Welcome to the African wilderness! On this guided tour of Kenya and Uganda, you'll visit Amboseli National Park, go on a safari in the world-famous Maasai Mara National Reserve, and get to know Maasai people in their villages. Then cross the border for an unforgettable gorilla trekking adventure in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park — it's the wildlife viewing experience of a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Go on safaris in Amboseli National Park and the Maasai Mara
  • Enjoy a hot air balloon ride over striking natural landscapes
  • Stay in eco-friendly lodges and safari camps
  • See mountain gorillas while trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Check-in at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge Amboseli
Day 2 Explore Amboseli National Park Amboseli
Day 3 Transfer to Maasai Mara National Reserve Maasai Mara
Day 4 Go on a Safari in the Maasai Mara Maasai Mara
Day 5 Continue Exploring the Maasai Mara Maasai Mara
Day 6 Depart Kenya and Fly to Uganda Entebbe
Day 7 Discover Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Bwindi
Days 8-9 Experience a Gorilla Trek Bwindi
Day 10 Depart Uganda   

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Check-in at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

A hippo in Amboseli National Park

Welcome to Kenya! After arriving in Nairobi, you'll catch a connecting flight to Amboseli. Amboseli means “salty dust” in Maa, the language of the Maasai. It's a place of stark contrast. Set in rolling savanna scenery, the park is dwarfed by the pink-tinged, snow-capped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. The area is known for its magnificent elephants — some of Africa’s largest reside in this unique ecosystem. In addition to elephants, the area is home to lions, leopards, cheetahs, gazelles, impalas, zebras, wildebeest, giraffes, warthogs, striped hyenas, jackals, bat-eared foxes, African wild cats, honey badgers, and ostriches. You'll spot a variety of animals in the wild on your way to Kibo Safari Camp, a luxury tented camp offering amazing views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. 

Day 2: Explore Amboseli National Park

Wildlife and striking scenery in Amboseli National Park

You'll spend today on a safari in Amboseli National Park, the second most popular national park in Kenya after Maasai Mara National Reserve. This low-rainfall area, with a dried-up lake and semiarid vegetation, offers one of the best wildlife viewing experiences in the world. Keep your eyes open for more than 400 species of birds, including pelicans, kingfishers, and raptors, not to mention elephants, giraffes, leopards, cheetahs, zebras, and more. 

After a day out exploring, return to your modern tent at Kibo Safari Camp. The custom-designed beds here were locally crafted using bush logs, ensuring a good night's sleep. All tents have flush toilets, hot showers, and wash basins — a luxury in this remote setting!

Day 3: Transfer to Maasai Mara National Reserve

A room with a view near Maasai Mara National Reserve

After an early breakfast, you'll travel to the Maasai Mara by plane. Check-in at Basecamp Maasai Mara, where you'll have a leisurely lunch and some time to rest before heading out on an afternoon game drive. During the adventure, you'll have the chance to view wildlife on the plains, including elephants, zebras, lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, buffalos, rhinos, and more. Return at dusk to your riverside tent on the banks of the Talek River, the natural border to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The dense riverbed foliage allows for privacy, comfort, and wonderful views of the surrounding landscape.

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Day 4: Go on a Safari in the Maasai Mara

A leopard walking in the Maasai Mara

The Maasai Mara is home to one of the most abundant wildlife populations in the world. Your safari adventure begins before sunrise. Wildlife is most active in the early and late hours of the day. Lucky travelers might even witness animals hunting during these hours — a lion hunting and killing a wildebeest, or a cheetah chasing down a gazelle, for example. You'll have a picnic lunch and plenty of drinking water available so you can properly enjoy a full day of adventure.

Day 5: Continue Exploring the Masai Mara

Early morning hot air balloon ride in Masai Mara
Early morning hot air balloon ride in the Maasai Mara

The safari continues today. You'll see a range of animals in the wild, with the possibilities ranging from elephants and lions to leopards and rhinos. You'll also have the option to go on a hot air balloon ride over the Maasai Mara, taking in breathtaking vistas and enjoying unique perspectives of the park. Make sure your camera is ready — you'll have great photo opportunities of the wildlife below. 

Day 6: Depart Kenya and Fly to Uganda

A stork standing in marshland near Entebbe, Uganda

You'll cross the border to Uganda today. On arrival in Entebbe, you'll check into your hotel, Lake Victoria Serena Resort & Spa. With elegant rooms and suites offering contemporary comforts and amenities, it's a relaxing place to get your bearings in a new country. Dine in one of the resort's restaurants, get a massage at the spa, go for a dip in the outdoor pool, or just relax and recharge before your wildlife adventure continues the following day.

Day 7: Discover Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Morning view of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After breakfast, you will travel by plane and car to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (also known as Bwindi Impenetrable Forest). On the way to your lodgings, you'll pass through the highlands of Kigezi, known as the "Switzerland of Africa," thanks to the picturesque mountain scenery.

You’ll arrive at your eco-lodge in the afternoon. After settling in, go on a guided forest walk. Ahead of your gorilla trekking experience the next day, you'll have the chance to see Bwindi's diverse wildlife: the forest is home to rare forest elephants, giant forest hogs, and eleven kinds of primates, including monkeys, baboons, and chimpanzees. Over 200 species of butterflies live here, too. Watch your surroundings carefully as you hike along a trail that leads to the Munyaga Falls waterfall. 

Days 8-9: Experience a Gorilla Trek

A gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

On the last two days of the trip, you'll have the chance to see mountain gorillas in the wild. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to this endangered species. Sightings are likely, though not guaranteed. Your trekking excursion will be an active one: gorillas move continuously through the rainforest, and so will you. The terrain is often steep, and you'll trek through areas without marked paths. It's all part of the adventure!

Day 10: Depart Uganda 

A sweeping view of the border of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Today you'll depart Uganda. Safe travels!

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