Amboseli National Park is located in the Southern region of Kenya in Loitoktok district. The park got its name from a local word in Maasai language meaning “Salty dusty place.” The park covers an area of 392sqkm and it is heavenly endowed with large herds of elephants making it the best place in Africa to get up-close to free ranging elephants. The park boosts of various species of mammals like Lions, elephants, Wildebeest, Leopards, Zebra, Hippo, Giraffe, hyenas, cheetahs, wild dogs, hartebeests, dik-dik, kudus, jackals, bat-eared foxes, fringe-eared Oryx, long-necked gerenuks, serval, warthogs and yellow baboon. The park also has various bird species of about 400 species including pelicans, crakes, kingfishers, lily-trotters, egrets, hammerkops, rare Madagascar squaco, among others.
Lake Naivasha also known as “Sheer Adventure” is located in the South Western region of Kenya along the Great Rift Valley floor. The park was established in 1995 and it covers an area of 140sqkm. The park is blessed with over 100 mammal species including giraffes, waterbucks, zebras, hippos, buffaloes and over 350 species of birds including flamingos, weaver birds, gonolek, African fish eagles, Palearctic duck, oxyura, red-knobbed coot, little greb, African spoonbill, marabou stork, kingfishers, herons, porzana pullisa among others.
Lake Nakuru National Park also known as a “Beautiful bird Haven” is located in the West Central Kenya and it is one of the saline lakes of the lake system lying within the Great rift valley of Eastern Africa. The park boosts of over 400 bird species including vast numbers of pink flamingoes, Abyssinian thrush, large flocks of pelicans, Bateleur, Arrow-marked babbler, and also mammals like waterbucks, impalas, warthogs, elands, lions, leopards, hippopotamus, giraffes, black and white rhinos, African wild dog, vervet monkeys, olive baboon, colobus monkeys and many more.
Maasai Mara National Reserve is located in the South Western region of Kenya along the Great Rift Valley area in Norok County Kenya adjacent to Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Maasai Mara National Reserve was established in 1961 as a wildlife sanctuary covering an area of 520 sqkm of the current Mara Triangle. Later it was converted into a Game Reserve and by 1984 the park had a total area of 1510sqkm. The park is dotted with acacia trees, shrubs and bushes and has 2 draining rivers which are Maasai Mara River and Talek River. The park is a unique wildlife conservation haven famous for its Natural diversity of wildlife like the Big 5 mammals which are Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffaloes and Rhinos in large numbers as well as other mammals like Cheetahs, zebras, wildebeests, crocodiles, hippos, giraffes, duikers, impala hartebeests, roan antelopes, topi, wildebeest and Thomson’s gazelles. The park also boosts of over 500 bird species like Bateleur, Secretary bird, Schawlow’s turaco, Abdim’s stork, Hammerkops, Temminck’s courser, Southern ground hornbill, Usambiro barbet, Saddle-billed stork, Giant kingfisher, Woolly-necked stork, Black-headed heron, Giant kingfisher, African jacana, Crowned lapwing, Malachite kingfisher, Grey-headed kingfisher among others. Maasai Mara National Reserve is also famous for its annual Wildebeest Beast Migration where Millions of these creatures migrate from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park which occurs between July and October making it one of the 7 Wonders of the World.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park which is one of Uganda’s oldest rainforests with more than 25000 years of age. The park is home to almost half of the World’s population of Mountain Gorillas which gives a great opportunity for Gorilla Trekking and Habituation in the park’s sectors like Nkuringo, Buhoma, Ruhija and Rushaga. The park harbors 120 mammal species like Elephants, duikers, yellow-backed duiker, buffaloes, golden cats, bush pigs, giant forest hogs, black-fronted Duiker, clawless otter, side-striped jackal, civet, numerous bats, rodents and 350 bird species like handsome francolin, purple sunbird, red headed blue bill, African blue cuckoo, regal sunbird, breasted sunbird, Rwenzori turaco, Shelley’s crimson among other bird species.
Day 1: Arrival and Pick up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – Transfer to your Hotel
Your 11 Days Maasai Mara Kenya and Gorilla Trekking Safari will begin with a pick up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by our Professional driver guide from Paradise Adventure Vacations who will meet and greet you, he will then brief you about the entire journey and thereafter transfer you to your Hotel where you will have rest and relaxation from your long flight. Your lunch and dinner will later be served.
