Nkhata Bay, Malawi
Nkhata Bay, Malawi
Cape Town to Nairobi Epic
This tour takes you from Cape Town to Nairobi in 42 days. Grab the Tour Dossier PDF .
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The Ultimate Adventure! 8 countries with all their highlights, 'different-from-your-own' cultures, wildest wildlife and stunning scenery. Come and see for yourself what Africa has to offer!
Zanzibar accommodation and meals are for your own expense.
Your arrival airport transfer and pre-trip accommodation in a dorm bed is included in your trip price. Please advise flight details to book transfers - flight number, route, date and time.
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A day-by-day breakdown of what to expect and where you'll be staying.
Day 1, Cape Town to Cedarberg
This morning we make our way northward out of Cape Town, passing through the beautiful wine lands. We set camp tonight in the shadow of the Cederberg Mountains, where we will have a wine tasting.
Day 2, Cedarberg to Orange River - South Africa
Today we journey to a region that is renown for its wildflower display in the Spring, Namaqualand. We make a quick pit stop in Springbok for supplies before journeying on to the Orange River. Tonight we camp on its banks.
Day 3, Orange River - South Africa to Fish River Canyon
An optional half day canoe trip on the calm Orange River is available here this morning. After enjoying lunch we border cross into Namibia. Our campsite is Hobas, which is only a short drive away from the Fish River Canyon.
Day 4, Fish River Canyon to Helmeringhausen
We spend this morning at leisure before travelling to the farming area of Namibia. It is likely we will stop off for supplies in Bethanie before heading to tonights camp.
Day 5, Helmeringhausen to Sesriem
We now enter the Namib Naukluft Park which is a popular tourist destination here in Namibia and known as the oldest desert in the world. On top of the the Sossusvlei's dramatic sea of dunes are thought to be the highest in the world. The scenery changes dramatically from flat, brown plains with rocky hills to caramel coloured flowing sand dunes - stunning! You will be amazed at what lives here!
Day 6, Sesriem to Swakopmund
A spectacular sunset awakens us this morning. We travel north towards Walvis Bay via some glorious desert passes, and make our way along the coast, before finally arriving in Namibia's prime adventure resort - Swakopmund.
Day 7 to 8, Swakopmund
Spend the day relaxing or take up one of the many optional activities on offer in this desert town. Skydiving, quad biking, fishing trips, desert flights, golf, water sports, sand boarding and 4WD hire are just a few!
Day 9, Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe
Today we make our way to the ancient San bushman sacred site of Spitzkoppe. Explore the 1728m high formation and view the rock paintings before bush camping under the African stars.
Day 10, Spitzkoppe to Cheetah Park
A scenic drive today takes us to a private game farm called The Cheetah Park. Here you will learn about conservation efforts for these beautiful creatures and get the once in a lifetime opportunity to see them up close.
Day 11, Cheetah Park to Etosha National Park
We make our way to Etosha National Park, stopping en-route only to refresh our supplies. The 22,000sq.km park is a haven for a large variety of bird and animal species and we will spend some time game driving through the southern part of it. At night you can sit at the floodlit water hole beside our camp site and see what comes to visit!
Day 12, Etosha National Park
Today we enjoy a full day of game driving, making our way east along the length of the park. After dinner make your way to another floodlit water hole to see what animals arrive at the water to drink, or relax at the campsite.
Day 13, Etosha National Park to Rundu
Departure this morning is early as we travel towards the Kavango area. En route to our campsite we may make a brief stop in Rundu for supplies. Our campsite is situated on the edge of the Kavango River overlooking Angola!
Day 14, Rundu to Maun
We enter into Botswana today and and travel along the course of the Okavango River to Maun - our base for the Okavango Delta.
Day 15, Okavango Delta
Early morning and late afternoon game walks give you time in the middle of the day to relax, chill out and enjoy your surroundings. Why don't you have a go at poling your own mokoro? It is not as easy as it looks!
Day 16, Maun to Okavango Delta
You have the opportunity to take a 3 day / 2 night excursion into the Delta. You travel in local transport and then in mokoros, the local dug out canoes, which are poled by local guides through the winding waterways. These local canoes are a perfect way to navigate this waterway wonder - the biggest inland Delta in the world. Your guides will select a place out in the bush to set up camp. An afternoon game walk will allow you to experience the Delta wilderness in all its glory.
Day 17, Okavango Delta to Maun
Today we return to Maun, however, you will have the chance for an early morning game walk before packing up camp. There is also the option of a scenic flight over the Delta in the afternoon - the best way to appreciate the expanse of waterways you have travelled through.
Day 18 to 19, Maun to Chobe National Park
We make our way towards northeastern Botswana with a fairly long and interesting drive. Here we will enjoy a sunset cruise on the Chobe River and afterwards enjoy a night under Botswana's star-filled skies on a Chobe National Park Sleepout.
