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Game Parks & Gorillas tour

Game Parks & Gorillas

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
28 days
From: $ 3,195 $ 114 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Maasai village walk
  • Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater excursion
  • Mountain gorilla trekking (part of gorilla permit payment)
  • Chimpanzee trekking (part of gorilla permit payment)
  • Maasai village walk
  • Visit Zanzibar
  • Visit Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Visit Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Visit the Great Rift Valley
  • Visit Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Mountain gorilla trek (part of Gorilla permit payment)
  • Chimpanzee trek (part of Gorilla permit payment)

Short Description

Treat yourself to your very own African experience as you embark on this unforgettable adventure from Kenya’s Great Rift Valley to the island paradise of Zanzibar – with a very special wildlife encounter with the beautiful mountain gorillas in between! Top it all off with a well deserved rest on Zanzibar and you’ve got yourself one pretty spectacular holiday.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Trip Includes

  • 27 breakfasts, 23 lunches, 21 dinners
  • 24 nights in campsites & 3 nights in hotels
  • 2-person dome tents or twin share accommodation
  • Zanzibar ferry
  • Fully equipped safari vehicle
  • Camping & cooking equipment
  • Awesome Trip Leader + Driver

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Itinerary

Day 1

Combat your jet lag by arriving a day before our epic adventure, and then rise early to depart Nairobi for the Great Rift Valley. The Valley is an enormous cleft in the Earth's surface stretching from the Red Sea to Madagascar (but with particularly marked escarpments here in Kenya). Have your camera at the ready – these views are something to write home about.

Later, we stop at our camp near Lake Nakuru National Park, a relatively small park (by African standards) but with an abundance of wildlife thanks to its location on the Great Rift Valley floor. This afternoon will provide a delightful introduction to East Africa's wildlife diversity thanks to an afternoon game drive making use of local guides and smaller safari vehicles for a more intimate experience.

Included today:
-Visit the Great Rift Valley
-Lake Nakuru National Park Game Reserve drive

Meals:
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 2

From Nakuru we continue northwest and climb in altitude towards the town of Eldoret en route to the Ugandan frontier. Brush up on your geology knowledge by learning about the significance of the equator as we cross it today from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern. Read also: unique photo opportunities. Finally, we reach Eldoret, whose name is based on the Maasai word ‘Eldore’, meaning ‘stony river’, due to the stony bed of the nearby Sosiani River. Once we reach our fabulous campsite, sip on a sundowner around the warmth of an open log fire and marvel at the idyllic setting of waterfalls, streams and wooden bridges.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 3

We cross into Uganda, described by Winston Churchill as the ‘Pearl of Africa’. This country is full of beautiful natural scenery and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures. Travelling through Uganda you will be captivated by its sheer beauty and the friendliness of the people. On our first night we camp in the capital, Kampala, which is an attractive hilly city bustling with roadside traders, markets and busy matatu (minibus taxi) stands.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 4

From Kampala, we travel west towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, once more over the equator and through fertile, green-terraced hillsides, lush banana plantations and tangled forests. Keep your eyes peeled for the herds of Ankole cattle, with their incredible long, curved horns, roaming the roads and paddocks. Setting up camp just a short distance from Queen Elizabeth National Park, you’ll have the chance to kick back and unwind, take a walk in the surrounding areas and mingle with the community, local style.

Included today:
-Queen Elizabeth National Park chimpanzee trekking on either day 4 or day 5

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 5

This morning we enter the Queen Elizabeth National Park and take in the magnificent views of the mountains that separate Uganda from central Africa, as well as Lakes Edwards and George. Queen Elizabeth National Park has over 500 species of birds and 100 species of mammals, making it one of the most bio-diverse national parks in the world. Nearby, we visit the Kyambura Gorge for an exciting trek to see the chimpanzees. On departing the National Park, we make our way to the stunning Lake Bunyonyi – the perfect place to unwind, relax and explore (on the days that we don't trek to see the mountain gorillas, of course).

Included today:
-Queen Elizabeth National Park chimpanzee trekking on either day 4 or day 5

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 6

Over the next three days, you and your adventure buddies will be split into two groups. On the first day, one group will trek to witness the amazing mountain gorillas up close, while the others have a free day of chilling out on the lake. Then the next day, the groups swap.

