Great African Expedition Northbound - 56 days

Great African Expedition Northbound - 56 days

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Great African Expedition Northbound - 56 days

56 Days Starting in Cape Town and ending in Eldoret

Visiting: Cape Town, Cederberg Municipality, Orange River, Fish River Canyon, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Solitaire, Swakopmund, Spitzkoppe, Etosha National Park, Windhoek, Gobabis, Maun, Okavango Delta, Nata, Chobe National Park, Kasane, Livingstone, Lusaka, South Luangwa National Park, Kande Beach, Chitimba Camp, Iringa, Mikumi National Park, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Marangu, Arusha, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Nairobi, Lake Nakuru National Park, Eldoret, Kampala, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Jinja

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Specialist Group:

Singles Solo

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

6 - 16

Age range:

18 and over. Anyone over 65 to complete a Tour Suitability Form

Trip Styles:

Safari Tours, Small Group

Interests:

History, Wildlife Tours

From:
$8705
$7619 (USD) Operator discount: -$871 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$215 -12%

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Tour Overview

CAMPING SAFARI: Embark on a 56-day overland safari, travelling north through eight countries, from Cape Town to Nairobi. Encounter incredible wildlife on safari in some of Africa's best game reserves, including Etosha, Chobe, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Scale Namib Desert dunes and glide through the Okavango Delta in mokoro canoes. Experience Victoria Falls, swim in Lake Malawi and unwind on a three-day Zanzibar beach break. End your adventure with an unforgettable gorilla trek in Uganda's Bwindi National Park.

Highlights

  • South Africa - Set off from Cape Town and enjoy optional wine tasting in the Cederberg region

  • Namibia - Take in Fish River Canyon, climb Dune 45 in the Namib Desert, game drive in Etosha National Park and explore Windhoek

  • Botswana - Enjoy an overnight excursion into the Okavango Delta, cruise the Chobe River and head on safari in Chobe National Park

  • Zambia - See mighty Victoria Falls, search for wildlife in South Luangwa National Park and stop in the border town of Chipata

  • Malawi - Explore several different points of Lake Malawi, which covers 20% of the country. Swim, visit local villages, play volleyball and opt for a day hike to a waterfall

  • Zanzibar - Spend four nights on tropical Zanzibar Island, exploring historic Stone Town and soaking up some sun on the northern beaches

  • Kenya - Pose for photos at the Equator in Eldoret, spot wildlife on a game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park

  • Tanzania - Visit the coastal cities of Dar es Salaam and Bagamoyo, and discover the wildlife of Mikumi National Park, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater

  • Uganda - Trek to see chimpanzees and gorillas in Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi National Parks. Admire Lake Bunyonyi and relax by the River Nile in Jinja

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cape Town
Location: Cape Town, Cederberg Municipality
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Cape Town - Cederberg. Our African adventure begins today with a tour of the Cape Flats, to the east of the city. Visiting a local township, we'll meet local people and discover some of the community projects in the area. Then it's time to climb aboard our overland truck as we head north, through the Western Cape and the fruit-growing region of Citrusdal. Our first night is spent camping by the Olifants River in the Cederberg area, and you will have the opportunity to taste some of the region's famous wines.



Please note: The pre-departure meeting is held at 18:00 on the evening prior to departure. The tour departs at 08:00 on Day 1 so please arrive in Cape Town the day before your tour. Refer to the Joining Instructions in the Trip Notes for more information. We can book accommodation and transfers on request.

Day 2: Orange River
Location: Cederberg Municipality, Orange River
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cederberg - Orange River (Namibia). Continuing north, we pass through drier, rockier territory until we reach the Namibian border, crossing at Vioolsdrift. Tonight's campsite is beside the Gariep (AKA Orange) River, which marks the border between South Africa and Namibia for much of its length. The river is safe for swimming, and you can also enjoy an optional canoe trip on this important waterway either today or on day 3. The dark skies in this isolated area are also great for stargazing.

