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14 Day Kenya Game Parks and Gorillas (Comfort) Overland

R17,450

+ Single Supplement ZAR 3120

+ Optional Gorilla Trekking USD 630 - 730


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  • Departing: 03/06/2017 | 20% discount | Tour price: ZAR13,960
  • Departing: 07/10/2017 | 10% discount | Tour price: ZAR15,705
Tour Style Accommodated
Countries Visited Kenya, Uganda
Starts Nairobi
Ends Nairobi
Group Size Max 20
Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older

The Kenya Game Parks and Gorillas is a budget accommodated safari allows you to experience the best game reserves in Kenya and Gorillas.

* The trips Activity Package is COMPULSORY FOR THE TOUR.

 

 

 

Tour Overview

Departing from Nairobi
Ends in
Nairobi

This 2 week  accommodated budget safari allows you to experience the best game reserves in Kenya and Gorillas in their natural habitat. This is an affordable Gorilla and Kenya Game Park experience. * The trips Activity Package is COMPULSORY FOR THE TOUR.

Included

  • Meals - 13 Breakfast, 13 Lunch, 11 Dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport

Excluded

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Alcohol
  • Soft Drinks
  • Bottles Water
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Activity Package and Optional activities

SKU: ACE0441
 

Itinerary

Day 1 - 2

 Nairobi – Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

We leave Nairobi today and travel to the Masai Mara Reserve – a vast region rife with incredible wildlife that allows for spectacular photographic opportunities. We take a break from travelling in the truck and operate in safari type vehicles for our journey in the Mara. The Masai Mara is famous for being the Greatest Wildlife Reserve of Africa, renowned for its profusion of lion, the Great Wildebeest Migration and the Masai people who are well-known for their distinguishing customs and dressing styles. The Masai Mara is by far one of Africa’s most popular and beautiful safari destinations.

The Masai Mara spreads over 1530 square kilometres of land and is bound by the Serengeti Park at the south, the Siria slopes to the west and the Masai pastoral ranches to the north, east and west. The reserve’s landscape is mainly vast savannah grassland with occasional rivers that come and go according to the seasons. The Great Migration is one of the most remarkable natural phenomenons of the world, encompassing around 1.5 million wildebeest, 360,000 Thomson’s gazelle and approximately 191,000 zebras. These various travelling animals are shadowed closely on their yearly circular course by a wide assortment of ravenous predators, namely lions and hyena.

All animals comprising Africa’s Big 5 can be spotted in the Masai Mara, though the number of black rhino is extremely threatened with a population of a mere 37 (recorded in 2000). Hippo can be found in big gatherings in the Masai Mara and in the Talek rivers. Cheetah are also found, but their population too is threatened. In addition to this, more than 450 species of bird have been identified in the Park, including marabou storks, secretary birds, hornbills, crowned crane, ostriches, long-crested eagles and African pygmy-falcons.

Accommodation: Permanent Tents: Masai Mara Camp
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Nairobi to Masai Mara ±240 km
Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion

Masai Mara National Park

Day 3

Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

We depart from the Masai Mara and 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. Here, white rhino roam frequently through the savannah area that surrounds the lake, providing us with incredible photo opportunities.

Lake Nakuru National Park got its name from the alkaline lake that surrounds it. Nakuru means ‘dry or dusty place’ in the Masai language. Though the Park was initially created as a bird sanctuary, it is now inhabited by an immense number of various animal species, including the Big Four – lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo (unfortunately the Park is not home to any elephants). Famous for its enormous flocks of flamingos that gather around the edges of its shores due to the abundance of algae in the waters, Lake Nakuru is also a haven for black and white rhino and, as of recent, has been extended in order to provide protection for these majestic, endangered creatures.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Kivu Lodge
Facilities: Two per room with Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Masai Mara Reserve to Lake Nakuru National Park ±220 km
Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion

Day 4

Jinja,  Uganda

We say goodbye to Lake Nakuru and make our way across the Equator towards Uganda’s second largest city – Jinja. Jinja is famous for being the place where the Nile River flows out of Lake Victoria and initiates the 6695 kilometre adventure to Egypt and finally, the Mediterranean Sea.

