55 Day Best of Southern and East Africa

From R 124400

DURATION:

55 DAYS

STARTING POINT:

CAPE TOWN

ENDING POINT:

NAIROBI

TOUR TYPE:

Overland Tour

TOUR CODE:

ANOBA55

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This once in a lifetime overland adventure brings you all the highlights of Southern and East Africa.

The starting point is Cape Town and from here you will head north to the beautiful Namibia with the largest dunes of the world. You will then make your way into Botswana. Here you will enjoy the amazing Okavango Delta and the Chobe River before visiting Victoria Falls. Now you have completed the Southern Africa part of your trip. You will travel through Zambia, where you will spot some amazing wildlife, into Malawi and to Zanzibar for some relaxation. From here you will travel inland to the Serengeti and the Masai Mara in Kenya for some more game viewing. And finally, you will enter Uganda where you will search for the majestic and elusive gorilla’s in their natural habitat. Your incredible African overland ends in Nairobi.   

55 Day Best of Southern and East Africa

Day 1 – South Africa – Cederberg Region

Leaving Cape Town we make a last stop for a look back at Table Mountain from across Table Bay.  No road trip is complete without a stop at a traditional “Padstal”, these small farm stalls dot the byways of South Africa and offer a variety of homemade treats and bakes. The Cedarberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush. Indigenous to the mountain slopes of the Cedarberg, this herbal beverage has earned an international reputation as a healthy and refreshing alternative to regular tea. A dinner at our overnight stop offers an opportunity for us to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality.

Accommodation: Marcuskraal; Campsite www.marcuskraal.co.za
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Traditional Dinner

Day 2 – Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River

Namaqualand presents us with our first experience of the Desert vistas that will accompany us in the days ahead. We continue our journey north and after a short stop for supplies in Springbok, we travel to our camp on the banks of the Orange River. If you are fortunate enough to be travelling in the spring months (July to September) you may encounter the wild flowers that have made this region famous. No matter the time of year though, the strange desert vistas offer a unique backdrop to this day’s travel.

Accommodation: Felix Unite Cabanas; www.felixunite.com/accommodation/cabanas
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Citrusdal to the Orange/Gariep River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River 

While the Orange River was named after the Dutch Royal House, in recent times it has been referred to by its original name of Gariep, which simply means “river” in the indigenous Khoe-Khoe language. Beginning its journey in the mountains of Lesotho, the Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and offers a unique contrast to the desert landscapes along its banks. The best way to experience the river is by getting out on the water and this morning we have the opportunity to join an optional canoe trip on the river.  Around midday (after lunch) we depart the Orange River and head inland to our overnight stop. In Ai-Ais, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the mineral and sulphur rich hot springs.

Accommodation: NWR: Ai Ais Resort; www.nwr.com.na/index.php/resorts/ai-ais-hotsprings-spa
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Orange/Gariep River to Ai-Ais
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Ai-Ais hotsprings

Day 4 – Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

We rise early this morning, pack up our camp, making our way to the rim of the Fish River Canyon. We arrive in time to catch the morning sunrays filter through the canyon. After stretching our legs with a gentle walk along the rim of the canyon, we turn west and head for Keetmanshoop. Our afternoon will be spent meandering through the Quiver Tree Forest and The Giants Playground – named for the way in which the massive dolerite boulders have been placed on each other – creating rock formations and a series of mazes.

Accommodation: Schutzenhaus Guesthouse; www.schuetzenhaus-namibia.com/
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Fish River Canyon to Keetmanshoop
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlights: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon / Visit to Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

Day 5 – Namib-Naukluft National Park

Every overland journey has some long travelling days and today is one of those as we venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Our destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer us an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west, the slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country. Tonight we camp on the doorstep of the dune fields and fall asleep to the unique calls of the elusive Barking Gecko.

*If you are booking the camping tour departing on the 6th November, you will be staying in rooms.  All other camping departures will be camping with shared ablutions.*

Accommodation: Hammerstein Lodge; hammersteinlodge.com/
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Keetmanshoop to Namib Naukluft NP
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park

Watching the sunrise over the red dunes is an iconic highlight of any trip to Namibia and this morning we rise before the sun to capture this magnificent moment. A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert sunrise. Once satisfied we descend this famous dune and enjoy a hearty breakfast before catching a 4×4 transfer into Sossusvlei, here we will spend time on foot visiting the pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Tonight we empty the red sand from our shoes and spend the night under the magnificent desert stars, knowing that we have spent a full-day enjoying the wonders of this harsh land. 

Accommodation: Hammerstein Lodge; hammersteinlodge.com
Accomodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Namib-Naukluft NP – Naukluft Area
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Sesriem Canyon / Hike up Dune 45, 4×4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei

Day 7 – Swakopmund

Reluctantly we leave the Namib behind and after a stop to mark our crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn, we continue to the Atlantic coastline. Today we continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. We make a brief stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon, where we hope to catch a glimpse of the Flamingo’s that feed in the shallows. Arriving in Swakopmund we will have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer.

Accommodation:
Haus Garnison; hausgarnison.com
or
Amanpuri Travellers Lodge; www.amanpurinamibia.com
or
[email protected]; www.stay-at-swakop.com
Accomodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Naukluft Area to Swakopmund
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Walvis Bay Lagoon, Tropic of Capricorn, Guided desert walk with local expert

Day 8 – Swakopmund

While for many it is the adrenaline fuelled adventures that will grab their attention, Swakopmund offers all that and more. Take the opportunity today to explore the town at your leisure, as there are a number of attractions for every taste. Not to be missed is the selection of famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a delightful range of German inspired treats. Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a small city and is the perfect launching pad for the journey through the northern reaches of the land.

Accommodation:
Haus Garnison; hausgarnison.com
or
Amanpuri Travellers Lodge; www.amanpurinamibia.com
or
[email protected]; www.stay-at-swakop.com
Accomodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Dolphin cruise, Skydiving, sandboarding, Quad biking, etc.

Day 9 – Spitzkoppe to Brandberg

Leaving early, we make our way to the massive granite formations of Spitzkoppe which tower 700 metres above the desert plains below. The presence of rock art indicates their significance to the San people who lived here many years ago. We will enjoy a walk and have the opportunity to view some examples of the San’s rock art before setting off for our overnight stop for the evening.

Accommodation: Brandberg White Lady; www.brandbergwllodge.com/wmenu.php 
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Swakopmund to Brandberg (via Spitzkoppe)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Visit and explore Spitzkoppe with a local guide

Day 10 – Brandberg White Lady

The Brandberg (Burning Mountains) are regarded as the highest in Namibia and home to the famous White Lady, one of more than 45,000 rock paintings in the area.  This morning we will make the ±2-hour return hike to visit the painting that is said to be around 2,000 years old. (Please be advised that the hike does traverse rough terrain along the gorge of the normally dry Tsisab River). After our exploration, our journey continues to the area of Kamanjab.  For those who would like to visit an educational centre showcasing the lifestyle of the Himba Tribe, you will have the opportunity to book an optional excursion this afternoon.

