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East Africa Gorilla & Safari Experience

16 days, Kigali to Nairobi

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For more departures in 2021/2022 please see the new itinerary of this tour click here.

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 natural realm of elephants and rhinos in Kenya. Watching the world pass you by has never felt more freeing or profound.

16 days - Kigali to Nairobi

From$10999USD
Valid on Mar 6 2021
Trip Code: DRKNG

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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 natural realm of elephants and rhinos in Kenya. Watching the world pass you by has never felt more freeing or profound.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 4 - Demanding

Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 6, Avg, 5.

Age requirement: 15+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

16 days - Kigali to Nairobi

From$10999USD
Valid on Mar 6 2021
Trip Code: DRKNG

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Search for the perfect flight at time of booking.

Round-trip to Kigali from

Looking for another airport? Search when you book. (details)

Creating ripples that change lives

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Ripple Score

100

Map of the route for East Africa Gorilla & Safari Experience

Places visited

Itinerary

Day 1Kigali

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Day 2Kigali/Volcanoes National Park

Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial and pay your respects to the victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, learning about this somber chapter of the country’s past. Later, embark on a community walk in the vibrant Nyamirambo township and enjoy a local lunch at the G Adventures–supported Nyamirambo Women’s Centre. Travel to northern Rwanda in the afternoon and settle into our lodge, located at the edge of Volcanoes National Park and offering stunning views of the soaring peaks.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Nyamirambo Women's Centre, Local Lunch| Your Journeys Highlight Moment Nyamirambo Women's Centre, Community Walk

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3Volcanoes National Park

Set out on a trek in lush, jungle-covered hills with a park ranger to track a unique and endangered species—the golden monkey. Observe these playful, curious creatures in their natural habitat; then visit the Karisoke Research Center, founded by National Geographic Grantee Dian Fossey. Meet with a resident researcher to learn about ongoing efforts to protect endangered mountain gorillas, and deepen your understanding of these gentle giants at a talk by one of the park’s head wardens.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Mountain Gorilla Conservation Experience| Your Journeys Highlight Moment Gorilla Lecture

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4Volcanoes National Park

Embark on an unforgettable trek through the jungle alongside a park ranger to search for mountain gorillas. When we come across a group of gorillas, witness their fascinating social dynamics up close. Note that these treks can vary in length and difficulty depending on the location of the gorillas. Return to our lodge for lunch, followed by a visit to a local village to catch a glimpse of daily rural life.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5Volcanoes National Park/Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, cross into Uganda on a 4x4. Arrive at our lodge near Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of the largest and most popular parks in Uganda.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6Queen Elizabeth National Park

Explore the verdant Kalinzu Forest Reserve with a ranger, looking for the chimpanzee families that call this protected area home. Learn about the habits and social activities of these endangered primates—our closest relatives in the animal world—and gain insights into current efforts to protect them. This afternoon, visit Queen Elizabeth National Park for a safari through rolling savanna and shrubland, keeping your eyes peeled for buffalo, elephants, leopards, lions, and hyenas.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7Queen Elizabeth National Park

Head out on a morning safari through the park, dotted with acacia trees and covered in swathes of rainforest. Spot hyenes, warthogs, antelope, and, with luck, some of the African “big five.” Then float down the Kazinga Channel on a boat safari. This natural channel connects two of the park’s lakes and draws large numbers of wild creatures to its shores, including hippos, crocodiles, and a plethora of birds.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8Queen Elizabeth National Park/Entebbe

After breakfast, head to Entebbe, stopping en route at the equator; Uganda is one of the few countries in the world where you can cross this imaginary geographical line on land. Observe how water swirls in opposite directions on either side of the equator and have lunch at the G Adventures–supported AidChild Equation Café & Gallery. Later, visit a drum-making workshop and enjoy a musical performance.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment AidChild Equation Cafe & Gallery

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 9Entebbe/Nairobi

Catch a flight from Entebbe to Nairobi and transfer to our hotel.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Nairobi/Lake Nakuru National Park

Depart early for Lake Nakuru, known for harbouring flocks of pink flamingos and a rich variety of bird species. Arrive at our safari lodge inside Lake Nakuru National Park in time for lunch, and seek out the resident rhinos on a late afternoon wildlife drive.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 11Lake Nakuru National Park

