4 Days & 3 Nights Best of Kenya Budget Wilderness Private Safari (Tsavo west, Tsavo East, and Amboseli)

Trip Highlights: This is an exciting 4 days best of Kenya budget wilderness private safari into some of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Kenya. This trip will start at from your preferred destination in Nairobi, taking you through to Tsavo West National Park, Tsavo East and finally to Amboseli National Park. You will have a chance to see plenty of wildlife varying from Kenya’s big five; the lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and the leopard amongst a host of other different animal species. You will travel in a private tour van safari vehicle and stay in safari camps on full board while on this safari.

 Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival – Nairobi -Tsavo West National Park

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or picked up from your preferred location in the morning in Nairobi, you will be met and warmly received by our tour manager and driver/guide, briefed on your itinerary and thereafter depart to Tsavo West National park which is renowned for its large numbers of elephants, you will game drive en route to Rhino Valley Camp .Check in and have lunch. In the afternoon, another game drive at the park later, dinner and overnight at the Rhino Valley Camp or similar

DSC03419Day 2: Tsavo West National Park – Tsavo East National Park

After morning breakfast at your camp, you will check out and depart to Tsavo East National Park, arrive in time for check in and rest at Ngulia Safari camp. In the afternoon you will have a game viewing drive till dust where you will return to your camp for dinner and overnight.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Ngulia safari camp or similar

 Day 3: Tsavo East National Park – Amboseli National Park

After morning breakfast, you will check out your camp and leave Tsavo East for Amboseli National Park to arrive with a short game drive in time for lunch, check in at Kibo Safari camp have lunch and rest. In the afternoon, you will game viewing drive at the park which is famous for its scenery with a backdrop of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, which dominates the landscape, and open plains.

 Amboseli is famous for its huge elephant herds. Africa’s highest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro sits in the upper slopes of Amboseli National Park.  Mt Kilimanjaro’s snow white peaks lie across the border of Tanzania. Seeing Kilimanjaro hovering above the clouds in the early hours of the morning is quite an experience. For an enthusiastic photographer, taking pictures arising against the dramatic backdrop of the mountain is quite a thrill. Apart from the elephants, buffalos, black rhino and other plain animals are in plenty.

Dinner and overnight at your Kibo Safari Camp or Similar

Day 4: Amboseli National Park – Nairobi

Early morning break fast, have an en-route game viewing drive as you leave Amboseli national park for Nairobi. You will arrive in time for lunch at a Nairobi restaurant. After the lunch, drop off will be at your preferred location.

End of Safari

Package Cost Includes:

  • Full board accommodation whilst on safari.
  • Accommodation in twin beds room sharing.
  • All park entrance fees to include government taxes and service of an English speaking professional driver/guide.
  • Game drives as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Exclusive transport in a safari tour van vehicle with a game viewing roof hatch for better game viewing drive.

Package Cost does not include:

  • All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax / email bills etc.
  • Tips and gratuities to guest house, camps staff and driver/guide
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Any international flight and departure taxes
  • Laundry services
  • Any other item not included in our itinerary
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10 Days Uganda Birding and Wildlife Private Safari Special

(Entebbe, Mabamba bay and swamp, Bwindi, Murchison Falls, Lake Victoria -Jinja and kampala city )

Highlights: This is a ten days Birding and Wildlife special private safari which starts from Entebbe and ends in Entebbe. You will visit Entebbe, Mabamba bay and swamp, Bwindi, Murchison Falls, Jinja and Kampala city before you depart for your next destination. You will travel privately in a 4×4 tour vehicle with open roof for viewing and photography. You will stay in mid and top range accommodation while on this trip.
Itinerary:
Day 1. Arrival – Entebbe
On arrival at Entebbe airport, your guide will warmly welcome you and later be transferred to your Hotel in Entebbe.
Whole day birding around Entebbe area, the Botanical Gardens for the Orange weaver, a variety of Sunbirds, Weavers, some water birds, if time allows bird Lutembe Beach for Black Herons and a variety of Terns, Gulls and other water birds (this depends season).

Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at Botanical Hotel Entebbe. FB.

Day 2. Mabamba Swamp – Kampala City
After early breakfast you will set off on the southward road to Mabamba Wetland. This is the nearest site for the Shoebill, Lesser Jacana, Blue Swallow, Black-Shouldered Nightjar, Afep Pigeon, Blue Breasted Bee-Eater, Papyrus Gonolek, White Winged Warbler.

