Using a tour driver/guide is one the special moment you can ever get on your safari. If you decide to take a private guided safari then you will be safe. A tour driver/driver guide is allowed to guide you from the inside the vehicle until you enter an archaeological site or museum and give you its history in brief.
A private guided safari gives you access to local knowledge. With a private safari driver/guide, you have the services of a profession guide for the duration of your safari, together with the exclusive use of 4×4 Toyota land cruiser or safari van vehicle.
Your guide will be your personal safari chauffeur and all your game drives and any traveling in between will be taken with him rather than with the lodge’s own guides. He could be your best friend at the end of your holiday.
A good must be friendly and helpful nature, excellent general knowledgeable, good physical fitness, excellent communication and people skills, to be able to organize themselves and others to be responsible, honest and reliable, an aptitude for problem solving.
Traveling with a private driver/guide actually has some real costs advantages; first you will avoid paying for return flights per person to your lodge which can be a sizeable expense. Second you can book the less expensive full board rate offered by most safari lodges and camps which only includes your meals and accommodation.
You will not need game drives to be included, as your driver/ guide will lead these personally.
Experience the breath-taking highlights and wildlife of Kenya and Uganda on this exciting safari. Explore Kenya on this great adventure at Amboseli National Park renowned for its breath-taking views of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa at 19,340 feet with herds of elephants wandering across the vast grassy plain.
The park has five main habitats open plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush country, swamps and marshland. Then transfer to Nakuru National Park famous for its rhinos and birdlife, especially flamingos that form a pink hue across its surface. End with Maasai Mara, Kenya’s finest wildlife reserve.
The wildlife is abundant and the gentle rolling grasslands ensure that animals are never out of sight. And lastly traverse in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park a with the world’s greatest wildlife encounter with reclusive mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
The Uganda safari starts with an airport pick/ hotel by our safari driver and he will be ready to take you on your very first game drive in one of our tailor-made 4×4 safari Land Cruiser in Amboseli National Park.
You will arrive at Amboseli National Park in time for lunch at your lodge. In the afternoon you will enjoy a game drive and during your drive you will be introduced to the exceptional wildlife of this park. Dinner and overnight at your preferred accommodation Enjoy a full day in the park both morning and afternoon game drive.
The park is famous for being the best place in the world to get close to free ranging elephants, plus other wildlife including cape buffaloes, impala, East African lions, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, Masai giraffe, grant’s zebras and blue wildebeest among other African animals. The park also has views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the wild.
You also have the opportunity to meet Masai and visit a Masai village. Transfer to Nakuru National Park best known for its thousands, sometimes millions of flamingos nesting along the shores. The park was also the first national park Rhino sanctuary and hosts one of the world’s highest concentrations of the Black Rhinoceros which are the major attractions of the area.
Here visitors can enjoy the wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. On this Kenya safari you are granted to see white Rhinos, African Buffaloes, Rothschild Giraffes, Zebras, impala, olive baboons, Vervet monkeys, water bucks, and a variety of water birds.
If you are lucky on your Kenya tour you may see lions, leopards, black rhinos, wild dogs, colobus monkeys, cheetahs. After an early morning breakfast, drive to Narok town via Mai – Mahiu as you proceed to Masai Mara National Reserve, the largest game reserve in Africa and home to the Masai people whose traditions still live on today.
The reserve has an impressive population of the big cats including cheetahs, lions and leopards and as well as grazers such as the wildebeest, gazelle and zebras who migrate yearly on a circular route through the Maasai Mara in Kenya to the neighbouring Serengeti in Tanzania.
From mid-June to late November more than 1.5 million migrating wildebeests, zebras and antelopes scatter the vast plains of the Masai Mara, transforming the Savannah into a place of dramatic action and a constant struggle for survival. Today you wake up to the highlight of your safari and set on a game drive to discover the secrets of the Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Here you may witness one of the world’s most exceptional natural phenomena, the Masai Mara migration. The wildebeests migrate throughout the year on a circuit that takes them from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania, up through the Serengeti Park and across into the Masai Mara and back again seeking fresh grass and water.
The precise timing of the wildebeest migration is solely dependent upon the rainfall patterns each year. Masai Mara can become busy especially during the dry season when game viewing is at its most opportune. Between game drives, visit a traditional Masai village and see how this pastoral tribe still tend herds of goats and cows, as their ancestors did for centuries.
The following day, your driver will transfer you to Nairobi airport for your flight to Uganda. Upon arrival at Entebbe international airport, you will be welcomed by the company representative who will drive you to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay. Enjoy a beautiful drive over the mountains, as we transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on the south-western tip of Uganda.
It is a beautiful drive taking you from Savannah, on to villages and cultivated hills and finally up to the forest covered mountains of Bwindi where you will experience one of the highlights of the Uganda Kenya Safari next day. Mountain gorillas are critically endangered species with less than 800 individuals remaining. Over half of these are found in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the rest in the Virunga Volcanoes shared between Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Enjoy a relaxing evening as we prepare for the trek ahead. Dinner and overnight at your preferred lodge. Today you will embark on the experience of a lifetime. Trek through the early morning mist in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to roughly half of the world’s remaining 700 mountain gorillas.
The trekking can be demanding and the day long – a water bottle and good walking boots, long sleeved shirt and trouser, insect repellent, sun glasses, rain jacket, a camera, a hat and snacks are highly recommended. Experienced local guides will lead you through the thick mountain jungle.
Once we find the gorillas, we will stay and observe them for a maximum of one hour – this time is strictly governed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Photography is permitted although not the use of flash, and there are restrictions the use of video cameras), but with or without a camera, this is one of the most breath-taking and emotional experiences Uganda can offer, and certainly one that will remain with you long after your journey.
Thereafter, transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for your dinner and overnight. With a delicious breakfast at Lake Bunyonyi with spectacular views of the islands, transfer back to Kampala for your flight back home.