the island over the next 4 nights is not structured and your time is at leisure. Perhaps the best way to see Stone Town is on foot: explore the bazaars for old maritime trinkets, cloths, wooden carvings, visit mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways of the old town. Spices are grown in plantations nearby and you can take day tours to visit some 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.

NB: As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic tourist class accommodation and breakfast on Zanzibar are included in the tour price, but for the sake of flexibility other meals are left for your own account. Typically we spend one night in Stone Town and the next three nights in the north of the island at one of the beaches. Your tour leader will be available to assist if you if you have any questions or need activities arranged. Please note that some group members may be starting their tour in Dar es Salaam today.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Spice Tour, Slave markets, Arabic Fort, Palace Museum

Day 32

Zanzibar Island

Enjoy free time on Zanzibar and transfer to the northern beaches from Stone Town. Relax on the sun kissed beaches of Kendwa, northwest part of the island, take an optional diving trip to the rich colourful reefs or grab a snorkel and goggles to explore these from above Please note that some group members may be starting their tour in Dar es Salaam. Both old and new are invited to join in any group outings

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Spice Tour, Scuba Diving, Mnemba Island, Dhow snorkelling safaris

Day 33

Zanzibar Island

Browse markets or enjoy hanging in a hammock with a cocktail and a good book. The beach is a great place to catch up with the locals who will pass by selling their wares, offering henna tattoos and inexpensive massages. Round the day off with a sunset dhow cruise or chilling to the tunes from the nearby beach bars.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Spice Tour, Scuba Diving, Mnemba Island, Dhow snorkelling safaris

Day 34

Zanzibar Island

Adjusting to the lazy ways of the northern beaches is easy to do in such picturesque surroundings. Enjoy your last day on the island swimming in the warm ocean, snorkelling in the crystal turquoise waters and enjoy time at leisure in this tropical haven.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Spice Tour, Scuba Diving, Mnemba Island, Dhow snorkelling safaris

Day 35

Zanzibar  – Dar es Salam

We have the morning to do any last minute shopping or enjoy one last swim before catching the ferry back to the African mainland to Dar es Salaam and onwards to our campsite on the coast for the evening. Please note that some group members may be ending their tour in Dar es Salaam. Both old and new are invited to join in any group outings.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 36

Dar es Salam – Marangu

Departing early from Dar es Salaam, we head north past the Usambara and Pare Mountains in the Eastern Arc Mountain Range to Marangu, nestled at the base of the famed Kilimanjaro. The camp takes its name from the surrounding area. “Marangu” means “full of water” in the local Chagga language, and the lush green surroundings demonstrate the truth of this. If weather is clear we will gain a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain (5895m).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 37

Marangu – Arusha

We drive past the town of Moshi and eventually reach Arusha; a city situated exactly mid way between Cape Town and Cairo. This is Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’, a city of some 2 million people, a bustling melting pot of markets, vehicles and people – all nestling in the shadow of the brooding Mt Meru (4556 m). With time to explore town we head out to our camp just outside the city at the edge of the Masai plains. This afternoon we enjoy a walk to one of the local Masai villages, a local school and clinic, a small but highly interesting Masai museum, and the snake enclosure at the Meserani Snake Park. It is from here that we prepare for our two night/three day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Camel Ride

Day 38

Arusha – Serengeti National Park

This morning we transfer to smaller more ‘game park friendly’ vehicles and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo (‘mosquito creek’) and enter the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. We pass into the park and drive around the ‘Crater’s rim and down onto the Serengeti plains. Green after the rains, brown and burnt in the dry, this is home to an enormous variety of grazing animals, predators, and birdlife. Flatter and larger than the Masai Mara the Serengeti is simply huge – indeed the name derives from the Masai word Siringitu – ‘the place where the land moves on forever’. We game drive to our designated (but unfenced) campsite for the evening where lion and hyena roam nearby for an unforgettable experience.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 39

Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater

We drive out of the plains, game driving en route, and after lunch ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater. We spend the night camping on the rim (you may need a jacket; it can be cold at night due to the high altitude here), where wildlife also roams free. At 326 square kilometres in area the Ngorongoro is Africa’s largest intact caldera and a World Heritage Site. If the view from the rim (2400 metres above sea level) is spectacular, the site from the Crater floor (some 600 metres below) is equally enjoyable.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Serengeti Balloon Flight

Day 40

Ngorongoro– Arusha

We wake early and descend the steep dirt road of the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning of game driving in this spectacular wildlife haven. All of the major mammals are present except giraffe (which cannot manage the steep slopes leading down onto the Crater floor). After our game drive we ascend to our campsite on the rim for a final view over the Ngorongoro Crater, pack up our camp and have lunch before retracing our steps to Arusha and our campsite at the Meserani Snake Park where we will overnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 41

Arusha – Nairobi, Kenya

We make our way across the Maasai Steppe to the Kenyan frontier. Completing formalities at Namanga border post, we drive the last stretch of road to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, where our tour ends.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 42

