51 day Grand Africa Tour. Windhoek to Nairobi

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Your exciting overland camping safari starts in Windhoek, Namibia, travels north through Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and finishes in Nairobi, Kenya.

  • Pre-departure meeting: A briefing will be held in Swakopmund upon arrival at the end of the first day.
  • Departure point: Windhoek, Intercape Coaches, Parking Bay, Cnr Pieter Muller and Michael Scott Str.
  • Check-in: 05h30
  • Departure: 06h00
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Group size: Max 30 passengers
  • Safari vehicle: Overland truck

Please note that this overland camping safari operates in both directions.

Day 1: Windhoek to Swakopmund, Namibia

After boarding your early morning coach in Windhoek, it will be an easy start to your Namibia safari tour to the adventure centre of Namibia, Swakopmund. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Days 2 & 3: Swakopmund, Namibia

Founded in 1892 during the German colonial rule, the distinct colonial character has been well preserved.  Swakopmund has several excellent restaurants, bars, coffee shops as well as many arts and crafts shops selling Namibian rural art. There are fine beaches to walk along as well as a great museum, aquarium and galleries to visit.

Optional excursions include fishing trips, quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving, desert flights, water sports, golf and 4WD hire. Breakfast is included both days.

Day 4: Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe, Namibia

On day 4 of your Namibia safari tour you leave Swakopmund, following the Atlantic Coast north to visit the Cape Cross Seal Colony, the largest of the 23 bredding colonies of Fur Seals in South Africa and Namibia. Seals are present all year round, with the numbers fluctuating with the season.

After a short drive you arrive in Spitzkoppe, one of Namibia's most recognized landmarks. There is your opportunity to explore the bushman paintings and the surrounding area. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 5: Spitzkoppe to Cheetah Park, Namibia

Today is a days drive from Spitzkoppe to the Cheetah park, a private farm where you will learn about the conservation of Cheetah im Namibia. You will get a chance to meet the resident Cheetah up at the house. This is a not to be missed opportunity. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included

Day 6: Cheetah Park to Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Stopping briefly in Outjo to get supplies, then it is on to Etosha. You will game drive your way into Okaukuejo rest camp before setting up camp and heading out for an afternoon game drive. Etosha is the major nature reserve of Namibia, covering over 20 000 square kilometres with a large variety of animal and bird species.

The park is situated around the Etosha Pan, and has an extensive network of gravel roads that enables you to get to remote areas of the park. A feature of the park is the floodlit water holes at both Okakuejo and Namutoni. Evenings can be spent sitting on the specially constructed viewing benches watching the game as it comes in to drink. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 7: Etosha National Park - Okaukuejo to Namutoni, Namibia

Another full day of game driving as your Namibia safari tour makes its way the 150kms across the park form west to east. After a full day of game driving you will then have another opportunity to spend the evening watching the game at Namutoni's floodlit waterhole. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 8: Namutoni, Etosha National Park to Rundu, Namibia

Departing Etosha, we head in a northeasterly direction towards the lush Kavango region of northern Namibia. We will stop at Rundu for supplies before reaching our nearby campsite. This campsite is spectacular and located right on the banks of the Kavango River complete with "open air" facilities and the occasional hippo grazing on the lawn. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 09: Rundu to Maun, Botswana

Continuing along the Kavango River, we enter Botswana and travel east along the course of the Okavango River to the southern reaches of the Okavango Delta and your destination of Maun. It is from here that we set off to explore the Okavango Delta. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included. 

Day 10: Maun to Okavango Delta, Botswana (Optional)

The Delta is a huge expanse of water, which has travelled from the Angolan highlands, spreading out to form the largest inland Delta in the world. Studded with exotic islands, the Delta is renowned for its incredible variety of bird life as well as many other animals unique to Southern Africa.

Here you have the opportunity to take the optional 3 day / 2 night excursions into the Delta. The drive into the Okavango Delta takes us approximately 1-2 hours north to the Mokoro polers station.

