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Meet mountain gorillas and other amazing wildlife on this overland adventure. Search for the “big five” in the Masai Mara, spot chimpanzees in Kalinzu Forest, and join experienced trackers while travelling deep into the Ugandan forests for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spot endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Our Landos (overland adventure vehicles) are an adventurous and affordable way to see the highlights while wilderness camping will keep you in the thick of the action. Experience a world apart as you encounter the colourful cultures and wild landscapes of Kenya and Uganda.

Inclusions
  • 14 night camping adventure
  • 34 meals – 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Service Level: Camping – most nights with some hotel/hostel stays to start and throughout.
  • Transportation: affordable public and private transport – as per itinerary.
  • Physical Grading: 4 – Demanding – Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.
  • Travel Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings – Fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.
  • Trip Type: Small Group Small group experience; Max 22, avg 20.
  • Book with confidence: Tour potion can be changed and rebooked 30 days prior to departure. Airfare may be non refundable
June 25 or Oct 15, 2021 from $3387

Per person based on shared accommodation
My own room add $269  – Please note that if you have booked the “My Own Room” option for this tour, you will receive your own single accommodation for all night stops, with the following exceptions: Days 2-3
Extra Nights in Nairobi add $100 per night

What’s Included:
  • Your G for Good Moment: Café Ubuntu , Maai Mahiu
  • Your G for Good Moment: AidChild Equation Cafe & Gallery, Kayabwe
  • Your Discover Moment: Jinja. Wildlife safari drives in Masai Mara National Reserve. Safari in Lake Nakuru National Park. Guided mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi with permits. Entrance and chimpanzee tracking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve. Tea plantation visit. Transfer from Jinja to Nairobi. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

 

Map of the route for Kenya & Uganda Gorilla Adventure

Day 1 Nairobi
Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to your hotel
Accommodation: Kenia Campsite (or similar)
Please make sure you have all of the necessary visas for this tour by the time of the welcome meeting. It is very important to read the visa section in our trip details to make sure you have the ones you will need, if any. Please note that not all nationalities are able to obtain a visa on arrival at the border.

Day 2 Nairobi
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
Accommodation: Kenia Campsite (or similar)

Day 3 Nairobi/Masai Mara 
Journey through the Great Rift Valley on the way to one of the most famous national parks in Africa. Enjoy a late afternoon wildlife safari drive in the hopes of spotting the “big five”. Travel from Nairobi, through the Great Rift Valley on to Kenya’s premier wildlife reserve. In the afternoon, arrive in the area and get settled at the safari camp, our base for our time here. Head out for a late afternoon wildlife safari drive with excellent chances of seeing the Big Five — lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino. The varied wildlife and natural environment come together to provide a spectacular safari experience.
Accommodation: Kenia Campsite (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4 Masai Mara
Enjoy an early morning wildlife safari drive. The day continues with more wildlife viewing, as you cross the plains and rivers of the Masai Mara National Reserve.
Accommodation: Kenia Campsite (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5 Masai Mara/Lake Nakuru National Park
Depart for Nakuru, with a stop for lunch at the G Adventures supported Ubuntu Cafe. Embark on a safari within Lake Nakuru National Park (in the Lando), in search of the resident black rhino, buffalo, impala, and the elusive leopard.
Accommodation: Derrit Campsite (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 Lake Nakuru National Park/Eldoret
Enjoy another safari drive in the Lando, before heading off to Eldoret.
Accommodation: Greenwoods Resort and Campsite (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7 Eldoret/Kampala
Cross the border into Uganda, then camp outside of the country’s capital.
Accommodation: Red Chilli Hideaway (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8 Kampala/Lake Bunyonyi
Get comfortable, as we cross the equator and head off to Lake Bunyonyi.
Accommodation: Bunyonyi Overland Camp (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9 Gorilla Trek
Enjoy a guided mountain gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Depending on the date of our permits, it’s possible that the gorilla trek will take place on the second full day in Lake Bunyonyi.
Accommodation: Bunyonyi Overland Camp (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 10 Lake Bunyonyi
Enjoy free time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Lake Bunyonyi.
Accommodation: Bunyonyi Overland Camp (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 11 Lake Bunyonyi/Kalinzu Forest Reserve
Watch the Ugandan countryside pass by on the day’s journey.
Accommodation: Craters Campsite & Country Lodge (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 12 Kalinzu Forest Reserve/Lake Mburo National Park
Get up early for an included chimpanzee tracking excursion, then visit a tea plantation before setting off for Lake Mburo. Opt for an afternoon boat cruise on the lake, or explore the local area on foot.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 13 Lake Mburo National Park/Jinja
Head back across the equator and enjoy a meal at the G Adventures supported AidChild Equation Cafe. Continue on to Jinja, Uganda’s adventure capital.
Accommodation: Nile River Explorers River Camp (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 14 Jinja
Explore Jinja, known for its outdoor and adventure activities. Opt to raft down the White Nile River, mountain bike up and down the hills or check out the local market.
Accommodation: Nile River Explorers River Camp (or similar)

Day 15 Jinja/Eldoret
Cross over into Kenya for a night in Eldoret. This is an overnight stop in between two long driving days.
Accommodation: Greenwoods Resort and Campsite (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 16 Eldoret/Nairobi
Transfer to Nairobi, where the tour ends upon arrival late afternoon. Transfer to the airport for your flight home
Meals included: Breakfast

 

Jinja River Rafting  – Jinja – Full-day
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Masai Mara Balloon Safari – Masai Mara – 1hr

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.

