11 Days Masai Mara Kenya and Gorilla Trekking Safari

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Overview

Experience one of the ultimate wildlife encounters on earth – trekking endangered African mountain gorillas in Uganda! And, explore the world-famous Masai Mara, one of the very best game parks in Africa!

After the wildlife adventure of a lifetime in Masai Mara, go game viewing in Ol Pejeta Conservancy of Kenya, home to abundant animal life.

Safari Highlights:

  1. Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
  2. Masai Mara National Reserve
  3. Lake Naivasha
  4. Nairobi City Tour

Itinerary

Day 1
Nairobi City Tour

Upon your arrival to Nairobi, Kenya Our guide will pick you up from your booked accommodation to embark on your city tour. 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 at the Tamambo Blixen’s Coffee Gardens where we have 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. After collecting full-day memories we return to the hotel to freshen up before our dinner at Carnivore Restaurant.

Our accommodation options for this safari depend on your package type preference, We are happy to recommend top-notch lodge/ Camp options upon inquiry

Day 2
Nairobi to Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Early morning after your breakfast, our guide will pick up from our booked accommodation in Nairobi to transfer to Ol Pejeta Conservancy. We travel north to Nanyuki town arriving at our booked accommodation at Sweet waters Serena Camp in time for lunch. Our booked accommodation is a sheltered oasis, clustered around a water hole and set in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweet waters offers a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and safari luxury. Located on the plains of Mount Kenya, the lodge features top notch accommodation, 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. We enjoy an afternoon game drive in the conservancy.

Day 3
Full Day Ol Pejeta 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.

Day 4
Ol Pejeta Conservancy to Lake Naivasha

We enjoy our last breakfast at Sweet Water then checkout camp to transfer south to Lake Naivasha. We arrive at our booked accommodation just in time for lunch. 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 on the island; however, the opportunity to walk amongst animals such as Giraffe is magical. Later we transfer back to our lodge on a boat trip where you can spot plenty of birdlife and visit the resident Hippo pods

Day 5
Lake Naivasha to the Masai Mara National Reserve

After breakfast, we depart very early on a drive to the Masai Mara National Reserve. We arrive at our booked accommodation in time for a late lunch shortly after which we head out for our first evening game drive in the Mara; expect to see various wildlife species to include: giant elephants, hippopotamus, lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes and so many more. An evening sunset game drive in the Mara offers you an opportunity to view wildlife in the background of the beautiful African sunset. We return to accommodation after the delightful experience for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6
Full day Masai Mara National Reserve

The next 2 days are spent game viewing in Kenya’s leading Masai Mara National Reserve. You will embark on two game drives in the Mara: morning game drive and the afternoon game drive with organized bush breakfast and picnic lunch in search of the big five and other wildlife species to include: Masai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, Wildebeest, buffaloes, zebras, jackals, spotted hyenas, topi, impala, Hartebeests, nat eared foxes, the crocodiles and hippopotamus of the Mara and Talek Rivers. There will be a complimentary cultural visit to the Masaai tribe community within the park; this visit grants you a chance to learn about the Masaai culture, customs, ways of living and their exercising cultural dance.
We will have this full day to track the resident wildlife in Masai Mara National Reserve. After the thrilling day of magnificent game viewing in Masai Mara National Reserve, we retire at our accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7
Full Day Masai Mara National Reserve.

This is yet another full day to explore Masai Mara National Reserve, we enjoy a full-day game viewing experience with an arranged bush breakfast and lunch in the Masai Mara wilderness. Among the wildlife you’re to encounter, expect to see lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, jackals, rhinos, buffaloes, Zebras, Wildebeests, antelope species, crocodiles, hippopotamus, and various bird species.

To Note:
• There is an optional cultural visit to the Masaai tribe community within the park; this visit grants you a chance to learn about the Masaai culture, customs, ways of living, and their exercising cultural dance.
• Game viewing in Masai Mara Kenya can be enhanced with a hot air ballooning experience, this can be arranged at an extra cost.
After the amazing full-day adventure, we transfer back to accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 8
Masai Mara to Nairobi – Onward Kenya to Uganda Flight

We enjoy our last breakfast at the accommodation before we pack up and depart for our last morning game drive in the Mara to catch our last glimpses of the resident wildlife. We exit the park and drive back to Nairobi with a picnic lunch stop then continue to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight to Entebbe, Uganda. Our guide in Uganda will warmly welcome you to Uganda upon your arrival at Entebbe Airport then transfer you to our booked accommodation along the shoreline of Lake Victoria for dinner and overnight stay

Day 9
Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Waking up early to a warming breakfast, you will be picked by our expert guide to transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park. This scenic drive takes you through Kampala city suburbs with a stopover at the Equator line in Kayabwe for a photo moment and geographical experiments on how water swirls in opposite directions in the Northern and Southern hemispheres at the Equator line. We continue the journey after an en-route lunch through magnificent views of terraced hills blended with gently sloping valleys of western Uganda. We arrive in Gorilla land late afternoon to check-in accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.

To Note:
• This 7 to 8 Hour drive to Gorilla Land can be substituted with a 1 hour chartered domestic flight which can be arranged at an extra cost upon request.

Day 10
Gorilla Trekking Uganda

Waking up very early to a warming breakfast, we transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park headquarters for your pre-trek briefing. You will be grouped in groups of 8 people then embark on a trek in search of the mountain gorillas of Africa. Endeavor to show up physically fit for this thrilling adventure to the thick jungle of Bwindi. Upon finding the mountain gorillas, you will be allowed up to an hour with the gentle lads. However some visitors always want more time with the gorillas and that so, we can prepare an extended visit to the mountain gorillas called gorilla habituation.
Gorilla Habituation experience offers you a maximum of 4 hours with the gorillas and can be arranged on request at an extra cost. After the magical experience, you will return to the accommodation for refreshment and later on in the even there is an optional community visit to Batwa people of the Forest.

Day 11
Transfer to Entebbe

After a beautiful night in the foothills of the gorilla land, we embark on the road drive back to Entebbe to your booked accommodation or to the Airport for your departure flight. You will have lunch en route and can purchase any craft materials at several souvenir shops along the way to always remind you of your Bwindi gorilla trekking safari.