Tanzania

DESTINATION: UGANDA & TANZANIA

TOUR TYPE: PRIVATE SAFARI / GROUP SAFARI

DAYS /NIGHTS: 13 DAYS, 12 NIGHTS

DESCRIPTION:

An amazing safari of the wide Savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park with the dense tropical rainforests of Kibale and Bwindi. Excellent wildlife viewing and unforgettable encounters with the primates of Uganda!

Price from US $ 3,800 pp sharing

About this Tour

An amazing safari of the wide Savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park with the dense tropical rainforests of Kibale and Bwindi. Excellent wildlife viewing and unforgettable encounters with the primates of Uganda!

Safaris form the basis for most Uganda holidays. Plentiful plant and animal species can be seen in game reserves and national parks, without the tourist crowds found in other parts of Africa. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, for instance, is one of the world’s best places to see endangered mountain gorillas, but the size of trekking groups to see these noble primates is strictly managed. The result is an intimate and magical travel experience.

Highlights;

  • Exciting chimp tracking in Kibale Forest
  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest
  • Tree climbing lions of Ishasha & Lake Manyara National Park.
  • Ngorongoro crater
  • Serengeti National Park

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival – Entebbe International Airport

On arrival at the Entebbe International Airport, our company representative will be waiting to meet you and transfer you to your hotel in Kampala. Depending on the time of arrival, you can decide to do some activities in Entebbe like visiting the Botanical gardens, visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (Zoo) or visit the reptile village. You will also have a pre-trip briefing.

Overnight at Cassia Lodge| Forest Cottages |2 Friends Beach Hotel – D

Day 2: Kampala to Kibale Forest NP

After a relaxed breakfast we will depart the capital city and head west to Fort Portal, with lunch en route. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon” and is famous for the many tea plantations. From this lovely town we will continue to Kibale National Park. Overnight at Primates Luxury Lodge| Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse | Kibale Forest Camp– B, L, D

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking & Bigodi Swamp Walk (optional) then transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP

Today the forest opens for a sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is reputable for having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. After a pre-tracking briefing at walking distance from your accommodation, you will start your hike adventure into the forest. Follow the footsteps of a large habituated family of chimpanzees, with over 120 individuals that have made Kibale one of the best locations in Africa for chimp viewing. En route your guide will explain more about the forest and the other inhabitants, including other primates and birds such as the Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Black-billed Turaco, Pied Hornbill, Chestnut winged Starlings and many more.

Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will stay with them for one unforgettable hour as they continue their daily routine – growling, grooming, feeding, taking care of the young ones and agilely climbing up trees. It certainly is one unforgettable wildlife encounter and the hour is always over too soon.

After your forest walk, return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we transfer to Bigodi Swamp for another, totally different nature walk. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates. You then begin your drive to Queen Elizabeth NP head towards the south while passing the majestic foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the “Mountains of the Moon”. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge| The Bush Lodge| Buffalo Resort Lodge– B, L, D

Day 4: Early morning game drive & Launch cruise.

The day begins early when we start with a morning game drive and head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. We search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat. Alternatively, you can decide to experience a unique Hot Air Balloon Safari, followed by a bush breakfast and game drive (pre-booking required). In the afternoon we take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel is 33 km long and 2-3 km at its widest points. The scheduled 2-hour boat ride (beverages and snacks included!) will cover a 12-14 km stretch of the channel, with almost guaranteed excellent wildlife sightings including multitudes of hippopotamus – possibly the world’s highest concentration – Nile crocodiles, wallowing buffaloes on its reedy banks, elephants, and many birds. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge| The Bush Lodge| Buffalo Resort Lodge– B, L, D

Day 5: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable NP

In the morning after your breakfast we depart Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas. En route we spot lions, elephants and other wildlife in action.  Overnight at Gorilla Safaris Lodge| Rushaga Gorilla Camp Resort| Broadbill Forest Camp– B, L, D

Day 6: Gorilla tracking – Fly to Tanzania (Kilimanjaro Airport) via Kigali

Arise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants! Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure. Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of (average) fitness. However, the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback completely makes up for the effort!

Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling with the juveniles – it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience!

After this activity, we shall drive to Kigali (Kanombe Airport) and board our flight to Arusha, Tanzania where we find our representative waiting, to transfer us to our hotel. At this point we undertake a pre-safari briefing. We will also confirm with you that you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance. Overnight at Masailand Hotel – B, B

Day 7: Arusha to Tarangire National Park.

After breakfast at the hotel your guide will pick you up to start the drive to The Tarangire National Park. This amazing park known as the home of Elephants is very unique, on your voyage you will get to see a few Masai villages along the way as well as some wildlife.  Around noon to 1:00pm you will have a picnic lunch at a breathtaking designated picnic area surrounded by animals in their natural habitats.

After lunch and a short break, you will depart for an afternoon game drive in the park. Expect to see animals such as Lions, Elephants, Zebras, Buffalos, Giraffes, Baboons, Hyenas, Eland, Kudu, Cheetahs, Warthogs, Blue Monkeys, Velvet Monkeys, and more… The Tarangire Park provides shelter for over 500 species of birds. Before dark in the early evening you will return to the lodge for dinner and an Overnight at Bougainvillea – B, L, D

Day 8: Serengeti

This Day you will set off early in the morning heading towards the Serengeti National Park. En route there will be game drives. You will get a glimpse of the Olduvai Gorge on your way to the Serengeti. The Olduvai Gorge has a steep sided ravine where Louis and Mary Leakey made some of the world’s most important archaeological discoveries in the 1950s.

While proceeding with the drive into The Serengeti and the rest of the afternoon will be spent game viewing in vast plains that are broken only by stands of acacia trees and occasional kopje rock formations. In December, January and February you should be able to see The Great Migration with large herds of Wildebeests, Zebras, and Gazelles Overnight at Mbugani Camps – B, L, D

Day 9: Full Day Serengeti

You will spend a full day exploring this incredible Park. The Serengeti is the habitat for an abundance of wildlife, such as impalas, buffalo, crocodiles and hippos, but is more well-known for its great migrating herds of zebras and wildebeest. The animals’ trek is determined by the rainfall and varies from year to year. In November and December the animals move from the northern region, dominated by woodlands and hills, to the grassy plains of the south. During the longer rainy season from April to June, they begin their return to the north. The wildebeest migration continues moving northwards during July and August. Overnight at Mbugani Camps – B, L, D

Day 10: Serengeti to Ngorongoro (Crater Tour) – Karatu.

After breakfast you will depart with packed lunches to The Ngorongoro Crater (Conservation Area). Once you pass through the entry gates you will descend into the crater and spend the rest of the day on a game drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest volcanic caldera. It is almost 20 km wide, approximately 600 m deep and is known for its large variety of wildlife. In addition to viewing the Big Five (Rhinos, Leopards, Lions, Buffalo and Elephants) various springs attract animals such as Wildebeests, Gazelles, Reed-bucks and countless bird species. You will stop to have lunch at a beautiful designated picnic area around noon then late in the afternoon you will proceed to your lodge located outside the park for dinner and an overnight stay. Overnight at Bougainvillea – B, L, D

Day 11: Lake Manyara National Park.

After breakfast you will check out of the lodge and depart with packed lunches to the beautiful Lake Manyara National Park. This is a relatively small but diverse park is 120 km west of Arusha. The park’s name means shallow salt lake, it covers a large area of the park flooding and drying with the seasons, it is home to thousands of flamingos and over 500 other bird species. On your adventure in the park this day you will see Monkeys, Giraffes, Zebras, Wildebeests, Buffalo, Elephants and if you’re lucky Lions lounging in trees. The park is known for its diverse landscapes; not only open grassy plains, but also primate-filled woodlands and baobab dotted cliffs. Lunch will be had at an amazing picnic area overlooking the lake and an escarpment. After lunch you will continue your game drive slowly heading to the park exit. You will arrive at your hotel in the early evening for dinner and an overnight stay. Overnight at Masailand Hotel – B, L, D

Day 12: Arusha to Airport

Arusha is the city in Northern Tanzania. Nestled at the base of Mount Meru is the third largest city in Tanzania known as ‘Geneva of Africa’. Arusha city is more than just a stopover on the way to and from safari adventures. One of the fastest growing cities in Tanzania and the best tourist destination in East Africa and a haven for mountain climbers, hikers with Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and Ngorongoro crater highlands just waiting to be explored. With comfortable hotels, a wide array of international restaurants and a few sites of its own, the city is a welcome oasis of tranquility and affordable accommodations with charming friendly people. The driver will drive you back to the Airport to catch the flight back. And that mark end of your trip.

 

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    WHAT’S INCLUDED?

    Tanzania – First night’s accommodation in Arusha, safari guide, 4 X 4 land cruiser safari vehicle, all accommodations on the trip, all meals and non alcoholic beverages indicated in the itinerary, government TAX, Park fees and all other safari transfers, Arusha  airport transfers to and from hotels.

    Uganda – Car Hire, Driver Guide & Fuel for the trip, x1 Gorilla Permit, x1Chimpanzee Permit, Accommodation based on Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner), x1 Box of water, All Park fees & Taxes, Boat Cruise on the Kazinga Channel, Airport pickups (complementary) & Border crossing fees.

    EXCLUDED

    Tanzania – Visa entry ($ 100 for USA citizen / $ 50 for other nationalities), Guide Tips (15 – 20 Dollar a day per client), Gifts and things of personal nature and all those excluded in the Itinerary.

    Uganda – Internal & External Flights, Tips & Laundry  Extra soft & Hard drinks Visa fees @ USD 50 single entry & USD 100 for East Africa community (This allows you go through all the east African countries without paying again), All that not mentioned above.