Gorillas & Masai Mara - Camping

Gorillas & Masai Mara - Camping

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Gorillas & Masai Mara - Camping

15 Days Starting in Nairobi and ending in Kigali

Visiting: Nairobi, Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Lake Nakuru National Park Office, Eldoret, Jinja, Murchison Falls Uganda, Budongo, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

WYU

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

6 - 18

Physical rating:

Low, Medium, Leisurely / Moderate

Age range:

16 to 99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Adventure Tours

Activities:

4WD, Trekking

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Tour Overview

The Masai Mara, a vast grassland teeming with animals, has an astonishing amount and mixture of game, including lions, cheetahs and at certain times of the year, the wildebeest migration. Lake Nakuru National Park has an incredible variety of birds as well as a healthy population of White and Black rhinos while Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to hippos, elephants, buffalo, leopards and the elusive tree-climbing lions as well as a huge variety of birds. Murchison Falls National Park is one of the most impressive parks in Africa, renowned for its scenic beauty, spectacular falls and abundant wildlife, including elephants, buffalo, Ugandan kobs (antelope), leopards, and over 450 different species of birds. The highlight of the trip is undoubtedly an hour with Mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. This close-up encounter is arguably the most sensational wildlife experience of them all.



Highlights

  • Game drives in the Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru N.P. and Queen Elizabeth N.P.

  • Enjoy a precious hour in the company of Uganda's Mountain gorillas

  • Visit Murchison Falls National Park

  • Track chimpanzees and other primates in Queen Elizabeth N.P.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Nairobi; Overnight In Hotel
Location: Nairobi
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Kenya Comfort Suites or similar Standard Hotel
Meals Included: No Meals

The group flight usually arrives into Nairobi this afternoon and will be met and transferred to the start hotel. Land Only clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon. This evening's welcome briefing is the perfect opportunity to meet your guide and get to know your fellow travellers.

Day 2 : To Masai Mara; Late Afternoon Game Drive
Location: Maasai Mara
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Mountain Rock Camp or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After loading our things onto the overland vehicle we depart Nairobi and travel approximately 7 hours into the Masai Mara, one of the most famous ecosystems in the world. This vast grassland is teeming with life; plains game including wildebeest, gazelle, topi, zebra and buffalo abound in the rolling savannah, and never far away lay the predators; cheetah, lion and hyena. Between mid-August to late October one of the greatest spectacles on Earth takes place in the Mara - the annual migration of thousands of wildebeest, gazelle and zebra trampling their way across the long grass. Nothing is guaranteed on safari, but with the help of our brilliant guides you should see and learn a huge amount about the Masai Mara's resident wildlife as we game drive through the park this afternoon.

Day 3 : Full Day In The Masai Mara
Location: Maasai Mara
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Mountain Rock Camp or similar Full-service Camping
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A full day game drive in the Masai Mara to increase our chances of encountering many of the wildlife species found in the reserve. We find a quiet spot inside the park to enjoy lunch by our vehicle, looking out across the plains. There is also an optional Hot Air Balloon Safari in time for sunrise (including champagne and breakfast).

Day 4 : To Lake Nakuru N.P.;  Afternoon Game Drive
Location: Lake Nakuru
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: KWS Campsite or similar Full-service Camping
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We depart the Masai Mara in the morning after breakfast and drive to Lake Nakuru National Park, one of the finest small parks within Kenya, where we have an afternoon game drive. Protected by an electric fence, the park is widely known for its impressive population of Black and White rhino which are relatively easy to spot on game drives in the open savannah. Fever trees line the park and are a well-known spot for leopards to laze in, whilst one of the most impressive sights is the vast flamingo population. Owing to flooding the alkaline content of the lake has changed in recent years and as a result the flamingos no longer tend to be found in such large numbers, but this can change depending on the rainfall.

Day 5 : Morning Game Drive In Nakuru N.P.; To Eldoret
Location: Lake Nakuru National Park Office, Eldoret
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Green Wood Campsite or similar Full-service Camping
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we once again go in search of wildlife on a game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park. After lunch inside the park, we have a journey of around 3 hrs as we drive to Eldoret, one of Kenya's larger cities, where we spend the night.

