Maasai Mara, Mountain Gorillas & Zanzibar
Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania in 21 Days • 16 Nights in Destination
A dream trip for wildlife lovers, experience the endless savannah in Kenya, track mountain gorillas in Uganda and kick back on the shores of the Indian Ocean with an All-Inclusive stay in Zanzibar.
Discover the legendary Maasai Mara Natural Reserve and the landscapes of Amboseli. At Lake Nakuru, contemplate diverse birdlife. Discover the rich biodiversity of Queen Elizabeth National Park and explore the depths of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as you track majestic mountain gorillas! Finally, spend 4-nights relaxing on the paradise shores of Zanzibar on an All-Inclusive basis.
Arrive at US departure airport ready to check in for a flight to Nairobi *. Overnight flight.
* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
Due to the time difference, you will lose a day on your outward journey but will gain it back on your return journey. You are not in-flight for two days.
Arrive, meet your guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel* in Nairobi. Kenya's capital and largest city, Nairobi is nicknamed the 'Green City in the Sun' and is a vibrant place where you can really get to grips with Kenya's diverse culture. This cosmopolitan capital is a great place to sample the delights of Kenyan cuisine or to hit the local bars or cafes to soak up the atmosphere of the place. Spend the remainder of the day relaxing or exploring at your leisure, ready to set off on your safari adventure in the morning. Overnight stay in Nairobi.
* You will have the option to add early check-in on arrival in the next step of the booking process. To guarantee optional services, we recommend that you add them to your current booking, as they are subject to availability.
Early breakfast at the hotel before heading southwards out of the city as you watch the landscape slowly change from urban metropolis to vast wilderness. Catch sight of distant Mount Kilimanjaro as you journey for around 4-hours through typical African savannah and past local homesteads and Maasai communities. Arrive at the lodge in Amboseli in time for lunch. Get settled before embarking on your first photo safari tour of the trip! Amboseli National Park is famed for its large herds of elephants and its dramatic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Experience captivating landscapes and get up close to incredible wildlife before returning to the lodge. Spend the evening relaxing at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in Amboseli.
Start the day early with a sunrise game drive through Amboseli National Park. After breakfast at the lodge, transfer back to Nairobi. Arrive and enjoy a free day to discover vibrant Nairobi. Maybe take a look at the Nairobi National Museum which gives you a taste of Kenya’s heritage. Additionally, you will find wonderful dining facilities, a beautiful botanical garden, and eclectic shopping facilities in the city. Dinner at Carnivore Restaurant and overnight in the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Aberdares and enjoy lunch. The park contains a wide range of landscapes - from the mountain peaks that rise to 13,000 ft above sea level, to their deep, V-shaped valleys intersected by streams, rivers, and waterfalls. Moorland, bamboo forests and rainforests are found at lower altitudes. In the afternoon transfer to the lodge for an exciting night of game viewing! Dinner and overnight stay in Aberdares.
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Aberdares this morning as you depart for Lake Nakuru National Park, with a visit to Thompson Falls in Nyahururu along the way. Arrive at the lodge and time for lunch. Spend the afternoon on a game drive at Lake Nakuru National Park. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge in Lake Nakuru.
Awake to the sounds of nature and enjoy breakfast at the lodge. Afterwards, depart for the world-famous Maasai Mara National Reserve. Arrive at the lodge/camp in time for lunch and soak up the breathtaking views of the surrounding savannah. In the mid-afternoon, head off on a game drive in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, considered the world’s finest game viewing area! Keep your eyes peeled for the legendary Big Five: lions, rhinos, buffalos, elephants and leopards as you venture through the wild landscapes and watch in awe as the dramas of everyday life in the animal kingdom unfold before you! Head back to the lodge at sunset for dinner. Overnight stay in the Maasai Mara.
Today, enjoy either a full day on safari with a picnic lunch, or split your game drives into the morning and evening for a chance to see the immense size and diversity of this beautiful reserve and the changing landscapes as the sun rises and falls. We also recommend an optional Hot Air Balloon Safari.* All meals at the camp and overnight stay.
* If you chose the Balloon Safari, you won't do the morning game drive.
* Optional Hot Air Balloon Safari: Experience the majesty of the Maasai Mara from the sky on a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon safari. Ascend at dawn and experience the most unforgettable sunrise imaginable as the savannah and its wildlife spring to life in the soft morning light.
Please note: The optional Hot Air Balloon Safari is dependent on weather conditions at the destination and will be confirmed the day before. If the activity cannot go ahead, it will be refunded when you return from your trip.
Breakfast at the hotel.* Leave the wilds of Kenya behind today as you transfer to Nairobi airport to board a flight to Entebbe. Touch down in Uganda and transfer to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, relaxing or exploring the city for a chance to experience the local culture. Relax at your own pace, ready for the adventure that awaits you tomorrow. Overnight stay in Entebbe.
