Gorilla, Game Parks & Zanzibar

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Price: From ZAR 23900 per person

    Days 1-2: Game Viewing in the Masai Mara

    Departing Nairobi rise up over the outer ridge of the Rift Valley before descending to the valley floor to travel through Maasai country. Pass through the town of Narok on your way to the Acacia Camp just outside of the Masai Mara National Reserve. 

    The next day spend the day driving around this world-renowned game park famous for the Great Migration. Depending on the time of year, you may be able to witness this spectacular event. The Mara, though, is also home to many other animals, including the Big 5 and a large, big cat population.

                   
    • Highlights:  Masai Mara National Reserve
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals Day 1: L D
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    • Meals Day 2: B L D
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    Day 3: Sitting on the Docks in Kisumu

    This morning, travel through the picturesque highlands of Kericho, famous for its many tea plantations, to the coast of Lake Victoria and the town of Kisumu. Wander down to the harbour in the afternoon for a short tour. 

                   
    • Highlights:  Lake Victoria
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 4: Crossing into Uganda

    Crossing the border into Uganda, continue to the capital city, Kampala. Experience the night life in this vibrant city before your gorilla tracking excursion. 

                   
    • Highlights:  Kampala
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 5-8: Trekking with the Mountain Gorillas

    Today is a long travel day as you make your way south-west to the base of your optional gorilla tracking, Lake Bunyoni. Once in Lake Bunyoni, set up camp and just relax for the rest of the day as the next few days will be quite exciting. 

    Over the next three days, trek in the Bwindi National Park, or possibly Rwanda or the DRC; depending on permit availability. Trekking will be done only on one day, but a few days have been set aside as only six people can trek each day to a particular family, so depending on your group’s size, several days maybe necessary. 

    On the days you won’t be trekking, there is plenty to do in the area, and the choice is yours. Visit a local village and learn about the culture of the area, hike in the surrounding hills, swim or canoe in Lake Bunyoni, or you can head into Kabale and visit the local markets. 

                   
    • Highlights:  Mountain gorilla trekking (optional excursion)
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 9: Crossing the Equator in Uganda

    Saying ‘goodbye’ to the gorillas and Lake Bunyoni, drive back to Kampala. Along the way, stop when you cross the Equator for a typical photo of yourself straddling the famous diving line of North and South. Once in Kampala, the evening will be yours to enjoy as you please.

                   
    • Highlights: Kampala
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 10: Rafting the Nile in Jinja

    This morning you have the choice of either visiting the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary or heading right away to Jinja for some adventure activities. Spend the afternoon rafting on the White Nile – source of the famous Egyptian Nile.

                   
    • Highlights: Jinja
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 11-12: Searching for Flamingos in Nakuru

    Cross back into Kenya as you make your way to Nakuru – Kenya’s 4th largest city. Along the way, stop for lunch and to get more supplies for the next few days of your adventure. 

    The following day, explore the renowned, for its flamingos, Lake Nakuru National Park. Depending on the time of year, the vast number of flamingos can turn the lake pink. Driving around the lake and through the park, keep your eyes open for black and white rhinos, hippos, lions and buffalo that also reside within the park. Following your time in the park, head south to one of the highest lakes in the Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha. 

                   
    • Highlights: Lake Nakuru National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 13:Biking Through Hell’s Gate NP

    Enjoy the day to explore this fascinating area on a variety of optional activities. Take a boat transfer to the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary, or explore the nearby Hell’s Gate National Park on a bike. Your evening will be spent at the camp site next to the lake.

                   
    • Highlights:Lake Naivasha
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 14: Dining at Carnivore’s

    After breakfast, head to Nairobi, where some of your fellow passengers will depart. Tonight, why not get everyone together for a final group dinner (own expense) at one of Nairobi’s excellent restaurants. 

                   
    • Highlights: Nairobi
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B
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    Day 15: Travelling to Arusha

    Travelling south out of Nairobi, cross the border, after a few hours, into Tanzania as you make your way to your camp site in Meserani on the outskirts of Arusha. Tonight you can relax at the camp site as you prepare for your optional safari excursion.

