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Nairobi to Cape Town Overland Tour

The Nairobi to Cape Town overland tour is basically the same as the tour from Cape to Nairobi. The big difference is the direction of course, but on this tour camping and accommodated clients will travel together the entire 41 days.

This tour covers all the highlights of the 21 day East African Adventure (South) + all the highlights of the 20 day Vic Falls to Cape Town tour.

You will see lots of wild animals and the numerous safaris during this trip. We visit some of the most legendary National Parks in Africa such as the Serengeti, the Ngorogoro Crater, Chobe, Etosha, South Luangwa..

This overland tour also combines some of the diverse cultures of Africa with spectacular natural landscapes. You will meet the Bushmen Tribe, the Himba tribe and of course the Masai tribe… Click map to enlarge >> 

  • This tour is offered in two travel styles:

1. Camping: Clients mostly overnight in comfortable two-man dome tents, with built in mosquito nets and of course a mattress… and a couple of nights are upgraded to budget rooms. See details below

Detailed tour dossier

2. Accommodated (hotels/ lodges): Clients overnight in a comfortable twin rooms or permanent safari tents, mostly with en-suite bathrooms. Click link for hotel/ lodge option

  • The basics:

Camping option How much
Tour price ZAR 43 560
Single supplement ZAR 4410
Activity package ZAR 16 800
Serengeti excursion (optional) ZAR 15 950
How long 41 days
Group size 20 clients max
Start point Nairobi, Kenya
End point Cape Town, South Africa
Meals Breakfast x 40, Lunch x 34, Dinner x 34
Countries Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa

Included: Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary, transport, registered guides and selected activities as per itinerary.
Excluded: Optional activity package, flights, all items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips and optional activities etc.

  • Day to day description l Nairobi to Cape Town Overland Tour

When you book the optional activity package, the tour will run as follows:

Day 01 Nairobi - Arusha
Leaving behind the bustle of Nairobi we travel south to the Tanzanian border. The big 41 day Nairobi to Cape Town overland tour has begun! After completing border formalities we continue to Arusha which provides the base for our optional Serengeti Excursion. This evening we will be briefed by our local operator on the Serengeti Excursion and we will have the opportunity to pack for the coming days. A smaller daypack or bag will be required for the Serengeti Excursion as it is operated on smaller vehicles and luggage space is limited. The Serengeti Excursion is offered only as a camping excursion and sleeping bags are available for hire.

Please note: clients who are not taking part in the optional Serengeti Excursion will remain at the lodge in Arusha. This presents the opportunity for a variety of day tours that can be booked on arrival in Arusha this afternoon. These include day tours to Arusha National Park, Tarangire and Lake Manyara.

For those who prefer to immerse themselves in the Masai Culture, why not join a 2-day trip to Olpopongi Masai Village.

All activities are optional and are subject to availability with a local tour operator. More information can be found in the detailed tour dossier. Pre-booking is not essential, but may be advisable to ensure availability of your preferred option.

Meals are not included for those not participating in the Serengeti excursion.

Day 2 Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion
The following days are set aside for the 3-night optional camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. (Cost: ZAR 15 950 in 2018). This area has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4×4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks. We leave our accommodation in the morning and drive to the Serengeti. On arrival we will start with our first game drive (safari).
Optional Activities: 4 Day Serengeti Camping Excursion

Day 3 Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion
We spend the entire day game driving (safari) through the Serengeti. Our route depends on the movement of the animals.

Day 4 Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion
Today we explore more of the Serengeti and make our way to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. We drive down to the bottom of the Crater, where we try and see as many animals as possible.

Day 5 Arusha
Today those that went into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro will meet up with the truck in Arusha, where there will be time to share stories of the wonderful African animals seen in the park.

Day 6 Bagamoyo
We head out early this morning as we journey south to our overnight stop in the coastal town of Bagamoyo. Formerly a centre point of the East African slave trade, Bagamoyo lies just north of the port of Dar es Salaam and is a perfect launching point for our upcoming Zanzibar Excursion. While today is primarily a travel day, we experience the hustle and bustle of one of Africa’s major travel routes. Road travel in Africa is an experience in itself and the bustling markets, villages and scenic backdrops that line the routes give a window into the lifestyle of rural Africa. This evening we will prepare for our Zanzibar Excursion that begins tomorrow morning.

