Journey from South Africa to Kenya

Travel from coast to coast and through the heart of southern Africa on an epic overland journey that will show you iconic sights and hidden gems as you travel through African nations rich in natural beauty, history, culture and tradition. Begin in beautiful Cape Town and voyage through desert landscapes, rolling savannas and lush mountainscapes; cruise lakes, delta waterways and feel the spray of massive waterfalls; spend time getting to know locals in rural villages and enjoying the rhythms of buzzing cities. From game drives in national parks full of iconic African animals to enjoying the simple pleasure of lying on a pristine beach, this grand journey though Africa is the perfect way to discover everything that makes this part of the world so special.

Start
Cape Town, South Africa
Finish
Nairobi, Kenya
Countries
Botswana,
Malawi,
Namibia,
South Africa,
Tanzania,
Zambia,
Zimbabwe
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
UXOAC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 22
Carbon offset
2 258kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Scramble to the top of one of the world's highest sand dunes in Sesriem
  • Glide down Botswana's Okavango Delta on a mokoro
  • Hear the roar of the mighty Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe viewpoint
  • Discover the largest ruins in sub-Saharan Africa. A Unesco World Heritage site, the ruined city was first constructed in the 11th century and is thought to be a royal palace for the Zimbabwean monarch.
  • Chill out on the northern beaches of Zanzibar enjoying white sand and sparkling blue sea of the Indian Ocean
  • Embark on a safari across the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater in an open roof safari 4x4 for a chance to see a Black Rhino.

