Kenya & Uganda

Description

8 DAYS, 3 STOPS, FLIGHTS

Sanctuary Olonana, Entebbe & Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Combine the fabulous Game viewing of the Masai Mara with the once in a lifetime experience of tracking the Gorillas of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This is also a bird lover´s paradise.

Highlights:

Sanctuary Olonana

  • Located on a private concession bordering the epic Masai Mara
  • During annual Wildebeest Migration, the action happens on the camp’s doorstep
  • Easily accessible, only a 45 minute flight from Nairobi
  • Offers an array of activities including game drives, cultural visits, bush dinners, sundowners, balloon flights and scenic flights
  • Developed conservation and community projects – one of only a handful of properties in Kenya to be Gold Eco-Rated by Ecotourism Kenya and our guides have won multiple awards for responsible tourism

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

  • Frequently visited by gorilla families due to its unique location
  • Exclusive camp with only eight tents, the perfect base for a once in a lifetime trip to track mountain gorillas
  • Opportunity for community interaction, including the local Batwa Pygmies
  • Specially customised sedan chairs with support and harness allows less able guests to be carried into the rainforest to track the gorillas in their natural habitat
Gorilla Visit

Gorilla Visit

Itinerary

Day 1 – Transfer to Sanctuary Olonana

On arrival at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta Airport you will be met by a Sanctuary  representative who will transfer you to Wilson Airport for your connection to the Masai Mara. Your Sanctuary Olonana guide will meet you at the airstrip and drive you to the camp with some great game viewing en route. On arrival relax and freshen up in your tent before lunch is served. The tents are very spacious and have floor to ceiling mosquito netting, en-suite bathrooms with hot showers, flush lavatories, solar lighting and large, river view verandahs. The main dining room and veranda commands a dramatic stretch of the Mara River providing the perfect setting for afternoon tea and after dinner star gazing. As your afternoon game drive comes to an end, drive to a specially chosen vantage point overlooking the Mara plains. Enjoy drinks as you take in the beauty of the rapid sunset coloring the acacia dotted plains before returing to the camp for a delicious dinner.

Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner
Overnight:
Sanctuary Olonana

Day 2 – Sanctuary Olonana

This morning after breakfast at the camp venture out led by our expert guides to explore the Mara. The Mara is a fabulous place for seeing big cats and all of the big five, a variety of plains game and over 300 bird species. The plains offer a rich variety of food for the dominant predators: lion; leopard; hyena and cheetah. Elephants browse amongst the large herds of wildebeest and topi, eland and buffalo, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle. In the Mara River, hippos submerge to snort and grumble while crocodiles sunbathe, mouths agape, on the riverbanks. From around July to October, there’s the greatest show on Earth – the wildebeest migration. Mid-afternoon high tea will be served before your next activity. During your stay there are a variety of activities that can be booked on request such as a balloon safari.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight:
Sanctuary Olonana

Day 3 – Sanctuary Olonana

Today you might like walk with our naturalist and learn about plants, trees, insects and even how to approach animals on foot, as your guide shows you how to spot animal signs which are everywhere but not that easily noticed. Or choose from one of the options above. On your last evening drive out into the bush where a private and secluded clearing has been prepared for an elegant dinner in the middle of the wilderness. The table setting is as sophisticated and elegant as found in the finest restaurants. Candles flicker in the darkness, throwing golden lights on the table cloth as smiling waiters serve a delicious dinner. After dinner retire to the warmth of the campfire where brandies and liqueurs are served as guests relax and absorb the peace and beauty of an African night.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight:
Sanctuary Olonana

Day 4 – Transfer to Entebbe

After breakfast your guide will transfer you to the airstrip for your flight to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. On arrival you will be met by a Sanctuary Retreats representative who will drive you the short distance to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you will be able to enjoy lunch. Depart late afternoon for your flight to Entebbe, Uganda. On arrival in Entebbe you will be met by a Sanctuary Representative who will transfer you to your Entebbe/Kampala hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner
Overnight:
Overnight in Entebbe