Nairobi

Today is free to explore the city and surrounding area and our Tour Leader can help you arrange these optional excursions locally. Popular excursions include catching a taxi into town to check out the shopping, markets, bars and restaurants; Visit the National Museum of Kenya; chow down at Carnivore – a bbq meat eater’s paradise; go on safari at Nairobi National Park; Visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Centre or check out the Karen Blixen Museum in the nearby town of Karen. Alternatively the day is yours to simply relax and enjoy some ‘downtime’.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Centre, Karen Blixen Museum 

Day 43

Nairobi – Lake Nakuru National Park

We depart Nairobi early and descend into the ‘Great Rift Valley’, an enormous cleft in the Earth’s surface stretching from the Red Sea to Madagascar but with particularly marked escarpments here in Kenya. We stop at a lookout point to take in the magnificent views. Our overnight stop is Lake Nakuru National Park, a relatively small park (by African standards) however prolific in wildlife, sited 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 search for in an afternoon game drive making use of local guides and smaller safari vehicles for a more intimate experience.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 44

Lake Nakuru – Eldoret

From Nakuru we continue northwest and climb in altitude towards the town of Eldoret en route to the Ugandan frontier. We cross from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere today over the Equator, enjoy some time here learning a little about its significance and taking photos before moving onwards to Eldoret. The name ‘Eldoret’ is based on the Maasai word ‘Eldore’ meaning stony river due to the stony bed of the nearby Sosiani River. The town is the 5th largest in Kenya and is the fastest growing with a population of approx 194,000. We camp outside of the town in a unique campsite. It is created on a hilly forest tribal land, which was once home to members of the ancient Sirikwa tribe. Preserved on the site are excavations with stone sides, commonly called Sirikwa holes, which are believed to have been roofed and occupied by the inhabitants of a bygone age.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 45

Eldoret – Kampala

We cross into Uganda, Winston Churchill’s ‘Pearl of Africa’, a country with beautiful natural scenery and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures. Travelling through Uganda you will be captivated by its sheer overwhelming beauty and friendly people. Our first night we camp in the capital city Kampala, which is an attractive hilly city, bustling with roadside traders, markets and busy matatu (mini-bus taxi) stands.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 46

Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National Park

From Kampala, we travel west towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, across the Equator again, through fertile green terraced hillsides, lush banana plantations, steep mountains and tangled forests with herds of Ankole cattle with their incredible long curving horns roaming the roads and paddocks. We camp a short distance from the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here you will have the opportunity to relax and unwind, take a walk in the surrounding areas and mingle with the local community.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 47

Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning we enter the Queen Elizabeth National Park and take in the magnificent views of the mountains that separate Uganda from central Africa as well as Lake Edwards and Lake George. In fact Queen Elizabeth National park has over 500 species of bird and 100 species of mammals making it one of the most bio diverse national parks in the world and if we are lucky, we may get to spot these animals en route to Kyambura Gorge for the trek to see the chimpanzees. Unlike their larger cousins the mountain gorilla, chimps live mostly in the trees and so our viewing is usually peering high into the forest canopy. However the experience of seeing man’s closest relative in the wild is a memorable one. Trekking permits are issued by the wildlife authority in groups of up to 8 people per group. Depending on our group size, we may trek on the afternoon of day 46, morning of day 47 and afternoon of day 47 or morning of day 48.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 48

Queen Elizabeth National Park – Lake Bunyonyi

We leave the picturesque hills of the national park and make our way to the lush and stunning ‘Lake Bunyonyi’ (‘Place of many little birds’). This lake is 27 km long, 7km wide and at an elevation of 1950 metres above sea level is surrounded by undulating hills between 2200m to 2478 m high. With a depth of nearly 900m in parts this lake is the second deepest lake in Africa (the deepest being Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania). With twenty nine islands that can be visited by local boats, the lake is a great place to unwind, relax and explore on the days that we don’t trek to see the mountain gorillas.

Over the next two days the group will be split with one group trekking to the mountain gorillas while the others relax at Lake Bunyonyi to enjoy the many activities on offer.

Lake Bunyoni

There are many activities to do here such as hiring canoes to visit some of the lakes islands, visit local tribes and villages, visit the local orphanage, bird watching and nature walks. Alternatively, just relax around camp, catch up on your travel diary or postcards to home.

Mountain Gorilla Trekking

This region of Africa is home to the world’s remaining 700 mountain gorillas, many of which inhabit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. [Occasionally we may travel into neighbouring Rwanda to trek for the gorillas.]

On the day of our trek we gather in the early morning to meet our local guide and tracker. Walking in small groups we trek into the thick rainforest. The trek can be demanding at times with uneven terrain and hilly rainforest but the privilege of spending time with a family of these gentle primates makes the effort well worthwhile. To many people the day’s trek and time with the gorillas remains their most exciting wildlife encounter in Africa.

