Gorilla and Game Parks

The Details

Type: Camping Camping
Start: Nairobi Kenya
Length: 14 - 28 Days
End: Nairobi Kenya
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Large (>12 People)
Countries: Kenya Uganda

Tour Dates

2020
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  • 2022
October
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From ZAR 19000 pp
(Excl. local payment USD 700)
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Overview

Gorilla and Game Parks

Gorilla and Game Parks : This ultimate Gorilla and Game Parks adventure take you to the mountain gorillas that inhabit the rain forests of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda on the high slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes and to track them and find them among the tangled vines and giant trees is a spine-tingling experience. Other highlights of this trip are the memorable countryside of Uganda, known as the Pearl of Africa, and searching for the big five in the Masai Mara. Lake Nakuru National Park is home to black and white rhino, flamingo and leopard, while Lake Naivasha harbours large pods of hippos.

Departures are guaranteed with 2-4 people.
(Excludes Gorilla permit). 
Gorilla Permit Fee USD 705 per permit to be pre paid plus USD180 payable to cash on the day for transport for the vehicle and will be divided by the no of travellers in the group

Countries visited: Kenya, Uganda

Gorilla and Game Park

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

• Masai Mara National Reserve,
• Kampala, Lake Bunyonyi,
• Lake Nakuru National Park,
• Great Rift Valley & Lake Naivasha.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

• Flights, Airport departure taxes departure transfer,
• visas,
• meals, water & drinks unless otherwise stated,
• travel insurance,
• laundry,
• Gorilla Permit, transfer to gorilla trek,
• personal items, sleeping bag, pillow,
• tips & bottled water.

Have 3 or more friends join you for 10 days or longer and get 10% discount off the tour price. Excludes Local Payment. Book 6 months in advance and enjoy the Early Bird Savings! (less 10%)

NOTE prices are subject to change. Please request a quote for exact prices for exact dates.

2020 Price excludes single supplement and any additional activities or meals not set out in the itinerary.

***2021 & 2022 Price is per person sharing. Excludes single supplement and any additional activities and meals not set out in the itinerary.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi

Upon entering this beautiful east African country, you may be greeted with the words of “jambo” (hello) or “hakuna matata” (no problem) by the friendly locals. With a population of nearly 42 million and land area of more than 580 000 sq km Kenya is home to an abundance of animals and colourful tribes people, making it the perfect getaway for a once in a lifetime safari.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Acacia Camp

Meals

Meals:

No meals

DAY 2: Nairobi to Masai Mara

Nairobi to Masai Mara

Leaving the hustle and bustle of Nairobi we climb the escarpment to our first stop, a viewpoint overlooking a section of the spectacular Great Rift Valley. Descending into the Rift Valley, we enter Masai land where these habitual pastoralists are often seen tending their cattle from the side of the road. We pass through the town of Narok, and continue our drive possibly getting a glimpse of some wildlife along the way. We arrive at our campsite, Acacia Camp in the late afternoon.

Acacia Camp looks on to the Meguarra hills and the stream that meanders by on the bottom end forms a natural border to the Masai Mara National Reserve.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Acacia Camp

Meals

Meals:

Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Masai Mara

We depart shortly after sunrise on our game drive into the Masai Mara Reserve. The Masai Mara is well known as one of East Africa’s best National Reserves and is home to a wide variety of wildlife species. Most famous for the Annual Migration, that consists of the impressive herds of over 1 million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle that cross over from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania; the Masai Mara is most popular between July and October when these vast herds feast on the fresh grazing here. Following these herbivores are Africa’s predators that are often seen at a kill during this period. We game drive through a section of the park in search of the ‘Big 5’- elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion & leopard; along with the many other species of animals, reptiles and birds who make call this wilderness home.

After our game drive, we have the option to visit one of the nearby Masai Manyatta’s – this is a traditional hamlet where the Masai still live in their traditional way. This evening we sit around the camp fire, and watch the sun set over this “Garden of Eden”.

Masai Mara National Reserve

All members of the big five can be found in the Masai Mara National Reserve, a reserve that which is a natural extension of the Serengeti plains in Tanzania. The Mara River serves as a natural border, and is crossed annually by hordes of zebra and wildebeest during the great migration from July to October, watching their every movement closely are the well-fed predators of this reserve.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Masai Mara Game Reserve

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: Masai Mara to Eldoret

Masai Mara to Eldoret

Leaving the Masai Mara early, we head out of Masai Land pass through the scenic tea plantations of Kericho before descending the Rift Valley Plateau, on our way to Eldoret.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: Eldoret to Kampala (Uganda)

Eldoret to Kampala (Uganda)

This morning, we cross the border into Uganda where we overnight it the capital city, Kampala. Uganda is a small country of striking physical beauty. Its landscapes vary from the fertile green areas around the northern shores of Lake Victoria to the snow-capped Ruwenzori Mountains in the west and the semi-desert region in the north. The political instability that has haunted Uganda in the past has actually had the positive effect of leaving the country free of the over commercialism so common in other parts of Africa. The current administration under President Museveni has devoted considerable effort and funds to return Uganda to its former status as one of Africa’s most prosperous and, from a tourist’s point of view, one of the most appealing and interesting countries to visit.

