This adventure tour from Pretoria to Nairobi includes mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda, visits to world-renowned Big 5 game parks, the friendly beaches of Lake Malawi, the tropical beaches of Zanzibar, and the mighty Zambezi river - everything you could ask for from the great rivers, shimmering lakes and majestic mountains of southern and east Africa.
Day 1. Pretoria to Hazyview Highlights. Shangaan Cultural Evening.Journeying out of Pretoria, we head to South Africa's Mpumalanga Province to the small town of Hazyview adjacent to the magnificent Kruger National Park.
Day 2. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.Waking early we have breakfast and then meet our local guides who will be taking us into the Kruger National Park. After safety briefings, we board the 4x4 game viewing vehicles and head off in search of game.
Day 3. Hazyview to Tshipise Highlights. Tshipise, South Africa.Heading further north we travel through Amarula country with rolling hills, farms and bushveld scenery on our way to Tshipise near the border of Zimbabwe.
Day 4. Tshipise to Bulawayo, ZimbabweThis morning we cross one of southern Africa's busiest land borders. After formalities, we continue into Zimbabwe and to the second city Bulawayo.
Day 5. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.Today we head out on another wildlife adventure with an opportunity to head out on foot in the African bushveld.
Day 6. Matobo National Park to Livingstone, Zambia Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.Leaving the kopjies and interesting boulder scenes behind, we travel through Zimbabwe to Livingstone in Zambia where we settle in for the next few nights.
Day 7-8. Livingstone Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.The next days are free to explore Livingstone, the Zambezi and the many activities on offer here.
Day 9. Livingstone to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia.Leaving the mighty Zambezi we travel north-east to Zambia's Capital city Lusaka where we spend our next night.
Day 10. Lusaka to South Luangwa National ParkOne of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world - South Luangwa National Park is remote making it one of the best places for wildlife viewing without crowds.
Day 11. South Luangwa National Park Highlights. South Luangwa National Park.We have some free time this morning to book onto optional game walks, or additional game drives if desired.
Day 12. South Luangwa National Park to Kande Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi.Leaving Zambia we cross to Malawi and head to the beach!
Day 13. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi.Today you have some free time to enjoy the warm fresh water Lake Malawi, relax on the beach with a cool beverage, or head out and explore.
Day 14. Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach Highlights. Chitimba Beach.Journeying north we drive past the vast rubber plantations before making a stop at the town of Mzuzu. There is a large local market place where the surrounding villages come to stock up on wares with many interesting things to see. From here we head back to the northern shores of the Lake and our camp at Chitimba Beach.
Day 15. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi.With another day at leisure you'll be forgiven for wanting some adventure - and the Livingstonia Mission hike is just the think for those looking to stretch their legs and get in some mountain views.
Day 16. Chitimba Beach to Iringa, TanzaniaDriving further north we head out of Malawi and into Tanzania. Winding our way up the Rift Valley escarpment we pass through the town of Mbeya and some small villages en-route to our camp for the night at Kizolanza Farm - a working farm that is at an altitude of 1,600m so it has a pleasant climate and some fantastic produce.
Day 17. Iringa to Mikumi National Park areaWith Iringa behind us, we make our way to the forth largest National Park in Tanzania, the Mikumi National Park. Our accommodation is located a stone throw from the park gates and if time allows, join an afternoon optional game drive through the grassy plains and iconic baobab trees in search of Lion, Elephant, Buffalo and Leopard and numerous other wildlife species.
Day 19. Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania.We catch our ferry to the spice island this morning and once we've completed the immigration formalities on arrival, head to our lodge in Zanzibar's capital - Stone Town.
Day 20 to 22. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania.Time on Zanzibar is spent at leisure to allow for activities and experiences on the island.
Day 23. Zanzibar to Dar es SalaamThis morning we finish off some final shopping and sightseeing in Stone Town before we head back to Dar es Salaam and our Acacia vehicle at the beach camp.
Day 26. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.After packing our gear on the smaller game viewing vehicles and being briefed by our guides, we hit the road toward safari country.
