Cape Town to the Serengeti

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Cape Town to Nairobi

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Marvel at the world's highest sand dunes, float through the Okavango in a dugout "mokoro" canoe, and meet the San Bushmen in the blazing Kalahari Desert on this epic overland adventure. Journey across nearly half of the African continent — from the southern tip of Africa to Kenya — and soak up the vibrant colours, culture, and scenery of eight countries. Our Landos (overland adventure vehicles) are an adventurous and affordable way to enjoy the region’s intriguing combination of wilderness and rural villages while camping under Africa’s big sky will provide a unique perspective. Take the road less travelled and come away with jaw-dropping photographs and a deeper understanding of this incredible continent.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, Swartwater Your G for Good Moment: Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop, Windhoek Your G for Good Moment: Lusumpuko Women's Club Lunch, Victoria Falls Your G for Good Moment: Tribal Textiles Market & Courtyard Cafe, Mfuwe Your Discover Moment: Swakopmund Your Discover Moment: Victoria Falls Your Local Living Moment: Kande Beach Local Dinner, Kande Beach Your Discover Moment: Nungwi
  • Entrance to Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei Dunes, and Spitzkoppe
  • Entrances and wildlife safari drives in Etosha and Serengeti National Parks and in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Damaraland Living Museum visit
  • Okavango Delta overnight bush camping excursion
  • Guided tour of spice plantation (Zanzibar)
  • 3-day Zanzibar excursion
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • See the "big five" from 4x4 safari vehicles
  • Experience cosmopolitan cape town
  • Explore spice plantations and the immense fish river canyon
  • Cruise through the okavango delta in dugout canoes
  • View the mighty victoria falls
  • Relax on the shores of lake malawi
  • Witness breathtaking dunes in the namib desert
  • Spot wildlife on a boat cruise down the chobe river

Itinerary

Day 1 Cape Town We highly recommend arriving earlier in Cape Town to explore all that this area has to offer. Additional Notes: Please make sure you have all of the necessary visas for this tour by the time of the welcome meeting. It is very important to read the visa section in our trip details to make sure which visas you will need, if any.

 Please also note that no visa can be obtained at the border to Namibia. 
 Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Cape Town/Cederberg (1B, 1L, 1D) Head out of the city to begin your overland journey with a lunch stop by the coast. Arrive at our first campsite in the afternoon. Here, enjoy free time to sample and buy some local wine, kick a footy around with the local kids, or explore the area near the camp in this beautiful part of South Africa. If you prefer, just chill out at campsite’s swimming pool overlooking the vineyards. 



 Additional Notes: The !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre is closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day. Included Activities: !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre Transport: Lando (5.00 hour(s), 300km)
Day 3 Cederberg/Orange River (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel past large plantations of rooibos tea. Opt to take a canoe trip on the scenic Orange River. Transport: Lando (6.50 hour(s), 350km)
Day 4 Orange River/Fish River Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D) 

We will make our way to the Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and, arguably, the second largest in the world. Watch as a spectacular sunset slips over the canyon's rim in the early evening. Permits are required to descend into the canyon; we will have access to the rim only, but the views are magnificent. Included Activities: Border Crossing (South Africa - Namibia) Fish River Canyon Visit at Sunset Transport: Lando (5.00 hour(s), 180km)
Day 5 Fish River Canyon/Namib Desert (1B, 1L, 1D) Passing the small and desolate towns of Bethanien and Helmeringhausen, continue north along long and bumpy roads, en route to the Namib Desert. Arrive in the area in the late afternoon, where the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert. Here, you really feel as though you’re in the middle of nowhere. We arrive in the early evening and set up our camp. Transport: Lando (10.00 hour(s), 560km)
Day 6 Namib Desert (1B, 1L, 1D) 
Visit Sossusvlei, a clay pan enclosed by the world’s largest sand dunes and enclosing ancient dead trees. Here, opt to take a guided walk at the dunes, and enjoy some free time to explore them on your own. Arrive back at our campsite around lunch time and take down tents, pack up the Lando, and drive to the next desert campsite. Don’t miss out on the optional sunset desert dunes bush walk to learn more about the desert, dunes, and the way of the bushmen. Included Activities: Sesriem Canyon Visit Dune 45 Visit Transport: Lando (5.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Namib Desert/Swakopmund (1B, 1L) Get a real feel for the Namib Desert as we spend hours crossing this empty region. Spend two nights in the area exploring this historical town or trying some of the numerous activities available, such as sand boarding or sky diving. Swakopmund has bizarre lunar landscapes, unforgettable sunsets, and prehistoric Welwitchia plants. Transport: Lando (7.00 hour(s), 300km)
Day 8 Swakopmund 


