Southern Explorer




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Southern Explorer

This trip starts in Nairobi and travels south through Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia finishing in Cape Town, South Africa Please note that this trip departs Nairobi on a Sunday, early morning. Should you wish to spend extra time there an earlier arrival should be planned and additional accommodation booked through Global Village.

Pre Departure Meeting: Held at departure point at 5:00pm the day before your departure. Departure Point: Nairobi, Boulevard Hotel, Harry Thuku Road.

Check In Time: 8:45am Departure Time: 9:30am

DAY 1: Nairobi to Arusha (Tanzania) (L / D)
This morning we collect the passengers who’ll be joining us on the next leg of our trek. We travel south
crossing the border into Tanzania at Namanga. Tonight we stay in a lovely campsite in Meserani on the
outskirts of Arusha, before heading out on our Optional Excursions to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro

DAY 2-4: Arusha to Serengeti National Park (OPTIONAL) (B / L / D)
Arusha is a pleasant town situated at the base of Mount Meru and is the starting point for the optional
excursions to Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti. We conduct these excursions in locally operated 4WD
vehicles, which are adapted for safari use. Depending on which option you choose, you will be away
from the Arusha campsite for either one or two nights
For those not opting to visit the Ngorongoro Crater or Serengeti National Park, the next 2 days are spent
at leisure enjoying the Meserani reptile park, Masai Cultural Museum and the surrounding villages and
craft markets. Alternatively the town of Arusha is close by to explore.
The Optional Ngorongoro/Serengeti excursion takes us via the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito
River) that lies adjacent to the Lake Manyara National Park and up the Rift Valley Escarpment to the
higher lying village of Karatu. Karatu offers magnificent views over the surrounding hills and has many well established wheat farms that add to the picturesque panoramas. We spend the evening at a pleasant campsite in Karatu. The following morning we depart early for the Ngorongoro Conservation area and head into the wildlife rich Ngorongoro Crater. This World Heritage Site boasts some of the best game viewing in Africa – including the elusive Black Rhino. Those on the 1 night option will transfer back to Meserani after the game drive.
After our game drive in the Crater, we head down the Crater rim and past the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ on
our way to the Serengeti National Park. We cross the vast plains as we game drive through the southern
and central areas in the park. Tonight we camp in the bushveld surrounded by the sounds of the African
wilderness. In the morning, we head off for another game drive and explore the landscape in search of
the resident game. With some luck, we may see some of Africa’s ‘Big 5’!
After our morning drive, we head back across the plains and the lush Crater rim to our truck at Arusha,
where we spend the evening musing over our thrilling wildlife experience.

DAY 5: Arusha to Pangani (B / L / D)
After a morning spent exploring Arusha and its vibrant craft markets, we head south towards Dar es
Salaam. On the way we drive through the town of Moshi. Moshi is the base for Mount Kilimanjaro
climbing expeditions, and weather permitting; we may even catch a glimpse of this magical mountain’s
snowy summit - a photo opportunity not to be missed! We pass through vast sisal plantations surrounded by The Usambara and Pare Mountain ranges, before reaching our lovely campsite nestled between these mountains, midway between Arusha and Dar es Salaam.

DAY 6: Pangani to Dar es Salaam (B / L / D)
Today we continue on to Dar es Salaam. Travelling through lush scenery and palm trees, we near the
warm Indian Ocean. On arrival in Dar es Salaam we make our way to our lovely seaside campsite and
prepare for our departure to Zanzibar the next morning.

DAY 7: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar (B)
A ferry from Dar es Salaam takes us to the "Spice Island,” where we have the option to spend the next 3
nights. Zanzibar is steeped in history and was one of the major starting points for most East African
explorers in their quest for new lands. New passengers may join us to replace those that’ll leave us at the end of our excursion to Zanzibar.
PLEASE NOTE: Accommodation and Meals are for your own account whilst on Zanzibar, as it is our
experience that passengers prefer to explore the island on their own. The Trip Leader joins you and can
arrange your accommodation, while meals can be enjoyed from a wide selection of restaurants.

DAYS 8 & 9: Zanzibar
History aside, Zanzibar offers a wealth of experiences for the visitor. Today the quiet streets of the old
Stone Town still retain their Arabic influence, from the Medina-like shops to the palaces of the Sultans,
who founded their vast empires on the spoils of the slave and ivory trade. The island is famous for its
spices and an excursion around a spice plantation is always a fascinating experience. Other options
include a trip to the beautiful beaches and giant tortoises of Prison Island, a full day scuba dive in
Nungwe or a fishing trip in a traditional dhow. Mopeds are available for hire if you’d like to explore the
more remote areas of the island. Zanzibar is a seafood lover’s paradise. Numerous restaurants offer a
great variety of the freshest catch from the ocean - crayfish being a popular speciality. Alternatively,
mingle with the locals for dinner at the Forodhani Gardens seafront market, where delicious, inexpensive seafood is on offer.

