East Africa Experience - Uganda & Kenya
A 16 day journey to discover the extraordinary marvels of East Africa begins right here
16 day journey through the breathtaking and inspiring countries of Uganda and Kenya.
Hosted by Alex Roldan - Specialist wildlife photographic guide.
Small intimate group of no more than four to six guests - this ensures more personal attention. Privately guided options are available on request.
Two Mountain Gorilla treks in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - your permits are inclusive.
Two Chimpanzee treks - your permits are inclusive.
Rhino tracking an elephant orphanage experiences.
Witnessing one of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the entire Eastern Africa.
Upmarket accommodation in both Murchison Falls and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, National Parks, Uganda
Five nights’ safari in an intimate, luxury camp situated in the privacy of the Maasai Mara North Conservancy, Kenya.
Private 4x4 safari game drives.
All in country air and ground transfers inclusive (private ground transfers)
Cost: This is seasonally dependent. Please contact me for a comprehensive schedule.
Dates: Multiple dates are available throughout the year - contact me for an informal discussion
Your journey starts in Uganda, known as the ‘Pearl of Africa’ and then to Kenya - with a highlight enthused route which takes in breathtaking scenery, marvellously colourful culture and resplendent wildlife all in astounding surroundings.
This is a fantastic opportunity to see and experience some of Africa’s most iconic species such as; rhino, elephants, giraffe, hippo, lions, leopards, cheetah to chimpanzees and mountain gorillas - this journey will give you the optimum chance to see them all in wondrous and inspiring settings. And more importantly, in their natural environment.
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Your adventure will include four nights in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda. Taking in safari game drives to search for huge herds of elephants, buffalo and giraffe. Also, a boat cruise to witness the splendour of the Murchison Falls itself, where the powerful water of the Nile is forced through a narrow seven metre gorge before plummeting over 140 feet with a thunderous roar in to the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’ - with the residual water sprays forming beautiful rainbows.
This region is also where you will undertake your first and second primate tracking experiences. Lead by highly-trained Rangers and Guides, heading in to the forest to locate one of mans’ closest living relatives, the Chimpanzee. This is potentially a strenuous activity so a degree of fitness is required. But the hike will be well worth the efforts as you come face to with a family of Chimpanzees. You will certainly be moved as you gaze into the features of a creature which is so different yet shares a remarkably strange familiarity.
Next you will travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home of the critically endangered and noble Mountain Gorilla.
The next two mornings after being roused with a wake up call, a warming cup of coffee and delicious breakfast you will head out in search of Mountain Gorillas. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is probably one of the most rewarding and intimate wildlife experiences you can have – many people have described it as life-changing. Imagine coming face-to-face and spending time in the company of such a noble species which displays a high-level of intelligence and emotion… Very few experiences will compare or prepare you. Guided by local Rangers and Trackers we will make our way through Bwindi Forest, looking for signs of the gorillas. Perhaps we will be fortunate enough to see an entire family group; youngsters with their mothers and of course the indomitable Silverback.
There is no denying that sitting amongst wild gorillas with their searching, intelligent eyes in a face that almost reflects our own is a powerful experience. This part of the trip will involve trekking and hiking through potentially difficult terrain but it will certainly be worthwhile as it will give you a great chance of having a life-changing experience with this astounding, yet critically endangered species. However, don’t be deterred, local porters are on hand to assist you if needed.
After a third night in Bwindi Forest, we will transfer firstly to Entebbe, Uganda and then onwards to Nairobi Kenya for two night. Giving you an opportunity to restock on any personal supplies and also for a scheduled visit to the Dr. David Sheldrake Elephant Orphanage. This is a great way to learn all about the important conservation and rescue work carried out by the foundation… as well as being an excellent excuse to see and interact with some of the orphanage’s resident baby elephants!
At the break of the third morning in Nairobi we depart for the Maasai Mara for a truly wonderful African safari experience.
Kenya has a vast ethnic diversity and cultural vibrancy. This journey will take you into the heartlands of the world-famous Maasai Mara, which is a northern extension of the Serengeti, and is named after the scarlet-cloaked, Maasai people – the great cattlemen of Africa. With its lush open plains, awe-inspiring mountain ranges, impossibly beautiful weather, Kenya and the Mara will certainly inspire your mind and stir your soul.
Nature looms large in Kenya and our iconic journey will take us in to the Maasai Mara’s Northern Conservancy. The next five nights will be spent in luxury safari tented accommodation for an authentic safari experience. each morning beginning with a rousing mug of hot coffee and biscuits before heading out in to vast wilds of the Maasai Mara in search of the magnificent wildlife which call the area home.
The traditional, yet sumptuous Safari camp you will be staying in has been carefully selected to give you an immersive experience of the African wilderness. As well as safari game drives, you will experience bush walks – one of the best ways to experience Africa, and cultural experiences with the local Maasai tribes.
And to make this part of your journey even more resplendent, why not book an early morning hot-air balloon ride to attain a marvellous bird’s eye view over the awe-inspiring expanse of the Maasai Mara. After waking from the fifth night and enjoying breakfast, a flight will be ready to transport you to Wilson Airport, Nairobi. From here your journey may end, or you may wish to extend your adventure further...
This outstanding journey has been designed to give you an exceptional wildlife experience – giving you the opportunity to witness and photograph a diverse range of African species and of course the Great Wildebeest Migration. Leaving you with an abundance of amazing memories and images to take home and inspire you.
Once you have booked and your place is confirmed; I will be in touch to talk through this amazing trip and also send you a suggested packing list, answering any and all questions you may have.