TWICE A MONTH GORILLA ENCOUNTER 14 DAYS
Day 1/2 Lake Nakuru/Eldoret Camp LD
We depart the colourful metropolis of Nairobi and head for Lake Nakuru. Numerous animals are found here, but the shallow soda lake is particularly known for its bird life. Westward from the Rift Valley, we pass through verdant tea plantations, as we head towards the town of Eldoret on the banks of the Naiberi River.
Day 3/4 Jinja/Kampala Camp BLD
Today we enter Uganda, the 'Pearl of Africa', and head towards Jinja. We visit the source of the Nile before we setting up camp on the banks of the White Nile. We spend our next night in the bustling capital of Uganda.
Day 5 Lake Bunyoni Camp BLD
We set off en route to southwest Uganda. This region is home to roughly half of the remaining 700 Gorillas remaining in the world. We spend the night in anticipation and finalising our preparations for the next few days of trekking.
Day 6/7/8 Bwindi NP Camp BLD
An early start sees us enter the dense Bwindi forest. Our trek through the forest is an unforgettable experience. At times the trekking can be demanding and the day long as we search for the elusive gorillas.
Experienced local guides lead us through thick jungle, tracking where the gorillas will have nested overnight. Gorillas are extremely sociable and interactive primates, groups normally numbering between 12 and 20 individuals. Most people’s impression upon their first sighting of a 300kg silverback is a mixture of incredulity and awe. At close quarters the gorilla seems almost human in it’s mannerisms.
This is quite possibly one of the most thrilling and evocative experiences that Africa has to offer, and certainly one that will remain an enduring memory from your travels.
Day 9 Lake Bunyoni Camp BLD
We return to Lake Bunyoni today for some R and R after the excitement of the last few days.
Day 10/11 Jinja Camp BLD
A long day's drive brings us back to Jinja where we can enjoy all the optional activities on offer. One of the best activities is the rafting on the Nile, the longest river in the Africa.
Optional Activities: Rafting and Riverboarding
Day 12/13 Lake Naivasha Camp BLD
Today we re-enter Kenya to Lake Naivasha, the 'sunshine lake'. Here the option is available to do an overnight trip to the Masai Mara National Park or to remain behind, and go cycling in Hells Gate National Park.
Optional Activities: Masai Mara, Hells Gate NP, Elsamere
Day 14 Nairobi Camp BL
After a relaxing breakfast we make our way back to Nairobi for the end of our adventure. We normally end off the tour by going out for supper to one of the excellent local restaurants.
Alternative Route: If it is inadvisable or undesirable to travel to southwest Uganda, the above itinerary will be altered as follows:
Day 3/4/5/6 Jinja/Kampala Camp BLD
We have time to enjoy all the adventure activities that Jinja has to offer. Heading to Kampala we now have time to explore the capital of Uganda, and take the boat ride out to Chimp Island, to see the closest living relative to man.
Optional activities: Rafting, chimp island, etc…
Day 7/8 Kakamega Forest Camp BLD
A long day brings us to one of the last remaining equatorial forests in Kenya. We have time to take some of the many winding paths through the forest, and, if lucky, we might see some of the amazing animals there.
Optional Activities: Guided Forest walk
Day 9/10 Lake Baringo Camp BLD
Today we travel across the Great Rift Valley, climbing in and out of this natural phenomenon. We spend the next few days at yet another of Kenya's beautiful lakes. The days can be spent going on a boat cruise to see the large hippo population of the lake, and the abundant bird life. Or you can just relax and enjoy the tranquillity.
Optional Activity: Boat Cruise
Day 11/12/13 Lake Naivasha/ Mara Camp BLD
Today we continue on to Lake Naivasha. The next morning we head off to the Masai Mara NP for some serious game viewing. If you are lucky you might see part of the yearly migration of animal herds from July till September.
Day 14 Nairobi Camp BL
After a relaxing breakfast we make our way back to Nairobi to the end of our adventure in East Africa. Our groups normally end off the tour by going out for supper to one of the excellent local restaurants, specialising in African cuisine.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described above, there is a certain amount of flexibility built in top the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations Please use this as a guide only.
TWICE A MONTH DELTA AND KRUGER 12 DAYS
NAMIBIA BOTSWANA ZIMBABWE
Day 1 Northern Namibia Camp LD
After a short orientation, we depart via Livingstone in Zambia for Northern Namibia and set up camp for the night on the banks of the Kavango River.
Day 2 Okavango Delta Camp BLD
Our journey into the Okavango is an experience all of its own! We pass through the waterlogged sandveld in a vehicle followed by an exhilarating motorboat ride. We visit a village in the Delta and enjoy an early morning nature walk before the heat of the day sets in. The evening is spent 'bush camping' in the wild under the stars in the heart of the Delta.
Day 3 Okavango Delta Camp BLD
Our time is spent exploring the winding channels and waterways in traditional-style canoes called mokoros. We slow our pace right down, sit back and relax as our local guides or 'polers' share their knowledge of the region and its abundant animal and birdlife. After our day's activities, we arrive in camp for a welcome hot shower and a refreshing drink. We spend our last night at this beautiful spot on one of the main flows of the Okavango River.
Day 4 Caprivi National Park Camp BLD
Today we reluctantly leave the Delta, transferring by boat and vehicle again, before heading back on a long drive into Namibia and our camp in the Caprivi Strip.
Day 5 Chobe National Park Camp BLD
The afternoon's activities in the famous Chobe National Park consists of a boat cruise on the Chobe River from where we enjoy a close up view of the animals as they come down to drink. A game drive through the Park will hopefully reward us with sightings of the migrating elephant herds and many other species of game. At the end of a day of exciting game viewing, we return to camp in Kasane for some well-earned rest and a sumptuous meal under the stars.
Day 6 Victoria Falls Hostel BL
We cover the short distance back to Victoria Falls where we usually end the tour as a group by going out for dinner.
Day 7/8 En Route Camp BLD
An early start sees us depart on the long drive towards Johannesburg. We pass through Botswana and overnight near the border at Martins Drift. The following day we arrive late in Johannesburg.
Day 9 Bourkes Luck Potholes Camp BLD
Leaving behind Johannesburg, the city of gold, we head through the province of Mpumulanga and some breathtaking vistas of the lowveld. Places of scenic interest include God's Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes. We wander around the quaint gold rush village of Pilgrim's Rest, which still retains many of its original buildings. The night is spent close to the Kruger National Park and we experience an evening at a tribal village - enjoying a traditional meal and dancing.
Day 10 Kruger National Park Camp BLD
Before we enter the world's second largest game reserve we visit a wildlife rehabilitation centre for a short educational experience. The next two days are spent exploring the southern part of this vast reserve and we stand a good chance of sighting elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo Africa's famed big five.
Day 11 Kruger NP Camp BLD
Our game drives continue and an early start usually rewards us with some great sightings. Keep your eyes peeled for the diverse birdlife and the more elusive animals. Tonight we stay in another of the parks
Optional Activities: Night Game Drive
Day 12 Lowveld Tour Ends BL
We complete our Kruger Park experience with an early morning game drive and head back towards Gauteng through the subtropical lowveld.
Along the way we may have the chance of shopping for local crafts and curios. This evening is spent back in Johannesburg from where you can connect on to another Nomad Adventure tour or head home if your trip to Africa has come to an end.
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