The whole nine yards, with all the highlights between! Travel from East Africa's famed safari parks like Bwindi, Maasai Mara, Nakuru and Serengeti, to the pristine beaches of Zanzibar. Head into Africa's rift valley at Lake Malawi and stand in the spray of the thundering Victoria Falls. Traverse the myriad of waterways in Botswana's Okavango Delta and sprint down the rust-coloured dunes of the Namib Desert. Finishing in iconic Cape Town - there's so much adventure on this tour that's not to be missed!
Gorilla and Chimp trekking permits are booked at the time of confirming your tour at an additional cost. See more info for details.
Day 2. Lake Nakuru to Eldoret Accommodation. Naiberi Camp.Leaving Nakuru we travel northwest climbing at altitude to the rural town of Eldoret. We cross the Equator today going from the Southern to Northern Hemisphere. Eldoret is the fifth largest town in Kenya and surrounding by lush tea plantations that are abundant in this part of Kenya.
Day 3. Eldoret to Kampala, Uganda Highlights. Kampala, Uganda. Accommodation. Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala.Leaving Kenya, our journey takes us into Uganda today. After crossing the busy border we drive along with views of the local villages and people carrying on with their daily routines.
Day 4. Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park Accommodation. Simba Camp, Uganda.Today we continue on to the western side of Uganda and the pretty Albertine valley with its hills. This part of Uganda offers vast tracts of natural vegetation and is home to a number of conservation areas.
Day 6. Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake Bunyonyi Highlights. Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda. Accommodation. Lake Bunyonyi Camp.We bid farewell to this part of Uganda and make our way south to the Virunga Mountain Ranges, and the dense jungle that is home to the last of the free mountain gorillas.
Day 9. Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala Highlights. Equator. Accommodation. Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala.Heading north we travel back to the bustling capital city Kampala crossing the equator back to the northern hemisphere again.
Day 10. Kampala to Jinja Highlights. Jinja, Uganda. Accommodation. Nile River Explorer.Just a short drive from Kampala is the source of the White Nile, flowing from the massive Lake Victoria. We head to the banks of the Nile on the outskirts of the town of Jinja, where we stop off for the next few days in order to explore the surrounds.
Day 11-12. Jinja Highlights. Jinja, Uganda. Accommodation. Nile River Explorer.The next two days a free for you to enjoy your time in Jinja. Relax on the banks of the river or take the option to try river rafting - an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of ‘whitewater’. There is also the opportunity to make some difference to local children at a local school project: ‘Softpower’ is a locally run volunteer program aimed at building and improving schools in the Jinja area to which your contribution of a few hours is always most welcome. Other activities include mountain biking, quad biking, village walks and even bungee jumping!
Day 13. Jinja to Eldoret, Kenya Accommodation. Naiberi Camp.Bidding our farewell's to the lovely Ugandan people, we cross back over to Kenya today and make our way back to our camp at Eldoret.
Day 14. Eldoret to Nairobi Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.Tracing our way back across Kenya, our drive takes us back to the bustling city Nairobi. Arriving in the late afternoon, we have time to settle in before heading out to explore the city tonight.
Day 15. Nairobi Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.Explore Nairobi's highlights. Visit the many cafes, bars and restaurants along with the National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi National Park, Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre. Alternatively, the Nairobi National Park is nearby too!
Day 16. Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve Accommodation. Maasai Mara Camp.This morning we meet our local guides who will take us into the Maasai Mara National Reserve on safari!
Day 17. Maasai Mara National Reserve Highlights. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Accommodation. Maasai Mara Camp.The Maasai Mara is world famous as one of the best wildlife reserves in Africa and today we head out to see what this is all about.
Day 18. Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.We depart the Mara today travelling back across the Great Rift Valley to Nairobi where we overnight.
Day 19. Nairobi to Arusha, Tanzania Highlights. Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.This morning we may welcome some new travellers, before we head south out of Nairobi and on to the border of Tanzania.
Day 20. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Serengeti Camp.This morning we prepare for our excursion into the famed Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. We transfer our gear into the smaller 4x4 vehicles and meet our local guides who take us on this memorable trip.
Day 21. Ngorongoro Crater Accommodation. Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater.Rising with the African dawn, we are out early enough to catch a glimpse of the predators that may still be roaming the plains.
Day 22. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.Starting early today we descend the steep road onto the Crater floor for a morning of game driving. Most of the large mammals can be found here apart from giraffe who cannot manage the steep slope to the floor. The morning is spent zig-zagging the dirt tracks in search of the herds, predators and other exciting animals to be seen here. It's easy to see why the Ngorongoro Crater was declared a World Heritage Site with the spectacular wildlife viewing and scenic panoramas we experience today.
Day 24. Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.Waking to the sound of the ocean and the cool sea breeze, we head further along the coastline to the bustling port city of Dar es Salaam (which translated to English, means Haven of Peace).
Day 26-27. Zanzibar - Northern Beaches Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Accommodation. Sunset Bungalows Kendwa.This morning there is an option to explore one of the local spice plantations as we make our way north out of the city. Learn about the many different flavours and uses of the spice trade, taste delicious fruit and enjoy a few hours out in the plantation.
Day 28. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.This morning we can go for one last swim in the ocean or do some last minute shopping before we head back to the African mainland and our camp at Dar es Salaam for the evening.
Day 29. Dar es Salaam to Mikumi Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Tanswiss, Mikumi.Heading west we drive inland again and on through the towns and villages outside of bustling Dar es Salaam. We drive through a section of the Mikumi National Park where we may be lucky enough to spot the wildlife here, to our accommodation just outside the park. Time permitting, there is an option to enjoy an additional game drive in the Mikumi National Park this evening.