Day 3: Fish River Canyon
Location: Orange River, Fish River Canyon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Orange River - Fish River Canyon. There is time for the optional canoe safari this morning, if we didn't have time yesterday. Then we drive north to Fish River Canyon, second only in size to the Grand Canyon in the USA. More than 500 metres deep and scarring the land for 160km, it's a jaw-dropping sight to behold. We'll stop at a couple of viewpoints and visit the canyon's famously sharp bend, known as 'Hell's Corner'.

Day 4: Namib Naukluft National Park
Location: Fish River Canyon, Namib-Naukluft National Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fish River Canyon - Namib-Naukluft National Park. We have a long drive today as we journey to the edge of Namib-Naukluft National Park, which protects great swathes of the Namib Desert and the Naukluft mountains. We'll camp on the edge of the park, ready to explore tomorrow.

Day 5: Namib Naukluft National Park
Location: Namib-Naukluft National Park, Solitaire
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Namib-Naukluft National Park - Solitaire. It's time to explore the Namib Desert! Our first stop is mighty Dune 45, one of the tallest sand dunes in the region. It's a dazzling sight, and the reward for climbing to the top is incredible views over the surrounding area. Then it's on to Deadvlei, a barren salt pan with petrified trees, completely surrounded by rolling sand dunes.



Our last stop is Sesriem Canyon, which isn't as impressive as Fish River Canyon, but it is worth a visit nonetheless. Tonight's campsite is in the tiny desert settlement of Solitaire.

Day 6-7: Swakopmund
Location: Solitaire, Swakopmund
Meals Included: Breakfast

Solitaire - Swakopmund. On day 6 we drive to Swakopmund, a German colonial town located on Namibia's famous Skeleton Coast. We'll be staying in simple dormitory accommodation in Swakopmund, rather than camping.



The rest of day 6 and the following day are free for you to explore Swakopmund as you see fit. Wander around the town and indulge in the relaxed cafe culture and German colonial architecture. There are also lots of optional activities available including quad-biking, sand boarding, skydiving, and dolphin-watching cruises. See the Trip Notes for further details.

Day 8: Spitzkoppe
Location: Swakopmund, Spitzkoppe
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Swakopmund - Spitzkoppe. Leaving coastal Swakopmund, we head into the Damaraland region and our destination - Spitzkoppe. At this mountain peak, you can see incredibly well-preserved bushmen paintings and spectacular rock formations reaching 1800 metres above sea level. As the sun moves across the sky, the rocks change colour, a sight that is particularly beautiful at sunrise and sunset. We'll be staying at a campsite at the base of the mountain, so you can enjoy this sunset with a refreshing drink.



Please note that some travellers may be joining the tour in Swakopmund.

Day 9-10: Etosha National Park
Location: Spitzkoppe, Etosha National Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spitzkoppe - Etosha National Park. The next two days will be spent exploring Namibia's iconic Etosha National Park. This 20,000 square kilometre reserve is dominated by a salt pan, which floods seasonally but is also home to a select few watering holes all year round. Wildlife is easy to spot as the animals tend to gather around these scarce water sources.



We spend two nights in the park, and our itinerary is flexible depending on the conditions and the location of wildlife. We'll generally enjoy a short game drive on day 9 before spending our first night at a camp with a floodlit watering hole. Here you may be lucky enough to spot elephants, giraffe, hyenas and even lions.



Day 10 is spent on a full day's game drive across the park, stopping whenever we see anything of interest. We will either return to our first campsite, or perhaps a different one, depending on your tour leader's decision.

Day 11: Windhoek
Location: Etosha National Park, Windhoek
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Etosha National Park - Windhoek. Today we arrive in Namibia's charming capital. Windhoek is a tiny capital by global standards, with a population of just 470,000 people. It has lots of German architecture, a reminder of Namibia's early colonial past. Our camp is located on the edge of the city, and it is easy to head in to grab a bite to eat and have a wander around if you wish. We recommend a drink at Joe's Beerhouse, perhaps the most famous restaurant in Namibia. Please note that some group members may be starting their tour in Windhoek.

