41 Day Cape Town to Kenya 2019-20

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Topdeck's Cape Town to Kenya 41 Day Africa Safari Tour visiting Botswana, Nambia, Chobe National Park, Zambia and Many More!

Ever dreamed of throwing it all in to run away into the wild? Make an escape from the mundane on this extended trip from Cape Town to Kenya, passing through some of the most surreal landscapes you’ll ever lay eyes on. Mingle with wildlife in some of the most remarkable National Parks in the world, scuba dive your way ‘round the turquoise waters of Zanzibar, create footprints in the sand in ancient deserts, and set your pulse racing at the stunning Victoria Falls. Don’t wait for a sign from above – start ticking off your bucket list items. Stat.

Destinations
  • South Africa
  • Namibia
  • Botswana
  • Zambia
  • Malawi
  • Tanzania
  • Kenya
  • Africa
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Youth
  • Safaris
Day 1: Cape Town, South Africa to Cederberg Region
Bust out the chic safari attire – our overland adventure begins in cosmopolitan Cape Town! Overlooked by Table Mountain and bordered by the Atlantic, Cape Town is one of the world's most picturesque cities. Before we leave, we’ll take a tour of the Cape Flats, one of the city’s intriguing townships. After that, we’ll head to our campsite on the Western Cape, where we’ll spend our first night under the huge African sky. This is gonna be one for the books!

Included today:
-Cape Town Township tour

Meals:
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 2: Cederberg Region to Gariep (Orange) River
Tonight we’ll set up camp on the South African side of the Gariep (Orange) River. If you’re looking for a few creature comforts, you’re in luck – our site provides hot showers, flush toilets, grassy floors and even a bar. Hello, sundowners!

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 3: Gariep (Orange) River to Fish River Canyon, Namibia
One of the natural wonders of Africa, Fish River Canyon is around 500 metres deep and over 160 kilometres long, and is the second largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon. Prep your camera lens for amazing photos this afternoon, especially when the sun begins to set over the sharp bend in the river known as ‘Hell’s Corner’. Trust us, it’s friendlier than its name implies.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 4: Fish River Canyon to Namib Naukluft National Park 
After a night near the canyon we’ll continue north until we reach Namib Naukluft Park, which is home to the world’s oldest and highest desert sand dunes. With an overall area of 49,768 square kilometres, the park is larger than Switzerland!

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 5: Namib Naukluft National Park to Solitaire
This morning we’ll trek to the top of the famous Dune 45 and check out the amazing views of the open desert. It’s a spectacular sight, but be warned – it’s an energy-sapping climb to the top (some dunes are over 300 metres high)! After a well-deserved breakfast, we’ll continue deeper into the park. Be sure to bring your camera – the shifting colours of the desert as the sun climbs higher in the sky make for some great photo opportunities. After a day of exploring, we’ll rest our heads in Solitaire.

Included today:
-See Sossusvlei and Dune 45

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 6: Solitaire to Swakopmund
Next up: a few days of adventure activities in Swakopmund. Wanna tick off some bucket list items? This is the place to do it!

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Sandboarding
-Quad biking
-Skydiving
-Deep sea fishing
-Scenic flight

Day 7: Swakopmund
Swakopmund is Namibia's main seaside resort, sandwiched slap bang between the desert and the ocean. Make the most of your time here with a spot of quad biking, sandboarding or skydiving (weather permitting). Not your thing? Steal a moment to yourself and take a look at the town’s many shops, restaurants, museums and art galleries – or simply stroll along the promenade admiring the ocean. #beaut

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Sandboarding
-Quad biking
-Skydiving
-Deep sea fishing
-Scenic flight

Day 8: Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe
Our next stop is Spitzkoppe, where we’ll take a closer look at the ancient bushman paintings that are still visible on the area’s peculiar rock formations. The rocks peak at approximately 2,000 metres above sea level, making for some ah-mazing views – one of the most impressive being the 'Bushman Paradise' cave (Google it).

Included today:
-See the Spitzkoppe Bushman paintings

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 9: Spitzkoppe to Etosha National Park 
Today we’ll make our way north to Etosha National Park. After pitching our tents near a floodlit waterhole (OMG), we’ll embark on a short afternoon game drive. As dusk falls, keep your eyes peeled for a range of nocturnal visitors – including elephants, giraffes, zebras, hyenas... and even lions!

Included today:
-Etosha National Park game drive

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 10: Etosha National Park 
Etosha National Park = the ultimate game viewing destination. Picture this: a barren landscape full of flamingos and pelicans, surrounded by nothing but native bush, scrubland and saline lakes. Trust us, this place is magical! Keep watch for more of the local residents on today’s game drive.

Included today:
-Etosha National Park game drive

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 11: Etosha National Park to Windhoek
Departing epic Etosha, we’ll head south to Windhoek – the capital of Namibia. Quick fact: Windhoek is home to approximately 200,000 people (an extremely small capital by global standards). Pro tip: take the opportunity to check out one of the local restaurants or visit the famous Joe’s Beer House tonight.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 12: Windhoek to Ghanzi, Botswana
In Ghanzi, we’ll head out on a guided Kalahari Bushman walk and discover how the locals manage the resources around them to the max. Tsamma melon, anyone? FYI: Your support of this ecotourism venture will give the Bushmen a sustainable income (plus, it helps keep their culture alive). It’s a win-win!

