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An epic African camping adventure meandering down from game-rich Kenya to picturesque Cape Town, via scenic, wildlife and beach highlights galore.
Scenic natural wonders range from the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls and the Great Rift Valley to the Sossusvlei Dunes of the Namib Desert, Fish River Canyon and Orange River. Go game viewing in the legendary Masai Mara Game Reserve and unique Etosha Park of Namibia. Explore Botswana, taking a leisurely river cruise on the Chobe River and camping in the pristine Okavango Delta.
Relax on the idyllic beaches of Zanzibar Island and along the golden-sand shores of Lake Malawi, swimming and enjoying optional activities. Discover the African cities of Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Lusaka, Windhoek, Swakopmund and other vibrant urban spots. Encounter the colourful cultures of East and Southern Africa, visiting a Maasai Village in Kenya, walking with the Kalahari Bushman of Botswana and seeing San Bushman paintings in Namibia's Spitzkoppe.
During this trip you are likely to come across activities that encourage tourists to participate in lion, elephant or other wildlife interaction. This includes walking with lions, riding elephants and any other tourist operation putting travellers in close contact with animals that would normally live wild and separate from human contact.
We absolutely do not encourage or endorse this type of wildlife interaction operation. For more information on why this is not good for Africa's wild animals, please see our detailed blog post on the subject.
This Kenya to Cape Town Camping Adventure sets off from Kenya's fast-paced capital of Nairobi, in customized safari vehicles.
Our first two days are spent exploring this unforgettable East African wildlife reserve on game viewing drives in the ultimate African savannah setting. Morning and afternoon game drives reveal the magnificent mammals and other creatures that really make this quintessential 'Out of Africa' scene magical. Masai Mara is famous for the annual Great Migration, when spectacular herds of hoofed animals cross the open plains and crocodile and hippo infested Mara and Talek rivers in search of fresh grazing. The mass migration of herbivores, including wildebeest, gazelles, zebras, impalas and hartebeest, attracts a host of predators and scavengers that come to feast on this bonanza of prey.
Mara is however an awe-inspiring wilderness to visit at any time of the year, hosting abundant wildlife and birds that can be sighted in all seasons.
Masai Mara's other claim to fame is the exceptional population of big cats found here. Look forward to spotting cheetah looking out over the grasslands from the tops of termite mounds, leopards resting languidly in treetops and lions lazing in the shade. The full Big Five complement roam the beautiful African bush in Masai Mara, of which buffalo, lion and elephant are most commonly sighted. Game drives across the wide-open grasslands also reward us with sightings of an array of other wildlife, from zebras, jackals, baboons and Masai giraffes to hyenas, bat-eared foxes, warthogs and hippos.
Camp just outside the vast Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya, getting into the laid-back rhythm of the African bush. Leaving the rolling plains dotted with thorn trees we make our way back through the Great Rift Valley to the urban jungle of Nairobi.
After exploring the beautiful Masai Mara we cross the Great Rift Valley once again returning to Nairobi for an overnight stay.
Today we drive south through Kenya, crossing into Tanzania, another of East Africa's top safari destinations. From the Namanga border post we head to bustling Arusha, arriving in this safari hub late in the afternoon.
Arusha is a pleasant town located at the foot of Mt Meru, Tanzania's second highest peak. The friendly town of Arusha marks the half-way mark between Cape Town and Cairo and serves as the gateway to Tanzania's popular Northern Safari Circuit. Explore this interesting town on foot, visiting the vibrant markets and shops in one of the oldest towns in Tanzania. Tonight we camp on the outskirts of this buzzing town, surrounded by lush plains. In the afternoon we visit a nearby Maasai village to meet the locals and glimpse their lifestyle and traditions, time allowing (or on day seven).
Arusha is our base for exploring the Tanzania's Northern Safari Circuit, or enjoying optional activities in the area. You can spend the next three days game viewing in the famous Serengeti National Park and the game-rich Ngorongoro Crater - an optional excursion that requires a local payment to your tour guide. If you choose not to take the trip to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, the next few days are spent in Arusha enjoying a variety of optional activities and exploring this hilly area.
On day five we travel across the Great Rift Valley, making our way west via the small and ethnically diverse town of Mto Wa Mbo in a smaller safari vehicle designed for game viewing.
