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Cape to Kenya Tour from Cape Town to Nairobi

Duration
41 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,377

Take an epic journey across Africa, journeying from the southern tip to the eastern coast. Explore cosmopolitan Cape Town in the shadow of Table Mountain, marvel at the majesty of Victoria Falls in Zambia, and get lost in the streets of historical Zanzibar in Tanzania before traversing the Serengeti and ending your trip in Nairobi, Kenya. Embrace the magic of Africa on this journey of a lifetime.


This 41-day comprehensive tour takes you to the highlights of southern and eastern Africa, travelling from Cape Town in South Africa to Nairobi in Kenya, via Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania.

This incredible African adventure begins in Cape Town on the southern coast of South Africa. Cape Town is considered one of the prettiest cities on the planet, sitting in the shadow of iconic Table Mountain. Visit Table Mountain National Park to gain an appreciation for this African landmark before sampling the city’s culinary scene that blends flavours of multiple continents. You’ll soon understand why Cape Town is a highlight on any South African vacation.

Head north to Namibia and explore the world’s oldest desert and highest sand dunes in Namib Naukfluft National Park. Stroll across the salt pan of Dead Vlei to see the blackened husks of acacia trees that give the pan its name. Then pass through Sesriem Canyon, a remarkable cleft in sedimentary rock that was carved by years of water and erosion. Also pass by Swakopmund, the country’s adventure city, and Windhoek, the westernized capital to the east boasting stunning German architecture.

Pass into Botswana for an encounter with the Bushmen near Ghanzi and then head to Maun, a frontier town near the Thamalakane River that’s famous for its large number of donkeys, goats, and cattle. Heading northwest in Botswana you’ll witness the rich biodiversity of the Okavango Delta, which is particularly famous for the large numbers of birds that nest along its shores. Move east to enter Chobe National Park to see hippos, elephants, and buffalo and then cross the border into Zambia at Kasane.

In Zambia, survey the wonders of the Zambezi River that culminates at Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls is one of the most iconic spots on the planet and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World according to CNN. You’ll be stunned from the moment you first lay eyes on these enormous falls pouring millions of litres of water into narrow gorges every second. Victoria Falls is on everyone’s bucket list and you’ll be lucky enough to cross it off your own on this Zambia vacation. Continue up to Lusaka to experience the fastest growing city in Africa and then see one of the greatest animal sanctuaries in the world at South Luangwa National Park.

In neighbouring Malawi, you’ll see the grandeur of Lake Malawi, which covers a fifth of the country. Observe the rhythms of the traditional fishermen who make a living on the waters before retracing the steps of explorer David Livingstone to see Manchewe Falls.

In Tanzania, you’ll pass through the Southern Highlands observing farming culture before reaching Dar es Salaam on the coast. This seaport is Tanzania’s arts and culture centre and has several museums outlining the country’s traditional history, but it also serves as the gateway to Zanzibar. Zanzibar is an island off the coast that combines African, Indian, and Arabian influences to become one of the jewels of East Africa. Stroll through Stone Town to gain an appreciation for the Arabian architecture before lounging on the palm-fringed beaches and soaking in the unique atmosphere of this iconic island. Then head back onto the mainland to explore the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest open, inactive volcano, and also one of Africa’s finest wildlife conservation areas.

Head into the world-famous Serengeti National Park to witness the crown jewel of Tanzania, known for the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra that occurs during the dry season each year. Beyond the migrating herbivores, the Serengeti is also home to the Big Five, as well as cheetahs, hyenas, baboons, wild dogs, giraffes, and more than 500 species of exotic birds.
End your vacation by heading into Kenya and exploring its capital city, Nairobi. Nairobi might not be world-famous for its architecture—there’s a reason it’s called a concrete jungle—but it’s an energetic capital city with an incredible food and nightlife scene. Check out the Nairobi National Museum to learn about the country’s history and round out your exploration of Africa’s south and east.

This epic adventure across Africa is the journey of a lifetime and an unforgettable window into incredible countries, cultures, landscapes, and wildlife.


