Uganda Gorillas and Masai Mara Safari for 12 Days

Uganda Gorillas and Masai Mara Safari for 12 Days

$1430

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Kenya and Uganda are known to be wildlife Utopia and is famous for its native reserves. Undertaking this adventurous  12 days Uganda gorillas and Masai Mara Safari, many beautiful sights are waiting to be discovered. Exotic species are likely to be seen everyday, some to your left and more to your right. In this golden opportunity, take out of your camera and capture every moment possible. At night, relax right next to nature or alternatively choice to sleep in a hotel room. This experience will leave a perfect memory without any regret.

Highlights

  • Entering National Parks and see some amazing panoramic sceneries
  • Chance to meet the endangered Mountain Gorilla species
  • Driving through the Mara in search of animals such as elephants, black rhinos, buffalo, leopards, cheetahs, wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, hippos and crocodiles.
  • Personal choice to camp and truly be embraced by nature

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1-2: Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Day 3: Masai Mara – Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Day 4: Jinja
  • Day 5: Masindi – Murchison Falls National Park
  • Day 6: Masindi – Budongo Central Forest Reserve
  • Day 7: Kampala
  • Day 8-10: Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)
  • Day 11: Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala
  • Day 12: Jinja
  • Day 13: Kenya – Eldoret
  • Day 14: Nairobi

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1-2: Masai Mara National Reserve

Day 1: We leave the capital of Nairobi and travel to the Masai Mara, world renowned for it’s endless plains of wild animals and spectacular beauty. The visit to the Masai Mara is operated in safari type vehicles and not the Nomad truck. For this reason, you are asked to pack a small overnight bag to travel with. You will need your towel, clothes, toiletries and camping essentials

Lunch, Dinner included.

Day 2: The rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara offer ideal game viewing and photographic opportunities. Some of the other animals that could be found here include elephant, black rhino, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, wildebeest, zebra and gazelle. Hippo and crocodile abound in the muddy brown waters of the rivers, which traverse this reserve. Today we will spend the entire day game driving through the Mara in search of all the animals.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Day 3: Masai Mara – Lake Nakuru

We rise early and enjoy our final game drive through the Mara before heading to Lake Nakuru National Park, where we will enjoy an afternoon game drive through the park. Lake Nakuru is home to large flocks of Flamingos and pelicans as well as black & white rhino, leopard, lion and numerous buck. Originally created as a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru was upgraded to National Park status in 1968.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

Day 4: Jinja

This morning we not only cross the border into Uganda, but shortly after setting out this morning we cross the Equator on our way to Jinja. Jinja is Uganda’s second  largest  city  and  most famous  as  the  point  where  the  Nile  flows  out  of  Lake  Victoria  and  begins  the  6695 kilometre journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

Day 5:  Masindi – Murchison Falls National Park

En route this morning we will make a quick stop in the bustling capital city, Kampala. Heading on to The Murchison Falls National Park, we will settle into our accommodation and be briefed  on the activities for the following day.

Breakfast and Dinner included.

Day 6:  Masindi– Budongo Central Forest Reserve

Budongo Forest is the biggest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa and is home to the largest number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda. It is believed that there are between 600 – 700 chimpanzees in Budongo and this morning we will meet up with our chimp guide who will take us on our trek through the forest in search of the chimps. We will also enjoy a boat cruise in the park. Note: As the Chimp trekking is limited to 12 guests per trek, should there be more than 12 guests on a tour the trekking will be split between the morning and the afternoon. Therefore you may find that you will first do the game drive activity followed by the Chimp trekking or vice versa. Please allow for flexibility.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

Day 7: Kampala

This morning we will have the opportunity to visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, 7000 hectares of imminently suitable savannah and native woodland to help these animals fight for survival. The night will be spent in the capital city of Kampala.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

Day 8-10:Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

Day 8: Crossing the Equator once more we travel south to the beautiful scenery of Lake Bunyonyi. With eager anticipation we prepare for the upcoming Gorilla trekking excursion and tonight we will receive a briefing on what to expect.

