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Gorilla Trek & Kenya Safari - 18 days map

CAMPING SAFARI: Take in the highlights of Uganda and Kenya on this 18-day camping safari. Go on a captivating game drive through Lake Nakuru National Park before heading to Uganda's capital, Kampala. Venture to Queen Elizabeth National Park to see the chimpanzees. Embark on a hike through steamy jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for an encounter with mountain gorillas, unwind alongside the majestic Nile River in Jinja, and end your adventure spotting the Big Five in Kenya's famed Masai Mara Reserve.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Campsites

Trip Highlights

Lake Nakuru National Park - Search for lions, rhinos and other resident wildlife on an included game drive in specialized safari vehicles
Queen Elizabeth National Park - Go trekking in search of chimpanzees, which are usually spotted in the treetops
Lake Bunyonyi - When not trekking to see gorillas, relax beside this idyllic lake, surrounded by greenery and rolling hills
Masai Mara - Game drive through Kenya's most famous wilderness and search for the Big Five
Eldoret - Pose for photos at the Equator and camp on the outskirts of one of Kenya's largest and most vibrant cities
Bwindi National Park - Embark on a memorable trek to see endangered mountain gorillas in the steamy jungles of Uganda
Jinja - Spend two full days relaxing beside the Nile and Lake Victoria, with time for boating, fishing, hiking and more

Included

17 breakfasts, 16 lunches & 15 dinners
Escorted by a licensed 2-person crew
Sleeping mattress (you will need to bring your own sleeping bag)
Lake Nakuru National Park game drive in specialized safari vehicles
Bwindi National Park gorilla trekking with expert guides (subject to payment of permits, see cost below)
17 nights camping in 2-person dome tents
Transportation in a 24-seater overland truck with camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
Queen Elizabeth National Park chimpanzee trekking with expert guides (subject to payment of permits, see cost below)
Masai Mara excursion in a purpose built safari vehicle and game drives with a resident guide

Not Included

Non refundable Gorilla & Chimpanzee Permit: USD $700pp (or equivalent in your currency) - pay at time of booking in addition to the deposit
Sleeping bag - please bring your own
Optional activities (prices listed in Trip Notes)
Local Payment: US$700pp, paid on arrival in USD
International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Airport transfers - can be booked on request

Itinerary

Day 1

Nairobi to Lake Nakuru

Nairobi - Lake Nakuru National Park. We leave Nairobi early this morning and descend into the Great Rift Valley, home to some of Africa's most dramatic scenery. We stop at a lookout point to enjoy the view before arriving in Lake Nakuru National Park. Although small by African standards, this Kenyan reserve is home to all manner of wildlife, including lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard, not to mention the great flocks of flamingos which gather at the famous soda lake itself. We enjoy an included game drive in specialized safari vehicles in order to spot some of this wildlife for ourselves.

Please note: The pre-departure meeting is held at 18:00 on the evening prior to departure. The tour departs at 08:00 on Day 1 so please arrive in Nairobi the day before your tour. Refer to the Joining Instructions in the Trip Notes for more information. We can book accommodation and transfers on request.
Overnight: Lake Nakuru National Park  |  Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

Crossing the Equator

Lake Nakuru National Park - Eldoret. Departing Nakuru this morning we journey to Eldoret, Kenya's fifth largest town and a region increasingly important to the country's economy. On our journey today we will cross the Equator, travelling from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere. We will stop to enjoy some time and photo opportunities at the Equator itself. Arriving at our campsite on the outskirts of Eldoret, there is time for you to admire the nearby Sirikwa holes, primitive dwellings believed to have belonged to an ancient tribe.
Overnight: Eldoret  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Into Uganda

Eldoret - Kampala (Uganda). Wave goodbye to Kenya for now as we cross into Uganda, a country once described by Sir Winston Churchill as the 'Pearl of Africa'. On our drive to Kampala you will see lush rolling hills, tribal villages and growing towns and cities. Our campsite tonight is in the country's capital, Kampala.
Overnight: Kampala  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Kampala - Queen Elizabeth National Park. Departing Kampala, we cross the Equator again and pass through fertile green hills, tangled forests and rugged mountain ranges to the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Originally Named Kazinga National Park on its inception in 1952, the reserve was renamed in 1954 after a visit by the newly crowned British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Our first evening here is free for you to take a walk in the lush surroundings, who knows what wildlife you may spot! The reserve is home to elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, chimpanzee and much more. Encouragingly, reports from the Uganda Wildlife Authority suggest that wildlife populations in the reserve are increasing, thanks to effective protection. This is largely down to your tourism money!
Overnight: Queen Elizabeth National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Chimpanzee trekking

Today we are heading into Queen Elizabeth National Park, admiring the mountain views and stopping whenever we see something of interest. As well as the charismatic larger animals, the reserve is home to more than 500 bird species. Reaching Kyambura Gorge we head out on foot in search of chimpanzees. The rangers will have a good idea of where they are and the trek can vary in length from less than an hour to several. Chimps tend to stay in the treetops so you may have to crane your neck for a view of our closest relatives.