DAY 10: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam (D)
Leaving Zanzibar, we return to the mainland and another night in Dar es Salaam.

DAY 11: Dar es Salaam to Iringa (B / L / D)
This morning we leave Dar es Salaam and head south. We pass through the Mikumi National Park where it is possible to view a range of wildlife from the roadside, totally impervious to the passing traffic. We travel towards Iringa where we spend the night in a beautiful rustic campsite famous for its Amarula Hot Chocolates and its steamy showers!

DAYS 12 to 16: Iringa to Lake Malawi (Malawi) (B / L / D)
Taking in the beauty of the Tukuyu tea and banana plantations, we head towards Malawi entering the
‘Warm Heart of Africa’ through the border post at Songwe.
Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its total area made up of beautiful Lake Malawi. We travel
the length of the western side of the lake, stopping off at various bays and inlets over the next 5 days.
Spend the days learning the game of bao from the locals, scour the markets for a bargain or simply relax on the pristine white beaches. Malawi’s temperate climate allows for swimming in the clear blue freshwater lake all year round. Explore the beautiful shore where you’ll happen upon the local fishermen
sorting their catch. Traditional fishing techniques are still practiced and to appreciate their boating skills,
try to paddle a dug out canoe yourself! The various beachside campsites along Lake Malawi’s shores
offer many optional Excursions including a variety of water sports, horse back rides and a visit to the local village and school.

DAY 17: Lake Malawi to Chipata (Zambia) (B / L / D)
From Lake Malawi, we cross into Zambia where we spend the night in a beautiful little campsite just 10 km after the Malawi/Zambia border.

DAY 18: Chipata to Lusaka (B / L / D)
From Chipata, we head south to Lusaka to our campsite on the outskirts of Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka. The campsite is home to some local wildlife including Africa’s largest antelope – Eland.

DAY 19: Lusaka to Livingstone (B / L / D)
An early morning start sees us head south to Livingstone. Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and it’s not difficult to see why. At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high, this is the world's largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari! The Falls can be viewed from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia - a fantastic photo opportunity. Tonight we have the OPTION of enjoying a sunset dinner cruise on the mighty Zambezi.

DAY 20: Livingstone to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) (B)
We leave Zambia and cross the Victoria Falls Bridge and the Zambezi River, entering into Zimbabwe at
the town of Victoria Falls. Here in Africa’s adventure capital, we set up camp in the town’s centrally
located campsite. The Falls can be viewed from the Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabwe - a fantastic
photo opportunity. The afternoon is spent relaxing at the campsite’s swimming pool or exploring the
many sights and delights of this town!

DAYS 21 & 22: Victoria Falls (B on both days)
The next 2 days are spent relaxing or participating in a myriad of Optional Excursions. Some of our fellow passengers will leave us in Vic Falls, to be replaced by new passengers joining us for the next leg of our trek.

OPTIONAL Excursions include trips into the Zambezi or Hwange National Parks, elephant back safaris,
horse back safaris, a visit to the crocodile ranch, boat cruises and golf at The Elephant Hills Resort.
Adrenalin junkies can bungee from the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia or abseil down the Batoka Gorge - neither activity is for the faint hearted! All year round, flights in fixed wing,
micro light and ultra light aircraft or helicopters provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World
Heritage Site. White water rafting on the Zambezi is world class. Beside the excitement of the Grade 5
rapids, there are the "floats," where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and the occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.

DAY 23: Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park (Botswana) (B / L / D)
After breakfast we cross the border into Botswana and head to Kasane where we set up camp on the
banks of the Chobe River. Listen out for the resident hippos! The Chobe River forms a border between
Botswana and Namibia and Zambia. This National Park is one of Botswana’s premier game parks,
renowned for its large elephant herds.
For the adventurous spirits, there is the option for the Chobe National Park Sleep-out – an overnight
experience in the Chobe National park. Spend the afternoon in search of wildlife en-route to the set
camp within the park where we spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises of the local
wildlife. In the morning we continue our exploration and after stopping off at the camp for lunch, we
meet the rest of the group for the sunset boat cruise

DAY 24: Chobe National Park (B / L / D)
For those not on the Sleep-out, today offers the option of an early morning game drive in the Chobe
National Park. An early start sees us spend the morning observing the large herds of wildlife After our
game drive we return to camp for lunch. The late afternoon sees us take a boat cruise along the Chobe
River. Elephant, hippo and many bird species can be viewed from the boat while we watch another
glorious African sunset.

