Africa Encompassed Northbound Overview

Jump aboard this epic tour from Cape Town to Nairobi. From safaris in Tanzania and Kenya to gorilla trekking in Uganda, the stunning East east of Africa's awaits.

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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $7,038
      CAD $7,262
      AUD $7,122
      EUR €4,665
      GBP £4,116
      NZD $7,931
      ZAR R71,291
      CHF FR5,649
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Trip Validity

  • 2015-01-01 - 2015-12-31

Join an epic journey that travels north across Africa from Cape Town to Nairobi

Get ready for 60 days of action, adventure and authentic experiences full of vast landscapes, incredible wildlife, welcoming people, natural wonders, towns rich in cultural traditions and modern cities humming with life. Starting amid the cosmopolitan cafes and vineyards of Cape Town and finishing in the bustling streets and markets of Nairobi, travel through remote parts of the continent seeing immense canyons, verdant mountains, exotic beaches and simple villages along the way. Stop to witness the power of Victoria Falls, the sweeping beauty of the Serengeti and the awesome animals in the Ngorongoro Crater. Meet the San Bushmen, embark on a gorilla trekking experience in Rwanda and be warmed by the welcoming smiles of locals in Malawi. Camp on balmy beaches in Tanzania, trek through steamy rainforest in Rwanda and see cheeky chimps at play in Uganda. This is a trip you’ll be talking about for a lifetime.

  • Be a part of the lively atmosphere in Nairobi
  • Behold the beauty of Cape Town
  • Cruise into a hippo haven on the Kazinga Channel
  • Enjoy a gorilla trekking experience in Rwanda
  • Marvel at the immensity of Namibia's Fish River Canyon
  • Meet the San Bushmen of Namibia
  • Relax beside shimmering Lake Malawi
  • Travel on safari through the Serengeti plains in Tanzania

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Finish:

    Nairobi, Kenya
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 22
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    52 breakfasts, 49 lunches, 48 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Bungalow (2 nts), Camping (with basic facilities) (5 nts), Camping (with facilities) (41 nts), Chalet (3 nts), Dormitory (3 nts), Hotel (3 nts)
  • Transport:

    4x4 Safari Vehicle, Ferry, Mokoro, Overland vehicle
  • Included activities:

    Cape Cross seal colony, Chimpanzee Trekking Kibale National Park, Chobe - Dawn game drive, Etosha - Game drive, Fish River Canyon, Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Lake Mburo National Park, Lake Nakuru - Game drive, Mountain gorilla trek & permit, Ngorongoro Crater - Game drive, Queen Elizabeth National Park Game Drive, Saidia Children's Home Project, San Bushman cultural experience, Sesriem - Sand dunes visit, Sossusvlei 4x4 Tour, Village Education Project (Marangu) visit, village walk & lunch, Visit Victoria Falls, Zanzibar Spice tour

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    3011kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. This trip requires an additional non-refundable deposit ( AUD1000, USD1000, EUR650, NZD1000, GBP500, CAD1000, ZAR6500, CHF900 ) in order to secure a gorilla permit. We also require full passport details at time of booking. Please see trip notes (Important notes) for more details. 2. This is a combination trip. Please see trip notes (Important notes) for more details. 3. A single supplement is available on this trip. 4. This trip finishes upon arrival in Nairobi on Day 60. Please do not book any flights until after 9pm this evening.

  • Total price from

    USD $7,038
    CAD $7,262
    AUD $7,122
    EUR €4,665
    GBP £4,116
    NZD $7,931
    ZAR R71,291
    CHF FR5,649
    Price information
  • Per day from:

    USD $117
    CAD $121
    AUD $118
    EUR €77
    GBP £68
    NZD $132
    ZAR R1,188
    CHF FR94

About Botswana , Kenya , Malawi , Namibia , South Africa , Tanzania , Uganda , Zambia , Zimbabwe

Africa Encompassed Northbound Summary

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Day 1 Cape Town

Dominated by spectacular Table Mountain, Cape Town is a city that keeps on giving with its beautiful coastlines, world-class cuisine, excellent wineries and beautiful architecture.

Days 2-3 Western Cape/Orange River

Teeming with hot springs and a great place to camp and hike, Citrusdal is a sweet town set amongst the beautiful scenery of South Africa's Western Cape. Located on the north bank of the Orange River near the South African border, Noordoewer is a great place to see by canoe.

Day 4 Fish River Canyon

A truly spectacular sight to behold, especially at sunset, Fish River Canyon's orange-pink hues and momentous size are awe-inspiring.

Days 5-6 Sesriem/Bush Camp

With the Sesriem Canyon close by and the incredible Sossusvlei sand dunes at its doorstep, tiny Sesriem serves as a gateway to these Namibian wonders. Located in the arid landscape of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, our bush camp sits amongst the spectacular rocks and gravel plains of the Namib Desert.

Days 7-9 Swakopmund

Swakopmund sits on Namibia's Atlantic Coast, virtually surrounded by the Namib Desert, and has beautiful colonial architecture and a large array of adventure sports on offer.

