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Gorillas & East Africa Explorer (Accommodated) - 39 days map

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Experience the best of five stunning African countries on a 39-day camping safari. Embark on a game drive at Lake Nakuru National Park, seeking lions, rhinos, and flamingos. Trek to spot chimpanzees in Queen Elizabeth National Park, hike the lush Bwindi National Park for rare mountain gorillas and explore Jinja's Nile. Discover the Big Five in Masai Mara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater. Relax in Zanzibar then journey south and unwind by Lake Malawi. Pass through Zambia before reaching Livingstone to view the spectacular Victoria Falls.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Lake Nakuru National Park - Search for lions, rhinos and other resident wildlife on an included game drive in specialized safari vehicles
Queen Elizabeth National Park - Go trekking in search of chimpanzees, which are usually spotted in the treetops
Lake Bunyonyi - When not trekking to see gorillas, relax beside this idyllic lake, surrounded by greenery and rolling hills
Masai Mara - Discover the incredible wildlife of Kenya's most famous reserve, part of the legendary Serengeti ecosystem
Ngorongoro Crater - Drive around the rim of this UNESCO-listed volcanic caldera and search for wildlife in the crater itself
Dar es Salaam - Browse the markets of this crucial port and spend your night camping on the beach
Mikumi National Park - Drive through the national park, one of the largest in Tanzania, and go in search of wildlife on an optional game drive
Livingstone - End your journey on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, with an included visit and free time to discover this iconic natural wonder
Eldoret - Pose for photos at the Equator and camp on the outskirts of one of Kenya's largest and most vibrant cities
Bwindi National Park - Embark on a memorable trek to see endangered mountain gorillas in the steamy jungles of Uganda
Jinja - Spend two full days relaxing beside the Nile and Lake Victoria, with time for boating, fishing, hiking and more
Serengeti National Park - Go in search of the Big Five in one of the world's most famous national parks and camp out in the wilderness
Bagamoyo - Pass Mount Kilimanjaro enroute to this historic trading town on the Indian Ocean coast
Zanzibar - Enjoy three nights on this tropical island with time to explore historic Stone Town and relax on pristine white sand beaches
Lake Malawi - Explore two different sections of this giant freshwater lake, visiting local villages and opt for a hike into the countryside

Included

38 breakfasts, 31 lunches & 31 dinners
Escorted by a licensed 2-person crew
Lake Nakuru National Park game drive in specialized safari vehicles
Bwindi National Park gorilla trekking with expert guides (subject to payment of permits, see cost below)
Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Excursion in a purpose built safari vehicle and game drives with a resident guide
Zanzibar return ferry ticket
Sleeping mattress (you will need to bring your own sleeping bag)
36 nights and 2 nights permanent tented camp in the Masai Mara (please refer to the trip notes for details)
Transportation in a 24-seater overland truck with camping and cooking equipment
Queen Elizabeth National Park chimpanzee trekking with expert guides (subject to payment of permits, see cost below)
Masai Mara excursion in a purpose built safari vehicle and game drives with a resident guide
Maasai Village Walk with a resident guide
Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, Victoria Falls visit
All road tolls and vehicle taxes

Not Included

International flights and visas
Airport transfers - can be booked on request
Optional activities (prices listed in Trip Notes)
Non refundable Gorilla & Chimpanzee Permit: USD $700pp (or equivalent in your currency) - pay at time of booking in addition to the deposit
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Local Payment: US$1510pp, paid on arrival in USD

Itinerary

Day 1

Nairobi to Lake Nakuru

Nairobi - Lake Nakuru National Park. We leave Nairobi this morning and descend into the Great Rift Valley, home to some of Africa's most dramatic scenery. We stop at a lookout point to enjoy the view before arriving in Lake Nakuru National Park. Although small by African standards, this Kenyan reserve is home to all manner of wildlife, including lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard, not to mention the great flocks of flamingos which gather at the famous soda lake itself. We enjoy an included game drive in specialized safari vehicles in order to spot some of this wildlife for ourselves.

