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Gorillas & Game Parks Safari

tour iconTours & Safaris|14 days

Gorillas & Game Parks Safari

Highlights

  • Explore both Kenya & Uganda's distinct beauty
  • Observe gorillas in their natural habitat
  • Take photos with 1 foot on each side of the equator
  • Go white-water rafting on the Nile
  • Explore the game-rich Masai Mara region
  • Take a canoe trip on Lake Bunyoni, Africa's deepest crater lake
  • Admire the wildlife at Lake Nakuru
  • Get the rare chance to view black and white rhinos
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Overview

This tour forms part of our Scheduled & Overland tour collection.

This 14-day tour will bring you to a range of magnificent game parks around Kenya, and Uganda, offering impeccable wildlife viewing and the rare chance to observe gorillas in their natural habitat.

Explore Kenya's incredible Masai Mara region as you search for Africa’s Big 5, before heading to the largely untouched wilderness areas of Uganda where you’ll go on a gorilla trek, guided by local experts.

Travel to Jinja, on the edge of the Nile, and take the thrilling opportunity to go white-water rafting down this famous river. Spend some time at Lake Bunyoni and Lake Naivasha, both situated in the beautiful Rift Valley. Explore the surrounding parks, spotting many different African animals as well as bird species like the flamingo and the African fish eagle.

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Summary

  • Tour Duration: 14 Days

Accommodations Visited

Camping

13 Nights
Day to day

Itinerary

Detailed breakdown

Days 1-3: Explore the rich Masai Mara | 13 Nights

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Leaving the buzzing Nairobi behind, climb the nearby escarpment to the first of many viewpoints where you can admire the Great African Rift Valley. Descend into the land of the Massai as you make your way to Acacia Camp.

Spend the day driving through the Masai Mara's pristine landscape, keeping your eyes peeled for the Big 5. Explore this natural wonderland as you view the abundance of game against a backdrop of rolling hills and far-stretching plains. Return to a crackling camp fire and share stories of the day's sightings.

Depart early the next morning and wave goodbye to the Masai Mara to head back to civilisation. At Nakuru, refuel and prepare for the next leg of you adventure.

Day 4: Enter the beautiful Uganda

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Cross the border into the small, yet striking, country of Uganda. Admire the richness of this landscape that remains as yet largely unaffected by mass tourism. Arrive at the capital, Kampala, where you’ll spend the night.

Days 5-8: Be amazed by Gorillas

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Leave Kampala early as you head west, deeper into Uganda, and arrive at Lake Bunyoni, the deepest crater lake in Africa. This will be your base from which you can choose to do the gorilla trek. The nature of the trek depends on the availability of permits and the location of the gorillas, and will take place either in Mgahinga or Bwindi National Parks in Uganda, the Virunga National Park in the DRC, or at Ruhengeri National Park in Rwanda.

On the day of your hike you may have to do plenty of walking through the dense foliage searching for the gorillas. When you do find a group of these animals, it will be absolutely worth the trek. Spend an hour admiring their behaviour in the dense and beautiful rain forest that they call home.

On days when you aren’t trekking gorillas, head to the nearby Lake Bunyoni or visit the local village. Other activities include hiking in the surrounding hills, canoe trips, bird-watching walks or visits to the local markets of Kibale.

Day 9: Experience a different side of Kampala

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Head back to Kampala and stop for a one-foot-on-each-hemisphere photo opportunity. A quiet day gives you the chance to make the most of Kampala's night life in the evening.

Day 10: White river raft on the Nile

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Choose to spend the day relaxing or head out for a dose of adventure at Jinja where you can go white-water rafting, or quad biking, or volunteer at a community project. For something more sedate, but no less memorable, make your way to Ngamba Island where you can visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Regroup and relax on the banks of the Nile as evening sets in.

Days 11-12: Admire the magnificent Lake Nakuru National Park

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Head back over the Kenyan border where you’ll spend the night in Nakuru, Kenya's fourth largest town and the capital of the Rift Valley Province.

Begin your exploration of Lake Nakuru National Park the following morning. As the park is a sanctuary for black and white rhino, spend the day searching for these and other amazing African wildlife like leopard, buffalo and even the occasional hippo.

