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44 Day Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Adventure (Comfort)

R57,150

+ Single Supplement ZAR 14860

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Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya & Uganda

Starts Johannesburg
Ends Nairobi
Group Size Max 20
Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older

The Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Accommmodated Adventure

 

 

Tour Overview

Departing from Johannesburg
Ends in
Nairobi

44 Day Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Adventure travelling up from South Africa to Uganda. Perfect for the traveller wanting to cover remote regions and see wildlife in its natural environment but still wants a bed at night.  

Included

  • Meals - 41 Breakfast, 38 Lunch, 37 Dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport per itinerary

Excluded

  • All drinks - Alcohol, Soft drinks, Bottled water
  • Souvenir
  • Snacks
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Other items of a personal nature
  • Entrance Fees

SKU: ACE04612
 

Itinerary

Day 1 - 2

Johannesburg to Kalahari Gateway to Kalahari

Today we leave Johannesburg, the City of Gold, to make our way northward to Botswana where we travel on the Trans-Kalahari highway and spend our first evening in a small village of Kang, the gateway to the Kalahari.

In the morning we travel deeper into the Central Kalahari where we find our camp for this evening in the Ghanzi district. We spend some time getting to know the San People before enjoying a guided walk where we learn the secrets to their survival in the Kalahari Desert. Your evening is filled with traditional song, dance and story telling of the San Culture.

A landlocked country located in Southern Africa, the Republic of Botswana is approximately the size of France. Its population consists of around 1.9 million people, most of who reside on the more abundant eastern side of the country. The official language and dominant culture is Setswana, its people known as the Batawana. There are also various San communities that have made the desert area their home. Botswana has a tradition of democracy in the form of the kgotla system, which is rooted in Setswana culture and is based on a democratic system in which every person has the right to freedom of speech. Previously a British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana got its current name following its independency from the Commonwealth in 1966.

It is surrounded by South Africa in the south and southeast regions, by Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. It joins Zambia at one singular area. Botswana is renowned for its stable politics, hospitable residents, and its wealth of diamonds. The country is, in fact, the biggest diamond exporter in the world. Botswana is mostly flat, and in addition to the delta and desert regions, there are also enormous grasslands and savannahs. Blue Wildebeest, various antelope and a range of other wildlife live in the lush vegetation of this country. Majority of Botswana is covered by the Kalahari Desert, resulting in water becoming a scarce resource. The currency used is Pula, meaning ‘rain’ in Setswana. This is a great example of how cherished water is. Drops of rain were thought to be the closest currency to actual money. Seventeen percent of the country has been reserved for game parks, more than the international suggestion of just ten percent. Northern Botswana houses one of the few remaining concentrations of the threatened African Wild Dog. Botswana also contains the biggest concentration of elephant in all of Africa.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: (Day 1): Kang Ultra Stop
Accommodation: Two Per Room(Day 2): Dqae Qare San Lodge or Ghanzi Trail Blazers
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Johannesburg to Kang , Kang to Ghanzi
Activity Package: Bush Walk with San Guides
Included Highlight: San Evening Dance Performance
Border Post: Botswana Pioneer Gate Tel: +267 533 3992, Open: 06h00 – 24h00 South Africa Skilpadshek Tel: +27 0800 00 7277, Open: 06h00 – 24h00

Day 3

Kalahari to Maun, Botswana

Rising early we leave for Maun and spend the night here. In the afternoon we make our way to the gateway to the Okavango Delta. When we reach the city, we begin preparations for our following two night excursion into the Delta. An optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta is available for those wanting to participate in activities in the afternoon.

The fifth biggest town in Botswana, Maun is renowned as the tourism capital and gateway into the Okavango Delta. It is a diverse contrast of modern structures and traditional huts. Presently home to over some 30,000 people, the town was established in 1915 as the tribal capital of the Batawana people. Maun initially serviced the local cattle ranching and hunting industries and gained a reputation as a ‘wild west’ town. Maun grew rapidly with the swift development of the tourism industry and the completion of the tar road leading from Nata.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Sitatunga or Island Safari Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Ghanzi to Maun
Optional Activity Okavango Delta Scenic Flight

Day 4 - 5

Okavango Delta, Botswana

We begin the day with exploring on of Africa’s great wilderness areas, the Okavango Delta.

The following day is spent enjoying the activities in the Delta, while it is flexible to accommodate the changes in season and water levels. You have a chance to enjoy traditional Mokoro rides and nature walks.

A maze of lagoons, lakes and concealed channels spreading over 17,000 square kilometres, the Okavango Delta is the world’s biggest inland delta. Originating in Angola, countless rivers merge to form the Cubango River which flows through Namibia, becoming the Kavango River and finally entering Botswana where it turns into the Okavango. Eons ago, the Okavango River flowed into a massive inland lake named Lake Makgadikgadi which is now known as the Makgadikgadi Pans. Tectonic activity disturbed the currents of the river, resulting in it backing up and thus creating what is now recognised as the Okavango Delta. This has formed a complex network of waterways that sustain a large variety of fauna and flora. There are approximately 200,000 large mammals living in and around the Delta. On the mainland and amidst the Delta islands, lion, elephant, hyena, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and crocodile gather with an assortment of antelope and other smaller animals such as warthog, mongoose, spotted genet, monkey, bush baby and tree squirrel.

