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Prices & itineraries valid until 30 April 2019





EPIC TRIPS FOR 18 TO 30 SOMETHINGS

2018-19


WE ARE TOPDECK

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WE ARE TOPDECK.

A COLLECTIVE OF EXPLORERS WHO ARE DEVOTED TO TRAVEL, WE STRIVE TO OPEN MINDS, SHIFT PERSPECTIVES, LEARN NEW THINGS AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE. OUR PASSION IS TO INSPIRE YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH LIFE-CHANGING TRAVEL EXPERIENCES. OUR BUSINESS IS TO MAKE TRAVEL DREAMS A REALIT Y.

We know what works. And we’re not afraid to shout about it. We refuse to sacrifice quality, independence and freedom, and believe solo adventures should go hand in hand with unforgettable moments with like-minded travellers. We offer variety, comfort and value for money, and promise a hassle-free holiday loaded with authentic local experiences. We are lively, curious, knowledgeable and dedicated; driven by the desire to laugh and have fun. We build the trips. You build the memories.

ARE YOU READY TO DISCOVER WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A #TOPDECKER? LET’S GO.


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WHY TOPDECK 

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In case you needed persuading.

HOW WE TRAVEL 

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We’ll make sure the journey is just as fun as the adventure.

WHERE WE GO Want some inspiration?

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We’ve got you covered.

DELICIOUS FOOD Get ready for tingling tastebuds.

WHAT'S IN THIS BROCHURE

WHAT'S IN THIS BROCHURE

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The Topdeck and Acacia Crew make the best travel pals, ever.

MIDDLE EAST Embrace all this colorful region

For those extra-special memories.

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has to offer.

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AFRICA Wanna come take a walk on

CONNECT WITH US Share the travel love and learn what it

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means to be a true #Topdecker.

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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For the nitty gritty.

the wild side?

FREEDOM TO EXPLORE Put down the itinerary and

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SHORT BREAKS Make the most of a few days away.

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MAPS

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Where will Topdeck take you?

discover more.

VALUE FOR MONEY

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WHERE WE GO

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For a Moroccan journey that ticks all the



boxes in just one week, check out our new 7 Day Rockin’ Moroccan trip. PAGE 18

RABAT

CHEFCHAOUEN FES

CASABLANCA ERRACHIDIA DADES GORGE MERZOUGA DESERT CAMP MARRAKECH TAMNOUGALT TAMALAKOUTE

MOROCCO

9 DAY EGYPT EXPRESS

14 DAY GORILLA ENCOUNTER

All aboard the Egypt Express! Check out the pyramids and sphinx in Giza, hit the Nile in a traditional felucca boat, shop in Luxor’s bustling markets and tour the Valley of the Kings with a qualified Egyptologist. This is one Egyptian experience you’ll never forget. Seriously. PAGE 26

10 DAY MOROCCAN EXPLORER

Packed with more action than you can poke a banana leaf at, this incredible trip gives you the chance to get up close with a family of wild mountain gorillas, track chimpanzees and marvel at flamingos or even take the option to help a local charity. David Attenborough would be proud. PAGE 44

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Unleash your inner explorer and feel the magic of Morocco as you travel to Casablanca, Fes, the Atlas Mountains and more. With an overnight stay in the Sahara Desert and a guided tour of the vibrant medina in Fes on the cards, this Moroccan adventure will capture your heart and then some. PAGE 28

Middle East & Afr ica


ISRAEL EGYPT

TEL AVIV JERUSALEM

CAIRO

8 DAY TALES OF ISRAEL

WHERE WE GO

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JORDAN AMMAN

PETRA WADI RUM

AQABA

UAE

LUXOR ASWAN

ABU DHABI

ABU SIMBEL

DUBAI

19 DAY KRUGER TO CAPE TOWN Discover the tales of Israel on this insightful journey. From visits to the Dead Sea and Jerusalem’s holy sites to an included brewery tour and optional hummus class or a vegan tasting tour, get ready to be immersed in the wonders that this colourful destination has to offer. PAGE 20

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KENYA JINJA ELDORET MAASAI NAIROBI MARA SERENGETI NP

KAMPALA

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NGORONGORO CRATER

MT KILIMANJARO ARUSHA ZANZIBAR DAR ES SALAAM

TANZANIA ZAMBIA

MALAWI

SOUTH LUANGWA NP

ZIMBABWE ETOSHA NP SPITZKOPPE

NAMIBIA

LUSAKA LIVINGSTONE VICTORIA FALLS HWANGE NP MATOBO NP

CHOBE NP OKAVANGO DELTA GHANZI WINDHOEK

SWAKOPMUND SOLITAIRE NAMIB NAUKLUFT NP FISH RIVER CANYON GARIEP (ORANGE) RIVER WESTERN CAPE CITRUS AREA

CAPE TOWN HERMANUS

BOTSWANA

LAKE MALAWI

Head into the wild on this unforgettable trip through South Africa. Expect breathtaking landscapes, majestic mountain ranges, vast plains and idyllic Indian Ocean beaches. Did we mention there’s some epic wildlife? Yeah, we’re talking about the Big Five. PAGE 50

7 DAY AFRICAN INSIGHT

MOZAMBIQUE VILANCULOS

TSHIPISE NP

INHAMBANE

KRUGER NP

MLILWANE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

JOHANNESBURG

ST LUCIA

DRAKENSBURG MALEALEA UNDERBURG AREA MOUNTAIN ZEBRA NP KNYSNA OUDTSHOORN

XAI-XAI

DURBAN

LESOTHO

ADDO ELEPHANT NP

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SWAZILAND

Get excited for a slice of Africa’s best on this week-long safari between Johannesburg and Livingstone. There’s some amazing wildlife and nature waiting for us at Kruger National Park, Matobo National Park and Victoria Falls. Cameras at the ready! PAGE 38


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WHY TOPDECK

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Unique

EXPERIENCES

Passion

AND EXPERTISE

Freedom

Our one-of-a-kind included and

With over 40 years in the travel

We realise that everyone’s

optional activities in both iconic

industry, a team of passionate

different – which is why our

hotspots and off-the-beaten-track

Crew and a collection of award-

trips offer loads of free time to

places mean there’s never a dull

winning trips under our belt, you

play, discover and channel

moment on your trip of a lifetime.

can be sure we know our stuff.

your inner explorer.

TO EXPLORE


WHY TOPDECK

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Delicious

Value

Lasting

FOOD

FOR MONEY

FRIENDSHIPS

With visits to local

From loads of inclusions to our

Memories fade but Facebook

restaurants and lovingly

No Tipping policy, we’ve got all the

friends are forever. Hang out with

prepared home-style meals,

important stuff covered – meaning

other young explorers aged 18-39

we’ll ensure your tummy is just

you have the best trip possible,

and create bonds that last longer

as full as your passport.

completely hassle-free.

than your five-star tan.


how we From overland trucks to felucca sail boats, we’ll make sure the journey is just as fun as the adventure. Ready to make a move? Let’s go.

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TOPDECK VEHICLE With a range of different vehicles depending on your group size and which country you’re travelling in, you’ll hit the road and see all the sights from the best viewpoint ever.

OVERLAND TRUCK Think of this beast of a truck as your moving base and home away from home. With plenty of space for your stuff and more than enough room to kick back and chill with your travel buddies, we’ll have you at your next African destination in no time.

Hold onto your hats! We’ve got a five-star cruise on the Nile with a rooftop pool and buffet (um, yes please), and traditional felucca sailing (think: cushions, and lots of them). With all those amazing views whizzing by, you’ll have loads to keep you and your shipmates occupied until you reach your next grand destination.


THE CREW

Travelling through the countryside was incredible, and the night in the Sahara was absolutely phenomenal. It was so smoothly run, and I felt like I didn't have to worry about a thing as each step in the trip was so well coordinated. Our guide was a boss; so knowledgeable, happy to answer questions and make changes based on the group. TRIP: Sahara Adventure, NORTH AFRICA

With a thirst for adventure, an endless stream of knowledge and let’s face it, a keen eye for a hearty local meal, our dedicated Topdeck Crew and the Acacia Africa team make the best travel pals, ever.

This was hands down the best trip I've ever been on. Our tour leader was fantastic and made our Egypt experience even better. I would 100% recommend this trip to everyone. TRIP: Essential Egypt, MIDDLE EAST

Had the best experience on my trip! Didn't know what to expect from Africa and was mind blown. Would definitely recommend again. Entire trip was made awesome by the Trip Leader and the driver. Both brilliant! Thanks heaps guys :) TRIP: African Insight, AFRICA

The tour guide was amazing. WOW! Blown away by his duty of care for the group and knowledge of Morocco. His assistant was also amazing - best trip I have done. TRIP: Moroccan Explorer, NORTH AFRICA

OUR CREW

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DELICIOUS FOOD

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delicious Some may bring home a tacky souvenir, others a picture-perfect postcard. But that epic feast you ate while on the trip of a lifetime? That’s a memory that will stay with you forever. Dig in!


DELICIOUS FOOD

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EARTH OVEN IN WADI RUM WADI RUM, MIDDLE EAST

TAJINE TEMPTATION MOROCCO, NORTH AFRICA

Chow down Bedouin style with a traditional barbecue dinner cooked in a zarb – an underground clay oven. Fill up the rack with meat and vegetable goodness, set it down over the coals, heap sand over the top and leave the oven to work its magic. Expect incred flavours that will keep you coming back for seconds. And thirds.

Prepared in a conical clay pot over hot coals and served with a carafe of mint tea and lashings of Berber hospitality, this is a dish not to be missed. Expect lamb, chicken or seafood mixed with dates, apricots and cumin, slow-cooked to perfection and served on a heap of couscous. Yum.

HUMMUS IN THE MIDDLE EAST MIDDLE EAST As you journey through the Middle East, you’ll find probably the best hummus in the entire world. We’re serious, this stuff is legit. You’ll notice flavours and styles of this yummy food that are unique to each location you visit. Hummus for breakfast, lunch and dinner? We won’t judge.

AFRICAN BARBECUE AFRICA Travel through Africa and chances are you’ll get to discover a treasure trove of authentic local foods from a trusty BBQ. Tuck into a range of meats which are often served with pap: a local dish accompanied by a variety of delicious sauces. Living like a local never tasted so good!


UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

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INCLUDED

GO MOUNTAIN GORILLA TREKKING

Who needs Wi-Fi when you’re busy travelling on a camel on our Moroccan Explorer trip? We’ve got a traditional welcome from the Berber locals including a delicious dinner once we get to our camp. In the evening, get cosy at your campsite for a night under the starry sky. Ten points to whoever spots the most shooting stars!

Venture deep into the wilds of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest on an unforgettable trek to meet a truly magical endangered species — the mountain gorilla. Trust us, nothing will prepare you for the moment when you come face to face with these gentle giants. Breathtaking doesn’t even cover it! So. Many. Emotions.

GO ON A VEGAN TASTING TOUR



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Indulge your inner foodie as you join a vegan tasting tour in Tel Aviv. Led by a local guide, you’ll get an introduction to the delights of vegan food as you sample your way through different restaurants. So, what’s on the menu? We’re talking vegan shawarma, falafel, beetroot cakes, hummus and so much more. Yum!

TEL AVIV, MIDDLE EAST

OPTIONAL

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SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, AFRICA

VISIT SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK Hear the call of the wild as you explore one of the world’s most famous national parks. Known across the globe for the epic migration of wildebeest and zebras, this national park is also home to lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, rhinos and so much more. Binoculars at the ready!



See the Pyramids & Sphinx

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Prepare to feel small and insignificant in the best possible way as you stand before the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Get that photo and play ‘got your nose’ with the sphinx (trust us, it never gets old). Archaeology = totally awesome.

MATOBO NATIONAL PARK, AFRICA

CAIRO, MIDDLE EAST

INCLUDED

Go Rhino Trekking Now this is one for the books. Taking you on a trek through Matobo National Park, a local guide will help you find these incredible animals in their natural habitat. Explore the bush, tread lightly and get ready to feel like a real explorer. This is an experience you won’t be forgetting in a hurry. For real.

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FREEDOM TO EXPLORE

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freedom to Put down the itinerary, stray from the crowd and make good use of your free time with some of these not-to-be-missed experiences. Freedom never felt so good.

HIT THE MARKETS OF MOROCCO MOROCCO, NORTH AFRICA Ready to get your barter on? Lose yourself in a spice-scented maze of stalls as you shop for Moroccan treasures in the souks of Marrakech. Expect sweet treats, leather goods and wonderfully ornate trinkets aplenty – and of course, a huge selection of scarves and slippers to take home for your mum. #browniepoints

EXPLORE THE MAGIC OF PETRA JORDAN, MIDDLE EAST Embrace your inner Indiana Jones as you get lost in the historical city that’s carved into stone. Also known as the Rose City (yep, beautiful colours are a thing here), there’s so much more to explore than just The Treasury. Why not take to the stairs and climb up to the Monastery? Stunning views guaranteed.

LOSE YOURSELF IN CAPE TOWN CAPE TOWN, AFRICA Hit the streets and do Cape Town your way. The choice is yours: kneel to the sporting gods at the Cape Town stadium, head to the harbour and clink glasses on the Victoria & Albert Waterfront, or take to the air on a cable car ride up Table Mountain. Those views though!


VALUE FOR MONEY

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VALUE FOR MONEY Check out how you’ll get more bang for your buck with Topdeck.

NO HIDDEN COSTS Thanks to our No Tipping policy you don’t need to worry about extra cash for hidden fees and payments. The result? You’ve got more left over to spend on the fun stuff!

LOGISTICS: SORTED

Your expert Drivers will get you around. So, no researching routes, booking transport tickets or bus depot waiting rooms. We’ve also got your accommodation sorted. You’re welcome.

UNLOCK THE HIGHLIGHTS

Tick off those bucket list items. We’ve done the haggling for you, which means easier access to those holiday musts: landmarks, food tours and loads more locally sourced experiences. Explorers assemble!

INCLUDED MEALS

We know food and we’re not afraid to shout about it. With plenty of included meals, you can look forward to lots of hearty feasts throughout your trip.

No Strings

PAY THE BALANCE VIA INSTALMENTS THAT BEST SUIT YOU

MAKE CHANGES TO YOUR BOOKING AT NO EXTRA COST

ENJOY A FLEXIBLE ROLLING DEPOSIT, SHOULD YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND

* D I S C O U N T S C A N B E C O M B I N E D U P T O A T O TA L O F 15% . F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N A B O U T T H I S A N D O U R O T H E R D I S C O U N T S P L E A S E V I S I T O U R W E B S I T E .

Your Trip Leaders and local guides will offer you all of the tips and tricks that can’t be found anywhere else so that you can focus on the memory making.

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TOP OPTIONALS

hospitable region that has fascinated travellers for thousands of years. Walk in their footsteps and get ready for an experience you won’t forget. From cruising the mighty Nile to wandering through the beauty of

What are sectors?

START MEET AT 12PM IN CASABLANCA FINISH DEPART MARRAKECH AT ANY TIME ON FINAL DAY



The Middle East: an eclectic, enchanting and

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Petra, gazing at the Great Pyramid of Giza to partying

Sector trips offer you a great way to choose a

in Tel Aviv, you’ll be hard pressed to find another

departure city, set of experiences or journey

region that compares.

of a larger journey, meaning your new friends

length that best suits you. A Sector trip is part might continue on after you leave, or you might

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO

be joining a trip already in progress.


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p ick you r EXPLORER Fellow explorers, unite! These focused itineraries let you travel in depth and explore a region thoroughly. With a wide variety of accommodation from hotels and private hostels to desert camps and boats, you can be sure that your trip will be something special.

From hostels to hotels, riads and lodges, we've got your accommodation covered.

ACCOMMODATION 3-STAR HOTELS/DESERT CAMPS/RIADS/ HOSTELS/HOME STAYS/BOATS TRIP LENGTH 7-10 DAYS ROOM T YPES TWIN/DOUBLE/SINGLE/MULTI-SHARE

Because all travellers are different

ABRAHAM HOSTEL, TEL AVIV

FELUCCA, NILE RIVER

AMARANTE PYRAMIDS HOTEL, CAIRO

FAUZI AZAR INN, NAZARETH

ABRAHAM HOSTEL, JERUSALEM

MERZOUGA DESERT CAMP, MERZOUGA

All travellers are different. Some like creature comforts, others like discovering up-and-coming destinations, and some prefer the adventure of camping. As long as you have the urge to explore, experience new things and meet awesome people, you’ll find that our trip styles cater to (almost) everyone. BYO fondness for a really good time.


7 DAY | ROCKIN' MOROCCAN

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DAY 2 CASABLANCA TO CHEFCHAOUEN VIA RABAT. Ready to rock’ out, Morocco style? You got it. Today we’re heading to the most Instagrammable location ever, Chefchaouen. But wait! First, we’re taking a pit

DAY 5 FES TO MARRAKECH VIA VOLUBILIS AND CASABLANCA. Say hello to your drive day! We’re on the road to Marrakech. History lovers, rejoice! We’re stopping off at Volubilis to see some ancient Roman ruins. Hey, they don’t call this the Rockin’ Moroccan for nothin’. (B) DAY 6 MARRAKECH. Who’s a Marrakech master? You are! Well, after our awesome city tour that is. Cue a free afternoon in arguably the most colourful and bustling city in Morocco. Experience medina madness and then find things you never thought you needed in the Djemaa el-Fnaa Square. Once a trading post for slaves, ivory and gold, now it’s nothing short of a spectacle and home to colourful characters selling everything from spices and leather to medicines and food. Let’s play a game – what’s the craziest thing you can find for sale? (B,L) DAY 7 MARRAKECH. Waaaah! It’s time to wave goodbye to your Moroccan mates. Swap Insta handles, you officially sign off from Topdecker duty after brekkie. (B)

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DAY 1 CASABLANCA, MOROCCO. What’s uppppp Casablanca! Welcome to Morocco’s most populated city, where Art Deco meets mosaic and modern street art meets sacks of saffron and cumin. Dump those bags and join the group ‘cos this trip kicks off with a bang. We’re off to one of the largest mosques in the world – the Hassan II. Want a travel experience to write home about? Trust us, you’re on the right trip.

DAY 4 FES. Wake up, explore, repeat. This morning there’s a city tour with your name on it. Did you know Fes is one of ten cities in the world known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site? You do now! Spend your free afternoon exploring like a pro. Will you check out the tannery or wander the walls of the Fes el-Bali? If all else fails, it’s tagine time! (B,L)

stop at Rabat, the country’s capital. Grab your phones – you’re gonna wanna Snapchat the Hassan Tower, a landmark and major city attraction dating back to 1195. Impressed? Thought so. (B)

DAY 3 CHEFCHOUEN TO FES. Medinas, mazes, mausoleums oh my! Today we’re missioning it inland to Fez. But first, enjoy a tour of Chefchouen thanks to yours truly. Get your Insta game on as we make the most of our last morning here by stopping for snaps of the vibrant white and blue cobbled streets that give Mykonos a run for its euros. (B)


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: RABAT. CHEFCHAOUN, MARRAKECH

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Visit Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca Visit Hassan Tower Guided tours of Chefchouen, Fes & Marrakech Visit Volubilis Entrance fees to all sights in the itinerary

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 6 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) ++ 4 nights in hotel accommodation (twin/double share), 2 nights in a riad ++ Small group ++ Transport in an air-conditioned minibus ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Local Guides

TRIP CODE: MXRMCM S TA R T

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TRIP PRICE OF $799

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Visit a hammam in Fes ++ Dinner show in Fes

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TRIP PRICE OF $849 G= Guaranteed Departure Price based on Per Person twin-share/double Single supplement from an extra $259

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USD PER PERSON All items listed within the ‘Bucket List’ and ‘More Inclusions’ are included within the price of your trip. Other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: TEL AVIV, DEAD SEA, JERUSALEM, TEL AVIV

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DAY 4 JERUSALEM. First up, a free morning to do Jerusalem your way. Want to see beyond those city walls? An optional Judean desert tour will take things well off the beaten track. Then, it’s cameras at the ready as we hit the streets on a history-laden walking tour of this spiritual powerhouse. From the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to the Western Wall, the city teems with pilgrims who’ve come to worship at Jerusalem’s holiest sites. This afternoon, foodies can go gourmet with a hummus making class. Chickpeas for the win. (B,D)

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DAY 3 TEL AVIV TO JERUSALEM VIA PALESTINE. Jerusalem, here we come! But not before we make a few unmissable pit stops along the way. First up, we’ll make like the Three Wise Men and set a course for the little town of Bethlehem. Jesus’ birthplace packs a whole bunch of holy sites, churches and bazaars. Next up: the Israeli-Palestinian barrier wall, then it’s onwards to a local refugee camp to get an insight of into the life of the Palestinian people who call the area home. One more stop at Ramallah (‘God’s Hills’ in Arabic), then it’s off to a Palestinian brewery we go for a drop of the good stuff. (B,L)

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DAY 1 TEL AVIV, ISRAEL. Ready to discover Israel’s inside story? Kick off your own Israel tale and say shalom to Tel Aviv. This cosmopolitan city is a sparkling mix of restaurants, bars, skyscrapers and beaches – not to mention a party atmosphere that refuses to be ignored. Drop your bags and get excited for this evening’s welcome meeting, where you’ll meet your new Topdecker BFFs. This is going to be one for the books.