                   
    • Highlights: Arusha
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: L D
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    Days 16-18: Descending into the Ngorongoro Crater

    Begin your optional excursion with a drive over the Rift Valley Escarpment to the village of Karatu. Surrounded by wheat farms, the campsite on the first night will offer you some stunning views. The next day, depart early so you can descend into the renowned Ngorongoro Crater for a morning game drive. The Crater offers some of the best game viewing opportunities in Africa, thanks to its self-containing walls and limited space. 

    After your time in the Crater, drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the world famous Serengeti National Park. Along the way you may just see some additional wildlife. Once in the park, there’ll be time for a small game drive as you head to your camp in the central part of the park.

    The following morning, experience a final game drive in the Serengeti as you search for more sightings of the ‘Big 5.’ After the morning game viewing, start to make your way back to Arusha. 

    Those who don’t go on the safari can spend the two days explore the area around Arusha. Visit the Snake Park and Cultural Museum on the campsite, book an excursion to Mt. Meru National Park, or head into Arusha and do some exploring and shopping in this small town. 

                   
    • Highlights: Ngrongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park (optional excursion)
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 19: Getting a Glimpse of Kilimanjaro

    Today will be a slow morning as you have time to explore the town of Arusha and visit some of the local craft markets to do some shopping. 

    Passing through the town of Moshi, if the weather is cooperating, stop and get some stunning photos of Mt. Kilimanjaro in the distance. Continue on towards the Usumbara Mountains, the location of your camp site for the night. 

                   
    • Highlights: Mount Kilimanjaro, Usumbara Mountains
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 20: Relaxing on the Indian Ocean

    Continuing your travels south, come to Tanzania’s largest city and main economic hub, Dar es Salaam. Take some time, after setting up camp, to relax on the white sandy beach next to the warm Indian Ocean.

                   
    • Highlights: Dar es Salaam
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 21-23: Catching the Ferry to Zanzibar

    This morning you board a ferry for the tropical, idyllic island of Zanzibar where you’ll spend the next three nights exploring this paradise. The itinerary for this portion of your adventure is yours to decide. 

    You can spend the nights in the north part of the island, enjoying the crystal clear water, and white sandy beaches of Nungwi, or you can spend a night or two in Stone Town before heading north for your final few days on the island. 

    Being Zanzibar’s largest town, Stone Town offers some great options for restaurants, hotels, and other activities, such as just wandering the narrow streets and checking out the shops as you go. You can also organise some day trips, such as a tour of a spice plantation, or a tour of Prison Island, from Stone Town.

                   
    • Highlights: Zanzibar (optional excursion)
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals Day 21: B
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    Day 24: Returning to Dar es Salaam

    Today meet up again at the dock to take the ferry back to Dar es Salaam where your tour will end once you arrive on the mainland. 

                   
    • Highlights: Dar es Salaam
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    • Meals: none
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    Rates & Dates
    • SEASONAL DATES: TOUR PRICE: LOCAL PAYMENT
    • 10 January 2016 - 02 April 2017 ZAR 23900 USD 720
    • 16 April 2017 - 24 December 2017 ZAR 25095 USD 730
    Tour Departures Dates
    • Departure Month: Start Date: End Date:
    • April 02 April 2017 25 April 2017 April 16 April 2017 09 May 2017 April 30 April 2017 23 May 2017 May 14 May 2017 06 June 2017 May 28 May 2017 20 June 2017 June 11 June 2017 04 July 2017 June 25 June 2017 18 July 2017 July 09 July 2017 01 August 2017 July 23 July 2017 15 August 2017 August 06 August 2017 29 August 2017 August 20 August 2017 12 September 2017 September 03 September 2017 26 September 2017 September 17 September 2017 10 October 2017 October 01 October 2017 24 October 2017 October 15 October 2017 07 November 2017 October 29 October 2017 21 November 2017 November 12 November 2017 05 December 2017 November 26 November 2017 19 December 2017 December 10 December 2017 02 January 2018 December 24 December 2017 16 January 2018