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Gorilla, Game Parks & Zanzibar

tour iconTours & Safaris|24 days

Gorilla, Game Parks & Zanzibar

Highlights

  • Witness the Great Migration in the Masai Mara in season
  • Trek mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda or DRC
  • Stay on the banks of Lake Bunyoni
  • White-water raft at the source of the Nile
  • Stand with one foot in each hemisphere
  • Go game viewing on the Serengeti plains
  • Descend to the wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater
  • Stand in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Lounge on the pristine beaches of Zanzibar
  • Snorkel and scuba in the clear Indian Ocean
  • Explore historic Stone Town
  • See the giant tortoises of Prison Island
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Overview

This tour forms part of our Scheduled & Overland tour collection.

This comprehensive East African safari adventure will bring you to the best wildlife-viewing destinations and most memorable sites in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and the exotic Spice Island of Zanzibar.

Trek gorillas in the forests of Uganda, Rwanda or the Democratic Republic of Congo before travelling to Kenya and Tanzania to visit the world-renowned parks and reserves of the Masai Mara, the Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Travel to the East coast of Africa and take a ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar where you will spend some time relaxing in this tropical paradise.

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Summary

  • Tour Duration: 24 Days

Accommodations Visited

Camping

23 Nights
Day to day

Itinerary

Detailed breakdown

Day 1: Arrive in the Masai Mara | 23 Nights

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Depart this morning from the Boulevard Hotel in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, and climb the escarpment to stop at your first viewpoint overlooking the Great Rift Valley. After snapping some photographs, descend into the magnificent Rift Valley, which has been home to the Maasai tribes for centuries.

Watch the side of the road to see them tending their flocks and herds. Arrive at your campsite, Acacia Camp, in the early evening in time to relax as the sun sets over the vastly beautiful Masai Mara.

Great Rift Valley Views

Day 2: Discover the Masai Mara

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Today you will have the wonderful opportunity to explore the great plains of the Masai Mara Reserve, widely considered to be Africa's greatest wildlife reserve.

Discover this 'Garden of Eden', with its gently rolling grasslands and abundance of game on morning and afternoon game drives and be on the lookout for Africa's Big 5. The Mara also plays host to the Great Migration, so if you happen to visit while this incredible event is taking place, you will see thousands of wildebeest crossing the plains to greener land.

Return to the camp and sit around the campfire, watching the sunset and sharing stories of the day's sightings to round off this incredible day in the Mara

Wildebeest Migration Masai mara

Day 3: Travel to Africa's biggest lake

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Depart from the Masai Mara early the next morning as you travel through the scenic tea plantations of Kericho before descending the Rift Valley Plateau. Reach Kisumu, Kenya's harbour town on the banks of Africa's biggest lake - Lake Victoria. Here you can replenish your supplies and spend the evening relaxing before the adventure continues.

Lake Victoria, Africa's biggest lake

Day 4: Arrive at Uganda's capital

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Today you will cross the border into Uganda and travel via the lakeside town of Jinja - the source of the Nile River - to the capital city of Kampala. You'll spend the next leg of the tour exploring this incredibly green and fertile country.

Uganda landscapes

Days 5-8: Go gorilla trekking in Uganda

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Depart Kampala early the next morning and drive further into the depths of Uganda to your base on the banks of Lake Bunyoni, the largest crater lake in Uganda. From here, depending on permits, you will head to either the Mgahinga or Bwindi National Parks in Uganda, the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo or Ruhengeri in Rwanda.

Spend the next few days taking turns to trek through dense and often muddy forests in search of the gentle and elusive mountain gorillas. Be prepared for a long and arduous trek as it is sometimes difficult to locate them, but know that it will be worthwhile when you finally come across a group of gorillas quietly going about their business. Sit back for an hour and watch these giants in their natural habitat.

gorilla trekking Uganda
Uganda Gorilla
Gorilla in Camp Uganda
Gorilla Trekking

Day 9: Return to Kampala

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This morning you will say goodbye to the dense Ugandan wilderness and travel over the equator for the second time as you return to the city of Kampala. Stop for a photo with one foot in each hemisphere. You spend another night at Kampala, with the opportunity to sample Uganda's nightlife.

kampala

Day 10: Camp on the banks of the Nile

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This morning you will have to choose between an exhilarating white-water rafting experience at the source of the Nile River or a visit to the Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary where you can assist in feeding the orphaned chimpanzees. Both of these provide an unforgettable experience.

Your overnight camp is on the edge of the Nile River where there is an abundance of resident birdlife, and some truly amazing photo opportunities from right outside your tent.

Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Day 11: Travel to Nakuru in Kenya

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Today you can sit back and enjoy the passing scenery on a full-day drive back towards Kenya. After crossing the border you will enjoy lunch and stock up on supplies before travelling on to the town of Nakuru, Kenya's fourth largest town and home to the small, yet beautiful, Lake Nakuru National Park.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Day 12: See the wildlife of Lake Nakuru

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This morning you will travel into Lake Nakuru National Park. The park is a sanctuary for black and white rhino, so keep an eye out as they are frequently seen along with other African wildlife including buffalo, giraffe, waterbuck, various antelope, leopard and the occasional hippo.

Spend most of the day enjoying game drives before you arrive at Lake Naivasha, your home for the night, in the late afternoon.

Buffalo Lake Nakuru

Day 13: Discover Lake Naivasha

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Spend today at Lake Naivasha, home to a multitude of birdlife, the most magnificent being the African fish eagle. Listen for its regal cry as you explore these beautiful lands surrounding this lake, the highest of the Rift Valley lakes at about 1 880 metres / 6 200 feet above sea level.

Your afternoon is spent at leisure and you may have the opportunity to enjoy some optional excursions, such as a boat ride to the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary, Hell's Gate National Park or Elsamere, the retirement home of Joy Adamson, writer of the novel, , about Elsa the lion.

Hell's Gate National Park

Day 14: Return to Nairobi

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After breakfast you leave Naivasha behind and return to Nairobi, arriving in the early afternoon. Head to the Hotel Boulevard where those who are scheduled to leave the tour here will depart and others will join. Meet the new travellers on your way to your campsite for the night.

Boulevard Hotel

Day 15: Travel to Arusha

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This morning you will depart Nairobi and drive south where you'll cross the border into Tanzania at Namanga. Continue to the bustling town of Arusha, otherwise known as Tanzania's safari capital. This pleasant town is situated at the base of Mount Meru and is the starting point for your optional excursion to the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.

You are taken in locally-operated Land Rovers, which are specially adapted for safari use. Depending on which option you choose, you will be away from the Arusha campsite for either one or two nights. Those deciding to stay can enjoy cultural interactions as they explore this town and relax at the campsite.

Mount Meru
Ngorongoro Crater

Days 16-18: Descend the Ngorongoro Crater

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Spend the morning exploring the vibrant markets of Arusha and prepare to depart on the optional excursions in the afternoon. Travel through the Maasai town of Mto Wa Mbu (Mosquito River) and up the Rift Valley Escarpment to the higher lying village of Karatu. Spend the night here, in a pleasant campsite.

The following morning you will depart early and head into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area until you reach the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest intact volcanic caldera. The game viewing on the crater floor is nothing short of magnificent, with abundant wildlife roaming the diverse landscapes. Be especially on the lookout for the elusive black rhino.

After the game drive you will continue down the crater rim and past the 'Cradle of Mankind' on your way to the world-renowned Serengeti National Park. Cross these vast and contrasting plains through the southern and central areas of the park and set up a bush camp for the night in the heart of the wilderness.

The following morning you will go on an exciting game drive to search for the Big 5 as they roam this sprawling savannah. Return to Arusha in the afternoon where you'll rejoin the group and share stories of your incredible adventures.

Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater

Day 19: Stand in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro

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Today you will leave Arusha behind as you start your travels to the Indian Ocean. You will drive through the town of Moshi and cross the southern slopes of the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. You may even catch a glimpse and a photo of this magical mountain's snowy summit.

Continue south as you pass the Usambara Mountains through vast sisal plantations and rest for the night in a beautiful campsite in the shadows of these mountains.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Day 20: Reach the coast

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Today you’ll set off for a long day's drive past richly green scenery and stunning palm trees. Arrive in Dar es Salaam with its colourful shop fronts. Settle in at your camp beside the Indian Ocean and prepare for the following day's departure to the beautiful spice island of Zanzibar.

Dar es Salaam

Days 21-23: Immerse yourself in Zanzibar's paradise

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This morning you will board a local ferry from Dar es Salaam to the exotic paradise of Zanzibar. Whilst here, your accommodation and meals are at your own expense, giving you the perfect opportunity to choose a hotel or campsite that best suits your needs.

The next three nights are yours to spend as you wish on this vibrant East African island. Spend hours relaxing on the fine beaches and cooling off in the electric blue Indian Ocean.

Go on a snorkelling or scuba diving excursion to better appreciate the majestic underwater world and take glass-bottomed boat rides out on the ocean. Visit the capital of Stone Town, stroll between the historic buildings, or take a trip to Prison Island to see the giant tortoises. You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to food; from fine dining to delicious seafood meals at the local harbour.

Zanzibar Beaches
Zalu Zanzibar
Zanzibar dhow

Day 24: Wave goodbye to paradise

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Enjoy one last breakfast on this beautiful island before taking the ferry back to Dar Es Salaam where your adventure comes to an end.

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Inclusions

  • Trip includes an arrival airport transfer
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Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature