55 Day Best of Southern and East Africa

From R 72550

DURATION:

55 DAYS

STARTING POINT:

CAPE TOWN

ENDING POINT:

NAIROBI

TOUR TYPE:

Overland Tour

TOUR CODE:

ANOBA55

Gorilla in forest Uganda

This once in a lifetime overland adventure brings you all the highlights of Southern and East Africa.

The starting point is Cape Town and from here you will head north to the beautiful Namibia with the largest dunes of the world. You will then make your way into Botswana. Here you will enjoy the amazing Okavango Delta and the Chobe River before visiting Victoria Falls. Now you have completed the Southern Africa part of your trip. You will travel through Zambia, where you will spot some amazing wildlife, into Malawi and to Zanzibar for some relaxation. From here you will travel inland to the Serengeti and the Masai Mara in Kenya for some more game viewing. And finally, you will enter Uganda where you will search for the majestic and elusive gorilla’s in their natural habitat. Your incredible African overland ends in Nairobi.   

55 Day Best of Southern and East Africa

***This tour is also available in reverse if you wish to go from Nairobi to Cape Town. This option extends the tour by 2 days in Kenya after you have visited Uganda.

Day 1 – South Africa – Cederberg Region 

Leaving Cape Town this morning we make a last stop for a look back at Table Mountain from across Table Bay.  The Cederberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush and today we will visit a working Rooibos tea farm and see the plants of Rooibos and Buchu that occur naturally in the wild. Indigenous to the mountain slopes of the Cederberg, this herbal beverage has earned an international reputation as a healthy and refreshing alternative to regular tea. A dinner at our overnight stop offers an opportunity for us to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality. 

 Meals Included: Dinner 
Activity Package: Rooibos tea farm visit 

Day 2 – Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River 

 Namaqualand presents us with our first experience of the Desert vistas that will accompany us in the days ahead. We continue our journey north and after a short stop for supplies in Springbok, we travel to our camp on the banks of the Orange River. If you are fortunate enough to be travelling in the spring months (July to September) you may encounter the wild flowers that have made this region famous. No matter the time of year though, the strange desert vistas offer a unique backdrop to this day’s travel.  

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 – Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon 

While the Orange River was named after the Dutch Royal House, in recent times it has been referred to by its original name of Gariep, which simply means “river” in the indigenous KhoeKhoe language. Beginning its journey in the mountains of Lesotho, the Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and offers a unique contrast to the desert landscapes along its banks. The best way to experience the river is by getting out on the water and this morning we have the opportunity to join an optional canoe trip on the river.  Around midday we depart the Orange River and head inland, crossing the border into Namibia.  We make a brief stop at the mineral hot springs for a dip in the pool before arriving at our camp.   

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Optional Activity: Half-day canoe trip 

Day 4 – Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground 

We rise early this morning, pack up our camp, making our way to the rim of the Fish River Canyon.  We arrive in time to catch the morning sunrays filter through the canyon.  After stretching our legs with a gentle walk along the rim of the canyon, we turn west and head for Keetmanshoop. Our afternoon will be spent meandering through the Quiver Tree Forest and The Giants Playground – named for the way in which the massive dolerite boulders have been placed on each other – creating rock formations and a series of mazes.   

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 5 – Namib-Naukluft National Park 

Every overland journey has some long travelling days and today is one of those as we venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Our destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer us an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west, the slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country. Tonight we camp on the doorstep of the dune fields and fall asleep to the unique calls of the elusive Barking Gecko.  

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 6 – Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park 

Watching the sunrise over the red dunes is an iconic highlight of any trip to Namibia and this morning we rise before the sun to capture this magnificent moment. A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert sunrise. Once satisfied we descend this famous dune and enjoy a hearty breakfast before catching a 4×4 transfer into Sossusvlei, here we will spend time on foot visiting the pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Tonight we empty the red sand from our shoes and spend the night under the magnificent desert stars, knowing that we have spent a full-day enjoying the wonders of this harsh land. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 7 – Swakopmund 

Our final day in the desert continues as we join a local expert for an educational desert excursion. Reluctantly we leave the Namib behind and after a stop to mark our crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn, we continue to the Atlantic coastline. Today we continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. We make a brief stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon, where we hope to catch a glimpse of the Flamingo’s that feed in the shallows. Arriving in Swakopmund we will have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer. 

Meals Included: Breakfast 
Activity Package: Guided desert walk with local expert 

 

Day 8 – Swakopmund 

While for many it is the adrenaline fuelled adventures that will grab their attention, Swakopmund offers all that and more. Take the opportunity today to explore the town at your leisure, as there are a number of attractions for every taste. Not to be missed is the selection of famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a delightful range of German inspired treats.  Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a small city and is the perfect launching pad for the journey through the northern reaches of the land. 

 Meals Included: Breakfast 

Optional Activity: Dolphin cruise, Skydiving, sandboarding, Quad biking, Dinner   

Day 9 – Spitzkoppe to Brandberg 

Leaving early, we make our way to the massive granite formations of Spitzkoppe which tower 700 metres above the desert plains below. The presence of rock art indicates their significance to the San people who lived here many years ago. We will enjoy a walk with a local guide and have the opportunity to view some examples of the San’s rock art before setting off for our overnight stop for the evening.     

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 Day 10 – Brandberg White Lady 

The Brandberg (Burning Mountains) are regarded as the highest in Namibia and home to the famous White Lady, one of more than 45,000 rock paintings in the area.  This morning we will make the 1-hour hike to visit the painting that is said to be around 2,000 years old. (Please be advised that the hike does traverse rough terrain along the gorge of the normally dry Tsisab River).  After our exploration, our journey continues to the area of Kamanjab.   