En route to the vast open plains of the legendary Serengeti, we skirt the rim of the impressive Ngorongoro Crater, driving through the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. From Ngorongoro we drive down to what is probably the most famous game park in the world - Serengeti National Park. This flat wilderness area is even larger than Masai Mara, our first game viewing destination on safari.
Like the Masai Mara the Serengeti is famous for the massive Wildebeest Migration that takes place between this Tanzanian game park and Mara to the north in Kenya. Covering around 14 763 km² the Serengeti Park is even larger than its Kenyan counterpart, Masai Mara. The vast savannas and grasslands stretch out to the horizon in a seemingly endless sea of open plains. The local Maasai named this expansive place Siringitu, which means 'the place where the land runs on forever'. Looking out over the endless plains teeming with game, predators and birds one is struck by the immensity and beauty of this wild continent.
We drive on to our unfenced camp, looking out for wildlife and birds as we pass through this classical African bush setting. At night we listen for the calls of hyena and the distant lion's roar coming out of the darkness settled over the untamed bush around us.
This morning we take a game drive through the Serengeti, travelling east back towards the Ngorongoro Crater. In the rainy season the bush is lush and green, while winter sees us driving through golden-brown, more arid landscapes.
Before arriving at the huge unflooded caldera we stop for lunch and then continue up the slopes on the outside of the crater. Our camp for the night is located some 2400 metres above sea level on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, offering breathtaking views over this natural wonder. Keep an eye out for wild animals in the area around camp, where we stay warm in the cool night air.
The 326 km² Ngorongoro Crater, formed by volcanic action some 2,5 million years ago, is the largest intact caldera (collapsed volcano) in the world.
Day seven sees us driving down into the famous Ngorongoro Crater to enjoy a action-packed game drive in this World Heritage Site. Ngorongoro Crater is home to the highest concentration of predators in the world, including lions, leopards, jackals and hyenas, as well as a few cheetahs. The natural amphitheater of the Ngorongoro Crater hosts huge herds of zebra, antelopes (impalas, gazelles and more) and wildebeest, as well as big bull elephants.
The Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) are all found here, along with all the main kinds of mammals. Birdlife is also prolific here, including endemic species. The crater basin incorporates a variety of habitats, from lush plains and valleys to peaks, craters and forests. We drive up the steep walls some 600m high and back to our campsite on the rim of the crater. Here we soak of the sweeping views over this natural wonder, dismantle camp and enjoy lunch.
From the must-see Ngorongoro Crater we return to the safari hub of Arusha, within view of Mount Kilimanjaro. We camp at the Meserani Snake Park tonight, where a great collection of snakes and other reptiles can be viewed up close. This afternoon we visit a Maasai village and explore on foot, if time did not allow us to do so on day four. See how this iconic East African tribe lives in rural Tanzania and meet the tall, brightly-robed Masai warriors and herders, gaining some insight into their traditions and culture.
If you choose to stay in Arusha you will have an array of activities to choose from over the next few days. One of the crew will stay in Arusha to help you arrange activities and excursions. Options include embarking on a full-day safari in the beautiful Lake Manyara National Park, or a half day safari in Arusha National Park. You can also take a full-day Tarangire National Park tour, or visit the Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano.
Alternatively you can head into the lively town of Arusha to shop for curios, mingle with the locals and go to the markets where colourful produce, carvings, crafts, masks and beadwork vie for your attention. Arusha also features a Cultural Heritage Centre, where you can learn about tribal cultures, see photographs, carvings and precious stones such as Tanzanite, and shop for jewellery and souvenirs.
Today we continue our drive south passing through the town of Moshi on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, en route to our next camp in Bagamoyo. When skies are clear we get a glimpse of majestic Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, some 5895m high.
Bagamoyo was founded in the late 18th century as an important trading port on the East African coastline. Tonight we camp close to a sandy beach fringed with palm trees, enjoying the warm Indian Ocean.
From the charm of Bagamoyo we proceed southwards to Dar es Salaam, where we overnight before heading to Zanzibar Islands.
