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J'burg to Uganda Gorillas & Nairobi - Itinerary

DAY 1: Johannesburg to Nkambeni Camp
From Johannesburg we head towards the Lowveld and our camp situated within the border of the famous Kruger National Park. On our way we pass through the southern section of the picturesque Panorama Route – famous for its vistas. Our camp for the next two nights is a short drive from the Kruger Park Gate and has some interesting local residents -hippo, giraffe, zebra and impala.
Included: Kruger National Park night game drive

DAY 2: Nkambeni Camp
Today we explore Kruger. Covering 19 485 km2 - 60 km wide and over 350 km long, this conservation area has more than 146 mammals, 500 bird, 114 reptile, 33 amphibian & 49 fish species. 23 000 different types of plants have been recorded. We spend the day driving around the park keeping an eye out for these. There is the option of doing a night drive looking for a few of the nocturnal inhabitants or upgrading to a small vehicle for the game drive at an additional cost.
Included Activity: Game Drives

DAY 3: Nkambeni Camp to Polokwane
From the Lowveld and a long, scenic drive to Polokwane. Along the way we stop off at some of the best scenery in South Africa, including the ever striking Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window. Polokwane, capital of Limpopo. We set up our tents on the green grass of our campsite located outside of the city before enjoying a dip in the pool.
Included Activity: Blyde River Canyon

DAY 4: Blydepoort to Palapye
North to Botswana. Palapye is a popular stopover town for those en route to South Africa, great for stocking up

This country has spectacular game viewing, hundreds of elephants splashing in the Chobe River and the Okavango Delta and its maze of lagoons.

DAY 5: Palapye to Maun
Maun is the starting point for travel into the Delta to set off to the Okavango Delta. Tonight we prepare our provisions and packs for our overnight excursion. We suggest bringing along a smaller daypack on your trip as this can be used to pack the supplies needed for this short excursion.

Okavango Delta
The Delta is a huge expanse of water, which has travelled from the Angolan highlands, spreading out to form the largest inland delta in the world. The Delta has a variety of bird life and animals which unique to this wetland. Have your camera as you get guided through the dozens of mazes. The Okavango Delta is a bird lover’s paradise enjoyed by all, best explored by foot and mokoro. With over 400 species of birds, 70 species of fish and an abundance of wildlife, your experience in the delta will leave you wanting to explore the whole of Africa.

DAY 6: Maun to Okavango Delta Here can take the included overnight excursion into the Delta. After an early rise, we pack and drive north for a couple of hours to reach the mokoro poler station. The Delta region is studded with many local villages where many families live traditionally. The villages are remote, reached only by dugout canoes At the Mokoro station we meet our polers and head out into the waterways to our tented camp by the waters.

Relax in the tent with a cold drink or take a paddle in the Delta in a canoe. The activities at the camp include Mokoro trails and guided walking.
Included Activity: Overnight Delta excursion

DAY 7: Okavango Delta to Maun
Back to Maun. After our Mokoro ride and vehicle transfer, we arrive back around lunch time and have the chance to complete our picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional scenic flight over The Delta (dependent on weather conditions & availability).

DAY 8: Maun to Nata Region
We leave this beautiful part of Botswana behind us this morning as we depart to Elephant Sands. Once we have arrived at our campsite you can game drive or a bushwalk. 
Optional Activity: Game Drive / Bush Walk

DAY 9: Nata Region to Chobe National Park
North to the town of Kasane to camp on the banks of the Chobe River. The Chobe River is the  border between Botswana and Namibia and Zambia; the main water source to the Chobe National Park. Elephant, hippo and many bird fly by the campsite.
Included Activity: Boat cruise on the Chobe River

The word Zimbabwe is believed to have two meanings, 1) it is believed the word Zimbabwe and means “large house of stone” in the Shona (Karanga Dialect) language

DAY 10: Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
This morning we continue to the border of Zimbabwe and then a short drive to Victoria Falls Town. Named after the famous World Heritage site and Water Falls on the Zambezi River by tVictoria Falls National Park. Our campsite is in the centre of town, just walking distance of the adventure booking agents, restaurants and shops.

A down the main road takes you to the entry point to view the falls, between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), named by David Livingstone, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high, this is the world's largest sheet of falling water, quite a site. An afternoon is spent relaxing at the campsite, viewing the Victoria Falls.
Included Activity: Entrance to Victoria Falls

Day 11 – 12  We stay beside Victoria Falls in Victoria Falls town, there is a lot to see and do. Adventure activities abound - you can bungee jump, white water raft, and go game-viewing on horseback or walking with lions. More sedate excursions include canoeing, light aircraft or helicopter flights over the Falls and the sunset cruise on the Zambezi. Though the Falls themselves are the main attraction, you can walk in the rain forest along the cliff opposite for an excellent view.

Day 13  Westwards, leaving Zimbabwe to Botswana to the small town of Kasane and Chobe National Park. In Chobe National Park you can take an optional overnight game drive; a wild experience - excellent game viewing is a must.

Day 14  We cross the Zambezi River by ferry into Zambia to Livingstone where we arrive at mighty Victoria Falls

Day 15  We head north through sugar plantations to the capital Lusaka and onwards to shop and camp.

Day 16  Along the Great East Road to Chipata, a full day’s drive and South Luangwa National Park is well worth the visit. Recent trips have seen:- wild dogs, leopards, lions, and buffalo. We camp just beside the park and you can game drive into the park.

Day 17  Game driving in South Luangwa Valley Park. Leaving the park we head back to Chipata. Mamarula’s Camp is where we spend the night before heading into Malawi
Included Activity: Entrance to South Luangwa National Park 

Day 18 - 20 We cross into Malawi with a stunning drive to Lake Malawi, past the lake shore to Kande Beach Resort. Kande Beach Resort A full day on the beach to do as little or as much as you want. Loads of things to do - scuba diving, horse riding, canoeing, sailing, snorkelling. A short drive up the lakeshore to Chitimba Beach, on the base of Livingstonia Escarpment.

