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This amazing tour explores famous game parks, misty mountains and golden beaches of Eastern and Southern Africa. Trek for the chimpanzees and gorillas in Uganda, game drive in Maasai Mara Reserve and Serengeti National Park. Visit the tropical island of Zanzibar and the picturesque Lake Malawi and game drive in two of Southern Africa's best national parks, Matobo and Kruger. This tour will leave you with the spirit of Africa.
This tour includes Gorilla and Chimp Trekking. This is paid at the time of booking - please see supplements for pricing.
Day 1. Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park Highlights. Lake Nakuru, Kenya. Accommodation. Punda Millias.Boarding our overland truck, we depart Nairobi and descend into the ‘Great Rift Valley’, an enormous cleft in the Earth’s surface stretching from the Red Sea across Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Malawi to the lower Zambezi River valley in Mozambique. We stop at a lookout point to take in the magnificent views over the valley floor.
Our next stop is at Lake Nakuru National Park. The main feature of this relatively small park of 188 km2 is the shallow soda lake that attracts a huge variety of birdlife – especially flamingos (some 2 million can be viewed through migrational months) and it is home to buffalo, lion, rhino, leopard, warthog, baboon, antelope, and a variety of smaller animals. We enjoy an afternoon game drive making use of local guides and smaller safari vehicles. 4 images Lake Nakuru, Kenya 3 images Punda Millias
Day 2. Lake Nakuru National Park to Eldoret Highlights. Equator. Accommodation. Naiberi Camp.Today we travel north-west making our way across the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere over the Equator, enjoying some time here learning a little about its significance and taking photos. It's then on to Eldoret, the 5th largest city in Kenya and is the fastest growing with a population of approx 194,000. 5 images Equator 3 images Naiberi Camp
Day 3. Eldoret to Kampala, Uganda Highlights. Kampala, Uganda. Accommodation. Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala.Travelling west, we leave Kenya and cross the border into Uganda with its lush vegetation and friendly people. We make our way to the country's capital Kampala, an attractive hilly city, bustling with roadside traders and markets where we spend the night. 5 images Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala
Day 4. Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park Accommodation. Simba Camp, Uganda.From Kampala, we cross the equator again and travel through picturesque mountains and hilly terraced farmlands as the local Ugandan's tend to their plantations from tea to bananas. Keeping our eyes peeled, we may get see herds of Ankole cattle with their incredible long curving horns roaming the roads and paddocks. We arrive at our accommodation for the night just outside of the gates to the Queen Elizabeth National park, famous for its tree climbing lions. 4 images Simba Camp, Uganda
Day 5. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Chimpanzee Trek Highlights. Chimpanzee Trek, Kyambura Gorge, Uganda. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. Accommodation. Simba Camp, Uganda.Rising early, we enter the Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to around 100 mammal species and over 500 bird species making it one of the most biodiverse national parks in the world. If we are lucky, we may get to spot some of these animals en-route to Kyambura Gorge for the trek to see the chimpanzees.
Trekking permits are issued by the wildlife authority in groups of up to 8 people at a time, per group. Depending on our group size, this means that we may trek on the afternoon of day 4, morning or afternoon on day or morning of day 6. 3 images Chimpanzee Trek, Kyambura Gorge, Uganda 3 images Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda 4 images Simba Camp, Uganda
Day 6. Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake Bunyonyi Highlights. Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda. Accommodation. Lake Bunyonyi Camp.We make our way south to Lake Bunyonyi, a stunning lake high up at 1950 metres above sea level, surrounded by undulating hills between 2200m to 2478m high. At 27km long and 7km wide, this majestic lake has twenty-nine islands dotted in its waters that can all be reached by local boat.
We spend our days at the lake enjoying the surroundings and the many optional activities on offer such as boat trips, hiking, bird watching and culture experiences, just to name a few. 3 images Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda 4 images Lake Bunyonyi Camp
Day 7-8. Lake Bunyonyi or Gorilla trek Highlights. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Mountain gorillas. Accommodation. Lake Bunyonyi Camp.Over the next few days, the group will be split, with one group trekking to the mountain gorillas while the others stay at Lake Bunyonyi to enjoy the many activities on offer. Alternatively, just relax, catch up on your travel diary or postcards to home, or grab a book and relax on the waters edge.