Please note: The pre-departure meeting is held at 18:00 on the evening prior to departure. The tour departs at 08:00 on Day 1 so please arrive in Nairobi the day before your tour. Refer to the Joining Instructions in the Trip Notes for more information. We can book accommodation and transfers on request.
Overnight: Lake Nakuru National Park  |  Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

Crossing the Equator

Lake Nakuru National Park - Eldoret. Departing Nakuru this morning we journey to Eldoret, Kenya's fifth largest town and a region increasingly important to the country's economy. On our journey today we will cross the Equator, travelling from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere. We will stop to enjoy some time and photo opportunities at the Equator itself. Arriving at our camp on the outskirts of Eldoret, there is time for you to admire the nearby Sirikwa holes, primitive dwellings believed to have belonged to an ancient tribe.
Overnight: Eldoret  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Into Uganda

Eldoret - Kampala (Uganda). Wave goodbye to Kenya for now as we cross into Uganda, a country once described by Sir Winston Churchill as the 'Pearl of Africa'. On our drive to Kampala you will see lush rolling hills, tribal villages and growing towns and cities. Tonight we stay in the country's capital, Kampala.
Overnight: Kampala  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Kampala - Queen Elizabeth National Park. Departing Kampala, we cross the Equator again and pass through fertile green hills, tangled forests and rugged mountain ranges to the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Originally Named Kazinga National Park on its inception in 1952, the reserve was renamed in 1954 after a visit by the newly crowned British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Our first evening here is free for you to take a walk in the lush surroundings, who knows what wildlife you may spot! The reserve is home to elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, chimpanzee and much more. Encouragingly, reports from the Uganda Wildlife Authority suggest that wildlife populations in the reserve are increasing, thanks to effective protection. This is largely down to your tourism money!
Overnight: Queen Elizabeth National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Chimpanzee trekking

Today we are heading into Queen Elizabeth National Park, admiring the mountain views and stopping whenever we see something of interest. As well as the charismatic larger animals, the reserve is home to more than 500 bird species. Reaching Kyambura Gorge we head out on foot in search of chimpanzees. The rangers will have a good idea of where they are and the trek can vary in length from less than an hour to several. Chimps tend to stay in the treetops so you may have to crane your neck for a view of our closest relatives.

Please note: Chimpanzee Trek permits are issued by the wildlife authority in groups of up to 8 people per group. Depending on our group size, we may trek on the afternoon of day 4, morning or afternoon of day 5, or morning of day 6.
Overnight: Queen Elizabeth National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 6-8

Mountain gorilla trekking

Queen Elizabeth National Park - Lake Bunyonyi. On day 6 we drive to Lake Bunyonyi, dotted with scenic islands and surrounded by lush forest and rolling hills. Over the next three days everyone in the group will enjoy their mountain gorilla trek, but we will split into smaller groups in order to avoid disturbing the gorillas. On the days when you are not trekking, you are free to take a boat trip to some of Lake Bunyonyi's islands, go bird-watching, visit a local village or hire canoes to paddle on the lake.

On the day of your trek, we will hike for anywhere between 30 minutes and 6 or 7 hours into Bwindi National Park (or occasionally Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, this will be made clear to you in advance), depending on the location of the gorillas. A decent level of fitness is required as we trek through the steamy jungle. Your guide will know the location of the nearest gorilla family.

Once we have located the gorillas, you will spend around an hour watching from a safe distance. Keep quiet, keep low to the ground and follow all the instructions of your guide - this is for your safety and for the welfare of the mountain gorillas. You are welcome to take photos, as long as there is no flash.

One of the world's most endangered creatures, mountain gorillas are heavily protected, with around 1,000 animals now living in the rainforests of central Africa. Numbers have increased remarkably due to effective protection in recent years - keep your eyes peeled for the giant silverback alpha male, and some of the adorable youngsters that represent the future of their species.

