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Win a Masai Mara & Gorilla Trekking Adventure in Kenya and Uganda

WIN! A Two Week Masai Mara & Gorilla Trekking Adventure in Kenya and Uganda

Safari interactive magazine and Nomad Africa Adventure Tours invite you on the overlanding trip of a lifetime! Leave Nairobi for 14 days in the wilds of the Masai Mara, the great Lakes of Kenya & Uganda, and a chance to trek with East Africa’s magnificent mountain gorillas.

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To stand a chance of winning simply answer the following question:

Q. In Sean Messham’s Overlanding East Africa’ feature, what was the name of the family of gorillas he met in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest?

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A winner will be announced in early July 2012.

Competition closed 30th June 2012.

Photos © Sean Messham

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 Masai Mara National Reserve
We leave the capital and travel to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Today the tour enters this huge area of spectacular game viewing to photograph some of Africa’s most abundant wildlife. Famous for the annual migration of around 1.5 million wildebeest, the Masai Mara is also home to many other animals, including lions. Cultural interaction with Kenya’s native Masaai people completes our experience.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Masai Mara to Lake Naivasha 
We travel north to Lake Naivasha. One of the more popular optional activities in Hell’s Gate NP, is to go game viewing on a bicycle. Optional Activities: Cycle hire in Hell’s Gate NP, High Tea at Elsamere.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Nakuru National Park
We travel towards Lake Nakuru NP, a great place to spot flamingos. White Rhino also inhabit the transitional savannah area surrounding the lake
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Uganda – Kampala
Leaving Lake Nakuru we drive to the Uganda border, and then stop for a photo at the equator. Later we arrive in Uganda’s capital and largest city, Kampala.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Kampala / Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Although officially this day is set aside for everyone to explore Kampala, most people take an optional day trip to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary of Ngamba Island. This non-profit eco-friendly project was set up in 1998 to care for orphaned chimpanzees. Optional Activities: Ngamba Chimpanzee Excursion, Kampala Markets, Dinner Out.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 Lake Bunyonyi
Lake Bunyonyi is a small but attractive lake with steep sides and abundant birdlife. Ringed by mountains, the lake is best known for its dense Otter population and stunning scenery. We make use of this beautiful spot to relax the night before the final drive to the gorillas.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7/8/9 Gorillas
The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and while exact numbers vary it is widely assumed that there are only around 650 left. Visiting the gorillas is a great way to support their future on earth as the money spent on permits is used for their protection. An extremely important part of the future conservation of the remaining gorillas rests in the community development work – as local communities change their attitudes towards wildlife and start to protect rather than poach, the future of the mountain gorilla is assured.

As permits granting permission to visit the gorillas are extremely limited we require flexibility in both the tour itinerary and where we actually visit them. The home of the mountain gorillas is completely at odds with man-made borders and so their range encompasses Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Whenever possible we choose to make use of the National Park in Uganda, but this depends on the availability of permits.
Should we not obtain permits to visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda then we will inform all passengers beforehand that the tour will travel to Rwanda or DRC.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Please note: Although there are 3-days allocated to Gorilla Trekking you will only spend one-day on the trek. The other days are there to provide a large enough window in which to obtain permits and to allow the entire group to trek if there are more than 6 of you on the tour.

Day 10 Queen Elizabeth National Park
Many game species are to be found in this wetland park including the (elsewhere elusive) giant forest hog, and the legendary tree-climbing lions of the Ishasha Sector. Optional Activities: Kasinga Channel Sunset Cruise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11/12 Jinja
The morning is spent on further game viewing and this afternoon we travel to Jinja. Jinja is Uganda’s second largest city and is famous as the point where the Nile (officially the Victoria Nile) flows out of Lake Victoria and begins the 6695 kilometre journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean. Optional Activities: White Water Rafting.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Kenya – Eldoret
Returning to Kenya we visit Eldoret, the country’s 5th largest city. The Great Rift Valley is still the dominant geographical feature of this region and the altitude at Eldoret is 2100 metres above sea level.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Nairobi
Returning to Nairobi, the largest city in the East Africa region, there’s an optional dinner, where we can swap stories and exchange contact details. Optional Activities: Meal out in Nairobi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Terms & Conditions

  • The prize includes the tour cost only, Activity Package and Gorilla Permit will have to be booked separately
  • Standard Nomad Adventure Tours terms and conditions apply
  • Prize is valid for travel before 1 June 2013 and dates subject to availability
  • Can not be used in conjunction with any other offer
  • Excludes travel to and from Nairobi
  • Excludes visa costs if required
  • Africa Geographic (Pty) Ltd, bigFIG LTD cannot be held liable for any costs, injury or damage incurred during the undertaking of this prize.

For more information please visit Nomad Africa Adventure Tours

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