From Cape Town to Nairobi - taking in the wild desert and coastline of Namibia, the watery wilderness of the Okavango Delta, thundering Victoria Falls, Lake Malawi and the enchanting spice island of Zanzibar, wrapping up with big game encounters in South Luangwa, Serengeti, Lake Nakuru, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Mountain gorilla trek. This tour offers the adventure of a lifetime!
This tour includes Gorilla and Chimp Trekking. This is paid at the time of booking - please see supplements for pricing.
Day 1. Cape Town to Cederberg Highlights. Township Tour Cape Town, South Africa.We start our adventure with a trip into Cape Town's townships to see and experience the life that so many of South Africa's less privileged lead. From here it's off onto the open road - up the West Coast to the small farming settlement of Trawal on the border of the Cederberg Mountain Range, where our camp faces out onto the majestic mountains.
Day 2. Cederberg Area to Gariep (Orange) River Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia.Continuing further up the West Coast, we pass by a few small towns, heading up into the drier northern Cape and cross into Namibia - where we spend the night on the banks of the Orange (Gariep)River.
Day 3. Orange River to Fish River Canyon Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia.This morning we have the opportunity to get out onto the river in canoes and explore the Richtersveld area.
Day 7. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia.Today you'll have free time to enjoy the town's museums, cafes, shops, maybe take a walk down the beach promenade, or enjoy any of the delicious German delicacies from a local bakery.
Day 8. Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia.We bid our farewells to the quaint German town and head west to the unusual looking Spitzkoppe. These huge granite boulder-mountains appear on the horizon like sentinels watching over the surrounds - it's no wonder the San-bushmen of the region held them to be sacred.
Day 9. Spitzkoppe to Etosha National ParkJourneying north, we head to the famed Etosha National Park where we will spend the next two nights.
Day 10. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia.Today is dedicated to wildlife and we head out early in the hope to see animals while they're most active and out and about. We may spend the night either in the same camp, or split to two camps depending on the season.
Day 11. Etosha National Park to Windhoek Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia.Travelling back to civilization, we head south through some of Namibia's towns and on to the Capital city - Windhoek.
Day 12. Windhoek to Omaheke Region, Namibia Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Omaheke Region, Namibia.Heading east, we venture into the Kalahari Desert via Gobabis. Our camp is close to the Botswana border. It is here that we meet with a local San tribe - to see how they live and thrive in the Kalahari, using the knowledge passed down from their ancestors to survive in these harsh conditions.
Day 13. Omaheke Region, Namibia to Maun, Botswana Highlights. Maun, Botswana.Crossing the border, we travel further into Botswana to Maun - the gateway to the Okavango Delta.
Day 14. Maun to Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana.We pack our gear onto the 4x4 transfer and head out past Maun - into the wilderness whilst passing through the surrounding town settlements. From here we reach the water's edge and are introduced to our Mokoro polers, who will take us out onto the waterways and to our camp within the Delta.
Day 15. Okavango Delta to MaunAwakening to the sound of the African dawn, we head out on one last walk before packing up and gliding back along the waterways to the poler's station.
Day 16. Maun to Nata Highlights. Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana.Botswana is blessed with a rich and diverse wildlife habitat and today we pass through the migratory path from the great Chobe National Park to the Central Kalahari. We'll stop off to see the odd looking baobab (locally known as 'upside down trees') with their swollen trunks and scrawny branches.
Day 18. Kasane to Livingstone Highlights. Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.Rising early, we board our game viewing vehicle and head out into Chobe National Park. By size, it is the third largest park in the country and is the most diverse - home to elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo and abundant bird-life. Keep an eye out for the rare sable- or roan antelope with their curved horns and majestic stance.
Day 19-20. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.Our days in Livingstone are free to explore the town and the many activities available around the Zambezi.
Day 21. Livingstone to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia.Journeying north-east, we drive into the heart of Zambia and on to the Capital city Lusaka. Passing through the farming villages and rural settlements, it is easy to see that Zambia has not had a thriving economy, however this is in the process of turning around with much new economic growth in the last years.
Day 22. Lusaka to South Luangwa National ParkFrom the Capital, we head further north and on to the South-Luangwa National Park. Travelling along the Great East Road (the other being the Great North Road which links Cape Town to Cairo on the old trade routes), we pass through several rural villages and cross the impressive Luangwa River bridge.
Day 23. South Luangwa National Park Highlights. South Luangwa National Park.Today we enjoy an open-vehicle game drive with an expert local ranger - along the river’s edge to see the abundance of animal and bird-life inhabiting the area.
Day 24. South Luangwa to Kande Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi.Leaving the wilderness behind, we cross the border into Malawi and head on to the picturesque lake-side camp at Kande.
Day 25. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi.Today is at leisure to enjoy the chilled atmosphere of the lake and surrounds.
Day 26. Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach Highlights. Chitimba Beach.We take a scenic drive along the lakeside to the town of Mzuzu - where we stop off for supplies for the next few days. The town is a hive of activity and has a great market place to explore. With no lavish shopping malls in this part of the world, this is how local Malawians shop for any necessary items.
Day 27. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi.Enjoy a hike up to the Livingstonia Mission (David Livingstone worked here for a time), or enjoy a village walk to see how the local school and clinic operate.
