Gorillas, Game Parks & Beaches Itinerary

Travel through East Africa to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zanzibar. Meet gorillas and visit Lake Nakuru, the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Zanzibar.

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    • YXOCC
    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $1,735
      CAD $1,760
      AUD $1,825
      EUR €1,335
      GBP £1,095
      NZD $2,165
      ZAR R16,605
      CHF FR1,645
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $2,425
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $4,160*
      CAD $4,387*
      AUD $4,505*
      EUR €3,107*
      GBP £2,701*
      NZD $5,034*
      ZAR R42,391*
      CHF FR3,790*
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There is an earlier version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2013 to Dec 31, 2015. View earlier YXOCC Single Supplement.
There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Gorillas, Game Parks & Beaches.
Close up of a Gorilla, Uganda

Zebra's, Ngorongoro Crater

Flamingos, Ngorongoro Crater

Amani Children's Home, Tanzania

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Day 1 Nairobi

Get ready for an animal-spotting adventure through Africa. If arriving early, Kenya's renowned National Museum is a popular place to visit in Nairobi.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 2 Lake Nakuru

Depart Nairobi and travel to Lake Nakuru, a favourite spot for birdlife. See a pink-feathered sea of flamingos and try to spot rhinos on a game drive through Nakuru park. Meet local children at the Saidia Children's Home Project.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 3-4 Eldoret/Kampala

Cross the border into Uganda and camp near the city of Kampala.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 5-6 Kibale Forest National Park

This equatorial rainforest in Kibale Forest National Park is home to the highest concentration of primates in the world, the ideal place to go chimp spotting. Enjoy a walking safari and watch the resident chimpanzees squabbling and playing. Wander through the surrounding tea plantations to visit villages or simply kick back at camp in the grounds of an old colonial bungalow.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 7 Queen Elizabeth National Park

Set between the Edward and George lakes in the Great Rift Valley, the Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to a wide array of wildlife. Embark on a safari tour to try to spot elephants, lions, buffaloes and antelopes. Cruise the Kazinga Channel where pelicans and eagles soar and hippos wallow.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 8 Lake Bunyonyi

Hire a traditional dugout canoe and glide across Lake Bunyonyi to enjoy the amazing scenery, which is some of the most picturesque in Uganda.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 9-11 Gorilla Trek

Make tracks across the border into Rwanda and set up camp at Ruhengeri, gateway to the gorilla trekking region. Accompanied by a local guide and trackers, hike through rugged terrain to come face-to-face with rare mountain gorillas – the sight of these gentle mountain giants is unforgettable. Head out on rainforest hikes to glimpse some of the forest's other inhabitants and pay a visit to the moving Kigali Genocide Memorial.
ACCOM: Dormitory - 3

Day 12 Lake Mburo

Travel back into Uganda and on to Lake Mburo, home to the giant eland antelope. Discover plenty of other magnificent animals on walking safaris through this secluded park, which sits alongside Mburo.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 13-14 Jinja

Stop at the equator en route to the place thrillseekers flock to in Uganda. Jinja is both a scenic riverside retreat and renowned spot for adventure activity enthusiasts.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 15-16 Eldoret/Nairobi

Pass through Eldoret on the way back to the busy streets of Nairobi, where this epic African tour ends.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1, Hotel - 1

Day 17 Arusha

Cross the border into Tanzania and explore the city of Arusha, nestled in the shadow of Mt Meru.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 18 Mto wa Mbu

Interact with locals on a visit to a community program in the village of Mto Wa Mbu. Admire crafts, colourful fabrics and carvings at a market before journeying to Karatu, the gateway to the Serengeti.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 19-20 Serengeti National Park

Explore the savanna of the Serengeti Plain and go on safari in search of Serengeti's creatures – including the Big Five – before camping deep in the bush within earshot of animal calls. For a real treat, take an optional sunrise balloon ride over the plains.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 2

Day 21 Ngorongoro Crater

Descend into the giant volcanic crater, Ngorongoro, to search for its abundant wildlife. Home to some 30,000 animals, including lions and the endangered black rhino, the Ngorongoro crater floor offers excellent game viewing all year round.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 22 Marangu

Visit the Amani Children's Home, an Intrepid Foundation-supported project that houses and educates street kids. Stay in the village of Marangu overnight.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 23-24 Usambara Mountains

Take a walking tour of Mshiri village and get firsthand insight into the daily lives of the Chagga people. Sample a typical Chagga meal before heading well off the beaten track to the Usambara Mountains. Relax on these lush, green slopes overlooking the vast Masai Steppe. This is the ideal base for optional hikes and guided walks.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 25 Dar es Salaam

Set up camp at a beach on the outskirts of Tanzania's tropical port city, Dar es Salaam.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 26-29 Zanzibar

Jump on a ferry to discover Africa's famed 'Spice Island' Zanzibar. Marvel at the eclectic architecture along the twisting, cobbled streets of Stone Town, the old sector of the capital city of Zanzibar. Tour aromatic plantations, smelling cinnamon, vanilla and cloves, then soak up some sun on white sand beaches. There are plenty of opportunities to swim, snorkel and dive or just take it easy in the shade of a coconut palm.
ACCOM: Bungalow - 2, Hotel - 1