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 

Day 11 – Etosha National Park 

Rising early this morning we drive to the Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. This afternoon we reach the park and begin with our first game drive as we make our way to the rest camp.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  

Day 12 – Etosha National Park 

Our second day in Etosha allows for a full day to continue our exploration of the park. No day on safari is ever the same and the suspense before that special sighting is the motivation that keeps our eyes wide open.  We explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park.  

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 13 – Windhoek 

It is an early rise as we take aim for Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Upon arrival in Windhoek, we will take a short walk through the city centre and have the opportunity to view some its better known landmarks. (Our accommodation for the night is situated halfway between the city and the airport). 

 Meals Included: Breakfast 

 Day 14 – Botswana – Ghanzi 

Today we travel east and make our way to neighbouring Botswana and the Kalahari Desert. Starkly different to the Namib Desert after which Namibia is named, the Kalahari is no less dramatic and covers over 900 000 square kilometres. The San people have long been associated with this harsh environment and tonight we enjoy a dance evening that provides an insight into their culture of song, dance and story-telling.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 15 – Okavango Delta 

Before departing Ghanzi we will enjoy an informative guided walk with the San community.  After our walk, we head towards Maun, where upon arrival in Maun this afternoon, you will have the opportunity to go on an optional scenic flight over the Delta (time and weather permitting).  This evening our guide will prepare us on what to expect on our full day excursion into the Okavango Delta.  

Those guests who have pre-purchased the upgrade package – will be transferred into the Delta upon arrival in Maun and will re-join the group on the morning of day 17. Please speak to your consultant for your programme of the Okavango Delta Excursion.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 

Optional Activity: Okavango Delta scenic flight 

Day 16 – Okavango Delta Excursion 

The most rewarding and enjoyable way to explore and experience the beauty and serenity of this intricate system of lily covered channels and lagoons is by mokoro.  Heading out early, we will be transferred by safari vehicle to the poling station (approximately 1 hour transfer) where we will meet the polers who will be escorting us into the Delta.  The polers will steer us through the serene area of narrow, reed lined channels which open out onto beautiful lagoons.  Reaching one of the many islands, a nature walk may be taken with your poler.  After the walk, we return by mokoro through the channels back to the poling station.  While the mokoro trail is not primarily a game viewing activity, a variety of game may be spotted in this pristine wilderness area, including elephant, giraffe, kudu, impala and zebra.  

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  

Day 17 – Nata 

Leaving Maun behind us this morning (and re-uniting with those that chose the upgrade package) we make our way towards the town of Nata.  We will spend most of the day in our truck  as we journey across the northern reaches of the Makgadikgadi Pans. Our activity package will afford us the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon guided game drive to the Nata Sanctuary, which forms the breeding ground for a host of water birds including pelicans and flamingo in their thousands. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Activity Package: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (Nata Sanctuary) 

Day 18 – Chobe National Park 

We rise early this morning as we continue north to our camp on the banks of the Chobe River. This afternoon is set aside for exploring the Chobe National Park. We begin our exploration in 4×4 vehicles, which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many elephants that frequent the river in the afternoons. The afternoon ends with a leisurely boat cruise and a meal served around the campfire.   

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 
Activity Package: Chobe National Park Game Drive, Chobe National Park boat cruise 

Day 19 – Zimbabwe -Victoria Falls 

With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border into Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. Today you will have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls at your leisure, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets and coffee shops on offer as well.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast  
Optional Activity: N Visit the Vic FallsBungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner  http://www.shearwatervictoriafalls.com 

Day 20 – Victoria Falls 

With the many activities on offer in Victoria Falls, today is the perfect day for the adventure that most suits your style. Whether rafting the mighty Zambezi River or enjoying a flight over the Falls, this is your day to enjoy the many attractions on offer in Victoria Falls.  

Meals Included: Breakfast 
Optional Activity: Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting 

Day 21 – Lusaka 

Setting off early from Victoria Falls, we catch a last sighting of the mighty falls before crossing the border into Zambia. While we have a long day travelling today, we get our first impressions of the Africa that awaits us. Colourful markets, busy villages and rural scenes form the backdrop of our journey to the outskirts of Lusaka. We enjoy a prepared meal on arrival as our guides brief us on the days ahead.  

 Meals Included: Dinner 

 Day 22 – Petauke 

This morning we drive through Zambia’s busy capital Lusaka before turning east towards Petauke, our destination for the night. As an important link between Lusaka and neighbouring Malawi, the Great East Road winds through rural Zambia and we will cross the mighty Luangwa River along the way. Dotted with villages and subsistence farms, todays landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries so many of us call home.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 Day 23 – South Luangwa National Park 

With two days of travel behind us we look forward to the tranquillity of South Luangwa and this morning we make our way to the banks of the Luangwa River. Our first stop though is the town of Chipata, home of Chipata Cotton and an important centre for the cotton famers of the region. Tribal Textiles represents the creativity of the African culture and those interested can enjoy a tour of their workshops (March to December). One of the finest sunsets is surely that enjoyed on the banks of the Luangwa River, so grab a cold drink and watch the day fade away. 

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 Day 24 – South Luangwa National Park 

 South Luangwa National Park is a world-class safari destination and we have a full day to explore the park in search of the variety of wildlife found in the park. This morning you can partake in an optional morning safari or during the dry season (April to December) you can join one of the iconic walking safaris on offer in the park. This afternoon we will enjoy a sunset drive in the park including a sundowner stop. The unique opportunity to explore the park at night gives us a chance to spot the elusive nocturnal species that are rarely seen in the day. 

