Today we depart the bustling capital of Kenya and cross the border into Tanzania. We will stop in Arusha to visit the local Masai Mara Museum and the snake park. This afternoon we make our preparations for the optional excursion to the Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro Crater. Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
Daya 2-4: Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater.
These 4 days are set aside for the optional 3-night camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This area has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. On the first day from Karatu to Ngorongoro, there will be time for visiting the Oldupai gorge and museum.
The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4x4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks. For those not going to the parks, take this chance to absorb some of the fascinating local culture. Optional Activities for those not doing the Serengeti Excursion: Various Serengeti & Ngorongoro Excursion packages, Lake Manyara game drives, day hiking & village tours and many more various day trips. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Tanzania, Karatu.
Today those that went into the Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro will meet up with the truck in Karatu, where there will be time to share stories of the wonderful African animals seen in the park. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 6: Lushoto.
Lushoto is the major town and district centre, albeit small, in the Usambara Mountains, halfway between the coast and the parks. The popular pot plant Saintpaulia has its only wild occurrences in Tanzania, and particularly in the Usambara Mts. Here you will have the chance to hike in the surrounding area, or just relax. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Days 7-9: Zanzibar.
After an early wake up, we leave Lushoto and head for Dar es Salaam, where a local ferry will take us from Dar es Salaam (where we leave the truck) to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar. We spend the first night exploring the historical and unique architecture. There are also spice and seafood markets to be explored. The following day we take a transfer to the northern part of the island where we will spend 2 days relaxing on the beach. Optional Activities: Lunch and Dinner, Motorbike hire, Spice tour, Walking city tour, Swimming with Dolphins, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling etc. Meals: Breakfast x 3.
Day 10: Dar es Salaam.
Today we leave Zanzibar and catch a late ferry back to Dar es Salaam and return to our truck and campsite. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 11: Mikumi.
Today we leave the humid Indian Ocean coastline and our journey leads us to Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant and today we have the opportunity enjoy an optional afternoon game drive through the park. Optional Activity: Afternoon game drive in Mikumi NP. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 12: Iringa.
Today we travel inland and up to Iringa in the highland tea growing area. This evening our dinner is in a local Masai Hut where we enjoy a traditional Tanzanian evening. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 13: Malawi - Northern Lake Malawi.
Leaving Tanzania we descend though scenic mountain passes to our lakeshore camp at Chitimba. Lake Malawi is a beautiful destination and for those wanting more variety there is a short hike to the Manchawe Falls. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Days 14-15: Kande Beach.
After arrival at Kande Beach, we will spend the next 2 days enjoying the many optional activities available, such as horse riding and different water sports. We will go on a guided village walk in order to meet the local people and learn more about Malawian life. Optional Activities: Scuba diving, snorkeling etc. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 16: Lilongwe.
Today we visit the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, Malawi’s only sanctuary for rescued, orphaned and injured wild animals. The Centre is set in 180 hectares of beautiful woodland, Lilongwe’s only protected wilderness. Optional Activities: City Tour. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 17: Zambia - South Luangwa National Park.
Early in the morning we drive from Malawi and cross in to Zambia and continue to the South Luangwa National Park where we spend the next two nights right on the banks of the Luangwa River. You can often see hippos and other animals from the camp bar. This afternoon we enjoy an included sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 18: South Luangwa National Park.
In the morning you have the opportunity to take another game drive. The park is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos. After lunch we visit the community run tribal textile project and a local village. Optional Activities: Morning Game Drive, Game Walk inside park. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 19: Chipata.
We leave South Luangwa and drive through to Chipata where we will relax in the afternoon. Zambia is truly Africa, with its lush, sub-tropical vegetation. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 20: Lusaka.
The journey towards the bustling Zambian capital of Lusaka takes us along an interesting route. On week days there may be the opportunity to visit one of the interesting local markets of the Zambian capital city. Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
Days 21-23: Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls.
On arrival in Victoria Falls town, we have time to plan the next day’s adventure activities. During your stay here you will have the opportunity to visit the Victoria Falls for great photo opportunities. Most people will spend the next day White Water Rafting, a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime! Optional Activities: Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Full day white water rafting, Flight over the falls, Full day low/high water river boarding, bungee jump (solo), morning/afternoon lion or elephant encounter, Dinners out. Meals: 3 x Breakfast, 1 x Lunch (Day 21 only).
Day 24: Botswana - Chobe National Park.
We depart Victoria Falls and head towards Kasane. Upon arrival at Kasane we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. This afternoon we enjoy a scenic sunset boat cruise in Chobe National Park. Elephants, Hippo, Crocodiles, Eland and many other creatures reside in Chobe so keep your cameras ready. Optional Activities: Chobe NP game drive. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 25: Maun.
An early start and our journey will take us to Maun where we will spend the night. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and this afternoon we will prepare for the bush-camping excursion, packing small overnight bags. Your guides will provide you with a briefing about the next few days’ activities and the community run tourism operation. Optional Activities: Crocodile farm visit, Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta (time permitting). Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 26: Okavango Delta.
