Ethiopia, Gorillas & the Cape

Cape Town - Gondar

114 days through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia
FROM: $19065 USD
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Mokoro, Private Bus, Ferry, Canoe, Boat
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, African Camp Master
Comfortable Hotel 26 nights
Camping 65 nights
Multishare Hostel 6 nights
Overnight Boat 1 night
Camping without facilities 8 nights
Basic Hotel 4 nights
Guesthouse 3 nights
Breakfasts x 103, Lunches x 73, Dinners x 73
$1015 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

Experience some of the most awe-inspiring sights that East and Southern Africa has to offer; from the tribes, mountains, forests and plains of East Africa to the wildlife parks and deserts of the south.

Wander the streets of Lalibela as you go in search of the rock-hewn churches in the seldom-visited country of Ethiopia. As well as seeing some of this countries amazing historical architecture you’ll also witness its varied wildlife and landscapes, from the Danakil Depression to the lush vistas of the Simien Mountains National Park.

Along the way you will experience at very close quarters Africa's most spectacular wildlife and visit some of its finest national parks, such as the Serengeti, Masai Mara in the east and Chobe and Etosha in the south.

We’ll get you truly get off the beaten track as you overland between Ethiopia and Kenya, enjoying a homestay with the Samburu people of northern Kenya. Further along the way you’ll meet mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in Uganda and elephants, lions, cheetahs and more in Tanzania and Kenya and again in Botswana and in Namibia. However, it's the raw experience of walking safaris to find white rhino in Zimbabwe and canoeing down Zambian rivers in the Lower Zambezi region that get you right up close to Africa's flora and fauna.

A wonderfully varied journey, you’ll witness the staggering changes of the landscapes and cultures as you drive along this long but rewarding route.

Marvel at the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls
Take advantage of many optional activities at Victoria Falls
Boat trip to spot wildlife in Chobe NP
Jeep safari in Hwange NP
Guided walking safari in search of White rhino in Matobo NP
Learn the colonial history of Southern Africa at the grave of Cecil Rhodes
Search for meerkats at the Makgadikgadi Pans
2 days wilderness safari in Okavango delta
Spot wildlife among the reeds and lillies from a canoe in the Okavango
Visit to the San Bushmen Village project near Grootfontein

This trip is a real mixture; whilst overall the infrastructure in terms of roads, camp sites and hotels is good there will be times when the roads leave a lot to be desired, for example the road to the Danakil Depression is described as the ‘worst’ road in the world. Some small local hotels interspersed with some wild camping will mean that you shouldn’t expect too much luxury.

However, you’ll have a cook with you (except for the section north of Nairobi) to help with cooking and camp duties. Be prepared to mix comfort with adventure on this varied journey!

Take in the jaw-dropping vistas at the Fish River Canyon

Visit the famous Dune 45 and explore the other-wordly landscapes of the Sossusvlei and the Dead Vlei salt pans

Visit the seal colony at Cape Cross

Spend time exploring the area around Spitzkoppe (nicknamed the Matterhorn of Africa), a granite peak rising 1728 metres above sea level

Overland safari through Etosha National Park with excellent wildlife

Day 1 - Cape Town

Border Information: If joining in Cape Town, you will most likely enter South Africa at Cape Town International Airport (IATA code: CPT).

There will be a group meeting today at 18:00. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where this important meeting will take place.

The rest of the day will be free to explore the city. There is the option tonight of joining the group for dinner.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Cape Town before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Cape Town.

In Cape Town we will stay in a hotel in the popular, lively and vibrant Kloof Street with a large variety of restaurants, coffee shops, cafes and bars all within walking distance.

