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.
- Ngorongoro Crater
- Serengeti National Park
- Zanzibar Island
- Lake Malawi
- South Luangwa National Park
- Victoria Falls
- Chobe National Park
- The Okavango Delta
- Etosha National Park
- Namib-Naukluft National Park
- Fish River Canyon
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.
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
Nomad can book accommodation before and after your tour.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The following day we take a transfer to the northern part of the island where we will spend 2 days relaxing on the beach.
We spend the day relaxing on the beach or taking part in one of the many optional activities offered here.
Dar es Salaam
Today we leave Zanzibar and catch a ferry back to Dar es Salaam and return to our truck and campsite.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today we journey from Lusaka to Victoria Falls. Tonight you will have the opportunity to have a meal out with your group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today we will continue exploring the Okavango Delta by mokoro (traditional canoe) and a enjoy a nature walk.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
- Limited Availability
- On Request
- Not Available