14 Day Masai Mara and Gorillas, Kenya Safari

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Destination: Kenya Safari

Duration: 14 days

Departs From: Nairobi

Regions Included:Kenya, Uganda


Spend 14 fun filled days in Kenya's Masai Mara as well as Lake Bunyoni in Uganda. The Masai Mara is arguably the most popular safari destination in Africa and is most famous for the annual Wildebeest Migration which passes through the reserve between July and October.

Seeing Gorilla's in the wild is an experience for every travellers bucket list!

Itinerary

Day 1 Lake Naivasha
Today you will meander inland to Lake Naivasha for a relaxing day on the lakeshore. You can go hiking in the area and activities include game and bird watching. One of the more popular optional activities is to go game viewing from a bicycle. An alternative way to spend your afternoon is to take high tea at Elsamere, the former home of Joy Adamsson, best known for her autobiographical novel, Born Free.
Optional Activities: Cycle hire, High Tea at Elsamere
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Fish Eagle Inn


Day 2 Masai Mara
Your day begins with a game drive through Hells Gate National Park, before you enter the huge area of spectacular game viewing - the Masai Mara. The Masai Mara is known as Africa's Greatest Wildlife Reserve, famous for the abundance of lion, the Great Wildebeest Migration and the Masaai people, well known for their distinctive custom and dress; it is without a doubt one of Africa's most famous safari destination.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Masai Mara Camp


Day 3 Lake Nakuru
Leaving the Masai Mara, you travel north to Lake Nakuru where you will spend the afternoon on game drive. Originally created as a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru was upgraded to National Park status in 1968. White rhino inhabit the transitional savannah area surrounding the lake and the area offers excellent photographic opportunities.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Kembu lodge


Day 4 Lake Nakuru - Entebbe
Leaving Lake Nakuru you head towards Uganda, briefly stopping for a photo opportunity at the equator. Entebbe is situated on the northern shores of Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake. During your stay in Entebbe, you will have the opportunity to visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, which originally opened in 1952 as an animal orphanage.
Optional Activity: Visit Wildlife Education Centre
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Uganda Wildlife Education Centre


Day 5 Entebbe
Today is set aside for everyone to explore the area. Most people take an optional day trip to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary of Ngamba Island. This non-profit eco-friendly project was set up in 1998 to care for orphaned chimpanzees.
Optional Activities: Ngamba Chimpanzee Excursion, visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre,
Dinner Out.
Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Uganda Wildlife Education Centre


Day 6 Entebbe - Lake Bunyonyi
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. You make use of this beautiful spot to relax the night before the final drive to the gorillas.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort


Day 7/8 Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)
The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and while exact numbers vary it is widely assumed that there are only around 650 left.

As permits granting permission to visit the gorillas are extremely limited you require flexibility in both the tour itinerary and where you 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 you not obtain permits to visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda then all passengers will be informed beforehand that the tour will travel to Rwanda or DRC.

On your free day in Bunyonyi you will have the opportunity to participate in certain optional activities. You can embark on a boat ride to the community of the Batwa (pygmies) who stay in the islands adjacent to the lake to observe their social lifestyle, behaviour and be entertained by their cultural performances. You can also go hiking or explore the area on a mountain bike.
Optional Activities: Visit to the Batwa (Pygmies) tribe, mountain biking, nature walk, hiking
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort

Please Note: Although there are 2 days allocated to Gorilla Trekking you will only spend one day on the trek. The other day 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.


Day 9/10 Queen Elizabeth National Park
Leaving Lake Bunyonyi, you venture to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you will spend the next 2 nights. Many game species can be found in this wetland park as well as the (elsewhere elusive) giant forest hog, and the legendary tree-climbing lions of the Ishasha Sector. You will enjoy an included 4x4 game drive on day 10 through the NP.
Optional Activities: Kasinga Channel Sunset Cruise, Chimpanzee trekking at Lake George
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Hippo Hill


Day 11/12 Jinja
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.
Optional Activities: White Water Rafting.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Day 11 only), Dinner
Overnight: Nile River Explorers Camp


Day 13 Kenya - Eldoret
Returning to Kenya you 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
Overnight: Naiberi River Camp


Day 14 Nairobi
Returning to Nairobi, the largest city in the East Africa region, there's an optional dinner, where you can swap stories and exchange contact details.
Optional Activities: Meal out in Nairobi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Excludes

Excludes optional Activity package at a cost of R4650 per person.
General exclusions:
Drinks
Unspecified meals
Pre and post accommodation
Items of a personal nature
Travel Insurance

How to Book

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(Monday to Friday, 8AM to 17PM, GMT+2)

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