Travel into the heart of Africa from Nairobi to Victoria Falls.

See the very best of East Africa on this epic trip from Nairobi to Vic Falls. Visit Zanzibar, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe on this in-depth tour that encompasses tropical palm-fringed beaches, exotic wilderness safaris and up-close cultural experiences. Explore the A-list of national parks and reserves, including Lake Nakuru, the Masai Mara, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, spot the Big Five hiding in long grasses, see a shimmering haze of thousands of pink flamingos and trek into jungles to eyeball chimps and mountain gorillas at play. See elephants lumbering through the forest, big cats stalking their prey and hippos wallowing in the waters of the Lower Zambezi. Be blown away by epic scale of nature - the might of Victoria Falls, the lofty heights of Mt Kilimanjaro. Share laughter with children in out-of-the-way towns and swap smiles with locals in mountain villages. This Gorillas to Vic Falls In Depth adventure will provide a wealth of experiences and a lifetime of memories.

Nairobi, Kenya
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Overland, Wildlife
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
1 393kg pp per trip


  • Soak up the atmosphere of Nairobi city
    Visit the inspiring Saida Children’s Home Project
    Spend time at one of the last remaining sanctuaries for the mountain gorilla
    Explore Lake Nakuru National Park
    Spot the Big Five in Queen Elizabeth National Park
    Take a trip to the incredible Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
    Meet chimpanzees at Budongo Forest Reserve
    Discover the wilderness of Lake Mburo National Park
    Travel the open savanna of the Serengeti
    Relax on the beaches of Zanzibar


Arrive in Nairobi to the sounds of the bustling population and explore this fast-paced capital.
Head for Nakuru and perhaps pay a visit to a working dairy farm.
Spend time mingling with eager students before taking an optional tea plantation visit at Kericho.
Cross into Uganda and set up camp in Jinja near Lake Victoria, preparing for two days of adventure. For adrenaline junkies, why not try some whitewater rafting.
Visit Uganda’s Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, an important organisation that helps to reintroduce rhinos back into the wild. Join a local ranger and observe these impressive beasts in their natural habitat.
Venture to the Budongo Forest for an afternoon of chimpanzee trekking in Kaniyo Pabidi.
Take an afternoon game drive in the delta – home to plenty of elephants, buffalo, giraffes and antelopes.
Head south and camp in the heart of the great outdoors.
Descend into the Great Rift Valley and embark on a game drive through the stunning Queen Elizabeth National Park. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, well known for its healthy population of hippos.
Make tracks to Lake Bunyonyi - home to some of the most picturesque scenery in Uganda.
Cross into Rwanda, stopping at Kigali for a visit to the moving Genocide Memorial. Continue on to Ruhengeri and make a memorable trek into one of the last remaining sanctuaries of the mountain gorilla.
Reenter Uganda and camp on the shores of the stunning Lake Mburo, surrounded by an amazing array of wildlife.
Travel to Jinja, via Kampala, stopping at the equator. Camp overnight by the riverside.
Cross back into Kenya and visit Eldoret – a high altitude retreat that is an ideal training ground for Kenya’s endurance athletes.
Frolic around a flamingo-filled lake and camp overnight on a dairy farm at Nakuru.
Embark on a game drive through Nakuru National Park before returning to Nairobi.
Head for the Masai Mara. Keep an eye out for prides of lions, herds of elephants and, if you are lucky, a stealthy cheetah or leopard, all of which call the Masai Mara home. After a couple of days game driving, make your way back to cosmopolitan Nairobi and soak up the lively restaurant and bar scene.
Enter Tanzania and head for Arusha, Tanzania's safari capital, located at the base of Mt Meru. Stock up on supplies and perhaps enjoy a traditional meal at one of the many eateries before making your way into the wilds of Africa!
Journey into the wide, open plains of the Serengeti National Park, home to thousands of hoofed animals and fierce predators. Try to spot all of Africa's Big Five on game drives and sleep in the midst of nature, letting the nocturnal sounds of this unique African habitat lull you to sleep.
The famous Ngorongoro Crater is home to more than 30,000 animals including the endangered black rhino, zebras and hippos. Keep cameras handy as you game drive through the heart of this natural wonder. Stop by the small village community of Mto Wa Mbu and get an insight into the traditional African way of life.
Climb the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro to reach the small village of Marangu, which is situated by streams that run down from Mt Kilimanjaro's glaciers. Enjoy fantastic views of the mountain and the surrounding countryside.
Travel south to Dar es Salaam to camp on the beach by the city's outskirts. Stroll along the bustling ports, people-watch from the chilled cafes or kick back on the warm sands and relax.
Catch the ferry to Zanzibar, the spice island so full of fragrant bazaars and delicious eateries that you can almost smell it before you dock! Take a guided tour through the spice plantations of cinnamon and vanilla, and shop for authentic goods at the markets. Work up an appetite walking through the friendly atmosphere of the port town before making the most of exquisite local restaurants that utilise local produce to create the freshest meals.
Return to the mainland and Dar es Salaam. Spend one last day enjoying the seaside before heading inland for more African encounters.
Journey through the rolling plains of Mikumi National Park to Kisolanza Farm in Iringa, a town set into the slopes of a cliff overlooking Little Ruaha River. Wander through the markets that are full of colourfully dressed locals and if feeling game, try the legendary Dabaga chilli sauce.
Enter Malawi and head straight for the lake that covers almost a fifth of the country. Spot fisherman aboard their dugout canoes, floating on the still waters at the break of day.
Travel to Lilongwe, Malawi's capital. With a vibrant atmosphere, the city is a hub for the country's cultural output and boasts a lively restaurant and bar scene.
Cross the border into Zambia to game drive through South Luangwa National Park. The Luangwa River is home to vast numbers of crocodiles and hippos, while the plains of the park contain many species of buck, kudu and gazelle. Perhaps visit Kawaza village to see a local dance performance and try a traditional Kunda midday meal.
Camp on the banks of the river, under a blanket of stars in the African night sky.
Canoe down the gentle Lower Zambezi River. Float through a stunning natural landscape, keeping an eye out for wildlife stopping to drink at the river banks. Camp on islands dotted throughout the waters.
Journey through the rolling African landscape and lose yourself in the vast expanse of this wild continent.
Get an early start in Zimbabwe and make a v-line for the awesome power of Victoria Falls. This curtain of water stretches almost a mile across and falls over 100 m into a narrow gorge below. The spray created from this powerful raging torrent can reach up to 400 m in the air!
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Ferry, Overland vehicle
Bush camp (no facilities) (5 nights), Camping (with facilities) (36 nights), Hostel (3 nights), Hotel (3 nights)
Included activities
  • 2 day canoe trip on the Lower Zambezi
  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Game Drive, Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Game drives
  • Guided walk
  • Kariandusi School Project Visit
  • Kazinga Channel boat cruise
  • Kigali - Genocide Memorial
  • Masai Mara - Game drive
  • Mountain gorilla trek & permit
  • Murchison Falls Game Drive
  • Murchison Falls Launch trip
  • Ngorongoro Crater - Game drive
  • Serengeti - Game drive
  • Usambara Village Education Project visit, village walk & lunch
  • Visit Victoria Falls
  • Zanzibar Spice tour


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