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  • Lechwe antelope relaxing in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
  • A Masai tribe welcoming you to their village, Kenya
  • Zebra in the Masai Mara, Kenya
  • The Maluti Mountains in the highlands of Lesotho
  • Hiking to the top of Dune 45, Namibia
  • On the rim of Fish River Canyon, Namibia
  • A pair of giraffe showing their flexibility and having a drink in Etosha National Park, Namibia
  • Elephants walking along the road in the Addo Elephant Park, South Africa
  • Table Mountain in cape Town, South Africa
  • Elephants crossing the road in Kruger National Park,South Africa
  • The white sand beaches of Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
  • Animals congregating around Makat Lake in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
  • A family of gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Uganda
  • At the equator in Uganda
  • A guided walk to see the black and white rhino in Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe
  • A rainbow over Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe
Route:
Nairobi to Livingstone
Days:
76
Style: Adventures for 20s and 30s
Code: BXAUA
From:
US$4,229

US$2,960


+ local payment of US$1,490.00.

If you can’t choose what section of Africa to visit first, then just visit it all on this huge 76 day adventure. Starting in Nairobi and finishing in Livingstone, each day brings new wildlife opportunities, laughter and fun times. There is so much that can be ticked off your bucket list, you won’t know where to start. From the gorilla trek to the Masai Mara and Zanzibar Island to the Okavango Delta, this tour has it all.

What's Included

Excursions

  • Stop at the equator
  • Masai Cultural Museum and Reptile Park
  • 4-days on Zanzibar Island including Stone Town + North Beach
  • Guided Tour of the Spice Plantations + lunch at a local house.
  • Game drive through Mahango Game Reserve
  • Game Drive through Etosha National Park in the Tucan Travel truck
  • Stop off at Solitaire and the Tropic of Capricorn
  • Sesriem Canyon
  • Dune 45
  • Fish River Canyon National Park
  • Game drive through Addo Elephant National Park
  • Drive through Golden Gate National Park
  • Full Game Drive in Kruger National Park from the Tucan Travel truck

Accommodation

60 night(s) camping, 2 night(s) in tented camps, 2 night(s) assisted camping, 11 night(s) in hostels

Transportation

Overland Truck, Ferry

Meals

73 breakfast, 58 lunch, 57 dinner

Staff & Experts

Tucan Travel tour leader, Tucan Travel driver

What's Not Included

  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes  
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.  
  • Optional excursions - Please see the optional excursions on the Tour Notes for a comprehensive list of optional activities and excursions available on this tour.

Group

Group Size: Maximum 34. Average 15-24

Age Range: This tour is for those aged between 18 and 39.

Itinerary

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Day 1 to 1 - Arrive Nairobi

The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.

Many travellers use Nairobi as a stop off point on their way to other parts of Eastern Africa, but there are many activities in the city that may appeal such as visiting orphaned baby elephants or the giraffe centre where endangered Rothschild giraffes are protected and bred.

Optional Excursions

Giraffe centre- KES1000pp (excluding transportation), The Flip Flop Recycling Company – free (excluding transportation) • Karen Blixen Museum, coffee garden & cottages – KES2000 and free entrance to the bar (excluding transportation). • Elephant orphanage KES500 (excluding transportation). Only open 11am -12am when feeding.

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Dinner

Day 2 to 2 - Naivasha

Today we head to Lake Naivasha where we will spend one night. Here you will have a free afternoon to explore the area and chose from many of the optional activities on offer.

Naivasha is the second largest lake in the Great Rift Valley and is a great place to enjoy a boat cruise or guided bush walk to the green crater lake. With patience and a set of binoculars you can see many different species of birdlife found in the thick papyrus and forests of acacia trees fringing the lakeshore. You may also see colobus monkeys and giraffes near the lake.

You can also choose to explore the nearby Hell's Gate National Park on foot or by bicycle on a half day tour. With no predators present this is one of the few parks in Africa where you can enter on foot and walk beside wildlife such as giraffe, zebra, gazelle and warthogs to mention a few while taking in the amazing scenery that surrounds you. Don’t miss a walk through the beautiful and impressive Hell’s Gate Gorge and see why it inspired the stampede scene in Disney’s Lion King. Alternatively you might want to visit Elsamere, the former home of the late Joy Adamson, who became famous for her relationship with the lioness Elsa in the film Born Free.

Approximate Travel Time:Three hours to Naivasha

Optional Excursions

Lake Naivasha boat trip – KES6000 (price dependent on number of passengers) • Elsamere visit – US$10 (transport not included) • Green crater lake hike half day – US$45 • Hells Gate National Park bicycle tour– US$55. The national park has no animals dangerous to man, making it a safe place to go hiking, rock climbing and cycling.