Itinerary

Sawubona! Welcome to South Africa.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1.
You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting; please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If your flight arrives too late, we recommend that you consider arriving a day early and book a night's accommodation prior to the trip so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting so please ensure you have all details on hand to provide to your leader.
With its stunning coastline, dominating mountain and modern cityscape, Cape Town is one of Africa's most appealing cities. With vineyards on its doorstep, adventure activities around every other corner and plenty of restaurants and cafes to while away the time, Cape Town is a very easy city to spend some extra time in.
Leaving Cape Town behind, travel up the Western Cape and spend the night on a working farm (290 km, approx 6 hrs).
Our camp tonight has shared facilities and upgrades possible (subject to availability).
Pass through Namaqualand, famous for its wildflowers that spring up from the end of July to mid-September. Flowers like daisies, gazanias and cinerarias are the most popular. Arrive at the beautiful Orange River, the natural border between South Africa and Namibia. It takes about an hour to exit South Africa and enter Namibia, and we then head for our camp on the banks of the river (420 km, approx 9 hrs).
Traditionally known as the Gariep River, the Orange River is the longest in South Africa (2200 km). Its source is high up in the Drakensberg mountain range in Lesotho and it flows into the Atlantic Ocean at Alexander Bay in South Africa. The Orange River is responsible for transporting diamonds and creating the deposits that can be found along the Namibian coast.
Our camp has shared facilities and upgrades possible.
This morning there's a chance for an optional canoe adventure on the stunning Orange River - a great way to discover the beauty of this region.
Head further west into the desert lands of Namibia towards Fish River Canyon (270 km, approx 4-5 hrs).
At 500 metres deep and over 160 km long, Fish River Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world. There are remarkable photographic opportunities here.
Tonight's camp has showers and flush toilets.
This is a long driving day towards the fabled dunes of Namibia (520 km, approx 10 hrs). There is an an opportunity to stop at a market/shop to stock up on supplies before tomorrow's bush camp.
Our camp tonight has shared facilities however no upgrades or Wifi available.
Wake before dawn and scramble to the top of these dunes for a dramatic sunrise view across a vast sea of sand. The colour changes are just incredible and provide a spectacular setting for our brunch.
The most famous part of the Namib Desert is its vast dune fields, the most spectacular of which are found near the Sesriem Canyon. This canyon was formed when the Tsauchab River carved a gorge 30 metres into the gravel deposits about 15 million years ago. It's thought that this river once flowed to the Atlantic Ocean but its course was blocked by the encroaching sand dunes. Now the river flows out to the dune fields that stretch for hundreds of miles up the coast, and dries up in a clay pan at Sossusvlei. The dunes are stunning, with magnificent red/orange tones from the brightly coloured sands. They are the highest in the world and home to a plethora of animal life.
Jump in the back of a pickup truck for a trip to Sossusvlei (approx 30 minutes each way). Here you'll experience the hidden and amazing mysteries this area contains.
In the afternoon we drive to our bush camp in the heart of Namib Desert (230kms, approx. 4hrs away).
Continue on to the town of Swakopmund (190 km, approx 4 hrs drive).
Our accommodation here is in bungalows. These accommodate 6 people each and share bathroom facilities. WiFi is available.
Surrounded by the massive dune fields of the Namib Desert on three sides, and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, Swakopmund is an example of the extraordinary German culture that's found in all major settlements in Namibia. It's worth wandering around the town to admire the beauty of the Germanic architecture and take advantage of some excellent souvenir shopping.
Today is another free day to enjoy this interesting beach side town.
Travel to Spitzkoppe (290 km, approx 6 hrs).
Experience the sight, sound and smell of thousands of olive-coloured seals on the shores of Cape Cross while travelling up the eerie Atlantic Coast.
Visit one of the most stunning areas of Namibia, the wild lands around the mountain of Spitzkoppe - 'the Matterhorn of Namibia'. The mountain, which is 700 million years old, is 1987 metres (5857 ft) high. Although you shouldn't attempt climbing to the top, there are some excellent hikes and guided walks throughout the area, rich in plant life and with some amazing bush paintings. This is a place to get away from it all and to appreciate the stunning harsh beauty of this sparsely populated country.
Bush camp for the night in the midst of this remote region and have the chance to witness the breathtaking sunsets and sunrises as the landscape takes on remarkable oranges and reds.
Travel to Etosha National Park (480 km, approx 9 hrs), stopping at a market/shop and ATM if required.
