The ultimate African adventure safari. This tour will take you gorilla trekking in Uganda, game watching in world renowned Big 5 game reserves, experiencing diverse cultures such as the Masai and Chichewa. Get out into prime safari country in the Maasai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater and chill on the beaches of Zanzibar and Lake Malawi.
Gorilla and Chimp trekking permits are booked at the time of confirming your tour at an additional cost. See more info for details.
Day 2. Lake Nakuru to EldoretOnwards and upwards today, crossing the Equator and heading up the other side of the Great Rift Valley our journey takes us to the 5th largest town in Kenya, Eldoret. The lush farmland setting makes it an ideal spot for grain, dairy and horticultural farms which dominate the area.
Day 3. Eldoret to Kampala, Uganda Highlights. Kampala, Uganda.First border crossing today of the five on the tour as we continue our journey westwards and into Uganda and on to the hilly capital of Kampala.
Day 4. Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park Area Highlights. Equator.It's a dawn departure this morning as we leave Kampala while the city is gearing up for the day. Our journey takes us back across the Equator and on through fertile terraced hillsides, lush banana plantations and tangled forests to our destination for this evening on the outskirts of the Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Day 6. Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake BunyonyiSurrounded by lush hills, Lake Bunyonyi is the second deepest lake in Africa with depths of up to 900m and this is our destination for the next few days. An amazing spot to relax and unwind.
Day 9. Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala Highlights. Kampala, Uganda.Leaving Lake Bunyonyi behind, our journey takes us back across the Equator today and back into Kampala where we will hopefully get the chance to sample some of the local cuisine and nightlife
Day 10. Kampala to JinjaOnwards from the hustle and bustle of Kampala to the shore of Africa's largest lake - Lake Victoria. Our camp is located on the banks of the mighty River Nile with fantastic views out over the water. Relax in the pool with a cool drink, head out to explore the local villages or seek adventure river rafting the grade 5 rapids!
Day 11-12. Jinja Highlights. Jinja, Uganda.We have two days in Jinja to enjoy a variety of different optional activities. Here you can white water raft the rapids on the Nile, Quad Bike or Mountain bike through the local villages or have a day helping out at a volunteer project at a local school. Simply do as much or as little as you would like.
Day 13. Jinja to Eldoret, KenyaLeaving Uganda, the 'Pearl of Africa', behind and re-entering Kenya we retrace our steps back to our camp in Eldoret.
Day 14. Eldoret to NairobiMaking the fourth and final crossing of the Equator today we are back into the Southern Hemisphere and Kenya's capital city, Nairobi and our camp in one of the pleasant suburbs.
Day 15. NairobiWe have a free day today to explore this vibrant city and the variety of what is on offer may surprise you. Check out the museums, visit an animal orphanage or sanctuary or simply take some downtime in preparation for the next leg of the journey.
Day 16. Nairobi to Maasai Mara National ReserveCrossing a different section of the Great Rift Valley we pause to take in the views of the sweeping vistas as our journey takes us, in specialised game viewing vehicles to the edge of this world famous reserve.
Day 17. Maasai Mara National Reserve Highlights. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.We enjoy a full day game driving with our specialised guides today. Offering excellent year round game viewing we are sure to be rewarded by some excellent sightings. If we are visiting between July and October we may be fortunate enough to witness one of natures spectacles as the wildebeest and other grazing animals cross the Mara River on their annual migration. Timing of this all comes down to the rains and the fresh grazing.
Day 18. Maasai Mara National Reserve to NairobiLeaving the plains and Acacia trees of the Mara behind we return to Nairobi where we are reunited with our adventure vehicle and have a final night in Nairobi prior to continuing our southbound journey tomorrow.
Day 20. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.Today we meet up with the local specialised guides in the 4x4 game viewing vehicles and we are off on Safari again. This time we are off to the endless sea of grass that is the Serengeti National Park which borders the Maasai Mara National Reserve to the north where we have been a few days earlier.
Day 21. Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro CraterOur morning is spent exploring the tracks and rock kopjes in search of some amazing game. Our experienced guides are in the park on a regular basis and know exactly where to go for the best game viewing.
Day 22. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.Wrapping up against the early morning chill and seeing the sun rise over the crater rim we climb back into our vehicles and descend the steep roadway down to the crater floor where we have the whole morning game driving in this wildlife haven. Home to a plethora of animals and bird life its an unforgettable morning.
Day 23. Arusha to Bagamoyo Highlights. Bagamoyo, Tanzania.We are off early this morning with the warm waters of the Indian Ocean being our destination. Travelling via Moshi, we hope to catch a glimpse of the snow capped roof of Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro towering above us at 5895m. Dropping steadily down to sea level through sisal plantations we eventually reach the old trading port of Bagamoyo and our camp, close to the palm fringed Indian Ocean beaches.