When it is time to leave the gorillas, we trek back to Lake Bunyonyi, where you can reflect on what is sure to be the highlight of your African adventure. The rest of your time here is at leisure, whilst the rest of our group completes their trek.
Overnight: Lake Bunyonyi (3)  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3

Day 9

Return to Kampala

Lake Bunyonyi - Kampala. Leaving the mountain gorillas and Lake Bunyonyi behind, we return to Kampala, skirting around the northern edge of Lake Victoria. There is time this evening for you to head into the city and explore, meet the locals or try some of the local cuisine if you wish.
Overnight: Kampala  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

To the Nile

Kampala - Jinja. It's a short drive today as we make our way to Jinja, a city in southern Uganda on the banks of Lake Victoria, source of the River Nile. From here, the river flows for 5,584km, through 11 countries. It enters the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt, having provided life to millions and millions of people and animals on its journey!

Our campsite is beside the Nile, and there are numerous optional activities you can enjoy. Quad biking, white water rafting, Nile cruises, fishing trips and mountain biking are some of the options. You also have the opportunity to visit a local school initiative. Lend a hand with some painting, plastering or other labour to help improve the local schools around Jinja.
Overnight: Jinja  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 11-12

Free time by the Nile

The next two days are completely free for you to unwind by the Nile. Enjoy some of the optional activities available, go for a long walk beside the river or simply relax at the campsite with a good book - the choice is yours!
Overnight: Jinja (2)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 13

Return to Kenya

Jinja - Eldoret (Kenya). Say goodbye to Jinja as we cross the border back into Kenya and return to Eldoret.
Overnight: Eldoret  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14

Nairobi

Eldoret - Nairobi. This morning we cross the Equator and travel south to Nairobi. We spend the nights at a base just outside the city.
Overnight: Nairobi  |  Breakfast

Day 15

Nairobi

Today offers you the freedom to explore both the city and its surrounding areas. Alternatively, the following optional excursions are available to book locally. Enjoy close encounters at the the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre, or discover the Karen Blixen Museum in the nearby town of Karen. Alternatively, you can opt for a day of relaxation and pure leisure, making the most of some well-deserved 'downtime'.
Overnight: Nairobi  |  Breakfast

Day 16

Masai Mara

Nairobi - Masai Mara. We leave Nairobi early this morning and make our way to the famous Masai Mara National Reserve. The Mara is adjacent to the Serengeti, forming one of the world's last surviving great wildernesses. We will be travelling in specialised safari vehicles for this part of the tour for a more intimate wildlife-viewing experience, and will join up with our main vehicle later. In the Masai Mara, we will be staying in twin-share pre-erected tents with ensuite facilities.

During our time in the Mara, we enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in search of the huge herds of wildebeest, zebra, and antelope which inhabit the plains and the predators that hunt them. Also keep your eyes peeled for other iconic species like rhino, elephant and giraffe. We camp on the edge of the reserve, close to the action!

Please note: Please note that some group members may be starting their tour in Nairobi today.
Overnight: Masai Mara  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17

Masai Mara

Today we continue exploring the Masai Mara with morning and afternoon game drives to different areas of the park. As well as the iconic Big Five, we will hopefully spot some of the less glamorous species, but creatures that are important to the ecosystem. Hyenas and vultures scavenge the remains of prey, warthogs scurry through the undergrowth and endangered African wild dogs hunt intelligently in packs. We break in the middle of the day for lunch before game driving back to our camp for the evening.
Overnight: Masai Mara  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18

Nairobi

Masai Mara - Nairobi. Leaving the Mara, we travel back through the Great Rift Valley to Nairobi, where we spend the night.
Overnight: Nairobi  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19

Arusha

Nairobi - Arusha (Tanzania). We leave Kenya, crossing into neighbouring Tanzania at the Namanga frontier. We then drive to the country's safari capital, Arusha, arriving late afternoon. Situated in the shadow of Mount Meru and close to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, it is a great base for exploring the region. If time allows, we stop to browse the local markets and join a walk around a traditional Masai village before heading to our accommodation at the Meserani Snake Park.
Overnight: Arusha  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20

Serengeti National Park

Arusha - Serengeti National Park. We leave our overland truck behind and transfer to designated safari vehicles this morning. Crossing the Great Rift Valley, we enter the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We then drive around the rim of this spectacular UNESCO-listed crater and onto the wildlife-rich plains of the Serengeti. Serengeti derives from the Maasai word siringitu, which means "the place where the land moves on forever" and the scale of this wilderness is sure to impress as much as the wildlife you will inevitably see.

