Australia and Africa Itinerary (65 Days)

This itinerary was our epic around-the-world tour that primarily consisted of Eastern Australia and selected countries of East Africa. The Australia portion of the trip was a self-drive self-tour while the Africa portion of the trip consisted of a series of tours run by tour operators who each specialized in a given country or region. As you can imagine from a long trip like this, we had to pay a lot of attention to details concerning vaccinations, travel insurance, etc. Moreover, we were well aware of how easily unforeseen things can happen that cause deviations from what was originally planned.

In fact, we had to make last-minute trip adjustments due to political instability during the run-off elections concerning Zimbabwe as well as electoral tensions between competing tribes in Kenya. We also had to deal with on-the-fly adjustments from a safari vehicle breakdown in Zambia as well as a nasty food poisoning incident in Kenya, and even a bacterial infection while in Uganda.

Finally, we knew that trips to the other side of the world were rare so when it came to the all-important trades between cost, time, and sightseeing goals, we were willing to add more weight to sightseeing goals and less on cost and time. That said, there were definitely limits on cost and time as we couldn't break the bank nor risk getting fired or sacked at work from being AWOL so long. As a result, you'll see in the itinerary below that we did a lot of flying to bridge the wide gaps between countries, especially in Africa. A few of the days were really packed in with sights so in hindsight, I'm sure adding a day to the itinerary would have alleviated those busy days.

