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Itinerary:

Day 1: Lake Nakuru National Park
You meet at the Boulevard Hotel, Harry Thuku Road, Nairobi at 08:45 for a departure at 09:30.

You depart Nairobi driving through the lush farmlands of Kenya and into the Great Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for the thousands of flamingo that inhabit the lake's edge. The numbers vary depending on the level of the lake, and are more numerous when the water level is low. The park has also been established as a sanctuary for black and white rhino, which are frequently seen in the park, along with buffalo, giraffe, waterbuck, various antelope, leopard and the occasional hippo. Following an afternoon game drive, you overnight at one of the campsites within the park.

Day 2: Lake Victoria
After a morning game drive, you head westwards towards Uganda and camp overnight amongst the tea plantations of Kericho. Situated in the western highlands, this is the heart of Kenya's tea plantation area and the climate is perfect for the growing of this particular crop.

Alternatively, and if time permits, the tour group may drive a little further and use a campsite on the shores of Lake Victoria at Kisumu, Kenya's third largest town.

Day 3 & 4: Lake Bunyoni
Today, you cross the border into Uganda and travel via the lakeside town of Jinja (the source of the Nile) before reaching Kampala, Uganda's capital, for an overnight stay.

After an early morning departure from Kampala you drive further west into the depths of Uganda and arrive at the base camp in the picturesque region of Lake Bunyoni.

Day 5 - 7: Gorilla Trekking
From Lake Bunyoni base, depending on where the gorilla permits are available, and where the gorillas are located, you will be viewing them in either the Mgahinga or Bwindi National Parks in Uganda, the Virunga National Park in the DRC or at Ruhengeri in Rwanda. Due to the nature of the gorillas and their habits, viewing cannot be guaranteed. The gorillas themselves can tend to move around the locality at quite a distance and the trek can be quite arduous.

The cost to trek the gorillas differs from park to park and can range from US$175 to US$250, per 1-hour viewing. There is usually a park entry fee as well of approximately US$15.
Please note that Worldwide Adventure is not in control of the price of gorilla permits and therefore cannot be held responsible for any increases in fees levied by the relevant authorities. National parks usually allow clients who fail to see the gorillas, a second chance to re-trek the next day if time and availability allows or they may refund your trekking fee. This is purely at their discretion. Although this is the general situation, the respective national park authorities will not put this in writing to any tour operator. Again the respective park authorities say that you are paying to trek the gorillas, not view them. Worldwide Adventure is considered to be the main tour operator within the overland industry and they have a very high success rate of getting in and actually seeing these magnificent animals.

Day 8 - 9: Kampala/Jinja
After enjoying the peaceful surrounds of Lake Bunyoni you drive to Kampala for another overnight stay, and perhaps the chance to sample the nightlife. Continuing on you arrive at Jinja, the source of the Nile, where you have the opportunity to enjoy some of the best white water rafting in Africa.

Day 10 - 12: Masai Mara
Descending into the rift valley you enter Masai land, where these habitual pastoralists are seen quite regularly on the side of the road as they tend their cattle. Game drives through the Mara find you looking for the famous Big 5 as well as giving you the opportunity to see this 'Garden of Eden' in a state nature intended it to be - huge plains, rolling hills and an abundance of game matched no where else on earth. Elephant, lion, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck - just to name a few of the animals that inhabit this wonderland. Sitting around a campfire and watching the sunset is the perfect way to finish a day's game viewing in the Mara.

Day 13: Lake Naivasha
Moving further south, you drive to Lake Naivasha, where you make camp in peaceful surroundings beside the lake. The highest of the Rift Valley lakes, Naivasha lies at about 1880m. Again the lake is home to a multitude of bird life, pride of place must go to the African Fish Eagle. The afternoon is spent at leisure here and you have the opportunity (time permitting) to enjoy some optional excursions, such as a boat ride to the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary, Hell's Gate National Park or Elsamere, the retirement home of Joy Adamson ("Born Free").

Day 14: Boulevard Hotel
After breakfast, you leave Naivasha and return to Nairobi, arriving in the early afternoon. The truck will stop at the Boulevard Hotel for those staying there, and then continue to the campsite to finish the trip.

Optional Excursions
Gorilla Trek US$250
White Water Rafting in Jinga US$95
Note: The above prices are a guide only and subject to increase without notification.

 

 

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