*If you are booking the camping tour departing on the 6th November, you will be staying in rooms.  All other camping departures will be camping with shared ablutions.*

Accommodation: Oppi Koppi Rest Camp; www.oppi-koppi-kamanjab.com
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

lease visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Brandberg to Kamanjab
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Brandberg White Lady hike

Day 11 – Etosha National Park

Rising early this morning we drive to the Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. This afternoon we reach the park and begin with our first game drive as we make our way to the rest camp.

Accommodation: NWR: Halali; nwr.com.na/resorts/halali-resort
Accommodated: Two per room with an en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Kamanjab to Etosha National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Afternoon Game drive  in Overland truck

Day 12 – Etosha National Park

Our second day in Etosha allows for a full day to continue our exploration of the park. No day on safari is ever the same and the suspense before that special sighting is the motivation that keeps our eyes wide open. We explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park.

Accommodation NWR: Okaukuejo; www.nwr.com.na
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Etosha National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Full day game drive in the truck

Day 13 – Windhoek

It is an early rise as we take aim for Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Upon arrival in Windhoek, we will take a short walk through the city centre and have the opportunity to view some its better known landmarks. (Our accommodation for the night is situated halfway between the city and the airport).

Accommodation: Heja Game Lodge; www.hejalodge.com
Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite Bathroom
Camping: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Walk through Windhoek with your guide

Day 14 – Botswana – Ghanzi

Today we travel east and make our way to neighbouring Botswana and the Kalahari Desert. Starkly different to the Namib Desert after which Namibia is named, the Kalahari is no less dramatic and covers over 900 000 square kilometres. The San people have long been associated with this harsh environment and this afternoon we will enjoy an informative guided walk with the San community. Tonight we enjoy a dance evening that provides an insight into their culture of song, dance and story-telling.

Accommodation: Ghanzi Trail Blazers; ghanzitrailblazers.co.bw
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: San Tribal dance in evening
Optional Activity: San Guided Walk 

Day 15 – Greater Moremi Reserve Area

You will be separated from your Overland truck for the next 2 nights and it is therefore important that you pack/gather your personal belongings which you may need, before we depart for Maun today as there is limited time in Maun for re-packing and storing.  Please pack lightly and only take what you need for the following two nights.  This morning we rise early and make our way towards Maun, where upon arrival in Maun you will have the opportunity to go on an optional scenic flight over the Delta (time and weather permitting). After your optional flight, you will be collected from Maun and will be transferred to the Greater Moremi Game Reserve Area in smaller safari type vehicles.  This evening our guide will prepare us on what to expect for our mokoro excursion into the Okavango Delta and our game drive in Moremi Game Reserve.

Accommodation: South Gate Camp (no website available)
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Ghanzi to Maun
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Okavango Delta scenic flight

Day 16 – Okavango Delta Excursion

Heading out early, we transfer by safari vehicle, to the poling station, where we will meet the polers who will be escorting us into the Delta.  The polers will steer us through the serene area of narrow, reed lined channels which open out onto beautiful lagoons.  Reaching one of the many islands, a nature walk may be taken with your pole and after the walk, we return by mokoro through the channels back to the poling station.  While the mokoro trail is not primarily a game viewing activity, a variety of game may be spotted in this pristine wilderness area, including elephant, giraffe, kudu, impala and zebra.   After lunch, we will return to Moremi Game Reserve for our afternoon game drive which will be conducted in open 4×4 safari vehicles.  The game viewing routes chosen during the afternoon by the professional guide may vary especially when high floods are experienced as certain roads may be closed or impassable.

Accommodation: South Gate Camp (No website available)
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablution

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Moremi South Gate – Poling Station – Okavango Delta – Moremi South Gate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Okavango Delta Morning Mokoro Excursion /Moremi Game Reserve Afternoon Drive

Day 17 – Savuti Game Reserve

The Savuti Game Reserve is a unique area bordered by the Okavango Delta to west and Chobe National Park to the east.  Savuti is renowned as a big game area and known for having the largest concentrations of wildlife in Southern Africa.  Today we will spend most of our day travelling through the Savuti Game Reserve in search of the species that roam the plains.  Offering habitats from wetland, open water to the grasslands and Savannah woodland, we hope to see as many species of fauna and flora possible.  This afternoon we arrive on the banks of the Chobe River and will be re-united with our Overland truck in the town of Kasane.

Accommodation: Thebe River Safaris www.theberiversafaris.com
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Moremi South Gate – via Savuti Game Reserve – Kasane
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Full day Game Drive through Savuti Game Reserve in 4×4 safari vehicles

Day 18 – Chobe National Park

For those that opt to participate in the optional game drive in Chobe National Park, you will be collected early from camp and will venture out in open 4×4 safari type vehicles.  You will return to camp in time for lunch and a quick siesta before we head out in the afternoon to explore the Chobe National Park from the river, enjoying a leisurely boat cruise which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many elephants that frequent the river in the afternoons.

Accommodation: Thebe River Safaris; www.theberiversafaris.com
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Nata to Kasane
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Chobe National Park boat cruise
Optional Activity: Chobe National Park Game Drive

Day 19 – Zambia – Livingstone (January to May)

With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border into Zambia this morning and travel the short distance to Livingstone. Today you have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls at your leisure, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders).

Accommodation: Victoria Falls Waterfront; theexplorerclubafrica.com/the-victoria-falls-waterfront/
Accommodated: Two per room (Adventure Rooms) with en-suite bathroom.
Camping: Pre-erected dome tent with camper bed

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Kasane to Livingstone
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Visit the Vic Falls, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting.

 

Day 19 – Zimbabwe -Victoria Falls Day (June to December)

With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border into Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. Today you have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls at your leisure, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets and coffee shops on offer as well.

Accommodation: Shearwater Explorers Village; explorersvillage.com/
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
Camping: Pre-erected dome tent with camper bed, shared ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Victoria Falls National Park Entry

Day 20 – Livingstone (January to May)

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

Accommodation: Victoria Falls Waterfront; theexplorerclubafrica.com/the-victoria-falls-waterfront/
Accommodated: Two per room (Adventure Rooms) with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Pre-erected dome tent with camper bed

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Meals: Breakfast
Optional Activities:  Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting

Day 20 – Victoria Falls (June to December)

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

Accommodation: Shearwater Explorers Village; explorersvillage.com/
Camping: Pre-erected Dome Tent with camper beds and shared ablutions
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting

Day 21 – Lusaka

While we have a long day travelling today, we get our first impressions of the Africa that awaits us. Colourful markets, busy villages and rural scenes form the backdrop of our journey to the outskirts of Lusaka. We enjoy a prepared meal on arrival as our guides brief us on the days ahead.

Accommodation: Eureka Camp; www.eurekacamp.com
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Livingstone/ Victoria falls to Lusaka
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22 – Petauke

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

Accommodation: Chimwemwe Executive Lodge; www.chimwemwelodge.com
Accomodated: To per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Lusaka to Petauke
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23 – South Luangwa National Park

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

Accommodation: Wildlife Camp; www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Petauke to South Luangwa National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Textile visit

Day 24 – South Luangwa National Park

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

Accommodation Wildlife Camp; www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com
Camping: Campsite with en-suite Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
Optional Activity: Safari Walk (seasonal) or Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa

Day 25 – Lake Malawi

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

Accommodation: Ngala Beach Lodge; www.ngalabeach.com
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: South Luangwa National Park to Lake Malawi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 26 – Lake Malawi

Today we visit a local village near our lodge with the guide. The rest of the day is set aside for you to relax at the lake. Use the time to read a book, soak up the sun or indulge in the many attractions that are on offer.

