17-Day Gorillas and Plains East Africa Tour

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Escape Kit

  • A 14-Day Land-Only ($1,379 per Person) Gorillas and Plains Tour
  • Or, a 17-Day Flight-Inclusive ($2,599 to $2,999 per Person) Gorillas and Plains Tour, Including:
  • Round-Trip International Flights from New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles and Nairobi
  • All Land Transport on the 24-Seat Expedition Vehicle
  • Twin/Double Accommodations for Two Nights at Sentrim Boulevard Hotel or Similar in Nairobi, Two Nights at Masai Mara Camp or Similar in Masai Mara National Reserve, One Night at Lake Nakuru Lodge or Kivu Lodge or Similar in Lake Nakuru, Two Nights at Eden Rock Resort or Similar in Jinja, Two Nights at Kabalega Resort Hotel or Similar in Masindi, Two Nights at Sky Hotel or Similar in Kampala, Three Nights at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort or Similar in Lake Bunyonyi, and One Night at Naiberi River Camp or Similar in Eldoret (+2 Nights at Sentrim Boulevard Hotel or Similar in Nairobi for Flight-Inclusive Trips)
  • 13 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, and 11 Dinners (+2 Breakfasts for Flight-Inclusive Trips)
  • English-Speaking Truck Crew (Driver/Guide and Assistant/Cook)
  • Optional Activity Package: Includes Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion, Chimpanzee Trekking, Rhino Walk, and Pygmy Village Visit (Available for an Additional $1,149)
  • Gorilla Permit Not Included—Additional $630-$730 After Booking
  • East African Visas Not Included—Additional $100 per Person in Advance
  • Airline Taxes, Fuel Surcharges, Hotel Fees, and Entrance Fees per Itinerary
  • Priced per Person Based on Double Occupancy (See Fine Print)
  • After Purchase, Follow Your Voucher's Redemption Instructions to Complete Your Reservation by November 14, 2016

Write "safari" off your bucket list with this once-in-a-lifetime trip to Africa to see the wild plains and mountain gorillas with a tour from Encounters Travel.

The Itinerary
Day -1: Fly to Nairobi (Flight-Inclusive Only)
• Those purchasing the flight inclusive package will depart today on their overnight flight to Nairobi

Day 0: Arrive in Nairobi (Flight-Inclusive Only)
• After arriving in Nairobi, transfer to your hotel for the start of your trip
Overnight at Sentrim Boulevard Hotel or similar

Day 1: Masai Mara National Reserve
• If you purchased the additional activity package, you'll experience the Kenyan Parks Highlights Excursion. You'll be camping tonight, so pack up an overnight travel bag with your towel, sleeping bag, clothes, toiletries, and camping essentials
• After breakfast, head to Masai Mara to explore the endless plains of wild animals and spectacular beauty
• In the afternoon, enjoy a cultural experience with Kenya's native Masai people
• Alternatively, remain in Arusha and arrange local safaris from there
Overnight at a Masai Mara camp or similar; lunch and dinner included

Day 2: Masai Mara National Reserve
• Spend a day in the rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara, enjoying the ideal game viewing and photographic opportunities
• See elephants, black rhinos, buffalos, leopards, cheetahs, wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles. Hippos and crocodiles abound in the muddy brown waters of the rivers which traverse this reserve.
Overnight at a Masai Mara camp or similar; breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 3: Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru
• Rise early for your final game drive through the Mara before heading to Lake Nakuru National
• Lake Nakuru is home to large flocks of flamingos and pelicans, as well as black and white rhino, leopards, lions, and numerous bucks
Overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge or Kivu Lodge or similar; breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 4: Jinja
• Visit Jinja, Uganda's second largest city and the point where the Nile flows out of Lake Victoria and begins the 6,695km journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean
• In the afternoon, take a Nile Cruise or Nile River Rafting half-day trip for an additional fee
Overnight at Eden Rock Resort or similar; breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 5: Kampala to Masindi to Murchison Falls National Park
• Meet your guides in Kampala and head to the Murchison Falls National Park
• The Murchison Falls, also referred to as the Kabaraga Falls, is a spectacular waterfall found on the course of the great Nile located within the Murchison National Park
• After settling into our accommodation, your guide will brief you on the activities for the following day.
Overnight at Kabalega Resort Hotel or similar; breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 6: Masindi to Budongo Central Forest Reserve
• Explore Budongo Forest, the biggest mahogany forest in all of East Africa and home to the largest number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda
• Enjoy an included boat cruise at Murchison National Park
• If you purchased the additional activity package, you'll experience the chimpanzee trek; since the trek is limited to 12 guests per trek, the order of today's activities may be switched to accommodate the size of your party
Overnight at Kabalega Resort Hotel or similar; breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 7: Kampala
• In the morning, participate in any activities that could not be experienced on the previous days
• In the afternoon, head to Kampala to spend the rest of the day at your leisure in this bustling city. Those who have purchased the additional activity package will enjoy a guided walk in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary on the way.
• Enjoy an optional dinner our in Kampala for an additional fee
Overnight at Sky Hotel or similar; breakfast included

