Gorilla Trek & Tanzania Northbound - 25 days

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Start your East African overland adventure with a taste of the tropics on the beautiful island of Zanzibar. Go wild on safari in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and the Masai Mara. Explore the Great Rift Valley Lakes and trek in search of mountain gorillas in Uganda. Taking in the best of Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda in 25 days.

Highlights
  • Lake Naivasha - watch the rare African Fish Eagle swooping over the lake, as well as a myriad of other bird life found at the African great lake
  • Kampala - cross the Equator and stand with a foot in each hemisphere before arriving in the Ugandan capital
  • Nairobi - end your African adventure in the bustling Kenyan capital and opt to extend your stay to further explore
  • Zanzibar - spend two full days relaxing on the beach, exploring Stone Town or participating in optional activities, including a sunset dhow cruise
  • Gorilla trekking - trek into the dense jungle of Uganda and watch a group of endangered mountain gorillas from a safe distance
  • Lake Bunyoni - unwind on the shore of the deepest crater lake in Africa, which is home to a large number of bird species
  • Masai Mara - search for Africa's iconic Big Five (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, buffalo) in one of the continents most famous game reserves
  • Lake Nakuru - see the shallow soda lake and spot both black and white rhinos in the small but biodiverse Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater - explore the UNESCO-listed crater, which has one of the highest densities of wildlife of any African national park
  • Serengeti National Park - spot incredible wildlife as you game drive through Tanzania's best known national park, home to the amazing annual migration
Age Policy
18 and over.Overland Age Policy:To travel on one of our overland family departure safaris children need to be a minimum age of 6 for Southern Africa safaris (Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa) and a minimum of 8 years old for East Africa safaris (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia). If a safari includes both East and Southern Africa then the minimum age will be 8 years old. Please note that they will be travelling with the normal group. These are not separate family tours. For family dates look for the icon next to the tour date online. IMPORTANT: South Africa and Botswana regulations aimed at fighting child trafficking:'All parents travelling with children into or out of SA and/or Botswana may be asked to show the child’s unabridged (full) birth certificate, and where only one parent is accompanying, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (eg an affidavit from the other parent, a court order or – if applicable – a death certificate). You should travel with these documents in case you’re asked to provide them. There are other requirements for children travelling unaccompanied or with adults who are not their parents.' Tell pax to contact the South African High Commission, South African Department of Home Affairs and/or the Botswana High Commission for further information.
Destinations
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Africa
Tour Types
  • Trekking
  • Small Group
  • Safaris

Wednesday. Welcome to Tanzania! Upon arrival at Dar es Salaam Airport you will be met and transferred to your campsite on the coast. There will be a pre-departure meeting at 17:00 hours today where you will meet your tour leader.

Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar. Today we travel by local ferry to the ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar for three nights. Whilst on the island we will take the popular Spice Tour in Stone Town and once up at the beaches we will take a sunset show cruise, as well as have the opportunity to participate in an array of optional activities including a trip to Prison Island.

Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam. Leaving Zanzibar in the afternoon, we return to the mainland for a night at our campsite in Dar es Salaam.

Meals: Dinner

Dar es Salaam - Pangani - Arusha. Today we continue north as we travel through vast sisal plantations and African bushveld to Arusha (stopping for a night in the coastal town of Pengani to break the journey). Once in Arusha we stay in Meserani before heading out to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater the following morning.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Arusha - Karatu - Serengeti & Ngorongoro. Today we visit the Meserani Reptile Park and Masai Cultural Museum before we meet our Tanzanian guides and transfer into locally operated 4WD that have been adapted for safari use and allow excellent viewing and photographic opportunities through the opening roof hatches. <br/><br/> We spend the evening at a pleasant campsite in Karatu and depart for the Ngorongoro Conservation area and crater the following morning. This World Heritage Site boasts some of the best game viewing in Africa – including the elusive Black Rhino. <br/><br/> After our game drive we continue past the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ on our way to the Serengeti crossing the vast plains as we game drive through the park. <br/><br/> Tonight we bush camp (no ablutions) in the wild surrounded by the sounds of the wild. The following morning, we take another game drive in search of Africa’s ‘Big 5’! before returning to Arusha for the evening.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Arusha - Nairobi (Kenya). We have an early start today as we head to the Tanzania/ Kenyan border and the small border town of Namanga. We travel to Nairobi for the night.

