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Pack your bag and join Absolute Africa for this amazing 20-day safari in three famous safari destination countries in Africa. Visit the best game parks in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda - The Masai Mara, the mountain gorillas, Nakuru, Queen Elizabeth, and Hells Gate National Park. Watch the spectacular scenes across the savannah plains of the Mara and into The Rift Valley, across both freshwater and soda lakes, and into Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills. Experience the most amazing journey of your lifetime!
During the safari, you will be camping for 17 nights and stay at a dorm for 2 nights.
Your safari will start with a visit to Sheldrick’s Orphanage to enjoy time with the elephant and rhino calves during the play and feeding sessions. The orphanage is especially famous for perfecting the husbandry techniques to keep vulnerable orphaned elephants alive. You will also visit the Giraffe Park and have the departure meeting. A fun evening out in one of Nairobi’s famous restaurants will follow. It’s early to bed in preparation for an early start tomorrow.
Today the adventure will truly begin as you will head towards some of the best game parks East Africa has to offer. You will travel via the Great Rift Valley where you will get magnificent panoramic views of the Kenyan countryside. Approaching the Maasai Mara all eyes start scanning the landscape for wildlife. The Mara rarely fails to please with lion, cheetah, hyena, zebra, giraffe, elephant, hippo, crocodile, gazelle and warthog all regulars. In the evening, you will camp in the wild.
You will rise early so you can enjoy further game drives. You can also enjoy a dawn balloon safari as well. A visit to a Maasai village is also arranged where you can watch a traditional jumping dance before being shown around the village to learn a little about traditional ways. Then you will be on your way to Lake Naivasha. Arriving at the lake, you can chill out with the black and white colobus monkeys and take high tea on the lawns at Elsamere, the home of Joy Adamson. You will camp near the lakeshore where the grunts of hippos punctuate the night. The following day will be a cycling safari in Hells Gate National Park, which is a great opportunity to stretch your legs and get some exercise in the wilds of Africa amidst zebra, gazelle, eland, and impala and the clear evidence of past volcanic activity. A visit to the Maasai Cultural Centre deep in the Park also gives further insight into the Maasai people. Guided walks to the Crater Lake Game Sanctuary are an alternative for today, and a hippo cruise can also be arranged to really enjoy the wildlife of the lake.
Today you will head further up the country to camp near Nakuru National Park. The following day is spent in the Park. Game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park will take you through acacia forests, grasslands, and candelabra euphorbia stands. There is the chance to see both black and white rhino, zebra, giraffe, eland and, with a little luck, lion, and leopard. The soda lake can be pink with greater and lesser flamingo.
In the morning, you will drop into Nakuru town to have a look around and do some shopping, then you will drive on past Eldoret to Raj’s campsite, which has the most amazing bar. The next day you will cross into Uganda and arrive in Jinja, where you will camp for a few days by the White Nile, just downstream from the Source of the Nile.
After several days on the road, you will enjoy a welcome break from traveling. Here you can enjoy many activities whilst get to know your fellow travelers. Or, you can do some volunteering at one of the community projects in the local villages.
Leaving Jinja, you will travel via Kampala to the campsite in Entebbe near Lake Victoria. You will relax in the evening around a campfire and can enjoy a visit to the local sports bar. The next day, you will leave the shores of Lake Victoria and head into the lush countryside of Uganda. You will stop at a local drum and craft market. Roadside stalls sell fresh rotisserie meat such as ‘chix on sticks’, and at the Equator stop, there is time for a photo shoot. You will camp near the hillside forest of Kalinzu on the edge of the Rift Valley and Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The option of early morning chimpanzee trekking is scheduled for this morning. You will head out into the Kalinzu Forest in search of these habituated chimpanzees. From there you will drive on to Queen Elizabeth National Park for an afternoon game cruise on the Kazinga Channel to sit back and enjoy the company of hippo from the safety of a boat. There will be also buffalo for a company and the occasional Nile crocodile lying disarmingly motionless nearby, blending into the surroundings. Watch kingfishers diving behind us to catch small fish disorientated by the slowly passing boat. There is also elephant, lion, hyena, and leopard in the park.
This morning, you will head in again into the park for an early morning game drive where hopefully you will find some surprises in amongst the bushes. The park is a haven for around 600 species of bird and the thousands of migratory Ugandan Kob. Then you will make your way to Kisoro, passing through Kabale to stock up.
You are now in the land of the critically endangered mountain gorilla. A village tour to visit a Batwa or Pygmy village can also be organized in Kisoro. You will spend the next few nights at the hostel in the border town of Kisoro which is surrounded by the Virunga Mountains. At altitudes of up to 3,500 feet gorilla trekking through dense vegetation on the volcanic slopes of the Virungas, is one of the trip’s high points. The gorillas are magic to visit. Herbivores, who munch the day away, when they are not playing or sleeping, they live in family groups under the charge of an older dominant male. Known as the silverback, this adult male can weigh up to 350 lbs. Despite their size, the gorillas are shy, gentle and sensitive creatures, in great danger of extinction.
Today you will leave the beautiful scenery of Uganda and into Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills. A country that has had a turbulent history but has now moved rapidly forward in an attempt to put their past behind them. You will spend the night just across the border. In the afternoon, there will be an option to learn how to make banana beer and do basket weaving.
You will make your way to Kigali through the pretty scenery and honor Rwanda’s past by visiting the Genocide Memorial in the capital Kigali. You will spend your last night in this very European style city.
Day 20 is the departure day for you to get back home.
During your safari, you will visit Nairobi, Maasai Mara, Naivasha, Nakuru, Jinja, Kalinzu Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kisoro, Musanze, and Kigali.