Originally a fishing village that profited from being situated on long-distance trading courses, Jinja was established as a city in 1901 by the British as an administrative centre for the Provincial Government Headquarters for the Busoga area. This took place around the same time that Lake Victoria’s significance in transport heightened due to the Uganda Railway joining Kisumu – a Kenyan town located on the lake with Mombasa on the Indian Ocean, 1,400 kilometres away. Jinja was enabled to increase its size due to cotton-packing, nearby sugar estates and access to the railway. In 1906 a street layout was established and Indian traders began to inhabit the area from around 1910.

At one point in time, Jinja contained a massive East Indian community up until they were forced out of Uganda by Idi Amin in 1971/1972. Most of the architecture in Jinja is Indian-influenced, though the intricate shop-fronts and buildings were not maintained well after the departure of the Indians. Local industrial concerns also fell. The majority of the East Indians who are presently heading back to Uganda have decided to construct businesses once more.

It is famous for being located on the shores of Lake Victoria where the Nile begins the 6695 km journey to Egypt.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Eden Rock Resort
Facilities: Two per room with Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Lake Nakuru – Jinja  ±450 km
Included Highlight: Crossing of the Equator
Border Post: Kenya: Busia 09256 454 3482 Uganda: Malaba (no telephone numbers)

Nomad - Eden Rock Resort, Jinja 2

Day 5

Jinja – Kampala (stop off) – Masindi – Murchison National Park, Uganda

We make our way early to Kampala on route to Murchison National Park. The park is recognized as one of the best National Parks in Uganda. Once settled, you will be briefed on the activities to take place on the next day.

Accommodation Two per room: Kabalega Resort Hotel
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Jinja to Masindi ±265 km

Day 6 - 7

Masindi – Budongo Central Forest Reserve – Kampala, Uganda

Budongo Forest is the biggest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa and is home to the largest number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda. In the morning we will depart on a Chimp Trek. Enjoy a game drive through the park before making your way to Kampala the following day. The next morning we pay a visit to the Zhiwa Rhino Sanctuary and the rest of the day is free to participate in activities you were not able to partake in previous days then off to Kampala. Feel free to explore the city in the afternoon.

Note: As the Chimp trekking is limited to 12 guests per trek, should there be more than 12 guests on a tour and thus split over two days. Therefore you may find that you will first do the game drive activity followed by the Chimp trekking the following day or vice versa.

Accommodation Two per room: Kabalega Resort Hotel  and Sky Hotel
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Activity Package: Chimp trekking (half day) , Ziwa Rhino walk
Included Highlight: Game drive (half day), visit to Murchison Falls lookout , Dinne Out

Day 8 - 9

Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi), Uganda

Making our way across the Equator another time, we make our way to a small, but beautiful lake with steep banks and plentiful birdlife, Lake Bunyonyi . Circled by mountains and is most famous for its abundant otter population and picturesque surrounds. We take this day to unwind in this stunning spot the evening prior to our final drive to the gorillas.

The mountain gorilla is an extremely endangered animal and though 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 goes toward their protection. A crucial part of conserving the gorillas that are still left lies within the community development work. As local communities adjust their attitudes toward nature and wildlife, and begin to protect rather than poach, the future of the beautiful mountain gorilla is guaranteed.

Because permits granted to visit the gorillas are extremely limited, we will require some flexibility on both our travel itinerary and the location where will actually get to see them. The mountain gorillas reside in man-made borders, therefore, their inhabitance range includes Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC. Whenever it is possible, we will be making use of the National Park in Uganda, but this is dependent upon the availability of permits. If we do not manage to obtain permits to go on our Gorilla Trek, then all passengers will be told beforehand that our journey will travel to Rwanda or the DRC.

