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Maasai Mara & the White Nile Nairobi - Kampala

Trip Overview

This 13 day overland tour journeys from Nairobi to Kampala through Kenya, Uganda
13 DAYS THROUGH Kenya, Uganda
PRICE FROM:
Was From: $1,805 USD + 1,000 KITTY USD
Now From: $1,534 (USD) + 1,000 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
13 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4, Private bus, Boat
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, African camp master, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
90%
10%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
YNM
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  3 night wildlife safari in the Maasai Mara

  Take an optional sunset hot air balloon ride over Maasai Mara

  Look for big cats and other amazing wild animals

  Explore the lower slopes of Mount Kenya

  Overnight around the camp fire with Samburu villagers

  Wildlife safari in Samburu Reserve

  Hope to spot Black and White rhinos in Nakuru National Park

  Visit Jinja, the adventure activity capital of East Africa

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Nairobi, Maasai Mara National Reserve ( 14th Dec 2019 )

Border Information: If you are joining the trip in Nairobi, you will most likely enter Kenya at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (IATA code: NBO).

Welcome to Nairobi! If you would like to explore Nairobi fully, we advise you arrive a day earlier to give yourself the time to see some of the highlights in the city - possible activities include visiting the Karen Blixen Museum, the National Museum and the Langata Giraffe Centre. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Nairobi before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Nairobi.

There will be a group meeting today at our joining hotel at 10:00am - your tour leader will meet you at the hotel reception. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where this important meeting will take place.

After the group meeting, we will be met by our 6-person 4x4 jeeps that will take us on our 2-night excursion to the Maasai Mara. We will load the jeeps with our personal gear (but we will not need our camping equipment) and then head off to Maasai Mara, leaving our truck behind.

We will also be leaving our large bags behind (where they will be stored in a secure location in Nairobi), and advise you to bring along a smaller daypack for your personal gear for this trip that will need to be packed soon after the group meeting before we set off. You should pack clothing for 3 days (including a warm jumper or fleece and long trousers), a waterproof jacket, toiletries (including sun screen and insect repellent), your camera and charger, a small towel, a head torch, a water bottle, books and personal snacks, etc.

On arrival, we will have the chance for a short evening game drive in the Maasai Mara National Park before heading to our campsite. The Maasai Mara is an incredibly scenic area and is one of the world's greatest places for wildlife spotting which is absolutely teeming with giraffe, buffalo, zebra, elephants, lions, cheetah, leopards, and other big game!

On both nights at the Maasai Mara, we will stay in a basic campground on the outskirts of the National Park. The campsite has set-tents and bedding, but is self-catered (we will use our kitchen equipment brought from the truck).

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Head out on a phenomenal safari in 4x4s into the Maasai Mara - one of the best areas in Africa for wildlife and scenery

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a hot air balloon flight to see the sunrise over the incredible scenery of the Maasai Mara (alternative to the scheduled game drive). This must be pre-booked through your sales consultant.
USD 550

NNP Animal orphanage & Safari walk, Nairobi

KES 500
Explore the museum at the site of the former home of Karen Blixen, the author of 'Out of Africa'
KES 1200
Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi
KES 1000

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

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

KES 1200
Head out on a guided safari walk in Nairobi National Park
USD 25
Day 2-3 - Maasai Mara National Reserve, Nairobi ( 15th Dec 2019 to 16th Dec 2019 )

Today we will go out for the full day game driving in the National Park before returning to our campsite for a second night. There is also the opportunity for a sunset balloon flight over the savannah - demand for this activity is very high so you must reserve this at the time of booking your trip to avoid disappointment.

Tonight we will stay at the same campsite on the outskirts of the Maasai Mara.

The following day we will have a final game drive in the Maasai Mara in the early morning, before heading to Nairobi and our campsite, arriving at about 4:00pm or 5:00pm. This is where we will meet our overland truck and start using the truck's camping equipment.

In Nairobi we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Day 4-5 - Naro Moru ( 17th Dec 2019 to 18th Dec 2019 )

Today we will head through the hills of central Kenya through the area's beautiful scenery and tea plantations, to arrive at the small village of Naro Moru at the base of Mount Kenya.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

On the following day we will have a free day in Naro Moru to take optional walks around the lower slopes of Mount Kenya, explore the nearby Mau Mau caves, or take an optional game drive in the nearby Sweetwaters National Reserve.

In Naro Moru we will stay at a well equipped campsite.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Guided walk to the Nayaroi Caves in the foothills of Mt. Kenya, used by the Mau Mau during the rebellion against British colonial rule

KES 1000

Head out horse riding in the forests around Naro Moru

USD 25

Nature walks around the base of Mt. Kenya, searching for birdlife and Colobus monkeys

USD 20

Visit the spectacular Thomson Falls at Nyahururu

Free
Day 6 - Samburu Village ( 19th Dec 2019 )

Today we will travel to the Samburu region near to the small town of Archer's Post, where we will visit a Samburu village. Here we will be shown around the village and their homes, play with the children and learn all about the way of life here for the Samburu people!

