G Adventures - 51 Night Moderate Tour Package51-Nights Ultimate Africa-18-to-Thirtysomethings

Tours offered from June 24th, 2018 - October 6th, 2019

Starting from only $7,224.00 (USD)


Tour Overview

Ultimate Africa Spanning nine countries, this journey is full of diverse cultures, abundant wildlife, spectacular landscapes, stunning beaches, and loads of adventure. Track the Big Five across open savannah, explore the Okavango Delta in a dugout mokoro canoe, encounter gorillas deep in the Ugandan wilderness ? do it all on this ultimate 52-day adventure and get a real feel for how large Africa truly is. Travel aboard our rugged overland adventure vehicle (OAV) is well-paced and wilderness camping will bring you closer to the region?s wildlife. Encounter rare wildlife and real people on this unique and cost-effective journey through the stunning scenery of Southern and East Africa.HighlightsSearch for the Big Five, witness giant sand dunes and the massive Victoria Falls, ride in 4x4 safari vehicles and dugout canoes, meet mountain gorillas, discover Zanzibar's crystal clear watersAccommodationSimple hotels (5 nts), participation camping (38 nts), permanent tented camp (1 nt), full-service camping (2 nts), guesthouses (2 nts, multi-share), basic bush camping (2 nts), hostel (1 nt, multi-share).Group Leader2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver, certified safari guides/drivers, certified mountain gorilla trackers.Group Size NotesMax 22, avg 18.Meals Included48 breakfasts, 39 lunches, 34 dinnersWhat's IncludedG Adventures for Good: !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, Swartwater G Adventures for Good: Penduka Village Restaurant & Shop, Windhoek Local Living: Kande Beach Local Dinner, Kande Beach. Entrance to Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei Dunes, and Spitzkoppe. Entrances and wildlife safari drives in Etosha, and Serengeti national parks. Damaraland Living Museum visit. Okavango Delta overnight bush camping excursion. Ngorongoro Crater visit. Zanzibar excursion (3 days). Guided tour of spice plantation (Zanzibar). Transfer from Nairobi to Kampala. Guided chimp trek (Kalinzu Forest Reserve). Guided mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi with permits. Transfer from Jinja to Nairobi. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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G Adventures: Ultimate Africa

Day 1 Cape Town
We highly recommend arriving earlier in Cape Town to explore all that this area has to offer.Additional Notes: Please make sure you have all of the necessary visas for this tour by the time of the welcome meeting. It is very important to read the visa section in our trip details to make sure which visas you will need, if any.?? Please also note that no visa can be obtained at the border to Namibia. ?Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
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Day 2 Cape Town/Cederberg
Head out of the city to begin your overland journey with a lunch stop by the coast. Arrive at our first campsite in the afternoon. Here, enjoy free time to sample and buy some local wine, kick a footy around with the local kids, or explore the area near the camp in this beautiful part of South Africa. If you prefer, just chill out at campsite?s swimming pool overlooking the vineyards. ????Additional Notes: The !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre is closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.Included Activities: !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education CentreTransport: Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 3 Cederberg/Orange River
Travel past large plantations of rooibos tea. Opt to take a canoe trip on the scenic Gariep River.Transport: Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 4 Orange River/Fish River Canyon
??We will make our way to Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and, arguably, the second largest in the world. Watch as a spectacular sunset slips over the canyon's rim in the early evening. Permits are required to descend into the canyon; we will have access to the rim only, but the views are magnificent.Included Activities: Border Crossing (South Africa - Namibia) Fish River Canyon Visit at SunsetTransport: Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 5 Fish River Canyon/Namib Desert
Passing the small and desolate towns of Bethanien and Helmeringhausen, continue north along long and bumpy roads, en route to the Namib Desert. Arrive in the area in the late afternoon, where the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert. Here, you really feel as though you?re in the middle of nowhere.We arrive in the early evening and set up our camp.Transport: Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 6 Namib Desert
?Visit Sossusvlei, a clay pan enclosed by the world?s largest sand dunes and enclosing ancient dead trees. Here, opt to take a guided walk at the dunes, and enjoy some free time to explore them on your own. Arrive back at our campsite around lunch time and take down tents, pack up the truck, and drive to the next desert campsite. Don?t miss out on the optional sunset desert dunes bush walk to learn more about the desert, dunes, and the way of the bushmen.Included Activities: Sesriem Canyon Visit Dune 45 VisitTransport: Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 7 Namib Desert/Swakopmund
Get a real feel for the Namib Desert as we spend hours crossing this empty region.Spend two nights in the area exploring this historical town or trying some of the numerous activities available, such as dune boarding or quad biking.Swakopmund has bizarre lunar landscapes, unforgettable sunsets, and prehistoric Welwitchia plants.Transport: Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L)