Accommodation: Ngala Beach Lodge; www.ngalabeach.com
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27 – Lake Malawi

Today we are back on the road for most of the day travelling further north and will overnight once again on the banks of Lake Malawi. Enjoy the sunset over the lake from the beach. Your guide will assist you to plan your activities for the coming days, or you can simply slow your clock to Africa time relaxing on the lake shore.

Accommodation: Majizuwa; www.majizuwa.com
Accomodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Campsite: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Central Lake Malawi to North Lake Malawi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Village tour with our Overland tour leader

Day 28 – Tanzania – Mbeya Region

We depart this morning and continue north, crossing over into Tanzania, heading for the Utengule Coffee Lodge where we will spend the night.

Accommodation: Majizuwa www.majizuwa.com
Acommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 29 – Tanzania – Iringa

Before heading to Iringa, we will make a stop at a local coffee plantation where we have the opportunity to see the process of growing and harvesting coffee beans and will be able to sample some of the beans. We then ascend the Great Rift Valley and make our way into Tanzania. We round the northern extremes of the lake as we turn east and continue to our overnight stop in Iringa.

Accommodation: Kisolanza Farm; www.kisolanza.com
Accomodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Northern Lake Malawi to Iringa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Coffee Plantation Visit

Day 30 – Mikumi

Today we complete our journey to the doorstep of Mikumi National Park. Mikumi ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania, but forms part of a 75 000 square kilometre wilderness that centres on Selous, Africa’s largest game reserve. Today you will have the opportunity to book a game drive in Mikumi National Park.

Accommodation: Camp Bastian; www.campbastian.com
Accommodated: Two per room sharing with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Iringa to Mikumi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Mikumi Game Drive

Day 31 – Stone Town (Zanzibar)

We head out early to catch our ferry to Zanzibar Island from Dar es Salaam. After arriving at the ferry port we make our way to our hotel located in Stone Town.

Accommodation: Maruhubi Beach Villas; maruhubivillas.business.site
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Camping: Campsites with shared ablutions
Route: Mikumi via Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by ferry
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 32 – Stone Town – Nungwi

Boasting a rich history this busy port was once a landmark on both the Slave and Spice trade routes.  This morning we will travel by road to the north of the island, Nungwi and our base for the next 2 nights. Before our arrival in Nungwi, we will stop along the way to enjoy a guided walking spice tour, which passes through villages and spice plantations.  You will be able to witness first-hand how spice farm workers climb the trees and seek out specific plants and will have the opportunity to purchase fresh spices directly from these farms.

Accommodation: Amaan Bungalows; oceangrouphotel.com/amaan-bungalows/
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite Bathroom
Camping: Campsites with shared ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Route: Stone Town to Nungwi
Optional Activity: Fishing, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Turtle Sanctuary Visit, Village Tours, and more
Included Highlight: Prison Island Boat Trip / Spice Tour

Day 33 – Nungwi

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

Accommodation: Amaan Bungalows oceangrouphotel.com/amaan-bungalows/
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
Camping: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 34 – Bagamoyo

We bid farewell to the island and board our return ferry, on arrival back at the Dar es Salaam port, we reunite with our truck and return to Bagamoyo where we spend the night.

Accommodation: Bagamoyo Travellers Lodge; www.bagamoyo.com/travellers-lodge/
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by ferry; Dar es Salaam to Bagamoyo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 35 – Arusha

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

Accommodation: Meru Mbega Lodge; www.mt-meru.com/mbega
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Bagamoyo to Arusha
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 36 – Karatu

Although it is short distance to Karatu, we will spend most of the day commuting closer to the Ngorongoro Crater.  Upon arrival in Karatu, our guide will brief us on our overnight excursion into the crater.

Accommodation: Kudu Camp; kuducamp.com
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Arusha to Karatu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activities: Local Brewery Tour, Karatu Iraqw Market, local coffee plantation tour

Day 37 – Ngorongoro Crater & Seronera Excursion

We rise early and will be collected from our camp and transferred to the Ngorongoro Crater in 4×4 safari type vehicles.  We will spend the bulk of our day exploring the crater floor in search of the animals which roam the plains.  In the afternoon, we will arrive at our overnight camp in the Seronera region, located in the heart of the Serengeti National Park.  The camp is surrounded by spectacular views and abundant wildlife and this evening, while sipping on a cold beverage, we will enjoy the sights and sounds of nature passing right in front of your Meru style tent.

Accommodation: Private Tented Camp; www.kanangaspecialtentedcamp.com
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Karatu to Seronera via Ngorongoro Crater 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Full day 4×4 excursion to Ngorongoro Crater and afternoon drive into Seronera

Day 38 – Karatu

This morning we rise early to enjoy our time game driving through Serengeti National Park.  Famous for the abundant wildlife that exists in the park, we will spend most of our day in search of the animals that reside here.  We will arrive back in Karatu in the late afternoon and will spend our evening reminiscing about our encounters of the past two days.

Accommodation: Kudu Camp; kuducamp.com/
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablution

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Route: Seronera to Karatu
Included Highlight: Game Drive through Seronera, Serengeti National Park

Day 39 – Arusha

Returning to Arusha, tonight we will reunite with our fellow travellers who opted for the optional Serengeti excursion and we share our experiences of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

Accommodation: Meru Mbega Lodge; www.mt-meru.com/mbega
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Karatu to Arusha
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 40 – Kenya – Nairobi

We cross the border into Kenya this morning and make our way to Nairobi.

Accommodation: Hilton Nairobi; www.hilton.com/en/hotels/nbohitw-hilton-nairobi
Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite
Camping: Two per Room with en-suite

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Arusha to Nairobi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 41 – Nairobi

Today is free for you to explore the streets of Nairobi.  A number of optional day trips can be booked including a visit to the Giraffe Centre and the Nairobi National Park.

Accommodation: Hilton Nairobi; www.hilton.com/en/hotels/nbohitw-hilton-nairobi
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Arusha to Nairobi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Giraffe Centre, Nairobi National Park

Day 42 – Masai Mara National Reserve

We leave the capital of Nairobi and travel to the Masai Mara, world renowned for its endless plains of wild animals and spectacular beauty. The visit to the Masai Mara is operated in safari type vehicles and not the truck. For this reason, you are asked to pack a small overnight bag to travel with. You will need your towel, clothes, toiletries and camping essentials.

Accommodation: Masai Mara Excursion; www.keniatours.com
Accommodated: Permanent tent with shared ablutions
Camping: Permanent tent with shared ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Nairobi to Masai Mara
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Masai Mara Excursion

Day 43 – Masai Mara National Reserve

The rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara offer ideal game viewing and photographic opportunities. Some of the animals that could be found here include elephant, black rhino, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, wildebeest, zebra and gazelle. Hippo and crocodile abound in the muddy brown waters of the rivers, which traverse this reserve. Today we will spend the entire day game driving through the Mara in search of all the animals.

