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Day1

Nairobi 01 b 1970

Border Information: If Joining in Nairobi, enter Kenya at Nairobi Airport.

Group meeting at 18.00hrs.

For those of you who are starting your trip in Nairobi and arrive early, head out to explore the National Museum of Kenya or the Karen Blixen Museum (author of Out of Africa), or Bomas which displays the traditional homesteads of several Kenyan tribes in an outdoor village. 

Tonight we stay in a simple hotel with swimming pool, restaurant and en suite bathrooms.

Hotel for the night: Kivi Milimani Hotel accommodation

Activities Description Approximate Cost
Optional Explore the museum at the site of the former home of Karen Blixen, the author of 'Out of Africa' KES 1200
Optional Visit to the David Sheldrick Animal Orphanage KES 500
Optional Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi KES 1000
Optional

Learn all about the different tribal groups of Kenya at the Bomas of Kenya cultural centre in Nairobi

USD 40
Optional Discover some of Kenya's ancient hominids at the National Museum in Nairobi

KES 1200
Day2

Gilgil, Nakuru National Park 02 b 1970

We leave Nairobi early this morning and head North to the small town of Gilgil (approx 185km).  We will make a visit to the Saida Childrens Home project.  After our visit to the project we make our way to our campsite. 

Activities Description Approximate Cost
Included

Visit to the Dragoman-supported orphanage at the Saidia Children's Home in Gilgil

Included in tour
Day3

Nakuru National Park, Eldoret 03 b 1970

We are up very early this morning as we head out for an early morning game drive of Nakuru National Park.  After lunch we head back to our camp and set off in the truck for Eldoret.

Tonight we camp on the outskirts of Eldoret (200 km, approx 5-6 hours). One of Kenya's fastest growing towns, Eldoret is the hometown of some of Kenya's most famous runners due to its high altitude.

Activities Description Approximate Cost
Included

Take a safari in 4x4 vans in the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park

Included in tour
Day4

Kampala 04 b 1970

Border Information: Exit Kenya at Malaba. Enter Uganda at Malaba

Today we leave Kenya behind, crossing the border into Uganda as we travel towards its capital city, Kampala (390 km, approx. 8-9 hours) where we camp on the outskirts of the city.

Landlocked Uganda, with a population of over 30 million, is one of the 5 countries that make up the East African Community. It is a country of great cultural diversity and in recent years one of the most progressive countries in the region in terms of health education relating to HIV.

Activities Description Approximate Cost
Included

Overnight stay on the outskirts of Uganda's bustling capital city

Included in tour
Day5-6

Kibale 05 b to 02 b 1970

Today we travel to the Kibale Forest National Park (350 km, approx, 6-7 hours).

When not trekking there is plenty for you to do and see in this beautiful area, including walks to villages, tea plantations, rivers, lakes, or just relaxing around the campsite.

We camp in a basic campground that has showers and flush toilets.

Activities Description Approximate Cost
Included

Forest walking in Kibale National Park in seacrh of Chimpanzees

Included in tour
Optional

Tea plantation visit or walks in the hills

USD 10
Day7

Queen Elizabeth National Park 07 b 1970

We travel to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, beautifully set between the Great Rift Valley lakes of Edward and George, undertaking a game drive on our way to the camp (200 km, approx. 5.5 hours). 

We take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, well-known for pelicans, eagles and other wonderful birdlife as well as its healthy population of hippos. During our time in the park we also hope to see elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, Ugandan kobs and waterbucks. 

Tonight we camp. The campground is basic and has drop toilets with basic showers.

Activities Description Approximate Cost
Included

Head on a game drive around Queen Elizabeth National Park in our overland truck, in search of wildlife

Included in tour
Day8

Lake Bunyoni 08 b 1970

Today we travel on to Lake Bunyonyi (250 km, approx. 6-7 hours). 

Lake Bunyonyi, meaning 'place of many little birds', is in the south west of Uganda and home to some of the most picturesque scenery in the whole of Uganda.

Depending on when we arrive at the lake, if time allows then one of the best ways to admire the landscape is from on the lake itself by hiring a traditional dugout canoe (mokoro). They can be hard to master at first but great fun. 

Tonight's campground has flush toilets with basic showers.

