Kenya to Kigali

Adventure

3 November 2019

From US$5570

Visit two of Kenya's premier game parks, track the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda and soak up the Rwandan vibe in Kigali - this twenty-one day tour showcases the best of East Africa.​



November 3: Arrive Nairobi
Arrive in Kenya, transfer from the airport to the campsite in Karen, Nairobi.  This evening we can have a casual welcome dinner to go over the trip plans.
Included meals: None



November 4: Nairobi
There are plenty of activities you can choose from for today including:

  • Visit David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

  • Head to Kibera to visit Amani Kibera’s projects including the library

  • AFEW Giraffe Centre

  • Karen Blixen Museum

  • Nairobi Museum

  • Nairobi National Park Animal Orphanage

  • Matbronze Art Gallery & Foundry

  • Nairobi National Park

  • Bomas of Kenya

  • Horse riding

  • Shopping

  • Helicopter excursions

  • Browns Cheese Tour

  • Circle Art Exhibition

  • Horse racing at Ngong Race Course

  • Spa treatments

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner



November 5: Nairobi to Maasai Mara
After an early breakfast, drive to the world famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve.  Maasai Mara, Kenya's greatest wildlife reserve, is without a doubt Africa's most famous safari destination.  Each year, over two million wildebeest and zebra migrate throughout the Maasai Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem.  It also is one of the most lion dense areas in world, the reason the BBC selected the Maasai Mara for the wildlife channel’s Big Cat Diary.  Other game includes: leopard, cheetah, buffalo, rhino, elephant, giraffe, crocodile and small mammals including mongoose, hyrax, dik dik and the nocturnal porcupine.  Enjoy a late afternoon game drive followed by dinner.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 5 hours



November 6: Maasai Mara
Spend a full day game driving in the Maasai Mara. The abundance and variety of game in this reserve is nothing short of amazing. Nearly every mammal can be seen in the Maasai Mara, however, sighting a leopard needs luck!  But there are excellent chances for spotting the other big cats. The hippo pool is a popular spot where you may catch crocodiles basking on the rocks, as well as hippos. return to the camp for dinner and overnight.  You might want to add one of the following experiences to your trip:

  • Bush breakfast, lunch and/or dinner

  • Sundowners

  • Nature walks

  • Ballooning

  • Spa treatments

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



November 7: Maasai Mara to Naivasha

On the way to Lake Naivasha, visit a nearby Maasai village to see their nomadic lifestyle.  In the afternoon there is the option to take high tea at Elsamere, where Joy and George Adamson once lived.  Joy and George spent much of their lives working with lions and studying their behaviour.  Elsa was the most famous lion, about whom the movie "Born Free" was about.  Elsamere looks out over Lake Naivasha, providing a beautiful setting to enjoy afternoon tea.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 5 hours

 

November 8: Lake Naivasha

One option to spend the day is cycling or walking in Hells Gate National Park.  This park is famous for its geological formations and has very few predators so it is a perfect location to enjoy a safari with a difference: on a bicycle!  Later in the day there are other options such as taking a boat trip to Crescent Island, sailing on Lake Oloiden, or taking a walk in the village and up to a lookout to survey the lake and its surrounds.

Includede meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

November 9: Lake Naivasha to Lake Baringo

You may choose to start the day with a walking safari in Wileli Conservancy. This is one of the few parks without predators, so it is safe to walk. You will have a rare opportunity to stand close to giraffes, zebra, antelope, flamingos and warthogs.  Our drive to Lake Baringo takes us through the main honey-producing region of Kenya.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 3 1/2 hours

 

November 10: Lake Baringo

With 450 species of birds, Lake Baringo is a birdwatcher’s paradise.  You can begin the morning boating on the lake to get the best bird viewing opportunities.  The lake is serene at this time of day and the peace takes all your cares away.  Later in the day there is the opportunity to go on a nature walk or a bird watching walk with a local guide.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

November 11: Baringo to Kerio Valley

After breakfast drive west towards Eldoret in Western Kenya.  We make an overnight stop not far from the town.  Our campsite overlooks the Kerio Valley with stunning views from the tents.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 2 hours

