Africa Encompassed Southbound

Africa Encompassed Southbound information and booking

from
$9580
  • Duration
    60
    days
  • Physical rating
    6
  • Culture Shock
    6
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Schedule Details

Departs from
Nairobi
Accommodation
Bungalow, Camping (with basic facilities), Camping (with facilities), Chalet, Dormitory, Hotel
Group Size
Maximum of 22 travellers per group
Transportation
4x4 Safari Vehicle, Ferry, Mokoro, Overland vehicle
Important Notes
1. This trip requires an additional non-refundable deposit ( AUD1000, USD1000, EUR650, NZD1000, GBP500, CAD1000, ZAR6500, CHF900 ) in order to secure a gorilla permit. We also require full passport details at time of booking. Please see trip notes (Important notes) for more details. 2. This is a combination trip. Please see trip notes (Important notes) for more details. 3. This trip finishes upon arrival at our finish point hotel in Cape Town on Day 60. Please do not book any flights until after 9pm this evening.

Highlights

Feel the thunder of Victoria Falls, Get to know friendly Malawians on a village walk, Learn about the hunter-gatherer traditions of the San Bushmen of the Kalahari, Soak up Cape Town's cafe culture, See sunrise from atop massive sand dunes, Bask on Zanzibar's beaches, Help out the Kariandusi School Trust project, Be a part of the lively atmosphere in Nairobi, Track playful chimps in Kibale Forest, Seek Africa's most iconic animals on the Serengeti plains, Meet Rwanda's noble mountain gorillas

Tour description provided by Intrepid

Want Africa with the lot? That's exactly what you'll get on this epic adventure across ten countries. Get breathtakingly close to animals more often seen in zoos and nature documentaries, from endangered mountain gorillas and lumbering elephants to ferocious lions and tiny dik-dik antelope. Along the way, meet people from a range of cultures and communities: Zanzibar spice growers, friendly Lake Malawi fishermen and fascinating San Bushmen. This trip will leave you humbled and amazed by the breadth of life and culture, and the beauty of nature, on this ancient and spectacular continent.

