Ultimate East Africa

Nairobi to Stone Town

22 days from 3,779 pp

Beginning in Nairobi, with its convenient international airport, this 22-day African adventure offers up the prizes of Uganda before heading east towards the beaches of Zanzibar. Enjoy wildlife safari drives across the Serengeti and trek through remote forests for an incredible encounter with mountain gorillas in their own habitat. Travel aboard our overland adventure vehicle (OAV) is well-paced and wilderness camping along the way will bring you closer to the region’s wildlife. Our certified CEO will lead the way and share with you the hidden gems that will have your camera’s shutter working overtime. This trip will truly leave an impression on you for the rest of your life!

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22 days Nairobi to Stone Town

From 3,779 per person

Departures until February 14, 2019

Is this tour for me?

 

Travel Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.

 

Service Level: Camping

Camping most nights with some hotel stays to start and throughout; affordable public and private transport.

 

Physical Rating: 4 – Demanding

Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.

 

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 22, avg 18.

 

Age requirement: 18-39

Day 1: Nairobi
Arrive at any time.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting –1h – 18:00
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

Hotel – Hotel Boulevard (or similar)

Day 2: Nairobi/Eldoret

Soak up the scenery as we drive across Kenya’s Rift Valley.

 

Lando – Nairobi – Eldoret (10h-11h – 315km)

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

 

Accommodation

Campground – Greenwoods Resort and Campsite (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3: Eldoret/Kampala

Cross the border into Uganda, then camp outside of the country’s capital.

 

Lando – Eldoret – Kampala (10h-12h – 350km)

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

Border Crossing (Kenya – Uganda) – Malaba

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

 

Accommodation

Campground – Red Chilli Hideaway (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4: Kampala/Kalinzu Forest Reserve

Watch the Ugandan countryside pass by on the day’s journey.

Lando – Kampala – Kalinzu Forest Reserve (6h – 345km)

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

 

Accommodation

Campground – Craters Campsite & Country Lodge (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5: Kalinzu Forest Reserve/Lake Bunyonyi

Get up early for an included chimpanzee tracking excursion, then visit a tea plantation before setting off for Lake Bunyonyi.

 

Chimpanzee Tracking Excursion – Kalinzu Forest Reserve (1h-5h)

Enjoy a chimpanzee tracking excursion through the scenic Kalinzu Forest Reserve. Trek along the ridges and valleys of the Rift Valley escarpment to visit chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Follow forest trails, which offer amazing views over the Rwenzori Mountains, Lake Edward, the Kazinga Channel, and the Congo. The Kalinzu Forest Reserve is steeped in mystery and rich with local legends. Learn about the folklore and uses of the forest from a local guide.

Tea Plantation Visit – Kalinzu Forest Reserve (1h)

Walk through a tea plantation with a local guide. View multiple varietals of tea, and learn about the process of growing tea plants from the harvesting stage to what goes into making the best cup of tea.

Lando – Kalinzu Forest Reserve – Lake Bunyonyi (3h)

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

 

Accommodation

Campground – Bunyonyi Overland Camp (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6: Gorilla Trek

Enjoy a guided mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

 

Mountain Gorilla Trek – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (1h-6h)

Take an unforgettable guided trek (1-6 hrs) deep into volcano forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for a wildlife encounter of a lifetime, and meet a family of mountain gorillas. One of Africa’s major highlights, a close encounter with these amazing animals is simply breathtaking. Get prepared before heading out: bring plenty of water and waterproof clothing (it can rain on only a few minutes’ notice), and be sure to bring protective bags for cameras and film. Dress in layers with long sleeves and long pants to protect against stinging nettles found in the forests. The trek’s often chilly, at first, until you start trekking.

Note: Ugandan authorities are fiercely protective of this natural treasure, and currently permit only a maximum of eight people, per day, to visit a given gorilla family. The group will be split into different sub-groups for the trek, and depending on the number of travellers, different sub-groups may do their trek on different days.

 

Accommodation

Campground – Bunyonyi Overland Camp (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7: Lake Bunyonyi

Enjoy free time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Lake Bunyonyi.

 

Free Time – Lake Bunyonyi – Full Day

Get out and do as much or as little as you’d like around Lake Bunyonyi.

 

Accommodation

Campground – Bunyonyi Overland Camp (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8: Lake Bunyonyi/Kampala

Return to Kampala with a stop at the Equator for lunch at the G Adventures supported AidChild Equation Cafe & Gallery.

Lando – Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala (12h – 520km)

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

G Adventures for Good: AidChild Equation Cafe & Gallery

Make a stop at AidChild’s Equation Café and Gallery, located at the equator. Surrounded by paintings and other crafts made by local artists, you’ll enjoy a meal made with traditional Ugandan ingredients, with a modern twist. Your lunch here directly supports AidChild, a non-profit that provides support, medical care and education to children and youth living with HIV in Uganda.

