Uganda Gorillas & Kenya Mara Classic Combo
Visiting a big family of Mountain gorillas is a thrilling experience  
In 2019, Bwindi's Gorilla population was at 459. (Gorillla Fund)  
Beautiful scenery in Bwindi's Afromontane rainforest  
Bwindi's habituated Gorillas are in Buhoma, Rushaga, Ruhija & Nkuringo  
Gorillas are the backbone of Uganda's thriving tourism industry  
Shoebill devouring a Lungfish, its favourite prey item.  
The famously aggressive African buffalo forms herds of 1000+ strong  
African bush elephants, Masaai Mara.  
Masaai Mara is productive for African leopard sightings.  
Lion patrolling the Masaai Mara while some Topi look on  
The critically endangered Black rhino finds sanctuary in Masaai Mara  
Huge herds of Blue wildebeest and Common zebra thrive in the Mara  
Wonderful!: Blue wildebeest migrating over the Mara River  
The Endangered Lappet-faced vulture finds sanctuary in Masaai Mara  
Cheetah in hot pursuit of a young Gazelle, Masaai Mara  
11 day tour
Including flights and transfers
Prices from
£8160

Tour Highlights

  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi
  • Gorilla Habituation Experience!
  • Mabamba Swamp excursion for Shoebill
  • Big Five in Kenya
  • Quintessential African scenery
  • Superb hospitality and expert guiding
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I'm enquiring about: Uganda Gorillas & Kenya Mara Classic Combo

Uganda Gorillas & Kenya Mara Classic Combo

Uganda      Kenya      Zanzibar

Many tour companies churn out 'generic' itineraries combining a visit to Mountain gorillas in either Uganda or in Rwanda, with a safari (often-times geared for the mass market), in Kenya. We've carefully re-examined this concept and drawn from our team's in-depth knowledge and field experience, to present this highly recommended sample itinerary for wildlife enthusiasts heading out to Africa for their first visit.

Begin with the stunningly beautiful rainforests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where you visit the endangered Mountain gorillas. Your base will be the superb Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, as this is the best place to be located at for the very special Gorilla Habituation experience.  During your time at Bwindi, you'll be able to visit the Gorillas twice: you'll first do a 'normal' Gorilla tracking excursion, and then the 4-hour Gorilla Habituation Experience during your second full day. 

From Bwindi we fly you back to Entebbe where you stay overnight. There'll be time today to visit Mabamba Swamp, a nearby wetland where you'll be able to seek the dinosaur-like Shoebill, another of Uganda's incredible highlights.

Early the following morning, catch your regional flight to Nairobi and from there, on to the Masaai Mara for your 4 night Kenya safari based at Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp in its private concession.  To any prospective wildlife and safari enthusiasts, Masaai Mara needs no introduction: here you can enjoy outstanding game viewing in a quintessential Africa savannah setting, during guided day and night excursions (game drives and walks) in one of the wildlife-rich private concessions.

Please note: for this particular itinerary, we have selected Kichwa Tembo, but there is a variety of other options which can be explored, so contact us for alternative quotations.

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Day 1
Day 1
London Heathrow (LHR) - Entebbe (EBB) - Entebbe
Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) (or selected other UK airports) to Entebbe (EBB), the leafy suburb of Uganda's capital.
 
Upon arrival, you clear customs and immigration, obtain your visa and collect your luggage. You are met by your private professional English-speaking driver-guide and private 4WD vehicle and transferred to the Papyrus Guesthouse near the airport where you will stay overnight with breakfast included.
Accommodation: Papyrus Guest House
     
Day 2
Day 2
Entebbe - Kisoro - Lake Mutanda - Nkuringo, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After an early breakfast, you are met and transferred back to Entebbe Airport (EBB) in time to catch your domestic scheduled flight to Kisoro (approx. 07:00 - 08:10).
 
(NB. A strict baggage allowance of 15kgs per person in a soft bag, including hand luggage, is applicable on the local flights. The carriage of excess baggage is not guaranteed).
 
On arrival at Kisoro, you are met and transferred to the scenic Nkuringo, on the fringes of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (an approx. 1½hr drive). En-route, you have the opportunity of visit the stunningly rural Lake Mutanda, which houses stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes, and enjoy lunch at the scenic Chameleon Hill Lodge.
 
Situated in the shadow of the Virunga Mountains, the lake and its surrounding diverse lakeside forests, wetlands and farmland habitats boast some of Africa’s most beautiful wildlife. You move through the communities and local farms and notice that the pace around here is somewhat slower. Your guide will enlighten you further regarding the ethnic groups of people and aspects of rural life.
 
