This epic accommodated overland tour will take you gorilla and chimpanzee trekking in Uganda, game watching in world renowned Big 5 game reserves, the Maasai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Experience diverse cultures such as the Maasai and chill on the beaches of Zanzibar and Lake Malawi. So much to see and do, you'll wish you stayed for more!
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Day 1. Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park Highlights. Lake Nakuru, Kenya. Accommodation. Punda Millias.Leaving the bustling city of Nairobi behind, we descend into the ‘Great Rift Valley’, an enormous cleft in the Earth’s surface stretching from the Red Sea to the Zambezi valley and stop at a lookout point to take in the magnificent views.
Day 2. Lake Nakuru National Park to Eldoret Accommodation. Naiberi Camp.Travelling on, we climb at altitude today as we travel to the town of Eldoret crossing from the Southern to Northern Hemisphere over the Equator. We spend the evening on the outskirts of Eldoret, Kenya's fifth largest town with a population of around 194,000. 3 images Naiberi Camp
Day 3. Eldoret to Kampala, Uganda Highlights. Kampala, Uganda. Accommodation. Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala.We cross into Uganda, Winston Churchill’s ‘Pearl of Africa’, a country with beautiful natural scenery and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures – and friendly people.
Day 4. Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park area Accommodation. Simba Camp, Uganda.Rising early, we leave Kampala and travel west towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, crossing the Equator again, through fertile green terraced hillsides and steep mountains. From the truck we should see herds of Ankole cattle with their incredible long curving horns roaming the roads and paddocks.
Day 5. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Chimpanzee Trek Highlights. Chimpanzee Trek, Kyambura Gorge, Uganda. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. Accommodation. Simba Camp, Uganda.We enter Queen Elizabeth National Park today amd make our way to Kyambura Gorge where we trek for the chimpanzees.Unlike their larger cousins, the mountain gorilla, chimps live mostly in the trees and so our viewing consists mainly of peering high into the forest canopy. Predictably, the experience of seeing man’s closest relative in the wild is a memorable one.
Day 6. Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake Bunyoni Highlights. Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda. Accommodation. Lake Bunyonyi Camp.Today, it's off to the lush and stunning Lake Bunyonyi (‘Place of many little birds’). Nestled high up in the volcanic mountainside, this lake is 27km long, 7km wide and at an elevation of 1950 metres above sea level, and is surrounded by undulating hills between 2200m to 2478m high. With a depth of nearly 900m, this lake is the second deepest lake in Africa (the deepest being Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania).
Day 7-8. Lake Bunyoni - Gorilla Trek Highlights. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Mountain gorillas. Accommodation. Lake Bunyonyi Camp.The next couple of days are spent trekking the mountain gorillas or at leisure where you can relax or enjoy the many optional activities on offer - visit local tribes and villages, visiting the local orphanage, as well as bird watching, boat trips and nature walks. Alternatively just relax, catch up on your travel diary or postcards to home, or sorting through your photos of your trip so far.
Day 9. Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala Highlights. Equator. Accommodation. Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala.Leaving early, we travel through spectacular scenery, crossing the Equator again to Kampala. If time allows this evening, explore the majestic city by night, mingle with the local people, known as the friendliest in Africa and sample some of the local cuisines. 5 images Equator 5 images Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala
Day 10. Kampala to Jinja Highlights. Jinja, Uganda. Accommodation. Nile River Explorer.We leave the bustling capital, Kampala, and travel the short distance to the town of Jinja on the banks of Lake Victoria and the Nile.