Set out on morning and afternoon safaris through the picturesque park, searching for rhinos, buffalo, impalas, lions, and more; and drive along the salty shores of Lake Nakuru to discover a mind-boggling variety of birds. Later, hear from a representative of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)—a government institution dedicated to managing the country’s wildlife—about the issues surrounding poaching and rhino conservation.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Kenya Wildlife Service Conservation Talk

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 12Lake Nakuru National Park/Lake Naivasha

Head south through the Great Rift Valley to Lake Naivasha, a large freshwater lake surrounded by grassy banks and olive trees. Cruise the lake on a boat, watching for hippos, crocodiles, and buffalo; and peer through your binoculars to spot lovebirds, ibis, and the African fish eagle. Step ashore at Crescent Island—a peaceful wildlife sanctuary located in the middle of the lake— and enjoy a guided stroll in search of wildebeest, zebras, and giraffes.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 13Lake Naivasha/Masai Mara

Travel to the legendary Masai Mara National Reserve and settle into our comfortable tented camp, located in the heart of the reserve. Head out for an afternoon safari through vast, acacia-dotted plains, driving past throngs of wildebeest, zebra, and giraffes; and keep an eye out for lions, elephants, and the rest of the African “big five.” In the evening, relax at the camp and enjoy scenic views of the rolling plains.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 14Masai Mara

Venture out on an early morning safari to track the animals that traversed the savanna during the night. View ungulates like Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, topi and eland antelopes—as well as their stealthy predators—at one of their most active times of the day. Continue your exploration on a late afternoon safari, discovering the timeless landscapes of Masai Mara.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 15Masai Mara/Nairobi

Witness a breathtaking sunrise over the savanna during your final safari in Masai Mara, and head back to Nairobi. Stop en route at Café Ubuntu, a G Adventures–supported project that trains and employs local women and mothers of children with disabilities. Visit the craft centre to meet some of the women who create the wares sold there, then sit down for a delicious farm-to-table lunch.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Café Ubuntu | Your Journeys Highlight Moment Café Ubuntu and Ubuntu Made

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 16Nairobi

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Nyamirambo Women's Centre, Community Walk, Kigali
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Mountain Gorilla Conservation Experience, Volcanoes National Park
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Gorilla Lecture, Volcanoes National Park
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Kenya Wildlife Service Conservation Talk, Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Café Ubuntu and Ubuntu Made, Maai Mahiu
  • Your G for Good Moment: Nyamirambo Women's Centre, Local Lunch, Kigali
  • Your G for Good Moment: AidChild Equation Cafe & Gallery, Kayabwe
  • Your G for Good Moment: Café Ubuntu , Maai Mahiu
  • Arrival transfer
  • All national park entrance fees
  • Genocide memorial entrance
  • Guided mountain gorilla trek with permits
  • Golden monkey trek with permits
  • Guided chimpanzee trek with permits
  • Local village walk
  • Safari drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Wildlife boat cruise in Kazinga Channel
  • Visit to the Equator
  • Drum workshop
  • Entrances and wildlife safari drives in Masai Mara National Reserve, and Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Boat trip on Lake Naivasha and wildlife walk on Crescent Island
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotel/Lodge (13 nts), comfortable tented camps (2 nts).

Meals

15 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 11 dinners
Allow USD180-235 for meals not included.

Transportation

7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle, walking, hiking, boat, plane

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer), local guides, experienced gorilla trackers, park rangers, certified driver/guide in Kenya.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

Masai Mara Balloon Safari - From $450.00

The adventure begins just before dawn and lasts an hour in the sky. Fly over the Mara River, plains, and forests of the Masai Mara. Toast your return to earth with a champagne breakfast, cooked wherever you land. Please note that single passengers can book on this activity, the balloon will require a minimum of two passengers to take flight. In the rare case that this minimum is not reached by the time of your flight, passengers will be refunded for this activity.

My Own Room - From $1559.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Make it a private tour

Book this tour as a private departure - with your own CEO and all the benefits of a G Adventures group tour - for any group, big or small (even just one traveller).

East Africa Gorilla & Safari Experience

| 16 days - Kigali to Nairobi - from $10999 USD
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