Day 6 : To Jinja, Uganda
Location: Jinja
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Adrift Camp or similar Full-service Camping
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today there is a long drive of about 250km to Jinja, which should take about 8 hours, including a border crossing into Uganda. The border crossing can be slow but we leave plenty of time for this and you'll no doubt find the experience interesting! Located on the shores of Lake Victoria, Jinja is the adventure capital of Uganda and the source of the River Nile. The area is most famous for grade IV and V white-water rafting excursions but there are plenty of other adrenaline fuelled activities here.

Day 7 : Free Day For Optional Activities
Location: Jinja
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Adrift Camp or similar Full-service Camping
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is free to choose from a range of optional activities. White-water rafting in Jinja is considered to be amongst the best in the world, with a half or full day route that varies from quiet pools and forested islands to thunderous rapids and drops. There are several grade V rapids to navigate including 'Big Brother', 'Overtime' and 'Silverback'. If rafting doesn't appeal, you can visit the source of the White Nile.

Day 8 : To Murchison Falls
Location: Murchison Falls Uganda
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Red Chilli Murchison or similar Full-service Camping
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We leave Jinja and drive to Murchison Falls National Park, a journey which should take us 6 hrs. Murchison Falls N.P. is the largest of Uganda’s national parks and covers an area of 5081 sq kms, with rolling grasslands and wooded savannah. Tomorrow we visit the top of the falls, where the river narrows from 50 metres to crash through a 7 metre gorge, falling 45 metres to the rocks below. A truly impressive sight!

Day 9 : Full Day Murchison Falls
Location: Murchison Falls Uganda
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Red Chilli Murchison or similar Full-service Camping
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we have an early morning game drive in search of wildlife in Murchison Falls N.P. We transfer by ferry to the north side of the Nile where we embark our game drive. Murchison Falls N.P. is home to elephants, giraffe, buffalo and Uganda kobs, as well as the predators: lions and leopards. After lunch we travel by boat up the Nile, passing hippos and crocodiles, searching for elephants and waterbuck that come to the river to drink. The cruise lasts about 3 hrs, and will travel upstream to the bottom of the falls, stopping near the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’, the place where the water bursts through the narrow gorge and creates an outstanding rainbow.

Day 10 : Chimpanzee Tracking In Budongo
Location: Budongo
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Red Chilli Murchison or similar Full-service Camping
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We depart early this morning for Budongo Forest, which is home to the largest numbers of chimpanzees in Uganda; we will go on a trek in search of chimpanzees and other wildlife. The walking is fairly easy due to the well-maintained trails and reasonably flat terrain. Whilst trekking in the depths of the lush green forest, you will be surrounded by bird song and hope to see both Velvet and Colobus monkeys, wild pigs and of course the chimpanzee. Once a chimpanzee family is found, we will have an hour with these fascinating creatures, to watch them interact and play with each other.

Day 11 : To Queen Elizabeth National Park
Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Irungu Forest Safari Campsite or similar Full-service Camping
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we have a long drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP). The drive goes south along the eastern length of the Rwenzori Mountains, where, weather permitting, we can see the glaciated peaks. We gently descend into The Great Rift Valley and QENP. The park resides in a fertile, equatorial area and has beautiful scenery. It is Uganda’s most popular and accessible savannah reserve, with a total area of 1978 square kilometres. It is primarily associated with grassy savannah plains, but this impressive park also includes within its boundaries leafy rainforests, dense papyrus swamps and natural volcanic crater lakes. As a result it has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world, including a total of 95 recorded mammal species and more than 610 species of birds.

Day 12 : Game Drive In Queen Elizabeth National Park
Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Irungu Forest Safari Campsite or similar Full-service Camping
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we will explore QENP on a game drive in search of wildlife including elephants, lions, buffalo, leopard, hyena, jackal, topi, kob, bush buck and various others. In the afternoon there is an optional boat trip of about two hours along the Kazinga Channel to view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world (reported to be about 30,000) and other game with excellent birding. The game drive will continue in the afternoon for those who do not join the boat trip.

