Gorillas,Chimps and Tanzania 18 Days

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Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda & Rwanda all have so much to offer from Safaris to Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking, make the most of your visit to East Africa.
ItineraryDay 1: Arrival Entebbe AirportStop At: Airport Transfer Entebbe, Kampala, Central RegionWelcome to the Pearl of Africa! Arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: O/n Protea Hotel Entebbe (D)Day 2: Entebbe to Lake Mburo National ParkStop At: Lake Mburo National Park, Mbarara, Western RegionAfter breakfast we will head southwest to Lake Mburo National Park. On our way we will pass the Ugandan Equator where you can take pictures and shop for a souvenir. From here we continue to Igongo Cultural Centre where we also will have lunch. The cultural centre illustrates the culture and traditional way of life of the local tribes in this area, including a museum, garden with indigenous trees and plants and traditional homesteads. In the afternoon we enter Lake Mburo National Park. Check in at your accommodation located on the top of a hill and enjoy the wonderful views. In the afternoon enjoy a guided bush walk with opportunities for a close encounter with Uganda’s wildlife! Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: O/n Mihingo Lodge (B, L, D)Day 3: Lake Mburo to Bwindi Impenetrable ForestStop At: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kabale, Western RegionWake up in the morning to the sounds of the African bush! After a calm breakfast we depart the protected area and with a game drive on our way out we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: O/n Mahogany Springs (B, L, D)Day 4: Gorilla TrekkingStop At: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kabale, Western RegionArise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants! Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trail head for the start of a thrilling adventure. Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of (average) fitness. However the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback completely makes up for the effort! Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling with the juveniles – it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience!Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: O/n Mahogany Springs (B, L, D)Day 5: Gorilla TrekkingStop At: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kabale, Western RegionJust Like yesterday, arise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants! Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trail head for the start of a thrilling adventure. Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of (average) fitness. However the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback completely makes up for the effort! Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: O/n Mahogany Springs (B, L, D)Day 6: Bwindi to Queen Elizabeth NP to Kibale Forest NPStop At: Kibale National Park, Kasese, Western RegionAfter an early breakfast we head to another tropical rainforest. En route we will pass the vast savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park where we will go in search of the tree climbing lions. Enjoy a picnic lunch before we proceed towards the foothills of the “Mountains of the Moon” and finally reach Kibale Forest National Park, for an overnight in the middle of the African jungle.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: O/n Primate Lodge Luxury Cottages (B, L, D)Day 7: Kibale Forest National ParkStop At: Kibale National Park, Kasese, Western RegionToday the forest opens for a sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is reputable of having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. After a pre-tracking briefing at walking distance from your accommodation, you will start your hike adventure into the forest. Follow the footsteps of a large habituated family of chimpanzees, with over 120 individuals, that has made Kibale one of the best locations in Africa for chimp viewing.En route your guide will explain more about the forest and the other inhabitants, including other primates and birds such as the blue breasted Kingfisher, black billed Turaco, Pied Hornbill, Chestnut winged Starlings and many more.Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will stay with them for one unforgettable hour as they continue their daily routine – growling, grooming, feeding, taking care of the young ones and agilely climbing up trees. It certainly is one unforgettable wildlife encounter and the hour is always over too soon.After your forest walk, return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we transfer to Bigodi Village for a community walk that will bring you closer to the local tribe that lives in this area. Accompanied by a local guide, who can tell you everything about the traditional customs and lifestyle, you will follow the village path and visit a primary school, traditional homesteads and learn more about the crops in the fields.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: O/n Primate Lodge Luxury Cottages (B, L, D) Day 8: Kibale to EntebbeStop At: Airport Transfer Entebbe, Kampala, Central RegionAfter breakfast we calmly head back towards the capital city with lunch en route. Look out for the black-and-white colobus monkeys which are hiding along the road. From Kampala we continue to Entebbe.