DAY 25: Chobe National Park to Maun (B / L / D)
Today we travel in a south-westerly direction to the southern reaches of the Okavango Delta and our
destination, Maun. It is from here that we set off to explore the Okavango Delta.

DAY 26: Maun to Okavango Delta (OPTIONAL) (B / L / D)
The Delta is a huge expanse of water, which has travelled from the Angolan highlands, spreading out to
form the largest inland delta in the world. Studded with exotic islands, The Delta is renowned for its
incredible variety of bird life and animals and is unique to Southern Africa.
Here we have the opportunity to take the optional 3 Day / 2 Night Drive In/Mokoro Excursion into the
Delta. From Maun we drive north for a couple of hours to reach the mokoro poler’s station. Mokoros
are traditional dug out canoes manoeuvred through the waterways by local guides who “pole” them
through the reeds. After our guides find us a place to camp, we set off on an afternoon game walk,
allowing us to experience The Delta wilderness.
For those who’d prefer not to explore The Delta, you can stay at the lovely campsite relaxing by the
swimming pool or challenging each other to a game of volleyball. There is also a crocodile farm nearby
that has it’s feeding times open to campsite visitors.

DAY 27: Okavango Delta (B / L / D)
A day of rest, relaxation and Delta experiences await. Today we have the opportunity to partake in a
number of activities including swimming (dependant on area & water levels), game walks, mokoro
cruises and even a chance to try our hands at poling our own mokoro!

DAY 28: Okavango Delta to Maun (B / L / D)
This morning affords us a final opportunity for a game walk before packing up and setting off back to
Maun. We arrive back in the early afternoon and have the chance to complete our picture of the
Okavango Delta by taking an optional sunset scenic flight over The Delta.

DAY 29: Maun to Rundu (Namibia) (B / L / D)
Following the Kavango River, we enter Northern Namibia. We stop at Rundu for supplies before heading to our spectacular campsite located on the banks of the Kavango River - complete with “open air”
facilities and the occasional hippo grazing on the lawn!

DAY 30: Rundu to Etosha National Park (B / L / D)
From Rundu, we head towards Etosha National Park. Covering 20 000 km2, Etosha is Namibia’s premier nature reserve. Situated around the Etosha Pan with a wide variety of animal and bird life, the extensive network of gravel roads affords us the opportunity of accessing even the most remote areas of the park.

DAY 31: Etosha National Park (B / L / D)
Today we make our way 150 km across the park, keeping a look out for Etosha’s large herds of desert
antelope such as Springbok and the famed Oryx. After a full day of game viewing, we spend the
evening relaxing at our camp.

DAY 32: Etosha National Park to Cheetah Park (B / L / D)
Today’s drive is to the Cheetah Park - a private farm dedicated to conserving Namibia’s cheetah
population. We get to meet the resident cheetahs, a photo opportunity not to be missed!

DAY 33: Cheetah Park to Spitzkoppe (B / L / D)
Our departure from the Cheetah Park takes us to the ‘Matterhorn of Namibia’ - Spitzkoppe. The 1728 m
high rock formation, one of Namibia’s most recognised landmarks, is well known as an ancient San
sacred site. Explore the surrounding area and its San rock paintings. Tonight we bush camp under the
African stars.

DAY 34: Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund (B / L)
Today we head for Swakopmund. Founded by the Germans in 1892, their colonial influence is still
evident today. Swakopmund has a selection of excellent coffee shops, restaurants & bars as well as
many arts and crafts shops selling Namibian curios. There are fine beaches to walk along as well as a
great museum, aquarium and galleries to visit. Accommodation will be in dormitories. Upgrades are
possible, but depend on room availability.

DAYS 35 & 36: Swakopmund (B on both days)
The next 2 days are spent relaxing or participating in a myriad of Optional Excursions. Some of our fellow passengers will leave us in Swakop, to be replaced by new passengers joining us for the final leg of our

OPTIONAL excursions include sky diving, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, fishing trips, golf, horse riding and more. An activity briefing will be held on arrival in Swakopmund.