The Serengeti and neighbouring Masai Mara in Kenya play host to the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and antelope. These prey animals follow the rains and the freshest grass, stalked every step of the way by the lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas which feed on them. You are sure to have some amazing wildlife experiences today as we enjoy a game drive en route to our camp. We spend tonight at an unfenced campsite, where we can listen to the sounds of the bush and hopefully see some wildlife from our camp!
Overnight: Serengeti National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 21-22

Ngorongoro Crater

Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha. Game driving out of the Serengeti on day 21, we can search for any species we have not managed to spot so far. We travel back to the Ngorongoro Crater, camping on the rim of this UNESCO-listed natural caldera, one of Africa's most spectacular wildlife areas.

On day 22 we get our chance to head into the crater itself, following the steep, winding road into the reserve. On our game drive, you will have the chance to spot every major African animal, except for giraffes who can't manage the steep climb down the crater rim!

Returning to camp for lunch, we pack up before making the journey back to Arusha and our overland safari vehicle.
Overnight: Ngorongoro Crater (1), Arusha (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 23

Bagamoyo

Arusha - Bagamoyo. We begin our journey to Zanzibar today, heading towards the Indian Ocean coast. It's a long but scenic drive, and we pass Mount Kilimanjaro en route. If the weather is clear we should be able to enjoy magnificent views of the iconic snow-capped peak.

Our stop for tonight is the port town of Bagamoyo. It was founded towards the end of the 18th century and was an important trading port along the East African coast. Today it is a centre for dhow building, with many of the boats being sent to Zanzibar and nearby areas. We camp on the outskirts of the town, near the palm-fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean.
Overnight: Bagamoyo  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24

Dar es Salaam

Bagamoyo - Dar es Salaam. Saying farewell to Bagamoyo we make the 2 - 3 hour drive along the coast to Dar es Salaam. This vibrant city is Tanzania's main port and a kaleidoscope of culture. Impressive Arab architecture and colourful markets give way to blissful beaches and turquoise ocean. We stay by the beach tonight before our excursion to Zanzibar.
Overnight: Dar es Salaam  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 25-27

Paradise island of Zanzibar

Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar. On the morning of day 25, we take the ferry to Zanzibar, leaving our overland truck on the mainland. Evocative and exotic, Zanzibar conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm-fringed beaches, romantic winding cobbled alleys, and lush tropical forests.

Our time on Zanzibar is not too structured. There is plenty of free time to explore the old part of Zanzibar City - Stone Town. You'll also want to visit a spice plantation, spend some time on the tropical beaches and enjoy snorkelling at the coast, home to a wealth of marine life. Other optional excursions you can book include massages and yacht trips. Please see the Trip Notes for more details.

In Zanzibar we typically spend day 25 in Stone Town and days 26 and 27 at one of the northern beaches, but this can be flexible.
Overnight: Zanzibar  |  Breakfast x 3

Day 28

Return to Dar es Salaam

Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam. We have the morning to do any last-minute shopping or enjoy one last swim before catching the ferry back to Dar es Salaam and travelling on to our accommodation by the coast for the evening.
Overnight: Dar es Salaam  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 29

Mikumi National Park

Dar es Salaam - Mikumi National Park. Making our way southwest, we head back inland and towards the border with Malawi. We'll be driving through Mikumi National Park for a large chunk of the day, and will hopefully see some of the wildlife that lives in Tanzania's fifth-largest game reserve.

Our accommodation for the night is right on the edge of the park and there is an optional additional game drive if you'd like to search further for elephants, giraffes, or the other species that call Mikumi home. Alternatively, you can relax in the local bar and restaurant, or enjoy an evening around the campfire.
Overnight: Mikumi  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 30

Iringa

Mikumi National Park - Iringa. Continuing our journey south, we pass through Baobab Valley, home to many of these ancient, swollen baobab trees. Reaching the town of Iringa, we end our journey at the Kisolanza Farm. This family-run business supplies Dar es Salaam with organic meat and vegetables and is a well-known stopover, located in the scenic Southern Highlands of Tanzania.
Overnight: Iringa  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 31-32

Chitimba Beach, Lake Malawi

Iringa - Chitimba Beach, Lake Malawi (Malawi). We wave farewell to Tanzania on day 31, crossing into neighbouring Malawi. We head straight to shimmering Lake Malawi, which covers around a fifth of the country and is the main source of income for a huge swathe of the country's population. Fishermen paddle their traditional Bwato canoes on the lake, which has a huge number of fish species found nowhere else in the world, making it a popular spot for scuba divers.

