Africa Encompassed Northbound

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Venture out and witness vast landscapes, natural wonders, towns rich in cultural traditions and modern cities humming with life on this epic journey through Africa. Get ready for 60 days of action, adventure and authentic experiences that will create lasting memories and endless photo opportunities. Starting amid the cosmopolitan cafes and vineyards of Cape Town and finishing in the bustling streets and markets of Nairobi, travel through remote parts of the continent seeing immense canyons, verdant mountains, exotic beaches and simple villages along the way. Stop to witness the power of Victoria Falls, the sweeping beauty of the Serengeti and the awesome scale of the Ngorongoro Crater. Meet the San Bushmen, sample traditional food cooked by the Chagga people, have close encounters with mountain gorillas and be warmed by the welcoming smiles of locals in Malawi. Camp on balmy beaches in Tanzania, trek through steamy rainforest in Rwanda and see cheeky chimps at play in Uganda. These are experiences to remember forever - this is Africa Encompassed.

Itinerary

Day 1 Cape Town

Boasting vineyards, adventure activities, restaurants and cafes - Cape Town is a delight.

Days 2-3 Western Cape/Orange River

Discover this beautiful area, then relax on the banks of the Orange River.

Day 4 Fish River Canyon

Catch a spectacular sunset over one of the largest canyons in the world.

Days 5-6 Sesriem/Bush Camp

Climb to the top of some of the highest sand dunes on earth in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Wake early to witness a dramatic sunrise across a sprawling sea of golden sand. Afterwards, meet with a passionate local full of incredible knowledge of the desert.

Days 7-9 Swakopmund

Enjoy adventure activities in this oasis between the desert and the ocean.

Day 10 Spitzkoppe

View thousands of seals basking on the shores of Cape Cross before gazing at the wonder of the rocky Spitzkoppe.

Days 11-12 Etosha National Park

From big carnivores to tiny birds, there's plenty to spot on this adventure into the vast Etosha.

Day 13 Grootfontein/San Bushmen

Head out tracking and gathering with the San Bushmen, and pick up a few words of their unique 'clicking' language.

Days 14-15 Rundu/Bagani Community Camp

Journey to Rundu, then continue to the vast swamps of Bagani.

Days 16-17 Okavango Delta

Cruise the delta's reed beds and maze of waterways aboard a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe.

Day 18 Bagani Community Camp

Relax in laidback Bagani and perhaps enjoy some of the optional activities, including boating, fishing and hiking.

Days 19-20 Chobe National Park

Try to spot swimming elephants, wallowing hippos or sun-loving crocs on a cruise along the Chobe River.

Days 21-23 Victoria Falls

Enter Zimbabwe and admire the might of thundering Victoria Falls. Thrillseekers can chose from white-water rafting, canoeing or abseiling.

Day 24 Hwange National Park

Learn about the efforts to save the African wild dog from extinction on a visit to the Painted Dog Conservation Group. Later, journey to Hwange National Park to see herds of majestic elephants.

Days 25-26 Bulawayo

Explore the Matobo National Park on foot and track the rare rhinos that live here.

Day 27 Masvingo

See intriguing ancient ruins thought to have once been a palace for the Zimbabwean monarch.

Day 28 Harare

Unwind in the gardens, galleries and cafes of Zimbabwe's capital city.

Days 29-30 Blantyre/Lilongwe

Soak up Malawian hospitality and culture in Lilongwe.

Days 31-32 Lake Malawi

Chill out on the serene shores of Lake Malawi and spend time chatting to the friendly locals.

Days 33-34 Chitimba/Iringa

Forge through lush highlands and set up camp in the grounds of a Tanzanian farmhouse.

Day 35 Dar es Salaam

Traverse Mikumi National Park and spot elephants, buffaloes and giraffes. Camp on a balmy beach outside Dar es Salaam.

Days 36-38 Zanzibar

Plunge into the sensuous delights of Zanzibar by exploring historic Stone Town, touring fragrant spice plantations and lounging under coconut palms beside the Indian Ocean.

Day 39 Dar es Salaam

Return to this port city by ferry and spend another night camping on the beach.

Day 40 Marangu

Leave the beach behind and travel high onto the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. Stay overnight amid acres of beautiful, tropical gardens.

Day 41 Mto Wa Mbu

Witness the day-to-day life of the crop-growing Chagga people while walking around Mshiri village. Visit a farm and sample some traditional cuisine.

Days 42-43 Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National Park

Descend to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater in a 4x4 to seek out lions, zebras and rhinos. Afterwards, head to the Serengeti and safari across the grassy plains of the savanna, home to the Big Five. In the evenings, fall asleep to the sounds of animal calls.

Day 44 Arusha

Interact with locals in the village of Mto Wa Mbu. Perhaps pick up some souvenirs from the market before continuing to Arusha.

Day 45 Nairobi

Stroll the streets of Kenya's vibrant capital.

Day 46 Lake Nakuru

A favourite spot with birdlife, Lake Nakuru is a shimmering sea of pink flamingos. Listen for the chatter of black and white colobus monkeys in the treetops above.

Days 47-48 Eldoret/Kampala

Meet local children and their families at the Kariandusi School Trust project and lend a hand with teaching or construction. Cross the border into Uganda and camp near Kampala.

Days 49-50 Kibale Forest National Park

This equatorial rainforest shelters the highest concentration of primates in the world. Watch the resident chimpanzees squabbling and playing, then wander through the surrounding tea plantations to visit villages or simply kick back at the campsite.

Day 51 Queen Elizabeth National Park

Nestled between Edward and George lakes in the Great Rift Valley, the Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to a wide array of wildlife. Embark on game drives to try and spot elephants, lions and buffaloes. Cruise the Kazinga Channel where hippos wallow and pelicans and eagles soar.

Day 52 Lake Bunyonyi

Gliding across the lake in a traditional dugout canoe is a fun way to enjoy the amazing scenery.

Days 53-55 Gorilla Trek

Cross over the border into Rwanda and make camp at Ruhengeri, gateway to the gorilla adventure. Accompanied by a guide and trackers, hike through rugged terrain to come face-to-face with a family of rare mountain gorillas - the sight of these gentle giants is unforgettable. Head out on rainforest treks to glimpse some of the forest's other inhabitants and pay a visit to the moving Kigali Genocide Memorial.

Day 56 Lake Mburo National Park

Back in Uganda, head to Lake Mburo, home to the large eland antelopes. Discover plenty of other magnificent animals - including zebras, impalas, buffalo, leopards, hyenas and jackals - on walking safaris through this secluded park.

Days 57-58 Jinja

Take time out to shop for souvenirs or perhaps try white-water rafting.

Days 59-60 Eldoret/Nairobi

Pass through Eldoret once more on the way back to the busy streets of Nairobi, where the adventure ends.

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