East Africa and Gorillas

The Details

Type: Accommodated Accommodated
Start: Victoria Falls Zimbabwe
Length: 28 - 42 Days
End: Nairobi Kenya
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Large (>12 People)
Countries: Zambia Malawi Tanzania Kenya Uganda

Tour Dates

2018
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Overview

As we start with our East Africa & Gorillas adventure tour we leave the dazzling Victoria Falls and head to the South Luangwa National Park. South Luangwa National Park is a world-class safari destination. When we have discovered the wide variety of wildlife in the park we will travel into the warm heart of Africa, Malawi. Lake Malawi is one of the ten largest lakes in the world. We spend a few days indulging in the many attractions that underlie the charm of the Lake and its people. Before we go on to the white sand beaches and crystal clear waters of Zanzibar we enjoy a game drive in Mikumi National Park. We then travel to Arusha and the Serengeti National Park where you are sure to see incredible wildlife! Our next leg of the tour starts in Nairobi and we head to the Masai Mara National Park, Lake Naivasha and Nakuru National Park for world class game viewing. We cross into Uganda and enjoy a trek through Budongo Forest, the biggest Mahogany forest in East Africa and the home of the largest number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda. We travel south to the beautiful scenery of Lake Bunyoni and there we will be taken into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to visit the endangered Mountain Gorilla. Excludes Activity Package; R 13 550 per person and single supplement. Gorilla permits excluded. 

This tour has a Comfort Option available.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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 project visit

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Wildlife Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: 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, we split our time between day and night with a sundowner stop in between. 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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Wildlife Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park/Safari Walk (seasonal) or Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa

Day 5: Lake Malawi – 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 other lake. We spend the night on the shores of this natural wonder.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Chitimba OR Ngala Beach Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Northern Lake Malawi

Taking our time this morning we enjoy the charms of sunrise on the Lake, we head out this afternoon and come to rest on the northern reaches of the lake shore. Here we spend a few days indulging in the many attractions that underlie the charm of the Lake and its people. Our base for the next three nights offers a range of opportunities to satisfy every wish.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Chitimba OR Ngala Beach Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Lake Malawi

Amongst the myriad of optional activities to fill your days, we will pay a visit to a local community this morning to meet the people of the lake. Hikers will find a selection of trips, including a rather strenuous outing to the mission village of Livingstonia, set high above the lake. 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 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.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Local Village Visit

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Chitimba OR Ngala Beach Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Snorkelling, Livingstonia day trip (hike), Community Volunteering

Day 8: Lake Malawi

This morning we set aside some time for a visit to Karonga, this interesting town has a turbulent history as a centre Malawi’s slave trade. Home to a museum that boasts a dinosaur amongst its displays, we learn more of the rich history of both people and the natural world. We return for a final afternoon of relaxation and a final sundowner on the shores of this great lake.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Karonga Town and Museum Visit

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Chitimba OR Ngala Beach Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Snorkelling, Livingstonia day trip (hike), Community Volunteering

Day 9: Tanzania – 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 10: 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. Abutting the northern border of this vast wilderness, Mikumi offers us an opportunity for an afternoon of game viewing

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Asante Afrika Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package: Mikumi National Park Game Drive

Day 11: Dar es Salaam

Today we continue onwards to the bustling port of Dar es Salaam, tonight we have an opportunity to dinner out on the town as we prepare for our upcoming excursion to Zanzibar. Dar es Salaam grew from a humble fishing village and today is one of the largest cities in Africa.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kariakoo Hotel

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Dinner

Day 12: Zanzibar Excursion

Boarding the ferry to Zanzibar this morning we make the ocean journey to the island of Zanzibar. On arrival we will partake in a Spice Tour before reaching Nungwi on the northern point of the island. Our home for the next two nights, Nungwi offers a perfect stop to enjoy the beaches and activities on offer. Those who have not opted for the Zanzibar Excursion will remain in Dar es Salaam for the next three nights.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Spice Tour and City Tour

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Amaan Bungalows

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion/Sunset Sailing Trips, Snorkelling and more (Optional)

Day 13: Zanzibar Excursion

Today is a free day for enjoying 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, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion/Fishing, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Turtle Sanctuary Visit, Village Tours, Jozani Forest and more

Day 14: Zanzibar Excursion

Our visit to Nungwi comes to an end today as we travel to Stone Town this afternoon. Boasting a rich history this bustling port was once a landmark on both the Slave and Spice trade routes. We overnight here before returning to Dar es Salaam in the morning.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Ocean View Hotel

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion

Day 15: Dar es Salaam – Bagamoyo

This morning we have some time to explore the sights of Stone Town, the rich history and vibrant markets are some of the highlights of any visit to Zanzibar. We bid farewell to the island this afternoon and board our return ferry, on arrival in Dar es Salaam make the short journey north to Bagamoyo where we make our stop for the night.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Stone Town

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Bagamoyo Travellers Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16: Arusha

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

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Ndoro Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

The following days are set aside for the 3-night optional camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This area has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4×4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks. We leave our accommodation in the morning and drive to the Serengeti. On arrival we will start with our first game drive.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Bush Camp: Seronera Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Serengeti Camping Excursion (min. 4 people)

Day 18: Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

We spend the entire day game driving through the Serengeti. Our route is depending on the movement of the game and sightings.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Bush Camp: Seronera Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

Today we explore more of the Serengeti and make our way to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. We drive down to the bottom of the Crater, where we try and see as many animals as possible.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Bush Camp: Simba Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Arusha

Returning to Arusha tonight we share out experiences of the Serengeti and prepare for the trip to Nairobi tomorrow.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Ndoro Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Kenya – Nairobi

We cross the border into Kenya this morning and make our way to Nairobi where our journey ends on arrival.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Sentrim Boulevard Hotel

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Dinner

Day 22: Nairobi - Masai Mara National Reserve

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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Masai Mara Camp

Meals

Meals:

Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion

Day 23: Masai Mara National Reserve

The rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara offer ideal game viewing and photographic opportunities. Some of the other 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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Masai Mara Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion

Day 24: Lake Nakuru National Park

This morning we bid the Mara farewell before heading to Lake Nakuru National Park, here 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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Lake Kivu Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion

Day 25: 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 26: Masindi – Murchison Falls National Park

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 are 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 Hotel

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27: 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:

Boat cruise (half day) in Murchison Falls National Park

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kabalega Resort Hotel

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package: Chimp trekking (half day)

Day 28: Kampala

While we spend the night in the bustling capital city of Kampala, this morning we have the opportunity to visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. These majestic animals are in a literal fight for their survival. Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU) was formed as a Non-Government Organization (NGO) in 1997 and is tasked with overseeing its aim of reintroducing Rhinoceros, a highly endangered species across the globe, back into the National Parks of Uganda through a breeding and release program. Out of this emerged the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, 7000 hectares of imminently suitable savannah and native woodlands.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Sky Hotel

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package: Ziwa Rhino walk/Dinner

Day 29: Gorillas (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 30: Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

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

Day 31: 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. Today we will enjoy a visit to the Nyombi Village, a Pygmy village which is reached by motor boat from Bunyonyi Resort. We will have the opportunity to learn about the culture of the Pygmies and how they live.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package: Pygmy village visit (including motor boat transfer)

Day 32: Lake Bunyonyi – 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 and enjoy an optional dinner out.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Sky Hotel

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Dinner out

Day 33: 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

Day 34: Kenya – 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

Day 35: 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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Own Arrangements

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Dinner

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