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The East African Special: Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya

The East African Special: Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya

East Africa Special

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Arrive in Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills, cruise to Uganda the pearl of Africa of fascinating beauty of rolling hills, hazy savannas and canopied rain forests to Kenya where magic happens from the abundant wildlife, to flocks of flamingoes and the sun-soaked sandy beaches.

Day 1: Rwanda, Kigali / Kanombe international Airport.

Arrive at Kanombe international airport. Meet and greet by our representative. The driver will be waiting for you at the arrivals to transfer you to your hotel.

O/n: Urban by City Blue Hotels, Kigali. BB.

Day 2: (Estimated time of travel – 4 hours)

After breakfast at 0800, the driver will pick you from the hotel and you proceed north west of Rwanda through Musanze to the boarder with Uganda. Enjoy the scenery of a thousand hills in the country side. Cross the Chanika boarder in to Kisoro district and continue to Bwindi Impenetrable national park. Check in at your lodge.

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The journey offers excellent views including the triangular peaks of the Virunga Volcanoes. The rainforest is said to be 25000 years old, making it one of Africa’s most biodiverse habitats. The altitude of this mountain park ranges from 1200 - 2600 meters. Five rivers and a high annual rainfall make it rather humid. Besides its main attraction, the mountain gorillas (gorilla gorilla berengeri) the National Park is also home to an amazing 120 mammal species, 350 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies and over 200 species of trees. It is believed that about 350 gorillas remain in several stable groups in the park. The great protection over the last years has led to a steady increase of the population.
Although best known for its mountain gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest also attracts spectacular birds.
There are 23 of the 24 Albertine rift endemics including the African green broadbill, bar tailed trogan and other beautiful forest species.
The community in its vicinity can give you experience of the local life style and cultural practices. You can discover how the locals produce commodities such as medicine, tools, soap, beer, baskets and food.

Day 3: Gorilla tracking

Wake up to an early break at 0700 transfer to the park head briefing from the park ranger. At 0800, accompanied guides, start on your adventure to track gorillas in the tropical rain forest. The trek can take from half an hour to 7 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes.
You will have one hour in the presence of the gorillas. You will carry a packed lunch for the lodge to have at a suitable spot in the forest.
Return to the lodge. Relax at your accommodation and enjoy the forest views.

For ALL on-foot activities in the parks (walking safaris, chimpanzee and gorilla treks) we recommend:

  1. Long sleeve shirts and trousers (old clothes recommended as they can get very dirty and torn from the thorns and jungle foliage)
  2. Insect repellent and sunscreen
  3. Hat and sunglasses
  4. Good comfortable sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support
  5. Long socks to tuck your trousers into and Rain jacket
  6. Cameras fully charged. Please note there can be very low light conditions and flash photography not being permitted. Waterproof rucksack (or plastic bags inside your rucksack)
  7. Packed lunch and lots of water

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Day 4: Kisoro/ Entebbe/ Nairobi

After breakfast at 0700, depart the lodge for Kisoro airstrip/ a one hour drive to Kisoro airstrip. Arrive in time for your flight to Entebbe departing at 0845.Your expected time of arrival at Entebbe airport is 1125. This is because the plane may have passengers to pick or drop to Kihihi airstrip serving the northern side of Bwindi Park.
At Entebbe, you may stay in the airport. There is not much to do or see at the airport may visit the shops and restaurant for the one hour 30 minutes of waiting before check- in for your onward flight to Nairobi at 1400 hours.
ARRIVE IN NAIROBI KQ415 @1745H / TRANSFER TO Nairobi hotel BB,
Meet and greet upon arrival in Nairobi at 1745h. After a short safari introduction and briefing you are transferred to your hotel for rest.

Day 5: Fly from Nairobi to Masai mara

Early breakfast then checkout of the hotel by 0800h for a transfer to Wilson Airport to catch the morning flight to Masai Mara which departs at 1000h. You will reach Olkiombo Airstrip at 1100h and meet your driver who will be ready to take you on a mid-morning game drive. This offers you an opportunity to spot the big five animals as well as many other animals which include the cheetah, hyena, giraffe, warthog, gazelle, wildebeest and others. You will have picnic lunch during the game drive to avoid wasting time going back to the camp for meals. The game drives run up until late evening when you are driven back to the camp rest and dinner.

Overnight: Mara Camp. Meals: Lunch & dinner .

Masai Mara National Reserve offers an absolutely unique variety of animals. The reason is that this hilly region is both humid and fertile and is crossed by the rivers Mara and Talek which are full of crocodiles and hippo and which carry water the whole year around. The banks of the rivers are covered in thick forests which gradually make way for bush and grassland. The abundance of water and excellent availability of food are the reasons why the Maasai Mara and the Tanzanian Serengeti National Park have the greatest population of wild animals in East and Central Africa.

Day 6: The Masai – Mara.

On this day early in the morning before sunrise, you will have an early wake-up call then be transferred to the balloon site where you will enjoy a hot air balloon ride above the spectacular Masai Mara for a chance to drift above herds of elephants, giraffes, buffalos and many other kinds of animals. The balloon ride takes approximately an hour and upon landing, you are served with a sumptuous bush breakfast. After breakfast the driver will pick you up at the balloon site then you will continue with game drives for the remaining part of the day till sunset. You will have your picnic lunch in the wilderness and continue searching for different animals in the open plains of the Masai Mara.

Overnight: Mara camp Meals: Breakfast & dinner

The Masai Mara National Reserve is Kenya's finest wildlife reserve and one of the best places where you can view a congregation of all sorts of animals in a five-mile radius: A pride of lions can be spotted ready to make a run for a gazelle, a cheetah and its cub taking a nap on a rock, a pair of ostriches walking in the open stretches of the savannah or a gazelle giving birth. Herds of elephants wallowing at a water pool or a herd of buffaloes feeding, crocodiles in the Mara River hunting the migrating wildebeest or the migrating gazelles and zebras, a pack of hyenas fighting for a hunted meal, the vultures tearing the carcasses and the giraffes galloping or feeding on top leaves of acacia trees.

Day 7: The Masai Mara to Nairobi

Morning game drive in Masai mara then drive back to Nairobi:
Early breakfast then checkout of the camp and enjoy a final morning game drive in Masai Mara for a chance to spot the early risers as they hunt and look for their daily meal. After the morning game drive, you will exit from the park and drive back to Nairobi with a lunch break at Narok Town. You will be arriving in Nairobi by evening at which time you are transferred to Jomo Kenyatta Airport to check in for your international flight back home.