After breakfast we board our local 4x4 truck transport for the 2 hour trip into the Okavango Delta, where we meet with our local guides and polers for our mokoro (traditional canoe) trip to our remote bush camp. In the afternoon there is a nature walk with a local guide which gives a great chance to view wildlife on foot. Tonight is spent swapping stories around the camp fire and enjoying the serenity of the Delta. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 27: Okavango Delta.
There is normally an early morning nature walk with your local guides, splitting up into small groups so there is a better chance of seeing the wildlife. This is followed by breakfast and a relaxed day around the camp site. Often there is the chance to swim in the clear water. Test your skills as a mokoro poler, it’s not as easy as the locals make it look! Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 28: Delta to Maun.
Another early morning walk before breakfast and then it’s time to board our mokoro canoe for the trip back to the truck (depending on the water levels). Then we say good bye to our local guides and journey back to the Maun campsite for lunch and a relaxing afternoon. Do not be alarmed if we are joined at camp by a local dairy cow later in the evening as they sometimes roam through the back of the camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 29: Ghanzi.
Another early start and we drive to Ghanzi. Once at camp we will meet with a local Bushmen community and experience some traditional Tribal Dancing. There are also some traditional bushman huts that you have the opportunity to stay in for a nominal fee. Optional activity: Bushman walk. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 30: Windhoek, Namibia.
Today is a long driving day to the Namibian border and on to Windhoek in the centre of Namibia arriving in the early evening. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short city tour in our truck. Tonight there is an optional dinner out in town at Joe’s Beer House, definitely a feast for all the senses. Optional Activities: Dinner out at a local restaurant. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Days 31-32: Etosha National Park.
Leaving the city sights behind, we travel north into Namibia’s barren northern area. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. We enter Etosha National Park and game drive through to our campsite for the night. On the 2nd day, there is more breathtaking game viewing en-route to a different campsite. Etosha National Park is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. We will go on various game drives, and spend our evenings at the water holes for some excellent game photography. Optional Activities: Night or Dawn Game Drives in safari vehicles. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 33: Himba Tribes.
Leaving Etosha we drive towards Kamanjab. The Himba are pastoral people and predominantly breed cattle or goats. They are easily recognisable by their unique style of dress. Today you have the chance to visit the Himba camp and see how these interesting people live. The facilities at our camp site are minimal, so its best to treat this as bush camping; however there are basic outdoor showers and toilets. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 34: Spitzkoppe.
From culture to creation we travel to the mysterious Spitzkoppe, known as Namibia’s Matterhorn. A huge rocky outcrop where we set up camp in the wild, beneath the mountain. This afternoon our guide will take us on a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations. For the more adventurous traveller you may want to venture up the mountain behind camp before dinner for some stunning views of the landscape. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 35: Swakopmund.
Today we travel to Namibia’s Atlantic coast and Swakopmund, Namibia’s adventure capital. You will be briefed on the optional activities available here. At night there is an optional dinner at a local restaurant where you can try different types of local dishes. Optional Activities: Quad biking, Sand boarding, Sky Diving, Scenic Flights, Dinner etc. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 36: Swakopmund.
Today is your chance to experience the adrenalin filled atmosphere that Swakopmund offers. Most activities include a pick up and drop off service to/from your hostel. You can also take time to go to the internet café or wander through the shopping streets. Meals: Breakfast.
Day 37: Sesriem.
After the adventure and adrenaline rush of Swakopmund, we drive south into the mysterious Namib Desert. We will be joined by a local expert on a guided hike and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions. Tonight we enjoy dinner around the campfire, do a little star gazing and listen to the calls of the Jackals and barking geckos. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 38: Sossusvlei Dunes.
Today is our earliest start as we wake before dawn for one of the highlights of the trip, hiking up Dune 45 to watch the sun rise. After our hike, we will have the chance to explore Sossusvlei and relax at camp before taking a short hike into Sesriem Canyon. Optional activity: Transfer into Deadvlei. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 39: Fish River Canyon.
Today we travel south to the Fish River Canyon where we hike along the edge of the canyon and see the amazing sunset. (It is possible that you may see the sunrise at the canyon next morning instead due to the road conditions or time of year you are travelling). Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 40: Gariep / Orange River.
We leave early on our last day in Namibia travelling south to the border with South Africa at the Gariep / Orange River. Our campsite lies on the banks of the Orange River on the South African side. In the afternoon there is an optional canoeing activity on the River or you can just chill out at the campsite and go for a swim. Optional Activities: Gariep /Orange River canoeing. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 41: Citrusdal.
Today is a long drive through the Northern Cape to the fruit producing area in the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 42: Cape Town.
Our final day on tour, we head to the mother city, Cape Town. On the way we visit !Kwa ttu where we enjoy a San guided tour & museum visit. After the tour, lunch will be prepared and afterwards we continue to Cape Town, stopping at Table View for a magnificent view of Table Mountain from the other side of the bay. This is the spot from which the most photographs are taken of Table Mountain. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
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