Kenya to Cape Town

Start: Nairobi Finish: Cape Town

Visiting: Nairobi, Mto wa Mbu, Ngorongoro Crater / Serengeti National Park, Serengeti National Park, Serengeti National Park / Mto wa Mbu, Usambara Mountains, Dar es Salaam, Stone Town, Zanzibar Northern Beaches, Mikumi National Park, Iringa, Chitimba, Lake Malawi, South Luangwa National Park, Petauke, Lusaka, Harare, Great Zimbabwe Ruins / Masvingo, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Bagani, Okavango Delta, Grootfontein, Grootfontein/San people, Etosha National Park, Spitzkoppe, Swakopmund, Sesriem, Sossusvlei/Konkiep River, Fish River Canyon, Orange River, Western Cape, Cape Town


Duration: 47 Nights

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Tour code: YXOAC

Tour operator: Intrepid Travel

Group size: 1 - 22

Age range: 15-99 years

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $7002

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Tour Overview

Travel from Kenya to Cape Town through some of Africa’s most incredible sights on this jaw-dropping 48-day overland journey with Lonely Planet and Intrepid. Explore Kenya’s bustling capital, keep your eyes open for the Big Five in the vast savannas of the Serengeti, hike through lush mountain terrain and traverse sprawling desert plainsin Namibia. Sample unique flavours, meet warm and welcoming local communities, relax beachside in Zanzibar, and prepare for an unforgettable southbound adventure through some of Africa's best.

Highlights

  • iconListen to the songs and stories of Namibia’s San people, the oldest inhabitants of southern Africa, and gain an insight into their traditional customs and beliefs.
  • iconGlide through the lily-filled waterways of the Okovango Delta on a mokoro (a small dugout canoe) and escape civilisation with an overnight stay at your island camp.
  • iconDiscover the magic of South Luangwa National Park on a morning safari game drive. This park is a highly concentrated arena of noble African beasts and exotic wildflowers.
  • iconBe mesmerised by the staggering force and beauty of Victoria Falls, and experience firsthand why it’s known as the ‘smoke that thunders’ – a natural wonder that must be seen to be believed.
  • iconChill out on the northern beaches of Zanzibar, enjoying white sands and the sparkling blue of the Indian Ocean, and consider learning about the island's spice trade on a guided visit to the local plantations.

Itinerary

icon Day 1: Nairobi

Location: Nairobi

Accommodation: Hotel

Jambo! Welcome to Kenya. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. If you arrive early, perhaps head out and explore the National Museum of Kenya, the Karen Blixen Museum or the highly recommended Bomas of Kenya, where traditional homesteads of several Kenyan tribes are displayed in an outdoor village.

Optional Activities:
-Nairobi - From Farm to Feast In Focus Urban Adventure
-Nairobi - City Experience Urban Adventure
-Nairobi - Giraffes & Elephants Urban Adventure
-Nairobi - Hell's Gate National Park Urban Adventure

icon Day 2: Mto wa Mbu

Location: Mto wa Mbu

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Depart early for Mto wa Mbu in your overland truck (approximately 10 hours). The trip includes a border crossing from Kenya into Tanzania, so be sure to have your passport handy. While you're on the road, there will be a stop at an ATM and a market or shop to stock up on any supplies you might need for the coming days. Arrive in Mto wa Mbu and acquaint yourself with this delightful small village – it's a fascinating snapshot of small-town African life, situated well off the tourist trail.

icon Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater / Serengeti National Park

Location: Ngorongoro Crater / Serengeti National Park

Accommodation: Camping (with basic facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Get up early, put your camping and personal gear into a six-person jeep and head out for an excursion into the Serengeti via the Ngorongoro Crater. Enjoy a safari in the crater, spending 3–4 hours exploring this incredible, perfectly intact volcanic caldera. Watch for black rhinos, lions, leopards, elephants, impalas, zebras and hippos. The crater floor offers excellent game viewing all year round (some 30,000 animals live here) and the photo opportunities are unrivalled. Next, it's on to the wide-open plains of the Serengeti. Green after the rains, brown and burnt in the dry season, this is perhaps the quintessential image of Africa – the home of thousands of hoofed animals and fierce predators. Your campsite is within the Serengeti itself, so listen out for the sounds of nocturnal animals as you drift off to sleep.

