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Masai Mara & Gorilla Trekking Safari

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10 Day Masai Mara & Gorilla Trekking Safari

  • Price
  • Duration 10 Days 9 Nights
  • Dates Open
  • Safari TypeGuided, Private Safari
  • Starts/End Nairobi, Kenya
  • Entry Requirements PCR COVID-19 Test, Visa
  • Important Fees Gorilla Permit ($700)
  • Contact nameLydia
  • Contact phone+256 774 805580
  • Cancellation policyUp to 30 Days
  • AccommodationAs shown in itinerary
  • Group TypeTraveler’s choice
  • Limitations Children bellow 15 wont trek gorillas
  • LanguagesEnglish

Safari Overview

The Masai Mara & Gorilla Trekking Safari is a private holiday meant to give you the experience of visiting the two most famous attractions in Africa; the gorillas of the mountain in Uganda and the magnificent display of wildlife drama on the savannah plains of Kenya’s jewel, Masai Mara National Reserve.

The trip begins in the quiet Ugandan town, Entebbe, for a quick introduction to Uganda’s tourism gems and then transfers you by flight into the gorilla mountains. There is a hiking and canoeing challenge planned within the itinerary to give you an experience of the local communities, cultures, and the natural environment shaped by Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s proximity.

You’ll the gorillas in the southern section of Bwindi, meet the Batwa tribespeople of the forest, and stay at the luxurious Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge set on a ridge overlooking the jungle canopy. After exploring the jungle, you’ll transfer from Kisoro to Masai Mara by scheduled flight and check-into the marvelous Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, where you’ll hail to explore the vast richness of Masai Mara.

This rip is a private custom made safari. Our consultants will help you customize the itinerary to your way of travel at no cost. We’ll guide you through every single step during the planning process. When on safari, you’ll have a dedicated tour manager and logistics team with you 24/7 to oversee the success of your safari trip.

Safari Highlights

  • Explore the primeval forest of Bwindi Impenetrable NP and its giant but gentle inhabitants, the mountain gorillas.
  • Reach out to the Batwa forest people and delve into their ancient cultures.
  • See the extraordinary Wildebeest Migration in season and seek out the Big 5 game on Masai Mara’s wilderness plains.
  • Take a hot-air balloon safari at sunrise, guided bushwalks, horseback safari rides, and Maasai cultural encounters.
  • Spectacular landscape views of the Mountains of the Moon (Rwenzori Mountains), the Virunga Volcano Ranges, Uganda’s marvelous western countryside, and the vastness of Masai Mara savannah plains.
  • The annual great migration showcase and fantastic wildlife viewing all-year-round in Masai Mara.
  • Observe destination standard operating procedures to avoid COVID19 transmission.

Know before you go

  • The Masai Mara & Gorilla Trekking Safari is a cross-border itinerary that will require some bureaucracy when crossing, especially because of COVID-19 restrictions. We’ll use scheduled local flights and 4×4 safari vehicles between Nairobi, Laikipia, and Masai Mara because the selected attractions are more than 6 hours drive apart.
  • Please take and carry a NEGATIVE PCR COVID-19 TEST certificate. You’ll be required to present it for entry. We’ll keen to observe Covid-19 guidelines to ensure your safety during this trip. The lodges booked for you have been checked for Coronavirus standards of operation and have been found to comply.
  • Please visit the gym or workout to prepare yourself for the gorilla trekking adventure. Because of the steep terrain in the gorilla sanctuary, you’ll need to be physically fit to trek to the gorillas.
  • The tour is limited to a maximum of 6 travelers per vehicle and a 30% deposit on confirmation.

Safari Includes/Excludes

  • Local guide
  • Visa (USD 50)
  • Food and drinks
  • Accommodation
  • Small Plane/4×4 Transfers
  • Private tour
  • English guide
  • Gratuities & tips
  • All activities
  • Travel insurance

General FAQs

  • You can reschedule this trip as a private tour to any date up to 12 months at no cost.
  • A 30% deposit of the total tour price will be required to secure a booking, the balance being due 45 days before the tour departure date.
  • Bookings not secured by the appropriate deposit will be released.
  • Cancellation between 90 and 45 days of tour departure will incur a 20% of tour price penalty charge. Confirmed bookings cancelled within 45 days of the tour departure date or no show will incur 100% of tour price penalty charge.
  • Availability of accommodation and activities is not guaranteed; reservations will be made after receiving confirmation of the final itinerary and the payment of the requested deposit. Should any of the quoted accommodations not be available, we reserve the right to substitute it with an alternative suitable option, which might affect the final quoted price.
  • All clients who participate in this tour must be adequately covered by medical insurance as well as travel insurance to protect them in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Rates specified for this tour are subject to change without notice, however, every effort will be made to maintain them. In the event of any change of Government taxes or operating conditions that affect the rates we reserve the right to pass on these charges.

Detailed Itinerary

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you’ll start your Masai Mara & Gorilla Trekking Safari adventure with a short transfer to Papyrus Guesthouse where you’ll spend the next two nights. Papyrus is located in a quiet suburb behind the presidential statehouse with a relaxing natural setting with trees and a beautiful garden.

