56 day Great African Trek. Cape Town to Nairobi

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This trip commences in Cape Town, travels through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda and concludes in Nairobi, Kenya.

  • Pre-departure meeting: 17h00 the day before at the departure point
  • Departure point: Cape Town, Big Blue Backpackers Lodge, 7 Vesperdene Road, Greenpoint
  • Check-in: 08h45
  • Departure: 09h30
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Group size: Max 30 passengers
  • Safari vehicle: Overland truck

Day 1: Cape Town to Ceres Area, South Africa

You depart from Cape Town today, traveling north through the wine growing regions of the Western Cape. You cross the Piketberg Pass into the fruit growing area of Citrusdal. Tonight you will camp is either Citrusdal or Clanwilliam, both towns presided by the majestic Cedarburg Mountain range. Lunch and dinner is included.

Day 2: Ceres Area to Orange River, South Africa

From the Ceres region your African overland expedition travels through the Namaqualand, a region well known for its kaleidoscope of Namaqua flowers in the spring. After stopping for supplies in Springbok, you continue to the Orange River, the natural land border between South Africa and Namibia. You will spend the night at a beautiful campsite on the South African bank of the river. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 3: Orange River to Fish River Canyon, Namibia

This morning you have the option of a half day canoe trip on the spectacular Orange River, providing a great opportunity to do some bird watching. You cross into Namibia after lunch, followed by a short drive to Hobas campsite and then to the Fish River canyon. Fish River canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, but is often regarded as the most spectacular. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 4: Fish River Canyon to Helmringhausen Area, Namibia

You spend the morning at leisure, before packing up and heading north into the farming area of Namibia, stopping for supplies in the small town of Bethanie. From here you choose your camp for the evening. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 5: Helmringhausen Area to Sesriem, Namibia

Today you head north to Namib - Naukluft Park, considered to be one of the oldest deserts in the world and a major tourist attraction. Your afternoon is spent exploring the area, taking in its many wonders. You can participate in an optional walk, learning about the history, geology, flora, fauna and cultural legacy of the area. Witness the most spectacular sunset from the top of Dune 45, a truly memorable experience. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 6: Sesriem to Swakopmund, Namibia

Today your Namibia safari leaves the tranquility and beauty of the dunes and travels north to Namibia's premier holiday resort - Swakopmund. You will enjoy 3 lovely nights of rest and relaxation in Swakopmund. Accommodation is in dormitories, but upgrades are available. Brunch is included.

Day 7 & 8: Swakopmund, Namibia

Swakopmund was founded in 1892 during the German colonial rule, and the distinct German colonial character is well preserved. Spent the next few days exploring this town, visiting its many excellent restaurants, bars, coffee shops and arts and crafts shops. Swakopmund also boasts amazing beaches, an interesting museum, aquarium and galleries.

Optional activities that guests can participate in include fishing trips, quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving, desert flights, water sports, golf and 4WD hire. Breakfast is included.

Day 9: Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe, Namibia

Your Namibia safari continues today with your journey to the north to visit the Cape Cross Seal Colony. Seals are present here all year round, with numbers fluctuating between 80 000 and 100 000 and 200 000 during breeding season. You will then proceed to Spitzkoppe, one of Namibia's most recognized landmarks. Here you will get the opportunity to explore the bushman paintings and surrounding area. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 10: Spitzkoppe to Cheetah Park, Namibia

After a scenic days journey on day 10, you arrive at Cheetah Park, a private farm where you will learn about the conservation of Cheetah in Namibia. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 11: Cheetah Park to Okakujo, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Your tour continues to the Etosha National Park after stopping briefly for supplies in Outjo. You will enjoy a game drive on your way to your rest camp at Okakujo, where you set up camp. You then head out for your afternoon game drive in Etosha National Park, the premier nature reserve in Namibia. Evenings can be spent on the viewing benched, watching the animals gather at the floodlit waterhole. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 12: Etosha National Park - Okakujo to Namutoni, Namibia

Enjoy another full day of game drives as you make you way across 150 kilometres of the Park. Return to camp in the evening, where you can enjoy another round of viewing the comings and goings at the waterhole. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 13: Namutoni, Etosha National Park to Rundu, Namibia

Today you Namibia safari leaves Etosha, heading to the lush Kavango region of northern Namibia. You stop in Rundu for supplies before reaching your campsite for the night. Located on the banks of the Kavango River, this camp offers open air facilities and the occasional Hippo grazing on the lawn. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 14: Rundu to Maun, Botswana

