Africa Encompassed Southbound Itinerary

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    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $3,970
      CAD $4,025
      AUD $4,180
      EUR €2,895
      GBP £2,495
      NZD $4,955
      ZAR R38,055
      CHF FR3,585
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $3,560
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $7,530*
      CAD $7,881*
      AUD $8,115*
      EUR €5,497*
      GBP £4,853*
      NZD $9,166*
      ZAR R75,911*
      CHF FR6,735*
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    • Overland, Wildlife
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Day 1 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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 2 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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 3-4 Eldoret/Kampala

Cross the border into Uganda and camp near the city of Kampala.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 5-6 Kibale Forest National Park

This equatorial rainforest in Kibale Forest National Park is home to the highest concentration of primates in the world, the ideal place to go chimp spotting. Enjoy a walking safari and watch the resident chimpanzees squabbling and playing. Wander through the surrounding tea plantations to visit villages or simply kick back at camp in the grounds of an old colonial bungalow.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 7 Queen Elizabeth National Park

Set between the Edward and George lakes in the Great Rift Valley, the Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to a wide array of wildlife. Embark on a safari tour to try to spot elephants, lions, buffaloes and antelopes. Cruise the Kazinga Channel where pelicans and eagles soar and hippos wallow.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 8 Lake Bunyonyi

Hire a traditional dugout canoe and glide across Lake Bunyonyi to enjoy the amazing scenery, which is some of the most picturesque in Uganda.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 9-11 Gorilla Trek

Make tracks across the border into Rwanda and set up camp at Ruhengeri, gateway to the gorilla trekking region. Accompanied by a local guide and trackers, hike through rugged terrain to come face-to-face with rare mountain gorillas; the sight of these gentle mountain giants is unforgettable. Head out on rainforest hikes to glimpse some of the forest's other inhabitants and pay a visit to the moving Kigali Genocide Memorial.
ACCOM: Dormitory - 3

Day 12 Lake Mburo

Travel back into Uganda and on to Lake Mburo, home to the giant eland antelope. Discover plenty of other magnificent animals on walking safaris through this secluded park, which sits alongside Mburo.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 13-14 Jinja

Stop at the equator en route to the place thrillseekers flock to in Uganda. Jinja is both a scenic riverside retreat and renowned spot for adventure activity enthusiasts.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 15-16 Eldoret/Nairobi

Pass through Eldoret on the way back to the busy streets of Nairobi, where this epic African tour ends.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1, Hotel - 1

Day 17 Mto Wa Mbu

Travel to Arusha before setting up camp in a Tanzanian village. Spend the next morning exploring this fascinating area in free time.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 18-19 Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National Park

Descend to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater to spot rhinos, elephants and zebras before heading out across the Serengeti plains.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 2

Day 20 Mto Wa Mbu

Travel to Mto Wa Mbu and explore the village and the market on a walk with the group.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 21 Marangu

Camp amid tropical gardens on the slopes of mighty Mt Kilimanjaro.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 22 Dar es Salaam

Pitch tents on a beach just outside the coastal city of Dar es Salaam.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 23-25 Zanzibar

Be enchanted by exotic spice plantations, ornate architecture and beachside sunsets in Zanzibar. Be sure to sample a spicy seafood curry.
ACCOM: Bungalow - 2, Hotel - 1

Day 26 Dar es Salaam

Return to the mainland by ferry and stay at a beachside camp near Dar es Salaam.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 27-28 Iringa/Chitimba

Travel through the Mikumi National Park where giraffes are often seen munching on acacia foliage. Spend a night in the highland town of Iringa, before heading onwards into Malawi.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 29-30 Lake Malawi

Travel south to vast Lake Malawi, which covers roughly a fifth of the country. Relax on the beach and meet friendly Malawians.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 31-32 Lilongwe/Lusaka

Begin a long voyage across the continent to Zambia, stopping off in Malawi's capital city of Lilongwe for supplies. The following morning, drive onwards towards Lusaka and become immersed in the surrounding spectacular scenery.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 33 Harare

Explore galleries, museums and gardens in Harare.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 34 Masvingo

Visit the Great Zimbabwe Ruins and discover some of the most significant ancient ruins in Africa.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 35-36 Bulawayo

Peruse the many markets in the city of Bulawayo before venturing out into Matobo National Park in search of rare rhinos.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 37 Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park has been transformed from royal hunting grounds into a sanctuary for some of Africa's most precious animals. Keep watch for elephants on a game drive through the park.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 38-40 Victoria Falls

Witness the tremendous power of Victoria Falls as torrents of water cascade into the canyon below.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 41-42 Chobe National Park

Enjoy exciting game drives in Botswana's Chobe National Park and cruise along the Chobe River on the lookout for wallowing hippos and soaring fish eagles.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 43 Bagani

Travel into Namibia and choose to relax with a boat trip.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 44-45 Okavango Delta

Discover the watery wildlife haven of Okavango Delta by mokoro, a dugout canoe poled along by a local guide. Set up camp on a lush, remote island and fall asleep to the nocturnal music of the delta.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 2

Day 46 Bagani

The African adventure continues to Bagani where we set up camp for the night.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 47-48 Grootfontein/San Bushmen

Meet the San Bushmen of the Kalahari and observe their age-old traditions on a desert tracking and gathering trip.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 49-50 Etosha National Park

Roam Etosha Park's dry plains, perhaps encountering elephants, antelope and big cats.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 51 Spitzkoppe

Watch the rock formations of Spitzkoppe change colour with the light.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1

Days 52-54 Swakopmund

See the seal colonies of Cape Cross then perhaps try optional activities such as skydiving, quad-biking or sandboarding in Swakopmund.
ACCOM: Chalet - 3

Days 55-56 Sesriem/River Camp

The day's journey leads to the Namib Desert. The following day, wake before dawn and scramble to the top of the dunes for a dramatic sunrise view before jumping in the back of a 4x4 to explore the surreal landscape of Sossusvlei.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 57 Fish River Canyon

Relax by the Fish River Canyon, one of the largest canyons in the world; it offers impressive photo opportunities.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 58-59 Orange River/Western Cape

Cross into South Africa and travel along the Orange River by canoe or simply laze by the scenic riverbanks.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 60 Cape Town

This Vic Falls to Cape Town trip ends among the cafes and vineyards of this stunning bayside city. If time permits, stay an extra day or two to experience all the wonderful things Cape Town has to offer.