CAPE TOWN TO NAIROBI TOUR including Gorillas - Camping
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56 Day Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Adventure (incl Gorillas)

R45,255

+ Local Payment USD 1390

+ Optional Gorilla Trekking Fr USD 720 - USD 780

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Tour Style Camping Top Seller
Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya
Starts Cape Town
Ends Nairobi
Group Size Max 28 - 30
Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older

Beginning in Cape Town, this trip travels north through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda before finally ending in Nairobi, Kenya. We depart from Cape Town in the early hours of a Sunday morning, so if you wish to have a chance to explore Cape Town, an earlier arrival should be planned.

Free arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room

5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more

10% discount for ISIC cardholders

 

 

Tour Overview

Departing from Cape Town
Ends in
Nairobi

Beginning in Cape Town, this trip travels north through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda before finally ending in Nairobi, Kenya. We depart from Cape Town in the early hours of a Sunday morning, so if you wish to have a chance to explore Cape Town, an earlier arrival should be planned. Price Beat Guarantee | 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more |10% discount for ISIC cardholders

Included

  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport per itinerary
  • Township Tour
  • Orange River
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Namib Nauklift National Park
  • Sossusvlei
  • Swakopmund
  • Spitzkoppe
  • Etosha National Park
  • Chobe Overnight Excursion
  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Lake Malawi
  • Zanzibar Ferry
  • Dar Es Salaam
  • Meserani Snake Park
  • Cultural Museum
  • Kampala
  • Lake Bunyonyi
  • Lake Naivasha
  • Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Great Rift Valley
  • Masai Mara National Reserve

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • Airport Departure Taxes
  • Departure Transfer
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Visas
  • Border taxes
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • All optional activities
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities
  • Sleeping bag and pillows
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Personal Items
  • Gorilla Trekking Permit

SKU: CAM0914
 

Itinerary

Day 1

Cape Town – Cederberg, South Africa

Departing from Cape Town on Day 1, we make our way around Table Bay and head north, crossing the Piekenierskloof Pass into the lavish fruit growing area located along the Olifants River. Olifants River got its name due to the massive herds of elephant that once wandered freely throughout this luscious valley. We spend our first night in a scenic campsite that provides us with beautiful views of the neighbouring wine farms. During the afternoon, we take a stroll through the fertile vineyards to explore the incredible views of the Cederberg Mountains, following which we are given the chance to do some delicious wine tasting. We spend our first night camping beneath the star-speckled African sky.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Cape Town Township Tour, Wine tasting at campsite

Day 2

Cederberg – Orange (Gariep) River, South Africa

Today we continue our journey north, heading through the area known as Namaqualand, renowned for its abundance of Namaqua wildflowers that bloom every spring. We stop to gather supplies in Springbok, a small mining town, only to resume our drive through the desert area of the Richtersveld toward the Orange River, which acts as a natural divider between South Africa and Namibia. We reside here tonight at a stunning campsite on the banks of the South African side of the river.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Orange River – Fish River Canyon, South Africa

This morning we are given the option of a half-day canoe outing on the sparkling waters of the Orange River that provides us with a chance do some bird spotting or to simply enjoy a relaxing paddle whilst soaking in the picturesque surroundings. Following a delicious afternoon meal, we cross into Namibia where shortly after, we arrive in Fish River Canyon. This canyon is known as the second biggest in the world, at 161 kilometres long, 27 kilometres wide and approximately 550 metres deep. The outer part of the canyon was created by tectonic shifts whilst the inner portion was formed by erosion. There is a driving route that follows the eastern rim, allowing us entry to numerous view points from where we can be witness to the magnificent landscape below as well as breathtaking sunsets.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Canoeing on the Gariep River,  A visit to the Fish River Canyon

Orange River

Day 4

Fish River Canyon – Sesriem, Namibia

Waking early, we make our way north in order to enter the Namib-Naukluft Desert which is one of the oldest in the world. We camp at Sesriem, a short while away from Sossusvlei – a salt and clay pan enclosed by an undulating ocean of sand dunes that are renowned as some of the highest in the world, peaking at the Big Daddy dune which is 380 metres high! Exquisite desert views can be seen from the tops of these incredible dunes. Be sure to take a look at the stars tonight, because this desert sky gives a special performance that can’t be seen anywhere else in the world.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Namib Naukluft National Park

