Kenya & Uganda Gorilla Adventure

Nairobi to Nairobi

15 days from 2,599 pp

Meet mountain gorillas and other amazing wildlife on this 15-day overland adventure. Track the Big Five in the Masai Mara, spot chimpanzees in Kalinzu Forest, and join experienced trackers while travelling deep into the Ugandan forests for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spot endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Our overland adventure vehicles (OAVs) are an adventurous and affordable way to see the highlights while wilderness camping will keep you in the thick of the action. Experience a world apart as you encounter the colourful cultures and wild landscapes of Kenya and Uganda.

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Departures from February 15, 2019

From 2,599 per person

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.

 

Service Level: Camping

Camping most nights with some hotel stays to start and throughout; affordable public and private transport.

 

Physical Rating: 4 – Demanding

Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.

 

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 22, avg 20.

 

Age requirement: 18-39

Day 1: Nairobi

Arrive at any time.

 

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting – Nairobi – 1h

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Day 2: Nairobi/Masai Mara

Journey through the Great Rift Valley on the way to one of the most famous national parks in Africa. Enjoy a late afternoon wildlife safari drive in the hopes of spotting the Big Five. Travel from Nairobi, through the Great Rift Valley on to Kenya’s premier wildlife reserve. In the afternoon, arrive in the area and get settled at the safari camp, our base for our time here. Head out for a late afternoon wildlife safari drive with excellent chances of seeing the Big Five — lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino. The varied wildlife and natural environment come together to provide a spectacular safari experience.

 

Safari vehicle – Nairobi to Masai Mara (6h – 386km)

Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride.

 

Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive – Masai Mara Afternoon

Masai Mara is one of the world’s top safari destinations, known for its abundance of big cats – cheetahs, leopards, and lions – as well as the two million wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelles, and zebra that migrate annually across the vast grasslands in search of water. Set off on safari with our driver/guide and keep your eyes and ears peeled for movement and memories. Watch elephants and giraffe grazing, photograph zebras and wildebeest, and with a little luck, you’ll even spot animals feasting on a recent kill.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3: Masai Mara

Enjoy an early morning wildlife safari drive. The day continues with more wildlife viewing, as you cross the plains and rivers of the Masai Mara National Reserve.

 

Safari vehicle – Masai Mara

Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride.

 

Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive – Masai Mara Full Day

Masai Mara is one of the world’s top safari destinations, known for its abundance of big cats – cheetahs, leopards, and lions – as well as the two million wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelles, and zebra that migrate annually across the vast grasslands in search of water. Set off on safari with our driver/guide and keep your eyes and ears peeled for movement and memories. Watch elephants and giraffe grazing, photograph zebras and wildebeest, and with a little luck, you’ll even spot animals feasting on a recent kill.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4: Masai Mara/Lake Nakuru National Park

Depart for Nakuru, with a stop for lunch at the G Adventures supported Ubuntu Cafe. Embark on a safari within Lake Nakuru National Park (in the Lando), in search of the resident black rhino, buffalo, impala, and the elusive leopard.

 

Safari vehicle – from Masai Mara to Maai Mahiu (4h – 210km)

Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride.

 

G Adventures for Good: Café Ubuntu

In the rural settlement of Maai Mahiu is the very special G Adventures for Good supported project, Ubuntu Café. A true social enterprise in the heart of Kenya, this initiative empowers the community, creating over 400 sustainable local jobs for mothers of children with disabilities, and supporting pediatric health and education programs in the region. Sit down to a delicious, organic farm-to-table lunch.

Lando – from Maai Mahiu to Lake Nakuru National Park (2h – 70km)

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

Lake Nakuru Wildlife Safari Drive – Lake Nakuru National Park

Search for rhinos, buffalo, impalas, hyenas, and even lions and leopards on the wildlife safari drive in this renowned national park. Head to the shores of Lake Nakuru to see pelicans and cormorants. The park is also rich in other bird life, including grebes, white winged black terns, stilts, avocets, and ducks.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park/Eldoret

Enjoy another safari drive in the Lando, before heading off to Eldoret.

Lake Nakuru Wildlife Safari Drive – Lake Nakuru National Park

Search for rhinos, buffalo, impalas, hyenas, and even lions and leopards on the wildlife safari drive in this renowned national park. Head to the shores of Lake Nakuru to see pelicans and cormorants. The park is also rich in other bird life, including grebes, white winged black terns, stilts, avocets, and ducks.

Lando – from Lake Nakuru National Park to Eldoret (3h-4h – 170km)

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6: Eldoret/Kampala

Cross the border into Uganda, then camp outside of the country’s capital.

Lando – From Eldoret to Kampala (10h-12h – 350km)

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

Border Crossing (Kenya – Uganda) – Malaba

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

Accommodation

Campground – Red Chilli Hideaway (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7: Kampala/Lake Bunyonyi

Get comfortable, as we head off to Lake Bunyonyi, crossing the equator and enjoying a meal at the G Adventures supported AidChild Equation Cafe.