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Activity Package: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park  

 Optional Activity: Safari Walk (seasonal) or Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa 

Day 25 – Lake Malawi 

This morning we board our truck and set off for Malawi, the warm heart of Africa. Our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi, the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system. As one of the ten largest lakes in the world, the lake stretches for over 500km along the western boundary of Malawi and is home to more species of fish than any other lake. We spend the night on the shores of this natural wonder.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 26 – Northern Lake Malawi 

Today is set aside for you to relax at the lake.  Use the time to read a book, soak up the sun or indulge in the many attractions that are on offer.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 

 Day 27 – Lake Malawi 

Today we are back on the road for most of the day travelling further north and will overnight once again on the banks of Lake Malawi.  Enjoy the sunset over the lake from the beach. Your guide will assist you to plan your activities for the coming days, or you can simply slow your clock to Africa time relaxing on the lake shore.    

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 Day 28 – Lake Malawi 

Snorkelling in the crystal waters offers the chance to see first-hand the brilliantly coloured tropical cichlids, tiny fish often found in colourful aquariums around the world.  For the more adventurous amongst us, use today to participate in the Livingstonia hike.  This is a strenuous hike that takes between 8 – 12 hours to complete.  Your guide will provide additional information on the hike. 

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 Day 29 – Tanzania – Iringa 

Today as we leave Malawi, we ascend the Great Rift Valley and make our way into Tanzania. We round the northern extremes of the lake as we turn east and continue to our overnight stop in Iringa. 

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 

 Day 30 – Mikumi 

This morning we complete our journey to the doorstep of Mikumi National Park. Mikumi ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania, but forms part of a 75 000 square kilometre wilderness that centres on Selous, Africa’s largest game reserve. Abutting the northern border of this vast wilderness, Mikumi offers us an opportunity for an afternoon of game viewing.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Activity Package: Mikumi National Park Game Drive 

Day 31 – Bagamoyo (via Dar es Salaam) 

Today we continue onwards, travelling past the bustling port town of Dar es Salaam towards the historical town of Bagamoyo where we will overnight.  Tonight we prepare for our upcoming excursion to Zanzibar.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 Day 32 – Zanzibar Excursion 

We rise early and travel the short distance to Dar es Salaam where after a brief stop in the city to collect guests joining us, we board the ferry to Zanzibar and make the ocean journey to the island of Zanzibar. On arrival we will partake in a Spice Tour before reaching Nungwi on the northern point of the island. Our home for the next two nights, Nungwi offers a perfect stop to enjoy the beaches and activities on offer. Those who have not opted for the Zanzibar Excursion will remain in Bagamoyo for the next three nights  

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 
Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion 

 Day 33 – – Zanzibar Excursion 

Today is a free day for enjoying some of the many attractions and activities on offer. Water sports are the order of the day and Nungwi offers fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and a variety of ocean safari options. Whatever it is you chose to do today, you will have ample opportunity to create some island memories. Rent a scooter and explore the many attractions on offer or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 
Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion 
Optional Activity: Fishing, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Turtle Sanctuary Visit, Village Tours, Jozani Forest and more 

Day 34 – Zanzibar Excursion 

Our visit to Nungwi comes to an end today as we travel to Stone Town this afternoon. Boasting a rich history this bustling port was once a landmark on both the  Slave and Spice trade routes. We overnight here before returning to Dar es Salaam in the morning.  

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 
Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion 

Day 35 – Dar es Salaam – Bagamoyo 

This morning we have some time to explore the sights of Stone Town, the rich history and vibrant markets are some of the highlights of any visit to Zanzibar. We bid farewell to the island and board our return ferry, on arrival back at the Dar es Salaam port, we reunite with our truck and return to Bagamoyo where we spend the night.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 36 – Arusha 

Heading north this morning we travel across the northern reaches of Tanzania, our destination tonight is the bustling town of Arusha. Northern Tanzania is home to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro. Those who have purchased the optional Serengeti Excursion upgrade package. You will be briefed this evening by our local guide on what to prepare for the coming days  

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 37 – Karatu 

Although it is short distance to Karatu, we will spend most of the day commuting closer to the Ngorongoro Crater.  Upon arrival in Karatu, our guide will brief us on the full day excursion into the crater.  Karatu is conveniently situated to allow you the opportunity to participate in various optional activities in the coming days. 

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 Day 38 – Ngorongoro Crater Excursion 

We rise early and will be collected from our camp and transferred to the Ngorongoro Crater.  We will spend the bulk of our day exploring the Crater floor in search of the animals which roam the plains.  We will arrive back in Karatu in the afternoon.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 39 – Karatu 

Today is free for you to relax at camp or participate in a number of optional activities available from the accommodation establishment.  Some of the optional activities include village walking visits or a visit to Lake Manyara National Park.  These activities need to be booked directly with the accommodation provide upon arrival in Karatu  

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 40 – Arusha 

Returning to Arusha, tonight we will reunite with our fellow travellers who opted for the Serengeti upgrade and we share out experiences of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.   

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 41 – Kenya – Nairobi 

We cross the border into Kenya this morning and make our way to Nairobi where we will enjoy an optional dinner out.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast 

 Day 42 – Masai Mara National Reserve 

We leave the capital of Nairobi and travel to the Masai Mara, world renowned for its endless plains of wild animals and spectacular beauty.  The visit to the Masai Mara is operated in safari type vehicles. For this reason, you are asked to pack a small overnight bag to travel with. You will need your towel, clothes, toiletries and camping essentials. 

 Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion 

Day 43 – Masai Mara National Reserve 

The rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara offer ideal game viewing and photographic opportunities. Some of the animals that could be found here include elephant, black rhino, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, wildebeest, zebra and gazelle. Hippo and crocodile abound in the muddy brown waters of the rivers, which traverse this reserve. Today we will spend the entire day game driving through the Mara in search of all the animals. 

