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Pleunie van Uden

Matoke Tours

Leading tour operator in East-Africa specialized in providing quality and tailor-made private tours.

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8-day Uganda & the Masai Mara

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8-day Uganda & the Masai Mara

The perfect mix of unforgettable experiences like tracking the silverback gorillas in Uganda and visiting the best wildlife park of Kenya; the great Masai Mara. Uganda Gorilla tracking permits and flight from Uganda to and within Kenya included!

Welcome to Rwanda!

A representative of Heaven Boutique Hotel will be at Kigali International Airport to pick you up from your flight. Depending on your arrival time you can visit some of Kigali’s craft markets, to browse amongst the pottery, carvings, batik, weaving, sculpture, musical instruments, leather and fabrics on offer. Prepare to haggle! All activities today are at your own cost. You will spend the night at a lovely accommodation getting ready for the Lake Mutanda tour next day. Heaven Boutique Hotel is ideally located on a quiet street near the center of Kigali. The property has a swimming pool, a fitness center and an in-house restaurant and bar. Read more

Kigali, Rwanda, 1 night

To a Lake Mutanda Tour in Uganda!

Today you drive to Kisoro in the south-western part of Uganda; close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. You will see a great country-side, bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains. For lunch you will stop at a local restaurant on the road (lunch is not inclusive) and then head for the Lake Mutanda tour. You will be needing two Rwanda visa and one Uganda visa OR one East African single tourist visa costing USD 100 which allows you to move freely within Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. Mutanda Lake Resort offers one of the best views in Uganda! Perched on a peninsula in Lake Mutanda, isolated in the shadow of the Virunga Mountain Range, this lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a very unique corner of the country. Situated between Kisoro town, Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks the Resort makes a perfect base for a gorilla trekking, volcano hikers, bird-lovers as well for those looking for a secluded magical place in nature. While on this Lake Mutanda tour, don’t forget to take your chance to dip in the lake as it is Bilharzia free, so safe to swim, peddle board or canoe amongst the locals going about their daily business on the lake! The sunset scenes are spectacular so make sure while on the Lake Mutanda tour to be on one of the verandas (with a sundowner drink in hand) at that time. Read more

Lake Mutanda, 2 nights

Uganda Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest

Today is the big day - the Uganda gorilla trekking! Prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare Mountain Gorilla. For most people the Uganda gorilla trekking is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a highlight for many visitors as this is where they will be visiting the home of the gentle giants. The park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Uganda's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests lies on the mist-covered hillsides. This magnificent forest dates back over 25,000 years, even surviving the last Ice Age (most forests disappeared). Bwindi forest has an incredible diversity of flora and fauna and is the only forest in Africa which can make claim to host both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. In fact, half the worlds’ population of gorillas live here divided over nine habituated family groups. Also 5 other primate species, 120 species of mammal, over 220 butterflies and 360 birds species call Bwindi home. This is THE place to see the critically endangered mountain gorillas up close for your very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ moment. The species you will see while on this Uganda gorilla trekking tour belong to one of nine family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Your Uganda gorilla trekking will be an exciting (for some also challenging) journey along forested (sometimes slippery) slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gentle giants. En-route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity. Think of dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. The time to complete the Uganda gorilla trekking can be as little as 2 hours to as much as 7 hours! Once the the family of gorillas has been located, you will be allowed a maximum of one hour observing them. Coming face-to-face with the mountain gorillas is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic part of your Uganda gorilla trekking tour you will definitely remember for the rest of your life. Read more

Lake Mutanda

Flight to Nairobi

After lunch at Mutanda Lake Resort the driver of the lodge will take you to Kigali International Airport for your evening flight to Nairobi. On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta international airport your driver/guide will be waiting to pick you up from you flight. You will spend your first night in Wildebeest Eco Camp located outside of the busy town centre of Nairobi. It is close to several tourist attractions like Nairobi National Park, Giraffe Centre, Elephant Orphanage, Karen Blixen Museum and the Bomas of Kenya. Read more