Day 2: Transfer to Amboseli National Park – Evening Game Drive
Your day 2 of the Safari will begin with a deliciously prepared breakfast and thereafter you will embark on a drive to Amboseli National Park which is located in the South western region of Kenya and it is about 5 hours drive. Upon reaching, you will check into your accommodation for a delightful lunch and have relaxation. Later you will go on a relaxed evening game drive through the short savannah grasslands as you enjoy the iconic and most beautiful backdrop of the snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro which stands high up in the clouds at (5,895m) above sea level making it Africa highest free standing Mountain. You will spot mammals like elephants, Wildebeest, Leopards, Zebra, Hippo, Giraffe, hyenas, cheetahs, wild dogs, hartebeests, dik-dik, kudus, and jackals among others. Later you will return to your lodge for dinner as well as an overnight.
Day 3: Amboseli National Park – Morning Game drive – Night Game drive
After delighting on your delicious breakfast, you will start day 3 of your 11 Days Maasai Mara Kenya and Gorilla Trekking Safari with an early morning game drive. You will drive through the dry savannah plains in search for wildlife species like elephants, Wildebeest, Leopards, Zebra, Hippo, Giraffe, warthogs, hyenas, cheetahs, wild dogs, hartebeests, dik-dik, kudus, jackals, bat-eared foxes, fringe-eared Oryx, long-necked gerenuks among other mammals while enjoying the stunning views of Africa’s highest snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in the backdrop in case the weather plays along. You will then return to your lodge for a hearty lunch and relaxation. Later in the evening, you will embark on a night game drive which will start at sunset while giving you a perfect glimpse of the Sunset at Amboseli National Park. You will go on the drive with an armed park ranger and spotlight torches to help you spot nocturnals while hunting and feeding on their prey, like Lions, bat-eared foxes, serval, hyenas, cheetahs, Leopards and also Hippos while feeding on short grass. You will then return back to your lodge for a relaxed dinner as well as an overnight.
Day 4: Transfer to Lake Naivasha National Park – Boat Ride to Crescent Island
You will have your succulent breakfast and thereafter drive to Lake Naivasha which is about 6 hours’ drive from Amboseli National Park. Upon arrival, you will check into your lodge for a hearty lunch and then later embark on a rejuvenating boat ride on this Great Rift Valley fresh water lake amidst various hippos to the crescent island. You will have various wildlife to view while at Crescent Island including zebras, giraffes, elands, wildebeest, impalas, water bucks among others. Late you will return back to your accommodation for your dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Transfer to Lake Nakuru National Park – Afternoon Game Drive
Day 5 of your Safari will start with an early morning delicious breakfast and thereafter embark on a 2 hours’ drive to Lake Nakuru National Park. Upon reaching, you will check into your accommodation for a hearty lunch and have relaxation. Later in the afternoon, you will have a game drive around Lake Nakuru to watch the eye-catching flocks of the Greater and the lesser flamingos which color the shores of Lake Nakuru pink, you will take various memorable pictures and then later proceed to the Rhino sanctuary which is a home to about 100 white rhinos and 50 black rhinos. Return back to your lodge for dinner and an overnight.
Day 6: Transfer to Maasai Mara National Reserve – Evening Game drive
Your day 6 of the 11 Days Maasai Mara Kenya and Gorilla Trekking Safari will begin with a hot delicious breakfast and thereafter check out of your lodge and transfer to Maasai Mara National Reserve which is about 4 hours drive from Lake Naivasha. Upon reaching, you will check into your accommodation for a finger licking lunch and later, you will go on a relaxed scenic drive until sunset in the rosy grassy hills in search for African wildlife like Elephants, Buffaloes, giraffes, duikers, impala hartebeests, roan antelopes, topi, wildebeest and Thomson’s gazelles. Later you will return for your dinner and an overnight.
