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14 Days Across Border Kenya Uganda Overview

Embark on an African safari with northern frontier country of Samburu. The Samburu Game Reserve is home to rare species such as the reticulated giraffe, the Somali ostrich and other animals that can withstand the hard, arid conditions.  Get lost in the superb scenery of the Great Rift Valley Lake of Nakuru, watching thousands of pink flamingos against an electric blue sky. Then finally head to Maasai Mara, walk on the plains which host the greatest animal spectacular on the planet. Next head to Kigali for Epic Gorilla Trekking experience. This experience will allow you to get yourself close to the Gorillas. 

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Day 1: Departure from home country

 

Board your overnight flight to Nairobi today

Day 2: Nairobi Arrival

Upon arrival in Nairobi, claim your bags and proceed towards arrival hall.  Our representative will meet you and assist you with your transfer to hotel. (Standard check-in time is 3:00 pm). Check-in at hotel and catch up on your rest. Hotel: Tamarind Tree/Movenpick Overnight in Nairobi

Day 3: Nairobi

Today get involved in helping disadvantaged communities is both an opportunity to engage with local people and a rewarding way for socially responsible travellers to ‘give something back’. While there are many wealthy areas in Nairobi, other districts are home to low-income and disadvantaged families and children, and the grinding poverty they endure is very challenging and bad for their health. One Horizon initiates sustainable development programs in needy communities, and today you will help to prepare and serve a hearty and nutritious Kenyan lunch at a children’s feeding centre or ‘soup kitchen.’. You will have a fun and energetic day filled and you will pitch in with the chores like peeling and chopping fresh fruit and vegetables and cooking lunch of beans and ugali (a maize flour dish eaten across East Africa). You’ll share the lunch with the kids and have the opportunity to talk to them about their schooling and lifestyles, and you’ll discover that they are just interested about you as you are about them. This is a uniquely personal hands-on experience in a grassroots community that travelers would never typically interact with on a Kenyan holiday. Hotel: Tamarind Tree/Movenpick Overnight in Nairobi Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4: Nairobi – Samburu National Reserve

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Your Kenya wildlife safari starts. You will be driven north past the equator to the northern frontier district to Samburu National reserve, situated about 350 kms north of Nairobi in the semi-arid part of Kenya. Ewaso Nyiro River, the only water source in the dry season, bisects the reserve and apart from providing water to life, the river is home to some of the biggest Reptiles in the region and attracts a good number of birds. Close to 300 different species have already been recorded. You will arrive in Samburu in time for lunch. After lunch you will embark on a game drive in search of resident wildlife species like the reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, and the blue-necked Somali ostrich, all of which are rare elsewhere in the country. Your dinner and overnight will be at the spectacular lodge. Hotel:  Samburu Simba Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Nairobi – Samburu National Reserve

You will spend the full day in Samburu National Park and participate in early morning and evening game drives.  The highlights of Samburu Game Reserve include its scenic beauty, rivers and forests. It is an area where the local people have a rich and colorful heritage. The reserve has numerous permanent springs and a wealth of wildlife, which includes leopards, hippos, elephants, lions, reticulated giraffes, Grevy’s zebras and crocodiles in the Ewaso Nyiro River. In addition, over 365 species of birds have been identified in the sanctuaries. Hotel:  Samburu Simba Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Samburu National Reserve – Aberdare National Park

After breakfast, depart for the Aberdare region, arriving in time for lunch at Aberdare Country Club. After lunch, you will be transferred in the lodge vehicles to The Ark Lodge. The Ark overlooks the Yasabara waterhole, perhaps the largest salt-lick in the Aberdare Mountains and the haunt of a variety of forest game unequalled in Africa. This tree-lodge is uniquely shaped to resemble the actual Ark, designed with decks from which numerous balconies and lounges provide superb vantage points for viewing the animals visiting the salt-lick and waterhole. A ground-level bunker at The Ark provides excellent photographic opportunities, and the Yasabara waterhole is floodlit by night to enable all-night viewing of game. 

Hotel:  The Ark Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Aberdare National Park – Lake Naivasha

After breakfast depart for Lake Naivasha. Check in to Lake Naivasha Country Club.

From the top of the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley you can see Lake Naivasha sparkling in the sun thousands of feet below.

Naivasha is one of the gems in a necklace of Rift Valley lakes. Perfect for both the active and leisure traveller, Lake Naivasha Country Club offers an abundance of activities to please all tastes. The resort dates back to the 1930’s when it was first opened as a staging post for Imperial Airways flying boat service from Durban to Dublin. Since then it has transformed into a sprawling 55-acre property with a variety of accommodation and guest facilities. Have lunch at the lodge.