Included Activities:
-Ngorongoro Crater - 4x4 Game Drive
-Serengeti National Park - 4x4 Game Drive

icon Day 4: Serengeti National Park

Location: Serengeti National Park

Accommodation: Camping (with basic facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Awake at dawn and embark on a game drive. You will head out while the animals are at their most active, then head back to camp for brunch at around 11 am. After spending the middle of the day relaxing, just like the animals do, head out again as the day begins to cool. You'll return from this second game drive in time for dinner. There's also the option of a balloon ride over the park this morning – in place of some of today’s game drives. If you have pre-booked this activity, you will be picked up before dawn and driven to the launch site. After a safety briefing, glide through the dawn, sometimes at tree height, getting some amazing photo opportunities. Sometimes you will ascend, getting an overview of the enormity of the plains and the early morning movements of the teeming herds. After landing, indulge in a five-star bush breakfast, then be returned to camp.

Included Activities:
-Serengeti National Park - 4x4 Game Drive

Optional Activities:
-Serengeti National Park - Balloon Ride (from price)

icon Day 5: Serengeti National Park / Mto wa Mbu

Location: Serengeti National Park / Mto wa Mbu

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Rise with the sun and enjoy another game drive as you leave the Serengeti in your dust. Jump back into your overland vehicle and head for Mto wa Mbu. Once camp is set up, join the local community for a guided stroll around the farming areas, milling machine, and local homes and farmlands, before a local meal in town.

Included Activities:
-Serengeti National Park - 4x4 Game Drive
-Mto Wa Mbu - Village walk & local dinner

icon Day 6: Usambara Mountains

Location: Usambara Mountains

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, dinner

Prepare yourself for a long travel day heading for the Usambara Mountains (approximately 10 hours). Stretch your legs during a brief supply stop in Arusha, then jump back in the vehicle and watch the ever-changing scenery, read your favourite book or get to really know your fellow travellers. Your base will be Lushoto – an old German colony and home to the Wasambaa people. This highland town sits at approximately 1400 metres and this evening you'll camp in the grounds of one of the oldest hotels in Africa.

icon Day 7: Usambara Mountains

Location: Usambara Mountains

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Explore the beautiful Usambara Mountains today – a lovely unspoilt area of Tanzania. Unlike the coast and the north, very few tourists visit this part of the country, so it has a freshness that can be hard to find elsewhere. As beautiful as the surrounding mountains and rainforests are, however, the real jewels here are the local people and villages. You'll experience some hospitality on a visit to some of the small local communities. From your base, you will take a walk out to the gorgeous Irente viewpoint. It's best to pack some water and snacks in a day pack for this trip. On your way back, visit a local cultural project based at an Irente farm and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Included Activities:
-Irente - Lushoto hike
-Irente - Local lunch

icon Day 8: Dar es Salaam

Location: Dar es Salaam

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Leaving the mountains behind, travel further south to the coastal town of Kipepeo Beach in Dar es Salaam (380 km, approximately 8–9 hours). Your camp at Kipepeo is by the beach, so make the most of it – perhaps take a stroll along the shore after you arrive and settle in.

icon Day 9: Stone Town

Location: Stone Town

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Catch a ferry to Africa's 'Spice Island' of Zanzibar. Filled with pristine white-sand beaches, winding cobblestone alleyways and fragrant bazaars, Zanzibar has had a colourful history – everything from slave traders to Arabian sultans and fruit exporters. The sight of traditional dhows sailing along the coast evokes what the island must have been like in centuries ago. The old part of Zanzibar's main city is known as Stone Town, and the best way to see this is on foot, exploring the markets, shops, mosques, palaces and courtyards. When the sun is setting, why not grab a drink from a bar overlooking the seafront. A seafood curry at a local restaurant is also a great choice. You'll spend the night in Stone Town at a basic inn.