Remarkably, the endangered African Wild Dog lives within the Okavango Delta, displaying one of the richest pack densities throughout Africa. The Delta is also home to over 400 species of bird including the majestic African Fish Eagle. Plenty of these creatures live in the Delta, but most simply pass through during their migrations with the summer rains to seek out renewed lush fields ready for grazing. During the beginning of winter, the countryside dries up and these animals head back to the Delta, making for spectacular game sightings as the massive numbers of prey and predators are forced together. Specific regions of the floodplains provide some of the most magnificent predator action seen anywhere in the world.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the accommodation in Maun for the following 2 days.

Accommodation: Permanent Tent: : Two per Room (Okavango Delta Excursion)
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion (Accommodated)

Please Note:  The Aircraft has a max 10kg luggage weight per person. Additionally new safety regulations require all guests to be weighed. Please take no offence.

Okavango Delta

Day 6 - 7

Okavango Delta – Caprivi Region (Namibia)  – Kasane, Botswana

Today we depart from the Delta and make our way to the north. After being re-united with our truck, we enter Namibia and travel through the Caprivi Strip, crossing three parks enroute to Chobe National Park. Where we camp this evening.

With an early start to the day, we leave Namibia and travel back to Botswana. Upon arrival we enjoy a game drive in Chobe, in search of the herds of elephants and many antelope. We head northward to Kasane, located on the Chobe Riverbanks. Our afternoon is spent game viewing on a river cruise into the famous Chobe National Park where you can observe various animals wandering near the water’s edge. This is a fantastic chance to view some magnificent game.

The second biggest park in all of Botswana, Chobe National Park spreads over approximately 10,600 square kilometres of northern Botswana. The Park forms part of the medley of lakes, islands and floodplains created from the river systems of the Kwanda, Linyanti and Chobe Rivers. This region is well-known for its enormous buffalo and elephant herds – the population of which is presently around 120,000. The Chobe elephants migrate often and travel up to 200 kilometres from the Chobe and Linyanti rivers, where they gather during the dry season, to the pans in the southeast portion of the park during rainy season. These giants are specifically Kalahari elephants, identifiable by their frail ivory and short tusks which are possibly due to the lack of calcium in the soil. Because of their high population, much damage to vegetation is caused in certain areas and therefore, culls have been considered but never carried out due to the enormous controversy surrounding the act.

The initial inhabitants of this region were the San people, known in Botswana as the Basarwa. They were nomadic hunter-gatherers who travelled from place to place searching for the next source of food and water. The San were eventually forced out by groups of the Basubiya people and, in 1911, a congregation of Batawana moved to the area. It was decided in 1931 that a national park would be erected in order to guard the wildlife from extinction as well as to attract tourists. During 1932, an area of approximately 24,000 square kilometres in the Chobe region was declared as a non-hunting zone. Throughout the years, the boundaries of the park have been modified and the people who have settled in the region have been progressively relocated. Chobe National Park was eventually completely rid of human occupation in the year 1975, and in 1980 (and once more in 1986) the boundaries were once again altered, growing the park to its current size.

Accommodation: Two per Room Camp ChobeThebe River Safaris
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Rainbow River Lodge to Kasane
Activity Package: Chobe National Park Boat Cruise, Chobe National Park Game Drive
Border Post Namibia: Mohembo Border, Divundi/Bangani, Zambezi (Caprivi), 33km or 40min SE of Divundu, Kavango, Namibia, Tel +264(0)66 259 902, Open: 06:00-18:00 (GMT+2), Namibia: Ngoma Border Post, B8, In Ngoma, Zambezi (Caprivi), +264(0)66 250 601 Open: 07:00-18:00 (GMT+2)

Day 8 - 9

Botswana – Kasane – Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

We make our way to Victoria Falls town where we have some time to prepare our activities for the following day, before visiting the incredible Victoria Falls and experiencing the thunderous and powerful Zambezi. Spend the day participating in some thrilling activities on offer here at this magnificent place.

At 1700 metres wide and 108 metres high, Victoria Falls are said to be the biggest falls in the entire world. According to popular beliefs, Scottish explorer David Livingstone was the very first European to stand witness to the mighty Victoria Falls and wrote: “It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so wonderful must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” The local name of Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’, is used as the official name in Zambia. Because of its enormous power and size, the Falls are embellished with countless mythologies. It is believed by the local Tonga people of Zambezi that a river god, Nyaminyami, lives in the water in the shape of a gigantic snake. The Zambezi River flooded thrice when the Kariba Dam was constructed in the 1950’s, causing numerous deaths and much devastation. The locals believe that Nyaminyami became angry with the building of the Dam and thus was the entity that caused the horrendous floods. The peculiar form of Victoria Falls allows its entire width to be seen face-on from as near as 60 metres to the Falls due to the Zambezi River dropping into a deep and narrow slot-like fissure connected to a lengthy sequence of ravines. There are very few waterfalls in the world that permit this close of an approach on foot.

The Falls are created by the entire width of the river plummeting in a solitary vertical drop into a 120 metre wide chasm, whittled by the cascading waters along a breakage area in the basalt plateau. The chasm called the First Gorge varies from 80 metres deep at its west end to 108 metres in its centre. The only opening to the First Gorge is though a gap 110 metres wide, approximately two-thirds of the way across the width of the Falls from the western end, through which the entire volume of the river spills into the gorges of the Victoria Falls. Two islands, Boaruka and Livingstone, are situated on the peak of the Falls. They are big enough to divide the sheet of water, even at full flood. At less than full flood, other islands perform the task of dividing the curtain of water into dispersed parallel streams. The main streams are known as Leaping Water, Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls (the tallest) and the Eastern Cataract.

