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October 7, 2015

20 Days Nairobi to Kigali

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Visit two of Kenya’s premier game parks, track the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda and soak up the Rwandan vibe in Kigali – this twenty day tour covers the best East Africa has to offer.

Day 1: Arrive Nairobi

Transfer from the airport to the guesthouse in Nairobi.  This evening we can have a casual welcome dinner to go over the trip plans.

Day 2: Nairobi

Visit David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in the morning.  After lunch head to Kibera to visit Amani Kibera’s projects including the library.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Nairobi to Amboseli  

After breakfast at the guesthouse we depart on our safari adventure. Drive to Amboseli National Park nestled at the foothills of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Amboseli is a top destination in Kenya for wildlife. Indeed, one of the classic images of East Africa is that of a herd of elephant strolling across the plains with the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro in the background. It is to catch this sight that people flood to Amboseli National Park. While Kilimanjaro is actually across the border in Tanzania, Amboseli has a perfect view of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, rising an impressive 5895 metres above the plains. The best time to view the majestic mountain is at dawn, when the clouds lift and the light is clear and soft. We will arrive around midday in time for lunch and later a late afternoon game viewing drive.
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Amboseli National Park

A day of game driving in the park, which contains swamp grounds in which elephants and hippos are in abundance.  A variety of plains game, antelopes and birds can be also be seen.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Amboseli to Nairobi

The best time to view the majestic mountain is at dawn, when the clouds lift and the light is clear and soft.  We will take an early morning game drive to witness the African sunrise lighten the majestic mountain, distributing its golden rays to the dry savannah of Amboseli National Park. It’s a very good photo opportunity.  After this game drive you return to the Camp for breakfast before departing for Nairobi.  Upon arrival in Nairobi we will check into a hostel. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. You may opt for optional excursions to the National Museum, Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Centre, or a city tour.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Nairobi to Masai Mara

After an early breakfast, drive to the world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve arriving in time for lunch.  Masai Mara, Kenya’s greatest wildlife reserve, is without a doubt Africa’s most famous safari destination. The Masai Mara Ecosystem is where over two million wildebeest and zebra migrate annually.  It also holds one of the highest lion densities in world, which is why it the home of the BBC wildlife channel’s Big Cat Diary.  Other game includes: leopard, cheetah, buffalo, rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, plains game, crocodile and small mammals including mongoose, hyrax, dik dik and the nocturnal porcupine.  Enjoy a late afternoon game drive followed by dinner.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Masai Mara

Spend a full day game driving in the Masai Mara. The abundance and variety of game in this reserve is nothing short of amazing. Nearly every mammal can be seen in the Masai Mara, including various antelopes, scavengers like hyena and vultures, and all the cats (lion, cheetah and leopard).  Sighting a leopard needs luck more than just being there, but lions are abundant and there are excellent chances for spotting cheetah. The hippo pool is a popular spot to watch out for hippos; with luck, you may catch crocodile basking on the rocks. Elephants, buffalo, the Masai giraffe, wildebeest and the common zebra abound. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Masai Mara

Start the day with an early morning game drive.  After breakfast proceed on another game-viewing session. After lunch visit a nearby Masai village to see their nomadic lifestyle and where we will stay for the night.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Masai Mara to Kisumu

After breakfast, drive to Kisumu, stopping for lunch en route. There should be time for an afternoon swim in Lake Victoria.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Kisumu to Jinja

Cross the border into Uganda and head to Jinja, where we will stand at the source of the Nile, Africa’s longest river traversing the continent from Lake Victoria up to the Nile Delta in Egypt.
Included meals: Breakfast 

Day 11: Jinja to Kampala

It is a short drive from Jinja to Kampala, giving you a free afternoon to explore Uganda’s capital.
Included meals: None

Day 12: Kampala

A full free day to explore Kampala and/or Entebbe.
Included meals: None

Day 13: Kampala to Lake Bunyonyi

Drive to Lake Bunyonyi, the base for gorilla trekking
Included meals: Dinner

Day 14: Lake Bunyonyi

Most of the day will be free for you to explore the surrounding villages, go canoeing or hiking around the lake.  In the afternoon we will transfer to accommodation closer to the gorilla family which you will be trekking.
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 15: Gorilla Trekking

Start early in the morning for the trekking.  The trekking time varies according to where the gorilla family is located, so be prepared to hike up to six hours, although it could be as short as 20 minutes!  After the trekking you will return to Lake Bunyonyi.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Lake Bunyonyi to Ruhengeri

A lovely drive through the mountains with stunning views of the Virunga mountain range.  Across the border into Rwanda and we arrive in Ruhengeri in time for lunch and the afternoon is free to stroll around town at your leisure.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 17: Ruhengeri

There are a few things to do in this small town in the mountains, including trekking the rare Golden Monkeys, visiting the Twin Lakes, or learning basket weaving and banana beer production.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 18: Ruhengeri to Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu in western Rwanda is a serene lake dotted with islands.  We can watch the sunset over the lake while enjoying a relaxing drink.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 19: Lake Kivu to Kigali

After an optional early morning boat cruise to some of the nearby islands, we had to our final destination: Kigali
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 20: Kigali

A full day to explore Kigali at your leisure – the Genocide Memorial is a poignant reminder of the events of 1994 and is Kigali’s most popular sight for visitors and locals alike.  On our final night we can enjoy a farewell dinner together, perhaps at the famous Hotel des Mille Collines.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 21: Depart Kigali

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Included meals: Breakfast

Cost: $3500 per person sharing

 

Inclusions:

All accommodation as listed in the itinerary

All meals listed in the itinerary

Airport transfers on arrival and departure

All transport and tours/game drives as listed on the itinerary

Park entry fees

Gorilla trekking permits

 

Not Included:

Travel insurance

Visas for Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda (Approximately $50 per country, to be confirmed by you for your nationality)

Meals not listed

Personal expenses or room charges including laundry, drinks and phone calls

Vaccinations

Airfare to Nairobi and from Kigali

Additional optional activities

Tips or gratuities

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