Day Overnight Activity
1-3 Sydney, NSW
Park Regis Hotel
Travel, Car Rental Pickup, Blue Mountains, Katoomba Falls
4 Port Macquarie, NSW
Quality Inn & Suites
Somersby Falls, Ellenborough Falls
5 Armidale, NSW
Best Western Cotwold Gardens
Tia Falls, Apsley Falls, Dangarsleigh Falls
6 Coffs Harbour, NSW
Comfort Inn Big Windmill
Bakers Creek Falls, Wollomombi Falls, Dangar Falls, Ebor Falls, Newell Falls and Sherrard Falls, Crystal Shower Falls, Beach at Coffs Harbour
7 Byron Bay, NSW
Bamboo Cottage
Minyon Falls, Protestors Falls, Beach at Byron Bay
8 Byron Bay, NSW
Bamboo Cottage
Browns Falls, Daggs Falls, Queen Mary Falls, Cape Byron Lighthouse
9 Surfer's Paradise, QLD
Vibe Hotel
Natural Bridge, Purling Brook Falls, Goomoolahra Falls, M-fest, Surfer's Paradise
10 Brisbane, QLD
Hotel Ibis
Cameron Falls, Cedar Creek Falls, JC Slaughter Falls, Brisbane CBD
11 Rockhampton, QLD
Travelodge
Mapleton Falls
12 Airlie Beach, QLD
Airlie Beach Motor Lodge
Araluen Falls, Cedar Creek Falls
13 Airlie Beach, QLD
Airlie Beach Motor Lodge
Whitsunday Tour
14 Cardwell, QLD
Mudbrick Manor
Jourama Falls
15 Cardwell, QLD
Mudbrick Manor
Wallaman Falls, Murray Falls, Attie Creek Falls
16 Innisfail, QLD
Barrier Reef Motel
Josephine Falls, Nandroya Falls, Wallicher Falls and Tchupala Falls
17 Millaa Millaa, QLD
Millaa Millaa Tourist Park
Mungalli Falls, Ellinjaa Falls, Zillie Falls, Millaa Millaa Falls, Pepina Falls, Souita Falls, Little Millstream Falls, Millstream Falls, Windy Hill, Dinner Falls, Mt Hypipamee Crater, Malanda Falls
18 Cairns, QLD
Comfort Inn Discovery Resort
Blencoe Falls
19 Cairns, QLD
Comfort Inn Discovery Resort
Great Barrier Reef
20 Cairns, QLD
Comfort Inn Discovery Resort
Kuranda Village, Barron Falls Stoney Creek Falls
21 Sydney, NSW
Mercure Sydney International Airport
Car Rental Return, Travel
22 Johannesburg, South Africa
Southern Sun OR Tambo International Airport
Travel
23 Livingstone, Zambia
Chanter's Lodge
Travel, Victoria Falls (Zambia Side)
24 Livingstone, Zambia
Chanter's Lodge
Victoria Falls (Zambia Side), Victoria Falls Helicopter, Victoria Falls Sunset Cruise
25 Livingstone, Zambia
Chanter's Lodge
Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe Side)
26 Serenje, Zambia
Forest Inn
Travel, Meet Tour Operator
27 Lake Bangweulu, Zambia
Sun Downer
Kundalila Falls, Lake Bangweulu
28 Kawambwa, Zambia
Lusenga Guest House
Mumbuluma Falls
29 Kawambwa, Zambia
Lusenga Guest House
Lumangwe Falls, Kabwelume Falls
30 Kasama, Zambia
Thorn Tree Guest House
Ntumbachushi Falls
31 Mpulungu, Zambia
Isanga Bay Lodge
Lake Tanganyika
32 Mpulungu, Zambia
Isanga Bay Lodge
Kalambo Falls, Lake Tanganyika
33 Mutinondo, Zambia
Mutinondo Wilderness Lodge
Chishimba Falls
34 Lusaka, Zambia
Taj Pamodzi
35 Arusha, Tanzania
Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge
Tour Operator dropoff, Travel, Meet Tour Operator
36 Tarangire, Tanzania
Tarangire Tented Safari Lodge
Tarangire National Park Safari
37 Lake Manyara, Tanzania
Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
Lake Manyara Safari
38 Serengeti, Tanzania
Serengeti Serena Lodge
Serengeti National Park Safari
39 Serengeti, Tanzania
Ikoma Bush Tented Camp
Serengeti National Park Safari
40 Serengeti, Tanzania
Ikoma Bush Tented Camp
Serengeti National Park Safari
41 Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Serengeti National Park Safari, Ngorongoro Crater Safari
42 Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Ngorongoro Crater Safari
43 Kampala, Uganda
Sheraton Grand Imperial Hotel
Tour Operator dropoff, Travel, Meet Tour Operator
44 Murchison Falls, Uganda
Paraa Safari Lodge
Murchison Falls
45 Kampala, Uganda
Sheraton Grand Imperial Hotel
Murchison Falls
46 Mt Elgon, Uganda
Lacam Lodge
Sipi Falls
47 Nairobi, Kenya
Norfolk Hotel
Bujagali Falls, Tour Operator dropoff, Travel, Meet Tour Operator
48 Samburu, Kenya
Samburu Serena Lodge
Samburu National Reserve Safari
49 Samburu, Kenya
Samburu Serena Lodge
Samburu National Reserve Safari
50 Mt Kenya, Kenya
Serena Mountain Lodge
51 Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Sarova Lion Hill Lodge
Thomson Falls, Lake Nakuru Safari
52 Maasai Mara, Kenya
Mara Serena Lodge
Maasai Village, Maasai Mara National Reserve Safari
53 Maasai Mara, Kenya
Mara Serena Lodge
Maasai Mara National Reserve Safari
54 Maasai Mara, Kenya
Mara Serena Lodge
Maasai Mara National Reserve Safari
55 Nairobi, Kenya
Norfolk Hotel
56 Cairo, Egypt
Grand Pyramids Hotel Giza
Tour Operator dropoff, Travel, Meet Tour Operator
57 Cairo, Egypt
Grand Pyramids Hotel Giza
Pyramids, Cairo Museum
58 Cairo, Egypt
Grand Pyramids Hotel Giza
Coptic Cairo, Sakkara
59 Nile Valley, Egypt
Nile River Cruise
Luxor
60 Nile Valley, Egypt
Nile River Cruise
Valley of the Kings, Hapshetsut Temple, Esna Lock
61 Nile Valley, Egypt
Nile River Cruise
Edfu Temple, Kom Ombo Temple
62 Nile Valley, Egypt
Nile River Cruise
Abu Simbel, Aswan
63 Cairo, Egypt
Grand Pyramids Hotel Giza
Islamic Cairo, Modern Pyramid
64-65 Home
Tour Operator dropoff, Travel



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