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Gorillas to Okavango Delta Overland Tour – South

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    All about the Gorillas to Okavango Delta Overland Tour – South.

    Magnificent mountain gorillas, sprawling wildlife on safari in the Masai Mara National Park and Serengeti, tropical Zanzibar beaches, Victoria Falls, the Chobe River and the Okavango Delta, the deluxe African adventure!
    Crew: 03 Crew
    Max Passengers: 20 Passengers Max
    Vehicle: Adventure Truck / Safari Vehicle
    Duration: 47 Days 46 Nights
    From / To: Nairobi to Johannesburg
    Meals: 41 Breakfast 38 Lunch 37 Dinner
    Countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa

    1. Day 1 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

    2. Day 2 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

    3. Day 3 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

    4. Day 4 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

    5. Day 5 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.

    6. Day 6 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).

    7. Day 7 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.

    8. Day 8 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. ROUTE Kampala to Bunyonyi.

    9. Day 9 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.

    10. Day 10 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)

    11. Day 11 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

    12. Day 12 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 focused 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.

    13. Day 13 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

    14. Day 14 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

    15. Day 15 Nairobi

      Over the next 3 days you will have time to explore Nairobi and its surrounding areas. All the options we have listed can be booked via your agent or through Nomad directly. Nairobi National Park is located just 10km from the Nairobi City Centre and offers lions, leopards, zebra, rhinos and wildebeest. A visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an orphanage for baby elephants is also one of the more popular activities while in the National ROUTE Eldoret to Nairobi OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi National Park Dinner

    16. Day 16 Nairobi

      A wonderful way to spend the morning would be to participate in a tour to Kazuri Beads, who make beautiful handmade ceramic beads and other crafts. Through their bead creations, Kazuri Beads offers employment to people from disadvantaged communities around Nairobi ROUTE Eldoret to Nairobi OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Dinner

    17. Day 17 Nairobi

      With so many day trips in and around Nairobi to choose from, another popular half day trip would be to the Giraffe Centre, a real highlight for many people’s stay in Kenya. You will get the chance to come face to face with giraffes, feed them and stroke them. ROUTE Eldoret to Nairobi OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Giraffe Centre Dinner.

    18. Day 18 Arusha

      Leaving behind the bustle of Nairobi we travel south to the Tanzanian border, after completing border formalities we continue to Arusha which provides the base for our optional Serengeti Excursion. This evening we will be briefed by our local operator on the Serengeti Excursion and we will have the opportunity to pack for the coming days. A smaller daypack or bag will be required for the Serengeti Excursion as it is operated on smaller vehicles and luggage space is limited. The Serengeti Excursion is offered only as a camping excursion and sleeping bags are available for hire. ROUTE Nairobi to Arusha.

    19. Day 19 Serengeti and 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

    20. Day 20 Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

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

    21. Day 21 Serengeti and 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 National Park to Ngorongoro Crater PLACES Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

    22. Day 22 Arusha

      We return from the Serengeti and re-united with our truck and crew in Arusha. A welcome shower awaits us on our return and tonight we share a meal in camp as we prepare for tomorrow’s travel. ROUTE Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha

    23. Day 23 Bagamoyo

      We head out early this morning as we journey south to our overnight stop in the coastal town of Bagamoyo. Formerly a centre point of the East African slave trade, Bagamoyo lies just north of the port of Dar es Salaam and is a perfect launching point for our upcoming Zanzibar Excursion. While today is primarily a travel day, we experience the hustle and bustle of one of Africa’s major travel routes. Road travel in Africa is an experience in itself and the bustling markets, villages and scenic backdrops that line the routes give a window into the lifestyle of rural Africa. This evening we will prepare for our Zanzibar Excursion that begins tomorrow morning. ROUTE Arusha to Bagamoyo

    24. Day 24 Nungwi (Zanzibar)

      We complete the short journey into Dar es Salaam this morning and board our ferry for the two hour trip to Zanzibar. After arriving at the ferry port we board make our way to Nungwi on the northern shores of the island, we take the opportunity to visit the spice farms of Kidichi and Kizambani on our way this afternoon. Zanzibar is renowned for its spices and fragrances and we have the chance to experience this first-hand today. There are a number of excursions that can be arranged for the coming days in Nungwi and your guide will be on hand to assist. ROUTE Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam; Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by ferry; Stone Town to Nungwi Beach INCLUDED ACTIVITIES Spice Tour and City Tour ACTIVITY PACKAGE 3-Day Zanzibar excursion

    25. Day 25 Nungwi

      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.

