Travel into the heart of Africa to Kenya and Uganda
A close encounter with gentle giants on a gorilla safari in Uganda 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 – from Queen Elizabeth National Park to the Masai Mara Reserve – 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.
With gorilla permits included in the price of the trip, seek out the rare mountain gorilla on a trek through Uganda's steamy forests and spend an unforgettable hour in their presence
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
Experience the two sides of Jinja, a riverside retreat at the source of the Nile but also the adventure capital of Uganda
The chance to spot and get close to all of the Big Five in Masai Mara National Reserve
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.
As the early bird catches the worm, the early camper sights the animals. There will be many early starts either to make use of the better safari time or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
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.
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 4.7 out of 5 based on 341 reviews in the last year.
This was a brilliant trip and seeing the gorillas was an amazing experience but be prepared for long days on the truck. Also bring lots of hand sanitizer!
Review submitted 20 Sep 2018
This trip is amazing - seeing the gorillas up close exceeded my expectations and was unforgettable! In fact, the whole trip was jam packed with incredible animal experiences. Don't underestimate the travel involved - there are some very long and tiring days on the truck, and sometimes back to back but it's worth it as it's the only way to see so much in such a short time. Some of the camping facilities are very basic, but as someone who doesn't usually camp - I found it pretty easy and comfortable. I'd highly recommend this trip!
Review submitted 15 Sep 2018