 

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Duration
41 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,377

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Day 1

Cape Town to Western Cape, South Africa

Begin your safari in cosmopolitan Cape Town, overlooked by Table Mountain and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, one of the world's most picturesque cities. Before leaving the city, take a tour of the Cape Flats, at one of Cape Town's intriguing townships, visiting some of the local people and community projects in the area. The townships illustrate both South Africa's tumultuous history and its hope for the future which makes for a fascinating visit. From here you head north through South Africa's Western Cape and through the fruit growing regions of Citrusdal. Your campsite is located near the Olifants River overlooking the stunning Cederberg Mountains. After setting up camp there is an option to sample some of the local wines of the region, properly meet the rest of the group and enjoy your first night under the African sky.

Distance Travelled: 260 km

Approx. driving time: 4 Hours

Overnight at Highlanders Camp

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 2

Western Cape to Orange River

Continuing north, the landscape gradually turns drier and rockier as you head towards the Namibian border. Set up camp tonight on the South African side of the Gariep (Orange) River, a stunning backdrop. The camp provides you with the necessary comforts like hot showers, flush toilets, grassy campsites and bar facilities. You will be briefed on an optional Orange River canoe safari for later this afternoon or the following morning. There is also the option to hike to the lookout above the campsite and the Orange River is safe for swimming! The camp by night is showered with stars of the Richtersveld - a truly peaceful and tranquil experience.

Distance Travelled: 400 km

Approx. driving time 8 hours

Overnight at Umkulu Camp

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 3

Orange River to Fish River Canyon, Namibia

This morning you have the opportunity to partake in an optional canoe safari on the river, or simply relax on the water's edge before entering Namibia via Vioolsdrift Border post, arriving at the majestic Fish River Canyon in the mid-afternoon.

One of the natural wonders of Africa, the canyon is some 500m deep and over 160km long and often referred to as the second largest canyon in the world. There are plenty of opportunities for keen photographers this afternoon especially at the canyons infamous sharp river bend known as 'Hells Corner'. A great opportunity to find a quiet spot and marvel at the sheer beauty of the Fish River Canyon.

Distance Travelled: 180 km

Approx. driving time: 3.5 Hours

Overnight at Canyon Roadhouse or similar

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Fish River Canyon to Sesriem Area

After a night near the canyon you continue north to the Sesriem Area, the gateway to the Namib Naukluft National Park containing the world's oldest desert and highest sand dunes. The Namib Naukluft National Park contains part of the Namib Desert and the Naukluft mountain range. With an overall area of 49,768 km2 it's larger than Switzerland and is the second largest game park in Africa and the fourth largest in the world. Here camp is set up for the evening under the starry Namibian sky.

Distance Travelled 600km

Approx. driving time 10 hours

Overnight at Little Sossus Lodge or similar

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 5

Namib Naukluft National Park to Solitaire

This morning you enter the National Park to trek to the top of famous Dune 45. A spectacular sight but be warned, it's not an easy feat to reach the top as some dunes are over 300m high! After a well-deserved breakfast, continue deeper into the park for a short shuttle ride and nature walk to 'Dead Vlei', amidst the giant sand dunes - a real glimpse of Namibia's unspoilt natural environment. Bring your camera - the shifting colours of the desert as the sun climbs throughout the mid/late morning offer some brilliant photographic opportunities. Departing from the dunes, we stop off at the smaller Sesriem Canyon where the multiple layers of rock and pebbles make for an interesting insight to what lies beneath the mountains of sand. Thereafter we make our way to Solitaire - Namibia's smallest town for the night.

Distance Travelled: 220 km

Approx. driving time 4 Hours

Overnight at Solitaire Camp

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 6

Solitaire to Swakopmund

Leaving Solitaire, head for the Atlantic coast for the next two nights, crossing over the Tropic of Capricorn, and stopping for a photo opportunity en route. Swakopmund makes for a refreshing change with cooler Atlantic sea air, a taste of civilization and a swathe of exciting things to do and places to explore. Be daring and try some desert based adventure activities - quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (weather permitting) and more! For those not seeking adventure enjoy what the town has to offer: shopping, restaurants, museums, aquarium, art galleries - or else simply walk along the promenade admiring the ocean, the quaint German-style architecture and indulge in the town's cafe culture.

N.B: For the sake of practicality, meals in Swakopmund are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back for meal times. Relax and enjoy these days at your own leisure.

