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Gorillas and Southern Discoverer

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Nairobi

Finishes

Victoria Falls
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Gorillas & Southern Discoverer

This trip starts in Nairobi and travels through Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, and Zambia, finishing in Nairobi, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. In order to view the Gorillas we may do so in one of the countries bordering Uganda, ie. Rwanda or The Democratic Republic of Congo. Please note that this trip departs Nairobi on a Sunday, early morning. Should you wish to spend extra time there an earlier arrival should be planned and additional accommodation booked through your Global Village consultant.

Pre Departure Meeting: Held at departure point at 5:00pm the day before your departure. Departure Point: Nairobi, Boulevard Hotel, Harry Thuku Road. Check In Time: 8:45am Departure Time: 9:30am

DAY 1: Nairobi to Masai Mara (L / D)
Leaving the hustle and bustle of Nairobi we climb the escarpment to our first stop, a viewpoint
overlooking the spectacular Great Rift Valley. Descending into the Rift Valley, we enter Masai land
where these habitual pastoralists are often seen tending their cattle from the side of the road. We pass
through the town of Narok, before arriving at our campsite, Acacia Camp. Acacia Camp looks on to the
Meguarra hills and the stream that meanders by on the bottom end forms a natural border to the Masai
Mara National Reserve.


DAY 2: Masai Mara (B / L / D)
We spend the day driving through nature as it was intended to be - huge plains, rolling hills and an
abundance of game matched no where else on earth. We keep an eye open for the Big 5 - elephant,
rhino, buffalo, lion & leopard. If travelling between July and October, we may get to witness the
impressive herds of over 1 million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle in their Annual Migration.
Sitting around the camp fire, watching the sun set is the perfect way to finish a day’s game viewing in this “Garden of Eden.”

DAY 3: Masai Mara to Kisumu (B / L / D)
Leaving the Masai Mara early in the morning, we pass through the scenic tea plantations of Kericho
before descending the Rift Valley Plateau, on our way to Kisumu - Kenya’s harbour town on the banks of
Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria. We replenish our supplies and overnight here.
DAY 4: Kisumu to Kampala (Uganda) (B / L / D)
Today, we cross the border into Uganda where we overnight it the capital city, Kampala. Uganda is a
small country of striking physical beauty. Its landscapes vary from the fertile green areas around the
northern shores of Lake Victoria to the snow capped Ruwenzori Mountains in the west and the semi desert region in the north. The political instability that has haunted Uganda in the past has actually had
the positive effect of leaving the country free of the over commercialism so common in other parts of
Africa. The current administration under President Museveni has devoted considerable effort and funds
to return Uganda to its former status as one of Africa's most prosperous and, from a tourist’s point of view, one of the most appealing and interesting countries to visit.

DAYS 5 & 6: Kampala to Kisoro (B / L / D)
After an early morning departure from Kampala we drive west into the depths of Uganda to our base in
Kisoro. Kisoro is the base from which the optional Gorilla trek takes place. Dependant on where trekking permits are available, we trek in the Magahinga or Bwindi National Parks in Uganda, the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, or the Ruhengeri National Park in Rwanda. The prices of trekking permits fluctuate and may change without prior notice – currently they are priced between US$375 and US$500 depending on where we trek. There is a local transport fee of US$20 to US$25 per person. For trekking in the DRC or Rwanda, we will also have to purchase an additional visa to enter either country, as well as renewing our Ugandan visa upon re-entry. Please budget accordingly.
Trekking Procedures: The mountain gorilla (Gorilla Gorilla Berengei), of which there are still only about 700 remaining, are one of our closest living relatives. A visit to these gentle giants in their natural environment is a unique and wonderful experience - one you’ll never forget. The park rangers monitor the gorillas on a daily basis and have a fairly good idea of where they are. However, they are free roaming animals, and their sighting can not be guaranteed. In the unlikely event of these creatures managing to completely elude us, the authorities usually allow us a second opportunity to trek them. However, this is purely at their discretion and subject to the availability of permits, and they will not confirm this in writing. Africa Travel Co is a major supplier of gorilla trekkers to each park and as such have a high success rate of procuring gorilla permits and then of actually seeing these beautiful animals. As the gorillas share much of our DNA, anyone with even the slightest cold or transferable illness will not be permitted to trek. Trekking is also only open to people over 16 years old.