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 3 to 3 - Eldoret

You may awake to some unusual sound effects this morning; from our campsite in Navaisha it is often possible to hear hippos wallowing in the lake’s fresh water. We set off, driving through the wilds of western Kenya until we reach Eldoret. The scenery as we pass varies from mountainous scrubland to tangled jungle ravines and fertile high tea country. The city of Eldoret is located on the Uasin Gishu Plateau west of the Great Rift Valley and was originally known as '64', because it was located 64 miles from the newly built Uganda Railway railhead at Kibigori. It is also famous for producing some of Kenya’s top athletes.

Approximate Travel Time: Seven hours

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 4 to 6 - Jinja

Making our way towards the source of the mighty Nile, we cross the border into Uganda stopping at the adventure sports hub of Jinja. Jinja is known for being the adventure sports hub of Uganda and offers world-class white water rafting on the Nile River as well as quad biking and mountain biking. There is plenty to entertain in this buzzing town!!

For the slightly less adrenaline fuelled people amongst us you will have the opportunity to relax in tranquil surroundings, go for a refreshing swim in the Nile, or perhaps take a walk through the local villages or visit the markets depending on the day of the week.

Approximate Travel Time: Nine hours depending on the border

Optional Excursions

White water rafting grade 3 & 5 Half day/full day – from US$115 • Kayaking from US$85 • Tandem kayaking – US$140 • River boarding – US$140 • Mountain Biking hire – from US$15 • Guided tours – from US$30 • Sunrise and sunset yoga by the River Nile – US$5 • Fishing - from US$80

Accommodation

3 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 3 Dinner

Day 7 to 9 - Lake Bunyonyi (Gorilla Trek)

The next three days are based in Lake Bunyonyi, our start point for an optional excursion to see endangered mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. There are believed to be less than 800 mountain gorillas remaining in the world, and about half of that population live in this forest. To watch them in their natural habitat is a heart-stirring experience. The permit is included, and if you choose to take part in this excursion you will be part of the privileged few but you must book before departure.

You’ll be picked up early in the morning and taken to the national park’s office and then transferred by 4WD truck to the trek point. Specialist guides will track gorilla spoor and look for signs of the gorillas' last movements. Gorilla trekking is unpredictable and the distance can vary as gorillas may move very little or travel some distance while foraging for food. Trekking can be physically demanding at times and the weather can be very changeable, but the once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing these magnificent animals in the wild is entirely worth the effort. It is possible that you may be lucky enough to come within arm's length of these beautiful creatures if they approach you, but you are required to maintain a distance of seven metres from the animals at all times. Your time with the gorillas is restricted to one hour to safeguard the families from excessive human contact.

Back at Lake Bunyonyi, you have the option to visit we will visit the Batwa pygmy village and local school. The school was set up by an ex tour leader with the assistance of two passengers to help the local community and pygmy children integrate into Ugandan society. The cost of this excursion goes directly to the school and donations of school supplies are always welcome. You can also enjoy a cruise on the lake, perhaps take a swim or relax on the shore. Meaning 'place of many little birds', Lake Bunyonyi is about 29 kilometres long and 7 kilometres wide, dotted by 29 islands. Look out for Uganda's national bird, the crested crane, among the 200 other bird species in the area.

Approximate Travel Time: Eight hours to Lake Bunyonyi

Optional Excursions

Gorilla Trek with trekking permit included (needs to be pre-booked prior to travel) – From US$739 • Batwa pygmy village and Lake Bunyonyi excursion- – US$35 • Dugout canoe hire on the lake – US$5 • Mountain biking – US$5 • Half day Pygmy Village tour – US$35

Accommodation

3 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinner

Day 10 to 10 - Kampala

After experiencing the beautiful scenery, spectacular wildlife and welcoming local communities of Lake Bunyonyi, we make our way to Uganda’s capital, Kampala, passing townships and local markets on the way.

Approximate Travel Time: Nine hours to Kampala

Included Excursions

Stop at the equator

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 11 to 12 - Nakuru

Today we make our way back into Kenya where we will spend two nights in the town of Nakuru. You have one full day in Nakuru and can choose to visit Lake Nakuru National Park for a game drive, where you can often catch a glimpse of the many pink flamingos that line the shores of the lake. This is also a great place to spot the critically endangered Rhino’s and look out for leopards, lions, cheetahs, zebras, buffalo, Rothschild giraffes and water birds including terns, stilts, ducks, herons, pelicans, kingfishers and cormorants.

You may instead opt to spend the day at a local school in the slums. This is a non-profit charity providing a safe haven to over 500 destitute children living in the local slum areas. In addition to running their feeding programme this project also provides a free education. A visit to the project will give you a true insight in to the lives of many African children. Your presence here is greatly received and you are encouraged to get involved with playing sports with the children, help with repair works or put your skills to use in the classroom.

