Overview

Gorilla Trekking is part of this tour, however the cost of the Gorilla Trekking Permit is not included in your tour price or this booking. Gorilla permits cost $630 to 730. If you book this tour, a consultant will contact you to confirm the availability of the permit and arrange payment.

Visit the Masai Mara National Park, Lake Naivasha and Nakuru before arriving in Uganda. We prepare for our gorilla trekking adventure in Lake Bunyoni and then head to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to visit these magnificent creatures. On our way to Nairobi we stop at Queen Elizabeth National Park, Jinja and Eldoret. We head to the world class safari area of the Serengeti and then on to the tropical beaches of Zanzibar. Arriving in Victoria Falls we continue South through the Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Our tour comes to an end in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Featured Highlights

Not all highlights are included in the tour price and form part of the Activity Package. Ideally we would include all activities, but not everyone can afford this. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased or bought through your guide on day 1 of your tour.

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Itinerary

Our tours come with an Activity Package. This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours and therefore this itinerary has been written with these items included in the day-by-day itinerary. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this.

Day 01

Masai Mara National Reserve

We leave the capital of Nairobi and travel to the Masai Mara, world renowned for it’s endless plains of wild animals and spectacular beauty.  This afternoon we will enjoy a cultural experience as we visit and interact with Kenya’s native Masaai people.

Distance
±240km
Route
Nairobi to Masai Mara
Included Activities
Masai Village Visit
Activity Package
Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion
Day 01

Masai Mara National Reserve

We leave the capital of Nairobi and travel to the Masai Mara, world renowned for it’s endless plains of wild animals and spectacular beauty.  This afternoon we will enjoy a cultural experience as we visit and interact with Kenya’s native Masaai people.

Distance
±240km
Route
Nairobi to Masai Mara
Included Activities
Masai Village Visit
Activity Package
Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion
Day 02

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.

Day 03

Masai Mara - Lake Nakuru

We rise early and enjoy our final game drive through the Mara 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.

Distance
±220km
Route
Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru
Day 04

Jinja

Jinja is Uganda’s second largest city and more 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.

Distance
±430km
Route
Nakuru to Jinja
Places
Jinja
Day 05

Kampala

This morning will be at leisure. You will have the opportunity to participate in the optional activities available in Jinja, including the popular Nile River rafting. Later this afternoon, we will make our way to Uganda’s largest city and capital, Kampala.

Distance
±85km
Route
Jinja to Kampala
Places
Kampala
Day 06

Gorillas (Lake Bunyoni)

Lake Bunyonyi is a small but attractive lake with steep sides and abundant birdlife. Ringed by mountains, the lake is best known for its dense Otter population and stunning scenery. We make use of this beautiful spot to relax the night before the final drive to the gorillas.

Distance
±420km
Route
Kampala to Lake Bunyonyi
Optional Activities
Canoe Rental Lake Bunyoni
Pygmy Village Visit (per boat)
Day 07

Gorillas (Lake Bunyoni)

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 Bunyoni you will have the opportunity to participate in certain optional activities. You can also go hiking or explore the area on a mountain bike.

Distance
±125 km (in safari or smaller vehicles)km
Route
Lake Buyoni National Park to the Starting Point of the Gorilla Trek
Highlights
Day 08

Gorillas (Lake Bunyoni)

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.

Highlights
Places
Lake Bunyonyi
Day 09

Lake Bunyoni - Kampala

Today we say farewell to the Gorillas and make the long journey back to Uganda’s capital, Kampala.

Distance
±420km
Route
Lake Buyoni to Kampala
Day 10

Murchison Falls

The Murchison Falls, also referred to as the Kabaraga 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. This afternoon we will enjoy a game drive through the park in search of the great diversity of wild animals including lion, buffalo, leopards, elephant and numerous bird species. Our accommodation for the night is located in the Paraa’ area, meaning “the place of hippos”.

Distance
±330km
Route
Kampala to Murchinson Falls
Included Activities
Game Drive at Murchison National Park
Day 11

Nakitoma

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. Budongo boasts a high biodiversity of 24 species of small animals, 9 of which are primates. 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. This afternoon we depart Murchison National Park and head to Ziwa Rhino & Wildlife Ranch, home to the only wild rhino’s in Uganda.

