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Northern Trails - 54 Days

Cape Town to Nairobi - Beginning at the foot of Table Mountain and continuing along the Garden Route, one of the most beautiful stretches of coast line in the world, before heading north to journey to East Africa. You will have every opportunity to spot the big 5 in game park after game park on this overland tour. There is also the chance to trek the endangered mountain gorillas. 

Northern Trails - 54 Days
  • The
  • SCUBA Zanzibar or Lake Malawi
  • Pelican Crossing!
  • The mighty Vic Falls
  • Make new friends
  • Plains game
  • Okavango sunsets
  • See the migration
  • Go wild in Africa!
  • Get up close to big cats
  • Meet the locals
  • Lake Malawi by twilight
  • The big yellow trucks
  • Zanzibar beaches
  • Sundown on Zanzibar
  • Fish market Stonetown
  • Try a Hot Air Balloon
  • Rwanda -
  • Beautiful Bunyoni
  • Off to the markets!
  • Back to school!
  • The
  • SCUBA Zanzibar or Lake Malawi
  • Pelican Crossing!
  • The mighty Vic Falls
  • Make new friends
  • Plains game
  • Okavango sunsets
  • See the migration
  • Go wild in Africa!
  • Get up close to big cats
  • Meet the locals
  • Lake Malawi by twilight
  • The big yellow trucks
  • Zanzibar beaches
  • Sundown on Zanzibar
  • Fish market Stonetown
  • Try a Hot Air Balloon
  • Rwanda -
  • Beautiful Bunyoni
  • Off to the markets!
  • Back to school!

CAPE TOWN TO NAIROBI 

Day 1 - 3 Cape Town, Cape Agulhas

Optionals: Robben Island, Table Mountain cable car, Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Point, Paragliding, Kiteboarding, Shark Diving, Whale Watching.

Days 4 - 8 , Outeniqua Mountains, Cango Caves, Oudsthoorn, Ostrich Farm, Garden Route, Knysna, Tsitsikamma Forest, Bloukrans Bridge, Jefferys Bay, Storms River, Addo Elephant Park.

Optionals: Bloukrans Bungee, Canopy Tour, Black-water tubing, quad biking, flying fox, guided bridge-walk, waterfalls zipline, Addo Elephant Park night drives, Addo National Park horse trails.

Days 9 - 10 Karoo, Aliwal North, Johannesburg.

Optionals:Apartheid Museum

Days 11 - 13 SOUTH AFRICA - BOTSWANA 

Kasane, Chobe National Park game cruise.

Optional: Game drive in Chobe National Park.

Days 14 - 16 ZIMBABWE 

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

Optionals: Lion walks, horse rides, elephant rides, white water rafting, canoeing, 'Flight of the Angels' scenic flights, bungee jump, gorge swing,rap jump, flying fox, interactive drumming, sunset cruise and many other activities based around Victoria Falls.

Day 17 Hwange

Guided game drives in Hwange National Park and Painted Dog Conservation Centre.

Days 18 - 20 ZAMBIA

Livingstone, Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, Chipata.

Optional: Second game drive in Hwange National Park.

Days 21- 22 South Luangwa National Park for morning game drives (depending on the season)

Optional: Evening game drive in South Luangwa National Park

Please note when Luangwa is out of season we will spend an extra night in Hwange National Park. 

Days 23 MALAWI

Lilongwe en route to Lake Malawi.

Days 24- 25 Kande Beach

Lake Malawi beach camp, village visits including for a traditional meal and curio markets.

Optionals: Water sports, horse riding in the Lake, school visit.

Day 26 Mzuzu, Chitimba 

More time to enjoy rural Malawi and relax by the Lake.

Day 27 TANZANIA

The mountains of the southern Rift Valley, camping over at The Farmhouse at Iringa. 

Day 28

Baobab Valley, Mikumi National Park, Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean coast.

Days 29 - 32 Zanzibar Island

3 nights are allocated for your stay on Zanzibar. We reserve accommodation in popular beach cottages, as well as your other requirements including the ferry bookings and transferss. 

Optionals: Free time for the option to visit Zanzibar Island from day 29, returning to Dar es Salaam on day 32 

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 33 - 34 Arusha, Mto Wa Mbu

Market shopping, Maasai Cultural Centre and Museum.

Day 35Simba Campsite 

Guided game drives in Ngorongoro Crater- a perfectly intact valcanic caldera to spot the 'Big 5' and many more.

Optional:Morning game drives in Manyara National Park.

Day 36 Seronera 

Visit to a Maasai village, Afternoon game drives in the Serengeti, camp in the centre of the park.

Day 37 Ikoma

Morning game drives. Exit the Serengeti to camp in the Grumeti, near Ikoma Gate.

Optional:Evening game drives in the Grumeti.

Day 38 Mwanza, Lake Victoria. 

Optionals Guided game walk in the Grumeti.

Day 39 Nyakhanzi

Village stop over.

Day 40 RWANDA 

Kigali.

Days 41-42

Kisoro and the Virungas 

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

Days 43 - 44 UGANDA

Lake Bunyoni. 

Optionals: Canoeing.

Day 45 Mbarara, Equator stop, markets, Masaka. 

Days 46- 47 Jinja

Jinja and the While Nile and Bujagali Falls.

Optionals: White water rafting, village walks, bungee-jumping, kayaking, boat trips, voluntary work in a local school, quad biking, horse riding.

Day 48 -49 KENYA 
Nakuru, Guided game drives in Nakuru National Park

Days 50-51 Lake Naivasha

Optionals: Elsamere for afternoon tea, cycling in Hells Gate National Park, guided walk to Green Crater Lake, hippo cruise.

Days 52- 53 Masai Mara 

The Masai Mara for two days, afternoon and morning game drives

Optionals: Maasai village visit, balloon safari.

Day 54 Nairobi 

Optional: Night out at a Nairobi resturant.

Please note safari itineraries are given as a guide only. In particular this itinerary can vary from 53 to 55 days. 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 
• Addo Elephant National Park
• Cape Agulhas
• The Cango Caves 
• Ostrich Farm Tour
• Masai Mara (2 days) 
• Ngorongoro Crater 
• The Serengeti National Park
• South Luangwa depending on the season 
• Hwange National Park
• Chobe National Park
• Nakuru National Park
• Grumeti Reserve
• Breakfast & dinner while travelling with the truck
• Some pre-prepared barbecues
• Camping whilst with the truck
• Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats travelling from Cape Town to Nairobi
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• Transport from Cape Town to Nairobi
• 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