Zanzibar to Gorillas Overland Adventure (25 Days) (Comfort)

Tour Details

Tour Style Comfort
Length 25 days
Countries Visited Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
Starts Dar Es Salaam
Ends Nairobi
Group Size Max 20
Age Range 12 - 65 and above
Tour SKU ACM0425
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Why You'll Love this Tour

Zanzibar to Gorillas / Uganda Adventure travels up from Zanzibar seeing all the wildlife and culture in between Tanzania and Uganda. The trip gives you an opportunity to visit the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda is one of the most established combination tours that we offer.

Tour Price

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R108,300

+ Single Supplement 8200

+ Optional Gorilla Trekking USD 750 – USD 850

+ Kenyan National Parks Surcharge USD 100 - USD 200

Please note that the Gorilla Permit cost for guests traveling after 1 July will be $850 USD per person for a one Day Trekking

Dates Tour Length: 25 days


Currency estimated. Base currency is South African Rand (ZAR)


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Included

  • Meals - 24 Breakfasts, 24 Lunches, 22 Dinners
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport
  • Filtered Water
  • Entrance Fees to National Parks
  • Zanzibar Excursion
  • Stone Town walking city tour, Spice Tour
  • Mto wa Mbu Market (Karatu)
  • Full day 4×4 excursion to Ngorongoro Crater and afternoon drive into Seronera
  • Full day game Drive through Seronera, Serengeti National Park
  • Masai Mara Excursion
  • Lake Nakuru National Park Game Drive
  • Chimp trekking (half day) / Nile River Cruise
  • Crossing of the Equator

Excluded

  • International Airfares
  • Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel Insurance)
  • Personal spending money
  • Visa costs
  • 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 if needed
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks - Alcohol, Soft Drinks, Bottled Water
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Laundry
  • Other items of a personal nature
  • Gorilla Permit - Please note that the Gorilla Permit cost for guests traveling after 1 July will be $850 USD per person for a one Day Trekking.

Activities

Some of the activities you can take part in on this tour.

Included in the Tour Price

  • Zanzibar Excursion
  • Stone Town walking city tour, Spice Tour
  • Mto wa Mbu Market (Karatu)
  • Full day 4×4 excursion to Ngorongoro Crater and afternoon drive into Seronera
  • Full day game Drive through Seronera, Serengeti National Park
  • Masai Mara Excursion
  • Lake Nakuru National Park Game Drive
  • Chimp trekking (half day) / Nile River Cruise
  • Crossing of the Equator


Other Activities

Optional activities available on this tour at your own expense:

  • Hot Air Balloon Safari
  • Ziwa Rhino Walk
  • Gorilla Trekking, Pygmy Excursion, Rwanda Day Tour
  • Quad biking, kayaking, rafting (time dependent, could happen the following day)
  • Source of the Nile Cruise

Itinerary


Day 1

Stone Town, Zanzibar

We meet our crew and fellow passengers in Dar es Salaam before catching our ferry to Zanzibar Island. As soon as we arrive at the ferry port, we proceed to our Stone Town hotel. On Zanzibar, your main luggage can be left in the truck with the driver. When meeting the crew, please bring a smaller backpack if you wish to do so

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Paradise Inn or Shangani Hotel or Shaba Boutique 
Facilities: En-suites facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Dar es Salaam to Stone Town (Zanzibar)
Meals: No meals
Included Highlight: Zanzibar Excursion

Zanzibar Beaches


Day 2

Zanzibar Beaches, Tanzania

Historically, this busy port has been a landmark on both the slave and spice trade routes. The day begins with a walk through Stone Town, where we will discover well-known landmarks such as the birthplace of Freddy Mercury.  Following our tour of the city, we will travel by road to our base for the next two nights. A guided walking spice tour will be offered along the way before we arrive, which will take us through villages and spice plantations. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to observe first-hand how spice farm workers climb trees in search of specific plants, and will also be able to purchase fresh spices directly from the farms themselves.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Zanzibar Bay or Paradise Beach
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Stone Town to Marumbi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Stone Town walking city tour, Spice Tour


Day 3

Zanzibar Beaches, Tanzania

This is a free day for you to take advantage of the many attractions and activities available to you. The day is filled with water sports.  No matter what you choose to do today, you will have ample opportunity to create some lasting memories on the island. The area offers a wide variety of attractions or you can simply relax on the beach.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Zanzibar Bay or Paradise Beach
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4 - 6

Bagamoyo – Arusha – Karatu, Tanzania

In the morning, we bid farewell to the island and board the ferry back to Dar es Salaam. Following our arrival back at the port, we reunited with our truck and returned to Bagamoyo, where we spent the night.

The journey north this morning will take us across the northern reaches of Tanzania, and our destination for the evening will be the bustling town of Arusha. Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Kilimanjaro are located in northern Tanzania.