Etosha National Park is home to a wide range of Southern Africa's wildlife, including all the big carnivores and five rare or endangered species: black rhino, Hartmann's mountain zebra, black-faced impala, roan antelope and the tiny Damara dik-dik. The wildlife is prolific and Etosha has every right to proclaim itself as one of the world's pre-eminent wildlife areas. Game viewing in the park is relatively easy due to the man-made waterholes and the large sparsely vegetated pans. The bushland surrounding the pans is difficult to see through but there are enough clearings, pans and waterholes to usually allow for some sightings. Namibia has protected its game reserves against poaching so there are large herds of elephants, antelope and other herbivores.
Tonight we have an evening game drive before spending the night at the particularly spectacular Okaukuejo Camp. The camp overlooks a floodlit waterhole visited by many different species throughout the day and night. Upgrades are not available.
Enjoy a full day game drive in Etosha National Park.
This evening we spend the night at Namutoni Camp. Upgrades are available.
Drive to our camp outside Grootfontein for the night (220kms, approx. 5hrs).
Our camp has flush toilets, showers, WiFi, ATM and upgrades available.
Today we do a round trip to visit the Bushmen (180kms). We will go out walking with the San Bushmen, spend some time with them and listen to the stories and songs of these fascinating people, presented in their unique "clicking language". The Bushmen are the oldest ethnic group in Namibia having inhabited Southern Africa for an estimated 20,000 years. Around 30,000 San live in Namibia, but only 2,000 of them still follow a traditional way of life. The San have a deep understanding of nature and ecology, living in harmony with their environment.
Head to Bagani where we set up camp for the night (420kms, approx 7 hours).
Bagani is a small, friendly town with some good hiking trails along the river and plenty of places to just relax.
Our camp has flush toilets, showers, Wifi and upgrades available.
Drive across the border into Botswana and head south along the Okavango Panhandle (the narrowest part of the delta) to Seronga, where we leave our vehicle and join our transport for the journey into the delta (140 km, approx 4 hrs).
Formed by the Okavango River as it flows from the highlands of Angola down to a basin on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, the Okavango Delta is unlike anything else in the world. The river has no outlet from the desert and spreads out into thousands of small streams to form a wilderness that is totally unspoilt. The 16,000 sq km maze of wetlands is a wonderland of clear meandering waterways, green islands, lush plains and prolific wildlife. The delta is filled with a diversity of flora and fauna that includes hippos, crocodiles, elephants and the big cats. However, it's not for the game that we come as it can't always be found. The delta is about exploring one of the world's most fascinating ecosystems.
Boarding boats out into the swamps, travel to Gao Island to meet our mokoro team and to begin exploring the Okavango Delta. Each mokoro (small dugout canoe) takes two people and is poled along through the meandering waterways by a local tribesman. Reeds and lily pads line the streams, and birds startled by the mokoros rise out of the long grasses. Punting along, the peace of the delta may be shattered by the deep grunting of hippos.
Out in the middle of a wilderness area, on the first night you'll camp on an island away from civilisation.
There is no WiFi or upgrades available during these nights.
Continue our trip around the delta and then return to Gao Island before heading to the relative civilisation of Umvuvu Camp with its (usually) hot showers and small bar.
Today there is an option to take a nature walk with your guide.
Return to Bagani for the night where we have time to relax and take part in the various activities that are available in this charming place. Various boat trips, fishing or hikes are possible from Bagani.
Our camp has flush toilets, showers, Wifi and upgrades available.
Bagani to Chobe National Park is quite a long drive, but it's well worth it (430 km, approx 8 hrs). Enter Botswana at Goma border which is also the gateway to the park.
Botswana's first national park, Chobe, is perhaps best known for its high concentration of elephants, which can often be seen swimming in the Chobe River. The river also attracts wallowing hippos, a variety of birdlife, crocodiles sunning themselves by the water's edge, and cheetahs and lions which come down to drink.
Take an optional cruise down the Chobe River - one of the best ways to enjoy the park's animals.
Our camp is outside of Chobe National Park and has flush toilets, showers, WiFi, ATM and upgrades available.
Enjoy an early morning game drive and get up close to the wildlife, hopefully spotting lions, buffaloes, birds and of course elephants.
Travel on to Victoria Falls, crossing the border into Zimbabwe in time to have lunch on the banks of the Zambezi (115 km, approx 3 hrs).
Our camp has flush toilets, showers, WiFi and upgrades available
Visit the magnificent Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls are an enormous curtain of water, about a mile wide, falling 108 m into a narrow gorge below. In the wet season, the spray created can rise up an incredible 400 m and the falls are an impressive raging torrent. The spray from the falls can sometimes be seen from kilometres away. It's no wonder that the local name Mosi oa Tunya means the 'smoke that thunders'. In the dry season, the view of the falls is unobstructed by spray and it's possible to see little islets in the river below.