Dar es Salaam is a popular starting and ending point for travel to the nearby Zanzibar Islands, as well as for safaris to Tanzania's top game parks. This unpretentious city is no sleepy hollow, with its vibrant mix of cultures, active business centres and bustling markets. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city, offers an interesting mix of old and new - bringing together the traditional African, Arabic and Indian influences and modern western ways. The major port of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam has a long and colourful history as a trading hub, and is now the commercial centre of this East African nation.
Tonight we camp at a beach resort on the coast near Dar es Salaam, relaxing into easy island-style living beside the Indian Ocean.
On day 10 we leave the mainland of Tanzania, taking a ferry to the exotic Spice Islands - Zanzibar.
For the next few days we enjoy a beach getaway on the main idyllic tropical island of Zanzibar, where white-sand beaches are lapped by clear azure waters. You are free to fill your time as you please, selecting from a variety of great activities. Options range from walks in the lush forests and aromatic spice tours in the plantations, to dhow sailing trips to off-lying islets and historic tours of old Stone Town with its narrow cobbled streets.
While on Zanzibar Island your tour guide is available to ensure that your plans run smoothly, but you are free to do whatever you choose.
For pure beach indulgence Zanzibar boasts picturesque tropical beaches where you can spend balmy days lazing around under coconut palm trees and swimming in the turquoise-blue ocean. Head to the stunning beaches of north to enjoy excellent snorkelling and scuba diving along the coast or at the small islands just off the main Zanzibar Island. This is a beach paradise - ideal for catching some golden rays, sipping on a sunset cocktail and feasting on fresh seafood.
Zanzibar is not your typical African destination, given its long history as an important part of the spice route. Many of the great colonial explorers of the 19th century spent time in Zanzibar, from Richard Burton to David Livingstone. This beautiful island still has a strong Arabic influence, which can be seen in the architecture and culture. Visiting the mosques, churches, palaces and marketplaces on foot is the best way to discover more about Zanzibar Island, past and present.
Please Note: Standard accommodation and breakfasts are included in the Local Payment for this tour. To give you more freedom with your time and activities, the lunches and dinners are not included in Zanzibar. We usually spend a night in Stone Town and two nights on the northern coast at a beach resort.
On day 13 you have some free time in the morning to explore Stone Town, or shop for curios and trinkets, before we take the ferry back to Dar es Salaam. Back on the continent we make our way out of bustling Dar, as locals call the city, returning to the beach resort.
On day 14 we leave the coast behind heading back into rural Tanzania. We drive through the rolling hills and woodlands of Mikumi National Park, keeping our eyes open for forest elephants, antelopes, zebras and giraffes along the road, as well as a variety of birds.
This evening we have sundowners at a local bar and head to our campsite near Mikumi, where we relax around the campfire under starry skies.
If time allows you can embark on an optional late afternoon game drive in Mikumi National Park.
Next we head to Iringa, not far from the Malawi border. We spend our last night in Tanzania camping on a productive family-run farm that's been owned by the same family for more than 70 years. The farm lies in the hills at about 1600m above sea level, which gives us a refreshing break from the heat of the tropical coast and African bush. Organic beef, chicken, lamb and vegetables are produced on this farm, located in an incredibly scenic part of Tanzania's Southern Highlands.
We unwind in the highlands enjoying the farmhouse's famous chocolate brownies, hot showers and creamy Amarula liqueur in the cosy bar.
Journey further south today, traversing verdant mountain passes and passing through tea and banana tree plantations, as well as fertile fields where livestock graze. At Songwe we cross the border into neighbouring Malawi. This African country is fondly called the Warm Heart of Africa, because of its reputation for being welcoming and friendly.
We head straight to the scenic Lake Malawi and our next camp, situated at Chitimba Beach on the northern shores of Lake Malawi. Called Lake Nyasa in Tanzania and Mozambique, which are also located along the shores of this vast lake. Lake Malawi is the southernmost of the African Great Lakes dotting the Great Rift Valley in Eastern Africa. One of the biggest lakes in the world, Lake Malawi covers about a fifth of Malawi's total area and serves as an important source of food and income with its fishing industry.
The shores of Lake Malawi are lined with pretty golden-sand beaches and lively fishing villages where Malawians fish and trade for a living. Many of the fishing folk head out onto the lake in traditional dugout canoes, called Bwato. The lanterns of fisherman out on the lake twinkle like stars in the night, which is why the great explorer David Livingstone called it 'The Lake of Stars'.
