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Game Parks & Gorillas - Itinerary

We leave Nairobi at 9 am on the first day of the trip. We recommend you arrive in Nairobi the day before the trip departs. If you're there with time to spare there's lots to see and do around the city. In Nairobi town is the National Museum and markets. Also Karen Blixen's house, Langata Giraffe CentreSheldrick's Elephant Orphanage and Nairobi National Park for a first glimpse of African wildlife.

Day 1   Leaving Nairobi we stop at the Rift Valley scenic lookout its 8,000 feet high and overlooks Mount Longonot and Lake Naivasha.  We head south to Narok and on to Masai Mara National Reserve; camping on the edge of the park.

We head south to Narok and on to Masai Mara National Reserve; camping on the edge of the park. The sweeping plains evoke a picture of East Africa that most people hold in their minds and are rarely disappointed when confronted with the real thing. Great game viewing is assured all year round. The Mara offers us everything, amazing scenery and abundant wildlife including the big five.

Day 2  The sweeping plains evoke a picture of East Africa that most people hold in their minds and are rarely disappointed when confronted with the real thing. Great game viewing is assured all year round. The Mara offers us everything, amazing scenery and abundant wildlife including the big five.

An early start, we cross the Ugandan border. The scenery changes to tropical rain forests and tea and sugar plantations. On route to Jinja or Kampala city, our overnights stop.

Day 3  We pass from the dramatic landscape of the Rift Valley to the highlands and spend our first night on the highland route to El Doret.

Day 4  We enter Uganda and head on via Jinja on Lake Victoria to Kampala. This capital city is bustling and friendly. A well run green fertile country.

Day 5 – 8  Stopping for photos as we cross the equator, we continue southwest to Kabale town; gateway to the Mountain Gorilla Reserves.

Climbing through lush terraced hills to Kisoro, there are panoramic views of the Ugandan hills on every turn. From the road we have outlooks over three countries - Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda; and the Virunga Mountains - Mountains of the Moon, the home of the rare Mountain Gorillas, an optional side trip.

As the groups going to the gorillas are small it takes a couple of days for everyone to do the trek. Whilst others are searching for the great apes, you can take in the local markets; walk to the nearby mountain lakes or go to Magahinga National park for a day hike up a volcano or a guided nature trail. We normally visit the gorillas in Uganda, but depending on conditions may see them in Rwanda.

Day 9  We return from the Mountain Gorillas to Kampala for the evening.

Day 10  From Kampala to Jinja - Crossing the Owen Falls dam we arrive at Jinja on the shores of Lake Victoria. Our campsite for the next few days above Bujagali Falls is a welcome break from travelling; we can have a lazy afternoon to put up our tents on the grassy terraces overlooking the Nile River. - You can spend an action-filled day white water rafting down the Nile. As well as grade 5 rapids this river has a lot of bird and wildlife to view while drifting between the rapids. The rafting is rounded off with a sunset BBQ and drinks, then back to camp to re-live it on video. There are no shortages of other activities in Jinja; quad biking, bungee jump, fish on Lake Victoria, take a guided village walk or give up a day of your holiday to volunteer for the local community education project.

Day 11 Leaving Uganda, we head back into Kenya.

Day 12  We visit Lake Nakuru, viewing game in a park; famous for its soda lake surrounded by thousands, sometimes millions of pink flamingos. The park is home to over 400 species of bird, and we should spot leopard or black and white rhino among the zebra, waterbuck, impala, giraffe and tree climbing lions. Leaving the park we cross the Rift Valley to camp on Lake Naivasha

Day 13  To Naivasha, we camp beside the lake. Close by is Hell's Gate National Park where you can hire bikes to take you around the park and see the herds of zebra, buffalo and antelope. You can also wander in the predator free reserve amongst African game. There is spectacular scenery here; red cliffs, grassy plains and rock towers made of hardened lava and the remains of ancient volcanoes. Also on the lake is Elsamere; once the home of Joy Adamson and Elsa the lion of 'Born Free' fame. Elsamere is now the centre of the Born Free Foundation and you can find out more about their work and take afternoon tea in the gardens. Lake Naivasha, camping under the fever trees on the shore of Lake Naivasha, with hippos grazing on the shore in the evening

Day 14  We return to Nairobi

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