Activities Description Approximate Cost
Included Take a trip in a motorboat to explore the scenery of Lake Bunyoni Included in tour
Optional Head out on a guided walk around the scenic Lake Bunyoni, or to local villages in the area USD 10
Day9

Kigali, Ruhengeri & Volcanoes National Park 09 b 1970

Border Information: Exit Uganda at Kamuganguzi, enter Rwanda at Gatuna.

Leaving Uganda behind, we cross the border entering Rwanda and travel toward the Ruhengeri (200 km, approx 6-7 hours). Gateway to the Volcanoes National Park, Ruhengeri is our base for the next three days. We will travel via the capital city of Kigali where we will organise a visit to the very moving genocide memorial. We may visit the memorial on day 9 or 11 depending on time.

Whilst in Ruhengeri we stay in dormitories at a local church mission.

Activities Description Approximate Cost
Included

Learn all about the tragic 1994 Rwanda genocide at the extremely moving Genocide Memorial in Kigali

Included in tour
Day10-11

Ruhengeri & Volcanoes National Park 10 b to 02 b 1970

We allow two days for gorilla visits as you are assigned a trekking group/time on your permit. The group may be split up into different trekking groups during the day or even over two days depending on time of permit issue and group size. There is a maximum group size of 8 on each gorilla visit. 

This region is one of the last remaining sanctuaries for the mountain gorilla. No more than eight per day can visit any one habituated family and visits are strictly controlled to minimise the possibility of disturbance or transmission of disease to the animals. 

Tracking gorillas in the dense forest can sometimes be wet, muddy and uncomfortable. The terrain is by no means easy either, so it can be pretty strenuous and often humid, but the sheer thrill in coming across a habituated group of gorillas, dominated by a great male silverback, more than outweighs any difficulty. You need to be prepared and fit enough to walk up to 4 hours - up and down hill. We can usually get very close to the mountain gorillas, who are placid and gentle, and watching their movements is like seeing a mirror image of yourself. Your visit with the gorillas will last one unforgettable hour.

When you are waiting for, or have completed your gorilla visit, your leader will provide you with options and ideas on how you may wish to spend your time in the area around Ruhengeri.

Activities Description Approximate Cost
Optional

Trek to search for the Golden Monkeys near Ruhengeri (if time allows)

USD 100
Included

Trek in the forests of Rwanda's Volcanos National Park in search of the mighty mountain gorillas - an unforgettable experience!

Included in tour
Optional

Trek out to Dian Fossey's Memorial in the forests around Ruhengeri (if time allows)

USD 75
Optional

Head out for a full day trekking around Visoke and other high volcanos in Volcanos National Park (if time allows)

USD 75
Optional

Visit the weaving collective at the Red Rocks Community Project (if time allows)

USD 10
Day12

Lake Mburo National Park 12 b 1970

Border Information: Exit Rwanda at Cyanika. Enter Uganda at Cyanika.

Today we travel to the border with Uganda where we will complete the border formalities. It is possible for most nationalities to purchase a re-entry visa at this land crossing but please check before travelling. We will then head to Lake Mburo (420 km, approx 9-10 hours).

Tonight we will camp on the shores of the lake at a stunning location surrounded by wildlife. While tonight's campground is beautifully located, it is very basic, having drop toilets and basic showers.

Activities Description Approximate Cost
Included

Walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park

Included in tour
Day13-14

Jinja 13 b to 02 b 1970

Before breakfast today we have a two hour guided walking safari through the Lake Mburo National Park allowing us to see some of the animals and spectacular birdlife. Afterwards we travel from Lake Mburo to Jinja via Kampala, stopping at the equator (340 km, approx. 7-8 hours).


We camp at scenic riverside retreat with showers and flush toilets.

Activities Description Approximate Cost
Included Explode up the rapids of the Nile in a 12-seater jet boat Included in tour
Optional Head out for a full day of white water rafting on the White Nile near Jinja USD 125
Optional Go bungee jumping above the Nile at our campsite in Jinja USD 115
Day15

Eldoret 15 b 1970

Border Information: Exit Uganda at Malaba. Enter Kenya at Malaba.

We begin our journey back to Nairobi with our first stop being the cheese town of Eldoret, where we camp for the evening (300 km, approx. 7-8 hours) and have our final night dinner together.

Day16

Nairobi 16 b 1970

Departing early the next morning we expect to arrive back in Nairobi (370 km, approx. 7-8 hours) around 4pm in the afternoon.  

Border Information: If leaving in Nairobi exit Kenya at Nairobi Airport.