Day 8: Gorillas (Lake Bunyoni)
• In the morning, head to Lake Bunyonyi to see the otters and stunning scenery
• Relax in the evening, resting up for the final drive to the gorillas
• Take part in an optional canoe paddle around Lake Bunyoni for an additional fee
Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort or similar; breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 9: Gorillas (Lake Bunyoni)
• One of the most endangered animals in the world, it is widely assumed that there are only around 650 mountain gorillas left. As permits granting permission to visit the gorillas are extremely limited, flexibility in the tour itinerary and on the visit day is essential.
• Treks are limited to six people per trek; if you are not included in today's trek, you will have another opportunity tomorrow. Today, you will have a free day in Bunyonyi to participate in optional activities, hike, or explore the area on a mountain bike.
• Equipped with your gorilla permit, an additional $630 to $730 fee, visit the gorillas in either the National Park in Uganda, Rwanda, or the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort or similar; breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 10: Gorillas (Lake Bunyoni)
• If you haven't seen the gorillas yet, today's your day!
• If you purchased the additional activity package, enjoy your visit to the Nyombi Village, a Pygmy village accessible by motor boat
Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort or similar; breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 11: Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala
• Say farewell to the gorillas and make the long journey back to Kampala
• Once in the city, enjoy an optional dinner out for an additional fee
Overnight at Sky Hotel or similar; breakfast and lunch included

Day 12: Jinja
• Rise early to head to Jinja
• Spend the afternoon at your leisure, enjoying the swimming, quad biking, kayaking, or rafting opportunities
Overnight at Eden Rock Resort or similar; breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 13: Kenya and Eldoret
• Return to Kenya to visit Eldoret, the country's fifth largest city, and see the Great Rift Valley
• Spend the rest of the day at your leisure
Overnight at Naiberi River Camp or similar; breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 14: Return to Nairobi for the Last Day of the Tour
• Return to Nairobi, the largest city in the East African region
• Enjoy an optional dinner out to celebrate your unforgettable trip!
• Land-only package end on arrival in Nairobi this afternoon
Overnight at Sentrim Boulevard Hotel or similar; breakfast and lunch included

Day 15: Departure from Nairobi (Flight-Inclusive Only)
• You'll be transferred to the airport for your flight home
Breakfast included

The Dates
Land-Only:
2017
1/7, 1/18, 2/8, 2/18, 3/11, 3/22, 4/12, 5/13, 5/24, 6/14, 6/24, 7/15, 7/26 ($1,379)

Departing from New York City (JFK):
2017
1/5, 7/13 ($2,899)
1/16, 2/6, 3/9, 3/20, 5/11 ($2,649)
2/16, 4/10, 5/22 ($2,779)

Departing from Washington, DC (IAD):
2017
1/5, 5/22, 7/13 ($2,899)
1/16, 2/6, 3/20, 5/11 ($2,599)
2/16, 3/9, 4/10 ($2,799)

Departing from Los Angeles (LAX):
2017
1/16, 2/16, 3/9, 4/10, 5/11 ($2,899)
2/6 ($2,799)
3/20, 5/22 ($2,999)

Priced per person based on multiple occupancy; solo travelers will pay an additional $309.