From there we get comfortable in mokoros, the local dug out canoes, which are poled by local guides through the winding waterways. Your guides will select a place to set up camp. An afternoon game walk will allow you to experience the Delta wilderness. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 11: Okavango Delta, Botswana

A day of rest, relaxation and Delta experiences await. Today you will have the opportunity to partake in a number of activities including game walks, mokoro cruises, swimming and even a chance to try your hand at poling your own mokoro! Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 12: Okavango Delta to Maun, Botswana

A final opportunity for a morning game walk before packing up camp and setting off back to Maun. After arriving back in the early afternoon you have the opportunity to complete your picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional sunset scenic flight over the Delta region. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 13: Maun to Chobe National Park, Botswana

We travel east and then north through Botswana to the town of Kasane where we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. The Chobe River forms a border between Botswana and Namibia as well as Botswana and Zambia. Listen out for the resident hippos!Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 14: Chobe National Park, Botswana

This morning we depart on an early-morning game drive into Chobe National Park. Chobe is one of Botswana's premier game parks, renowned for the large herds of elephant around the Chobe River. After our game drive we return to camp for lunch.

There is opportunity for those who wish to partake in a boat cruise along the Chobe River to do so in the afternoon (optional) or you can relax on the banks of the Chobe River and watch the renowned Chobe sunset from our campsite. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 15: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

We pack up camp and depart for the Victoria Falls. Leaving Botswana we enter Zimbabwe and drive to the nearby Victoria Falls where we set up camp in the municipal town campsite. Afternoon at leisure to explore the many sights and delights of this town! Brunch is included.

The Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. 1700 metres wide and around a 100 metres high, this is the world's largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight of any African Safari. All year round, flights can be taken in either fixed wing aircraft, micro lights, ultra lights or helicopters.

On the ground, the Falls can be seen from the Victoria Falls National Park with its many viewing points, or from the Zambian side. Each offers fantastic photographic opportunities.

White water rafting on the Zambezi is considered to be world class. Besides the excitement of the Grade 5 rapids, there are the 'floats' where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and the occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.

Bungi jumping enthusiasts can take the plunge from the Zambezi Bridge, which connects Zimbabwe and Zambia. There is also the option abseil in the Batoka Gorge, neither activities are for the feint hearted!

The other optional activities around Victoria Falls include trips into the Zambezi or Hwange National Parks, horse riding, a visit to the crocodile ranch, golf at Elephant Hills Hotel, parachuting, elephant safaris, the Falls craft village and the sunset cruise.

Days 16 & 17: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The next 2 days are at your own leisure to partake in activities or relax at the campsite swimming pool. You will also have some new clients joining you for the second part of the tour. Breakfast is included on both days.

Days 18 & 19: Victoria Falls to Lake Kariba

This morning you will pack up camp and depart Victoria Falls. Exiting Zimbabwe you cross the Victoria Falls Bridge and the Zambezi River to enter into Zambia at the town of Livingstone. You head to the western waters of Lake Kariba, your base camp for the next 2 nights. The lake is one of the largest man made lakes in the world, boasting a wide variety of African game, bird life and unique flora and fauna.

Here you have the option to take a 2 night trip on the House Boats on Lake Kariba. For those who do not want to partake in the House Boats there are many activities you can do at the campsite such as fishing, canoeing, hikes, explore the local village or just relax on the tranquil banks of Lake Kariba. The campsite also has a swimming pool where you can enjoy soaking up the sun. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

House Boat option 2 night/2 day:

You board the House Boats at approximately 1pm and have lunch after you have settled yourself in. You depart the harbour at approximately 2pm and sail out to the Maaze River for a beautiful sunset and overnight on the House Boats. Lake Kariba is famous for its spectacular sunsets.

The next day you can relax the entire day on the deck of the House Boat and enjoy the on board Jacuzzi. House Boats on Lake Kariba are truly one of the most relaxing ways to spend a few days. For those feeling a bit more active in the early morning you take a Fishing/Game Cruise on tender boats or you have the option to do a game walk on the island in the Maaze area.

There is opportunity to see plains game and many different species of bird life. After lunch and head to Maaze Island where you do a tour of the Crocodile Farm. Dinner is prepared on the boat while you sit back and enjoy our sundowners over the lake.

