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Itinerary: Rivers Lakes & Mountains -Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland

Rivers Lakes & Mountains -Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland

This overland tour from Johannesburg 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.

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Daily Highlights * covered by mandatory Safari Pass

01 Depart Johannesburg, Mpumalanga Region, Kruger Private Game Reserve D
02 Kruger National Park, Game Drives BLD
03 Limpopo Province BLD
04 Bulawayo, Zimbabwe BLD
* 05 Matobo National Park, game drive/ walk BLD
06 Waterfront, Livingstone, Zambia, Zambezi River B
07 Waterfront, Livingstone, Zambia, Zambezi River
08 Waterfront, Livingstone B
09 Lusaka BLD
10 Chipata BLD
* 11 - 12 South Luangwa National Park BLD
13 Lilongwe/ Malawi beach BLD
14 Malawi Beach, Village Walk BLD
15 Malawi Beach BLD
16 Chitimba BLD
17 Iringa BLD
18 Dar es Salaam Tanzania BLD
19 Ferry to Zanzibar B
20 Zanzibar
21 Zanzibar
22 Zanzibar
23 Ferry to Dar es Salaam D
24 Marangu/ Moshi area BLD
25 Arusha, Meserani Snake Park, Masai Village Walk BLD
* 26 Serengeti National Park, Afternoon Game Drive BLD
* 27 Serengeti Morning Game Drive, Olduvai Gorge, Ngorongoro Crater BLD
* n28 Ngorongoro Crater Morning Game Drive, Arusha BLD
29 Kenya Border Crossing, Nairobi BL
30 Nairobi B
31 Depart Nairobi, Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha, LD
32 Lake Nakuru National Park – Game drive, BLD
33 Eldoret BLD
34 Kampala BLD
35 Queen Elizabeth National Park BLD
36 Chimpanzee Reserve, lake Bunyonyi BLD
37 Lake Bunyonyi/ Gorilla Trek BLD
38 Lake Bunyonyi/ Gorilla Trek BLD
39 Kampala BLD
40 Jinja BLD
41 Jinja BLD
42 Jinja BLD
43 Eldoret BLD
44 Kenya, Great Rift Valley, Nairobi BL

Day 1 – 2
Our tour begins in Johannesburg, the ‘City of Gold’ and one of the most cosmopolitan cities on the African continent. Starting early, we travel east through the Mpumalanga province to the Greater Kruger area. Kruger is South Africa’s premier national park and connecting with parks in adjoining Mozambique and Botswana, covers 24,000 square kilometres of land used in the protection of African wildlife! Over dinner we enjoy a Shangaan cultural evening including traditional dance. We enjoy a full day’s game viewing in the national park in an open 4x4 safari vehicle, seeking wildlife encounters with Africa’s ‘Big 5’ - lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – as well as giraffe, hippo, zebra, various antelope and a variety of amazing birdlife and reptiles.

Day 3 – 5
Leaving Kruger, we move north pausing the night near the Limpopo River to the Beitbridge Border. Completing formalities at the border post we enter Zimbabwe and drive though stunning landscapes to Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe. Here we enjoy the evening exploring the city and the bustling night life. The following day we explore Matobo National Park with a local operator by vehicle and foot to view the endangered Rhino's that inhabit the area, the many roaming animals and some bushman paintings which are located in nearby caves.

Day 6 – 8
We cross into Zambia and drive to Livingstone and our camp situated on the banks of the Zambezi River. Feed your hunger for adrenaline with white water rafting, bungee jumping, abseiling, gorge swinging and amazing scenic flights (microlight, helicopter or small plane) or enjoy the surroundings on canoeing safaris and horse riding treks. However, don’t leave without seeing the thundering Victoria Falls themselves. At over a mile wide and over 100 metres deep, the Falls produce the world’s largest curtain of falling water in the world. Up close they are formidable and at times of high water, the spray can be seen from 20 kilometres away, hence their local name Mosi au Tunya – the ‘smoke that thunders’.

Day 9 – 15
From Livingstone we continue north, pausing at Lusaka and Chipata before arriving at South Luangwa National Park for 2 brilliant days in this magnificent park. Continuing on we reach Malawi, the ‘warm heart’ of Africa. Passing through Lilongwe we reach the enormous Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest lake, where we camp on sandy beaches, enjoy the swimming and meet the famously friendly locals.

Day 16 – 23
We continue north into Tanzania. Travelling through some remote areas, we pass by Mikumi National Park before reaching the Indian Ocean coast and port city, Dar es Salaam. ‘Dar’ is Tanzania’s main commercial centre and the jumping-off point for Zanzibar - the ‘Spice Island’! Time here is at your leisure. Rich in history, Zanzibar offers a blissful mix of exotic spice markets, winding alleyways and old palaces as well as sparkling warm water ocean and stretches of palm-fringed sands.

