Grand Africa Safari

Nairobi to Johannesburg

       

Grand Africa Safari

Safari Quick Facts

Safari Price: US$ 5,355 Email: Bookings & Enquiries Email

Safari Starts: Nairobi

Safari Ends: Johannesburg Number of Days: 56
Countries visited: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa
Click here for Departure Dates Vehicles, Guides & Equipment Booking Code: AF2308

Safari Price Includes:

Fully Escorted Tour
Tour Leader and Driver
All Activities
Sightseeing
Entrance Fees as Per Itinerary
All Meals Whilst Camping
National Parks and Reserve Entrance Fees
All Tolls and Taxes
Zanzibar accommodation and return Ferry
Dhow Safari to Bazaruto Archipelago

Safari Price Excludes:

All optional excursions
Visas
Meals unless otherwise stated in the itinerary.

Grand Africa Safari

A grand tour of the amazing sights and cultural diversity of Africa. From relaxed tropical atmosphere to the best game viewing you’ll find, camping, trekking, idyllic beaches, coral reefs, adventure, cruising and teeming wildlife are all on offer. Look for the elusive mountain gorillas in Uganda, shop in the bazaars of spicy Zanzibar and dive or snorkel in the Bazaruto Archipelago – Mozambique’s close kept secret. Your senses will be on full alert and there will be plenty to remember and relate.

Grand Africa Safari Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Lake Nakuru    

We depart Nairobi at 7.00am to Lake Nakuru National Park. This journey goes via the Masai escarpment, which provides spectacular views of the Great Rift Valley. Lake Nakuru National Park is famous for its large population of pink flamingos, which featured in the movie "Out of Africa". Aside from flamingos, Lake Nakuru boasts a sizeable population of rhinos, both black and white. The more sociable white rhino is a common sight seen grazing on the open plains. However, its less sociable cousin, the black rhino, often remains hidden in the dense bush. Although not native to this park they were introduced here because the park offered good security from poachers, and they are being used in a breeding program to maintain and improve the rhino population and gene pool. This park also has lion, leopard, buffalo, plains game (gazelle, antelope, and giraffe) and a large diverse bird population, which was the original reason the park was established. We camp in the Park, which gives us the thrill of hearing the night sounds of some of Africa’s famous wild beasts.


Day 2: Eldoret Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will spend a relaxed morning at Lake Nakuru before driving across the equator to Eldoret. When crossing the equator today there will be opportunity for photography. Eldoret is the 5th largest city in Kenya and is currently the fastest growing. The Great Rift Valley is still the dominant geographical feature of this region and the altitude at Eldoret is 2100 meters above sea level.


Day 3: Jinja Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving Eldoret we head for Uganda and our base at Jinja on the banks of the Nile River. Jinja is Uganda’s second largest city and is famous as the point where the Nile (officially the Victoria Nile) flows out of Lake Victoria and begins the 6695 kilometer journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean.


Day 4:

Jinja

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Two days of relaxation or the chance to enjoy the optional excursion of white water rafting on the Nile River, quad biking or volunteer at the Soft Power Education Project. There are some excellent walks either by the Nile or in the local villages


Day 5:

Jinja

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 6: Bunyoni Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Kampala we head out to the western part of the country where we see the gorillas. We set up camp at Lake Bunyoni and use this as a base for the gorilla visits. Lake Bunyoni is a great place to spend a few days swimming, walking, canoeing (in traditional dug out canoes, not as easy as it looks!) whilst looking forward to your trip to the gorillas or reflecting on the time you have spent with them. The fact that permits to see the gorillas are restricted can mean that it will take a few days for everyone with permits to see them.


Day 7:

