The Big Overlander Northbound - 47 days
- Kenya: Nairobi, extend your stay to explore the sites. The Great Rift Valley. Lake Nakuru National Park and lake. Meet local children at the East African Mission Organisation. Lake Naivasha, the highest Rift Valley lake. The Masai Mara, Kenya's finest wildlife reserve. Masai Mara tribal lands.
- Uganda: Kampala, the lively capital. Lake Bunyoni, spectacular scenery. Jinja, Nile rafting. The Equator Crossing.
- Gorilla Trekking(an optional excursion). Bwindi or Mgahinga Gorilla park in Uganda.
- Tanzania: Arusha, the safari gateway. The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Views of Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city. Mikumi National Park (transit only).
- Zanzibar:Beautiful northern beaches & historic Stone Town (UNESCO-listed).
- Malawi: Lake Malawi, one of the African Great Lakes, with beautiful beaches, bays and inlets.
- Zambia: South Luangwa NP, Livingstone & Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia's gateway to Victoria Falls.
- Botswana:Chobe National Park, famous for its herds of elephants. Okovango Delta excursion.
- Zimbabwe:UNESCO - listed Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world.
- South Africa: Kruger National Park, South Africa's flagship game reserve. The scenic Panorama Route and Blyde River Canyon. Johannesburg - extend your stay to explore the city.
Visiting seven different countries, spot wildlife in Africa's best game parks, trek for gorilla in Uganda, relax and unwind on Zanzibars beautiful beaches and soak up Africa’s incredible sights. Experience this majestic continent up close and personal!
Day 1: Johannesburg
Tuesday. Welcome to South Africa. We'll be there ot meet you at Johannesburg Airport and we'll transfer you to the Mufasa Backpackers (2019 departures are transferred to Dove's Nest Guesthouse) for your first night in dorm accommodation. There will be a Welcome Meeting at 1700 where you will have the opportunuity to meet your tour guide and fellow travellers.
Day 2-3: Kruger National Park
Johannesburg - Kruger. Departin Johannesburg we drive towards Kruger National Park - passing through the famous Panorama Route on our way. We spend 2 nights in the vicinity of the park and take a night time game drive on the evening of day 2. Day 3 is spent game driving in the park on the look out for the famous Big Five.
Day 4: Blyde River Canyon
Kruger NP - Polokwane. Departing the park today we travel up to Blyde River Canyon and God's Window before overnighting in Polokwane.
Day 5: Polokwane
Polokwane - Palapye (Botswana). Today we cross the border into Botswana stopping for the night in Palapye - a small town famous for its cole mines.
Day 6: Maun
Palapye - Maun. Continuing through Botswana we make our way to the town of Maun - the gateway to the Okavango Delta. It is from here we will take our included excursion into the delta. Tonight we have a full briefing about tomorrow's excursion.
Day 7-8: Okavango Delta
Maun - Okavango Delta. On day 7 we leave camp for the Okavango Delta. We'll head to the poling station where we board our Mokoros (Dug Out Canoes) for a relaxing journey to our bush camp in the middle of the delta. On arrival you will meet the local staff who will be your host during your stay. A brief introduction to the camp will show you your dome tent with twin beds and a bush en-suite bathroom – long drop toilet and a bucket shower. Relax in the tent with a cold drink or take a paddle in the Delta in a canoe. The activities at the camp include Mokoro trails and guided walking. On day 8 we depart our bush camp in the morning and make the same journey back to our campsite in Maun.
Day 9-10: Nata & Kasane
Maun - Nata - Kasane. Our journey on day 9 takes us to the lush campsite of Elephant Sands in the Nata region.ON the way expect to see lots of donkeys and cows roaming freely. On day 10 we set up camp in the town of Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River. We also enjoy an included boat cruise on the Chobe River.
Day 11: Victoria Falls
Kasane - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). Today we cross the border into Zimbabwe at Kazangula before a short drive to the famous town of Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. The famous waterfalls are a short walk away from our campsite.
Day 12-13: Victoria Falls
We have 2 more days at Victoria Falls where we have the opportunity to partake in a plethora of optional activities from micro light flights to bungee jumping to white water rafting. There is a reason Victoria Falls is the adrenalin capital of Africa!
Day 14: Chobe National Park
Victoria Falls - Chobe NP (Botswana). Today we return to Botswana and the town of Kasane. From here we take the included overnight excursion into Chobe National Park. Spend the afternoon in search of wildlife while we game drive to our camp within the park where we spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises of the local wildlife.
Day 15: Livingstone
Chobe NP - Livingstone (Zambia). After our night in the bush, we head out early to continue our search for wildlife, before packing up the camp and heading back to Kasane. Once returning to the camp at Kasane, we get back on our truck and continue to the town of Livingstone. This afternoon we have the opportunity to view the Falls from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia or partake in a sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River. Another fantastic photo opportunity!
Day 16-18: South Luangwa
Livingstone - Lusaka Area - South Luangwa National Park. We start early today as we head further north through Zambia. We spend the evening of day 16 in the Lusaka area before continuing to South Luangwa Natinal Park - one of Zambia's premier national parks.
Day 19-21: Lake Malawi
South Luangwa Natonal Park - Lake Malawi Beaches (Malawi). Leaving Zambia we cross into Malawi, the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’. We stop off in the capital, Lilongwe, a small city distinctively divided into the old town and the new administrative centre. Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its total area made up of beautiful Lake Malawi. We camp first at the central Lake, and then in the northern area over the next 3 days.
Day 22: Iringa
Lake Malawi Beaches - Iringa (Tanzania). After a relaxing 3 days, we leave Malawi, entering Tanzania through the border post at Songwe. Winding our way through the beauty of the Tukuyu tea and banana plantations, we head towards Iringa where we spend the night in the beautiful rustic ‘Farmhouse’ campsite famous for its Amarula Hot Chocolates and its steamy showers!