DAY 37: Swakopmund to Sesriem (B / L / D)
Leaving Swakopmund, we head south to meet the Atlantic Ocean at Walvis Bay. Continuing our
journey, we enter the Namib-Naukluft Park in one of the oldest deserts in the world. We base ourselves at  Sesriem, a great place to experience the Namib and its many moods. A short distance away is
Sossusvlei, surrounded by a dramatic sea of sand dunes reputed to be the highest in the world.
Magnificent views of the desert can be seen from the top of the dunes, some over 300 m high. We
spend the afternoon exploring this amazing area. An optional (and must do) excursion is to walk around
the area, learning about the amazing history, geology, flora and fauna from the specialised local guides
of Sossus on Foot. They also give us a glimpse into the cultural legacy of the San people. View the sunset from the top of Dune 45 - a truly memorable experience.

DAY 38: Sesriem to Fish River Canyon (B / L / D)
After watching the sunrise across this beautiful area we leave the serenity of the dunes and head south
to the Fish River Canyon. At 161 km long, 27 km wide and about 550 m deep, it’s the second largest
canyon in the world. The outer canyon was formed by tectonic activity, while the erosion of the Fish River
formed the inner canyon. A road follows the eastern rim, giving us access to several viewing points from
where we can take in the spectacular vistas.

DAY 39: Fish River Canyon to Orange River (South Africa) (B / L / D)
This morning we continue south, where, after a short drive, we reach the Orange River - the natural land
border between Namibia and South Africa. We camp at a beautiful campsite on the South African bank
of the river. This afternoon we have the option of a half-day canoe trip on the beautiful Orange River,
affording us the opportunity of some bird watching or just a scenic and relaxing paddle.

DAY 40: Orange River to Cederberg (B / L / D)
An early morning start see us travel south through the Richtersveld before reaching the region known as
Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of Namaqua wildflowers that occur each spring. We
spend tonight in a picturesque campsite surrounded by local wine farms. We have the opportunity to
sample some of the nectar of the gods or to explore the surrounding beautiful Cederberg Mountains.

DAY 41: Cederberg to Cape Town (B / L)
We leave the scenic Cederberg area and travel south towards Cape Town. We travel through the rich
fruit growing area of Citrusdal before crossing the Piketberg Pass to the Cape’s wine growing regions.
Our first sighting of the Mother’s City Table Mountain across Table Bay means we’ve reached our final
destination. Tonight’s accommodation is in dormitories in one of Cape Town’s best loved hostels.

DAY 42: Cape Town (B)
After breakfast, we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!
We suggest you extend your stay by a few days to participate in some of the exciting activities available
here. Post tour accommodation can be booked directly through your Global Village Consultant.

Below is a selection of Optional Excursions available on this trip.

Please Note - these prices are approximate and are subject to change
- where activities occur away from your base, there may be an additional transfer cost.
Tanzania, Arusha - 1 Day Ngorongoro Crater Excursion (Min 2 People) * US$ 200
Tanzania, Arusha - 3 Day / 2 Night Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater Excursion * US$ 380
Tanzania, Zanzibar - Accommodation p/p/p/n From US$ 20
Tanzania, Zanzibar - Stone Town - Spice Tour US$ 25
Malawi, Lake Malawi - Village Walk & Meal US$ 10
Malawi, Lake Malawi - Water Skiing US$ 15
Zambia, Livingstone - Sunset Dinner Cruise US$ 40
Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls - Bungee Jump US$ 90
Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls – White Water Rafting on the Zambezi US$ 95
Botswana, Chobe National Park - Game Drive US$ 35
Botswana, Chobe National Park - 1 Night Sleep Out US$ 110
Botswana, Maun - Scenic Flight over the Okavango Delta US$ 70
Botswana, Maun - 3 Day / 2 Night Drive-In/Mokoro Okavango Delta Excursion US$ 150
Namibia, Swakopmund – Quad Bike US$ 45
Namibia, Swakopmund - Sky Diving US$ 250
Namibia, Sesriem - Sossusvlei Guided Walk US$ 35
South Africa, Orange River - Half Day Canoeing US$ 25
*Although traveller’s cheques are accepted for the Serengeti/Ngorongoro Excursions, they are subject to
a surcharge of at least 5%.
**Please note that all accommodation & activities in Victoria Falls must be paid for in US$ cash (GBP &
ZAR also accepted at a lower rate).

When you book this trip, you are entitled to receive both a FREE 3 Day Masai Mara Safari the Thursday
before your trip begins and a FREE 3 Day Cape Town City Package after your trip ends. The Local
Payments are still applicable for each trip. This fantastic offer must be taken up at the same time you
book this trip. Ask your Global Village consultant for more details. Conditions apply.
The staff and management look forward to welcoming you aboard and trust that you will enjoy your trip
with us.

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