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

Cable car trip to the top of Table Mountain

One way ticket: 200 ZAR

Return ticket: 395 ZAR

Excursion to the former jail on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned

Excursion: 280 ZAR

Visit the District Six Museum to learn about the old vibrant neighbourhood that was destroyed by the apartheid government in the 1960s

Entrance: 45 ZAR

Tour to the Cape of Good Hope and the Boulders Penguin Colony

Additional boat trip to Cape Seal colony: 60 ZAR

See the sights of Cape Town on a Hop On - Hop Off bus tour

1-day ticket: 200 ZAR

Day 2 - Citrusdal
Day 3 - Noordoewer
Day 4 - Fish River Canyon
Day 5 - Sesriem
Day 6 - Solitaire
Day 7 - Swakopmund
Day 8 - Swakopmund
Day 9 - Spitzkoppe
Day 10 - Etosha NP
Day 11 - Etosha NP
Day 12 - Grootfontein
Day 13 - Shakawe
Day 14 - Okavango Delta
Day 15 - Okavango Delta
Day 16 - Makgadikgadi Pans
Day 17 - Makgadikgadi Pans
Day 18 - Bulawayo
Day 19 - Bulawayo
Day 20 - Hwange NP
Day 21 - Kasane
Day 22 - Victoria Falls
Day 23 - Victoria Falls
Day 24 - Victoria Falls
Day 25 - Livingstone
Day 26 - Lower Zambezi Area
Day 27 - Lower Zambezi Area
Day 28 - Lower Zambezi Area
Day 29 - Luangwa River
Day 30 - South Luangwa NP
Day 31 - South Luangwa NP
Day 32 - Lilongwe
Day 33 - Kande
Day 34 - Kande
Day 35 - Chitimba
Day 36 - Iringa
Day 37 - Mikumi
Day 38 - Zanzibar
Day 39 - Zanzibar
Day 40 - Zanzibar
Day 41 - Zanzibar
Day 42 - Dar es Salaam
Day 43 - Lushoto
Day 44 - Arusha
Day 45 - Tarangire NP
Day 46 - Serengeti NP
Day 47 - Serengeti NP
Day 48 - Arusha
Day 49 - Amboseli NP
Day 50 - Nairobi
Day 51 - Nairobi
Day 52 - Kericho
Day 53 - Jinja
Day 54 - Jinja
Day 55 - Nakitoma
Day 56 - Kaniyo Pabidi
Day 57 - Murchison Falls NP
Day 58 - Murchison Falls NP
Day 59 - Mpanga Forest
Day 60 - Queen Elizabeth NP
Day 61 - Queen Elizabeth NP
Day 62 - Bwindi Impenetrable NP
Day 63 - Bwindi Impenetrable NP
Day 64 - Lake Mburo
Day 65 - Jinja
Day 66 - Nakuru NP
Day 67 - Nakuru NP
Day 68 - Masai Mara
Day 69 - Masai Mara
Day 70 - Nairobi
Day 71 - Nairobi
Day 72 - Naivasha
Day 73 - Naro Moru
Day 74 - Naro Moru
Day 75 - Samburu Village
Day 76 - Samburu National Reserve
Day 77 - Moyale
Day 78 - Konso
Day 79 - Arba Minch
Day 80 - Arba Minch
Day 81 - Arba Minch
Day 82 - Wendo Genet
Day 83 - Bale Mountains NP
Day 84 - Bale Mountains NP
Day 85 - Bale Mountains NP
Day 86 - Lake Ziway
Day 87 - Lake Ziway
Day 88 - Awash NP
Day 89 - Harar
Day 90 - Harar
Day 91 - Harar
Day 92 - Addis Ababa
Day 93 - Addis Ababa
Day 94 - Addis Ababa
Day 95 - Debre Markos
Day 96 - Bahir Dar
Day 97 - Bahir Dar
Day 98 - Bahir Dar
Day 99 - Awra Amba
Day 100 - Lalibela
Day 101 - Lalibela
Day 102 - Lalibela
Day 103 - Mekele
Day 104 - Danakil Depression
Day 105 - Mekele
Day 106 - Axum
Day 107 - Axum
Day 108 - Debark
Day 109 - Simien Mountains NP
Day 110 - Simien Mountains NP
Day 111 - Simien Mountains NP
Day 112 - Gondar
Day 113 - Gondar
Day 114 - Gondar