We depart from our camp in the early morning
and after border formalities are transferred to a ranger’s station where the trek commences. Your
rangers will lead you through the cultivated lands and then into the dense rain forest and on to a gorilla
family. Trekking can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 8 hours and it can be quite strenuous, so a
reasonable level of fitness is required. To ensure the gorillas do not get too used to the presence of
humans and because they share many of our genes (and therefore able to catch our diseases), the
maximum time permitted to spend with them is 1 hour. You will have plenty of time to watch their activity
and to take photographs. The rangers will be able to provide you with a background to the family you
are visiting. Once your hour is up, you trek back out of the rain forest to your meeting point.
You needn’t feel like you’re exploiting these animals. The ever-growing number of tourists trekking them
each day play a vital role in their survival. For years they have been ruthlessly hunted for their hands and
heads, which have been sold as ashtrays and lampshades! In addition, large numbers have been killed
whilst trying to stop poachers stealing the babies for sale to zoos, where they have never lived long. 100% of the gorilla permit cost is used to by the parks authorities to finance patrols that are instrumental in protecting the gorillas from poachers and their lethal snares and on promoting these wonderful animals.


DAY 7: Kisoro to Lake Bunyoni (B / L / D)
A short drive, through arguably some of the most picturesque scenery in Africa, brings us to awesome
Lake Bunyoni. Lake Bunyoni is the deepest crater lake in Africa and is home to a large and varied
number of beautiful birds.


DAY 8: Lake Bunyoni (B / L / D)
Today we have the whole day at leisure to enjoy the beauty of Lake Bunyoni. There is the option to visit a
local village or church, hike in the surrounding hills, canoe or just spend the day relaxing or swimming in this tranquil lake. A well deserved rest day!

DAY 9: Lake Bunyoni to Kampala (B / L / D)
After enjoying peaceful Lake Bunyoni, we begin our drive back to Kampala. We cross the Equator for the
second time and stop for the classic “one foot in each hemisphere” photo opportunity. We overnight in
Kampala and have the opportunity to sample its night life!


DAY 10: Kampala to Jinja (B / L / D)
Today we have the option of visiting the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary or transferring to Jinja for a selection of adventure activities including white water rafting at the source of the White Nile, quad
biking or volunteering at a community project. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the banks of the river, or
ticking off the wide variety of water birds in this area.

DAY 11: Jinja to Nakuru (Kenya) (B / L / D)
Today we head back to Kenya, stopping for lunch and supplies en route. We overnight in Nakuru,
Kenya’s 4th largest town and capital of the Rift Valley Province.

DAY 12: Lake Nakuru National Park (B / L / D)
This morning we head in to Nakuru Town to stock up on supplies before beginning our exploration of the Lake Nakuru National Park - famous for the thousands of lesser and greater flamingos that flock to this
soda lake’s edge. The numbers vary depending on the water level, and when it’s low, the lake almost
turns pink. A truly spectacular sight! The park was established as a sanctuary for black and white rhino,
which are often seen. We spend the day searching for these pre-historic looking beasts as well as the
elusive leopard, encountering buffalo, giraffe, various antelope and the occasional hippo along the
way. We overnight at a bush camp within the Park.

DAY 13: Lake Nakuru National Park to Lake Naivasha (B / L / D)
Moving further east, we head to Lake Naivasha, home to a multitude of bird life, the most magnificent
being the African Fish Eagle with his regal cry. At 1880 m, this is the highest of the Rift Valley lakes. Time permitting; we spend the afternoon enjoying optional excursions like Elsamere (former home to Joy &
George Adamson of Born Free fame), a boat ride to the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary or a bike ride
around Hell’s Gate National Park. Tonight is spent in a lovely campsite overlooking the lake.

DAY 14: Lake Naivasha to Nairobi (B)
After breakfast, we head back to Nairobi. On arrival, we head to the Hotel Boulevard, where we deliver
the passengers who’ll be ending their trip here, before heading to our campsite for the night.

DAY 15: Nairobi to Arusha (Tanzania) (L / D)
This morning we collect the passengers who’ll be joining us on the next leg of our trek. We travel south
crossing the border into Tanzania at Namanga. Tonight we stay in a lovely campsite in Meserani on the
outskirts of Arusha, before heading out on our Optional Excursions to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro
Crater.

DAY 16 - 18: Arusha to Serengeti National Park (OPTIONAL) (B / L / D)
Arusha is a pleasant town situated at the base of Mount Meru and is the starting point for the optional
excursions to Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti. We conduct these excursions in locally operated 4WD
vehicles, which are adapted for safari use. Depending on which option you choose, you will be away
from the Arusha campsite for either one or two nights
For those not opting to visit the Ngorongoro Crater or Serengeti National Park, the next days are spent at
leisure enjoying the Meserani reptile park, Masai Cultural Museum and the surrounding villages and craft  markets. Alternatively the town of Arusha is close by to explore.

