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Nile Route

Cairo - Cape Town with Gorillas

142 DAYS THROUGH Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia (+ 9 more)
PRICE:
$12,470 (USD) + 6,950 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
142 days
ACCOM:
55% Camping
45% Hotels
PHYSICAL:
TRIP CODE:
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DEPOSIT:
$875 (USD)

Itinerary

Day 1 - Cairo ( 18th Nov 2017 )

Border Information: if joining in Cairo, you will most likely enter Egypt at Cairo International Airport (IATA code: CAI).

There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will need to check your Sudanese visa or make sure the necessary preparations have been done to pick your visa up in Cairo or Aswan. They will also need to check the Ethiopian visas of anyone going beyond Khartoum.

In the afternoon we will have an included half-day guided visit to the Egyptian Museum. We will go to the museum by metro or by taxi, and be shown around the vast and breathtaking collection of historical relics and treasures, including the sarcophagus of Akhenaten, the mummy of Ramses II and of course the incredible golden mask of Tutankhamun!

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Cairo before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Cairo.

In Cairo we wil stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Guided tour of the Cairo Egyptian Museum

Included in Kitty
Optional Entrance to the Mummy Room in the Egyptian Museum, which displays the mummies of some very important Pharoahs such as Akenaten, Ramses II and Hatshepsut EGP 100
Optional Visit The Pharonic Village, a showcase of various scenes of everyday life in Ancient Egypt EGP 150
Optional Explore the medieval Islamic fortress of the Cario Citadel, built by the warrior Saladin, and the beautiful Ottoman Mosque of Muhammed Ali Pasha EGP 50
Optional Visit the collection of Egyptian Coptic Christian heritage at the Coptic Museum and the nearby Hanging Church EGP 50
Optional See the 9th-century Nileometer on Rhoda Island, which was once used for carefully measuring the height of the Nile during the annual flood EGP 15
Optional Entrance to the distinctive Cairo Tower, the tallest building in North Africa (when open) EGP 70
Optional Explore the scenic Al Azhar Park, an oasis of beautiful greenery within Cairo, built in tradition Islamic style EGP 7
Day 2 - Cairo ( 19th Nov 2017 )

Today we will set off in a local chartered minibus for an included full-day guided tour to Memphis, the pyramids at Saqqara, the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.

We will aim to be back in Cairo for around 4:00pm today and stay overnight in the same hotel.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Guided visit to the Giza and Saqqara Pyramids, Cairo

EGP 120
Included

Visit the site of Dashur, with the fascinating Red and Bent Pyramids built by the 4th Dynasty Pharoah Sneferu - includes entrance to the interior of the Red Pyramid

Included in Kitty
Optional

Entrance to the interior of the Menkaure Pyramid at Giza

EGP 40
Included

Explore the Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza.

Included in Kitty
Included Explore the world-famous site of the Great Pyramids of Giza, the tombs of three Pharoahs of the 4th Dynasty, and the oldest and only remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Included in Kitty
Optional See the reconstruction of an Ancient Egyptian reed boat at the Pyramids of Giza EGP 40
Included Visit the ancient 3rd Dynasty necropolis of Saqqara, including Djoser's Step Pyramid, the oldest complete stone building ever built in the world Included in Kitty
Optional

See the stunning Sound and Light show at the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx

EGP 120
Included

Explore the remains of Memphis, the old capital of Lower Egypt

Included in Kitty
Day 3-4 - Alexandria ( 20th Nov 2017 to 21st Nov 2017 )

Today we will start our journey by travelling up to the Mediterranean coast to the bustling city of Alexandria, where will spend 2 nights exploring the sights. We will have the chance to visit the beautiful modern Alexandria Library, explore various historical sites, and to go diving in the Mediterranean.

In Alexandria we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Visit the Bibliotheca Alexandria, the incredible modern Library of Alexandria

EGP 70
Optional

Scuba diving around the incredible submerged port of Heracleion in the Mediterranean Sea

EGP 800
Optional See the interesting collections and exhibits at the Alexandria Museum, located in a restored Italian-style palace EGP 65
Optional Explore the incredible 2nd-century Roman amphitheatre of Kom El Dikka EGP 15
Optional Visit the incredible Citadel of Qaitbey, a 15th-century defensive fortress on the mouth of the Eastern Harbour EGP 25
Optional Explore the ancient underground catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa EGP 35
Optional

Take a trip out to the incredibly moving war cemeteries of El Alamein, the site of one of the most influential battles of World War II

EGP 50
Day 5 - Port Said ( 22nd Nov 2017 )

Today we will follow the Mediterranean coast across the Nile Delta to reach Port Said, the town at the northern outflow of the Suez Canal.

In Port Said we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included See the famous and influential Suez Canal near Port Said Included in Kitty
Day 6 - Eastern Deserts, Zafarana ( 23rd Nov 2017 )

Today we will travel south following the Suez Canal, then branch out into the Eastern Deserts, visiting the ancient Coptic Monastery of St. Anthony en route.

We will aim to stay in a simple local guesthouse in Zafarana en route.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Visit the ancient Coptic Monastery of St. Anthony in Egypt's Eastern Deserts

Included in Kitty
Day 7 - El Quseir ( 24th Nov 2017 )

Today we will travel down the stunning coast of the Red Sea to explore the Ottoman fort at El Quseir.

In El Quseir we will stay in a pleasant campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Explore the Ottoman Fort at El Quseir

Included in Kitty
Day 8-10 - Marsa Alam ( 25th Nov 2017 to 27th Nov 2017 )

Today we will complete our drive to the beautiful southern Red Sea village of Marsa Alam.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

We will have 2 full days in Marsa Alam to relax on the beaches, enjoy many optional activities on the Red Sea, or to take an optional overnight camel safari out into the nearby deserts of Wadi-el-Gamal!

In Marsa Alam we will stay in a basic local beach guesthouse.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Head out scuba-diving through the coral reefs of the Red Sea

EUR 60
Optional

Explore the coral reefs of the Red Sea from a 'semi-submarine', a boat designed with huge underwater viewing windows

EUR 40
Optional

Take an overnight camel safari out into the Wadi-El-Gamal desert, sleeping out under the stars

EGP 300
Optional Snorkel through the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea, searching for dolphins and other marine life EUR 60
Optional Visit the fascinating traditional camel markets of Shalateen, on the remote coastal border with Sudan EUR 50
Optional Head out for a sunset quad biking trip into the deserts near Marsa Alam EUR 35
Day 11-13 - Luxor ( 28th Nov 2017 to 30th Nov 2017 )

Today we will head to Luxor, a beautiful modern town built on the site of the Ancient Egyptian capital of Thebes, where we will spend 3 nights exploring the incredible historical sites here. We will also try to visit the Temple of Hathor at Dendara en route (if accessible).

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the second day we will have an included guided tour around the world-famous Karnak Temple, which is walking distance from our hotel. This temple contains some remarkably preserved painted walls and many awe-inspiring pillars and obelisks, and was the centre of religious life in Thebes. Our tour will last about 2 hours, and then we will have free time for the rest of the day to explore the temple independently, and to visit the other sites in Luxor such as the smaller Luxor Temple in the town centre, and the small but beautiful Luxor Museum, which is filled with priceless treasures from the area.

On the third day we will have an included tour to the West Bank, which will encompass the Hatshepsut Temple and the phenomenal Valley of the Kings, the location of the tombs of the Pharoahs of the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt.

In Luxor we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Guided tour of Karnak Temple, Luxor

Included in Kitty
Optional

Explore the colossal 18th-Dynasty Temple of Luxor

EGP 65
Optional

Visit the fascinating Luxor Museum of Antiquities

EGP 80
Included

See the remarkably well-preserved painted murals in the Temple of Hathor in Dendara

Included in Kitty
Included Explore the phenomenal royal tombs at the Valley of the Kings on the West Bank of the Nile Included in Kitty
Optional Visit the world-famous tomb of the Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings, the only Egyptian royal tomb ever discovered undisturbed EGP 100
Included Visit the impressive Temple of Hatshepsut, built to honour one of Egypt's most influential Pharoahs Included in Kitty
Day 14 - Edfu, Aswan ( 1st Dec 2017 )

Today we leave Luxor and visit the incredible Temple of Edfu, an awe-inspiring temple dedicated to Horus built during the Ptolomaic era, which is considered to be the best-preserved cult temple in Egypt.

We will then continue on to the southern city of Aswan - here is where we will pick up the Sudanese visas of anyone who has arranged them to be processed here in advance.

In Aswan we stay in a comfortable hotel in the centre of the town, next to the Nile River.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Take a guided tour of the Ptolomaic-era Temple of Horus at Edfu, considered to be the best preserved temple in Egypt

Included in Kitty
Day 15 - Aswan, Nile Felucca ( 2nd Dec 2017 )

Today we will board a traditional felucca sailboat for an overnight adventure exploring the Nile by boat.

