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Rock My Masai Mara & Gorillas Adventure

Kenya & Uganda – 16 Nights

Tour Highlights

Kenya and Uganda are two incredible countries that should be on everyone’s bucket list!

We begin the trip in Kenya’s capital Nairobi before heading to the Masai Mara for a ‘Big 5’ safari. Whilst in the area you’ll also have the opportunity to meet and get to know the Maasai people.

From there we cross the border into Uganda where we’ll visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, go chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Forest, go on safari in scenic Murchison Falls National Park and look for tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

We’ll end the trip by going gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to the rare and endangered mountain gorillas.

“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy.” (Ernest Heminway)

Uganda - Gorilla

Masai Mara NP

Uganda

Gorilla Trekking

Rwanda, Uganda & DRC Small Group Tour

Jinja

Rwanda, Uganda & DRC Small Group Tour

Rhino Tracking

Tour Overview

 

Tour Dates

Cost

  • £3,495 + $1,000 (local payment, paid on arrival).
  • Includes £800 non-refundable deposit (to secure your gorilla & chimp permits).

What’s Included

  • 16 Nights Accommodation.
  • 14 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, and 15 Dinners.
  • Rock My Adventure Group Leader & Local Guides.
  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Information.
  • Most In-Country Transport.
  • Nairobi Giraffe Centre.
  • Great Rift Valley Viewpoint.
  • Masai Mara Safari.
  • Day With the Maasai.
  • Siana Hill Hike.
  • Sekanani Township Dinner.
  • Lake Naivasha Boat Trip.
  • Ugandan Family Dinner.
  • Rhino Tracking Walk.
  • Chimpanzee Tracking (permit included in tour cost).
  • Victoria Nile Boat Trip.
  • Murchison Falls National Park Safari.
  • Murchison Falls.
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari.
  • Gorilla Trekking (permit included in tour cost).
  • Batwa Tribe Visit.

Please Note

  • Gorilla & chimp trekking are both very popular activities, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
  • The July/August/September trips usually coincide with the wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara.
  • If you would like to extend your trip and visit Mount Nyiragongo in the DRC, you can do so with the Uganda, Rwanda & DRC group at an additional cost.
Uganda Gorilla
Baby Gorilla in Uganda

“This is what traveling in Africa should be like. The Kenya & Tanzania adventure hits up all the highlights (and then some), and really lets you immerse yourself in East Africa in a way that’s still comfortable. The tour is great value for money, and don’t be surprised if by the end you’re already thinking about planning a return trip. It was even better than I expected! It was very well-organized, and I felt like we really did see the best of both Kenya and Tanzania. It was a nice mix of the “famous” highlights you expect to see, and also some unique local interaction.”

AMANDA / USA / ROCK MY KENYA & TANZANIA ADVENTURE 2019

Itinerary

 

 

Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya

Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to your accommodation for the night.

Relax and get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome meal and a beer or two! Your Rock My Masai Mara & Gorillas Adventure starts here. Karibu Kenya!

*  If you have the time and can arrive earlier, we can organise any other activities you wish to do. Additional accommodation and activities charged separately.

 

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp (Proper Beds)
  • Activities: None

    Day 2: Masai Mara, Kenya

    Early in the morning, you’ll have the chance to feed and kiss a giraffe at the Nairobi Giraffe Centre.

    We’ll then depart from Nairobi and head towards the world famous Masai Mara for our safari. On the way we’ll take in the views of the magnificent Great Rift Valley and stop for lunch in the town of Narok, before heading to our lovely tented camp.

    In the evening, we’ll relax around the campfire and under the stars.

     

    • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tented Camp (Camp Beds, Ensuite)
    • Activities: Nairobi Giraffe Centre, Great Rift Valley Viewpoint

      Day 3: Masai Mara, Kenya

      On day 3 we’ll jump in our safari vehicle and spend a full day looking for the ‘Big Five’.

      We’ll have a lunchtime picnic in the wild under the shade of an acacia tree.

      In the evening we’ll head back to camp to wash off the safari dust and enjoy an amazing bbq dinner of nyama choma and other traditional Kenyan dishes.