Approximate Travel Time: Full day drive to Nakuru

Optional Excursions

Melon Mission – Free

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Day 13 to 14 - Masai Mara National Reserve

This morning we drive to Mai Mahiu Junction where you will transfer into 4WD safari vehicles and head to the Masai Mara Nature Reserve. This is a pre-bookable optional excursion and must be booked in advance . Passengers who decide not to visit the Masai Mara will return to Nairobi where they can enjoy free time.

The Masai Mara is one the world's most famous and expansive wildlife reserves. Covering over 1,500 square kilometres and providing habitat for thousands of animals, and is regarded as one of Kenya’s most popular safari spots. Animals present in the reserve include the Big Five (lions, elephants, Cape buffaloes, leopards and rhinoceros), various grazing mammals which attract carnivores such as cheetahs, hyenas and jackals, as well as over 500 recorded species of birds. We stay just outside the park in permanent tents, enjoying a buffet dinner in the evening.

The following morning we leave camp early for a second game drive, visiting the mighty Mara River en route. During the annual Great Migration, this is the setting for the thunderous display of thousands of wildebeest crossing the river while canny crocodiles lie in wait. At any time of year, the river is vitally important to the ecosystem and a good spot to view animals. We’ll also visit a local Masai village, learning about the vibrant, semi-nomadic herders’ way of life and join them in a local dance.

Approximate Travel Time: Seven hours

Optional Excursions

2 night Excursion to the Masai Mara (needs to be pre-booked prior to travel)- US$549 •Hot air balloon over the Masai Mara National Reserve – US$450 per person, • Giraffe centre- KES1000pp (excluding transportation), The Flip Flop Recycling Company – free (excluding transportation) • Karen Blixen Museum, coffee garden & cottages – KES2000 and free entrance to the bar (excluding transportation). • Elephant orphanage KES500 (excluding transportation). Only open 11am -12am when feeding. • Carnivores Restaurant- US$40

Accommodation

2 night(s) in tented camps. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Day 15 to 16 - Nairobi

For passengers who opted to go to the Masai Mara, today you will return to Nairobi today to re-join the rest of the group, driver and expedition vehicle. You spend two nights back in Nairobi, so still have time to make the most of the optional activities available.

Approximate Travel Time: Four hours to Nairobi

Optional Excursions

Giraffe centre- KES1000pp (excluding transportation), The Flip Flop Recycling Company – free (excluding transportation) • Karen Blixen Museum, coffee garden & cottages – KES2000 and free entrance to the bar (excluding transportation). • Elephant orphanage KES500 (excluding transportation). Only open 11am -12am when feeding.

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Day 17 to 17 - Arusha

Crossing the border into Tanzania, we make our way to Arusha. Our campsite for the evening runs a free clinic on-site offering snake anti-venom to the local people. They treat snake bites and provide free medical care to the nearly 1000 patients a month that come to them for help. There is also a snake and reptile park, Masai museum and craft market. It is here that we will prepare to enter the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.

Approximate Travel Time: Seven hours depending on the border

Included Excursions

Masai Cultural Museum and Reptile Park

Optional Excursions

Reptile Park- FREE • Masai Cultural Museum – FREE but tips welcome

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 18 to 19 - Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater

If you have opted to visit the Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater on our pre-bookable optional excursion you will depart camp early in 4WD safari vehicles. Passengers who have not opted to do this excursion will remain in Arusha where they will have free time to relax or explore the local area.

A place that needs no introduction, the Serengeti National Park, is one of the most famous safari destinations in Africa. We will spend the morning driving to the National Park where we will make a stop to take in the incredible views the overlooking the Ngorongoro Crater - the largest unbroken, un-flooded caldera in the world. The vast 300 square kilometre crater stretches out in front of you in a kaleidoscope of blues and greens and it’s not until you spot the barely discernible grey speck of an elephant that you truly grasp its scale. Continuing on we pass through Serengeti Gate and across the expansive Serengeti plains spotting wildlife before reaching our campsite, located inside the national park.

Every safari is unique and you will never know what’s in store for you until you arrive. Among the hundreds of species in the park, you may encounter zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard, hippopotamus, hyena, elephant, vulture, monkey, warthog, gazelle and impala. Each season offers a different highlight.

Our second day in the park is a full day of game driving, trying to spot the more elusive members of the animal kingdom before heading to our campsite on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.

Optional Excursions

2 night Excursion to Serengeti NP & Ngorongoro Crater (needs to be pre-booked prior to travel)- US$889 • Olduuvai Gorge – 27,000TS or US$12 • Masai Village (in the Serengeti National Park)- US$10

Accommodation

2 night(s) assisted camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Day 20 to 20 - Arusha

For passengers who opted to go on Safari you will depart from your camp on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater for a final morning game drive inside crater itself - a good place to spot black rhinoceros, elephant and lions. You will then return to Arusha for one more night where you will re-join the rest of the group, driver and expedition vehicle.

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 21 to 21 - Dar es Salaam

Today we spend the day driving through Tanzania to reach Dar es Salaam, a bustling port on the Indian Ocean and our gateway to the exotic island of Zanzibar.

