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58 days
Camping Group Tour
Johannesburg - Nairobi
South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 28
Tour Details

This camping tour starts in Johannesburg and finishes in Nairobi. Beginning in the ‘City of gold’ Johannesburg, traveling across into beautiful Botswana, cruising the Chobe river, game drives in Hwange National Park, with a visit to the Painted Dog conservation Centre. Chill out in Victoria falls or get your blood pumping with some extreme sports. Game drives in the famous Ngorongoro Crater and The Serengeti. You have the option to head over the to paradise island of Zanzibar. Trekking with the mountain gorillas is often a highlight for many. Traveling through Uganda and Rwanda, Jinja and the Mara!

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Highlights

Chobe National Park game drive • Game cruise • Victoria FallsSunset cruisewhitewater rafting (optional) • Hwange National ParkSouth Luangwa National ParkLake Malawi •  Zanzibar Island  • Serengeti National ParkNgorongoro Crater •  Masai Mara Lake Nakuru • Grumeti Reserve • Kruger NPKhama rhino reserveQueen Elizabeth NP • Kazinga channel cruise • Bwindi Inpenetrale ForestLake MutandeZiwa rhino sanctuary • Masai village with bushwalk • Optional Gorilla Trekking

Accommodation

Tents and roll mattresses are provided and the tents have sewn in floors and mosquito netting. You will need to bring a sleeping bag & sleep sheet. Get a cheap mosquito net in Africa if you want to sleep outside of your tent. If you start your trip in Nairobi or South Africa you can buy camping gear at the local department stores. All campsites have good ablution facilities & bars, and some have restaurants, shops and internet facilities. About half the campsites have upgrades to hut or cabins for an extra charge.

Restrictions

Minimum age is 18. Average age of the passengers is between 18 – 39 but if you are an open minded person more at age and you don’t mind climbing daily in and out the overland truck you are more than welcome to join!

Extras/Upgrades

A gorilla permit or 4-day Zanzibar arrangement are optional extras. There is also the occasional opportunity to upgrade to a dorm-style chalet or simple hut accommodation with a bed if you think you might need a break from camping. This usually costs about 20 USD a night. Availability is very limited though, and you need to be considerate of everyone else on the truck. Do budget accordingly if you might wish to upgrade once or twice on route. Please check Tour Information for Optional Extras.

Hotel Pickup

The Flight of the Flamingos Safari departs from the Backpackers Connection in Johannesburg at 7.00 am on the departure date. We can reserve accommodation for you prior to departure in Johannesburg at the Backpackers Connection

Departure & Return Location

Johannesburg – Nairobi

Departure Time

Early morning on day of departure

Price Includes

  • Breakfast & dinner whilst travelling on the truck
  • Some pre-prepared barbecues
  • Contribution to final group meal
  • Camping whilst travelling on the truck
  • Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
  • Services of tour crew
  • Ongoing advice
  • All road tolls & taxes are paid
  • The Masai Mara • The Serengeti • Ngorongoro Crater • South Luangwa NP • Hwange National Park • Chobe National Park• Lake Nakuru • Grumeti •Kruger NP• Khama Rhino Reserve • Maasai village visit incl. bush walk • Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Coverage by Guarantee Fund

Price Excludes

  • Local Tour Payment: US$930. The local payment is a separate payment from the initial price you pay before you leave. If a local payment is required it will be shown with the trip price. This second payment is made in Africa at the start of your trip. It is payable in USD. The local payment provides us with the means for expenses that need to be paid in cash to local businesses en route to be arranged in the most cost effective manner possible, a saving we can then pass on to you. It also means we can operate in a way that directly supports local businesses and wildlife authorities as we travel. Local Payment will not be changed once you have booked your travel arrangements. We also offer tours without Local Payments. One fixed price for the tour and activities which you pay all at once to us. Contact us to point them out to you on our website!
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  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers (available on request)
  • Optional extra's and excursions
  • Sleeping Bag and Pillow
  • Alcoholic- and soft drinks
  • Pre- and post tour accommodation
  • Vaccinations and anti malarials as required
  • Lunch and drinks throughout, as well as breakfast and dinner when the truck parks up at Dar es Salaam and Victoria Falls.
  • Meals when the truck is parked up at activity hubs - Victoria Falls and on Zanzibar Island
Itinerary

Days 1 - 3Johannesburg, South Africa, to Kruger National Park

We leave Johannesburg, “the city of gold” to head northeast to South Africa’s most prized game reserve, Kruger National Park.

