On this accommodated overland tour travel north from Cape Town to Kenya. Experience the oldest desert in the world, the calm waters of the Okavango Delta, the thundering Victoria Falls and tropical Zanzibar. Game drive in Etosha, Chobe, South Luangwa, Serengeti National Parks and Ngorongoro Crater. Experience the magic of Africa and create unforgettable memories.
This tour is also available in reverse, starting in Nairobi and ending in Cape Town.
Day 1. Cape Town to Cederberg Area Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa. Accommodation. Highlanders Camp, Cederberg.We begin our tour in Cape Town where we join a cultural tour of the Cape Flats, one of Cape Town's townships. We get to meet the local people, try some local cuisine and see the community projects in this area. Leaving the city we travel north to the beautiful Cederberg region. Our accommodation for the evening is set in a picturesque setting overlooking the Olifants River and vineyards. Here we have the opportunity to sample some of the local wines made in the area.
Day 2. Cederberg Area to Gariep (Orange) River Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia. Accommodation. Felix Unite.Travelling north today via Namaqualand famous for the flowers that bloom between August and September to the Gariep (Orange) River. Our accommodation is located on the Namibia's side of the river. Relax, swim or enjoy a nice walk in the Richtersveld's scenic rocky mountains and rugged kloofs.
Day 3. Gariep (Orange) River to Fish River Canyon, Namibia Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia. Accommodation. Canon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon.This morning you have the option to explore the impressive Richtersveld on a canoe safari, morning hike, swim or simply relax and soak in this beautiful area. After a relaxing morning, we make our way to one of Africa's natural wonders, Fish River Canyon. The canyon is around 550m deep and over 161 km long making it the second largest canyon in the world.
Day 5. Namib Naukluft National Park to Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region Highlights. Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Sesriem Canyon, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia. Accommodation. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region.Namib Naukluft National Park contains part of the world's oldest desert and some of the highest sand dunes. We enter the park and trek to the top of Dune 45 at sunrise for an unforgettable view. After a rewarding breakfast, we take a transfer to 'Deadvlei' and have a tour of this area before retracing our steps back to the park gates. We visit the quaint conglomerate Sesriem Canyon en-route to our desert camp 40km from Namibia's smallest town, Solitaire.
Day 7. Swakopmund Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.Today is a day for you to enjoy the optional activities and explore this seaside town. Activities include - quad biking, sandboarding, skydiving, scenic flights, township tour and deep sea fishing.
Day 8. Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia. Accommodation. Spitzkoppe Community Camp.We leave the Atlantic coast and travel through the Damaraland region to Spitzkoppe. Described as the 'Matterhorn of Namibia', this magnificent rock formation rises to 1728 metres. This afternoon take a beautiful walk to explore the area in search for Bushman paintings which can be found in various places, many in the 'Bushman Paradise'.
Day 9. Spitzkoppe to Etosha National Park Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.Travelling north today we arrive at Etosha National Park, a reserve over 20,000 sq km. On entry to the park we game drive to our accommodation and enjoy our first evening around the floodlit watering hole, observing natural animal behaviour at its best.
Day 10. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia. Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.We have a full day game drive, exploring this national park today. The main characteristics are the vast salt pan and the numerous game that congregate around the water holes that dot around the parks salt pan. Home to over 100 mammal and 340 bird species, Etosha is one of the best places in the world to view wildlife.
Day 11. Etosha to Windhoek Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia. Accommodation. Urban Camp, Windhoek.We leave Etosha today and travel south to the country's capital Windhoek. Home to approximately 200,000 people, Windhoek is characterized by German-style architecture, a lasting reminder of Namibia's early colonial history. Take the opportunity to explore the city by night and sample some of its local cuisine.
Day 12. Windhoek to Ghanzi, Botswana Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana. Accommodation. Ghanzi Trailblazers, Ghanzi.Travelling west to the Kalahari region we cross into Botswana and on to the town of Ghanzi. Here we meet the San/Bushman and join a guided walk. Experience how these ancient people survive the harsh desert as we learn about their ways of life and techniques from their forefathers.
Day 13. Ghanzi to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana. Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.Leaving the San/Bushman we travel to Botswana's fifth largest town Maun. We spend the night in Maun before our excursion to the Okavango Delta, if time allows on arrival we may be able to take an optional scenic flight over the Delta.
Day 14. Maun to Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana. Accommodation. Elephant Bush Camp, Okavango Delta.This morning we board a 4x4 safari vehicle to the mokoro station to meet our local Tswana polers, that guide us through the giant lily pads, meandering waterways and swaying reeds to our tented camp. We relax at camp in the heat of the day before heading out for an afternoon walk in search of resident animals and interesting plants. By night, tucked in your safari tent you can listen to the African wilderness come to life for an unforgettable experience!
Day 15. Okavango Delta to Maun Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.This morning we have a leisurely paced Mokoro ride out of the Delta to the polers station before picking up our transfer back to Maun where we spend the night.
Day 16. Maun to Nata Highlights. Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana. Accommodation. Elephant Sands, Nata.Leaving Maun today we travel between the Nxai and Makgadikgadi Pans to Nata. Our accommodation for the evening is at Elephant Sands. This lodge has no fences so all wildlife can run freely from water hole to another, offering a unique and amazing wildlife experience.
Day 17. Nata to Kasane Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana. Accommodation. Thebe River Lodge.Waking early, we travel to the northern corner of Botswana to Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. This afternoon we join a 'Fish Eagle' cruise along the Chobe River. At over 11,700sq km, Chobe is the third largest park in Botswana and hosts over 50,000 elephants, large concentrations of lion, leopard, African wild dog, sable, hippos and prolific birdlife.
Day 18. Kasane to Livingstone, Zambia Highlights. Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.This morning we explore the Chobe National Park by open vehicle where we will have the opportunity to spot any wildlife we have missed previously on the cruise.
Day 19-20. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.The days are free for you to take on the optional activities available in Livingstone, these include - bungee jumping, abseiling, village tour, game walk, gorge swing, jet boat, white water rafting, helicopter/microlight ride, sunset cruise and more.
Day 21. Livingstone to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia. Accommodation. Eureka Camp, Lusaka.After our time in Livingstone we make our way to Southern Africa's fastest growing city and Zambia's capital city Lusaka, where we spend the evening.
Day 22. Lusaka to South Luangwa National Park Accommodation. Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.We travel to South Luangwa National Park, one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The park hosts 60 different animal species and 400 different bird species that congregate around the Luangwa River. After settling into your accommodation, the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the many optional activities from village tours, game walks and game drives.
Day 23. South Luangwa National Park Highlights. South Luangwa National Park. Accommodation. Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.This morning you will have some free time to try some optional activities or simply relax by the pool. In the afternoon, we embark on an open vehicle game drive along the river's edge, hoping to spot some of the wildlife in this park, including - lions, elephants, buffalo, giraffe, leopard and more.
Day 24. South Luangwa to Kande Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi. Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.We leave South Luangwa and cross the border into Malawi and then on to Lake Malawi. Formally known as 'Lake Nyasa', this amazing lake covers a fifth of the countries land mass and is a source of livelihood for many Malawians.
Day 25. Kande Beach, Malawi Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi. Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.Lake Malawi has the highest number of endemic freshwater fish species (over 500 species of Cichlids) in the world offering water enthusiasts a real treat.
Day 26. Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach Highlights. Chitimba Beach. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.Lake Malawi has the highest number of endemic freshwater fish species (over 500 species of Cichlids) in the world offering water enthusiasts a real treat.
Day 27. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.Relax on the beach, take a walk to the local markets or embark on a full day hike (11km) to the Manchewe Falls. Once you reach the top, water plummets down the Rift Valley 80 meters below offering magnificent photo opportunities.
Day 28. Chitimba Beach to Iringa, Tanzania Accommodation. Iringa Farmhouse.Leaving Lake Malawi, we travel north to the Tanzania border. We make our way to Kizalonza Farm House, our accommodation for the night, nestled 1600m above sea level of Tanzania's Southern Highlands. This working farm has been home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years and provides organic meat and vegetables to surrounding markets.
Day 29. Iringa, Tanzania to Mikumi National park area Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Tanswiss, Mikumi.Leaving the highlands behind we continue east to the Mikumi National Park, Tanzania's 4th largest park and home to giraffes, elephants, lions, buffalo, leopards and numerous antelope and bird species.
Day 30. Mikumi National Park area to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.Rising early, we make our way to Dar es Salaam travelling through Mikumi National Park and should hopefully be able to spot the many grazing animals feeding alongside the road. Our accommodation for the night is right on the beach just outside the city centre. Here you will have the opportunity to prepare for the trip to Zanzibar and marvel over the beauty of the Indian Ocean.
Day 32-34. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Accommodation. Sunset Bungalows Kendwa.The next three days are yours to enjoy this tropical paradise at your leisure. Take an option spice tour and sample the exotic fruit en-route to the northern beaches. Once at the beaches, relax on the sun-kissed sand and swim in the turquoise warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Try snorkelling and scuba diving, indulge in some local seafood, or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail or a good book.
Day 35. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.Today, after a relaxing breakfast, we transfer back to Stone Town, enjoying any last minute shopping before retracing our steps back to Dar es Salaam and our accommodation for the night.
Day 36. Dar es Salaam to Marangu Highlights. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Accommodation. Malealea Lodge.Departing early, we travel north via the Usambara and the Pare Mountains en-route to Marangu, which is nestled at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. If the weather is clear, we may get to view this magnificent snow-capped peak, at 5895m.
Day 37. Marangu to Arusha Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.We leave Marangu today and pass the town of Moshi before arriving at Arusha, a city situated halfway between Cairo and Cape Town. We spend the night just outside the city on the edge of the Maasai plains.
Day 38. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Serengeti Camp.Packed and ready, we transfer to 4x4 game park friendly vehicles and drive west across the Great Rift Valley. We enter the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area and drive around the crater's rim, observing the beauty below before descending onto the Serengeti Plains. Home to an enormous variety of grazing animals including the 'Big 5' - lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and the elusive leopard, we game drive to our accommodation for the evening.
Day 39. Ngorongoro Crater Accommodation. Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater.Rising early, we enjoy a game drive on the Serengeti plains. Green after the rains, brown and burnt in the dry, this is home to an enormous variety of grazing animals, predators, and birdlife and we hope to spot these along the way.
Day 40. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.This morning, waking early, we descend the sheer walls onto the crater floor (some 600 metres below) for a morning of game driving in this spectacular place. All of the major animals are present except the giraffe which cannot manage the steep slopes into the crater.
Day 41. Arusha to Nairobi, KenyaAfter our final night in Arusha, we cross the Namanga border into Kenya and onto the capital city Nairobi where our tour ends.
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.
Twin share accommodation with facilities (36 nights) twin share tents with sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (4 nights) some may be with bar or swimming pool.
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck 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 truck 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.
40 Breakfasts, 30 Lunches, 30 Dinners
34 nights twin share accommodation, 1 night pre-erected en suite tented camp (Delta); 4 night bush camping at [places - Khomas Region/ Spitzkoppe/Serengeti/Ngorongoro] (equipment supplied).
Every Overland tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.
This pass is an optional add-on for this tour.