Over-landing Africa - from Nairobi to Cape Town in 41 days (camping)

Over-landing Africa - from Nairobi to Cape Town in 41 days (camping)

Breath-taking African overland experience for anyone young at heart and with an open mind!

An epic journey from Nairobi to Cape Town covering Africa’s best highlights. We explore the scenic game parks Serengeti and Ngorongoro in Tanzania, relax on the white sand beaches of Zanzibar Island, have dinner with indigenous Maasai and Kihehe people, dive in the third largest lake in Africa, ride mokoro in Okavango Delta, watch the sunrise from the top of a dune in Namib desert. Not to miss the "Smoke That Thunders" over the dramatic Victoria Falls and some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Etosha National Park. Bring along your sense of adventure and emerge in the enchanting Africa!

Please note that the listed price is for tent accommodation at specificly designed camping sites ! You can also book an accommodated version (in double room bungalows) of the tour as you can check the supplement payment in the additional expences section listed below after the itinearay.

Highlights:

Sossusvlei Dunes - the vivid red dunes, which some say are the highest in the world, present a breath-taking picture, as their crimson colour clashes with the cobalt sky.
Okavango Delta - the world’s largest inland delta
Victoria Falls - one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a truly beautiful world heritage site
Zanzibar Island - with African, Arab and Portuguese influences, Zanzibar is alive with a vibrant culture and diverse people
♦ Serengeti National Park - the most photographed and filmed game reserves in Africa
Lake Malawi - teeming with more fish species than any other lake on earth and offering wonderful snorkelling and diving experiences 


Itinerary:

Day 1. Nairobi - Arusha (Tanzania)
Today we depart the bustling capital of Kenya and cross the border into Tanzania. We will stop in Arusha to visit the local Masai Mara Museum and the snake park. This afternoon we make our preparations for the optional excursion to the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.

Day 2-4. Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater
These days are set aside for optional excursions in the closely situated national parks for game drives Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, etc. You have oportunity for 3-night camping excursion into the area of Serengeti and Ngorongoro which has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. On the first day from Arusha to Ngorongoro, there will be time for visiting the Olduvai gorge and museum.
The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4x4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks.
For those not going to the parks, you can take this chance to absorb some of the fascinating local culture. Optional activities for those not doing the Serengeti Excursion: Various Serengeti & Ngorongoro Excursion packages, Lake Manyara game drives, day hiking & village tours and many more various day trips.

Day 5. Arusha, Tanzania
Today those who went into the Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro will meet up with the truck in Arusha, where there will be time to share stories of the wonderful African animals seen in the park.

Day 6. Arusha - Bagamoyo
We leave Arusha early and head south towards Bagamoyo, who’s name goes back to the days of slavery and means “lay down your heart”. Our accommodation for the night is situated on the beach. Tonight we will prepare for the Zanzibar excursion.

Day 7-9. Zanzibar
After an early wake up, we leave Lushoto and head for Dar es Salaam, where a local ferry will take us from Dar es Salaam (where we leave the truck) to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar. We spend the first night exploring the historical and unique architecture. There are also spice and seafood markets to be explored. The following day we take a transfer to the northern part of the island where we will spend 2 days relaxing on the beach.
Optional Activities: Lunch and Dinner, Motorbike hire, Spice tour, Walking city tour, Swimming with Dolphins, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling etc.

Day 10. Dar es Salaam
Today we leave Zanzibar and catch a late ferry back to Dar es Salaam. Return to our truck and campsite.

Day 11. Mikumi
Today we leave the humid Indian Ocean coastline and our journey leads us to Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant. Today we have the opportunity to enjoy an optional afternoon game drive through the park.
Optional Activity: Afternoon game drive in Mikumi National Park.

Day 12. Iringa
Today we travel further inland and up to Iringa in the highland tea growing area. This evening our dinner is in a local Maasai restaurant where we enjoy a traditional Tanzanian evening.

Day 13. Iringa to Nkhata Bay
Today we leave Tanzania and enter Malawi. We ascend out of the Great Rift Valley through some spectacular mountain passes, passing vast tea plantations in the highlands before arriving at our camp.

Day 14. Nkhata Bay - Nkhotakota Bay
Leaving Nkhata Bay, we journey north to Nkhotakota Bay and our accommodation stop for the night, situated on the shores of Lake Malawi. Here you will have the afternoon free to snorkel in the crystal clear waters or try out the traditional dug out canoe and have fun in trying to master it.

Day 15. Nkhotakota Bay
For much of the 19th century, it was the busiest slave-trading centre on Lake Malawi By the 1850s, Nkhotakota had become the main terminus from which as many as 20,000 slaves annually were shipped across the lake from present-day Malawi to the Indian Ocean port of Kilwa Kivinje (Tanzania). Today you will have the opportunity to experience the Slave Trade & Historical tour, gaining insight where Arab Traders organised the slave trade to Zanzibar. The tour includes the trees where Livingstone negotiated with the slave traders, the Church built by the first missionaries and the pool in the hills where enemies of the Arabs magically escaped.