Day 13: Search the skies for the African Fish Eagle

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Travel southeast and arrive at Lake Naivasha, the highest of the Rift Valley lakes. You'll be overwhelmed by the abundant bird life, the most magnificent being the African fish eagle with its regal cry. Enjoy optional excursions in the afternoon, including a boat ride to the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary or a bike ride around Hell's Gate National Park.

Day 14: Say goodbye to Africa

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After breakfast, head back to Nairobi where your tour comes to an end.

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Inclusions

  • Trip includes an arrival airport transfer
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Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
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Traveller Reviews

Gorillas & Game Parks Safari
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Merle Pavelson

We are back from our tour to Africa. Thank you Gelle, for your support organizing this trip for us. We really enjoyed our time and we saw a lot. Visiting gorillas was the highlight of this trip, at least for me. We were lucky to see all "Big 5" animals quite closely in addition to cheetahs, giraffes,hippos etc. Hiking in Lake Naivasha district was a wonderful experience also. Many thanks to our cook, Jareth (Gareth?, sorry I have not seen his name in written form), who made very tasty meals and was always in a good spirit. We appreciated our driver Asam's patience and skills on the road. Regrettably we had one unpleasant incident as well. We asked our tour leader Kevin to organize the airport transfer on Jan 26th, at 19.30 from Kenya Comfort Hotel. We made a prepayment for transfer in the sum of 80 USD (4 persons 20 USD each) to Kevin, but nobody came to pick us up. We waited 20 minutes (up to 19.50), then took a taxi by ourselves and drove to the airport. By the way, taxi to the airport cost 25 USD in total. As we did not get the service from ATC for airport pick up we expect to receive our prepayment sum 80 USD back. We kindly ask your help to fix it.
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Mark & Eliza Nancarrow

Thanks for the email. We had a fab time. I've uploaded a group pic onto facebook (I'm the one with the long blonde hair in the black jacket and Mark is in the beige jumper). I have been on a similar tour before in 2005, from Kenya to Cape Town, so I have a point of reference for comparison. Even tough the trip was 'harder', due to bad roads and the campsites were generally a lower quality (it could also be that I'm getting older and more used to creature comforts!), the main difference that made the trip fantastic was the staff. John, our tour leader, was highly approachable and openly loved being with people. He was knowledgeable and instilled us with confidence at the right times (i.e. border crossings). Duncan our cook was quiet and a hard worker, he picked up quickly what the group members liked and didn't like to eat and we had some memorable meals. Alouis, the driver, had a fabulous nature and was an excellent addition to the team. His maturity and professionalism was evident at all times and he took his role seriously. He also had a bellowing laugh that came out every now and then that would make anyone around him smile! And Chris joined us whilst in Uganga and he was also very knowledgeable. Couple of suggestions: - One of the group members was bitten by a wild dog at our first accom camping on the lake. That campsite is totally inappropriate and I would suggest changing it immediately. Showers and toilets in a terrible state, over 20 dogs roaming, hippos walking through campsite at night and the staff weren't friendly. - Travelers should be advised to apply for their Rwanda visa online before they arrive in Africa. Whether they end up going there or not, it avoids our hassle of trying to check the internet with little access and with our limited downtime. - We travelled over Easter weekend which meant that when we wanted to upgrade some of the places were already booked. The tour leaders need to be advised of this and think further than one night ahead to book appropriately for the trip members. The other campsites were great, namely Jinja and Crayfish camp. Ruth who's running the Jinja camp was excellent and we changed the itinerary to stay there longer. The ATC team were really flexible and we changed the itinerary twice which was excellent for all of us. Great trip and hope to be back soon to climb Kili! Thanks for your help in organising. Please pass our thanks onto the guys again. OK with me if you want to put the positive info above on your website. Eliza & Mark
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barbara malgrati

Hi Ingrid, our travel was wonderful: the guide, the meals, the trip!!! The only "inconvenient" was the local payment: you told me it would be 400$ but was increased to 460$ and in my opinion it was a little expensive considering the local price of campsite and food. I hope to travel with you in the future.
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barbara malgrati

Hi Ingrid, our travel was wonderful: the guide, the meals, the trip!!! The only "inconvenient" was the local payment: you told me it would be 400$ but was increased to 460$ and in my opinion it was a little expensive considering the local price of campsite and food. I hope to travel with you in the future.
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