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12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania

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The 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda and Tanzania is a medium safari package starting in Uganda’s Entebe and ending in Tanzania’s Arusha. The main activities include Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi, Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park, extensive wild game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area including the Big five of African land animals

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Day 1 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Arrival in Uganda – Entebbe International Airport and drive to the hotel

Day 2 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Drive to Kibale National Park / Fort Portal Area, explore the Amabere g’ Nyinamwiru caves & the Fort Portal Crater field hike

Day 3 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Undertake Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest & drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 4 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Game drive in Kasenyi sector & Kazinga Channel boat safari in the afternoon

Day 5 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & do Ishasha sector game drive in search of tree climbing lions

Day 6 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Undertake Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & spend the afternoon at leisure

Day 7 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Drive to Kigali & transfer by flight to Arusha Tanzania

Day 8 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Transfer to Lake Manyara NP, do a Village walk and wild game viewing safari in the afternoon

Day 9 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Transfer to Tanzania’s popular Serengeti National Park

Day 10 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Whole day Serengeti National Park exploration

Day 11 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Transfer to Ngorogoro crater & do Crater tour

Day 12 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Transfer to Arusha for either departure or optional extension to Zanzibar Islands

Day 1 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Arrival in Uganda – Entebbe International Airport and drive to the hotel

Following the flight from your country of origin, you land at Entebbe International Airport enjoying the courteous welcome of our representative who might also be your driver guide. After this, you connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Lake Victoria Serena Resort / Sheraton Hotel Kampala

Midrange / Standard: Cassia Lodge / Boma Hotel Entebbe

Budget / Basic: Banda Inns / Airport Guesthouse

Day 2 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Transfer to Kibale National Park / Fort Portal Area, visit the Amabere g’ Nyinamwiru caves & hike the Fort Portal Crater field

Set off for the drive to Fort Portal 300km around 4 – 5 hours transfer exploring the countryside landscapes marked by lush flora, the inselbergs and extensive tea plantations. You settle for lunch in Fort Portal town after which you visit the Amabere g’Nnyinamwiru Caves – the breast-like features believed locally to be breasts of Nnyinamwiru the daughter of Bukuku a self imposed King of the Bachwezi. The caves have got a seasonal river flowing over them creating scenic water fall. From the caves, you undertake a hike to Fort Portal Crater lake field which is one of the major explosion craters in Uganda. The hike presents impressive adventure and amazing sightseeing opportunities. From the activity, you connect to Kibale for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Primate Lodge – Luxury Cottages / Ndali Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Kibale Forest Camp – Safari Tent

Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Day 3 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Undertake Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest & drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

At 8am, you congregate at Kanyanchu Tourism Centre for briefing about Chimpanzee trekking encounter. The Uganda Wildlife Authority Park rangers guide you through the lush tropical forest noted to have survived the last ice age and thus with great biodiversity including 375 species of birds, 351 species of trees and 13 primate species. The Chimpanzee trekking experience lasts 2 – 5 hours but for conservation purposes the actual viewing is limited to one hour. The views of Chimpanzees as they forage, much fruit, copulate, patrol, jump from branch to branch and from tree to tree coupled with those of other forest offers like Black and White Colobus monkeys, Red Colobus Monkeys and birds combine to generate ultimate Africa Safari memories. From the trek, you embark on 157km drive about 3 hours to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge / Kasenyi Safari Camp

Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 4 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Game drive in Kasenyi sector & Kazinga Channel boat safari in the afternoon

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You set off for the game drive early in the morning around 6am for those that stay inside the park but those outside can only start after the gates open at 7am. The drive is conducted in Kasenyi plains one of the popular wild game viewing sectors in Queen Elizabeth National Park where possibilities of viewing Elephants, Buffalos, Uganda Kobs, Leopard, Warthogs, Topis, Bushbucks among others. The game drive can last about 3 – 4 hours after which you spend the rest of the time resting at the lodge or keeping with in Mweya peninsular. After lunch, you gather at Mweya jetty on Kazinga Channel for a 2 hour boat cruise enjoying the soothing waters of the channel that connects Lake Gorge and Edward along with the views of the wild game drinking on the channel shore and the aquatics like Nile crocodile and Hippos. From the boat, you undertake a game drive in the Mweya peninsular as you connect back to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge / Kasenyi Safari Camp

Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 5 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & do Ishasha sector game drive in search of tree climbing lions

Set off for the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and an en route game drive in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park offers rewarding possibilities of exploring the unique tree climbing lions that tend to lie on fig tree branches in the mid morning sun. From Ishasha, you proceed on the drive to Bwindi for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Day 6 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Undertake Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & spend the afternoon at leisure

Following breakfast at the lodge, you gather at gorilla trekking assembly point for briefing at 8am. The Impenetrable forest of Bwindi perched on a rugged terrain marked by steep hills and narrow valleys present a rather challenging trek than in other gorilla safari destinations. The encounter with the gentle giants encountering them as they forage and socialize is very memorable. Direct viewing is limited to one hour while the whole Mountain Gorilla Trekking encounter can range from 2 – 8 hours. You retreat from the tour and connect to the lodge spending the afternoon at leisure. An optional Batwa Community tour can be arranged in the evening to explore the traditions of these people noted to be among the last surviving groups of short people.

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Day 7 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Drive to Kigali & transfer by flight to Arusha Tanzania

Following breakfast, you connect to Kigali International Airport in Rwanda driving through the impressive hillside landscapes of Rwanda that have earned her a dub as the land of a thousand hills. From Kigali, you connect by flight to Kilimanjaro Airport where you will be picked up and transferred to Arusha for overnight.

Accommodation: Impala Hotel / Iiboru Safari Lodge

Day 8 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Transfer to Lake Manyara NP, do a Village walk and wild game viewing safari in the afternoon

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Following breakfast, connect to Lake Manyara National Park where you will first encounter the Mto wa Mbu eco-community which is a diverse ethnic concentration of various tribal groups with complex customs and traditions. You explore the various foodstuffs and their preparation, the local beer brewing, the architectural design and the famous Wood Carvings. In the afternoon, you connect to the park for a game drive experience gaining possibilities of viewing tree climbing lions, Warthog, Zebras, Baboon, Elephant, Hippos, Wildebeest, Impala, and Giraffe among others. Retreat for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Manyara Kirurumu Camp

Budget / Basic: Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp

Day 9 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Transfer to Tanzania’s popular Serengeti National Park

Proceed on the drive to Serengeti National Park which is one of the popular wildlife destinations on the African continent. With over 1.5 Million Wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of Zebras, counts of Nile crocodile and honey badger, the Serengeti National Park has a lot to offer generating great African safari memories. You take up a game drive in the evening upon entering the park for extensive wild game viewing experience

Accommodation:

Upmarket / Luxury: Serengeti Sopa Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Serengeti Kati Kati Camp

Budget / Basic: Kijereshi Tented Camp (Bungalow)

Day 10 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Full day Safari in the Serengeti

Also referred as the world’s famous wildlife safari park, Serengeti National Park’s endless plains feature the great count of animal population on earth including the great big cats like thousands of lions, Tanzanian Cheetah, leopards, Jackal species among others, Herbivores like millions of Wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of elephants, Zebras, Thompson Gazelles, Buffaloes not forgetting bird species.

Accommodation:

Upmarket / Luxury: Serengeti Sopa Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Serengeti Kati Kati Camp

Budget / Basic: Kijereshi Tented Camp (Bungalow)

Day 11 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Transfer to Ngorogoro crater & do Crater tour

After a cup of coffee, you set off for the drive to Ngorongoro Crater exploring the beautiful countryside. You can make an optional stop at Olduvai Gorge – the cradle land of mankind following the discovery of the early man skull by Dr Leakey. Ngorongoro Crater stands as the World’s largest intact, inactive and unfilled Volcanic Caldera and also a World heritage site as declared by UNESCO. The afternoon is spent on sightseeing and game drive on the crater floor where the possibilities of exploring the Big five including the Black Rhinos exist.

Accommodation:

Upmarket / Luxury: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge

Budget / Basic: Karatu Simba Lodge

Day 12 of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania: Transfer to Arusha for either departure or optional extension to Zanzibar Islands

You set off from Ngorongoro and transfer to Arusha to mark the end of the safari. From Arusha, you can consider an extension to Zanzibar or take a flight back home.

End of the 12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Uganda & Tanzania

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