Best of Africa North

The Details

Type: Accommodated Accommodated
Start: Cape Town South Africa
Length: 42+ Days
End: Nairobi Kenya
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Large (>12 People)
Countries: South Africa Namibia Botswana Zimbabwe Zambia Malawi Tanzania Kenya Uganda

Tour Dates

2021
  • 2021
November
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
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Overview

Best of Africa Northern Adventure

With the Best of Africa Northern Adventure Tour you’ll travel through the untouched beauty of Namibia’s desert landscapes. We also explore one of the largest canyons in the world: Fish River Canyon. As we venture deeper into the Namib Desert you’ll see the slowly changing landscapes which represents the many faces of this desert country.

From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes in the west. In Swakopmund some epic adventures are waiting for us such as sand-boarding and skydiving. Before we start with an unforgettable excursion in the Okavango Delta, we will explore Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa.

Then we drive further to the magnificent Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls is undoubtedly one of Africa’s most beautiful treasures. Venturing onward into East Africa, discover the white sand beaches and crystal clear waters of Zanzibar which are perfect for rest and relaxation before we make our way to Arusha and the Serengeti National Park where you are sure to see incredible wildlife. Embark on the final leg of adventure through Kenya and Uganda where you will meet the Masai Mara tribes and go on a trek in search of the endangered mountain gorillas.  

The most spectacular sceneries, wildlife and cultures that Africa has to offer! Experience the absolute top highlights on this 55 day journey of a lifetime.

2020 Early Bird Special –  For July 2020 we are offering you the opportunity to book this tour for travel in 2021  at our current 2020 rate. Applies for departures between 01 January 2021 until 31 July 2021!

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This tour has a Comfort Option available.

ONE NIGHT PRE-ACCOMMODATION INCLUDED in the Best of Africa Northern Adventure Tour

Included

  1. All meals which are prepared and served at the Overland truck
  2. Accommodation
  3. Qualified crew
  4. Filtered water
  5. Transport in the Overland truck
  6. Included highlights as per the itinerary
  7. Entrance fees to National Parks

Excluded

  1. Items of a personal nature (snacks, alcohol, bottled water, soft drinks, tips)
  2. Entrance fees (associated with optional activities)
  3. Souvenirs and optional activities.
  4. Optional Serengeti Excursion
  5. Gorilla Permit – USD630 – USD730

NOTE  Prices are subject to change

**Price is per person sharing, excludes single supplement and any additional meals or activities not set out in the itinerary.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - South Africa – Cederberg Region

Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal

The Cederberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush. Indigenous to the mountain slopes of the Cedarberg, this herbal beverage has earned an international reputation as a healthy and refreshing alternative to regular tea. The Cedarberg region is known for its mountain fynbos and spectacular views of the rugged Cedarberg Mountains. A dinner at our overnight stop offers an opportunity for us to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Marcuskraal Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 - Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River

Route: Citrusdal to Vioolsdrift

Namaqualand presents us with our first experience of the Desert vistas that will accompany us in the days ahead. We continue our journey north and after a short stop for supplies in Springbok, we travel to our camp on the banks of the Orange River. If you are fortunate enough to be travelling in the spring months (July to September) you may encounter the wild flowers that have made this region famous. No matter the time of year though, the strange desert vistas offer a unique backdrop to this day’s travel.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Spring Wild Flowers (Seasonal July – September)

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Fiddlers Creek Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon

Route: Orange/Gariep River to Fish River Canyon

While the Orange River was named after the Dutch Royal House, in recent times it has been referred to by its original name of Gariep, which simply means “river” in the indigenous KhoeKhoe language. Beginning its journey in the mountains of Lesotho, the Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and offers a unique contrast to the desert landscapes along its banks. The best way to experience the river is by getting out on the water and this morning we have the opportunity to join an optional canoe trip on the river. Around midday (after lunch) we depart the Orange River and head inland, crossing the border into Namibia. We make a brief stop at the mineral hot springs for a dip in the pool before arriving at our camp in the late afternoon.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

NWR: Hobas Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Half-day canoe trip