    26. Day 26 Stone Town

      Our visit to Nungwi comes to an end today as we travel back to Zanzibar Town in the afternoon. Boasting a rich history this bustling port was once a landmark on both the Slave and Spice trade routes, we spend our final night on the island on the beaches south of the port city. ROUTE Nungwi Beach to Stone Town PLACES Stone Town

    27. Day 27 Dar es Salaam

      This morning we have an opportunity to explore the historic area of Stone Town before catching an afternoon ferry back to Dar es Salaam. Stone Town represents the historic centre of Zanzibar Town and is a must see for those with an interest in history, culture and the unique architecture of the historic port. Tonight we enjoy an optional dinner out in Dar es Salaam. ROUTE Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by Ferry OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Dinner

    28. Day 28 Mikumi

      Leaving the coast behind us we travel inland and make our way to Mikumi where we stop for the night. Mikumi National Park ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania and forms part of a 75 000 square kilometre wilderness that centres on Selous, Africa’s largest game reserve. ROUTE Dar es Salaam to Mikumi

    29. Day 29 Iringa

      We rise early this morning and enjoy an extensive game drive in the Mikumi National Park. This afternoon we continue to the southern highlands of Tanzania and our final stop in Tanzania. ROUTE Mikumi to Iringa ACTIVITY PACKAGE Mikumi National Park game drive

    30. Day 30 Lake Malawi

      Leaving Tanzania behind, we descend the Great Rift Valley and cross the border into Malawi. Known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” the lakeside country is blessed with natural beauty and our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi where we look forward to spending the next few days enjoying the attractions of the northern regions of the lake. ROUTE Iringa to Chilumba

    31. Day 31 Lake Malawi

      Today offers a range of optional activities or simply a day at the beach, 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 Snorkelling Lake Malawi INCLUDED ACTIVITIES Local Village Visit

    32. Day 32 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

    33. Day 33 Lake Malawi

      This morning we make the short journey south to the Nkothakota region of the Lake Shore, here we spend a final evening on the shores of the lake. ROUTE Chilumba to Nkhotakota Region

    34. Day 34 South Luangwa National Park

      This morning we enjoy a final sunrise on the shores of Lake Malawi before setting off for Zambia and the South Luangwa National Park. After crossing the border into Zambia we make a short stop in Chipata before continuing to our camp on the banks of the Luangwa River. Having watched the sun rise over we Lake Malawi in the morning we enjoy an equally spectacular sunset over the Luangwa River this evening. ROUTE Nkhotakota Region to South Luangwa National Park

    35. Day 35 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

    36. Day 36 Petauke

      Leaving the Luangwa Valley this morning we make a stop at Tribal Textiles. The Chipata area is a major producer of Cotton and this morning we get a taste of the creativity of the African culture. Those interested can enjoy a tour of their workshops (March to December) to see how these colourful fabrics are crafted. Our destination tonight is the small town of Petauke. ROUTE South Luangwa to Petauke INCLUDED ACTIVITIES Textile project visit

    37. Day 37 Lusaka

      As an important link between Lusaka and neighbouring Malawi, the Great East Road winds through rural Zambia and we will cross the Luangwa River on our way to Lusaka. The route today is 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 Petauke to Lusaka

    38. Day 38 Victoria Falls

      Crossing the Southern reaches of Zambia we make our way to the adventure town of Victoria Falls, this afternoon we get our first look at the mighty Victoria Falls. Crossing the bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe we get a view of “Musi oa Tunya”, the Smoke that Thunders as the falls are known in the local language. Victoria Falls offers a host of optional activities and these can be booked on arrival in Victoria Falls. ROUTE Lusaka to Victoria Falls.

