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. 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.

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Itinerary

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Day 01

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.

Route
Nairobi to Masai Mara
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

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.

Route
Masai Mara Reserve to Lake Nakuru National Park
Day 04

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.

Route
Lake Nakuru to Jinja
Included Activities
Crossing of the Equator
Day 05

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.

Route
Jinja to Masindi
Day 06

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 game drive through the park in search of the great diversity of wild animals. 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.

Activity Package
Chimp Trekking Murchison Falls
Included Activities
Visit to Murchison Falls lookout
Game drive (half day)
Day 07

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.

Route
Masindi to Kampala
Activity Package
Ziwa Rhino walk
Optional Activities
Dinner
Day 08

Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

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

Route
Kampala to Bunyonyi
Day 09

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 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.

Route
Lake Bunyonyi National Park to starting point of the gorilla trek (in safari or smaller vehicles)
Optional Activities
Gorilla Trekking
Highlights
Day 10

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. 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.

Activity Package
Pygmy village visit (including motor boat transfer)
Day 11

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.

Route
Lake Bunyonyi National Park to Kampala
Optional Activities
Dinner
Day 12

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.

Route
Kampala to 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.

Route
Jinja to Eldoret
Day 14

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.

Route
Eldoret to Nairobi
Optional Activities
Dinner
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

Route
Eldoret to Nairobi
Optional Activities
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Nairobi National Park
Dinner
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 communities around Nairobi

Route
Eldoret to Nairobi
Optional Activities
Dinner
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.

Route
Eldoret to Nairobi
Optional Activities
Giraffe Centre
Dinner
Day 18

Arusha

Leaving behind the bustle of Nairobi we travel south to the Tanzanian border, after completing border formalities we continue to Arusha which provides the base for our optional Serengeti Excursion. This evening we will be briefed by our local operator on the Serengeti Excursion and we will have the opportunity to pack for the coming days. A smaller daypack or bag will be required for the Serengeti Excursion as it is operated on smaller vehicles and luggage space is limited. The Serengeti Excursion is offered only as a camping excursion and sleeping bags are available for hire.

Route
Nairobi to 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.

Route
Arusha to Serengeti National Park
Places
Serengeti National Park
Optional Activities
4-Day Serengeti camping excursion
Day 20

Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

We spend the entire day game driving through the Serengeti. Our route is dependent 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.

Route
Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater
Places
Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area
Day 22

Arusha

We return from the Serengeti and re-united with our truck and crew in Arusha. A welcome shower awaits us on our return and tonight we share a meal in camp as we prepare for tomorrow’s travel.

Route
Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha
Day 23

Bagamoyo

We head out early this morning as we journey south to our overnight stop in the coastal town of Bagamoyo. Formerly a centre point of the East African slave trade, Bagamoyo lies just north of the port of Dar es Salaam and is a perfect launching point for our upcoming Zanzibar Excursion. While today is primarily a travel day, we experience the hustle and bustle of one of Africa’s major travel routes. Road travel in Africa is an experience in itself and the bustling markets, villages and scenic backdrops that line the routes give a window into the lifestyle of rural Africa. This evening we will prepare for our Zanzibar Excursion that begins tomorrow morning.

Route
Arusha to Bagamoyo
Day 24

Nungwi (Zanzibar)

We complete the short journey into Dar es Salaam this morning and board our ferry for the two hour trip to Zanzibar. After arriving at the ferry port we board make our way to Nungwi on the northern shores of the island, we take the opportunity to visit the spice farms of Kidichi and Kizambani on our way this afternoon. Zanzibar is renowned for its spices and fragrances and we have the chance to experience this first-hand today. There are a number of excursions that can be arranged for the coming days in Nungwi and your guide will be on hand to assist.

Route
Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam; Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by ferry; Stone Town to Nungwi Beach
Included Activities
Spice Tour and City Tour
Activity Package
3-Day Zanzibar excursion
Day 25

Nungwi

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.

Optional Activities
Jozani Forest
Village Tour
Turtle Sanctuary Visit
Scuba Diving
Fishing
Snorkelling
Day 26

Stone Town

Our visit to Nungwi comes to an end today as we travel back to Zanzibar Town in the afternoon. Boasting a rich history this bustling port was once a landmark on both the Slave and Spice trade routes, we spend our final night on the island on the beaches south of the port city.