Accommodation: Masai Mara Excursion; www.keniatours.com
Accommodated: Permanent tent with shared ablutions
Camping: Permanent tent with shared ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Masai Mara Excursion

Day 44 – Lake Nakuru National Park

This morning we bid the Mara farewell before heading to Lake Nakuru National Park where we will enjoy an afternoon game drive through the park. Lake Nakuru is home to large flocks of flamingos and pelicans as well as black & white rhino, leopard, lion and numerous buck. Originally created as a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru was upgraded to National Park status in 1968.

Accommodation: Waterbuck Hotel; www.waterbuck.co.ke
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite ablutions
Camping: Two per room with en-suite ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Masai Mara Reserve to Lake Nakuru National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Lake Nakuru NP Game Drive

Day 45 – Jinja

This morning we not only cross the border into Uganda, but shortly after setting out this morning we cross the Equator on our way to Jinja. Jinja is Uganda’s second largest city and most famous as the point where the Nile (officially the Victoria Nile) flows out of Lake Victoria and begins the 6695 kilometre journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean.

Accommodation: Kalagala Falls Tented and Overland Camp; adrift.ug/kalagala-falls-overland-camp
Accommodated: Two per room with shared ablutions
Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route Lake Nakuru to Jinja
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight Crossing of the Equator

Day 46 – Masindi – Murchison Falls National Park

After a quick stop in the city of Kampala, we head in the direction of The Murchison Falls National Park. Also referred to as the Kabaraga Falls, Murchison Falls is a waterfall found on the course of the great Nile and is located within the Murchison National Park. The park is recognized as one of the best National Parks in Uganda. After settling into our accommodation in Masindi, your guide will brief you on the activities for the following day.

Accommodation: Kabalega Resort; www.kabalegaresort.com
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite ablutions
Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Jinja to Masindi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Ziwa Rhino Walk

Day 47 – Masindi – Budongo Central Forest Reserve

Budongo Forest is the biggest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa and is home to the largest number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda. It is believed that there are between 600 – 700 chimpanzees in Budongo and this morning we will meet up with our chimp guide who will take us on our trek through the forest in search of the chimps. We will also enjoy a boat cruise in the park. Note: As the Chimp trekking is limited
to 12 guests per trek, should there be more than 12 guests on a tour the trekking will be split between the morning and the afternoon. Therefore you may find that you will first do the game drive activity followed by the Chimp trekking or vice versa. Please allow for flexibility.

Accommodation: Kabalega Resort; www.kabalegaresort.com
Accomodated: Two per room with ensuite ablutions
Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Chimp trekking (half day)

Day 48 – Lake Kikorongo

This morning we depart Masindi and transfer towards the edges of the Queen Elizabeth National Park.  Our accommodation for the night is nestled atop a hill overlooking Lake Kikorongo.

Accommodation: Simba Safari Camp; ugandalodges.com/simba
Accommodated: Two per room with En-suites bathroom
Camping: Campsite with shared Ablution facilities 

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Masindi to Lake Kikorongo 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 49 – Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

Crossing the Equator once more we travel south to the beautiful scenery of Lake Bunyonyi. With eager anticipation we prepare for the upcoming Gorilla trekking excursion and tonight we will receive a briefing on what to expect.

Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort; www.bunyonyioverland.com
Accomodated: Two per room with a en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Kampala to Lake Bunyonyi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 50 – Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and while exact numbers vary it is widely assumed that there are only around 650 left. Visiting the gorillas is a great way to support their future on earth as the money spent on permits is used for their protection. An extremely important part of the future conservation of the remaining gorillas rests in the community development work – as local communities change their attitudes towards wildlife and start to protect rather than poach, the future of the mountain gorilla is assured.

As permits granting permission to visit the gorillas are extremely limited we require flexibility in both the tour itinerary and where we actually visit them. The home of the mountain gorillas is completely at odds with man-made borders and so their range encompasses Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Whenever possible we choose to make use of the National Park in Uganda, but this depends on the availability of permits. Should we not obtain permits to visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda then we will inform all passengers beforehand that the tour will travel to Rwanda or DRC.

On your free day in Bunyonyi you will have the opportunity to participate in certain optional activities. You can also go hiking or explore the area on a mountain bike.

Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort http://www.bunyonyioverland.com
Accomodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Lake Bunyonyi National Park to the starting point of the gorilla trek (smaller vehicles)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Gorilla Trekking, Pygmy visit, Rwanda day tour

Day 51 – Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

Although there are 2 days allocated to Gorilla Trekking you will only spend one day on the trek. The other days are there to provide a large enough window in which to obtain permits and to allow the entire group to trek if there are more than 6 of you on the tour.

Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort; www.bunyonyioverland.com
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Gorilla Trekking, Pygmy visit, Rwanda day tour

Day 52 – Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala

This morning we set off on our return journey to Kampala and make a third crossing of the Equator along our way. Tonight your guide will brief you on the activities available in Jinja so that you can plan your day tomorrow. We spend the night in Kampala.

Accommodation: Hillside Plaza Hotel www.hillsideplazahotel.co.ug
Accommodated: Two per room with En-suite bathroom
Camping: Two per room with En-suite bathroom

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 53 – Jinja

A short distance from Kampala, Jinja offers many exciting activities and your guide will assist you to plan for this day. Most activities are focussed around the waters of the Nile and these include rafting, kayaking and a variety of cruises on Africa’s largest river. While those who may be less inclined to water sports can enjoy horse riding or a quadbike adventure on dry land.

Accommodation: Kalagala Falls Tented and Overland Camp adrift.ug/kalagala-falls-overland-camp
Accommodated: Two per room with shared bathroom
Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Kampala to Jinja
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Quad biking, kayaking, rafting

Day 54 – Kenya – Eldoret

Returning to Kenya we visit Eldoret, the country’s 5th largest city. The Great Rift Valley is still the dominant geographical feature of this region and the altitude at Eldoret is 2100 metres above sea level.

Accommodation: Naiberi River Camp www.naiberi.com
Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Jinja to Eldoret
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 55 – Nairobi

Returning to Nairobi this afternoon we reflect on many memories that we have gathered together and brace ourselves for a return to the busy streets of Nairobi. Your tour ends upon arrival in Nairobi.

Accommodation: Post tour accommodation can be booked through your guide.

Route: Eldoret to Nairobi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Serengeti Excursion

The cost of the optional Serengeti excursion package is not included in the tour price. The cost to participate in the 3-night camping excursion is R15 800 per person. Please pre-book this when you book your tour if you wish to participate in this optional excursion. Minimum of 4 people are required in order for this excursion to operate. **price subject to fluctuation**

Gorilla Permit – USD630 – USD730

The cost of a permit to visit the gorillas is currently as above. Please check actual amount with us closer to departure as they may fluctuate. You will be pre-invoiced for this non-refundable amount.

Camping – R124400
Camping Single Supplement – R5500

Accommodated – R161800
Accommodated Single Supplement – R17450

Optional Serengeti Excursion - R15800 (please confirm closer to the time)

Gorilla Permit - USD630 - USD730 (please confirm closer to the time)

Includes:

  • All meals as per itinerary which are prepared and served at the truck
  • Accommodation
  • Qualified crew
  • filtered water
  • Transport in the truck
  • Included highlights as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to National Parks.

    Excludes:

  • Items of a personal nature like snacks, alcohol, soft drinks, tips
  • Entrance fees associated with optional activities
  • Optional Activities
  • Souvenirs
  • 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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    55 Day Best of Southern and East Africa

    R124,400.00

    This once in a lifetime overland adventure brings you all the highlights of Southern and East Africa.