* Depending on the flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, head to the incredible Queen Elizabeth National Park, by road. The park boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world, from the open Savannah to the rainforest, the dense papyrus swamps and brooding crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward. Once you arrive at the park, enjoy an exhilarating game drive where you will have the unique opportunity to encounter the almost 100 species of mammals and 606 bird varieties in their natural habitat. Keep a look out for the Black Chested Eagle, Olive Baboons, lions, hippos, buffaloes, leopards, Spotted Hyena and elephants among many others! Overnight stay in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Breakfast at the camp. This morning, you can choose between two available activities! You have the option of going for a chimp tracking excursion* in Kalinzu Forest, or set-off on a game drive where you can explore the park further and spot the animals most active during morning time. Enjoy time after your morning activity to relax and take in your surroundings. In the afternoon, enjoy an exciting boat trip along the Kazinga Channel where you’ll be sure to spot some of the local wildlife. Hippos huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, buffalos hang-out in the shallows and an enormous variety of birds grace the grasses on the shores. Bird enthusiasts, keep a lookout! Great White and Pink-Backed Pelicans, Great and Long-Tailed Cormorants, Open-Billed Stork, African Jacana, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers are commonly seen. To round up this thrilling day, finish with a mini game drive and then head to the lodge for the night. Overnight stay in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
* Optional Chimpanzee Tracking Excursion: Head to the Kalinzu Forest in search of chimpanzees! Home to around 300 chimpanzees, wander through this rich ecosystem and, with luck, see playful chimpanzees in their natural habitat!
Breakfast at the camp. This morning, bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth National Park and set off for the town of Kisoro, passing Kabale on the way. Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of hills, valleys and terraced farming, landscapes unique to this area, before arriving at your destination in the afternoon. The lodge sits on the shores of Lake Mulehe, overlooking the Virunga Volcanoes near Kisoro in the southwest, a sight of sheer beauty to behold. Get a good night's rest, ready for your exciting gorilla tracking adventure in the morning! Overnight stay in Bwindi Forest National Park.
Early breakfast at the lodge. Awake early to set off on an unforgettable Gorilla tracking excursion in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Take all the necessary gear with you as you head into the mythical forests of Bwindi for one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth! Just 650 mountain gorillas are left in the world, so tracking can take between 2 and 6 hours, but it is well worth the effort. Professional park guides will guide you through the forest, explaining the lifestyles of the gorilla families and pointing out interesting flora and fauna. Once you've tracked down your group of gorillas, watch in awe as these majestic animals go about their daily lives, grooming, feeding and interacting with each other. It is an unforgettable experience to see gorillas in the wild! Trek back to base and return to the lodge, filled with unforgettable memories of today's wildlife encounters! In the afternoon you have the chance to enjoy a range of optional activities at the lodge, such as a village walk or boat trip on Lake Mulehe, which can be arranged and paid for at the time. Overnight stay at the lodge.
Breakfast at the hotel.* Today, head to Entebbe airport with a stop at the Equator, where you will be able to stand in both hemispheres simultaneously! Arrive at your destination in the evening, transfer to the airport, board your flight to Tanzania and say goodbye to incredible Uganda. Touch down in Zanzibar and transfer to the hotel, ready to begin your laid-back All-inclusive stay on the coast.** Get settled into your hotel and get ready to truly relax over the next few days. Overnight stay in Zanzibar.
* Depending on the flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast.
** If you arrive before check-in time, you can leave your baggage at reception and enjoy the hotel facilities while you wait for your room to be ready.
Why not make your stay in Zanzibar extra special by adding our Romantic Package, which includes a 30-min duo massage, private beach dinner, private bubbly breakfast on a boat and much more, in the next step of the booking process!
All-inclusive. Make the most of a free day to enjoy the paradise beaches of Zanzibar. You can take the day to relax on the beach or make the most of your incomparable hotel facilities. We recommend visiting one of the island's historic spice plantations to learn about how Zanzibar got its nickname of 'Spice Island'. Overnight stay in Zanzibar.
All-inclusive. Enjoy a day at your leisure on in Zanzibar. Discover the island's heritage as a historic trade centre in Stone Town, go snorkelling to explore the underwater world of the Indian Ocean or simply kick-back on the beach. Overnight stay in Zanzibar.
All-inclusive. Spend another day in this tropical paradise at your leisure to take advantage of the hotel facilities and the surrounding beaches. If you want to venture out of the resort, try the historic Old Fort, located in Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar. Overnight stay in Zanzibar.
Breakfast at the hotel.* It's time to bring an end to your adventures through Africa. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Night on board.
* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.
Arrive in the US and end your trip.