The distance from Karatu to the Ngorongoro Crater is short, but we will spend most of the day en route there.  Our first stop will be at the Mto wa Mbu Market, which is located in the village of Mto wa Mbu before we arrive in Karatu.  In addition to being well known for their unique red bananas, the town is also located on the main road leading directly to the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater Conversation Area.   As part of our 2-night excursion, our guide will provide a briefing tonight.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: FireFly Lodge (Bagamoyo), Njiro Legacy (Arusha), Kudu Camp (Karatu)
Facilities: En-suite facilities 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, Bagamoyo to Arusha, Arusha to Karatu
Meals: Breakfast x3, Lunch x3, Dinner x3
Included Highlight: Mto wa Mbu Market (Karatu)

kananga tented tented serengeti


Day 7

Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti National Park (Seronera) Excursion, Tanzania

In the morning we will climb into 4×4 safari vehicles taken from our camp to the Ngorongoro Crater. In search of the animals roaming the plains, we will spend most of our day exploring the Ngorongoro Crater floor.  The afternoon will bring us to our overnight camp in the Seronera region of the Serengeti National Park. We will enjoy the sights and sounds of nature passing right in front of your meru style tent this evening, while sipping on a cold beverage in the camp, surrounded by a spectacular landscape and abundant wildlife.

Accommodation: Two Per Permanent Tent Seronera Private Tented Camp
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Karatu to Seronera via Ngorongoro Crater
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Full day 4×4 excursion to Ngorongoro Crater and afternoon drive into Seronera


Day 8 - 9

Serengeti – Arusha, Tanzania

This morning we wake up early and spend our time game driving in the Serengeti. One of the most famous Game Reserves in Africa – The park is well known for its abundance of wildlife, and we will spend the majority of the day hunting for these creatures.

We make our way back to Arusha and we have the opportunity to swap tales of our wonderful experiences of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

Accommodation: Two Per Permanent Tent Seronera Private Tented Camp (Serengeti), Two Per Room Njiro Legacy (Arusha)
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Seronera (Serengeti National Park) to Arusha
Meals: Breakfast x2, Lunch x2, Dinner x2
Included Highlight: Full day game Drive through Seronera, Serengeti National Park
Optional Activities: Hot Air Balloon Safari (pre-booking required, subject to availability & weather conditions)


Day 10 - 11

Nairobi – Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

This morning we cross the border into Kenya, and we carry onto Nairobi where we spend the night. Your afternoon is at leisure for repacking your bags in preparation for your excursion into the Masai Mara.  A safari type vehicle is used to travel to the Masai Mara, rather than a truck. It is therefore recommended that you pack a small overnight bag for your trip. There are several items you will need for camping, including your towel, clothes, toiletries, and other essentials.

In the early morning, we leave Nairobi and travel to the Masai Mara, a world-renowned reserve for its abundant wildlife and scenic splendor.

Accommodation: Two Per Room Hotel Boulevard (Nairobi), Permanent Tents: Masai Mara Excursion
Facilities: En suite facilities (Nairobi), Shared Ablutions (Masai Mara) Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Arusha to Nairobi to Masai Mara
Meals: Breakfast x2, Lunch x2, Dinner
Included Highlight: Masai Mara Excursion
Border Post: Tanzania: Namanga, no telephone number, Open: 24hrs, Kenya: Namanga, Tel: +254 455 32002, Open: 24 hrs


Day 12

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

The Masai Mara is famous for being the Greatest Wildlife Reserve of Africa, renowned for the abundance 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. We spend the entire day game driving through the Mara.

Accommodation: Permanent Tents: Masai Mara Excursion
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Masai Mara Excursion
Masai Mara National Park


Day 13

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. White rhino roam frequently through the savanna area that surrounds the lake, providing us with incredible photo opportunities.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Waterbuck Hotel 
Facilities: En-suite facilities 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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Lake Nakuru National Park Game Drive
Nomad - Eden Rock Resort, Jinja 2


Day 14

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.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Kalagala Falls Tented and Overland Camp 
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Lake Nakuru – Jinja
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Border Post: Kenya: Busia +254 20 2649524; Open 24 hours, Uganda: Busia; +256 414 423 2645; Open 24 hours


Day 15

Masindi – Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

We make our way to Kampala early and head to Murchison Falls National Park. Murchison Falls is a waterfall found on the course of the great Nile and located within the National Park. The park is recognised 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: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Jinja to Masindi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Ziwa Rhino Walk


Day 16

Masindi – Budongo Central Forest Reserve, Uganda

Today you will participate in a Chimpanzee trekking in the Budongo Forest as well as a boat cruise in the Murchison Falls Nation Park, which is known as the biggest Mahogany forest in the whole of East Africa. This is home to the largest number of chimpanzees in Uganda. A game drive will take you through the forest in search of the chimps and you can also spot other wildlife.

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 – Please allow for flexibility.

Accommodation: Two per room: Kabalega Resort
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Chimp trekking (half day) / Nile River Cruise


Day 17 - 18

Lake Kikorongo – Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi), Uganda

We leave Masindi in the morning and are then transferred to the edges of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Our overnight this evening is located at the top of a hill overlooking Lake Kiborongo.

