Day 1: Depart from Nairobi to Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
You will depart from the Boulevard Hotel on day one of your Africa adventure holiday and leave the hustle and bustle of Nairobi and climb the escarpment to your first viewpoint stop over looking the Great African Rift Valley. Descending into the Rift valley you enter Masai land, and these habitual pastoralists are seen quite regularly on the side of the road as they tend their cattle. You will arrive at your campsite - Acacia Camp - early evening in time to enjoy sunset on the Masai Mara. Lunch and Dinner is included.
Day 2: Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
Game drives through the Mara find you looking for the infamous Big Five as well as giving you the opportunity to see this ' Garden of Eden' in a state nature intended it to be, huge plains, rolling hills and an abundance of game matched no where else on earth.
Elephant, Lion, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra, Waterbuck just to name a few of the animal that inhabit this wonderland. Sitting around a campfire and watching the sunset is the perfect way to finish a day's game viewing in the Mara. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
Days 3: Masai Mara to Nakuru, Kenya
Departing the Masai Mara early you will pass through the third largest town in Kenya, Nakuru, where you will stop for the night to re supply and shop. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
Day 4: Nakuru to Kampala, Uganda
Today, you cross the border into Uganda and travel via the lakeside town of Jinja (the Source of the Nile) before reaching Kampala, Uganda's capital, for an overnight stay. Uganda is a small country of striking physical beauty. Its landscapes vary from the fertile green areas around the northern shores of Lake Victoria to the snow-covered Ruwenzori Mountains in the west and the semi-desert parts of the north facing the border of Sudan.
The political instability that haunted Uganda over a period of years has had the positive effect of leaving the country free of the over-commercialism so common in other parts of Africa. The current administration under President Museveni has devoted considerable effort and funds to regain Uganda's former glory as one of Africa's most prosperous and, from a tourist's point of view, one of the most appealing and interesting countries to visit. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
Days 5 & 6: Kampala to Kisoro, Uganda
After an early morning departure from Kampala on day 5 of your Africa adventure holiday, you drive further west on into the depths of Uganda and arrive at your base in Kisoro. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
From your Kisoro base, depending on where the gorilla permits are available, and where the gorillas are located, you will be viewing them in either the Magahinga or Bwindi National Parks in Uganda, the Virunga National Park in the DRC or at Ruhengeri in Rwanda. Due to the nature of the gorillas and their habits, viewing cannot be guaranteed.
The gorillas themselves can tend to move around the locality quite a distance and the trek can be quite arduous. Accompanied by a park guide and a bush cutter, you track these gorillas through the rain forest. The gorilla families have been habituated to tourists and their whereabouts are monitored daily by the guides and park officials.
It may be necessary to trek for quite a while through the dense forest vegetation (up to 5 hrs) in order to reach the family designated for your visit. As gorillas are sensitive to human diseases, the park authorities will not allow anyone they consider to be in poor health to visit the gorilla groups and children under 15 years of age are not allowed to visit.
Day 7: Kisoro to Lake Bunyoni, Uganda
A short drive through arguably some of the most picturesque scenery in Africa brings us to lake Bunyoni. Lake Bunyoni is the deepest crater lake in Africa and is home to a large number of bird and fish species as well as otters. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
Day 8: Lake Bunyoni, Uganda
Today you have the whole day at leisure to enjoy the beauty of Lake Bunyoni. There is the option to swim, visit the local villages or just sit back, relax and enjoy the tranquil surrounds. A well deserved rest day! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner is included.
Day 9: Lake Bunyoni to Kampala, Uganda
After enjoying the peaceful surrounds of Lake Bunyoni you drive to Kampala for another overnight stay, and perhaps the chance to sample the nightlife. Today you will cross the equator and there will be ample opportunity for photos at the Equator crossing. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner is included.
Day 10: Kampala to Jinja, Uganda
Today you have the option to either white water raft the Nile or visit Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary. For the adventurous, you will be collected from Kampala and transferred to Jinja where you will experience some of the best white water rafting in Africa.
For the less adventurous, you will have the morning at leisure or the option to take a full day excursion to visit Ngamba Chimp Sanctuary before your departure to Jinja. Your overnight camp is right on the edge of the Nile River where there is an abundance of resident bird life & some truly amazing photo opportunities from right outside your tent! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner is included.
