Over Land, Under Stars
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Gorilla Trek & Tanzania Northbound - 25 days

Start your African adventure with a taste of the tropics on the beautiful island of Zanzibar, go wild on safari in East Africa's legendary game reserves and trek in search of mountain gorillas in Uganda.

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Trip Highlights

Zanzibar:Beautiful northern beaches & historic Stone Town (UNESCO-listed).
Uganda: Kampala, the lively capital. Lake Bunyoni, spectacular scenery. Jinja, Nile rafting. The Equator Crossing.
Kenya: Nairobi, extend your stay to explore the sites. The Great Rift Valley. Lake Nakuru National Park and lake. Meet local children at the East African Mission Organisation. Lake Naivasha, the highest Rift Valley lake. The Masai Mara, Kenya's finest wildlife reserve. Masai Mara tribal lands.
Tanzania: Arusha, the safari gateway. The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Views of Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city.
Gorilla Trekking(an optional excursion). Bwindi or Mgahinga Gorilla park in Uganda.

Included

Arrival transfer from Dar es Salaam Airport on day 1
A fully equipped overland truck for transportation and game drives
All camping fees and appropriate equipment
Park entry - Lake Naivasha NP. Park entry and game drives - Lake Nakuru NP, Masai Mara, Ngorongoro NP, Serengeti NP,
All road taxes and tolls
1st night banda (beach hut) accommodation at Kipepeo Campsite, Dar es Salaam (upgrade available) and 20 nights camping. Tents and sleeping mats provided.
Services of 3 person crew (leader, driver, cook)
19 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 19 dinners
3 night Zanzibar Excursion including ferry transfer, accommodation, Spice Tour and Dhow Sunset Cruise.

Not Included

Gorilla Permit and transfer fee: Please note that Gorillas often move across the border, between the national parks in Rwanda, Uganda and DRC, therefore itineraries often have to be changed at short notice in order to track the Gorillas in whichever National Park they have migrated to. For this reason the cost of the Gorilla Permit and relevant transfers varies, as do the applicable visa costs, dependent upon which country we need to travel into
Sleeping bag - please bring your own
Optional activities
International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Entrance Fees: Gorilla Permit + Transfer USD$720-870, paid in USD

Itinerary

The below itinerary is for all departures in 2018. For the 2017 itinerary please contact us for a set of up to date Trip Notes.

Day 1

Dar es Salaam

Wednesday. Welcome to Tanzania! Upon arrival at Dar es Salaam Airport you will be met and transferred to your campsite on the coast. There will be a pre-departure meeting at 17:00 hours today where you will meet your tour leader.
Overnight: Dar es Salaam

Days 2-4

Zanzibar excursion

Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar. Today we travel by local ferry to the ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar for three nights. Whilst on the island we will take the popular Spice Tour in Stone Town and once up at the beaches we will take a sunset show cruise.
Overnight: Zanzibar

Day 5

Zanzibar

Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam. Leaving Zanzibar in the afternoon, we return to the mainland for a night at our campsite in Dar es Salaam.
Overnight: Dar es Salaam  |  Dinner

Days 6-7

Arusha

Dar es Salaam - Pangani - Arusha. Today we continue north as we travel through vast sisal plantations and African bushveld to Arusha (via the coastal town of Pengani). Once in Arusha we stay in Meserani before heading out to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater tomorrow.
Overnight: Pangani (1) Arusha (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 8-10

Serengeti & Ngorongoro

Arusha - Serengeti & Ngorongoro. Today we visit the Meserani Reptile Park and Masai Cultural Museum before we meet our Tanzanian guides and transfer into locally operated 4WD that have been adapted for safari use and allow excellent viewing and photographic opportunities through the opening roof hatches.

We spend the evening at a pleasant campsite in Karatu and depart for the Ngorongoro Conservation area and crater the following morning. This World Heritage Site boasts some of the best game viewing in Africa – including the elusive Black Rhino.

After our game drive we continue past the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ on our way to the Serengeti crossing the vast plains as we game drive through the park.

Tonight we bush camp (no ablutions) in the wild surrounded by the sounds of the wild. The following morning, we take another game drive in search of Africa’s ‘Big 5’! Later we return to Arusha for the evening.
Overnight: Karatu (1) Serengeti (1) Arusha (1)  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3

Day 11

Nairobi

Arusha - Nairobi (Kenya). We have an early start today as we head to the Tanzania/ Kenyan border and the small border town of Namanga. We travel to Nairobi for the night.
Overnight: Nairobi  |  Breakfast

Days 12-13

Masai Mara

Nairobi - Masai Mara. Leaving the city behind we drive to a viewpoint overlooking a section of the spectacular Great Rift Valley. From here we begin to enter Masai land and you often see them tending their cattle as we travel along. We arrive at Acacia Camp near the Masai Mara National Reserve in the late afternoon.