Relax on the scenic golden beach flanked by the green Nyika mountains at Chitimba. The tropical climate is ideal for swimming in the warm, calm waters and relaxing under the banana palms and papaya trees. surrounded by the famous Livingstonia and Nyika mountains. Alternatively you can explore the village on foot, browsing the crafts market, visiting the school and meeting the locals. You can also hike up onto the Nyika Plateua where the old missionary village of Livingstonia, with its church dating back to 1894, lies high above Lake Malawi.
Please Note: The Malawi stretch of our safari is subject to changes that the crew may make in order to make the best of our time in Malawi.
Spend the morning enjoying Chitimba, before we travel further south along the lovely shores of the lake to the town of Mzuzu. We pause in the north's regional capital of Mzuzu to stock up on supplies and peruse a market or two in this pleasant town surrounded by forested mountains and farmlands.
Our next Malawian destination is Kande Beach, a lively lakeside stop with plenty of optional activities on the go. Mingle with the friendly locals, swim in Africa's third largest lake and unwind on the peaceful beaches that feel like ocean shores.
There are lots of horses at Kande, which is a super place for riding on the beaches, in the forests and to local villages, as well as venturing into the lake on horse back. There are an array of water-based activities to choose from, including kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving, boat trips, water skiing and sailing. Freshwater Lake Malawi hosts the highest number of endemic fish species of any body of freshwater in the world, especially cichlid species.
In the evenings we relax in this beautiful spot, with the option of enjoying the vibrant nightlife of Kande Beach.
Leaving the peaceful shores of Lake Malawi we cross into Zambia, journeying on towards the town of Chipata, located close to the eastern border. Set in a broad valley surrounded by hills the town was once called Fort Jamerson and is today a commercial and administrative centre, as the capital of Zambia's Eastern Province. If there is time we visit Chipata to see the markets, churches and mosques, en route to our next overnight camp, just outside of town.
Getting an early start this morning we drive southwest along the major route of the Great Eastern Road (running east from Lusaka to Chipata). The scenic drive takes us through fertile lands of farms and gentle hills, dotted with little Zambian villages and across the Luangwa River.
Arriving in fast-expanding Lusaka on the southern stretch of our East & Southern African Adventure we continue to a farm outside of the bustling city. We camp in a peaceful rural setting, where we can relax after our long day on the road.
The capital of Zambia, Lusaka is the country's most modern and cosmopolitan centre. Set high on a plateau this is the heart of the nation, where the central government is based, major commerce happens and nightlife can be experienced.
Driving further south we make our way to the Zambian border with Zimbabwe, where the Zambezi River forms Victoria Falls. We camp along the mighty river, near Livingstone in Zambia. The camp is a short distance from Vic Falls, serving as our base for the next few adventure-filled days.
Our first adventure takes us to the natural wonder of Victoria Falls to admire the largest sheet of falling water in the world. An awesome sight at any time of year, we get to see this spectacular waterfall up close, even feeling the spray from its crashing waters. The locals call it ‘Mosi-ao-Tunya’ which means the smoke that thunders, a name Victoria Falls lives up to - roaring as it crashes into the Bakota Gorge and sends up a cloud of mist visible as far as 30 km's away. A visit to the spectacular Victoria Falls is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Returning to our lovely camp your guide takes you through the array of adventure activities on offer, helping you to map out your next few days.
Outdoor and adventure activities include horse riding, game walks, canoeing, riverboarding and sunset river cruises. Victoria Falls is renowned for its superb white water rafting, considered some of the best in the world. If you have your heights set higher then you can take the adrenalin inducing leap off the Victoria Falls Bridge, bungee jumping into the deep gorge below or do an exhilarating gorge swing. For those wanting to go higher still, there are thrilling helicopter flips and microlight flights over the mighty Vic Falls.
We spend the next three days on this Overland Camping Adventure in Livingstone, Zambia, camping along the Zambezi. The scenic camp is located inside Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, incorporating the Victoria Falls and 20kms of Zambezi riverside above the falls. The camp is thus ideally located for embarking on game drives and walks in the wildlife section of Mosi-oa-Tunya Park, home to numerous wild animals and birds. Sightings include giraffe, zebra, buffalo, Zambia’s last white rhinos, warthog and various antelope species, as well as crocodiles and hippos lurking in the river.