Day 5

Sesriem, Namibia

Today we enter the Namib-Naukluft National Park where our morning is spent exploring our amazing surroundings. Here, you will be able to climb the famous Dune 45. Today you will have the opportunity to catch a desert shuttle 5 kilometres into the desert, where you are able to take a stroll to Sossusvlei and explore the area. There will also be a guided walk available for you at an added fee.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Climbing Dune 45 , A Visit to Sossusvlei

Day 6

Sesriem – Swakopmund, Namibia

Following our breakfast, we make our way northeast to the coast of the Atlantic Ocean at Walvis Bay. Our journey leads us through the Tropic of Capricorn – the invisible line that marks the southernmost point of direct sun and indicates the southern hemisphere’s mid-summers day. We continue along the coast of Walvis Bay for approximately 35 kilometres to reach Namibia’s main holiday resort, Swakopmund, where we spend two relaxing evenings in the calming surrounds. Our lodging for the next two evenings is in dormitories where you will have the option of upgrading to private rooms. These can be booked through your tour leader, however, keep in mind that they are subject to availability.

Meals Included:Breakfast

Day 7

Swakopmund, Namibia

The colonial influence of the Germans who founded Swakopmund in 1982 is still visible today. With a wide selection of charming coffee shops, restaurants and bars, as well as various arts and crafts stores selling Namibian curios, Swakopmund is a lovely place to visit and explore. The city also offers a handful of wonderful beaches as well as a fantastic museum, aquarium and several galleries. The golden beaches and seaside promenade make for a tranquil and refreshing walk, though the ocean waters might be a bit too cold to swim in. Some of our tour group may be leaving us in Swakopmund, but will have their places taken by new adventurers ready and excited to join us for the remainder of our journey.

Meals Included:Breakfast

Optional Activities: Sky diving, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, fishing trips, golf, horse riding and more. An activity briefing will be held on arrival in Swakopmund.

Tours to Swakopmund

Day 8

Swakopmund to Brandberg, Namibia

This morning we depart bright and early on our way to Brandberg (through Spitzkoppe). Spitzkoppe is famous for its 1728 m rock formation and sacred site of the ancient San tribe. Explore the surroundings and its San rock painters or simply relax in the beauty.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Visiting Spitzkoppe (Day trip)

Day 9

Brandberg to Etosha National Park, Namibia

We head further north through the Namibian countryside to the surrounding  areas of the Etosha National Park.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Etosha National Park, Namibia

We head to the area of Etosha National Park. Covering 22 700 km2 , Etosha is Namibia’s most famous wilderness and wildlife reserve. After lunch, we spend the remainder of the day exploring the park’s southern area. Tonight’s camp is situated just outside the parks boundaries, only 10kms from Anderson Gate. Perhaps a quick dip in the pool or a sun downer on the deck before dinner.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Game Drive

Day 11

Etosha National Park, Namibia

This reserve covers an enormous portion of Namibia and is located in the Etosha Pan. This park has an enormously diverse range of animals and birdlife, as well as a broad network of dirt roads that give us a chance to enter even the most secluded park areas.

After a full day of game viewing, we spend the evening relaxing at our camp in the north of the park, Namutoni. After dinner walk down to the waterhole where you can sit and observe the animals that come down in the evenings.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Game Drive

Optional Activities: Night Game Drive

Etosha

Day 12

Etosha National Park – Windhoek, Namibia

We head out of the Etosha National Park  while doing a game drive. Today’s drive takes us down to Windhoek which is a small capital city but has many places of historical interest. This afternoon is spent at your leisure with time to visit the local museum or haggling at the street side markets.

Optional Dinner at Joe’s Beer house

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13

Windhoek – Ghanzi, Botswana

Leaving Namibia behind us in the morning, we make our way to the beautiful Botswana. Ghanzi is a town in the middle of the Kalahari Desert offering a number of optional activities to partake in.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14

Ghanzi – Maun, Botswana

Maun is the starting point for travel into the Okavango Delta and it is from here that we set off to explore the Okavango Delta. Tonight we prepare and packs for our overnight night excursion. We recommend bringing along a smaller daypack on your trip as this can be used to pack the supplies needed for this short excursion. Your guide will brief you on what is needed and what to expect prior to your trip to the Delta.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15

Maun – Okavango Delta, Botswana

Today you have the opportunity to partake in the overnight excursion into the Delta. Rising early, we pack our expedition vehicle and from Maun we drive north for a few hours to reach the mokoro poler’s station. The Delta region is studded with many local villages where many families live in a traditional way. Some of the villages are very remote and can only be reached by the traditional mode of transport – the Mokoro. Mokoros are dugout canoes manoeuvred through the waterways by local guides who “pole” them through the reeds. At the Mokoro station, we meet our ‘Polers’ and pack our supplies before heading out into the waterways. After a couple of hours along the waterways, we arrive at our mobile tented camp situated in the heart of the Okavango.

