Travel into the heart of Africa from Nairobi to Cape Town.

See the very best of East and Southern Africa. Visit Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Zanzibar 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 Vic Falls to Gorillas In Depth adventure will provide a wealth of experiences and a lifetime of memories.

Start
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Finish
Nairobi, Kenya
Countries
Kenya,
Malawi,
Rwanda,
Tanzania,
Uganda,
Zambia,
Zimbabwe
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
YDVGC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
1 393kg pp per trip


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
  • Feel the power of Victoria Falls
  • Trek deep into the jungle and discover a tribe of Rwandan Mountain Gorillas

Itinerary

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!
Journey through the rolling African landscape and lose yourself in the vast expanse of this wild continent.
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.
Camp on the banks of the river, under a blanket of stars in the African night sky.
Take a game drive through Zambia's 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.
Travel to Lolongwe, 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.
Lake Malawi covers almost a fifth of the country. Spot fisherman aboard their dugout canoes, floating on the still waters at the break of day.
Journey to Kisolanza Farm in Iringa, a town set into the slopes of a cliff overlooking Little Ruaha River. Wander through the markets, full of colourfully dressed locals. If you are feeling game try the legendary Dabaga chilli sauce.
Arrive in Dar es Salaam and settle in to beach camp on the outskirts of the city. Stroll along the bustling ports, people watch from cafes or kick back on the sand, enjoying the mellow vibe of this idyllic spot.
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 be treated to another night at beach camp.
Climb the lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro to reach the small village of Marangu, that is situated by the streams that run down form Mt Kilimanjaro's glaciers. Enjoy fantastic views of the mountain and the surrounding countryside, and take a walking tour of Mshiri Village and witness the day-to-day life of the Chagga people.
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.
After an early start, get set for a day of travelling, leaving the serenity of the Serengeti for the bustling Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
Leave the city behind once again and head into the heart of 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.
Sneak in an early morning game drive after breakfast before hitting the road back to Nairobi.
Head for Nakuru and perhaps pay a visit to a working dairy farm.
Spend some more time mingling with the students before taking an optional tea plantation visit.
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.
Return to Nairobi, where this incredible tour of Africa comes to a close.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Ferry, Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night), Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Camping (with facilities) (38 nights), Hostel (3 nights), Hotel (3 nights)
Included activites
  • 2 day canoe trip on the Lower Zambezi
  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Crater service fee
  • 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
  • Village visit
  • Visit Victoria Falls
  • Zanzibar Spice tour

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Notes

1. This trip requires an additional non-refundable deposit (AUD1000, USD900, EUR650, NZD1000, GBP500, CAD900, ZAR6500, 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.
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