The next few days are for having fun at your own pace, doing exactly what you choose to in this fantastic place. You have three days to sample the impressive variety of activities available in Africa's Adventure Capital.
When you've had your fill of outdoor thrills, or if you're looking for something other than adventure activities, then there are cultural and historical highlights to visit. Go to local markets to see African carvings, curios and crafts and buy some gifts and souvenirs. Cross over into Zimbabwe to visit a lively township or visit the Livingstone Museum and walk around the historic town. You could also opt to do voluntary work at a local schools project or other conservation or social upliftment projects.
Spend your time between activities resting at our pretty camp and watching the mighty upper Zambezi River flow by, keeping an eye out for wildlife and birds. The camp overlooks the Zambezi River where elephants can be seen crossing the river, along with sightings of various monkeys, hippos and other animals.
Please Note: As in Zanzibar, during your stay in Vic Falls only breakfasts are included to allow for flexibility with activities (half and full day), with some activities including meals. Try out the local eateries in Livingstone or enjoy a selection of reasonably priced meals (budget US$15 -$30 per meal) at the camp restaurant, whilst looking out over the Zambezi River.
We depart from Livingstone after breakfast, taking the short drive to Kasane, gateway to Chobe National Park in northern Botswana.
Botswana’s premier game park, Chobe National Park covers 10566 km² of unspoiled wilderness in northeastern Botswana. This diverse game park is home to one of Africa's largest elephant populations and exceptionally high concentrations of wildlife. Chobe game park hosts lion, zebra, buffalo, giraffe and a variety of antelope species, as well as an abundance of birdlife.
We take a late afternoon Chobe River cruise looking out for hippo, large elephant herds, cape buffalo, sable and a variety of birds along the river’s edge, listening out for the cry of the African fish eagle. Cruising along the river which forms the northeastern border of Chobe Park, we pass through the fertile floodplains that host the only puku antelopes inhabiting Botswana.
Early on the morning of day 27 we embark on a game drive in Chobe National Park. Exploring the grasslands and bush in an open vehicle we look out for the abundance of birds and wild animals that make this one of Africa's finest safari destinations.
After game viewing in Chobe we drive south through rural Botswana, possibly spotting roaming elephants and other animals along the way. In the afternoon we arrive at our camp, located in an area where animals roam freely. Elephants and various kinds of buck are often seen up close at the camp which is unfenced.
Today we head west along the outskirts of the arid Kalahari Desert and salt pans en route to Maun, the gateway to the watery Okavango Delta.
We overnight at a camp near the safari hub of Maun, before our trip into the Okavango Delta. Either this afternoon or when we return to Maun after camping in the Delta, there is usually time to take an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta – a breathtaking experience that enables you to view the vastness of this pristine wilderness.
The jewel in Botswana’s crown, the Okavango Delta is the world's largest inland delta, covering 1.6 million hectares of natural waterways and pristine wilderness. The delta, with its source in Angola, spreads out in an intricate web of channels on the flat plains of Botswana emptying into the desert.
We spend a night camping in the Okavango Delta, experiencing this unique wilderness area up close.
First we drive to a mokoro base in an open 4x4 safari vehicle, where we switch to traditional vessels to navigate by water. Knowledgeable and experienced local guides accompany you in this extensive wetland system “poling” you through the labyrinth of winding channels and lagoons in traditional dugout canoes, called mekoros.
You will also have the opportunity to explore the delta on a thrilling bush walk. Exploring the narrow channels of the delta we look out for wildlife including hippo, crocodile and an array of birds amongst the giant lily pads and tall grasses of the reed-fringed islands.
Our overnight tented camp is set on the banks of a tranquil lagoon, in an area of the watery Okavango Delta often visited by elephants. We stay in tents with twin beds and en suite bathrooms, at our basic but comfortable bush camp. At night you can hear the sounds of the African bush surrounding you for miles as you sleep under starry skies in this remote wilderness – the wildlife experience of a lifetime!
On day 30 we leave the tranquil Okavango Delta, gliding out along the channels in mekoros and then driving back to Maun.