On the day of our trek, we gather in the early morning to meet our local guide and tracker. The area that we explore is home to the world's remaining 700 mountain gorillas, many of which inhabit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (please note that occasionally we may need to travel into neighbouring Rwanda to see the gorillas). The trek into the thick rainforest can be demanding at times, with uneven terrain and hilly rainforest, but the privilege of spending time with a family of these gentle primates makes the effort more than worthwhile.

Please note: Depending on the availability of the chimpanzee and gorilla permits, the tour itinerary may vary from the brochure itinerary. From time to time, we may have to trek on different days. If at any time our gorilla trek should be in another neighbouring country, i.e Rwanda (instead of Uganda) this may entail extra visa fees, though we’ll endeavour to advise you before departure of any significant changes to the trip itinerary. Please take the above itinerary as a guideline only.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Island boat trips
-Village walk
-Traditional dance
-Bird watching
-Canoe hire

Day 7

If you’re not on today’s trek, take advantage of your free time by the lake with an abundance of boredom-killer activities. Hire canoes and swing by some of the islands, wander the local tribes and villages, visit the local orphanage or channel your inner explorer with a nature walk. Alternatively, kick your feet up at camp and catch up on the diary or postcards home.

Included today:
-Gorilla trekking on either day 7 or day 8

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Island boat trips
-Village walk
-Traditional dance
-Bird watching
-Canoe hire

Day 8

For those with a free day, spend your time swanning around the campsite, canoe the lake’s peaceful waters or discover why the stunning area is known as the ‘place of many birds’ with a spot of bird watching. Today’s all yours, so spend it as you see fit.

Included today:
-Gorilla trekking on either day 7 or day 8

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Island boat trips
-Village walk
-Traditional dance
-Bird watching
-Canoe hire

Day 9

Leaving Lake Bunyonyi, we make our way back across the equator, through lush pasture lands and the northern reaches of Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria, to Kampala. A hotspot for great food and entertainment, Kampala is the perfect place for our overnight stay. Take the night to enjoy the hospitality of the local Ugandans, before resting your head and getting in some much-needed zzz’s.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 10

After we bid farewell to the capital, we venture a short distance to Jinja where our camp on the grassy banks of the River Nile awaits. It was in 1862 that the British explorer John Hanning Speke recognised Lake Victoria as the ‘source of the Nile’, settling a long running dispute about Africa’s (and the world’s) longest river. From this modest monument, the Nile begins its 6,610km journey through Uganda, Sudan and eventually Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Bungy jumping
-Quad biking
-Whitewater rafting
-Community school project
-Nile cruise
-Nile stand up paddleboarding
-Kayaking
-Fishing trips
-Mountain biking

Day 11

Since our camp in Jinja overlooks a dramatic set of rapids (known as Bujagali Falls), it’s no surprise that the region is somewhat of an adrenalin playground. Thrill seekers will revel in the chance to try optional whitewater rafting – but if you lack that daredevil streak, mountain biking, quad biking and village walks are also on offer.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Bungy jumping
-Quad biking
-Whitewater rafting
-Community school project
-Nile cruise
-Nile stand up paddleboarding
-Kayaking
-Fishing trips
-Mountain biking

Day 12

When you’ve had your fill of heart-racing activities, roll up your sleeves and take the opportunity to make a difference for local children at a school project. Soft Power Education is a locally run volunteer programme aimed at building and improving schools in the Jinja area. Your contribution of a few hours of painting or plastering is always most welcome.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Bungy jumping
-Quad biking
-Whitewater rafting
-Community school project
-Nile cruise
-Nile stand up paddleboarding
-Kayaking
-Fishing trips
-Mountain biking

Day 13

After our excitement-filled break in Jinja, we retrace our steps across the border of Kenya and on towards Eldoret, where we will set up camp for the evening. Tonight, share a few laughs with your new travel comrades and reminisce about your gorilla encounters around the campfire.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 14

This morning we cross the equator and make our way back to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The city has seen rapid growth in recent years but has a comparatively small centre. Spend some time exploring the markets, craft and book shops, cafés and restaurants on foot.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 15

Hit the pavement and explore Nairobi’s endless shopping, markets, bars, restaurants and unique café culture. If you’re still stuck for ideas, your Trip Leader will be more than willing to help you arrange optional local excursions in and around the city including a visit to the National Museum of Kenya, a safari at Nairobi National Park, or an afternoon at the Karen Blixen Museum in the nearby town of Karen.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Visit a Giraffe Centre
-Visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
-Visit the Karen Blixen Museum

Day 16

Travelling in small, specialised safari vehicles, we make our way across the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, enjoying the vast vistas en route. Prepare for two nights of camping on the edge of the reserve, with plenty of time to explore the park and meet the locals on morning and afternoon game drives.

