Begin an exciting and exhilarating Uganda gorilla safari holiday in Bwindi impenetrable national park and later immerse yourself into the splendid wildlife within the Masai Mara national reserve in Kenya. This 6 days tour is a fantastic safari blend that is ideal for visitors searching to mix up things a little bit and enjoying unforgettable cross border African safari experience.
6 Days Bwindi Gorilla Trekking & Masai Mara Itinerary
Day 1: Kigali to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Arrival at Kigali airport and proceed to your preferred hotel for breakfast and relaxation. If time permits, you’ll go for a city tour and visit Kigali genocide memorial museum to learn what took place during the 1994 Rwanda genocide which left almost 950,000 people, mostly Tutsis dead and millions displaced. Visit the local Kigali craft market, monuments, towering modern buildings, Kigali convention center and other sites of interest. After this excursion, immediately begin the transfer towards the north –western province of Rwanda, via Musanze district.
The journey is marked with scenic views of Virunga chain of mountains, Rwanda’s rolling thousands of hills, expanse tea estates, and so much more. Arrive in Bwindi national parkand spend the rest of the evening resting or take a short evening community walk to visit the Batwa pygmies, attend their performances, listen to the stories and retreat back to the lodge for overnight stay.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
This is the big day! Compose yourself for an amazing encounter with one of Uganda’s gentle giants; the rare and endangered Mountain Gorillas. For most travelers, this is the absolute highlight of their safari in Africa. Bwindi impenetrable forest has magnificent floral and faunal diversity and the only forest in Africa which plays host to two most sought after primates- mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. As a matter of fact, 50% the worlds’ population of mountain gorillas dwell here.
This UNESCO world heritage site hosts up to 120 mammal species, 5 other primate species, 220 butterflies and over 360 bird species. Gorilla trekking duration can be as short as 1 hour to up to 7 hours! Once the allocated gorilla family has been found, visitors are given up to one hour observing the gorillas, as they feed, jump from one tree to the other, play, cuddle and learn about their lifestyle.
Having an up-close encounter with the mountain gorillas is a truly humbling and sensational wildlife experience. This is definitely the unforgettable part of your tour that you will remember for the rest of your life. Retreat from the jungles, head back to the starting and transfer to your lodge.
Day 3: Morning Boat Ride at Lake Bunyonyi & Transfer to Kigali for your flight to Nairobi
After breakfast, undertake a brief canoe ride along the calm waters of Lake Bunyonyi. The canoe will soon expose you to Bunyonyi’s most hidden treasures, resident birds, neighboring communities, the fishermen and a rich history of the lake and its islands as narrated by your site guide. Return to the lodge, and immediately head for Kigali. While en-route, travel through breathtaking scenery and delightfully rolling plantations, some of the best in northern Rwanda. Depending on the time, you can proceed to Kigali’s craft market and purchase for yourself some souvenirs before checking in at the airport for your outbound flight to Nairobi.
Day 4: Transfer to Maasai Mara National Reserve & Evening Game Drive
Depart Nairobi city at 8.00am to begin your drive Kenya’s most lovely national park. Pass via the Great Rift Valley view point, and descend the escarpment, drive past Narok and finally to Masai Mara reserve for lunch at the lodge. This is followed by an afternoon game drive in Masaai Mara famous for its black manned lions and yearly migration of wildebeests, countless elephant families melting in and out of the forest, big herds of buffaloes lazing about, giraffe stepping daintily down from the escarpment or a cluster of hippos moving from one lake to the next. There are other heaps of resident game around the park, including zebras, eland antelopes, giraffes, Topis and Impalas; plus sighting the raptors soar effortlessly above and below you is a great way to end the day.
Day 5: Full day Game Drive in Masai Mara
This is a complete day of game drives. Have breakfast before sunrise and head out to the park to spot some predators that might have made a kill last night. Return to the lodge for breakfast while the sun rises over the game reserve, and the views are simply breathtaking. Depending on the location of your lodge, move with packed lunch as you return to the park for more game drives or return to the lodge for a hot lunch.
After this thrilling day, return to the camp to refresh with an ice- cold drink on the balcony of your room as you enjoy breathtaking views of the Mara river! Alternatively, you can undertake a walking safari in Masai Mara national park. Various visitors to Masai Mara national reserve choose to discover the Great Rift Valley on foot. They take the Southern route passing via the edge of the Oloololo Escarpment, Maasai naturalists provide full guided walks through lush forests and lovely open areas in-between.
Day 6: Transfer to Nairobi & Departure
Have an early morning breakfast, as you head out for your last game drive in this magical wonderland, Masaai Mara. Spot more animals that you might have missed in your previous game drives. Return to the lodge, have breakfast, leave this lovely game reserve and drive back to Nairobi city. The safari guide will proceed with you and drop you off at the airport to catch your departure flight.