Meet the Rellies - Reverse

Masai Mara's mammal migrations
Game drives in the Masai Mara
Tented camp stays
Game drives in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Serengeti
The beaches, cultural diversity and slave history of the 'spice islands' of Zanzibar
The 'Garden of Eden' of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ngorongoro Crater
Beach babes
Grub's up
Gis' a smooch
Kenyan street art
Hang out in Rwanda
You think your job's tough? Try riding a massive pile of bananas around all day.
Kigali's Genocide Memorial - a monument to the courage and resilience of the Rwandan people
Donkey Kong
  • Swahili 101:

    -          Mambo vipi – how's things?

    -          Poa - things are cool.

    -          Asante sana – cheers, thanks a lot.

    -          Kale kakuku kadogo ka kaka kako wapi kaka? - where are your chickens, brother?

    (Was Gorillas, Safari & Zanzibar - Reverse)


    Day 1 - Dar es Salaam

    Grab a kanga (colourful sarong) at the Kariakoo market in Dar. You'll probably never wear it but they make a great tablecloth.

    • Arrive in Dar es Salaam and get acquainted with this fascinating part of the world
    • A pre-departure meeting will take place at approximately 6pm
    • You may choose to eat at the hotel restaurant this evening or venture out to one of the nearby restaurants (own expense).
    • Spend one night in Dar es Salaam and experience a large African city

    Day 2-4 - Zanzibar

    Freddie Mercury was born in the capital, Stone Town. Back then he was known as the decidedly less catchy Farouk Balsara. Hit up Mercury's Restaurant for cocktails, where we can heartily recommend the Fat Bottomed Girl.

    Day 2 (Approximate ferry sailing time: 1½ hours)

    • Catch a ferry to the spice island of Zanzibar and spend a night in historic Stone Town
    • Perhaps visit the markets or set off on a Spice Tour, which takes in the Slave Museum, the ruins of the Sultan's Palace and the famous spice plantations
    • Enjoy an optional trip out to Prison Island

    Days 3-4 (Approximate driving time: 1 hour)

    • Spend two days on the idyllic north coast at the beachside village of Nungwi
    • Relax on white sandy beaches and the warm tropical sea

    Day 5-6 - Dar es Salaam - Arusha

    Set up camp, then practice your hippo crawl and crocodile roll (aka the doggy paddle and the butterfly) in the pool. When you're suitably exhausted it's time to pull up a stool at the beach bar.

    Day 5 (Approximate driving time: 1 hour. Approximate ferry time: 1½ hours)

    • Catch the afternoon ferry back to the mainland and enjoy another day to experience city life
    • Get your last taste of the coast before heading inland

    Day 6 (Approximate driving time: 12 hours)

    • From Dar es salaam, travel past Mount Kilimanjaro
    • Perhaps gain a great view of the snow capped Uhuru Peak on a clear day
    • Cover a lot of ground today through changing scenery en route to Arusha
    • Enjoy the hustle and bustle of this busy town
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7-9 - Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti National Park

    (Approximate driving time: 8 hours; game drive times variable)

    Visit the School of St Jude, which was founded by an Aussie, Gemma Sisia, and educates over 1500 of Arusha's poorest kids.. You’ll probably knock the Big Five (lion, buffalo, leopard, rhino and elephant) off your list after a trip to the Serengeti (if you haven't already). Grab some handmade Masai bits and bobs at Mto Wa Mbu.

