Yes, I know I am crazy to even consider such a cramped itinerary in East Africa
My main goal is tick off my childhood dream of climbing Kilimanjaro. So, my optimized itinerary has 8 days 9 nights allocated to accomplish that, with leeway for missed connections.
The next 6 days are outlandish: hiking to see mountain gorillas (Rwanda), wildebeest migration in Masai Mara (Kenya), level 5 rafting on the Nile (Uganda). Of course, not everything runs according to schedule in Africa and flights can be missed; but keeping my fingers crossed. If I manage to pull it off, it would definitely be an epic trip kicking off four bucket list items.
I would love to hear your opinion about the itinerary. Any suggestions to improve it would be really appreciated.
|0||Arrive at Nairobi,Kenya and stay the night|
|1||Nairobi to Moshi, Tanzania by shuttle. Overnight at Moshi|
|2-8||7-day Kilimanjaro trek via the Machame route|
|8||Night flight to Kigali, Rwanda (via Nairobi). Reach Kigali ~midnight and stay overnight in Kigali|
|9||See the Genocide Memorial and drive to Virunga lodge. Overnight at Kinigi guesthouse, Ruhengeri,Rwanda|
|10||Hike up the Bishoke volcano to see the majestic mountain gorillas. Drive back to Kigali airport and catch red eye flight to Nairobi, Kenya|
|11||Early morning arrival in Nairobi, Kenya. Rent a 4*4 (with driver) and travel to Masai Mara National Park to see the spectacular wildebeest migration|
|12||Masai Mara game drive|
|13||Early morning game drive in Masai Mara and return to Nairobi airport. Late night flight to Entebbe, Uganda|
|14||Figure out how to get to Kampala, Uganda at 1AM. Catch shuttle to Jinja for level 5 rafting on Nile and back. Flight back to US at 1130PM|
If any of you have done part of this trip, it would be great to hear your experience. I haven’t yet booked the car rental for Kigali, Masai Mara and Jinja. Would really appreciate any help with that. The Masai Mara trip is crazy expensive since I am going solo. Wish I could split the expense with some other travelers.
Look out for my trip report in 3 months 🙂