Do take part in this memorable Kenya & Uganda safari experience with your loved ones while tracking mountain gorillas, enjoying beautiful wildlife in their natural habitant and a memorable launch cruise. This safari especially while tracking will give you the opportunity to come up close with these magnificent mountain gorillas which have presently increased in number to 400. I dare say that the launch cruise, taken after tracking will be a relaxing experience for you, This will again be another opportunity to view different groups of wildlife in the morning game drives at the park in Queen. Embarking on this 14 days tailored safari will heighten your chances of having a personal ultimate gorilla experience as well as ‘cheetah’ moments in Masai Mara Park. I earnestly implore you to come down and make merry with your loved ones . Cycads safaris will be there to ensure the very best on this tour. Enjoy
Tour program: (3 PAX)
Day 1: Airport pickup and transfer to lodge in Kampala
On this day depending on your arrival, the company representative/ driver/guide will gladly receive you at the airport after your flights. He will welcome you with your two nephews and take you through a seamless greeting procedure. After, he will drive you to your hotel in Kampala where you will have a wonderful overnight stay and breakfast in the morning at Cassia lodge (this accommodation will definitely add up to the experience)
Day 2: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park
This morning after enjoying your breakfast at the lodge, the company driver/ guide will be ready to meet you once again. You shall then travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National park and have a stopover en-route, to enjoy your lunch. You and your nephews will also enjoy a stop over at the Uganda equator for phenomenal photography before you continue further south. Along the way, look out for the lush green African landscape and the beautiful rolling hills of Kabale (you may stop for some pictures). Continuing further south, you will most probably arrive at Bwindi in the late evening. You will have dinner and a peaceful/ relaxing overnight stay at Gorilla Forest camps (Much recommended accommodation for closeness with nature) Meal plan: Full Board
Ps. Events of gorillas wandering off and into this lodge’s premises have been recorded in the rest past. You may kindly visit their website by the link below: http://www.gorillasafarilodge.com/index.html
Day 3: Memorable Gorilla tracking experience (Nshongi group/ Ruhija group)
You are now in Bwindi and this is the moment you have been waiting for! After very early breakfast, you will be guided to the park headquarters for the briefing session about the gorilla trackers code of conduct from the park’s guides. There after, you will get ready, along with your packed lunches to embark on the lifetime memorable experience in this magnificent forest for gorilla tracking experience of the Nshongi group of Gorillas (the biggest group ever habituated). The trail you use may reward you with exciting moments of the giant mountain gorillas ‘this will be a reward of the ultimate gorilla experience’ as well as other primates that inhabit the forest. The trek may be tough and slippery at some points but it all does not supersede the excitement of viewing the gorillas at the end of the forest tour (This will most probably be the highlight of the whole safari for you!). If you are a Keen birder, you will look out for various species of forest birds like the magpie mannikin. You will continue further north of the park and your driver/ guide will find you on the Nkuringo side. You will this time have wonderful dinner and peaceful overnight stay at Nkuringo Gorilla camp. Meal plan: full board.
Ps. This accommodation at Nkuringo is a wonderful place to visit. Cases have been recorded of gorillas straying into the camp sites but they are very rare.
Day 4: Gorilla tracking experience (Nkuringo group/ Rushaga group)
On this morning, you shall rise early and prepare for the tracking experience once again. By 7: 45 am, you will be at the Park head quarters after a very early breakfast with packed lunch and be briefed about the gorilla trackers code of conduct before embarking on the tracking tour. The site guide/ game ranger will take you through the forest for gorilla tracking which will also bless you with the opportunity to see other forest primates like the black and white colobus monkey. On this trail you may be rewarded with the opportunity to see and marvel at the giant mountain silver back and other family members (once again) as they play feed and interact with each other. On this trail you may also be exposed to more bird species like the collared sunbird, olive bellied sunbird, tiny sunbird, handsome francolin, bishops, and black and white casqued, African pied hornbill. Later on, you shall return to your lodge for tasty dinner and relaxing overnight at Nkuringo Gorilla camp. (Much recommended) Meal plan: full board.
