GORILLAS AND THE GREAT MIGRATION IN ONE

Overview

This exhilarating safari takes you around some of the most amazing safari destinations in East Africa covering Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. A safari that ensures you a front seat to the great migration at the Serengeti National Park and the Maasai Mara, then guides you to the thick forests of Bwindi where the largest primates, the Mountain gorillas, dwell.

It is a great adventure that takes you to the great mountains and the vast plains of East Africa with an abundance of wildlife. With the big five a huge priority in this safari, we aim at giving the ultimate safari experience that will be worth your while.

Itinerary highlights

  • View the endangered gorillas
  • Experience the great migration at Serengeti and Maasai Mara
  • See the Big Five at the Maasai Mara and Serengeti
  • Luxurious lodges and camps as per your budget

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DAYACTIVITIESHOTEL
DAY 1 NAIROBI/NAKURUArrive at JKIA and drive to Nakuru for overnightLake Nakuru Sopa lodge
DAY 2 LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARKGame drive and tour around the Lake Nakuru National ParkLake Nakuru Sopa lodge
DAY 3 NAKURU/NAROK/MASAI MARADrive to Masai Mara from Nakuru via Narok where you will have a short game drive before dinnerMasai Mara Sopa lodge
DAY 4 MASAI MARAGame drive and tour around Masai Mara Game ReserveMasai Mara Sopa lodge
DAY 5 MASAI MARA/KISUMUDrive to Kisumu from Masai Mara via Narok and Kericho.Victoria Comfort Inn
DAY 6 KISUMU/KAMPALADrive to Kampala from Kisumu via Busia and JinjaHumura resort or Kampala Serena
DAY 7 KAMPALA/ BUDONGODrive to Murchison Budongo from Kampala. Chimpanzee tracking at the Budongo ForestKijungu Hill Hotel
DAY 8 HOIMA/PORT FORTALDrive from Hoima to Port FortalDutchess hotel & restaurant
DAY 9 PORT FORTAL/QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARKDrive to Queen Elizabeth National Park from Port Fortal Game drives and tours at the National Park Boat rides at the Kazinga channelQueen Elizabeth Bush Lodge
DAY 10 QUEEN ELIZABETH/KISORODrive to Kisoro from Queen Elizabeth national parkRushaga Gorilla lodge
DAY 11 KISORO/BWINDI/KISOROVisit the Bwindi forest and engage in tracking gorillasRushaga Gorilla lodge
DAY 12 KISORO/KIGALILeave Kisoro for KigaliThe manor
DAY 13 KIGALI/MWANZADrive from Kigali to MwanzaMalakia beach resort
DAY 14 MWANZA/SERENGETIDrive to Serengeti from Mwanza and do a gameLobo Wildlife lodge
DAY 15 SERENGETIGame drive and tour the vast Serengeti plainsLobo Wildlife lodge
DAY 16 SRENGETI/NGORONGORODrive to Ngorongoro as you enjoy a game drive en route to the destinationNgorongoro farm house
DAY 17 NGORONGORO/MTO WA MBUSpend the day at the Ngorongoro crater before heading to Mto wa MbuTwiga lodge
DAY 18 MTO WA MBU/NAIROBIDrive from Mto wa mbu to Nairobi to catch a flight back home

Day 1: Arrival /Nairobi/Overnight Nakuru

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, meet our driver cum guide who will be waiting at the arrivals lounge holding a placard written your names. The driver will greet you and help you get your luggage into the car and drive you to Nakuru national park. You will have a short game drive in the park before you have dinner and an overnight at Lake Nakuru Sopa lodge or flamingo hill tented camp

Day 2: Full day at Lake Nakuru National Park

You will spend the entirety of your day in the Lake Nakuru National park. The highlight of your day will be the game drives in the park where you will go in search for African game around the park. Dinner and overnight will be at Lake Nakuru Sopa lodge or flamingo hill tented camp.
On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. You can enjoy the wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. Lake Nakuru National Park is ideal for bird watching, hiking, picnic and game drives. The park is considered as a bird viewing paradise.

Day3: Nakuru/ Narok/ Maasai Mara

Early in the morning after breakfast you will take off to Maasai Mara from Nakuru via Narok. You will be at Maasai Mara in time to do a game drive. Dinner will be at maasai mara sopa lodge or keekorok lodge.

Day 4: Full day at Maasai Mara

You will spend the entirety of your day in the Maasai Mara game reserve. The highlight of your day will be the game drives in the park where you will go in search for African game around the park. Dinner and overnight will be at maasai mara sopa lodge or keekorok lodge.
Maasai Mara National reserve is viewed as Kenya’s most spectacular wildlife reserve. With a vast wilderness stretching out to over 1500 square kilometers, the park is home to an abundant array of wildlife The rain that falls on this great park is pretty much spread out through the year, ensuring the sustenance of the large number of game that frequent the park. The Mara reserve offers the rarest of moments to see the cycle of life come full circle: The lush green vegetation nourishes the park’s numerous herbivores such as the gazelles, zebras, antelopes and giraffes; the herbivores on the other hand become a source of life for the many predators that roam the park. This includes the big cats such as lion, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas and many more. On a lucky day, you can get a chance to catch live action as a coalition of cheetahs take down gazelles, or see a pride of lion hungrily feasting on their latest catch.