Day 16. Lilongwe
Today we depart to the South Luangwa National Park and head towards the bustling city of Lilongwe. En route, we will stop at a local market to experience the culture and way of live of the Malawian people.

Day 17. Zambia - South Luangwa National Park
Early in the morning we drive from Malawi and cross in to Zambia and continue to the South Luangwa National Park where we spend the next two nights right on the banks of the Luangwa River. You can often see hippos and other animals from the camp bar. This afternoon we enjoy an included sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP.

Day 18. South Luangwa National Park
In the morning you have the opportunity to take another game drive. The park is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos. After lunch we visit the community run tribal textile project and a local village.
Optional activities: Morning Game Drive, Game Walk inside park.

Day 19. Chipata
We leave South Luangwa and drive through to Chipata where we will relax in the afternoon. Zambia is truly Africa, with its lush, sub-tropical vegetation.

Day 20. Lusaka
The journey towards the bustling Zambian capital of Lusaka takes us along an interesting route. On week days there may be the opportunity to visit one of the interesting local markets of the Zambian capital city.

Day 21. Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls
Today we journey from Lusaka to Victoria Falls. Tonight you will have the opportunity to have a meal out with your group.

Day 22. Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls – Botswana - Kasane

Stand beside the “smoke that thunders” watching and listening as the roar of 546 m³ of water, minute by minute, plunges down into a 100 m deep gorge below. Today we cross Botswana border en-route to Chobe National Park.
Optional activities: Morning Tram & Bridge Tour, Bunjee jump - solo, Helicopter flights, White Water Rafting

Day 23. Chobe National Park
We take advantage of our time here by enjoying a game drive through the park, in search of vast herd of elephants and a multitude of antelope including the rare sable. In the evening, we set off on a scenic sunset boat cruise in Chobe National Park. Elephants, Hippo, Crocodiles, Eland and many other creatures reside in Chobe so keep your cameras ready.

Day 24. Kasane - Kavango
Today we enter Namibia and travel through the Caprivi Strip, crossing three national parks en-route to our next destination. A beautiful sunset awaits us at our camp situated on the panhandle of the delta. 

Day 25. Okavango Delta
This morning we journey to our Delta camp. The next 3 days will be filled with scenic cruises on the crystal clear waters of the Okavango and nature walks, where we have the possibility of seeing some of the abundant wildlife.

Day 26. Okavango Delta
An early start sees us head off winding waterways of the Delta, where water lily beds and palm islands make for the most scenic of experiences. The rest of day is spent relaxing around the camp site. Often there is the chance to swim in the clear water. Test your skills as a mokoro poler, it’s not as easy as the locals make it look! Optional activity: Hot Air Balloon Flight over Okavango Delta

Day 27. Delta to Maun
Today we bid farewell to the Delta, taking a boat transfer out to reunite with our truck before heading down to Maun. We will spend the night in Maun, reliving our Delta experience.

Day 28. Ghanzi
Another early start and we drive to Ghanzi. Once at camp we will meet with a local Bushmen community and experience some traditional Tribal Dancing. There are also some traditional bushman huts that you have the opportunity to stay in for a nominal fee.
Optional activity: Bushman walk

Day 29. Windhoek, Namibia
Today is a long driving day to the Namibian border and on to Windhoek in the centre of Namibia arriving in the early evening. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short city tour in our truck. Tonight there is an optional dinner at a local restaurant. 

Day 30-31. Etosha National Park
Leaving the city sights behind us, we travel into Namibia’s barren northern area. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. We enter Etosha National Park and game drive through to our campsite for the night. On the 2nd day, there is more breathtaking game viewing en-route to a different campsite. Etosha National Park is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. We will go on various game drives and spend our evenings at the water holes for some excellent game photography.

Day 32. Etosha - Outjo
As it is a short drive to Outjo, our destination for the night, we will spend the morning enjoying our last game drive through the park. Your afternoon is at leisure, so you can relax around the pool at our lodge.

Day 33. Himba Tribes
Leaving Etosha we drive towards Kamanjab. The Himba are pastoral people and predominantly breed cattle or goats. They are easily recognizable by their unique style of dress. Today you have the chance to visit the Himba camp and see how these interesting people live. The facilities at our camp site are minimal, so its best to treat this as bush camping, however there are basic outdoor showers and toilets.

Day 34. Spitzkoppe - Swakopmund
En route to Swakopmund, we visit Spitzkoppe. Our guide will take us on a walk to marvel at the incredible landscape. Then we travel to Namibia’s Atlantic coast and Swakopmund, Namibia’s adventure capital. You will be briefed on the optional activities available here. At night there is an optional dinner at a local restaurant where you can try different types of local dishes.

Day 35. Swakopmund
Today is your chance to experience the adrenalin filled atmosphere that Swakopmund offers. Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day if you are not participating in the many activities available on offer here.
Optional Activities: Quad biking, Sand boarding, Sky Diving, Scenic Flights, Dinner etc.