Optional Activities:
-Stone Town Tour - Dharajani Market, Joseph's Cathederal, Palace Museum, Forodhani Food Market
-Zanzibar - Prison Island Tour

icon Day 10: Zanzibar Northern Beaches

Location: Zanzibar Northern Beaches

Accommodation: Bungalow

Meals: breaksfast

Once checked out of your Stone Town accommodation, consider booking in to an optional guided tour of the island's spice plantations, learning all about the history of this town's spice trade. You will have the opportunity to smell and taste various spices, such as cinnamon, vanilla and ginger, plus sample some teas made with these spices too. After lunch, head to the Northern Beaches, where white sands and sparkling blue seas await. This is the Indian Ocean at its best.

Optional Activities:
-Zanzibar - Spice tour

icon Day 11: Zanzibar Northern Beaches

Location: Zanzibar Northern Beaches

Accommodation: Bungalow

Meals: breaksfast

Enjoy free time in this beautiful archipelago today. There are many ways you can spend your day – perhaps talk to your leader for any recommendations they might have. Snorkelling in search of exotic fish is an excellent option, or you could take a traditional dhow boat on the water. You might also like to feast on a sumptuous lunch of grilled local seafood, or just relax in a hammock underneath a coconut tree with a good book. It's totally up to you!

Optional Activities:
-Zanzibar - Dhow Trip
-Zanzibar - Snorkelling

icon Day 12: Stone Town

Location: Stone Town

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Leave the northern beaches and return to Stone Town for a free afternoon and evening exploring the port. It's easy to while away a few hours losing yourself in the labyrinth of shops and alleys. As this is a combination trip, some of your group may depart today and other new travellers may join for the next leg. Get to know them over a dinner if you'd like, or alternatively head out on your own and savour some more seafood before heading back to the mainland tomorrow.

icon Day 13: Mikumi National Park

Location: Mikumi National Park

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Embrace an early start to catch a 7.30 am ferry to the mainland, then make tracks for Mikumi. It’s approximately an 8-hour drive to your first camp spot, but you’ll get a great look at all that renowned Tanzanian landscape on the way. Gaze out at vast plains dotted with baobab and tamarind trees and maybe catch a glimpse of some of the elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, lions and leopards that call the park home. Once you arrive at your camp spot, your leader will show you the ropes (literally) and help you set up and get comfortable for your night in the tent.

icon Day 14: Iringa

Location: Iringa

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

This morning there is a chance to wake up early to enjoy an optional 4WD game drive into Mikumi National Park. Then drive to Iringa (approximately 5 hours). You will set up camp on the grounds of a farmhouse on the outskirts of this pleasant settlement. The area is filled with natural bush land which can make it a bird watchers paradise. Maybe make the most of this rural setting by doing some stargazing before you retire for the night.

Optional Activities:
-Mikumi National Park - Morning 4x4 Game Drive - From USD80

icon Day 15: Chitimba

Location: Chitimba

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Enter Malawi and travel to your campsite at Chitimba (approximately 10–12 hours). Malawi, the ‘warm heart of Africa,’ is dominated by its lake, which covers almost a fifth of the country and provides a livelihood for many Malawian people. Fishermen, fish traders and canoe and net makers all ply their trade on Lake Malawi. A common sight is that of a fisherman in a bwato (a dugout canoe made from a hollowed tree trunk) fishing on the still lake at the break of day.

icon Day 16: Lake Malawi

Location: Lake Malawi

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, dinner

Travel from Chitimba to Kande Beach on the shore of Lake Malawi (approximately 6 hours). There will be a chance to stop at a shop or market for any supplies you might need along the way. Enjoy a relaxing getaway from the commercialism and crowds with a few days on the lake’s more peaceful beaches. Your campsite at Kande Beach is right on the shore of Lake Malawi.