Arriving at our accommodation by Chitimba Beach, the rest of today and tomorrow are at leisure. Relax by the beach, play volleyball or browse the local craft markets.

On day 32 there is an optional hike to Manchewe Falls. This 11km hike requires decent fitness, but the rewards are spectacular views of the waterfall and a dip in a natural bath. David Livingstone lived and worked in this area during his time in Malawi.
Overnight: Chitimba Beach (2)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 33-34

Kande Beach, Lake Malawi

Chitimba Beach, Lake Malawi - Mzuzu - Kande Beach, Lake Malawi. Day 33 sees us driving through rubber plantations to the small town of Mzuzu, where we visit the local market and resupply the truck. Then it's onwards to Kande beach, another part of Lake Malawi around 240km down the shoreline.

The rest of today and day 34 are free to relax or join some of the optional activities on offer. You can go diving, canoeing, or snorkelling in the lake, or opt for a horse ride along the beach. You can also join a guided walk to a nearby village to meet the Malawian locals.
Overnight: Kande Beach (2)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 35

Crossing into Zambia

Kande Beach, Lake Malawi - Chipata (Zambia). Travelling via the Malawian capital of Lilongwe, we make the border crossing into Zambia. We arrive at the town of Chipata, formerly known as Fort Jamerson. We should have time to wander around the town, home to a large Indian community and a number of ornate mosques. Then we continue to our accommodation on the outskirts of town.
Overnight: Chipata  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 36

Lively Lusaka

Chipata - Lusaka. Today we have a long drive through the picturesque scenery of Zambia. We'll travel along the Great Eastern Road and cross the Luangwa River before reaching the capital, Lusaka. This is southern Africa's fastest-growing city, but we'll enjoy a slice of tranquility at our accommodation on a rural farm.
Overnight: Lusaka  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 37-38

Thundering Victoria Falls

Lusaka - Livingstone. On day 37 we drive to Livingstone, our final destination, and home to Victoria Falls. There is an included visit to see the Zambian side of this famous cascade and the following day is free to relax or enjoy some of the numerous optional activities available. Activities range from a further visit to see the cascades (prepare to get wet!), canoeing and rafting on the Zambezi River, bungee jumping and fishing to a scenic flight over the falls, or an abseiling experience - the choice is yours!
Overnight: Livingstone (2)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1

Day 39

Today our tour comes to an end after breakfast today. If you'd like to stay a while longer in Livingstone then speak to our team about booking post-tour accommodation.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 6 persons. Prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a tent/room. Solo travellers will be matched up and share a tent/room with another solo traveller of the same gender.

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Local payment - US$1510pp, paid on arrival in USD

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

Guaranteed Departure
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Twin Share
Single Room
23 Mar - 30 Apr 10% off
CAD $9,485
CAD $8,537
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05 Oct - 12 Nov 10% off
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02 Nov - 10 Dec 10% off
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30 Nov - 07 Jan 10% off
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28 Dec - 04 Feb 10% off
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Extra Prices

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Single Room
Mandatory Gorilla & Chimpanzee Permit (to be paid at time of booking and non-refundable)
CAD $1,015
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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.

Simba Safari Camp (Lodge), Queen Elizabeth National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Nestled atop a hill overlooking Lake Kikorongo on the edge of Uganda’s most popular Queen Elizabeth National Park this Safari Camp is the perfect base to explore this picturesque park. With views over the plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park and of the Rwenzori Mountains these comfortable rooms feature panoramic views for their occupants. Meals and drinks are served in the restaurant and bar where guests can relax after a day of safari.

