Kenya Uganda Prime Time Primates
Nairobi – Nanyuki – Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara – Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kibale Forest
On this trip to Kenya and Uganda, you’ll get a taste of everything East Africa has to offer. From the wide, sweeping plains of the Masai Mara, with its herds of migrating animals, to the jungle highlands of Uganda, where gorillas are king and the primates sing their songs high in the trees.
In terms of natural spectacles, nowhere on Earth comes close to matching the sheer variety of wildlife you will encounter on this tour. Namely, the “big five” of the African savannah; lions, rhinos, buffalo, leopards, and elephants, as well as our primate cousins in the central highlands; monkeys chimps, and the mighty gorillas.
Day 1: Nairobi to Nanyuki
8:00: From Nairobi, take a 2.5-hour drive to the Sweet-waters Tented Camp at Nanyuki. This is a top end permanent tented camp. After lunch, enjoy activities and game viewing in the area.
The Sweet-waters Tented Camp lies in the heart of the privately owned 22,000-acre Sweet-waters Game Reserve. It enjoys magnificent views across the game-studded plains to the snowcapped peaks of Mount Kenya. In the area, there is a rhino sanctuary and a 200-acre chimpanzee sanctuary. You may enjoy a 30-minute boat ride on the Uaso Nyiro River among the chimps. At the sanctuary, chimps are rehabilitated and taught to fend for themselves in an area similar to their natural living conditions. While in the area you can visit with the chimps,rhinos and see other game. Overnight at Sweet-waters Tented Camp
Day 2: Nanyuki to Lake Nakuru
After breakfast, drive to Lake Nakuru in time for lunch at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. At 1530 hrs proceed for an afternoon game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park.
Lake Nakuru National Park is situated in the Rift Valley region of Kenya and comprises of the blue-green Lake Nakuru, bushy grasslands and yellow acacia woodlands, the Great Rift Valley Escarpments hills and ridges. The park’s swamps and marshes are home to water birds including the famed pink flamingo and around 450 terrestrial bird species. The buffalo, white rhino, zebra, giraffe, hyena and over 56 mammal species are in abundance. Your stay is in world class lodges such as the spectacular Sarova Lion Hill Lodge or Lake Nakuru lodge. Alternatively you have the option of pitching in special campsites namely Reedbuck, Nyuki, Nyati, Rhino, Soysambu, Chui and Naishi. Public Campsites at Bacpakers and Makalia equally provide additional camping options. Dinner and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge
Day 3: Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara
7:00: Drive via the Great Rift Valley to arrive at Masai Mara in time for lunch at Mara Sarova Camp. At 3:30 you’ll go for an afternoon game drive till dusk.
Maasai Mara Game Reserve is Africa’s greatest wildlife and the world’s most famous safari destination, located in Kenya. The Mara is famous for the Great Wildebeest migration – 8th wonder of the world – , roaming lions and of course the hospitable Maasai people. The 1,510 sq km reserve has a habitat ranging from riverine forests to grasslands doted with acacia tree famed for being leopard resting points. The Mara is part of the ecosystem that includes the equally famous Serengeti of Tanzania. The wildlife variety is truly overwhelming: Thomson’s gazelle, zebra, black rhino, buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, fox, jackals, impalla and hippopotami in addition to the abundant bird species.
The 8th wonder of the world occurs annually in the Mara – the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, Thomson Gazelles and zebra from the Tanzanian Serengeti in search of water and pasture. Following on their heels are the predators of the Savannah – lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures.
If photography is your prime interest then an extension of your safari will mostly reward your quest for the perfect wildlife shot. So captivating is the natural beauty of the savanna, scrubs, tree and cloud shadows not forgetting the Mara River and a myriad of seasonal rivelets some hosting the Nile crocodiles and the hippopotami. If you are lucky you can spot an endangered black rhino. The famous Maasai tribesmen live within the dispersal area of the game reserve in the surrounding local ranches.
Day 4: Masai Mara
6:30: There’ll be an early morning game drive in the Mara. Return to the lodge for breakfast. You spend the rest of the morning at leisure. After lunch at the lodge you proceed at 3:00 for an afternoon game drive till dusk. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sarova Tented camp.