This region of Africa is home to the world’s remaining 700 free-roaming mountain gorillas, many of which inhabit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. On the day of your trek, we gather in the early morning to meet our local guide and tracker. Walking in small groups of 8, we trek into the thick rainforest and mountainous terrain to view the gorillas. Your permit allows you one trek and gorilla viewing (time limited to one hour).
4 images Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda 4 images Mountain gorillas 4 images Lake Bunyonyi Camp
Day 9. Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala Highlights. Equator. Accommodation. Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala.Rising early, we leave lake Bunyonyi and travel east across the Equator to Kampala where we will overnight. We pass through many small towns and villages as we travel and see the rural lifestyle of the local Ugandan people. The evening is yours at leisure to explore the cities vibrant nightlife, try the local cuisines and enjoy the hospitality and friendliness of the local Ugandans. 5 images Equator 5 images Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala
Day 10. Kampala to Jinja Accommodation. Nile River Explorer.We travel a short distance to the adventure capital of Uganda 'Jinja' - on the banks of Lake Victoria and the White Nile. It was in 1862 that the British explorer John Hanning Speke recognised Lake Victoria as the ‘source of the Nile’ which begins its 4132-mile course through Uganda, Sudan and eventually Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea.
Our accommodation for the next few nights is set in a tranquil setting near the water's edge. its here you can take part in one of the many optional activities on offer. Adrenaline lovers can head to the world-class rapids and try rafting - an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of ‘white-water’ or bungee jump over the moving river. Those seeking a more relaxing day can visit the local community or simply just relax.
3 images Nile River Explorer
Day 11-12. Jinja Highlights. Jinja, Uganda. Accommodation. Nile River Explorer.The next two days we have free time in the area by taking the opportunity to make some difference to local children at a local school project: ‘Soft power’ - a locally run volunteer programme aimed at building and improving schools in the Jinja area. Other activities at Jinja include white water rafting, mountain biking, quad biking, village walks or visit the nearby town to sample the Ugandan cuisine. 5 images Jinja, Uganda 3 images Nile River Explorer
Day 13. Jinja to Eldoret, Kenya Accommodation. Naiberi Camp.Leaving Jinja, we retrace our steps across the border into Kenya and onwards to Eldoret, where we will stay for the evening. The name ‘Eldoret’ is based on the Masai word ‘Eldore’ meaning stony river, due to the stony bed of the nearby Sosiani River. 3 images Naiberi Camp
Day 14. Eldoret to Nairobi Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.Heading south, crossing the Equator again we travel to Nairobi where we spend the next two nights exploring the 'garden city'. 3 images Karen Camp, Nairobi
Day 15. Nairobi Highlights. Nairobi. Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.Today you are free to explore the city and surrounding area on the many optional excursions include catching a taxi into town to check out the shopping, markets, bars and restaurants; Visit the National Museum of Kenya, the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Centre or check out the Karen Blixen Museum in the nearby town of Karen.
Alternatively, the day is yours to simply relax and enjoy some ‘downtime’ around the lodgings shaded garden.
