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17 Days Uganda Tanzania Kenya Safari, Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzees, Rwenzori Mountain Hike Scenery & Wildlife Viewing, Masai People Community Tours

17 Days Uganda Tanzania Kenya Safari – Overview

The 17 days Uganda Tanzania Kenya safari is all in one 16nights/17 day Uganda Tanzania & Kenya safari offering the best of an East African safari holiday adventure activities such as gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park, Rwenzori Mountain hike in Uganda, beautiful scenery seeing and extensive wild game viewing including the Big five, Millions of Wildebeest, Zebras, Gazelles among others in the East Africa popular wildlife parks of Queen Elizabeth, Serengeti National Park and Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania, then in Masai Mara National Reserve of Kenya.

The 17 days Uganda Tanzania Kenya safari offers unique African community cultural tours to the endemic, native Masai people in their villages both in Kenya in Masai Mara Reserve and in Serengeti Tanzania.

The views of the beautiful Flamingos during your birding tour experience on Lake Nakuru shall ultimately generate the ultimate Africa safari memories.

17 Days Uganda Tanzania Kenya Safari – Highlights.

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport – Uganda and connect to the hotel

Day 2: Drive to Kibale National Park / Fort Portal Area, tour the Amabere g’ Nyinamwiru caves & Fort Portal Crater hike

Day 3: Undertake Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest & drive to Kasese

Day 4 ,5 & 6: Do a 3 days / 2 nights trek of Rwenzori Mountains exploring the Mahoma trail

Day 7: Extensive game drive in Kasenyi sector, boat safari along Kazinga Channel in the afternoon & evening game drive along the channel track

Day 8: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with a stop in Ishasha sector to the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park for a game drive in search of tree climbing lions

Day 9: Do Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & spend the evening at leisure

Day 10: Drive to Kigali & fly to Arusha Tanzania. Here, you can also fly from Kisoro to Entebbe and then fly from Entebbe to Kilimanjaro

Day 11: Drive to Lake Manyara, tour the Mto Wa Mbu community & game drive in the afternoon

Day 12: Transfer to Ngorongoro crater & do crater tour in the afternoon

Day 13: Drive to Serengeti National Park & do an introductory game drive upon arrival

Day 14: Full day game drive in Serengeti National Park

Day 15: Transfer to Maasai Mara National Park Kenya to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania

Day 16: Full day game viewing in Maasai Mara National Reserve with optional evening cultural tour to the Maasai people

Day 17: Drive to Nairobi

17 Days Uganda Tanzania Kenya Safari – Detailed Itinerary.

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport – Uganda And Connect 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, Mid-range / Standard: Cassia Lodge / Boma Hotel Entebbe, Budget / Basic: Banda Inns / Airport Guesthouse

Day 2: Drive to Kibale National Park / Fort Portal Area, Tour The Amabere g’ Nyinamwiru Caves & Fort Portal Crater Hike

Following breakfast, you set off for the drive to Kibale National Park 326km about 6 – 7 hours drive. You explore the beautiful scenic landscapes en route including the sights of Mubende Inselbergs, the green vegetation cover, Lake Wamara at a distance, towns and local settlement not forgetting the magnificent tea estates close to Fort Portal town.

You settle for lunch in Fort Portal town after which you proceed to Kibale National Park to spend the rest of the day at leisure.

An optional hike to Fort Portal crater field and a visit to the Amabere g’Nnyinamwiru caves can be arranged.

This is an impressive cultural experience coupled with amazing scenic views. The breast-like features are believed to be breasts of Nyinamwiru the daughter of Bukuku – the self enthroned King of the Bachwezi who denied her daughter to breastfeed her son in fear that he might take over the throne from him.

The hike to Fort Portal Crater field offers remarkable views of the crater lakes and crater hollows and Rwenzori Mountains. Retire for 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: Undertake Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest & Drive to Kasese

At 8 am, 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 transfer to Kasese for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Equator Snow Lodge, Mid-range / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge, Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp

Day 4: Adventure Hike From Ibanda to Omuka Kizza Rest Camp (2977m)

Gather after breakfast with the hiking team and set off for the trek through the intact forest of Kyambogho that overlooks Mubuku Valley.

You proceed on the hike in the forest gaining likely views of primates including Blue Monkey, Black and White Colobus and rare L’hoest Monkey.

The overnight is at Omuka Kizza Rest Camp (2,977 metres) offering panoramic views of Kasese town at 2,160m below and the foothills of Mount Rwenzori. The sights of Great Blue Turaco may not be missed.

Accommodation: Omuka Kizza Rest Camp

Day 5: Adventure Hike From Omuka Kizza to Mahoma Lake

Proceed on the hike to Lake Mahoma following breakfast passing through the narrow ridge that is covered by moss rising to 3,515 meters.

You trek through the area marked by giant heather forest and bright green moss layers. Through the Bamboo and Heather forest, you may likely explore the footprints of Mountain foothills and if lucky, they can be viewed drinking water at the hot springs.

