East Africa overflows with adventure, wildlife and relaxation
Journey through the heart of East Africa and be amazed by the astounding diversity of landscapes and wildlife – verdant highlands, steamy rainforests, tropical beaches and waving grasslands that are home to some of the planet’s most amazing animals. Get closer to nature than you ever imagined in the game parks of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zanzibar. Enjoy the unforgettable experience of being so near to lions, elephants, buffaloes, hippos, giraffes and flamingos, not to mention sitting in the presence of rare mountain gorillas in the Ugandan rainforest. Along the way, meet local people whose friendly smiles and sense of community are inspiring. The wonders of East Africa will remain vivid in your memory long after this tour ends.
With gorilla permits included in the price of the trip, seek out the rare mountain gorilla on a trek through Uganda's steamy forests and spend an unforgettable hour in their presence
Wander around Stone Town’s bustling bazaars and fragrant spice markets and receive a guided tour of the spice plantation
Explore the stunning Serengeti and discover animals unlike any you have ever seen
Embark on a safari across the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater in an open roof safari 4x4 for a chance to see a Black Rhino.
The Masai Mara National Reserve is filled with iconic vistas and animals – safari through it with an early morning and late afternoon game drive in 4x4 vehicles.
Experience the two sides of Jinja, a riverside retreat at the source of the Nile but also the adventure capital of Uganda
At Usambara Mountains the group will do a hike to the beautiful Irente viewpoint.
Camp in the Serengeti National Park itself without fences between you and the animals. Your leader will brief you on the safety measures the group will need to take for the 2 nights spent in the park.
Tracking gorillas in the dense forest can sometimes be wet, muddy and uncomfortable. The terrain is by no means easy either, so it can be pretty strenuous and often humid. But the sheer thrill in coming across a habituated group of gorillas, dominated by a great male silverback, more than outweighs any difficulty. You need to be prepared and fit enough to walk up to 4 hours - up and down hill. A top tip is to pack some gardening gloves to assist in any up-hill climbs.
We use our purpose-built overland vehicles for the duration of this trip. This multi-purpose truck allows for great game viewing with large sliding windows. This means the trucks do not have air-conditioning and conditions can get dusty and hot.
The overland vehicle is large enough to seat up to 22 passengers and carries all the camping equipment needed for the duration of this trip. Therefore the going can be slow over the long distances and often bumpy roads.
This is a participatory camping trip. You will be expected to set up and take down you own tent as well as assist with food preparation and cleaning. This makes it quicker, easier, more fun and will bring the group closer together.
Some passengers on this trip will have been travelling together prior to the start of your trip, so they can help you get into the groove quickly.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017
1.This trip requires a higher non-refundable deposit (AUD1000, USD1000, EUR800, NZD1250, GBP650, CAD1000, ZAR8000, CHF900) in order to secure the included gorilla permit. We also require full passport details at time of booking. Please note that we need to confirm availability of a gorilla permit if you are booking within 45 days of departure. The additional deposit paid at time of booking will be credited to the final balance of your booking.
2. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2pm on day 1.
3. A single supplement is available on this trip. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
4. Optional sunrise balloon rides in the Serengeti National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve are possible on this itinerary. Please inquire when booking your trip to book this optional activity.
5. This is a combination trip made up of 3 shorter trips. This means the composition of your group may change in Stone Town and Nairobi as some group members leave and new ones join you.
6. The Zanzibar portion of your itinerary may have a few more passengers than the maximum group size of 22 as we have a crossover of trips starting and finishing in Zanzibar.
7. This trip finishes upon arrival in Nairobi on Day 28. Please do not book any flights until after 6:30pm this evening.
Our Beaches, Game Parks & Gorillas trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews in the last year.
An excellent trip with to many highlights to mention. Life changing
Review submitted 17 Oct 2016
It would be nice if the drivers and chefs after a certain amount of time with the company were able to go on some of the activities. They have difficult jobs and long hours and rarely get to enjoy the benefits of the trips. It would be nice if they could go on some of the game drives. If it doesn't work logistically maybe take a special trip. Also it would be good if there was some vetting process. All the roommate pairing were extremely good and got along well and often the variety in the people on the trip was a bonus but there were many people that had never been camping before and had very different execrations than others.
Review submitted 11 Oct 2016