Africa Encompassed Southbound Itinerary

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

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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

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

After an early morning game drive, 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

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.
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 while exploring this secluded park, which sits alongside Mburo.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

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.
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 gears up for the next leg.
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

Journey down 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

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

Set up camp on a beachside paradise just outside Dar es Salaam.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 23-25 Zanzibar

Experience the tantalising scents of exotic spice plantations and witness ornate architecture and beachside sunsets in Zanzibar.
ACCOM: Bungalow - 2, Hotel - 1

Day 26 Dar es Salaam

Jump aboard a ferry back to the mainland and return to Dar es Salaam's beachside camp.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 27-28 Iringa/Chitimba

Journey through the wildlife-rich Mikumi National Park and spot a range of fascinating and rare creatures.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 29-30 Lake Malawi

Travel south to vast Lake Malawi - a serene spot and a fantastic place to get away from it all.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 33 Harare

Wander around the galleries and museums in Harare and learn more about the city's culture.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 34 Masvingo

A perfect base from which to explore the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Masvingo is also the oldest colonial settlement in Zimbabwe.
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 wildlife sanctuary and is home to one of the largest elephant populations in Africa.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

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.
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 Community Camp

Travel into Namibia and perhaps play soccer with the locals or 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

Days 46-47 Bagani Community Camp/Rundu

The African adventure continues back to Bagani before travelling to Rundu, where lush campsite spoils await.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

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

Climb sand dunes and unlock the secrets of the desert with an enthusiastic local. The following day, explore Jurassic-era rock formations in the Giant's Playground.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 57 Fish River Canyon

Relax by the Fish River Canyon - one of the largest canyons in the world - which 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 tour ends among the cafes and vineyards of the stunning coastal city of Cape Town. If time permits, stay an extra day or two to experience all the wonderful things Cape Town has to offer.