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Masai Mara Safari + Gorillas of Uganda


KRU7N
7 NIGHTS
FROM £2,595
International flights quoted separately
After viewing the big five wildlife of the famous Masai Mara in Kenya, fly to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - home to many endangered species including the stunning silverback mountain gorilla. The experience of tracking a family of these magnificent creatures on foot will stay with you forever. All light aircraft flights, transfers, game drives & gorilla permits included. Early booking essential.
Tracking Mountain Gorillas Bwindi Forest Uganda Masai Mara Kenya
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Nairobi
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Masai Mara Game Reserve asai Mara
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Lions
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Elephants
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Big-5 Game Drives
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Kampala Uganda
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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
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Tracking Mountain Gorillas
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Rain Forests
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Monkeys
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Nairobi
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Masai Mara Game Reserve asai Mara
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Lions
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Elephants
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Big-5 Game Drives
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Kampala Uganda
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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
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Tracking Mountain Gorillas
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Rain Forests
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Monkeys
Day 1
You will be met at Nairobi Airport and transferred to your light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara, named after the Masai people and the Mara River that divides the park.
 
Masai Mara National Park is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest from the adjoining Serengeti National Park. This phenomenon occurs every year from July to October, when game migrates along a circular route from the plains of the Serengeti to the Masai Mara and back again in search of fresh pastures, followed by hungry predators - most notably lions and hyena.
 
After checking into your lodge, enjoy a late afternoon game drive.
Days 2 To 3
Today is dedicated to game viewing on the open plains of the world famous Masai Mara.
 
Nestled within the enormous Great Rift Valley, Masai Mara National Park is famous for its many prides of lions, packs of hyena and other predators - as well as huge herds of wildebeest, which number over one million, zebra and giraffe. All the Big Five can be seen here, as well as numerous other species including the Thomson's gazelle, topi, kongoni, impala, roan antelope and hippo. The nocturnal bat-eared fox, rarely found elsewhere in Kenya, also inhabits this park as well as the endangered cheetah and black rhino. Bird watching is also excellent with over 450 different species including the vulture, marabou stork, secretary bird, hornbill, crowned crane, ostrich, long-crested eagle and african pygmy-falcon.
 
Set off early each morning, when game viewing conditions are at their best, to view the abundant wildlife of the Masai Mara region. Return to the lodge to rest in the heat of the day, before setting off again in the late afternoon for another game drive.
Day 4
After a final early morning game drive, transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Nairobi.
 
You will be met at Wilson Airport and transferred to your hotel in this bustling city.
Day 5
Transfer to Nairobi Airport for your onward flight.

Arrive at Entebbe Airport and transfer to your light aircraft flight to Bwindi. You will be met at Kihihi airstrip and transferred 1-hour to your lodge situated near the entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - home to over 50% of the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas, and also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys and chimpanzees.
 
This dense equatorial jungle is accessible only on foot and features one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, including 120 species of mammals, 350 bird species including hornbills and turacos, 220 butterfly species, 27 frog species as well as chameleons, geckos and many other endangered species. It also boasts over 1,000 different flowering plants, ferns & trees.
 
Check into your lodge and enjoy the beautiful scenery of your remote forest surroundings.
 
Day 6
This morning we enter Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - home to half the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas, and also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys and chimpanzees.
 
This dense equatorial jungle is accessible only on foot and features one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, including 120 species of mammals, 350 bird species including hornbills and turacos, 220 butterfly species, 27 frog species as well as chameleons, geckos and many other endangered species. It also boasts over 1,000 different flowers.
 
Rangers will allocate you to a small group to track a troop of endangered Mountain Gorillas, accompanied by a guide. Expect to walk 2 to 4-hours each way in steep, muddy and dense tropical jungle conditions to view a family of these enormous animals on foot and observe their behavior up close - a rare privilege indeed.
 
You must be over 16 years to track gorillas and sufficiently fit to walk for the period indicated. Ensure you arrange a packed lunch with the lodge and carry sufficient water (at least 2-3 bottles of 500ml). Warm weatherproof clothing is advised for the wet cool climate high in the mountains, including a rain poncho. You should wear long trousers, long sleeved tops, long socks (to tuck into your trousers), suitable walking boots and gardening gloves to protect your hands from nettles and undergrowth. Also hat, sunscreen & mosquito repellant.
 
You can not be sick or have any infectious disease and no eating or drinking is permitted in the vicinity of the gorillas. Only one hour is allowed with the gorillas and you have to keep a distance of at least 5 metres. No touching the gorillas is allowed (although they may decide to touch you)! The maximum number of visitors allowed per day is 6-12 people per group and no flash photography is allowed.
Day 7
At leisure to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
 
Many optional excursions are available today including a guided walk to a waterfall in the rainforest, home to several endemic bird species, clouds of butterflies and rare plant life, offering excellent photographic opportunities. You can discover the traditions of the Batwa Pygmies, and learn about the indigenous people of Bwindi, or walk through the local village and learn about community projects, such as the Amagara project that assists local farmers and Bwindi Community Hospital, which started as a health clinic under a tree and now provides vital medical and educational services to over 60,000 people.
 
You can take a boat ride on the lake, observe Golden Monkeys in the rainforest (pay for permit locally) or go gorilla tracking again (additional permit required & subject to availability).
 
Day 8
Transfer 1-hour to Kihihi airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Entebbe Airport for your flight home.
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