Gorillas, Gameparks & Beaches
Gorillas, Gameparks & Beaches
Gorillas, Gameparks & Beaches

Gorillas, Gameparks & Beaches

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  • Lake Nyabikere – hiking the crater lakes
  • Chimpanzee trekking in the Kibale Forest
  • Witness awesome mountain gorillas in their natural habitat
  • The 2nd deepest lake in Africa – Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda
  • Lake Naivasha and ‘Elsamere' former home of Joy Adamson
  • The source of the Nile River at Jinja
  • Masai Mara National Park - home to the Big 5 and colourful Maasai tribesmen
  • The historic Stone Town and relaxing beaches of Zanzibar
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area with its amazing wildlife
  • Lake Nakuru NP – known for its Rhinos and bird life * Queen Elizabeth NP ~ launch trip and hippo spotting
  • Serengeti NP Game Drives

Day 1: Kampala (UGANDA)
Arrive into Entebbe airport where you will be met and transferred to Kampala, Uganda's capital. The rest of the day is at leisure so you can relax after your flight. This evening you can dine at the hotel restaurant or go into the city for a meal and to experience the night life of Kampala.
Accommodation: Silver Springs Hotel (H)

Day 2: Fort Portal (B L D)
Leaving Kampala in the morning drive west to Fort Portal. This laidback town is located in the heartland of lush tea-growing plantations.
Accommodation: Mountains of the Moon Hotel (H)

Day 3: Fort Portal (B L D)
The Kibale Forest is 766 sq km and largely comprises of rainforest where 60 mammal and 335 bird species reside, as well as many different insects and plants. There are 13 primate species of which the chimpanzees are a star attraction. Today you will be driven deep in to the forest to meet your guides who will escort you through the park to look for these fascinating primates in their natural habitat. Sometimes high up in trees, sometimes on the ground playing – wherever you find a chimpanzee community – you will be left in awe of their strong family ties and their amazing agility. The rest of the day is free to relax at the hotel or explore the town & surrounds.
Accommodation: Mountains of the Moon Hotel (H)

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park (B L D)
Uganda is often dubbed "the Pearl of Africa". Your destination is Queen Elizabeth NP, which is especially scenic with two lakes connected by a channel overlooked by a high peninsula. Arrive after lunch and take an afternoon boat cruise on The Kazinga Channel. It is well worth the trip to see the thousands of hippo abundant bird life and busy fishing village. This evening dine in the luxury lodge’s scenic restaurant.
Accommodation: Mweya Lodge (H)

Day 5: Kigali (B L)
Leave Queen Elizabeth NP in the morning and drive through to Rwanda, crossing the border at Gatuna. Once in Rwanda, drive to the capital city of Kigali. The hotel has a popular restaurant for you to enjoy this evening.
Accommodation: Chez Lando Hotel (H)

Day 6: Ruhengeri (B L D)
A sobering few hours will be spent at the Genocide Museum in the morning followed by a visit to the carving and curio markets. In the afternoon you will take a drive through stunning scenery and steep-terraced farmland to Ruhengeri where you will be bases for the next two days. Your hotel tonight has a lively rooftop bar and is only 5 minutes’ walk from the centre of town.
Accommodation: The Pastoral Centre of our Lady Fatima (H)

Day 7: Ruhengeri (B L D)
Free day to explore the town and surrounding areas. Perhaps a hike into The Volcanoes National Park to visit Dian Fossey’s gravesite a canoe trip down the Mukungwa River through rural Rwanda or a visit to The Gorilla Museum set up by the Dian Fossey Fund.
Accommodation: The Pastoral Centre of our Lady Fatima (H)

Day 8: Kisoro (B L D)
A short drive this morning back into Uganda through the border at Cyanika. You have a free afternoon to walk around town and also prepare your gear for the gorilla trek the following day. Dian Fossey often referred to The Travellers Rest Hotel as her second home. It’s situated just outside of Kisoro town centre and offers a quiet setting with an amazing view of the Virunga volcanoes.
Accommodation: Travellers Rest Hotel (H)

Day 9: Gorilla Trekking Day (BLD)
You will be picked up early in the morning and taken to the Bwindi Impenetrable rain forest park entrance. From here you will be split into groups of 8 with a guide and park rangers then begin the hike in to see the awesome mountain gorillas. Expect to trek between 1 – 5 hours through thick forest with overhanging vines, moss covered trees, and giant lobelias that all thrive in the tropical climate. Depending on where the gorillas are you may have to go off the track and climb steeply through thick bush. After all the effort of your climb, your heart will be in your throat when you finally come across a family of gorillas.
There are less than 900 mountain gorillas in the world and nothing could be more of a privilege than to spend an hour watching them as they go about their daily routine of feeding, playing, cleaning, and resting in their own territory. An unforgettable experience! After the trek you will be taken to Lake Bunyonyi where you will meet up with the Truck.
Accommodation: Bunyonyi Overland Resort (PT)