Accommodation: Two per room: Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel or similar
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls
Activity Package: Victoria Falls National Park Entrance
Optional Activities: Bungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner Experience, Dinner Cruise, Whitewater Rafting, Canoe Trips, Game Drives and more All subject to time.

Day 10

Lusaka, Zambia

Leaving behind the natural wonder of Victoria Falls we travel toward the lively city of Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. You will note that the flora becomes progressively tropical as we journey forth, and the roads become a bit rougher.

The capital and biggest city of Zambia, Lusaka has two primary spoken languages – English and Nyanja. It is situated in the southern region of the central plateau of Zambia at a height of 1300 metres and boasts a population of approximately 1.7 million. With one of the most rapidly developing city centres in Africa, Lusaka is situated in a prolific farming region and is Zambia’s administrative, financial and commercial centre. It is believed that with proper and effective economic improvements, Lusaka (as well as Zambia as a whole) will advance significantly. Lusaka is home to a varied community of foreigners, many of whom work in the aid industry, as well as diplomats, representatives of religious societies and several business people.

Lusaka was named after its headman and is situated at Manda Hill; close by to where the National Assembly building is established. The area was extended by European settlers in 1905 with the construction of the railway. During 1935, Lusaka was selected to replace Livingstone as the capital of the British colony of northern Rhodesia, due to its relatively central location on the railway. After the union of northern and southern Rhodesia in 1953, Lusaka became the heart of the independence movement, resulting in the formation of the Republic of Zambia. Zambia became the 9th African state to gain independence from the British colonialists in 1964, following which President Kaunda came to power, with Lusaka as the country’s capital.

Accommodation Two Per Room: Eureka Camp
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Victoria Falls to Lusaka
Included Highlight: View of Victoria Falls from the Bridge
Border Post: Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls Bridge (no telephone number) Open: 06h00-20h00 Zambia: Victoria Falls Bridge (no telephone number) Open: 06h00-20h00

Nomad - Eureka Camp

Day 11

Petauke, Zambia

Today we embark on a lengthy drive through luscious country sides, passing over rivers on our way to Petauke– the gateway to the South Luangwa National Park. Purely African, Zambia is somewhat of an adjustment to the more western ways of Southern Africa.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Chimwemwe Executive Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Lusaka to Petauke

Day 12 - 13

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

In the morning, we depart from Petauke to the South Luangwa National Park border where we make our way to the banks of the Luangwa River to spend the following two evenings. Hippo and other animals can frequently be spotted from the camp’s bar. In the afternoon, we are treated to a gorgeous sunset game drive through the Park. During the following morning you will have a chance to embark on another (optional) game drive. The South Luangwa National Park is well-known for its large population of leopard and hippo.

Located in eastern Zambia, the South Luangwa National Park is a world famous wildlife sanctuary that is well-known for its beautiful walking safaris. There is a large population of Thorneycroft’s Giraffe as well as herds of elephant and buffalo. The Luangwa River sustains plenty of crocodile and hippo. Established as a game reserve in 1983, the area was declared a National Park in 1972 and presently covers over 9000 square kilometres. Hippopotami flourish in this Park due to the areas of flooded grassland habitats that are situated nearby to the river, on which they happily graze during the evenings. We may be able to spot pods of over 500 hippos during the dry season as this is when the river dries up and leaves them restricted to areas of deep pools.

On average, there are most likely up to 42 hippos per kilometre. These magnificent creatures are crucial to the Park’s ecosystem as their excrement released into the river fertilises the waters and supports the fish population which, in turn, sustain the crocodiles. The South Luangwa National Park is also believed to contain the largest population of leopard throughout the entire African continent. It is estimated that there is one leopard for every kilometre of river in the Luangwa Valley. Therefore, the possibility of spotting this elusive and majestic nocturnal creature is fairly high.

Accommodation: Permanent Tents: Wildlife Camp
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Petauke to South Luangwa National Park
Activity Package: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
Included Highlight: Textile project visit
Optional Activity: Safari Walk (seasonal) or Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa

Nomad - South Luangwa National Park

Day 14

Lake Malawi – Malawi, Tanzania

Today we departure South Luangwa National Park, Zambia and head for Lake Malawi. Your home this evening is located on the edge of Lake Malawi. There is free time to snorkel here and survey your surrounds.

Accommodation: Two per room: Ngala Beach Lodge
Facilities: Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: South Luangwa National Park to Lake Malawi
Border Post: Zambia: Chipata / Nwami, Tel: + 265 622 1652, Open: 06h00- 18h00. Malawi: Mchinji, Tel: +265 124 2217, Open: 06h00-18h00.

Day 15 - 16

Northern Lake Malawi, Tanzania

Following a short drive we arrive in the northern region of the lake, we spend the next 3 nights participating in the various Optional Activities on offer here such as a booking full day hike to the Livingstonia Mission. Lake Malawi is the third biggest Lake in Africa and the eighth biggest in the world, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. The lake offers fantastic snorkelling and diving adventures and its tropical waters contain more species of fish than any other lake on earth. These fish support the locals who rely on the lake for survival, using mokoros (dug-out canoes) to set out massive nets.

