17 Day Best of Kenya
Safari with Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Scenery, and Culture
Day One: Nairobi
Upon arrival into Nairobi, you are met by our representative who will introduce you to your driver guide. Thereafter transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight. Dinner and over night at your accommodation.
Day Two: Amboseli National Park
Drive to Amboseli National Park where Mt. Kilimanjaro provides a stupendous backdrop to your afternoon game drive. Overnight at your accommodation.
Day Three: Lake Nakuru National Park
After breakfast, view game enroute to a journey which takes you through the Great Rift Valley to beautiful Lake Nakuru. You will have lunch in Nairobi before proceeding to Lake Nakuru for game drive enroute to your accommodation.
Day Four: Lake Nakuru National Park
Spend the whole day in Lake Nakuru National park on a morning and afternoon game drives. Overnight at your accommodation.
Day Five: Maasai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast, morning game drive before proceeding to Maasai Mara National Reserve. Arrive at your campsite/Mara Sopa Lodge in the Mara where the open rolling grasslands ensure that animals are rarely out of sight for camp. Overnight at your accommodation.
Day Six: Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Here on your game drives you get endless opportunities for close encounters with game. Overnight at your accommodation.
Day Seven: Nairobi
Early morning games drive before breakfast and then prepare to depart for Nairobi arriving at around midday, lunch at the Carnivore restaurant. Relax before transferring to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for you departure flight to Entebbe arriving in the evening and overnight at your accommodation.
Day Eight: Kampala - Lake Mburo – 230 km
After breakfast, depart Kampala for Lake Mburo National Park having a stop to look at the Royal Drum makers, the Equator - where you will be able to stand and be on both hemispheres at once, having a game drive while entering the park arriving in the evening. Lake Mburo is an extension of the Tanzanian Plains with big herds of Zebra, Impala, Eland and other savannah species. For birders, this is one of the best place to find African Fin foot, Papyrus, Bush Shrike, etc. Go for an evening game drive and overnight at your accommodation.
Day Nine: Mburo – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Approx. 6. 5 hours drive)
After breakfast, you will have a game drive as you depart Mburo for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Best known for its Mountain Gorillas, the Montane Forest also attracts spectacular birds. There are 23 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemics including the African Green Broadbill, Bar Tailed Trogon and other beautiful forest species. You may decide to relax in the afternoon or take a nature walk ( at an extra cost of $20 P. P) which will lead you to the Munyaga Waterfall and get a chance to see primates such as the Grey Cheeked Mangabey Blue Monkeys and others species. Spend the night at your accommodation.
Day Ten: Gorilla Tracking – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
There is an option of tracking in Nkuringo the southern sector of Bwindi or Rwanda as well.
This morning you will have to wake up very early to get ready for Gorilla tracking. Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. There are now only 650 left in the world! The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours but its well worth the effort. There are always park guides with you who interpret the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. In the afternoon relax at the camp or go for a Village walk to visit the Local Batwa Community returning to the Camp in the evening (at an extra cost of $15 p. p). Dinner and overnight at your accommodation.
Day Eleven: Bwindi – Queen Elizabeth National Park (Approx. 4 hours drive)
After breakfast, you will depart Bwindi for Queen Elizabeth National Park having a game drive while entering the park arriving in the afternoon. Relax around the pool after lunch and later go for an early evening game drive. It is little wonder that Queen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world, - from the open Savannah to Rain Forest, dense Papyrus Swamps and brooding Crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward. Almost 100 mammal species that include Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Elephants and the elusive Giant Forest Hog plus remarkable 606 bird species that include the Black Chested Eagle, the Swallow Tailed Bee Eaters, to mention but a few. The Primates include Chimps, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black Faced Red Colobus, and Red Tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons. Reptiles are the amazing huge Rock-Python, Puff adders, Spitting Cobras, Gabon Rippers, Green Mambas, and Turtles etc. All these are regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula and all this makes a superb safari territory. Queen Elizabeth Park has the highest recorded number of over 600 species of birds including the Shoebill Stork, Black Bee-Eater, Chappirs Fly Catcher, Bustards, and craters full of Lesser Flamingos etc. Overnight at your accommodation.
Day Twelve: Queen Elizabeth
This morning, we will have a game drive to the Kisenyi area to look for Lion prides and other wildlife like the Uganda
Kob that mate around this area returning at the Lodge for breakfast.
Then go for the afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga Channel. Hippos huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, Buffalos linger in the shallows, a tremendous variety of birds grace the grasses on the shores. Great White and Pink-Backed Pelicans, Great and Long-Tailed Cormorants, Open-Billed Stork, African Jacana, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers are commonly seen. February and March offer spectacular sightings of some of the bird migrants. Spend the night at your accommodation.
Day Thirteen: Queen Elizabeth National Park- Kibale (Approx. 3-4 hours drive)
Have a morning game drive and later head for Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale Forest is a large protected block of rainforest, which has the highest number of primates in Africa such as Chimpanzees, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Red Tailed monkey and Red Colobus.
In the afternoon, you will go for Chimpanzee tracking in the forest, get a chance to see other species like the Grey-Throated Flycatcher, Masked & Black-Capped Apalis', Chestnut-Winged Starling, Orange -Tufted & Tiny Sunbirds, a good infrastructure and variety of interesting activities which makes this a worthwhile destination returning in time for dinner.
Dinner and over night at either Ndali lodge, a stunning location overlooking a dramatic Crater Lake and the fabled "Mountains of the Moon"/ Mantana Tented Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), Rwenzori View Guest House/Ataco Guest house (Medium class accommodation) or Primate Lodge Kibale Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
Day Fourteen: Kibale National Park – Murchison Falls (Approx. 7 hours drive)
After breakfast, you are on your way to Murchison Fall National park. This is a long drive as you travel north through the Rwenzori’s and the evergreen tea estates but well worth it. . Once you reach the Nile in the heart of the Park you will cross on the ferry to Paraa Safari Lodge.
The sight of the Nile River, the world's longest river, winding its way through the park and plunging through a narrow gap is unforgettable. Overnight at your accommodation.
Day Fifteen: Murchison Falls
After breakfast, you will go for an early morning game drive to the rolling plains where you have chances of viewing Lions, the Giraffe, Hartebeest, Buffalo and Elephant as well as many of the other mammals of the park. For the birders amongst you, these areas support the Secretary Bird, Black Chested Snake Eagle, Tawny and Marshal Eagles Carmine and Swallow Tailed Bee-Eaters, to pick just a few. This is a beautiful drive across Borassus Palm Forest and grassland savannah down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads north to the Sudan.
In the afternoon, go for a boat trip to the foot of Murchison Falls where the Nile thunders through a small 7-meter gap, or down river to the delta where the Nile empties into Lake Albert. This is an experience not to be missed! The banks of the Nile are home to many species. You may see huge Nile Crocodiles, big Pods of Hippos and other wildlife that may come down to drink from the river. Overnight at your accommodation.
Day Sixteen: Murchison Falls – Kampala (approx. 6 hours drive)
Early game drive to the Top of Murchison Falls where you can have a close look in to the gorge where the Nile squeezes in to a 7 meter gorge dropping 40 meters. The falls are spectacular and thunderous with a beautiful rainbow displayed on sunny days. Later drive back to Kampala arriving in the evening. Dinner and overnight at your accommodation.
Day Seventeen: Murchison - Entebbe
This morning you will go for a city tour and then later transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home.