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African Safari: Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda

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Women only African Safari

So you have always wanted to go on an African safari! Join us as we go on a wild adventure: kicking off in Nairobi, we head out into the dark continent to visit an array of game reserves. See African animals in their true habitat - cheetah, hippos, zebras, giraffes plus many more - it's an all-star cast!

The Pink Flamingoes of Lake Nukuru are a sight to behold - not to mention a multitude of other beautiful African birds, as we drive through spectacular African landscapes of mountains, lakes, rivers and forests.

We visit a Masai tribe in their huts and see how they live. Some nights we camp under the starry African sky, other nights we use accommodation. For those interested in primates, you may wish to take a chimpanzee walk or track the mighty mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

We finish off the trip having fun helping out at Ruhengeri orphanage. This trip is unbeatable and one thing is for sure: the African people, wildlife and landscapes will get under your skin, and Africa will always claw at your heart.

Women only African safari

African Safari Highlights

  • game drives in various game reserves and parks, including the infamous Masai Mara - see beautiful African animals in the wild.
  • visit to a Masai tribe to see how they live.
  • Lake Nukuru and the pink flamingoes.
  • Kibale forest and the chimpanzees (optional).
  • volunteering for 2 days at the Ruhengeri orphange.
  • tracking the magnificent mountain gorillas (optional).
  • launch trip up the Kasinga Channel, spotting hundreds of hippo and other game and bird life in the water.
  • curio shopping at the local markets.
  • Sipi Falls with spectacular views of Mount Elgon.
  • beautiful Lake Bunyonyi: relax by the lake shore, paddle a dugout canoe, visit some of the islands on the lake or go on a guided bird walk.

Trip Itinerary

African safari sunset

Day 1 Nairobi, Kenya

On arrival into Nairobi International Airport, you will be met and taken to the Silver Springs Hotel for overnight stay. Relax after a long flight. Meet your tour leader and the rest of your group this evening for a meal.

transport for your African safari

Day 2 Nairobi - Lake Naivasha

Depart Nairobi in the morning and drive to Lake Naivasha stopping on the way for a breathtaking view of The Great Rift Valley. This afternoon we take a boat ride on the lake - see hippos, fish eagles, and lots of birdlife before arriving at Elsamere, the former home of the late Joy & George Adamson. Joy became world famous for her pioneering conservation work and relationship with the lioness Elsa, as told in her bestselling book and subsequent film, Born Free. After a video presentation on the life of the Adamsons, we'll spend some time relaxing over a delicious afternoon tea in the gardens. This is a haven for lovers of nature, set in Acacia forest on the banks of Lake Naivasha. Overnight at Fish Eagle Camp on the lake-shore.

Meals - B,L,D

African safari Masai Mara

Day 3 Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara Game Park

Today is a reasonably long, but interesting, drive into the Masai Mara game park, stopping along the way for lunch. As we get closer to the park you will see herds of goats & cows wandering the vast plains and dutifully looked over by their Maasai owners. We enter the main gate by mid afternoon and game drive - looking out for elephants, zebras hyenas, giraffes etc along the way - through to Aruba Tented Camp where we will spend the next two nights. (Permanent tent with bedding)

Meals - B, L, D

Day 4 Masai Mara

We spend the day game driving around the park. You will not be disappointed with the game in the Masai Mara! Vast herds of Zebra, Wildebeest and Antelope and The Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo & rhino). The Masai Mara is quite simply one of the greatest wildlife attractions in the world and at this time of year we might see the migration which is spectacular. We'll have lunch by the Mara River and free time to wander about for photo opportunities of whatever animals might be around the river at the time. In the afternoon we will visit a Maasai village to meet the locals and learn about some of their age-old customs and the way they live their semi-nomadic lifestyle.

Meals - B, L, D

African safari Masai Mara

Day 5 Lake Naivasha

Morning game drive back to Sekanani gate where we exit the park. Drive through to Lake Naivasha where we will do an afternoon boat ride on Lake Oloiden where we will see flamingoes and Hippo. We will spend the night at Fish Eagle Camp.

Meals - B, L, D

Day 6 Lake Naivasha - Nakuru

We leave this morning and head towards Nakuru where we will stay at Kembu Farm. This camp is located in the Rift Valley and set in a well-secured working African farm with beautiful gardens and excellent facilities. You can spend the afternoon going on a farm walk and visit the Kenana knitters project which supports local women.

Meals - B, L, D

Lake Nakuru National Park is well-known for its huge pink flamingo population

Day 7 Lake Nakuru

Today we enter Lake Nakuru National Park and spend the day game driving.. This park is small by comparison to the Mara and packed with wildlife. The soda lake has over 400 species of birdlife, including thousands of pink flamingos - an twitchers paradise! It is also home to both the black and white Rhino, and where some scenes from the movie "Out of Africa" were filmed. We will exit the park in the afternoon and drive back to Kembu farm where we will spend the night.

Meals - B, L, D

Day 8 Nakuru - Naiberi Camp

Up early for a morning game drive before exiting the park and doing some shopping in Nakuru. We then head up the very picturesque Eldama Ravine to Eldoret. We will be staying at Naiberi River Camp up in the highlands where it is much cooler. The camp is more of a laid-back resort and has a pool, shady gardens, great restaurant and a very vibrant bar with unique furnishings.

