East Africa In-Depth

Start: Nairobi Finish: Kigali

Visiting: Nairobi, Samburu Trails, Samburu Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Masai Mara, Kampala, Fort Portal, Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Gorilla trekking cost, Kigali


Duration: 15 Nights

Physical rating: 4 - Demanding

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: G Adventures

Group size: 10 - 14

Age range: Minimum age of 15 years for this trip.

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $5803 $4933

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Tour Overview

Experience East Africa like you never imagined on this 16-day tour that gets you close to the land, wildlife, and communities that make this part of the world so unique. Camp at the edge of Lake Nakuru National Park and learn about tribal life and customs by spending time with villagers. Your time isn't complete here without a safari drive (or five) and there are plenty of opportunities for that in this itinerary, including a gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and chimp trekking in Kibale National Park. Dream vacations are made of this.

Highlights

  • icon Explore the Masai Mara National Reserve.
  • icon Trek to see chimpanzees in Uganda.
  • icon Keep your eyes peeled for the plentiful elephant and hippo populations in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
  • icon Visit a Samburu village.
  • icon Take in views of the Great Rift Valley.
  • icon Admire a family of mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

Places You'll See

Countries:
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Nairobi
Samburu National Reserve Wildlife Safari Drive
Samburu Game Reserve
Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru Wildlife Safari Drive
Nairobi
Kampala
Kampala
Kazinga Channel Cruise
Bwindi Impenetrable NP
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Gorilla Trekking

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Nairobi

Location: Nairobi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Boulevard (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

icon Day 2 : Nairobi/Samburu National Reserve

Location: Nairobi, Samburu Trails

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Samburu Campsite (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to Samburu National Reserve in time for an afternoon wildlife safari drive. Visit a Samburu village en route.

Depart Nairobi and drive north through the farmlands of the Kikuyu people, passing Mt Kenya, Africa's second highest mountain (5199m/17,060ft). Just outside the national reserve, visit a local Samburu village. Similar in appearance to the Masai but less known, the Samburu are a proud warrior tribe. Watch traditional Samburu dancing, and learn about Samburu tribal life and customs. The walk within the village is run by Samburu tribesmen for the benefit of the community. Continue to Samburu National Reserve, a wildlife haven to many species rarely found elsewhere. Enjoy an afternoon wildlife safari drive in search of large elephant and big cat populations living within this wild part of Kenya.

TRANSPORT: Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride.

ACTIVITY: Meet the locals in a traditional village in the Samburu area and learn more about their way of life. The Samburu people are related to but distinct from the Masai. They too are semi-nomadic who herd cattle, goat and occasionally camels. The men have more than one wife; each lives in her own hut within a family compound. Be sure to bring your camera and capture the beauty and colour of the layers of bead necklaces and bracelets, the red clay braids of the warriors, and the contrast of their bright cloth wraps against the African savanna.

ACTIVITY: Head out into the wilds of Samburu National Reserve in search of elephants, lions, as well as some of the more unique animals found only in this northern region of Kenya.

icon Day 3 : Samburu National Reserve

Location: Samburu Game Reserve

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Samburu Campsite (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend a full day on safari in search of Samburu's special five.

A full day wildlife safari drive to spot a group of animals only seen north of the equator, such as the beisa oryx, Somali ostrich, Grevy's zebra, the majestic reticulated giraffe, and the long-necked gerenuk, a graceful antelope that stands upright on its hind legs to feed on tall bushes.

ACTIVITY: FULL DAY Head out into the wilds of Samburu National Reserve in search of elephants, lions, as well as some of the more unique animals found only in this northern region of Kenya.

icon Day 4 : Samburu National Reserve/Lake Nakuru National Park

Location: Samburu Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Nderit Campsite (East Africa) (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Descend into the Great Rift Valley enjoying stunning views of the escarpment on the way.

Nakuru, meaning “dusty place” in the Maasai language, is a cheerful and vibrant agricultural town with a variety of colourful local markets. Camp outside the town at the edge of Lake Nakuru National Park, the area’s principal highlight and best natural attraction. Time and weather permitting, there may be an opportunity to visit a local tea farm and see how the tea is grown, picked and produced.

TRANSPORT: Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride.

icon Day 5 : Lake Nakuru National Park

Location: Lake Nakuru National Park

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Nderit Campsite (East Africa) (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Embark on a safari within Lake Nakuru National Park, in search of the elephant, buffalo, impala, and the elusive leopard.

ACTIVITY: FULL DAY Search for rhinos, buffalo, impalas, hyenas, and even lions and leopards on the wildlife safari drive in this renowned national park. Head to the shores of Lake Nakuru to see pelicans and cormorants. The park is also rich in other bird life, including grebes, white winged black terns, stilts, avocets, and ducks.

icon Day 6 : Lake Nakuru National Park/Masai Mara

Location: Lake Nakuru National Park, Maasai Mara National Reserve

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Kenia Campsite (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Search for the "big five" on an afternoon wildlife safari drive.

