Luxury Mara Gorilla safari highlights:
Day 1: Luxury Mara Gorilla safari Begins!
Day 2: Tour Masai Mara
Day 3: Enjoy the Mara Wildlife
Day 4: Depart Masai Mara for Uganda Gorilla Safari
Day 5: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Day 6: Second day tracking the gorillas
Day 7: Departure
Combine Wildlife Safari in the Masai Mara in this Luxury Masai Mara Safari and Uganda Gorilla safari with gorilla tracking in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Luxury Masai Mara Safari and Uganda Gorilla safari Begins!
You will have arrived in Kenya – Nairobi the day before.
We will pick you up from your accommodation in Nairobi and transfer to Wilson Airport to catch your flight to the Masai Mara. for the airstrip you will be transported by car to your camp.
After having lunch in the camp you will be taken on an afternoon game drive to see game in the dusk. Return to the the camp to shower and dinner.
Overnight Neptune Mara Luxury Camp
Meal Plan: Lunch and dinner
Enter the world of The Mara. Up early, a light breakfast and out just before first light – you can never anticipate what will happen from hour to hour. Within 700 yards of the camp, you may encounter a Cheetah or even a Leopard.
Some days we are out from dawn to dusk, with a buffet lunch somewhere in the middle of the plains under an acacia tree. Other days we return to camp in the heat of the midday sun. It is difficult to give a day by day account as it depends entirely on the game that crosses our path. However, we will have been tracking events for some time so we will have an extremely good idea of what’s where. But as we all know animals can be so unpredictable and that’s the fascination of wildlife.
Discovering the whole Mara does mean the days are varied. You may find yourself staking out a potential river crossing with huge herds of wildebeest for hours watching the action unfold – camera at the ready.
Overnight Neptune Mara Luxury Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
This morning you will be awakened before dawn and after a cup of Tea or Coffee, you will set out at sunrise on an early morning game drive. The Mara is magical in the morning, the birds are singing, the morning air smells fresh and cool and the wildlife is just waking up to greet the day. Zebra’s ‘rolic greet each other, a pair of jackels prance through the grass in search of mice a rabbit, baboons chatter noisily and curious giraffe watch you as nibble on their breakfast of acacia leaves. You may even upon a loin family feeding on the last nights kill or a leopard snoozing in a tree.
After returning to the camp for buffet breakfast you will depart with your driver guide on a mid-morning game drive this time venturing deeper into the Mara. Don’t forget to look for the “little five” -Thomson’s gazelle, jackel, African hare, vervet monkey and banded mongoose. These little animals can be just as exciting and more fun to watch than the more popular larger animals.
You will return to your camp for lunch and after you will have sometime to relax at the pool or do some bird-watching from the verandah of your tent,before departing on the afternoon game drive. The plains are full of surprises – pride of lion with their playful cubs, families of Ostrich parading over the plains etc.
All good things must come to an end! You will depart in the morning for Kisumu where you will catch your flight to Uganda. Connect with an onward flight in the afternoon to Kihihi airstrip in Bwindi. At arrival in Kihihi airstrip your driver guide will be waiting to transfer you to your accommodation in Bwindi Forest. This drive takes approximately 45mins. You have time to either relax at the lodge while admiring the views over the Impenetrable forest or enjoy a self-guided river walk, before preparing for your gorilla tracking in the next day.
Overnight Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast and dinner
Wake up early morning for your breakfast, then head to the park headquarters for briefing, orientation and meeting the guides, you will then be separated into groups depending on which habituated gorilla group given. Each habituated group if full will have a maximum of 8 trackers. The guides will lead you through the gorilla paths in the thick Bwindi Impenetrable rain forests searching for gorillas.
Once gorillas are tracked you will be given one hour interaction and taking photos. You need to take with you a packed lunch and at least 2 litres of drinking water.
After tracking the gorillas return to your accommodation.
Today you can spend a second day tracking gorillas. A fantastic experience and one that we recommend you make the most of. Ideally try and spend as little time today behind the lens of your camera as possible so you can fully appreciate this once in a lifetime experience. If you would prefer, you could enjoy forest walks around Bwindi, visit the Bwindi Community Hospital, visit the Ride 4 a Woman Community Sewing Project, go birding, or explore the exciting Batwa Trail – all optional.
Overnight Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Today your driver guide will drive you to the Kihihi airstrip to catch your internal flight to Entebbe to later connect with your onward international flight home.
Meal plan: Breakfast
End of Luxury Mara Gorilla Safari
Day 1 – Day 3 – Kichwa Tembo Safari Camp
Day 4 – Day 6 – Gorilla Forest Camp or Buhoma Lodge
We use both standard 4×4 customized safari vans and 4×4 luxury customized safari Land cruisers with pop-up roofs for maximum game viewing, wildlife filming and photography and easy for taking as many photos as you can. Our Landcruisers are also fitted with charging system for your cameras, phones and also every client is guaranteed a window seat for easy view.
Our drive/guides are very professionally and well trained, we know every successful safari needs a great guide, majority of the comments from our clients regarding our services are centered on the professionalism of our guides.
Change of the itineraries:
The itinerary may change occasionally due to the availability of gorilla permits and accommodation.
Wi-Fi is available in most accommodations but sometimes it is limited due to weak signal points in some places.
Surcharge on Christmas festive season 24/12, 25/12, 26/12 , New Year Eve 31/12 and New Years 1/1
Policy for single and extra bed:
The third person using extra bed: Price as one adult
Policy for Children:
01 child under 4-year-old (sharing a bed with parents): Free of charge
• 01 child from 4 and under 9-year-old (sharing a bed with parents): 75% of the price per an adult
• 02 children under 4 years old (staying with parents): 75% of the price per an adult
• From 9-year-old: price as an adult.children below 15 years are not allowed to trek gorillas
- A deposit of 20% on the safari cost is required when booking a safari. If a safari includes gorilla tracking and chimpanzee tracking then the deposit should include the full cost of the gorilla permit fee (US$600) and chimpanzee permit fee (US$150) per pemit per person as well. The remaining balance must be paid 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged up on booking.
• Payment in cash: Cash shall be paid at our office or will be collected at your hotel.
• Credit card: credit card fee is applied to the total amount and different from type of card
• Bank transfer: Please note that the bank fee in Uganda, and the international bank for transmission are covered by the client.
What to bring:
- Trail shoes or running shoes with a good solid grip and good support and cotton socks are the most versatile and comfortable footwear for this trip. Some people prefer their well broken-in hiking boots
- A wide-brimmed or peaked hat for sun protection.
- Poncho or raincoat just in case, especially if gorilla trekking is on your itinerary
- Light sweater, jacket or sweatshirt for cooler evenings. It cools off quite drastically in the higher elevations
- Sunglasses, Sun cream
- Camera and film
- Free cancellation on safari cost up to 45 days prior departure. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.
No refund of any kind on Gorilla and chimpanzee permits