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion 

Day 44 – Lake Nakuru National Park 

This morning we bid the Mara farewell before heading to Lake Nakuru National Park, where we are reunited with our truck and we will enjoy an afternoon game drive through the park. Lake Nakuru is home to large flocks of flamingos and pelicans as well as black & white rhino, leopard, lion and numerous buck. Originally created as a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru was upgraded to National Park status in 1968. 

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion

Day 45 – Jinja 

This morning we not only cross the border into Uganda, but shortly after setting out this morning we cross the Equator on our way to Jinja. Jinja is Uganda’s second largest city and most famous as the point where the Nile (officially the Victoria Nile) flows out of Lake Victoria and begins the 6695 kilometre journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean.  

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 46 – Masindi – Murchison Falls National Park 

After a quick stop in the city of Kampala, we head in the direction of The Murchison Falls National Park.   Also referred to as the Kabaraga Falls, Murchison Falls is a waterfall found on the course of the great Nile and is located within the Murchison National Park. The park is recognized as one of the best National Parks in Uganda. After settling into our accommodation in Masindi, your guide will brief you on the activities for the following day.  

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 47 – Masindi – Budongo Central Forest Reserve 

Budongo Forest is the biggest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa and is home to the largest number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda. It is believed that there are between 600 – 700 chimpanzees in Budongo and this morning we will meet up with our chimp guide who will take us on our trek through the forest in search of the chimps.  We will also enjoy a boat cruise in the park. Note: As the Chimp trekking is limited  

to 12 guests per trek, should there be more than 12 guests on a tour the trekking will be split between the morning and the afternoon. Therefore you may find that you will first do the game drive activity followed by the Chimp trekking or vice versa. Please allow for flexibility. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Activity Package: Chimp trekking (half day) 

Day 48 – Kampala 

While we spend the night in the bustling capital city of Kampala, this morning we have the opportunity to visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. These majestic animals are in a literal fight for their survival. Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU) was formed as a Non-Government Organization (NGO) in 1997 and is tasked with overseeing its aim of reintroducing Rhinoceros, a highly endangered species across the globe, back into the National Parks of Uganda through a breeding and release program. Out of this emerged the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, 7000 hectares of imminently suitable savannah and native woodlands 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch 
Activity Package: Ziwa Rhino walk 
Optional Activity: Murchison Falls Game Drive 

Day 49 – Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi) 

Crossing the Equator once more we travel south to the beautiful scenery of Lake Bunyonyi. With eager anticipation we prepare for the upcoming Gorilla trekking excursion and tonight we will receive a briefing on what to expect.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

 Day 50 – Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi) 

The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and while exact numbers vary it is widely assumed that there are only around 650 left. Visiting the gorillas is a great way to support their future on earth as the money spent on permits is used for their protection. An extremely important part of the future conservation of the remaining gorillas rests in the community development work – as local communities change their attitudes towards wildlife and start to protect rather than poach, the future of the mountain gorilla is assured. 

 
As permits granting permission to visit the gorillas are extremely limited we require flexibility in both the tour itinerary and where we actually visit them. The home of the mountain gorillas is completely at odds with man-made borders and so their range encompasses Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Whenever possible we choose to make use of the National Park in Uganda, but this depends on the availability of permits. Should we not obtain permits to visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda then we will inform all passengers beforehand that the tour will travel to Rwanda or DRC. 

On your free day in Bunyonyi you will have the opportunity to participate in certain optional activities. You can also go hiking or explore the area on a mountain bike. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 
Optional Activity: Gorilla Trekking OR 

Day 51 – Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi) 

Although there are 2 days allocated to Gorilla Trekking you will only spend one day on the trek. The other days are there to provide a large enough window in which to obtain permits and to allow the entire group to trek if there are more than 6 of you on the tour.  Today we will enjoy a visit to the Nyombi Village, a Pygmy village which is reached by motor boat from Bunyonyi Resort.  We will have the opportunity to learn about the culture of the Pygmies and how they live. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Optional Activity: Gorilla Trekking OR 

Day 52 – Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala 

This morning we set off on our return journey to Kampala and make a third crossing of the Equator along our way. Tonight your guide will brief you on the activities available in Jinja so that you can plan your day tomorrow. We overnight in Kampala. 

 Meals Included: Breakfast 

 Day 53 – Jinja 

A short distance from Kampala, Jinja offers many exciting activities and your guide will assist you to plan for this day. Most activities are focussed around the waters of the Nile and these include rafting, kayaking and a variety of cruises on Africa’s largest river.  While those who may be less inclined to water sports can enjoy horse riding or a quadbike adventure on dry land.  

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner  
Optional Activity: Quad biking, kayaking, rafting 

Day 54 – Kenya – Eldoret 

Returning to Kenya we visit Eldoret, the country’s 5th largest city. The Great Rift Valley is still the dominant geographical feature of this region and the altitude at Eldoret is 2100 metres above sea level.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 55 – Nairobi 

Returning to Nairobi this afternoon we reflect on many memories that we have gathered together and brace ourselves for a return to the busy streets of Nairobi. Your tour ends upon arrival in Nairobi. 

 Meals Included: Breakfast

Activity Package

Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an “Optional Activity Package”.  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be “essential activities” on our tours.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don’t book the package, the activities won’t be included.  We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

•    Rooibos tea farm visit
•    Guided desert walk with local expert
•    Makgadikgardi Pans excursion
•    Chobe National Park boat cruise
•    Chobe National Park game drive
•    South Luangwa NP afternoon game drive
•    Mikumi NP game drive
•    3-Day Zanzibar excursion
•    Kenyan Park Highlights excursion
•    Chimp trekking Murchison Falls
•    Ziwa Rhino walk

Camping – R72550

Camping Single Supplement – R3270
Activity Package – R24390 (required)

Accommodated – R79050

Accommodated Single Supplement – R17200
Activity Package – R25790 (required)

*Gorilla permits not included in price. These prices fluctuate and are dependent of which permits are available and in which countries. The price is currently starting at US$630.

