Masai Mara and Gorillas
This tour takes you from Masai Mara to Nairobi in 14 days. Grab the Tour Dossier PDF .
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AccommodationLodge, hostel, chalet or permanent tents
Visit the Masai Mara in Kenya, the Mountain Gorillas of Uganda and the Chimpanzees at Murchison Falls on this “Once in a Lifetime” expedition.
Our tours come with an "Optional Activity Package". You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours. The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don't book the package, the activities won't be included. We suggest that you pre-book and pre-pay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.
A day-by-day breakdown of what to expect and where you'll be staying.
Day 1, Nairobi to Masai Mara
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 the Nomad truck.
For this reason, you are asked to pack a small overnight bag to travel with. You will need your towel, clothes, toiletries and camping essentials.
Day 2, Masai Mara
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 you will spend the entire day game driving through the Mara in search of all the animals.
Day 3, Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru National Park
This morning you bid the Mara farewell before heading to Lake Nakuru National Park, here you 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.
Day 4, Lake Nakuru National Park to Jinja
This morning you'll not only cross the border into Uganda, but shortly after setting out this morning you cross the Equator on your way to Jinja.
Jinja is Uganda’s second largest city and most famous as the point where the Nile (officially the Victoria Nile) flows out of Lake Victoria and begins the 6695-kilometer journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean.
Day 5, Jinja to Murchison Falls National Park
After a quick stop in the city of Kampala, you head in the direction of The Murchison Falls National Park. Also referred to as the Kabaraga Falls, Murchison 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 your accommodation in Masindi, your guide will brief you on the activities for the following day.
Day 6, Murchison Falls National Park
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 you will meet up with your chimp guide who will take you on your trek through the forest in search of the chimps. You will also enjoy a boat cruise in the park. 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.
Day 7, to Kampala
While you spend the night in the bustling capital city of Kampala, this morning you have the opportunity to visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. These majestic animals are in a literal fight for their survival.
Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU) was formed as a Non-Government Organization (NGO) in 1997 and is tasked with overseeing its aim of reintroducing Rhinoceros, a highly endangered species across the globe, back into the National Parks of Uganda through a breeding and release program. Out of this emerged the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, 7000 hectares of imminently suitable savannah and native woodlands.
Day 8, Kampala to Lake Bunyoni
Crossing the Equator once more you'll travel south to the beautiful scenery of Lake Bunyoni. With eager anticipation you prepare for the upcoming Gorilla trekking excursion and tonight you will receive a briefing on what to expect.
Day 9, Lake Bunyoni
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 you require flexibility in both the tour itinerary and where you 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 you 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 Bunyoni you will have the opportunity to participate in certain optional activities. You can also go hiking or explore the area on a mountain bike.
Day 10, Lake Bunyoni
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 you will enjoy a visit to the Nyombi Village, a Pygmy village which is reached by motor boat from Bunyonyi Resort. You will have the opportunity to learn about the culture of the Pygmies and how they live.
Day 11, Lake Bunyoni to Kampala
This morning you set off on your return journey to Kampala and make a third crossing of the Equator along your way.
Tonight your guide will brief you on the activities available in Jinja so that you can plan your day tomorrow. You'll also overnight in Kampala.
Day 12, Jinja
A short distance from Kampala, Jinja offers many exciting activities and your guide will assist you to plan for this day. Most activities are focussed around the waters of the Nile and these include rafting, kayaking and a variety of cruises on Africa’s largest river. While those who may be less inclined to water sports can enjoy horse riding or a quadbike adventure on dry land.
Day 13, Jinja to Eldoret
Returning to Kenya you 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.
Day 14, Eldoret to Nairobi
Returning to Nairobi this afternoon you reflect on many memories that you have gathered together and brace ourselves for a return to the busy streets of Nairobi. Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in Nairobi
Meals included in your tour cost
19 Breakfasts, 19 Lunches, 17 Dinners
Highlights included in your tour cost
This tour goes through: Nairobi, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru National Park, Jinja, Kampala & 3 other destination(s) in Africa.TOUR DETAIL
Crew: 2 crew (including cook)
Vehicle: Overland Truck
Other: Sleeping mat included
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— Anne B (27) from Ireland
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— Michael & Silke from Germany
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— JoJo E (61) from Switzerland
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— John E from Canada
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