Lake Malawi, Malawi
Lake Malawi, Malawi
Lake Malawi, Malawi
Lake Malawi, Malawi
Lake Malawi, Malawi
Lake Malawi, Malawi
Lake Malawi, Malawi
Lake Malawi, Malawi
Lake Malawi, Malawi
Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg
This tour takes you from Nairobi to Johannesburg in 46 days. Grab the Tour Dossier PDF .
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From the mountain gorillas to the exotic Island of Zanzibar to the majestic Victoria Falls, there's something for everyone on this tour!
All meals and accommodation on Zanzibar Island are for your own expense.
Your arrival airport transfer and pre-trip accommodation in a dorm bed is included in your trip price. Please advise flight details to book transfers - flight number, route, date and time.
A day-by-day breakdown of what to expect and where you'll be staying.
Day 1, Nairobi to Masai Mara
We depart from the bustling city of Nairobi and leave for our first viewpoint where we stop to overlook the Great African Rift Valley. We then descend into the valley and enter Masai land. The Masai, habitual pastoralists are seen quite regularly on the side of the road as they tend their cattle. We arrive at our campsite in the early evening in time to enjoy sunset over the plains of the Masai Mara.
Day 2, Masai Mara
We will look for the infamous Big 5 as well as the plentiful plains game and birdlife on our game drives. You will see this 'garden of Eden' in a state nature intended it to be, rolling hills, huge plains, and an abundance of game matched no where else on earth. Buffalo, elephant, lion, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest, waterbuck just to name a few of the animals that inhabit this wild wonderland. Sitting around a campfire listening to the bush sounds, whilst watching the sun set is the perfect way to finish a day's game viewing in the Mara.
Day 3, Masai Mara to Kisumu
Leaving early in the morning and passing stunning tea plantations, we descend the glorious Rift Valley Plateau on our way toward Lake Victoria. We restock our supplies and overnight here.
Day 4, Kisumu to Kampala
After an early start we cross the border into Uganda and travel via the lakeside town of Jinja (the Source of the Nile) before reaching Kampala, Uganda's capital, for an overnight stay. Uganda is a small country with beautiful scenery and friendly people. Don't forget to wave at the kids when they come running out of their houses to check you out!
Day 5, Kampala to Kisoro
After passing through some beautiful countryside we arrive at Kisoro - our base for the Gorilla trekking adventure - in time to get organised for tomorrow.
Day 6, Kisoro
From our base in Kisoro and depending on permit availability and the location of the Gorillas, we have the option of joining a Gorilla trek in either Magahinga or Bwindi National Parks in Uganda, the Virunga in the DRC, or the Ruhengeri, Rwanda. An unforgettable experience! 100% of the gorilla permit cost is used to by the parks authorities to protect and promote these amazing creatures.
Day 7, Kisoro to Lake Bunyoni
After our gorilla trek it's now time for some downtime. We head for Lake Bunyoni, the deepest crater lake in Africa. We can camp on the shores and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this pretty lake. If you're lucky you'll spot some of the elusive otters or just enjoy the variety of birdlife present.
Day 8, Lake Bunyoni
A day of leisure today. Visit the local village, hike, canoe, swim, catch up on writing your postcards... or relax, and sit back and enjoy the beautiful lake and its creatures. We have the whole day to enjoy the beauty of Lake Bunyoni and its surrounds.
Day 9, Lake Bunyoni to Kampala
We return to Kampala after enjoying the peaceful surrounds of Lake Bunyoni. We cross the equator for the second time and there will be ample opportunity for photos at the Equator crossing. If you want to try out Kampala's night life then tonight is your chance!
Day 10, Kampala to Jinja
A short drive brings us to Jinja, at the Source of the River Nile. We have the option to either white water raft the Nile or visit Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
Day 11, Jinja to Lake Nakuru National Park
We leave Uganda behind and head in Kenya today where we overnight in Nakuru, capital of the Rift Valley Province, in preparation of our journey into Lake Nakuru National Park.
Day 12, Lake Nakuru National Park
After restocking our supplies in town we explore the Lake Nakuru National Park - a soda lake that is famous for the huge volumes of lesser and greater flamingos that flock here. A truly spectacular sight! We also keep an eye out for Black and White Rhino, Leopard, Buffalo, Giraffe, antelope and the occasional Hippo before spending the night at a bush camp within the Park.
Day 13, Lake Nakuru National Park to Lake Naivasha
Moving east again we head to Lake Naivasha, home to the magnificent African Fish Eagle. At 1880 m this is the highest Rift Valley lake and time permitting we can spend the afternoon enjoying optional excursions close by. We spend our last night in a lovely campsite on the lakes edge.
Day 14, Lake Naivasha to Nairobi
We head back to our Kenyan starting point of Nairobi in preparation to continue our trip further south to the coast!
Day 15, Nairobi to Arusha
After a short but somewhat bumpy trip we cross the border at Namanga, enter Tanzania and continue to Arusha in the heart of Masai lands. This pleasant town is situated at the base of Mount Meru and is the starting point for your optional excursion to Ngorongoro Crater and/or Serengeti National Park.