Day 7 Zanzibar Excursion
We complete the short journey into Dar es Salaam this morning and board our ferry for the two hour trip to Zanzibar. After arriving at the ferry port we board make our way to Nungwi on the northern shores of the island, we take the opportunity to visit the spice farms of Kidichi and Kizambani on our way this afternoon. Zanzibar is renowned for its spices and fragrances and we have the chance to experience this first-hand today. There are a number of excursions that can be arranged for the coming days in Nungwi and your guide will be on hand to assist.
Included activities: Spice tour and city Tour
Activity package: 3-Day Zanzibar excursion

Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the accommodation in Dar es Salaam for the following 3 nights

Day 8 Zanzibar Excursion
Enjoy your time on Zanzibar by relaxing at the beach or exploring, snorkeling, scuba diving or taking a sunset boat cruise through the waters. Today is for relaxing.
Optional Activities: Zanzibar Meals (per meal), Swimming with Dolphins – Full Day (min. 2 people), Scuba Diving

Day 9 Zanzibar Excursion
On the 3rd day, we head south to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar, where we will spend the night. Here we have time to explore the historical and unique architecture.
Optional Activities: Zanzibar Meals (per meal)

Day 10 Dar es Salaam
This morning we have an opportunity to explore the historic area of Stone Town before catching an afternoon ferry back to Dar es Salaam. Stone Town represents the historic centre of Zanzibar Town and is a must see for those with an interest in history, culture and the unique architecture of the historic port. Tonight we enjoy an optional dinner out in Dar es Salaam.
Optional activities: Dinner out

Day 11 Mikumi
Today we leave the humid Indian Ocean coastline and our journey leads us to Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant. Today we have the opportunity to enjoy an optional afternoon game drive (safari) through the park.

Day 12 Iringa
We rise early this morning and enjoy an extensive game drive in the Mikumi National Park. This afternoon we continue to the southern highlands of Tanzania and our final stop in Tanzania.
Activity package: Mikumi National Park game drive (safari)

Day 13 Lake Malawi - Malawi
Today we leave Tanzania and enter Malawi. We ascend out of the Great Rift Valley through some spectacular mountain passes, passing vast tea plantations in the highlands before arriving at our camp. As we will be spending the next few days here, you will have sufficient time to explore the area. Lake Malawi is regarded as one of the most beautiful freshwater lakes in the world, tropical fish (the colourful kind) swim past in schools of brilliant blues, yellows and purples. 

Day 14 Lake Malawi
Today offers a range of optional activities or simply a day at the beach, we will pay a visit to a local community this morning to meet the people of the lake. Hikers will find a selection of trips, including a rather strenuous outing to the mission village of Livingstonia, set high above the lake. Snorkelling in the crystal waters offers the chance to see first-hand the brilliantly coloured tropical cichlids, tiny fish often found in colourful aquariums around the world. Your guide will assist you to plan your activities for the coming days, or you can simply slow your clock to Africa time relaxing on the lake shore.
Optional activities: Community volunteering, snorkelling in Lake Malawi
Included activities: Local village visit

Day 15 Lake Malawi
This morning we set aside some time for a visit to Karonga, this interesting town has a turbulent history as a centre Malawi’s slave trade. Home to a museum that boasts a dinosaur amongst its displays, we learn more of the rich history of both people and the natural world. We return for a final afternoon of relaxation and a final sundowner on the shores of this great lake.
Included activities: Museum visit, Karonga Town

Day 16 Southern Lake Malawi
This morning we make the short journey south to the Nkothakota region of the Lake Shore, here we spend a final evening on the shores of the lake.

Day 17 Zambia - South Luangwa National Park
Early in the morning we drive from Malawi and cross in to Zambia and continue to the South Luangwa National Park where we spend the next two nights right on the banks of the Luangwa River. You can often see hippos and other animals from the camp bar. This afternoon we enjoy an included sunset game drive in the South Luangwa National Park.

Day 18 South Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa National Park is a world-class safari destination and we have a full day to explore the park in search of the variety of wildlife found in the park. This morning you can partake in an optional morning safari or during the dry season (April to December) you can join one of the iconic walking safaris on offer in the park. This afternoon we will enjoy a Sunset Drive in the park, we split our time between day and night with a sundowner stop in between. The unique opportunity to explore the park at night gives us a chance to spot the elusive nocturnal species that are rarely seen in the day.
Optional activities: Morning game drive (safari) in South Luangwa, Safari Walk (seasonal)
Activity package: Sunset game drive in South Luangwa National Park

Day 19 Petauke
Leaving the Luangwa Valley this morning we make a stop at Tribal Textiles. The Chipata area is a major producer of Cotton and this morning we get a taste of the creativity of the African culture. Those interested can enjoy a tour of their workshops (March to December) to see how these colourful fabrics are crafted. Our destination tonight is the small town of Petauke.
Included activities: Textile project visit

Day 20 Eureka
As an important link between Lusaka and neighbouring Malawi, the Great East Road winds through rural Zambia and we will cross the Luangwa River on our way to Lusaka. The route today is dotted with villages and subsistence farms, todays landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries so many of us call home.

Day 21 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls
Crossing the Southern reaches of Zambia we make our way to the adventure town of Victoria Falls, this afternoon we get our first look at the mighty Victoria Falls. Crossing the bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe we get a view of “Musi oa Tunya”, the Smoke that Thunders as the falls are known in the local language. Victoria Falls offers a host of optional activities and these can be booked on arrival in Victoria Falls. 