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 which is surrounded by mountains and is most famous for it’s 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.

Accommodation: Two per room: Simba Safari Camp (Lake Kikorongo), Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort (Lake Bunyonyi)
Facilities: En suite Facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Masindi to Lake Kikorongo, Kampala to Lake Bunyonyi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 19

Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi), Uganda

The mountain gorilla is an extremely endangered animal and though the precise numbers of it’s population vary, it is believed that there are just around 650 of these 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 towards 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 looks brighter.

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 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 facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Lake Bunyonyi National Park to the starting point of the gorilla trek (in safari or smaller vehicles)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional
Activity: Gorilla Trekking, Pygmy Excursion, Rwanda Day Tour


Day 20

Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi), Uganda

Although two days have been allocated for the Gorilla Trekking, only one day will be spent on the trek. The other 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 from the Bunyonyi Resort, and here you have an opportunity to be educated by the cultures of the people in the village.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort
Facilities: En-suites facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Gorilla Trekking, Pygmy Visit, Rwanda Day Tour


Day 21

Lake Mburo, Uganda

Following our visit to Lake Bunyonyi, we will visit Lake Mburo, one of the most beautiful lakes in Uganda. There are rolling hills, open grasslands, and patches of woodland surrounding Lake Mburo, which lies in the Ankole sub-region of Uganda, near the town of Mbarara. The lake covers approximately 260 square kilometers and is surrounded by a wide range of vegetation. Lake Mburo National Park is a bird watcher’s paradise with over 350 recorded species of birds. Numerous bird species can be found in the park thanks to its diverse ecosystems, which include acacia woodlands, savannahs, and wetlands. One of the most unusual species is the shoebill stork, a rare bird that has an odd appearance.

Accommodation: Two Per Room Leopard Rest
Facilities: En suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Lake Bunyonyi to Mburo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 22

Jinja, Uganda

Before we head off to Jinja and our final night in Uganda you have the opportunity to participate in the many optional activities such as swimming, quad biking, kayaking and rafting. For those who are less inclined to the water sports, you can enjoy horse riding or quad biking on the dry land.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Kalagala Falls Tented and Overland Camp
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Mburo to Jinja
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Crossing of the Equator
Optional Activities: Quad biking, kayaking, rafting (time dependent, could happen the following day)


Day 23

Jinja, Uganda

Those who are adventurous and those who are not so adventurous can choose from a variety of optional activities. This day will be at your leisure, and your guide will assist you in planning your activities.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Kalagala Falls Tented and Overland Camp
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activities: Quad biking, kayaking, river rafting, source of the Nile Cruise


Day 24

Eldoret, Kenya

Returning to Kenya we visit Eldoret, the country’s 5th largest city. At Eldoret, 2100 metres above sea level, the Great Rift Valley still dominates the region’s geography.

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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Border Post: Kenya: Malaba +254 20 2649524; Open 24 hours, Uganda: Malaba; +256 779 201 347; Open 24 hours

 


Day 25

Nairobi, Kenya

Upon our return to the biggest city in the East African area, Nairobi, we exchange stories and experiences as well as contact details, before your tour comes to an end.

Accommodation:  Own arrangements/post-accommodation can be booked through us (Nairobi)
Route: Eldoret to Nairobi ±305 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Onward Travel Plans

Due to circumstances beyond our control while on tour (such as border crossings, traffic, breakdowns and delays, etc), the end time on the last day cannot be guaranteed. Therefore we strongly recommend you stay the night and fly out the next day. Please consult with your booking consultant.

Pre Departure

Important Touring Tips:

  • The itinerary is a guide ONLY and is subject to change
  • There is a mix of different nationalities, ages and cultures on every tour
  • Space in the truck is limited – PLEASE DON’T BRING TOO MUCH LUGGAGE!
  • The tours are high adventure tours, so don’t expect European Coach tours or lodge safaris
  • The tours are often created in a circular route i.e. where one tour ends, another begins
  • The rate is the same throughout the year
  • Should you be travelling to Kenya. The Kenya government has instituted a Zero Tolerance on usage of All Plastic Bags. On the spot fines (400 USD) are being issued.

What are adventure tours?

These are adventure tours perfect for people who enjoy camping and the outdoors. You get to experience the “real Africa” by camping out at night, sitting around the campfire, taking in beautiful scenery, visiting local shops and getting to know the locals.v

What is a typical day?

A typical day on either your camping or accommodated Africa overland tour starts with an early morning wake-up call and a cup of tea or coffee followed by breakfast. Campers pack-up their campsite while comfort travellers check-out of their accommodation and hit the road.

We set off to our next destination travelling through a vast variety of landscapes, making our own new memories with new friends. Each day in Africa offers a new experience from an early morning sunrise hike, quad biking, sky dive or guided nature walk. The options are endless!