Dustance Travelled: 280 km

Approx. driving time: 4.5 Hours

Overnight at Amanpuri Dorm Bed

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 7

Swakopmund

Today is at leisure for you to enjoy all Swakopmund has to offer- from the many optional activities to the quaint restaurants and caf├ęs bursting with German feel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 8

Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe

Leaving the coast, you now turn inland to the beautiful Damaraland region and explore Spitzkoppe where we admire ancient bushman paintings still visible on peculiar rock formations. The giant boulder-like rock formations peak at approx. 1800m above sea level, and form a spectacular view. Take your time to explore the area and its delightful calmness. Keep an eye on the ever changing color of the rock, especially during sunrise and sunset, when they acquire intense red shades. The most impressive rock painting is "Bushman Paradise" and the natural rock bridge is a favorite viewpoint. The Spitzkoppe Rest camp lies at the base of the mountain and is owned and maintained by the local community. All proceeds from your visit go directly to this community.

N.B: Please note that some group members may be starting their tour on this day.
Distance Travelled: 150 km

Approx. driving time: 3 Hours

Overnight at Spitzkoppe Community Camp

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Spitzkoppe to Etosha

From Spitzkoppe, it's another north turn to make your way to Etosha National Park, a vast reserve of over 20,000 sq. km surrounding a central salt depression or 'pan.' The pan is seasonally full of water but specially managed waterholes sustain some 114 mammal and 340 bird species. Spend two nights here, usually making camp near a floodlit waterhole. Observers frequently see a range of night visitors including elephant, giraffe, zebra, even lion and hyena, making it one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in Namibia - a truly African experience and a highlight of any trip to Namibia. Enjoy a short afternoon game drive on entering the park and heading to the camp.

Distance Travelled: 420 km

Approx. driving time: 6 Hours

Overnight at Okaukuejo Resort or similar

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Day 10

Etosha National Park

Today, enjoy a full day game driving in this magnificent animal kingdom - taking in the park's main characteristic, the salt pan which can be seen from space - in search of elephant, rhino, zebra, giraffes and the numerous grazing animals frequently spotted around the water holes. Despite the dry nature of the terrain, the park sustains a wide variety of bird species including the large Kori Bustard, Secretary Bird and many other seed & insect eaters, as well as birds of prey.

After a full day game driving return to camp, or onto the next camp and enjoy your last evening around the floodlit watering holes, observing natural animal behavior at its best.

Distance Travelled: 250 km

Approx. driving time: Full day inclusive of game drives

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Etosha to Windhoek

Heading south, arrive in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, which is located in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains. Windhoek (Windy corner in English) is home to approximately two hundred thousand people, an extremely small capital by global standards. The city centre is characterized by a proliferation of German style buildings, a lasting reminder of Namibia's early colonial history and atmosphere. Take the opportunity to enjoy a night out at one of the local restaurants.

N.B: Please note that some group members may be ending or starting their tour in Windhoek. Both old and new are invited to join for the group outing.

Distance Travelled: 420 km

Approx. driving time: 8.5 Hours

Overnight at Urban Camp

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Day 12

Windhoek to Ghanzi, Botswana

Leaving Windhoek travel west into the Kalahari region and cross into Botswana. Your first stop is at the town of Ghanzi. Here, in this midst of (seemingly) barren terrain you meet the San/Bushman and have a guided bush walk for a cultural experience and insight into these ancient people's way of life. Learn how they work with nature and manage the renewable resources found in their natural surroundings without damaging the fragile balance found in this ecosystem. Something we can all learn from. Your support of this ecotourism venture gives the San/Bushman a sustainable income and helps keep their culture alive. Around the campfire at night, you can experience the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushman. On special occasions this could be a healing or trance dance, which can continue all night, and is an intense spiritual experience for both participants and visitors alike.

Distance Travelled: 530 km

Approx. driving time 10 Hours

Overnight at Ghanzi Trailblazers

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 13

Ganzi to Maun

Maun is the fifth largest town in Botswana and is an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native dwellings. Although officially still a village, Maun has developed rapidly from a rural frontier town to a community that has distributed along the wide banks of the Thamalakane River where red lechwe antelope can still be seen grazing next to local donkeys, goats and cattle. Since Maun's founding in 1915 it has had a reputation as a hard-living 'Wild West' town helping the local cattle ranching and hunting operations. Maun today is a thriving tourist town famous for its donkey population and to a lesser extent, goats. These animals can be seen standing around town as they are used by local traders and farmers alike to transport their wares to sell on the curb side.

NB: If time allows, you have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta, either this afternoon or on day 15 on your return from the Delta excursion.

