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Trans Africa - London to Nairobi - Game parks and sites

Tanzania - Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater

Arusha is Tanzania’s safari hub. From here, you can take the trip to the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.
The Serengeti plains are the Africa of the movies. Immense herds of zebra and wildebeest migrate here to and from Kenya’s Masai Mara. Leopards and lions are often spotted. All the big five can be found in the park. That is, if luck is with you. Your campsite is rustic offering the rare opportunity to fall asleep (or lay nervous and sleepless awake) to the sounds of lions or hyenas. Breakfast and box lunches are provided during the day and dinner is prepared for you by your cook at night.  After game driving in the park, you’ll head out, past Masai villages and Olduvai Gorge, to the Ngorongoro Crater. The next morning, you’ll wake up early and do a game drive in the unique ecosystem of the crater where there are plenty of lions, black rhino, and elephant.

Namibia - Etosha Pan National Park

Namibia’s Etosha pan is a large salt pan, forming part of the Kalahari Basin .The dry lakebed is 120-kilometers long (75-miles). During the day we drive through the park in the truck to various water holes where animals may congregate. We may see elephants, rhino, lion, leopard, springbok, oryx, kudu, mongoose, and even the elusive giraffe and zebra. In the evening, walk from the campsite to the illuminated waterhole, it’s very busy with animals coming to drink especially in the dry season.

Botswana - Chobe Park

In Botswana on the Chobe River Its the home to 50,000 elephants as well as being a watering hole for giraffe, sable, cape buffalo, lion warthog hippo, kudu, hyena and fish eagle. You can take a cruise along the river with excellent game viewing and enjoying the sunset on the Chobe River or a guided game drive. We camp beside the river

Namibia - Cape Cross

Namibian Atlantic Coast. This is where the first European explorers landed in the 15th century. It is now more famous for the seal breeding colony. It might not smell great, but the sight of so many Cape Fur Seals is quite impressive. The scene varies from season to season. Certain times males are fighting for mates. Pupping season brings not only adorable seal pups but ravenous jackal taking advantage of the weak newborns or, as they see them, easy meals. Cape Fur Seals are really a type of sea lion only found along the coast of Southern Africa

Namibia - Kamanjab Cheetah Farm

Kamanjab, Namibia. Cheetahs are a threat to livestock which is a major industry in the area. Farmers and ranchers will often kill this endangered animal when one is suspected of taking down cattle, goat, or sheep. The family that runs the Cheetah Farm doesn’t like to see that happen and instead catches problem animals and releases them onto their expansive but enclosed property thereby saving the cheetahs and the livelihood of local ranchers. You can pet and play with the tame cheetahs up at the ranch house. In the afternoon, ride out to the fields to see the cats feed.

Malawi - Kande Beach

Lake Malawi; it’s is a special beach resort orientated to budget beach activities. Snorkel around Kande Island. If you’re feeling fit, swim the 800 meters out. If you want to take it a bit easier, rent a paddle boat or canoe. If you’re up for an all day cooking job, bargain with the locals for a pig and spit roast it. SCUBA Dive the freshwater lake. Lake Malawi is home to countless beautiful, endemic fishes. PADI certifications also available here. Horseback ride through forests and villages with Kande Horses. All skill levels are catered to. Take your horse for a swim in the lake with you after a 2 to 4 hour ride. Have a drum circle with the local boys and get exposed to a little Malawian culture. Shop the wood carvings market or take a village tour

Tanzania - Karatu

Karatu is a colourful bustling town and the gateway to the Ngorongoro Highlands. It's a fun place to visit to practice your bartering for souvenirs. Dusty but absolutely delightful, the main street is wide and always vibrant with people in brightly coloured clothes chatting, laughing and going about their daily activities. Outside Karatu, rolling hills merge into the Ngorongoro Highlands. Here, mountainsides are covered in thick forest and cultivated areas are filled with farms and coffee plantations with villages scattered in between. Waterfalls tumble over rocks, sunbirds flit from flower to flower and elephant and buffalo follow ancient paths through the vegetation to rivers to drink and to mineral rich caves to extract salt

Tanzania - Mikumi National Park

On the Great North Road, in southern Tanzania. Its covered by savannah woodland. As we follow the highway through the park we often see elephants and antelopes.

Botswana - Okavango Delta

Maun is a small town on the edge of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana. It’s starting point for the Mokoro (dugout canoe) trip into the Delta. As you glide through the waterways, you will see a fantastic array of wetland wildlife, birds in particular. You will come across hippos in the water and elephants drinking from the shore. You can go on a walking safari to look for giraffe, buffalo and rare antelope – the overnight stay is a great wilderness. We bush camp and cook over open fires. Toilet facilities consist of specially dug hole behind some bushes. After returning to Maun you can take the scenic flight over the Delta. See the extra wildlife that you didn’t realize were so close to camp.

South Africa & Namibia - Orange River

The river forms the border with South Africa. You can spend the afternoon canoeing on the river.

Kenya - Nairobi, Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage

Stand with baby elephants and rhinos which have been rescued from the wild; normally their mothers have been poached. Now they are fed from a bottle. It’s a side trip in Nairobi with a entry fee of $5. You can pay more, and foster an orphaned elephant.

