18-Day Mountain Gorilla To The Mara Adventure Camping Tour from Nairobi

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Local culture, remarkable landscapes and safari excitement, this 18 Day tour will take you right to the magical attractions that Africa has to offer. The Maasai Mara boasts the best wildlife on the continent. Lake Nakuru will surprise you with its beauty and that’s just the beginning! Embark on a once in a lifetime encounter with the Gorilla troops of the magical Bwindi Forest of Uganda. This tour has adrenaline activities, tranquil and surreal backdrops...
Local culture, remarkable landscapes and safari excitement, this 18 Day tour will take you right to the magical attractions that Africa has to offer. The Maasai Mara boasts the best wildlife on the continent. Lake Nakuru will surprise you with its beauty and that’s just the beginning! Embark on a once in a lifetime encounter with the Gorilla troops of the magical Bwindi Forest of Uganda. This tour has adrenaline activities, tranquil and surreal backdrops and is sure to be authentically magical in creating more photographs and memories than imaginable
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Itinerary Details

Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi – Lake Nakuru National Park

Stop At: Lake Nakuru National Park Kenya
We depart Nairobi early and descend into the ‘Great Rift Valley’, an enormous cleft in the Earth’s surface stretching from the Red Sea to Madagascar but with particularly marked escarpments here in Kenya. We stop at a lookout point to take in the magnificent views. Our overnight stop is Lake Nakuru National Park, a relatively small park (by African standards) however prolific in wildlife, situated on the Great Rift Valley floor. The shallow soda lake attracts a huge variety of birdlife – especially flamingos, which may gather in such numbers that (when viewed from above) they form a strikingly pink ‘fringe’ around the lake-shore. However, Lake Nakuru is not simply a bird sanctuary, it is also home to buffalo, lion, rhino (black and white), leopard, warthog, baboon, antelope, and a variety of smaller animals...
Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi – Lake Nakuru National Park

Stop At: Lake Nakuru National Park Kenya
We depart Nairobi early and descend into the ‘Great Rift Valley’, an enormous cleft in the Earth’s surface stretching from the Red Sea to Madagascar but with particularly marked escarpments here in Kenya. We stop at a lookout point to take in the magnificent views. Our overnight stop is Lake Nakuru National Park, a relatively small park (by African standards) however prolific in wildlife, situated on the Great Rift Valley floor. The shallow soda lake attracts a huge variety of birdlife – especially flamingos, which may gather in such numbers that (when viewed from above) they form a strikingly pink ‘fringe’ around the lake-shore. However, Lake Nakuru is not simply a bird sanctuary, it is also home to buffalo, lion, rhino (black and white), leopard, warthog, baboon, antelope, and a variety of smaller animals. A delightful introduction to East Africa’s wildlife diversity that we search for in an afternoon game drive making use of local guides and smaller safari vehicles for a more intimate experience.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Punda Milias Camp, Nakuru, Kenya

Day 2: Lake Nakuru - Eldoret

Stop At: Eldoret, Eldoret, Rift Valley Province
From Nakuru we continue northwest and climb in altitude towards the town of Eldoret en route to the Ugandan frontier. We cross from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere today over the Equator, enjoying some time here learning a little about its significance and taking photos before moving onwards to Eldoret. The name ‘Eldoret’ is based on the Maasai word ‘Eldore’ meaning stony river, due to the stony bed of the nearby Sosiani River. The town is the 5th largest in Kenya and is the fastest growing with a population of approx 194,000. We camp outside of town in a unique campsite created on hilly forest tribal land, once home to members of the ancient Sirikwa tribe. Preserved on the site are excavations with stone sides, commonly called Sirikwa holes, which are believed to have been roofed and occupied by the inhabitants of a bygone age.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Naiberi Overland Camp, Eldoret, Kenya

Day 3: Eldoret - Kampala

Stop At: Kampala, Kampala, Central Region
We cross into Uganda, Winston Churchill’s ‘Pearl of Africa’, a country with beautiful natural scenery and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures – and friendly people. Our first night we camp at the capital Kampala, an attractive hilly city, bustling with roadside traders, markets and busy matatu (mini-bus taxi) stands.

