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Masai Mara and Gorillas (Camping)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 24 people
Destination(s): Kenya   Uganda  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   National Parks  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 8650 South Africa Rand (ZAR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 13300 South Africa Rand (ZAR)

Day 1: Lake Naivasha.

Today we will meander inland to Lake Naivasha for a relaxing day on the lakeshore. You can go hiking in the area and activities include game and bird watching. One of the more popular optional activities is to go game viewing from a bicycle. An alternative way to spend your afternoon is to take high tea at Elsamere, the former home of Joy Adamsson, best known for her autobiographical novel, Born Free. Optional Activities: Cycle hire, High Tea at Elsamere. Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Masai Mara.

Our day begins with a game drive through Hell’s Gate National Park, before we enter the huge area of spectacular game viewing to photograph some of Africa’s most abundant wildlife, the Masai Mara. The Masai Mara is known as Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserve, famous for the abundance of lion, the Great Wildebeest Migration and the Masaai people, well known for their distinctive custom and dress. It is without a doubt one of Africa’s most famous safari destination. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 3: Lake Nakuru.

Leaving the Masai Mara, we travel north to Lake Nakuru where we will spend the afternoon game driving. Originally created as a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru was upgraded to National Park status in 1968. White rhino inhabit the transitional Savannah area surrounding the lake, with excellent photographic opportunities. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 4: Lake Nakuru - Entebbe.

Leaving Lake Nakuru we head towards Uganda, briefly stopping for a photo at the equator. Entebbe is situated on the northern shores of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. During our stay in Entebbe, we will have the opportunity to visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, which originally opened in 1952 as an animal orphanage, but today is the Wildlife Education Centre. Optional activity: Visit Wildlife Education Centre. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 5: Entebbe.

Today is set aside for everyone to explore the area. Most people take an optional day trip to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary of Ngamba Island. This non-profit Eco-friendly project was set up in 1998 to care for orphaned chimpanzees. Optional Activities: Ngamba Chimpanzee Excursion, visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, Dinner Out. Meals: Breakfast.

Day 6: Entebbe - Lake Bunyoni.

Lake Bunyonyi is a small but attractive lake with steep sides and abundant birdlife. Ringed by mountains, the lake is best known for its dense Otter population and stunning scenery. We make use of this beautiful spot to relax the night before the final drive to the gorillas. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Days 7-8: Gorillas (Lake Bunyoni).

The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and while exact numbers vary it is widely assumed that there are only around 650 left. Visiting the gorillas is a great way to support their future on earth as the money spent on permits is used for their protection. An extremely important part of the future conservation of the remaining gorillas rests in the community development work – as local communities change their attitudes towards wildlife and start to protect rather than poach, the future of the mountain gorilla is assured.

As permits granting permission to visit the gorillas are extremely limited we require flexibility in both the tour itinerary and where we actually visit them. The home of the mountain gorillas is completely at odds with man-made borders and so their range encompasses Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Whenever possible we choose to make use of the National Park in Uganda, but this depends on the availability of permits. Should we not obtain permits to visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda then we will inform all passengers beforehand that the tour will travel to Rwanda or DRC.

On your free day in Bunyoni you will have the opportunity to participate in certain optional activities. You can embark on a boat ride to the community of the Batwa (pygmies) who stay in the islands adjacent to the lake to observe their social lifestyle, behaviour and be entertained by their cultural performances. You can also go hiking or explore the area on a mountain bike.Optional activities: Visit to the Batwa (Pygmies) tribe, mountain biking, nature walk, hiking. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Please note: Although there are 2 days allocated to Gorilla Trekking you will only spend one day on the trek. The other day are there to provide a large enough window in which to obtain permits and to allow the entire group to trek if there are more than 6 of you on the tour.

Days 9-10: Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Leaving Lake Bunyoni, we venture to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, where we will spend the next 2 nights. Many game species can be found in this wetland park as well as the (elsewhere elusive) giant forest hog and the legendary tree-climbing lions of the Ishasha Sector. We will enjoy an included 4x4 game drive on day 10 through the NP. Optional Activities: Kasinga Channel Sunset Cruise, Chimpanzee trekking at Lake George. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Days 11-12: Jinja.

Jinja is Uganda’s second largest city and more famous as the point where the Nile (officially the Victoria Nile) flows out of Lake Victoria and begins the 6695 kilometre journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean. Optional Activities: White Water Rafting. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Day 11 only), Dinner.

Day 13: Kenya - Eldoret.

Returning to Kenya we visit Eldoret, the country’s 5th largest city. The Great Rift Valley is still the dominant geographical feature of this region and the altitude at Eldoret is 2100 metres above sea level. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 14: Nairobi.

Returning to Nairobi, the largest city in the East Africa region, there’s an optional dinner, where we can swap stories and exchange contact details. Optional Activities: Meal out in Nairobi. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

NB: The itinerary is flexible and can be changed without notice in order to accommodate the best possible viewing of the Gorillas. The Permit price to visit the Gorillas can also change without notice.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

This tour should be bought with the Activity Package. This is a compulsory payment that covers what we consider to be an ‘essential activity’ on our tour. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed below. As the activity package on this tour is compulsory; we recommend that you pre-pay this to your agent prior to your arrival.

Activity Package Price (Masai Mara camping excursion): R4650. For this reason, the Maximum tour cost is listed as R13300 as above. This includes the tour cost plus the R4650 activity package cost.

Price Includes:
- Meals as indicated on the itinerary
- Accommodation
- Registered guides and transport.

Price Excludes:
- All items of a personal nature
- Alcohol
- Snacks and souvenirs
- Tips
- Optional activities.

Gorilla Permit: USD505 – USD605

The cost of a permit to visit the Gorillas is currently as above. Please check actual amount with us closer to departure. You will be pre-invoiced for this non-refundable amount.

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