       

      • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
      • Accommodation: Tented Camp (Camp Beds, Ensuite)
      • Activities: Masai Mara Safari

        Day 4: Masai Mara, Kenya

        Early in the morning, those who want to can take an optional hot air balloon ride (additional cost approx $450) over the Masai Mara. This is a wonderful chance to see the epic landscape from the air and you may even see a few animals too! This activity is followed by a champagne breakfast by the Mara River.

        Those not ballooning can take a nature walk/hike with a local Maasai guide.

        When the ballooners return, we’ll spend the day with Helen’s Maasai friends, visiting the village to learn about Maasai life, visiting the local school (kids there in term time only) and having lunch in the village. This is always a super fun day and one that you’ll never forget.

        That evening you will have the opportunity to have drinks with our safari guides in the nearby township of Sekenani. You won’t find any other tourists here!

         

        • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
        • Accommodation: Tented Camp (Camp Beds, Ensuite)
        • Activities: Day with the Maasai, Sekenani Night Out

          Day 5: Lake Naivasha, Kenya

          After breakfast, we’ll say our goodbyes to the Masai Mara and make our way to Lake Naivasha, near Hell’s Gate National Park.

          In the afternoon, we’ll take a boat trip on Lake Naivasha where we may spot hippos as well as a diversity of birdlife. 

           

          • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
          • Accommodation: Twin Room (Ensuite)
          • Activities: Naivasha Boat Safari

            Day 6: Lake Naivasha, Kenya

            Today is a totally free day to explore Lake Naivasha and the surrounding area.

            Optional activities include cycling in Hell’s Gate National Park where you may see animals up close, a boat trip to Crescent Island, a walk around the lake, or you can go on a horse riding safari.

            Alternatively, you can go for high tea at Elsamere, the former home of Born Free writer Joy Adamson, or you can relax by the pool.

            If you feel like it, you can do one activity in the morning and another in the afternoon. The choice is yours! 

            • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
            • Accommodation: Twin Room (Ensuite)
            • Activities: None

              Day 7: Eldoret, Kenya

              From Lake Naivasha, we’ll drive to Drive to the town of Eldoret close to the Ugandan border.

              In the afternoon there will be time to relax or take a swim in the pool before we have dinner in the resort’s famous restaurant and bar.

               

              • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
              • Accommodation: Twin Room (Ensuite)
              • Activities: None

                Day 8: Jinja, Uganda

                Get your passport ready, as today we’re crossing the border into Uganda, arriving in Jinja in the early afternoon.

                In the afternoon, have dinner in the village with Helen’s Ugandan family – an unforgettable experience full of fun, laughter and tasty food!

                 

                • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
                • Accommodation: Twin Rooms (Ensuite)
                • Activities: Ugandan Family Dinner

                  Day 9: Jinja, Uganda

                  Today is a full free day to explore as you wish, however you may want to spend the day going white water rafting.

                  But if that isn’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of other activities to keep you occupied, like cycling, horse riding, mountain biking, bungee jumping, kayaking or you could go on a sunset cruise on Bujagali Lake (to name but a few of the activities on offer).

                  Or you could just take a wander through the village, take in the ambiance, try the street food from one of the stalls outside, or volunteer with a local charity.

                   

                  • Meals: None
                  • Accommodation: Twin Rooms (Ensuite)
                  • Activities: None

                    Day 10: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda

                    In the morning, we’ll visit the Jinja Craft Market before heading up to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where we’ll spend time tracking Uganda’s only white rhino on foot.

                    At the moment, the sanctuary is home to approximately 19 of these beautiful creatures and you’ll have the opportunity to see them in close proximity.

                     

                    • Meals: Lunch & Dinner
                    • Accommodation: Lodge (Ensuite)
                    • Activities: Rhino Tracking Walk

                      Day 11: Budongo Forest & Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

                      Early in the morning, we’ll depart for Budongo Forest to go chimpanzee trekking.

                      Here you will have the chance to spend an hour with the chimps in their natural habitat.

                      After lunch at a local lodge, we’ll take a boat trip out on the Victoria Nile to the bottom of Murchison Falls where we’ll have chance to spot animals.

                      We’ll stop at the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’, the place where the falls burst through the rocks, creating a spectacular site.

                       

                      • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
                      • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
                      • Activities: Chimpanzee Tracking, Victoria Nile Boat Trip

                        Day 12: Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

                        Today we’re going on safari!