Our accommodation tonight will be on board the felucca.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Discover the River Nile by boat on an afternoon and overnight felucca trip

Included in Kitty
Day 16-17 - Aswan ( 3rd Dec 2017 to 4th Dec 2017 )

We will return from the felucca to Aswan, where we will have 2 full days to enjoy to wealth of history and culture that Aswan has to offer, and to make optional visits to the Philae Temple, Elephantine Island, the Nubian Museum, and the Aswan Dam. If the group are keen to extend the felucca trip, we also have time to allow this possibility.

We will return to our same hotel in Aswan for these 2 nights.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Visit the Philae Temple, a beautiful Ptolomaic-era temple to Osiris on an island near Aswan

EGP 110
Optional

Visit the controversial Aswan High Dam

EGP 30
Optional

Take a boat trip out to Elephantine Island to explore its ruins and Nileometers, and to the beautiful botanical gardens on Elnabatat's Island

EGP 90
Optional

Explore the Tombs of the Nobles near Aswan, the rock-hewn tombs of nobility all the way from the Old Kingdom to the Roman era

EGP 40
Optional Visit the Nubian Museum, a fantastic showcase of Nubian culture and civilisation EGP 20
Optional Explore the nearby Fatimid cemetery, a rare window into the 10th and 11th-century Fatimid Caliphate era Free
Optional Visit the incredible Roman-era Temple of Kalabsha, constructed in tribute to Mandulis, the Nubian sun god EGP 50
Optional Learn all about the process and techniques of mummification at the Luxor Mummification Museum EGP 60
Day 18 - Abu Simbel ( 5th Dec 2017 )

Today we will drive with the 11:00am convoy to the small village of Abu Simbel, where we will have an included visit to the phenomenal Temples of Ramses and Nefertari, with a possibility to visit the sound and light show after sunset (if it is running).

In Abu Simbel we will stay in a basic local guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Visit the awe-inspiring world-famous Temple of Ramses II and Temple of Nefertari in Abu Simbel

Included in Kitty
Optional Watch the fantastic Sound and Light show at the Abu Simbel Temples EGP 60
Day 19 - Wadi Halfa ( 6th Dec 2017 )

Border Information: Exit Egypt at Qustol, enter Sudan at Qustol.

Today we will take an early transport ferry across to the east side of Lake Nasser, and then head across the border where we meet our local facilitator who will accompany us in Sudan. We will then drive a short distance to the dusty northern Sudanese frontier town of Wadi Halfa, where we will spend the night.

In Wadi Halfa we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.

Day 20-21 - Wawa, Dongola, Karima ( 7th Dec 2017 to 8th Dec 2017 )

Over the next 2 days we will journey through the remote areas of Northern Sudan and the vast Sahara Desert. En route we will visit many ruined temples of the Kushite era, including the Temple of Soleb near Wawa, the Deffufa of Kerma near Dongola, and the pyramids at Jebel Barkal mountain near the town of Karima.

On both of these nights we will wild camp out in the remote deserts, which is the true highlight of travelling overland through Sudan!

Estimated Drive Times - 4-7 hours each day.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Visit to the Kushite temples and climb to the summit of the distinctive Jebel Barkal mountain

Included in Kitty
Included

Visit the pre-Kushite Temple of Deffufa, a 5,500 year old Nubian archaeological site built by the Kerma civilisation

Included in Kitty
Included

Explore the ancient Kushite Royal Pyramids at Nuri, near Karima

Included in Kitty
Included

Cross the Nile and explore the remote Kushite Temple of Soleb

Included in Kitty
Day 22-24 - Musawwarat, Meroe, Naqa ( 9th Dec 2017 to 11th Dec 2017 )

Over these days we continue our journey into the heart of Sudan, visiting the incredible and haunting Nuri pyramids and Meroe pyramids of the Kushite era. We will then continue south to visit the Kushite ruins at the sites of Naqa and Musawwarat.

We will wild camp in the Sudanese deserts on these nights.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours each day.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Explore the ancient Kushite temples of Naqa and Musawwarat

Included in Kitty
Included

Guided visit of Meroe Pyramids

Included in Kitty
Day 25-26 - Khartoum ( 12th Dec 2017 to 13th Dec 2017 )

Today we will complete our journey to the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, where your tour leader will have to collect the passports of everyone in the group to register our visas.

We will have the rest of the day and the whole of the following day to freely explore Khartoum, including possible optional trips to the impressive Grand Mosque and the bustling Omdurman market.

In Khartoum we stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Explore Omdurman market in Khartoum

Free
Optional

Witness the confluence of the Blue and White Niles at 'The Mogran' near Khartoum

Free
Optional

Learn all about the Islamic Mahdist era with a visit to the Khalifa House Museum and the Mahdi's Tomb in Omdurman

USD 1
Optional Visit the various interesting museums of Khartoum - the Presidental Palace Museum, the National Museum and the Ethnographic Museum SDD 1
Day 27 - Gedaref ( 14th Dec 2017 )

Today we will drive from Khartoum to the small town of Gedaref, en route to the Ethiopian border.

In Gedaref we will either stay in a basic local hotel in the town or bush camp in the deserts outside.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 28 - Gondar ( 15th Dec 2017 )

Border Information: Exit Sudan at Metema, enter Ethiopia at Metema.

Today we have a full day's drive to cross the border into Ethiopia and reach the ancient royal city of Gondar.

In Gondar we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Day 29 - Gondar ( 16th Dec 2017 )

Border Information: if joining in Gondar, you will most likely enter Ethiopia at Gondar Atse Tewodros Airport (IATA code: GDQ).

There will be a group meeting at the joining hotel at 6:00pm. Please look out for a note from your tour leader at the reception when you arrive giving more details about this important meeting. If you are continuing to Kenya or beyond, your leader will need to check the validity dates of your Ethiopian visa.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Gondar before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Gondar.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Learn all about medieval Ethiopia on a half-day guided tour of the castles, churches and baths of Gondar

Included in Kitty
Optional Enjoy a tour of the local Dashen brewery in Gondar USD 8
Day 30 - Gondar ( 17th Dec 2017 )

Today, we will have an included half day guided tour of the historical sites of Gondar, including Gondar Castle, the King Fasilades' Baths and the Debre Birhan Selassie church. 

In Gondar we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Day 31-33 - Simien Mountains National Park ( 18th Dec 2017 to 20th Dec 2017 )

Today marks the start of our 3-day excursion into the Simien Mountains National Park. We will first drive to Debark, where we will have a briefing from our local mountain guide explaining the various trekking options we will have during our excursion, before heading into the National Park.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

The area is home to some of Africa's most jaw-dropping mountain scenery and is a great opportunity to enjoy some incredibly beautiful treks and breathtaking views!

The area is also home many indigenous animals, and during our time here we hope to spot Lammargeyer vultures, geladas, Walia ibex, and (if we are very lucky) klipspringers and Ethiopian wolves.

We will spend 3 nights in the incredible Simien Mountains National Park. On each day we aim to provide an option for a long trek (of 5-8 hours), a short trek (2-5 hours) or no trekking.

On our first day, we aim to wild camp at the area of Sankaber. On our second and third days, we aim to wild camp at the area of Chenek (underneath Ras Bwahit, the second-highest mountain in the Simiens, which we hope to get the opportunity to summit).

Please note that we must keep a flexible itinerary in the Simien Mountains, as our options will largely be determined by the weather. 

Please also note that the camping areas in the national park are very basic, and are essentially wild camps with long drop toilets. Please also note that the food and provisions available in Debark and the National Park are very limited, and it is also likely to be very cold at night (often dropping below freezing), so please be prepared!

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Guided treks in the Simien Mountains National Park

Included in Kitty
Day 34 - Debark, Simien Mountains National Park ( 21st Dec 2017 )

Today is our final day in the Simien Mountains National Park, and we make our way back to Debark for the night.

In Debark we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Day 35 - Axum ( 22nd Dec 2017 )

Leaving Debark behind us, we continue our journey with a full day of driving through the foothills of the Simien Mountains to reach the ancient town of Axum in the far north of Ethiopia. The roads here are very tough, but we are rewarded with more truly breathtaking scenery!

In Axum we will stay in a basic hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 8 hours (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Day 36 - Axum ( 23rd Dec 2017 )

Today we will have an included half day guided tour of the incredible historical sites of Axum, the capital of the once-mighty Axumite Empire - included in this tour will be seeing the Stelae Field, the Tomb of King Kaleb, and the Palace of the Queen of Sheba.

We will have a free afternoon to have the time to optionally visit other places such as the Church of St. Mary of Zion, the supposed resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Guided tour of palaces and temples in historic Axum

Included in Kitty
Optional

Visit the Church of St Mary of Zion at Axum

ETB 200
Day 37 - Mekele ( 24th Dec 2017 )

Today we will continue through the breathtaking mountain scenery of the Adwa mountains and visit one of the famous rock-hewn churches of Tigray (either the Abraha Atsbeha or Wukro Chirkos church) near to Mekele.

