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Great African Expedition - 58 days map

CAMPING SAFARI: Embark on an incredible African adventure, travelling from Nairobi to Cape Town, exploring eight countries. Trek to see chimpanzees and mountain gorillas in Uganda. Spot wildlife on game drives in the Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Chobe and Etosha National Parks. Enjoy R&R in Zanzibar, swim in Lake Malawi and marvel at the Victoria Falls. Ride a mokoro through the Okavango Delta, climb Dune 45 in the Namib Desert and admire the Fish River Canyon. All this and more, in 58 unforgettable days!

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Campsites

Trip Highlights

Uganda - Trek to see chimpanzees and gorillas in Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi National Parks. Admire Lake Bunyonyi and relax by the River Nile in Jinja
Tanzania - Search for wildlife in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Mikumi National Park and visit the coastal cities of Bagamoyo and Dar es Salaam
Malawi - Explore several different points of Lake Malawi, which covers 20% of the country. Swim, visit local villages, play volleyball and opt for a day hike to a waterfall
Botswana - Head on safari in Chobe National Park and cruise the Chobe River, then enjoy an overnight excursion into the Okavango Delta
South Africa - Enjoy optional wine tasting in Cederberg before arriving in captivating Cape Town, where your tour ends
Kenya - Spot incredible wildlife on a game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park and a two-night safari excursion to the legendary Masai Mara, Kenya's premier wildlife destination
Zanzibar - Spend three days on tropical Zanzibar Island, exploring historic Stone Town and soaking up some sun on the northern beaches
Zambia - Visit the border town of Chipata and the capital Lusaka, then head to Livingstone, home to cascading Victoria Falls
Namibia - Meet the San Bushmen and visit Windhoek, then explore Etosha National Park, climb Dune 45 in the Namib Desert and see Fish River Canyon

Included

57 breakfasts, 46 lunches & 45 dinners
Escorted by a licensed 2-person crew
Lake Nakuru National Park game drive in specialized safari vehicles
Bwindi National Park gorilla trekking with expert guides (subject to payment of permits, see cost below)
Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater excursion in a purpose built safari vehicle and game drives with a resident guide
Zanzibar return ferry ticket
Chobe River boat cruise and Chobe National Park game drive in a purpose-built safari vehicle with a resident guide
Kalahari Bushman Walk
Spitzkoppe excursion to see Bushmen paintings
Sesriem & Fish River Canyon visit
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
49 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 3 nights simple twin share accommodation in Zanzibar, 3 nights permanent tented camp in the Masai Mara & Okavango Delta, 2 nights in dorm accommodation in Swakopmund (please refer to the trip notes for details)
Transportation in a 24-seater overland truck with camping and cooking equipment
Queen Elizabeth National Park chimpanzee trekking with expert guides (subject to payment of permits, see cost below)
Masai Mara excursion in a purpose built safari vehicle and game drives with a resident guide
Maasai Village Walk with a resident guide
Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, Victoria Falls visit
Okavango Delta excursion including mokoro and walking safari
Etosha National Park game drives
Sossusvlei shuttle, guided walk and Dune 45 excursion
Sleeping mattress (you will need to bring your own sleeping bag)

Not Included

Non refundable Gorilla & Chimpanzee Permit: USD $700pp (or equivalent in your currency) - pay at time of booking in addition to the deposit
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Sleeping bag - please bring your own
Local Payment: US$1900pp, paid on arrival in USD
International flights and visas
Airport transfers - can be booked on request
Optional activities (prices listed in Trip Notes)

Itinerary

Day 1

Nairobi to Lake Nakuru

Nairobi - Lake Nakuru National Park. We leave Nairobi this morning and descend into the Great Rift Valley, home to some of Africa's most dramatic scenery. We stop at a lookout point to enjoy the view before arriving in Lake Nakuru National Park. Although small by African standards, this Kenyan reserve is home to all manner of wildlife, including lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard, not to mention the great flocks of flamingos which gather at the famous soda lake itself. We enjoy an included game drive in specialized safari vehicles in order to spot some of this wildlife for ourselves.

Please note: The pre-departure meeting is held at 18:00 on the evening prior to departure. The tour departs at 08:00 on Day 1 so please arrive in Nairobi the day before your tour. Refer to the Joining Instructions in the Trip Notes for more information. We can book accommodation and transfers on request.
Overnight: Lake Nakuru National Park  |  Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

Crossing the Equator

Lake Nakuru National Park - Eldoret. Departing Nakuru this morning we journey to Eldoret, Kenya's fifth largest town and a region increasingly important to the country's economy. On our journey today we will cross the Equator, travelling from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere. We will stop to enjoy some time and photo opportunities at the Equator itself. Arriving at our campsite on the outskirts of Eldoret, there is time for you to admire the nearby Sirikwa holes, primitive dwellings believed to have belonged to an ancient tribe.
Overnight: Eldoret  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Into Uganda