The Optional Ngorongoro/Serengeti excursion takes us via the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito
River) that lies adjacent to the Lake Manyara National Park and up the Rift Valley Escarpment to the
higher lying village of Karatu. Karatu offers magnificent views over the surrounding hills and has many well established wheat farms that add to the picturesque panoramas. We spend the evening at a pleasant campsite in Karatu. The following morning we depart early for the Ngorongoro Conservation area and head into the wildlife rich Ngorongoro Crater. This World Heritage Site boasts some of the best game viewing in Africa – including the elusive Black Rhino. Those on the 1 night option will transfer back to Meserani after the game drive.
After our game drive in the Crater, we head down the Crater rim and past the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ on
our way to the Serengeti National Park. We cross the vast plains as we game drive through the southern
and central areas in the park. Tonight we camp in the bushveld surrounded by the sounds of the African
wilderness. In the morning, we head off for another game drive and explore the landscape in search of
the resident game. With some luck, we may see some of Africa’s ‘Big 5’!
After our morning drive, we head back across the plains and the lush Crater rim to our truck at Arusha,
where we spend the evening musing over our thrilling wildlife experience.

DAY 19: Arusha to Pangani (B / L / D)
After a morning spent exploring Arusha and its vibrant craft markets, we head south towards Dar es
Salaam. On the way we drive through the town of Moshi. Moshi is the base for Mount Kilimanjaro
climbing expeditions, and weather permitting; we may even catch a glimpse of this magical mountain’s
snowy summit - a photo opportunity not to be missed! We pass through vast sisal plantations surrounded by The Usambara and Pare Mountain ranges, before reaching our lovely campsite nestled between these mountains, midway between Arusha and Dar es Salaam.

DAY 20: Pangani to Dar es Salaam (B / L / D)
Today we continue on to Dar es Salaam. Travelling through lush scenery and palm trees, we near the
warm Indian Ocean. On arrival in Dar es Salaam we make our way to our lovely seaside campsite and
prepare for our departure to Zanzibar the next morning.

DAY 21: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar (B)
A ferry from Dar es Salaam takes us to the "Spice Island,” where we have the option to spend the next 3
nights. Zanzibar is steeped in history and was one of the major starting points for most East African
explorers in their quest for new lands. New passengers may join us to replace those that’ll leave us at the end of our excursion to Zanzibar.
PLEASE NOTE: Accommodation and Meals are for your own account whilst on Zanzibar, as it is our
experience that passengers prefer to explore the island on their own. The Trip Leader joins you and can
arrange your accommodation, while meals can be enjoyed from a wide selection of restaurants.

DAYS 22 & 23: Zanzibar
History aside, Zanzibar offers a wealth of experiences for the visitor. Today the quiet streets of the old
Stone Town still retain their Arabic influence, from the Medina-like shops to the palaces of the Sultans,
who founded their vast empires on the spoils of the slave and ivory trade. The island is famous for its
spices and an excursion around a spice plantation is always a fascinating experience. Other options
include a trip to the beautiful beaches and giant tortoises of Prison Island, a full day scuba dive in
Nungwe or a fishing trip in a traditional dhow. Mopeds are available for hire if you’d like to explore the
more remote areas of the island. Zanzibar is a seafood lover’s paradise. Numerous restaurants offer a
great variety of the freshest catch from the ocean - crayfish being a popular speciality. Alternatively,
mingle with the locals for dinner at the Forodhani Gardens seafront market, where delicious, inexpensive seafood is on offer.

DAY 24: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam (D)
Leaving Zanzibar, we return to the mainland and another night in Dar es Salaam.

DAY 25: Dar es Salaam to Iringa (B / L / D)
This morning we leave Dar es Salaam and head south. We pass through the Mikumi National Park where it is possible to view a range of wildlife from the roadside, totally impervious to the passing traffic. We travel towards Iringa where we spend the night in a beautiful rustic campsite famous for its Amarula Hot Chocolates and its steamy showers!

