Some of Africa’s greatest wildlife viewing comes together for 16 days of outstanding adventure in the wild. Trek into the Rwandan jungle for the rare opportunity to watch a gorilla family in its element, head out in search of playful chimpanzees in Uganda, and get immersed in the realm of elephants and rhinos in Kenya. Watching the world pass you by has never been more profound.
Arrive at anytime. Arrival transfer included.
Visit the unforgettable Genocide Memorial to learn about a tragic period in Rwanda's 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 vocational training. Continue to our lodge just outside Volcanoes National Park, offering stunning views of the surrounding volcanic peaks. (1B, 1L, 1D)
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. Meet one of the head wardens for Volcanoes National Park to hear an in-depth talk on mountain gorillas, and visit a nearby village for a firsthand look at rural life in the region. (2B, 1L, 2D)
Cross into Uganda and continue to our lodge, located just beyond the border of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The next day, trek through the lush Kalinzu Forest Reserve with a ranger in search of chimpanzees. In the afternoon, set out on safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to buffalos, lions, leopards, and more. Rise early the following day for another safari, and then cruise the Kazinga Channel to view hippos and birds, and, with a bit of luck, elephants or big cats. (3B, 3L, 3D)
After breakfast, head to Entebbe, stopping en route at the Equator. Then pay a visit to a royal drum maker’s workshop for a drum-making demonstration and short musical performance. (1B, 1L)
Catch a flight from Entebbe to Nairobi and transfer to our hotel. (1B)
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)
Depart early for the G Adventures-supported Ubuntu Café, an initiative that offers employment opportunities to local women. Visit the craft center, meet some of the Mamas in the program, then sit 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)
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)
Enjoy an incredible African sunrise on our last game drive before heading back to the capital. (1B, 1L)
Depart at any time. (1B)
Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
Travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.
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This is an active trip. Participants must be at least 15 years old, and should be physically fit. While tracking primates, guests will trek through thick jungle at elevations ranging up to 10,000 feet, for as many as eight hours, depending on the location of the primates. Treks can be arduous; and the terrain can be steep, uneven, wet, and muddy. This trip is not suitable for those who suffer from a cardiac, respiratory, or circulatory disorder or a disability that limits mobility.
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.
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 $2,399
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.
Hotels (11 nights); comfortable tented camps (4 nights)
15 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 11 dinners. Allow total of $180–235 for meals not included.
7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle, boat, plane/p>
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.