The 'Mara' is crossed every year between July and October by great herds of wildebeest, zebras and other grazing animals in their migration from the adjoining Serengeti plains to the south (in Tanzania). During our stay, we hope to see some, if not all, of Africa's Big Five (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard) and an array of other wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled!

Included today:
-Masai Mara National Reserve excursion

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 17

Start the day right with an eye-opening morning game drive, where we'll be on the constant look out for the famous Big Five. Think: elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, lions and leopards. In between our morning and afternoon game drives we have plenty of time to relax and soak up the top-notch panoramic views that this outstanding area of natural beauty brings to the table. Note to self: pack camera.

Included today:
-Masai Mara National Reserve excursion

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 18

Leaving the incredible natural wonderland of the Masai Mara behind us, we make tracks and head back to the chaotic Kenyan city of Nairobi where we stay overnight.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 19

After crossing the border into Tanzania at the busy Namanga frontier we arrive at our destination, Arusha, in the late afternoon. Situated midway between Cape Town and Cairo, this is very much Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’ as well as a bustling city of colourful markets, shops, vehicles and people, all nestling in the shadow of the brooding Mt Meru. After exploring the markets, we head to our camp just outside Arusha on the open plains to the west of the city, where we prepare for our two night, three day included excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Included today:
-Masai Village walk

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 20

This morning we’ll change up our vehicles for a more game park-friendly option and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbu ('Mosquito Creek'), before entering the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Passing into the park, we’ll drive around the crater rim and down onto the Serengeti plains, which are home to an enormous variety of grazing animals, predators and birdlife. Flatter and larger than the Maasai Mara, the Serengeti certainly lives up to its name: ‘the place where the land moves on forever'. We drive to our designated (but unfenced) campsite for the evening where lions and hyenas roam nearby. Talk about an unforgettable experience.

Included today:
-Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater excursion

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 21

Rise and shine! This morning we head out on a game drive beyond the plains, and then ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater post lunch. The night is spent camping on the rim of the crater (read: pack your warmest jacket), which at 326 square kilometres is Africa’s largest intact caldera. If you think the view from the rim at 2,400 metres above sea level is spectacular, you can be sure the crater floor some 600 metres below is equally breathtaking.

Included today:
-Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater excursion

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 22

Today we descend down the steep dirt road of the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning of game driving (and wildlife spotting!). After our game drive we ascend to our campsite on the rim for a view over the Ngorongoro Crater.

Included today:
-Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater excursion

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Serengeti balloon flight

Day 23

This morning we cruise through the local Maasai villages and enjoy an insight into the everyday life and traditions of this colourful culture, before heading to the Bagamoyo area. Founded at the end of the 18th century, Bagamoyo was the original capital of German East Africa and was one of the most important trading ports along the East African coast. If we’re lucky with the weather, we might even be treated to the view of a magnificent snow-capped Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, on our way.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 24

Leaving our camp at Bagamoyo we make our way south to Dar es Salaam and the Indian Ocean. ‘Dar’ is Tanzania’s main port and is a hub of commerce and industry. It is a hot, humid and bustling seaport city of high rises, colourful markets and Arab influenced architecture on the coast accessing one of the most important sea routes in the world. To the majority of travellers, this city is the port of call to the more exotic and relaxed island of Zanzibar and other islands. We set up camp on the beach just outside of the city, take in the balmy Indian Ocean sea breeze, and prepare for our own trip to Zanzibar.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 25

Wonderfully exotic and perfectly placed, Zanzibar boasts idyllic, palm-fringed beaches, romantic winding alleys and lush tropical forests. The base of great 19th century explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone, Zanzibar was once a major trading centre for spices – not surprising, really, when you wander the streets and detect the intoxicating scent of spices in the air. Our time on the island is completely footloose and fancy-free, so spend your days as you wish.


