The stunning beauty of East Africa’s steamy rainforests and sprawling savanna is a breathtaking backdrop for an adventure into the habitat of the magnificent gorillas and majestic rhinos. Trekking through some of Uganda’s most dense areas of jungle is a challenging, but incredibly rewarding experience and coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a moment that will remain imprinted on the memory for years to come. Matched with cruising along the Kazinga Channel, and game drives through some of East Africa’s most iconic national parks, this trip provides a lottery win on the wildlife front. Along the way, encounter local people whose friendly smiles and sense of community is a warm welcome to East Africa.

Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Nairobi, Kenya
Countries
Kenya,
Rwanda,
Uganda
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
YDOU
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 6, Max 22
Carbon offset
1 060kg pp per trip

Embark on an overland tour of Africa and see gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda


Highlights

  • Search for gorillas near the border of Rwanda
  • Learn a dark history at the Genocide Museum
  • Taste traditional African cuisine
  • Spot wildlife in Nakuru National Park
  • Trek through the dense Ugandan rainforest
  • Find rhinos in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Itinerary

Arrive in Nairobi to the sounds of the bustling population and explore this fast paced capital.
Head to Nakuru and camp overnight on a dairy farm.
Take a morning game drive through Lake Nakuru National Park before taking an optional tea plantation visit at Kericho.
Cross the border into Uganda, set up camp near Lake Victoria and prepare for two days of adventure.
Visit Uganda’s Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, an important organisation that helps to reintroduce rhinos back into the wild. Join a local ranger and observe these impressive beasts in their natural habitat.
Venture to the Budongo Forest for an afternoon of chimpanzee trekking in Kaniyo Pabidi.
Take an afternoon game drive in the delta – home to plenty of elephants, buffalo, giraffes and antelopes.
Make tracks for Kampala, Uganda's lively capital.
Cross the equator en route to Mbarara, an attractive university town home to some great local eateries.
Make tracks to Lake Bunyonyi - home to some of Uganda's most picturesque scenery.
Cross into Rwanda, stopping at Kigali for a visit to the moving Genocide Memorial. Continue on to Ruhengeri and make a memorable trek into one of the last remaining sanctuaries of the mountain gorilla.
Cross back into Uganda via Cyanika.
Descend into the Great Rift Valley and head towards Queen Elizabeth National Park. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, well known for its healthy population of hippos.
Set out for an optional early morning game drive to watch the wildlife wake or simply choose to snooze. Later, return to Mbarara.
Get comfy for a long travel day as we head for Jinja.
Cross back into Kenya and visit Eldoret – a high altitude retreat that is an ideal training ground for Kenya’s endurance athletes.
Take one final game drive before returning to Nairobi, where this incredible tour of Africa comes to a close.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (17 nights), Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (1 night)
Included activites
  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Game Drive, Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Guided walk
  • Kigali - Genocide Memorial Audio Guide
  • Mountain gorilla trek & permit
  • Murchison Falls Game Drive
  • Murchison Falls Launch trip

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

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