Overnight at the wonderful Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge where you will stay for 3-Nights in 1x Double Private Cottage on a Full-Board Basis. The rest of the day is yours spent enjoying the vistas and gentle walks around the local area.
Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
                 
Day 3
Day 3
Uganda Gorilla Trek!
Today, you enjoy your awe-inspiring trek to see the mountain gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (viewing time with the gorillas, 1hr max). After signing in and a thorough briefing, you join a team of experienced ranger guides into the national park to start your mountain gorilla adventure. The guides are extremely experienced, and use their knowledge of the gorillas' habits and information from the previous day to locate the group's whereabouts. This therefore means that the time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as a 3hr trip back to camp (hopefully including 1hr with the gorillas), to a 9hr return trip (hopefully including 1hr with the gorillas). Once the gorillas are located, the group will be allowed a maximum of 1hr with them. This is one of the world's truly memorable experiences – a once-in-a-lifetime awe-inspiring moment. You don’t have to be an athlete to complete a gorilla trek, but you do have to be prepared to track on fairly steep, rough and uneven terrain for a long period of time. That said, the rangers and porters always go at the speed of the slowest walker, and you will enjoy many drink/food breaks. The rest of the day is yours to relax at leisure.
Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
                 
Day 4
Day 4
Optional activities - Second Gorilla Trek, or, Uganda Gorilla Habituation Experience, or, Top of the World Trek
There are three wonderful alternatives for today:
 
a) You could make a second Gorilla tracking excursion in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Nkuringo)
 
OR: b) You could enjoy your once in a lifetime Gorilla Habituation Experience: this entails 06:45 to Rushaga, 23km away. Here you track the Rushaga Gorilla group. Once you reach the gorillas, you have the opportunity of spending up to 4 hrs with them. This activity can take unto 10hrs of trekking, and it is important to note that this group of Gorillas is in the Habituation stage, and still wild (Note: a maximum. of 4 guests is allowed for this activity so permits are very limited and subject to availability - if it is of interest, please book as long in advance as is possible to avoid disappointment).
 
OR: c) Enjoy a 2-3hr 'Top of the World' trek, which is a very scenic rainforest walk in the Nkuringo sector of Bwindi, during which you can enjoy stunning vistas of the Virunga volcano chain and seek out birdlife and small forest wildlife.
Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
                 
Day 5
Day 5
Nkuringo, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Kisoro - Entebbe (flight) - Mabamba Swamp - Nairobi (flight)
After a leisurely breakfast, you will be transferred back to Kisoro Airstrip for your flight to Entebbe (approx. 08:25 - 11:25).
 
(NB. A strict baggage allowance of 15kgs per person in a soft bag, including hand luggage, is applicable on the local flights. The carriage of excess baggage is not guaranteed).
 
Here, you will be welcomed and, with a packed lunch in hand, you enjoy an excursion to Mabamba Swamp, a nearby papyrus wetland where people come from around the world to seek the incredible Shoebill. (This pair of Shoebill was photographed by Rainbow Tours client Dr Paul Rathbone).
 
After your exciting activity, you will be transferred back to Entebbe Airport in time to catch your Kenya Airways international flight to Nairobi Airport (approx. 20:50 - 22:00).
 
Upon arrival, you are welcomed by our representatives and transferred to your hotel where you will stay for the night.
Accommodation: House of Waine
             
Day 6
Day 6
Nairobi - Maasai Mara (flight)
After a relaxing breakfast, you are transferred to Nairobi Wilson Airport (WIL) in time to catch your domestic flight into the Musiara Airstrip in the Masai Mara National Reserve.
 
(NB. A strict baggage allowance of 15kgs per person in a soft bag, including hand luggage, is applicable on the local flights. The carriage of excess baggage is not guaranteed).
 
On arrival, you are met and transferred to Main Governors Camp, right in the heart of the Mara National Reserve, enjoying a game drive en-route, where you will stay for 4-Nights in 1x Luxury Tent on a Full-Board Basis.
Accommodation: Governors' Camp
                 
Day 7
Day 7
Safari Activities!
You have a full day to enjoy three shared game drives per day in the Mara National Reserve and surrounding areas with chances of spotting resident big cats including lion, cheetah and leopard, as well as Grant’s gazelle, topi, eland, impala and large herds of buffalo.
 
Excursions to local Masai villages (manyattas), and local schools and other community and conservation projects are included (entrance fees and tips excluded).
 
