Ultimate Africa

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Cape Town to Nairobi
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Tour description

Spanning nine countries, this journey is full of diverse cultures, abundant wildlife, spectacular landscapes, stunning beaches, and loads of adventure. Track the Big Five across open savannah, explore the Okavango Delta in a dugout mokoro canoe, encounter gorillas deep in the Ugandan wilderness – do it all on this ultimate 52-day adventure and get a real feel for how large Africa truly is. Travel aboard our rugged overland adventure vehicle (OAV) is well-paced and wilderness camping will bring you closer to the region’s wildlife. Encounter rare wildlife and real people on this unique and cost-effective journey through the stunning scenery of Southern and East Africa.

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 G for Good Moment: AidChild Equation Cafe & Gallery, Kayabwe Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Swakopmund Your Discover Moment: Victoria Falls Your Local Living Moment: Kande Beach Local Dinner, Kande Beach Your Discover Moment: Nungwi Your Discover Moment: Jinja
  • Entrance to Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei Dunes, and Spitzkoppe
  • Entrances and wildlife safari drives in Etosha, and Serengeti national parks
  • Damaraland Living Museum visit
  • Okavango Delta overnight bush camping excursion
  • Ngorongoro Crater visit
  • Zanzibar excursion (3 days)
  • Guided tour of spice plantation (Zanzibar)
  • Transfer from Nairobi to Kampala
  • Guided chimp trek (Kalinzu Forest Reserve)
  • Guided mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi with permits
  • Transfer from Jinja to Nairobi
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Search for the big five
  • Witness giant sand dunes and the massive victoria falls
  • Ride in 4x4 safari vehicles and dugout canoes
  • Meet mountain gorillas
  • Discover zanzibar's crystal clear waters

Itinerary

Day 1: Cape Town Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Cape Town/Cederberg View dramatic Western Cape scenery, visit the G Adventures supported !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, camp on a farm, and opt to sip on local wine.

Day 3: Cederberg/Orange River Travel past large plantations of rooibos tea. Opt to take a canoe trip on the scenic Orange River.

Day 4: Orange River/Fish River Canyon Cross the border into Namibia, and enjoy the sunset at the Fish River Canyon.

Day 5: Fish River Canyon/Namib Desert Explore the natural wonders of this bizarre desert environment.

Day 6: Namib Desert Explore the Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area. Then opt to continue on to the breathtaking Sossusvlei Dunes, and climb the breathtaking Dune 45.

Day 7: Namib Desert/Swakopmund Cross the void region of the Namib Desert along with a few dry mountain passes to the adrenaline capital of Swakopmund.

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.

Day 9: Swakopmund/Spitzkoppe Travel north to the granite peaks of Spitzkoppe.

Day 10: Spitzkoppe/Damaraland Visit the Damaraland Living Museum to learn more about the lost culture of the Damara people.

Day 11: Damaraland/Etosha National Park Enter Etosha National Park and enjoy an afternoon wildlife safari drive in the Lando.

Day 12: Etosha National Park Enjoy a full-day wildlife safari drive in the Lando. Opt to take an open vehicle safari drive in the afternoon/night.

Day 13: Etosha National Park/Windhoek Transfer to Windhoek and visit the G Adventures supported Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop for an included lunch.

Day 14: Windhoek/Ghanzi Visit the Kalahari Desert, and meet the local San/Bushmen. Optional walk to learn survival skills from the locals.

Day 15: Ghanzi/Maun Opt to take a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta to get a birds-eye view of the area.

Day 16: Maun/Okavango Delta Enjoy wildlife walks, a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe) and birding on an overnight excursion into the Okavango Delta.

Day 17: Okavango Delta/Gweta Camp under ancient baobab trees.

Day 18: Gweta/Kasane Opt to embark on a wildlife-viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River or take an open safari vehicle wildlife safari drive inside Chobe National Park.

Day 19: Kasane/Victoria Falls Start your visit to Zimbabwe with traditional lunch prepared by the G Adventures supported Lusumpuko Women's Club.

Day 20: Victoria Falls Opt to visit Victoria Falls, go whitewater rafting, or take a helicopter flight over the falls.

Day 21: Victoria Falls Get close and personal with one of the largest waterfalls in the world on this free day in Victoria Falls. Feel the strength of the water splashing your skin on the observation deck, taking in the sound of tons of water thundering in over the edge of the falls in the distance and make your day as relaxing or hair-raising as you like. For the adventurous we recommend going whitewater rafting, taking a scenic helicopter flight over the falls (epic selfies anyone?), or taking the plunge (literally) while bungee jumping with Victoria Falls in sight. (Oh man... just thinking of that makes our heads spin and our palms sweat!) Not looking to turn your hair gray today? That’s okay the choice is yours, but remember you’re here now so why not escape those comfort zones?