The following day we visit a local community in the morning where you will meet the people of the lake. The rest of  the day can be spent unwinding at the pool of your accommodation or you could enjoy your time exploring the sights, sounds and optional activities on offer here. There is a massive variety of different ethnic groups dwelling in this area and as a result, there are plenty of dialects to be learned and spoken. Majority of these groups are Christians due to the countless missionaries who passed through the area, whilst the remainder have maintained their traditional belief systems.

David Livingstone arrived at Lake Malawi in 1895 whilst he was attempting to put a stop to the awful slave trades taking place. He returned in 1861 accompanied by seven missionaries who established a mission station in the southern area of the lake, but some contracted malaria and other various illnesses as well as suffered from conflict with slave-drivers. The surviving missionaries soon withdrew to Zanzibar. Livingstone came back again in 1866 as part of his journey to discover the source of the Nile. In 1869 he travelled north and was subsequently out of contact for almost two years. Found by journalist Henry Stanley on the banks of Lake Tanganyika in 1871, Livingstone was uttered the famous phrase from Stanley: “Dr Livingstone, I presume.” Livingstone then carried out his mission, eventually dying at a village called Chitombo in Zambia in 1873.

The death of this remarkable explorer revived the desire in other missionaries to come to Malawi and, after they finally finished setting up missions in various malaria-ridden areas, they constructed a malaria-free mission in the highlands of the eastern escarpment, aptly named Livingstonia. This particular mission is still operational today and is open to visitors willing to embark on a strenuous hike in order to reach it. Because of the relative difficulty of this 6-8 hour trek to the mission, you should be sure to partake in it only if you feel you are truly fit enough to brave the steep slopes and boiling temperatures.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Maji Zuwa
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Lake Malawi to Northern Lake Malawi
Included Highlight: Local Village Visit
Optional Activity: Snorkelling, Livingstonia day trip (hike), Community Volunteering

Lake Malawi

Day 17

Lake Malawi, Tanzania

In the morning we make time to visit Karonga, this town is the centre of Malawi’s slave trade. Home to magnificent museums boasting displays of dinosaurs and the rich history of people and the world. Making our way back on the last day in Lake Malawi, we make the most of the day and enjoy snorkeling, swimming and a last sundowner before leaving.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Maji Zuwa
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Included Highlight: Karonga Town and Museum Visit
Optional Activity: Snorkelling, Livingstonia day trip (hike), Community Volunteering

Day 18

Tanzania – Iringa, Tanzania

Departing from Malawi today, we make our way to Tanzania. We ascend out of the Great Rift Valley through some remarkable mountain passes, passing enormous tea plantations in the highlands on the way, before eventually arriving at our camp located outside of Iringa. Our dinner tonight is at a local Kihehe restaurant where we experience a traditional Tanzanian evening.

Tanzania is a mountainous region in the northeast, where Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, is located. The Great Lakes of Lake Victoria (Africa’s biggest lake) and Lake Tanganyika (Africa’s deepest lake, famous for its unique fish species) are to the north and west. Central Tanzania is comprised of a vast plateau complete with savannahs and fruitful land. The eastern shore is hot and humid, with the exotic island of Zanzibar situated just offshore.

Tanzania experiences tropical temperatures and, in the highlands, the climate ranges between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius during the cold and hot seasons respectively.  The remainder of the country has temperatures that seldom drop lower than 20 degrees Celsius. The hottest season takes place between November and February, reaching temperatures of over 30 degrees, whilst the coldest season occurs between May and August, dropping to below 15 degrees.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Kisolanza Farm
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Northern Lake Malawi to Iringa
Border Post: Malawi: Songwe (no telephone), Open: 06h00-18h00, Tanzania: Chi’zumulu, Tel: +265 15 357 207, Open: 06h00-18h00

Wildebeest of Tanzania

Day 19

Mikumi, Tanzania

We depart from Iringa today and make our way north to the Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to many lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant. It is here that we have the chance to partake in an optional afternoon game drive through the Park.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Asante Afrika Camp
Facilities: Two per Room with Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Iringa to Mikumi
Activity Package: Mikumi National Park Game Drive

Day 20

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Today, our travels bring us out of the cool highland area to the hot Indian Ocean coastal city of Dar es Salaam, meaning ‘house of peace’ in Arabic. Dar is Tanzania’s economic and trade capital, but inland, Dodoma remains the official capital city. Enjoy a dinner out on the town this evening as we prepare for the following days activities.

Previously ‘Mzizima’, Dar es Salaam is the biggest city in Tanzania, with a population of over 3.2 million. It is also the richest city in the country as well as a crucial economic centre. Even though Dar is not the official capital city of Tanzania, it is still the centre of the permanent central government and serves as the capital for the surrounding Dar es Salaam area. Albert Roscher of Hamburg was the first European to arrive in Mzizima (‘healthy town’) in 1859, and in 1866 the city was given its current name by Sultan Seyyid Malid of Zanzibar.

After Malid’s death in 1870, Dar began to rapidly deteriorate, but in 1887, it was revived when the German East Africa Company constructed a station in the city. The development of the town was due to its key role as the administrative and commercial centre of German East Africa as well as the industrial growth that resulted in the establishment of the Central Railway Line in the early 1900s.