Day 22 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls
This morning we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls. It is an amazing sight to see the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below. There are lots of optional activities to do in Vic Falls and your guides will help you make most of your time here. For the more relaxed traveler there are craft markets and coffee shops on offer as well. Tonight we enjoy an optional dinner out, your guide will assist you to decide on the many options available.
Optional activities: Zambezi sunset cruise, bungee jump, helicopter flights, full day white water rafting
Activity package: Vic Falls National Park entry

Day 23 Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe to Kasane - Botswana
After breakfast we travel the short distance to the Botswana border, crossing into Botswana we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. Lunch will be served from the truck and the afternoon is set aside for exploring the Chobe National Park. We begin our exploration in 4×4 vehicles, which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many Elephants that frequent the River in the afternoons. The afternoon ends with a leisurely Boat Cruise and a meal served around the campfire.
Activity package: Chobe National Park game drive (safari), Chobe National Park boat cruise.

Day 24 Nata 
Leaving Kasane early in the morning, we make our way to Nata where we will stay for the night.  Those who would like to can join an optional excursion to the Makgadikgadi Pans this afternoon. This evening we will prepare for our journey to Maun by packing smaller bags for our adventure in the Okavango Delta.

Day 25 Okavango Delta
Our route today takes us across the northern reaches of the Makgadigadi Pans. The road to Maun is lined with majestic examples of the iconic Baobab tree. Upon arrival in Maun, we say goodbye to our truck and begin our Delta excursion. The seasonality of the flood waters lends the Delta its ever changing character and while water levels may fluctuate the tranquility of this wilderness area remains constant. During your time in the Delta, our camping and accommodated guests will be staying in different locations.

Please note: On this tour is it possible for camping clients to purchase the accommodated Okavango Delta excursion package and for the accommodated clients to purchase the camping Okavango Delta excursion package. Please ensure that your final selection is made at the time of booking as changes cannot be made at the start of the tour.

Note: Clients who have not selected the Delta Activity Package will remain in the base camp with the truck for the next 2 nights. Accommodated clients in en-suite rooms and camping clients in the campsite with shared ablutions. Meals are provided by the base camp and optional activities are available.

Day 26 Okavango Delta
A full day is set aside to enjoy the activities on offer in the Delta, while the program of activities is flexible to accommodate the seasonal changes, you will have the opportunity to enjoy amongst other activities traditional Mokoro rides and natures walks. The Okavango Delta is not only a natural wonder, but represents one of the last great wilderness areas in the world today.

Day 27 Okavango Delta
Leaving the Delta behind us this morning we make our way to our overnight stop in the bustling town of Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Reunited with our truck we enjoy an evening together at the campfire reflecting on our Delta experiences.

Please note: Clients who booked the accommodated activity package will board a flight and fly out of the Okavango Delta to Maun, while those that booked the camping activity package will re-unite with the truck and drive to Maun.

Day 28 Maun -  Ghanzi
This morning presents the opportunity for a Scenic Flight over the Okavango Delta before we travel to Ghanzi in the central Kalahari. The Kalahari is home to the San people and our stay here will present us with the opportunity to learn more about these fascinating people. An optional walk with San guides this afternoon gives us the opportunity to learn about the strategies that allow the San to survive in this harsh environment. This evening we will get a first-hand experience of the San culture, well known for its rich traditions of song, dance and story-telling.
Included activities: San Evening Dance Performance

Day 29 Windhoek, Namibia
Today is a long driving day to the Namibian border and on to Windhoek in the centre of Namibia arriving in the early evening. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short city tour in our truck. Tonight there is an optional dinner out in town at Joe’s Beer House, definitely a feast for all the senses.
Included activities: Drive through Windhoek with the overland truck
Optional activities: Dinner at local restaurant, Bushman walk

Day 30 Windhoek - Outjo
Leaving the city of Windhoek this morning, we travel north towards Etosha National Park with all its wild animals. On our way today we will make a short stop at the craft markets in Okahandja before continuing to our overnight stop, located just outside Etosha National Park.

Day 31 Etosha National Park
Etosha is the place for some of the most unique wildlife viewing experiences in Africa. The sparse grasslands allow great opportunities to see animals normally hidden in dense vegetation. You may even see some of the amazing animals crossing the road in front of your truck! We will go on various game drives (safaris) and spend some time at the abundant waterholes for some excellent wildlife photography.
Included activities: Full day game drive in overland truck.

Day 32 Opuwo
We will rise early and enjoy our last safari in Etosha as we exit the park towards Opuwu. Opuwu is located in the Kunene region. Sit back and enjoy the scenery of rugged mountains and dry river beds.