Meals - B, L, D

African safari, zebra

Day 9 Kenya to Jinja, Uganda

After breakfast we cross into Uganda and drive through to Jinja where we will spend the night overlooking the source of the Nile at Bujagali Falls. The luxuriant vegetation covering the river banks and islands, and the diversity of bird life attracted by the multitude of fish, complete the stunning vista. In the later afternoon there is the option of taking a cruisey boat ride on the Nile and learn a bit about the surrounds. The camp has a great bar with a stunning view over the Nile river. (Fantastic permanent tent with bedding).

Meals - B, L, D

10 Jinja - Kampala

A short drive brings us to colourful, chaotic Kampala, Uganda's capital.. Here you have the opportunity to dine out in one of the great restaurants on offer and experience the night life of Kampala. We will be staying at Red Chilli Hideaway in Cottages. Dine out at your own expense.

Meals - B, L

African safari, giraffe

Day 11/12 Kampala

Leaving Kampala in the morning we drive west to Fort Portal and on to Kibale forest. We spend the next two nights at CVK Lodge. This basic lodge sits on the tranquil crater Lake Nyabikere (meaning lake of frogs), facing the Rwenzori Mountains. You have the option on the second day to do a chimpanzee walk and see these primates in their natural habitat, or take a hike around the surrounding crater lakes nearby, or just spend a relaxing day swimming in the lake and watching the cheeky monkeys in the trees in front of your room.

Meals - B, L, D

Queen Elizabeth National Park, hippos

Day 13 Kampala - Queen Elizabeth National Park

Uganda is often dubbed 'the Pearl of Africa or 'the Switzerland of Africa'. Our destination is Queen Elizabeth National Park which is especially scenic, with two lakes connected by the Kazinga channel, overlooked by a high peninsula. We arrive here after lunch and take an afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. It is well worth the trip to see the thousands of hippo, the abundant bird life and busy fishing village. Overnight at the luxury Mweya Lodge with stunning views down to the gamepark below. Watch hippos and elephants frollicking in the channel below while you swim in the pool - what a treat!

Meals - B, L, D

African Safari, Lake Bunyoni

Day 14/15 Queen Elizabeth National Park - Lake Bunyoni

Leaving Queen Elizabeth National Park in the morning, we head to the town of Kabale for supplies before driving on to Lake Bunyoni. The Lake is reputed to be one of the deepest in Africa and is fantastic for swimming in. The surrounding hills are the home of the Bakiga people who are cultivators by tradition. We'll spend a leisurely afternoon cruising by boat around the islands and visiting a boarding school. Guided walks, visiting an orphanage, and canoeing are just some of the optional activities on offer here.

Meals - B, L, D

Rwanda, home of the mountain gorilla

Day 16,17,18,19 Uganda - Ruhengeri (Musenze), Rwanda

Today we cross into Rwanda and drive through to Ruhengeri (Musenze) where we base ourselves for the next four days. We will be staying at The Pastoral Centre of our Lady Fatima which has a lively rooftop bar, and is only five minutes walk from the town centre.

One of the days here will be: Gorilla Trekking Day! We will be picked up early in the morning and taken up to the park entrance headquarters. From here we will be split into groups of 8 with a guide and park rangers and driven to the Parc National des Volcans to begin our hike in to see the awesome Mountain Gorillas. Expect to trek anything from 1 to 4-hours around and up a thickly forested volcano with overhanging vines, moss covered trees and giant Lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate. Depending on where the gorillas are, you may have to go off the track and climb steeply through thick bush. After all the effort of your climb, your heart will be in your throat when you finally come across a family of gorillas.

There are only around 700 gorillas left in the world and nothing could be more of a privilege than to spend an hour watching them as they go about their daily routine of feeding, playing, cleaning and resting in their own territory. An unforgettable experience! On another of our days here we will be trekking out into the villages we spend time with the locals and visit the "widows huts" where we learn how the widows live, work and cook their local foods. A fun and rewarding experience.

We also have a free day in Ruhengeri to explore the markets and maybe buy some colourful African fabric - maybe get a fabulour new outfit made by one of the local tailors!

Meals - B, L, D

African safari, Rwanda, Ruhengeri

Day 20 Ruhengeri - Kigali

Leave Ruhengeri in the morning and drive through the mountains to Kigali, Rwanda's capital city. We will spend a sobering few hours at the Genocide Museum in the morning, then after lunch visit the carving and curio markets.. We spend the night at Chez Lando Hotel, a quaint garden-like hotel, with a popular bar and rooftop restaurant, on the outskirts of the city.

Meals - B, L

African safari

Day 21 Kigali - Nairobi

What an unforgettable journey it has been through Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. You will be dropped off at the airport where you will catch your flight back to Nairobi and your connecting flight home.

Meals - B

Next trip to be advised . . . . .

Jo, NZ

Many thanks for making my African Safari the best it could be. I enjoyed every moment of it, it was a real adventure! (African Safari)

Jo, NZ

"I have travelled a lot, but this was the trip of a lifetime, with an awesome, knowledgable guide. Travelling by safari truck and camping made me feel like I was part of this amazing landscape, I could smell the smells, feel the breeze and hear the African sounds. It was hard to leave!"

Sandra, NZ.

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