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14 Day Kenya Game Parks and Gorillas Overland Safari

R13,950

+ Optional Gorilla Trekking USD 630 - 730

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Tour Style Camping
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 budget camping overland safari allows you to experience the best game reserves in Kenya and Gorillas in their natural habitat.

* The trips Activity Package is COMPULSORY FOR THE TOUR.

 

 

Tour Overview

Departing from Nairobi
Ends in
Nairobi

This 2 week budget camping 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.  

Included

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

Excluded

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Alcohol
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Optional activities

SKU: CAE0441
 

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. 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: Camp: 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
Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion

Masai Mara National Park

Day 3

Masai Mara – Lake Nakuru, Kenya

An early rise allows us to enjoy our last game drive before 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: Camp: Kivu Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions (Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered)
Route: Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru National Park
Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion

Day 4

Jinja, Uganda

We say goodbye to Lake Nakuru and make our way towards the border into Uganda’s second largest city – Jinja. It is famous for being located on the shores of Lake Victoria where the Nile begins the 6695 km journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean.

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.

Accommodation: Camp: Eden Rock Resort
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Lake Nakuru to Jinja
Included Highlight: Crossing of the Equator

Day 5

Kampala – Masindi – Murchison National Park, Uganda

Today we meet our guides in Kampala and head to Murchison Falls National Park. The falls area is also known as the Kabaraga Falls and is found on the course of the great Nile. It is one of the largest National Parks in Uganda. Once you have settled into your surroundings, the guide will fill you in on the next day’s activities.

Accommodation: Camp: 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

Day 6

Masindi – Budongo Central Forest Reserve, Uganda

Today you will participate in a Chimpanzee trekking in the Budongo Forest, the biggest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa. This is home to the largest number of chimpanzees in Uganda. A game drive will take you through the forest where you can spot other wildlife.

Note: If there are more than 12 guests on the tour, the group will be split into two between the morning and the evening. We ask that you please allow for flexibility.

Accommodation: Camp: Kabalega Resort 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)
Included Highlight: Game drive (half day), visit to Murchison Falls lookout

Day 7

Kampala, Uganda

Today you are given the opportunity to participate in any activities if you have not had the chance to partake in them previous days. Then we head to Kampala where you have leisure time in the afternoon in the bustling city of Kampala.

Accommodation: Camp Sky Hotel International
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route:Masindi to Kampala
Activity Package: Ziwa Rhino walk
Optional Activity: Dinner Out

Day 8

Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi), Uganda

A small, but beautiful lake with steep banks and plentiful birdlife, Lake Bunyonyi is 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.

Lake Bunyonyi, or ‘place of many little birds’, is situated on the Rwandan border. At 25 kilometres long and 7 kilometres wide, the Lake spreads over 61 square kilometres, whilst it’s depth is said to deviate between 44 and 900 metres. It is one of the rare lakes in the area that is bilharzia-free and safe for swimming. All 29 of its islands are clustered in the central part of the region.

Accommodation: Camp: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kampala to Lake Bunyonyi
Gorilla (Lake Bunyonyi)

Day 9 - 10

Gorillas (Lake Bunyoni), Uganda

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Although there are 2 days allocated to Gorilla Trekking you will only spend one day on the trek. The other day is there to provide a large enough window in which to obtain permits and to allow the entire group to trek if there are more than 6 of you on the tour.

Accommodation: Camp: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort or similar
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Lake Bunyonyi National Park to the starting point of the gorilla trek (in safari or smaller vehicles)
Activity Package: Pygmy village visit (including motor boat transfer)
Optional Activity: Gorilla Trekking

Day 11

Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala, Uganda

Today we head back from the Gorilla Trekking at Lake Bunyoni to Kampala. You will be briefed in the following days activities so that you can plan the day tomorrow. The evening is spent enjoying an optional dinner out.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Sky Hotel or similar
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Lake Buyonyi to Kampala
Optional Activity: Dinner out Kampala

Day 12

Jinja, Uganda

We arrive at lunch time in Jinja and have the afternoon to enjoy in some outdoor activities such as  swimming, quad biking, kayaking and rafting.

Accommodation: Camp: Eden Rock Resort 
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kampala to Jinja

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: Camp: Naiberi River Camp
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Jinja to Eldoret
Border Post Kenya: Busia 09256 454 3482, Uganda: Malaba

Day 14

Nairobi, Kenya

Ending in Nairobi in the late afternoon. Most travellers choose to spend the evening at Nairobi’s restuarants spending time with travellers who are leaving the trip. Tour Ends

Route: Eldoret to Nairobi
Optional Activity: Dinner Out Nairobi

 

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

  • Kampala Dinner out
  • Nairobi Dinner out
  • Lake Bunyonyi Gorilla Trekking
 

 

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Price

R13,950

+ Optional Gorilla Trekking USD 630 - 730





R13,950

+ Activity Package (Compulsory) ZAR 13450

+ Gorilla Trekking Permit (Optional) USD 630 - 730

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