The Great African Trek

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    The Great African Trek

    Experience nine diverse countries as you travel through southern and East Africa on this ultimate 56-day overland trek.

    Fast Facts
    • Start: Kenya
    • End: Cape Town
    • Type: Camping
    • Comfort: Standard
    • Vehicle: Overland Truck
    • Duration: 56 days

    Tour Summary

    55 Nights

    Meals: 50 breakfasts 45 lunches 45 dinners

    • DAYS 1-2: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
    • DAY 3: Kisumu, Lake Victoria, Kenya
    • DAY 4: Kampala, Uganda
    • DAYS 5-8: Lake Bunyoni, Uganda
    • DAY 9: Kampala, Uganda
    • DAY 10: Jinja, Uganda
    • DAY 11: Nakuru, Kenya
    • DAY 12: Lake Nakuru, Kenya
    • DAY 13: Lake Naivasha, Kenya
    • DAY 14: Nairobi, Kenya
    • DAY 15: Arusha, Tanzania
    • DAYS 16-17: Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
    • DAY 19: Pangani, Usambara Moutains, Tanzania
    • DAY 20: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    • DAYS 21-23: Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
    • DAY 24: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    • DAY 25: Iringa, Tanzania
    • DAYS 26-30: Lake Malawi, Malawi
    • DAY 31: Chipata, Zambia
    • DAY 32: Lusaka, Zambia
    • DAY 33: Livingstone, Zambia
    • DAY 34-36: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
    • DAYS 37-38: Chobe National Park, Botswana
    • DAY 39: Maun, Botswana
    • DAYS 40-41: 40-41: Okavango Delta, Botswana
    • DAY 42: Maun, Botswana
    • DAY 43: Kavango River, Namibia
    • DAYS 44-45: Etosha National Park, Namibia
    • DAY 46: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
    • DAY 47: Chobe National Park, Botswana
    • DAYS 48-50: Lake Nakuru, Kenya
    • DAY 51: Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei, Namibia
    • DAY 52: Fish River Canyon, Namibia
    • DAY 53: Orange River, South Africa
    • DAY 54: Cederberg, South Africa
    • DAY 55-56: Cape Town, South Africa
    Days       1-2:Game Viewing in the Masai Mara

    Climbing over the Rift Valley Escarpment, leave the craziness of       Nairobi behind and head into valley towards the Masai Mara. Along the       way, stop at a viewpoint on the escarpment for some stunning photos.       Once at the Acacia Camp, set up your tent and relax for the evening       looking at the Meguarra Hills.

    Explore the Masai Mara Game Reserve the next day as you drive around       over the rolling hills, and through the huge plains searching for the       Big 5. During July and October, you may even be able to witness the       Annual Migration as a million wildebeest and zebra travel up from the       Serengeti.

    After a full day of driving, return to the campsite and watch as the       sun sets over the hills as you sit by the fire.

             
    • Highlights:Masai Mara National Reserve,         Kenya
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals Day 1: Lunch, Dinner
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    • Meals Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day       3: Relaxing on the Shores of Lake Victoria

    Travelling through the stunning tea plantations of Kericho, descend       to the shores of Lake Victoria, and the harbour town of Kisumu.       Situated on Africa’s largest lake, Kisumu is Kenya’s 3rd largest town.       Tonight you may have the time to wander along the water and explore the       town.

             
    • Highlights: Kisumu, Lake Victoria, Kenya
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day       4: Crossing into Uganda

    After breakfast and a short drive to the border, cross into Uganda       and continue, via the town of Jinja, to the capital city, Kampala. The       night will be yours to enjoy and explore this exciting East African       city.

             
    • Highlights: Kampala, Uganda
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Days       5-8: Following in Diane Fossey’s Footsteps

    This morning will be an early departure as it can be a long drive to       your base for the next four days, Lake Bunyoni. This tranquil location       is a great place for you to set up camp and relax while you await your       opportunity to optionally trek with the mountain gorillas.

    While most permits will be purchased for Uganda and the Bwindi       National Park, it is possible due to availability issues, that permits       for Rwanda or the DRC may need to be purchased. You will be only       trekking once with the gorillas, but several days have been set aside       to ensure your entire group can trek. There are a limited number of       permits per day.