Distance
±165km
Route
Murchison Falls to Nakitoma
Optional Activities
Guided Birding Walk (2.5 hours)
Activity Package
Chimpanzee Trekking Murchison Falls
Day 12

Jinja

This morning you will have the opportunity to participate in an optional rhino trekking experience with trained rangers, who will guide you through the expedition. Then it’s off to Jinja and our final night in Uganda.

Distance
±230km
Route
Nakitoma to Jinja
Optional Activities
Rhino Trekking
Nile River Rafting Half Day
Places
Jinja
Day 13

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.

Distance
±290km
Route
Jinja to Eldoret
Places
Eldoret
Day 14

Nairobi

Returning to Nairobi, the largest city in the East Africa region, we will arrive late in the afternoon.  A great way to spend the evening, is with your fellow travellers at one of Nairobi’s many restaurants, where you can exchange stories.

Distance
±350km
Route
Eldoret to Nairobi
Places
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Nairobi
Day 15

Nairobi

Over the next 3 days you will have time to explore Nairobi and it’s surrounding areas.  All the options we have listed can be booked via your agent or through Nomad directly.  Nairobi National Park is located just 10km from the Nairobi City Centre and offers lions, leopards, zebra, rhinos and wildebeest.  A visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an orphanage for baby elephants is also one of the more popular activities while in the National Park.

Optional Activities
Dinner Out Nairobi
Day 16

Nairobi

A wonderful way to spend the morning would be to participate in a tour to Kazuri Beads, who make beautiful handmade ceramic beads and other crafts.  Through their bead creations, Kazuri Beads offers employment to people from disadvantaged communitities around Nairobi.

Optional Activities
Dinner Out Nairobi
Day 17

Nairobi

WIth so many day trips in and around Nairobi to choose from, another popular half day trip would be to the Giraffe Centre, a real highlight for many people’s stay in Kenya.  You will get the chance to come face to face with giraffes, feed them and stroke them.

Optional Activities
Dinner Out Nairobi
Day 18

Arusha

Today we depart the bustling capital of Kenya and cross the border into Tanzania. We will stop in Arusha to visit the local Masai Mara Museum and the snake park. This afternoon we make our preparations for the optional excursion to the Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro Crater.

Distance
±290km
Route
Nairobi to Arusha
Activity Package
Masai Mara Museum
Places
Arusha
Day 19

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.

 

Distance
±250km
Route
Arusha to Serengeti National Park
Optional Activities
Tips for Guides
Serengeti 4-day camping Excursion (min 4 people)
Ballooning over Serengeti National Park
Day 20

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.

Day 21

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.

Day 22

Arusha

Today those that went into the Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro will meet up with the truck in Arusha, where there will be time to share stories of the wonderful African animals seen in the park.

Distance
±250km
Route
Serengeti National Park to Arusha
Places
Arusha
Day 23

Bagamoyo

We leave Arusha early and head south towards Bagamoyo, who’s name goes back to the days of slavery and means “lay down your heart”. Our accommodation for the night is situated on the beach. Tonight we will prepare for the Zanzibar excursion.

Distance
±550km
Route
Arusha to Bagamoyo
Day 24

Zanzibar Excursion

Its a short drive down to Dar es Salaam, where we will be dropped off at the local ferry port and will take a ferry from Dar es Salaam (where we leave the truck) to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar. We spend the first night exploring the historical and unique architecture. There are also spice and seafood markets to be explored.

Route
Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam ± 80 km; Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by ferry
Activity Package
Zanzibar Excursion plus Ferry
Optional Activities
Zanzibar Meals (per meal)
Day 25

Zanzibar Excursion

The following day we take a transfer to the northern part of the island where we will spend 2 days relaxing on the beach.

Distance
±60-70km
Route
Stone Town to Nungwi Beach
Optional Activities
Zanzibar Meals (per meal)
Swimming with Dolphins – Full Day (min. 2 people)
Spice Tour – Half Day (min. 2 people)
Scuba Diving – Per Dive
Day 26

Zanzibar Excursion

We spend the day relaxing on the beach or taking part in one of the many optional activities offered here.

Optional Activities
Zanzibar Meals (per meal)
Day 27

Dar es Salaam

Today we leave Zanzibar and catch a ferry back to Dar es Salaam and return to our truck and campsite.

