Join this adventure accommodated tour that will take you from south to east Africa and some of its biggest highlights. Enjoy game viewing at Kruger, Matobo, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Nakuru. Experience thundering water of Victoria Falls and the tropical Indian Ocean on Zanzibar. Get close to man's closest cousins when chimpanzee and gorilla trekking in Uganda. This adventure will leave you with amazing memories visiting and seeing some of the most incredible sights in Africa.
This tour includes Gorilla and Chimp Trekking. This is paid at the time of booking - please see supplements for pricing.
Day 1. Johannesburg to Hazyview Highlights. Shangaan tribal dancing . Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.From Johannesburg - South Africa’s commercial capital - we travel via the picturesque panoramic region of Mpumalanga to South Africa’s famed national park – Kruger. Kruger is home to over 505 species of birds, 148 species of mammals and many reptiles which we will enthusiastically search for on our game drive tomorrow.
Day 2. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.Waking early, we meet our local guides and board our open 4x4 safari vehicles with a camera and binoculars ready to capture the day's sights!
Day 3. Hazyview to Tshipise Highlights. Tshipise, South Africa. Accommodation. Tshipise.Leaving Hazyview and the Greater Kruger area we make our way north to the town of Tshipise in the northern Limpopo province. Our accommodation is located at the foot of one of Limpopo’s rolling koppies set adjacent the Honnet Nature Reserve.
Day 4. Tshipise to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Highlights. Bulawayo. Accommodation. Burkes Paradise.This morning, we make our way across South Africa's busiest border post - Beitbridge and cross the border to Zimbabwe. From here we'll travel to Bulawayo, the second largest city with broad tree-lined avenues and wide open spaces.
Day 5. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.Boarding open 4x4 safari vehicles we make our way to Matobo National Park. The reserve is home to 175 bird species, 88 mammals, 39 snake species and 16 fish species. It has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and, provided conditions are right, our guides will lead us on foot to some of the more concealed places in search of these magnificent animals.
Day 6. Bulawayo to Livingstone, Zambia Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.Continuing north, we leave Bulawayo and pass through the town of Victoria Falls, before crossing the border into Zambia. We travel the short distance to the Waterfront Resort a few kilometres from Livingstone.
Day 7-8. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.Spend your leisure days in Livingstone exploring the activities, town and markets or simply relax poolside at the Waterfront. The perfect time to catch up on your social media and share your experiences before heading off into the East Africa part of your holiday.
Day 9. Livingstone to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia. Accommodation. Eureka Camp, Lusaka.Relaxed from the wonderful stay on the banks of the Zambezi, we head through small villages and lush plantations to Lusaka, Zambia’s Capital city. Lusaka is Southern Africa’s fastest growing city with approx 1.7 million people and is the commercial hub as well as the base for the government. Our accommodation for the evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing setting on a farm on the outskirts of the city.
Day 10. Lusaka to Chipata Accommodation. Mamarula Camp.We take the Great Eastern Road through mountainous terrain dotted with quaint villages, crossing the Luangwa River to Chipata. Chipata formerly named Fort Jamerson, has a population of approx 98,000, and is the capital of the Eastern province of Zambia. We overnight just outside of the town in a relaxed lodge set in a tranquil setting.
Day 11. Chipata to South Luangwa National Park Accommodation. Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.Today we head to the South Luangwa National Park, which is known to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world.
Day 12. South Luangwa National Park Highlights. South Luangwa National Park.This morning we have time to relax around the pool, take an optional game walk and enjoy the surrounding before enjoying an afternoon game drive with a local ranger along the river’s edge to see the abundance of animal and birdlife inhabiting the area.
Day 13. South Luangwa National Park to Kande Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi. Accommodation. Kande Beach.Leaving Zambia behind, we cross the border to Malawi passing its capital, Lilongwe. Lake Malawi formerly ‘Lake Nyasa’, covers almost a fifth of the country’s area and has the highest number of endemic freshwater fish species of any in the world and attracts divers globally to seek out the many colourful Cichlid species. We arrive at our accommodation on the lake’s shore in the afternoon and have the rest of the day to swim and explore the beach and surrounding area.
