10 days tour

Cape Town To Nairobi Group Overland Tour

This tour includes:

Guide

Driver/guide included on this tour.

Meals

Eating well is a very important factor on our expeditions and good food is vital for everyone’s health and well-being so we always strive to prepare healthy, wholesome and plentiful meals.We will be cooking a lot of meals from our own kitchen on the truck. When we are camping we usually eat breakfast and the evening meal from the truck. For lunch we usually stop at a cheap local restaurant giving you a chance to taste the local fare too. Lunches are at your own expense. When we are staying in hotels/guest houses/hostels (usually in cities but no hotels are to be expected on this tour) it is often impractical to cook on the truck so we do not provide any meals at these times.When it comes to shopping and cooking we will divide ourselves up into groups of 3 or 4 people (depending on group size) who will shop for and prepare the day’s meals and clean up at the end. This will work out that you roughly get to cook once a week (depending on numbers).Fresh food is generally available daily so we try and eat meat and vegetables for every main evening meal. We do also cater for vegetarians but we cannot cater for fussiness. In these group situations everybody must appreciate we cannot cater for individual likes and dislikes.Don’t worry if you are not a gourmet cook as your crew are also always there to give advice.All our vehicles are equipped with a small fridge which is used for the cook groups food only. For personal food & drinks we have cooler boxes for everyone to use.Cleanliness plays an important role throughout this expedition and your crew will make sure an acceptable level of general hygiene is maintained throughout your journey to ensure the wellbeing of the group.Included: 2 meals per day while camping

Others

Services of your expedition leader/driverUse of our own custom-built expedition vehicle and equipmentDiesel, mechanics, shipping and any other costs relating to the vehicleFerry tickets (when travelling as a group)An average of 2 meals a day while camping (usually breakfast and the evening meal)All accommodation costs (100% camping)National Park entry fees when we enter as a group with our vehicleLocal transportation costs (if required)

Transport

We will be travelling in a purpose-built Madventure overland vehicle 100% of the time on this expedition. A standard bus simply wouldn’t be able to tackle many of the roads we travel on. The overland vehicle we use is a custom-built expedition truck which can accommodate up to 36 people although most of our expeditions travel with approximately 25 people.Comfort and safety is of course a big factor during expeditions of this length and nature so all our vehicles have high-backed coach seats with safety belts. The seating is on the upper level of the vehicle giving you an almost 360° view of the surrounding scenery.Our vehicles are designed to allow sufficient luggage storage and are also equipped with lockers to keep all your all your gear safe.Our long range diesel and water tanks ensure our self sufficiency in remote areas and the equipment we take with us is also of vital importance. In case of a breakdown we are equipped with a good selection of spare parts as well as a comprehensive tool kit to undertake any necessary repairs on our own as and when we need to.There may also be times when we get stuck in the sand or mud when travelling off road so all necessary recovery equipment such as sand mats, cables, ropes, shovels and pickaxes are also on board.We spend a lot of nights around the campfire so we take along good axes and saws for the times when we have to replenish our wood supply.We usually carry 500 litres of treated drinking water and we are equipped with a good kitchen which includes all cutlery, plates, cups, pots and pans, utensils, gas cooker, BBQ grate, etc.All our vehicles are equipped with a small fridge which is used for the cook groups food only. For personal food & drinks we have cooler boxes for everyone to use.Fold up chairs are provided for outdoor seating and we also have a large tarpaulin to keep us dry on those rainy days.Our vehicles are equipped with USB charging points only so try and bring all of your important electronic devices such as telephone, tablet & head-torch to charge from a USB socket. We do not have a 120V or 240V power supply on the vehicle but you will have the opportunity to charge your 120/240V electronic equipment when we stay at campsites.We carry solar showers and a toilet tent with us for those times when we are bush camping without amenities.We carry a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies but we recommend you bring your own for general use.

