17 Days East African Game and Primate Safari

This 17 Days East African Game and Primate Safari takes you to savannah national parks in Kenya for game drives and forest national parks in Uganda and Rwanda for primates encounters. While in Kenya Sightings of four of the Big Five are pretty much guaranteed whereas in Uganda and Rwanda you will trek the steep slopes covered by thick forests searching for the endangered mountain gorillas, Chimpanzees, Colobus Monkeys, Bushbabies, baboons and many other species of primates which you would have a chance to encounter.

17 Days East African Game and Primate Safari

Overview

The Masai Mara is Kenya’s flagship Park. Sightings of four of the Big Five are pretty much guaranteed. The black is more elusive, but can sometimes be spotted in the Mara Triangle. The reserve is one of the best for big cats, but sightings of smaller Predators like a bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, and spotted hyena also tend to be rewarding. Antelope includes impala, reedbuck, Thomson’s gazelle, eland, and Topi, while buffalo, elephant, and giraffe are relaxed and easily spotted Wildlife Highlights The legendary wildebeest migration is one of the world’s most amazing wildlife encounters. Sometime in July and August, millions of animals leave the Serengeti and head into the Masai Mara around September. The crossing of the Mara River along the way is the most spectacular part of the migration. Around October, the migration slowly heads back into the Serengeti again. It should be noted that, although the pattern is well known, the exact timing of the migration is unpredictable as animals move with the rain looking for greener pastures. Best Time for Wildlife Viewing Wildlife viewing in the Masai Mara is good throughout the year. The best months for the wildebeest migration are September and October. June to October is relatively dry and offers the best general wildlife watching.

The Serengeti is considered Tanzania’s best park. Big herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and many antelope, such as eland, topi, kongoni and impala are resident at any time of the year. All three big cats are easily seen. Lion are often found on a kill. Cheetahs are very common on the southeastern plains, while leopard can typically be found lazing in one of the big trees along the Seronera River.

Nyungwe Forest, no primate trip in Rwanda can be complete without visiting this National Park. Nyungwe forest is located in the southern part of the country; with chimpanzee, White and Black colobus monkeys and many other primate species. In addition to a primate walk in this park you will go for a a canopy walk. After this we continue to Lake Kivu for a relaxed and scenic experience on the banks of the lake.

Volcanoes national park located in the northern part of Rwanda; this park forms part of the Trans Virunga-Massive region. The only region to see mountain gorillas in Africa in their natural habitat. On this trip you can chose to go for a second gorilla trek hear, you will track the golden monkeys and visit the Twin lakes before heading to Kigali for a city tour visiting the genocide memorial.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park, is a UNESCO world heritage site and home to over half of the worlds living mountain gorilla population. Located in the southwestern part of Uganda, this park is part of the Trans Virunga Massive. Trek the steep slopes covered by thick forests searching for the endangered mountain gorillas. After the gorilla Trek you will have a chance to visit the Batwa pygmies for a Tale of their lifestyle while they lived in the forest and the present-day life on the suburbs of the forest.

Kibale Forest National Park is home to about 13 primate species, usually referred to as the Primate capital of Africa for this reason. Chimpanzee, Colobus Monkeys, Bushbabies, baboons and many other species of primates which you would have a chance to encounter while on a chimpanzee tracking trip. Several bird species inhibit this forest, you will get a chance to visit the Bigodi swamp and also encounter local communities on a community/cultural walking experience. On return to Entebbe you will get a chance to visit the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee sanctuary of the Jane Goodale institute.

This trip Starts in Nairobi Kenya and ends in Entebbe Uganda.

Safari Highlights

  • Mau Escarpment
  • Masai Mara National reserve game drives
  • Masai Village Visit Sundowner
  • Air Balloon Safari with Champagne Breakfast
  • Serengeti Game drive Experience
  • Nyungwe forest chimpanzee tracking and canopy walk
  • Lake Kivu
  • Bwindi Gorilla experience
  • Lake Mutanda dugout canoe experience
  • Kibale Forest chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi Swamp-community walk
  • Ngamba Chimpanzee Island Day visit

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive in Nairobi meet and greet with our representative and transfer to the hotel, overnight in Nairobi. Dinner will be provided. Depending on flight arrival time, an option to be transferred to L. Nakuru hotel is open for an overnight stay. This will also incur an extra cost.

Approximate Distance : 25 Km (30 mins drive)
Meals :  Dinner
Accommodation : Serena Nairobi

Day 2: Nairobi – Masai Mara National Reserve

Have an early breakfast. After that depart for Maasai Mara to arrive in time for check-in and lunch. Have a short rest followed by an afternoon game drive from 3 pm to 6:30 pm and return to your lodge to freshen up for dinner.

Approximate Distance : 295 Km (5 hours 50 mins drive)
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation : Serena Mara

Day 3: Masai Mara National Reserve

A full day will be spent in the Maasai Mara with morning and afternoon game drives in search of the wildlife found in the reserve and relax and enjoy the lodge facilities in between game drives. You can also opt for a full-day game drive with packed lunch from 8 am to 4 pm.

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Meals :  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation : Serena Mara

Day 4: Mara Mara National Reserve – Serengeti

You’ll have a morning game drive in Masai Mara. We will initiate the day with an early morning game drive in Masai Mara while driving out of the national reserve. After border formalities, drive to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. On the way, there’s an option to stop at the famous Olduvai Gorge, where Dr Louis and Mary Leakey made their discovery of the first man that walked the earth. After attending a short lecture describing the archaeological digs and geology of the gorge, you’ll have time to visit the small museum.
It will be a long day of driving but the game drives in and out of the parks can be surprisingly incredible.

Approximate Distance : 155km (drive from Mara to the hotel in Serengeti)
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation : Serengeti Serena Lodge

Day 5: Serengeti National Park

You’ll have two full days in the Serengeti with a flexible schedule and unlimited mileage.
As you crest the hillside, spread out before you, as far as the eyes can see, is the vast Serengeti. Serengeti means “endless plains” in Kiswahili. These 6,900sq miles (18,000sq km) park is inhabited by more than 2 million large animals including more than a million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of plains zebras, and Thomson’s gazelles. Large predators including lions, cheetahs, and hyenas are drawn to the area by this abundance of prey that migrates throughout the park. Many smaller animals like rock hyrax, bat-eared fox, mongoose, honey badger, jackal, monkey, baboon, and African hare also inhabit the area along with nearly 500 species of birds. In the afternoon, you’ll have a game drive en route to the Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Approximate Distance : 155km (drive from Mara to the hotel in Serengeti)
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation : Serengeti Serena Lodge

Day 6: Serengeti National Park – Arusha – Kigali

An early Morning Game drive and return to your lodge for breakfast. Transfer to the airport Arusha or Kilimanjaro for a flight to Kigali Rwanda. Upon arrival at Kigali airport meet and greet with our representative who will transfer you to your hotel.

Approx. Distance : 1 Hour  & 10kms, 20minutes’ Drive
Meals : None
Accommodation : Kigali Serena Hotel

Day 7: Kigali to Nyungwe Forest

Morning city tour of Kigali and visit the Genocide memorial before starting the journey to Nyungwe Forest national park- en-route stopover for lunch. A stop over at the Ethnographic Museum in Butara, this is a gift from Belgium’s King Badouin in the late 1980s. The Ethnographic Museum now houses one of Africa’s finest ethnographic collections. Seven galleries display historical, ethnographic, artistic and archaeological artefacts accompanied by visual aides, giving visitors a rich insight into the Rwandan culture.
Arrive in the afternoon and relax at the lodge anticipating the Chimpanzee trek that lies in the next morning.

Approx. Distance : 220kms, 6hours’ Drive
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation : Top Hill View Lodge

Day 8:  Nyungwe Forest National Park

Morning Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe forest national park, it begins at the Nyungwe Forest Park HQ where your trekking group will head into the forest with a guide after a short briefing. About 1 hour before your group sets off an advance party of guides will have entered the forest to locate where the Chimpanzees spent the night. sightings are very common, and guides are skillful in tracking them. During the trek, you will also get to see the different birds, animals, and plant species within the forest.  In the afternoon after lunch, you will go for a canopy walk in the park and experience more of what Nyungwe Forest has to offer.

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Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation : Top Hill View Lodge

Day 9 : Nyungwe Forest to Lake Kivu

Transfer to Gishenyi Lake Kivu, Take a scenic drive from Nyungwe to Gisenyi along the shores of lake Kivu. This is a breathtaking experience you can never miss once on the land of a thousand hills.  Check in at the hotel and relax by the shores of Lake Kivu.

Approx. Distance : 200kms, 5hours’ Drive
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation : Kivu Serena Hotel

Day 10 : Lake Kivu Experience

At Gishenyi you will take a boat ride to Nyamirundi Island where you will take a coffee experience tour with all you would need to learn about the coffee experience from harvesting, washing, drying and preparation of a coffee brew. On return to the hotel you may choose to spend the afternoon relaxing by the resort or to take a cycling tour by the banks of lake Kivu.

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Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation : Kivu Serena Hotel

Day 11 : Lake Kivu to Bwindi Gorilla Park

Transfer to Cyanika border and drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Gorilla Park. En-route you will detour at Lake Mutanda for a dugout canoe experience. Check in at the lodge and relax contemplating on the Gorilla trekking adventure that lies ahead.

Approx. Distance : 150kms, 4hours’ Drive
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation : Four Gorilla Lodge 

Day 12 : Gorilla Trekking Experience

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park located in south-western Uganda at the edge of the great east African Rift Valley. It is a home to over 400 species of mountain gorillas about half of the world’s population. Many of these are habituated in families that are daily visited by tourists. The forest is also a home to over 350 species of birds and 400 flora species.

