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Kenya & Uganda Safari
Duration: 2 weeks
Location: Kenya & Uganda
Price: 2018 Rates from ZAR 20,450 & Active package ZAR 13,550. 2019 Rates from ZAR 22,950 & Active package ZAR 13,050
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Starts: Nairobi

Ends: Nairobi

Group size: Max 18

Tour Code : NOMA06

Single Supplement :  2018 Rate from ZAR 3,100 & 2019 Rate from ZAR 3,730

Safari Vehicle Type: Overland Vehicle

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This tour starts with a visit to the Masai Mara National Park and its wide open plains full of wild animals. We take in the spectacle of Lake Naivasha and the Nakuru National Park – a great place to spot flamingos. We then cross into Uganda where you can explore Kampala or visit a Chimpanzee sanctuary. We stop in at Lake Bunyoni on the way to the gorilla trekking. The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and visiting them is a great way to ensure their survival as each permit raises money for their conservation.

  • Highlights of this popular tour includes:
    • 3 Crew members on board
    • Excellent Value for money
    • Trekking the elusive Mountain Gorillas and World Class Game Parks too
    • Gorilla Trekking is part of this tour, however the cost of the Gorilla Trekking
    Permit is not included in your tour price or this booking. Gorilla permits cost
    $630 to 730. If you book this tour, a consultant will contact you to confirm the
    availability of the permit and arrange payment.

  • 14 Day Kenya & Uganda Safari – Accommodated Overland tour:

    Day 1 – Masai Mara National Reserve, Nairobi to Masai Mara ±240 km
    We leave the capital and travel to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Today the tour enters this huge area of spectacular game viewing to photograph some of Africa’s most abundant wildlife. Famous for the annual migration of around 1.5 million wildebeest, the Masai Mara is also home to many other animals, including lions. Cultural interaction with Kenya’s native Masaai people completes our experience. *The Masai Mara Reserve excursion & game drive will be operated in safari type vehicles, please ensure that you pack a small overnight bag to take into the Mara.
    Meals: Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation:Permanent Tents: Masai Mara Camp http://www.keniatours.com
    Facilities:Hot Showers
    Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion

    Masai Mara National Reserve
    The Masai Mara Reserve can be found in south-western Kenya and is a continuation of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, over the border. It was named after the people who have made their homes in the area for centuries, the Masai, and is one of Kenya’s most popular tourist destinations. Although tours to the Masai Mara cannot pass into the Serengeti in Tanzania, the animals can freely pass between the countries. The park is over 1500 square kilometers in size and is a paradise of rolling plains and savannas.The Masai Mara is home to a huge population of wildlife, including the big five and all major African cats. Here, you’ll be able to witness the annual migration of animals from the Serengeti Park, allowing it to offer the most coveted of all safaris in Africa. It was also here where the hit BBC television documentary Big Cat Diaries was filmed. The area remains one of the most researched national parks in Kenya as its vast population and conserved area is ideal.

    Day 2 – Masai Mara National Reserve
    The rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara offer ideal game viewing and photographic opportunities. Some of the other animals that could be found here include elephant, black rhino, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, wildebeest, zebra and gazelle. Hippo and crocodile abound in the muddy brown waters of the rivers, which traverse this reserve. Today we will spend the entire day game driving through the Mara in search of all the animals.
    Meals:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation:Permanent Tents: Masai Mara Camp http://www.keniatours.com
    Facilities:Hot Showers

    Day 3 – Masai Mara – Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru ±220 km
    We rise early and enjoy our final game drive through the Mara before heading to Lake Nakuru National Park, where we will enjoy an afternoon game drive through the park. Lake Nakuru is home to large flocks of Flamingos and pelicans as well as black & white rhino, leopard, lion and numerous buck. Originally created as a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru was upgraded to National Park status in 1968.
    Meals:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation:Two Per Room: Lion Hill http://www.sarovahotels.com/lionhill/
    Facilities:Hot Showers & Bar

    Lake Nakuru National Park
    The beautiful Lake Nakuru can be found in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya. It is protected by the Lake Nakuru National Park and is one of the main centres of attraction in Kenya. While visiting the lake, you’ll have the rare opportunity to see hundreds of pink flamingos that famously line its shore, as well as other wildlife which make themselves at home in the area, including warthogs, baboons and black and white rhinos. The Lake Nakuru National Park is a relaxing and truly exquisite place to visit. The Lake Nakuru National Park was established in the early 1990’s to protect the lake and its surrounding mountains, however since then the park has extended its borders to include the surrounding savannahs, making it an ideal place for any tourist to visit. Here, guests can go on Kenyan safaris and enjoy the slow-paced lifestyle of the region. Here, the weather is clear and temperatures high throughout most of the year, with the exception of the rainy season at the end of every year. Lake Nakuru is a soda lake which lies 1754m above sea level. It is most famous for its large flamingo population which covers the shores of the lake with a light shade of pink and is attracted to the expanse of algae in the lake. Black rhinos were recently introduces into the area, however when visiting, guests will also have the opportunity to observe giraffes, lions, cheetahs, leopards, and pythons along with an abundance of antelope and birdlife.

