Gorillas, Migration & the Cradle of Civilisation (13 days)

Day 2

Bwindi National Park, Uganda

Day 3

Bwindi National Park, Uganda

Day 4

Bwindi National Park, Uganda

Day 9

Lalibela, Ethiopia

Day 10

Lalibela, Ethiopia


Day 1
28 Sep 2018
Entebbe, Uganda
Lake Victoria Serena Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We are warmly welcomed to the Lake Victoria Serena

Resort. Set between the rolling Lweza Hills and the

vast inland sea of Lake Victoria, the resort is styled

after a rustic Roman villa. Every room is guaranteed

panoramic lake views, and serves as the perfect

introduction to the continent. Spend the afternoon

on nine holes of golf or a spa treatment. We dine in

our hotel and retire early, ready to meet the majestic

wildlife, be immersed in tribal cultures and unearth

the earliest traces of civilisation.

Day 2
29 Sep 2018
Bwindi National Park, Uganda
The Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Some parts of Africa are dry savannah while others are

lush rainforest. Today we travel from one to the other.

Our destination is one few have visited, The Sanctuary

Gorilla Forest Camp. The camp is located deep in the

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park which has

a dense ground cover of herbs, vines and shrubs.

It is home to more than 1,000 flowering plant species

and is thought to have the richest collection of fauna

in East Africa. Several species of birds are found here

and nowhere else, making it an ornithologist’s paradise.

The original custodians of the forest are the Batwa,

a tribe that many have heard about but few have

encountered. We are invited to visit and experience

their unique customs and way of life.

Day 3
30 Sep 2018
Bwindi National Park, Uganda
The Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Since their discovery in 1902, the mountain gorilla

has endured hunting, habitat destruction and disease.

Conservation efforts continue, but there are now fewer

than 800 left in the wild, with half of them residing in

the park. We are about to embark on a rare experience,

that of meeting a gorilla in its natural habitat. The day

is spent hiking and tracking a gorilla family. As this is

essentially a safari, sightings are never guaranteed,

however, Bwindi National Park offers us the highest rate

of success. Should we chance upon a family, prepare

to be awed by their presence and their interactions

with each other, which are, strikingly, nearly human.

We are allowed to observe each family from just metres

away, and for up to an hour each time - a true privilege,

and one we will remember for life.

Day 4
01 Oct 2018
Bwindi National Park, Uganda
The Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

While the forest is seemingly impenetrable to people,

it is a welcoming place for wildlife. With over 120 types

of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 varieties of

butterflies and numerous reptiles and amphibians, it is

one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet.

Explore the forest’s many facets with these

Your World experiences. Whichever activity you

choose, make sure to take a camera.

- Each gorilla has a distinct personality. Discover more

of them today on another trek through the forest.

- The colourful, the weird and the wonderful. Birds of

all three categories can be found here. Go in search

of them today, and don’t forget to look out for the

crested crane.

- All around us, the forest is filled with L’Hoest’s

monkeys, rare forest elephants, antelopes and giant

forest hogs. Join a game drive to look for them.

Day 5
02 Oct 2018
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Sanctuary Olonana Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we break camp and a private charter

flight takes us to Maasai Mara Game Reserve. We are

met by a Sanctuary Olonana Camp representative

and transferred to the camp, viewing game en route.

Sanctuary Olonana is an exclusive, boutique camp

located on a private stretch of the Mara River. We stay

in well-appointed canvas pavilions with floor to ceiling

mosquito netting and en suite bathrooms. The main

dining room has a commanding view of the Mara River

and the large verandas overlooking it provide us with

the perfect place to watch hippos wallow.

Day 6
03 Oct 2018
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Sanctuary Olonana Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We have two full days to explore the Maasai Mara

Reserve and, as it is 1,510 km2, we may need it.

The reserve has an incredibly diverse array of

wildlife. Lions, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, zebras,

and gazelles call it home. From July to October it sees

the ‘Great Migration’, a time when up to 1.7 million

wildebeest descend on the area. While extremely

rare, the most coveted experience is witnessing a lion

stalking its prey. Truly a game watchers’ paradise,

it is often referred to as the ‘jewel in Africa’s crown’.

Each day, we go on game drives, one in the morning

and another in the afternoon. In between, you can

enjoy nature walks, meet the Maasai, see local schools,

or, for an incredible bird’s eye perspective, take a hot

air balloon safari.

Day 7
04 Oct 2018
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Sanctuary Olonana Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

With each game drive, we discover more of the

Reserve’s ample riches. In between, you may choose

to visit a Maasai village, where you will be struck by

their distinctive customs and dress, always colourful

and usually adorned with copious strands of beads.

