Take a tour of 14 days in Uganda and Kenya to view Primates and Wildlife Safari

Overview

14 Days Combined Uganda and Kenya Safari: This 14 days wildlife safari combines  Uganda and Kenya. Get a chance to explore some of the best savannah and primate parks in the East African Region. Some of the main highlights of this 14 days combined Uganda and Kenya Safari include gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable national park, chimpanzee tracking in Kibale national park and not forgetting scenic game drive safaris in the renowned Masai Mara.

Trip Highlights

Day 1: Welcome to Uganda

Day 2: Kibale Forest National Park

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking & Visit to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 5: Game Drive and Boat Safari on Kazinga Channel

Day 6: Lake Mutanda

Day 7: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest

Day 8: Travel to Kigali & flight to Nairobi

Day 9: Game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park

Day 10: To Masai Mara

Day 11: Full day game drives in Masai Mara

Day 12: Full day game drives in Masai Mara

Day 13: Boat Safari on Lake Naivasha

Day 14: Return to Nairobi

Main Highlights for 14 Days Combined Uganda and Kenya Safari

Day 1:  Arrival in Uganda

Pickup by our company representative upon your arrival at Entebbe International Airport.  After a brief meet and greet session, drive to your hotel where you will check-in and refreshen up.

You are free to tour the town today if time allows. Many activities in Entebbe may be simply scheduled through your guesthouse’s reception, such as a visit to the Botanical Gardens or the Ugandan Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC). Please keep in mind that any activities and extra transportation today are at your own expense. Dinner and Overnight at your hotel.

Day 2:   Kibale Forest National Park

Your ride to Kibale Forest is breathtaking, bringing you through tea plantations, bustling village markets, and rolling hills of rich green landscape typical of western Uganda.

Kibale Forest National Park is a sprawling expanse of lush tropical rainforest located immediately south of Fort Portal. The different habitats in this region are said to have the highest number of primates in Africa. Some of the primates you could see on your woodland treks here are the uncommon red colobus monkey and the black-and-white colobus. The pleasure of a visit to Kibale Forest is, of course, spending time with the incredibly amusing chimps.

Your lodge for the following two nights provides a unique rainforest experience within the park’s limits. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature by staying in one of the property’s tastefully designed cottages, each of which is located in a quiet corner of the forest. The apartments are big, with huge terraces from which to see the activities of the forest’s residents. The main lodge structure provides amazing views of the forest canopy below, with vistas all the way to the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains on a clear day.

Day 3:  Chimpanzee Tracking & Visit to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Spend the morning spotting monkey families in the Kibale forest. It’s a fantastic experience to track chimps in their natural habitat, swinging from trees in the canopy far above the forest floor. Though they might be tough to notice, their presence will be obvious when the woodland comes alive with their loud cries.

Return to the lodge for lunch before embarking on a guided nature walk in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary where you will encounter a number of wildlife species including the prehistory bird, the Shoebill Stork. Dinner and stay at your lodge, as described above.

Day 4:   Queen Elizabeth National Park

Wake up to the sound of birds whistling in the trees around you. Have breakfast at your lodge and reconnect with your driver/guide. You will then embark on a 2-3 hours drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The wide savannah plains, grasslands, marshes, and forests at the base of the Rwenzori mountain range are protected by the national park. The Kazinga Channel, which runs through the park and connects Lake George to Lake Edward, draws a diverse range of birds and animals, including the iconic Nile crocodile and one of the world’s greatest concentrations of hippos. Your first game drive will take you through the park over a 200-kilometer network of well-maintained game viewing trails. Dinner and overnight at your chosen lodge.

Day 5:   Game Drive and Boat Safari on Kazinga Channel

Safari breakfasts are generally provided before the sun rises, allowing you to begin your morning game drive as the sun rises. Sunrise is the greatest time to see wildlife since animals are most active during the “golden hours,” when the first rays of sunlight fall on the savannah. Elephants, buffalo, and numerous types of antelope are among the animals you can encounter today, and if you’re lucky, you might even sight a lion or leopard.

We’ll go to Kazinga Channel for a thrilling boat safari later in the day, when the sun is high in the sky and the animals are making their way to the river for a drink. Today you will see more hippos than you can imagine. Elephants and buffalo herds will also go to the coast to cool themselves in the cold waters. A boat safari is an excellent opportunity to get up up and personal with animals, and for many people, it is the highlight of their visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 6:  Visit  Lake Mutanda

Today’s travel will take you south-west toward Kisoro, a thriving town south of Bwindi Forest, on the borders with Rwanda and Congo. This is one of our favorite Uganda drives. The serpentine roads weave through beautiful jungles, skirting high tops (watch out for volcanoes!) and descending through vibrant valley settlements before arriving at the tranquil shores of Lake Mutanda.