UGANDA

The “Pearl of Africa’ as it is referred to by its people, is home to some of Africa’s major attractions. This country contains four of Africa’s seven great lakes, including Lake Victoria which is the second largest body of fresh water in the world. Lake Bunyonyi is one of these spectacular lakes with its mythical landscapes and hidden bays. The source of the Nile at Jinja allows you the opportunity to tame the mighty waters with some of the world’s best white water rafting. And to top it all, this breath-taking country has the largest population of primates anywhere in Africa.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAYS 6 - 9: Kampala to Lake Bunyoni

Kampala to Lake Bunyoni

After an early morning departure from Kampala we drive west into the depths of Uganda to our base at the tranquil Lake Bunyoni.

Lake Bunyoni, the deepest Crater Lake in Africa and home to a large and varied number of beautiful birds, is the base from which the optional Gorilla trek takes place. Dependant on where trekking permits are available, we trek in the Magahinga or Bwindi National Parks in Uganda, the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, or the Ruhengeri National Park in Rwanda.

The prices of trekking permits fluctuate and may change without prior notice – currently they are priced from US$700 excluding transfer and bank fees (both of these amounts need to be prepaid). For trekking in the DRC or Rwanda (the trip leader will advise at the pre-departure meeting as to where the permits have been secured, and will assist with the online visa application for Rwanda en-route if needed), we will also have to purchase an additional visa to enter either country, as well as renewing our Ugandan visa upon re-entry. We also advise budgeting a little extra for tips for the local guides and rangers.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Gorilla Trekking is OPTIONAL

DAY 10: Lake Bunyoni to Kampala

Lake Bunyoni to Kampala

After marvelling at the experience of our gorilla encounters and enjoying the peaceful Lake Bunyoni, we begin our drive back to Kampala. We cross the Equator for the second time and stop for the classic “one foot in each hemisphere” photo opportunity. We overnight in Kampala and have the opportunity to sample its night life!

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: Kampala to Jinja

Kampala to Jinja

Today we have the option of visiting the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary or heading to Jinja for a selection of adventure activities including white water rafting at the source of the White Nile, quad biking or visiting a volunteer and community project. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the banks of the river, or ticking off the wide variety of water birds in this area.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12: Jinja to Nakuru (Kenya)

Jinja to Nakuru (Kenya)

Departing early, we head back to Kenya, stopping for lunch and supplies en route. We overnight outside Nakuru. Nakuru is Kenya’s 4th largest town and capital of the Rift Valley Province and lies adjacent to the small but wildlife rich Lake Nakuru National Park.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13: Lake Nakuru National Park

This morning we begin our exploration of the Lake Nakuru National Park – famous for the thousands of lesser and greater flamingos that flock to this soda lake’s edge. The numbers vary depending on the water level, and when it’s low, the lake almost turns pink. A truly spectacular sight! The park was established as a sanctuary for black and white rhino, which are often seen. We spend the day searching for these pre-historic looking beasts as well as the elusive leopard, encountering buffalo, giraffe, various antelope and the occasional hippo along the way. After our game drive, we head to our campsite, arriving in the late afternoon.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Game drives at Lake Nakuru National Park

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14: Lake Nakuru to Lake Naivasha

Lake Nakuru to Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha, is home to a multitude of bird life, the most magnificent being the African Fish Eagle with his regal cry. At 1880 m, this is the highest of the Rift Valley lakes. We spend the day enjoying optional excursions like Elsamere (former home to Joy & George Adamson of Born Free fame), a boat ride to the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary or a bike ride around Hell’s Gate National Park.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Lake Naivasha

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15: Lake Naivasha to Nairobi

Lake Naivasha to Nairobi

After breakfast, we head back to Nairobi usually arriving by late morning, or early afternoon. On arrival, we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!

The rest of the day is yours at leisure to enjoy some of the many options available in this bustling city; visit The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where you can view the orphaned baby Elephants at feeding time, or head to the Giraffe Centre in Langata, if you haven’t had your fill of game viewing, then Nairobi National Park offers some great day trips or if you haven’t quite got all those souvenirs you wanted, take a “Matatu” to the local curio markets close by the campsite. This evening why not try the fair on offer at the famous Carnivores restaurant.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Lake Naivasha

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

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