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|Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda|
|Nairobi, Kenya||Nairobi, Kenya|
A circuit trip through Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. Sight rhinos and flamingos in Lake Nakuru – two animals as opposite as animals come. Hang with the chimpanzees in Kibale Forest and the gorillas in Rwanda. Take a birdwatching cruise through the Kazinga Channel, then spot hippos and other beastliness about Lake Mburo.
The only difference between us and the animals is our opposable thumbs. That, and the fact that you won't find any animals wandering around the Masai Mara singing, "I bless the rains down in Africa, gonna take some time to do the things we never ha-a-a-aa-aaaave".
Nairobi is huge, and you can see it all from the top floor of the Kenyatta International Conference Centre. On a clear day you can see Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro. On a foggy day you'll be lucky to see your own reflection.
This is the best place to see rhinos, but there are also baboons and flamingos everywhere. Head to the Saidia Children's Home and meet some kids who will leave a great big imprint on your heart.
Drive north-west past views of the Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha and Elementaita to Lake Nakuru National Park
Stop along the way in the town of Gilgil
Visit the Saidia Children's Home Project
Spot members of the Big Five and perhaps rhinos too
Arrive in time for a short evening game drive along the shore of the lake
Early morning game drive then cross the border into Uganda. Camp near Kampala, which is quite the groovy little city. Get a bargain (leather jacket for $20, anyone?) from Owino market, dodge the boda bodas (bicycle taxis) on Kampala Road, chew on some sugarcane and cool down with an ice-cold Tusker beer.
With the highest concentration of primates in the world, it's no surprise that things can get a little crazy here. On a walking safari you'll see that chimps aren't that much different to us - squabbling over food, mucking about and getting told off by their parents. Wander through tea plantations (pinkies out!) and meet the locals or kick back at camp.
You'll find a few big names here including elephants, Ugandan kobs and maybe lions, but the boat ride on Kazinga Channel is the real winner.
No, it doesn't look like those things that your nan complains about on her feet. Yuk. Bunyoni means 'place of little birds'. Try your luck in a mokoro, which is like a gondola you'd see in Venice. Watch the experts then have a crack.Travel on to Lake Bunyonyi (250 km, approx 6-7 hrs)
The trek can be tough (between 1-4 hours) but once you spot your first gorilla it will seem like a distant memory. If you're the emotional sort, don't forget the tissues. Don't try to play it tough, trust us when we say you should grab one of the free walking sticks at the start of the trek.
Cross the border into Rwanda and travel toward Ruhengeri, via Kigali (200 km, approx 6-7 hrs)
There's five lakes in this park, and we're not talking about the kind of lake you'll find in your local botanical gardens. The types of animals who drink from these lakes include hippos, crocodiles and sitatunga antelope. No ducks allowed.
Exciting news today. You get to stop at the equator on the way to Jinja. There's never been a better time to belt out a few bars of Hokey Pokey. Camp alongside the river, which is also the source of the Nile as it leaves Lake Victoria. Not bad.
Take a two-hour guided walking safari through the Lake Mburo National Park, spotting animals and birdlife
With its high altitude, Eldoret has produced many of the world's best runners. You are probably not going to be one of them. Stay here overnight then head to Nairobi, where your trip finishes. Sadly, there won't be a ribbon at the finish line.
Begin the journey back to Nairobi, stopping overnight outside the town of Eldoret (300 km, approx 7-8 hrs)
Continue on to Nairobi early the next morning (370 km, approx 7-8 hrs)
This trip is run by our sister company Intrepid.
Chimpanzee Trekking Kibale National Park, Kazinga Channel boat cruise, Kigali - Genocide Memorial, Lake Mburo Entrance & walking safari, Lake Nakuru - Game drive, Lake Nakuru - Morning Game Drive, Mountain gorilla trek & permit, Queen Elizabeth National Park
15 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 14 dinners
International flights, airport transfers, departure taxes, visas, insurance (compulsory on all trips), meals not listed, any optional tours or activities during free time, camera fees, excess baggage charges, tips and items of a personal nature.
We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
This trip finishes upon arrival in Nairobi on Day 16. Please do not book any flights until after 9pm this evening.
**This trip is operated by our sister company Intrepid**
Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements deriving from past travellers' and local operator feedback. The information given in this itinerary may differ slightly to that in the brochure. It's imperative that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
For the latest updated itinerary please visit our website: www.geckosadventures.com
Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some of the changes that may occur in our itineraries could be due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transportation. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for the chance of possible modifications to the trip en-route.
Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, and all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the activities that are included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded to you.
There are a selection of optional activities listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This is not an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices listed are for entrance only and do not include transport costs to and from the sites or local guides unless otherwise indicated. Please also be aware that it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Optional activities aren't necessarily endorsed or recommended by Geckos nor included in the price of this trip. If you do any optional activities, you do so at your own risk and it must be clearly understood that your participation is your own decision and doesn't form part of your contract with Geckos.
You may be required to sign/complete a waiver form for some of the optional activities you choose to participate in.
GORILLA PERMITS: Geckos Adventures pre-purchase gorilla permits. Your gorilla permit MUST be pre-paid for and will be confirmed in your name once your trip deposit and gorilla permit money has been received and the trip is guaranteed to depart. This is the only way permits can be guaranteed. Once purchased the permits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
5 October 2014