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Ultimate Africa

South Africa

Ultimate Africa

Hiking·
Canoeing·
Kayaking
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Start: Cape Town
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End: Nairobi

Spanning nine countries, this journey is full of diverse cultures, abundant wildlife

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LocationSouth Africa
Duration55 days
Start / EndCape Town / Nairobi
Tour operatorG Adventures

South Africa

Ultimate Africa

Hiking·
Canoeing·
Kayaking·
55 days·G Adventures
Start: Cape Town
·
End: Nairobi

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 55-day adventure and get a real feel for how large Africa truly is. Tr...

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Itinerary

Day 1Cape Town
Arrive at any time. We highly recommend arriving earlier in Cape Town to explore all that this area has to offer.
Day 2Cape 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. 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. 




Day 3Cederberg/Orange River
Travel past large plantations of rooibos tea. Opt to take a canoe trip on the scenic Orange River.
Day 4Orange River/Fish River Canyon
Cross the border into Namibia, and enjoy the sunset at the Fish River Canyon. 

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.
Day 5Fish River Canyon/Namib Desert
Explore the natural wonders of this bizarre desert environment. 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.
Day 6Namib Desert
Explore the Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area. Then continue on to the breathtaking Sossusvlei Dunes, and climb the breathtaking Dune 45. 
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.
Day 7Namib Desert/Swakopmund
Cross the void region of the Namib Desert along with a few dry mountain passes to the adrenaline capital of Swakopmund. 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.
Day 8Swakopmund



