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Gorilla tracking and Golden monkeys in Rwanda

Masai Mara Safari + Gorillas of Uganda


KVU7N
7 NIGHTS
FROM £2,395
International flights quoted separately
After viewing the Big-5 wildlife of the famous Masai Mara in Kenya, fly to Kigali in Rwanda. From here drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda - 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.
Tracking Mountain Gorillas Bwindi Forest Uganda Masai Mara Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
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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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Kigali, Rwanda
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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
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Tracking Mountain Gorillas
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Rainforests of Uganda
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Monkeys & other Primates
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Nairobi, Kenya
• 
Masai Mara Game Reserve asai Mara
• 
Lions
• 
Elephants
• 
Big-5 Game Drives
• 
Kigali, Rwanda
• 
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
• 
Tracking Mountain Gorillas
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Rainforests of Uganda
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Monkeys & other Primates
Day 1
You will be met at Nairobi Airport and transferred to Wilson Airport for your light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara, named after the Masai people and the Mara River, which 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.
 
Check into your lodge and enjoy a late afternoon game drive into this magnificent wildlife sanctuary.
Days 2 To 3
Today is dedicated to game viewing in your private conservancy that is part of the world famous Masai Mara, where there are no fences and the animals roam free.
 
Nestled within the enormous Great Rift Valley, the Masai Mara 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 region 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. Return to your lodge to rest in the heat of the day, before setting off again in the late afternoon for another game drive.
 
Note: A game drive into the Masai Mara National Reserve is optional and needs to be booked in advance, to ensure availability of a vehicle for this full day excursion. This is usually only necessary during the wildebeest migration season, as the wildlife ranges freely between the conservancy & the park.
Day 4
After a final early morning game drive, transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Wilson Airport and transfer to Nairobi Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Kigale Airport and transferred to your hotel in this bustling city.
 
Check in, settle in and relax in your warm African surroundings.
Day 5
This morning your guide will show you the Genocide Memorial in Kigali.
 
We then travel 5-hours across the border into Uganda, to your lodge situated near the entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - home to over 50% of the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas, and also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys and chimpanzees.
 
Travel through the beautiful terraced hills and rapidly changing landscapes of Rwanda to the border with Uganda. After completing customs formalities, continue to the slopes of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with its towering trees. 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 rainforest 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 floral species.
 
After walking (or driving up to 1.5-hours) to your specified gate, rangers will allocate you to a small group of up to 8 people - with each gorilla family graded as a short, medium or long hike, based on their location the previous day. We recommend you ask your guide to request the appropriate category for you, although this cannot be guaranteed as the gorillas may have moved significantly overnight.
 
After a briefing, you will then track a family of endangered Mountain Gorillas, accompanied by two guides - one at the front and one at the back. The group will walk at the speed of the slowest member, so it is important to proceed at your own pace and enjoy the experience. We strongly recommend hiring a local porter at a cost of around $15 per person, as not only is this an important source of local employment, but they will carry your backpacks and give you a hand up (or a push) where necessary. Expect to walk 1 to 4-hours each way in steep, sometimes muddy and dense tropical jungle conditions to view a family of these enormous primates and observe their behavior up close - a rare privilege indeed.
 
You must take a copy of your passport with you today, as this will be required to trek. You must be over the age of 15 years to track gorillas and be sufficiently fit to walk for the period indicated. Ensure you arrange a packed lunch with your lodge and carry sufficient water in your backpack (at least 2 litres). You should wear long trousers, long sleeved top, long socks (tucked into your trousers to keep out biting ants), proper walking boots and gardening gloves to protect your hands from nettles and undergrowth. Start off wearing a light fleece, as it is cold in the forest in the morning and pack proper rain gear, including a rain jacket and waterproof trousers, as it can rain at any time. A walking stick to help with the steep ascents will be provided if you don’t have your own.
 
You cannot 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 7 metres. No flash photography is allowed and no touching the gorillas (although they may decide to touch you)!
Day 7
At leisure to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
 
It is possible to participate in another optional gorilla trek today, but this must be booked in advance as gorilla permits are strictly limited.
 
Other optional activities include a Community Village Walk where you can learn more about the local inhabitants, as well as meet the forest-dwelling Batwa Pygmies. You can also enjoy a guided walk to a waterfall in the rainforest, where you can see endemic birds, butterflies and plants.
Day 8
Transfer 5-hours across the border into Rwanda and on to Kigali Airport for your flight home.
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