Day 20: Lake Kariba to Lusaka, Zambia

After everyone has reunited you bid goodbye to Lake Kariba and head north through Southern Zambia to a camp just before the capital city of Lusaka. The campsite is home to some local wildlife and has beautiful facilities. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 21: Lusaka to Chipata, Zambia

From Lusaka you cross the northeastern side of Zambia, heading to a beautiful little campsite just 10kms before the Zambia/Malawi border. Here you spend the night under the stars before heading into Malawi the following day. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Days 22 - 25: Chipata to Lake Malawi, Malawi

Leaving Zambia you cross the border into Malawi, the 'Warm Heart of Africa'. You visit the capital Lilongwe, a small city distinctively divided into the old town and the new administrative centre.  The newly democratic Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its total area being the beautiful Lake Malawi. 

The country's temperate climate allows for swimming in this clear blue fresh-waters all the year round. You travel the full length of western side of lake, stopping off at various bays and inlets for the next 4 days.  This is the time for rest and relaxation.  Lake Malawi offers a variety of watersports from various beachside campsites. 

Alternatively, you can go wandering along quieter shorelines where you can see the fishermen sorting their daily catch. Traditional methods are still used in their fishing techniques and you can appreciate their boating skills by trying to paddle in a dugout canoe yourself.

Visit the nearby villages and schools as well as dine in the local village, haggle for a bargain at the local markets, learn the game of bao with some locals or simply relax on the pristine white beaches. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 26: Lake Malawi to Iringa, Tanzania

You depart Malawi via Karonga and enter Tanzania through the border post of Songwe on day 26 of your Tanzania safari tour. Continue your journey through the Tanzanian countryside and take in the beauty of the Tukuyu tea plantations and banana plantations.

Just before Iringa is the Old Farmhouse, a beautiful rustic campsite in rural Tanzania, where you spend the night. Try one of the signature Amarula Hot chocolates! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 27: Iringa to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The next morning you proceed to Dar es Salaam, passing through Mikumi National Park where it is possible to view a range of wildlife from the roadside, totally impervious to humans and their vehicles.

On arrival in Dar es Salaam, you spend the night at a beach hotel/campsite that is situated to the north of the city, and prepare for your departure to Zanzibar the next morning. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 28: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar

A ferry from Dar es Salaam takes you to the 'Spice Island', where you will spend 3 nights on this legendary island.  Zanzibar is steeped in history and was one of the major starting points for most East African explorers in their quest for new lands. Breakfast is included.

Please note: Accommodation can be organised for you whilst on Zanzibar, although others have felt the need to explore the island on their own. Therefore accommodation and food is for your own account whilst on Zanzibar. 

Days 29 & 30: Zanzibar

History aside, Zanzibar offers a wealth of experiences for the visitor. Today the quiet streets of the old Stone Town still retain their Arabic influence, from the Medina-like shops to the palaces of the Sultans, who founded their vast empires on the spoils of the slave and ivory trade.

The island is still famous for its spices, and tours around a spice plantation can be organised. Other options include a trip to the nearby Prison Island with its giant tortoises, and beautiful beaches to enjoy. Or perhaps you would enjoy the opportunity to hire a motorbike and explore the more remote areas of the island.

Zanzibar is a seafood lover's paradise.  Numerous restaurants offer a great variety of the freshest catch from the ocean - giant lobsters being a popular speciality.  Alternatively, joining the locals for dinner in the waterfront market is an experience not to be missed.  The market stalls offer an unusual selection of fast food African style at a very reasonable cost.

Day 31: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Leaving Zanzibar you take the ferry back to mainland for an overnight in Dar es Salaam on day 31 of your Tanzania safari tour.  There may be an opportunity to visit one of the craft markets offering an extensive range of exquisite ebony products (where prices depend on your bargaining skills) and where the goods are made on-site.  It is possible to observe the carvers at work and understand the skill, which has gone into making even the simplest trinket. Dinner is included.

Day 32: Dar es Salaam to Arusha, Tanzania

From Dar es Salaam you travel through the countryside with its vast sisal plantations to Arusha.  On the way you pass the Pare and Usambara Mountain ranges before driving through the town of Moshi, the base for Mt. Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions, and weather permitting, we may catch a glimpse of this magical mountain's snowy summit. A photo opportunity not to be missed! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 33: Arusha to Serengeti National Park (optional Excursion), Tanzania

Arusha is a pleasant town situated at the base of Mount Meru and is the starting point for the optional excursions to Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti. These excursions are conducted in locally operated 4WD vehicles, which are adapted for safari use.  Depending on which option you choose, you will be away from the Arusha campsite for either one or two nights.