Located within such close proximity to the Equator and inviting Indian Ocean, Dar es Salaam experiences a relatively tropical climate, with hot and humid temperatures during most of the year. Annual rainfall amounts to approximately 1,100 mm and, in an average year, the city experiences two separate rainy seasons. First there are ‘the long rains’ that fall during the April/May period, and secondly, ‘the short rains’ which fall during the months of October and November.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Kariakoo Hotel no website available
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Mikumi to Dar es Salaam
Optional Activity: Dinner Out

Day 21 - 23

Zanzibar Excursion

Leaving our truck behind, we climb aboard a local ferry that transports us from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar. We are then transferred to the northern part of the island where we devote some time to unwinding on the golden beach. You need not bring your entire backpack to the island as a day pack is usually enough. Upon our arrival in Zanzibar, we are met by a local tour guide who you will be able to arrange extra activities through. There are also various spice and seafood markets to enjoy.

The following  two days is spent enjoying the beach or exploring the island. There are a number of activities to participate in such as snorkeling, scuba diving or taking a sunset boat cruise.

Due to the dominant Islam religion in Zanzibar, conservative clothing should be worn most places except on the beach, where your regular clothes and swimsuits are acceptable. It is recommended that women wear t-shirts and knee-length shorts or skirts in town. The Islamic religion frowns upon the showing of arms above the elbow or legs above the knee. Shoulders should also remain covered and no revealing necklines are acceptable. Men’s clothing is less restrictive, allowing them to wear shirts and shorts. However, on the beach or in our resort, there are no dress codes other than the regular ones adhered to in most pool/public areas.

If you happen to be visiting Zanzibar during the month of fasting (Ramadan), please speak to your local guide about the customs adhered to during this period. Regular eating times during the day are forbidden and most locals will be sure to make you aware of this. Majority of shops and restaurants will be closed during Ramadan, but it is acceptable as a foreigner to have meals at hotels or resorts. Your guide will be able to inform you of what is appropriate and when.

Zanzibar is a semi-independent portion of the United Republic of Tanzania. Comprised of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean located 25-50 kilometres off the mainland’s coast, Zanzibar is comprised of numerous small islands and two bigger ones, Ungula (the main island informally referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba. At one point in time, Zanzibar was in fact a completely separate state boasting a lengthy trading history within the Arab world. However, it merged with Tanganyika to create Tanzania in 1964 and still maintains a high level of independence within the union. Zanzibar City is the capital of Zanzibar, situated on the island of Unguja, and its historic centre known as Stone Town is a World Heritage Site.

Zanzibar trades in spices and raffia and has a flourishing tourism industry. In addition to this, Zanzibar is also home to the extremely endangered species of the Red Colobus Monkey. The word ‘Zanzibar’ was derived from the Persian term ‘zangi-bar’ meaning ‘coast of the blacks’. However, it is believed that the name could have also originated from the Arabic ‘Zayn Z’al Barr’ meaning ‘fair is this land’. ‘Zanzibar’ frequently refers specifically to Unguja Island and is sometimes referred to as the Spice Islands, though this term is more often associated with the Indonesian Maluku Islands.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Amaan Bungalows (2 nights) and Ocean View Hotel (1 night) or similar
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by ferry, Nungwi to Stone Town
Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion plus Ferry
Included Highlight: Spice Tour and City Tour
Optional Activity: Sunset Sailing Trips, Snorkelling, Fishing, Scuba Diving, Turtle Sanctuary Visit, Village Tours, Jozani Forest and more

PLEASE NOTE: If you have not purchased the Activity Package, you will be staying at the accommodation in Dar es Salaam for these three nights.

Nomad - Amaan Bungalows

Day 24

Dar es Salaam – Bagamoyo, Tanzania

Leaving Zanzibar behind, we climb aboard a ferry that transports us back to Dar es Salaam, where we return to our truck. We make our way to Bagamoyo who’s name means “lay down your heart” and goes back to the days of slavery. The town of Bagamoyo is a short walk away and you can explore this vibrant town on foot. Your stay this evening will be on the beach.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Bagamoyo Travellers Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by ferry; Dar es Salaam to Bagamoyo
Included Highlight: Stone Town

Nomad - Bagamoyo Travellers Lodge

Day 25

Arusha, Tanzania

Today we embark on a picturesque drive to Arusha where we will spend the night. Enclosed by some of Africa’s most well-known landscapes and National Parks, Arusha is located at the base of Mount Meru – on the eastern edge of the Great Rift Valley’s eastern branch. The city experiences mostly balmy weather due to its location on the hills of Mt Meru. Within close proximity to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha contains its very own National Park, situated on Mount Meru. The main industry of this area is agriculture. Producers of huge vegetables and flowers send superb produce to Europe. Arusha has several factories including a brewery, tyre and fibreboard plant as well as a big pharmaceuticals manufacturer. We prepare for the following day into the Serengeti.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Ndoro Lodge no website available
Facilities:Two per Room with Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Bagamoyo to Arusha

Day 26 - 28

Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Excursion, Tanzania

Today we set off on an optional 4  day, 3 night camping adventure in the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This region contains one of the most dense animal varieties in all of Africa. We are given time to visit the Oldupai gorge and museum on our first day journeying from Arusha to Ngorongoro. Our Serengeti expedition takes place in an open-topped 4X4 safari vehicle in order to take on the obstacles we come across whilst driving through the Park’s gravelly and narrow roads.

