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16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour

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16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour is one of the long term combined East Africa Safari packages featuring extensive wild game viewing experience and Primate watching including Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees. The Safari involves both domestic and regional flights to reduce long surface transfers. The destinations featured include Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale and Murchison Falls National Parks for Uganda and Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Parks along with Ngorongoro Conservation Area for Tanzania.

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Day 1 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Arrive in Uganda (Entebbe International Airport) & drive to the Hotel

Day 2 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Transfer by Aerolink scheduled flight from Entebbe International Airport to Kisoro Airstrip departing at 7:00hours and landing at 08:55 hours. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Optional Community walk

Day 3 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Undertake Mountain Gorilla trekking in Rushaga and afternoon relaxation at the lodge

Day 4 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Do Second Mountain Gorilla trekking and drive to Lake Bunyonyi through the fascinating Kigezi Highlands. Evening canoe paddle on the lake

Day 5 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. En route Ishasha sector game drive in search of tree climbing lions and other wild game

Day 6 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Extensive game drive in the rolling savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth NP, Kazinga Channel boat cruise in the afternoon & evening game drive along the channel track

Day 7 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Breakfast at leisure and drive to Kibale National Park. Hike the Ndali – Kasenda Crater field popularly known as the top of the world.

Day 8 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Undertake Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale NP and then drive to Fort Portal. Optional tea estate cycling in Mpanga Tea Estates

Day 9 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park. It’s a whole day drive. Optional Charter flight from Kasese to Pakuba Airstrip in Murchison

Day 10 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Morning game drive in the northern savannah landscapes of Murchison, afternoon Nile launch cruise & hike to the top of the falls

Day 11 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Scheduled flight transfer from Pakuba Airfield at 8:15 hours to Entebbe International Airport at 09:15 hours & proceed with a flight transfer to Tanzania – Kilimanjaro International Airport

Day 12 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Proceed on the drive to Lake Manyara National Park, visit the Mto Wa Mbu and do an afternoon game drive.

Day 13 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Transfer to Serengeti National Park – the most wildlife concentrated park in Africa

Day 14 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Extensive wild game viewing in Serengeti National Park

Day 15 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Drive to Ngorogoro crater & explore the crater

Day 16 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Departure

Day 1 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Arrive in Uganda (Entebbe International Airport) & drive to the Hotel

You land at Entebbe International Airport and pass through the Immigration arrivals before teaming up with our representative who will be waiting from the arrivals waiting section. After meet and greet, you pack the luggage in the vehicle and transfer to the hotel for check in and freshening up. The briefing about the safari will be conducted when you eventually settle for a cup of coffee or a cool bottle of your selected beverage to make sure that all is well for the subsequent journey.

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 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Transfer by Aerolink scheduled flight from Entebbe International Airport to Kisoro Airstrip departing at 7:00hours and landing at 08:55 hours. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Optional Community walk

Following an early breakfast, you connect to Entebbe International Airport catching up with a scheduled domestic flight to Kisoro Airstrip enjoying the Aerial landscapes of south western Uganda including the fascinating Kigezi Highlands. The professional driver guide will be set at the Airstrip along with the vehicle waiting to pick you up and transfer to the lodge. You can opt to take a community walk exploring the local traditions and mode of settlement. If you choose to stay at Lake Mutanda, a boat ride can be arranged up to Skelton Island exploring the magical scenery of this lava dammed lake overlooking the Virunga Volcanoes.

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Day 3 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Undertake Mountain Gorilla trekking in Rushaga and afternoon relaxation at the lodge

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Mountain Gorilla trekking does not only mark your re-union with the long lost cousins but also contributes greatly to their conservation. You assemble at the trekking point by 8am to attend to briefing conducted by the Uganda Wildlife Authority Park rangers. After which you set off to the forest in search of these species that are critically endangered world over. You traverse the dense jungle of Bwindi walking on steep slopes and descending down the steep slopes before crossing the narrow valleys and streams which mark the ecosystem of Bwindi. The actual Mountain Gorilla Viewing experience lasts for one hour offering unlimited photographic opportunities and viewing experience. The duration of the gorilla trekking is unpredictable but can range from 2 – 8 hours depending on how far they have moved that day. You retreat to the lodge for freshening up. The local Bakiga performance at the lodge can be arranged in the evening.

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Day 4 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Do Second Mountain Gorilla trekking and drive to Lake Bunyonyi through the fascinating Kigezi Highlands. Evening canoe paddle on the lake

This is dedicated for another Mountain Gorilla Trekking experience to have other lasting moments with these gentle giants. The routine is the same but you can opt to trek a new gorilla group for a diversified experience. From the activity, you embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi driving through beautiful landscapes of Kigezi Highlands dubbed the Switzerland of Africa. The evening at Lake Bunyonyi gifted with 29 Islands can be spend doing canoe paddling on the lake.