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DAY 2 TEL AVIV. Rise and shine! This morning, it’s up and at ‘em as you take to two wheels on a bike tour of the city. Later, take a walking tour through one of the city’s most ancient (and most enchanting) areas, Old Jaffa, before soaking up the hipster vibes in the Florentin neighbourhood as you check out some incredible street art. Expect winding alleys, fountains and archways for days. End the day with a guided tour through the bustling Carmel Market, perhaps sampling the mouthwatering selection of halva, bureka, Arabic sweets, and fresh produce. (B,D)

DAY 5 JERUSALEM TO NAZARETH. At 427 m below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth and roughly 8.6 times saltier than the ocean. True story. Today you’ll get to tick off another #lifegoal as you float around in it. Then, it’s on to a local kibbutz to get the lay of the land and a real sense of community. Later, we’ll make tracks to the tranquility of the Sea of Galilee (where Jesus is said to have walked on water) before we go gourmet with this evening’s Arabic Cooking Workshop. Think: all the tasty food. (B) DAY 6 NAZARETH TO TEL AVIV. Get your daily fact fix and then some on included tours of Nazareth, Acre and Haifa today. As you make your way around, tick off fascinating historical sites such as Templar and Crusader ruins, and keep your eye out for the postcard-perfect Bahá’í Gardens. Later on, there’s a winery visit on the cards, so get your raised pinkies at


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the ready and prepare for all the pretentious chat you can handle. (B)

DAY 7 TEL AVIV. Back in the buzzing metropolis of Tel Aviv, you won’t be short of things to do. Whether you choose to pull up a sun lounger, hunt down some local delicacies or simply meander the streets on a Snapchat spree, today is yours to do as you please. If you’re an aspiring surf god(dess), you can even take to the water on an optional surf lesson. Hear that Tel Aviv nightlife calling? We wouldn’t be surprised. Tel Aviv is ranked as one of the top ten party cities in the world. Round off your final evening with your trip mates in style with an optional nightlife tour. Cue allll of the emotional hugs. (B) DAY 8 TEL AVIV. Today marks the final chapter of your journey – we’re off after breakfast. Israel, it’s been one heck of a trip. Too soon to start planning the next adventure? (B)

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED) ++ Bike tour of Tel Aviv ++ Guided visit to Palestine including an insight into life in a refugee camp ++ Visit a Palestinian brewery ++ Guided tours of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Tel Aviv & Ramallah ++ Visit the Dead Sea & Sea of Galilee ++ Guided kibbutz tour ++ Tours of Nazareth, Acre & Haifa ++ Visit Templar & Crusader ruins ++ See the Bahá’í Gardens ++ Winery tour and tasting ++ Guided tour of Carmel Market ++ Arabic cooking workshop ++ Entrance fees to all sights in the itinerary

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 7 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 2 dinners (D) ++ 6 nights in private hostel accommodation (twin/ double share), 1 night in an Arab mansion ++ Small group ++ Arrival transfer from the airport to the hostel ++ Transport in an air-conditioned minibus ++ Awesome English-speaking Trip Leader + Local Guides

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USD PER PERSON All items listed within the ‘Bucket List’ and ‘More Inclusions’ are included within the price of your trip. Other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

TOP OPTIONALS ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Judean desert tour Hummus making class Surfing/paddle boarding in Tel Aviv Vegan tasting tour Tel Aviv nightlife tour Farewell dinner

START MEET AT 7PM IN TEL AVIV FINISH DEPART TEL AVIV AT ANY TIME ON FINAL DAY

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8 DAY | ESSENTIAL EGYPT

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DAY 4 ASWAN. Prepare to feel humbled as you gaze up at the four colossal statues of Ramses II at Abu Simbel (note to self: don’t forget to charge camera). Next, we visit the intricately carved Temple of Hathor, the Goddess of Love, which was built in honour of Queen Nefertari. Still want more? You could always pay an optional visit to the Philae Temple or the Nile High Dam. Round off a day to remember by drinking in the magic of the Nile at sunset. Beautiful doesn’t even begin to cover it! (B)

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DAY 1 CAIRO, EGYPT. Get pumped – you’re in Cairo! Go exploring and find out why the Egyptians call this place Umm al-Dunya, or ‘the mother of the world’. Just make sure to rock up in time for tonight’s welcome meeting, where you’ll meet your new trip buddies. DAY 2 CAIRO TO ASWAN VIA OVERNIGHT COACH. There’s old, and then there’s the necropolis of Saqqara. Walk among pyramids, get transported back in time and soak up some ancient history with a visit to this extensive burial ground. Later, meander the streets of Coptic Cairo and check out the Hanging

Church before getting your haggle on in Khan elKhalili market. Expect gold, spices and every type of souvenir under the sun. (B)

DAY 3 ASWAN. Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Lord Byron... they’ve all done it. Now it’s your turn! Go low tech with a ride on a felucca sailboat down the Nile and get comfy on the many cushions laid out on the deck. Later, switch to a motor boat to take in some breathtaking views before we jump ship at a Nubian village. If you fancy it, you can even opt to take a camel ride (talk about life goals) or chow down on an authentic Nubian dinner. (B)

DAY 5 ASWAN TO LUXOR. Today we’re travelling to Karnak for a touch of Luxor – known as ‘the world’s greatest open-air museum’. Once the capital of ancient Egypt, it’s now a history-strewn landscape of souks and temples. Your challenge today is to see as much of it as possible. And… go! (B) DAY 6 LUXOR TO CAIRO VIA OVERNIGHT COACH. Today, take a walk into the Valley of the Kings – aka the place everyone in ancient Egypt was ‘dying’ to get into. Think: tombs, and lots of them. Then, fly the flag for girl power at the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut before gawking at the Colossi of Memnon. So. Many. Awesome. Sights. Tonight, it’s off to Cairo we go. (B) DAY 7 CAIRO. Walk like an Egyptian into King Tutankhamun’s treasure chest at the Egyptian Museum – home to hundreds of fascinating ancient relics – then gain some perspective at the base of the 138 m Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx. Prepare for your goosebumps to get goosebumps. To toast your last night with your fellow Topdeckers, why not take an optional Nile dinner cruise? Fancy. (B) DAY 8 CAIRO. The trip ends here (well, breakfast first), but pop on that fedora and keep on exploring, Indy. New York may tout itself as the city that never sleeps but it’s got nothin’ on the Big Mango. (B)


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ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED) ++ Egyptology tours at major sites (entrance fees not included) ++ See the Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza Plateau ++ Visit the Egyptian Museum ++ Visit the Temples of Abu Simbel, Luxor & Karnak ++ See the Saqqara Step Pyramid, Coptic Cairo & Khan el-Khalili ++ Visit the Valley of the Kings & Temple of Hatshepsut ++ Visit a Nubian village

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 7 breakfasts (B) ++ 5 nights in hotels (twin-share), 2 nights aboard an overnight coach ++ Arrival & departure transfers included ++ Transport in an air-conditioned minibus ++ Awesome English-speaking Trip Leader

TRIP CODE: MXETCC S TA R T

START MEET AT 7PM IN CAIRO FINISH DEPART CAIRO AT ANY TIME ON FINAL DAY

NILE CRUISE To experience this trip with an upgrade to 3 nights on a 5-star Nile River cruise, check out the 8 Day Nile Discovery trip on p.24.

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DAY 1 CAIRO, EGYPT. Welcome to the city of a thousand minarets! Watch the madness of Cairo’s traffic jams from a kahwas (coffee shop). But first, rock up to tonight’s welcome meeting and meet your new friends.

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USD PER PERSON All items listed within the ‘Bucket List’ and ‘More Inclusions’ are included within the price of your trip. Other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

DAY 2 CAIRO TO ASWAN VIA OVERNIGHT COACH. There’s old, and then there’s the necropolis of Saqqara. Soak up some ancient history, meander Coptic Cairo and get your haggle on in Khan el-Khalili market. (B) DAY 3 ASWAN TO NILE CRUISE SHIP. Pretend you’re in ancient Nubia as you float along the Nile on a felucca sailboat, then prepare for a culture lesson in a brightly coloured traditional village. Later, climb aboard your five-star cruise ship chariot (complete with rooftop pool, sun loungers and belly dancing) for a taste of life finer than the pharaohs could have ever imagined. Did we mention there’s also an optional camel ride and traditional Nubian dinner? (B,L,D) DAY 4 NILE CRUISE SHIP. Come face to face with awe-inspiring Abu Simbel, presided over by four gigantic statues of Rameses II. And then: what’s cooler than Kom Ombo Temple? The fact 300 mummified crocodiles were found nearby. (B,L,D) DAY 5 NILE CRUISE SHIP. The eye of Ra is watching you today as we head to the Temple of Edfu. Get acquainted with the falcon-headed sky god Horus. After that, kick back on deck and drink in the beauty of the Nile. (B,L,D) DAY 6 NILE CRUISE SHIP TO CAIRO VIA LUXOR (OVERNIGHT COACH). Take a walk through the shadow of the Valley of Kings (think: tombs, and lots of them). Then, go for a temple trifecta ticking off Hatshepsut, Karnak and Luxor plus the Colossi of Memnon before heading back to Cairo. (B)

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DAY 7 CAIRO. Walk like an Egyptian into King Tutankhamun’s treasure chest at the Egyptian Museum – home to hundreds of ancient relics – then gain some perspective at the base of the 138 m Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx. (B)

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED) ++ 5-star cruise on the Nile ++ Egyptology tours at major sites (entrance fees not included) ++ See the Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza Plateau ++ Visit the Egyptian Museum ++ Visit the Temples of Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo & Edfu ++ See the Saqqara Step Pyramid, Coptic Cairo & Khan el-Khalili ++ Visit the Temples of Luxor & Karnak ++ Visit the Valley of the Kings & Temple of Hatshepsut ++ Visit a Nubian village

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 7 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 3 dinners (D) ++ 2 nights in hotels (twin-share), 3 nights in cabin accommodation on a 5-star cruise ship, 2 nights aboard an overnight coach ++ Arrival & departure transfers included ++ Modern air-conditioned vehicle ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Local Guides

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Dinner in a Nubian home ++ Camel ride ++ Nile dinner cruise START MEET AT 7PM IN CAIRO FINISH DEPART CAIRO AT ANY TIME ON FINAL DAY

DAY 8 CAIRO. Shisha! Is the trip over already? If your inner explorer has been awakened, stay on to uncover more of Cairo’s coolness. We’re outta here after breakfast. (B)


8 DAY | JORDAN ADVENTURE AMMAN

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DAY 1 AMMAN, JORDAN. Head to a shawarma stand or grab a plate of mansaf because the food here is off the hookah. Just be back in time for tonight’s welcome meeting. DAY 2 AMMAN TO PETRA. Go old school in Madaba, the site of an ancient Holy map that’s so detailed it’s like Google Maps for theologists. Then, soak up views of the Promised Land from the top of Mt Nebo, storm a giant Crusader castle in Karak... and we haven’t even got to the Lost City yet. (B) DAY 3 PETRA. Chiselled from sheer cliffs of rose-red stone and named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Petra’s existence seems almost impossible. Grab your satchel and don’t forget your hat – Indiana Jones has nothing on you today as you wander through the Siq and catch your first glimpse of The Treasury. (B) DAY 4 PETRA TO WADI RUM VIA LITTLE PETRA. After an off-road desert drive through Wadi Rum, spend the night in a Bedouin camp and feast on a traditional earth-oven dinner with one of the world’s most ancient nomadic tribes. Also realise you’ve never really seen stars before. Did we mention there’s also an optional camel ride? (B,D) DAY 5 WADI RUM TO AQABA. Aqaba is Jordan’s only coastal city so take the option to dive, windsurf and snorkel the Red Sea. Or, just hit the hammam and gorge yourself on knafeh in a coffee shop – we won’t judge. (B) DAY 6 AQABA TO AMMAN. At 427 m below sea level, the Dead Sea is so salty you can float like a cork in a badly opened bottle of wine. Time to enjoy one of the world’s oldest health resorts. Then it’s back to Amman to see the likes of the Citadel and Roman amphitheatre on a city tour. (B) DAY 7 AMMAN VIA JERASH AND AJLOUN. Today we crank the history knob up to 11 and take you through Jerash – home to Greco-Roman highlights, including a hippodrome which was used for chariot racing (not hippos). Then visit Ajloun Castle – once an important

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED) ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Discover the 'Lost City of Petra' Float in the Dead Sea Guided tours of Amman & ancient Jerash Wadi Rum 4x4 excursion & desert camp Relax on the Red Sea in Aqaba Entrance fees to all sights in the itinerary Visit Madaba, Mt Nebo & Karak Castle

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 7 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D) ++ 6 nights in hotels (twin-share), 1 night in a Bedouin desert camp (twin-share) ++ Arrival & departure airport transfers ++ Transport in an air-conditioned minibus or coach ++ Awesome English-speaking Trip Leader

TOP OPTIONALS

TRIP CODE: MXJAAA S TA R T

pigeon post to help get messages from Damascus to Cairo in a single day. (B)

DAY 8 AMMAN. Fill up on fuul; the trip’s over after breakfast. Where to next? (B) This is part of the 10 Day Jordan & Israel trip. See p.30 or visit our website www.topdeck.travel

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9 DAY | EGYPT EXPRESS

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CLOCKWISE: LUXOR, CAIRO, LUXOR

DAY 1 CAIRO, EGYPT. Take 17,190 people per square kilometre, traffic jams and of course, pyramids, and you’ve officially arrived in Umm al-Dunya. Transfer to the hotel and convene with the gang for a welcome meeting.

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DAY 4 ASWAN TO FELUCCA SAILING. After a templefilled day at Abu Simbel, climb aboard a traditional felucca sailboat. The adventure’s just beginning! (B,L,D) DAY 5 FELUCCA SAILING. Imagine: The sun on your back, the wind in your cotton sails and the best people you could ever hope to meet sharing stories, food and music in one cushion-strewn love-in. (B,L,D) DAY 6 FELUCCA SAILING TO LUXOR. Today we’re stepping off in Luxor, aka the world’s largest openair museum – but not before a pit stop at Kom Ombo and an optional look at the Karnak and Luxor Temples. (B) DAY 7 LUXOR TO CAIRO VIA OVERNIGHT COACH. Get inside the Valley of the Kings then give a silent high five to Queen Hatshepsut (who ruled ancient Egypt for 20 years) before snapping a selfie at the Colossi of Memnon. (B)

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DAY 8 CAIRO. Spend your free day chilling out or take the opportunity to tour the Saqqara Pyramid, Coptic Cairo and Khan el-Khalili market. Famished? Hit up a kushari vendor for Egypt’s take on fast food. (B)

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED) ++ Egyptology tours at major sites (entrance fees not included) ++ Visit the Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza Plateau ++ Visit the Egyptian Museum ++ Visit the Temples of Abu Simbel & Kom Ombo ++ Visit the Valley of the Kings & the Temple of Hatshepsut ++ Felucca sailing on the Nile

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 8 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 2 dinners (D) ++ 4 nights in hotels (twin/triple share), 2 nights aboard a felucca sailboat, 2 nights aboard an overnight coach ++ Arrival & departure transfers included ++ Modern air-conditioned vehicle ++ Awesome English-speaking Trip Leader & Local Guides

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Visit the Saqqara Step Pyramid, Coptic Cairo & Khan el-Khalili ++ Visit Karnak & Luxor Temples ++ Camel ride START MEET AT 7PM IN CAIRO FINISH DEPART CAIRO AT ANY TIME ON FINAL DAY

DAY 9 CAIRO. Just getting into the groove of this 24-hour city? The adventure may be over after breakfast, but you can make like Indiana Jones and keep on seeking. (B)

DAHAB DREAMS Fancy an Egypt trip that ticks off all the ancient wonders – plus a serious beach sesh to boot? Visit www.topdeck.travel and check out our Dahab Dreams trip!


10 D A Y | S A H A R A A D V E N T U R E MARRAKECH

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DAY 1 MARRAKECH, MOROCCO. Get your first taste of Morocco’s delicate fusion of old and new world in the 18-plus souks that fill the city streets. Just make sure you arrive in time for tonight’s welcome meeting. DAY 2 MARRAKECH. Kick start your day with a guided city tour and see the Saadian tombs and Bahia Palace before ending in Jemaa el-Fnaa – a town square that houses snake charmers, Barbary apes, singers, dancers, drummers and more. (B) DAY 3 MARRAKECH TO TAMNOUGALT VIA AÏT BENHADDOU. Prepare for some of the most epic scenery as we cross the Tizi n’Tichka pass. Alpineesque fields of grazing sheep clash with unforgiving rocky terrain, mud-brick houses and some of the most nerve-shredding hairpin bends. Bonus: a visit to World Heritage listed Ksar in Aït Benhaddou. Tonight, sleep it off in a Kasbah. (B,L,D) DAY 4 TAMNOUGALT TO SAHARA DESERT. Leaving snowcapped mountains to go boarding on a sand dune sounds impossible, but it’s happening. Blast across sand flats, wind between desert dunes and rattle your bones over the dry Draa River to reach our camp on the edge of the Erg Chigaga dunes. This is glamping, desert style. Did we mention you can opt in to ride a camel? (B,L,D) DAY 5 SAHARA TO TAMALAKOUTE. Shack up for the night in a small village as a local Berber family welcomes you into their home. (B,L,D) DAY 6 TAMALAKOUTE TO TAROUDANT. As far as road trips go, crossing the otherworldly volcanic landscape of the Jebel Siroua Mountains by 4x4 bats well above average. Expect endless twists through rock-strewn desert vistas, climbing to an elevation of 2,500 m with a window-slideshow of deep valleys, barley and saffron fields. Keep watch for blink-and-you’ll-missit villages where the Ait Ouaouzguit Berbers herd donkeys and weave a rug like no other. (B,L,D) DAY 7 TAROUDANT TO ESSAOUIRA VIA AGADIR. In the Argan Forest there are goats that live in trees. How awesome is that?! Spend some time staring at them, then we’re off to the beach! (B,L) DAY 8 ESSAOUIRA. Hold onto your hat! This charming fishing town is a mecca for windsurfers thanks to its

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Stay with a local Berber family in Tamalakoute Guided tour of Marrakech Overnight in a Kasbah in Tamnouglat Off-road & overnight in the Sahara Desert Hit the beach at Essaouira Entrance fees to all sights in the itinerary

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DAY 9 ESSAOUIRA TO MARRAKECH. Wash the last of that desert sand off before we head back to the Red City and a chance to meander the medina in Marrakech. ‘Our last night in Morocco’ sounds like a cheesy romance novel, but it’s true. (B) DAY 10 MARRAKECH. Write your own ending by spending a few more days (or weeks) in this sensory overload of a land. We’re outta here after breakfast. (B)

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DAY 3 MARRAKECH TO RABAT VIA CASABLANCA. Visit the Hassan II Mosque – bearer of the world’s largest minaret (210 m), with a frickin’ laser beam on top. After lunch, head to the UNESCO World Heritage capital of Rabat for a city tour and paint the town blue in Kasbah des Oudaias. (B) DAY 4 RABAT TO FES VIA VOLUBILIS AND MEKNES. Live la dolce vita in Volubilis (or at least get a good idea of what it was like during Roman times) while

DAY 5 FES. Mausoleums, mosques and medinas are in order today on a full-day whip around the city with a local guide. Lose yourself in the 9,000 narrow cobbled streets in Fes el-Bali, which are lined with spices, food stalls and tanneries. Spot minarets crowning the rooftops, see how many fountains you can count or hunt down a hammam for a (body) shine and polish. It’s a tough life. (B,L) DAY 6 FES TO ERRACHIDIA VIA IFRANE AND MIDELT. Adjust to the altitude in Alpine-fresh Ifrane, then carve back through cedar forests to Midelt for lunch (not to mention some breathtaking views of the eastern High Atlas). Afterwards, point your compass south – we’re off to Errachidia. (B) DAY 7 ERRACHIDIA TO MERZOUGA DESERT CAMP. Merzouga looks as if it might be engulfed by the red dunes of the Sahara Desert at any moment. Pull up a pool lounger and savour the view before setting off on camel (if you want to!) to get Berber fever in a desert camp. Have you ever seen so many stars? (B,L,D) DAY 8 MERZOUGA TO DADES GORGE VIA TODRA GORGE. Step into your own Roadrunner cartoon today in the rock climber's nirvana of Todra Gorge. With a 3D landscape of imposing orange sandstone peaks, streams and the odd camel playing outside your window today, the trip to Dades Gorge will seem quicker than a coyote. (B,D) DAY 9 DADES GORGE TO MARRAKECH VIA AÏT BENHADDOU. Aït Benhaddou is UNESCO World Heritage and ‘Desert Hollywood’ beauty combined on an old caravan route between Sudan and Marrakech. Otherworldly charm factor: 100. (B)


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DAY 10 MARRAKECH. The trip might be over after breakfast, but your adventure doesn’t have to be! We’ll be seeing you around. (B)

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DAY 1 AMMAN, JORDAN. Touch down in one of the oldest cities in existence and drop off your gear before trading bios with your new travel buddies tonight. DAY 2 AMMAN TO PETRA. Go old school in Madaba, the site of an ancient Holy map that’s so detailed it’s like Google Maps for theologists. Then, soak up views of the Promised Land from the top of Mt Nebo, storm a giant Crusader castle in Karak... and we haven’t even got to the Lost City yet. (B)

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DAY 3 PETRA. ‘Historic’ is a word that doesn’t even come close to describing a city that was founded around 312 BC. Breathtaking Petra stands as testament to man’s ability to create beauty from nothing with 80 m high red sandstone tunnels and a facade made famous by Indiana Jones. Wander through the Siq and catch your first glimpse of The Treasury for as many ‘pinch yourself’ moments as you can handle. (B) DAY 4 PETRA TO WADI RUM VIA LITTLE PETRA. Back in the day, traversing the desert was a feat undertaken riding on the back of a trusty camel.

DAY 5 WADI RUM TO AQABA. Aqaba was founded around 4,000 BC and there’s little wonder why. It’s Jordan’s only coastal city and sits smack bang in the middle of everything that is the Red Sea. Take the option to (wet) suit up, indulge in some water sports and see what all those ‘top dives in the world’ lists are on about. (B) DAY 6 AQABA TO AMMAN. At 427 m below sea level (the lowest point on Earth), the Dead Sea is so salty you can float like a cork in a badly opened bottle of wine. Time to enjoy one of the world’s oldest health resorts. Then, it’s onwards to Amman. Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad empires have all had their two cents when it comes to this place, creating a melting pot of ancient historical sites. You’ll see the Roman amphitheatre, Citadel and more on this afternoon’s city tour. (B) DAY 7 AMMAN TO JERUSALEM, ISRAEL VIA JERASH AND AJLOUN. Today we crank the history knob up to 11 and take you through Jerash – home to GrecoRoman highlights, including a hippodrome which was used for chariot racing (not hippos). Then visit Ajloun Castle – once an important pigeon post to help get messages from Damascus to Cairo in a single day. Get excited – Israel’s next. (B) DAY 8 JERUSALEM. Christianity, Islam and Judaism all consider Jerusalem a holy place; it's kind of a big deal. You’ll go to: the Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, King David’s Tomb, the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Golgotha (where Jesus was crucified), just to name a few. (B) DAY 9 JERUSALEM TO TEL AVIV VIA BETHLEHEM. Step into the real-life nativity scene of Bethlehem before swapping the religious sites for a winery visit and taking your pick of 16 beaches in Tel Aviv.


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CLOCKWISE: AMMAN, PETRA, WADI RUM, MADABA, DEAD SEA

Wander the chilled-out seaport of Old Jaffa then see why Lonely Planet ranked this place amongst the top ten party cities in the world. (B)

DAY 10 TEL AVIV. The trip might be over after breakfast, but don’t leave until you track down Abu Hassan for hummus that will haunt your dreams (it’s that good). (B)

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Discover the 'Lost City of Petra' Float in the Dead Sea Guided tours of Amman & ancient Jerash Wadi Rum 4x4 excursion & desert camp Relax on the Red Sea in Aqaba Wine tasting in Israel Guided tours of Jerusalem, Bethlehem & Tel Aviv ++ Entrance fees to all sights in the itinerary

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TRIP PRICE OF $2259 G= Guaranteed Departure Price based on Per Person twin-share/double Single supplement from an extra $519

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p ick you r From hostels to hotels, lodges and campsites, your accommodation is sorted.