Mabamba bay has grown into one of the most interesting and spectacular site for bird watching in Uganda.  Apart from Murchison Falls National Park, Mabamba bay is the only place and site (so far rated as the best in Africa and/or the whole world) where the elusive Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) can be spotted at any one time of the day, approximately 38% of the global population of the Blue Swallow (Hirundo atrocaerulea), and the globally-threatened Papyrus Yellow Warbler plus other birds of global conservation concern. It is also a habitat to rare plant species like Scadoxus species.  Recently, Mabamba has become one of the strong holds for the migrant Blue Swallow with over 100 individuals recorded every year.  Mabamba has been surveyed in recent years and now boosts of over 260 species with one day’s record of 157 species (Bird Life International).

Mabamba Wetlands; Mabamba wetland in the Mpigi swamps is an easily accessible birding hotspot on the shores of Lake Victoria. It offers the best opportunity to see the rare and globally threatened Shoebill Stork. The wetlands also support many other species of birds. The Papyrus Yellow Warbler and the Blue Swallow are also found here. Other species are Gull-billed Terns, White-winged Black Tern, Whiskered Terns, Grey-headed Gulls, Goliath Heron, Pygmy Geese, Swamp Flycatcher, Slender-billed Weaver, Lesser Jacana, Black-shouldered Nightjar, Afep Pigeon, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Papyrus Gonolek, and White-winged Warbler. The Sitatunga a very hard to see antelope has also been sighted in these swamps.

Dinner and Overnight at Serena Hotel – Kampala. FB.

Day 3. Kampala-Bwindi Impenetrable
You will depart from Kampala by road and head south-West to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Have a stopover for some informative talk and photographic opportunity at the Equator and then continue to Mbarara for Lunch. Travel through the ‘Switzerland of Uganda’ with rolling green hills through the highlands, with views of the Virunga volcanoes of Rwanda and the Congo. The road will then lead us to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home of the mountain gorillas and you will sleep to the sounds of the mountain rainforest.

Overnight at Gorilla Resort/Buhoma community Bandas (Full Board)

gorilla4Day 4 – Bwindi (Trekking Gorillas)
Early morning, have a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for Birding( Optional- tracking gorillas), a reasonable degree of fitness is required for the Experience. Report to the ranger station for registration and a talk by one of the rangers Before 8:00 am. You will trek through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the Birds (Gorillas), which trek can take from half an hour to 9 hours. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but criss-crossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. It’s amazing to sit, watch and photograph the gorillas in the forest among, listening to them marvel and grumble to each other. It is an extraordinary feeling being with these beautiful creatures left, which is allowed for only 1 hour! Other mammals in the forest include the endangered mountain gorilla, rare golden monkey, buffalo, elephant, black fronted duiker, bushbuck, leopard, giant forest hog and many others.
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In case you have a free afternoon, take a guided walk on the Munyaga River trail, which leads to three delightful crystal clear waterfalls views of epiphytic ferns, tree ferns, orchids colorful butterflies or have a guided village walk to see how the Ugandans live!

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park ;Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers the best montane forest birding in Africa. It is considered a key destination by birders with Uganda on their itinerary. Amongst the numerous possibilities are no less than 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift Endemics, including spectacular, globally threatened species such as Shelley’s Crimsonwing, and African Green Broadbill. Other species that draw bird watchers to Bwindi include Short-tailed Warbler, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Red-throated Alethe, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Blue-headed Sunbird, Handsome Francolin,Rufous-chested Fluff tail, Bar-tailed Trogon, Western Bronze-naped Pigeon, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Tullberg’s and Elliot’s Woodpeckers, Petit’s Cuckoo-shrike, Shelley’s and Red-tailed Greenbuls, Equatorial Akalat, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Neumann’s Warbler, Banded Prinia, Black-throated Apalis, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, Northern Double-collared Sunbird and Stuhlmann’s, Waller’s and Narrow-tailed Starlings. The park also has good populations of gorilla and a trek to see these primates can be incoprated into a birding itinerary.

Overnight at Gorilla Resort/Buhoma community Bandas (Full Board)

Day 5  – Bwindi – Murchison Falls National Park
After breakfast, depart early to Murchison falls and drive through the beautiful country side. Continue through the park stoppingat the top of the falls, where the longest river is forced through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 43 meters, and have  a game viewing experience on the way to view buffalos, hippos, elephants and many more.

