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African Drums - 57 Days

Kigali to Cape Town. Get with the beat of Africa! Gorilla trek in the Virungas, Safari across the Serengeti and into Ngorongoro Crater. Swim in crystal clear waters off Zanzibar and visit in rural fishing villages by Lake Malawi. White water raft on the grade 5 rapids at Victoria Falls, get up close and personal with a rhino on a trek in Matopos. Lie back as you are poled through the maze of wetlands in the Okavango and trek to the top of Namibia's monumental red-gold dunes. Toast the perfect trip with a glass or two of a crisp South African wine in the wineries at Stellenbosch before arriving into Cape Town! 

African Drums - 57 Days
  • Trek to see the endangered Mountain Gorillas
  • Get up close and personal!
  • Try a microlight flight over Vic Falls
  • The best sunsets are in Africa!
  • Shop the local way
  • Escape to Paradise on Zanzibar
  • Learn new skills
  • Make new friends
  • Spectacular views
  • Meet the Himba
  • Meet the locals
  • Fantastic wildlife
  • Trek to see the endangered Mountain Gorillas
  • Get up close and personal!
  • Try a microlight flight over Vic Falls
  • The best sunsets are in Africa!
  • Shop the local way
  • Escape to Paradise on Zanzibar
  • Learn new skills
  • Make new friends
  • Spectacular views
  • Meet the Himba
  • Meet the locals
  • Fantastic wildlife

Day 1 

Meet up in Kigali, Rwanda's capital city, transfer to Kisoro.

Optionals: Orphanage visit, Batwa village visit.

Day 2


Optionals: Mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (or Parc Nacional de Volcans (Rwanda)), orphanage visit, Batwa village visit, golden monkey trek.

Day 3

Kisoro, transfer to Kigali, night out in Kigali

Optionals: Mountain gorilla trek in either Parc Nacional de Volcans (Rwanda) or Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda), orphanage visit, Batwa village visit, golden monkey trek, visit to Dian Fossey's grave, Genocide Museum and Memorial.

Days 4 - 9

Mwanza, Game drives in the Serengeti, The Grumeti, with guided game drives in Ngorongoro Crater, Mto Wa Mbu markets, evening celebratory barbecue on our arrival in Arusha.

Optionals: Game walks and evening game drives in the Grumeti, Olduvai Gorge Museum, Maasai Village.

Days 10 - 16

including 4 nights allotted for Zanzibar Island....

Two days drive to Dar es Salaam on the coast, with the chance of views of Kilimanjaro en route, seafood barbecue at our camp on the Indian Ocean, preparations for the stay on Zanzibar Island.

Optionals: allowing for a four night stay on Zanzibar Island from day 12, returning to Dar es Salaam on day 16: Talk with us as to the special arrangements we can make for your stay on Zanzibar. We reserve accommodation in popular beach cottages and in a lodge within ancient Stone Town, as well as your other requirements including the ferry bookings, transfers and spice tours.

Other options to budget for include snorkelling and scuba diving on Zanzibar sweeping coral reefs, to Prison Island famous for its giant tortoise population and to Jozani Forest to see the red colobus monkeys.

All accommodation and transfers including a spice tour on Zanzibar Island can be arranged ahead of time.

Days 17 - 21

Drive through Mikumi National Park, Lake Malawi beach camps, fishing village visits including for a traditional meal and dancing, curio markets.

Optionals: Water sports, Horse riding in the Lake, Livingstonia hike, School visit.

Days 22 - 27

Lilongwe. Cross the Luangwa River en route to Lusaka. The Zambezi Valley and a relaxing few days at Lake Kariba.

Optionals: Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, houseboat cruise including guided game walks.

Days 28 - 30

Antelope Park, a private game reserve.

Optionals: Lion walks, horse rides, elephant rides.

Day 31

Bulawayo the capital of the Mashonaland Province and Matopos National Park for a rhino trek and game drives.

Optional: Extra game drives.

Days 32 - 35

Action packed days in Zimbabwe's adventure capital, Victoria Falls.

Optionals: Bungee jump, Gorge swing and rap jump, flying fox, white water rafting, canoe trips, sundowner cruises, 'Flight of the Angels' scenic flight, elephant ride, horse ride, interactive drumming and many other activities based around Victoria Falls.

Days 36 - 40

Chobe safari lodge, Makgadikgadi Pans, Maun.

Optionals: Chobe National Park, game drive and game cruise, Okavango Delta guided mokoro safari, Moremi Game Reserve, Flight over the Delta.

Days 41 - 46

Caprivi Strip, morning and afternoon game drives with entry and two nights camping in Etosha National Park, visit to a Cheetah Park, Spitzkoppe or similar.

Optionals: Hoba meteorite, Himba village visit, Visit with Bushmen, Evening game drive in Etosha, rock paintings.

Days 47 - 50

Cape Cross Seal Colony, three to four night lodge stay in Swakopmund.

Optionals: Quad-biking, Sandboarding, Tandem sky diving, Desert flights, Township tour, Dolphin cruise, Open-sea fishing, Go-karting.

Days 51 - 54

Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, Namib Naukluft National Park, Fish River Canyon, Ai Ais, Orange River.

Optionals: Guided walk on the Dunes, Canoeing on the Orange River.

Days 55 - 57

Stellenbosch, Cape Town.

Optionals: Wine tour.

Please note safari itineraries are given as a guide only. A safari is a journey and true journeys in Africa unfold and are of an adventurous nature. The unexpected can arise, so do allow for this.

Feel free to give us a call about your safari plans. We look forward to your further enquiries.

What's Included 
• The Serengeti
• Ngorongoro Crater
• Mikumi National Park
• Private Game Ranch
• Matopos
• Etosha National Park
• Namib Naukluft National Park
• The Grumeti Reserve
• The Cheetah Sanctuary
• Cape Cross Seal Colony
• Spitzkoppe rock formations or similar
• Sossusvlei dunes
• Fish River Canyon
• Lake Victoria
• Breakfast & dinner whilst travelling with the truck
• Some pre-prepared barbecues
• Contribution to final group meal
• Camping whilst travelling with the truck
• 3 nights lodge stay, Swakopmund
• 1 night Ashanti Lodge, Cape Town
• Fully equipped expedition truck incl. - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• All road tolls & taxes are paid

What's not included 

• Optional excursions
• Visas
• Gorilla Permit
• Lunch & Drinks except where detailed
• Flights
• Travel Insurance
• Sleeping bag
• Tipping
• Airport Transfers except where detailed