Travel into the heart of Africa to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda

A close encounter with gentle giants on a gorilla safari in Rwanda is an extraordinary African experience that will always stay with you - and it's just one of the many wildlife spottings this unforgettable African overland adventure has to offer. Roam the verdant plains, rainforests, papyrus-fringed lakes and acacia woodlands of Kenya and Uganda's game parks to spot lions, rhinos, chimps, antelope, hippos, leopards, flamingos and more in their natural habitats. The staggeringly beautiful African countryside will provide memories that last a lifetime.

Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Nairobi, Kenya
Countries
Kenya,
Rwanda,
Uganda
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
YXOG
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 22
Carbon offset
803kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Meet Rwanda's gorillas on a mountain trek
  • Marvel at swirling rapids near Bujagali Falls - the source of the Nile
  • Discover the wilderness of Lake Mburo National Park
  • Be a part of the lively atmosphere in Nairobi city
  • Spot the Big Five in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Track playful chimps in Kibale Forest

Itinerary

Get ready for an animal-spotting adventure through Africa. If arriving early, Kenya's renowned National Museum is a popular place to visit in Nairobi.
Depart Nairobi and travel to Lake Nakuru, a favourite spot for birdlife. See a pink-feathered sea of flamingos and try to spot rhinos on a game drive through Nakuru park. Meet local children at the Saidia Children's Home Project.
Cross the border into Uganda and camp near the city of Kampala. Discover the old and new of Kampala and uncover the secret history of the Buganda people.
The equatorial rainforest in Kibale Forest National Park is home to the highest concentration of primates in the world, the ideal place to go chimp spotting. Enjoy a walking safari and watch the resident chimpanzees squabbling and playing. Wander through the surrounding tea plantations to visit villages or simply kick back at camp in the grounds of an old colonial bungalow.
Set between the Edward and George lakes in the Great Rift Valley, the Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to a wide array of wildlife. Embark on a safari tour to try to spot elephants, lions, buffaloes and antelopes.
Hire a traditional dugout canoe and glide across Lake Bunyonyi to enjoy the amazing scenery, which is some of the most picturesque in Uganda.
Make tracks across the border into Rwanda and set up camp at Ruhengeri, gateway to the gorilla trekking region. Accompanied by a local guide and trackers, hike through rugged terrain to come face-to-face with rare mountain gorillas - the sight of these gentle mountain giants is unforgettable. Head out on rainforest hikes to glimpse some of the forest's other inhabitants.
Travel back into Uganda and on to Lake Mburo, home to the giant eland antelope.
Stop at the equator en route to the place thrillseekers flock to in Uganda. Jinja is both a scenic riverside retreat and renowned spot for adventure activity enthusiasts.
Pass through Eldoret on the way back to the busy streets of Nairobi, where this epic African tour ends.
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Inclusions

Meals
15 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 14 dinners
Transport
4x4 Safari Vehicle, Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (11 nights), Dormitory (3 nights), Hotel (1 night)
Included activities
  • Chimpanzee Trekking Kibale National Park
  • Lake Mburo National Park
  • Lake Nakuru - Game drive
  • Mountain gorilla trek & permit
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park Game Drive
  • Saidia Children's Home Project

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Important notes

1.This trip requires an additional non-refundable deposit ( AUD1000, USD1000, EUR800, NZD1250, GBP650, CAD1000, ZAR8000, CHF900 ) in order to secure a gorilla permit. We also require full passport details at time of booking. Please see trip notes (Important notes) for more details.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip.
3. This trip finishes upon arrival in Nairobi on Day 16. Please do not book any flights until after 6.30pm this evening.

Trip notes

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Reviews

Our Gorillas, Chimps & Game Parks trips score an average of 4.73 out of 5 based on 74 reviews in the last year.

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