For those who opt not to partake in this excursion, simply devote your time to relaxing and soaking in the sun as well as the vibrant local cultures surrounding you. Be sure to take with you a small day pack with a change of clothing, binoculars, cameras, warm clothes (for the cold rim of the crater), plenty of insect repellent, a few dollars for tips and curios, provisions and, of course, your sleeping bag and pillow. There is also a variety of Optional Activites in which to partake for those who aren’t going on this expedition, including a range of Serengeti and Ngorongoro Excursion packages, Lake Manyara game drives, day hiking, village tours and other day trips.

The Serengeti is world famous for hosting the biggest and longest overland migration on earth, deemed a ‘natural travel wonder of the world’. During October, almost 2 million herbivores journey from the hills of the north to the plains of the south, crossing through the Mara River in search of food and water. During April, these animals return to the north via the west, once more crossing the Mara. This spectacle is often called the Circular Migration. More than 250 000 wildebeest are fated to die along the trip from Tanzania to the Masai Mara Reserve in upper Kenya, a total distance of 800 kilometres. Their death is frequently caused due to wounds, exhaustion or by being hunted by the stalking predators that follow close behind the herds. Around 70 bigger mammals and approximately 500 various bird species can be found in this migration. The massive assortment of species that composes the migration is due to the wide range of habitats ranging from river forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the common mammals that can be spotted in this area are Blue Wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and buffalos.

The Ngorongoro region makes up part of the ecosystem of the Serengeti and, to the northwest it meets the Serengeti National Park and lies adjacent to the southern plains of the Serengeti. These plains spread to the north into the unguarded Loliondo division and are open to wildlife due to the farming habits of the Masai. Volcanic highlands lie to the south and west of the region whilst the rim of the Great Rift Valley wall defines the southern and eastern boundaries. This wall serves to prohibit animals migrating in these directions.

Accommodation: Bush Camp: Seronera Campsite , Simba Campsite
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Arusha to Serengeti National Park
Optional Activity: Serengeti Camping Excursion

Important:

The campsites are owned by Tanzania National Parks Board and are poorly maintained. We do ask that you have an open mind when visiting the ablutions in the Serengeti National Park. Please supply your own wet wipes and toilet paper.

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Ngorongoro Crater

Day 29

Arusha, Tanzania

Our group meets up today and we have the opportunity to swap tales of our wondrous experiences we’ve had over the past couple of days.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Ndoro Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Serengeti National Park to Arusha

Day 30

Nairobi, Kenya

Once we’ve crossed the border into Kenya, we carry onwards to Nairobi. Typically we head out with our group for a delicious celebratory dinner out at one of the many wonderful restaurants Nairobi has to offer.

‘Nairobi’ is derived from the Masai phrase ‘Enkare Nyirobi’ meaning ‘the place of cool waters’. However, it is most well-known as the ‘green city in the sun’ and is surrounded by a number of growing villa suburbs. Nairobi was established in 1899 as a rail depot on the railway joining Mombasa and Uganda and developed rapidly, becoming the capital of British East Africa in 1907 and finally the capital of a free Kenyan republic in 1963. Throughout the colonial years of Kenya, Nairobi developed into a centre for the colony’s tea, coffee and sisal industry and is presently the most inhabited city of East Africa with an approximation of around 3 million people.

Nairobi is currently one of the most important cities of Africa in both politics and finance. Plenty of companies and organisations now exist in Nairobi, including the United Nations Environment Programme and the UN Office in Africa. The city is now the central point of business and culture with the Nairobi Stock Exchange (one of the largest in Africa) and is thus ranked fourth with regards to trading quantity and being able to produce 10 million trades daily.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Sentrim Boulevard Hotel
Facilities: Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Arusha to Nairobi
Optional Activity: Dinner at Local Restaurant
Border Post: Tanzania: Namanga, no telephone number, Open: 24hrs Kenya: Namanga, Tel: +254 455 32002, Open: 24 hrs

Day 31 - 32

 Nairobi – Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

We leave Nairobi today and travel to the Masai Mara Reserve – a vast region rife with incredible wildlife that allows for spectacular photographic opportunities. We take a break from travelling in the truck and operate in safari type vehicles for our journey in the Mara. The Masai Mara is famous for being the Greatest Wildlife Reserve of Africa, renowned for its profusion of lion, the Great Wildebeest Migration and the Masai people who are well-known for their distinguishing customs and dressing styles. The Masai Mara is by far one of Africa’s most popular and beautiful safari destinations.

The Masai Mara spreads over 1530 square kilometres of land and is bound by the Serengeti Park at the south, the Siria slopes to the west and the Masai pastoral ranches to the north, east and west. The reserve’s landscape is mainly vast savannah grassland with occasional rivers that come and go according to the seasons. The Great Migration is one of the most remarkable natural phenomenons of the world, encompassing around 1.5 million wildebeest, 360,000 Thomson’s gazelle and approximately 191,000 zebras. These various travelling animals are shadowed closely on their yearly circular course by a wide assortment of ravenous predators, namely lions and hyena.