Optional Activities:
-Lake Malawi - Guided village walks

icon Day 17: Lake Malawi

Location: Lake Malawi

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Enjoy free time to soak up your idyllic surrounds. You might like to participate in one of the many water-based activities on offer, like snorkelling or pedal boating. Ask your leader for their recommendations. As well as chilling out on the lake’s sandy shores, make sure you take the opportunity to meet some local Malawians – easily some of the friendliest people in Africa.

Optional Activities:
-Lake Malawi - Snorkelling
-Lake Malawi - Pedalos
-Lake Malawi - Canoe Hire
-Lake Malawi - Bike Hire

icon Day 18: South Luangwa National Park

Location: South Luangwa National Park

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Journey through southern Malawi and enter Zambia, continuing to South Luangwa National Park (approximately 9–10 hours). There will be border crossing formalities on the way, and a chance to stock up on goods at a shop or market and visit an ATM. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River and its lagoons is some of the highest in Africa. Take in the beautiful scenery and the abundance of wildlife, watching out for colourful birds and herds of elephants.

icon Day 19: South Luangwa National Park

Location: South Luangwa National Park

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Rise early for an exhilarating morning game drive in a 4WD, then head back to the camp for lunch (as this is the hottest part of the day). If the conditions are right, perhaps return to the park for an optional game drive at night. A village walk is another good option, if you'd like a snapshot of daily life in the local community.

Included Activities:
-South Luangwa National Park - 4x4 Dawn Game Drive

Optional Activities:
-South Luangwa National Park - Game Walk
-South Luangwa National Park - Night Game Drive

icon Day 20: Petauke

Location: Petauke

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

After breakfast, take a visit to a workshop where local craftswomen make all the jewellery by hand using natural materials from the South Luangwa valley. The project is set primarily to empower women and raise awareness against poaching. Then head further south to Petauke (approximately 6 hours).

Included Activities:
-Petauke - Jewellery workshop project

icon Day 21: Lusaka

Location: Lusaka

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, dinner

Head for your camp just south of Lusaka City (approximately 6 hours). Arrive, stretch your legs and take a stroll to discover the town. Though it's fast developing, Lusaka retains a strong African feel, and the locals are usually up for a chat.

icon Day 22: Harare

Location: Harare

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Travel to Harare today (approximately 8–9 hours). The first part of your journey takes you to the border with Zimbabwe. After crossing, continue to Harare. There will be a chance to explore the town, stock up on whatever you need at a market or shop and use an ATM.

icon Day 23: Great Zimbabwe Ruins / Masvingo

Location: Great Zimbabwe Ruins / Masvingo

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Drive to Masvingo (approximately 5–6 hours). This colonial settlement – the oldest in Zimbabwe – makes the perfect base for exploring the ruins of Great Zimbabwe. The ancient city, now a World Heritage site, was first constructed in the 11th century and is believed to have been the seat of power for a monarch. Spend a few hours exploring this intriguing site before heading off to camp.

Included Activities:
-Masvingo - Great Zimbabwe Ruins guided visit

icon Day 24: Bulawayo

Location: Bulawayo

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, dinner

Travel to Bulawayo (approximately 5–6 hours). Known locally as the 'City of Kings', Bulawayo is Zimbabwe's second largest city. There is some impeccable colonial architecture to take in here. Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore town. You might like to browse some local markets or chat with the locals. The Natural History Museum and National Art Gallery are also worth checking out.

Optional Activities:
-Balawayo - Natural History Museum
-Bulawayo - Railway Museum

icon Day 25: Bulawayo

Location: Bulawayo

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Perhaps get up early and take the option to visit Matobo National Park. Home to a significant population of black and white rhinos, this optional activity gives you the unique experience to track these magnificent animals on foot. There will also be the chance to spot other game – klipspringers, leopards, warthogs and springhares, among others – while learning about local plant and tree species. This impressive wildlife park is also the site of the grave of Cecil John Rhodes – the founder of Rhodesia and the De Beers diamond company. The Matopos area has great spiritual and cultural significance to local San communities, and there are many sites within the park where important ceremonies still take place. Take a short hike to see San paintings and learn about local history and culture.