    Day 4 – Jinja, Nakuru to Jinja ±430 km
    Jinja is Uganda’s second largest city and more famous as the point where the Nile (officially the Victoria Nile) flows out of Lake Victoria and begins the 6695 kilometre journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean.
    Meals:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation:Two Per Room: Eden Rock Resort http://www.edenrocknile.com
    Facilities:En-suites Per Room, Hot Showers, Swimming Pool & Bar

    Day 5 – Kampala,Jinja to Kampala ±85 km
    This morning will be at leisure. You will have the opportunity to participate in the optional activities available in Jinja, including the popular Nile River rafting. Later this afternoon, we will make our way to Uganda’s largest city and capital, Kampala.
    Meals:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation:Two Per Room: Red Chilli Hideaway http://redchillihideaway.com/
    Facilities:Hot Showers, Swimming Pool & Bar

    Day 6 – Gorillas (Lake Bunyoni),Kampala to Lake Bunyonyi ±420 km
    Lake Bunyonyi is a small but attractive lake with steep sides and abundant birdlife. Ringed by mountains, the lake is best known for its dense Otter population and stunning scenery. We make use of this beautiful spot to relax the night before the final drive to the gorillas.
    Meals:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation:Two Per Room: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort http://www.bunyonyioverland.com
    Facilities:Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar & Shop
    Optional Activity:Canoe Rental Lake Bunyoni, Pygmy Village Visit (per boat)

    Day 7 – Gorillas (Lake Bunyoni), Lake Buyoni National Park to the Starting Point of the Gorilla Trek ±125 km (in safari or smaller vehicles)
    The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and while exact numbers vary it is widely assumed that there are only around 650 left. Visiting the gorillas is a great way to support their future on earth as the money spent on permits is used for their protection. An extremely important part of the future conservation of the remaining gorillas rests in the community development work – as local communities change their attitudes towards wildlife and start to protect rather than poach, the future of the mountain gorilla is assured. As permits granting permission to visit the gorillas are extremely limited we require flexibility in both the tour itinerary and where we actually visit them. The home of the mountain gorillas is completely at odds with man-made borders and so their range encompasses Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Whenever possible we choose to make use of the National Park in Uganda, but this depends on the availability of permits. Should we not obtain permits to visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda then we will inform all passengers beforehand that the tour will travel to Rwanda or DRC. On your free day in Bunyoni you will have the opportunity to participate in certain optional activities. You can also go hiking or explore the area on a mountain bike.
    Meals:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation:Two Per Room: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort http://www.bunyonyioverland.com
    Facilities:Hot Showers, Bar, Internet, Laundry & Shop

    Mountain Gorilla
    These creatures are extremely endangered – there are approximately only 600 left worldwide – and they are incredibly difficult to get to; making seeing the mountain gorillas a real once in a lifetime opportunity. Observing these endangered animals in their natural environment is humbling and extremely rewarding as they’ll enlighten you to how simply life could be. After Chimpanzees, mountain gorillas are the most closely related to human beings of all mammals; our DNA is a 99% match. They are an endangered species, despite intense conservation efforts and community development which aims to protect them. If these efforts are lost, in just a few generations, mountain gorillas will be extinct or will only be able to be seen in zoo’s and sanctuaries. By visiting the gorillas we’re aiding the communities which surround them and showing them that protecting the gorillas will benefit them financially.

    Please note – The Itinerary is flexible and can be changed without notice in order to accommodate the best possible viewing of the Mountain Gorillas. The Permit price to visit the Gorillas can also change without notice.