Day 12: Gobabis
Location: Windhoek, Gobabis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Windhoek - Gobabis. Say goodbye to Windhoek as we travel east to the city of Gobabis, near the Botswanan border. Today we meet some of the local San Bushmen. The San culture is one of the oldest surviving cultures in Southern Africa and we'll enjoy a bush walk and learn more about the way of life which has endured for centuries. The San people work with nature and manage their resources responsibly, something we could all learn from.

Day 13: Maun
Location: Gobabis, Maun
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Gobabis - Maun (Botswana). Today sees us travelling to Maun in Botswana, our base for exploring the famed Okavango Delta. If time allows, there is the opportunity for you to take a scenic flight over the delta - if we haven't got time today then this opportunity will be offered on day 15 instead.

Day 14-15: Okavango Delta
Location: Maun, Okavango Delta, Maun
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Maun - Okavango Delta - Maun. On day 14 we enjoy our overnight excursion in specialized safari vehicles into the Okavango Delta. The delta is a natural wetland spread out over more than 1.6 million hectares, home to an incredible diversity of life. Reaching the mokoro polers station, we transfer to these traditional canoes and paddle along the waterways of the delta to our campsite, which is located in the delta itself.



Day 15 sees us enjoying another mokoro ride back out of the delta before returning to Maun, where there is time for the optional scenic flight if we didn't have time for this on day 13. Horse riding is also offered, or you can simply relax by the pool at our campsite.

Day 16: Nata Region
Location: Maun, Nata
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Maun - Nata region. Today's drive takes us through a wildlife corridor between the desolate Nxai and Magkadigkadi pans. We'll stop en route to admire some of the region's towering baobab trees and arrive at our unfenced campsite in the afternoon. If you're lucky, you could see all sorts of wildlife, including elephants and antelope, come right up to camp.

Day 17: Chobe National Park
Location: Nata, Chobe National Park, Kasane
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nata Region - Kasane. We make the journey to Kasane in Botswana's north. Kasane is the gateway to Chobe National Park and we'll enjoy a cruise on the Chobe River today. Chobe is home to huge herds of elephants, which we may be able to see down at the water's edge. Other species to look out for include hippo, crocodiles, buffalo and the rare African fish eagle.

Day 18: Chobe National Park
Location: Kasane, Chobe National Park, Livingstone
Meals Included: Breakfast

Kasane - Chobe National Park - Livingstone (Zambia). This morning we transfer to specialized safari vehicles for a game drive in Chobe National Park, which is home to all of the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo), although rhinos are very rare here.



It's then time to say goodbye to Botswana as we board a ferry in our overland truck to cross the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi rivers into Zambia. Our destination is the town of Livingstone, Zambia's base for exploring Victoria Falls.



Known as ‘Mosi oa Tunya’, the ‘Smoke that Thunders’, Victoria Falls is the world's largest falling sheet of water. There's an included visit to the waterfall today, and we set up camp at a campsite on the banks of the Zambezi River.

Day 19-20: Livingstone
Location: Livingstone
Meals Included: Breakfast

The next two days are completely free for you to explore Livingstone and join some of the optional activities available. Abseiling, bungee jumping, scenic flights over Victoria Falls, rafting on the Zambezi River and fishing trips are just some of the options - see the Trip Notes for details.



You could also pop over the border into Zimbabwe, or simply relax by the pool and enjoy a good book before we head into East Africa. Some members of the group may finish their tour in Livingstone, and others may join for the next section of the tour.

Day 21: Lusaka
Location: Livingstone, Lusaka
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Livingstone - Lusaka. After a relaxing break in Livingstone, we get back on the road today, crossing Zambia to reach Lusaka, the country's rapidly growing capital city. The city is something of a hub in southern Africa, with four main highways running in all directions to nearby cities including Harare in Zimbabwe, Lilongwe in Malawi, and Ndola, another large city in Zambia. Our campsite is located away from the metropolis, on a rural farm just outside Lusaka.