Distance Travelled: 280 km

Approx. driving time: 5.5 Hours

Overnight at Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 14

Maun to Okavango Delta

Leaving the campsite in Maun we begin our excursion into the Okavango Delta by an open 4x4 truck to the mokoro station. Here we will be introduced to the local Tswana Polers that will be guiding us on this expedition. We travel by mokoro (dugout canoe) amongst the giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels in search of resident wildlife and a variety of birds, to our tented camp from which we can explore the area on a walking safari. The Okavango is a natural wetland spreading over some 1,600,000ha of northern Botswana that offers a perfect habitat for the many species of wildlife that roam here freely. The Okavango River rises in Angola (farther to the north) and flows south dividing repeatedly after crossing into Botswana to form an intricate floodplain of channels and which spreads out into a broad flat inland delta -- the only one of its kind in the world. We enjoy the afternoon wilderness experience and overnight listening to the sounds of the African night - an unforgettable experience!

Distance Travelled: 50 km

Approx. driving time: transfer 2 hours

Overnight at Elephant Camp or similar

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 15

Okavango Delta to Maun

This morning you take an easy paced mokoro ride out of the Okavango Delta back to the polers station from where you will drive back to Maun, your overnight stop. We aim to get back to camp around lunch time to allow for the opportunity to enjoy an optional scenic flight over this spectacular UNESCO world heritage site. Alternatively the afternoon can be spent at leisure at the camp's pool.

Distance Travelled: 50 km

Approx. drive time: Transfer 2 hours

Overnight at Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 16

Maun to Elephant Sands, Nata

Today, make your way towards Nata travelling through a wide open wildlife corridor between the Nxai and the Makgadikgadi Pans. You'll stop off to see one of Africa's most iconic trees - the Baobab, along the way and arrive at the Elephant Sands Lodge during the late afternoon. The camp has no fences so all wildlife can roam freely from one waterhole to another and one can expect to see a variety of antelope and other wildlife during your stay at Elephant Sands. It is one of the most unique and amazing experiences to watch wild elephants and their behavior at such close proximity.

Distance Travelled: 380 km

Approx. driving time: 5 Hours

Overnight at Elephant Sands Lodge

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 17

Elephant Sands, Nata to Kasane

Today you make your way to the northern corner of Botswana to Kasane, the gateway to Chobe National Park. By size, it is the third largest park in the country and is the most diverse; home to elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo and abundant birdlife, including the famous African fish eagle. You take a 'Fish Eagle' cruise on the Chobe River - a great opportunity to see hippo and perhaps elephant or buffalo coming to the river to bathe and drink.

The Chobe River is a major watering spot for large breeding herds of elephants, as well as families of giraffe, sable and Cape buffalo. The flood plains are the only place in Botswana where the puku antelope can be seen. Birding is also excellent here. When in flood spoonbills, ibis, various species of stork and other waterfowl flock to the area.

Distance travelled: 270 km

Approx. driving time: 5 Hours

Overnight at Thebe River Lodge

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 18

Kasane to Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zambia

This morning head out to explore the Chobe National Park on an open vehicle game drive where you have the opportunity to spot not only elephant that are so prolific in the park, but also lion, and different antelope species. Moving on from Kasane you take the ferry across the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers into Zambia. Zambia, formerly known as Northern Rhodesia took its name from the Zambezi River at independence in 1964.

The Zambezi River is the fourth longest in Africa (after the Nile, Congo and Niger) and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean. Home to one of the world's largest waterfalls, we visit Victoria Falls and try to take in the immensity of one of nature's Wonders of the World. At various times of year, the spray from the Falls can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometers away, hence the local name 'Mosi oa Tunya' - the 'smoke that thunders'. Camp is set up at the Waterfront campsite on the banks of the Zambezi, just a few kilometers from the Victoria Falls and the small town of Livingstone.

You will have a full briefing on the various optional activities available in the area (typically these include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights and river cruises), allowing you to plan your time accordingly.

N.B: For the sake of practicality, meals in the Livingstone/Victoria Falls area are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back with the group at mealtimes. The Waterfront camp restaurant overlooks the Zambezi River and offers a good selection of reasonably priced meals and snacks throughout the day (allow US$15 -$30 per meal). Relax and enjoy these few days at your own leisure. Alternatively, take a taxi into Livingstone to try local fare.

Overnight at Waterfront or similar

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Day 19

Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zambia

Enjoy a free day in Livingstone today to explore the town, pop over to neighboring Zimbabwe or enjoy the many optional activities on offer such as rafting, bungee jumping, river cruises, flights over the falls, just to name a few.

