Kenya & Uganda Gorilla Overland: Forests & Wildlife Spotting

Resort: Kenya & Uganda Gorilla Overland: Forests & Wildlife Spotting
Operator: G Adventures
Destination: Kenya
Price From: £1887.20

Over View

Now’s the time to explore Africa on your terms with this tour that’s affordable for young travellers. Got Africa’s incredible creatures on the brain? You’ll have a chance to spot plenty on this 15-day overland adventure through Kenya and Uganda. Search for the big five in the Masai Mara, spot chimpanzees in the 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. It’s like watching your favourite animal documentary screening (or, let’s be real, animal Instagram account) in real life.

Itineraries

Day 1
Nairobi

Arrive at anytime.

Prepare for tomorrows early morning by checking out the Hotel Boulevard Bar with your newest friends. Travelling can take a lot out of you so sit back, fill those food and drink needs, and spend a chill night becoming familiar with your group and CEO.

Day 2
NairobiMasai Mara

Hit the road and journey through the Great Rift Valley today on the way to one of the most famous national parks in Africa and Kenyas premier wildlife reserve.

Stretch those legs and take in your surroundings before heading on a late afternoon wildlife safari drive with excellent chances of seeing the big five lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhino. This natural environment coupled with the parks varied wildlife provides for a spectacular safari experience.

Day 3
Masai Mara

Grab those cameras and jump in the safari vehicle with your driverguide to spot wildlife in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Listen to your guide describe the African bush as you traverse one of the worlds top safari destinations. Masai Mara is known for its abundance of big cats and wildebeest (see if you can capture a picture of one)!

Day 4
Masai MaraLake Nakuru National Park

Awake to the sounds of the bush as your alarm clock before breaking down camp and jumping in the Lando. Today, the group is heading to Lake Nakuru, known for harbouring flocks of pink flamingos and a rich variety of bird species.

Along the way youll stop for lunch at Caf Ubuntu, a G Adventures-supported project that trains and employs local women and mothers of children with disabilities. Youll get to explore the craft centre, meet some of the women who create what you see, and sit down for a delicious farm-to-table meal.

The group will stop for the afternoon at the safari lodge inside Lake Nakuru National Park then you will be going on a late afternoon wildlife drive to try and spot the resident rhinos in the area.

Day 5
Lake Nakuru National ParkEldoret

Another day, another chance to see more wildlife and live your African safari dream. After your morning safari drive around Lake Nakuru keeping your eyes wide open in search of black and white rhino, buffalo, impala, and the elusive leopard the group will bump along in the Lando sharing photos of your day on the road to Eldoret.

Day 6
EldoretKampala

Its time to cross another country off of those travel lists as you cross the border from Kenya into Uganda. Drive along reminiscing on inside jokes and experiences from the trip before camping in Kampala (the country’s capital) where you will arrive in the late afternoon.

Day 7
KampalaLake Bunyonyi

Even though you get to do something pretty awesome everyday youre going to cross the equator today in the Lando (which we think is a pretty cool thing to be able to add to a travel resume) and head off to Lake Bunyonyi.

The name Bunyonyi means place of many little birds and it is undoubtedly the loveliest lake in Uganda. Its winding shores encircle 29 islands and its surrounded by steep terraced hillsides that will have you wondering if you are somewhere in Asia. But the best part is that Lake Bunyonyi is a croc and hippo free lake (unlike many lakes in East Africa) so you can swim in its crystal-clear waters as much as you like such bliss!

Day 8
Gorilla Trek

Todays the day that some of your dreams may just come true because you are going on a guided mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (so insanely cool!) So get ready to embark on an unforgettable hike deep into the jungle through volcano forests alongside a park ranger to search for mountain gorillas. The treks can vary in length and difficulty so be prepared for a challenge, but know that if you spot these majestic creatures (we share 98% of our DNA with them) it will all be worth it.

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.

Day 9
Lake Bunyonyi

Lets give Lake Bunyonyi some love today. Explore this magical place as the morning mist rises off of the gently lapping waters. With tons of optional activities to choose from like, swimming, hiking, canoeing, bird watching, or a motorboat tour of the lake theres no time to be bored. Then relax together at the lodge in the evening talking about your group gorilla experiences.

Day 10
Lake BunyonyiKalinzu Forest Reserve

Sit back, relax, and watch the Ugandan countryside slip past on todays journey to Kalinzu Forest Reserve further north in the country.

The forest reserve is part of Queen Elizabeth National Park and is characterized by open savannah, large area of swamp around Lake George, and the extensive Maramagambo Forest in the southeast. Theres a lot of landscapes to experience so what are you waiting for? Get started!

Day 11
Kalinzu Forest ReserveLake Mburo National Park

You know that saying, the early bird gets the worm well in this case the early bird gets to see chimpanzees. Get up early for an included chimpanzee tracking excursion and explore the verdant Kalinzu Forest Reserve with a ranger while being on the lookout for these chimpanzee families.

Afterwards, the group will visit tea plantation before setting off to Lake Mburo. Once you arrive there you can choose to book an afternoon boat cruise on the lake, or explore the local area on foot.

Day 12
Lake Mburo National ParkJinja

Head back across the equator today in the Lando; Uganda is one of the few countries in the world where you can cross this imaginary geographical line on land.

Observe how water swirls in opposite directions on either side of the equator and then stop to enjoy a meal at the G Adventures-supported AidChild Equation Caf & Gallery. With full stomachs and even more full hearts the group will continue on to Jinja, the adventure capital of Uganda.

Day 13
Jinja

Get out there, get active, and have some fun! Explore Jinja today solo or with your group by participating in the plethora of outdoor and adventure activities they have to offer.

Choose to raft down the White Nile River, break a sweat mountain biking up and down the hills surrounding the town, or for a more laid back day check out the local market. Keep your eyes ready to spot monkeys and other wildlife that can wander to the outskirts of this town.

Day 14
JinjaEldoret

Today is a bit of a travel day but you wont mind because you could use the rest, (besides its the perfect time to post those Instagram photos that everyone at home is dying to see.)

The group will be leaving Uganda and crossing over into Kenya for a night out in Eldoret. Hang out together as a group, maybe grab a drink somewhere and reminisce on the epic(ness) of your trip thus far or maybe take a visit to the Doinyo Lessos Creameries Cheese Factory and stock up on any of the 20 different varieties.

Day 15
EldoretNairobi

After your adventurous experiences yesterday youll be glad to have a more low key travel day to replenish your energy before the journey home. So sit back and enjoy the ride as the group transfers through to the Kenyan countryside to Nairobi. Were thinking naps, story time, and then maybe a mini dance party in the Lando to get you through the day. (Totos Africa song anyone?)

Tour ends on arrival in Nairobi. Not ready to leave Africa just yet? (Yeah, we dont blame you) talk with your CEO about extending your adventure and get to know Kenya or beyond!

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