Great Migration/Gorilla Trek

Day 1- Today you will walk off your sleek jet and begin your journey to an untouched place that has existed millions of years feeding billions of animals living their Circles of Life.

 

You will find yourself in a special 4 x 4 vehicle speeding down the first tarmac road built this year from

Nairobi to the Masai Mara. Guiding you as you look out your windows is the Great Rift Valley.

The Great Rift Valley is a name given to the continuous geographical trench, about 6,000 km (3,700 mi)

in length, that runs from northern Syria in southwest Asia to central Mozambique in East Africa. The rift is 

bordered by a series of mountains and active volcanoes that are considered key participants in the eventual split of eastern Africa into a new Continent.

You will arrive in time for a short game drive then back to your luxury tent for a shower, dinner and finally a good night's sleep. Tomorrow you will be heading to your first river crossing.

When the migration reaches the Mara, they find obstacles between them and the great grass beckoning.

These are the many real rivers with underground water supplies for the Mara that has kept many resident animals...well, resident.

 

What to do? The Migration knows it needs to cross the river to get the grass. They also know that the river is teeming with crocodiles who are just as hungry...and don't forget the lions on the shore whose big bellies have disappeared.

 

The narrow path to the water open at the shoreline and soon the shore is packed with animals who have no leader. Finally, a leader does appear making the snorts of a champion. Like the penguins of Antarctica, they learn that when entering the water en masse, a much higher percentage of safe crossings are achieved. 

Day 2- After breakfast, game drives to include the biggest show on earth, The Annual Great Migration! Over one million Wildebeest, Zebra and happy predators pour into the area to offer you the most thrilling sight of your life..River Crossing!

The resident animals often get missed when the Migration is your sole concentration. 

Day 3Full day spent game viewing. The Mara offers a variety of wonderful scenery and plenty of game. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitor may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago.

Day 4-1/2 day in the Mara. Head back to Nairobi. Dinner at Carnivore and overnight at

Trademark Hotel

Day 5- Fly to Samburu. This rugged and remote wildlife reserve offers some of the best and most colorful game viewing. The terrain, unlike the Mara, is desert like giving us a wide open feeling and the space to see the speedsters like the 75 mile an hour Cheetahs.

Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp

Day 6- Most people go on safari for the animals, but some find the landscape equally important. It's the scenery that really sets Samburu apart from other reserves in Kenya. The diversity of the savannah, forests and mountains is a beautiful combination.

Today we start with a bonafide native village that most people find quite informative. Unlike in some other tourist areas, there is nothing contrived or commercial about interactions with local people. Most of the staff in the lodges here are local Samburu people.

The Masai Mara is noted for its BIG FIVE. Samburu thrives on its LITTLE FIVE or SAMBURU FIVE. Grevy's Zebra and the Reticulated Giraffe have unique design changes from the two you have been familiar; the Gerenuk stands as a member of our military. This viewing will be most fascinating.

Day 7- This morning we will drive to Nairobi, its airport and on to Rwanda. We will be arriving at the airport in Rwanda around 8:30 pm (20:30h) and taken to your hotel. 

Day 8- After breakfast go on a brief city tour of Kigali and a visit to the Genocide 

Museum (lunch in Kigali). Later cross into Uganda and drive to Bwindi and check in at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 9- After breakfast, go to Bwindi NP headquarters for the Gorilla Trek briefing. Trek into the forest with your packed lunch.

Day 10- Check out, arrive Kigali early afternoon to catch your direct flight home.

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