Day 5 – Transfer to Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

This morning after breakfast you will be picked up and transferred to Entebbe airport for your scheduled flight to Kihihi airstrip where a Sanctuary representative will meet and transfer you to the camp. The transfer time is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Gorilla Forest Camp is located within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the perfect base for a tracking experience as it offers luxury in the heart of the rainforest. Lunch is served at camp. In the afternoon you can just relax and take in the fresh air or take a forest walk, which is a nice way to warm up before the Gorilla tracking. Birders come thousands of miles to see the more than 350 species that live within the area. There are also rare forest elephant, giant forest hog and eleven kinds of primates, such as red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboons and chimpanzee.Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight:
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Day 6 – Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Early breakfast this morning before a briefing from your guide. Tracking commences every morning from the park headquarters at 8.30 am. The gorillas we track belong to one of the ‘habituated’ family groups in Northern Bwindi. For several years each group has undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually made them used to the presence of humans. Experienced guides will accompany the tracking, many of who have been involved in the habituation process themselves. Once the gorillas are located, the group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Return to camp for dinner.Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight:
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Day 7 – Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Today relax at camp or visit a local village and meet the villagers to learn about their day to day lives. On this walk you can visit a honey production site, a traditional medicine man, a traditional blacksmith, a local school when in term and even attend a Batwa dance performance. The walk is organised with the local community as part of our community support. Or you could take a bird walk. Bwindi boast over 300 bird species, including 24 that are endemic to these highlands straddling Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo – the “Albertine Rift Endemics”. There are also over 200 species of butterflies found in the park. A local expert will guide you on this fascinating walk. Lunch and dinner at the lodge. After dinner simply relax and sip a drink as you listen to folk tunes played on the traditional Bakiga guitar.Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight:
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Day 8 – Departure

This morning you will enjoy breakfast at the camp, before your transfer to Kihihi airstrip for your shared scheduled flight back to Entebbe International Airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Maps

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Uganda & Kenya

Uganda & Kenya

Great Migration Sanctuary Retreats

Great Migration Sanctuary Retreats

Gallery

iBrochures (click on Name)

Olonana                                       Gorila Forest Camp

 

  • Sanctuary Olonana
  • Olonana Game Drives
  • Olonana Game Drives
  • Olonana Location
  • Big Tusks
  • July and August the Great MIgration at Olonana
  • The Great Migration
  • Cultural interaction
  • Relaxing afternoons
  • Sanctuary Olonana
  • Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp Ext
  • Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp Bedroom
  • Forest Camp evenings
  • Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp Welcome
  • The pic of a lifetime
  • Forest Camp Interior
  • Forest Camp evenings
  • Forest Camp viewing deck
  • Forest Camp breakfast
  • Gorilla Visit

Rates

Prices per Person sharing USD
01.09.-31.10.2014 $ 7,450
01.11-15.12.2014 $ 5,350
16.-31.12.2014 $ 7,450

All prices subject to availability

NOTE: Luggage is restricted to 20kg. Bags must be soft-sided.

UGANDA Before You Travel pdf

KENYA Before You Travel pdf

RATES INCLUDE 

  • Accommodation
  • Three meals daily (depending on arrival and departure times)
  • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers
  • Teas and coffees
  • Refreshments while on game viewing drives
  • Laundry
  • Park fees
  • Nature walk, Masai village visit, sundowners and game drives from Sanctuary Olonana
  • Sundowners and bush meals (weather permitting)
  • One Gorilla permit per person (subject to change without notice)
  • Nature walk or a Batwa Pigmy village visit at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
  • Transfers and airstrip transfers as stated in itinerary
  • Sceduled flights from Nairobi to Mara to Nairobi to Entebbe and from Entebbe to Kihihi airstrip back to Entebbe.

 

RATES EXCLUDES

  • Items of a personal nature i.e. Gratuities; premium brand beverages; curios; telephone accounts etc.
  • Visas and travel insurances
  • Bank charges
  • Any other item not mentioned above
  • All optional excursions or activities i.e. spa treatments
  • Balloon excursion and fishing excursion at Sanctuary Olonana
  • Concession fees in Bwindi

 

Please Note

  • Single supplement applies. In 2014 it is $95 per person except for 1 – 2 January, 21 June – 31 October and 16 – 31 December when it is $1445 per person. 1 February – 31 March it is $1085 per person.
  •  This package is based on scheduled flights from Nairobi to the Mara to Nairobi to Entebbe to Kihihi and back to Entebbe.
  • Luggage is restricted to 15kg per person in a soft sided bag

 

Need to know

Uganda before you travel Ebrochure

Kenya before you travel Ebrochure

Gorilla Trekking

Trekking permits are issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and allow you to view a specific group of gorillas for one hour per day. We suggest you check the availability of permits, which we can do for you, before booking any flights or accommodation. Please contact us as we have a few special offers available on permits

A maximum of 8 people are allowed to trek a specific group of habituated gorillas per a day. The reason for this is to ensure that there is a minimal behavioural disturbance to the gorillas. The trekking itself could last anywhere from 30 minutes up to eight hours as you walk through the beautiful dense Bwindi Forest.

Uganda has 9 gorilla families located in different sides of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and National Park. The Rushegura and Habinyanja Gorilla Families can be tracked from the Buhoma side, which is close to Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp so we would suggest buying permits to track one of these families.

NOTE: Luggage is restricted to 20kg. Bags must be soft-sided.