14 DAY GORILLA TOUR & KENYA SAFARI

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Overview

This Gorilla tour offers highlights from Kenya and Uganda. You will visit the famous Masai Mara game reserve and Lake Nakuru National park. A comfortable flight will take you to the Pearl of Africa, Uganda. Here you’ll hike through two very famous tropical forests separated by over 300 kilometers to meet the chimpanzee bands and the mountain gorilla families.

Highlights

Detailed Itinerary: 14 Day Gorilla Tour and Kenya Safari

Day 1: Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – Welcome to Kenya

On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International airport your driver/guide will be waiting to pick you up from you flight.

You will spend your first night in Wildebeest Eco camp located outside of the busy town centre of Nairobi. It is close to several tourist attractions like Nairobi National Park, Giraffe Centre, Elephant Orphanage, Karen Blixen Museum and the Bomas of Kenya. Depending on your time of arrival you can visit these sites at your own cost.

Main Destination: Nairobi (Kenya)
Accommodation: Mvuli Suites (Mid-range hotel)
Meal Plan: Bed and Break (Dinner or any other meal on own account)

Day 2: Depart Nairobi To Lake Nakuru NP

After an early breakfast, you head to the first national park of your trip! Lake Nakuru National park. On your way, you will have a stopover at Thomson Falls and the Rift Valley viewpoint from where you can take beautiful landscape pictures.

On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. You will enjoy the ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. Lake Nakuru National Park is ideal for game drives, bird watching, and hiking.

You will do a game drive in the park on arrival. Flamingo hills tented camp is your accommodation for the night.

Main Destination: Lake Nakuru National Park (Kenya)
Best Time to Visit: June to March best for wildlife viewing (Little rain)
High Season: July to March (The park gets very busy)
Best Weather: June to March (Little rainfall)
Accommodation: Flamingo Hill Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 3: Nakuru – Masai Mara

After an early breakfast, you will head to the world-famous Masai Mara game reserve on the border with Tanzania. An excellent year-round animal concentration and known for its typical short savanna plains. Home to the great migration in the months July – October when two million Wildebeest make their way northwards from the Serengeti in Tanzania.

Upon arrival at the gate, you will have a long en-route game drive towards the tented camp where you will spend the next two nights. After a nice lunch, you will continue with an afternoon game drive to spot lions, buffaloes, antelopes and hippos and crocodiles in the Mara River.

The coming three nights you will sleep at Mara Eden camp. The camp’s location is sublimely located directly on the Mara River in the center of the reserve. Our tents are placed along the banks of the Mara River, with a seating area at the front for a relaxed game and bird viewing.

Main Destination: Masai Mara National Reserve (Kenya)
Best Time to Visit: June to October and September to October
High Season: June to October and December to March
Best Weather: June to October (Sunny, but not too hot)
Accommodation: Mara Eden Safari Camp (Mid-range tented camp)
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 4: Full day game drives in Masai Mara

Today you will have a full day of game drives ahead. Before sunrise, you will try to spot different predators that might make a kill last night. You will return for breakfast at the camp while the sun rises over the game reserve.

You can decide to take a packed lunch for a full day game drives or come back to the camp for a hot lunch. The secret on sighting a lot of animals is to do different game drives at different times and areas for the highest success rate.

After this exciting day, you will come back to the camp where you can relax with a cold drink on your veranda with a view of the Mara river!

Main Destination: Masai Mara National Reserve (Kenya)
Accommodation: Mara Eden Safari Camp (Mid-range tented camp)
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 5: Full day game drives in the Masai Mara

The annual greta migration safari in mara

Today you will have a full day of game drives ahead. Before sunrise, you will try to spot different predators that might make a kill last night. You will return for breakfast at the camp while the sun rises over the game reserve.

You can decide to take a packed lunch for a full day game drives or come back to the camp for a hot lunch. The secret on sighting a lot of animals is to do different game drives at different times and areas for the highest success rate.

After this exciting day, you will come back to the camp where you can relax with a cold drink on your veranda with a view of the Mara river!

Main Destination: Masai Mara National Reserve (Kenya)
Accommodation: Mara Eden Safari Camp (Mid-range tented camp)
Meal Plan: Full board

Day 6: To Lake Naivasha, boat safari

An en-route game drive will take you to the gate of Masai Mara. You will arrive at Lake Naivasha for a late lunch.

Lake Naivasha is home to a wide variety of wildlife including a sizable population of hippos which usually invade our property during their nightly forays for food. Being a freshwater lake, it also has a healthy fish population to include Black bass, Tilapia, and Crayfish which attract a variety of fish-eating birds such as Long-tailed and Great Cormorants, along with Fish Eagles, Pelicans, and various types of Kingfishers. In the afternoon you will do a boat safari on the lake to see the birds and hippos.