Hotel:  Lake Naivasha Country Club/Naivasha Simba 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Lake Naivasha – Maasai Mara Game Reserve

After a comfortable breakfast, we depart stunning Lake Nakuru for the famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve, the jewel among Kenya’s game reserves. The enormous reserve is actually part of the vast Serengeti plains and is well-known for its spectacular wildebeest migration. It is the true home of the BIG FIVE: Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino and Cape Buffalo. Its name derives from the Maasai people, the ancestral inhabitants of the area, who still call the wide plains of Kenya and northern Tanzania home. As we travel through Maasai land, we occasionally come across a solitary Maasai Moran (=Warrior) standing on one foot while herding hundreds of cows, goats and sheep. His only defense against the dangerous wildlife surrounding him to all sides is a single stick or spear!

Upon arrival in the Maasai Mara, we comfortably take lunch at our camp before exploring the huge reserve on a late afternoon game drive. In the evening, we relax around the campfire and enjoy an excellent dinner. 

Hotel: Keekorok Lodge/Mara Simba 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Add-on – Early morning Hot Air Balloon Safari –USD 450 per person extra

There is nothing more peaceful and dramatic than drifting over the savannah as the sun peeks over the horizon and floods the land with light.

Alternatively, sleep in a bit before going on another full day game drive and have some amazing wildlife encounters. Enjoy breakfast at the lodge. This day of Safari adventure is exclusively spent in the Maasai Mara. We look out for the park’s Big Cats, the Big Five and the abundance of wildlife and natural wonders found in Kenya’s most famous game reserve. Remember to keep a sharp lookout; you may witness a dramatic hunt, a solitary Leopard retrieving its kill from the high branches of an acacia tree, or a herd of Elephants protecting their young from predators. The Maasai Mara has one of the richest wildlife ensembles in the world, hosting over 95 species of mammals and over 400 species of birds. Game viewing is never dull here, and patience is usually rewarded with unique sightings.

Hotel: Keekorok Lodge/Mara Simba 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Between July and October (usually best in July and August), we can witness the famous Wildebeest and Zebra migration from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara. A massive accumulation of 1.5 million Wildebeest, 200,000 Zebras and 350,000 Gazelles stretches their legs over 2000km in an annual race to find enough water and green grass for their survival.

Day 10: Maasai Mara Game Reserve - Nairobi

After a good night’s sleep, we wake up early for a spectacular morning game drive. The Maasai Mara has been the setting of the well-known movie ‘Out of Africa’.  It’s astonishing wildlife is the star of the show, providing drama and intrigue against the backdrop of a spectacular scenery. Fueled by our impressions, we take breakfast in the mid-morning hours, before returning to our lodge for a proper breakfast. After breakfast, we start our journey back to Nairobi, enjoying lunch on the way. In Nairobi, our driver safely brings you back to your hotel.  Add-on – The Carnivore Restaurant Experience. Experience Nairobi’s most exotic meal at The Carnivore Restaurant, choosing between an all-you -can-eat lunch or dinner in a garden setting.  Fill your plate with ostrich, crocodile, and camel meats roasted on Maasai swords over a charcoal pit then carved table side. Both lunch and dinner include soup and a range of side dishes, followed by desserts and Kenyan coffee. Hotel : Tamarind Tree/Movenpick Meals: Breakfast 

Day 11: Nairobi - Entebbe

Morning after breakfast, we will be transferred to airport for our flight to Entebbe. Upon arrival, you will meet our tour representative who will thereafter transfer you to a hotel for an overnight stay on Bed and Breakfast. 

Hotel : Protea Hotel Entebbe

Meals: Breakfast 

Day 12: Entebbe-Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Morning after breakfast, you will be briefed by the tour guide and you shall begin your journey to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park for over night via the equator.  Hotel : Buhoma Lodge Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Early in the morning you will be transferred to the park headquarters for clearance, briefing and allocation. After briefing and completing park formalities, you embark on a once-in-a lifetime experience of tracking mountain gorillas. Once you spot them you are allowed to spend an hour watching your closest long lost cousin.  This is perhaps one of the most breathtaking wildlife experiences on earth. You get so close to these awesome giant primates, staring at each other blankly not knowing who will break the long silence first. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Volcanoes is a magical experience. These massive primates are extremely rare with less than 900 living today. You will get within meters of the family and be privileged to spend an hour amongst them. The trekking may be fairly strenuous, up to six hours or longer at a relatively high altitude. We encourage you, for your own enjoyment, to make sure that you are perfectly fit and healthy. (We’ve had people of 70 years old do gorilla tracking so this should not be a problem, all you need is to ask your driver guide to request a shorter group trip for you if you cannot trek far). It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers, gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets (for you, not the gorillas) as well as sufficient water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. You will spend one hour with the gorillas, but it is an hour you will never forget. Return to your hotel for lunch and later dinner and overnight Hotel : Buhoma Lodge Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – Entebbe Departure

Transfer back to Entebbe airport to end the trip  Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

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