Africa Encompassed Northbound Overview

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An epic journey from South Africa to Nairobi

Venture out and witness vast landscapes, natural wonders, towns rich in cultural traditions and modern cities humming with life on this epic tour of Africa. Get ready for 60 days of action, adventure and authentic experiences that will create lasting memories. 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 scale of the Ngorongoro Crater. Meet the San Bushmen, sample traditional food cooked by the Chagga people, enjoy 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. These are experiences to remember forever - this is Africa Encompassed.


GUARANTEED GORILLA PERMIT PRICE FOR TREKKING DATES UNTIL THE END OF 2012

  • Be a part of the lively atmosphere in Nairobi
  • Behold the beauty of Cape Town
  • Enjoy a gorilla trekking experience in Rwanda
  • Experience peaceful wilderness in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Marvel at the immensity of Namibia's Fish River Canyon
  • Track playful chimps in the Kibale Forest
  • Visit the mighty Victoria Falls
  • Witness the stark beauty of the rocky Spitzkoppe

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Finish:

    Nairobi, Kenya
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 22
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    55 breakfasts, 49 lunches, 48 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Bungalow (2 nts), Camping (with basic facilities) (5 nts), Camping (with facilities) (43 nts), Chalet (3 nts), Dormitory (3 nts), Hotel (3 nts)
  • Transport:

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

    Cape Cross seal colony, Chimpanzee Trekking Kibale National Park, Chobe - Boat Cruise, Chobe - Dawn game drive, Etosha - Game drive, Fish River Canyon, Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Hwange National Park, Kazinga Channel boat cruise, Kigali - Genocide Memorial, Lake Mburo Walking safari, Lake Nakuru - Game drive, Matobo National Park - Guided walking safari, Mountain gorilla trek & permit, Okavango Delta - Mokoro trips & bushwalks, Queen Elizabeth National Park Game Drive, San Bushman cultural experience, Serengeti - Game drive, Sesriem - Sand dunes visit, Usambara Village Education Project visit, village walk & lunch, Visit Victoria Falls, Zanzibar Spice tour

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1795kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    This trip requires an additional non-refundable deposit ( AUD1000, USD900, EUR650, NZD1000, GBP500, CAD900, 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. This is a combination trip. Please see trip notes (Important notes) for more details. GUARANTEED GORILLA PERMIT PRICE FOR TREKKING DATES UNTIL THE END OF 2012 **All departures with trekking dates in 2013 will have an increased kitty price of at least USD250 to reflect the increased Gorilla Permit price. This includes the 29, Dec 2012 Departure.** Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.

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Africa Encompassed Northbound Summary

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Day 1 Cape Town

Boasting vineyards, adventure activities, restaurants and attractions both in and around the city, Cape Town is a delight. It is also the perfect place to kick off the ultimate overland tour of Africa.

Days 2-3 Western Cape/Orange River

Spend a night on a farm then cross into Namibia to camp on the banks of the Orange River.

Day 4 Fish River Canyon

Travel to Fish River Canyon in time for a spectacular sunset over the surrounding region.

Days 5-6 Sesriem/Bush Camp

Climb to the top of one of the world's highest sand dunes in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Wake early to witness sunrise over the golden dunes.

Days 7-9 Swakopmund

Enjoy adventure activities in Swakopmund, an oasis between the desert and the beach.

Day 10 Spitzkoppe

View thousands of seals basking on the shores of Cape Cross before gazing at the wonder of the rocky Spitzkoppe.

Days 11-12 Etosha National Park

From big carnivores to over 340 bird species, there's plenty to spot on this adventure into vast Etosha park, one of the largest national parks in Africa.

Day 13 Grootfontein/San Bushmen

Head out tracking and gathering with the San Bushmen, perhaps picking up a few words of their local 'clicking' language.

Days 14-15 Rundu/Bagani Community Camp

Travel onwards to Rundu before reaching the vast swamps of Bagani.

Days 16-17 Okavango Delta

Make tracks for the expansive Okavango Delta in Botswana. Explore the maze of reed beds and waterways onboard a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe.

Day 18 Bagani Community Camp

Relax in laidback Bagani and perhaps enjoy some of the optional activities, including boat tours, fishing and hiking.

Days 19-20 Chobe National Park

Try to spy swimming elephants, wallowing hippos or sun-loving crocs on a cruise along the Chobe River.

Days 21-23 Victoria Falls

Travel across to Zimbabwe and head to Victoria Falls.

Day 24 Hwange National Park

Learn about the plight of the endangered African wild dog at the Painted Dog Conservation Group. Travel into Hwange National Park to look for elephants and other wildlife on exciting game drives.

Days 25-26 Bulawayo

Enjoy time relaxing in the city of Bulawayo then venture into the Matobo National Park, home to a large population of black and white rhinos. Take a walking safari to track these rare beasts on foot.

Day 27 Masvingo

Explore ancient ruins thought to have once been a palace for Zimbabwean royalty.

Day 28 Harare

Relax amid the gardens and galleries of Harare city.

Days 29-30 Lusaka/Chipata

Soak up Malawian culture in the capital Lilongwe. Relax in cafes and restaurants or wander through markets and shops.

Days 31-32 Lake Malawi

Kick back on the peaceful shores of Lake Malawi. Indulge in the many optional water activities on offer and be sure to take the opportunity to meet the locals - Malawians are some of the friendliest people in Africa.

Days 33-34 Chitimba/Iringa

Forge through the green highlands and pitch camp in the grounds of a local farmhouse. Travel back across the plains into Tanzania.

Day 35 Dar es Salaam

Visit Mikumi National Park spotting elephants, buffaloes and giraffes. Camp on a tropical beach outside Dar es Salaam.

Days 36-38 Zanzibar

Plunge into the sensuous delights of Tanzania's tropical playground, Zanzibar, exploring historic Stone Town, touring fragrant spice plantations and lounging under coconut palms beside the Indian Ocean.

Day 39 Dar es Salaam

Return to Dar es Salaam for more beach camping.

Day 40 Marangu

Spend a night amid acres of beautiful tropical gardens in Marangu.

Day 41 Mto Wa Mbu

Meet the Chagga people, sample traditional food and learn about the life of these crop-growers on a visit to the Mt Kilimanjaro village of Mshiri. Afterwards, head to Mto Wa Mbu for the night.

Days 42-43 Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National Park

Descend to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater to see an abundance of wildlife including lions, leopards, zebras and rhinos. Then head to the wilds of the Serengeti to embark on thrilling safari drives.

Day 44 Arusha

Peruse the craft market of Mto Wa Mbu and admire the colourful fabrics, crafts and wood carvings on offer. Spend the night in Arusha.

Day 45 Nairobi

Get ready for an animal-spotting adventure through Africa. If arriving early, Kenya's renowned National Museum is a popular place to visit in Nairobi.

Day 46 Lake Nakuru

Depart Nairobi and travel to Lake Nakuru, a favourite spot for birdlife. See a pink-feathered sea of flamingos and try to spot rhinos on a game drive through Nakuru park. Meet local children at the Saidia Children's Home Project.

Days 47-48 Eldoret/Kampala

Cross the border into Uganda and camp near the city of Kampala.
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