Murchison Falls National Park;This park is another popular birding destination in East Africa. It contains the famous Murchison falls which is a favorite attraction to tourists. The park is also dominated by rolling savanna and tall grassland, thick bush, and patches of forest in the higher and wetter areas. More than 400 different species of birds have been recorded here and they include, Shoebill, Pallid Harrier, Black-winged Pratincole, African Skimmer, Great Snipe, Bat Hawk, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Long-toed, Black-headed, Wattled Lapwings, Denhams Bustard, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Black-Billed Barbet and Teminck’s Courser. On a game drive animals like the Lion, Leopards, Giraffes, Oribis, Hartebeests, Elephants are easily located, a boat ride to the base of the falls often offers wonderful view of Hippos Crocodiles and the magnificent cascading water at a close range.

Overnight at a Luxurious Paraa Safari Lodge/Midrange Sambiya River lodge/Budget Red Chili Camp (Full Board)
Day 6: – Murchison Falls National Park (Boat Trips and Game Drive).
This day,have anearly morning game drive through the park to view Giraffe, leopard,  hyenas, Oribi, Elephants, lions, Bushbuck and many more. Drive back to the lodge for lunch and then take a boat trip along the Nile with views of hippos, elephants, Nile crocodiles and allows you more bird watching of species like the shoebill, colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks.

Overnight at a Luxurious Paraa Safari Lodge/Midrange Sambiya River lodge/Budget Red Chili Camp (Full Board)
Day 7: -Murchison Falls – Kampala
After break fast, we will depart to Kampala arriving in the early evening with packed lunch enroute.

Dinner and Overnight at Serena Hotel – Kampala. FB.

Day 8. Kampala – Jinja( Water Rafting / Birding) – Kampala
After break fast, we will depart to jinja for water rafting or birding at Bujagali Falls; the source of the River Nile – 90 kilometers away and back in the evening. Lunch will be served in Jinja town.

Dinner and Overnight at Serena Hotel – Kampala. FB.

Day 9. Kampala City

On this day, after breakfast, you will have a full day leisure within the hotel or have a walk in Kampala City.You may go for a morning Kampala city tour, shopping in Kampala city and visiting the touristic sites within the Kampala city.

Lunch,Dinner and Overnight at Serena Hotel – Kampala. FB.

Day 10. Kampala – Entebbe – Departure
On this day, you will pack your bags ready for departure to Entebbe International Airport. Depending on your flight schedule, and proceed to the Airport fopr departure.

End of Tour

Cost:Kindly inquire from email:info@nicheafricaholidays.com

Cost Includes:

All Meals and Accommodation while on this safari

Full time safari driver/guides with associated expenses

2 Gorilla trekking permits  @ US$ 500

Park entry fees, game drives, launch trips,

4×4 wheel drive vehicle with gas

All Airports transfers

Transport based on a 4×4 tour vehicle with pop up roof for game viewing

Driver allowances and park entrance fees for vehicle and driver where applicable

Any applicable taxes
Cost Excludes:
Tips to the Tour Guides and porters

Drinks, your bar bills, phone calls, personal insurance and any other services of a personal nature like souvenirs tips and laundry etc.

10 Days and 9 Nights Best of Kenya Wilderness Private Safari and Uganda Gorilla Trekking Adventure

(Masai Mara- Lake Nakuru – Uganda Gorilla Treks at Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest Park)

Trip Highlights: This is a 10 days best of Kenya Wilderness Private Safari and Uganda Gorilla Trekking  Adventure into some of the best wildlife sanctuaries as highlighted above. This trip will start and end at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport upon arrival and departure. During your safari you will be able to see plenty of wildlife varying from Kenya’s big five; the lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and the leopard among a host of other different animal species and have the adventure of trekking into the forest in search of the Gorillas. You will stay in best lodges and tented camps during this safari on full board basis. You will travel in a private safari minivan while in Kenya and in Uganda.

Detailed Itinerary

 Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our tour manager and Driver/guide who will warmly welcome you, brief you on your safari then thereafter transfer you to your hotel for overnight stay.

Bed and Breakfast at Sarova Panafric Hotel or similar

 Day 2: Nairobi – Masai Mara National Reserve

After morning breakfast at your hotel, check out and depart to Masai Mara National reserve. Arrive in Mara in time for lunch after checking in at your Game Camp.  In the afternoon, you will have game viewing drive till dusk, and then return to the camp for dinner and overnight stay.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Mara Sarova Game Camp or similar

DSC04498 Day 3: Maasai Mara National Reserve (Migration of wildebeests)

On this day, you may start by going for hot air balloon flight in the early morning as an optional adventure. Alternatively, you can start breakfast for a full day game viewing of the migration of wildebeest which is staged at this period of time. You will opt for a lunch break back at the camp or have packed lunch carried for in the van.