Day 5: Masai Mara to Nairobi to Kampala
6:30: If you choose, you can take this opportunity to fly over the Mara in a Hot Air Balloon (additional cost). The balloon package includes a champagne breakfast in the wild! If you can spare the money, viewing abundant game afloat a balloon is an unforgettable experience.
After breakfast return to Nairobi arriving around midday. You will have lunch at Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi, which is world famous for its succulent game meats. In the evening, transfer to the airport for a flight to Kampala Uganda. Overnight at Africana Hotel.
Day 6: Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, head west through magnificent hill county and lush cultivation. You pass through the market town of Masaka after stopping at the equator for photographs. Stop for lunch is at Mbarara. Enjoy a game drive as you enter the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The Queen Elizabeth National Park is a UNESCO designated a Biosphere Reserve for Humanity. The park is constituted of tropical forest, green meadows, savannah and swamps. In terms of wildlife, you find elephant, buffalo, hippos, baboons, chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds. The park occupies 2000 sq km and is situated 440 km from Kampala. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge
Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park
A guided walk takes you into the tropical Kyambura Gorge in search of chimpanzees. This hike involves climbing. In this unspoiled environment, birds and butterflies are all around, and you might also see primates. After lunch, take the launch trip up Kizinga Channel, which separates Lakes Edward and George, viewing a variety of game on the banks. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari lodge
Day 8: Kibale Forest
After breakfast, check out and drive to Kibale National Park.
Kibale is a primate searchers dream. There are over 1,000 chimpanzees, and at least 6 monkey species – including the acrobatic red colobus and black-and-white colobus, and the handsome L’Hoest’s monkey. At Kibale, you will take a guided walk in search of chimpanzees. Dinner and overnight at lodge in Kibale/Queen Elizabeth region
Day 9: Kibale Forest to Kampala to Nairobi
After breakfast, check out and drive to Kampala. After lunch in Kampala, you will be at leisure to shop for souvenirs and tour the city, before transferring to the airport for your evening flight back to Nairobi.
– Government taxes
– Complimentary safari hat
– Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda
– Game drives as per the Itinerary
– Accommodation based in twin / double
– Meals are inclusive of full board on safari
– Service of an English Speaking driver guide
– Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
– All transfer to and from airport in Nairobi and Entebbe
– Grand Imperial Hotel (Kampala) is on bed & breakfast
– Pick up from Nairobi and drive to Sweet-waters, Nanyuki
– Complimentary bottle of mineral water Per Person per day
– Transport based on safari vehicle with pop up roof for game viewing
– Park entry fees to all the parks on the Itinerary in Kenya and Uganda
Not included services:
– Flight Nairobi to Entebbe and back to Nairobi
– International flights and applicable departure taxes
– Estimate based on Kenya Airways is US$ 380 (Excluding taxes)
– Hot air Balloon flight in Masai Mara – estimate: US$ 385 per person
– Extras at the lodges -tips, telephone, laundry & Item of personal use
Uganda Tour Includes:
All tour highlights,Ground transportation in a 4×4 Safari vehicle with the services of an English speaking driver / guide, Bottled water through the safari, Park fees, Meals as indicated, Activities and accommodations as mentioned in the itinerary, 01 Gorilla permit per person [where applicable] .
Uganda Tour Excludes: Airfare to and from Uganda, Visa to and from Uganda, Travel insurance, Airport transfers, Last night’s accommodation in Kampala or Entebbe, All beverages except tea and coffee taken at breakfast, Any activity, meal or accommodation NOT mentioned in the itinerary, Tips, Souvenirs, Items of a personal nature, Notes on Gorilla tracking
Gorilla trekking is a strenuous activity and one should be physically fit to enjoy this tour.
– Minimum gorilla tracking age is 15 years
– Minimum chimpanzee tracking age is 12 years
– Maximum time allowed with the gorillas will NOT exceed ONE hour
– Anyone with signs of communicable diseases will NOT be allowed to track
-While possession of a gorilla permit is a guarantee of trekking and sighting the gorillas, the quality of the gorilla trekking cannot be guaranteed.
We strongly recommend the following:
– Long-sleeved shirt
– Sturdy hiking boots
– Waterproof trousers
– Rain poncho (lightweight)
– Leather gardening -type gloves
- Still Cameras and Camcorders are allowed, but bring batteries and film from your home town or Kampala
– Insect repellent and any necessary medications must be brought by you either from your home town or Kampala