Day 36. Sesriem
After the adventure and adrenaline rush of Swakopmund, we drive south into the mysterious Namib Desert.
We will be joined by a local expert on a guided hike and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions. Tonight we enjoy dinner around the campfire, do a little star gazing and listen to the calls of the jackals and barking geckos.

Day 37. Sossusvlei Dunes
We have a full day in the Namib-Naukluft National Park that starts with a walk up dune 45 for an amazing view and photo opportunity. After our hike, we will have the chance to explore Sossusvlei and relax at camp before taking a short hike into Sesriem Canyon.
Optional activity: Transfer to Deadvlei

Day 38. Fish River Canyon
Today we travel south to the Fish River Canyon where we hike along the edge of the canyon and see the amazing sunset. (It is possible that you may see the sunrise at the canyon the next morning instead due to the road conditions or time of year you are travelling).

Day 39. Gariep / Orange River
We leave early on our last day in Namibia travelling south to the border with South Africa at the Gariep / Orange River. Our campsite lies on the banks of the Orange River on the South African side. In the afternoon there is an optional canoeing activity on the River or you can just chill out at the campsite and go for a swim.
Optional activities: Gariep /Orange River canoeing

Day 40. Cedarberg region
Today is a long drive through the Northern Cape to the fruit producing area in the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa. Upon arrival at our campsite, we will enjoy a wine tasting and a traditional meal.

Day 41. Cedarberg - Cape Town
Our final day on tour, we head to the mother city, Cape Town. Before entering the city we will stop at Table View for a magnificent photo opportunity of Table Mountain from the other side of the bay.

Included in the price: ►40 overnights camping accommodation in double tents ►meals: 39 breakfasts, 22 lunches and 35 dinners ►registered English-speaking guides ►transport by adventure truck ►all activities mentioned in the program and not listed as optional

Not included: ►international flight tickets ►all items of personal nature such as alcohol, snacks, souvenirs ►tips ►all activities listed as optional in the program ►pre- and post-tour accommodation ►transfers from and to the airport ►insurance ►visa expenses

Price of extra services: ► lodge accommodation supplement: 1570 EUR ►single supplement (where possible): 145 EUR (tent) / 1190 EUR (lodge) ►accommodation at Nairobi ►accommodation at Sweetest Guest Houses in Cape town after the tour (breakfast included): double room 49 EUR per person, single room: 72 EUR ►transfer from the airport in Victoria Falls: 60 EUR per person ►transfer to the airport in Cape town: 30 EUR per person 

Prices of optional activities (on request): ►Serengeti 4-days camping tour: 8950 ZAR (~660 EUR) ►Zanzibar Scuba Diving: 60-80 USD ►Zanzibar Swimming with dolphins full day tour (min. 2 people): 40 - 160 USD ►Zanzibar Spice Tour half day: 20-60 USD ►Safari in Mikumi National Park (min. 6 people): 150-220 USD ►Malawi Kande Mbewa Village Visit: 45-55 USD ►Zambia Morning South Luangwa game drive: 65-80 USD ►Victoria Falls: Bungee jump solo 145-165 USD / Morning Tram & Bridge Tour 75 - 85 USD / Elephant Back Safaris or Lion Walk Encounter 80-150 USD / Full day White Water Rafting (High water) 150-160 USD / Zambezi Sunset Cruise 50-90 USD ►Swakopmund Sandboarding: 350 - 550 ZAR (~30-45 EUR) / Quadbiking (2 x Hour) 600-700 ZAR (~45-55 EUR) ►Sossuvlei: Transfer to Deadvlei 110-150 ZAR (~10-12 EUR) ►Gariep / Orange River: Half Day Canoe Trip 250-300 ZAR (~20-25 EUR)
Visas: Please note that visas are your responsibility. Most nationalities require visas for East African countries and Zimbabwe. Some nationalities require visas for Namibia and Botswana. Although most nationalities can obtain their visa on the border we prefer that you obtain it before arrival to save time at immigration when crossing from one country to another. Visas for Malawi are not obtainable on the borders. 

Vaccinations: A Yellow Fever Certificate is required for this tour. Malaria prophylactics is highly recommended.

Practical information: ►Meals: all meals are prepared and served at the adventure truck ►Climate: The African sun is very strong. Please use a factor 30 sunscreen and wear a hat. You should drink at least 3 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration. It can also get very cold during winter months on this route ►Arrival / Departure: Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems. We also recommend that you book your flights to depart the day after the tour officially ends ►Currency & Banking: USD (United States Dollars) is the best currency for East Africa. Credit Cards cannot always be processed – especially in remote areas. USD Notes printed before 2004 (i.e. the old style notes) will not be accepted and many places will not accept USD100 notes, so make sure to bring lots of $1, $5 and $10 notes for tips and craft markets. USD20 and USD50 notes are good to change in to local currency. Only Zambian kwacha can be used in Zambia. You can change your money in the larger cities.

 


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