Includes:

Meals as indicated on the itinerary, Highlights as indicated, accommodation, guides and transport.

Excludes:

Flights, all items of a personal nature, entrance fees, alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, snacks, souvenirs, tips, gorilla permits and optional activities.

Please note that maps shown are a rough guide. Exact locations and routes might differ slightly to what is shown. Please refer to the tour itinerary for a more precise route.

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55 Day Best of Southern and East Africa

R72,550.00

This once in a lifetime overland adventure brings you all the highlights of Southern and East Africa.

The starting point is Cape Town and from here you will head north to the beautiful Namibia with the largest dunes of the world. You will then make your way into Botswana. Here you will enjoy the amazing Okavango Delta and the Chobe River before visiting Victoria Falls. Now you have completed the Southern Africa part of your trip. You will travel through Zambia, where you will spot some amazing wildlife, into Malawi and to Zanzibar for some relaxation. From here you will travel inland to the Serengeti and the Masai Mara in Kenya for some more game viewing. And finally, you will enter Uganda where you will search for the majestic and elusive gorilla’s in their natural habitat. Your incredible African overland ends in Nairobi.   

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***This tour is also available in reverse if you wish to go from Nairobi to Cape Town. This option extends the tour by 2 days in Kenya after you have visited Uganda.

Day 1 – South Africa – Cederberg Region 

Leaving Cape Town this morning we make a last stop for a look back at Table Mountain from across Table Bay.  The Cederberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush and today we will visit a working Rooibos tea farm and see the plants of Rooibos and Buchu that occur naturally in the wild. Indigenous to the mountain slopes of the Cederberg, this herbal beverage has earned an international reputation as a healthy and refreshing alternative to regular tea. A dinner at our overnight stop offers an opportunity for us to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality. 

 Meals Included: Dinner 
Activity Package: Rooibos tea farm visit 

Day 2 – Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River 

 Namaqualand presents us with our first experience of the Desert vistas that will accompany us in the days ahead. We continue our journey north and after a short stop for supplies in Springbok, we travel to our camp on the banks of the Orange River. If you are fortunate enough to be travelling in the spring months (July to September) you may encounter the wild flowers that have made this region famous. No matter the time of year though, the strange desert vistas offer a unique backdrop to this day’s travel.  

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 – Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon 

While the Orange River was named after the Dutch Royal House, in recent times it has been referred to by its original name of Gariep, which simply means “river” in the indigenous KhoeKhoe language. Beginning its journey in the mountains of Lesotho, the Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and offers a unique contrast to the desert landscapes along its banks. The best way to experience the river is by getting out on the water and this morning we have the opportunity to join an optional canoe trip on the river.  Around midday we depart the Orange River and head inland, crossing the border into Namibia.  We make a brief stop at the mineral hot springs for a dip in the pool before arriving at our camp.   

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Optional Activity: Half-day canoe trip 

Day 4 – Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground 

We rise early this morning, pack up our camp, making our way to the rim of the Fish River Canyon.  We arrive in time to catch the morning sunrays filter through the canyon.  After stretching our legs with a gentle walk along the rim of the canyon, we turn west and head for Keetmanshoop. Our afternoon will be spent meandering through the Quiver Tree Forest and The Giants Playground – named for the way in which the massive dolerite boulders have been placed on each other – creating rock formations and a series of mazes.   

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 5 – Namib-Naukluft National Park 

Every overland journey has some long travelling days and today is one of those as we venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Our destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer us an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west, the slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country. Tonight we camp on the doorstep of the dune fields and fall asleep to the unique calls of the elusive Barking Gecko.  

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 6 – Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park 

Watching the sunrise over the red dunes is an iconic highlight of any trip to Namibia and this morning we rise before the sun to capture this magnificent moment. A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert sunrise. Once satisfied we descend this famous dune and enjoy a hearty breakfast before catching a 4×4 transfer into Sossusvlei, here we will spend time on foot visiting the pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Tonight we empty the red sand from our shoes and spend the night under the magnificent desert stars, knowing that we have spent a full-day enjoying the wonders of this harsh land. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 7 – Swakopmund 

Our final day in the desert continues as we join a local expert for an educational desert excursion. Reluctantly we leave the Namib behind and after a stop to mark our crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn, we continue to the Atlantic coastline. Today we continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. We make a brief stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon, where we hope to catch a glimpse of the Flamingo’s that feed in the shallows. Arriving in Swakopmund we will have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer. 

Meals Included: Breakfast 
Activity Package: Guided desert walk with local expert 

 

Day 8 – Swakopmund 

While for many it is the adrenaline fuelled adventures that will grab their attention, Swakopmund offers all that and more. Take the opportunity today to explore the town at your leisure, as there are a number of attractions for every taste. Not to be missed is the selection of famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a delightful range of German inspired treats.  Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a small city and is the perfect launching pad for the journey through the northern reaches of the land. 

 Meals Included: Breakfast 

Optional Activity: Dolphin cruise, Skydiving, sandboarding, Quad biking, Dinner   

Day 9 – Spitzkoppe to Brandberg 

Leaving early, we make our way to the massive granite formations of Spitzkoppe which tower 700 metres above the desert plains below. The presence of rock art indicates their significance to the San people who lived here many years ago. We will enjoy a walk with a local guide and have the opportunity to view some examples of the San’s rock art before setting off for our overnight stop for the evening.     

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 Day 10 – Brandberg White Lady 

The Brandberg (Burning Mountains) are regarded as the highest in Namibia and home to the famous White Lady, one of more than 45,000 rock paintings in the area.  This morning we will make the 1-hour hike to visit the painting that is said to be around 2,000 years old. (Please be advised that the hike does traverse rough terrain along the gorge of the normally dry Tsisab River).  After our exploration, our journey continues to the area of Kamanjab.   

