15-Day Maasai Mara, Serengeti, Uganda Gorilla Trek Safari
After your breakfast, you will leave for a full-day game drive in the reserve in search of the Big 5, as well as other numerous plain animals. You will have a lunch break in the reserve and continue with your game drive till the evening when you will return to your campsite for dinner and overnight rest.
Today you will be picked up at the airport and taken to our office for a pre-departure meeting. Later, you will be dropped off at your hotel where you can relax and prepare to start your safari with a fresh mind. Your overnight will be at the Melili Hotel.
Check out of your hotel and drive via Narok Town to Maasai Mara National Reserve, the land of the Maasai tribe. The proud, young Maasai warrior-nomads with their plaited hair, red cloaks, and spears will challenge your curiosity. This 700-square mile game reserve is the Africa you know from your dreams, complete with wild animals grazing amid the superb rolling landscape of gentle hills and acacia woodlands. Check in to your lodge and enjoy lunch. There will be time to settle in before your first game drive. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the reserve and return to lodge before dark. Your dinner and overnight will be at the AA Mara lodge.
After your breakfast, you will leave with your picnic lunch for a full-day game drive in the reserve in search of the Big Five as well as other numerous plain animals. You will have a lunch break in the reserve after which continue with your game drive till evening when you will return to your campsite for dinner and overnight. You will have an opportunity to see a lion, cheetah, and leopard roam the vast grasslands in search of their next meal it may be an unsuspecting impala or even a small one like the warthog. Whatever the players. The spectacle of nature unfolding is always awe-inspiring!
Your dinner and overnight will be at AA Mara lodge.
After an early breakfast, you will depart for Lake Nakuru in the west. You will ascend the eastern wall of the Great Rift Valley, where lush coffee and tea plantations dot the landscape. Your driver guide will give you a brief overview of coffee and tea farming in Kenya along the way and you will have a short stopover at the Great Rift Valley viewpoint for photographs. You will arrive in Lake Nakuru in time for lunch, after which you will set off for a game drive in the park in search of the Big 5: lions, rhinos, leopards, buffaloes, and elephants. Lake Nakuru is also famous for its millions of flamingoes and migrant birds that dot its shores. In fact, Nakuru has over 425 different bird species. You will return to the hotel before dark for dinner and overnight at your at Lake Nakuru Hotel.
After breakfast, you will depart Nakuru for Jinja, driving across the Malaba border. You will tour the source of the Nile River, the world’s longest. It begins its journey here before crossing through ten African countries and plunging into the Mediterranean Sea. Jinja town is regarded as the adventures capital of East Africa. It is a place brimming with adventure sports and activities, including white water rafting, bungee jumping, and kayaking. Overnight will be at Paradise Jinja Hotel.
After your breakfast you will drive down to Kabale, Uganda’s highest town (2000m), witnessing beautiful, lush scenery along the way. We will camp at Lake Bunyonyi, Africa’s deepest crater lake (900m). Bunyonyi means “place of the little birds”, so you can expect to view interesting and unique birdlife while staying here. Enjoy a beautiful drive over the mountains as we transfer to our base in Kisoro, which sits on the southwestern tip of Uganda. You will have a relaxing evening as we prepare for the trek ahead. This is an excellent place to rest before your gorilla trek. Overnight at Bunyonyi Overland Resort.
Today we embark on the experience of a lifetime. Trek through the early morning mist in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which is home to roughly half of the world’s 700 remaining mountain gorillas. The trekking can be demanding and take as long as a full day – a water bottle and good walking shoes or boots are highly recommended.
Experienced local guides will lead you through the thick mountain jungle. Once we locate the gorillas, we will stay and observe them for about an hour (this time is strictly regulated by the Uganda Wildlife Authority). Photography is permitted, although not with the use of flash (there are also restrictions on the use of video cameras). With or without a camera, however, this is one of the most breathtaking and emotional experiences Africa can offer and is certainly one that will remain with you long after your journey. Overnight will be at the Bunyonyi Overland Resort.
Today, you will eat breakfast and then take a guided walk to visit locals in the community. You will have the option to visit with the local Batwa community or go canoeing on the lake. Return to the camp in time for lunch, after which you will be free to visit an orphanage in the local village. Overnight will be at the Bunyonyi Overland Resort
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Kampala, eating lunch en route. You will arrive in the city by evening. Check in to your hotel and spend some time enjoying some of the nightlife this city has to offer. Return to the hotel for your overnight stay at Paradise Jinja Hotel.
