14 Days Tour to Kenyan Wildlife and Uganda Gorilla Safari (Camping)

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Overview

Type of Tour: Multi-Country

Duration of Tour: 14 Days / 13 Nights

Tour Details:

These 14 days tour to Kenya and Uganda safari will bring to much wildlife experience to your life. It’s one of Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco-systems and possibly the world’s top safari big game viewing eco-system.

Tour Highlights:

  • The East African safari will include a visit to Lake Kivu national Park
  • You will have a chance to view Flamingos, Rhinos, Lions, Giraffes, and Leopards among others; including a tour to Masai Mara national reserve.
  • You will also have several game drives and view millions of the wildebeests cross the Mara River from the Serengeti National Park of Tanzania.

Trip Facts:

Destinations Accommodation Nights Meals
Masai Mara Basecamp Masai Mara 2 Nights DBB
Lake Kivu Kivu Lodge 2 Nights DBB
Jinja Eden Rock Resort 1 Night DBB
Masindi Kabalega Resort 2 Nights DBB
Northern Queen Elizabeth National Park Simba Safari Camp 1 Night DBB
Lake Bunyonyi Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort 3 Nights DBB
Kampala Hillside Plaza Hotel 1 Night DBB
Jinja Eden Rock Resort 1 Night DBB

 


Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi to Masai Mara 309.4 km

Overnight: Basecamp Masai Mara

Guest will be picked up at their accommodation or at the airport in the morning at 9:00 am and drive west to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. You will have the opportunity to enjoy your lunch on your way and arrive in time for an evening game drive.

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomizes Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at a camp with hot showers and flush toilets.


Day 2: Masai Mara area

Guest will wake up to a nice breakfast and then proceed on a full day of game viewing within the reserve. The landscape here is scenic savannah grassland on rolling hills. The reserve is the best park for game viewing in Kenya as it has an extensive road and track network that allows for close-range viewing and photography. Break for your picnic lunch by the hippo pool, looking out for resident hippos and crocodiles. Your dinner and overnight will be at the camp.

Overnight: Basecamp Masai Mara

At Basecamp Masai Mara we offer 17 spacious and luxurious Double Riverside Tents, including two Family Riverside Tent, perfect for families traveling with children. Our tents are built along the banks of the Talek River, the natural border to the Masai Mara National Reserve. The dense riverbed foliage allows for maximum privacy and comfort, without compromising the view of the Masai Mara National Reserve just a stone throw away. With more than 300 identified bird species, you are certain to wake to a symphony of birdsong while staying at Basecamp Masai Mara.


Day 3: Masai Mara to Lake Kivu

 

Guest will have early breakfast and departure to journey north to Lake Nakuru where we devote our afternoon to game driving. First established as a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru was developed into a National Park in 1968. White rhino roam frequently through the savannah area that surrounds the lake, providing us with incredible photo opportunities.

 

 

 


Day 4: Lake Kivu

 

Guest will have early breakfast and departure to journey north to Lake Nakuru where we devote our afternoon to game driving. First established as a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru was developed into a National Park in 1968. White rhino roam frequently through the savannah area that surrounds the lake, providing us with incredible photo opportunities.

Overnight: Kivu Lodge

The lodge boasts 20 spacious cottages, 2 of which are executive suites. It also has a restaurant, coffee bar, and lounge bar. It boasts an outdoor cascading swimming pool overlooking the waters of Lake Kivu. All the rooms offer stunning views of Lake Kivu. They also have private balconies. The lodge is located on a private peninsula on Lake Kivu. It is surrounded by a private coffee plantation. Access to the lodge is off the main highway from Karongi to Kamembe. Turn right at Ngoma if driving from Karongi. Ngoma is 22 km from Karongi town and 89km from Kamembe town. The lodge is also has a standard helipad on site. Flying time from Kigali International Airport to the lodge is 25 minutes. By private speed boat from Rubavu to the lodge is 2 hours while from Kamembe, it takes 1 hour by speed boat.


Day 5: Lake Kivu to Jinja 754.7km

 

The park to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where white rhinos are being nurtured before they are re-introduced into the parks. Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch located in Nakasongola district is the proud home of the only wild rhinos in Uganda. The Rhino re-introduction project is a project of Rhino Fund Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority, here you will have lunch and then drive to Jinja.

