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This 11 days’ tour leads you to Uganda’s and Kenya’s leading safari destinations; Bwindi forest and Masai mara. It is equipped with water safaris, game drives, and cultural encounters intended to give you a real African feel.

Tour overview

Day 1 Kigali city tour and transfer to Ruhija/Buhoma

Day 2 Gorilla Trekking

Day 3 Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 4 Chimpanzee trekking and Kazinga Channel boat safari

Day 5 Transfer to Kampala

Day 6 Transfer to Kisumu

Day 7 Transfer to Naivasha

Day 8 Transfer to Masai Mara

Day 9 and 10 Full day game drive in the Masai mara

Day 11 Transfer to Nairobi

 

Day 1 Kigali city tour and transfer to Ruhija/Buhoma

Having had breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and have a city tour in Kigali (a clean city of Africa). The tour will take you to the Genocide Memorial site where you will be given a brief history of this hilly country. You will then travel to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable forest as you get ready for your gorilla trek the next day. Your gorilla trek will be either in Ruhija or Buhoma depending on availability of gorilla permits.

Meal plan – breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation – Broadbill Forest camp

 

Day 2 Gorilla Trekking

After a mighty breakfast prepared by your accommodation, we report at the gorilla tracking starting point for a short briefing. You then enter the Impenetrable forest with your packed lunch to search for the endangered mountain gorillas. Be ready to walk for 45 minutes to 5 hours depending on where you will find the gorillas that day. Having encountered them, you will be given a full hour to interact with gorillas before returning to your lodge to relax.

Meal plan – breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation – Broadbill Forest camp

 

Day 3 Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Having had breakfast, you will drive to Queen Elizabeth National park. You will access the park via Ishasha, the southern sector which is famous for the rare tree climbing lions. You will have a game drive enroute and if lucky you may spot these cats lazing in the fig trees as they try to escape the mid-day sun. Arrival at your lodge will be in the evening.

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation – Pumba Safari Cottages

 

Day 4 Chimpanzee trekking and Kazinga Channel boat safari

After breakfast, we prepare ourselves for the once in a life time experience (chimpanzee tracking). You may track the chimps in the Kyambura Gorge or Imaramagambo Forest or Kalinzu Forest; the choice is yours. This activity is a bit challenging but very rewarding, so expect to walk for one to four hours depending on where the chimps will be on this day. Having encountered them, you will have a full hour with them. The chimpanzees’ behavior can provide a clue to that of our early ancestors.

You are to have picnic lunch and then have a boat trip on the Kazinga channel which will give you an opportunity to see many animals including; crocodiles, hippos, elephants, kobs, monitor lizards and so on. Also expect to see many bird species including; the marabou stalk, African Fish Eagle, pelicans, cormorants and so on. The Kazinga channel is said to have the highest concentration of hippos in the world.

Meal plan –Breakfast, lunch and supper.

Accommodation-Pumba Safari Cottages

 

Day 5 Transfer to Kampala

After having breakfast, you drive to Kampala. We are to have a stop at the equator village (Kayabwe) for lunch and to take pictures if interested. Equator is the imaginary line on the world map that runs east to west and divides the earth into the southern and northern hemispheres. Arrival at your hotel will be in the evening.

Meal plan – breakfast,lunch and supper

Accommodation – Namirembe Guesthouse

Day 6 Transfer to Kisumu

After breakfast, you will drive east of Kampala towards Kisumu. You will drive through the Mabira forest (the largest in Uganda) and cross the river Nile. Your first stop will be in Jinja where you will have a boat trip to the source of the river Nile (world’s longest River) It is here that the water begins its 90 days’ journey to the Mediterranean Sea. You then drive on to Kisumu with lunch, boarder and photo stops. Arrival will be in the evening.

Meal plan – breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation – The Home stay cottage

 

Day 7 Transfer to Naivasha

You have breakfast at leisure and then drive to Naivasha. On arrival, you check into your lodge and then go for a boat trip on Lake Naivasha which gives you an opportunity to see hippos and various animals on the crescent Island including zebras, giraffes, Kobs Starbucks and so on. You also have an option to have a guided walking safari on Crescent Island to get up close with the wildlife as there are no predators present.

Meal plan – breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation – mwanzo lodge

 

Day 8 Transfer to Masai Mara

Depart Naivasha after breakfast for transfer to Masai Mara. We drive through the highlands where you will have views of the Eastern arm of the Great East African rift valley and later drive to its floor. On arrival, you will check into your lodge and relax.

Meal plan – lunch and dinner.

Accommodation: Mara Explorers Camp

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Day 9 and 10 Full day game drive in the Masai mara

Having had breakfast, have a full day game viewing on the vast plains of the Masai Mara giving you chance to see lions, cheetahs, buffaloes, zebras, warthogs. Masai Mara is famous for having a huge population of game. The months of July to September tend to be the most interesting due to the migration of millions of wildebeest from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Mara National Reserve. To some, this great animal migration is the 7th wonder of the world. Dinner and overnight at campsite.

Our game drives will mainly focus on Ngama hills for black rhinos, Sand River for large herds of elephants, hammer kop plains and Kissenger for lions, Keekorok for hippo viewing and river crossings for the wildebeest.

Meal Plan – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Mara Explorers Camp

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Day 11 Transfer to Nairobi

After having breakfast at leisure and have a morning game drive in the mara plains. You then visit a masai community. On this tour you will be introduced to some masai traditions such as starting fire without a lighter, visit a typical masai homestead, visit a masai market and also enjoy a presentation from their community. Be ready to participate in the presentation as it is healthy for your muscles (can you jump higher than a masai warrior?).

In the evening, you will travel to Jommo Kenyatta International Airport to catch your connection flight to your next destination.

ACTIVITIES

Game drives

Boat trip

Bird watching

Sightseeing

Cultural visits

PRICE USD 2855 per person, Based on 6 people travelling

 Included in the price are;

All park entry fees

Gorilla and chimpanzee permits

Sightseeing

Boat trip on Lake Naivasha, river Nile and Kazinga channel

10 nights’ Accommodation

All meals

Packed drinking water

Fueled 4WD Private Safari Vehicle

English speaking Private safari guide

Not included in the price are;

Safari walk on crescent island (usd 30 per person)

Flights

Visa

Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

Meals not listed above

Flying balloon rides

any items of personal nature.

What to pack

Personal cameras and binoculars

Insect repellant

Hat

Sun glasses

Light clothes and jackets or sweaters

A pair of water proof trousers and jacket

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