N.B: Please note that some group members may be finishing their tour in Livingstone today.

Day 20

Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zambia

Spend your leisure day in Livingstone exploring the activities, town and markets or simply relax poolside at the Waterfront. The perfect time to catch up on your social media and share your experiences before heading off into the East Africa part of your holiday in the morning.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 21

Livingstone to Lusaka

Relaxed and revitalized from the wonderful stay in Livingstone, head through lush country and small villages to Lusaka, Zambia's Capital city. Lusaka is Southern Africa's fastest growing city with approx. 1.7 million people and is located on the southern plateau at an elevation of 1300m with four main highways running north, south, east and west to different parts of Africa. This city is the commercial hub as well as the centre for the government. Our campsite for the evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing setting on a farm.

N.B: Please note that some group members may be starting their tour in Livingstone today.

Distance Travelled: 450 km

Approx. drive time: 9 Hours

Overnight at Eureka Camp

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 22

Lusaka to Chipata

Today you leave early and take the Great Eastern Road through lush countryside and small villages, crossing the Luangwa River to Chipata. Chipata formally named Fort Jamerson has a population of approx. 98,000, and is the capital of the Eastern province of Zambia. This unique town has colorful fruit and vegetable markets and an unexpected amount of ornate mosques due to its large Indian community.

Overnight at Mama Rula Camp

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 23

Chipata to South Luangwa National Park

Today you head to the South Luangwa National Park, which is known to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its oxbow lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa. There are 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species inhabiting the area. Hippo's, elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, giraffe with many other species flourish in the 20,000 sq. miles of savannah woodland watered by this 500 mile - long river. The river itself is the most intact and unaltered major river system in Africa and covers 9059 sq. kilometers. The changing seasons add to the Park's richness, ranging from; dry, bare bushveld in the winter, to lush green lands in the summer months. On arrival camp is set up and the rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the many optional activities from walking safaris and village walks.

Distance Travelled: 180km

Approx. drive time: 3.5 Hours

Overnight at Wildlife Camp

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Day 24

South Luangwa National Park

Relax around the pools edge, which is the best place to be in the hot hours of the day. Later that afternoon embark on an open vehicle game drive with a local ranger along the river's edge to see the abundance of animal and birdlife inhabiting the area. Your tour includes one guided game drive during your stay. Additional walks and drives can be booked on arrival.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 25

South Luangwa National Park to Kande Beach, Malawi

Leaving Zambia behind, we cross the border to Malawi. Lake Malawi formerly 'Lake Nyasa', covers almost a fifth of the country's area and provides the source of livelihood for many of the Malawian people. Fishermen, fish traders, canoe and net makers all ply their trade, and a common sight is that of a fisherman in his Bwato, (dugout canoe made from hollowed out tree trunk) fishing on the lake at the break of day or with lanterns by night The lake also has the highest number of endemic freshwater fish species of any in the world and attracts divers globally to seek out the many colorful Cichlid species. We arrive at camp on the lake's shore in the afternoon and have the rest of the day to swim and explore the beach and surrounding area.

NB: Although it is our intention to adhere to the campsites described, a certain amount of flexibility is built into our time in Malawi and the crew may make alterations to the published itinerary. Please therefore treat the Malawi section as a guideline only.

Distance Travelled: 420 km

Approx. driving time 8 Hours

Overnight at Kande Beach

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Day 26

Kande Beach

Today you'll have some free time to try some of the water sports available including diving and snorkeling, take a horse ride along the beach or simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, generally known as some of the friendliest in Africa. Gain insight into their way of life on an optional guided Village Walk, or you can simply head out and explore the lakeside, craft market and meet some of the locals.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 27

Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach

Take a nice scenic drive through rubber plantations to Mzuzu - the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi. A stop is made here for a short while to grab supplies and check out the markets before arriving to Chitimba Beach where time is at leisure in the afternoon and evening to enjoy the picturesque Lake Malawi.

