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Gorilla & Game Trek - 15 Days - Valid: 24 Apr to 04 Dec.21

Gorilla & Game Trek - 15 Days - Valid: 24 Apr to 04 Dec.21

Nairobi, Kenya

From: R 22,800.00
Per Person Sharing
  • Prices From

    From: R 22,800.00 Per Person Sharing
  • Trip Reference

    #10342
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    15 Days
  • Valid From

    24th of April 2021 (Saturday)
  • Valid To

    4th of December 2021 (Saturday)
  • Expires

    31st of August 2020 (Monday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: No
    British: Yes
    European Union: Yes
    American: Yes
Quick Holiday Overview

Gorillas have always captured man's curiosity since time in memorial. They are the largest living primates in the world today. To meet them is a once in a lifetime experience that will change you forever! There can be nothing more exciting than meeting a Gorilla and to have a rare glimplse of the behavior of these precious primates. 

Trek through lush jungle in search of mountain gorillas. Experience the beauty of Uganda, visit Kenya's Great Rift Valley Lakes and spot game on the plains of the Masai Mara.

Trip Highlights

  • Gorilla Trekking - spot endangered mountain gorillas on an optional trek into the dense jungle 
  • Lake Nukuru - explore the biodiverse Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Great Rift Valley - gaze in awe at the spectacular Great Rift Valley
  • Kampala - discover the charismatic Ugandan capital 
  • Masai Mara - See iconic African species in one of Kenya's finest wildlife reserves
  • Lake Naivasha - search for the rare African Fish Eagle on the highest of the Rift Valley lakes 
  • Lake Bunyoni - relax on the lake and see a myriad of bird life
  • The Equator Crossing – stop for a “one foot in each hemisphere” photo opportunity
About the Holiday

Itinerary

Day 1 - Nairobi

Saturday. Welcome to Nairobi! We’ll be there to collect you at Nairobi Airport and transfer you to the Kenya Comfort Hotel. Tonight you will stay in shared dorms. There will be a pre departure meeting at 17.00.
Overnight: Nairobi

Days 2-3 - Masai Mara

Nairobi - Masai Mara. Heading west from Nairobi on day 2, we reach possibly Kenya’s most famous natural attraction - the Masai Mara National Reserve. The Kenyan section of the wildly beautiful Serengeti Plains teems with wildlife. The highlight of the Mara is no doubt the annual wildebeest migration, when millions of these beasts plus zebra and Thomson’s gazelle stray north from the Serengeti in neighbouring Tanzania in search of lush grass on the savannah plains. Elephant, lion, cheetah, giraffe and a multitude of hooved herbivores also inhabit the reserve. A game drive through the Mara on day 3 gives us the chance to spot the Big Five. During our stay we can also opt to visit a local Masai tribe.
Overnight: Masai Mara  |  Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 4 - Eldoret

Masai Mara - Eldoret. Leaving the Masai Mara early on day 4, we head out of Masai Land and pass through the scenic tea plantations of Kericho before descending the Rift Valley Plateau, on our way to Eldoret - our stop for the night.
Overnight: Eldoret  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Kampala

Eldoret - Kampala (Uganda). This morning we cross the border into Uganda, a small country of striking beauty, with landscapes varying from the fertile green areas around the northern shores of Lake Victoria to the snow-capped Ruwenzori Mountains in the west and the semi-desert region in the north. We reach Kampala, the capital city, where we stop for the night. 
Overnight: Kampala  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 6-9 - Lake Bunyoni & Gorilla Trekking

Kampala - Lake Bunyoni. After an early morning departure from Kampala we drive west into the depths of Uganda to our base at the tranquil Lake Bunyoni, the deepest Crater Lake in Africa and home to a large and varied number of beautiful birds, which is the base from which the optional Gorilla trek takes place. Dependant on where trekking permits are available, we trek in the Magahinga or Bwindi National Parks in Uganda

We depart from our base in Bunyoni in small groups over 3-4 days, depending on the group size. We wind our way through arguably some of the most picturesque scenery in Africa en-route to the National Park. Dependant on where permits are available, we may spend a night in Kisoro en route. The following morning, after packing our picnic lunch, we are transferred to a ranger’s station where the trek commences. Your rangers will lead you through the cultivated lands and then into the dense rain forest and on to a gorilla family. Trekking can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 8 hours and it can be quite strenuous. To ensure the gorillas do not get too used to the presence of humans and because they share many of our genes (and therefore able to catch our diseases), the maximum time permitted to spend with them is 1 hour. You will have plenty of time to watch their activity and to take photographs. The rangers will be able to provide you with a background to the family you are visiting. Once your hour is up, you trek back out of the rain forest to your meeting point where you will be transferred back to the Lake Bunyoni campsite.

