Double up East Africa, Gorillas, Chimps and Serengeti 2021

Overview

Once you start travelling in Africa, you realize that there are so much to see on a continent that is laced with cultural history and natural diversity.

That is why we are visiting Central East Africa for as long as possible.

Our journey north will lead us through Zambia past Lake Tanganyika where we take a breathtaking break. 

Then on to Rwanda where we visit the Kigali Genocide museum and further on our expedition to see the Chimps and Mountain Gorillas. We visit lake Victoria, Malawi and Tanganyika. Drive through Rwanda, the cleanest country in Africa. We visit a local coffee farm in Uganda for an experience you will not forget.

We will be visiting the very mountainous, volcanic region in Africa. The edge of the great African tropical forest and the East African rift valley.  

Do a bit of Kayaking or rafting on the White Nile river at Jinja.

To add to this we will be returning to South Africa via Kenya and Tanzania. After a few requests I have decided to do a special tour for 2021. We replace Zanzibar for the Serengeti. 3 Nights in the Serengeti included in the cost.

We do the tour mid year as an alternative to the normal Bluerhino December tour. December tours will resume again in 2022.

Join me for this incredible experience through the hart of Africa.

Bucket lists are not for the sake of having lists, let’s go…..

The Itinerary

Day 1

This is where our journey start. We meet at Nata for our first night. I will be driving up from Johannesburg and should arrive in the late afternoon.  Nata has a restaurant if you don’t feel like your own food for the evening.

Day 2

With everybody together we start our journey and travel North. We cross into Zambia and head towards Livingstone for our second night. The falls should be good and thus a good time to visit the falls.

Day 3

From there up to Lusaka where we stop for groceries and we fill the vehicles with fuel and also a bite to eat in one of the coffee shops. Turning onto the Tanzam highway, we head for Tanzania. 

Day 4, 5, 6

We continue north and pull in to a hot spring for a night to give our bodies a bit of a rest.

Finally, we sleep just short of the Tanzania border to gives us a short at an early departure

Day 7

We cross in to Tanzania and arrive at Lake Taganyika.

Day 8

It is a good opportunity to take a break at this point. We relax at the shore of the lake and lay on the beach of this glorious area and just chill.

Boat rides and restaurant meals available.

Day 9,10

We depart from camp and follow Lake Tanganyika, a bit of a rubbish road but we will get there. We sleep on route to the Rwanda border.

A second day through spectacular territory finally gets us to the brink of Rwanda

Day 11.

We make our way in to Rwanda and head to our campsite for the night. The next two days will be through this spectacular country, as clean as it comes. Remember to leave your plastic bags at home.

Day 12.

We drive in to Kigali and visit the human rights abuses museum, AKA the Kigali genocide museum, and if that is not your cup of tea, just have a good cup of coffee and a burger in their coffee shop.

Day 13

Day 13 is designed as a option day. You could just hang in camp for the day or join me for a drive down to Lake Kivu.

Day 14, 15, 16

We cross in to Uganda to start our Primates section of the tour. Firstly we get across the border, then we have a choice to do a coffee tour. This coffee tour is the best and most comprehensive coffee tour you would ever do in your life. It is great.

From there we head for the Bwindi Impenetrable forest reserve. Here we will be stationed for two nights and do our gorilla trekking.

Day 17, 18

We head north to our base for the Chimp trekking. Here we spend two nights to enjoy the forest, crater lakes and mountainous area and do a bit of Chimp trekking.

Day 19,20,21.

We cross the equator and head east to Jinja we meet up with the Nile river.  Many lovely rapids and water features around here. We spend three nights here for a bit of rafting and Kayaking.

We also take this opportunity to relax and rest up. Uganda has lovely fruits and coffee.

Day 22

We start our journey south and head in to Kenya.

Day 23

We are back in Tanzania and the Serengeti via the western gate. We start our 4 day 3 night experience in the Serengeti.

Day 24,25,26

We do a bit of exploring and go out to find the wildebeest.  This is a truly life changing experience.

Day 27

We exit the Serengeti and enter in to Ngorogoro. We travel through for the day and head for our camp outside Ngorogoro.

Day 28,

We have a long day as we start our journey back south. We continue our journey down through the beautiful central Tanzania. We turn off the Tanzam highway and head for Malawi. We cross in to Malawi in the late afternoon and head to our campsite.

Day 29, 30

A few long days means we deserve an off day. We take our off day next to Lake Malawi and lazy around under the large shade trees, enjoy a cool drink at the bar or just sleep in a little bit.

 Day 31

We break back inland and head for Zambia.

Day 32

We continue south towards towards Lusaka as we are now winding down the tour

Day 33

We pass through Livingstone and cross the border south in to Botswana where we make our way as far south as we can get. probably Nata, for our last night.

Tour specific comments

Vehicle:

A normal 4×4 or 2×4 will work for this tour. No special kit required.

Drivers:

No experience required, I personally guide the tour and will give you everything you need as we go.

Towing:

If you want to. Towing in very mountainous terrain is difficult but can be done, you would need a powerful reliable vehicle for towing. Also we have a few bad road days, so just be aware.

Included:

All your camping fees, Bluerhino fees Serengeti and Ngorogoro park fees.

Excluded:

Gorilla permit and Chimp permit.

Here is a video of the 2019 route, it is exactly the same route.

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