Upon arrival you meet the local staff who will be your host during your stay. A brief introduction will be given showing you your dome tent with twin beds and a bush en-suite bathroom – long drop toilet and a bucket shower. Relax in the tent with a cold drink or take a paddle in the Delta in a canoe. The activities at the camp include Mokoro trails and guided walking.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Overnight Delta excursion

Okavango Delta

Day 16

Okavango Delta – Maun, Botswana

This morning you have an opportunity to enjoy one last game walk in the Delta before making your way back to Maun.  After our Mokoro ride and vehicle transfer, we arrive back around lunch time and and have the opportunity to participate in an optional scenic flight over The Delta (dependent on weather conditions & availability).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17

Maun – Nata Region, Botswana

This morning we leave behind this beautiful part of Botswana and travel to the lush campsite called Elephant Sands.  Upon arrival you will have the option to partake in a game drive or a bushwalk. More information will be provided by your guide.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Game Drive / Bush Walk

Day 18

Nata Region – Chobe National Park, Botswana

Travelling north to the town of Kasane, we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River.  The River forms a border between Botswana, Namibia and Zambia and is the main water source to the Chobe National Park. Keep an eye out for the elephant, hippo and number of bird species from the campsite and enjoy another glorious African sunset.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19

Chobe National Park, Botswana

We are free to sleep in today, or if you’re feeling adventurous, you are welcome to explore the town of Kasane whilst the rest of the group catches up on slumber. Following lunch, we embark on an enchanting boat cruise along the waters of the Chobe River. When we return to camp, we pack up and head out for our overnight mobile expedition in the Chobe National Park – an overnight experience in the wilderness. One of Botswana’s leading game parks, Chobe is well-known for its enormous herds of elephant. Our afternoon is spent seeking out wildlife whilst we game drive to our campsite that is situated within the park, where we will spend our night surrounded by the sounds of nocturnal wildlife. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled during our game drive for the scarce Sable and Roan Antelope with magnificent horns. Following our evening in the bush, we make our way out early in the morning to carry on our search for wildlife before we depart from our campsite and head back to Kasane and Victoria Falls.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion

Chobe Botswana Tours

Day 20

Chobe National Park – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Upon our return to our campsite, we once again board our vehicle and head to the border of Zimbabwe. When we have finished up our border formalities, we travel a brief distance to Victoria Falls. The town of Victoria Falls, named after the renowned World Heritage site as well as the waterfalls, is located on the Zambezi River and is enclosed by the Victoria Falls National Park. Conveniently located in the centre of town, our campsite is within walking distance to the adventure activity booking agents as well as numerous restaurants and shops. A twenty minute stroll along the main road will bring you to the access point to view the mighty falls which are located between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Known as  Mosi-oa-Tunya or‘ the smoke that thunders’, Victoria Falls was named by David Livingstone who discovered them during his adventurous explorations. At 1700 metres wide and approximately 100 metres high, this sheet of falling water is a truly unforgettable African sight. Following our activities briefing, we spend our afternoon unwinding at the campsite’s pool, viewing the majestic Victoria Falls or simply exploring the variety of gorgeous sights and delights of the town.

Meals Included:Brunch

Included Activity: Entrance to Victoria Falls

Day 21 - 22

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Once breakfast has been enjoyed you have the option of leaving the tour, or taking part in the variety of Optional Excursions.

Meals Included:Breakfast X2

Optional Activities: Elephant back safaris, horse rides, walking with tame lions, a visit to the crocodile ranch, boat cruises and a game at The Elephant Hills Resort. Adrenalin junkies have the opportunity to bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge that connects Zimbabwe and Zambia or abseil down the Batoka Gorge. Throughout the year, adventurers are welcome to flights in fixed wings, microlights and ultra-light aircrafts or helicopters that give us an opportunity to experience an aerial view over the majestic falls. First class white water rafting on the Zambezi is also available as well as ‘floats’ where we will have a chance to marvel at the incredible cliffs and spot the occasional animal roaming on the riverbanks.

Victoria Falls Tours

Day 23

Victoria Falls – Chobe National Park, Botswana

Today we make our way out of Victoria Falls to the border that allows us to cross over into Botswana. When we have completed the border formalities, we travel back to the town of Kasane located on the banks of the Chobe River, where we will have a chance to once more partake in the Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion. For those wanting to sit this one out, there will be an opportunity to take part in an early morning game drive the next day instead.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Included Activity: Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion

Day 24

Chobe National Park – Livingstone, Zambia

Today we return to our Kasane campsite and, hopping back on our truck, we make our way to Livingstone. In the afternoon, we have a chance to view the Falls from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia or to participate in a sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River which makes for an incredible photographic opportunity (both optionals).

Meals Included: Brunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Sunset Boat Cruise

Day 25

Livingstone – Eastern Zambia, Zambia

We arise in the early morning and make our way through southern Zambia. During our drive, we pass through some of the local villages and towns of Zambia. Zambia was flourishing during the copper boom in the 1960s and was thus able to build a solid infrastructure in the main mining and farming communities. Following the fall of the copper industry, Zambia was then left bankrupt and the infrastructure, of which the country was so proud, fell to ruins. However, foreign investment and a rise in the mining industry allowed Zambia to once again begin to thrive. There is now a significant difference evident between the cities that boast foreign stores, banks and even imported cars, and the villages and towns that still need to progress rather drastically. Our campsite today is often frequented by the local wildlife, including the biggest antelope in the world – the Eland.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 26

Eastern Zambia – South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

This beautiful national park derives its name from the Luangwa River in the Eastern part of Zambia, and it is the southernmost of three national parks in this region. South Luangwa was founded in 1938 as a game reserve and covers over 9000 kilometres squared. Animals such as Hippo’s, crocodiles, giraffe, buffalo and Elephants can be found in abundance.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: South Luangwa National Park

Day 27 - 30

South Luangwa – Chipata and Lake Malawi Beaches, Malawi

We spend 1 night on the Zambia/ Malawi border before leaving Zambia to cross into the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, Malawi. We make a stop in Lilongwe, the capital that is a relatively small city divided into the old town and the new administrative centre. Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its overall area comprised of the stunning Lake Malawi. We first camp at the central Lake and then move along to camp in the northern region over the next four days. Our days are spent learning the game of Bao from the locals, browsing the markets for bargains or just unwinding on the unspoiled golden beaches. The pleasant climate of Malawi enables us to enjoy long swims in the clear, sparkling blue freshwater lake any time of the year. Feel free to explore the exquisite shore where you’ll be able to spot local fishermen reeling in their catches of the day. These locals still make use of traditional fishing techniques and, in order to appreciate their boating skills, you should attempt at least once, to head onto the still waters on a dugout canoe all on your own – it’s more difficult than it may seem! During the evening you’ll be witness to the pretty ‘fairy lights’ of the fishermen still out on the lake in the distance. The numerous campsites along the shores of Lake Malawi provide plenty of Optional Excursions, including a wide variety of water sports, horseback rides and even a stopover at the local village and school.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Village Tour

lake malawi tours

Day 31

Lake Malawi – Iringa, Tanzania

Following a refreshing four days spent in the beautiful Malawi, we leave the country only to enter into Tanzania through the Songwe border. We make our way through the magnificent Tukuya tea and banana plantations and head toward Iringa where our night is spent in the lovely, rustic Farmhouse campsite, renowned for its delicious Amarula Hot Chocolate and warm showers.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 32

Iringa – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Awaking early, we head off to Dar es Salaam, passing though the Mikumi National Park where you may have a chance to see a wide range of wildlife roaming near the roadsides, oblivious to the vehicles passing right by them. The drive today is extended because of the massive amount of city-bound traffic. However, the sights and sounds of Dar’s bustling suburbs will most assuredly keep you amused and entertained. Keep a sharp eye out for the vibrant shop-fronts boasting humorous catch phrases that gain the attention of almost every passer-by. When we arrive in Dar es Salaam, we head to our wonderful campsite next to the sea and organise our things in preparation for our trip to Zanzibar the following day.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 33

Dar es Salaam – Zanzibar (Optional)

We are taken to the ‘Spice Island’ via a ferry that departs from Dar es Salaam. Here, we have the option to spend the next three evenings. Zanzibar is rich in history and was one of the foremost starting points for majority of East African explorers in their pursuit of new land. New fellow travellers may join us here, replacing those who will be leaving us at the end of our Zanzibar expedition.

Please note: Accommodation and Meals are for your own expense whilst on Zanzibar. The trip leader will join you and it is through them that you can organise your lodging, whilst meals can be purchased from a broad variety of restaurants. There will also be a wide selection of Optional Excursions on offer. For travellers not wishing to visit the island of Zanzibar, the next three days will be spent at leisure at the beach campsite in Dar es Salaam. Here, there will be a variety of Optional Excursions available from the camp, including diving, snorkelling and fishing trips.

Meals Included: Breakfast

New legislation prohibits the taking of photographs during the Zanzibar ferry ride. Spot fines can be issued, if legislation is not obeyed.

Included Activity: Zanzibar Ferry

Day 34 - 35

Zanzibar (no meals included)

Apart from its intriguing history, Zanzibar has plenty of enthralling experiences to offer visitors. Zanzibar is well-known for its tasty spices , and a trip around one of the spice plantations always proves to be an extremely interesting experience. Other Optional Excursions include an outing to the incredible beaches and gigantic tortoises of Prison Island, a full day scuba dive that takes place in Nungwe or even a fishing trip in a traditional dhow. You can always hire a moped to get yourself around the island, perhaps to one of the brilliant seafood restaurants where you can indulge in a sumptuous and very reasonably-priced meal. In fact, Zanzibar is a seafood lover’s heaven, with only the freshest seafood being caught daily – crayfish being a rather well-liked specialty. If you prefer to hang back, feel free to socialise with the interesting and friendly locals during dinner.

Optional Activity: Zanzibar Excursion

Zanzibar Island

Day 36

Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Leaving Zanzibar in the afternoon, we return to the mainland and another night in Dar es Salaam. Arrival back to camp is usually in the late afternoon, or early evening.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 37

Dar es Salaam to Arusha, Tanzania

From Dar es Salaam we have a long transit day’s drive through vast sisal plantations and African bushveld to Arusha. Some tours might decide as a group to push on through to Arusha (at own cost).  On the way, we pass The Pare and Usambara Mountain ranges before driving through the town of Moshi where we may even catch a glimpse of this magical mountain’s snowy summit of Kilimanjaro.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 38 - 39

Arusha – Karatu – Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti Excursion (Optional),Tanzania

We start the day by paying a visit to the Meserani Snake Park and Masai Cultural Museum. Just a few minutes walk away from the campsite you will find a gallery selling paintings with a charming African feel to it. After lunch you are met by a local Tanzanian operator who leads the trips into the Parks in four wheel drive vehicles that have been modified for safari use.

Departing from the campsite we make our way through the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (‘Mosquito River’, situated next to the Lake Manyara National Park), and up the Rift Valley Escarpment to the village of Karatu. Karatu boasts incredible views of the surrounding hills and has numerous wheat farms that only add more beauty to this magnificent scenery. Our evening is spent at a lovely campsite in Karatu.

On the morning of the 2nd day, we leave in the early hours to enter the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and make our way into the Ngorongoro Crater that is abundant with wildlife, offering some of the best game viewing in the African continent, including the elusive Black Rhino. Following our Crater game drive, we travel down the Crater’s rim and pass the Cradle of Mankind before reaching the Serengeti National Park.

Game driving through the southern and central regions of the Park, we cross seemingly infinite landscapes that offer only natural beauty. We bush camp (no ablution facilities) tonight amongst the cool breezes and tranquil sounds of the African wilderness. (Sleep in the Serengeti – optional)

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Serengeti Excursion

Please note: For the travellers who are sitting this one out, their next days will be spent at leisure, delighting in their surrounds – the Meserani Reptile Park, the Masai Cultural Museum and the neighbouring villages and craft markets. If you wish to do something else, you are always free to explore the nearby town of Arusha.

Ngorongoro Crater

Day 40

Serengeti to Arusha, Tanzania

In the morning, we head off for another game drive and explore the landscape in search of the resident game. We make our way back across the plains and up along the crater rim to our camp in Arusha.

If you choose not to do the optional Serengeti/ Ngorongoro Crater you will remain at the campsite. Please contact us for more information.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 41 - 42

Arusha – Nairobi, Kenya

In the early morning, we head out to the Tanzania/Kenyan border through to the small border town of Namanga. Once we’ve finished up our border formalities, we carry on to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, to our campsite situated on the city’s outskirts.

The rest of the day is yours at leisure to enjoy some of the many options available in this bustling city; visit The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust or spend the evening at the famous Carnivores Restaurant.

Meals Included: Breakfast X2, Lunch, Dinner

Day 43

Nairobi – Masai Mara, Kenya

Departing from the bustling Nairobi, we climb the escarpment to our first destination, a viewpoint that overlooks a portion of the remarkable Great Rift Valley. We then descend into the Rift Valley, entering the Masai territory where these farmers are frequently seen tending to their livestock on the roadsides. Passing through the town of Norak, we continue our travels, possibly catching a glimpse of some gorgeous wildlife along the way. We arrive at our campsite in the late afternoon. Acacia Camp overlooks the Meguarra hills as well as the stream that creates a natural border to the Masai Mara National Reserve.

Meals Included:Lunch, Dinner

Day 44

Masai Mara, Kenya

We leave briefly after the sun rises and embark on a game drive into the Masai Mara Reserve. This reserve is famous for being one of East Africa’s top National Reserves and is home to a broad selection of wildlife species. It is perhaps most well-known for hosting the magnificent Annual Migration, consisting of massive herds of over one million, including wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle that all cross over from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The Masai Mara is most visited between the months of July and October, when these impressive herds feast on the luscious, fresh grazing available in the reserve. Africa’s predators are usually close behind these herbivores and are frequently seen at a kill during this time of year. We game drive some more through a portion of the park, searching for the Big 5 as well as many other species of wildlife who make this reserve their home.

Following our day of game spotting, we have the opportunity to pay a visit to one of the close by Masai Manyattas. These are family compounds where the Masai live in their traditional ways. During the night, we gather around an open campfire and marvel at the magnificent sunset provided to us by the glorious skies of Africa.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Masai Mara National Reserve

Masai Mara

Day 45

Masai Mara – Eldoret, Kenya

Departing early from the Masai Mara, we make our way out of Masai land, passing through the picturesque tea plantations of Kericho before we descend the Rift Valley Plateau and arrive at Eldoret.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 46

Eldoret– Kampala, Uganda

Today is the day we cross the Ugandan border where we spend the night in the capital city of Kampala. A small country, Uganda is abundant with stunning scenery. The landscapes of Uganda vary, from the luscious green regions around the northern shores of Lake Victoria to the snowy Ruwenzori Mountains in the west as well as the desert-like area in the north. The past unstable politics of Uganda have had a surprisingly positive effect in the country, leaving it free of the commercialism that has taken over so many other areas of Africa. President Museveni’s administration has devoted a large amount of effort and funds in order to restore Uganda to its former glory and status as one of the continent’s most flourishing, and from a tourist’s perspective, one of the most attractive and intriguing countries to visit.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 47 - 50

Kampala – Lake Bunyonyi (optional Gorilla Trekking), Uganda

We leave Kampala in the early hours of the morning and head west to our base at the serene Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda. Lake Bunyonyi is the deepest Crater Lake in Africa and is abundant with various exquisite birds. It is also the starting point of the optional Gorilla trek. Depending on where permits for trekking are currently being offered, we adventure out into the Magahinga or Bwindi National Parks in Uganda, the Virunga National Park in the DRC, or the Ruhengeri National Park in Rwanda. The costs per permit are constantly being altered and may be adjusted without notice.

Please Note:

At present, prices are set at US $600 (subject to change). A local transport and handling fee of about US $120 per person is also charged (this fee covers the return public transfer as well as the booking cost of the Wildlife Authority). For tours in the DRC or Rwanda, an additional cost is charged for your visa that will allow you entrance to either country as well as for visa renewal upon re-entering Uganda. It is recommended that you bring along a bit of extra cash for tipping the local guides and rangers. Please be sure to budget well, as permit payments must be made in US$ cash during the pre-departure meeting.

Trekking Procedures:

There are only approximately 700 remaining mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei), the species that are known as our closest living relatives. Paying a visit to these placid creatures is an incredibly unique experience that will not be soon forgotten. The gorillas are monitored by park rangers on a day-to-day basis, but their whereabouts is not always known due to them being free roaming animals, therefore a sighting is not always 100% guaranteed. Due to the massive amount of DNA that we share with these beautiful giants, anyone showing signs of a cold or transferable illness will not be allowed to join the trek. Keep in mind that trekking is only available to those over 16 years of age.

