Rivers, Lakes & Mountains (Accommodated) (36 Days)

Tour Code 19RLM36A. Accommodated Overland
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$5'296 USD
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Plus 780 USD mandatory supplements.
Plus 1110 USD mandatory Adventure Pass
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Suitable for Ages: 18 to 39. Group Size: Average 16, Maximum 24. Age Group: 2+

Explore the exhilarating highlights of Southern & East Africa!

Experience some of Southern and East Africa's best highlights. Hear the thundering sound of the Victoria Falls and enjoy the serenity of Lake Malawi and Zanzibar. Game drive in Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Nakuru before crossing the equator and trekking for the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. This tour will take you to see some of the most beautiful parts of Africa and to see some of the incredible wildlife too.

This tour includes Gorilla and Chimp Trekking. This is paid at the time of booking - please see supplements for pricing. This tour also joins up with our northbound trips from Pretoria via Zimbabwe, or from Cape Town via Namibia & Botswana.

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Day 1. Livingstone to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia. Accommodation. Eureka Camp, Lusaka.

This morning we leave the Victoria Falls Waterfront behind and visit the Victoria Falls. At over a mile wide and some 100 metres deep, it forms the largest curtain of falling water in the world - hence their local name Mosi oa Tunya (‘smoke that thunders’).

After viewing the falls we head through small rural villages to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. Lusaka is Southern Africa’s fastest growing city with approx 1.7 million people. Our accommodation for the evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing farm setting outside of the city centre.

Day 2. Lusaka to South Luangwa National Park Accommodation. Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.

Leaving Lusaka behind we head to Zambia's famous 'South Luangwa National Park'. Known to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, this amazing park covers 20,000 sq miles of savannah woodland watered by a 500 mile–long river.

There are 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species inhabiting the area. Hippo’s, elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, giraffe with many other species flourish around the water edge and around the park. On arrival, we settle into our accommodation and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to sample the many optional activities from walking safaris and village walks.

Day 3. South Luangwa National Park Highlights. South Luangwa National Park. Accommodation. Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.

After a relaxing morning soaking up the beauty of the area, swimming in the pool or reading a book, we head out on an open vehicle game drive with a local ranger along the river’s edge to see the abundance of animals roaming and the prolific birdlife inhabiting the area. Your tour includes one guided game drive during our stay.

Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive leopard and watch the quirky elephants as they play in the puddles and pools in the river.

Day 4. South Luangwa National Park to Kande Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi. Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.

Leaving Zambia behind, we cross the border to Malawi. Lake Malawi formerly ‘Lake Nyasa’, covers almost a fifth of the country’s area and provides the source of livelihood for many of the Malawian people. This vast body of freshwater fringed by golden-sand beaches provides various water sports for those looking for something beyond sun, sand and swimming. Its approximate dimensions are 365 miles north to south and 52 miles broad, hence its nickname: "the calendar lake". 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 5. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi. Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.

Today you’ll have some free time to enjoy the many water-based optional activities, meet the local people, said to be the friendliest in Africa! Go on a guided Village Walk, or simply head out and explore the lakeside, craft market and the beach games.

Day 6. Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach Highlights. Chitimba Beach. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.

Waking to the sound of the waves as they lap against the shore, its time to head for our next Lake Malawi stop, Chitimba Beach.

From Kande, we take the coastal road, over lush mountain terrain and through rubber plantations to Mzuzu – the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi. After a short stop at the markets to gather supplies, we arrive at Chitimba. Time is yours at leisure in the afternoon and evening to enjoy the picturesque Lake Malawi.

Day 7. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.

Relax on the beach, take a leisurely village walk or do the full day trip to Manchewe Falls and Livingstonia mission where after 11km of hiking you can cool off in a natural rock pool. The views from here are simply magnificent and well worth the effort of hiking too.

For those staying at camp, there is a local craft market where you can enjoy learning the ins and outs of the game of Bao, haggle for some souvenirs.