 

November 12: Kerio Valley to Jinja
Cross the border into Uganda and head to Jinja, where we will stand at the source of the Nile, Africa's longest river traversing the continent from Lake Victoria up to the Nile Delta in Egypt.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 5 hours



November 13: Jinja
A full free day to enjoy in East Africa's adrenalin capital.  Choose from a number of activities including white-water rafting, bungee jumping and quad biking.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



November 14: Jinja to Kampala
It’s a short drive from Jinja to Kampala, so you will have a free afternoon to explore Uganda’s capital.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 3 hours



November 15: Kampala to Lake Bunyonyi
Drive to Lake Bunyonyi, the base for gorilla trekking.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 6 hours



November 16: Lake Bunyonyi
The morning is free to spend as you like: canoe on Lake Bunyonyi, visit an orphanage, or spend time with local women learning their traditional crafts.  In the afternoon we may transfer to a village closer to the family of gorillas you will be trekking, depending on the location of the the family.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



November 17: Gorilla Trekking

Start early in the morning for the trekking.  It’s a truly magical experience to be in the presence of a massive silverback who is only a few metres from you.  After the trekking you will return to Lake Bunyonyi.  Read more about Trekking Magnificent Moutain Gorillas in Bwindi. 
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



November 18: Lake Bunyonyi to Ruhengeri​

Drive to beautiful Ruhengeri, surrounded by the Parc National des Volcans.  The Virunga Volcanos loom to the south and west of Ruhengeri, providing plenty of hiking opportunities. A special experience to be enjoyed here is the hike to the top of one volcano to see the Golden Monkeys.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 2 hours



November 19: Ruhengeri

You have a free day to experience some of the wonderful sights in the midst of the Virunga Volcanoes.  There is a community tourism group who can organise guides to take you to the neighbouring villages to learn about basket weaving, banana beer production and other traditional activities.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



November 20: Ruhengeri to Lake Muhazi

Drive through rural Rwanda to Gahini, a small village on Lake Muhazi in Eastern Rwanda. Enjoy sundowners at the guesthouse as the sun descends across the lake.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Approximate driving time: 3 hours



November 21: Lake Muhazi to Kigali

After spending the morning in the Gahini community visiting some community projects, we travel the short distance to Kigali.  The rest of the holiday is yours to enjoy - the Genocide Museum is not to be missed. 
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 1 1/2 hours


November 22: Kigali
A free day to explore Kigali at your leisure.
Included meals: Breakfast



November 23: Depart Kigali
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Included meals: Breakfast



Inclusions:

  • Arrival transfer from the airport in Nairobi on the first day

  • Departure transfer to the airport in Kigali on the last day

  • All accommodation, including tent hire

  • All transport as listed on the itinerary in a comfortable safari van with a pop-up roof fit for photography, game viewing and touring

  • Services of a professional English-speaking driver and tour leader/ cook

  • Meals as listed in the itinerary plus 2 litres bottled water per person per day

  • Park entry and game drives in Amboseli National Park and Maasai Mara Game Reserve

  • Gorilla trekking permits 

  • All road taxes and tolls



Not Included:

  • International flights and visas (approximately $50 per country, to be confirmed by you for your nationality)

  • Travel insurance

  • Vaccinations

  • Meals not listed

  • Personal expenses or room charges including laundry, drinks and phone calls

  • Tipping or gratuities – an entirely personal gesture

  • Additional optional activities



What's Next?

1. Fill the Booking Form and click Send

2. Click Buy Now to send your $750 deposit to confirm your booking

Nothing was too difficult and everything planned to the smallest detail. When there was a long stopover, she [Tracey] came to the airport and bought us lunch! All the hotels on the way were told it was our honeymoon and we got upgrades and champas and great service. The organisations was spot on but flexible. Shout out to Grayson in Tanzania who was excellent too. Would thoroughly recommend OTA and their partners! Eagle eye spotting of game so we were often the first!

 

- Bryan Wee, Australia

Tailored honeymoon, November 2018

 

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