    Day 8 – Gorillas (Lake Bunyoni)
    Although there are 2 days allocated to Gorilla Trekking you will only spend one day on the trek. The other days are 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.
    Meals:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation:Two Per Room: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort http://www.bunyonyioverland.com
    Facilities:Hot Showers, Bar, Internet, Laundry, Shop & Shared Ablutions

    Day 9 – Lake Bunyoni – Kampala, Lake Buyoni to Kampala ±420 km
    Today we say farewell to the Gorillas and make the long journey back to Uganda’s capital, Kampala.
    Meals:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation:Two Per Room: Red Chili Hideaway http://www.redchillihideaway.com/
    Facilities:En-suites Per Room, Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Internet, Laundry & Restaurant

    Day 10 – Murchison Falls, Kampala to Murchinson Falls ±330 km
    The Murchison Falls, also referred to as the Kabaraga Falls, is a waterfall found on the course of the great Nile and are located within the Murchison National Park. The park is recognized as one of the best National Parks in Uganda. This afternoon we will enjoy a game drive through the park in search of the great diversity of wild animals including lion, buffalo, leopards, elephant and numerous bird species. Our accommodation for the night is located in the Paraa’ area, meaning “the place of hippos”.
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    AccommodationTwo Per Room: Red Chili Murchison Falls http://www.redchillihideaway.com/
    Facilities:En-suites Per Room, Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Internet, Laundry, Restaurant & Shop

    Day 11 – Nakitoma, Murchison Falls to Nakitoma ±165 km
    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. Budongo boasts a high biodiversity of 24 species of small animals, 9 of which are primates. It is believed that there are between 600 – 700 chimpanzees in Budongo and this morning we will meet up with our chimp guide who will take us on our trek through the forest in search of the chimps. This afternoon we depart Murchison National Park and head to Ziwa Rhino & Wildlife Ranch, home to the only wild rhino’s in Uganda.
    Meals:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation:Two Per Room: Ziwa Rhino http://www.ziwarhino.com
    Facilities:Hot Showers, Bar & Shared Ablutions
    Activity Package:Chimpanzee Trekking Murchison Falls
    Optional Activity: Guided Birding Walk (2.5 hours)

    Day 12 – Jinja, Nakitoma to Jinja ±230 km
    This morning you will have the opportunity to participate in an optional rhino trekking experience with trained rangers, who will guide you through the expedition. Then it’s off to Jinja and our final night in Uganda.
    Meals:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation:Two Per Room: Eden Rock Resort http://www.edenrocknile.com
    Facilities:En-suites Per Room, Hot Showers, Swimming Pool, Bar & Internet
    Optional Activity:Rhino Trekking, Nile River Rafting Half Day

    Day 13 – Kenya – Eldoret, Jinja to Eldoret ±290 km
    Returning to Kenya we visit Eldoret, the country’s 5th largest city. The Great Rift Valley is still the dominant geographical feature of this region and the altitude at Eldoret is 2100 metres above sea level.
    Meals:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation:Two Per Room: Naiberi River Camp http://www.naiberi.com
    Facilities:Hot Showers, Swimming Pool & Bar

    Day 14 – Nairobi, Eldoret to Nairobi ±305 km
    Returning to our final destination Nairobi, the largest city in the East Africa region, there’s an optional dinner, where we can swap stories and exchange contact details.The tour ends at the Sentrim Boulevard Hotel.
    Meals:Breakfast/Lunch
    Optional Activity:Dinner Out Nairobi

    Nairobi
    The capital and largest city of Kenya, Nairobi, is where the hustle and bustle of human feet rather than animal is most prominent. Its business high rise clad streets are a vast contrast to the open plains that one would picture at the mention of Kenya. Nairobi draws its name from the Maasai phrase for cold water, “Ehkane Nairobi” which also happens to be the name of the Nairobi River. Being the most populous city in East Africa makes it the 12th largest city in Africa with a population of 3 million people – a far cry from the population it saw back in its humble beginnings as a train deposit en route to Kampala. Its buildings and hotels hark back to this time and are filled with traces of colonialism and age-old architecture. The city also plays host to one of the largest stock exchanges in Africa, the NSE which is also the second oldest exchange on the African continent. However there is a reason Nairobi is affectionately referred to as the “green city in the sun”. While there are many concrete structures throughout the city, there are also green characteristics throughout the city and surrounds. This theme is carried out throughout the many trees in the area as well as parks in the centre of the town and well known reserves on its outskirts. Uhuru Park is probably the most well-known of these reserves as well as the Nairobi National Park which is home to a plethora of wildlife as well as over 400 species of bird. This famous land area is flanked by the central Park as well as Langata Giraffe centre which makes great efforts to raise endangered Rothschild giraffes and introduce them into the wild. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust also goes to great measures to rehabilitate and provide a home for orphaned elephants and black rhinos. However, while steeped in a dense tree cover and surrounded by wildlife, the city of Nairobi also caters for those in search of culture with their many museums, the world’s largest icing rink as well as a collection of fantastic markets such as Spinners Web and the City Market, known for their traditional fare and wood carvings.

