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East Africa and Gorillas Overland Tour

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  • Vacation Style Overland Tour
      Camping Trek
    • Activity Level Leisurely
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    • Group Size Large Group
      20 Pax
    All about the East Africa and Gorillas Overland Tour.

    Crew: 2 Crew
    Max Passengers: 20 Passengers Max
    Vehicle Adventure: Truck
    Duration:35 Days 34 Nights
    From / To: Victoria Falls to Nairobi
    Meals: 33 Breakfast 30 Lunch 30 Dinner
    Countries: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    Activity Package
    Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an "Activity Package". On this particular tour, it is compulsory that this package is purchased as it includes essential activities that can not be excluded from the itinerary. The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind when booking your tour.
    •Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
    •Mikumi National Park game drive
    •3-Day Zanzibar excursion
    •Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion
    •Chimp Trekking Murchison Falls
    •Ziwa Rhino walk
    •Pygmy village visit (including motor boat transfer)

    1. Day 1 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. ROUTE Victoria Falls to Lusaka INCLUDED ACTIVITIES View of Victoria Falls from the Bridge

    2. Day 2 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, today’s landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries so many of us call home. ROUTE Lusaka to Petauke

    3. Day 3 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. ROUTE Petauke to South Luangwa National Park INCLUDED ACTIVITIES Textile project visit

    4. Day 4 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, we split our time between day and night with a sundowner stop in between. 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. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa Safari Walk (seasonal) ACTIVITY PACKAGE Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park

    5. Day 5 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 other lake. We spend the night on the shores of this natural wonder. ROUTE South Luangwa National Park to Lake Malawi

    6. Day 6 Northern Lake Malawi

      Taking our time this morning we enjoy the charms of sunrise on the Lake, we head out this afternoon and come to rest on the northern reaches of the lake shore. Here we spend a few days indulging in the many attractions that underlie the charm of the Lake and its people. Our base for the next three nights offers a range of opportunities to satisfy every wish. ROUTE Southern Lake Malawi to Northern Lake Malawi

    7. Day 7 Lake Malawi

      Amongst the myriad of optional activities to fill your days, we will pay a visit to a local community this morning to meet the people of the lake. Hikers will find a selection of trips, including a rather strenuous outing to the mission village of Livingstonia, set high above the lake. 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. 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. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Community Volunteering Livingstonia day trip (hike) Snorkelling Lake Malawi INCLUDED ACTIVITIES Local Village Visit

    8. Day 8 Lake Malawi

      This morning we set aside some time for a visit to Karonga, this interesting town has a turbulent history as a centre Malawi’s slave trade. Home to a museum that boasts a dinosaur amongst its displays, we learn more of the rich history of both people and the natural world. We return for a final afternoon of relaxation and a final sundowner on the shores of this great lake. INCLUDED ACTIVITIES Museum Visit Karonga Town OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Community Volunteering Livingstonia day trip (hike) Snorkelling Lake Malawi

    9. Day 9 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. ROUTE Northern Lake Malawi to Iringa

    10. Day 10 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. ROUTE Iringa to Mikumi ACTIVITY PACKAGE Mikumi National Park game drive

    11. Day 11 Dar es Salaam

      Today we continue onwards to the bustling port of Dar es Salaam, tonight we have an opportunity to dinner out on the town as we prepare for our upcoming excursion to Zanzibar. Dar es Salaam grew from a humble fishing village and today is one of the largest cities in Africa. ROUTE Mikumi to Dar es Salaam OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Dinner

    12. Day 12 Zanzibar Excursion

      Boarding the ferry to Zanzibar this morning we 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. ROUTE Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by ferry - transfer to Nungwi OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Snorkelling Sunset Sailing Trips INCLUDED ACTIVITIES Spice Tour and City Tour ACTIVITY PACKAGE 3-Day Zanzibar excursion

    13. Day 13 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. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Jozani Forest Village Tour Turtle Sanctuary Visit Scuba Diving Fishing Snorkelling

    14. Day 14 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. ROUTE Nungwi Beach to Stone Town

    15. Day 15 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 this afternoon and board our return ferry, on arrival in Dar es Salaam make the short journey north to Bagamoyo where we make our stop for the night. ROUTE Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by ferry; Dar es Salaam to Bagamoyo PLACES Stone Town

    16. Day 16 Arusha

      Heading north this morning we travel across the northern reaches of Tanzania, our destination tonight is the bustling town of Arusha which is our launching point for the Serengeti. Northern Tanzania is home to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro. This evening we will briefed on the excursion to Serengeti by our local guide as we prepare for the coming days. ROUTE Bagamoyo to Arusha

    17. Day 17 Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

      The following days are set aside for the 3-night optional camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This area has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4×4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks. We leave our accommodation in the morning and drive to the Serengeti. On arrival we will start with our first game drive. ROUTE Arusha to Serengeti National Park PLACES Serengeti National Park OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 4-Day Serengeti camping excursion

    18. Day 18 Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

      We spend the entire day game driving through the Serengeti. Our route is depending on the movement of the game and sightings.

    19. Day 19 Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

      Today we explore more of the Serengeti and make our way to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. We drive down to the bottom of the Crater, where we try and see as many animals as possible. ROUTE Serengeti to Ngorongoro PLACES Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

    20. Day 20 Arusha

      Returning to Arusha tonight we share out experiences of the Serengeti and prepare for the trip to Nairobi tomorrow. ROUTE Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha

    21. Day 21 Kenya – Nairobi

      We cross the border into Kenya this morning and make our way to Nairobi. ROUTE Arusha to Nairobi OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Dinner

    22. Day 22 Nairobi - 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 and not the Nomad truck. 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. ROUTE Nairobi to Masai Mara ACTIVITY PACKAGE Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion

    23. Day 23 Masai Mara National Reserve

      The rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara offer ideal game viewing and photographic opportunities. Some of the other 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. HIGHLIGHTS Masai Mara National Reserve

    24. Day 24 Lake Nakuru National Park

      This morning we bid the Mara farewell before heading to Lake Nakuru National Park, here 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. ROUTE Masai Mara Reserve to Lake Nakuru National Park PLACES Lake Nakuru National Park

    25. Day 25 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. ROUTE Lake Nakuru to Jinja INCLUDED ACTIVITIES Crossing of the Equator

    26. Day 26 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 are 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. ROUTE Jinja to Masindi

    27. Day 27 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 game drive through the park in search of the great diversity of wild animals. 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. ACTIVITY PACKAGE Chimp Trekking Murchison Falls INCLUDED ACTIVITIES Visit to Murchison Falls lookout Game drive (half day)

    28. Day 28 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. ROUTE Masindi to Kampala ACTIVITY PACKAGE Ziwa Rhino walk OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Dinner

    29. Day 29 Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

      eager anticipation we prepare for the upcoming Gorilla trekking excursion and tonight we will receive a briefing on what to expect. ROUTE Kampala to Bunyonyi

    30. Day 30 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. ROUTE Lake Bunyonyi National Park to starting point of the gorilla trek (in safari or smaller vehicles) OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Gorilla Trekking HIGHLIGHTS Mountain Gorilla

    31. Day 31 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. ACTIVITY PACKAGE Pygmy village visit (including motor boat transfer)

    32. Day 32 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 and enjoy an optional dinner out. ROUTE Lake Bunyonyi National Park to Kampala OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Dinner

    33. Day 33 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. ROUTE Kampala to Jinja

    34. Day 34 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. ROUTE Jinja to Eldoret

    35. Day 35 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. ROUTE Eldoret to Nairobi OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Dinner

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