You continue your journey along the Kavango River, entering Botswana and traveling to Maun. It is from here that you set off to explore the Okavango Delta. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Days 15 & 16: Maun to Okavango Delta (optional)

The Okavango Delta is a huge expanse of water, spreading out to form the largest Delta in the world. The Delta is known for its incredible diversity of bird life, as well as other animals unique to Southern Africa. You will have the opportunity to partake in an optional 3 day/2 night mokoro excursion into the Delta. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

On your mokoro excursion, you drive approximately 1-2 hours north to the Mokoro polers station. You hire mokoros (dug out canoe), which are poled by local guides through the winding waterways. You will set up camp, followed by an afternoon game walk. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 16 is yours to rest, relax and partake in the various activities available at your camp, including game walks, mokoro cruises, swimming and even a chance to pole your own mokoro. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 17: Okavango Delta to Maun, Botswana

This morning you will have your final opportunity for a game walk before packing up and heading for Maun. You arrive in the early afternoon and will be offered the choice of taking an optional scenic sunset flight over the Okavango Delta. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Days 18 & 19: Maun to Chobe National Park, Botswana

Your Africa overland expedition travels east and then north through Botswana to Kasane, where you set up camp alongside the Chobe River. The Chobe River forms the border between Botswana and Namibia, as well as Botswana and Zambia. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

On day 19 you depart early for your game drive into the Chobe National Park, one of Botswana's premier game parks. Chobe National Park is renowned for its large concentration of Elephant along the Chobe River. You return for lunch, followed by the opportunity to partake in an optional boat cruise along the Chobe River. For those wishing to stay at camp, relax on the banks of the Chobe River, watching the breathtaking sunset in the distance. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 20: Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today you pack up and head for the spectacular Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. You set up camp in the municipal town campsite, after which you spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, exploring the many sights and sounds of the area. Brunch is included.

The Victoria Falls is one the most spectacular natural wonders of the world and the most memorable sight during your trip. Flights over the Falls can be taken all year round, in either fixed wing aircraft, micro lights, ultra lights or helicopters. White water rafting on the great Zambezi is not to be missed, and bungi jumping from the Zambezi Bridge or abseiling from Batoka Gorge is not for the faint hearted.

Other optional activities include trips to Zambezi or Hwange National Park, horse riding, visit to the Crocodile Ranch, golf at Elephant Hills Hotel, parachuting, Elephant safaris, the Falls craft village and sunset cruises.

Days 21 & 22: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

You spend the next 2 days at leisure, partaking in the many activities available at the camp, including relaxing at the swimming pool. New clients will also be joining the tour at this point. Breakfast is included.

Days 23 & 24: Victoria Falls to Lake Kariba, Zambia

This morning you bid farewell to the majesty of the Victoria Falls and set off to the Zambian 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, and home to some unique flora and fauna.

You will have the opportunity to partake in a 2 night trip on a House Boat on Lake Kariba. For those not participating in this excursion, there are lots of activities available at camp to enjoy, including fishing, canoeing, hiking and trips to the local villages. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

House Boat Option 2 night/2 day:

You board the House Boat, have lunch, and then sail out to Maaze River for a lovely sunset and overnight on the House Boat. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

The following day is yours to relax or partake is some of the activities available. For the more active, fishing/game cruises on tender boats or optional game walks on the island in the Maaze area can be arranged. Return for lunch on the House Boat, followed by a tour of the Crocodile Farm.

Your evening is spent enjoying sundowners over the Lake while dinner is being prepared on the boat. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Days 25 & 26: Lake Kariba to Lusaka to Chipata, Zambia

After everyone has reunited, bid farewell to Lake Kariba and head north through Southern Zambia to your campsite just before Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. This campsite is home to some local wildlife and offers wonderful facilities. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

On day 26, you travel from Lusaka to the northeastern side of Zambia, heading towards a charming little campsite just 10 kilometres before the Zambia/Malawi border. Here you will spend the night under a blanket of stars before your journey to Malawi the following day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Days 27 - 30: Chipata to Lake Malawi, Malawi

Today your Africa overland expedition leaves Zambia, crossing the border into Malawi, the 'Warm Heart of Africa'. You visit the capital city of Lilongwe, a small city distinctly divided into the old town and the new administrative centre.

