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Jinja to Lake Naivasha
0 Km, 0 hours - Jinja - You can spend an action-filled day white water rafting down the Nile. As well as grade 5 rapids this river has a lot of bird and wildlife to view while drifting between the rapids. The rafting is rounded off with a sunset BBQ and drinks, then back to camp to re-live it on video. There are no shortages of other activities in Jinja; quad biking, bungee jump, fish on Lake Victoria, take a guided village walk or give up a day of your holiday to volunteer for the local community education project.
Leaving Uganda, we head back into Kenya to Lake Nakuru.
You can take the side trip for the day to Lake Nakuru, viewing game in a park; famous for its soda lake surrounded by thousands, sometimes millions of pink flamingos. The park is home to over 400 species of bird, and we should spot leopard or black and white rhino among the zebra, waterbuck, impala, giraffe and tree climbing lions. Leaving the park we cross the Rift Valley to camp on Lake Naivasha
We head south to Narok and on to Masai Mara National Reserve; camping on the edge of the park. The sweeping plains evoke a picture of East Africa that most people hold in their minds and are rarely disappointed when confronted with the real thing. Great game viewing is assured all year round. The Mara offers us everything, amazing scenery and abundant wildlife including the big five.
Returning to Naivasha we camp beside the lake. Close by is Hell's Gate National Park where you can hire bikes to take you around the park and see the herds of zebra, buffalo and antelope. You can also wander in the predator free reserve amongst African game. There is spectacular scenery here; red cliffs, grassy plains and rock towers made of hardened lava and the remains of ancient volcanoes. Also on the lake is Elsamere; once the home of Joy Adamson and Elsa the lion of 'Born Free' fame. Elsamere is now the centre of the Born Free Foundation and you can find out more about their work and take afternoon tea in the gardens.
Lake Naivasha, camping under the fever trees on the shore of Lake Naivasha, with hippos grazing on the shore in the evening
We return to Nairobi for a chance to explore the city. In Nairobi town is the National Museum and markets. Close to the camp are; Karen Blixen's house, Langata Giraffe Centre; a day at the races or a round of golf.
Lake Naivasha to Zanzibar
We head south from Nairobi through the Masai plains and cross the border at Namanga into Tanzania; arriving in Arusha late in the day. The country we pass through is sparsely inhabited grassland savannah, inhabited by the Masai.
Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater
In Arusha you can take an optional side trip to the Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater. The trip is camping, away for three days and two nights. Either one or two of these nights will be inside the park in the parks amidst the animals. If you choose not to visit the park you can wander the markets in Arusha town or do a side trip with one of the many local operators.
Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.
Ngorongoro Crater descent and return to Arusha.
We head towards the coast past Moshi town the capital city of the Chugga tribe. Skirting the base of snowy Mount Kilimanjaro we camp on the way to Dar es Salaam.
We arrive in Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean coast.
Ferry to Zanzibar Island (optional) - From Dar es Salaam you can take the ferry to Zanzibar Island. Here is the old stone capital of the Omani Sultanate, sandy beaches, spice tours, snorkelling, diving and trips to other nearby islands. If you decide not to go to Zanzibar, the campsite at Mikadi Beach is an ideal place to have a few lazy days.
Zanzibar is a fascinating place to visit and to take it all in. Over a thousand years trade between Africa and Arabia has resulted in the blending of Arabs and Africans into a beautiful Swahili coastal culture with; wooden sailing dhows crossing the ocean, coconut plantations and fishing villages with mosques on the beaches. Nungwe beach resort on the north of the island has the most beautiful beaches.
Zanzibar to Kande Beach
Stone Town in Zanzibar Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old slave market , the spice growing areas, Jozani Forest with Red Colobus Monkeys and in the evening the seafood cafes on the wharf.
Return to Dar es Salaam on the early ferry. We head south through Tanzania; our route takes us through Mikumi National Park where we may well see giraffe or elephant grazing beside the road.
The road from Mikumi National Park to Malawi takes us through the southern highlands passing Baobab Valley to Iringa.
Crossing the border into Malawi, we reach the shores of its huge lake. We spend the night at Chitimba Beach Camp.
Chitimba Beach Camp. The campsites and small resorts along Lake Malawi offer sandy beaches, swimming and snorkelling, water-skiing, horse riding or walking in the surrounding countryside. Markets sell carved Malawi chairs, tables and wood carvings.
Kande Beach. We head south through the hills and drop down to the lake and Kande Beach resort.
Kande Beach resort – very relaxed and just the sort of beach place you need in Africa.
Kande Beach to Victoria Falls
Leaving the beach we go inland to spend the night in the capital Lilongwe or camp on route to Zambia after crossing the border. In Zambia we head along the Great North Road – a sparsely settled country side with few people or villages for hundreds of miles.
South Luangwa National Park is well worth the visit. Recent trips have seen: - wild dogs, leopards, lions, and buffalo. We camp by the park and you can game drive into the park. Though the park is open all year, but during the rains; which are normally from Jan and Feb to March, the road in can be flooded and we can’t visit the park.
