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.


Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya
Overland, Wildlife
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
479kg pp per trip


  • Meet Rwanda's gorillas on a mountain trek
  • Cruise into hippo heaven in the Kazinga Channel
  • Marvel at swirling rapids near Bujagali Falls - the source of the Nile
  • Discover the wilderness of Lake Mburo National Park
  • Help out the Kariandusi School Trust project
  • 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


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.
This 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. Cruise the Kazinga Channel where pelicans and eagles soar and hippos wallow.
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 and pay a visit to the moving Kigali Genocide Memorial.
Travel back into Uganda and on to Lake Mburo, home to the giant eland antelope. Discover plenty of other magnificent animals on walking safaris through this secluded park, which sits alongside Mburo.
Stop at the equator en route to the place thrillseekers flock to in Uganda. Jinja is both a scenic riverside retreat and the perfect place to try a few adventurous activities like whitewater rafting.
Pass through Eldoret on the way back to the busy streets of Nairobi, where this epic African tour ends.
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15 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 14 dinners
4x4 Safari Vehicle, Overland vehicle
Camping (with facilities) (11 nights), Dormitory (3 nights), Hotel (1 night)
Included activities
  • Chimpanzee Trekking Kibale National Park
  • Kazinga Channel boat cruise
  • Kigali - Genocide Memorial
  • Lake Mburo Walking safari
  • Lake Nakuru - Game drive
  • Mountain gorilla trek & permit
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park Game Drive


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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 your passport details at time of booking. Please see trip notes (Important notes) for more details.


**All departures with trekking dates in 2013 will have an increased kitty price of at least USD250 to reflect the increased Gorilla Permit price. This includes the 29, Dec 2012 Departure.**

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