Southern Explorer (42 Days Cape Town to Nairobi)

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This trip offers culture, wildlife and some of the most spectacular scenery to be found in Africa. We travel from the mother city of Cape Town to the bustling capital of Nairobi. We leave the breath taking Table Mountain behind us as we go on search for the mighty big 5 after exploring the beauty of Namibia. Relax on the white sands of Zanzibar before entering some of the world’s best game parks.

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  • Reviews 1 Review
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Camping, Family
  • Activity Level Activity Level Varies
  • Group Size Variable
All about the Southern Explorer (42 Days Cape Town to Nairobi).

This trip begins in Cape Town, South Africa and travels north through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania before ending in Nairobi, Kenya. This trip departs from Cape Town early on Sunday morning. Should you wish to explore Cape Town, an earlier arrival should be planned and accommodation booked through your agent or the Africa Travel Co office.

TRIP CODE: CN42
DEPARTURE POINT: Cape Town, Ashanti Backpackers & Lodge, 11 Hof Street, Gardens
CHECK-IN: 07:30AM DEPARTS: 08:00AM
ACCOMMODATION: Camping
PRE-DEPARTURE MEETING: 5:00PM the day before at the departure point

*All ATC trips include an arrival airport transfer & pre-night accommodation in a dorm room. Please notify us should you not be using these so we can plan accordingly. Should you choose not to make use of these, or in the event that ATC were not updated with your arrival details, no refund will be paid for services not used.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Township Tour
  • Wine Tasting
  • half day canoeing on the Gariep (Orange) River
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Namib Nauklift National Park
  • Transfer to Sossusvlei
  • Swakopmund
  • Spitzkoppe (day trip)
  • Etosha National Park
  • Okavango Delta Excursion
  • Chobe Overnight Excursion
  • Victoria Falls Entry
  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Lake Malawi
  • Zanzibar Ferry, Zanzibar Excursion, Spice Tour, Sunset Dhow Cruise
  • Dar Es Salaam
  • Meserani Snake Park and Cultural museum
  • Serengeti National Park
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Flights
  • Airport departure taxes
  • departure transfer
  • visas
  • meals unless otherwise stated
  • travel insurance
  • laundry
  • personal items
  • sleeping bag
  • pillow
  • tips
  • bottled water
  1. Days 1-8 Cederberg Area, Orange River, Fish River Canyon, Namib Naukluft, National Park, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund

    Before leaving Cape Town, we depart on a township tour in and around Cape Town. This is an included highlight allowing everyone to experience it. From here we head around Table Bay and continue north through the wheat growing ‘bread basket’ of South Africa. We cross the Piekenierskloof Pass into the rich fruit growing area along the Olifants River, named for the vast Elephant herds that used to roam in this fertile valley.

  2. Days 9-10 Swakopmund, Spitzkoppe, Etosha Area

    Founded by the Germans in 1892, their colonial influence is still evident today. Swakopmund has a selection of excellent coffee shops, restaurants & bars as well as many arts and crafts shops selling Namibian curios. There are fine beaches to walk along as well as a great museum, aquarium and galleries to visit. Alternatively, the lovely beach and promenade make for a great relaxing walk – though bathing in the ocean waters may be somewhat chilly! Some of our fellow passengers may leave us in Swakopmund, to be replaced by new passengers joining us for the rest of our trip.

  3. Days 11-17 Etosha National Park, Game Drives, Windhoek, Ghanzi, Okavango Delta, Maun

    Today we make our way across the park, keeping a look out for the many different mammals, reptiles, birds and insects in the various regions. As the vegetation types change, so does the animal and bird life that relies on it, and so different sections of the Park offer a variety of different game options. After a full day of game viewing, we spend the evening relaxing at our camp in the north of the park, Namutoni. After dinner why not head to the waterhole where you can sit and observe the animals may come to drink in the evenings.

  4. Days 18-22 Chobe National Park, Boat Cruise, Overnight mobile excursion, Victoria Falls

    We travel north to the town of Kasane where we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. The Chobe River forms a border between Botswana and Namibia and Zambia and is the main water source to the Chobe National Park. Elephant, hippo and many bird species can be viewed from the campsite while we watch another glorious African sunset. Listen out for the resident hippos!

  5. Days 23-26 Kasane, Chobe National Park, Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion, Livingstone, Lusaka

    ZIMBABWE

    This landlocked country is situated in the southern part of Africa, between the mighty Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers. The word Zimbabwe is believed to have two meanings, 1) it is believed the word Zimbabwe is derived from dzimba-dza-mabwe, which means “large house of stone” in the Shona (Karanga Dialect) language. 2) It is also believed to be derived from the word dzimba-hwe which means venerated houses in the Zezuru dialect of Shona.