If you are interested in the Optional Helicopter flight ( 12 minutes or 25 minutes ) we endorse the following operator only: Zambezi Helicopter co CAA Zimbabwe. Your leader can help you arrange
Your leader will take you to a local activity centre where a range of activities will be on offer. We have not risk assessed all activities and only those listed in our trip notes are recommended. If you are unsure please check with your leader.

Please note that it is against company policy for leaders to facilitate the booking of any activities that have not been risk assessed or do not adhere to our company’s Responsible Travel policy and ethos. This includes organising transport to and from these activities in our vehicles.

Responsible Travel Note:
During your visit to the Victoria Falls area you may notice businesses offering an optional 'Walk with the Lions' experience. We recommend that Intrepid travellers bypass this activity as it is contrary to Intrepid's Responsible Travel guideline stating that we 'actively discourage the participation of Intrepid groups in activities which exploit animals - wild or domestic.' Professional wildlife conservation organisations, including Born Free and the World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA), advise that habituating lions to humans can shorten their life and may result in lion-human conflict issues. While there is some merit in the argument that the money that you pay for the activity goes towards lion research, we feel that the negative impacts on the lions' rehabilitation far outweigh this.

Safety Note:
While at Victoria Falls you may hear about Devils Pool. Intrepid does not recommend this activity due to the high risk involved. Our leaders cannot assist in organising this activity.
As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and meet your new fellow travellers.
Today is a free day to enjoy the many activities on offer.
Depart Vic Falls and travel toward Bulawayo (440 km, approx 6-7 hrs).
Known locally as the 'City of Kings', Bulawayo is Zimbabwe's second largest city and has a very interesting historical past.
We will have the afternoon free to explore the city, giving you plenty of opportunity to explore local markets, chat with a local or perhaps find a game of football or rugby to watch.
In Bulawayo, stay in a campground with shared facilities with upgrades (subject to availability) and WiFi available.
Get up early and take the option to venture out to explore the Matobo National Park.
Home to a large population of black and white rhinoceros that can be tracked on foot, Matobo National Park is also the site of the grave of Cecil John Rhodes, the founder of Rhodesia and the De Beers diamond company. The Matopos area has great spiritual and cultural significance to the local people and there are many sites within the park where important ceremonies still take place.
A short drive takes us to Masvingo (310 km, approx 5-6 hrs)
Masvingo is the oldest colonial settlement in Zimbabwe and the perfect base to explore the Great Zimbabwe Ruins.
Spend the afternoon exploring the ruins.
Great Zimbabwe is the national monument the country is named after. A Unesco World Heritage site, the ruined city was first constructed in the 11th century and is thought to be a royal palace for the Zimbabwean monarch.
Our campground in Masvingo has shared facilities, with upgrades and WiFi available
Travel to Harare (320 km, approx 5-6 hrs).
Harare is Zimbabwe's capital city and also its largest.
Arriving in time for lunch we have the afternoon to explore the city on our own or relax at our campground (or a room if you choose to upgrade).

There is plenty to see and do however you will only have an hour or two to explore. You might want to head to the National Gallery, the museum, the botanical gardens or simply wander the city centre and explore the shops and markets.
Today will see us crossing over to Zambia. Starting with a scenic drive to the border, we cover 450Kms, approx 8hrs today. Over the course of the day there will be an opportunity to stop at an ATM and shop/market. We camp just outside Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia.
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.
Our camp has shared facilities and upgrades available.
Check out one of the fastest-developing cities in southern Africa, Lusaka. It's a cosmopolitan city but still retains a traditional African feel with its busy markets and friendly people.
Travel to the banks of the Luangwa River, one of the largest rivers in Zambia (230kms, approx 3-4 hours).
Today we make our way through the heartland to South Luangwa National Park (470 kms, approx 7-8 hours). Early risers can opt to do a morning boat ride at Luangwa river.
The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa. The River is the most intact major river system in Africa and is the life-blood of this 9059 square km Park. South Luangwa is noted for its beautiful scenery and abundance of game, particularly large herds of elephant, buffalo, leopard, Thornicroft’s giraffe and lion. There and over 400 species of birds recorded in the area.
Famed for its walking safaris, South Luangwa National Park holds an abundance of Africa's favourite animals and classic savanna scenery.
Our camp tonight has basic facilities although WiFi and upgrades are available.
Today you have the opportunity to enjoy many optional activities. You can opt to rise early for a morning game drive in 4X4’s, then head back to the camp for lunch, as this is the hottest part of the day, and then return to the park later for a night game drive.
A once off payment covering entrance into the park (25USD) is payable in addition to the optional activity prices listed below.
We cross the border into Malawi and head straight to our camp on the shore of Lake Malawi.

