15 DAYS UGANDA & TANZANIA COMBINED SAFARIS.
Start: Entebbe international airport.
End: Kilimanjaro international airport.
Tour Duration: 15 Days Uganda and Tanzania combined group safari.
Highlights: Bwindi impenetrable national park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo national park,Rubondo Island, Lake Manyara, Serengeti NationalPark, Tarangire national Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Accommodations: Midrange Tented Camps & lodges all along.
Description: Adventure group or private safari to Uganda and Tanzania leading parks.This is a safari that promises the best of Uganda and Tanzania’s premier parks. Visit rewarding Bwindi impenetrable National park for Gorilla tracking there after proceeding towards Queen Elizabeth National park and Lake Mburo national park. You will cross the border of Uganda and Tanzania where the great wildebeest migration is a spectacular to be hold for any would be visit or to travel to Tanzania mainly in July and October of each year.
The Ngorongoro crater also offers amazing wildlife viewing and scenery.
Transportation: Custom made 4×4 Tour Vans in Uganda and 4×4 Land cruisers in Tanzania.
Group Size: Small group safari minimum of 4pax and the maximum 6pax per vehicle–guaranteed window seat Guaranteed departures subject to accommodations availability.
Day 1: Entebbe international airport-Airport Link.
Meet and greet our driver guide and transferred the lodge.
Dinner and overnight atAirport Link.
Day 2: Depart for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Early in the morning after your breakfast your driver/guide will meet you at your hotel, and he will take you through the details of your trip. Thereafter, proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is located in the southwestern part of Uganda for gorilla tracking. You will have a stopover at the equator to take photos and the other one in Mbarara to have your lunch. Along the way you will see a lot of sightings such as the beautiful scenery as you approach the park, this park is also endowed with a lot of plant and animals species like the mountain gorillas chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, forest elephants, birds, and waterfalls though Mountain gorillas are most popular. Check-in at the lodge, unwind, have dinner and an Overnight in Bwindi Impenetrable national park
Day 3: Gorilla Tracking -Bwindi forest.
On this day you will need to be very early, by 6:00am you should be up, have breakfast, and pack your lunch. Drive ahead reaching the Park headquarters, where you will be briefed by the ranger guide concerning what to do and not to do while in the park. Thereafter proceed with the ranger to look out for the mountain gorillas, this involves hiking up and down rugged paths whereby you will need to be physically fit and also carry a walking stick. Also you can use the local porters to carry your luggage. When you meet these gentle giants follow what your ranger guide tells you especially standing 6 meters away from them as you watch the mothers feed the young ones, the juveniles playing and the silver backs guarding the territory. How long this search will take is based on where the gorillas are located and feeding from so it can take 2-8 hours. Also don’t forget to carry enough water, a rain coat, sturdy shoes, long sleeved trousers, and snacks. Return back to your lodge after trekking. In the afternoon you may choose to relax at the lodge or go for a walk through the Batwa community/homesteads, see how they live and enjoy their cultural performances through dance and drama.
Dinner and overnight at Bwindi Impenetrable national park..
Day 4: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park through the Ishasha Sector.
After your early breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park passing through the Ishasha sector which is the southern sector of the park. Along the way you will have sights of different animal species including; the birds, bushbucks, elephants, gazelles, buffaloes, monkeys, and kobs, but the tree climbing lions are most common. On your arrival, check in at the lodge and enjoy your lunch, as you prepare to engage in a launch/boat cruise on Kazinga channel in the afternoon. This boat trip takes 2 hours and will give you an opportunity to watch different water animals closer, some of the animal species include; hippos, crocodiles, elephants and buffaloes along the banks. Also birds like the Saddle billed stork, African fish eagle, pink backed pelicans, Pied and malachite kingfisher, African Skimmer and the shoebill if you are lucky. Return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight at Queen Elizabeth National park.
Day 5: Morning Game drive/Chimpanzee tracking and Depart to Lake Mburo National Park.
Take your breakfast in the morning. This day being your last, you may opt for a morning game drive in the Kasenyi trail where you will have chance to see animals such as the lions, warthogs, elephants, Topis, buffaloes among others, also during this morning you will observe a number of different bird species or choose to visit the Kyambura gorge for chimpanzee tracking. Late in the afternoon transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, along the park trails you will spot various animals such as the elands, warthogs, buffaloes, zebras, and waterbucks. In the evening you will have a boat ride along the lake where you will have a great time having a chance to see different animals like the crocodiles, hippos, Topis and birds like the fish eagles. Dinner and overnight atLakeMburo .
