Gorilla Safari & the Masai Mara

“Enjoy camping and camaraderie as you discover the wildlife of Kenya and Uganda, from classic game drives, to trekking to meet chimps and gorillas.”

Highlights

Kenya: Nairobi | Lake Naivasha | Masai Mara | Lake Nakuru National Park | Eldoret | Uganda: Jinja | River Nile | Optional: white water rafting, village walk | Murchison Falls National Park | Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Forest | Queen Elizabeth National Park | Bwindi Impenetrable Forest | Trek to see gorillas | Optional: second gorilla trek | Rwanda: Kigali | Genocide Museum

Description of Gorilla Safari & the Masai Mara

This epic 18 day gorilla safari and the Masai Mara will take you over the wildlife filled grass plains of Kenya and national parks of Uganda, before coming to a thrilling climax within a trek to meet the gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

This small group holiday begins in Kenya, where you’ll take game drives in the Masai Mara. Look out for lions and cheetahs, as well as numerous other species and, at certain times of year, you can watch as the Great Migration of wildebeest thunders past. Then it’s on to Lake Nakuru National Park, one of Kenya’s best small parks, home to a population of black and white rhino. Once in Uganda, we’ll make for Jinja, the adventure sport capital of the country, where you have the option to try white water rafting on the Nile. We spend time in Murchison Falls National Park, seeing the famous falls and enjoying a game drive on the north side of the Nile, before heading to Budongo Forest. This is your first opportunity to meet one of our closes relatives, chimpanzees, as we trek into the trees to see them. In Queen Elizabeth National Park, enjoy game drives or an optional boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel to see huge numbers of hippo, before finally, in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, we pull on our walking shoes again and go in search of gorillas – a truly breathtaking finale to this wonderful adventure.

Another exciting dimension to this wildlife adventure is the accommodation. For 13 nights we will camp, with all meals prepared by the team. It’s a chance to stay deeply connected to nature and brings a real sense of immersion in the landscapes and life of East Africa. This is a small group holiday with a maximum of 18 people.

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27 Jun 2020
£4049
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12 Sep 2020
£4129
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Our top tip:
In addition to your daysack, take a small overnight bag to pack what you’ll need in for camping.
Trip type:
Small group tour. 4-18 adults (min. age 18) with a tour leader.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
11 nights camping, 4 nights hotel.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Meals:
15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 13 dinners.
Included:
Accommodation, all transport and listed activities, tour leader, gorilla permit, flights (if booked).
Vouchers
Accepted
“Where we camp there is no fence. One time, lions came into the campsite; we could hear them roaring…”

Responsible tourism

Gorilla Safari & the Masai Mara

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Accommodation & meals:
The majority of this trip is spent camping, therefore reducing our energy consumption and carbon footprint for the whole trip. Each tour has their own chef, dedicated to buying produce from local stalls and markets and making a range of traditional meals. Guests might have the chance to learn to make an African Lakes regional specialty such as stew with ‘Ugali’ - a maize flour and water mixture with the consistency of dough.

Community:
We employ local tour guides, drivers, porters and chefs and so all of these employment opportunities provide financial benefit for people in the community. Beyond this, we also work directly with a number of charitable organizations in the area. Along with offering the opportunity to get involved in a school project in Jinja, for example, we make a point of visiting the genocide museum in Kigali, Rwanda. This helps to educate visitors, drive income to the area and to support the work of the Aegis Trust which prevents further acts of atrocity in the region.

Local Crafts & Culture:
In addition to purchasing supplies locally, tour guides encourage travelers to purchase goods and souvenirs from a Maasai village. Through this we encourage and respect their customs and craftsmanship while sharing with our visitors at a fair price for the Maasai people. Our guides are also keen to teach Swahili as a means of making a more genuine connection with people they meet on the trip.

Group size:
This is a small group tour and so numbers do not exceed 18, meaning that local environments and the communities and variety of species (endangered and otherwise) that we encounter are not seriously impacted by our stay. This group size also allows us to travel with ease and therefore to stay at a number of unique, lesser known campsites and one hotel that would not usually benefit from tourism commerce due to its limited size.

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Conservation:
The permit fee charged to see the Gorillas in in Parc National des Volcans goes directly towards the preservation of this endangered species and their fragile but beautiful environment. By travelling with us, you ensure that rangers are paid a fair wage and have the provisions and personnel to protect themselves and wildlife against harmful poaching activity.

