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Serengeti, Falls & Cape Town Adventure

Marvel at the world's highest sand dunes, float through the Okavango, and meet the San Bushmen in the blazing Kalahari Desert on this epic overland adventure. Journey across nearly half of the continent from Kenya to the southern tip of Africa and soak up the vibrant colours, culture, and scenery of seven countries. Our overland adventure vehicle (OAV)s are an adventurous and inexpensive way to enjoy the regions intriguing combination of wilderness and bright city lights, while camping under Africas big sky will provide a unique perspective. Take the road less traveled and come away with jaw-dropping photographs and a deeper understanding of this incredible continent. 1111


Duration: 40 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126674
Starts: Nairobi, Kenya Finishes: Cape Town, South Africa
You will Visit
  • Nairobi
  • Cape Town

Itinerary

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Day 1: Nairobi

Arrive at any time.

Additional Notes:
Please make sure you have all of the necessary visas for this tour by the time of the welcome meeting. It is very important to read the visa section in our trip details to know which visas you will need, if any. Please note that not all nationalities are able to obtain a visa on arrival at the border.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Nairobi/Arusha (1B, 1L, 1D)

Cross through the semi-arid lands of the Maasai people to Arusha.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Kenya - Tanzania)

Transport:
Lando (10.00 hour(s), 286km)

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Day 3: Arusha/Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

After breakfast, begin the 3-day and 2-night excursion to Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, two of Africa's premier wildlife areas.

Additional Notes:
Changing to specialized 4x4 7-seater safari vehicles, meet experienced safari driver/guides, who will ensure wonderful wildlife encounters. The safari vehicles each have sliding windows and a large pop-up roof, perfect for viewing animals and scenery. They are smaller than the overland adventure vehicle (OAV) and will allow the group to maneuver easily through the wildlife areas. As the vehicles are smaller than the overland adventure vehicle (OAV), the group will split up among several vehicles.

Included Activities:
Serengeti National Park Safari

Transport:
7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 320km)

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Day 4: Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro (1B, 1L, 1D)

Before leaving the Serengeti, enjoy one last morning safari drive to see the animal kingdom come to life in this incredible expanse of grassland savannah. Then return and break camp, and journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, famous for Africa's best wildlife viewing. The views from the Ngorongoro Crater rim are stunning, and there is an ever-present abundance of wildlife, due to the permanent water supply on the crater floor. Arrive at the campsite at the crater rim in the late afternoon.


Additional Notes:
Please note: if you have pre-booked the Serengeti Balloon Safari, today's likely the day for this activity! The CEO will give the final confirmation when it will take place, as it is subject to change. You will miss the included morning wildlife safari drive with the group, but you will have a much better view from above!

Included Activities:
Serengeti National Park Safari

Transport:
7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 160km)

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Day 5: Ngorongoro/Arusha (1B, 1L, 1D)

Exit the crater late in the morning and travel back to Arusha.

Additional Notes:
If you have booked the Zanzibar Express, you will part from the group in Arusha and be transferred to your Arusha hotel for the night. The following morning you will fly to Zanzibar. Included: transfers, flights, one night Arusha (Outpost Lodge, or similar) and one night Stone Town (Mazsons Hotel, or similar). Only breakfast included.

Included Activities:
Ngorongoro Crater Wildlife Safari Drive

Transport:
7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 200km)

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Day 6: Arusha/Bagamoyo (1B, 1L, 1D)

Leave Arusha early and be on the lookout for the majestic Mt Kilimanjaro, on the road towards Bagamoyo. This town, which was recently named a World Heritage Site, was one of the most important trading ports of the central east African coast in the late 19th century.

Additional Notes:
Zanzibar Express; transfer this morning from your Arusha hotel to the airport for a scenic flight to Zanzibar. Arrive in Stone Town and spend the afternoon exploring on your own. Enjoy an extra night in Stone Town and meet back up with the group the following day. Only breakfast included.

Transport:
Lando (12.00 hour(s), 590km)

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Day 7: Bagamoyo/Nungwi (1B)

After arriving on Zanzibar, transfer to Nungwi Beach. Relax on the idyllic white-sand beaches, wander through the village of Nungwi or opt to go snorkelling or diving.

