Nairobi to Cape Town overland tour

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04 Dec 2016
£ 4850
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Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Nairobi to Cape Town overland tour

Our tour from Nairobi to Cape Town via Victoria Falls travels through some of the world’s poorest areas therefore a number of activities and excursions make use of locally operated tour companies and guides. As part of our commitment to Responsible Travel and we now have incorporated a visit to community based tourism program in the South West of Tanzania. Set up by the tea farmers association consisting of 15,000 tea farmers, spread over 108 villages and is the only tea association in Tanzania that sells tea to a fair trade organization in the UK. We pay a fair tour fee that includes a village development fee. With this fee the villages can build classrooms and buy schoolbooks or medical equipment for the local dispensary. On this tour we have time for a ½ day tea tour where a tea farmer will tell you everything about tea while showing you around their smallholder shamba and the expansive tea estate with its great views.

With our visit to the South Luangwa National park we have selected an accommodation establishment that donates 60% of your accommodation fees paid to the Wildlife and Environmental Conservation society of Zambia and in that way you are contributing to support local wildlife and education for Zambian school children in the conservation of their natural history. We also make use of local guide on the island of Zanzibar to visit the Spice farms as well as our visit to a Masai village.

Local guides are used in Botswana where the Okavango Delta bush trip is an experience in living in the bush as many people in Africa do, and an opportunity to get to know the local culture more in depth. While the traditional cultures of Botswana have used wooden dug-out canoes (mokoro’s) in past decades made from slow growing hardwood trees the local co-operative of polers we use have invested in fibreglass mokoros thereby reducing the number of hardwood tress to be cut down.

We also endeavor to create awareness of endangered wildlife within Namibia by visiting a local cheetah conservation project that homes injured or orphaned cheetahs. Our visit to the Himba tribe in the north of Namibia provide a source of income for the local community and also provide basic food stuffs for the tribe which the group buy together in the local shop and then offer to the tribal elder on our arrival at his village.

In Damaraland, at the Brandberg Mountains clients walk to the well known White Lady rock art accompanied by locals that are now certified guides and are part of The Tsiseb Conservancy providing employment to the local population, this after a local mine closed down in the early 1990’s. On our visit to the Namib dune-fields a knowledgeable guide will introduce you to the local ecosystems and bushman culture. We encourage our passengers to purchase goods made locally, and to be aware that craft market income is the only income for many families. Food is purchased at local markets where possible.

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