Overview

A truly superb combination of Southern and Eastern Africa, this 42 day adventure will offer you a taste of all things uniquely African! You will witness dense populations of wildlife on safaris through some of the top National Parks in Africa, including the famous Serengeti National Park. We’ll take you to Malawi’s fresh water lake, to the tropical beaches and historical buildings of Zanzibar, to the magnificent thundering waters of Victoria Falls and then on to the vast wilderness waterways of the Okavango Delta. In Namibia you will be enthralled with the untouched beauty and contrasts of the big sky landscapes before ending your tour in Cape Town.

Featured Highlights

Not all highlights are included in the tour price and form part of the Activity Package. Ideally we would include all activities, but not everyone can afford this. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased or bought through your guide on day 1 of your tour.

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Itinerary

Our tours come with an Activity Package. This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours and therefore this itinerary has been written with these items included in the day-by-day itinerary. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this.

Day 01

Arusha

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 NP and Ngorongoro Crater.

Distance
±290km
Route
Nairobi to Arusha
Activity Package
Masai Mara Museum
Places
Arusha
Day 02

Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

The following days are set aside for the 3-night optional camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This area has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4×4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks. We leave our accommodation in the morning and drive to the Serengeti. On arrival we will start with our first game drive.

 

Distance
±250km
Route
Arusha to Serengeti National Park
Optional Activities
Tips for Guides
Serengeti 4-day camping Excursion (min 4 people)
Ballooning over Serengeti National Park
Day 03

Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

We spend the entire day game driving through the Serengeti. Our route is depending on the movement of the game and sightings.

Day 04

Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

Today we explore more of the Serengeti and make our way to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. We drive down to the bottom of the Crater, where we try and see as many animals as possible.

Day 05

Arusha

Today those that 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.

Distance
±250km
Route
Serengeti National Park to Arusha
Places
Arusha
Day 06

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.

Distance
±550km
Route
Arusha to Bagamoyo
Day 07

Zanzibar Excursion

Its a short drive down to Dar es Salaam, where we will be dropped off at the local ferry port and will take a ferry 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.

Route
Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam ± 80 km; Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by ferry
Activity Package
Zanzibar Excursion plus Ferry
Optional Activities
Zanzibar Meals (per meal)
Day 08

Zanzibar Excursion

The following day we take a transfer to the northern part of the island where we will spend 2 days relaxing on the beach.

Distance
±60-70km
Route
Stone Town to Nungwi Beach
Optional Activities
Zanzibar Meals (per meal)
Swimming with Dolphins – Full Day (min. 2 people)
Spice Tour – Half Day (min. 2 people)
Scuba Diving – Per Dive
Day 09

Zanzibar Excursion

We spend the day relaxing on the beach or taking part in one of the many optional activities offered here.

Optional Activities
Zanzibar Meals (per meal)
Day 10

Dar es Salaam

Today we leave Zanzibar and catch a ferry back to Dar es Salaam and return to our truck and campsite.

Distance
±60-70km
Route
Nungwi Beach to Stone town: ± 60-70 km; Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by ferry
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

Distance
±195km
Route
Dar es Salaam to Mikumi
Optional Activities
Mikumi National Park Game Drive (min 6 clients)
Day 12

Iringa

Today we travel further inland and up to Iringa in the highland tea growing area. This evening our dinner is a traditional Kihehe dinner in a Kihehe hut (local tribe) or dinner in the famous Mud Ruins restaurant.

Distance
±360km
Route
Mikumi to Iringa
Included Activities
Diner in a local Masai Restaurant
Day 13

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.

Distance
±685km
Route
Iringa to Nkhata Bay
Day 14

Nkhotakota Bay - Malawi

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.

Distance
±220km
Route
Nkhata Bay to Nkhotakota Bay
Optional Activities
Mbewa Village Visit
Walking Safari into Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve
Nkhotakota Pottery Training Workshop (per hour)
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.

Activity Package
Slave Trade & Historical Tour
Day 16

Lilongwe

Today we depart Nkhotakota Bay 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.

Distance
±175km
Route
Nkhotakota Bay to Lilongwe
Included Activities
Lilongwe Local Market Visit
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.

Distance
±280km
Route
Lilongwe to South Luangwa National Park
Activity Package
Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
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.

Activity Package
Village and Textile Project Visit in South Luangwa
Optional Activities
Safari Walk in South Luangwa National Park
Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa National 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.

Distance
±130km
Route
South Luangwa NP to Chipata
Places
Chipata
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.

Distance
±590km
Route
Chipata to Lusaka
Places
Day 21

Victoria Falls

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

Distance
±570km
Route
Lusaka to Victoria Falls
Optional Activities
Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Bungee Jump – Solo
Dinner Out Victoria Falls
Helicopter Flights
Full Day White Water Rafting
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.

Distance
±100km
Route
Victoria Falls to Kasane
Optional Activities
Morning Tram & Bridge Tour
Bungee Jump – Solo
Helicopter Flights
Full Day White Water Rafting
Activity Package
Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
Day 23

Kasane - Botswana

Established in 1968, the Chobe National Park covers approximately 11700 sq kms, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland.  Take advantage of your 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.

Optional Activities
Chobe National Park Game Drive
Day 24

Gateway to the Delta

We travel towards the town of Nata, near the Makgadikgadi Pans. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to participate in a 3-hour Game Drive to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. You will board the open roof 4×4 vehicles and travel through the Nata Bird Sanctuary, which sits within the awe-aspiring vastness of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. The pans are home to 165 different species of birds, including pelicans, spoonbills, eagles, ostriches and flamingos, that make the Sanctuary their home at different times of the year according to their migratory behaviour.