It is here we prepare our 2 nights excursion for the Masaai Mara. 3 images Nairobi 3 images Karen Camp, Nairobi
Day 16. Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve Accommodation. Maasai Mara Camp.Waking early, packed and ready, we depart the city descending the sweeping plains of the Great Rift Valley to Kenya's most famed Reserve 'Maasai Mara'. We travel in small specialised pop-top safari vehicles that enable us to have a more intimate view of wildlife. We spend two nights at a tented camp on the edge of the Reserve with time to explore the park on morning and afternoon game drives in search for Africa’s ‘Big Five’ (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard) and an array of other wildlife. 4 images Maasai Mara Camp
Day 17. Maasai Mara National Reserve Highlights. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Accommodation. Maasai Mara Camp.The sweeping plains, distant horizons, low slung acacia trees, and plentiful wildlife will ensure an amazing day game driving. The ‘Mara’ is crossed every year between July and October by great herds of wildebeest, zebra and other grazing animals in their migration from the adjoining Serengeti plains to the south (in Tanzania). How long they stay is dependent on rainfall and subsequent grass growth in the rainy season. Predators (such as lion, cheetah, leopard) and scavengers (hyena, vultures) follow the grazing animals and this enormous congregation of wildlife forms a spectacular display of Africa’s natural resource. 9 images Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya 4 images Maasai Mara Camp
Day 18. Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.We leave the Mara this morning and retrace our steps across the Great Rift Valley to Nairobi where we meet up with our truck again. 3 images Karen Camp, Nairobi
Day 19. Nairobi to Arusha, Tanzania Highlights. Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania. Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.Departing Nairobi, we head south to Tanzania, crossing at the busy Namanga border. As we drive we pass the impressive Mount Meru towering over the Meru National Park outside Arusha. Our first stop in this country is Arusha situated mid-way between Cape Town and Cairo and very much Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’ - a bustling city with colourful markets and shops.
It's then off to our accommodation which is on the outskirts of the farms on the open plains to the west of the city. It is from here that we prepare for our two night/three days excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.
This afternoon, if time allows, we enjoy a walk to one of the local Maasai villages for an insight into everyday life and traditions of this amazing culture.
3 images Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania 2 images Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania 4 images Meserani Snake Park
Day 20. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Serengeti Camp.Packed and ready, we board our 4x4 safari vehicles and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo (‘mosquito creek’).
We enter the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and drive the narrow paths aroundthe ‘Crater’s rim and down onto the Serengeti plains. The vast plains of the Serengeti comprise of 1.5 million ha of savannah and famous for its annual migration when vast herds of herbivores (wildebeest, gazelles and zebras), followed by their predators travel to greener pastures, one of the most impressive natural events in the world!
We game drive through the afternoon to our designated (but unfenced) campsite for a night under canvas where lion, elephants and hyena roam nearby, for an unforgettable African wilderness experience. 5 images Serengeti National Park, Tanzania 1 images Serengeti Camp
Day 21. Ngorongoro Crater Accommodation. Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater.Rising with the sun, we drive out of the plains, game driving en-route to view the wildlife in this haven including leopard, lions, cheetahs, elephants, hippo and numerous antelope species. After lunch, we ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater and spend the night camping on the rim. At 326 square kilometres, the Ngorongoro is Africa’s largest intact caldera and a World Heritage Site. 1 images Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater
Day 22. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.Waking early, we board our 4x4 vehicle with our eagle-eyed driver at the wheel and descend the steep dirt road into the crater for a morning of game driving in this spectacular wildlife haven.
All of the large mammals are present except giraffe (which cannot manage the steep slopes leading onto the Crater floor). With an abundance of wildlife in a relatively small area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a safari goers heaven.
After our game drive, we ascend to our campsite on the rim, pack up our camp before retracing our steps to Arusha and our accommodation at the Meserani Snake Park. 7 images Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania 4 images Meserani Snake Park
Day 23. Arusha to Bagamoyo Highlights. Bagamoyo, Tanzania. Accommodation. Firefly Camp.Today we travel south via Moshi and the Pare and Usambara Mountain ranges to Bagamoyo. If the weather is clear we may gain a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak (5895m).
The town of Bagamoyo is a home to world class Historical sites and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and founded at the end of the 18th. Our accommodation for the evening is situated close by to the palm-fringed Indian Ocean. 3 images Bagamoyo, Tanzania 4 images Firefly Camp
Day 24. Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.It's now off to Dar es Salaam, the main port and hub of commerce and industry in Tanzania. This bustling hot, humid and seaport city of a mixture of modern and Arab-influenced architecture is the accessing point to one of the most important sea routes in the world and the port of entry to Zanzibar and other archipelago islands. We set up on the beach to the south of the city, take in the balmy Indian Ocean sea breeze, and prepare for our trip to Zanzibar. 3 images Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 2 images Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam
Day 25. Dar es Salaam to Stone Town, Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Zanzibar, Tanzania. Accommodation. Safari Lodge, Zanzibar.After breakfast we grab our gear and take the ferry to Zanzibar. Our first stop is the capital - Stone Town. The largest town in the archipelago, it was a base of the great 19th century explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone.