Accommodation

Up market / Luxury: Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort

Midrange / Budget: Lake Bunyonyi Eco – Resort

Day 5 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. En route Ishasha sector game drive in search of tree climbing lions and other wild game

Following breakfast, set off for the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park and upon entering its southern gate of Ishasha, you embark on the game drive in search of the tree climbing lions. This is one of the very few places where these animals can be viewed in the world. They appear very fascinating as they hang on the branches of fig trees in the Midmorning sun. Sights of other wildlife may not be missed like elephants, Waterbucks, Uganda Kobs among others. Proceed to the north of Queen Elizabeth National Park 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 6 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Extensive game drive in the rolling savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth NP, Kazinga Channel boat cruise in the afternoon & evening game drive

Set off for a game viewing experience commencing at 7am to the northern stretches of the park known as Kasenyi where good wild game viewing possibilities have been recorded. The chances of viewing four of the Big five including Elephants, Lions, Buffalos and leopard, Other wildlife like Waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, Bush bucks, Topis, Spotted Hyenas, side stripped jackals among others. Queen Elizabeth National Park features over 600 species of birds some of which might be viewed during the game drive encounter including; African White-backed Vulture, Palm-nut Vulture, Grey Kestrel, Temminck’s Courser, Martial Eagle, Long-created Eagle, Crowned Plover, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Bateleur, African Wattled Plover, Brown Snake Eagle among others. The game drive lasts 3 – 4 hours after which you gather at Mweya jetty for an afternoon boat ride commencing at 2pm returning at 4pm offering possibilities of viewing aquatics like Nile crocodiles and Hippos, birds like Yellow billed stork, African Skimmer and Kingfishers. The wild game can also be viewed drinking on the channel side. From the activity, you do a game drive along the channel track for more wild game viewing before settling for 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 7 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Breakfast at leisure and drive to Kibale National Park. Hike the Ndali – Kasenda Crater field popularly known as the top of the world.

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Following a relaxed breakfast, set off for the drive to Kibale National Park 157km around 3 hours enjoying scenic views of Rwenzori Mountains rising to 5,109m above sea level becoming the third highest in Africa. You reach in Kibale for lunch and in the afternoon; you set off for the hike in the Ndali – Kasenda crater field which is one of the largest explosion craters in Uganda offering remarkable scenic views of the area including 300 lakes, primates like Black and White Colobus and Vervet Monkeys along with bird species. Retire 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 8 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Undertake Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale NP and then drive to Fort Portal. Optional tea estate cycling in Mpanga Tea Estates

Following breakfast, you congregate at Kanyanchu Tourism Center for briefing at 8am about the Chimpanzee trekking conduct. Kibale Forest standing as a tropical moist forest presents a soothing morning environment making the trek to the Chimpanzees exciting. The forest is home to 351 species of trees, 375 bird species along with 13 species of primates. The eventual encounter with the Chimpanzees is set for one hour offering opportunities to explore them as they feed, copulate, play, hunt and make pant hooting calls among others. The whole activity can last between 2 – 5 hours. You walk back to the starting point and embark on the drive to Fort Portal where you can opt to spend the afternoon at leisure or take a cycling encounter in the Mpanga tea estates for sightseeing and experiential encounters like tea plucking and processing.

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Kyaninga Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Mountains of the moon Hotel

Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Day 9 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park. It’s a whole day drive. Optional Charter flight from Kasese to Pakuba Airstrip in Murchison

Following breakfast, set off from Fort Portal driving to Murchison Falls National Park. It’s a long drive but offers remarkable views of the countryside landscape with a lunch stop at Hoima town. The local settlements and physical features make the journey rewarding.

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge / Bakers Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Murchison River Lodge

Budget / Basic: Heritage Safari Lodge

Day 10 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Morning game drive in the northern savannah landscapes of Murchison, afternoon Nile launch cruise & hike to the top of the falls

The game drive commences at 7am in the northern section of Murchison Falls National Park exploring the magical landscapes of this area dotted with a great count of wild game including; Elephants, Rothschild Giraffes, Buffalos, Lions, Leopards, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Uganda Kob and the Oribis. The activity tends to last 3 – 4 hours after which you get back to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. Gather at Paraa jetty in the afternoon for a Nile launch cruise departing at 2pm for a 3 hour ride to the bottom of the falls. The cruise offers possibilities of viewing Nile crocodiles, Shoebill stork, the Hippos along with the wild game drinking on the riverside like Rothschild Giraffes, Elephants, Waterbucks, Buffalos, Uganda Kobs among others. Upon reaching the bottom of the falls, you embark on the hike to the top of the World’s powerful waterfall. The challenging hike brings along the magical sights and sounds of the Nile where it squeezes itself to pass through a less than 7m gorge before dropping 43m below the Devil’s Cauldron deriving a plume spray marked with a trademark rainbow. You join the driver and the vehicle on the top of the falls to transfer back to the lodge

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge / Bakers Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Murchison River Lodge

Budget / Basic: Heritage Safari Lodge

Day 11 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Scheduled flight transfer from Pakuba Airfield at 8:15 hours to Entebbe International Airport at 09:15 hours & proceed with a flight transfer to Tanzania – Kilimanjaro International Airport

Transfer to Pakuba Airstrip to board a flight from Murchison Falls National Park to Entebbe International Airport. You keep around Entebbe till the check in time for the flight connection to Kilimanjaro National Park. Upon arrival in Tanzania, you drive to Arusha for dinner and overnight

Accommodation: Impala Hotel / Iiboru Safari Lodge

Day 12 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Proceed on the drive to Lake Manyara National Park, visit the Mto Wa Mbu and do an afternoon game drive.

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 13 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Transfer to Serengeti National Park – the most wildlife concentrated park in Africa

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 14 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Extensive wild game viewing in Serengeti National Park

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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 15 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Drive to Ngorogoro crater & explore the crater

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 16 of the 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Tour: Departure

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 16 Days Uganda Tanzania Primate & Wildlife Safari

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