Tonight you will spend the night in the beautiful Naivasha Sopa lodge. Set in one hundred and fifty acres of grassland studded with Acacia bushes and trees, the resort is not only home to the resident giraffe, Waterbuck, and both Vervet and Colobus monkeys, but it is also a night stop for the hippos when they leave the lake every night to come and trim the grass.

Main Destination: Lake Naivasha (Kenya)
Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort (Mid-range hotel)
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 7: Flight to Uganda

Today you will fly to the next country of this tour, Uganda the Pearl of Africa!

You will be picked up from the airport by one of our representatives and transfer to the hotel. You will meet your driver/ guide tomorrow morning when he picks you up from your hotel.

Depending on the time of your arrival, you may be able to explore Entebbe Botanical gardens (Own arrangement)

Main Destination: Kampala (Uganda)
Accommodation: 2 Friends Beach Hotel (Mid-range hotel)
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 8: Transfer from Entebbe To Kibale Forest National Park

Today you will drive to Fort Portal in western Uganda. The route is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda. The last hour of the journey will take you through dense forest and sounds of the wild. You will have lunch in a local restaurant.

You will be staying at a wonderful lodge, just outside the national park. You can spend the late afternoon relaxing at the lodge, from which there is a lovely view of the forest.

Main Destination: Kibale National Park (Uganda)
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
High Season: June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather: June to July and December to February (Least rain)
Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp (Safari Tent)
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 9: Chimpanzee tracking & Swamp walk

Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including chimpanzees. Approximately 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Uganda, which makes it a perfect place to spot them! An experienced ranger will take you chimp tracking in the morning or afternoon. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour with them.

Your swamp walk will take you through grassland, small communities, and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot three to four different primate species during this walk, though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco!

Main Destination: Kibale National Park (Uganda)
Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp (Safari Tent)
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 10: Kibale National Park To Queen Elizabeth NP

After a leisurely breakfast, we depart from Kibale to Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has prolific game, including gazelle, Uganda kob, warthog and waterbuck. Lions are often sighted both in and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for large numbers of hippos and elephants, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine. A hot early lunch will be served at the lodge before we proceed for the afternoon activity.

In the afternoon, you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel, which joins Lake George and Lake Albert. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine) as well as a variety of other animals, which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see buffaloes, crocodiles, bathing elephants, and a wide range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour. After the boat safari, you drive back to the lodge through the park.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park (Uganda)
Best Time to Visit: throughout the year
High Season: June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather: June to July and January to February (Less rainfall)
Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari camp
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 11: Morning game drive and depart to Ishasha Sector

Today you wake up early. A little before sunrise coffee, tea and donuts will be served in the lounge before we head out for a long game drive in time to see the first rays of light. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across elephants, buffaloes, lions, waterbucks, leopards, Ugandan kobs, and many warthogs. After our last encounter with the wildlife in the northern sector, we proceed to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will have a chance of sighting buffalos, elephants and if lucky see the famous tree-climbing lions that are found in this area. Dinner and overnight at the lodge

Main Destination: Kazinga Channel (Queen Elizabeth NP, Uganda)
Accommodation: Ishasha Jungle Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 12: Ishasha to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, morning game drive in Ishasha, where you might have a chance to see the “tree climbing lions” which are seen during the hot hours of the day, as they lie resting on top of Figs trees. See also herds of buffaloes, elephants, topi antelopes and more. Later drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Dinner and overnight at the lodge

Accommodation: Buhoma Haven Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 13: Gorilla tracking

Gorilla Tour

Today is the big day… prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the endangered mountain gorilla. For most people, this is the absolute highlight of their Gorilla tour in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa that can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primates, 113 species of mammals, over 200 species of butterflies, and 360 species of birds. The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.

The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as two hours to as many as seven hours. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Uganda)
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
High Season: June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)
Best Weather: June to July and December to February (Less rainfall)
Accommodation: Buhoma Haven Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 14: Depart from Bwindi to Entebbe

After breakfast at the lodge, you will drive back to Entebbe (Airport). As you pass through the equator, there will be a stop for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping not forgetting a hot lunch en route.

This is the end of a wonderful Gorilla tour in Uganda!

Main Destination: Entebbe International Airport (Uganda)
Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)
Meal Plan: Lunch en route

End of tour

Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
You’ll be dropped off at the airport.

Included

  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • Chimp permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All flights during the tour
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Excluded

  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (Tipping guidelines US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

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