Route
Nungwi Beach to Stone Town
Places
Stone Town
Day 27

Dar es Salaam

This morning we have an opportunity to explore the historic area of Stone Town before catching an afternoon ferry back to Dar es Salaam. Stone Town represents the historic centre of Zanzibar Town and is a must see for those with an interest in history, culture and the unique architecture of the historic port. Tonight we enjoy an optional dinner out in Dar es Salaam.

Route
Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by Ferry
Optional Activities
Dinner
Day 28

Mikumi

Leaving the coast behind us we travel inland and make our way to Mikumi where we stop for the night. Mikumi National Park ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania and forms part of a 75 000 square kilometre wilderness that centres on Selous, Africa’s largest game reserve.

Route
Dar es Salaam to Mikumi
Day 29

Iringa

We rise early this morning and enjoy an extensive game drive in the Mikumi National Park. This afternoon we continue to the southern highlands of Tanzania and our final stop in Tanzania.

Route
Mikumi to Iringa
Activity Package
Mikumi National Park game drive
Day 30

Lake Malawi

Leaving Tanzania behind, we descend the Great Rift Valley and cross the border into Malawi. Known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” the lakeside country is blessed with natural beauty and our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi where we look forward to spending the next few days enjoying the attractions of the northern regions of the lake.

Route
Iringa to Chilumba
Day 31

Lake Malawi

Today offers a range of optional activities or simply a day at the beach, 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.

Optional Activities
Community Volunteering
Snorkelling Lake Malawi
Included Activities
Local Village Visit
Day 32

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.

Included Activities
Museum Visit
Karonga Town
Optional Activities
Community Volunteering
Livingstonia day trip (hike)
Snorkelling Lake Malawi
Day 33

Lake Malawi

This morning we make the short journey south to the Nkothakota region of the Lake Shore, here we spend a final evening on the shores of the lake.

Route
Chilumba to Nkhotakota Region
Day 34

South Luangwa National Park

This morning we enjoy a final sunrise on the shores of Lake Malawi before setting off for Zambia and the South Luangwa National Park. After crossing the border into Zambia we make a short stop in Chipata before continuing to our camp on the banks of the Luangwa River. Having watched the sun rise over we Lake Malawi in the morning we enjoy an equally spectacular sunset over the Luangwa River this evening.

 

Route
Nkhotakota Region to South Luangwa National Park
Day 35

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.

Optional Activities
Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa
Safari Walk (seasonal)
Activity Package
Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
Day 36

Petauke

Leaving the Luangwa Valley this morning we make a stop at Tribal Textiles. The Chipata area is a major producer of Cotton and this morning we get a taste of the creativity of the African culture. Those interested can enjoy a tour of their workshops (March to December) to see how these colourful fabrics are crafted. Our destination tonight is the small town of Petauke.

Route
South Luangwa to Petauke
Included Activities
Textile project visit
Day 37

Lusaka

As an important link between Lusaka and neighbouring Malawi, the Great East Road winds through rural Zambia and we will cross the Luangwa River on our way to Lusaka. The route today is dotted with villages and subsistence farms, todays landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries so many of us call home.

Route
Petauke to Lusaka
Day 38

Victoria Falls

Crossing the Southern reaches of Zambia we make our way to the adventure town of Victoria Falls, this afternoon we get our first look at the mighty Victoria Falls. Crossing the bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe we get a view of “Musi oa Tunya”, the Smoke that Thunders as the falls are known in the local language. Victoria Falls offers a host of optional activities and these can be booked on arrival in Victoria Falls.

Route
Lusaka to Victoria Falls
Day 39

Victoria Falls

Today we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets to explore and a delicious high tea is on offer at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Tonight we enjoy an optional dinner out, your guide will assist you to decide on the many options available.

Activity Package
Victoria Falls National Park Entry Fee
Optional Activities
Dinner at Victoria Falls
Boma Dinner Experience
Sunset Cruise
Gorge Swing
Helicopter Flights
Bungee Jump
Day 40

Victoria Falls to Kasane

After breakfast we travel the short distance to the Botswana border, crossing into Botswana we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. Lunch will be served from the truck and the afternoon is set aside for exploring the Chobe National Park. For those who have purchased the Activity Package we begin our exploration in 4×4 vehicles, which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many Elephants that frequent the Chobe riverfront in the afternoons. The afternoon ends with a leisurely Boat Cruise and a meal served around the campfire.