We have a full day of game drives to explore in the park for our first experience of Africa’s fabulous wild animals. One of Africa’s largest parks, Kruger, is home to 147 mammals including the Big 5 – elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and lion. There is also a tremendous diversity of reptiles and bird life in the park with 502 recorded bird species including vultures, eagles, carmine bee-eaters, rollers and storks.

We also visit Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world with its spectacular viewpoints including the Three Rondavels and God’s Window.

Distance: 570 kms
Est. Drive Time: 11 hours Incl. stops for lunch & shopping
Meals: X2 Breakfasts, X3 Dinners

Included wildlife activity: Full day of game drives, Kruger National Park
Vehicle used for game drive: Overland truck

Days 4 – 5 Kruger National Park to Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Botswana

Over two days we make our way to our next highlight in the second country of our trip, Botswana.

We arrive at Khama Rhino Sanctuary on day five.

Based in the Kalahari Sandveld, the sanctuary was set up in 1992 to restore the area’s depleted wildlife. It is now home to black and white rhino as well as 30 other animal species and over 230 bird species. Here you can opt for a rhino trek and night drives are also available.

Distance over two days: 739 kms
Est. Drive Time, Day 4: +/- 10 hours (depending on the border). Incl. stops for lunch & shopping
Est. Drive Time, Day 5: 2 hours
Meals: X2 Breakfasts, X2 Dinners

Included wildlife activity: Entry to Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Optional Excursions: Rhino trek, night game drive

Days 6 - 7Khama Rhino Sanctuary to Chobe National Park, Kasane

The following day we continue our journey north to Nata, travelling on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans. We stop for a night in Nata before continuing to the town of Kasane for shopping and then onto our campsite on the banks of the Chobe River.

Distance over two days: 700 kms
Est. Drive Time, Day 6: 7 – 8 hours Incl. lunch stop
Est. Drive Time, Day 7: 5 – 6 hours
Meals: X2 Breakfasts, X2 Dinners

Day 8Chobe National Park, Kasane

We are in for another special treat with a game cruise in Chobe National Park today, another of Africa’s special game parks. The wonderful Chobe River creates the northern border of the park and acts as a magnet to attract a multitude of wildlife species, and the park is particularly famous for its elephant population believed to be up to an estimated 120,000 elephants. During the cruise elephant can be seen “messing about” in the water as only elephant can do, both in and by the river. There is an excellent chance of also seeing hippo and crocodile and thirsty game such as giraffe, zebra, waterbuck and impala come to the river bank to drink.

Time is also set aside for the option of an early morning game drive to travel deep into Chobe with a local guide in an open safari vehicle to maximize your chances of getting the most from this beautiful game park. Chobe also has a large lion population, a migrating zebra population, large herds of buffalo, and leopards might be seen here.

Distance: 0 kms
Est. Drive Time: 0 hours
Meals: X1 Breakfast, X1 Dinner

Included wildlife activity: Game cruise on the Chobe River, Chobe National Park Conducted in open cruise vessel

Optional excursion: Morning game drive, Chobe National Park

Day 9Kasane to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Leaving Botswana behind we head to our next big highlight – Hwange National Park, the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. We head out on an afternoon game drive with an expert professional guide in open safari vehicles. There is also the option of an extra game drives, including evening game drives if you wish to see a little more.

Hwange is known for its elephant and hyena population and also boasts many wildlife favourites, including wild or “painted” dogs. A visit to the Painted Dog Conservation Centre based at the park is also arranged during our visit. The painted dog, or African wild dog, recognisable by its mickey mouse ears, is very rare and is in danger of extinction. It is believed there are currently only about 1,400 mature wild dogs left in the wild.