Because all travellers are different All travellers are different. Some like creature comforts and others like setting up camp and getting back to nature. This is why our Overland trips have two styles to choose from – camping and accommodated. You’ll all travel together as a group, but when it comes to bedtime you’ll be getting your shut eye the way you like it. So what’s it going to be?

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There’s nothing like drifting off to sleep to the distant sounds of the Big Five. On our unique camping trips, you’ll stay in two-person dome tents with comfy mattresses at quality campsites. A true safari experience? Sign us up!

Our accommodated trips offer the same excitement and adventure as our camping trips – except while your camping buddies head to their tents for the night, you’ll have a comfortable bed in a safari cabin, tented camp or hostel to rest up in.

ACCOMMODATION HOTELS, CAMPSITES, LODGES, GAME RESERVES

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PASSES & PERMITS GORILLA PERMITS The Bwindi Impenetrable Park region is home to 400 of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Due to the endangered nature of this species, visitors are strictly limited and a permit must be purchased in full at the time of booking to make sure you get to see these gentle giants. Local laws and regulations don’t allow permits to be reserved in bulk. The cost for the permit is listed on each itinerary visiting the area and we will obtain one on your behalf (if still available). The permit also includes a trekking excursion to see chimpanzees in their local habitat at Kyambura Gorge. Gorilla permit rates are subject to change due to currency fluctuations. Please note: To ensure we obtain gorilla permits, we may trek outside Uganda in neighbouring countries such as Rwanda, where gorillas have also been habituated for viewing. Trekking here involves a minimal detour from the described route.

ADVENTURE PASS Want to experience the real Africa in all its glory? With an Adventure Pass, you have the green light to take part in all the activities that make Africa so unique. Think: national park explorations, access to World Heritage sites, game drives, village tours and a whole lot more. Compulsory for all trips, the Adventure Pass ensures all the major highlights are covered and your trip is one to remember. Ready for the adventure? Let’s go! Adventure Pass activities are listed within Bucket List inclusions. If you’d like to know which ones, let us know!


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In Africa, we hand over to leading safari operator Acacia Africa, who deliver epic adventures across the continent. With more than 20 years’ experience running trips and a team made up of either people from Africa or with significant time spent living there, you can rest assured you’re in good hands. Always attentive and friendly, the Acacia team have an in-depth knowledge of destinations across Africa and will always go the extra mile to ensure your trip is one to remember.


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9

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14

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21

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26

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CAMPING TRIP PRICE OF $925 + $750 GORILLA PERMIT ACCOMMODATED TRIP PRICE OF $1235 + $750 GORILLA PERMIT Price based on Per Person twin-share tents

6 DAYS FROM

925

$

USD PER PERSON All items listed in the Bucket List and More Inclusions are included within the total price of your trip. The total trip price is inclusive of the Adventure Pass which is compulsory for all trips (See p. 34). All other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

M RO YF D DA US ON R 55 S P E $1 P E R R PE

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the endangered status of the

gorillas, visitors are strictly limited and a permit must be purchased at the time of booking to ensure you get to see these gentle giants. Permit rates are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.

DAY 1 KAMPALA TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK, UGANDA. From Kampala, we travel west towards Queen Elizabeth National Park through fertile green terraced hillsides, lush banana plantations, steep mountains and tangled forests with herds of Ankole cattle. Get excited – when we reach the national park, a spot of chimpanzee trekking is on the cards. OMG. (B,L,D) DAY 2 QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK. Take in those magnificent views of the mountains that separate Uganda from central Africa, as well as Lake Edward and Lake George. Queen Elizabeth National Park has over 500 species of bird and 100 species of mammal, making it one of the most biodiverse national parks in the world. If you’re lucky, you might get to spot these animals en route to Kyambura Gorge for the trek to see the chimpanzees (if you didn’t already make this journey yesterday). Unlike their larger cousin the mountain gorilla, chimps live mostly in the trees, so prepare to peer high into the forest canopy. (B,L,D) DAYS 3-5 QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK TO LAKE BUNYONYI. This region of Africa is home to the world’s remaining 770 mountain gorillas, many of which inhabit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (occasionally we may travel into neighbouring Rwanda to trek for the gorillas). On the day of our trek, we gather in the early morning to meet our local guide and tracker before walking in small groups into the thick rainforest. The trek can be demanding at times with uneven terrain and hilly rainforest but the privilege of spending time with a family of these gentle primates makes the effort well worthwhile. When you're not trekking, there are many optional activities to do here such as hiring canoes to visit some of the lake's islands, local tribes, villages and orphanages, as well as bird watching and nature walks. Or, just relax around camp, catch up on the diary, or send some postcards home. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED) ++ Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park ++ Chimpanzee trekking (part of Gorilla permit payment) ++ Mountain Gorilla trekking (part of Gorilla permit payment)

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 6 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D) ++ 5 nights in campsites ++ 2-person dome tents or twin-share accommodation ++ Fully equipped safari vehicle ++ Camping & cooking equipment ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver START MEET AT 5AM IN KAMPALA FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN KAMPALA

DAY 6 LAKE BUNYONYI TO KAMPALA. Leaving Lake Bunyonyi we make our way back across the equator (stopping for a photo opportunity if we didn’t already stop for one en route to Queen Elizabeth National Park) through lush pasture lands to Kampala, where our trip finishes upon arrival. Kampala is a hotspot for great food and entertainment. If time allows, take the night out, try the local cuisine and enjoy the hospitality and friendliness of the local Ugandans. (B,L)


7 DAY | KRUGER, SWAZI & BEACH DURBAN

YOUR ROUTE

18

MEALS

STOP & STAY

2

AFRICA

JOHANNESBURG

37

COUNTRIES

DAY STOP

Kruger NP Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

SWAZILAND

Johannesburg START

St Lucia

SOUTH AFRICA

Durban FINISH

CLOCKWISE: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, ST LUCIA

DAY 1 JOHANNESBURG TO GREATER KRUGER, SOUTH AFRICA. Oh Africa, you amazing thing! Step into the ‘City of Gold’ (Johannesburg) where your epic journey starts. We make our way to Hazyview bordering Kruger (on the way, check out God’s Window and the fascinating Bourkes’ Luck Potholes) and enjoy our first night under the African stars. Campfire stories, optional. (D) DAY 2 GREATER KRUGER TO KRUGER NATIONAL PARK. It might be an early start, but there’s the promise of guaranteed photo ops to make your jaw drop. Today, we’re all about wild Kruger. Expect an intense yet rewarding day of game tracking in 4x4 vehicles with our eagle eyed guide at the wheel - this is the most esteemed park in the world, after all. Tonight, we'll enjoy a delicious feast gathered around the crackling fire. (B,L,D) DAY 3 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK. Dig into breakfast, then re-enter the park in an open 4x4 safari vehicle for our second day's game driving. You’re slap bang in the middle of amazingness, so get excited. With cameras and binoculars at the ready, make the most of your long distance eyesight and spot the Big Five (elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo). This afternoon, it's back to the camp for story-swapping and chill time with your safari buddies. (B,L,D) DAY 4 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK TO MLILWANE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, SWAZILAND. Today, we head to the Kingdom of Swaziland. Passing markets galore, we make a visit to the famous Ngwenya glass factory and skirt the capital Mbabane, before arriving at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. (B,L,D) DAY 5 MLILWANE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY. Rub those eyes and wake to the sounds of exotic animals nearby. Pack yo’ bags, then it’s a short drive to the Royal Enclosure for a guided walk. After browsing streetside markets and trying our hand bartering with crafters, we'll find our way back to the sanctuary for lunch. Feeling active? Try your hand at the many optional activities offered in the sanctuary including horse riding, game drives, mountain bike riding and

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED) ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

TRIP CODE: ZOSSJR

See God’s Window See Bourke’s Luck Potholes Visit Kruger National Park Visit Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Visit Ngwenya glass factory Visit the Royal Enclosure/Swaziland Village St Lucia boat cruise

S TA R T

MORE INCLUSIONS 6 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D) 6 nights in campsites Fully equipped safari vehicle 2-person dome tents or twin-share accommodation ++ Camping & cooking equipment ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver ++ ++ ++ ++

++ Kruger Night Game Drive ++ Mountain biking

guided walks - or simply take time out to catch some rays by the pool. How luxe! (B,L,D)

DAY 6 MLILWANE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY TO ST LUCIA, SOUTH AFRICA. Roll into the small coastal town of St Lucia where the mountains meet the sea. This afternoon, get cruise-y on the river and spot the pods of hippos, lazy crocodiles and numerous bird species on the sandy banks. (B,L,D) DAY 7 ST LUCIA TO DURBAN. Rising early, we'll cruise to the Hluhluwe Game Reserve - KwaZulu-Natal's premier park hosting the famous Big Five and loads of other wildlife species. Spend the morning on a game drive, then make tracks to Durban, where our trip ends. See you on the next adventure! (B,L)

S TA R T

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24

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6

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12

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1

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7

20

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26

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29

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17

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23

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13

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3

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27

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2

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17

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16

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31

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24

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30

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14

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CAMPING TRIP PRICE OF $620 + $140 ADVENTURE PASS = $760

TOP OPTIONALS

START MEET AT 7AM IN JOHANNESBURG FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN DURBAN

FINISH 2018

ACCOMMODATED TRIP PRICE OF $825 + $140 ADVENTURE PASS = $965 Price based on Per Person twin-share tents

7 DAYS FROM

760

$

USD PER PERSON All items listed in the Bucket List and More Inclusions are included within the total price of your trip. The total trip price is inclusive of the Adventure Pass which is compulsory for all trips (See p. 34). All other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

M RO Y F SD N A D U O R 09 S P E $1 P E R R PE


7 DAY |AFRICAN INSIGHT

AFRICA

38

JOHANNESBURG

LIVINGSTONE

15/16

MEALS

3

COUNTRIES

CLOCKWISE: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

YOUR ROUTE

STOP & STAY

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED)

DAY STOP

ZAMBIA

Victoria Falls

Livingstone

++ ++ ++ ++

Visit Kruger National Park Visit Matobo National Park Shangaan cultural evening Visit Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Victoria Falls)

MORE INCLUSIONS

Matobo NP

ZIMBABWE Tshipise Kruger NP

Johannesburg

SOUTH AFRICA START/FINISH

++ 6 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D) on ZOAIJL ++ 6 breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D) on ZOAILJ ++ 6 nights in campsites ++ Fully equipped safari vehicle ++ 2-person dome tents or twin-share accommodation ++ Camping & cooking equipment ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Gorge swinging ++ Helicopter ride START

MEET AT 7AM IN JOHANNESBURG OR 8AM IN LIVINGSTONE

10AM IN LIVINGSTONE FINISH APPROXIMATELY OR 6PM IN JOHANNESBURG

DAYS 1-2 JOHANNESBURG TO KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA VIA HAZYVIEW. Our adventure begins in Johannesburg, the City of Gold and one of the most cosmopolitan cities on the African continent. Starting early, we roll in style (and by style, we mean fully equipped safari truck) to the Greater Kruger area, where a cultural show of Shangaan dancing awaits. Kruger is South Africa’s premier national park and in connection with parks in adjoining Mozambique and Botswana, covers 24,000 square kilometres of land used in the protection of African wildlife.

Give your camera a work out as we enjoy a full day’s game viewing in the national park, seeking wildlife encounters with Africa’s Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – as well as giraffes, hippos, zebras and more! Nothing will prepare you for the first time you spot these incredible creatures in the wild – guaranteed memories sure to last a lifetime! (D) (B,L,D)

DAYS 3-5 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK TO MATOBO NATIONAL PARK, ZIMBABWE VIA TSHIPISE. Leaving Kruger we shimmy north, spending the night near the Limpopo River close to the Beitbridge border.

Completing formalities at the border post we enter Zimbabwe and drive through stunning landscapes and the town of Gweru to Matobo National Park, home to a wide variety of animal species including black and white rhinoceros, zebras, wildebeest and giraffes. Flex your freedom and take your pick of optionals including game drives and more! (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAYS 6-7 MATOBO NATIONAL PARK TO LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA. Prepare for more amazing views and another day in this nature lover’s heaven. While away the hours with a spot of bird watching, or test your fitness levels with a good old fashioned


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39

CLOCKWISE: JOHANNESBURG, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, MATOBO NATIONAL PARK

hike. From Matobo National Park we cross into Zambia and drive to Livingstone, where our camp is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River. We have our last night at camp just downstream from Victoria Falls, one of Africa’s most spectacular sights and the perfect place to end our trip. Until next time, #topdeckers! (B) (B) THIS ITINERARY ALSO OPERATES IN THE OTHER DIRECTION

TRIP CODE: ZOAIJL EX. JOHANNESBURG S TA R T

FINISH 2018

11

JAN

TRIP CODE: ZOAILJ EX. LIVINGSTONE

S TA R T

FINISH

6

SEP

12

SEP

20

SEP

26

SEP

JAN

17

25

JAN

31

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4

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10

8

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14

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18

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24

22

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28

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1

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S TA R T

FINISH 2018 JAN

S TA R T

FINISH

12

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18

SEP

26

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2

OCT OCT

3

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9

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17

JAN

23

JAN

10

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16

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31

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6

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30

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7

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14

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20

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7

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13

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8

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14

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15

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28

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21

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27

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22

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28

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14

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5

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11

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11

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SEP

CAMPING TRIP PRICE OF $1120 + $100 ADVENTURE PASS = $1220 ACCOMMODATED TRIP PRICE OF $1575 + $100 ADVENTURE PASS = $1675 Price based on Per Person twin-share tents

7 DAYS FROM

1220

$

USD PER PERSON All items listed in the Bucket List and More Inclusions are included within the total price of your trip. The total trip price is inclusive of the Adventure Pass which is compulsory for all trips (See p. 34). All other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

M RO Y F SD N A D U O R 75 S P E $1 P E R R PE


11 D A Y | H I G H L I G H T S O F TA N Z A N I A

AFRICA

40

DAR ES SALAAM

NAIROBI

23

MEALS

2

COUNTRIES

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: ARUSHA, NGORONGORO CRATER, NAIROBI, SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

YOUR ROUTE

STOP & STAY

DAY 4 ZANZIBAR. It’s your last full day on this beautiful island, so you may want to make the most of those sun-soaked beaches while there’s still time. Take to the water or simply while the hours away on a sun lounger. Ten points if you catch a glimpse of a dolphin! (B)

DAY STOP

Nairobi

DAY 5 ZANZIBAR TO DAR ES SALAAM. Bye bye, Zanzibar! With one last longing look at this tropical idyll, we hop on the ferry back to vibrant Dar es Salaam, where we’ve got your dinner covered. (B,D)

KENYA

Serengeti NP

FINISH

Ngorongoro Crater

TANZANIA

Mt Kilimanjaro Arusha

Zanzibar Dar es Salaam START

DAY 1 DAR ES SALAAM TO ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA. Combine the best of both worlds: this all-in-one trip is part safari adventure and part paradise getaway! Kick things off by departing Tanzania’s main port city, Dar es Salaam by ferry for the stunning island of Zanzibar. Get to know the charming capital Stone Town and visit the palm-fringed shores of the northern beaches, where you can try your hand at snorkelling and diving in paradise. (B) DAY 2 ZANZIBAR. Fact: Zanzibar is known as ‘Spice Island’. Go for a wander around the bazaars today and you’ll soon discover why! Here, you can haggle

over aromatic spices, fresh fruit, fish and meat, colourful prints and fabrics and even the odd mobile phone or two. These markets are Zanzibar’s beating heart, where locals come to shop and socialise. Tip: try the coffee. (B)

DAY 3 ZANZIBAR. A free day to explore the mosques, palaces and alleyways of the old town, taking in the dazzling tastes and scents that linger in the air. It’s exotic, amazing, and unlike anywhere else in the world. We won’t blame you if you never want to leave. (B)

DAY 6 DAR ES SALAAM TO MARANGU. All aboard our overland truck as we travel inland from Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coast to the grassy plains of Northern Tanzania. It’s by the Pangani River, one of the most important rivers in the country, that we’ll set up camp for the night. Swap campfire stories and steal a mug of hot chocolate to finish off the night. Be sure to catch some zzz’s before tomorrow’s early start. (B,L,D) DAY 7 MARANGU TO ARUSHA. Continue on to Tanzania’s sprawling safari capital Arusha, passing by Africa’s highest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro. During our stay in Arusha, we can take a guided walk in the local Maasai village to learn about their traditional culture, and even visit the snake enclosure at the Meserani Snake Park! Later, make like a serpent and slither to dinner for a camping style feast. Dig in! (B,L,D) DAYS 8-10 ARUSHA TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK & NGORONGORO CRATER. Prep your day pack (or a small bag) as we transfer to smaller 4x4 vehicles for a 2 night/3 day game viewing trip through the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Trust us, these safari vehicles are decked out with ALL the animal spotting necessities – pop-up roof included. We pass into the park and drive around the Crater’s rim and down onto the Serengeti plains, where we hope to spot all of the Big Five – as well as hyenas, cheetahs, wildebeest and antelopes! Here, it’s photo ops x100. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAY 11 ARUSHA TO NAIROBI, KENYA. After our last night at camp, we make our way across the Masaai Steppe to the Kenyan frontier. Completing formalities


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: NGORONGORO CRATER, ZANZIBAR, MT KILIMANJARO

at Namanga border post, we drive the last stretch of road to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, where our tour sadly ends. Swap numbers, and plan the next adventure together. Where to next? (B,L)

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED)

TRIP CODE: ZOCKDN

++ Visit Zanzibar ++ Maasai village walk ++ Visit Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater

S TA R T

FINISH 2018

MORE INCLUSIONS 11 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D) 6 nights in campsites & 4 nights in hotels Zanzibar ferry Fully equipped safari vehicle 2-person dome tents or twin-share accommodation ++ Camping & cooking equipment ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Zanzibar spice tour ++ Dhow snorkeling safari

S TA R T

FINISH

27

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6

SEP

1

JAN

11

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10

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20

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15

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25

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29

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18

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12

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26

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19

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29

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26

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9

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31

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10

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17

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21

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14

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CAMPING TRIP PRICE OF $1695 + $910 ADVENTURE PASS = $2605

START MEET AT 7AM IN DAR ES SALA AM FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN NAIROBI

ACCOMMODATED TRIP PRICE OF $2065 + $910 ADVENTURE PASS = $2975 Price based on Per Person twin-share tents

11 DAYS FROM

2605

$

USD PER PERSON All items listed in the Bucket List and More Inclusions are included within the total price of your trip. The total trip price is inclusive of the Adventure Pass which is compulsory for all trips (See p. 34). All other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

M RO Y F SD N A D U O R 37 S P E $2 P E R R PE


12 D A Y | C O A S T, L E S O T H O & C A P E T O W N

AFRICA

42

DURBAN

YOUR ROUTE

STOP & STAY

DAY STOP

CAPE TOWN

29

MEALS

2

COUNTRY

Drakensburg

LESOTHO

Durban START

SOUTH AFRICA

Malealea Underberg Area Mountain Zebra NP

Cape Town FINISH

Hermanus

Oudtshoorn

Addo Elephant NP Knysna

CLOCKWISE: DRAKENSBURG, ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK, CAPE TOWN

TRIP CODE: ZOSSRC S TA R T

FINISH 2018

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CAMPING TRIP PRICE OF $995 + $100 ADVENTURE PASS = $1095 ACCOMMODATED TRIP PRICE OF $1255 + $100 ADVENTURE PASS = $1355 Price based on Per Person twin-share tents

12 DAYS FROM

1095

$

USD PER PERSON All items listed in the Bucket List and More Inclusions are included within the total price of your trip. The total trip price is inclusive of the Adventure Pass which is compulsory for all trips (See p. 34). All other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

DAY 1 DURBAN TO UNDERBERG AREA, SOUTH AFRICA. Meet your safari buddies, then spin your compass inland as we hit the road to the Underberg Area. Be sure to catch plenty of zzz’s – tomorrow’s gonna be a big day. (L,D) DAY 2 UNDERBERG AREA TO LESOTHO VIA SANI PASS. Today, learn a thing or two as we join a guided tour of Lesotho via the spectacular gateway of the Sani Pass. After lunch we meet the shepherds of the area, before taking a short walk to view Thabana Ntlenyana, the highest point in Lesotho. (B,L,D) DAY 3 UNDERBERG AREA TO DRAKENSBERG VIA BATTLEFIELDS. Soak up some history at the Battlefields today, a site that commemorates many lives lost at war. (B,L,D) DAY 4 DRAKENSBERG. Today we’re off to the Royal National Park to follow the hiking trails up the Drakensburg Mountains and take in some serious views. (B,L,D) DAYS 5-6 DRAKENSBERG TO MALEALEA. This morning, roll into the northern section of Lesotho where we have the option to go horse riding, mountain biking or take a guided hike. (B,L,D) (B,D) DAY 7 MALEALEA TO MOUNTAIN ZEBRA NATIONAL PARK. Leaving the highlands and crossing back into South Africa, we’ll venture through stunning, diverse countryside to arrive at Mountain Zebra National Park. (B,L) DAY 8 MOUNTAIN ZEBRA NATIONAL PARK TO ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK. Today, we drive to the Addo Elephant National Park for some serious animal spotting. Keep your eyes peeled and camera on standby. (B,L,D)

PE

DAY 9 ADDO ELEPHANT TO KNYSNA/TSITSIKAMMA FOREST. Step into the unreal Tsitsikamma Forest and choose from boat cruises, bird watching and more! Later on we’ll travel towards Knysna, renowned for its buzzing foodie scene. (B,L)

R M RO YF D DA US SON 2 $9 P E R R PE

DAY 10 KNYSNA TO OUDTSHOORN. Onwards to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world. This

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED) ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Sani pass excursion Visit Battlefields, Talana Hill Visit Royal National Park See the Drakensberg Mountains Visit Addo Elephant National Park Visit Cango Caves Visit Cape Agulhas

MORE INCLUSIONS 11 breakfasts (B), 10 lunches (L), 8 dinners (D) 11 nights in campsites Fully equipped safari vehicle 2-person dome tents or twin-share accommodation ++ Camping & cooking equipment ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver ++ ++ ++ ++

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Hermanus whale watching cruise ++ Bungee Jumping START MEET AT 8AM IN DURBAN FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN CAPE TOWN

region is also home to the spectacular Cango Caves, Africa's largest show cave system. (B,L,D)