    The starting point is Cape Town and from here you will head north to the beautiful Namibia with the largest dunes of the world. You will then make your way into Botswana. Here you will enjoy the amazing Okavango Delta and the Chobe River before visiting Victoria Falls. Now you have completed the Southern Africa part of your trip. You will travel through Zambia, where you will spot some amazing wildlife, into Malawi and to Zanzibar for some relaxation. From here you will travel inland to the Serengeti and the Masai Mara in Kenya for some more game viewing. And finally, you will enter Uganda where you will search for the majestic and elusive gorilla’s in their natural habitat. Your incredible African overland ends in Nairobi.   

    Description

    Day 1 – South Africa – Cederberg Region

    Leaving Cape Town we make a last stop for a look back at Table Mountain from across Table Bay.  No road trip is complete without a stop at a traditional “Padstal”, these small farm stalls dot the byways of South Africa and offer a variety of homemade treats and bakes. The Cedarberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush. Indigenous to the mountain slopes of the Cedarberg, this herbal beverage has earned an international reputation as a healthy and refreshing alternative to regular tea. A dinner at our overnight stop offers an opportunity for us to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality.

    Accommodation: Marcuskraal; Campsite www.marcuskraal.co.za
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal
    Meals: Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Traditional Dinner

    Day 2 – Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River

    Namaqualand presents us with our first experience of the Desert vistas that will accompany us in the days ahead. We continue our journey north and after a short stop for supplies in Springbok, we travel to our camp on the banks of the Orange River. If you are fortunate enough to be travelling in the spring months (July to September) you may encounter the wild flowers that have made this region famous. No matter the time of year though, the strange desert vistas offer a unique backdrop to this day’s travel.

    Accommodation: Felix Unite Cabanas; www.felixunite.com/accommodation/cabanas
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Citrusdal to the Orange/Gariep River
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 3 – Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River 

    While the Orange River was named after the Dutch Royal House, in recent times it has been referred to by its original name of Gariep, which simply means “river” in the indigenous Khoe-Khoe language. Beginning its journey in the mountains of Lesotho, the Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and offers a unique contrast to the desert landscapes along its banks. The best way to experience the river is by getting out on the water and this morning we have the opportunity to join an optional canoe trip on the river.  Around midday (after lunch) we depart the Orange River and head inland to our overnight stop. In Ai-Ais, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the mineral and sulphur rich hot springs.

    Accommodation: NWR: Ai Ais Resort; www.nwr.com.na/index.php/resorts/ai-ais-hotsprings-spa
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Orange/Gariep River to Ai-Ais
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Ai-Ais hotsprings

    Day 4 – Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

    We rise early this morning, pack up our camp, making our way to the rim of the Fish River Canyon. We arrive in time to catch the morning sunrays filter through the canyon. After stretching our legs with a gentle walk along the rim of the canyon, we turn west and head for Keetmanshoop. Our afternoon will be spent meandering through the Quiver Tree Forest and The Giants Playground – named for the way in which the massive dolerite boulders have been placed on each other – creating rock formations and a series of mazes.

    Accommodation: Schutzenhaus Guesthouse; www.schuetzenhaus-namibia.com/
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Fish River Canyon to Keetmanshoop
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlights: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon / Visit to Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

    Day 5 – Namib-Naukluft National Park

    Every overland journey has some long travelling days and today is one of those as we venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Our destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer us an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west, the slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country. Tonight we camp on the doorstep of the dune fields and fall asleep to the unique calls of the elusive Barking Gecko.

    *If you are booking the camping tour departing on the 6th November, you will be staying in rooms.  All other camping departures will be camping with shared ablutions.*

    Accommodation: Hammerstein Lodge; hammersteinlodge.com/
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Keetmanshoop to Namib Naukluft NP
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 6 – Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park

    Watching the sunrise over the red dunes is an iconic highlight of any trip to Namibia and this morning we rise before the sun to capture this magnificent moment. A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert sunrise. Once satisfied we descend this famous dune and enjoy a hearty breakfast before catching a 4×4 transfer into Sossusvlei, here we will spend time on foot visiting the pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Tonight we empty the red sand from our shoes and spend the night under the magnificent desert stars, knowing that we have spent a full-day enjoying the wonders of this harsh land. 

    Accommodation: Hammerstein Lodge; hammersteinlodge.com
    Accomodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Namib-Naukluft NP – Naukluft Area
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Sesriem Canyon / Hike up Dune 45, 4×4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei

    Day 7 – Swakopmund

    Reluctantly we leave the Namib behind and after a stop to mark our crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn, we continue to the Atlantic coastline. Today we continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. We make a brief stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon, where we hope to catch a glimpse of the Flamingo’s that feed in the shallows. Arriving in Swakopmund we will have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer.

    Accommodation:
    Haus Garnison; hausgarnison.com
    or
    Amanpuri Travellers Lodge; www.amanpurinamibia.com
    or
    [email protected]; www.stay-at-swakop.com
    Accomodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Naukluft Area to Swakopmund
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Walvis Bay Lagoon, Tropic of Capricorn, Guided desert walk with local expert

    Day 8 – Swakopmund

    While for many it is the adrenaline fuelled adventures that will grab their attention, Swakopmund offers all that and more. Take the opportunity today to explore the town at your leisure, as there are a number of attractions for every taste. Not to be missed is the selection of famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a delightful range of German inspired treats. Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a small city and is the perfect launching pad for the journey through the northern reaches of the land.

    Accommodation:
    Haus Garnison; hausgarnison.com
    or
    Amanpuri Travellers Lodge; www.amanpurinamibia.com
    or
    [email protected]; www.stay-at-swakop.com
    Accomodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Optional Activity: Dolphin cruise, Skydiving, sandboarding, Quad biking, etc.

    Day 9 – Spitzkoppe to Brandberg

    Leaving early, we make our way to the massive granite formations of Spitzkoppe which tower 700 metres above the desert plains below. The presence of rock art indicates their significance to the San people who lived here many years ago. We will enjoy a walk and have the opportunity to view some examples of the San’s rock art before setting off for our overnight stop for the evening.

    Accommodation: Brandberg White Lady; www.brandbergwllodge.com/wmenu.php 
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Swakopmund to Brandberg (via Spitzkoppe)
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Visit and explore Spitzkoppe with a local guide

    Day 10 – Brandberg White Lady

    The Brandberg (Burning Mountains) are regarded as the highest in Namibia and home to the famous White Lady, one of more than 45,000 rock paintings in the area.  This morning we will make the ±2-hour return hike to visit the painting that is said to be around 2,000 years old. (Please be advised that the hike does traverse rough terrain along the gorge of the normally dry Tsisab River). After our exploration, our journey continues to the area of Kamanjab.  For those who would like to visit an educational centre showcasing the lifestyle of the Himba Tribe, you will have the opportunity to book an optional excursion this afternoon.

    *If you are booking the camping tour departing on the 6th November, you will be staying in rooms.  All other camping departures will be camping with shared ablutions.*

    Accommodation: Oppi Koppi Rest Camp; www.oppi-koppi-kamanjab.com
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    lease visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Brandberg to Kamanjab
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Brandberg White Lady hike

    Day 11 – Etosha National Park

    Rising early this morning we drive to the Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. This afternoon we reach the park and begin with our first game drive as we make our way to the rest camp.

