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.


Nairobi, Kenya
Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa,
Overland, Wildlife
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 4 Max 22
Carbon offset
1 795kg 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


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.
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
After an early morning game drive, cross the border into Uganda and camp near the city of Kampala.
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. Cruise the Kazinga Channel where pelicans and eagles soar and hippos wallow.
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.
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 while exploring 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 the perfect place to try a few adventurous activities like rafting down the River Nile.
Pass through Eldoret on the way back to the busy streets of Nairobi, where this epic African tour gears up for the next leg.
Travel to Arusha before setting up camp in a Tanzanian village. Spend the next morning exploring this fascinating area in free time.
Journey down to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater to spot rhinos, elephants and zebras before heading out across the Serengeti plains.
Walk around Mto Wa Mbu village and discover it's delightful and thriving market.
Camp amid tropical gardens on the slopes of mighty Mt Kilimanjaro.
Set up camp on a beachside paradise just outside Dar es Salaam.
Experience the tantalising scents of exotic spice plantations and witness ornate architecture and beachside sunsets in Zanzibar.
Jump aboard a ferry back to the mainland and return to Dar es Salaam's beachside camp.
Journey through the wildlife-rich Mikumi National Park and spot a range of fascinating and rare creatures.
Travel south to vast Lake Malawi - a serene spot and a fantastic place to get away from it all.
Soak up the cafe culture in Lilongwe city, the capital of Malawi, before enjoying a change of pace in a tiny Zimbabwean village.
Wander around the galleries and museums in Harare and learn more about the city's culture.
A perfect base from which to explore the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Masvingo is also the oldest colonial settlement in Zimbabwe.
Peruse the many markets in the city of Bulawayo before venturing out into Matobo National Park in search of rare rhinos.
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.
Be awestruck by the power of Victoria Falls and witness the curtain of water thundering into the narrow gorge below.
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.
Travel into Namibia and perhaps play soccer with the locals or 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 back to Bagani before travelling to Rundu, where lush campsite spoils await.
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.
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.
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 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.
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54 breakfasts, 50 lunches, 48 dinners
4x4 Safari Vehicle, Ferry, Overland vehicle
Bungalow (2 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (5 nights), Camping (with facilities) (43 nights), Chalet (3 nights), Dormitory (3 nights), Hotel (3 nights)
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


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Important 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.


**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.

Trip notes

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