Additional Notes:
Zanzibar is a Muslim society. Immodestly dressed women or men in shorts will get harassed and cause great offense in Stone Town. In Nungwi, customs are a little more relaxed, but travellers are encouraged to be respectful of the island's culture and cover up when walking around. Never try to take a photograph without asking permission.

Transport:
Lando (1.50-2.00 hours, 60km)
Ferry (2.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))

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Day 8: Nungwi (1B)

Take the day to enjoy paradise. Opt to go diving, snorkelling, take a sailing trip, or just sit back and relax.

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Day 9: Nungwi/Stone Town (1B)

Explore Stone Town, the heart of the island. It has an intriguing maze of narrow, cobbled lanes hemmed in by Arabic buildings. The best way to see Stone Town is, literally, to get lost. One can spend hours just wandering the alleys and squares, drinking potent coffee from pavement vendors, or buying sweetmeats from scores of tiny cafes. Look out for tinga-tinga paintings, antique shops, beautifully printed cloths (kangas and kikois worn by local people), little carved chests with copper inlays and spices – all beautiful presents or memories to take home.


Included Activities:
Spice Plantation Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

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Day 10: Stone Town/Baobab Valley (1B, 1L, 1D)

Catch the ferry back to Dar Es Salaam and continuing travelling west to the campsite in the Baobab Valley on the banks of the Ruaha River. The camp is on the edge of the Udzwungwa Mountains National Park.

Transport:
Ferry (2.00 hour(s), 200km)
Lando (6.00 hour(s), 360km)

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Day 11: Baobab Valley/Iringa (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend another day on the road, and journey south to Iringa. Visit a crafts centre that supports the local community.

Included Activities:
Iringa Craft Centre

Transport:
Lando (5.00 hour(s), 180km)

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Day 12: Iringa/Chitimba (1B, 1L, 1D)

Chitimba Beach has beautiful views of mountains in the background and Tanzania across the lake.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Tanzania - Malawi)

Transport:
Lando (9.00 hour(s), 235km)

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Day 13: Chitimba/Kande Beach (1B, 1L, 1D)

Leave Chitimba in the morning and drive south along Lake Malawi to Kande Beach.

Transport:
Lando (5.00 hour(s))

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Day 14: Kande Beach (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a traditional dinner in a local home, and opt to explore by foot, go snorkelling, or take a village tour.

Included Activities:
Kande Beach Local Dinner

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Day 15: Kande Beach/Chipata (1B, 1L, 1D)

Cross the border from Malawi to Zambia, then continue to the capital of the Eastern Province, Chipata. Previously known as Fort Jameson, Chipata is a popular refuelling station for overlanders heading to South Luangwa National Park.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Malawi - Zambia)

Transport:
Lando (7.00 hour(s), 400km)

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Day 16: Chipata/South Luangwa (1B, 1L, 1D)

Arrive late morning at camp. Opt to go on a wildlife safari drive in South Luangwa National Park, or visit a nearby local village.

Transport:
Lando (2.00 hour(s), 150km)

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Day 17: South Luangwa (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a free day to explore South Luangwa NP, a wildlife haven. Opt to go on a walking safari (seasonal), night drive, or visit a nearby local village.

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Day 18: South Luangwa/Lusaka (1B, 1L, 1D)

Set off early and arrive late in the afternoon. The long journey across rough and bumpy roads takes us to a private farm 29km (18 mi) outside the capital of Zambia. Marvel at the zebras, buffaloes, and the bok that roam the property, or relax by the pool or at the camp's bar.

Additional Notes:
This is an overnight stop in between driving days, so we will not have time to explore Lusaka.

Transport:
Lando (12.00 hour(s), 750km)

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Day 19: Lusaka/Victoria Falls (1B, 1L)

Continue travelling across Zambia, cross the border into Zimbabwe and finish at the lovely town of Victoria Falls.

Additional Notes:
Your accommodation is in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and NOT Livingstone (Zambia). Please make sure you have the necessary visa.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Zambia - Zimbabwe)

Transport:
Lando (7.00 hour(s), 543km)

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Day 20: Victoria Falls (1B)

The town of Victoria Falls is a great base to see both natural wonders and take part in some exciting activities. Get up close (and wet from the spray) while awing at the immense Victoria Falls, raft the whitewater of the mighty Zambezi, and for the more adventurous, bungee jump with Victoria Falls in view.

Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

Additional Notes:
Want to do more with your tour? Pre-book any two of the following activities: Zambezi Whitewater Rafting, Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride, or the Zambezi River Sunset Cruise.

Any optional activities listed on this day can also be booked upon arrival in Victoria Falls.

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Day 21: Victoria Falls (1B)

Victoria Falls is a great base to see both natural wonders and take part in some exciting activities. Get up close (and wet from the spray) to the awesome Victoria Falls, opt to raft the whitewater of the mighty Zambezi, or bungee jump (with Victoria Falls in sight).

Additional Notes:
Want to do more with your tour? Pre-book any two of the following activities: Zambezi Whitewater Rafting, Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride, or the Zambezi River Sunset Cruise.

Any optional activities listed on this day can also be booked upon arrival in Victoria Falls.

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Day 22: Victoria Falls/Kasane (1B, 1L, 1D)

You will stay over just outside of the park near the town of Kasane. This afternoon, take an optional game drive in the park or an afternoon sunset boat cruise along the Chobe River - it's your best opportunity to view hippos, crocodiles, and many elephants wallowing in the water.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Zimbabwe - Botswana)

Transport:
Lando (1.50-2.00 hours)
Lando (0.75 hour(s), 20km)

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Day 23: Kasane/Gweta (1B, 1L, 1D)

Today we head south from Chobe National Park and travel to Gweta.

When the rain comes, it brings life to the pans, awakening the dormant fish and aquatic shrimps from the mud. The surrounding grasslands also teem with life and are home to many antelope, which attract a wide variety of predators.

Transport:
Lando (7.00 hour(s), 350km)

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Day 24: Gweta/Maun (1B, 1L, 1D)

Opt to catch a bird's-eye view of the delta on a scenic flight.

Additional Notes:
Please note: if you have pre-booked the Okavango Delta Flight, today is likely the day for this activity! Your CEO will give you final confirmation when it will take place, as it is subject to change.

Transport:
Lando (5.00 hour(s))

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Day 25: Maun/Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D)

After leaving some of our luggage in Maun, we begin our exciting excursion into the delta as we drive about 1-2 hrs (depending on which dock we go to) to the "dock". Here, we hop into a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe, which will take us deep into the delta. After a couple hours in a mokoro, we arrive to our basic bush camp.

Additional Notes:
Please note that there will be no shower tonight, as our camp is very basic in the wild - you will be compensated by the incredible landscape and wildlife!

Once we are in Maun, you can pick up any supplies and prepare for our excursion into the Okavango Delta. We recommend you buy a 5 litre bottle of water to take with you into the Delta; this should be sufficient to use for drinking and cleaning purposes.

Included Activities:
Okavango Delta Excursion

Transport:
Mokoro (1.00-2.00 hours)
Safari vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 50km)

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Day 26: Maun/Ghanzi (1B, 1L, 1D)

We continue through the western part of Botswana, the heart of the Kalahari, to Ghanzi. Get a glimpse of how the San adapted to the Kalahari Desert. Learn fascinating wilderness survival skills by local Bushmen on an optional Bushman walk.

Transport:
Mokoro (1.00-2.00 hours)
Safari vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Lando (7.00-8.00 hours)

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Day 27: Ghanzi/Windhoek (1B, 1L)

Opt to explore the city centre of Windhoek after a long drive and a border crossing.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Botswana - Namibia)

Transport:
Lando (8.00 hour(s), 580km)

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Day 28: Windhoek/Etosha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a wildlife safari drive in the overland vehicle in Etosha National Park. Opt to take an open vehicle wildlife safari night drive.

Included Activities:
Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive (Overland Vehicle)

Transport:
Lando (6.00 hour(s), 280km)

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Day 29: Etosha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a full-day game drive at Etosha National Park.

Included Activities:
Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive (Overland Vehicle)

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Day 30: Etosha National Park/Damaraland (1B, 1L, 1D)

Morning wildlife safari drive in the overland vehicle. Travel to Damaraland through beautiful desert landscapes.

Included Activities:
Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive (Overland Vehicle)

Transport:
Lando (8.00 hour(s), 380km)

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Day 31: Damaraland/Spitzkoppe (1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore on your own by foot, and be sure to check out the night sky—it's great for star-gazing!