We have shorter travel days arriving at our campsite by midday or early afternoon, to enjoy lunch before joining our afternoon activity or simply enjoying a relaxed afternoon at your own pace.

On our longer travel days an early start ensures an earlier arrival at our campsite. We stop off at scenic spots to stretch our legs and take in the scenery, before lunch is enjoyed at a shady spot en-route. A mid- to-late afternoon arrival at our campsite allows us to set up camp, enjoy a beautiful sunset and end the day sitting around the campfire, under the stars.

Our best advice: expect the unexpected as this is Africa! We travel mainly on gravel roads and poorly kept tarmac roads – both setting the pace at which we travel. We do our best to arrive at our next destination, safety is our number one priority and while our overland vehicles are comfortable and spacious, they are not sports cars!

What type of vehicles do we use?

  • A custom-built, comfortable, safe and self-sufficient Africa overland truck to withstand the rugged African terrain.
  • Various vehicles are used on varying tours, with each offering comfortable seats with ample leg room.
  • Each vehicle has large glass windows for uninterrupted views and perfect for game drives.
  • Smaller 4×4 land cruiser type vehicles are used for game viewing in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, due to the roads being tougher and too narrow for the overland trucks.
  • Each overland vehicle includes a passenger safe to safely keep money + passports + flight tickets + credit cards. The keys are kept with your Tour Leader who will advise of safety requirements in place concerning the safe.Who is suited to go on an adventure tour?
  • Almost anyone can go on an adventure.

Some level of fitness is required due to accessing the vehicle and spending long days on bumpy roads (can take it out of you).EAST AFRICA TOURS require a more adventurous, fearless attitude and are suited to a younger traveller.
If you are planning to trek with the Mountain Gorillas or climbing Mount Killi you will need to have a higher fitness level.

WHAT TO EXPECT ON A CAMPING OR ACCOMMODATED TOUR

Camping Tours:

A camping safari is for travellers who want a hands-on experience of Mother Nature. The guide(s) will do most of the work, but you will be required to assist with various tasks such as preparing the food, washing up, cleaning out the truck and setting up the campsite and your tent. If you dream of a lifetime African adventure, embark on a journey with us sleeping under the stars while listening to the sounds of wildlife in the distance.

We offer camping safaris suited to travellers who may prefer to travel in a younger group (aged 18 to 39). Or, you can choose a mixed age group (18 to 60). A camping safari must not be underestimated and will require active participation which means good health and a fair degree of fitness. We have a tour to suit what you have in mind, so please do not hesitate to enquire with us.

During an African camping safari you will stay in large two-man dome canvas tents which are spacious enough for two adults and your luggage. Or, you can opt to have your own tent by including the single supplement (valid on select camping tours).

Your tents are put up and taken down easily – your Tour Leader will show you exactly how to do this and help out when you are unsure. All tents are well-ventilated by means of a tent-door and window, covered with mosquito net. They also include a fly-sheet for the rain.

Most camping safaris include a sleeping mat (please do check with us upon enquiry). You need to bring your own sleeping bag, pillow and towel. All meals are prepared at the truck and you will be required to assist with the preparation.

The African campsites are basic and comfortable and you will be able to upgrade your accommodation at most of the places, but this is subject to availability. Most have warm showers and flushing ablutions, while others may have natural ablutions. Some places visited are bush camps where there are no facilities.

Accommodated Tours:

Accommodated safaris are ideal for travellers who prefer to experience African wildlife and adventure with extra comforts. You are surrounded by vast landscapes and wildlife, curiously roaming at your door-step. It is comfort, without the price tag!

Our accommodated safaris make use of a combination of lodges, hostels, bungalows, chalets, permanent safari camps, hotels and traditional huts. Our properties are ideally located at each destination for an authentic experience with incredible views.

We book Twin rooms if you are travelling with a partner or friend and Single rooms for single travellers (including single supplement). Most of the time we stay in 1-3 star properties with en-suite bathrooms in Southern Africa. In Eastern Africa we offer a combination of en-suite and shared bathrooms. In the case of shared bathrooms, you will be sharing with friends on your tour. Please bring your own towels as these are not always provided.

Select accommodated safaris include a camp assistant to help out with the smaller aspects of your vacation.

The standard of the properties varies along the trip. The Southern Africa properties are much more established than the East Africa accommodation. They vary from basic (but comfortable) to lovely properties. Due to the remote nature of the trips, accommodation choices are limited.

Distances and Road Conditions:

Our tours cover long distances so you can see significant amounts of Africa this means that there will be long days spent on the road often with nothing to look at except vast open plains. You can spend between 350km and 650km a day in the truck so it is important to be prepared.

What will you eat on safari?

Our Africa overland vehicles are fully stocked with dry goods at the start of each tour. We buy fresh produce (fruit and vegetables) almost daily to ensure fresh, good quality and tasty meals. Over the summer months fresh produce is not always available due to the heat and humidity, especially in East Africa and Mozambique – so we may have to skip tomatoes from lunch or opt for rice instead of potatoes at dinner.