NB As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic tourist class accommodation on Zanzibar is included in the Local Payment but for the sake of flexibility meals are left for your own account. Typically we spend one night in Stone Town and the next two nights in the north of the island at one of the beaches. Your tour leader will be available to assist if you experience any problems but there are no set activities - the time is entirely at leisure.

DAYS 24 - 29
Arusha, Serengeti Plains, Nairobi
Back on the African mainland we travel back inland where, in clear weather, we may spot snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak (5895m), as we drive towards Tanzania’s safari capital, Arusha. Hold a snake - if you dare - in the Meserani Snake Park and make friends on a guided walk to the local village to learn something of Masai culture. From Arusha we transfer to 4x4 vehicles for an optional 3-day game viewing safari in Tanzania’s premier parks, experiencing close wildlife encounters in the deep basin of the Ngorongoro Crater and the open plains of the Serengeti. We game drive through exciting scenery by day and camp out under the stars, listening to the sounds of Africa by night! We return to Arusha for a final day in Tanzania before crossing the border into Kenya and to the capital Nairobi.

Day 30 – 44
Nairobi, Lake Nakuru, Kampala, Queen Elizabeth National park, Chimpanzee Trek, Gorilla Trek, Jinja
Leaving Nairobi we enjoy a game drive at Lake Nakuru before crossing into Uganda to Queen Elizabeth National Park to trek for chimpanzees. We continue to Lake Bunyonyi in the Kigezi Highland, our base for trekking in search of the gorillas. Guides lead us on trek through the jungle. It can be demanding at times but the effort is forgotten when we find ourselves in the midst of a family of gorillas. Group sizes are kept small in order to minimize the human impact so we may spend several days in the area to allow time for everyone to complete the trek. We continue to Jinja, near the source of the River Nile where there is the opportunity to assist a local charity in building and improving community schools and visit a local orphanage. We cross back into Kenya and on to Nairobi where our tour ends

NB Depending on the availability of gorilla permits the tour itinerary may vary from the above, which is based on the brochure itinerary. From time to time we may trek outside Uganda in neighbouring countries, such as Rwanda, and this may entail extra visa requirements and fees, although we shall endeavour to advise you before departure of any significant change to the tour itinerary.


NB 3 Basic shared accommodation is included on Zanzibar however meals will be for your own account allowing you to experience some of the many different options available on Zanzibar. Please refer to the tour dossier for more information.

Age Limit:
Our tours are designed to meet the expectations of adults in the 18-39 age bracket. If you are older, please enquire and one of our friendly consultants to ensure that you book a tour suited to your expectations

Price:
GB £ 3250.00

PLUS mandatory Adventure Pass US $ 1140.00
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Adventure Pass to be paid in the currency listed on the website (usually US dollars in clean, un-torn post 2006 edition notes) directly to your Tour Leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour, or pre-paid by arrangement.

The mandatory Adventure pass covers the following:
Matobo National Park, game drive/walk
South Luangwa National park, game drive
Lake Nakuru National Park, game drive
Masai Mara Excursion, game drives
Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater, game drives

PLUS Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permit GB £460.00. The Gorilla permit is paid at the time of booking and is non refundable. This covers your gorilla and chimpanzee permit.

Optional Activities & Excursions:
Victoria Falls Bungy Jump US$ 170
White water rafting US$190
Helicopter/Microlight flights From US$ 155
Livingstone Game Walk US$ 90
Malawi village walk US$ 7
Malawi Horse Riding US$ 70
Livingstonia Day Hike US$ 7
Zanzibar Spice Tour US$30
Scuba Diving US$175
Serengeti & Ngorongoro US 555.00
Community School Project US$40
Village/natures Walk US $8
Mountain Biking US$10
Quad Biking US$80
White Water Rafting US$160
Bungy Jumping US$95

Included in Price:
Fully equipped safari vehicle, camping and cooking equipment, all road tolls and vehicle taxes, all ground transportation, services of driver/ tour leader, sleeping mattress.

Not Included:
Local Payment excursions, visas, travel insurance, flights, departure taxes, airport transfers, sleeping bag, optional activities, drinks, items of a personal nature and meals in Zanzibar (4 nights).

Note: This tour can be booked as an accommodated tour. Please request rates at the time of booking. Discounts do not apply.

This overland tour is designed to meet the expectations of adults in the 18-39 age bracket. Regrettably, if you do not fit into this age we cannot accept the booking.

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