Itinerary

Day 1 Cape Town

Kick off the journey in the coastal haven of Cape Town.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 2 Citrusdal

Cruise into South Africa to explore the rock art of Citrusdal and perhaps sip some wine on an optional winery tour.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 3 Noordoewer

Camp on the scenic banks of the Gariep River.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 4 Fish River Canyon

Be treated to some phenomenal views at Fish River Canyon.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 5-6 Sesriem

Use Sesriem as a base for exploring the incredible Namib Desert – home to some of the world's tallest sand dunes.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 7-8 Swakopmund

Get a further sense of Namibia’s German colonial roots in Swakopmund. After checking out the European architecture, why not indulge in a range of adrenaline pumping activities in this action sports Mecca.
ACCOM: Bungalow - 1, Hotel - 1

Day 9 Spitzkoppe

Bush camp in the shadow of Spitzkoppe and witness a golden sunset over this remote region.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 10-11 Etosha National Park

Get an up-close look at some of Southern Africa’s most iconic wildlife, and some truly unique species, in the world renowned Etosha National Park.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 12 Windhoek

Make tracks to the German colonial town of Windhoek, a curious mixture of African and European culture.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 13 D'Kar

Head north and camp at the Dqae Qare Game Reserve, a community project located in the Kalahari Desert.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 14 Maun

Travel to Maun, a modern African city with a rural heart.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 15-16 Okavango Delta

Explore the expansive waterways of the Okavango Delta in a traditional mokoro canoe.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 17 Maun

Return to Maun and perhaps enjoy a meal in one of the local restaurants.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 18-19 Makgadikgadi Pans

Traverse the magnificent Makgadikgadi Pans – one of the largest salt pans in the world.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 20-21 Bulawayo/Matobo National Park

Explore the second largest city in Zimbabwe before heading out on foot to track rhinos in Matobo National Park.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 22 Hwange National Park

Enjoy a game drive on the former royal hunting grounds of a Ndebele warrior-king.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 23-25 Victoria Falls

Let the mists of Victoria Falls wash away the jet-lag and perhaps enjoy an adrenaline pumping bungee jump – a great way to get into the swing of Africa!
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 26 Choma

Journey through the rolling African landscape and lose yourself in the vast expanse of this wild continent.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 27-29 Lower Zambezi

Canoe down the gentle Lower Zambezi River. Float through a stunning natural landscape, keeping an eye out for wildlife stopping to drink at the river banks. Camp on islands dotted throughout the waters.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 30 Luangwa River

Camp on the banks of the river, under a blanket of stars in the African night sky.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 31-32 South Luangwa National Park

Take a game drive through Zambia's South Luangwa National Park. The Luangwa River is home to vast numbers of crocodiles and hippos, while the plains of the park contain many species of buck, kudu and gazelle. Perhaps visit Kawaza village to see a local dance performance and try a traditional Kunda midday meal.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 33 Lilongwe

Travel to Lolongwe, Malawi's capital. With a vibrant atmosphere, the city is a hub for the country's cultural output and boasts a lively restaurant and bar scene.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 34-36 Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi covers almost a fifth of the country. Spot fisherman aboard their dugout canoes, floating on the still waters at the break of day.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 37 Iringa

Journey to Kisolanza Farm in Iringa, a town set into the slopes of a cliff overlooking Little Ruaha River. Wander through the markets, full of colourfully dressed locals. If you are feeling game try the legendary Dabaga chilli sauce.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 38 Dar es Salaam

Arrive in Dar es Salaam and settle in to beach camp on the outskirts of the city. Stroll along the bustling ports, people watch from cafes or kick back on the sand, enjoying the mellow vibe of this idyllic spot.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 39-41 Zanzibar

Sail to the 'Spice Island' of Zanzibar to explore the winding cobblestone alleyways and fragrant bazaars. Try a deliciously fresh seafood curry and take a guided tour of the inland spice plantations to see where the mouthwatering flavours come from. Spend free time sipping cocktails at seaside bars or relaxing on idyllic sands.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 42 Dar es Salaam

Take the ferry back to the African mainland and be treated to another night at beach camp.

Day 43 Marangu

Climb the lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro to reach the small village of Marangu, that is situated by the streams that run down form Mt Kilimanjaro's glaciers. Enjoy fantastic views of the mountain and the surrounding countryside, and take a walking tour of Mshiri Village and witness the day-to-day life of the Chagga people.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 44 Arusha

Enter Tanzania and head for Arusha, Tanzania's safari capital, located at the base of Mt Meru. Stock up on supplies and perhaps enjoy a traditional meal at one of the many eateries before making your way into the wilds of Africa!
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 45-46 Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro Crater

Journey into the wide, open plains of the Serengeti National Park, home to thousands of hoofed animals and fierce predators. Try to spot all of Africa's Big Five on game drives and sleep in the midst of nature, letting the nocturnal sounds of this unique African habitat lull you to sleep.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 47 Mto Wa Mbu