    Accommodation: NWR: Halali; nwr.com.na/resorts/halali-resort
    Accommodated: Two per room with an en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Kamanjab to Etosha National Park
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Afternoon Game drive  in Overland truck

    Day 12 – Etosha National Park

    Our second day in Etosha allows for a full day to continue our exploration of the park. No day on safari is ever the same and the suspense before that special sighting is the motivation that keeps our eyes wide open. We explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park.

    Accommodation NWR: Okaukuejo; www.nwr.com.na
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Etosha National Park
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Full day game drive in the truck

    Day 13 – Windhoek

    It is an early rise as we take aim for Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Upon arrival in Windhoek, we will take a short walk through the city centre and have the opportunity to view some its better known landmarks. (Our accommodation for the night is situated halfway between the city and the airport).

    Accommodation: Heja Game Lodge; www.hejalodge.com
    Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite Bathroom
    Camping: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Walk through Windhoek with your guide

    Day 14 – Botswana – Ghanzi

    Today we travel east and make our way to neighbouring Botswana and the Kalahari Desert. Starkly different to the Namib Desert after which Namibia is named, the Kalahari is no less dramatic and covers over 900 000 square kilometres. The San people have long been associated with this harsh environment and this afternoon we will enjoy an informative guided walk with the San community. Tonight we enjoy a dance evening that provides an insight into their culture of song, dance and story-telling.

    Accommodation: Ghanzi Trail Blazers; ghanzitrailblazers.co.bw
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: San Tribal dance in evening
    Optional Activity: San Guided Walk 

    Day 15 – Greater Moremi Reserve Area

    You will be separated from your Overland truck for the next 2 nights and it is therefore important that you pack/gather your personal belongings which you may need, before we depart for Maun today as there is limited time in Maun for re-packing and storing.  Please pack lightly and only take what you need for the following two nights.  This morning we rise early and make our way towards Maun, where upon arrival in Maun you will have the opportunity to go on an optional scenic flight over the Delta (time and weather permitting). After your optional flight, you will be collected from Maun and will be transferred to the Greater Moremi Game Reserve Area in smaller safari type vehicles.  This evening our guide will prepare us on what to expect for our mokoro excursion into the Okavango Delta and our game drive in Moremi Game Reserve.

    Accommodation: South Gate Camp (no website available)
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Ghanzi to Maun
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Optional Activity: Okavango Delta scenic flight

    Day 16 – Okavango Delta Excursion

    Heading out early, we transfer by safari vehicle, to the poling station, where we will meet the polers who will be escorting us into the Delta.  The polers will steer us through the serene area of narrow, reed lined channels which open out onto beautiful lagoons.  Reaching one of the many islands, a nature walk may be taken with your pole and after the walk, we return by mokoro through the channels back to the poling station.  While the mokoro trail is not primarily a game viewing activity, a variety of game may be spotted in this pristine wilderness area, including elephant, giraffe, kudu, impala and zebra.   After lunch, we will return to Moremi Game Reserve for our afternoon game drive which will be conducted in open 4×4 safari vehicles.  The game viewing routes chosen during the afternoon by the professional guide may vary especially when high floods are experienced as certain roads may be closed or impassable.

    Accommodation: South Gate Camp (No website available)
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablution

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Moremi South Gate – Poling Station – Okavango Delta – Moremi South Gate
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Okavango Delta Morning Mokoro Excursion /Moremi Game Reserve Afternoon Drive

    Day 17 – Savuti Game Reserve

    The Savuti Game Reserve is a unique area bordered by the Okavango Delta to west and Chobe National Park to the east.  Savuti is renowned as a big game area and known for having the largest concentrations of wildlife in Southern Africa.  Today we will spend most of our day travelling through the Savuti Game Reserve in search of the species that roam the plains.  Offering habitats from wetland, open water to the grasslands and Savannah woodland, we hope to see as many species of fauna and flora possible.  This afternoon we arrive on the banks of the Chobe River and will be re-united with our Overland truck in the town of Kasane.

    Accommodation: Thebe River Safaris www.theberiversafaris.com
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Moremi South Gate – via Savuti Game Reserve – Kasane
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Optional Activity: Full day Game Drive through Savuti Game Reserve in 4×4 safari vehicles

    Day 18 – Chobe National Park

    For those that opt to participate in the optional game drive in Chobe National Park, you will be collected early from camp and will venture out in open 4×4 safari type vehicles.  You will return to camp in time for lunch and a quick siesta before we head out in the afternoon to explore the Chobe National Park from the river, enjoying a leisurely boat cruise which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many elephants that frequent the river in the afternoons.

    Accommodation: Thebe River Safaris; www.theberiversafaris.com
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Nata to Kasane
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Chobe National Park boat cruise
    Optional Activity: Chobe National Park Game Drive

    Day 19 – Zambia – Livingstone (January to May)

    With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border into Zambia this morning and travel the short distance to Livingstone. Today you have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls at your leisure, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders).

    Accommodation: Victoria Falls Waterfront; theexplorerclubafrica.com/the-victoria-falls-waterfront/
    Accommodated: Two per room (Adventure Rooms) with en-suite bathroom.
    Camping: Pre-erected dome tent with camper bed

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Kasane to Livingstone
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Optional Activity: Visit the Vic Falls, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting.

     

    Day 19 – Zimbabwe -Victoria Falls Day (June to December)

    With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border into Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. Today you have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls at your leisure, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets and coffee shops on offer as well.

    Accommodation: Shearwater Explorers Village; explorersvillage.com/
    Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
    Camping: Pre-erected dome tent with camper bed, shared ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Optional Activity: Victoria Falls National Park Entry

    Day 20 – Livingstone (January to May)

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

    Accommodation: Victoria Falls Waterfront; theexplorerclubafrica.com/the-victoria-falls-waterfront/
    Accommodated: Two per room (Adventure Rooms) with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Pre-erected dome tent with camper bed

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Optional Activities:  Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting

    Day 20 – Victoria Falls (June to December)

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

    Accommodation: Shearwater Explorers Village; explorersvillage.com/
    Camping: Pre-erected Dome Tent with camper beds and shared ablutions
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Optional Activity: Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting

    Day 21 – Lusaka

    While we have a long day travelling today, we get our first impressions of the Africa that awaits us. Colourful markets, busy villages and rural scenes form the backdrop of our journey to the outskirts of Lusaka. We enjoy a prepared meal on arrival as our guides brief us on the days ahead.

    Accommodation: Eureka Camp; www.eurekacamp.com
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Livingstone/ Victoria falls to Lusaka
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 22 – Petauke

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

    Accommodation: Chimwemwe Executive Lodge; www.chimwemwelodge.com
    Accomodated: To per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Lusaka to Petauke
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 23 – South Luangwa National Park

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

    Accommodation: Wildlife Camp; www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Petauke to South Luangwa National Park
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Textile visit

    Day 24 – South Luangwa National Park

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

    Accommodation Wildlife Camp; www.wildlifecamp-zambia.com
    Camping: Campsite with en-suite Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
    Optional Activity: Safari Walk (seasonal) or Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa

    Day 25 – Lake Malawi

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

    Accommodation: Ngala Beach Lodge; www.ngalabeach.com
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: South Luangwa National Park to Lake Malawi
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 26 – Lake Malawi

    Today we visit a local village near our lodge with the guide. The rest of the day is set aside for you to relax at the lake. Use the time to read a book, soak up the sun or indulge in the many attractions that are on offer.