Please note: As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic safari lodge/hotel accommodation and breakfast on Zanzibar is included. However, lunches and dinners are your own to arrange. We usually divide our nights here between accommodation in Stone Town and accommodation on one of the northern beaches, but there are no set activities – the time is entirely yours to do as you please.

Included today:
-Ferry to Zanzibar


Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Spice tour
-Visit a former slave market site
-Visit the Arabic Fort
-Visit the Palace Museum

Day 26

If it's white sand, sparkling ocean and hot sun you're after, head to the northern beaches and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best. Feeling adventurous? Try a spot of snorkelling and diving. For those wanting to stay on dry land, indulge in some sumptuous seafood or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book. #Bliss.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Spice tour
-Scuba diving
-Visit Mnemba Island
-Dhow snorkelling safari
-Massage

Day 27

Don your comfiest walking attire and set out to explore Stone Town on foot. Get lost in the labyrinth of laneways at the bazaars and marvel at the array of ancient maritime trinkets, vibrant fabrics and ornate wooden carvings. Be sure to pay a visit to the city’s mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways for a living history lesson of this fascinating island.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Spice tour
-Scuba diving
-Visit Mnemba Island
-Dhow snorkelling safari
-Massage

Day 28

It’s our final day in paradise! Soak up your tears with a bountiful breakfast, before making the most of your incredible surrounds with a splash in the turquoise water. Time to send your last few Snapchats before ferrying back to Dar es Salaam where our trip comes to a close. *Sniff.

Included today:
-Ferry to Dar Es Salaam

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 1

Get excited. This. Is. Africa! First up: Kenya’s Great Rift Valley and Lake Nakuru National Park, where we’ll kick things off with a game drive. Best known for its birdlife, Nakuru also contains plenty of rhinos, leopards, warthogs, baboons and lions – so keep those eyes peeled.

Included today:
-Visit the Great Rift Valley
-Visit Lake Nakuru National Park

Meals:
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 2

Today we’ll kick it north through the highlands to Eldoret, a thriving town on the Kenya-Uganda highway. Grab dinner and go exploring before we move on to Kampala tomorrow.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 3

Get ready to roll into Uganda’s bustling capital city. With a rich history to explore (not to mention a whole bunch of shops, attractions and gardens) you certainly won’t be short of things to do here.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 4

From Kampala we’ll travel west towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, checking out green terraced hillsides, lush banana plantations, steep mountains and tangled forests along the way. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for herds of Ankole cattle! When we reach the national park, a spot of chimpanzee trekking is on the cards. OMG.

Included today:
-Queen Elizabeth National Park chimpanzee trek (either day 4 or day 5)

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 5

If the amazing mountain #views aren’t enough for you this morning, wait till you see Lake Edwards and Lake George! Did you know? Queen Elizabeth National Park has over 500 species of birds and 100 species of mammals, making it one of the most biodiverse national parks in the world. If you’re lucky, you might get to spot a few critters en route to Kyambura Gorge for the trek to see the chimpanzees (if you didn’t already make this journey yesterday). Unlike their mountain gorilla cousins, chimps live mostly in the trees, so keep an eye up high!

Included today:
-Queen Elizabeth National Park chimpanzee trek (either day 4 or day 5)

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 6

Over the next three days, you and your adventure buddies will be split into two groups. On the first day, one group will trek to see the amazing mountain gorillas up close, while the others will have a free day of chilling out on the lake. Then the next day, the groups will swap.

Quick fact: the Lake Bunyonyi region is home to the world’s remaining 770 mountain gorillas, many of which inhabit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. On the day of our trek, we’ll meet our local guide and tracker bright and early before venturing into the rainforest. The trek can be demanding at times (look out for uneven terrain and hill climbs), but trust us – the privilege of spending time with a family of these gentle giants will make the effort totally worthwhile. Excited yet? We sure are!

What can you do at Lake Bunyonyi when you’re not trekking, you ask? Good question. Take your pick from our optionals: hire a canoe, hop on a boat trip or check out a traditional dance performance. If you’re all about the animal life, you can even indulge in a spot of bird watching. Wanna chill? We won’t judge. You’ll have plenty of time to relax around camp and send a few postcards home.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 7

If you’re not on today’s trek, take advantage of some free time by the lake with a bunch of boredom-killer activities. Hire canoes and swing by some of the islands, wander the local villages or channel your inner explorer with a nature walk.