Please note: Gorilla permits need to be purchased in advance.
Overnight: Lake Bunyoni  |  Breakfast x 4, Lunch x 4, Dinner x 4

Day 10 - Kampala

Lake Bunyoni - Kampala. After marvelling at the experience of our gorilla encounters and enjoying the peaceful Lake Bunyoni, we begin our drive back to Kampala. We cross the Equator for the second time and stop for the classic “one foot in each hemisphere” photo opportunity. We overnight in Kampala and have the opportunity to sample its night life! 
Overnight: Kampala  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - Jinja

Kampala - Jinja. Today we have the option of visiting the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary or heading to Jinja for a selection of adventure activities including white water rafting at the source of the White Nile, quad biking or visiting a volunteer and community project. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the banks of the river, or ticking off the wide variety of water birds in this area.
Overnight: Jinja  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 12-13 - Lake Nakuru

Jinja - Lake Nakuru (Kenya). Departing early, we head back to Kenya and spend the night outside Nakuru at a lovely campsite on a local farm. Nakuru is Kenya’s 4th largest town and capital of the Rift Valley Province and lies adjacent to the small but wildlife rich Lake Nakuru National Park.

Lake Nakuru National Park is home to a veritable array of wildlife. The park supports a population of black rhino, lion, leopard, zebra, antelope and giraffe not to mention millions of pink flamingos. The lake itself is a shallow soda lake. The following morning we begin our exploration of the national park and after our game drive, we head back to camp.
Overnight: Lake Nakuru  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 14 - Lake Naivasha

Lake Nakuru - Lake Naivasha. Lake Naivasha, is home to a multitude of bird life, the most magnificent being the African Fish Eagle with his regal cry. At 1880 m, this is the highest of the Rift Valley lakes. We spend the day enjoying optional excursions like Elsamere (former home to Joy & George Adamson of Born Free fame), a boat ride to the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary or a bike ride around Hell’s Gate National Park.
Overnight: Lake Naivasha  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 - Nairobi

Saturday. Naivasha - Nairobi. After breakfast today, we head back to Nairobi. On arrival we bid farewell to members of the group.
Breakfast

GORILLA TREKKING PERMITS

Please note: Uganda Gorilla trekking permits need to be purchased in advance, and are subject to availability. Due to the limited availability of the trekking permits, we are unable to guarantee your permit upon receipt of payment. Should we be unable to obtain your permit you will receive a full refund. 

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • 1st night dormitory accommodation at Kenya Comfort Hotel and 13 nights camping. Tents and sleeping mats provided 
  • 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners
  • Arrival transfer from Nairobi Airport on day 1
  • A fully equipped overland truck for transportation and game drives
  • All camping fees and appropriate equipment 
  • Park entry - Lake Naivasha NP. Park entry and game drives - Lake Nakuru NP, Masai Mara
  • Services of 3 person crew (leader, driver, cook)
  • All road taxes and tolls

Please note: Not included in the price are the entrance fees: Gorilla Permit + Transfer USD$750-900pp, paid in USD 

Excludes
  • Gorilla Permit and transfer fee: Please note that Gorillas often move across the border, between the national parks in Rwanda and Uganda, therefore itineraries often have to be changed at short notice in order to track the Gorillas in whichever National Park they have migrated to. For this reason the cost of the Gorilla Permit and relevant transfers varies, as do the applicable visa costs, dependent upon which country we need to travel into. Permits are subject to availability and need to be booked in advance. 
  • Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
  • Optional activities
  • Local Payment: $700pp, paid in USD.
  • International flights and visas
  • Sleeping bag - please bring your own
  • Entrance Fees: Gorilla Permit + Transfer USD$750-900pp, paid in USD 

This trip has a local payment. It is this payment which covers entrance fees, camping fees and meals as detailed for this itinerary. The local payment is in addition to the prices specified and is to be paid directly to the tour leader on Day 1 of the trip. The payment should be made in cash, in the currency specified.

Please note
that due to exchange rate fluctuations, as well as potential changes to park entrance fees, the local payment amount may be subject to change. We will however inform you of any such changes as soon as we are aware of them.

Package Conditions:

The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.

Nairobi
Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya. The name Nairobi comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyorobi, which translates to "the place of cool waters". Nairobi is Kenya's principal economic, administrative, and cultural center and is one of the largest and fastest growing cities in Africa.

The area was an essentially uninhabited swamp until a supply depot of the Uganda Railway was built in 1899, which soon became the railway's headquarters. The city was named after a water hole known in Maasai. It was totally rebuilt in the early 1900s after an outbreak of plague and the burning of the original town.

Nairobi is situated between the cities of Kampala and Mombasa. As Nairobi is adjacent to the eastern edge of the Rift Valley, minor earthquakes and tremors occasionally occur. The Ngong hills, located to the west of the city, are the most prominent geographical feature of the Nairobi Area.

At 1661 meters above sea level, Nairobi enjoys a fairly moderate climate. The altitude makes for some chilly evenings, especially in the June/July season when the temperature can drop to 10 C. The sunniest and warmest time of the year is from December to March, when temperatures average the mid-twenties during the day.

Nairobi has many parks and open spaces throughout the city. Most of Nairobi is green-space, and the city has dense tree-cover. The most famous park in Nairobi is Uhuru Park.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 04 May 2020.

Terms and Conditions apply.

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