Day 4 – Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

Route: Fish River Canyon to Keetmanshoop

We rise early this morning, pack up our camp, making our way to the rim of the Fish River Canyon. We arrive in time to catch the morning sunrays filter through the canyon. After stretching our legs with a gentle walk along the rim of the canyon, we turn west and head for Keetmanshoop. Our afternoon will be spent meandering through the Quiver Tree Forest and The Giants Playground – named for the way in which the massive dolerite boulders have been placed on each other – creating rock formations and a series of mazes.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon / Visit to Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Quiver Tree Forest

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Namib-Naukluft National Park

Route: Keetmanshoop to Namib Naukluft NP

Every overland journey has some long travelling days and today is one of those as we venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Our destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer us an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west, the slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country. Tonight we camp on the doorstep of the dune fields and fall asleep to the unique calls of the elusive Barking Gecko.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Sesriem Canyon

Accommodation

Accommodation:

NWR: Sesriem campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park

Route: Namib-Naukluft NP – Naukluft Area

Watching the sunrise over the red dunes is an iconic highlight of any trip to Namibia and this morning we rise before the sun to capture this magnificent moment. A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert sunrise. Once satisfied we descend this famous dune and enjoy a hearty breakfast before catching a 4×4 transfer into Sossusvlei, here we will spend time on foot visiting the pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Tonight we empty the red sand from our shoes and spend the night under the magnificent desert stars, knowing that we have spent a full-day enjoying the wonders of this harsh land. This afternoon we join a local expert for an educational desert excursion.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Sunrise hike up Dune 45, 4x4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei, Guided desert walk with local expert

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Boesman’s Camp or similar.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Swakopmund

Route: Naukluft Area to Swakopmund

Reluctantly we leave the Namib behind and after a stop to mark our crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn, we continue to the Atlantic coastline. Today we continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. We make a brief stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon, where we hope to catch a glimpse of the Flamingo’s that feed in the shallows. Arriving in Swakopmund we will have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Tropic of Capricorn, Walvis Bay Lagoon

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Amanpuri Travellers Lodge OR Strauss Holiday Accommodation

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Swakopmund

While for many it is the adrenaline fuelled adventures that will grab their attention, Swakopmund offers all that and more. Take the opportunity today to explore the town at your leisure, as there are a number of attractions for every taste. Not to be missed is the selection of famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a delightful range of German inspired treats. Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a small city and is the perfect launching pad for the journey through the northern reaches of the land.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Amanpuri Travellers Lodge OR Strauss Holiday Accommodation

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Dolphin cruise, Skydiving, sandboarding, Quad biking, Dinner

Day 9 – Spitzkoppe to Brandberg

Route: Swakopmund to Brandberg (via Spitzkoppe)

Leaving early, we make our way to the massive granite formations of Spitzkoppe which tower 700 metres above the desert plains below. The presence of rock art indicates their significance to the San people who lived here many years ago. We will enjoy a walk and have the opportunity to view some examples of the San’s rock art before setting off for our overnight stop for the evening.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Visit and explore Spitzkoppe

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Brandberg White Lady

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 – Brandberg White Lady

Route: Uis to Kamanjab

The Brandberg (Burning Mountains) are regarded as the highest in Namibia and home to the famous White Lady, one of more than 45,000 rock paintings in the area. This morning we will make the 1-hour hike to visit the painting that is said to be around 2,000 years old. (Please be advised that the hike does traverse rough terrain along the gorge of the normally dry Tsisab River). After our exploration, our journey continues to the area of Kamanjab.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Brandberg White Lady hike

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Toko Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - Etosha National Park

Route: Etosha National Park

Our second day in Etosha allows for a full day to continue our exploration of the park. No day on safari is ever the same and the suspense before that special sighting is the motivation that keeps our eyes wide open. We explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Full day game drive in the Overland truck

Accommodation

Accommodation:

NWR: Okaukuejo

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 - Windhoek

Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek

It is an early rise as we take aim for Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Upon arrival in Windhoek, we will take a short walk through the city centre and have the opportunity to view some its better known landmarks. (Our accommodation for the night is situated halfway between the city and the airport).