Distance: 260 kms
Est. Drive Time: +/- 7 hours (depending on the border)
Meals: X1 Breakfast, X1 Dinner

Included wildlife activity: Game drives in Hwange National Park
Vehicle for game drive: Open 4×4 safari vehicle

Optional excursion: Extra game drive, Hwange National Park.

Days 10 - 12Hwange National Park to Victoria Falls

We arrive late afternoon day 10 to Victoria Falls town, set right by the mighty waterfalls. The Victoria Falls are one of the wonders of the natural world. The spray from the crashing water can be seen rising into the air from miles around and they are aptly called locally Mosi oa Tunya, ‘the smoke which thunders’.

Spend time to enjoy the rainforest walk by the Falls for spectacular views over the waterfalls. The craft markets in town offer a great chance to practice your haggling skills for some souvenirs or gifts. Many enjoy high tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel.

This popular, vibrant town also offers a wide range of activities based on both the upper and lower Zambezi River, from canoeing and river cruises to white water rafting, and other adrenalin activities such as the bungee jump, gorge swing, flying fox and zip line.

Distance, Day 10: 174 kms
Est. Drive Time, Day 10: 5.5 hours incl. lunch stop
Meals: X1 Breakfast, X1 Dinner

Optional excursions: White water rafting, river boarding, bungee jumping, gorge swing, rap jump, ‘Flight of the Angels’, canoe trips, horse riding, sundowner cruise.

Day 13Victoria Falls to Lusaka

Crossing into Zambia, we head to the capital city of Lusaka. Here we have a chance to stop to catch up on emails, get to the bank and stock up on supplies in the supermarket.

Distance: 625 kms
Est. Drive Time: +/- 9 hours (depending on the border)
Meals: X1 Breakfast, X1 Dinner

Days 14 - 17Lusaka to South Luangwa National Park

We now head towards one of Zambia’s treasures – South Luangwa National Park, our fourth national park. On the way we stop off at a local textile shop to sample the wares and perhaps pick up a special piece, the special textile products showcasing a mix of traditional African art with contemporary design.

A fabulous amount of game concentrates around the Luangwa River and sightings regularly include elephant, hippo, giraffe, baboons and monkey to name just a few. This park too boasts strong lion and leopard populations.

A special feature of South Luangwa is the opportunity for an evening game drive with spotlights to see nocturnal wildlife such as leopard, bushbabies and genet whose stealth makes them a rare treat to spot.

Travelling to such a remote destination this is also a wonderful chance to experience rural Zambia. A game of football with the local kids is always fun. There is time to relax by the pool and enjoy the wonderful African bush surrounds, and there can be elephants through the campsite at night here as well.

Distance over two days: 560 kms
Est. Drive Time, Day 14: +/- 6 hours
Est. Drive Time, Day 15: +/- 6 hours Incl. a stop for lunch and shopping
Meals: X4 Breakfasts, X4 Dinners

Included wildlife activity: Game drive, South Luangwa National Park
Vehicle for game drive: Open 4×4 safari vehicle

Optional excursion: Evening game drive, South Luangwa National Park

Days 18 - 19South Luangwa National Park to Kande, Malawi

Leaving Luangwa behind we cross another border into Malawi and head to our next camp by Lake Malawi, often called the “calendar lake”. The lake is 365 miles long and 52 miles wide.

A long stretch of golden sand beach lapped by crystal clear waters makes for the perfect setting for a day to unwind under the blue skies of Africa. The lake supports the livelihood of numerous traditional fishing villages scattered along its shoreline. We arrange a village meal on arrival and the local children enjoy dancing and singing for us.

Horse rides along the beach are also popular activities to enjoy, and at the end of the trail the horses happily take to the lake for a swim ride. Kayaking, canoeing, snorkeling, diving and fishing trips are available, as well as beach volley ball.

Distance, Day 18: 600 kms
Est. Drive Time, Day 18: +/- 11 hours (depending on the border). Incl. stops for lunch & shopping
Meals: X2 Breakfasts, X2 Dinners

Optional excursions: Water sports, including snorkeling and scuba diving, canoeing and pedalo hire, horse riding, village walk.