Eldoret - Kampala (Uganda). Wave goodbye to Kenya for now as we cross into Uganda, a country once described by Sir Winston Churchill as the 'Pearl of Africa'. On our drive to Kampala you will see lush rolling hills, tribal villages and growing towns and cities. Our campsite tonight is in the country's capital, Kampala.
Overnight: Kampala  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Kampala - Queen Elizabeth National Park. Departing Kampala, we cross the Equator again and pass through fertile green hills, tangled forests and rugged mountain ranges to the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Originally Named Kazinga National Park on its inception in 1952, the reserve was renamed in 1954 after a visit by the newly crowned British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Our first evening here is free for you to take a walk in the lush surroundings, who knows what wildlife you may spot! The reserve is home to elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, chimpanzee and much more. Encouragingly, reports from the Uganda Wildlife Authority suggest that wildlife populations in the reserve are increasing, thanks to effective protection. This is largely down to your tourism money!
Overnight: Queen Elizabeth National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Chimpanzee trekking

Today we are heading into Queen Elizabeth National Park, admiring the mountain views and stopping whenever we see something of interest. As well as the charismatic larger animals, the reserve is home to more than 500 bird species. Reaching Kyambura Gorge we head out on foot in search of chimpanzees. The rangers will have a good idea of where they are and the trek can vary in length from less than an hour to several. Chimps tend to stay in the treetops so you may have to crane your neck for a view of our closest relatives.

Please note: Chimpanzee Trek permits are issued by the wildlife authority in groups of up to 8 people per group. Depending on our group size, we may trek on the afternoon of day 4, morning or afternoon of day 5, or morning of day 6.
Overnight: Queen Elizabeth National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 6-8

Mountain gorilla trekking

Queen Elizabeth National Park - Lake Bunyonyi. On day 6 we drive to Lake Bunyonyi, dotted with scenic islands and surrounded by lush forest and rolling hills. Over the next three days everyone in the group will enjoy their mountain gorilla trek, but we will split into smaller groups in order to avoid disturbing the gorillas. On the days when you are not trekking, you are free to take a boat trip to some of Lake Bunyonyi's islands, go bird-watching, visit a local village or hire canoes to paddle on the lake.

On the day of your trek, we will hike for anywhere between 30 minutes and 6 or 7 hours into Bwindi National Park (or occasionally Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, this will be made clear to you in advance), depending on the location of the gorillas. A decent level of fitness is required as we trek through the steamy jungle. Your guide will know the location of the nearest gorilla family.

Once we have located the gorillas, you will spend around an hour watching from a safe distance. Keep quiet, keep low to the ground and follow all the instructions of your guide - this is for your safety and for the welfare of the mountain gorillas. You are welcome to take photos, as long as there is no flash.

One of the world's most endangered creatures, mountain gorillas are heavily protected, with around 1,000 animals now living in the rainforests of central Africa. Numbers have increased remarkably due to effective protection in recent years - keep your eyes peeled for the giant silverback alpha male, and some of the adorable youngsters that represent the future of their species.

When it is time to leave the gorillas, we trek back to Lake Bunyonyi, where you can reflect on what is sure to be the highlight of your African adventure. The rest of your time here is at leisure, whilst the rest of our group completes their trek.
Overnight: Lake Bunyonyi (3)  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3

Day 9

Return to Kampala

Lake Bunyonyi - Kampala. Leaving the mountain gorillas and Lake Bunyonyi behind, we return to Kampala, skirting around the northern edge of Lake Victoria. There is time this evening for you to head into the city and explore, meet the locals or try some of the local cuisine if you wish.
Overnight: Kampala  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

To the Nile

Kampala - Jinja. It's a short drive today as we make our way to Jinja, a city in southern Uganda on the banks of Lake Victoria, source of the River Nile. From here, the river flows for 5,584km, through 11 countries. It enters the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt, having provided life to millions and millions of people and animals on its journey!

Our campsite is beside the Nile, and there are numerous optional activities you can enjoy. Quad biking, white water rafting, Nile cruises, fishing trips and mountain biking are some of the options. You also have the opportunity to visit a local school initiative. Lend a hand with some painting, plastering or other labour to help improve the local schools around Jinja.
Overnight: Jinja  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 11-12

Jinja

The next two days are completely free for you to unwind by the Nile. Enjoy some of the optional activities available, go for a long walk beside the river or simply relax at the campsite with a good book - the choice is yours!
Overnight: Jinja  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 13

Return to Kenya

Jinja - Eldoret (Kenya). Say goodbye to Jinja as we cross the border back into Kenya and return to Eldoret, where we will camp for the evening.
Overnight: Eldoret  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14

Eldoret

Eldoret - Nairobi. We complete our drive south through Kenya, arriving back in Nairobi in the late afternoon. Please note that some group members may be finishing their tour in Nairobi today.
Overnight: Nairobi  |  Breakfast

Day 15

Exploring Nairobi

Today offers you the freedom to explore both the city and its surrounding areas. Alternatively, the following optional excursions are available to book locally. Enjoy close encounters at the the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre, or discover the Karen Blixen Museum in the nearby town of Karen. Alternatively, you can opt for a day of relaxation and pure leisure, making the most of some well-deserved 'downtime'.
Overnight: Nairobi  |  Breakfast

Day 16

To the Masai Mara

Nairobi - Masai Mara. We depart the Kenyan capital this morning and travel overland across the dramatic Great Rift Valley. Arriving at our camp on the edge of the Masai Mara Reserve, we will have time for an afternoon game drive in search of wildlife. In the Masai Mara we will use specialized safari vehicles instead of our overland truck, for a better game-viewing experience.
Overnight: Masai Mara  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17

