Travel into the heart of Africa from Nairobi to Cape Town

Be blown away by incredible wildlife-viewing experiences in East and South Africa, and unwind on some of the world's best beaches, on this Cape Town to Kenya In Depth safari tour. Revel in the exhilaration of going on game drives through the Masai Mara, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater to spot the Big Five, then relish free time to relax on the beaches of Tanzania and the exotic Spice Islands of Zanzibar. Head through Malawi and Zimbabwe, stopping off to appreciate the might of Victoria Falls, before travelling through Botswana and Namibia. Explore Murchison Falls National Park, stand in awe of the Makadikadi Salt Pans, navigate the Okavango Delta - gliding past herds of buffalo - and spend two nights camping and viewing waterholes in Etosha National Park. Continue overland through Namibia, take up the challenge of optional adventure activities in Swakopmund, cross the Namib Desert and climb the world’s highest sand dune, before ending the trip in cosmopolitan Cape Town.

Start
Cape Town, South Africa
Finish
Nairobi, Kenya
Countries
Botswana,
Kenya,
Malawi,
Namibia,
South Africa,
Tanzania,
Zambia,
Zimbabwe
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
UDOVC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
1 480kg pp per trip


Highlights


Itinerary

The journey comes to an end in the coastal haven of Cape Town.
Cruise into South Africa to explore the rock art of Citrucel or take an optional winery tour.
Camp on the scenic banks of the Gariep River.
Be treated to some phenomenal views at Fish River Canyon.
Use Sesriem as a base for exploring the incredible Namib Desert – home to some of the world's tallest sand dunes.
Get a further sense of Namibia’s German colonial roots in Swakopmund. After checking out the European architecture, why not indulge in a range of adrenaline pumping activities in this action sports Mecca.
Bush camp in the shadow of Spitzkoppe and witness a golden sunset over this remote region.
Get an up-close look at some of Southern Africa’s most iconic wildlife, and some truly unique species, in the world renowned Etosha National Park.
Make tracks to the German colonial town of Windhoek, a curious mixture of African and European culture.
Head north and camp at the Dqae Qare Game Reserve, a community project located in the Kalahari Desert.
Travel to Maun, a modern African city with a rural heart.
Explore the expansive waterways of the Okavango Delta in a traditional mokoro canoe.
Return to Maun and perhaps enjoy a meal in one of the local restaurants.
Traverse the magnificent Makgadikgadi Pans – one of the largest salt pans in the world.
Explore the second largest city in Zimbabwe before heading out on foot to track rhinos in Matobo National Park.
Enjoy a game drive on the former royal hunting grounds of a Ndebele warrior-king.
Let the mists of Victoria Falls wash away the jet-lag and perhaps enjoy an adrenaline pumping bungee jump – a great way to get into the swing of Africa!
Journey through the rolling African landscape and lose yourself in the vast expanse of this wild continent.
Canoe down the gentle Lower Zambezi River. Float through a stunning natural landscape, keeping an eye out for wildlife stopping to drink at the river banks. Camp on islands dotted throughout the waters.
Camp on the banks of the river, under a blanket of stars in the African night sky.
Take a game drive through Zambia's South Luangwa National Park. The Luangwa River is home to vast numbers of crocodiles and hippos, while the plains of the park contain many species of buck, kudu and gazelle. Perhaps visit Kawaza village to see a local dance performance and try a traditional Kunda midday meal.
Travel to Lolongwe, Malawi's capital. With a vibrant atmosphere, the city is a hub for the country's cultural output and boasts a lively restaurant and bar scene.
Lake Malawi covers almost a fifth of the country. Spot fisherman aboard their dugout canoes, floating on the still waters at the break of day.
Journey to Kisolanza Farm in Iringa, a town set into the slopes of a cliff overlooking Little Ruaha River. Wander through the markets, full of colourfully dressed locals. If you are feeling game try the legendary Dabaga chilli sauce.
Arrive in Dar es Salaam and settle in to beach camp on the outskirts of the city. Stroll along the bustling ports, people watch from cafes or kick back on the sand, enjoying the mellow vibe of this idyllic spot.
Sail to the 'Spice Island' of Zanzibar to explore the winding cobblestone alleyways and fragrant bazaars. Try a deliciously fresh seafood curry and take a guided tour of the inland spice plantations to see where the mouthwatering flavours come from. Spend free time sipping cocktails at seaside bars or relaxing on idyllic sands.
Take the ferry back to the African mainland and be treated to another night at beach camp.
Climb the lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro to reach the small village of Marangu, that is situated by the streams that run down form Mt Kilimanjaro's glaciers. Enjoy fantastic views of the mountain and the surrounding countryside, and take a walking tour of Mshiri Village and witness the day-to-day life of the Chagga people.
Enter Tanzania and head for Arusha, Tanzania's safari capital, located at the base of Mt Meru. Stock up on supplies and perhaps enjoy a traditional meal at one of the many eateries before making your way into the wilds of Africa!
Journey into the wide, open plains of the Serengeti National Park, home to thousands of hoofed animals and fierce predators. Try to spot all of Africa's Big Five on game drives and sleep in the midst of nature, letting the nocturnal sounds of this unique African habitat lull you to sleep.
The famous Ngorongoro crater is home to more than 30,000 animals including the endangered black rhino, zebras and hippos. Keep cameras handy as you game drive through the heart of this natural wonder. Stop by the small village community of Mto Wa Mbu and get an insight into the traditional African way of life.
After an early start, get set for a day of travelling, leaving the serenity of the Serengeti for the bustling Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
Leave the city behind once again and head into the heart of the Masai Mara. Keep an eye out for prides of lions, herds of elephants and, if you are lucky, a stealthy cheetah or leopard, all of which call the Masai Mara home.
Sneak in an early morning game drive after breakfast before hitting the road back to Nairobi.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Ferry, Mokoro, Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bungalow (1 night), Bush camp (no facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Camping (with facilities) (41 nights), Hotel (5 nights)
Included activites
  • 2 day canoe trip on the Lower Zambezi
  • Cape Cross seal colony
  • Crater service fee
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Game Drive, Hwange National Park
  • Game drives
  • Guided Safari Walk, Matobo
  • Masai Mara - Game drive
  • Ngorongoro Crater - Game drive
  • Painted Dog Conservation Centre
  • Serengeti - Game drive
  • Usambara Village Education Project visit, village walk & lunch
  • Village visit
  • Visit Sand Dunes, Sesriem
  • Visit Victoria Falls
  • Zanzibar Spice tour

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