Stone Town is best explored on foot: visit the bazaars and shop for maritime trinkets, fabrics and wooden carvings or visit ornate mosques, palaces and the maze-like alleyways of the old town. Spices are grown in plantations nearby and you can take a tour to visit to have your senses dazzled by the tastes and scents experienced.
7 images Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania 3 images Zanzibar, Tanzania 4 images Safari Lodge, Zanzibar
Day 26-27. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Accommodation. Sunset Bungalows Kendwa.Over the next two days, it's off to the Northern Beaches to enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best. Try snorkelling and diving the pristine colourful reefs, indulge in some sumptuous seafood, or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book.
The beach is also a great place to catch up with the locals who will pass by selling their wares, offering henna tattoos, traditional Zanzibarian clothing and inexpensive massages.
5 images Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania 5 images Sunset Bungalows Kendwa
Day 28. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.Leaving the northern beaches behind, we transfer back to Stone Town for some last minute shopping before catching the ferry back to the mainland and onward to our accommodation just outside of the bustling city of Dar es Salaam. 2 images Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam
Day 29. Dar es Salaam to Mikumi Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Tanswiss, Mikumi.Leaving the coast, we make our way inland through the Mikumi National Park, the 5th largest park at 3,230 km² where we may, with luck, spot some of the abundance of wildlife - elephants, giraffe, buffaloes, zebras, elands, greater Kudu feeding near the side of the road. Our accommodation is located a short stone’s throw from the park gates and we enjoy sundowners at the local bar/ restaurant followed by the evening around the open fire under the blanket of stars. 6 images Tanswiss, Mikumi
Day 30. Mikumi to Iringa Accommodation. Iringa Farmhouse.We continue our journey, rising to an altitude of 1600m in the Southern Highlands to the town of Iringa and the Kisolanza Farm. This picturesque farm is home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years and provides organic meat and vegetables to the surrounding markets as well as Dar es Salaam. The farm house is a well-known spot to stay and is the overnight near our mid-way point for our journey from the ocean to the Malawi.
3 images Iringa Farmhouse
Day 31. Iringa to Chitimba Beach, Malawi Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.We leave Tanzania today and cross the border into Malawi. Lake Malawi or ‘Lake Nyasa’ as it was formerly known, covers almost a fifth of the country’s area and provides the source of livelihood for many of the Malawian people. With the highest number of endemic freshwater tropical fish species of any freshwater lake in the world, it is also a sought after diving hot-spot.
Our accommodation for the next few nights is at Chitimba Camp. Set in a tranquil setting on the banks of the lake, this beautiful camp offers many optional activities that you can enjoy whilst here or simply lay on the golden beach with a good book. 5 images Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi
Day 32. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.Relax on the beach, take a leisurely village walk or alternatively take the full day hike to the Livingstonia Mission & the Manchewe Falls where, after an 11km hike, you can cool off in a natural bath.
For those wanting a more chilled vibe, there is a local craft market where you can enjoy learning the ins and outs of the game of Bao, haggle for some local made souvenirs or enjoy a relaxing day admiring the shimmering waters of the beach from the camp's bar. 4 images Lake Malawi, Malawi 5 images Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi
Day 33. Chitimba Beach to Kande Beach Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.From one beach resort to another, we leave Chitimba and travel south through the mountainous rift-valley terrain, pausing for supplies at the town of Mzuzu.