Just after sunrise the following day we begin our game drive into the Masai Mara. We drive through a section of the park in search of the ‘Big 5’ along with many other species of animals, reptiles and birds who make this wilderness home.

Afterwards we can visit one of the nearby Masai Manyatta’s – a traditional hamlet where the Masai still live in their traditional way.
Overnight: Masai Mara  |  Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 14

Eldoret

Masai Mara - Eldoret. Leaving early we depart Masai Land and journey through the scenic tea plantations of Kericho before descending the Rift Valley Plateau, on our way to Eldoret for the evening.
Overnight: Eldoret  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15

Kampala

Eldoret - Kampala (Uganda). Today we cross the border into neighbouring Uganda for our overnight stay in the capital city, Kampala.
Overnight: Kampala  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 16-19

Lake Bunyoni & Gorilla Trekking

Kampala - Lake Bunyoni. Today we drive west to our base for the gorillas at Lake Bunyoni. Dependent on where our trekking permits are available, we trek in the Magahinga or Bwindi National Parks in Uganda.
Overnight: Lake Bunyoni  |  Breakfast x 4, Lunch x 4, Dinner x 4

Day 20

Kampala

Lake Bunyoni - Kampala. Today we drive back to Kampala crossing the Equator for the second time and stop for the necessary photo opportunities.
Overnight: Kampala  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21

Jinja

Kampala - Jinja. Today we have the option of visiting the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary before heading to Jinja for a selection of adventure activities including white water rafting, quad biking or visiting a community project.
Overnight: Jinja  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22

Lake Nakuru

Jinja - Lake Nakuru (Kenya). Today we return to Kenya for our next overnight at EAMO; East African Mission Organization.
Overnight: Lake Nakuru  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 23-24

Lake Naivasha

Lake Nakuru - Lake Naivasha. On the morning on day 23 we explore Lake Nakuru National Park looking for rhino, as well as the elusive leopard, buffalo, giraffe and various antelope. Afterwards we continue to Lake Naivasha.
Overnight: Lake Naivasha  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 25

Nairobi

Saturday. Lake Naivasha - Nairobi. After breakfast, we return to Nairobi usually arriving by late morning or early afternoon.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. Single travellers will be paired up in tents with another person of the same sex.

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Local payment - 2018 - $1535, paid in USD. 2019 - Local payment subject to change.

Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.

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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Kipepeo Village , Dar es Salaam

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

The Tanzanian bush meets the blue waters of the Indian Ocean at Kipepeo Beach & Village, situated on the south coast of Dar Es Salaam. The campsite is right on the beach itself and is a popular destination for watersports adventures or simple relaxation. Facilities include a beach bar and restaurant.Upgrades are available to the twenty elevated ensuite chalets, built in the bush and decorated in traditional Swahili style, provide a stunning ocean views.

Kenya Comfort Hotel, Nairobi

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Comfortable dormitory accommodation in central Nairobi (upgrades available on request). The Kenya Comfort Hotel also features an outdoor pool, restaurant serving a good array of local and international dishes as well as a fully stocked bar - perfect for relaxing before or after your epic overland adventure.

Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Located on a purpose-built, 5-acre site in a peaceful suburb, the Red Chilli Hideaway offers affordable accommodation ranging from a campsite which we use for our overland safaris to private ensuite rooms for upgrades. Settle down for the day at the Hideaway's saltwater pool, self-catering kitchen, or restaurant & bar. The camp supports sustainable tourism and operates the Steve Willis Memorial Fund, whose proceeds go to providing clean drinking water in the Murchison Falls region.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Dar es Salaam
Ends
Nairobi
Departs
Wednesdays
Hotel Rating
Camping
Local Payment
2018 - $1535, paid in USD. 2019 - Local payment subject to change.
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 19, Lunch: 18, Dinner: 19
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The tour was fantastic as well as the guide and the rest of the crew. They have done everything they could to make sure the whole group spent a memorable holiday. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in travelling to East Africa. Ps: please add gloves in the what to bring section as this is necessary for the gorilla trekking. We all had to use hand socks (!)

Marlene Bogard