Route
Victoria Falls to Kasane
Activity Package
Chobe National Park game drive
Chobe National Park boat cruise
Day 41

Kasane to Caprivi Region

Today we cross into Namibia as we journey across the Caprivi Strip, much of our day is spent travelling through Game Parks and there is always the possibility of a lucky sighting. Our base tonight is on the banks of the Okavango River, here we will prepare for the upcoming Delta excursions. Your guide will brief you on what you need to pack for the Delta excursions, please note that baggage restrictions apply for transfers to our camps so a small daypack or similar is advisable.

Route
Kasane to Rainbow River Lodge
Day 42

Caprivi Region to Okavango Delta

Returning to Botswana this morning we make our way into the Okavango Delta, one of Africa’s great wilderness areas. This unique and unusual ecosystem sees the annual flood waters of the Okavango River fan out into the sands of the Kalahari Basin. The seasonality of the flood waters lends the Delta its ever changing character. While water levels may fluctuate the tranquillity of this wilderness area remains constant.

Route
Rainbow River Lodge to Okavango Delta
Activity Package
Okavango Delta excursion
Day 42

Caprivi Region to Okavango Delta

Returning to Botswana this morning we make our way into the Okavango Delta, one of Africa’s great wilderness areas. This unique and unusual ecosystem sees the annual flood waters of the Okavango River fan out into the sands of the Kalahari Basin. The seasonality of the flood waters lends the Delta its ever changing character. While water levels may fluctuate the tranquillity of this wilderness area remains constant.

Route
Rainbow River Lodge to Okavango Delta
Activity Package
Okavango Delta excursion
Day 43

Okavango Delta

A full day is set aside to enjoy the activities on offer in the Delta, while the programme of activities is flexible to accommodate the seasonal changes in water levels, you will have the opportunity to enjoy amongst other activities traditional Mokoro rides and natures walks. The Okavango Delta is not only a natural wonder, but represents one of the last great wilderness areas in the world today.

Day 44

Okavango Delta to Maun

Leaving the Delta behind us this morning we make our way to our overnight stop in the bustling town of Maun. Reunited with our truck we enjoy an evening together at the campfire reflecting on our Delta experiences.

Route
Okavango Delta to Maun
Day 45

Maun to Central Kalahari

This morning we travel to the Ghanzi district in the central Kalahari. The Kalahari Desert is home to the San people and our stay here will present us with the opportunity to learn more about these fascinating people. Tonight we get a first-hand experience of the San culture, well known for its rich traditions of song, dance and story-telling.

Route
Maun to Ghanzi
Included Activities
San Evening Dance Performance
Day 46

Central Kalahari to Kang

We begin the day with a guided walk with our San guides who will introduce us to the many secrets of their survival in the Kalahari Desert. The nomadic San are hunter-gatherers that have passed down a rich knowledge of the plants and animals that play such an important part in their lifestyle. We carry some of this knowledge with us this afternoon as we travel south on the Trans-Kalahari highway to our overnight stop in the small town of Kang, the gateway to the Kalahari

Route
Ghanzi to Kang
Activity Package
Bush walk with San guides
Day 47

Kang to Johannesburg

A long day awaits us as we continue our journey south to Johannesburg and South Africa. Leaving the Kalahari behind we cross the North-West Province, arriving at Belvedere Estate in the late afternoon. All travellers are invited to join us tonight for an optional traditional Braai, this can be booked with your guide on the day before arrival. Many great tales are shared around the braai fires and tonight presents an opportunity to join fellow travellers in celebrating the many wonders of African travel.

Route
Kang to Johannesburg
Optional Activities
Farewell Braai at Belvedere Estate

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.

  • Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion
  • Chimp Trekking Murchison Falls
  • Ziwa Rhino walk
  • Pygmy village visit (including motor boat transfer)
  • 3-Day Zanzibar excursion
  • Mikumi National Park game drive
  • Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
  • Victoria Falls National Park Entry Fee
  • Chobe National Park game drive
  • Chobe National Park boat cruise
  • Okavango Delta excursion
  • Okavango Delta excursion
  • Bush walk with San guides

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