21 days Uganda – Kenya

21 dagen Oeganda-kenia kaartBased on our knowledge and experience we have put together a 21 day trip for you. The journey starts in Uganda, the green pearl of Africa and ends in Kenya, the land of enchanting nature and numerous tribes.

Highlights of this trip:
-Stay and tour the Children’s village Children’s Welfare Mission and, if desired, attending a lesson and / or Sunday service
-Mount Elgon
-Karamajong tribe

-A visit to Northern Island located in Lake Turkana and the Turkana tribe.
-A boat trip on Lake Baringo which it is guaranteed that you can see hippos, crocodiles and many species of birds from up close. At night you hear the hippos graze not far from your roof tent.
-A walk led by a local guide, where you will meet the Pokot tribe and their habitat.
-Have you already cycled among the wildebeest, zebras, giraffes and buffalo ? This is your opportunity because it is possible in Hell’s Gate National Park
-A walk through the gorge Njorowa
-With your own car in search of the big five in the Masai Mara National Park (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard)

Price based on 2 adults and 1 car €  4.450,- pp
Price based on 4 adults and 2 cars € 3.750,- pp
Price based on 6 adults and 2 cars € 3.350,- pp
Children under 17 accompanied by at least two adults € 1795,- pp.

Prices are valid in 2018/2019.
We drive with up to 2 adults per car.

This price includes:
-Transfer to and from the airport Nairobi
-All nights
-Entry fee for all excursions as described
-Local Guides Masai Mara , Serengeti, Mount Longido and Njorowa Gorge
-Toyota Landcruiser Prado 4 × 4 with camping equipment for 2 persons consisting of:
-Roof tent with a comfortable mattress (largest size 1.60 × 2.40)
-Pillows / sleeping bags
-Comfortable Chairs / table
-Cooking equipment / a complete set of crockery
-Gas burner / Gas bottle
-2 Oil lamps-Refrigerator
-80 liter water tank with filter (buying bottled water is not necessary. You have your own tap for drinking water)
-Converter 12v to 220v for charging laptop camera etc.
-Vhf Radio for intercommunication
-Fuel (Diesel)
-Boarder fees for the Car (Kenya – Tanzania)
-Guide / Mechanic with own car. This car is equipped with sand ladders, winch,hi lift jack, tools and other parts

-FlightFlight Price indication : indirect flight (1 transfer) € 550,- direct flight € 680 (low season).
-Food : price indication € 75 , – per week
-(non) alcoholic beverages
-Visa on arrival Uganda/Kenya $100,- available at airport
-Travel insurance

Day 1
Flight from Amsterdam to Entebbe. We pick you up at the airport and take you to the children’s village, Children Welfare Mission (www.kinderhulp-afrika.nl ). The village is located east of the capital Kampala, 1.5 hours drive from the airport.
The first 2 nights you stay in the guesthouse of the children’s village.

Day 2
Guided tour of the children’s village. You may attend a class because the children’s village has its own primary and secondary school. Upon arrival on Saturday there is the possibility to attend the Sunday service.
Explanation of your car and camping equipment. Stocking up supplies for the coming days (at local markets among other places).

Day 3 219 km
Today you will first drive yourself and you will discover the hectic traffic around Kampala. As we leave the city it becomes more quieter on the road so you can enjoy the green, hilly landscape.
We camp at a campsite just outside the town of Mbale, which is beautifully situated at the foot of Mount Elgon.

Day 4 155 km
Mount Elgon is a dead stratovolcano on the border between Uganda and Kenya. The surface consists mostly of red laterite stones. It is the oldest and largest solitary volcano located in East Africa and covers an area of 3,500 km2. We drive through the north side of Mount Elgon to the border with Kenya. Here we pass the Sipi Falls. Soon we leave the tarmac road and we ride along the many banana plantations and fields. We stay at a lodge site.

Day 5 175 km
After crossing the border we drive to Mount Elgon and head north on the road to Lodwar. Here we enter the area of Karamajong. Their livestock is the most important asset and they adhere strongly to their traditions. The landscape is rapidly changing from green hills into dry rocks and again into dry steppes. The 4 × 4 (four wheel drive) vehicles are now indispensable because the roads are getting worse. You will hardly come across other tourists (or other traffic). It is warm, drier and dustier. The locals mainly live of their cattle consisting of goats and camels. Tonight we look for a place to camp in the wild.

Day 6 175 km
We continue on the road to Lodwar. In Lodwar, we can restock our supply. Then we prepare for the final leg of Lodwar to Eliye Springs. We drive through a desert-like area. But after all the drought and heat you will be rewarded with a small paradise on earth. Eliye Springs located on Lake Turkana, a jade green coloring desert dry lake in northern Kenya. Because of its high temperature and geographical inaccessibility Turkana retains its wild character. We camp under the palm trees on the Turkana beach.

