Big Five Explorer Safari Northbound - 36 days

Big Five Explorer Safari Northbound - 36 days

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Big Five Explorer Safari Northbound - 36 days

36 Days Starting in Victoria Falls and ending in Nairobi

Visiting:

Zanzibar

,

Botswana

,

Kenya

,

Malawi

,

Tanzania

,

Uganda

,

Zambia

,

Zimbabwe

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact On The Go Tours with specific dietary requests

Trip Styles:

Tour code:

173/BFEN

Group size:

2 - 30

Age range:

18 and over.Overland Age Policy:To travel on one of our overland family departure safaris children need to be a minimum age of 6 for Southern Africa safaris (Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa) and a minimum of 8 years old for East Africa safaris (

Tour operated in:

English

Private Available:

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Tour Overview

CAMPING SAFARI: Starting at Victoria Falls, Africa's adrenaline capital and finishing in Nairobi this trip goes into adventure overdrive! Go in search of the Big Five on safari, gorilla trek through the jungle, laze on the beach in Zanzibar and cross the Equator on this is the adventure of a lifetime!

Highlights

  • Zimbabwe: begin your safari adventure at Victoria Falls, where you can marvel at the cascades and opt for bungee jumping or helicopter rides

  • Botswana: camp out in the wilderness of Chobe National Park, listening out for the sounds of the nocturnal wildlife

  • Zambia: admire the Zambian side of Victoria Falls and search for giraffes, elephants and more on safari in South Luangwa National Park

  • Malawi: visit the Malawian capital of Lilongwe and spend three days camping along the shore of spectacular Lake Malawi, which takes up one third of the country

  • Zanzibar: unwind on pristine white sandy beaches and opt for a sunset dhow cruise, snorkelling or scuba diving

  • Tanzania: spot Africa's Big Five in some of the continent's premier game reserves, including the Ngorongoro Crater and the mighty Serengeti

  • Kenya: go on safari in the Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru, stay in the capital Nairobi and visit a traditional Masai settlement

  • Uganda: spend time in Kampala and relax at Lake Bunyoni before your optional gorilla trek in search of endangered Mountain gorillas

  • Uganda: spend time in Kampala and relax at Lake Bunyonyi before your optional gorilla trek in search of endangered Mountain gorillas

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Victoria Falls

Saturday. Welcome to Victoria Falls! Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to our campsite in town. There is a pre-departure meeting at 1700hrs where you will meet your guide and the rest of your group.

icon Day 2: Victoria Falls

Today we have a free day relaxing and enjoying the myriad of activities available at Victoria Falls. The Falls themselves are 1700 metres wide and 100 metres high - a truly spectacular sight. It is possible to take part in micro flights over the falls or go white water rafting in the Bakota Gorge as well as trying your hand at bungee jumping.

icon Day 3: Chobe National Park
Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Victoria Falls - Chobe NP (Botswana). Today we depart Zimbabwe for Botswana and the town of Kasane. Kasane sits on the banks of the Chobe River This afternoon we head into Chobe National Park for our overnight excursion for lots of game driving and a night in the bush.

icon Day 4: Livingstone
Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


Chobe NP - Livingstone (Zambia). After our night in the park we cross into Zambia and to the town of Livingstone - on the other side of Victoria Falls. This afternoon we have the opportunity to view The Falls from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia or partake in a sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River. Another fantastic photo opportunity!

icon Day 5: Lusaka Region
Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Livingstone - Lusaka Region. We spend the day slowly travelling through southern Zambia and our campsite this evening is near the capital Lusaka.

icon Day 6-7: South Luangwa National Park
Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Lusaka Region - South Luangwa. Departing Lusaka we head to Zambia's premier game park - South Luangwa - home to lots of wildlife, and our home for the night. This breath-taking park is situated on the Luangwa River in the Eastern part of Zambia, and it is the southernmost of three national parks in this region. South Luangwa was founded in 1938 as a game reserve, 1972 was the year it was declared as a national park, and today it covers over 9000 kilometres squared. Animals such as Giraffe, buffalo and Elephants can be found in abundance. The Luangwa river is home to many a hippo and croc.



From Luangwa, we follow the old "East Road" to a lovely campsite in Chipata, close to the Zambia/Malawi border.

icon Day 8-10: Lake Malawi Beaches
Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


South Luangwa - Lake Malawi Beaches (Malawi). Leaving Zambia we enter ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ better know as Malawi. We briefly stop off in the capital, Lilongwe before heading to the beaches at the famous lake.


