Delta to Gorillas (42 days camping)

Delta to Gorillas Camping 2009
42 Days - Camping
Price: € 2,150
Local Payment: $ 1,725
Single Supplement: N/A
Tour Code: NJMG 2009
Length: 42 days, 41 nights
Meals: B x 37, L x 36, D x 32

Start Point: Johannesburg
End Point: Nairobi

Gorilla Permit: Between US$505 - $605
Accommodation: Twin Share Tents

One of our ultimate adventure tours, only for those with plenty of time and lots of things to see. There are so many highlights on this tour that this intro text cannot contain all of them! Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, South Luangwa NP, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar, Serengeti, Masai Mara, Gorillas, Queen Elizabeth NP. COUNTRIES VISITED: SOUTH AFRICA, BOTSWANA, NAMIBIA, ZAMBIA, MALAWI, TANZANIA, ZANZIBAR, KENYA, UGANDA


We depart Johannesburg heading north to Botswana. After border formalities we continue towards Palapye, previously knowas Phalatswe, where we'll spend our first night. Palapye is located on the banks of the Lotsane River.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

DAY 2/3

Our journey takes us through to Maun. We arrive in the afternoon where we leave our truck behind, board our planes, and head into the Delta. After a wonderful scenic flight we arrive at our base for the next two days.
During our time in the Delta we enjoy the best nature has to offer.
We go on nature walks and If possible will explore the Delta by mokoro.
The Delta is a truly spectacular and unforgettable experience.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


After our scenic flight out, we leave the Delta behind us and travel east to Gweta.
Gweta is located halfway between Maun and Nata, close to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Today we head north to Kasane, on the banks of the Chobe River.
Apart from being the 2nd biggest National Park in Botswana, Chobe NP is renowned for its high population of migratory elephants. The afternoon is spent game viewing on a boat cruise, into the renowned Chobe NP. This is an excellent opportunity to view some of Africa's spectacular wildlife.
You also have the chance to experience an early morning game drive the next day.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


After crossing into Zimbabwe, we arrive at Victoria Falls.
This afternoon we will go visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and experience the thundering sound of the mighty Zambezi.
The popular optional sunset cruise includes dinner and drinks.
Optional Activities: Chobe morning Game Drive , Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Dinner Out.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7/8

Most people will spend the day white water rafting, a not -to-be-missed experience of a lifetime!
Victoria Falls offers many exciting alternatives. Optional Activities:
White Water Rafting, Bungee Jump, Elephant Excursion.
Meals: Breakfast


Leaving behind the excitement of Victoria Falls we begin our expedition.
The journey towards the bustling Zambian capital of Lusaka takes us along an interesting route.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10

We begin today with some shopping in Lusaka before heading northeast towards Chipata.
This is an interesting area full of friendly locals.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11/12

Early in the morning we drive from Chipata to the border of the South Luangwa NP where we spend two nights on the riverbank.
The next day we visit the community run tribal textile project and a local village.
Later this afternoon we enjoy a guided sunset game drive in South Luangwa NP.
On occasion, in the rainy season it is impossible or inadvisable to attempt to reach South Luangwa NP, if this happens an alternative itinerary will be chosen. Optional Activities: Guided Morning Game Walk in South Luangwa NP
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13/14

Today we cross the Zambia-Malawi border after leaving South Luangwa NP in the early morning.
Heading north we enter the highlands of Malawi and spend the night at Luwawa Forest.
Optional Activities: Fishing, Mountain Biking, Hiking.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15/16/17/18

We will spend the next couple of carefree days relaxing on the white sandy beaches.
For the more adventurous there are endless leisure and water sport activities.
Alternatively, soak up the atmosphere and relax in one of the most memorable holiday destinations.
Optional Activities: Scuba diving, parasailing, windsurfing, fishing, canoeing, horse riding
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 19

As we ascend out of the Great Rift Valley through some spectacular mountain passes, we pass the vast tea plantations in the highlands to our camp outside Iringa.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 20

It is a long drive from Iringa to the historical port city of Dar es Salaam.
We actually transit through Mukumi NP, but we do not have time to stop and explore.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 21/22/23

A local ferry will take us from Dar es Salaam (where we leave the truck) to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar.
We spend the first night in Stone Town where you will have time to explore the markets and unique architecture.
The following day we take a transfer to the northern part of the Island where we will spend 2 days relaxing on the beach.
Optional Activities: Meals, Spice Tours, Dolphin Tours, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 24

Today you leave Zanzibar and catch a late ferry (or flight) back to Dar es Salaam and return to the campsite.
Meals: Dinner

DAY 25

Today we take a long and scenic drive to Arusha, the safari capital of Tanzania.
After arriving in Arusha, those who are going to explore the Serengeti National Park, prepare for their excursion.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 26/27

Today we have the opportunity to go on a three-day trip into the Serengeti.
For those not going to the parks, take this time to relax and absorb some of the fascinating local culture.
Optional Activities: Serengeti & Ngorongoro Excursion.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 28