We will camp in the village in the heart of the community tonight, where there are no toilet or washing facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit to Samburu tribal community and cultural project

Included in Kitty
Day 7 - Samburu National Reserve ( 20th Dec 2019 )

Today we will get up early and enter the Samburu National Reserve, where we will head out for the entire day for game drives in the truck (breaking for a long lunch during the heat of the day).

Samburu is a stunning National Reserve and is a great opportunity to spot big game such as cheetah, leopards, lions, and buffalo. The Reserve is also home to other animals rarely seen in the National Parks further south, such as Grevy's zebras, Somali ostriches and gerenuk ('giraffe-necked antelopes').

Tonight we will wild camp in a camping area in the National Reserve - facilities are very basic, but the area is a 5-10 minute walk from Samburu Lodge.

Please note that during very wet conditions we may need to use locally chartered 4x4 jeeps rather than our truck to get a good game drive in - in this instance we may make this option available at extra cost.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Wildlife safari in Samburu National Reserve

Included in Kitty
Day 8-9 - Nakuru National Park ( 21st Dec 2019 to 22nd Dec 2019 )

Today we will make our way to Nakuru, our base for tomorrow's excursion into Nakuru National Park. If we make good time on the drive we may have the opportunity to take a walk around the working dairy farm where our campsite is, and to visit a local women's knitting collective.

In Nakuru we will stay at a beautiful and well equipped campsite located on a dairy farm on the outskirts of town.Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours 

The following morning we head into Nakuru National Park for an included half-day game drive in local safari trucks. Nakuru is a beautiful park with a large lake and many forested areas - it is teeming with wildlife and there is an excellent chance to see both black and white rhinos.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Safari in Lake Nakuru National Park

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Walk to explore a colonial dairy farm and visit a local women's knitting collective

USD 5
Day 10-11 - Jinja ( 23rd Dec 2019 to 24th Dec 2019 )

Border Information: Exit Kenya at Malaba, enter Uganda at Malaba.

Today we have a full day's drive across the border into Uganda as we travel to Jinja, the adventure capital of East Africa!

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to get involved in the many optional adventure activities available here, such as white water rafting, bungee jumping and boat trips on the White Nile!

In Jinja we will stay at a well equipped campsite.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Full Day rafting, Jinja

USD 125
Go bungee jumping above the Nile at our campsite in Jinja
USD 115
Go on a boat trip to discover the source of the Nile where the river outflows from Lake Victoria
USD 15

Adventure activity combo day of rafting, jet boating and bungee jumping

USD 250

2 nights in Jinja camping next to the swirling currents of the mighty White Nile

USD 75
Head out for a full day of quad biking at the Bujagali Falls near Jinja
USD 160
Head out horse riding along the banks of the White Nile
USD 75
Day 12 - Kampala ( 25th Dec 2019 )

Today we make our way to Kampala and have plenty of time to explore this bustling African city. There are many optional activities on offer here this afternoon.

Estimated drive time - 2-3 hours

 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the Kasubi Tombs, the burial site for members of the Baganda Royal Family

USD 10

Explore the stunning Cathedral, the home of the Archbishop of Kampala in the oldest Roman Catholic diocese in Uganda.

USD 10

Walk to Kabaka's Palace, the mostly deserted palace that was home to some of Ugandas more painful history. Previously home to Bugandan Kings.

Free

Take a guided tour of this impressive Mosque which can hold over 15,000 people. Please note - When visiting the Uganda National Mosque, women should wear loose-fitting clothing that covers the arms and legs, as well as a scarf to cover the head. Men must wear pants and a sleeved shirt.

USD 10

Visit Uganda's national museum which is home to some of the countries most treasured relics.

 

USD 10
Day 13 - Kampala ( 26th Dec 2019 )

Border information: If you are finishing in Kampala, you will most likely exit Uganda at Entebbe International Airport.

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Kampala. Please note, there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking an extra night of accommodation in order to fully explore the area.

 

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Departing: 14 Dec 2019
Returning: 26 Dec 2019
Duration: 13 days
Route: Nairobi - Kampala
$1,534 USD + $1,000 Kitty (USD)
Was $1805.00 - Save $270.75
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Departing: 9 Dec 2020
Returning: 21 Dec 2020
Duration: 13 days
Route: Nairobi - Kampala
$1,547 USD + $1,000 Kitty (USD)
Was $1820.00 - Save $273
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 8 Dec 2021
Returning: 20 Dec 2021
Duration: 13 days
Route: Nairobi - Kampala
$1,875 USD + $1,000 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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