Johannesburg to Gorillas (40 destinations)

South Africa,  Botswana,  Zimbabwe,  Zambia,  Malawi,  Tanzania,  Kenya,  Uganda

Tour length 52 daysFrom Johannesburg to Nairobi
Overland Truck
Gorilla Trekking
Fully Guided

About this tour

Africa’s all about the outdoors – rainforest, national parks, waterways, coastlines and a whole load of savanna. See the best of Africa’s natural attractions on a 52-day adventure from Johannesburg to Nairobi. Witness the power of Victoria Falls and the sprawling plains of the Serengeti, have close encounters with mountain gorillas and be warmed by the welcoming hospitality of locals in Malawi. Camp on balmy beaches in Tanzania, trek through steamy rainforests and mokoro down the Okavango in search of unique wildlife. Whether you’re spotting the Big Five, lazing on Zanzibar’s idyllic shores or interacting with Maasai warriors, this all-encompassing African journey will immerse you into the wild lands of Africa.This is an overland trip. That means you’ll be travelling with a group in a purpose-built vehicle, visiting remote communities, setting up your own tent, occasionally roughing it in the bush with no facilities, and getting the best possible views of the Big Five. While the trucks don’t have air conditioning, they do have sliding windows which let in the breeze and make it even easier to take spectacular snaps of the local wildlife. The drive days can be long, but it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie. For more info on this style of travel, see our Africa overland page: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/africa/overlandTracking gorillas in the dense forest can sometimes be wet, muddy and uncomfortable. The terrain is by no means easy either, so it can be pretty strenuous and often humid. The sheer thrill of coming across a habituated group of gorillas, dominated by a great male silverback, more than outweighs any difficulty. You need to be prepared and fit enough to walk up to 4 hours up and downhill. A top tip is to pack some gardening gloves to assist in any uphill climbs. See https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/gorilla-trekking for more information.We use mokoros (small dugout canoes) to pass through the shallow waterways of the Okavango Delta to get to our campsite for the night.Camping out in the Okavango wilderness means digging a bush toilet and going without a shower. For most travellers this is a small price to pay for such a gorgeous remote island location.The African wild comes alive at sunrise, so there will be some early starts. The thrill of spotting your first lion or rhino is well worth any loss of sleep.Camping in the Serengeti National Park with no barriers between you and the animals is amazing, but it's important to heed the safety advice of your leader. You will be briefed as a group on arrival.
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Tour ID 98543
Tour length 52 days
Group size 22
Age range 15 - 99

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Intrepid Travel


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Day 1: Johannesburg
Day 2: Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Day 3: Maun
Day 4: Okavango Delta
Day 5: Okavango Delta
Day 6: Maun
Day 7: Nata
Day 8: Chobe National Park
Day 9: Victoria Falls
Day 10: Victoria Falls
Day 11: Victoria Falls
Day 12: Bulawayo
Day 13: Bulawayo
Day 14: Masvingo
Day 15: Harare
Day 16: Lusaka
Day 17: Petauke
Day 18: South Luangwa National Park
Day 19: South Luangwa National Park
Day 20: Lake Malawi
Day 21: Lake Malawi
Day 22: Chitimba
Day 23: Iringa
Day 24: Mikumi National Park
Day 25: Dar es Salaam
Day 26: Stone Town
Day 27: Zanzibar Northern Beaches
Day 28: Zanzibar Northern Beaches
Day 29: Stone Town / Bagamoyo
Day 30: Usambara Mountains
Day 31: Usambara Mountains
Day 32: Arusha
Day 33: Karatu
Day 34: Ngorongoro Crater / Serengeti National Park
Day 35: Serengeti National Park
Day 36: Mto wa Mbu
Day 37: Nairobi
Day 38: Lake Nakuru National Park
Day 39: Eldoret
Day 40: Kampala
Day 41: Kalinzu Forest
Day 42: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 43: Kisoro
Day 44: Gorilla Trek
Day 45: Gorilla Trek
Day 46: Mbarara
Day 47: Jinja
Day 48: Jinja
Day 49: Kericho
Day 50: Masai Mara National Reserve
Day 51: Masai Mara National Reserve
Day 52: Nairobi


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(Guests: 1, Nights: 1)
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