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East Africa Gorilla & Safari Experience

Itinerary

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Day 1 Kigali

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DetailIf you arrive early, take some time to explore the city, known for its pleasant, friendly atmosphere. Kigali also has some interesting and historic sites outside of the city. If you want more time to explore, we recommend booking a pre-night.

Additional Notes

Please remember that this is a developing area and as such, accommodations/service may not be of similar standard to which you are used to in your home country. There also can be differences in service levels between different countries in East Africa. As well, interruptions in electricity and water can be common and internet/wifi is often only available in large cities. We appreciate your patience and understanding as well as your sense of adventure.

A/C is not available in the accommodations used on this trip. In general is not a concern as it does cool down at night and depending on location fans or screened windows are available.

4x4 safari vehicles are used to better navigate rough roads but important to note that vehicles do not have A/C.

Included Activities
  • Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Transport

Private Vehicle

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Day 2 Kigali/Volcanoes National Park

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DetailVolcanoes National Park borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. Five of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains can be found here. The volcanoes and highlands of the park are covered in lush rainforest and bamboo (a favourite snack of the gorillas). While the most famous resident is the mountain gorilla, there’s plenty of other wildlife roaming around: buffaloes, bushbucks, golden monkeys, hyenas, numerous bird species, and some elephants call this place home.

Additional Notes

Altitude note: Volcanoes NP - approx 2,000 m (6,550 ft)

Included Activities
  • Kigali Genocide Memorial Visit
  • Nyamirambo Women's Centre, Local Lunch
  • Nyamirambo Women's Centre, Community Walk


Transport

4x4 (3.00 hour(s), 130km)

Included Meals

1B, 1L, 1D

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Day 3 Volcanoes National Park

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DetailEnjoy a trek into the national park with a ranger/guide to view a unique and endangered species — the golden monkey. Watch these playful and lively creatures in their natural habitat. After, visit the Karisoke Research Center, which was founded by Dr. Dian Fossey in 1967. Meet with a resident researcher and enjoy a tour to learn about their ongoing work in the protection of mountain gorillas. In the evening, expand your understanding of gorillas through an in-depth lecture from one of the head wardens of Volcanoes National Park.

Additional Notes

Proper hiking attire must be worn – you will be trekking in a rainforest with lots of vegetation, undergrowth, nettles and normally a rather muddy terrain.

Only 1 hour is spent with the Golden Monkeys to ensure their protection and conservation.

Please note that if you are unwell with anything contagious, even a common cold, you may be denied any of the treks to ensure the safety of the golden monkeys. This is a national park regulation, and trekking permits will not be refunded if you are denied entrance due to illness.

The order of activities over Days 3 and 4 can change depending on permit scheduling.

Included Activities
  • Golden Monkey Trek
  • Mountain Gorilla Conservation Experience
  • Gorilla Lecture


Transport

4x4

Included Meals

1B, 1L, 1D

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Day 4 Volcanoes National Park

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DetailApproximately 800 mountain gorillas exist globally in the wild today. They are found in Rwanda, DRC, and Uganda. In DRC and Rwanda, gorillas live in similar ecosystems/areas. The gorilla species found in these three areas are called highland gorillas.

In Rwanda there are ten habituated gorilla families that are open to visits – the visit to a gorilla family is done once per day, with a maximum 8 trekkers per group and the duration of a visit is limited to one (1) hour with the gorilla family. The time spent with them is limited due to conservation considerations and to minimize impact on the day-to-day life of the gorilla family you are visiting. It is important to be well prepared for the trek — you never know if your total trek will be short or long. The total duration of a trek can vary and be anything between 4 and 9 hrs in length depending on the location of the gorillas, which are constantly moving. You will mainly walk where there are no paths apart from the occasional buffalo or elephant trail.

Touching the gorillas is not allowed (although in some cases they may touch you). Making loud noises or sudden movements is also not allowed. You should attempt to keep a distance of 7m from the gorillas, however the gorillas themselves are unaware of this and will often get very close, in which case you should try to slowly move away. At all times you must abide by the instructions of the trackers and rangers.

Please note that porters are available at approx. $10$ per person. The porters are all hired from local villages and not only can carry your day pack, but assist you with a welcome hand over difficult spots. Regardless of your fitness level, we highly recommend hiring a porter as some tracks can be very muddy and elevation can affect even the most fit person. It also provides employment and supports the local community.

Additional Notes

Mountain gorillas share 98% of our DNA and are prone to catching human illnesses. Please note that if you are unwell with anything contagious, even a common cold, you may be denied any of the treks to ensure the safety of the gorillas. This is a national park regulation, and trekking permits will not be refunded if you are denied entrance due to illness.

Proper hiking attire must be worn – you will be trekking in a rainforest with lots of vegetation, undergrowth, nettles and normally a rather muddy terrain. Minimum age for gorilla trekking is 15 years old.

Please note that depending on the size of our group and when permits are confirmed, we may be split into 2 trekking groups and you may be trekking with non-G travellers.

Included Activities
  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Iby'iwacu Village Visit


Transport

4x4

Included Meals

1B, 1L, 1D

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Day 5 Volcanoes National Park/Queen Elizabeth National Park

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DetailQueen Elizabeth National Park is characterized by open savannah, large areas of swamp around Lake George, the extensive Maramagambo Forest in the southeast, and the forested Kyambura Gorge along the border with Kyambura Game Reserve.

Additional Notes

There is little accommodation inside the national park that fits our upgraded service level. Most of the mid-range lodges are adjacent to the park but it can often take approx. an hour to reach the park gates due to poor road logistics and conditions. For this reason there is a lot of driving to get to/from activities within the national park area.

