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 and more in their natural habitats. The staggeringly beautiful African countryside will provide memories that last a lifetime.
** In 2018 this itinerary will visit the gorilla's in Uganda rather than Rwanda. This change is due to the 2018 Rwanda gorilla permits doubling in price. Further we will no longer visit Lake Bunyoni and have only 1 night in Queen Elizabeth National Park, missing the included game drive. Instead we will have 2 nights at Masai Mara National Reserve with an included full day game drive. **
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The Lake Nakuru National Park is filled with iconic vistas and animals – safari through it with a late afternoon game drive in our overland vehicle
The chance to spot and get close to all of the Big Five in Queen Elizabeth National Park
With gorilla permits included in the price of the trip, seek out the rare mountain gorilla on a trek through Rwanda's steamy forests and spend an unforgettable hour in their presence
Experience the two sides of Jinja, a riverside retreat at the source of the Nile but also the adventure capital of Uganda
Tracking gorillas in the dense forest can sometimes be wet, muddy and uncomfortable. The terrain is by no means easy either, so it can be pretty strenuous and often humid. But the sheer thrill in coming across a habituated group of gorillas, dominated by a great male silverback, more than outweighs any difficulty. You need to be prepared and fit enough to walk up to 4 hours - up and down hill. A top tip is to pack some gardening gloves to assist in any up-hill climbs.
We use our purpose-built overland vehicles for the duration of this trip. This multi-purpose truck allows for great game viewing with large sliding windows. This means the trucks do not have air-conditioning and conditions can get dusty and hot.
The overland vehicle is large enough to seat up to 22 passengers and carries all the camping equipment needed for the duration of this trip. Therefore the going can be slow over the long distances and often bumpy roads.
This is a participatory camping trip. You will be expected to set up and take down you own tent as well as assist with food preparation and cleaning. This makes it quicker, easier, more fun and will bring the group closer together.
Some passengers on this trip will have been travelling together prior to the start of your trip, so they can help you get into the groove quickly.
1.This trip requires a higher non-refundable deposit (AUD1000, USD1000, EUR800, NZD1250, GBP650, CAD1000, ZAR8000, CHF900) in order to secure the included gorilla permit. We also require full passport details at time of booking. Please note that we need to confirm availability of a gorilla permit if you are booking within 45 days of departure. The additional deposit paid at time of booking will be credited to the final balance of your booking.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip. Please see your booking agent for further information. Please note, the single supplement does not apply to nights 9-11 spent in a dormitory.
3. This trip finishes upon arrival in Nairobi on Day 16. Please do not book any flights until after 6.30pm this evening.
Our Gorillas & Game Parks trips score an average of 4.66 out of 5 based on 173 reviews in the last year.
A trip full of awesomeness, tons of wildlife spotting and the gorillas were amazing. A LOT of time spent on the road, but the trucks very comfy and when you do visit any of the parks the amount of wildlife outweighs the journey time. Most nights you have the options of upgrading to a room with a real bed ($20-$50) but the tents are good and everyone loves a decent campfire!
Review submitted 23 Jul 2017
This was the most memorable trip of a lifetime. The animal experiences awe-inspiring, the Gorilla experience life changing and soul nurturing, the people experience heart expanding and perspective challenging, and the service from our Tour Leader John, our Driver Ben and our cook Wilson, simply outstanding! Just go do it! Yes there are long days driving but it's all worth it. Just make sure you read the Trip Notes so you know what to expect, then you won't need to complain about the long drives. ;)
Review submitted 20 Jul 2017