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41 Day Africa Overlanding Cape Town to Nairobi 8 African Countries!
DAY 1 SOUTH AFRICA, CEDERBERG MOUNTAIN REGION:
Leaving Cape Town we make our first stop at Table View and take photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. We will be heading north towards our stop for the first night, passing through the Cederberg Region. Upon arrival at our overnight stop, we will enjoy a wine tasting, sampling wines from the region. Tonight we will be treated to a traditional South African meal, followed by a full tour briefing from your guides.
DAY 2 NAMAQUALAND & ORANGE/GARIEP RIVER
After an early start, we continue north via the distant town of Springbok, best known for its diamonds, copper and spring flowers. We then proceed to our camp located right beside the Namibian border. The camp is situated on the riverbank that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.
DAY 3 NAMIBIA, ORANGE/GARIEP RIVER – FISH RIVER CANYON
This morning there’s the chance to see the beautiful river valley by canoe or just relax at camp. After lunch we cross the border and travel to the Fish River Canyon. We enjoy a scenic walk along the edge of the canyon before enjoying our dinner, while watching the sunset. This is also a fantastic photo opportunity.
4 NAMIB-NAUKLUFT NATIONAL PARK
We arrive at the Namib-Naukluft National Park and set up camp, then enjoy a short hike into the Sesriem Canyon. Tonight we enjoy the star-studded sky and enduring silence of the Namib Desert, only occasionally interrupted by the call of a jackal or, a rather unique lizard, the barking gecko!
DAY 5 SOSSUSVLEI DUNES – NAMIB-NAUKLUFT NATIONAL PARK
This is our earliest morning as we prepare for our hike up Dune 45 to marvel at the sunrise. After our hike, we will have the chance to visit Sossusvlei. Later we join 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.
DAY 6 SWAKOPMUND
After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital, Swakopmund. Just before we arrive in Swakopmund, we stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon en-route, where there are often flamingos to be seen. You will be briefed on the many optional activities available here and there is time to explore the town before dinner out at one of the local restaurants.
DAY 7 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.
DAY 8 SPITZKOPPE
Leaving the coast we drive through arid landscapes to Spitzkoppe Mountain. The enormous granite monoliths dominate the otherwise flat landscape and we set up camp in the wild plain at the base of the mountain. This afternoon our guide will take us on a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations. The more adventurous among us may want to try some mountain climbing for some stunning views of the landscape.
OVERLAND TRUCK TOUR DAY 9 HIMBA TRIBES
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 displaced 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.
DAY 10 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.
DAY 12 WINDHOEK
After an early morning game drive we set off towards Windhoek, the Capital city of Namibia. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. Windhoek is not only the capital; it is also the cultural, social and economic centre of Namibia. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short drive through Windhoek in our truck. Joe’s Beer House is an exciting dining experience for our optional dinner out.
DAY 13 BOTSWANA, GHANZI
It is a scenic drive to the Buitepos border, where we cross into Botswana. Once at camp we will meet with a local Bushmen community and experience some traditional Tribal Dancing. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 13 BOTSWANA – GHANZI
After an early start, we say goodbye to Namibia and cross the Botswana border. Later we arrive at our lodge in Ghanzi and this evening we experience some traditional tribal dancing from the local San community.
DAY 14 Gate way to OKAVANGO DELTA
This morning you will have the opportunity to participate in an optional bushman walk with the locals, before we continue our journey north towards Etsha and venture into the bush. We spend the night at our overnight camp on the banks of a beautiful lagoon. Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at this campsite for the following 2 nights.
After a leisurely breakfast we depart on our boat cruise to Seronga via the winding channels of the Delta. A vehicle transfer sees us arrive at our base for the next two nights, where we settle in and prepare for our afternoon mokoro trip that ends with sundowners overlooking the waterways of the Delta. The evening is spent around the campfire. Note: Activities may vary depending on water levels. Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the campsite for the following 2 nights.
An early start sees us head off on the crystal clear waters of the Okavango. Water lily beds and palm islands make for the most scenic of experiences. We stop at an island for a nature walk, where we have the possibility of seeing wildlife. We return to camp to relax before heading out onto the water for a sunset cruise.
DAY 17 Caprivi Region
Today we bid farewell to the Delta and head north. After being re-united with our truck, we re-enter Namibia. Our overnight is located on the banks of the Okavango River in the Caprivi Strip of north-eastern Namibia.
DAY 18 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
This morning we travel through the Caprivi Strip and onto Kasane. This afternoon we will enjoy a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River.
DAY 19 VICTORIA FALLS
Established in 1968, the Chobe National Park covers approximately 11700 sq kms, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. We will rise early to enjoy a game drive through the park, in search of vast herd of elephants and a multitude of antelope including the rare sable. After our game drive, we will pack our bags and head to Victoria Falls.
DAY 20 VICTORIA FALLS
Most people will spend the day White Water Rafting, a not-to-be-missed experienceMost people will spend the day White Water Rafting, a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime! Vic Falls offers many exciting activities and today you will have the day free to participate in the activities on offer. of a lifetime!
DAY 22 PETAUKE
Today is a long drive through lush country, crossing rivers en-route to Petauke, the gateway to the South Luangwa NP. Zambia is truly African and an adjustment from the more Western ways of Southern Africa.
DAY 23 SOUTH LUANGWA
Early in the morning we drive from Petauke to the border of the South Luangwa National Park where we will spend the next two nights right on the banks of the Luangwa River. Before our arrival at the South Luangwa NP, we will stop at the community run tribal textile project. The Tribal textile production factory is closed annually from December to March, when we will not be able to view the fabric production, however the textile shop is open all year round. This afternoon we enjoy a sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP (the game drive may take place the following day due to time constraints).
