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  • Enjoying a picnic lunch from the truck
  • The wildebeest migrtation between the Masai Mara and Serengeti National Park
  • Smiling for the camera on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
  • Sunset over the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
  • The slavery memorial on Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
  • A gorilla in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Uganda
  • At the equator in Uganda
Route:
Nairobi to Stone Town
Days:
22
Style: Worldwide Adventures
Code: AFSG
From:

US$3,535

+ local payment of US$1,520.00

An extensive journey through east Africa, head straight to Rwanda to learn about the country’s recent history and the lengths it has gone to to implement change. From Uganda, spend an hour with the endangered mountain gorillas and relax on the banks of the River Nile in Jinja. In Kenya, enjoy safari drives through the famous Masai Mara and in Tanzania, after more safaris and wildlife viewing opportunities, sink your feet into the sand on Zanzibar Island.

About this tour

  • Type of Travel: Overland Truck
  • Group Size: Average 16-20. Maximum 34.
  • Recommended Age: 18-65
  • Physical Rating: Africa3
  • Country: Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania

Please note:  This tour operates to a slightly different itinerary for departures before the 2nd February 2018. Please speak to your Adventure Specialist for more details. 

What you need to know

  • We will try to run your tour as close to the itinerary as conditions will allow. On very rare occasions, local events may affect the way your itinerary operates. We ask for your flexibility and understanding in these situations.
  • Your Gorilla Trek and Permit is included in the cost of the tour. The Gorilla Trek is extremely popular so we recommend booking this tour at least three months in advance.
  • If you visit the Masai Mara and Serengeti between July - September you may witness the great Wildebeest Migration as they cross the Mara River. Please note that the migration is dependant on weather and vegetation requirements for the animals.
  • The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. You will meet your Tour Leader at 18.00 for the pre-departure meeting. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.
  • A yellow fever vaccination is required if you are travelling to/from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission in Africa; this includes transiting through a yellow fever risk country. The majority of our tours in Africa aside from Morocco, require a yellow fever certificate therefore we highly recommend that you obtain this prior to travel. Please make sure that on arrival you have a valid yellow fever certificate ready for inspection by local customs or health authorities, otherwise you could be refused entry or quarantined

Itinerary

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Day 1 to 1 - Arrive Nairobi

Many travellers use Nairobi as a stop off point on their way to other parts of Eastern Africa, but there are many activities in the city that may appeal such as visiting orphaned baby elephants or the giraffe centre where endangered Rothschild giraffes are protected and bred.

Optional Excursions

Giraffe centre- KES1000pp (excluding transportation), The Flip Flop Recycling Company – free (excluding transportation) • Karen Blixen Museum, coffee garden & cottages – KES2000 and free entrance to the bar (excluding transportation). • David Sheldick Elephant Centre - KES500 (excluding transportation). Only open 11am -12am when feeding.

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Kenya Comfort Hotel or similar

Day 2 to 2 - Kigali

After breakfast this morning we transfer to Nairobi Airport to take our flight to Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. Kigali is the largest city of Rwanda, and is a large cultural and commercial hub.

Kigali has had a turbulent past and was the scene of the Rwandan Genocide which you will learn more about tomorrow. In the recent years, it has transformed and is now one of the most attractive cities in Africa with pretty boulevards, tasty restaurants and a lively atmosphere. On arrival the rest of your afternoon / evening is free to relax.

Please note: For tours departing on the 23rd December from Nairobi there will be an itinerary change due to restricted opening times of the Rwandan Genocide Museum. This museum will be closed for the full day on 25th December and will operate limited opening times on 24th December, therefore it may not be possible to include the visit on this departure date. Tucan Travel will try to arrange a suitable time for this excursion, however please note that this cannot yet be guaranteed.

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Step Town or similar

Meals

1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

Day 3 to 3 - Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast you will be collected from your hotel and taken on a private guided tour to visit the Nyamata Church Genocide Memorial, Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre & Hôtel des Milles Collines (Hotel Rwanda), where you will learn about the recent history of Rwandan Genocide and the mass execution of the Tutsi population.

We will make a brief stop for lunch before leaving the capital. We will pass through lush countryside, and rolling plantations, seeing many locals go about their daily lives before crossing the border into Uganda,our third country in as many days, where you will then be transferred to Lake Bunyonyi, arriving late afternoon

Lake Bunyonyi is our base for the next few days and will be the start point for our excursion to see endangered mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. There are believed to be less than 800 mountain gorillas remaining in the world, and about half of that population live in this forest. To watch them in their natural habitat is a heart-stirring experience.

Please note: A yellow fever vaccination is required for those travelling between Uganda and Rwanda from all countries. Those travelling without a valid yellow fever certificate will have to pay $40 for a vaccination on arrival.