Gorilla Trekking

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From our base at Lake Bunyoni, passengers wishing to trek the Mountain Gorillas will transfer by small vehicle/minibus to the relevant national park. Please note that the transfers are not included in your gorilla permit or tour cost (cost U$50-100). Depending on the location of the trek, additional visas may also be required.
Gorilla permits allow visitors to spend up to one hour with a family of gorillas each day. In order to safeguard the gorillas, only 6-8 people may visit each day. In the interests of the gorillas, people with colds, flu or other contagious diseases will not be permitted to trek.
Gorilla trekking may be very strenuous and walking boots are recommended. The area is often shrouded in mist and frequent downpours are common at all times of year. A waterproof jacket can be very useful. Accompanied by your guides and trackers you will follow simple pathways into the cloud forest. The terrain is hilly and can be muddy and slippery, however the views of the Virunga mountain range are spectacular and more than make up for the tough inclines. As you walk, you may see signs and tracks of other animals as well as enjoying bird, monkey and insect sounds of the jungle.
Following their spore and night nests, your guides will lead you to the gorilla group. Some gorilla groups may be a 5 hour walk away from base camp, whilst other groups can be located within an hour. It is difficult to predict where the gorilla group might be and this adds to the excitement and unpredictability of the trek.
After encountering a gorilla family your guides will settle you down and enable you to watch the group interactions. Visitors are not allowed to get closer than 5 meters to the gorillas, but sometimes the gorillas themselves forget this and come very close indeed! Family groups are generally made up of several females, their playful young and one or two mature silverbacks. Young gorillas are extremely entertaining and enjoy showing off their climbing, tumbling and play-fighting antics. Mothers watch on and silverbacks generally maintain a respectful distance whilst keeping a protective eye on their family. Depending on their daily pattern, gorillas may be encountered resting in a sunny or shady spot or on the move as they travel from one feeding patch to another. Whatever else they are doing, gorillas are usually also eating and it is fascinating to watch them in the giant salad bowls which make up their habitat.
Photographing gorillas is allowed, but flash photography is prohibited. Anyone wishing to use a video camera must pay for a special permit. After your time with the gorilla group you will return to base camp and then rejoin the truck at Lake Bunyoni.
For up to date information regarding securing a permit and the current prices please contact your nearest Kumuka office.
Those who opt not to partake in the Gorilla trek will be based at Lake Bunyoni where, as noted on day 6 there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. As well as swimming, walking and canoeing there are village and craft centre tours available, visits to the nearby Pygmy Island, and bird watching, time to soak up the sites and sounds of Uganda.


Day 8: Gorilla Trekking Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 9: Gorilla Trekking Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 10:

Bunyoni to Kampala

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After enjoying peaceful Lake Bunyoni, we begin our drive back to Kampala. We cross the Equator for the second time and arrive in Kampala for a two night stay.


Day 11: Bunyoni to Kampala Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 12: Naivasha Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We spend the next two days travelling through Uganda back to the Kenya border and towards Lake Naivasha which was briefly Kenya’s airport as flying boats from southern Africa stopped to refuel on their way north.


Day 13: Naivasha Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 14:

Lake Naivasha

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Here you may farewell some of your group who will be returning to Nairobi to end their journey. There will, however, be new faces and possibly a changeover of crew and truck to continue on to Victoria Falls.

For those of you continuing on, Lake Naivasha offers lots of optional excursions you can enjoy. You may wish to visit Elsamere, named after the lioness in "Born Free". This was the home of Joy Adamson who, along with her husband George, was the inspiration for the movie "Born Free".

You also have the option of going trekking or cycling in Hells Gate National Park, one of the few parks in Africa where it is possible to do walking safaris – this is an optional excursion and as such you will not be accompanied by your tour leader.

For the less energetic, Crescent Island (actually the rim of an old crater still attached to the mainland) is a much more leisurely walk and you are almost certain to come within meters of giraffe, wildebeest and several species of gazelle.


Day 15:

Lake Naivasha

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 16:

Lake Naivasha

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 17:

Masai Mara

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Lake Naivasha we head into the Masai Mara, one of Africa’s premier game parks. The Masai Mara has large herds of plains game (gazelle, antelope, and giraffe) which in turn attract large numbers of carnivores (lion, cheetah, hyena and the ever elusive leopard). In the Masai Mara we do two game drives, one evening drive and one early the following morning. In most national parks it is forbidden to drive at night so all game viewing is done as early and as late as possible to get the best conditions. Looking for game in a National park is not always easy. This is one of the advantages of using a truck, which gives us superior height, making it easier to see over the surrounding terrain.


Day 18:

Nairobi

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From the Masai Mara we pass back through Nairobi for an overnight stop.


Day 19:

Arusha

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We depart Nairobi and enter Tanzania and the town of Arusha. Our route to Arusha takes us through more Masai tribal lands and along the western slope of Mt Meru. On this route it is also possible to see Mt Kilimanjaro. Be warned, Kilimanjaro is regularly covered by cloud.
Arusha is situated on the southern slopes of Mt Meru and was originally a coffee town. Safaris have now taken over as the town’s big earner. We will camp in Arusha for the night to prepare for our 4 day excursion off the truck into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.
NOTE: PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CHARGE YOUR CAMERA BATTERIES TONIGHT AS THERE WILL NOT BE FACILITIES TO DO THIS OVER THE NEXT 3 NIGHTS.