Lake Malawi is also known as “the lake of stars”, offers an abundance of water activities. With the staggering amount of 500 species of fish, this lake makes for an excellent spot for fresh water diving after meeting and greeting all the welcoming locals. We camp first at the central Lake, and then in the northern area over the next 3 days.

icon Day 11: Iringa
Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Lake Malawi Beaches - Iringa (Tanzania). After lots of beach time it is time to leave Malawi as we head through the Tukuyu tea and banana plantations and into Tanzania for our night camping by the beautiful rustic ‘Farmhouse’ campsite famous for its Amarula hot chocolates and its steamy showers!

icon Day 12: Dar es Salaam
Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Iringa - Dar es Salaam. This morning we pass through the Mikumi National Park where it is possible to view a range of wildlife from the roadside. We'll also pass colourful shop-fronts with their sometimes humorous ‘catch phrases’. On arrival in Dar es Salaam, we make our way to our lovely seaside campsite and prepare for our departure to Zanzibar the next morning.

icon Day 13-15: Zanzibar
Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar. This morning we take the ferry over to the Spice Island of Zanzibar for 3 nights. Spending our first night in the capital Stone Town before heading north to the beaches for some R&R.

icon Day 16: Zanzibar
Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam. 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.

icon Day 17-18: Arusha
Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Dar es Salaam – Pangani - Arusha. Over the next couple of days we continue heading north for the town of Arusha. On the night of day 17 we stop in the coastal town of Pangani. Our campsite in Arusha is at the Maserani Snake Park and is our base for heading into the Serengeti and Ngorongoro tomorrow.

icon Day 19-21: Serengeti National Park
Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Arusha - Karatu. Today we head towards the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater on our included excursion using locally operated 4WD vehicles. These vehicles have been adapted for safari use and allow excellent viewing and photographic opportunities through the opening roof hatches.



Our Ngorongoro/Serengeti excursion takes us via the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito River) to Karatu where you will be met with magnificent views over the surrounding hills. Tonight we spend the evening at a campsite in Karatu.



The following morning we depart early for the Ngorongoro Conservation area and head into the wildlife rich Ngorongoro Crater. Comprising of open savannahs, acacia forests and both soda and fresh water lakes, the Ngorongoro Crater is truly a miniature ‘Garden of Eden’. This World Heritage Site boasts some of the best game viewing in Africa – including the elusive Black Rhino.

icon Day 22: Nairobi
Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Arusha - Nairobi (Kenya). Dedparting early - we travel north to the border with Kenya and the small town of Namanga. Once across the border we continue to the capital Nairobi where we overnight.

icon Day 23-24: Masai Mara
Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Nairobi - Masai Mara. Departing the capital we travel through the Great Rift Valley before arriving at our campsite Acacia Camp in the late afternoon. The campsite is on the border of the Masai Mara National Reserve.



The following morning we depart shortly after sunrise for a game drive into the Masai Mara. The Masai Mara is most famous for the Annual Migration, that consists of the impressive herds of over 1 million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle that cross over from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. We go in search of the ‘Big 5’- elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion & leopard; along with the many other species of animals, reptiles and birds who make call this wilderness home.



After our game drive, we can visit one of the nearby Masai Manyatta’s – this is a traditional hamlet where the Masai still live in their traditional way.

icon Day 25: Eldoret
Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Masai Mara - Eldoret. Leaving the Masai Mara early, we head out of Masai Land pass through the scenic tea plantations of Kericho before descending the Rift Valley Plateau, on our way to Eldoret.

icon Day 26: Kampala
Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Eldoret - Kampala (Uganda). This morning, we cross the border into Uganda for our night in the capital city - Kampala.

icon Day 27-30: Lake Bunyonyi & Gorilla Trekking
Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Kampala - Lake Bunyonyi. This morning we travel to Lake Bunyonyi - our base for trekking to see the mountain gorillas. Lake Bunyonyi is the deepest Crater Lake in Africa and home to a large and varied number of beautiful birds. Depending on where trekking permits are available, we trek in the Magahinga or Bwindi National Parks in Uganda.



Please note: Gorilla permits need to be purchased in advance, please ask your reservations consultant or visit our Gorilla trekking travel guide.

icon Day 31: Kampala
Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Lake Bunyonyi - Kampala. After marvelling at the experience of our gorilla encounters and enjoying the peaceful Lake Bunyonyi, we begin our drive back to Kampala. We cross the Equator for the second time and stop for the classic “one foot in each hemisphere” photo opportunity. We overnight in Kampala and have the opportunity to sample its night life!

icon Day 32: Jinja
Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Kampala - Jinja. Today we have the option of visiting the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary or heading to Jinja for a selection of adventure activities including white water rafting at the source of the White Nile, quad biking or visiting a volunteer and community project. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the banks of the river, or ticking off the wide variety of water birds in this area.

icon Day 33: Lake Nakuru
Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Jinja - Lake Nakuru (Kenya). Today we return to Kenya travelling on to Lake Nakuru - Kenya’s 4th largest town and the capital of the Rift Valley Province, it lies adjacent to the small but wildlife rich Lake Nakuru National Park. We camp in the area of the National Park.

icon Day 34-35: Lake Naivasha
Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Lake Nakuru - Lake Naivasha. Today we game drive through Lake Nakuru National Park - an established sanctuary for black and white rhino, which are often seen. We spend the day searching for these and the elusive leopard, encountering buffalo, giraffe, various antelope and the occasional hippo along the way. After our game drive, we head back to our campsite, arriving in the late afternoon.