DAY 11 OUDTSHOORN TO HERMANUS. Relaxed and revitalised from the wonderful Oudtshoorn hospitality, we jump back in our vehicle and head south to the coastal town of Hermanus, famous for its whale and dolphin sightings – but not before making a stop at Cape Agulhas, which marks Africa’s southernmost tip. (B,L) DAY 12 HERMANUS TO CAPE TOWN. Say farewell in Cape Town. Fancy sticking around? From the Waterfront to the Table Mountain cable car, this city has plenty to keep you occupied! (B)


1 3 D A Y | K E N YA & TA N Z A N I A A D V E N T U R E DAR ES SALAAM

YOUR ROUTE

30

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STOP & STAY

2

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NAIROBI

43

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DAY STOP

Maasai Mara

KENYA

Nairobi START

Serengeti NP

Arusha

Ngorongoro Crater

Zanzibar

TANZANIA

Dar es Salaam FINISH

CLOCKWISE: ZANZIBAR, SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

DAYS 1-3 NAIROBI AND MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE, KENYA. Make your way to Kenya’s sprawling capital to meet the group. From Nairobi we kick start the adventure and travel to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya’s best known game park. The Mara’s rolling grasslands and broad horizons, not to mention the wildlife, bring to mind images of what many people think of as ‘classic’ Africa. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L)

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED) ++ Visit Maasai Mara National Reserve ++ Maasai village walk ++ Visit Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater

DAYS 5-8 ARUSHA TO BAGAMOYO VIA SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK AND NGORONGORO CRATER. Switch to smaller 4x4 vehicles as we head west to Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Don your khaki greens in true safari style, view game by day and camp out by night in the middle of the reserve (where wildlife may roam past). From the Serengeti plains we climb the steep Ngorongoro Crater and make camp on the rim. The Ngorongoro Crater is a spectacular World Heritage Site, offering unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities. Returning to Arusha and rejoining our truck, we travel past Mt Kilimanjaro and have a night to relax in the Bagamoyo area. (B,L,D)

++ Zanzibar spice tour ++ Snorkelling day trip

TOP OPTIONALS

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19

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CAMPING TRIP PRICE OF $1815 + $1460 ADVENTURE PASS = $3275

START MEET AT 8AM IN NAIROBI FINISH APPROXIMATELY 5PM IN DAR ES SALA AM

hand at snorkelling or go for a dive (or five). Foodies can indulge in some scrumptious seafood, or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book. Once you’ve enjoyed all this island has to offer, we’ll return to the mainland where our trip (sadly) ends. (B,L,D) (B) (B) (B) (B)

FINISH 2018

13 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L), 8 dinners (D) 9 nights in campsites & 3 nights in hotels Zanzibar ferry Fully equipped safari vehicle 2-person dome tents or twin-share accommodation ++ Camping & cooking equipment ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver

DAY 4 NAIROBI TO ARUSHA, TANZANIA. After crossing the border into incredible Tanzania, we arrive at our destination, Arusha. Situated mid-way between Cape Town and Cairo, this is very much Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’ – a bustling city with colourful markets, shops, vehicles and people, all nestling in the shadow of the brooding Mt Meru. After taking a guided walk in the local Maasai village to learn about the locals’ traditional culture, we head to our camp just outside Arusha on the open plains to the west of the city. (B,L,D)

DAYS 9-13 BAGAMOYO TO DAR ES SALAAM AND ZANZIBAR. Off we go to Dar es Salaam. After a night here we ferry over to gorgeous Zanzibar to relax, unwind and enjoy the bounty of treats this idyllic paradise has to offer. Hit up Stone Town and wander through alleyways of decadent architecture that blends cultures from years past, with historic traces of past occupation. For the water lovers, try your

S TA R T

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

(B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

TRIP CODE: ZOKCND

ACCOMMODATED TRIP PRICE OF $2275 + $1460 ADVENTURE PASS = $3735 Price based on Per Person twin-share tents

13 DAYS FROM

3275

$

USD PER PERSON All items listed in the Bucket List and More Inclusions are included within the total price of your trip. The total trip price is inclusive of the Adventure Pass which is compulsory for all trips (See p. 34). All other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

M RO Y F SD N A D U O R 52 S P E $2 P E R R PE


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: LAKE BUNYONI, JINJA, NAIROBI, QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

YOUR ROUTE

STAY STOP && STAY

trek. Besides the chimps, there are also plenty of other animals that call this place home, from hippos and crocodiles to leopards and lions. Ah-maze. (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAYSTOP STOP DAY

DAY 6 QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK TO LAKE BUNYONYI. Prepare for cuteness overload as we visit a chimpanzee sanctuary at Kyambura Gorge before reaching camp at Lake Bunyonyi. Get pumped – tomorrow, the gorilla encounter begins! (B,L,D)

UGANDA Queen Elizabeth NP

Kampala

Jinja

Eldoret Lake Nakuru NP Nairobi START/FINISH

Gorilla Trek

KENYA

DAYS 7-8 LAKE BUNYONYI. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for! Local guides will lead you on a trek to see a family of gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Trust us, nothing will prepare you for the moment you come face to face with these beauties. After spending an hour in their company, you’ll be surprised by just how close to the gorillas you can get. So. Many. Feels. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAY 9 LAKE BUNYONYI TO KAMPALA. After your once-in-a-lifetime gorilla experience, it’s time to venture out of the wilderness and back into civilisation as we hit the road back to Kampala. (B,L,D) DAYS 10-12 KAMPALA TO JINJA. Onwards to Jinja, where there’s an opportunity to assist a local charity in building and improving community schools. It’s also a great place for other optionals like kayaking, whitewater rafting and bird watching. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAY 1 NAIROBI TO LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK, KENYA. Get excited. This is Africa! First up: Kenya’s Great Rift Valley and Lake Nakuru National Park, where we’ll kick things off with a game drive. Best known for its birdlife, Nakuru also contains plenty of rhinos, leopards, warthogs, baboons and lions – so keep those eyes peeled. (L,D) DAY 2 LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK TO ELDORET. We continue north through the highlands to Eldoret, a thriving town on the Kenya-Uganda highway. Grab dinner and catch some zzz’s here before we move on to Kampala tomorrow. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 ELDORET TO KAMPALA, UGANDA. Today we roll into Uganda’s bustling capital city. With a rich history to explore (not to mention a whole bunch of shops, attractions and painstakingly maintained gardens) you certainly won’t be short of things to do here. (B,L,D) DAYS 4-5 KAMPALA TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK. After a night in Kampala, we drive west to Queen Elizabeth National Park, pausing to appreciate the views of Lake Edward. Feeling at one with nature yet? You soon will be as you wander through the national park on a chimpanzee-spotting

DAYS 13-14 JINJA TO NAIROBI, KENYA VIA ELDORET. Crossing back into Kenya with one more sleepover stop in Eldoret, we carry on along the Rift Valley to Nairobi where our Gorilla Encounter trip ends. Make sure you swap numbers – you’ll want to relive the amazing experiences you’ve shared time and time again. Talk about memories to last a lifetime! (B,L,D) (B)


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK, BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST, LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED)

TRIP CODE: ZOKCGN

++ ++ ++ ++

Visit the Great Rift Valley Visit Lake Nakuru National Park Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park Mountain gorilla trekking (part of Gorilla permit payment) ++ Chimpanzee trekking (part of Gorilla permit payment)

S TA R T

MORE INCLUSIONS 13 breakfasts (B), 13 lunches (L), 13 dinners (D) 13 nights in campsites Fully equipped safari vehicle 2-person dome tents or twin-share accommodation ++ Camping & cooking equipment ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver ++ ++ ++ ++

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7

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19

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26

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CAMPING TRIP PRICE OF $1650 + $160 ADVENTURE PASS = $1810 + $750 GORILLA PERMIT

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Island boat trip ++ Whitewater rafting START MEET AT 8AM IN NAIROBI FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN NAIROBI

FINISH 2018

ACCOMMODATED TRIP PRICE OF $2285 + $160 ADVENTURE PASS = $2445 + $750 GORILLA PERMIT Price based on Per Person twin-share tents

14 DAYS FROM

1810

$

USD PER PERSON All items listed in the Bucket List and More Inclusions are included within the total price of your trip. The total trip price is inclusive of the Adventure Pass which is compulsory for all trips (See p. 34). All other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the endangered status of the gorillas, visitors are strictly limited and a permit must be purchased at the time of booking to ensure you get to see these gentle giants. Permit rates are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.

OM FR D Y DA US ON R 30 S P E $1 P E R R PE


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JOHANNESBURG

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK, VILANCULOS, VICTORIA FALLS, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

YOUR ROUTE

STOP & STAY

you’re lucky. There’s also plenty of free time to check out the Park’s ancient rock paintings. (B,L,D)

DAY STOP

START/FINISH

Hwange NP

ZIMBABWE Victoria Falls

MOZAMBIQUE

Bulawayo Matobo NP Masvingo

Bandula

Kruger NP

Vilanculos

Inhambane Xai-Xai

Johannesburg SOUTH AFRICA

DAY 1 VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE. We start our trip in the town of Victoria Falls, aptly named after Africa’s most scenic waterfall. You won’t be running out of options here with bungy jumping, gorge swinging, whitewater rafting and sunset cruises on the Zambezi River on offer. (B) DAY 2 VICTORIA FALLS TO HWANGE NATIONAL PARK. From Victoria Falls we roll to Zimbabwe’s premier game-viewing area, Hwange National Park. Embark on an afternoon game drive and keep your eyes peeled for elephants, along with other rare

species like African wild dogs and brown hyenas. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 HWANGE NATIONAL PARK TO BULAWAYO. Next up is Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Bulawayo. Here, we’ll pay a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Khami Ruins – a site of great archaeological significance. Get your cameras at the ready. (B,L,D) DAY 4 BULAWAYO TO MATOBO NATIONAL PARK. Today, Matobo National Park is calling. Immerse yourself in nature with a game drive and wilderness walk. Note: you might even spot a white rhino, if

DAY 5 MATOBO NATIONAL PARK TO MASVINGO. Travelling further east, we set a course for Masvingo. From here, we’ll pay a visit to the ancient ruins of Great Zimbabwe, the place which gave the country its name. Tonight we camp out in the foothills and explore the ancient nooks and crannies of this intriguing city. (B,L,D) DAYS 6-8 MASVINGO TO VILANCULOS, MOZAMBIQUE VIA THE BANDULA AREA. Crossing from Zimbabwe to Mozambique, a couple of drive days take us to the spectacular Indian Ocean coast. Mozambique has grown out of its chequered past and now offers heaps of relaxing resorts. Think: hammocks strung among the palm trees, golden, near-deserted beaches and warm azure waters teeming with life. We’ll spend two nights in Vilanculos, the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago (a group of idyllic Indian Ocean islands). Did we mention that we’ll be heading out on a full day sailing excursion on a traditional dhow to Magaruque Island? Get your sunscreen at the ready. (B,L,D) (B,L) (B,L,D) DAYS 9-10 VILANCULOS TO INHAMBANE. Cruise down to the dramatically beautiful region of Inhambane, known for its world-class scuba diving. This place packs some spectacular reefs and (almost) guaranteed manta ray sightings. Add the haunting songs of humpback whales coming close to shore in winter and the chance to get face-to-face with whale sharks, and you’ll see why everyone raves about this place. Also, pay attention to the fusion of African and Arabic cultures that have merged to create an eclectic style. One word: mesmerising. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAY 11 INHAMBANE TO XAI XAI. Today it’s up and onwards to the bustling market town Xai Xai, where we’ll spend one night. Expect great snorkelling spots, soft sand, a stunning climate and seafood to die for. (B,L,D) DAYS 12-13 XAI XAI TO KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA. We cross the South African border


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: INHAMBANE, XAI XAI, JOHANNESBURG

into Big Game country for two final nights camping close to the edge of the world-famous Kruger National Park. Here, we’ll head out on game drives looking for the Big Five and countless other species. Excitement guaranteed. (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAY 14 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK TO JOHANNESBURG. From the Kruger area we head west to the cosmopolitan city of Johannesburg, where our adventure ends. (B) This itinerary also operates in the other direction.

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED) ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Visit Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Victoria Falls) Visit Hwange National Park Visit Matobo National Park Visit the Great Zimbabwe ruins Dhow sailing safari from Vilanculos Visit Kruger National Park

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

TRIP CODE: ZOMZVJ

14 breakfasts (B), 12 lunches (L), 11 dinners (D) 13 nights in campsites Fully equipped safari vehicle 2-person dome tents Camping & cooking equipment Awesome Trip Leader + Driver

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TRIP CODE: ZOMZJV S TA R T

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TOP OPTIONALS ++ Snorkelling ++ Helicopter ride START MEET AT 8AM IN VICTORIA FALLS FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN JOHANNESBURG

FINISH 2018

MAR

28

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CAMPING TRIP PRICE OF $2285 + $190 ADVENTURE PASS = $2475 Price based on Per Person twin-share tents

14 DAYS FROM

2475

$

USD PER PERSON All items listed in the Bucket List and More Inclusions are included within the total price of your trip. The total trip price is inclusive of the Adventure Pass which is compulsory for all trips (See p. 34). All other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

M RO Y F SD N A D U O R 77 S P E $1 P E R R PE


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Livingstone

ZAMBIA

Victoria Falls

Okavango Delta

Etosha NP

Chobe NP

NAMIBIA Maun

BOTSWANA

Windhoek Swakopmund

Namib Naukluft NP Fish River Canyon Gariep (Orange) River

Cape Town

SOUTH AFRICA START

CLOCKWISE: DUNE 45, VICTORIA FALLS, ORANGE RIVER

TRIP CODE: ZOCKCL S TA R T

FINISH 2018

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DAYS 1-2 CAPE TOWN TO GARIEP (ORANGE) RIVER, SOUTH AFRICA VIA WESTERN CAPE. Meet the group for a Cape Town Township tour, then roll north to the Gariep (Orange) River. (L,D) (B,L,D) DAYS 3-4 GARIEP (ORANGE) RIVER TO NAMIB NAUKLUFT PARK, NAMIBIA VIA SESRIEM AREA. Our first stop is Fish River Canyon. Next, head to the Namib Naukluft Park and climb the world’s highest dunes. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAYS 5-7 NAMIB NAUKLUFT PARK TO SWAKOPMUND, VIA SOLITAIRE. Check out the imposing Dune 45 and Sesriem Canyon, then enjoy a few days of adventure activities in Swakopmund. Here, you’re basically spoilt for options! (B,L,D) (B) (B) DAYS 8-9 SWAKOPMUND TO ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK VIA SPITZKOPPE. We’ll camp among the eerie rock formations at Spitzkoppe, a series of dramatic granite peaks rising above the plains. Then, it's on to the Etosha National Park for a game drive. (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

CAMPING TRIP PRICE OF $1995 + $490 ADVENTURE PASS = $2485 ACCOMMODATED TRIP PRICE OF $3535 + $490 ADVENTURE PASS = $4025 Price based on Per Person twin-share tents

19 DAYS FROM

2485

$

USD PER PERSON All items listed in the Bucket List and More Inclusions are included within the total price of your trip. The total trip price is inclusive of the Adventure Pass which is compulsory for all trips (See p. 34). All other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

DAYS 10-12 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK TO GHANZI VIA WINDHOEK. We take morning and afternoon game drives and camp for two nights near floodlit waterholes. Our next stop is Namibia’s capital Windhoek, before travelling on to Ghanzi. (B,L,D) (B,L) (B,L,D)

DAYS 13-14 GHANZI TO OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA VIA MAUN. Head into beautiful Botswana and the Okavango Delta, which skirts the northern reaches of the Kalahari Desert. (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAYS 15-16 OKAVANGO DELTA TO ELEPHANT SANDS VIA MAUN. By day we’ll view game on foot and from mokoro canoes, and by night we’ll camp out under the stars and watch the sky sparkle. (B,L,D)

M RO YF D DA US ON R 31 S P E $1 P E R R PE

(B,L,D)

DAYS 17-18 ELEPHANT SANDS TO LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA VIA CHOBE NATIONAL PARK. We’re off to Chobe National Park for a cruise. We hope to

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED) ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

See the Spitzkoppe Bushman paintings Visit Etosha National Park Kalahari Bushman walk Visit Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Victoria Falls) See Sossusvlei & Dune 45 Okavango Delta excursion - Mokoro/walking safari ++ Cape Town Township tour ++ Visit Chobe National Park

MORE INCLUSIONS 18 breakfasts (B), 15 lunches (L), 14 dinners (D) 16 nights in campsites & 2 nights in hostels Fully equipped safari vehicle 2-person dome tents or twin-share accommodation ++ Camping and cooking equipment ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver ++ ++ ++ ++

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Gorge swinging ++ Sandboarding START MEET AT 8AM IN CAPE TOWN FINISH APPROXIMATELY 10AM IN LIVINGSTONE

see the African fish eagle, plus elephants, hippos and buffaloes lapping up water on the river banks. From Chobe, we cross into Zambia and drive to our riverside camp in the mighty city of Livingstone. (B,L,D) (B)

DAY 19 LIVINGSTONE. Even though our trip ends here in Livingstone, we recommend a few extra days to try some of the optional activities around Victoria Falls. Think: whitewater rafting, bungy jumping and scenic flights. (B)


19 D A Y | S O U T H W E S T S A FA R I CAPE TOWN

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START

Livingstone

ZAMBIA

Etosha NP

Chobe NP Okavango Delta

Victoria Falls

NAMIBIA Maun

Windhoek

BOTSWANA

Swakopmund Namib Naukluft NP Fish River Canyon Gariep (Orange) River

Cape Town

SOUTH AFRICA FINISH

CLOCKWISE: ORANGE RIVER, NAMIB-NAUKLUFT NATIONAL PARK

DAYS 1-2 LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA TO CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA. Meet the group and prepare for adventure kicking off in Livingstone – the perfect base to explore the buzzing Victoria Falls region. On day two we make our way to Botswana and Chobe National Park, where we take a game viewing boat cruise in the afternoon. Sit back, relax and watch elephants, buffaloes and hippos in the river shallows. (B) (B,L,D) DAY 3 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK TO NATA. We start the day with an early morning game drive before continuing on to our next overnight campsite in Nata. Tonight, swap stories over dinner then catch some zzz’s. (B,L,D) DAYS 4-5 NATA TO OKAVANGO DELTA VIA MAUN. Our next stop is Maun, gateway to the Okavango Delta. Explore the myriad waterways and swaying grasses of this wetland habitat on foot and dugout canoe (mokoro), hopefully spotting hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes and elephants. Seriously, unforgettable. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAY 6 OKAVANGO DELTA TO MAUN. In Western Botswana we join a guided walk to see how people live in the Kalahari. Listen closely and learn the A-Z of the area. (B,L,D) DAYS 7-9 MAUN TO ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK, NAMIBIA VIA WINDHOEK AND GHANZI. Over to Namibia for a stop in the small but charming capital, Windhoek. It’s then north to the arid terrain of Etosha National Park for more game viewing. Think: ALL the animals. (B,L,D) (B,L) (B,L,D) DAYS 10-11 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK TO SPITZKOPPE. Next up we camp at the eerie and spectacular Spitzkoppe and check out those fascinating Bushman paintings. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAYS 12-13 SPITZKOPPE TO SWAKOPMUND. Relax for two nights in Swakopmund with plenty of time to enjoy the optional adventure activities on offer. Try skydiving, quad biking or just soak up the atmosphere in one of Swakopmund’s buzzing cafés. (B) (B) DAYS 14-15 SWAKOPMUND TO SESRIEM VIA SOLITAIRE. It’s on to the desert landscapes of Namib Naukluft Park, home to the highest sand dunes on the

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED)

TRIP CODE: ZOKCLC

++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Visit Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Victoria Falls) Visit Etosha National Park Kalahari Bushman walk See the Spitzkoppe Bushman paintings Visit Chobe National Park Okavango Delta excursion - Mokoro/walking safari ++ See Sossusvlei & Dune 45 ++ Fish Eagle Boat Cruise

S TA R T

MORE INCLUSIONS 19 breakfasts (B), 15 lunches (L), 14 dinners (D) 16 nights in campsites & 2 nights in hostels Fully equipped safari vehicle 2-person dome tents or twin-share accommodation ++ Camping & cooking equipment ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver ++ ++ ++ ++

START MEET AT 8AM IN LIVINGSTONE FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN CAPE TOWN

planet (we’re looking at you, Dune 45). You can also head off on a Sossusvlei shuttle to see the Sesriem Canyon and take a guided walk. (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAYS 16-19 SESRIEM TO CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA VIA FISH RIVER CANYON AND GARIEP (ORANGE) RIVER. Check out the magnificent Fish River Canyon before continuing on to South Africa. After a night by the Gariep (Orange) River and another in the fertile Western Cape, our epic journey ends in stunning Cape Town. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B)

S TA R T

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CAMPING TRIP PRICE OF $1995 + $440 ADVENTURE PASS = $2435

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Sandboarding ++ Gorge swinging

FINISH 2018

ACCOMMODATED TRIP PRICE OF $3535 + $490 ADVENTURE PASS = $4025 Price based on Per Person twin-share tents

19 DAYS FROM

2435

$

USD PER PERSON All items listed in the Bucket List and More Inclusions are included within the total price of your trip. The total trip price is inclusive of the Adventure Pass which is compulsory for all trips (See p. 34). All other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

OM FR D Y DA US ON R 29 S P E $1 P E R R PE


19 D A Y | K R U G E R T O C A P E T O W N

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YOUR ROUTE

STOP & STAY

guided walk. After lunch, we’ve got optionals galore, so flex your freedom. (B,L,D)

DAY STOP

DAY 6 MLILWANE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY TO ST LUCIA. Stunning St Lucia is calling. Today, you can soak it all up on a boat cruise. This is the life. (B,L,D)

Tshipise Kruger NP

SWAZILAND

Johannesburg

Mililwane Wildlife Sanctuary

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LESOTHO

SOUTH AFRICA

Malealea Mountain Zebra National Park Oudtshoorn

Durban

Addo Elephant National Park

Cape Town FINISH

Hermanus

St Lucia

Knysna

DAY 7 ST LUCIA TO DURBAN VIA HLUHLUWE GAME RESERVE. On the way to Durban, there’s a game drive at Hluhluwe Game Reserve to get excited about. (B,L)