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 9Swakopmund/Spitzkoppe
Travel north to the granite peaks of Spitzkoppe. Explore on your own by foot, and be sure to check out the night sky—it's great for star-gazing!
Day 10Spitzkoppe/Damaraland
Visit the Damaraland Living Museum to learn more about the lost culture of the Damara people. 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.
Day 11Damaraland/Etosha National Park
Enter Etosha National Park and enjoy an afternoon wildlife safari drive in the Lando. 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.
Day 12Etosha 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 13Etosha National Park/Windhoek
Transfer to Windhoek and visit the G Adventures supported Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop for an included lunch. Leave Etosha National Park and head south through the Namibian countryside to Windhoek.
Day 14Windhoek/Ghanzi
Visit the Kalahari Desert, and meet the local San/Bushmen. Optional walk to learn survival skills from the locals. 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.
Day 15Ghanzi/Maun
Opt to take a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta to get a birds-eye view of the area. 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.
Day 16Maun/Okavango Delta
Enjoy wildlife walks, a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe) and birding on an overnight excursion into the Okavango Delta. 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!
Day 17Okavango Delta/Gweta
Camp under ancient baobab trees. 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.
Day 18Gweta/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. 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.
Day 19Kasane/Victoria Falls
Start your visit to Zimbabwe with traditional lunch prepared by the G Adventures supported Lusumpuko Women's Club. 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.
Day 20Victoria Falls
Opt to visit Victoria Falls, go whitewater rafting, or take a helicopter flight over the 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.
Day 21Victoria Falls
Spend the day exploring your beautiful surroundings. Opt to visit Victoria Falls, go whitewater rafting, or take a helicopter flight over the 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.
Day 22Victoria Falls/Lusaka
Sit back and enjoy a day of driving, taking in the scenery. 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.
Day 23Lusaka/South Luangwa
Continue travelling across the Zambian countryside, to our camp on the banks of the Luangwa River.
Day 24South 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 25South 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. In the afternoon, continue to Chipata.
Day 26Chipata/Kande Beach
Cross the border and travel to the "Lake of Stars," Lake Malawi. 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.
Day 27Kande 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 28Kande Beach/Chitimba
Set off and drive to the northern part of Lake Malawi. 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.
Day 29Chitimba
Enjoy a final day at Lake Malawi.
Day 30Chitimba/Iringa
Cross the border into Tanzania and take in views of vast tea plantations and highlands along the way. 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.
Day 31Iringa/Dar es Salaam
Watch the Tanzanian countryside pass by on the journey to the Indian Ocean. Drive to Dar Es Salaam. The city started as a fishing village in the mid 19th century before becoming a port and trading centre.
Day 32Dar es Salaam/Nungwi
Hop on a ferry to Zanzibar and transfer to the picturesque island beaches.
Day 33Nungwi
Opt to go diving, snorkelling, take a sailing trip, or just sit back and relax.
Day 34Nungwi/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. 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.
Day 35Stone Town/Bagamoyo
Ferry back over to the mainland and drive north to the historic coastal town of Bagamoyo. 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.
Day 36Bagamoyo/Arusha
Hit the road for a long day of driving. Enjoy the varied landscapes on the way to Arusha. Keep on the look out for views of Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, . 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.
Day 37Arusha/Serengeti National Park
Set off into the Serengeti and enjoy an afternoon wildlife safari drive en route to the campsite. 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.
Day 38Serengeti 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. 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.
Day 39Ngorongoro/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. Exit the crater late in the morning and continue back to Arusha.
Day 40Arusha/Nairobi
Transfer to Kenya's capital city. Depart Arusha in the morning and travel overland to Nairobi. Please note that this is a combination tour, and some of your fellow group members may be finishing their tour on this evening.
Day 41Nairobi
Enjoy a free day in Nairobi to explore, or relax, before heading off to Uganda.
Day 42Nairobi/Masai Mara
Journey through the Great Rift Valley on the way to one of the most famous national parks in Africa. Enjoy a late afternoon wildlife safari drive in the hopes of spotting the Big Five. Travel from Nairobi, through the Great Rift Valley on to Kenya's premier wildlife reserve. In the afternoon, arrive in the area and get settled at the safari camp, our base for our time here. Head out for a late afternoon wildlife safari drive with excellent chances of seeing the Big Five — lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino. The varied wildlife and natural environment come together to provide a spectacular safari experience.
Day 43Masai Mara
Enjoy an early morning wildlife safari drive. The day continues with more wildlife viewing, as you cross the plains and rivers of the Masai Mara National Reserve.
Day 44Masai Mara/Lake Nakuru National Park
Depart for Nakuru, with a stop for lunch at the G Adventures supported Ubuntu Cafe. Embark on a safari within Lake Nakuru National Park (in the Lando), in search of the resident black rhino, buffalo, impala, and the elusive leopard.
Day 45Lake Nakuru National Park/Eldoret
Enjoy another safari drive in the Lando, before heading off to Eldoret.
Day 46Eldoret/Kampala
Cross the border into Uganda, then camp outside of the country's capital.
Day 47Kampala/Lake Bunyonyi
Get comfortable, as we head off to Lake Bunyonyi, crossing the equator and enjoying a meal at the G Adventures supported AidChild Equation Cafe.
Day 48Gorilla Trek
Enjoy a guided mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Day 49Lake Bunyonyi
Enjoy free time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Lake Bunyonyi.
Day 50Lake Bunyonyi/Kalinzu Forest Reserve
Watch the Ugandan countryside pass by on the day's journey.
Day 51Kalinzu Forest Reserve/Lake Mburo National Park
Get up early for an included chimpanzee tracking excursion, then visit a tea plantation before setting off for Lake Mburo. Opt for an afternoon boat cruise on the lake.
Day 52Lake Mburo National Park/Jinja
Head back across the equator on the way to Jinja, Uganda's adventure capital.
Day 53Jinja
Explore Jinja, known for its outdoor and adventure activities. Opt to raft down the White Nile River, mountain bike up and down the hills or check out the local market.
Day 54Jinja/Eldoret
Cross over into Kenya for a night in Eldoret.
Day 55Eldoret/Nairobi
Transfer to Nairobi, where the tour ends upon arrival late afternoon.

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Accommodation

Participation camping (39 nts), simple hotels (5 nts), permanent tented camp (3 nts), multishare/hostels (3 nts), full-service camping (2 nts), basic bush camping (2 nts).

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: Café Ubuntu , Maai Mahiu Your G for Good Moment: AidChild Equation Cafe & Gallery, Kayabw... Read more

Meals Included

50 breakfasts, 44 lunches, 37 dinners

What to Take

You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be clearly labeled and restricted to one soft compact suitcase, or sports bag, maximum 15kg, plus a daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited. Porters are not often available, so be prepared to carry your own bags. It is important to pack clothes for ... Read more
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