Mutanda Lake Resort, set on a peninsula overlooking a series of tiny islands spread across the water and the mountains of the Virunga Range rising out of the mist in the distance, has some of the nicest views in Uganda. Dinner and overnight stay at  lodge.

Day 7:   Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest

Meeting the unique and endangered Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity .The mist-covered canopy of Uganda’s oldest and most ecologically varied rainforest is home to half of the world’s gorilla population. You will be tracing the locations of one of the nine habituated family groups that live here in the company of an experienced park ranger.

Your gorilla trekking adventure will take you through wooded (sometimes muddy and slippery) hills, tangled vines, thick flora, and bamboo forests before reaching the territory of these gentle giants. Your ranger will point you unmistakable evidence of recent gorilla activity along the way, including as excrement, nests, and chewed bamboo shoots. The hike might take anywhere from 2 to 7 hours depending on where the gorillas are on any particular day. Once you’ve found the gorilla family, relax and enjoy the hour you have to silently study these amazing animals whose routines and mannerisms are so similar to our own.

Day 8:   Travel to Kigali & flight to Nairobi

Enjoy your final morning in this gorgeous part of Uganda by swimming in the lake before a full Mutanda breakfast. The morning is yours to spend as you like.

After breakfast, a Mutanda Lake Resort staff will take you back over the border to Rwanda, dropping you off at Kigali International Airport three hours before your evening departure to Nairobi. When you arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, our company representative will meet you and drive you to your accommodation for the night.

Day 9:   Game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park

Have breakfast at your lodge and meet up with your guide at exactly 8am. Embark on a guided game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru National Park is located on the bottom of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by woodland and bushy grassland. The natural variety and different ecosystems that extend from Lake Nakuru itself to the adjacent escarpment and scenic peaks will delight you. Game drives, bird viewing, and hiking are all popular activities at Lake Nakuru National Park.

You may have lunch and rest at the resort before heading out on an afternoon safari when the temperatures are little cooler and the light is at its best. Watch for lions, buffalos, antelopes, warthogs, and other animals. Later have dinner and overnight stay at your preferred lodge.

Day 10: To Masai Mara

Following an early breakfast, you will travel to the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. The Masai Mara, located in southern Kenya near the Tanzanian border, is a location of spectacular views, vast grasslands, and a good year-round concentration of animals. From July to October, it is also home to nearly two million Wildebeest on their yearly migration north from Tanzania’s Serengeti.

The following three nights will be spent in the magnificent Aruba Mara Camp. This lovely resort, strategically positioned in a secluded section of the Masai Mara, provides excellent views of the surrounding landscapes and the possibility of witnessing different species, ranging from herds of wildebeest and zebra to stately lions and graceful cheetahs.

Day 11 & 12: Full day game drives in Masai Mara

Sunrise is ideal for wildlife viewing since animals are most active during the “golden hours,” when the first rays of sunlight fall on the savannah. Because few predators hunt during the day, early dawn is the greatest time to witness the excitement of the chase, or at least the aftermath of a hunt.

Over the next two days, you may choose whether to bring a packed lunch for a full-day game drive or return to the camp for a cooked lunch before returning to the bush in the afternoon. Spend the rest of your evening at the camp with dinner under the star lit sky.

Day 13: Boat Safari on Lake Naivasha

The lodge will encourage you to plant a tree before leaving the Masai Mara today. The surroundings of the resort used to be barren and desert-like. With sustainable techniques and a commitment to environment, this family-owned resort has grown an entire forest, ultimately reintroducing water and animals to the region. Planting your own tree is a great way to give back to the land that has given you so much over the last few days.

Following breakfast, travel east toward Lake Naivasha. The lake is home to a diverse range of animals, including a large population of hippos. As a freshwater lake, it also has a robust fish population, which attracts a variety of fish-eating birds such as Long-tailed and Great Cormorants, Fish Eagles, Pelicans, and several varieties of Kingfishers. On a boat safari today, you will get the opportunity to explore the lake and its inhabitants and eventually Spend the night at the Naivasha Sopa Lodge.

Day 14: Return to Nairobi

Today, enjoy your final African dawn and the peace and quiet of nature. Depending on when your international flight departs, you may have opportunity to participate in an optional excursion near Lake Naivasha or downtown Nairobi. Today’s activities are entirely your responsibility. Your driver/guide will transport you to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

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Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Airport transfers on first and last day,
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide
  • Fuel for the whole trip
  • Accommodation and meal plan as per the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees
  • Drinking water while in the vehicle

WHAT IS EXCLUDED

  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • International airfares
  • Uganda Visa (USD50.00 which can be paid on arrival at the Airport
  • Personal items for example  drinks and laundry
  • Tips and Gratuity

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