DAY 8 DURBAN TO UNDERBERG AREA. See ya later, Durban! Today we roll into Pietermaritzburg and set up camp. (B,L,D) DAY 9 UNDERBERG AREA TO SANI PASS. Today, we hit the road in 4x4 vehicles through the Drakensberg Mountains. Expect some incredible views and winding mountain roads (and a sore neck from checking out all that scenery). (B,L,D) DAYS 10-11 UNDERBERG AREA TO DRAKENSBERG VIA BATTLEFIELDS. Visit the world-famous Battle of Blood River, which saw the lives of warriors lost against the few musketeers of the Dutch Settlers. Then, it’s onwards to Drakensburg, where we'll pay a visit to the Royal National Park and check out the Drakensburg Mountains. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAYS 12-13 DRAKENSBERG TO MALEALEA. Departing Drakensberg, we head to Malealea, where we’ll spend the next two nights. (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAY 1 JOHANNESBURG TO GREATER KRUGER, SOUTH AFRICA. Step into Johannesburg then cruise across to Greater Kruger. On the way, check out God’s Window (just get a load of that view!) and the fascinating Bourkes’ Luck Potholes. (D) DAY 2 GREATER KRUGER TO KRUGER NATIONAL PARK. Today = 4x4 game drives in wild Kruger, which is home to 500 species of birds, 148 mammals and oodles of reptiles. Oh, and did we mention the Big Five? (B,L,D)

DAY 3 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK. Rise and shine for another open 4x4 safari experience. See just how many animals you can spot in one day (hint: it’ll be a lot). (B,L,D)

DAY 14 MALEALEA TO MOUNTAIN ZEBRA NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA. Leaving the highlands and crossing back into South Africa, we’ll arrive at amazing Mountain Zebra National Park. (B,L)

DAY 4 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK TO MLILWANE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, SWAZILAND. Today we roll into the Kingdom of Swaziland. But first, a visit to the Ngwenya Glass Factory. (B,L,D)

DAY 15 MOUNTAIN ZEBRA NATIONAL PARK TO ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK. Today, we drive to the Addo Elephant National Park. It’s home to over 600 elephants, lions, buffaloes and more – so chances are, you’ll strike photo-op gold. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 MLILWANE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY. Listen up as we meet with a Swazi guide on a Royal Enclosure


AFRICA

51

CLOCKWISE: OUDTSHOORN, CAPE TOWN, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

DAY 16 ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK TO KNYSNA/TSITSIKAMMA FOREST. Enter the Tsitsikamma Forest for an amazing choice of optionals. (B,L) DAY 17 KNYSNA TO OUDTSHOORN. Wake up and head to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world. This region is also home to the spectacular Cango Caves, Africa's largest show cave system. Expect some serious ‘wow’ to make your eyes pop right here. (B,L,D)

DAY 18 OUDTSHOORN TO HERMANUS. Relaxed and revitalized, we head to Hermanus – famous for its whale and dolphin sightings – but not before making a stop at Cape Agulhas, which marks Africa’s southernmost tip. (B,L) DAY 19 HERMANUS TO CAPE TOWN. Toast the end of your Kruger to Cape Town adventure with a spot of wine tasting. Then, we cruise to Cape Town where our trip ends. It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later! (B)

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED) ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

TRIP CODE: ZOSSJC S TA R T

2 days at Kruger National Park Visit Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary St Lucia boat cruise Visit Royal National Park Visit Drakensberg Mountains Visit Addo Elephant National Park Wine tasting Visit God’s Window See Bourkes’ Luck Potholes Visit Mountain Zebra National Park Visit Cango Caves Sani Pass excursion

MORE INCLUSIONS 18 breakfasts (B), 17 lunches (L), 14 dinners (D) 18 nights in campsites Fully equipped safari vehicle 2-person dome tents or twin-share accommodation ++ Camping & cooking equipment ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver ++ ++ ++ ++

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Canoe safari ++ Sunset game drive START MEET AT 7AM IN JOHANNESBURG FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN CAPE TOWN

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CAMPING TRIP PRICE OF $1545 + $440 ADVENTURE PASS = $1985 ACCOMMODATED TRIP PRICE OF $2035 + $440 ADVENTURE PASS = $2475 Price based on Per Person twin-share tents

19 DAYS FROM

1985

$

USD PER PERSON All items listed in the Bucket List and More Inclusions are included within the total price of your trip. The total trip price is inclusive of the Adventure Pass which is compulsory for all trips (See p. 34). All other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

OM FR D Y DA US ON R 05 S P E $1 P E R R PE


21 DAY | EAST AFRICAN EXPLORER

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Victoria Falls

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CAMPING TRIP PRICE OF $2390 + $1050 ADVENTURE PASS = $3440 ACCOMMODATED TRIP PRICE OF $3265 + $1050 ADVENTURE PASS = $4315 Price based on Per Person twin-share tents

21 DAYS FROM

3440

$

USD PER PERSON All items listed in the Bucket List and More Inclusions are included within the total price of your trip. The total trip price is inclusive of the Adventure Pass which is compulsory for all trips (See p. 34). All other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

DAY 1 LIVINGSTONE TO LUSAKA, ZAMBIA. This. Is. Africa! Today, we kick things off at the banks of the great Zambezi River. You’re in the heart of the amazing Victoria Falls region, so get excited. From Livingstone we roll north to Zambia’s capital, Lusaka. Settle into your campsite and bond over dinner. (B,L,D) DAYS 2-4 LUSAKA TO SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK. We continue on to the South Luangwa National Park for two nights where we enjoy our first game drive. Keep your eyes out for lions, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes and everything else in between! (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAYS 5-7 SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK TO LAKE MALAWI, MALAWI. Roll over to the enormous Lake Malawi. Here we camp on sandy beaches and take some time out to swim and relax. Choose from a multitude of optional activities, or take the chance to meet some of the friendly locals. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAY 8 LAKE MALAWI TO IRINGA, TANZANIA. Today we climb through Tanzania’s Southern Highlands all the way to Kisolanza Farm House – a working farm that provides organic meat and vegetables. The farmhouse is famous for its hot showers, chocolate brownies and hot chocolate. (B,L,D) DAYS 9-10 IRINGA TO DAR ES SALAAM VIA MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK. Onwards to Mikumi National Park. Here, we’ll sip sundowners at the local bar and spend our evenings around the open fire under a blanket of stars. Then, we make tracks to Dar es Salaam. (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAYS 11-14 DAR ES SALAAM TO ZANZIBAR. Today we skip over to Zanzibar, aka ‘Spice Island’, via high speed ferry. Kick back on the palm-fringed beaches or check out the lush rainforests and cobblestone streets. Once a historic trading centre, modern Zanzibar is the ultimate paradise getaway. Think: white sand and crystal blue water. You’ll be dragging your feet when we shuffle back to the mainland. (B) (B) (B) (B)

M RO YF D DA US ON R 64 S P E $1 P E R R PE

DAYS 15-17 ZANZIBAR TO ARUSHA VIA DAR ES SALAAM AND MARANGU. Back on the ferry to Dar for a night before travelling inland. If the weather is right we may see the snow-capped Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED) ++ ++ ++ ++

Visit Mois-oa-Tunya National Park (Victoria Falls) Visit South Luangwa National Park Maasai village walk Visit Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater

MORE INCLUSIONS 20 breakfasts (B), 16 lunches (L), 16 dinners (D) 16 nights in campsites & 4 nights in hotels Zanzibar ferry Fully equipped safari vehicle 2-person dome tents or twin-share accommodation ++ Camping & cooking equipment ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Helicopter flight ++ Scuba diving START MEET AT 8AM IN LIVINGSTONE FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN NAIROBI

highest peak. Then, on through some remarkable Tanzanian countryside as we head to the country’s safari capital, Arusha. (B,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAYS 18-20 ARUSHA TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK AND NGORONGORO CRATER. Transferring to smaller 4x4 vehicles, we head out on a 2 night/3 day game viewing excursion to the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Keep your eyes peeled for the Big Five as well as hyenas, cheetahs and wildebeest. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAY 21 SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK/NGORONGORO CRATER TO NAIROBI, KENYA. Crossing the border into larger than life Kenya, we say our goodbyes in the capital. Swap numbers, then start planning the next adventure with your new travel buddies (it’s never too soon). (B,L)


22 D A Y | Z A N Z I B A R , V I C FA L L S & K R U G E R JOHANNESBURG

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Zanzibar Dar es Salaam TANZANIA START

Lake Malawi MALAWI Lusaka Livingstone ZAMBIA

Victoria Falls Matobo NP ZIMBABWE Tshipise Kruger NP

Johannesburg SOUTH AFRICA FINISH

CLOCKWISE: ZANZIBAR

DAYS 1-4 DAR ES SALAAM AND ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA. After catching our high speed ferry to Zanzibar we’ve got three days of leisure lined up on dazzling ‘Spice Island’. Explore Stone Town’s alleyways, architecture and markets, and then hit up the white sand beaches, leaning palms and warm tropical waters. Seriously, talk about paradise! (B) (B) (B,L,D)

DAYS 5-10 DAR ES SALAAM TO LAKE MALAWI, MALAWI. Today we head towards Malawi, stopping en route in Mikumi National Park and Iringa. Happily spend a few days camping along the shore of Lake Malawi, and enjoy the option of snorkelling, horseback riding, or taking a guided village walk to see how the locals live. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAYS 11-12 LAKE MALAWI TO LUSAKA, ZAMBIA. Crossing into Zambia, we make our way to the country’s capital (and one of the fastest growing cities in southern Africa), Lusaka. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAYS 13-16 LUSAKA TO LIVINGSTONE. Our base for the next few days is Livingstone, close to the awesome (and MUST see) Victoria Falls. This is Africa’s adventure capital so make the most of it with optional whitewater rafting, gorge swinging and even bungy jumping to fulfil all of your eye-popping adventure needs. Check out the Falls from Mosi-OaTunya National Park. We won’t blame you if you need a ‘pinch yourself’ moment. (B) (B) (B) (B) DAYS 17-20 LIVINGSTONE TO GREATER KRUGER, SOUTH AFRICA VIA MATOBO NATIONAL PARK, ZIMBABWE. From Livingstone, we cross into Zimbabwe, stopping for two nights at Matobo National Park, famous for its large population of black and white rhinos. Prepare for a game drive and various activities at the park, before entering South Africa via the Limpopo Province and coming to a stop at Greater Kruger, where a cultural Shangaan dance show awaits. (B,L,D) DAYS 21-22 GREATER KRUGER TO JOHANNESBURG. It’s at Kruger National Park where you’ll have a final

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED) ++ ++ ++ ++

TRIP CODE: ZOKIDJ

Visit Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Victoria Falls) Visit Kruger National Park Shangaan cultural evening Visit Matobo National Park

S TA R T

MORE INCLUSIONS 21 breakfasts (B), 14 lunches (L), 14 dinners (D) 18 nights in campsites & 3 nights in hotels Zanzibar ferry Fully equipped safari vehicle 2-person dome tents or twin-share accommodation ++ Camping and cooking equipment ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Zanzibar spice tour ++ Gorge swinging

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CAMPING TRIP PRICE OF $2620 + $100 ADVENTURE PASS = $2720

START MEET AT 7AM IN DAR ES SALA AM FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN JOHANNESBURG

opportunity to game drive in South Africa’s largest and best known wildlife area. The next day, we make tracks to Johannesburg, where the trip comes to a close. (B,L,D) (B)

FINISH 2018

ACCOMMODATED TRIP PRICE OF $3695 + $100 ADVENTURE PASS = $3795 Price based on Per Person twin-share tents

22 DAYS FROM

2720

$

USD PER PERSON All items listed in the Bucket List and More Inclusions are included within the total price of your trip. The total trip price is inclusive of the Adventure Pass which is compulsory for all trips (See p. 34). All other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

M RO Y F SD N A D U O R 24 S P E $1 P E R R PE


23 D A Y | K R U G E R , V I C FA L L S & Z A N Z I B A R

AFRICA

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Zanzibar Dar es Salaam TANZANIA FINISH

South Luangwa NP

Lake Malawi MALAWI

Lusaka Livingstone ZAMBIA

Victoria Falls Matobo NP ZIMBABWE Tshipise Kruger NP

Johannesburg SOUTH AFRICA START

CLOCKWISE:DAR ES SALAAM, ZANZIBAR, RHINO TREKKING

TRIP CODE: ZOKIJD S TA R T

FINISH

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CAMPING TRIP PRICE OF $2755 + $230 ADVENTURE PASS = $2985 ACCOMMODATED TRIP PRICE OF $3945 + $230 ADVENTURE PASS = $4175 Price based on Per Person twin-share tents

23 DAYS FROM

2985

$

USD PER PERSON All items listed in the Bucket List and More Inclusions are included within the total price of your trip. The total trip price is inclusive of the Adventure Pass which is compulsory for all trips (See p. 34). All other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

DAYS 1-3 JOHANNESBURG TO TSHIPISE VIA GREATER KRUGER, SOUTH AFRICA. From epic Johannesburg we travel to South Africa’s famed (and seriously iconic) Kruger National Park via the region of Mpumalanga. Here, we’ll keep an eye out for the magnificent Big Five. In the evening, enjoy a cultural show of Shangaan dancing, before waking to an unreal sunrise and embarking on a game drive in one of Africa’s best wildlife reserves. Then, it’s off to Tshipise we go. (D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAYS 4-9 TSHIPISE TO LUSAKA, ZAMBIA VIA MATOBO NATIONAL PARK AND LIVINGSTONE. Travelling north, we’ll set a course for the wonders of Matobo National Park. Head off on a game drive or enjoy a range of optional activities like hiking and bird-watching – and don’t forget to check out Victoria Falls from Mosi-OaTunya (smoke that thunders) National Park. Our base for the next few days is Livingstone, before we move on to Lusaka. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B) (B) (B) (B,L,D) DAYS 10-12 LUSAKA TO SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK. Spend time exploring the South Luangwa National Park, known as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, as we set up camp here for a couple of nights and embark on a critter-countin’ game drive. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAYS 13-15 SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK TO LAKE MALAWI. Leaving Zambia behind, we cross the border to Malawi, where Lake Malawi covers almost a fifth of the country’s area. Take part in optional activities like snorkelling and diving, or simply relax and enjoy the warm, fresh waters. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAY 16 LAKE MALAWI TO IRINGA, TANZANIA. Today we climb through Tanzania’s Southern Highlands all the way to Kisolanza Farm House – a working farm that provides organic meat and vegetables. The farmhouse is famous for its hot showers, chocolate brownies and hot chocolate. Note: time to indulge! (B,L,D)

M RO YF D DA US ON R 30 S P E $1 P E R R PE

DAYS 17-18 IRINGA TO DAR ES SALAAM VIA MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK. Onwards to Mikumi National Park (look out for forest elephants or giraffes feeding near the side of the road). Here, we’ll sip sundowners at the

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED) ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Visit Kruger National Park Visit Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Victoria Falls) Shangaan cultural evening Visit Matobo National Park Visit South Luangwa National Park

MORE INCLUSIONS 23 breakfasts (B), 14 lunches (L), 14 dinners (D) 18 nights in campsites & 4 nights in hotels Zanzibar ferry Fully equipped safari vehicle 2-person dome tents or twin-share accommodation ++ Camping & cooking equipment ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Scuba diving ++ Sunset cruise START MEET AT 7AM IN JOHANNESBURG FINISH APPROXIMATELY 5PM IN DAR ES SALA AM

local bar and spend our evenings around the open fire under a blanket of stars. Then, we make tracks to Dar es Salaam. (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAYS 19-23 DAR ES SALAAM AND ZANZIBAR. After catching our ferry to Zanzibar we’ve got three days of leisure lined up on dazzling ‘Spice Island’. Explore Stone Town’s alleyways, architecture and markets then hit up the white sand beaches, leaning palms and warm tropical waters. Enjoy your final days of the trip working on that five-star tan before catching the ferry back to Dar es Salaam, where we say our goodbyes. (B) (B) (B) (B) (B)


24 DAY | SOUTH EAST ADVENTURE LIVINGSTONE

YOUR ROUTE

59

4

MEALS

STOP & STAY

AFRICA

NAIROBI

55

COUNTRIES

DAY STOP

Maasai Mara

Nairobi START

KENYA Serengeti NP Ngorongoro Crater

FINISH

Zanzibar Dar es Salaam TANZANIA

Lake Malawi MALAWI

ZAMBIA Lusaka Livingstone

Mt Kilimanjaro Arusha

Victoria Falls

CLOCKWISE: MAASAI MARA, SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

DAYS 1-3 NAIROBI AND MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE, KENYA. Our trip starts in style as we cross the Great Rift Valley and enter Maasai Mara National Reserve. Here we take some amazing afternoon and morning game drives in search of the Big Five, before returning to Nairobi for a night. (L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAY 4 NAIROBI TO ARUSHA, TANZANIA. Crossing into Tanzania we roll into the hub of safari action, Arusha. Here, we’ll take a guided walk in the local Maasai village to learn about the locals’ traditional culture. (B,L,D) DAYS 5-7 ARUSHA TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK AND NGORONGORO CRATER. Time to switch to smaller 4x4 vehicles and drive west to Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. From the Serengeti plains we climb the steep Ngorongoro Crater and camp on the rim, getting ready for our third major game park in a week. The Ngorongoro is a spectacular World Heritage Site, offering unparalleled wildlife encounters. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAYS 8-9 SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK AND NGORONGORO CRATER TO DAR ES SALAAM VIA BAGAMOYO. Return to Arusha and rejoin our truck travelling past Mt Kilimanjaro, where we have a night to relax in the Bagamoyo area. Head across the savannah en route to the port city Dar es Salaam, gateway to Zanzibar. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAYS 10-13 DAR ES SALAAM AND ZANZIBAR. Zanzibar = paradise and tropical delights. Spend a few days exploring Stone Town’s alleyways and markets and unwinding on beautiful beaches before we head back to the mainland. (B) (B) (B) (B,D) DAYS 14-15 DAR ES SALAAM TO IRINGA VIA MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK. Stops at Mikumi National Park and Iringa provide yet more chances to spot oodles of animals. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAYS 16-19 IRINGA TO LAKE MALAWI, MALAWI. Welcome to Malawi. We spend a few days camping by the beach, with plenty of opportunities to try snorkelling and horseback riding, or take a guided

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED)

TRIP CODE: ZOKCNL

++ Visit Maasai Mara National Reserve ++ Maasai village walk ++ Visit Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater ++ Visit Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Victoria Falls

S TA R T

FINISH 2018

7

MORE INCLUSIONS 23 breakfasts (B), 18 lunches (L), 18 dinners (D) 20 nights in campsites & 3 nights in hotels Zanzibar ferry Fully equipped safari vehicle 2-person dome tents or twin share accommodation ++ Camping & cooking equipment ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

TOP OPTIONALS

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30

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CAMPING TRIP PRICE OF $2590 + $1460 ADVENTURE PASS = $4050

++ Bungy jumping ++ Whitewater rafting

ACCOMMODATED TRIP PRICE OF $3630 + $1460 ADVENTURE PASS = $5090

START MEET AT 8AM IN NAIROBI FINISH APPROXIMATELY 10AM IN LIVINGSTONE

Price based on Per Person twin-share tents

village walk to see how the locals live. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAYS 20-21 LAKE MALAWI TO LUSAKA, ZAMBIA. Crossing the border into Zambia, we make our way to Lusaka. Think bustling streets and a cosmopolitan feel. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAYS 22-24 LUSAKA TO LIVINGSTONE. Our base for the next few days is the mighty Livingstone. Check out Victoria Falls from Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park and enjoy plenty of free time to explore before our trip ends here. (B,L) (B) (B)

24 DAYS FROM

4050

$

USD PER PERSON All items listed in the Bucket List and More Inclusions are included within the total price of your trip. The total trip price is inclusive of the Adventure Pass which is compulsory for all trips (See p. 34). All other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

M RO Y F SD N A D U O R 69 S P E $1 P E R R PE


25 D A Y | S O U T H W E S T S A FA R I

AFRICA

56

JOHANNESBURG

YOUR ROUTE

STOP & STAY

CAPE TOWN

62

MEALS

5

COUNTRIES

DAY STOP

Livingstone

ZAMBIA

Chobe NP Okavango Delta

Etosha NP

Victoria Falls Matobo NP

NAMIBIA

ZIMBABWE

Maun

BOTSWANA

Windhoek Swakopmund

Tshipise Kruger NP

Namib Naukluft NP Fish River Canyon

Johannesburg START

Gariep (Orange) River

SOUTH AFRICA Cape Town FINISH

CLOCKWISE: FISH RIVER CANYON

TRIP CODE: ZOKIJC S TA R T

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DAYS 1-5 JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA TO MATOBO NATIONAL PARK, ZIMBABWE VIA GREATER KRUGER AND TSHIPISE. From Johannesburg we head to Kruger National Park, where we’ll keep a look out for the Big Five. Continuing north we set a course for Matobo National Park, where you can hike, fish or head out on game drives. The choice is yours! (D) (B,L,D)

11

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29

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DAYS 6-7 MATOBO NATIONAL PARK TO LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA. Next we cross the majestic Zambezi River and head to Livingstone. Our riverside camp is a great base to explore the ah-mazing Victoria Falls region. Adrenalin junkies won’t be disappointed with optional whitewater rafting, scenic flights and gorge swinging.

