Ultimate African Overlander

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Was £4,469

£3,575

Duration: 58 days

Trip code: UAO

This breathtaking African Overland adventure takes you from the Northwest plains of Kenya to the coastal cities of South Africa. En route you will experience some of the greatest things this continent has to offer, including stunning National Parks full of wildlife and unique tribal villages from long ago. Travelling with a group and guide, you’ll make camp in beautiful landscapes and explore sparkling cities and villages. You’ll even get up close to a family of Mountain Gorillas in Uganda. This epic tour will blow you away and make you fall in love with Africa forever!

Trip highlights

  • Tick off 8 incredible African countries from your travel bucket list!
  • Enjoy magical game drives through stunning National Parks, including the Serengeti and Etosha
  • Enjoy a 3-day retreat to the beautiful island of Zanzibar
  • Get up close to majestic Mountain Gorillas in Uganda!
  • Camp beneath starlit skies in the great African outdoors
Further trip information

When booking this trip there are two options:

  1. Ultimate African Overlander
  2. Ultimate African Overlander + Adventure Pass

The Adventure Pass includes a range of activities over the course of the tour, including game drives and excursions. This Adventure Pass is mandatory. You can either purchase it at time of booking (with option 2) or purchase it in country for approx. USD1890

Day 1: Nairobi – Lake Nakuru National Park. Depart Nairobi and journey through the ‘Great Rift Valley’, a stunning stretch of plunging rocks that travels all the way down to Madagascar! Arrive at Lake Nakuru National Park and enjoy an afternoon game drive.

Please note: Because the tour departs Nairobi early on day 1, we recommend you arrive at least one day before the beginning of your tour. Extra accommodation will be at your own cost.

Day 2: Lake Nakuru -  Eldoret. Travel north to Eldoret, the 5th largest town in Kenya. Camp in the forested hills just outside Eldoret and see ancient tribalSirikwa holes.

Day 3: Eldoret – Kampala.Cross the border into Uganda, and discover the scenic delights of this incredible country. Arrive at Kampala, the capital, and explore this vibrant city of markets, restaurants and bars.

Day 4: Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National Park. Journey past verdant hills, sprawling banana groves and dramatic mountain slopes en route to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park. Trek to Kyambura Gorge and get up close to chimpanzees in the wild – a magical experience!

Day 6-8: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Lake Bunyonyi. Travel on to Lake Bunyonyi, a spectacular lake dotted with green islands. On one day, you will head out for an unforgettable Mountain Gorilla Trek. You will meet a local guide and delve into thick forest in search of gorillas. Once you find a family, you’ll sit and watch them for around an hour. An enchanting experience!

Day 9: Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala. Travel away from Lake Bunyonyi and around the northern fringes of Lake Victoria to Kamapala. Make camp and sleep under African stars.

Day 10-12: Kampala – Jinja. Head across to Jinja, a town on the banks of the River Nile.Opt to try out some white water river rafting, or make a difference as a volunteer at a local school project. (Optional activities at extra cost).

Day 13: Jinja – Eldoret. Return to Eldoret. Spend the evening chatting with your fellow travellers at camp.

Day 14-15: Eldoret– Nairobi. Cross the Equator (again!) and return to the Kenyan capital. Top up on some history and culture with a visit to the National Museum of Kenya, or get up close to wonderful wildlife at the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre.

Day 16-17: Nairobi – Maasai Mara Reserve. Leave Nairobi behind and drive to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Plunge through tree lined paths and broad, shimmering plains in search of the Big 5.

Day 18: Maasai Mara Reserve – Nairobi. Head back to Nairobi where you’ll spend the night.

Day 19: Nairobi – Arusha, Tanzania. Cross the Tanzania border and head to Arusha, the capital of safari in Tanzania! Spend some time exploring the city’s colourful markets and meeting its friendly people before heading to camp on the outskirts of the city.

Day 20: Arusha – Serengeti. Leave Arusha and travel west to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area and out onto the Serengeti plains. Listen to the roars of lions and cackles of hyenas in the warm night air.

Day 21: Ngorongoro Crater. Journey out of the plains and climb the outer wall of the Ngorgongoro Crater. Camp on the rim of the crater and watch the sky fill with a sea of stars.

Day 22: Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha, Meserani Snake Park. Descend the steep slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater and enjoy a morning game drive. Then head back towards Arusha and camp at Meserani Snake Park.

Day 23: Arusha – Bagamoyo. Wake up early and travel south to Bagamoyo. Make camp near the gorgeous beaches that look out over the Indian Ocean.

Day 24: Bagamoyo - Dar es Salaam. Head south and soak up the lively atmosphere of Dar with its high rises, colourful markets and Arabic architecture.

Day 25-27: Zanzibar Island. Hop across to the idyllic spice island of Zanzibar by ferry. Sample the tasty local seafood, try a spot of scuba diving or snorkelling or just laze beneath the swaying palms and soak up the stunning scenery in paradise! You’ll also have a break from camping, with 3 nights in hotels!

Day 28: Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam. Enjoy a final few hours on Zanzibar before catching the ferry back to the mainland. Make camp on the coast and prepare for the next legof your adventure!