Zambia - South Luangwa National Park

A lightly forested park on the Luangwa River in the south east of Zambia.  Animals normally seen are; hippos, elephants, crocodiles, antelopes, water and bush buck, wild dogs, lions, and buffalo. We camp on the river bank beside the park. You can do both day and night game drives into the park. Leopards can sometimes be spotted on the night drives as the park has one of the highest concentrations of them in Africa. The road up to the park is dirt and the park been part of vast swamp system, so from January up to March as the road can be flooded we can’t get in until the water recedes and the road’s rebuilt and graded. The government has fast tracked a road up grading program, so it should soon be all open all year round.

Namibia - Swakopmund

Namibia adventure activity base, we stop here for three days
Sand-boarding - Like snowboarding but down the big Namib sand dunes. Great way to see the dunes while having fun. Stand up or lay down toboggan style.
Skydiving - Jump out of a plane and plunge towards the red sands with one of the experienced skydive instructors strapped to your back. It’s another great way to see the desert.
Quad-biking - Take an intense 2 hour venture into the Namib desert. Ride the roller-coaster like dunes in control of your own off road vehicle while following an experienced guide. Not to be missed!
Other Activities Include: Deep Sea Fishing, Dolphin and Seal Champagne Cruise, Horseback Riding, Scenic Flights, Massage / Facials, Cinemas, Casino, Nightclubs

Zimbabwe & Zambia - Victoria Falls

The Zambezi River drops 100 metres over a mile wide chasm creating one of the most incredible natural wonders of the world. When the river is in full flow, the water roars and sends a cloud of spray 500 metres into the air.
Victoria Falls is on the border of Zimbabwe (Victoria Town) and Zambia (Livingstone).  Adventure activities here are; bungee jumping, white water rafting, game-viewing on horseback, canoeing, light aircraft or helicopter flights over the falls and the sunset cruise on the Zambezi, walk with lion cubs.

Atlas Mountains – Morocco

The High Atlas mountains form a large part of the country and in its scattered valley live the Berbers, the people of Morocco before the Arabs arrived. The mountains are a barrier to the rain and so to the south is desert.

Basilica of Our Lady of Peace – Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast

Built during the tenure of former Ivory Coast dictator Félix Houphouet; this church can hold 18,000 people inside and the esplanade outside another 300,000. Regular attendances are just a few hundred people. It’s modeled after the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome and is the largest church in the world.

Christ the King Statue – Angola

This massive statue overlooking Lubango in the south of the country is based on and is the same size as the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio. There are three statues like this in the world, the others in Rio de Janeiro and Lisbon.

Ganvie stilted village - Benin

The largest lake village in the world. Here the Tofinu moved onto the lake, to a place of relative safety. A 500 year old small town where everyone gets around in dugout canoes, where fish are farmed amongst a network water fences.

Gibraltar – near Spain

A British Navy outpost with a rock on a peninsular with an airport. 

Gold Coast Forts and Castles – Ghana

There are around thirty slave castles, or forts, along the coast of Ghana. They were built by European traders original to trade lumber and gold, and then later used for the cross Atlantic slave trade. Millions of people passed through the gate of no return. From the theseportals overlooking the ocean the slaves were lowered into small boats to be taken out to cargo ships lying in anchor off shore, before crossing the Atlantic.

Kakum National Park – Ghana

A rainforest park with forest elephants, bongo antelopes and monkeys. There is a canopy walkway, suspended high above the trees giving treetop views of the jungle.

Kenya - Nairobi, Langata Giraffe Centre

Here you can hand feed giraffes while you stand head high with the giraffes. It’s a side trip in Nairobi with a entry fee of $7 plus a charge for giraffe food.

Mefou Chimp Sanctuary – Cameroun

Near Yaounde, it’s a home to rescued orphaned gorillas, chimpanzees and monkeys, a safe forest sanctuary home where they can live with their own kind.

Mount Cameroun – Cameroun

An active volcano, just over 4,000 metres high. It’s base rest so close to the Atlantic coast that during eruptions its lava reaches the sea. Though it has not erupted since 1999 and is open to hike to the summit which takes four days.

Royal Cities of Morocco

Fes, Marrakesh, Meknes and Rabat are the four historical capital cities of Morocco. These cities are a thousand years old. Each of these cities has its own character with; city wall and gate, markets with traditional Kasbah palace and fortress, an old city or medina inside the wall as and mosques.

Sahara Desert

The Sahara Desert oases with cool water surrounded by palms, stretches of sand as big as a small country, old forts, camel trains following centuries old trading routes with a night sky undiluted by city lights. 

Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Centre - Congo

The Jane Goodall Chimp sanctuary looks after over a hundred chimps, most orphaned from the hunting of their parents for the bushmeat trade. The babies, when found, are brought to the reserve to try to give them a life in a semi wild environment.

Volubilis Roman ruins – Morocco

Roman ruins in morocco might be unexpected but many of the best are in North Africa protected by the dry weather and low population. Its listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as an exceptionally well preserved example of a large Roman colonial town on the fringes of the Empire.

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