In Mekele we will stay in a decent local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Explore the Tigray rock-hewn churches at Mekele

Free
Day 38-39 - Danakil Depression ( 25th Dec 2017 to 26th Dec 2017 )

After breakfast meet your 4 x 4 vehicles and drive to Hamed Ella. On the way you will pass through the beautiful Tigre Villages and the escarpment of the Afar depression, this is commonly known as the cradle of mankind is part of the Great East African Rift Valley. Along the way you will see camel caravans going to the traditional salt minin or to the North Eastern highlands of the country, loaded with salt bars in the old traditional way. We will also stop at Brehalle where we will get our permits and scouts for the trip into the Danakil Depression. 

On the second day you we drive to Dallol. Here in Dallol you will visit the beautiful land covered by salt, sulfur and different minerals that gives the area a spectactular colour. We will then continue on to Lake Asale to watch the Afar and Tigre men cut the salt into bars and load up their camels before they head to the highlands of Ethiopia. 

We will wildcamp at Hammed Ella both nights for this excursion. The final day we will then make our way back to Mekele visiting villages along the way. 

 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Journey out on an incredible 3 day/2 night excursion to the Danakil Depression. 

Included in Kitty
Day 40 - Mekele ( 27th Dec 2017 )

Today we will finish our time in the beautiful Danakil Depression. We will make our way back to Mekele to stay in a basic hotel overnight. 

Day 41-43 - Lalibela ( 28th Dec 2017 to 30th Dec 2017 )

Today we will have a full day drive to the town of Lalibela. 

Estimated Drive Time - 9 - 10 hours.

On our first day in Lalibela, we will have an included full-day guided tour of its world-famous 13th-century rock churches. Our guide will be able to explain the fascinating history of Lalibela and its churches, and there will be plenty of time to explore, absorb the haunting atmosphere inside the churches, and take plenty of photographs of the incredible architecture and the religious rituals within.

On our second day, we will have a free day for further exploration or optional activities. We will have opportunity to hike up the nearby mountains to the Asheten Monastery, visit the Yemrehana Kristos cave church outside the town, or freely explore the Lalibela churches again at your own pace.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Explore the highlands of Lalibela on foot, possibly walking to the nearby Asheten Monastery ETB 500
Included

Guided tour of the ancient rock churches and monasteries at Lalibela

Included in Kitty
Optional Visit Yemrehana Kristos, the very unique 'church in a cave' near Lalibela ETB 600
Day 44-46 - Bahir Dar ( 31st Dec 2017 to 2nd Jan 2018 )

Today we will drive to Bahir Dar, a small town on Lake Tana, the source of the mighty Blue Nile.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

On our first day in Bahir Dar, we will have an included boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the famous old monastery of Gabriel Ure Kideth and to visit the spot where the lake outflows into the start of the Blue Nile. 

On our second full day, we will head off in the truck to visit the Blue Nile Falls and take a short walk around the area to the historic Portuguese Bridge. We will have some free time in the afternoon to visit some other spots around Bahir Dar such as the 'Hippo bridge' and the Tigray war memorial.

In Bahir Dar we will stay in decent local hotel.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Boat trip on Lake Tana from Bahir Dar to visit the monasteries

Included in Kitty
Included

Explore the stunning Blue Nile Falls just downstream of Bahir Dar

Included in Kitty
Day 47 - Debre Markos ( 3rd Jan 2018 )

Today we will continue our journey south towards Addis Ababa. We will break the journey with a nightstop in a basic local hotel in the small town of Debre Markos en route.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Overland journey north of Addis Ababa, passing through the immense Blue Nile Gorge Free
Day 48 - Addis Ababa ( 4th Jan 2018 )

Today we will complete our journey to the bustling Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. En route we will drive to the bottom of the dramatic Blue Nile Gorge and up the other side!

In Addis Ababa we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Visit "Lucy", one of the oldest complete hominid skeletons ever found, at the National Museum

ETB 10
Optional

Stroll through the Addis Ababa Mercato, one of the largest markets in Africa

Free
Optional

Visit Africa Hall, a symbol of African independence and optimism

Free
Optional

Visit the St. George's Cathedral (Giorgis Cathedral), built to commemorate Ethiopia's victory over the Italians in 1896

Free
Optional

Visit the Menelik Mausoleum, built to serve as the tombs of emperors and princes

Free
Optional Explore the fascinating Ethnological Museum, one of the best museums in Africa set in a former palace of Haile Selassie ETB 100
Day 49 - Addis Ababa ( 5th Jan 2018 )

Border Information: If joining in Addis Ababa, you will most likely enter Ethiopia at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (IATA code: ADD).

There will be a group meeting at the joining hotel at 6:00pm. Please look out for a note from your tour leader at the reception when you arrive giving more details about this important meeting.

The rest of the day before this meeting will be free to explore Addis Ababa and visit the city's many museums - we recommend that you arrive early (or the night before) if you would like the chance to fully explore the sights of Addis Ababa. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Addis Ababa before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Addis Ababa.

In Addis Ababa we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Visit "Lucy", one of the oldest complete hominid skeletons ever found, at the National Museum

ETB 10
Optional

Stroll through the Addis Ababa Mercato, one of the largest markets in Africa

Free
Optional

Visit Africa Hall, a symbol of African independence and optimism

Free
Optional

Visit the St. George's Cathedral (Giorgis Cathedral), built to commemorate Ethiopia's victory over the Italians in 1896

Free
Optional Explore the fascinating Ethnological Museum, one of the best museums in Africa set in a former palace of Haile Selassie ETB 100
Optional

Visit the Menelik Mausoleum, built to serve as the tombs of emperors and princes

Free
Day 50 - Lake Ziway ( 6th Jan 2018 )

Today we will leave Addis Ababa and head to the small town of Ziway.

After lunch we will take an included boat trip across Lake Ziway to Tulu Gudo Island, where we will have a short guided tour of the ancient monastery there and view some of the old religious manuscripts.

In Ziway we will stay in a small local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Take a boat trip across Lake Ziway to Tulu Gudo Island, and explore the old Coptic monastery on the island

Included in Kitty
Day 51-53 - Bale Mountains National Park ( 7th Jan 2018 to 9th Jan 2018 )

Today we will leave Ziway and drive to the stunning Bale Mountains National Park.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

We will enjoy 2 full days to explore the National Park. We will keep one day completely free to head out for optional guided walks - there are several possibilities for routes, including highland routes up the hills and moorlands searching for mountain nyalas, or lowland walks through the forest areas to look for Bale monkeys! On the other day we will drive in the truck up to the Sanetti Plateau, all the way to the fourth-highest point in Ethiopia (the 4359m summit of Tulu Dimtu) to explore the primeval landscape and search for Ethiopian wolves.

In the Bale Mountains we will stay in dorms in a basic lodge near the entrance to the National Park.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Horse/mule treks or guided hikes through Bale Mountain National Park

Included in Kitty
Included

Head up to the incredible Sanetti Plateau on a day trip with our overland truck, stopping to explore the area on foot and search for Ethiopian Wolves

Included in Kitty
Day 54-55 - Wendo Genet, Awassa ( 10th Jan 2018 to 11th Jan 2018 )

Today we will head north to the small town of Awassa, where we will have an included visit to the Awassa Children's Project in the afternoon. This is a home for local children orphaned by the HIV epidemic, and we will be shown around and see how public donations and the support of Dragoman goes towards feeding, sheltering and educating the children.

After our visit we will head to Wendo Genet, a small town in the hills above Awassa, where we will stay for the 2 nights.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to explore the region, go on an optional walk to some nearby waterfalls, or take a dip in the nearby hot springs.

In Wendo Genet we will camp in the grounds of a small local hotel.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Relax in the Hot Springs at Wendo Genet

Included in Kitty
Optional Head out on a short walk to the waterfalls near Wendo Genet ETB 100
Included

Visit the Dragoman-supported Awassa Children's Project, a home for orphaned children from the area

Included in Kitty
Day 56 - Arba Minch ( 12th Jan 2018 )

Today we will travel to the town of Arba Minch, a small town overlooking Lake Chamo. 

In Arba Minch we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Hire bicycles to explore the stunning surrounds of Arba Minch

ETB 200
Optional

Boat trip on Lake Chamo to see the crocodile 'market'

ETB 450
Optional

Visit the fascinating village of Chincha to learn all about the culture of the Dorze people

ETB 100
Day 57 - Arba Minch ( 13th Jan 2018 )

Border Information: If joining in Arba Minch, you will most likely enter Ethiopia at Arba Minch Airport (IATA code: AMH).

There will be a group meeting at the joining hotel at 6:00pm. Please look out for a note from your tour leader at the reception when you arrive giving more details about this important meeting.

The rest of the day before this meeting will be free to explore Arba Minch. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Arba Minch before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Arba Minch.

In Arba Minch we will stay in a basic local hotel. 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Hire bicycles to explore the stunning surrounds of Arba Minch

ETB 200
Optional

Boat trip on Lake Chamo to see the crocodile 'market'

ETB 450
Optional

Visit the fascinating village of Chincha to learn all about the culture of the Dorze people

ETB 100
Day 58-60 - Omo Valley Region ( 14th Jan 2018 to 16th Jan 2018 )

Over the next 4 days/3 nights we will be exploring the remote and rarely-visited tribal areas of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia.

