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Supersized Africa

Trip Length

Trip Code

60 days GAAN

Maximum Passengers

22 people
Minimum Age
18

Countries Visited

Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Start City

End City

Nairobi Cape Town
Supersized Africa

Get down and dusty in the streets Nairobi, rhino-spotting in Lake Nakuru and chest-thumping with Rwanda’s gorillas. Big 5 you say? Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Etosha National Park will sort you out. Wind down – and wine up – in uber-sassy Cape Town.

If you only take home one piece of African wisdom let it be this: 'The buttocks are like a married couple. Though there is constant friction between them they will still love and live together.'

Supersized Africa


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi

Get your game face on (pun intended) because there's 60 days of African animal-spotting ahead.

Nairobi National Park is where it's at.

Day 2: Lake Nakuru

Hang with some hot birds at Lake Nakuru before a game drive to spot flamingos and rhinos.

Day 3-4: Eldoret/Kampala

If you request a toilet stop in Uganda you’ll be asked if it's a 'long call' or 'short call'. Ease up on the beans, guys.

Day 5-6: Kibale Forest National Park

Go chimp spotting in Kibale National Park today. It's home to the highest concentration of primates in the world. What’s black and dangerous and lives in a tree? A monkey with a machine gun. Yeah it is.

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Time for some wildlife lovin' at Queen Elizabeth National Park. Elephants, lions, buffaloes and antelopes are among the many critters you might spy on safari. No corgis though (Lizzie blames the lions).

Day 8: Lake Bunyonyi

Mokoros used to be made from tree trunks and carved by hand. But that's tricky and trees don't grow on, um... trees. So now they're mostly made from fibreglass. Doesn't change the fact that it's an awesome way to glide along the water.

Travel on to Lake Bunyonyi (250 km, approx 6-7 hrs)

If time allows, perhaps hire a traditional dugout canoe (mokoro)

Day 9-11: Gorilla Trek

Trek through Rwandan terrain to see rare mountain gorillas up close today. You might think yourself an enlightened being, but you share 98-99% of your genetic makeup with these beasts. That guy could be your brother.

Cross the border into Rwanda and travel toward Ruhengeri, via Kigali (200 km, approx 6-7 hrs)

Explore Kigali on foot - from its market areas to the infamous Hotel Rwanda
Visit Kigali's genocide memorial
Embark on two-day gorilla trek and enjoy an hour with the gorillas (once you've found them!)

Day 12: Lake Mburo

You might see a giant antelope today. There will be other animals too, but - GIANT ANTELOPE.

Travel to the border with Uganda and complete border formalities, then head to Lake Mburo (420 km, approx 9-10 hrs)

Perhaps spot the eland antelope as well as zebras, impalas, buffalo, leopards, hyenas and jackals

Keep your eyes on the water for hippos, crocodiles and a variety of waterbirds

Day 13-14: Jinja

As the African Hema proverb goes, ‘Wisdom is like fire. People take it from others.’ Deep. Back to Nairobi today.

Take a two-hour guided walking safari through the Lake Mburo National Park, viewing the animal and birdlife

Travel from Lake Mburo to Jinja via Kampala, stopping en route at the equator (340 km, approx 7-8 hrs)

Make the most of time in Jinja - a haven for adventurers, adrenaline junkies and eco-travellers

Day 15-16: Eldoret/Nairobi

You can't leave without trying a dawa cocktail. It's Kenya's signature drink. The name is Swahili for 'medicine' or 'magic potion' and it's promised to cure whatever ails you. The most common ailment it cures is sobriety.
Begin the journey back to Nairobi, making an overnight stop outside Eldoret along the way (300 km, approx 7-8 hrs)
Continue on to Nairobi early the next morning (370 km, approx 7-8 hrs).
Meet your group and leader for the next part of your trip

Day 17: Mto wa Mbu

Next stop is Arusha, before setting up camp in a Tanzanian village.

The trip includes a border crossing from Kenya into Tanzania so be sure to have your passport handy

Camp overnight in Meserani, on the outskirts of Arusha

Day 18-19: Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National Park

At the Ngorongoro Crater you might spot rhinos, elephants and zebra. Try saying Ngorongoro five times in a row after a six-pack of Tanzabeer.