Distance
±60-70km
Route
Nungwi Beach to Stone town: ± 60-70 km; Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by ferry
Day 28

Mikumi

Today we leave the humid Indian Ocean coastline and our journey leads us to Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant. Today we have the opportunity to enjoy an optional afternoon game drive through the park

Distance
±195km
Route
Dar es Salaam to Mikumi
Optional Activities
Mikumi National Park Game Drive (min 6 clients)
Day 29

Iringa

Today we travel further inland and up to Iringa in the highland tea growing area. This evening our dinner is a traditional Kihehe dinner in a Kihehe hut (local tribe) or dinner in the famous Mud Ruins restaurant.

Distance
±360km
Route
Mikumi to Iringa
Included Activities
Diner in a local Masai Restaurant
Day 30

Karonga - Northern Malawi

Today we leave Tanzania and enter Malawi. We ascend out of the Great Rift Valley through some spectacular mountain passes, passing vast tea plantations in the highlands before arriving at our camp.

Distance
±462km
Route
Iringa to Karonga
Day 31

Nkhotakota Bay - Malawi

Leaving Nkhata Bay, we journey north to Nkhotakota Bay and our accommodation stop for the night, situated on the shores of Lake Malawi. Here you will have the afternoon free to snorkel in the crystal clear waters or try out the traditional dug out canoe and have fun in trying to master it.

Distance
±220km
Route
Nkhata Bay to Nkhotakota Bay
Optional Activities
Mbewa Village Visit
Walking Safari into Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve
Nkhotakota Pottery Training Workshop (per hour)
Day 32

Nkhotakota Bay

For much of the 19th century, it was the busiest slave-trading centre on Lake Malawi By the 1850s, Nkhotakota had become the main terminus from which as many as 20,000 slaves annually were shipped across the lake from present-day Malawi to the Indian Ocean port of Kilwa Kivinje (Tanzania). Today you will have the opportunity to experience the Slave Trade & Historical tour, gaining insight where Arab Traders organised the slave trade to Zanzibar. The tour includes the trees where Livingstone negotiated with the slave traders, the Church built by the first missionaries and the pool in the hills where enemies of the Arabs magically escaped.

Activity Package
Slave Trade & Historical Tour
Day 33

Lilongwe

Today we depart Nkhotakota Bay and head towards the bustling city of Lilongwe. En route, we will stop at a local market to experience the culture and way of live of the Malawian people.

Distance
±175km
Route
Nkhotakota Bay to Lilongwe
Included Activities
Lilongwe Local Market Visit
Day 34

Zambia - South Luangwa National Park

Early in the morning we drive from Malawi and cross in to Zambia and continue to the South Luangwa National Park where we spend the next two nights right on the banks of the Luangwa River. You can often see hippos and other animals from the camp bar. This afternoon we enjoy an included sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP.

Distance
±280km
Route
Lilongwe to South Luangwa National Park
Activity Package
Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
Day 35

South Luangwa National Park

In the morning you have the opportunity to take another game drive. The park is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos. After lunch we visit the community run tribal textile project and a local village.

Activity Package
Village and Textile Project Visit in South Luangwa
Optional Activities
Safari Walk in South Luangwa National Park
Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
Day 36

Chipata

We leave South Luangwa and drive through to Chipata where we will relax in the afternoon. Zambia is truly Africa, with its lush, sub-tropical vegetation.

Distance
±130km
Route
South Luangwa NP to Chipata
Places
Chipata
Day 37

Lusaka

The journey towards the bustling Zambian capital of Lusaka takes us along an interesting route. On week days there may be the opportunity to visit one of the interesting local markets of the Zambian capital city.

Distance
±590km
Route
Chipata to Lusaka
Places
Day 38

Victoria Falls

Today we journey from Lusaka to Victoria Falls.  Tonight you will have the opportunity to have a meal out with your group.

Distance
±570km
Route
Lusaka to Victoria Falls
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Victoria Falls
Day 39

Victoria Falls

Today we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls National Park. As we stay in Victoria Falls, you have sufficient time to explore the falls and visit all of the view-points for some great photo opportunities.

Optional Activities
Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Bungee Jump – Solo
Helicopter Flights
White Water Rafting
Day 40

Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls – Botswana - Kasane

We depart Victoria Falls and head towards Kasane. Upon arrival at Kasane we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. This afternoon we enjoy a scenic sunset boat cruise in Chobe National Park. Elephants, Hippo, Crocodiles, Eland and many other creatures reside in Chobe so keep your cameras ready.