Accommodation

You will spend 100% of your time on this expedition in your tent camping. There may be the occasional time when our only option is to stay in a local hotel, guest-house or hostel but this rarely happens.Quite often we will wild camp by ourselves out in the bush or in the desert and other times we will use designated campsites with amenities. The majority of our wild camp locations are usually very scenic and we always strive to find the perfect spot on the banks of a river, overlooking a canyon, behind a dune in the desert, etc. but sometimes we just have to camp wherever we can find a spot.From past experience on expeditions of this length and nature we have found that people prefer to supply their own tents as they are then not forced to share and they can pick a tent that suits their needs. As a general rule, try and choose a good quality lightweight and waterproof free-standing tent that is easy to erect, take down and carry.On the rare occasion when we are not camping (this could happen if we are in a city and no campground is available) we always try to use decent, clean budget hotels, guest houses and hostels, however, taking into consideration the sometimes unpredictable nature of this expedition and the remoteness of some of the areas we visit, please be aware that in some circumstances we just have to take what we can get – good or bad. When staying in hotels/guest houses/hostels you can expect to share your room with other expedition members of both sexes.In many of the places we stay at there are upgrade options available so should you prefer not to camp or you just want some time alone you can often rent yourself a private room at your own expense.

Not included:

Flights

No flights included or expected during this tour.

Others

Personal travel insurancePersonal spending money (£100 – £120 per week recommended)Visas & Letters of Invitation (approximately £400 depending on nationality)LunchesMeals while staying in hotels/guest houses/hostelsAccommodation upgradesEntrance fees to optional sites and parksAny optional activitiesAny flights (no flights expected)Tent, roll mat, sleeping bag & pillow

Insurance

It is compulsory that every person who travels with Madventure obtain travel insurance for the complete duration of the tour. Proof of travel insurance must be shown before joining a tour.You may be covered under your credit card’s travel insurance so it might be worth checking with your credit card provider first.There are various travel insurance companies to choose from and a Google search will bring up a vast selection but for a comprehensive reliable policy that includes Covid Cover and Medical Repatriation we recommend a London based company named Campbell Irvine, Telephone: +44 20 7938 1734, https://microsite.campbellirvinedirect.com/madventure/. They are familiar with what we do so if you mention Madventure and the tour you are travelling on they should be able to provide excellent cover for you.For people based in North America a company called Allianz offers good cover – Telephone: +1 866 884 3556, www.allianztravelinsurance.comIf you choose to obtain your travel insurance through another company please ensure you read the small-print and make sure your policy includes Covid Cover and Medical Repatriation.

Optional

Below is a list of the most popular optional excursions along with the most recent prices. Prices can of course change and are not controlled in any way by Madventure so please use the list below as an approximate guide only. South AfricaCable car to Table Mountain £15Abseil Table Mountain £60Cage diving with Great White sharks £150Robben Island guided tour £20Stellenbosch wine tour £40Stony Point penguins £5Bloukrans bungee jump £60Ushaka Marine World £12Moholoholo rehabilitation centre £10Panorama route entrance fees £10 LesothoBasotho pony trek £30Thaba Bosiu cultural village entrance £6 EswatiniSibebe rock climb £6 MozambiqueDiving in Bazaruto archipelago, per dive £35 ZimbabweBridal Veil Falls hike £10Great Zimbabwe ruins £15Walking with lions £70Lion night encounter £75Lion feeding £20Elephant interaction £10Matobo NP tour £70Zambezi rafting at Vic Falls £100Bungee, gorge swing & highwire day at Vic Falls £160Bungee jump off Victoria Falls £130Flight over Victoria Falls £120 Botswana2 day Okavango Delta Mokoro trip £120Okavango Delta scenic flight £80Chobe NP morning game drive £40Chobe NP sunset cruise £30 ZambiaVictoria Falls entrance fee £20Lake Kariba overnight houseboat trip £70South Luangwa NP walking tour £40 MalawiDiving, per dive £40Horse riding £20Village tour & dinner £5 TanzaniaZanzibar Island ferry return ticket £60Zanzibar accommodation, approx. per night £20Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater 3 day tour £600Maasai Village tour £5 RwandaGenocide memorial £10Gorilla trek in Virunga Mountains £1250 UgandaGorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest £620White-water rafting on Nile £100Source of the Nile sunset cruise £30 KenyaElsamere £10Hell’s Gate NP entrance fee & bicycle hire £35Giraffe centre £7Elephant orphanage £5

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Itinerary of your trip Cape Town To Nairobi Group Overland Tour

  • Day 1 Day 1-21: South Africa, Lesotho & Eswatini
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Day 1-21: South Africa, Lesotho & Eswatini

