8 DAYS KENYA WILDLIFE SAFARI

DAY 1

Pick up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by a team of representatives from Prime Tours Uganda.

Transfer to hotel of choice in Nairobi to relax and refresh.

Fair view Hotel (Luxury)

Hilton Nairobi (Midrange)

Nairobi Airport Rest House (Budget)

Embark on journey to Lake Nakuru National Park located in the floor of the Great Rift Valley. Enjoy the spectacular view of the magnificent lake with vast quantity of flamingos and the surrounding escarpments together with picturesque ridges. The park is home to numerous fauna like zebras, rhinos, waterbucks, baboons to name but a few. You expect to see them as you go about your game drive. The beautiful Makalia waterfalls are also worth a visit.

Dinner and overnight stay Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge

DAY 2

Start journey to Masai Mara. This is where the great wildebeest migration occurs; a spectacle to behold when visiting Kenya in the months of July- October each year.

Embark on game drive in Mara North where you expect to see various animals like giraffes, wildebeests, crocodiles, jackals, all manner of gazelle, spotted hyena, and zebras. Mara is more famously known for having the big five which are; lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo. Enjoy your drive through the endless grasslands ideal for spotting cheetahs.

Dinner and overnight stay at  Sarova Mara Game camp (Luxury)

Saruni Mara (Midrange)

Mara Aardvark lodge (Budget)

DAY 3

Early morning game drive through the rolling plains teeming with wildebeest, gazelles, zebras and pass by the tree-lined rivers that snake through the park. These are the perfect habitat for leopards and you could chance to sight one. Drive to the southern sector of the park and continue with game drive.

Lunch at Kicheche Valley Camp

Drive to Masai homestay places right outside the park when you exit via Sekenani gate. Meet the Masai and get to know something about their lives. This is a highlight to any visit in Masai Mara.

 

Dinner and overnight stay  Sarova Mara Game Camp (Luxury)

Saruni Mara (Midrange)

Mara Aardvark Lodge (Budget)

DAY 4

Embark on your journey en route Amboseli National Park; the second most popular park after Masai Mara.

Have an early afternoon game drive were you expect to see animals like black rhinos, cape buffalo, elephant, leopard, hippo and Masai lion, bush baby, hartebeest, lesser kudu, Masai giraffe to name but a few.

Dinner and overnight stay  Amboseli Porini Camp (Luxury)

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge (Midrange)

DAY 5

Early morning visit to the swamps where you expect to see water birds like pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hamer kop and over 47 raptor species.

There after you will have a guided game drive through the semi-arid ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya Tanzania border.

Get close to free-ranging elephants, giraffes, zebras, cheetahs as you enjoy the beautiful views of immense Mount Kilimanjaro on the side of Tanzania.

In the evening you could choose to visit the Masai communities living near to the park and spend some time with them.

Dinner and overnight stay at choice accommodation.

DAY 6

Proceed to Tsavo West national park and have a game drive through the park. Expect to see various animals such as eastern black rhinoceros, hippopotamus, Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard and lion. There are also other smaller animals that can be spotted like the bush baby, hartebeest, lesser kudu and Masai giraffe. A visit to the magnificent lake in Tsavo west is worthwhile as you will relax as you enjoy the cool breeze.

In the evening we shall continue to Tsavo East National Park characterized by semi-arid grassland and Savannah. This is home to the black rhino sanctuary and is traversed by many rivers where animals go and water. We shall head on to Mudanda Rock which is a 1.6 km inselberg of stratified rock that acts as a water catchment that supplies a natural dam below. It offers an excellent vantage point for the hundreds of elephants and other wildlife that come to drink during the dry season.

 

Dinner and overnight stay  Voi wildlife lodge (luxury)

Lion Hill Safari lodge (midrange)

DAY 7

After an early morning breakfast at 7:00am you shall have a birding safari where you expect to see various bird species including ostriches, kestrels, buzzards, starlings, weaver birds, kingfishers, hornbills, secretary birds and herons.

