The best of Uganda & Kenya

This week-long trip to Uganda takes you through the open savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth through the game drives and cruises to the deep jungle of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home of the majestic mountain gorillas. After fantastic days in Uganda, your trip will continue to the great Masai Mara in Kenya. Finish your adventure with leisure days at Diani Beach.

Day by day program

Day 1: Arrive Uganda

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport where upon arrival, you will be welcomed and chauffeured to your hotel.

Day 2: Entebbe - Queen Elizabeth

After breakfast check out from your hotel and board your transfer to Entebbe airport where an Aerolink member of staff will assist you with the check-in and transfer to your flight. Board your domestic flight to Kasese. Once in Kasese you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your journey. Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and the contemporary Kyambura Gorge Lodge. Enjoy pre- dinner drinks on the veranda that overlooks the savannah plains with the magnificent Rwenzori Mountains in the distance.

Day 3: Safari Queen Elizabeth

Either take an early morning or evening game drive for the best opportunity to see game. What you see depends on the season, but the Kasenyi plains are excellent for sighting lion and large herds of Uganda kob. The Mweya peninsula is one of the best places to look for Leopard, which live in the dense, scrubby thickets. You can also visit various community projects from the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT) including Women’s Coffee Cooperative Tour, Reclaimed Wetland Tour, Bee-Keeping Fence Visit, Omumushaka Dance Group Performance, Empundu Playground Visit and much more.

Day 4: Chimp Tracking & boat cruise

The Kyambura Gorge is an extraordinary natural environment and forms a stark contrast to the surrounding grasslands. Here you can track one of our closest animal relatives: the chimpanzee. The chimp population is quite mobile, and viewing can be unpredictable but the walk itself is enchanting. In the afternoon take a cruise on the Kazinga Channel, it flows between Lakes Edward and George. Kazinga is home to one of the greatest concentrations of hippo in Africa, herds of elephant, buffalo and other animals come to drink at the water’s edge. The channel is a magnet for water birds, with great flocks of pelicans and other birds on the shore, and a great spot to see African fish eagle.

Dag 5: Queen Elizabeth - Bwindi forest

Your safari now continues to the primeval Bwindi Forest. Travelling via Ishasha – subject to road conditions – you can observe the unusual behavior exhibited by the tree-climbing lions. The long journey through the rapidly changing landscape takes you to Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge, which looks across to the towering trees of the forest. Depending on when you arrive, there might time to explore the lodge grounds with its clear mountain stream or visit the local village. You can also visit the Bwindi bar a VSPT project located just 3 minutes from the lodge. They serve chilled drinks and delicious snacks at pocket friendly prices. A few minutes at Bwindi bar will give you an insight in what life in Bwindi Community is like.

Day 6: Gorilla tracking

After enjoying an early breakfast, you set off gorilla tracking. Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills and then finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring and privileged moment. Tracking in the Bwindi Forest requires stamina and can often take most of the day. Alternatively, there are other activities and excursions on offer in and around the national park: Take a guided walk in the rainforest, home to several endemic bird species, clouds of butterflies and rare plant life. This walk offers excellent photographic opportunities, and the knowledgeable guide will provide a great insight into this globally important habitat. Walk through the local village and learn about community life and Bwindi Community Hospital that started as a health clinic under a tree and now provides vital medical and educational services to over 60,000 people. Also take a tour of our local tea processing operation at the lodge which enables guests to see the various different methods for tea growing and at the end of the tour taste some of our own grown tea! The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust supports both projects. Discover the traditions of the Batwa Pygmies and learn about the native tribal inhabitants of the forest. The indigenous people of Bwindi Forest, though no longer resident in the forest, still practice many of their traditional hunter-gatherer skills.

Day 7: Gorilla Tracking

Either go gorilla tracking again (additional permits required, upon payment of supplement, subject to availability), or opt for one of the other, gentler but equally rewarding alternatives available (see above).