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27

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DAYS 8-9 LIVINGSTONE TO NATA, BOTSWANA VIA CHOBE NATIONAL PARK. Off to Chobe National Park for a morning game drive. Later, enjoy a game viewing boat cruise where you can sit back and watch elephants, buffaloes and hippos in the river shallows. (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

CAMPING TRIP PRICE OF $2965 + $530 ADVENTURE PASS = $3495 ACCOMMODATED TRIP PRICE OF $4835 + $530 ADVENTURE PASS = $5365 Price based on Per Person twin-share tents

25 DAYS FROM

3495

$

USD PER PERSON All items listed in the Bucket List and More Inclusions are included within the total price of your trip. The total trip price is inclusive of the Adventure Pass which is compulsory for all trips (See p. 34). All other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

DAYS 10-12 NATA TO MAUN VIA OKAVANGO DELTA. Our next stop is majestic Maun, gateway to the Okavango Delta. Explore the watery Okavango by dugout canoe (mokoro) and stay overnight in a tented camp. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAYS 13-15 MAUN TO ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK, NAMIBIA, VIA WINDHOEK. Join a Kalahari Bushman for a guided walk, then cross into Namibia and stop in Windhoek. After that, we’re off to Etosha National Park for more game drive adventures. (B,L,D)(B,D) (B,L,D) DAYS 16-19 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK TO SWAKOPMUND VIA SPITZKOPPE. Camp among the massive rocky outcrops at Spitzkoppe, spot Bushman paintings and soak up all the outdoor vibes. Relax for two nights in Swakopmund, with plenty of time to try optional skydiving or quad biking. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B) (B)

M RO YF D DA US ON R 40 S P E $1 P E R R PE

DAYS 20-21 SWAKOPMUND TO SESRIEM AREA VIA SOLITAIRE. The Namib Naukluft Park is home to the highest sand dunes on the planet (we’re looking at you, Dune 45). Take the Sossusvlei shuttle for a guided walk and check out the Sesriem Canyon. (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED) ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Visit Kruger National Park Shangaan cultural evening Visit Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Victoria Falls) Visit Etosha National Park Kalahari Bushman walk See the Spitzkoppe Bushman paintings See Sossusvlei & Dune 45 Okavango Delta excursion - Mokoro/walking safari ++ Visit Chobe National Park ++ Visit Matobo National Park

MORE INCLUSIONS 24 breakfasts (B), 19 lunches (L), 19 dinners (D) 22 nights in campsites & 2 nights in hostels Fully equipped safari vehicle 2-person dome tents or twin share accommodation ++ Camping & cooking equipment ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver ++ ++ ++ ++

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Sandboarding ++ Scenic flight START MEET AT 7AM IN JOHANNESBURG FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN CAPE TOWN

DAYS 22-25 SESRIEM AREA TO CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, VIA FISH RIVER CANYON AND GARIEP (ORANGE) RIVER. We hit up Fish River Canyon before continuing onwards to South Africa. After a night in Gariep (Orange) River and another in the Western Cape, our adventure ends in beautiful Cape Town. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B)


25 D A Y | D E S E RT T R A C K E R JOHANNESBURG

YOUR ROUTE

63

5

MEALS

STOP & STAY

AFRICA

CAPE TOWN

57

COUNTRIES

DAY STOP

ZAMBIA

Livingstone Chobe NP Okavango Delta

NAMIBIA Etosha NP

Victoria Falls

ZIMBABWE Matobo NP

Maun

BOTSWANA

Windhoek Swakopmund

Tshipise Kruger NP

Namib Naukluft NP Fish River Canyon

Johannesburg FINISH

Gariep (Orange) River

SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town START

CLOCKWISE: OKAVANGO DELTA, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

DAYS 1-2 CAPE TOWN TO GARIEP (ORANGE) RIVER, SOUTH AFRICA. Step into Africa and prepare for adventure. We begin with a township tour in Cape Town before travelling to camp beside the Gariep (Orange) River. (L,D) (B,L,D) DAYS 3-4 GARIEP (ORANGE) RIVER TO NAMIB NAUKLUFT PARK, NAMIBIA. Our first stop in Namibia is Fish River Canyon before we make our way to Namib Naukluft Park. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAYS 5-7 NAMIB NAUKLUFT PARK TO SWAKOPMUND VIA SOLITAIRE. Check out the imposing Dune 45 and Sesriem Canyon on a guided walk on the way to Solitaire, then enjoy a few days of adventure activities in Swakopmund. (B,L,D) (B) (B) DAYS 8-9 SWAKOPMUND TO ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK VIA SPITZKOPPE. We continue on to our camp among the eerie rock formations at Spitzkoppe, before heading to Etosha National Park. (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAYS 10-12 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK TO GHANZI, BOTSWANA VIA WINDHOEK. Get back to nature with morning and afternoon game drives and two nights camping near floodlit waterholes. Our next stop is Windhoek, before we move on to Ghanzi. (B,L,D) (B,L) (B,L,D)

DAYS 13-14 GHANZI TO OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA VIA MAUN. Head into beautiful Botswana and the Okavango Delta, which skirts the northern reaches of the Kalahari Desert. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAYS 15-16 OKAVANGO DELTA TO ELEPHANT SANDS VIA MAUN. Set up camp among the tranquil islands and channels of the Okavango Delta. By day we view game on foot and from mokoro canoes, and by night we camp out under the stars. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAY 17 ELEPHANT SANDS TO CHOBE NATIONAL PARK. It’s off to Chobe National Park to relax on a sunset cruise. Kick back and enjoy! (B,L,D) DAYS 18-19 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK TO LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA. Onwards to unreal Livingstone. Try optional whitewater rafting, gorge

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED) ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

TRIP CODE: ZOCICJ

Visit Etosha National Park Kalahari Bushman walk Visit Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Victoria Falls Visit Kruger National Park Shangaan cultural evening See Sossusvlei & Dune 45 Cape Town Township trip Visit Chobe National Park Visit Matobo National Park

S TA R T

MORE INCLUSIONS 24 breakfasts (B), 20 lunches (L), 19 dinners (D) 22 nights in campsites & 2 nights in hostels Fully equipped safari vehicle 2-person dome tents or twin share accommodation ++ Camping & cooking equipment ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver ++ ++ ++ ++

START MEET AT 8AM IN CAPE TOWN FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN JOHANNESBURG

swinging, canoeing or even bungy jumping. Also: check out Victoria Falls from Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. (B) (B)

DAYS 20-25 LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA TO JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA VIA MATOBO NATIONAL PARK, ZIMBABWE. Onwards to Zimbabwe for two nights at Matobo National Park before moving on to Kruger National Park - South Africa’s largest and best-known reserve. Finally, we travel to Johannesburg, where the trip ends. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B)

S TA R T

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2

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13

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6

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22

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16

27

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20

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10

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20

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13

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24

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20

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3

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27

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10

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3

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11

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24

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17

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1

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25

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7

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1

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15

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21

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15

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22

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5

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29

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19

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12

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5

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26

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26

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16

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11

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18

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2019 FEB

CAMPING TRIP PRICE OF $2965 + $580 ADVENTURE PASS = $3545

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Helicopter ride ++ Sandboarding

FINISH 2018

ACCOMMODATED TRIP PRICE OF $4835 + $580 ADVENTURE PASS = $5415 Price based on Per Person twin-share tents

25 DAYS FROM

3545

$

USD PER PERSON All items listed in the Bucket List and More Inclusions are included within the total price of your trip. The total trip price is inclusive of the Adventure Pass which is compulsory for all trips (See p. 34). All other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

M RO Y F SD N A D U O R 42 S P E $1 P E R R PE


28 D A Y | G A M E PA R K S & G O R I L L A S

AFRICA

58

NAIROBI

YOUR ROUTE

STOP & STAY

Kampala

Jinja UGANDA

DAR ES SALAAM

71

MEALS

3

COUNTRIES

DAY STOP

Eldoret Nairobi KENYA

Gorilla Trek

Maasai Mara Serengeti NP

START

Mt Kilimanjaro Arusha

Ngorongoro Crater TANZANIA

Zanzibar Dar es Salaam FINISH

CLOCKWISE: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST, ZANZIBAR, KAMPALA

TRIP CODE: ZOKCGD S TA R T

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2018

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12

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6

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13

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9

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7

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4

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2019

31

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27

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28

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25

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5

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1

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26

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22

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20

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17

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30

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26

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14

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CAMPING TRIP PRICE OF $3195 + $1620 ADVENTURE PASS = $4815 + $750 GORILLA PERMIT ACCOMMODATED TRIP PRICE OF $4430 + $1620 ADVENTURE PASS = $6050 + $750 GORILLA PERMIT

DAY 1 NAIROBI TO LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK, KENYA. Our first stop is Lake Nakuru National Park. The shallow lake attracts a huge variety of flamingos (yes, flamingos!) as well as buffaloes, lions, rhinos, leopards and more. (L,D) DAYS 2-3 LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK TO KAMPALA, UGANDA VIA ELDORET. From Nakuru we continue to Eldoret, then over to Uganda’s bustling capital, Kampala. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAYS 4-5 KAMPALA TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK. After a night in Kampala we drive west to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Get excited – we’re going chimpanzee trekking! (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAY 6 QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK TO LAKE BUNYONYI. Next up is our camp on Lake Bunyonyi.

(B,L,D)

28 DAYS FROM

DAYS 7-8 LAKE BUNYONYI. Step into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest on an optional trek to see a family of gorillas in the wild (expect all of the goosebumps). We spend several days in the area to allow time for everyone to complete the trek. (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

USD PER PERSON

DAYS 9-12 LAKE BUNYONYI TO JINJA VIA KAMPALA. Returning to buzzing Kampala we have a night in the capital before continuing to Jinja. (B,L,D)

Price based on Per Person twin-share tents

4815

$

All items listed in the Bucket List and More Inclusions are included within the total price of your trip. The total trip price is inclusive of the Adventure Pass which is compulsory for all trips (See p. 34). All other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

(B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAYS 13-15 JINJA TO NAIROBI, KENYA VIA ELDORET. We cross back into Kenya, stopping at Eldoret and driving along the Rift Valley to Nairobi. (B,L,D) (B,L) (B)

DAYS 16-18 NAIROBI AND MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE. On to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya’s most famous game park. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L)

M RO YF D DA US ON R 72 S P E $1 P E R R PE

DAY 19 NAIROBI TO ARUSHA, TANZANIA. After a brief return to Nairobi and a guided walk in the local Maasai village, we’ll cross into Tanzania to Arusha. Here we’ll camp at the Meserani Snake Park. (B,L,D)

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED) ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Visit Lake Nakuru Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park Mountain gorilla trekking Chimpanzee trekking Visit Maasai Mara National Reserve Maasai village walk Visit Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater

MORE INCLUSIONS 27 breakfasts (B), 23 lunches (L), 21 dinners (D) 24 nights in campsites & 3 nights in hotels Zanzibar ferry Fully equipped safari vehicle 2-person dome tents or twin-share accommodation ++ Camping & cooking equipment ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Snorkelling day trip ++ Hot air balloon flight START MEET AT 8AM IN NAIROBI FINISH APPROXIMATELY 5PM IN DAR ES SALA AM

DAYS 20-23 ARUSHA TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK AND NGORONGORO CRATER AND BAGAMOYO. Switch to smaller 4x4 vehicles and drive to the Serengeti National Park. Next up is Ngorongoro Crater – good luck trying to pronounce it! (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAYS 24-28 BAGAMOYO TO DAR ES SALAAM AND ZANZIBAR. Next up: Dar es Salaam. After a night here, we take the ferry to Zanzibar. Relax and enjoy paradise, spectacular snorkelling and enough spice to ignite your senses before we finish on the mainland. (B,L,D) (B) (B) (B) (B)


29 D A Y | E A S T A F R I C A N E X P L O R E R NAIROBI

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69

6

MEALS

STOP & STAY

AFRICA

JOHANESSBURG

59

COUNTRIES

KENYA Nairobi

DAY STOP

FINISH

Serengeti NP Ngorongoro Crater TANZANIA

South Luangwa NP

Mt Kilimanjaro Arusha Zanzibar Dar es Salaam

Lake Malawi MALAWI

ZAMBIA Lusaka Livingstone

Victoria Falls Matobo NP ZIMBABWE Tshipise Kruger NP Johannesburg START

SOUTH AFRICA

CLOCKWISE: VICTORIA FALLS

DAYS 1-5 JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA TO MATOBO NATIONAL PARK, ZIMBABWE. From Johannesburg we head to Kruger National Park, where we’ll keep an eye out for the Big Five. Then, it’s on to Matobo National Park, where you can hike, fish and head out on game drives. (D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAYS 6-8 MATOBO NATIONAL PARK TO LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA. Next up: Livingstone. Our riverside camp is a great base to explore the Victoria Falls region. Expect optional whitewater rafting, scenic flights and gorge swinging. (B) (B) (B) DAYS 9-12 LIVINGSTONE TO SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK VIA LUSAKA AND CHIPATA. Up to Lusaka, then on to South Luangwa National Park, which sits in the valley of the Luangwa River. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAYS 13-15 SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK TO LAKE MALAWI. What’s up, Lake Malawi? Take part in optional activities like snorkelling and diving, or simply relax and enjoy the warm waters. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAY 16 LAKE MALAWI TO IRINGA, TANZANIA. Today we make tracks to our farm stay, Kisolanza Farm House – famous for its hot showers, chocolate brownies and hot chocolate. (B,L,D) DAYS 17-18 IRINGA TO DAR ES SALAAM VIA MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK. Onwards to Mikumi National Park, where we’ll spend our evenings around the open fire. Then, we make tracks to Dar es Salaam. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAYS 19-22 DAR ES SALAAM TO ZANZIBAR. Step onto a high-speed ferry to Zanzibar and enjoy a blissful mix of bustling markets, sparkling ocean waters and palm-fringed beaches. (B) (B) (B) (B) DAYS 23-25 ZANZIBAR TO ARUSHA VIA DAR ES SALAAM AND MARANGU. Back to Dar for a night, then we head inland to Tanzania’s safari capital: Arusha. (B,D) (B,L,D)

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED)

TRIP CODE: ZOCIJN

++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Visit Kruger National Park Shangaan cultural evening Visit Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Victoria Falls) Maasai village walk Visit Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater ++ Visit South Luangwa National Park ++ Visit Matobo National Park

S TA R T 11

MORE INCLUSIONS 28 breakfasts (B), 20 lunches (L), 21 dinners (D) 24 nights in campsites & 4 nights in hotels Zanzibar ferry Fully equipped safari vehicle 2-person dome tents or twin-share accommodation ++ Camping & cooking equipment ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

START MEET AT 12PM IN CASABLANCA FINISH DEPART MARRAKECH AT ANY TIME ON FINAL DAY

DAYS 26-28 ARUSHA TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK AND NGORONGORO CRATER. Join the smaller 4x4 vehicles and set off on a game viewing excursion to the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAY 29 ARUSHA TO NAIROBI, KENYA. Crossing the border into Kenya, we say goodbye. East Africa, it’s been awesome! (B,L)

S TA R T

FINISH

23

AUG

20

SEP

FEB

6

SEP

4

OCT

JAN

8

25

JAN

22

FEB

20

SEP

18

OCT

8

FEB

8

MAR

4

OCT

1

NOV

22

FEB

22

MAR

18

OCT

15

NOV

8

MAR

5

APR

1

NOV

29

NOV

22

MAR

19

APR

15

NOV

13

DEC

5

APR

3

MAY

29

NOV

27

DEC

19

APR

17

MAY

13

DEC

10

JAN

3

MAY

31

MAY

27

DEC

24

JAN

17

MAY

14

JUN

31

MAY

28

JUN

10

JAN

7

14

JUN

12

JUL

24

JAN

21

FEB

28

JUN

26

JUL

7

FEB

7

MAR

2019 FEB

12

JUL

9

AUG

21

FEB

21

MAR

26

JUL

23

AUG

7

MAR

4

APR

9

AUG

6

SEP

21

MAR

18

APR

CAMPING TRIP PRICE OF $3275 + $1090 ADVENTURE PASS = $4365 ACCOMMODATED TRIP PRICE OF $4455 + $1090 ADVENTURE PASS = $5545

TOP OPTIONALS ++ Canoe safari ++ Whitewater rafting

FINISH 2018

Price based on Per Person twin-share tents

29 DAYS FROM

4365

$

USD PER PERSON All items listed in the Bucket List and More Inclusions are included within the total price of your trip. The total trip price is inclusive of the Adventure Pass which is compulsory for all trips (See p. 34). All other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

M RO Y F SD N A D U O R 51 S P E $1 P E R R PE


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46 D A Y | U LT I M AT E A F R I C A N A D V E N T U R E NAIROBI

JOHANNESBURG

118 MEALS

7

COUNTRIES

CLOCKWISE: NAIROBI, DAR ES SALAAM, SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, LAKE MALAWI

YOUR ROUTE

STOP & STAY

DAYS 10-12 KAMPALA TO JINJA. From whitewater rafting to fishing trips, you can get involved in optionals aplenty in Jinja. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAY STOP UGANDA Jinja Kampala Gorilla Trek

Maasai Mara

Eldoret Nairobi START

Serengeti NP Ngorongoro Crater

KENYA Mt Kilimanjaro Arusha Zanzibar Dar es Salaam TANZANIA

DAY 13 JINJA TO ELDORET, KENYA. Back to Eldoret, where we’ll set up camp for the evening. (B,L,D) DAYS 14-15 ELDORET TO NAIROBI. Hit the pavement and explore Nairobi’s endless markets, bars and unique café culture. (B,L) (B) DAYS 16-17 NAIROBI TO MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE. Keep your eyes peeled for Africa's Big Five (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard). (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

South Luangwa NP ZAMBIA Lusaka Livingstone ZIMBABWE

Lake Malawi MALAWI

DAY 18 MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE TO NAIROBI. Out of nature and into Nairobi, where we’ll spend the night. (B,L,D) DAY 19 NAIROBI TO ARUSHA, TANZANIA. Today we hit up Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’, Arusha. (B,L,D)

Victoria Falls

DAYS 20-22 ARUSHA TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK AND NGORONGORO CRATER. Animal spotting + a visit to Africa’s largest intact caldera = memories to last a lifetime. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

Matobo NP Tshipise Kruger NP

DAY 23 SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK AND NGORONGORO CRATER TO BAGAMOYO. Ten points if you can spot Mt Kilimanjaro on the way to Bagamoyo!

Johannesburg

SOUTH AFRICA

(B,L,D)

FINISH

DAY 1 NAIROBI TO LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK, KENYA. Say hello to East Africa’s wildlife on a game drive. (L,D)

DAYS 4-5 KAMPALA TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK. Prepare for cuteness overload. We’re off on a chimpanzee trek. (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAY 2 LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK TO ELDORET. Onwards to Eldoret, where you can sip a sundowner surrounded by waterfalls and streams. (B,L,D)

DAY 6-8 QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK TO LAKE BUNYONYI. Ready to have your heart stolen? A once-in-a-lifetime gorilla encounter awaits. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 ELDORET TO KAMPALA, UGANDA. Churchill called Uganda the ‘Pearl of Africa’. You’ll see why as you whizz past beautiful scenery today. (B,L,D)

DAY 9 LAKE BUNYONYI TO KAMPALA. Take the night to enjoy the hospitality of the local Ugandans. (B,L,D)

(B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAY 24 BAGAMOYO TO DAR ES SALAAM. Take in the balmy Indian Ocean breeze in the bustling seaport city of Dar es Salaam (B,L,D) DAYS 25-27 DAR ES SALAAM TO ZANZIBAR. Palmfringed beaches, romantic winding alleys and lush tropical forests. Yep, this is Zanzibar. (B) (B) (B) DAY 28 ZANZIBAR TO DAR ES SALAAM. Take one last splash in the turquoise water before ferrying back to Dar es Salaam. (B,D) DAY 29 DAR ES SALAAM TO MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK. Get back to nature around an open fire and keep an eye out for shooting stars. (B,L,D)


AFRICA

61

CLOCKWISE: GORILLA TREK, ZANZIBAR, KAMPALA

DAY 30 MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK TO IRINGA. Treat yourself to hot showers, chocolate brownies and maybe even a drop of Amarula at our farm stay. (B,L,D) DAYS 31-32 IRINGA TO LAKE MALAWI, MALAWI. Relax at the beach or hit the markets and test your bargaining skills. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAYS 33-34 LAKE MALAWI TO MALAWI BEACH. What’s it gonna be? Watersports, horse riding or lakeside lounging? (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAY 35 MALAWI BEACH TO CHIPATA, ZAMBIA. Onwards to Chipata today. (B,L,D) DAY 36 CHIPATA TO LUSAKA. Keep watch for zebras, ostriches, giraffes and antelopes! (B,L,D) DAYS 37-40 LUSAKA TO LIVINGSTONE. We made it to Victoria Falls! Cue all of the adrenalin-fuelled activities. (B,L) (B) (B) (B) DAYS 41-42 LIVINGSTONE TO MATOBO NATIONAL PARK, ZIMBABWE. Keep your fingers crossed on our wilderness walk - we might see some white rhinos! (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAY 43 MATOBO NATIONAL PARK TO TSHIPISE, SOUTH AFRICA. Today we cross the Limpopo River to Tshipise. (B,L,D) DAY 44 TSHIPISE TO GREATER KRUGER. Feel the rhythm as you’re treated to a performance of traditional Shangaan tribal dancing and singing. (B,L,D) DAY 45 GREATER KRUGER TO KRUGER NATIONAL PARK. Big Five, where you at? Get your binoculars at the ready! (B,L,D) DAY 46 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK TO JOHANNESBURG. Our unforgettable adventure comes to a close in Johannesburg. (B)

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED) ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++ ++

Visit Lake Nakuru National Park Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park Maasai village walk Visit Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Victoria Falls) Visit Kruger National Park Shangaan cultural evening Chimpanzee trekking (part of Gorilla permit payment) Mountain Gorilla trekking (part of Gorilla permit payment) Visit Maasai Mara National Reserve & village walk Visit Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater Visit Matobo National Park Visit Great Rift Valley

MORE INCLUSIONS 45 breakfasts (B), 37 lunches (L), 36 dinners (D) 42 nights in campsites & 3 nights in hotels Zanzibar ferry 2-person dome tents or twin-share accommodation ++ Camping & cooking equipment ++ Fully equipped safari vehicle ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver ++ ++ ++ ++

TOP OPTIONALS

TRIP CODE: ZOKIGJ S TA R T

FINISH 2018

S TA R T

FINISH

18

AUG

2

OCT

6

JAN

20

FEB

15

SEP

30

OCT

3

FEB

20

MAR

13

OCT

27

NOV

3

MAR

17

APR

10

NOV

25

DEC

31

MAR

15

MAY

8

DEC

22

JAN

28

APR

12

JUN

2019

26

MAY

10

JUL

5

JAN

19

FEB

23

JUN

7

AUG

2

FEB

19

MAR

21

JUL

4

SEP

2

MAR

16

APR

CAMPING TRIP PRICE OF $4945 + $1710 ADVENTURE PASS = $6655 + $750 GORILLA PERMIT ACCOMMODATED TRIP PRICE OF $6890 + $1710 ADVENTURE PASS = $8600 + $750 GORILLA PERMIT Price based on Per Person twin-share tents

46 DAYS FROM

6655

$

USD PER PERSON All items listed in the Bucket List and More Inclusions are included within the total price of your trip. The total trip price is inclusive of the Adventure Pass which is compulsory for all trips (See p. 34). All other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the endangered status of the gorillas, visitors are strictly limited and a permit must be purchased at the time of booking to ensure you get to see these gentle giants. Permit rates are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.

++ Horse riding ++ Gorge swinging START MEET AT 8AM IN NAIROBI FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN JOHANNESBURG

This is a precursor trip composed of several sectors. For more information please visit our website.