We shall then have early afternoon game drive; expect to see numerous animals like aardwolf, yellow baboon, bat, Cape buffalo, bush baby, bushbuck, caracal, African wildcat, cheetah, African hunting dog, African dormouse, blue duiker, bush duiker, red duiker, eland, African bush elephant, bat-eared fox, gazelle, large-spotted genet, small-spotted genet, gerenuk, giraffe, African hare, springhare, Coke’s hartebeest, East African hedgehog, spotted hyena, striped hyena, rock hyrax, tree hyrax, impala, black-backed jackal. The list is endless.

Dinner and overnight stay at choice accommodation.

DAY 8

Breakfast at 8:00am

Embark on journey back to Nairobi and catch up with international flight back to the country of origin.

END OF SAFARI

COST PER PERSON (US$) FOR A GIVEN PAX ON 8 DAYS KENYA WILDLIFE SAFARI

FOR FOREIGN NON RESIDENTS 2020

HOTEL/LODGE ACCOMMODATION 1 2 3 4 5
COST PER PERSON IN LUXURY 5895 5445 5295 5220 5175
COST PER PERSON IN MIDRANGE 5779 5329 5179 5104 5059
COST PER PERSON IN BUDGET 5699 5249 5099 5024 4979

 

COST INCLUSIONS;

4WD Safari vehicle

Accommodation based on BB.

Park entrance fees

Tour activities as per the itinerary

Meals as per the itinerary

Bottled drinking water in safari vehicle

Government levies & taxes

Professional English speaking guide

COST EXCLUSION;

Flight ticket

Visa

Insurance

Extra activities not in the itinerary

Tips

 

 

 

 

Commonly Visited Gorilla Destinations

Bwindi Impenetrable national park a large primeval forest located in the South Western part of Uganda is a home to over half the worlds 1,000 mountain gorillas.

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Bwindi Impenetrable national park

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

Bwindi Impenetrable National park is found in southwestern Uganda in Kanungu district. It covers an area of 332kms. When we talk of gorillas in Uganda, we talk of Bwindi and this is Africa’s oldest rainforest, it hides much more than just gorillas but more other wild animals but when gorilla tracking became an activity it made it even more appealing. Bwindi is commonly known for its 400 endangered gorillas with many families, Batwa trails, the Batwa are the first and last forest people who anciently lived in the forest for a long time also known as hunters, gatherers and fierce warriors and 350 bird species. Buhoma as one of the gates apart from gorillas it’s the right place for bird watching.

ACTIVITIES
Bwindi impenetrable National Park is found in southwestern Uganda in Kanungu district, when we talk of gorillas we talk of Bwindi, but it not being the only activity, Bwindi has a variety of activities all incredibly good and as Gorilla Trips Africa here are some of the activities

Gorilla Tracking
Gorillas in Bwindi are habituated making them less dangerous and this is one of great activity done, the tour guides guide tourists through the forest on their way to track gorillas, gorillas act more like humans which keeps you wondering about God’s will, you can interact with them offer them yellows and even can have pictures with them creating memorable moments. Bwindi has a number of gates for example Buhoma gate with three gorilla  groups habituated, Nkuringo gate with two groups , Ruhija with four groups of gorillas habituated, and Rushaga with the most habituated groups and others are still under habituation with six groups

Gorilla Habituation Experience
During habituation Gorillas are tamed to be more of human, not to be dangerous around people, tour guides will take you through the process they go through while habituating the gorillas, it’s a terrifying experience but worth to go through and this is so because the gorillas are not yet fully habituated, this is most popular at Rushaga gate it being with the large gorilla habituation

Batwa Trail
Experience the ancient life of Batwa people. The Batwa trail is a celebration of the forest first people and still they are the last forest people who are also known as hunters, gatherers and fierce warriors. When you get a chance to see them you can see the forest in their lives and all through their eyes, this trail is guided by the Batwa guides who provide insights into their traditional forest life and culture. It runs  from the lower slopes of the muhavura and Gahinga volcanoes and ends in the Batwa community, throughout the trail you will be surprised all through for example showing you how incredibly  they made fire using friction of sticks, having a taste of the wild berries which they used to eat before going to hunter, seeing the huts the built using the tree leaves lastly after reaching the Batwa community you will get the unforgettable performance of your life since the Batwa are well known for their music and dance.