Day 8 Swakopmund
???Swakopmund is one of the adventure capitals of Africa. Enjoy a free day to relax or get the adrenaline pumping. Choose from sky diving, dune boarding, or quad biking, just to name a few options.Additional Notes: Meals are not included while we are in Swakopmund in order to give our travellers the freedom to try out the many restaurants and bars in town.
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Day 9 Swakopmund/Spitzkoppe
Explore on your own by foot, and be sure to check out the night sky?it's great for star-gazing!Additional Notes: Our basic bush camp will have long-drop toilets and no running water.Transport: Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 10 Spitzkoppe/Damaraland
Look out over beautiful desert landscapes as far as the eye can see. There are Himba, Herero, and Damara people along the way selling local arts, and we?ll be sure to make a few stops to find out more about their offerings.? Pass into more stony desert landscapes, and arrive at camp by mid-afternoon.Included Activities: Damaraland Living MuseumTransport: Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 11 Damaraland/Etosha National Park
Upon arrival to the park in the afternoon, head out for a wildlife safari drive in our overland adventure vehicle (OAV) to search for elephants, antelope, and lions around the watering holes.After sunset, watch animals at the watering holes near the camping area, which is safe, being well lit with flood lights. Free time at night allows for the option of a night safari in an open vehicle.Included Activities: Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive (Overland Vehicle)Transport: Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 12 Etosha National Park
Enjoy a full-day wildlife safari drive in the Lando. Opt to take an open vehicle safari drive in the afternoon/night.Included Activities: Etosha National Park Wildlife Safari Drive (Overland Vehicle)Transport: Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L)

Day 13 Etosha National Park/Windhoek
Leave Etosha National Park and head south through the Namibian countryside to Windhoek.Additional Notes: Please note that this is a combination tour. Some of group members may be departing the tour in Windhoek and some new group members may be joining. Enjoy an optional group dinner with both old and new travellers.Included Activities: Penduka Village Restaurant & ShopTransport: Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L)

Day 14 Windhoek/Ghanzi
Leave in the morning and continue through the eastern part of Namibia and cross into Botswana, travelling into the heart of the Kalahari.? ?Arrive at the campsite, approximately 10km (6 mi) outside Ghanzi, in the early evening, just in time for an optional 'Bushman Walk'. ?Around the campfire at night, experience the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushmen.Included Activities: Border Crossing (Namibia - Botswana)Transport: Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 15 Ghanzi/Maun
Drive across Botswana and travel from the Kalahari towards Maun. Leave Ghanzi in the morning and arrive in Maun around lunch time.In the afternoon, opt to get a sneak peek of the Okavango Delta from above on an hour-long flight in a small plane. See a variety of wildlife and marvel at the vast delta basin.Those not opting for the flight can kick back and relax at the campsite.Additional Notes: After arrival in Maun, pick up supplies to prepare for the one night/two day excursion into the Okavango Delta. We recommend each person brings a 5 litre bottle of water to take into the Delta; this should be sufficient for both drinking water and cleaning purposes.Please note: if you have pre-booked the Okavango Delta flight, today's likely the day for this activity! Your CEO will give you final confirmation when it will take place, as it is subject to change.Transport: Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L)

