This 14 Days (13 Nights) Safari takes you to Kenya & Uganda for a big game safari. Explore the best national parks in Kenya and Uganda, get close with the amazing wildlife including the African big five, the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest and chimpanzees in Kibale Forest.
- Tour Style: Small Group Adventure
- Accommodation: 13 nights camping – Lodge upgrades available
- Price: p.p US $TBC plus Gorilla permit US $500
- Tour Code: PVUK14
- Safari Grading: Moderate to Difficult on Gorilla Trek
Tour Highlights: Kibale Forest National Park – Chimpanzee Trek – Queen Elizabeth National Park – Game drives and Boat Cruise – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – Gorilla Trek – Lake Mburo National Park – Jinja – Source of the Nile adventure activities – Eldoret – Lake Nakuru National Park – Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara -Nairobi
Day 1: Entebbe Kibale Forest National Park. Leaving Kampala we head through the scenic farm land to the Kibale Forest National Park. This afternoon we visit the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary rich in primate, bird and butterfly species. We take a three hour walking trail through the wetlands with a local guide who will give you a interesting overview of life in the swamp. This evening take a optional guided night walk in the forest looking for nocturnal primates such as the bush baby.
Day 2: Kibale Forest National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This morning we take a included forest trek following the spoor of a wild but habituated group of chimpanzee. Kibale Forest boasts 13 different species of primate, more primates than in any other East African forest. While in the forest your knowledgeable guides will point out a range of primates, birds, plants and animal spoor. After lunch we cross the equator and move on to Queen Elizabeth National Park where we will stop for two nights. We take an evening game drive on arrival.
Day 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park. We spend a full day in the park. Your choice, an included early morning game drive, or optional walking safari in the Kyambura Gorge populated by habituated chimpanzees. After the game drive or walk we may relax during the heat of the day with lunch and a swim at the beautiful Mweya Lodge before heading out for an afternoon boat cruise up the Kazinga Channel. Highlights of this cruise include good elephant, hippo and buffalo sightings plus the spectacular bird life such as the Pink Backed Pelican and Crowned Crane. Keep your eyes peeled for monitor lizards on the banks and the occasional crocodile. We then game drive on our way back to our camp.
Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi. After a final morning game drive in the park we pack up camp and head off to our gorilla tracking area. We will track the mountain gorilla in the Bwindi Forest in Uganda. We slowly wind our way up through beautiful steep sided valleys. Every spare space is used for agriculture in the densely populated area, with up to 90 people being supported on every acre by subsistence agriculture. These patchwork mountains dotted with small thatched villages make today one of our most scenic drives. We keep climbing until we get to the protected tropical rain forest where the mountain gorillas live.
Day 5: Bwindi National Park – Gorilla trek. Your gorilla trek is sure to be the highlight of your tour. Sitting with the mountain gorilla is one of the most amazing wildlife experiences you will ever have. A dominant male Silverback can weigh over 200 kilos, is the largest living primate, and he will control our meeting as well as deciding when his group will eat, sleep and move on. His females care for their young with affection and playfulness but also with discipline. They are very curious, and are capable of making over 25 different vocalisations including smiles, chuckle and purr. Communication also includes posturing, chest beating and if all else fails the charge! The privilege of spending time with this family group is an experience that will never leave you.
Day 6: Bwindi to Lake Mburo National Park. We leave the forest and wind our way back down the mountain valleys to Lake Mburo National Park arriving at the park in the afternoon in time for a game drive then sun downers on the lakeside. This small gem of a park with rolling hills and idyllic lake shores supports a rich diversity of habitat. Forest galleries, swamps, rich acacia woodland and grassland all support a wealth of wildlife. There are five lakes within the park boundary. The lakes supports hippo, crocodile and otter. On the fringes of the lake’s buffalo, warthog, topi, water buck, eland, and bush pig reside. Bird life abounds with over 315 species present.
Day 7: Lake Mburo National Park to Jinja. This morning you have the option of a walking safari with a game ranger or take a quad bike safari in the park. After brunch we pack up and head towards Jinja. We stop on the way to check out the herds of long horned Ankhole cattle of the region and again at the equator for a break on our journey.
Day 8: Jinja. We stay at a beautiful spot on the banks of the Nile. Today is a free day to enjoy the many activities available at the source of the Nile. Options include white water rafting, kayak school, jet boat, horse ride, mountain bike, quad bike, bungy jumping, village walk or perhaps volunteer for the day at Soft Power a local educational charity. If you would rather relax try a visit to the Spa or chill by a pool.
Day 9: Jinja to Eldoret. This morning we leave Uganda and cross in to Kenya. After border formalities we head towards Eldoret and the Kenyan Highlands a famous base for the running camps of Kenyan elite athletes. We stay at Naiberi Falls a beautiful camp and lodge. Tonight as we are in the highlands the nights are cold so its a good time for that campfire.
Day 10: Eldoret to Lake Nakuru National Park. Today we head to Lake Nakuru National Park made famous for the Black and White Rhino breeding programme and the thousands of pink Flamingo that make Nakuru its home. As a World Heritage and RAMSAR site this park boast over 500 different bird species along with fantastic game. This afternoon we game drive through the park looking for Rhino, Giraffe, Buffalo to name a few before setting up camp inside the park for the night.
Day 11: Lake Nakuru N.P to Lake Naivasha. An early morning game drive in the park looking for the hunting cats, Lion and Leopard. During the game drive we will stop for brunch with the baboons at the scenic viewpoint. Once we have seen the park and what it has to offer we will head for Lake Naivasha. Once camp is set up we will go for high tea at Elsamere the retirement home of Gorge and Joy Adamson and learn more about the story of Born Free. This evening take an optional boat ride on the lake looking for Hippo.
Day 12: Meals: BLD Accommodation: Comfort Camping Accommodation Upgrade Option: Fishermans Camp
Day 13: Masai Mara. Up early and your choice, an included game drive or optional Balloon safari over the Masai Mara. The Mara is Kenya’s premier park and all of the ‘Big Five’ are present. The Mara never disappoints and is our favourite park in the region famous for giving a fantastic wildlife show. During the heat of the day relax or go for a walk with the local Masai tribesman. In the afternoon another game drive in the park.
Day 14: Masai Mara to Nairobi. After a final morning game drive we return to camp for brunch and to pack up. From here we head towards Nairobi where our tour ends.