Day 27. Serengeti to Ngorongoro CraterWe head out with the rising sun on a morning game drive to see if we can catch the predators while they're still active after the night.
Day 28. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.This morning's highlight is game driving in the Ngorongoro Crater. Heading down the steep crater walls you'll spot the herds as they wake for the day and with a bit of luck, the predators won't be far behind.
Day 29. Arusha to Nairobi, KenyaWe pass Mount Meru on the outskirts of Arusha on our drive north to the border with Kenya, where after border formalities we continue on to the Capital city Nairobi.
Day 30. NairobiSpend the day visiting the Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage where you'll get to see rescued elephants of every shape and size. Alternatively, the Langatta Giraffe Centre offers the unique opportunity to learn about Giraffe.
Day 31. Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park Highlights. Lake Nakuru, Kenya.From the bustling Capital, we make our way down the Kenyan Rift Valley escarpment and on to the town of Nakuru, and the small but wildlife rich Nakuru National Park. This afternoon we explore the park and hope to see the pink flamingos, rhino, giraffe and if we really peal our eyes - the resident leopards too!
Day 32. Lake Nakuru to Eldoret Highlights. Equator.From Nakuru, we continue northwest and climb in altitude towards the town of Eldoret en route to the Ugandan frontier. We cross from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere today over the Equator, enjoy some time here learning a little about its significance and taking photos before moving onwards to Eldoret.
Day 33. Eldoret to Kampala, Uganda Highlights. Kampala, Uganda.We cross into Uganda this morning and make our way through the beautiful natural scenery, farmlands and villages to Kampala - the vibrant and bustling capital city set across 5 rolling hills. Marvel at the busy boda-boda taxis, the colourful local shops, local eateries and the friendly Ugandan people.
Day 34. Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National ParkFrom the Capital, we head out to the mountains and the Queen Elizabeth National Park area where prepare for our chimp trekking the following day.
Day 36. Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake Bunyonyi Highlights. Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda.Today we make our way to the lush and picturesque ‘Lake Bunyonyi’ (‘Place of many little birds’). This lake is 27 km long, 7km wide and at an elevation of 1950 metres above sea level is surrounded by undulating hills between 2200m to 2478 m high.
Day 39. Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala Highlights. Kampala, Uganda.After our magnificent wildlife and lake encounter, we make our way back to the Capital city Kampala where we have the opportunity to head out for a night in this vibrant bustling city.
Day 40. Kampala to JinjaToday we make our way to the White Nile and our lovely riverside camp at Jinja. The town is nestled at the source of this mighty river which supplies the surrounding villages and towns with a much-needed source of water, and makes for great adventure activities too!
Day 41-42. Jinja Highlights. Jinja, Uganda.Our camp is situated on the grassy banks overlooking the Nile River. It is here that we have the option to try river rafting - an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of ‘white-water’. There is also the opportunity to make some difference to local children at a 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. Other activities at Jinja include mountain biking, quad biking, village walks and even bungy jumping!
Day 43. Jinja to Eldoret, KenyaWe bid our farewells to Uganda and cross over to Eldoret once more. Tonight is our last night together and we enjoy the evening chatting about our wild adventures.
Day 44. Eldoret to NairobiTravelling back up the Rift Valley Escarpment we make our way back into the hustle and bustle of the city where our tour ends.
Court Classique Suite Hotel is set among the embassy buildings in suburban Arcadia, Pretoria. This 3-storey building is 3.9 km from the city centre allowing easy access to restaurants, cinemas shops and cultural attractions. It's also 6.5 km from the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Court Classique Suite Hotel offers single and double ensuite rooms, free WiFi, a restaurant, swimming pool, a spa room and wine cellar.
* 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 Pretoria 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 also pre-book this with Acacia. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Nairobi 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 AND CHIMPANZEE TREKS & PERMITS:
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 37-38 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 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, 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.
43 Breakfasts, 33 Lunches, 34 Dinners
39 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 4 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.