Approximate Travel Time: Four hours depending on the border

Included Excursions

Visits to Rwanda Genocide memorials and Hôtel des Milles Collines (Hotel Rwanda)

Accommodation

1 night(s) in tented camps at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort or similar

Meals

1 Local Breakfast(s)

Day 4 to 4 - Lake Bunyonyi (Gorilla Trek)

Today can be quite a long day so make sure you pack enough water in your day bag to keep hydrated on your trek. To reach the trekking start point, we will be picked up early in the morning to head for the national park. Expect to trek for up to eight hours today as specialist guides go ahead of you, early in the morning and track the gorilla spoor and look for signs of the gorillas last movements. The distance you trek is unpredictable and varies depending on how active the gorillas are. Some will not move far from where the trackers left them the day before while others will travel long distances in the search for food.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a series of rolling hills with heavy foliage and trekking to the gorillas can often involve steep uphill or downhill climbs, sometimes on uneven and wet terrain. Hiking boots are important and you can rent walking sticks at an extra cost to stabilise your feet. The altitude in the forest is varied, with the highest point being 2607m above sea level and 60% of it being over 2000m. With this in mind, you might find hiking through the terrain slightly more difficult than at sea level. Your guides will keep you give you a detailed safety briefing before you depart on the hike and will reiterate key points shortly before getting close to the gorillas.

Your time with the gorillas is restricted to one hour. This is to safeguard the gorilla families and prevent excessive human contact. You can admire the animals and take photos so make sure your batteries are charged and your memory cards empty. Once your hour is up, you will begin the climb out of the forest. Your guides will take you to the nearest road where a 4WD should be waiting to take you back to camp.

Included Excursions

Guided Gorilla Trek (including permit)

Accommodation

1 night(s) in tented camps at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast Box

Day 5 to 5 - Lake Bunyonyi

Today you will have a free morning to relax and recuperate after your trek. Alternatively if you wish to explore the area a little more, then you can opt to visit some of the locals in nearby villages, take a swim in the lake or walk up to some of the amazing viewpoints which overlook the lake.

Lake Bunyonyi is around 29 kilometres long and 7 kilometres wide, dotted by 29 islands. Look out for Uganda's national bird, the crested crane, among the 200 other bird species in the area.

In the afternoon we will board our dugout canoes and cross the lake to head to the Batwa pygmy village and school. The school was set up by an ex tour leader with the assistance of two passengers to help the local community and pygmy children integrate into Ugandan society. The cost of this included excursion goes directly to the school and donations of school supplies are always welcome. After visiting the village we will take the canoes to another island to enjoy a delicious buffet dinner before arriving back at our resort later that evening.

Included Excursions

Boat trip on Lake Bunyonyi & visit to a Pygmy Village

Optional Excursions

Guided visit to meet locals and participate in local customs – US$5

Accommodation

1 night(s) in tented camps at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort or similar

Meals

1 Local Breakfast(s), 1 Local Dinner(s)

Day 6 to 6 - Kampala

After experiencing the beautiful scenery, spectacular wildlife and welcoming local communities of Lake Bunyonyi, we will be transported to meet our custom built overland expedition vehicle in the town of Kabale. From here we will make our way to Uganda’s capital, Kampala. En route to Kampala we will be passing townships and local markets and will also make a stop at the equator to get that all essential picture of you with one foot in the Southern and one foot in the Northern Hemisphere! The equator has some of the best opportunities to purchase souvenirs in all of east Africa.

Approximate Travel Time: 11 hours to Kampala with stops for lunch and at the equator.

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Red Chilli Hideaway or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch(es)

Day 7 to 8 - Jinja

After breakfast we head to Uganda’s National Museum in Kampala to learn about the cultural heritage of Uganda before making our way towards the source of the mighty Nile River.

Jinja is known for being the adventure sports hub of Uganda and offers world-class white water rafting on the Nile River as well as quad biking and mountain biking. There is plenty to entertain you in this buzzing town!!

For those who want a more relaxing experience you will have the opportunity to relax in tranquil surroundings, go for a refreshing swim in the Nile, or perhaps take a walk through the local villages or visit the markets depending on the day of the week.

Approximate Travel Time: 2-3 hours depending on traffic.

Optional Excursions

White water rafting grade 3 & 5 Half day/full day – from US$115 • Kayaking from US$85 • Tandem kayaking – US$140 • River boarding – US$140 • Mountain Biking hire – from US$15 • Guided tours – from US$30 • Sunrise and sunset yoga by the River Nile – US$5 • Fishing - from US$80

Accommodation

2 night(s) in tented camps at Nile River Explorers or similar

Meals

2 Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch(es)

Day 9 to 10 - Naivasha

Today we head to Lake Naivasha where we will spend two nights. Here you will have a full free day to explore the area and chose from many of the optional activities on offer .