    Victoria Falls

    With so many exiting areas to explore within this beautiful country along with its enjoyable weather it makes it difficult to decide where to begin. The adventure activities in the town of Victoria falls along with the Victoria Falls itself are an absolute must. Hwange National Park offers spectacular game viewing, while the Great Zimbabwe Ruins offers you a chapter out of Zimbabwe’s history.

  6. Days 27-30 Lake Malawi Beaches

    Spend the days learning the game of bao from the locals, scour the markets for a bargain or simply relax on the pristine beaches. Malawi’s temperate climate allows for swimming in the clear blue fresh-water lake all year round. Explore the beautiful shore where you’ll happen upon the local fishermen sorting their catch. Traditional fishing techniques are still practiced and to appreciate their boating skills, try to paddle a dugout canoe yourself! At night, you’ll see the ‘fairy’ lights of the fishermen out on the lake. The various beachside campsites along Lake Malawi’s shores offer many optional Excursions including a variety of water sports, horseback rides and a visit to the local village and school (see pricing guide at the end of this document).

  7. Days 31-36 Iringa, Dar Es Salaam, Ferry to Zanzibar, Dar Es Salaam

    This morning we head off early and make our way to Dar es Salaam. We pass through the Mikumi National Park where it is possible to view a range of wildlife from the roadside, totally impervious to the passing traffic. Today’s drive time is extended due to the heavier amount of traffic heading in to the city, but the sights and sounds of Dar’s vibrant outer suburbs are sure to keep you entertained. Look out for the colourful shop-fronts with their sometimes humorous ‘catch phrases’. On arrival in Dar es Salaam, we make our way to our lovely seaside campsite and prepare for our departure to Zanzibar the next morning.

  8. Days 37-40 Arusha, Meserani Snake Park & Masai Cultural Museum, Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha

    From Dar es Salaam we have a long day’s drive through vast sisal plantations and African bushveld to Arusha. On the way, we pass The Pare and Usambara Mountain ranges before driving through the town of Moshi. Moshi is the base for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions and weather permitting; we may even catch a glimpse of this magical mountain’s snowy summit – a photo opportunity not to be missed! Tonight, we stay at a campsite in Meserani on the outskirts of Arusha, before heading out on our Optional Excursions to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater tomorrow.

  9. Days 41-42 Nairobi

    We set off early this morning and make our way to the Tanzania/ Kenyan border and the small border town of Namanga. After completing the border formalities, we continue on our journey to the Capital City Nairobi, after just having experienced a trip of a lifetime!

    From now on you can enjoy some of the many options available in this bustling city: visit The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where you can view the orphaned baby Elephants at feeding time, or head to the Giraffe Centre in Langata, if you haven’t had your fill of game viewing, then Nairobi National Park offers some great day trips or if you haven’t quite got all those souvenirs you wanted, take a “Matatu” to the local curio markets close by the camp.

Meals and menus vary as food is purchased en-route, and is subject to produce that is available seasonally in the areas we travel through. As we support the local communities along the way, fresh produce is mostly purchased direct from the producer or local grower and therefore has an organic appearance. Our safari cooks are able to offer a wide variety of menus with the ingredients available, even if the produce on offer is not of the same selection as what you may be used to back home.

The breakfast spread consists of bread (toast when time allows), spreads and cereals with a hot breakfast every few days. Lunches are mostly prepared en-route with a supply of ‘build your own’ sandwich ingredients available. Dinners are cooked in the evenings on arrival at the campsite. A wide array of dinner menus is on offer during your safari, consisting of curries, stews, pastas, BBQ’s and even roasts!

Our overland vehicles are custom built converted trucks that have seating space for our passengers and a storage area for luggage and all trip equipment. The trucks seat between 27-30 passengers on our camping trips. Most seats are forward facing, though some models have a combination of forward, backward and some inward facing seats with tables. Vehicles have sliding glass windows, and the seating area is raised providing a great advantage for game viewing and photography. Seats are cushioned and there is storage space for personal items like cameras, snacks and day packs in the seating area.

All of the tours operated by ATC are participation trips meaning that all passengers are expected to help out around camp. The crew members running the trip will set up a rota system that will be followed. One day you may be on cleaning duty, the next day you may be on cooking duty and so forth. This is not only to make the trip easier for all involved but also for you as the passengers to get to know one another while on trip.

Overall Rating
5/5
Vivian Huacuja Garcia
Reviewed On 21/05/2018
5/5

It’s a great tour full of adventure. I really enjoy everything about this overland tour, some days were really long because of the looooong drives but most days were amazing and full of fun. The food was amazing, I wasn’t really expecting good food during the camp but the cooks are amazing and really take care of you if you have any food allergy or restrictions. I’m almost finishing the tour now and I really want to keep going. For sure I’ll take another tour soon :)

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