Day 9: The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and while exact numbers vary it is widely assumed that there are only around 650 left. Visiting the gorillas is a great way to support their future on earth as the money spent on permits is used for their protection. An extremely important part of the future conservation of the remaining gorillas rests in the community development work – as local communities change their attitudes towards wildlife and start to protect rather than poach, the future of the mountain gorilla is assured.

As permits granting permission to visit the gorillas are extremely limited we require flexibility in both the tour itinerary and where we actually visit them. The home of the mountain gorillas is completely at odds with man-made borders and so their range encompasses Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Whenever possible we choose to make use of the National Park in Uganda, but this depends on the availability of permits. Should we not obtain permits to visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda then we will inform all passengers beforehand that the tour will travel to Rwanda or DRC.

On your free day in Bunyoni you will have the opportunity to participate in certain optional activities. You can also go hiking or explore the area on a mountain bike.

Day 10: Although there are 2 days allocated to Gorilla Trekking you will only spend one day on the trek. The other days are there to provide a large enough window in which to obtain permits and to allow the entire group to trek if there are more than 6 of you on the tour.  Today we will enjoy a visit to the Nyombi Village, a Pygmy village which is reached by motor boat from Bunyonyi Resort.  We will have the opportunity to learn about the culture of the Pygmies and how they live.

Breakfast and Dinner included on day 8 and 9.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included on day 10.

Day 11: Lake Bunyonyi –Kampala

This morning we make our way back to Kampala, or arrival we will be briefed on the available activities Jinja has to offer to plan for the day ahead. The night will be spent in Kampala with an optional dinner out.

Breakfast included.

Day 12: Jinja

This morning we make the short journey to Jinja to begin your chosen activity. Most activities are focused around the the River Nile, these include rafting, kayaking and a variety of cruises. For those less inclined to the water there is the option of horse riding and quad biking on dry land.

Breakfast and Dinner included.

Day 13: Kenya – Eldoret

Returning to Kenya we visit Eldoret, the country’s 5th largest city. The Great Rift Valley is still the dominant geographical feature of this region and the altitude at Eldoret is 2100 metres above sea level.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

Day 14: Nairobi

Returning to our final destination Nairobi, the largest city in the East Africa region, there’s an optional dinner, where we can swap stories and exchange contact details.

Breakfast included.

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Accommodation

Camping Tour

This tour is ready for the ultimate camping experience, some of the equipment include:

  • Canvas camping chairs to set up around the fireside where you can regale your tour stories of the day gone by.
  • Trestle tables and table cloths for you to enjoy your dinner around in the evening.
  • 5 x 2.5 meter canvas tents. These tents are custom made from the finest quality canvas available on the market as they have to withstand being erected daily.
  • Foam mattresses will keep you comfortable at night when you’re getting your well deserved beauty sleep.
  • Kettles, pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and everything including the kitchen sink! We also carry gas burners to prepare our meals as well as braai / bbq equipment for the fire.
  • There are a selection of bats and balls, Frisbees and other toys to keep you entertained.
  • We also carry all safety equipment for example first aid kits, fire extinguishers, 200 litre water tank for emergencies and tyre changing equipment.

Accommodation Tour

All listed Accommodation are double occupancy (two people per room)

Masai Mara National Reserve — Permanent Tents: Masai Mara Camp

Lake Nakuru — Lake Kivu Lodge

Jinja — Eden Rock Resort

Kampala — Sky Hotel International OR Forest Cottages

Lake Bunyoni — Lake Bunyoni Overland Resort

Kampala — Hillside Plaza Hotel

Murchison Falls — Kabalega Resort Hotel

Eldoret — Naiberi River Camp

Nairobi — Own choice

Includes

  • Accommodation in camps or hotels and lodges
  • Meals as specified
  • Scheduled activities as per itinerary
  • Camping equipment and mattress provided for camping option
  • Services of a professional guide
  • Land transportation

Excludes

  • Air transportation
  • Passport, visa and immigration fees
  • Airport entrance/departure taxes
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Gorilla permit*
  • Compulsory Activity Package**
  • Sleeping bag and Pillow for camping (self provide)
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Any items not listed as included

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