Gorilla trekking starts at 8am after a briefing at the park headquarters, you will trek through the dense steep forest searching for the gorillas depending on where they were seen making nests the previous evening. The trekking can last 2-7 hours, depending on how soon you find the gorillas, this is influenced by the location they stayed overnight. Trekking can be a tasking adventure, but coming to a facial close-up with these close relatives to human is a reward worthy to earn. If you finish the trek and time allows, you may visit the Batwa for an experience with the local communities.

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Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation : Four Gorilla Lodge 

Day 13 : Bwindi Forest to Kibale Forest

Morning breakfast and a relaxed drive Northwards to Kibale Forest national park, just before you arrive to the chimp-land, a stopover by the crater lakes for scenic views. A visit to the Kasenda Craters is amazing and rewarding. You will have lunch en-route before heading to Kibale Forest Park.

Distance : Approx. 125 Kms, 3hours’ Drive
Meals Plan :  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation :  Turaco Treetops

Day 14: Chimpanzee tracking, Bigodi swamp and community experience

Afternoon visit Bigodi swamp, this is a community project aimed at improving the livelihoods of the local people, a local guide will lead you on a developed 4.5km trail through the swamp for approximately 3 hours where you can find several bird species including the great blue Turacos, Hornbills Kingfishers and also Black and White Colobus, Red Colobus, Red Tailed Monkey, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, L’hoest Monkey, Vervet Monkeys can be spotted.

Morning Chimpanzee Tracking adventure; Kibale forest has over 1,450 individuals (Chimpanzees) protected within the park. At Kanyanchu, a community of chimpanzees has been habituated since 1991, allowing visitors an outstanding opportunity to Track these apes in their natural Habitat. Tracking starts at 7am with a briefing at Kanyanchu Park headquarter where you will be allocated rangers to take you to the forest. An advance team already in the forest keep tracking the chimps and communicates with your ranger on the radio call, tracking can last for 2 to 4 hours depending on how far the chimps could be feeding.

Day 15: Kibale Forest to Lake Mburo

After a morning breakfast at the lodge, transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, arriving for lunch and head to the Rwonyo peninsular for an afternoon boat cruise/ alternatively take a safari walk in the park.
In the evening we may go for a night game drive.

The park is the smallest of the Uganda’s protected savannah parks with lots of metamorphic rocks and a home to over 350 species of birdlife, zebras and buffaloes are the face of the game in this savannah land. Elands, Oribi Waterbucks, Hippos, Reedbucks, Topi and a Leopard can also be spotted on a lucky day.

Distance : Approx. 200 Kms, 3 hours 30 minutes’ Drive
Meals Plan : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation : Kigambira Safari Lodge

Day 16: Lake Mburo to Entebbe

This day of your safari starts with a short game drive out of the park with the last chances of enjoying the view of the beautiful game in Lake Mburo National Park. Drive back to Entebbe with lunch en-route and a stop at the Equator arriving Entebbe in the late afternoon.

Distance : Approx. 250 Kms, 5 hours’ drive
Meals Plan :  Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation : Marriot Protea Hotel

Day 17: Ngamba Island Day visit and Departure

Drive to the peer and take a morning boat to Ngamba Island for a day visit, you will watch the morning feeding of the chimpanzees and learn about the conservation initiative by the Jane Goodall institute. Return to the headland by 2pm. Transfer to the airport in time to check in for your departure flight.

Distance : Approx. 10 Kms, 30 Minutes’ drive
Meals Plan : Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation : None

End of Safari

Package Includes

  • Accommodation at lodges and hotels mentioned in the itinerary or equivalent based on availability
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary, Bed and Breakfast in Towns and fullboard on safari
  • Transfers in a 4×4 Safari Vehicle with services of an experienced professional English-speaking Driver-guide
  • 1x Gorilla trekking Bwindi Forest (USD 700 per permit per person)
  • 1 X Chimpanzee tracking Kibale Forest (USD 200 per permit per person)
  • 1 X Chimpanzee tracking Nyungwe Forest (USD 100 per permit per person)
  • Park entrance fees
  • Canopy walk in Nyungwe
  • Ethnographic Museum visit
  • Boat and coffee tour on Lake Kivu
  • Kigali City Tour with visit to Genocide Memorial
  • Game drives
  • Dug out canoe on Lake Mutanda
  • Boat ride on Lake Mburo alternatively a safari walk
  • Bigodi Swamp Walk
  • Visit to Ngamba Chimpanzee Island
  • AMREF Emergency evacuation insurance (You need a medical insurance)
  • All applicable government Taxes
  • 1 liter of mineral drinking water per person per day in the vehicle.

Package Excludes

  • Meals in Entebbe on the arrival day
  • Drinks
  • Visas
  • International Air ticket
  • Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Laundry
  • Optional activities, Night game drive $40 per person
  • Personal Expenditures and any other services not mentioned in the itinerary.
Per Person SharingPrice
Ground Handling$6,865
Trekking Permits$1,000
Total Price per Person $7,865

Do you want your own room? $1,447 Extra.

Starting low season price based on a group of 6

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