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14 Days / 13 Nights Trip to Uganda & Kenya

Gorillas & Plains

Nothing compares to thrill of seeing Africa's iconic safari animals up close. Come face to face with lions, elephants, and more, and experience untamed Africa at its best during the Great Migration.
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
    14 Days
  • Starting From
    $2,877
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Encounters Travel
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    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
Keep your cameras ready to capture dozens of lions fighting, playing, stalking prey and lounging during game drives.
Pretty in pink
Highlight #3
Pretty in pink
Take in the sight of hundreds of sugar-pink flamingos standing in Lake Nakuru, tinging the waters a delicate blush.
Ngorongoro: Africa’s ‘Garden Of Eden’
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Ngorongoro: Africa’s ‘Garden Of Eden’
Witness power and tranquility in equal measure in this volcanic crater, as you encounter jungle and grassland, black-maned lions and endangered black rhinos too.
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 to the Masai Mara

Your African adventure begins in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Those who booked the activity package will make their way into the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve, one of the wildest and most spectacular safari destinations on the planet. 
 
Stretching for over 1,510 square kilometres (580 square miles) and rising between 1,500 - 2,170 meters (4,920-7,120 feet) above sea level, the Masai Mara is home to all the Big Five wildlife (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros) as well as the great wildebeest migration for several months of the year. 
 
We'll travel to the Masai Mara in a minibus, before switching over to a game vehicle. For this reason, we request that you only pack a small overnight bag to travel with. You will need your towel, clothes, toiletries and camping essentials. 
 
If you haven't booked the activity package, then you should please arrange to travel to Lake Nakuru to join the tour on the morning on Day 4. For assistance with this, please contact us for more information. 
 
Route: Nairobi to Masai Mara ±240km 
Activity package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion

Exploring the Masai Mara

The vast plains and grasslands of the Masai Mara offer some of the best game viewing opportunities in Africa. If you're lucky enough, you could see the Big Five in the reserve as well as animals such as cheetah, gazelle, zebra and more. 
 
Hippo and Nile crocodile spend hours wallowing in the muddy waters of the Mara River, which from the months of July - September play host to the infamous Mara River crossings, which sees thousands of wildebeest attempt to cross its crocodile-infested waters. 
 
Today we will spend the entire day game driving through the Mara in search of all the animals. 
 
Activity package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion

Travel to Lake Nakuru

We start our day with an early morning game drive through the Masai Mara towards Lake Nakuru National Park, which we'll reach by afternoon. 
 
We'll head out later in the day for a game drive through Lake Nakuru National Park, which is home large flocks of flamingo's, pelicans and a host of other bird life. In fact, the Lake Nakuru was originally a bird sanctuary before it received national park status in 1968. 
 
Other wildlife that you can see here include leopard, lion, black and white rhino as well as different species of buck. 
 
Route: Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru ±220km 
Activity package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion

Lake Nakuru to Jinja

We say goodbye to Kenya today as we make our way across the border towards Uganda. We'll make a stop along the way to celebrate crossing the Equator before we head towards Jinja - Uganda's second largest city. 
 
Jinja is also famed as being the point where the Nile River flows out of Lake Victoria and begins its 6,700-kilometre journey towards Egypt and the Mediterranean. 
 
Note: If you have not booked the Activity Package then you will need to get to Lake Nakuru and be ready to leave there with the group this morning. 
 
Route: Lake Nakuru to Jinja

Jinja to Murchison Falls National Park

After spending the night in Jinja, we make our way towards Kampala for a short stopover before we make our way to Murchison Falls National Park which sits on the shore of Lake Albert, in northwest Uganda. 
 
The Murchison Falls, also known as Kabaraga Falls, is a waterfall located on the course of the Nile River. The park is also home to four of the Big Five species: lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant. 
 
Your guide will help you settle into your accommodation before briefing you on the itinerary for the following day.

Travel to the Budongo Central Forest Reserve

Home to East Africa's biggest mahogany forest, we make our way towards the Budongo Central Forest Reserve, which is home to the largest population of chimpanzees in Uganda. It's estimated that between 600-700 chimpanzees call Budongo Forest home. 
 
We'll meet up with our chimpanzee guide this morning, who will take us on a trek through the forest in search of these beautiful mammals. Afterwards, we head out on a game drive to spot the other wildlife in the forest reserve. 
 
Note: Chimp trekking is limited to 12 guests per trek. Should there be more than 12 guests on a tour, the trekking will be split into morning and afternoon treks. 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. 
 