Walking safaris, bush meals, balloon flights, and Masai dancers can be arranged at an extra cost (subject to availiabity).
Accommodation: Governors' Camp
                 
Day 8
Day 8
Safari Activities!
You have a full day to enjoy three shared game drives per day in the Mara National Reserve and surrounding areas.
 
Excursions to local Masai villages (manyattas), and local schools and other community and conservation projects are included (entrance fees and tips excluded).
 
Walking safaris, bush meals, balloon flights, and Masai dancers can be arranged at an extra cost (subject to availiabity).
Accommodation: Governors' Camp
                 
Day 9
Day 9
Safari Activities!
You have a full day to enjoy three shared game drives per day in the Mara National Reserve and surrounding areas.
 
Excursions to local Masai villages (manyattas), and local schools and other community and conservation projects are included (entrance fees and tips excluded).
 
Walking safaris, bush meals, balloon flights, and Masai dancers can be arranged at an extra cost (subject to availiabity).
Accommodation: Governors' Camp
                 
Day 10
Day 10
Maasai Mara - Nairobi - Zanzibar (flight) - Stone Town
This morning, you enjoy your final shared game drive in the Masai Mara National Reserve.
 
After breakfast, you are met and enjoy a shared transfer back to the Musiara Airstrip, game driving en-route, in time to catch your light aircraft flight back to Nairobi Wilson Airport (approx. 10:45 - 12:00). (NB. lunch on this day is not included but can be purchased at the airport).
 
Upon arrival, you move through the transfers section of the airport and check-in for your next light aircraft flight to Zanzibar Airport (ZNZ) (approx. 14:00 - 15:30).
 
(NB. A strict baggage allowance of 15kgs per person in a soft bag, including hand luggage, is applicable on the local flights. The carriage of excess baggage is not guaranteed).
 
Upon arrival, you are met by our representatives and transferred to your hotel in Stone Town where you will stay for the night (approx. 30min drive) (NB. dinner has not been included in the cost on this day).
Accommodation: Zanzibar Palace Hotel
Day 11
Arrival
Arrive back into London Heathrow (LHR) (or selected other UK airports).

Pricing Information & Dates

11 day tour, from £8160 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Guide
Itinerary Dates From Price
01 Jul 2022
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30 Sep 2022
£8160
Price Includes
International return flights (economy class) from London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports)
Regional flight from Entebbe to Nairobi (economy class)
Domestic return flights from Entebbe to Kisoro
All accommodation and meals as indicated
All transfers and 4-wheel drive transportation
Services of a professional experienced English-speaking driver/guides
All game-related excursions and activities as per the itinerary
1 Uganda Gorilla Tracking Permit per person (US$700)
National park permits/fees
Mineral water
Price Excludes
Uganda Visa (US$ 50, must be applied for online in advance) and Kenya Visa (US$ 50, apply online or at Nairobi JKIA Airport)***
Second Uganda Gorilla Tracking Permit on Day-4 (additional per person, US$700)
1 Uganda Gorilla Habituation Experience Permit on Day-4 (additional per person cost, US$1,500)
Drinks (unless specified above)
Any meals not specified
Laundry
Travel insurance, gratuities
Items of personal expenditure (tips, phone calls)

***You might prefer to apply for an 'East Africa Tourist Visa' this costs US$ 100 and it must be applied for online.
Price Notes
This itinerary is based on Kichwa Tembo for the Kenya safari section. Contact us if you would prefer for us to quote based on other camps in the Masaai Mara.

Tour Route Map

  1.   Kampala, Entebbe & Jinja
  2.   Bwindi
  3.   Masai Mara Safari

Accommodation on this Tour

Governors' Camp
Governors' Camp
Masai Mara Safari, Kenya
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House of Waine
House of Waine
Nairobi, Kenya
House of Waine House of Waine is an elegant boutique hotel in Nairobi.The tranquil, residential location, high standards of service, fine food and modern African design combine to make House of Waine......
             
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Bwindi, Uganda
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge Perched on Nteko Ridge overlooking the distant peaks of the Virungas to one side and the forest-clad slopes of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to the other side, this......
                 
Papyrus Guest House
Papyrus Guest House
Kampala, Entebbe & Jinja, Uganda
Papyrus Guest House We really like this charming, owner-run guest house, which is under the same ownership as the highly-praised Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge. Opened in late 2014, Papyrus......
     
Zanzibar Palace Hotel
Zanzibar Palace Hotel
Stone Town, Zanzibar
Zanzibar Palace Hotel Zanzibar Palace Hotel is a sumptuous boutique hotel set in a restored Zanzibari palace in the heart of Stone Town, just a short walk from the sea front. AccommodationRooms......

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