Discover southern Africa, touring from Kenya to South Africa

Want Africa with the lot? That's exactly what you'll get on this epic adventure across ten countries. Get breathtakingly close to animals more often seen in zoos and nature documentaries, from endangered mountain gorillas and lumbering elephants to ferocious lions and tiny dik-dik antelope. Along the way, meet people from a range of cultures and communities: Zanzibar spice growers, friendly Lake Malawi fishermen and fascinating San Bushmen. This trip will leave you humbled and amazed by the breadth of life and culture, and the beauty of nature, on this ancient and spectacular continent.

Nairobi, Kenya
Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa,
Overland, Wildlife
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 22
Carbon offset
3 011kg pp per trip


  • Feel the thunder of Victoria Falls
  • Get to know friendly Malawians on a village walk
  • Learn about the hunter-gatherer traditions of the San Bushmen of the Kalahari
  • Soak up Cape Town's cafe culture
  • See sunrise from atop massive sand dunes
  • Bask on Zanzibar's beaches
  • Help out the Kariandusi School Trust project
  • Be a part of the lively atmosphere in Nairobi
  • Track playful chimps in Kibale Forest
  • Seek Africa's most iconic animals on the Serengeti plains
  • Meet Rwanda's noble mountain gorillas


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

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.
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.
Cross the border into Uganda and camp near the city of Kampala. Discover the old and new of Kampala and uncover the secret history of the Buganda people.
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.
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. Take an optional cruise on the Kazinga Channel where pelicans and eagles soar and hippos wallow.
Hire a traditional dugout canoe and glide across Lake Bunyonyi to enjoy the amazing scenery, which is some of the most picturesque in Uganda.
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.
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.
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.
Pass through Eldoret on the way back to the busy streets of Nairobi.
Travel to Arusha before setting up camp in a Tanzanian village. Spend the next morning exploring this fascinating area in free time.
Descend to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater to spot rhinos, elephants and zebras before heading out across the Serengeti plains.
Travel to Mto Wa Mbu and explore the village and the market on a walk with the group.
Camp amid tropical gardens on the slopes of mighty Mt Kilimanjaro.
Pitch tents on a beach just outside the coastal city of Dar es Salaam.
Be enchanted by exotic spice plantations, ornate architecture and beachside sunsets in Zanzibar. Be sure to sample a spicy seafood curry.
Return to the mainland by ferry and stay at a beachside camp near Dar es Salaam.
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.
Travel south to vast Lake Malawi, which covers roughly a fifth of the country. Relax on the beach and meet friendly Malawians.
Explore the stunning wilderness of South Luangwa National Park. Considered one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in the world, the park is home to a plethora of birds, wildlife and native vegetation.
Zambia’s cosmopolitan capital, Lusaka is one of southern Africa’s fastest-developing cities.
Explore galleries, museums and gardens in Harare.
Visit the Great Zimbabwe Ruins and discover some of the most significant ancient ruins in Africa.
Peruse the many markets in the city of Bulawayo before venturing out into Matobo National Park in search of rare rhinos.
Witness the tremendous power of Victoria Falls as torrents of water cascade into the canyon below. As this tour of Africa draws to an end, share a final dinner with new friends.
Enjoy exciting game drives in Botswana's Chobe National Park and an optional cruise along the Chobe River on the lookout for wallowing hippos and soaring fish eagles.
Travel into Namibia and choose to relax with a boat trip.
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.
The African adventure continues to Bagani where we set up camp for the night.
Meet the San Bushmen of the Kalahari and observe their age-old traditions on a desert tracking and gathering trip.
Roam Etosha Park's dry plains, perhaps encountering elephants, antelope and big cats.
Watch the rock formations of Spitzkoppe change colour with the light.
See the seal colonies of Cape Cross then perhaps try optional activities such as skydiving, quad-biking or sandboarding in Swakopmund.
Make our way towards 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 4x4's to explore the surreal landscape of Sossusvlei.
Relax by the Fish River Canyon - one of the largest canyons in the world - which offers impressive photo opportunities.
Cross into South Africa and travel along the Orange River by canoe or simply laze by the scenic riverbanks.
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.
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54 breakfasts, 50 lunches, 48 dinners
4x4 Safari Vehicle, Ferry, Mokoro, Overland vehicle
Bungalow (2 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (5 nights), Camping (with facilities) (41 nights), Chalet (3 nights), Dormitory (3 nights), Hotel (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Cape Cross seal colony
  • Chimpanzee Trekking Kibale National Park
  • Chobe - Dawn game drive
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Lake Mburo National Park Fee
  • Lake Nakuru - Evening 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
  • Visit Victoria Falls
  • Zanzibar Spice tour


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Important 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. This trip finishes upon arrival at our finish point hotel in Cape Town on Day 60. Please do not book any flights until after 7pm this evening.

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