Day 11-12. Jinja Accommodation. Nile River Explorer.The next two days are free for you to relax on the banks of the Nile, explore the surrounding community or enjoy the many optional activities available. There is also the opportunity to make some difference to local children at a local school project: ‘Softpower’. This is a locally run volunteer programme aimed at building and improving schools in the area of Jinja. 3 images Nile River Explorer
Day 13. Jinja to Eldoret, Kenya Accommodation. Naiberi Camp.Leaving Jinja behind, we make our way across the border to Kenya and retracing our footsteps to Eldoret. 3 images Naiberi Camp
Day 14. Eldoret to Nairobi Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.Travelling south we soak up the magnificent views of the Great Rift valley en-route to Nairobi, Kenya's capital. We spend the next two nights in the city area allowing time to explore the highlights of the city and the many optional activities on offer. 3 images Karen Camp, Nairobi
Day 15. Nairobi Highlights. Nairobi. Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.Today is a free day to explore Nairobi. Visit the bustling markets in the city centre, try local cuisine in the many restaurants and local eateries or make a visit to Nairobi National Park, Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, and the Giraffe Centre. 3 images Nairobi 3 images Karen Camp, Nairobi
Day 16. Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve Accommodation. Maasai Mara Camp.We depart the city early and make our way across the Great Rift Valley floor to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. At 1 510 square km, the Maasai Mara National Reserve is a land of endless plains and an abundant wildlife, inhabiting all year-round as well as the two million animals that make up the Great Migration. The Masai Mara National Reserve was named after the Maasai people who inhabit the area, and for the Mara River, which flows through this great reserve.
Day 17. Maasai Mara National Reserve Highlights. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Accommodation. Maasai Mara Camp.Today we enter the reserve's gates with our eagle-eyed driver at the wheel scanning the surrounding scene in search of the resident wildlife.
Day 18. Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.Retracing our steps back across the Great Rift Valley, we head back to Nairobi where we will spend our last evening in Kenya. 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.Today we head south and drive to the border, crossing at the Namanga border post into Tanzania. Our first stop is Arusha, situated mid-way between Cape Town and Cairo and known as Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’ - a bustling city with colourful markets and shops to explore.
Day 20. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Serengeti Camp.Packed and ready, we transfer to the 4x4 game vehicles and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo (‘mosquito creek’) and ascending onto the higher plateau.
Day 21. Ngorongoro Crater Accommodation. Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater.Rising early, we drive out in search of game - lions, leopard, giraffe, hippo, buffalo, wildebeest and Zebra, just to name a few.
Day 22. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.Waking to the majestic views over the crater rim, we board our 4x4 vehicles and descend the steep dirt road into the base of the Crater for a morning of game driving. All of the large mammals are present except giraffe (which cannot manage the steep slopes leading down to the Crater floor).
Day 23. Arusha to Bagamoyo Highlights. Bagamoyo, Tanzania. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Accommodation. Firefly Camp.We head south via Moshi to Bagamoyo on the Tanzanian coast. If the weather is clear we will be afforded a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak (5895m).
Day 24. Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.We wake to the sound of the lapping ocean and after breakfast, we take the coastal road south to the bustling port city of Dar es Salaam. Enjoy seeing the many dwellings, shops and settlements along the way each presenting different wares to would be sellers.
Day 25. Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Accommodation. Safari Lodge, Zanzibar.With our bags packed, we drive to the port and board our ferry to the tropical haven of Zanzibar. This archipelago Island was the base of the great 19th century explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone and once was a major trading center of spices. The Arabian influence is evident in the architecture and diverse street stall offerings of the capital, Stone Town. We spend our first in the capital, exploring by foot the unique cobbled alleyways, bazaars, mosques, palaces and sampling traditional Zanzibari cuisine. 7 images Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania 4 images Safari Lodge, Zanzibar
Day 26-27. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Accommodation. Sunset Bungalows Kendwa.After breakfast, we transfer to the northern beaches from Stone Town for the next two nights and if you wish, join an optional spice tour en-route to sample some of the local fruits, spices, and teas.