M RO Y F SD N A D U O R 45 S P E $1 P E R R PE


AFRICA

62

5 8 D A Y | U LT I M AT E A F R I C A N O V E R L A N D E R NAIROBI

CAPE TOWN

149 MEALS

8

COUNTRIES

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, VICTORIA FALLS, CAPE TOWN, NAMIB NAUKLUFT

YOUR ROUTE

STOP & STAY

DAY STOP

UGANDA Jinja Eldoret Nairobi

Kampala Gorilla Trek

Maasai Mara Serengeti NP Ngorongoro Crater

South Luangwa NP ZAMBIA Lusaka Livingstone Etosha NP NAMIBIA

Chobe NP Okavango Delta

Windhoek

DAYS 14-15 ELDORET TO NAIROBI. Nairobi’s got lots to keep you occupied today. (B,L) (B)

START

KENYA Mt Kilimanjaro Arusha Zanzibar Dar es Salaam TANZANIA

Lake Malawi MALAWI

Victoria Falls

Maun BOTSWANA

DAYS 16-17 NAIROBI TO MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE. Bucket list alert! Look out for the Big Five: elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, lions and leopards. (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAY 18 MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE TO NAIROBI. Goodbye Maasai Mara! *crying face* (B,L,D) DAY 19 NAIROBI TO ARUSHA, TANZANIA. Explore Arusha today. (B,L,D) DAYS 20-22 ARUSHA TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK AND NGORONGORO CRATER. Serengeti certainly lives up to its name as ‘the place where the land moves on forever'. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D) DAY 23 SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK AND NGORONGORO CRATER TO BAGAMOYO. Good weather = epic view of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro. (B,L,D) DAY 24 BAGAMOYO TO DAR ES SALAAM. Prepare for Zanzibar tomorrow. (B,L,D)

Swakopmund

DAYS 25-27 DAR ES SALAAM TO ZANZIBAR. Explore, sunbathe, snorkel. (B) (B) (B)

Namib Naukluft Fish River Canyon

DAY 28 ZANZIBAR TO DAR ES SALAAM. Catch the last rays of sun! (B,D)

Gariep (Orange) River

DAY 29 DAR ES SALAAM TO MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. (B,L,D)

Cape Town

DAY 30 MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK TO IRINGA. Get ready for one of the most scenic areas in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. (B,L,D)

FINISH

SOUTH AFRICA

DAYS 31-32 IRINGA TO LAKE MALAWI, MALAWI. Beautiful hiking ops await. (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAY 1 NAIROBI TO LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK, KENYA. Meet your travel mates and get ready for the ultimate African adventure. (L,D)

DAY 6-8 QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK TO LAKE BUNYONYI. We’re searching for gorillas. Get those cameras ready. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAY 2 LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK TO ELDORET. Cross the equator and get settled into camp. (B,L,D)

DAY 9 LAKE BUNYONYI TO KAMPALA. Kampala: great food, great vibes. (B,L,D)

DAYS 33-34 LAKE MALAWI TO MALAWI BEACH. Watersports, horse riding or chill time. You decide. (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAY 3 ELDORET TO KAMPALA, UGANDA. Let Uganda capture your heart. (B,L,D)

DAYS 10-12 KAMPALA TO JINJA. Try your hand at one of many adrenalin-fuelled activities. (B,L,D) (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAY 35 MALAWI BEACH TO CHIPATA. Onwards to Chipata for a night. (B,L,D)

DAYS 4-5 KAMPALA TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK. We’re gonna trek to see some chimpanzees. Eek!

DAY 13 JINJA TO ELDORET, KENYA. Share stories around the campfire tonight and catch some zzz’s. (B,L,D)

DAY 36 CHIPATA TO LUSAKA. We reach Zambia’s capital Lusaka today. (B,L,D)

(B,L,D) (B,L,D)

DAYS 37-40 LUSAKA TO LIVINGSTONE. Did someone say Victoria Falls? Yep, this place is incred. (B,L) (B) (B) (B)


AFRICA

63

CLOCKWISE: OKAVANGO DELTA, LAKE MALAWI, LUSAKA

DAY 41 LIVINGSTONE TO CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA. Keep your eyes peeled for elephants and hippos. (B,L,D) DAY 42 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK TO NATA. More animals today. Keep watch for elephants, buffaloes, zebras and giraffes. (B,L,D) DAY 43 NATA TO MAUN. Optional scenic flight anyone?

(B,L,D)

DAY 44 MAUN TO OKAVANGO DELTA. The Okavango is the perfect spot to get amongst nature. (B,L,D) DAY 45 OKAVANGO DELTA TO MAUN. Cultural activities? Check! (B,L,D) DAY 46 MAUN TO GHANZI. A guided bush walk and traditional dancing is on the cards today.(B,L) DAY 47 GHANZI TO WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA. Up for a night on the town? (B,L,D) DAYS 48-49 WINDHOEK TO ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK. Get ready for one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in Namibia. (B,L,D) DAY 50 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK TO SPITZKOPPE. See the Spitzkoppe Bushman Paintings today. (B,L,D) DAYS 51-52 SPITZKOPPE TO SWAKOPMUND. Quad biking, sand boarding or skydiving anyone? (B) (B) DAY 53 SWAKOPMUND TO SOLITAIRE. Cross the Tropic of Capricorn today. (B,L,D) DAY 54 SOLITAIRE TO SESRIEM AREA. Check out one of the most photographed sand dunes in the world. (B,L,D) DAY 55 SESRIEM AREA TO FISH RIVER CANYON. Experience the world's second largest canyon for a dose of wow. (B,L,D) DAY 56 FISH RIVER CANYON TO GARIEP (ORANGE) RIVER, SOUTH AFRICA. Swim, relax and unwind. Or head out on a canoe. (B,L,D) DAY 57 GARIEP (ORANGE) RIVER TO WESTERN CAPE CITRUS AREA. Get your clink on and taste some local wine. (B,L,D) DAY 58 WESTERN CAPE CITRUS AREA TO CAPE TOWN. What a trip! Say goodbye to your travel buddies today. Too early for round two? (B)

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED) ++ See Sossusvlei & Dune 45 ++ Visit the Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater ++ See the Spitzkoppe Bushman paintings ++ Visit Etosha National Park ++ Kalahari Bushman walk ++ Okavango Delta excursion - mokoro/walking safari ++ Visit Chobe National Park ++ Visit Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Victoria Falls) ++ Chimpanzee trekking (part of Gorilla permit payment) ++ Mountain Gorilla trekking (part of Gorilla permit payment) ++ Visit Maasai Mara National Reserve

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ 57 breakfasts (B), 47 lunches (L), 45 dinners (D) ++ 52 nights in campsites, 2 nights hostels & 3 nights hotels ++ Zanzibar ferry ++ Fully equipped safari vehicle ++ 2-person dome tents or twin-share accommodation ++ Camping & cooking equipment ++ Awesome Trip Leader + Driver

TOP OPTIONALS

TRIP CODE: ZOKCGC S TA R T

FINISH 2018

6

JAN

4

MAR

S TA R T

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18

AUG

14

OCT

15

SEP

11

NOV DEC

3

FEB

1

APR

13

OCT

9

3

MAR

29

APR

10

NOV

6

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31

MAR

27

MAY

8

DEC

3

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2019

28

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24

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26

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22

JUL

5

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3

MAR

23

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19

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2

FEB

31

MAR

21

JUL

16

SEP

2

MAR

28

APR

CAMPING TRIP PRICE OF $5820 + $2050 ADVENTURE PASS = $7870 + $750 GORILLA PERMIT ACCOMMODATED TRIP PRICE OF $8985 + $2050 ADVENTURE PASS = $11035 + $750 GORILLA PERMIT Price based on Per Person twin-share tents

58 DAYS FROM

7870

$

USD PER PERSON All items listed in the Bucket List and More Inclusions are included within the total price of your trip. The total trip price is inclusive of the Adventure Pass which is compulsory for all trips (See p. 34). All other activities mentioned are optional (and so may cost extra) but too awesome to miss out.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the endangered status of the gorillas, visitors are strictly limited and a permit must be purchased at the time of booking to ensure you get to see these gentle giants. Permit rates are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.

++ Snorkelling day trip ++ Sand boarding START MEET AT 8AM IN NAIROBI FINISH APPROXIMATELY 6PM IN CAPE TOWN

M RO Y F SD N A D U O R 36 S P E $1 P E R R PE


64 SHORT BREAKS

SHORT BREAKS

Sometimes you just need a bit of space to breathe and reboot. We totally get it. Which is why these nifty little breaks offer the independent traveller the perfect amount of time to experience some of the world's most iconic destinations. Please note: the included excursions are not exclusive to Topdeck, so you can expect to meet all sorts of travellers from far and wide.

D U B A I S H O RT B R E A K

A B U D H A B I S H O RT B R E A K TRIP CODE: MSAD3D/MSAD4D

TRIP CODE: MSDB3D/MSDB4D

If you’re looking for mundane, look elsewhere. Glittery, oil-fuelled and larger than life, Dubai is a living testament to the fact that money can buy almost anything. Futuristic skyscrapers meet traditional markets and shopping destinations tailor-made for a short stint of retail therapy.

Abu Dhabi doesn’t do things by halves. From a slick skyline with

3 DAY STOPOVER

3 DAY STOPOVER

towering skyscrapers to flawless beaches and as many theme park thrills and spills as you can handle, if this place doesn’t grab your attention, nowhere will.

INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS

++ ++ ++ ++

++ ++ ++ ++

2 nights in a 3-star hotel 2 breakfasts (B) + 1 BBQ dinner in the desert (D) 4x4 desert safari Meet & greet service + return airport transfers

T WIN/DOUBLE FROM

269

$

USD per person

SINGLE FROM

$

499

USD per person

4 DAY STOPOVER

2 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D) 2 nights in hotel accommodation BBQ dinner in the desert 4x4 desert safari

T WIN/DOUBLE FROM

219

$

USD per person

INCLUSIONS

++ ++ ++ ++ ++

++ ++ ++ ++

3 nights in a 3-star hotel 3 breakfasts (B) + 1 BBQ dinner in the desert (D) 4x4 desert safari Half day city tour of Dubai Meet & greet service + return airport transfers

T WIN/DOUBLE FROM

389

USD per person

PLEASE NOTE:

429

USD per person

4 DAY STOPOVER

INCLUSIONS

$

SINGLE FROM

$

SINGLE FROM

$

689

USD per person

3 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D) 3 nights in hotel accommodation BBQ dinner in the desert 4x4 desert safari

T WIN/DOUBLE FROM

289

$

USD per person

SINGLE FROM

509

$

USD per person

H I G H E R R AT E S A P P LY T H R O U G H O U T T H E Y E A R I N D U B A I . P L E A S E C H E C K R AT E S B A S E D O N Y O U R A R R I VA L D AT E .

SINGAPORE CIT Y BREAK

B A N G KO K C I T Y B R E A K

This short stopover trip in Singapore has something for everyone. Epic skyscrapers and bustling streets are calling out to be explored. Wander down lantern lined alleys and then stuff yourself with famous dishes like Or Luak and Char Kway Teow at Chinatown Food Street. Yum! V I S I T W W W.T O P D E C K .T R AV E L F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N .

This Bangkok stopover is all about eccentric city vibes and tuk tuk filled streets. Whether you're here for the culture or the delicious street food, you're sure to find plenty to keep you occupied in this incredible city. V I S I T W W W.T O P D E C K .T R AV E L F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N .


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4 DAY

JOHANNESBURG CITY BREAK

JOHANNESBURG CITY BREAK

TRIP CODE: ZOCSJN

TRIP CODE: ZOCSJN

Tick off all the sights, delve into history or sink your teeth into top notch restaurants. This incredible city is yours to explore.

Get down with the Jo’burg buzz. Whether you’re a history buff, foodie or you’re here for the art, this city’s got plenty to keep you occupied.

SHORT BREAKS

3 DAY

INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS

++ 2 breakfasts (B) ++ 2 nights in a hostel ++ Choice between: Johannesburg Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour or The Cradle of Humankind Tour ++ Arrival airport transfer

++ 3 breakfasts (B) ++ 3 nights in a hostel ++ Johannesburg Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour or The Cradle of Humankind Tour ++ Arrival airport transfer

DORM FROM

280

$

TWIN/DOUBLE FROM

USD per person

230

$

USD per person

SINGLE FROM

350

$

USD per person

430

USD per person

655

NAIROBI CIT Y BREAK

CAPE TOWN CIT Y BREAK

TRIP CODE: ZOCSNR

TRIP CODE: ZOCSCT

T WIN FROM USD per person

USD per person

Home to the soaring Table Mountain, flawless beaches and vineyards galore, it's easy to see why everyone falls in love with stunning Cape Town. INCLUSIONS

2 breakfasts (B) 2 nights in a hotel Nairobi day tour Return airport transfers

340

USD per person

SINGLE FROM

$

4 DAY

INCLUSIONS

$

555

TWIN/DOUBLE FROM

$

3 DAY

Start (or end) your epic adventure in cosmopolitan Nairobi. Think: vibrant culture, unique markets and incredible capital city vibes.

++ ++ ++ ++

DORM FROM

$

++ ++ ++ ++ SINGLE FROM

$

550

USD per person

1 lunch (L) 3 nights in a hostel Cape Peninsula Tour Arrival airport transfer

DORM FROM

280

$

USD per person

TWIN/DOUBLE FROM

330

$

USD per person

SINGLE FROM

395

$

USD per person


66 STAY & PLAY

STAY & PLAY PRE & POST ACCOMMODATION. ARRIVE EARLY. STAY LATE.

T E L AV I V

ALEXANDRIA D AY T R I P

ON THE BUCKET LIST (INCLUDED) ++ Visit the Roman catacombs ++ See Pompey's Pillar ++ Visit Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ ++ ++ ++

Restaurant lunch Entrance fees to all Bucket List inclusions Return transport from Cairo English-speaking Trip Leader

CAIRO

SEA NET HOTEL - 3

SINGLE FROM

215

$

AMARANTE PYRAMIDS - 4

T WIN/DOUBLE FROM

USD Per Person

$

130

USD Per Person

ABRAHAM HOSTEL

SINGLE FROM

180

$

T WIN/DOUBLE FROM

USD Per Person

$

DORM FROM

50

$

95

USD Per Person

45 $ 30

T WIN/DOUBLE FROM

USD Per Person

$

35

USD Per Person

USD Per Person

CASABL ANCA

AL ANDALOUS HOTEL - 3

USD Per Person

USD Per Person

PHARAOHS HOTEL - 3

TRIPLE FROM

SINGLE FROM

55

USD Per Person

MARRAKECH

80

$

TRIPLE FROM

$

USD Per Person

NOTE: TRIP SHOULD BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE THROUGH THE TOPDECK OFFICE, HOWEVER PAYMENT WILL BE MADE LOCALLY ON ARRIVAL. PRICE DEPENDS ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF TRAVELLERS.

$

T WIN/DOUBLE FROM

SINGLE FROM

4 people: $90 pp 5 people: $80 pp

OURIKA HALF D AY T R I P

65 $ 45 $

USD Per Person

APPROXIMATE COSTS ( U S D ) 1 person: $160 pp 2 people: $125 pp 3 people: $100 pp

SINGLE FROM

T WIN/DOUBLE FROM

$

45

USD Per Person

ON THE BUCKET LIST ( I N C L U D E D ) ++ Visit the Berber village of Ourika ++ See the Setti Fadma Waterfalls

MORE INCLUSIONS ++ Return transport from Marrakech ++ English-speaking Trip Leader

AMMAN

APPROXIMATE COSTS 1 pax: MAD 1100pp 2 pax: MAD 750pp 3 pax: MAD 675pp

4 pax: MAD 600pp 5 pax: MAD 525pp 6 pax: MAD 450pp

NOTE: TRIP SHOULD BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE THROUGH THE TOPDECK OFFICE, HOWEVER PAYMENT WILL BE MADE LOCALLY ON ARRIVAL. PRICE DEPENDS ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF TRAVELLERS.

SINGLE FROM

75

$

USD Per Person

T WIN/DOUBLE FROM

$

45

USD Per Person

SINGLE FROM

105

$

USD Per Person

T WIN/DOUBLE FROM

$

70

USD Per Person


LIVINGSTONE

CAPE TOWN

JANUARY - JUNE

TENT T WIN/DOUBLE FROM

24 $ 96 $

USD Per Person

T WIN/DOUBLE FROM

JOHANNESBURG

TENT SINGLE FROM

36 $ 144 $

USD Per Person

SINGLE FROM

USD Per Person

USD Per Person

AIRPORT TRANSFERS FROM $19 PER PERSON

JULY - DECEMBER

TENT T WIN/DOUBLE FROM

27

$

USD Per Person

T WIN/DOUBLE FROM

120

$

USD Per Person

TENT SINGLE FROM

$

41

USD Per Person

SINGLE FROM

$

180

USD Per Person

AIRPORT TRANSFERS FROM $19 PER PERSON

DORM SHARE FROM

33 $ 64 $

USD Per Person

SINGLE FROM

T WIN/DOUBLE FROM

47

$

USD Per Person

44 $ 71 $

USD Per Person

K A M PA L A

DORM SHARE FROM

16 $ 38 $

USD Per Person

SINGLE FROM

26

$

44

USD Per Person

USD Per Person

V I C T O R I A FA L L S

T WIN/DOUBLE FROM

$

USD Per Person

T WIN/DOUBLE FROM

SINGLE FROM

AIRPORT TRANSFERS FROM $26 PER PERSON

DAR ES SALAAM

DORM SHARE FROM

USD Per Person

T WIN/DOUBLE FROM

29

$

USD Per Person

SINGLE FROM

$

43

USD Per Person

AIRPORT TRANSFERS FROM $20 PER PERSON

USD Per Person

AIRPORT TRANSFERS FROM $85 PER PERSON

NAIROBI

T WIN/DOUBLE FROM

48

$

USD Per Person

SINGLE FROM

$

73

USD Per Person

AIRPORT TRANSFERS FROM $50 PER PERSON

T WIN/DOUBLE FROM

$

64

USD Per Person

DURBAN

SINGLE FROM

92

$

USD Per Person

AIRPORT TRANSFERS FROM $22 PER PERSON

T WIN/DOUBLE FROM

51

$

USD Per Person

SINGLE FROM

$

92

USD Per Person

AIRPORT TRANSFERS FROM $46 PER PERSON

STAY & PLAY

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BOOKING CONDITIONS

Top Deck Tours Ltd, company number 04905253, 109 Power Road, London, W4 5PY, UK

Locally Operated Trips

The following trips are operated by the corresponding local operator as principal: Jordan Adventure, Jordan & Israel: Al Thuraya Travel and Tours, Amman, Jordan Tales of Israel: Abraham Tours, Jerusalem, Israel Essential Egypt, Egypt Express, Nile Discovery, Dahab Dreams: Topdeck Egypt, Cairo, Egypt Moroccan Explorer, Sahara Adventure, Rockin’ Moroccan: Mountain Safari Tours, Marrakech, Morocco Dubai Stopover, Abu Dhabi Stopover: ComfiTrav Tours, Dubai, United Arab Emirates All African Trips: Acacia Adventure Holidays, London, United Kingdom

Discounts

Early Bird

Book and pay in full by 15/03/2018

7.5% off with promo code MEA18EB7.5%. Valid for trips departing 01 January 2018 to 30 April 2019.

Friends

4-6 together

5% off

7-9 together

7.5% off

10+ together

10% off

All passengers must be booked on the same trip/departure, prior to the departure date of the trip to qualify. Multi-trip

2 trip multi

5% off cheapest trip

3 trip multi

7.5% off cheapest and 5% off second cheapest

4+ multi

10% off cheapest, 7.5% off second cheapest and 5% off third and additional trips

All passengers must be booked prior to the departure date of the first trip to qualify for discount. Discount applies to additional trips booked & is applied to the trip with the lowest trip value. Past passenger

5% off - we will need to be able to verify that you have previously been on one of our trips.

All discounts apply to the trip price only and do not apply to any flights, visitor taxes, short breaks, stopovers, gap year trips, pre & post accommodation or transfers. Only two applicable and valid discounts can be combined to a maximum discount of 15% off the trip price. Deposit

$100 per person, payable at the time of booking, for all stop overs and short breaks. $200 per person, payable at the time of booking, for all other trips.

Rolling Deposit

If you cancel your trip more than six weeks before the departure date you may request in writing at the time of cancellation that we provide you with a rolling deposit voucher for use against a future trip. The value and currency of the rolling deposit will be the value and currency of the original deposit paid. The rolling deposit cannot be redeemed by re-booking the same trip for the same departure date originally booked. The voucher must be redeemed within two years from the date of first cancellation. The rolling deposit can be transferred to a friend but cannot be transferred a second time. The passenger must be between 18 to 39 years old to travel. Only one voucher per person per trip is permitted. If redeeming against a trip with a higher deposit the balance will be payable at the time of booking. Rolling deposits cannot be redeemed or refunded for cash. If you cancel your trip within six weeks or less of the departure date you will forfeit your deposit and you will need to pay our applicable cancellation fee. Rolling deposit vouchers are not available for cancellations within six weeks of the departure date.

Change and Cancellation Fees

Days before departure

Change and Cancellation Fee (% of trip price)

Pre/post accommodation

Transfers

Over 42

Nil (changes)

Nil

Nil

Deposit (cancellations) 42-29

40%

40%

Nil

28-14

60%

60%

Nil

13-7

80%

100%

100%

6-3

90%

100%

100%

2-0

100%

100%

100%

Flight Change and Cancellation Fee

Any airline charges + fare & tax difference (which could be up to the full value of the ticket)

Governing law and jurisdiction

These booking conditions are governed by the laws of England. Any dispute in relation to these booking conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.