    On the days that you are not trekking, there are plenty of optional       activities available. Visit a local village or church, go bird watching       in the hills surrounding the lake, travel into Kabale and explore the       local market, or simply stay around the lake and swim or canoe.

             
    • Highlights: Lake Bunyoni, Uganda
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day       9: Crossing the Equator in Uganda

    Today you begin your return to the capital, Kampala, for the night.       Stop along the way at the Equator for a photo of you standing in both       the northern and southern hemisphere. Once in Kampala, head out into       the city and experience its nightlife.

             
    • Highlights: Kampala, Uganda
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day       10: Rafting Down the White Nile

    Following breakfast visit the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary to       learn a bit more of these fascinating creatures, or head straight to       Jinja for some adventure activities such as quad biking or white water       rafting at the source of the White Nile. Spend the afternoon wandering       the area viewing the wide variety of birds.

             
    • Highlights: Jinja, Uganda
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Days       11-12: Searching for Black Rhinos

    Today drive to the border and cross back into Kenya. After stopping       for lunch and some more supplies, continue onto Nakuru, Kenya’s 4th       largest town and your base for the next two nights.

    The next day make your way to the famous Lake Nakuru National Park       for a day of game viewing and flamingo watching. Thousands of flamingos       flock to the soda lake situated in the middle of this national park       some times turn the shoreline almost pink. Spend the rest of the day       exploring the park for black and white rhino, the mysterious leopard,       and possibly the tree climbing lion.

             
    • Highlights: Nakuru, Lake Nakuru, Kenya
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals per day: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day       13: Ending Your Tour in Dar es Salaam

    Continuing east towards Nairobi, drive to Lake Naivasha for the       night. The area is home to a wide variety of bird life, including the       magnificent African Fish Eagle. At an elevation of 1880m, Naivasha is       the highest Rift Valley lake. If time permits, why not take a boat ride       out to the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary or a explore the nearby       Hell’s Gate National Park on a bike.

             
    • Highlights: Lake Naivasha, Kenya
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day       14: Dining Out in Nairobi

    Your journey, this morning, takes you back to the vibrant capital of       Kenya, Nairobi. Arriving in the early afternoon, the rest of the day is       yours to explore the city, and have a delicious meal at one of       Nairobi’s excellent restaurants.

             
    • Highlights: Nairobi, Kenya
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast
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    Day       15: Traveling to Arusha

    Driving south, cross into Tanzania at the Namanga border crossing as       you make your way towards Arusha. This evening you will stay a lovely       campsite in Meserani – a small village just outside of Arusha.

             
    • Highlights: Arusha, Tanzania
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
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    Days       16-17: Exploring the Ngorongoro Crater

    Begin your 2-night optional safari excursion with a drive, via the       Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu, to the highland village of Karatu atop of the       Rift Valley Escarpment. Spend the night at a lovely campsite       overlooking wheat fields and the surrounding mountains.

    The next morning drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation area to       the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater. Descending into this       wildlife-rich caldera, begin your game drive in one of the best game       viewing parks in Africa.

    Leaving the Crater, continue through the conservation area and       arrive at the famous Serengeti National Park. Entering the park, embark       on a game drive as you explore this magnificent place. You’ll set up       camp in the central part of the park in the middle of the bush, so that       night listen to the sounds of the wilderness.

             
    • Highlights: Serengeti National Park,         Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day       18: Searching for the Big 5 in the Serengeti

    This morning continue your search for Africa’s Big 5 as you head out       on a morning game drive. In the early afternoon, after lunch, make your       way back to Arusha through the Conservation area and down the Rift       Valley Escarpment. Tonight, share adventures with your fellow travel       companions who decided not to do the excursion.

             
    • Highlights: Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day       19: Getting a Look of the Mighty Kilimanjaro

    Take the morning to explore Arusha and some of its craft markets       before starting your journey towards Dar es Salaam. Along the way, if       the weather is good, you may get a stunning view of the impressive       Mount Kilimanjaro and its snow covered peak. Continue through the       Usambara Mountains to your beautiful campsite in Pangani.