Day 16 Maun/Okavango Delta
After leaving some luggage in Maun, we hop into safari vehicles and travel for about an hour to a river before pairing off and sitting down in mokoros, traditional dugout canoes, that take us deep into the delta.After a couple hours in the mokoro, we arrive to our basic bush camp in time for lunch. Set up tents and get used to the surroundings. ?In the afternoon, set off on a wildlife walk. In the evening, count the shooting stars, sing with the locals or just unwind with a sundowner around the campfire.?? The polers will join us around the campfire tonight and usually love to sing and dance? join in!Additional Notes: Please note that there is no shower and only a dig-out bush toilet, as our camp is very basic and in the wild ? but it is all worth it due to the incredible landscape and wildlife!Included Activities: Okavango Delta ExcursionTransport: Safari vehicle Mokoro
Meals: (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 17 Okavango Delta/Gweta
Enjoy the sunrise on an early wildlife walk then return to Maun, first by mokoro, then safari vehicle, and arrive around lunch time. Pack up the truck, then hit the road to ancient baobab trees of Gweta. We will arrive to our campsite mid- to late afternoon. Have a walk around, take pictures of the baobabs, swim in the pool and enjoy a proper shower after the night in the bush.Transport: Mokoro Safari vehicle Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 18 Gweta/Kasane
Journey to the area of Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant population in Southern Africa. The best way to appreciate the area?s thousands of resident elephants, crocodiles and hippos, is with an optional sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River.Additional Notes: If you have pre-booked the Chobe River Sunset Cruise, you will be cruising this evening.Transport: Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L)

Day 19 Kasane/Victoria Falls
Cross the border from Botswana to Zimbabwe at the Kazungula border post.Continue on to Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls is a great base to see both natural wonders and take part in some exciting activities.Additional Notes: Your accommodation is in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and NOT Livingstone (Zambia). Please make sure you have the necessary visa.Note that this trip combines with other tours, and some tours will be finishing in Victoria Falls, while others will be continuing on. Many of our groups opt to book their final evening together aboard a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River with wildlife-viewing, great scenery and an open bar.Included Activities: Border Crossing (Botswana - Zimbabwe)Transport: Lando Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L)

Day 20 Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls is a great base to see both natural wonders and take part in some exciting activities. Get up close (and wet from the spray) while awing at the immense Victoria Falls, raft the whitewater of the mighty Zambezi, and for the more adventurous, bungee jump with the Victoria Falls in view.Additional Notes: Want to do more with your tour? Pre-book any two of the following activities: Zambezi Whitewater Rafting, Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride, or the Zambezi River Sunset Cruise.Any optional activities listed on this day can also be booked upon arrival in Victoria Falls.
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Day 21 Victoria Falls
The town of Victoria Falls is a great base to see both natural wonders and take part in some exciting activities. Get up close (and wet from the spray) while awing at the immense Victoria Falls, raft the whitewater of the mighty Zambezi, and for the more adventurous, bungee jump with Victoria Falls in view.Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.Additional Notes: Want to do more with your tour? Pre-book any two of the following activities: Zambezi Whitewater Rafting, Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride, or the Zambezi River Sunset Cruise.Any optional activities listed on this day can also be booked upon arrival in Victoria Falls.
Meals: (1B)