Distance travelled is approximately 9-10 hours (520 Kms) from South Luangwa to Lake Malawi.
Malawi is dominated by its lake, which covers almost a fifth of the country and provides a livelihood for many Malawian people. Fishermen, canoe and net makers, and fish traders all ply their trade on Lake Malawi. A common sight is of a fisherman in his bwato (a dugout canoe made from a hollowed tree trunk) fishing on the still lake at the break of day.
Our campsite at Kande Beach is right on the shore of Lake Malawi. For those after a bit more comfort upgrades are again possible (subject to availability). There is no access to WiFi.
As well as chilling on the beach and participating in the many optional water activities on offer, make sure you take the opportunity to meet some local Malawians, easily some of the friendliest people in Africa.
Drive 235 km (approx 5-6 hours) to our camp in Chitimba.
Chitimba lies along the coast of Lake Malawi and has lovely beaches, friendly locals and a laidback atmosphere. Camp facilities, WiFi and upgrades are available.
Today is a long travel day into Tanzania and its southern highlands. Sit back, relax and watch as the countryside passes by (530 km, approx 9-10 hrs).
Set up camp on the grounds of a farmhouse on the outskirts of this pleasant settlement. Perhaps go for a walk around the old farm house to welcome the evening. Camp facilities, WiFi and upgrades are available.
Heading for Bagamoyo on the coast north of Dar es Salaam, travel through Mikumi National Park. The journey today is 560 km which will take approximately 13 hours of drive time.
Situated at the foot of the thickly wooded Uluguru Mountains, Mikumi National Park is home to large herds of elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, lions and leopards. It's Tanzania's fourth largest national park.
Although we don't take an off-road safari into the depths of the park, a good selection of the wildlife that resides in Mikumi can usually be seen on our way from the southern Tanzanian highland town of Iringa.
Our camp at Bagamoyo is by the beach. Upgrades are available, however there is no Wi-Fi and only cold showers.
Drive to Dar es Salaam and then catch a ferry to the 'Spice Island' of Zanzibar.
Filled with idyllic beaches, winding cobblestone alleyways and fragrant bazaars, Zanzibar's rich history involves everything from slave traders to Arabian sultans and fruit exporters. The sight of traditional dhows sailing along the coast invokes images of what the island was like back in the days of Livingstone.
The old part of Zanzibar's main city is known as Stone Town. The best way to see this exotic port town is on foot, exploring the bazaars, shops, mosques, palaces, courtyards and myriad intricate alleyways. When the sun is setting, why not enjoy a sundowner from a bar overlooking the seafront before trying one of the island's local seafood curries at one of the town's many restaurants.
Spend a night in Stone Town at a basic inn with double/twin-share rooms and access to WiFi.
As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and meet your new fellow travellers. Please note the Zanzibar portion of your itinerary may have more passengers than the maximum group size of 22 as we have a crossover of trips starting and finishing in Zanzibar.
Check out of your Stone Town hotel and drive to the spice plantations where you'll receive a guided tour and the opportunity to touch, smell and taste various spices such as cinnamon, vanilla and ginger, as well as teas made with these spices.
Today we head to the northern beaches and enjoy white sand and sparkling blue sea - the Indian Ocean at its best.
Try snorkeling, eat sumptuous seafood or simply relax in a hammock underneath a coconut tree with a good book.
Catch the midday ferry to Dar es Salaam with your leader and group, then join the overland vehicle, driver and cook and take the short drive to Bagamoyo.

Our camp at Bagamoyo is by the beach. Upgrades are available, however there is no Wi-Fi and only cold showers.