             
    • Highlights: Pangani, Usambara Moutains,         Tanzania
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day       20: Getting a Look of the Mighty Kilimanjaro

    From Pangani complete your journey to Dar es Salaam as you drive       through lush scenery and palm trees to the warm Indian Ocean. Once in       Dar es Salaam, set up camp on the beaches of the Indian Ocean and relax       this evening as you prepare for your excursion to Zanzibar.

             
    • Highlights: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Days       21-23: Soaking Up the African Sun

    Take the ferry, today, from Dar es Salaam to the exotic island       paradise of Zanzibar for a 3-night optional excursion. Steeped in       history, Zanzibar is a major destination for beach lovers, and history       buffs. The itinerary is yours to design and at your own expense. Spend       all your time in Stone Town, in Nungwi, or a mix of both locales.

    Once a major starting point of explorers to the new lands, today,       Stone Town still maintains that history and influence. Wander the       quaint, narrow streets that are lined with Medina-like shops, and visit       the cafes and restaurants which have moved into former Sultan’s       palaces. Optional day trips can easily be organised from Stone Town,       too. Spend the afternoon viewing the tortoises at Prison Island,       driving to Jozani Forest to catch a glimpse of the monkeys, or head out       for a sunset cruise on a traditional dhow.

    No visit, though, would be complete with out some time on one of the       stunning white sandy beaches around the island. Spend the day soaking       up the African sun on the beach and exploring the crystal clear waters       of the Indian Ocean. Relax in the evening with a sundowner as you watch       the sunset over ocean.

             
    • Highlights: Stone Town, Zanzibar,         Tanzania
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals Day 21: Breakfast
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    • Meals Day 22-23: None
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    Day       24: Taking the Ferry from Zanzibar

    Meeting on the dock in Stone Town, re-join your fellow travelers who       were on the island with you, and take the ferry back to the mainland       returning to your beachside campsite in Dar es Salaam. Once at the       campsite, join up with the travelers who decided not to go to       Zanzibar.

             
    • Highlights: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Dinner
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    Day       25: Driving through the Mikumi National Park

    Leaving the coast behind head inland into the highland region of       southern Tanzania. While passing through the Mikumi National Park, keep       your eyes open for wildlife that roam along the roadside. Spend the       night at a beautiful simple campsite near the town of Iringa.

             
    • Highlights: Iringa, Tanzania
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Days       26-30: Learning about Bao on Lake Malawi

    Travel through the picturesque Tukuyu tea and banana plantations as       you make your way to the ‘warm heart of Africa’ and Lake Malawi. Spend       the next five days traveling along the western shore of this large       fresh-water lake stopping at various campsites along the way.

    Experience the game of bao as you play with the locals, visit the       local craft markets, or simple enjoy the many optional activities       available such as horse back riding, kayaking or diving. Thanks to its       temperate climate and incredible marine life, Lake Malawi is famous for       its spectacular diving and snorkeling.

             
    • Highlights: Lake Malawi, Malawi
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day       31: Learning about Bao on Lake Malawi

    After driving to the border between Malawi and Zambia, it’s a very       short drive, only 10 km, to your campsite for the night in the town of       Chipata. If time permits, head into Chipata and explore this truly       Africa town.

             
    • Highlights: Chipata, Zambia
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day       32: Staying the Night in Lusaka

    Today is a bit of a long travel day as you head south through Zambia       to its capital, Lusaka. Your campsite is on the outskirts of the city,       and has some of its own wildlife, including the eland – Africa’s       largest antelope.

             
    • Highlights: Lusaka, Zambia
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day       33: Viewing Victoria Falls from Livingstone

    Wake up early, today, as you have another long travel day to the       southern end of the country and the town of Livingstone. Once in town,       explore the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and view the mighty Victoria       Falls from the Zambian side.

    The Falls are a natural wonder of the world, and at 1700m across,       and 100m high, its not hard to understand why. Take the opportunity in       the evening to partake in an optional sunset cruise on the Zambezi.

             
    • Highlights: Livingstone, Zambia
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Days       34-36: Flying Over Victoria Falls

    Travelling over the Zambezi River, enter Zimbabwe and the adventure       capital, Victoria Falls. Your campsite is centrally located giving you       easy access to all the optional activities available. In the first       afternoon, visit the Victoria Falls National Park, and view the       impressive Falls from the Zimbabwe side for a contrasting       perspective.

