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.

Travel through the untouched beauty of Namibia’s desert landscapes, the wilderness in the heart of the Okavango Delta and the thundering roar of the magnificent Victoria Falls. Venturing onwards 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.

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Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

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Pre Tour Accommodation - Cape Town

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  Airport Transfer Available Strand Towers

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Post Tour Accommodation - Nairobi

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Itinerary

Our tours come with an "Activity Package".  On this particular tour, it is compulsory that this package is purchased as it includes essential activities that can not be excluded from the itinerary.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind when booking your tour.

Day 01

South Africa – Cederberg Region

Leaving Cape Town we make our first stop at Table View and take photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. We will be heading north towards our stop for the first night, passing through the Cederberg Region. Upon arrival at our overnight stop, we will enjoy a wine tasting, sampling wines from the region. Tonight we will be treated to a traditional South African meal, followed by a full tour briefing from your guides.

Distance
±270km
Route
Cape Town to Citrusdal
Activity Package
Wine tasting & traditional dinner
Day 02

Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River

After an early start, we continue north via the distant town of Springbok, best known for its diamonds, copper and spring flowers. We then proceed to our camp located right beside the Namibian border. The camp is situated on the riverbank that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.

Distance
±500km
Route
Citrusdal to Orange river
Day 02

Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River

Today we travel through the Northern Cape and Namaqualand, stopping at the remote town of Springbok for any last requirements. After crossing the Namibian border we check into the lovely chalets overlooking the river that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.

Distance
±500km
Route
Citrusdal to Orange River
Day 03

Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River - Fish River Canyon

This morning there’s the chance to see the beautiful river valley by canoe or just relax at camp. After lunch we cross the border and travel to the Fish River Canyon. After a scenic walk along the edge of the canyon we enjoy our dinner while watching the sunset. This is also a fantastic photo opportunity.

Distance
±180km
Route
Orange River to Fish River Canyon
Included Activities
Hike along the rim of the Fish River Canyon
Optional Activities
Half-Day Canoe Trip
Day 03

Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River - Fish River Canyon

This morning there’s a chance to do an optional canoe trip down the Gariep River or to spend some time relaxing at the camp along the river. After lunch we travel north to the Fish River Canyon and take a scenic hike along the rim in order to gain some perspective as to just how large this natural phenomenon is. Later we return to Ai-Ais to check in to our accommodation and enjoy the hot springs.

Distance
±250km
Route
Orange/Gariep River to Fish River Canyon
Included Activities
Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon
Optional Activities
Half-Day Canoe Trip
Day 04

Namib-Naukluft National Park

We arrive at the Namib-Naukluft National Park and set up camp, then enjoy a short hike into the Sesriem Canyon. Tonight we enjoy the star-studded sky and enduring silence of the Namib Desert, only occasionally interrupted by the call of a Jackal or, a rather unique lizard, the barking gecko!

Distance
±520km
Route
Fish River Canyon to Namib-Naukluft Park
Included Activities
Hike into Sesriem Canyon
Day 04

Namib-Naukluft National Park

The Namib-Naukluft NP is one of Namibia’s geographic gems and at 50,000km2, is one of the largest parks in Africa. There are massive sand dunes in the Sossusvlei desert area as well as the remarkable landscape. Our lodge is situated outside the park.

Distance
±620km
Route
Fish River Canyon to Namib Naukluft
Day 05

Sossusvlei Dunes - Namib-Naukluft National Park

This is our earliest morning as we prepare for our hike up Dune 45 to marvel at the sunrise. After our hike, we will have the chance to visit Sossusvlei. Later we join a local expert on a guided hike and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions.

Distance
±150km
Route
Sesriem to Sossusvlei
Included Activities
Sunrise hike up Dune 45
Activity Package
Guided desert walk with local expert – Naukluft National Park
Places
The Namib Desert
Day 05

Sossusvlei Dunes - Namib-Naukluft National Park

We have a full day in the Namib-Naukluft National Park that starts with a walk up Dune 45 for an amazing view and photo opportunity. Later we will have the opportunity to be transported into Sossusvlei. In the afternoon there is a short walk into Sesriem Canyon.

