This is an 18 days safari holiday itinerary, taking you through major tourist destinations in Kenya and Uganda. This includes the famous Masai Mara National reserve, Lake Nakuru, Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Forest, Lake Mburo, Lake Victoria and finally to the white sandy beaches of Mombasa. A mixture of a safari holiday in the two countries is created by the fascinating balance between the wildlife, the landscapes, the beaches and the culture surrounding the local people. It is a holiday full of excitement and lifetime experience.
Note: This safari itinerary can be re-arranged to suit individual taste.
This an 18 days wildlife watching safari and beach holiday, that start in Uganda and ends in Mombasa, Kenya; the tour begins with a Kampala city excursion, then primates trekking at Kibale forest, Queen Elizabeth national park and Bwindi national park in Uganda. Then cross over to Kenya, where you will continue watching wildlife in Lake Victoria, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru national park, Amboseli national park and a sunshine beach holiday in Mombasa. This a popular holiday circuit with wildlife watching, Gorilla trekking and a few days on the beach.
Kindly note that accommodation is quoted as per person sharing and can be changed or adjusted to suite your requirements.
On this day, you will be picked from Entebbe airport or on an agreed venue in Kampala, briefed about the safari itinerary and then transferred to Kampala Serena Hotel; on arrival, you will check in, have lunch and a brief rest before going on an afternoon Kampala city tour.
Kampala is the capital city of Uganda, located south-central part of the country and 10 Km north of Lake Victoria; the world’s second largest fresh water lake and the source of the longest river in the world (River Nile). Kampala is a typical modern African city; with the high-rise buildings, major government offices, bustling streets, nice hotels and restaurants, major hospitals, museums and other historical, cultural and traditional attractions.
On this day after breakfast, you will leave the hotel with a packed picnic lunch, head west to Fort Portal; where you will have a brief rest as you admire the fabled mountains of the moon and the beautiful tea plantations. After that you will proceed with the drive to Kibale National Park; on arrival you will be transferred to Kibale Primate Lodge, where you will have a brief rest before heading for a guided night nature walk to watch the bush babies, pottos among other nocturnal wildlife.
Kibale National Park is in Kabarole and Kibaale Districts, approximately 320 km west of Kampala and 35Km south of Fort Portal. It’s the most accessible equatorial rainforest in Uganda and is well known for it's high populated habituated chimpanzees and 12 other different species of primates.
The following day, you will be driven to the park’s head office; where you will assemble in one place for briefing about the park, then begin the nature walk along the rainforest in search of the chimpanzees, the black and white Columbus, velvet and red tailed monkey, and over 350 bird species. In the afternoon, you will continue the nature walk to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary to watch more primates and birds, then extend the walk to Bigodi Village; where you will have the opportunity to interact with the local people, learn about their traditions and way of living.
Note: This day's event can be re-arranged to include hiking on Rwenzori Mountains
On this day after breakfast, you will drive south passing through the beautiful landscapes to Queen Elizabeth National Park ; on arrival you will be transferred to Katara Lodge, where you will have lunch and a brief rest before embarking on an evening game drive to watch wildlife that include warthogs, buffaloes, water-bucks and elephants. Queen Elizabeth National park is one of the major national parks in Uganda and is popular in chimps tracking, birds watching among other wildlife.
The following day after breakfast, you will have a morning game drive, taking different route to trace more wildlife, then head to Kazinga channel for a boat ride to watch hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes and more bird species; after that, return to the lodge for lunch and a brief rest. In the afternoon, you will leave the lodge, drive further south to Bwindi Forest National Park; on arrival, you will be transferred to Mahogany Springs, where you will spend the rest of the day relaxing and admiring the beautiful landscapes.
Note: for guest who are into trekking primates, this day's event can be re-arranged; visit Kyambura Wildlife Reserve for a guided primate nature walk. Kyambura is a beautiful gorge completely covered with tropical rainforest and is home to chimpanzees and other primates.
On this day after breakfast, you will leave the hotel well dressed for muddy/ rainy conditions and ready for long distance trekking; head to the park's head office for briefing, then start trekking in search of the gorilla, once you spot them; you will spend some time observing them and taking pictures as the tour guide narrates about their way of living, character and behavior.Tracking can take between 2-9 hours depending on the terrain conditions, sometimes it's very tiring and time consuming before encountering gorillas; But it's an unique and unforgettable experience once you spot them.
Bwindi National Park is located southwest of Uganda; The Park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, bordering Democratic Republic of Congo next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the western Great Rift Valley shared by Rukungiri, Kabale and Kisoro Districts; Gorilla trekking, birds watching and other primates are the main activities within the park.