As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location.
Perhaps wake early and visit the old slave trade markets. It's then time to get off the well-beaten track and head into the remote Tanzanian mountains (280 km, approx 7 hrs).
The Usambara Mountains are a lovely unspoilt area of Tanzania. Unlike the coast and the north, very few tourists visit this area so it has a freshness that can be hard to find elsewhere. The mountains are located in the north-east of Tanzania, between Kilimanjaro and the Indian Ocean, and overlook the vast Masai steppe. They are wonderfully lush and green and the area has been dubbed the Galapagos of the plant world. The forests stretch across the mountains and are ideal for easy hikes and guided walks. As beautiful as the place is, its real jewels are the local people and villages.
Our base is the old German colony of Lushoto where we stay in the grounds of one of the earliest hotels in Africa. Our campsite has flush toilets, showers, upgrades possible but rarely WiFi.
Explore the beautiful Usambara Mountains and experience this area's gentle hospitality on a visit to some of its small communities. From our base, we'll organise a walking trip out to the beautiful Irente viewpoint. We recommend you pack some water and snacks in a day pack for the trip. On our way back, visit a local cultural project based at Irente farm and enjoy a picnic lunch.
Back on board our truck, we make our way towards to the village of Marangu (240 km, approx 6 hrs).
Our camp ground is basic with flush toilets and showers situated on the lush green slopes of Kilimanjaro.
Take a walking tour of Mshiri Village, the base for the Village Education Project, and witness the day-to-day life of the Chagga people, long established as crop-growers on the fertile slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. Walk around their shamba (farm) and have the chance to sample the local Chagga food, which is very filling. For more information on the Village Education Project visit www.kiliproject.org.
Visit nearby waterfalls and stop to admire the view of the plains below. If the weather is clear, get a view of Kilimanjaro - the magnificent snow-capped mountain and Africa's highest peak at 5,895 m (19,340 ft).
Head off to Karatu with a stop at Arusha to stock up on supplies (265km, approx 6 hours)
With red dirt streets, green hills in the distance and plenty of smiling children, Karatu is a small town near the gateway to the Ngorongoro Crater.
Rise early and leave the truck behind, putting our camping and personal gear into six-person jeeps and heading out for our excursion into the Serengeti via Ngorongoro Crater.
Enjoy a safari in the crater, spending between three and four hours exploring this area. A huge, perfectly intact volcanic crater, Ngorongoro is home to some 30,000 animals including endangered black rhinos, lions, leopards, elephants, impalas, zebras and hippos. The crater floor offers excellent game viewing all year round and the photographic opportunities here are unrivalled.
Continue on to the wide, open plains of the Serengeti - green after the rains, brown and burnt in the dry season, and home to thousands of hoofed animals and fierce predators - are perhaps the quintessential image of Africa. Flat and rolling with long grasses and dotted with acacia trees, the plains get their name from the Maasai word Siringet - 'the place where the land moves on forever'.
Game viewing in the Serengeti is amazing and as you camp out at night, don't be surprised to hear lions in the distance as you recount your wildlife sightings from the day. In normal circumstances, we would expect to see the Big Five during our stay in the Serengeti.
Our campsite is within the Serengeti itself so listen out for the sounds of nocturnal animals as you drift off to sleep. No upgrades or WiFi are available tonight.
Today we awaken at dawn to begin our game drive. We will head out while the animals are at their most active and head back to camp for brunch around 11am. After spending the day relaxing (just like the animals do) we head out again as the day begins to cool for our dusk game drive, returning in time for another delicious camp dinner.
For an unforgettable experience, you might like to do an optional sunrise balloon ride over the Serengeti in place of some of the morning game drive. As the balloon only holds 16 people, places are limited and it is recommended you book this activity in advance. Please inquire when booking your trip to secure this optional activity.
If you have pre-booked this activity, you'll be picked up and driven to the launch site where you receive a safety briefing from your pilot. You'll then float over the Serengeti as the sun comes up gaining an overview of the immensity of the Serengeti, seeing the abundance of wildlife in their early morning activity and sometimes descending to tree height for amazing wildlife photography opportunities. Upon landing, you'll be treated to a five-star bush breakfast before being returned to your truck and leader.
Please note that we offer this activity as a pre-booked service which will guarantee you a spot in a balloon. If you choose to wait and book this activity locally on the ground you may get a better price. However this is a popular activity and places are limited. It is at your own discretion if you wish to pre-book this service with us or try and book it locally while you are on your trip.
You'll notice many Maasai villages in the region of the Ngorongoro Crater. While it's of course fascinating to visit different cultures, past experience has shown that these villages exist primarily as tourism businesses offering somewhat contrived performances of their traditional ways. You'll be charged an entry fee of approx US$20-35 and the Maasai will try very hard to sell souvenirs to you. While many clients still enjoy the experience, others have found it artificial and uncomfortable. We recommend our travellers bypass this activity as our Kenyan colleagues observe that it negatively impacts the Maasai culture and travellers' perception of this culture.
Rise with the sun as we make an early start, enjoy another game drive as we exit the Serengeti. Jump back into our overland vehicle and head for Mto wa Mbu.
A small village community, Mto Wa Mbu offers an excellent way to get a close-up look at life in an African town away from the main tourist trail.
A small village community, Mto Wa Mbu offers an excellent way to get a close-up look at life in an African town away from the main tourist trail.
Join the local community with a guided stroll around the farming areas - including visits to a kindergarten, milling machine, local homes and farmlands. This is a great way to have fun and find out more about the life of the locals. You'll also have the chance to look around the town and visit the local market. You may wish to indulge in a spot of shopping - wood carvings and local artworks are the specialities of this area.
A short afternoon drive (1.5 hours) takes us to Arusha.
Our campsite is in Meserani, on the outskirts of Arusha, and has flush toilets and showers. Depending on availability an upgrade to a room may be an option. There is no WiFi available at the campsite.
Set off early, heading for the border with Kenya and on to Nairobi (390 km, approx 7-8 hrs).
This is a transport day to Nairobi. You can finish your trip in Arusha this morning if you wish to travel further in Tanzania or catch a flight.
We usually depart the Meserani camp site around 7.30am. You can be dropped off at Arusha airport, or a central point in Arusha (if booking a flight from Arusha today please do not book any flights departing before 11.00am), or continue on to Nairobi.
On arrival in Nairobi we'll be dropped at our finishing point hotel. No accommodation is provided for tonight, but we are able to book you additional accommodation in Nairobi. Please ask at time of booking.
Important: Please don't book any flights until after 8pm this evening.
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Inclusions