Explore the nearby Hell's Gate National Park on foot or by bicycle on a half day tour. With no predators present this is one of the few parks in Africa where you can enter on foot and walk beside wildlife such as giraffe, zebra, gazelle and warthogs to mention a few while taking in the amazing scenery that surrounds you. Don’t miss a walk through the beautiful and impressive Hell’s Gate Gorge and see why it inspired the stampede scene in Disney’s Lion King.

You can also visit Elsamere, the former home of the late Joy Adamson, who became famous for her relationship with the lioness Elsa in the film Born Free.

Due to our location at Lake Naivasha you may awake to some unusual sound effects in the morning; it is often possible to hear hippos wallowing in the lake’s fresh water

Approximate Travel Time: Approximately 14 hours to Naivasha

Optional Excursions

Lake Naivasha boat trip – KES6000 (price dependent on number of passengers) • Elsamere visit – US$10 (transport not included) • Green crater lake hike half day – US$45 • Hells Gate National Park bicycle tour– US$55. The national park has no animals dangerous to man, making it a safe place to go hiking, rock climbing and cycling.

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels at Crayfish Camp or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s), 1 Buffet Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch(es)

Day 11 to 12 - Masai Mara National Reserve

We depart Naivasha early, after breakfast and drive to our lunch spot where we will exchange our expedition truck for 4WD safari vehicles before continuing on to the Masai Mara Nature Reserve. On arrival we get straight into our first game drive in one of the world's most famous and expansive wildlife reserves.

Covering over 1,500 square kilometres and providing habitat for thousands of animals, the Masai Mara Nature Reserve is deservedly one of Kenya’s most popular safari spots. Animals present in the reserve include the big five (lions, elephants, Cape buffaloes, leopards and rhinoceros), various grazing mammals which attract carnivores such as cheetahs, hyenas and jackals, and over 500 recorded species of birds. We stay just outside the park in permanent tents, enjoying a buffet dinner in the evening.

The following morning we leave camp early for a second game drive, visiting the mighty Mara River. During the annual Great Migration, this is the setting for the thunderous display of thousands of wildebeest crossing the river while canny crocodiles lie in wait. At any time of year, the river is vitally important to the ecosystem and a good spot to view animals. You will also have the opportunity to visit a local Masai village, learning about the vibrant, semi-nomadic herders’ way of life and join them in a local dance.

Included Excursions

Game Drives in the Masai Mara Nature Reserve,Masai Village

Optional Excursions

Hot air balloon over the Masai Mara National Reserve – US$450 per person

Accommodation

2 night(s) in tented camps at Miti Mingi Eco Camp or similar

Meals

1 Buffet Breakfast(s), 1 Breakfast(s), 1 Local Lunch(es), 1 Lunch Box, 2 Dinner(s)

Day 13 to 14 - Nairobi

Today we leave the incredible Masai Mara behind and head back to Nairobi. We will arrive back mid-late afternoon and you have the evening free to relax and reflect on the incredible experiences you have had over the last few days.

Returning to Nairobi gives you the chance to experience some of the activities around the capital city you may have missed first time around. You may wish to enjoy a meal at the famous African buffet restaurant called Carnivores, where meat is served from Masai spears until you can eat no more and raise your flag in surrender!

Approximate Travel Time: Four hours to Nairobi

Included Excursions

David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage & Giraffe Centre

Optional Excursions

Giraffe centre- KES1000pp (excluding transportation), The Flip Flop Recycling Company – free (excluding transportation) • Karen Blixen Museum, coffee garden & cottages – KES2000 and free entrance to the bar (excluding transportation). • David Sheldick Elephant Centre - KES500 (excluding transportation). Only open 11am -12am when feeding.

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels at Kenya Comfort Hotel or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s), 1 Buffet Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch Box

Day 15 to 15 - Arusha

Crossing the border into Tanzania, we make our way to Arusha. It is here that we will prepare to enter the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Arusha is a busy, bustling town with WI-fi, coffee shops, banks and many other modern amenities. You will stay here for the night, leaving your belongings with the truck and taking only an overnight bag on your included excursion to the Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro Crater.

Approximate Travel Time: Six hours depending on the border

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Charity Hotel or similar

Meals

1 Buffet Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch(es)

Day 16 to 17 - Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater

A place that needs no introduction, the Serengeti National Park is the most famous safari destination in Africa. We’re picked up after breakfast and taken by 4WD to the national park. The afternoon is spent game driving to our lodge, located inside the national park to maximise our time and wildlife viewing opportunities. Before we reach the Serengeti plains, we’ll stop for a stunning vista overlooking the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken, unflooded caldera in the world. The vast 300 square kilometre crater stretches out in front of you in a kaleidoscope of blues and greens and it’s not until you spot the barely discernible grey speck of an elephant that you truly grasp its scale.

