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Baby gorilla, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Mountain Gorillas and the Masai Mara

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

9 Days

Prices Start from

£5,500 ex. flights

Trek in search of gorillas in the forests of Uganda. Encounter these iconic primates, whose very existence is under threat, then fly north to the open plains of Kenya’s Masai Mara. Here, spends several days on safari, in search of the wide array of wildlife that inhabits this famous region.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Gorilla cleaning his teeth, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda 1

Gorilla Trekking

Spend an hour in the company of a family of mountain gorillas

Batwa experience wth Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda 2

Batwa Communities

Meet the hunter-gatherer Batwa people – the original inhabitants of the forest

Beautiful sunset, Masai Mara, Kenya 3

Masai Mara Safari

Explore the plains of the Masai Mara, home to a proliferation of East African wildlife.

Lion growling in Masai Marai, Kenya 4

Prides of Lions

Encounter the iconic lion prides of the Mara as they stalk their prey.

Why we like it

This trip combines one of Africa’s most enthralling wildlife experiences with one of the continent’s greatest wildlife destinations. Time spent with mountain gorillas is unlike any other wildlife encounter, whilst the riches of the Masai Mara deliver a safari filled with excitement, intrigue and variety.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Entebbe - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Days 2-4
    Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 5
    Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Entebbe - Masai Mara
  • Days 6-8
    Masai Mara
  • Day 9
    Masai Mara - Nairobi
Uganda, Bwindi National Park, Gorilla portrait through trees
Bwindi Impenetrable National Par, Uganda

Gorilla Trekking

Head out early to meet your rangers for a briefing, before stepping into the park to search for one of the gorilla families that inhabit the forest. Trek across the hills they call home, through dense jungle, with the rangers clearing the way.

The mud, sweat (and sometimes tears) are worth it. Coming face to face with the gorillas is like no other wildlife experience out there. It is important to remember that every gorilla group is different and every trek is different. Your first may be a relaxed affair, with some of the young playing; however a second trek may be a much more thrilling experience, with the silverback displaying his strength.

Colourful sky over Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Covered in thick tropical rainforest and often shrouded in mist, Bwindi provides a perfect habitat for mountain gorillas. Spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys it looks the part and having survived the last ice age, is considered one of the most diverse forests in Africa.

The birding here is big and colourful, the forest dark and inviting and the sense of adventure palpable. Options include guided walks, visits to local communities and the chance to spend time with the Batwa pygmies, the original inhabitants of the forest.

ion mother of Notches Rongai Pride with cub, Masai Mara, Kenya
Masai Mara, Kenya

Masai Mara Safari

After time spent exploring the impenetrable depths of Uganda’s forests, escape to the open plains and endless vistas of the Masai Mara. Here, dense jungle is replaced by fertile grasslands, meandering rivers and the occasional sun-baked kopje.

The search for primates is forgotten, as vast numbers of animals and numerous species thrive across this exciting safari landscape. Over the course of several days, explore on game drives that set out at dawn and dusk, when predators are at their most active. The Mara’s big cats are some of its most iconic residents and expect to encounter large prides as they stalk for prey.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Gorilla Forest Camp £££££

  • Uganda
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

Gorilla Forest Camp is a permanent luxury tented camp nestled in the mist-swathed rainforests on a mountainside in the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The exclusive location makes Gorilla Forest Camp the sole property within the park boundaries and so is considered by many to be the ideal base for gorilla tracking, primate viewing and birding excursions in the park. Gorilla Forest Camp has been designed to blend seamlessly into this most atmospheric of environments, carefully pointed towards the misty valleys and looming, forest-clad mountains.

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Bwindi Lodge £££££

  • Uganda
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

This attractive, low key lodge was one of the first to be built in the area and sits in a fantastic location, with uninterrupted views of Bwindi Forest. The addition of a few coloured panes of glass in the walls allows plenty of sunlight into the large rooms, which all lead out to a small veranda at the front to soak up the fantastic views, best enjoyed with a cup of steaming coffee first thing in the morning. The lodge’s restaurant and cosy fireside bar are on raised decks, also offering great views over the forest with the large outdoor patio perfect for soaking up the sun in between treks into the forest. In fact, the lodge is so good, that gorillas have even been known to pay a visit on occasion.

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Kicheche Mara Camp £££££

  • Kenya
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

Kicheche Mara Camp is a tried, tested and loved classic bush camp in the award-winning Mara North Conservancy – one of the best wildlife viewing spots in the Mara. The 8 canvas rooms overlook the Olare Orok stream and the western escarpment in the distance, with the camp sitting in the aptly named Acacia Valley. Western-style en-suite bathrooms, hot showers and soft beds keep you comfortable, whilst the team create a wonderful sense of fun. Lively dinners around the campfire or under the shade of the acacia trees keep the excitement going long after the game drives are over.

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Offbeat Mara Camp £££££

  • Kenya
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

Offbeat Mara has only seven simple, but comfortable safari tents in the excellent Mara North Conservancy. The tents are low key but incredibly homely. Somewhere to relax between game drives and bush walks, they all look out across the plains and wildlife regularly wanders past. The heart of the camp is the large mess tent, with a relaxed sitting and dining area.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From £5,500 Per person

When to travel

Uganda in January

From December until the end of February the weather is typically drier, although showers are still very possible. This is the hottest time of year and can feel very tropical. However, the altitude means that temperatures remain manageable and still drop quickly at night.

Uganda in February

From December until the end of February the weather is typically drier, although showers are still very possible. This is the hottest time of year and can feel very tropical. However, the altitude means that temperatures remain manageable and still drop quickly at night.

Uganda in March

The long rains begin in March and last until May. During this time, road travel can be a challenge and delays are frequent. However, gorilla trekking continues unaffected, although you should expect to get wet and muddy.

Uganda in April

The long rains begin in March and last until May. During this time, road travel can be a challenge and delays are frequent. However, gorilla trekking continues unaffected, although you should expect to get wet and muddy.

Uganda in May

The long rains begin in March and last until May. During this time, road travel can be a challenge and delays are frequent. However, gorilla trekking continues unaffected, although you should expect to get wet and muddy.

Uganda in June

The coolest and driest time of year is between June and early September. This is one of the most popular times to visit, although both mornings and evenings can be very chilly at higher altitudes.

Uganda in July

The coolest and driest time of year is between June and early September. This is one of the most popular times to visit, although both mornings and evenings can be very chilly at higher altitudes.

Uganda in August

The coolest and driest time of year is between June and early September. This is one of the most popular times to visit, although both mornings and evenings can be very chilly at higher altitudes.

Uganda in September

The short rains arrive in late September and continue until November. However, travel is still possible and the overcast skies can make for some fantastic photographs.

Uganda in October

The short rains arrive in late September and continue until November. However, travel is still possible and the overcast skies can make for some fantastic photographs.

Uganda in November

The short rains arrive in late September and continue until November. However, travel is still possible and the overcast skies can make for some fantastic photographs.

Uganda in December

From December until the end of February the weather is typically drier, although showers are still very possible. This is the hottest time of year and can feel very tropical. However, the altitude means that temperatures remain manageable and still drop quickly at night.

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