Day 22-23: South Luangwa National Park
Location: Lusaka, South Luangwa National Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lusaka - South Luangwa National Park. Day 22 is a long driving day but there are incredible views to enjoy as we travel on the Great Eastern Road through Zambia, crossing the Luangwa River to reach our campsite near the South Luangwa National Park.



There's an included afternoon game drive on day 23, after a free morning to relax by the pool. Our game drive will take us down to the Luangwa River, where most of the park's wildlife can be found. As well as lions, leopards, hippos and a rare subspecies of giraffe, African wild dogs can also be found in good numbers in South Luangwa National Park.



An additional game drive can be booked during free time if you choose, and you can also enjoy an optional walking safari, or a visit to a local village.

Day 24-25: Lake Malawi
Location: South Luangwa National Park, Kande Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

South Luangwa National Park - Kande Beach, Lake Malawi (Malawi). Leaving Zambia behind, we cross into Malawi on day 24 and head to the shore of Lake Malawi, which covers more than one-fifth of the entire country. Our campsite is right on the shore of the lake, and you'll have time to go for a swim or relax at the camp. Day 25 is also free to partake in optional activities. You could hire a traditional bwato canoe, go horse riding around the lake, or visit a nearby village to meet the friendly Malawian villagers.

Day 26-27: Lake Malawi
Location: Kande Beach, Chitimba Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kande Beach - Chitimba Beach, Lake Malawi. On day 26 we take a scenic drive through rubber plantations to the town of Mzuzu, where we pick up some supplies and visit the market before travelling on to our beach-side camp at Chitimba Beach. Spend the remains of day 26 and day 27 at leisure. Relax by the beach, play volleyball or browse the local craft markets.



On day 27 there is an optional hike to Manchewe Falls. This 11km hike requires decent fitness, but the rewards are spectacular views and a dip in a natural bath. David Livingstone lived and worked in this area during his time in Malawi.

Day 28: Iringa
Location: Chitimba Camp, Iringa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Chitimba Beach, Lake Malawi - Iringa (Tanzania). Today we have a long but scenic drive as we cross into Tanzania. Climbing through the Southern Highlands, we arrive at Kisolanza Farmhouse, a family-run working farm in a spectacular location. The farm has been managed by the Ghaui family for more than 70 years and produces organic crops and meat for the local community and Dar es Salaam.

Day 29: Mikumi
Location: Iringa, Mikumi National Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Iringa - Mikumi National Park area. Heading east, we travel to Mikumi National Park, the fifth-largest reserve in Tanzania. Our campsite is located on the very edge of the park, and we'll enjoy an evening around the campfire. If time permits you can book an optional game drive to see some of the resident wildlife, including lion, buffalo, elephant, hippo and crocodile.

Day 30: Mikumi
Location: Mikumi National Park, Dar es Salaam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mikumi National Park area - Dar es Salaam. Our journey to the Indian Ocean coast city of Dar es Salaam takes us through the heart of Mikumi National Park. We will probably see some wildlife on this drive, and will stop if we see anything of note, such as forest elephants or giraffe feeding at the roadside.



Arriving at our campsite on the beach outside Dar es Salaam, there is time to browse the local markets or head into town to explore.

Day 31-34: Zanzibar
Location: Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar. On the morning of day 31, we take the ferry to Zanzibar, leaving our overland truck on the mainland. Evocative and exotic, Zanzibar conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm-fringed beaches, romantic winding cobbled alleys, and lush tropical forests.



Our time on Zanzibar is not too structured. There is plenty of free time to explore historic Stone Town and relax on the island's pristine beaches. There's also plenty of optional activities on offer including a visit a spice plantation, snorkelling safaris, scuba diving and yacht trips. Please see the Trip Notes for more details.



In Zanzibar, we stay in simple hotels, with breakfast included. We typically spend day 31 in Stone Town and days 32 - 34 at one of the northern beaches, but this can be flexible.

Day 35: Dar Es Salaam
Location: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam. There's time for one final swim or some last-minute shopping before we take the ferry back to Dar es Salaam and travel to our campsite on the coast for the evening.

