We leave our accommodation in Cape Town at 7 am on the first day of the trip. We recommend you arrive in Cape Town at least the day before the trip departs; If you're there with a few days to spare there's lots to see and do around the city.
445 Km, 7 hours - Leaving Cape Town we follow the Garden Route . We cross the Outeniqua Mountains to Oudtshoorn.
125 Km, 2 hours - At Oudtshoorn, here you can ride ostriches and visit the Cango Caves and continue on to Knysna Its SA’s favourite town; eat oysters and enjoy a sun set cruise on its beautiful blue lagoon.
Day 3 & 4
120 Km, 2 hours - followed by a day without driving Storms River; an adrenalin hot spot with; bungee jumping, river tubing, forest and canopy walks in Tsitsikamma Park.
170 Km, 3 hours - plus afternoon game driving of ¾ hours Addo National Park – game drive to Africa’s “Big 7” – whales and sharks added to the “Big 5” of lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo & leopard.
620 Km, 9 hours - Bloemfontein – the capital of the Free State set high on the grassy plains.
450 Km, 7 hours - Next Johannesburg – “City of Gold”.. Good cinemas and restaurants.
580 Km, 9 hours - Leaving Johannesburg we head to Botswana over the border into the Kalahari Desert where we camp the night. This day includes the border crossing.
470 Km, 7 hours - Next day on to Maun, a dusty outpost community and the centre for the Okavango Delta on the edges of the Kalahari Desert. The Okavango is the world's largest inland delta. Here the Okavango River empties onto a swamp in the Kalahari Desert, and forms a park where thousands of animals live on the waterways and islands. The animals your most likely to see are; hippos, zebra, giraffe, elephant antelopes and crocodiles.
0 Km, 0 hours - For the trip into the Delta pack; an overnight bag, food, cooking and camping equipment and you’re off. A short truck ride to the dugout canoes, called Mokoros and you punt out into the delta along reed lined waterways. The guides find an island for the night and set up camp. For those not going into the Delta; relax by the pool or visit town.
0 Km, 0 hours - 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.
0 Km, 0 hours - 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 water before heading back to the truck and campsite for a shower and cold drinks. Time permitting you could take a scenic flight over the Delta from Maun
600 Km, 9 hours - An early start and a stunning drive through arid land. One turn to the left and the country becomes lush and forested as we approach Chobe River.
95 Km, 2 hours - Today you can game drive in the morning before we take the ferry across the Zambezi River into Zambia and short drive to Livingstone town by the splendid Victoria Falls.
0 Km, 0 hours - We spend the day at the Falls; white water rafting, Bungy jumping, gorge swings, booze cruises, fishing, good restaurants, curio markets to get you bartering.
0 Km, 0 hours - Victoria Falls.
Day 18 473 Km, 7 hours - We head north through sugar plantations to the capital Lusaka to shop and camp.
590 Km, 9 hours - Along the Great East Road to Chipata, a full day’s drive.
150 Km, 4 hours - South Luangwa National Park is well worth the visit. Recent trips have seen:- wild dogs, leopards, lions, and buffalo. We camp just beside the park and you can game drive into the park. Though the park is open all year 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.
150 Km, 4 hours - Game driving in South Luangwa Valley Park. Leaving the park we head back to Chipata.
595 Km, 9 hours - We cross into Malawi with a stunning drive to Lake Malawi, past the lake shore to Kande Beach Resort.
0 Km, 0 hours - Kande Beach Resort A full day on the beach to do as little or as much as you want. Loads of things to do - scuba diving, horse riding, canoeing, sailing, snorkelling. The lake is home to over 500 different types of colourful Cyclid fish.
250 Km, 4 hours - A short drive up the lakeshore to Chitimba Beach, on the base of Livingstonia escarpment.
590 Km, 9 hours - An early start in order to get to the border with Tanzania and head up to Iringa and the Farmhouse Campsite.