    39. Day 39 Victoria Falls

      Today we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, 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 to explore and a delicious high tea is on offer at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Tonight we enjoy an optional dinner out, your guide will assist you to decide on the many options available. ACTIVITY PACKAGE Victoria Falls National Park Entry Fee OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Dinner at Victoria Falls Boma Dinner Experience Sunset Cruise Gorge Swing Helicopter Flights Bungee Jump

    40. Day 40 Victoria Falls to Kasane

      After breakfast we travel the short distance to the Botswana border, crossing into Botswana we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. Lunch will be served from the truck and the afternoon is set aside for exploring the Chobe National Park. For those who have purchased the Activity Package we begin our exploration in 4×4 vehicles, which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many Elephants that frequent the Chobe riverfront in the afternoons. The afternoon ends with a leisurely Boat Cruise and a meal served around the campfire. ROUTE Victoria Falls to Kasane ACTIVITY PACKAGE Chobe National Park game drive Chobe National Park boat cruise

    41. Day 41 Kasane to Caprivi Region

      Today we cross into Namibia as we journey across the Caprivi Strip, much of our day is spent travelling through Game Parks and there is always the possibility of a lucky sighting. Our base tonight is on the banks of the Okavango River, here we will prepare for the upcoming Delta excursions. Your guide will brief you on what you need to pack for the Delta excursions, please note that baggage restrictions apply for transfers to our camps so a small daypack or similar is advisable. ROUTE Kasane to Rainbow River Lodge

    42. Day 42 Caprivi Region to Okavango Delta

      Returning to Botswana this morning we make our way into the Okavango Delta, one of Africa’s great wilderness areas. This unique and unusual ecosystem sees the annual flood waters of the Okavango River fan out into the sands of the Kalahari Basin. The seasonality of the flood waters lends the Delta its ever changing character. While water levels may fluctuate the tranquillity of this wilderness area remains constant. ROUTE Rainbow River Lodge to Okavango Delta ACTIVITY PACKAGE Okavango Delta excursion

    43. Day 43 Okavango Delta

      A full day is set aside to enjoy the activities on offer in the Delta, while the programme of activities is flexible to accommodate the seasonal changes in water levels, you will have the opportunity to enjoy amongst other activities traditional Mokoro rides and natures walks. The Okavango Delta is not only a natural wonder, but represents one of the last great wilderness areas in the world today.

    44. Day 44 Okavango Delta to Maun

      Leaving the Delta behind us this morning we make our way to our overnight stop in the bustling town of Maun. Reunited with our truck we enjoy an evening together at the campfire reflecting on our Delta experiences. ROUTE Okavango Delta to Maun

    45. Day 45 Maun to Central Kalahari

      This morning we travel to the Ghanzi district in the central Kalahari. The Kalahari Desert is home to the San people and our stay here will present us with the opportunity to learn more about these fascinating people. Tonight we get a first-hand experience of the San culture, well known for its rich traditions of song, dance and story-telling. ROUTE Maun to Ghanzi INCLUDED ACTIVITIES San Evening Dance Performance.

    46. Day 46 Central Kalahari to Kang

      We begin the day with a guided walk with our San guides who will introduce us to the many secrets of their survival in the Kalahari Desert. The nomadic San are hunter-gatherers that have passed down a rich knowledge of the plants and animals that play such an important part in their lifestyle. We carry some of this knowledge with us this afternoon as we travel south on the Trans-Kalahari highway to our overnight stop in the small town of Kang, the gateway to the Kalahari ROUTE Ghanzi to Kang ACTIVITY PACKAGE Bush walk with San guides

    47. Day 47 Kang to Johannesburg

      A long day awaits us as we continue our journey south to Johannesburg and South Africa. Leaving the Kalahari behind we cross the North-West Province, arriving at Belvedere Estate in the late afternoon. All travellers are invited to join us tonight for an optional traditional Braai, this can be booked with your guide on the day before arrival. Many great tales are shared around the braai fires and tonight presents an opportunity to join fellow travellers in celebrating the many wonders of African travel. ROUTE Kang to Johannesburg OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Farewell Braai at Belvedere Estate 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 cannot 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. • Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion • Chimp Trekking Murchison Falls • Ziwa Rhino walk • Pygmy village visit (including motor boat transfer) • 3-Day Zanzibar excursion • Mikumi National Park game drive • Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park • Victoria Falls National Park Entry Fee • Chobe National Park game drive • Chobe National Park boat cruise • Okavango Delta excursion • Okavango Delta excursion • Bush walk with San guides

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