All animals comprising Africa’s Big 5 can be spotted in the Masai Mara, though the number of black rhino is extremely threatened with a population of a mere 37 (recorded in 2000). Hippo can be found in big gatherings in the Masai Mara and in the Talek rivers. Cheetah are also found, but their population too is threatened. In addition to this, more than 450 species of bird have been identified in the Park, including marabou storks, secretary birds, hornbills, crowned crane, ostriches, long-crested eagles and African pygmy-falcons.

Accommodation: Permanent Tents: Masai Mara Camp
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Nairobi to Masai Mara
Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion

Masai Mara National Park

Day 33

Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

We depart from the Masai Mara and journey north to Lake Nakuru where we devote our afternoon to game driving. First established as a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru was developed into a National Park in 1968. Here, white rhino roam frequently through the savannah area that surrounds the lake, providing us with incredible photo opportunities.

Lake Nakuru National Park got its name from the alkaline lake that surrounds it. Nakuru means ‘dry or dusty place’ in the Masai language. Though the Park was initially created as a bird sanctuary, it is now inhabited by an immense number of various animal species, including the Big Four – lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo (unfortunately the Park is not home to any elephants). Famous for its enormous flocks of flamingos that gather around the edges of its shores due to the abundance of algae in the waters, Lake Nakuru is also a haven for black and white rhino and, as of recent, has been extended in order to provide protection for these majestic, endangered creatures.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Kivu Lodge
Facilities: Two per room with Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Masai Mara Reserve to Lake Nakuru National Park
Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion

Day 34

Jinja,  Uganda

We say goodbye to Lake Nakuru and make our way across the Equator towards Uganda’s second largest city – Jinja. Jinja is famous for being the place where the Nile River flows out of Lake Victoria and initiates the 6695 kilometre adventure to Egypt and finally, the Mediterranean Sea.

Originally a fishing village that profited from being situated on long-distance trading courses, Jinja was established as a city in 1901 by the British as an administrative centre for the Provincial Government Headquarters for the Busoga area. This took place around the same time that Lake Victoria’s significance in transport heightened due to the Uganda Railway joining Kisumu – a Kenyan town located on the lake with Mombasa on the Indian Ocean, 1,400 kilometres away. Jinja was enabled to increase its size due to cotton-packing, nearby sugar estates and access to the railway. In 1906 a street layout was established and Indian traders began to inhabit the area from around 1910.

At one point in time, Jinja contained a massive East Indian community up until they were forced out of Uganda by Idi Amin in 1971/1972. Most of the architecture in Jinja is Indian-influenced, though the intricate shop-fronts and buildings were not maintained well after the departure of the Indians. Local industrial concerns also fell. The majority of the East Indians who are presently heading back to Uganda have decided to construct businesses once more.

It is famous for being located on the shores of Lake Victoria where the Nile begins the 6695 km journey to Egypt.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Eden Rock Resort
Facilities: Two per room with Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Lake Nakuru – Jinja
Included Highlight: Crossing of the Equator
Border Post: Kenya: Busia 09256 454 3482 Uganda: Malaba (no telephone numbers)

Nomad - Eden Rock Resort, Jinja 2

Day 35

Jinja – Kampala (stop off) – Masindi – Murchison National Park, Uganda

We make our way early to Kampala on route to Murchison National Park. The park is recognized as one of the best National Parks in Uganda. Once settled, you will be briefed on the activities to take place on the next day.

Accommodation Two per room: Kabalega Resort Hotel
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Jinja to Masindi

Day 36 - 37

Masindi – Budongo Central Forest Reserve – Kampala, Uganda

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. In the morning we will depart on a Chimp Trek. Enjoy a game drive through the park before making your way to Kampala the following day. The next morning we pay a visit to the Zhiwa Rhino Sanctuary and the rest of the day is free to participate in activities you were not able to partake in previous days then off to Kampala. Feel free to explore the city in the afternoon.

Note: As the Chimp trekking is limited to 12 guests per trek, should there be more than 12 guests on a tour and thus split over two days. Therefore you may find that you will first do the game drive activity followed by the Chimp trekking the following day or vice versa.

Accommodation Two per room: Kabalega Resort Hotel  and Sky Hotel
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Activity Package: Chimp trekking (half day) , Ziwa Rhino walk
Included Highlight: Game drive (half day), visit to Murchison Falls lookout , Dinne Out

Day 38 - 39

Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi), Uganda

Making our way across the Equator another time, we make our way to a small, but beautiful lake with steep banks and plentiful birdlife, Lake Bunyonyi . Circled by mountains and is most famous for its abundant otter population and picturesque surrounds. We take this day to unwind in this stunning spot the evening prior to our final drive to the gorillas.

The mountain gorilla is an extremely endangered animal and though the precise numbers of its population vary, it is largely believed that there are just around 650 of the gentle giants remaining. Paying a visit to the gorillas is a lovely way to support their future on earth as the money you spend on your gorilla permit goes toward their protection. A crucial part of conserving the gorillas that are still left lies within the community development work. As local communities adjust their attitudes toward nature and wildlife, and begin to protect rather than poach, the future of the beautiful mountain gorilla is guaranteed.

Because permits granted to visit the gorillas are extremely limited, we will require some flexibility on both our travel itinerary and the location where will actually get to see them. The mountain gorillas reside in man-made borders, therefore, their inhabitance range includes Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC. Whenever it is possible, we will be making use of the National Park in Uganda, but this is dependent upon the availability of permits. If we do not manage to obtain permits to go on our Gorilla Trek, then all passengers will be told beforehand that our journey will travel to Rwanda or the DRC.