Meals
45 breakfasts, 41 lunches, 41 dinners
Transport
4x4 Safari Vehicle, Mokoro, Overland vehicle, Ferry
Accommodation
Bungalow (2 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (5 nights), Camping (with facilities) (36 nights), Cabin (3 nights), Hotel (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Sossusvlei 4x4 Tour
  • Sesriem - Sand dunes visit
  • Village Visit - Swakopmund ( Township tour)
  • Cape Cross seal colony
  • Evening Game Drive
  • Full Day Game Drive
  • San Bushman cultural experience
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro trips & bushwalks
  • Nature Walk
  • Chobe - Dawn game drive
  • Visit Victoria Falls
  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Zanzibar Spice tour
  • Irente - walk & local lunch
  • Village Education Project (Marangu) visit, village walk & lunch
  • Serengeti - Game drive
  • Ngorongoro Crater - Game drive

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip.
2. An optional sunrise balloon ride in the Serengeti National Park is possible on this itinerary. Please see the itinerary above for full details of this activity. As the balloon only holds 16 people, places are limited and we recommend you book in advance. Please inquire when booking your trip to book this optional activity.
3. This is a combination trip made up of 3 shorter trips. This means the composition of your group may change in Victoria Falls and Stone Town as some group members leave and new ones join you.
4. The Zanzibar portion of your itinerary may have a few more passengers than the maximum group size of 22 as we have a crossover of trips starting and finishing in Zanzibar.
5. This trip finishes upon arrival at our finish point hotel in Nairobi on Day 49. Please do not book any flights until after 7pm this evening.

Trip notes

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Reviews

Our Cape Town to Kenya trips score an average of 4.75 out of 5 based on 4 reviews in the last year.

Cape Town to Kenya , September 2015

Cape Town to Kenya , March 2015

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