Swakopmund is one of the adventure capitals of Africa. Enjoy a free day to relax or get the adrenaline pumping. Choose from sky diving, or dune boarding, just to name a few options. Additional Notes: Meals are not included while we are in Swakopmund in order to give our travellers the freedom to try out the many restaurants and bars in town.
Day 9 Swakopmund/Spitzkoppe (1B, 1L, 1D) Explore on your own by foot, and be sure to check out the night sky—it's great for star-gazing! Additional Notes: Our basic bush camp will have long-drop toilets and no running water. Transport: Lando (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 10 Spitzkoppe/Damaraland (1B, 1L, 1D) Look out over beautiful desert landscapes as far as the eye can see. There are Himba, Herero, and Damara people along the way selling local arts, and we’ll be sure to make a few stops to find out more about their offerings.
 Pass into more stony desert landscapes, and arrive at camp by mid-afternoon. Included Activities: Damaraland Living Museum Transport: Lando (4.00 hour(s), 235km)
Day 11 Damaraland/Etosha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Upon arrival to the park in the afternoon, head out for a wildlife safari drive in the Lando to search for elephants, antelope, and lions around the watering holes. After sunset, watch animals at the watering holes near the camping area, which is safe, being well lit with flood lights. Free time at night allows for the option of a night safari in an open vehicle. Included Activities: Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive (Lando) Transport: Lando (8.00 hour(s), 300km)
Day 12 Etosha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a full-day wildlife safari drive in the Lando. Opt to take an open vehicle safari drive in the afternoon/night. Included Activities: Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive (Lando) Transport: Lando
Day 13 Etosha National Park/Windhoek (1B, 1L) Leave Etosha National Park and head south through the Namibian countryside to Windhoek. Additional Notes: Please note that this is a combination tour. Some of group members may be departing the tour in Windhoek and some new group members may be joining. Enjoy an optional group dinner with both old and new travellers. Included Activities: Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop Transport: Lando (6.50-7.50 hours, 440km)
Day 14 Windhoek/Ghanzi (1B, 1L, 1D) Leave in the morning and continue through the eastern part of Namibia and cross into Botswana, travelling into the heart of the Kalahari.
 
 Arrive at the campsite, approximately 10km (6 mi) outside Ghanzi, in the early evening, just in time for an optional 'Bushman Walk'. 
Around the campfire at night, experience the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushmen. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Namibia - Botswana) Transport: Lando (8.00 hour(s), 580km)
Day 15 Ghanzi/Maun (1B, 1L) Drive across Botswana and travel from the Kalahari towards Maun. Leave Ghanzi in the morning and arrive in Maun around lunch time. In the afternoon, opt to get a sneak peek of the Okavango Delta from above on an hour-long flight in a small plane. See a variety of wildlife and marvel at the vast delta basin. Those not opting for the flight can kick back and relax at the campsite. Additional Notes: After arrival in Maun, pick up supplies to prepare for the one night/two day excursion into the Okavango Delta. We recommend each person brings a 5 litre bottle of water to take into the Delta; this should be sufficient for both drinking water and cleaning purposes. Please note: if you have pre-booked the Okavango Delta flight, today's likely the day for this activity! Your CEO will give you final confirmation when it will take place, as it is subject to change. Transport: Lando (4.00 hour(s), 280km)
Day 16 Maun/Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D) After leaving some luggage in Maun, we hop into safari vehicles and travel for about an hour to a river before pairing off and sitting down in mokoros, traditional dugout canoes, that take us deep into the delta. After a couple hours in the mokoro, we arrive to our basic bush camp in time for lunch. Set up tents and get used to the surroundings. 
In the afternoon, set off on a wildlife walk. In the evening, count the shooting stars, sing with the locals or just unwind with a sundowner around the campfire.