Approximate Travel Time: A full day drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 22 to 24 - Zanzibar

Today we are bound for the enigmatic, intoxicating Isles of Zanzibar. Departing our accommodation early we make for the ferry terminal and transfer to paradise. We are met in Stone Town and taken on a guided tour of a nearby spice plantation discovering the many plants that flourish in this verdant, tropical environment. You can sample spices picked straight from the plant including fresh cloves and cinnamon bark before stopping for lunch at a local home.

The UNESCO-listed Stone Town has changed little over the past 200 years. It boasts a labyrinth of walled streets, winding alleys, bustling markets and grand crumbling architecture. You can spend many idle hours simply wandering the streets, shopping at the bazaars and admiring the intriguingly decorated elephant-proof doors before sitting down to watch the sunset with a cold beer and a sumptuous seafood feast. If food is your thing, make sure you check out the excellent night market on the promenade which serves traditional local fare.

Our time in Zanzibar is divided between Stone Town and relaxing on the powder white sands of North Beach. The most beautiful, isolated beaches in Zanzibar lie to the north and east of the island. With sparkling turquoise water and silvery sand fringed with palm trees, these beaches are nothing short of paradise. There are plenty of options available here. Relax and take it easy, indulge with a massage or go diving and snorkelling.

Included Excursions

4-days on Zanzibar Island including Stone Town + North Beach,Guided Tour of the Spice Plantations + lunch at a local house.

Optional Excursions

Dhow sunset cruise – US$25 (depending on numbers) • Snorkelling – From US$45 • Scuba diving – From US$60

Accommodation

3 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 25 to 25 - Dar es Salaam

This afternoon we take a ferry back to the mainland, making the most of our last few hours on Zanzibar Island before we depart. We return to our accommodation in Dar es Salaam, reuniting with our overland truck.

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 26 to 26 - Iringa

Still enjoying the effects of our relaxing island getaway, we take to the open road on our way to Iringa. On the way, we drive through Mikumi National Park where it is possible to see elephant, giraffe, zebra and antelope from the road.

Approximate Travel Time: A full day drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 27 to 27 - Chitimba

Today we cross the border into Malawi. Often referred to as ‘the warm heart of Africa’, Malawi’s charm and simplicity of life is rejuvenating and refreshing. We enter the country at the head of Lake Malawi, travelling along the shoreline to our lakeside camp at Chitimba. Lake Malawi covers roughly a quarter of Malawi’s total land area and is an integral part of the local life.

Approximate Travel Time: A full day drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 28 to 30 - Kande Beach

Departing early we drive south, stopping in the city of Mzuzu where we visit the local market so that you can pick up supplies to create your dress up costume for our party at Kande Beach. In contrast to our previous night’s stay, Kande Beach is a buzzing hive of activity. Its beautiful beach and lakeside bar has a lively atmosphere and as one of the big overland havens. Here you are likely to be in for a party or two!

With two full days you can choose to relax on the shores of Lake Malawi with a cocktail, take a village tour learning about the local way of life, farming techniques, and how the village runs, or go scuba diving or horse riding!

Approximate Travel Time: Four hours

Accommodation

3 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 3 Dinner

Day 31 to 31 - Chipata

We bid farewell to Malawi and cross the border into Zambia, stopping off in Chipata along the way. This busy little town features colourful fruit and vegetable markets and a surprising number of ornate mosques due to its large Indian community

Approximate Travel Time: 10 hours depending on the border

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 32 to 32 - Lusaka

Continuing our journey through Zambia we pass through the country's hottest point, Crooks Corner where temperatures average at approximately 50 degrees. We arrive at Lusaka, Zambia's bustling capital and largest city where we spend the night just outside the city. Our campsite this evening has giraffe and zebra wandering freely among the thatch roofed bungalows and surrounding bush – a truly serene setting.

Approximate Travel Time: Nine hours

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 33 to 35 - Livingstone

Welcome to Livingstone! As well as a gateway to the majestic Victoria Falls, the town, named after the great 19th century Scottish explorer David Livingstone, is also a haven for adrenalin-pumping, heart-stopping adventure activities.

Packed with optional excursions, your time in Livingstone allows time to try out some of the many activities on offer. All the excursions can be booked from our hotel and you can even cross in to Zimbabwe for the day.

Approximate Travel Time: Nine hours

Optional Excursions

Half/full day white water rafting – US$160-170 (Zambezi rafting is generally possible between June and January and is closed throughout the rest of the year) • Victoria Falls Bungee jumping – US$160 • Abseiling – US$55 • Gorge swing – US$95 • Microlight ride - 15 mins – US$155 • Helicopter ride over Victoria Falls (15 mins) – US$165 • Canoeing - full day – US$145 • Jet boat – US$120

Accommodation

3 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 36 to 36 - Chobe Area

We stay near Chobe National Park, home to the most diverse wildlife in Botswana. 11,000 square kilometres of wilderness, flood plains, forests and swamps supports all manner of animal and birdlife. To gain a different perspective on the park and to see the diversity of this incredible place, in the afternoon we have the option to board a boat for a cruise up the Chobe River to see the wildlife from a different viewpoint as the sun goes down. Game is common along the water’s edge; as we glide by you may see elephants, buffalos, kudu, bushback, hippo, giraffe and sable.