Masai Mara

Today we continue exploring the Masai Mara with morning and afternoon game drives. Forming part of the Serengeti ecosystem and adjacent to Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, the Masai Mara is perhaps Africa's most iconic wild place. Home to the Great Migration, it is possible to see millions of wildebeest, antelope, and zebra crossing the plains throughout the year, tracked all the way by the lions, leopards, and cheetahs which feed on them. Crocodiles wait for an easy meal as the herds cross the Mara River, and scavengers such as hyenas clear up the remains of any kills. With plenty of included game drives, you'll have a great chance at spotting many of these species, as well as elephants, buffalo, giraffe and more.
Overnight: Masai Mara  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18

Back to Nairobi

Masai Mara - Nairobi. Departing the Mara we return to Nairobi for our last night in Kenya. We recommend heading into the city to enjoy a meal at the famed Carnivore restaurant!
Overnight: Nairobi  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19

Tanzania's safari capital

Nairobi - Arusha (Tanzania). Say goodbye to Kenya as we board our overland truck and cross into neighbouring Tanzania. Our destination is the country's safari capital of Arusha, located near the Serengeti and in the shadow of Mount Meru. We'll browse the local markets before arriving at our camp for the night. There may also be time to visit a Maasai village.
Overnight: Arusha  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20

Safari in the Serengeti

Arusha - Serengeti National Park. Once again, we transfer to smaller, specialized safari vehicles for our excursion into the Serengeti National Park. Much larger than the Masai Mara, the Serengeti National Park is home to all of the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo) and is sure to yield incredible wildlife experiences. Driving around the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater (we'll be back here later in the tour!), we game drive to our unfenced bush campsite, for a night spent camping and listening to the sounds of the African wild.
Overnight: Serengeti National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 21-22

Ngorongoro Crater

Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha. Day 21 sees us game-driving back out of the Serengeti and into the nearby Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This UNESCO-listed site is dominated by the Ngorongoro Crater, Africa's largest caldera. It is also home to some of the highest densities of wildlife on the entire continent. Descending to the crater floor, we'll enjoy incredible views of the surrounding walls, as well as searching for wildlife. We spend the night camping on the rim of the crater.

On day 22 we enjoy a final game drive in the crater, returning to the camp for lunch. It's then time to pack up as we return to Arusha.
Overnight: Ngorongoro Crater (1), Arusha (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 23

From safari to beach

Arusha - Bagamoyo. It's time for some downtime! We head first to the port city of Bagamoyo, which is located on the Indian Ocean coast. It's a long drive, but we will be afforded views of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro if the weather is clear. Our campsite for the night is near the beach, and you are more than welcome to head out to explore.
Overnight: Bagamoyo  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24

Dar es Salaam

Bagamoyo - Dar es Salaam. We continue our journey down the Tanzanian coast to Dar es Salaam, the country's most important port. It's a relatively short drive of just 2 - 3 hours, and there should be time for you to head into the city independently. There is a wealth of Arab architecture to admire, as well as a selection of vibrant markets, great beaches, and bars. Tonight we are camping on the beach before our trip to Zanzibar tomorrow.
Overnight: Dar es Salaam  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 25-27

Zanzibar beach break

Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar. On the morning of day 25 we board the ferry to Zanzibar, a tropical, semi-autonomous island off the coast of the Tanzanian mainland. Our overland truck will remain in Dar es Salaam.

Our time in Zanzibar is not structured, and there is plenty of time for you to unwind on the beach with a good book or embark on optional excursions such as a spice tour, snorkelling, scuba diving or enjoying a relaxing massage. See the Trip Notes for details.

As a general rule, we will spend one day in the old part of Zanzibar City, known as Stone Town. Then we will head to the northern beaches for two further days of sun, sea and sand. In Zanzibar we will stay in standard hotels, instead of camping.
Overnight: Zanzibar (3)  |  Breakfast x 3

Day 28

Return to Dar es Salaam

Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam. There's time for a final swim this morning before we check out after breakfast and catch the ferry back to the mainland. We're camping by the coast again tonight, and you'll be able to head back into Dar if you choose.
Overnight: Dar es Salaam  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 29

Mikumi National Park

Dar es Salaam - Mikumi National Park. Climb aboard our overland truck once more as we make our way back inland, heading for the Malawian border. Today we are driving through Mikumi National Park, and will stop if we see any exotic wildlife, such as a forest elephant, or herd of giraffes. Our campsite tonight is on the edge of the reserve, and you can opt for an extra game drive if you haven't had your safari fill yet! We'll also enjoy drinks at the local bar before an evening around the campfire.
Overnight: Mikumi National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 30

The Southern Highlands

Mikumi National Park - Iringa. Today's drive takes us through the spectacular Southern Highlands of Tanzania. We'll be staying at a local family-run farm around 50km from Iringa. The farm has been managed by the Ghaui family for more than 70 years and produces organic crops and meat for the local community and Dar es Salaam. It's a well-known camping spot on the way to Malawi.
Overnight: Iringa  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 31-32

Chitimba Beach, Lake Malawi.

Iringa - Chitimba Beach, Lake Malawi (Malawi). Departing Tanzania, we cross into our third country, Malawi. Dominated by Lake Malawi, this body of water covers around 20% of the country and is crucial for the livelihoods of the Malawian people. It is here that we are heading. We spend the first two nights at Chitimba Beach, with free time to visit the local markets, play beach games or simply watch the local fishermen paddle their traditional Bwato canoes on the lake.