Optional Activities:
-Matobo National Park - Rhino Tracking, Park Visit & San Rock Paintings

icon Day 26: Victoria Falls

Location: Victoria Falls

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch

Depart Bulawayo and make the 6-hour drive towards Victoria Falls. Stretching 1.6 kilometres wide and falling 108 metres into a narrow gorge below, the falls for which the area is named are a sight to behold. Although a visit to the falls themselves is optional, it is highly recommended. The entrance fee to the falls is not included, as groups that book ahead are required to tour the site with a local guide, and we feel that seeing these waterfalls should be an uninterrupted sensory experience. In the wet season, the spray created from this feat of nature can rise 400 metres and can often be seen from kilometres away. It’s no wonder that the local name for Victoria Falls is Mosi oa Tunya, or the 'Smoke that Thunders'. Though dry season travellers should not despair! You’ll get an unobstructed view of the falls and the chance to see the islets in the river below. Your leader will take you to a local activity centre where a range of activities will be on offer.

Optional Activities:
-Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls entrance

icon Day 27: Victoria Falls

Location: Victoria Falls

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast

Spend a free day in the Victoria Falls area. Perhaps kick back at the campground and catch up on your reading, or return to the activity centre to partake in an optional adventure. It's up to you!

icon Day 28: Victoria Falls

Location: Victoria Falls

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast

Another free day in Victoria Falls? Yes please! Consider checking out the waterfalls from another angle, perhaps on an optional boat ride or unforgettable helicopter experience. You may want to check out your Lonely Planet app for some more recommendations on what to do in this region.

Optional Activities:
-Victoria Falls - Canoe trail (full day)
-Victoria Falls - Flying fox
-Victoria Falls - Gorge swing
-Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (12 mins)
-Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (25 mins)
-Victoria Falls - Village & township tour
-Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls entrance

icon Day 29: Chobe National Park

Location: Chobe National Park

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, dinner

This morning is free for you to continue enjoying all that Victoria Falls has to offer. Afterwards, travel to Chobe National Park in Botswana (approximately 2–3 hours) via the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust, one of The Intrepid Foundation’s projects. Here you can learn about the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife, human-wildlife conflict and the Trust’s role in anti-poaching. There may also be a chance to meet any rescued or orphaned wildlife currently in their care. Continue your journey to Botswana's first national park, which is famous for its high concentration of elephants, so keep an eye out! They can often be seen swimming in the Chobe River.

Included Activities:
-Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust Visit

icon Day 30: Chobe National Park

Location: Chobe National Park

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Rise and shine for an early-morning game drive. Adventuring through the park, you will get the opportunity to get up close to the wildlife – with luck you will spot a variety of animals and any number of exotic birds. As well as the Chobe icon, the elephant, the river also attracts hippos and crocodiles – the latter like to sun themselves by the water's edge. Cheetahs also come down for a drink. The birdwatching is excellent here too – look out for eagles, kingfishers and marabou storks, among hundreds of other species. In the afternoon perhaps take an optional cruise down the Chobe River – one of the best ways to enjoy the park's animals.

Included Activities:
-Chobe National Park - Dawn Open Safari Vehicle Game Drive

Optional Activities:
-Chobe National Park - Boat Cruise

icon Day 31: Bagani

Location: Bagani

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Today you will enter Namibia, driving from Kasane to Ngoma Bridge, and on to your camp at Bagani (approximately 7 hours). Bagani is a small, friendly town with some good hiking trails along the river. There are also plenty of nice spots in which you can simply relax and soak up the ambience. This area is the homestead of the local Mbukushu kings. You will have the opportunity to stop at an ATM and a market or shop today. Your camp has flush toilets, showers and Wi-Fi. Upgrades are also available (subject to availability).

icon Day 32: Okavango Delta

Location: Okavango Delta

Accommodation: Camping (without facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Drive across the border into Botswana and head south along the Okavango Panhandle (the narrowest part of the delta) to Seronga. Here you'll leave your vehicle and join your transport for the journey into the delta (approximately 4 hours). Take a boat across the swamps to Gao Island to meet your mokoro team and start exploring the Okavango Delta with them. Each mokoro (small dugout canoe) takes two people and is poled along through the waterways by a local tribesman. Reeds and lily pads line the streams, and birds startled by the mokoros rise out of the long grasses. Punting along, you'll hear hippos occasionally piercing the peaceful atmosphere with their grunts. On the first night here, you'll camp on an island well away from civilisation.