On day 35 we travel on to Lake Naivasha, which is home to a multitude of bird life, the most magnificent being the African Fish Eagle with his regal cry. 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.

icon Day 36: Nairobi
Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Lake Naivasha - Nairobi. After breakfast, we head back to Nairobi usually arriving by late morning, or early afternoon. On arrival to Nairobi, we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Camping

  • 30 breakfasts, 27 lunches, 29 dinners

  • 1st night dorm/camping in Victoria Falls and 31 nights camping. Tents and sleeping mats provided

  • 3 night Zanzibar Excursion including ferry transfer, accommodation, Spice Tour and Dhow Sunset Cruise

  • Arrival transfer from Victoria Falls Airport on day 1

  • Park entry - Lake Naivasha NP. Park entry and game drives - Ngorongoro NP, Serengeti NP, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru NP South Luangwa and Chobe NP

  • A fully equipped overland truck for transportation and game drives

  • Services of 3 person crew (leader, driver, cook)

  • All camping fees and appropriate equipment

  • All road taxes and tolls

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What's Not Included

  • Sleeping bag - please bring your own

  • International flights and visas

  • Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

  • Entrance Fees: Gorilla Permit + Transfer USD$720 - 870pp, paid in USD

  • Local payment - $2100pp, paid in USD

  • Gorilla Permit and transfer fee: Please note that Gorillas often move across the border, between the national parks in Rwanda and Uganda, therefore itineraries often have to be changed at short notice in order to track the Gorillas in whichever National P

  • Entrance Fees: Gorilla Permit + Transfer aprox USD$805pp, paid in USD

  • Entrance Fees: Gorilla Permit & transaction fee approx USD$805pp has to be pre booked, aprox USD$200 transfer costs payable locally

  • Gorilla Permit, Transaction fee and ground transfer fee to Gorilla trekking meeting point: Please note that Gorillas often move across the border, between the national parks in Rwanda and Uganda, therefore itineraries often change at short notice in order

  • Local payment - 2022 - $2100pp, 2023 - $2200pp paid in USD

  • Entrance Fees: Gorilla Permit & transaction fee approx USD$805pp has to be pre booked, approx USD$200 transfer costs payable locally

  • International flights and visas

  • Entrance Fees: Gorilla Permit & transaction fee approx USD$805pp has to be pre booked, approx USD$200 transfer costs payable locally

Age Policy

18 and over.Overland Age Policy:To travel on one of our overland family departure safaris children need to be a minimum age of 6 for Southern Africa safaris (Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa) and a minimum of 8 years old for East Africa safaris (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia). If a safari includes both East and Southern Africa then the minimum age will be 8 years old. Please note that they will be travelling with the normal group. These are not separate family tours. For family dates look for the icon next to the tour date online. IMPORTANT: South Africa and Botswana regulations aimed at fighting child trafficking:'All parents travelling with children into or out of SA and/or Botswana may be asked to show the child’s unabridged (full) birth certificate, and where only one parent is accompanying, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (eg an affidavit from the other parent, a court order or – if applicable – a death certificate). You should travel with these documents in case you’re asked to provide them. There are other requirements for children travelling unaccompanied or with adults who are not their parents.' Tell pax to contact the South African High Commission, South African Department of Home Affairs and/or the Botswana High Commission for further information.

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Big Five Explorer Safari Northbound - 36 days

I have had the time of my life and desperately want to return. The tour and all of the guides, drivers and cooks were incredible. I really cannot fault a ....more

I have had the time of my life and desperately want to return.

The tour and all of the guides, drivers and cooks were incredible.

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Big Five Explorer Safari Northbound - 36 days

36 Days Starting in Victoria Falls and ending in Nairobi

Visiting:

Zanzibar

,

Botswana

,

Kenya

,

Malawi

,

Tanzania

,

Uganda

,

Zambia

,

Zimbabwe

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact On The Go Tours with specific dietary requests

Trip Styles:

Tour code:

173/BFEN

Group size:

2 - 30

Age range:

18 and over.Overland Age Policy:To travel on one of our overland family departure safaris children need to be a minimum age of 6 for Southern Africa safaris (Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa) and a minimum of 8 years old for East Africa safaris (

Tour operated in:

English

Private Available:

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"Best time to watch Old Faithful erupt is around sunset, there will be less crowds & beautiful sunset views!"