Day 11: Jinja to Nakuru, Kenya
Today will be a full day driving back towards Kenya, you will cross the border before lunch and stop for supplies en route. Tonight you will overnight again in Nakuru. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner is included.
Day 12: Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Today you move onto Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for the thousands of flamingo that inhabits the Lake's edge. The numbers vary depending on the level of the lake, and are more numerous when the water level is low.
The Park has also been established as a sanctuary for Black and White Rhino, which are frequently seen in the Park, along with Buffalo, Giraffe, Waterbuck, various Antelope, Leopard and the occasional Hippo. After entering the park in the morning you will spend the rest of the day game driving. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner is included.
Day 13: Lake Nakuru National Park to Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Moving further east, you drive to Lake Naivasha where you make camp in peaceful surroundings beside the lake. The highest of the Rift Valley lakes, Naivasha lies at about 1880m again the lake is home to a multitude of bird life, pride of place must go to the African Fish Eagle.
The afternoon is spent at leisure here and you have the opportunity (time permitting) to enjoy some optional excursions, such as a boat ride to the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary, Hell's Gate National Park or Elsamere, the retirement home of Joy Adamson ('Born Free'). Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner is included.
Day 14: Lake Naivasha to Nairobi, Kenya
After breakfast, you leave Naivasha and return to Nairobi, arriving in the early afternoon. The truck will stop at the Boulevard Hotel for those staying there, and then continue to your campsite for the night. Breakfast is included.
Day 15: Nairobi to Arusha, Tanzania
You will depart Nairobi and drive south, crossing the border into Tanzania at Namanga and continue to Arusha. This is a pleasant town situated at the base of Mount Meru and is the starting point for your optional excursion to Ngorongoro Crater and/or Serengeti.
You conduct these excursions in locally operated Land Rovers, which are specially adapted for safari use. Depending on which option you choose, you will be away from the Arusha campsite for either one or two nights. Lunch, Dinner is included.
Day 16: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania (Optional)
If you take up the two-night/three day option you will depart Arusha in the morning with your vehicles and guides. The drive to the Serengeti National Park takes you through the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito River) and up into the Ngorongoro Reserve for a glimpse of the Ngorongoro Crater before descending down onto the plains of the Serengeti.
The abundance of plains game in this area is truly astounding. The afternoon will be spent game viewing before setting up camp in the midst of the national park. With some luck you will be able to listen to the night time noises of the wildlife! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner is included.
Day 17: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
After a full morning game drive in the Serengeti you will return to pull down camp and head back towards the Ngorongoro. Here you travel up to Ngorongoro Crater's edge for your campsite for the evening.
For those taking the one-night/two day option you will be collected from Arusha today in the afternoon and transferred to the town of Karatu for the evening. Tomorrow you will join the rest of the group for your Ngorongoro game drive. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner is included.
Day 18: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha, Tanzania
This morning you descend into the Ngorongoro Crater with its 600 metre walls and 20-kilometre width is a natural wonder, and offers a spectacular view from the rim. The true size of this caldera is only appreciated from the floor itself and the abundance of its animal inhabitants becomes apparent.
It is home to nearly every species of African animal and offers a chance to view an incredible concentration of East African mammals, such as Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Hippo, Lion, and plain's game. After spending the full morning in the crater you will return to the campsite near Arusha for another night. Both optional excursions will follow the same schedule today. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner is included.
Day 19: Arusha to Pangani, Tanzania
You leave Arusha and head towards the warm Indian Ocean. Travelling through the town of Moshi and passing the Usambara Mountains, you encounter vast sisal plantations on your way to Dar es Salaam. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner is included.
Day 20: Pangani to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Today is another long days drive through beautiful lush scenery and palm trees. You set up camp for the night. On arrival in Dar es Salaam, you spend the night at a beach hotel/campsite that is situated to the north of the city, and prepare for your departure to Zanzibar the next morning. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner is included.
Day 21: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar
A ferry from Dar es Salaam takes you to the 'Spice Island', where you will spend three nights on this legendary island. Zanzibar is steeped in history and was one of the major starting points for most East African explorers in their quest for new lands. Breakfast is included.
Please note: Our crew can organise accommodation for you whilst on Zanzibar, although from our experience our clients have felt the need to explore the island on their own. Therefore accommodation and food is for client's own account whilst on Zanzibar.
