13-Day Discover Masai Mara, Bwindi and Lake Nakuru NP

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This specially planned Kenya Safari is intended to provide you with an authentic East African National Park experience, specifically the Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru Parks of Kenya. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda are both on the itinerary. The safari includes white water rafting on Africa’s Longest River, the Nile River, tours of Nairobi City, gorilla trekking, among several other activities.

Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi and move to your hotel

You will be greeted by our safari guide at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and moved to the hotel for your overnight stay. Your Guide will point out several sights along the way, like city landmarks. Before you sleep for the night, your guide will brief you on your safari when you arrive at your hotel. This is a bed and breakfast.

Hilton Nairobi is a great place to stay (luxury lodge)

Both meals and snacks are included, as well as drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Nairobi City Tour on Day 2

The Nairobi city walking tour takes you through the modern city center, including the colorful Nairobi city market, parliament buildings, the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), the 7th memorial park bombast, the Nairobi railway station museum, Nairobi snake park, and the renowned National Museum, which houses spellbinding displays of early man tribal regalia and flora and fauna. Other places to visit on this day include the Elephant Orphanage and the Kazuri Bids shopping.

Hilton Nairobi is a great place to stay (luxury lodge)

Both meals and snacks are included, as well as drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Move from Nairobi to Masai Mara on the third day.

You will wake up for morning breakfast and then drive to Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Maasai tribe’s homeland, through Narok town. With their plaited heads, red cloaks, and axes, the noble young Maasai warrior-nomads challenge your interest. The 700-square-mile Game Reserve is the Africa of your dreams, filled with wild animals roaming in the beautiful rolling hills and acacia woodlands. Check in at your chosen camp. Take a picnic lunch at the campsite. Before your first game trip, you’ll have some time to settle down. Take a game drive in the reserve in the afternoon. Before it gets dark, return to the cabin. Objective Dinner was served at the campsite.

Aa Lodge Mara is where you’ll be staying (mid-range)

Both meals and snacks are included, as well as drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4: Early Game Drive in the Masai Mara and (Optional Hot Air Balloon)

Get a Hot Air Balloon ride on this day if you want to. If not, get up and eat breakfast. Set out for a game drive in the reserve early in the morning. This is normally the busiest time for game viewing. Early in the morning, as temperatures are cooler, Lions, Cheetahs, and Leopards wander the vast grasslands in search of their next meal, which may be an innocent impala or even a small warthog. The spectacle of nature happening is still awe inspiring, regardless of the participants. We’ll then return to the camp for a sumptuous meal. Then it’s time for a full-day game drive. Your morning game drive will take place as you exit the national park, with lunch provided en route.

Aa Lodge Mara is where you’ll be staying (mid-range)

Both meals and snacks are included, as well as drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Move to Lake Nakuru on Day 5

Depart for a morning game drive in the reserve en route to the gate after an early breakfast. Drive in the direction of the west. As you climb the rift Valley’s eastern wall, lush coffee and tea plantations appear, and your driver-guides will give you a brief overview of Kenyan coffee farming. Depending on the amount of time available, you will be driven to Lake Nakuru with a stop for lunch along the way or at your planned lodge. In the afternoon, you check into your lodging and rest before preparing for the next day’s adventure. In Nakuru, have dinner and stay the night.

Merica Hotel is where you’ll be staying (mid-range)

Both meals and snacks are included, as well as drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6: Nakuru Early Game Drive

After breakfast, depart from the Nakuru campsite for a game drive in the park in search of the big five animals: lion, rhino, leopard, and cheetah, as well as other wildlife. Millions of flamingos and migrating birds from all over the world flock to Lake Nakuru, which has up to 425 separate bird species. You’ll return to the hotel before dark for dinner and an overnight stay. – Dinner will be served at the restaurant.

Merica Hotel is where you’ll be staying (mid-range)

Both meals and snacks are included, as well as drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7: Transfer from Nakuru to Jinja Uganda (source of the Nile) (source of the Nile)

After breakfast, we will transfer to the Ugandan border, then drive to Jinja city of Uganda, here on arrival we check into our hotel and some of the Optional Activities Here Include a Visit to the Source of the river Nile, Bungee Jumping, Quad Biking, Boat Ride. You also can spend some time strolling around the craft markets and getting to know the locals

Accommodation: Source of the Smile Lodge (mid-range) (mid-range)

Both meals and snacks are included, as well as drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 8: Jinja Uganda (Optional Full Day White Water Rafting) (Optional Full Day White Water Rafting)

After brunch, there are a variety of optional events to participate in on this day, including a full day of white-water rafting, a visit to the Nile’s source, bungee jumping, quad biking, and a boat ride. You should also spend time strolling around the artisan markets and meeting the locals.