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Walk through Windhoek with your guide

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Heja Game Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 - Botswana – Ghanzi

Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi

Today we travel east and make our way to neighbouring Botswana and the Kalahari Desert. Starkly different to the Namib Desert after which Namibia is named, the Kalahari is no less dramatic and covers over 900 000 square kilometres. The San people have long been associated with this harsh environment and this afternoon we will enjoy an informative guided walk with the San community. Tonight we enjoy a dance evening that provides an insight into their culture of song, dance and story-telling.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

San Tribal dance in evening / San Guided Walk (this activity could take place the next morning)/ San Tribal dance in evening

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Ghanzi Trail Blazers

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 – Okavango Delta

Route: Ghanzi to Maun

This morning we rise early and head towards Maun, where upon arrival in Maun this afternoon, you will have the opportunity to go on an optional scenic flight over the Delta (time and weather permitting). This evening our guide will prepare us on what to expect on our full day excursion into the Okavango Delta.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Sedia Riverside Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Okavango Delta scenic flight

Day 16 - Okavango Delta Excursion

Route: Maun – poling station – Okavango Delta – Maun

The most rewarding and enjoyable way to explore and experience the beauty and serenity of this intricate system of lily covered channels and lagoons is by mokoro. Heading out early, we will be transferred by safari vehicle to the poling station (approximately 1 hour transfer) where we will meet the polers who will be escorting us into the Delta. The polers will steer us through the serene area of narrow, reed lined channels which open out onto beautiful lagoons. Reaching one of the many islands, a nature walk may be taken with your poler. After the walk, we return by mokoro through the channels back to the poling station. While the mokoro trail is not primarily a game viewing activity, a variety of game may be spotted in this pristine wilderness area, including elephant, giraffe, kudu, impala and zebra.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Okavango Delta Day Excursion

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Sedia Riverside Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 – Nata

Route: Maun to Nata

Leaving Maun behind us this morning we make our way towards the town of Nata. We will spend most of the day in our truck as we journey across the northern reaches of the Makgadikgadi Pans. On arrival at Nata Lodge, you have the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon guided game drive to the Makgadikgadi Pans, which forms the breeding ground for a host of water birds including pelicans and flamingo in their thousands.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Nata Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (Nata Sanctuary)

Day 18 – Chobe National Park

Route: Nata to Kasane

We rise early this morning as we continue north to our camp on the banks of the Chobe River. This afternoon is set aside for exploring the Chobe National Park. We begin our exploration in 4×4 vehicles, which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many elephants that frequent the river in the afternoons. The afternoon ends with a leisurely boat cruise and a meal served around the campfire.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Chobe National Park boat cruise

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Thebe River Safaris

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Chobe National Park Game Drive

Day 19 - Zimbabwe -Victoria Falls

Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls

With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border into Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. Today you will have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls at your leisure, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets and coffee shops on offer as well.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

(01 Jan to 31 March 2020) Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel (From 01 April 2020) Shearwater Explorers Village

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Victoria Falls National Park Entry

Day 20 - Victoria Falls

With the many activities on offer in Victoria Falls, today is the perfect day for the adventure that most suites your style. Whether rafting the mighty Zambezi River or enjoying a flight over the Falls, this is your day to enjoy the many attractions on offer in Victoria Falls.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

(01 Jan to 31 March 2020) Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel (From 01 April 2020) Shearwater Explorers Village

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting

Day 21 - Lusaka

Route: Victoria Falls to Lusaka

Setting off early from Victoria Falls, we catch a last sighting of the mighty falls before crossing the border into Zambia. While we have a long day travelling today, we get our first impressions of the Africa that awaits us. Colourful markets, busy villages and rural scenes form the backdrop of our journey to the outskirts of Lusaka. We enjoy a prepared meal on arrival as our guides brief us on the days ahead.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

View of Victoria Falls from the Bridge

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Eureka Camp

Meals

Meals:

Lunch, Dinner

Day 22 - Petauke

Route: Lusaka to Petauke

This morning we drive through Zambia’s busy capital Lusaka before turning east towards Petauke, our destination for the night. As an important link between Lusaka and neighbouring Malawi, the Great East Road winds through rural Zambia and we will cross the mighty Luangwa River along the way. Dotted with villages and subsistence farms, todays landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries so many of us call home.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Chimwemwe Executive Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23 - South Luangwa National Park