Additional Notes:
Our basic bush camp will have long-drop toilets and no running water.

Included Activities:
Damaraland Living Museum

Transport:
Lando (8.00 hour(s), 300km)

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Day 32: Spitzkoppe/Swakopmund (1B, 1L)

We will spend two nights in Swakopmund, here you can explore this historical town or try some of the numerous activities available.

Transport:
Lando (7.50 hour(s), 425km)

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Day 33: Swakopmund

Fill free time with sandboarding, skydiving, quad-biking, or a living desert tour.

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Day 34: Swakopmund/Namib Desert (1B, 1L, 1D)

Arrive in the area in the afternoon where we will be camping on the edge of the Namib Desert. Opt to walk with a local expert who will explain the desert and its mysteries.

Transport:
Lando (7.00 hour(s), 300km)

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Day 35: Namib Desert (1B, 1L, 1D)

We will leave early morning towards Sossuvlei campsite, where the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert. Here you will really feel as though you're in the middle of nowhere.

The afternoon is spent exploring the natural wonders of this bizarre environment. Visit Sossusvlei - a clay pan, enclosed by the world's largest sand dunes, up to 300m (984 ft) high. Here, opt to take a guided walk in the sands dunes, or enjoy some free time to explore on your own.

Included Activities:
Sesriem Canyon Visit
Dune 45 Visit

Transport:
Distance excludes drive to Sossuvlei.
Lando (95km)

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Day 36: Namib Desert/Fish River Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D)

Journey to Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa, and arguably the second largest in the world. Spend some time here taking in the majestic beauty of the canyon, watch as a spectacular sunset slips over the canyon's rim.

Included Activities:
Fish River Canyon Visit at Sunset

Transport:
Duration includes canyon visit, excludes dune 45 sunrise.
Lando (9.00-10.00 hours, 560km)

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Day 37: Fish River Canyon/Gariep (Orange) River (1B, 1L, 1D)

Set up camp on the banks of Gariep River for the night. After, enjoy a late afternoon of swimming, relaxing, or possibly even canoeing on the river.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Namibia - South Africa)

Transport:
Lando (5.00 hour(s), 180km)

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Day 38: Orange River/Cederberg (1B, 1L, 1D)

Head south through the Western Cape to the area of the Cederberg Mountains, where we spend the evening camping on a local farm. Explore the area, sip local wine, and sit back and enjoy the dramatic scenery.

Transport:
Lando (6.50 hour(s), 390km)

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Day 39: Cederberg/Cape Town (1B, 1L)

For our final travel day, journey to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.

Additional Notes:
Please note that we arrive in Cape Town in the early afternoon, you might not have time to participate in lengthy activities or see many sights. If you would like to see or do anything, we recommend booking an extra night or two before your return flight home.

Transport:
Lando (5.00 hour(s), 300km)

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Day 40: Cape Town (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Entrances and wildlife safari drives in Serengeti and Etosha national parks and Ngorongoro Crater
    • Zanzibar excursion (3 days)
    • Spice plantation entrance and guided tour
    • Local dinner experience (Lake Malawi)
    • Okavango Delta overnight bush camping excursion
    • Damaraland Living Museum visit
    • Entrance to Sossusvlei Dunes, Fish River Canyon, and Spitzkoppe
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (4 nts), participation camping (27 nts), permanent tented camp (1 nt), full-service camping (2 nts), guesthouses (2 nts, multi-share), basic bush camping (2 nts), hostel (1 nt, multi-share)
    • 38 breakfasts, 32 lunches, 28 dinners
    Transport
    • Overland adventure vehicle (OAV), 4x4 safari vehicles, minibuses, ferry, mokoro
    Group Leader
    • 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver
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Tour Highlights:
  • Search for the Big Five across Africa
  • Snorkel the turquoise waters of Zanzibar
  • Get wet at Victoria Falls
  • Cruise the Okavango in dugout canoes
  • Catch the sunset at Fish River Canyon
  • Explore cosmopolitan Cape Town


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Christopher Posted on: 

Words alone cant describe how truly memorable this trip really was for me. Some of the things we experienced were things that you would still be talking about in 50 years time.

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Jonathan Posted on: 

Amazing 6 weeks, amazing places, amazing people, and amazing food.

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