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East Africa & Gorillas 2017 35 Days

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  • East Africa & Gorillas 2017 35 Days
    East Africa & Gorillas 2017 35 Days
  • East Africa & Gorillas 2017 35 Days Kenya
    East Africa & Gorillas 2017 35 Days Kenya
  • East Africa & Gorillas 2017 35 Days Gorillas
    East Africa & Gorillas 2017 35 Days Gorillas
  • East Africa & Gorillas 2017 35 Days Lusaka
    East Africa & Gorillas 2017 35 Days Lusaka
  • East Africa & Gorillas 2017 35 Days South Luangwa
    East Africa & Gorillas 2017 35 Days South Luangwa
  • East Africa & Gorillas 2017 35 Days Lake Malawi
    East Africa & Gorillas 2017 35 Days Lake Malawi
  • East Africa & Gorillas 2017 35 Days Tanzania
    East Africa & Gorillas 2017 35 Days Tanzania
  • East Africa & Gorillas 2017 35 Days Serengeti
    East Africa & Gorillas 2017 35 Days Serengeti
  • East Africa & Gorillas 2017 35 Days Masai
    East Africa & Gorillas 2017 35 Days Masai
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East Africa & Gorillas 2017

Overview

East Africa & Gorillas 2017

Discover the best of East Africa on this all encompassing tour from Victoria Falls, taking in Zanzibar Island, the Serengeti, Masai Mara and Mountain Gorillas.

  •   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
Gorilla Trekking is part of this tour, however the cost of the Gorilla Trekking Permit is not included in your tour price or this booking. Gorilla permits cost $630 to $730. If you book this tour, a consultant will contact you to confirm the availability of the permit and arrange payment.

As we start with our East Africa & Gorillas adventure tour we leave the dazzling Victoria Falls and head to the South Luangwa National Park. South Luangwa National Park is a world-class safari destination. When we have discovered the wide variety of wildlife in the park we will travel into the warm heart of Africa, Malawi. Lake Malawi is one of the ten largest lakes in the world. We spend a few days indulging in the many attractions that underlie the charm of the Lake and its people. Before we go on to the white sand beaches and crystal clear waters of Zanzibar we enjoy a game drive in Mikumi National Park. We then travel to Arusha and the Serengeti National Park where you are sure to see incredible wildlife! Our next leg of the tour starts in Nairobi and we head to the Masai Mara National Park, Lake Naivasha and Nakuru National Park for world class game viewing. We cross into Uganda and enjoy a trek through Budongo Forest, the biggest Mahogany forest in East Africa and the home of the largers number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda. We travel south to the beautiful scenery of Lake Bunyoni and there we will be taken into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to visit the endangered Mountain Gorilla.

Itinerary

Our tours come with 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.

Highlights

Day 01

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

Day 02

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.

Route

Lusaka to Petauke

Day 03

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

Day 04

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

Day 05

Lake Malawi – 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

Day 06

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

Day 07

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

Day 08

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

Day 09

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

Day 29

Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

Crossing the Equator once more we travel south to the beautiful scenery of Lake Bunyoni. 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

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 Bunyoni 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

Day 31

Gorillas (Lake Bunyoni)

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)

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

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

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

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

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)

Dates

June 2017

June 14 – July 18, 2017 code: 1771

    • Accommodated Tour
    • German Translator

 

  • $2,592 June 14 – July 18, 2017 code: 1771
    • Camping Tour
    • German Translator

 

  • $3,450 June 24 – July 28, 2017 code: 1774
    • Accommodated Tour
    • Availability On Request

 

  • $2,592 June 24 – July 28, 2017 code: 1774
    • Camping Tour
    • Limited Availability

 

July 2017

  • $3,450 July 5 – August 8, 2017 code: 1777
    • Accommodated Tour
    • Guaranteed Departure

 

  • $2,592 July 5 – August 8, 2017 code: 1777
    • Camping Tour
    • Guaranteed Departure

 

  • $3,450 July 15 – August 18, 2017 code: 1780
    • Accommodated Tour
    • German Translator

 

  • $2,592 July 15 – August 18, 2017 code: 1780
    • Camping Tour
    • German Translator

 

  • $3,450 July 26 – August 29, 2017 code: 1783
    • Accommodated Tour

 

  • $2,592 July 26 – August 29, 2017 code: 1783
    • Camping Tour

 

August 2017

  • $3,450 August 5 – September 8, 2017 code: 1786
    • Accommodated Tour

 

  • $2,592 August 5 – September 8, 2017 code: 1786
    • Camping Tour

 

  • $3,450 August 16 – September 19, 2017 code: 1789
    • Accommodated Tour
    • German Translator
    • Guaranteed Departure

 

  • $2,592 August 16 – September 19, 2017 code: 1789
    • Camping Tour
    • German Translator
    • Guaranteed Departure

 

  • $3,450 August 26 – September 29, 2017 code: 1792
    • Accommodated Tour

 

  • $2,592 August 26 – September 29, 2017 code: 1792
    • Camping Tour

 

September 2017

  • $3,450 September 6 – October 10, 2017 code: 1795
    • Accommodated Tour
    • Availability On Request

 

  • $2,592 September 6 – October 10, 2017 code: 1795
    • Camping Tour
    • Limited Availability

 

  • $3,450 September 16 – October 20, 2017 code: 1798
    • Accommodated Tour
    • German Translator

 

  • $2,592 September 16 – October 20, 2017 code: 1798
    • Camping Tour
    • German Translator

 

  • $3,450 September 27 – October 31, 2017 code: 1801
    • Accommodated Tour
    • Guaranteed Departure
    • Limited Availability

 

  • $2,592 September 27 – October 31, 2017 code: 1801
    • Camping Tour
    • Guaranteed Departure

 

October 2017

  • $3,450 October 7 – November 10, 2017 code: 1804
    • Accommodated Tour
    • Limited Availability

 

  • $2,592 October 7 – November 10, 2017 code: 1804
    • Camping Tour
    • Limited Availability

 

  • $3,450 October 18 – November 21, 2017 code: 1807
    • Accommodated Tour
    • German Translator
    • Limited Availability

 

  • $2,592 October 18 – November 21, 2017 code: 1807
    • Camping Tour
    • German Translator
    • Available

 

  • $3,450 October 28 – December 1, 2017 code: 1810
    • Accommodated Tour

 

  • $2,592 October 28 – December 1, 2017 code: 1810
    • Camping Tour

 

November 2017

  • $3,450 November 8 – December 12, 2017 code: 1813
    • Accommodated Tour
    • Guaranteed Departure
    • Limited Availability

 

  • $2,592 November 8 – December 12, 2017 code: 1813
    • Camping Tour
    • Guaranteed Departure
    • Available

 

  • $3,450 November 18 – December 22, 2017 code: 1816
    • Accommodated Tour
    • German Translator
    • Availability On Request

 

  • $2,592 November 18 – December 22, 2017 code: 1816
    • Camping Tour
    • German Translator
    • Available

 

  • $3,450 November 29 – January 2, 2018 code: 1819
    • Accommodated Tour
    • Limited Availability

 

  • $2,592 November 29 – January 2, 2018 code: 1819
    • Camping Tour
    • Available

 

December 2017

  • $3,450 December 9 – January 12, 2018 code: 1822
    • Accommodated Tour
    • Available

 

  • $2,592 December 9 – January 12, 2018 code: 1822
    • Camping Tour
    • Available

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