After trying our skills at haggling at the local market, we continue on to the central lake area and our camp at Kande Beach. We spend 2 nights on the beach where the soft sand is at your doorstep and the sound of the ocean gently lapping on the shore. It is here you can unwind and relax or enjoy the many optional activities on offer - horseriding, boat based activities, scuba diving, snorkelling and swimming. 6 images Kande Beach, Malawi
Day 34. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi. Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.Today you’ll have some free time to try some of the water sports available or simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, generally known as some of the friendliest in Africa, to gain insight into their way of life on an optional guided Village Walk, or you can simply head out and explore the lakeside and the craft markets. 4 images Kande Beach Activities, Malawi 6 images Kande Beach, Malawi
Day 35. Kande Beach to Chipata, Zambia Accommodation. Mamarula Camp.After a refreshing break on the lake, we make our way past the outskirts of Lilongwe, Malawi's capital, and cross the border into Zambia, formerly known as Northern Rhodesia until independence in1964. Our overnight stop is at Chipata, the Eastern Province capital.
Day 36. Chipata to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia. Accommodation. Eureka Camp, Lusaka.Today we take the Great Eastern Road through rustic villages, wild mountainous terrain, across the Luangwa River to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. With 1.7m inhabitants, this city is located on Zambia’s southern plateau at an elevation of 1300m with four main highways running north, south, east and west to different parts of Africa.
After a short stop in the city we make our way to our accommodation for the evening on a local farm on the outskirts of the city.
4 images Eureka Camp, Lusaka
Day 37. Lusaka to Livingstone Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.Journeying on, we travel south to Livingstone and settle into our accommodation at the Waterfront on the banks of the Zambezi River, just a few kilometres from the Victoria Falls, one of the world's natural wonders. At various times of the year, the spray from the ‘Falls’ can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name Mosi oa Tunya – the ‘smoke that thunders’.
The Lodge's travel desk provides information on all activities available in the area (typically these include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights, river cruises), allowing you to plan your time accordingly over the next four nights.
This afternoon we head to the Falls themselves to see the magnificent cleft that the Zambezi River plummets into forming the Victoria Falls.
4 images Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia 5 images The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone
Day 38-40. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.Over the next 3 days, explore Livingstone to the fullest! partake in some of the activities on offer, visit the town and markets and sample the local cuisine at the many restaurants in the area or simply relax poolside at the Waterfront.
The perfect time to catch up on your social media and share your experiences before heading off to Zimbabwe and the last week of your African adventure.
5 images Livingstone Activities, Zambia 5 images The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone
Day 41. Livingstone to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Highlights. Bulawayo. Accommodation. Burkes Paradise.Departing Livingstone, we cross the border to Zimbabwe and pass through Victoria Falls town and on to Bulawayo, a pleasant city with broad tree lined avenues and the second-largest city in Zimbabwe after the capital Harare.
The Matobo area is revered as a historical, geological and natural heritage site which we will have a chance to explore fully on our adventure into the park the following day. 2 images Burkes Paradise
Day 42. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe. Accommodation. Burkes Paradise.Rising early, we meet our local guides and board our open safari vehicle and drive to the Motobo National Park. This magnificent park occupies a total area of 44 500 hectares situated in the magnificent Matobo Hills, a range of domes, spires and balancing rock formations which have been hewn out of the solid granite plateau through millions of years of erosion. It is also home to the sites of numerous Bushman paintings. These are of great spiritual importance to the indigenous people here.
The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and, provided conditions are right, our guides will lead us on foot to some of the more concealed places in search of these magnificent animals. Other animals we may see on our adventure today are zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, kudu, sable antelope, leopard, hyena, cheetah, baboons and monkeys.
4 images Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe 2 images Burkes Paradise
Day 43. Bulawayo to Tshipise, South Africa Highlights. Tshipise, South Africa. Accommodation. Forever Resorts, Tshipise.Heading south, we drive through Zimbabwe's mountain ranges to the busy border at Beitbridge. Completing formalities, we cross the Limpopo River -the second largest in South Africa and continue to Tshipise, a town situated in the northern Limpopo province. Our accommodation is located at the foot of one of Limpopo’s rolling koppies, home to hot springs and set adjacent the Honnet Nature Reserve. 3 images Tshipise, South Africa 4 images Forever Resorts, Tshipise
Day 44. Tshipise to Hazyview Highlights. Shangaan tribal dancing . Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.From Tshipise, we travel to Hazyview, a small modest town skirting southern Africa’s premier game reserve, the Kruger National Park.