Day 8. Chitimba Beach to Iringa, Tanzania Accommodation. Iringa Farmhouse.

We bid farewell to the mesmerising lake and Chitimba Beach and travel the short distance north to cross the border into Tanzania. Our journey takes us through Tanzania’s Southern Highlands to Kisolanza Farm House. This farm is at an altitude of 1600m ensuring a pleasant fresh climate in one of the most scenic areas of Tanzania. Home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years, Kisolanza remains a working farm providing organic meat and vegetables to the surrounding markets and is famous for their hot showers, chocolate brownies and hot chocolate that can be bought at their quaint candlelit bar.

Day 9. Iringa to Mikumi National Park area Accommodation. Tanswiss, Mikumi.

Leaving the Southern Highlands on this day to venture into the grassy plains of Mikumi National Park. This park is the forth largest in the country and hosts an array of wildlife. Should time allow we can do an optional game drive. Spending the night at a nearby campsite which offers a pool, bar/restaurant and a memorizing night sky of stars to end the day.

Day 10. Iringa to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.

We continue towards the Indian Ocean coast and the port city of Dar es Salaam. This route runs through the Mikumi National Park and we may, with a bit of luck, spot antelope and elephants feeding near the side of the road. ‘Dar’ is Tanzania’s hub of commerce and industry – a hot, humid and bustling seaport city with a mixture of modern buildings, colourful markets and Arab-influenced architecture. Our accommodation for the evening is set in a picturesque setting on the beach where we have the opportunity to explore the area, shop at the local markets, swim and prepare for our trip to Zanzibar.

Day 11. Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Zanzibar, Tanzania. Accommodation. Safari Lodge, Zanzibar.

Ready and packed, we transfer to the ferry and onward to Zanzibar and Stone Town. This unique town was named after the coral stone buildings that were built during the 19th century, on the site of a very old fishing village.

Perhaps the best way to see the town on our first night is on foot: explore the bazaars for old maritime trinkets, ornate cloths, wooden carvings. Visit mosques, palaces and meander the cobbled maze-like alleyways of the old town. To top it off, sample the fantastic local cuisine including fresh seafood treats! Zanzibar was also once a major trading centre of spices which grow in plantations nearby.

Day 12-14. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Accommodation. Sunset Bungalows Kendwa.

Waking to the smell of spices in the air and the 'call of prayer' ringing from the Mosques we pack up and transfer to the northern beaches through lush plantations. Relax on the sun-kissed beaches of Kendwa, north-west part of the island, try snorkelling and diving, indulge in some sumptuous seafood, browse markets or simply lay beneath a palm tree with a cocktail and a good book.

Day 15. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.

Leaving the northern beaches behind, we drive back to Stone Town through lush plantations and rural villages. We have time in Stone Town to do any last minute shopping before catching the ferry back to Dar es Salaam and onwards to our accommodation on the coast for the evening.

Day 16. Dar es Salaam to Marangu Highlights. Marangu, Moshi Area, Tanzania. Accommodation. Marangu Hotel.

Departing early from Dar es Salaam, we head north past the Usambara and Pare Mountains to Marangu, nestled at the base of the famed Kilimanjaro. If the weather is clear we will gain a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain (5895m).

Day 17. Marangu to Arusha Highlights. Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania. Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.

Leaving Marangu we travel past the town of Moshi and make our way to Arusha, a city that is exactly halfway between Cairo and Cape Town. This is Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’, a city of some 2 million people, all nestling in the shadow of the brooding Mt Meru (4556 m). With time to explore the town, we head out to our accommodation just outside the city at the edge of the Maasai plains.

This afternoon we enjoy a walk to one of the local Maasai villages excursion and prepare for our two night/three day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Day 18. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Serengeti Camp.

