19 Days Murchison Falls – Kibale – Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi – Samburu – Aberdares – Amboseli – Nakuru – Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara
19 Days Murchison Falls – Kibale – Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi – Samburu – Aberdares – Amboseli – Nakuru – Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara - Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival Entebbe Airport-Kampala
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our guide who will then take you a hotel for overnight.
Day 2: Kampala- Murchison Falls
Begin the panoramic drive north-west through the famous Luwero Triangle and, travel to Masindi via Ziwa Rhino Project. A visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino trekking is a must. After lunch, drive to Murchison Falls ". Dinner & overnight at hotel/lodge
Day 3: Murchison Falls NP
Begin the day with a cup of African Coffee. After your cup of coffee, cross the Nile by ferry to the northern bank of the park. Your guide will help you spot Elephant, Lion, Cape buffalo, Rothschild's giraffe, hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi, Bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard. Return to the hotel for breakfast and lunch. After lunch, go for a boat safari upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just tens of meters from the "Devil's Cauldron". En-route, marvel at the toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over this 17 km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob crocodile. This is also a zone of many bird species like Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. There you leave the boat and start your - quite heavy - hike to the Top of the Falls (approx. 1 hour). See where the world's longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. Your driver/guide will be waiting for you to bring you back to the lodge. Dinner & overnight at hotel/lodge
Day 4: Murchison Falls-Kibale
All day drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside and past traditional homesteads and farms along Albertine Rift escarpments. Fort-Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon. Dinner & overnight at hotel/lodge
Day 5: Kibale Chimpanzee Trekking -Queen Elizabeth National
Early morning trek for chimpanzees. Kibale is the best reserve in Africa to view chimps, a thick jungle with a towering canopy. In the afternoon, drive to the south into Queen Elizabeth National Park, sightseeing and game viewing enroute. Dinner & overnight at hotel/lodge
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth NP
Begin your day with a cup of coffee. Early morning game drive along Kasenyi and Queens Mile makes visitors encounter elephants, buffalo, water bucks, warthogs, lions, Uganda Kobs lakes and a variety of birds. Return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. After lunch, a two hour boat trip along the famous Kazinga channel is worthwhile an opportunity to see Hippo, Buffalo, Kobs, Elephants, warthogs etc. This trip also enables visitor chance to see spectacular birds. Dinner & overnight at hotel/lodge.
Day 7: Queen Elizabeth NP-Bwindi
With previous day's memories, enjoy your breakfast ready for guided Chimpanzee/primate walk along Kyambura Gorge to look for habituated chimps through the gorge. After primate walk, proceed to Ishasha. You will drive along the deep and wide dry craters that are occupied by savanna grasses and acacia. The drive takes you through the unique western rift valley escarpment and the (southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park) Ishasha sector where you will take on yet another game drive in search of tree climbing lions before proceeding to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
The journey takes about 4 hours but driving through interesting features. Arrive Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening. This park is home of the rare mountain gorillas. Apart from gorillas, there are a wide variety of primates to see including the blue and red tailed monkeys. The forest itself is lush and green and there are streams running through it. Dinner & overnight at hotel/lodge
Day 8: Bwindi Gorilla Tracking
After breakfast set off early with guides to track the gorillas. The thrill of your encounter will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek. Bring jungle boots and rain jackets because the park is often wet. Spend time in awe watching the gorillas go about their activities. Each gorilla safari encounter is different and has its own rewards, but you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a magnificent green swathe of dense rainforest, so ancient that survived the last ice age. A recently proclaimed World Heritage site, it's one of the most biologically diverse areas on
earth and its unique, precious flora sustains roughly half of the world population of mountain gorillas - believed to number just 720. There's also a substantial chimpanzee population and research shows that Bwindi is the only forest in Africa in which these two apes live together.
Time permitting, spend the afternoon on a community foot safari to explore the life style of the people living and surrounding the park. Return to camp exhilarated to relieve the encounter with friends over a drink. Dinner & overnight at hotel/lodge
Day 9: Bwindi -Kampala/Entebbe-Nairobi
After early breakfast, Drive back to Kampala with a visit to Igongo Cultural village to explore and learn the Bahima and Ankole culture. This is the place where the future meets the past. Continue your drive to the Equator crossing with your lunch enroute before you drive to back to Kampala/Entebbe to catch up your evening flight to Nairobi. Overnight at Nairobi hotel
Day 10: Nairobi - Samburu National Reserve
Pick up at the Hotel/ Airport, after a short safari brief, you will drive north of Nairobi passing through the Equator and the majestic Mount Kenya en route to the open savannah of Samburu Game Reserve. Arrive in time for lunch, Check in at camp/ Lodge. After lunch you will have some time to relax before you go for an evening game drive. Come back to the Lodge/camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 11: Samburu National Reserve
Today you will spend the full day spent exploring the park. The highlights of Samburu game reserve is the spectacular scenic beauty, rivers and forests. It is an area where the local people have a rich and colorful heritage. The reserves have numerous permanent springs and a wealth of wildlife which includes leopard, hippo, elephant, lion, reticulated giraffe, grevy zebra and crocodile in the Ewaso Nyiro river. Over 365 species of birds have been identified in the reserve. Dinner and overnight at camp/ Lodge.
