Gameparks & Gorillas
Gameparks & Gorillas
Gameparks & Gorillas

Gameparks & Gorillas

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UGANDA – RWANDA - KENYA

19 nights / 20 days
Small Group Safari - minimum 8, maximum 18 pax

2021 Departures:

  • Start: Kampala 6 Jun – End: Nairobi 25 Jun
  • Start: Kampala 17 Jul – End: Nairobi 5 Aug
  • Start: Kampala 28 Aug – End: Nairobi 16 Sep
  • Start: Kampala 10 Oct – End: Nairobi 29 Oct

Highlights:

  • The Great Rift Valley including Elsamere of "Born Free" fame
  • Lake Naivasha - home to over 400 different species of bird and a sizeable hippo population
  • Game drives and a cultural village visit in the Masai Mara NP
  • See hundreds of species of birds in the Lake Nakuru National Park plus black & white rhino
  • Picturesque Eldama Ravine & the unique Naiberi River Camp
  • Bujagali Falls and the source of the Nile
  • Kibale Rainforest primate visit
  • Cruise among hippos on The Kazinga Chanel
  • Witness mountain gorillas in their natural habitat
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Important Information

Day 1: Kampala (UGANDA)

Jambo! Welcome to Africa. Be sure to get an East African Visa on arrival. Once you have cleared Immigration & Customs, proceed to the Arrivals area and look for a driver holding The Safari Co sign. You will then be transferred to Kampala, Uganda's capital. The rest of the day is at leisure so you can relax after your flight. This evening you can dine at the hotel restaurant or go in to the city.

Day 2: Fort Portal (BLD)

Leaving Kampala in the morning, we drive west to Fort Portal. This laidback town lies in the northern foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains in a heartland of lush tea-growing plantations.

Day 3: Fort Portal (BLD)

The Kibale Forest is 766km2 and largely comprises of rainforest where 60 mammal and 335 bird species reside, as well as many different insects and plants. There are 13 primate species, of which the chimpanzees are a star attraction.

Today you will be driven deep into the forest to meet your guides who will escort you through the park to look for these fascinating primates in their natural habitat. Sometimes high up in trees, sometimes on the ground playing – wherever you find a chimpanzee community – you will be left in awe of their strong family ties and their amazing agility. The rest of the day is free to relax at the hotel, or explore the town & its surrounds.

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park (BLD)

Our destination is Queen Elizabeth National Park which is especially scenic, with two lakes connected by a channel overlooked by a high peninsula. We arrive after lunch and take an afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. It is well worth the trip to see the thousands of hippo, abundant bird life and busy fishing village. This evening we dine in the lodge’s scenic restaurant overnight the Kazinga.

Day 5: Kigali (BL)

We leave Queen Elizabeth National Park in the morning and drive through to Rwanda, crossing the border at Gatuna. Once in Rwanda we will drive to the capital city of Kigali. Our hotel has a popular restaurant for you to sample this evening.

Day 6: Ruhengeri (BLD)

A sobering few hours will be spent at the Genocide Museum in the morning, followed by a visit to the carving and curio markets. In the afternoon we will drive through stunning scenery and steep-terraced farmland to Ruhengeri where we base ourselves for the next two days. Our hotel has a lively rooftop bar and is only 5 minutes’ walk from the centre of town.

Day 7: Ruhengeri (BLD)

Free day to explore the town and surrounding areas. You might like to hike into The Volcanoes national Park to visit Diane Fossey’s graveside, a canoe trip down the Mukungwa River through rural Rwanda, or a visit to The Gorilla Museum set up by The Diane Fossey Fund.

Day 8: Kisoro (BLD)

A short drive this morning back into Uganda through the border at Cyanika. Afternoon at leisure to relax, have a look around the town and prepare your gear for the gorilla trek tomorrow.

Day 9: Gorilla Trekking Day (BLD)

We will be picked up early in the morning and taken to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park entrance. From here we will be split into groups of 8 with a guide and park rangers, then begin our hike in the rain forest to see the magnificent mountain gorillas. Expect to trek between 1 – 5 hours through thick forest with overhanging vines, moss covered trees and Giant Lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate. Depending on where the gorillas are, you may have to go off the track and climb steeply through thick bush. After all the effort of your climb, your will be overawed when you finally come across a family of gorillas. There are less than 900 mountain gorillas in the world and nothing could be more of a privilege than to spend an hour watching them as they go about their daily routine of feeding, playing, cleaning and resting in their own territory. An unforgettable experience! After the trek you will be taken to Lake Bunyonyi.

Day 10: Lake Bunyoyni (BLD)

The Lake is reputed to be one of the deepest in Africa and is fantastic for swimming in. The surrounding hills are the home of the Bakiga people who are cultivators by tradition. We’ll spend the morning visiting a local school then back to the truck for lunch, followed by a leisurely afternoon boat cruise around the islands.

Day 11: Jinja (BLD)

It is a reasonably long drive through to Jinja where we will spend the next few nights. The luxuriant vegetation covering the river banks, and the diversity of bird life attracted by the multitude of fish, complete a stunning vista as you sip a cold drink in the camp bar overlooking the Nile River.

Day 12: Jinja (BL)

Free day. Mountain Biking, Quad Biking, Horse Riding, Village Walks, Birding and Fishing on the Nile are just some of the optional activities available for you to do here.