Their traditional lifestyle is centred around cattle and

a religious belief that their deity, Enkai intended for

them to own all the cattle in the world. Historically,

their diet has relied on raw meat, raw milk and,

most distinctively, raw blood from cattle. They are

semi-nomadic, and have a rich tradition in music

and dance, including the famous adumu, sometimes

called the ‘jumping dance’.

Day 8
05 Oct 2018
Nairobi, Kenya
Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We depart the sanctuary and take a private charter

flight to Nairobi. Upon arrival, we have lunch at the

Karen Blixen Tamambo Restaurant. Karen Blixen was

an aristocratic Danish woman who came to Kenya

with her husband in 1914, to set up a coffee

plantation. They eventually divorced, but by then,

she had decided that Africa was home. In 1937,

under the name Isak Dinesen, she published Out of

Africa, a tribute to her adopted home, filled with vivid

descriptions of her environment and the locals she

had come to regard as family.

After lunch, we visit the museum and giraffe centre

that bear her name. We then check into Fairmont

The Norfolk Hotel, our home for the night.

Day 9
06 Oct 2018
Lalibela, Ethiopia
Mountain View Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we bid farewell to Nairobi and fly to Lalibela.

Located in northern Ethiopia, the town is one of the

country’s holiest cities for Ethiopian Orthodox Christians.

The city is named for King Lalibela, who ruled in the 12th

century and was determined to build a ‘New Jerusalem’.

The result - 11 monolithic churches carved out of rock

that are constantly watched over by priests. We spend

our morning exploring these feats of engineering and

artistry, feeling as if we have travelled back in time.

After lunch, choose from these immersive Your World

experiences. Proceeds from our visits go to the

hosting families.

- Learn more about Ethiopian cuisine through

a cooking class hosted by a local family.

- Follow your guide to a farm and meet the farmer

and his family.

Mountain View Hotel, set high above town,

welcomes us for two nights.

Day 10
07 Oct 2018
Lalibela, Ethiopia
Mountain View Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Each rock-hewn church is different from the one

before. This morning, we discover new ones on these

Your World experiences.

- Head to the Asheton Maryam Monastery, where we

take a mule ride to the site. At 4,000 metres above

sea level, it affords stunning views of the

surrounding landscape.

- Drive to Na’akuto La’ab, a monastery built by and

named for King Lalibela’s successor.

You may spend the afternoon at your leisure, or

visit the cave church of Yemrehanna Kristos, another

remarkable monument that predates the rock-cut

churches by nearly a century.

Day 11
08 Oct 2018
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Sheraton Addis Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We fly from Lalibela to Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

While the country has had a turbulent past, its present

bears little resemblance to it. The city is a modern

metropolis and today’s organised chaos comes mainly

from commerce. On our afternoon exploration,

shops, cafes and restaurants jostle for attention.

Stop in at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where the tomb

of Emperor Haile Selassie is located. Our residence

for two nights is the Sheraton Addis, which offers

sweeping views over the city.

Day 12
09 Oct 2018
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Sheraton Addis Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

When it comes to history, Ethiopia was there at the very

beginning. It is known as the ‘cradle of civilisation’ and

is where life was thought to originate. Visit the National

Museum in Addis Ababa and see Lucy, a 3.2 millionyear-

old skeleton considered by some to be the oldest

discovered ancestor of humanity. On the basement

level, you’ll find two remarkable casts, one lying prone

and the other standing. You will be struck by just how

small our ancient ancestors were - Lucy was barely over

a metre tall and would have weighed just 60 pounds.

She was found in 1974, by accident, with her forearm

bone partially exposed above ground. The museum

also holds fossils of other astonishing extinct creatures,

including a gigantic sabre-tooted cat and an equally

large savannah pig.

Later, we stroll through Africa’s largest open air market,

Merkato. Its 12,000 stalls are a constant hive of activity,

and offer the perfect environment to immerse yourself

in everyday Addis Ababa.

Day 13
10 Oct 2018
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
None Breakfast

We say our goodbyes as our holiday of a lifetime draws

to a close. This has been an immense adventure where

we have seen the humanity in animals and traced our

own origins.

Tour Features


  • Adventure
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife & Nature


There is no place like Africa. The world's greatest animal migration

reminds us that nature's will still rules supreme. Rare mountain gorillas,

somehow noble in bearing, draw us in with their personalities and

human-like behaviour. Incredible examples of ancient architecture

confound us. And the very origin of mankind is revealed. Welcome to

an enthralling adventure reserved for only 14 travelers.

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