Day 12: Samburu - Aberdares
Early morning game drive, then Leave Samburu for Aberdare arriving with a short game drive in time for lunch and check in at a Hotel, have lunch and relax. Afternoon transfer across aberdares park to The Ark, The Ark has four viewing decks with balconies and lounges to provide superb game viewing from the comfort of the lodge. The animals come to you! Later dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 13 : Aberdares-Amboseli
Enjoy your breakfast as you view the animals from your balcony. You will then depart for your drive to Amboseli, which lies at the floors of the mount Kilimanjaro.Arrive Amboseli at late afternoon. If time allows, you will go for an evening game drive in search of elephant, cheetah, lion and other plains game. The Mount Kilimanjaro in its majesty shall provide the most natural background for wildlife photography.
Dinner & Overnight at lodge/Camp.
Day 14: Full Day Amboseli National Park
Wake up early morning for the good views of Mount Kilimanjaro also known as the roof of Africa for being the highest mountain in Africa, Enjoy the morning breakfast the head for the full day adventure inside the park. Amboseli National park is rich of wildlife. Picnic lunch will be served in the park and there will be an optional visit to the Masai village whereby the Masai warriors will entertain the guest by dancing, singing and showing them around their homestead, here you will have the opportunity to take the picture of the Masai village and the homestead. Dinner and overnight at lodge/camp
Day 15: Amboseli- Lake Nakuru -(340 km: 6 hrs)
Early morning game and scenery viewing drive . Later proceed to Lake Nakuru National Park. , Lunch will be served on the way arriving in Nakuru in the evening. Dinner and overnight at camp/Lodge.
Day 16: Lake Nakuru-Lake Naivasha
Early morning breakfast, then proceed to the Lake Nakuru National Park. The Lake Nakuru national park is the smallest in the class A category Kenya national parks. Birdlife abounds with flamingoes in their thousands together with pelicans and other bird species. The lake hosts the black and white rhino species, warthogs, lions, zebras, giraffe and many more. Later proceed to Lake Naivasha. Dinner and overnight at lodge/camp
Day 17: Lake Naivasha-Masai Mara
Wake up early morning for the full breakfast, proceed to crescent island using a boat ride enjoy a boat ride where you will have a chance to feed the birds with small fish, also you will see hippos at a close range, at crescent island is where you will take a walk. The shores host abundant birdlife especially huge numbers of pelicans, cormorants and fish-eagles with their haunting cry. There are more animals per acre than any other Kenyan Park, hence herds of Wildebeest, Waterbuck, Zebra and Gazelle. Hippo graze all over at night then sleep under the acacia or rest in the water by day. The giraffe who were born on the Island return to give birth; sometimes you see three generations at a time. Hyena come to hunt at night but are not resident on the island, the many python that do live here can be seen occasionally with a kill. Groups of Buffalo come and go but they are always monitored. Later depart for Masai Mara with lunch in Narok town. After lunch proceed to Masai mara, On arrival check in the camp/lodge, then leave for the late afternoon game drive, Afternoon game viewing in this fascinating wildlife paradise with a chance to view; giraffes, elephants, monkeys, leopards, lions, gazelles and different bird’s species. Dinner and Overnight at lodge/ Camp,
Day 18: Full Day Masai Mara National Reserve
This full day is spent game viewing. After breakfast, leave your camp with a picnic lunch and start exploring this park in search of the Big Five. Stop for visit by the Mara River to experience the wildebeest migration. Optional visit to masai village at the evening where You will join in singing and dancing and admire the Masai people’s beautiful beadwork and brilliant clothes. Dinner and overnight will be at camp/lodge.
Day 19: Masai Mara - Nairobi: (265km: 5-6 hrs)
Early pre-breakfast game viewing drive. Return to the camp/lodge to check out. Depart the Masai Mara for Nairobi to arrive in the late afternoon. Drop off at your hotel/Airport
Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
AMREF (Travel insurance) Flying doctors services in East Africa. (In case of emergency)
All meals noted in the itinerary. Each day generally includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner buffets consisting of both western and local dishes.
Transportation in standard game viewing safari vehicle complete with pop-up roof for easy viewing and photography
Every passenger is guaranteed a window seat.
Your driver/guide speaks English and has in-depth knowledge of the flora, fauna, landscape, and Kenyan culture safaris.
A minivan outfitted with two-way, long range high frequency radio communications equipment.
Each 4x4 Toyota Hiace minivan carries safari accessories including window sills, a first-aid kit, an ice-chest, and a fire extinguisher.
Bottled mineral water during game drives.
Park entrance fees and game drives as noted in the itinerary.
All government taxes, levies and fees
Pick up and drop off transfers
A minimum of US$ 5 per tourist per day Compulsory Tipping for driver/guide
International airfares and departures taxes.
Personal communications charges for telephone calls, faxes, email, etc.
Tips and gratuities for your driver/guide.
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. (Bottled mineral water is provided in the minivan while on game drives.)
Between meal snacks, parks, attractions, and events not included in your itinerary