Game Parks and Gorillas (Accommodated) (28 Days)

Tour Code 19GAG28A. Accommodated Overland
28 days from
$4'378 USD
USDwas 4865 USD
Plus 780 USD mandatory supplements.
Plus 1520 USD mandatory Adventure Pass
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Suitable for Ages: 18 to 39. Group Size: Average 16 Maximum 24

See the best of East Africa's wildlife on this amazing accomodated overland

This accommodated overland will take you to some of East Africa's best national parks to see its most incredible wildlife. Trekking for chimpanzees and gorillas in Uganda then across the Equator searching for the 'big 5' in Maasai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. This tour will leave you with the desire to explore more of this incredible continent.

This tour includes Gorilla and Chimp Trekking. This is paid at the time of booking - please see supplements for pricing.

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Day 1. Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park Highlights. Lake Nakuru, Kenya. Accommodation. Naiberi Camp.

Departing early we leave Nairobi behind, descending into the great rift valley to Lake Nakuru National Park - famed for it's variety of bird life, especially the large flamingo population. Rhino, antelope, baboon, warthog, leopard, buffalo and lion also call this park their home and can be spotted here on our afternoon game drive.

Day 2. Lake Nakuru to Eldoret Accommodation. Punda Millias.

Leaving Nakuru, we make our way northwest to the town of Eldoret, crossing over the equator from the Southern- to Northern Hemisphere. Eldoret is Kenya's fifth largest town, with a population of around 194,000.

Day 3. Eldoret to Kampala, Uganda Highlights. Kampala, Uganda. Accommodation. Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala.

Today we leave Kenya and cross the border into Uganda - making our way to the capital, Kampala.

Kampala is Uganda's national and commercial capital, and spans a large area over the hills, bordering onto Lake Victoria - the source of the Nile River. A mix of modern sky scrapers and traditional dwellings, it makes for an interesting sight and gives some insight into the local Ugandan culture.

Day 4. Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park Accommodation. Simba Camp, Uganda.

We travel west towards Queen Elizabeth National park today, again crossing the Equator through steep mountains, forest and hillside.

Day 5. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Chimpanzee Trek Highlights. Chimpanzee Trek, Kyambura Gorge, Uganda. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. Accommodation. Simba Camp, Uganda.

We enter Queen Elizabeth National Park this morning getting views of the mountains that separate Uganda from Central Africa. We trek for the chimpanzees at Kyambura Gorge, with chimps mostly living up in the trees we will be peering into the forest canopy to get a view of them.

Day 6. Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake Bunyoni Highlights. Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda. Accommodation. Lake Bunyonyi Camp.

Today we travel to Lake Bunyonyi, Africa's second deepest lake with depths of nearly 900m in parts. The lake has 29 islands that can be visited by local boats and will be our base for the next couple of nights whilst we trek the nearby forests in search of gorillas.

Day 7-8. Lake Bunyonyi or Gorilla trek Highlights. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda. Accommodation. Lake Bunyonyi Camp.

Permit slots limit the amount of visitors per trek and if not on a gorilla trek, we are free to explore the Lake Bunyonyi area during our days here.

Day 9. Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala Accommodation. Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala.

Today we leave the lake area and make our way back to the capital Kampala for the night.

Day 10. Kampala to Jinja Highlights. Jinja, Uganda. Accommodation. Nile River Explorer.

We leave Kampala and make the short trip to the town of Jinja on the banks of Lake Victoria and the Nile river. We spend the next three nights here where we can relax or enjoy many different optional activities.

Day 11-12. Jinja Accommodation. Nile River Explorer.

These days are free for you to either relax or enjoy the many optional activities available in the area - such as bungee jumping, quad biking, white water rafting, community school project, Nile cruise and many more.

Day 13. Jinja to Eldoret, Kenya Accommodation. Punda Millias.

Departing Jinja, we cross back over the border into Kenya where we spend the night in Eldoret.

Day 14. Eldoret to Nairobi Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.

Leaving Eldoret, we cross over the Equator south to Nairobi where we spend the next two nights.

This evening can be spent relaxing or out on the town exploring the glittering nightlife of the city.

Day 15. Nairobi Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.

The day is yours to go and explore this incredible city. Visit the local shops, markets, bars and restaurants, national museum, elephant orphanage, giraffe centre, or Nairobi National Park.

Day 16. Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve Accommodation. Maasai Mara Camp.

Leaving Nairobi early, we travel across the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve where we will spend the next two nights.

Day 17. Maasai Mara National Reserve Highlights. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Accommodation. Maasai Mara Camp.

Waking to the sounds of the wilderness, we have an early breakfast and then head out in search of the famed wildlife of the Maasai Mara. Along the way, we may catch a glimpse of the local Maasai herdsmen as they steer their cattle to the greener pastures on the fringe of the reserve.

We spend the day driving the winding tracks in search of the Big Five, before heading back to our camp in the late afternoon.

Day 18. Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi Highlights. Nairobi. Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.

We bid our farewell to the Maasai lands and make our way back along the Rift Valley to Nairobi. This is our last night in Kenya and we may head out to explore the nightlife, or enjoy an evening at camp telling our wonderful safari tales around the fire.

Day 19. Nairobi to Arusha Highlights. Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.