If you take up the two-night/three day option you will depart Arusha in the morning with your vehicles and guides. The drive to the Serengeti National Park takes you through the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito River) and up into the Ngorongoro Reserve for a glimpse of the Ngorongoro Crater before descending down onto the plains of the Serengeti.

The abundance of plains game in this area is truly astounding. The afternoon will be spent game viewing before setting up camp in the midst of the national park. With some luck you will be able to listen to the night time noises of the wildlife! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 34: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

After a full morning game drive in the Serengeti you will return to pull down camp and head back towards the Ngorongoro. Enroute you will have the option of a visit to Olduvai Gorge, known as the cradle of civilisation (time permitting), or a visit to a Masai village to learn a little more about these unique and intriguing people.

From here you travel up to Ngorongoro craters edge for your campsite for the evening. Make sure you pack your winter woollies as it can get very cold on the rim of the crater during night times.

For those taking the one-night/two day option you will be collected from Arusha in the afternoon and transferred to the town of Karatu for the evening. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 35: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater with its 600 metre walls and 20-kilometre width is a natural wonder, and offers a spectacular view from the rim.  The true size of this caldera is only appreciated from the floor itself and the abundance of its animal inhabitants becomes apparent. 

The Crater is home to nearly every species of African animal and offers a chance to view an incredible concentration of East African mammals, such as Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Hippo, Lion, and plain's game. After spending the full morning in the crater you will return to the campsite near Arusha for another night. Both optional excursions will follow the same schedule today. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 36: Arusha to Namanga, Tanzania

After a leisurely morning start and the chance to explore the snake exhibits at your campsite in Arusha you will take some time in Arusha for your last Tanzanian stop. Explore the craft markets in town or stop at the bakery for a local coffee.

Lunch will be just outside town as you head the last 120kms north to the Tanzania / Kenya border town of Namanga. After competing formalities you will camp at Namanga on the Kenyan side of the border. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 37: Namanga to Nairobi, Kenya

This morning you travel the final 180kms north to the capital city, Nairobi, arriving in the morning. On arrival in Nairobi, the truck will proceed to the Boulevard Hotel to allow passengers to disembark there, and will then drive to your campsite to finish the trip. Breakfast is included.

Day 38: Nairobi to Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya

In the morning, you leave the hustle and bustle of Nairobi and climb the escarpment to your first viewpoint stop over looking the Great African Rift Valley. Descending into the Rift valley you enter Masai land, and the habitual pastoralists are seen quite regularly on the side of the road as they tend their cattle.  You will arrive at your campsite - Acacia Camp - early evening in time to enjoy sunset on the Masai Mara. Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 39: Masai Mara

Game drives through the Mara find you looking for the infamous Big 5 as well as giving us the opportunity to see this ' garden of Eden' in a state nature intended it to be, huge plains, rolling hills and an abundance of game matched no where else on earth.

Elephant, Lion, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra, Waterbuck just to name a few of the animal that inhabit this wonderland. Sitting around a campfire and watching the sunset is the perfect way to finish a day's game viewing in the Mara. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 40: Masai Mara to Nakuru, Kenya

Departing the Masai Mara early you will pass through the third largest town in Kenya, Nakuru, where you will stop for the night to re supply and shop. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 41: Nakuru to Kampala

Today, you cross the border into Uganda and travel via the lakeside town of Jinja (the Source of the Nile) before reaching Kampala, Uganda's capital, for an overnight stay.

Uganda is a small country of striking physical beauty. Its landscapes vary from the fertile green areas around the northern shores of Lake Victoria to the snow-covered Ruwenzori Mountains in the west and the semi-desert parts of the north facing the border of Sudan.

The political instability that haunted Uganda over a period of years has had the positive effect of leaving the country free of the over-commercialism so common in other parts of Africa.

The current administration under President Museveni has devoted considerable effort and funds to regain Uganda's former glory as one of Africa's most prosperous and, from a tourist's point of view, one of the most appealing and interesting countries to visit. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Days 42 & 43: Kampala to Kisoro, Uganda

After an early morning departure from Kampala you drive further west on into the depths of Uganda and arrive at our base in Kisoro. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included. From your Kisoro base, depending on where the gorilla permits are available, and where the gorillas are located, you will be viewing them in either the Magahinga or Bwindi National Parks in Uganda, the Virunga National Park in the DRC or at Ruhengeri in Rwanda.

