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.

We depart Johannesburg for the Okavango Delta where you will be poled along in your Mokoro, following ancient animal tracks. We visit Victoria Falls as we continue North through Malawi to Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar where you can laze around on white sandy beaches as you watch a dhow sail by. We then head to the world renowned Serengeti National Park and the Masai Mara where you will have the ultimate close encounter with nature at it’s best. To end off the tour, we travel to the Bwindi Forest in Uganda where we will track the endangered Mountain Gorilla.

Featured Highlights

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Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

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Pre Tour Accommodation - Johannesburg

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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

Botswana - Tuli Block

We depart Johannesburg and head north, crossing the border into Botswana. 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 an game drive through the reserve, which is home to many species of animals including giraffe, hippo, hyena, zebra and gemsbok.

Distance
±450km
Route
Johannesburg to Tuli Block
Activity Package
Stevensford Reserve Game Drive
Places
Tuli Block
Day 02

Maun

Today we rise early and depart for Maun where we will spend the night.  Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and this afternoon we will prepare for the Okavango Delta Excursion.  Your guides will provide you with a briefing about the next days’ activities

Distance
±700km
Route
Tuli Block to Maun
Optional Activities
2hrs Horseriding incl transfer (min 2 pax)
Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta (7 seat plane – time permitting)
Places
Day 03

Okavango Delta

Today we journey north to Etsha where we head to our camp on the banks of a beautiful lagoon.  We then 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.  After arrival, 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
Maun to Okavango Delta
Activity Package
Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
Day 03

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 game drive.  Tonight we spend the evening around the campfire accompanied by the many sounds of the bush.

Distance
±30 min flightkm
Route
Maun to Okavango Delta
Activity Package
Okavango Delta Excursion (Accommodated)
Day 04

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 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 cruise.

Day 04

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 05

Okavango Delta - Caprivi Region

Today we bid farewell to the Delta and head north.  After being re-united with out 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 06

Kasane

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
Activity Package
Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
Day 07

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 08

Victoria Falls

Today is free for you to relax and explore the magnificent town of Victoria Falls.  Take the time to visit the markets to buy some curios or you can participate in one of the many optional activities available here.

Optional Activities
Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Bungee Jump – Solo
Dinner Out Victoria Falls
Helicopter Flights
White Water Rafting
Day 09

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 10

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 11

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 12

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 13

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 14

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 15

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 16

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 17

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 18

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 19

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 20

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 21

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 22

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 23

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 24

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 25

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 26

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 27

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 28

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 29

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 30

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 30

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 31

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 32

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 33

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 34

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 35

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 36

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 37

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 38

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 39

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 40

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 41

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 42

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 43

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

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.

  • Stevensford Reserve Game Drive
  • Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
  • Okavango Delta Excursion (Accommodated)
  • 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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