best of east africa

12-day Big Game and Gorilla Safari through Kenya and Uganda

Experience the best of East Africa on this fantastic adventure to Kenya and Uganda. Guests will see Africa’s much sought after big game, from lions to elephants and more, in Kenya, then track endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda, all in just 14 days.

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Highlights

Perfect for:

  • Perfect for Gorilla Trekking
  • Perfect for Big 5/Wildlife Sightings
  • Duration 14 days
  • Departures Anytime
  • Accommodations Luxury hotel, tented camp, game lodge
  • Fitness Rating Moderate/Difficult
  • Activities Game drives, nature walks, cultural visits, gorilla trekking
  • Safari Type Big 5/Wildlife
  • Style Deluxe
  • Land-Only Price* $10,000+
  • Flight Price Call for pricing

*All pricing per person based on double occupancy. Pricing varies based on travel dates, call for a customized quotation matching your travel needs. Changes to itinerary and pricing may apply. Price includes all accommodations, meals, some drinks, transfers, vehicles, park fees, guides and activities as indicated, and a $25 donation to a worthy African charity. Price excludes international flights, visas, tips, inoculations, travel insurance, and anything not specified above. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover & AMEX. No refunds—see Terms and Conditions for details.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Nairobi: Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi, Kenya), you will be met and transferred to Palacina Residence & Suites, a luxury boutique hotel just 20 minutes from Wilson Airport. Overnight here.

Day 2 – Amboseli: After breakfast, you will transfer to Wilson Airport for your flight to Amboseli Airstrip. Upon arrival you will be transferred to Tortilis Camp Amboseli. Enjoy an afternoon game drive returning to camp for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D, Dr)

Tortilis Camp is named after the flat-topped, umbrella thorn tree, the Acacia Tortilis. Located in a private conservancy bordering the national park, game drives, walks, sundowners, and bush meals take place both inside the national park and in the conservancy, where guests enjoy exclusivity. With Mt. Kilimanjaro peering down over the entire camp, each of the 16 tents has a beautiful view of the mountain. A family tent is also available.

Day 3 – Amboseli: Today, enjoy morning and afternoon safari activities in the national park and private conservancy. Overnight Tortilis Camp. (B, L, D, Dr)

Days 4, 5 & 6 – Laikipia (Loisaba Conservancy): After breakfast, you will be transferred by light aircraft to Loisaba Tented Camp, located in the Loisaba Conservancy. You will have lunch in camp before heading off for an afternoon safari activity. Enjoy two and a half days of activities to experience the wildlife and landscape. Game drives, night drives, horseback riding, camel-trekking, fishing, mountain biking, cultural visits to Samburu villages, visits to the anti-poaching sniffer dogs and walks in the area on offer (some may incur an additional cost). Overnights Loisaba Tented Camp. (B, L, D, Dr)

Loisaba Tented Camp offers unhindered views across Laikipia’s mottled landscape all the way to Mt. Kenya. Twelve spacious tents have been custom-designed with large floor-to-ceiling doors and windows, polished wood floors, and wide verandas. Three family tents are also available. Loisaba Conservancy, a functioning ranch, is a success story of conservation. Home to elephant, lion, the rare wild dog, and an abundance of other species, Loisaba is a great example of successful collaboration between conservation, communities, ranching, and tourism.

Day 7 – Masai Mara (Mara North Conservancy): After breakfast, you will be transferred by light aircraft to Alex Walker Serian – The Original. In the afternoon, you will go on a game drive in the Mara North Conservancy, and then return to camp before sunset for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D, Dr)

Alex Walker’s Serian – The Original is one of just eleven member camps in the exclusive Mara North Conservancy. The camp has five spacious tents, including one family tent, and all are set on hardwood decking overlooking the Olooloo Escarpment. The game viewing in the conservancy is spectacular, and with the incredible guides and low density of visitors, walking safaris are also a special way to discover the magic of the African bush during your stay.

Days 8 & 9 – Masai Mara (Mara North Conservancy): During your time at Serian – The Original, enjoy exclusive use of a safari vehicle, guide, and spotter to enjoy your days as you see fit. (B, L, D, Dr)

Day 10 – Entebbe: After breakfast, depart the Mara North Conservancy for Nairobi and onward to Entebbe, Uganda. Overnight at No.5 Boutique Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Bwindi National Park: After breakfast, fly from Entebbe to Kihihi Airstrip. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your safari lodge. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight Bwindi Lodge. (B, L, D)

Overlooking the Bwindi National Park, award-winning Bwindi Lodge is a luxury lodge with eight individual bandas, each having their own view of the forest and a private balcony from which to spot wildlife, including mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, and monkeys. Guests should keep an eye out for the family of gorillas that visit the lodge regularly.

Day 12 – Bwindi/Gorilla Trekking Day: Gorilla Trek! (Permits not included and not guaranteed until secured with full payment.) After breakfast, take a short drive to park headquarters and meet with local guides and trackers who will instruct you on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. Afterward, hike to the point where the gorillas were seen the night before and begin your trek. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding, the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided, and it is important to take plenty of water. It can rain at a few minutes’ notice; hence waterproof clothing is essential, including zip lock bags for camera gear. Return to your lodge for your afternoon at leisure or arrange a community activity offered by your lodge/camp. Dinner and overnight at Bwindi Lodge. (B, L, D, Dr)

Day 13 – Bwindi/Batwa Village Visit: After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Batwa tribe village tracking point for a visit to a Batwa Pygmy tribe village. The hike is steep, as they live very high up in the mountains. It is a rare privilege to see this forgotten group of people. Only eight of the original Batwa remain in the village, and they are about 4 feet high and very nimble. The walk to their village is spiced with interesting information and anecdotes: the way the locals make banana gin, how they build their homes and the history of the Batwa. Alternatively, you can add a second gorilla trek today! (Permits not included and not guaranteed until secured with full payment.) Return to Bwindi Lodge for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D, Dr)

Day 14 – Entebbe/Depart: After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kihihi airstrip for your scheduled flight back to Entebbe. Upon arrival, connect to your onward flight or enjoy the afternoon at leisure at No.5 Boutique Hotel before your evening flight. (B)

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