Days 22 & 23: Zanzibar
History aside, Zanzibar offers a wealth of experiences for the visitor. Today the quiet streets of the old Stone Town still retain their Arabic influence, from the Medina-like shops to the palaces of the Sultans, who founded their vast empires on the spoils of the slave and ivory trade.
The island is still famous for its spices, and tours around a spice plantation can be organised. Other options include a trip to the nearby Prison Island with its giant tortoises, and beautiful beaches to enjoy. Or perhaps you would enjoy the opportunity to hire a motorbike and explore the more remote areas of the island.
Zanzibar is a seafood lover's paradise. Numerous restaurants offer a great variety of the freshest catch from the ocean - giant lobsters being a popular speciality. Alternatively, joining the locals for dinner in the waterfront market is an experience not to be missed. The market stalls offer an unusual selection of fast food African style at a very reasonable cost.
Day 24: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Leaving Zanzibar you take the ferry back to mainland for an overnight in Dar es Salaam. There may be an opportunity to visit one of the craft markets offering an extensive range of exquisite ebony products (where prices depend on your bargaining skills) and where the goods are made on-site. It is possible to observe the carvers at work and understand the skill, which has gone into making even the simplest trinket. Dinner is included.
Day 25: Dar es Salaam to Iringa, Tanzania
Leaving Dar Es Salaam you head for Iringa and camp at the Old Farmhouse, a beautiful rustic campsite in rural Tanzania. Try one of the signature Amarula Hot chocolates! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner is included.
Days 26 - 29: Iringa to Lake Malawi, Malawi
The next morning you head for Malawi passing through the beautiful tea plantations of Tikuku before exiting Tanzania. You enter Malawi through the border post of Songwe and head to Chitimba Beach campsite in Malawi for the night. The newly democratic Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its total area being the beautiful Lake Malawi.
The country's temperate climate allows for swimming in these clear blue fresh-waters all the year round. You travel the full length of western side of lake, stopping off at various bays and inlets for the next 4 days. This is the time for rest and relaxation. Lake Malawi offers a variety of water sports from various beachside campsites.
Alternatively, you can go wandering along quieter shorelines where you can see the fishermen sorting their daily catch. Traditional methods are still used in their fishing techniques and you can appreciate their boating skills by trying to paddle in a dugout canoe yourself.
Visit the nearby villages and schools as well as dine in the local village, haggle for a bargain at the local markets, learn the game of bao with some locals or simply relax on the pristine white beaches. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
Day 30: Lake Malawi to Chipata, Zambia
You cross the border into Zambia, heading to a beautiful little campsite just 10kms before the Zambia/Malawi border, where you spend the night. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
Day 31: Chipata to Lusaka, Zambia
The landlocked country of Zambia is quickly crossed, passing through the capital Lusaka for one night. The campsite is home to some local wildlife and has beautiful facilities. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
Days 32 & 33: Lusaka to Lake Kariba, Zambia
This morning you will pack up camp early and head south for Lake Kariba. You head to the western waters of Lake Kariba and your base camp for the next 2 nights. The lake is one of the largest man made lakes in the world, boasting a wide variety of African game, bird life and unique flora and fauna.
Here you have the option to take a 2 night trip on the House Boats on Lake Kariba. For those of you who do not want to partake in the House Boats there are many activities you can do at the campsite such as fishing, canoeing, hikes, explore the local village or just relax on the tranquil banks of Lake Kariba. The campsite also has a swimming pool where you can enjoy soaking up the sun. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
House Boat option 2 night / 2 day:
You board the House Boats at approx 1pm and have lunch after you have settled yourself in. You depart the harbour at approx 2pm and sail out to the Maaze River for a beautiful sunset and overnight on the House Boats. Lake Kariba is famous for its spectacular sunsets. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
The next day you can relax the entire day on the deck of the House Boat and enjoy the on board Jacuzzi. House Boats on Lake Kariba are truly one of the most relaxing ways to spend a few days. For those feeling a bit more active in the early morning, take a Fishing/Game Cruise on tender boats or you have the option to do a game walk on the island in the Maaze area.
There is opportunity to see plains game and many different species of bird life. After lunch and head to Maaze Island where you do a tour of the Crocodile Farm. Dinner is prepared on the boat while you sit back and enjoy our sundowners over the lake.