The restrictions on the daily amount of visitors trekking to see these amazing animals means that we will be departing on our excursions from our base at Bunyonyi in small groups over three to four days, depending on the size of our group. On the way to the National Park, we snake our way through some of the most stunning scenery in Africa and, depending on where permits are available, we might spend an evening in either Kisoro or Rwanda. The next morning, after packing a tasty lunch to bring along, we transfer to the ranger’s station where we begin our journey to the gorillas. We will be led by our rangers through farming lands, then into thick rain forests and finally, to a family of gorgeous gorillas. This adventure can take from 45 minutes to 8 hours (excluding transfer time) and it can at times be rather exhausting and physically demanding, therefore a reasonable level of fitness will be required. In order to make sure that the gorillas do not get too accustomed to being visited by humans as well as to ensure that no illnesses are caught from us (due to the amount of our shared DNA), the maximum time we are allowed to spend with them is one hour. This will give you more than enough time to observe their incredible lifestyle and makes for a spectacular photographic opportunity. The rangers with whom we trek will happily provide you with the background of the gorilla family you visit, giving you a better insight into their lives in the wild. When your time with the gorillas comes to an end, you will hike your way out of the rain forest and head to your meeting point where you will be taken back to our campsite at Lake Bunyonyi.

During your trek, do not let yourself feel as though you are exploiting these magnificent creatures as the countless number of tourists that make their way to see the gorillas every day plays a crucial role in the animals’ survival. For decades, gorillas have been mercilessly hunted for their hands and heads which are sold as ashtrays and lampshades. In addition to this, an enormous amount of gorillas have died whilst attempting to stop poachers taking their babies in order to sell them to zoos where they hardly ever live for very long. Every bit of the amount you pay for your permit cost to see these remarkable creatures is utilized by park authorities to pay for gorilla protection patrols that aid in preventing poachers from reaching these animals.

Depending on where your trek takes place, you might pass through some of the local villages situated in this area due to the large number of refugees escaping from the Rwandan Genocide or from the constant turmoil in the DRC. The inhabitants of these villages are mostly subsistence farmers and families who farm on the hills of the volcanoes. To witness how these residents have ploughed, planted and harvested their crops in such unusual terrain and settings is quite an extraordinary sight.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

GORILLA TREKKING IS OPTIONAL
Please note that the transfer fee is not included in the trekking price

Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

Day 51

Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala, Uganda

Once we are done admiring the encounters we have experienced with the gorillas and finished delighting in the tranquillity offered to us by the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi, we commence our travels back to Kampala. Crossing the Equator for the second time on this trip, we pull over for the ‘one foot in each hemisphere’ photographic opportunity. Tonight we camp in Kampala, giving us the chance to head out and experience the city’s nightlife scene.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 52

Kampala – Jinja, Uganda

Today gives us a choice to visit the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary or to head to Jinja for a variety of adventurous activities, including white water rafting in the White Nile, quad biking or visiting a volunteering community project. Our afternoon is devoted to time spent unwinding on the riverbanks or spotting the wide selection of beautiful water birds that frequent this area.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 53

Jinja – Nakuru, Kenya

We leave in the morning and make our way back to Kenya, stopping on the way to gather supplies and to enjoy a delicious lunch. We spend the night outside of Nakuru at a charming campsite situated on a local farm. Kenya’s fourth biggest town and the capital of the Rift Valley Province, Nakuru lies adjacent to the relatively small Lake Nakuru National Park that is surprisingly abundant in wildlife. EAMO Orphanage.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EAMO: East African Mission Organisation

Day 54

Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

In the morning, we start exploring the stunning Lake Nakuru National Park, renowned for the countless flamingos that are attracted to the edges of this soda lake. The actual numbers of these birds varies depending on the water level that, when low, almost transforms the lake into a haze of pink. The park was initially established as a sanctuary for black and white rhino, which are often spotted here. Our day is spend seeking out these gorgeous creatures as well as the elusive leopard, whilst on the way coming into contact with buffalo, giraffe, numerous antelope and the occasional hippopotamus.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Game drives through Lake Nakuru National Park in the overland vehicle

Lake Nakuru to Nairobi

Day 55

Lake Nakuru to Lake Naivasha, Kenya

Home to a wide variety of birdlife (the most spectacular being the African Fish Eagle with its majestic cry), Lake Naivasha is the highest of the Rift Valley lakes at 1800 metres. Our day is spent partaking in Optional Excursions such as an outing to Elsamere (former home to George and Joy Adamson of the Born Free Foundation), a boat trip to the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary or just a bicycle ride around Hell’s Gate National Park.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Lake Naivasha

Day 56

Lake Naivasha – Nairobi, Kenya

Following a scrumptious breakfast, we make our way back to Nairobi, where we usually arrive in the early afternoon. Upon our arrival at Acacia Camp, we swap contact details, say our goodbyes and part ways from the people with whom we have just shared an incredible life-changing experience. We have the remainder of the day to take part in some of the various options offered to us in this lively city. Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where you can watch the orphaned baby elephants during feeding time, head to the Giraffe Centre in Langata, embark on another day trip of game viewing or, if you haven’t quite completed your souvenir collection, hope on a Matutu to one of the local curio markets nearby the campsite. Tonight you are also encouraged to try out the famous Carnivores restaurant.