 Day 21  An early start in order to get to the border with Tanzania and head up to Iringa and the Farmhouse Campsite.

Day 22  The highway takes us through Mikumi National Park, famous for its pygmy elephants, and buffalo beside the main road. The day ends at either Mikumi or Dar es Salaam on a beach with the Indian Ocean lapping the shore.

Day 23 – 25  Ferry to the Spice Island of Zanzibar. First stop in Stone Town or Zanzibar City, then make your way across the island to Nungwe village on the northern Beaches – a tropical island at its best. If you decide not to go to Zanzibar, the campsite at Mikadi Beach is an ideal place to have a few lazy days.
Included Activity: Ferry to the Spice Island of Zanzibar 

Day 26  Return by the afternoon ferry to Dar es Salaam where we spend the night on a beach by the Indian Ocean

Day 27  We travel north towards Arusha and camp on route at Pangani River.

Day 28  Skirting the base of snowy Mount Kilimanjaro to Arusha, Tanzania’s safari capital

Day 29 – 30  Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater In Arusha you can take atrip to the Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater. The trip is camping, away for three days and two nights. Either one or two of these nights will be inside the park in the parks amidst the animals. If you choose not to visit the park you can wander the markets in Arusha town. 
Included Activity:
Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater 

Day 31  Return to Arusha late in the day to Snake Park Camp site.

Day 32 From Arusha we head north across Masai country to Namanga; the border of Kenya, and across the plains to Nairobi. Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre and see the baby elephants at Sheldrick's Elephant sanctuary.

Day 33 Leaving Nairobi we stop at the Rift Valley scenic lookout its 8,000 feet high and overlooks Mount Longonot and Lake Naivasha.  We head south to Narok and on to Masai Mara National Reserve; camping on the edge of the park.

We head south to Narok and on to Masai Mara National Reserve; camping on the edge of the park. The sweeping plains evoke a picture of East Africa that most people hold in their minds and are rarely disappointed when confronted with the real thing. Great game viewing is assured all year round. The Mara offers us everything, amazing scenery and abundant wildlife including the big five.
Included Activity: Masai Mara

Day 34  The sweeping plains evoke a picture of East Africa that most people hold in their minds and are rarely disappointed when confronted with the real thing. Great game viewing is assured all year round. The Mara offers us everything, amazing scenery and abundant wildlife including the big five.

An early start, we cross the Ugandan border. The scenery changes to tropical rain forests and tea and sugar plantations. On route to Jinja or Kampala city, our overnights stop.

Day 35  We pass from the dramatic landscape of the Rift Valley to the highlands and spend our first night on the highland route to El Doret.

Day 36  We enter Uganda and head on via Jinja on Lake Victoria to Kampala. This capital city is bustling and friendly. A well run green and fertile country.

Day 37 – 40  Stopping for photos as we cross the equator, we continue southwest to Kabale town; gateway to the Mountain Gorilla Reserves.

Climbing through lush terraced hills to Kisoro, there are panoramic views of the Ugandan hills on every turn. From the road we have outlooks over three countries - Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda; and the Virunga Mountains - Mountains of the Moon, the home of the rare Mountain Gorillas, an optional side trip.

As the groups going to the gorillas are small it takes a couple of days for everyone to do the trek. Whilst others are searching for the great apes, you can take in the local markets; walk to the nearby mountain lakes or go to Magahinga National park for a day hike up a volcano or a guided nature trail. We normally visit the gorillas in Uganda, but depending on conditions may see them in Rwanda.

Day 41  We return from the Mountain Gorillas to Kampala for the evening.

Day 42  From Kampala to Jinja - Crossing the Owen Falls dam we arrive at Jinja on the shores of Lake Victoria. Our campsite for the next few days above Bujagali Falls is a welcome break from travelling; we can have a lazy afternoon to put up our tents on the grassy terraces overlooking the Nile River. - You can spend an action-filled day white water rafting down the Nile. As well as grade 5 rapids this river has a lot of bird and wildlife to view while drifting between the rapids. The rafting is rounded off with a sunset BBQ and drinks, then back to camp to re-live it on video. There are no shortages of other activities in Jinja; quad biking, bungee jump, fish on Lake Victoria, take a guided village walk or give up a day of your holiday to volunteer for the local community education project.

Day 43  Leaving Uganda, we head back into Kenya and Lake Nakuru

Day 44  A visit to Lake Nakuru, viewing game in a park; famous for its soda lake surrounded by thousands, sometimes millions of pink flamingos. The park is home to over 400 species of bird, and we should spot leopard or black and white rhino among the zebra, waterbuck, impala, giraffe and tree climbing lions. Leaving the park we cross the Rift Valley to camp on Lake Naivasha
Included Activity: Lake Nakuru National Park

Day 45  To Naivasha, we camp beside the lake. Close by is Hell's Gate National Park where you can hire bikes to take you around the park and see the herds of zebra, buffalo and antelope. You can also wander in the predator free reserve amongst African game. There is spectacular scenery here; red cliffs, grassy plains and rock towers made of hardened lava and the remains of ancient volcanoes. Also on the lake is Elsamere; once the home of Joy Adamson and Elsa the lion of 'Born Free' fame. Elsamere is now the centre of the Born Free Foundation and you can find out more about their work and take afternoon tea in the gardens. Lake Naivasha, camping under the fever trees on the shore of Lake Naivasha, with hippos grazing on the shore in the evening

Day 46  We return to Nairobi, the end of our trip. Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre and see the baby elephants at Sheldrick's Elephant sanctuary.

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