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Gorilla and Game Trek

15 days  |  Starts/Ends: Nairobi  |  from USD $1,799  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Trek through lush jungle in search of mountain gorillas. Experience the beauty of Uganda, visit Kenya's Great Rift Valley Lakes and spot game on the plains of the Masai Mara.
Countries Visited: Kenya, Uganda

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Itinerary
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Itinerary

Day 1

Nairobi

Saturday. Welcome to Nairobi! We’ll be there to collect you at Nairobi Airport and transfer you to the Kenya Comfort Hotel. Tonight you will stay in shared dorms. There will be a pre departure meeting at 17.00.
Overnight: Nairobi

Days 2-3

Masai Mara N.P.

Nairobi - Masai Mara. Heading west from Nairobi on day 2, we reach possibly Kenya’s most famous natural attraction - the Masai Mara National Reserve. The Kenyan section of the wildly beautiful Serengeti Plains teems with wildlife. The highlight of the Mara is no doubt the annual wildebeest migration, when literally millions of these beasts plus zebra and Thomson’s gazelle stray north from the Serengeti in neighbouring Tanzania in search of lush grass on the savannah plains. Elephant, lion, cheetah, giraffe and a multitude of hooved herbivores also inhabit the reserve. A game drive through the Mara on day 3 gives us the chance to spot the Big Five. During our stay we can also opt to visit a local Masai tribe.
Overnight: Masai Mara N.P.  |  Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 4

Eldoret

Masai Mara - Eldoret. Leaving the Masai Mara early on day 4, we head out of Masai Land and pass through the scenic tea plantations of Kericho before descending the Rift Valley Plateau, on our way to Eldoret - our stop for the night of day 4.
Overnight: Eldoret  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Kampala

Eldoret - Kampala (Uganda). This morning we cross the border into Uganda where we overnight it the capital city, Kampala.
Overnight: Kampala  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 6-9

Lake Bunyoni & Gorilla Trekking

Kampala - Lake Bunyoni. From Kampala we drive to Lake Bunyoni, the deepest Crater Lake in Africa and home to a large and varied number of beautiful birds, which is the base from which the optional Gorilla trek takes place. Dependant on where trekking permits are available, we trek in the Magahinga or Bwindi National Parks in Uganda, the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, or the Ruhengeri National Park in Rwanda.

We depart from our base in Bunyoni in small groups over 3-4 days, depending on the group size. We wind our way through arguably some of the most picturesque scenery in Africa en-route to the National Park. Dependant on where permits are available, we may spend a night in either Kisoro or in Rwanda. The following morning, after packing our picnic lunch, we are transferred to a ranger’s station where the trek commences. Your rangers will lead you through the cultivated lands and then into the dense rain forest and on to a gorilla family. Trekking can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 8 hours and it can be quite strenuous. To ensure the gorillas do not get too used to the presence of humans and because they share many of our genes (and therefore able to catch our diseases), the maximum time permitted to spend with them is 1 hour. You will have plenty of time to watch their activity and to take photographs. The rangers will be able to provide you with a background to the family you are visiting. Once your hour is up, you trek back out of the rain forest to your meeting point where you will be transferred back to the Lake Bunyoni campsite.
Overnight: Lake Bunyoni  |  Breakfast x 4, Lunch x 4, Dinner x 4

Day 10

Kampala

Lake Bunyoni - Kampala. After marvelling at the experience of our gorilla encounters and enjoying the peaceful Lake Bunyoni, we begin our drive back to Kampala. We cross the Equator for the second time and stop for the classic “one foot in each hemisphere” photo opportunity. We overnight in Kampala and have the opportunity to sample its night life!
Overnight: Kampala  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Jinja

Kampala - Jinja. Today we have the option of visiting the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary or heading to Jinja for a selection of adventure activities including white water rafting at the source of the White Nile, quad biking or visiting a volunteer and community project. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the banks of the river, or ticking off the wide variety of water birds in this area.
Overnight: Jinja  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 12-13