Day 20:

Arusha to Serengeti National Park

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early this morning you will be collected from the campsite by our local operator to begin the 4 day excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. You will need to take any personal items you require with you as the truck stays behind in Arusha.
Leaving Arusha behind us, you will journey through the Tanzanian countryside to the Serengeti National Park, crossing vast plains in search of the Big 5 on our way to our bushcamp in the heart of the National Park where we will spend two nights listening to the sounds of Africa.


Day 21:

Serengeti National Park

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti National park. Expect an early rise in the mornings which give us the best opportunity to view game as they start their day, an unforgettable experience to watch Africa wake up! Afternoon game drives offer their own beauty and give you some amazing photo opportunities.


Day 22: Ngorongoro Crater Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

One last early morning game drive in the Serengeti before returning to camp for brunch after which you will head for the Ngorongoro Crater escarpment where you will set up camp and prepare for an early start tomorrow morning.


Day 23: Arusha Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We descend onto the Crater floor for an early morning game drive in one of the most stunning natural wonders of the world. At 19Kms across and 600m deep this is the 5th largest crater in the world. It is a world heritage site and boasts a unique ecosystem. The crater itself reflects a mini rift valley. It has a soda lake with flamingos, fresh water, open plains, and a forest area. There is a high concentration of animals here, and it is also a home to a small population of black rhino. We spend around 4½ hours game driving around the crater.
After the excitement of the morning, settle back for the drive to Arusha where you will meet up with the truck and prepare for some well earned R&R on Zanzibar over the coming days.


Day 24: Dar es Salaam Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Arusha our journey takes us to Dar es Salaam (Swahili for "haven of peace") on the Indian Ocean. The trip will either be one big day on the truck or broken down into 2 shorter drives. Whichever way it is done, we get another chance to see Kilimanjaro and will also see a changing landscape en-route to the coast.


Day 25:

Zanzibar

Hostel  

We travel to Zanzibar by ferry from Dar es Salaam and this journey can take up to 3 or 4 hours. Conditions are usually smooth but beware the occasional day with rolling seas.
Zanzibar is known as the Spice Island, which comes from the many different spices that were grown there by the original Omani settlers. A lot of spices are still grown on the island and make up a large part of the economy of the island. The island does have a more sordid past in that it was once a major slave trading port; and it is still possible to visit the site of the old slave trading markets. The town centre still shows a lot of its Arabic origins in its architecture. It’s fascinating to walk around the labyrinth of old buildings and walled streets. For the beach lovers you can go out of the town and spend some relaxing time on the isolated beaches. There are spice tours that take in all manners of exotic fruits and spices and you can sample many of the tastes and smells first hand. Just off the coast of the old town is Prison Island, where there is a population of giant land tortoises who are happy to share their stretch of beach. We will spend 4 days on the island, generally split between 1 night in Stone Town and 3 nights on the Coast where accommodation with breakfast is included however all other meals will be at your own expense during this time.
We recommend that you budget around U$200-$300 for your stay on Zanzibar to cover food, transport around the island, optional tours, accommodation upgrades, drinks and souvenirs. Please note that this is a recommendation only as different passengers have widely differing spending patterns.


Day 26:

Zanzibar

Hostel  

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Day 27:

Zanzibar

Hostel  

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Day 28:

Zanzibar

Hostel  

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Day 29: Dar es Salaam Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today the group will travel by ferry back to Dar es Salaam and rejoin the truck which will transfer you to the campsite on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam.


Day 30: Iringa Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Dar es Salaam we cross southern Tanzania into Malawi. The route takes us through the Mikumi National Park. This is not an excursion, but, fortunately for us, the road actually passes right through the centre of the park, and it is possible to see numbers of giraffe, antelope and elephants. It is interesting to note that these elephants are very small in stature, which is attributed to the decimation of their gene pool due to poaching


Day 31:

Lake Malawi Beaches

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Malawi is a small country in central southern Africa and is dominated by water and mountainous regions. More than 30% of the country’s landmass comprises of Lake Malawi. On our trip through Malawi we visit a number of the small bays along the lakeshore. Snorkelling and diving are available or people can just swim and laze about on the beaches. There is also ample time to visit local villages and the local markets which abound with woodcarvings, the most famous of these being large carved chairs. These chairs have proved very popular with our clients over the years, only to become a problematic purchase when the time comes to send such a large object home.


Day 32:

Lake Malawi Beaches

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 33:

Lake Malawi Beaches

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 34:

Lake Malawi Beaches

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 35:

Lake Malawi Beaches

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 36: Chipata Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving the beautiful beaches of Malawi behind we will head towards the Zambia border camping for the night before crossing into Zambia tomorrow. This is a driving day with no activities planned.


