14 Days of Gorillas and Masai Mara Tour

From R 13950

DURATION:

14 DAYS

STARTING POINT:

NAIROBI

ENDING POINT:

NAIROBI

TOUR TYPE:

Overland Tour

TOUR CODE:

ANOGM14

14 Days of Gorillas and Masai Mara Tour

A great combo package of big 5 game viewing and gorilla trekking, makes this African overland adventure a rather unique experience.

Starting in Nairobi and heading to the world renowned Masai Mara National Reserve to view its dense wildlife population before heading up to Lake Nakuru and its flocks of flamingos. You will then cross over into Uganda and make your way to Lake Bunyonyi to prepare for your gorilla trekking experience. Witnessing these majestic beasts in their natural habitat is something you will never forget. You will then make your way back to Nairobi where your tour will end.

Don’t miss this once in a life time opportunity for the ultimate African budget safari experience.

14 Days of Gorillas and Masai Mara Tour

Day 1

Nairobi – Masai Mara

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

Optional Activity: N/A

Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlight Excursion

Day 2

Masai Mara National Reserve

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.

Optional Activity: N/A

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.

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 4

Jinja – Kampala, Uganda

Jinja is Uganda’s second largest city and more famous as the point where the Nile (officially the Victoria Nile) flows out of Lake Victoria and begins the 6695 kilometre journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean.

Optional Activity: Nile Cruises, Half Day Rafting

Day 5

Kampala – Masindi

After meeting your guides in Kampala you are off to to the Murchison Falls NP. The Murchison Falls, also referred to as the Kabaraga Falls, is a waterfall found on the course of the great Nile and are located within the Murchison National Park. The park is recognized as one of the best National Parks in Uganda. After settling into our accommodation, your guide will brief you on the activities for the following day.

Optional Activity: Boat Cruise

Day 6

Masindi – Budongo Central Forrest

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 game drive through the park in search of the great diversity of wild animals.

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.

Optional Activity: N/A

Activity Package: Chimp Trekking Murchison Falls

Day 7

Kampala

This morning is set aside to participate in any activities, should we not have been able to participate in them in the previous days. It’s then onto Kampala where you will have the afternoon free to take in the atmosphere of this bustling city.

 Optional Activity: Dinner Out Kampala

Day 8

Kampala – Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi is a small but attractive lake with steep sides and abundant birdlife. Ringed by mountains, the lake is best known for its dense Otter population and stunning scenery. We make use of this beautiful spot to relax the night before the final drive to the gorillas.

Optional Activity: Canoe Rental

Day 9

Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

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

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 10

Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

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.

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 11

Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala

Today we say farewell to the Gorillas and make the long journey back to Uganda’s capital, Kampala.

Optional Activity: Dinner Out in Kampala

Day 12

Masindi – Jinja

We depart Kampala early to arrive at Jinja just before lunch. This afternoon you will have time to relax and enjoy the various activities available here including swimming, quad biking, kayaking and rafting.

Optional Activity: Quad Biking, Kayaking, Rafting

Day 13

Jinja – Eldoret, Kenya

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.

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 14

Eldoret – 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.

Optional Activity: Dinner out in Nairobi

 

Activity Package

Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an “Activity Package”.  On this particular tour, it is compulsory that this package is purchased as it includes essential activities that cannot be excluded from the itinerary.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind when booking your tour.

  • Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion
  • Kenyan Park Highlights Excursion
  • Chimp Trekking Murchison Falls
  • Pygmy Village Visit

 

Gorilla trekking Permit is a compulsory add on for this tour. Prices vary but at the moment are between USD $630 – $730.

