Southern Explorer (42 Days Nairobi to Cape Town)

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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 bustling capital of Nairobi to the mother city of Cape Town. In between we search for the “big five” in world renowned game parks, relax on white-sand beaches, snorkel the magnificent reefs on Zanzibar, and enjoy the tranquil setting along Lake Malawi. Southern Africa doesn’t disappoint with the majestic Victoria Falls, the highest sand dunes in the world in Namibia and impressive Table Mountain.

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All about the Southern Explorer (42 Days Nairobi to Cape Town).

This trip begins in Nairobi, Kenya and travels south through Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia before ending in Cape Town, South Africa. This trip departs from Nairobi early on Sunday morning. Should you wish to explore Nairobi, ATC or your travel agent can assist you, in booking your activities as well as accommodation. However, costs due to earlier arrival, will be for your own account.

TRIP CODE: NC42
DEPARTURE POINT: Nairobi, Wildebeest Eco Camp, 151 Mokoyeti Road West, Langata
CHECK-IN: 8:45AM DEPARTS: 9:30AM
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.
  • Meserani Snake Park & Masai Cultural Museum
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Dar es Salaam
  • Zanzibar Ferry, Zanzibar Excursion, Spice Tour, Sunset Dhow cruise
  • Lake Malawi
  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Entrance to Victoria Falls
  • Chobe Overnight Excursion
  • Chobe National Park
  • Okavango Delta Excursion
  • Etosha National Park
  • Spitzkoppe
  • Swakopmund
  • Transfer to Sossusvlei
  • Namib Nauklift National Park
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Canoeing on the Orange River
  • Wine tasting
  • Township Tour
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 1-4 Arusha, Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha

    This morning we leave the hustle and bustle of Nairobi, travelling south and crossing the border into Tanzania at Namanga. Tonight, we stay in a lovely campsite in Meserani on the outskirts of Arusha, before heading out on our Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater excursion tomorrow.

  2. Days 5-9 Pangani, Dar es Salaam, Ferry to Zanzibar

    We head to Arusha this morning to stock up on supplies before continuing on towards Dar es Salaam.  On the way, we drive through the town of Moshi situated at the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain.  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!  We pass through vast sisal plantations surrounded by The Usambara and Pare Mountain ranges, before reaching our lovely campsite nestled between these mountains, midway between Arusha and Dar es Salaam

  3. Days 10-18 Dar es Salaam, Iringa, Lake Malawi Beaches, South Luangwa National Park, Lusaka, Livingstone

    MALAWI

    A variety of attractions can be found in this exquisite country such as, forest, mountains and many a rural village, but there is one major attraction – Lake Malawi. There are many small rustic resorts along this fresh water lake where you can kick back on the sand, and enjoy the perfect sunset over this lake. Malawi will offer you the perfect sub tropical climate, allowing you ample time to soak up the sun and work on that tan. Lilongwe is the largest city in Malawi, as well as the capital city. Malawi plays host to just over 12 million people, with English and Chichewa being the main languages.

    Lake Malawi

    Most your time in Malawi will be spent enjoying the white beaches and warm waters of Lake Malawi. Lake Malawi is also known as “the lake of stars”, offering an abundance of water activities. With the staggering amount of 500 species of fish, this lake makes for an excellent spot for fresh water diving after meeting and greeting all the welcoming locals.

  4. Days 19-22 Kasane, Chobe National Park, Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion, Victoria Falls

    We leave Zambia and cross the border into Botswana at the Kazangula Ferry. Once we’ve completed the border formalities, we continue to the town of Kasane, situated 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. We then continue on for our Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile excursion – an overnight experience in the wilds of the Chobe National park. Chobe is one of Botswana’s premier game parks, renowned for its large elephant herds. Spend the afternoon in search of wildlife while we game drive to our camp within the park where we spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises of the local wildlife. Look out for the rare Sable and Roan Antelope on your game drive, with their majestic backward slanting horns, or try keep a count of the Lilac Breasted Roller’s that swoop by! After our night in the bush, we head out early to continue our search for wildlife, before packing up the camp and heading back to Kasane.

  5. Days 23-27 Chobe National Park, Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion/Game Drive, Okavango Delta

    After breakfast, we cross the border into Botswana and head to Kasane where we have a chance to explore the town of Kasane. After lunch, once we are packed and prepared, we leave for our Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile excursion – an overnight experience in the wilds of the Chobe National park. Chobe is one of Botswana’s premier game parks, renowned for its large elephant herds. Spend the afternoon in search of wildlife while we game drive to our camp within the park where we spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises of the local wildlife. Look out for the rare Sable and Roan Antelope on your game drive, with their majestic backward slanting horns, or try keep a count of the Lilac Breasted Roller’s that swoop by! After our night in the bush, we head out early to continue our search for wildlife, before packing up the camp and heading back to Kasane.

  6. Days 28-32 Maun, Ghanzi, Windhoek, Etosha National Park, Game Drives, Etosha Area

    Today we head towards the small village of Ghanzi which will be our last night in Botswana. Ghanzi is home to the San / Bushman and you can learn more about them by partaking in the Bushman experience offered by the campsite.

  7. Days 33-36 Spitzkoppe, Swakopmund

    Today we head for Swakopmund, via Spitzkoppe. 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!

  8. Days 37-42 Sossusvlei, Namib Naukluft National Park, Fish River Canyon, Orange River, Cederberg Area, Cape Town

    An early morning start see us travel south through the Richtersveld and the mining town of Springbok, before reaching the region known as Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of Namaqua wildflowers that occur each spring. We spend tonight in a picturesque campsite surrounded by local wine farms and have the opportunity to sample some of the nectar of the gods or to explore the surrounding beautiful Cederberg Mountains. Tonight, is our last night under the stars!

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.

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