Distance
±150km
Route
Betesda Lodge to Sesriem
Places
The Namib Desert
Included Activities
Walk into Sesriem Canyon
Hike up Dune 45
Day 06

Swakopmund

After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital, Swakopmund. Just before we arrive in Swakopmund, we stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon en-route, where there are often flamingos to be seen. You will be briefed on the many optional activities available here and there is time to explore the town before dinner out at one of the local restaurants

Distance
±250km
Route
Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
Included Activities
Stop off in Walvis Bay (to view flamingos)
Places
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Swakopmund
Day 06

Swakopmund

After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we will be joined by a local expert on a guided hike and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions. From there, we will travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital, Swakopmund, we stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon en-route, where there are often flamingos to be seen. You will be briefed on the many optional activities available here and there is time to explore the town before dinner out at one of the local restaurants.

Distance
±380km
Route
Betesda Lodge to Swakopmund
Places
Activity Package
Guided desert walk with local expert
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Swakopmund
Day 07

Swakopmund

Today is your chance to experience the adrenalin filled atmosphere that Swakopmund offers.  Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day if you are not participating in the many activities available on offer here.

Optional Activities
Dolphin Cruise 4/5 hours
Sky Diving
Sandboarding
Quad Biking (2 hours)
Dinner Out Swakopmund
Day 08

Spitzkoppe

Leaving the coast we drive through arid landscapes to Spitzkoppe Mountain. The enormous granite monoliths dominate the otherwise flat landscape and we set up camp in the wild plain at the base of the mountain. This afternoon our guide will take us on a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations. The more adventurous among us may want to try some mountain climbing for some stunning views of the landscape.

Distance
±80km
Route
Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe
Places
Included Activities
Guided Walk with Nomad Guide through Spitzkoppe
Day 08

Khorixas

Today we head inland towards Khorixas, stopping en-route at Spitzkoppe, where we will enjoy some time exploring the enormous granite monoliths with our guide. In the afternoon we will visit the Petrified Forest (might be done the following morning).

Distance
±320km
Route
Swakopmund to Khorixas
Included Activities
Visit the Petrified Forest & Spitzkoppe
Day 09

Kamanjab - Himba Tribe

We visit a Himba community close to Kamanjab where you will have an opportunity to interact with the people who live there. This is a working village and is only a representation of a larger group of nomadic pastoralists.

The semi-nomadic Himba people are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaced during the wars that raged in Angola. The dwindling number of pastoralists that still exist in their natural environment are protected as far as possible by creating a “buffer zone”, or an “educational tribe” where tourists who would like to get a better understanding of the way of the Himba, their lifestyle and their traditions, can do so without interfering with those still living in their natural environment.

Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the camp fire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand.

The income that this specific tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of orphaned Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage.

There is a market at the end of your visit, this is a way for the women to establish a small income, used for their own private expenses, and it is up to you whether you’d like to purchase anything or not.

Distance
±340km
Route
Spitzkoppe to Outjo
Activity Package
Himba Tribe Visit
People
The Himba People
Day 09

Kamanjab - Himba Tribe

We visit a Himba community close to Kamanjab where you will have an opportunity to interact with the people who live there. This is a working village and is only a representation of a larger group of nomadic pastoralists.

The semi-nomadic Himba people are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaced during the wars that raged in Angola. The dwindling number of pastoralists that still exist in their natural environment are protected as far as possible by creating a “buffer zone”, or an “educational tribe” where tourists who would like to get a better understanding of the way of the Himba, their lifestyle and their traditions, can do so without interfering with those still living in their natural environment.

Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the camp fire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand.

The income that this specific tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of orphaned Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage.

There is a market at the end of your visit, this is a way for the women to establish a small income, used for their own private expenses, and it is up to you whether you’d like to purchase anything or not.

Distance
±135km
Route
Khorixas to Outjo
Activity Package
Himba Tribe Visit
People
The Himba People
Day 10

Etosha National Park

The open plains of the Etosha National Park allows for spectacular elevated game viewing from our truck whilst on game drives. Our overnight stops, which boasts floodlit night water holes, are situated inside the park.

Distance
±170km
Route
Outjo to Etosha National Park
Included Activities
Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck
Day 11

Etosha National Park

Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. The sparse grasslands allow great opportunities to see animals normally hidden in dense vegetation. You may even see some of the amazing animals crossing the road in front of your truck! We will go on various game drives and spend our evenings at the abundant waterholes for some excellent game photography.

