This tour explores famous game reserves, mighty rivers, misty mountains and golden beaches of East Africa. Encounter wildlife from the mountain gorillas to the Big 5, and meet diverse cultures from the red-robed Maasai to the warm-hearted Malawi people. From the source of the Nile to Kruger, from Zanzibar to Victoria Falls, this is the Ultimate African Adventure!
Gorilla and Chimp trekking permits are booked at the time of confirming your tour at an additional cost. See more info for details.
Day 1. Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park Highlights. Lake Nakuru, Kenya.Kenya is well known as a leading safari destination and the first day of our adventure tour takes us to one of its premier parks - Lake Nakuru National Park. With prolific wildlife, you'll get to see the fabulous pink flamingos that live on the edge of the shallow soda lake and loads of magnificent wildlife throughout.
Day 2. Nakuru to Eldoret Highlights. Equator.Driving northwest we gain altitude and head to the town of Eldoret near the border of neighboring Uganda. We stop off at the equator crossing en-route, and enjoy an evening at our camp - once home to the ancient Sirikwa tribe.
Day 3. Eldoret to Kampala Highlights. Kampala, Uganda.Crossing the busy land border into Uganda, we drive through the villages on our way to the Capital city Kampala. Situated across five rolling hills, Kampala is growing fast and the hub for the country's economy.
Day 4. Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park areaHeading west we travel further into the lush Ugandan countryside seeing villages, farmlands and local businesses along the way. Keep your eye out for the Ankole cattle, with their iconic, sweeping horns that were migrated down from ancient Egypt.
Day 6. Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake Bunyonyi Highlights. Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda.Departing the lush Albertine Valley we head further south to the high-lying Lake Bunyonyi - a pristine crater lake surrounded by terraced farms and local settlements.
Day 9. Lake Bunyonyi to KampalaWe bid our farewells to the volcanic mountain ranges of southern Uganda and trace our steps back up to Kampala stopping off at the equator along the way.
Day 10. Kampala to JinjaLeaving the Capital we have a short drive to nearby Jinja on the banks of the White Nile.
Day 11-12. Jinja Highlights. Jinja, Uganda.You have two days free in Jinja to enjoy activities or simply kick back and listen to the water's of the Nile rushing over the rapids.
Day 13. Jinja to Eldoret, KenyaAfter a relaxing few days we cross back to Kenya today and spend the night at Eldoret once more.
Day 14. Eldoret to NairobiJourneying back up the Kenyan Rift Valley we head to the Capital city Nairobi. Tonight you'll have the option to explore one of the local restaurants for dinner - the Carnivore is a firm favourite with a variety of carnivorous options in addition to African dishes on offer.
Day 15. Nairobi Highlights. Nairobi.Spend a day exploring the 'Garden City' and its sights. The morning is ideally spent at the Langatta Giraffe Centre or Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage giving you the afternoon to seek out the local markets and cafe's.
Day 16. Nairobi to Masai MaraWe pack our gear into our specialist game viewing vehicles and travelling along the Rift Valley Escarpment we stop off at a viewpoint before continuing on the to the Maasai town of Narok on the outskirts of the well known Maasai Mara National Reserve. From here we travel through the buffer zone to the reserve where we may see some wildlife roaming freely between the local Maasai Manyatta (villages).
Day 17. Maasai Mara National Reserve Highlights. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.Today we head out into the wilds in search of the famed Maasai Mara wildlife. With rolling hills and savannah grassland, there is much to explore here. Search out the Big Five and marvel at the wildebeest, giraffe and other species you'll see along the way.
Day 18. Maasai Mara to NairobiWith memories of the famed reserve, we retrace our steps back through the Maasai lands to Narok, and onto Nairobi for the night.
Day 19. Nairobi to Arusha, Tanzania Highlights. Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania.Departing the city we head south to the border and cross over to Tanzania. See the towering Mount Meru along the way and we stop off in the bustling Arusha en-route to our camp.
Day 20. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.This morning we pack our gear into the 4x4 safari vehicles and meet our local guides before driving on via the small towns of Mto Wa Mbo and Karatu to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which we must cross to get to the Serengeti.
