Gorillas & Southern Discoverer

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Price: From ZAR 31395 per person

    Days 1-2: Explore the stunning Masai Mara

    Departing from the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, travel north over the Rift Valley Escarpment stopping along the way for some stunning photos. Afterwards, descend to the Maasai land on the valley floor and continue to your camp site, via the town of Narok, next to the Masai Mara National Reserve. 

    The next day embark on a full day of game viewing as you drive around the world-famous Masai Mara. Renowned for the Annual Migration, the Mara is also home to the Big 5, and has a large population of big cats. If the time of year is right, you could witness it all. 

                   
    • Highlights: Masai Mara
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals Day 1: L D
    • Meals Day 2:B L D
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    Day 3: Staying the Night on Lake Victoria

    This morning pass through the scenic highlands of Kericho as you make your way to the coastal town of Kisumu – a harbour town on the banks of Lake Victoria. If time permits, head down to the shore and explore. 

                   
    • 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

    Driving west, cross the border into Uganda and continue to the capital, Kampala, for the night. Head out and explore this vibrant East African city before retiring in preparation for the drive to the mountain gorillas tomorrow.

                   
    • 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 Gorillas

    Today is a bit of a long travel day, so you will leave in the early morning from Kampala for the spectacular Lake Bunyoni. Situated in the south-western part of Uganda, Lake Bunyoni will be your base for the next four days to optionally trek with the mountain gorillas. 

    Only one day will be designated for the hike with the gorillas, but depending on the size of your group and the limited number of permits per day, 3-4 days may be necessary to give everyone the chance to trek. Most permits will be purchased for the gorillas in Bwindi National Park, but if there is a lack of availability, permits maybe purchased for Virunga National Park in the DRC, or Ruhengeri National Park in Rwanda. 

    For the days you are not trekking to see the gorillas, there will be plenty of optional activities for you to do. Visit a local village or church, hike in the surrounding hills looking for the many birds that live in the area, head to the market in Kabale, or spend the day canoeing or swimming in the beautiful lake. 

                   
    • Highlights: Mountain gorilla trekking (optional excursion), Lake Bunyoni
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 9: Take your Photo at the Equator

    After your chance of a lifetime to trek with the gorillas, embark on your journey back to Kampala. Stop for a photo op at the Equator as you cross it again. Tonight head out and explore the nightlife of Kampala for a second time. 

                   
    • Highlights: Kampala
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 10: Rafting on the Nile River

    This morning, there will be the choice of visiting the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, or driving straight to Jinja and its adventure activities such as rafting on the White Nile, or quad biking in the surrounding areas. In the afternoon, relax at the source of the renowned Nile River as it begins its flow to the Mediterranean, via Egypt. 

                   
    • Highlights: Jinja
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 11: Travelling to Lake Nakuru

    Crossing back into Kenya, slowly make your way to Nakuru – Kenya’s 4th largest town and the starting point for your exploration of Lake Nakuru National Park the next day. 

                   
    • Highlights: Nakuru, Lake Nakuru National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 12: Spotting Flamingos in Lake Nakuru

    Spend the day exploring the excellent national park of Lake Nakuru. Famous for the thousands of flamingos that resident on the lake’s shores, this park is also a sanctuary for the black and white rhino, and you should encounter lions, buffalo, and hippos while driving around searching for game.  Making your way south-east after the game drive to the Lake Naivasha – home to the magnificent African Fish Eagle – for two nights. 

                   
    • Highlights: Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 13: Spending time on the shores of Lake Naivasha

    This morning spend the day enjoying optional excursions. Take a boat ride out to the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary, or do some game viewing in Hell’s Gate National Park on a mountain bike. The evening can be spent relaxing as you gaze out over 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 in Nairobi

    Following breakfast, depart Lake Naivasha and continue south to Nairobi and your camp site for the night. Tonight, why not go out with your fellow travellers for 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: Crossing into Tanzania

    Today head south and cross the border into Tanzania and continue on the camp site in Meserani, just outside of Arusha. Spend the evening preparing for your optional excursion to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. 

                   
    • Highlights: Arusha
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: L D
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    Days 16-17: Game viewing in the Serengeti

    Transfer to 4x4 safari vehicles as you drive through the Maasai town of Mtu Wa Mbu to the highland village of Karatu. Located among wheat farms near Karatu, the camp site offers beautiful views of the surrounding areas. Departing early the next morning, travel into the Ngorongoro Conservation area and descend into the game-rich Ngorongoro Crater. This unbroken caldera has some of the best game viewing in Africa. 

    After your drive in the Crater, ascend and travel through the conservation area to the world-renowned Serengeti National Park. Entering the park, embark on a game drive as you make your way to the campsite in the central part of the park. 

                   
    • Highlights: Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater (optional excursion)
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 18: Return to the Meserani Snake Park

    This morning head out on another game drive in search of the Big 5 and other wildlife you haven’t had a chance to see. After the morning drive, return to Arusha passing through the Ngorongoro Conservation area and the Rift Valley Escarpment. 

                   
    • Highlights: Serengeti (optional excursion), Arusha
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 19: Catching a glimpse of the mighty Kilimanjaro

    Explore the town of Arusha in the morning before making your way south towards Dar es Salaam. Along the way, drive through Moshi, where you may get a glimpse of the mighty snow-capped Kilimanjaro in the distance. Continue south through the Usambara Mountains to your camp which is located half way between Arusha and Dar es Salaam.