Day 30. Mikumi to Iringa Accommodation. Iringa Farmhouse.Leaving Mikumi we travel through the baobab valley and on to the small town of Iringa and our accommodation at the Kisolanza Farm. This working farm has been home to the same family for over 70 years.
Day 31. Iringa to Chitimba Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.Our journey takes us further west through farming country and on to the frontier town of Mbeya before we head south and cross the border into the Warm Heart of Africa - Malawi.
Day 33. Chitimba Beach to Kande Beach Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.We further explore Malawi today as we drive through the town of Mzuzu, the rubber tree plantations and local market before heading to the central lake and our base at Kande Beach.
Day 35. Kande Beach to Chipata, Zambia Accommodation. Mamarula Camp.We travel via Malawi's capital city Lilongwe today, where we stop off for supplies before heading to the border and entering Zambia.
Day 36. Chipata to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia. Accommodation. Eureka Camp, Lusaka.Today is spent in transit to Zambia's capital city Lusaka. Founded at the meeting point of the Great North and Great East roads - the old trading routes used by colonial explorers; the city today is a hive of activity and is Southern Africa's largest growing city with a current population of around 1.7m.
Day 37. Lusaka to Livingstone Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.Leaving Zambia's capital we travel to Livingstone and our accommodation on the banks of the Zambezi River. This afternoon we go to see the mighty falls themselves. At high water from March-May, the thundering water is so intense a curtain of spray can be seen from many kilometers away.
Day 38-40. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.The next three days are free days allowing you enjoy some of the optional activities available in Livingstone.
Day 41. Livingstone to Kasane, Botswana Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana. Accommodation. Thebe River Lodge.We welcome some new travellers to the group in Livingstone and today we take the short drive across to neighboring Botswana. Once we've crossed the pontoon ferry, we head to the town of Kasane and get settled for the afternoon.
Day 43. Nata to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana. Accommodation. Delta Rain Sitatunga Camp, Maun.Heading west we pass through the central game corridor on our way to Maun - the gateway town to the Okavango Delta. Maun is a rapidly developing town even though its still referred to as a village.
Day 44. Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana. Accommodation. Elephant Bush Camp, Okavango Delta.Grabbing our gear, we board the 4x4 transfer that will take us across the sandy outer conservation area and to the poler station where we meet our local guides.
Day 45. Okavango Delta to Maun Accommodation. Delta Rain Sitatunga Camp, Maun.Waking to the rustling and chatter of the birds in the trees and bushes, we rise early for a short walk to see what activity has occurred around camp overnight.
Day 46. Maun to Omeheke Region, Namibia Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Omaheke Region, Namibia. Accommodation. Zelda's Guestfarm, Omaheke Region.Continuing west we cross the border into Namibia. Our accommodation is a short drive after. Here, in the seemingly dry area of the Kalahari Desert, we meet the San/Bushman who will take us on a guided bush walk and give us a cultural insight into their lives.
Day 47. Omaheke Region to Windhoek Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia. Accommodation. Urban Camp, Windhoek.We're off to the capital city - Windhoek.
Day 48. Windhoek to Etosha National Park Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.Undoubtedly one of Namibia's premier highlights is the Etosha National Park, situated in the north of the country.
Day 49. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia. Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.We have a full days game driving today around this 20,000 sq km park. Dominated by the central Etosha Pan - this wilderness is truly different to any of the other National Parks on this journey. Look out for the 340 bird species and 114 mammals as we make our way through the different areas.
Day 50. Etosha National Park to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia. Accommodation. Spitzkoppe Community Camp.We game drive out of Etosha National Park this morning travelling south to the Damaraland region. As we journey further south, the terrain changes remarkably and this afternoon we arrive to the gigantic boulder-like Spitzkoppe. We explore Spitzkoppe famous for its ancient bushman paintings and peculiar rock formations with a local guide.
Day 51. Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia. Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.Sunrise over the amber rocks is truly memorable - we recommend rising early, finding a good vantage point and relishing the experience!
Day 52. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia. Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.Enjoy a free day to explore the surrounding dunes by quad bike or glide down the steep slopes on a sand board. For those seeking a unique perspective, there's tandem sky diving offering an adrenaline rush and the best views by far!
Day 53. Swakopmund to Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region Highlights. The Tropic of Capricorn. Accommodation. Sossus Oasis Overland Camp.After a day of adrenaline fun, it's time to head back to nature. We travel into the vast Namib Naukluft region stopping off at the tropic of Capricorn before we arrive at our desert camp and on a local farm. It's here we sleep under canvas and enjoy the stillness of the desert night.
Day 54. 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 .Waking early, we pack up and head into the Namib Naukluft National Park. Our first stop is Dune 45 - at 170m high, the views from the top offer spectacular panoramas of the surrounding scenery.
Day 56. Fish River Canyon to Orange River Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia. Accommodation. Felix Unite.Leaving Fish River Canyon we continue our journey to the Gariep (Orange) River.
Day 58. Cederberg to Cape Town Highlights. Cape Town, South Africa.Our last journey takes us over the Picketberg Pass, through the farming communites of the Western Cape and on to South Africa's first city - Cape Town.
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.
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 (January 2020) costs between US$780.00 - US$800.00 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 7-8 of this tour.
Twin share accommodation with facilities (53 nights) twin share tents with a sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (4 nights) some camps may be with bar or swimming pool.
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 Acacia 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. Our accommodated tour option travels together with the camping counterpart.
57 Breakfasts, 45 Lunches, 45 Dinners
53 nights twin share accommodation, 1 night pre-erected en suite tented camp (Delta); 4 night bush camping at Khomas Region/Spitzkoppe/Serengeti/Ngorongoro (equipment supplied).
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.