10 Days East Africa Elusive Gorilla Safari
Kenya; Nairobi, Samburu, Masai Mara. Uganda; Entebbe, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
African safari and gorilla trek will lead you to discovery of the remote and dramatic Northern Samburu, home to the unique Special Five – reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, gerenuk, Somali ostrich and beisa oryx. Explore the exhilarating wonders of the East Africa; The Great Masai Mara National Reserve. Get up close and personal with the elusive mountain gorillas of Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. This truly is the wildlife adventure of a lifetime.
Day 1: Enplane to Nairobi Capital, Kenya
Your African safari and gorilla trek begins as you enplane for Africa. Meet and greet upon arrival, thereafter you will be transferred to Sankara Hotel Nairobi for overnight stay.
Pictures Credit: Sankara Hotel Nairobi.
Day 2: Explore Nairobi City
Begin your day with an amazing tour to the David and Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage giving you truly Heart- touching memories. The Wildlife Trust is bordering Nairobi National Park offering safe haven to orphaned baby elephants rescued from parks and reserves in Kenya. Later proceed to Giraffe Centre which protects the highly endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, combines serious conservation with enjoyable activities. Enjoy your lunch at a city restaurant and flourish your day with a tour to Karen Blixen Museum; was once the Centre piece of a farm at the foot of the Ngong Hills owned by Danish Author Karen and her Swedish Husband, Baron Bror von Blixen Fincke. Located 10km from the city Centre, the Museum belongs to a different time period in the history of Kenya. The farm house gained international fame with the release of the movie ‘Out of Africa’ an Oscar winning film based on Karen’s an autobiography by the same title.
Day 3 & 4: Samburu National Reserve
Breakfast is served at the city hotel followed by an early check-out; our driver-guide will transfer you to Wilson Airport to catch your scheduled flight to Samburu National Reserve. It is an area of spectacular scenery; its dry plains bisected by the meandering river, with the backdrop of Africa's dramatic mountains, including Mt Kenya. Upon arrival our safari-guide will give a glimpse of what Samburu entails on your en-route to the camp arriving for lunch and check-in. Our stay will be at Elephant Bedroom Camp for the next two days. The Camp offers spacious vibrant safari tents with rustic and colorful African touches, awarding all the comforts; including a private plunge pool on the deck. Exhilarating scheduled morning and evening game drives are at your disposal in the next two days to maximize your opportunity to explore the Samburu special five. You will have an opportunity to explore the Samburu tribe which is one of the most famous and interesting tribes in Kenya, the Samburu people being strongly connected to their traditions and culture.
Pictures Credit: Elephant Bedroom Camp, Samburu.
Day 5 & 6: Masai Mara National Reserve
Sumptuous breakfast is served followed check-out; en-route transfer to the nearest airstrip to catch your flight to the famous Masai Mara National Reserve. This huge expanse of gently rolling grassland – specked with flat-topped acacia trees and trampled by massive herds of zebras and wildebeest – is the ultimate African cliché.
But for once the reality lives up to the image and the Masai Mara, which comprises not just the famous reserve but also around a dozen community conservancies, several group ranches and numerous Maasai villages, is for many people not just the highlight of their Kenyan adventure but the very reason they came in the first place.
Karen Blixen Camp will play host for our next few days. Eco-friendly as it gives a sense of the exiting explorer days when the savannah was seldom visited and elaborate and comfortable camps were set up providing a luxurious and stylish retreat after each day’s adventure. The camp comprises of large luxury canvas tents, each placed with privacy and undisturbed view along the Mara River.
The stylish restaurant, the reception, the lounge and bar and the gift shop with internet are set on a raised wooden deck and furnished with accurate reproductions of Karen Blixen’s private furniture to fit in with the cozy atmosphere.
Spend on day and night game drives exploring the pristine wilderness of the Masai Mara National Reserve.
If you are travelling during the months of the wildebeest migration, it will be the ideal time from which to witness this spectacle. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a visit to the Maasai village to heighten your senses, or if you’re feeling adventurous perhaps an exhilarating hot air balloon safari would do the trick.
Pictures Credit: Karen Blixen Camp.
Day 7: Fly to Entebbe, Uganda
Early morning breakfast is served and check-out followed by en-route transfer to the nearest airstrip to catch your morning scheduled flight to Nairobi, Wilson. Arrive Wilson and transfer to NBO airport for your scheduled flight to Entebbe, Uganda. Overnight stay at Lake Victoria Serena.
Pictures Credit: Lake Victoria Serena
Day 8 & 9: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Early morning breakfast is served at the hotel followed by transfer to the Entebbe airport to catch your scheduled flight to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Uganda. On arrival, you will be transferred by road to the lodge for check-in and lunch. In the afternoon proceed for Batwa cultural trail to give you an experience into the ancient ways of the Batwa people who once lived within the forest and also explore their ancient cultures. Uganda’s forests (Bwindi Impenetrable and Mhaginga Forests) are home to over half the world’s 1065 mountain gorillas (2020) – the rest live in the neighboring Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Because they do not survive in captivity, preservation of these fragile habitats is essential for the Mountain gorillas' survival. Our next day, led by our guide and his crew, we begin making our way through forest of trailing vines, trilling birds calls, giant lobelia and mossy hagenia trees walking toward an encounter with one of the park’s families of the mountain gorillas; no more than eight people are allowed to visit any given family for more than an hour each day.
Pictures Credit: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Day 10: Fly to Nairobi Capital for flights home
After flying back to Nairobi, we’ll relax in full service, meals-included day rooms at the Crown Plaza Airport hotel in Nairobi, have a quiet dinner, and head out to Jomo Kenyatta Airport for your flight back home.
• All regional flights
• Daily laundry services
• Emergency evacuation cover
• Luxury accommodation and all meals
• Standby team to meet unexpected or unusual requests
• Knowledgeable-guide and driver-guide during your safari
• All airport transfers, game parks, national parks and conservation fees
• Local drinks; beers and house wine during meals, soft drink and water during game drives
• Gorilla permits
• Gorilla Habituation
• International flights
• Personal items souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees
• Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
Cost per person sharing in a double/triple for all the above quoted services
Cost per person sharing in a double/triple for all the above quoted services
It’s important to book your gorilla permit at least 3 - 4 months in advance so you are assured of your spot when booking this safari and be ready early. All gorilla park ticket are issued from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) offices in Kampala which permits tourists to trek and see gorillas in their natural habitat and cannot be purchased from the forest headquarters.
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