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 

Day 11 – Etosha National Park 

Rising early this morning we drive to the Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. This afternoon we reach the park and begin with our first game drive as we make our way to the rest camp.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  

Day 12 – Etosha National Park 

Our second day in Etosha allows for a full day to continue our exploration of the park. No day on safari is ever the same and the suspense before that special sighting is the motivation that keeps our eyes wide open.  We explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park.  

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 13 – Windhoek 

It is an early rise as we take aim for Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Upon arrival in Windhoek, we will take a short walk through the city centre and have the opportunity to view some its better known landmarks. (Our accommodation for the night is situated halfway between the city and the airport). 

 Meals Included: Breakfast 

 Day 14 – Botswana – Ghanzi 

Today we travel east and make our way to neighbouring Botswana and the Kalahari Desert. Starkly different to the Namib Desert after which Namibia is named, the Kalahari is no less dramatic and covers over 900 000 square kilometres. The San people have long been associated with this harsh environment and tonight we enjoy a dance evening that provides an insight into their culture of song, dance and story-telling.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 15 – Okavango Delta 

Before departing Ghanzi we will enjoy an informative guided walk with the San community.  After our walk, we head towards Maun, where upon arrival in Maun this afternoon, you will have the opportunity to go on an optional scenic flight over the Delta (time and weather permitting).  This evening our guide will prepare us on what to expect on our full day excursion into the Okavango Delta.  

Those guests who have pre-purchased the upgrade package – will be transferred into the Delta upon arrival in Maun and will re-join the group on the morning of day 17. Please speak to your consultant for your programme of the Okavango Delta Excursion.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 

Optional Activity: Okavango Delta scenic flight 

Day 16 – Okavango Delta Excursion 

The most rewarding and enjoyable way to explore and experience the beauty and serenity of this intricate system of lily covered channels and lagoons is by mokoro.  Heading out early, we will be transferred by safari vehicle to the poling station (approximately 1 hour transfer) where we will meet the polers who will be escorting us into the Delta.  The polers will steer us through the serene area of narrow, reed lined channels which open out onto beautiful lagoons.  Reaching one of the many islands, a nature walk may be taken with your poler.  After the walk, we return by mokoro through the channels back to the poling station.  While the mokoro trail is not primarily a game viewing activity, a variety of game may be spotted in this pristine wilderness area, including elephant, giraffe, kudu, impala and zebra.  

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  

Day 17 – Nata 

Leaving Maun behind us this morning (and re-uniting with those that chose the upgrade package) we make our way towards the town of Nata.  We will spend most of the day in our truck  as we journey across the northern reaches of the Makgadikgadi Pans. Our activity package will afford us the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon guided game drive to the Nata Sanctuary, which forms the breeding ground for a host of water birds including pelicans and flamingo in their thousands. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Activity Package: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (Nata Sanctuary) 

Day 18 – Chobe National Park 

We rise early this morning as we continue north to our camp on the banks of the Chobe River. This afternoon is set aside for exploring the Chobe National Park. We begin our exploration in 4×4 vehicles, which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many elephants that frequent the river in the afternoons. The afternoon ends with a leisurely boat cruise and a meal served around the campfire.   

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 
Activity Package: Chobe National Park Game Drive, Chobe National Park boat cruise 

Day 19 – Zimbabwe -Victoria Falls 

With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border into Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. Today you will have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls at your leisure, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets and coffee shops on offer as well.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast  
Optional Activity: N Visit the Vic FallsBungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner  http://www.shearwatervictoriafalls.com 

Day 20 – Victoria Falls 

With the many activities on offer in Victoria Falls, today is the perfect day for the adventure that most suits your style. Whether rafting the mighty Zambezi River or enjoying a flight over the Falls, this is your day to enjoy the many attractions on offer in Victoria Falls.  

Meals Included: Breakfast 
Optional Activity: Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting 

Day 21 – Lusaka 

Setting off early from Victoria Falls, we catch a last sighting of the mighty falls before crossing the border into Zambia. While we have a long day travelling today, we get our first impressions of the Africa that awaits us. Colourful markets, busy villages and rural scenes form the backdrop of our journey to the outskirts of Lusaka. We enjoy a prepared meal on arrival as our guides brief us on the days ahead.  

 Meals Included: Dinner 

 Day 22 – Petauke 

This morning we drive through Zambia’s busy capital Lusaka before turning east towards Petauke, our destination for the night. As an important link between Lusaka and neighbouring Malawi, the Great East Road winds through rural Zambia and we will cross the mighty Luangwa River along the way. Dotted with villages and subsistence farms, todays landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries so many of us call home.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 Day 23 – South Luangwa National Park 

With two days of travel behind us we look forward to the tranquillity of South Luangwa and this morning we make our way to the banks of the Luangwa River. Our first stop though is the town of Chipata, home of Chipata Cotton and an important centre for the cotton famers of the region. Tribal Textiles represents the creativity of the African culture and those interested can enjoy a tour of their workshops (March to December). One of the finest sunsets is surely that enjoyed on the banks of the Luangwa River, so grab a cold drink and watch the day fade away. 

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 Day 24 – South Luangwa National Park 

 South Luangwa National Park is a world-class safari destination and we have a full day to explore the park in search of the variety of wildlife found in the park. This morning you can partake in an optional morning safari or during the dry season (April to December) you can join one of the iconic walking safaris on offer in the park. This afternoon we will enjoy a sunset drive in the park including a sundowner stop. The unique opportunity to explore the park at night gives us a chance to spot the elusive nocturnal species that are rarely seen in the day. 