Itinerary

Day 1 Nairobi
Once a swamp but now called the 'green city in the sun', Nairobi is a relatively multicultural city with a range of cuisines, museums and cultural centres to enjoy.
Day 2 Lake Nakuru
Often shrouded in a carpet of pink flamingos, beautiful Lake Nakuru - and the surrounding national park - is home to a great number of wildlife and bird species.
Days 3-4 Eldoret/Kampala
One of Kenya's fastest growing towns, Eldoret is famous for its cheeses - the local factory produces more than 30 different types. Once the heart of the Buganda Kingdom, Kampala is a fascinating place to explore on foot, particularly its many markets and craft shops.
Days 5-6 Kibale Forest National Park
The most accessible of Uganda's major rainforests, Kibale Forest National Park is home to the highest concentration of primates in the world, with twelve different species recorded.
Day 7 Queen Elizabeth National Park
Beautifully set between two lakes in the Great Rift Valley, Queen Elizabeth National Park plays host to a wide array of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, Ugandan kobs and waterbucks.
Day 8 Lake Bunyonyi
Lake Bunyonyi - meaning 'place of many little birds' - has an amazing variety of waterbirds and some of the most picturesque scenery in Uganda.
Days 9-11 Gorilla Trek
The small Rwandan town of Ruhengeri is the gateway to Volcanoes National Park, one of the last remaining sanctuaries for the mountain gorilla.
Day 12 Lake Mburo
Home to hippos, crocodiles and a variety of waterbirds, Lake Mburo National Park is also one of the best places to see the gigantic eland antelope.
Days 13-14 Jinja
Located at the source of the Nile, Jinja offers some of the world's best whitewater rafting and plenty of other exhilarating activities for adventurers and adrenaline junkies.
Days 15-16 Eldoret/Nairobi
An ideal training ground for middle and long distance athletes due to its high altitude, Eldoret is home to some of Kenya's most famous runners. Lively Nairobi is the gateway to some of Africa's best national parks and is nicknamed 'the safari capital of the world'.
Day 17 Mto Wa Mbu
Situated around halfway between Arusha and Ngorongoro, Mto Wa Mbu is a tiny town located near three rivers which is known for its curios and red-skinned bananas.
Days 18-19 Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National Park
Photographic opportunities abound in the Ngorongoro Crater, a massive volcanic caldera with so many animals, it's hard to know where to look first. Teeming with animals and home to the famous migration of the wildebeest, the Serengeti is a marvel with rolling plains, iconic acacia trees and mesmerising skies.
Day 20 Mto Wa Mbu
As small community away from the main tourist trail, Mto Wa Mbu offers an excellent chance to get a close-up look at life in an African village.
Day 21 Marangu
Nestled at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro, Marangu is a small village surrounded by stunning vistas and lush forest.
Day 22 Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam lies by the Indian Ocean and is abuzz with busy streets, laidback restaurants, colourful markets, interesting architecture and lots of water-based activities.
Days 23-25 Zanzibar
Famed for its fragrant spices and infamous for its slave-trading history, Zanzibar mixes divine beaches, an atmospheric main town and Middle Eastern flair with an African beat.
Day 26 Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam roughly means 'haven of peace' and has a long history of trade with India, the Middle East and Germany, making it a fascinating blend of cultures.
Days 27-28 Iringa/Chitimba
Overlooking the Ruaha River, Iringa is a picturesque town with a relaxed vibe, some good places to eat and a wonderful crafts centre. Chitimba lies along the coast of Lake Malawi and has lovely beaches, friendly locals and a laidback atmosphere.
Days 29-30 Lake Malawi
Home to a huge variety of freshwater fish and beautiful beaches, the expansive waters of Lake Malawi play a central role in the lives of many local Malawians.
Days 31-32 South Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa National Park is probably the best park in Zambia to see hippos and crocodiles - the Luangwa River has vast numbers of them. The plains beside the river are populated with many kinds of buck, kudu, gazelle and also the red lechwe and Thornicroft giraffe which are unique to Zambia. The park is also renowned for its large elephant population, although you will notice that the elephants here are smaller in size than their counterparts in the plains of East or Southern Africa.
Day 33 Lusaka
One of the fastest-developing cities in southern Africa, Lusaka is cosmopolitan but still retains a traditional African feel with its busy markets and friendly people.
Day 34 Harare
Harare, Zimbabwe's bustling capital, offers plenty to see and do: interesting museums and galleries, peaceful gardens and frenetic markets.
Day 35 Masvingo
The oldest colonial settlement in Zimbabwe, Masvingo is the perfect base to explore the Great Zimbabwe Ruins - the national monument the country is named after.
Days 36-37 Bulawayo
Also known as the 'City of Kings', Bulawayo is Zimbabwe's second-largest city and still retains the parks, tree-lined streets and buildings of its colonial past.
Days 38-40 Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls is a town on the Zimbabwean side of the falls, with spectacular views and a reputation as the adventure capital of Zimbabwe.
Days 41-42 Chobe National Park
With a diverse range of ecosystems, a humungous number of elephants and the largest concentration of game found in Africa, Chobe National Park is safari heaven.
Day 43 Bagani Community Camp
Sitting on the banks of the Okavango River, Bagani is a Namibian border town with plenty of river-based activities to enjoy.
Days 44-45 Okavango Delta
Full of animals, islands and unforgettable scenery, the Okavango Delta is the world's largest inland delta and is best explored by mokoro (dugout canoe).
Day 46 Bagani
Bagani is a small, friendly town with some good hiking trails along the river and plenty of places to just relax.
Days 47-48 Grootfontein/San Bushmen
A big farming community famed for its proximity to the Hoba Meteorite, Grootfontein is a lovely town with shady streets and a number of historic buildings.
Days 49-50 Etosha National Park
With excellent game viewing and stunning landscapes, Etosha National Park was established in 1907 and is home to hundreds of animal, reptile and bird species.
Day 51 Spitzkoppe
With its 700 million-year-old granite peaks, prehistoric rock art and dramatic vistas, Spitzkoppe is another of Namibia's wondrous landscapes.
Days 52-54 Swakopmund
Swakopmund sits on Namibia's Atlantic Coast, virtually surrounded by the Namib Desert, and has beautiful colonial architecture and a large array of adventure sports on offer.
Days 55-56 Sesriem/River Camp
With the Sesriem Canyon close by and the incredible Sossusvlei sand dunes at its doorstep, tiny Sesriem serves as a gateway to these Namibian wonders. One of the oldest settlements in Namibia, the small town of Bethanie was founded by the London Missionary Society, who failed to influence the locals with their church.
Day 57 Fish River Canyon
A truly spectacular sight to behold, especially at sunset, Fish River Canyon's orange-pink hues and momentous size are awe-inspiring.
Days 58-59 Orange River/Western Cape
Located on the north bank of the Orange River near the South African border, Noordoewer is a great place to see by canoe. Teeming with hot springs and a great place to camp and hike, Citrusdal is a sweet town set amongst the beautiful scenery of South Africa's Western Cape.
Day 60 Cape Town
Dominated by spectacular Table Mountain, Cape Town is a city that keeps on giving with its beautiful coastlines, world-class cuisine, excellent wineries and beautiful architecture.