Your tour continues to the western side of the Lake, stopping at various bays and inlets over the next 4 days. Lake Malawi offers a wide range of exciting water sports from various beach campsites for the more adventurous at heart.

For a more tranquil experience, stroll along the quiet shorelines, watching the fisherman sort their daily catch, visit the nearby villages and schools for a cultural experience, haggle with the locals at the market, or enjoy the beauty of the ocean on the sparkling white beaches. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Days 31 & 32: : Lake Malawi to Iringa to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

You depart Malawi today heading to Tanzania through the Songwe border post. Journey through the Tanzanian countryside, past the Tukuvu tea and banana plantations. Just before Iringa is the Old Farmhouse, a lovely rustic camp situated in rural Tanzania, where you will spend the night. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

On day 32 you proceed to Dar Es Salaam, passing through Mikumi National Park where you can view numerous wildlife from the roadside. When you arrive in Dar Es Salaam, you spend the night at a beach hotel/campsite situated in the north of the city. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 33: Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar

Today you enjoy a ferry ride to Zanzibar, an ancient island steeped in history, culture and beauty. Breakfast is included.

Please Note: Accommodation and food on the island is on the client's own account. A trip leader will accompany you to the island and will be able to book accommodation and island tours on your behalf.

Days 34 & 35: Zanzibar

Zanzibar offers a wealth of experiences for the visitor to enjoy, from the ancient streets of Stone Town, tours around the spice plantations, to trips to the nearby Prison Island and motorbike excursions to the more remote parts of the island.

For seafood lovers, Zanzibar offers an impressive range of exceptional restaurants specialising in seafood delicacies. Alternatively, join the locals for dinner in the waterfront market where interesting and unusual African style fast food delights in on the menu.

Day 36: Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Today you depart Zanzibar on a ferry back to the mainland for an overnight stay in Dar Es Salaam. Dinner is included.

Day 37: Dar Es Salaam to Arusha, Tanzania

From Dar Es Salaam, travel through the countryside to Arusha in Tanzania. You pass the Pare and Usambara Mountain ranges before reaching the town of Moshi, the base for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions. Weather permitting; you will get a chance to view this spectacular snowy summit. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 38: Arusha to Serengeti National Park (optional)

Arusha is a charming town situated at the base of Mount Meru, and is the starting point for your optional excursions to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park. These excursions are conducted locally in specialised 4WD safari vehicles.

If you choose the 2 night/3 day option, you depart Arusha in the morning, traveling through the Maasai town of Mtu Wa Mbu and up into the Ngorongoro Reserve for a glimpse of the Ngorongoro Crater. You will then descend into the plains of the Serengeti, home to an amazing abundance of wildlife and natural diversity. Your afternoon is spent game viewing before you set up camp in the midst of the National Park. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 39: Serengeti National Park to the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Enjoy a full morning of game drives through the Serengeti before departing to the equally astounding Ngorongoro Crater. En route you will have the option of visiting the Olduvai Gorge, known as the cradle of civilization, or a traditional Maasai village to learn more about these fascinating people.

From here you travel up the Crater's edge to your campsite for the night. it is suggested that you pack in some warm clothes as it can get very cold at the rim of the Crater at night. For those guests opting for the one day/two night excursion, 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 40: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha, Tanzania

The Ngorongoro Crater is a natural marvel and offers the most breathtaking views from the rim. The true size of this magnificent gift of nature can only be appreciated from the floor itself. The Ngorongoro Crater is home to almost every species of African animal, including large concentrations of Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Hippo, Lion and plains game. You spend the entire morning in the Crater, returning to camp for another night. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 41: Arusha to Namanga, Kenya

Today you wake up to a leisurely morning, exploring the snake exhibits at the campsite before departing to Arusha. In Arusha you will have some time to explore this city, from its vibrant craft shops, to the local bakery for some delicious coffee. Lunch will be served just outside of town as you head to the Tanzania/Kenya border town of Namanga. You will spend the night on the Kenyan side of the border. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 42: Namanga to Nairobi, Kenya

This morning the tour travels 180 kilometres north to the capital city of Nairobi, where your overland truck will proceed to Boulevard Hotel to allow passengers to ending their tour to disembark. You will then continue to your campsite for the night. Breakfast is included.

