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.
Day 1. Pretoria to Hazyview Highlights. Shangaan Cultural Evening. Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.From Pretoria - South Africa’s administrative capital - we travel via the Eastern parts 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. Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.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. Forever Resorts, 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. Accommodation. Burkes Paradise.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. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.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 South Luangwa National Park Accommodation. Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.We take the Great Eastern Road through mountainous terrain dotted with quaint villages, crossing the Luangwa River to the South Luangwa National Park, which is known to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world.
Day 11. South Luangwa National Park Highlights. South Luangwa National Park. Accommodation. Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.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 12. 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 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 13. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi. Accommodation. Kande Beach, 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 14. 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 15. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake 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 16. Chitimba Beach to Iringa 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 17. Iringa to Mikumi National Park area Accommodation. Tanswiss, Mikumi.Exploring Tanzania further, we make our way Mikumi National Park. You will notice a change in landscape to vast grassy plains and scattered baobab trees. This park is the forth largest in the country and hosts an array of wildlife. Should time allow you can explore the park with an optional open 4x4 game drive in the afternoon. Soak the beauty in at the campsites swimming pool, enjoy the restaurant/bar and then marvel at the night time stars around an open fireplace.
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 vehicle 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. Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater.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. Accommodation. Karen Camp, 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. Accommodation. Nile River Explorer.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.
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.
Twin share accommodation with facilities (41 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.
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
41 nights twin share accommodation, 2 night bush camping at Serengeti/Ngorongoro (equipment supplied).
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.