Day 33 Himba Tribe
This morning we will visit a project that introduces us to the Himba people of northern Namibia. This is a working village and is only a representation of a larger group of nomadic pastoralists. The semi-nomadic Himba people are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaces during the wars that raged in Angola.

The dwindling number of pastoralists that still exist in their natural environment are protected as far as possible by creating a buffer zone, or an educational tribe where tourists who would like to get a better understanding of the way of the Himba, their lifestyle and their traditions, can do so without interfering with those still living in their natural environment.

Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the camp fire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand. The income that this specific tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of orphaned Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage. There is a market at the end of your visit, this is a way for the women to establish a small income, used for their own private expenses, and it is up to you whether you’d like to purchase anything or not.
Activity package: Himba tribe visit

Day 34 Spitzkoppe & Swakopmund
En route to Swakopmund, we visit Spitzkoppe. Our guide will take us on a walk to marvel at the incredible landscape. and to show you some Bushmen paintings. Then we travel to Namibia’s Atlantic coast and Swakopmund, Namibia’s adventure capital. You will be briefed on the optional activities available here. At night there is an optional dinner at a local restaurant where you can try different types of local dishes.
Included activities: Guided walk with overland guide through Spitzkoppe
Optional activities: Dinner out in Swakopmund

Day 35 Swakopmund
Today is your chance to experience the adrenaline filled atmosphere that Swakopmund offers. Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day if you are not participating in the many activities available on offer here.
Optional activities: Dolphin cruise 4/ 5hrs, skydiving, sand boarding (Stand Up/ Lie down), quad biking (2 x Hours), dinner out in Swakopmund

Day 36 Swakopmund - Namib-Naukluft
Leaving behind the charms of Swakopmund we continue our journey to Southern Namibia and the Namib Desert. We make a short stop in Walvis Bay this morning before turning east towards the heart of the desert. Our afternoon will be spent with a local guide who will introduce us to the wonders of the desert environment. An early night is advisable as we tomorrow will see us up at the break of dawn.

Day 37 Sesriem Canyaon & Sossusvlei Dunes
Rising with the first light we travel to Sesriem, the gateway to the Sossusvlei dune fields. We enter the park early and make a stop to climb the famous Dune 45. Having stretched our legs we continue deeper into the Dune fields and take a 4×4 transfer to the marvels of Sossusvlei. We take time to visit both Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, before bidding the dune field farewell. Our final stop before continuing to our camp is the interesting Sesriem Canyon, a remnant of much wetter times in this dry region.
Included activities: Explore Sossusvlei, hike up Dune 45

Day 38 Fish River Canyon
Today we travel south on the gravel roads of Southern Namibia on route to Ai-Ais. Famed for its hot springs the resort and its hot pools are the perfect tonic to ease away the dust of the Namib desert. An evening swim under the Desert stars is not to be missed. Tomorrow will again be an early start as we aim to catch the morning light as it filters into the Fish River Canyon.
Included activities: Ai-Ais Hot Springs

Day 39 Gariep/ Orange River
As dawn breaks we head out towards Hobas and the Fish River Canyon, one of the largest canyons in the world. The early hours of the morning offer great photographic opportunities as the morning light filters into the canyon. We will spend time exploring the rim of the canyon, before making for the Orange River and our final stop in Namibia. Our last night in Namibia is spent on the banks of the Orange River and the best way to experience the Orange River is by canoe. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to partake in an optional canoe trip on the river.
Included activities: Visit to the Fish River Canyon

Day 40 Cederberg Region
A final border crossing sees us enter South Africa this morning as we travel through the desert landscapes of Namaqualand on our way to the Cedarberg region. The Cedarberg is the home of Rooibos tea, which has become a popular beverage throughout the world. Tonight we enjoy a traditional South African meal and celebrate the many memories we have made.

Day 41 Cape Town
The final leg of our adventure group tour sees us travel through the wheat fields of the Swartland to the city of Cape Town. No visit to the fairest Cape would be complete without sampling some of the wines that have made this region famous. We will also make a stop at the well-known Spice Route, bordering the town of Paarl. We continue all the way down to Cape Town, where your tour ends on arrival.

Interested in this tour?

Before and after the tour services
To help with the planning of your trip, you are more than welcome to book these hotels before and/ or after your tour through us. These hotels are either the starting or end point of your tour, or it will be conveniently close to it. These hotels also offer airport transfers. For information on prices, just click "Hotels and Transfers" at the bottom of this page.

Sentrim Boulevard Hotel is located close to the Nairobi National Museum and the University of Nairobi. It is within walking distance of the city market, a Barclays ATM on the University grounds and there is a grocery store nearby…

Strand Towers Hotel is located in the centre of Cape Town and is within easy walking distance of vibrant Long Street and the V&A Waterfront… and of course from where this tour departs. The views from this 4 Star hotel will keep you spellbound…