We will keep these days on a flexible itinerary so that we can react to news of special events being hosted by particular villages or tribes; as such, we cannot provide an exact itinerary for these days. However, we will aim to visit various tribal villages in the area, such as villages of the Hamer, the Mursi and the Konso tribes. 

In the Omo Valley we will camp in basic campsites on each night without the possibility of upgrades, and we will try to spend at least one of the nights camping in one of the tribal villages (this is not guaranteed to be possible on every trip). 

Estimated Drive Times - between 4-9 hours each day (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Please note that we will be travelling through very remote areas with rough roads and basic conditions on these days. Please also note that it is absolutely vital that you follow your tour leader's directions regarding responsible tourism in these regions, especially with regards to giving things away for free and taking photographs of the locals.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Guided Omo Valley Tribal Tour visiting either the Hamer, Banna, Mursi or Ari tribes.

Included in Kitty
Day 61 - Konso ( 17th Jan 2018 )

Today we will arrive in the town of Konso, marking the end of our time in the Omo Valley region.

In Konso we will camp in the grounds of a basic lodge.

Day 62 - Moyale, Arba Minch ( 18th Jan 2018 )

Today our group will split between those finishing in Arba Minch and those continuing towards Nairobi.

Those ending their trip in Arba Minch will have a local transfer back to Arba Minch today, where you stay in a local hotel. 

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.

Those continuing south will have a full drive day across the Kenyan border to Moyale, where we will stay in a basic local hotel or camp in a local campsite.

Border Information: Exit Ethiopia at Moyale, enter Kenya at Moyale.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Day 63 - Samburu Village, Arba Minch ( 19th Jan 2018 )

This is the final day for those leaving in Arba Minch.

For the group continuing towards Nairobi, today we will have an early start and travel through the very rarely-visited region of northern Kenya, crossing the infamous Moyale-Marsabit road to the central Samburu region. The scenery along this route is spectacular, as you travel through the black lunar landscapes near Marsabit and pass mountain greenery, spectacular craters, watercourses, bush country and termite mounds.

We will reach the Samburu region near to the small town of Archer's Post this evening, where we will visit a Samburu village - this evening there will be fantastic display of traditional singing and dancing from the Samburu villagers, and a chat around the camp fire with the locals to ask them all about their way of life.

We will camp in the village in the heart of the community tonight, where there are no toilet or washing facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-12 hours.

Please note that due to security issues in this particular area, we will sometimes be accompanied by two armed police escorts between Moyale and Archer's Post.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Visit to Samburu tribal community and cultural project

Included in Kitty
Day 64 - Samburu National Reserve ( 20th Jan 2018 )

This morning we will be shown around the Samburu village by our hosts - we will be shown around their homes, play with the children and learn all about the way of life here for the Samburu people! We will then enter the Samburu National Reserve, where we will enjoy game drives in the truck (breaking for a long lunch during the heat of the day).

Samburu is a stunning National Reserve and is a great opportunity to spot big game such as cheetah, leopards, lions, and buffalo. The Reserve is also home to other animals rarely seen in the National Parks further south, such as Grevy's zebras, Somali ostriches and gerenuk ('giraffe-necked antelopes').

Tonight we will wild camp in a camping area in the National Reserve - facilities are very basic, but the area is a 5-10 minute walk from Samburu Lodge.

Please note that during very wet conditions we may need to use locally-chartered 4x4 jeeps rather than our truck to get a good game drive in - in this instance we may make this option available at extra cost.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Wildlife safari in Samburu National Reserve

Included in Kitty
Day 65-66 - Naro Moru ( 21st Jan 2018 to 22nd Jan 2018 )

Today we will get up early to spend the morning enjoying some more excellent game driving in our truck through the Samburu National Reserve. When the animals start to take shelter from the heat of the midday, we will exit the reserve and drive to the small village of Naro Moru at the base of Mount Kenya.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

On the next day, we will have a free day in Naro Moru to take optional walks around the lower slopes of Mount Kenya, explore the nearby Mau Mau caves, or take an optional game drive in the nearby Sweetwaters National Reserve.

In Naro Moru we will stay at a well equipped campsite.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Visit the spectacular Thomson Falls at Nyahururu

Free
Optional

Guided walk to the Nayaroi Caves in the foothills of Mt. Kenya, used by the Mau Mau during the rebellion against British colonial rule

KES 1000
Optional

Head out horse riding in the forests around Naro Moru

KES 1000
Optional

Nature walks around the base of Mt. Kenya, searching for birdlife and Colobus monkeys

USD 15
Day 67-68 - Nakuru National Park ( 23rd Jan 2018 to 24th Jan 2018 )

Today we will head through the hills of central Kenya, through the area's beautiful scenery and tea plantations, to arrive at Nakuru.

If we make good time on the drive we may have the opportunity to take a walk around the working dairy farm where our campsite is, and to visit a local women's knitting collective.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

On the next day, we head into Nakuru National Park for an included full-day game drive in local safari trucks. Nakuru is a beautiful park with a large lake and many forested areas - it is teeming with wildlife and there is an excellent chance to see both black and white rhinos!

In Nakuru we will stay at a beautiful and well equipped campsite located on a dairy farm on the outskirts of the town.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Safari in Lake Nakuru National Park

Included in Kitty
Optional

Walk to explore a colonial dairy farm and visit a local women's knitting collective

USD 5
Day 69-70 - Naivasha ( 25th Jan 2018 to 26th Jan 2018 )

Today we make our way to Naivasha, on the edge of a beautiful calm lake in the Great Rift Valley. Here we will have the chance to take an optional boat trip on the lake to spot hippos and African fish eagles, and also to visit the Elsamere Born Free Foundation at the old home of Joy Adamson.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to enjoy some excellent optional activities around Naivasha. Naivasha is the base for exploring the Crater Lake Game Sanctuary and the Hell's Gate National Park, two scenic areas that are some of the only places in East Africa where you can safely explore and look for wildlife on foot.

In Naivasha we will stay at a well equipped campsite on the lake shore.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Visit to Lake Naivasha

KES 7000
Optional

Overland through western Kenya and the Rift Valley

USD 40
Included

Horseriding or cycling at Hells Gate

Included in Kitty
Optional

Explore the beautiful landscape and wildlife of Hell's Gate National Park by foot or by bicycle

USD 50
Day 71 - Nairobi ( 27th Jan 2018 )

Today we will drive to the bustling Kenyan capital of Nairobi, where we will have free time on arrival.

In Nairobi we will camp in the grounds of a peaceful eco-camp in the suburb of Karen.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Day 72 - Nairobi ( 28th Jan 2018 )

Border Information: If joining the trip in Nairobi, you will most likely enter Kenya at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (IATA code: NBO).

Welcome to Kenya! There will be a group meeting at the joining hotel at 6:00pm. Please do not be alarmed if there is no welcome note, as this will often be a travelling day for the crew who will be joining you.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Nairobi before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Nairobi.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

NNP Animal orphanage & Safari walk, Nairobi

KES 500
Optional Explore the museum at the site of the former home of Karen Blixen, the author of 'Out of Africa' KES 1200
Optional Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi KES 1000
Optional

Learn all about the different tribal groups of Kenya at the Bomas of Kenya cultural centre in Nairobi

USD 40
Optional Discover some of Kenya's ancient hominids at the National Museum in Nairobi

KES 1200
Day 73 - Kericho ( 29th Jan 2018 )

This morning we will drive on to Kericho, where there is an optional tour around a nearby tea plantation.

In Kericho we will stay at a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Tour of a tea plantation in Kericho

KES 200
Day 74-75 - Jinja ( 30th Jan 2018 to 31st Jan 2018 )

Border Information: Exit Kenya at Busia, enter Uganda at Busia.

Today we have a full day's drive across the border into Uganda as we travel to Jinja, the adventure capital of East Africa!

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to get involved in the many optional adventure activities available here, such as white water rafting, bungee jumping and boat trips on the White Nile!

In Jinja we will stay at a well equipped campsite.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Full Day rafting, Jinja

USD 125
Optional Go bungee jumping above the Nile at our campsite in Jinja USD 115
Optional Go on a boat trip to discover the source of the Nile where the river outflows from Lake Victoria USD 15
Optional Head out on an adventure activity day of rafting, jet boating and bungee jumping USD 240
Optional

Adventure activity combo day of rafting, jet boating and bungee jumping

USD 250
Optional

2 nights in Jinja camping next to the swirling currents of the mighty White Nile

USD 75
Optional Head out for a full day of quad biking at the Bujagali Falls near Jinja USD 160
Optional Head out horse riding along the banks of the White Nile USD 75
Day 76 - Nakitoma ( 1st Feb 2018 )

Today we continue our journey and head north to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary close to the town of Nakitoma. Here we will have the chance to track rhinos on foot with a local ranger!

In Nakitoma we will stay in a well equipped campsite within the Rhino Sanctuary.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Rhino tracking at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

USD 40
Day 77 - Kaniyo Pabidi ( 2nd Feb 2018 )

Today we continue to Kaniyo Pabidi in the Budongo Forest, in the southern part of the Murchison Falls National Park. Here we will head out for our included chimpanzee tracking walk in the afternoon!