Day 14. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi.Enjoy some free time at your leisure to try some of the water sports available including diving and snorkelling, take a horse ride along the beach or simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, generally known as among the friendliest in Africa, to gain insight into their way of life on an optional guided Village Walk.
Day 15. Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach Highlights. Chitimba Beach. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.Today we travel further north taking the scenic drive through rubber plantations and mountainous scenery to Mzuzu – the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi. It is here we will stop for a short while to grab supplies and check out the markets where you can try your hand at haggling for the local produce and wares.
Day 16. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi.Enjoy a full day in the area to sample the many optional activities of the area. Take a leisurely village walk or do the full day hike to the Livingstonia Mission and Manchewe Falls where after 11km of hiking you can cool off in a natural bath. The Livingstonia Mission is where David Livingstone worked from for a time while staying in Malawi.
Day 17. Chitimba Beach to Iringa, Tanzania Accommodation. Iringa Farmhouse.Leaving Chitimba Beach, we cross the border into Tanzania. We steadily climb in altitude through Tanzania’s Southern Highlands all the way to our overnight stop at Kisolanza Farm House.
Day 18. Iringa to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.We continue towards the Indian Ocean coast and the port city of Dar es Salaam via the Mikumi National Park and we may, with luck, spot some of the animals feeding near the side of the road. ‘Dar’ is Tanzania’s hub of commerce and industry – a hot, bustling seaport city and one of the most important sea routes on earth. To a majority of travellers, this city is the port of call to the more exotic Zanzibar and the remaining of the Archipelago islands. We set up at our accommodation on the beach just outside of the city centre and prepare for our trip to Zanzibar.
Day 20-22. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Accommodation. Sunset Bungalows Kendwa.Today, transfer to the Northern Beaches for the next 3 days. Relax on the sun-kissed beaches, take an optional diving trip to the rich colourful reefs or grab a snorkel and goggles to explore these from above. Indulge in some sumptuous seafood, or simply relax beneath a coconut palm by the turquoise waters and enjoy time at leisure in this tropical haven.
Day 23. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.Today we leave our beach paradise making our way back to the African mainland and to the city of Dar es Salaam where we meet up with our truck once again.
Day 26. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Serengeti Camp.This morning we meet our local guides and transfer to smaller more ‘game park friendly’ vehicles. Driving west, we cross a section of the Great Rift Valley entering the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. We drive around the spectacular ‘Crater’s rim and down onto the Serengeti plains.
Day 27. Ngorongoro Crater Accommodation. Ngorongoro Camp.Waking early, with our camera and binoculars at hand we enjoy a morning game drive in search for the numerous animals inhabiting the park including the elusive leopard. It's then back to camp for some lunch before ascends the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater.
Day 28. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.We wake early and with the rising sun, descend the steep dirt tracks into the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning of game driving in this spectacular wildlife haven. All of the major mammals are present except giraffe (which cannot manage the steep slopes leading down to the Crater floor). Get ready for an unforgettable wildlife experience!
Day 29. Arusha to Nairobi, Kenya Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.Departing Tanzania, we make our way across the Maasai Steppe to the Kenyan frontier. Completing formalities at Namanga border post, we drive the last stretch of road to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and to our accommodation for the evening.
Day 30. Nairobi Highlights. Nairobi.Explore Kenya's capital, Nairobi on this free day. Popular optional excursions include the National Museum of Kenya; Visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Centre or check out the Karen Blixen Museum in the nearby town of Karen. Alternatively, the day is yours to simply relax and enjoy some ‘downtime’ by checking out the shopping, markets, bars and restaurants.
Day 31. Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park Highlights. Lake Nakuru, Kenya. Accommodation. Punda Millias.Leaving the bustling city, we descend into the ‘Great Rift Valley’, an enormous cleft in the Earth’s surface occurring due to tectonic movement of the Earth's crust in this area. We stop at a lookout point to take in the magnificent views before making our way to Lake Nakuru National Park.
Day 32. Lake Nakuru to Eldoret Highlights. Equator. Accommodation. Naiberi Camp.From Nakuru we continue north-west to the town of Eldoret, crossing from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere over the Equator.