Fascinating information about mountain gorillas:
Gorillas are said to spend close to 30% of their normal day feeding and spend close to another 30% moving and foraging around, usually dictated by the silver back in the group. The rest of the day is left for resting (they usually make fresh beddings for resting every morning). It is also true that the silver back can deliberately consume over 30kgs of food daily (probably just to keep up the physique!). Gorillas are also said to be very placid when in conflict (conflicts are rare in the family). It is most unheard of for gorillas to be in serious conflict with each other unless very disturbed. They are said to communicate in various ways with each other like use of facial expressions and vocalization. For them friendly gestures and communications are an important part of their relationships.
Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park via the Ishasha sector
This morning, having had a peaceful night and good morning breakfast; you shall prepare to transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park with nice picnic lunch. You will make en-route stopover at the Ishasha sector for beautiful sightings of the tree climbing lions (much recommended drive). Please be keen: sometimes they tend to wander off and look for food!. On this drive, you may be rewarded with spectacular views of more wildlife like the Ugandan kobs, buffalos and elephants resting or lingering in other places as you drive into the park. You shall check into your lodge and prepare for dinner and relaxing overnight at Queen Elizabeth Bush lodge & Tents.
This is a very comfortable and nice accommodation that commands an attractive view of the park with her various wildlife species.
Day 6: Morning game drive and Afternoon boat cruise
This morning after breakfast with the boys, take pleasure in an early morning game drive. You may also just decide to set off early and catch the morning risers before you return to your lodge for a late breakfast. This second option is a more rewarding experience for viewing wildlife especially for the early risers of the park. You shall enjoy a game drive towards the Kasenyi plains which may reward you with sightings of the various animals like huge herds of the Ugandan kob, the very rare felines, hyenas, wildebeest, elephants, leopard, lion, buffalos, warthogs and antelope usually returning to their dens. Later on in the day after lunch and relaxing, you may take pleasure in embarking on a 2 hour launch trip along the kazinga channel which may most probably reward you with beautiful views of a variety of more animals like groups of hippos, crocodiles, elephants lingering on the shoreline as well as a variety of water birds which may include: water thick-knee, Lesser Swamp-Warbler, Striated Heron among others. You will enjoy your dinner and peaceful overnight at Queen Elizabeth Bush lodge & Tents. Meal plan: full board.
Day 7: Transfer to Jinja (source of the Nile experience) via Kampala city
On this day, you will rise to a healthy breakfast and prepare to transfer back to Jinja town. While enjoying an en-route lunch stopover most probably in Mbarara/ Kampala, you will most probably reach Jinja town in the late afternoon and take pleasure in a boat ride to the source of the Nile. Alternatively, you may wish to go direct to your hotel for dinner and relaxing overnight at Holland Park in Jinja. (It is a tented accommodation overlooking the Nile).
Day 7: Transfer to Eldoret town (if you are a good cheese fun, you are in the right place)
After breakfast in Jinja town, you will transfer to Kenya via the Malaba border crossing point by road. (The ride will include picnic lunch and stopovers for photography). While you are traveling, you may be blessed with phenomenal breathtaking views especially the physical landscape of Kenya alongside local commune homes for Kenyan residents. You will have a picnic Lunch on the way to Eldoret where you will most probably arrive in time for dinner and prepare for relaxing overnight at
Day 8: Transfer to Lake Nakuru National Park (home of the flamingos, white rhinos)
On this day after enjoying your breakfast, leave Eldoret and drive towards the Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru is a beautiful freshwater lake, fringed by thick papyrus with Hippos lazing in the lake and Buffalos grazing on the shores and just minutes away from thr National park. Bird watching includes Grey-capped Warbler, Spectacled Weaver, Brimstone Canary, Red-billed Fire finch and 350 other species. This park is rich in biodiversity with species of wildlife, birds, natural flora and stunning scenic beauty. This is a freshwater lake with beautiful picture views. You will also have a chance to see hippos, over 400 species of birds on the lake including pelicans, African fish eagles, African darter, cormorants and the lesser flamingos which are migratory. You will return to your lodge for dinner and overnight at Flamingo Hill camp. Meal plan: full board
Day 9: Morning game drive in the park
This morning after enjoying your breakfast, embark on an early morning game at the Nakuru National Park while sight seeing and game viewing around the park. An early morning drive is always recommended since it is the best opportunity to see the morning early risers of both birds and animals especially for the white Rhinos. You will return to your lodge for dinner and overnight at Flamingo Hill camp. Meal plan: full board
Day 10: Transfer to Masai Mara National Park
On this day after breakfast, you will depart for Masai Mara. You may make an optional stop at the viewpoint of the Great Rift Valley or move directly to Masai Mara where you will most probably have en-route lunch. Later on, you will proceed to your camp and check in to relax and prepare for the following day’s activities in the park. Tonight if you wish, enjoy an optional traditional performance of tribal dances by local Masai Warriors before returning to the Lodge for dinner and overnight at Kilima camp. Meal plan: full board
Day 11: Full day in Masai Mara
‘This is the haven of the big five in Kenya. Almost immediately, you will sight the sandy-eyed lions in prides most definitely hunting for prey. Cheetahs and leopards are also visible but not as much as you would sight groups of zebras and elephants. Mara reaches her pinnacle during the great migration from July to August when the wildebeests move away from Serengeti to this specific park’.