Merica Hotel is where you’ll be staying (mid-range)

Both meals and snacks are included, as well as drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 9: Cross the Ugandan equator from Jinja to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

You will drive down to Kasese after breakfast, passing across stunning, green scenery. You will head to Queen Elizabeth National Park after your lunch break, marveling at the breathtaking landscape, tea plantations, open grasslands, long-horned –Ankole Cattle, woodlands, and the Rift Valley Escarpment. In the evening, before driving to your lodging, go on a game trip. At your lodge, you can eat and sleep.

Mweya Safari Lodge (mid-range) | Elephant Hab (mid-range) (luxury lodge)

Both meals and snacks are included, as well as drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 10: In Queen Elizabeth National Park, go for a game drive and take a boat ride in the afternoon.

Begin the day with a cup of tea or coffee before heading out on a game drive along the Queen’s Mile and the Kasenyi trail. Elephants, waterbucks, tigers, buffaloes, Uganda Kobs, warthogs, and a variety of birds can all be seen on this trail. Return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. Enjoy a 2-hour boat ride on the Kazinga Channel in the afternoon, where you’ll see buffaloes, elephants, hippos, kobs, and warthogs, among other animals. This trip would also give you the opportunity to see a variety of birds. As we approach the Flamingoes in the salt lakes, there is a diverse bird life, especially our version of storks in the wetland areas.

Elephant Hab Lodge is where you’ll be staying (mid-range)

Both meals and snacks are included, as well as drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Transfer to Bwindi via the Isasha sector on day 11

Leave Queen Elizabeth National Park and go to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to see Uganda’s awe-inspiring gorillas. Before reaching Bwindi, you travel through the Ishasha area, where you can encounter tree climbing lions. If time permits, travel to your destination and participate in a cultural experience before returning to your hotel for dinner, rest, and overnight.

Gorilla Havens Lodge | Lake Muhele Safari Lodge are two options for lodging (mid -range lodge)

Dinner (breakfast and lunch are not included), and drinks are not included.

Day 12: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Gorilla Monitoring

It’s the big day! The walk will last anywhere from 30 minutes to 5 hours and more, but most people stick to the 1-2 hour mark. The going can be difficult, the landscape steep, the vegetation lush, and the weather wet, but it will all be worth it when you eventually come across the majestic beasts! You’ll spend an hour with them, watching them through the forest and witnessing their daily lives up close. Time will pass, but the memories will last a lifetime.

And keep in mind:

You would not be around to visit if you are sick. The gorillas’ wellbeing is of utmost importance.
Unfortunately, at the discretion of the park warden, the permit is only partly refundable.
This hike necessitates a decent degree of fitness.
It is essential to have good walking shoes, a waterproof jacket, and long trousers in neutral colors.

 

Depending on the length of your trek, you will have time to travel to Lake Bunyonyi (Africa’s second deepest lake) for a relaxing evening boat trip. The boat trip is performed in hand-crafted canoes and is incredibly relaxing.

Lake Bunyonyo Rock Resort is a great place to stay (mid-range)

Dinner (breakfast and lunch are not included), and drinks are not included.

Transfer to Entebbe on Day 13

After breakfast, we’ll leave the park and go to Entebbe, where you’ll catch a glimpse of some wildlife before catching your train. You have the luxury of stopping at the equator for photos and shopping.

There is no accommodation available.

Both meals and snacks are included, as well as drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Inclusions

  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • 1 Gorilla tracking permit
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. (Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.)
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)






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    Best time to visit Kenya

    Kenya is open all-year-long, the best wildlife viewing months in Kenya are during the Dry season from late June to October.

    The wildebeest migration usually reaches the Masai Mara in August and remains until October when they move back to the Serengeti in Tanzania.

     June to October –Dry Season. Wildlife is easier to spot.

    July to October are the best months to see the wildebeest migration It gets very busy and crowded in the most popular parks.

    November to May –Wet Season

    The scenery is beautiful and green Rates drop because it’s the low season.