Africa Encompassed (south bound)

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Want Africa with the lot? That's just what you'll get on this epic adventure across eleven countries. Get breathtakingly close to animals more often seen in zoos and nature documentaries, from endangered mountain gorillas to lumbering elephants, ferocious lions to tiny dik-dik antelopes. Along the way, meet people from a range of cultures and communities: the spice growers of Zanzibar, friendly fishermen on Lake Malawi and the fascinating San Bushmen. This trip will leave you humbled and amazed by the breadth of life and culture, and the beauty of nature, on this ancient and spectacular continent.

Itinerary

Day 1 Nairobi

Full of markets, shops, bars and restaurants, Nairobi is city full of excitement.

Day 2 Lake Nakuru

Home to rhinos, flamingos, monkeys and more, camping at Lake Nakuru is a wild adventure.

Days 3-4 Eldoret/Kampala

Help out at a local school then cross the border into Uganda.

Days 5-6 Kibale Forest National Park

Meet playful chimps in the dense forests of this national park.

Day 7 Queen Elizabeth National Park

Spot hippos while cruising the Kazinga Channel.

Day 8 Lake Bunyonyi

Gliding across the lake's surface in a dugout canoe.

Days 9-11 Gorilla Trek

Track down Rwanda's endangered mountain gorillas on a challenging trek.

Day 12 Lake Mburo

In Uganda, discover magnificent animals on walking safaris.

Days 13-14 Jinja

Shop for souvenirs or perhaps try white-water rafting.

Days 15-16 Eldoret/Nairobi

Return to the modernity of Kenya's capital, via Eldoret.

Day 17 Mto Wa Mbu

Camp in a remote Tanzanian village.

Days 18-19 Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National Park

Spot lions, leopards, rhinos and elephants on safaris through the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.

Day 20 Mto Wa Mbu

Shop for colourful crafts and facrics at a village market.

Day 21 Marangu

Camp amid tropical gardens.

Day 22 Dar es Salaam

Dive into the warm ocean in this port city.

Days 23-25 Zanzibar

Tour spice plantations and walk through cobbled alleyways.

Day 26 Dar es Salaam

Return to the mainland by ferry.

Days 27-28 Iringa/Chitimba

Travel through national park to experience a warm welcome in Malawi.

Days 29-30 Lake Malawi

Camp by the shores of Lake Malawi.

Days 31-32 Lilongwe/Nyamapanda

Relax in Malawi's capital then journey to the small town of Nyamapanda in northern Zimbabwe.

Day 33 Harare

In free time, see Harare's main attractions.

Day 34 Masvingo

Visit a fascinating archaeological site.

Days 35-36 Bulawayo

Track rhinos on foot in the Matobo National Park.

Day 37 Hwange National Park

Travel by 4x4 through this national park in search of elephant herds.

Days 38-40 Victoria Falls

Get soaked by the spray of Victoria Falls.

Days 41-42 Chobe National Park

A game drive and cruise is a great way to see the animals of Chobe National Park.

Day 43 Bagani Community Camp

Skip into Namibia and relax with a boat trip or a spot of fishing.

Days 44-45 Okavango Delta

Travel to a remote island in Botswana and fall asleep to the sounds of an animal orchestra.

Days 46-47 Bagani Community Camp/Rundu

Camp amid lush surroundings.

Day 48 Grootfontein/San Bushmen

Back in Namibia, meet the San Bushmen and observe their tribal customs.

Days 49-50 Etosha National Park

Roam the park's plains, perhaps encountering elephants, antelope, rhinos and big cats.

Day 51 Spitzkoppe

Marvel at stunning rock formations.

Days 52-54 Swakopmund

See thousands of seals on the drive Atlantic Coast, then try quad biking, sand boarding or skydiving in the old German-colonial town of Swakopmund.

Days 55-56 Sesriem/River Camp

See sunrise from atop massive sand dunes and explore the Giants Playground.

Day 57 Fish River Canyon

Admire one of the largest canyons in the world.

Days 58-59 Orange River/Western Cape

Laze by the scenic riverbanks or take walks through the mountainous countryside.

Day 60 Cape Town

Relax in cosmopolitan Cape Town.

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