Africa Encompassed Southbound Overview

See Africa encompassed on a tour through Kenya, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa.

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See Africa encompassed, touring from Kenya to South Africa.

Want Africa with the lot? That's just what you'll get on this epic adventure across eleven countries. See Africa encompassed as you tour though Kenya, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa. Get breathtakingly close to animals more often seen in zoos and nature documentaries - endangered mountain gorillas, lumbering elephants, ferocious lions and tiny dik-dik antelopes. Along the way, meet people from a range of cultures and communities: the spice growers of Zanzibar, friendly fishermen on Lake Malawi and the 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.


  • Bask on Zanzibar's beaches
  • Be a part of the lively atmosphere in Nairobi
  • Get to know friendly Malawians on a village walk
  • Learn about the hunter-gatherer traditions of the San Bushmen of the Kalahari
  • See sunrise from atop massive sand dunes
  • Seek Africa's most iconic animals on the Serengeti plains
  • Soak up Cape Town's cafe culture
  • Track playful chimps in Kibale Forest

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Nairobi, Kenya
  • Finish:

    Cape Town, South Africa
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 22
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    54 breakfasts, 50 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, Fish River Canyon, Game drive, Game drives, Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Guided desert walk - Sossusvlei, 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, Mto Wa Mbu - Village Walk & market Visit, Okavango Delta - Mokoro trips & bushwalks, Queen Elizabeth National Park Game Drive, Quiver Tree Forest walk, San Bushman cultural experience, Serengeti - Game drive, Sesriem - Sand dunes visit, 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., For all trips entering or starting in South Africa after the 1st of January 2011 As from the 1st January 2011 a new law in South Africa has been introduced whereby the cross border transport agency are no longer allowing foreign registered vehicles to enter the country. We will be working with a local South African operator for the South African section of this tour whom will be providing the services of an alternative vehicle* and driver vetted by Intrepid. Your Intrepid leader and cook will still accompany you on this section and your itinerary will remain unaffected. *The vehicle used on this section will be an overland vehicle similar style to that of an Intrepid vehicle. However for smaller groups sizes where a large vehicle is not required smaller land cruiser style vehicles may be used.

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Africa Encompassed Southbound Summary

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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.

Day 2 Lake Nakuru

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 3-4 Eldoret/Kampala

After an early morning game drive, cross the border into Uganda and camp near the city of Kampala.

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.

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.

Day 8 Lake Bunyonyi

Perhaps hire a traditional dugout canoe and glide across Lake Bunyonyi to enjoy the amazing scenery, which is some of the most picturesque in Uganda.

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.

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 while exploring this secluded park, which sits alongside Mburo.

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 the perfect place to try a few adventurous activities like rafting down the River Nile.

Days 15-16 Eldoret/Nairobi

Pass through Eldoret on the way back to the busy streets of Nairobi, where this epic African tour gears up for the next leg.

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.

Days 18-19 Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National Park

Journey down to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater to spot rhinos, elephants and zebras before heading out across the Serengeti plains.

Day 20 Mto Wa Mbu

Walk around Mto Wa Mbu village and discover it's delightful and thriving market.

Day 21 Marangu

Camp amid tropical gardens on the slopes of mighty Mt Kilimanjaro.

Day 22 Dar es Salaam

Set up camp on a beachside paradise just outside Dar es Salaam.

Days 23-25 Zanzibar

Experience the tantalising scents of exotic spice plantations and witness ornate architecture and beachside sunsets in Zanzibar.

Day 26 Dar es Salaam

Jump aboard a ferry back to the mainland and return to Dar es Salaam's beachside camp.

Days 27-28 Iringa/Chitimba

Journey through the wildlife-rich Mikumi National Park and spot a range of fascinating and rare creatures.

Days 29-30 Lake Malawi

Travel south to vast Lake Malawi - a serene spot and a fantastic place to get away from it all.

Days 31-32 Chipata/Lusaka

Soak up the cafe culture in Lilongwe city, the capital of Malawi, before enjoying a change of pace in a tiny Zimbabwean village.

Day 33 Harare

Wander around the galleries and museums in Harare and learn more about the city's culture.

Day 34 Masvingo

A perfect base from which to explore the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Masvingo is also the oldest colonial settlement in Zimbabwe.

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.

Day 37 Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park has been transformed from royal hunting grounds into a wildlife sanctuary and is home to one of the largest elephant populations in Africa.

Days 38-40 Victoria Falls

Be awestruck by the power of Victoria Falls and witness the curtain of water thundering into the narrow gorge below.

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.

Day 43 Bagani Community Camp

Travel into Namibia and perhaps play soccer with the locals or choose to relax with a boat trip.

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.

Days 46-47 Bagani Community Camp/Rundu

The African adventure continues back to Bagani before travelling to Rundu, where lush campsite spoils await.

Day 48 Grootfontein/San Bushmen

Meet the San Bushmen of the Kalahari and observe their age-old traditions on a desert tracking and gathering trip.
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