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Gorilla and Game Trek - 15 Days
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Mixed Groups,Adventure Trips | Age range: 18-70

15 Days / 14 Nights Trip to Kenya

Gorilla and Game Trek - 15 Days

Every day is action-packed in Kenya as you drive through plains full of wildlife as far as you can see on journeys of drama, danger and survival. The highlight of the year is no doubt the Great Migration when 2-million-strong herd of wildebeest, thunder across the savannah and chase the rains. But all throughout the year, thrilling encounters with Africa’s iconic wildlife await - hippos, giraffes, flamingos, mighty elephants, proud lions, and more!
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  • Duration
    15 Days
  • Starting From
    $1,345
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    On The Go Tours
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Watch the Great Migration in action in Masai Mara
Highlight #1
Watch the Great Migration in action in Masai Mara
No wildlife event on the planet rivals the Great Migration for sheer drama.
Watch the ‘Big Five’ in action 
Highlight #2
Watch the ‘Big Five’ in action 
Few things are more thrilling than encountering the world’s most iconic wildlife - lions, cape buffalos, leopards, African elephants and rhinos  - up close.
See the world’s most iconic wildlife up close
Highlight #3
See the world’s most iconic wildlife up close
Spot herds of elephants, gazelle, and maybe even leopards perched atop trees 
Pretty in pink
Highlight #4
Pretty in pink
Take in the sight of hundreds of sugar-pink flamingos standing in Lake Nakuru, tinging the waters a delicate blush.
Close encounters of the Gorilla kind
Highlight #5
Close encounters of the Gorilla kind
Hold your breath as you track a gorilla family in the forest, and watch as metres away, they  play, sulk, and tease each other, just like we do!
Video

360 Degree Video| Here's What It Feels Like To Be In The Masai Mara

Sitting inside an open jeep, watching elephants and lions nearby are just some animal encounters in store in Africa - but expect TEN TIMES MORE wildlife during the Great Migration. Watch this video by Pallavi Nopany for a glimpse of what's in store.

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Itinerary

Nairobi

Welcome to Nairobi! We’ll be there to collect you at Nairobi Airport and transfer you to the Kenya Comfort Hotel. Tonight you will stay in shared dorms. There will be a pre departure meeting at 17.00.

Nairobi-Masai Mara

Nairobi - Masai Mara. Heading west from Nairobi on day 2, we reach possibly Kenya’s most famous natural attraction - the Masai Mara National Reserve. The Kenyan section of the wildly beautiful Serengeti Plains teems with wildlife. Feel amazed away from human interference and lost in the wild.

Masai Mara

The highlight of the Mara is no doubt the annual wildebeest migration, when literally millions of these beasts plus zebra and Thomson’s gazelle stray north from the Serengeti in neighboring Tanzania in search of lush grass on the Savannah plains. Elephant, lion, cheetah, giraffe and a multitude of hooved herbivores also inhabit the reserve. A game drive through the Mara on day 3 gives us the chance to spot the Big Five. During our stay we can also opt to visit a local Masai tribe.

Eldoret 

Masai Mara - Eldoret. Leaving the Masai Mara early on day 4, we head out of Masai Land and pass through the scenic tea plantations of Kericho before descending the Rift Valley Plateau, on our way to Eldoret - our stop for the night of day 4. 

Kampala

Eldoret - Kampala (Uganda). This morning we cross the border into Uganda where we overnight it the capital city, Kampala.

Lake Bunyoni

Kampala - Lake Bunyoni. From Kampala we drive to Lake Bunyoni, the deepest Crater Lake in Africa and home to a large and varied number of beautiful birds, which 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.

Gorilla Trekking

We depart from our base in Bunyoni in small groups over 3-4 days, depending on the group size. We wind our way through arguably some of the most picturesque scenery in Africa en-route to the National Park. Dependant on where permits are available, we may spend a night in Kisoro en route.

Continued Gorilla Trekking

The following morning, after packing our picnic lunch, we are transferred to a ranger’s station where the trek commences. Your rangers will lead you through the cultivated lands and then into the dense rain forest and on to a gorilla family. Trekking can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 8 hours and it can be quite strenuous. To ensure the gorillas do not get too used to the presence of humans and because they share many of our genes (and therefore able to catch our diseases), the maximum time permitted to spend with them is 1 hour. You will have plenty of time to watch their activity and to take photographs.

Gorilla Trek-Lake Bunyoni-Kampala

 While exploring the rangers will be able to provide you with a background to the family you are visiting. Once your hour is up, you trek back out of the rain forest to your meeting point where you will be transferred back to the Lake Bunyoni campsite.

Kampala 

Lake Bunyoni - 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! 

Jinja

Kampala - 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.

Jinja-Lake Nakuru

Jinja - Nakuru (Kenya). Departing early, we head back to Kenya and spend the night 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.

 Lake Nakuru National Park

Today we explore Lake Nakuru National Park which is home to a veritable array of wildlife. The park supports a population of black rhino, lion, leopard, zebra, antelope and giraffe not to mention millions of pink flamingos. The lake itself is a shallow soda lake and after our game drive we head back to camp. 

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.

Nairobi

Saturday. Naivasha - Nairobi. After breakfast today, we head back to Nairobi. On arrival we bid farewell to members of the group.

Inclusions

 Arrival transfer from Nairobi Airport on day 1

 A fully equipped overland truck for transportation and game drives

 All camping fees and appropriate equipment

 Park entry - Lake Naivasha NP. Park entry and game drives - Lake Nakuru NP, Masai Mara

 1st night dormitory accommodation at Kenya Comfort Hotel and 13 nights camping. Tents and sleeping mats provided

 Services of 3 person crew (leader, driver, cook)

 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners

 All road taxes and tolls

Not Included

 Gorilla Permit and transfer fee: Please note that Gorillas often move across the border, between the national parks in Rwanda, Uganda and DRC, therefore itineraries often have to be changed at short notice in order to track the Gorillas in whichever National Park they have migrated to. For this reason the cost of the Gorilla Permit and relevant transfers varies, as do the applicable visa costs, dependent upon which country we need to travel into. Permits are subject to availability and need to be booked in advance.

 Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

 Optional activities

 Local Payment: $700pp, paid in USD.

 International flights and visas

 Sleeping bag - please bring your own

 Entrance Fees: Gorilla Permit + Transfer USD$750-900pp, paid in USD

 Additional 5% GST

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Dates and prices

Start date

05 Dec 2020

End date

19 Dec 2020

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19 Dec 2020

End date

02 Jan 2021

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15 Days / 14 Nights

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