14 Day Masai Mara Tour

See this two-week tour across the Masai Mara and see the famous wild mountain Gorillas.

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Countries visited:

  • Kenya
  • Uganda

Highlights:

  • Masai Mara Reserve
  • Masai Tribe
  • Equator
  • Mountain Gorilla
  • Nile River Rafting

Tour Price: R 11 250.00

Activity Package: R 7 700.00

This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours and therefore this itinerary has been written with these items included in the day-by-day itinerary.  Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this.

Activities available on this tour:

  • Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park game drive

*The Gorilla Permit is compulsory payment, the cost is between US$605 and US$705

Single Supplement: R00.00 (Northbound)

Approximate Itinerary:

Day 1 Masai Mara National Reserve 
We leave the capital and travel to the Masai Mara National Reserve.  Today the tour enters this huge area of spectacular game viewing to photograph some of Africa’s most abundant wildlife.  Famous for the annual migration of around 1.5 million wildebeest, the Masai Mara is also home to many other animals, including lions.  Cultural interaction with Kenya’s native Masaai people completes our experience.  *The Masai Mara Reserve excursion & game drive will be operated in safari type vehicles.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Activity Package: Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion (Day 1 -3)

Day 2 Lake Naivasha
After an early morning game drive in the Mara, we depart towards Lake Naivasha for a relaxing day on the lakeshore. You can go hiking in the area and activities include game and bird watching. One of the more popular optional activities is to go game viewing from a bicycle.  An alternative way to spend your afternoon is to take high tea at Elsamere, the former home of Joy Adamson, best known for her autobiographical novel, Born Free. Optional Activities: Cycle hire, High Tea at Elsamere.
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Lake Nakuru
Today we will travel north to Lake Nakuru where we will spend the afternoon game driving. Originally created as a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru was upgraded to National Park status in 1968. White rhino inhabit the transitional savannah area surrounding the lake, with excellent photographic opportunities.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activities: Hells Gate National Park, Game drive in Lake Nakuru NP

Day 4 Lake Nakuru – Kampala
Leaving Lake Nakuru very early, we head towards Uganda, briefly stopping for a photo at the equator. Later we arrive in Uganda’s capital and largest city, Kampala.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Kampala / Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Although officially this day is set aside for everyone to explore Kampala, most people take an optional day trip to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary of Ngamba Island. This non-profit eco-friendly project was set up in 1998 to care for orphaned chimpanzees. Optional Activities: Ngamba Chimpanzee Excursion, Kampala Markets, Dinner Out.
Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 Kampala – Lake Bunyoni
Lake Bunyonyi is a small but attractive lake with steep sides and abundant birdlife. Ringed by mountains, the lake is best known for its dense Otter population and stunning scenery. We make use of this beautiful spot to relax the night before the final drive to the gorillas.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7/8 Gorillas (Lake Bunyoni)
The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and while exact numbers vary it is widely assumed that there are only around 650 left. Visiting the gorillas is a great way to support their future on earth as the money spent on permits is used for their protection. An extremely important part of the future conservation of the remaining gorillas rests in the community development work – as local communities change their attitudes towards wildlife and start to protect rather than poach, the future of the mountain gorilla is assured.

As permits granting permission to visit the gorillas are extremely limited we require flexibility in both the tour itinerary and where we actually visit them. The home of the mountain gorilla is completely at odds with man-made borders and so their range encompasses Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Whenever possible we choose to make use of the National Park in Uganda, but this depends on the availability of permits.
Should we not obtain permits to visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda then we will inform all passengers beforehand that the tour will travel to Rwanda or DRC.

On your free day in Bunyoni you will have the opportunity to participate in certain optional activities. You can embark on a boat ride to the community of the Batwa (pygmies) who stay in the islands adjacent to the lake to observe their social lifestyle, behaviour and be entertained by their cultural performances. You can also go hiking or explore the area on a mountain bike.
Optional activities: Visit to the Batwa (Pygmies) tribe, mountain biking, nature walk, hiking.
Day 7
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Please note: Although there are 2 days allocated to Gorilla Trekking you will only spend one day on the trek. The other day are there to provide a large enough window in which to obtain permits and to allow the entire group to trek if there are more than 6 of you on the tour.

Day 9/10 Queen Elizabeth National Park
Leaving Lake Bunyonyi, we venture to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, where we will spend the next 2 nights.  Many game species can be found in this wetland park as well as the (elsewhere elusive) giant forest hog and the legendary tree-climbing lions of the Ishasha Sector.  We will enjoy an included 4×4 game drive on day 10 through the NP. Optional Activities: Kasinga Channel Sunset Cruise, Chimpanzee trekking at Lake George
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activity Package: Game Drive

Day 11/12 Jinja
Jinja is Uganda’s second largest city and more famous as the point where the Nile (officially the Victoria Nile) flows out of Lake Victoria and begins the 6695 kilometre journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean. Optional Activities: White Water Rafting.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Day 11 only), Dinner

Day 13 Kenya – Eldoret
Returning to Kenya we visit Eldoret, the country’s 5th largest city. The Great Rift Valley is still the dominant geographical feature of this region and the altitude at Eldoret is 2100 metres above sea level.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Nairobi
Returning to Nairobi, the largest city in the East Africa region, there’s an optional dinner, where we can swap stories and exchange contact details. Optional Activities: Meal out in Nairobi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

NB: The itinerary is flexible and can be changed without notice in order to accommodate the best possible viewing of the Gorillas. The Permit price to visit the Gorillas can also change without notice.

Length14 Days
AccommodationTwin Share Camping
Start PointNairobi
End PointNairobi
Meals 13x Breakfast, 13x Lunch, 12x Dinner
PriceR9 450 pp R5 700 pp (Activity Package)
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