Day 13 : To Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Location: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Casa Gorilla Lodge & Campsite or similar Full-service Camping
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We have a final early morning game drive in QENP and depart after breakfast, heading for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the Mountain gorillas. The journey is 300kms and takes 5-6 hours including stops along the way.

Day 14 : Trek To See Mountain Gorillas In Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Location: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will probably remember today for the rest of your life as we spend a full hour in the company of a family of Mountain gorillas! Owing to the nature of the terrain and the need to explore to find the gorillas, our trek doesn't follow a path and instead our guides will cut a route through the undergrowth. After a safety briefing, we are assigned to a gorilla family group and begin our trek. You should expect a minimum of three hours walking on irregular terrain in order to find the gorillas; steep ascents and descents over muddy slopes are the norm. Strong footwear is essential and we recommend hiring a local porter to help you carry your bag/camera equipment and provide a steady, supportive hand (porters will be arranged and paid for locally on the day).

Seeing wild Mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is an experience you will never forget. An adult male can weigh up to 195kg, a female up to 100kg, and a male can reach 1.7m in height. They are almost exclusively vegetarian and quite destructive eaters, which makes them unpopular with the farmers lower down the mountain slopes as they have been known to wreck a whole field of crops just to eat one plant. For this reason, and also because of poaching, the gorillas are very carefully protected. Gorillas are gentle creatures and are not known to attack unless very severely provoked. The family groups that we trek to see are habituated to human presence but to prevent over familiarisation our time with them is limited to one hour. The minimum distance that we must keep is 8 metres - we are not permitted any closer because gorillas are very susceptible to human disease. Please note

Day 15 : Early Morning Departure To Kigali Airport
Location: Kigali International Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast

We depart early in the morning and transfer to Kigali airport. Our trip comes to an end in the afternoon when we bid our group goodbye.

What's Included

  • Meals
    14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners.


* 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 dinners
* All accommodation (see below)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
* 1 chimp permit and 1 gorilla permit

What's Not Included

  • Visas or vaccinations

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

Food

Virtually all meals are included and will be prepared for you by our chef and
crew. They are adept at catering for large groups of hungry
travellers!Breakfasts will usually include cereal, toast and hot food such as
porridge or eggs. Lunches tend to feature a range of sandwich options as well
as a selection of fruit. Dinners usually feature soup, main (a mix of local
and international cuisine) and dessert (typically fruit salad). All cooking
equipment is loaded onto the overland vehicle and so our crew are ready to
prepare food wherever we stop - don’t worry about going hungry on this
trip! You will have time to stock up on snacks and drinks along the
journey.For meals not included, it would be a good idea to allow a further
US$100 to cover these.

Accommodation

On this trip into the wilds of Africa, we embrace our adventurous spirit and spend 13 nights camping. It's a back-to-basics experience, but the camping is full-service, which means the tents are put up and taken down by our crew. We use standard two-person tents and provide mattresses and all other equipment you’ll need (except a sleeping bag and pillow). East African campsites vary in terms of facilities – do not expect hot showers, flushing toilets or Western standards of cleanliness. Upgrades to a room are available at some locations  – these can only be booked and paid for locally. In Nairobi, we stay in a small hotel.



Worth knowing



We have more than one accommodation option on some nights, which means that where we stay may differ to what is listed in the daily itinerary. The accommodation we select around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is dependent on the gate we are using to access the park.

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  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

  • What is the maximum group size?

    18

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    en suite facilities.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

GORILLAS & MASAI MARA

All aspects of this trip surpassed my expectations. From the never ending massive variety of wildlife viewing you get to experience, the activities you get to choose to do during the trip, the great variety of accommodation locations enroute and mainly the fantastic crew made the trip one of my most enjoyable!