Day 34: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Today you cross the border into the town of Victoria Falls. 1700 metres wide and around 100 metres high, Victoria Falls are one of the most memorable sights on your African safari. A couple of days are spent here to enable you to experience the sights and the many activities available.
All year round, flights can be taken which give you a panoramic view of the Falls, Batoka Gorge and the islands above the Falls. Flights can be taken in either fixed wing planes, microlights or helicopters. Back on the ground, the Falls can be seen from the Victoria Falls Park. All offer fantastic photographic opportunities. Breakfast is included.
White water rafting in the Batoka Gorge is considered to be world class. Besides the excitement of the grade 5 rapids, there are the 'floats" where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.
Bungi jumping enthusiasts can take the plunge from the Zambezi Bridge, which connects Zambia and Zimbabwe. The leap into the Batoka Gorge is one of the latest activities at Victoria Falls and is certainly not for the faint-hearted.
Other optional activities around Victoria Falls include day trips into the Zambezi National Park, horse riding safaris, a visit to the Crocodile Ranch, Snake Park, golf at the Elephant Hills Hotel, parachuting, the Falls Craft Village.
Days 35 & 36: Victoria Falls, ZImbabwe
The following 2 days are at your leisure allowing you to partake in the many activities available, or you can just relax around the pool at our campsite. Breakfast included on both days.
Day 37: Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park, Botswana
This morning you depart Victoria Falls after breakfast and cross the border of Zimbabwe into Botswana. You set up camp for the night. The rest of the day is spent exploring the area and relaxing on the banks of the Chobe River and preparing for your afternoon game drive in Chobe National Park. Chobe is one of Botswana's premier game parks, renowned for the large herds of elephant around the Chobe River. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
Day 38: Chobe National Park, Botswana
An early morning start sees prepare for your morning game drive in the Chobe National Park. Chobe is one of Botswana's premier game parks, renowned for the large herds of Elephant around the Chobe River. Later this afternoon there is an option to partake in a boat dries along the Chobe River. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
Day 39: Chobe National Park to Maun, Botswana
Today you travel in a south-westerly direction to Maun, your base camp before you start your optional excursion into the Okavango Delta. Today is a long day's drive with lunch on the roadside. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
The Delta is a huge expanse of water, which has travelled from the Angolan highlands, spreading out to form the largest inland Delta in the world. Studded with exotic islands, the Delta is renowned for its incredible variety of bird life as well as many other animals unique to Southern Africa.
Day 40: Okavango Delta, Botswana
Here you have the opportunity to take the optional 3 day / 2 night excursions into the Delta. With this excursion you travel approximately 1-2 hours north to the Mokoro polers station.
From there you hire mokoros, the local dug out canoes, which are poled by local guides through the winding waterways. Your guides will select a place to set up camp. An afternoon game walk will allow you to experience the Delta wilderness. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
Day 41: Okavango Delta, Botswana
A day of rest, relaxation and Delta experiences await. Today you will have the opportunity to partake in a number of activities including game walks, mokoro cruises, swimming and even a chance to try your hand at poling your own mokoro! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
Day 42: Okavango Delta to Maun, Botswana
There is a final opportunity for a morning game walk before packing up camp and setting off back to Maun. After arriving back in the early afternoon you have the opportunity to complete your picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional sunset scenic flight over the Delta region. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
Day 43: Maun to Rundu, Botswana
Departing Maun you head in a south west direction along the Kavango River and enter Namibia in the Northern region. You stock up your supplies in Rundu before reaching your campsite for the night.
This campsite is spectacular and located right on the banks of the Kavango River complete with "open air" facilities and the occasional hippo grazing on the lawn. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
Day 44: Rundu to Etosha National Park (Namutoni), Namibia
Today you arrive at Etosha National Park in the late afternoon. Etosha is the major nature reserve of Namibia, covering over 20 000 square kilometres with a large variety of animal and bird species. The park is situated around the Etosha Pan, and has an extensive network of gravel roads that enable you to get to remote areas of the park.