    Over the next two days, relax at the campsite or participate in any       of the adventure activities. The most popular is the white water       rafting on the Zambezi, but you can also abseil down Batoka Gorge, fly       over the Falls on a scenic flight, bungee jump off Victoria Falls       Bridge, or take a walk with some lions at a rehabilitation centre.

             
    • Highlights: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast
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    Days       37-38: Sleeping Out in Chobe National Park

    Cross into Botswana, after a short drive from Victoria Falls, and       continue to Kasane – a small town on the Chobe River. Spend the rest of       the morning relaxing until lunch. After lunch, explore Chobe National       Park on an optional overnight excursion. Spend the next 24 hours       searching the park for wildlife such as the large herds of       elephants.

    For those choosing not to do the overnight excursion, spend the rest       of the day relaxing and exploring the town of Kasane. The next morning       you have the option exploring the park on a morning game drive for       elephants, lions, buffalos, and giraffes.

    In the late afternoon on the second day, after you’ve returned from       your overnight excursion, embark on a cruise of the Chobe River. Keep       an eye out for hippos that wade in the shallow waters near the shore,       and enjoy the spectacular sunset as sun drops over the river.

             
    • Highlights: Chobe National Park, Botswana
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day       39: Arriving in Maun

    This morning is a long driving day as you travel south before       turning west and driving through the central part of Botswana to the       town of Maun – the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Spend the night       relaxing as you prepare for your optional 2-night excursion to the       world’s largest inland delta.

             
    • Highlights: Maun, Botswana
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Days       40-41: Riding a Mokoro in the Delta

    Departing Maun, travel north for a few of hours in a 4x4 truck to a       mokoro station on the water’s edge. At the station, transfer to these       traditional dugout canoes, and let your guide glide you through the       waterways to your campsite. Head out and explore this unique ecosystem       on an afternoon game walk.

    The next day, continue your exploration of the Delta searching for       wildlife, such as zebras and elephants, on either foot or by mokoro.       Return to camp in the late afternoon and enjoy a fire as you listen to       the sounds of the wild around you.

             
    • Highlights: Okavango Delta, Botswana
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day       42: Taking a Scenic Flight Over the Delta

    After a final walk, say goodbye to the Delta as you return to Maun.       Arriving in the early afternoon, why not complete the Delta journey       with an optional scenic flight over the stunning place you just spend 2       nights.

             
    • Highlights: Maun, Botswana
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day       43: Watching Hippos on the Kavango River

    Driving up the western side of the Delta, follow the Kavango River       and enter Namibia. Stopping in Rundu for supplies, continue along the       river to the stunning campsite on banks of the Kavango River. Keep your       eyes open for the occasional hippo that’ll graze on the property.

             
    • Highlights: Kavango River, Namibia
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Days       44-45: Sitting at a Water Hole in the Etosha National Park

    This morning travel south to Etosha National Park, one of Namibia’s       premier game parks. Situated around the Etosha Pan, the park has a wide       variety of animal and bird life to enjoy. Spend the evening at your       camp’s water hole observing the animals that come for a drink.

    Spend the next day driving across the park on a full day’s game       drive searching for elephants, lions, and giraffes. Etosha is one of       the best parks for game viewing as the sparse vegetation makes spotting       the wildlife much easier than in most parks. Return to the camp for an       evening of sitting by the water hole.

             
    • Highlights: Etosha National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day       46: Meeting Some Cheetahs

    After a departing game drive as you exit Etosha, travel to the       Cheetah Park for the night. Originally a private farm, the property is       now dedicated to conserving Namibia’s cheetah population. Take the       opportunity in the afternoon to visit with these residential big       cats.

             
    • Highlights: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day       47: Admiring the Rock Art of Spitzkoppe

    Continuing your travels to the west takes you to the Spitzkoppe       monolith – one of Namibia’s highest and most recognised landmarks. The       monolith is also known to be a sacred site of the San people. Explore       the mountain and the surrounding area for rock paintings and       engravings. Tonight you get to bush camp under the stars.

