42 day Overland Expedition. Nairobi to Cape Town

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This African overland expedition starts in Nairobi, travels through Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia, and ends in Cape Town, South Africa.

  • Pre-departure meeting: 17:00pm the day before at the departure point
  • Departure point: Nairobi, Boulevard Hotel, Harry Thuku Road
  • Check-in: 08:45am
  • Departure: 09:30am
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Group size: Max 30 passengers
  • Safari vehicle: Overland truck

What you can expect from this 42 day Overland Expedition from Nairobi to Cape Town tour:

ThisAfrican overland expedition starts in Nairobi and travels south through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia finishing in Cape Town, South Africa Town. Guests can expect to see many magnificent wonders of nature on this 42 day Overland Expedition from Nairobi to Cape Town tour. These include the famous Victoria Falls, Ngorongoro Crater, the world's highest dunes at Sossusvlei, the spectacular Fish River Canyon and the Batoka Gorge.

If it's animals you want to see, this Africaoverland expeditionalso offers excellent opportunities to see them close-up. Please note that this trip departs Nairobi on a Sunday, early morning. Should you wish to spend extra time there, an earlier arrival should be planned and additional accommodation booked through Siyabona Africa.

Note: This tour also operates from Cape Town to Nairobi

Day 1: Nairobi to Arusha, Tanzania

Youdepart Nairobi and drive south, crossing the border into Tanzania at Namanga and continue to Arusha. This is a pleasant town situated at the base of Mount Meru and is the starting point for your optional excursion to Ngorongoro Crater and/or Serengeti.

You willconduct these excursions in locally operated Land Rovers, which are specially adapted for safari use. Depending on which option you choose, you will be away from the Arusha campsite for either one or two nights. Lunch andDinner is included.

Day 2: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania (Optional)

If you take up the two-night/three day option you will depart Arusha in the morning with your vehicles and guides. The drive to the Serengeti National Park takesyou through the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito River) and up into the Ngorongoro Reserve for a glimpse of the Ngorongoro Crater before descending down onto the plains of the Serengeti.

The abundance of plains game in this area is truly astounding. The afternoon will be spent game viewing before setting up camp in the midst of the national park. With some luckyou will be able to listen to the nighttime noises of the wildlife! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner is included.

Day 3: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

After a full morning game drive in the Serengetiyou will return to pull down camp and head back towards the Ngorongoro. Hereyou travel up to Ngorongoro Crater's edge for your campsite for the evening.

For those taking the one-night/two day option you will be collected from Arusha today in the afternoon and transferred to the town of Karatu for the evening. Tomorrowyou will join the rest of the group for your Ngorongoro game drive. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner is included.

Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha, Tanzania

This morningyou descend into the Ngorongoro Crater with its 600 metre walls and 20-kilometre width is a natural wonder, and offers a spectacular view from the rim. The true size of this caldera is only appreciated from the floor itself and the abundance of its animal inhabitants becomes apparent.

It is home to nearly every species of African animal and offers a chance to view an incredible concentration of East African mammals, such as Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Hippo, Lion, and plain's game.

After spending the full morning in the crater you will return to the campsite near Arusha for another night. Both optional excursions will follow the same schedule today. Breakfast, Lunch and dinneris included.

Day 5: Arusha to Pangani, Tanzania

Youleave Arusha and head towards the warm Indian Ocean. Travelling through the town of Moshi and passing the Usambara Mountains,you encounter vast sisal plantations on your way to Dar es Salaam. Breakfast, Lunch andDinner is included.

Day 6: Pangani to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Today is another long days drive through beautiful lush scenery and palm trees.You set up camp for the night. On arrival in Dar es Salaam,you spend the night at a beach hotel/campsite that is situated to the north of the city, and prepare for your departure to Zanzibar the next morning. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 7: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar

A ferry from Dar es Salaam takesyou to the 'Spice Island', whereyou will spend three nights on this legendary island. Zanzibar is steeped in history and was one of the major starting points for most East African explorers in their quest for new lands. Breakfast is included.

Please note:

Our crew can organise accommodation for you whilst on Zanzibar, although from our experience our clients have felt the need to explore the island on their own. Therefore accommodation and food is for client's own account whilst on Zanzibar.

