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Sanctuary Game Viewing & Gorillas Safari Vacation – 8 Days

Wildebeest Migration Maasai Mara Game Reserve 

 Enjoy eight (8) days of prime game viewing in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve a Seventh Wonder of the Natural World and home to the Great Annual Wildebeest Migrations followed by a once in a life time visit to the gorillas of Uganda in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.


Overview

8 Days / 7 Nights Sanctuary Game Viewing & Gorillas Adventure Safari Vacation Trip Highlights

Nairobi City - Maasai Mara Game Reserve - Entebbe Town - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park


Day 1: Nairobi City - Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Day 2: Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Day 3: Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Day 4: Nairobi City, Kenya – Entebbe Town, Uganda

Day 5: Entebbe Town - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Day 6: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Day 8: Entebbe Town


One More Reason To Book This Safari Experience

  • Book a customized child friendly hustle free family safari holiday vacation adventure.
  • Book a safari created with families in mind with lots of child friendly activates to keep your children busy throughout the trip
  • Stay at a luxury tented camp located on the banks of the Mara River
  • Spot the early morning action in the Maasai Mara on an early Morning game drive
  • Have your breakfast in the bush while conducting a game in the Maasai Mara
  • Conduct and adventurous guided nature walk with a naturalist to learn and understand the Masai Mara / Serengeti ecosystem
  • Leave your mark in Africa and help conserve the environment by planting an indigenous tree in the Maasai Mara
  • In between your safari activities relax and swim at the pool or revitalize at the spa that has a wide range of treatments ranging from facials, manicures and full body massages
  • Have an elegant candle lit bush dinner in a private secluded clearing in the middle of the Maasai Mara wilderness.
  • Conduct an optional inspirational Hot Air Balloon Safari Excursion at dusk offering a bird's eye view if the Mara, the wild animals below and the wonderful sun rise to the east followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush where you land.
  • Visit and experience The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Stay at a luxurious forest camp a perfect base for a gorilla tracking experience.
  • Track and see the one of the habituated endangered mountain gorilla family group deep in to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and get to spend a little time with these amazing creatures.
  • Try to spot the over 350 species of birds found including 24 endemic species in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park area.
  • Visit a local village in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park area and learn their local culture, way of life, crafts and industries.
  • See the Batwa people and take part in their traditional dances in Bwindi.
  • Spot the beautiful over 200 species of butterflies found in Bwindi Forest and the surrounding area.

Itinerary

The Detailed Luxury Safari Holiday Vacation Itinerary


Day 1: Nairobi City - Maasai Mara Game Reserve

On arrival at Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta Airport you will be met by an And Africa Travel representative who will transfer you to Wilson Airport for your connection to the Masai Mara. Your Sanctuary Olonana guide will meet you at the airstrip and drive you to the camp with some great game viewing en route. On arrival relax and freshen up in your tent before lunch is served.

The tents at Sanctuary Olonana are very spacious and have floor to ceiling mosquito netting, en-suite bathrooms with hot showers, flush lavatories, solar lighting and large, river view verandahs. The main dining room and veranda commands a dramatic stretch of the Mara River providing the perfect setting for afternoon tea and after dinner star gazing. As your afternoon game drive comes to an end, drive to a specially chosen vantage point overlooking the Mara plains. Enjoy drinks as you take in the beauty of the rapid sunset coloring the acacia dotted plains before returning to the camp for a delicious dinner.

Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Olonana


Day 2: Maasai Mara Game Reserve

On this morning after breakfast at the camp venture out led by expert guides to explore the Mara. The Mara is a fabulous place for seeing big cats and all of the big five, a variety of plains game and over 300 bird species. The plains offer a rich variety of food for the dominant predators: lion; leopard; hyena and cheetah. Elephants browse amongst the large herds of wildebeest and topi, eland and buffalo, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle. In the Mara River, hippos submerge to snort and grumble while crocodiles sunbathe, mouths agape, on the riverbanks.

From around July to October, there's the greatest show on Earth - the wildebeest migration. Mid-afternoon high tea will be served before your next activity. During your stay there are a variety of activities that can be booked on request such as a balloon safari.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Olonana


Day 3: Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Today you might like walk with our naturalist and learn about plants, trees, insects and even how to approach animals on foot, as your guide shows you how to spot animal signs which are everywhere but not that easily noticed. Or choose from one of the options above.