Visas and Entry Requirements

All countries require travellers to have a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity), and you are required to acquire the entry visas for each of the countries visited.

Health *When travelling outside Canada, you may be at risk for a number of vaccine preventable illnesses. You should consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.  Due to limited supply of selected vaccines,  consider visiting earlier.  Some countries require proof of immunization in order to enter. It is prudent to assess your personal health status with a travel clinic or your family doctor before booking vacation, some immunizations have restrictions.

IMPORTANT NOTE
It may be required to show a Yellow Fever certificate upon entering the country(s) visited. Please check in with your local consulate and health expert for advice on Yellow Fever and other inoculations required for this area.

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Kenya

The Kenyan Government has introduced an electronic visa process with effect from July 2nd. Travellers wishing to enter Kenya need to visit www.ecitizen.go.ke and follow instructions for processing their electronic visa in advance of their arrival into Kenya. As this measure was introduced with little advance notice, there is a grace period where travellers may continue to apply upon arrival into Kenya for their visa. You can obtain a visa for US$50. Please note that Kenya is now strictly enforcing a “blank pages, condition of entry”. All those requiring a visa on arrival must have at least two blank pages available in their passports. Failure to meet this requirement could mean that entry will be refused.

Border crossing from Kenya to/from Uganda through Malaba Border Post.

** Please be advised that a valid yellow fever vaccination card may be required for entry into Kenya.

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Uganda

Visas for Uganda for most nationalities must be obtained through an Electronic Visa application online in advance, and a payment of $50 USD cash will have to be made upon arrival to the border.

LIST OF COUNTRIES WHOSE NATIONALS DO NOT REQUIRE TO PAY FOR A VISA TO ENTER UGANDA:
Angola, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Burundi, Comoros, Cyprus, Eritrea, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Italy (Diplomatic Passport holders only), Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Nationals of these countries are issued gratis (free of charge) visas upon their arrival.

** Please be advised that a valid yellow fever vaccination card is mandatory for entry into Uganda.

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East Africa Tourist Visa

An East Africa Tourist Visa allows the holder to move freely between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with only one Visa, and is valid for a period of 90 days. It also acts as a multiple entry Visa, so if you leave any of the above countries, you do not need a new Visa to re-enter (provided it is within the 90 day validity period). These need to be applied for in advance, and you should contact the foreign Embassy (of the country you will be entering through) for more details. The cost is 100USD.

Please see below for more information:

http://www.immigration.go.ke/types-of-visas/

** Please note that travellers looking to participate in the Rwanda Day Tour from Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda are encouraged to purchase the East Africa visa for entry into Rwanda.

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This information is accurate at the time of writing, and please contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements and costs, regarding these, and the other countries visited, or see your travel agent. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation.

 

Terms & Conditions

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy in Canadian dollars (unless otherwise stated) New bookings only. Space and price may be limited and subject to availability at the time of booking.  Errors or omissions may occur on the above information with no guarantee of being honoured. Terms and conditions apply. Tax is not included in the above base fare. Above tax amount includes non-refundable $30 per adult Booking Management Fee. $50 per adult cancellation fee. Not included in the above rates: Xpresspost fee, recommended medical, cancellation or baggage insurance. Child rate is applicable when travelling with 2 paying adults sharing 1 hotel room, using the existing bedding. Price Match Policy: Travel Best Bets makes every effort to remain competitive by offering our ‘Match or Beat Any Price’ offer however due to certain restrictions  there will be some product we cannot match or beat. Please note the star ratings found on www.travelbestbets.com are determined by Travel Best Bets based on a number of factors and may not match the star rating found in the Tour Operator’s brochure. Please view our star ratings by clicking here. Due to an increasing volume of disputed bookings, we will only accept payment for air only travel to India, the Philippines and the continent of Africa through the following means: book and pay cash in person or by direct deposit into our business account – once the transaction is verified and a copy of the receipt emailed or faxed to our office, we will confirm the booking. Please contact us for details on how to book using this method.Please note there maybe a tax increase when FREE connectors are added with Air Canada Vacations. Please contact [email protected] for photo credit information. BPCPA #3287