KENYA & UGANDA: CULTURE, SAFARI & GORILLAS

Embark on an unforgettable 12-day journey that marries golf, safari, and gorillas in ‘Kenya & Uganda: Golf, Safari and Gorillas.’ Explore Nairobi, Maasai Mara, Entebbe, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Enjoy lavish stays at Hemingways Nairobi Hotel, Ol Seki Hemingways Mara, Serena Lake Victoria Hotel, and Trackers Safari Lodge. Sharpen your swing at Karen Country Club, Muthaiga Golf Club, Uganda Golf Club, and Lake Victoria Golf Course with dedicated caddies. Dive into sightseeing with a Nairobi City Tour, Masai Mara balloon rides, and Kampala markets. But the pinnacle? Witness rare mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This tour blends golf precision, wild safaris, and nature’s marvels. Welcome to an extraordinary adventure

Trip Profile

Duration
12 Days
rounds of golf
4
stops
4

Trip Highlights

  • City Tour Nairobi, including Giraffe Centre
  • Game drives in search of the Big 5
  • Hot air balloon flight over the Masai Mara
  • Market and street tour of Kampala
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi
  • Cultural village experience

Trip Overview

Day 1
Your Kenyan adventure commences with your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. Upon disembarking, our warm and welcoming team will be on hand to receive you. They will provide seamless transportation to your luxurious accommodation, Hemingways Nairobi, where you will spend the next five nights. This prestigious boutique hotel combines opulence with comfort, offering a magnificent start to your Kenyan journey.

Day 2
Nairobi City Tour and Giraffe Centre

This day is dedicated to exploring the vibrant city of Nairobi. A guided city tour will take you to Nairobi’s most iconic landmarks and historical sites. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to interact with Rothschild’s giraffes at the Giraffe Centre, a notable conservation and educational facility.

Day 3
Golf at The Karen Golf Course

You’ll be taken to The Karen Golf Course, known for its challenging layout and picturesque surroundings. Enjoy another day of golf at this exceptional course.

Day 4
Golf at Muthaiga Golf Club / Maasai Mara

Following a delectable breakfast at Hemingways Nairobi, you will be chauffeured to the renowned Muthaiga Golf Club. Set amid lush greenery and immaculate fairways, this golf course is considered one of Kenya’s finest. You will enjoy an entire day perfecting your golf game while surrounded by stunning views of Nairobi’s picturesque landscapes.

Bid farewell to Nairobi as you embark on the next leg of your journey to Hemingways Ol Seki Mara, located in the heart of the Maasai Mara. This will be your base for the next 3 nights as you delve into the wonders of the African wilderness.

Day 5
Immersive Safari in Maasai Mara

Your day begins with the soft glow of the African sunrise as you set out on a morning game drive. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, the adventure unfolds as you traverse the wild terrain of Maasai Mara.

The enchanting landscapes of Maasai Mara serve as a canvas for incredible wildlife encounters. Lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, giraffes, and cheetahs may make appearances, offering you remarkable glimpses into their natural behaviors and habitats. The sweeping savannahs, meandering rivers, and rolling hills provide picture-perfect backgrounds for capturing these majestic creatures.

After your morning wildlife expedition, return to Hemingways Ol Seki Mara for a satisfying lunch. Share stories of your wildlife encounters with fellow travelers while indulging in delicious cuisine.

The midday hours invite relaxation in the comfortable lounge area or in the embrace of your luxury tent. Recharge for the evening adventure that awaits.

As the late afternoon descends, embark on another game drive, where you may witness different animal behaviors and perhaps spot creatures that eluded you in the morning. The changing light during sunset adds a magical touch to the landscape.

The African bush becomes the backdrop for a bush sundowner. Your guide selects a picturesque location where you can enjoy refreshing drinks and snacks while immersed in the sights and sounds of the wilderness – a truly unforgettable experience.

Return to the camp as the stars begin to emerge in the night sky. A sumptuous dinner awaits you in the camp’s dining area, where you can savor the flavors of local and international cuisine.

Day 6
Hot-Air Ballooning in the Maasai Mara and Game Viewing

Morning:
The day begins with an early rise, well before the sun graces the sky. This pre-dawn excitement sets the stage for a thrilling adventure that promises not only breathtaking views but also unforgettable moments in the Maasai Mara.

Amidst the gentle hum of anticipation, you’ll gather for a light breakfast, sipping hot coffee or tea while the darkness still envelops the savannah. The guides and pilots, seasoned experts in their craft, will share insights into the upcoming hot-air balloon flight and the safety precautions to ensure a smooth journey.

With the first rays of light breaking over the horizon, you’ll be transported to the launch site. Here, the hot-air balloon, an intricate tapestry of vibrant colors, awaits its passengers. The pilot, a skilled navigator of the skies, will lead you through the preparations, explaining the mechanics and safety measures in place.

Now, the moment of adventure has arrived. Climb into the spacious basket of the hot-air balloon, and as the sun makes its ascent, you’ll ascend as well. The tranquility of the early morning, untouched by the noises of the day, envelopes you, creating an atmosphere of serenity and wonder.