There is an optional 11km hike on day 32 to visit Manchewe Falls. You'll enjoy amazing views of this waterfall and a relaxing dip in a natural bath.
Overnight: Chitimba Beach - Lake Malawi (2)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 33-34

Kande Beach, Lake Malawi

Chitimba Beach, Lake Malawi - Mzuzu - Kande Beach, Lake Malawi. Lake Malawi is too much of a highlight for us to only visit one location along its never-ending shore! Our next destination is Kande Beach, which we reach by driving around 240km through rubber plantations, stopping to reload our supplies in the town of Mzuzu.

The rest of today and all of day 34 are at leisure. Optional activities include horse riding, a visit to a Malawian village, and freshwater scuba diving. Lake Malawi is home to several fish species found nowhere else in the world!
Overnight: Kande Beach - Lake Malawi (2)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 35

Into Zambia

Kande Beach, Lake Malawi - Chipata (Zambia). Today sees us heading toward the Zambian border. After the customs formalities, we head to our campsite in the border town of Chipata, the main landmark of which is a colourful welcome arch. There is also a large Indian community in Chipata, and a number of architecturally impressive mosques.
Overnight: Chipata  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 36

Lusaka

Chipata - Lusaka. It's an early start today as we have a long drive to the Zambian capital, Lusaka. The scenery en route is stunning though: we'll take the Great Eastern Road, passing through lush countryside and crossing the rushing Luangwa River. Our campsite is at a tranquil farm outside Lusaka, which is Southern Africa's fastest-growing city.
Overnight: Lusaka  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 37-40

Livingstone & Victoria Falls

Lusaka - Livingstone. On day 37 we drive south to Livingstone. Named after famed explorer David Livingstone, this is the Zambian base for exploring Victoria Falls, one of the African continent's finest natural wonders. There is an included visit to the falls, which are also known as Mosi oa Tunya - the ‘Smoke that Thunders’.

The next three days are kept completely free for you to do as little or as much as you like. Livingstone is an adrenalin junkie's paradise, with all manner of optional activities available. You could go bungee jumping, canoeing or rafting on the Zambezi River, take a scenic flight over the falls, or enjoy a fishing trip. Or you can sit by the pool and relax! See the Trip Notes for more details.

Please note: Some travellers may be finishing their tour in Livingstone, and others may be joining for the Southern African section of our journey.
Overnight: Livingstone (4)  |  Breakfast x 4, Lunch x 1

Day 41

Chobe River Cruise

Livingstone - Chobe National Park (Botswana). Say goodbye to Zambia as we cross into Botswana today and make the short journey to Kasane, gateway to Chobe National Park.

Botswana's premier game reserve is home to all of the Big Five as well as abundant bird life, including the rare African Fish Eagle. We'll enjoy a cruise on the Chobe River, hoping to see elephants, hippos, and crocodiles. And there is also an included game drive in specialized open safari vehicles, where we hope to spot more of Chobe's land-based residents.
Overnight: Kasane  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 42

Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park - Nata. This morning we enjoy another included game drive in Chobe National Park before packing up camp and heading to the Nata region of Botswana. We will likely still spot species such as buffalo as we drive through this sparsely populated region. Our campsite tonight is unfenced, meaning local wildlife is free to wander through camp - our groups often enjoy some of their best wildlife experiences here.
Overnight: Nata Region  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 43

Maun

Nata - Maun. Today sees us travelling to Maun, our base for exploring the famed Okavango Delta. If time allows, there is the opportunity for you to take a scenic flight over the delta - if we haven't got time today then this opportunity will be offered on day 45 instead.
Overnight: Maun  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 44-45

The Okavango Delta

Maun - Okavango Delta - Maun. On day 44 we enjoy our overnight excursion in specialized safari vehicles into the Okavango Delta. The delta is a natural wetland spread out over more than 1.6 million hectares, home to an incredible diversity of life. Reaching the mokoro polers station, we transfer to these traditional canoes and paddle along the waterways of the delta to our campsite, which is located in the delta itself.

Day 45 sees us enjoying another mokoro ride back out of the delta before returning to Maun, where there is time for the optional scenic flight if we didn't have time for this on day 43.
Overnight: Okavango Delta (1), Maun (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 46

Hello Namibia

Maun - Gobabis (Namibia). Boarding our overland truck, we travel to the Namibian border via Ghanzi, skirting the edge of the barren Kalahari Desert. Having crossed the border, we reach our campsite, and there is an included bush walk with the local San Bushmen, during which we can learn about the way of life for this ancient tribe and discover how they work with, rather than against nature - something we can all learn from! Please note this activity may take place on day 47 instead, depending on our arrival time.
Overnight: Gobabis region  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 47

Windhoek

Gobabis - Windhoek. Today we arrive in Namibia's charming capital. Windhoek is a tiny capital by global standards, with a population of just 470,000 people. It has lots of German architecture, a reminder of Namibia's early colonial past. Our camp is located on the edge of the city, and it is easy to head in to grab a bite to eat and have a wander around if you wish. We recommend a drink at Joe's Beerhouse, perhaps the most famous restaurant in Namibia. Please note that some group members may be starting their tour in Windhoek.
Overnight: Windhoek  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Days 48-49

Etosha National Park

Windhoek - Etosha National Park. The next two days will be spent exploring Namibia's iconic Etosha National Park. This 20,000 square kilometre reserve is dominated by a salt pan, which floods seasonally but is also home to a select few watering holes all year round. Wildlife is easy to spot as the animals tend to gather around these scarce water sources.