Distance
±100km
Route
Victoria Falls to Kasane
Optional Activities
Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Bungee Jump – Solo
Helicopter Flights
White Water Rafting
Activity Package
Vic Falls National Park Entry
Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
Day 41

Kasane - Botswana

Established in 1968, the Chobe National Park covers approximately 11700 sq kms, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland.  Take advantage of your time here by enjoying a game drive through the park, in search of vast herd of elephants and a multitude of antelope including the rare sable.

Activity Package
Chobe National Park Game Drive
Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
Day 42

Gateway to the Delta

Today we enter Namibia and travel through the Caprivi Strip,  crossing three national parks en-route to our next destination. A beautiful sunset awaits us at our camp situated on the panhandle of the delta.

Distance
±435km
Route
Kasane to Kavango
Day 43

Okavango Delta

After arrival, we settle in and prepare for our afternoon cruise that ends with sundowners overlooking the waterways of the Delta.

Clients not doing the activity package will continue to their camp for the next 2 nights, where they can relax or do any of optional activities including fishing, boat and Mokoro trips (the traditional dug-out canoe of the Delta) The rest of the group crosses the ferry at Shakawe and transfers deep into the Delta.

Distance
±150km
Route
Kavango to Okavango Delta
Activity Package
Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
Optional Activities
Tips for Polers
Day 43

Okavango Delta

A scenic cruise is followed by a game drive that sees us arrive at our remote camp in the heart of the Delta. The afternoon we head out for our sunset cruise that ends with sundowners overlooking the waterways of the Delta.

Distance
±150km
Route
Kavango to Okavango Delta
Activity Package
Okavango Delta Excursion (Accommodated)
Day 44

Okavango Delta

An early start sees us head off on the crystal clear waters of the Okavango. Water lily beds and palm islands make for he most scenic of experiences. We make our way to one of the larger islands for our nature walk, where we have the possibility of seeing some of the abundant wildlife. A breakfast awaits us after our walk. We return to camp to relax before heading out on our afternoon sunset game drive.

Optional Activities
Hot Air Balloon Flight Okavango Delta
Tips for Polers
Day 44

Okavango Delta

An early start sees us head off on the crystal clear waters of the Okavango. Water lily beds and palm islands make for he most scenic of experiences. We make our way to one of the larger islands for our nature walk, where we have the possibility of seeing some of the abundant wildlife. A breakfast awaits us after our walk. We return to camp to relax before heading out on our afternoon sunset game drive.

Included Activities
Game Drive
Optional Activities
Tips for Polers
Day 45

Nata

We leave the Delta behind us and travel east towards the town of Nata, near the Makgadikgadi Pans. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to participate in a 3-hour Game Drive to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. You will board the open roof 4×4 vehicles and travel through the Nata Bird Sanctuary, which sits within the awe-aspiring vastness of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. The pans are home to 165 different species of birds, including pelicans, spoonbills, eagles, ostriches and flamingos, that make the Sanctuary their home at different times of the year according to their migratory behaviour.

Distance
±300km
Route
Maun to Nata
Activity Package
Visit to the Nata Pans
Places
Nata
Day 46

Botswana – Tuli Block

Our accommodation tonight is situated in the area known as the Tuli Block, which is a narrow piece of land between Botswana and Zimbabwe and is renowned for it’s geographical features.  Upon arrival at our overnight stop, we will enjoy a game drive through the reserve, which is home to many species of animals including giraffe, hippo, hyena, zebra and gemsbok.

Distance
±700km
Route
Maun to Tuli Block
Activity Package
Stevensford Reserve Game Drive
Day 47

South Africa - Johannesburg

Today we cross the border into South Africa and after quite a long, yet scenic drive we will arrive in Johannesburg. South Africa’s city of gold has much to offer and should not be underestimated as a travel destination.

Distance
±450km
Route
Tuli Block to Johannesburg
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Johannesburg

Activity Package

Below are all highlights that are part of the Activity Package. This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be 'essential activities' on our tours. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed under the itinerary of the tour and in our pre departure information document.

  • Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion
  • Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion
  • Chimpanzee Trekking Murchison Falls
  • Masai Mara Museum
  • Zanzibar Excursion plus Ferry
  • Slave Trade & Historical Tour
  • Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
  • Village and Textile Project Visit in South Luangwa
  • Vic Falls National Park Entry
  • Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
  • Chobe National Park Game Drive
  • Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
  • Okavango Delta Excursion (Accommodated)
  • Visit to the Nata Pans
  • Stevensford Reserve Game Drive

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