Arriving back at our camp near Maun we have lunch followed by free time to relax or take an optional scenic flight over the delta. The scenic flight gives you a birds eye view over the delta, allowing you to fully appreciate the vastness of the beautiful wilderness area that we just explored. The views over this pristine wildlife haven will take your breath away! Look out for hippos, elephant and buffalo in the waterways and bush and see the watery channels meandering their way through the Delta in the intricate web of this changing wetland system.
Our next stop is at the town of Ghanzi, called the "The capital of the Kalahari". At Ghanzi, situated in the middle of nowhere, we explore the area’s arid landscapes on foot. This wide-open and flat terrain is remarkable for its beautiful sunsets and open skies, a stargazer’s paradise at night. On our guided Bushman Walk we have the opportunity to learn a bit about the nomadic Bushmen tribes that were once the only inhabitants in this desolate area.
Find out more about how the San live in harmony using resources sustainably and treading lightly on their environment, supporting this community project and the San people's way of life.
Around the campfire at night, you can experience the ancient dance rituals of the San Bushman. On special occasions this could be a healing or trance dance, and is an intense spiritual experience for both participants and visitors alike.
In the morning we continue travelling west crossing into Namibia, where we make our way to Windhoek.
We stay in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital city, for the night and get to enjoy some nightlife after our days spent out in the untamed wilderness areas of Southern Africa. Explore the laidback city of Windhoek, located in a basin within in the Khomas Highlands of Namibia.
Discover the rich history of this city with its colonial German heritage and architecture. This small capital city is situated in the geographic epicenter of Namibia, nestled between the Auas and Eros Mountains. Eat out at a local restaurant and let your hair down at the well-known 'Joes Beer House'.
Departing from Windhoek our journey takes us north to Etosha National Park, the "Great White Place" dominated by a vast saltpan. We stay in Etosha for the next two nights, camping near one of the park’s watering holes, all of which are floodlit at night offering exciting nocturnal game viewing.
We embark on a short afternoon game drive upon arrival in Etosha and spend the whole of the next day game viewing.
The 20 000 km² Etosha Park is home to thousands of wild animals and is considered one of the most important game reserves in Southern Africa. This vast game park is inhabited by around 340 bird species and over 100 mammal species, notably the endangered black rhino and cheetah, as well as black-faced impala, tsessebe, roan antelope and gemsbok. In the rainy season shallow lakes form on the pan, with the watering holes supporting Etosha’s wildlife all year-round.
We leave Etosha National Park game viewing en route, to spot some animals not seen on the previous days. Next we make our way back south travelling through the eerie landscapes of the Spitzkoppe area, in the Kunene Province.
The Spitzkoppe area is scattered with exposed granite formations that we explore to see the ancient rock paintings of Bushman tribes. The most impressive of these rock paintings is called “Bushman Paradise”. The peculiar rock formations reach up to 1728m above sea level, offering spectacular views. Explore this dramatic area of Namibia, soaking up its stillness. Witness the ever changing colours of the rock formations, especially at sunrise and sunset, when they take on intense red shades.
Our Spitzkoppe Camp, located at the base of the rocky mountain, is owned and maintained by the local community. All proceeds from our stay contribute to a better future for the local community at Spitzkoppe.
We drive along some of the striking Atlantic coastline, known as the Skeleton Coast en route to Swakopmund, located between the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean.
The quaint colonial town of Swakopmund is Namibia’s premier seaside resort, featuring palm-lined avenues and beachside promenades. Take a sightseeing stroll though the unique town and relax at one of the street-side cafes or get your adrenaline pumping on one of the adventure activities. There are plenty of adventure activities to choose from at Swakopmund including kayaking, quad biking, sand boarding and skydiving as well as scenic flights and guided desert walks.
There are no planned activities scheduled in Swakopmund, leaving you free to pick and choose the activities you like best.
Please Note: Only breakfasts are included in Swakopmund to allow for more flexibility with activities, especially half and full day tours (some of which provide meals). There are lovely cafes and bakeries in Swakopmund offering reasonably priced meals (budget R70-120 per meal).
Today we leave the cool coastline and head inland, due south. Along the way we cross the Tropic of Capricorn, pausing to take photos. Our next stop is the tiny hamlet of Solitaire - Namibia’s smallest town.