Route: Petauke to South Luangwa National Park

With two days of travel behind us we look forward to the tranquillity of South Luangwa and this morning we make our way to the banks of the Luangwa River. Our first stop though is the town of Chipata, home of Chipata Cotton and an important centre for the cotton famers of the region. Tribal Textiles represents the creativity of the African culture and those interested can enjoy a tour of their workshops (March to December). One of the finest sunsets is surely that enjoyed on the banks of the Luangwa River, so grab a cold drink and watch the day fade away.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Textile visit

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Wildlife Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24 - South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park is a world-class safari destination and we have a full day to explore the park in search of the variety of wildlife found in the park. This morning you can partake in an optional morning safari or during the dry season (April to December) you can join one of the iconic walking safaris on offer in the park. This afternoon we will enjoy a sunset drive in the park including a sundowner stop. The unique opportunity to explore the park at night gives us a chance to spot the elusive nocturnal species that are rarely seen in the day.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Wildlife Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Safari Walk (seasonal) or Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa

Day 25 - Lake Malawi

Route: South Luangwa National Park to Lake Malawi

This morning we board our truck and set off for Malawi, the warm heart of Africa. Our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi, the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system. As one of the ten largest lakes in the world, the lake stretches for over 500km along the western boundary of Malawi and is home to more species of fish than any other lake. We spend the night on the shores of this natural wonder.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Ngala Beach Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 26 - Lake Malawi

Today we visit a local village near our lodge with the Nomad guide. The rest of the day is set aside for you to relax at the lake. Use the time to read a book, soak up the sun or indulge in the many attractions that are on offer.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Malawi Village Tour

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Ngala Beach Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27 - Lake Malawi

Route: Central Lake Malawi to North Lake Malawi

Today we are back on the road for most of the day travelling further north and will overnight once again on the banks of Lake Malawi. Enjoy the sunset over the lake from the beach. Your guide will assist you to plan your activities for the coming days, or you can simply slow your clock to Africa time relaxing on the lake shore.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Majizuwa

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 28 - Lake Malawi

Snorkelling in the crystal waters offers the chance to see first-hand the brilliantly coloured tropical cichlids, tiny fish often found in colourful aquariums around the world. Your afternoon will be spent walking through the small village of Ngala.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Majizuwa

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 29 - Tanzania – Iringa

Route: Northern Lake Malawi to Iringa

Today as we leave Malawi, we ascend the Great Rift Valley and make our way into Tanzania. We round the northern extremes of the lake as we turn east and continue to our overnight stop in Iringa.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kisolanza Farm

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 30 - Mikum

Route: Iringa to Mikumi

This morning we complete our journey to the doorstep of Mikumi National Park. Mikumi ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania, but forms part of a 75 000 square kilometre wilderness that centres on Selous, Africa’s largest game reserve. Today you will have the opportunity to book a game drive in Mikumi National Park.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camp Bastian

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Mikumi Game Drive

Day 31 – Stone Town (Zanzibar)

Route: Dar es Salaam to Stone Town (Zanzibar)

We head out early to catch our ferry to Zanzibar Island from Dar es Salaam. After arriving at the ferry port we make our way to our hotel located in Stone Town.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Zanzibar Excursion

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Africa House Hotel

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 32 – Stone Town - Nungwi

Route: Stone Town to Nungwi

Boasting a rich history this busy port was once a landmark on both the Slave and Spice trade routes. This morning we will embark on a 20-30 minute boat journey to Prison Island, which was once a place where slaves were detained. On return to Stone Town, we will travel by road to the north of the island, Nungwi and our base for the next 2 nights. We will explore the beautiful Jozani Forest during the afternoon.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Prison Island boat trip/ Jozani Forest Half Day tour

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Amaan Bungalows

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Fishing, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Turtle Sanctuary Visit, Village Tours, and more

Day 33 - Nungwi

Today is a free day to enjoy some of the many attractions and activities on offer. Water sports are the order of the day and Nungwi offers fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and a variety of ocean safari options. Whatever it is you chose to do today, you will have ample opportunity to create some island memories. Rent a scooter and explore the many attractions on offer or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Amaan Bungalows

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 34 - Bagamoyo

Route: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by ferry; Dar es Salaam to Bagamoyo