Each Africa overland camping and accommodated tour include meals as per the itinerary. Often, we may only include breakfast and lunch, allowing you to enjoy dinner at a local market or restaurant. Drinks such as tea, coffee and fruit juice is included with every meal, but exclude bottle water, beer, soft drinks, alcohol etc. – these can be bought en-route or at your campsite bar.

We do cater for most dietary requirements (allergies, vegetarian, lactose-intolerant). Other requirements (gluten-free) may be more challenging on remote routes (i.e. East Africa) where starch is a stable-food in Africa. Please do speak to us about your dietary requirements and we will advise according to your trip. You will be amazed by the variety of tasty meals prepared on an open-fire!

Almost all your meals are pre-prepared over an open campfire or on the gas stove in your overland vehicle. All cooking equipment such as pots, pans, cutlery and crockery is included for you. Excellent hygiene standards are maintained at all times preparing food and washing up of kitchen equipment. Your guides will provide you with a separate washing up basin to wash hands in warm soapy water before and after each meal.

Our camping tours are limited participation tours, whereby we ask you to help out with daily chores (putting up / taking down tents) and help out your guides at meal times (rinsing, chopping vegetables).

So what are the meals like on tour? We have included a few meal options as a guideline:

Breakfast:

Tea/coffee and juice + cereals + bread/toast + fruit. Take 2 fruits and keep one for a mid-morning snack. An occasional cooked breakfast (bacon, pancakes, eggs) is made when you have more time to allow for this (normally when you spend 2 nights at the same destination).

Lunch:

Juice + bread + cheese + cold meats + salads + fruit (make a sandwich for a mid-afternoon snack)
Juice + fresh rolls + green salad (or rice salad or pasta salad) + fruit.

Dinner:

Tea/coffee and juice + chicken curry + rice, grilled or roast chicken + salad + garlic roll, grilled chicken + vegetables + salad, fish braai + salad, steak + veggies, pasta, stir-fry + rice, casserole, braai (barbeque) + salads + jacket potatoes, soup + fresh rolls.

Drinks:

Tea, coffee and cordial drinks are supplied with meals but other cooldrinks and alcohol can be purchased along the way.

What about children on tour?

  • Due to the nature of overland tours the minimum age limit is 18. Younger travellers (10 to 17) travelling with a parent(s) will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on the tour, time of travel and tour availability. We do have select tours offering Family Departures, suited for children aged 10 to 17.
  • Privately arranged charter tours’ age limits will be assessed based on the route and type of tour you choose.
  • Please bear in mind that the Gorilla Trekking tours have a minimum age limit of 16 years.

Packing for your tour:

Packing sensibly is essential for your Africa Overland trip. One backpack and one daypack are needed and these can weigh no more than 25kg. A duffel bag is preferable as it will fit into the lockers on the truck, but you can also take a backpack with a compact, flexible, soft shell (without a hard frame). Please do not take suitcases. The airlines implement a 20kg per person limit on international flights for your luggage (your main bag) and a further 5 kg for carry-on luggage (your day bag). A good idea is to include a spare bag for curios that you may purchase, but don’t forget to include this in your weight for your trip home. A moneybelt is a useful item for keeping your money safe and hidden.

Take along comfortable, casual and semi-casual “wash & wear” clothes. Cotton is a good material for when it is hot, and fleece for when it gets cold. Pack clothes that don’t crease easily as the laundry facilities are limited. Find clothes that can be mixed and matched easily and are colour co-ordinated. A great item of clothing is zip-off pants. These double-up as shorts or trousers and are useful for when the weather changes. Reversible clothes are also very convenient and will help to reduce space in your bag.

Locker Sizes:

Overland Truck Locker Size

Clothes:

  • 3-4 short sleeved shirts or T-shirts
  • 2 pairs of trousers or 1 pair and 1 skirt – try not to pack jeans as they take a long time to dry
  • ¾ pants
  • Warm sweater or fleece top
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts
  • Tracksuit pants
  • Light sweater or sweatshirt (can also be used as an additional pillow)
  • Warm fleece top
  • Underwear and socks
  • Hat/peak cap/bandana
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Water/wind-proof jacket
  • Boots or sturdy trainers

Beachwear:

  • Swimsuit
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach towel and/or sarong
  • Sandals or thongs (need to be waterproof if you want to go white-water rafting)

Toiletries:

  • Personal toiletries
  • No electric shavers
  • Hand sanitiser/wipes (waterless sanitisers are convenient)
  • Baby wipes/wet wipes
  • Tissues
  • Moisturiser
  • Face wash
  • Facecloth

Sleepwear:

  • Pyjamas
  • Travel pillow
  • Spare pillowcase
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Fleece blanket

Medication/first aid kit:

