44 days - Flight of the flamingos | South-Africa via Uganda to Kenya Overland Tour CAMPING

Beginning in the 'City of gold' Johannesburg, traveling across into beautiful Botswana, cruising the Chobe river, game drives in Hwange National Park,

This tour starts in Johannesburg and finishes in Nairobi. Beginning in the 'City of gold' Johannesburg, traveling across into beautiful Botswana, cruising the Chobe river, game drives in Hwange National Park, with a visit to the Painted Dog conservation Centre. Chill out in Victoria falls or get your blood pumping with some extreme sports. Game drives in the famous Ngorongoro Crater and The Serengeti. You have the option to head over the to paradise island of Zanzibar. Trekking with the mountain gorillas is often a highlight for many. Traveling through Uganda and Rwanda, Jinja and the Mara!

Includes

OVER SEVEN GAME PARKS & OTHER HIGHLIGHTS including:

  • The Masai Mara
  • Nakuru National Park
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • South Luangwa depending on the season
  • Hwange National Park
  • Mikumi National Park
  • Chobe game cruise
  • The Grumeti Reserve
  • Lake Naivasha
  • Bujagali
  • Lake Victoria
  • 37 Breakfasts and 37 dinners whilst travelling on the truck, including some local meals & pre-prepared barbecues and a contribution to the final group meal.
  • 38 nights camping and 2 nights dorm accommodation whilst at the gorillas
  • Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats travelling from Johannesburg to Nairobi
  • Services of English speaking tour leaders
  • Ongoing advice
  • Transport from Johannesburg to Nairobi
  • All road tolls & taxes are paid
  • 1 Free WakaWaka per booking

Excludes

  • Local Tour Payment: US$930 (Mandatory). The local payment is a separate payment from the initial price you pay before you leave. If a local payment is required it will be shown with the trip price. This second payment is made in Africa at the start of your trip. It is payable in USD. The local payment provides us with the means for expenses that need to be paid in cash to local businesses en route to be arranged in the most cost effective manner possible, a saving we can then pass on to you. It also means we can operate in a way that directly supports local businesses and wildlife authorities as we travel. Local Payment will not be changed once you have booked your travel arrangements. We also offer tours without Local Payments. One fixed price for the tour and activities which you pay all at once to us. Contact us to point them out to you on our website!
  • Flights including taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions as listed and pre and post tour add ons
  • Lunch and drinks throughout, as well as breakfast and dinner when the truck parks up at Dar es Salaam and Victoria Falls.
  • Meals when the truck is parked up at activity hubs - Victoria Falls and on Zanzibar Island
  • Visas
  • Pre and post tour ariport transfers and accommodation
  • Extra equipment including sleeping bag, torch and medical kit
  • Other incidentals including for tips, internet use, upgrades from camping and the occasional cheap excursion such as local walks, snorkelling
  • Personal travel insurance

Restrictions

Minimum age is 18. Average age of the passengers is between 18 – 39 but if you are an open minded person more at age and you don’t mind climbing daily in and out the overland truck you are more than welcome to join!

Please note

Tents and roll mattresses are provided and the tents have sewn in floors and mosquito netting. You will need to bring a sleeping bag & sleep sheet. Get a cheap mosquito net in Africa if you want to sleep outside of your tent. If you start your trip in Nairobi or South Africa you can buy camping gear at the local department stores. All campsites have good ablution facilities & bars, and some have restaurants, shops and internet facilities. About half the campsites have upgrades to hut or cabins for an extra charge.

Full itinerary

44 days - Flight of the flamingos | South-Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda
Johannesburg - Nairobi

Days 1 - 3 SOUTH AFRICA - BOTSWANA
Depart Johannesburg, departure meeting, Kasane, Chobe National Park game cruise.

Optional: Game drive in Chobe National Park.

Days 4-7 ZIMBABWE
Guided game drives in Hwange National Park and Painted Dog Conservation Centre. Victoria Falls - Action packed days in Zimbabwe's adventure capital.

Optionals: Lion walks, horse rides, white water rafting, canoeing, 'Flight of the Angels' scenic flights, bungee jump, gorge swing,rap jump, flying fox, sunset cruise and many other activities based around Victoria Falls.
Optional: Second game drive in Hwange National Park.

Days 8 - 9 ZAMBIA
Livingstone, Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, Chipata.

Days 10- 11 ZIMBABWE - ZAMBIA
South Luangwa National Park (depending on the season)

Optional: Game drives in South Luangwa National Park

Please note when Luangwa is out of season we will spend an extra night in Hwange National Park.