 The polers will join us around the campfire tonight and usually love to sing and dance… join in! Additional Notes: Please note that there is no shower and only a dig-out bush toilet, as our camp is very basic and in the wild – but it is all worth it due to the incredible landscape and wildlife! Included Activities: Okavango Delta Excursion Transport: Safari vehicle (1.00 hour(s)) Mokoro (1.00-2.00 hours)
Day 17 Okavango Delta/Gweta (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy the sunrise on an early wildlife walk then return to Maun, first by mokoro, then safari vehicle, and arrive around lunch time. Pack up the Lando, then hit the road to ancient baobab trees of Gweta. We will arrive to our campsite mid- to late afternoon. Have a walk around, take pictures of the baobabs, swim in the pool and enjoy a proper shower after the night in the bush. Transport: Mokoro (1.00-2.00 hours) Lando (4.00 hour(s), 240km) Safari vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 18 Gweta/Kasane (1B, 1L) Journey to the area of Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant population in Southern Africa. The best way to appreciate the area’s thousands of resident elephants, crocodiles and hippos, is with an optional sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River. Additional Notes: If you have pre-booked the Chobe River Sunset Cruise, you will be cruising this evening. Transport: Lando (6.00 hour(s), 420km)
Day 19 Kasane/Victoria Falls (1B, 1L) Cross the border from Botswana to Zimbabwe at the Kazungula border post. Continue on to the town Victoria Falls, a great base to see falls, and take part in some exciting activities. Additional Notes: Your accommodation is in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and NOT Livingstone (Zambia). Please make sure you have the necessary visa. Note that this trip combines with other tours, and some tours will be finishing in Victoria Falls, while others will be continuing on. Many of our groups opt to book their final evening together aboard a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River with wildlife-viewing, great scenery and an open bar. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Botswana - Zimbabwe) Lusumpuko Women's Club Lunch Transport: Lando (0.75 hour(s), 20km) Lando (1.50-2.00 hours, 65km)
Day 20 Victoria Falls Victoria Falls is a great base to see both natural wonders and take part in some exciting activities. Get up close (and wet from the spray) while awing at the immense Victoria Falls, raft the whitewater of the mighty Zambezi, and for the more adventurous, bungee jump with the Victoria Falls in view. Additional Notes: Want to do more with your tour? Pre-book any two of the following activities: Zambezi Whitewater Rafting, Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride, or the Zambezi River Sunset Cruise. Any optional activities listed on this day can also be booked upon arrival in Victoria Falls.
Day 21 Victoria Falls The town of Victoria Falls is a great base to see both natural wonders and take part in some exciting activities. Get up close (and wet from the spray) while awing at the immense Victoria Falls, raft the whitewater of the mighty Zambezi, and for the more adventurous, bungee jump with Victoria Falls in view. Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner. Additional Notes: Want to do more with your tour? Pre-book any two of the following activities: Zambezi Whitewater Rafting, Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride, or the Zambezi River Sunset Cruise. Any optional activities listed on this day can also be booked upon arrival in Victoria Falls. Included Activities: Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
Day 22 Victoria Falls/Lusaka (1B, 1L, 1D) Set off early, around 6am, and arrive late in the afternoon. The long journey across rough and bumpy roads takes us to a private farm 29km (18 mi) outside of the capital of Zambia. Marvel at the zebras, buffalo, and the bok that roam the property, or relax by the pool or at the camp’s bar. Additional Notes: This is an overnight stop in between two long driving days, so we will not have time to explore Lusaka. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Zimbabwe - Zambia) Transport: Lando (10.00 hour(s), 543km)
Day 23 Lusaka/South Luangwa (1B, 1L, 1D) Continue travelling across the Zambian countryside, to our camp on the banks of the Luangwa River. Transport: Lando (8.00-9.00 hours, 575km)
Day 24 South Luangwa (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a free day to explore South Luangwa NP, a wildlife haven. Opt to go on a walking safari (seasonal), night drive, or visit a nearby local village.
Day 25 South Luangwa/Chipata (1B, 1L, 1D) In the afternoon, continue to Chipata. Included Activities: Tribal Textiles Market & Courtyard Cafe Transport: Lando (2.00-3.00 hours, 135km)
Day 26 Chipata/Kande Beach (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend four nights relaxing on the shores of the “Lake of Stars”. Beach walks, swimming in the crystal clear water, and snorkelling among the tropical fish are all part and parcel of your stay. Lake Malawi is known for good snorkelling and diving. The locals depend on the lake for fishing and survival, and use dugout canoes to fish from and set out long nets. There are many different ethnic groups, all speaking their own language; most are Christians and the rest have traditional beliefs. Additional Notes: Please note that conservative dress is recommended. Shoulders and knees should be covered in public, but inside of camp boundaries, it is ok to wear beach clothes. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Zambia - Malawi) Transport: Lando (7.00 hour(s), 400km)
Day 27 Kande Beach (1B, 1L, 1D) Relax on the shores of Lake Malawi, and enjoy a traditional dinner in a local home. Opt to explore by foot, go snorkelling, or take a village tour. Included Activities: Kande Beach Local Dinner
Day 28 Kande Beach/Chitimba (1B, 1L, 1D) Leave Kande Beach in the morning and drive north along Lake Malawi to Chitimba. Chitimba Beach has beautiful views of mountains in the background and Tanzania across the lake. Transport: Lando (5.00 hour(s), 235km)