Included Activities
Full day game drive in Nomad truck
Day 12

Windhoek

After an early morning game drive we set off towards Windhoek, the Capital city of Namibia. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home. Windhoek is not only the capital; it is also the cultural, social and economic centre of Namibia. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short drive through Windhoek in our truck.  Joe’s Beer House is an exciting dining experience for our optional dinner out.

Distance
±450km
Route
Etosha National Park to Windhoek
Included Activities
Drive through Windhoek with the Nomad truck
Craft market stop en-route
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Windhoek
Places
Day 13

Botswana - Ghanzi

After an early start, we say goodbye to Namibia and cross the Botswana border. Later we arrive at our lodge in Ghanzi and this evening we experience some traditional tribal dancing from the local San community.

Distance
±520km
Route
Windhoek to Ghanzi
Included Activities
Bushman Tribal dance in evening
Day 14

Gateway to the Delta

Today we journey north towards Etsha and venture into the bush and our overnight camp on the banks of a beautiful lagoon.

Distance
±395km
Route
Ghanzi to Etsha 13
Optional Activities
Bushman Walk
Day 14

Maun - Okavango Delta

Today we journey to the outback town of Maun.  The afternoon is spent relaxing and preparing for our adventure into the Okavango Delta.

Distance
±350km
Route
Ghanzi to Maun
Optional Activities
Bushman Walk
Day 15

Okavango Delta

After a leisurely breakfast we depart on our boat cruise to Seronga via the winding channels of the Delta. A vehicle transfer sees us arrive at our base for the next two nights, where we settle in and prepare for our afternoon mokoro trip that ends with sundowners overlooking the waterways of the Delta.  The evening is spent around the campfire.

Route
Nguma Island Lodge to Jumbo Junction
Activity Package
Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
Day 15

Okavango Delta

After breakfast, we board our plane, flying over the winding channels of the Delta.  A game drive to camp sees us arrive at our home for the next two nights.  Upon arrival we settle in and prepare for our afternoon sunset cruise in the waterways of the Delta.  Tonight we spend the evening around the campfire accompanied by the many sounds of the bush.  Those of you not doing the Delta excursion will remain behind in Maun for the next 2 nights, where you can relax or partake in optional activities including scenic flights and mokoro trips.

Distance
±30 min flightkm
Route
Maun to Okavango Delta
Activity Package
Okavango Delta Fly In Excursion
Day 16

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 the most scenic of experiences.  We stop at an island for a nature walk, where we have the possibility of seeing wildlife.  After breakfast, we return to camp to relax before heading out onto the water for a sunset cruise.

Optional Activities
Tips for Polers
Day 16

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 the most scenic of experiences.  We stop at an island for a nature walk where we have the possibility of seeing wildlife.  After breakfast, we return to camp to relax before heading out onto the water again for a sunset cruise

Optional Activities
Tips for Polers
Day 17

Okavango Delta - Caprivi Region

Today we bid farewell to the Delta and head north.  After being re-united with our truck, we enter Namibia.  Our overnight is located on the banks of the Okavango River in the Caprivi Strip of north-eastern Namibia.

Distance
±160km
Route
Okavango Delta to Rainbow River Lodge
Places
Caprivi Strip
Day 17

Nata

A morning game drive ends with our arrival at the airstrip where we bid farewell to the Delta.  A scenic flight gives us our last view of this breathtaking water wonderland and the animals that inhabit it.  We meet up with our truck in Maun and head to Nata where the afternoon is spent exploring the enormous and world renowned Makgadikgadi salt pans.

Distance
±230km
Route
Maun to Nata
Activity Package
Visit to the Nata Pans
Places
Nata
Day 18

Kasane - Chobe National Park

This morning we travel through the Caprivi Strip and onto Kasane.  This afternoon we will enjoy a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River.

Distance
±435km
Route
Rainbow River Lodge to Kasane
Optional Activities
3 hour photographic Boat Safari
Activity Package
Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
Day 18

Chobe National Park

After continuing north to Kasane, we enjoy a sunset river cruise on the Chobe River (in the National Park) where animals such as hippos, buffalo and elephants are plentiful.