Have Breakfast in the morning at your camp and depart with your packed lunch for full day game viewing. On the drives you will try to search for the big five animals such as Elephants, lions, leopards, Buffaloes and other interesting species of wildlife. Later on venture towards the Mara River (highest concentration point for wild life) to look for hippos, pools of giant crocodiles and the world famous crossing point for the wildebeests. After enjoying the experience at River Mara, return to the lodge for a rest in the evening before having your dinner and overnight stay Kilima Camp. Meal plan: half board
Day 12: Transfer to Amboseli National Park -Game drives
On this day after enjoying breakfast, the driver/ guide will drive towards the south east of Nairobi to Amboseli National Park. Amboselli’s beauty lies in the vast wildlife it has to offer like the elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, impalas, Grant’s gazelles and elands with the backdrop views of the snow-capped Kilimanjaro in the distance. You will spend 2 nights here on game drives where your guide will also help you spot birds like vultures, Eagles, Bustards, Sandgrouses, Ground Hornbills, Rosy-breasted Long claw, Sooty Chat, Falcons, Barn Owl, Spotted Redshank, Temminck’s Stint, Saddle-billed Stork and the hyperactive Black Crake. After lunch and relaxing at the camp and (if up to it any way), engage in the evening game drive and discovered where the landscape is dominated by glistening majestic snow cap of Kilimanjaro a fitting back drop to a wild region where the pastoral Masai and their cattle have lived in harmony with wild creatures for many centuries. You will have your dinner and overnight at the sentrim camp. Full board
Day 13: Amboseli all day in the park
‘While it may like the profusion of wildlife like that of Masai Mara, this park boasts of one of the most spectacular backdrops “Mt Kilimanjaro”. Amboseli National park is largely an elephant. The grasslands of Amboseli are home to grazing antelopes, spotted hyenas, jackals, warthogs, and lions (but they are now few in number). You will enjoy sightings of black Rhinos that survived and traversed the poaching era in Kenya. The rest have since been moved to Tsavo west. From the observation hill, you can possibly enjoy more views of wildebeests, herds of zebras as well as gazelles’.
Early this morning, you shall rise early and embark on a morning game drive in the park where you will most probably have a beautiful encounter with the big five. This will probably be another highlight of the whole safari. You shall return to the lodge for a late breakfast and set out again for more game viewing with a picnic lunch along the way (you will most probably drive to the observation hill). Look out for more big game animals like elephants, lions and cheetahs. You will have a leisurely break and enjoy more fun viewing wildlife in the area where the landscape is dominated by glistening majestic snow cap of Kilimanjaro. You will have dinner and overnight at the sentrim camp. Full board
Day 14: Transfer to Nairobi
On this day dear Barry, you and your nephews will first enjoy your morning breakfast at your camp in Amboseli before the driver/ guide picks you up for a transfer to Nairobi National park.
Day 15: out going flights
This day, depending on your flight program, the driver/ guide will transfer you to the airport
SAFARI QUOTATION: 3 PAX
PRICE PER PERSON (with tented camps): $3587.00
END OF UGANDA & KENYA SAFARI
On this 14 Day Uganda & Kenya Safari, the following are inclusive in the price:
- Transport in safari car that is air conditioned and with pop up
- Services of a full time English Speaking guide/Driver
- Tented Accommodation (14 nights) and Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Safe drinking water provided while in the vehicle.
- Gorilla tracking permits (2 Times)
- Free airport pickup and transfer
- Park entrance for all National parks
- Launch cruise
- Game drives
The following are however not included in the price:
- Air fares
- Personal insurance and Medication
- Laundry and other expenses of a personal nature
- Drinks and other special dietary requirements