We leave Kenya today and make our way into Tanzania via the Namanga frontier. We travel to Arusha, a city situated exactly mid-way between Cairo and Cape Town.

After checking in at our camp, we visit a local Maasai village where we can learn about their culture and see how they live.

Day 20. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Serengeti Camp.

This morning we meet our local expert guides and transfer to safari vehicles, which we will use for the next few days, exploring the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

Driving west across the Great Rift Valley, we enter the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area before driving around its rim onto the Serengeti plains. The afternoon is spent on game drive as we explore this wilderness and make our way to the un-fenced camp for an unforgettable night under the African stars.

Day 21. Ngorongoro Crater Accommodation. Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater.

Another early morning greets us as we hear the roars and grunts of the wilderness as we wake. We head out again seeking the predators that have been active last night.

After breakfast, we game drive our way out of the plains and we ascend the outer wall of the Crater on our way to our camp on the crater rim. At high altitude, it is not uncommon to have a cool night after the warm day on the plain below.

Day 22. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.

Today we make our way onto the Crater floor for a morning of game driving. Most of the large mammal species are found here - apart from giraffe that cannot manage the steep slopes leading to the Crater floor.

We zig-zag along the dirt tracks and seek out hyena packs wallowing in the mud, sleek cheetah that lie so camouflaged in the tall grass, and see plenty antelope. Although the Ngorongoro Crater has a relatively small size, there is a great abundance of wildlife to be seen here.

After lunch we make our way back to Arusha for the night.

Day 23. Arusha to Bagamoyo Highlights. Bagamoyo, Tanzania. Accommodation. Firefly Camp.

Transferring back onto our overland truck, we leave Arusha travelling south to Bagamoyo. En-route we journey past the town of Moshi and with a little luck and clear weather, will get to see the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro - the highest peak in Africa.

Bagamoyo was once a trading port to Tanzania and a base for some of the great explorers before they headed off into the African wilderness. Our camp for the night is situated a stone's throw from the ocean

Day 24. Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.

Travelling further south, we make our way via the busy coastal road to Dar es Salaam - Tanzania's main port city.

Our accommodation is located south of the harbour, on a lovely stretch of beach - a perfect location to start enjoying the warm Indian Ocean waters!

Day 25. Dar es Salaam to Stone Town, Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Accommodation. Mazsons Hotel, Stone Town.

We board the busy fast ferry and cross the channel to the beautiful island of Zanzibar. Arriving around midday, we have the afternoon at leisure to either relax, or to seek out our own adventures.

Visit the old fort, museum, take a shot at finding your way through the winding alleyways as you discover the stalls and markets of the local traders. With a strong Arabic influence, Stone Town is a maze of streets and markets - and an absolute pleasure to explore!

Day 26-27. Zanzibar - Northern Beaches Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Accommodation. Sunset Bungalows Kendwa.

This morning there is an opportunity to visit one of the local fruit and spice farms on a guided tour. Learn how the island came to be a major player in the spice trade and sample some of the delicious fresh tropical fruits grown here.

For our next two nights we travel to the north of the island and its beaches. The days are free for you to relax on the beach or enjoy some of the optional activities available.

Day 28. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam

This morning we have the time to go for one last swim or do some last minute shopping before we catch the ferry back to Dar es Salaam on the African mainland where our tour ends.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Hotel Boulevard, Nairobi

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.

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation.
Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam

An informal and secure thatched resort set on a golden stretch of beach on the south coast of Dar es Salaam and reached by ferry from the city centre. The relaxed restaurant is well-known for its seafood, and has tables set in the sand and hammocks strung up in the palm trees. Rooms – single, twin, double or family share bandas, some en suite, camping. Facilities – restaurant and bar. The Indian Ocean here is ideal for swimming.

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Additional Info

PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Nairobi early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive at least 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 also pre-book this with Acacia. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Dar es Salaam area you can arrange locally or with your Tour Leader.

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 6-8 of this tour.

ACCOMMODATION:
Twin share accommodation with facilities (25 nights) twin share tents with sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (2 nights) some may be with bar or swimming pool.

TRANSPORT:
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, safari vehicle, 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.

TOUR STYLE:
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 truck 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.

Meals
27 Breakfasts, 22 Lunches, 22 Dinners

Accommodation
23 nights twin share accommodation, 2 nights tented camp with en-suite facilities, 2 nights bush camping at Serengeti/Ngorongoro (equipment supplied).

Includes.
Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Sleeping bag, mattress + Pillow (Serengeti, 1 night, Ngorongoro Crater, 1 night)
Meals as indicated
Accommodation as indicated
Services of two crew

Included highlights:
The Great Rift Valley
Lake Nakuru NP, Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
Maasai Mara excursion with small vehicle*
Maasai Village Walk with Resident Guide
Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion in Purpose Built Vehicles, Game Drives with Resident Guide*
Zanzibar, Return Ferry & Accommodation

*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
Excludes.
Visas
Flights
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature
Meals on Zanzibar (Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3)
Meals in Nairobi (Lunch x 1, Dinner x 2)
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Adventure Pass

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.

1520 USD or 1650 USD * (If prepaid)

* This pass is a compulsory add-on for this tour.

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