Day 36: Mount Kilimanjaro
Location: Dar es Salaam, Marangu
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Dar es Salaam - Marangu. Today we wave goodbye to the coast and head inland, past the Usambara and Pare Mountains to Marangu. This small town is nestled at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain famed for its near-permanently snow-capped peak. If the weather is clear you will be able to enjoy magnificent views of the mountain from our campsite and the surrounding area.

Day 37: Arusha
Location: Marangu, Arusha
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Marangu - Arusha. This morning we drive past the town of Moshi to Arusha, Tanzania's safari capital and our base for exploring the Serengeti and famed Ngorongoro Crater. With time to explore the town we head out to our camp just outside the city at the edge of the Masai plains. This afternoon we enjoy a walk to one of the local Maasai villages. Here we visit a local school and clinic, browse the small Maasai museum and see the crocodiles, pythons, and other species at the Meserani Snake Park. There is optional camel riding available too.

Day 38: Serengeti National Park
Location: Arusha, Serengeti National Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arusha - Serengeti National Park. Today we embark on our excursion to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Leaving our overland truck behind we transfer to designated safari vehicles. Entering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, we drive around the rim of the crater and onto the wildlife-rich plains of the Serengeti, one of the last great wildernesses in the world.



Millions of wildebeest, zebra, and antelope migrate across these plains throughout the year, followed by the predators, such as lions, leopards, and cheetahs. Look out for the Big Five and see abundant wildlife as we game drive to our unfenced campsite for the evening. With lions and hyena roaming nearby, listen to the sounds of the bush and enjoy a night in the wild!

Day 39-40: Ngorongoro Crater
Location: Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha. Game driving out of the Serengeti on day 39, we can search for any species we have not managed to spot so far. We travel back to the Ngorongoro Crater, camping on the rim of this UNESCO-listed natural caldera, one of Africa's most spectacular wildlife areas.



On day 40 we drive down into the crater itself, following the steep road into the reserve. On our early morning game drive, you will have the chance to spot every major African animal, except for giraffes who cannot manage the steep climb down the crater rim!



Returning to camp for lunch, we pack up before making the journey back to Arusha.

Day 41: Nairobi
Location: Arusha, Nairobi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Arusha - Nairobi (Kenya). After a last night in Tanzania, we make our way across the Masai Steppe to the Kenyan frontier. Completing formalities at Namanga border post, we drive the last stretch of road to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and to our camp for the evening.

Day 42: Nairobi
Location: Nairobi
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today offers you the freedom to explore both the city and its surrounding areas. Alternatively, the following optional excursions are available to book locally. Enjoy close encounters at the the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre, or discover the Karen Blixen Museum in the nearby town of Karen. Alternatively, you can opt for a day of relaxation and pure leisure, making the most of some well-deserved 'downtime'.

Day 43: Nairobi
Location: Nairobi, Lake Nakuru National Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nairobi - Lake Nakuru National Park. We leave Nairobi this morning and descend into the Great Rift Valley, home to some of Africa's most dramatic scenery. We stop at a lookout point to enjoy the view before arriving in Lake Nakuru National Park. Although small by African standards, this Kenyan reserve is home to all manner of wildlife, including lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard, not to mention the great flocks of flamingos which gather at the famous soda lake itself. We enjoy an included game drive in specialized safari vehicles in order to spot some of this wildlife for ourselves.

Day 44: Lake Nakuru
Location: Lake Nakuru National Park, Eldoret
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lake Nakuru National Park - Eldoret. Departing Nakuru this morning we journey to Eldoret, Kenya's fifth largest town and a region increasingly important to the country's economy. On our journey today we will cross the Equator, travelling from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere. We will stop to enjoy some time and photo opportunities at the Equator itself. Arriving at our campsite on the outskirts of Eldoret, there is time for you to admire the nearby Sirikwa holes, primitive dwellings believed to have belonged to an ancient tribe.