Day 20Kande to Chitimba

We beach hop to our next camp, Chitimba to enjoy another lakeside setting and an afternoon of
watersports or a visit to the local village. Check out the curio markets displaying the skilled handiwork of
local wood carvers, Malawi being well known for its wooden crafts, from the massive Malawi chairs and tall wooden giraffes to intricately carved chess boards and globes.

Distance: 235 kms
Est. Drive Time: +/- 5 hours
Meals: X1 Breakfast, X1 Dinner

Day 21Chitimba to Iringa, Tanzania

Leaving Malawi behind, we cross the border into our sixth country, Tanzania.

Our journey takes us through the mountainous terrain of the southern end of the 40 million-year-old Great Rift Valley, a geological phenomena that stretches over 4,000 miles from the Middle East to Mozambique. Tonight’s destination is a farmhouse campsite that serves a mean hot chocolate and chocolate brownies that are famous along the whole route.

Distance: 498 kms
Est. Drive Time: 11 hours (depending on the border & incl. lunch stop)
Meals: X1 Breakfast, X1 Dinner

Day 22Iringa to Morogoro

Today we travel north east through Baobab Valley, past the Ruaha River and through Mikumi National Park where we regularly see giraffe, elephant, zebra and impala. We camp in Morogoro for the night.

Distance: 188 kms
Est. Drive Time: 4 – 5 hours
Meals: X1 Breakfast, X1 Dinner

Day 23Morogoro to Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania, is known as the ‘city of peace’. It is also the gateway over to Zanzibar Island. The wind whispers in the coconut palms as the waters lap the white sands at our camp tonight, and we get ready for our optional trip to the island paradise of Zanzibar.

Distance: 321 kms
Est. Drive Time: approx. 10 hours Incl. stop for lunch
Meals: X1 Breakfast, X1 Dinner

Days 24 – 27Optional stay on Zanzibar Island

This morning there is the option to head to the busy ferry port for the ferry crossing to Stone Town, the ancient capital of Zanzibar. The tour leader travels over to the island with the group to ensure that all runs smoothly during the island stay, and the core arrangements are booked well ahead of time so we are assured our groups will be comfortable in popular beach cottages on the island, as well as a lodge in Stone Town.

On arrival we make our way through the winding alleys and can check out the exquisitely carved doors. We enjoy lunch at a local cafe. We then head up the beach.

Pristine white sand and turquoise seas offer a postcard perfect view from the bar at our beach bungalows. Massages, manicures, pedicures, henna tattoos and more are available on the beach, while the dive centre next to the bar has a wide variety of boats trips and dive trips and courses, both scuba and snorkeling including to the coral waters of Mnemba Atoll. Trips too can be arranged to Prison Island. There is a small isolated group of the rare giant Aldabra tortoise here too which can be viewed. This group are separate from the main population of giant tortoise which are found on Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles.

Otherwise take a guided walk through the mangroves on the walkways in Jozani Forest, which is home to the rare red colobus monkey.

A spice tour is arranged during our stay too to provide some background history to this fascinating island.

Distance: 0 kms
Est. Drive Time: 0 hours
Meals, Day 24: X1 Breakfast

Days 28 - 29Zanzibar Island to Arusha

We catch the ferry back to Dar, before staying the night in the historic seaside town of Bagamoyo north of Dar es Salaam. Bagamoyo was founded at the end of the 18th century. Half a century later it was one of the most important settlements along the East African coast trading in slaves, ivory, copra and salt.

The next day we have an early rise at dawn to be on the road north to reach the busy market town of Arusha. Set in the shadow of Mount Meru, Arusha is the closest major town to the game parks for which Tanzania is so famous– the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater – our next big highlight.

On a very clear day, Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, might sometimes be seen on our drive in to Arusha as well.

Distance over two days: 665 kms
Est. Drive Time, Day 28: 2 hours
Est. Drive Time, Day 29: 11 – 12 hours Incl. lunch stop
Meals: X2 Breakfasts, X2 Dinners

Day 30Arusha to Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater

This morning we travel through Maasai towns and villages to reach the gate of the Ngorongoro Crater. Here we transfer into open top 4×4 vehicles for the scenic ride up to the Crater rim, and then we are out on our next safari in Ngorongoro Crater. We stop for photos at the Lookout on the edge of the Crater for a wide panoramic view across the rim, before our steep descent to the Crater floor.