Meals: Breakfast,

Nairobi - Masai Mara. Leaving the city behind we drive to a viewpoint overlooking a section of the spectacular Great Rift Valley. From here we begin to enter Masai land and you often see them tending their cattle as we travel along. We arrive at Acacia Camp near the Masai Mara National Reserve in the late afternoon. <br/><br/> Just after sunrise the following day we begin our game drive into the Masai Mara. We drive through a section of the park in search of the ‘Big 5’ along with many other species of animals, reptiles and birds who make this wilderness home. <br/><br/> Afterwards we can visit one of the nearby Masai Manyatta’s – a traditional hamlet where the Masai still live in their traditional way.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Masai Mara - Eldoret. Leaving early we depart Masai Land and journey through the scenic tea plantations of Kericho before descending the Rift Valley Plateau, on our way to Eldoret for the evening.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Eldoret - Kampala (Uganda). Today we cross the border into neighbouring Uganda for our overnight stay in the capital city, Kampala.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Kampala - Lake Bunyoni. Today we drive west to our base for the gorillas at Lake Bunyoni. Dependent on where our trekking permits are available, we trek in the Magahinga or Bwindi National Parks in Uganda. <br/><br/> <b>Please note:</b> Gorilla permits need to be purchased in advance, please ask your reservations consultant or visit our Gorilla trekking travel guide.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Lake Bunyoni - Kampala. Today we drive back to Kampala crossing the Equator for the second time and stop for the necessary photo opportunities.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Kampala - Jinja. Today we have the option of visiting the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary before heading to Jinja for a selection of adventure activities including white water rafting, quad biking or visiting a community project.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Jinja - Lake Nakuru (Kenya). Departing early, we head back to Kenya, stopping for lunch and supplies en route. We then make our way to Nakuru - Kenya’s 4th largest town and capital of the Rift Valley Province and lies adjacent to the small but wildlife rich Lake Nakuru National Park. We overnight outside Nakuru at a lovely campsite.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Lake Nakuru - Lake Naivasha. On the morning on day 23 we explore Lake Nakuru National Park looking for rhino, as well as the elusive leopard, buffalo, giraffe and various antelope. Afterwards we continue to Lake Naivasha.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Saturday. Lake Naivasha - Nairobi. After breakfast, we return to Nairobi usually arriving by late morning or early afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast,

Included
  • All road taxes and tolls
  • 1st night banda (beach hut) accommodation at Kipepeo Campsite, Dar es Salaam (upgrade available) and 20 nights camping. Tents and sleeping mats provided
  • 3 night Zanzibar Excursion including ferry transfer, accommodation, Spice Tour and Dhow Sunset Cruise
  • 19 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 19 dinners
  • A fully equipped overland truck for transportation and game drives
  • Arrival transfer from Dar es Salaam Airport on day 1
  • Services of 3 person crew (leader, driver, cook)
  • Accommodation
    -Camping
  • All camping fees and appropriate equipment
  • Park entry - Lake Naivasha NP. Park entry and game drives - Lake Nakuru NP, Masai Mara, Ngorongoro NP, Serengeti NP

Not Included
  • Local payment - $1850pp, paid in USD
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  • International flights and visas
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  • Gorilla Permit and transfer fee: Please note that Gorillas often move across the border, between the national parks in Rwanda and Uganda, therefore itineraries often have to be changed at short notice in order to track the Gorillas in whichever National P
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  • Gorilla Permit and transfer fee: Please note that Gorillas often move across the border, between the national parks in Rwanda and Uganda, therefore itineraries often have to be changed at short notice in order to track the Gorillas in whichever National P
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  • Gorilla Permit and transfer fee: Please note that Gorillas often move across the border, between the national parks in Rwanda and Uganda, therefore itineraries often have to be changed at short notice in order to track the Gorillas in whichever National P
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  • Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
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  • Gorilla Permit and transfer fee: Please note that Gorillas often move across the border, between the national parks in Rwanda and Uganda, therefore itineraries often have to be changed at short notice in order to track the Gorillas in whichever National P
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  • Sleeping bag - please bring your own
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  • Entrance Fees: Gorilla Permit + Transfer USD$750-900pp, paid in USD
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  • Gorilla Permit and transfer fee: Please note that Gorillas often move across the border, between the national parks in Rwanda and Uganda, therefore itineraries often have to be changed at short notice in order to track the Gorillas in whichever National P
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  • Optional activities
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  • Gorilla Permit and transfer fee: Please note that Gorillas often move across the border, between the national parks in Rwanda and Uganda, therefore itineraries often have to be changed at short notice in order to track the Gorillas in whichever National P
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4* Gorilla Trek & Tanzania Northbound - 25 days
The tour was fantastic as well as the guide and the rest of the crew. They have done everything they could to make sure the whole group spent a memorable holiday. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in travelling to East Africa. Ps: please add gloves in the what to bring section as this is necessary for the gorilla trekking. We all had to use hand socks (!)
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Start:Dar es Salaam
Finish:Nairobi
Group size:2 - 30
Suitable for: 18 and over.Overland Age Policy:To travel on one of our overland family departure safaris children need to be a minimum age of 6 for Southern Africa safaris (Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa) and a minimum of 8 years old for East Africa safaris (
Accommodation:Camping
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact On The Go Tours with specific dietary requests
Tour operated in: English
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