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Activity Package: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park  

 Optional Activity: Safari Walk (seasonal) or Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa 

Day 25 – Lake Malawi 

This morning we board our truck and set off for Malawi, the warm heart of Africa. Our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi, the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system. As one of the ten largest lakes in the world, the lake stretches for over 500km along the western boundary of Malawi and is home to more species of fish than any other lake. We spend the night on the shores of this natural wonder.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 26 – Northern Lake Malawi 

Today is set aside for you to relax at the lake.  Use the time to read a book, soak up the sun or indulge in the many attractions that are on offer.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 

 Day 27 – Lake Malawi 

Today we are back on the road for most of the day travelling further north and will overnight once again on the banks of Lake Malawi.  Enjoy the sunset over the lake from the beach. Your guide will assist you to plan your activities for the coming days, or you can simply slow your clock to Africa time relaxing on the lake shore.    

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 Day 28 – Lake Malawi 

Snorkelling in the crystal waters offers the chance to see first-hand the brilliantly coloured tropical cichlids, tiny fish often found in colourful aquariums around the world.  For the more adventurous amongst us, use today to participate in the Livingstonia hike.  This is a strenuous hike that takes between 8 – 12 hours to complete.  Your guide will provide additional information on the hike. 

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 Day 29 – Tanzania – Iringa 

Today as we leave Malawi, we ascend the Great Rift Valley and make our way into Tanzania. We round the northern extremes of the lake as we turn east and continue to our overnight stop in Iringa. 

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 

 Day 30 – Mikumi 

This morning we complete our journey to the doorstep of Mikumi National Park. Mikumi ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania, but forms part of a 75 000 square kilometre wilderness that centres on Selous, Africa’s largest game reserve. Abutting the northern border of this vast wilderness, Mikumi offers us an opportunity for an afternoon of game viewing.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Activity Package: Mikumi National Park Game Drive 

Day 31 – Bagamoyo (via Dar es Salaam) 

Today we continue onwards, travelling past the bustling port town of Dar es Salaam towards the historical town of Bagamoyo where we will overnight.  Tonight we prepare for our upcoming excursion to Zanzibar.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 Day 32 – Zanzibar Excursion 

We rise early and travel the short distance to Dar es Salaam where after a brief stop in the city to collect guests joining us, we board the ferry to Zanzibar and make the ocean journey to the island of Zanzibar. On arrival we will partake in a Spice Tour before reaching Nungwi on the northern point of the island. Our home for the next two nights, Nungwi offers a perfect stop to enjoy the beaches and activities on offer. Those who have not opted for the Zanzibar Excursion will remain in Bagamoyo for the next three nights  

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 
Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion 

 Day 33 – – Zanzibar Excursion 

Today is a free day for enjoying some of the many attractions and activities on offer. Water sports are the order of the day and Nungwi offers fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and a variety of ocean safari options. Whatever it is you chose to do today, you will have ample opportunity to create some island memories. Rent a scooter and explore the many attractions on offer or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 
Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion 
Optional Activity: Fishing, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Turtle Sanctuary Visit, Village Tours, Jozani Forest and more 

Day 34 – Zanzibar Excursion 

Our visit to Nungwi comes to an end today as we travel to Stone Town this afternoon. Boasting a rich history this bustling port was once a landmark on both the  Slave and Spice trade routes. We overnight here before returning to Dar es Salaam in the morning.  

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 
Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion 

Day 35 – Dar es Salaam – Bagamoyo 

This morning we have some time to explore the sights of Stone Town, the rich history and vibrant markets are some of the highlights of any visit to Zanzibar. We bid farewell to the island and board our return ferry, on arrival back at the Dar es Salaam port, we reunite with our truck and return to Bagamoyo where we spend the night.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 36 – Arusha 

Heading north this morning we travel across the northern reaches of Tanzania, our destination tonight is the bustling town of Arusha. Northern Tanzania is home to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro. Those who have purchased the optional Serengeti Excursion upgrade package. You will be briefed this evening by our local guide on what to prepare for the coming days  

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 37 – Karatu 

Although it is short distance to Karatu, we will spend most of the day commuting closer to the Ngorongoro Crater.  Upon arrival in Karatu, our guide will brief us on the full day excursion into the crater.  Karatu is conveniently situated to allow you the opportunity to participate in various optional activities in the coming days. 

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 Day 38 – Ngorongoro Crater Excursion 

We rise early and will be collected from our camp and transferred to the Ngorongoro Crater.  We will spend the bulk of our day exploring the Crater floor in search of the animals which roam the plains.  We will arrive back in Karatu in the afternoon.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 39 – Karatu 

Today is free for you to relax at camp or participate in a number of optional activities available from the accommodation establishment.  Some of the optional activities include village walking visits or a visit to Lake Manyara National Park.  These activities need to be booked directly with the accommodation provide upon arrival in Karatu  

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 40 – Arusha 

Returning to Arusha, tonight we will reunite with our fellow travellers who opted for the Serengeti upgrade and we share out experiences of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.   

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 41 – Kenya – Nairobi 

We cross the border into Kenya this morning and make our way to Nairobi where we will enjoy an optional dinner out.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast 

 Day 42 – Masai Mara National Reserve 

We leave the capital of Nairobi and travel to the Masai Mara, world renowned for its endless plains of wild animals and spectacular beauty.  The visit to the Masai Mara is operated in safari type vehicles. For this reason, you are asked to pack a small overnight bag to travel with. You will need your towel, clothes, toiletries and camping essentials. 

 Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion 

Day 43 – Masai Mara National Reserve 

The rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara offer ideal game viewing and photographic opportunities. Some of the animals that could be found here include elephant, black rhino, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, wildebeest, zebra and gazelle. Hippo and crocodile abound in the muddy brown waters of the rivers, which traverse this reserve. Today we will spend the entire day game driving through the Mara in search of all the animals. 

