Bwindi Gorilla Trekking and Kenyan Adventure Safari
An 11-night wildlife focused adventure to Uganda and Kenya
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- All flights and transfers as mentioned
- Two gorilla trekking permits in Bwindi Impenetrable Park
- Game drives and other activities at Solio Lodge
- Camel riding and walking at Sasaab
- Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
Start your trip in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which offers a more authentic and sometimes more challenging trekking experience than its Rwandan counterpart. You’ll spend two full days doing gorilla treks, sharing two precious hours with these humbling creatures in total. You’ll also learn about the inspirational work of the team here and their dedication to protecting these endangered animals and their astounding but at-risk ecosystem, seeing first-hand how your travel directly benefits the region.
Then fly to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, for a night and visit the orphan elephants and rhinos at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. After that it’s north to the green hills of Solio Reserve, a private sanctuary that is a haven for white and black rhino. Staying at the only lodge on the 45,000-acre ranch, spend your days in the shadow of Mount Kenya spotting big cats and pachyderms on safari, exploring on horse rides and treks, and fishing for trout.
From here, it’s a short hop into Samburu and the opulent Sasaab Lodge. Try and spot the ‘Samburu Special Five’ – the Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, gerenuk and Beisa oryx – on walking safaris and camel rides, get a glimpse into Samburu life, culture and tradition, or spend a night fly camping in the bush under the stars. Of course you can also relax at the luxurious spa, reflecting on your adventure.
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Entebbe airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Entebbe
Accommodation in Entebbe
- Eleven rooms
- Swimming pool
- Board games and a pool table
Take some time to rest and relax here at the small and friendly Boma in Entebbe. Just minutes from the international airport, this charming guesthouse offers plenty of comforts whether you are starting or ending your trip, or between destinations. Each of the eleven rooms are individually designed with a mix of African and European style and come with large plush beds, a small living area and a private bathroom. Enjoy all the comforts of a modern hotel combined with the character of the original 1940’s home. Staff ensure every guest receives personalised service and experience the full charm of this quaint lakeside town. The hotel’s restaurant and bar, which is set in tropical gardens, looks out to the lovely Lake Victoria. Unwind with a dip in the newly built swimming pool and relax over afternoon tea on the pretty terrace before continuing the next leg of your journey.
The pleasant town of Entebbe has a wonderful location on a northern peninsula of Lake Victoria. This tropical lakeside city is a more relaxed stop over destination than Kampala and as Uganda's main international airport is located here, it's a great base for exploring rest of the country.
Private transfer to Entebbe Airport
Light aircraft flight to Bwindi
Transfer to your lodge
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
- Eight thatched banda cottages
- Bar and lounge area
- Massage room
- Wi-Fi and internet access available in the main lodge
Located on the misty green slopes of a valley close to the Buhoma gate of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Bwindi Lodge is perfectly located to track the forest’s famous inhabitants and experience the local community. There are eight stone and timber, glass-fronted guest bandas with thatched roofs strewn down the slope. Each has been hand crafted and enjoys wonderful views out to the forests on the other side of the valley from their private verandahs. Locals till the volcanic soil in the hills up to the primeval forest’s edge, where wildlife including chimpanzees, mountain gorillas and monkeys jumping from tree to tree can sometimes been seen from the lodge. The main activity here is gorilla trekking into the national park. There are also numerous hikes and trails to sights such as waterfalls and tea plantations, and the chance to meet the locals on community tours. After a day in the forest, return to the lodge for complimentary massage, a drink by the bar’s fire and a dinner out on the terrace.
- 8 tents with en suite bathrooms
- Communal cottage with bar and dining area
Impeccably placed for tracking the wild gentle giants of the Bwindi and inconceivably sophisticated for its remote location, the Sanctuary Gorillas Forest Camp combines a very special jungle atmosphere with one of the most magical wildlife experiences there is. Sitting aloft one of the high flat ridges of this, the UNESCO-protected Bwindi Forest, this simple but explorer-chic lodge has eight tented, standalone rooms built on wooden decking and en suite bathrooms furnished with the likes of bathtubs from where you can look out into the forest as you soak. The outdoor campfire area is where some of your meals to swapping stories take place, and there’s a communal cottage with a bar and restaurant for eating and relaxing in with the other guests on cooler nights. However it’s the daily activities here at the camp that are the real star of the show, from community walks to meet local tea-pickers or the shaman of the Batwa pymgy tribe, to guided forest walks to spot the park’s captivating flora and fauna. But most come to track the magnificent gorillas of Bwindi with expert guides traversing the thick foliaged slopes happening upon family groups grazing. Gorilla tracking is all year round and is always with a group of no more than 8 people at a time.