Please note that for conservation reasons the maximum group size to track the chimpanzees is 12 people, so if we have a large group we will split in half, one half going on the walk this afternoon and the other half going tomorrow morning.

In Kaniyo Pabidi we will stay in basic dorm rooms in a small lodge in the Budongo Forest.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Trek on foot in the Budongo Forest in search of habituated chimpanzees

Included in Kitty
Day 78-79 - Murchison Falls National Park ( 3rd Feb 2018 to 4th Feb 2018 )

If we had to split the group for chimpanzee tracking, the other half of the group will head out for the walk this morning. When we are ready to continue, we will drive to the central region of Murchison Falls National Park to reach our campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours (to the campsite).

On the next day, we will head out early in the truck for a included morning of game driving around the northern area of the National Park - we will take a local vehicle barge to get over the Nile and pick up a ranger to show us around in search of wildlife!

We will return to our campsite for lunch, and then embark on an included launch cruise on the Nile to spot wildlife from the water and to see the spectacularly-powerful Murchison Falls.

In Murchison Falls National Park we will stay in a well equipped campsite at Paraa on the southern banks of the River Nile in the heart of the park.

Please note that the roads leading into and around Murchison Falls are very poor and can be hazardous in wet conditions. If there has been heavy rain recently, it may not be possible to go into the National Park beyond Kaniyo Pabidi - this is firstly for safety reasons on the drive in, and secondly due to the risk of extreme bogging that will cause us to miss the gorilla treks in Rwanda. We will always endaevour to reach the National Park as per the itinerary; but when this is occasionally not possible, please respect the tour leader's decision in this matter. On these occasions we will be able to utilise this time with spending longer in Lake Bunyonyi and Ruhengeri.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Launch cruise on the River Nile to the mighty Murchison Falls

Included in Kitty
Included

Head out game driving in our overland truck in Murchison Falls National Park

Included in Kitty
Day 80 - Hoima ( 5th Feb 2018 )

This morning we wil make our way out of the national park and head to the bustling town of Hoima. This is a day to absorb the ancient culture on offer. Believe it or not Hoima has its very own palace!

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Day 81-82 - Queen Elizabeth National Park ( 6th Feb 2018 to 7th Feb 2018 )

This morning we travel to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, beautifully set between the Great Rift Valley lakes of Lake Edward and Lake George, undertaking a game drive on our way to the campsite. 

After lunch we will take an included boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, well-known for pelicans, eagles and other wonderful birdlife as well as its healthy population of hippos. During our time in the park we also hope to see elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, Ugandan kobs and waterbucks. 

The next morning we are up early to go on a full day game drive making our way into the depths of the park. We will experience areas of the National Park that are impossible to reach without a full days excursion!

In Queen Elizabeth National Park we will camp at a basic campsite with drop toilets inside the park. Your leader will explain the basic safety aspects of camping in an unfenced area amongst the wildlife upon arrival.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Take a boat trip through the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Included in Kitty
Day 83-84 - Bwindi ( 8th Feb 2018 to 9th Feb 2018 )

Here we will go on what is undoubtedly the highlight of the trip - trekking to see the Mountain Gorillas in their natural forest habitat. 

This region is one of the last remaining sanctuaries for the mountain gorilla. No more than 8 people per day can visit any one habituated family, and visits are strictly controlled to minimise the possibility of disturbance or transmission of disease to the animals. 

Tracking gorillas in the dense forest can sometimes be wet, muddy and uncomfortable. The terrain is by no means easy either, so it can be pretty strenuous and often humid; however, the sheer thrill of coming across a habituated group of gorillas, dominated by a great male silverback, more than outweighs any difficulty. You need to be prepared and fit enough to walk at least 4 hours - uphill and downhill. We can usually get very close to the mountain gorillas, who are placid and gentle, and watching their movements is like seeing a mirror image of yourself! Once you find them, you will stay with the gorillas for one unforgettable hour!

When visiting the gorillas you will be assigned a trekking group and time on your permit. The group may be split up into different trekking groups during the day.

In Bwindi we will stay in a campsite that occasinally has some very special visitors, the incredible mountain gorillas!

Please note that the gorilla permits are paid for in full by the trip kitty - however, Dragoman has to purchase the permits in advance on the customers' behalf, so a higher deposit is charged on the trip price to protect us from losing this money in the event of cancellation - please see the notes at the end for further detail.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Trek out for this once in a lifetime experience - Gorilla Tracking with the endagered Mountain Gorillas in the Impenetrable Forest

Included in Kitty
Day 85 - Lake Mburo National Park, Lake Mburo ( 10th Feb 2018 )

This morning we will make our way into the stunning Lake Mburo National Park. This drive will take us across the equator - a prime moment for some photos!

In the afternoon we may have time for a walking safari or even a boat trip on Lake Mburo.

We will stay in an increbile campsite close to the lake where you may be lucky enough to see hippos leaving the water in the evening.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park

USD 100
Day 86-87 - Jinja, Nakuru National Park ( 11th Feb 2018 to 12th Feb 2018 )

Border Information: Exit Uganda at Malaba, enter Kenya at Malaba.

Over the next 2 days we will travel back to the east through Jinja to Nakuru.

We will most likely split the drive with a nightstop in Jinja, but if the road conditions improve on a different road then we may go via the western town of Fort Portal instead. Both Jinja and Fort Portal have decent campsites to stay in.

Either way, we will reach Nakuru by the second evening and enjoy a night relaxing at a campsite that we are staying in for 2 nights. 

This is our base for tomorrow's excursion into Nakuru National Park. If we make good time on the drive we may have the opportunity to take a walk around the working dairy farm where our campsite is, and to visit a local women's knitting collective.

Estimated Drive Times - 7-9 hours each day.

Day 88 - Nakuru National Park ( 13th Feb 2018 )

This morning we head into Nakuru National Park for an included half-day game drive in local safari trucks. Nakuru is a beautiful park with a large lake and many forested areas - it is teeming with wildlife and there is an excellent chance to see both black and white rhinos.

In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to take a walk around the working dairy farm where our campsite is, and to visit a local women's knitting collective.

In Nakuru we will stay at a beautiful and well equipped campsite located on a dairy farm on the outskirts of town.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Walk to explore a colonial dairy farm and visit a local women's knitting collective

USD 5
Day 89-90 - Maasai Mara National Reserve ( 14th Feb 2018 to 15th Feb 2018 )

Today we will be met by our 6-person 4x4 jeeps that will take us on our 2-night excursion to the Maasai Mara. We will load the jeeps with our personal gear (but we will not need our camping equipment) and then head off to Maasai Mara, leaving our truck behind.

 

We will also be leaving our large bags behind (where they will be stored in a secure location in Nairobi), and advise you to bring along a smaller daypack for your personal gear for this trip that will need to be packed soon after the group meeting before we set off. You should pack clothing for 3 days (including a warm jumper or fleece and long trousers), a waterproof jacket, toiletries (including sun screen and insect repellent), your camera and charger, a small towel, a head torch, a water bottle, books and personal snacks, etc.

 

On arrival, we will have the chance for a short evening game drive in the Maasai Mara National Park before heading to our campsite. The Maasai Mara is an incredibly scenic area and is one of the world's greatest places for wildlife spotting which is absolutely teeming with giraffe, buffalo, zebra, elephants, lions, cheetah, leopards, and other big game! On both nights at the Maasai Mara, we will stay in a basic campground on the outskirts of the National Park. The campsite has set-tents and bedding, but is self-catered (we will use our kitchen equipment brought from the truck).

 

The following day we will go out for the full day game driving in the National Park before returning to our campsite for a second night. There is also the opportunity for a sunset balloon flight over the savannah - demand for this activity is very high so you must reserve this at the time of booking your Dragoman trip to avoid disappointment. Tonight we will stay at the same campsite on the outskirts of the Maasai Mara.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Head out on a phenomenal safari in 4x4s into the Maasai Mara - one of the best areas in Africa for wildlife and scenery

Included in Kitty
Optional Take a hot air balloon flight to see the sunrise over the incredible scenery of the Maasai Mara (alternative to the scheduled game drive). This must be pre-booked through your sales consultant. USD 550
Day 91 - Nairobi ( 16th Feb 2018 )

Today we will have a final game drive in the Maasai Mara in the early morning, before heading back to Nairobi and our campsite in Karen, arriving at about 4:00pm or 5:00pm. This is where we will meet our overland truck and start using the truck's camping equipment. In Nairobi we will stay in a well equipped campsite in the suburb of Karen on the outskirts of the city.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

NNP Animal orphanage & Safari walk, Nairobi

KES 500
Optional Explore the museum at the site of the former home of Karen Blixen, the author of 'Out of Africa' KES 1200
Optional Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi KES 1000
Optional

Learn all about the different tribal groups of Kenya at the Bomas of Kenya cultural centre in Nairobi

USD 40
Optional Discover some of Kenya's ancient hominids at the National Museum in Nairobi

KES 1200
Day 92 - Nairobi ( 17th Feb 2018 )

Border Information: If you are joining the trip in Nairobi, you will most likely enter Kenya at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (IATA code: NBO).