We bid farewell to the island and board our return ferry, on arrival back at the Dar es Salaam port, we reunite with our truck and return to Bagamoyo where we spend the night.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Bagamoyo Travellers Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 35 - Arusha

Route: Bagamoyo to Arusha

Heading north this morning we travel across the northern reaches of Tanzania, our destination tonight is the bustling town of Arusha. Northern Tanzania is home to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro. You will be briefed this evening by our local guide on what to prepare for the coming days.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Meru Mbega Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 36 - Karatu

Route: Arusha to Karatu

Although it is short distance to Karatu, we will spend most of the day commuting closer to the Ngorongoro Crater. Upon arrival in Karatu, our guide will brief us on the full day excursion into the crater. Karatu is conveniently situated to allow you the opportunity to participate in various optional activities in the coming days. Those guests who have purchased the Serengeti excursion will be collected from Arusha this morning.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kudu Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Local Brewery Tour, Karatu Iraqw Market, local coffee plantation tour

Day 37 - Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

Route: Karatu to Ngorongoro Crater and return

We rise early and will be collected from our camp and transferred to the Ngorongoro Crater. We will spend the bulk of our day exploring the Crater floor in search of the animals which roam the plains. We will arrive back in Karatu in the afternoon.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Full day 4x4 excursion to Ngorongoro Crater

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kudu Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 38 - Karatu

This morning we rise early for a hike to the Elephant Caves, taking you through untouched forests with amazing wildlife. The rest of the day is free for you to relax at camp or participate in a number of optional activities available from the accommodation establishment. Some of the optional activities include village walking visits or a visit to Lake Manyara National Park. These activities need to be booked directly with the accommodation provide upon arrival in Karatu.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Elephant Caves Hike

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kudu Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 39 - Arusha

Route: Serengeti National Park to Arusha (Serengeti excursion guests) / Karatu to Arusha (Non-excursion guests)

Returning to Arusha, tonight we will reunite with our fellow travellers who opted for the optional Serengeti excursion and we share our experiences of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Meru Mbega Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 40 - Kenya – Nairobi

Route: Arusha to Nairobi

We cross the border into Kenya this morning and make our way to Nairobi.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Sentrim Boulevard Hotel or similar.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 41 – Nairobi

Route: Arusha to Nairobi

Today is the day to take a walk through the city and explore and participate in the optional activities available.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Sentrim Boulevard Hotel or similar

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Giraffe Centre, Nairobi National Park

Day 42 – Masai Mara National Reserve

Route: Nairobi to Masai Mara

We leave the capital of Nairobi and travel to the Masai Mara, world renowned for its endless plains of wild animals and spectacular beauty. The visit to the Masai Mara is operated in safari type vehicles and not the Nomad truck. For this reason, you are asked to pack a small overnight bag to travel with. You will need your towel, clothes, toiletries and camping essentials.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Masai Mara Excursion

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Masai Mara Excursion

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 43 - Masai Mara National Reserve

The rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara offer ideal game viewing and photographic opportunities. Some of the animals that could be found here include elephant, black rhino, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, wildebeest, zebra and gazelle. Hippo and crocodile abound in the muddy brown waters of the rivers, which traverse this reserve. Today we will spend the entire day game driving through the Mara in search of all the animals.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Masai Mara Excursion

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Masai Mara Excursion

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 44 - Lake Nakuru National Park

Route: Masai Mara Reserve to Lake Nakuru National Park

This morning we bid the Mara farewell before heading to Lake Nakuru National Park where we will enjoy an afternoon game drive through the park. Lake Nakuru is home to large flocks of flamingos and pelicans as well as black & white rhino, leopard, lion and numerous buck. Originally created as a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru was upgraded to National Park status in 1968.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Lake Nakuru NP Game Drive

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Lake Kivu Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 45 - Jinja

Route: Lake Nakuru to Jinja

This morning we not only cross the border into Uganda, but shortly after setting out this morning we cross the Equator on our way to Jinja. Jinja is Uganda’s second largest city and most famous as the point where the Nile (officially the Victoria Nile) flows out of Lake Victoria and begins the 6695 kilometre journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Crossing of the Equator

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Eden Rock Resort

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 46 - Masindi – Murchison Falls National Park

