|Trip Length||56||Trip Code||AF - AE - 08|
|Tour Group||6 - 18||Age Range||open age|
Cape to Nairobi 4X4 Self drive: Tour Information
Cape Town to Nairobi - fully guided 4x4 self drive Africa adventure is designed for those who want to experience the best of Southern and East Africa. Exploring popular highlights from the wine region of South Africa to the desert of Namibia and tropics of Malawi; from mingling with local people, to the most famous game parks on offer this is The Adventure for the independent explorer. The Cape Town to Nairobi - fully guided 4x4 self drive Africa adventure is an exclusive tour with only 1 departure per year with limited numbers.
Countries visited: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya.
Africa Discovered takes in the beauty of South and East Africa travelling through the northern Cape into Namibia visiting Fish River Canyon, Sesrium, Dune 45, Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast, Etosha NP before a couple of days exploring the northern Delta.
Entering Botswana briefly to explore Chobe NP before arriving in Zambia and the mighty Victoria Falls and South Luangwa NP. Malawi is a beautiful country situated along the lake we make our way along the lakes edge, a visit to Livingstonia is a pleasant surprise.
Tanzania and Zanzibar are next on our itinerary. A couple of days to kick up the heels and relax on the spice island before heading toward Mt Kilimanjaro and the service town of Arusha. A visit to a masai village to learn about the lives of these fascinating people before entering Kenya, our final destination.
Kenya is the safari capital of the world and we are truly focussed on wildlife, Amboseli NP, Lake Nakuru NP and the Masai Mara will leave you in love and in awe.
We finish our journey in Nairobi, the Capital of Kenya but not without first meeting baby orphaned elephants and hand feeding rare Rothschild giraffes.
Included: Return ferry to Zanzibar Spice Tour, Zanzibar; Wine tour Stellenbosch, South Africa
Included Entrance Fees: Namibia: Fish River Canyon, Namibia; Kolmanskop Diamond Ghost Town, Sesriem National Park, Etosha National Park. Botswana: Okavango Delta, Boat trip Chobe River, Game drive Chobe National Park. Zambia: Victoria Falls National Park, South Luangwa National Park. Tanzania: Mikumi National Park, Masai village. Kenya: Masai Mara, Nakuru National Park, Walking safari, Green Crater Lake, Elsamere, Naivasha, Amboseli NP.
Cape Town to Fish River Canyon
Cape Town is the starting point for our 8 week guided 4x4 Africa adventure. We spend some time exploring this vibrant and multicultural city nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain. A day excursion into the wine region of Stellenbosch for a bit of wine tasting at various wineries is a must. We leave Cape Town for the Western Cape and the border to Namibia.
A total change of scenery awaits us from the lush green of the Cape to the desert and stunning rock formations of Namibia. Our first stop in Namibia is Fish River Canyon measuring 160kms in length and reaches up to 27km wide and 550m deep. Sitting at the top of the Canyon feels like you are sitting on the edge of the earth.
We celebrate with a night out at one of Nairobi’s fine restaurants feasting and drinking Tusker, Kenya’s most popular beer while reminiscing about our adventures travelling overland from Cape Town to Nairobi.
Enroute to Luderitz is the diamond ghost town of Kohlmanskop. Once a bustling diamond mining town until the slump in diamond prices after WW1 and richer deposits discovered further south left Kohlmanskop a mere reminder of what life was like pre WW1. Luderitz an old Bavarian style German colonial town is a true step back in time. The icy shores of the South Atlantic Ocean are home to seals, penguins, flamingos and assorted marine life.
We continue overland to Sesriem National Park providing us the chance to climb Dune 45, the largest free standing sand dune in the World.
We take some time to warm up in Swakopmund, the desert adventure capital of Southern Africa, there are many activities including quad biking, sky diving and deep sea fishing. For those looking for a more relaxed time there are plenty of excellent restaurants serving famous Namibian seafood and traditional German food and beer.