We spend two nights in the park, and our itinerary is flexible depending on the conditions and the location of wildlife. We'll generally enjoy a short game drive on day 48 before spending our first night at a camp with a floodlit watering hole. Here you may be lucky enough to spot elephants, giraffe, hyenas and even lions.

Day 49 is spent on a full day's game drive across the park, stopping whenever we see anything of interest. We will either return to our first campsite, or perhaps a different one, depending on your tour leader's decision.
Overnight: Etosha National Park (2)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 50

Spitzkoppe

Etosha National Park - Spitzkoppe. Leaving Etosha, we head into the Damaraland region and our destination - Spitzkoppe. At this mountain peak, you can see incredibly well-preserved bushmen paintings and spectacular rock formations reaching 1800 metres above sea level. As the sun moves across the sky, the rocks change colour, a sight that is particularly beautiful at sunrise and sunset. We'll be staying at a campsite at the base of the mountain, so you can enjoy this sunset with a refreshing drink.
Overnight: Spitzkoppe  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 51-52

Swakopmund

Spitzkoppe - Swakopmund. On day 51 we drive to Swakopmund, a German colonial town located on Namibia's famous Skeleton Coast. We'll be staying in simple dormitory accommodation in Swakopmund, rather than camping.

The rest of day 51 and the following day are free for you to explore Swakopmund as you see fit. Wander around the town and indulge in the relaxed cafe culture and German colonial architecture. There are also lots of optional activities available including quad-biking, sand boarding, skydiving, and dolphin-watching cruises. See the Trip Notes for further details.
Overnight: Swakopmund (2)  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 53

Tropic of Capricorn

Swakopmund - Namib-Naukluft National Park. Heading south, we journey through Namib-Naukluft National Park, which protects large swathes of the Namib Desert. We'll stop for a photo at the Tropic of Capricorn before arriving at our desert campsite in the Khomas region.
Overnight: Namib Naukluft National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 54

Dune 45, Deadvlei & Sesriem

This morning we head back into Namib-Naukluft National Park, arriving at the desert's most famous landmark - Dune 45. This towering sand dune is more than 300 metres high - you are welcome to try to climb the dune if you are up to it!

Journeying deeper into the park, we arrive at Deadvlei, a white clay pan surrounded by the rolling golden dunes and home to eerie petrified trees. You'll want to remember your camera as the area changes colour with the movement of the sun across the sky. En route to our camp for the night, we also make a stop at Sesriem Canyon.
Overnight: Namib Naukluft National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 55

Fish River Canyon

Namib-Naukluft National Park - Fish River Canyon. If you thought Sesriem Canyon was impressive, you're in for a treat today! It's a long drive south through desert scenery to reach Fish River Canyon, second only in size to the Grand Canyon in the USA. More than 500 metres deep and scarring the land for 160km, it's a jaw-dropping sight to behold. We'll stop at a couple of viewpoints and visit the canyon's famously sharp bend, known as 'Hell's Corner'.
Overnight: Fish River Canyon  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 56

The Orange River

Fish River Canyon - Orange River. Travelling south we reach the Orange River, also known as the Gariep. For much of its length, the Orange River marks the border between Namibia and South Africa. Our campsite is located on the Namibian side, and there is an optional canoe safari for those who want to see some of the surrounding scenery.
Overnight: Orange River  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 57

Cederberg & optional wine tasting

Orange River - Cederberg (South Africa). Crossing the border this morning we enter the seventh and final country of our adventure: South Africa. Driving south through the Namaqualand region, we will be treated to the sight of beautiful wildflowers if travelling in spring (August - September). Arriving at our riverside campsite, there is optional wine tasting for those who wish to try some of the Cederberg region's fine wines.
Overnight: Cederberg  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 58

Cape Town

Cederberg - Cape Town. Today we complete our six-week journey to Cape Town, South Africa's 'Mother City', where our tour comes to an end.

Home to Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, and some of the world's most spectacular scenery, we strongly recommend booking post-tour accommodation to further explore this iconic city. We can arrange this accommodation for you.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 6 persons. Prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a tent/room. Solo travellers will be matched up and share a tent/room with another solo traveller of the same gender.

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Local payment - US$1900pp, paid on arrival in USD

Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.

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2024
Twin Share
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23 Mar - 19 May 20% off
R149,545
R119,636
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20 Apr - 16 Jun 20% off
R149,545
R119,636
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18 May - 14 Jul 20% off
R149,545
R119,636
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15 Jun - 11 Aug 20% off
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13 Jul - 08 Sep 20% off
R149,545
R119,636
N/A
10 Aug - 06 Oct 20% off
R149,545
R119,636
N/A
07 Sep - 03 Nov 20% off
R149,545
R119,636
N/A
05 Oct - 01 Dec 20% off
R149,545
R119,636
N/A
02 Nov - 29 Dec 20% off
R149,545
R119,636
N/A
30 Nov - 26 Jan 20% off
R149,545
R119,636
N/A
28 Dec - 23 Feb 20% off
R149,545
R119,636
N/A

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Mandatory Gorilla & Chimpanzee Permit (to be paid at time of booking and non-refundable)
R13,505
N/A

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Located on a purpose-built, 5-acre site in a peaceful suburb, the Red Chilli Hideaway offers a campsite which we use for our overland safaris. Settle down for the day at the Hideaway's saltwater pool, self-catering kitchen, or restaurant & bar. The camp supports sustainable tourism and operates the Steve Willis Memorial Fund, whose proceeds go to providing clean drinking water in the Murchison Falls region.