Lake Nakuru

Jinja - Nakuru (Kenya). Departing early, we head back to Kenya and spend the night outside Nakuru at a lovely campsite on a local farm. Nakuru is Kenya’s 4th largest town and capital of the Rift Valley Province and lies adjacent to the small but wildlife rich Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru National Park is home to a veritable array of wildlife. The park supports a population of black rhino, lion, leopard, zebra, antelope and giraffe not to mention millions of pink flamingos. The lake itself is a shallow soda lake. The following morning we begin our exploration of the national park and after our game drive, we head back to camp.
Overnight: Lake Nakuru  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 14

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha, is home to a multitude of bird life, the most magnificent being the African Fish Eagle with his regal cry. At 1880 m, this is the highest of the Rift Valley lakes. We spend the day enjoying optional excursions like Elsamere (former home to Joy & George Adamson of Born Free fame), a boat ride to the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary or a bike ride around Hell’s Gate National Park.
Overnight: Lake Naivasha  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15

Nairobi

Saturday. Naivasha - Nairobi. After breakfast today, we head back to Nairobi. On arrival we bid farewell to members of the group.
Breakfast

Overland Budget Accommodation Upgrade

If you're interested in our adventurous Overland Safaris but don't fancy camping, there is the option to upgrade to budget accommodation (subject to availability). You will be travelling with our overland camping passengers, sharing a truck, equipment and chores with them and enjoying your meals together as a group. Accommodation is in basic twin share rooms and a single supplement applies for solo travellers if we're unable to match you up or you would prefer the privacy of your own room. For more details please refer to the tour Trip Notes.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. Single travellers will be paired up in tents with another person of the same sex.

Local payment - 2015: US$490 / 2016: $510
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.
Local Payment
This trip has a local payment. It is this payment which covers entrance fees, camping fees and meals as detailed for this itinerary. The local payment is in addition to the prices specified and is to be paid directly to the tour leader on Day 1 of the trip. The payment should be made in cash, in the currency specified.

Please note that due to exchange rate fluctuations, as well as potential changes to park entrance fees, the local payment amount may be subject to change. We will however inform you of any such changes as soon as we are aware of them.
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Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Budget Accommodation Upgrade Supplement
USD $1000
USD $1039
Budget Accommodation Upgrade Supplement 2016
USD $1060
USD $640

BUDGET ACCOMMODATION UPGRADE: There is the option to upgrade from camping to budget accommodation on this trip - the upgrade supplement can be found under the dates and prices below. The accommodation upgrade is available on a first come first serve basis, please contact us to check availability. A single supplement will apply for solo travellers if we're unable to match you up or you would prefer the privacy of your own room. For more details please refer to the tour Trip Notes.

Trip Highlights

Lake Nakuru National Park and its lake, famous for its pink flamingoes. Meet local children at the East African Mission Organisation.
The Equator crossing
Gorilla Trekking - optional. Bwindi or Mgahinga Gorilla park in Uganda or Ruhengeri (Rwanda) or Parc National des Virunga (DRC)
Jinja (famous for its Nile rafting)
Lake Naivasha, the highest of the Rift Valley lakes
The Masai Mara, one of Kenya's finest wildlife reserves and the Masai tribal lands
Kampala, Uganda's capital city
Lake Bunyoni, spectacular scenery.
Great Rift Valley system of lakes

Included

Arrival transfer from Nairobi Airport on day 1
A fully equipped overland truck for transportation and game drives
All camping fees & appropriate equipment
Park entry - Lake Naivasha NP. Park entry & game drives - Lake Nakuru NP, Masai Mara
1st night dormitory accommodation at Kenya Comfort Hotel and 13 nights camping (option to upgrade to budget accommodation at time of booking - subject to availability)
Services of 3 person crew (leader, driver, cook)
13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners
All road taxes & tolls

Not Included

Gorilla Permit and transfer fee: Please note that Gorillas often move across the border, between the national parks in Rwanda, Uganda and DRC, therefore itineraries often have to be changed at short notice in order to track the Gorillas in whichever National Park they have migrated to. For this reason the cost of the Gorilla Permit and relevant transfers varies, as do the applicable visa costs, dependent upon which country we need to travel into.
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Optional activities
International flights and visas
Sleeping bag - please bring your own
Entrance Fees: Gorilla Permit + Transfer US $720 - 815

Reviews

Our tour guide, Hesbon, was amazing. He always kept us updated on the itinerary and options coming up. He also had a wealth of information to share with us, which made the trip even better. I loved that he would put up notes about the schedule, as well as daily vocabulary lessons, so we could learn some Swahili as we travelled on the truck. On top of this, Hesbon was also lovely to spend time with it and showed genuine interest in us as individuals. I feel that he went above and beyond what his role requires and will be trying to tag onto a tour of his again in the future.