Day 6: Lake Mburo National park – Bukoba Tanzania.
Have an early morning breakfast and start off the game drive through the Park, it takes 3 hours. This will give you an amazing glimpse of the Savannah and the 5 lakes. You will also see various animals such as buffaloes, antelopes, zebras, hyenas, topis, hippos, also not forgetting the different bird species on the acacia trees and near the lake making beautiful sounds. After the game drive head back to the lodge for lunch and park your stuff then depart to Bukoba-Tanzania. Dinner and overnight at Victorious Perch Hotel.
Day 7: Bukoba – Rubondo Island.
Full day trekking and tour atRubondo Islands including a visit to the Rubondo National Park and Lake Victoria Shores. Rubondo Island National Park is an important breeding ground for both migratory birds and fish species (especially Tilapia and Nile perch) as for a long time it stood to be the only area in the waters of Lake Victoria which was well protected and preserved. The park is covered by a dense forest thus providing a variety of habitats to wildlife ranging from savannah, open woodland, papyrus swamps to dense forest. These habitats form a home for various wild creatures such as sitatunga, bushbucks, velvet monkeys, genet cats, spotted necked otters, hippopotamus and crocodiles which share the ecological niches with introduced species such as chimpanzees, elephants, giraffes, black and white colubus monkeys, suni and African grey parrots. The park is famous by holding a variety of migratory birds from different parts of the world and some birds native to the area are Pasha Gulf with the African fish eagles distinctly appreciated.Dinner and overnight at Rubondo Island Camp.
Day 8: Rubondo Island Camp – Nyamirembe – Mwanza.
After breakfast transfer to Nyamirembe through a beautiful countryside with farming and fishing villages. Arrive at Mwanza in the evening. Dinner and overnight at Malaika beach Hotel.
Day 9 & 10: Serengeti National Park.
Early in the morning breakfast drive to Serengeti National Park, drive on a tarmac road from Mwanza to Ndabaka gate. Explore the western corridor zone, observing masses of residents in their natural habitats. Stop at the Grumeti River and Retima hippo pool where hippos and giant Nile crocodiles can be found in abundance. Travel further to Seronera area where animals can be seen in abundance including leopard, prides of lion, packs of spotted hyenas, cheetahs, and many plain animals like buffaloes, topi, hartebeest, wildebeest, waterbucks, elands, zebras, gazelles, warthogs, and numerous species of birds. More than 100 species can be observed in a day. Dinner and overnight at Seronera central Serengeti.
Day: 11&12; Serengeti Plains – Ndutu.
After your breakfast at the lodge, early depart to Ndutu plains in Ngorongoro. The Ndutuplains is a seasonal location tucked between the NCAA and Serengeti which allows off-road game drives.You will be staying at Ndutu area for two days chasing the migrations and get a chance to witness a new born of wildebeest and zebras, also in the second day you will do walking safaris where you will have a fair well chance to see as much big game on foot as you do on game drives, but you do get the chance to be immersed in a fascinating world of plants, seeds, insects, reptiles and small animals: all the things you don’t see on drives. You also become much more sensorial aware when you’re walking as opposed to driving: you’re constantly alert to the sounds of alarm calls and the smells of the bush, which means that you take in a lot more detail than you would in the car. Dinner and overnight at Ndutu Ngorongoro
Day 13: Ndutu – Olduvai Gorge – Maasai tribe.
After breakfast at the lodge, depart to Ngorongoro Conservation Area with the packed lunch, we will stopover at Olduvai Gorge, boasting with a history dating back to the dawn of time. It was here, that the anthropologists Drs. Lois and Mary Leakey discovered the skulls of the Nutcracker Man’ and ‘Handy Man’, both very significant links in the chain of human evolution.We arrive in time for lunch at the Olduvai Gorge. After we will visit maasai tribe along the way to Ngorongoro crater and descend 600m into this magnificent crater for a morning, full-day game drive. The Crater is one of the most densely crowded African wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino. Supported by a year-round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro Crater supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. You will enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater, after which you will climb up of the crater and drive back to your lodge. Dinner and overnight in Karatu.
Day 14: Karatu– Tarangire National Park.
After breakfast you will be heading into the Tarangire National Park for a morning game drive. The park runs along the line of the Tarangire River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. Its natural vegetation mainly consists of Acacia woodland and giant African Baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the south. Both the river and the swamps act like a magnet for wild animals, during Tanzania’s dry season. In the afternoon you will eat your lunch at the picnic overlooking Tarangire River. In the late afternoon drive to Arusha.
