No longer a country plagued by civil war and unrest, Uganda has recently come to enjoy a period of relative political, economic and social stability. Today, it is a land visited for its incredible natural environment as opposed to being avoided for its man-made one. In Kibale Forest National Park, we try to spot and identify some of the 12 species of primates that inhabit the area and when we enter Queen Elizabeth National Park, we can marvel at sterling views of the famous 'Mountains of the Moon' as we make our way through a diverse range of ecosystems.
Our expedition to catch sight of mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is continued on as we cross into Rwanda, where we visit the Parc National des Volcans, where the late Dian Fossey undertook her monumental conservation efforts. Worthy of a stay of at least a couple of days in duration, Parc National des Volcans allows us to track one of five families of gorillas in their natural habitats -- truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Heading into Kenya, we explore the semi-desert savannah plains of Samburu National Reserve, keeping our eyes peeled for buffalos, cheetahs, leopards and lions and embark on a game drive guarantees close-up contact with elephants, giraffe and gazelle.
Our 'tree-style' lodge accommodation in Mount Kenya Conservation Area brings a unique element to our trip, as well as letting us watch all species of animal in comfort and safely, and Maasai Mara National Reserve permits some of the best wildlife viewing in the entire country.
Note: This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of 866 USD if twin-sharing accommodation is unavailable.
Seasonality and Weather
UGANDA/RWANDA: Temperatures average about 25 C (79°F) during the day and 15 C (60°F) at night. The hottest months are from December to February when the daytime range is 26-28 C (81 to 84°F). The rainy seasons in the south are from April to May and late October through November, the wettest month being April. Humidity is generally low outside of the wet seasons. KENYA: Feb / Mar post-short rains with many migratory birds from Europe though high grass can make game spotting a challenge. Sept / Oct is often hot and dusty though game viewing is excellent due to short grass and animals congregating around water sources. Wildebeest herds usually present before annual trek south to Tanzania.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Some road journeys are very long and very rough, possibly dusty. We travel via well-maintained, rugged minivan with six passengers each. The same vehicles, with roofs that pop up, will be used for our game drives in parks and reserves. Please note that air-conditioned safari vehicles are non-existent in East Africa.
UGANDA/RWANDA have only re-emerged as tourist destinations in the last few years and their lodges and camps are not as luxurious as in some African countries. KENYA hotels and lodges used are 4-5 star properties with hot water, electricity, mosquito netting, dining areas, bar, swimming pools. Remote lodges are not air-conditioned though many are at higher elevations where heat is not a factor. Hotel porter service is available throughout (see 'Inclusions'). Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins. Many lodges are quite spread out and you will need to be able to walk up to 10 minutes from public areas to your room.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local drivers & guides.
10-21 (plus Tour Leader)