On your last evening drive out into the bush where a private and secluded clearing has been prepared for an elegant dinner in the middle of the wilderness. The table setting is as sophisticated and elegant as found in the finest restaurants. Candles flicker in the darkness, throwing golden lights on the table cloth as smiling waiters serve a delicious dinner. After dinner retire to the warmth of the campfire where brandies and liqueurs are served as guests relax and absorb the peace and beauty of an African night.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Olonana


Day 4: Nairobi City, Kenya – Entebbe Town, Uganda

After breakfast your guide will transfer you to the airstrip for your flight to Nairobi's Wilson Airport. On arrival you will be met by an And Africa Travel Retreats representative who will drive you the short distance to Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you will be able to enjoy lunch. Depart late afternoon for your flight to Entebbe, Uganda. On arrival in Entebbe you will be met by an And Africa Travel Representative who will transfer you to your Entebbe / Kampala hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight: Overnight in Entebbe


Day 5: Entebbe Town - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

This morning after breakfast you will be picked up and transferred to Entebbe airport for your scheduled flight to Kihihi airstrip where an And Africa Travel representative will meet and transfer you to the camp. The transfer time is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is located within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the perfect base for a tracking experience as it offers luxury in the heart of the rainforest. Lunch is served at camp. In the afternoon you can just relax and take in the fresh air or take a forest walk, which is a nice way to warm up before the Gorilla tracking.

Birders come thousands of miles to see the more than 350 species that live within the area. There are also rare forest elephant, giant forest hog and eleven kinds of primates, such as red tailed and blue monkey, black and white Columbus, baboons and chimpanzee.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp


Day 6: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Early breakfast is served this morning before a briefing from your guide. Tracking commences every morning from the park headquarters at 8.30 am.

The gorillas to be tracked belong to one of the 'habituated' family groups in Northern Bwindi. For several years each group has undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually made them used to the presence of humans. Experienced guides will accompany the tracking, many of who have been involved in the habituation process themselves. Once the gorillas are located, the group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Return to camp for dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp


Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Today relax at camp or visit a local village and meet the villagers to learn about their day to day lives. On this walk you can visit a honey production site, a traditional medicine man, a traditional blacksmith, a local school when in term and even attend a Batwa dance performance. The walk is organized with the local community as part of our community support. Or you could take a bird walk.

Bwindi boast over 300 bird species, including 24 that are endemic to these highlands straddling Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo - the "Albertine Rift Endemics". There are also over 200 species of butterflies found in the park. A local expert will guide you on this fascinating walk. Lunch and dinner is served at the lodge. After dinner simply relax and sip a drink as you listen to folk tunes played on the traditional Bakiga guitar.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp


Day 8: Entebbe Town

This morning you will enjoy breakfast at the camp, before your transfer to Kihihi airstrip for your shared scheduled flight back to Entebbe International Airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast


 

Prices and Inclusions

Prices

Please treat the prices shown as a price estimate. Your final price might go up or down following seasonal prices in the different lodges, camps and resorts. All prices indicated are per person, based on 2 persons sharing a room, and on estimated high season rates.


Rates Include

  • Accommodation
  • Three meals daily (depending on arrival and departure times)
  • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers at the game lodges only
  • Teas and coffees
  • Refreshments while on game viewing drives
  • Laundry at the game lodges only
  • Park fees
  • Nature walk, Masai village visit, sundowners and game drives from Sanctuary Olonana
  • Sundowners and bush meals (weather permitting)
  • One Gorilla permit per person (subject to change without notice)
  • Nature walk or a Batwa Pigmy village visit at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
  • Transfers and airstrip transfers as stated in itinerary
  • Scheduled flights from Nairobi to Mara to Nairobi to Entebbe and from Entebbe to Kihihi airstrip back to Entebbe.
  • AMREF Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuation Services

Rates Exclude

  • Items of a personal nature i.e. Gratuities; premium brand beverages; curios; telephone accounts etc.
  • Visas and travel insurances
  • Bank charges
  • Any other item not mentioned above
  • All optional excursions or activities i.e. spa treatments
  • Balloon excursion and fishing excursion at Sanctuary Olonana (Available as an upgrade option)
  • Concession fees in Bwindi

How To Book

  1. Contact a destination specialist

Whether you wish to book this holiday vacation or wish plan your holiday trip around this itinerary idea or you have other ideas, please do get in touch by filling the booking form below or online contacts page. If using our booking form or online contacts page, an And Africa Travel safari destination specialist will contact you by email to discuss your requirements.

  1. Discuss your requirements

Our destination safari specialists have the first hand knowledge about Africa, required to put your holiday plans into action. They can answer your questions, offer suggestions and advice to suit your tastes, needs, likes and budget.

  1. Refine your tailor-made custom itinerary

Your safari specialist will carefully design your holiday trip, creating a detailed itinerary which you will receive on email. Your safari specialist will answer any further questions you have and refine it until you are completely happy.

  1. Confirmation

Once you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit of 40% of the total cost of your trip.

  1. Staying in touch

Even after booking, you’ll undoubtedly think of more questions. Feel free to call your safari specialist at any time. The same safari specialist will handle your trip from start to finish.

  1. The Online Booking Form

Please complete the enquiry form below in as much detail as possible and one of our safari specialists will respond to your enquiry within 24 hours (48 hours on a weekend) with free, no-obligation advice, or a quote if appropriate.

 

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