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Murchison falls national park

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Meet the mountain gorillas in a most spectacular and intrepid of destinations – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda – before an adventurous safari in northern Kenya.

12 days, 11 nights From $8,929 per person sharing a double room

A more authentic and sometimes challenging trekking experience than Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, you’ll spend on two full days’ gorilla treks, sharing two precious hours with these humbling creatures.

You’ll also learn about the inspirational work of the team here and their dedication to protecting these endangered animals and their astounding but at-risk ecosystem, seeing first-hand how your travel directly benefits the region, and learn about how people live on the edge of the forest in such proximity to the gorillas.

Fly to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, for a night and visit the orphan elephants and rhinos at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, then venture north to the green hills of Solio Reserve, a private sanctuary that is a haven for white and black rhino. Staying at the only lodge on the 45,000-acre ranch, spend your days in the shadow of Mount Kenya spotting big cats and pachyderms on safari, exploring on horse rides, treks and trout fishing trips.

From here, it’s a short hop into Samburu and the opulent Sasaab Lodge. Try and spot the ‘Samburu Special Five’ – the Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, gerenuk and Beisa oryx – on walking safaris and camel rides, get a glimpse into Samburu life, culture and tradition, or spend a night fly camping in the bush under the stars. Of course you can also relax at the luxurious spa, reflecting on your adventure.

Day 1/2

Entebbe

Flights & Transfers

Meet and greet at Entebbe airport

Private transfer to your hotel in Entebbe

THE BOMA GUESTHOUSE

Take some time to rest and relax here at the small and friendly Boma in Entebbe. Just minutes...

One night in Entebbe

The pleasant town of Entebbe has a wonderful location on a northern peninsula of Lake Victoria. This tropical lakeside city is a more relaxed stop over destination than Kampala and as Uganda's main international airport is located here, it's a great base for exploring rest of the country.

Flights & Transfers

Private transfer to Entebbe Airport

Light aircraft flight to Bwindi

Transfer to your lodge

Day 2/5

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST

Three nights in Bwindi Forest

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge / Sanctuary retreats Lodge Gorilla forest

This is ‘the’ place to come in Uganda to see the famous population of around 350 mountain gorillas but it is also a secretive home for other primate species, including black-and-white colobus, L’Hoest’s, red-tailed, blue and vervet monkeys. In addition there are 79 mammal species including duiker, elephant, bushbuck, bush pig, giant forest hog and several small cat species that will keep you company as you explore the remote area. This is a very diverse region of Uganda, with a guide you will have time to explore the flora and fauna, as well as various species of birds and butterflies and other larger mammals, and perhaps visit local communities on the edge of park.

 

Two full days hiking and tracking to observe Mountain Gorillas

There are a total of 10 habituated gorilla families in Uganda, all located in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the south west of the country. Each group receives a maximum of 8 visitors per day. About seven of the ten families reside in Northern Bwindi, and three in southern Bwindi; the ones you will be tracking will depend on the location of your lodgings. The gorillas cover large distances overnight, and they are never constantly in one area. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas’ habits and information from the previous day to locate the group’s whereabouts. For this reason, one group cannot be said to be easier to track than another. The time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as 9 hours before returning to camp. The terrain can be extremely difficult, with steep slopes, and dense vegetation. In addition, the altitude means participants do need to be physically fit in order to enjoy the hike. Once the gorillas are located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. This is to avoid causing the animals any undue stress or getting them overly used to human interactions. After this, you will return to the park headquarters and your camp. If for some reason you are unable to complete your excursion to the gorillas, you will either be able to return immediately to the base of the trail with a porter OR you will be asked to remain where you are with a porter until the group returns.

Flights & Transfers

Flight from Bwindi to Nairobi via Entebbe

Day 5/6

NAIROBI

Flights & Transfers

Private transfer to your hotel in Nairobi

One Forty Eight Nairobi / Hemingways Nairobi

David Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage

Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. Located in a secluded area of the Nairobi National Park, the orphanage is open for visitors between 11am and 12pm when the the orphans arrive for their midday mud bath and feeding.

 

One night in Nairobi

The capital city of Kenya is a busy one, and can be slightly overwhelming to behold. While the centre is hectic, suburbs such as Karen, named after Karen Blixen, is a wonderful place and there are attractions such as The Daphine Sheldrick Rhino and Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre, and the Nairobi National Park just outside the city.

 

Flights & Transfers

Private transfer to Nairobi Wilson airport

Flight from Wilson airport to Nanyuki

Transfer from Nanyuki airport to Solio Reserve

Day 6/9

SOLIO RESERVE

SOLIO LODGE

The only property nestled within a 19,000 acre private wildlife sanctuary and surrounded by...

Three nights in Solio Private Reserve

Set in the lush foothills of the Aberdares and close to Mount Kenya, this area is the premier place to see Black Rhino in Kenya and other types of game. Your travel designer will be able to inform you about the activities on offer in this area of Kenya.

Flights & Transfers

Private charter flight to Sasaab

Day 9/12

SAMBURU

SASAAB LODGE

If you want an exclusive and luxurious escape combined with a Samburu bush experience, Sasaab...

Three nights in Samburu

Enjoy the stunning wildlife and captivating cultural encounters with the local Samburu tribes in the Samburu region. Take bush walks in between your daily safari game drives (some at night), visits to the local Samburu villages, camel-back riding, evenings of sundowners, gourmet food and campfire stories, and all in the serene and sumptuous luxury of your lodge.

Flights & Transfers

Flight to Wilson Airport

Private transfer from Wilson Airport to Nairobi International

  • Luxury Lodges

    USD$8,929
  • Mid-range

    USD$10,629

What is Included

  1. All flights except your arrival/return international flights
  2. All accommodation including breakfast (some hotels may include more meals & activities)
  3. Two gorilla trekking permits
  4. All private ground transfers
  5. All guided tours specified in the itinerary description
  6. Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip

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