8 Days Bwindi – Masai Mara – Lake Naivasha - 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-Bwindi (Travel Time +8hrs)
Our guide/driver picks you at 7:30 am from your hotel or place of residence in Entebbe or Kampala. Drive to Mbarara (283km from Kampala) via Masaka. Make a first stop over at Equator crossing for snacks and photography. Proceed with a visit to Igongo Cultural village this is more rewarding and amazing as you visit the Ankole museum. Lunch break is made at Agip Motel Mbarara. After lunch, drive to Bwindi. This is the lushest highland rain forest on earth, filled with primates and exotic birds, valleys, hilltops and papyrus swamps. Dinner and overnight a lodge/Hotel
Day 3: Bwindi Gorilla Trekking
Begin the day with breakfast ready for trekking, which begins at 8:00 am with a briefing from the UWA staff. Ensure to carry along with you rain jacket, drinking water, snacks, jungle boots etc The guides will lead you inside the jungle to see the shy Primates for a group you have been booked for. Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours but it’s well worth the effort. The afternoon is spent on a village walk. The Buhoma Village Walk gives you a great opportunity to see how the people surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. It also is a great way to support the local community in a direct way. The Walk begins with your guide at Buhoma Community Rest Camp and is most informative, rewarding to the average visitor. It will amaze you how resourceful the local people are as you see and learn their ways. Dinner and overnight a lodge/Hotel
Day 4: Bwindi-Kampala (Travel Time +8hrs)-Nairobi
After your morning breakfast, drive back to Kampala using Kasese-Fort Portal road via Queen Elizabeth National Park for enroute game viewing if you lucky you may spot the Elephants, Antelopes and the Warthogs. A stop over at the Equator line in Kasese. Enjoy the winding scenery of the foot hills of Mt. Rwenzori arriving in Fort Portal for lunch thereafter continue to Kampala or Entebbe for your outgoing flight back home or to Nairobi. Overnight at Nairobi Hotel.
Day 5: Nairobi - Masai Mara
Pick up from your hotel in the morning and after a short safari brief, depart to Masai Mara Game Reserve with a stopover at the great rift valley view point. You will arrive in masai mara in time for lunch. There after proceed to Narok Town which is Masai biggest town and is famous for the Masai people, On arrival to masai mara, check in at camp/lodge, have lunch, relax, then later leave for the late afternoon game drive, the best time to get a glance of the predators as they crawl out of their shadows. Masai Mara reserve is considered Kenya’s prime wildlife area. This is due to the acacia-dotted plain scenery of stunning beauty where Black manned lions, cheetahs and leopards are found in abundance. Elephants, giraffes, genet cats just to mention a few Mara also hosts over 450 species of bird including the national bird of Kenya, the lilac breasted roller bird & other nocturnal birds, return to the Lodge/camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Masai Mara Game Reserve Full Day
The whole day is spent exploring the park's amazingly high concentration of game. This game reserve is Kenya's finest wildlife sanctuary, including migrants; well over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. Mara plains are filled with migrating wildebeest and zebra; there is also resident wildlife year round. The Maras gentle fertile climate bounded by The Rift, offers perhaps the richest stocked reserve set within some 1672 sq. km - an unlimited spectacle of wildlife. Located 268 km west of Nairobi, the emphasis here is on game. Herds of immense Elephants, browse among Lion, Buffalo, Thompson Gazelle, Zebra and Topi. You may occasionally sight a Rhino or Leopard. In the Mara River Hippos play and Crocodiles bask on the banks. The annual migration of a million Wildebeest follows the rains north. After exploring the park return to the camp with an option of visiting masai village. Dinner and overnight at camp/Lodge.
Day 7: Masai Mara - Naivasha
Pre breakfast morning game drive, then return to the camp/lodge for the main breakfast, after the breakfasts depart for Naivashawith lunch in Narok town. After lunch proceed on to L.Naivasha arriving in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Camp/ Lodge
Day 8: Naivasha-Nairobi
Wake up early morning for the full breakfast, proceed to crescent island using a boat ride, 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 Wildebeeste, 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 who do live here can be seen occasionally with a kill. Groups of Buffalo come and go but they are always monitored. You will have lunch on your way. Then you leave the island for Nairobi arriving at the late afternoon, drop off to your hotel/airport to mark the end of our safari.
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