Day 1/2: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge
- Mid-range lodge located just outside Bwindi NP
Day 3/4: Ole Sereni
- Luxury hotel located in or near Nairobi
Day 5/6: Sweetwaters Serena Camp
- Luxury tented camp located inside Ol Pejeta
Day 7: Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort
- Mid-range hotel located in or near Lake Naivasha
Day 8/9/10: Ilkeliani Camp
- Mid-range tented bush camp located just outside Masai Mara NR
On arrival in Kigali you are met off your flight by our guide who will brief you before we depart for the Uganda border to complete border formalities. A short drive to our first activity, the Batwa Trail, a cultural experience that offers a glimpse of the traditional life of the Batwa (pygmies) who were forest dwellers. The activity introduces travelers to Batwa life comprised of hunting, fruit gathering, collecting honey and performing of rituals in the caves within the forest. The Batwa lived in harmony with forest animals including the mountain gorillas for over 500,000 years. They are the main beneficiaries of the activity. Continue to check in to our lodge in the Bwindi area for check in, dinner and overnight stay.
Today you set off on your Uganda gorilla tracking adventure in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – home to half of the world’s total mountain gorilla population. While trekking through the dense forest you’ll have the opportunity to view the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of the Gentle Giants of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park surely is the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer. After this captivating and unforgettable experience you will head back to your lodge for some relaxation.
We depart this morning to return back across the Rwandan border and on to Kigali where a tour will be undertaken the Genocide Memorial site, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide and how Rwanda has dealt with that past. The recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience. After a visit we continue to the airport for your flight to Nairobi. Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the 5 Star Boma Hotel.
Depart this morning with your guide for a day tour of Nairobi. Our first stop is for a visit to the Giraffe Centre where you can interact with the Giraffes. Next we will head to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage for the public viewing between 11 AM – 12 PM to gain insight into the great work the trust does in working with orphaned elephants. We’ll make a stop ay the Tamambo Blixen’s Coffee Gardens where you have the option of buying lunch. Our last stop will be at the Kazuri Beads Factory which is a women’s cooperative whose work is distributed and prized around the world. Back to the hotel to freshen up before our dinner at Carnivore Restaurant.
Leave the hotel after breakfast and travel north to Nanyuki and check-in to Sweetwaters Tented Camp. A sheltered oasis, clustered around a water hole and set in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters offers a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and safari luxury. Located on the plains of Mount Kenya, the camp features thirty-nine luxury tents, each with its own private veranda overlooking the water hole. The central Rhino Restaurant, housed in the former manager’s house of this once colonial farm offers both regional and international cuisine. Also within the house is the Kashoggi Bar and lounge, which centers on a blazing log fire. The Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing hide, overlooks the waterhole and offers unrivaled wildlife-watching. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the conservancy.
Enjoy an entire day exploring the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy with game drives and a picnic lunch. We also will pay a visit to the Rhino Sanctuary and Chimpanzee sanctuary to see some of the animal welfare work done by the Conservancy.
After breakfast we drive south to Lake Naivasha in time for lunch at the charmingly located Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge. The lodge stands in 120 acres of lakeside land, most of which is covered in green riparian meadows, which sweep down to the shores of the lake, one of the most beautiful in the Great Rift Valley. The grounds are alive with a colourful selection of birds, and the trees with monkeys. This afternoon we will visit Crescent island for a walking safari where you have the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll amongst the animals. There are no predators, however the opportunity to walk amongst animals such as Giraffe is magical. Later we head down to the lodge’s jetty for a boat trip on Lake Naivasha where you can spot plenty of birdlife and visit the resident Hippo pods
After breakfast depart very early and drive to the Masai Mara National Reserve in time for a late lunch. Settle in to the Il Keliani Camp which is nestled in a river glade in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve for the next three nights. After lunch enjoy your first game drive in the Mara.
You spend the next two full days exploringthe Mara ecosystem on game drives. The Mara is world renowned for the breathtaking spectacle of the ‘greatest wildlife shows on earth’, the awe inspiring annual migration of the wildebeest which typically takes place between July and October. The Mara consists of rolling grasslands, meandering rivers and towering escarpments offering one of the world’s most rewarding and evocative wildlife arenas. You may wish to book an optional Mara Balloon safari for one of the mornings.
Breakfast at the camp before we pack up and depart for our last morning game drive in the Mara to catch our last glimpses of the resident wildlife. Exit the park and drive back to Nairobi with a picnic lunch stop. Continue to the airport for your flight home or consider an extension to the beaches of the Kenyan Coast