This morning we meet our local guides and pack our gear into the more versatile 4x4 vehicles, and then drive west across the Great Rift Valley. We enter the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area and drive around the picturesque Ngorongoro Crater’s rim, and down onto the Serengeti plains.

Home to an enormous variety of grazing animals, predators, and birdlife, we game drive to our designated (but unfenced) campsite for a night under canvas where lion, elephant and hyena roam nearby for an unforgettable experience.

Day 19. Ngorongoro Crater Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Accommodation. Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater.

Rising with the sun, we enjoy game driving in search for lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and the numerous grazing animals before ascending the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater. We spend the night camping under canvas on the rim. At 326 square kilometres, the Ngorongoro is Africa’s largest intact caldera and a World Heritage Site.

Day 20. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.

Waking early we descend the steep slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning of game driving in this spectacular wildlife haven.

All of the major mammals are present except the long legged giraffe (slopes are too steep for them to get down). We spend the morning in search of the magnificent wildlife here. After our game drive, we pack up our camp and retrace our steps passing through Mto Wa Mbo (‘mosquito creek’) and the Great Rift Valley to Arusha and our accommodation at the Meserani Snake Park where we will overnight.

Day 21. Arusha to Nairobi, Kenya Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.

After our last night at the Meserani Snake Park in Tanzania, we make our way across the Masai Steppe to the Kenyan frontier. Completing formalities at Namanga border post, we drive to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and to our accommodation for the evening.

Tonight you have the opportunity to explore the city or simply kick back and relax at camp.

Day 22. Nairobi Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.

Today is free to explore the city and surrounding area. Popular excursions include a visit the National Museum of Kenya, 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 at a nearby restaurant and local cafe.

Day 23. Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park Highlights. Great Rift Valley. Lake Nakuru, Kenya. Accommodation. Punda Millias.

Starting early we descend into Kenya's ‘Great Rift Valley’, an enormous cleft in the Earth’s surface, en-route to Lake Nakuru. This amazing park is a relatively small, however, prolific in wildlife.

Home to buffalo, lion, rhino (black and white), leopard, warthog, baboon, antelope, and a variety of smaller animals. But most of all, The shallow soda lake attracts a huge variety of birdlife – especially flamingos. We game drive with a local expert this afternoon seeking out the leopard, rhino and flamingoes.

Day 24. Lake Nakuru to Eldoret Highlights. Equator. Accommodation. Naiberi Camp.

Rising in altitude, we cross from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere today over the Equator to Eldoret, the 5th largest town in Kenya with a population of approx 194,000. We stay outside of the town in a unique area. It is created on a hilly forest tribal land, which was once home to members of the ancient Sirikwa tribe.

Day 25. Eldoret to Kampala, Uganda Highlights. Kampala, Uganda. Accommodation. Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala.

Heading west, we cross into Uganda, Winston Churchill’s ‘Pearl of Africa’. A country with breath taking scenery and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures. Our first night we stay in the capital city Kampala, which is an attractive hilly city, bustling with roadside traders and markets.

Day 26. Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park area Accommodation. Simba Camp, Uganda.

From the bustling city, we travel west and cross the Equator again. Travel through fertile hillsides, lush banana plantations and quaint villages to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. We stay a short distance from the Queen Elizabeth National Park itself and it's here you will have the opportunity to relax and unwind, take a walk in the surrounding areas and marvel the beauty of the area.

Day 27. Queen Elizabeth National Park Highlights. Chimpanzee Trek, Kyambura Gorge, Uganda. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. Accommodation. Simba Camp, Uganda.

Today, we enter the Queen Elizabeth National Park and marvel the views of the mountains that separate Uganda from central Africa. In fact, Queen Elizabeth National park has over 500 species of bird and 100 species of mammals and if we are lucky, we may get to spot these animals en route to Kyambura Gorge for the trek to see the chimpanzees.