Bunyonyi Overland Resort (Cottage), Lake Bunyonyi

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Placed on the picturesque shores of Lake Bunyonyi this resort and campsite is the perfect hub for guests to explore the lake and all it has to offer. Its location also makes it the perfect stop off for guests who are continuing to Bwindi National Park. The charming cottages and rooms with private bathrooms and complementary wifi offer panoramic views over the lake and its islands. Featuring a bar and restaurant you can enjoy a drink whilst watching the sunset over the lake.

Red Chilli Hideaway (Banda), Kampala

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Standard Camp

Located on a purpose-built, 5-acre site in a peaceful suburb, the Red Chilli Hideaway offers 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.

Nile River Explorers , Jinja

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Camp

Located on Lake Bujagali, where the Nile River comes out of Lake Victoria, this camp is only 8 kilometres from Jinja and is the perfect place to relax and explore the area. Rooms feature an en-suite, hot showers, and panoramic views of the Nile. There is both a river bar and a river spa for guests to enjoy. A jetty for swimming is also available so you can cool down during the hot days. Watch the sunset over the Nile with a drink and relax after a day exploring.

Wildebeest Eco Camp (permanent tents), Nairobi

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

An oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi, Wildebeest Eco Camp is set in tropical gardens home to hundreds of native birds. It is conveniently located near shops, banks, markets, restaurants and Nairobi National Park. Accommodation is in simply furnished permanent walk-in tents with electricity and shared bathrooms. Bathrooms have solar-powered hot showers and flush toilets. There's an outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace for guests to enjoy and the onsite restaurant serves a variety of African, European, and American dishes. Free Wi-Fi is also available.

Enchoro Wildlife Camp (permanent tents), Masai Mara

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Enchoro Wildlife Camp is a partly fenced campsite located within the Masai Mara National Reserve, set amongst lush trees. Accommodation is in permanent pre-erected tents complete with twin share beds and ensuite bathroom facilities. Each tent also has a verandah perfect for enjoying a sundowner and keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. There is a thatched-roof restaurant onsite and additional excursions into the Mara can be booked at the tour desk.

Meserani Snake Park , Arusha

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Founded in 1993 on the outskirts of Arusha, the Meserani Snake Park was once a barren wasteland, now it's a lush wildlife park, with hundreds of trees planted which are also home to native bird species. Travellers can visit a local Maasai village guided by a Maasai warrior and can explore the Snake Park zoo itself, home to 48 African snake species including the deadly Black spitting cobra and reptiles including crocodiles. The Snake Park hosts a monthly medical clinic for the local community too, serving more than 1,000 patients monthly. Accommodation is in simple chalets with shared facilities, and the Snake Park Bar is famous in the area for its array of memorabilia.

Ikoma Bush Camp, Serengeti National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Sheltered by a grove of acacia trees, Ikoma is a comfortable, traditional style lodge. Each tent has its own en-suite bathroom, modern furnishings and a private verandah. The central restaurant and bar area boast a large fireplace - an ideal spot to unwind with a drink after a long days exciting game viewing. The camp is situated three kms from the Ikoma Gate of the Serengeti National Park, at its north-eastern border.

Firefly Camp (chalets), Bagamoyo

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

A mixture of simple chalets and permanent tents are on offer at this boutique lodge in Bagamoyo, just a short walk from the beach. Some units offer a sea view whilst some overlook the outdoor swimming pool or lush gardens. There are shared bathroom facilities although some rooms do come with ensuite bathrooms. Food is served all day at the camp's restaurant and bar, and there is a free Wi-Fi connection. Guests can also browse the souvenir shop, relax in the spa, or hire bicycles to further explore Bagamoyo.

Kipepeo Beach Village (chalets), Dar es Salaam

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

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 accommodation is right on the beach itself and is a popular destination for watersports adventures or simple relaxation. Facilities include a beach bar and restaurant. All 20 chalets are elevated, with ocean-facing balconies and hammocks, perfect for a relaxing afternoon! Each chalet also has an ensuite bathroom with twin or double beds and a fan. Chalets are decorated in traditional Swahili style.