On our free day spent in Bunyonyi, we will have the chance to partake in some Optional Activities. You can also opt to go hiking or to explore the region on mountain bike.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kampala to Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Bunyonyi National Park to the starting point of the gorilla trek (in safari or smaller vehicles)
Optional Activity: Gorilla Trekking

Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

Day 40

Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi), Uganda

PLEASE NOTE: Although two days have been allocated for the Gorilla Trekking, only one day will be spent on the trek. The next day is there to provide time in which to obtain permits and to allow the entire group to trek if there are more than 6 passengers on the tour. We travel to a village by boat from the Bunyonyi Resort, and here you have an opportunity arises to be educated by the cultures of the people in the village.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Activity Package: Pygmy Village Visit

Day 41

Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala, Uganda

Today we head back from the Gorilla Trekking at Lake Bunyonyi to Uganda’s capital, Kampala. You will be briefed on the activities available for the following day. Enjoy an optional dinner out in Kampala.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Sky Hotel
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala
Optional Activity: Dinner Out Kampala

Day 42

Jinja, Uganda

Before we head off to Jinja and our final night in Uganda you have the chance to participate in the many optional activities here such as swimming, quad biking, kayaking and rafting.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Eden Rock Resort
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kampala to Jinja

Day 43

Kenya – Eldoret, Kenya

On our way back to Kenya, we stop by the country’s 5th biggest city, Eldoret. The presiding geographical characteristic of this area remains the Great Rift Valley whilst the altitude of Eldoret varies from 2,100 to 2,700 metres above sea level.

Eldoret is a Kenyan town established by Afrikaners in 1910. The town was initially known to the locals as 64 or Sisibo due to it being set up at the 64th mile post on the wagon course from Londiani.  In the year 1908, the entire region of Eldoret has been settled by Afrikaans speaking South Africans who journeyed there from Nakuru following a trek from South Africa by sea and by rail from Mombasa. Briefly following this, further settlers and traders of European and Asian descent started to arrive. When the governor chose to set up an administrative centre in 1912, the town became officially known as ‘Eldoret’.

The town, becoming an administrative centre, resulted in a massive increase in trade within the potential city. As an outcome of this, a bank and a few shops were constructed. Eldoret is the hometown of many well-known Kenyan runners, the most famous of whom is Kipchoge Keino. The elevation of Eldoret makes for a prime training ground for plenty of middle and long distance sportsmen. The athletes from this town have contributed immensely to Eldoret’s economy by sharing their winnings from races won all around the world.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Naiberi River Camp
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Jinja to Eldoret
Border Post: Kenya: Busia 09256 454 3482 Uganda: Malaba (no telephone numbers)

Day 44

Nairobi, Kenya

On our return to the biggest city in the East African area, Nairobi, we can partake in an optional dinner where we exchange stories and experiences as well as contact details, all over delicious food and laughter.

Accommodation: Own arrangements/post-accommodation can be booked through us
Route: Eldoret to Nairobi
Optional Activities: Dinner at Local Restaurant

 

Activities

The Activity Package (compulsory on this trip) includes the following:

  • Bush walk with San guides ZAR100
  • Okavango Delta excursion ZAR12780
  • Chobe National Park boat cruise ZAR570
  • Chobe National Park game drive ZAR570
  • Vic Falls National Park entry ZAR540
  • South Luangwa National Park afternoon game drive ZAR1490
  • Mikumi National Park game drive ZAR1490
  • 3-Day Zanzibar excursion ZAR6420
  • Kenyan Park highlights excursion ZAR10250
  • Chimp Trekking Murchison Falls ZAR1750
  • Pygmy visit Kabale ZAR500
  • Ziwa Rhino walk ZAR950


Other Activities

  • 2Hr Horseriding incl Transfer (min 2 pax) Botswana From $80 to $100
  • Scenic Flight up to 4pax Depending on Plane Size Botswana From $425 to $600
  • Tips for Polers – Per Day Per Person Botswana Clients Discretion
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise incl Transfers Zimbabwe From $ 90 to $ 100
  • Dinner Out Victoria Falls Zimbabwe From $20 to $50
  • Walking Safari (4 hours) inside National Park Zambia From $40 to $60
  • Morning Game Drive (Including Park Fees) Zambia From $60 to $80
  • Zanzibar Meals (per meal) Tanzania From $10 to $40
  • Dolphin Half Day Trip Tanzania From $40 to $160
  • Scuba Diving – Per Dive Tanzania From $60 to $80
  • Serengeti Camping Excursion (*Optional Activity) Tanzania ZAR12700
  • Dinner at Local Restaurant Kenya From $30 to $50
  • Nile Cruises Uganda From $40 to $60
  • Rafting Half Day Uganda From $110 to $150
  • Boat Cruise Including Park Fees Uganda From $80 to $100
  • Dinner Out Kampala Uganda From $30 to $50
  • Canoeing rental Uganda From $8 to $12
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R57,150

+ Single Supplement ZAR 14860





R57,150

+ Single Supplement ZAR 14860

+ Activity Package (Compulsory) ZAR 37410

Small Group Departures ZAR 61050

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