 

Accommodation

Campground – Red Chilli Hideaway (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9: Kampala/Jinja

Explore Jinja, known for its outdoor and adventure activities.

Lando – Kampala – Jinja (3h – 90km)

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

Free Time – Jinja Afternoon

Get out and enjoy the adrenaline capital of Uganda.

 

Accommodation

Campground – Nile River Explorers River Camp (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 10: Jinja

Spend another day exploring Jinja. Opt to raft down the White Nile River, mountain bike up and down the hills or check out the local market.

Carte Blanche – Jinja Full Day

There’s plenty to see and do in Jinja, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and quad biking. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Accommodation

Campground – Nile River Explorers River Camp (or similar)

Day 11: Jinja/Eldoret
Cross over into Kenya for a night in Eldoret.
Lando – Jinja – Eldoret (7h – 270km)

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

Border Crossing (Uganda – Kenya) – Malaba

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

 

Accommodation

Campground – Greenwoods Resort and Campsite (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 12: Eldoret/Nairobi

Sit back and enjoy the ride on a transfer through the Kenyan countryside to Nairobi.

Lando – Eldoret – Nairobi (11h – 315km)

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

 

Accommodation

Hotel – Hotel Boulevard (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 13: Nairobi/Arusha

Travel south and cross the border into Tanzania.

Shuttle – Nairobi – Arusha (7h-8h – Full Day – 290km)

Move efficiently from point A to point B aboard this dependable ride. This is a shared shuttle and may include non-G Adventures travellers. A G Adventures CEO will be accompanying the shuttle to assist our travellers at the border and throughout the day.

Border Crossing (Kenya – Tanzania) – Namanga

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

 

Accommodation

Campground – Meserani Snake Park (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 14: Arusha/Mto wa Mbu

Visit a Maasai village to learn about the Maasai people and the G Adventures-supported Clean Cookstove project. Meet the local women engineers who have installed clean cookstoves throughout these communities. In the afternoon, opt to visit the Mto wa Mbu village to enjoy a local lunch and cultural experience with the town’s villagers.

 

7-seat 4×4 safari vehicle – Arusha – Mto wa Mbu (2h-3h – 130km)

Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top.

G Adventures for Good: Clean Cookstove Project Visit

Visit a Maasai village in the Monduli District and witness the benefits of the G Adventures-supported Clean Cookstove Project. In Tanzania, 95% of people rely on cooking with wood and coal. Women and girls spend hours walking to collect wood every day (making them vulnerable to assault and unable to use their time to go to school). Indoor smoke from open-fire stoves causes cancer, emphysema, pneumonia, blindness, and burns. Take a guided tour of these villages and meet the women that have been trained as stove engineers, visit bomas (traditional homes), and observe (or get your hands dirty) by helping the Stove Team build a stove in a home. See the beneficial impact of the clean-burning stoves on the health and daily lives of the Maasai villagers, especially the women.

 

Accommodation

Campground – Twiga Campsite (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 15: Mto wa Mbu/Serengeti National Park

Enjoy a wildlife safari drive en route to the central Serengeti. Spend the night at a basic bush camp and enjoy the starry African skies.

7-seat 4×4 safari vehicle – Mto wa Mbu – Serengeti National Park (190km)

Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top.

Serengeti National Park Safari – Serengeti National Park

This is the reason you came to Africa. Charge your camera, grab your binoculars, and set out on safari. Your eagle-eyed driver will keep an eye out for wildlife – buffaloes, elephants, lions, wildebeests, zebras, and more. Tanzania’s Serengeti tends to be less crowded than some of Kenya’s reserves, so enjoy the scenery, the vast expanse of the grasslands, the play of light and shadow, and the up-close look at wild Africa.

 

Accommodation

Campground – Seronera Campsite (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 16: Serengeti National Park

Enjoy a full-day wildlife safari drive in the safari vehicle. Opt for a morning hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti.

Please note: if you have pre-booked the Serengeti Balloon Safari, today’s likely the day for this activity! Your CEO will give you final confirmation of when it will take place, as it is subject to change. You will miss the included morning wildlife safari drive with the group, but you will have a much better view from above!

 

Serengeti National Park Safari – Serengeti National Park Full Day

This is the reason you came to Africa. Charge your camera, grab your binoculars, and set out on safari. Your eagle-eyed driver will keep an eye out for wildlife – buffaloes, elephants, lions, wildebeests, zebras, and more. Tanzania’s Serengeti tends to be less crowded than some of Kenya’s reserves, so enjoy the scenery, the vast expanse of the grasslands, the play of light and shadow, and the up-close look at wild Africa.