                   
    • Highlights: Pangani
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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 south through lush scenery and palm trees you finish your journey to Dar es Salaam – Tanzania’s largest city, and economic hub. This evening relax on the beach at your campsite on the 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: Exploring the Spice Island of Zanzibar

    Board the ferry this morning for the idyllic paradise of Zanzibar where you can optionally spend the next three nights on this stunning island. Spend the nights in Stone Town, on the beach in the north, or potentially a mix of both. 

    The itinerary for this portion of the journey is yours to decide, but is also not included. Your tour leader will be on hand to assist you with any questions and bookings for services you need to make. 

    Stone Town is the largest town on the island, and still today maintains much of its past Arabic influence. Wander the narrow streets stopping in at the Medina-like shops or cafes. At night, head down to the seafront market, and sample some of the delicious seafood on offer. Several day trips can be organised from Stone Town such as a visit to Prison Island or a spice plantation, or an excursion to the Jozani Forest. 

    No stay on Zanzibar would be complete with out a night at one of the island’s spectacular beaches. Spend some time on the white sandy beaches, or book a diving excursion in crystal clear blue waters. Then watch a stunning sunset as the sun drops over the horizon of the Indian Ocean.

                   
    • Highlights: Zanzibar (optional excursion)
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals Day 21: B
    • Meals Day 22-23: None
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    Day 24: Returning to the Mainland

    This morning join up with your fellow travel companions in Stone Town and take the afternoon ferry back to Dar es Salaam for another night. Here you may even be reunited with other group members who didn’t travel to Zanzibar. 

                   
    • Highlights: Dar es Salaam
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals:  D
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    Day 25: Driving through Mikumi National Park

    Leaving the humidity of the coast behind, travel inland through the Mikumi National Park to the highland region of Iringa. Your camp site is situated on a simple farm, and is well-known for its steamy showers. 

                   
    • Highlights: Iringa
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 26-29: Snorkelling in the beautiful Lake Malawi

    In the morning, travel through the scenic tea and banana plantations of Tukuyu as you head to the Tanzania-Malawi border. Crossing into Malawi, make your way to the country’s main attraction – Lake Malawi. Covering the eastern edge of the country, spend the next five days stopping at various camp sites along the lake’s shores. 

    Spend your days developing your skills at the local game of bao, wandering the local markets for gifts to take home, or participating in one of the several water sports available such as kayaking, snorkelling, or diving. Lake Malawi has some astonishing marine life, and the temperate climate allows for swimming year round. 

                   
    • Highlights: Lake Malawi
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 30: Rejuvenating in Chipata

    Today cross into Zambia and spend the night just across the border at a beautiful little camp in the town of Chipata. 

                   
    • Highlights: Chipata
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 31: Camp among the Eland in Lusaka

    Driving south continue through Zambia to the capital, Lusaka. Your camp site has some of its own residential wildlife such as Africa’s largest antelope – the eland. 

                   
    • Highlights: Lusaka
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 32: Cruise along the Zambezi River

    Leaving early in the morning make your way south to Livingstone and the impressive Victoria Falls. After arriving at the camp site, take the opportunity to head to the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park to view the natural wonder of the world. In the evening, enjoy an optional sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. 

                   
    • Highlights: Livingstone
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 33: Explore the Chobe National Park

    Cross into Botswana and travel to the town of Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River. Embark on a river cruise to search the Chobe River for wildlife after a delicious lunch at your camp site. 

    Return to the camp to prepare for an overnight excursion into the famous Chobe National Park. Spend the afternoon exploring this renowned park for its large herds of elephants and other wildlife. 

                   
    • Highlights: Chobe National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 34-35: Ending your Tour in Victoria Falls

    This morning cross the Zambezi River and enter the town of Victoria Falls. Once in Africa’s adventure capital, explore the Victoria Falls National Park and view the Falls from the Zimbabwean side for a different perspective and photo opportunity. 

    The next day your tour officially ends after breakfast, but you should still have time to do some activities, such as the scenic flight over the Falls, or bungee jumping, before your departure. For the long activities, like white water rafting or the lion walk excursion, we recommend you book an extra night in Victoria Falls. 

                   
    • Highlights: Victoria Falls
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    • Meals: B
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    Pricing is meant as a guide only. All prices are subject to availability, change/increase without notice and seasonabilty. Most of the overland tours are priced on a per person basis, but options and rates vary from supplier to supplier. Please note that many overland tours charge a local payment rate, which is paid directly to your trip leader upon the day of departure - this is an addition to the trip price. We have included the local payment rates for your benefit only. Contact us via Enquiry Form for an accurate, market-best rate.

    Rates & Dates
    • SEASONAL DATES: TOUR PRICE: LOCAL PAYMENT
    • 05 March 2017 - 24 December 2017 ZAR 31395 USD 1000
    Tour Departures Dates
    • Departure Month: Start Date: End Date:
    • April 30 April 2017 03 June 2017 May 14 May 2017 17 June 2017 May 28 May 2017 01 July 2017 June 11 June 2017 15 July 2017 June 25 June 2017 29 July 2017 July 09 July 2017 12 August 2017 July 23 July 2017 26 August 2017 August 06 August 2017 09 September 2017 August 20 August 2017 23 September 2017 September 03 September 2017 07 October 2017 September 17 September 2017 21 October 2017 October 01 October 2017 04 November 2017 October 15 October 2017 18 November 2017 October 29 October 2017 02 December 2017 November 12 November 2017 16 December 2017 November 26 November 2017 30 December 2017 December 10 December 2017 13 January 2018 December 24 December 2017 27 January 2018