Day 22 Victoria Falls/Lusaka
Set off early, around 6am, and arrive late in the afternoon. The long journey across rough and bumpy roads takes us to a private farm 29km (18 mi) outside of the capital of Zambia. Marvel at the zebras, buffalo, and the bok that roam the property, or relax by the pool or at the camp?s bar.Additional Notes: This is an overnight stop in between two long driving days, so we will not have time to explore Lusaka.Included Activities: Border Crossing (Zimbabwe - Zambia)Transport: Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 23 Lusaka/Chipata
Continue travelling across Zambia.Additional Notes: As today is a long driving day, we will not be able to visit Chipata town.Transport: Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 24 Chipata/South Luangwa
Arrive to camp late morning. Opt to go on a wildlife safari drive in South Luangwa National Park, or visit a nearby local village.Transport: Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 25 South Luangwa
Enjoy a free day to explore South Luangwa NP, a wildlife haven. Opt to go on a walking safari (seasonal), night drive, or visit a nearby local village.
Meals: (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 26 South Luangwa/Kande Beach
Spend four nights relaxing on the shores of the ?Lake of Stars?. Beach walks, swimming in the crystal clear water, and snorkelling among the tropical fish are all part and parcel of your stay.Lake Malawi is known for good snorkelling and diving. The locals depend on the lake for fishing and survival, and use dugout canoes to fish from and set out long nets. There are many different ethnic groups, all speaking their own language; most are Christians and the rest have traditional beliefs.Additional Notes: Please note that conservative dress is recommended. Shoulders and knees should be covered in public, but inside of camp boundaries, it is ok to wear beach clothes.Included Activities: Border Crossing (Zambia - Malawi)Transport: Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 27 Kande Beach
Relax on the shores of Lake Malawi, and enjoy a traditional dinner in a local home. Opt to explore by foot, go snorkelling, or take a village tour.Included Activities: Kande Beach Local Dinner
Meals: (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 28 Kande Beach/Chitimba
Leave Kande Beach in the morning and drive north along Lake Malawi to Chitimba. Chitimba Beach has beautiful views of mountains in the background and Tanzania across the lake.Transport: Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 29 Chitimba
Enjoy a final day at Lake Malawi.
Meals: (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 30 Chitimba/Iringa
Begin the day by making the border crossing out of Malawi and into Tanzania. Climbing out of the Great Rift Valley through some spectacular mountain passes, view the vast tea plantations in the highlands along the way.Included Activities: Border Crossing (Malawi - Tanzania)Transport: Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 31 Iringa/Dar es Salaam
Drive to Dar Es Salaam. The city started as a fishing village in the mid 19th century before becoming a port and trading centre.Transport: Lando
Meals: (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 32 Dar es Salaam/Nungwi
Hop on a ferry to Zanzibar and transfer to the picturesque beaches of the northern tip of the island.Additional Notes: Zanzibar is a Muslim society. Immodestly dressed women or men in shorts will get harassed and cause great offense in Stone Town. In Nungwi, customs are a little more relaxed, but our travellers are encouraged to be respectful of the island's culture and still cover up when walking around. Never try to take a photograph without asking permission.Transport: Ferry Lando Private Vehicle
Meals: (1B)

Day 33 Nungwi
Opt to go diving, snorkelling, take a sailing trip, or just sit back and relax.
Meals: (1B)

Day 34 Nungwi/Stone Town
Spend the remainder of the day exploring Stone Town, the heart of the island. It has an intriguing maze of narrow, cobbled lanes hemmed in by Arabic buildings. Look out for tinga-tinga paintings, antique shops, beautifully printed cloths (kangas and kikois worn by local people), little carved chests with copper inlays, and spices ? all beautiful presents or souvenirs to take home.Included Activities: Spice Plantation TourTransport: Private Vehicle
Meals: (1B)

Day 35 Stone Town/Korogwe
Ferry back over to the mainland and settle in for a full day of driving.Additional Notes: If you have booked the Zanzibar Express, you will stay in Stone Town when the group heads for the ferry. You have a free day in Stone Town for shopping, relaxing or seeing the sights. (Ask your CEO if you want to book any tours) Tomorrow you fly to Arusha to meet the group. Included: transfers, flight, one night Stone Town (Tausi Palace, or similar). Only breakfast included.

Tour Dates & Pricing

  • Sunday June 24th, 2018 - Tuesday August 14th, 2018
    from $7,224.00
  • Sunday August 19th, 2018 - Tuesday October 9th, 2018
    from $7,479.00
  • Sunday September 9th, 2018 - Sunday September 16th, 2018
    from $8,799.00
  • Sunday October 14th, 2018 - Sunday February 17th, 2019
    from $8,499.00
  • Sunday March 3rd, 2019 - Sunday May 19th, 2019
    from $8,299.00
  • Sunday June 2nd, 2019 - Sunday June 30th, 2019
    from $8,499.00
  • Sunday July 14th, 2019 - Sunday September 8th, 2019
    from $8,799.00
  • Sunday October 6th, 2019 - Sunday December 15th, 2019
    from $8,499.00