DAY 24 SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
In the morning you will have the opportunity to take an optional game drive through the South Luangwa National Park, which is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos. You can often see hippos and other animals from the camp bar.
DAY 26 NORTHERN LAKE MALAWI
It’s a short drive to our next destination, situated in the northern region of Lake Malawi. As we will be spending the next 3 nights here, you will have sufficient time to explore the area. Lake Malawi is regarded as one of the most beautiful freshwater lakes in the world, tropical fish (the colourful kind) swim past in schools of brilliant blues, yellows and purples. It may also be possible to book an excursion to the Livingstonia Mission (full day hike).
DAY 27 LAKE MALAWI
As you have the entire day, make use of your time here enjoy the sights and sounds of Lake Malawi or laze around the pool at our accommodation.
DAY 28 LAKE MALAWI
Today is our final day at Lake Malawi, so make the most of the day and enjoy snorkelling or swimming.
DAY 29 IRINGA
Today we leave Malawi and enter Tanzania. 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 outside Iringa.
DAY 30 MIKUMI
We leave Iringa today and head north to the Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant. Here we have the opportunity to enjoy an optional afternoon game drive through the park.
DAY 31 DAR ES SALAAM
Our journey today brings us out of the cool highland region to the humid Indian Ocean coastal city of Dar es Salaam. Meaning ‘house of peace’ in Arabic, Dar es Salaam is the economic and trade capital of Tanzania, but inland Dodoma remains the official capital city.
DAY 32 ZANZIBAR EXCURSION
A local ferry will take us from Dar es Salaam (where we leave the truck) to Zanzibar. We take a transfer to the northern part of the island where we will spend our time relaxing on the beach. Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the accommodation in Dar es Salaam for the following 3 nights
DAY 33 ZANZIBAR EXCURSION
Enjoy your time on Zanzibar by relaxing at the beach or exploring, snorkeling, scuba diving or taking a sunset boat cruise through the waters. Today is for relaxing.
On the 3rd day, we head south to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar, where we will spend the night. Here we have time to explore the historical and unique architecture.
Day 35 DAR ES SALAAM – BAGAMOYO
Today we leave Zanzibar early and catch a ferry back to Dar es Salaam and return to our truck. It is a fairly short drive to reach our next destination, Bagamoyo, who’s name goes back to the days of slavery and means “lay down your heart”. We settle into our overnight spot which is situated on the beach. Here you will have the afternoon free to step into the inviting Indian Ocean or laze on the beach and enjoy the timeless views across the ocean. The town of Bagamoyo is a short walk away and you can explore this vibrant town on foot.
Day 36 Arusha
The city of Arusha is surrounded by some of Africa’s most famous landscapes and national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, the city is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro and The Arusha National Park. The following day we will prepare for our journey into the Serengeti.
Day 37 Serengeti and Ngorongoro 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.
Day 38 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 39 CRATER EXCURION
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 40 ARUSHA
Today the group meets up again and we have the chance to exchange stories of the various adventures that we participated in over the past few days.
DAY 41 KENYA NAIROBI
After crossing the border into Kenya we continue to travel towards Nairobi. Founded by the British in 1899 as a simple rail depot, the town quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa and eventually the capital of Kenya in 1963. Usually we enjoy a group meal out at one of Nairobi’s excellent restaurants. Your tour ends upon arrival in Nairobi.
We will drop you off at The Meridian Court Hotel www.meridianhotelkenya.com. Should you wish to extend your tour for another night, kindly pre book this accommodation through your travel agent or Xtreme Gap Year .
On our camping tours you will be staying in two-man dome tents. We supply a mattress and you supply your own sleeping bag.
Food and Meals
Included are three hearty meals a day, (unless otherwise specified). Vegetarians are easily catered for and they’re always impressed by our varied menu. Our guides can produce miracles on a camp-stove. Special dietary requirements can be catered for, but only by special request. In East Africa it is more difficult to cater to certain requirements.
Trip Frequently Asked Questions
|41 (Days)||Camping With Activity Pack||USD 3599 USD 3527 (Early Bird)|
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- All transport by Adventure Vehicle
- All Accommodation (Camping and hostels
- All Camping Equipment
- Support 24/7 with 2 driver guides per vehicle
- Detailed predeparture packs covering all essential need to know details
- Support information covering Visas
- All activities as per itinerary (not including activity pack activities).
- Services of a tour guide
- Most meals
- Side Trips as per Itinerary
- Pre and post accommodation
- Travel Insurance
The trip highlights details all the places and activities that are included on the tour. You can see more on these activities by pressing the red button below. Trip highlights are included in the base tour and these differ from activity pack upgrades listed on the right which are the essential optional extras in our opinion.
- Sossusvlei Dunes
- Okavango Delta
- Victoria Falls
- Zanzibar Island
- Serengeti National Park
Activity Pack Upgrade Includes
The activity pack is a bolt on pack including what we consider to be the must to do activities on the trip. You do not have to purchase this at the time of booking, and all activities can be purchased locally as well.
- Cederberg guided walk
- Guided desert walk with local expert
- Himba Tribe visit
- 3 day Delta drive in
- Chobe NP boat cruise
- Victoria Falls National Park entrance
- South Luangwa NP sunset game drive
- Textile village visit South Luangwa
- Village tour Malawi
- Zanzibar Excursion
- Masai Museum
*Please note the Serengeti Experience is an Optional Activity on this tour and is NOT included in the Activity Package.
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