                        A safari in Murchison Falls National Park is a magical experience, with beautiful, lush scenery and all the animals you could wish for. You will not be disappointed!

                        If we’re lucky, we may spot giraffes, hippos, lions, crocodiles, elephants and buffaloes!

                        Welcome to Uganda’s version of the ‘Lion King’ meets ‘The Jungle Book’.

                        In the afternoon we’ll visit the top of Murchison falls where we can marvel at the most powerful waterfall in the world! It’s a beautiful sight and perfect for taking incredible photos!

                         

                        • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
                        • Accommodation: Lodge (Ensuite)
                        • Activities: Murchison Falls NP Safari, Murchison Falls

                          Day 13: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

                          Leaving Murchison Falls, we’ll head to Queen Elizabeth National Park, a place famous for tree-climbing lions.

                          On the way into the park, there will be the opportunity to spot animals!

                          Once we arrive at the lodge, we’ll relax for the afternoon.

                           

                          • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
                          • Accommodation: Lodge (Ensuite)
                          • Activities: None

                            Day 14: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

                            We’ll be up and out early on safari to see if we can find the tree-climbing lions, as well as other animals such as elephants, buffalo, and leopards.

                            Leaving Queen Elizabeth National Park, we’ll head to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to get ready for our gorilla trekking expedition!

                             

                            • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
                            • Accommodation: Lodge (Ensuite)
                            • Activities: Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari

                              Day 15: Gorilla Trekking, Uganda

                              In the morning, we’ll head to the gorilla trekking start point, where you’ll receive a safety briefing before trekking through the jungle to find the endangered mountain gorillas.

                              When I say trekking through the jungle, I really mean trekking through the jungle! This is a difficult trek and requires a good level of fitness, stamina, and determination.

                              However, spending time with these beautiful primates was one of the most magical experiences you could imagine and one that you will never forget, so the effort is 100% worth it.

                              Once we find the gorillas, we’ll have around an hour with them to observe and stare in awe at just how amazing they are.

                              When one looks you in the eye, you’ll experience one of life’s real ‘wow’ moments and think yourself the luckiest person in the world.

                              In the afternoon we’ll visit a local Batwa tribe village to learn about their culture and traditions.

                               

                              • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
                              • Accommodation: Lodge (Ensuite)
                              • Activities: Gorilla Trekking, Batwa Tribe Visit

                                Day 16: Kigali, Rwanda

                                Today we’ll cross over the border into Kigali, Rwanda* for our final night.

                                In the afternoon you’ll have the option to visit the Nyamirambo Women’s centre or the Kigali Genocide Museum.

                                In the evening, we’ll head out for a farewell dinner at one of Kigali’s best restaurants.

                                * If you prefer to not travel into Rwanda and fly out of Entebbe (Uganda) we can arrange a transfer back to Entebbe for you at an additional cost.

                                 

                                • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
                                • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
                                • Activities: Farewell Meal

                                  Day 17: Departure Day

                                  Today is always a sad day as we say goodbye to our new friends (there’s usually a few tears, I will warn you), but the memories and shared experiences of Kenya, Tanzania & Zanzibar will last a lifetime!

                                  We can arrange your transfer to Kigali International Airport or you can continue your Africa travels from there.

                                  * If you have time, you could stay on for an additional day or two and join the Rock My Uganda, Rwanda & DRC Adventure group for a couple of days in Kigali or stay for the Mount Nyiragongo expedition. Contact us for details and costs.

                                  If you need any support with your pre or post-tour Africa travels, please don’t hesitate to contact us. It’s all part of the Rock My Adventure service.

                                   

                                  • Meals: Breakfast
                                  • Accommodation: None
                                  • Activities: None
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                                    Rwanda, Uganda & DRC Small Group Tour
                                    Rwanda, Uganda & DRC Small Group Tour
                                    Rwanda, Uganda & DRC Small Group Tour
                                    Rwanda, Uganda & DRC Small Group Tour
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                                    Uganda
                                    Rwanda, Uganda & DRC Small Group Tour
                                    Rwanda, Uganda & DRC Small Group Tour
                                    Uganda Group Tour
                                    Uganda Gorilla
                                    Baby Gorilla in Uganda
                                    Rwanda

                                    Please bear in mind that the itinerary is subject to minor changes, ‘This is Africa’! But whatever happens, we’ll ensure you have an amazing trip!!