Day 37: Livingstone Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This period is spent travelling to Livingstone, stopping off in Lusaka, Zambia, en-route.
Livingstone is a small town on the Zambian side and not surprisingly was named after David Livingstone, the man who discovered Victoria Falls, known locally as "Mosi oa Tunya", "the smoke that thunders", is one of the world’s natural wonders, though they are neither the highest nor the widest of the world’s waterfalls. They do, however, create a visual spectacle as they cut a massive gorge in the earth and crash 111 meters to the river below. This gorge actually forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia and the initial part of our stay we spend on the Zambian side.


Day 38: Livingstone Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 39:

Livingstone

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is yours free to partake in many of the activities available from the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. It is highly recommended that you take the time to view the "Falls" from this side of the border to gain a different perspective


Day 40: Victoria Falls Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today the truck will cross into Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls where we will be based for the next few days.


Day 41: Victoria Falls Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Time at leisure to enjoy the many activities available including the option to do an evening river cruise on the Upper (above the falls) Zambezi River, which takes about 3 hrs with drinks included.
On the Zimbabwe side there are a wide variety of optional activities, the most famous being White Water rafting on the Lower Zambezi. This excursion takes a full day and has 14 plus rapids none below grade 4 (rapids are graded from 1 to 6). Please note that at certain times of the year the rafting may be restricted or even closed due to high water levels (March – May). Bungy jumping is also an option for all those who wish to throw themselves 111 meters head first off a perfectly good bridge. Another optional activity is Jet Boating, imported and improved on from New Zealand. Various flights are on offer, including light fixed wing aircraft, helicopter, microlight and ultralight, all offering wonderful viewing of the falls. As well as these, there is horse riding, elephant riding and canoeing, not to mention a walk to the falls themselves. Videos and still photographs are available for purchase of most activities, and are a great reminder of your adrenaline filled visit to the mighty Victoria Falls and Zambezi River
At Victoria Falls some members of the group may be transferring to other tours. There may also be new members joining and a change of truck/crew for the last weeks of the tour to Johannesburg.
NB Please note that entrance (approximately 20 USD) to Mosi oa Tunya (Victoria Falls) National Park is not included in your tour price.


Day 42: Victoria Falls Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 43:

Bulawayo

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Departing from the adrenaline capital of Africa, Victoria Falls, we head towards Zimbabwe’s second largest city of Bulawayo where, depending on the time we arrive we may have a chance for craft shopping before we set up camp. There’s more game watching in Matopos National Park, home to a large population of white rhino and the site of Cecil Rhodes grave.


Day 44:

Bulawayo

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 45: Gweru Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We then head to the Antelope Park where you will have the rare opportunity to take a walk with some lion cubs, go horse riding, take a boat cruise, or even ride and swim with an African elephant.


Day 46: Gweru Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 47: Lake Chicamba And Vilanculos Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Heading westward across Zimbabwe to exit the country near Mutare we camp on the shores of picturesque Lake Chicamba en route to Mozambique, before arriving at the beautiful coastline of Vilanculos.


Day 48: Lake Chicamba And Vilanculos Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 49: Vilanculos Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

For the next two days we will be based in Vilanculos in order to enjoy a Dhow safari to the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago – classed as a World Heritage Site for its outstanding natural beauty. Other activities to enjoy are horse riding along the beaches or interacting with the locals whilst visiting some of the volunteer and community projects in the area.


Day 50:

Vilanculos

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 51:

Inhambane And Ponta De Barra

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Next we head further south down the palm-fringed coast to Inhambane – a small town with a colourful market and friendly atmosphere. We camp at the idyllic Ponta De Barra for a couple of nights and enjoy relaxing on the beach, or walking along the peninsular where there are more opportunities for snorkelling or scuba diving, whale watching or quad biking.


Day 52:

Inhambane And Ponta De Barra

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 53:

Inhambane And Ponta De Barra

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 54: Kruger National Park And Johannesburg Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our last stop in Mozambique is in the lively capital city of Maputo with its wide tree lined streets and colonial architecture. We overnight in Maputo. Leaving Mozambique we drive into South Africa and the world-renowned Kruger National Park, home to a staggering amount of wildlife and birds. We camp for the night within the park and on our final morning take an early game drive when the animals are at their most active.

We end this trip on the last day in the cosmopolitan city of Johannesburg; we will arrive into Johannesburg between 5-6 p.m. NO accommodation included on Day 56


Day 55: Kruger National Park And Johannesburg Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 56: Kruger National Park And Johannesburg    

We end this trip on the last day in the cosmopolitan city of Johannesburg; we will arrive into Johannesburg between 5-6 p.m. NO accommodation included on Day 56

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