Included Activities
  • Border Crossing (Rwanda - Uganda)


Transport

4x4 (8.00-9.00 hours)

Included Meals

1B, 1L, 1D

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Day 6 Queen Elizabeth National Park

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DetailExplore the lush Kalinzu Forest Reserve with a ranger on a trek in search of chimpanzees who call this protected area home. This afternoon drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a wildlife drive with possible sightings of buffalo, elephants, giant forest hogs, hyenas, leopards, lions, and warthogs.

Additional Notes

The order of activities over Days 6 and 7 can change depending on chimp permit scheduling.

Proper hiking attire must be worn – there are trails but we can at times go off trail, to search out chimps. Vegetation and be thick with undergrowth, nettles and often in muddy terrain.

At all times you must abide by the instructions of the trackers and rangers.

Please note that if you are unwell with anything contagious, even a common cold, you may be denied any of the treks to ensure the safety of the chimps. This is a national forest regulation, and trekking permits will not be refunded if you are denied entrance due to illness.

Included Activities
  • Kalinzu Forest Chimp Trek
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife Safari Drive


Transport

4x4

Included Meals

1B, 1L, 1D

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Day 7 Queen Elizabeth National Park

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DetailEmbark on a morning wildlife safari drive for more wildlife viewing inside the park. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel to view birds, hippos, and, with a bit of luck, elephants or big cats.

Included Activities
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife Safari Drive
  • Kazinga Channel Cruise


Transport

4x4

Included Meals

1B, 1L, 1D

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Day 8 Queen Elizabeth National Park/Entebbe

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DetailAfter breakfast, head to Entebbe with a stop at the Equator for lunch at the G Adventures-supported AidChild Equation Cafe & Gallery, and a visit to a royal drum maker's workshop.

Included Activities
  • AidChild Equation Cafe & Gallery
  • Equator Visit
  • Drum Makers Workshop


Transport

4x4 (8.00-9.00 hours, 350km)

Included Meals

1B, 1L

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Day 9 Entebbe/Nairobi

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DetailAfter your flight, transfer to the hotel. Take some time to explore Nairobi before meeting your group back at the hotel for a second orientation meeting. Here, you will meet your Kenyan CEO for this duration of the tour, and new travellers that may join you for the rest of your journey.

Included Activities
  • Welcome Meeting


Transport

Plane (1.50 hour(s))
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Private Vehicle (0.25 hour(s))

Included Meals

1B

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Day 10 Nairobi/Masai Mara

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DetailAfter breakfast, we depart for the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve. With its vast open plains and flat-topped acacia trees, no visit to Kenya would be complete without a visit here. In the afternoon, we will arrive in the area, and get settled at our safari camp, our base for our time here. Then we’ll make our way into the reserve for an afternoon wildlife safari drive, with excellent chances of seeing the Big Five: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino.

Additional Notes

The road in and back out of the park is very rough and very bumpy but once you catch a glimpse of the stunning wildlife, it is worth a bit of discomfort.

Included Activities
  • Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive


Transport

Safari vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 386km)

Included Meals

1B, 1L, 1D

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Day 11 Masai Mara

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DetailEnjoy an early morning wildlife safari drive. The day continues with more wildlife viewing as you cross the rolling hills of the African savannah. Also enjoy a late afternoon/evening safari.

Included Activities
  • Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive


Transport

Safari vehicle

Included Meals

1B, 1L, 1D

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Day 12 Masai Mara/Lake Nakuru National Park

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DetailOn this afternoon wildlife safari drive, keep an eye out for the resident black and white rhino, buffalo, impala, and the elusive leopard.

Additional Notes

Today is a very long driving day but we do break it up with a wonderful visit and lunch at the Ubuntu Cafe.

Included Activities
  • Café Ubuntu and Ubuntu Made
  • Café Ubuntu
  • Lake Nakuru Wildlife Safari Drive


Transport

Safari vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 210km)
Safari vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 120km)

Included Meals

1B, 1L, 1D

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Day 13 Lake Nakuru National Park/Amboseli National Park

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DetailAfter a morning wildlife safari drive, venture south to famed Amboseli National Park located at the foot of Africa's highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. The snow-capped peak of the mountain dominates every aspect of the park, providing the ultimate photo backdrop.

Included Activities
  • Lake Nakuru Wildlife Safari Drive


Transport

Safari vehicle

Included Meals

1B, 1L, 1D

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Day 14 Amboseli National Park

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DetailEnjoy morning and afternoon wildlife safari drives today. During your down time, relax at camp, enjoying views of Mt Kilimanjaro and wildlife visiting the camp's watering holes. Gain a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding poaching and elephant conservation during a lecture by an accredited speaker from the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Included Activities
  • Amboseli Wildlife Safari Drive
  • Kenya Wildlife Service Amboseli Talk


Transport

Safari vehicle

Included Meals

1B, 1L, 1D

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Day 15 Amboseli National Park/Nairobi

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DetailRise early for a final morning wildlife safari drive, enjoying the African sun as it rises over the savannah of the Amboseli plain. Return to Nairobi in the late afternoon and opt to join the CEO in a farewell dinner.

Included Activities
  • Amboseli Wildlife Safari Drive


Transport

Safari vehicle (4.50-5.00 hours, 235km)

Included Meals

1B, 1L

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Day 16 Nairobi

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DetailDepart at any time.

Included Activities
  • Departure Day


Included Meals

1B