Cape Town to Nairobi - Itinerary
We leave our accommodation in Cape Town at 7 am on the first day of the trip. We recommend you arrive in Cape Town at least the day before the trip departs; If you're there with a few days to spare there's lots to see and do around the city.
445 Km, 7 hours - Leaving Cape Town we follow the Garden Route . We cross the Outeniqua Mountains to Oudtshoorn.
125 Km, 2 hours - At Oudtshoorn, here you can ride ostriches and visit the Cango Caves and continue on to Knysna Its SA’s favourite town; eat oysters and enjoy a sun set cruise on its beautiful blue lagoon.
Day 3 & 4
120 Km, 2 hours - followed by a day without driving Storms River; an adrenalin hot spot with; bungee jumping, river tubing, forest and canopy walks in Tsitsikamma Park.
170 Km, 3 hours - plus afternoon game driving of ¾ hours Addo National Park – game drive to Africa’s “Big 7” – whales and sharks added to the “Big 5” of lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo & leopard.
620 Km, 9 hours - Bloemfontein – the capital of the Free State set high on the grassy plains.
450 Km, 7 hours - Next Johannesburg – “City of Gold”.. Good cinemas and restaurants.
580 Km, 9 hours - Leaving Johannesburg we head to Botswana over the border into the Kalahari Desert where we camp the night. This day includes the border crossing.
470 Km, 7 hours - Next day on to Maun, a dusty outpost community and the centre for the Okavango Delta on the edges of the Kalahari Desert. The Okavango is the world's largest inland delta. Here the Okavango River empties onto a swamp in the Kalahari Desert, and forms a park where thousands of animals live on the waterways and islands. The animals your most likely to see are; hippos, zebra, giraffe, elephant antelopes and crocodiles.
0 Km, 0 hours - For the trip into the Delta pack; an overnight bag, food, cooking and camping equipment and you’re off. A short truck ride to the dugout canoes, called Mokoros and you punt out into the delta along reed lined waterways. The guides find an island for the night and set up camp. For those not going into the Delta; relax by the pool or visit town.
0 Km, 0 hours - 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.
0 Km, 0 hours - 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
600 Km, 9 hours - An early start and a stunning drive through arid land. One turn to the left and the country becomes lush and forested as we approach Chobe River.
95 Km, 2 hours - Today you can game drive in the morning before we take the ferry across the Zambezi River into Zambia and short drive to Livingstone town by the splendid Victoria Falls.
0 Km, 0 hours - We spend the day at the Falls; white water rafting, Bungy jumping, gorge swings, booze cruises, fishing, good restaurants, curio markets to get you bartering.
0 Km, 0 hours - Victoria Falls.
473 Km, 7 hours - We head north through sugar plantations to the capital Lusaka to shop and camp.
590 Km, 9 hours - Along the Great East Road to Chipata, a full day’s drive.
150 Km, 4 hours - 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. Though the park is open all year during the rains; which are normally from Jan and Feb to March, the road in can be flooded and we can’t visit the park.
150 Km, 4 hours - Game driving in South Luangwa Valley Park. Leaving the park we head back to Chipata.
595 Km, 9 hours - We cross into Malawi with a stunning drive to Lake Malawi, past the lake shore to Kande Beach Resort.
0 Km, 0 hours - 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. The lake is home to over 500 different types of colourful Cyclid fish.
250 Km, 4 hours - A short drive up the lakeshore to Chitimba Beach, on the base of Livingstonia escarpment.
590 Km, 9 hours - An early start in order to get to the border with Tanzania and head up to Iringa and the Farmhouse Campsite.
560 Km, 9 hours - The highway takes us through Mikumi National Park, famous for its pygmy elephants, and buffalo beside the main road. The day ends at Dar es Salaam on a beach with the Indian Ocean lapping the shore.
Ferry 40 Km, 2 hours - 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.
0 Km, 0 hours - Zanzibar Island.
0 Km, 0 hours - Zanzibar Island. Day 30 Ferry 40 Km, 2 hours & 290 Km, 5 hours - Return by the early ferry to Dar es Salaam we then travel north towards Arusha and camp on route.
370 Km, 6 hours - Skirting the base of snowy Mount Kilimanjaro to Arusha, Tanzania’s safari capital.
250 Km, 6 hours - You can take a side trip to the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. The trip is camping 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.
200 Km, 6 hours - Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.
175 Km, 4 hours - Return to Arusha late in the day to Snake Park Camp site.
310 Km, 6 hours - From Arusha we head north across Masai country to Namanga; the border of Kenya, and across the plains to the leafy suburb of Karen on the outskirts of Nairobi for the finish of the tour.