Day 22: Victoria Falls/Lusaka Sit back and enjoy a day of driving, taking in the scenery.

Day 23: Lusaka/South Luangwa Continue travelling across the Zambian countryside, to our camp on the banks of the Luangwa River.

Day 24: South Luangwa 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 Opt for a morning walking safari (seasonal), or drive, before heading to the G Adventures-supported Tribal Textiles Market & Courtyard Cafe, for lunch and a visit of the craft workshop.

Day 26: Chipata/Kande Beach Cross the border and travel to the "Lake of Stars," Lake Malawi.

Day 27: Kande Beach 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.

Day 28: Kande Beach/Chitimba Set off and drive to the northern part of Lake Malawi.

Day 29: Chitimba Enjoy a final day at Lake Malawi.

Day 30: Chitimba/Iringa Cross the border into Tanzania and take in views of vast tea plantations and highlands along the way.

Day 31: Iringa/Dar es Salaam Watch the Tanzanian countryside pass by on the journey to the Indian Ocean.

Day 32: Dar es Salaam/Nungwi Hop on a ferry to Zanzibar and transfer to the picturesque island beaches.

Day 33: Nungwi Opt to go diving, snorkelling, take a sailing trip, or just sit back and relax.

Day 34: Nungwi/Stone Town Travel back to Stone Town for a final night on this enchanting island. Along the way, enjoy a guided tour of a local spice plantation.

Day 35: Stone Town/Korogwe Ferry back over to the mainland and settle in for a full day of driving.

Day 36: Korogwe/Arusha Keep on the look out for views of Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, on the way to Arusha.

Day 37: Arusha/Serengeti National Park Set off into the Serengeti and enjoy an afternoon wildlife safari drive en route to the campsite.

Day 38: Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro Enjoy a wildlife safari drive in the Serengeti during the day, and finish the evening camping at the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.

Day 39: Ngorongoro/Arusha Venture down to the crater floor and take in a final safari experience, viewing the high concentration of wildlife bound by the crater walls.

Day 40: Arusha/Nairobi Hop in the Lando and hit the road to Kenya's capital; Nairobi. Cross through the semi-arid lands of the Maasai people en route and marvel at the epic views of mighty Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance as you swap stories with your road trip buddies! Please note that this is a combination tour, and some of your fellow group members may be finishing their tour on this evening.

Day 41: Nairobi Enjoy a free day in Nairobi to explore, or relax, before heading off to Uganda. Nairobi is East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city and Kenya’s beating heart. Experience the vibrant cultural life, fabulous places to eat, and exciting nightlife on your day in this concrete jungle.

Day 42: Nairobi/Eldoret Soak up the scenery as we drive across Kenya's Rift Valley.

Day 43: Eldoret/Kampala Cross the border into Uganda, then camp outside of the country's capital.

Day 44: Kampala/Kalinzu Forest Reserve Watch the Ugandan countryside pass by on the day's journey.

Day 45: Kalinzu Forest Reserve/Lake Bunyonyi Get up early for an included chimpanzee tracking excursion, then visit a tea plantation before setting off for Lake Bunyonyi.

Day 46: Gorilla Trek Enjoy a guided mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Day 47: Lake Bunyonyi Enjoy free time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Lake Bunyonyi.

Day 48: Lake Bunyonyi/Kampala Return to Kampala with a stop at the Equator for lunch at the G Adventures supported AidChild Equation Cafe & Gallery.

Day 49: Kampala/Jinja Explore Jinja, known for its outdoor and adventure activities.

Day 50: Jinja Spend another day exploring Jinja. Opt to raft down the White Nile River, mountain bike up and down the hills or check out the local market.

Day 51: Jinja/Eldoret Today is a bit of a travel day but you won’t mind because you could use the rest, (besides it’s the perfect time to post those Instagram photos that everyone at home is dying to see.) The group will be leaving Uganda and crossing over into Kenya for a night out in Eldoret. Hang out together as a group, maybe grab a drink somewhere and reminisce on the epic(ness) of your trip thus far.

Day 52: Eldoret/Nairobi After your adventurous experiences yesterday you’ll be glad to have a more low key travel day to replenish your energy before the journey home. So sit back and enjoy the ride as the group transfers through to the Kenyan countryside to Nairobi. We’re thinking naps, story time, and then maybe a mini dance party in the Lando to get you through the day. (Toto’s Africa song anyone?) Tour ends on arrival in Nairobi. Not ready to leave Africa just yet? (Yeah, we don’t blame you) talk with your CEO about extending your adventure and get to know Kenya or beyond!