All Seasons Hotel, Zanzibar

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

A great base for exploring Stone Town, the All Seasons Hotel is located in the heart of the old part of Zanzibar City and just a few hundred metres from the beach. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, TV and a terrace. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Guests can dine at the onsite restaurant, and the hotel is situated within easy distance of an array of other restaurants and attractions, including the Old Fort of Zanzibar and the Persian Baths.

Tan-Swiss Lodge, Mikumi

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Tan-Swiss Lodge offers simple accommodation with ensuite bathrooms and twin share or double beds. Rooms are air-conditioned and offer TV and free Wi-Fi connection, plus a small verandah overlooking the beautiful gardens. Tan-Swiss Lodge is located less than 3km from the boundary with Mikumi National Park and amenities include a gift shop, laundry services, outdoor swimming pool and an onsite restaurant.

Kisolanza Farm (chalets), Iringa

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

This working farm is nestled around 50km from Iringa, in Tanzania's rural Southern Highlands. The farm has been the home of the Ghaui family since the 1930s. Still planted with crops today, it is also home to livestock including cattle and sheep. Onsite facilities include a farm shop selling the farm's own organic produce, as well as a spa, restaurant and bar. The restaurant is housed in a traditional mud building and serves fresh, local ingredients. Basic chalets are wood-built and rustically decorated with shared bathroom facilities. They are surrounded by organic gardens, where birds and butterflies roam serenely.

Chitimba Beach Camp (chalets), Lake Malawi

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Chitimba Beach is found on the northern shore of Lake Malawi, surrounded by banana palms and papaya trees on a golden sandy beach. The property features a large thatched restaurant, bar and lounge area, and basic but comfortable chalets with shared facilities. Wi-Fi connection is provided and there are good hiking trails around the lake and the surrounding area. Beach volleyball can also be enjoyed, and there is a communal firepit.

Kande Beach (chalets), Lake Malawi

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

A beachside resort on the western side of Lake Malawi, Kande Beach is a laid-back destination, perfect for unwinding in this part of Central Africa. Beach-side chalets are just metres from the lake, separated by a stretch of golden sand. Chalets are simply furnished and with shared bathroom facilities, plus a beachfront verandah. Watersports equipment can be hired by the hour and the onsite bar serves a selection of refreshing drinks, as well as boasting a pool table and table tennis. Nearby Tonga village is a short walk away for those looking to experience Malawian village life.

Mama Rula's (chalets), Chipata

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Located 6km outside the border town of Chipata, Mama Rula's B&B and campsite is ideally located between Lusaka and South Luangwa National Park. Comfortable ensuite chalets are housed in beautiful gardens and come with TV. The onsite restaurant serves vegetables grown in the gardens and there is an outdoor swimming pool that guests are free to use.

Eureka Camp (chalets), Lusaka

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Eureka Camp is situated on a private game farm and guests are treated to the sight of giraffes, zebra, and antelope wandering freely through the grounds. Located just a short drive from the Zambian capital, it is nevertheless a peaceful, rural place to stay. Travellers will stay in simply furnished private chalets with an en suite and twin beds. Facilities at the camp include an outdoor pool, volleyball pitch, BBQ area and bar complete with darts, pool and satellite TV.

The Victoria Falls Waterfront (chalets), Livingstone

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Just a few kilometres from one of Africa's finest natural wonders and found within Mosi oa Tunya National Park, The Victoria Falls Waterfront is an excellent base for discovering the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. Basic chalets are located beside the Luangwa River, in the gardens of the Victoria Falls Waterfront. Boasting air-conditioning, mini-bar, TV, and ensuite facilities with private verandah. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the property, an outdoor pool, restaurant, bar and activity centre offering different experiences at the falls.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Nairobi
Ends
Livingstone
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 6 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
Simple Accommodation
Local Payment
US$1510pp, paid on arrival in USD
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 38, Lunch: 31, Dinner: 31
Countries
Minimum Age
18
Arr. Transfer
No - can be booked on request
Dep. Transfer
No - can be booked on request
Aerial view of Nairobi and its skyscrapers
Aerial view of Nairobi and its skyscrapers
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