Skeleton Coast & Etosha
Continuing our way North we stop for a brief visit at one of the largest seal colonies in the Southern Hemisphere at Cape Cross before continuing our way up the Skeleton Coast.
Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site is home to one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. The site contains around 2,000 rock carvings. The early Stone Age artists, probably the work of San hunters, engraved their art representing animals and significant ceremonial symbols and activities. We take a guided tour of the area to see some of the famous rock carvings and paintings.
Along the way we will stop to visit a Petrified Forest. The trees, distant relatives of modern day conifers and ferns, grew to over 40m high. These trees were uprooted over 200 million years ago and were swept along by rivers in flood, covered by sediments and then subsequently uncovered by erosion. Your local community guides will provide more of an insight into the area, whilst ensuring that pieces of petrified wood are not removed.
As we continue overland we stop at the world's biggest meteorite and Etosha National Park for our first proper game drive.
Etosha is Namibia's draw card. A vast game park situated in classic African savannah surroundings. The well-located watering holes often mean we do not have to travel far to see wild life. The well-equipped campsite situated near a flood lit watering hole is a pleasant surprise and a perfect setting to unwind and watch animals come in to drink.
Okavango Delta to Victoria Falls
We continue through the Caprivi Strip and Northern Namibia to the northern tip of the Okavango Delta. The Kavango river is famous for its abundance of birdlife and African animals alike. We explore the area on a motorized platform, and spend a few hours game driving through the park.
We make our way to Botswana and Chobe National Park before taking the Kazangula ferry to Zambia. Chobe National Park is home to Botswana's most varied wildlife. An abundance of wildlife exists along the river’s edge and it is here we can take a leisurely cruise up the Chobe River.
Long before we reach Livingstone we can see the mist coming from the famous Victoria Falls. The mist becomes more pronounced as we arrive in the heart of Livingstone, Zambia. The Zambezi River with its Victoria Falls is a natural border line separating Zambia from Zimbabwe; the Falls leaves many speechless with her sheer size and power; 1 mile long and pumps an incredible 4.5 million cubic meters of water every second into the Zambezi Gorge.
Livingstone is the perfect base to enjoy the many activities on offer including a sunset cruise down the Zambezi; white water raft; abseil and gorge swing in the Zambezi Gorge, bungee jump 111m with Victoria Falls providing the perfect backdrop; take an afternoon stroll with Rhinos; walk with lions or photograph the Falls from great heights in a micro light, helicopter or light aircraft - the options are endless.
Livingston to South Luangwa
We venture into the heart of Zambia visiting South Luangwa National Park, one of the best kept secrets of African game parks. Not many travellers know about this outstanding park hidden in the Luangwa valley.
Overlanding on some particularly bad roads we arrive at our "home" on the banks of the Luangwa River - a natural fence separating the campsite from South Luangwa National Park. It is not unusual for Elephants to wander into camp at breakfast time to check-out the breakfast menu; be warned Kellogg's Cornflakes are one of their favourite foods and they are not shy in helping themselves!
South Luangwa National Park is famous for leopard, lion, giraffe, hippos, crocodiles, hyena and aardvark. It is one of the few parks where night game drives as well as walking safaris are possible. A spectacular park situated in a spectacular part of Africa.
We cross the border into the very relaxed country of Malawi. We follow the lakeshore and enjoy the laid back atmosphere of this beautiful country.
Lake Malawi to Zanzibar
Lake Malawi is certainly what Malawi is famous for. This ancient lake is home to a number of once thought extinct prehistoric fish, it is possible to dive or snorkel in the clear blue waters. While in Malawi we will also venture to the small village of Livingstonia – an intellectual village dedicated to Dr Livingstone himself. Livingstonia is perched high on the hills overlooking the Lake.
It takes us three days to drive to the coast and Dar es Salaam or "Haven of Peace" in Kiswahili. It is here we leave the 4x4 vehicles and catch a ferry to the spice island of Zanzibar with its ancient Arab architecture, tropical beaches and crystal clear waters.