Day 10 Spitzkoppe

With its 700 million-year-old granite peaks, prehistoric rock art and dramatic vistas, Spitzkoppe is another of Namibia's wondrous landscapes.

Days 11-12 Etosha National Park

With excellent game viewing and stunning landscapes, Etosha National Park was established in 1907 and is home to hundreds of animal, reptile and bird species.

Days 13-14 Grootfontein/San Bushmen

A big farming community famed for its proximity to the Hoba Meteorite, Grootfontein is a lovely town with shady streets and a number of historic buildings.

Day 15 Bagani

Sitting on the banks of the Okavango River, Bagani is a Namibian border town with plenty of river-based activities to enjoy.

Days 16-17 Okavango Delta

Full of animals, islands and unforgettable scenery, the Okavango Delta is the world's largest inland delta and is best explored by mokoro (dugout canoe).

Day 18 Bagani Community Camp

Bagani is a small, friendly town with some good hiking trails along the river and plenty of places to just relax.

Days 19-20 Chobe National Park

With a diverse range of ecosystems, a humungous number of elephants and the largest concentration of game found in Africa, Chobe National Park is safari heaven.

Days 21-23 Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is a town on the Zimbabwean side of the falls, with spectacular views and a reputation as the adventure capital of Zimbabwe.

Days 24-25 Bulawayo

Also known as the 'City of Kings', Bulawayo is Zimbabwe's second-largest city and still retains the parks, tree-lined streets and buildings of its colonial past.

Day 26 Masvingo

The oldest colonial settlement in Zimbabwe, Masvingo is the perfect base to explore the Great Zimbabwe Ruins - the national monument the country is named after.

Day 27 Harare

Harare, Zimbabwe's bustling capital, offers plenty to see and do: interesting museums and galleries, peaceful gardens and frenetic markets.

Day 28 Lusaka

One of the fastest-developing cities in southern Africa, Lusaka is cosmopolitan but still retains a traditional African feel with its busy markets and friendly people.

Days 29-30 South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park is probably the best park in Zambia to see hippos and crocodiles - the Luangwa River has vast numbers of them. The plains beside the river are populated with many kinds of buck, kudu, gazelle and also the red lechwe and Thornicroft giraffe which are unique to Zambia. The park is also renowned for its large elephant population, although you will notice that the elephants here are smaller in size than their counterparts in the plains of East or Southern Africa.

Days 31-32 Lake Malawi

Home to a huge variety of freshwater fish and beautiful beaches, the expansive waters of Lake Malawi play a central role in the lives of many local Malawians.

Days 33-34 Chitimba/Iringa

Chitimba lies along the coast of Lake Malawi and has lovely beaches, friendly locals and a laidback atmosphere. Overlooking the Ruaha River, Iringa is a picturesque town with a relaxed vibe, some good places to eat and a wonderful crafts centre.

Day 35 Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam roughly means 'haven of peace' and has a long history of trade with India, the Middle East and Germany, making it a fascinating blend of cultures.

Days 36-38 Zanzibar

Famed for its fragrant spices and infamous for its slave-trading history, Zanzibar mixes divine beaches, an atmospheric main town and Middle Eastern flair with an African beat.

Day 39 Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam lies by the Indian Ocean and is abuzz with busy streets, laidback restaurants, colourful markets, interesting architecture and lots of water-based activities.

Day 40 Marangu

Nestled at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro, Marangu is a small village surrounded by stunning vistas and lush forest.

Day 41 Mto Wa Mbu

Situated around halfway between Arusha and Ngorongoro, Mto Wa Mbu is a tiny town located near three rivers which is known for its curios and red-skinned bananas.

Days 42-43 Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National Park

Photographic opportunities abound in the Ngorongoro Crater, a massive volcanic caldera with so many animals, it's hard to know where to look first. Teeming with animals and home to the famous migration of the wildebeest, the Serengeti is a marvel with rolling plains, iconic acacia trees and mesmerising skies.

Day 44 Arusha

With Mt Meru looming in the background, Arusha has a host of good eateries, green spaces and a lively music scene to enjoy in between safaris.

Day 45 Nairobi

Once a swamp but now called the 'green city in the sun', Nairobi is a relatively multicultural city with a range of cuisines, museums and cultural centres to enjoy.

Day 46 Lake Nakuru

Often shrouded in a carpet of pink flamingos, beautiful Lake Nakuru - and the surrounding national park - is home to a great number of wildlife and bird species.

Days 47-48 Eldoret/Kampala

One of Kenya's fastest growing towns, Eldoret is famous for its cheeses - the local factory produces more than 30 different types. Once the heart of the Buganda Kingdom, Kampala is a fascinating place to explore on foot, particularly its many markets and craft shops.
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    • UXODC
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $7,038
      CAD $7,262
      AUD $7,122
      EUR €4,665
      GBP £4,116
      NZD $7,931
      ZAR R71,291
      CHF FR5,649
    • Overland, Wildlife
    • Basix