Leaving Solitaire early in the morning we continue into one of the oldest deserts in the world, the Namib Desert. First stop - the renowned Dune 45 in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. One of the largest game parks in Africa and Namibia’s biggest conservation area, Namib-Naukluft covers 50 000 km² of dunes, plains and mountains. Reaching the iconic Dune 45 we climb to the top for photographs over the glowing desert dunes. In the Sossusvlei area of the Namib Naukluft Park we see some of the world’s highest sand dunes, reaching up to 300m tall. The towering orange-red dunes of Sossusvlei are ideal for photographic opportunities, especially at sunrise or sunset.
After climbing Dune 45 we have a well-deserved breakfast and continue to Dead Vlei. We take a shuttle and then walk the last stretch to the pan, where a dramatic scene awaits. The white pan contrasts sharply with the dead trees and red-orange dunes around it. From the dunes we head to Sesriem Canyon to see the layers of sedimentary rock exposed through ages of erosion.
Tonight we stay near Sesriem, at a camp with a watering hole where gemsbok are often spotted in the late afternoon.
We continue south through this arid land scattered with strange-looking quiver trees. Our destination for today: the Fish River Canyon. Arguably the largest canyon in Africa and the second largest in the world - this beautiful natural wonder is around 500m deep and over 160km in length. We explore this scenic area enjoying spectacular views over the sharp “Hell’s Bend” corner of the canyon.
We cross into South Africa leaving the unforgettable deserts and vast game parks of Namibia behind. Continuing south we drive to the Orange River, now known as the Gariep River, camping in this dramatic setting overnight. With its source in Lesotho’s Drakensberg Mountains the Gariep River, South Africa’s longest river, almost traverses the continent.
We camp on the banks of the Gariep River on day 41 of this African Camping Safari, enjoying a marvelous African sunset and listening to the birds. Here you have the option of hiking to the viewpoint above the campsite and taking an optional canoe trip on the Gariep River, which is safe for swimming!
The camp is remote but not too basic, with facilities including hot showers, flush toilets and grass covered camping sites. Unwind in the peaceful river setting, enjoying sundowners under a blanket of bright stars.
Leaving the dramatic Gariep River area we proceed south into the Namaqualand region of South Africa. Namaqualand is best known for its prolific display of blooming wildflowers in spring (best seen between August and October).
We overnight at a picturesque campsite near the Olifants River and have the opportunity to sample some of the fine wines (optional extra) of the Western Cape Province of South Africa.
We travel south passing the rich fruit growing area of Citrusdal and admire the spectacular views as we meander down the Picketberg Pass towards Cape Town.
Lastly we reach the beautiful city of Cape Town, our final stop on this Kenya to Cape Town Camping Safari.
We recommend that you arrange to spend a few post-tour days in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town has something for everyone, from outdoor activities and wineland tours to world-class shopping and a lively nightlife.
Please note that this safari requires a mandatory Adventure Pass (Local Payment) at an additional cost. The Adventure Pass includes major tour highlights and activities. This compulsory payment can be made when booking your tour, or at the start of your trip, payable directly to your tour guide. Contact African Budget Safaris for the detailed itinerary listing what is included in the Adventure Pass and see the Full Pricing above for rates.
Transport on this tour is in a 24-seater, custom-built safari truck. The self-contained truck is fitted with onboard tables, individual lockers (70-litre) and a freezer, as well as safety features. The safari truck also features plug sockets, a library and an i-pod jack. Transport includes mokoro (dugout canoe), river boat, 4x4 safari vehicle and ferry.
Accommodation is in two-person dome tents fitted with fly sheets, sewn-in ground sheets, insect screens and foam camping mattresses. Campsites used feature standard bathroom and showering facilities, electricity points and sometimes a shop, bar and swimming pool.
On Zanzibar Island accommodation is in basic travel-class hotels and in the Okavango Delta accommodation is in pre-erected twin share tents with en-suite facilities.
The group prepares the included meals in camp and help with preparation is invited. Most dietary requirements can be catered for on the road, upon request at the time of booking.
Some of our National Park visits and game viewing drives are conducted using local services, to ensure the best quality game driving and to comply with local authority rulings. Using local African guides and service providers also adds to our safari experience and allows us to contribute to the local communities. These local services are included in the Local Payment of the tour.
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