Day 33. Eldoret to Kampala, Uganda Highlights. Kampala, Uganda. Accommodation. Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala.We cross into Uganda, Winston Churchill’s ‘Pearl of Africa’, a country with beautiful rolling mountains and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures. Driving to the the capital, we pass through numerous villages with their colourful signs and children waving us along the way.
Day 34. Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park Accommodation. Simba Camp, Uganda.Rising early, we travel west towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, across the Equator again, through rich fertile lands, lush banana plantations and quaint villages. Our accommodation is a short distance from the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here you will have the opportunity to explore the surrounding areas or relax at the lodge with a good book.
Day 36. Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake Bunyonyi Accommodation. Lake Bunyonyi Camp.Today we make our way to Lake Bunyonyi, Africa's second deepest lake with a depth of nearly 900m and 27km long, 7km wide. The lake has 29 islands that can be accessed by local boats making it a great place to be on the days when your not trekking for the gorillas.
Day 39. Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala Highlights. Equator. Accommodation. Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala.After our exhilarating trekking experience, we travel back to Kampala, crossing the Equator to the northern hemisphere again. If time allows this evening, explore the cities nightlife and unique restaurants.
Day 40. Kampala to Jinja Highlights. Lake Victoria, Uganda. Accommodation. Nile River Explorer.After our night in the city we drive the short distance to the town of Jinja which is situated on the banks of Lake Victoria and the White Nile, Africa’s (and the world’s) longest river. This major water source begins its 4132-mile course through Uganda, Sudan and eventually Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea.
Day 41-42. Jinja Highlights. Jinja, Uganda.Over the next two days enjoy time at your leisure. Adrenaline lovers can head to the world-class rapids and try rafting - an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of ‘white-water’. Those seeking a more relaxing day can visit the local school project: ‘Softpower’ is a locally run voluntary programme aimed at building and improving schools in the Jinja area to which your contribution of a few hours of painting or plastering is always most welcome or simply just relax on the banks of the Nile.
Day 43. Jinja to Eldoret, Kenya Accommodation. Naiberi Camp.Leaving Jinja, we retrace our footsteps across the border and back into Kenya and onward to Eldoret where we will enjoy our last night around the open fire in the lodge's unique cave bar.
Day 44. Eldoret to NairobiThis morning we leave Eldoret and make our way south to Nairobi where our tour ends on arrival in the city.
MoAfrika literally means 'African People' in the language of the local Sotho populace, the original inhabitants of the Highveld. Your host, Anthony, has skillfully created a unique lodge in which an african theme induces a warm welcome for guests. Set on a 8000 square metre land through which a stream flows, MoAfrika Lodge provides a rustic and tranquil setting where guests can unwind in a relaxed and country atmosphere. Rooms - single, dorm, family and twin/double en-suite rooms available. Breakfast and airport transfer available.
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.
Conveniently located on Nairobi's Harry Thuku Road and set in manicured gardens, this hotel offers a peaceful oasis in the centre of town. Walking distance to shops and craft markets. Rooms – single, twin, double en suite rooms with balcony and satellite TV. Facilities – restaurant, bar, swimming pool, internet, laundry. Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Johannesburg early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.
GORILLA & CHIMPANZEE TREK:
Depending on the availability of the chimpanzee and gorilla permits the tour itinerary may vary in day to day running order which is based on the brochure itinerary. From time to time we may have to trek on different days. If at any chance our Gorilla trek should be in another neighbouring country, e.g. Rwanda (instead of Uganda) this may entail extra visa fees although we shall endeavour to advise you before departure of any significant changes to the tour itinerary. Please take the above itinerary as a guideline only. This applies to day 36 – 38 of this tour.
Twin share accommodation with facilities (41 nights) twin share tents with sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (2 nights) some accommodation may have a bar or swimming pool.
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with on-board tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, 4x4 safari vehicle and fast ferry.
GAME PARK VISITS:
In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit.
41 Breakfasts, 33 Lunches, 33 Dinners
41 nights twin share accommodation, 2 night bush camping at Serengeti/Ngorongoro (equipment supplied).
Every Overland tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.
* This pass is a compulsory add-on for this tour.