    Activity Package:
    This is a compulsory payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours. As the activity package on this tour is compulsory; kindly pre-book and pay this to your agent prior to your arrival. Pre booking of this activity package is essential.

    Activity Country Price
    Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion Kenya ZAR7750
    Chimpanzee Trekking Uganda ZAR1350
    Pygmy Village Visit Uganda ZAR400
    Total (AP Price) ZAR9500

    This itinerary has been written with the Activity Package items included. If you wish to participate in all the activities listed, you will need to purchase the Activity Package.

    Gorilla Permit – USD 630 – USD 730
    The cost of a permit to visit the Gorillas is currently as above. Please check actual amount with us closer to departure. You will be pre-invoiced for this non-refundable amount.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES ON THIS ROUTE:

    There are more optional activities being created every day – we have listed only the most popular. If there is something specific you would like to do then speak to your guide as they will be able to assist you if possible.

    Activity Country Price
    Nile Cruises Uganda From $40 to $60
    Nile River Rafting Half Day Uganda From $110 to $150
    Murchison Falls Boat Cruise Incl. Park Fees From $80 to $100
    Dinner Out Kampala Uganda From $30 to $50
    Canoe Rental Lake Bunyoni Uganda From $8 to $12
    Dinner Out Nairobi Kenya From $30 to $50

     

    What’s included:

    • Meals as indicated on the itinerary (unless otherwise specified),
    • accommodation,
    • registered guides
    • and transport.
    • We also include some of the highlights. These highlights are listed below in the day-by-day descriptions as “included highlights”.

     

    What’s excluded:

      • All items of a personal nature,
      • alcohol,
      • soft drinks,
      • bottled water,
      • snacks,
      • souvenirs,
      • tips,
      • Gorilla Permit
      • activity package and
      • optional activities (see list for an indication of prices).

     

  • DATES:

    2018 Accommodated Rates from ZAR 20,450 & Active package ZAR 13,550

    GTD 16-May-18 29-May-18
    26-May-18 08-Jun-18
    06-Jun-18 19-Jun-18
    16-Jun-18 29-Jun-18
    GTD 27-Jun-18 10-Jul-18
    07-Jul-18 20-Jul-18
    18-Jul-18 31-Jul-18
    29-Aug-18 11-Sep-18
    08-Sep-18 21-Sep-18
    GTD 19-Sep-18 02-Oct-18
    29-Sep-18 12-Oct-18
    10-Oct-18 23-Oct-18
    20-Oct-18 02-Nov-18
    31-Oct-18 13-Nov-18
    10-Nov-18 23-Nov-18
    21-Nov-18 04-Dec-18
    01-Dec-18 14-Dec-18
    GTD 12-Dec-18 25-Dec-18
    22-Dec-18 04-Jan-19

2019 Accommodated Rates from ZAR 22,950 & Active package ZAR 13,050

14-Jan-19 27-Jan-19
28-Jan-19 10-Feb-19
GER 11-Feb-19 24-Feb-19
GTD 18-Feb-19 03-Mar-19
25-Feb-19 10-Mar-19
11-Mar-19 24-Mar-19
25-Mar-19 07-Apr-19
GTD/GER 01-Apr-19 14-Apr-19
08-Apr-19 21-Apr-19
22-Apr-19 05-May-19
06-May-19 19-May-19
13-May-19 26-May-19
GTD 20-May-19 02-Jun-19
03-Jun-19 16-Jun-19
17-Jun-19 30-Jun-19
GTD 24-Jun-19 07-Jul-19
01-Jul-19 14-Jul-19
GER 15-Jul-19 28-Jul-19
29-Jul-19 11-Aug-19
GTD 05-Aug-19 18-Aug-19
12-Aug-19 25-Aug-19
26-Aug-19 08-Sep-19
GER 09-Sep-19 22-Sep-19
GTD 16-Sep-19 29-Sep-19
23-Sep-19 06-Oct-19
07-Oct-19 20-Oct-19
21-Oct-19 03-Nov-19
GER/GTD 28-Oct-19 10-Nov-19
04-Nov-19 17-Nov-19
18-Nov-19 01-Dec-19
02-Dec-19 15-Dec-19
GTD 09-Dec-19 22-Dec-19
GER 16-Dec-19 29-Dec-19
30-Dec-19 12-Jan-19

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