Day 13: Kenyan Highlands (BLD)

Today we cross into Kenya where we’ll stay up in the highlands just outside of Eldoret. Our river camp is a laid-back resort with a pool, shady gardens and a very vibrant bar with unique furnishings.

Day 14: Nakuru (BLD)

This morning we drive through the very picturesque Eldama Ravine to Nakuru, located in the Rift Valley. Our accommodation is in self-contained cottages on a working farm with beautiful gardens and excellent facilities. You can spend the afternoon going on a farm walk and/or visit the Kenana knitters’ project.

Day 15: Lake Nakuru (BLD)

Today we enter Lake Nakuru National Park and spend the day game driving. This compact park is packed with wildlife. The soda lake has over 400 species of birdlife - an ornithologist’s paradise. It is also home to both the black and white rhino, and where some scenes from the movie "Out of Africa" were filmed.

Day 16: Lake Naivasha (BLD)

This afternoon we arrive at Lake Naivasha and take a boat ride on the lake viewing hippos, fish eagles and birdlife before arriving at Elsamere, the former home of the late Joy & George Adamson. Joy became world famous for her pioneering conservation work and relationship with the lioness Elsa, as told in her bestselling book and subsequent film, Born Free. After a video presentation on the life of the Adamsons, savour a delicious afternoon tea in the garden.

Day 17: Masai Mara (BLD)

Today we drive into the Masai Mara stopping along the way for lunch. As we get closer to the park you will see herds of goats & cows wandering in a cloud of dust the vast plains, dutifully watched by their Maasai owners. We enter the main gate by mid-afternoon and drive through to Sekenani Camp, each tent is situated on a raised platform with ensuite bathroom complete with a full length bathtub!

Day 18: Masai Mara (BLD)

We spend the day game driving around the park through vast herds of zebra, wildebeest and antelope. Hopefully we will also spot some of The Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant & buffalo). The Masai Mara is quite simply one of the greatest wildlife attractions in the world and at this time of year (July to Oct) we should see the migration which is spectacular. We will stop at the Mara River for a short guided walk and see what animals might be around the river at the time. In the afternoon we will visit a Maasai village to meet the locals and learn about some of their age-old customs and the way they live their semi-nomadic lifestyle.

Day 19: Nairobi (BL)

Today we journey through the Rift Valley and up the escarpment where we stop for photo opportunities, before continuing on to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. Tonight you might like to eat in the famous Carnivores Restaurant which is located in the grounds of our hotel.

Day 20: Nairobi Departure (B)

You will be transferred to Nairobi Airport today.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • 19 nights’ accommodation as indicated
  • Meals as indicated
  • Sightseeing as indicated
  • Services of experienced driver/guide plus camp/cook assistant
  • Fully equipped safari vehicle, with camping/cooking equipment
  • All road tolls, vehicle taxes, National Park entry fees
  • Airport transfers on Days 1 & 20 between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm only

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

  • Gorilla Permit (US$780 per person, includes booking fee & transport)
  • Chimpanzee permit (US$230 per person, includes booking fee)
  • International airfares
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Entry Visa to all countries (purchased at border)
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. drinks, souvenirs)
  • Any other optional activities you choose to take

Accommodation based on the following or similar

Day 1: Kampala

Silver Springs Hotel or similar

Day 2: Fort Portal (BLD)

Mountains of the Moon Hotel or similar

Day 3: Fort Portal (BLD)

Mountains of the Moon Hotel or similar

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park (BLD)

Mweya Lodge or similar

Day 5: Kigali (BL)

Chez Lando Hotel or similar

Day 6: Ruhengeri (BLD)

The Pastoral Centre of our Lady Fatima Hotel or similar

Day 7: Ruhengeri (BLD)

The Pastoral Centre of our Lady Fatima or similar

Day 8: Kisoro (BLD)

Ikoro Hotel or similar

Day 9: Gorilla Trekking Day (BLD)

Bunyonyi Overland Resort – ensuite room or similar

Day 10: Lake Bunyoyni (BLD)

Bunyonyi Overland Resort – ensuite room or similar

Day 11: Jinja (BLD)

Nile Porch – permanent tent with ensuite or similar

Day 12: Jinja (BD)

Nile Porch – permanent tent with ensuite or similar

Day 13: Kenyan Highlands (BLD)

Naiberi River Camp – ensuite room or similar

Day 14: Nakuru (BLD)

Kembu Farm Cottages or similar

Day 15: Lake Nakuru (BLD)

Kembu Farm Cottages or similar

Day 16: Lake Naivasha (BLD)

Fish Eagle Lodge or similar

Day 17: Masai Mara (BLD)

Sekenani Camp – permanent tent with ensuite or similar

Day 18: Masai Mara (BLD)

Sekenani Camp – permanent tent with ensuite or similar

Day 19: Nairobi (BL)

Tamarind Tree Hotel or similar

Gorilla & Chimpanzee permit costs are subject to change at any time.

GORILLA TREKKING: A good level of fitness is required. You need to be sure-footed and be able to walk up rough terrain for up to 4 hours. The treks start at around 1500 metres above sea-level and can go up over 2500 metres so the effects of the high altitude often slows trekkers up. The trek will go at the pace of the slowest walker, stop for regular breathers, and at no time will you be made to rush. Walking sticks are provided. If you would like a porter to carry your day-pack, this is possible for a fee of approximately US$10.

Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. Note prices usually display available discounted rates if any, (eg. Early Bird Deals if applicable).   All featured tour itineraries and offers maybe subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country.   Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are valid for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.

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