Overland trek - Cape Town to Nairobi this summer

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Apr 14th, 2009, 06:01 PM
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Overland trek - Cape Town to Nairobi this summer

Hi everyone,

I am seeking help from anyone that has been on a Cape Town to Nairobi overland trek. I have found several companies that offer a 42-day option. As with anything else, there are so many companies and costs, it's a bit overwhelming. Here are some specific questions:

I was in CT five years ago and recall many tour operators on Long Street. You could walk in and book at the last minute for good discounts. Still true?

I'm a 52-year-old college tourism professor that is fit and loves independent travel. But, I'd like to avoid the backpacker party crowds. Any "quieter" options?

Any companies you can recommend or other tips that could help? I've basically got the summer off, so timing is flexible. I could conceivably do the reverse (Nairobi - Cape Town.) I found a company called African Overland Safaris that has an incredible price on this route, which makes me leery. Anyone ever use them?

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Apr 15th, 2009, 12:44 AM
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BenJudy,

have you had a look at Drifters? They offer a 30 day JNB-NBO overland trip http://www.drifters.co.za/index.asp?pgid=71

Not sure how backpackerish this trip would be. I travelled with them 4-5 years ago and our group was comprised of 30-50 y.o.'s. They are OK for a budget safari, however, the trip I did was an accommodated safari . If you are seeking a low/no participation look elsewhere. I've heard good reports of Jenman and Bushways.

Happy planning,


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Apr 15th, 2009, 08:54 AM
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Thanks so much for the info, Pol. I will check them out.
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Apr 15th, 2009, 03:41 PM
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"I'm a 52-year-old college tourism professor that is fit and loves independent travel. But, I'd like to avoid the backpacker party crowds. Any "quieter" options?"

My husband and I, both in our 50s, (and my husband is also a prof) do all of our trips to Southern Africa on a self-drive (camping with a roof-top tent) basis - freedom and peace and quiet!! We love it! Have a look at these photos and trip reports (links below) to get an idea of what is involved. Also, have a look at the Safari Drive website that it refered to in the reports. Self-drive is difficult to do without a second person though! Maybe an option? Robin

Botswana 2008:
http://bert-and-bin.smugmug.com/gall...18318816_Pyvk6

South Africa and Namibia 2008
http://bert-and-bin.smugmug.com/gall...61053054_KcDbR

We are off to Kenya and Tanzania in August 2009 - all self-drive with a vehicle from Safari Drive.
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Apr 15th, 2009, 05:12 PM
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Thanks, Robin. Have done a self-drive through Umfolozi in 2003. These days, I want the companionship of a smal group (although I know it's better at times to be away from the group!)

By the way, love the links you provided. Great trips! Thanks so much for writing back and enjoy the August trip.
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Apr 15th, 2009, 05:52 PM
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You're welcome...and thanks! Robin
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Apr 16th, 2009, 01:19 PM
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Have run across a company called Tshokwane. Emails back & forth with them give me a good feeling. Anyone have any experience with them?

http://www.tshokwanesafaris.com

This is the specific tour I saw:
http://www.african-overland-safaris....n-explorer.php
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Oct 21st, 2009, 05:51 AM
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Dear BenJudy,

I would like to know if you ever did book through the company mentioned above for the cape town - Nairobi overland trip. I am looking at doing the 56 day trip through the same company and would like to know your opinion of them, anything that I should watch out for ?

They mention that maximum group size is 30 people and that sounds like a large group are their trucks still comfortable ?

Thanks in advance for any info you can give me about them.
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