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October 7, 2015

Kenya to Kigali Adventure

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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-one day tour showcases the best of East Africa.

 

November 3: Arrive Nairobi

Arrive in Kenya, transfer from the airport to the guesthouse in Karen, Nairobi.  This evening we can have a casual welcome dinner to go over the trip plans.

Included meals: None

 

November 4: 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

 

November 5: 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 premier 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 and is the reason people flood to Amboseli. Even though Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania, Amboseli has a perfect view of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, rising an impressive 5895 metres above the plains.  We will arrive around midday in time for lunch and an afternoon game viewing drive.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

November 6: 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 game and birds can be be seen.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

November 7: Amboseli to Nairobi

The best time to view Kilimanjaro 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 light up the mountain. providing a very good photo opportunity.  After this game drive we 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 yours to enjoy as you please. You may choose optional excursions to the National Museum, Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Centre, or a city tour.

Included meals: Breakfast

 

November 8: 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.  Each year, over two million wildebeest and zebra migrate throughout the Masai Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem.  It also is one of the most lion dense areas in world, the reason the BBC selected the Masai Mara for the wildlife channel’s Big Cat Diary.  Other game includes: leopard, cheetah, buffalo, rhino, elephant, giraffe, 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

 

November 9: 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, however, sighting a leopard needs luck!  But there are excellent chances for spotting the other big cats. The hippo pool is a popular spot where you may catch crocodiles basking on the rocks, as well as hippos. eturn to the camp for dinner and overnight

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

November 10: Masai Mara

Start the day with an early morning game drive or optional hot air balloon ride over the savannah.  After breakfast proceed on another game-viewing session. After lunch visit a nearby Masai village to see their nomadic lifestyle and where we have the option to stay for the night.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

November 11: Masai Mara to Busia

After breakfast, drive to Busia, stopping for lunch en route. We spend the night in Busia with the Muungano Development Gateway, a community-based organisation supporting orphans in the area through providing foster care and education.  It also supports the families who foster the orphans through providing soya bean seeds to cultivate.  Families take what they need, and remaining crops are sold externally to raise funds for other community needs.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

November 12: Busia 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

 

November 13: Jinja

A full free day to enjoy in East Africa’s adrenalin capital.  Choose from a number of activities including white-water rafting, bungee jumping and quad biking.

Included meals: None

 

November 14: Jinja to Entebbe

It’s a short drive from Jinja to Kampala, so you will have a free afternoon to explore Uganda’s capital.

Included meals: Breakfast

 

November 15: Entebbe to Lake Bunyonyi

Drive to Lake Bunyonyi, the base for gorilla trekking

Included meals: Breakfast

 

November 16: Lake Bunyonyi

The morning is free to spend as you like: canoe on Lake Bunyonyi, visit an orphanage, or spend time with local women learning their traditional crafts.  In the afternoon we may transfer to a village closer to the family of gorillas you will be trekking, depending on the location of the the family.

Included meals: None

 

November 17: Gorilla Trekking

Start early in the morning for the trekking.  It’s a truly magical experience to be in the presence of a massive silverback who is only a few metres from you.  After the trekking you will return to Lake Bunyonyi.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

November 18: Lake Bunyonyi to Ruhengeri

Drive to beautiful Ruhengeri, surrounded by the Parc National des Volcans.  The Virunga Volcanos loom to the south and west of Ruhengeri, providing plenty of hiking opportunities. A special experience to be enjoyed here is the hike to the top of one volcano to see the Golden Monkeys.

Included meals: Breakfast

 

November 19: Ruhengeri

You have a free day to experience some of the wonderful sights in the midst of the Virunga Volcanoes.  There is a community tourism group who can organise guides to take you to the neighbouring villages to learn about basket weaving, banana beer production and other traditional activities.

Included meals: Breakfast

 

November 20: Ruhengeri to Lake Musanze

Drive through rural Rwanda to Gahini, a small village on Lake Musanze in Eastern Rwanda.  Enjoy sundowners at the guesthouse as the sun descends across the lake.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

November 21: Lake Musanze to Kigali

After spending the morning in the Gahini community visiting some community projects, we travel the short distance to Kigali.  The rest of the holiday is yours to enjoy – the Genocide Museum is not to be missed.

Included meals: Breakfast

 

November 22: Kigali

A free day to explore Kigali at your leisure.  In the evening we can have a farewell dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast

 

November 23: Depart Kigali

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Total Price: US$3500

US$750 deposit to confirm your seat payable as soon as you decide

US$1800 due on 3 October 2013

US$950 due on Day 1 of the trip

 

This is a camping trip – we supply the tent, you supply the bedding.  If you wish to upgrade your accommodation please email Tracey and Francis: tracey@ota-responsibletravel.com.

 

Inclusions:

• Arrival transfer from the airport in Nairobi on the first day

• Departure transfer to the airport in Kigali on the last day

• All accommodation, including tent hire

• Transport in a comfortable safari van with pop up roof

• Services of a professional English-speaking driver and tour leader/ cook

• Meals as listed in the itinerary

• Park entry and game drives in Amboseli National Park and Maasai Mara Game Reserve

• Gorilla trekking permits

• Entrance to David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

• Kibera tour with Amani Kibera

• All road taxes and tolls

 

Not Included:

• International flights and visas (approximately $50 per country, to be confirmed by you for your nationality)

• Travel insurance

• Vaccinations

• Meals not listed

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

• Tipping or gratuities – an entirely personal gesture

• Additional optional activities

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