      Cape Town is our meeting point, one of the world’s most beautiful cities with its incredible location beneath Table Mountain. As we depart Cape Town on day 1 you may want to arrive here a few days before departure to allow yourself time to enjoy the area’s attractions such as the nearby penguin colonies, Robben Island, cage diving with sharks and brilliant V&A Waterfront. Not to be missed is a day trip around the Stellenbosch wineries, a must-do for any wine lovers. On our first day of this tour we head east along the Whale Route, a stunning drive, where we will be visiting the famous whale-watching area of Hermanus as well as the penguins at Stony Point before setting up camp at Cape Agulhas, Africa’s most southerly point. On the Garden Route we now arrive at the lagoon town of Knysna where we will base ourselves for a couple of days to explore the wonderful forests and beaches of this area. As we travel towards the Sunshine Coast we stop off at Bloukrans River Bridge, the world’s highest bungee jump at 216m, giving our adrenalin-junkies the chance to get their fix before continuing to the surfing mecca of Jeffrey’s bay. We now visit Addo Elephant National Park and get the opportunity to see the large herds of elephants, buffalo & kudu as well as lions, hyenas, black rhino and the largest remaining population of the flightless dung beetle. Heading inland we enter the mountain kingdom of Lesotho where you will have the chance to explore dinosaur footprints at Quthing, towering peaks at Malealea, dramatic waterfalls at Maletsunyane and historic cultural villages at Thaba Bosiu during our 4 day visit. Back in South Africa we spend a couple of nights in the beach resort town of Durban where you have the chance to visit Ushaka Marine World, one of the best oceanariums in the world. We continue our journey to the kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) where you will get to experience walking amongst wildlife such as giraffes, warthogs, kudu, zebra, hartebeest & impala during our visits to Nisela Lodge & Mlilwane Sanctuary. In Eswatini you also have the option to climb Sibebe Rock, the world’s largest granite dome. We re-enter South Africa and head straight into the incredible Kruger National Park where we spend 2 days in the southern section of the park searching for the big 5. This is one of the world’s best game viewing experiences! Our last couple of days in SA are spent in a beautiful area known as the Panorama Route where we visit sites such as the Maholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window & Pilgrims Rest. In the town of Nelspruit we have the opportunity to restock our supplies before heading to Mozambique.

  • Day 2 Day 22-30: Mozambique
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Day 22-30: Mozambique

      With its flame-tree-lined streets, sidewalk cafes, pumping salsa bars and Mediterranean-style architecture, the capital Maputo is easily one of Africa’s most attractive cities and our first taste of this beautiful country. A little further north we reach the legendary white-sand-beaches of Tofo, a great stop with its azure waters, rolling breakers and party atmosphere. Our last stop is at the resort town of Vilankulo, the gateway to the beautiful Bazaruto archipelago, an area with pristine coral reefs and turquoise waters making for excellent sailing, snorkelling & diving.

  • Day 3 Day 31-37: Zimbabwe
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Day 31-37: Zimbabwe

      We enter Zimbabwe in the rarely visited Eastern Highlands, an area of outstanding natural beauty with forested mountains, lush valleys and rushing rivers where we have a day to trek into the mountains to visit the Bridal Veil Falls & an Eland sanctuary. We continue on to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, once the greatest medieval city in sub-Saharan Africa. The ancient site provides evidence that this was home to a very advanced society. In Gweru we visit Antelope Park where you have the opportunity to meet elephants, join lions on an evening hunt and even take a morning walk with lion cubs! In Bulawayo we visit the gravesite of Cecil John Rhodes before spending an afternoon in Matobo NP, home of balancing boulders, ancient rock art and the rare black rhino.

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Tour leaving from Cape Town

Cape Town, located in South Africa, is a vibrant and diverse city that combines beautiful beaches, stunning mountains, and a rich history. With attractions such as the iconic Cape of Good Hope, the vibrant V&A Waterfront, and Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town offers a wide variety of experiences for travelers.

Experience Style

Experience Style

Mixed

There will be challenging activities such as hiking, biking, canyoning and trekking, but you’re also going to have other means of transportation and relaxed moments to just chill.

Accomodation level

Accomodation level

Medium

This accommodation includes essential services like a hot shower, electricity, and a nice and comfy bed.

Experience Type

Experience Type

Small Group

You’ll be accompanied by a small group of travelers just like you.

Physical Rating

Physical Rating

Basic

Almost everyone is fit for these activities. Every hike or physical exercise last less than 30 minutes, such as paragliding and horseback riding. Please ask about specific conditions.

Age range

Age range

Min: 18 / Max: 80

Age range allowed for this experience.

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