21 days trip including flights*
17 days and 16 nights in destination
NYC - NBO
NYC - NBO
NYC - NBO
Amboseli National Park
Aberdare National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park
Queen Elizabeth N. Park
Queen Elizabeth N. Park
ZNZ - NYC
ZNZ - NYC
ZNZ - NYC
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
Accommodation: 16 Nights
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will always be replaced by one of the same, or a higher category.
Amboseli National Park Photo Safari
Take an afternoon photo safari tour of Amboseli National Park. Look out for large elephant herds and soak up the views of immense Mount Kilimanjaro, across the border in Tanzania as you go in search of epic wildlife!
Early Morning Safari in Amboseli National Park
Take a magical early morning safari in Amboseli National Park before driving back to Nairobi where you can spend the remainder of the day relaxing at your leisure.
Aberdare National Park Afternoon Game Viewing
Discover the varied landscapes of Aberdare National Park with an afternoon of game viewing. Known for its population of elephants, black rhinos, leopards and spotted hyenas, keep your eyes peeled as you set off in search of unique wildlife encounters!
Thomson Falls & Lake Nakuru National Park Game Drive
Pay a visit to the beautiful Thomson Falls in Nyahururu before arriving at Lake Nakuru National Park. After lunch at the lodge, head out on an afternoon game drive to discover the rich birdlife and breathtaking landscapes of Lake Nakuru!
Hot Air Balloon Safari
Experience the majesty of the Maasai Mara from the sky on a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon safari. Ascend at dawn and experience the most unforgettable sunrise imaginable as the savannah and its wildlife spring to life in the soft morning light.
Chimpanzee Tracking Excursion
Go in search of man's most genetically similar animal. Trek through the rainforest until you make the first sightings of the Chimpanzees. Watch as the group go about their daily activities and gain insights from an expert guide.
What's included: Full time ranger guide. Visit fee included.
Romantic Package at Kiwengwa Beach Resort
Upgrade to a Romantic Package to make your stay extra special! Includes: room decoration, Prosecco, tropical fruit basket, tea/coffee facilities, bathrobes and slippers, a 30-min duo massage, private beach dinner and private bubbly breakfast on a boat!
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departures from main US airports.
- International flights US - Nairobi, Zanzibar - US.
- International flights: Nairobi - Entebbe, Entebbe - Zanzibar.*more information
- 16 nights in Charm, Superior and Luxury category hotel.See hotels included
- 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners and All-inclusive in Zanzibar. **more information
- Transfers and Safaris with an English speaking guide.
- Visits and entrances fees as indicated in the itinerary.See itinerary
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
- Boat Trip in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
- Gorilla Tracking Excursion in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
- Gorilla tracking permits .
- Transportation in a 4x4 seater Safari Landcruiser. ***more information
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase
Kenyan visa* (check before traveling), vaccines, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
* If you are traveling to Kenya with a US passport, you will require a Kenyan visa. This must be printed to present on arrival in Kenya. You can apply at http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html. For other passport holders, we recommend that you check with the Kenyan Embassy for more details.
* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 7 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.
** All-Inclusive includes: Breakfast 7:00 a.m - 10:00 a.m., lunch 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., dinner 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., late brunch at the beach bar from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., afternoon snacks at the beach area from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. followed by snacks at the lobby bar from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and then from 10:00 p.m. until midnight. Beverages: soft drinks and local alcoholic cocktails. All-inclusive also includes the use of the tennis court, gym, sauna, steam and Kids club.
*** Passengers should bring only soft side bags on safaris.
The US Department of state Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Kenya.html
Please note: The minimum age requirement for the Gorilla Tracking Excursion is 15 years of age. For the Chimpanzee Tracking Excursion, the minimum age requirement is 12 years of age. Unfortunately, children under these ages are not permitted to participate in these excursions.
Roads in Kenya can be quite bumpy and are not in great condition, particularly those found in the country’s national parks. People who suffer with back problems should consider this before participating in a trip of this nature.
During your stay at Aberdares National Park, warm clothes will be required as the nights can be particularly cold in this region of Kenya.
- Entry requirementsPassport with a minimum of six months validity and two blank pages.
- VisaA visa is required. This must be printed to present on arrival in Kenya. You can apply at http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html.
- CurrencyKenyan Shilling.
- LanguageSwahili and English.
- Electricity240 V. An adaptor is required - UK type plugs.
- HealthPlease consult your doctor regarding the vaccination against yellow fever and malaria prophylaxis. Travellers over 60 years must consult their doctor as the Yellow Fever vaccine can have serious side effects.
- Time zoneUTC + 03:00.
- Other useful informationIn Kenya, they drive on the left-hand side of the road.
- Tourist Office websitehttp://www.magicalkenya.com
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.
If you have reduced mobility/require the use of a wheelchair and prefer to go at your own pace, please contact our customer service team at +1 888-488-0592 or via our contact form.
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