Located in north west Botswana, Chobe is a diverse area spanning from the border at the Chobe River, to the now dry Savute Channel and beyond to the borders of the Moremi Game Reserve and Okavango Delta. The park is divided into four distinctly different eco systems: Serondela with its lush plains and dense forests in the Chobe River area, the Savuti Marsh, the Linyanti Swamps and the dry hinterland and it is famous for having one of the largest game concentrations in the African continent.

The next day you will have the option to get up early to go out on a morning game drive. The park has a huge amount of game and our guides will ensure we track them so we can get up close and personal!

Please note: From the 1st of June 2017, you will be required to pay a Tourism Levy of U$30 when entering Botswana. This is payable by cash or credit card.

Approximate Travel Time: Five hours depending on border

Optional Excursions

Sunset game cruise -US$35-40

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 37 to 37 - Maun

Driving across the top edge of the Kalahari Desert we reach the town of Maun, where we will prepare for our optional excursion into the Okavango Delta, Africa's largest freshwater wetland.

Approximate Travel Time: A full day drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 38 to 38 - Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is a huge area of very slow flowing water fed by the Kavango River. The water fans out from the river into a labyrinth of channels, lagoons and palm-covered islands before evaporating over the sands of the Kalahari Desert.

If you have chosen to pre book the optional excursion to the Okavango Delta then you will depart camp early and head to the polling station where you will board a hand-crafted mokoro (small boats with shallow drafts similar to canoes) and glide silently along the reed-fringed waterways, steered by stealthy polers who earn their living transporting travellers along the delta. If you have not booked to go to the Okavango Delta then you can enjoy free time around Maun.

We spend the night camping on small islands in the bush, with our exact camp spot determined by the water level and local conditions at the time. This campsite has no facilities and the polers will dig a communal toilet a safe distance from the camp. You will have a chance to swim in the delta, paddle the mokoros yourself and take walking safaris through the bush and you will share a delicious meal under the stars and around the campfire. The following morning, after another walking safari you will return to the mokoro station and from here you will have the opportunity to fly over the Delta if you choose to do so.

Optional Excursions

Bush camp in the Okavango Delta, Mokoro ride & walking safaris- US$189

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 39 to 39 - Maun

From the Delta you will then return to Maun for one more night where you will re-join the rest of the group, driver and expedition vehicle.

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 40 to 40 - Divundu

Departing Maun we drive through Botswana towards Namibia and cross the border through a narrow strip of land known as the Caprivi Strip. Keep your eyes peeled as we drive through Mahango Game Reserve as you may be lucky enough to spot zebra, giraffe, gazelle and elephants among other wildlife

Please note: A yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving to Namibia from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission; this includes transiting through a yellow fever risk country. Please make sure you have a valid yellow fever certificate with you for inspection by Namibian customs or health authorities, otherwise you could be refused entry or quarantined

Approximate Travel Time: Six hours depending on the border

Included Excursions

Game drive through Mahango Game Reserve

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 41 to 42 - Etosha National Park

We will spend two nights camping in or around Etosha National Park. Where possible we try to stay at the rest-camps inside the park for one or more nights. The campsites inside Etosha National Park have floodlit water holes, meaning that when park law restrictions limit us to our campsite in the evenings, it is still possible to view game at all hours -you can stay up all night if you wish, glimpsing wild animals coming down for a drink at the water's edge. All the campsites inside or outside of the park are very well equipped with great facilities providing us with a great base to explore the park on our full day game drive. Etosha National Park is one of the most memorable places you will visit on this trip.

Etosha National Park is one of the best places in Africa to spot cheetah and the endangered black rhino. Keep your camera lens ready for rare antelope species, the Burchell's zebra and black-faced impalas which roam the wild savannah. You may spot the odd giraffe or two chewing through thorny acacia trees in the woodland areas. Etosha National Park is a bird watcher's paradise with some 340 species inhabiting the park at different times of the year. For a short period after seasonal rains Etosha's vast salt pan is covered by a layer of water which attracts massive flocks of pelicans, flamingoes and other wading birds. While the pan is dry it is notable for the way it dramatically changes colour during the early morning and late afternoon sun.

