Cape Town to the Serengeti

Was $4849  — Savings of 20% on May. 31, 2015
40 days,Cape Town to Nairobi

See the Big Five from 4x4 safari vehicles, experience cosmopolitan Cape Town, explore spice plantations and the immense Fish River Canyon, cruise through the Okavango Delta in dugout canoes, feel the spray from Victoria Falls.

Marvel at the world's highest sand dunes, float through the Okavango in a dug-out mokoro canoe and meet the San Bushmen in the blazing Kalahari Desert on this epic overland adventure. Journey across nearly half of the African continent—from the southern tip of Africa to Kenya—and soak up the vibrant colours, culture and scenery of seven countries. Our overland trucks are an adventurous and inexpensive way to enjoy the region’s intriguing combination of wilderness and bright city lights, while camping under Africa’s big sky will provide a unique perspective. Take the road less travelled and come away with jaw-dropping photographs and a deeper understanding of this incredible continent.

What's Included

  • Entrance to Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei Dunes and Spitzkoppe
  • Entrances and game drives in Etosha and Serengeti National Parks and in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Guided township tour (Swakopmund)
  • Okavango Delta overnight bush camping excursion
  • Local dinner experience
  • Night out at a local pub
  • Guided tour of spice plantation (Zanzibar)
  • 4-day Zanzibar excursion
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 38 breakfasts, 30 lunches, 27 dinners. (Allow USD240-280 for meals and drinks not included.)
  • Overland truck, 4x4 safari vehicles, minibus, ferry.
  • 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver, certified safari guides/drivers, local guide.
  • Small group experience; Max 22, avg 20.
  • Simple hotels (6 nts), participation camping (27 nts), full-service camping (2 nts), basic bush camping (2 nts), guesthouses (2 nts, multi-share).

Add to Your Experience

Serengeti Balloon Safari

Be wowed with your bird's eye view of the wildlife and terrain of the majestic Serengeti. Enjoy a champagne breakfast and keep that shutter-finger ready —you’ll be using it plenty over the course of your hour in the air.

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Places Visited

Reverse Itinerary

This trip also runs in reverse from Nairobi to Cape Town. See Nairobi to Cape Town Adventure

Itinerary Notes

Want less travel time and more Zanzibar? Consider booking our ‘Zanzibar Express’ upgrade which includes a flight an an extra night in Zanzibar.


Day 1Cape Town

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Cape Town/Cederberg(1B, 1L, 1D)

View dramatic Western Cape scenery, camp on a local farm, and opt to sip on local wine.

Day 3Cederberg/Orange River(1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel past large plantations of rooibos tea. Opt to take a canoe trip on the scenic Orange River.

Day 4Orange River/Fish River Canyon(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy the sunset at Fish River Canyon.

Day 5Fish River Canyon/Namib Desert(1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore the natural wonders of this bizarre desert environment. Stop by the Sesriem Canyon for sunset after setting up camp for the night.

Day 6Namib Desert(1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore the Sossusvlei dunes, and climb the breathtaking Dune 45.

Day 7Namib Desert/Swakopmund(1B, 1L)

Meet local friends, explore the back streets, and get to know the culture of the region on a guided cultural walk through a township.

Day 8Swakopmund

Swakopmund is one of the adventure capitals of Africa. Enjoy a free day to relax or get the adrenaline pumping. Choose from sky diving, dune boarding, or a 4x4 safari, just to name a few options.

Day 9Swakopmund/Spitzkoppe(1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel north to the granite peaks of Spitzkoppe.

Day 10Spitzkoppe/Damaraland(1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel up the coastal area through beautiful desert landscapes.

Day 11Damaraland/Etosha National Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enter Etosha National Park and enjoy an afternoon game drive.

Day 12Etosha National Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a full-day game drive in our overland vehicle. Opt to take an open safari vehicle game drive in the afternoon/night.

Day 13Etosha National Park/Windhoek(1B)

Transfer to Namibia's capital.

Day 14Windhoek/Ghanzi(1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit the Kalahari Desert, and meet the local San/Bushmen. Optional walk to learn survival skills from the locals.

Day 15Ghanzi/Maun(1B, 1L, 1D)

Opt to take a flight over the Okavango Delta to get a birds-eye view of the area.

Day 16Maun/Okavango Delta(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy game walks, traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions and birding on an overnight excursion into the Okavango Delta.

Day 17Okavango Delta/Gweta(1B, 1L, 1D)

Camp under ancient baobab trees.

Day 18Gweta/Kasane(1B, 1L, 1D)

Opt to embark on a wildlife-viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River or take an open safari vehicle game drive inside Chobe National Park.

Day 19Kasane/Livingstone(1B, 1L)

Cross the Zambezi River by ferry into Zambia. Opt to visit Victoria Falls, go whitewater rafting or canoeing, or fly over the falls.

Day 20Livingstone(1B)

Opt to visit Victoria Falls, go whitewater rafting, or take a helicopter flight over the falls.

Day 21Livingstone(1B)

Opt to visit Victoria Falls, go whitewater rafting, or take a helicopter flight over the falls.

Day 22Livingstone(1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore Livingstone.

Day 23Livingstone/Lusaka(1B, 1L, 1D)

Sit back and enjoy a day of driving, taking in the scenery.

Day 24Lusaka/Chipata(1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue travelling across Zambia and camp near Malawi's border.

Day 25Chipata/Kande Beach(1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel to the "Lake of Stars," Lake Malawi.

Day 26Kande Beach(1B, 1L, 1D)

Relax on the shores of Lake Malawi, and enjoy a traditional dinner in a local home. Opt to explore by foot, go snorkelling, or take a village tour.

Day 27Kande Beach/Chitimba(1B, 1L, 1D)

Set off and drive to the northern part of Lake Malawi.

Day 28Chitimba(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a final day at Lake Malawi and cap it off with a visit to a local pub; the first drink is on us.

Day 29Chitimba/Iringa(1B, 1L, 1D)

Cross the border into Tanzania and take in views of vast tea plantations and highlands along the way.

Day 30Iringa/Dar es Salaam(1B, 1L, 1D)

Watch the Tanzanian countryside pass by on the journey to the Indian Ocean.

Day 31Dar es Salaam/Stone Town(1B)

Hop on a ferry and explore Stone Town on the island of Zanzibar.

Day 32Stone Town/Nungwi(1B)

Travel north to Nungwi, and bliss out beachside on Zanzibar's northern coast.

Day 33Nungwi(1B)

Opt to go diving, snorkelling, exploring, or just sit back and relax.

Day 34Nungwi/Stone Town(1B)

Travel back to Stone Town for a final night on this enchanting island.

Day 35Stone Town/Korogwe(1B, 1L, 1D)

Ferry back over to the mainland and settle in for a full day of driving.

Day 36Korogwe/Arusha(1B, 1L, 1D)

Keep on the look out for views of Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, on the way to Arusha.

Day 37Arusha/Serengeti National Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Set off into the Serengeti and enjoy an afternoon game drive en route to the campsite.

Day 38Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a game drive in the Serengeti during the day, and finish the evening camping at the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.

Day 39Ngorongoro/Arusha(1B, 1L, 1D)

Venture down to the crater floor and take in a final safari experience, viewing the high concentration of wildlife bound by the crater walls.

Day 40Arusha/Nairobi(1B, 1L)

Transfer to Kenya's capital city, where the tour finishes upon arrival in the evening.

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