Simba Safari Camp , Queen Elizabeth National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Camp

Nestled atop a hill overlooking Lake Kikorongo on the edge of Uganda’s most popular Queen Elizabeth National Park this Safari Camp is the perfect base to explore this picturesque park. With views over the plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park and of the Rwenzori Mountains this campsite features panoramic views for its occupants. Meals and drinks are served in the restaurant and bar where guests can relax after a day of safari.

Bunyonyi Overland Resort (Camp), Lake Bunyonyi

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Camp

Placed on the picturesque shores of Lake Bunyonyi this resort and campsite is the perfect hub for guests to explore the lake and all it has to offer. Its location also makes it the perfect stop off for guests who are continuing to Bwindi National Park. The campsite offers shared facilities and panoramic views over the lake and its islands. Featuring a bar and restaurant you can enjoy a drink whilst watching the sunset over the lake.

Nile River Explorers Camp, Jinja

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Located on Lake Bujagali, where the Nile River comes out of Lake Victoria, this camp is only 8 kilometres from Jinja and is the perfect place to relax and explore the area. The campsite is secluded, has shared facilities, and has panoramic views of the river. There is both a river bar and a river spa for guests to enjoy. A jetty for swimming is also available so you can cool down during the hot days. Watch the sunset over the Nile with a drink and relax after a day exploring.

Enchoro Wildlife Camp (permanent tents), Masai Mara

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Enchoro Wildlife Camp is a partly fenced campsite located within the Masai Mara National Reserve, set amongst lush trees. Accommodation is in permanent pre-erected tents complete with twin share beds and ensuite bathroom facilities. Each tent also has a verandah perfect for enjoying a sundowner and keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. There is a thatched-roof restaurant onsite and additional excursions into the Mara can be booked at the tour desk.

Wildebeest Eco Camp (campsite), Nairobi

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

An oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi, Wildebeest Eco Camp is set in tropical gardens home to hundreds of native birds. It is conveniently located near shops, banks, markets, restaurants and Nairobi National Park. The campsite is shaded and shared bathroom facilities with solar-powered hot showers and flush toilets are available. There's an outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace for guests to enjoy and the onsite restaurant serves a variety of African, European, and American dishes. Free Wi-Fi is also available.

Meserani Snake Park (campsite), Arusha

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Founded in 1993 on the outskirts of Arusha, the Meserani Snake Park was once a barren wasteland, now it's a lush wildlife park, with hundreds of trees planted which are also home to native bird species. Travellers can visit a local Maasai village guided by a Maasai warrior and can explore the Snake Park zoo itself, home to 48 African snake species including the deadly Black spitting cobra and reptiles including crocodiles. The Snake Park hosts a monthly medical clinic for the local community too, serving more than 1,000 patients monthly. The campsite offers shared ablutions with hot water and you will camp amongst the birdsong-filled trees. The onsite Snake Park Bar is famous in the area for its array of memorabilia.

Ikoma Bush Camp, Serengeti National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Sheltered by a grove of acacia trees, Ikoma is a comfortable, traditional style lodge. Each tent has its own en-suite bathroom, modern furnishings and a private verandah. The central restaurant and bar area boast a large fireplace - an ideal spot to unwind with a drink after a long days exciting game viewing. The camp is situated three kms from the Ikoma Gate of the Serengeti National Park, at its north-eastern border.

Simba Camp (campsite), Ngorongoro Crater

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

An unfenced campsite boasting stunning views of the Ngorongoro Crater and with wildlife free to roam around the campsite, Simba Camp is the perfect base for enjoying a wildlife safari in the Ngorongoro Crater. There are well-maintained shared bathroom facilities with hot water, and firewood can be purchased onsite. Take a short walk from camp for unrivalled views of the crater, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife as you go.

Firefly Camp (campsite), Bagamoyo

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

The campsite at Firefly is just a few metres from the beach in Bagamoyo. There are shared toilets and showers and the communal areas, outdoor swimming pool and Wi-Fi connection are free for campers to use too. Food is served all day at the camp's restaurant and bar, including free coffee in the morning. Guests can also browse the souvenir shop, relax in the spa, or hire bicycles to further explore Bagamoyo.

Kipepeo Beach Village (campsite), Dar es Salaam

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

The Tanzanian bush meets the blue waters of the Indian Ocean at Kipepeo Beach & Village, situated on the south coast of Dar Es Salaam. The campsite is right on the beach itself and is a popular destination for watersports adventures or simple relaxation. Facilities include a beach bar and restaurant. There are shared bathroom facilities and electric hook-up is available.

All Seasons Hotel, Zanzibar

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

A great base for exploring Stone Town, the All Seasons Hotel is located in the heart of the old part of Zanzibar City and just a few hundred metres from the beach. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, TV and a terrace. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Guests can dine at the onsite restaurant, and the hotel is situated within easy distance of an array of other restaurants and attractions, including the Old Fort of Zanzibar and the Persian Baths.