Day 16, Arusha to Serengeti National Park
From Arusha you have the option of visiting the famous Serengeti National Park. You will depart Arusha in the morning with your vehicles and guides, if you take up the two-night/three day option. From Arusha you drive through the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito River) and up into the Ngorongoro Nature Reserve for a glimpse of the Ngorongoro Crater. Then you descend down onto the vast plains of the Serengeti. The abundance of plains game has never stopped to suprise anyone entering this wildlife heaven. The afternoon will be spent game spotting before setting up camp in the midst of the park. A camp fire and the night time noises of the wildlife finish off a day in one of East Africa's most famous game parks!
Day 17, Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
An absolute 'must do' when in Tanzania. Pass through the 'Cradle of Mankind' and the Rift Valley whilst enjoying one of the best game viewing opportunities Africa has to offer. An early start takes us off for a full morning game drive in the Serengeti. We head back towards Ngorongoro where we sleep on the Crater's edge. We suggest you wear your winter woollies as it can get pretty cold on the rim of the crater during night times.
Day 18, Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Arusha
This morning we descend into the Ngorongoro Crater with its 600 metre walls. This Garden of Eden is 20-kilometre wide and a true natural wonder. The size of this caldera is only appreciated from the floor itself where the abundance of its animal inhabitants becomes apparent. It is home to nearly every species of African animal and offers great photo opportunities of most of East Africa's mammals, such as Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Hippo, Lion, and plain's game. After spending the morning in the Ngorongoro Crater you will return to our overnight stop near Arusha for the night.
Day 19, Arusha to Pangani
Leaving Arusha we head towards the warm Indian Ocean. Travelling through the town of Moshi we cross the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. If we're lucky the day is clear and you might be able to view the snowy summit & another great photo opportunity. Continuing south we pass the Usambara Mountains on our left and after driving past vast sisal plantations we are on our way to Dar es Salaam.
Day 20, Pangani to Dar Es Salaam
Leaving Pangani early we head for exotic Dar Es Salaam. A long day's drive through beautiful lush scenery and palm trees sees us arriving late in Dar. We sent up camp for the night at a beach hotel/campsite which is situated to the north of the city. There is time to prepare for your departure to Zanzibar tomorrow.
Day 21, Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar Island
We have the option to spend the following nights on the famous 'Spice Island'. The long and rich history of Zanzibar is reflected in the varied architecture, markets and cultures of Stone Town, while further north you can relax on the white sand beaches or scuba dive in the clear warm water.
Day 22 to 23, Zanzibar Island
Zanzibar offers a wealth of experiences for the visitor. The quiet streets of the old Stone Town still retain their Arabic influence. With pretty Medina-like shops, the palaces of the Sultans, its spices, tours around a spice plantation - there is something for everyone on this island. You can even hire a motorbike and explore the more remote areas of Zanzibar.
Day 24, Zanzibar Island to Dar Es Salaam
We take the ferry back to mainland for another night in Dar es Salaam. Time permitting there may be an opportunity to visit one of the local craft markets offering a large range of exquisite products (where prices depend on your bargaining skills).
Day 25, Dar Es Salaam to Iringa
Today we head deeper into Tanzania. Passing through Mikumi National Park we might be lucky and view a fair amount of wildlife from our truck. We spend the night at the Old Farmhouse, a beautiful rustic spot in rural Tanzania. Try one of their famous Amarula hot chocolates!
Day 26, Iringa to Lake Malawi
The following morning we head for Malawi passing through some gorgeous rolling hills, and beautiful tea and rubber plantations before exiting Tanzania.
Day 27, Lake Malawi
The huge Lake Malawi stretches as far as you can see as you drive along the western coastline. Other than the beautiful views, spend some time taking up some of the many water based activities on offer or trip into a local village to meet some real 'salt of the earth' Malawians.
Day 28, Lake Malawi
Today you can spend some time taking up some of the many water based activities on offer, trip into a local village or relax on the beach and read your book.
Day 29, Lake Malawi
Other than water activities, scuba diving, visits to local villages or relaxing on the beach there is also time for some shopping! Locally made crafts are often beautifully turned out and reasonably priced. Don't forget to check your home country's rules regarding importing these products before you buy. Bartering with the locals is expected!
Day 30, Lake Malawi to Chipata
After an early start we cross the border into Zambia, a large green country with pretty lush scenery. Our first night in Zambia is spent at a beautiful little campsite just over the border.
Day 31, Chipata to South Luangwa National Park
This breath-taking park is situated on the Luangwa River in the Eastern part of Zambia, animals such as Giraffe, buffalo and Elephants can be found in abundance.
Day 32, South Luangwa National Park to
Today we depart this amazing National Park and make our way down south. As we drive, we pass through a few of the villages and towns of Zambia along the way. Prosperous during the copper boom in the 60’s, Zambia was able to build infrastructure at the main mining and farming communities. After the fall of the copper industry, the country was left virtually bankrupt and existing infrastructure was
left to fall to ruin.
