Gorillas and big game, Nairobi to Kigali tour
One of our bestselling African safaris combines an overland tour of Kenya with gorilla and chimpanzee watching in Uganda. Staying in a mix of lodges and camps which actively support local communities in conserving wildlife and their way of life.
Kenya: Masai Mara Lake Nakuru National Park Uganda: Jinja Optional: white water rafting; village walk Murchison Falls National Park Chimpanzee trek in Budongo Forest Queen Elizabeth National Park Kazinga Channel hippo cruise Trek to see mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
US $7199ToUS $7379excluding flights
Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda
Optional single supplement £288.
Minimum age 16.
Minimum age 16.
Description of Gorillas and big game, Nairobi to Kigali tour
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
1 Reviews of Gorillas and big game, Nairobi to Kigali tour
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 12 Nov 2019 by Sally-Ann Franklin-Maiden
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
The trek to see the gorillas
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Leave all expectations behind, this trip exceeds them all.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes, where possible our tour guide did all he could to benefit locals, activity encouraged the reduction of waste and educated us in conservation
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Outstanding adventure of a lifetime
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
The highlight of this trip is going on game drives in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, where we hope to spot some the ‘Big 5’ and countless other fascinating species. First of all, by visiting this protected area, we must pay park fees which go towards community and environmental initiatives in this area. We are very mindful of the environment and local groups we encounter anyway and maintain a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy.
Our local operators are trustees of the Kicheche Community trust, which runs several programmes for the benefit of people and wildlife. For communities to prosper within and in the vicinity of wildlife conservancies it's important for these communities to be protected from the wildlife and vice versa. In 2012 Kicheche Trust donated half for the construction of 5 predator free bomas (small groups of housing). The trust also part sponsors the Naboisho Lion project in Naboisho Concervancy, Masai Mara, which helps to protect and monitor local wildlife. By traveling with us, you are not only raising awareness about animal welfare but contributing to these vital projects.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
We use the Ilkeliani Camp, which assists the surrounding Masai communities of the game reserve in conserving their wildlife and environment. By using this accommodation, we contribute to a number of initiatives they run. The camp provides for the Masai people whereby they receive a bed night fee for every guest night in the camp. Unlike most camps in the Mara who charge their clients an extra "hidden" conservation fee, Ilkeliani contributes to this cause directly from their profits. This enables the Masai to benefit from their natural resources in a sustainable and non-destructive way so to better able to care for their families and improve their standard of living.
Accommodation and Meals:
We will be spending three nights in a luxury tented camp, which is locally run and locally staffed, so by choosing to stay here, we are supporting employment opportunities for communities in surrounding areas. We also encourage clients to bring supplies through Pack for a Purpose which Ilkeliani can then distribute. Most meals are supplied and we are keen to source ingredients from as nearby as possible as a means of generating income for small businesses within the local community and producing fresh, authentic food for clients. Breakfasts and lunches often include freshly baked biscuits, fruit, cakes and hot drinks.
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