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: O/n Protea Hotel Entebbe (B, L)Day 9: Travel from Uganda to TanzaniaStop At: Ascend Tanzania, Moshi, Kilimanjaro RegionTransfer to Entebbe International Airport connect to your international flight. We recommend you book your own flight from Entebbe to Kilimanjaro Airport as part of your international ticket. Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport where you will be collected and transfer to Ahadi Lodge located just outside Arusha town.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: O/n Ahadi Lodge (D)Day 10: Arusha National Park and Safari WalkStop At: Arusha National Park, Arusha National Park, Arusha RegionAfter breakfast drive the short distance to Arusha National Park where you head out on an easy walking safari with an armed ranger. Walk through open plains and the lower slopes of Mt. Meru over to waterfalls. Get a different perspective of viewing wildlife from the ground level. There are also good chances of seeing black and white Colobus monkey.Optional: afternoon canoeing safari of Little Momela lake – gives you a great opportunity to approach wildlife as they drink and wallow in the shallows.Continue with afternoon game drives before heading back to Ahadi LodgeDuration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: O/n Ahadi Lodge (B, L, D)Day 11: Arusha to Tarangire National ParkStop At: Tarangire National Park, Tarangire National Park, Arusha RegionDepart from Arusha in the morning and begin the drive through a changing landscape to Tarangire National Park for game drives of the ‘Elephant Playground’. Game drives en route to Tarangire Safari Lodge for hot lunch and relaxation – head out again late afternoon for sunset game drives and return to the lodge in time for sundowner drinks.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: O/n Tarangire Safari Lodge (B, L, D)Day 12: Tarangire to Esilalei Maasai CommunityStop At: Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara National Park, Arusha RegionDawn game drives of Tarangire National Park - then leave the park with a game drive en-route and head the short distance to the Maasai community of Esilalei. Meet with your local Maasai guide who will introduce you to his village. Get a better understanding of the natural medicines still used on a daily basis with a Maasai medicine walk of the surrounding area. Then continue down to a Boma (mud dwelling) for an introduction into the Maasai way of life, beliefs and rituals. Freshen up and enjoy a real cultural experience around the fire place with traditional song and dance.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: O/n Isoitok Camp Manyara (B, L, D)Day 13: : Lake Manyara National ParkStop At: Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara National Park, Arusha RegionAfter breakfast depart towards Lake Manyara National Park for game drives of this very diverse park. If you are lucky you may see the famous tree climbing lions. Picnic lunch in the bush followed by game drives until mid-afternoon – then slowly make your way out of the park and return to the camp.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: O/n Isoitok Camp Manyara (B, L, D)Day 14: Manyara to Serengeti National ParkStop At: Serengeti National Park, Serengeti National ParkMorning wake-up call with bird chorus. After breakfast you head via the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the endless plains of Serengeti. Game drive en-route to central Serengeti – explore the many different areas of the park, your driver guide will advice on the best places to visit.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: O/n Kiota Camp (B, L, D)Day 15: Full Day In Serengeti National ParkStop At: Serengeti National Park, Serengeti National ParkOptional: Early morning head out for a Balloon flight. View the Serengeti plains from a hot air balloon followed by champagne breakfast on the landing site. A full day of game drives in Serengeti National Park. Head over to the Rock Kopjes where you have good chances of seeing some of the cat families. Cheetah and lion use this giant rock out crops as observation posts.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: O/n Kiota Camp (B, L, D)Day 16: Ngorongoro Crater Rim Nature WalkStop At: Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Arusha RegionAfter breakfast game drives en-route out of the Serengeti, heading back through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area towards the Ngorongoro Crater. Continue to the crater rim and onto the NCAA HQ where you collect a ranger who will accompany you on a nature walk of the crater rim. Late afternoon head to Rhino lodge located just off the Ngorongoro Crater rim – enjoy your dinner and overnight.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: O/n Rhino Lodge (B, L, D)Day 17: Ngorongoro CraterStop At: Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Arusha RegionEarly morning descend into the crater for game drives. There are 25,000 large mammals residing in the park. The elephants are mainly bulls, females stay out of the park due to it boasting the largest predator population in Africa. Black Rhino also make their home on the grassy plains, their numbers make up for almost half of what can still be found in East Africa; about 20 in total.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: O/n Rhino Lodge (B, L, D)Day 18: Ngorongoro to Kilimanjaro International AirportStop At: Kilimanjaro Animal C.R.E.W., Moshi, Kilimanjaro RegionAfter breakfast at the lodge, slowly begin the drive towards Arusha where you will be dropped off at Arusha Airport for your flight connection to your next safari/beach destination or drop off at Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight connection back home (B, L)Note: O/N = Overnight, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = DinnerDuration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 16x Breakfast