We leave the park and continue to head west.
Passing through the beautiful Luangwa valley we arrive at the fastest expanding capital city on the continent, Lusaka. At camping Eureka you may have zebra or antelope grazing by your tents while you sleep.
Victoria Falls - the Zambezi River plunges 100 metres down a mile wide chasm, creating one of the most incredible natural wonders of the world. The local name for the falls is 'Mosi- oa-Tunya' which means 'the smoke that thunders' and you'll soon find out why. When the river is in full flow, the falling water causes a huge roar and sends a cloud of spray up to 500 metres into the air. We stay near Victoria Falls in Livingstone above the falls, where there is so lots to see and do. Adventure activities abound - you can bungee jump, white water raft, and go game-viewing on horseback or walking with lions. More sedate excursions include canoeing, light aircraft or helicopter flights over the Falls and the sunset cruise on the Zambezi. Though the Falls themselves are the main attraction, you can walk in the rain forest along the cliff opposite for an excellent view.
Victoria Falls to Okavango Delta
After an early start and a stunning drive we cross the Zambezi River by ferry into Botswana. The country becomes lush and forested as we approach Chobe River; an optional two hour evening river cruise with excellent game viewing is a must.
Optional morning game drive in Chobe NP before heading off to Elephant Sands camp, where you can spend the afternoon watching the elephants, zebra, buffalo at the watering hole. If you’re extremely lucky you’ll spot the resident pack of wild dog.
We travel along the edge of the Kalahari Desert to Maun a small town on the edge of the Okavango Delta, the starting point for the Mokoro trip. A Mokoro is a traditional dugout canoe and your transport into the Delta. As you glide through the waterways, you will see a fantastic array of wetland wildlife, birds in particular, and you will come across hippos in the water and elephants drinking on the shore. You can go on a walking safari to look for giraffe, buffalo and rare antelope – the overnight stay is a great wilderness experience.
Up early and it’s off walking with the guide, a unique chance to see game on foot; elephants, herds of grazing zebra and pods of hippos.
Okavango Delta to Etosha
Try learning how to pole your mokoro, or try to catch a catfish; the guides make it look so easy. A last swim in the clear delta water before heading back to the truck and campsite for a shower and cold drinks. Time permitting you can take a scenic flight over the Delta from Maun
From the lush Delta we enter Namibia and spend the night on the Kavango River in the north western end on the Caprivi Strip
Heading west we pass through the arid Namibian landscape to our evening’s bushcamp. Fingers crossed for a classic Namibian sunset.
Visit Hoba, the world’s biggest meteorite before heading off to a bushcamp en-route to Etosha national park
Etosha Pan National Park. Thousands of years ago this vast saltpan was a lake, till Kunene River changed course and deprived the lake of water. The pan and surrounding bush support large numbers and a wide range of wildlife. We view game from the truck and spend the evenings by the floodlit water holes at the park's campsites. These water holes provide an excellent opportunity to observe animals that are hard to find during the day, particularly rhino and also smaller animals such as the genet. Elephant, lion, giraffe, zebra, oryx, ostrich, springbok, jackals, hyenas and meercats are also likely to be seen here.
We leave Etosha and head to the cheetahs. From wild animals to tame ones, we spend a night at the Kamanjab Cheetah Farm where you can scratch the big cats behind the ears before watching them catch their evening meal.
Namibia is a land of wide open spaces and we pass few inhabited areas as we drive towards the Atlantic. Visit Cape Cross where the first European explorers landed in the 15th century. It is now more famous for the Seal Reserve, a breeding ground for tens of thousands of cape fur seals. They occupy the beaches almost as far as the eye can see and you can watch them suckling their young, resting in the sun and fighting with their neighbours.
Swakopmund to Cape Town
Swakopmund is an old German colonial seaside resort with plenty of things to do for the energetic and German beer halls for those after a more relaxing time. Horse-riding, quad biking or sand boarding on the dunes, deep sea fishing in the Atlantic, jump out of a plane or take a scenic flight over the coastline are just a few of the things you can do here.
We visit the Namib Naukluft Park in the Namibian Desert, famous for its massive thousand foot high sand dunes. It can be hard work climbing to the top but the view is worth all the effort as the dunes stretch before you into the distance and change colour with the sun.
After overnighting in the desert we drive south to Fish River Canyon; 160km long and half a kilometre deep; second in length only to the Grand Canyon. You can trek along the rim and look into the canyon from the various viewpoints.
Our last days in Namibia are spent at the Orange River which forms the border to South Africa. Take a canoe trip down the river or relax by the pool enjoying the spectacular view.
Crossing into South Africa we drive through mountain valleys and stony semi-desert following the farmland south through the sparsely populated areas of the Western Cape. Continuing south through the Mediterranean climate citrus growing area of Citrusdal then on to Stellenbosch, the centre of one of the Cape's many wine routes. A wine tour with plenty of tasting makes for a great day out.
Cape Town - a beautiful city, plenty of cafes, pubs, clubs and markets. Climb Table Mountain or take the cable car to the top for views of the city and visit Robben Island.
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