  • Prescription medication
  • Anti-histamine cream or tablets
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Sunscreen (high factor) and lip balm
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Pain killers
  • Eye drops
  • Diarrhoea medication
  • Moisturiser
  • Dehydration salts
  • Elastoplasts/band aids
  • Insect repellent (Malaria is a big problem in Africa, so the more protection the better)
  • Sterile dressings

Extras:

  • Water bottle
  • Book (you can swap with the rest of the group)
  • Extra memory/film for your camera (remember to set at the highest resolution as you might want to enlarge the pictures)
  • Head torch
  • Pens
  • Zip-lock bags (medium sized for cameras, snacks, trash etc.)
  • Extra batteries
  • Travel power strip ( a compact three-plug unit that includes two USB connections. With just one wall plug you can charge five gadgets) Buy on Amazon and will help to reduce space in your bag.
  • Penknife
  • Watch
  • Biodegradable laundry detergent
  • Vaccination certificates for some areas
  • Cash
  • Small scrubbing brush
  • A padlock for your luggage locker in the truck
  • The power plugs in SA have 3 round pins. East Africa has British power plugs.

Laundry:

  • There will be washing facilities at most campsites which you can make use of.
  • Please remember to bring some environmentally friendly washing
  • We suggest you take along crease-free clothing as the facilities available for ironing are limited

Safety on Game Drives:

  • When on safari be as quiet as possible at all times and don’t make any sudden movements, this will ensure you don’t disturb the animals and get the most out of your game drive.
  • Do not jump off the truck at any time.

Accommodation (Pre Tour):

  • It is highly recommended to arrive a day before your tour starts so that you do not miss out on the pre departure meetings as it covers important information you need to know for your trip.
  • It is strongly advised that you arrive a day before the tour starts.
  • We do advise letting us know as soon as possible in order for us to make the best hotel reservation for you.
  • Post accommodation can be very easily arranged.

Personal Health:

  • Ensure that the guides know of your medical conditions!!!
  • Let them know how you are feeling.
  • AIDS is an enormous problem in Africa so please be careful and practical, condoms are cheap and freely available.
  • A First Aid Kit is available on the truck for any emergencies.

Vaccinations:

  • Please ensure you seek medical advice from your travel doctor before visiting Africa.
  • You should consult your travel doctor or travel clinic for the latest requirements for Hepatitis A (Havrax), Yellow Fever, Tetanus Booster Shot, Rabies
  • If you are entering a Yellow Fever infected area, you will be required to have a vaccination which can be done at Travel Clinics.
  • Obtain an international Certificate of Vaccination with a valid stamp.
  • Yellow Fever – Valid for 10 years and mandatory for most African countries. It is compulsory to produce a yellow fever certificate when entering Kenya, Zanzibar and Malawi and for taking part in the Gorilla Trek. Failure to present this may result in entry being refused.
  • We also recommend that you ask your doctor about: Typhoid, Tetanus, Hepatitis, Meningitis, Polio, Hepatitis A&B, Cholera
  • Tents have mosquito nets in the vents and it is not generally necessary to bring a separate mosquito net unless you plan to sleep outside, under the stars(in which case you are recommended to bring one)

Malaria:

  • Malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes and is more prevalent in areas where there are high concentrations.
  • Malaria is a serious problem in Africa, but if you are cautious and use mosquito repellent and take your malaria tablets you will be safe.

Main points to keep in mind about malaria:
o Cover your skin with long shirts, pants and socks as most mosquito bites occur below the knee.
o Make sure your mosquito net is tightly closed and doesn’t have any holes in it.
o Use an effective prophylactic and speak to your doctor about options for anti-malarial tablets
o Always cover yourself with mosquito repellent, especially at sunset.
o Please know that malaria cannot be cured!

Water:

  • Dehydration is a common ailment on tour.
  • You should be drinking a minimum of 2 litres of water per day
  • It is preferable to drinking bottled water to avoid diarrhoea, but your guide will advise you as to whether you can drink the water or not.

How others can reach you:

  • The easiest option to keep in touch with your loved ones at home is to buy a SIM card of the respective country you are travelling in.

Photography:

  • You are not permitted to take photographs at the border crossing, government buildings and military institutions.
  • No photographs of the army, police are allowed.
  • Some tribes do not allow their pictures to be taken so please ask your guides before photographing whether it is permissible or not.
  • A fee may have to be paid for photographing the local people.

Crew and Guides

Tour Crew:

Your tour crew are people with a heart of gold and love living in Africa! With an in-depth knowledge of the local culture, history and wildlife, your crew are committed to ensuring a memorable African overland tour, 24/7.

  • Most overland tours include two crew members (Driver and Tour Leader) working as a team managing tour finances, planning activities, preparing meals and ensure you safely experience Africa.
  • Our larger group overland tours (maximum 26 to 30) include a third crew member (Camp Assistant or Cook or Translator – tour depending).
  • A pre-departure meeting is held the day before your tour, where tour crew will brief you on the nature of your tour and what to expect. At this point they would also collect any local payments needed for your tour.
  • We have select shorter small group tours including one crew member, responsible for driving and tour management. It is perfect for an exclusive, personalised African experience.