From Mto Wa Mbu, descend to the floor of the famous Ngorongoro Crater and make the most of a safari here

Head for the gates of the Serengeti and arrive at camp in the early evening

View plenty of animals and birdlife, from members the Big Five to perhaps some creatures you don't expect

Camp out at night and perhaps hear lions off in the distance
An optional sunrise balloon ride makes for an unforgettable memory
 

Day 20: Mto wa Mbu

There are over 30 different varieties of banana in Mto Wa Mbu. Keep an eye out for apple bananas, green bananas that go perfectly with a side of meat and sweet, creamy red bananas. Oh, and that pink frothy drink everyone is sipping on? That's banana beer. 

Participate in a local community village program and gain a close-up look at life in an African town

Join the local community with a guided stroll around the farming areas - including visits to a kindergarten, milling machine, local homes and farmlands

Perhaps visit the markets for some wood carvings or local artwork

Day 21: Marangu

What do you get when you combine a tropical rainforest, Mount Kilimanjaro and a tent? A foolproof way to get in touch with your adventurous side, that’s what.

Day 22: Dar es Salaam

Sweet, happy beach times in Dar es Salaam tonight. The first person to crack out a ukulele wins*. 

*There are no prizes.

Long travel day heading further south towards the coastal city of Dar es Salaam (560 km, approx 10-13 hrs)
Set up camp on a balmy beach outside of the city.
Perhaps take a dip in the ocean

Day 23-25: Zanzibar

Freddie Mercury was born in Zanzibar. Scoff down a spicy seafood curry and sing Bohemian Rhapsody at top of your lungs in his honour.
Catch a ferry to the 'Spice Island' of Zanzibar (approx 90 mins)
Drive to the spice plantations for a guided tour
Perhaps buy some of the locally grown spices
Explore Stone Town on foot - taking in the bazaars, shops, mosques, palaces, courtyards and myriad intricate alleyways
Head to the northern beaches and enjoy white sand and sparkling blue sea
Try snorkelling and diving, eat sumptuous seafood or relax in a hammock
Why not head out to Prison Island for a tour

Day 26: Dar es Salaam

The paradise portion of this trip continues. Return by ferry to Dar es Salaam.

Reboard the ferry and return to the beach outside Dar es Salaam

Day 27-28: Iringa/Chitimba

On to Mikumi National Park for more animals. Sure, giraffes might be able to eat leaves from towering trees, but they can’t cough. You can't have it all, pal.

Travel further south through Mikumi National Park (550 km, approx 10-11 hrs)
Set up camp on the grounds of a farmhouse
Enter Malawi, the 'warm heart of Africa', on the way to your campsite at Chitimba (510 km, approx 10-12 hrs)

Day 29-30: Lake Malawi

Chill out at Lake Malawi. This marks the half-way point of your trip. Refrain from dutch ovening your tent companion in all the excitement, there's still time for retribution.

Travel from Chitimba to Kande Beach on the shore of Lake Malawi (230 km, approx 6 hrs)
Enjoy a few days on the lake's more peaceful beaches
Relax on the beach and participate in the many optional water activities on offer
Make the time to meet some local Malawians, easily some of the friendliest people in Africa
Camp on Kande Beach,right on the shore of Lake Malawi
Perhaps head out scuba diving or horse riding

Day 31-32: Chipata/Lusaka

Peel off your budgie smugglers and put on your budgie-lovin’ travel pants, cos you’ll be hauling cross country to Zambia next. Spend the night in Lilongwe, recovering your will to live.

Travel across into Zambia ( Day 32 ), stopping in Lilongwe, to replenish supplies (490Kms – approx 8hrs travel time)
Soak up some Malawian culture in the coffee shops, bars and restaurants
Aim for Lusaka the following day (approx 10hrs)

Day 33: Harare

You can do whatever you want in Harare. Let loose. Live a little. Run wild. Visit the museum? Ok so that last one didn't really work.

Drive for approx 3 hours to the border with Zimbabwe

After formalities, enjoy a 60Km scenic drive before covering the rest of the distance to Harare (approx 8hrs)

Enjoy free time to explore Harare
Perhaps head to the National Gallery, the museum, the botanical gardens or simply wander through the many shops and markets

Day 34: Masvingo

Drive to Masvingo and explore the Great Zimbabwe Ruins.

Explore the Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Day 35-36: Bulawayo

Hang in the City of Kings and track black and white rhinos at Matobo National Park. As a side note, they are neither black or white. They are grey. Both of them. Misleading.

