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Cape Town to Nairobi - Itinerary

Day 1  Cape Town - a beautiful city, plenty of cafes, pubs, clubs and markets Visit a township, then north. We leave the farmland of the Western Cape and the Mediterranean climate, following the road north through mountain valleys and stony semi-desert past Citrusdal the centre of one of the Cape's many wine routes. A wine tasting makes for a great diversion; and on to Cederberg.

Day 2  To Springbok to Orange River and Namibia. Spend the afternoon canoeing on the river. 

Day 3  After crossing the border into Namibia, we drive north to Fish River Canyon; 160km long and 550m deep;  second in length only to the Grand Canyon. You can trek along the rim and look over the canyon from the viewpoints.

Day 4 – 5  From fish River Canyon to Sesriem. We visit the Namib Naukluft Park in the Namibian Desert, famous for its massive thousand-foot high sand dunes. It can be hard work climbing to the top but the view is worth all the effort as the dunes stretch before you into the distance and change colour with the sun.

Day 6 – 7  We cross the Tropic of Capricorn towards the Atlantic Ocean via Walvis Bay to Swakopmund; an old German colonial seaside resort with plenty of things to do for the energetic and German beer halls for those after a more relaxing time. Horse-riding or sand boarding on the dunes, or scenic flights over the coastline - just a few of the things you can do here.

Day 8   Namibia is a land of wide open spaces and we pass few inhabited areas as we drive towards Spitzkoppe; a group of granite peaks. Here you can take an optional guided walk with San to their ancient rock art sites.

Day 9  To the cheetahs. From wild animals to tame ones, we spend a night at the Kamanjab Cheetah Farm; scratch the big cats behind the ears before watching them catch their evening meal.

Day 10 -11  Towards Etosha Park. Etosha Pan National Park. Thousands of years ago this vast saltpan was a lake, till Kunene River changed course and deprived the lake of water. Now the pan and surrounding bush support large numbers and a wide range of wildlife. We view game from the truck and spend the evenings by the floodlit water holes at the park's campsites. These water holes provide an excellent opportunity to observe animals that are hard to find during the day, particularly rhino and also smaller animals such as the genet. Elephant, lion, giraffe, zebra, oryx, ostrich, springbok, jackals, hyenas and meercats are also likely to be seen here.

Day 12  We leave the park; game driving all the way to the gate. We head west and camp on route, at a beautiful campsite at Grootfontein, in northwest of Namibia.

Day 13  From Grootfontein, toward Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, and the green Kavango Region of northern Namibia. From of Rundu on the border of Angola where we follow the Kavango River to our campsite on the banks of the river at Divundu

Day 14  into Botswana and travel along the edge of the Kalahari Desert to Maun a small town on the edge of the Okavango Delta, the starting point for the Mokoro trip into the Delta

Day 15 – 16  Up early and it’s off walking with the guide, a unique chance to see game on foot; elephants, herds of grazing zebra and pods of hippos. A Mokoro is a traditional dugout canoe and your transport into the Delta. As you glide through the waterways, you will see a fantastic array of wetland wildlife and birds. You will come across hippos in the water and elephants drinking on the shore. You can go on a walking safari to look for giraffe, buffalo and rare antelope – the overnight stay is a great wilderness experience.

Day 17  Try learning how to pole your mokoro, or try to catch a catfish; the guides make it look so easy. A last swim in the clear water before heading back to the truck and campsite for a shower and cold drinks. Time permitting you could take a scenic flight over the Delta from Maun.

Day 18 – 19  To Chobe National Park, where you can take an overnight game drive; a wild experience - excellent game viewing is a must.

Day 20  After returning to camp we head to Zimbabwe and over the border to Victoria Falls. When the river is in full flow, the falling water causes a huge roar and sends a cloud of spray up to 500 metres into the air

Day 21 – 22  We stay beside Victoria Falls in Victoria Falls town, there is a lot to see and do. Adventure activities abound - you can bungee jump, white water raft, and go game-viewing on horseback or walking with lions. More sedate excursions include canoeing, light aircraft or helicopter flights over the Falls and the sunset cruise on the Zambezi. Though the Falls themselves are the main attraction, you can walk in the rain forest along the cliff opposite for an excellent view.

Day 23  Westwards, leaving Zimbabwe to Botswana to the small town of Kasane and Chobe National Park. In Chobe National Park you can take an overnight game drive; a wild experience - excellent game viewing is a must.

Day 24  We cross the Zambezi River by ferry into Zambia to Livingstone where we arrive at mighty Victoria Falls

Day 25  We head north through sugar plantations to the capital Lusaka and onwards.

Day 26  Along the Great East Road to Chipata, a full day’s drive and South Luangwa National Park is well worth the visit. Recent trips have seen:- wild dogs, leopards, lions, and buffalo. We camp just beside the park and you can game drive into the park.

Day 27  Game driving in South Luangwa Valley Park. Leaving the park we head back to Chipata. Mamarula’s Camp is where we spend the night before heading into Malawi

Day 28 - 30 We cross into Malawi with a stunning drive to Lake Malawi, past the lake shore to Kande Beach Resort. Kande Beach Resort A full day on the beach to do as little or as much as you want. Loads of things to do - scuba diving, horse riding, canoeing, sailing, snorkelling. A short drive up the lakeshore to Chitimba Beach, on the base of Livingstonia Escarpment.

Day 31  An early start in order to get to the border with Tanzania and head up to Iringa and the Farmhouse Campsite.

Day 32  The highway takes us through Mikumi National Park, famous for its pygmy elephants, and buffalo beside the main road. The day ends at either Mikumi or Dar es Salaam on a beach with the Indian Ocean lapping the shore.

Day 33 – 35   You can take the ferry to the Spice Island of Zanzibar. First stop in Stone Town or Zanzibar City, then make your way across the island to Nungwe village on the northern Beaches – a tropical island at its best.

Day 36  Return by the afternoon ferry to Dar es Salaam where we spend the night on a beach by the Indian Ocean

Day 37  We travel north towards Arusha and camp on route at Pangani River.

Day 38  Skirting the base of snowy Mount Kilimanjaro to Arusha, Tanzania’s safari capital

Day 39 – 40  Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater  From Arusha you take a trip to the Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater. The trip is camping, away for three days and two nights. Either one or two of these nights will be inside the park in the parks amidst the animals. If you choose not to visit the park you can wander the markets in Arusha town

Day 41  Return to Arusha late in the day to Snake Park Camp site.

Day 42 From Arusha we head north across Masai country to Namanga; the border of Kenya, and across the plains to Nairobi. Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre and see the baby elephants at Sheldrick's Elephant sanctuary.

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