At 24,000 sq km, this incredibly diverse park offers 148 mammal species including the ‘Big Five’ - elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and lion and 505 species.
We spend two nights in the area, enjoying a Shangaan tribal dance and singing on our first night and take a full day game drive in the National Park itself to spot as many animals as possible the next day!
2 images Shangaan tribal dancing 3 images Hotel Numbi
Day 45. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.Waking at sunrise, we meet our local guides, board our open 4x4 safari vehicles ready for our game drive in Kruger. With camera and binoculars at hand, we enthusiastically search for the roaming wildlife during the morning and afternoon. We take a well-deserved lunch break en-route before game driving out of the park to our accommodation for the night.
With a diverse landscape and variety of different habitats, Kruger is able to sustain an enormous variety of animal, reptile, plant and bird species. 6 images Kruger National Park, South Africa 3 images Hotel Numbi
Day 46. Hazyview to Johannesburg Highlights. Johannesburg City .Leaving Kruger behind we depart the scenic Mpumalanga province and make our way to South Africa's commercial hub Johannesburg where our tour ends. 1 images Johannesburg City Show more...
Hotel Boulevard, Nairobi
Conveniently located on Nairobi's Harry Thuku Road and set in manicured gardens, this hotel offers a peaceful oasis in the centre of town. Walking distance to shops and craft markets. Rooms – single, twin, double en suite rooms with balcony and satellite TV. Facilities – restaurant, bar, swimming pool, internet, laundry. Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation. MoAfrika Lodge, Johannesburg
MoAfrika literally means 'African People' in the language of the local Sotho populace, the original inhabitants of the Highveld. Your host, Anthony, has skillfully created a unique lodge in which an african theme induces a warm welcome for guests. Set on a 8000 square metre land through which a stream flows, MoAfrika Lodge provides a rustic and tranquil setting where guests can unwind in a relaxed and country atmosphere. Rooms - single, dorm, family and twin/double en-suite rooms available. Breakfast and airport transfer available.
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Nairobi early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.
If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of this part of Africa. Accommodation is usually available locally on arrival but you can also pre-book this with Acacia. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Johannesburg area you can arrange locally or with your Tour Leader.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.
GORILLA & CHIMPANZEE TREK:
Depending on the availability of the chimpanzee and gorilla permits the tour itinerary may vary in day to day running order which is based on the brochure itinerary. From time to time we may have to trek on different days. If at any chance our Gorilla trek should be in another neighbouring country, e.g. Rwanda (instead of Uganda) this may entail extra visa fees although we shall endeavour to advise you before departure of any significant changes to the tour itinerary. Please take the above itinerary as a guideline only. This applies to day 6-8 of this tour.
Twin share accommodation with facilities (43 nights) twin share tents with a sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (2 nights) some accommodation may have a bar or swimming pool.
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with on-board tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, 4x4 safari vehicle and fast ferry.
GAME PARK VISITS:
In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit.
This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in assisting with the various day to day duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the truck tidy (usually on a rota basis). But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip.
45 Breakfasts, 36 Lunches, 35 Dinners
43 nights twin share accommodation, 2 night bush camping at Serengeti/Ngorongoro (equipment supplied).
Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew
Sleeping mattress (Serengeti, 1 night & Ngorongoro Crater, 1 night)
The Great Rift Valley
Lake Nakuru NP, Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
Maasai Mara excursion with small vehicle*
Maasai Village Walk with Resident Guide
Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion in Purpose Built Vehicles, Game Drives with Resident Guide*
Zanzibar, Return Ferry & Accommodation
Mosi Oa Tunya NP, Victoria Falls Visit
Kruger NP, Full Day Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide
Shangaan Cultural Evening
Matobo National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive and Wilderness Walk with Resident Guide*
*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass Excludes.
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