Please note that some group members may be starting their tour in Kampala

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Red Chilli Hideway, Kampala, Uganda

Day 4: Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National Park

Stop At: Kasese, Uganda
From Kampala, we travel west towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, crossing the Equator again, through fertile green terraced hillsides, lush banana plantations, steep mountains and tangled forests. From the truck we should see herds of Ankole cattle with their incredible long curving horns roaming the roads and paddocks. We camp a short distance from the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here you will have the opportunity to relax and unwind, take a walk in the surrounding areas and mingle with the local community.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Simba Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park area, Uganda

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Western Region
Chimpanzee Trek permits are issued by the wildlife authority in groups of up to 8 people at a time, per group. Depending on our group size, this means that we may trek on the afternoon of day 4, morning of day 5 and afternoon of day 5 or morning of day 6.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Simba Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park area, Uganda

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Lake Bunyonyi

Stop At: Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda
make our way to the lush and stunning Lake Bunyonyi (‘Place of many little birds’). This lake is 27km long, 7km wide and at an elevation of 1950 metres above sea level, it is surrounded by undulating hills between 2200m to 2478m high. With a depth of nearly 900m in parts, this lake is the second deepest lake in Africa (the deepest being Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania). With twenty-nine islands that can be visited by local boats, the lake is a great place to unwind, relax and explore on the days that we don’t trek to see the mountain gorillas.

Over the next two days the group will be split, with one group trekking to the mountain gorillas while the others stay at Lake Bunyonyi to enjoy the many activities on offer.

Mountain Gorilla Trekking

On the day of your trek we gather in the early morning to meet our local guide and tracker. Walking in small groups, we trek into the thick rainforest. The trek can be demanding at times - with uneven terrain and hilly rainforest, but the privilege of spending time with a family of these gentle primates makes the effort well worthwhile. To many people the day’s trek and time with the gorillas remains their most exciting wildlife encounter in Africa.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, Uganda

Day 7: Lake Bunyonyi rest days or Gorilla Trek day

Stop At: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Western Region
If not trekking, today is free to explore the surrounding area, discover the Islands by boat on Lake Bunyonyi or relax back at camp catching up on some well-deserved rest and relaxation
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, Uganda

Day 8: Lake Bunyonyi rest days or Gorilla Trek day

Stop At: Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda
Today is a trek day or a day at leisure to enjoy the many optional activities in Lake Bunyonyi. Whether relaxing on the shores of this deep Crater Lake with a good book or heading out to the village and orphanage to gain an insight into the everyday life of Ugandans in this area - you’ll no doubt wish you could stay in this beautiful part of Africa for longer.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, Uganda

Day 9: Lake Bunyonyi - Kampala

Stop At: Kampala, Kampala, Central Region
From Lake Bunyonyi we make our way back across the Equator (stopping for a photo if we have not done so previously) through lush pasture lands and the northern reaches of Lake Victoria (Africa’s largest lake) to Kampala where we will overnight. Kampala is a hotspot for great food and entertainment. If time allows, go out to enjoy the nightlife, try the local cuisines and enjoy the hospitality and friendliness of the local Ugandans.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at d Chilli Hideway, Kampala, Uganda

Day 10: Kampala - Jinja

Stop At: Jinja, Jinja, Eastern Region
Leaving Kampala we drive the short distance to the town of Jinja on the banks of Lake Victoria and the Nile. It was in 1862 that the British explorer John Hanning Speke recognised Lake Victoria as the ‘source of the Nile’ settling a long running dispute about Africa’s (and the world’s) longest river. From his modest monument on the banks, the Nile begins its 4132-mile course through Uganda, Sudan and eventually Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea.

Our camp is situated on the grassy banks overlooking the Nile River. It is here that we usually have the option to try river rafting - an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of ‘white-water’. There is also the opportunity to make some difference to local children at a local school project: ‘Softpower’ is a locally run volunteer programme aimed at building and improving schools in the Jinja area to which your contribution of a few hours of painting or plastering is always most welcome. Other activities at Jinja include mountain biking, quad biking, village walks and even bungee jumping!