 

7-seat 4×4 safari vehicle – Serengeti National Park

Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top.

 

Accommodation

Campground – Seronera Campsite (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 17: Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro Crater

Set off on a wildlife safari drive on the way out of the Serengeti. Camp on the Ngorongoro Crater’s rim. Please note that due to the high-altitude location of our camp, temperatures can drop at night. We recommend bringing extra layers to wear during the evening and following morning.

7-seat 4×4 safari vehicle – Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater 5h

Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top.

Serengeti National Park Safari – Serengeti National Park

This is the reason you came to Africa. Charge your camera, grab your binoculars, and set out on safari. Your eagle-eyed driver will keep an eye out for wildlife – buffaloes, elephants, lions, wildebeests, zebras, and more. Tanzania’s Serengeti tends to be less crowded than some of Kenya’s reserves, so enjoy the scenery, the vast expanse of the grasslands, the play of light and shadow, and the up-close look at wild Africa.

 

Accommodation

Campground – Simba Campsite (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 18: Ngorongoro Crater/Arusha

Wildlife safari drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, then return to Arusha.

 

7-seat 4×4 safari vehicle – Ngorongoro Crater

Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top.

Ngorongoro Crater Wildlife Safari Drive – Ngorongoro Crater

Set the alarm and prepare for an early start to see the wonders of the Ngorongoro Crater. Here you’ll see Maasai herdsmen in the morning mist. Your driver/guide will take you down into the crater and to all the best spots to view wildlife. Spot zebra, gazelles, buffaloes, and warthogs. The swamp and forest are home to hippos, rhinos, elephants, baboons, and monkeys. Keep your eyes peeled and camera ready to capture a pride of lions or a lone leopard walking along the crater floor.

7-seat 4×4 safari vehicle – Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha5h

Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top.

 

Accommodation

Campground – Meserani Snake Park (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 19: Arusha/Stone Town

Fly to the beautiful island of Zanzibar and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy an orientation walk with your CEO in historic Stone Town, and opt to continue on for a longer walking tour, or explore on your own.

Transfer to the airport for a short, but scenic flight to this island paradise. Arrive in Stone Town in time for lunch and an orientation walk. If you opt to continue on for a longer tour of Stone Town, you will be visiting the Old Slave Market, House of Wonders, Palace Museum; entrance to these sites are optional and are to be purchased on site.

Plane – Arusha – Stone Town (1h30m)

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually. The airport transfers and flight are included but will be unaccompanied by a CEO.

Stone Town Orientation Walk – Stone Town30m (1h Afternoon)

This orientation walk is just a brief introduction. If you’d like to learn more in depth information about Stone Town, we recommended going on a guided city tour

 

Accommodation

Hotel – Tausi Palace Hotel (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 20: Stone Town/Nungwi

Transfer to the white-sand beaches and turquoise waters of beautiful Nungwi Beach.

 

Private Vehicle – Stone Town – Nungwi (1h30m)

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Free Time – Nungwi Afternoon

Settle into island life and explore during some free time.

Accommodation
Hotel – Amaan Bungalows (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 21: Nungwi

Enjoy free time to lounge on the beach, snorkel, or tour the island.

Carte Blanche – Nungwi Full Day

There’s plenty to see and do in Nungwi, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, and sailing. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Accommodation

Hotel – Amaan Bungalows (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 22: Nungwi/Stone Town

Morning group transfer from Nungwi. Depart Stone Town upon arrival in the late morning.

Departure Day (Activities)

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with any onward travel arrangements you require.

Private Vehicle – Nungwi – Stone Town1h30m10:00 Morning

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included

  • G Adventures for Good: AidChild Equation Cafe & Gallery, Kayabwe
  • G Adventures for Good: Clean Cookstove Project Visit, Mto wa Mbu
  • Transfer from Nairobi to Kampala
  • Guided chimpanzee trek
  • Guided mountain gorilla trek with permits
  • Transfer from Jinja to Nairobi
  • Entrances and wildlife safari drives in Serengeti National Park and in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Scenic internal flight
  • Zanzibar excursion with Stone Town orientation walk (3 days)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Participation camping (10 nts), full-service camping (6 nts), simple hotels (5 nts).

Meals

20 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 13 dinners
Allow USD250-325 for meals not included.

Transportation

Overland adventure vehicle (OAV), 4x4 safari vehicle, minibus, shared shuttle, plane, walking.

Staff & experts

Kenya & Uganda portion: 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) as head guide/cook and driver, certified mountain gorilla trackers, local guides. Tanzania portion: certified safari guides/drivers, local guides. 1 CEO on transfer between Nairobi and Arusha, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Zanzibar.

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