Day 20, Kasane to Victoria Falls
After a hearty brunch we make our way into Zimbabwe and to Victoria Falls. Approx 1700 m wide and 100 m high, Victoria Falls is a memorable sight! Included in the tour is the entry fee of the Victoria Falls. Take part in one of the many adventure activities or relax by the pool.
Day 21, Victoria Falls
Today you will have a chance to do a few of the optional activities on offer in this adventure paradise. The Falls can be seen from many viewing points in the Victoria Falls Park or from the Zambian side. You will have many photo opportunities. Bungee jumping enthusiasts can take the plunge from the Zambezi Bridge, which connects Zambia and Zimbabwe and the White water rafting is considered world class. Also, flights over the Vic Falls and the islands are available.
Day 22, Victoria Falls
Spend today walking around this little town with its BIG waterfall, rest by the pool, write your postcards, shop or chill out at a little cafe. If that sounds too relaxing then finish off the adventure activities you haven't tried yet!
Day 23, Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park
This morning we depart Victoria Falls. After a short drive cross the border of Zimbabwe into Botswana and arrive in Kasane where we take a boat cruise along the Chobe River. Once we return, we prepare for another night under Botswana's star-filled skies on the Chobe National Park Sleepout. If you’d prefer to skip the sleepout, no problemo! You’re more than welcome to enjoy the evening at the campsite in Kasane, there is an option to do an early morning game drive on the 2nd morning in Kasane instead.
Day 24, Chobe National Park to Livingstone
We take the Kazangula Ferry and make our way across the Zambian border to Livingstone.
Day 25, Livingstone to Lusaka
Leaving the Victoria Falls behind us we head for our camp in Southern Zambia a short distance from the capital city Lusaka.
Day 26, Lusaka to Chipata
We journey from bustling Lusaka to our overnight stop situated just a few kilometers from the Malawi/Zambia border.
Day 27, Chipata to Lake Malawi
After crossing into Malawi we stop in the capital, Lilongwe before reaching the western side of the lake and turning south. Bargain in the markets or relax on the beach and watch the local fisherman haul in todays catch. There are optional activities to keep you busy including water sports, horse back rides and a visit to the local village and school.
Day 28, Lake Malawi
The huge Lake Malawi stretches as far as you can see as you drive along the western coastline. Other than the beautiful views, spend some time taking up some of the many water based activities on offer or trip into a local village to meet some real 'salt of the earth' Malawians.
Day 29, Lake Malawi
Today you can spend some time taking up some of the many water based activities on offer, trip into a local village or relax on the beach and read your book.
Day 30, Lake Malawi
Other than water activities, scuba diving, visits to local villages or relaxing on the beach there is also time for some shopping! Locally made crafts are often beautifully turned out and reasonably priced. Don't forget to check your home country's rules regarding importing these products before you buy. Bartering with the locals is expected!
Day 31, Lake Malawi to Iringa
After entering Tanzania our scenic drive takes in the beauty of the tea and banana plantations before arriving in Iringa at the 'Farmhouse'. Try out those decadent Amarula hot chocolates!
Day 32, Iringa to Dar Es Salaam
Today we pass through the Mikumi National Park en-route to our seaside campsite in Dar es Salaam where we get prepared for our departure to Zanzibar the next morning. The rolling hills and beautifully straight rows of the tea plantations give way to the bush and plains of Mikumi National Park before we reach the bustling city of Dar. Keep an eye out for Elephant calmly grazing beside the road.
Day 33, Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar Island
We have the option to spend the following nights on the famous 'Spice Island'. The long and rich history of Zanzibar is reflected in the varied architecture, markets and cultures of Stone Town, while further north you can relax on the white sand beaches or scuba dive in the clear warm water.
Day 34 to 35, Zanzibar Island
Zanzibar offers a wealth of experiences for the visitor. The quiet streets of the old Stone Town still retain their Arabic influence. With pretty Medina-like shops, the palaces of the Sultans, its spices, tours around a spice plantation - there is something for everyone on this island. You can even hire a motorbike and explore the more remote areas of Zanzibar.
Day 36, Zanzibar Island to Dar Es Salaam
We take the ferry back to mainland for another night in Dar es Salaam. Time permitting there may be an opportunity to visit one of the local craft markets offering a large range of exquisite products (where prices depend on your bargaining skills).
Day 37, Dar Es Salaam to Arusha
After passing through the bustling town of Moshi, (the base for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions) we arrive at Meserani on the outskirts of Arusha where you have the option of taking a 1 or 2 night tour of the Serengeti and/or Ngorongoro Crater. See if you can catch a glimpse of the biggest mountain in Africa which lives most of the year under cloud!
