National Geographic Journeys

East Africa Gorilla & Safari Experience

  • Duration 16 Days | Kigali to Nairobi
  • Group Size Small Group
  • From $12,599 AUD
Call 1300 363 742

Trip Overview

Some of Africa’s greatest wildlife viewing comes together for 16 days of outstanding adventure in the wild. Trek into the Rwandan jungle for the rare opportunity to watch a gorilla family in its element, head out in search of playful chimpanzees in Uganda, and get immersed in the realm of elephants and rhinos in Kenya. Watching the world pass you by has never been more profound.

Trip Highlights

Learn about Rwanda's somber past at the Genocide Memorial, Look out for gorillas during guided treks, Meet with scientists at the Karisoke Research Center, Cruise the Kazinga Channel to view hippos and birds

Itinerary - 16 Days

Day 1 Kigali

Arrive at any time and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2 Kigali/Volcanoes National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial and learn about the somber history of Rwanda. Later, embark on a community walk in the Nyamirambo township and enjoy a local lunch at the G Adventures-supported Nyamirambo Women's Centre. Travel to northern Rwanda in the afternoon to the lodge, located just outside the national park. The lodge provides stunning volcano views.

Day 3 Volcanoes National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a trek into the national park with a ranger/guide to view a unique and endangered species — the golden monkey. Watch these playful and lively creatures in their natural habitat. After, visit the Karisoke Research Center, which was founded by Dr. Dian Fossey in 1967. Meet with a resident researcher and enjoy a tour to learn about their ongoing work in the protection of mountain gorillas. In the evening, expand your understanding of gorillas through an in-depth lecture from one of the head wardens of Volcanoes National Park.

Day 4 Volcanoes National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Depart early and transfer to the national park to meet the park ranger/guide for orientation. Embark on a gorilla trek, which can vary in length and difficulty, depending on the location of the gorilla family that's being visited. Spend an hour observing these beautiful and endangered creatures. After, return to the lodge for lunch then visit a local village to catch a glimpse of daily rural life.

Day 5 Volcanoes National Park/Queen Elizabeth National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

After breakfast, cross into Uganda, arriving at the Queen Elizabeth National Park area in the late afternoon.

Day 6 Queen Elizabeth National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore the lush Kalinzu Forest Reserve with a ranger on a trek in search of chimpanzees who call this protected area home. This afternoon drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a wildlife drive with possible sightings of buffalo, elephants, giant forest hogs, hyenas, leopards, lions, and warthogs.

Day 7 Queen Elizabeth National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Embark on a morning wildlife safari drive for more wildlife viewing inside the park. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel to view birds, hippos, and, with a bit of luck, elephants or big cats.

Day 8 Queen Elizabeth National Park/Entebbe (1B, 1L)

After breakfast, head to Entebbe with a stop at the Equator for lunch at the G Adventures-supported AidChild Equation Cafe & Gallery, and a visit to a royal drum maker's workshop.

Day 9 Entebbe/Nairobi (1B)

Catch a flight from Entebbe to Nairobi and transfer to our hotel.

Day 10 Nairobi/Masai Mara (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel to our comfortable tented camp located in the heart of the wildlife reserve. Enjoy a wildlife safari drive this evening, then settle back at the camp and enjoy views overlooking the plains of the reserve.

Day 11 Masai Mara (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy an early morning wildlife safari drive. The day continues with more wildlife viewing as you cross the rolling hills of the African savannah. Also enjoy a late afternoon/evening safari.

Day 12 Masai Mara/Lake Nakuru National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Depart early on a long, but beautiful, drive to Lake Nakuru. En route, stop in at a G Adventures for Good-supported project, Ubuntu Café — an initiative that trains and creates local jobs for women. Visit the craft centre, meet some of the Mamas in the program, then sit down to a delicious farm-to-table lunch. Continue to our safari lodge inside the Lake Nakuru National Park. Enjoy a late afternoon wildlife safari drive, paying special attention to the rare rhinos who make this area their home.

Day 13 Lake Nakuru National Park/Amboseli National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

After a morning wildlife safari drive, venture south to famed Amboseli National Park located at the foot of Africa's highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. The snow-capped peak of the mountain dominates every aspect of the park, providing the ultimate photo backdrop.

Day 14 Amboseli National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy morning and afternoon wildlife safari drives today. During your down time, relax at camp, enjoying views of Mt Kilimanjaro and wildlife visiting the camp's watering holes. Gain a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding poaching and elephant conservation during a lecture by an accredited speaker from the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Day 15 Amboseli National Park/Nairobi (1B, 1L)

Enjoy the stunning African sunrise on our last wildlife safari drive, before departing back to Kenya's capital.

Day 16 Nairobi (1B)

Depart at any time.

East Africa Gorilla & Safari Experience

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