  • 17x Dinner
  • 17x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 17 nights
  • Entry/Admission - Airport Transfer Entebbe
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Mburo National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Kibale National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Kibale National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Airport Transfer Entebbe
  • Entry/Admission - Ascend Tanzania
  • Entry/Admission - Arusha National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Tarangire National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Manyara
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Manyara
  • Entry/Admission - Serengeti National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Serengeti National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Ngorongoro Crater
  • Entry/Admission - Ngorongoro Crater
  • Entry/Admission - Kilimanjaro Animal C.R.E.W.

What’s not included


Itinerary

Day 10: Arusha National Park and Safari Walk Stop At: Arusha National Park, Arusha National Park, Arusha Region After breakfast drive the short distance to Arusha National Park where you head out on an easy walking safari with an armed ranger. Walk through open plains and the lower slopes of Mt. Meru over to waterfalls. Get a different perspective of viewing wildlife from the ground level. There are also good chances of seeing black and white Colobus monkey. Optional: afternoon canoeing safari of Little Momela lake – gives you a great opportunity to approach wildlife as they drink and wallow in the shallows. Continue with afternoon game drives before heading back to Ahadi Lodge Duration: 10 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: O/n Ahadi Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 11: Arusha to Tarangire National Park Stop At: Tarangire National Park, Tarangire National Park, Arusha Region Depart from Arusha in the morning and begin the drive through a changing landscape to Tarangire National Park for game drives of the ‘Elephant Playground’. Game drives en route to Tarangire Safari Lodge for hot lunch and relaxation – head out again late afternoon for sunset game drives and return to the lodge in time for sundowner drinks. Duration: 10 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: O/n Tarangire Safari Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 12: Tarangire to Esilalei Maasai Community Stop At: Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara National Park, Arusha Region Dawn game drives of Tarangire National Park - then leave the park with a game drive en-route and head the short distance to the Maasai community of Esilalei. Meet with your local Maasai guide who will introduce you to his village. Get a better understanding of the natural medicines still used on a daily basis with a Maasai medicine walk of the surrounding area. Then continue down to a Boma (mud dwelling) for an introduction into the Maasai way of life, beliefs and rituals. Freshen up and enjoy a real cultural experience around the fire place with traditional song and dance. Duration: 10 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: O/n Isoitok Camp Manyara (B, L, D)
Day 13: : Lake Manyara National Park Stop At: Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara National Park, Arusha Region After breakfast depart towards Lake Manyara National Park for game drives of this very diverse park. If you are lucky you may see the famous tree climbing lions. Picnic lunch in the bush followed by game drives until mid-afternoon – then slowly make your way out of the park and return to the camp. Duration: 10 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: O/n Isoitok Camp Manyara (B, L, D)
Day 14: Manyara to Serengeti National Park Stop At: Serengeti National Park, Serengeti National Park Morning wake-up call with bird chorus. After breakfast you head via the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the endless plains of Serengeti. Game drive en-route to central Serengeti – explore the many different areas of the park, your driver guide will advice on the best places to visit. Duration: 12 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: O/n Kiota Camp (B, L, D)
Day 15: Full Day In Serengeti National Park Stop At: Serengeti National Park, Serengeti National Park Optional: Early morning head out for a Balloon flight. View the Serengeti plains from a hot air balloon followed by champagne breakfast on the landing site. A full day of game drives in Serengeti National Park. Head over to the Rock Kopjes where you have good chances of seeing some of the cat families. Cheetah and lion use this giant rock out crops as observation posts. Duration: 10 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: O/n Kiota Camp (B, L, D)