    Accommodation: Ngala Beach Lodge; www.ngalabeach.com
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 27 – Lake Malawi

    Today we are back on the road for most of the day travelling further north and will overnight once again on the banks of Lake Malawi. Enjoy the sunset over the lake from the beach. Your guide will assist you to plan your activities for the coming days, or you can simply slow your clock to Africa time relaxing on the lake shore.

    Accommodation: Majizuwa; www.majizuwa.com
    Accomodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Campsite: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Central Lake Malawi to North Lake Malawi
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Village tour with our Overland tour leader

    Day 28 – Tanzania – Mbeya Region

    We depart this morning and continue north, crossing over into Tanzania, heading for the Utengule Coffee Lodge where we will spend the night.

    Accommodation: Majizuwa www.majizuwa.com
    Acommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 29 – Tanzania – Iringa

    Before heading to Iringa, we will make a stop at a local coffee plantation where we have the opportunity to see the process of growing and harvesting coffee beans and will be able to sample some of the beans. We then ascend the Great Rift Valley and make our way into Tanzania. We round the northern extremes of the lake as we turn east and continue to our overnight stop in Iringa.

    Accommodation: Kisolanza Farm; www.kisolanza.com
    Accomodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Northern Lake Malawi to Iringa
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Activity: Coffee Plantation Visit

    Day 30 – Mikumi

    Today we complete our journey to the doorstep of Mikumi National Park. Mikumi ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania, but forms part of a 75 000 square kilometre wilderness that centres on Selous, Africa’s largest game reserve. Today you will have the opportunity to book a game drive in Mikumi National Park.

    Accommodation: Camp Bastian; www.campbastian.com
    Accommodated: Two per room sharing with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Iringa to Mikumi
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Optional Activity: Mikumi Game Drive

    Day 31 – Stone Town (Zanzibar)

    We head out early to catch our ferry to Zanzibar Island from Dar es Salaam. After arriving at the ferry port we make our way to our hotel located in Stone Town.

    Accommodation: Maruhubi Beach Villas; maruhubivillas.business.site
    Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Camping: Campsites with shared ablutions
    Route: Mikumi via Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by ferry
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 32 – Stone Town – Nungwi

    Boasting a rich history this busy port was once a landmark on both the Slave and Spice trade routes.  This morning we will travel by road to the north of the island, Nungwi and our base for the next 2 nights. Before our arrival in Nungwi, we will stop along the way to enjoy a guided walking spice tour, which passes through villages and spice plantations.  You will be able to witness first-hand how spice farm workers climb the trees and seek out specific plants and will have the opportunity to purchase fresh spices directly from these farms.

    Accommodation: Amaan Bungalows; oceangrouphotel.com/amaan-bungalows/
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite Bathroom
    Camping: Campsites with shared ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Route: Stone Town to Nungwi
    Optional Activity: Fishing, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Turtle Sanctuary Visit, Village Tours, and more
    Included Highlight: Prison Island Boat Trip / Spice Tour

    Day 33 – Nungwi

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

    Accommodation: Amaan Bungalows oceangrouphotel.com/amaan-bungalows/
    Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
    Camping: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 34 – Bagamoyo

    We bid farewell to the island and board our return ferry, on arrival back at the Dar es Salaam port, we reunite with our truck and return to Bagamoyo where we spend the night.

    Accommodation: Bagamoyo Travellers Lodge; www.bagamoyo.com/travellers-lodge/
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by ferry; Dar es Salaam to Bagamoyo
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 35 – Arusha

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

    Accommodation: Meru Mbega Lodge; www.mt-meru.com/mbega
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Bagamoyo to Arusha
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 36 – Karatu

    Although it is short distance to Karatu, we will spend most of the day commuting closer to the Ngorongoro Crater.  Upon arrival in Karatu, our guide will brief us on our overnight excursion into the crater.

    Accommodation: Kudu Camp; kuducamp.com
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Arusha to Karatu
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Optional Activities: Local Brewery Tour, Karatu Iraqw Market, local coffee plantation tour

    Day 37 – Ngorongoro Crater & Seronera Excursion

    We rise early and will be collected from our camp and transferred to the Ngorongoro Crater in 4×4 safari type vehicles.  We will spend the bulk of our day exploring the crater floor in search of the animals which roam the plains.  In the afternoon, we will arrive at our overnight camp in the Seronera region, located in the heart of the Serengeti National Park.  The camp is surrounded by spectacular views and abundant wildlife and this evening, while sipping on a cold beverage, we will enjoy the sights and sounds of nature passing right in front of your Meru style tent.

    Accommodation: Private Tented Camp; www.kanangaspecialtentedcamp.com
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Karatu to Seronera via Ngorongoro Crater 
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Full day 4×4 excursion to Ngorongoro Crater and afternoon drive into Seronera

    Day 38 – Karatu

    This morning we rise early to enjoy our time game driving through Serengeti National Park.  Famous for the abundant wildlife that exists in the park, we will spend most of our day in search of the animals that reside here.  We will arrive back in Karatu in the late afternoon and will spend our evening reminiscing about our encounters of the past two days.

    Accommodation: Kudu Camp; kuducamp.com/
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablution

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Route: Seronera to Karatu
    Included Highlight: Game Drive through Seronera, Serengeti National Park

    Day 39 – Arusha

    Returning to Arusha, tonight we will reunite with our fellow travellers who opted for the optional Serengeti excursion and we share our experiences of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

    Accommodation: Meru Mbega Lodge; www.mt-meru.com/mbega
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Karatu to Arusha
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 40 – Kenya – Nairobi

    We cross the border into Kenya this morning and make our way to Nairobi.

    Accommodation: Hilton Nairobi; www.hilton.com/en/hotels/nbohitw-hilton-nairobi
    Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite
    Camping: Two per Room with en-suite

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Arusha to Nairobi
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Day 41 – Nairobi

    Today is free for you to explore the streets of Nairobi.  A number of optional day trips can be booked including a visit to the Giraffe Centre and the Nairobi National Park.

    Accommodation: Hilton Nairobi; www.hilton.com/en/hotels/nbohitw-hilton-nairobi
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Two per room with en-suite bathroom

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Arusha to Nairobi
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Optional Activity: Giraffe Centre, Nairobi National Park

    Day 42 – Masai Mara National Reserve

    We leave the capital of Nairobi and travel to the Masai Mara, world renowned for its endless plains of wild animals and spectacular beauty. The visit to the Masai Mara is operated in safari type vehicles and not the truck. For this reason, you are asked to pack a small overnight bag to travel with. You will need your towel, clothes, toiletries and camping essentials.

    Accommodation: Masai Mara Excursion; www.keniatours.com
    Accommodated: Permanent tent with shared ablutions
    Camping: Permanent tent with shared ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Nairobi to Masai Mara
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Masai Mara Excursion

    Day 43 – Masai Mara National Reserve

    The rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara offer ideal game viewing and photographic opportunities. Some of the animals that could be found here include elephant, black rhino, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, wildebeest, zebra and gazelle. Hippo and crocodile abound in the muddy brown waters of the rivers, which traverse this reserve. Today we will spend the entire day game driving through the Mara in search of all the animals.