Distance
±315km
Route
Nata to Kasane
Optional Activities
3 hour photographic Boat Safari
Chobe National Park Game Drive
Activity Package
Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
Day 19

Botswana - Kasane - Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls

Established in 1968, the Chobe National Park covers approximately 11700 sq kms, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland.  We will rise early to enjoy a game drive through the park, in search of vast herd of elephants and a multitude of antelope including the rare sable.  After our game drive, we will pack our bags and head to Victoria Falls.

Distance
±100km
Route
Kasane to Victoria Falls
Activity Package
Chobe National Park Game Drive
Vic Falls National Park Entry
Optional Activities
Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Dinner Out Victoria Falls
Day 19

Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls

On arrival in Victoria Falls we have time to plan the next day’s adventure activities before we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and experience the thundering of the mighty Zambezi as it drops over 100m into the gorge below.

Distance
±100km
Route
Kasane to Victoria Falls
Optional Activities
Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Dinner Out Victoria Falls
Activity Package
Vic Falls National Park Entry
Day 20

Victoria Falls

Today we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls National Park. As we stay in Victoria Falls tonight, 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
Dinner Out Victoria Falls
Helicopter Flights
White Water Rafting
Activity Package
Vic Falls National Park Entry
Day 21

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls offers a wide variety of activites from adrenaline, scenic or cultural, from a helicopter flight over the falls to white water rafting down the Zambezi or just take time today to explore this magnificent town or choose to relax around the swimming pool at your accommodation.

Optional Activities
Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Bungee Jump – Solo
Dinner Out Victoria Falls
Helicopter Flights
White Water Rafting
Day 22

Lusaka

Leaving behind the natural wonder of Victoria Falls we begin our expedition. After Livingstone we journey towards the bustling Zambian capital of Lusaka. You will notice the vegetation becoming sub-tropical and the roads a little rougher.

Distance
±480km
Route
Victoria Falls to Lusaka
Places
Day 23

Petauke

Today is a long drive through lush country, crossing rivers en-route to Petauke, the gateway to the South Luangwa NP. Zambia is truly African and an adjustment from the more Western ways of Southern Africa.

Distance
±410km
Route
Lusaka to Petauke
Places
Chipata
Day 24

South Luangwa National Park

Early in the morning we drive from Petauke to the border of the South Luangwa National Park where we will 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 a sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP.

Distance
±180km
Route
Petauke to South Luangwa National Park
Activity Package
Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
Day 25

South Luangwa National Park

In the morning you will have the opportunity to take an optional game drive through the South Luangwa National Park, which 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 26

Lilongwe

Today we depart the South Luangwa National Park 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
±320km
Route
South Luangwa National Park to Lilongwe
Included Activities
Lilongwe Local Market Visit
Day 27

Lake Malawi - Malawi

Today we journey from Lilongwe to Ngala Beach which lies on the shore of Lake Malawi and is a town of considerable historical note. We will stay here for the next two nights and you will have time to explore this area and participate in the numerous optional activities on offer here.

Distance
±250km
Route
Lilongwe to Ngala Beach
Day 28

Lake Malawi

For much of the 19th century, it was the busiest slave-trading centre on Lake Malawi and by the 1850s, Nkhotakota had become the main terminus from which as many as 20,000 slaves were shipped annually 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 organized 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 29

Lake Malawi

Leaving Ngala Beach, we journey north to the Karonga region and our accommodation stop for the night is situated on the shores of Lake Malawi. Here you will have the afternoon free to participate in the various optional activities on offer

Distance
±290km
Route
Ngala Beach to Karonga
Day 30

Tanzania - Iringa

Today we leave Malawi and enter Tanzania. 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 outside Iringa. This evening our dinner is a traditional Kihehe dinner in a Kihehe hut (local tribe) or dinner in the famous Mud Ruins restaurant.

Distance
±510km
Route
Karonga to Iringa
Included Activities
Dinner in a local Kihehe Hut
Day 31

Mikumi

We leave Iringa today and head north to the Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant. Here we have the opportunity to enjoy an optional afternoon game drive through the park.

Distance
±360km
Route
Iringa to Mikumi
Optional Activities
Mikumi National Park Game Drive (min 6 clients)
Day 32

Dar es Salaam

Our journey today brings us out of the cool highland region to the humid Indian Ocean coastal city of Dar es Salaam. Meaning ‘house of peace’ in Arabic, Dar es Salaam is the economic and trade capital of Tanzania, but inland Dodoma remains the official capital city.

