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Itinerary: Ultimate African Overlander - Nairobi to Cape Town

Ultimate African Overlander - Nairobi to Cape Town

Kenya to South Africa overland. Adventurous participation overland camping safari, wildlife viewing, beach relaxation, stunning scenery, magnificent Victoria Falls. Starts Nairobi ends Cape Town.

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Ultimate African Overlander - Nairobi to Cape Town

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Daily Highlights * covered by mandatory Adventure Pass

*01 Depart Nairobi, Lake Nakuru National Park Game drive, LD
02 Eldoret BLD
03 Kampala BLD
04 Queen Elizabeth National Park BLD
05 Chimpanzee Excursion/ Bunyonyi BLD
06 Gorilla Trek/Bunyonyi BLD
07 Gorilla Trek/Bunyonyi BLD
08 Gorilla Trek/Bunyonyi BLD
09 Kampala BLD
10 Jinja BLD
11 Jinja BLD
12 Jinja BLD
13 Eldoret BLD
14 - 15 Kenya, Great Rift Valley, Nairobi BL
*16 - 17 Masai Mara National Reserve, Game Drives BLD
18 Nairobi BL
19 Arusha BLD
*20 Serengeti National Park, Afternoon Game Drive BLD
*21 Serengeti, Morning Game Drive, Olduvai Gorge, Ngorongoro Crater rim BLD
*22 Ngorongoro Crater, Morning Game Drive, Arusha BLD
23 Maasai village walk, Bagamoyo, Dar es Salaam area BLD
24 Dar es Salaam BLD
25 - 27 Zanzibar B x 3
28 Ferry to Dar es Salaam LD
29 Mikumi NP area BLD
30 Iringa BLD
31 Chitimba BLD
32 Lake Malawi BLD
33 - 34 Malawi Beach, Village Walk BLD
35 Chipata BLD
36 Lusaka BLD
37 Waterfront, Livingstone, Victoria Falls NP Visit BL
38 - 40 Waterfront, Livingstone B
41 Victoria Falls Visit, Kasane, * Chobe National Park Sunset Cruise BLD
*42 Chobe National Park, game drive - Nata, Elephant Sands BLD
43 Maun BLD
*44 Okavango Delta, Mokoro/ Walking Safari Wilderness Experience BLD
45 Maun BLD
46 Kalahari, Bushman Walk, Namibia BLD
47 Windhoek BL
48 - 49 Etosha National Park BLD
50 Spitzkoppe BLD
51 - 52 Swakopmund B x 2
*53 Sesriem, Namib Naukluft Park, 4x4 transfer BLD
54 Dune 45, Sesriem area BLD
55 Fish River Canyon BLD
56 Orange (Gariep) River BLD
57 Western Cape BLD
58 Cape Town B

Day 1 – 8 Nairobi, Lake Nakuru, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Gorilla Trek
We depart Nairobi for Kenya’s Great Rift Valley and Lake Nakuru National Park. Best known for its birdlife, especially flamingos Nakuru also contains good stocks of rhino, leopard, buffalo, warthog, baboon, antelope and lion! We continue north through the highlands to Eldoret before we cross into Uganda to the capital Kampala. After a night here we drive west to Queen Elizabeth National Park. We game drive in search of Uganda’s natural wildlife, pause to appreciate the views of Lake Edward before tracking Chimpanzee sanctuary at Kyambura Gorge. Seen in their natural habitat chimpanzees live in structured social groups but quite different from the gentle gorillas we see later in the trip. After game driving through QENP, we continue to rural south-west Uganda and our camp beside Lake Bunyonyi, It is in this densely forested area that we trek in search of the gorillas. Local guides lead us through the jungle into the hills. The trek can be demanding but the effort is forgotten when we finally find ourselves in the midst of a family of gorillas. We have a one-hour ‘audience’ with these gentle giants, and you may be surprised at how close you can get and how human-like they are. We may spend several days in the area to allow time for everyone to complete the trek.

Day 9 – 12Kampala, Jinja
Returning to Kampala we have a night in the capital before continuing to Jinja. Situated near the source of the River Nile there is the opportunity to assist a local charity in building and improving community schools - roll up your sleeves and make a difference!

Day 13 – 15 Eldoret, Nairobi
From Jinja, we cross back into Kenya stopping at Eldoret and driving along the Rift Valley to Nairobi where we prepare for the next leg of our journey

Day 16 – 23
From Nairobi, we visit Kenya’s best-known game park, the Masai Mara National Reserve.
The park is as renowned for its wildlife as much as for its scenery. Continuing our game park encounters we cross into Tanzania for an optional three-day excursion into the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park. Game viewing here is unrivalled and the wide Serengeti plains and deep Ngorongoro offer exciting backdrops to game-driving. In Arusha, we have to browse the markets and visit a Snake enclosure as well as one of the local Maasai villages. The following day we drive to Bagamoyo and old port and trading post near Dar es Salaam.

