Nairobi, Gorillas to Victoria Falls
|Trip Length||35||Trip Code||AF - AT - 24|
|Tour Group||10 - 24||Age Range||18+|
Nairobi, Gorillas to Victoria Falls: Tour Information
This amazing Africa Safari begins in Nairobi from were we travel into Uganda and see the famous Mountain Gorillas. The Safari continues to the unforgettable Lake Nakuru National Park - with its pink flamingos and white rhino’s it is one of many National Parks and Game reserves visited along the way. We continue south to one of Africa's most famous Game Parks, the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. We are now ready for some time on the ‘ Spice Island’ of Zanzibar before we hit the beaches and wood markets of Lake Malawi. Zimbabwe and Rhodes Matopos National Park is next on our long list of highlights before we enter our final destination the adventure capital of Africa - Victoria Falls, where you can raft, bungi, and plenty more
Week 1 – Nairobi, Rift Valley, Lake Victoria, Ugandan, Kampala, cross the equator, Mountain Gorillas Mountains of the Moon, Jinja - Nile River - white water rafting
Week 2 – Kenya, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha - Hell's Gate National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve, Nairobi
Week 3 – Masai Steppe, Tanzania, Arusha, Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater, Moshi, Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean coast, Zanzibar Island
Week 4 – Stone Town in Zanzibar, Mikumi National, Lake Malawi, Kande Beach
Week 5 – Lilongwe, Zambia, South Luangwa National Park, Lusaka, Livingstone & Victoria Falls
Week 1 Nairobi to Gorilla Trek
We leave our camp in Nairobi at 7 am on the first day of the trip. We recommend you arrive in Nairobi the day before the trip departs. If you're there with a few days to spare there's lots to see and do around the city. In Nairobi town is the National Museum and markets. Close to the camp are; Karen Blixen's house, Langata Giraffe Centre, Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage and Nairobi National Park for a first glimpse of African wildlife.
340 Km, 6 hours - Leaving Nairobi we stop at the Rift Valley scenic lookout its 8,000 feet high and overlooks Mount Longonot and Lake Naivasha. We pass from the dramatic landscape of the Rift Valley to the highlands and spend our first night on the shore of Lake Victoria or we take the highland route to El Doret depending on road conditions.
345 Km, 6 hours - An early start, we cross the Ugandan border. The scenery changes to tropical rain forests and tea and sugar plantations. On route to Jinja or Kampala city, our overnights stop.
422 Km, 6 hours - Stopping for photos as we cross the equator, we continue southwest to Kabale town; gateway to the Mountain Gorilla Reserves.
70 Km, 3 hours - Climbing through lush terraced hills to Kisoro, there are panoramic views of the Ugandan hills on every turn. From the road we have outlooks over three countries - Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda; and the Virunga Mountains - Mountains of the Moon, the home of the rare Mountain Gorillas, an optional side trip.
0 Km, 0 hours - As the groups going to the gorillas are small it takes a couple of days for everyone to do the trek. Whilst others are searching for the great apes, you can take in the local markets; walk to the nearby mountain lakes or go to Magahinga National park for a day hike up a volcano or a guided nature trail. We normally visit the gorillas in Uganda, but depending on conditions may see them in Rwanda.
0 -100 Km, 0- 2 hours –We return from the Mountain Gorillas to either Kisoro or Lake Bunyoni or even on to Kabale town for the evening.
480 Km, 7 hours - Jinja - Crossing the Owen Falls dam we arrive at Jinja on the shores of Lake Victoria. Our campsite for the next few days above Bujagali Falls is a welcome break from travelling; we have a lazy afternoon to put up our tents on the grassy terraces overlooking the Nile River.
Week 2 Gorilla Trekking to Nairobi
0 Km, 0 hours - Jinja - You can spend an action-filled day white water rafting down the Nile. As well as grade 5 rapids this river has a lot of bird and wildlife to view while drifting between the rapids. The rafting is rounded off with a sunset BBQ and drinks, then back to camp to re-live it on video. There are no shortages of other activities in Jinja; quad biking, bungee jump, fish on Lake Victoria, take a guided village walk or give up a day of your holiday to volunteer for the local community education project.
434 Km, 6 hours - Leaving Uganda, we head back into Kenya to Lake Nakuru.
150 Km, 6 hours - You can take the side trip for the day to Lake Nakuru, viewing game in a park; famous for its soda lake surrounded by thousands, sometimes millions of pink flamingos. The park is home to over 400 species of bird, and we should spot leopard or black and white rhino among the zebra, waterbuck, impala, giraffe and tree climbing lions. Leaving the park we cross the Rift Valley to camp on Lake Naivasha.
70 km, I hour - Leaving the park we cross the Rift Valley to camp on Lake Naivasha.
205 Km, 4 hours - We head south to Narok and on to Masai Mara National Reserve; camping on the edge of the park. The sweeping plains evoke a picture of East Africa that most people hold in their minds and are rarely disappointed when confronted with the real thing. Great game viewing is assured all year round. The Mara offers us everything, amazing scenery and abundant wildlife including the big five.