The ferry arrives in Stone Town- a classic Arabic old city, with narrow cobble stoned streets, sweet smell of spices floats through the air, and the local mosque hums in the background. At sun-down the plaza changes form and as the sun disappears over the Indian Ocean, the Plaza comes alive with the smell of barbecuing fresh seafood, colourfully dressed women mix dough in preparation to make Zanzibar pizzas and the men stand around talking politics. For the true Zanzibar experience a visit and a meal in the plaza is an absolute must. A visit to Zanzibar would not be complete without taking one of the many spice tours on offer and a couple of days relaxing on the tropical beaches and swimming in crystal clear waters. For those wanting to partake in aquatic activities Zanzibar will not disappoint - snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming with dolphins, sailing and windsurfing are all on offer.
We spend a few days to relax and enjoy.
Dar es Salaam to Kenya
Back on the mainland we overland north for the snow caps of Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. We make our way to the service town of Arusha.
We visit a local Masai village, cultural centre and local women’s market; another great opportunity to buy some authentic souvenirs.
For those after something very special Arusha is the main town dealing in Tanzanite. A blue diamond 100 times rarer than regular diamonds, only found in Tanzania makes this stone a very special souvenir or gift for someone special.
After visiting a Masai village and the cultural centre we enter Kenya.
Our first stop is Amboseli NP, a park famous for its elephant herds and views of Mt Kilimanjaro. Amboseli is one of Kenya’s premium parks and after a couple of hours you will understand why. With herds of elephants, snow cap top of Mt Kilimanjaro and its pleasant climate makes this park unforgettable.
We make our way on some unknown back roads through Masai country to our night stop perched on the edge of the Great Rift Valley. We spend the night in the guesthouse and enjoy a sundowner as the sun disappears into the horizon. We continue our journey to Nakuru NP, famous for its white rhino population and millions of pink flamingos gracefully perched in the shallows. We can drive right to the Lake's edge; but be warned many 4x4s have been bogged doing just this!
A visit to the village of Njoro and time to explore a local knitting project run by a local farm is a great opportunity to buy some unique last minute gifts and souvenirs.
Kenya Game Parks
A short distance from Nakuru is Lake Naivasha and "Elsamere" - the home of Born Free. Indulge in high tea, watch a video about Joy Adamson's life and visit a little museum dedicated to Joy and George. Before departing for the Masai Mara we take a walking safari through Green Crater.
Our final highlight is the Masai Mara Game Reserve, one of the 7 natural wonders and after spending some time there you will understand why this was the location chosen to film BBC’s Big Cat Diary series as well as hundreds of David Attenborough wildlife documentaries.
We take our time overlanding in the wild savannah plains amongst the African Big 5 wildlife in the most famous game reserve in Africa. Our time is spent game driving and photographing wildlife like: lion, leopard, wildebeest, rhino, warthog, cheetah, gazelle, zebra, giraffe, elephants, buffalo, hartebeest, reedbuck plus many more. If we are lucky we may also spot the African Little 5. As the sun goes down we make camp amongst the wildlife, eat a hearty meal and fall asleep listening to the sounds of Africa under the breath taking African skies.
No Africa Discovered guided self drive adventure would be complete without the thrill of driving through the most famous game reserve in Africa. We spend 2 full days exploring with many opportunities to spot plenty of game.
We climb back up to the top of the Rift Valley before descending to 1800m and Nairobi, the end point of our Africa expedition.
Before saying our goodbyes we visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage to see first-hand amazing conservation work with orphaned elephants and hand feed endangered Rothschild Giraffes at the Nairobi Giraffe Centre.
2 people only travelling in an Expedition Land Rover. Family vehicle - up to 4 people 2 x Adults & 2 x children under 15 years of age.
Local Tour Payments (LTP) or a Kitty payment, if stated is paid direct to your tour leader / crew on day 1.
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|Mar 23, 2018 - May 17, 2018||AUD 10,790.00||US$ 2700.00||Book|
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