Brochure Validity Date

Prices quoted in our brochures are calculated on costs and exchange rates at 1 October 2017

Your contract will be with the operator specified above and will be subject to that operator's terms and conditions, in addition to the booking conditions set out below. For any Locally Operated Trip, the operator will be identified on your itinerary or travel documents and their respective terms and conditions will be available directly on their websites or by contacting them. Should we book a flight on your behalf it will be subject to the conditions of the respective airline, including but not limited to deposit/full payment and cancellation terms. Please read these booking conditions carefully. You must not make any booking unless you understand and agree with these booking conditions. Our trips are designed strictly for young people between the ages of 18 to 39 years. Bookings can be made through your local travel agent or directly with Topdeck and must be secured with a deposit of the amount shown above. A contract between you and us (or between you and the relevant operator of a Locally Operated Trip) will exist as soon as (i); we issue an invoice in response to your request for a booking and (ii); your deposit is paid to us or your travel agent. If your booking is made through a travel agent, we will address all correspondence to that agent. PRICE & PAYMENT The deposit is non-refundable unless we cancel your trip. The balance of your trip must be paid no later than 42 days prior to your trip departure date. If you do not pay within this period we may cancel your booking and your deposit will be forfeited. Full payment is required if you make a booking within 42 days of the departure date. If your booking is a special offer we may require full payment (including any pre and post accommodation and sundry service charges) by such earlier time as specified in the offer. Prices quoted in our brochures are calculated on costs and exchange rates as at the Brochure Validity Date. These prices may increase or decrease. We may alter prices and other particulars contained in our brochures and on our website at any time. Before you make a booking we will provide you with details of the current price of your chosen trip. Offered discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. TRAVEL DOCUMENTS Please ensure you carefully read your invoice, tickets and all other documents we send to you as soon as you receive them and contact us or your travel agent immediately if any information appears to be incorrect. We will not accept any liability if you fail to notify us of any inaccuracy in any document within 14 days of us sending them to you or the travel agent. You are responsible for ensuring that you have the correct and valid travel documents including passports, visas and vaccination certificates. We strongly recommend that you verify current documentation requirements with your travel agent or us. Please note requirements change and you must check with your consulate for the most up to date information, including but not limited to visa requirements for the countries visited on your trip. Passports must have an expiry date of at least six months after completion of the trip. IF YOU CHANGE OR CANCEL YOUR BOOKING If you want to change or cancel any aspect of your booking including but not limited to a change to a trip of shorter duration or different departure date you must notify us in writing. We will do our best to accommodate your requested change but it may not always be possible. We will not charge a fee for changes requested more than 42 days before departure except where we incur a cost from a supplier, in which case we will advise you of the relevant fee. All change/cancellation fees must be paid within seven days of the invoice date or on the date of departure, whichever is the sooner. If you are prevented from traveling as a result of illness, death of an immediate family member, jury service, or other reason beyond your control which we consider significant, we may agree to your booking being transferred to another person who satisfies all the conditions applicable to the trip, subject to you and the other person accepting liability for full payment of the trip cost and any additional costs arising from the transfer and provided that you give us not less than 21 days' written notice of the proposed transfer. CANCELLATION OR MODIFICATION BY US Every effort will be made to operate all trips as advertised but it must be remembered that our trips are planned up to eighteen months in advance. We may therefore, at our discretion, modify or cancel any trip, accommodation or arrangement at any time. We will notify you as soon as possible of any changes and they will form part of our contract with you. In the case of any material modification or cancellation, we will, if possible, provide you with three alternatives: (1) a trip of an equivalent or closely similar standard and price, if available; or (2) a trip of a lower standard together with a refund of the difference in price; or (3) cancellation with a full refund of all monies paid. A material modification is one that has a serious impact on your trip and includes a change of departure date, departure point or airport, or change of departure time of more than twelve hours, which would cause substantial inconvenience to you. A change of accommodation, or transport method/style is not a material modification. We may alter or substitute the type or size of vehicle, or method/style of transport mentioned in the brochure, depending on the number of passengers carried, which can vary from trip to trip. Normally the maximum group size is between 36 and 48 passengers. In certain countries there are strict laws governing drivers' hours and this may necessitate utilising public transport in some cities. Topdeck may require a minimum number of participants for certain trips. In the event that insufficient bookings have been made as at 42 days prior to departure, we may cancel the scheduled trip, whereupon all money paid by you for your Topdeck trip will be refunded and no further compensation will be paid. In such circumstances, you agree to release Topdeck from any further obligations which would have been enforceable had the trip not been cancelled.

compensation where there has been a total failure of consideration for your payment. Topdeck will not be liable where any failure in the performance or provision of your trip is due to: (a) your acts or omissions or the acts or omissions of another member in your group (b) any third party not connected with the provision of your travel arrangements (c) unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised or (d) an event which we or a travel service provider, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall (including but not limited to Force Majeure and unavoidable technical problems with transport and similar events). Our liability will in all cases be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to any applicable international conventions, including but not limited to the Geneva Convention in respect of carriage by road, the Montreal Convention in respect of travel by air, the Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea, the Berne Convention in respect of travel by rail and the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of accommodation which set time limits for notifications/claims and limit the amount of compensation that can be claimed for death, injury, delay to passengers/guests and loss, damage and delay to luggage. We will not be responsible for any loss or damage sustained by you as a result of a contravention of any law or regulation of any of the countries visited while on the trip. OUR LIABILITY TO YOU FOR LOCALLY OPERATED TRIPS If your trip is a Locally Operated Trip as listed above our obligation to you is to (and you expressly authorise us to) make trip bookings on your behalf with reasonable skill and care and to arrange a contract between you and the relevant operator. We exercise care in the selection of reputable local operators but we have no control over, or liability for, the services provided by third parties. All bookings are made on your behalf subject to the terms and conditions, including conditions of carriage and limitations of liability, imposed by the local operator (available on request). Your legal rights in connection with such trips are against the local operator and are not against us, except to the extent a problem is caused by fault on our part. SEATBELTS You must wear a seatbelt at all times whilst you are in any vehicle. Neither Topdeck nor any local operator will be liable for any injury, death or claim howsoever arising from any accident if you have failed to comply with this requirement. FLEXIBILITY DURING TRIP Your booking is accepted on the condition that you understand, and take responsibility for, the risks inherent in adventure travel. Every effort will be made to operate all trips featured in this brochure but there may be a necessity to vary the itinerary from that stated in the brochure, and delays may occur for a variety of reasons beyond our control. The need for a flexible attitude to this type of travel is important. All decisions relating to a trip itinerary will be taken by the Trip Leader, as appointed by us in the interest of the group as a whole. Please note that due to public holidays some sights or activities may not be available on a particular trip. No refund will be made for services made available by Topdeck but which for whatever reason are not used by you once the trip has departed. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES AND EXCURSIONS Topdeck and its employees, agents and contractors make no representation or warranty in relation to implied or explicit suggestions or recommendations of services, activities and events not highlighted as included in a trip. You are responsible for all risks associated with the transportation to/from, and your participation in, or visitation to, any place, activity or excursion not listed as an inclusion. During your trip you will be offered the chance to purchase various optional excursions and activities. Topdeck does not own, operate or control any of the companies or individuals which provide the optional activities or excursions. Some of the optional activities and excursions, such as canyoning, are inherently dangerous and risky. If you want to take part in such optional activities or excursions you must be fit enough to do so and must follow all reasonable instructions. The standards of health and safety which will be adopted by the company or the individual providing the optional activity or excursion will be those of the country where the optional activity or excursion takes place. Please note that these standards may not be the same as you would find in your home country. If you wish to book any optional excursion or activity, you may do so subject to the operator’s terms and conditions. Your contract will be with the operator of the activity or excursion and will be governed by local law. Topdeck acts only as their agent. Topdeck’s Trip Leader will have further details and additional information can be found on our website. Topdeck accepts no liability for any act or omission of any operator or operator’s employees, agents or sub-contractors.

passengers, or you become a hazard to yourself or other passengers. We will not be responsible for expenses resulting in you being precluded from completing the trip for any reason, nor will we refund you any part of your trip cost. In all cases we will notify you of the reasons why we have taken this action. We will have no obligation to arrange for your return to the point of the trip departure if your condition manifests itself after the trip departure. Further, if the trip involves travel by air, the captain of your aircraft can refuse to allow you to fly on the aircraft if he believes that you could be dangerous or disruptive to other passengers on the flight. You indemnify us against all third-party actions taken against us for loss or damage caused by you or arising from your participation on the trip. INSURANCE & CLAIMS You must take out comprehensive travel insurance before you travel on your trip. Your insurance protection must include cover for cancellation, medical and repatriation expenses, personal injury and accident, death, and loss of personal baggage and money and personal liability insurance. Evidence of such insurances must be produced to Topdeck on request and normally on day one of your trip. Insurance cover offered by credit card companies or reciprocal medical cover agreements are often not comprehensive. If you make a claim against Topdeck you agree to assign to us or our insurers any rights to take action against any third party supplier/tour operator or any other person or party that may have been wholly or partly responsible for the claim or who Topdeck reasonably considers should be a party to the action. You must co-operate fully with Topdeck should Topdeck or its insurers wish to enforce those rights which have been assigned to Topdeck. If you make a claim against us which is covered by your insurance policy, you agree to pursue the claim through your insurer either in addition to, or in substitution for, your claim against us (if any). We agree to indemnify you in respect of reasonable expenses incurred in successfully pursuing such a claim and acknowledge that any settlement made by the insurer shall not prejudice your rights against us. COMPLAINTS In the event of any dissatisfaction with the accommodation or any other service provided by Topdeck, you must report it immediately to the Trip Leader so that action can be taken to remedy the problem. Failure to immediately notify the Trip Leader of any problem may result in your claim for compensation from us being denied or reduced. Any complaint made to Topdeck following the conclusion of the trip should be made in writing within 28 days of completion of the trip. In the event that you do not notify us in writing within 28 days, Topdeck’s ability to investigate the complaint may be prejudiced. In the UK, we can also offer you ABTA’s scheme for the resolution of disputes which is approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. If we can’t resolve your complaint, go to www. abta.com to use ABTA’s simple procedure. Further information on the Code and ABTA’s assistance in resolving disputes can be found on www.abta.com. DATA PROTECTION We are committed to protecting your personal information and agree to process your personal information in accordance with our Privacy Notice, which is available online at www.topdeck.travel/privacy. In order to make your booking and ensure that your travel arrangements run smoothly, we need to use the information you provide and pass it on to other relevant suppliers who are responsible for parts of your travel arrangements. In many cases this will include transferring your data to overseas recipients (including to recipients outside of the European Union). In making this booking, your consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons is deemed to be given unless you object and advise Topdeck of your objection at the time of booking. The information may also be provided to public authorities such as customs or immigration if required by them, or as required by law. This consent applies to any sensitive information that you give to us such as details of any disabilities or dietary/religious requirements. SMOKING Topdeck enforces a non-smoking policy on our coaches (although we make frequent stops for breaks) and in most of our accommodation. LUGGAGE There are strict weight limits for coaches when fully loaded. You are only entitled to have one piece of main luggage of standard size (see the pre-departure information or our website for size limits) and not weighing more than 20kg (or 15kg for Outback trips). In addition you may bring a sleeping bag, as required on specific trips, and a daypack. PUBLISHING CONSENT You acknowledge and agree that future Topdeck advertising and publicity material may include statements made by passengers, or their photographs, and you consent to such use of your comments or photographic/video likeness.

EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY – FORCE MAJEURE

WI-FI

We do not accept liability for any loss, damage or expense resulting from war or terrorist activities threatened or actual, civil unrest, industrial action threatened or actual, weather conditions, fire, flood, drought, closures, unforeseen alterations to public transport schedules, rescheduling of aircraft or boats, epidemic or outbreaks of illness or any other event outside our control which either delays or extends or reduces the trip, or compels a change in the trip arrangements after departure (“Force Majeure”).

Topdeck will endeavor to deliver Wi-Fi connection as stated on relevant trips to the best of its ability. This service is subject to availability and may not be available on some peak season departures or in the event of technical issues.

DIETARY, HEALTH AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENT You must clearly state all your dietary requirements at the time of booking. We cannot guarantee that special dietary requirements can be met and we cannot take responsibility for any such requirements not being fulfilled. If you have a medical condition or require special arrangements that may affect your trip, we ask that you inform us in writing at the time of booking. If we cannot reasonably accommodate your particular needs we may decline the booking or ask for you to be accompanied by a person who is able to provide full assistance to you throughout your trip.

OUR LIABILITY TO YOU FOR TOPDECK OPERATED TRIPS

YOUR LIABILITY TO US

Save where the provisions of Force Majeure apply, if the trip does not materially comply with the description in the brochure, Topdeck may compensate you to a maximum value equal to the price of the trip. Topdeck will only be liable to pay the maximum amount of

You will not be permitted to embark or continue on the trip if your mental or physical condition is, in the reasonable opinion of any representative of Topdeck, such as to render you incapable of caring for yourself, or where you become objectionable to other

TERMS & CONDITIONS

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Topdeck's Details


7 DAY ROCKIN' MOROCCAN

70

CASABLANCA

MAPS MIDDLE EAST

8 DAY TALES OF ISRAEL

MARRAKECH 

P.18

TEL AVIV

8 DAY ESSENTIAL EGYPT

TEL AVIV 

P.20

Acre

CAIRO

CAIRO  Cairo

Sea of Galilee

START/FINISH

EGYPT

1 1

Haifa

1 Nazareth

1 Chefchaouen Rabat Casablanca START

& AFRICA

2 Fes

ISRAEL

Volubilis

1

Tel Aviv

START/FINISH

Marrakech MOROCCO

P.22

Overnight coach

1

1 Overnight coach 1

Luxor

2 2

2

2 Aswan

FINISH

MIDDLE EAST

Dead Sea

Bethlehem

8 DAY NILE DISCOVERY CAIRO

2

Jerusalem

AFRICA

8 DAY JORDAN ADVENTURE

CAIRO 

P.24

AMMAN

Abu Simbel

9 DAY EGYPT EXPRESS

AMMAN 

P.25

CAIRO

10 DAY SAHARA ADVENTURE

CAIRO 

P.26

MARRACKECH

MARRACKECH 

Cairo

Cairo

START/FINISH

START/FINISH

Ajloun Castle Jerash

EGYPT

1 1

EGYPT

1 1

JORDAN Amman

2 1

START/FINISH

Marrakech

START/FINISH

Madaba Overnight coach

1

MOROCCO

Mt Nebo

Overnight coach

1

Dead Sea

Overnight coach

Karak

1

1 2

2

Essaouira

1

Ait Ben Haddou

Overnight coach

Agadir

Taroudant

Luxor Edfu

Felucca Sailing

2 Petra

Kom Ombo

Aqaba 1

Abu Simbel

P.28

FINISH

Meknes

START/FINISH

MOROCCO

2 1

1

1

Todra

Jerusalem

2 Bethlehem

1 Errachidia

Dead Sea

1

7 DAY AFRICAN INSIGHT

1

P.38

DAR ES SALAAM

Victoria Falls

Livingstone

1 1

JORDAN

Serengeti NP

Matobo NP

Tshipise Kruger NP

SOUTH AFRICA START/FINISH

JOHANNESBURG

START

DURBAN 

START/FINISH

P.37

Kruger NP

Kampala

Madaba Mt Nebo

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Queen Elizabeth NP

Karak

SWAZILAND

Johannesburg START

St Lucia

SOUTH AFRICA

Durban

Gorilla Trek

FINISH

1 Wadi Rum

12 DAY COAST, LESOTHO & CAPE TOWN

NAIROBI 

P.40

DURBAN

CAPE TOWN 

13 DAY KENYA & TANZANIA ADVENTURE P.42

NAIROBI

DAR ES SALAAM 

Ngorongoro Crater

TANZANIA

P.43

Maasai Mara

KENYA

Nairobi

ZIMBABWE

Johannesburg

P.36

UGANDA

Amman

11 DAY HIGHLIGHTS OF TANZANIA

LIVINGSTONE 

ZAMBIA

KAMPALA 

Desert Camp

Aqaba

JOHANNESBURG

KAMPALA

2 Petra

Merzouga

Ait Ben Haddou

P.30

7 DAY KRUGER, SWAZI & BEACH

Ajloun Castle Jerash

Ifrane

Dades Gorge

6 DAY TROOP TO THE GORILLAS

TEL AVIV 

Tel Aviv

2

Midelt

Marrakech

AMMAN

ISRAEL

Fes

1

1 Aswan

1 Wadi Rum

10 DAY JORDAN & ISRAEL

MARRACKECH 

Casablanca

1 Sahara Desert Camp

Abu Simbel

10 DAY MOROCCAN EXPLORER

Volubilis

1 Tamnougalt

1

Tamalakoute

2

Kom Ombo

Aswan

Rabat

1

1

Luxor

Nile Cruise Ship

MARRACKECH

P.27

KENYA

Nairobi

FINISH

START

Mt Kilimanjaro Arusha

Zanzibar Dar es Salaam

Serengeti NP

Drakensburg

SOUTH AFRICA Cape Town FINISH

Oudtshoorn

START

Hermanus

LESOTHO

Durban START

Malealea Underberg Area Mountain Zebra NP Addo Elephant NP Knysna

Ngorongoro Crater

TANZANIA

Arusha Zanzibar Dar es Salaam FINISH


14 DAY GORILLA ENCOUNTER NAIROBI

14 DAY MOZAMBIQUE & ZIMBABWE EXPLORER

NAIROBI 

LIVINGSTONE

P.44

JOHANNESBURG 

19 DAY DESERT TRACKER P.46

CAPE TOWN

19 DAY SOUTH WEST SAFARI

LIVINGSTONE

P.48

LIVINGSTONE

CAPE TOWN 

P.49

FINISH

Livingstone

START

ZAMBIA

Livingstone

ZAMBIA

START/FINISH

Hwange NP

UGANDA Queen Elizabeth NP

Jinja

Kampala

Lake Nakuru NP Nairobi

KENYA

Etosha NP

Chobe NP

NAMIBIA

Maun

BOTSWANA

Windhoek

Vilanculos

Swakopmund

Namib Naukluft NP

Namib Naukluft NP

Fish River Canyon

Xai-Xai

Fish River Canyon

Gariep (Orange) River

Johannesburg SOUTH AFRICA

Gariep (Orange) River

Cape Town

Cape Town

SOUTH AFRICA

SOUTH AFRICA

START

19 DAY KRUGER TO CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG

FINISH

21 DAY EAST AFRICAN EXPLORER

CAPE TOWN 

P.50

LIVINGSTONE

BOTSWANA

Windhoek

Swakopmund

Inhambane

Victoria Falls

NAMIBIA

Maun

Bandula

Kruger NP

START/FINISH

Gorilla Trek

MOZAMBIQUE

Bulawayo Matobo NP Masvingo

Eldoret

Chobe NP Okavango Delta

Victoria Falls

Okavango Delta

Etosha NP

ZIMBABWE Victoria Falls

22 DAY ZANZIBAR, VIC FALLS & KRUGER

NAIROBI

P.52

DAR ES SALAAM

JOHANNESBURG

P.53

Zanzibar Dar es Salaam TANZANIA

KENYA Nairobi FINISH

Serengeti NP

Tshipise Kruger NP

Ngorongoro Crater TANZANIA

SWAZILAND

Johannesburg

Mt Kilimanjaro Arusha

START

Zanzibar Dar es Salaam

Mililwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Lake Malawi MALAWI Lusaka

START

Drakensburg

St Lucia

LESOTHO

Malealea Mountain Zebra National Park Oudtshoorn

SOUTH AFRICA

Durban

Livingstone ZAMBIA

Lake Malawi MALAWI

FINISH

Hermanus

Matobo NP ZIMBABWE

Livingstone ZAMBIA

Tshipise

Victoria Falls

Kruger NP

START

Johannesburg SOUTH AFRICA

Knysna

FINISH

23 DAY KRUGER, VIC FALLS & ZANZIBAR

24 DAY SOUTH EAST ADVENTURE

DAR ES SALAAM 

Victoria Falls

Lusaka

Addo Elephant National Park

Cape Town

JOHANNESBURG

South Luangwa NP

P.54

NAIROBI

25 DAY SOUTH WEST SAFARI

JOHANNESBURG

Zanzibar Dar es Salaam TANZANIA

P.55

Maasai Mara

FINISH

JOHANNESBURG

25 DAY DESERT TRACKER

CAPE TOWN

P.56

CAPE TOWN

JOHANNESBURG

Livingstone

Nairobi

ZAMBIA

START

ZAMBIA

KENYA Serengeti NP

South Luangwa NP

Lake Malawi MALAWI

Ngorongoro Crater

Mt Kilimanjaro Arusha

Chobe NP Okavango Delta

Etosha NP

Victoria Falls

ZIMBABWE

Maun

ZAMBIA Lusaka

Kruger NP

Livingstone FINISH

NAMIBIA Etosha NP

Fish River Canyon

Matobo NP

Kruger NP

Swakopmund

Tshipise Kruger NP

Namib Naukluft NP

Johannesburg

Fish River Canyon

Gariep (Orange) River

Johannesburg FINISH

Gariep (Orange) River

SOUTH AFRICA

Johannesburg SOUTH AFRICA

ZIMBABWE

BOTSWANA

Windhoek

START

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Maun

Tshipise

Namib Naukluft NP

Lake Malawi MALAWI

Chobe NP Okavango Delta

BOTSWANA

Windhoek Swakopmund

Matobo NP ZIMBABWE Tshipise

Livingstone

Victoria Falls Matobo NP

NAMIBIA Zanzibar Dar es Salaam TANZANIA

Lusaka Livingstone ZAMBIA

P.57

Cape Town

SOUTH AFRICA

FINISH

START

Cape Town START

28 DAY GAME PARKS & GORILLAS NAIROBI

29 DAY EAST AFRICAN EXPLORER

DAR ES SALAAM

P.58

JOHANNESBURG

46 DAY ULTIMATE AFRICAN ADVENTURE

NAIROBI

P.59

NAIROBI

JOHANNESBURG

P.60

UGANDA Jinja KENYA Nairobi FINISH

Serengeti NP

Kampala

Jinja UGANDA

Ngorongoro Crater TANZANIA

Gorilla Trek

Maasai Mara Serengeti NP Ngorongoro Crater TANZANIA

Kampala Gorilla Trek

Mt Kilimanjaro Arusha

Eldoret

58 DAY ULTIMATE AFRICAN OVERLANDER

Maasai Mara

CAPE TOWN

Maasai Mara Serengeti NP

KENYA Mt Kilimanjaro Arusha

Nairobi KENYA

Eldoret Nairobi

Kampala Gorilla Trek

START

Ngorongoro Crater

P.62 UGANDA Jinja

Eldoret Nairobi

Serengeti NP

Zanzibar Dar es Salaam

NAIROBI

Ngorongoro Crater

Zanzibar Dar es Salaam TANZANIA South Luangwa NP

START

Mt Kilimanjaro Arusha Zanzibar Dar es Salaam FINISH

South Luangwa NP

Lake Malawi MALAWI

ZAMBIA Lusaka Livingstone

ZAMBIA Lusaka

Victoria Falls Matobo NP ZIMBABWE

Kruger NP Johannesburg

SOUTH AFRICA

Livingstone ZIMBABWE

Victoria Falls

Matobo NP Tshipise

Tshipise

START

South Luangwa NP

Kruger NP

Johannesburg

SOUTH AFRICA FINISH

START

KENYA Mt Kilimanjaro Arusha

ZAMBIA Lusaka Livingstone

Lake Malawi MALAWI Etosha NP NAMIBIA

Chobe NP Okavango Delta

Windhoek

Maun BOTSWANA

Swakopmund Namib Naukluft Fish River Canyon Gariep (Orange) River

Cape Town FINISH

SOUTH AFRICA

Victoria Falls

Lake Malawi MALAWI

Zanzibar Dar es Salaam TANZANIA

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