Over Land, Under Stars
FROM: USD $1,615

Gorilla and Game Trek - 15 days

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.

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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.
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 and appropriate equipment
Park entry - Lake Naivasha NP. Park entry and game drives - Lake Nakuru NP, Masai Mara
1st night dormitory accommodation at Kenya Comfort Hotel and 13 nights camping
Services of 3 person crew (leader, driver, cook)
13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners
All road taxes and 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 USD$720-870, paid in USD

Itinerary

The below itinerary is for all departures in 2018. For the 2017 itinerary please contact us for a set of up to date Trip Notes.

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

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  |  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.

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 Kisoro en route. 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

Prices & Dates

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

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Local payment - 2017: USD$510 / 2018: USD$590, paid in USD

Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.

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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Wildebeest Eco Camp, Nairobi

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Wildebeest Eco Camp is a distinctive starting point from which to explore Nairobi and beyond. The camp offers a shaded campsite for budget travellers, or luxury ensuite tents for those looking to splurge a little on their safari experience. Located in the vibrant Langata area, Nairobi National Park and the Galleria Shopping Centre are among the attractions just 10 minutes' drive away. After a long day of travelling, indulgences such as an infinity pool and guest library are available, as are free Wi-fi and laundry service.

Naiberi River Campsite & Resort, Eldoret

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Camp by the river Naiberi at this vintage resort 16km from Eldoret, which also offers spacious dorms, log cabins, and executive rooms built into the valley slopes. During the day, admire the wildlife, with a variety of local nature trails offering the chance to encounter over 250 bird species. At night, venture down to the famous cave restaurant and enjoy a meal within the stone walls, believed to have once housed members of the ancient Sirikwa tribe. Other amenities include an outdoor pool and extensive bar selection.

Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Located on a purpose-built, 5-acre site in a peaceful suburb, the Red Chilli Hideaway offers affordable accommodation ranging from a campsite which we use for our overland safaris to private ensuite rooms for upgrades. Settle down for the day at the Hideaway's saltwater pool, self-catering kitchen, or restaurant & bar. The camp supports sustainable tourism and operates the Steve Willis Memorial Fund, whose proceeds go to providing clean drinking water in the Murchison Falls region.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.63 out of 5 based on 8 recent reviews

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Linda was lovely, warm and approachable but relatively new to the job I believe so some of her info could have been a bit more definitive. Tom was a great driver and always felt we were in good hands. John was an excellent cook - good variety, very attentive to cleanliness - always on time and committed to us. Maybe an extra night in the Mara would ease the long drives and give some more game driving or leisure time. Thank you

• Submitted 15 Aug 2017
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Such an amazing trip. Very well organised. Met some lovely people who will be friends for life. Thanks for making it a special trip to remember

• Submitted 26 Jul 2017
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My wife and I absolutely loved both the tour and the crew we had. I enjoyed every bit of the experience from the the accommodations, the excursions, our crew and the group the shared the experience with us. The only thing i regret is not being able to extend our trip to continue on with the rest of the group. On behalf of my wife and myself i would like to thank you for the awesome experiences.

• Submitted 23 Jun 2017
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Fantastic! Great group and tour. Mackenzie, Tom and Mwai were brilliant. Great, fresh meals, good driving even on very rough "roads" and good instruction. You need to very carefully read your trip notes to get the best out of this tour. Also apply for the (new?) East African visa which lets you into Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda on a multi-entry basis. There are a lot of early starts and long drives on this tour. There was only one real relaxing day but I'm so glad I went. The gorillas were amazing as was the rest of the wildlife. All the locals we met were very friendly and obliging - even if it cost you a dollar!

• Submitted 07 Mar 2017
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Incredible tour, great group of people, fantastic experiences and opportunities offered. Gorillas were incredible, saw Lions, Cheetahs, Leopard & more at the Masai Mara. Visiting Rwanda was an unexpected opportunity and one that you can't easily forget. Mwangi, Jared & Nick were a fantastic team - I don't think we could have had better. Exceeded my expectations!

• Submitted 19 Dec 2016
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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.

• Submitted 16 Jun 2015
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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!

• Submitted 28 Oct 2014
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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.

• Submitted 04 Sep 2014
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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.

Yogesh Hari • Submitted 07 May 2012

Hey,

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

I had a wonderful holiday!

Thanks

Grant Stuart • Submitted 15 Aug 2011
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Nairobi
Ends
Nairobi
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
Camping
Local Payment
2017: USD$510 / 2018: USD$590, paid in USD
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 13, Lunch: 13, Dinner: 13
Visiting
Countries
Updated
1st March 2017

Extra Tour Info

Tourist Visas
Visa requirements for Africa and info on getting your visa
Spotting Africa's Big 5
Our guide to the best places to see the BIG 5
The Great Migration
The best places and times to see the great migration
Gorilla Trekking
Close encounters with these gentle giants of the jungle
About Overland Safaris
Information on travelling in Africa on an overland safari

Linda was lovely, warm and approachable but relatively new to the job I believe so some of her info could have been a bit more definitive. Tom was a great driver and always felt we were in good hands. John was an excellent cook - good variety, very attentive to cleanliness - always on time and committed to us. Maybe an extra night in the Mara would ease the long drives and give some more game driving or leisure time. Thank you

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