Depart for the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve. With its vast open plains and distinctive flat-topped acacia trees, no visit to Kenya would be complete without a visit to this reserve. Arrive in the afternoon and get settled at the permanent tented camp, the base for exploring the Mara. Head into the reserve for an afternoon wildlife safari drive.

TRANSPORT: Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride.

ACTIVITY: AFTERNOON Masai Mara is one of the world’s top safari destinations, known for its abundance of big cats – cheetahs, leopards, and lions – as well as the two million wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelles, and zebra that migrate annually across the vast grasslands in search of water. Set off on safari with our driver/guide and keep your eyes and ears peeled for movement and memories. Watch elephants and giraffe grazing, photograph zebras and wildebeest, and with a little luck, you'll even spot animals feasting on a recent kill.

icon Day 7 : Masai Mara

Location: Masai Mara

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Kenia Campsite (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a day on safari. Opt to take to the skies on a balloon safari.

Rise early for a wildlife safari drive during the best time to spot animals and criss-cross the rolling hills of the African savannah. With a full day to explore the area, we can cover a lot of ground. If time allows, visit the Mara River area. Opt to go for a balloon safari for a new perspective over the beautiful landscape.

Additional Information: If you have pre-booked a Masai Mara Balloon Safari, your flight will be in the morning. You will miss the morning wildlife safari drive with the group, but you will have spectacular views from above.

ACTIVITY: FULL DAY Masai Mara is one of the world’s top safari destinations, known for its abundance of big cats – cheetahs, leopards, and lions – as well as the two million wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelles, and zebra that migrate annually across the vast grasslands in search of water. Set off on safari with our driver/guide and keep your eyes and ears peeled for movement and memories. Watch elephants and giraffe grazing, photograph zebras and wildebeest, and with a little luck, you'll even spot animals feasting on a recent kill.

icon Day 8 : Masai Mara/Nairobi

Location: Masai Mara, Nairobi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Boulevard (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a final wildlife safari drive before the journey back to Nairobi.

Enjoy one last opportunity to spot the "big five". Visit the G for Good supported Ubuntu Cafe for lunch, before heading back to Nairobi. In Nairobi there's some time to buy local handicrafts or check out a bit of the city.

TRANSPORT: Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride.

ACTIVITY: MORNING Masai Mara is one of the world’s top safari destinations, known for its abundance of big cats – cheetahs, leopards, and lions – as well as the two million wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelles, and zebra that migrate annually across the vast grasslands in search of water. Set off on safari with our driver/guide and keep your eyes and ears peeled for movement and memories. Watch elephants and giraffe grazing, photograph zebras and wildebeest, and with a little luck, you'll even spot animals feasting on a recent kill.

ACTIVITY: In the rural settlement of Maai Mahiu is the very special G Adventures for Good supported project, Ubuntu Café. A true social enterprise in the heart of Kenya, this initiative empowers the community, creating over 400 sustainable local jobs for mothers of children with disabilities, and supporting pediatric health and education programs in the region. Sit down to a delicious, organic farm-to-table lunch.

icon Day 9 : Nairobi/Kampala

Location: Nairobi, Kampala

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Forest Cottages (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Travel from one bustling East African capital city to another. Relax in Kampala and await the second part of this epic adventure.

TRANSPORT: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.

icon Day 10 : Kampala/Fort Portal

Location: Kampala, Fort Portal

Accommodation: Kluges Guest Farm (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take the scenic route to Fort Portal at the edge of Kibale National Park. Spend the night on a guest farm listening to the sounds of monkeys and birds.

Additional Information: Accommodation in Fort Portal is on a farm in simple furnished tents with shared bathroom facilities.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 11 : Kibale National Park

Location: Kibale National Park

Accommodation: Kluges Guest Farm (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore the evergreen rainforest and trek to spot chimps in the morning or afternoon. Enjoy a traditional lunch in the Bigodi Community.

Opt to venture deep into the wetlands to spot more wildlife on a guided walk through the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary.

ACTIVITY: Embark on a chimp trek with a park ranger/guide. See more than just chimpanzees in their natural environment. Learn about the ecosystem and keep an eye out for other animals. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, visitors stand a good chance of hearing and seeing our distant cousins as they are not bothered by humans watching their daily behaviour.

ACTIVITY: Sit down to a traditional buffet-style lunch prepared with fresh, organic local ingredients. Guests dine in a grass thatched hut and learn about Bigodi dining etiquette. Your local hosts describes how the ingredients used in the dishes are grown, harvested and prepared.

icon Day 12 : Kibale NP/Queen Elizabeth NP

Location: Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue on to Queen Elizabeth NP, stopping at the equator. Head out on a wildlife safari drive in the afternoon. Keep your eyes peeled for warthogs, elephants, buffalo, five different species of primates, and hippos.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is characterized by open savannah, large areas of swamp around Lake George, the extensive Maramagambo Forest in the southeast, and the forested Kyambura Gorge along the border with Kyambura Game Reserve.

