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Itinerary: Rivers Lakes & Mountains

Rivers Lakes & Mountains

This adventure tour from Pretoria to Nairobi includes mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda, visits to world-renowned Big 5 game parks, the friendly beaches of Lake Malawi, the tropical beaches of Zanzibar, and the mighty Zambezi river.

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Daily Highlights * covered by mandatory Adventure Pass

01 Depart Pretoria, Mpumalanga Region, Kruger Private Game Reserve D
02 Kruger National Park, Game Drives BLD
03 Limpopo Province BLD
04 Bulawayo, Zimbabwe BLD
*05 Matobo National Park, game drive/ walk BLD
06 Waterfront, Livingstone, Zambia, Zambezi River B
07 Waterfront, Livingstone, Zambia, Zambezi River B
08 Waterfront, Livingstone B
09 Lusaka BLD
*10 - 11 South Luangwa National Park BLD
12 Malawi Beach BLD
13 Malawi Beach, Village Walk BLD
14 Chitimba Beach BLD
15 Chitimba BLD
16 Iringa BLD
17 Mikumi National Park area BLD
18 Dar es Salaam Tanzania BLD
19 Ferry to Zanzibar B
20 Zanzibar B
21 Zanzibar B
22 Zanzibar B
23 Ferry to Dar es Salaam LD
24 Marangu/ Moshi area BLD
25 Arusha, Meserani Snake Park, Masai Village Walk BLD
*26 Serengeti National Park, Afternoon Game Drive BLD
*27 Serengeti Morning Game Drive, Ngorongoro Crater BLD
*28 Ngorongoro Crater Morning Game Drive, Arusha BLD
29 Kenya Border Crossing, Nairobi BL
30 Nairobi B
31 Depart Nairobi, Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha, BLD
32 Lake Nakuru National Park – Game drive, BLD
33 Eldoret BLD
34 Kampala BLD
35 Queen Elizabeth National Park BLD
36 Chimpanzee Reserve, lake Bunyonyi BLD
37 Lake Bunyonyi/ Gorilla Trek BLD
38 Lake Bunyonyi/ Gorilla Trek BLD
39 Kampala BLD
40 Jinja BLD
41 Jinja BLD
42 Jinja BLD
43 Eldoret BLD
44 Kenya, Great Rift Valley, Nairobi B

Day 1 – 2
Our tour begins in Pretoria. Starting early, we travel east through the Mpumalanga province to the Greater Kruger area. Kruger is South Africa’s premier national park and connecting with parks in adjoining Mozambique and Botswana, covers 24,000 square kilometres of land used in the protection of African wildlife! Over dinner, we enjoy a Shangaan cultural evening including traditional dance. We enjoy a full day’s game viewing in the national park in an open 4x4 safari vehicle, seeking wildlife encounters with Africa’s ‘Big 5’ - lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – as well as giraffe, hippo, zebra, various antelope and a variety of amazing birdlife and reptiles.

Day 3 – 5
Leaving Kruger, we move north pausing the night near the Limpopo River to the Beitbridge Border. Completing formalities at the border post we enter Zimbabwe and drive through stunning landscapes to Bulawayo, the second-largest city in Zimbabwe. Here we enjoy the evening exploring the city and the bustling nightlife. The following day we explore Matobo National Park with a local operator by vehicle and foot to view the endangered Rhino's that inhabit the area, the many roaming animals and some bushman paintings which are located in nearby caves.

Day 6 – 8
We cross into Zambia and drive to Livingstone and our camp situated on the banks of the Zambezi River. Feed your hunger for adrenaline with white water rafting, bungee jumping, abseiling, gorge swinging and amazing scenic flights (microlight, helicopter or small plane) or enjoy the surroundings on canoeing safaris and horse riding treks. However, don’t leave without seeing the thundering Victoria Falls themselves. At over a mile wide and over 100 metres deep, the Falls produce the world’s largest curtain of falling water in the world. Up close they are formidable and at times of high water, the spray can be seen from 20 kilometres away, hence their local name Mosi Oa Tunya – the ‘smoke that thunders’.

Day 9 – 15
From Livingstone we continue north, pausing at Lusaka before arriving at South Luangwa National Park for 2 brilliant days in this magnificent park. Continuing on we reach Malawi, the ‘warm heart’ of Africa. Passing through Lilongwe we reach the enormous Lake Malawi, Africa’s third-largest lake, where we camp on sandy beaches, enjoy the swimming and meet the famously friendly locals.

Day 16 – 23
We continue north into Tanzania. Travelling through some remote areas, we pass by Mikumi National Park before reaching the Indian Ocean coast and port city, Dar es Salaam. ‘Dar’ is Tanzania’s main commercial centre and the jumping-off point for Zanzibar - the ‘Spice Island’! Time here is at your leisure. Rich in history, Zanzibar offers a blissful mix of exotic spice markets, winding alleyways and old palaces as well as sparkling warm water ocean and stretches of palm-fringed sands.