Included Activities:
-Okavango Delta - Mokoro safari

icon Day 33: Okavango Delta

Location: Okavango Delta

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Continue your trip around the delta and then return to Gao Island before heading to the relative civilisation of Umvuvu Camp. This camp usually has hot showers, and there's a small bar at which you can relax and perhaps enjoy a refreshing sundowner. Today there is an option to take a nature walk with your guide. This is a great chance to discover the beautiful natural surrounds, gain some insight into the history of the local area and take some photos.

Included Activities:
-Okavango Delta - Nature Walk

icon Day 34: Bagani

Location: Bagani

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Cross the border back into Namibia and return to Bagani to camp for the night. Various boat trips, fishing trips and guided hikes are possible from Bagani, so if you're feeling active, get out and make the most of it. Those who are feeling bold might even be able to challenge the local kids to a soccer match – don't expect to win though! Retire to your camp in the evening and enjoy this welcome break from the road.

Optional Activities:
-Bagani - Boat trip

icon Day 35: Grootfontein

Location: Grootfontein

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, dinner

Drive to your camp situated 50 kilometres outside of Grootfontein (approximately 7 hours). The town of Grootfontein, part of the Otavi Triangle, tends to get very green in the warmer months but dries out markedly in the winter. If it's springtime, you'll likely see jacarandas in bloom.

icon Day 36: Grootfontein/San people

Location: Grootfontein/San people

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Embark on a 180-kilometre (112-mile) round-trip to visit the San people. The oldest inhabitants of southern Africa, the San, have lived in this region for at least 20,000 years. Listen to their stories and songs and learn how those who still adhere to a traditional way of life emphasise the importance of living in harmony with the environment.

Included Activities:
-Grootfontein - San Bushman cultural experience

icon Day 37: Etosha National Park

Location: Etosha National Park

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, dinner

Travel about 6 hours to Etosha National Park, making a short detour to stop by Hoba Meteorite, the biggest meteor that has been found on earth. While Etosha National Park is home to a wide range of southern Africa's wildlife, including the big carnivores and five rare or endangered species: black rhino, Hartmann's mountain zebra, black-faced impala, roan antelope and the tiny Damara dik-dik. Game viewing in Etosha is relatively easy due to the man-made waterholes and the large, sparsely vegetated pans. The bushland surrounding the pans is difficult to see through, but there are enough clearings, pans and waterholes to usually allow for some sightings. Embark on an optional evening game drive here in the evening, then spend the night at Namutoni. Accommodation upgrades are on offer here.

Optional Activities:
-Etosha National Park - Evening Game Drive

icon Day 38: Etosha National Park

Location: Etosha National Park

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Enjoy a full-day game drive in Etosha National Park. Namibia has protected its game reserves against poaching, which means significant numbers of elephants, antelope and other herbivores reside here. The park is also home to some 340 species of birds – keep an eye to the sky where you might spot a soaring eagle. Tonight, you will stay at the particularly spectacular Okaukuejo Camp. The camp overlooks a floodlit waterhole visited by many different species throughout the day and night. Upgrades are not available at this location tonight.

Included Activities:
-Etosha National Park - Overland Vehicle Game Drive

Optional Activities:
-Etosha National Park - Evening Game Drive

icon Day 39: Spitzkoppe

Location: Spitzkoppe

Accommodation: Camping (with basic facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Travel to the mountain of Spitzkoppe, the 'Matterhorn of Namibia' (approximately 9 hours). The wild lands around this superb granite peak are some of Namibia's most stunning. The mountain itself is 700 million years old and 1987 metres (6519 feet) high. Although you shouldn't try to climb to the top, there are some excellent hikes to do in the area, rich in plant life and with some bush paintings to be found. The Spitzkoppe is known for its stunning beauty and the thousands of ancient Bushmen rock art paintings that are still viewable. Be sure to look out for the sunset from your bush camp this evening – the landscape is known to take on dazzling hues of orange and red.

