East Africa Gorilla & Safari Experience

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

Trip Details

 

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.

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, National Geographic grantee Dian Fossey.
    • Sit down to lunch with the inspiring women of Nyamirambo, who have gained 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 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)

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. 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)

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

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)

Day 8 — Entebbe

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)

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. 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)

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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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.

Dates

2018
  • May 12 - 27, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jun 09 - 24, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jun 16 - Jul 01, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jun 23 - Jul 08, 2018
  • Jun 30 - Jul 15, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jul 07 - 22, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jul 14 - 29, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jul 21 - Aug 05, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jul 28 - Aug 12, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jul 30 - Aug 14, 2018
  • Aug 04 - 19, 2018 (sold out)
  • Aug 11 - 26, 2018 (sold out)
  • Aug 18 - Sep 02, 2018
  • Aug 25 - Sep 09, 2018 (sold out)
  • Aug 27 - Sep 11, 2018 (sold out)
  • Sep 01 - 16, 2018 (sold out)
  • Sep 08 - 23, 2018 (sold out)
  • Sep 15 - 30, 2018 (sold out)
  • Sep 22 - Oct 07, 2018
  • Sep 29 - Oct 14, 2018
  • Oct 13 - 28, 2018
  • Oct 27 - Nov 11, 2018
  • Nov 10 - 25, 2018
  • Dec 01 - 16, 2018
  • Dec 22, 2018 - Jan 06, 2019
  • Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 13, 2019
2019
  • Jan 05 - 20, 2019
  • Jan 12 - 27, 2019 (sold out)
  • Jan 26 - Feb 10, 2019
  • Feb 09 - 24, 2019 (sold out)
  • Feb 16 - Mar 03, 2019
  • Feb 23 - Mar 10, 2019
  • Mar 02 - 17, 2019
  • Apr 06 - 21, 2019
  • May 11 - 26, 2019
  • Jun 08 - 23, 2019
  • Jun 22 - Jul 07, 2019
  • Jun 29 - Jul 14, 2019
  • Jul 06 - 21, 2019
  • Jul 08 - 23, 2019
  • Jul 13 - 28, 2019
  • Jul 20 - Aug 04, 2019
  • Jul 27 - Aug 11, 2019
  • Jul 29 - Aug 13, 2019
  • Aug 03 - 18, 2019
  • Aug 10 - 25, 2019
  • Aug 17 - Sep 01, 2019
  • Aug 24 - Sep 08, 2019
  • Aug 26 - Sep 10, 2019
  • Sep 07 - 22, 2019
  • Sep 21 - Oct 06, 2019
  • Sep 28 - Oct 13, 2019
  • Oct 12 - 27, 2019
  • Oct 26 - Nov 10, 2019
  • Nov 09 - 24, 2019
  • Nov 30 - Dec 15, 2019
  • Dec 14 - 29, 2019
  • Dec 21, 2019 - Jan 05, 2020
  • Dec 28, 2019 - Jan 12, 2020

Trip Cost

Price From

$10,199

Activity Level

Moderate

Travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.

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What to Expect

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.

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 $2,399

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.