Day 45: Eldoret
Location: Eldoret, Kampala
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Eldoret - Kampala (Uganda). Wave goodbye to Kenya for now as we cross into Uganda, a country once described by Sir Winston Churchill as the 'Pearl of Africa'. On our drive to Kampala you will see lush rolling hills, tribal villages and growing towns and cities. Our campsite tonight is in the country's capital, Kampala.

Day 46: Kampala
Location: Kampala, Queen Elizabeth National Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kampala - Queen Elizabeth National Park. Departing Kampala, we cross the Equator again and pass through fertile green hills, tangled forests and rugged mountain ranges to the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Originally Named Kazinga National Park on its inception in 1952, the reserve was renamed in 1954 after a visit by the newly crowned British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Our first evening here is free for you to take a walk in the lush surroundings, who knows what wildlife you may spot! The reserve is home to elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, chimpanzee and much more. Encouragingly, reports from the Uganda Wildlife Authority suggest that wildlife populations in the reserve are increasing, thanks to effective protection. This is largely down to your tourism money!

Day 47: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we are heading into Queen Elizabeth National Park, admiring the mountain views and stopping whenever we see something of interest. As well as the charismatic larger animals, the reserve is home to more than 500 bird species. Reaching Kyambura Gorge we head out on foot in search of chimpanzees. The rangers will have a good idea of where they are and the trek can vary in length from less than an hour to several. Chimps tend to stay in the treetops so you may have to crane your neck for a view of our closest relatives.



Please note: Chimpanzee Trek permits are issued by the wildlife authority in groups of up to 8 people per group. Depending on our group size, we may trek on the afternoon of day 46, morning or afternoon of day 47, or morning of day 48.

Day 48-50: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Bunyonyi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Queen Elizabeth National Park - Lake Bunyonyi. On day 48 we drive to Lake Bunyonyi, dotted with scenic islands and surrounded by lush forest and rolling hills. Over the next three days everyone in the group will enjoy their mountain gorilla trek, but we will split into smaller groups in order to avoid disturbing the gorillas. On the days when you are not trekking, you are free to take a boat trip to some of Lake Bunyonyi's islands, go bird-watching, visit a local village or hire canoes to paddle on the lake.



On the day of your trek, we will hike for anywhere between 30 minutes and 48 or 49 hours into Bwindi National Park (or occasionally Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, this will be made clear to you in advance), depending on the location of the gorillas. A decent level of fitness is required as we trek through the steamy jungle. Your guide will know the location of the nearest gorilla family.



Once we have located the gorillas, you will spend around an hour watching from a safe distance. Keep quiet, keep low to the ground and follow all the instructions of your guide - this is for your safety and for the welfare of the mountain gorillas. You are welcome to take photos, as long as there is no flash.



One of the world's most endangered creatures, mountain gorillas are heavily protected, with around 1,000 animals now living in the rainforests of central Africa. Numbers have increased remarkably due to effective protection in recent years - keep your eyes peeled for the giant silverback alpha male, and some of the adorable youngsters that represent the future of their species.



When it is time to leave the gorillas, we trek back to Lake Bunyonyi, where you can reflect on what is sure to be the highlight of your African adventure. The rest of your time here is at leisure, whilst the rest of our group completes their trek.

Day 51: Lake Bunyonyi
Location: Lake Bunyonyi, Kampala
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lake Bunyonyi - Kampala. Leaving the mountain gorillas and Lake Bunyonyi behind, we return to Kampala, skirting around the northern edge of Lake Victoria. There is time this evening for you to head into the city and explore, meet the locals or try some of the local cuisine if you wish.

Day 52: Kampala
Location: Kampala, Jinja
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kampala - Jinja. It's a short drive today as we make our way to Jinja, a city in southern Uganda on the banks of Lake Victoria, source of the River Nile. From here, the river flows for 5,584km, through 11 countries. It enters the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt, having provided life to millions and millions of people and animals on its journey!