The famous Ngorongoro crater is home to more than 30,000 animals including the endangered black rhino, zebras and hippos. Keep cameras handy as you game drive through the heart of this natural wonder. Stop by the small village community of Mto Wa Mbu and get an insight into the traditional African way of life.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 48 Nairobi

After an early start, get set for a day of travelling, leaving the serenity of the Serengeti for the bustling Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 49-50 Masai Mara

Leave the city behind once again and head into the heart of the Masai Mara. Keep an eye out for prides of lions, herds of elephants and, if you are lucky, a stealthy cheetah or leopard, all of which call the Masai Mara home.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 51 Nairobi

Sneak in an early morning game drive after breakfast before hitting the road back to Nairobi.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 52 Nakuru

Head for Nakuru and perhaps pay a visit to a working dairy farm.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 53 Kericho

Spend time mingling with eager students before taking an optional tea plantation visit at Kericho.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 54-55 Jinja

Cross the border into Uganda, set up camp near Lake Victoria and prepare for two days of adventure. For adrenaline junkies, why not try some whitewater rafting.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 56 Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Visit Uganda’s Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, an important organisation that helps to reintroduce rhinos back into the wild. Join a local ranger and observe these impressive beasts in their natural habitat.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 57 Kaniyo Pabidi Forest

Venture to the Budongo Forest for an afternoon of chimpanzee trekking in Kaniyo Pabidi.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 58-59 Murchison Falls National Park

Take an afternoon game drive in the delta – home to plenty of elephants, buffalo, giraffes and antelopes.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 60 Bush Camp

Head south and camp in the heart of the great outdoors.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 61 Queen Elizabeth National Park

Descend into the Great Rift Valley and embark on a game drive through this stunning national park. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, well known for its healthy population of hippos.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 62 Lake Bunyonyi

Make tracks to Lake Bunyonyi - home to some of the most picturesque scenery in Uganda.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 63-65 Kigali/Ruhengeri/Gorilla trek

Cross into Rwanda, stopping at Kigali for a visit to the moving Genocide Memorial. Continue on to Ruhengeri and make a memorable trek into one of the last remaining sanctuaries of the mountain gorilla.
ACCOM: Hostel - 3

Day 66 Lake Mburo National Park

Camp on the shores of the stunning Lake Mburo, surrounded by an amazing array of wildlife.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 67 Jinja

Travel to Jinja, via Kampala, stopping at the equator. Camp overnight by the riverside.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 68 Eldoret

Cross back into Kenya and visit Eldoret – a high altitude retreat that is an ideal training ground for Kenya’s endurance athletes.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 69 Nakuru National Park

Frolic around a flamingo-filled lake and camp overnight on a dairy farm near Nakuru National Park.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 70-71 Nairobi

Return to Nairobi for the night.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1, Hotel - 1

Day 72 Lake Naivasha

Relax beside Lake Naivasha and watch hippos wallowing on the shore.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 73-74 Lake Nakuru

A favourite spot with birdlife, Lake Nakuru is a shimmering sea of pink flamingos. Listen for the chatter of black and white colobus monkeys in the treetops above.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 75 Mt Kenya

Travel through stunning scenery on the way to the slopes of Mt Kenya.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 76-77 Samburu National Reserve

Witness traditional Samburu dancing, and learn about tribal life and customs from the locals. Venture into this vast reserve to try and spot Africa's iconic Big Five.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 78-79 Marsabit/Moyale

Traverse a surreal, black lunar landscape and pass spectacular craters and termite mounds on the drive to Ethiopia.
ACCOM: Camp site - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 80-81 Konso

Pick up a souvenir at the local market or perhaps take time to admire the traditional houses in the area.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 82-84 Omo Valley

The colourful markets and villages are a delight to explore in Ethiopia's picturesque Omo Valley. Meet friendly tribespeople and learn about their fascinating culture.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 3

Days 85-86 Arba Minch

In free time, why not cycle around scenic landscapes, embark on a boat trip or visit a crocodile farm.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 87-88 Wendo Genet/Awasa

Recuperate travel-weary bodies in the hot springs of Wendo Gennet, encased in a beautiful panorama with a rich endowment of forest, wildlife and abundant water. Head to Awassa the following day, a city nestled on the shores of a great lake, and home to the Awassa Children's Project, which promotes AIDS prevention.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 89-91 Bale Mountain National Park

Venture out on game-spotting expeditions in this stunningly diverse park.
ACCOM: Lodge - 3

Day 92 Lake Abiata-Shala National Park

The natural habitat of the Lake Abiata-Shala National Park is an ornothological paradies with an astounding array of birdlife year-round.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 93-95 Addis Ababa

Visit Ethiopia's bustling capital, Addis Ababa, and indulge in spicy, traditional cuisine at a local restaurant or cafe.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 96 Dejen