Sunset Bungalows, Zanzibar

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Sunset Bungalows hotel is located on the northern Kendwa Beaches of Zanzibar's main island. This tropical paradise is the perfect place to while away a few days before getting back on safari. Recently renovated rooms come with four-poster or twin share beds, air-conditioning, seating area and ensuite bathrooms. The onsite Sunset Restaurant serves a delicious variety of Swahili and international cuisine, as well as a selection of cocktails. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the property and a beachside swimming pool offering wonderful ocean views.

Tan-Swiss Lodge (campsite), Mikumi

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

This fenced campsite is conveniently located less than 3km from the boundary with Mikumi National Park. Facilities onsite include a gift shop, laundry services, outdoor swimming pool with sun terrace, and a restaurant. The campsite has shared bathroom facilities, electric hook-up and a BBQ area, and there is also free Wi-Fi connectivity.

Kisolanza Farm (campsite), Iringa

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

This working farm is nestled around 50km from Iringa, in Tanzania's rural Southern Highlands. The farm has been the home of the Ghaui family since the 1930s. Still planted with crops today, it is also home to livestock including cattle and sheep. Onsite facilities include a farm shop selling the farm's own organic produce, as well as a spa, restaurant and bar. The restaurant is housed in a traditional mud building and serves fresh, local ingredients. The spacious campsite offers shaded pitches and thatched huts with picnic benches and solar lighting for socializing. Bathroom facilities are shared, regularly cleaned, and offering hot showers.

Chitimba Beach Camp (campsite), Lake Malawi

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Chitimba Beach campsite is found on the northern shore of Lake Malawi, surrounded by banana palms and papaya trees on a golden sandy beach. The property features a large thatched restaurant, bar and lounge area. Tents can be pitched either on the beach or the shaded lawn and there is an electric hook-up and Wi-Fi connection, plus shared bathroom facilities. There are good hiking trails around the lake and the surrounding area. Beach volleyball can also be enjoyed, and there is a communal firepit.

Kande Beach (campsite), Lake Malawi

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

A beachside resort on the western side of Lake Malawi, Kande Beach is a laid-back destination, perfect for unwinding in this part of Central Africa. The beach-side campsite is just metres from the lake, separated by a stretch of golden sand. There is a shared shower and toilet block as well as cooking areas and sinks for campers. Watersports equipment can be hired by the hour at the site. The onsite bar serves a selection of refreshing drinks, as well as boasting a pool table and table tennis. Nearby Tonga village is a short walk away for those looking to experience Malawian village life.

Mama Rula's (campsite), Chipata

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Located 6km outside the border town of Chipata, Mama Rula's B&B and campsite is ideally located between Lusaka and South Luangwa National Park. Camping pitches are served by shared ablution facilities and the onsite restaurant serves vegetables grown in the campsite's own garden. There is an outdoor swimming pool that guests are free to use.

Eureka Camp (campsite), Lusaka

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Eureka Camp campsite is situated on a private game farm and guests are treated to the sight of giraffes, zebra, and antelope wandering freely through the grounds. Located just a short drive from the Zambian capital, it is nevertheless a peaceful, rural place to stay. Travellers will camp amongst the shade of trees and facilities at the camp include an outdoor pool, volleyball pitch, BBQ area and bar complete with darts, pool and satellite TV.

The Victoria Falls Waterfront (campsite), Livingstone

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Just a few kilometres from one of Africa's finest natural wonders and found within Mosi oa Tunya National Park, The Victoria Falls Waterfront is an excellent base for discovering the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. The campsite is located beside the Luangwa River, in the gardens of the Victoria Falls Waterfront. Guests can make use of shared sanitary blocks and braai BBQ facilities. And they are free to enjoy the lodge's free Wi-Fi, outdoor pool, restaurant, bar, and activity centre offering different experiences at the falls.

Thebe River Lodge (campsite), Kasane

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Overlooking the Chobe River, Thebe River Lodge offers a spacious shaded campsite with braai BBQ areas, shared facilities, water taps and power outlets. Guests can also enjoy the swimming pool and hearty meals at the Thebe Restaurant. With both covered and al fresco dining areas, this restaurant boasts a wood-fire pizza oven and one of the best breakfasts in town. The bar’s buzzing atmosphere draws both visitors and locals, serving cold beverages alongside a satellite TV for you to catch up on the latest international news and sports.

Elephant Sands (campsite), Nata Region

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Set on an unfenced 16,000-hectare private conservancy, this campsite brings you face to face with some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife. View elephants as they come to drink from the natural waterhole just meters away. The spacious campsite offers shared ablution facilities with hot showers and several camp fire areas. A restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a bar offering a range of local and international wines, beers and exotic cocktails. You can also enjoy the small outdoor pool, where you can cool off and enjoy the peace and serenity of the African bush.

Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp (campsite), Maun

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Peaceful camping pitches are located in shaded gardens away from the hustle and bustle of Maun. Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp offers travellers an a la carte restaurant, shared lounge, bar and sun terrace. There is free Wi-Fi in communal areas and a communal swimming pool for guests to enjoy. Shared bathroom facilities are available for guests at the campsite.

Elephant Camp (campsite), Okavango Delta

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Located on the boundary of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Elephant Bush Camp is a rustic base for exploring the wildlife-rich Delta. There is an onsite dining area and pool, but the real charm here is the location, with elephants and other wildlife known to get very close to camp. Optional activities including game walks and mokoro canoe trips can be booked onsite.