Day 29: Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National Park. Leaving the lively city of Dar es Salaam behind, drive inland to your campsite near the Makumi National Park.

Day 30: Mikumi – Iringa. Today you’ll climb in altitude until you reach a remote and rural farm house, where you’ll spend the night.

Day 31-32: Iringa - Chitimba Beach, Malawi. Travel through amazing mountain passes, banana and tea plantations and lush scenery to the Songwe border post, where you’ll cross over into Malawi. The following day you’ll make your way to magical Lake Malawi.

Day 33-34: Kande Beach, Malawi. You’ll spend the next two nights at Kande Beach by Lake Malawi, where you can try some exciting water sports such as diving, snorkelling or surfing.

Day 35: Kande Beach - Chipata, Zambia. Cross the border into Zambia and arrive at the town of Chipata (formally known as Fort Jameson). Relax and spend another night under the stars in your out-of-town campsite.

Day 36: Chipata – Lusaka, Zambia. An early start along the Great Eastern Road takes you to Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka. You will camp in a peaceful and relaxing farm setting outside the city.

Day 37: Lusaka – Livingstone, Zambia. Your destination today is the town of Livingstone, home to one of the world’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls, Victoria Falls.

Day 38-40: Livingstone, Zambia. Spend the next three days exploring the Victoria Falls area and trying some adrenaline activities.

Day 41: Livingstone – Kasane, Botswana. Cross into Botswana today and travel towards Chobe National Park. You will enjoy a unique ‘Fish Eagle’ cruise on the Chobe River and watch hippos basking, buffalo drinking or elephants splashing in the water.

Day 42: Chobe National Park – Elephant Sands, Nata. Enjoy a morning game drive through Chobe National Park and spot elephant, lion and antelope. Travel to Nata, arriving at the Elephant Sands Lodge in the late afternoon.

Day 43: Elephant Sands – Maun. Head to Maun, Botswana’s fifth largest town, which lies along the banks of the Thamalakane River.

Day 44: Okavango Delta. Enjoy an incredible excursion today! Head into the magical Okavango Delta and take a guided canoe tour among the amazing giant lily pads and grasses of the Delta, searching for a sight of wonderful wildlife such as hippo, crocodile and birds.

Day 45: Okavango Delta – Maun. Cruise back to the polers’ station by mokoro and arrive back in Maun by midday. Enjoy a free afternoon trying exciting optional activities or relaxing in Maun.

Day 46: Maun –Ghanzi. Journey across to Ghanzi on the fringes of the Kalahari Desert. Take a guided bush walk among this barren-looking terrain, led by local San/Bushman and learn all about this ancient people’s way of life. As night falls, immerse yourself in the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushman around the campfire.

Day 47: Ghanzi – Windhoek, Namibia. Depart Botswana and cross into Namibia. Enjoy a night out and sample some local food or make the most of the city nightlife.

Day 48-49: Windhoek – Etosha National Park. Leave Windhoek behind and venture into the wilds of Namibia. Your destination is beautiful Etosha National Park, a vast landscape of orange plains and shimmering watering holes. Enjoy a magical game drive in the park.

Day 50: Etosha National Oark – Sptizkoppe. Plunge south to the delightful Damaraland region, stopping off at Spitzkoppe to admire the ancient bushman paintings, situated high up on rock formations, which offer a spectacular view.

Day 51 - 52: Spitzkoppe – Swakopmund. Travel on to Swakopmund and get involved with adventure activities such as quad biking and skydiving, or wander the city’s galleries and museums. Spend the evenings by the sea, enjoying the cool Atlantic sea breeze and toasting your African adventure with your travelling mates.

Day 53: Swakopmund – Sossus On Foot Camp. Traverse the Tropic of Capricorn and make your way to an epic desert campsite in Namibia’s Khomas region.

Day 54: Sossus on Foot Camp – Sesriem Area. Wake up early to climb the famous Dune 45, and enjoy breathtaking views of the Namib’s orange and yellow sands. Visit the Sesriem Canyon and marvel at the layered rocks that expose the nature of the earth beneath.

Day 55: Sesriem Area – Fish River Canyon. Today you’ll visit the world’s second largest canyon, Fish River Canyon. 500m deep and 160km long, this canyon is an impressive sight and offers many awesome photo opportunities, especially at ‘Hell’s Corner’, an impossibly sharp river bend.

Day 56: Fish River Canyon – Orange River, South Africa. Head to the South African border and make camp on the banks of the gorgeous Orange River.

Day 57: Orange River – Cederberg Region. Cross the border into South Africa, the final country of this multi-country trip! Drive past the wildflowers of Namaqualand and camp by the Olifants River, where you can sample some local South African wines (extra cost).

Day 58: Cederberg Region – Cape Town. Arrive into Cape Town, where your tour ends. Why not spend a few days here, and make the most of this incredible city?

Please note: From 1st June 2017, all tourists visiting Botswana will be required to pay a tourism levy when crossing the border. This levy will be approximately USD30, payable by cash in US dollars. This is subject to change. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.

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