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Nairobi to Joburg - Itinerary

We leave Nairobi at 9 am on the first day of the trip. We recommend you arrive in Nairobi the day before the trip departs. If you're there with time to spare there's lots to see and do around the city. In Nairobi town is the National Museum and markets. Also Karen Blixen's house, Langata Giraffe CentreSheldrick's Elephant Orphanage and Nairobi National Park for a first glimpse of African wildlife.

Day 1 We head south from Nairobi through the Masai plains and cross the border at Namanga into Tanzania; arriving in Arusha late in the day. The country we pass through is sparsely inhabited grassland savannah, inhabited by the Masai.

Day 2  Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater

In Arusha we 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 3 - 4   Ngorongoro Crater descent and return to Arusha.

Day 5 We head towards the coast past Moshi town the capital city of the Chugga tribe. Skirting the base of snowy Mount Kilimanjaro we camp on the way to Dar es Salaam.

Day 6  We arrive in Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean coast. If you decide not to go to Zanzibar, the campsite at the beach is an ideal place to have a few lazy days.

Day 7 Ferry to Zanzibar Island - From Dar es Salaam you can take the ferry to Zanzibar Island. Here is 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.

Day 8 & 9 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.

Day 10 Return to Dar es Salaam on the ferry.

Day 11 We head south through Tanzania; our route takes us through Mikumi National Park where we may well see giraffe or elephant grazing beside the road. The road from Mikumi National Park to Malawi takes us through the southern highlands passing Baobab Valley to Iringa.

Day 12 - 14 Crossing the border into Malawi, we reach the shores of its huge lake. We spend the night at Chitimba Beach Camp. The campsites and small resorts along Lake Malawi offer sandy beaches, swimming and snorkelling, water-skiing, horse riding or walking in the surrounding countryside. Markets sell carved Malawi chairs, tables and wood carvings

Kande Beach. We head south through the hills and drop down to the lake and Kande Beach resort. Very relaxed and just the sort of beach place you need in Africa.

Day 15 Leaving the beach we go inland to spend the night in the capital Lilongwe or camp on route to Zambia after crossing the border. In Zambia we head along the Great North Road – a sparsely settled country side with few people or villages for hundreds of miles.

Day 16 South Luangwa National Park is well worth the visit. Recent trips have seen - wild dogs, leopards, lions, and buffalo. We camp by the park and you can game drive into the park.

Day 17 We leave the park and continue to head west. Passing through the beautiful Luangwa Valley we arrive at the fastest expanding capital city on the continent, Lusaka. At camping Eureka you may have zebra or antelope grazing by your tents while you sleep.

Day 18  Victoria Falls - the Zambezi River plunges 100 metres down a mile wide chasm, creating one of the most incredible natural wonders of the world. The local name for the falls is 'Mosi- oa-Tunya' which means 'the smoke that thunders' and you'll soon find out why.

Day 19  After an early start and a stunning drive we cross the Zambezi River on the Kazangula Ferry into Botswana. The country becomes lush and forested as we approach Chobe River. In Chobe National Park 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  We head over the border to Botswana. This day includes the border crossing to Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River and Chobe Game Park. Here we can game drive in the evening to see elephants and hippo on the riverbanks.

Day 24  An early start and a stunning drive through arid land on the edge of the Kalahari Desert.

Maun is 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 to form a swamp in the Kalahari Desert, a park where thousands of animals live on the waterways and islands. The animals your most likely to see if you take the optional trip in the Delta are; hippos, zebra, giraffe, elephant antelopes and crocodiles.

Day 25  Into the Delta. 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.

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.

Day 26  In the Delta. Try learning how to pole your mokoro, or try to catch a catfish; the guides make it look so easy.

Day 27  Back to Maun. 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 28  We leave Maun for Palapye; a long drive though the bush lands heading southeast

Day 29  We cross into South Africa and head east to the Blyde River Canyon. A long deep canyon on the northern edge of the Drakensberg Mountains.

Day 30  We take the Panorama Route, we stop God’s Window viewpoint and the small town of Graskop, before camping in Kruger National Park.

Kruger National Park is one of the largest parks in Africa; you should see the big 5 here. On the border of Mozambique. Its great for day and night game drives, with lots of; elephants, lions, hippos, buffalo and still rhino.

Day 31  We spend the day looking for game in the park. If you wish you can take an evening game drive.

Day 32  We head towards Johannesburg and the end of our trip. There is a lot to do in J’burg so we suggest you allow yourself a few extra days there to look around.

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