Travel to Bulawayo (360 km, approx 5-6 hrs)
The afternoon is free to explore the city
Get up early and venture out to explore the Matobo National Park - home to a large population of black and white rhinoceros
Perhaps visit the Natural History Museum or the Railway Museum

Day 37: Hwange National Park

The Hwange National Park has been transformed from a royal hunting ground into a sanctuary for Africa’s most precious animals. When you're not watching they’re all lying around in robes having pedicures.

Head to Hwange National Park (360 km, approx 5-6 hrs)
Explore the park in open 4x4 vehicles.
Stay within the park at one of its campgrounds with shared facilities

Day 38-40: Victoria Falls

Vic Falls is impressive at the best of times, but during a full moon there’s an additional perk - a moonbow. Yes, a lunar rainbow. Keep an eye out for unicorns and drop bears.

Day 41-42: Chobe National Park

Seek out wallowing hippos in Botswana's Chobe National Park. The collective noun for a group of hippos is a bloat, pod or siege. A bloat of hippos. Yesssssss.

Spend a free morning continuing to explore Vic Falls
Travel to Chobe National Park in Botswana (100 km, approx 3 hrs)
Take a cruise down the Chobe River
Enjoy an early morning game drive and get up close to the wildlife, hopefully spotting lions, buffaloes, birds and of course elephants

Day 43: Bagani

Go hang on a boat in Namibia. Wild birds, zebra and ostrich are common barbecue delicacies in Namibia. Safari barbecue. Awkward.

Drive from Kasane to Ngoma Bridge and our camp at Bagani in Namibia (470km, approx 7 hrs)

Perhaps make the most of boat trips, fishing or hikes in Bagani, as well as the chance to play soccer with the locals

Day 44-45: Okavango Delta

Take a dugout canoe through the Okavango Delta and camp on an island in the wilderness. Think of every American teen horror movie you’ve ever seen and enjoy that middle-of-nowhere silence.

Drive across the border into Botswana and head south to Seronga (140 km, approx 4 hrs)

Boarding boats out into the swamps, travel to Gao Island to meet your mokoro team and to begin exploring the Okavango Delta
Out in the middle of a wilderness area, on the first night you'll camp on an island away from civilisation
Continue your trip around the delta and return to Gao Island before heading to the relative civilisation of Umvuvu Camp

Day 46: Bagani

Travel a bit, travel a bit more, then meet your luscious campsite in Bagani.

Return to Bagani for the night

Day 48: Grootfontein/San Bushmen

Observe the genius of the San Bushmen of the Kalahari on a desert tracking and gathering trip. Feel grateful for Google maps.

Travel to Grootfontein and spend the night near a Bushmen homestead (400 km, approx 6 hrs)

Perhaps go out tracking and gathering with the San Bushmen
Learn the stories and songs of these fascinating people, presented in their unique "clicking language"

 

Day 4-50: Etosha National Park

Keep your eyes peeled for big cats while roaming the the dry plains of Etosha Park. Video them being weird and become a LOLcats hero.

Travel to Etosha National Park (290km, approx 6 hrs)

Set off on game drives through the park whilst staying at two different campsites - Namutoni and Okaukuejo.
 

Day 51: Spitzkoppe

Watch spectacular rock formations change colour as the light changes at Spitzkoppe. RAVE!

Travel to Spitzkoppe (490km, approx 9 hours)

Maybe make the most of some of the hikes and guided walks throughout the area
Bush camp for the night in the midst of this remote region
Perhaps witness the renowned sunsets and sunrises

Day 52-54: Swakopmund

Seal colonies, quad biking, sandboarding – crushing the bucket list today.

Continue on to the town of Swakopmund (320 km, approx 5-6 hrs)

  • Visit the Cape Cross seal colony
Go dune-bashing by quad bike or sand boarding in the surrounding desert, plus a host of other optional activities
Spend an evening in one of the many good restaurants and fun bars

Day 55-56: Sesriem/River Camp

Scramble to the top of the dunes to watch an incredible sunrise. Resist the urge to tumble down the other side. Sand is not delicious.

It's an all-day drive from Swakopmund to Sesriem (350 km, approx 6-7 hrs)

Wake before dawn and scramble to the top of the dunes for a sunrise view across a sea of sand
Enjoy brunch taking in the views
Jump in the back of a pickup truck for a trip to Sossusvlei (approx 30 minutes each way)
Make the most of a 4x4 Tour in Sossusvlei

Day 57: Fish River Canyon

Take some jealousy-inducing photos at Fish River Canyon #nofilter #fromwhereyoudratherbe #everyonehatesaholidayshowoff

Heading further south in the desert lands of Namibia, drive towards Fish River Canyon (200 km, approx 3-4 hrs)

Day 58-59: Orange River/Western Cape

Holy &%#*, you’ve been travelling for 59 days. Gag your tent buddy and canoe down the Orange River or laze riverside to celebrate.