Days 8 & 9: Zanzibar

History aside, Zanzibar offers a wealth of experiences for the visitor. Today the quiet streets of the old Stone Town still retain their Arabic influence, from the Medina-like shops to the palaces of the Sultans, who founded their vast empires on the spoils of the slave and ivory trade.

The island is still famous for its spices, and tours around a spice plantation can be organised. Other options include a trip to the nearby Prison Island with its giant tortoises, and beautiful beaches to enjoy. Or perhaps you would enjoy the opportunity to hire a motorbike and explore the more remote areas of the island.

Zanzibar is a seafood lover's paradise. Numerous restaurants offer a great variety of the freshest catch from the ocean - giant lobsters being a popular speciality. Alternatively, joining the locals for dinner in the waterfront market is an experience not to be missed.The market stalls offer an unusual selection of fast food African style at a very reasonable cost.

Day 10: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Leaving Zanzibaryou take the ferry back to mainland for an overnight in Dar es Salaam. There may be an opportunity to visit one of the craft markets offering an extensive range of exquisite ebony products (where prices depend on your bargaining skills) and where the goods are made on-site. It is possible to observe the carvers at work and understand the skill, which has gone into making even the simplest trinket. Dinner is included.

Day 11: Dar es Salaam to Iringa, Tanzania

Leaving Dar es Salaamyou head for Iringa and camp at the Old Farmhouse, a beautiful rustic campsite in rural Tanzania. Try one of the signature Amarula Hot chocolates! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 12 - 15: Iringa to Lake Malawi

The next morning you head for Malawi passing through the beautiful tea plantations of Tikuku before exiting Tanzania. You enter Malawi through the border post of Songwe and head to Chitimba Beach campsite in Malawi for the night.

The newly democratic Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its total area being the beautiful Lake Malawi. The country's temperate climate allows for swimming in these clear blue waters all the year round.

You travel the full length of western side of lake, stopping off at various bays and inlets for the next 4 days. This is the time for rest and relaxation. Lake Malawi offers a variety of water sports from various beachside campsites.

Alternatively, you can go wandering along quieter shorelines where you can see the fishermen sorting their daily catch. Traditional methods are still used in their fishing techniques and you can appreciate their boating skills by trying to paddle in a dugout canoe yourself.

Visit the nearby villages and schools as well as dine in the local village, haggle for a bargain at the local markets, learn the game of bao with some locals or simply relax on the pristine white beaches. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 16: Lake Malawi to Chipata, Zambia

You cross the border into Zambia, heading to a beautiful little campsite just 10kms before the Zambia/Malawi border, where you spend the night. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 17: Chipata to Lusaka, Zambia

The landlocked country of Zambia is quickly crossed, passing through the capital Lusaka for one night. The campsite is home to some local wildlife and has beautiful facilities. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Days 18 & 19: Lusaka to Lake Kariba, Zambia

This morning you will pack up camp early and head south for Lake Kariba. You head to the western waters of Lake Kariba and your base camp for the next 2 nights. The lake is one of the largest man made lakes in the world, boasting a wide variety of African game, bird life and unique flora and fauna.

Here you have the option to take a 2 night trip on the House Boats on Lake Kariba. For those of you who do not want to partake in the House Boats there are many activities you can do at the campsite such as fishing, canoeing, hikes, explore the local village or just relax on the tranquil banks of Lake Kariba. The campsite also has a swimming pool where you can enjoy soaking up the sun. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

House Boat option 2 night / 2 day:

You board the House Boats at approximately 1pm and have lunch after you have settled yourself in. You depart the harbour at approximately 2pm and sail out to the Maaze River for a beautiful sunset and overnight on the House Boats. Lake Kariba is famous for its spectacular sunsets.

The next day you can relax the entire day on the deck of the House Boat and enjoy the on board Jacuzzi. House Boats on Lake Kariba are truly one of the most relaxing ways to spend a few days. For those of you feeling a bit more active in the early morning we take a Fishing/Game Cruise on tender boats or you have the option to do a game walk on the island in the Maaze area.

There is opportunity to see plains game and many different species of bird life. After lunch and head to Maaze Island whereyou do a tour of the Crocodile Farm. Dinner is prepared on the boat while we sit back and enjoy our sundowners over the lake.