Please note: Chimpanzee Trek permits are issued by the wildlife authority in groups of up to 8 people per group. Depending on our group size, we may trek on the afternoon of day 4, morning or afternoon of day 5, or morning of day 6.
Overnight: Queen Elizabeth National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 6-8

Mountain gorilla trekking

Queen Elizabeth National Park - Lake Bunyonyi. On day 6 we drive to Lake Bunyonyi, dotted with scenic islands and surrounded by lush forest and rolling hills. Over the next three days everyone in the group will enjoy their mountain gorilla trek, but we will split into smaller groups in order to avoid disturbing the gorillas. On the days when you are not trekking, you are free to take a boat trip to some of Lake Bunyonyi's islands, go bird-watching, visit a local village or hire canoes to paddle on the lake.

On the day of your trek, we will hike for anywhere between 30 minutes and 6 or 7 hours into Bwindi National Park (or occasionally Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, this will be made clear to you in advance), depending on the location of the gorillas. A decent level of fitness is required as we trek through the steamy jungle. Your guide will know the location of the nearest gorilla family.

Once we have located the gorillas, you will spend around an hour watching from a safe distance. Keep quiet, keep low to the ground and follow all the instructions of your guide - this is for your safety and for the welfare of the mountain gorillas. You are welcome to take photos, as long as there is no flash.

One of the world's most endangered creatures, mountain gorillas are heavily protected, with around 1,000 animals now living in the rainforests of central Africa. Numbers have increased remarkably due to effective protection in recent years - keep your eyes peeled for the giant silverback alpha male, and some of the adorable youngsters that represent the future of their species.

When it is time to leave the gorillas, we trek back to Lake Bunyonyi, where you can reflect on what is sure to be the highlight of your African adventure. The rest of your time here is at leisure, whilst the rest of our group completes their trek.
Overnight: Lake Bunyonyi  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3

Day 9

Return to Kampala

Lake Bunyonyi - Kampala. Leaving the mountain gorillas and Lake Bunyonyi behind, we return to Kampala, skirting around the northern edge of Lake Victoria. There is time this evening for you to head into the city and explore, meet the locals or try some of the local cuisine if you wish.
Overnight: Kampala  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Jinja

Kampala - Jinja. It's a short drive today as we make our way to Jinja, a city in southern Uganda on the banks of Lake Victoria, source of the River Nile. From here, the river flows for 5,584km, through 11 countries. It enters the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt, having provided life to millions and millions of people and animals on its journey!

Our campsite is beside the Nile, and there are numerous optional activities you can enjoy. Quad biking, white water rafting, Nile cruises, fishing trips and mountain biking are some of the options. You also have the opportunity to visit a local school initiative. Lend a hand with some painting, plastering or other labour to help improve the local schools around Jinja.
Overnight: Jinja  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 11-12

Free time by the Nile

The next two days are completely free for you to unwind by the Nile. Enjoy some of the optional activities available, go for a long walk beside the river or simply relax at the campsite with a good book - the choice is yours!
Overnight: Jinja  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 13

Return to Kenya

Jinja - Eldoret (Kenya). Say goodbye to Jinja as we cross the border back into Kenya and return to Eldoret. Our final evening is spent around the campfire, sharing our favourite memories from the last two weeks, and exchanging contact details with the rest of the group!
Overnight: Eldoret  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14

Eldoret to Nairobi

Eldoret - Nairobi. This morning we cross the Equator and make our way south to Nairobi and to our base just outside the city. Tonight, you have the opportunity to head out and explore Nairobi’s bustling night life or dine at the famed Carnivore Restaurant.
Overnight: Nairobi  |  Breakfast

Day 15

Exploring Nairobi

Today offers you the freedom to explore both the city and its surrounding areas. Alternatively, the following optional excursions are available to book locally. Enjoy close encounters at the the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre, or discover the Karen Blixen Museum in the nearby town of Karen. Alternatively, you can opt for a day of relaxation and pure leisure, making the most of some well-deserved 'downtime'.
Overnight: Nairobi  |  Breakfast

Day 16

Nairobi to Masai Mara

Nairobi - Masai Mara. We leave Nairobi early this morning and make our way to the famous Masai Mara National Reserve. The Mara is adjacent to the Serengeti, forming one of the world's last surviving great wildernesses. We will be travelling in specialised safari vehicles for this part of the tour for a more intimate wildlife-viewing experience, and will join up with our main vehicle later.