For an introduction to the gorilla nation, you visit some of Entebbe’s famous attractions like the leisurely Botanical gardens (great for birding enthusiasts), Jane Goodall’s Ngamba Chimpanzee Island, UWEC Zoo with a collection of animal species found in Uganda, and visit victoria mall for shopping and forex exchange.

Accommodation: Papyrus Guesthouse Entebbe
Meal Plan: Dinner, Lunch and Breakfast

After your breakfast, you’ll transfer to Entebbe International Airport for your scheduled local flight to Kisoro. A flight over western Uganda will reveal the most beautiful emerald landscapes that gracefully fade from the savannah plains into the mountainous rainforests and cultivated lands. The imposing Rwenzori Mountains fade out as the misty Virunga massifs welcome you to the indomitable gorilla sanctuary.

You’ll land at Kihiki Airstrip, and your Masai Mara & Gorilla Trekking Safari guide will pick and transfer you to Kisoro, where you’ll embark on a hiking and canoe challenge. As your guide goes round to meet you somewhere, a walking safari guide will take you through the Mutanda trail through local villages, communities, and gardens. Get used to being called Mzungu by village children’s excited by your presence and take in the sights and sounds of the communities you’ll be walking through. After a 45 minute walk, the stunningly beautiful lake mutanda will reveal itself from the shadows of the mountainous slopes for your next canoe riding challenge across the lake. You’ll be assisted by a canoeing expert in a dugout local canoe to paddle your way on the calm waters of the lake: you don’t need to worry about hippos, crocodiles, or bilharzia here.

On the other side of the lake, the guide will lead you to the vehicle waiting at the main road. He’ll drive you to Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, where a warm shower, delicious meal, and clean white sheets will be waiting for you. The lodge is set on a ridge with a 360-degree unbeatable view of the emerald Bwindi Impenetrable Forest swathe and the seven Virunga massifs. Its design is inspired by nature, and cottages are all privately build with trees around them.

Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

After an early breakfast, a guide will drive you to the trailhead for briefing before you hit the jungles to find the mountain a mountain n gorilla family that you have been assigned. Trekking through the jungle could take from 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on where the mountain gorillas were last seen last evening. So make sure you are physically able to withstand the trek through uneven terrain, damp forest floors, and thick forest cover.  When you meet the gorillas, you’re allowed only 60 minutes (gorilla trekking permit $700) or 4 hours (gorilla habituation experience $1,500), with the gentle giants and you’ll be escorted back. Back at camp as the night cools down, you have a roaring campfire and local songs to look forward to as well as a deep massage, perfect for soothing any aching muscles after a day of hiking.

You’ll have another day to meet the local Batwa tribespeople, delve into their hidden cultures, visit their forest, and listen to their age-old tales.

Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a very early breakfast, drive along the Nteko Ridge to the Ivy River Trail’s junction with the forest (7 km) and then start the unforgettable hike across the forest (13km – 4-5 hours). Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a vast, unique natural reserve – monkeys, duikers, bush pigs, and some of Bwindi’s world-renowned bird species, plus many butterflies,s can be sighted.

If you are fortunate, you may even encounter gorillas! Once part of a much larger forest that included the Virunga Volcanoes in neighboring Rwanda, the park is nowadays an ecological island within a sea of villages and farmland, and its conservation importance is immense.

The emphasis of this Masai Mara & Gorilla Trekking Safari activity is for your walking guide to share his knowledge of the forest with you; it is not merely an A to B hike. The trail is also an essential footpath for local people, particularly on market days, traveling from Nkuringo and Nteko to Buhoma, on the park’s northern boundary. There is no road through Bwindi, so vehicles driving between the two locations have an incredible 170 km bone-jarring journey taking 6 to 8 hours.

Upon reaching Buhoma, you’ll head directly to your lodging, Buhoma Lodge, one of only two lodges set within the bounds of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Buhoma lodge enjoys incredible views across the forest canopy. Each of the ten chalets accentuates the natural beauty of the surrounds of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. With stunning views from each private veranda, you’ll complement your hiking in the jungle appreciation of Africa’s stunning natural beauty.

Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

It is a day of travel today: after breakfast, you’ll transfer to Kihihi Airstrip (3 hours drive) for a scheduled flight to Entebbe. You will be met at Entebbe airport and assisted onto a scheduled flight to Masai Mara and check into the magnificent Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp where you’ll spend the next three nights.

Sprawled along the Saparingo River on the edge of the Oloololo escarpment, where riverine forest meets the sweeping plains in the seasonal path of the awe-inspiring Great Migration, Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp provides an authentic dose of African wildlife, delivered with legendary Kenyan hospitality.

Whether you take the Masai Mara & Gorilla Trekking Safari during migration season or not, Masai Mara provides exceptional family safari experiences on the savannah plains. You’ll take morning and afternoon game drives to the savannah plains to catch predator action. Lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, wildebeest, elephant, buffalo, crocodile, and giraffe are among the heavyweights you can quickly see on a game drive. You will have a chance to meet the native Masai worries and experience their old way of life and take a hot-air balloon safari over the Masai lands.

Accommodation: Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After your breakfast, you’ll take a flight back to Wilson Airport where a driver will pick and transfer you to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight back home.

Accommodation: This can be arranged based on the time of your flight back home.

Meals: Breakfast

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