Uganda gorilla by Justin Raycraft

Kenya to Uganda Gorilla Safari Adventure

Tour Length12 days
Priced from pps $3011 R41199 £2250 2557 A$4009 C$3868 NZ$4403 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Overland Camping Tour

  • Max. Group Size 22 Travellers
  • Starts & ends in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Accommodation Lodge & Camping Combo
  • Transport Overland Vehicle / Microbus
  • Wildlife Chimpanzees, Exceptional Birding, Gorillas & More
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2018 Itinerary Overview 2017 Info

Experience one of the ultimate wildlife encounters on earth - trekking endangered African mountain gorillas in Uganda! 

In Uganda we also set off into Kalinzu Forest Reserve to track chimpanzees, unwind at scenic Lake Bunyonyi and get the adrenalin pumping on optional adventure activities in Jinja.

An extraordinary African overland trip designed for young travellers ready to experience real adventure!

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Day 1: Nairobi - Kenya

This Kenya & Uganda Gorilla Adventure kicks off with a get-together this evening in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. At the meeting, you are introduced to your travel companions and find out more about the journey ahead from your trip leader.

Arrive early in the day to give yourself time to explore and do optional activities in and around Nairobi, before meeting up with your fellow travellers and guide.

Day 2: Nairobi to Eldoret - Kenya

This morning we hop onto our adventure vehicle, built for travel in Africa, and make our way northwest into the attractive Great Rift Valley region of Kenya.

Today's long and scenic drive takes us through rural Kenya to Eldoret, near the Ugandan border. Tonight we camp at a grassy campsite just outside of Eldoret.

  • Travel: Nairobi – Eldoret (10 - 11hrs)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Eldoret to Kampala - Uganda

On day three we cross into Uganda, heading to our campsite near Kampala. Uganda is a beautiful and relatively lush African country, less transformed by western development than most.

You can join the introductory meeting to welcome new travellers and find out more about the rest of the trip if you choose.

  • Travel: Eldoret – Kampala (12h/350km)
  • Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4: Kampala to Kalinzu Forest Reserve - Uganda

Leaving our camp near Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, we proceed west to Kalinzu Forest Reserve. We pass through the countryside of this diverse and scenic African country, often referred to as 'the Pearl of Africa'.

Our destination for today is Kalinzu Forest, hosting six species of primates, most notably chimpanzees. The Kalinzu Forest Reserve is home to over 200 chimpanzees, more than 370 species of birds and a rich variety of trees, butterflies, reptiles and more.

  • Travel: Kampala – Kalinzu Forest Reserve (6h/345km)
  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5: Kalinzu Forest Reserve & Lake Bunyonyi - Uganda

Rise and shine early this morning, setting off into Kalinzu Forest Reserve in search of chimpanzees and an array of other creatures.

Admire the beautiful scenery as we trek along the Rift Valley escarpment, enjoying views of the majestic Rwenzori Mountains, Kazinga Channel, Lake Edward and the neighbouring country of Congo. As we walk along forest trails, our local guide intrigues us with tales of the local legends about the forest, the uses of the forest and the culture of people here.

After our chimpanzee trekking expedition, which takes up to five hours, we visit a tea plantation in the area. A local guide walks us through the plantations and the process of producing tea - from growing the plants to harvesting and making the various teas. Then we head southwest to picturesque Lake Bunyonyi.

  • Travel: Kalinzu Forest Reserve – Lake Bunyonyi (3h)
  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6: Lake Bunyonyi & Bwindi Forest - Uganda

Go African mountain gorilla trekking today! One of the most magical and rare wildlife experiences in the world, trekking the gorillas in the wild is undoubtedly the highlight of our safari.

We trek through the rainforest for up to six hours, depending on where the gorilla family groups are at the time. Uganda is home to almost half of the mountain gorillas left in the wild today, with the bulk of Uganda's gorillas living in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Once we have located a gorilla family we spend about an hour watching them at close range - an unforgettable wildlife encounter! See how these intelligent and social primates groom each other, feed, play and interact in their natural environment.