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Reviewed on 23 Oct 2019 by

We had the best wildlife encounters ever! Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2019 by

Just returned from my first African wild adventure and I'm still day dreaming of it!...Absolutely awed day in day out. This being my first experience camping and group travelling i must say it has been a blast! Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2019 by

Very good great experience very well run and crew are fantastic. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2018 by

Excellent. It is a shame that we did not do this before we reached our sixties. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Aug 2018 by

Too many to pick just one highlight - spending an hour with a family of 10 mountain gorillas, a balloon flight over the Masai Mara at sunrise, seeing wild chimpanzees, spotting elephants, big cats, hippos.... The list could go on. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2018 by

White Water Rafting in river Nile is very interesting. Seeing Lion, Elephant and Zebra. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Jul 2017 by

The most memorable moment was getting up close to a gorilla family at Volcanoes National Park; seeing white and black rhinos in Lake Nakuru NP; seeing the Wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Jan 2017 by

This is by far the best holiday I have ever been on, and I've been on quite a few! Nothing beats the natural untouched beauty of Africa, but it was the beauty of the people that helped us feel at home that I will remember most. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2014 by

Every day was fabulous always something different... travelling with like minded people was also a good thing. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2014 by

Gorillas!!!!! Interacting with them was the most exceptional experience of my life and the biggest adrenaline rush I have ever had. It is without comparison. The Masai Mara was amazing, wild camping was a buzz and white water rafting on the Nile was an amazing experience but being close to the African people(especially the happy kids) and not isolated in 5 star resorts made the trip a once in a lifetime experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Feb 2014 by

It was excellent. I would go again tomorrow... it was such a fabulous trip from the start in Kigali to the end in Nairobi. Seeing the gorillas was obviously so special and memorable and the rafting in jinja was an unexpected highlight. Also the people in my group and our fabulous tour operator's team who were so efficient, friendly, patient and organised. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2014 by

Wildlife from Masai Mara to Rwanda was amazing, varied and stunning...Brilliant - one I shall never forget. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jan 2014 by

It was a really great holiday, great wildlife, beautiful scenery, great people, and well organised. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Mar 2013 by

The Gorilla trek in Rwanda was the real highlight, would do it again tomorrow, but Uganda was an unexpected highlight, with wonderful bird watching at Lake Bunyonyi, camping next to the hippos at Lake Mboru and at Jinja the boat trip to the Source of the Nile. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2012 by

The most memorable part was game driving in the Masai Mara and visiting the gorillas in Rwanda...Excellent. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Dec 2011 by

My holiday was the best, the guides were fantastic and made sure that all our needs were catered for, couldn't fault it and worth every penny. Very fortunate that we had a great group of people on the trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2011 by

Most memorable? Seeing the gorillas, playing with children at the orphanage at Bunyonyi, seeing an elusive cheetah on our final game drive in the Mara and an absolutely fantastic group of people led by an amazing guided. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2011 by

Seeing the mountain gorillas at such close proximity. Incredible...It was an excellent trip. Very well organised with lots to see and do without feeling rushed. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2011 by

I have travelled a lot and have been to Africa before but not the East. However, something about this trip touched me deeply. I worry for Africa, for the people, the environment and the wildlife. This trip educated me further on the problems facing this great continent. It was truly educational, breathtaking, humbling and fun! Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Jan 2011 by

Good, but too much driving. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2010 by

Most memorbale was almost walking into a zebra on my way to the toilet one night! The camping was challenging for me, but it was worth it to hear animals at night. 5 stars. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2010 by

A highlight was the gorilla treks, not only where they amazing but it was also on my birthday. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2010 by

This was the best vacation we have ever taken. It was a packed with a wide variety of activities from wildlife to culture to beautiful site seeing. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Nov 2010 by

Seeing the gorillas and animals in the other game reserves, the experience of spending time in Africa, meeting the people and seeing the beautiful country. The guides and the group were excellent...One I will never forget. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2010 by

Expect the unexpected! Don’t get hung up on itineraries, when something doesn’t work out the way YOU are expecting it too. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2010 by

An excellent holiday, would readily recommend it to friends. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2010 by

A very enjoyable time, and we plan to go back to East Africa again, though under our own steam now. Read full review

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