A feature of the park is the floodlit water holes at both Namutoni and Okakuejo. Evenings can be spent sitting on the specially constructed viewing benches watching the game as it comes in to drink. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
Day 45: Etosha National Park (Okaukuejo), Namibia
Another full day of game driving as you make your way across 150kms of the park from east to west. Tonight you have another opportunity to spend at leisure around the fantastic floodlit waterholes. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
Day 46: Etosha to Cheetah Park, Namibia
A short drive takes you to the Cheetah Park, a private farm where you will learn about the conservation of the Cheetah population in Namibia and have a chance to meet the resident cheetah's up at the house. A photo opportunity not to be missed! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
Day 47: Cheetah Park to Spitzkoppe, Namibia
A days drive takes you to Spizkoppe, the 1728m high rock formation, one of Namibia's most recognised landmarks. There is opportunity to explore the bushman paintings and surrounding area. A night camping under the stars is a must here! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
Day 48: Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund, Namibia
You follow the Atlantic Coast south to visit the Cape Cross Seal Colony. Of the 23 breeding colonies of Cape Fur Seals along the coast of South Africa and Namibia, Cape Cross is the largest. Seals are present through out the year and numbers fluctuate between 80 000 and 100 000 individuals, rising to around 200 000 during the breeding season.
It was here that the Portuguese navigator, Diego Cao, erected a stone cross in 1846, becoming the first European to set foot on the coast of Namibia. You arrive in Swakopmund later afternoon. Breakfast and Lunch is included.
Days 49 & 50: Swakopmund, Namibia
Founded in 1892 during the German colonial rule, the distinct colonial character has been well preserved. Swakopmund has several excellent restaurants, bars, coffee shops as well as many arts and crafts shops selling Namibian rural art. There are fine beaches to walk along as well as a great museum, aquarium and galleries to visit.
Optional excursions include fishing trips, quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving, desert flights, water sports, golf and 4WD hire. Accommodation will be in dormitories. Upgrades are available. Breakfast is included on both days.
Day 51: Swakopmund to Sesreim, Namibia
Leaving Swakopmund you head south and drive past Walvis Bay along the Atlantic Ocean on route to Sesreim. A short distance away is Sossusvlei, surrounded by a dramatic sea of sand dunes reputed to be the highest in the world. Magnificent views of the desert can be seen from the top of the dunes, some over 300m high. The afternoon will be spent exploring this amazing area.
An optional and must do excursion is to walk in this area with the highly specialised local guides of Sossus on Foot. The guide will bring the amazing history, geology, flora, fauna and cultural legacy of the Bushman to you. Tonight you will view the sunset from the top of Dune 45 - a truly memorable experience. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner is included.
Day 52: Sesreim to Helmringhausen Area, Namibia
Departing the Namib - Naukluft Park area you drive south and choose your camp for the evening - no matter where you camp here it will be a remote experience. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner is included.
Day 53: Helmringhausen Area to Fish River Canyon, Namibia
Today you drive to Hobas campsite and the Fish River Canyon, the second largest in the world although reputed to be the most spectacular. 161km long, up to 27 kms wide and about 550m deep, the outer canyon was formed by tectonic activity whilst the erosion of the Fish River formed the inner canyon.
A road running near the eastern rim gives access to several viewing points with spectacular views across the rift. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner is included.
Day 54: Fish River Canyon to Gariep River (Orange River), Namibia/South Africa
You will continue your short drive south onto the Gariep River, the natural land border between South Africa and Namibia. You have the option of a half-day canoe trip on the beautiful Gariep River. The canoe trip provides the opportunity for some bird watching as well as a scenic and relaxing ride. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner is included.
Day 55: Gariep River to Cape Town, South Africa
Today is a long days drive through the beautiful wine growing regions of Namaqualand and Ceres, as you make your way to the picturesque city of Cape Town or better know as the "Mother City". Breakfast, Lunch is included.
Day 56: Cape Town, South Africa
This morning your trip will end. Please note that if you wish to partake in the many activities offered in and around Cape Town we recommend that you spend a few extra days post your tour. Accommodation can be arranged though your travel agent.
- White water rafting , Nile River
- Gorilla trek
- Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater option (3 day)
- Ngorongoro Crater option (1 day)
- Zanzibar accommodation
- Kariba Hpuse Boats (2 nights)
- Game walk on Maaze Island
- Victroria Falls National Park
- Scenic flight over Okavango Delta
- Okavango Delta with mokoros (3 days)
- Sossosvlei Desert Walk
- Canoeing on Gariep River - half day
Please note that when booking this African adventure holiday you are entitled to a free 3 day Masai Mara Safari. The Local payment is still applicable for the trip. This offer must be taken up when booking your main trip. Please ask one of our consultants at Siyabona Africa for more information. Conditions apply.
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