Days 12 -14 ZAMBIA - MALAWI
Lake Malawi beach camp, village visits including for a traditional meal and curio markets.

Optionals: Water sports, horse riding in the Lake, school visit.

Day 15 MALAWI - TANZANIA
The mountains of the southern Rift Valley, camping over at The Farmhouse at Iringa.

Day 16 TANZANIA
Baobab Valley, Mikumi National Park, Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean coast.

Days 17 - 21 TANZANIA
Zanzibar Island

4 nights are allocated for the optional beach stay on Zanzibar Island. For the Zanzibar stay we can reserve accommodation for 3 nights in popular affordable beach accommodation on one of Zanzibar's best beaches, as well as a night within ancient Stone Town. All other requirements including the ferry bookings, a spice tour and transfers can also be arranged.

Optionals: Free time for the option to visit Zanzibar Island from day 17, returning to stay the night in the town of Bagamoyo on day 21

Other options to budget for include snorkelling and scuba diving on Zanzibar sweeping coral reefs, to Prison Island famous for its giant tortoise population and to Jozani Forest to see the red colobus monkeys. All accommodation and transfers including a spice tour on Zanzibar Island can be arranged ahead of time.

Day 22 TANZANIA
Arusha

Market shopping, Maasai Cultural Centre and Museum.

Day 23 TANZANIA
Guided game drives in Ngorongoro Crater- a perfectly intact valcanic caldera to spot the 'Big 5' and many more.

Days 24 TANZANIA
Visit to a Maasai village, Afternoon game drives in the Serengeti, camp in the centre of the park.

Day 25 TANZANIA
Morning game drives. Exit the Serengeti to camp in the Grumeti, near Ikoma Gate.

Optional:Evening game drives.

Day 26 TANZANIA
Mwanza, Lake Victoria.

Optionals Guided game walks in the Grumeti.

Day 27 TANZANIA
Village stop over.

Day 28 RWANDA
Kigali.

Day 29 RWANDA
Musanze.

Optionals: Banana beer making, basket weaving

Days 30- 31UGANDA
Kisoro and the Virungas

Optionals:Genocide Memorial and Museum, Mountain gorilla trek in either Parc National de Volcans (Rwanda) or Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda), golden monkey trek, visit to Dian Fossey's grave, orphanage and preschool visit, Batwa (Pygmy) village.

Day 32 UGANDA
Kabale.

Days 33 UGANDA
Mbarara, Equator stop and drum markets, Kampala.

Days 34- 36 UGANDA
Jinja and the While Nile and Bujagali Falls.

Optionals: White water rafting, village walks, bungee-jumping, kayaking, boat trips, voluntary work in a local school, quad biking, horse riding, kayaking.

Day 37 KENYA
Eldoret

Day 38 -39 KENYA
Nakuru, Guided game drives in Nakuru National Park

Days 40-41KENYA
Lake Naivasha

Optionals: Elsamere for afternoon tea, cycling in Hell's Gate National Park, guided walk to Green Crater Lake, hippo cruise.

Day 42- 43 KENYA
The Masai Mara, afternoon and morning game drives

Optionals: Maasai village visit, balloon safari.

Days 44 KENYA
Nairobi

Optionals: Night out at a Nairobi restaurant

Please note safari itineraries are given as a guide only. In particular this itinerary can vary from 43 to 45 days. A safari is a journey and true journeys in Africa unfold and are of an adventurous nature. The unexpected can arise, so do allow for this.

We have chosen this overland tour because this local partner has been in the overland industry for over 30 years. They only use qualified and passionate tour leaders with a big love for Africa and the love their job. They use good materials (truck, tents and cooking equipment) and they are NOT a big corporate company where you end up being a number instead of a person. They try to travel as sustainable as possible, how they will explain during your trip or read about it on our website.

African Travels, specialist in group tours to Africa
The founders of African Travels (born and raised in Africa) have worked on overland tours through the whole of Africa. With a background as tourleaders on African overland tours we give honest and independent advice. It matters to us that you are travelling with like minded people. A small group tour is more popular with the 40 crowd and a camping tour with 22 passengers is more popular with the 20-30 travellers, keen for a party. We only work together with our personal network who we built over the last 30 years.
We offer a price beat guarantee. Have you seen the same tour somewhere else cheaper? Let us know at the time of booking your tour and we give you the same rate. Only applicable at the time of confirmation. Due to the ever changing exchange rates we cannot adjust all our prices on a daily basis.

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