Approximate Travel Time: Full day in the truck including Game Drive

Included Excursions

Game Drive through Etosha National Park in the Tucan Travel truck

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Day 43 to 43 - Kamanjab

This morning we leave the Etosha area and make our way towards Kamanjab where we stay for the night at the famous Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park. You have the option to to get close to these beautiful creatures which have been rescued, on an optional tour around the reserve. In Kamanjab you also have the opportunity visit a local Himba Tribe where orphaned children are looked after by the village. Himba children are the only children in Namibia culturally excused from attending school and they are raised traditionally by the elders of the village. Donations to the community are accepted and must be given to your guide.

Approximate Travel Time: Seven hours stopping along the way

Optional Excursions

Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park - $N70 (Namibian Dollars) • Himba Tribe visit

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 44 to 44 - Windhoek

Welcome to Windhoek, Namibia’s capital city. At an elevation of 1650 metres, Windhoek lies in a beautiful valley and is surrounded by the Eros Mountains in the north and the Auas mountains to the south. This is the only city in Namibia and is home to a population over 250,000 inhabitants.

You will notice the strong German influence here. German is still widely spoken and it is common to find traditional breads, sausage, and other delicacies, they even hold annual beer festivals! 

No tourists visit to Windhoek is complete without paying a visit to Joe’s Beerhouse, a bar and restaurant providing a mix of warm Namibian and German hospitality. This place is full of old relics from ‘Joe’s’ travels and creates a great atmosphere for socialising and reminiscing about your journey so far. Here you can also opt to sample some delicious game meats or try out one of the many craft beers on offer.

Approximate Travel Time: Nine hours

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 45 to 47 - Swakopmund

We will then head to Swakopmund, a historic German colonial town surrounded by desert situated on the Atlantic Ocean coast. It is Namibia's most popular holiday destination. Once in Swakopmund, we have two full days to fuel your thirst for an adrenaline rush with a range of optional excursions available. The town has a selection of good bars and restaurants, and you can spend the evening watching videos of activities you did during the day over a cold locally brewed beer or two. It's a great place for a few nights and a lot of fun.

Approximate Travel Time: Day 11 is a full day stopping along the way

Included Excursions

Stop off at Solitaire and the Tropic of Capricorn

Optional Excursions

Sunset Boat Cruise – From US$15 • Quad Bike Tour – From US$35 • Camel Ride – From US$20pp • Sandboarding – From US$30 • Tandem Skydiving- US$210

Accommodation

3 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 48 to 48 - Sesriem

Today we have a scenic drive through some beautiful mountainous areas and through the Namib-Naukluft National Park, famous for its giant sand dunes, on our way to Sesriem. We drive towards the tropic of Capricorn where we make a stop so that you can get that obligatory picture with the sign before having our lunch stop at Solitaire, a small settlement in the Khomas Region of Central Namibia. Once we've at Sesriem arrived, you can go on a walk through the Sesriem Canyon in the late afternoon. An amazing variety of wildlife has adapted to the harsh conditions here and you may see rock pigeon, crow, starling and owl, along with various species of lizard.

Approximate Travel Time: Eight Hours

Included Excursions

Sesriem Canyon

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 49 to 49 - Fish River Canyon

This morning we wake up early in Sesriem to reach Dune 45 before sunrise and hike to the top of the dune to watch the sun rise over them. The copper in the sand dunes creates a beautiful red glow unlike any sunrise seen before. We have time to explore Sossussvlei and Deadvlei where the dark camel thorn trees against the white floor make for superb photos

Approximate Travel Time: Five hours

Included Excursions

Dune 45,Fish River Canyon National Park

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 50 to 50 - Orange River

We continue south to Orange River, known locally as Gariep, which runs along the border of Namibia and South Africa. On the way we visit Fish River Canyon. Fish River Canyon is one of the world's largest canyons and it is quite breathtaking in its immensity and is rivaled only by the Grand Canyon in North America for sheer grandeur. We will park at the viewpoint overlooking the canyon and from there you can take several short easy walks around the top, stopping along the way for photos.

The Fish River running through the bottom of the canyon is one of Namibia's few permanent rivers and while the flow is seasonal, beautiful turquoise pools can be seen in the distance during the dry season. As you walk and enjoy the colours of the strata and rugged scenery, you may be lucky enough to spot hardy mountain animals in the distance, as well as numerous bird species. Weather depending we will have lunch at the viewpoint.

Approximate Travel Time: Eight hours

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 51 to 51 - Cederberg

On our way to Cape Town we will travel via the Cederberg Wilderness Area with its rugged landscape crisscrossed by streams, waterfalls, cool pools and amazing natural rock sculptures. Here you have the option to do a wine tasting tour as we spend a night on a local vineyard.

Approximate Travel Time: Six hours depending on the border

Optional Excursions

Wine tasting – 100 ZAR

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 52 to 54 - Cape Town

Situated on the south western tip of Africa and set between the Atlantic Ocean and the iconic Table Mountain, Cape Town is recognised as one of the most beautiful cities on Earth.