Day 10: Lake Bunyonyi (B L D)
The Lake is reputed to be one of the deepest in Africa and is fantastic for swimming in. The surrounding hills are the home of the Bakiga people who are cultivators by tradition. You’ll spend the morning visiting a local school then back to the truck for lunch, followed by a leisurely afternoon boat cruise around the islands.
Accommodation: Bunyonyi Overland Resort (PT)

Day 11: Jinja (B L D)
It is a reasonably long drive through to Jinja where you will spend the night on the shores of the Nile River close to the source of the Nile. The luxuriant vegetation covering the river banks and the diversity of bird life attracted by the multitude of fish complete a stunning vista. Enjoy a cold drink in the camp bar overlooking the Nile River.
Accommodation: Nile Porch (PT)

Day 12: Jinja (B D)
A free day today to relax or take part in activities such as quad or mountain biking, horse riding, village walks, birding, and fishing on the Nile.
Accommodation: Nile Porch (PT)

Day 13: Kenyan Highlands (B L D)
Today you cross into Kenya and will stay up in the highlands just outside of Eldoret. The river camp is a laid-back resort with a pool shady gardens and a very vibrant bar with unique furnishings.
Accommodation: Naiberi River Camp (A/E - dormitory)
Option to upgrade to private room with ensuite from US$40pp

Day 14: Nakuru (B L D)
This morning drive through the very picturesque Eldama Ravine to Nakuru located in the Rift Valley. Accommodation today is in lovely cottages on a working farm with beautiful gardens and excellent facilities. You can spend the afternoon going on a farm walk and/or visit the Kenana knitters’ project.
Accommodation: Kembu Farm (A/E)

Day 15: Lake Nakuru (BLD)
Today- game driving in Lake Nakuru National Park. This compact park is packed with wildlife. The soda lake has over 400 species of birdlife, including pink flamingos - an ornithologist’s paradise. It is also home to both the black and white rhino and where some scenes from the movie Out of Africa were filmed.
Accommodation: Kembu Farm (A/E)

Day 16: Lake Naivasha (BLD)
This afternoon you arrive at Lake Naivasha and take a boat ride on the lake viewing hippos, fish eagles, and other birdlife before arriving at Elsamere, the former home of the late Joy & George Adamson. Joy became world famous for her pioneering conservation work and relationship with the lioness Elsa- as told in her bestselling book and subsequent film Born Free. After a video presentation on the life of the Adamsons enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the garden.
Accommodation: Fish Eagle Lodge (H)

Day 17: Masai Mara (B L D)
Today drive into the Masai Mara stopping along the way for lunch. Nearing the park you will see herds of goats & cows wandering in a cloud of dust the vast plains dutifully watched by their Maasai owners. Enter the main gate by mid-afternoon and drive through to Sekenani Camp where each tent is situated on a raised platform with ensuite bathroom complete with a full length bathtub!
Accommodation: Sekenani Camp (PT)

Day 18: Masai Mara (B L D)
Spend the day game driving around the park through vast herds of zebra, wildebeest, and antelope. Hopefully you will also spot some of The Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo). The Masai Mara is quite simply one of the greatest wildlife attractions in the world and at this time of year you should see the migration which is spectacular. You will stop at the Mara River for a short guided walk and see what animals might be around the river at the time. In the afternoon a visit to a Maasai village to meet the locals and learn about some of their age-old customs and the way they live their semi-nomadic lifestyle.
Accommodation: Sekenani Camp (PT)

Day 19: Nairobi (BL)
Today journey through the Rift Valley and up the escarpment where you will stop for photo opportunities before continuing on to Nairobi Kenya’s capital. Your base for the next 2 nights is near the suburb of Karen, named after Karen Blixen – author of the popular book "Out of Africa".
Accommodation: Wildebeest Eco Camp – Deluxe Safari Tents

Day 20: Nairobi (B)
Free day to catch to kick back, catch up on your washing, emails, shopping etc. It is an approximately 10-15 minute drive to the nearby Karen Shopping Centre. Option to visit the elephant orphanage at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Accommodation: Wildebeest Eco Camp – Deluxe Safari Tents

Day 21: Karatu (B L D)
Today cross into Tanzania via the Namanga border to drive through Arusha and the northern highlands. After climbing the Manyara Escarpment the vegetation becomes more lush and green especially around the highlands of Karatu where you will overnight. The extinct volcano of Ol Deani has gentle slopes and is a prominent feature of the landscape.
Accommodation: Kudu Lodge (H)