Day 21. Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro CraterThis morning we wake early and take in the surrounding wilderness seeking out the carnivores that have been most active overnight. After breakfast we pack up and game drive out via the plains and onto the Ngorongoro Crater rim.
Day 22. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.Waking early we grab our cameras and descend into the vast crater base and spend the morning in search of the resident game.
Day 23. Arusha to Bagamoyo Highlights. Bagamoyo, Tanzania.Heading south toward the coast we pass through the town of Moshi at the base of the massive Mount Kilimajaro - Africa's highest peak. With a bit of luck we'll glimpse the snow-capped tip on our drive this morning.
Day 24. Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.Making our way down the coastal road to the busy port-city of Dar, we'll see an increase in villages, local businesses and people amidst the milieu of traffic en-route.
Day 26-27. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania.You'll have the opportunity to be as busy or relaxed during your stay on Zanzibar. En-route to the northern beaches there's an option to enjoy a tour of the local spice farms to taste and learn all about the trade that put this island on the map.
Day 28. Zanzibar to Dar es SalaamAfter our last morning at leisure on the tropical island enjoying the azure waters and powdery beaches, we head back to the mainland and our camp for the night.
Day 29. Dar es Salaam to Mikumi Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.Heading inland from the lush tropical coastline, we travel through the Mikumu National Park to our camp.
Day 30. Mikumi to IringaSituated on the Tanzanian highlands, the small farming town of Iringa offers a lovely stop-over for the night. With its high altitude, the air is brisk and the nights cool - perfect for savouring one of their specialist Amarula coffees!
Day 31. Iringa to Chitimba Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi.Heading back down the escarpment we pass through the bustling mining village of Mbeya before heading south and to the border of Malawi.
Day 33. Chitimba to Kande BeachTravelling further along the lake we first head inland to the town of Mzuzu to stock up on supplies and enjoy the sights at the local market before heading through the rubber plantations and on to the central lakeside, and our camp for the next two nights.
Day 34. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi.Today is a free day to enjoy some rest on the beach or enjoying the activities available here.
Day 35. Kande Beach to Chipata, ZambiaWe bid our farewell's to the friendly smiles and waving people of Malawi and travel inland via the Capital city Lilongwe to the border with Zambia.
Day 36. Chipata to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia.Continuing through Zambia we cross the great Luangwa River Bridge and make our way south to the Capital city Lusaka.
Day 37. Lusaka to LivingstoneJourneying further through Zambia we reach the town of Livingstone - named after the famed explorer David Livingstone who made great efforts throughout southern Africa to fight slavery, and spread the christian faith.
Day 38 to 40. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.We spend the next days enjoying some free time allowing time to enjoy some of the many activities on offer in the area. Whether you're after an adrenaline activity like white water rafter, bungee jumping or gorge swinging; or something more peaceful like scenic flights over the falls, horseback riding or village visits - there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Day 41. Livingstone to Bulawayo, ZimbabweCrossing the border to Zimbabwe over the famed Victoria Falls bridge, we journey through the Zimbabwean countryside to the second city, Bulawayo.
Day 42. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.This morning we head out on our adventure in the Matobo National Park where we learn about the cultural history of the region and seek out game on foot. The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and we try to see if we can see these giant beasts on our wildlife adventure.
Day 43. Matobo National Park to Tshipise, South Africa Highlights. Tshipise, South Africa.Bidding farewell to Zimbabwe, we cross the Limpopo into South Africa - our final country on our Ultimate African Adventure.
Day 44. Tshipise to Hazyview Highlights. Shangaan Cultural Evening.Winding our way through the scenic villages and landscape of the Limpopo Province, we make our way toward the borders of the famed game mecca - the Kruger National Park.
Day 45. Hazyview - Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.Waking early we board our 4x4 game drive vehicles, meet our local guides for the day and hit the open road to the Kruger National Park.
Day 46. Kruger National Park to PretoriaMaking our way back to the civilization we arrive at South Africa's administration hub in the late afternoon.
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.
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.
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 Pretoria area’s 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 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 7-8 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, 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.
44 Breakfasts, 36 Lunches, 36 Dinners
40 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 2 night 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.