During our time in the Mara, we enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in search of the huge herds of wildebeest, zebra, and antelope which inhabit the plains and the predators that hunt them. Also keep your eyes peeled for other iconic species like rhino, elephant and giraffe. We camp on the edge of the reserve, close to the action!
Overnight: Masai Mara Reserve  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17

The 'Big Five' in Masai Mara

Today we continue exploring the Masai Mara with morning and afternoon game drives to different areas of the park. As well as the iconic Big Five, we will hopefully spot some of the less glamorous species, but creatures that are important to the ecosystem. Hyenas and vultures scavenge the remains of prey, warthogs scurry through the undergrowth and endangered African wild dogs hunt intelligently in packs. We break in the middle of the day for lunch before game driving back to our camp for the evening.
Overnight: Masai Mara Reserve  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18

Return to Nairobi

Masai Mara - Nairobi. Leaving the Mara, we travel back through the Great Rift Valley to Nairobi where our tour ends in the late afternoon.
Breakfast, Lunch

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 6 persons. Prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a tent/room. Solo travellers will be matched up and share a tent/room with another solo traveller of the same gender.

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Local payment - US$700pp, paid on arrival in USD

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

Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
23 Mar - 09 Apr 15% off
R54,595
R46,406
N/A
R54,595
N/A
R54,595
N/A
15 Jun - 02 Jul 10% off
R54,595
R49,136
N/A
13 Jul - 30 Jul 10% off G
R54,595
R49,136
N/A
10 Aug - 27 Aug 10% off
R54,595
R49,136
N/A
07 Sep - 24 Sep 10% off
R54,595
R49,136
N/A
05 Oct - 22 Oct 10% off
R54,595
R49,136
N/A
02 Nov - 19 Nov 10% off
R54,595
R49,136
N/A
30 Nov - 17 Dec 10% off
R54,595
R49,136
N/A
28 Dec - 14 Jan 10% off
R54,595
R49,136
N/A

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Mandatory Gorilla & Chimpanzee Permit (to be paid at time of booking and non-refundable)
R13,505
N/A

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.

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 a campsite which we use for our overland safaris. 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.

Simba Safari Camp , Queen Elizabeth National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Camp

Nestled atop a hill overlooking Lake Kikorongo on the edge of Uganda’s most popular Queen Elizabeth National Park this Safari Camp is the perfect base to explore this picturesque park. With views over the plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park and of the Rwenzori Mountains this campsite features panoramic views for its occupants. Meals and drinks are served in the restaurant and bar where guests can relax after a day of safari.

Bunyonyi Overland Resort (Camp), Lake Bunyonyi

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Camp

Placed on the picturesque shores of Lake Bunyonyi this resort and campsite is the perfect hub for guests to explore the lake and all it has to offer. Its location also makes it the perfect stop off for guests who are continuing to Bwindi National Park. The campsite offers shared facilities and panoramic views over the lake and its islands. Featuring a bar and restaurant you can enjoy a drink whilst watching the sunset over the lake.

Nile River Explorers Camp, Jinja

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Located on Lake Bujagali, where the Nile River comes out of Lake Victoria, this camp is only 8 kilometres from Jinja and is the perfect place to relax and explore the area. The campsite is secluded, has shared facilities, and has panoramic views of the river. There is both a river bar and a river spa for guests to enjoy. A jetty for swimming is also available so you can cool down during the hot days. Watch the sunset over the Nile with a drink and relax after a day exploring.

Wildebeest Eco Camp (campsite), Nairobi

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

An oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi, Wildebeest Eco Camp is set in tropical gardens home to hundreds of native birds. It is conveniently located near shops, banks, markets, restaurants and Nairobi National Park. The campsite is shaded and shared bathroom facilities with solar-powered hot showers and flush toilets are available. There's an outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace for guests to enjoy and the onsite restaurant serves a variety of African, European, and American dishes. Free Wi-Fi is also available.

Enchoro Wildlife Camp (permanent tents), Masai Mara

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Enchoro Wildlife Camp is a partly fenced campsite located within the Masai Mara National Reserve, set amongst lush trees. Accommodation is in permanent pre-erected tents complete with twin share beds and ensuite bathroom facilities. Each tent also has a verandah perfect for enjoying a sundowner and keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. There is a thatched-roof restaurant onsite and additional excursions into the Mara can be booked at the tour desk.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Nairobi
Ends
Nairobi
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 6 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
Camping
Local Payment
US$700pp, paid on arrival in USD
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 17, Lunch: 16, Dinner: 15
Countries
Minimum Age
18
Arr. Transfer
No - can be booked on request
Dep. Transfer
No - can be booked on request
Aerial view of Nairobi and its skyscrapers
Aerial view of Nairobi and its skyscrapers
Masai Mara tribespeople standing in a row wearing colourful clothes
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