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Serengeti, Gorillas & Beyond Kampala - Nairobi

Trip Overview

This 26 day overland tour journeys from Kampala to Nairobi through Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda
26 DAYS THROUGH Kenya, Rwanda (+ 2 more countries)
PRICE FROM:
Was: $3,765 USD + 2,670 KITTY USD
Now: $3,200 (USD) + 2,670 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
26 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4, Private bus, Boat
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, African camp master, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
80%
20%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
AKN
DEPOSIT:
$850 USD

Highlights

  Overnight in stunning Mburu National Park with optional guided walk

  2 night safari in QEII National Park including boat trip

  Calmly sit eye-to-eye with a Silverback mountain gorilla

  2 nights camping in Nyungwe National Park with chimp trekking

  Visit a local tea plantation in Rwanda

  Spend three days treking the Congo Nile Trail in Rwanda

  Camp on the shore of Lake Victoria in Bukoba

  Enjoy stunning views of Lake Victoria and the Serengeti at Bunda

  2 day safari in the Serengeti, the ultimate African wildlife experience

  Tour to the stunning Ngorongoro Crater National Park

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Kampala ( 26th Dec 2019 )

Border Information: If you are joining the trip in Kampala, you will most likely enter Uganda at Entebbe International Airport.

Welcome to Kampala! If you would like to explore Kampala fully, we advise you arrive a day earlier to give yourself the time to see some of the highlights in the city - possible activities include visiting the Uganda Museum, the Cathedral and the Kasubi Tombs. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Kampala before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Kampala.

There will be a group meeting today at our joining hotel at 18:00 - your tour leader will meet you at the hotel reception. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where this important meeting will take place.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the Kasubi Tombs, the burial site for members of the Baganda Royal Family

USD 10

Explore the stunning Cathedral, the home of the Archbishop of Kampala in the oldest Roman Catholic diocese in Uganda.

USD 10

Walk to Kabaka's Palace, the mostly deserted palace that was home to some of Ugandas more painful history. Previously home to Bugandan Kings.

Free

Take a guided tour of this impressive Mosque which can hold over 15,000 people. Please note - When visiting the Uganda National Mosque, women should wear loose-fitting clothing that covers the arms and legs, as well as a scarf to cover the head. Men must wear pants and a sleeved shirt.

USD 10

Visit Uganda's national museum which is home to some of the countries most treasured relics.

 

USD 10
Day 2 - Lake Mburo National Park, Lake Mburo ( 27th Dec 2019 )

This morning we will make our way into the stunning Lake Mburo National Park. This drive will take us across the equator - a prime moment for some photos! The afternoon will include a boat trip on the beautiful Lake Mburo.

We will stay in an incredibile campsite close to the lake where you may be lucky enough to see hippos leaving the water in the evening.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park

USD 30
Day 3-4 - Queen Elizabeth National Park ( 28th Dec 2019 to 29th Dec 2019 )

This morning we travel to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, beautifully set between the Great Rift Valley lakes of Lake Edward and Lake George, undertaking a game drive on our way to the campsite. 

After lunch we will take an included boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, well-known for pelicans, eagles and other wonderful birdlife as well as its healthy population of hippos. During our time in the park we also hope to see elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, Ugandan kobs and waterbucks. 

The next morning we are up early to go on a full day game drive making our way into the depths of the park. We will experience areas of the National Park that are impossible to reach without a full days excursion!

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Safari in QEII National Park including a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel

Included in Kitty
Day 5-6 - Bwindi ( 30th Dec 2019 to 31st Dec 2019 )

Here we will go on what is undoubtedly the highlight of the trip - trekking to see the Mountain Gorillas in their natural forest habitat. 

This region is one of the last remaining sanctuaries for the mountain gorilla. No more than 8 people per day can visit any one habituated family, and visits are strictly controlled to minimise the possibility of disturbance or transmission of disease to the animals. 

Tracking gorillas in the dense forest can sometimes be wet, muddy and uncomfortable. The terrain is by no means easy either, so it can be pretty strenuous and often humid; however, the sheer thrill of coming across a habituated group of gorillas, dominated by a great male silverback, more than outweighs any difficulty. You need to be prepared and fit enough to walk at least 4 hours - uphill and downhill. We can usually get very close to the mountain gorillas, who are placid and gentle, and watching their movements is like seeing a mirror image of yourself! Once you find them, you will stay with the gorillas for one unforgettable hour!

When visiting the gorillas you will be assigned a trekking group and time on your permit. The group may be split up into different trekking groups during the day.

In Bwindi we will stay in a campsite that occasinally has some very special visitors, the incredible mountain gorillas!

Please note that the gorilla permits are paid for in full by the trip kitty - however, we have to purchase the permits in advance on the customers' behalf, so a higher deposit is charged on the trip price to protect us from losing this money in the event of cancellation - please see the notes at the end for further detail.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Trek out for this once in a lifetime experience - Gorilla Tracking with the endagered Mountain Gorillas in the Impenetrable Forest

Included in Kitty
Day 7 - Ruhengeri & Volcanoes National Park ( 1st Jan 2020 )

Border Information: Exit Uganda at Cyahafi, enter Rwanda at Kidaho.

Leaving Uganda behind, we cross the border into the stunning country of Rwanda.

Today we will drive the short distance to Ruhengeri (also known as Musanze), the gateway to the Volcanoes National Park, where we will spend the next 1night. Today we will have time for optional activities such as visiting the Golden Monkeys.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

In Ruhengeri we will stay in dorms at a local church mission, or camp in their grounds.

 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Trek to search for the Golden Monkeys near Ruhengeri (if time allows)

USD 100

Trek out to Dian Fossey's Memorial in the forests around Ruhengeri (if time allows)

USD 75

Head out for a full day trekking around Visoke and other high volcanos in Volcanos National Park (if time allows)

USD 75

Visit the weaving collective at the Red Rocks Community Project (if time allows)

USD 10
Day 8 - Kibuye ( 2nd Jan 2020 )

Today we head to the lakeside town of Kibuye. We will haev the option to do many activities this afternoon in the rural town.

Estimated drive time - 3-4 hours

Tonight we will stay in an eco-camp overlooking the water.

Day 9-10 - Nyungwe National Park ( 3rd Jan 2020 to 4th Jan 2020 )

This morning we wil head to Nyungwe National Park where we will stay for 2 nights as we have so much to fit in! We start with a visit to a local tea plantation before camping in the National Park itself.

The following morning we have chimps to hunt for and a breath taking canopy walkway trail to keep us busy for the day!

Estimated drive time - 2-3 hours

Day 11 - Kigali ( 5th Jan 2020 )

Today we arrive in our final city of this trip, Kigali. After a long drive in the morning we will visit the moving and very thought provoking Genocide Museum in the afternoon.

Estimated drive time: 5-6 hours.

In Kigali we will stay in a comfortable campsite for the night.

 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit to the genocide memorial in Kigali

Free
Day 12 - Kigali ( 6th Jan 2020 )

Border Information: If you are joining the trip in Kigali, you will most likely enter Rwanda at Kigali International Airport.

Welcome to Kigali! If you would like to explore Kigali fully, we advise you arrive a day earlier to give yourself the time to see some of the highlights in the city. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Kigali before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Kigali.

There will be a group meeting today at our joining hotel at 18:00 - your tour leader will meet you at the hotel reception. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where this important meeting will take place.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit to the genocide memorial in Kigali

Free
Day 13-15 - Kigali, Congo Nile Trail ( 7th Jan 2020 to 9th Jan 2020 )

This morning we leave Kigali to spend three days treking the Congo Nile Trail. 

Estimated drive time - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

On the first day the truck will drop us at the start of the trail. We will only need a day pack as the truck will then drive ahead and begin to set up camp for us at the end of the first days walk. There are some stunning views across Lake Kivu so don't forget your camera!

The next morning we are up early to continue the trail, winding through the local villages and coffee plantations along the lake and soaking up the wonderful Rwandan culture and hospitality. The truck will once again be there to meet us at the end of the day at camp.

At the end of our third day on this beautiful trail our crew will collect us from our finishing point and we will return to the comforts of Kigali for the evening.

 

Day 16-17 - Bukoba ( 10th Jan 2020 to 11th Jan 2020 )

This morning we are up early for a long drive day across to Bukoba in Tanzania. In Bukoba we will stay in a wel equiped campsite on the shore of Lake Victoria with options to upgrade into traditional Bandas for the 2 nights we will be here.

Estimated drive time - 9-10 hours

The following day we have time to enjoy the multitude of activities that Bukoba has to offer.

Day 18-19 - Mwanza ( 12th Jan 2020 to 13th Jan 2020 )

Today we will be heading to Mwanza for two nights. We are going to camping in the grounds of the local Yacht Club, famouns for its Seafood restaurant. You can even become a member fo the club!

The following day we will have the whole day free to explore the town and participat in all the activities on offer.

Estimated drive time - 8-9 hours

Day 20 - Bunda ( 14th Jan 2020 )

This morning we will head up into the hills of Bunda. We will stay in a campsite with incredbile views. This afternoon we will take a guided walk on which we will experience the vistas of Lake Victoria as well as the Serengeti! There are also oportunities for bird watching and canoeing.

