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6 days Uganda & Kenya

Gorillas and safari!

Comfort
Highlights

This 6-day tour is the ideal trip for those who want to combine a visit to see the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Forest, with a safari adventure in the best park in Kenya; the great Masai Mara. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Flight from Kigali to Nairobi included
  • Domestic flight to Masai Mara included
  • Gorilla permit included
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Day 1: Transfer from Kigali (Rwanda) to Lake Mutanda (Uganda)

Welcome to Rwanda! Experience the emerald green hills of Rwanda and Uganda on a spectacular drive from Kigali to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The serpentine roads wind through lush rainforests, skirting hill tops (keep your eyes open for the volcanos!) and dipping into lively villages in the valley before arriving to the serene waters of Lake Mutanda. A representative from Mutanda Lake Resort will carry out this transfer and can pick you up at Kigali Airport or at any address in Kigali. 

Offering some of the best views in Uganda, Mutanda Lake Resort is perched on a peninsula overlooking a series of small islands scattered across the water and the volcanoes from the Virunga Range rising out of the mist in the distance. 

Gorilla Tracking is the main highlight of a visit to the southern parts of Bwindi Forest, but you are also in the perfect place for volcano hikes, birding, nature and culture walks and canoe and paddle board excursions. The sunset scenes are unforgettable so make sure to find your way to the lodge’s veranda in time for sundowners. 

Note:    Your international flight must arrive no later than 1 pm to make the drive to Mutanda Lake Resort on the same day. For later arrivals we can arrange an overnight stay in Kigali at an additional cost.

 

Journey Time 4-5 hrs 
Accommodation Mutanda Lake Resort
Meal Plan Dinner
 
 

Optional upgrade: Luxury Cottage

The spacious Luxury Cottages at Mutanda Lake Resort boast the best views of the lake and the volcanoes. From the comfort of your private veranda you can enjoy the seclusion and tranquility of this beautiful spot on the lake.

Upgrade is available at an additional cost of USD 40 per person per night.

 

Day 2: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest (Uganda)

Encountering the rare and endangered Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Parkis an experience of a lifetime. 

Half of the world’s population of gorillas lives under the mist-covered canopies of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforest. In the company of an experienced park ranger you will be tracking the whereabouts of one of the nine habituated family groups who live in the park. 

Your tracking experience will be an exciting, yet challenging, journey along forested (often muddy and slippery) slopes, tangled vines, thick vegetation and bamboo forests before you reach the territory of these gentle giants. En-route, your ranger will point out telltale signs of previous gorilla activity like dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Depending on the location of the gorillas on any given day the walk can take anything from 2 to 7 hours. Once the family of gorillas has been located, settle in to your surroundings and enjoy the hour you have to quietly observe these fascinating primates whose habits and mannerisms remind us so much of our own. 

Encountering the mountain gorillas in the wild is a truly humbling and emotional experience, one that you are sure to remember for the rest of your life. 
 

Journey Time 1,5 hours each way
Accommodation Mutanda Lake Resort
Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3: Transfer back to Kigali and flight to Nairobi

Enjoy your last sunrise in this beautiful corner of Uganda and take a rejuvenating swim in the lake before a hearty Mutanda breakfast. The morning is yours to enjoy as you wish. 

After lunch a representative from Mutanda Lake Resort will drive you back across the border to Rwanda and drop you off at Kigali International Airport 3 hours before your evening flight to Nairobi. 

Departure: 7.20 PM
Arrival: 9.50 PM

 

On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International airport a Matoke Tours representative will be waiting to pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel for the night. 

Journey Time 4-5 hrs to Kigali - 30 min in Nairobi
Accommodation            Hotel Rudi
Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch
 
 

Day 4: Flight to the Masai Mara & Bush Walk

Your driver will pick you up at the hotel in the morning and take you to Wilson Airport, the hub for all domestic safari flights. 

Your flight with Mombasa Air Safari will take you on a 1-hour scenic journey to the famous Masai Mara. If you are in search for the Big 5, you came to the right place. The Masai Mara has excellent year round animal concentration and is known for its short-grass savannah plains, making wildlife spotting all the better. 


Departure: 10.00 AM

Arrival: 11.00 AM

 

A 4wd vehicle from Amani Mara Camp will be waiting for you at the airfield to take you on an en-route game drive to the camp.

Strategically located in a remote area of the Masai Mara, this beautiful lodge promises spectacular views of the surrounding landscapes and possibilities of spotting diverse wildlife, from herds of wildebeest and zebra to majestic lions and elegant cheetahs.  

After lunch at the lodge you will get an opportunity to explore the surroundings on foot. Led by a professional and highly knowledgeable guide, your nature walk will teach you the intricate workings of the micro ecosystems of the bush, from exotic flora to the region's plentiful birdlife.  

Journey Time 1 hr domestic flight
Accommodation Amani Mara Camp
Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Full day game drive in Masai Mara

The Masai Mara Game Reserve is a land of breathtaking views, endless plains and an abundance in wildlife. Sunrise is a great time for wildlife spotting as animals tend to be the most active during the “golden hours”, when the first rays of sunshine come to rest on the savannah. Few predators hunt during the heat of the day, so the early morning is the best time to observe the thrill of the chase, or at least the aftermath of a hunt.

For your safari adventure today you can decide if you want to take a packed lunch for a full day game drive or come back to the camp for a hot lunch before returning to the bush in the afternoon. 

 

Journey Time depending on game drive 
Accommodation Amani Mara Camp
Meal Plan Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner
 

Want to go on a Hot Air Balloon Safari? 

A hot air balloon safari launches in the early morning, just in time for sunrise. For about one hour you will be floating peacefully above the ground, with a bird’s eye view of the African bush below. The capacity for this activity is limited making this a very special and exclusive experience. Please note that this activity is weather dependent and may need to be rescheduled due to poor weather.

The additional cost for this optional activity is USD 490 per person.

 
 

Day 6: Morning game drive & flight to Nairobi

Enjoy your last morning on the savannah today and waking up to the sights and sounds of nature all around you. After breakfast you will be invited by the lodge to plant a tree. The nature around the lodge used to be dry and desert like. With sustainable practices and dedication to nature this family-owned lodge has managed to grow a whole forest, eventually bringing water and wildlife back to the area. Planting your own tree is a nice way to give back to the land that has given you a piece of itself over the past couple of days. 
 
A driver from the camp will take you to the airstrip in time for your return flight to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. 

Departure: 11.15 AM
Arrival: 12.15 AM
 
A Matoke Tours representative will be waiting at the other side to transfer you to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in time for your international flight home.

Please note that your international flight must depart after 3 PM. If you need an extra night in Nairobi please let your Travel Consultant know and we will make arrangements for you at an additional cost.

 

Journey Time 1 hr domestic flight
Accommodation Not included
Meal Plan Breakfast


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