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This accommodated overland will take you to some of East Africa's best national parks to see its most incredible wildlife. Trekking for chimpanzees and gorillas in Uganda then across the Equator searching for the 'big 5' in Maasai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. This tour will leave you with the desire to explore more of this incredible continent.
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. Naiberi Camp.We leave Nairobi early today descending into the great rift valley to Lake Nakuru National Park famous for its variety of birdlife, especially flamingo. Rhino, antelope, baboon, warthog, leopard, buffalo and lion also call this park their home and can be spotted here on our afternoon game drive. 4 images Lake Nakuru, Kenya 3 images Naiberi Camp
Day 2. Lake Nakuru to Eldoret Accommodation. Punda Millias.Leaving Nakuru we make our way northwest to the town of Eldoret crossing from the Southern to Northern Hemisphere over the equator. Eldoret is Kenya's fifth largest town with a population of around 194,000.
Day 3. Eldoret to Kampala, Uganda Highlights. Kampala, Uganda. Accommodation. Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala.Today we leave Kenya and cross the border into Uganda making our way to the capital Kampala.
Kampala is Uganda's national and commercial capital, and spans a large area over the hills and bordering onto Lake Victoria. A mix of modern sky scrapers and traditional dwellings, it makes for an interesting insight into the local Ugandan culture. 5 images Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala
Day 4. Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park Accommodation. Simba Camp, Uganda.We travel west today towards Queen Elizabeth National park again crossing the Equator through steep mountains, forest and hillside.
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 this morning getting views of the mountains that separate Uganda from Central Africa. We trek for the chimpanzees at Kyambura Gorge, with chimps mostly living up in the trees we will be peering into the forest canopy to get a view of them. 3 images Chimpanzee Trek, Kyambura Gorge, Uganda 2 images Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda 4 images Simba Camp, Uganda
Day 6. Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake Bunyoni Highlights. Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda. Accommodation. Lake Bunyonyi Camp.Today we travel to Lake Bunyonyi, Africa's second deepest lake with depths of nearly 900m in parts. The lake has 29 islands that can be visited by local boats and will be our base for the next couple of nights whilst we trek the nearby forests in search of gorillas. 3 images Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda 4 images Lake Bunyonyi Camp
Day 7-8. Lake Bunyonyi or Gorilla trek Highlights. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda. Accommodation. Lake Bunyonyi Camp.These days are free to explore the Lake Bunyonyi area if not on a gorilla trek day. 4 images Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda 3 images Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda 4 images Lake Bunyonyi Camp
Day 9. Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala Accommodation. Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala.Today we leave the lake and make our way back to the capital Kampala for the night.
Day 10. Kampala to Jinja Highlights. Jinja, Uganda. Accommodation. Nile River Explorer.We leave Kampala and make the short trip to the town of Jinja on the banks of Lake Victoria and the Nile. We spend the next three nights here where you can enjoy many different optional activities. 5 images Jinja, Uganda 3 images Nile River Explorer
Day 11-12. Jinja Accommodation. Nile River Explorer.These days are free for you to enjoy the optional activities available such as bungee jumping, quad biking, white water rafting, community school project, Nile cruise and many more.
Day 13. Jinja to Eldoret, Kenya Accommodation. Punda Millias.Departing Jinja we cross back over the border into Kenya where we spend the night in Eldoret.
Day 14. Eldoret to Nairobi Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.Leaving Eldoret we cross over the Equator south to Nairobi where we spend the next two nights.
This evening can be spent out on the town exploring the glittering nightlife of the city.
Day 15. Nairobi Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.The day is yours to go and explore this incredible city today. Visit the local shops, markets bars and restaurant as well as the National Museum, Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Centre or Nairobi National Park.
Day 16. Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve Accommodation. Maasai Mara Camp.Leaving Nairobi early we travel across the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. We will spend the next two nights here and travel in specialised safari vehicles for our game driving.
Day 17. Maasai Mara National Reserve Highlights. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Accommodation. Maasai Mara Camp.Waking early to the sounds of the wilderness we have our breakfast and then head out in search of the famed wildlife of the Maasai Mara. Along the way, we may catch a glimpse of the local Maasai herdsmen as they steer their cattle to the greener pastures on the fringe of the reserve.