Every safari is unique and you will never know what’s in store for you until you arrive. Among the hundreds of species in the park, you may encounter zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard, hippopotamus, hyena, elephant, vulture, monkey, warthog, gazelle and impala. Each season offers a different highlight.

Our second day in the park is a full day of game driving, trying to spot the more elusive members of the animal kingdom before heading to our lodge in the Ngorongoro Crater.

Included Excursions

Game Drives in the Serengeti National Park

Optional Excursions

Olduuvai Gorge – 27,000TS or US$18 • Masai Village- US$10 •Hot Air Ballooning with champagne breakfast – US$550 (cash payment) or US$565 (credit card payment)

Accommodation

2 night(s) in lodges

Meals

1 Local Breakfast(s), 1 Breakfast(s), 2 Lunch Box, 2 Dinner(s)

Day 18 to 18 - Arusha

Our final morning game driving is spent inside the crater itself - a good place to spot black rhinoceros, elephant and lions.

This afternoon, we return to stay in Arusha and reunite with the overland truck.

Included Excursions

Morning Game Drive in the Ngorongoro Crater

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Charity Hotel or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch Box

Day 19 to 20 - Nungwi Beaches

Today we are bound for the enigmatic, intoxicating Isles of Zanzibar. After breakfast we will transfer to Arusha Airport to take our flight to the paradise island. Arriving in Zanzibar we head to the idyllic beaches of Nungwi where we will spend the next two nights.

Indulge in a cocktail or two while we watch the sun set over the crystal clear Indian Ocean. The next day you have free. Snorkel with colourful marine life or simply kick back and soak up the sun. This beautiful setting will certainly provide you with a chance to relax and unwind!

Included Excursions

4-day Zanzibar Island excursion

Optional Excursions

Dhow sunset cruise – US$25 (depending on numbers) • Snorkelling – From US$45 • Scuba diving – From US$60

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Nungwi Inn or similar

Meals

1 Local Breakfast(s)

Day 21 to 21 - Stone Town

Today we head to Stone Town. On the way we will stop at one of the many spice plantations where we can discover the abundant plants that flourish in this verdant, tropical environment and sample spices picked straight from the source. We will also visit a small village, having the chance to interact with the locals and experience their kind hospitality; here we will enjoy a traditional lunch cooked by community.

On arrival at our hotel in Stone Town you are free to explore the labyrinth of walled streets, winding alleys, bustling markets and grand crumbling architecture. This UNESCO-listed Stone Town has changed little over the past 200 years. If you enjoy shopping then there are plenty of crafts and colourful souvenirs to be purchased here. Admire the intriguingly decorated elephant-proof doors before sitting down to watch the sun set with a fresh juice, cold beer or cocktail. If the thought of fresh seafood gets the taste buds tingling, make sure you check out the excellent night market on the promenade which serves a feast not to be missed!

Included Excursions

Zanzibar spice tour & local lunch

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Safari Lodge or similar

Meals

1 Local Breakfast(s), 1 Local Lunch(es)

Day 22 to 22 - Depart Stone Town

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Meals

1 Local Breakfast(s)

What's Included

Excursions & Activities

  • Visits to Rwanda Genocide memorials and Hôtel des Milles Collines (Hotel Rwanda)
  • Guided Gorilla Trek (including permit)
  • Boat trip on Lake Bunyonyi & visit to a Pygmy Village
  • Game Drives in the Masai Mara Nature Reserve
  • Masai Village
  • David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage & Giraffe Centre
  • Game Drives in the Serengeti National Park
  • Morning Game Drive in the Ngorongoro Crater
  • 4-day Zanzibar Island excursion
  • Zanzibar spice tour & local lunch

Accommodation

11 night(s) in hotels, 7 night(s) in tented camps, 2 night(s) in lodges

Transportation

Overland Truck, Travel by 2 flight(s), 4WD

Meals

5 Buffet Breakfast(s), 6 Local Breakfast(s), 1 Breakfast Box, 1 Local Dinner(s), 8 Breakfast(s), 4 Lunch(es), 2 Local Lunch(es), 4 Dinner(s), 5 Lunch Box

Other

Tucan Travel tour leader, Tucan Travel driver

What's Not Included

  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes  
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.  
  • Optional excursions - On each trip, you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyone's taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular, don't hesitate to ask your tour leader.
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation

Group

Group Size: Maximum 34. Average 15-24

Tour Suitability: This tour is recommended for people aged 18-65. For more information on what to expect, click here.

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