Welcome to Nairobi! There will be a group meeting today at our joining hotel at 10:00am - your tour leader will meet you at the hotel reception. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where this important meeting will take place.

You will then have time to explore Nairobi fully - possible activities include visiting the Karen Blixen Museum, the National Museum and the Langata Giraffe Centre. Your tour leader will let you know some of our reccommendations however you are more than welcome to move through the city independently for the day!

 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

NNP Animal orphanage & Safari walk, Nairobi

KES 500
Optional Explore the museum at the site of the former home of Karen Blixen, the author of 'Out of Africa' KES 1200
Optional

Learn all about the different tribal groups of Kenya at the Bomas of Kenya cultural centre in Nairobi

USD 40
Optional Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi KES 1000
Optional Discover some of Kenya's ancient hominids at the National Museum in Nairobi

KES 1200
Optional Head out on a guided safari walk in Nairobi National Park USD 25
Day 93 - Amboseli National Park ( 18th Feb 2018 )

Today we will head to Amboseli National Park. Here you can experience the iconic view of the African plain with Mount Kilimanjaro standing majestically in the background. We will drive through the park in our truck keeping a keen eye out for all of the animals we will pass.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

 

Day 94 - Arusha, Amboseli National Park ( 19th Feb 2018 )

Border Information: Exit Kenya at Namanga, enter Tanzania at Namanga.

We will have an early start as we head south to cross the border into Tanzania. We will go to the town of Arusha, where we will stop for food shopping in preparation for our excursion to the Serengeti National Park. 

We will then head to our campsite on the outskirts of Arusha. On arrival we should have time to go on an optional walk to a nearby Maasai village, or visit a reptile house and snake-bite clinic that are run by the campsite. We will also prepare and re-pack for the Serengeti excursion starting the following day.

In Arusha we stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Visit to an African snake park

Free
Optional

Take a short walk to a nearby Maasai village to learn all about the life and culture of the Maasai people

USD 7
Day 95 - Tarangire National Park ( 20th Feb 2018 )

Today we will be met by our fleet of 6-person 4x4 jeeps - we will load the jeeps with our camping and personal gear, and then head out for our 4-day excursion to the Tarangire National Park, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, leaving our truck behind.

We will also be leaving our large bags behind (where they will be stored in a secure location), and advise you to bring along a smaller daypack for your personal gear for this trip that will need to be packed soon after the group meeting before we set off. You should pack clothing for 4 days (including a warm jumper or fleece and long trousers), a waterproof jacket, toiletries (including sun screen and insect repellent), your camera and charger, a small towel, a head torch, a water bottle, books and personal snacks, etc.

We will have safety talk with our safari guides and then on to a full day drive within Tarangire National Park. You should have many oportunities for photographs so remember your cameras!

Once we make it into our camp site for the evening will will have our evening meal before the opportunity for a night game drive to Lake Manyara.

Day 96-97 - Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater ( 21st Feb 2018 to 22nd Feb 2018 )

Today we have an optional bike ride or bush walk along the shore of Lake Manyara. Then we will experience the view from the birds perspective with a tree top walkway followed by a traditional Swahili buffet for lunch. 

After lunch we will make our way down into the plains of the Serengeti. We will take an evening game drive around the savanna before heading to our campsite - the area is one of the world's premier spot for wildlife viewing and we hope to able to find elephants, lions, leopards, giraffe and other big game during our time here!

Tonight we will stay at a campsite within the Serengeti National Park. The camp where we stay is very basic (with showers and flush toilets, but no other facilities) but is located right in the middle of the plains, surrounded by animals and their nocturnal noises! Your leader will outline the basic safety rules to be followed when camping in an unfenced location where wild animals are present.

The next morning we will get up very early and we set off in our jeeps for an early morning game drive in the heart of the Serengeti plains. The early morning is the best time of day for wildlife viewing, as many of the animals are at their most active while it is still cool.

There is an option this morning for to take a hot air balloon flight over the Serengeti instead of the game drive - demand is high for this activity, so this must be pre-booked at the time that you book your trip with Dragoman.

We will return to our campsite for lunch, and then aim to exit the Serengeti early afternoon. We will head back through the conservation area to our next campsite, on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, where we will arrive in the early evening.

Again, the campsite tonight is very basic and unfenced. It can often be quite cold on the crater rim so it is recommended that you take some warm clothes for this night.

 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Hot Air Balloon ride in the Serengeti (this must be pre booked through your sales consultant - the cost for this is approximately USD650)

USD 650
Included

Head on an unforgettable safari in 4x4s into the Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater National Reserves - three of the world's most incredible areas for wildlife spotting

Included in Kitty
Day 98 - Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha ( 23rd Feb 2018 )

This morning we will have another early start to descend into the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater for a morning game drive. Again, the Ngorongoro Crater is an outstanding area for wildlife spotting, often described as a 'natural wildlife enclosure'. This is the best chance on the excursion to spot black rhinos as well as a myriad of other big game.

We will spend as long as our entry tickets allow in the Ngorongoro Crater before departing, which will usually give us about 3-4 hours of game driving. We will then be dropped off at our campsite back in Arusha, where we are re-united with our truck.

We will have a well-deserved free afternoon to relax at our excellent campsite or to do some of the optional activites on offer here.

 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Visit to an African snake park

Free
Optional

Take a short walk to a nearby Maasai village to learn all about the life and culture of the Maasai people

USD 7
Day 99-100 - Marangu, Lushoto ( 24th Feb 2018 to 25th Feb 2018 )

This morning we will set off again in our overland truck and head east to Lushoto via Marangu, where we have a nightstop camping in the grounds of a beautiful colonial hotel at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. We will go past the whole length of Mount Kilimanjaro where we'll hope for clear skies and fantastic views of the mountain from the road. If the weather allows we will have the option to do some stargazing at camp tonight.

In Lushoto we will camp in the grounds of a hotel. We have 2 nights here. On the second day we can go on a mountain walk for the morning and visit some great viewopints. We have time to recharge before we are on the move again!

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Half day trek out to the stunning Irente view point and community visit to the Irente villages

USD 25
Optional Stargazing in the Usambara Mountains TZS 5000
Day 101 - Zanzibar ( 26th Feb 2018 )

Border Information: If joining at Zanzibar, you will most likely enter Tanzania from Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (IATA code: ZNZ).

There will be an informal meet-and-greet and orientation of Stone Town with our local Zanzibar guide at 6:00pm - please meet at the reception of the joining hotel at this time if you wish to take part in this orientation. Please note that you will not usually meet your regular Dragoman crew tonight, as they will be arriving in Dar es Salaam this evening and will travel to Zanzibar with members of their previous group tomorrow. 

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Zanzibar before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Zanzibar.

In Stone Town we will stay in a good local hotel.

Please note that the first 4 days of this section overlap with our "YND - Nairobi to Zanzibar" trip, so some of the group that come to Zanzibar will leave before we take the ferry to Dar es Salaam. This is because Zanzibar is part of both trips, so it means customers going all the way through do not follow our Zanzibar itinerary twice!

Day 102 - Zanzibar ( 27th Feb 2018 )

Today will be a free day to explore Stone Town, the atmospheric old town on the exotic and beautiful island of Zanzibar!

Your Dragoman crew will arrive on Zanzibar this afternoon, and there will be an important meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - there will then be the option going for sunset drinks at Africa House and heading out to the night markets for a local dinner.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included Explore the beautiful and historic streets of Zanzibar's Stone Town Included in Kitty
Day 103-104 - Zanzibar ( 28th Feb 2018 to 1st Mar 2018 )

On our second day on Zanzibar we will join our local guide for a very interesting and informative tour around the sights of Stone Town and learn about the history of the island. We will then head away from town and take in a tour of a spice plantation, enjoy a local lunch with our guide, then head to Nungwi beach at the very north of the island. Nungwi is the Indian Ocean at its best - bright white sand, sparkling blue sea outstanding seafood and a fantastic chilled atmosphere.

On our third day on Zanzibar, we will have free time to enjoy Nungwi beach and relax, or to try snorkeling, diving, or other beach activities, or maybe go further afield looking for Red Colobus monkeys in the Jozani Forest.

In Nungwi we will spend both nights in a good hotel right on the shore of the ocean.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Snorkelling day trip, Zanzibar

USD 40
Optional

Dhow trip, Zanzibar

USD 20
Optional Explore the beautiful 'Prison' Island near Zanzibar

USD 30
Included

Guided tour of Spice Plantations and local lunch

Included in Kitty
Optional

Scuba diving in the incredible waters of the Indian Ocean near Zanzibar (per dive)

USD 55
Optional

Walk through the Jozani Forest in search of the very rare Red Colobus monkeys

USD 30
Day 105 - Dar Es Salaam ( 2nd Mar 2018 )

Today we will return to Stone Town and then take a ferry from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam, before travelling on the local commuter barge from the city centre to the suburb of Kigamboni. The ferry will take about 2 hours and 30 minutes. The rest of the afternoon will be free to relax at the campsite.

