Itinerary | Joburg to Nairobi
From Jan 2019 the route of this trip from Day 5 will change from; via Botswana to Victoria Falls, to via Zimbabwe to Victoria Falls, the days will be as follows…
DAY 5: Masvingo, Zimbabwe – Great Zimbabwe Ruins
DAY 6: Masvingo
DAY 7: Bulawayo, Matobo National Park (Rhodes Matopos)
Day 8-9: Hwange National Park
DAY 10-11: Victoria Falls
Route 2018 – SOUTH AFRICA
DAY 1: Johannesburg to Nkambeni Camp (L/D)
We leave Johannesburg and head through the Panorama Route, with its breathtaking vistas, towards the Kruger National Park. We camp near the park for two nights
Kruger National Park is one of the largest parks in Africa; you should see the big 5 here. On the border of Mozambique. It’s great for day and night game drives, with lots of; elephants, lions, hippos, buffalo and still rhino.
Included: Kruger National Park night game drive
DAY 2: Nkambeni Camp (B/L/D)
Today we explore Kruger. Covering almost twenty thousand square kilometres – 60 km wide time 350 km long, this conservation area has 150 mammals and 500 bird species. We spend the day driving around the park keeping an eye out for these. There is the option of doing a night drive looking for a few of the nocturnal inhabitants or upgrading to a small vehicle for the game drive at your own cost.
Included Activity: Game Drives
DAY 3: Nkambeni Camp to Blyde River Canyon Area (B/L/D)
We leave Nkambeni and go north to the Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window, a long deep canyon on the northern edge of the Drakensberg Mountains. We spend the night in Polokwane, capital of Limpopo. We set up our tents on the lush green grass of our campsite, just outside town, with a swimming pool.
Included Activity: Blyde River Canyon
DAY 4: Blydepoort to Palapye (B/L/D)
North to Botswana. Palapye is a popular stopover town for those en route to South Africa, great for stocking up
DAY 5: Palapye to Maun (B/L/D)
Through the Kalahari Desert to Maun a small town on the edge of the Okavango Delta, the starting point for a Mokoro trip into the Delta.
DAY 6-7: Okavango Delta (B/L/D)
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, birds in particular, and 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.
Included Activity: Overnight Delta excursion
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. Try learning how to pole your mokoro, or try to catch a catfish, which the guides make it look so easy. A last swim in the clear delta water before heading back to the truck and campsite for a shower and cold drinks. Time permitting you can take a scenic flight over the Delta from Maun
DAY 8: Maun to Nata (B/L/D)
We head to Elephant Sands. The drive will take you through the sparsely populated country, where the donkeys roam freely. Once we have arrived at our campsite you can go on a game drive or a bushwalk.
Optional Activity: Game Drive, Bush Walk
DAY 9: Nata to Chobe National Park (B/L/D)
After an early start and a stunning drive to the town of Kasane where we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River, where elephant and hippo can be seen from the campsite. In Chobe National Park you can take an overnight game drive; a wild experience – excellent game viewing is a must.
Included Activity: Chobe National Park overnight game trip
DAY 10: Chobe to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (B)
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.
Included Activity: Entrance to Victoria Falls
DAYS 11-12: Victoria Falls (B)
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 rainforest along the cliff opposite for an excellent view.
Optional Activities – Bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge, abseil down the Gorge. Fly over the Falls. Whitewater raft down the Zambezi. You can float serenely down the river deep below the cliff topped gorge
DAY 13: Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park, Botswana (B/L/D)
Westwards, leaving Zimbabwe to Botswana to Kasane and Chobe National Park. In Chobe National Park you can take an overnight game drive; a wild experience – excellent game viewing.
Included Activity: Chobe National Park overnight game trip
DAY 14: Chobe, Botswana to Livingstone, Zambia (B/D)
We cross the Zambezi River by ferry into Zambia to Livingstone where we arrive at Victoria Falls
Optional Activity: Sunset Boat Cruise
DAY 15: Livingstone to Lusaka (B/L/D)
We head north through sugar plantations to the capital Lusaka.
DAY 16: Lusaka to South Luangwa National Park (B/L/D)
Along the Great East Road to Chipata, a full day’s drive and South Luangwa National Park on the Luangwa River is well worth the visit. Recent trips have seen:- elephants, giraffe, wild dogs, leopards, lions, and buffalo. We camp just beside the park and we game drive into the park.