We had a fantastic expedition

We took the trip starting in Nairobi. We had a fantastic time seeing cheetahs, leopards, lions, giraffes, elephants, rhinoceros and many more, we saw it all. We finished with the gorillas. The experience was unbelievable. We got closer to them and for longer than we ever expected. Our trip was made even better by the fantastic Exodus team. Jacob was our team leader and he was very ably supported by Stony the driver, Godfrey the chef and Ester the assistant. This team set the atmosphere and we embraced and enjoyed it all. What a great trip.

GORILLAS & MASAI MARA

The trip of a lifetime - amazing wildlife, fantastic guides, and beautiful scenery.

GORILLAS & MASAI MARA

An excellent trip which explored 3 countrys with lots of wildlife and contact with local people.

Magical Journey

We travelled on the same trip as Angela, and agree with everything that she said. The wildlife sightings in the Masai Mara were excellent; the boat trip on the Kazinga Channel was every bit as good; the trip to the source of the Nile is fun; and then there is the big finale of the chimp and gorilla trekking, all making this a wonderful journey. Only one site, near Lake Nakuru, had poorer facilities, although as it had baboons and colobus monkeys in the camp while we were having lunch, we could happily overlook that. This is definitely a trip where you need to have the right mental attitude, and then just go for it. The trip notes say that you will remember the time with the gorillas for the rest of your life. That is not an exaggeration, but it could be applied to the rest of the trip as well.

An unforgettable experience!

The highlight was the Gorillas, but the whole trip was an experience never to be forgotten. We saw the big 5 in the Masai Mara and other animals in their natural habitat that you only ever see on the television. I can also now identify exotic birds I never knew existed! And we had a hippo join us at the campsite for dinner! The trip was made more memorable through the wonderful Exodus team of Jacob - our guide, Boniface - our amazing driver, Godfrey - our wonderful chef & Esther -his assistant, who was learning the ropes & always smiling.

GORILLAS & MASAI MARA

An inspirational adventure across 3 East African countries. This trip certainly lives up to its ratings and great reviews.

GORILLAS & MASAI MARA

A tremendous shared experience of travelling across East Africa; visiting Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda and viewing all manner of wildlife.

GORILLAS & MASAI MARA

A fantastic trip even better than expected in most respects. This was down to the itinerary, Moses and the crew, and our travelling companions.

A great trip but.....

We took the trip over the Christmas period and it was a good one, the crew (Jacob, Stoney, Silvia and Dolly) were all excellent and could not be faulted. The organisation was good, the driving excellent, (how Stoney gets that truck along some of those roads is unbelievable) and the food was good and plentiful. There were 11 of us on the trip and we all got on very well which is a good thing if you are stuck on a truck for 2 weeks. Do not worry about charging batteries as the truck has a plug by each seat which can be used anytime whilst the truck is moving. The White Water Rafting Option in Jinja was excellent and the safety precautions couldn't be faulted, you are almost guaranteed to be thrown out at least once but we all felt perfectly safe when we were. The campsites were in some cases very basic with no water in the toilets and cold or no showers but they were adequate and in others there were options for upgrades to rooms if required. On day 8 the trip notes stated a visit to the top of the falls, what they did not say is that it involved a boat trip and then a trek along an uneven trek and a climb up several steps of uneven height, which was a bit testing for some people, although I see that this might have changed now but you might want to check. The big but is that on our trip both the Chimps and Gorillas were unco-operative and people thinking of doing the trip need to be aware that there is no guarantee of seeing either. On our trip some of us trekked 5 miles along tracks and off track just to see 1 Chimp and for the Gorillas we left camp at 4.45am and drove for 3.5 hours to the start point and then split into 2 groups, the moderately hard trek group took 7 hours of hard trekking up and down steep slippery and overgrown hills there and back to see the Gorillas who were up in the trees and not all that easy to see, the easier trek group took 10 hours and 4 of our group needed stretchering out with exhaustion which cost them between $200-$300 dollars each. We then all had another 3.5 hour drive back to camp getting back between 20.30 & 22.30 hours, much to the relief of Jacob our guide. Although this is what happened on our trip, we were told that that was not the norm but.....

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