Day 24. Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.Southbound along the coast we slowly make our way through the busy sea port of Dar es Salaam. It's a hot, humid and colourful city and the jumping off point for the neighbouring spice island of Zanzibar.
Day 26-27. Zanzibar Beaches Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania.From the vibrant town we travel north to the idyllic white sandy palm fringed beaches. Maybe take in a spice and slave tour or snorkel and dive in the azure waters that surround the island.
Day 28. Kendwa, Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaTravelling back down the beautiful spice island, we take an afternoon fast ferry back to the mainland and back to our beach front camp.
Day 29. Dar es Salaam to Mikumi Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.Leaving the Indian Ocean coastline behind our day takes us southwest and to our camp just outside the Mikumi National Park where there may be the opportunity to enjoy a game drive in the park before enjoying dinner around the fire under a blanket of stars.
Day 30. Mikumi to IringaAscending steadily, the road takes us up into the Southern Highlands of Tanzania into a lush farming region which supplies both local markets and those further afield in Dar es Salaam.
Day 31. Iringa to Chitimba Beach, Malawi Highlights. Chitimba Beach.Enjoying the last of the Tanzanian hospitality, our journey takes us from the Southern Highlands of Tanzania and onwards down, via tea plantations to the Songwe River and the bridge that marks the frontier with Malawi.
Day 32. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi.We have the whole day free and its a perfect opportunity to stretch the legs again and take a hike up the Livingstonia Plateau up the 11kms to the Manchewe Falls.
Day 33. Chitimba Beach to Kande BeachContinuing south along the inviting waters of Lake Malawi we stop briefly at the vibrant market town of Muzuzu which is also the regional capital.
Day 34. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi.Kande is the perfect lakeside location to enjoy a variety of different activities from. Both land based as well as water based activities are available here and we will also have the opportunity to visit the local school and village to get a taste of real Malawian life.
Day 35. Kande Beach to Chipata, ZambiaPrior to entering our fifth and final country on the tour today, Zambia, our journey takes us inland from the lakeshore passing to the north of the capital city, Lilongwe, before we reach the border with Zambia.
Day 36. Chipata to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia.We have a long day on the road today, covering the miles towards Zambia's capital, Lusaka. Our journey takes us through many small villages and communities.
Day 37. Lusaka to Livingstone Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.From the capital city to the adventure capital of southern Africa, Livingstone.
Day 38-39. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.Our final two days of the tour are at leisure in Livingstone and between our experienced guides on the Acacia tour and the team at our camp on the river bank we will be sure to tick off a few items off the bucket list. Maybe it's the 111m bungee jump, or the Grade 5 rapids with names like 'Overland Truck Eater'. Whatever choices are made, the days will be action packed and fun filled.
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.
Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, The Zambezi Waterfront has an array of accommodation from pre-erected tents, to private en suite waterfront chalets set in spacious grounds. There is a lively bar with river views and a booking office if there are any additional activities around Victoria Falls that you might want to book. single and double pre-erected tents with shared facilities, twin and family en suite chalets, camping. restaurant, bar, plunge pool, activity booking office, internet. 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 Nairobi 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.
If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of this part of Africa. Accommodation is usually available locally on arrival but you can pre-book this with Acacia or your agent. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Livingstone area that can be arranged locally.
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:
The Uganda Wildlife Authority imposes strict regulations regarding the gorilla trekking permits. One of these is that permits must be booked and paid in advance. In order for us to do this we must collect your permit fee, in addition to your normal deposit, at the time of booking. Like your deposit, the permit fee is not refundable if you cancel your tour. The Gorilla and Chimpanzee permit currently (January 2020) costs between US$780.00 - US$800.00 per person. Please ask your agent or Acacia for the equivalent amount in your own currency. On rare occasions, subject to permit availability, we may purchase trekking permits to view the gorillas in neighbouring Rwanda. Please take the above itinerary as a guideline only. This applies to day 6-8 of this tour.
We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in groundsheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool. In Maasai Mara we use multi shared tented camp with en-suite facilities. In the Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater there are basic facilities. On Zanzibar we use basic tourist class local hotels.
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari vehicle with on-board tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, pop top minivan, 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.
This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in assisting with the various day to day duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the Acacia vehicle tidy (usually on a rota basis). But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip. Our accommodated tour option travels together with the camping counterpart.
38 Breakfasts, 31 Lunches, 31 Dinners
33 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 2 nights in twin share pre-erected en suite tents, 3 nights tourist class hotel
Every adventure 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.