Included Activity: South Luangwa National Park
DAY 17: South Luangwa to Chipata (B/L/D)
After game driving in South Luangwa Valley Park, we head back to Chipata and our camp before heading into Malawi.
DAYS 18-20: Chipata to Lake Malawi Beaches, Malawi (B/L/D)
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.
At night, you’ll see the lights of the fishermen out on the lake. The various beachside campsites along Lake Malawi’s shores offer many optional Excursions including a variety of water sports, horseback rides and a visit to the local village and school
DAY 21: Lake Malawi to Iringa, Tanzania (B/L/D)
An early start to get to the border with Tanzania and head up to Iringa and the Farmhouse Campsite.
DAY 22: Iringa to the Indian Ocean Coast and Dar es Salaam (B/L/D)
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 23: Dar es Salaam to Ferry to Zanzibar (B)
From Dar es Salaam we take the ferry to Zanzibar and the old stone capital of the Omani Sultanate. Sandy beaches, spice tours, snorkelling, diving and trips to other nearby islands. Zanzibar is a fascinating place to visit and to take it all in. Over a thousand years trade between Africa and Arabia has resulted in the blending of Arabs and Africans into a beautiful Swahili coastal culture with; wooden sailing dhows crossing the ocean, coconut plantations and fishing villages with mosques on the beaches. Nungwe beach resort on the north of the island has the most beautiful beaches.
Included Activity: Zanzibar Excursion, Spice Tour & Dhow Excursion
DAYS 24-25: Zanzibar (No Meals)
You get your own meals while in Zanzibar, as people like to experience here on their own or in small groups and within their own budget. Our tour leader joins you and will arrange your activities, while meals can be taken from a wide choice of restaurants to suit any budget. There are also many optional excursions.
Stone Town in Zanzibar Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old slave market, the spice growing areas, Jozani Forest with Red Colobus Monkeys and in the evening the seafood cafes on the wharf side.
DAY 26: Zanzibar by ferry to Dar es Salaam (No Meals)
Return by ferry to Dar es Salaam on the mainland for another on our beach campsite; late afternoon, or early evening.
Included Activity: Zanzibar ferry to Dar
Day 27: Dar Es Salaam towards Arusha (B/L/D)
We travel north towards Arusha and camp on route, on the Pangani River. Skirting the base of snowy Mount Kilimanjaro to Arusha, Tanzania’s safari capital
DAY 28: towards Arusha, Tanzania (B/L/D)
We arriving in Arusha late in the day. The country we pass through is sparsely inhabited grassland savannah, inhabited by the Masai. Tonight, we stay in a lovely campsite in Meserani, 20 km to the west of Arusha. Visit the Reptile Rescue Park and Masai Cultural Museum by the campsite, and an art gallery selling the strongly coloured Tingatinga paintings.
DAY 29: Arusha to Karatu?lb=true&iframe=true&width=660&height=410″>Karatu – Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater (B/L/D)
100 km to the west, we visit the Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater. We meet our Tanzanian guides with their locally operated 4WD vehicles adapted for safari use They allow excellent viewing through the opening roof hatches. The trip is camping, away for three days and two nights. One 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.
In our 4×4’s we cross the Rift Valley to Mtu wa Mbu (Mosquito River) and then up the Rift Valley Escarpment to the safari town of Karatu?lb=true&iframe=true&width=660&height=410″>Karatu to spend the evening at a campsite.
Included Activity: Serengeti & Ngorongoro Excursion
Day 30: Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti (B/L/D)
An early start to Ngorongoro Crater the largest unbroken caldera (collapsed volcano) in the world. Inside is open grassland and a lot of animals. After our game drive in the Crater, we head down the Crater rim and past the Cradle of Mankind, on our way to the Serengeti National Park. We cross the vast plains as we game drive through the southern and central areas in the park. Tonight, we camp in the wild. with no fences between us and the animals – who live as they have for millennia.
DAY 31: Serengeti National Park to Arusha (B/L/D)
In the morning, we head off for another game drive and explore the park. After our morning drive, we return via the Crater rim to our safari truck near Arusha. Then drinks at the bar, to talk about the big 5.
DAY 32: Arusha to Nairobi, Kenya (B)
From Arusha, we head north across Masai country to Namanga; the border of Kenya, and across the plains to Nairobi and our campsite on the outskirts of the city. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to visit the Langata Giraffe Centre and see the baby elephants at Sheldrick’s Elephant sanctuary, where you can view the orphaned baby elephants at feeding time.