Gorillas & Southern Discoverer

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Africa conjures up images of magical animals, beautiful sunsets and wide open places, and this trip offers all this and so much more. Trek mountain gorillas in the misty rainforests of East Africa, explore culturally-rich Zanzibar, enjoy the hospitality of Malawi, and have adrenalin charged fun in the adventure playground of Victoria Falls. Then there are the famous game parks – the Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater and the Masai Mara, which are some of the best places in Africa to see a whole host of African animals.

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All about the Gorillas & Southern Discoverer.

This trip begins in Nairobi, Kenya and travels through Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia, before ending in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. This trip departs from Nairobi early on Sunday morning. Should you wish to explore Nairobi, ATC or your travel agent can assist you, in booking your activities as well as accommodation. However, costs due to earlier arrival, will be for your own account.

Trip Code: NV35
Departure Point: Nairobi, Wildebeest Eco Camp, 151 Mokoyeti Road West, Langata
Check-In: 8:45AM Departs: 9:30AM
Accommodation: Camping
Pre-Departure Meeting: 5:00PM the day before at the departure point

*All ATC trips include an arrival airport transfer & pre-night accommodation in a dorm room. Please notify us should you not be using these so we can plan accordingly. Should you choose not to make use of these, or in the event that ATC were not updated with your arrival details, no refund will be paid for services not used.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Masai Mara Reserve
  • Great Rift Valley
  • Kampala, Lake Bunyonyi
  • Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Lake Naivasha
  • Serengeti Excursion
  • Meserani Snake Park
  • Masai Cultural Museum
  • Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar Ferry
  • Zanzibar Excursion
  • Spice Tour, Sunset Dhow Cruise
  • Lake Malawi
  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Chobe National Park
  • Chobe overnight Safari & Entrance to Victoria Falls
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International flights
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Departure transfer
  • Visas
  • Meals unless otherwise stated
  • Travel Insurance
  • Laundry
  • Gorilla Permit
  • Transfer to gorilla trek
  • Personal Items
  • Sleeping bag & pillow
  • Tips & bottled water
  1. Days 1 - 3 Masai Mara National Reserve, Game Drives, Eldoret

    Leaving the hustle and bustle of Nairobi we climb the escarpment to our first stop, a viewpoint overlooking a section of 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, and continue our drive possibly getting a glimpse of some wildlife along the way.

  2. Days 4 - 10 Kampala, Lake Bunyonyi, Gorilla Trek*, Lake Bunyonyi, Kampala, Jinja, White Water Rafting*

    This morning, 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.

  3. Days 11 - 15 Nakuru, Lake Nakuru National Park, Game Drives, Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha, Arusha

    Departing early, we head back to Kenya, stopping for lunch and supplies en route. We overnight outside Nakuru at a lovely campsite on a local farm. Nakuru is Kenya’s 4th largest town and capital of the Rift Valley Province and lies adjacent to the small but wildlife rich Lake Nakuru National Park. Departing early, we head back to Kenya, stopping for lunch and supplies en route. We overnight outside Nakuru at a lovely campsite on a local farm. Nakuru is Kenya’s 4th largest town and capital of the Rift Valley Province and lies adjacent to the small but wildlife rich Lake Nakuru National Park. *EAMO Orphanage

  4. Days 16 - 23 Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater*, Arusha, Pangani, Dar es Salaam, Ferry to Zanzibar

    This morning we visit the Meserani Reptile Park and Masai Cultural Museum. A few minutes’ walk from the campsite is a gallery selling the bright and iconic Tinga Tinga paintings. Alternatively, the town of Arusha is nearby to explore. After enjoying lunch at our camp against the backdrop of Mount Meru we meet our Tanzanian guides and transfer into locally operated 4WD vehicles. These vehicles have been adapted for safari use and allow excellent viewing and photographic opportunities through the opening roof hatches.

  5. Days 13 - 16 Kasane, Chobe National Park, Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion, South Luangwa National Park, Livingstone, Lusaka

    Lake Naivasha, is 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. We spend the day 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.

  6. Days 24 - 31 Dar es Salaam, Iringa, Lake Malawi Beaches, South Luangwa National Park, Lusaka

    Leaving Zanzibar in the afternoon, we return to the mainland and another night in Dar es Salaam. Arrival back to camp is usually in the late afternoon, or early evening.

  7. Days 32 - 35 Livingstone, Kasane, Chobe National Park, Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion, Victoria Falls

    Heading further south, we journey through the southern Zambian towns mostly supporting local agriculture and farming on our way to Livingstone. The 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 an optional sunset dinner cruise on the mighty Zambezi.

Kenya

Upon entering this beautiful east African country, you may be greeted with the words of “jambo” (hello) or “hakuna matata” (no problem) by the friendly locals. With a population of nearly 42 million and land area of more than 580 000 sq km Kenya is home to an abundance of animals and colourful tribes people, making it the perfect getaway for a once in a lifetime safari.

Malawi

A variety of attractions can be found in this exquisite country such as, forest, mountains and many a rural village, but there is one major attraction – Lake Malawi. There are many small rustic resorts along this fresh water lake where you can kick back on the sand, and enjoy the perfect sunset over this lake. Malawi will offer you the perfect sub tropical climate, allowing you ample time to soak up the sun and work on that tan. Lilongwe is the largest city in Malawi, as well as the capital city. Malawi plays host to just over 12 million people, with English and Chichewa being the main languages.

Botswana

The size of this successful country can be compared to countries such as Kenya or France, and is fairly smaller than Texas. Botswana is a landlocked country with borders such as South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, which can all be crossed overland. For such a small country, it boasts an array of spectacular game viewing opportunities such as, hundreds of elephants splashing in the Chobe River as well as the Okavango Delta and its maze of lagoons.

Meals and menus vary as food is purchased en-route, and is subject to produce that is available seasonally in the areas we travel through. As we support the local communities along the way, fresh produce is mostly purchased direct from the producer or local grower and therefore has an organic appearance. Our safari cooks are able to offer a wide variety of menus with the ingredients available, even if the produce on offer is not of the same selection as what you may be used to back home.

The breakfast spread consists of bread (toast when time allows), spreads and cereals with a hot breakfast every few days. Lunches are mostly prepared en-route with a supply of ‘build your own’ sandwich ingredients available. Dinners are cooked in the evenings on arrival at the campsite. A wide array of dinner menus is on offer during your safari, consisting of curries, stews, pastas, BBQ’s and even roasts!

Our overland vehicles are custom built converted trucks that have seating space for our passengers and a storage area for luggage and all trip equipment. The trucks seat between 27-30 passengers on our camping trips. Most seats are forward facing, though some models have a combination of forward, backward and some inward facing seats with tables. Vehicles have sliding glass windows, and the seating area is raised providing a great advantage for game viewing and photography. Seats are cushioned and there is storage space for personal items like cameras, snacks and day packs in the seating area.

All of the tours operated by ATC are participation trips meaning that all passengers are expected to help out around camp. The crew members running the trip will set up a rota system that will be followed. One day you may be on cleaning duty, the next day you may be on cooking duty and so forth. This is not only to make the trip easier for all involved but also for you as the passengers to get to know one another while on trip.

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