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The Hakuna Matata Path - Reverse

Trip Length

Trip Code

22 days GACER

Maximum Passengers

22 people

Countries Visited

Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

Start City

End City

Kigali Arusha or Nairobi
The Hakuna Matata Path - Reverse

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 - Reverse)

The Hakuna Matata Path - Reverse

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Kigali

What's the difference between Kigali and the city you live in? Probably a hell of a lot, so spend some time getting to know this place.

Day 2-3: Ruhengeri - Parc National Des Volcans - Kisoro

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 2 (Approximate driving time: 2 hours)

Day 3 (Approximate driving time: 5 hours)

Please note: Gorillas are very susceptible to human diseases and you should advise your guide if you are suffering from a cold or anything similar. It would be irresponsible to risk the health of even one of the last 700 remaining mountain gorillas that are still living in their natural habitat.

Day 4-5: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

(Approximate driving time: 5 hours)

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 6: Uganda Wildlife Education Centre - Entebbe

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

(Approximate driving time: 8 hours)

It started out as an animal orphanage in 1952, then it was a regular zoo and now it's a place where you can go to learn about animals and stuff.

Day 7-9: Jinja - Kericho

Meals included: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

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

Days 7-8 (Approximate driving time: 3 hours)

Day 9 (Approximate driving time: 8 hours)

Day 10-11: Kericho - 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 10 (Approximate driving time: 2 hours)

Please note: The tea tour will be included this morning if time permits. Time may be reduced according to road conditions, hours of daylight (season) and tour times of the tea factory.

Day 11 (Game drive times variable)

Day 12: East Africa Mission Orphanage - Lake Naivasha

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

(Approximate driving time: 2 hours)

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

Please note: Activities will be offered if time permits and are at additional expense. Time may be reduced according to road conditions and hours of daylight (season).

Day 13-15: Masai Mara National Reserve – Nairobi – Arusha

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.

Days 13-14 (Approximate driving time: 6 hours; game drive times variable)

Day 15 (Approximate driving time: 7 hours)

Please note: For those of you who will be saying goodbye, your tour finishes upon arrival at our downtown hotel in Nairobi in the early evening. Flights out of Nairobi tonight should not be booked before 9.00pm.Transfers to Nairobi Airport and/or post-tour accommodation is available at an additional cost.

Day 16: Nairobi - Arusha

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

(Approximate driving time: 8 hours)

Ever heard a giraffe moo? Keep your ears open (yes, that's a thing) because they've also been known to hiss, roar and whistle.

Day 17: School of St Jude's

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

(Approximate driving time: 2 hours)

"The School of St Jude we love you so much (clap-clap), the School of St Jude we love you so much (clap-clap)." You'll have this stuck in your head for weeks.

Day 18-19: Serengeti National Park

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

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

You can drive around the Serengeti for hours and not see another vehicle, because it covers a whopping area of about 14,763sq km. That's around 30,000 football stadiums.

Please note: The campsites in Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater are national park campsites and are very basic. There are no fences surrounding the campsites and wildlife is free to roam at leisure. The toilets are basic flush toilets and there is limited water for cold showers or for washing up. As a result the water tank on the vehicle will be required for cooking. You will need to purchase bottled water at your own expense for this part of the tour.

Day 20: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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

One last game drive before we set up camp on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Look out for the Masai with their herds of cattle on the roads. The more cattle, the wealthier the warrior and the more wives he's allowed to take.

Day 21-22: Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha - Nairobi

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Bid farewell the rest of the group, this African escapade has come to an end. Weep.

Day 21 (Approximate driving time: 8 hours)

Please note: National park regulations stipulate that vehicles are only allowed a maximum of six hours in Ngorongoro Crater. 

Day 22 (Approximate driving time: 8 hours to Nairobi, excluding time spent at the border)

Please note: You may choose to take a free transfer with the safari vehicle, as it continues back to our Nairobi hotel. If you are travelling with the vehicle back to Nairobi you will arrive in the late afternoon, where you will be dropped off at the downtown hotel. Flights out of Nairobi tonight should not be booked before 9.00pm. Transfers to Nairobi Airport are available and at an additional cost.

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 - Gecko's 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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