Additional Information: Accommodation in Queen Elizabeth NP is in simple furnished tents with shared bathroom facilities.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: AFTERNOON Enjoy a wildlife safari drive inside Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park is home to Uganda's largest wildlife populations. Keep an eye out for buffalo, elephants, hippos, hyenas, lions, warthogs, and the elusive leopards.

icon Day 13 : Queen Elizabeth National Park

Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take an early morning wildlife safari drive and enjoy lunch inside the park. Opt for an evening cruise along the Kazinga Channel.

Enjoy a wildlife safari drive with possible sightings of buffaloes, waterbucks, warthogs, lions, leopards, hyenas, giant forest hogs, and elephants.

ACTIVITY: MORNING Enjoy a wildlife safari drive inside Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park is home to Uganda's largest wildlife populations. Keep an eye out for buffalo, elephants, hippos, hyenas, lions, warthogs, and the elusive leopards.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Don't waste a minute— start exploring.

icon Day 14 : Queen Elizabeth NP/Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Camp (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy the scenic drive south, with views of forests, volcanoes and lakes. Spend the night on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Additional Information: Accommodation at Bwindi Impenetrable NP is in simple furnished tents/rooms with ensuite bathroom facilities.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 15 : Gorilla Trekking

Location: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Gorilla trekking cost

Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Camp (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Rise early for the tour's main highlight – gorilla trekking!

Head into Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to meet the park ranger/guide for orientation. Embark on the trek, which can vary in length and difficulty, depending on the location of the gorilla family that's being visited. Spend 1 hr (max) observing these beautiful and endangered creatures, a truly privileged experience. Trek back and return to town. Enjoy free time in the afternoon.

ACTIVITY: Take an unforgettable guided trek (1-6 hrs) deep into volcano forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for a wildlife encounter of a lifetime, and meet a family of mountain gorillas. One of Africa's major highlights, a close encounter with these amazing animals is simply breathtaking. Get prepared before heading out: bring plenty of water and waterproof clothing (it can rain on only a few minutes’ notice), and be sure to bring protective bags for cameras and film. Dress in layers with long sleeves and long pants to protect against stinging nettles found in the forests. The trek’s often chilly, at first, until you start trekking. Note: Ugandan authorities are fiercely protective of this natural treasure, and currently permit only a maximum of eight people, per day, to visit a given gorilla family. The group will be split into different sub-groups for the trek, and depending on the number of travellers, different sub-groups may do their trek on different days.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Depending on when you get back from your gorilla trek, you may have some time to explore more of the area.

icon Day 16 : Bwindi/Kigali

Location: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kigali

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Cross the border into Rwanda, then head to the capital city, Kigali. Visit the genocide museum to learn more about the dark history of this fascinating country. Enjoy lunch at the G Adventures supported Nyamirambo Women's Centre. Tour ends on arrival at hotel.

ACTIVITY: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, which serves as a permanent memorial to those who fell victim to the genocide in 1994. The centre opened on the tenth anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, in April 2004, and was built on a site where more than 250,000 people are buried.

ACTIVITY: Located in Nyamirambo, the largest and most vibrant township in Rwanda, the centre provides women and girls from a diverse range of backgrounds, the opportunity to support each other and succeed, through education and training programs. Enjoy lunch prepared by women employed at the centre, allowing us to try local foods and popular dishes. After lunch, take some time to browse the centre's shop, which features handmade, high-quality crafts and clothes, made by some of the women at the shop, as well as other women's cooperatives throughout Rwanda. Proceeds from the meal and shop help support the centre’s education and training programs, including a community library.

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What's Included

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    Guided gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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    Internal flight

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    Guest farm stay near Kibale National Park

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    Your G for Good Moment: Café Ubuntu , Maai Mahiu

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    All national park fees and trekking permits

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    Bigodi Community lunch

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Chimpanzee trek

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    Fully Guided

    CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, certified driver/guide, camp crew, experienced gorilla trackers, local guides.

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    Samburu village visit and wildlife safari drives

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group.

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    Your G for Good Moment: Nyamirambo Women's Centre, Local Lunch, Kigali

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    Visit to Kigali Genocide Museum

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    Queen Elizabeth National Park wildlife safari drives

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    Accommodation

    Standard hotel (3 nts), full-service camping (4 nts), simple furnished tents/rooms (8 nts).

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    Safari in Lake Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve

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    Meals

    15 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners Allow USD190-250 for meals not included.

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

Transport

7-seat 4x4 safari van, plane, private van, walking.

Accommodation

Standard hotel (3 nts), full-service camping (4 nts), simple furnished tents/rooms (8 nts).

Meals Included

15 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners

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    Low Deposit

    G Adventures requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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