Dinner and overnight at Arusha.
Day 15: Arusha – Kilimanjaro International Airport.
After breakfast our guide will escort you on the final leg of your journey to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight.
End of tour.
The safari and tour prices above include:
-15 days game safaris to Tanzania’s & Uganda safaris as per samples itineraries
-Mid-range accommodation during the safari
-Private 4 wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch, refrigerator and charging port.
-Professional safari and tour guide / driver
-Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai gorge mesuem, Maasai tribe visit, Tarangire, Serengeti, Bwindi impenetrable and Queen Elizabeth national park fees.
-Gorilla Tracking Permit(s)
-Safari Vehicle and Driver/guide
-Park entry fees including Vehicle
-Lodging with all meals
-All Safari drives with a UWA armed Wildlife Expert
-Lunch on the way up and back to Entebbe
-Bottled Water for the journey
-Kazinga Channel Boat Safari
-Stop off at the equator -1.5 liters of mineral water.
-Unlimited game viewing activities specified. -Airport transfers.
The safari and tour prices itineraries exclude:
-Drinks and mineral water at lodges.
-Items of personal nature
-International and local airfares unless it is a personal special request.
-Optional Wi-Fi in the vehicle – Tips and gratuities.
WHAT TO PACK FOR THE GORILLA TRACKING.
1: Hiking Boots.
One of the most important items that should be included in your gorilla trekking gear are hiking boots. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National park and Volcanoes National Park involves trekking/hiking in search for the endangered mountain gorillas. Because of the nature of the forest plus the altitude and terrain, you need light weight hiking boots for this activity. Hiking boots are must as you decide on what to pack for your gorilla trekking adventure in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Rwanda’s volcanoes National Park.
2: Garden Gloves.
You will be required gloves to protect you hands during your gorilla trek. As you move in this forest, remember that it can get slippery and somehow you need to hold on something just in case such happens. If you happen to touch some itching plants, trees or even climbing trees, you may be harmed. These gloves will therefore protect you from germs and other items that may scratch your hands. Consider including Garden Gloves in your gorilla trekking packing list.
3: Rain Jacket.
Consider including a rain jacket or poncho in your gorilla trekking packing list as it is very crucial in as far as gorilla trekking gear is concerned. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a tropical rain forest and as such, rain is received through out the whole year. You will never tell when it is going to rain so you need a rain jacket in order to be protected from rain. Many clients prefer traveling in drier months of June, July, August and beginning of September and try to avoid rainy seasons of March, April and May but being a tropical rain forest, it can rain any time. When deciding on what to pack for your gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Volcanoes National Park, a Rain jacket or Poncho should be included.
4: Long Sleeved Shirts/Blouse.
You are required to have long sleeved trousers/shirts/blouse for your gorilla trekking. Please ensure that you tack in your trousers in your hiking boots to avoid insects such as safari ants entering your trousers. Jeans and Kachi trousers can do this better.
5: Energy Giving snacks.
Gorilla trekking can take from 30 minutes to eight or so hours and that’s why a certain level of fitness is required. To add on that, we advise that you carry some energy giving snacks as supplements. Before departing from your lodge, you need to carry your packed lunch and lots of drinking water as you never know when you will return. Energy giving foods contact your guide he/she can assist you with this.
6: Cameras and extra batteries.
Photography is an important component of your safari and thus make sure that you have your camera ready, charge your batteries very well and if necessary, carry extra batteries as you will need to take as many photographs in the one hour you will have with the gorillas. Please make sure that you switch off your flash while taking gorilla photographs.
7: Hat and Sun Glasses.
If it is hot, please carry a hat to protect you from the strong sun rays. You may also need to carry some sun glasses too. These are extra optionals.
8: Pair of Binoculars.
Don’t forget that you are on safari and you want to have clear views of everything. Bwindi Impenetrable National park is home to over 350 birds, chimpanzees, black and white colubus monkeys among other primates, forest elephants and buffaloes so during your trek in search for the rare mountain gorillas, you will have a chance to spot some of the above.
8: Porters for your gorilla trek.
This is an extra optional item and we advise all our clients to take a porter for their gorilla trekking. As earlier noted, gorilla trekking can be strenuous and thus you will need someone to give you a push or a pull on the way to the gorillas. These porters go for a fee but it is worth it. Remember that these porters are actually school going students either in their vacation or have been chased out of school due to school fees. By paying some money to have a porter with you, you will have contributed to community development indirectly.
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