Overnight: Eden Rock Resort

Eden Rock Resorts (Uganda) ltd. welcomes you in UGANDA on the border of the Nile River, where you will be able to see its Source, coming from the Lake Victoria and where you will also see the Bujagali falls after a few meters walk. On offer is a quiet, relaxed stay in one of the self-containing bandas or while camping at their large field but near to where the action is. Using Eden Rock as a basis you can (for example) raft the Nile, go for a quad trip, go horseback riding etc. There is an established new outside toilet building available with hot water. An internet connection is also available with an excellent cook who can prepare meals.


Day 6: Jinja To Murchison Falls National Park 266.2km

Guest will have breakfast at 8.00 am and drive to Murchison Falls National Park via Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary where rhinos that got wiped out in the Ugandan wild are being bred before re-introduction back in the national parks. When you arrive at the Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a guide and armed rangers will take you on either a walking/by vehicle safari to look for the rhinos and around 12h00 to 13h00 enjoying a bush picnic lunch in the sanctuary’s grounds. After lunch, guests will drive to Murchison Falls National Park).

 


Day 7: Murchison Falls National Park

Guest will wake up early at 6.00 am and go on a Morning game drive for a chance to view the magnificent daybreak from across the open savannah, birds, and dotted woodland as well as riverine vegetation along the Nile. Guest will see animals like lions, buffalo, elephants, giraffes, antelope, and a lot more. The guest will be back around 10-11 am, to have breakfast. Guest will relax around the lodge until lunch hour and go for the boat launch to the bottom of the powerful Murchison Falls. This 3-hour boat cruise climaxes at the edge of the rift valley escarpment at which point you will get off the boat and trek to the top of the falls (wear sports shoes while on the boat for ease of trekking to the top). Having worked up a sweat, once at the top, get bathed in the misty spray that the Nile creates as it forces itself into the 7-meter cleft to create the famous Murchison Falls. Guest will your go back to the campsite for dinner.

Overnight: Kabalega Resort

Kabalega Resort Hotel is located in Masindi District along Kampala-Masindi Road making it ideal for couples, friends, family, and solo travelers alike. With close proximity to extensive local attractions, exploring the city’s culture is effortless. The hotel offers spacious and luxurious self-contained rooms that are fully equipped with modern amenities. The hotel offers a variety of amenities such as conference facilities, camping facilities, gardens for recreation events as well as a cozy bar and restaurant.


Day 8: Murchison Falls National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park 351.8km

 

Guest will have breakfast drive you to Queen Elizabeth National Park which is one of the most popular parks in Uganda, the Queen Elizabeth National Park lies in the western region of the country. In the northern part of the park, visitors can look forward to boating along the Kasinga Channel, which is home to the largest population of hippos in the world and an abundance of Nile crocodiles.

Overnight: Simba Safari Camp

 

 


Day 9: Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park

 

This morning guest will wake up early. A little before sunrise coffee, tea and donuts will be served in the lounge before we head out for a long game drive in time to see the first rays of light. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, and many Warthogs.A well-deserved brunch will be served back at the lodge in the late morning.In the afternoon you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Edward.

Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine, as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe.

Overnight: Simba Safari Camp

In December 2008 Simba Safari Camp opened its doors in one of the most frequently visited parks in Uganda. The comfortable and low-budget safari accommodation is located right on the border of Queen Elizabeth National Park and only two kilometers from the Equator.

One part is overlooking the scenic crater lakes and plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park, while on the other side the high peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains stand out against the horizon.

Simba Safari Camp has a total capacity of 70 beds including family cottages, twin rooms and dormitories. A variety of meals and drinks are served in the restaurant with an adjacent bar and sitting area.


Day 10: Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake Bunyonyi 210.6km

The guest will wake up early Breakfast and proceed to the pre-briefing point. Enjoy the highlight of your trip – Gorilla trekking, which may last from 3 to 8 hours. We trek through the rainforest and bamboo-covered slopes, accompanied by an Uganda Wildlife Authority guide and other trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. Gorillas move to a new location daily and never stay in the same place, twice. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within 5 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for not more than one hour while gazing into their big round eyes. A party of not more than 8 will be allowed to visit a gorilla family each day. Children under 15 are not permitted. Chances are 99% for you to see the gorillas.