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion 

Day 44 – Lake Nakuru National Park 

This morning we bid the Mara farewell before heading to Lake Nakuru National Park, where we are reunited with our truck and we will enjoy an afternoon game drive through the park. Lake Nakuru is home to large flocks of flamingos and pelicans as well as black & white rhino, leopard, lion and numerous buck. Originally created as a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru was upgraded to National Park status in 1968. 

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion

Day 45 – Jinja 

This morning we not only cross the border into Uganda, but shortly after setting out this morning we cross the Equator on our way to Jinja. Jinja is Uganda’s second largest city and most famous as the point where the Nile (officially the Victoria Nile) flows out of Lake Victoria and begins the 6695 kilometre journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean.  

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 46 – Masindi – Murchison Falls National Park 

After a quick stop in the city of Kampala, we head in the direction of The Murchison Falls National Park.   Also referred to as the Kabaraga Falls, Murchison Falls is a waterfall found on the course of the great Nile and is located within the Murchison National Park. The park is recognized as one of the best National Parks in Uganda. After settling into our accommodation in Masindi, your guide will brief you on the activities for the following day.  

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 47 – Masindi – Budongo Central Forest Reserve 

Budongo Forest is the biggest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa and is home to the largest number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda. It is believed that there are between 600 – 700 chimpanzees in Budongo and this morning we will meet up with our chimp guide who will take us on our trek through the forest in search of the chimps.  We will also enjoy a boat cruise in the park. Note: As the Chimp trekking is limited  

to 12 guests per trek, should there be more than 12 guests on a tour the trekking will be split between the morning and the afternoon. Therefore you may find that you will first do the game drive activity followed by the Chimp trekking or vice versa. Please allow for flexibility. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Activity Package: Chimp trekking (half day) 

Day 48 – Kampala 

While we spend the night in the bustling capital city of Kampala, this morning we have the opportunity to visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. These majestic animals are in a literal fight for their survival. Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU) was formed as a Non-Government Organization (NGO) in 1997 and is tasked with overseeing its aim of reintroducing Rhinoceros, a highly endangered species across the globe, back into the National Parks of Uganda through a breeding and release program. Out of this emerged the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, 7000 hectares of imminently suitable savannah and native woodlands 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch 
Activity Package: Ziwa Rhino walk 
Optional Activity: Murchison Falls Game Drive 

Day 49 – Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi) 

Crossing the Equator once more we travel south to the beautiful scenery of Lake Bunyonyi. With eager anticipation we prepare for the upcoming Gorilla trekking excursion and tonight we will receive a briefing on what to expect.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

 Day 50 – Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi) 

The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and while exact numbers vary it is widely assumed that there are only around 650 left. Visiting the gorillas is a great way to support their future on earth as the money spent on permits is used for their protection. An extremely important part of the future conservation of the remaining gorillas rests in the community development work – as local communities change their attitudes towards wildlife and start to protect rather than poach, the future of the mountain gorilla is assured. 

 
As permits granting permission to visit the gorillas are extremely limited we require flexibility in both the tour itinerary and where we actually visit them. The home of the mountain gorillas is completely at odds with man-made borders and so their range encompasses Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Whenever possible we choose to make use of the National Park in Uganda, but this depends on the availability of permits. Should we not obtain permits to visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda then we will inform all passengers beforehand that the tour will travel to Rwanda or DRC. 

On your free day in Bunyonyi you will have the opportunity to participate in certain optional activities. You can also go hiking or explore the area on a mountain bike. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 
Optional Activity: Gorilla Trekking OR 

Day 51 – Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi) 

Although there are 2 days allocated to Gorilla Trekking you will only spend one day on the trek. The other days are there to provide a large enough window in which to obtain permits and to allow the entire group to trek if there are more than 6 of you on the tour.  Today we will enjoy a visit to the Nyombi Village, a Pygmy village which is reached by motor boat from Bunyonyi Resort.  We will have the opportunity to learn about the culture of the Pygmies and how they live. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Optional Activity: Gorilla Trekking OR 

Day 52 – Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala 

This morning we set off on our return journey to Kampala and make a third crossing of the Equator along our way. Tonight your guide will brief you on the activities available in Jinja so that you can plan your day tomorrow. We overnight in Kampala. 

 Meals Included: Breakfast 

 Day 53 – Jinja 

A short distance from Kampala, Jinja offers many exciting activities and your guide will assist you to plan for this day. Most activities are focussed around the waters of the Nile and these include rafting, kayaking and a variety of cruises on Africa’s largest river.  While those who may be less inclined to water sports can enjoy horse riding or a quadbike adventure on dry land.  

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner  
Optional Activity: Quad biking, kayaking, rafting 

Day 54 – Kenya – Eldoret 

Returning to Kenya we visit Eldoret, the country’s 5th largest city. The Great Rift Valley is still the dominant geographical feature of this region and the altitude at Eldoret is 2100 metres above sea level.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 55 – Nairobi 

Returning to Nairobi this afternoon we reflect on many memories that we have gathered together and brace ourselves for a return to the busy streets of Nairobi. Your tour ends upon arrival in Nairobi. 

 Meals Included: Breakfast

Activity Package

Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an “Optional Activity Package”.  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be “essential activities” on our tours.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don’t book the package, the activities won’t be included.  We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

•    Rooibos tea farm visit
•    Guided desert walk with local expert
•    Makgadikgardi Pans excursion
•    Chobe National Park boat cruise
•    Chobe National Park game drive
•    South Luangwa NP afternoon game drive
•    Mikumi NP game drive
•    3-Day Zanzibar excursion
•    Kenyan Park Highlights excursion
•    Chimp trekking Murchison Falls
•    Ziwa Rhino walk

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