Day 33, to Livingstone
Heading off early this morning to Livingstone. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World - Victoria Falls - is a sight to behold and it's not difficult to see why. An option for tonight is a sunset dinner cruise on the mighty Zambezi while watching the sun go down and the wildlife come out to drink - stunning!
Day 34, Livingstone to Chobe National Park
We cross the border into Botswana and head to Kasane from where we will join the Chobe mobile team for our night in the African bush.
Day 35, Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls
After a hearty brunch we make our way into Zimbabwe and to Victoria Falls. About 1 700 m wide and 100 m high, Victoria Falls is a memorable sight! Take part in one of the many adventure activities or relax by the pool. Entry fee for the Victoria Waterfalls is included in the tour.
Day 36, Victoria Falls
Today you will have a chance to do a few of the optional activities on offer in this adventure paradise. The Falls can be seen from many viewing points in the Victoria Falls Park or from the Zambian side. You will have many photo opportunities. Bungee jumping enthusiasts can take the plunge from the Zambezi Bridge, which connects Zambia and Zimbabwe and the White water rafting is considered world class. Also, flights over the Vic Falls and the islands are available.
Day 37, Victoria Falls
Spend today walking around this little town with its BIG waterfall, rest by the pool, write your postcards, shop or chill out at a little cafe. If that sounds too relaxing then finish off the adventure activities you haven't tried yet!
Day 38, Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park
This morning we depart Victoria Falls and after a short drive cross the border of Zimbabwe into Botswana. We set up camp for the night at the banks of the Chobe River and prepare for our first night under Botswana's star-filled skies. Chobe is renowned for the large herds of elephant around the Chobe River so bring plenty of spare film!
Day 39, Chobe National Park to Nata via (Nata)
We leave this beautiful part of Botswana behind us this morning. The drive will take you through a very unpopulated landscape where the donkeys roam freely. Once we have arrived at our campsite you will have the option of partaking in a game drive or a bushwalk. Y
Day 40, Nata to Maun
Maun is the starting point for travel into the Delta and it is from here that we set off to explore the Okavango Delta. Tonight, we prepare our provisions and packs for our overnight excursion.
Day 41, Maun to Okavango Delta
You have the opportunity to take a 3 day / 2 night excursion into the Delta. You travel in local transport and then in mokoros, the local dug out canoes, which are poled by local guides through the winding waterways. These local canoes are a perfect way to navigate this waterway wonder - the biggest inland Delta in the world. Your guides will select a place out in the bush to set up camp. An afternoon game walk will allow you to experience the Delta wilderness in all its glory.
Day 42, Okavango Delta to Maun
Today we return to Maun, however, you will have the chance for an early morning game walk before packing up camp. There is also the option of a scenic flight over the Delta in the afternoon - the best way to appreciate the expanse of waterways you have travelled through.
Day 43, Maun to Palapye
Heading out early, we have a fairly long (450kms) drive today to the small town of Palapye, situated about halfway between Francistown and Gaborone (Botswana’s Capitol).
Day 44, Palapye to Blyde River Canyon
This morning we cross into South Africa, and continue across to our camp overlooking the impressive Blyde River Canyon.
Day 45, Blyde River Canyon to Kruger National Park
This morning we set off to the Kruger National Park. We will spend the next two nights at our campsite which is situated about 8km from Kruger Park's Numbi Gate. The evening is spent at leisure.
Day 46, Kruger National Park
Game Drives and animal spotting take up our day with the odd stop for lunch or a swim if the weather allows.
Day 47, Hazyview to Johannesburg
After a delicious campfire breakfast, we start our journey to Johannesburg. We drive through amazing and ever changing scenery before entering Johannesburg and ending our trip.
Meals included in your tour cost
40 Breakfasts, 37 Lunches, 38 Dinners
Highlights included in your tour cost
Sleep under the stars
Huge herds of Elephant
Best of Botswana National Parks
View the Big 5 in their own environment World Famous Kruger National Park
This tour goes through: Nairobi, Masai Mara, Kampala, Kisoro, Lake Bunyoni & 24 other destination(s) in Africa.TOUR DETAIL
Crew: 3 crew (including cook)
Vehicle: Overland Truck
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The highlight of my trip had to be Gweru in Zimbabwe, it was my idea of paradise. So much to do there with the animals and the location of it was just beautiful!
— Anne B (27) from Ireland
The trip was great! A very relaxed ride in a mokoro, followed by camping in the Okavango Delta and watching the animals on the islands was awesome!
— Michael & Silke from Germany
I loved every millisecond of the entire trip... Guess what I did in Swakopmund? I skydived out of a plane - woohoo was that AWESOME :-)
— JoJo E (61) from Switzerland
Finally home and had a great timeâ€¦. I loved the shark diving, Sossusvlei and Himba people. Saw Lions, a Leopard, Elephants, Giraffes, everything really! Thanks for…
— John E from Canada
I did not believe in god till i visited Chobe National Park.
— Juca from Uruguay