This mind-blowing East African adventure tour combines all the region's most unforgettable experiences. Seek out the rare mountain gorilla in Rwanda's steamy forests; enjoy thrill-packed safaris through lush forest and open savanna; and see the crashing waters of Victoria Falls sparkling with spray. Be welcomed into villages in Tanzania and Malawi; relax on sandy beaches at Lake Malawi and Zanzibar; and track the Big Five in the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. This overland tour of Africa is a great way to discover what makes this part of the world so special.

Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Countries
Kenya,
Malawi,
Tanzania,
Uganda,
Zambia,
Zimbabwe
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
YXOIC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 22
Carbon offset
1 957kg pp per trip

Embark on an epic tour of East Africa


Highlights

  • Help out on a community project in Kenya
  • Spot playful chimps in Kibale Forest
  • Trek through steamy jungle terrain to meet Rwanda's noble mountain gorillas
  • Camp in peaceful wilderness near Lake Mburo
  • Go in search of the Big Five in the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park
  • Bask on Zanzibar's spectacular beaches
  • Visit Zimbabwe's bustling capital, Harare
  • Listen to the roaring waters of Victoria Falls

Itinerary

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.
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.
Cross the border into Uganda and camp near the city of Kampala. Discover the old and new of Kampala and uncover the secret history of the Buganda people.
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.
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.
Hire a traditional dugout canoe and glide across Lake Bunyonyi to enjoy the amazing scenery, which is some of the most picturesque in Uganda.
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.
Travel back into Uganda and on to Lake Mburo, home to the giant eland antelope.
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.
Pass through Eldoret on the way back to the busy streets of Nairobi.
Travel to Arusha before setting up camp in a Tanzanian village. Spend the next morning exploring this fascinating area in free time.
Descend to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater to spot rhinos, elephants and zebras before heading out across the Serengeti plains.
Travel to Mto Wa Mbu and explore the village and the market on a walk with the group.
Camp amid tropical gardens on the slopes of mighty Mt Kilimanjaro.
Pitch tents on a beach just outside the coastal city of Dar es Salaam.
Be enchanted by exotic spice plantations, ornate architecture and beachside sunsets in Zanzibar. Be sure to sample a spicy seafood curry.
Return to the mainland by ferry and stay at a beachside camp near Dar es Salaam.
Travel through the Mikumi National Park where giraffes are often seen munching on acacia foliage. Spend a night in the highland town of Iringa, before heading onwards into Malawi.
Travel south to vast Lake Malawi, which covers roughly a fifth of the country. Relax on the beach and meet friendly Malawians.
Scour the vast skies over South Luangwa National Park for the 400 bird species that call the park home. When your neck aches from looking up, draw your gaze downward to the horizon and search out the impressive array of wildlife that lives in this enchanting landscape.
Watch the vast landscape unfold on the drive out to Lusaka. See how the country’s friendly capital has fused modern life with traditional African charm.
Explore galleries, museums and gardens in Harare.
Visit the Great Zimbabwe Ruins and discover some of the most significant ancient ruins in Africa.
Peruse the many markets in the city of Bulawayo before venturing out into Matobo National Park in search of rare rhinos.
Witness the tremendous power of Victoria Falls as torrents of water cascade into the canyon below. As this tour of Africa draws to an end, share a final dinner with new friends.
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Inclusions

Meals
34 breakfasts, 33 lunches, 32 dinners
Transport
4x4 Safari Vehicle, Ferry, Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bungalow (2 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (26 nights), Dormitory (3 nights), Hotel (3 nights)
Included activites
  • Chimpanzee Trekking Kibale National Park
  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Lake Mburo National Park
  • Lake Nakuru - Game drive
  • Mountain gorilla trek & permit
  • Ngorongoro Crater - Game drive
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park Game Drive
  • Saidia Children's Home Project
  • Visit Victoria Falls
  • 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 passport details at time of booking. Please see trip notes (Important notes) for more details.
2. This is a combination trip. Please see trip notes (Important notes) for more details.
3. A single supplement is available on this trip.
4. This trip finishes in Vic Falls on Day 39. We recommend that you do not book any flights out on the final day until late evening because it is likely we will visit the falls that day. You may also want to try some of the optional activities on offer here, before our adventure comes to an end.

Important notes

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