Day 20: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today you cross the border into the town of Victoria Falls. 1700 metres wide and around 100 metres high, Victoria Falls are one of the most memorable sights on your African safari. A couple of days are spent here to enable you to experience the sights and the many activities available.

All year round, flights can be taken which give you a panoramic view of the Falls, Batoka Gorge and the islands above the Falls. Flights can be taken in fixed wing planes, micro lights or helicopters. Back on the ground, the Falls can be seen from the Victoria Falls Park. All offer fantastic photographic opportunities. Breakfast is included.

White water rafting in the Batoka Gorge is considered to be world class. Besides the excitement of the grade 5 rapids, there are the 'floats" where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.

Bungi jumping enthusiasts can take the plunge from the Zambezi Bridge, which connects Zambia and Zimbabwe. The leap into the Batoka Gorge is one of the latest activities at Victoria Falls and is certainly not for the faint-hearted.

Other optional activities around Victoria Falls include day trips into the Zambezi National Park, horse riding safaris, a visit to the Crocodile Ranch, Snake Park, golf at the Elephant Hills Hotel, parachuting, the Falls Craft Village.

Days 21 & 22: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The following 2 days are at your leisure allowing you to partake in the many activities available, or you can just relax around the pool at our campsite. Breakfast is included.

Day 23: Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park, Botswana

This morning you depart Victoria Falls after breakfast and cross the border of Zimbabwe into Botswana. You set up camp for the night. The rest of the day is spent exploring the area and relaxing on the banks of the Chobe River and prepare for your afternoon game drive in Chobe National Park. Chobe is one of Botswana's premier game parks, renowned for the large herds of elephant around the Chobe River. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 24: Chobe National Park, Botswana

An early morning start sees prepare for your morning game drive in the Chobe National Park. Chobe is one of Botswana's premier game parks, renowned for the large herds of elephant around the Chobe River. Later this afternoon there is an option to partake in a boat dries along the Chobe River. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 25: Chobe National Park to Maun

Today you travel in a south-westerly direction to Maun, your base camp before you start your optional excursion into the Okavango Delta. Today is a long day's drive with lunch on the roadside. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

The Delta is a huge expanse of water, which has travelled from the Angolan highlands, spreading out to form the largest inland Delta in the World. Studded with exotic islands, the Delta is renowned for its incredible variety of bird life as well as many other animals unique to Southern Africa.

Day 26: Okavango Delta, Botswana

Here you have the opportunity to take the optional 3 day / 2 night excursions into the Delta. With this excursion you travel approximately 1-2 hours north to the Mokoro polers station.

From there you hire mokoros, the local dug out canoes, which are poled by local guides through the winding waterways. Your guides will select a place to set up camp. An afternoon game walk will allow you to experience the Delta wilderness. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 27: Okavango Delta, Botswana

A day of rest, relaxation and Delta experiences await. Today you will have the opportunity to partake in a number of activities including game walks, mokoro cruises, swimming and even a chance to try your hand at poling your own mokoro! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 28: Okavango Delta to Maun, Botswana

There is a final opportunity for a morning game walk before packing up camp and setting off back to Maun. After arriving back in the early afternoon you have the opportunity to complete your picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional sunset scenic flight over the Delta region Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 29: Maun to Rundu, Botswana

Departing Maun you head in a south west direction along the Kavango River and enter Namibia in the Northern region. You stock up your supplies in Rundu before reaching your campsite for the night. This campsite is spectacular and located right on the banks of the Kavango River complete with "open air" facilities and the occasional hippo grazing on the lawn. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 30: Rundu to Etosha (Namutoni), Namibia

On day 30 of your Namibia touryou arrive at Etosha National Park in the late afternoon. Etosha is the major nature reserve of Namibia, covering over 20 000 square kilometres with a large variety of animal and bird species. The park is situated around the Etosha Pan, and has an extensive network of gravel roads that enable you to get to remote areas of the park.