Today we visit a local Masaai village.
Tonight we enjoy a final meal around the truck and talking about the adventures we have had together.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 29

After crossing the border into Kenya we continue to travel towards Nairobi.
Although our tour has ended for some passengers groups like to spend this evening at local restaurant.
Optional Activities: Dinner at Carnivore Restaurant
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 30

The Masai Mara National Reserve is the Kenyan side of the Serengeti National Park (located in Tanzania).
Today the tour will be entering this huge area of spectacular game viewing to photograph some of Africa's most abundant wildlife. Famous for the annual migration of around 1.5 million wildebeest, the Masai Mara is also home to many other plains animals, including lions.
We will only arrive after lunch, but in time for an afternoon game drive.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 31

In addition to what we hope will be a successful day's game viewing, cultural interaction with Kenya's native Masaai people will round off your experience. After lunch we will leave the Mara to travel to Lake Naivasha.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 32

Today we will spend the morning at Hell's Gate NP.
The interesting name comes from the huge red-coloured cliffs that form the entrance to the geothermal interior.
This is the only National Park where you can go hiking and activities include game and bird watching.
The park entry fees are included and one of the more popular optional activities is to go game viewing from a bicycle.
In the afternoon the tour will travel towards Lake Nakuru, the home of the greater and lesser flamingo.
White Rhino inhabit the transitional savanna area surrounding the lake and if you are lucky you will get some great pictures.
Optional Activities: Bicycle Hire
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 33

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 metres above sea level.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 34

Today we cross the border in to Uganda. Border crossings require patience as they can take much longer than one may expect.
In the afternoon we will enter Uganda's capital city, Kampala.
This evening we have the opportunity to dine out at one of the local restaurants. Optional Activities: Dinner Out
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 35

Although officially this day is set aside for everyone to explore Kampala most people use this day to take an optional day trip to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary of Ngamba Island.
This non-profit eco-friendly project was set up in 1998 to care for orphaned chimpanzees.
Ngamba Island is situated 23 km from Entebbe (near Kampala) on Lake Victoria and is only accessible by boat.
The Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT) manages the project and, as only one third of their operating costs are covered by visitors' fees, all interested parties are encouraged to join 'Friends of the Sanctuary'.
Should the weather be unfavourable, or the lake too rough for this excursion, there are many other activities available in Kampala. Optional Activities: Ngamba Chimpanzee Excursion, Kampala Markets, Dinner Out.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 36/37/38

The Mountain Gorilla is extremely endangered and while exact numbers vary it is widely assumed that there are only 650 left.
Visiting the Gorilla's is a great way to support their future on earth as the money spent on permits is used for their protection. An extremely important part of the future conservation of the remaining Gorilla's rests in the community development work - as local communities change their attitudes towards wildlife and start to protect rather than poach the future of the Mountain Gorilla's is assured.

As permits granting permission to visit the gorillas are extremely limited we require flexibility in both the tour itinerary and where we actually visit them. The home of the Mountain Gorillas is completely at odds with man-made borders and so their range encompasses Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Whenever possible we choose to make use of the NP in Uganda, but this depends on the availability of permits. Please note that each permit is only valid for one day. It is normal that the group will be split and will trek on different days; it all depends on the availability of the permits.

Should we not obtain permits to visit the Mountain Gorillas in either Bwindi or Mgahinga NP in Uganda then we will inform all passengers beforehand that the tour will travel to Rwanda or DRC. Visas for all nationalities are available on the DRC and Rwandan borders. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 39/40

Today we will leave the Gorillas behind and visit some of Uganda's other wild animals at Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Many game species are to be found in this mainly Wetland Park including the (elsewhere elusive) giant forest hog, and the legendary tree-climbing lions of the Ishasha Sector.
The 1995 square kilometers of exceptional bio-diversity contain over 600species of birds and nearly 100 mammals.
Game is best viewed from the water and we recommend a sunset cruise on the Kasinga channel.
Optional Activities: Kasinga Channel Sunset Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 41/42

We depart early for the long drive to Jinja where we will spend the entire following day.
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 kilometre journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean.
If you do not want to go rafting, why not volunteer for the day at Soft Power Education, a UK registered charity that is doing a wonderful job with the education of Jinja's youth.
Spending your day helping out will not only assist their projects, but will also afford you the opportunity to spend a day at grass-root level helping Africa's youth. Optional Activities: White Water Rafting, Soft Power Education Project Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 43

It is a very long drive to Nairobi. The city of Nairobi was originally founded as a camp for the Mombassa-Uganda railway in 1899 and had since become the largest city in both Kenya and the East Africa region.
As this is the last evening the group may choose to dine together at Nairobi's famous Carnivore Restaurant, where vegetarians are catered for, but not encouragedů Optional Activities: Meal out in Nairobi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

NB: The itinerary is flexible and can be changed without notice in order to accommodate the best possible viewing of the Gorillas. The Permit price to visit the Gorillas can also change without notice.

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