Nature Walks
Tourists who have a short time for nature walk usually do it near river Munyanga and river Ivy on the way you get an opportunity to see baboons, monkeys and birds. And if you continue to the Batwa pygmy community you will be surprised by the energetic dance of the Batwa, you will meet woman making craft giving you and opportunity to buy craft from the Batwa. Nature walk to the Mubwindi swamp is the right spot for the birders and if you use the path of the forest descending through the majestic rainforest it will give you great scenery of the green nature. Amazingly the name Bwindi came from Mubwindi swamp.

Bird watching
Bwindi is one of the best birding destinations in Uganda the pearl of Africa, it being the oldest forest in Uganda surely means it’s the ideal habitat for the variety of bird species, Bwindi is estimated to have around 350 bird species for example Jameson’s Antpecker, pink-footed puff back, Waller, crested Guinea fowl, Barred long-tailed cuckoo, Grey crowned crane, White headed saw wing and so many more. Migratory birds are present from November to April and if you want the main spot for bird watching is along Buhoma waterfalls trails.

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Mgahinga Gorilla national park

MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is in the southwestern corner of Uganda, located in Kisoro district although the volcanoes stretch to the far parts of Rwanda and DRC. Mgahinga National Park was gazzetted in 1991 despite it being declared an area of game sanctuary in the early 1930s by the British Administration and it covers 33.9 square kilometers. As the name “Mgahinga” suggests, the park was mainly established to protect gorillas that inhabit the depth of the forest, other than that the park has a significance to culture “the Batwa culture”. Most importantly Mgahinga National Park has great features which are the beautiful extinct volcanoes, a great fauna, primates which include mountain gorillas and golden monkeys, bird species include handsome francoin, red throated alethe, Rwenzori batis, collared apalis, mountain masked apails, stripe-breasted tit, blue- headed sunbird, strange weaver, red –faced woodland warber, regal sunbird, Rwenzori turaco among others.

Top Activities Done At Mgahinga National Park

Gorilla Trekking

Mgahinga National Park is the right place for gorilla trekking and that’s so because it has half of the world’s Gorillas thus making it the most popular activity done at Mgahinga, it has one habituated gorilla family called “Nyakagezi Gorilla family” and this family at times moves to the parts of Rwanda and DRC. Gorilla trekking at Mgahinga usually starts from 8:30 in the morning and it takes 3-8 hours, trackers take visitor through the routes to the place they had left Gorillas a day before and that’s where they begin the trekking from, Gorillas are habituated making them less dangerous to humans. All in all Gorillas trekking is best done in dry seasons because it makes the hikes easier for tourists.

Golden Monkey Trekking

Mgahinga National Park is the best place for Golden Monkey trekking and it’s among the most interesting activities done for primate safari, the estimated number of golden monkeys at Mgahinga is 3000-4000. If you participate in this activity you will have an excitement of your life time since it offers you an opportunity to view, take pictures of the monkeys before heading back to the lodges.

Volcano Hiking

At Mgahinga Gorilla National Park despite Gorilla trekking visitors have an opportunity for hikes to the summit of Mountain Muhabura which requires more than one day to hike it but still tourists who prefer a one day hike can opt Gahinga trail aa their best and this takes 6 hours. During this hikes you will come across various bird species, also have a view of the famous extinct volcanoes.