In Dar es Salaam we stay at a beautiful and well-equipped beach camp on the southern side of the bay across from the city.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Sunset kayak trip to explore the mangroves near Dar es Salaam USD 15
Included

Ferry back from Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam

Included in Kitty
Day 106 - Iringa, Mikumi ( 3rd Mar 2018 )

We have a couple of big drives ahead of us to reach Malawi, starting with a journey out of Dar es Salaam and through the hills of the Mikumi National Park.

We will stay in a well-equipped campsite on a working ranch 52kms south of the town of Iringa.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Day 107 - Chitimba ( 4th Mar 2018 )

Border Information: Exit Tanzania at Songwe, enter Malawi at Songwe.

Today is another travel day as we cross the southern highlands of Tanzania and enter Malawi, arriving at the beaches of Chitimba on the northwestern shores of Lake Malawi.

In Chitimba we will stay in a beautiful campsite on the beach.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours

Day 108-109 - Chitimba, Kande ( 5th Mar 2018 to 6th Mar 2018 )

This morning, depending on the preferences of the group, we may have to chance for a short village walk or a woodcarving lesson in Chitimba. We will then continue south along the coast of Lake Malawi to Kande beach, a beautiful spot on the lake shore.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day on Kande beach to relax or to get involved in some of the optional activities available here - there are watersports on the lake, horse riding through the forests and on the beaches, and village walks to see a little bit of the life of the local Tonga people.

In Kande we will stay in a well-equipped campsite.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Woodcarving lessons with the locals in Chitimba

USD 10
Optional

Village walk around Chitimba

USD 10
Optional Guided walk and visit to a local Tonga village USD 10
Optional Horse Riding excursions in the forests and beaches near Lake Malawi USD 90
Optional Canoe hire to explore Lake Malawi from the water USD 10
Optional Snorkelling excursion to Lake Malawi USD 15
Day 110 - Lilongwe ( 7th Mar 2018 )

Today we will head to the Malawian capital of Lilongwe. Hopefully we will arrive by mid-afternoon so that we have the chance to explore the city, its markets and its shops.

In Lilongwe we will camp in a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Day 111-112 - South Luangwa National Park ( 8th Mar 2018 to 9th Mar 2018 )

Border Information: Exit Malawi at Mchinji, enter Zambia at Mchinji.

Today our journey continues across the Zambian border to the stunning South Luangwa National Park, where we will stay for 2 nights.

If we make good enough time on the drive to the campsite, then there may be opportunity for an optional extra game drive upon arrival tonight.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have an included early morning game drive and an included evening game drive, both in open-sided safari vehicles.

South Luangwa National Park is a hidden gem on the safari circuit; it is rarely visited due to its remote setting, but has some incredible populations of wildlife and is one of the only parks in Southern Africa that is open for night driving with spotlights when many of the big game is at its most active. 

In South Luangwa National Park we will stay in a well-equipped campsite.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Kawaza village visit, South Luangwa National Park

Included in Kitty
Day 113 - Luangwa River ( 10th Mar 2018 )

Today we have a full day drive towards the Lower Zambezi area.

Tonight we will stay in a well-equipped campsite at the bridge over the River Luangwa. 

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

Day 114 - Lower Zambezi Area ( 11th Mar 2018 )

Today we drive to our well equipped campsite on the banks of the Lower Zambezi. 

Tonight we will meet our guides who will take us on our two-day canoeing expedition on the Lower Zambezi on the following day - they will give us a full briefing about the canoeing trip on arrival.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

Day 115-116 - Lower Zambezi Area ( 12th Mar 2018 to 13th Mar 2018 )

Today we head out on our 2-day/2-night canoeing trip on the Lower Zambezi river.

This is a fully participatory expedition - everyone will pair up, go out in 2-person canoes and paddle themselves, following the lead boat! Everyone also gets involved in setting up the camps and cooking. All of our gear will be carried in a supply canoe, and wild camps are erected on islands in the river along the way.

This is a fantastic way to see the river, the scenery and some of the wildlife in the area!

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

2 night canoe wildlife safari in the Lower Zambezi area

Included in Kitty
Day 117 - Livingstone ( 14th Mar 2018 )

After breakfast, we have an early morning transfer from our second island wild camp on a fast barge back to the truck, and then continue our journey to Livingstone, on the Zambian side of the world-famous Victoria Falls.

In Livingstone we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

Day 118 - Victoria Falls ( 15th Mar 2018 )

Border Information: Exit Zambia at Victoria Falls, enter Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls.

Today we cross the border to Zimbabwe and to the world famous Victoria Falls, the largest waterfalls in Africa!

Upon arrival in Victoria Falls we will go for a briefing for possible optional adventure activities, then we will have an included visit to the main viewpoints over the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.

In Victoria Falls we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 1-2 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Visit to the incredible Victoria Falls

Included in Kitty
Day 119 - Victoria Falls ( 16th Mar 2018 )

Border Information: If joining the trip in Victoria Falls, you will most likely enter Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls Airport (IATA code: VFA).

There will be a group meeting at 10:00am at the Victoria Falls Rest Camp. Your leader will leave a note on the reception with the details of this important meeting - when you arrive you will easily spot the Dragoman truck as well (to the right-hand-side of the reception), where you'll be able to meet one of our crew.

This afternoon we will have an included visit to the main viewpoints over the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Victoria Falls before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Victoria Falls.

In Victoria Falls we will camp in a well equipped campsite. Our camping ground is centrally located on the Zambezi River only four kilometres from the Falls, the perfect place to use as a base for the vast array of adventure activities on offer in the area. Please note that no meals are included in Victoria Falls.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Visit to the incredible Victoria Falls

Included in Kitty
Day 120 - Victoria Falls ( 17th Mar 2018 )

Today is a free day to allow you to participate in some of the many optional activities on offer. There are various activities and excursions to choose from, including white water rafting and canoeing, horse riding, abseiling or gorge swinging!

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Take a relaxing sunset cruise on the Zambezi USD 55
Optional See the incredible Victoria Falls from the air with a helicopter flight over the waterfalls USD 152
Optional Bungee jump (111m) from the bridge over the Second Gorge of the Victoria Falls USD 135
Optional

White water rafting on the Zambezi

USD 150
Optional

Visit to the incredible Victoria Falls

Free
Optional Horse riding along the scenic banks of the Zambezi USD 95
Optional Enjoy a relaxing canoeing trip on the River Zambezi USD 110
Optional Take a guided walk to a local Matabele village USD 55
Day 121 - Chobe National Park, Kasane ( 18th Mar 2018 )

Border Information: exit Zimbabwe at Kazangula, enter Botswana at Kazangula.

Today our journey begins with a drive across the border into Botswana and the town of Kasane, the gateway to the beautiful Chobe National Park.

This afternoon we will visit the park by taking a boat trip down the Chobe river, seeing how many animals we can spot! The boat trip provides a fantastic opportunity to take some stunning wildlife photographs, getting extremely close to the animals without disturbing them.

In Kasane we will stay in a well equipped campsite in the grounds of a safari lodge.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Take a boat trip to view Chobe National Park's profilic wildlife from the water

Included in Kitty
Optional

Head out on a safari in Chobe National Park in an open-top jeep

BWP 200
Day 122 - Hwange National Park ( 19th Mar 2018 )

We have an early start today as we head towards Hwange National Park. We will take an included afternoon game drive in local safari trucks through Hwange National Park.

In Hwange National Park we will camp in the National Park.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Jeep safari in Hwange National Park

Included in Kitty
Included

Visit to the Painted Dog Conservation project near Hwange

Included in Kitty
Day 123 - Bulawayo ( 20th Mar 2018 )

This morning we will head out on an early morning game drive within Hwange National Park. In the afternoon we will travel to city of Bulawayo in the southeast of Zimbabwe.

In Bulawayo we will stay in a campground with shared facilities, where some upgrades are available.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Learn all about the eco-systems of Southern Africa at Bulawayo's excellent Natural History Museum USD 10
Optional Visit the fascinating Railway Museum in Bulawayo USD 1
Optional Visit Bulawayo's National Art Gallery USD 2
Optional Explore the ancient ruined capital of the Butua civilisation at Khami USD 10
Optional Visit the animal rescue sanctuary at Chipangali USD 10
Day 124 - Bulawayo, Matobo National Park ( 21st Mar 2018 )

Today we will have an included day trip to explore the Mataobo National Park, home to a large population of black and white rhinoceros. We have an incredible safari to track them on foot, and also have the chance to visit the grave of Cecil Rhodes and learn all about Zimbabwe's past. 

 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Guided walking safari in search of White Rhino in Matobo National Park

Included in Kitty
Included

Learn all about the colonial history of Southern Africa at a visit to the grave of Cecil Rhodes

Included in Kitty
Day 125 - Makgadikgadi Pans ( 22nd Mar 2018 )

Border Information: Exit Zimbabwe at Plumtree, enter Botswana at Ramokgwebana.

Leaving Zimbabwe behind, we have a long drive day today into Botswana to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, home to one of the largest salt pans in the world.