Day 28. Chitimba Beach to Iringa, TanzaniaBidding farewell to Malawi and it's glittering lake, we cross the border into Tanzania and make our way to the small farming town of Iringa in the Tanzanian highlands.
Day 29. Iringa to Mikumi National Park areaOur journey heads east towards the Mikumi National Park. Here you will be stunned by the landscape of endless grassy plains dotted with Baobab trees. This park is the fourth largest in the country and hosts an array of wildlife including 4 of the 'Big 5' - lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo. Should time allow, you can explore the park with an optional game drive in the afternoon, soak in the beauty of the campsite's swimming pool, enjoy the restaurant/bar and then marvel at the night time stars around an open fireplace.
Day 32-34. Zanzibar Island Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania.Enjoy free time on Zanzibar and transfer from Stone Town to the northern beaches.
Day 35. Zanzibar to Dar es SalaamWe take the ferry back to the mainland and arrive to camp in the afternoon - leaving time for some last minute swimming in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, or to sit back and watch the water roll in onto the sandy tropical beach.
Day 38. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.Packing our gear onto our safari vehicles, the resident guides take us out onto our Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater safari.
Day 39. Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro CraterWaking early, we head out in the morning to seek out active predators and their prey. Once we've returned to camp and packed up, we head back across the plains and on to our camp on the rim of the Crater.
Day 40. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.We're up early again to take advantage of the cooler morning hours for our game drive.
Day 41. Arusha to NairobiToday we cross into Kenya and travel onward to the bustling capital city - Nairobi. Known as the 'garden city', Nairobi is growing as a hub of commerce and industry in East Africa.
Day 42. NairobiExplore the city with its many sights and attractions - museums, cafe's and shops, or head out to the elephant orphanage, or to the giraffe centre for a different wildlife experience.
Day 44. Lake Nakuru to EldoretTravelling further through Kenya, we head to the border town of Eldoret - Kenya's 5th largest city.
Day 45. Eldoret to Kampala, Uganda Highlights. Kampala, Uganda.Crossing the border into Uganda, there's much to see -busy boda-boda taxis, foot traffic, and even livestock passing by.
Day 46. Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park Highlights. Equator.Heading out into the mountainous western Uganda, we cross over the equator and continue to our camp near Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Day 48. Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake BunyonyiAfter our chimpanzee experience, we continue south to the volcanic mountains and the vast Lake Bunyonyi.
Day 51. Lake Bunyoni to KampalaAfter our trekking adventure and tranquil relaxation at the lake, we journey back up to Kampala.
Day 52. Kampala to JinjaNestled on the banks of the Nile, Jinja is just a short distance from Kampala and is our base for the next days activities.
Day 53-54. Jinja Highlights. Jinja, Uganda.We spend a couple of days on the banks of the Nile enjoying the various optional activities on offer.
Day 55. Jinja to Eldoret, KenyaRetracing our steps across the border and back into Kenya, we spend our last night together at our camp at Eldoret.
Day 56. Eldoret to NairobiCrossing the equator one final time, we head back up the Rift Valley escarpment and on to Nairobi where our adventure comes to an end.
Situated at the foot of Table Mountain and in walking distances to the city centre, Ashanti Lodge Backpackers in Gardens is your gateway to Cape Town. This gorgeous Victorian Mansion offers backpacker dormitories to single, double and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Chill next to the stunning pool, join the party in the legendary Kumasi Café/Bar with its cool cocktails, tasty food and fabulous mountain views or go explore the city's highlights close by.
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.
Conveniently located on Nairobi's Harry Thuku Road and set in manicured gardens, this hotel offers a peaceful oasis in the centre of town. Walking distance to shops and craft markets. Rooms – single, twin, double en suite rooms with balcony and satellite TV. Facilities – restaurant, bar, swimming pool, internet, laundry. Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Cape Town early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.
If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of this part of Africa. Accommodation is usually available locally on arrival but you can also pre book this with Acacia. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Nairobi area you can arrange locally or with your Tour Leader.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.
GORILLA AND CHIMPANZEE TREKS & PERMITS:
The Uganda Wildlife Authority imposes strict regulations regarding the gorilla trekking permits. One of these is that permits must be booked and paid in advance. In order for us to do this we must collect your permit fee, in addition to your normal deposit, at the time of booking. Like your deposit, the permit fee is not refundable if you cancel your tour. The Gorilla and Chimpanzee permit currently (October 2019) costs From US$780.00 per person. Please ask your agent or Acacia for the equivalent amount in your own currency. On rare occasions, subject to permit availability, we may purchase trekking permits to view the gorillas in neighbouring Rwanda. Please take the above itinerary as a guideline only. This applies to day 49-50 of this tour.
We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in groundsheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool. In the Okavango Delta on day 14 we use twin share pre-erected tents with basic en-suite facilities. In the Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater there are basic facilities. On Zanzibar we use basic tourist class local hotels.
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari vehicle with on-board tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, mokoro (dugout canoe), river boat, 4x4 safari vehicle and fast ferry.
GAME PARK VISITS:
In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit.
This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in assisting with the various day to day duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the vehicle tidy (usually on a rota basis). But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip.
55 Breakfasts, 43 Lunches, 43 Dinners
49 nights camping in 2 person dome tents, 2 nights dorm, 1 night pre-erected tent with en suite facilities, 4 nights tourist class hotel
Every adventure tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.
* This pass is a compulsory add-on for this tour.