Day 22: Serengeti (B L D)
You will be picked up this morning from Kudu Lodge in 4WD vehicles and driven to The Serengeti National Park. The largest national park in Tanzania the Serengeti is famous for its migratory herd of more than 1.5 million wildebeest along with masses of zebra and their predators. This afternoon enjoy a game drive before arriving at our tented camp.
Accommodation: Kati Kati Camp (PT)

Day 23: Serengeti – Ngorongoro (B L D)
Morning game drive before travelling across the plains to Naabi Hill for a lunch stop. In the afternoon continue on to Ngorongoro where you will overnight on the edge of the crater rim.
Accommodation: Rhino Lodge (C)

Day 24: Ngorongoro Crater (B L D)
Ngorongoro Crater is a huge volcanic caldera covering 264 sq km. Measuring over 16km across and 610 metres deep, it is home to many animals including black rhino, hyena, jackal, and the densest lion population in the world. This morning descend into the crater for a game drive, then after lunch drive back to Karatu for overnight accommodation.
Accommodation: Kudu Lodge (H)

Day 25: Marangu (B D)
After breakfast drive through to Arusha where there will be some free time for shopping. You will then visit Shanga River House. The Shanga Foundation was set up to provide locals with disabilities the chance to learn a craft and earn a living. You could be impressed with the unique and quality products which have been handmade from recycled materials. You will have lunch here at the restaurant. Later this afternoon arrive in Marangu which is situated on the lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The accommodation for the next two nights has magnificent views of the mountain.
Accommodation: Marangu Hotel (H)

Day 26: Marangu (B L D)
Today you will learn about the Chagga people – Bantu speaking indigenous Africans and the third largest ethnic group in Tanzania. Enjoy a walk through the village with a local guide, wander through banana and coffee plantations, visit a picturesque waterfall where you are free to have a swim in the refreshing water, and finally explore the caves – an elaborate system of underground tunnels and caves once used to hide the Chagga people and livestock from marauding Maasai.
Accommodation: Marangu Hotel (H)

Day 27: Stone Town Zanzibar (TANZANIA) (B)
Today you will take a domestic flight from Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar and transfer to Stone Town. Little has changed in the last 200 years - it is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques, and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. This one-upmanship is particularly reflected in the brass-studded carved wooden doors - there are more than 500 different examples of this handiwork. The afternoon is free to explore the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways. Later watch the sun sink into the sea over a cocktail before dinner.
Accommodation: Shangani Hotel (H)

Day 28: Spice Tour Zanzibar (B)
The history of Zanzibar would be not be complete without the cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, and many other spices which brought the Sultans of Oman and the beginnings of the infamous slave trade. Our half day tour will wow you with the sheer number of spices produced and their incredible value for many ailments. Later this afternoon drive to Nungwi Beach at the northern end of the island.
Accommodation: Amaan Bungalows (H)

Day 29/30: Nungwi Beach Zanzibar (B)
Two free days to relax and unwind at Nungwi Beach. Diving, fishing, and sailing on a Dhow are just some of the optional activities you can do here. At the end of the day there are plenty of bars to enjoy a sunset cocktail and a variety of beachside restaurants to dine in.
Accommodation: Amaan Bungalows (H)

Day 31: Stone Town Zanzibar (B)
After checking out of our hotel we head back to Stone Town where you will have free time to do some last minute shopping. Your last night will be spent over a fine meal and refreshments whilst taking stock of your whole adventure.
Accommodation: Shangani Hotel (H)

Day 32: Zanzibar departure (B)
You will be transferred to Zanzibar Airport this morning for your onward flight.


  • 31 nights’ accommodation as indicated
  • Meals as indicated
  • Sightseeing as indicated
  • Services of experienced driver/guide plus camp/cook assistant
  • Fully equipped safari vehicle with camping / cooking equipment
  • All road tolls vehicle taxes National Park entry fee
  • Airport transfers on D1 & D32 between 0600-1800 hours
  • Domestic flight Kilimanjaro - Zanzibar


  • Gorilla Permit (US$680 per person includes booking fee and transport)
  • Chimpanzee permit (US$180 per person – includes booking fee)
  • International airfares to/from New Zealand or Australia
  • Travel Insurance
  • Entry Visa to all countries (purchased at border)
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. drinks, souvenirs)
  • Any other optional activities you choose to take yourself

Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. Note prices usually display available discounted rates if any, (eg. Early Bird Deals if applicable).   All featured tour itineraries and offers maybe subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country.   Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are valid for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions  page.

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