Day 28. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.We have the morning to do any last minute shopping in Stone Town or enjoy one last swim before catching the ferry back to the African mainland and Dar es Salaam and onwards to our accommodation on the coast for the evening. 2 images Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam
Day 29. Dar es Salaam to Mikumi Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Tanswiss, Mikumi.We leave the coast and bustling city of Dar es Salaam behind and travel inland through Mikumi National Park. At 3,230 km², this stunning park is the 5th largest park in the country and home to the 'Big 5'- leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant, and rhino together with numerous species of antelope. We may, with luck, spot some of these animals near the side of the road as we drive through the park and to our accommodation for the evening located just outside of the park gates. 6 images Tanswiss, Mikumi
Day 30. Mikumi to Iringa Accommodation. Iringa Farmhouse.Travelling across the baobab valley on onto the Tanzanian highlands, our destination is the Kisolanza Farm near the town of Iringa. At an altitude of 1600m this stunning farm ensures a pleasant fresh climate in one of the most scenic areas in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania.
Day 31. Iringa to Chitimba Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.Rising early, we leave Kisolonza farm and make our way through lush mountain passes, rich grazing land, and banana and tea plantations to Malawi.
Day 32. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.Today, take a leisurely village walk or do the full day hiking trip to Manchewe Falls and Livingstonia Mission where, after an 11km hike, you can cool off in a natural bath overlooking magnificent views.
Day 33. Chitimba Beach to Kande Beach Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.We leave Chitimba Beach behind and make our way south through lush fertile lands, and rubber plantations to Mzuzu, the third largest town in Malawi. After a short stop to explore the local markets, we travel south to Kande Beach and our accommodation for the next two nights.
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 including diving, snorkelling, paddle boats and horse riding along the beach. Or simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to partake on an optional guided Village Walk, to gain insight into their way of life or you can simply head out and explore the lakeside, craft market and meet some of the locals that play on the water's edge. 4 images Kande Beach Activities, Malawi 6 images Kande Beach, Malawi
Day 35. Kande Beach to Chipata, Zambia Accommodation. Mamarula Camp.We continue our journey today, crossing into Zambia and to the frontier town Chipata. Formally named Fort Jamerson, the border town has a population of approx 98,000, and is the capital of Zambia’s Eastern Province. Our accommodation is situated a short distance from the town center and its here we can settle into our rooms, relax by the pool and have a cool beverage at the bar.
Day 36. Chipata to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia. Accommodation. Eureka Camp, Lusaka.We take the Great Eastern Road travelling through the bushveld dotted with Mopane woodland, small villages and across the Luangwa River to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. Lusaka is Southern Africa’s fastest growing city with approx 1.7m inhabitants, located on Zambia’s southern plateau at an elevation of 1300m.
Day 37. Lusaka to Livingstone Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.Leaving the capital behind, we head south to Livingstone and our accommodation at the Victoria Falls Waterfront, set on the banks of the Zambezi River, just a few kilometers from the Victoria Falls of which we visit.
Day 38. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.We have a free day in Livingstone today to explore the town, pop over to neighbouring Zimbabwe or enjoy the many optional activities on offer such as rafting, bungee jumping, river cruises, flights over the falls, just to name a few.
Day 39. LivingstoneToday our tour ends after breakfast. We suggest booking post-tour accommodation to stay an extra couple of days to explore the town of Livingstone and to partake in the many activities on offer. Show more...
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. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone
Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, The Zambezi Waterfront has an array of accommodation from pre-erected tents, to private en suite waterfront chalets set in spacious grounds. There is a lively bar with river views and a booking office if there are any additional activities around Victoria Falls that you might want to book. single and double pre-erected tents with shared facilities, twin and family en suite chalets, camping. restaurant, bar, plunge pool, activity booking office, internet. 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.
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 Livingstone 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 (36 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, pop top minivan, 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.
38 Breakfasts, 31 Lunches, 30 Dinners
36 nights twin share accommodation, 2 night bush camping at Serengeti/Ngorongoro (equipment supplied).
Have you seen the movie Gladiator? If not, go and watch right now. Those who have seen in will be glad to know that Sahara is the location where the most prominent scenes of the movie were shot. You can start with capturing the velvet dunes and taking photos of the snake charmers and mighty camels proudly swaying as they carry bedouins on their back. Once in a province, you will get a chance to capture and even participate in the traditional tea ceremony as well as to see the locals playing gnawa music performed on goatskin drums. The beauty of the sunset in Sahara is just a cherry on the top of a cake you cannot miss out on.