Day 24 – 29
From Arusha, we drive past snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro to the city of Dar es Salaam. We take the ferry to Zanzibar and spend three days on the island. Time is at leisure: explore Stone Town and bathe in the warm Indian Ocean. We return to the mainland before heading south, via Mikumi National Park, to Malawi.

NB As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic tourist class accommodation on Zanzibar is included in the Local Payment but for the sake of flexibility meals are left for your own account. Typically we spend one night in Stone Town and the next two nights in the north of the island at one of the beaches. Your tour leader will be available to assist if you experience any problems but there are no set activities - the time is entirely at leisure

Day 30 – 40
Malawi is dominated by the enormous Lake Malawi – a freshwater lake with good swimming and good fishing. There are several beaches on the lake, we pick one and have time to swim, snorkel, and take the opportunity of a guided walk to a local village. We continue to Zambia, via Lusaka to Livingstone and the Victoria Falls area where numerous activities (eg rafting, canoeing) are available, but leave time to visit the Victoria Falls themselves, one of Africa’s unrivalled sights.

Day 41 – 49
Leaving Livingstone we cross into Botswana to Chobe National Park. We enjoy a game cruise before continuing to the Okavango Delta. Explore the channels and floodplains on foot and by (dugout canoe) mokoro. Crossing the border into Namibia we spend time with traditional Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert learning how they live. We overnight in Namibia's capital, Windhoek before we enjoy two days in Etosha National Park on game drives in magnificent desert terrain.

Day 50 – 58
After Etosha, we drive south through Damaraland, making camp amongst the eerie rock formations at Sptizkoppe, before arriving into Swakopmund, Namibia’s fun-loving coastal town offers a range of optional desert-based adventure activities. We then continue south, into the desert and enjoy the dramatic terrain of sand dunes and vleis (dried lake beds) of the Namib Naukluft Park. Finally, we visit the Fish River Canyon, the world’s second-largest canyon. We camp beside the Orange (Gariep) River, our final stop in Namibia. We cross into South Africa, continuing south to Cape Town where our tour ends.

PLUS mandatory Adventure Pass US$ 1900.00.
Adventure Pass to be paid in the currency listed on the website (usually US dollars in clean, un-torn post 2008 edition notes) directly to your Tour Leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour, or pre-paid by arrangement.

The mandatory Adventure pass covers the following:
Lake Nakuru National Park, game drive
Masai Mara Excursion, game drives
Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater, game drives
Chobe National Park, sunset cruise, game drive
Okavango Wilderness excursion
Namib Naukluft National Park, 4x4 transfer

PLUS Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permit GBP 640.00. The Gorilla permit is paid at the time of booking and is non-refundable. This covers your gorilla and chimpanzee permit.

Optional Activities & Excursions:
Community School Project US$55
Village/natures Walk US $10
Mountain Biking US30
Quad Biking US$85
White Water Rafting US$160
Scuba Diving (Zanzibar) US $150
White water rafting Zambezi US$180
Helicopter/Microlight flights From US$ 185
Livingstone Game Walk US$ 95
Malawi village walk US$ 10
Malawi Horse Riding US$ 55
Livingstonia Day Hike US$ 10
Zanzibar Spice Tour US$35
Wine tasting US$10
Orange River Canoe US$45
Tandem Skydive US$ 200
Swakopmund Township Tour US $ 45
Okavango Delta scenic flight US$ 650

Included in Price:
Fully equipped safari vehicle, camping and cooking equipment, all road tolls and vehicle taxes, all ground transportation, services of two crew, sleeping mattress, meals as indicated.

Not Included:
Adventure Pass excursions, visas, travel insurance, flights, departure taxes, departure airport transfers, sleeping bag, optional activities, tips, drinks, items of a personal nature and meals on Zanzibar (3 nights) and meals in Nairobi (2 nights)

NB. Each gorilla permit allows one trek. We stay in Bwindi or an alternative gorilla national park for the time necessary to allow everybody to trek once. The day to day itinerary may, therefore, vary if trekking goes over time. Optional activities can be arranged locally when not trekking.

NB. Gorilla Viewing: To ensure we obtain gorilla permits, we may trek outside Uganda in neighbouring countries such as Rwanda, where gorillas have also been habituated for viewing. Trekking here involves a minimal detour from the described route.

Gorilla Trekking Excursion (Permits): The Ugandan Wildlife Authority (UWA) set the gorilla permit price and stipulates that permits must be booked and paid for in advance. We, therefore, collect your gorilla permit money at the time of booking, along with your normal deposit. The Gorilla permit price is quoted in US dollars but is paid in your local currency at a rate fixed by us.. Whilst the price is correct at time of going to press (Jul 2021), We reserve the right to pass on any increase in fee if the UWA raises the price. Finally please note, the gorilla permit fee is not refundable if you cancel your booking.

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