             
    • Highlights: Chobe National Park, Botswana
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Days       48-50: Quad Biking in Swakopmund

    This morning travel to the German colonial town of Swakopmund. Spend       the afternoon exploring this quaint and beautiful town by checking out       its many shops and excellent cafes.

    Swakopmund is Namibia’s playground and over the next two days you       can find out why that is as you partake in any of the optional       activities. Go quad biking among the dunes, sand boarding down the       dunes, skydiving which is stunning with the ocean in one direction and       the desert in the other, or fly up the coast on a scenic flight.

             
    • Highlights: Lake Nakuru, Kenya
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals Day 48: Breakfast, Lunch
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    • Meals Day 49-50: Breakfast
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    Day       51: Watching the Sunset from Dune 45

    Leaving Swakopmund, travel along the Atlantic Coast to Walvis Bay,       where you turn east and head inland through the moon-like valley of       Kuiseb until the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Entering the park, stay       at the campsite in Sesriem.

    After setting up camp, drive to the Sossusvlei and explore the       massive sand dunes and the area. Some of these dunes are over 300m in       height. Watch the sunset from the top of the well-known Dune 45.

             
    • Highlights: Namib-Naukluft National Park,         Sossusvlei, Namibia
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day 52:         Looking in on the Fish River Canyon

    Following the sunrise over the Naukluft Mountains, say goodbye         to the tranquility of the area and travel south to the famous Fish         River Canyon. Wander the rim of the Canyon, marveling at the         spectacular views of the second largest canyon in the world.

               
    • Highlights: Fish River Canyon,           Namibia
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day 53:           Floating Along the Orange River

    Continuing south, reach the Orange River – a natural border           between Namibia and South Africa. Crossing into South Africa,           reach your campsite on the banks of the river. Spend the           afternoon on a half-day canoe excursion as you float along the           stunning Orange River.

                   
    • Highlights:Orange River, South               Africa
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day               54: Sipping Wine in the Cederberg Mountains

    Starting early travel through the Namaqualand region -               an area well known for its abundant display of wildflowers               in the spring. Spend the night at a lovely campsite in the               Cederberg Mountains among the local wine farms. Take the               time in the afternoon to tour one of these farms and taste               their product.

    After setting up camp, drive to the Sossusvlei and               explore the massive sand dunes and the area. Some of these               dunes are over 300m in height. Watch the sunset from the               top of the well-known Dune 45.

                     
    • Highlights: Cederberg, South                 Africa
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,                 Dinner
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    Days                 55-56: Arriving at the Mother City

    Departing from the Cederberg area, and passing                 through the fruit producing region of Citrusdal, begin                 the journey to your final destination, Cape Town.                 You’ll know your close as you catch glimpses of Table                 Mountain in the distance. The rest of the day will be                 yours to explore the Mother City. The next day your                 tour officially ends.

                       
    • Highlights: Cape Town, South                   Africa
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals Day 55: Breakfast
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    • Meals Day 56: None
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    Pricing is meant as a guide only. All prices are subject to availability, change/increase without notice and seasonabilty. Most of the overland tours are priced on a per person basis, but options and rates vary from supplier to supplier. Please note that many overland tours charge a local payment rate, which is paid directly to your trip leader upon the day of departure - this is an addition to the trip price. We have included the local payment rates for your benefit only. Contact us via Enquiry Form for an accurate, market-best rate.

    Rates & Dates
    • SEASONAL DATES: TOUR PRICE: LOCAL PAYMENT
    • 05 February 2017 - 24 December 2017 ZAR 45255 USD 1390
    Tour Departures Dates
    • Departure Month: Start Date: End Date:
    • June 25 June 2017 19 August 2017 July 09 July 2017 02 September 2017 July 23 July 2017 16 September 2017 August 06 August 2017 30 September 2017 August 20 August 2017 14 October 2017 September 03 September 2017 28 October 2017 September 17 September 2017 11 November 2017 October 01 October 2017 25 November 2017 October 15 October 2017 09 December 2017 October 29 October 2017 23 December 2017 November 12 November 2017 06 January 2018 November 26 November 2017 20 January 2018 December 10 December 2017 03 February 2018 December 24 December 2017 17 February 2018