Morning and afternoon game viewing inside the Park for full day in search for wild game black manned lion for which Mara is famous for, cheetah, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, leopard, grants gazelle, even the rare rhino might come out of the thicket for you, hyenas are plentiful, Extend your drive to the hippo point where schools of hippo submerge on the approach of vehicles only to surface seconds later to shot and gamble their displeasure as the crocodiles sunbathe on the river banks mouths agape.

Between meals there is optional visit to the Maasai villages for an insight to their culture if clients so wish.  You will have first hand opportunity to experience and learn Maasai way of life.

 Also Optional (Hot Air Balloon Flight)

In the early morning, you may opt to take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a Hot air Balloon provided at extra cost. The balloon package includes a champagne breakfast in the wild! If you can spare the money, viewing abundant game afloat a balloon is an unforgettable experience.

 All Meals and overnight at Mara Sarova Game Camp or similar

Day 4: Maasai Mara National Park – Lake Nakuru National Park

Early morning game drives in the park to witness the early risers before you return to the camp for breakfast. After morning breakfast at the camp, check out and have short game viewing drive for a chance to spot more wild species thereafter depart for Lake Nakuru National Park. Lunch shall be served upon arrival in Lake Nakuru Flamingo Hill Tented Camp. You will have an afternoon game viewing drive at the Pink Lake referred so for it’s thousands of pink flamingos and other bird-life-it’s a Bird watchers paradise. It has a surprisingly number of animals; all the “big five” except the elephant can be seen here. Thereafter return for dinner and overnight stay

 Dinner and overnight at Lake Nakuru Flamingo Hill Camp or similar

Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park – Nairobi – Entebbe – Kampala

After morning breakfast, check out and drive to Nairobi via first stop at Lake Naivasha for some exciting boat ride. The boat ride will give you unforgettable memory of being up-close with the wilds i.e. the hippos. Lunch shall be served at a Nairobi restaurant. After lunch, visits the safari walk. Here is a great place where you can learn about Kenya’s parks and reserves as well as seeing a variety of animals. Also in the same place visit the Nairobi Animal Orphanage where you will get a chance to play with a cheetah. You will also visit the giraffe center in Nairobi for a chance to feed the giraffe and pose for ‘selfie’ together!   In the evening, you will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to board you schedule 9:00pm flight to Entebbe Uganda. Upon arrival, you will be warmly met and welcomed by our representatives and thereafter transferred to Kampala for an overnight stay at Speke Hotel Kampala or similar.

Day 6: Kampala – Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest Park

After early morning breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest Park. You will stop at the craft village at the Uganda Equator for pictures and shopping. And after lunch at the Lakeview Hotel in Mbarara, proceed through the beautiful evergreen mountain country referred to as the “Little Switzerland”. Arrive late evening for dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp or similar.

gorilla4 Day 7: Gorilla Trekking

Carrying picnic lunch, start adventure trek to find the Mountain gorillas, the trekking starts at the area where the gorillas were the previous day, after a full day with the gorillas, return to your accommodations for dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest camp or similar.

 Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest Park – Kampala

After morning breakfast depart Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest Park for Kampala with picnic lunch en route.

Dinner and overnight at Speke Hotel Kampala or similar

 Day 9: Kampala – Entebbe – Nairobi

Early morning transfer to the airport for schedule flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Spend the afternoon shopping or on a city tour.  You will visit the Maasai Market for a chance to buy tourist souvenirs to take with you. In the evening, you shall be transferred to Carnivore Restaurant for your farewell dinner before returning to your Hotel Sarova Panafric for overnight stay.

 Day 10: Nairobi Departure

You will spend the day at leisure and at your preferred time, the driver/guide will come and transfer you to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your schedule outbound flight to your next destination.

 End of Safari

Package cost: kindly inquire by E-mail (cost depends on the number of people travelling and the season of travel)

Package Cost includes:

-Transport whilst on safari in Kenya comfortable private minivan and 4×4 safari Land cruiser while in Uganda with pop up roof for game viewing

-Accommodation and Meals as per the itinerary

-All park entrance fees and government taxes

-Service of an English speaking professional driver/guide

-All game drives as detailed in the itinerary

– Local regional flight ticket as per the itinerary (return flight to Uganda)

-Gorilla trekking permit Fee

– Bed and Breakfast while in Nairobi and Kampala Uganda

 Package Cost excludes:

-Maasai village visits at extra cost of US$ 25 per person

-Optional Hot Air balloon flight while in Mara (US$450 per person)

-Tips

-Laundry

-Beverages/Drinks

-International flights

-Visas

-Items of personal nature

-Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary