Visit two of Africa’s most significant wildlife regions: Kenya’s Masai Mara and Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Start in the Masai Mara where, on the short-grass savannas, lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, jackals, Masai giraffes, elephants and antelope can be spotted. Migratory zebras and wildebeest in their thousands move around the reserve between July and October, in search of green pasture. Fly on to Uganda, home to almost half of the world’s wild mountain gorilla population. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a rich rainforest environment that contains over 120 mammal and 350 bird species. This tour includes a permit that enables you to track and spend an hour with one of the nine habituated gorilla troops.
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Upon arrival at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta Airport you will be met and transferred to Wilson Airport for your flight to the Masai Mara. Your guide will meet you and drive you to the camp, with wildlife viewing en route. Stay 3 nights at Sanctuary Olonana, situated on a dramatic stretch of the Mara river. Afternoon wildlife drive followed by drinks at a specially chosen vantage point overlooking the Mara plains. (L, D)
Morning and afternoon wildlife activities including guided drives and walks with an expert naturalist. The Mara is an excellent place for spotting big cats and all of the ‘Big Five’, a variety of plains wildlife and over 300 bird species. The plains offer a rich variety of food for dominant predators such as lions, leopards, hyenas and cheetahs. Elephants graze among the large herds of wildebeest, buffaloes and antelope. In the Mara river, hippos and crocodiles can be spotted on the riverbanks. During your stay you may like to book an optional balloon safari. (B, L, D)
Morning wildlife drive and transfer back to the airstrip. Fly to Entebbe, Uganda, via Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta Airport. On arrival in Entebbe you will be met and transferred to The Boma Hotel for 1 night. (B)
After breakfast you will be transferred to Entebbe airport for your flight to Kihihi airstrip in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a Unesco world heritage site. Spend 3 nights at Gorilla Forest Camp, which is a perfect base for the renowned gorilla tracking experience. After lunch, relax or take a forest walk. There are more than 350 bird species in the forest as well as rare forest elephants, giant forest hogs and 11 kinds of primates, such as red-tailed and blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, baboons and chimpanzees. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, go to the park headquarters where you will receive a briefing from your guide. Tracking to one of the habituated family groups in northern Bwindi commences at 8.30am. For several years each group has undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually habituated them to the presence of humans. Experienced guides will accompany the tracking, many of whom have been involved in the habituation process themselves. Once the gorillas are located, you will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Return to camp for dinner. (B, L, D)
Today is at leisure to relax at camp or visit a local village and meet the villagers to learn about their day-to-day lives. On this walk you can visit a honey production site, a traditional medicine man, a traditional blacksmith, a local school (during term times) and even attend a Batwa dance performance. Alternatively, join a local expert and go birdwatching. There are also over 200 species of butterflies found in the park. After dinner, relax with a drink as you listen to folk tunes played on the traditional Bakiga guitar. (B, L, D)
After breakfast at camp, transfer to Kihihi airstrip and fly to Entebbe. A day room is available at The Boma until it is time to check in for your international flight. Transfer to the airport. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is a luxury tented camp nestled in the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. As the sole property within the park's boundaries, Gorilla Forest Camp is the ideal base for gorilla tracking, primate viewing and birding excursions in the park. In fact, due to its location, it is not unusual for the gorilla families to visit the camp itself. In the main area, guests can sit around the cosy campfire at night and enjoy Bwindi's mountain sky. There is a small gift shop at the camp offering a variety of local artefacts and practical supplies and a mini spa with a variety of treatments/
A 2-hour community walk, taking in the Bakiga community and the Batwa people is included in your stay. Additional activities include gorilla tracking, a full-day Batwa Tribe experience, bird walks, forest walks, game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park and spa...
Olonana is situated on the banks of the Mara River, adjacent to the Masai cultural village and in the heart of Kenya's big game country. This luxury camp features 12 spacious permanent tents, each with two queen-size beds, en suite bathroom with shower and large, river view verandas. The camp has its own secluded swimming pool and a riverside dining room and lounge. Dinner or breakfast can be served al fresco perched on the Siria Escarpment overlooking the river. Another option is to have a picnic in the...
The Boma is Entebbe's original and intimate guesthouse, set in tropical gardens in a leafy suburb, a few minutes' drive from Entebbe's International airport. Full of original 1940s charm, the comfortable self-contained rooms are fitted with a combination of English colonial furnishings and African fabrics. Facilities include a swimming...
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