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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Saturday. Lake Naivasha - Nairobi. After breakfast, we return to Nairobi usually arriving by late morning or early afternoon.
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.Read More
Local payment - 2018 - $1535, paid in USD. 2019 - $1800, paid in USD.
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.
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
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
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
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.
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 (!) ”