Drive to Lake Naivasha having lunch en route. For an additional/extra cost, you can enjoy a boat ride or visit Hell’s Gate National Park, where you will see how the landscape was formed due to volcanic activities. Arrive at Chambai Safari Hotel in the evening and enjoy dinner and your overnight stay.
Breakfast will be at 7:00 am After which your driver guide will pick you up at 8:00 am. The road to the Green Crater Lake takes you out of Naivasha and along a rough and bumpy path down the edge of the lake passing by huge greenhouses where roses and other flowers are grown for the export market. You will arrive at the Green Crater Lake at approximately 9:30 am at which point you will begin your morning game walk.
The group will walk in a reserve where it’s possible to get up close with giraffes and many varieties of antelope. It’s a great opportunity for photos! The guides will answer questions about the animals, birdlife, and point out the rocks that formed due to the volcanic activity. At 12:00 pm you will leave for lunch at the crater lake. In the afternoon you can enjoy some optional activities like cycling around the village or taking a small powerboat for a trip out to the lake (cost not included). Overnight at Hotel Chambai Safari.
After a short tour briefing, we will depart for Arusha via Nairobi at 8:30 am. Our journey will take us across the border into Tanzania, and we will arrive in the picturesque town of Arusha in time for lunch. Arusha sits at the foot of rugged Mount Meru and is the gateway to most of Tanzania’s safari areas. The afternoon will be spent at your leisure. Your dinner and overnight will be at the Charity Hotel.
After breakfast, you will transfer to the infamous Serengeti National Park. This park is to Tanzania what the Maasai Mara Game Reserve is to Kenya. Covering 14,763 sq km, the Serengeti is dominated by vast, open plains with an abundance of wildlife. A picnic lunch will be provided en-route, and the afternoon will be spent viewing games and absorbing the breathtaking scenery. Your dinner and overnight will be at the Seronera area at Green Hills Tented Serengeti Camp.
Transfer to the Ngorongoro crater via Olduvai Gorge. Ngorongoro is an impressive 20 km wide volcanic crater with 600 m walls. The views from the crater rim are breathtaking, and there is an ever-present abundance of wildlife due to the permanent water supply on the crater floor. Olduvai Gorge is famed for the discovery of 3.5 million-year-old fossil fragments from early human civilization. We will enjoy lunch overlooking the crater, and the afternoon will be spent on a full day game drive.
Transfer to the Ngorongoro Crater via Olduvai Gorge. Ngorongoro is an impressive 20 km wide volcanic crater with 600 m walls. Head back to Nairobi by road, you will be dropped at Jomo Kenya international airport for your flight back home.
COST INCLUSION & EXCLUSION
- Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
- MREF (Travel insurance) Flying doctors services in East Africa. (In case of emergency)
- All meals are noted in the itinerary. Each day generally includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner buffets consisting of both western and local dishes.
- Transportation in standard game viewing safari vehicle complete with pop-up roof for easy viewing and photography
- Every passenger is guaranteed a window seat.
- Your driver/guide speaks English and has in-depth knowledge of the flora, fauna, landscape, and Kenyan culture safaris.
- A minivan outfitted with two-way, long-range high-frequency radio communications equipment.
- Each 4x4 Toyota Hiace minivan carries safari accessories including window sills, a first-aid kit, an ice chest, and a fire extinguisher.
- Bottled mineral water during game drives.
- Park entrance fees and game drive as noted in the itinerary.
- Pick up and drop off transfers
- A minimum of US$ 5 per tourist per day Compulsory Tipping for driver/guide
- International airfares and departures taxes.
- Personal communications charges for telephone calls, faxes, email, etc.
- Tips and gratuities for your driver/guide.
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. (Bottled mineral water is provided in the minivan while on game drives.)
- Laundry services.
- Between meal snacks, parks, attractions, and events not included in your itinerary
- Rain jackets, hand cloves
- Personal needs
- Boat ride at $65 per person.
- Balloon safari in Maasai Mara ($675) per ride
- Samburu village visit ($65-$70)
- Maasai village visit. ($65-$70)
- Night game drive ($250 per person)