This large, unbroken volcanic caldera, formed 2-3 million years ago is home to the Big 5 and a Noah’s Ark for wildlife including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, cheetah, hyena, jackal, warthog and more. So game viewing is regularly fabulous.

We return to our camp high up on the top tonight. The temperatures drop so do make sure you have some warm items with you regardless of the time of year.

Distance: 195 kms
Est. Drive Time: 3 – 4 hours Incl. photo stops
Meals: X1 Breakfast, X1 Dinner

Included wildlife activity: Afternoon game drive, Ngorongoro Crater
Vehicle for game drive: 4×4 land cruiser with pop up roof

Day 31Simba Camp to Ngiri Camp, Central Serengeti

Our journey this morning takes us towards the open plains of the vast Serengeti on a slow transit through Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Wildlife is well visible from the large windows of the truck on our approach to the Serengeti and Maasai villages are dotted around the countryside. The traditional farmers are easily spotted tending their herds of goats and cows, in their bright checked shuka attire.

We aim to enter the Serengeti in the overland truck at Naabi Gate by early afternoon. The Serengeti’s rich grazing grounds are the home of the famous “Great Migration” of up to 1.7 million wildebeest as well as 200,000 zebra and 350,000 Thomson’s, Grant’s gazelle as well as impala who are constantly on the move, in search of the richest grazing and who attract an incredible concentration of predators including lion, leopard, cheetah and spotted hyena.

We game drive through to the afternoon, before making our way to our campsite in the centre of the park. The park’s nearly 15,000 square kilometres stretches away in all directions from our camp. Zip up your tent and drift off to sleep listening to the sounds of the wild.

Distance: 161 kms
Est. Drive Time: 5 hours
Meals: X1 Breakfast, X1 Dinner

Included wildlife activities: Morning transit drive in Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Afternoon game drives, Serengeti National Park
Vehicle for game drives: Overland truck

Optional excursion: Maasai village visit

Day 32Ngiri Camp to Bunda

An early start and we are away for more game drives in the truck.

We scan the grasslands for sightings of game, the Serengeti being home to all the African wildlife you might wish to see – giraffe, buffalo, topi, eland, hartebeest, dik dik, elephant, crocodile, baboon, caracal, serval, genet, bat-eared foxes plus much, much more. We pass hippo pools. With a little luck a leopard might be seen lounging in a tree and cheetah resting in the shade, recovering from their last high speed chase. For those who wish to balloon too, an early morning hot air balloon safari can be arranged.

Driving right across the park we exit on the west side at Ikoma Gate, entering a smaller sub area of the Serengeti Conservation Area, known as the Grumeti Reserve, through which we transit on our way out. We arrive late in Bunda to camp at the base of the Balili Hills.

Distance: 160 kms
Est. Drive Time: 5 hours from Ikoma Gate incl. lunch stop
Meals: X1 Breakfast, X1 Dinner

Included wildlife activity: Morning game drives, Serengeti National Park
Vehicle for game drives: Overland truck

Optional excursions: Ballooning in the Serengeti, Hill walk

Days 33 - 34Bunda to Mwanza, Lake Victoria

Our drive today is to Mwanza, a bustling market town on the southern banks of Lake Victoria, where we can top up on supplies. Look out for the boats of local fishermen, fishing for perch and tilapia.

The next day is a free day to relax by the lake and explore the old town of Mwanza.

Distance, Day 33: 156 kms
Est. Drive Time, Day 33: 3 – 4 hours
Meals: X2 Breakfasts, X2 Dinners

Day 35Mwanza to Nyakanazi

Traveling further into rural Tanzania, we head to Nyakanazi where we stay in a very simple local
guesthouse. The local children often enjoy providing us with an informal tour around this small African town.
Well away from Western luxuries, this is a chance to check out what life is like for local people away from the beaten tourist track. The “Mama” at the guesthouse cooks a local meal for us.