A feature of the park is the floodlit water holes at both Namutoni and Okakuejo. Evenings can be spent sitting on the specially constructed viewing benches watching the game as it comes in to drink. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 31: Etosha (Okaukuejo), Namibia

Another full day of game driving as you make your way across 150kms of the park from east to west. Tonight you have another opportunity to spend at leisure around the fantastic floodlit waterholes. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 32: Etosha to Cheetah Park, Namibia

A short drive takes you to the Cheetah Park, a private farm where you will learn about the conservation of the Cheetah population in Namibia and have a chance to meet the resident Cheetahs up at the house. A photo opportunity not to be missed! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 33: Cheetah Park to Spitzkoppe, Namibia

A days drive takesyour Namibiatourto Spizkoppe, the 1728m high rock formation, one of Namibia's most recognised landmarks. There is opportunity to explore the bushman paintings and surrounding area. A night camping under the stars is a must here! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 34: Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund, Namibia

You follow the Atlantic Coast south to visit the Cape Cross Seal Colony.Of the 23 breeding colonies of Cape Fur Seals along the coast of South Africa and Namibia, Cape Cross is the largest. Seals are present through out the year and numbers fluctuate between 80 000 and 100 000 individuals, rising to around 200 000 during the breeding season.

It was here that the Portuguese navigator, Diego Cao, erected a stone cross in 1846, becoming the first European to set foot on the coast of Namibia.You arrive in Swakopmund later afternoon. Breakfast and Lunch is included.

Days 35 & 36: Swakopmund, Namibia

Founded in 1892 during the German colonial rule, the distinct colonial character has been well preserved. Swakopmund has several excellent restaurants, bars, coffee shops as well as many arts and crafts shops selling Namibian rural art. There are fine beaches to walk along as well as a great museum, aquarium and galleries to visit.

Optional excursions during your Namibia tourinclude fishing trips, quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving, desert flights, water sports, golf and 4WD hire. Accommodation will be in dormitories. Upgrades are available. Breakfast is included in both days.

Day 37: Swakopmund to Sesreim, Namibia

Leaving Swakopmund you head south and drive past Walvis Bay along the Atlantic Ocean on route to Sesreim. A short distance away is Sossusvlei, surrounded by a dramatic sea of sand dunes reputed to be the highest in the world. Magnificent views of the desert can be seen from the top of the dunes, some over 300m high. The afternoon will be spent exploring this amazing area.

An optional and must do excursion is to walk in this area with the highly specialised local guides of Sossus on Foot. The guide will bring the amazing history, geology, flora, fauna and cultural legacy of the Bushman to you. Tonight you will view the sunset from the top of Dune 45 - a truly memorable experience. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 38: Sesreim to Helmringhausen Area, Namibia

Departing the Namib - Naukluft Park area you drive south and choose your camp for the evening - no matter where you camp here it will be a remote experience. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 39: Helmringhausen Area to Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Todayyou drive to Hobas campsite and the Fish River Canyon, the second largest in the world although reputed to be the most spectacular.161km long, up to 27 kms wide and about 550m deep, the outer canyon was formed by tectonic activity whilst the erosion of the Fish River formed the inner canyon. A road running near the eastern rim gives access to several viewing points with spectacular views across the rift. Breakfast,Lunch andDinner is included.

Day 40: Fish River Canyon to Gariep River (Orange River), South Africa/Namibia

Youwill continue your short drive south onto theGariep River, the natural land border between South Africa and Namibia. You have the option of a half-day canoe trip on the beautifulGariep River. The canoe trip provides the opportunity for some bird watching as well as a scenic and relaxing ride. Breakfast, Lunch andDinner is included.

Day 41: Gariep to Cape Town, South Africa

Today is a long days drive through the beautiful wine growing regions of Namaqualand and Ceres, asyou make your way to the picturesque city of Cape Town or better know as the "Mother City". Breakfast and Lunch is included.

Day 42: Cape Town, South Africa

This morning your trip will end. Please note that if you wish to partake in the many activities offered in and around Cape Town we recommend that you spend a few extra days post your tour. Accommodation can be arranged though your travel agent.

Optional Excursions:

  • Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater option (3 day)
  • Ngorongoro Crater option (1 day)
  • Zanzibar accommodation
  • Kariba House Boat (2 nights)
  • Game walk on Maaze Island
  • Victoria Falls National Park
  • Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta
  • Okavango Delta with mokoros (3 days)
  • Sossosvlei Desert Walk
  • Canoeing on the Gariep River - half day

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