                                    Have a question? Feel free contact us here or take a look at our FAQ’s page.

                                     

                                    Essential Info

                                    Duration: 16 Nights

                                    Dates:

                                    Start: Nairobi, Kenya

                                    Finish: Kigali, Rwanda (or Entebbe Uganda)

                                    Maximum Group Size: 12 people

                                    Minimum Age: 18

                                    Physical Level: Medium

                                    Total Cost: £3,495 + $1,000* (local payment paid on arrival)

                                    Deposit: £800 (non-refundable – required to secure your gorilla & chimp permits)

                                    Support

                                    • Rock My Adventure Group Leader, comprehensive pre-departure information & planning advice.

                                    Meals

                                    • 14 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 15 dinners.

                                    Accommodation

                                    • 16 nights accommodation in good quality/unique safari camps, hostels, hotels, and guesthouses.

                                    Transport

                                    • All transport within Kenya & Uganda to and from included excursions and between the main destinations on the tour (includes – taxi, safari vehicle, boat, bus & minibus).

                                    Activities

                                    • Nairobi Giraffe Centre.
                                    • Great Rift Valley Viewpoint.
                                    • Masai Mara Safari.
                                    • Day With the Maasai.
                                    • Siana Hill Hike.
                                    • Sekanani Township Dinner.
                                    • Lake Naivasha Boat Trip.
                                    • Ugandan Family Dinner.
                                    • Rhino Tracking Walk.
                                    • Chimpanzee Tracking (permit included in tour cost).
                                    • Victoria Nile Boat Trip.
                                    • Murchison Falls National Park Safari.
                                    • Murchison Falls.
                                    • Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari.
                                    • Gorilla Trekking (permit included in tour cost).
                                    • Batwa Tribe Visit.
                                    • Flights.
                                    • Airport transfers (however we can arrange these for you).
                                    • Visas (if needed).
                                    • Medications, antimalarials or vaccinations.
                                    • Travel/health insurance (required).
                                    • Drinks & meals not mentioned.
                                    • Optional activities.
                                    • Tips for local guides.

                                    You will make 3 payments:

                                    • Deposit: Paid in GBP upon booking.
                                    • Balance: The remainder of the GBP balance (minus deposit) paid 62 days before arrival.
                                    • Local Payment: Paid on arrival to your Tour Leader in Africa

                                    The local payment is separate from the initial price you pay prior to the trip. You pay the local payment to your Tour Leader in US Dollars upon arrival in Africa.

                                    This includes the on tour expenses that we cannot pay prior to arrival, such as national park entry fees, food, local transport and some activities.

                                    Travel insurance is essential for ALL Rock My Adventure trips.

                                    Your health and safety when travelling is of the utmost importance, so it is vital that you have travel insurance policy that covers you for your trip to Africa. Adequate travel insurance is a condition of your contract with us and you will not be able to join a trip without it.

                                    You must be satisfied that your insurance fully covers all your personal requirements including cancellation charges, theft, medical expenses and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. 

                                    Your insurance should also cover you for any adventurous activities that you wish to do – this includes the ‘included’ activities on the tour and any ‘optional’ activities.

                                    Please be aware that some hazardous activities such as (but not limited to) white water rafting on grade 5 rapids, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, safari walks, bungee jumping and sky diving may not be covered by all policies, so you may have to take out a higher level of cover.

                                    Medical care is not free in Africa and even the cost of getting to hospital can be super expensive, so you need to be covered in case of a medical emergency, including air ambulance evacuation and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. For example, if your appendix bursts whilst we are in the Serengeti, you will need to be evacuated by helicopter to Nairobi. Without insurance you would need to pay for that out of your own pocket. 

                                    If you are bringing along any electrical equipment such as cameras and laptops, you should also ensure your insurance covers those items too. Some policies only have this as an add-on. 

                                    If you are travelling to an area that is subject to foreign office warnings, this may void your travel insurance, so you may need to take out an additional policy for the days you are in the danger zones. 

                                    Please always read the small print.

                                    Your tour leader will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip, so please have the following information ready for them:

                                    • Name of insurance provider.
                                    • Your policy number.
                                    • The telephone number to call in the event of an emergency.
                                    • Your next of kin name and number.

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