The Great African Journey can lay justifiable claim to being the greatest overland adventure in the world. The journey travels through up to 10 countries in eastern and southern Africa, offering a fantastic insight into the continent, unparalleled wildlife viewing and experiencing some of the most extraordinary natural sights in the world. The diversity en route is incredible - from the lush, green landscapes of Uganda and Rwanda to the savannahs of East Africa, from the white beaches of Zanzibar to the desert dunes of Namibia. Some of the true natural wonders of the world can be explored on this journey, including the spectacular Victoria Falls and the unique Okavango Delta. The concentration of wildlife viewing and experiences is unmatched - national parks include the world famous Serengeti and Maasai Mara (home to The Great Migration), Zambia's South Luanga, Botswana's Chobe, Namibia's Etosha and South Africa's Kruger, while tracking the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda and walking with lions in Zimbabwe provide truly unforgettable experiences. 'Journey of a lifetime' is an overused cliché but if any trip deserves the title, it's this one.


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Map for The Great African Journey

Countries Visited

Rwanda Uganda
Kenya Tanzania
Malawi Zambia
Zimbabwe Botswana
Namibia South Africa

Interested in focusing on journeys in Eastern or Southern Africa instead? Then check out the East Africa Safaris, Southern Africa Overland or Southeast Africa Overland journeys.

Routes for The Great African Journey

Kenya - Cape

The Nairobi to Cape Town route is a long and rewarding journey through up to 8 countries and travels via great African destinations like the Tanzanian game parks, Lake Malawi, Victoria Falls and the Namibian deserts.

Tours: 5 available View highlights of this route

Kenya - Cape (with Gorillas)

The most comprehensive overland route in Africa incorporates most of the quintessential experiences of eastern and southern Africa and travels through up to 10 countries on the long journey from East Africa to Cape Town.

Tours: 2 available View highlights of this route

Kenya - Vic Falls

One of the shorter routes on this journey takes you from the heart of East Africa to Victoria Falls on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border, incorporating all the natural and wildlife highlights of Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.

Tours: 3 available View highlights of this route

Kenya - Vic Falls (with Gorillas)

This route incorporates all the best of East Africa (including the mountain gorillas, the Serengeti and Zanzibar) followed by a journey south via Malawi to the amazing sight of Victoria Falls.

Tours: 1 available View highlights of this route

Kenya - Joburg

An alternative route on the Great African Journey travels south from Nairobi to Vic Falls, before continuing to Johannesburg via Zimbabwe, where a wealth of historical and wildlife attractions await.

Tours: 2 available View highlights of this route

Kenya - Joburg (with Gorillas)

This route connecting the great African centres of Nairobi and Joburg incorporates some of the greatest wildlife adventures on earth including tracking the mountain gorillas in Uganda/Rwanda, witnessing the Great Migration in the Serengeti and walking with lions in Zimbabwe.

Tours: 0 available View highlights of this route

Zanzibar - Vic Falls

The shortest route of the Great African Journey connects the magical and evocative destinations of Zanzibar and Victoria Falls with an overland journey though the rural African landscapes of southern Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.

Tours: 0 available View highlights of this route

Zanzibar - Joburg

From East Africa's Spice Island to South Africa's great metropolis, this long overland route takes in the best of Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe before reaching South Africa and its signature game reserve, Kruger National Park.

Tours: 0 available View highlights of this route

Zanzibar - Cape

Crossing from the Indian Ocean to the southern tip of Africa, this long overland route travels south to Vic Falls before heading west through the natural wonders of Botswana and Namibia and arriving at the great city of Cape Town.

Tours: 0 available View highlights of this route



Guidebooks for The Great African Journey

Guidebooks for this journey from all the major travel publishers are listed below. Links to Amazon (UK, US and Canadian stores), Waterstones (UK) and selected publisher websites allow you to purchase the guidebooks online at best value with one simple click (individual chapter downloads are also available for selected Lonely Planet titles).

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Lonely_Planet Africa

Multi-country Guides

Africa

Nov 2013 (13th ed.)
1128 pages

Author(s): Simon Richmond, Stuart Butler et al.



Download Individual Chapter PDFs (£2.99) - Click here to view chapters.
Bradt Africa Overland

Country & Regional

Africa Overland

May 2014 (6th ed.)

Author(s): Sian Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons