Day 1 : Arrival hotel transfer and Rwanda Genocide Memorial Visit
The Borderless Safaris is tailor-made group trip that gets you through African Safari hot spots of Rwanda through to Uganda and Kenya - without losing track of your wishes and your budget.
Your will be received by Maajabu Safaris representative in Kigali Airport for transfers in your hotel. Depending on your arrival time your will be taken on a brief tour of the new and vibrant capital city Kigali visiting the survivors and others whose families were murdered in Rwanda´s genocide 1994. The Memorial sites and centers are places of dignified remembrance for loved ones lost and it's also a place of reflection and learning for the wider community in Rwanda and internationally.
We will hope that the memorial visit will last less 3 hours before departing on a 3 hour journey from Kigali to the home of gorilla tracking activity in Rwanda ‘’Volcanoes National Park” or Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable depending with your budget.
Please note: that with the economical options provided on this itinerary, one may instead desire not to Gorilla trek in The “Parc National de Volcans” but rather trek Gorillas on the Uganda side of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Should that be the case then, you will only go on major activities around the park including Crater lake hikes, Golden Monkey tracking and Dian Fosse Hike
Day 2 & 3: The Parc National de Vol cans / Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
The Parc National de Vol cans (Optional)
In the morning after breakfast and go to Kinigi for briefing after that set off in the forest for Gorilla trekking. A thrilling trek through the refined foothills of the Virungas provides inspiring views in in different directions. The "Parc National de Volcans" (or PNV as it's known by locals) lies along the Virunga Mountains, with 8 ancient volcanoes, which are shared by Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo with altitudes ranging from 2400km to 4,507.
While a visit to the mountain gorillas is often at the top of visitor, the dramatic landscape also offers thrilling hiking and visits to the fascinating golden monkeys.
Depending on circumstances that might make hiking slower than usual.
The gorilla trekking may take up to 6 hours before you come face to face
with the gorillas after which your time with gorillas will be limited, while on this memorable experience to encounter these giant cousins of man before we can quickly exit the park.
PNV is also one of Rwanda's conservation epicenters where many non-profit organizations base their operations. Visitors can pay homage to the legendary scientist and gorilla advocate Dian Fossey with a hike to her tomb or a visit to the Dian Fosse Gorilla Fund that continues her legacy of research and advocacy to this day.
Near the park, the bustling and vibrant markets of Musanze are a place to immerse yourself into everyday Rwandan culture. Go deep into the earth with Musanze's caves - one of the area's newest attractions.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Early morning after breakfast be grouped and briefed by the Park warden or ranger on the do's and don't's during gorilla trekking. And at this time you will be in the hands of game ranger for throughout your trekking. The trekking time is varies from 1 to 8 hours before one encounters the giant, the weather and the terrain may also affect your trekking period. You are then allowed to have an hour with the gorillas before trekking returning to your camp. And in the rest of the afternoon you will go on Community visits (optional) of Batwa to witness some of their Cultures before exiting the Gorilla Park for the Famous Tree Climbing Lions in Ishasha Sector Game reserve.
Overnight at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Prime Natures islands, Bwindi Guest house for luxury, mid rage and shoe string options respectively.
Day 4: The Famous Tree Climbing Lions Queen Elizabeth NP
As early as possible after breakfast we will head to Ishasha Sector for the Tree Climbing Lions. The Ishasha Sector is a remote area in south western part of Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda’s most popular & most visited park by tourists from all corners of the earth. Those who venture this far may be rewarded with sightings of Ishasha’s most famous residents – the tree climbing lions – lounging in the branches while keeping a close eye on herds of Uganda kobs. It is also home to many buffaloes and elephants as well as the rare shoe-bill.
It’s actually uncommon for lions to climb trees. There are less than 2 populations in whole world of such lions that do actually climb trees as one of their daily behaviors. One of these populations is found within the Ishasha sector part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The other population is found in Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania.
It is thought that these lions climb trees as a way of protecting themselves against the numerous biting tsetse flies on the ground, whereas other people claim that they actually climb onto the branches to escape from the scorching Savannah heat on the ground for a cool breeze in the trees. As fast as possible we will exit the park heading towards Kyambura Wildlife Reserve (Optional). Driving through a grassland area and all of a sudden we come across an amazing gorge of a hundred meters deep, covered with tropical rain-forest. You will hike into the gorge of the Kyambura River with an evening sunset in search of the wild chimpanzees and immediately drive off for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth Boat cruise and Game drive
The day begins early as we head south to the mating ground of the Uganda kobs. We search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat, before returning for lunch. In the afternoon we take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. Thanks to this channel a home to so many elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your Rwanda Uganda Kenya Safari Tours.
Day 6: Chimp trekking at Kibale National Park Bigodi Swamp
Today the forest opens its wings through a thick canopy for a sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is renowned for having the most variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rain forest in search of the wild chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black-and-white Columbus monkey and many others. After lunch we transfer to the Bigodi Swamp for a hike, absolutely a different nature walk. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and takes approximately two hours.The swamp is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates.
Day 7, 8 & 9: Kibale National Park through Kampala
On arrival to the Pearl of Africa Capital City you will have a brief southern Kampala City tour before heading to your Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Jinja White Water Rafting
As early as possible you will check out from your hotel with continue an early Kampala City rush as you head towards Jinja on a half of full day white water rafting on River Nile.
Day 11: Flamingo at Lake Nakuru (Lake Bogoria)
Every year in Kenya, from April through June, some of the most beautiful creatures in the world converge upon the country. But it’s not leopards nor zebras — it’s flamingos making their annual migration!
Thousands, sometimes millions of flamingos flock to the Rift Valley Lakes of East Africa – specifically Lake Bogoria and Lake Nakuru — turning the lakes into vision of constantly moving pink.
So astounding is the number of flamingos that populate Lake Nakuru and Bogoria that people touring this semi-arid region of Kenya can’t resist a visit. This is not a scene replicated anywhere else in the world due to the very specific environment required by these birds, so making a trip through Lake Nakuru National Park is a necessity. The park, also a sanctuary for the critically endangered rhino, borders the lake and is home to a population of protected Rothschild’s giraffes, two varieties of water buck that are unique to Kenya, as well as lions, cheetahs and, increasingly, leopards. Lake Nakuru National Park has grown in size and significance, and offers its visitors a rare vision of the millions of lofty birds dipping their agile necks in search of their microscopic morsels.
Lake Nakuru is one of the three inter-linked lakes in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. These lakes are home to 13 globally threatened bird species and some of the highest bird diversities in the world. An absolutely incredible feature of Lake Nakuru is the large gatherings of long-legged, long-necked greater and lesser flamingos. The lake's abundance of algae attracts these birds that famously line the shore. In fact, Lake Nakuru is the single most important foraging site for the lesser flamingo anywhere, and a major nesting and breeding ground for great white pelicans. It has been described by ornithologists as the greatest bird spectacle in the world.
The Lesser flamingo can be distinguished by its deep red carmine bill and pink plumage unlike the greater, which has a bill with a black tip. The Lesser flamingos are ones that are commonly pictured in documentaries mainly because they are large in number. The flamingos feed on algae, created from their droppings mixing in the warm alkaline waters, and plankton. Scientists reckon that the flamingo population at Nakuru, which is often more than a million - or even two million, consumes about 250,000 kg of algae per hectare of surface area per year.
Day 12: Flamingo to the Masai Mara
The Masai Mara National Reserve or the Mara as its popularly known, boasts for sheltering various wild animals like lion, cheetah and other animals including Gazelles, Wildebeest, and Zebras migrating annually to and from Serengeti National Park on the Tanzanian side to the Mara plains in Kenya. During a game drive, you are likely to view the big 5 which is something most tourists coming to Kenya hope to have a glance at. The rainy seasons usually start from November all through to May with December being the peak. As for the dry seasons, expect them anywhere from Late May to November.
While you are at the Masai Mara, you will be able to enjoy various activities like game viewing (both day and night), camping, learn about various cultures around there specifically the Masai people, ballooning and many more. Game viewing can be done all year round with the availability of animals like the big 5, giraffe, hyena together with all the cat family. The famous wildebeest migration that happens from July to November is a site to witness.
Over 2 million wildebeests, zebras and gazelles move to and from the Serengeti National Park on the Tanzanian side forcefully crush through the Mara River in the Masai Mara on the Kenyan side for greener pastures and the cycle continues year in year out. This migration exposes the animals to the dangers such as the crocodiles and drowning and only the strong and the brave are able to make it through the Mara River.
Arrival in Masai Mara in time for lunch, after lunch embark on an evening Game drive until late evening when you settle for dinner and overnight.
Depending with your budget type, accommodation overnight will be at either Mara Sopa Lodge, Mara Serena Safari Lodge, Ashnil Mara Tented Camp or Mara Sarova Game Camp.
Day 13: Masai Mara (The Great Migration)
An early warm up with tea or coffee while a glancing at the Mara plains sun rise awakening you for the wilderness game drive. The verdant plains host a fabulous array of Mara game such as gazelles, impala, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest and eland. Never far away are the predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena which our guides are finely tuned to finding. Enjoy a picnic breakfast in the most magnificent outdoor setting on the plains before winding your way back to camp for lunch. There after you can relax, read, watch the resident bird life or enjoy a siesta through your guest rooms. Afternoon tea is followed by game driving in another area of the conservancy where you may see jackals roaming, warthog bathing or impala jousting. Sun-downer drinks are served in a picturesque spot as you watch the sun sink below the horizon. Return to camp to exchange stories as you absorb your Mara experience of a Kenya Safari around the campfire with the other guests before your mouth takes in a three course evening meal. With your budget type- Overnight and Dinner Mara Sopa Lodge, Mara Serena Safari Lodge, Kicheche Mara Camp or Aschil Mara tented Camp depending on your Budget.
Day 14: Masai Mara to Nairobi.
Early Morning after breakfast we exit the Masai Mara departing to Nairobi for your airport transfers. Arriving around lunch depending on traffic. Lunch at carnivore*(optional) afterwards drop off at your respective hotel or airport at?3:30pm.