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The Hakuna Matata Path

Trip Length

Trip Code

22 days GACE

Countries Visited

Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

Start City

End City

Nairobi Kigali
The Hakuna Matata Path

We highly recommend putting The Lion King soundtrack on your iPod. When Elton starts belting out “Circle of Life” as the sun dips down over the savannah you'll thank us.

(Was Complete East Africa)

The Hakuna Matata Path

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1-2: Nairobi - Arusha

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Ditch your watch, you're on Africa time now. Meet the rest of the group tonight and find your seat buddy for the trip to Arusha tomorrow morning.

Day 1

Day 2 (Approximate driving time: 8 hours)

Day 3: The School of St Jude - Mto Wa Mbu

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

(Approximate driving time: 2 hours)

St Jude's motto is 'Fighting Poverty Through Education'. The kids here get a free education which includes transport, uniform, stationary, snacks, water and a hot meal.

Day 4-5: Serengeti National Park

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

(Approximate driving time: 8 hours; game drive times variable)

There are no fences around our campsite, so you might wake up in the morning to find lion footprints alongside your tent. Bet that's never happened on a weekend camping trip with dad.

Day 6-7: Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Arusha

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

The Ngorongoro Crater is about 19km wide, so it's slightly more than just a hole in the ground. It's your best chance of seeing endangered black rhino so keep your peepers peeled. Then it's off to Arusha for a hot shower.

Day 6 (Approximate driving time: 8 hours, including game drive)

Day 7 (Approximate driving time: 8 hours, including game drive)

Day 8-10: Arusha - Nairobi - Masai Mara National Reserve

Meals included: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Visit a local Masai village and recreate your favourite "Oh, what a feeling" Toyota moment when you jump with the warriors.

Day 8 (Approximate driving time: 8 hours; excluding time spent at border)

Day 9-10 (Approximate driving time: 7 hours; game drive times variable)

Day 11: Lake Naivasha

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

(Approximate driving time: 6 hours)

Lake Naivasha is paradise for snorers. "What? Someone was snoring last night? It wasn't me. Must've been those pesky hippos."

Day 12-13: East Africa Mission Orphanage (EAMO) - Lake Nakuru National Park

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

The only thing the kids at EAMO will ask you for is a cuddle, but after chatting to Ralph and May Spinks you'll realise just how much more it takes to run an orphanage for 225 kids. We'll stay overnight so there's plenty of time for soccer, a tour, hair braiding and seeing how EAMO works.

Day 12 (Approximate driving time: 3 hours)

Day 13 (Game drive times variable)

Day 14-16: Kericho - Jinja

Meals included: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

A couple nights camping on the riverbank at Bujagali Falls means activities like white-water rafting, kayaking, horse riding and quad biking.

Day 14 (Approximate driving time: 2 hours)

Days 15-16 (Approximate driving time: 8 hours)

Day 17: Entebbe - Uganda Wildlife Education Centre

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

(Approximate driving time: 3 hours)

All the wildlife here has been rescued from poachers, illegal trade or accidents. We guarantee you'll want to adopt at least three of the monkeys before you leave.

Day 18-19: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

(Approximate driving time: 8 hours; game drive times variable)

It's rare to come across many other people here, which means you've basically got the animals to yourself. Break out the SPF 30+ on your boat ride along the Kazinga Channel.

Day 20-21: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Ruhengeri

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Erin, one of our copywriters, just came back from a gorilla trek. We asked her to describe it, but she got all sniffy and misty-eyed. We made out the words "goosebumps" and "incredible" before she descended into full-blown tears.

Day 20 (Approximate driving time: 7 hours)

Day 21

Day 22: Kigali

Meals included: 1 breakfast

(Approximate driving time: 3 hours)

The Genocide Memorial is heavy, but it's really important that you come here. It's the perfect way to end this trip because it reminds you of how far this country has come and how lucky you are to have been there.

Your Trip

Nuts and Bolts

• Geckos experienced English-speaking local safari leader, professional driver, and camp cook who will prepare all included meals.

• Geckos specialist English-speaking local site guides in the Ngorongoro Crater and on the Gorilla trek.

• Transport in a custom-built safari vehicle with large opening windows for unrestricted game viewing (maximum of just 22 clients).

• 17 nights camping in dome tents, with mosquito netting and a foam mattress provided. Camp sites include: in the middle of the Serengeti Plains; on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater; on the banks of Lake Naivasha; in a 'bush camp' on East Africa Mission Orphanage’s farmland; on a tea plantation; and at Bujagali Falls.

• 2 nights in a tented bush camp located on the Masai Mara park boundary.

• 1 day in Lake Nakuru National Park; 1 day in Parc National des Volcans; 2 days in Masai Mara National Reserve; 2 days in Queen Elizabeth National Park; and 4 days in Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro Conservation Area (including all park entrance fees, where applicable).

• Game drives in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

• Gorilla trek in Parc National des Volcans, including one pre-purchased gorilla trekking permit.

• Visit to the School of St Jude which is 'Fighting Poverty through Education'. Guided tour of the school, visiting the children in class and joining them for morning tea.

• Dinner and time in the classroom with the children of the East Africa Mission Orphanage.

• Boat trip on the Kazinga Channel.

• Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Lake Manyara; Genocide Memorial in Kigali.

• Free time to explore Lake Naivasha.

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals




Not Included

International flights, kitty, arrival and departure transfers, airport/departure taxes, visas, pre-tour or post tour accommodation, all other meals, drinks, sleeping bag, pillow, all optional tours during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips, laundry, items of a personal nature and flights (unless specified).

Optional Extras

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.

Important Information

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.



About this Information

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!

Last Updated

1 May 2013

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