Hot-Air Balloon Flight:
The ascent is gentle, and as the Maasai Mara awakens beneath you, the surreal beauty of the landscape unfurls. The golden hues of the savannah stretch to the horizon, dotted with acacia trees and wildlife awakening to a new day. The vastness of the Mara, punctuated by rivers and lush vegetation, takes on a new perspective from this lofty vantage point.

Your experienced pilot will guide the hot-air balloon over the Mara’s diverse terrain, offering you the opportunity to witness the ebb and flow of life in the wild. As you glide gracefully, you may spot herds of elephants, graceful giraffes, and perhaps even a pride of lions on the prowl. The sense of freedom and adventure is unparalleled as you soar high above the African plains.

Landing and Celebration:
After an awe-inspiring flight that seems to pass in the blink of an eye, your hot-air balloon gently descends back to Earth. The landing, orchestrated by your skilled pilot and crew, is a smooth and controlled affair.

Upon touchdown, you’ll be greeted with a warm celebration, complete with a traditional Champagne toast to commemorate your incredible journey. This moment is not just about refreshments but a shared sense of achievement and a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature.

Rest of the Day:
Following your hot-air balloon adventure, return to Hemingways Ol Seki Mara for a hearty brunch or lunch, depending on the time of your flight. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to savor the wonders of the Maasai Mara.

You can choose to relax at the lodge, taking in the breathtaking views of the Mara from your luxurious accommodation, or embark on a game drive to further explore the rich wildlife of this iconic reserve. The Maasai Mara offers an abundance of wildlife experiences, including encounters with the Big Five and countless other species.

As the sun dips below the horizon, relish a sumptuous dinner at the lodge, recounting the day’s adventures and the sheer awe of your hot-air balloon flight. The night skies in the Maasai Mara are a canvas of stars, providing a perfect ending to a day filled with unforgettable moments and the magic of Africa.

Day 7
7: Transfer to Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa
Today, you’ll leave the Maasai Mara behind and head to Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa. This tranquil oasis will be your home for the next four nights. Upon arrival, check in and unwind in your luxury room.

Day 8
Golf at Uganda Golf Club
Prepare for a round of golf at Uganda Golf Club, an exceptional course that offers both challenge and beauty. Your dedicated caddie will ensure you have a memorable golfing experience. After the game, return to the serene surroundings of Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa.

Day 9
Leisure Day
Today is yours to enjoy at leisure. You can relax by the resort’s pool, indulge in spa treatments, or explore the nearby attractions as you please.

Day 10
Transfer to Trackers Safari Lodge
Bid farewell to Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa and embark on a journey to Trackers Safari Lodge, where you’ll spend the next two nights. This lodge provides an authentic and immersive safari experience.

Day 11
Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Today, prepare for an extraordinary and emotionally charged adventure – gorilla tracking in the pristine Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to one of the world’s last remaining populations of mountain gorillas. This experience is not just a highlight of your journey but a profound encounter with these magnificent creatures and a testament to the importance of conservation efforts.

Morning:
Rise early to a hearty breakfast at Trackers Safari Lodge, where you’ll be briefed by experienced guides about the day’s trek. You’ll receive essential instructions and information about the specific gorilla family you’ll be tracking. Ensure you are equipped with comfortable hiking gear, including sturdy boots, long trousers, a light rain jacket, and a daypack with essentials like water, snacks, a camera, and any necessary medication. Depart for the trailhead, which could be a short or longer drive depending on the assigned gorilla family’s location within the forest.

The Trek:
The trekking experience can vary in intensity and duration, depending on the location of the gorilla family. Some treks may be relatively short, while others may take several hours. Your expert guides and trackers will lead the way, helping you navigate the dense forest. The anticipation and excitement mount as you venture deeper into the lush, green forest, with the sounds of the jungle surrounding you. Along the way, your guides will share insights into the forest’s biodiversity, pointing out various plant species, birds, and other wildlife. As you get closer to your designated gorilla family, your heart may race with anticipation.

The Encounter:
When you finally come upon a gorilla family, your guides will instruct you on how to behave in their presence to ensure a safe and respectful interaction. You’ll have a designated amount of time (usually around one hour) to observe and photograph the gorillas. Watching these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat is an awe-inspiring experience. You may witness them grooming each other, playing, or foraging for food. The connection between humans and gorillas in this moment is profound, a reminder of the importance of conservation efforts to protect these critically endangered animals.

After the Trek:
After your unforgettable encounter with the gorillas, you’ll begin the trek back to the trailhead, retracing your steps through the forest. Return to Trackers Safari Lodge, where you can share your incredible experiences with fellow travelers and savor a well-deserved meal. Reflect on the significance of this encounter and the importance of conserving these remarkable creatures and their habitat.

Evening:
Spend your last night at Trackers Safari Lodge reminiscing about the day’s adventure and the entire journey. As you prepare for departure tomorrow, you’ll carry with you not only cherished memories but also a deeper appreciation for the natural world and the need to protect it for future generations.

Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a life-changing experience, a journey that connects you with the wonders of nature and the urgent call to conserve our planet’s biodiversity. It’s a day filled with emotions, excitement, and a profound sense of awe, leaving an indelible mark on your heart and soul.

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