Visit the Blue Nile Gorge en route to Dejen.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 97-99 Bahir Dar

Board a reed boat bound for the ornately decorated monasteries on Lake Tana's isolated islands and peninsulas.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 100-102 Lalibela

Hidden among the hills of northern Ethiopia, Lalibela is home to monolithic churches hewn from the surrounding rocks. Take a walk through the structures with a local guide to unlock the fascinating history of this area.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 103 Bush Camp

Journey through the rolling Ethiopian countryside and camp beneath the stars.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 104 Mekele

Admire the clusters of churches sculpted into caves and a dramatic cliff-face in Tigray.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 105-106 Aksum

Get acquainted with the once-mighty city of Aksum, and discover its towering ancient obelisks, crumbling palaces and web of underground tombs.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 107 Enda Selassie

Wind through the Ethiopian countryside on the way to one of the country's greatest natural habitats.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 108-111 Simien Mountains National Park

Ethiopia's stunning Simien Mountains are home to a wealth of animals. Hike through the rugged terrain and pass eroded volcanic cores, raging rivers and jagged peaks.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 4

Days 112-114 Gonder

Discover the castles, churches and palaces of Gonder, often referred to as 'Africa's Camelot' - a grand way to end this Ethiopian Explorer adventure.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 115 Gedaref

Cross the border into Sudan and ride through the countryside on the way to its lively capital.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 116 Khartoum

Brush up on some Arabic language skills with the friendly residents of Khartoum city, Sudan's busy capital.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 117 Meroe

Admire the spectacular pyramids of Meroe, explore Naqa's Lion Temple and wander through the palace of Musawwarat.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 118-120 Nubian Desert

Follow a camel route through the rugged terrain of the Nubian Desert passing oases, small Nile hamlets and ancient relics of past civilisations. In the evening, share a simple meal around the campfire and sleep under the stars as nomadic locals pass by.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 3

Days 121-122 Wadi Halfa

Take in the the last of Sudan's desert scenery on the journey to Wadi Halfa. There's a free day here so perhaps explore the town, wander by the shores of Lake Nasser or sit in the main square sipping tea, people watching and eating fuul (beans) or fried Nile perch.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Day 123 Overnight Ferry

Embark on an epic ferry adventure across Lake Nasser, an enormous man-made lake. Glimpse spectacular scenery en route to the port of Wadi Halfa at Sudan's northern tip and make the crossing into Egypt.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1, Overnight ferry - 1

Days 124-126 Aswan

Travel north to Aswan and unwind with a stroll along the Nile River, or take a relaxing felucca cruise followed by a sunset cocktail. See a giant, unfinished obelisk, haggle for souvenirs and treasures in the souq or take a trip to see the two magnificent temples of Abu Simbel.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 127-129 Luxor

The ancient Egyptian capital of Luxor houses spectacular temples and tombs. Ride a donkey to the remarkable Valley of the Kings and visit the Temples of Karnak with an Egyptologist.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 130 El Kharga Oasis

Drive through endless dessert scenery to reach El Kharga Oasis. There are many sites of antiquity to explore, more notably the Temple of Hebes and the Bagawaat Necropolis. Perhaps take a camel ride around the oasis or explore the springs close by. Camp under a sea of stars.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 131-132 Dakhla Oasis

Perhaps head out on an overnight camel safari to camp by hot springs or explore the palm groves and Coptic antiquities at the Dakhla Oasis.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 2

Day 133 White Desert Bush Camp

Relax in the morning or further explore the area before heading to the White Desert bush camp for another glorious night sleeping under the star-filled skies.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 134 Bahariya Oasis

Spend the day exploring the White and Black deserts, visiting Crystal Mountain and discovering the gold mummies that are housed in the fascinating museum here.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 135 Egyptian Coast Bush Camp/El Alamein

Head for the sparkling Egyptian coast, stopping via the famous WWII battleground of El Alamein. Reflect on the tragic toll of the Wester desert campaign before setting up camp for the night.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 136-137 Siwa Oasis

Head south, across Egypt's Western desert and into Siwa - an area famous for its delicious olives and dates. Enjoy a Bedoouin meal and embark on a desert safari, or perhaps stick around in Siwa and explore the maze-like ruins of Shali - the mud brick fort which overlooks the town.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 138-139 Alexandria

Head to Egypt's second largest city, the ancient port of Alexandria. As the ancient capital of Egypt's last royal dynasty, there is no shortage of history here to be explored. Perhaps check out the Roman Amphitheatre and Catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa, and be sure to feast on some of Alexandria's renowned seafood.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 140-142 Cairo

Explore the iconic Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza and the sprawling Saqqara cemetery with a local guide. There's also time to see precious, ancient treasures housed in the Egyptian Museum. Celebrate the end of a remarkable trip by exploring the markets in Cairo and picking up souvenirs.