    • Visit The School of St Jude in Arusha this morning
    • Take a guided tour of the school
    • Visit children in class, before joining them for lunch
    • Transfer into 4WD vehicles for our expedition into Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti
    • Stop on the top of the Rift Valley escarpment for an incredible view out over Lake Manyara
    • Head down to the crater floor, and spend the morning exploring this outstanding wildlife sanctuary -  home to several black rhinos
    • Start around sunrise for a morning game drive and follow that up later on with an afternoon game drive
    • Return to camp during the hotter hours in the middle of the day, where and enjoy a hearty meal, relax and maybe take a siesta
    • Spend two days exploring the plains on game drives in the Serengeti National Park
    • Enjoy two nights camping inside the park - perfectly situated for the opportunity to hear the night time serenade of the African savannah

    Please note: National park regulations stipulate that vehicles are only allowed a maximum of six hours in Ngorongoro Crater.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 10-11 - Arusha - Nairobi

    Drive, wildlife, wildlife, wildlife, sleep, wildlife, wildlife, wildlife, drive. That's pretty much it for the next couple of days. Yeah, it's going to be awesome.

    Day 10 (Approximate driving time: 6 hours)

    • Enjoy an early morning game drive through the southern part of Serengeti National park
    • Head back to the Arusha campsite at Meserani Snake Park and the Masai Museum

    Day 11 (Approximate driving time: 8 hours)

    • Drive alongside the ‘wildlife corridor’ between Arusha and Nairobi
    • Cross into Kenya at the Namanga border post

    Please note: For those of you who will be saying goodbye, your tour finishes upon arrival at our downtown hotel in Nairobi in the early evening. Flights out of Nairobi tonight should not be booked before 9.00pm. Transfers to Nairobi Airport and/or post-tour accommodation is available at an additional cost.

    For those of you who are continuing on to Kigali, another pre-departure meeting will be held at 6pm this evening where we take the opportunity to meet new clients joining the tour.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 12-13 - Masai Mara National Reserve

    (Approximate driving time: 7 hours on day 12; game drive times variable)

    Depending on the time of year we might run into the world's biggest traffic jam - the wildebeest migration. Despite no horns, traffic lights or pedestrian crossings they're a surprisingly organised bunch. 

    • Spend two nights in the Great Rift Valley and the Masai Mara region
    • Head out on a full day's safari
    • Explore the park on morning and afternoon game drives
    • Witness wildebeest, zebra, elephant, giraffe and gazelle, and with luck, even lions or cheetahs
    • Perhaps choose to visit a local village, where you can experience Masai dancing and singing
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 14-15 - Lake Naivasha - East Africa Mission Orphanage

    (Day 14: Approximate driving time: 6 hours)

    Get your hippo fix at Lake Naivasha. Personal space goes out the window at EAMO, and within minutes of arriving you'll have a kid hanging off every limb. Eat dinner, watch a movie, play soccer, share their lo-fi toys (think bucket lid with a bit of wire) and chat with the founders.

    • Head to the freshwater Lake Naivasha and set up camp on the banks of the lake 
    • Perhaps choose to visit Elsamere, the former home of writer Joy Adamson of ‘Born Free’ fame
    • Why not take a cycling tour into Hell's Gate National Park - a safari on two wheels
    • Optional nature walk in Crescent Island Sanctuary
    • Fall asleep to the sound of grunting hippos

    Day 15 (Approximate driving time: 3 hours)

    • Head to the East Africa Mission Orphanage and camp on its grounds
    • Meet the children and share dinner with them at the orphanage
    • Answer the children's questions about the wider world over dinner
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 16 - Lake Nakuru National Park

    (Game drive times variable)

    This is the best place to see rhinos, but there are also baboons and flamingos everywhere. Head back to EAMO for a soccer match with the kids. NB: you don't stand a chance - even Van Persie would struggle to get one past these guys.

    • Travel to the nearby Lake Nakuru National Park for a full day of game driving
    • Perhaps spot populations of white and black rhino, Masai giraffe, Cape buffalo and the elusive leopard
    • View flamingos on the lake, which sometimes resembles a moving carpet of pink feathers
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 17 - EAMO - Kericho

    (Approximate driving time: 2 hours)

    Spend the morning with the kids, sit in on some lessons and see how this place ticks. Then it's back in the truck to Kericho, home to some of the world's best tea. Wherever you go, a fresh cuppa is never far away. Pinkies out!