The usual procedure, once we have located the gorilla ‘family’, is to squat or sit down and simply observe them for around an hour – the time set by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (the national body charged with controlling and maintaining the gorillas in Uganda). Gorillas are sociable creatures, living in groups between 12 and 20 individuals, usually led by an ‘alpha male’ (the ‘silverback’ – so called because of the silver hair on his back which grows once the male gorilla attains maturity). Most people find that the gorillas are remarkably human-like at close quarters – particularly in the social interaction between family members and in ‘play’ activity in which the young engage. Photography is permitted (although not with a flash and there are restrictions for those who wish to use a video camera.)

Your permit allows you one trek and gorilla viewing (time limited to one hour). However, because the authorities maintain strict limits on the number of visitors allowed to view the gorillas each day we may spend several days in the area while all passengers in our group complete the trek and viewing.

NB: 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, eg 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Island boat trips, village walk, Traditional dance, Bird watching, Canoe hire

Day 49

Lake Bunyonyi

If not trekking, today is free to explore the surrounding area, discover the Islands by boat on Lake Bunyonyi or relax back at camp catching up on some well deserved rest and relaxation.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Island boat trips, village walk, Traditional dance, Bird watching, Canoe hire

Day 50

Lake Bunyonyi

Today is a trek day or a day at leisure to enjoy the many optional activities in Lake Bunyonyi. Whether relaxing on the shores of this deep crater lake with a good book or heading out to the village and orphanage to gain an insight into the everyday life of Ugandans in this area – you’ll no doubt wish you could stay in this beautiful part of Africa for longer.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Island boat trips, village walk, Traditional dance, Bird watching, Canoe hire

Day 51

Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala

Leaving Lake Bunyonyi we make our way back across the Equator (stopping for a photo opportunity if we did not stop on route to Queen Elizabeth National Park) through lush pasture lands and the northern reaches of Lake Victoria (largest lake in Africa) to Kampala where we will overnight. Kampala is a hotspot for great food and entertainment. If time allows, take the night out and try the local cuisines and enjoy the hospitality and friendliness of the local Ugandans.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 52

Kampala – Jinja

Leaving Kampala we drive the short distance to the town of Jinja on the banks of Lake Victoria and the Nile. It was in 1862 that the British explorer John Hanning Speke recognised Lake Victoria as the ‘source of the Nile’ settling a long running dispute about Africa’s (and the world’s) longest river. From this modest monument the Nile begins its 4132 mile course through Uganda, Sudan and eventually Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea. Our camp is situated on the grassy banks overlooking the Nile River. It is here that we usually have the option to try river rafting – an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of ‘white-water’. There is also the opportunity to make some difference to local children at a local school project: ‘Softpower’ is a locally run voluntary programme aimed at building and improving schools in the Jinja area to which your contribution of a few hours of painting or plastering is always most welcome. Other activities at Jinja include mountain biking, quad biking, village walks and even bungy jumping!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Bungee Jumping, Quad biking, White water rafting, Community School Project, Nile Cruise, Nile sup from, Kayak from, Fishing trips from, Mountain biking

Day 53

Jinja

Enjoy a free day in this magical place and the many optional activities on offer. Adrenaline lovers can head to the world class rapids and try rafting – an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of ‘white-water’. Those seeking a more relaxing day can visit the local community or simply just relax at camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Bungee Jumping, Quad biking, White water rafting, Community School Project, Nile Cruise, Nile sup from, Kayak from, Fishing trips from, Mountain biking

Day 54

Jinja

Enjoy a last day on the banks of the Nile exploring the surrounding community, the town of Jinja and discover the beauty of the river Nile as you relax on its banks or indulge in the many optional activities on offer.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Bungee Jumping, Quad biking, White water rafting, Community School Project, Nile Cruise, Nile sup from, Kayak from, Fishing trips from, Mountain biking

Day 55

Jinja – Eldoret

After our refreshing stop at Jinja, we retrace our steps across the border to the Kenya’s frontier and onwards to Eldoret, where we will camp for the evening. Tonight you can celebrate the last evening of your Gorilla Encounter with your fellow travellers and exchange stories, emails and laughter around the campfire one last time.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 56

Eldoret – Nairobi

This morning we make our way south to the Capital city ‘Nairobi’ where our tour ends on arrival.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Activity: N/A

 

Adventure Pass

Every Overland tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

1450 USD 

* This pass is a compulsory add-on for this tour.

The Adventure Pass for this tour includes

  • Cape Town Township Tour, South Africa
  • Sossusvlei, Namibia
  • Chobe National Park, Botswana
  • Okavango Delta, Botswana
  • Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana
  • South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
  • Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
  • Ngorongoro Crater, Kenya
  • Lake Nakura, Kenya

Gorilla Pass

This pass includes your gorilla trek and permits. This pass is compulsory on this tour.

R10000

 

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