After the trek you just might want to relax, a cold drink and reflect on your adventure today in the ancient forest of Bwindi.

Overnight: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort


Day 11-12: Lake Bunyonyi

The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and although the precise numbers of its population vary, it is largely believed that there are just around 650 of the gentle giants remaining. Paying a visit to the gorillas is a lovely way to support their future on earth as the money you spend on your gorilla permit contributes towards their protection. A crucial part of conserving the gorillas that are still left lies within the community development work. As local communities adjust their attitude towards nature and wildlife, and begin to protect rather than poach, the future of the beautiful mountain gorilla looks promising.

Overnight: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort

Located on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi, the Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort offers guests a base to explore the lake, or a wonderful stop-over to visit the mountain gorillas in the national parks in South Western Uganda.

Ecologically built with local materials, the accommodation is provided in comfortable safari tents, rooms, and cottages that offer comfortable furnishings and thoughtful amenities.

The resort offers a host of facilities that include a fully-stocked bar with cold drinks, a spacious snack bar as well as a restaurant with a fireplace. Guests can also make use of the on-site craft shop, picnic and relaxation areas, as well as a laundry service.


Day 13: Lake Bunyonyi To Kampala 418.9km

 

Guest will have breakfast and drive to Mabamba swamp to search for the most sought-after bird in Africa, the ancient-looking Shoebill Stork along with many other birds in the Swamp. Guest, You then access the swamp in a local fishing boat / Canoe with a local guide.

Pack a nice lunch, take some bottled water take along a good pair of Binoculars, hat, sun protection, insect repellent, light rain jacket, long-sleeved shirt, and long trousers – all in your backpack. Mabamba Swamp is also habitat for countless of water – birds away from the Shoebill Stork such as Swamp Flycatcher, African purple swamp hen, African water rail, Pallid Harrier, Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged Warbler and the Blue Swallow Common moorhen, lesser jacana, African jacana et

Overnight: Hillside Plaza Hotel

Located at Kira road along Ntinda II road, Hillside Plaza Hotel is an ideal choice for guests wanting to be close to Kampala’s business center, as well as attractions including Mengo Palace, Uganda National Museum, and the Kasubi Tombs.

The hotel boasts deluxe single, double, and twin rooms and a family room, all featuring modern interiors and equipped with air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, a refrigerator and an LCD TV. Guests can look forward to a complimentary breakfast each morning at Ruby’s Restuarant & Cafe. Facilities include a 24-hour work desk and a tour desk.


Day 14: Kampala Accommodation to Airport 82.8km

On our way back to Kenya, we stop by the country’s 5th biggest city, Eldoret. The main geographical characteristic of this area is the Great Rift Valley and the altitude at Eldoret varies from 2,100 meters above sea level.

Overnight: Eden Rock Resort

Eden Rock Resorts (Uganda) Ltd. welcomes you in UGANDA on the border of the Nile river, where you will be able to see its Source, coming from Lake Victoria, and where you will also see the Bujagali falls after a few meters walk. On offer is a quiet, relaxed stay in one of the self-containing bandas or while camping at their large field but near to where the action is. Using Eden Rock as a basis you can (for example) raft the Nile, go for a quad trip, go horseback riding, etc. There is an established new outside toilet building available with hot water. An internet connection is also available with an excellent cook who can prepare meals.


Included/Excluded

  • Qualified professional driver-guide
  • Vehicle / fuel
  • Park entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Passenger liability 15%
  • VAT 2% tourism levy
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and Dinner for the Client
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks at lodges and on road
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Tips for tour guides
  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Items not mentioned in the itinerary

HOW TO BOOK AND HOW TO PAY:

To reserve this tour, a payment of 30% of the total price must be made at the time of reservation. The balance of 70% can be made before the departure of your tour.

Your deposit can either be made by means of a Bank Transfer, with the addition of a 45 US Dollar fee, or by Credit Card which incurs an additional bank charge of 3.5%.

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