Included today:
-Mountain gorilla trek (either day 7 or day 8)

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Island boat trip
-Visit a local village
-Hire a canoe
-Watch a traditional dance
-Go bird watching

Day 8

Got a free day? Yesterday’s optionals are still here for you! Spend your time swanning around the campsite or discover why this area is known as the ‘place of many birds’ with a spot of bird watching. What’s it gonna be?

Included today:
-Mountain gorilla trek (either day 7 or day 8)

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Island boat trip
-Visit a local village
-Hire a canoe
-Watch a traditional dance
-Go bird watching

Day 9

After your once-in-a-lifetime gorilla experience, it’s time to venture out of the wilderness and back into civilisation as we hit the road to Kampala.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 10

Onwards to Jinja – a great place for optionals like kayaking, whitewater rafting and bird watching.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 11

Since our camp in Jinja overlooks a dramatic set of rapids (known as Bujagali Falls), it’s no surprise the region is somewhat of an adrenalin playground. Best make the most of it while you’re here!

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Bungy jumping
-Quad biking
-Whitewater rafting
-Community school project
-Nile cruise
-Stand up paddleboarding
-Kayaking
-Fishing trip
-Mountain biking
-Bird watching

Day 12

When you’ve had your fill of heart-racing activities, why not roll up your sleeves and take the opportunity to make a difference to the local community by volunteering? Soft Power Education is a locally run volunteer programme aimed at building and improving schools in the Jinja area. Your contribution of a few hours of painting or plastering is always most welcome (and serves as a great mood booster, too).

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Bungy jumping
-Quad biking
-Whitewater rafting
-Community school project
-Nile cruise
-Stand up paddleboarding
-Kayaking
-Fishing trip
-Mountain biking
-Bird watching

Day 13

After our excitement-filled break in Jinja we’ll retrace our steps across the border into Kenya. Then: it’s off to Eldoret we go! Tonight, share a few laughs with your travel buds and toast the end of your trip with one last night around the campfire.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 14

After breakfast we’ll carry on along the Rift Valley to Nairobi. Spend some time exploring the markets, book shops, cafés and restaurants on foot.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 15

Yes! You’ve got a free day in Nairobi. If you’re stuck for ideas, your Trip Leader will be more than happy to help you arrange optional local excursions in and around the city!

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 16

Next up: the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya’s best-known game park. Looking for the real Africa? This is it! We’ll spend two nights camping here, with plenty of time to explore the park and meet the locals on morning and afternoon game drives. Keep your eyes peeled for some (if not all) of Africa's 'Big Five' (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard) and a whole bunch of other wildlife, too.

Included today:
-Visit Maasai Mara National Reserve

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 17

You’ve got another day to soak up the Mara’s rolling grasslands and broad horizons (heart eyes emoji). Watch out for wildebeest and zebras!

Included today:
-Visit Maasai Mara National Reserve

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 18

Leaving the incredible natural wonderland of the Maasai Mara behind us, today we’ll hit the road back to the chaotic city of Nairobi, where we’ll stay overnight.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 19

After crossing the border into Tanzania, we’ll arrive at our next destination: Arusha. This place is Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’ – a bustling city with colourful markets, nestling in the shadow of Mt Meru. If we have time, we’ll take a guided walk in a Maasai village to learn about the local culture before heading to our camp (if not, we’ll do it on day 22). But first: anyone for an optional camel ride?

Included today:
-Maasai village walk

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Camel ride

Day 20

Today we’ll switch to smaller 4x4 vehicles as we head west to Serengeti National Park. Don your khaki greens, ‘cos we’re going all-out safari mode! Exciting. Passing into the park, we’ll drive around the crater rim and down onto the Serengeti plains, which are home to an huge variety of grazing animals and birdlife. Flatter and larger than the Maasai Mara, the Serengeti certainly lives up to its nickname: ‘the place where the land moves on forever'.

Included today:
-Visit Serengeti National Park

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 21

Rise and shine! This morning we’re heading out on a game drive beyond the plains – and after lunch, we’ll ascend the outer wall of the awesome Ngorongoro Crater. Tonight, we’ll stay on the rim of the crater (read: pack your warmest jacket).