- 8 Stone Bedrooms
- 6 Fireplaces in Main Area
Sitting high on a ridge top with views across Uganda and to the forested Virunga Mountains in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is aptly named. The main lodge building is bright and airy, with a huge lounge, bar, candlelit dining area and terrace from which to enjoy the vista at breakfast or at night when the orange glow of Mount Nyiragongo’s lava lake can be seen on the horizon. Eight stone cottages are found a little down the slope, each homely with warming fireplaces, huge windows and large bathrooms, Two of these have two-bedrooms with a small living area in between. The border of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is on the opposite slope of the ridge, meaning you can meet your guide and walk straight into the park to meet the gorillas. You can also go on a guided walk of the local village, visiting projects and the school which the lodge supports, getting an insight of what its like living next to the forest and its ape inhabitants.
- Eight suites
- Restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating
Set on the banks of the pristine Munyanga River and facing the Impenetrable Forest, Mahogany Springs is a beautiful lodge with a real emphasis on service. A huge terrace wraps around the main building, from where guests can enjoy views of the forest and relax to the sound of the river flowing gently by. Sink into a chair in front of the fireplace in the living room with a book, or enjoy a drink from the bar before sitting down to dinner in the restaurant or out on the terrace. Most of the produce used is grown on-site to ensure everything is as fresh as it is delicious. Each suite bears the name of English royals, both past and present, and feature large double doors and windows and en-suite bathrooms with open terracotta showers. They also have private balconies with panoramic views over the grounds, river and the surrounding forest. For the ultimate private getaway, the presidential suite features two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a spacious living room and a large private terrace. There is plenty to keep you occupied during your stay at Mahogany Springs, including gorilla tracking, birdwatching, tree planting, and nature walks. And once you’re done exploring, it is the perfect place to simply relax, unwind and take in the beautiful environment.
This is ‘the’ place to come in Uganda to see the famous population of around 350 mountain gorillas but it is also a secretive home for other primate species, including black-and-white colobus, L’Hoest’s, red-tailed, blue and vervet monkeys. In addition there are 79 mammal species including duiker, elephant, bushbuck, bush pig, giant forest hog and several small cat species that will keep you company as you explore the remote area. This is a very diverse region of Uganda, with a guide you will have time to explore the flora and fauna, as well as various species of birds and butterflies and other larger mammals, and perhaps visit local communities on the edge of park.
There are a total of 10 habituated gorilla families in Uganda, all located in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the south west of the country. Each group receives a maximum of 8 visitors per day. About seven of the ten families reside in Northern Bwindi, and three in southern Bwindi; the ones you will be tracking will depend on the location of your lodgings. The gorillas cover large distances overnight, and they are never constantly in one area. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas’ habits and information from the previous day to locate the group’s whereabouts. For this reason, one group cannot be said to be easier to track than another. The time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as 9 hours before returning to camp. The terrain can be extremely difficult, with steep slopes, and dense vegetation. In addition, the altitude means participants do need to be physically fit in order to enjoy the hike. Once the gorillas are located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. This is to avoid causing the animals any undue stress or getting them overly used to human interactions. After this, you will return to the park headquarters and your camp. If for some reason you are unable to complete your excursion to the gorillas, you will either be able to return immediately to the base of the trail with a porter OR you will be asked to remain where you are with a porter until the group returns.
Flight from Bwindi to Nairobi via Entebbe
Private transfer to your hotel in Nairobi
Accommodation in Nairobi
- Eight rooms
- Living room
Located in the peaceful Langata suburb is One Forty Eight Nairobi, a beautiful boutique hotel right next to Nairobi’s Giraffe Sanctuary. There are just eight bedrooms, split across the main house and a converted artist’s studio. Local artwork and fabrics add splashes of colour and many of the rooms feature flooring and furniture made from beautiful dark wood. For families, there is a loft room with three beds – perfect for the kids. Both the main house and the studio have a living area with a large open fireplace where guests can enjoy a morning coffee or glass of wine. Head out to the verandah and enjoy al fresco dining and enjoy the leafy green surrounds. Although you are in the city, warthogs, monkeys and peacocks roam freely through the garden and the roars of lions travel from the nearby Nairobi National Park.
- 45 Rooms
- Outdoor pool
- Health club & steam room
- Bar & lounge
Set between the Ngong Hills and Jamhuri Park, the Hemingways Nairobi is a boutique hotel far removed from the bustle of the capital. Expect excellent service and delicious food in this all-inclusive establishment. Choose from one of 45 lofty rooms furnished in a classic style; vaulted ceilings and balconies are complemented by exposed timber, cotton drapes and neutral tones. The two, 240 square metre themed-suites improve upon this with well-appointed living rooms, study and dining areas, opening to large terraces. All rooms have views either of the rolling hotel lawns or the Ngong hills in the distance. Dining at The Brasserie, you can enjoy a contemporary European menu boasting some of the best steak in Kenya and a relaxed ambiance. Head to The Dining Room for a more formal atmosphere and modern cuisine of local providence.