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Nile River Explorers, Jinja, Uganda

Day 11: Jinja

Stop At: Jinja, Jinja, Eastern Region
Enjoy a free day in this magical place or take part in one of the many optional activities on offer. Adrenaline lovers can head to the world class rapids and try rafting - an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of ‘white-water’. Those seeking a more relaxing day can visit the local community or simply just relax at camp.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Nile River Explorers, Jinja, Uganda

Day 12: Jinja

Stop At: Jinja, Jinja, Eastern Region
Enjoy a last day on the banks of the Nile exploring the surrounding community, the town of Jinja and discover the beauty of the river Nile as you relax on its banks or indulge in the many optional activities on offer.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Nile River Explorers, Jinja, Uganda

Day 13: Jinja – Eldoret

Stop At: Eldoret, Eldoret, Rift Valley Province
Leaving Jinja, we retrace our steps across the border into Kenya and onwards to Eldoret, where we will camp for the evening
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Naiberi Overland Camp, Eldoret, Kenya

Day 14: Eldoret - Nairobi

Stop At: Nairobi, Kenya
This morning we cross the Equator and make our way south to Nairobi and to our base just outside the city. Tonight you have the opportunity to head out and explore Nairobi’s bustling night life or dine at the famed Carnivore Restaurant.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at Karen Camp, Karen, Nairobi

Day 15: Nairobi

Stop At: Nairobi, Nairobi
Today you are free to explore the city and surrounding area and our Tour Leader can help you arrange these optional excursions locally. Popular excursions include catching a taxi into town to check out the shopping, markets, bars and restaurants; Visit the National Museum of Kenya; chow down at Carnivore – a BBQ meat eater’s paradise; go on safari at Nairobi National Park; Visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Centre or check out the Karen Blixen Museum in the nearby town of Karen. Alternatively, the day is yours to simply relax and enjoy some ‘downtime’.

Please note that some group members may be finishing or starting their tour in Nairobi today.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at Karen Camp, Karen, Nairobi

Day 16: Nairobi – Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya

Stop At: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
We depart the city early and make our way across the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, enjoying views of the vast vista en route. We travel in small specialized safari vehicles that enable us to have a more intimate view of wildlife. We spend two nights camping on the edge of the Reserve with time to explore the park on morning and afternoon game drives.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Enkolong Tented camp, Masai Mara area, Kenya

Day 17: Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya

Stop At: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
We have the day to explore the Reserve in search for wildlife including the ‘big 5’ – lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard.

The sweeping plains, distant horizons, low slung acacia trees, and plentiful wildlife ensure a deeply evocative few days. The ‘Mara’ is crossed every year between July and October by great herds of wildebeest, zebra and other grazing animals in their migration from the adjoining Serengeti plains to the south (in Tanzania). How long they stay is dependent on rainfall and subsequent grass growth in the rainy season. Predators (such as lion, cheetah, leopard) and scavengers (hyena, vultures) follow the grazing animals and this enormous congregation of wildlife forms a spectacular display of Africa’s natural resource. But the Mara is excellent for game viewing at any time of year and regardless of when you can visit we hope to see some, if not all, of Africa’s ‘Big Five’ (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard) and an array of other wildlife.

We stop for a lunch before returning to our tented camp for the evening.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Enkolong Tented camp, Masai Mara area, Kenya

Day 18: Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya - Nairobi

Stop At: Nairobi, Nairobi
From the Mara we make our way back across the Great Rift Valley to Nairobi, where our tour ends in the late afternoon.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

Important Details

Included
  • Accommodation included: 17 nights
  • Lake Nakuru NP, Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
  • Included Highlights:
  • All ground transportation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Nakuru
  • Services of two crew
  • 15x Dinner
  • Fully equipped safari vehicle
  • Maasai Mara Excursion with small vehicle*
  • 17x Breakfast
  • 16x Lunch
  • Camping and cooking equipment
  • All road tolls and vehicle taxes
  • The Great Rift Valley
  • Entry/Admission - Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Sleeping mattress
Not Included
  • Optional activities
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (Mandatory/ USD 640.00pp)*
  • Drinks, tips and Items of a personal nature
  • Airport transfers
  • Departure taxes
  • Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trek Permit (Mandatory/ USD 780.00 - USD 800.00pp)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Visas
Departure Point
Hotel boulevard, Hotel Boulevard, Harry Thuku Rd, Starehe, Kenya
8:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Mandatory Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permit is USD 780.00 - USD 800.00 and is paid at the time of booking
  • Each adventure tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income. The (mandatory) Adventure Pass is USD 640.00 per person
  • Minimum age is 18 years, Maximum age is 39'ish years.
  • You MUST confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveller.
  • * Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
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