Included today:
-Kalahari Bushman walk

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 13: Ghanzi to Maun
Maun is the fifth largest town in Botswana, and is packed with an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native huts. We’ll stay here for the night before pressing on to the Okavango Delta tomorrow.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 14: Maun to Okavango Delta
When we get to the Okavango Delta, we’ll travel by mokoro (dugout canoe) past giant lily pads and tall grasses in search of hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds. After settling into our island tented camp, we’ll explore the area on a walking safari. Anyone for critter bingo?

Included today:
-Okavango Delta mokoro/walking safari

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 15: Okavango Delta to Maun
Back to Maun! Spend the rest of your time here on your own watch, taking in the awesome natural scenery from camp.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 16: Maun to Nata
We’ll stop off at Nata on our way to Kasane. Get excited for allllll the animal-spotting opportunities tomorrow will bring!

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 17: Nata to Kasane
First things first today: a fish eagle boat cruise! Try and catch a glimpse of the sneaky bird (and other varmints too). They’re out there. We know they’re out there (eyes emoji).

Included today:
-Fish eagle boat cruise

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 18: Kasane to Livingstone, Zambia
Bye bye, Kasane. Today we’ll be making tracks to Livingstone – where the almighty Victoria Falls awaits. Not only that, but we’ve got some awesome optionals for you to get involved in, too. How about a bungy jump over the falls? Or a spot of gorge swinging? Or some abseiling? Or whitewater rafting?

Included today:
-Visit Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Victoria Falls)

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Victoria Falls bungy jump
-Chief Mukumi Village tour
-Gorge Swing
-Zambezi jetboating and cable car
-Half-day canoe safari
-Zambezi sunset cruise
-Whitewater rafting
-Fishing

Day 19: Livingstone
This is Africa’s adventure capital, so get out there and make the most of it! We’ve got optional whitewater rafting, gorge swinging and even bungy jumping to fulfil all of your adventure needs. If you want to take it easy, you could go fishing or take a sunset cruise on the Zambezi (both optional).

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Victoria Falls bungy jump
-Chief Mukumi Village tour
-Gorge Swing
-Zambezi jetboating and cable car
-Half-day canoe safari
-Zambezi sunset cruise
-Whitewater rafting
-Fishing

Day 20: Livingstone
Of course, there’s more to Livingstone than hair-raising activities – which is why you have another day to check out the markets and museum, visit a nearby village, or simply relax on the serene campsite deck and watch the Zambezi River flow rapidly to the Falls.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Victoria Falls bungy jump
-Chief Mukumi Village tour
-Gorge Swing
-Zambezi jetboating and cable car
-Half-day canoe safari
-Zambezi sunset cruise
-Whitewater rafting
-Fishing

Day 21: Livingstone, Zambia to Lusaka
Today we’ll make tracks to Zambia's urban metropolis, Lusaka. A commercial hub and centre for the government, Lusaka is home to dusty tree-lined streets and bustling local markets that ooze African flair. Our campsite for the evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing spot on a farm, far from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 22: Lusaka to South Luangwa
We’ll leave Lusaka early this morning and take the Great Eastern Road through lush countryside to South Luangwa National Park. This area of outstanding natural beauty is rightly known as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Did you know? The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River and its oxbow lagoons is among the most intense in Africa. After setting up camp, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy however you like. Anyone for an optional village tour or walking safari?

Included today:
-Visit South Luangwa National Park

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Village tour
-Walking safari

Day 23: South Luangwa to South Luangwa National Park 
What better way to start the day than with a morning game drive along the river’s edge? A whole bunch of animals and birds call this area home. After the game drive, kick back at Warthogs Bar or take a dip in the swimming pool (100% the best place to cool off during the hot hours of the day).

Included today:
-South Luangwa National Park game drive

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Village tour
-Walking safari

Day 24: South Luangwa National Park to Kande Beach, Malawi
Also known as ‘Lake Nyasa’, Lake Malawi covers almost a fifth of the country’s area and provides the livelihood for many fishermen. True story. Expect to see the locals in their bwato (dugout canoes made from hollowed-out tree trunks) fishing on the lake at the break of day. After arriving at Kande Beach, you’ll have some free time to get acquainted with the area. Sweet!

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Horse riding
-Scuba diving
-Snorkelling

Day 25: Kande Beach
Wanna grab a slice of today’s optionals? Go for it! We’ve got horse riding, snorkelling and scuba diving on offer. It’s also worth taking the time to get to know some of the locals – they’re renowned for being some of the friendliest in Africa!

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Horse riding
-Scuba diving
-Snorkelling

Day 26: Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach
Today we’ll take a scenic drive through rubber plantations to Mzuzu, the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi. After stopping to grab supplies, we’ll head to Chitimba Beach – our home for the next two nights.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 27: Chitimba Beach
Got itchy feet? Then you may wanna take an optional hike to Livingstonia with a local guide. Be sure to rest up beforehand – the trek may take a while!