We spend the day driving the winding tracks in search of the Big Five and more before heading back to our camp in the late afternoon. 9 images Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya 4 images Maasai Mara Camp
Day 18. Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi Highlights. Nairobi. Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.We bid our farewell to the Maasai lands and make our way back along the Rift Valley to Nairobi. This is our last night in Kenya and we may head out to explore the nightlife, or enjoy an evening at camp retelling our wonderful safari tales. 3 images Nairobi 3 images Karen Camp, Nairobi
Day 19. Nairobi to Arusha Highlights. Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.We leave Kenya today and make our way into Tanzania via the Namanga frontier. We travel to Arusha, a city situated exactly mid-way between Cairo and Cape Town.
After checking in to our camp, we visit a local Maasai village where we can learn about their culture and see how they live. 2 images Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania 4 images Meserani Snake Park
Day 20. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Serengeti Camp.This morning we meet our guides and get into our safari vehicles that we will be using for the next few days to explore the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.
Driving west across the Great Rift Valley we enter the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area before driving around its rim onto the Serengeti plains. The afternoon is spent on game drive as we explore this wilderness and make our way to the unfenced camp for an unforgettable night under the African stars. 5 images Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Day 21. Ngorongoro Crater Accommodation. Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater.Another early morning greets us as we hear the roars and grunts of the wilderness as we wake. We head out again seeking the predators that have been active last night.
After breakfast, we game drive our way out of the plains we ascend the outer wall of the Crater on our way to the camp on the crater rim. At high altitude, it is not uncommon to have a cool night after the warmth of the plain below.
Day 22. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.Today we make our way onto the Crater floor for a morning of game driving. All of the large mammals are found here apart from giraffe who can manage the step slopes leading to the Crater floor.
We zig-zag along the dirt tracks and seek out the hyena packs wallowing in the mud and the sleek cheetah that lie so camouflaged in the tall grass. Although the Ngorongoro Crater has a relatively small size, their is a great abundance of wildlife to be seen here.
After lunch we make our way back to Arusha and our truck for the night. 7 images Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania 4 images Meserani Snake Park
Day 23. Arusha to Bagamoyo Highlights. Bagamoyo, Tanzania. Accommodation. Firefly Camp.We leave Arusha travelling south to Bagamoyo, we journey past the town of Moshi and with a little luck and clear weather will get to see the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.
Bagamoyo was once a trading port to Tanzania and a base for some of the great explorers before they headed off into the African wilderness. Our camp for the night is situated a stone's throw from the ocean 4 images Firefly Camp
Day 24. Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.Travelling further south, we make our way via the busy coastal road to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's main port city.
Our accommodation is located to the south of the harbour on a lovely stretch of beach - a perfect location to start enjoying the warm Indian Ocean waters and pack our gear for the next days on Zanzibar. 2 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. Accommodation. Safari Lodge, Zanzibar.We board the busy fast ferry and cross the channel to the beautiful island of Zanzibar. Arriving around midday, we have the afternoon at leisure to seek out our own adventures.
Visit the old fort, the museum or take a shot at finding your way through the winding alleyways as you discover the stalls and markets of the local traders. With a strong Arabic influence, Stone Town is a maze of streets and markets - and an absolute pleasure to explore!
7 images Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania 4 images Safari Lodge, Zanzibar
Day 26-27. Zanzibar - Northern Beaches Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Accommodation. Sunset Bungalows Kendwa.This morning there is an opportunity to visit one of the local fruit and spice farms on a guided tour. Learn how the island came to be a major player in the spice trade and sample some of the delicious fresh tropical fruits grown here.
For our next two nights we travel to the north of the island and its beaches. The days are free for you to relax on the beach or enjoy some of the optional activities available. 5 images Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania 5 images Sunset Bungalows Kendwa
Day 28. Zanzibar to Dar es SalaamThis morning we have the time to go for one last swim or do some last minute shopping before we catch the ferry back to Dar es Salaam on the African mainland where our tour ends. 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. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam
An informal and secure thatched resort set on a golden stretch of beach on the south coast of Dar es Salaam and reached by ferry from the city centre. The relaxed restaurant is well-known for its seafood, and has tables set in the sand and hammocks strung up in the palm trees. Rooms – single, twin, double or family share bandas, some en suite, camping. Facilities – restaurant and bar. The Indian Ocean here is ideal for swimming.
* 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 at least 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 Dar es Salaam 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 (25 nights) twin share tents with sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (2 nights) some may be with 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, safari vehicle, 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.
27 Breakfasts, 22 Lunches, 21 Dinners
25 nights twin share accommodation, 2 nights bush camping at Serengeti/Ngorongoro (equipment supplied).
Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Sleeping mattress ( Serengeti, 1 night, Ngorongoro Crater, 1 night)
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew
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
*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass Excludes.
Items of a personal nature