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Ultimate Africa - G Adventures
Ultimate Africa - G Adventures
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3 reviews
Starts
Cape Town
Destinations
+33
Ends
Nairobi
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Highlights

  • Track the Big Five across open savannah
  • Explore the Okavango Delta in a canoe
  • Encounter gorillas in the Ugandan wilderness
  • Board an overland adventure vehicle
Age range
18 to 39 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Hotel, Camping, Guesthouse
Max Group Size
22
Transportation
Coach / Bus, Jeep & 4WD, Overland Truck, Boat, Mini-coach, Ferry
Start in Cape Town and end in Nairobi! With the overland truck tour Ultimate Africa, you have a 52 day tour package taking you from Cape Town to Nairobi and through Cape Town, South Africa and 32 other destinations in Africa. Ultimate Africa includes accommodation in a hotel and hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Ultimate Africa reviewer 1
    Written on October 3, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    An absolutely awesome experience - loved it all!
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  • T
    Written on September 1, 2016
    1.5 - Rather poor

    I recently returned from G Adventures tours in eastern and southern Africa. When booking the trip, I was unable to find much information online at the time so I wrote this letter to my past self. Dear Past Self, You’re thinking about doing an overland tour of Africa? That sounds great. You’ll get to see plenty of animals, beautiful scenery, and maybe meet some locals. You could travel independently, choose a handful of places and fly between them, or you could do an overland tour. Both will probably end up being the same price. But the overland tour means you’ll get to travel with other people and see more of the scenery, even if it’s mostly through a bus window. Overlanding also means camping and very basic camp food (think tomato sauce pasta). There are plenty of overlanding tour companies. Options include Intrepid, Africa Travel Company, Nomads and of course G. They are all quite similar, the itineraries are basically the same, and the buses follow each other. Though remember that G has only 2 guides when most others have 3, meaning your guide is often too busy to actually guide you. You’re probably going to choose G, but here are some other things you probably would have liked to have known: (1) Don’t expect your tour to reflect the G web site itinerary. Just because a place is listed doesn’t mean you’ll actually get to see it. Most of the time you’ll be camping on the edge of town with no transport to the town. Oh, and on average, double the number of hours of travel per day compared to what is provided in the itinerary (the drivers will even say that the times listed in the itinerary are misleading). Also: the itinerary for the ‘Zanzibar Upgrade’ (on Serengeti – Zanzibar or vice-versa) is exceptionally misleading: you only get an extra evening in Stone Town, not an extra full day, plus plenty of waiting around for the group to arrive the next morning (and, in reality, that bus driving day is not the longest travel day on that tour). (2) Your trip experience will depend on your group and tour guide. Obviously you have no control over the group: though with G on YOLO expect younger people since there is an age limit. (Nomads is older.) The tour guide will make or break the trip. Most of the G guides in Africa will do things their own way. Some won’t provide meals which are meant to be provided, or will just provide a few dollars for you to buy snacks instead of meals. (On the Serengeti, expect 2 meals per day.) Other guides are improperly trained around group dynamics or health issues. Many will say they will do things, but won’t, and few will take feedback on board. Good luck with that. (3) The G bus called the Lando is very comfortable. But don’t expect all the bells and whistles advertised. For most of the current tours, the USB charging points, wi-fi, cooler boxes and a/c will not work. You won’t meet a group that has a fully working Lando. Even with that in mind, you’ll find that it is the most comfortable tour bus on the road in Africa. (4) Budget a lot of extra money for optional activities. A walk or village tour is around US$50. An extra game drive is around $150. If you don’t do optional activities, you’ll be sitting around in the camp site for a few days, often on your own. With all that time on the bus and at isolated camp sites, the trip feels very sedentary. Much less is included in the tour price than you might think (for example, at Victoria Falls entry to see the Falls is not included: you’ll have to pay yourself!) (5) Don’t expect to be personally accommodated for by your guides. If you’re vegetarian or gluten-free, your guide won’t take you seriously, and it’s likely you’ll be fed animal products or gluten mixed into dishes. Vegetarians will get lots of vegetables and not much else. If you want to book anything in advance, like a hard-to-get-on-to optional tour such as shark diving, your tour guide won’t make that extra effort. You’ll find the G guides do the absolute minimum in Africa. (6) Finally, G won’t genuinely respond to your feedback. Mentioning things to your guide only goes so far: expect a response like ‘This is Africa’ (TIA), the common excuse from international tour companies when their products on the ground don’t reflect what is promised online. After the tour, from G itself, you’ll get a pro-forma reply (think ‘XXX’ in place of your name). G doesn’t take feedback on board to improve its Africa trips. Taking an overland tour in Africa is expensive and once you’re on tour it is difficult to leave (though you may hear stories of people leaving G tours early). So how you do your Africa trip is a difficult decision to make. Whichever tour company you choose, you’ll find that Africa is an incredible continent, well worth visiting. However, you’re probably better off trying another company because G Africa is quite lousy. Regards Future Self
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  • JG
    Written on November 25, 2015
    4.5 - Excellent