Day 8: Bwindi - Nairobi

Transfer from Bwindi lodge to the Kihihi airstrip. Leave on the 09:45am (arrive at 11:25am) or 14:05pm (arrive at 15:55pm) return flight to Entebbe and connect in time for your flight to Nairobi. Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport were upon arrival will be welcomed and chauffeured to your hotel in Nairobi.

Day 9: Nairobi - Masai Mara

Start of your day with breakfast at Hemingway's Nairobi. Check-out and transfer to Wilson Airport Nairobi. After a scenic 50 minutes flight you will arrive to the world famous Masai Mara where you land in the middle of the reserve. The Sand River Masai Mara Team will welcome you at the Keekorok airstrip. You will be transferred to the camp with a game drive en- route.

Day 10 - 11: Masai Mara

Masai Mara is an ideal destination at any time of the year, for those wishing to enjoy exceptional game-viewing. The National Reserve is best known for its large concentrations of big cats, such as leopard, cheetah and, of course, lion. Even the dramatic arrival of the Annual Migration merely adds to an already abundant resident wildlife that awaits discovery. These days are filled with exciting, guided vehicle safaris to explore Masai Mara Game Reserve. You can either take an early morning or a late afternoon game drive, return to the camp for time to relax during the middle of the day, or alternatively you can spend the full day on a game drive, taking a picnic lunch with you. On one of the days stop at an authentic Masai Village to interact and learn about the customs and culture of this colorful tribe.

Day 12: Masai Mara - Diani Beach

Enjoy a bush breakfast followed by game drive, back to Camp in time for lunch. Mid-afternoon, you will be transferred back to the Keekorok airstrip for your flight to Ukunda Airstrip. Your representative will welcome you upon arrival. You will be chauffeured to your hotel.

Day 13 - 16: Diani Beach

Some destinations are timeless; others are often well-kept secrets. Lying south of Mombasa, Kenya, on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Afro chic Diani is the perfect getaway for the discerning traveller who wants to simply ‘flop and drop’ and enjoy the spectacular views of exotic and ancient dhows in full sail. Miles of expansive and near deserted beaches await discovery, and for those who wish a more active way to spend the day, an 18-hole Championship Golf Course is within three-minute drive from the hotel. Local boutiques, spas, and craft markets are a short ride away, and day trips to Shimba Hills Reserve and Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary add to the Kenyan coastal experience.

Day 17: Departure

Enjoy your last day in Kenya. You will be chauffeured to Mombasa International Airport. You will arrive at the airport in time for your international flight.

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    Prices per season

    Dates Price
    20-01-2021 - 31-03-2021 5500 usd
    01-04-2021 - 31-05-2021 3500 usd
    01-06-2021 - 31-08-2021 5500 usd
    01-09-2021 - 31-10-2021 6000 usd
    01-11-2021 - 31-12-2021 7000 usd

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    What is included in the trip?

    The price includes
    • All transfers in Rwanda, Uganda & Kenya
    • Services of an English-speaking driver-guide
    • 01 night stay at Hotel Number 5 is on Bed & Breakfast basis
    • 03 Nights Accommodation in Kyambura Gorge Lodge on a All-inclusive basis
    • 03 Nights Accommodation in Bwindi Lodge on a All-inclusive basis
    • 01 Nights Accommodation in Nairobi on a HB basis
    • 03 Nights Accommodation in Sand River Masai Mara on a All-inclusive basis
    • 05 Nights Accommodation in Afrochic Diani Beach on a All-inclusive basis
    • 1 x Gorilla Tracking in Mt Gahinga National Park
    • Golden Monkey Tracking
    • Batwa Heritage Experience
    • Shared daytime game drives in 4x4 game drive vehicles
    • Walking safari, Bush breakfast & Sundowners
    • Masai village
    • Massage
    • All statutory taxes for the flights mentioned above
    • Medical Emergency Evacuation Insurance
    The price does not include
    • Visa
    • Travel insurance
    • Cancellation of trip
    • Any items of personal nature
    • Tips
    • International flights