Estimated drive time - 3-4 hours

Day 21-24 - Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Mto Wa Mbu ( 15th Jan 2020 to 18th Jan 2020 )

Today we will be met by our fleet of 6-person 4x4 jeeps - we will load the jeeps with our camping and personal gear, and then head out for our 4-day excursion to the Tarangire National Park, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, leaving our truck behind.

We will also be leaving our large bags behind (where they will be stored in a secure location), and advise you to bring along a smaller daypack for your personal gear for this trip that will need to be packed soon after the group meeting before we set off. You should pack clothing for 4 days (including a warm jumper or fleece and long trousers), a waterproof jacket, toiletries (including sun screen and insect repellent), your camera and charger, a small towel, a head torch, a water bottle, books and personal snacks, etc.

We will have safety talk with our safari guides and then we will make our way down into the plains of the Serengeti. We will take an game drive around the savanna before heading to our campsite - the area is one of the world's premier spot for wildlife viewing and we hope to able to find elephants, lions, leopards, giraffe and other big game during our time here!

Tonight we will stay at a campsite within the Serengeti National Park. The camp where we stay is very basic (with showers and flush toilets, but no other facilities) but is located right in the middle of the plains, surrounded by animals and their nocturnal noises! Your leader will outline the basic safety rules to be followed when camping in an unfenced location where wild animals are present.

The next morning we will get up very early and we set off in our jeeps for an early morning game drive in the heart of the Serengeti plains. The early morning is the best time of day for wildlife viewing, as many of the animals are at their most active while it is still cool.

There is an option this morning for to take a hot air balloon flight over the Serengeti instead of the game drive - demand is high for this activity, so this must be pre-booked at the time that you booked your trip with us.

We will return to our campsite for lunch, and then aim to exit the Serengeti early afternoon. We will head back through the conservation area to our next campsite, on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, where we will arrive in the early evening.

Again, the campsite tonight is very basic and unfenced. It can often be quite cold on the crater rim so it is recommended that you take some warm clothes for this night.

The next morning we will have another early start to descend into the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater for a morning game drive. Again, the Ngorongoro Crater is an outstanding area for wildlife spotting, often described as a 'natural wildlife enclosure'. This is the best chance on the excursion to spot black rhinos as well as a myriad of other big game.

We will spend as long as our entry tickets allow in the Ngorongoro Crater before departing, which will usually give us about 3-4 hours of game driving.

Then on to a full day drive within Tarangire National Park the following day. You should have many oportunities for photographs so remember your cameras!

Once we make it into our camp site for the evening will will have our evening meal before the opportunity for a night game drive to Lake Manyara.

On our final day of this excursion we have an optional bike ride or bush walk along the shore of Lake Manyara. Then we will experience the view from the birds perspective with a tree top walkway followed by a traditional Swahili buffet for lunch.  We will then be dropped off at our campsite back in Mto Wa Mbu, where we are re-united with our truck.

We will have a well-deserved free afternoon to relax at our excellent campsite or to do some of the optional activites on offer here.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Head on an unforgettable safari in 4x4s into the Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater National Reserves - three of the world's most incredible areas for wildlife spotting

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit to the Mto Wa Mbu village community project

Free

Hot Air Balloon ride in the Serengeti (this must be pre booked through your sales consultant)

USD 650
Day 25 - Nairobi ( 19th Jan 2020 )

Today we will corss into Kenya and make our way into Nairobi, the last stop on this trip. We should arrive in time to enjoy a range of optional activities such as the Langata Giraffe Centre, Karen Blixen Museum and The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.

Estimated drive time - 6-7 hours

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

NNP Animal orphanage & Safari walk, Nairobi

KES 500
Explore the museum at the site of the former home of Karen Blixen, the author of 'Out of Africa'
KES 1200
Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi
KES 1000

Learn all about the different tribal groups of Kenya at the Bomas of Kenya cultural centre in Nairobi

USD 40
Discover some of Kenya's ancient hominids at the National Museum in Nairobi

KES 1200
Head out on a guided safari walk in Nairobi National Park
USD 25
Day 26 - Nairobi ( 20th Jan 2020 )

Border information: If you are finishing in Nairobi, you will most likely exit Kenya at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Nairobi. Please note, there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking an extra night of accommodation in order to fully explore the area.

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Departing: 26 Dec 2019
Returning: 20 Jan 2020
Duration: 26 days
Route: Kampala - Nairobi
$3,200 USD + $2,670 Kitty (USD)
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Deposit: $850 USD
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Departing: 21 Dec 2020
Returning: 15 Jan 2021
Duration: 26 days
Route: Kampala - Nairobi
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Returning: 14 Jan 2022
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