Batwa Trail

Batwa are also known as the forest people. While at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, the Batwa trail begins from the Muhavura cave with the Batwa guides who will give you an insight of their ancient life and culture in the forests where they lived in harmony with the gorillas. Batwa people lived as hunter-gatherers, built houses using tree leaves but later they were displaced from the park although some are still with in the park taking part in tourism as tour guides and others as porters.

Bird Watching

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the ideal place for birders because its blessed and enriched with over 180 bird species all unique in one way or the other and these birds can be spotted in the wetland areas , forests, Buffalo wall among others. These unique bird species include Rwenzori turaco, regal sunbird, strange weaver, mountain masked apails, stripe-breasted tit, handsome francoin, red throated alethe, collared apalis among others.

Garama Cave Exploration

Beneath a plateau northern edge of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park you will come across the great Garama Cave lying on the length of 342meters and this believed to have been used as a retreat and council for the Batwa where they met to solve conflicts and problems among Batwa members.

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Volcanoes national park

Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park also referred to as Parc National des Volcano in French and Pariki y’Igihugu y’Ibirunga in Kinyarwanda local language. The park is situated in the north-western province of Rwanda in a small town called Musanze formerly Ruhengeri.

The park is the oldest national park in the African continent and harbors the endangered Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda. Gorilla tracking is Rwanda’s main tourism activity. Volcanoes National Park borders Virunga National Park in DRC and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in south-western Uganda. Besides its huge population of Mountain Gorillas, it also harbors the endangered Golden Monkeys, primate specie that apparently offers the best diverse tourism activity within the national park at the moment.

Volcanoes National Park also shelters five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga massifs which are: Mount Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo: covering over 160 km2 of rain forest and bamboo. The park acted as a base for American zoologist Dian Fossey.

Fauna of the forest in addition to endangered species of mountain gorilla includes: golden monkeys, buffaloes, black-fronted duiker, hyenas then bushbucks. A few reports also clam that a small number of elephants can be found at the park but on very rare occasions. The bird life spans at 178 species, with about 12 of the main species and 15 of the subspecies being endemic to the Virunga conservation area and the great Ruwenzori Mountains.

The Volcanoes National Park is one of the three other only habitats for Mountain gorillas on the planet and the only possible destinations for Mountain gorilla trekking expeditions in Rwanda. The rainforests are at a higher altitude and temperatures are generally lowest in the African region. The tropical sun brings with it effects of heat, evaporation of vapor and rain forming. In Volcanoes National Park, it rains at any time regardless of the season. Factor is the volcanic soils that are fertile and very rich in plant mineral content, resulting in an evergreen rain forest; some parts have bamboo trees, small patches of shrubs and grassland areas, swamp and wetland vegetation in the valleys, and heath on the tips of the volcanoes. These are the ideal conditions for the survival and the existence of the Mountain gorillas and other unique wildlife species.

Mammal species

Volcanoes National Park is a rich ecosystem, a habitat with vibrant and unique mammal species. Mountain gorillas and Golden monkeys are most recognized than other wildlife species because the Virunga volcanoes region is their only habitat on earth. There is high mammal presence in the park, though harder to spot because of hilly and rugged terrain, coupled with  a thick and enclosed rainforest. The mammals in such habitat adapt to a solitary or pair lifestyle, shy away from intruders and are very aggressive if cornered. Save for rare physical encounters, there are signs that indeed show Forest elephants, buffaloes, bushpigs, bushbucks, giant forest hogs, spotted hyenas, bushbucks, duikers, vervet and colobus monkeys and other primate species reside in the park. Volcanoes National Park is very popular as a Rwanda gorilla trek and Golden monkey tracking destination. There are other Rwanda travel destinations to easily spot and have maximum interaction with the rest of mammal species.

Predominant activities include:

Gorilla tracking, Golden Monkey tracking, twin lakes visit, mountaineering, visiting Dian Fossey’s tomb, Iby’Iwacu cultural village and other community visits.

Rwanda is an exciting destination with a number of national parks in addition to the famous Volcanoes national park; say the Akagera and Nyungwe national parks plus Lake Kivu for water excursion.