Southern Trek (46 Days Nairobi to Johannesburg)

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Taking in eight countries from Kenya’s bustling capital Nairobi to South Africa’s vibrant Johannesburg, this trip offers you a glimpse into all that is African. It combines the memorable experience of trekking the rare mountain gorilla with wildlife watching in the famous game parks such as the Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Chobe and Kruger, and lazy days on the beaches of Zanzibar and Lake Malawi. It also covers some of Africa’s scenic wonders such as the thundering Victoria Falls and watery channels of the Okavango Delta.

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All about the Southern Trek (46 Days Nairobi to Johannesburg).

This trip begins in Nairobi, Kenya and travels south through Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana, ending in Johannesburg, 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: NJ46
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.
**Note that part of the trip may coincide with family departure (JV/VJ section)

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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.
  • Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Great Rift Valley, Kampala
  • Lake Bunyoyni
  • Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Lake Naivasha
  • Serengeti Excursion
  • Meserani Snake Park & Masai Cultural Museum
  • Dar Es Salaam
  • Zanzibar Ferry
  • Zanzibar Excursion, Spice Tour, Sunset Dhow Cruise
  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Lake Malawi, Entrance to Victoria Falls
  • Chobe National Park, Chobe Boat Cruise, Chobe Overnight excursion
  • Delta Excursion
  • Kruger National Park & Night Game Drive
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
  • Gorilla Permit
  • transfer to gorilla trek
  • personal items
  • sleeping bag
  • pillow
  • tips
  • bottled water
  1. Days 1-3 Masai Mara National Reserve, Game Drives, Eldoret

    Leaving the hustle and bustle of Nairobi we climb the escarpment to our first stop, a viewpoint overlooking a section of the spectacular Great Rift Valley. Descending into the Rift Valley, we enter Masai land where these habitual pastoralists are often seen tending their cattle from the side of the road. We pass through the town of Narok, and continue our drive possibly getting a glimpse of some wildlife along the way. We arrive at our campsite, Acacia Camp in the late afternoon. Acacia Camp looks on to the Meguarra hills and the stream that meanders by on the bottom end forms a natural border to the Masai Mara National Reserve.

  2. Days 4-10 Kampala, Lake Bunyonyi, Gorilla Trek*, Lake Bunyonyi, Kampala, Jinja, White Water Rafting*

    This morning, we cross the border into Uganda where we overnight it the capital city, Kampala. Uganda is a small country of striking physical beauty. Its landscapes vary from the fertile green areas around the northern shores of Lake Victoria to the snow-capped Ruwenzori Mountains in the west and the semi-desert region in the north. The political instability that has haunted Uganda in the past has actually had the positive effect of leaving the country free of the over commercialism so common in other parts of Africa. The current administration under President Museveni has devoted considerable effort and funds to return Uganda to its former status as one of Africa’s most prosperous and, from a tourist’s point of view, one of the most appealing and interesting countries to visit.

  3. Days 11-15 Nakuru, Lake Nakuru National Park, Game Drives, Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha, Nairobi, Arusha

    Departing early, we head back to Kenya, stopping for lunch and supplies en route. We overnight outside Nakuru at a lovely campsite on a local farm. Nakuru is Kenya’s 4th largest town and capital of the Rift Valley Province and lies adjacent to the small but wildlife rich Lake Nakuru National Park.

  4. Days 16-23 Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater*, Arusha, Pangani, Dar es Salaam, Ferry to Zanzibar

    Leaving our camp, we travel via the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito River) that lies adjacent to the Lake Manyara National Park and then up the Rift Valley Escarpment to the higher lying village of Karatu. Karatu offers magnificent views over the surrounding hills and has many well-established wheat farms that add to the picturesque panoramas. Tonight, we spend the evening at a very pleasant campsite in Karatu (campsite has ablution facilities).

  5. Days 24-33 Dar es Salaam, Iringa, Lake Malawi Beaches, South Luangwa National Park, Lusaka, Livingstone

    Leaving Zanzibar in the afternoon, we return to the mainland and another night in Dar es Salaam. Arrival back to camp is usually in the late afternoon, or early evening.
    Winding our way through the beauty of the Tukuyu tea and banana plantations, we head towards Malawi entering the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ through the border post at Songwe.
    Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its total area made up of beautiful Lake Malawi. We travel the length of the western side of the lake, stopping off at various bays and inlets over the next 3 days.

  6. Days 33-36 Kasane, Chobe National Park, Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion, Victoria Falls

    BOTSWANA

    The size of this successful country can be compared to countries such as Kenya or France, and fairly smaller than Texas. Botswana is a landlocked country with borders such as South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe which can all be crossed overland. For such a small country, it boasts an array of spectacular game viewing opportunities such as, hundreds of elephants splashing in the Chobe River and the Okavango Delta and its maze of lagoons.

  7. Days 37-40 Chobe National Park, Game Drive*, Boat Cruise

    After breakfast, we cross the border into Botswana and head to 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. Chobe is one of Botswana’s premier game parks, renowned its large elephant herds. Elephant, hippo and many bird species can be viewed from the campsite while we watch another glorious African sunset.

  8. Days 41-46 Nata, Maun, Okavango Delta*, Palaype, Kruger National Park, Game Drives, Nkambeni Camp, Johannesburg

    Heading out early, we have a fairly long (450kms) drive today to the small town of Palapye, situated about halfway between Francistown and Gaborone (Botswana’s Capitol). This popular ‘stopover’ town for those en route to South Africa, is well known for the Morupule Colliery coal mines which supplies Morupule Power Station, Botswana’s principal domestic source of electricity.

    SOUTH AFRICA

    With nine different provinces, 11 official languages and 3 capital cities, South Africa will most definitely make you stop in you tracks and go – WOW.

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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