Masai Mara & Gorilla Adventure

Start: Nairobi Finish: Kigali

Visiting: Nairobi, Masai Mara Kenya, Masai Mara, Kampala, Fort Portal, Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Gorilla Trekking Uganda, Kigali


Duration: 11 Nights

Physical rating: 4 - Demanding

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: G Adventures

Group size: 10 - 12

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

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

An epic adventure awaits you on this 12-day tour through Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. In the Masai Mara, you'll embark on incredible wildlife safari drives to spot big cats (cheetahs, leopards, and lions) with opportunities to visit a Masai village and learn about this nomadic culture. Visiting G Adventures for Good projects like the Nyamirambo Women's Centre and the Ubuntu Café gives you a grounded, well-rounded understanding of what makes this slice of the continent so special.

Highlights

  • iconKeep your eyes peeled for the plentiful elephant and hippo populations in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
  • iconSpend two nights in a safari camp.
  • iconView diverse wildlife in search of the big five.
  • iconAdmire a family of mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
  • iconTrek to see chimpanzees in Uganda.
  • iconExplore the Masai Mara National Reserve.

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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/Masai Mara

Location: Nairobi, Masai Mara Kenya

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Kenia Campsite (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Journey through the Great Rift Valley on the way to one of the most famous national parks in Africa. Enjoy a late afternoon wildlife safari drive in the hopes of spotting the "big five".

Travel from Nairobi, through the Great Rift Valley on to Kenya's premier wildlife reserve. In the afternoon, arrive in the area and get settled at the safari camp, our base for our time here. Head out for a late afternoon wildlife safari drive with excellent chances of seeing the "big five" — watch for lion, cheetah, buffalo, elephant and giraffe. The varied wildlife and natural environment come together to provide a spectacular safari experience.

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

ACTIVITY: EVENING 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 3 : Masai Mara

Location: Masai Mara

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Kenia Campsite (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy an early wildlife safari drive when animals are most active. Opt to visit a Masai village, learn to dance like a warrior, stop in the manyatta (family compound) and learn about this nomadic culture.

Opt to go for a balloon safari for a new perspective over the beautiful landscape. Pre-book on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

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.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Explore the area with some free time.

icon Day 4 : Masai Mara/Nairobi

Location: Masai Mara, Nairobi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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

Enjoy one more safari drive in the Masai Mara. 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.

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.

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

ACTIVITY: 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 5 : Nairobi/Kampala

Location: Nairobi, Kampala

Accommodation: 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 6 : 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 7 : Kibale National Park

Location: Kibale National Park

Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (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 8 : 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 9 : 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 10 : Queen Elizabeth NP/Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla (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 11 : Gorilla Trekking

Location: Gorilla Trekking Uganda

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: 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 12 : 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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    Your G for Good Moment: Café Ubuntu , Maai Mahiu

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    Safari camping experience

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    Guest farm stay near Kibale National Park

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    Chimpanzee trek

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Bigodi Community lunch

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

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    Fully Guided

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

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    Guided gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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    Internal flight

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    Accommodation

    Standard hotel (3 nts), simple furnished tents/rooms (8 nts).

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    Meals

    11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners. Allow USD190-250 for meals not included.

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    Queen Elizabeth National Park wildlife safari drives

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    Visit to Kigali Genocide Museum

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    All national park fees and trekking permits

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    Masai Mara National Reserve wildlife safari drives

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group.

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    International Travel

Meals Included

11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

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

Accommodation

Standard hotel (3 nts), simple furnished tents/rooms (8 nts).

Your Peace of Mind Options

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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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