Optional Activities:
-Spitzkoppe - San People rock painting guided walk

icon Day 40: Swakopmund

Location: Swakopmund

Accommodation: Chalet

Meals: breaksfast, lunch

Continue to the town of Swakopmund (approximately 5–6 hours). Be dazzled by the sight, sound and smell of thousands of olive-coloured seals on the shores of Cape Cross while you're travelling up the eerie Atlantic Coast. You'll be able to stop along the way to access an ATM and market if you need some supplies.

Included Activities:
-Cape Cross Nature Reserve - Cape Cross seal colony

icon Day 41: Swakopmund

Location: Swakopmund

Accommodation: Chalet

Surrounded by the massive dune fields of the Namib Desert on three sides, and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, Swakopmund is an example of the extraordinary German culture that's found in all major settlements in Namibia. It's worth wandering around town to admire the beauty of the Germanic architecture and take advantage of some excellent souvenir shopping.

Optional Activities:
-Swakopmund - Fishing trip
-Swakopmund - Swakopmund Museum
-Swakopmund - Seal and dolphin cruise
-Swakopmund - Horse riding

icon Day 42: Swakopmund

Location: Swakopmund

Accommodation: Chalet

Today is another free day to enjoy this fun beachside town. If you're after a dose of history and culture, you can stop in at the lighthouse and visit the Swakopmund Museum. Active types and thrillseekers might like to take advantage of the many outdoor activities on offer – this town is the adventure sports mecca of Namibia.

Optional Activities:
-Swakopmund - Seal and dolphin cruise
-Swakopmund - Horse riding
-Swakopmund - Fishing trip
-Swakopmund - Swakopmund Museum

icon Day 43: Sesriem

Location: Sesriem

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Drive to Sesriem, your base for exploring the incredible Namib Desert region (approximately 6–7 hours). The most famous part of the Namib Desert is its vast dune fields, the most spectacular of which are found near the Sesriem Canyon. This canyon was formed when the Tsauchab River carved a gorge 30 metres into the gravel deposits about 15 million years ago. Now, the river flows out to the dune fields that stretch for hundreds of miles up the coast and dries up in a clay pan at Sossusvlei. The dunes – the highest in the world – are stunning, with magnificent flaming tones created by the brightly coloured sands.

icon Day 44: Sossusvlei/Konkiep River

Location: Sossusvlei/Konkiep River

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Wake up before dawn and scramble to the top of the dunes for a dramatic sunrise view across a vast sea of sand. The colour changes are simply incredible and provide a spectacular setting for your brunch. Afterwards you will jump in the back of a pickup truck for a trip to Sossusvlei, the incredible salt and clay pan just nearby (approximately 30 minutes each way). Enjoy some time to explore this incredible and mysterious desert oddity. Later, continue to your camp past the small town of Bethanie (approximately 6 hours). Your camp has basic facilities, with showers, flush toilets, Wi-Fi and optional upgrades.

Included Activities:
-Sossusvlei - 4x4 Tour
-Sesriem - Sand dunes visit

icon Day 45: Fish River Canyon

Location: Fish River Canyon

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Check out the town of Bethanie before heading further south into the vast desert lands of Namibia towards Fish River Canyon (approximately 3–4 hours). At 500 metres deep and over 160 kilometres long, Fish River Canyon is one of the very largest canyons in the world. During the dry season, the riverbed tends to dry out completely, leaving only a few puddles. In the wet season, after the summer rains, the river can turn into a spectacular raging torrent. At any time of year there are remarkable photographic opportunities here as you watch the colour of the granite rocks change as the sun goes down.