Day 23: Dar es Salaam
Iringa - Dar es Salaam. Continuing north we pass through Mikumi National Park with the opportunity to see wildlife along the way. Today could be a long drive day as we get to one of Tanzania's busiest cities, DAr Es Salaam. We camp tonight at a seaside campsite and prepare for our departure to Zanzibar tomorrow.
Day 24-26: Zanzibar
Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar. This morning we leave our campsite and board the public ferry to Zanzibar. We spend the next 3 days relaxing on the island and our stay here includes one night in Stone Town and two nights on the Northern beaches as well as a Spice Tour in Stone Town and a Sunset Dhow cruise.
Day 27: Zanzibar
Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam. Leaving Zanzibar in the afternoon, we return to the mainland and another night in Dar es Salaam. Arrival back to camp is usually in the late afternoon, or early evening.
Day 28-29: Arusha
Dar es Salaam – Pangani - Arusha. Our travel over the next two days takes us up to Arusha via the coastal town of Pangani. We'll pass by vast sisal plantations and African bushveld along the way. If we are lucky we may even catch a glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Day 30-32: Serengeti & Ngorongoro
Arusha - Serengeti & Ngorongoro. This morning we visit the Meserani Reptile Park and Masai Culture Museum before meeting our expert Tanzanian safari guides for our excursion into the Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Over the next couple of days we will game drive in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro whilst camping nearby. We hope to spot lots of esxciting game including the famous Big Five. On the morning of day 32 we depart on a final game drive and the start of our journey back to Arusha. This evening we compare our amazing wildlife stories.
Day 33: Nairobi
Arusha - Nairobi (Kenya). We leave Arusha early this morning and head towards the border with Kenya at Namanga. Once through here we continue to the capital - Nairobi and a night at the Kenya Comfort Hotel.
Day 34-35: Masai Mara
Nairobi - Masai Mara. Leaving the capital behind we travel through the Great Rift Valley on our way to the Masai Mara. Our campsite for the night is Acacia Camp on the edge of the reserve. On day 35 we have an early morning game drive in our truck and later on we can opt to visit a traditional Masai hamlet. This evening back at camp we discuss our wildlife sightings around the fire.
Day 36: Kisumu
Masai Mara - Kisumu. Today we continue on along the Rift Valley as we head towards Africa's greatest lake - Lake Victoria and an overnight at Kisumu.
Day 37: Kampala
Kisumu - Kampala (Uganda). Today we cross into neighbouring Uganda and the capital Kampala. Tonight we stay at the Red Chilli Hideaway for a night before we head towards Lake Bunyoni tomorrow.
Day 38-41: Optional Gorilla Trekking
Kampala - Lake Bunyoni. Departing the capital we drive up to Lake Bunyoni - Africa's deepest crater lake and also our base for our trek to see the gorillas in the Magahinga or Bwindi National Parks of Uganda. FGor more information on Gorilla Trekking - please see our Trip Notes for extensive information on Gorilla Trekking.
Day 42: Kampala
Lake Bunyoni - Kampala. After marvelling at the experience of our gorilla encounters and enjoying the peaceful Lake Bunyoni, we begin our drive back to Kampala. We cross the Equator for the second time and stop for the classic “one foot in each hemisphere” photo opportunity. We overnight in Kampala and have the opportunity to sample its night life!
Day 43: Jinja
Kampala - Jinja. Today we have the option of visiting the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary or heading to Jinja for a selection of adventure activities including white water rafting at the source of the White Nile, quad biking or visiting a volunteer and community project. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the banks of the river, or ticking off the wide variety of water birds in this area.
Day 44: Lake Nakuru
Jinja - Lake Nakuru (Kenya). Today we return to Kenya and our destination of the day is Lake Nakuru - the country's 4th largest city. We camp for the night at EAMO - the East African Mission Organisation.
Day 45-46: Lake Naivasha
Lake Nakuru - Lake Naivasha. This morning we game drive within the park on the look out for the elusive leopard and black rhino as well as buffalo, giraffe and hippo. We spend another night at EAMO before transferring to Naivasha on day 46. Lake Naivasha, is home to a multitude of bird life, the most magnificent being the African Fish Eagle with his regal cry. At 1880 m, this is the highest of the Rift Valley lakes. We spend the next day enjoying optional excursions like Elsamere (former home to Joy & George Adamson of Born Free fame), a boat ride to the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary or a bike ride around Hell’s Gate National Park
Day 47: Nairobi
Lake Naivasha - Nairobi. After breakfast, we head back to Nairobi usually arriving by late morning, or early afternoon. On arrival to Nairobi, we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!
- 1st night dormitory accommodation (upgrades available) and 42 nights camping. Tents and sleeping mats provided.
- 3 night Zanzibar Excursion including ferry transfer, accommodation, Spice Tour and Dhow Sunset Cruise.
- Park entry - Lake Naivasha NP and Victoria Falls NP. Park entry and game drive - Kruger NP, South Luangwa NP, Matobo NP, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru NP, Ngorongoro NP, Serengeti NP and Chobe NP
- All camping fees & appropriate equipment
- All road taxes and tolls
- Arrival transfer from Johannesburg Airport on day 1
- A fully equipped overland truck for transportation and game drives
- Services of 3 person crew (leader, driver, cook)
- Kruger National Park
- Okavango Delta
- Nata Region
- Victoria Falls
- Chobe National Park
- South Luangwa National Park
- Dar es Salaam
- Masai Mara
- Lake Nakuru
- Lake Naivasha
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