560 Km, 9 hours - The highway takes us through Mikumi National Park, famous for its pygmy elephants, and buffalo beside the main road. The day ends at Dar es Salaam on a beach with the Indian Ocean lapping the shore.
Ferry 40 Km, 2 hours - You can take the ferry to the Spice Island of Zanzibar. First stop in Stone Town or Zanzibar City, then make your way across the island to Nungwe village on the northern Beaches – a tropical island at its best.
0 Km, 0 hours - Zanzibar Island.
0 Km, 0 hours - Zanzibar Island. Day 30 Ferry 40 Km, 2 hours & 290 Km, 5 hours - Return by the early ferry to Dar es Salaam we then travel north towards Arusha and camp on route.
370 Km, 6 hours - Skirting the base of snowy Mount Kilimanjaro to Arusha, Tanzania’s safari capital.
250 Km, 6 hours - You can take a side trip to the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. The trip is camping 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.
200 Km, 6 hours - Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.
175 Km, 4 hours - Return to Arusha late in the day to Snake Park Camp site.
310 Km, 6 hours - From Arusha we head north across Masai country to Namanga; the border of Kenya, and across the plains to the leafy suburb of Karen on the outskirts of Nairobi.
419 Km, 6 hours - Leaving Nairobi we stop at the Rift Valley scenic lookout its 8,000 feet high and overlooks Mount Longonot and Lake Naivasha. We pass from the dramatic landscape of the Rift Valley to the highlands and spend our first night on the shore of Lake Victoria.
Km, 3 hours - An early start, we cross the Ugandan border. The scenery changes to tropical rain forests and tea and sugar plantations. On route to Jinja or Kampala city, our overnights stop.
422 Km, 6 hours - Stopping for photos as we cross the equator, we continue southwest to Kabale town; gateway to the Mountain Gorilla Reserves.
90 Km, 3 hours - Climbing through lush terraced hills to Kisoro, there are panoramic views of the Ugandan hills on every turn. From the road we have outlooks over three countries - Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda; and the Virunga Mountains - Mountains of the Moon, the home of the rare Mountain Gorillas.
0 Km, 0 hours - As the groups going to the gorillas are small it takes a couple of days for everyone to do the trek. Whilst others are searching for the great apes, you can take in the local markets; walk to the nearby mountain lakes or go to Magahinga National park for a day hike up a volcano or a guided nature trail. We see the gorillas in either ; Uganda, Rwanda or DR Congo
0 Km, 0 hours - Looking for the Mountain Gorillas.
110 Km, 4 hours - We spend this evening camped on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi the deepest Crater Lake in Uganda. It is known, not only for its water birds, but also for its fresh water crayfish population. It’s a great place to relax, or for the more energetic you can canoe to one of the many islands dotting the lake, swim, or take in the scenery on mountain bikes.
35 Km, 1 hours - We leave Lake Bunyonyi for Kabale town.
512 Km, 7 hours - Jinja - Crossing the Owen Falls dam we arrive at Jinja on the shores of Lake Victoria. Our campsite for the next few days above Bujagali Falls is a welcome break from travelling; we have a lazy afternoon to put up our tents on the grassy terraces overlooking the Nile River.
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.
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311 Km, 5 hours - Leaving Uganda, we head back into Kenya to Kericho town and its tea plantations.
106 Km, 2 hours - We spend the next two nights near Lake Nakuru.
National Park 80 Km, 4 hours - 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 flamingoes. 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 and giraffe.
70 Km, 1 hours - We cross the floor of the Rift Valley to camp under the fever trees on the shore of Lake Naivasha, with hippos grazing on the shore in the evening.
205 Km, 3 hours - We head south to Narok and on to Masai Mara
National Park 100 Km, 4 hours - 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.
205 Km, 3 hours - 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, watch a video on Joy’s life and take afternoon tea in the gardens.
0 Km, 0 hours - Lake Naivasha
90 Km, 2 hours - 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 or a day at the races or a round of golf.
0 Km, 0 hours - We spend the day in Nairobi.