Trekking permits are issued by the wildlife authority in groups of up to 8 people per group. Depending on our group size, we may trek on the afternoon of day 26, morning or afternoon of day 27 or morning of day 28.

Day 28. Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake Bunyonyi Highlights. Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda. Accommodation. Lake Bunyonyi Camp.

Moving on, we make our way to the lush and stunning ‘Lake Bunyonyi’ (‘Place of many little birds’). At 27 km long, 7km wide and at a depth of nearly 900m, this lake is the second deepest lake in Africa (the deepest being Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania).

Over the next two days, the group will be split with one group trekking to the mountain gorillas while the others relax at Lake Bunyonyi to enjoy the many activities on offer. Hire canoes to visit some of the lakes 29 islands, visit local tribes and villages on nature walks, visit the local orphanage and bird watching. Alternatively just relax around the lake catching up on some personal time.

Day 29-30. Gorilla Trek Days Highlights. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Mountain gorillas. Accommodation. Lake Bunyonyi Camp.

Over the next two days is either a trekking day or a day at leisure to enjoy the many optional activities in Lake Bunyonyi.

This region of Africa is home to the world’s remaining 700 mountain gorillas, many of which inhabit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. On the day of our trek, we gather in the early morning to meet our local guide and tracker. Walking in small groups of 8 we trek into the thick rainforest and sloping mountains in search of these gentle giants. The usual procedure, once we have located the gorilla ‘family’, is to squat or sit down and simply observe them for around an hour – the time set by the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Day 31. Lake Bunyoni to Kampala Accommodation. Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala.

We leave Lake Bunyonyi and make our way back across the Equator (stopping for a photo opportunity if we did not stop on route to Queen Elizabeth National Park) to Kampala where we will overnight. Kampala is a hotspot for great food and entertainment. If time allows, enjoy a night on the town exploring the nightlife and the local restaurants.

Day 32. Kampala to Jinja Accommodation. Nile River Explorer.

Today we drive the short distance to the town of Jinja on the banks the White Nile. The river is about 6696km long and pours its water to over nine countries although it’s more centred to Uganda as well as Egypt. Countries include Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zair and Ethiopia.

Our accommodation is situated on the grassy banks overlooking the Nile River. It is here that we usually 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. Other activities at Jinja include mountain biking, quad biking, village walks and even bungee jumping!

Day 33-34. Jinja Highlights. Jinja, Uganda. Accommodation. Nile River Explorer.

The next two days are free for you to explore the surrounding community, the town of Jinja and discover the beauty of the river Nile as you relax on its banks or indulge in the many optional activities on offer.

Day 35. Jinja to Eldoret, Kenya Accommodation. Naiberi Camp.

After our exhilirating stop at Jinja, we retrace our steps across the border to the Kenya’s frontier and onwards to Eldoret, where we will stay for the evening

Day 36. Eldoret to Nairobi

This morning we make our way south to the Capital city ‘Nairobi’ where our tour ends on arrival.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone

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.

Suggested Post-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.

Additional Info

This tour departs Livingstone at 7am 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.

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.

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 28 – 30 of this tour.

Twin share accommodation with facilities (33 nights) twin share tents with a sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (2 nights) some accommodation may have a bar or swimming pool.

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.

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.

35 Breakfasts, 29 Lunches, 29 Dinners

33 nights twin share accommodation, 2 night bush camping at Serengeti/Ngorongoro (equipment supplied).

Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew
Sleeping Mattress (Serengeti, 1 night, Ngorongoro Crater, 1 night)

Included Highlights:
Mosi Oa Tunya NP, Victoria Falls Visit
South Luangwa NP, Game Drive*
Zanzibar, Return Ferry & Accommodation
Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion in Purpose Built Vehicles, Game Drives with Resident Guide*
Maasai Village walk
The Great Rift Valley
Lake Nakuru NP area, Open Vehicle Game Drive*

*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature
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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.

1110 USD or 1200 USD * (If prepaid)

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

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