DAYS 26 to 30: Iringa to Lake Malawi (Malawi) (B / L / D)
Taking in the beauty of the Tukuyu tea and banana plantations, we head towards Malawi entering the
‘Warm Heart of Africa’ through the border post at Songwe.
Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its total area made up of beautiful Lake Malawi. We travel
the length of the western side of the lake, stopping off at various bays and inlets over the next 5 days.
Spend the days learning the game of bao from the locals, scour the markets for a bargain or simply relax on the pristine white beaches. Malawi’s temperate climate allows for swimming in the clear blue freshwater lake all year round. Explore the beautiful shore where you’ll happen upon the local fishermen
sorting their catch. Traditional fishing techniques are still practiced and to appreciate their boating skills,
try to paddle a dug out canoe yourself! The various beachside campsites along Lake Malawi’s shores
offer many optional Excursions including a variety of water sports, horse back rides and a visit to the local village and school.

DAY 31: Lake Malawi to Chipata (Zambia) (B / L / D)
From Lake Malawi, we cross into Zambia where we spend the night in a beautiful little campsite just 10 km after the Malawi/Zambia border.

DAY 32: Chipata to Lusaka (B / L / D)
From Chipata, we head south to Lusaka to our campsite on the outskirts of Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka. The campsite is home to some local wildlife including Africa’s largest antelope – Eland.

DAY 33: Lusaka to Livingstone (B / L / D)
An early morning start sees us head south to Livingstone. Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and it’s not difficult to see why. At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high, this is the world's largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari! The Falls can be viewed from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia - a fantastic photo opportunity. Tonight we have the OPTION of enjoying a sunset dinner cruise on the mighty Zambezi.

DAY 34: Livingstone to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) (B)
We leave Zambia and cross the Victoria Falls Bridge and the Zambezi River, entering into Zimbabwe at
the town of Victoria Falls. Here in Africa’s adventure capital, we set up camp in the town’s centrally
located campsite. The Falls can be viewed from the Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabwe - a fantastic
photo opportunity. The afternoon is spent relaxing at the campsite’s swimming pool or exploring the
many sights and delights of this town!
OPTIONAL Excursions include trips into the Zambezi or Hwange National Parks, elephant back safaris,
horse back safaris, a visit to the crocodile ranch, boat cruises and golf at The Elephant Hills Resort.
Adrenalin junkies can bungee from the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia or abseil down the Batoka Gorge - neither activity is for the faint hearted! All year round, flights in fixed wing,
micro light and ultra light aircraft or helicopters provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World
Heritage Site. White water rafting on the Zambezi is world class. Beside the excitement of the Grade 5
rapids, there are the "floats," where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and the occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.

DAY 35: Victoria Falls (B)
After breakfast, we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
Below is a selection of Optional Excursions available on this trip. Please Note - these prices are approximate and are subject to change
- where activities occur away from your base, there may be an additional transfer cost.
Kenya, Masai Mara - Masai Village Cultural Visit US$ 5
Kenya, Lake Naivasha - Crescent Island Sanctuary US$ 25
Kenya, Lake Naivasha – Elsamere High Tea US$ 10
Uganda, Jinja - Softpower Community Project US$ 25
Uganda, Jinja - White Water Rafting on The Nile US$ 95
Uganda, Kampala - Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary US$ 50
Uganda, DRC or Rwanda - Gorilla Trekking Permit Between US$375.00 & US$ 500
Tanzania, Arusha - 1 Day Ngorongoro Crater Excursion (Min 2 People) * US$ 200
Tanzania, Arusha - 3 Day / 2 Night Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater Excursion * US$ 380
Tanzania, Zanzibar - Accommodation p/p/p/n From US$ 20
Tanzania, Zanzibar - Stone Town - Spice Tour US$ 25
Malawi, Lake Malawi - Village Walk & Meal US$ 10
Malawi, Lake Malawi - Water Skiing US$ 15
Zambia, Livingstone - Sunset Dinner Cruise US$ 40
Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls - Bungee Jump US$ 90
Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls – White Water Rafting on the Zambezi US$ 95
*Although traveller’s cheques are accepted for the Serengeti/Ngorongoro Excursions, they are subject to
a surcharge of at least 5%.
**Please note that all accommodation & activities in Victoria Falls must be paid for in US$ cash (GBP &
ZAR also accepted at a lower rate).
FREE TRIP
When you book this trip, you are entitled to receive both a FREE 3 Day Masai Mara Safari the Sunday
before your trip begins and a FREE 3 Day Hwange Community Experience the Monday after your trip
ends. The Local Payments are still applicable for each trip. This fantastic offer must be taken up at the
same time you book this trip. Ask your Global Village Consultant for more details. Conditions
apply.

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