Camping – R13950 excl Activity Package

Camping Single Supplement – R900

Camping Activity Package – R13450 (Compulsory add on for this tour)

Gorilla trekking package – USD630 to USD730 (Compulsory add on for this tour)

Accommodated – R17450 excl Activity Package

Accommodated Single Supplement – R3120

Accommodated Activity Package – R13450 (Compulsory add on for this tour)

Gorilla trekking package – USD630 to USD730 (Compulsory add on for this tour)

Includes:

Meals (Breakfast x 13 / Lunch x 13 / Dinner x 11) (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the truck), accommodation, guides and transport

Excludes:

All items of a personal nature, entrance fees, alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, snacks, souvenirs, tips, activity package and optional activities, Gorilla Trekking Package

Please note that maps shown are a rough guide. Exact locations and routes might differ slightly to what is shown. Please refer to the tour itinerary for a more precise route.

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14 Days of Gorillas and Masai Mara Tour

R13,950.00

A great combo package of big 5 game viewing and gorilla trekking, makes this African overland adventure a rather unique experience.

Starting in Nairobi and heading to the world renowned Masai Mara National Reserve to view its dense wildlife population before heading up to Lake Nakuru and its flocks of flamingos. You will then cross over into Uganda and make your way to Lake Bunyonyi to prepare for your gorilla trekking experience. Witnessing these majestic beasts in their natural habitat is something you will never forget. You will then make your way back to Nairobi where your tour will end.

Don’t miss this once in a life time opportunity for the ultimate African budget safari experience.

Description

Day 1

Nairobi – Masai Mara

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

Optional Activity: N/A

Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlight Excursion

Day 2

Masai Mara National Reserve

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.

Optional Activity: N/A

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.

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 4

Jinja – Kampala, Uganda

Jinja is Uganda’s second largest city and more famous as the point where the Nile (officially the Victoria Nile) flows out of Lake Victoria and begins the 6695 kilometre journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean.

Optional Activity: Nile Cruises, Half Day Rafting

Day 5

Kampala – Masindi

After meeting your guides in Kampala you are off to to the Murchison Falls NP. The Murchison Falls, also referred to as the Kabaraga Falls, is a waterfall found on the course of the great Nile and are located within the Murchison National Park. The park is recognized as one of the best National Parks in Uganda. After settling into our accommodation, your guide will brief you on the activities for the following day.

Optional Activity: Boat Cruise

Day 6

Masindi – Budongo Central Forrest

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 game drive through the park in search of the great diversity of wild animals.

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.

Optional Activity: N/A

Activity Package: Chimp Trekking Murchison Falls

Day 7

Kampala

This morning is set aside to participate in any activities, should we not have been able to participate in them in the previous days. It’s then onto Kampala where you will have the afternoon free to take in the atmosphere of this bustling city.

 Optional Activity: Dinner Out Kampala

Day 8

Kampala – Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi is a small but attractive lake with steep sides and abundant birdlife. Ringed by mountains, the lake is best known for its dense Otter population and stunning scenery. We make use of this beautiful spot to relax the night before the final drive to the gorillas.

Optional Activity: Canoe Rental

Day 9

Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

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

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 10

Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

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.

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 11

Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala

Today we say farewell to the Gorillas and make the long journey back to Uganda’s capital, Kampala.

Optional Activity: Dinner Out in Kampala

Day 12

Masindi – Jinja

We depart Kampala early to arrive at Jinja just before lunch. This afternoon you will have time to relax and enjoy the various activities available here including swimming, quad biking, kayaking and rafting.

Optional Activity: Quad Biking, Kayaking, Rafting

Day 13

Jinja – Eldoret, Kenya

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.

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 14

Eldoret – 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.

Optional Activity: Dinner out in Nairobi

 

Activity Package

Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an “Activity Package”.  On this particular tour, it is compulsory that this package is purchased as it includes essential activities that cannot be excluded from the itinerary.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind when booking your tour.

  • Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion
  • Kenyan Park Highlights Excursion
  • Chimp Trekking Murchison Falls
  • Pygmy Village Visit

 

Gorilla trekking Permit is a compulsory add on for this tour. Prices vary but at the moment are between USD $630 – $730.

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