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The Absolute Safari 73 Days

Nairobi to Cape Town - The 73 day Absolute Safari is a great opportunity to head out and experience so much of what Africa has to offer - the amazing diversity of wildlife, stunning scenery from the savanna plains to the Afromontane gorilla parks to the Namibia desert, adventure activities and so many different cultures - so it really will expose you to such a very different world. 

This is our longest overland tour visiting ten countries and allowing you the opportunity to see some of the biggest highlights in East and Southern Africa including the option to trek the endangered mountain gorillas. We visit world famous game parks which are included in the price - the Masai Mara, Queen Elizabeth, the Serengeti, Matopos for a rhino trek and Etosha National Park.  There is also the chance to visit world famous natural wonders such as Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta and we stop by Lake Victoria, Lake Malawi and the red-orange dunes of Namibia to name just a few. We also allow time for an optional excursion for a few magical nights on tropical Zanzibar Island for some relaxing beach time, and there opportunities to visit local villagers such as a Maasai and Himba village to learn something of traditional ways of life, and much much more. 


The Absolute Safari 73 Days

Days 1 - 7 

Departure meeting, The Giraffe Park, morning and afternoon game drives in The Masai Mara, as well as overnight camp, The Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha, game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park.

Optionals: Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage, night out at Carnivores Restaurant or similar, balloon safari, Maasai visit, hippo cruise, Elsamere for afternoon tea, cycling in Hells Gate National Park, guided hike to Green Crater Lake.

Days 8 - 16

Jinja and the While Nile and Bujagali Falls, Kampala, Lake Victoria, drum markets, Queen Elizabeth National Park including a game cruise and game drive, Kabale.

Optionals: Whitewater rafting, village walks, bungee-jumping, kayaking, boat trips, volunteer work in a local school, quad biking, horse riding, forest chimpanzee trekking, canoeing.

Days 17 - 19

Kisoro and the Virungas, Kigali.

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

Days 20 - 25

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, Maasai Boma visit (village), Olduvai Gorge Museum.

Days 26 - 32
TANZANIA including 4 nights allotted for a stay on Zanzibar Island....

Two days drive to Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean coast, the chance of views of Kilimanarjo en route, seafood barbecue and preparations for Zanzibar Island on reaching the coast.

Optional free time for a four night stay on Zanzibar Island from day 28, returning to Dar es Salaam on day 32.

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 33 - 37

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

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

Days 38 - 43

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

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

Days 44 - 46

Antelope Park, a private game reserve.

Optionals: Lion walks, horse rides, elephant rides.

Day 47

Bulawayo the capital of the Mashonaland Province and Matopos National Park for rhino treks.

Optional: Extra game drives.

Day 48 - 51

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 and interactive drumming.

Days 52 - 56

Chobe safari lodge, Makgadikgadi Pans, Maun.

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

Days 57 - 66

Morning and afternoon game drives with entry and two nights camping in Etosha National Park, visit the Cheetah Park and Cape Cross Seal Colony, lodge stay or similar in Swakopmund.

Optionals: Hoba meteorite, Evening game drives, Himba village visit, Bushman visit, walk to see ancient rock paintings, quad biking, sandboarding, go-karts, sky diving, desert flights, township tour, dolphin cruise, open sea fishing.

Days 67 - 73

Sossusvlei, Namib Naukluft National Park, Fish River Canyon, Ai Ais, camp by the Orange River, Stellenbosch, drive through to spend the final evening at Ashanti Lodge, Cape Town.

Optionals: Guided walk on the dunes, canoeing, 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 Masai Mara
• The Serengeti
• Nakuru National Park
• Queen Elizabeth National Park
• Kazinga Channel game cruise
• Ngorongoro Crater
• Mikumi National Park
• Matopos
• Etosha National Park
• Namib Naukluft National Park
• The Giraffe Park
• The Grumeti Reserve
• Lake Naivasha
• Private Game Reserve
• Sossusvlei Dunes
• The Cheetah Sanctuary
• Cape Cross Seal Colony
• Spitzkoppe or similar
• Fish River Canyon
• Breakfast & dinner whilst travelling on the truck
• Some pre-prepared barbecues
• Contribution to final group meal
• Camping whilst travelling on 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
• Personal spending money
• Lunch & Drinks except where detailed
• Flights
• Travel Insurance
• Sleeping bag
• Tipping
• Airport Transfers except where detailed