Our campsite is beside the Nile, and there are numerous optional activities you can enjoy. Quad biking, white water rafting, Nile cruises, fishing trips and mountain biking are some of the options. You also have the opportunity to visit a local school initiative. Lend a hand with some painting, plastering or other labour to help improve the local schools around Jinja.

Day 53-54: Jinja
Location: Jinja
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The next two days are completely free for you to unwind by the Nile. Enjoy some of the optional activities available, go for a long walk beside the river or simply relax at the campsite with a good book - the choice is yours!

Day 55: Jinja
Location: Jinja, Eldoret
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Jinja - Eldoret (Kenya). Say goodbye to Jinja as we cross the border back into Kenya and return to Eldoret. Our final evening is spent around the campfire, sharing our favourite memories from the last two weeks, and exchanging contact details with the rest of the group!

Day 56: Eldoret
Location: Eldoret, Nairobi
Meals Included: Breakfast

Eldoret - Nairobi. We complete our drive south through Kenya, arriving back in Nairobi in the late afternoon. Here our tour arrangements come to an end.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    Camping

  • 55 breakfasts, 45 lunches & 43 dinners

  • 48 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 2 nights in dorm accommodation in Swakopmund, 1 night permanent tented camp in the Okavango Delta & 4 nights simple twin share accommodation in Zanzibar (please refer to the trip notes for details)

  • Escorted by a licensed 2-person crew

  • Transportation in a 24-seater overland truck with camping and cooking equipment

  • Cape Town Township Tour

  • Sesriem & Fish River Canyon visit

  • Sossusvlei shuttle, guided walk and Dune 45 excursion

  • Spitzkoppe excursion to see Bushmen paintings

  • Kalahari Bushman Walk

  • Etosha National Park game drives

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What's Not Included

  • Non refundable Gorilla & Chimpanzee Permit: USD $700pp (or equivalent in your currency) - pay at time of booking in addition to the deposit

  • International flights and visas

  • Airport transfers - can be booked on request

  • Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

  • Sleeping bag - please bring your own

  • Optional activities (prices listed in Trip Notes)

  • Local payment - US$1420pp, paid on arrival in USD + US$700pp Gorilla & Chimpanzee Permit, paid at time of booking in your currency

  • Local payment - US$1420pp, paid on arrival in USD

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  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

Reviews of this Operator

Calvin  

Wonderful experience

05-Jan-2023

Jamal is our tour guide. Right from the start, he created a group chat in whatsapp and if any issues to make sure we contact him. He was on the ball with every issue thrown at him. Luggage being left behind, stragglers wondered off in a different path, hotel room etc. He explains the various site along our route to give us a better understanding of the local cultures. We had a great time, thanks to Jamal.

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Norma Sullivan  

Land of the Northern Lights 5 day tour of Iceland

10-Sep-2021

The Land of Northern Lights tour was a triumph! My tour of Southern Iceland was absolutely wonderful. The venues chosen, the timing allotted at each venue and the variety of things to experience was nearly perfect. Our guide, "Thor", was smart, amusing, full of history and anecdotal stories as well as being incredibly hospitable and helpful. This small group experience was my first, but not my last thanks to On the Go.

Trawls (Google Reviewer)  

On The Go Tours Sri...

05-Feb-2024

On The Go Tours Sri Lanka was an incredible experience that was made even better by our tour guide Akthar. He was incredibly knowledgeable about his country and he loved sharing it with us. The tour covers a wide range of activities so you can truly experience what Sri Lanka is all about. The beautiful 4-5 star hotels at the end of every day was an absolute bonus. Thanks for a great trip OTGT I’m sure this won’t be my last

Xtreme Floor Care (Google Reviewer)  

Traveled through Egypt with On...