Distance: 275 kms
Est. Drive Time: 9 hours incl. ferry journey and lunch stop
Meals: X1 Breakfast, X1 Dinner

Days 36 - 37Nyakanazi to Kigali, Rwanda

Crossing into Rwanda, our first stop is the capital, Kigali, which sits across several hills, Rwanda being known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills”.

We spend the next morning at The Genocide Memorial, a sobering and informative museum dedicated to the 1994 genocide as a place of remembrance. More than 250,000 victims of the Genocide are buried here. The rest of the day is free to explore Kigali city and perhaps visit some other memorial sites.

Distance, Day 36: 260 kms
Est. Drive Time, Day 36: +/- 10.5 hours (depending on the border) incl. lunch stop
Meals: X2 Breakfasts, X2 Dinners

Optional excursions: Visit to the Genocide museum and other memorial sites

Days 38 - 39Kigali to Kisoro, Uganda

Heading off past tea plantations we are now on our way to camp in Musanze, near the Ugandan border, and the mountainous region which is home to the mountain gorillas. This campsite is set up as a community enterprise. Here you can try your hand at banana beer making and basket weaving – simple low key activities organized by local women to provide funds back to the local village. There is also time in the afternoon to do a cycling or walking tour as well as time to visit Musanze town and the Dian Fossey museum.

The following day there is the option to head off early on the steep trek to visit Dian Fossey’s grave, the American primatologist and conservationist who undertook an intensive study of the species and spent her life working for their survival. Her murder remains shrouded in mystery. We all then meet up later in the day having crossed into Uganda to stay for two nights in Kisoro in a simple local guesthouse where we are based while trekking the endangered mountain gorillas
Distance, Day 38: 115 kms
Est. Drive Time, Day 38: 3 hours
Distance, Day 39: 51 kms
Est. Drive Time, Day 39: 3 hours (depending on the border)
Meals: X2 Breakfasts, X2 Dinners

Optional excursions: Banana beer making, basket weaving, hike or cycling tour, visit to Dian Fossey’s grave. Coffee tour or Batwa (Pygmy) village visit or Lake Mutande.

Notes: If you wished to trek the gorillas in Rwanda please let us know at the earliest prior to booking. For those wishing to visit Dian Fossey’s grave please let us know with good notice before the tour. For this excursion you will transfer late on day 39 after the Fossey trek to catch the group up in Kisoro ready for your gorilla trek on day 40.

Days 40 - 41Kisoro to Kabale

Visiting the gorillas in their Afromontane forest home is magic and the trek on the volcanic slopes of the Virungas, at altitudes of up to 3,500 feet gorilla, is one of the trip’s high points.

Only 8 people are permitted to visit each habituated gorilla family a day to limit contact with humans, and once found you have an hour to observe the gorillas in their natural habitat.

The gorillas are gentle herbivores, who are regularly found on the trek munching the day away, when they are not playing or sleeping. They live in family groups under the charge of an older dominant male. Known as the silverback, this adult male can weigh up to 350 lbs. Despite their size, the gorillas are shy and sensitive creatures, and in great danger of extinction. Against all odds conservationists have recently upgraded the mountain gorillas’ conservation status from critically endangered to endangered thankfully. There is no cause to rest though as there are still only about 1,000 gorillas, all living in this small mountain area found in Rwanda, Uganda and the Congo.

In your free time whilst in Kisoro other options are available too to hike to see the golden monkeys in the lower sections of the forest, or there are local cultural tours to visit the indigenous Batwa or Pygmy or a coffee tour to find out about local coffee production.

The afternoon of day 41 we transfer to Kabale to overnight. A late afternoon visit to Lake Bunyoni “the place of little birds” if you would like to swim or canoe in this beautiful destination can be arranged depending on our timing this day.

Distance, Day 41: 75 kms
Est Drive Time, Day 41: 3 hours
Meals: X2 Breakfasts, X2 Dinners

Optional excursions: Mountain gorilla trek Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda). Golden monkeys trek or orphanage visit. Batwa (Pygmy) village visit or coffee tour. Lake Mutande.

Day 42Kabale to Kalinzu Forest

This morning as the mist lifts and the sun rises we have a leisurely breakfast and stop for shopping before we make our way through to Kalinzu Forest and this rural campsite. This evening we learn about the plight of the chimpanzees that make this habitat their home. Watch out for baboons also coming to say hello!

