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Chimpanzee Expedition Safari 8nights/9days

Day 1: NAIROBI – SWEET WATER (Mt Kenya Area)
Drive two and half hours to the Sweet-waters Tented Camp outskirts of Nanyuki town. This is a top end permanent tented camp. After lunch, enjoy activities and game viewing in the area.

The Sweet-waters Tented Camp lies in the heart of the privately owned 22,000-acre Ranch and Game sanctuary. It enjoys magnificent views across the game-studded plains to the snow capped peaks of Mount Kenya. In the area, there is a rhino sanctuary and a 200-acre chimpanzee sanctuary. You may enjoy a 30-minute boat ride on the Ewaso Nyiro River close to the chimps.

At the sanctuary, chimps are rehabilitated and taught to fend for themselves in an area similar to their natural habitat. While in the area you can visit the chimps you view them raised platform, also the tamed rhino. Proceed to watch game within the sanctuary

Overnight at Sweet-waters Tented Camp

Day 2: SWEET WATER - LAKE NAKURU

After breakfast, drive to Lake Nakuru in time for lunch at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. At 1530 hrs proceed for an afternoon game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park. You visit Thompson’s falls enroute.

The park supports a wide ecological diversity with Flamingos and other water birds being the major attractions of the area. The ecosystem provides for about 56 different species of mammals including the white rhino and buffaloes and a variety of terrestrial birds numbering nearly 450 species. From a distance the lake appears ringed in pink.

The Lake has also earned a reputation as an important haven for endangered species- particularly the Rothschild Giraffe and the black and white rhino. Lions, water buck, buffalo and baboons are all residents here.

Dinner and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge

Day 3: LAKE NAKURU- MAASAI MARA
Drive via the Great Rift Valley enroute view maul escarpment and physical feature of rift valley to arrive at Maasai Mara in time for lunch at Mara Sarova Camp. Later proceed for an afternoon game drive till dusk.

The Masai Mara lies in the Great Rift Valley, which is a fault line some 3,500 miles long, from Ethiopia's Red Sea through Kenya, Tanzania, and Malawi and into Mozambique. Here the valley is wide and a towering escarpment can be seen in the hazy distance. Most of the game viewing activities occur on the valley floor, but some lodges conduct walking tours outside the park boundaries in the hills of the Oloololo Escarpment.

The animals are also at liberty to move outside the park into huge areas known as 'dispersal areas'. There can be as much wildlife roaming outside the park as inside. Many Masai villages are located in the 'dispersal areas' and they have, over centuries, developed a synergetic relationship with the wildlie.

There are four main types of topography in the Mara: Ngama Hills to the east with sandy soil and leafy bushes liked by black rhino; Oloololo Escarpment forming the western boundary and rising to a magnificent plateau; Mara Triangle bordering the Mara River with lush grassland and acacia woodlands supporting masses of game especially migrating wildebeest; Central Plains forming the largest part of the reserve, with scattered bushes and boulders on rolling grasslands favoured by the plains game.

Dinner and overnight at Mara Sarova Tented camp.

Day 4: MAASAI MARA

Early morning game drive in the Mara. Return to the lodge for breakfast. You spend the rest of the morning at leisure. After lunch at the lodge you proceed for an afternoon game drive till dusk.

Dinner and overnight at Mara Sarova Tented camp.

Day 5: MAASAI MARA- NAIROBI - KAMPALA
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.

After breakfast return to Nairobi arriving around midday. You will have lunch at Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi, which is world famous for its succulent game meats. In the evening, transfer to the airport for a flight to Kampala Uganda.

Overnight at Grand Imperial

Day 6: KAMPALA- QUEEN ELIZABETH

After breakfast, head west through magnificent hill county and lush cultivation. You pass through the market town of Masaka after stopping at the equator for photographs. Stop for lunch is at Mbarara. Enjoy a game drive as you enter the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park.

A wonderful national park, sometimes dubbed 'the Pearl of Africa or Switzerland of Africa'. Quite simply this fertile equatorial area is especially scenic, with two lakes connected by a channel overlooked by a high peninsula. You will also find volcanic craters, grassy plains and tropical forest. As a result it has one of the highest biodiversity ratings in the world.

Hunting exhibits such as stuffed lions, leopard skins, deer heads and elephant’s tusks may still be found adorning some hotels and lodges, but the emphasis is certainly more on shooting with a camera these days. The wide bio-diversity of habitats means that Queen Elizabeth National Park contains the most astonishing number of species - almost 100 types of mammal and 600 different birds!

The Kasinga Channel alone is said to contain the world's largest concentration of hippos, but interestingly enough not many crocodiles! Other wildlife includes warthogs, buffalo, rare aquatic sitatunga antelope, giant forest hog, beautifully horned Uganda kob, topi, waterbuck, elephant and leopard. There are no giraffe, zebra, impala or rhino.

The terrain comes complete with chimpanzees that crash about and chatter high up in the branches. If they don't feel like being seen, they just keep one step ahead of the out-of-breath terrestrial visitors.

Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge

Day 7: QUEEN ELIZABETH
A guided walk takes you into the tropical Kyambura Gorge in search of chimpanzees. This hike involves climbing. In this unspoiled environment, birds and butterflies are all around, and you might also see primates.

After lunch, take the launch trip up Kasinga Channel, which separates Lakes Edward and George, viewing a variety of game on the banks.

Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari lodge

Day 8: KIBALE FOREST
After breakfast, check out and drive to Kibale National Park. Kibale's chimps are habituated to human visitors, as a sustainable eco-tourism initiative allowing people to visit .You can be sure to find chimps when the sticky fruit of the huge fig trees ripen, at other times your guide will know where to find them.

However, once they decide to move on at high speed through the branches, keeping up with them can be quite a challenge. Trees stretch up to 170 feet high (52 metres), held in place by broad buttress roots and in places the undergrowth is extremely dense. Birds are abundant with at least 325 species such as colourful turacos and noisy hornbills who squawk loudly as they fly.

Kibale is a primate searchers dream. There are over 1,000 chimpanzees, and at least 6 monkey species - including the acrobatic red Columbus and black-and-white Columbus, and the handsome Lhotse’s monkey. At Kibale, you will take a guided walk in search of chimpanzees.

Dinner and overnight at lodge in Kibale/Queen Elizabeth region

Day 9: KIBALE FOREST -KAMPALA- NAIROBI
After breakfast, check out and drive to Kampala. After lunch in Kampala, you will be at leisure to shop for souvenirs and tour the city, before transferring to the airport for your evening flight back to Nairobi.

Remarks: Cost Includes:
-Pick up from Nairobi and drive to Sweet-waters, Nanyuki.
- Transport based on safari vehicle with pop up roof for game viewing
- Service of an English Speaking driver guide
- Park entry fees to all the parks on the Itinerary in Kenya and Uganda
- Accommodation based in twin / double
- Meals are inclusive of full board on safari.
- Grand Imperial Hotel (Kampala) is on bed & breakfast
- All transfer to and from airport in Nairobi and Entebbe
- Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda
- Game drives as per the Itinerary
- Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
- Government taxes
- Complimentary bottle of mineral water Per Person per day

Excludes:

- Hot air Balloon flight in Maasai Mara –
- Extras at the lodges -tips, telephone, laundry & Item of personal use.
- Flight Nairobi to Entebbe and back to Nairobi which we book on re
quest.

 

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