12 Days Uganda – Tanzania Safari

  • Trip Overview

    This is one of the once in a lifetime wildlife and primate encounter tour in East Africa where you have  a chance to set eyes on with the beautiful primates in the tropical rain forests of Uganda that is the Bwindi Gorilla forest and Kibale Chimpanzee forest. The trip offers more than just a primate encounter and also takes you through the plain African savannah wilderness that offer a chance to spot the big 5 African mammals that rule the plains in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Queen Elizabeth national parks.

  • Trip highlights

    • Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking
    • Boat trip on the Kazinga Channel
    • Unlimited safaris in Serengeti/Ngorongoro/Ishasha/Tarangire
    • Cultural excursions
  • Day 1

    On this day, you expect to arrive at Entebbe international airport and transfer to your hotel for relaxation and preparation for your amazing safari encounter with the pretty wildlife in the tropics. Expect to have a briefing from your guide about the next day’s adventures as per itinerary

    Accommodation at Casia Lodge

  • Day 2

    After a delicious breakfast, expect to drive south to Bwindi impenetrable gorilla national park through Kigezi highlands which Winston Churchill named “the Switzerland of Africa”. Expect to have some stopovers en-route for lunch and scenic photography as enjoy the fresh air and whispers on the African roads

    Accommodation at Gorilla Mist Camp

  • Day 3

    Enjoy your breakfast and then have a briefing by the park rangers about the gorilla tracking. Soon afterwards you will begin off the memorable adventure in the forest in search for the gorillas which also gives chances of seeing other primates like the black and white Colobus monkeys; vervet monkeys olive baboons, and many more plus some forest birds. Meet and stay with the gorillas for one hour and descend back from the forest.

    We shall then have a graduation ceremony to congratulate you for having accomplished the hike through the impenetrable gorilla forest and we drive for an hour to Ishasha south of Queen Elizabeth where we shall have a sun downer picnic as we celebrate having se the Mountain Gorillas

     Accommodation at Enjojo Lodge

  • Day 4

    In the morning after a cup of tea, you will enjoy a morning game drive so as to catch up with the early risers as they come out from their hide outs like the lions, buffaloes, hyenas warthogs, topis, elephants, hippos, leopards and much more wildlife that thrives in the open savannah wilderness of Ishasha. This will be followed by a breath taking boat cruise along the famous Kazinga channel that connects lakes George and Edward rich in viewings of the crocodiles, hippos, water birds, and sun bathing buffalos, wallowing elephants, hyenas and unique encounters with wildlife

    Accommodation at Bush Lodge/Kasenyi safari camp

  • Day 5

    On this day you will drive west of Queen Elizabeth to Kibale forest national park that is famous for its large numbers of Primates such as Chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, mangabeys and close to 320 different bird species. The forest is home to around 1500 different chimpanzees and a family of 120 members is habituated for visitor visitation. Expect to reach early enough for lunch at your hotel and go for an afternoon chimpanzee trekking experience in the beautiful tropical rain forests.

    Accommodation at Chimpanzee Forest Guest house

  • Day 6

    With a bag full of beautiful memories, we shall leave for Entebbe with a lunch stop in Kampala the capital of Uganda where you will have a chance to do a short city tour as you transfer to your hotel to wash off as you prepare for another epic wildlife encounter in Tanzania’s Serengeti and Ngorongoro national parks

    Accommodation at Casia lodge

  • Day 7

    All beautiful things have an end; today you will have a relaxed morning and transfer to Entebbe international airport later for a short flight to Arusha where you will meet our patner guide and transfer to your hotel for an amazing relaxed evening

    Accommodation at Gold Crest hotel/Merves Hotel

  • Day 8

    Today we shall travel to Tarangire National Park after early breakfast. Tarangire National Park is known for its elephant’s herds of up to 300, migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland grazing and browsing in the dry river bed. There is Silale swamp that attracts 550 varieties of birds, the most breeding species you’ll see in one habitat anywhere in the world!  The park is also home of tree climbing pythons, as well as lions and leopards. You will enjoy game drive and game viewing with picnic lunch. In the late afternoon, we travel to the Airport to connect you with your flight back Home.