Nairobi, Kenya, 1 night

Flight to Masai Mara Game Reserve

In the morning, you will be picked up by a Matoke Tours representative who will take you to Wilson Airport for your domestic flight to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. This scenic flight will take 45 minutes to 1 hour and then you will head to your Masai Mara tour. A 4WD vehicle from Mara Eden Safari Camp will pick you up and take you for a long game drive in the world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve, on the border with Tanzania. Keep your eyes open for the Big 5! While on the Masai Mara tour, you will see that the reserve has an excellent all year round animal concentration and is known for its savanna plains, offering good visibility for wildlife spotting, and for being a stop on the Great Migration path in the months July – October when two million wildebeest make their way northwards from the Serengeti in Tanzania. From the Mara River you may be able to spot lions, buffalos, antelopes, hoppers and crocodiles. The coming three nights of this Masai Mara tour you will sleep at Mara Eden Safari Camp. The camp's location is located directly on the Mara River in the center of the reserve. The tents are placed along the banks of the Mara River, with a seating area at the front for relaxed game and bird viewing. All the tents have hot and cold running water, a flush toilet, 24 hour solar lighting and tasteful décor. Read more

Masai Mara, 3 nights

Full Day Game Drive in the Masai Mara

In today's Masai Mara tour you will have a full day of game drives ahead. Before sunrise you will try to spot different predators that might have made a kill during night. You will return for breakfast at the camp while the sun rises over the game reserve. You can decide to take a packed lunch for a full day game drive on the Masai Mara tour or come back to the camp for a hot lunch. The secret of being able to see a lot of animals is to do several game drives during different times and areas throughout the day. After an exciting Masai Mara tour on the plains you will come back to the camp where you can relax with a cold drink on your veranda with a view of the Mara River! Read more

Masai Mara

Full Day Game Drive in the Masai Mara

Today you will have another chance to spot wildlife in the reserve on a full day game drive. You can decide to take a packed lunch for a full day game drive on the Masai Mara tour or come back to the camp for a hot lunch.

Masai Mara

Departure

After a cup of tea or coffee you will go for an early morning game drive and perhaps see lions, hyenas or other predators feasting on a successful hunt. When your own stomach is growling, you can return to camp for breakfast. After breakfast it is unfortunately time to leave this beautiful game reserve and fly back to Nairobi. A representative of the lodge will take you to the airport for our domestic flight to Nairobi in time to catch your international flight back home. Read more

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Kigali, Rwanda
Day 2
Location Lake Mutanda
Day 4
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Day 5
Location Masai Mara

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • One one-way flight from Kigali to Nairobi
  • Return domestic flights with Governors Aviation, from Nairobi to Masai Mara
  • All airport transfers
  • Transfer from lodge to gorilla tracking and back
  • Accommodations according to itinerary
  • Meals according to itinerary
  • Private game drives in safari jeeps at Mara Eden Safari Camp with extra guide for spotting
  • Experienced English speaking driver/guides
  • Entrance fees for Masai Mara Game Reserve.
  • Park entrance fees for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • One Gorilla tracking permit per person in Uganda (USD 600)

Package excludes

  • International flights
  • East African visa or entry visas to Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda
  • A porter for during the gorilla tracking (someone who carries your daypack)
  • Personal (medical/travel) insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to your driver/guide, hotel staff, etc.
  • All activities that are not mentioned in the programme or activities that are mentioned as optional
  • Government Taxes and any increment in park fees
  • All expenses of a personal nature (e.g. laundry, souvenirs etc.).

More information

  • A single supplement fee of USD 650 is not included in the price.
  • The bookings with the lodge mentioned in the itinerary depend on availability. Reservations will only be made after your booking. In case the mentioned hotels are not available during the requested period, we will do our utmost to book a hotel in the same class for you (of course we will only do this after consulting you).
  • It is not possible to ‘reserve’ gorilla tracking permits. Therefore we can only buy them after your booking and down-payment.

REVIEWS

25 Reviews

Sarah, United States

The communication was clear and prompt, we couldn't decide on our itinerary based on work etc... and Harriet was really flexible and worked with us. Our driver Emmanuel made our 4 day stint fun and safe. We loved everything about our trip. Matoke tours took care of it all for us!

Howard, United States

“Matoke” means green bananas, and as you are guided through East Africa, especially Rwanda and Uganda, you see everyone eating them, buying them, cooking them....it’s an apt name for a great local African tour company. I will always try to utilize Matokes expertise. Green bananas are the way to go! Read more

James, United States

Matoke is always quick to respond to any inquiries, check in on you during your safari and everyone on the team was very professional and made you feel like more than just a customer. The tour itself was AMAZING, our tour guide Gabriel was very knowledgeable. Thank you for an unforgettable tour!

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