The tour was a perfect "taster" of East Africa, and I only wished I could have stayed longer. It was brilliant to be able to see both gorillas and the "Big 5" in one tour. Though it would be good if the tour was perhaps extended by 2 days, so to reduce the travelling days. It was quite hard spending entire days travelling, so would be better to cover the distance over a slightly longer period of time and allow more time exploring towns/cities.

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I loved the tour - personal highlights were the Masai Mara and Gorilla Trek.

There were a few long days on the truck but due to the kilometres that had to be covered in the short space of time this was unavoidable and understandable.

Our guide was great. Alex couldn't have been more helpful, friendly, professional and knowledgeable. He went out of his way on a number of occasions to help people out including myself. I had a medical incident on one of the game drives and Alex made sure I got to the hospital etc and was treated, he even organised my follow up medical visit that was scheduled after the tour ended. We felt safe at all times and it was clear that Alex knew what he was doing at all times.

He organised a lot of post tour accommodation and activities for a number of people which I thought was just great.

We had a couple on our tour who made things very hard for Alex and the rest of the crew - from day one they did nothing but whinge about the food (which i thought was fine), bumpiness of the roads, physical nature of activities like the gorilla trek, accommodation etc etc. I imagine they have put in a bad review but in my opinion this should be disregarded as they were the problem not the crew.

I had such a great time and I can't wait to go back!

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Another adventure ticked off the bucket list. Gorilla's in the mist was outstanding and to top it off I had the same tour guide, Hesbon, as I did doing the first part of the Flamingos to the Falls last year. Hesbon ROCKS. I had tears in my eyes as I spotted ATC pull in at Red Chilli camp site, knowing he will be guiding the Gorillas tour. I was so stocked to have Hesbon again. However you need to put Ruben on longer trips as he is the best cook ever. I have had three cooks now with ATC and nothing compares to Rubens cooking. I missed him on the Gorilla tour.

On The Go you have come through again and I would like to make a mention to Cherylyn who has booked all my trips. She is prompt and professional in her e-mail communication and ensures everything goes smooth for you. Love your work Cherylyn.

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Hi Guys.

I want to thank you for the Great Experience I had with On The Go in Africa.

My best holiday ever.

The Tour leader, driver and chef were exceptional. Really good down to earth guys who were very knowledge and helpful.

The itinerary was amazing and the highlight being the Gorillas.

I went and stayed at Sun City after the tour for a few days to chill out and did a couple of parks as well and had some great animal interactions.

Once again thank you. I have no problem in recommending On The Go for any trip in the world.

Hey,

Ruth was an exceptional tour leader, well organised, good fun!

I had a wonderful holiday!

Thanks

Tour Details
Starts
Nairobi
Ends
Nairobi
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
Camping (Budget accommodation upgrade available)
Local Payment
2015: US$490 / 2016: $510
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 13, Lunch: 13, Dinner: 13
Extra Tour Info
Gorilla Trekking
Close encounters with these gentle giants of the jungle
About Overland Safaris
Information on travelling through Africa on a overland safari
Tourist Visas
Visa requirements for Africa and info on getting your visa

Another adventure ticked off the bucket list. Gorilla's in the mist was outstanding and to top it off I had the same tour guide, Hesbon, as I did doing the first part of the Flamingos to the Falls last year. Hesbon ROCKS. I had tears in my eyes as I spotted ATC pull in at Red Chilli camp site, knowing he will be guiding the Gorillas tour. I was so stocked to have Hesbon again. However you need to put Ruben on longer trips as he is the best cook ever. I have had three cooks now with ATC and nothing compares to Rubens cooking. I missed him on the Gorilla tour.

On The Go you have come through again and I would like to make a mention to Cherylyn who has booked all my trips. She is prompt and professional in her e-mail communication and ensures everything goes smooth for you. Love your work Cherylyn.

Nicole Fenton
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 4 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 4 travellers.