    Accommodation: Masai Mara Excursion; www.keniatours.com
    Accommodated: Permanent tent with shared ablutions
    Camping: Permanent tent with shared ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Masai Mara Excursion

    Day 44 – Lake Nakuru National Park

    This morning we bid the Mara farewell before heading to Lake Nakuru National Park where we will enjoy an afternoon game drive through the park. Lake Nakuru is home to large flocks of flamingos and pelicans as well as black & white rhino, leopard, lion and numerous buck. Originally created as a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru was upgraded to National Park status in 1968.

    Accommodation: Waterbuck Hotel; www.waterbuck.co.ke
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite ablutions
    Camping: Two per room with en-suite ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Masai Mara Reserve to Lake Nakuru National Park
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Lake Nakuru NP Game Drive

    Day 45 – Jinja

    This morning we not only cross the border into Uganda, but shortly after setting out this morning we cross the Equator on our way to Jinja. Jinja is Uganda’s second largest city and most famous as the point where the Nile (officially the Victoria Nile) flows out of Lake Victoria and begins the 6695 kilometre journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean.

    Accommodation: Kalagala Falls Tented and Overland Camp; adrift.ug/kalagala-falls-overland-camp
    Accommodated: Two per room with shared ablutions
    Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route Lake Nakuru to Jinja
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight Crossing of the Equator

    Day 46 – Masindi – Murchison Falls National Park

    After a quick stop in the city of Kampala, we head in the direction of The Murchison Falls National Park. Also referred to as the Kabaraga Falls, Murchison Falls is a waterfall found on the course of the great Nile and is located within the Murchison National Park. The park is recognized as one of the best National Parks in Uganda. After settling into our accommodation in Masindi, your guide will brief you on the activities for the following day.

    Accommodation: Kabalega Resort; www.kabalegaresort.com
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite ablutions
    Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Jinja to Masindi
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Optional Activity: Ziwa Rhino Walk

    Day 47 – Masindi – Budongo Central Forest Reserve

    Budongo Forest is the biggest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa and is home to the largest number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda. It is believed that there are between 600 – 700 chimpanzees in Budongo and this morning we will meet up with our chimp guide who will take us on our trek through the forest in search of the chimps. We will also enjoy a boat cruise in the park. Note: As the Chimp trekking is limited
    to 12 guests per trek, should there be more than 12 guests on a tour the trekking will be split between the morning and the afternoon. Therefore you may find that you will first do the game drive activity followed by the Chimp trekking or vice versa. Please allow for flexibility.

    Accommodation: Kabalega Resort; www.kabalegaresort.com
    Accomodated: Two per room with ensuite ablutions
    Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Chimp trekking (half day)

    Day 48 – Lake Kikorongo

    This morning we depart Masindi and transfer towards the edges of the Queen Elizabeth National Park.  Our accommodation for the night is nestled atop a hill overlooking Lake Kikorongo.

    Accommodation: Simba Safari Camp; ugandalodges.com/simba
    Accommodated: Two per room with En-suites bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with shared Ablution facilities 

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Masindi to Lake Kikorongo 
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 49 – Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

    Crossing the Equator once more we travel south to the beautiful scenery of Lake Bunyonyi. With eager anticipation we prepare for the upcoming Gorilla trekking excursion and tonight we will receive a briefing on what to expect.

    Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort; www.bunyonyioverland.com
    Accomodated: Two per room with a en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Kampala to Lake Bunyonyi
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 50 – Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

    The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and while exact numbers vary it is widely assumed that there are only around 650 left. Visiting the gorillas is a great way to support their future on earth as the money spent on permits is used for their protection. An extremely important part of the future conservation of the remaining gorillas rests in the community development work – as local communities change their attitudes towards wildlife and start to protect rather than poach, the future of the mountain gorilla is assured.

    As permits granting permission to visit the gorillas are extremely limited we require flexibility in both the tour itinerary and where we actually visit them. The home of the mountain gorillas is completely at odds with man-made borders and so their range encompasses Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Whenever possible we choose to make use of the National Park in Uganda, but this depends on the availability of permits. Should we not obtain permits to visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda then we will inform all passengers beforehand that the tour will travel to Rwanda or DRC.

    On your free day in Bunyonyi you will have the opportunity to participate in certain optional activities. You can also go hiking or explore the area on a mountain bike.

    Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort http://www.bunyonyioverland.com
    Accomodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Lake Bunyonyi National Park to the starting point of the gorilla trek (smaller vehicles)
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Optional Activity: Gorilla Trekking, Pygmy visit, Rwanda day tour

    Day 51 – Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

    Although there are 2 days allocated to Gorilla Trekking you will only spend one day on the trek. The other days are there to provide a large enough window in which to obtain permits and to allow the entire group to trek if there are more than 6 of you on the tour.

    Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort; www.bunyonyioverland.com
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Optional Activity: Gorilla Trekking, Pygmy visit, Rwanda day tour

    Day 52 – Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala

    This morning we set off on our return journey to Kampala and make a third crossing of the Equator along our way. Tonight your guide will brief you on the activities available in Jinja so that you can plan your day tomorrow. We spend the night in Kampala.

    Accommodation: Hillside Plaza Hotel www.hillsideplazahotel.co.ug
    Accommodated: Two per room with En-suite bathroom
    Camping: Two per room with En-suite bathroom

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 53 – Jinja

    A short distance from Kampala, Jinja offers many exciting activities and your guide will assist you to plan for this day. Most activities are focussed around the waters of the Nile and these include rafting, kayaking and a variety of cruises on Africa’s largest river. While those who may be less inclined to water sports can enjoy horse riding or a quadbike adventure on dry land.

    Accommodation: Kalagala Falls Tented and Overland Camp adrift.ug/kalagala-falls-overland-camp
    Accommodated: Two per room with shared bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Kampala to Jinja
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Optional Activity: Quad biking, kayaking, rafting

    Day 54 – Kenya – Eldoret

    Returning to Kenya we visit Eldoret, the country’s 5th largest city. The Great Rift Valley is still the dominant geographical feature of this region and the altitude at Eldoret is 2100 metres above sea level.

    Accommodation: Naiberi River Camp www.naiberi.com
    Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Jinja to Eldoret
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 55 – Nairobi

    Returning to Nairobi this afternoon we reflect on many memories that we have gathered together and brace ourselves for a return to the busy streets of Nairobi. Your tour ends upon arrival in Nairobi.

    Accommodation: Post tour accommodation can be booked through your guide.

    Route: Eldoret to Nairobi
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Optional Serengeti Excursion

    The cost of the optional Serengeti excursion package is not included in the tour price. The cost to participate in the 3-night camping excursion is R15 800 per person. Please pre-book this when you book your tour if you wish to participate in this optional excursion. Minimum of 4 people are required in order for this excursion to operate. **price subject to fluctuation**

    Gorilla Permit – USD630 – USD730

    The cost of a permit to visit the gorillas is currently as above. Please check actual amount with us closer to departure as they may fluctuate. You will be pre-invoiced for this non-refundable amount.

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