    • Spend time with the children of the orphanage in their classrooms
    • Sit in on class with the children and join some of them in their lessons
    • Enjoy the opportunity to learn more about the tea industry in Kenya 
    • Camp in the midst of a tea plantation
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 18-19 - Jinja

    (Approximate driving time: 8 hours)

    Go bungee jumping, whitewater rafting and kayaking near our camp on the banks of the Nile. Up until 2004, Jinja was though to be the source of the Nile, but then it was discovered that the source was actually a little stream in Rwanda. Jinja remains on the hunt for another claim to fame.

    • Cross the border from Kenya to Uganda at the Busia border post - one of the busiest in east Africa.
    • Spend two nights camped on the banks of the river Nile
    • Camp near raging rapids, forested islands and an abundance of bird life
    • Optional activities abound, including whitewater rafting, kayaking, horse riding and quad biking.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 20 - Entebbe - Uganda Wildlife Education Centre

    (Approximate driving time: 3 hours)

    It started out as an animal orphanage in 1952, then it was a regular zoo and in 1994 became a place where you can go to learn about animals and stuff.

    • Optional boat excursion to Ngamba Island on Lake Victoria
    • Visit a chimpanzee sanctuary - home to 39 orphaned chimpanzees
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 21-22 - Queen Elizabeth National Park

    (Approximate driving time: 8 hours; game drive times variable)

    From Entebbe we journey on to Queen Elizabeth National Park, a stunning reserve that covers almost 2000 square kilometres and includes an array of habitats. 

    • Journey on to Queen Elizabeth National Park
    • Embark on an afternoon game drive in search of some of the 100 different types of mammals and over 600 different species of birds
    • Spend two nights camped in the Mweya area, located on the edge of the Kazinga Channel
    • Enjoy a morning game driving
    • Take a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel - a highlight for birdwatchers (and hippopotamus watchers)
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 23 - Ruhengeri

    (Approximate driving time: 7 hours)

    Heads up - you'll probably be so excited for tomorrow's gorilla trek that you won't be able to sleep. Try counting the geckos on the wall; you'll drop off in no time. 

    • Set off on a long drive to Rwanda
    • Get an insight into rural Ugandan life and be greeted by waving children along the way
    • Once in Rwanda, travel to the campsite and catch glimpses of the endless mountain ranges
    • Spend two nights on the outskirts of Ruhengeri
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 24 - Parc National des Volcans

    The trek can be tough (between 1-4 hours) but once you spot your first gorilla it will seem like a distant memory. Don't forget tissues if you're the emotional sort, and be sure to grab one of the free walking sticks at the start of the trek.

    • Check in at the headquarters of the Parc National des Volcans for the gorilla trek
    • Take a brief safety talk and set off with our guide in search of the magnificent apes
    • Get within metres of a gorilla family we are tracking and spend an hour observing them
    • Relive the events of the day over a well-earned meal back at camp
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 25 - Kigali

    (Approximate driving time: 3 hours)

    You'll feel shocked, angry and sad during your time at the genocide memorial but it puts your time in Africa into perspective. It's a sombre note to end the trip on, but will make sure Africa stays firmly in your heart when your backpack is gathering dust under your bed.

    • Travel south-east to Rwanda's capital, Kigali
    • The trip comes to an end after the memorial visit

    Please note: Accommodation for tonight is not included, but can be booked separately. If you are flying out of Kigali today, you should not book your flight to depart prior to 1.45pm. It is also vital to re confirm any flights out of Rwanda. These schedules change regularly and often by more than a few hours. These must be checked to save any problems with your departure. Transfers to Kigali Airport are also available at additional cost.

  • What's Included

    • An experienced driver, safari guide and camp cook whilst on safari; park fees; all camping equipment; transport in custom-built safari vehicle, 4WD vehicles during game drives; ferry and on foot.

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4WD vehicle, Custom-built safari vehicle, Ferry, On foot, Trek
17 nights Camping, 5 nights Hotel, 2 nights Tented bush camp
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