On our free day spent in Bunyonyi, we will have the chance to partake in some Optional Activities. You can also opt to go hiking or to explore the region on mountain bike.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kampala to Lake Bunyonyi ±420 km, Lake Bunyonyi National Park to the starting point of the gorilla trek ±125 km(in safari or smaller vehicles)
Optional Activity: Gorilla Trekking

Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

Day 10

Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi), Uganda

PLEASE NOTE: Although two days have been allocated for the Gorilla Trekking, only one day will be spent on the trek. The next day is there to provide time in which to obtain permits and to allow the entire group to trek if there are more than 6 passengers on the tour. We travel to a village by boat from the Bunyonyi Resort, and here you have an opportunity arises to be educated by the cultures of the people in the village.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Activity Package: Pygmy Village Visit

Day 11

Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala, Uganda

Today we head back from the Gorilla Trekking at Lake Bunyonyi to Uganda’s capital, Kampala. You will be briefed on the activities available for the following day. Enjoy an optional dinner out in Kampala.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Sky Hotel
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala ±420 km
Optional Activity: Dinner Out Kampala

Day 12

Jinja, Uganda

Before we head off to Jinja and our final night in Uganda you have the chance to participate in the many optional activities here such as swimming, quad biking, kayaking and rafting.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Eden Rock Resort
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kampala to Jinja ±85 km

Day 13

Kenya – Eldoret, Kenya

On our way back to Kenya, we stop by the country’s 5th biggest city, Eldoret. The presiding geographical characteristic of this area remains the Great Rift Valley whilst the altitude of Eldoret varies from 2,100 to 2,700 metres above sea level.

Eldoret is a Kenyan town established by Afrikaners in 1910. The town was initially known to the locals as 64 or Sisibo due to it being set up at the 64th mile post on the wagon course from Londiani.  In the year 1908, the entire region of Eldoret has been settled by Afrikaans speaking South Africans who journeyed there from Nakuru following a trek from South Africa by sea and by rail from Mombasa. Briefly following this, further settlers and traders of European and Asian descent started to arrive. When the governor chose to set up an administrative centre in 1912, the town became officially known as ‘Eldoret’.

The town, becoming an administrative centre, resulted in a massive increase in trade within the potential city. As an outcome of this, a bank and a few shops were constructed. Eldoret is the hometown of many well-known Kenyan runners, the most famous of whom is Kipchoge Keino. The elevation of Eldoret makes for a prime training ground for plenty of middle and long distance sportsmen. The athletes from this town have contributed immensely to Eldoret’s economy by sharing their winnings from races won all around the world.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Naiberi River Camp
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Jinja to Eldoret ±290 km
Border Post: Kenya: Busia 09256 454 3482 Uganda: Malaba (no telephone numbers)

Day 14

Nairobi, Kenya

On our return to the biggest city in the East African area, Nairobi, we can partake in an optional dinner where we exchange stories and experiences as well as contact details, all over delicious food and laughter.

Accommodation: Own arrangements/post-accommodation can be booked through us
Route: Eldoret to Nairobi ±305 km
Optional Activities: Dinner at Local Restaurant

 

Activities

This is a compulsory payment that covers what we consider to be an ‘essential activity’ on our tour.

  • Kenyan Park highlights excursion ZAR10250
  • Chimp Trekking Murchison Falls ZAR1750
  • Pygmy visit Kabale ZAR500
  • Ziwa Rhino walk ZAR950
 


Other Activities

  • Kenya Nairobi Dinner at local restaurant $25 - $60
  • Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tips for Gorilla trekking guide Clients Discretion
  • Uganda Kampala Dinner out $25 - $60

 

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Price

R17,450

+ Single Supplement ZAR 3120

+ Optional Gorilla Trekking USD 630 - 730


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R17,450

+ Single Supplement ZAR 3120

+ Activity Package (Compulsory) ZAR 13450

+ Gorilla Trekking Permit (Optional) USD 630 - 730

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