Kenya Masai Mara Cottar's Camp family safari

Luxury Gorillas and Masai Mara safari

The magic of the mountain gorillas, followed by the ultimate Big Five safari destination

Guide Price

From £5,480 | $7,510 per person (based on 2 adults sharing)

Duration

7 nights

Best Months

July - February

Country

Uganda, Kenya,

Summary

Our Luxury Gorillas and Masai Mara safari combines the inimitable mountain gorillas with East Africa’s most enthralling safari destination – the Masai Mara.

Uganda safari Bwindi Impenetrable forest gorilla

Itinerary overview

Over a period of 7 nights and 8 days, you’ll experience two of Africa’s most incredible wildlife destinations

Activities included

On our Luxury Gorillas and Masai Mara safari, you’ll journey to the magical Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for the highlight of any Uganda safari holiday: gorilla trekking. Mountain gorillas are only found in two locations in Africa, one of which is Bwindi, where 50% of their number are found. A day of gorilla trekking involves walking through pristine rainforest, followed by an hour spent in the company of a gorilla family. You’ll be amazed at how they interact; their social hierarchy, and how they tend their young. This hour will be one to live on in the memory forever.

You’ll then continue your journey to the world-famous Masai Mara: Kenya’s ultimate Big Five safari destination. Here you’ll stay in a private conservancy bordering the main reserve, for a more private safari experience. Over a period of four days, you’ll marvel at Africa’s most iconic species, as well as being able to enjoy walking safaris, cultural visits, and much more besides

Pricing and considerations

This itinerary can be enjoyed all year round, but for the best time to visit Uganda for easiest trekking conditions is June to October, and January to February. The Masai Mara offers excellent game viewing all year round, with the peak being from July to October, when the Great Migration crosses from Tanzania to Kenya.

Whilst we recommend this safari for people of all ages, the minimum age for gorilla trekking is 15 years. If parents are traveling with younger children, alternative activities and/or childcare can be arranged in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Our guide price for this itinerary is from £5,480 | $7,490 per person (based on 2 adults sharing) in shoulder season.

All of our safari holidays are designed on an individual basis, so this will vary depending on time of year, activities, transport methods and choice of accommodation. The best way to start planning is to contact us.

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Uganda safari Entebbe lake view

Entebbe

Day 1

You’ll arrive in Entebbe international airport and will be welcomed by your driver who will take you to your nearby hotel in a private vehicle.

Entebbe is a charming town on the shores of Lake Victoria. There are a selection of hotels in the quiet suburbs near the airport, which are perfect for a rest after a long journey.

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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 2 - 3

You’ll be collected from your hotel in the morning and taken to Entebbe airport for your onward flight to Kihihi in the south west of Uganda.

From there, you’ll be driven to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where you’ll spend the night at Buhoma Lodge, inside the national park, in preparation for your trekking the following day.

Gorilla trekking can take a couple of hours, or the whole day, depending on where the gorilla family are located in the forest.

In the afternoon and evening, you can explore Buhoma or just relax on your verandah, looking out into the rainforest.

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Masai Mara

Day 4 - 7

You’ll leave Bwindi Impenetrable Forest behind and fly back to Entebbe, before taking an onward flight to the Masai Mara in Kenya.

Upon arrival at the airstrip, you’ll be collected by your guide and driven the short distance to Cottar’s 1920s Camp. You’ll be on safari from the moment you arrive and will be amazed by the surrounding wildlife.

Cottar’s 1920s Camp has been run by the same family for generations and is one of the leading luxury safari camps in Kenya. Housed on a private conservancy, you’ll have all the benefits of a Masai Mara safari, but without the crowds.

Enjoy four nights here, exploring the wilderness with your guide, enjoying breakfasts in the bush, sundowners, Maasai cultural visits and much more. At the end of the day, gather around the camp fire to share stories of your adventures with fellow travellers.

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Nairobi

Day 8

After breakfast, you’ll be driven back to the airstrip by your guide and take a light aircraft flight back to Nairobi Wilson airport.

You’ll be met there and driven across town to the international airport for your onward flight home.

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Why travel with Coral Tree?

We are the specialists in luxury Africa family safari holidays

We are Africa experts and also parents. We understand what makes a memorable family adventure.

Our knowledge and connections are unsurpassed

We have been living and working in African tourism for over two decades.

Every journey is tailored with your specific wishes in mind

No off-the-shelf packages or cookie-cutter itineraries. Unique family safaris.

Each trip funds grassroots conservation and girls education projects

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