Distance
±310km
Route
Kasane to Nata
Activity Package
Visit to the Nata Pans
Day 25

Maun

This morning we journey to our Delta camp.  For those who will be embarking on the Okavango Delta Excursion, 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.

Distance
±30km
Route
Maun to Okavango Delta
Activity Package
Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
Places
Day 25

Maun - Okavango Delta

Maun is well known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta. We spend one night in Maun and prepare for this Delta excursion. Please pack a small overnight bag for your stay in the Okavango Delta. Small planes transport us over this amazing area to our tented camp.Once in the Delta we take a nature walk with a local expert and a guided afternoon boat cruise. If the water level allows there will also be a traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe) trip.

Distance
±30km
Route
Maun to Okavango Delta
Day 26

Okavango Delta

After breakfast we board our local 4×4 truck  for our trip into the Okavango Delta, where we meet with our local guides and polers for our mokoro (traditional canoe) trip to our remote bush camp. In the afternoon there is a nature walk with a local guide which gives a great chance to view wildlife on foot. Tonight is spent swapping stories around the camp fire and enjoying the serenity of the Delta.

 

Distance
±30km
Route
Maun to Bush Camp
Day 26

Okavango Delta

In the morning we board our planes and head into the Delta. After a wonderful scenic flight we arrive at our base for the next two days. During your time in the Delta we enjoy the best nature has to offer. We go on nature walks and explore the Delta by mokoro traditional canoe (water level dependant). The Delta is truly spectacular and an unforgettable experience as the wild animals here are not used to people. Simply sitting and relaxing often results in rewarding bird or game viewing.
Please note: if you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the accommodation in Maun for the following 2 days.

Distance
±30 min flightkm
Activity Package
Okavango Delta Excursion (Accommodated)
Day 27

Okavango Delta – Moremi Game Reserve

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.

Distance
±30km
Route
Okavango Delta to Maun
Optional Activities
Tips for Polers
Day 27

Okavango Delta

Today we will continue exploring the Okavango Delta by mokoro (traditional canoe) and a enjoy a nature walk.

Distance
±30km
Route
Okavango Delta to Maun
Optional Activities
Tips for Polers
Day 28

Ghanzi

We depart early and head towards 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.

Distance
±290km
Route
Maun to Ghanzi
Included Activities
Bushman Tribal dance in evening
Optional Activities
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 out in town at Joe’s Beer House, definitely a feast for all the senses.

Distance
±520km
Route
Ghanzi to Windhoek
Included Activities
Drive through Windhoek with the Nomad truck
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Windhoek
Places
Day 30

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.

Distance
±455km
Route
Windhoek to Etosha
Included Activities
Craft market stop en-route
Entrance to Etosha National Park
Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck
Day 31

Etosha National Park

Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. The sparse grasslands allow great opportunities to see animals normally hidden in dense vegetation. You may even see some of the amazing animals crossing the road in front of your truck! We will go on various game drives and spend our evenings at the abundant waterholes for some excellent game photography.

Included Activities
Full day game drive in Nomad truck
Day 32

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.

Distance
±120km
Route
Etosha to Outjo
Day 33

Himba Tribe

We visit a Himba community close to Kamanjab where you will have an opportunity to interact with the people who live there. This is a working village and is only a representation of a larger group of nomadic pastoralists.

The semi-nomadic Himba people are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaces during the wars that raged in Angola. The dwindling number of pastoralists that still exist in their natural environment are protected as far as possible by creating a “buffer zone”, or an “educational tribe” where tourists who would like to get a better understanding of the way of the Himba, their lifestyle and their traditions, can do so without interfering with those still living in their natural environment.

Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the camp fire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand.

The income that this specific tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of orphaned Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage.

There is a market at the end of your visit, this is a way for the women to establish a small income, used for their own private expenses, and it is up to you whether you’d like to purchase anything or not.

Distance
±130km
Route
Outjo to Khorixas
Activity Package
Himba Tribe Visit
People
The Himba People
Day 34

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.

Distance
±310km
Route
Khorixas to Swakopmund
Included Activities
Guided Walk with Nomad Guide through Spitzkoppe
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
Dolphin Cruise 4/5horas
Sky Diving
Sandboarding
Quad Biking (2 hours)
Dinner Out Swakopmund
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 walk 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.

Distance
±430km
Route
Swakopmund to Sesriem
Activity Package
Guided desert walk with local expert
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.

Distance
±130km
Route
Sesriem to Sossusvlei
Included Activities
Sesriem Canyon
Explore Sossusvlei
Hike up Dune 45
Optional Activities
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).

Distance
±425km
Route
Namib-Naukluft Park to Fish River Canyon
Included Activities
Hike along the rim of the Fish River Canyon
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. 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.

Distance
±205km
Route
Fish River Canyon to Gariep / Orange River
Optional Activities
Half-Day Canoe Trip
Day 40

Cederberg 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.

Distance
±500km
Route
Orange river to Citrusdal
Activity Package
Wine tasting & traditional dinner
Day 41

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.

Distance
±250km
Route
Citrusdal to Cape Town

Activity Package

Below are all highlights that are part of the Activity Package. This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be 'essential activities' on our tours. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed under the itinerary of the tour and in our pre departure information document.

  • Masai Mara Museum
  • Zanzibar Excursion plus Ferry
  • Slave Trade & Historical Tour
  • Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
  • Village and Textile Project Visit in South Luangwa
  • Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
  • Visit to the Nata Pans
  • Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
  • Okavango Delta Excursion (Accommodated)
  • Himba Tribe Visit
  • Guided desert walk with local expert
  • Wine tasting & traditional dinner

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