30-Nov-2023

Traveled through Egypt with On the Go Tours, professional service, very informative and helpful tour guides. The choice of hotels was excellent... Definitely recommend this company

Gavin Harrigan  

King Tutankhamun 10 day tour of Egypt

16-Sep-2021

I have just returned from my tour with On The Go and it was an amazing trip! From arriving at the airport and meeting the OTG representative, everything was well organised and hassle free.  Our tour guide was Amir. He is awesome!! From the beginning he was so friendly and enthusiastic about showing us around Egypt, giving us loads of information at each place and time to explore ourselves. Learnt so much from him about this fascinating place, and he was always happy to answer more questions.   The trip itself was amazing. There's lots of travelling on this trip, but it's really not too bad, and the sights you see when you get to where you are going are worth it. I'm not a big fan of boats, but the Felluca ride across the Nile was pretty fun too.  On the first day I also did the optional tour of Cairo with Ahmed Helal - another excellent guide from OTG. It's worth doing this add on as you don't spend much time in Cairo, and you go to three very different places.  I'm so glad that I decided to do this trip. It was just ace.  If you're thinking about it too, you should probably just book it. And hopefully you get Amir as your guide.

Paul Kelly (Google Reviewer)  

TOTALLY MOROCCO We booked a 9...

26-Feb-2023

TOTALLY MOROCCO We booked a 9 day tour of Morocco visiting many main cities and places of interest. The coach was very comfortable and we felt safe with the driver Suliman. The guide was Hicham Touraouine and he was fantastic. He spoke perfect English as well as French, Arabic and Berber. He was so kind and considerate and made a good tour great. We particularly enjoyed ‘glamming in the Sahara Desert. So much to see and do and great food and company. We would definitely use On The Go Tours again, especially if Hicham was the guide. Paul & Penny

Rolly Hay hay (Google Reviewer)  

Gallipoli tour. The guide was...

28-Sep-2023

Gallipoli tour. The guide was awesome. Everything went like clockwork.. My complaint is that you expect 4 people to cramp together on the back seat of the van for 4 hours. That is poverty travel. Not really acceptable for the price paid. So uncomfortable. If was to do this trip again I'd just rent a car. Although the guide was amazing, but that's 3 hours of the trip.

Sarah Paterson (Google Reviewer)  

Terrible tour of India. For...

27-Dec-2023

Terrible tour of India. For some reason On the Go hadn't realised that my room mate had booked her own room for the first night of tour. So the hotel in Delhi had tried to put me in her room after midnight, by wheeling in an extra bed. She went Crazy!! I then had to sit in hotel reception for hours. While the tour guide said he couldn't find me a room. Throughout the tour the guide consistently ask me and my room mate for money for my room, causing more friction between us. Don't book with this company had the worst experience ever. Go with Intrepid or G Adventure

brandy hoffman (Google Reviewer)  

I had used them once...

09-Aug-2023

I had used them once before and loved them. I decided to try them again for a Baltic tour not knowing that they put me on another Tour group- Baltic vision. Loved that tour but was not impressed they marked up the cost for me over 100%. I understand taking some for yourself because of paperwork, but over double the cost everyone else paid on the tour. Just double check before you book with them that you’re not over paying.

Giovanni Guidi (Google Reviewer)  

I booked three tours with...

19-Aug-2023

I booked three tours with this agency. While the first two experiences were very nice, with well-thought-out itineraries and knowledgeable guides, the third tour was an absolute nightmare for us. Due to the unavailability of an hotel from the trip notes, the agency opted to replace it with another they claimed was "similar." To our dismay, this alternative was nothing short of a decrepit, filthy establishment that threatened to ruin our entire safari experience in South Africa. But the fiasco didn't end there. This so-called hotel began proposing and organizing activities starkly different from what we were promised in the trip notes, together with an awful services of their guides and vehicles. And when this disaster struck and we desperately needed their support? The agency ghosted us. It took them an entire day to respond, and when they did, they simply shrugged off our concerns, asserting it was too late to fix anything, even though three nights of our trip were still ahead. The level of unprofessionalism was staggering. Forced to salvage our experience, we took matters into our own hands, leaving that awful place to book another hotel and activities for the remainder of our trip—all at my own expense. Based on my experience, I suggest travelers to think twice before considering this agency. Seek out reputable companies known for their commitment to customer service and integrity.

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    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 59 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

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