Ugandan authorities allow a maximum of eight people per trek, so our safari group will be split into smaller groups for the gorilla trek, possibly tracking on different days. Also, our guided mountain gorilla trek may take place tomorrow, depending on our permits, but either way we spend a full day trekking these endangered primates on foot.

  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7: Lake Bunyonyi - Uganda

On day seven you are free to unwind at scenic Lake Bunyonyi, enjoying optional activities or simply swimming in the lake and soaking up the lovely setting. You can go canoeing or take a boat ride out on the pretty lake, which is dotted with islands. Lake Bunyonyi is known for its abundant and diverse birdlife, so keep your binoculars ready.

If you didn't go gorilla trekking yesterday then today is the day for the experience of a lifetime with the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda.

  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8: Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala - Uganda

Today we drive back to Kampala stopping to take pictures at the Equator along the way.

  • Travel: Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala (12h/520km)
  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9 & 10: Kampala to Jinja - Uganda

The next two days are all about enjoying the great outdoors and the exciting adventure activities in and around Jinja. Known as the adventure capital of Uganda, this is the place to get your adrenaline pumping.

Go quad biking along the banks of the Nile River or mountain biking through plantations and villages into Mabira Forest hosting birds and monkeys. Whitewater rafting is another popular option in Jinja, as well as kayaking along the mighty river. You can also visit local markets and villages to get to know the Ugandan people and their cultures better.

  • Travel (day 10): Kampala – Jinja (3h/90km)
  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner (x2)

Day 11: Jinja to Eldoret - Uganda

This morning we leave Jinja behind, crossing back into western Kenya. We overnight in the bustling town of Eldoret, in the Rift Valley Province.

  • Travel: Jinja – Eldoret (7h)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12: Eldoret to Nairobi - Kenya

On day 12 we return to Nairobi where this once-in-a-lifetime African adventure began. Arriving in the late afternoon we say our goodbyes and part ways, having experienced an unforgettable journey together.

  • Travel: Eldoret – Nairobi (11h/315km)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Tour Notes:

  • Age restriction: 18 - 39 years old only
  • Accommodation: Participation camping (10 nts), basic hotel (1 nt)
  • Transport: Overland Adventure Vehicle (OAV), minibuses, walking

Optional Extras and Excursions

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KENYA

Nairobi:

  • David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Visit
  • Bomas of Kenya Tour
  • Karen Blixen Museum 
  • Nairobi National Park
  • National Archives
  • National Museum
  • Railway Museum
  • The Carnivore Restaurant

UGANDA

Jinja:

  • Nile River Whitewater Rafting (half/full day)
  • Quad Biking (half/full day)
  • Bungee Jumping 
  • Horseback Riding (1-2 hours)
  • Nile River Sunset Cruise 
  • Nile River Tandem Kayaking
  • Mabira Forest Mountain Biking

Bunyonyi:

  • Bird Watching Walk
  • Nature Walk 
  • Canoe Rental
  • Swimming
  • Rwanda Day Tour
  • Motorboat Tour of Lake
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KENYA

Nairobi:

  • David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Visit
  • Bomas of Kenya Tour
  • Karen Blixen Museum 
  • Nairobi National Park
  • National Archives
  • National Museum
  • Railway Museum
  • The Carnivore Restaurant

UGANDA

Jinja:

  • Nile River Whitewater Rafting (half/full day)
  • Quad Biking (half/full day)
  • Bungee Jumping 
  • Horseback Riding (1-2 hours)
  • Nile River Sunset Cruise 
  • Nile River Tandem Kayaking
  • Mabira Forest Mountain Biking

Bunyonyi:

  • Bird Watching Walk
  • Nature Walk 
  • Canoe Rental
  • Swimming
  • Rwanda Day Tour
  • Motorboat Tour of Lake
+Included in the Tour Price
  • Entry and chimpanzee tracking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve
  • Tea Plantation visit near Kalinzu Forest Reserve
  • Guided mountain gorilla trekking with permits
  • All transport between destinations & to/from included activities
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  • Optional activities
  • Meals not listed as included
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