At the Makgadikgadik Pans we will camp at a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

Day 126 - Makgadikgadi Pans ( 23rd Mar 2018 )

Today we will have the time for optional excursions into the Makgadikgadi Pans to see the incredible scenery and go in search of meerkats! 

 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Visit and explore a local cattlepost village USD 80
Optional

Overnight or day trip out on quads to explore the Makgadikgadi Pans

USD 195
Optional

Take a day trip by 4x4 jeep to explore the Nxai Xini Salt Pan

USD 120
Optional Take a guided walk around the immense baobab trees found in the area USD 35
Day 127 - Shakawe ( 24th Mar 2018 )

Today we have a big drive from our camp in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to our base camp for the Okavango Delta experience.

Drive Distance - approx 580km / 9hrs

We will spend the night in a camp site with facilities.

Day 128-129 - Okavango Delta ( 25th Mar 2018 to 26th Mar 2018 )

Today we will drive to the village of Sepupa (Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours), where we leave our vehicle and board boats out over to Mokoba island.

Here we will meet our 'mokoro' team, who will take us out into the stunningly beautiful area of the Okavango. We'll board the mokoros (which are small dugout-style canoes) and get poled out into the reed beds of the delta. Each canoe takes two people and is poled through the meandering waterways. Reeds and lily pads line the streams, and birds startled by the mokoros rise out of the long grasses. Punting along, the peace may be shattered by the deep grunting of hippos.

We'll be camping out on an island in the middle of a wilderness area (at a permanent campsite with facilities). All food will be provided by our local hosts.

The next day we will explore the island on foot, and then take the mokoros out to a different island for more game walks, lunch, and then mokoro back to camp. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to swim in a safe area of the delta and have a try at poling the canoes ourselves! We will stay overnight at a houseboat.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Head on an unforgettable 2-day/1-night guided safari deep into the Okavango Delta, including Mokoro trips and bushwalking safaris

Included in Kitty
Day 130 - Grootfontein ( 27th Mar 2018 )

Today we will have an early start and cross the border into Namibia, to the area north of the town of Grootfontein. This region is home to many of the San people, and we will visit a village community project here - we will go on a fascinating 'bushwalk', learning all about the survival skills, crafts and traditional life from our local San guides! After this, we will head to our campsite for the evening.

In Grootfontein we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 8 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Visit to the San Village project near Grootfontein

Included in Kitty
Optional

Visit the Hoba meteorite, the largest known meteorite on Earth

NAD 10
Day 131-132 - Etosha National Park ( 28th Mar 2018 to 29th Mar 2018 )

Today we head west to the stunning Etosha National Park.

Etosha is one of the world's most pre-eminent wildlife areas, and we have an excellent chance to spot some of Africa's most famous animals such as elephant, lion, giraffe, zebra, leopard, oryx, impala, and rhino!

We will stay in the park for 2 days, giving us plenty of opportunity for game drives in our truck in search of the animals here.

In Etosha National Park we will stay in a mixture of the campsites of Namutoni, Halali or Okaukuejo according to availability, all of which are superbly located within the National Park, have excellent facilities and are situated next to watering holes where many animals come for a drink at night.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours each day.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Overland safari through Etosha National Park with excellent wildlife

Free
Day 133 - Spitzkoppe ( 30th Mar 2018 )

Today we will drive south to the stunning mountains of Spitzkoppe. This remote region has breathtaking sunsets and sunrises as the colour of the landscape takes on remarkable oranges and reds.

In Spitzkoppe we will wild camp with very limited facilities. 

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Time to explore in the stunning landscape of Spitzkoppe

Free
Day 134-135 - Cape Cross, Swakopmund ( 31st Mar 2018 to 1st Apr 2018 )

Today we will continue to the old German colonial town of Swakopmund, where we will have 2 nights to explore the town and enjoy some of the many optional adventure activities on offer.

We will also have an included visit to Cape Cross en route from Spitzkoppe, to experience the sight, sound and smell of thousands of olive-coloured seals on the shore.

In Swakopmund we will stay in group Cabins, near town. 

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Learn about Namibia's marine life at the Swakopmund Aquarium NAD 30
Optional

Learn all about the German colonial history of the area at the Swakopmund Museum

ZAR 25
Optional

Take a scenic flight over the Forbidden Coast and the Skeleton Coast

NAD 4000
Optional

Explore the townships of Swakopmund, meeting the local Damara, Herero and Ovambo people

NAD 400
Optional

Head out for a fun morning of sandboarding on the dunes near Swakopmund

NAD 400
Optional

Explore the ocean by boat and search for dolphins, seals, and other marine life

NAD 600
Optional

Take a beautiful sunrise balloon flight over the Forbidden Coast

NAD 3000
Optional

Head out for a quad-biking trip into the Namib deserts near Swakopmund

NAD 550
Optional

Go in search of dolphins on a sea kayak trip off the coast of Swakopmund

NAD 800
Optional

Take a boat out for off-shore fishing in the seas near the Forbidden Coast

NAD 1200
Optional

Head out on horseback to explore the beautiful area around Swakopmund

NAD 690
Day 136 - Sesriem & Soussusvlei, Namib Desert ( 2nd Apr 2018 )

Today we will drive from Swakopmund to Sesriem, our base for exploring the spectacular Namib Desert. If time allows, en route we will have the option to take a short walking tour of the desert around Solitaire where we can learn all about the ecosystem of the desert - please note that our time available for this is dependent on the time of the sunset, as they close the gates to our Sesriem campsite at sunset.

In Sesriem we will camp at a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

 

Day 137 - Bethanie, Sesriem & Soussusvlei ( 3rd Apr 2018 )

Today we have an early morning start to climb to the top of the famous Dune 45 for a dramatic and incredible sunrise view across a vast sea of sand. We will also have chance to explore the otherworldy landscape of the Dead Vlei. In the afternoon, we head south to our river camp near the small town of Bethanie.

At Bethanie we will camp at an eco-tourism campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours (not including the Dune 45 excursion).

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Take a balloon trip over the Namib desert and Dune 45

NAD 5950
Included

Explore the vast dunefields at Sossusvlei

Included in Kitty
Included

Explore the other-worldly landscapes of the Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei salt pans

Included in Kitty
Day 138 - Fish River Canyon ( 4th Apr 2018 )

Today we head south to the dramatic scenery of the Fish River Canyon. Here we will have some time for exploration and taking in the beautiful sunset over the canyon. 

At Fish River Canyon we will camp in a basic campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 8 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Time to explore and take in the jaw-dropping vistas at the Fish River Canyon

Included in Kitty
Day 139 - Noordoewer ( 5th Apr 2018 )

This morning we will drive to Noordoewer, next to the scenic banks of the Gariep (Orange) River - the natural border between Namibia and South Africa. If there is sufficient water in the river we may be able to take an optional canoeing tour on the Orange River. 

NB: If we have arrived late the previous day, the Tour Leader may opt to spend more time at Fish River Canyon before driving to Noordoewer.

In Noordoewer we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Raft the Orange River on the border of South Africa and Namibia

NAD 250
Optional

Head out on a short canoe trip on the Orange River, which marks the boundary of Namibia and South Africa

NAD 250
Optional

Enjoy a dip in the hot springs at Ais Ais

USD 5
Day 140 - Citrusdal ( 6th Apr 2018 )

Border Information: Exit Namibia at Noordoewer, enter South Africa at Noordoewer.

Today we cross the border into South Africa and head down the Western Cape to camp site near Citrusdal. In the evening we will have the option for some wine tasting!

We will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Enjoy a stargazing talk at our campsite in Citrusdal in the Western Cape

ZAR 75
Optional

Sample the delicious wines from the vineyards at the base of the Cederberg Mountains

ZAR 70
Day 141 - Cape Town ( 7th Apr 2018 )

Our final day takes us down the Western Cape to the charming and beautiful city of Cape Town.

This evening you will have the opportunity to enjoy a final group meal to say goodbye to your fellow travellers.

In Cape Town we stay in a well located and busy Hostel. 

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Head out on a full-day wine tasting tour of the famous area of Stellenbosch, just outside of Cape Town

ZAR 650
Optional

Return cable-car trip to the top of Table Mountain

ZAR 250
Optional

Excursion to the former jail on Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned

ZAR 250
Optional

Abseiling, canyoning and hiking on Table Mountain and Platteklip Gorge

ZAR 895
Optional

Visit to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

ZAR 45
Optional

Full-day Shark Cage Diving excursion

ZAR 1400
Optional

Tour to the Cape of Good Hope and the Boulders Penguin Colony

ZAR 540
Optional

Tour of Cape Town Townships and the District Six Museum

ZAR 395
Optional

Visit to the colourful district of Bo Kaap

Free
Optional

Explore the Dutch-built Castle of Good Hope, the oldest colonial building in South Africa

ZAR 28
Optional

Freely explore the beautiful beaches of Cape Town, including those at False Bay, St. James, Clovelly or Fish Hoek

Free
Day 142 - ( 8th Apr 2018 )

Today marks the end of our fantastic adventure.

Border Information: If finishing in Cape Town, you will most likely exit South Africa at Cape Town International Airport (IATA code: CPT).

Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

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