Day 7: Maasai Mara National Reserve – Full day Game Drive
After your delicious breakfast, you will embark on a full day game drive with your packed lunch which will give you an encounter with mammal species like zebras, wildebeests, hippos, giraffes, duikers, impala hartebeests, roan antelopes, topi, wildebeest and Thomson’s gazelles, rhinos, buffaloes, elephants and if lucky you will as well spot leopards, lions, hyenas. Later in the evening hours, return back to your lodge with an amazing evening game drive with an armed park ranger as well as spotlight torches to help you easily spot the nocturnals in the night as they hunt and feed on their prey for example the lions, leopards, hippos, hyenas, cheetahs among others. You will then return back for your dinner and an overnight.
Day 8: Maasai Mara National Park – Morning Maasai Community Encounter – Transfer to Nairobi for your flight to Entebbe International Airport
Upon waking up on your day 8 of the Safari, you will delight on your delicious breakfast and then head out to the Maasai Community living near the park for a rich encounter which will give you the definition of a true African Culture, you will enjoy their local dances and history and later spend your entire afternoon relaxing at your lodge as you await your lunch. Later, you will go for a 2 hour Nature walk with a local Maasai guide who will share his experience and expertise with you. He will teach you about the hidden secrets of the African savannah and how the Maasai people track wildlife and birds and also how they find medicine in the bush. You will later transfer to Nairobi for your flight to Entebbe International Airport for your dinner and an overnight.
Day 9: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 9 of the 11 Days Maasai Mara Kenya and Gorilla Trekking Safari will start with a delicious breakfast and thereafter you will embark on a scenic drive for about 8 to 10 hours to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park including two stopovers at the Equator line at Kayabwe where you will participated in the water experience and also take memorable pictures. You will also stopover at Ajip Motel or Igongo Cultural Centre in Mbarara for a mouth-watering lunch. Later you will continue with the drive to Bwindi where you will have your dinner as well as an overnight.
Day 10: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – Gorilla Trekking – Batwa Community Encounter – Relaxation at Lake Bunyonyi
Upon waking up by the beautiful sounds of the birds singing in the sky, you will start your day 10 of the Safari with an early morning breakfast. Wear appropriate clothing for the day like a long sleeved shirt, a pair of karky or jean trousers, a round cap, water proof boots to protect you against the falling tree branches of the Impenetrable forest and also in case of bad weather, Pack some snacks and water to help in keeping you hydrated during the trek. Proceed to the park’s headquarters for a briefing on the Do’s and the Don’ts while you are with the mountain gorillas, you will also be assigned a park ranger who will guide you during the trek and also a gorilla family to look out for and then start the search for the mountain gorillas which will take about 1 to 7 hours depending on their location. During your trek, you will encounter various primate species like the black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, grey mangabeys, and blue monkeys. As your gaze meets the gentle eyes of Africa’s dark-furred Great Apes, you will be allowed to spend a maximum of 1 hour with these majestic creatures as you watch and capture every moment while they go about their day to day activities. During this time you will learn about their ways of life and also try to relate with them so they become used to human presence, your guide will be available to answer any questions you need to know. You will also stand a chance to see many forest dwellers you meet on your way during the search of gorillas including different species of birds, elephant, and antelopes. If lucky, you can as well see chimpanzees. Bwindi is one of the parks where gorillas and chimpanzees coexist in the same environment, you will then return back to your accommodation for a delicious lunch.
Later you will visit the Batwa community who were the early inhabitants of the ancient Impenetrable forest before it became a National park and also a UNESCO World heritage site in 1992 and learn about their social ways of life, how they hunt for food in their ancient ways, visit a Batwa homestead to watch how they dance and also hear ancient legends and their folk songs and then you will transfer to Lake Bunyonyi where you will have relaxation as you await your dinner and an overnight.
Day 11: Transfer back to Entebbe International Airport or your Hotel
Upon waking up on your final day of the Safari, You will have a heavy delicious breakfast and then prepare for an 8 to 10 hours drive back to Entebbe International Airport or your Hotel which will include lunch and coffee stop overs. You will also buy some souvenirs on your way to help you keep memories about your time in Uganda. The 11 Days Maasai Mara Kenya and Gorilla Trekking Safari is an unforgettable experience that combines two of the most awe-inspiring Safari destinations in Africa; Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve as well as Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which is home to the World’s remaining population of Mountain Gorillas. Thank you so much for specifically choosing Paradise Adventure Vacations on the 11 Days Maasai Mara Kenya and Gorilla Trekking Safari and we hope to see you again!!!