Visit Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zanzibar on this epic adventure through East Africa. Explore a land of vivid colours, alluring landscapes, primal creatures and proud people. Discover the verdant acacia woodlands of Kenya, the rich-red robes of the Maasai warriors, the scorched brown plains of the Serengeti and the white sands and azure waters of Zanzibar. Trek deep into the jungle to glimpse some of the world's last remaining mountain gorillas, safari through the vast open plains of Masai Mara National Reserve to spy the Big Five and ascend the slopes of majestic Mt Kilimanjaro to get caught up in the rhythm of village life. Be blown away by rugged natural beauty, an abundance of exotic wildlife and the warmth of the local people on this unforgettable Gorillas to Zanzibar In Depth adventure.

Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Countries
Kenya,
Rwanda,
Tanzania,
Uganda
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
YDVPC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
986kg pp per trip

Travel from Africa's heart to its coastline paradise from Nairobi to Zanzibar.


Highlights

  • Soak up the atmosphere in Nairobi city
  • Visit the Kariandusi School Trust project
  • Explore Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Spot the Big Five in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Take a trip to a Rhino Sanctuary
  • Meet chimpanzees at Budongo Forest Reserve
  • Discover the wilderness of Lake Mburo National Park
  • Stand in awe at sighting mountain gorillas in their natural habitat
  • Laze on the idyllic beaches of Zanzibar

Itinerary

Arrive in Nairobi to the sounds of 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.
Set up camp at near Lake Victoria and prepare for two days of adventure. For adrenaline junkies, why not try some white water 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 this stunning 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.
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.
Embark on a game drive through Nakuru National Park before returning to Nairobi.
Journey through the Kenyan countryside to the spctacular 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 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 the 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.
Sail to the 'Spice Island' of Zanzibar to explore the winding cobblestone alleyways and fragrant bazaars. Try a deliciously fresh seafood curry and take a guided tour of the inland spice plantations to see where the mouthwatering flavours come from. Spend free time sipping cocktails at seaside bars or relaxing on idyllic sands.
Take the ferry back to the African mainland and the cultural hub of Dar es Salaam. Perhaps stay an extra night to make the most of the city's burgeoning nightlife.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Ferry, Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with facilities) (24 nights), Hostel (3 nights), Hotel (3 nights)
Included activites
  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Game Drive, Lake Nakuru National Park
  • 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
  • Zanzibar Spice tour

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Notes

1. This trip requires an additional non-refundable deposit ( AUD1000, USD1000, EUR800, NZD1250, GBP650, CAD1000, ZAR8000, CHF900 ) in order to secure a gorilla permit. We also require a scanned copy of your passport at time of booking. Please see trip notes (Important notes) for more details.
2. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.

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