Day 5: Maasai Mara/ Narok/Kericho/kisumu

Go for an early game drive after breakfast before you take off for Kisumu via Narok and Kericho. On the way you will have the opportunity to see the beautiful Kenya landscapes such as the rift valley, hills and acres upon acres of tea plantations at Kericho and finally at Kisumu the largest Lake in Africa, Lake Victoria comes to sight. Dinner and overnight at Kisumu.

Day 6: Kisumu/Busia/Jinja/Kampala

Early in the morning after breakfast, you will depart for Kampala Uganda. From Kisumu you will proceed to Busia the border town of Kenya and Uganda. You will cross over to Uganda and head for Jinja where you will have lunch before you proceed to the Ugandan capital of Kampala where you will have dinner and overnight at Humura resort.

Day 7: Kampala/ Murchison falls/ Budongo forest

Early in the morning leave Kampala for Murchison national Park. On arrival at the park you will visit Budongo forest where you will take part in chimpanzee tracking. Budongo Forest has the biggest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa as well as habitat to the largest population of chimpanzees in Uganda.
In the Afternoon after lunch, go for an afternoon boat cruise that offers fascinating sightings of Hippos and crocodiles all within close range. Boat cruise up the Nile Murchison stream while watching Elephants and Buffalos close-up from the safety of your boat as you cruise upstream to the foot of the magnificent Murchison Falls. Spend some time appreciating the view as the falls cascade towards you in an explosive rush of water.
Late in the evening leave Hoima from Murchison Falls. Dinner and overnight will be at Hoima.

Day 8: Hoima/Fort Portal

Early in the morning depart for Fort Portal for Hoima. Experience driving through Uganda’s country side where you will be taken aback by its stunning beauty. On arrival at Fort Portal you will have dinner and overnight.

Day 9: Fort Portal/Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast you will depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park from Fort Portal. At Queen Elizabeth National park, you will have a whole day where you will have game drives. In the afternoon go for a boat ride on Kazinga channel (A channel that connects lake Albert and lake George), for two hours ride a boat on the Kazinga Channel where you will encounter Buffaloes, Elephants, Hippos, kobs plus warthogs among others.
Dinner and overnight will be at queen Elizabeth bush lodge (http://www.naturelodges.biz/the-bush-lodge) or Marafiki safari lodge (http://www.marafikisafaris.com/)

Day 10: Queen Elizabeth National Park/Kisoro

Early in the morning you will embark on a drive to Kisoro. You will carry packed lunches with you. Dinner and overnight will be at Ichumbi gorilla lodge (http://ichumbigorillalodge.com/) or Rushaga gorilla camp (http://rushaga.com/)

Day 11: Kisoro/Bwindi/Kisoro

Spend the whole day at Bwindi impenetrable forest tracking gorillas. In the evening, drive back to Kisoro at the Ichumbi gorilla lodge (http://ichumbigorillalodge.com/) or Rushaga gorilla camp (http://rushaga.com/) for dinner and overnight.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda in East Africa. The park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and is situated along the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the Albertine Rift. It comprises 331 square kilometers (128 sq. mi) of jungle forests and contains both montane and lowland forest and is accessible only on foot. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.

Day 12: Kisoro-Cyanika (border Rwanda)/Kigali

Early in the morning leave Kisoro for Rwanda’s capital Kigali. You will have dinner and overnight at the manor or Accord Hotel.
You will have full day in Kigali where you will get to explore the various tourist attractions in the city and enjoy the local culture of the Rwandese.

Day 13: Kigali/Mwanza

Very early in the morning you will depart for Mwanza from Kigali. This will be a relatively long drive but one full of adventure as you cruise on the beautiful country sides of Rwanda and Tanzania. Marvelous lakes, rivers, hills and valleys will come to sight proving to be a viable place for photography especially during the sun set over Lake Victoria just before you get to Mwanza. Dinner and overnight will be at Mwanza.

Day 14: Mwanza/Serengeti/lobo

In the morning after breakfast leave for Serengeti national park. You will be in the park in time to have a game drive and there after you will have dinner and overnight lobo wildlife lodge

Day 15: lobo/full day at Serengeti/ seronera

The entirety of the day will be spent in the park where you will have the opportunity to do game drives all through the day with interludes of rests and meals. Dinner and overnight will be at Seronera wildlife lodge.
Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. “Serengeti is a Masai word meaning –Endless plains”.

Day 16: seronera/ Ngorongoro

Early in the morning after breakfast you will drive to Ngorongoro with a game drive en route to the crater. Later in the day you will descend down the crater for a short game drive before dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro.

Day 17: Ngorongoro/ Mto Wa Mbuu

Spend the day doing game drives at the crater and relish in all that Ngorongoro has to offer especially in terms of the big five.
Entering the Crater, you will enjoy a beautiful view of the African wildlife, a combination of flora and fauna of the nature’s most spectacular attraction. One of the World’s largest Calderas, 20 km wide, Ngorongoro Crater is one of the best Wildlife viewing areas where Black Rhinos can be seen in Tanzania. The crater at 2.286 m above sea level is the largest unbroken Calderas in the world. Surrounded by very steep walls, rising 610 m from the crate floor, it covers 260 km2 and is home to over 30.000 animals, almost half of them being zebra and wildebeest. Ngorongoro is listed as a World Heritage site.
Dinner and overnight will be at Fanaka lodge and campsite (http://fanakasafaricamps.co.tz/) at mto wa mbu.

Day 18: Mto Wa Mbu/Arusha/Namanga (Kenya)/Nairobi

Early in the morning leave for Nairobi from Mto Wa Mbu via Arusha and Namanga. On arrival at Nairobi you will head to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) where you will board a flight back home.

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