Day 29 Chitimba (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a final day at Lake Malawi.
Day 30 Chitimba/Iringa (1B, 1L, 1D) Begin the day by making the border crossing out of Malawi and into Tanzania. Climbing out of the Great Rift Valley through some spectacular mountain passes, view the vast tea plantations in the highlands along the way. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Malawi - Tanzania) Transport: Lando (11.00 hour(s), 534km)
Day 31 Iringa/Dar es Salaam (1B, 1L, 1D) Drive to Dar Es Salaam. The city started as a fishing village in the mid 19th century before becoming a port and trading centre. Transport: Lando (12.00 hour(s), 637km)
Day 32 Dar es Salaam/Nungwi (1B) Hop on a ferry to Zanzibar and transfer to the picturesque island beaches. Additional Notes: Zanzibar is a Muslim society. Immodestly dressed women or men in shorts will get harassed and cause great offence in Stone Town. At the beach, customs are a little more relaxed, but our travellers are encouraged to be respectful of the island's culture and still cover up when walking around. Never try to take a photograph without asking permission. Transport: Ferry (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s)) Lando (1.00 hour(s))
Day 33 Nungwi (1B) Opt to go diving, snorkelling, take a sailing trip, or just sit back and relax.
Day 34 Nungwi/Stone Town (1B) Spend the remainder of the day exploring Stone Town, the heart of the island. It has an intriguing maze of narrow, cobbled lanes hemmed in by Arabic buildings. Look out for tinga-tinga paintings, antique shops, beautifully printed cloths (kangas and kikois worn by local people), little carved chests with copper inlays, and spices – all beautiful presents or souvenirs to take home. Included Activities: Spice Plantation Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Day 35 Stone Town/Bagamoyo (1B, 1L, 1D) This town, which was recently named a World Heritage Site, was one of the most important trading ports of the central east African coast in the late 19th century. Additional Notes: If you have booked the Zanzibar Express, you will stay in Stone Town when the group heads for the ferry. You have a free day in Stone Town for shopping, relaxing or seeing the sights. (Ask your CEO if you want to book any tours) Tomorrow you fly to Arusha to meet the group. Included: transfers, flight, one night Stone Town (Tausi Palace, or similar). Only breakfast included. Transport: Ferry (2.00 hour(s), 200km) Lando (1.50-2.00 hours, 60km)
Day 36 Bagamoyo/Arusha (1B, 1L, 1D) Pass Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, and head towards Arusha. Consider yourself lucky if you are able to see the mountain as it is hidden behind a veil of cloud most of the time. Arusha sits at the foot of rugged Mt Meru, Africa's fifth highest mountain. Additional Notes: Use the afternoon to prepare a small day-pack for the three-day excursion to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Take something warm for the night on the crater rim and enough insect repellant, sunscreen, and water. Bedding is provided, but you can take your sleeping bag along to make sure you're warm enough at night. Zanzibar Express; transfer this morning from your Stone Town hotel to the airport for the flight to Arusha. Arrive in Arusha and transfer to the camp to meet back up with the group. Only breakfast and dinner included. Transport: Lando (12.00 hour(s), 590km)
Day 37 Arusha/Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) After breakfast, we begin our 3-day and 2-night excursion to Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, two of Africa’s premier wildlife areas. Additional Notes: Changing to specialized 4x4 7-seater safari vehicles, we are met by experienced safari driver/guides, who will ensure us wonderful wildlife encounters. Our safari vehicles each have sliding windows and a large pop-up roof, perfect for wildlife viewing. They are smaller than the Lando and will allow us to maneuver easily through the wildlife areas. As the vehicles are smaller than the Lando, our group will split up among several vehicles. Included Activities: Serengeti National Park Safari Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 320km)
Day 38 Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro (1B, 1L, 1D) Before leaving the Serengeti, enjoy one last morning wildlife safari drive to see the animal kingdom come to life in this incredible expanse of grassland savannah. You will return and break camp and journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, famous for Africa's best wildlife viewing. The views from the Ngorongoro Crater rim are stunning, and there is an ever-present abundance of animals, due to the permanent water supply on the crater floor. You will arrive at your campsite at the crater rim in the late afternoon. Additional Notes: Please note: if you have pre-booked the Serengeti Balloon Safari, today's likely the day for this activity! Your CEO will give you final confirmation when it will take place, as it is subject to change. You will miss the included morning wildlife safari drive with the group, but you will have a much better view from above! Please note that due to the high-altitude location of our camp, temperatures can drop at night. We recommend bringing extra layers to wear during the evening and following morning. Included Activities: Serengeti National Park Safari Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 160km)
Day 39 Ngorongoro/Arusha (1B, 1L, 1D) Exit the crater late in the morning and continue back to Arusha. Included Activities: Ngorongoro Crater Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 200km)
Day 40 Arusha/Nairobi (1B, 1L) Depart Arusha in the morning and travel overland to Nairobi. The tour ends upon arrival to Nairobi at the Hotel Boulevard in central Nairobi. In order to avoid any unnecessary issues with timing, please book ongoing travel from Nairobi in the evening. Additional Notes: There is no included accommodation for this night in Nairobi. You may choose to pre-reserve post-tour accommodation through G Adventures. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Tanzania - Kenya) Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Lando (9.00 hour(s), 283km)
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