Distance Travelled 240 km

Approx. drive time 5 Hours

Overnight at Chitimba Beach

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Day 28

Chitimba Beach

Relax on the beach, take a leisurely village walk or do the full day trip to Manchewe Falls where after 11km of hiking you can cool off in a natural bath. The surrounding hills are home to the Livingstonia Mission where David Livingstone worked from for a time while staying in Malawi. The views from here are simply magnificent and well worth the effort of hiking to. For those staying at the campsite, there is a local craft market where you can enjoy learning the ins and outs of the game of Bao, haggle for some souvenirs or enjoy a relaxing day admiring the shimmering waters on the beach.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 29

Chitimba Beach to Iringa, Tanzania

Leaving Chitimba Beach, you travel the short distance north to cross the border into Tanzania. We steadily climb in altitude through Tanzania's Southern Highlands all the way to Kisolanza Farm House. This farm is at an altitude of 1600m ensuring a pleasant fresh climate in one of the most scenic areas of Tanzania. Home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years, Kisolanza remains a working farm providing organic meat (beef, lamb and chicken) and vegetables to the surrounding markets as well as further afield in Dar es Salaam. This farmhouse is famous for their hot showers, chocolate brownies and hot chocolate that can be bought at their quaint candlelit bar.

Distance Travelled: 550 km

Approx. drive time 11 Hours

Overnight at Kizolanza Farm House

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 30

Iringa to Dar es Salaam

Continue towards the Indian Ocean coast and the port city of Dar es Salaam ('Haven of Peace'). This route runs through the Mikumi National Park and we may, with luck, spot forest elephant or giraffe feeding near the side of the road. 'Dar' is Tanzania's hub of commerce and industry -- a hot, humid and bustling seaport city of high rises, colorful markets and Arab influenced architecture on the coast accessing one of the most important sea routes on earth (with an interesting history too). To a majority of travelers, this city is the port of call to the more exotic Zanzibar and the remaining of the Archipelago islands. We set up camp at our campsite on the beach just outside of the city centre, usually having time to browse curio markets - best known for ebony wood - and prepare for your trip to Zanzibar.

Overnight at Kipepeo Village

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 31

Zanzibar Island

Evocative and exotic, Zanzibar conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm fringe beaches; romantic winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests. You will find all of these here - and an intriguing history.

The Arab influence is evident in the architecture and diverse street stall offerings of the capital, Stone Town. This influence can be seen right along the Eastern coast - the Swahili language itself is a result of the mixing of Arab and African languages and cultures over many centuries. Zanzibar's other history is not romantic. The island was also a staging post for slaves bought from the African interior being held before shipping to slave owners in the Middle East. You can still see the places where these men and woman were held - and even a short visit is enough to convey the appalling conditions they had to endure.

Your time on the island over the next 4 nights is not structured and your time is at leisure. Perhaps the best way to see Stone Town is on foot: explore the bazaars for old maritime trinkets, cloths, wooden carvings, visit mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways of the old town. Spices are grown in plantations nearby and you can take day tours to visit some and have your senses dazzled by the tastes and scents experienced. If it's white sand, sparkling ocean and hot sun you prefer - head to the northern beaches and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best. Try snorkeling and diving, indulge in some sumptuous seafood, or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book.

N.B: As you leave the truck on the mainland, basic tourist class accommodation and breakfast on Zanzibar are included in the tour price, but for the sake of flexibility other meals are left for your own account. Typically we spend one night in Stone Town and the next three nights in the north of the island at one of the beaches. Your tour leader will be available to assist if you have any questions or need activities arranged.

Please note that some group members may be starting their tour in Dar es Salaam today.

Overnight at Stone Town Safari Lodge or Similar.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 32

Zanzibar Island

Enjoy free time on Zanzibar and transfer to the northern beaches from Stone Town. Relax on the sun kissed beaches of Kendwa, northwest part of the island, take an optional diving trip to the rich colorful reefs or grab a snorkel and goggles to explore these from above.

N.B: Please note that some group members may be starting their tour in Dar es Salaam. Both old and new are invited to join in any group outings.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 33

Zanzibar Island

Browse markets or enjoy hanging in a hammock with a cocktail and a good book. The beach is a great place to catch up with the locals who will pass by selling their wares, offering henna tattoos and inexpensive massages. Round the day off with a sunset dhow cruise or chilling to the tunes from the nearby beach bars.

Overnight at Kendwa Northern Beaches- Sunset Bungalows or Similar

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 34

Zanzibar Island

Adjusting to the lazy ways of the northern beaches is easy to do in such picturesque surroundings. Enjoy your last day on the island swimming in the warm ocean, snorkeling in the crystal turquoise waters and enjoy time at leisure in this tropical haven.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 35

Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam

Today you have the morning to do any last minute shopping or enjoy one last swim before catching the ferry back to the African mainland to Dar es Salaam and onwards to your campsite on the coast for the evening.