Distance, Day 7: 145 kms
Est. Drive Time, Day 7: 4.5 hours
Meals: X1 Breakfast, X1 Dinner

Day 43Kalinzu Forest to Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning those wishing to trek to see the habituated Chimpanzees that live in this forest head out early and hopefully see them in their natural environment along with the other animals that make the forest their home.

Once the Chimp trekkers return we then have a game drive as we enter Queen Elizabeth National park. Queen Elizabeth National Park is a conservation success, as is gradually building on its wildlife population after the park was decimated during the civil wars that occurred in Uganda back in the last century. In the afternoon we head down to the shores of the Kazinga Channel where we jump on board our boat for a game cruise where we hope to spot elephants, hippos and buffalo as well as large varieties of bird species.

After a game the game cruise we head to the shores of Lake Edward and our campsite for the night on the edge of the park. Although outside of the park boundaries the animals and especially the hippos like to graze on the surrounding fields nearby.

Distance: 40 kms
Est. Drive Time: 1 hour
Meals: X1 Breakfast, X1 Dinner

Included wildlife activities: Game cruise on the Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park. Slow transit afternoon drive, Queen Elizabeth.
Vehicle for game drive: Overland truck

Optional Excursion: Chimpanzee trek in Kalinzu Forest

Days 44 - 45Queen Elizabeth to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

We are up early as the sunrises this morning as we make our way out of the park keeping an eye out for the elephants and kobs along the way as we head up the Albertine Rift Escarpment with the stunning views of the park.

As we make our way further into Uganda, extensive fruit stalls appear at the side of the road and vendors approach the truck selling cold bottle of water and soft drink, corn and skewers of fresh cooked meat. We stop at traditional craft markets and the Equator and stay overnight in the capital Kampala.

We leave the capital the next day and travel to the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, the only place in Uganda to see rhinos.

Here there is the option in the afternoon to go for a rhino trek on foot or do a boat trip in the park.

Optional excursions: Rhino trek, boat ride

Days 46 - 48Ziwa to Jinja

We arrive at Jinja! This is the “adventure capital” of East Africa. Jinja is situated by the White Nile, close to Lake Victoria at the source.

Here we have a couple of days to relax and can take advantage of the wide range of activities on offer: white water rafting, quad biking, horse riding, bungee jumping, bush walking, helping out in a local school plus a variety of boat and kayak trips.

Distance, Day 46: 209 kms
Est. Drive Time, Day 46: +/- 6 hours incl. lunch stop
Meals: X1 Breakfast, X1 Dinner

Optional excursions: Whitewater rafting, bungee jump, kayaking, boat trips and cruises, incl. fishing trips, sups, voluntary work in a local school, quad biking, horse riding, mountain biking.

Day 49Jinja to Eldoret, Kenya

Leaving Uganda behind us, we cross the border into the last country on our tour – Kenya! We make our way to our next camp. In Eldoret, look out for runners along the road as we drive through, as this is the training ground of many of Kenya’s famous athletes.

Distance: 268 kms
Est. Drive Time: +/- 7.5 hours (depending on the border) incl. stops for lunch & shopping
Meals: X1 Breakfast, X1 Dinner

Days 50 - 51Eldoret to Nakuru

From Eldoret we drive on to Nakuru, in the beautiful Kenyan Rift Valley, where we are based for two nights while we go out on safari in Nakuru National Park.

Nakuru is situated around Lake Nakuru which is regularly home to a myriad of greater and lesser flamingos, who can turn the edge of the water a pale pink as they feed on algae in the lake’s soda waters. The park is flanked on one side by the dramatic Baboon Cliffs, a popular viewing point, and euphorbia stands and acacia forests on the other. The park also is a stronghold for both rhino species, and boasts all the favorites you would want to see, including the rare Rothschild’s giraffe. Here we have a full day of guided game drives here with a local guide.