The Guides:

  • All overland guides and crew undergo extensive training courses, lectures and field instruction on an on-going basis. Specialised guides are contracted for special interest tours (including school and University group tours) or language tours (Spanish and German) or private overland tours (on request).
  • Although overland guides are trained and qualified, remember they are still human. The nature of their work and duration of overland tours, places an enormous demand on them and can be taxing at times. Please treat them with respect and enjoy getting to know them. They are great people!

Climate and Weather Conditions:

  • The weather in Africa can be unpredictable and extreme so be prepared for this.
  • You can find out the type of weather to expect on your tour from your consultant.
  • Always wear sunscreen from October to April.
  • Temperatures can drop to below zero from June to September.
  • It does rain in Africa!

Street Vendors:

  • Like with any 3rd world country you will encounter informal vendors offering you better rates than the banks. We suggest you don’t work with them for security reasons.
  • Please do not display your foreign currency in public.

Passport:

  • A valid passport is required for all international travel.
  • Having all the necessary documentation for your trip is your own responsibility therefore you need to find out by your travel agent what the essential documents for the trip are in order to avoid any complications on tour.
  • Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after returning from your trip.
  • In certain cases foreign passport holders require entry, re-entry or departure permits and/or visas to enter a country.
  • Have enough pages for all visas, at least 2 pages free for every country visiting – the Border Security is strict with this rule
  • A copy of your passport should be given to your guides for safety reasons.
  • Must be valid for 6 months after the date of departure from Africa.
  • Avoid using more than one passport to avoid visa payments when travelling

Visa:

  • Please note that visas are the responsibility of the traveller and African Overland Tours will not be held responsible for the traveller being denied entry should they not be in the possession of the relevant visas.
  • Ensure you have a valid onward/return ticket to leave the country when the tour ends, otherwise you need sufficient funds in your bank account.
  • Visiting the Okavango Delta, you may need a double entry visa for Namibia and or Botswana
  • Botswana Tourism Levy: As of 1 June 2017, Botswana has implemented a tourism levy of US$ 30 per person to be paid in US Dollars cash once you enter.

Insurance

Medical Insurance:

  • Compulsory! No one will be allowed on a trip if you don’t have this. It is for your safety should anything happen while on tour (especially when in a remote location).

Travel Insurance:

  • It is compulsory to have comprehensive adventure travel insurance, on all overland tours. We require your travel insurance details upon booking your vacation, to include on the passenger list.
  • Most travel insurance policies do not include cover for adrenaline sports and adventure activities. These include white-water rafting, sky diving and bungee jumping. So double check your policy inclusions.
  • WorldNomads Insurance offer adventure travel insurance and, most importantly, cancellation insurance. We strongly recommend your travel insurance includes cancellation and curtailment insurance. The majority of tour departures are guaranteed (confirmed to depart) but in the unlikely event of a tour departure being cancelled, you would be protected.
  • In the case of credit card insurance, we recommend you check the fine print to ensure you have adequate cover as credit card companies offer a standard option. Sometimes, just for a simple problem, you may have to be airlifted to South Africa as many public hospitals in Africa are below western standards.
  • If you choose to use your credit card insurance, you will need to call your bank to obtain your policy details. This is how:
    • Phone your bank
    • Give them your Bank Card Number
    • They will ask you to verify your account
    • Then you need to ask for the insurance company name
    • Then you need to ask for the policy number
    • Remember to keep the telephone number you dialled

Single Supplements:

A single supplement is an additional charge you will pay for your own room. Single supplements are optional on camping tours, but compulsory on accommodated tours if you are a single traveller. Single supplements do not cover Activity Packages.

Optional Activities:

Optional activities are not included in the tour price because not everybody wishes to do them. Sometimes the activities are not available due to time, season or weather conditions

What is a Local Payment?

  • A number of adventure overland tours are made up of a Tour Price + Local Payment.
  • The Tour Price is pre-paid to secure your tour seat and include operational costs associated with each tour, such as; guide salaries, fuel, vehicle servicing, maintenance, road tolls and taxes.
  • The Local Payment is a portion of your overall tour cost paid on the morning of tour departure, in either US Dollars cash or ZA Rand cash (tour depending). It includes “on tour” expenses which cannot ordinarily be pre-paid such as: food, camping, national park entry, included activities.

Activity Package:

  • A selection of tours are made up of a Tour Price + Optional Activity Package.
  • The Tour Price is pre-paid to secure your tour seat and include operational costs associated with each tour, such as; food, camping (or accommodation), national park fees, guide salaries, fuel, vehicle servicing, maintenance, road tolls and taxes.
  • The Optional Activity Package combine the popular activities available on the tour, giving you the option to pre-pay this package (and so carry less cash while travelling) or; you can pay it on the morning of departure to your Tour Guide in ZA Rand cash.
  • Activity packages are optional 98% of the time and covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on the tours.
  • It is more convenient to pay these upon your arrival or on the first day of the tour.
  • If you do not pre-book a particular activity it may not be available and you may be disappointed.

