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Lake Malawi, Malawi

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

Lake Malawi, Malawi

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

Lake Malawi, Malawi

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

Lake Malawi, Malawi

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

Lake Malawi, Malawi

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

Lake Malawi, Malawi

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

Lake Malawi, Malawi

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

Lake Malawi, Malawi

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

Lake Malawi, Malawi

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg
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Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

This tour takes you from Nairobi to Johannesburg in 46 days. PDFGrab the Tour Dossier PDF .

Current Price

ZAR 24790  Currency Converter + USD 1245 Local Payment Single Supplement (if needed)

Duration

46 days

Type

Camping Tours,

Accommodation

Camping

Tour Summary

From the mountain gorillas to the exotic Island of Zanzibar to the majestic Victoria Falls, there's something for everyone on this tour!

 

General Notes

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.

Which departure date suits you best?

Tour Code

NJ46-11

A day-by-day breakdown of what to expect and where you'll be staying.


Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

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.

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

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!

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

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.

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

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.

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

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.

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

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.

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

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!

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

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!

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

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.

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

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.

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

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.

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

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!

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

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.

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

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!

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

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 Lusaka

We cross the landlocked country of Zambia, passing through the capital Lusaka where we spend the night. The campsite is home to some local wildlife and has nice facilities available to us.

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

Day 32, Lusaka 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 33, 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.

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

Day 34, 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.

Day 35, 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.

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

Day 36, 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 37, 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!

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

Day 38, Chobe National Park to Maun via (Nata)

Today, after an early morning start, we travel to Maun - the base camp for the Okavango Delta region. We pass by the stark and endless-looking Makgadikgadi Pans so keep an eye out for Elephant and Giraffe as well as birdlife.

Day 39, 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.

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

Day 40, Okavango Delta

Early morning and late afternoon game walks give you time in the middle of the day to relax, chill out and enjoy your surroundings. Why don't you have a go at poling your own mokoro? It is not as easy as it looks!

Day 41, 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.

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

Day 42, Maun to Francistown

Today we arrive in Francistown after a long day's drive. It is a town that has expanded into a retail and wholesale shopping mecca. We will stop to stock up with supplies for the next few days.

Day 43, Francistown to Polokwane

We cross the border into South Africa and drive through the Northern Province, crossing lowveld and highveld. We spend the night at a campsite along the way as we head for the world famous Kruger National Park.

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

Day 44, Polokwane 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 45, 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.

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

Day 46, 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

Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

Chobe National Park Sleepout

Sleep under the stars
Huge herds of Elephant
Game Drives
Best of Botswana National Parks


Nairobi, Gorillas to Johannesburg

Kruger National Park Game Drive

View the Big 5 in their own environment World Famous Kruger National Park


There are 61 optional activities available on this trip.

Prices shown are approximate

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15 Jun 2014

30 Jul 2014

ZAR 24790 + USD 1245

13 Jul 2014

27 Aug 2014

ZAR 24790 + USD 1245

10 Aug 2014

24 Sep 2014

ZAR 24790 + USD 1245

07 Sep 2014

22 Oct 2014

ZAR 24790 + USD 1245

05 Oct 2014

19 Nov 2014

ZAR 24790 + USD 1245

02 Nov 2014

17 Dec 2014

ZAR 24790 + USD 1245

30 Nov 2014

14 Jan 2015

ZAR 24790 + USD 1245

28 Dec 2014

11 Feb 2015

ZAR 24790 + USD 1245

ROUTE INFO AND LOGISTICS

This tour goes through: Nairobi, Masai Mara, Kampala, Kisoro, Lake Bunyoni & 23 other destination(s) in Africa.

TOUR DETAIL

Crew: 3 crew (including cook)
Vehicle: Overland Truck

Available in Reverse

This tour is also available in reverse. Click here to view details of the Johannesburg to Nairobi tour

Recent Feedback

Left quoteThe 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!Right quote

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Left quoteThe 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!Right quote

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