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 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 22
Carbon offset
803kg pp per trip


  • Be a part of the lively atmosphere in Nairobi city
  • Safari in the iconic Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Spot the Big Five in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Cruise Lake Bunyonyi in a traditional canoe
  • Meet Rwanda's gorillas on a mountain trek
  • Marvel at swirling rapids near Bujagali Falls - the source of the Nile


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2015 - 31 December 2015

Get ready for an animal-spotting adventure through eastern Africa. If arriving early, Kenya's renowned National Museum in Nairobi is a great place to get some background on this frenetic city. Meet your leader and group this evening.
Think of Africa and the sweeping plains, dramatic skies and abundant wildlife of the Masai Mara National Reserve is the image that will most likely come to mind. Travel south from Nairobi towards the Kenyan border and camp on the edge of the iconic reserve.
Discover the reserve’s rich concentration of animal life, and catch them at their most active, on an early morning game drive. Beat the heat back at camp with lunch, then look out for buffaloes, zebras and hopefully leopards as the sun sets over the grasslands. Perhaps get an unforgettably different perspective with a sunrise balloon ride high over the park.
Cross the border into Uganda, passing through Eldoret – famous for producing many of Kenya's most successful long-distance runners – and spend the night camped out on the outskirts of Kampala.
Skirt the shores of Lake Victoria and cross the Great Rift Valley to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Cruise the savanna to witness the roaming elephants, buffalo, antelopes and even lions sleeping up in fig trees.
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.
Return to Uganda and travel to the small town of Masaka, where you'll spend the night.
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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15 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 14 dinners
4x4 Safari Vehicle, Overland vehicle
Camping (with facilities) (11 nights), Dormitory (3 nights), Hotel (1 night)
Included activities
  • Kigali - Genocide Memorial
  • Masai Mara - Game drive
  • Mountain gorilla trek & permit
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park Game Drive


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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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