NAIROBI to VIC FALLS (53 days) Apes & Lakes
From the majestic Mountain Gorillas to the wildlife on offer in our 3 parks experience (Serengeti, Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater) - you will captivated by the marvels of the animal kingdom. Relax in the blue waters of Zanzibar & Lake Malawi & enjoy the adrenaline fuelled Victoria Falls. A sure fire recipe to make this an unforgettable journey.
Days 1 to 4
Depart Nairobi - cross the Equator and drive down into The Great Rift Valley.
Lake Naivasha & Elsamere - the home of Joy Adamson & Elsa the lion, of Born Free fame, as well as cream teas!
Visit either Crater Lake Game Sanctuary or Hells Gate National Park (hire mountain bikes or walk through - the only park in Kenya where this is permitted).
Days 5 to 10
Mountain Gorilla trek - in Rwanda. Optional trek to see these amazing creatures, the closest species related to man.- Trips that trek in Rwanda include a visit to Kigali Genocide Memorial.
Kampala - Uganda's capital, take a city tour or visit a Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Lake Victoria.
Days 11 to 15
Jinja - the source of the Nile, whitewater rafting, quad biking or visit a local education project.
Days 16 to 19
Lake Nakuru National Park - including game drives to spot lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, giraffe, zebra, gazelle & flamingo.
Nairobi -Get up close and personal to some of natures graceful giants when we visit a Giraffe Centre, there is also the option to visit the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.
Depart Nairobi & cross the Athi Plains.
Days 21 to 27
Arusha - our base for the next few days.
Lake Manyara National Park - check out the flamingos and famous tree-climbing lions in this small but beautiful park
Ngorongoro Crater Reserve - take a jeep safari into the crater to spot lion, zebra, elephant, hippos, flamingos & gazelle
Serengeti National Park - continue on to see lion, cheetah & leopard, wildebeest, giraffe, and elephant, along with various species of gazelle and antelope.
Maasai Village walk - an option back at our campsite in Arusha.
Marangu - Foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro - you have the opportunity to hike up to Base camp, or walk through the pleasant surroundings visiting waterfalls and rivers in the area.
Dar Es Salaam - bbq on the Indian Ocean coast.
Days 28 to 31
Zanzibar Island - The original and mystical 'spice' island. Take a tour of Stone Town, learn about the various spices, then venture to the north of the island for a few days. Swim with dolphins, sunbathe on amazing white sandy beaches, indulge in various water sports including snorkelling and scuba diving.
Days 32 to 34
Mikumi National Park - spot from the roadside, giraffe, zebra, elephant and buffalo.
Malawi - the warm heart of Africa.
Days 35 to 40
Lake Malawi - stop at several campsites where you can swim & chill on the lake. Learn to horse ride, scuba dive or try your hand at windsurfing amongst other water sports. Wander the local crafts markets and village before indulging in a spit roast dinner if we are lucky!
Lilongwe, the capital.
Days 41 to 48
Mozambique - travel along the infamous Tete corridor.
Harare, the capital
Eastern Highlands - Chimanimani National Park or Vumba Gardens - hike through this vast mountain wilderness area bordering Mozambique or visit bridal veil falls, enjoy the surrounding scenery from this sleepy village.
Antelope Park - a privately run game ranch, where you can go game viewing on horse back makes for a very different experience! Taking a stroll out into the park with a couple of lion cubs is always a great hit.
Great Zimbabwe Ruins - a Shona village, from where the name 'Zimbabwe' is derived.
Days 49 to 54
Bulawayo - the second largest city in the country.
Matobo National Park - an optional safari with a difference! Allowing you to game walk to get up close and see the elusive Black Rhino.
Cecil Rhodes' Grave & Ancient Rock Paintings
Included overnight train journey between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls - view these spectacular falls from Zimbabwe or Zambia, and try your hand at grade 5 whitewater rafting, and kayaking trips. Something for all - Flight of Angels (microlite or helicopter), sunset cruises, gorge swing, abseil, bungy jump, jet boating and more! - Adrenaline Heaven.
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