205 Km, 4 hours - Returning to Naivasha we camp beside the lake. Close by is Hell's Gate National Park where you can hire bikes to take you around the park and see the herds of zebra, buffalo and antelope. You can also wander in the predator free reserve amongst African game. There is spectacular scenery here; red cliffs, grassy plains and rock towers made of hardened lava and the remains of ancient volcanoes. Also on the lake is Elsamere; once the home of Joy Adamson and Elsa the lion of 'Born Free' fame. Elsamere is now the centre of the Born Free Foundation and you can find out more about their work and take afternoon tea in the gardens.
0 Km, 0 hours - Lake Naivasha, camping under the fever trees on the shore of Lake Naivasha, with hippos grazing on the shore in the evening
90 Km, 2 hours - We return to Nairobi for a chance to explore the city. In Nairobi town is the National Museum and markets. Close to the camp are; Karen Blixen's house, Langata Giraffe Centre; a day at the races or a round of golf.
Week 3 Nairobi to Zanzibar Island
295 Km, 6 hours - We head south from Nairobi through the Masai plains and cross the border at Namanga into Tanzania; arriving in Arusha late in the day. The country we pass through is sparsely inhabited grassland savannah, inhabited by the Masai.
200/300 Km, 6 hours - Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater
In Arusha you can take an optional side trip to the Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater. The trip is camping, away for three days and two nights. Either one or two of these nights will be inside the park in the parks amidst the animals. If you choose not to visit the park you can wander the markets in Arusha town or do a side trip with one of the many local operators.
200/300 Km, 6 hours - Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.
200 Km, 6 hours - Ngorongoro Crater descent and return to Arusha.
370 Km, 6 hours - We head towards the coast past Moshi town the capital city of the Chugga tribe. Skirting the base of snowy Mount Kilimanjaro we camp on the way to Dar es Salaam.
290 Km, 5 hours - We arrive in Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean coast.
+ Ferry 40 Km, 2 hours to Zanzibar Island (optional) - From Dar es Salaam you can take the ferry to Zanzibar Island. Here is the old stone capital of the Omani Sultanate, sandy beaches, spice tours, snorkelling, diving and trips to other nearby islands. If you decide not to go to Zanzibar, the campsite at Mikadi Beach is an ideal place to have a few lazy days.
0 Km, 0 hours - Zanzibar is a fascinating place to visit and to take it all in. Over a thousand years trade between Africa and Arabia has resulted in the blending of Arabs and Africans into a beautiful Swahili coastal culture with; wooden sailing dhows crossing the ocean, coconut plantations and fishing villages with mosques on the beaches. Nungwe beach resort on the north of the island has the most beautiful beaches.
Week 4 Dar es Salaam to Kande Beach Malawi
0 Km, 0 hours - Stone Town in Zanzibar Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old slave market , the spice growing areas, Jozani Forest with Red Colobus Monkeys and in the evening the seafood cafes on the wharf.
Ferry 40 Km, 2 hours & 310 Km, 5 hours - Return to Dar es Salaam on the early ferry. We head south through Tanzania; our route takes us through Mikumi National Park where we may well see giraffe or elephant grazing beside the road.
252 Km, 4 hours - The road from Mikumi National Park to Malawi takes us through the southern highlands passing Baobab Valley to Iringa.
590 Km, 9 hours followed by a day without driving - Crossing the border into Malawi, we reach the shores of its huge lake. We spend the night at Chitimba Beach Camp.
Chitimba Beach Camp. The campsites and small resorts along Lake Malawi offer sandy beaches, swimming and snorkelling, water-skiing, horse riding or walking in the surrounding countryside. Markets sell carved Malawi chairs, tables and wood carvings.
250 Km, 4 hours followed by 2 days without driving - Kande Beach. We head south through the hills and drop down to the lake and Kande Beach resort.
Kande Beach resort – very relaxed and just the sort of beach place you need in Africa.
Week 5 Kande Beach to Victoria Falls
295 Km, 6 hours - Leaving the beach we go inland to spend the night in the capital Lilongwe or camp on route to Zambia after crossing the border. In Zambia we head along the Great North Road – a sparsely settled country side with few people or villages for hundreds of miles.
165 Km, 3hours – South Luangwa National Park is well worth the visit. Recent trips have seen: - wild dogs, leopards, lions, and buffalo. We camp by the park and you can game drive into the park. Though the park is open all year, but during the rains; which are normally from Jan and Feb to March, the road in can be flooded and we can’t visit the park.
165 Km, 3hours - We leave the park and continue to head west.
570 Km, 8 hours - We reach Lusaka the capital of Zambia.
480 Km, 7 hours - Victoria Falls - the Zambezi River plunges 100 metres down a mile wide chasm, creating one of the most incredible natural wonders of the world. The local name for the falls is 'Mosi- oa-Tunya' meaning; 'the smoke that thunders' and you'll soon find out why. When the river is in full flow, the falling water causes a huge roar and sends a cloud of spray up to 500 metres into the air.
Day 34 & 35
We stay near Victoria Falls in Livingstone where adventure activities abound - you can; bungee jump, white water raft, and go game-viewing on horseback or walking with lions. More sedate excursions include; canoeing, light aircraft, helicopter flights over the Falls and the sunset cruise on the Zambezi. The Falls themselves are the main attraction and you can walk through the rain forest along the cliff opposite for an excellent view.
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