Route: Jinja to Masindi

After a quick stop in the city of Kampala, we head in the direction of The Murchison Falls National Park. Also referred to as the Kabaraga Falls, Murchison Falls is a waterfall found on the course of the great Nile and is located within the Murchison National Park. The park is recognized as one of the best National Parks in Uganda. After settling into our accommodation in Masindi, your guide will brief you on the activities for the following day.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kabalega Resort

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Ziwa Rhino Walk

Day 47 - Masindi – Budongo Central Forest Reserve

Budongo Forest is the biggest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa and is home to the largest number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda. It is believed that there are between 600 – 700 chimpanzees in Budongo and this morning we will meet up with our chimp guide who will take us on our trek through the forest in search of the chimps. We will also enjoy a boat cruise in the park. Note: As the Chimp trekking is limited
to 12 guests per trek, should there be more than 12 guests on a tour the trekking will be split between the morning and the afternoon. Therefore you may find that you will first do the game drive activity followed by the Chimp trekking or vice versa. Please allow for flexibility.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Chimp trekking (half day)

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kabalega Resort

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Nile River Cruise

Day 48 – Lake Kikorongo Region

Route: Masindi to Lake Mburo

This morning we depart Masindi and transfer towards the edges of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Our accommodation for the night is nestled atop a hill overlooking Lake Kikorongo.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Simba Safari Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 49 - Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

Route: Kampala to Lake Bunyonyi

Crossing the Equator once more we travel south to the beautiful scenery of Lake Bunyonyi. With eager anticipation we prepare for the upcoming Gorilla trekking excursion and tonight we will receive a briefing on what to expect.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 50 - Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

Route: Lake Bunyonyi National Park to the starting point of the gorilla trek (in safari or smaller vehicles)

The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and while exact numbers vary it is widely assumed that there are only around 650 left. Visiting the gorillas is a great way to support their future on earth as the money spent on permits is used for their protection. An extremely important part of the future conservation of the remaining gorillas rests in the community development work – as local communities change their attitudes towards wildlife and start to protect rather than poach, the future of the mountain gorilla is assured.

As permits granting permission to visit the gorillas are extremely limited we require flexibility in both the tour itinerary and where we actually visit them. The home of the mountain gorillas is completely at odds with man-made borders and so their range encompasses Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Whenever possible we choose to make use of the National Park in Uganda, but this depends on the availability of permits. Should we not obtain permits to visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda then we will inform all passengers beforehand that the tour will travel to Rwanda or DRC.
On your free day in Bunyonyi you will have the opportunity to participate in certain optional activities. You can also go hiking or explore the area on a mountain bike.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Gorilla Trekking, Pygmy visit, Rwanda day tour

Day 51 - Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

Although there are 2 days allocated to Gorilla Trekking you will only spend one day on the trek. The other days are there to provide a large enough window in which to obtain permits and to allow the entire group to trek if there are more than 6 of you on the tour.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Gorilla Trekking, Pygmy visit, Rwanda day tour

Day 52 - Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala

Route: Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala

This morning we set off on our return journey to Kampala and make a third crossing of the Equator along our way. Tonight your guide will brief you on the activities available in Jinja so that you can plan your day tomorrow. We overnight in Kampala.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Hillside Plaza Hotel

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 53 - Jinja

Route: Kampala to Jinja

A short distance from Kampala, Jinja offers many exciting activities and your guide will assist you to plan for this day. Most activities are focussed around the waters of the Nile and these include rafting, kayaking and a variety of cruises on Africa’s largest river. While those who may be less inclined to water sports can enjoy horse riding or a quadbike adventure on dry land.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Eden Rock Resort

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Quad biking, kayaking, rafting

Day 54 - Kenya – Eldoret

Route: Jinja to Eldoret

Returning to Kenya we visit Eldoret, the country’s 5th largest city. The Great Rift Valley is still the dominant geographical feature of this region and the altitude at Eldoret is 2100 metres above sea level.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Naiberi River Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 55 - Nairobi

Route: Eldoret to Nairobi

Returning to Nairobi this afternoon we reflect on many memories that we have gathered together and brace ourselves for a return to the busy streets of Nairobi. Your tour ends upon arrival in Nairobi.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

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