Experience one of the ultimate wildlife encounters on earth - trekking endangered African mountain gorillas in Uganda! And, explore the world-famous Masai Mara, one of the very best game parks in Africa!
After the wildlife adventure of a lifetime in Masai Mara, go game viewing in Lake Nakuru National Park of Kenya, home to abundant bird and animal life.
Cross into Uganda and travel to scenic Lake Bunyonyi, our base for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. After an unforgettable encounter with the rare African mountain gorillas set off into Kalinzu Forest Reserve to track chimpanzees and other creatures. Visit Mburo Lake and head to Jinja where we get the adrenaline pumping on optional adventure activities.
An extraordinary African overland trip designed for young travellers ready to experience real adventure!
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.
If you arrive early in the day then take some time to explore and do optional activities in and around Nairobi, before meeting up with your fellow travellers and guide.
This morning we hop onto our adventure vehicle, built for travel in Africa, and make our way southwest into the scenic Great Rift Valley. Our first safari destination - the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Arriving at Masai Mara we settle in at our safari camp and head out on a thrilling late afternoon game drive. The open plains and rolling hills of Masai Mara are home to a plethora of free-roaming wild animals, a number of which we are sure to spot on our game drive. Keep your eyes peeled for the Big Five of Africa (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) as we explore one of Africa's most legendary game reserves. An exhilarating start to our wildlife adventures in East Africa!
Beginning early this morning we spend the whole of day three wildlife viewing in Masai Mara Reserve. Set off across the unspoilt plains in search of Africa's wild animals, taking in the epic safari landscapes as we explore.
Kenya's leading safari destination is renowned for its sizeable big cat populations, offering exceptional cheetah, lion and leopard sightings. In addition to its plentiful feline predators, Masai Mara is also famous for the Great Migration, also known as the Wildebeest Migration that takes place annually. We may get to witness massive Nile crocodiles snapping up herbivores as they attempt river crossings, especially during the Great Migration when around two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles are on the move. Masai Mara is, however, an outstanding safari destination year-round so keep your cameras ready and your eyes open for wildlife action. This is after all the place for that quintessential African scene of acacia trees with grazing giraffes, wildebeest, zebras and elephants.
Today you the chance to take an optional hot air balloon safari over the plains of Masai Mara, viewing the wilderness and its roaming wildlife from above.
On day four, we say goodbye to majestic Mara and drive northeast to Lake Nakuru. One of the Great Rift Valley lakes, Lake Nakuru is surrounded by a wildlife-rich protected area of the same name.
Along the way, we stop for lunch at the Ubuntu Cafe, a local community initiative where organic local food is served in support of social upliftment. After our tasty lunch, we continue to Lake Nakuru and embark on an afternoon game drive in our adventure vehicle.
Lake Nakuru National Park covers a variety of habitats and thus hosts diverse wild animals and birds. Chances of spotting endangered black rhinos are excellent here and the unusual tree-climbing lions are also a highlight. Watch for buffalos, giraffes, antelopes, hyenas and possibly even shy leopards. Lake Nakuru attracts plenty of waterbirds making this park a birding hotspot, with over 400 bird species recorded. Sightings include flamingoes, pelicans, cormorants and many others.
This morning we hop onto our adventure vehicle and take a second game drive in Lake Nakuru Park. After a wild African start to the day, we hit the road for Eldoret, near the Ugandan border. Tonight we camp at a grassy campsite just outside of Eldoret.
On day six 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. On the long journey today you get to see the fertile farmlands and rural scenes of Ugandan life.
Later today you can join the introductory meeting to welcome new travellers and find out more about the rest of the trip if you choose.
Sit back and watch rural Africa go by as we travel the long road down to Lake Bunyonyi in the south-western corner of Uganda.
On our way, we cross the equator stopping for snapshots at the imaginary line. We also have lunch at the equator, getting a taste of Ugandan ingredients at a cafe that supports a local non-profit for youth and child welfare.
Then we continue southwest to picturesque Lake Bunyonyi, near the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest of Uganda.
The big day has arrived - time to go African mountain gorilla trekking! One of the most magical and rare wildlife experiences in the world, trekking the gorillas in the wild is undoubtedly the highlight of our African 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 surviving 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.
On day nine 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 motorboat 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 your experience of a lifetime with the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda.
We're on the road again, heading northeast in our comfortable adventure vehicle. 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.
Rise and shine early this morning, setting off into Kalinzu Forest Reserve in search of chimpanzees and an array of other wild 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 tracking expedition, which takes up to five hours, we visit a tea plantation in the Kalinzu 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 set off east to Lake Mburo. This afternoon you have the option of exploring the lake by boat. The boat cruise is an excellent way to watch the animals and birds of the lake, especially the crocodiles and hippos found in abundance here. Birding enthusiasts can look forward to spotting kingfishers, African fish eagles and shoebill storks, amongst other waterbirds.
On day 12 we drive to Jinja, tracing the shores of Lake Victoria on our way to the source of the Nile River. This evening your guide can help you to plan optional activities for the following day in Jinja, the adventure capital of Uganda. Tonight you have the option of eating out at one of the local restaurants.
Today is all about enjoying the great outdoors and the exciting adventure activities in and around Jinja. As the main adventure hub 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. The sunset boat cruise along the Nile is a great way to end an action-packed day in Jinja.
This morning we leave Jinja behind, crossing back into western Kenya. We overnight in the bustling town of Eldoret, in the Rift Valley Province.
On day 15 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.
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