Lando – from Kampala to Lake Bunyonyi (12h – 520km)

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

G Adventures for Good: AidChild Equation Cafe & Gallery

Make a stop at AidChild’s Equation Café and Gallery, located at the equator. Surrounded by paintings and other crafts made by local artists, you’ll enjoy a meal made with traditional Ugandan ingredients, with a modern twist. Your lunch here directly supports AidChild, a non-profit that provides support, medical care and education to children and youth living with HIV in Uganda.

Accommodation

Campground – Craters Campsite & Country Lodge (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8: Gorilla Trek

Enjoy a guided mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Mountain Gorilla Trek – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (1h-6h)

Take an unforgettable guided trek (1-6 hrs) deep into volcano forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for a wildlife encounter of a lifetime, and meet a family of mountain gorillas. One of Africa’s major highlights, a close encounter with these amazing animals is simply breathtaking.

Get prepared before heading out: bring plenty of water and waterproof clothing (it can rain on only a few minutes’ notice), and be sure to bring protective bags for cameras and film. Dress in layers with long sleeves and long pants to protect against stinging nettles found in the forests. The trek’s often chilly, at first, until you start trekking.

Note: Ugandan authorities are fiercely protective of this natural treasure, and currently permit only a maximum of eight people, per day, to visit a given gorilla family. The group will be split into different sub-groups for the trek, and depending on the number of travellers, different sub-groups may do their trek on different days.

 

Accommodation

Campground – Bunyonyi Overland Camp (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9: Lake Bunyonyi

Enjoy free time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Lake Bunyonyi

 

Free Time – Lake Bunyonyi Full Day

Get out and do as much or as little as you’d like around Lake Bunyonyi.

 

Accommodation

Campground – Bunyonyi Overland Camp (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 10: Lake Bunyonyi/Kalinzu Forest Reserve

Watch the Ugandan countryside pass by on the day’s journey.

Lando – from Lake Bunyonyi to Kalinzu Forest Reserve (3h – 155km)

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

 

Accommodation

Campground – Bunyonyi Overland Camp (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 11: Kalinzu Forest Reserve/Lake Mburo National Park

Get up early for an included chimpanzee tracking excursion, then visit a tea plantation before setting off for Lake Mburo. Opt for an afternoon boat cruise on the lake.

Chimpanzee Tracking Excursion – Kalinzu Forest Reserve (1h-5h)

Enjoy a chimpanzee tracking excursion through the scenic Kalinzu Forest Reserve. Trek along the ridges and valleys of the Rift Valley escarpment to visit chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Follow forest trails, which offer amazing views over the Rwenzori Mountains, Lake Edward, the Kazinga Channel, and the Congo. The Kalinzu Forest Reserve is steeped in mystery and rich with local legends. Learn about the folklore and uses of the forest from a local guide.

Tea Plantation Visit – Kalinzu Forest Reserve (1h)

Walk through a tea plantation with a local guide. View multiple varietals of tea, and learn about the process of growing tea plants from the harvesting stage to what goes into making the best cup of tea.

Lando – from Kalinzu Forest Reserve to Lake Mburo National Park (3h-4h – 150km)

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

 

Accommodation

Campground – Red Chilli Hideaway (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 12: Lake Mburo National Park/Jinja

Head back across the equator on the way to Jinja, Uganda’s adventure capital.

Lando – from Lake Mburo National Park to Jinja (7h-8h – 325km)

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

 

Accommodation

Campground – Nile River Explorers River Camp (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 13: Jinja

Explore Jinja, known for its outdoor and adventure activities. Opt to raft down the White Nile River, mountain bike up and down the hills or check out the local market.

Carte Blanche – Jinja Full Day

There’s plenty to see and do in Jinja, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and quad biking. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Accommodation

Campground – Nile River Explorers River Camp (or similar)
Day 14: Jinja/Eldoret

Cross over into Kenya for a night in Eldoret. This is an overnight stop in between two long driving days.

Lando – from Jinja to Eldoret (7h – 270km)

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

Border Crossing (Uganda – Kenya) – Malaba

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

Accommodation

Campground – Greenwoods Resort and Campsite (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 15: Eldoret/Nairobi

Transfer to Nairobi, where the tour ends upon arrival late afternoon.

Lando – from Eldoret to Nairobi (11h – 315km)

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

 

Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included

  • G Adventures for Good: Café Ubuntu , Maai Mahiu
  • G Adventures for Good: AidChild Equation Cafe & Gallery, Kayabwe
  • Wildlife safari drives in Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Safari in Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Guided mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi with permits
  • Entrance and chimpanzee tracking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve
  • Tea plantation visit
  • Transfer from Jinja to Nairobi
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Basic hotel (1 nt), permanent tented camp (2 nts), participation camping (11 nts).

 

Meals

13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
Allow USD125-165 for meals not included.

 

Transportation

7-seat 4x4 safari van, overland adventure vehicle (OAV), minibuses, walking.

 

Staff & experts

2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver, certified safari guides/drivers, certified mountain gorilla trackers, local guides.

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