There are dozens of amazing sightseeing opportunities to enjoy in Cape Town and in the surrounding area. You can tackle a trek up Table Mountain or take the cable car to the top for spectacular views of the city. If you have a good head for heights you can enjoy the scenery looking over Camps Bay then rather than taking the cable car, abseil 112 metres down again, but obviously this option is not one for the faint hearted!

The V&A Waterfront is the very epitome of African chic and offers a unique shopping and entertainment environment where you can soak up the cosmopolitan vibe of the city. Be sure to sample some of South Africa's famous wines with dinner and sit back with a hot cup of rooibos herbal tea afterwards.

From Cape Town, you can visit Robben Island where former South African President and Nobel Laureate Nelson Mandela was incarcerated among other political prisoners. Once a blight on the nation's history, the island is now seen as a national symbol of triumph over adversity and has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. If you want to arrange this activity, it is advised that you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Just 60 kilometres away from the centre of Cape Town you can visit Cape Point, which is part of the Table Mountain National Park. The peninsula is a largely unspoilt wilderness and home to several species of antelope, including the eland, as well as many beautiful plants species. There are two lighthouses on Cape Point which can be reached by a funicular known affectionately as the Flying Dutchman.

Approximate Travel Time: Four hours

Optional Excursions

Table Mountain – From US$20 • Wine Tasting Tour – From US$60 • Robben Island (Weather dependent) – US$30

Accommodation

3 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 55 to 56 - Tsitsikamma

We stay near to Tsitsikamma National Park. Located on the garden route, it is situated on the hilltop overlooking the point where the Storms River and Indian Ocean meet in a turbulent crashing of surf. The park encompasses a marine reserve made up of coastline, including scenic walks, a small beach and the famous Storms River suspension bridge which spans the river mouth. The park is known for its abundance of indigenous plants as well as prolific birdlife. Keep an eye out for dolphins in the surf and the southern right whale. You can stretch your legs on a short hike to a viewpoint or a nearby waterfall, so remember to take your swimming suit on a hot day.

Approximate Travel Time: Seven hours

Optional Excursions

Tsitsikamma National Park • Bungee jump (the world's highest at 216m) – US$89

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 57 to 57 - Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park is an elephant reserve situated close to Port Elizabeth in South Africa and features some of the most beautiful dunes on the country's coastline. The original elephant section of the park was designated in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area. Today this finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 450 elephants, Cape buffalo, endangered black rhino, a variety of antelope species, Burchell's zebra and warthog. Depending on our travel times we should get the chance to do an afternoon and an early morning game drive before heading on.

Approximate Travel Time: Five hours

Included Excursions

Game drive through Addo Elephant National Park

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 58 to 58 - Hogsback

Located in the Eastern Cape the village of Hogsback sits on the slopes of the Amatole Mountains above the Tyume Valley in a region dominated by three peaks, one of which is suggested to resemble a hog's back from a certain angle. We have some time to explore the surrounding forest where there is a rich variety of birdlife to see. You may also hear the chattering of samango monkeys in the canopy overhead. Several rivers flow out of the mountains and create small but spectacular waterfalls such as Madonna and Child, Swallowtail and Kettlespout.

Approximate Travel Time: Seven hours

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 59 to 60 - Lesotho

Entering the kingdom of Lesotho, we make our way through this mountainous country to Malealea, breathtaking in its beauty. This is a chance to experience the traditional Basotho way of life in the 'Kingdom in the Sky', the only country in the world to be entirely 1,000 metres above sea level. No visit to Lesotho would be complete without a pony trek and from our base at the lodge in Malealea there are ample opportunities to explore the landscape on the back of a sturdy pony. There is also the option to walk to get to know the rolling valleys and mountain trails on foot. During your stay you'll no doubt come to understand the resilience and friendliness of the Basotho people and enjoy the tranquillity of their lands.

Although rare, it can snow in these parts and during the winter months it is always cold so please remember to pack your winter best if you're travelling during this season.

Approximate Travel Time: Eight hours depending on the border

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Day 61 to 62 - Drakensberg

Today we will pass through some spectacular mountain scenery. Leaving the lodge we drive through small farm holdings and towns with dramatic peaks in the background. Making our way back into South Africa and into the province of Freestate we drive through the stunning Golden Gate National Park, with its orange and yellow sandstone cliffs and grasses, and the chance to spot eland, zebra and wildebeest. The Drakensberg Park of South Africa, or uKhahlamba (the Barrier of Spears), is a mountainous wonderland and World Heritage site. The mountains also form a barrier separating KwaZulu-Natal province and Lesotho. We will have two nights camping in this picturesque landscape with the famous Amphitheatre in the distance on our way to Johannesburg. During a free day in Drakensburg you can explore the area on foot or on rented mountain bikes from the campsite. The campsite also organises an excursion up to the Amphitheatre, which is a long and tough but rewarding hike.

Approximate Travel Time: Seven hours depending on the border

Included Excursions

Drive through Golden Gate National Park

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Day 63 to 64 - Pretoria

Today we drive from Drakensburg to Pretoria.