Departing Fish River Canyon, it's a 5 hour transit (275 km) to Noordoewer

Pitch the tents on the scenic banks of the Gariep (Orange) River
Depart first thing the following morning to Citrusdal
Perhaps enjoy mountain walks around the surrounding countryside and farms, time allowing

Optional canoe trip

Day 60: Cape Town

Cape Town and home time.

Your safari comes to an end in Cape Town (330 km, approx 7 hrs)

Enjoy a host of optional activities in Cape Town such as abseiling, kloofing, scuba diving, a harbour cruise and much more besides
Perhaps visit the Botanical Gardens, the District Six Museum, the national gallery or spend some time on Table Mountain
 
There's no accommodation provided for tonight but we are able to organise additional nights. Please request at the time of booking. We recommend you do stay longer as there is plenty to see and do in Cape Town.Please don't book international departure flights until after 9pm on departure day.

 

**This tour is run by our sister company Intrepid**


Your Trip

Nuts and Bolts

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals

Transport

Accommodation

54 Breakfasts, 50 Lunches, 48 Dinners
Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.
USD 640.00


By travelling on a Geckos Overland trip you would now be aware that your trip is a participation camping tour. Participation camping means that you will be helping your cook or leader prepare meals for the group. You may also get the chance to help with the shopping in the local shopping centres and/or markets.

Your cook (East Africa only) will come up with meal ideas and quantities needed for large groups. Participating in the camp is usually done on a duty roster system with a group of 5 or 6 people (depending on the group size) having a different camp job each day. If you have any dietary requirements please tell us at the time of booking, and also remind your crew at your welcome meeting.

A typical camp breakfast might be toast with spreads, cereal, something hot such as eggs or pancakes, as well as tea and coffee. Lunch is almost always a sandwich with healthy salad and assorted fillings, sometimes with fruit to follow. There may be a chance on occasion to buy your lunch. Dinner might be a BBQ, rice dish or pasta dish and there is always the chance to try some African food such as ugali and stew. There will be times that your meals may be more basic due to the remote destinations you are travelling to. Your food and diet will be dependent on what is available locally as well as tinned and dry ingredients.

Not Included

International flights, airport transfers, departure taxes, visas, insurance (compulsory on all trips), meals not listed, any optional tours or activities during free time, camera fees, excess baggage charges, tips and items of a personal nature.


Important Information

HOT AIR BALLOONING: An optional sunrise balloon ride in the Serengeti National Park is possible on this itinerary. Please see Days 18-19 for full details of this activity. As the balloon only holds 16 people, places are limited and must be booked in advance. Please enquire when booking your trip to book this optional activity.

COMBINATION TRIP: This is a combination trip and the composition of your group may change in Nairobi & Victoria Falls.

FINISH TIME: This trip finishes upon arrival in Cape Town on Day 60. Please do not book any flights until after 9pm this evening.

**This trip is operated by our sister company Intrepid**

ITINERARY DISCLAIMER: Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements deriving from past travellers' and local operator feedback. The information given in this itinerary may differ slightly to that in the brochure. It's imperative that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated itinerary please visit our website: www.geckosadventures.com Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some of the changes that may occur in our itineraries could be due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transportation. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for the chance of possible modifications to the trip en-route.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES: Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, and all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the activities that are included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded to you.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: There are a selection of optional activities listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This is not an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices listed are for entrance only and do not include transport costs to and from the sites or local guides unless otherwise indicated. Please also be aware that it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Optional activities aren't necessarily endorsed or recommended by Geckos nor included in the price of this trip. If you do any optional activities, you do so at your own risk and it must be clearly understood that your participation is your own decision and doesn't form part of your contract with Geckos. You may be required to sign/complete a waiver form for some of the optional activities you choose to participate in.

GORILLA PERMITS: Geckos Adventures pre-purchase gorilla permits. Your gorilla permit MUST be pre-paid for and will be confirmed in your name once your trip deposit and gorilla permit money has been received and the trip is guaranteed to depart. This is the only way permits can be guaranteed. Once purchased the permits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

30 March 2014


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