Money Matters:

  • Your spending money, visas and optional activities needs to consist of a combination of Cash and Traveller Cheques in the currency quoted (tour specific). Credit cards are only accepted at some places (mostly larger cities) and throughout South Africa.
  • Visas are not accepted in East Africa.
  • In Southern and East Africa, additional credit card surcharges from 5% to 8% may be charged when using your card. It is best to use it only in case of emergency.
  • US Dollars, GB Sterling, Euro and select international currencies are used within Africa, with US Dollar being the most popular. You will find food, taxi, accommodation and optional activity prices are all quoted in US Dollars.
  • US Dollars cash notes must be issued POST 2005. No notes pre-dated are accepted due to fraudulent notes rife in East Africa. You can pre-order US Cash notes from your local bank or foreign exchange office prior to arriving in Africa.
  • It is best to bring a combination of larger denominations (USD100 and USD50) to pay for your Local Payment and smaller denominations (USD50, UDS20, USD 10 and USD5) for spending money, visas and optional activities.
  • ATMs are found throughout South Africa and other major towns and cities through Africa. However, you may not have access to an ATM for a few days, or they may be out of order. Please note that when drawing money from a local ATM, you will receive local currency. In Zimbabwe the ATM’s limit the amount of USD that can be withdrawn (it ranges from 50 USD – 200 USD a day).
  • ZAR is mostly used in South Africa and Namibia. We recommend USD for Botswana, Mozambique, Livingstone and Victoria Falls area.

Credit Cards:

  • Most of the major Southern and East African cities do have credit card facilities available however they may charge you a surcharge to use the facility.
  • Visa and Mastercard are the two most widely used accepted credit cards in Africa, while diners or American Express may not always be accepted

Banking facilities:

  • There are full banking facilities in the major towns based on weekly business hours. Here you can change money and withdraw cash from a credit card. Visa and Master Card are preferential, as other cards may not be widely accepted.

Tipping:

  • It is recommended to tip for various activities on tour – we suggest a tip of 1-3 euro (or whichever local currency is acceptable) per client, per half day activity.
  • Tipping your tour leader is also highly recommended as he / she works really hard to ensure you have the best experience on your tour. A tip of 2 – 5 Euros per client per day is a reasonable fair.
  • The amounts quoted above are only guidelines for the clients.

Departure Tax:

  • Various countries require you to pay an Airport Departure Tax (Zimbabwe is one) when departing on an international flight.
  • Varies from US$10 – US$60 depending on the departure time

Security:

  • The truck has a safe for passports, money, credit cards and flight tickets only!
  • Keep your cameras, cell phones, iPad’s and other digital equipment close to you at all times (preferably in your day pack) as the operator will not be held responsible for anything that goes missing.
  • Leave your valuables at home!
  • Be vigilant and cautious at all times.
  • Always walk in a group, especially at night.
  • It is advisable to have travel insurance for your personal items.

Quality and Protection:

  • We are proudly bonded SATSA members. Our membership number is 1712.
  • We are also insured by SATIB.
  • SATSA is the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association and offers protection to international travellers against the possible loss of deposits (or monies paid) to a SATSA member (tour operator, car rental company, accommodation provider etc.), in case of liquidation. It is underwritten by Lombard Insurance and Lloyds of London.
  • SATSA is the driving force behind improving standards of tourism in South Africa, as offered by its various members (tour operators, car rental companies, accommodation provider etc.).
  • “Should a SATSA member who is a South African tourism business operation, run into financial problems, the bonding scheme allows the client to claim back their deposit without having to prove in a court or to the liquidator whom or what was paid, but simply to produce the relevant documentation to SATSA.” – Michael Tatalias, CEO SATSA.
  • Satsa Bonding Offers financial protection on all monies paid.

Quick Checklist

  • Make sure your vaccination requirements have been done at least 4 weeks prior to your tour
  • Remember to make sure your VISA is valid for you to go on tour
  • Remember to reconfirm your flights. Airlines vary in their requirements but we suggest you reconfirm 48 – 72 hours before your departure homebound
  • Remember to take your passport, vaccination certificate and flight tickets with you ( a photocopy of these is a good idea)
  • Remember to take a copy of your insurance policy with you
  • Remember to take your travel voucher to give to your crew at your pre-departure meeting
  • Remember to take your Adventure Pass in US $ cash (unless pre-paid)

FROM

R108,300

+ Single Supplement 8200

+ Optional Gorilla Trekking USD 750 – USD 850

+ Kenyan National Parks Surcharge USD 100 - USD 200

Please note that the Gorilla Permit cost for guests traveling after 1 July will be $850 USD per person for a one Day Trekking

Currency estimated. Base currency is South African Rand (ZAR)

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