NB. As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic tourist class accommodation on Zanzibar is included in the Local Payment but for the sake of flexibility, meals are left for your own account. Typically we spend one night in Stone Town and the next two nights in the north of the island at one of the beaches. Your tour leader will be available to assist if you experience any problems but there are no set activities - the time is entirely at leisure.

Day 24 - 29
Arusha, Serengeti Plains, Nairobi
Back on the African mainland, we travel back inland where, in clear weather, we may spot snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak (5895m), as we drive towards Tanzania’s safari capital, Arusha. Hold a snake - if you dare - in the Meserani Snake Park and make friends on a guided walk to the local village to learn something of Masai culture. From Arusha we transfer to 4x4 vehicles for an optional 3-day game viewing safari in Tanzania’s premier parks, experiencing close wildlife encounters in the deep basin of the Ngorongoro Crater and the open plains of the Serengeti. We game drive through exciting scenery by day and camp out under the stars, listening to the sounds of Africa by night! We return to Arusha for a final day in Tanzania before crossing the border into Kenya and to the capital Nairobi.

Day 30 – 44
Nairobi, Lake Nakuru, Kampala, Queen Elizabeth National park, Chimpanzee Trek, Gorilla Trek, Jinja
Leaving Nairobi we enjoy a game drive at Lake Nakuru before crossing into Uganda to Queen Elizabeth National Park to trek for chimpanzees. We continue to Lake Bunyonyi in the Kigezi Highland, our base for trekking in search of the gorillas. Guides lead us on a trek through the jungle. It can be demanding at times but the effort is forgotten when we find ourselves in the midst of a family of gorillas. Group sizes are kept small in order to minimize the human impact so we may spend several days in the area to allow time for everyone to complete the trek. We continue to Jinja, near the source of the River Nile where there is the opportunity to assist a local charity in building and improving community schools and visit a local orphanage. We cross back into Kenya and on to Nairobi where our tour ends.

NB. Depending on the availability of gorilla permits the tour itinerary may vary from the above, which is based on the brochure itinerary. From time to time we may trek outside Uganda in neighbouring countries, such as Rwanda, and this may entail extra visa requirements and fees, although we shall endeavour to advise you before departure of any significant change to the tour itinerary.

NB. Basic shared accommodation is included on Zanzibar, however, meals will be for your own account allowing you to experience some of the many different options available on Zanzibar. Please refer to the tour dossier for more information.

PLUS mandatory Adventure Pass US$ 1200.00.
Adventure Pass to be paid in the currency listed on the website (usually US dollars in clean, un-torn post -2008 edition notes) directly to your Tour Leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour, or pre-paid by arrangement.

The mandatory Adventure pass covers the following:
Matobo National Park, game drive/walk
South Luangwa National park, game drive
Lake Nakuru National Park, game drive
Masai Mara Excursion, game drives
Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater, game drives

PLUS Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permit GBP 640.00. The Gorilla permit is paid at the time of booking and is non-refundable. This covers your gorilla and chimpanzee permits.

Optional Activities & Excursions:
Victoria Falls Bungy Jump US$ 160
Whitewater rafting US$180
Helicopter/Microlight flights From US$ 185
Livingstone Game Walk US$ 95
Malawi village walk US$ 10
Malawi Horse Riding US$ 55
Livingstonia Day Hike US$ 10
Zanzibar Spice Tour US$35
Scuba Diving US$150
Community School Project US$45
Village/natures Walk US $10
Mountain Biking US$30
Quad Biking US$85
Nile White Water Rafting US$160

Included in Price:
Fully equipped safari vehicle, camping and cooking equipment, all road tolls and vehicle taxes, all ground transportation, services of driver/ tour leader, sleeping mattress.

Not Included:
Adventure Pass excursions, visas, travel insurance, flights, departure taxes, airport transfers, sleeping bag, optional activities, drinks, items of a personal nature and meals in Zanzibar (4 nights).

Gorilla Trekking Excursion (Permits): The Ugandan Wildlife Authority (UWA) set the gorilla permit price and stipulates that permits must be booked and paid for in advance. We, therefore, collect your gorilla permit money at the time of booking, along with your normal deposit. The Gorilla permit price is quoted in US dollars but is paid in your local currency at a rate fixed by us. Whilst the price is correct at time of going to press (Jul 2021), We reserve the right to pass on any increase in fee if the UWA raises the price. Finally please note, the gorilla permit fee is not refundable if you cancel your booking.

Note: This tour can be booked as an accommodated tour. Please request rates at the time of booking. Discounts do not apply.

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