Day 38, Arusha to Serengeti National Park
From Arusha you have the option of visiting the famous Serengeti National Park. You will depart Arusha in the morning with your vehicles and guides, if you take up the two-night/three day option. From Arusha you drive through the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito River) and up into the Ngorongoro Nature Reserve for a glimpse of the Ngorongoro Crater. Then you descend down onto the vast plains of the Serengeti. The abundance of plains game has never stopped to suprise anyone entering this wildlife heaven. The afternoon will be spent game spotting before setting up camp in the midst of the park. A camp fire and the night time noises of the wildlife finish off a day in one of East Africa's most famous game parks!
Day 39, Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
An absolute 'must do' when in Tanzania. Pass through the 'Cradle of Mankind' and the Rift Valley whilst enjoying one of the best game viewing opportunities Africa has to offer. An early start takes us off for a full morning game drive in the Serengeti. We head back towards Ngorongoro where we sleep on the Crater's edge. We suggest you wear your winter woollies as it can get pretty cold on the rim of the crater during night times.
Day 40, Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Arusha
This morning we descend into the Ngorongoro Crater with its 600 metre walls. This Garden of Eden is 20-kilometre wide and a true natural wonder. The size of this caldera is only appreciated from the floor itself where the abundance of its animal inhabitants becomes apparent. It is home to nearly every species of African animal and offers great photo opportunities of most of East Africa's mammals, such as Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Hippo, Lion, and plain's game. After spending the morning in the Ngorongoro Crater you will return to our overnight stop near Arusha for the night.
Day 41, Arusha to Namanga
After stopping in Arusha to restock our supplies and view the craft markets, we head for our camp just over the Kenyan Border.
Day 42, Namanga to Nairobi
The bustling, busy city of Nairobi awaits us today where some of our fellow travellers will leave us and others will join.
Meals included in your tour cost
36 Breakfasts, 2 Brunches, 31 Lunches, 32 Dinners
Highlights included in your tour cost
Sleep under the stars
Huge herds of Elephant
Best of Botswana National Parks
Up close to wildlife
Huge Elephant herds
Prolific bird life
There are 47 optional activities available on this trip.
Prices shown are approximate
Arusha Camel Rides
Dhow Fishing Trip - Zanzibar
Jet Boating on the Zambezi
Kande Beach Horse Riding
Kande Beach Scuba Diving
Kande Beach Water Sports Equipment
Lake Malawi Snorkelling Trip
Lake Malawi Water Skiing
Malawi Village Walk & Meal
Moped Hire - Zanzibar
Nairobi National Park
Ngorongoro Crater Excursion
Nungwe Snorkel Trip
Okavango Delta Mokoro Excursion
Okavango Delta Scenic Flight
Orange River Canoeing
PADI Dive Course - Zanzibar
Prison Island Excursion
Prison Island Snorkelling Trip
Serengeti National Park Excursion
Serengeti National Park Hot Air Balloon Ride
Sossusvlei Guided Walk
Sossusvlei Scenic Flight
Stone Town City Tour
Stone Town Spice Tour
Swakopmund Sky Diving
Swakopmund Township Tour
Swimming with Dolphins
Victoria Falls Bungee Jump
Victoria Falls Elephant Ride
Victoria Falls Flight of Angels
Victoria Falls Helicopter Flight
Victoria Falls Horse Rides
Victoria Falls Microlight Flight
Victoria Falls National Park
Victoria Falls Rhino Walk
Victoria Falls Scenic Flight
Walk with the Lions - Victoria Falls
White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River
Zambezi Gorge Swing
Zambezi River Rafting & Boarding Combo
Zambezi River Sunset Dinner Cruise
Zimbabwe Walking Safaris
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This tour goes through: Cape Town, Swakopmund, Spitzkoppe, Etosha National Park, Okavango Delta & 22 other destination(s) in Africa.TOUR DETAIL
Crew: 3 crew (including cook)
Vehicle: Safari Vehicle
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The highlight of my trip had to be Gweru in Zimbabwe, it was my idea of paradise. So much to do there with the animals and the location of it was just beautiful!
— Anne B (27) from Ireland
The trip was great! A very relaxed ride in a mokoro, followed by camping in the Okavango Delta and watching the animals on the islands was awesome!
— Michael & Silke from Germany
I loved every millisecond of the entire trip... Guess what I did in Swakopmund? I skydived out of a plane - woohoo was that AWESOME :-)
— JoJo E (61) from Switzerland
Finally home and had a great timeâ€¦. I loved the shark diving, Sossusvlei and Himba people. Saw Lions, a Leopard, Elephants, Giraffes, everything really! Thanks for…
— John E from Canada
I did not believe in god till i visited Chobe National Park.
— Juca from Uruguay