- 10 Luxury Manor Bedrooms
- Wireless Internet Access
Originally build in the 1930s, Giraffe Manor is ideally located in south west Nairobi, just 20 minutes from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Situated in one of Nairobi’s most beautiful suburbs, this beautiful Manor House is located on 140 acres of pristine sanctuary land. Perfect for a quick stopover in the capital city, with an extra quirkiness to add to the convenience. This lovely Manor is home to eight endangered Rothschild giraffes that make daily visits to the house and politely ask guests for snacks! This up-close experience is remarkably enchanting and a great way to begin or finish your safari in Kenya. The opportunity to visit a handful of local attractions such as the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Nyumbani Children’s Orphanage and the Karen Blixen museum (among others) are also available and a great way to explore Nairobi in more detail. The style of this boutique hotel is modelled on a Scottish hunting lodge with a modern touch. The main Manor house has just six en-suite luxury bedrooms, each with its own character and very tastefully decorated. Four brand new luxury bedrooms have just opened in the garden manor and allow for a different view of these pretty grounds. Each room is very comfortable, with subtle warm colours that give a very homely feel. Grand, four poster beds and large windows give an airy quality that allows you to simply relax and enjoy your time in Nairobi without the hustle and bustle of city life. Giraffe Manor is well known for the excellent cuisine offered, with meals taken in the wood panelled dining room overlooking the gardens. Breakfast is the most important part of your experience here, as this is when the Giraffe are their most inquisitive!
Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. Located in a secluded area of the Nairobi National Park, the orphanage is open for visitors between 11am and 12pm when the the orphans arrive for their midday mud bath and feeding.
The capital city of Kenya is a busy one, and can be slightly overwhelming to behold. While the centre is hectic, suburbs such as Karen, named after Karen Blixen, is a wonderful place and there are attractions such as The Daphine Sheldrick Rhino and Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre, and the Nairobi National Park just outside the city.
Private transfer to Nairobi Wilson airport
Flight from Wilson airport to Nanyuki
Transfer from Nanyuki airport to Solio Reserve
Accommodation in Solio Reserve
- Five luxury cottages
- Lounge and bar
- WiFi access at lodge
- Spa services available on request
The only property nestled within a 19,000 acre private wildlife sanctuary and surrounded by the 45,000 acres of the wider Solio Ranch, Solio Lodge’s location is idyllic, with sweeping views across the plains towards Mount Kenya, and when it comes to spotting rhino, you’re in prime position. The lodge features five glass-fronted cottages made from stone and thatch, each with an open fireplace and a large patio, ideal for armchair game viewing and private meals. One of the cottages has two en-suite bedrooms, making it ideal for families. There is a communal mess area where guests can relax with a glass of wine and a good book, and look out across the Solio Reserve. The grounds are home to a kitchen garden where vegetables and herbs are harvested and used in the lodge’s sophisticated menu. Of course, the big draw in Solio is the opportunity to see black and white rhino. The breeding programme here is one of the most successful of its kind and being able to witness these conservation efforts in person is a wonderful experience. As well as rhino, the reserve is home to giraffes, impalas, zebras, buffalos as well as larger predators such as lions and leopards. As well as morning and afternoon game drives, guests can enjoy horse riding, cycling, visits to the local communities and coffee farm or go trout fishing in nearby Aberdere National Park.
Set in the lush foothills of the Aberdares and close to Mount Kenya, this area is the premier place to see Black Rhino in Kenya and other types of game. Your travel designer will be able to inform you about the activities on offer in this area of Kenya.
Private charter flight to Sasaab
Accommodation in Samburu
- Nine luxurious villas
- Family villa with two bedrooms and pool
- SpaSaab, a purpose-built treatment haven
If you want an exclusive and luxurious escape combined with a Samburu bush experience, Sasaab Lodge is a wonderful place to stay. Located on the edge of the Ewaso River in a pristine wilderness within the Westgate Community Conservancy, the lodge boasts some fantastic views and is perfectly located to give you some amazing game sightings. If you want to get involved in activities, there is a huge variety of things to get involved with but otherwise, ‘Spa Saab’ will look after you in calming treatment rooms and it even offers yoga. Each of the nine distinctive open-walled rooms are furnished with a Moroccan flair with simple but elegant trimmings. They are extremely spacious (over 100sqm each) with west facing verandas and their own private plunge pools overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River. You’re higher up and closer to the Sahara here, so it can get very warm, but the lodge has been built to provide respite from the heat. The open tented rooms are airy and your plunge pool is just a short stroll from your bed. The family unit is ideal for two couples travelling together as well as families. This luxurious suite is spacious, featuring one en-suite double room and one en-suite twin room with a communal lounge and private plunge pool. The main dining area is reminiscent of a souk and is great for a lazy afternoon watching the game frequent the river below. The lodge has a strong relationship with the hundreds of families that live on and own the conservancy and they are very proud to give guests to the lodge a special insight into their daily lives. These cultural experiences are non intrusive and if you’re lucky, they might even invite you to see a genuine traditional ceremony in the village. Trips to the local Samburu markets take place twice a week and are not to be missed.
Enjoy the stunning wildlife and captivating cultural encounters with the local Samburu tribes in the Samburu region. Take bush walks in between your daily safari game drives (some at night), visits to the local Samburu villages, camel-back riding, evenings of sundowners, gourmet food and campfire stories, and all in the serene and sumptuous luxury of your lodge.
Flight to Wilson Airport
Private transfer from Wilson Airport to Nairobi International
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