On this accommodated overland travel from Nairobi visiting Maasai Mara and Serengeti National Parks, See the thundering Victoria Falls and the calm waters of the Okavango Delta. Trek the highest sand dunes in the worlds oldest desert and finish off in the beautiful city of Cape Town. This tour will leave you with a desire to experience more of this magical continent.
This tour is also available in reverse starting from Cape Town, ending in Nairobi
Day 1. Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve Highlights. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Accommodation. Maasai Mara Camp.We depart Nairobi, making our way across the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in specialised small safari vehicles.
Day 2. Maasai Mara National Reserve Accommodation. Maasai Mara Camp.Today we enjoy morning and afternoon game drives hoping to see the 'Big 5' (Buffalo, Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhino) that can all be found here.
Day 3. Maasai Mara to Nairobi Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.Leaving the Mara today, we retrace our steps and make our way back to Nairobi where we spend the evening.
Day 4. Nairobi to Arusha, Tanzania Highlights. Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.Leaving Kenya today, we make the border crossing into Tanzania and the city of Arusha, situated mid-way on the famed Cairo to Cape Town trade route of old.
Day 5. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Serengeti Camp.We leave Arusha this morning - transferring into smaller game park friendly vehicles - driving across the Great Rift Valley into the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area before continuing around the crater rim and onto the Serengeti plains.
Day 6. Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater Accommodation. Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater.Game driving out of the plains we ascend the crater wall today, making our way to our campsite (at altitude) on the craters rim.
Day 8. Arusha to Bagamoyo Highlights. Bagamoyo, Tanzania. Accommodation. Firefly Camp.Departing Arusha this morning, we travel south via the town of Moshi where we may get to see the snow capped Mount Kilimajaro if the weather is clear.
Day 9. Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.We make our way to the coast and the bustling port city of Dar es Salaam today.
Day 11-12. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Accommodation. Sunset Bungalows Kendwa.This morning we transfer to the northern beaches of the island and the next couple of days are at your leisure to relax on the beach - snorkel or dive in the beautiful clear blue ocean, take a dhow boat trip, or just laze on the beach.
Day 13. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.We leave this tropical paradise today, making our way back to the African mainland where we spend the night at our beach camp in Dar es Salaam.
Day 14. Dar es Salaam to Mikumi Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.Departing the city, we make our way through Mikumi National Park where we may be able to spot giraffe or elephant on the side of the road on our way to our accommodation just outside of the park.
Day 15. Mikumi to Iringa Accommodation. Iringa Farmhouse.Today we make our way through the Southern Highlands of Tanzania to our accommodation in Iringa. We stay at the Kisolanza Farm where the Ghaui family have lived for over 70 years - sharing their knowledge of Africa with visitors and providing a range of organic vegetable crops and meats to the local markets.
Day 16. Iringa to Chitimba Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.We make our way to the Songwe border post today where we cross into Malawi and continue to Lake Malawi and Chitimba Beach where we spend the next two nights.
Day 17. Chitimba Beach Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.Spend today relaxing on the beach or take on the full-day 11km hike to the Manchewe Falls where you can cool off in a natural pool at the top.
Day 18. Chitimba Beach to Kande Beach Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.Today we travel along the lake-shore to Kande Beach where we will spend the next two nights. We travel via Malawi's third largest town and the capital of the northern region, Mzuzu.
Day 20. Kande Beach to Chipata, Zambia Accommodation. Mamarula Camp.We depart the lake today and cross the border into Zambia making our way to the town of Chipata.
Day 21. Chipata to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia. Accommodation. Eureka Camp, Lusaka.We travel to Zambia's capital Lusaka today, taking the Great Eastern Road to Southern Africa's fastest growing city.
Day 22. Lusaka to Livingstone Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.Leaving Lusaka, we travel south to Livingstone on the banks of the Zambezi River. We make a visit to the Victoria Falls, one of the worlds most incredible waterfalls.
Day 23-25. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.The next three days are free for you to enjoy the optional activities available here - bungee jumping, abseiling, game walks, white water rafting, village tours, gorge swings, helicopter flights, fishing or canoeing, to name just a few.
Day 26. Livingstone to Kasane, Botswana Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana. Accommodation. Thebe River Lodge.We leave Livingstone today and make the short river-crossing into Botswana and the town of Kasane.
Day 28. Nata to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana. Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.Heading to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta today. Time permitting, there may be the opportunity to take a scenic flight over the Delta.
Day 29. Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana. Accommodation. Elephant Bush Camp, Okavango Delta.This morning we travel by open 4x4 vehicle to the mokoro station. We meet the local Tswana Polers who will serenely glide us along the waterways - through giant-lily pads and tall grasses - to our tented camp for the evening.
Day 30. Okavango Delta to Maun Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.We have leisurely paced ride from camp to the polers station today, where we will meet our transfer back to Maun and spend the night there.
Day 31. Maun to Ghanzi Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana. Accommodation. Ghanzi Trailblazers, Ghanzi.Departing Maun, we make our way to Ghanzi, a town close to the Kalahari Desert. Here we take on a guided tour with the San/Bushman who show us their culture and way of life.
Day 32. Ghanzi to Windhoek, Namibia Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia. Accommodation. Urban Camp, Windhoek.We leave Botswana today, crossing the border into Namibia and it's capital city Windhoek.
Day 33. Windhoek to Etosha National Park Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.Travelling north today, we make our way to Etosha National Park. On entry into the park, we game drive to toward our accommodation this evening.
Day 34. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia. Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.Today we have a full day of game driving in Etosha. The reserve is over 20,000 sq km in size and home to around 114 mammal- and 340 bird species, giving us a good opportunity to explore this park and spot some of its wildlife.
Day 35. Etosha National Park to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia. Accommodation. Spitzkoppe Community Camp.Game driving out of Etosha today, we make our way to the Damaraland Region and Spitzkoppe. We explore the perculiar rock formations and ancient bushman paintings in this untamed, ruggedly beautiful area.
Day 36. Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia. Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.Today we travel to the Atlantic coast and the coastal town of Swakopmund. We spend two nights here allowing us to take part in the many optional activities available here.
Day 37. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia. Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.Time at leisure to take on some as many or as few of the optional actives in and around Swakopmund as you please.
Day 38. Swakopmund to Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region Highlights. The Tropic of Capricorn. Accommodation. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region.Leaving the coast today, we cross the Topic of Capricorn and continue to our desert camp - set in the midst of the Khomas region.
Day 39. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region to Sesriem Area Highlights. Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Sesriem Canyon, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia. Accommodation. Little Sossus Lodge, Namib Naukluft .This morning we wake early and enter the Namib Nauklift National Park. We trek to the top of Dune 45 before catching a shuttle ride for a guided tour of Dead Vlei. After our time in the desert, we make our way to our accommodation nestled between the Nubib and Tsaris mountains.
Day 40. Sesriem Area to Fish River Canyon Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia. Accommodation. Canon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon.We travel to Fish River Canyon today one of Africa's natural wonders. The canyon is 160km long and around 500m deep making it one of the worlds largest.
Day 41. Fish River Canyon to Orange River, South Africa Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia. Accommodation. Felix Unite.We depart Fish River Canyon and head south through rugged desert terrain to the Orange (Gariep) River bordering Namibia and South Africa. Our accommodation for the evening is situated on the banks of the Namibian side - overlooking scenic landscapes of the river and the Richter's veld. Maybe swim, take an optional canoe safari, or simply relax with a sun-downer.
Day 42. Orange River to Cederberg Area Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa. Accommodation. Highlanders Camp, Cederberg.Leaving the Orange River today we cross the border into South Africa and travel through Namaqualand to our accommodation near the Olifants River. Here you will have the opportunity to sample some wines of the region.
Day 43. Cederberg Area to Cape Town Highlights. Cape Town, South Africa.Leaving the Cederberg area, we travel south through citrus growing orchards of Citrusdal and on to cosmopolitan Cape Town - where our tour ends.
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.
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.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Nairobi 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 Cape Town 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 (38 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.
42 Breakfasts, 33 Lunches, 32 Dinners
35 nights twin share accommodation, 3 nights pre-erected en suite tented camp (Delta and Maasai Mara); 4 night bush camping at 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 a compulsory add-on for this tour.