What do you love most about Yellowstone National Park?

"There are so many natural wonders to observe and amazing places to explore!"

Must pack items for Yellowstone National Park

"Pack for the weather & season, bring layers, an umbrella, a reusable water bottle, comfortable shoes, bear spray and of course, your camera!"

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Plan to visit the North entrance & see the Teddy Roosevelt Archway."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Keep a keen eye out for abundant wildlife, especially in the Hayden Valley area!"

Benefits of a tour guide for Yellowstone National Park

"They're able to provide tips and insights, and ensure you see the best sights throughout Yellowstone NP!"

Favourite time of year to visit Yellowstone National Park

"Mid-May to early June for great weather & smaller crowds."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Visit the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone & walk the north rim trail for epic views!"

About Our

  • Influencer
  • Countries Visited:

    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    Paris, France

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️

San Francisco

United States

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Head to the top of Bernal Heights Park for 360° views of the city, bay & Oakland."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Capture the unique views of Golden Gate Bridge!"

What do you love most about San Francisco?

"Marvel at Redwood trees."

What do you love most about San Francisco?

"Find unique views of San Fran from Sausalito. "

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"If you're a move fanatic, you can find the "Mrs. Doubtfire" home and several other film locations around the city."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Take a relaxing walk around Palace of Fine Arts."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Visit the Sutro Baths."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Visit the Japanese Gardens at Golden Gate Park! "

Must pack items for San Francisco

"Pack layers, an umbrella, comfortable walking shoes, a reusable water bottle, sunscreen & a hat or sun hat."

About Our

  • Influencer
  • Countries Visited:

    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    Paris, France

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️

Charleston

United States

What do you love most about Charleston?

"One of the best-kept, charming & quaint historic towns in the USA. "

Benefits of a tour guide for Charleston

"Known as the holy city, there are so many historic churches to explore & a tour guide can provide all sorts of insights & information about the history of Charleston."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Walk off the beaten path & put down the map, Charleston is a picturesque city with hundreds of quiet little lanes just waiting to be explored."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Plan to wear comfortable shoes that have grip & can handle cobblestone streets!"

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Head to Callie's Hot Little Biscuit and grab a sample of the delicious fresh-baked biscuits!"

What do you love most about Charleston?

"A plethora of amazing restaurants provide ample opportunities to sample local favourites, such as unicorn grits, fried green tomatoes or fried okra."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"There are 5 historic plantations in the area to tour. "

About Our

  • Influencer
  • Countries Visited:

    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    Paris, France

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️

Savannah

United States

What do you love most about Savannah?

"Explore the historic Wormsloe Plantation: drive the gorgeous tree-lined drive, walk nature trails and observe ruins."

What do you love most about Savannah?

"There are over 20 squares, which function like a park located all around the city. They're perfect for resting weary feet & people watching."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Head to Forsyth fountain and enjoy the shade while you stroll under the tree-lined path."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Sample amazing local cuisine at Collins Quarter near Forsyth Park."

Must pack items for Savannah

"Sunscreen, sun hat, bug spray, reusable water bottle & comfortable walking shoes."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Explore the historic Riverfront area, browse the shops & sample a free praline or grab some gelato at Savannah's Candy Kitchen."

Favourite time of year to visit Savannah

"Spring is wonderful because the weather is perfect, warm but not humid."

About Our

  • Influencer
  • Countries Visited:

    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    Paris, France

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️

Valldemossa

Spain

Favourite time of year to visit Valldemossa

"The best time to visit this place is from October - April, whilwhene there are much fewer people and the temperature is so mild. During the summer it can be extremely crowded and hot!"

What do you love most about Valldemossa?

"The little streets with the green plants are so cute and the views are just perfect from every corner!"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"▫️Try the coco de patata ▪️Wander around the pretty streets ▫️Visit the Chopin museum ▪️Visit the Carthusian Monastery ▫️Relax at Jardin Rei Joan Carles garden "

@biankadventures's Top Tips

"You can combine this beautiful village with a visit to Deià, Soller and Fornatlux!"

Must pack items for Valldemossa

"Bring comfortable shoes as you will walk a lot. Also bring water, during the summer bring sunscreen and a hat to avoid the heat! "

About Our

  • Traveller
  • Countries Visited:

    27 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    New York

  • Dream Destination:

    Peru

  • About them:
  • I am a huge travel addict who has a regular 9-5 job and outside of this try to explore the world, search for unique places and hidden gems! I hope my tips and photos can be an inspiration for you!