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. In Kenya we head out onto Lake Naivasha in a boat and explore Lake Nakuru National Park on a game drive, spotting diverse wild animals and birds.
An extraordinary African overland trip designed for young travellers ready to experience real adventure!
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.
This morning we hop on our adventure vehicle, built for travel in Africa, and make our way northwest to Lake Naivasha.
Arriving at the scenic Lake Naivasha, we set off on a boat ride. Spot hippos, buffalos, crocodiles and other animals on the boat ride and watch the birdlife. Lake Naivasha is renowned for its prolific birdlife, so keep your binoculars ready for diverse sightings - from lovebirds to fish eagles.
Continue northwest in the adventure truck, driving through the changing scenes of rural Kenya.
On day four 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.
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.
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.
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.
On day eight 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.
Today we drive back to Kampala stopping to take pictures at the Equator along the way.
Day 10 and 11 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 adrenalin 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.
This morning we leave Jinja behind, crossing back into western Kenya. We overnight in the bustling town of Eldoret, in the Rift Valley Province.
We embark on a game drive in the national park, which is home to one of the largest rhino populations in Africa. Both black and white rhinos are found here, and are frequently sighted on game drives. Lake Nakuru National Park is also home to a significant population of Rothschild's giraffes and is a designated Ramsar site given the abundance of birds found here. Other wildlife sightings include buffalos, lions, hyenas, baboons, monkeys, antelopes, zebras and even the lone leopard.
On day 14 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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