From our accommodation in Pretoria, you can take day trips into Johannesburg and the surrounding areas. Why not visit some of the fascinating museums devoted to subjects as diverse as apartheid, Nelson Mandela, gold, beer and traditional African medicine. There are also plenty of other options, including the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, or you could meet the healers at the Mai Mai market, You may also choose to visit the Soweto Township on a professional guided tour.

Approximate Travel Time: Seven hours

Optional Excursions

Johannesburg, Apartheid Museum & Soweto full day tour – US$60 • Cullinan Diamond Mine – From US$50 • Cradle of Humankind and Maropeng – US$65

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Day 65 to 67 - Mlilwane

As Swaziland is comparatively small to most other African countries, Mlilwane provides an excellent base from where you can explore many different areas of this incredible kingdom.

Today is free time for you to investigate what Swaziland has to offer, and there are certainly many different options to choose from. How about taking a morning cycle or walk through Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary amongst herds of relaxed wild animals? Here you can admire the grassy plains, tranquil lakes and stunning mountain backdrops (there may even be time to take a dip in one of the mountain streams or warm springs), before visiting the Mantenga Cultural Village where you can enjoy some of Africa’s best traditional cultural song and dance performances.

If you would prefer something a little more adventurous then you might opt to participate in some zip-lining or take a canopy tour in the Malolotja Reserve located in the in the North West of the country where you can also visit the Phophonyane Falls, Maguga Dam, Ngwempisi Rock Art and the old mining town of Bulembu.

Accommodation

3 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 3 Dinner

Day 68 to 68 - Hazyview

As we bid farewell to Swaziland, we re-enter South Africa and head to our accommodation located close to Kruger National Park. Tonight we stay in Hazyview, a small town in South Africa's Mpumalanga province. Depending on time we may make additional stops en route, to the view scenic wonders of God's Window, the world renowned Blyde River Canyon or Lisbon Falls.

Approximate Travel Time: Nine hours

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 69 to 70 - Kruger

We have an early morning start to get to Kruger National Park where we search for the big five.

Kruger National Park is South Africa's premier game reserve, regarded as one of the finest in Africa. Here you'll have the chance to experience the vast diversity of wildlife as we explore some of the two million hectares of the park. The Big Five game animals of Africa are richly represented here – lion, leopard, African buffalo, African elephant and the white rhino in large numbers.

Approximate Travel Time: Eight hours

Included Excursions

Full Game Drive in Kruger National Park from the Tucan Travel truck

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Day 71 to 71 - Musina

After breakfast we make our way out of the National Park and head towards Musina, a small town close to the border of Zimbabwe.

Approximate Travel Time: Eight hours

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 72 to 73 - Bulawayo

We leave South Africa and cross the border into Zimbabwe, making our way to the town of Bulawayo which will be our base for exploring Matobo National Park. Situated in the awe-inspiring Matobo Hills and occupying a total area of 44,500 hectares, Matobo National Park is home to a protection zone in which a large population of Black and White Rhinoceros are successfully breeding. Established in 1953, the park was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2003.

You have the option to sign up for a full day excursion to Matobo National Park, admiring the fantastic scenery, unique rock formations and Bushman paintings, whilst learning about the local flora and fauna. After our picnic lunch we enter Matobo National Park where we will take a short game drive before leaving our vehicle and continuing on foot, allowing us to get closer to the magnificent rhinoceros and other animal species which roam the park. Time permitting we may also have the opportunity to fit in an optional visit to ‘Worlds View’ located on Malindidzimu Hill (The dwelling place of benevolent spirits). Apart from providing magnificent views of the Matobos region, this site also houses the grave of British colonist Cecil John Rhodes, who requested to be buried here after passing away in 1902.

Approximate Travel Time: Six hours

Optional Excursions

Matobo National Park with rhino walk - US$110 • Visit to World’s view (time permitting) $10 USD

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Day 74 to 75 - Victoria Falls

We depart Bulawayo and drive north towards one of Africa’s greatest attractions and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. With a length of over one kilometre and a height of over one hundred metres this magnificent natural wonder of cascading water defines the border separating Zimbabwe & Zambia. Depending on the wind direction you can hear the roar from the falls up to 40km away as it surges into Africa’s fourth biggest river, the mighty Zambezi.

We will stay close to the action in the town of ‘Victoria Falls’

Approximate Travel Time: Eight hours

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 76 to 76 - Depart Livingstone

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

We leave Zimbabwe, crossing the border into Livingstone, Zambia where your tour will come to an end. You won't have any time in Livingstone to visit the falls from the Zambian side or enjoy some of the Optional Excursions available on this side of the border. We recommend that you book at least one extra night in the area but if you are short on time, make sure to book a late afternoon or evening flight out to allow for any unexpected problems on the border.

Meals

1 Breakfast

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