Due to the nature of the gorillas and their habits, viewing cannot be guaranteed. The gorillas themselves can tend to move around the locality quite a distance and the trek can be quite arduous. The gorilla families have been habituated to tourists and their whereabouts are monitored daily by the guides and park officials.

It may be necessary to trek for quite a while through the dense forest vegetation (up to 5 hrs) in order to reach the family designated for your visit. As gorillas are sensitive to human diseases, the park authorities will not allow anyone they consider to be in poor health to visit the gorilla groups and children under 15 years of age are not allowed to visit.

Day 44: Kisoro to Lake Bunyoni, Uganda

A short drive through arguably some of the most picturesque scenery in Africa, brings you to Lake Bunyoni. Lake Bunyoni is the deepest crater lake in Africa and is home to a large number of bird and fish species as well as otters. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 45: Lake Bunyoni, Uganda

Today you have the whole day at leisure to enjoy the beauty of Lake Bunyoni.  There is the option to swim, visit the local villages or just sit back, relax and enjoy the tranquil surrounds.  A well deserved rest day! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 46: Lake Bunyoni to Kampala, Uganda

After enjoying the peaceful surrounds of Lake Bunyoni you drive to Kampala for another overnight stay, and perhaps the chance to sample the nightlife.  Today you will cross the equator for the second time and there will be ample opportunity for photos at the Equator crossing. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 47: Kampala to Jinja, Uganda

Today you have the option to either white water raft the Nile or visit Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary.  For the adventurous, you will be collected from Kampala and transferred to Jinja where you will experience some of the best white water rafting in Africa. 

For the less adventurous, you will have the morning at leisure or the option to take a full day excursion to visit Ngamba Chimp Sanctuary before your departure to Jinja. Your overnight camp is right on the edge of the Nile River where there is an abundance of resident bird life & some truly amazing photo opportunities from right outside your tent!. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 48: Jinja to Nakuru, Kenya

Today will be a full day driving back towards Kenya, you will cross the border before lunch and stop for supplies en route. Tonight you will overnight again in Nakuru. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 49: Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Today you move onto Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for the thousands of flamingo that inhabits the Lake's edge. The numbers vary depending on the level of the lake, and are more numerous when the water level is low.

The Park has also been established as a sanctuary for Black and White Rhino, which are frequently seen in the Park, along with Buffalo, Giraffe, Waterbuck, various antelope, Leopard and the occasional Hippo. After entering the park in the morning you will spend the rest of the day game driving before you overnight at one of the campsites within the Park. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 50: Lake Nakuru National Park to Lake Naivasha, Kenya

Moving further east, you drive to Lake Naivasha where you make camp in peaceful surroundings beside the lake. The highest of the Rift Valley lakes, Naivasha lies at about 1880m again the lake is home to a multitude of bird life, pride of place must go to the African Fish Eagle.

The afternoon is spent at leisure here and you have the opportunity (time permitting) to enjoy some optional excursions, such as a boat ride to the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary, Hell's Gate National Park or Elsamere, the retirement home of Joy Adamson ('Born Free'). Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 51: Lake Naivasha to Nairobi, Kenya

After breakfast, you leave Naivasha and return to Nairobi, arriving in the early afternoon. The truck will stop at the Boulevard Hotel for those staying there, and then continue to your campsite to finish the trip. Breakfast is included.

Optional Excursions:

  • Sossosvlei Desert Walk
  • Okavango Delta with mokoros (3 days)
  • Victoria Falls National Park
  • Kariba House Boats (2 nights)
  • Game walk on Maaze Island
  • Zanzibar accommodation
  • Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater option (3 day)
  • Ngorongoro Crater option (1 day)
  • White water rafting, Nile River
  • Gorilla trek

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Please note that when oyu book this trip you are entitled to receive a free 3 day Masai Mara safari, subject to conditions. Local payments is still applicable for this trip. This trip must be taken up when booking your main trip. A Siyabona African consultant will be happy to provide you with further information when booking.

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