  • Amazing tour group to travel with. The staff were extremely kind, courteous and prompt with impeccable organization! The information and knowledge of the staff was fantastic as well. Accommodation was of a very high standard too.

    -- Facebook Reviewer
  • Amazing trip- filled with amazing people. So many different sites to visit- we were busy all day.

    -- Facebook Reviewer

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the fine print

  • Limit 4 per customer, up to 4 additional as gifts; vouchers may not be combined to extend stay
  • When purchasing and gifting vouchers please list name(s) exactly as given on your passport(s)
  • Book by date: customer must contact merchant by November 14, 2016 to make booking
  • Reservations required and subject to availability
  • Not valid toward existing reservations
  • Voucher includes round-trip international flights from New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles and Nairobi; all land transport on the 24-seat expedition vehicle; multiple-person accommodations for two nights at Sentrim Boulevard Hotel or similar in Nairobi, two nights at Masai Mara Camp or similar in Masai Mara National Reserve, one night at Lake Nakuru Lodge or Kivu Lodge or similar in Lake Nakuru, two nights at Eden Rock Resort or similar in Jinja, two nights at Kabalega Resort Hotel or similar in Masindi, two nights at Sky Hotel in Kampala or similar, three nights at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort or similar in Lake Bunyonyi, and one night at Naiberi River Camp or similar in Eldoret (+2 nights at Sentrim Boulevard Hotel or similar in Nairobi for flight-inclusive trips); 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 11 dinners (+2 breakfasts for flight-inclusive trips); English-speaking truck crew (driver/guide and assistant/cook); optional activity package: includes Kenyan parks highlights excursion, chimpanzee trekking, and Pygmy village visit (available for an additional $1,149); gorilla permit not included—additional $630-$730 after booking; East African visas not included—additional $100 per person in advance; and airline taxes, fuel surcharges, hotel fees, and entrance fees per itinerary
  • East African visas for U.S. citizens are currently $100/person obtained in advance
  • Voucher does not include airfare for land-only options, compulsory travel insurance, meals not indicated in the itinerary, drinks, snacks, other personal expenses, activities listed in the activity package, gorilla permits, tips & gratuities and any other items not mentioned
  • Travel insurance covering medical costs, personal liability, emergency evacuation, and repatriation for medical reasons is mandatory; policy details must be provided to Encounter Travels at least 1 month before departure (policy number, name of the issuing company, and the policy emergency contact details); travel insurance covering cancellation and baggage is recommended but not mandatory. A comprehensive policy is available from Encounters Travel from $163. Health insurance is generally not sufficient; view all details at www.encounterstravel.com/travel_insurance.php
  • Double occupancy: rates are per person based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room). Couples will be provided a private double room
  • Travelers must be age 18+
  • Single travelers will need to pay the single room supplement of $309
  • Tour departures require a minimum of 4 travellers to run and availability of gorilla permits. Please do not book international flights or connecting travel until merchant confirms minimum numbers have been reached
  • Merchant cancellation policy applies. For more information, please visit www.encounterstravel.com/booking_conditions.php
  • Incidental charges, charges for additional services and gratuity at the property are not included
  • The promotional value is valid only for date range purchased and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates
  • Passport with 6 months validity and at least 3 clear pages are required
  • Bookings with Encounters Travel are only made after the voucher is redeemed and a booking confirmation email sent.
  • After vouchers are redeemed Encounters Travel booking conditions and cancellation fees apply
  • Accommodations listed are our preferred properties but alternatives of a similar standard may be used on some dates
  • Optional Activity Package (an additional fee of $1149): covers what we consider highly recommended activities on the tour. Separating these activities out is designed to help people with differing budgets. If required, the Activity Package should be pre-purchased prior to your arrival to guarantee availability and to help your guides plan ahead to help the smooth running of the tour. Prices may be revised at time of payment based on current local exchange rates. The Activity Package on this tour includes the 2-night Masai Mara camping excursion, Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda, Ziwa rhino walk, and pygmy village visit
  • Review the State Department's website for passport requirements and important announcements before traveling to your destination
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