    It exceeded my expectations!! A trip of a lifetime! Amazing people! There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about my trip to Africa!
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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1 Cape Town
  2. Day 2 Cape Town/Cederberg (1B, 1L, 1D)
  3. Day 3 Cederberg/Orange River (1B, 1L, 1D)
  4. Day 4 Orange River/Fish River Canyon (1B, 1L, 1D)
  5. Day 5 Fish River Canyon/Namib Desert (1B, 1L, 1D)
  6. Day 6 Namib Desert (1B, 1L, 1D)
  7. Day 7 Namib Desert/Swakopmund (1B, 1L)
  8. Day 8 Swakopmund
  9. Day 9 Swakopmund/Spitzkoppe (1B, 1L, 1D)
  10. Day 10 Spitzkoppe/Damaraland (1B, 1L, 1D)
  11. Day 11 Damaraland/Etosha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
  12. Day 12 Etosha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
  13. Day 13 Etosha National Park/Windhoek (1B, 1L)
  14. Day 14 Windhoek/Ghanzi (1B, 1L, 1D)
  15. Day 15 Ghanzi/Maun (1B, 1L)
  16. Day 16 Maun/Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D)
  17. Day 17 Okavango Delta/Gweta (1B, 1L, 1D)
  18. Day 18 Gweta/Kasane (1B, 1L)
  19. Day 19 Kasane/Victoria Falls (1B, 1L)
  20. Day 20 Victoria Falls
  21. Day 21 Victoria Falls (1B)
  22. Day 22 Victoria Falls/Lusaka (1B, 1L, 1D)
  23. Day 23 Lusaka/Chipata (1B, 1L, 1D)
  24. Day 24 Chipata/South Luangwa (1B, 1L, 1D)
  25. Day 25 South Luangwa (1B, 1L, 1D)
  26. Day 26 South Luangwa/Kande Beach (1B, 1L, 1D)
  27. Day 27 Kande Beach (1B, 1L, 1D)
  28. Day 28 Kande Beach/Chitimba (1B, 1L, 1D)
  29. Day 29 Chitimba (1B, 1L, 1D)
  30. Day 30 Chitimba/Iringa (1B, 1L, 1D)
  31. Day 31 Iringa/Dar es Salaam (1B, 1L, 1D)
  32. Day 32 Dar es Salaam/Nungwi (1B)
  33. Day 33 Nungwi (1B)
  34. Day 34 Nungwi/Stone Town (1B)
  35. Day 35 Stone Town/Korogwe (1B, 1L, 1D)
  36. Day 36 Korogwe/Arusha (1B, 1L, 1D)
  37. Day 37 Arusha/Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
  38. Day 38 Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro (1B, 1L, 1D)
  39. Day 39 Ngorongoro/Arusha (1B, 1L, 1D)
  40. Day 40 Arusha/Nairobi (1B, 1L)
  41. Day 41 Nairobi (1B)
  42. Day 42 Nairobi/Eldoret (1B)
  43. Day 43 Eldoret/Kampala (1B, 1D)
  44. Day 44 Kampala/Kalinzu Forest Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)
  45. Day 45 Kalinzu Forest Reserve/Lake Bunyonyi (1B, 1L, 1D)
  46. Day 46 Gorilla Trek (1B, 1L, 1D)
  47. Day 47 Lake Bunyonyi (1B, 1L, 1D)
  48. Day 48 Lake Bunyonyi/Kampala (1B, 1L, 1D)
  49. Day 49 Kampala/Jinja (1B, 1L, 1D)
  50. Day 50 Jinja
  51. Day 51 Jinja/Eldoret (1B)
  52. Day 52 Eldoret/Nairobi (1B)

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  • October 1, 2016

    When is the best time to go to see the wilderbeast migration?

    There are parts of the migration that you see all year round, it just depends which part you want to see. Dec - March is calving season, then April - Jun they trek west and then July - nov is the period of river crossings. I would recommend doing a little more research to find out which part of this cycle is more appealing to you.

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About the countries

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Zambia and Malawi
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Visa

Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.

Vaccinations

These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
Typhoid
Recommended for South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Cholera
Recommended for South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Tuberculosis
Recommended for South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Yellow fever
Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi and Uganda. Recommended for Kenya. Ideally 10 days before travel.
Rabies
Recommended for Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Meningococcal meningitis
Recommended for Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Ideally 3 weeks before travel.

Policies

Location
Cape Town is the starting point and Nairobi is the endpoint.
Hold my space
TourRadar can request G Adventures to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
Deposit
TourRadar only requires a deposit of $250 to confirm this G Adventures booking. The remaining balance is then payable 65 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 23 June 2018 the full payment of $7,479 is necessary.
Cancellation policy
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 65 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $7479 for Ultimate Africa, but the deposit of $250 is non-refundable. But, the deposit is fully transferable to future bookings with G Adventures.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 8,845 km.
  • Cape Town (South Africa)
  • 167 km
  • Cederberg Mountain Catchment Area (South Africa)
  • 558 km
  • Fish River Canyon National Park (Namibia)
  • 405 km
  • Sossusvlei (Namibia)
  • 244 km
  • Swakopmund (Namibia)
  • 266 km
  • Damaraland (Namibia)
  • 185 km
  • Etosha National Park (Namibia)
  • 181 km
  • Waterberg Plateau Park (Namibia)
  • 247 km
  • Windhoek (Namibia)
  • 686 km
  • Central Kalahari Game Reserve (Botswana)
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