Distance
±195km
Route
Mikumi to Dar es Salaam
Day 33

Zanzibar Excursion

A local ferry will take us from Dar es Salaam (where we leave the truck) to Zanzibar. We take a transfer to the northern part of the island where we will spend our time relaxing on the beach.

Route
Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by ferry: ± 80km; Stone Town to Nungwi Beach: ± 60 km
Activity Package
Zanzibar Excursion plus Ferry
Optional Activities
Zanzibar Meals (per meal)
Swimming with Dolphins – Full Day (min. 2 people)
Scuba Diving – Per Dive
Day 34

Zanzibar Excursion

Enjoy your time on Zanzibar by relaxing at the beach or exploring, snorkeling, scuba diving or taking a sunset boat cruise through the waters.  Today is for relaxing.

Optional Activities
Zanzibar Meals (per meal)
Day 35

Zanzibar Excursion

On the 3rd day, we head south to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar, where we will spend the night. Here we have time to explore the historical and unique architecture. There are also spice and seafood markets to be explored.

Distance
±60-70km
Route
Nungwi Beach to Stone Town
Optional Activities
Zanzibar Meals (per meal)
Spice Tour – Half Day (min. 2 people)
Day 36

Dar es Salaam – Bagamoyo

Today we leave Zanzibar early and catch a ferry back to Dar es Salaam and return to our truck. It is a fairly short drive to reach our next destination, Bagamoyo, who’s name goes back to the days of slavery and means “lay down your heart”. We settle into our overnight spot which is situated on the beach. Here you will have the afternoon free to step into the inviting Indican Ocean or laze on the beach and enjoy the timeless views across the ocean. The town of Bagamoyo is a short walk away and you can explore this vibrant town on foot.

Route
Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by ferry ± 80km; Dar es Salaam to Bagamoyo: ± 80 km
Day 37

Arusha

The city of Arusha is surrounded by some of Africa’s most famous landscapes and national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, the city is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro and The Arusha National Park. The following day we will prepare for our journey into the Serengeti.

Distance
±550km
Route
Bagamoyo to Arusha
Day 38

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 39

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 40

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 41

Arusha

Today the group meets up again and we have the chance to exchange stories of the various adventures that we participated in over the past few days. In the afternoon we visit the local Masai Mara Museum.

Distance
±250km
Route
Serengeti National Park to Arusha
Places
Arusha
Activity Package
Masai Mara Museum
Day 42

Nairobi

After crossing the border into Kenya we continue to travel towards Nairobi. Founded by the British in 1899 as a simple rail depot, the town quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa and eventually the capital of Kenya in 1963. Usually we enjoy a group meal out at one of Nairobi’s excellent restaurants.

Distance
±270km
Route
Arusha to Nairobi
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Nairobi
Day 43

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 43

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 44

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 45

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 46

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 47

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
Optional Activities
Nile Cruises
Nile River Rafting Half Day
Places
Kampala
Day 48

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 49

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 50

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 51

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 52

Masindi - 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.

Distance
±215km
Route
Kampala to Masindi
Included Activities
Game Drive at Murchison National Park
Day 53

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. 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.

Activity Package
Chimpanzee Trekking
Day 54

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
±265km
Route
Masindi to Jinja
Optional Activities
Rhino Trekking
Places
Jinja
Day 55

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 56

Nairobi

Returning to our final destination Nairobi, the largest city in the East Africa region, there’s an optional dinner, where we can swap stories and exchange contact details.

Distance
±305km
Route
Eldoret to Nairobi
Places
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Nairobi

Activity Package

Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an "Activity Package".  On this particular tour, it is compulsory that this package is purchased as it includes essential activities that can not be excluded from the itinerary.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind when booking your tour.

  • Wine tasting & traditional dinner
  • Guided desert walk with local expert – Naukluft National Park
  • Guided desert walk with local expert
  • Himba Tribe Visit
  • Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
  • Okavango Delta Fly In Excursion
  • Visit to the Nata Pans
  • Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
  • Chobe National Park Game Drive
  • Vic Falls National Park Entry
  • Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
  • Village and Textile Project Visit in South Luangwa
  • Slave Trade & Historical Tour
  • Zanzibar Excursion plus Ferry
  • Masai Mara Museum
  • Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion
  • Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion
  • Chimpanzee Trekking

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