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

2017
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From ZAR 14595 pp
(Excl. local payment USD 510)
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Overview

Mountain gorillas 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). 

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: 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 2: 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”.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Masai Mara Game Reserve

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Acacia Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Visit to Masai Manyatta’s

Day 3: 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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Transit day

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: 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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight in Kampala

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 5 -8: 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$600. There is a local transport & handling fee from US$120 per person (this covers the return public transfer and the Wildlife Authority’s booking fee). For trekking in the DRC or Rwanda (the trip leader will advise at the pre-departure meeting as to where the permits have been secured, and will assist with the online visa application for Rwanda en-route if needed), we will also have to purchase an additional visa to enter either country, as well as renewing our Ugandan visa upon re-entry. We also advise budgeting a little extra for tips for the local guides and rangers. Please budget accordingly as payment for the permit must be made in US$ cash at the pre-departure meeting.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite at Lake Bunyoni

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Gorilla Trekking

Day 9: 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:

Overnight in Kampala

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: 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:

 Nile River Explorers – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

White water rafting, quad biking, community projects

Day 11: Jinja to Nakuru (Kenya)

Departing early, we head back to Kenya, stopping for lunch and supplies en route. We overnight outside Nakuru at a lovely campsite on a local farm. 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. Here we will spend the evening at the lovely EAMO Orphanage campsite.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

EAMO Orphanage campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: 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:

EAMO Orphanage campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Spending time with the kids at Eamo

Day 13: 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 1880m, 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.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Boat Ride or Bike Ride

Day 14: 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!

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Lake Naivasha

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

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