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Hike to Livingstonia

Day 28: Chitimba Beach to Iringa, Tanzania
Today we’ll climb through Tanzania’s Southern Highlands all the way to Kisolanza Farm House – a working farm famous for its hot showers and chocolate brownies. Home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years, Kisolanza provides beef, lamb, chicken and vegetables to the surrounding markets, as well as further afield in Dar es Salaam.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 29: Iringa to Mikumi National Park
Today we’ll make our way east to Mikumi, where there’s an optional National Park visit on offer. Tonight: sip sundowners at the local bar before gathering around the open fire and stargazing at our camp.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Visit Mikumi National Park

Day 30: Mikumi National Park to Dar es Salaam
With luck, we may spot forest elephants or giraffes feeding near the side of the road on our way to Dar es Salaam – a humid, bustling seaport city full of high rises and colourful markets. We’ll set up camp at our site on the beach just outside of the city centre, with a chance to browse the local markets (if we have time) before heading to Zanzibar tomorrow.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 31: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar
After kicking things off in Dar es Salaam, we’ll hop on a ferry and set a course for the island of Zanzibar. Once in Stone Town, choose from the optional activities: a spice tour, a visit to the Arab Fort, the site of the old slave market or the Palace Museum are all here.

Please note: As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic safari lodge/hotel accommodation and breakfast on Zanzibar is included. However, you will need to arrange your own lunches and dinners. We usually divide our nights in Zanzibar between accommodation in Stone Town and accommodation on one of the northern beaches, but there are no set activities – the time is entirely yours to do as you please.

Included today:
-Ferry to Zanzibar

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Spice tour
-Visit the old slave market site
-Visit the Arabic Fort
-Visit the Palace Museum

Day 32: Zanzibar 
Zanzibar is known as ‘Spice Island’. Go for a wander around the bazaars today and you’ll soon discover why! This afternoon, we’ll swap Stone Town for the beautiful beaches in the north of the island. Why not try a spot of optional scuba diving or a snorkelling safari? If you just wanna relax, you could always opt in for a massage...

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Spice tour
-Scuba diving
-Visit Mnemba Island
-Dhow snorkelling safari
-Massage
-Sunset cruise

Day 33: Zanzibar
You’ve got a free day to spend on Zanzibar’s palm-fringed beaches. Snorkel, scuba dive and round off your day with a sunset cruise (all optional). We won’t blame you if you never want to leave!

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Spice tour
-Scuba diving
-Visit Mnemba Island
-Dhow snorkelling safari
-Massage
-Sunset cruise

Day 34: Zanzibar 
It’s your last full day on this beautiful island, so make the most of it. Take to the water, or just get your tan on.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Spice tour
-Scuba diving
-Visit Mnemba Island
-Dhow snorkelling safari
-Massage
-Sunset cruise

Day 35: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam
Bye bye, Zanzibar! We’re jumping on the ferry back to vibrant Dar es Salaam, where we’ve got your dinner covered.

Included today:
-Ferry to Dar Es Salaam

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 36: Dar es Salaam to Marangu
All aboard our overland truck! Today we’re travelling inland from the Indian Ocean coast to the grassy plains of Northern Tanzania. Tonight we’ll camp in Marangu, a town close to the base of Mt Kilimanjaro. Keep an eye out for the mighty mountain’s peak.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 37: Marangu to Arusha
Today we’ll continue on to Tanzania’s sprawling safari capital: Arusha. Here, we’ll head out on a guided walk in the local Maasai village and you can even cross off a true bucket list experience with an optional camel ride! Oh – we’ll also swing by a snake park today.

Included today:
-Visit a Maasai village
-Visit a snake park

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Camel ride

Day 38: Arusha to Serengeti National Park
Prep your day pack (or a small bag) – today we’re transferring to smaller 4x4 vehicles for a two-night/three-day game viewing trip through Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Trust us, these safari vehicles are decked out with ALL the animal spotting necessities – pop-up roof included. After passing into the park we’ll drive around the crater’s rim and down onto the Serengeti plains, where we’ll try to spot the Big Five (as well as hyenas, cheetahs, wildebeest and antelopes). Wow x 100.

Included today:
-Visit Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 39: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater
Spend the morning game driving out on the plains, then ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater (after a well-deserved lunch, of course). Tonight we’ll camp on the rim of the crater. Did you know? At 326 square kilometres in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is Africa’s largest intact caldera AND a World Heritage Site.

Included today:
-Visit Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 40: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha
Rise and shine! This morning, we’ll descend down the steep dirt road of the Ngorongoro Crater for a spot of game driving. Keep your eye out for all the major mammals – except giraffes, which struggle to manage the steep slopes leading down onto the crater floor. After our game drive, we’ll retrace our steps to our campsite in Arusha.

Included today:
-Visit Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 41: Arusha to Nairobi, Kenya
Today we’ll make our way across the Maasai Steppe to the Kenyan frontier. When we get to Nairobi, we’ll go our separate ways. Where to next?

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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