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21 Days | Discover incredible wildlife and resilient culture in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania

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Wildlife dreams come true on a 21-day Premium journey through Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. Enter the world of rare mountain gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and spend a day tracking and observing these endearing creatures. See sombre reminders of Kigali’s devastating past, watch local life play out on the streets and witness a beautiful country that's continuously striving to move forward. Explore the vast plains of the Masai Mara from the comfort of four-wheel drive Landcruisers, with an expert local leader at the helm, meet Maasai warriors and learn about their way of life. Enjoy a front row seat as the spectacular landscapes and wildlife of Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park unfold in front of you on an exciting series of four-wheel drive game drives. This unforgettable journey is sure to stay etched on your mind forever.

Trip overview

Map of Premium East Africa In Depth including Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, United Republic Of and Uganda
Start
Kigali, Rwanda
Finish
Arusha, Tanzania
Theme
Wildlife
Destinations
Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya
Physical rating
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Style
Premium
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
YGPRC
This trip generates 56 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • With your gorilla permit included in the price of the trip, spend a day through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to get close to Uganda's rare mountain gorillas for an unforgettable hour. There’s also a chance to do a second trek that can be booked on request at an additional cost. Please refer to the itinerary for more details.
  • Get close to nature with three fantastic Feature Stays – a camp located deep within the Masai Mara Game Reserve, a fence-free camp in the heart of the Serengeti, and a lodge overlooking the forest canopy of the jagged Virunga Mountains.
  • Join an intimate fireside chat with a field veterinarian from The Gorilla Doctors and discover how they are saving the species one gorilla patient at a time.
  • Visit a local Maasai community known for championing Maasai women’s health and education. During this Exclusive Experience, you’ll be welcomed by traditional Maasai warrior song and dance and learn about this remarkable and ancient culture.
  • Explore the diverse Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park on an exciting series of morning and afternoon 4x4 game drives.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Tracking gorillas in the dense forest can sometimes be wet, humid, muddy and uncomfortable. The terrain is by no means easy either, so it can be pretty strenuous walking. You need to be prepared and fit enough to walk up to 4 hours up and down hills (perhaps pack some gardening gloves to assist in any up-hill climbs). But the sheer thrill of coming across a habituated group of gorillas, dominated by a great male silverback, more than outweighs any difficulty.
  • The gorilla trek is a shared activity. You may be split into different groups according to fitness level, and be accompanied by other travellers on your trek. However there will only be a maximum of 8 people per gorilla family, plus a local Uganda Wildlife Ranger, and trackers.
  • Purpose-built 4WD Safari Landcruisers are used for the duration of the trip.
  • As the early bird catches the worm, the early camper sights the animals. There will be many some starts either to make use of the better safari time or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.
  • There's a long drive from Lake Mburo to Bwindi (approximately 6 hours) with plenty stops to rest and take photos, the journey will be just as beautiful as the destination.

Itinerary

Map of Premium East Africa In Depth including Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, United Republic Of and Uganda

Inclusions

Meals

20 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 17 dinners

Transport

4WD vehicles, Plane, Boat, Private Vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (10 nights), Lodge (6 nights), Permanent Tented Camp (5 nights)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
Activities
  • Kigali - Welcome Dinner
  • Kigali - Genocide Memorial Centre
  • Kigali - City Tour
  • Kigali - Traditional Ugandan Lunch
  • Bwindi - Gorilla Doctors Veterinarian Educational Talk
  • Bwindi National Park - Mountain Gorilla Permit & Trek
  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer
  • Nairobi - Welcome Dinner
  • Lake Naivasha - Boat trip
  • Lake Naivasha - Elsamere Conservation Centre
  • Kiambu Tigoni - Eden Reforestation Project
  • Lake Nakuru - Afternoon 4x4 Game Drive
  • Lake Nakuru - Morning 4x4 Game Drive
  • Loita Hills - Cultural talk and village visit
  • Masai Mara - Sundowner and snacks
  • Masai Mara - Full Day 4x4 Game Drive
  • Masai Mara - Afternoon 4x4 Game Drive
  • Arusha - Welcome Dinner
  • Tarangire National Park - Afternoon 4x4 Game Drive
  • Tarangire National Park - Morning 4x4 Game Drive
  • Mto Wa Mbu - Market Visit
  • Serengeti National Park - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Serengeti National Park - Sundowner in the Park
  • Serengeti National Park - Afternoon 4x4 Game Drive
  • Serengeti National Park - Morning 4x4 Game Drive
  • Ngorongoro Crater - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Ngorongoro Crater - 4WD Game Drive
  • Karatu - Coffee Tour
Add on activities
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forrest - Nombe Forest Pocket (5-6hrs) - USD120
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forrest - Trek To The Top of The World (2-3hrs) - USD50
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forrest - Coffee Tour & Lake Mutanda Canoe (6-7hrs) - USD120
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forrest - Gorilla Buffer Zone Walk (2-3hrs) - USD50
  • Nairobi - City Experience Urban Adventure - USD55
  • Masai Mara National Reserve - Balloon ride (from price) - USD500
  • Masai Mara - Half Day Game Drive - USD80
  • Masai Mara National Reserve - Guided Walking Safari - USD30
  • Karatu - Bicycle tour - USD30
  • Serengeti National Park - Balloon Ride (from price) - USD745

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Important notes

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. 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 complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
3. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
4. Depending on the departure date, we may use other luxury camps for our Feature Stay in Kenya, including Mara Engai, Amani Mara or Fig Tree Camp.
5. An optional sunrise balloon ride in the Masai Mara is possible on this itinerary. Please see the itinerary above for full details of this activity. As the balloon only holds 16 people, places are limited and we recommend you book in advance. Please inquire when booking your trip to book this optional activity.
6. Please note that the Gorilla Permit included is only valid for one day on Day 4. For those who are interested for a second trek, please consult your booking agent about purchasing the second Gorilla Permit.

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