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Gorillas & Plains

This two week adventure takes you through the magnificent lakes and wildlife parks of Kenya, across Uganda and the Equator, and up into the jungle trekking to visit the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees

Solo travellers may have to pay more for this tour. Contact Us for further information

DAY 1 Arrive in Nairobi

We meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel, where the rest of the day if free for you to relax after your flight and start exploring the local area.
Nairobi hotel
Single Room Supplement, Extra night - pre-tour

DAY 2 Transfer to Lake Naivasha

Today we 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 Adams, best known for her autobiographical novel, Born Free. Optional Activities: Cycle hire, High Tea at Elsamere
Fish Eagle Inn
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 Masai Mara

Our day begins with a game drive through Hell’s Gate National Park, before we enter the huge area of spectacular game viewing to photograph some of Africa’s most abundant wildlife, 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.
Masai Mara Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 Lake Nakuru

Leaving the Masai Mara, we travel north to Lake Nakuru where we will spend the afternoon game driving. 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, with excellent photographic opportunities.
Kembu Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 Lake Nakuru / Entebbe

Leaving Lake Nakuru we head towards Uganda, briefly stopping for a photo at the equator. Entebbe is situated on the northern shores of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. During our stay in Entebbe, we will have the opportunity to visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, which originally opened in 1952 as an animal orphanage, but today is the Wildlife Education Centre. Optional activity: Visit Wildlife Education Centre
Uganda Wildlife Education Centre
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 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.
Uganda Wildlife Education Centre

DAY 7 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. We make use of this beautiful spot to relax the night before the final drive to the gorillas.
Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8-9 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. 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 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.

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.
Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10-11 Queen Elizabeth National Park

Leaving Lake Bunyoni, we venture to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, where we 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. We will enjoy an included 4x4 game drive on day 10 through the NP. Optional Activities: Kasinga Channel Sunset Cruise, Chimpanzee trekking at Lake George.
Hippo Hill Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12-13 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.
Nile River Explorers Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 Kenya / Eldoret

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.
Naiberi River Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15 Nairobi

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

DAY 16 Nairobi / Departure transfer

Free time until your departure airport transfer.
Extra night - post-tour

Masai Mara Reserve, Masai Tribe, Lake Nakuru, Equator, Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzee trek, optional Rhino trek & Nile river rafting.

Product Type: Tour/cruise including overnight stay
Grade: All ages / Not applicable
Accommodation: Various levels

Suitable for Solo: Yes
Suitable for Couples: Yes
Suitable for Groups: Yes
Suitable for Students: Yes

What's Included

  • 13 night's accommodation in hotels/lodges/guesthouses
  • All transport using our 25-seat expedition vehicle
  • All 'included highlights' as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 2 truck crew (driver/guide plus assistant/cook)
  • Local guides for sightseeing tours and activities as per the itinerary
  • Meals: 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 11 dinners

What's Excluded

  • International Flights
  • Visa fees if required
  • Activity Package and optional activities (see itinerary and tour notes)
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for guides & drivers
  • Entrance fees and activities not mentioned above
  • Any other items not mentioned above
  • Gorilla permits (allow approx $630)

Departure date Price per person Number of seats available
29/08/2018 GBP 1,269  
08/09/2018 GBP 1,269  
29/09/2018 GBP 1,269  
10/10/2018 GBP 1,269  
31/10/2018 GBP 1,269  
10/11/2018 GBP 1,269  
01/12/2018 GBP 1,269  
12/12/2018 GBP 1,269  
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