Included Activities:
-Fish River Canyon - Canyon entrance

icon Day 46: Orange River

Location: Orange River

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Departing Fish River Canyon, travel to Noordoewer in southern Namibia (approximately 5 hours). Pitch your tent on the scenic banks of the Gariep (Orange) River, which stretches 2200 kilometres (1367 miles) – the longest river in Lesotho. The river’s source is high up in the Drakensberg mountain range, and it flows into the Atlantic Ocean at Alexander Bay in South Africa. The Orange River is responsible for transporting diamonds and creating the deposits that can be found along the Namibian coast.

Optional Activities:
-Orange River - Canoe trip

icon Day 47: Western Cape

Location: Western Cape

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Meals: breaksfast, dinner

Depart your camp first thing in the morning and head to Klawer, a town named after the Afrikaans word for a wild clover blooming after rainfall. The surrounding countryside is beautiful, and if there's time, you’ll have the opportunity to explore some of it. Perhaps take a delightful walk around the nearby mountains and farms before settling in for a relaxing evening.

Optional Activities:
-Klawer - Winery visit & tasting

icon Day 48: Cape Town

Location: Cape Town

Meals: breaksfast

Head to Cape Town (approximately 5 hours), where your trip ends upon arrival. With its stunning coastline, modern cityscape, nearby mountains and a plethora of nearby vineyards, this is one of Africa's most exciting cities. There's no accommodation provided for tonight, but this can be arranged – please enquire at the time of booking this trip.

Optional Activities:
-Cape Town - Harbour cruise
-Cape Town - Table Mountain Hike
-Cape Town - Table Mountain Aerial Cable
-Cape Town - Robben Island tour
-Cape Town - False Bay by train and lunch Urban Adventure
-Cape Town - Salt River Street Art Urban Adventure
-Cape Town - Taste of Woodstock Urban Adventure

What's Included

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    Irente - Local lunch

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    Petauke - Jewellery workshop project

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    Chobe National Park - Dawn Open Safari Vehicle Game Drive

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    Serengeti National Park - 4x4 Game Drive

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    South Luangwa National Park - 4x4 Dawn Game Drive

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    Ngorongoro Crater - 4x4 Game Drive

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    Okavango Delta - Mokoro safari

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    Grootfontein - San Bushman cultural experience

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    Irente - Lushoto hike

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    Sossusvlei - 4x4 Tour

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    Sesriem - Sand dunes visit

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    Okavango Delta - Nature Walk

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    Meals

    45 breakfasts, 30 lunches, 36 dinners

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    Fish River Canyon - Canyon entrance

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    Etosha National Park - Overland Vehicle Game Drive

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    Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust Visit

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    Cape Cross Nature Reserve - Cape Cross seal colony

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    Mto Wa Mbu - Village walk & local dinner

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    Accommodation

    Camping (with facilities) (36 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (without facilities) (1 nights)Bungalow (2 nights), Chalet (3 nights), Hotel (3 nights)

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    Masvingo - Great Zimbabwe Ruins guided visit

Included Activities

  • Ngorongoro Crater - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Serengeti National Park - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Serengeti National Park - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Serengeti National Park - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Mto Wa Mbu - Village walk & local dinner
  • Irente - Lushoto hike
  • Irente - Local lunch
  • South Luangwa National Park - 4x4 Dawn Game Drive
  • Petauke - Jewellery workshop project
  • Masvingo - Great Zimbabwe Ruins guided visit
  • Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust Visit
  • Chobe National Park - Dawn Open Safari Vehicle Game Drive
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro safari
  • Okavango Delta - Nature Walk
  • Grootfontein - San Bushman cultural experience
  • Etosha National Park - Overland Vehicle Game Drive
  • Cape Cross Nature Reserve - Cape Cross seal colony
  • Sossusvlei - 4x4 Tour
  • Sesriem - Sand dunes visit
  • Fish River Canyon - Canyon entrance

Transport

  • Overland vehicle , 4x4 Safari Vehicle , Ferry , Minibus , Mokoro

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    Intrepid Travel requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 21 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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