Zelda's Guest Farm (campsite), Gobabis

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Situated 25km from the border with Botswana, Zelda's Guest Farm houses 10 shaded campsites with shared bathrooms. Facilities available to guests include a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. Resident Nharo San families can also introduce guests to their traditional culture. There's a small watering hole onsite and additional game drives and bushman walks can be booked at reception.

Urban Camp (campsite), Windhoek

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Centrally located in Windhoek (a short walk from the legendary Joe's Beerhouse restaurant), Urban Camp is a comfortable campground combining city convenience with a quiet getaway. Free Wi-Fi, and a sparkling pool contribute to an oasis of calm in campsites housing up to 18 people with shared bathroom facilities. Nearby is a small shopping centre for amenities, and for sightseers looking to explore the history and architecture of Windhoek, the city centre is less than 2km away.

Okaukuejo Camp (campsite), Etosha National Park

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

The highlight of Okaukuejo Camp is probably the floodlit watering hole, where it is possible to see all manner of animals close up, including elephants, black rhino and antelope. There's also an onsite swimming pool, shop, bar and restaurant serving daily buffet breakfast and other meals. All of these facilities are available for campers to use. Camping pitches are spacious and there are shared bathroom facilities.

Spitzkoppe Community Rest Camp (campsite), Spitzkoppe

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Staying in the shadow of the dramatic Spitzkoppe rock formations is a memorable experience, and at the Spitzkoppe Community Rest Camp you can enjoy this experience knowing that the proceeds from your stay go straight to supporting the local community. Although there is no electricity or Wi-Fi at this remote camp, guests can enjoy hot showers and there are shared bathroom facilities. There is a small onsite bar and restaurant, and braai BBQ facilities are also provided.

Amanpuri Travellers Lodge, Swakopmund

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Amanpuri Travellers Lodge offers comfortable accommodation in the heart of Swakopmund, close to the resort town's beaches, restaurants and shops. The onsite restaurant serves a buffet breakfast, you can grab a coffee or a beer at the bar, and there's a communal courtyard for relaxation. Free Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the property. If travelling on one of our Accommodated tours then you will enjoy an ensuite room at Amanpuri, whereas travellers on our camping tours will stay in dorm accommodation with shared bathroom facilities.

Sossus on Foot (campsite), Namib Naukluft National Park

Our Category:    |   Regional Category:

On the road to Swakopmund and located just outside the small town of Solitaire, Sossus on Foot (also known as Bushman's Camp) offers three large campsites with shared ablution facilities, including warm solar-heated showers. There is a small swimming pool for escaping the desert heat. A bar serves refreshing beers and there is a private watering hole for guests to watch the local wildlife. There is no Wi-Fi or electric hook-up, making this campsite the perfect place to disconnect from the world!

Sossus Oasis Overland Camp (campsite), Namib Naukluft National Park

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Surrounded by desert and found at the edge of Namib-Naukluft National Park, the pitches at this campsite are shaded by camel thorn trees and facilities include power outlets, water, lighting and a BBQ area. There's an onsite pool and shared bathroom facilities including showers with wonderful desert views! The Sossus Oasis shop sells a range of drinks, ice wood and other amenities. The restaurant at nearby Sossusvlei Lodge also comes well recommended.

Canyon Roadhouse Campsite, Fish River Canyon

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Guests at Canyon Roadhouse Campsite are welcome to make use of the adjacent lodge's facilities, including a restaurant, swimming pool and bar, located in the middle of a museum of old vehicles. The campsite is located near Fish River Canyon and next to a dry riverbed, with shared ablution facilities and a BBQ pit to enjoy.

Felix Unite campsite, Orange River

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Overlooking the Orange River and boasting an outdoor pool, Felix Unite is a scenically located campsite with amenities including an onsite shop, restaurant and ATM. Wi-Fi is available in communal areas and there are barbecue facilities for guests to enjoy alongside the dramatic scenery.

Highlanders Campsite, Cederberg

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Nestled among the wine farms at the foot of the Cederberg mountains, this campsite is a perfect stopover in the Namaqualand region. Highlanders is set on 3 levels, giving campers plenty of space between each of the 5 individual camp areas, and a 12-room ensuite lodge has recently been added to the site. Each camp has a 'braai' pit, sink unit & power. There are stunning mountain views from the solar-powered hot showers, and a locally-sourced wine bar by the scenic swimming pool.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Nairobi
Ends
Cape Town
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 6 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
Camping
Local Payment
US$1900pp, paid on arrival in USD
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 57, Lunch: 46, Dinner: 45
Countries
Minimum Age
18
Arr. Transfer
No - can be booked on request
Dep. Transfer
No - can be booked on request
Aerial view of Nairobi and its skyscrapers
Aerial view of Nairobi and its skyscrapers
Masai Mara tribespeople standing in a row wearing colourful clothes
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Family of elephants walking across the road in front of a jeep in the Serengeti National Park
Hundreds of wildebeests on the savannah plains of Ngorongoro Crater
Zanzibar Highlight
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Baby elephant following adult elephant across the dirt road at Chobe National Park
Mokoro boat gliding along the Okavango River
Gemsbok standing at a water hole at Etosha National Park
Colonial building and palm trees at dusk in Swakopmund
Orange sand dunes and rocky mountains at Namib Naukluft National Park
Stretch of the Orange River fringed with sandy and grassy landscape
Aerial view of Cape Town
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