Distance: 169 kms
Est Drive Time: 5 hours incl. stops for lunch and shopping
Meals: X2 Breakfasts, X2 Dinners

Included wildlife activity: Full day of game drives in Nakuru National Park.
Vehicle for game drives: 4×4 minivan with pop up roof

Days 52 - 53Nakuru to Naivasha

We arrive at Lake Naivasha, where we spend a couple of days chilling out on the banks of the lake. You can have afternoon tea at Elsamere, go on a hippo cruise, go for a guided walk to the Green Crater Lake Sanctuary or hire a bike and take a ride through Hell’s Gate National Park. The cycle in Hell’s Gate is a great way to stretch your legs whilst amongst zebra, eland, gazelle and giraffe. The scenery in this park is stunning due to past volcanic activity 35 million years ago. It can get hot in this park though so take plenty of water.

Distance, Day 52: 70 kms
Est. Drive Time, Day 52: 3 hours incl. stop for shopping
Meals: X2 Breakfasts, X2 Dinners

Included wildlife activity: Hippo cruise Lake Naivasha

Optional excursions: Elsamere for afternoon tea, cycling in Hell’s Gate National Park, guided walk to Green Crater Lake.

Day 54Naivasha to Loita Hills

From Naivasha we make our way towards the Masai Mara reserve. We stop overnight at Loita Hills for a
stay with the Masai.
This afternoon we will visit a women’s village and local hot springs, see traditional dancing and go for a walk with the warriors to learn about their time in the bush and life style.

In the evening we spend time with some of the warriors around the fire to find out more about their culture.

Distance: 154 km
Est. Drive Time: 5 hours incl. stop for shopping
Meals: X1 Breakfast, X1 Dinner

Days 55 - 56Loita Hills to Masai Mara

Up early we have time for some “warrior training” this morning before we say goodbye to our Masai hosts. Then we head on to our last game park for the tour, the Masai Mara, where we have two days of game drives in small open 4 X 4 vehicles with a local guide. The Mara is one of the natural wonders of the world and is perhaps best known for being part of the setting for the famous wildebeest migration, a mass movement of over 2 million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle. The migration moves between the plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya. Apart from the ever-watchful crocodiles
found in and by the rivers, the other ever-vigilant predators, particularly lion, cheetah and hyena, closely follow the herds on their seasonal migrations as well to add to the drama. The Mara is particularly famous for its lion population, as well as cheetah and leopard.

On the months when the migration arrives, any time from late June, the vast herds can be regularly found on the grassy plains. They tend to stay on through to October. Regardless of the season though there is always plenty to see here with resident elephant, rhino, hippo, buffalo, eland, giraffe, warthog and crocodile, as well as an immense amount of birdlife.

Distance, Day 55: 60 km
Est. Drive Time, Day 55: 2 hours
Meals: X2 Breakfasts, X2 Dinners

Included wildlife activity: X1 morning and X2 afternoon game drives
Vehicle for game drives: 4×4 landcruiser with pop up roof

Optional excursion: Balloon safari

Days 57 - 58Masai Mara to Nairobi

The day starts with a final drive through the Masai Mara. Leaving the park, we travel to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, stopping off at the Rift Valley lookout on the way.

The last day is a free day in Nairobi with the option to visit the Giraffe Centre and Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage in the morning.

That evening we have a final group dinner to enjoy a final night together and say farewell.

Distance, Day 57: 300 km
Est. Drive Time, Day 57: Short morning game drive, then 6.5 hours to Nairobi incl. stops for lunch and photos
Meals: X2 Breakfasts, X2 Dinners (incl. contribution to night out)

Included wildlife activity: Morning game drive, Masai Mara
Vehicle for game drive: 4×4 landcruiser with pop up roof

Optional excursions: Meal out at a restaurant, Giraffe Centre, Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage

Please note safari itineraries are given as a guide only. A safari is a journey and true journeys in Africa unfold and are of an adventurous nature, the unexpected can arise, so do allow for this.

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FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

On request we can book you a single tent. Otherwise, you will be sharing a room with somone else from the same sexe if you are a single traveler.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

You can use USD and your Bank card should be accepted in most supermarkets, lodges and bars

Should I book pre/post tour accommodation?

We recommend you arrive the night before. We can book an extra night in the lodge from where the tour starts.