N.B: Please note that some group members may be ending their tour in Dar es Salaam. Both old and new are invited to join in any group outings.

Overnight at Kipepeo Village

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 36

Dar es Salaam to Marangu

Departing early from Dar es Salaam, you head north past the Usambara and Pare Mountains in the Eastern Arc Mountain Range to Marangu, nestled at the base of the famed Kilimanjaro. The camp takes its name from the surrounding area. "Marangu" means "full of water" in the local Chagga language, and the lush green surroundings demonstrate the truth of this. If weather is clear you will gain a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain (5895m).

Distance Travelled: 570 km

Approx. driving time: 9 Hours

Overnight at Marangu Camp

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 37

Marangu to Arusha

Drive past the town of Moshi and eventually reach Arusha; a city situated exactly mid-way between Cape Town and Cairo. This is Tanzania's 'safari capital', a city of some 2 million people, a bustling melting pot of markets, vehicles and people - all nestling in the shadow of the brooding Mt Meru (4556 m). With time to explore town we head out to camp just outside the city at the edge of the Masai plains. This afternoon we enjoy a walk to one of the local Masai villages, a local school and clinic, a small but highly interesting Masai museum, and the snake enclosure at the Meserani Snake Park. It is from here that we prepare for our two night/three day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Distance Travelled: 120 km

Approx. driving time: Full day including morning game drive

Overnight at Meserani Snake Park

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 38

Arusha to Serengeti National Park

This morning transfer to smaller more 'game park friendly' vehicles and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo ('mosquito creek') and enter the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Pass into the park and drive around the 'Crater's rim and down onto 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. Flatter and larger than the Maasai Mara the Serengeti is simply huge - indeed the name derives from the Maasai word Siringitu - 'the place where the land moves on forever'. Enjoy game drive to your designated (but unfenced) campsite for the evening where lion and hyena roam nearby for an unforgettable experience.

Distance Travelled: 250 km

Approx. driving time: Full day including game drive

Overnight at Serengeti National Park- Bush Camp or similar

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 39

Ngorongoro Crater

Today drive out of the plains, game driving en route, and after lunch ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater. You spend the night camping on the rim (you may need a jacket; it can be cold at night due to the high altitude here), where wildlife also roams free. At 326 square kilometers in area the Ngorongoro is Africa's largest intact caldera and a World Heritage Site. If the view from the rim (2400 meters above sea level) is spectacular, the site from the Crater floor (some 600 meters below) is equally enjoyable.

Overnight at Simba Camp or similar.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 40

Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha, Meserani Snake Park

Today wake early and descend the steep dirt road of the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning of game driving in this spectacular wildlife haven. All of the major mammals are present except giraffe (which cannot manage the steep slopes leading down onto the Crater floor). After your game drive ascend to your campsite on the rim for a final view over the Ngorongoro Crater, pack up your camp and have lunch before retracing your steps to Arusha and your campsite at the Meserani Snake Park where we will overnight.
Distance Travelled: 250 km

Approx. driving time: Full days including morning game drive

Overnight at Meserani Snake Park

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 41

Arusha to Nairobi, Kenya

After a last night at camp, you make your way across the Maasai Steppe to the Kenyan frontier. Completing formalities at Namanga border post, drive the last stretch of road to Nairobi, Kenya's capital, where your tour ends.

Distance Travelled: 270 km

Approx. driving time: 7 Hours

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

Other Information

DEPARTURES

2017: 06, 20 May; 03, 17 Jun; 01, 15, 29 Jul; 12, 26 Aug; 09, 23 Sep; 07, 21 Oct; 04, 18 Nov; 02, 16, 30 Dec  

2018: 13, 27 Jan; 10, 24 Feb; 10, 24 Mar; 07, 21 Apr; 05, 19 May; 02, 16, 30 Jun; 14, 28 Jul; 11, 25 Aug; 08, 22 Sep; 06, 20 Oct; 03, 17 Nov; 01, 15, 29, Dec    

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation
  • All transportation in a fully equipped safari vehicle
  • Qualified crew services
  • Sleeping mattress
  • 37 breakfasts, 33 lunches, 31 dinners

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specified
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Sleeping bag
  • Optional activities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: 

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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