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East Africa Gorilla & Safari Experience

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 16 Days | Kigali to Nairobi
  • Group Size: Max 6

Trip Details

 

Encounter some of Africa’s most epic wildlife during a two-week journey into the wilderness of three East African countries. Trek into the hills of Rwanda for the rare opportunity to observe gorilla families living their everyday lives. Head out in search of chimpanzees in Uganda and take a wildlife cruise. Cap it off on safari in three of Kenya’s renowned parks: the Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, and Amboseli.

Trip Highlights

    • Observe gorillas and other primates in Rwanda and Uganda, and then head out on safari in Kenya amid lions, elephants, and much more.
    • Meet with researchers from the Karisoke Research Center to learn about the legacy of its founder, many-time National Geographic grantee Dian Fossey.
    • Sit down to lunch with the inspiring women of Nyamirambo, who have gain job skills through a G Adventures-supported training center.
    • Learn more about wildlife conservation—and the threat of poaching—during a lecture by a representative from the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Itinerary - 16 Days

Day 1 — Kigali

Arrive at anytime. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2 — Kigali/Volcanoes National Park

Visit the unforgettable Genocide Memorial to learn about Rwanda's somber past. Take a walk through Nyamirambo Township and enjoy a local lunch at the G Adventures-supported Nyamirambo Women's Centre, which provides local women with education and training to help them find jobs. Then it’s onward to our lodge just outside Volcanoes National Park, which offers stunning views. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Days 3 & 4 — Volcanoes National Park

Spend two days taking guided treks in the park to observe gorillas and golden monkeys in their natural habitats. Enjoy a lecture on gorilla behavior from one of the park wardens, and discuss ongoing conservation efforts with a researcher from the Karisoke Research Center, founded by National Geographic grantee and legendary primatologist Dian Fossey. Later, take a stroll through a local village. (2B, 1L, 2D)

Days 5, 6, & 7 — Queen Elizabeth National Park

Cross into Uganda and explore the lush Kalinzu Forest Reserve with a ranger on a trek in search of chimpanzees. Later drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a wildlife safari. The next day, cruise the Kazinga Channel to view hippos and birds, and, with a bit of luck, elephants or big cats. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Day 8 — Entebbe

After breakfast, head to Entebbe with a stop at the Equator and a visit to a royal drum maker's workshop. (1B, 1L)

Day 9 — Entebbe/Nairobi

Catch a flight from Entebbe to Nairobi and transfer to our hotel. (1B)

Days 10 & 11 — Masai Mara

Travel to our comfortable tented camp located in the heart of Kenya's premier wildlife reserve. Enjoy daily game drives and options to visit a Maasai village or embark on a balloon safari. In the evenings, settle back at the camp and marvel at the expansive views of the surrounding plains. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 12 — Lake Nakuru National Park

Depart early for the G Adventures-supported Ubuntu Café, an initiative that offers employment opportunities to local women. Tour the craft center and farm before sitting down to a delicious farm-to-table lunch. Continue to our safari lodge inside Lake Nakuru National Park. Take an afternoon game drive around Lake Nakuru, on the lookout for the rare rhinos that live here. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Days 13 & 14 — Amboseli National Park

Embark on a sunrise game drive before continuing on to Amboseli National Park and our tented safari camp. The next day, head out on morning and afternoon games drives, taking in views of iconic Kilimanjaro and the wildlife that live in its shadow. Gain a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding poaching and elephant conservation during a lecture by a speaker from the Kenya Wildlife Service, now chaired by National Geographic Explorer Richard Leakey. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 15 — Nairobi

Enjoy an incredible African sunrise on our last game drive before heading back to the capital. (1B, 1L)

Day 16 — Nairobi

Depart at any time. (1B)

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Dates

2017
  • Jun 17 - Jul 02, 2017 (sold out)
  • Jul 01 - 16, 2017 (sold out)
  • Jul 08 - 23, 2017
  • Jul 22 - Aug 06, 2017 (sold out)
  • Aug 05 - 20, 2017 (sold out)
  • Aug 12 - 27, 2017 (sold out)
  • Sep 02 - 17, 2017 (sold out)
  • Oct 07 - 22, 2017 (sold out)
  • Dec 16 - 31, 2017

Trip Cost

Price From

$9,599

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $2,589

What's Included

Arrival transfer, national park entrance fees, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Optional excursions are at an additional cost.

Accommodations
Hotels (11 nights); comfortable tented camps (4 nights)

Meals Included
15 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 11 dinners. Allow total of $180–235 for meals not included.

Transportation
7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle, boat, plane/p>

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.