    Accommodation at Tarangire Simba Camp

  • Day 9

    We head towards the Serengeti National Park. En route, there is an opportunity to visit Olduvai Gorge. It is within this steep-sided ravine that Louis and Mary Leakey made some of the world’s most important archaeological discoveries in the 1950s. Here is a small museum we are able to see evidence of our ancestors that have been dated back 2.5 million years. After lunch, we drive into the Serengeti itself and the rest of the afternoon is spent game viewing in the vast plains that are broken only by stands of acacia trees and the occasional kopje. In December, January and February we will normally meet the migration with large herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle. There are always plenty of resident animals, such as giraffe, buffalo, and elephant, and many large predators such as lion, cheetah, and leopard. We return to our special tented camp for the night.

    Accommodation at Serengeti Central Acacia Camp

  • Day 10

    We have another full day in this wonderful park, rising early to make the most of our time. Our guides will choose the best spotting locations for the time of year; we can spend time at the Hippo pool watching these majestic animals laze about in the cool water happily living alongside the crocodiles, watch a big pride of lions, be in the middle of the migration, sometimes surrounded by wildebeest, sometimes by zebras, which travel with the wildebeest. We journey from the wide open plains to the kopjes: these volcanic rocky outcrops provide protection and shelter for a wide variety of animals and from the top, we can look out across the vast grasslands of the Serengeti. This diverse and interesting landscape will provide us with the ultimate in game viewing, we will hopefully see all of the plain games; elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lions and if you are lucky the elusive leopard and cheetah, as well as huge amounts of interesting birdlife, from the elegant secretary birds to the flightless ostrich. We return to our special tented camp for the night.

    Accommodation at Serengeti Central Acacia Camp

  • Day 11

    We start the day with an early morning game drive before heading to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ngorongoro is a special place in that it is a Conservation Area, not a National Park; this means that the whole area is managed for both the animals and the local Masai people who graze their cattle alongside the indigenous wildlife. During the drive in Ngorongoro, we have a chance to glimpse something of the Masai way of life. After stopping at the entrance gate, where there is a chance to learn more about this fascinating volcanic landscape, we will drive around the rim of the Crater itself, and from here we can look down and see the herd of wildebeest or buffalos. Finally, we descend into the crater. The crater walls provide a natural sanctuary for the animals, which means there is plenty to see: lions, elephants, buffalo, rhino and leopard (if you are lucky). The only animal you won’t see in here is a giraffe, whose long legs are unable to cope with the steeps sides of the crater. In the late afternoon, we travel to Karatu.

    Accommodation at Farm of Dreams

  • Day 12

    Today we shall drive to Lake Manyara national park that is famous for the great sightings of tree climbing lions, leopards and much more wildlife in the pretty Tanzanian wilderness. Expect to have enough safari hours in the park, have lunch and transfer to Arusha for an overnight. Expect to choose an optional hotel for self-payment as you prepare for your flight to Zanzibar on the following day.

  • Trip costs include

    • Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking
    • Midrange accommodation on full board
    • Transportation in a 4×4 Safari Land Cruiser
    • Park entry taxes and permits
    • Professional safari guide/driver
    • Boat trip on the Kazinga channel
    • Inland flights (Entebbe to Arusha One Way)
    • Unlimited safari as per itinerary
    • Drinking water en-route
    • Airport transfers as per itinerary
    • All tours and excursions as per itinerary
  • Trip costs excludes

    • International flights and Visa
    • Personal expenses
    • Hotel upgrades as per itinerary
    • Optional activities as not listed in the itinerary
    • Alcoholic and soft beverages and tipping of any kind.
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