On this day, you will leave the hotel with a packed picnic lunch, drive through the protected areas of Lake Mburo national park, the Equator, the capital city, Lake Victoria, down to the Kenya – Uganda boarder; where you will clear with the boarder agency, then meet our Kenyan tour guide who will drive you to Imperial Hotel in Kisumu; where you will spend the rest of the day relaxing after the long road drive.
Note: this is approx 9 hours drive, the long drive could be supplemented with a scheduled or chartered flight from Bwindi to Kisumu airport.
On this day after breakfast, you will have a morning Lake excursion taking you through major attraction on the lake; watching different bird species, crocodiles, hippos and other lesser wildlife. After that you will return to the lodge for lunch and a brief rest, then transfer to Masai Mara. On arrival, you will have an easy game drive through the park to Mara Intrepids where you will spend the rest of the day relaxing after the long drive.
On this day after breakfast, you will leave the lodge with a packed picnic lunch; have a morning game drive, then go for a midday cultural visit to the Masai Villages; where you will have an insight view of the local Masai people and their unique traditional way of living. After that you will head out to a bush picnic lunch, before returning to an evening game drive. Masai Mara is without a doubt one of the top wildlife national parks in Africa, it's home to thousands of wildlife that include all the Big Five’, the famous wildebeest migration, hundreds of bird species and beautiful landscapes.
The following day, you will have a half day game drive; extending the drive to Mara River to watch the large hippos and crocodiles, basking on the river banks. After that, you will return to the lodge for lunch and a brief rest; in the evening, you will go for a guided nature walk to watch more birds and the beautiful sunset views.
On this day after breakfast, you will have a morning game drive, then transfer to Lake Nakuru National park; on arrival, you will have an easy game drive through the park to Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, where you check in, have lunch and a brief rest before embarking on an evening game drive. Lake Nakuru National park is one of the outstanding lakes in Africa, it's shallow waters and alkaline concentrate lake that attracts millions of pink flamingos, water bucks and other bird species; other major attractions includes the white and black Rhinos, Buffaloes, Monkeys, giraffes, Antelopes and warthogs.
After breakfast, you will drive through the park to the Lanet exit gate, where you will check out and proceed to Amboseli National Park; on the way you will have a lunch stop-over at Nairobi Carnival restaurant, then proceed to Tortilis Safari Camp where you spend the rest of the day relaxing and admiring the stunning views and wildlife from your private balcony.
Tortilis Camp is luxury camp, with unrivaled view of Mount Kilimanjaro and the open plains. The tents are large and spacious with king or twin beds and elegant en suite bathrooms. The guests have access to a private 30,000 acre conservancy facing the mountain; and can enjoy walks with experienced Masai guides, bush breakfasts and sun-downers. Tortilis is also famous for it's Italian cuisine and the spacious family and honeymoon en-suits.
Amboseli National park lies on the north west of Mt. Kilimanjaro at the border of Kenya and Tanzania, the ecosystem is typical of the open savannah grassland, with the open wooded grasslands, rolling hills, swamps and the outstanding Mount Kilimanjaro. The park is famous for the large herds of elephants, lions, cheetah, hyena, jackal, antelopes and birds species; its an ideal destination for wildlife watching tours, nature excursions, photography trips and viewing Mount Kilimanjaro.
After breakfast, try to catch a morning peak view of Mt Kilimanjaro, then proceed for a morning game drive through the private conservancy; here you will have the opportunity to see large herds of elephant, baboons, lions, cheetah, black rhino, wildebeest, hippos, gazelles and many others. After that you will return to the lodge for midday break, in the evening you will have a guided nature walk through the park to watch more wildlife.
On this day, you will wake up early, have a small morning game drive as you head out of Amboseli, proceed with the drive to Mombasa; on arrival you will be transferred to Voyager Beach Resort at Nyali beach, where you will spend the rest of the day relaxing on the beach and enjoying various Spa treatments, as you familiarize yourself with the area.
Mombasa is the second-largest city in Kenya, a beautiful beach city with a very rich cultural and historical background, that dates back to the 16th Century; it's a popular tourist destination with luxury accommodation, beautiful beaches and plenty of attractions.
The following three day, will be left on you to relax and dust off from the safari drive; you would either choose to relax in the hotel enjoying various Spa treatments and amenities, or on the beach, by the pool side or engage in any of the water activities on offer. Nyali beach is the closest beach to Mombasa town, situated on the northern coast;it’s a busy beach with plenty of beach activities, restaurants, shops, accommodation and a superb nightlife. It’s an ideal holiday destination for young people, groups of friends and young couples.
Note: while on the beach, you can allocate some time for a Mombasa city excursion; visiting major attractions that include Fort Jesus, Haller Park, famous museums and temples, the Mwembe Tayari open-air market, the local bazaars, the old town and the marine national park.
After breakfast depending with the flight details, our representative will transfer you to the airport for your return flight.