Activity package: Chimpanzee Trekking 
Included highlight: Nile River Boat cruise (half day) in Murchison Falls National Park

Back to Kampala

We can start the day with an optional early morning game drive before we visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and then make our way back to the Ugandan capital city of Kampala. 
 
The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is home to the only wild rhinos in Uganda. The Rhino re-introduction project is the brainchild of the Rhino Fund Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority. 
 
Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU) was formed as a Non-Government Organization (NGO) in 1997 and is tasked with overseeing its aim of reintroducing rhinos back into the national parks of Uganda through a breeding and release program. 
 
Optional activities: Murchison Falls game drive 
Activity Package: Ziwa Rhino Walk 
Route: Masindi to Kampala

Crossing the Equator towards Lake Bunyonyi

We make our way back across the Equator once more today as we travel south towards Lake Bunyonyi - a small lake with an abundance of bird life. 
 
Surrounded by mountain ranges, Lake Bunyonyi boasts a large otter population and is the ideal place to relax before our journey to see the mountain gorillas.. 
 
Route: Kampala to Lake Bunyoni

Searching for mountain gorillas

Today, we head out in search of the endangered mountain gorillas. It's estimated that there are only around 650 left in the wild today. 
 
One of the best ways to protect these beautiful animals is by visiting them, as money spent on permits are used to fund their protection. 
 
One of the most important factors in the future conservation of the mountain gorillas lies with in community development - if the attitudes of the local communities' changes towards protecting the wildlife around them instead of poaching - the battle in protecting mountain gorillas can be won. 
 
Permits granting permission to visit the gorillas are limited, so flexibility is required in both the tour itinerary and where we 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). 
 
We prefer to make use of the national parks of Uganda, but depending on the availability of the permits, we may travel to Rwanda or the DRC. 
 
On your free day in Bunyonyi you will have the opportunity to participate in optional activities. You can also go hiking or explore the area on a mountain bike. 
 
Optional Activity: Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla trekking & a cultural tour

We allocate two days to gorilla trekking; however, we only spend one day on the trek. The other days are dedicated to providing a large enough window to obtain permits and to allow the entire group to see these beautiful animals. 
 
We will also visit the nearby 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, giving you great insight into their daily lives. 
 
Included Highlight: Pygmy Village Visit

Back to Kampala

We say goodbye to Lake Bunyonyi this morning as we cross the Equator for the third time until we reach Kampala. Your guide will give you a breakdown of the activities available in Jinja, so that you can plan your day ahead. 
 
Route: Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala

Kampala to Jinja

Kampala is a short distance away from Jinja, which offers plenty of activities to take advantage of, most centred around the Nile River. They include kayaking, river rafting and cruises on Africa's largest river. 
 
For those looking to do something else other than water sports, horse-riding and quad biking are available as well. 
 
Optional Activities: Quad biking, kayaking, rafting 
Route: Kampala to Jinja

Back to Kenya

We leave Jinja today and make our way to Eldoret - Kenya's fifth largest city. The Great Rift Valley is the most prominent geographical feature of this region, with the city rising at 2100 metres above sea level. 
 
Route: Jinja to Eldoret

Travel to Nairobi

After spending some time searching for the Big Five and mountain gorillas, the tour comes to an end in Nairobi. There is an optional dinner, where we can swap stories and exchange contact details. 
 
We recommend that you book at least one more night post-tour rather than flying out this evening in case of any delays. We can help you in organising extra nights if required. 
 
Route: Eldoret to Nairobi 
 
Note: The itinerary for this tour is flexible and can be changed without notice in order to accommodate the best possible viewing of the Mountain Gorillas. The Permit price to visit the Gorillas can also change without notice.

Inclusions

 13 night's accommodation in hotels/lodges/guesthouses

 All transport using our 25-seat expedition vehicle

 All 'included highlights' as mentioned in the itinerary

 2 truck crew (driver/guide plus assistant/cook)

 Local guides for sightseeing tours and activities as per the itinerary

 Meals: 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 11 dinners

Not Included

 International Flights (available on request)

 Visa fees if required

 Activity Package and optional activities (see itinerary and tour notes)

 Travel Insurance (compulsory, available on request)

 Meals not indicated in the itinerary

 Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)

 Tips for guides & drivers

 Entrance fees and activities not mentioned above

 Any other items not mentioned above

 Gorilla permits (allow approx US$630

 Additional 5% GST

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