Days 43 & 44: Nairobi to Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya

This morning you leave Nairobi and climb the escarpment to a viewpoint overlooking the Great African Rift Valley. You enter Maasai land, where these habitual pastoralists can often be seen along the roadside. You arrive at Acacia Camp early in the evening where you enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Masai Mara before heading to bed. Lunch and dinner is included.

Game drives through the rolling hills and majestic plains of the Masai Mara on day 44 have you searching for the famous Big Five. The abundance of wildlife found in the Masai Mara is unmatched anywhere else in the world. Wildlife found in the Masai Mara includes Elephant, Lion, Giraffe, Cheetah and Waterbuck to name a few. You end an exciting and memorable day in the Masai Mara around the campfire, watching the sunset and discussing the day's findings. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 45: Masai Mara to Nakuru, Kenya

Today you depart from the Masai Mara, passing through the third largest town in Kenya, Nakuru. You will stop in Nakuru for the night to re-supply and shop. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 46: Nakuru to Kampala, Uganda

Today you cross the border into Uganda, traveling via the lakeside town of Jinja before reaching Kampala, the capital of Uganda, where you will spend the night. Uganda is a small but beautiful country, with landscapes ranging from fertile green areas, snow covered mountains and semi desert plains. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Days 47 & 48: Kampala to Kisoro, Uganda

After an early morning departure from Kampala, your journey continues into the depths of Uganda to your base in Kisoro. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

It is from your base in Kisoro that you begin your unforgettable Gorilla trek, either in Magahinga or Bwindi National parks in Uganda, Virunga National Park in the DRC, or at Ruhengeri in Rwanda. Viewing of Gorilla depends on where the Gorilla permit are available and where the Gorillas are located.

Please note that due to the nature of the Gorilla and their habits, viewing cannot be guaranteed. The Gorilla trek can be quiet strenuous and it may be necessary to trek for quiet a while through dense vegetation. Your trek can continue for up to 5 hours depending on the location of your designated Gorilla family.

As Gorillas is sensitive to human diseases, people of ill health are not allowed to visit Gorilla groups, as well as children under the age of 15 years of age.

Days 49 & 50: Kisoro to Lake Bunyoni, Uganda

Today your enjoy a short and scenic drive through Africa, reaching Lake Bunyoni, the deepest crater lake on the continent. Lake Bunyoni is home to a large number of bird and fish species, as well as playful otters. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

You spend day 50 at leisure, taking in the beauty of Lake Bunyoni. You have the option to swim, visit the local villages and just sit back and relax in the most stunning and tranquil surrounds. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 51: Lake Bunyoni to Kampala, Uganda

Today you journey to Kampala for another overnight stay, and a chance to sample the nightlife. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 52: Kampala to Jinja, Uganda

Today you will have the exciting options of either partaking in white water rafting down the majestic Nile River, or a visit to the Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

After you enjoy your optional activities you travel to Jinja for your overnight camp right on the edge of the Nile River. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 53: Jinja to Nakuru, Kenya

Today is a full days driving back towards Kenya, crossing the border before lunch and stopping for supplies en route. You will once again spend the night in Nakuru. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 54: Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Today your tour continues to Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its thousands of pink Flamingo gracing the water's edge. The numbers of Flamingo depends of the level of water, with the majority of Flamingo appearing when the water level is low.

The Park is also a sanctuary for Black and White Rhino, Buffalo, Giraffe, Waterbuck, various antelope, Leopard and the occasional Hippo. You spend you day on game drives, and spend the night at one of the campsites within the Park. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 55: Lake Nakuru National Park to Lake Naivasha, Kenya

Today you move further east to Lake Naivasha where you will camp in peaceful and beautiful surroundings beside the Lake. The Lake is home to a variety of birdlife, the most spectacular being the African Fish Eagle. Your afternoon is spent at leisure enjoying optional activities like a boat ride to the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary, Hell's Gate National Park or Elsamere, the retirement home of Joy Adamson. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 56: Lake Naivasha to Nairobi, Kenya

After breakfast you leave Lake Naivasha to Nairobi, arriving in the late afternoon. Your truck will stop at the Boulevard Hotel for those guests staying there, and then continue to your campsite to end the trip. Breakfast is included.

Optional Excursions:

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

Free Trip:

Please note that upon booking this trip, you are entitled to a free 3 day Masai Mara Safari. Local payment is still applicable on this trip. This offer must be taken up when booking your main trip. Please ask your consultant at Siyabona Africa for more details. Conditions apply.

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