Included today:
-Visit Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 22

Today, we’re headed inside the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning of game driving and wildlife spotting. It’s a tough life. Then: it’s back to Arusha. If we didn’t already do it on day 19, we’ll visit a Maasai village this afternoon.

Included today:
-Visit Ngorongoro Crater

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 23

Next stop, Bagamoyo. If we’re lucky with the weather, we might even get to see an ah-mazing snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa’s highest peak) on the way.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 24

Today we’re hitting the road south to Dar es Salaam, which is hot, humid and full of high rises, colourful markets and Arab-influenced architecture. Tonight we’ll set up camp on the beach (OMG). Feel that balmy sea breeze yet?

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 25

Hop on the ferry – we’ve got a beautiful palm-fringed island to get to! Fact: Zanzibar was once a major trading centre of spices. Did we mention this place has heaps of amazing optionals? We’re talking spice tours, visits to the Old Fort and more.

Please note: As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic safari lodge/hotel accommodation and breakfast on Zanzibar is included. However, you will need to arrange your own lunches and dinners. We usually divide our nights in Zanzibar between accommodation in Stone Town and accommodation on one of the northern beaches, but there are no set activities – the time is entirely yours to do as you please.

Included today:
-Ferry to Zanzibar

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Spice tour
-Visit the old slave market site
-Visit the Arabic Fort
-Visit the Palace Museum

Day 26

After breakfast, why not head out on foot to explore Stone Town? You’re sure to find a whole bunch of souvenirs here. Wanna get aquatic? Then an optional snorkelling or scuba diving session has your name on it.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Spice tour
-Scuba diving
-Dhow snorkelling safari
-Massage
-Sunset cruise

Day 27

If it's white sand, sparkling sea and hot sun you're after, you’ve come to the right place! Later, indulge in some de-LISH seafood or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book. #Bliss

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Spice tour
-Scuba diving
-Dhow snorkelling safari
-Massage
-Sunset cruise

Day 28

Nooooooo – after one last breakfast as a group, it’s time to jump on the ferry back to Dar es Salaam. Our trip ends here. Facebook friends, anyone?

Included today:
-Ferry to Dar Es Salaam

Meals:
-Breakfast

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I loved my travel experience with Topdeck. Alex was such a wonderful tour leader, she had great recommendations and was super sweet and helpful. Morgan was an excellent cook and always made healthy options for us. I think the food far surpassed my expectations for this trip. Marian was also a great driver! The bus was always clean for us. I had a great time and I would do another top deck trip!
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On our Camping trips, you will be staying in easy-to-assemble, two-person dome tents provided by us. Please try to keep the tent clean, zipped up and remember that no smoking, candles or mosquito coils are permitted in the tent. To keep pests away, we also ask that you not eat or leave food in your tent. Ain’t nobody got time for bugs.

Please note: You must provide your own sleeping bag on Camping trips.

Campsites

Campsites you will stay in vary considerably. The general standard in East Africa is modest, although most have reasonable toilet and shower facilities. In southern Africa, the standard is usually somewhat higher. Occasionally we may camp out in the bush (with limited or no facilities).

In addition to meal assistance, there are other odd jobs you will be expected to undertake as part of any trip in Africa. We ask that you get involved in collecting firewood, lighting fires, filling water tanks, loading luggage, keeping the truck clean and even helping with the dishes. Lending a hand has never been so much fun, trust us.

Accommodated

Sometimes you just need your creature comforts. We totally get it. That’s why our Accommodated trips offer the same level of excitement and adventure as our Camping trips – except every day ends with a night in a comfortable bed in a range of safari cabins, tented camps and hostels.

Please note: Trips staying in Spitzkoppe and Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater will not be accommodated and two-person dome tents with a mattress and sleeping bag will be provided for these locations.

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Max Age: 30

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Meals Included:

Your included meals are detailed in the 'More Inclusions' section of this document. While on the road, you will be provided with three meals a day unless otherwise stated. African overland trips are participation based, which means you will be expected to do your bit for the team by helping with purchasing, cooking and cleaning-up duties. In some places, we will be able to go out for a meal. If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs, as long as you advise your travel agent or Topdeck Trip Consultant when you book. Please be aware that it may not be possible to cater for every single dietary requirement, but we will always try our best to arrange it.

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