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Zanzibar & Dar es Salaam to Gorillas - Itinerary

Zanzibar/Dar es Salaam to Gorillas - Itinerary

Day 1 -  Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar. We take the ferry to the Spice Island of Zanzibar.

Day 2 – 3  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.

Day 4  Return by the afternoon ferry to Dar es Salaam where we spend the night on a beach by the Indian Ocean

Day 5  We then travel north towards Arusha and camp on route at Pangani River.

Day 6  Skirting the base of snowy Mount Kilimanjaro to Arusha, Tanzania’s safari capital

Day 7 – 8  Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater  From Arusha 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

Day 9  Return to Arusha late in the day to Snake Park Camp site.

Day 10  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 11  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.

Day 12  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 13  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 14  We enter Uganda and head on via Jinja on Lake Victoria to Kampala. This capital city is bustling and friendly. A well run green fertile country.

Day 15 – 18  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 19  We return from the Mountain Gorillas to Kampala for the evening.

Day 20  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 21  Leaving Uganda, we head back into Kenya and Lake Nakuru

Day 22  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

Day 23  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 24  We return to Nairobi the end of our trip

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