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Activities

Included in Local Payment

  • This tour includes a Free arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
  • Cape Town Township Tour
  • Wine tasting at campsite
  • Canoeing on the Gariep River
  • A visit to the Fish River Canyon
  • Namib Naukluft National Park
  • Climbing Dune 45
  • A Visit to Sossusvlei
  • Game Drive - Etosha National Park
  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion
  • Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Entrance to Victoria Falls
  • 3 Day / 2 Night Drive In / Mokoro Excursion


Other Activities

Namibia Swakopmund Activities

  • Quad Biking – 1Hr/2Hr 100US$
  • Sand Boarding – Lie Down/ Stand Up 55US$ / 70 US$
  • Township Tour 80 US$
  • Tandem Skydive (Weather Permitting) 350 US$
  • Horse Riding (2Hrs) 100 US$
  • Fishing 145 US$
  • Dolphin Cruise 80 US$
  • Kayaking 95 US$
  • Paragliding (Weather Permitting) 150 US$
  • Scenic Flight (various) (Weather Permitting) As per Operator
  • Hot Air Ballooning (Weather Permitting) 450 US$
Boswana
  • Scenic Flight Over Delta (300-350US$ per plane maximum 5 people) 100 US$
  • Chobe NP Game Drive 70 US$
Zimbabwe Please ensure that you pay for activities in Victoria Falls with US$ CASH
  • Trip T-Shirt 30 US$
Victoria Falls
  • White Water Rafting-Full Day 140 US$
  • River Boarding combo Raft & Board 180US$
  • Canoeing on the Zambezi-Half Day/ Full Day 140 US$
  • Half Day Adrenaline - George Swing,ZipLine & Flying Fox 165 US$
  • Bungee Jump (111m) 150 US$
  • Tandem Bungee Jump 180 US$
  • Micro Light over the Falls-15mins 170 US$
  • Helicopter Flight over the Falls 12 mins 155 US$
  • Helicopter Flight over the Falls 19 – 25 mins 265 US$
  • Zambezi River boat cruise From 50 US$
Malawi
  • Freshwater Diving at Kande Beach 55US$ (Additional dives 30 US$ each)
  • Horse Riding at Kande Beach 2Hr / 3Hr (Bush, Beach & Swim) 70 US$ / 100 US$
  • Village Walk & Meal at Kande Beach 20 US$
  • Traditional Healer Visit 10 US$
  • Livingstonia Mission Hike - 30km return 10 US$
  • Carving Lessons & Local Fishing. *Price to be negotiated on arrival
Tanzania
  • Serengeti / Ngorongoro Crater From 590 US$
  • Masai Village Visit From 15 US$
  • Olduvai Gorge 10 US$
Zanzibar
  • Transfer to Nungwe 20 US$
  • Zanzibar Accommodation From 40 US$ - 60 US$ per day
  • Spice Tour including lunch 40 US$
  • Prison Island Snorkeling Trip 30 US$
  • Diving, Snorkeling & Fishing From 40US$
  • Dhow Sunset Cruise 40 US$
  • Motorbike/ Car Hire From 60 US$ - 80 US$
  • +local driver’s license / insurance at 5 US$
Kenya
  • Masai Mara Balloon Safari (when available) 550 US$
  • Masai Village Visit 15 US$
  • Masai Warrior Dancing 10 US$
  • Naivasha Boat Hire (Max 7 Pax) 60 US$ per hour
  • Naivasha Horse Riding 25 US$ per hour
Uganda
  • Gorilla Trek (incl. transfer & booking fee) From 720US$ - 780US$
  • White Water Rafting on the Nile 160 US$
  • Nile Bungee Jump 120 US$
  • Soft Power Community Project 35 US$
  • Quad Biking 2 hrs 100 US$
  • Horse Riding 2 hrs 65 US$ + transfer approx 20 US$
  • Trip T-Shirt 35 US$

 

Dates

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Price

R45,255

+ Local Payment USD 1390

+ Optional Gorilla Trekking Fr USD 720 - USD 780





R45,255

+ Local Payment USD 1390

+ Gorilla Trekking Permit (Optional) Fr USD 720 - USD 780

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