Day 7
Lake Turkana, formerly known as Lake Rudolf, is a lake in the northern Rift Valley and extends across the border into Ethiopia. It is the largest permanent desert lake and largest alkaline lake in the world. The stones in the field are of volcanic origin. Onshore and offshore winds can be very strong because it heats and cools more slowly than the land. Sudden and severe storms also occur regularly. If the weather permits, we take a boat trip to Central Island National Park. This island is on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1997. The large crater lake on the island is an important nesting place for large numbers of crocodiles and birds. Once on the island we continue on foot to the crater lake, which can be tiring under the prevailing conditions, but definitely worth it.

Day 8 143 km
Driving day from Eliye Springs to Marich Pass. The nomadic Turkana tribe lives in this area. It seems as if time has stood still here. Milk and blood are the main food of these people and sleeping mats, sandals and roofing huts are made from the hides of cattle. Goats and sheep are only slaughtered for guests or other rituals. Dromedaries also play a big role in the life of the Turkana. Donkeys are used as pack animals. Around Lokichar we camp in the bush.

Day 9 111 km
The roads, which can not be compared to normal roads, are a big challenge for us and the cars! In the dry season it seems like you’re driving on an oldfashioned washboard, and after rain in a river of mud. It is therefore sometimes difficult to stick to the schedule. The driving can be therefore sometimes last longer than planned.We arrive in Marich Pass. Stay at a campsite near the river Moruny, overlooking Mount Koh. We are regularly visited by monkeys and this wonderful site is also home to hundreds of birds.

Day 10
Today you have the opportunity to be lead by a local guide who takes you on a walk to Mount Koh where you can learn more about local agriculture and way of life of the Pokot tribe. A second night at the campsite Moruny river.

Day 11 231 km
Driving day from Marich Pass to Lake Baringo. This ride gives you a good impression of the daily life of the locals. We drive through many small villages where children run towards you waving merrily. Along the way you can meet the Pokot, nomadic people wandering with goats and camels. They stand out because of the special jewelry the women wear around their necks and their typical hairstyle. At the end of the afternoon we arrive at the Lake Baringo, one of the many lakes situated in the Rift Valley.Stay at Robert ‘s Camp: A camp on the lake Baringo.

Day 12
Robert’s Camp is a lovely place to take a break.The lake is a bird watchers paradise. We take a boat trip on the lake where you can see hippos, crocodiles and fish eagles.From your roof tent you can hear the hippos at night, which often graze right next to your car.

Day 13 120 km
Today we drive after a long time on a tarmac road from Lake Baringo to Nakuru. Nakuru is the capital of the region Nakuru and has about 300,000 inhabitants. It is a fairly modern city with all the amenities. We do some shopping here. The area around the city is known for its vast agricultural potential with numerous small farms and vast agricultural enterprises. 10 km south of Nakuru we stay in a nice, well -kept camping.

Day 14 120 km
Today we would be able to drive to Naivasha by motorway, but an off-road path along dusty roads that lead us past small settlements is also a possibility and is highly recommended. You will be welcomed by the monkeys to the spacious campsite situated on the lake Naivasha. The hippos come to the shore at dusk. This camp has a pool.

Day 15
While staying at the Lake Naivasha, a visit to Hell’s Gate National Park is on the program. It is one of the few parks where it is allowed to go on a bike safari. It is a special experience to be cycling between the zebras, wildebeests, buffaloes, gazelles and baboons.The park centers around the crater of the dormant volcano Mount Longonot.
We visit the Njorowa gorge by foot. You can make a walk of two or three hours. The gorge was the scene of several action movies, including Tomb Raider / Cradle of Life. A local guide will tell you about the customs and habits in this area.

Day 16 199 km
To get to our destination quicker we drive most of the day on the tarmac road to Talek, one of the entrances to Masai Mara National Park. We stay at a campsite located next to the entrance gate of the Masai Mara at the Talek river, so that you have a beautiful view in the evening over the vast plains and you may spot the first game from your lazy chair.

Day 17
In the morning you can still enjoy the beautiful views from the camping site. In the afternoon you take a game drive in the Masai Mara. The landscape consists mainly of grass plains with acacia trees and riparian forest. Wildlife is therefore easy to see: wildebeests, gazelles, lions, cheetahs, elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, leopards and wild boars across the plains. The acacia trees are the domain of the giraffes. They feast on the leaves, twigs and shoots. The Mara River flows in the reserve, which is best known for the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest. In the evening you return to the same site.

Day 18
At sunrise you return to the reserve for a morning game drive.In the afternoon we drive to Narok and we camp one more time in the bush.

Day 19 and 20 270 km
Driving day from Narok to Nairobi. We spend the night at a campsite about 30 km south of Nairobi. Here you can enjoy the outdoors with views of the Ngong Hills. Just relax by the pool and maybe drink last Tusker (Kenyan beer). It is also possible to spend a day in the city.

Day 21
Return flight Nairobi – Amsterdam