The ridge eventually ends in Rukenga Valley where the beautiful everlasting flowers called mimulopsis eliotti along with giant lobelia can be viewed. The night is spent at Lake Mahoma Camp. On the clear sky, Mount Stanley, Mount Baker and Portal can be viewed

Accommodation: Mahoma Lake Camp

Day 6: Descend From Mahoma Lake to Ibanda

You trek around Lake Mahoma and then commence the descend to Ibanda via the Nyabitaba hut enjoying the views of Mpanga ridge and the Mubuku Valley where the three-horned Chameleon may be explored.

Proceed to the starting point from where you drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge, Mid-range / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge / Kasenyi Safari Camp, Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 7: Extensive Game Drive in Kasenyi Sector, Boat Safari Along Kazinga Channel in The Afternoon & Evening Game Drive Along The Channel Track

You set off for the game drive early in the morning around 6 am for those that stay inside the park but that outside can only start after the gates open at 7 am.

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, Buffaloes, Uganda Kobs, Leopard, Warthogs, Topis, Bush-bucks 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 within 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

Optional activities that can be undertaken in this day include; the Hot Balloon Safari and the Lion tracking experience

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge, Mid-range / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge / Kasenyi Safari Camp, Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 8: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park With a Stop in Ishasha Sector

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, Mid-range / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp, Budget / Basic: Broad-bill Forest Camp

Day 9: Do Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Spend The Evening at Leisure

Following breakfast at the lodge, you gather at gorilla trekking assembly point for briefing at 8 am. 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 / Bakiga 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, Mid-range / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp, Budget / Basic: Broad-bill Forest Camp

Day 10: Drive to Kigali & Fly to Arusha Tanzania.

Transfer to Kigali crossing at Katuna border post enjoying the impressive hilly landscapes of Rwanda that have earned her a dub as the land of a thousand hills.

You connect on an onward flight to Tanzania for relaxation and overnight. Alternatively, take a domestic flight transfer from Kisoro to Entebbe and connect on the regional flight from Entebbe to Kilimanjaro

Accommodation: Impala Hotel / Iiboru Safari Lodge

Day 11: Drive to Lake Manyara, Tour The Mto Wa Mbu Community & Game Drive in The Afternoon

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, Mid-range / Standard: Manyara Kirurumu Camp, Budget / Basic: Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp

Day 12: Transfer to Ngorongoro Crater & do Crater Tour in The Afternoon

After breakfast, transfer to Ngorongoro Crater and descend into the crater floor for a full day of game drive. Later in the evening ascend and proceed to your hotel in Karatu for evening leisure and hot dinner.

The crater stands as the world’s largest inactive, unfilled and intact volcanic caldera with a population of over 250,000 large animals including Elephants, Lions, Cheetah, Buffalo, Wildebeest, Rhinos including Black Rhinos among others making its encounter rewarding.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, Mid-range / Standard: Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge, Budget / Basic: Karatu Simba Lodge

Day 13: Drive to Serengeti National Park & Do an Introductory Game Drive Upon Arrival

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 to generate great African safari memories.

You take up a game drive in the evening upon entering the park for extensive wild game viewing experience.

You can make an optional tour to Olduvai gorge to explore an ancient site where the fossils of early man were discovered.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Serengeti Sopa Lodge, Mid-range / Standard: Serengeti Kati Kati Camp, Budget / Basic: Kijereshi Tented Camp (Bungalow)

Day 14: Full Day Game Drive in Serengeti National Park

Also referred as the world’s famous wildlife safari park, Serengeti National Park’s endless plains feature the great count of the 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, Mid-range / Standard: Serengeti Kati Kati Camp, Budget / Basic: Kijereshi Tented Camp (Bungalow)

Day 15: Transfer to Maasai Mara National Park Kenya to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania

Drive to Maasai Mara National Reserve with a lunch box crossing at Isebania border where you will change the vehicle upon clearing the immigration formalities.

An introductory game drive will be undertaken as you enter Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Mara Serena Safari Lodge, Mid-range / Standard: Keekorok Game Lodge, Budget / Basic: Ilkeliani Camp

Day 16: Full Day Game Viewing in Maasai Mara National Reserve With Optional Evening Cultural Tour to The Maasai People

The extensive game drive in Maasai Mara Reserve commences early in the morning following a cup of coffee.

Depending on the season, you can get an opportunity to explore the Great Migration where Millions of Wildebeest accompanied by the hundreds of thousands of Zebras and Thompson Gazelle cross the Crocodile Infested Mara River from Serengeti to Maasai Mara to feed on the abundant grass after which they go back. This spectacular sight is ranked among the Natural wonders of the world.

The prides of lions, the herds of Buffaloes and elephants, elusive leopards, cheetah among other species may be encountered on this game drive.

In the evening, you take up a cultural tour to the Maasai Community exploring their ancient heritage and enjoying their music dance and drama.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Mara Serena Safari Lodge, Mid-range / Standard: Keekorok Game Lodge, Budget / Basic: Ilkeliani Camp

Day 17: Drive to Nairobi

Transfer from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi enjoying the scenic countryside landscapes including the Great Rift Valley. Connect to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for a flight back home or a safari connection to Mombasa coast or Zanzibar Islands.

End of the 17 Days Uganda Tanzania Kenya Safari

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