Day 16: Ngorongoro Crater Rim Nature Walk Stop At: Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Arusha Region After breakfast game drives en-route out of the Serengeti, heading back through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area towards the Ngorongoro Crater. Continue to the crater rim and onto the NCAA HQ where you collect a ranger who will accompany you on a nature walk of the crater rim. Late afternoon head to Rhino lodge located just off the Ngorongoro Crater rim – enjoy your dinner and overnight. Duration: 12 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: O/n Rhino Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 17: Ngorongoro Crater Stop At: Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Arusha Region Early morning descend into the crater for game drives. There are 25,000 large mammals residing in the park. The elephants are mainly bulls, females stay out of the park due to it boasting the largest predator population in Africa. Black Rhino also make their home on the grassy plains, their numbers make up for almost half of what can still be found in East Africa; about 20 in total. Duration: 12 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: O/n Rhino Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 18: Ngorongoro to Kilimanjaro International Airport Stop At: Kilimanjaro Animal C.R.E.W., Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region After breakfast at the lodge, slowly begin the drive towards Arusha where you will be dropped off at Arusha Airport for your flight connection to your next safari/beach destination or drop off at Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight connection back home (B, L) Note: O/N = Overnight, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner Duration: 4 hours No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 1: Arrival Entebbe Airport Stop At: Airport Transfer Entebbe, Kampala, Central Region Welcome to the Pearl of Africa! Arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: O/n Protea Hotel Entebbe (D)
Day 2: Entebbe to Lake Mburo National Park Stop At: Lake Mburo National Park, Mbarara, Western Region After breakfast we will head southwest to Lake Mburo National Park. On our way we will pass the Ugandan Equator where you can take pictures and shop for a souvenir. From here we continue to Igongo Cultural Centre where we also will have lunch. The cultural centre illustrates the culture and traditional way of life of the local tribes in this area, including a museum, garden with indigenous trees and plants and traditional homesteads. In the afternoon we enter Lake Mburo National Park. Check in at your accommodation located on the top of a hill and enjoy the wonderful views. In the afternoon enjoy a guided bush walk with opportunities for a close encounter with Uganda’s wildlife! Duration: 12 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: O/n Mihingo Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 3: Lake Mburo to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Stop At: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kabale, Western Region Wake up in the morning to the sounds of the African bush! After a calm breakfast we depart the protected area and with a game drive on our way out we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas. Duration: 12 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: O/n Mahogany Springs (B, L, D)
Day 4: Gorilla Trekking Stop At: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kabale, Western Region Arise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants! Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trail head for the start of a thrilling adventure. Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of (average) fitness. However the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback completely makes up for the effort! Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling with the juveniles – it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience! Duration: 10 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: O/n Mahogany Springs (B, L, D)
Day 5: Gorilla Trekking Stop At: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kabale, Western Region Just Like yesterday, arise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants! Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trail head for the start of a thrilling adventure. Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of (average) fitness. However the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback completely makes up for the effort! Duration: 10 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: O/n Mahogany Springs (B, L, D)
Day 6: Bwindi to Queen Elizabeth NP to Kibale Forest NP Stop At: Kibale National Park, Kasese, Western Region After an early breakfast we head to another tropical rainforest. En route we will pass the vast savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park where we will go in search of the tree climbing lions. Enjoy a picnic lunch before we proceed towards the foothills of the “Mountains of the Moon” and finally reach Kibale Forest National Park, for an overnight in the middle of the African jungle. Duration: 10 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: O/n Primate Lodge Luxury Cottages (B, L, D)
Day 7: Kibale Forest National Park Stop At: Kibale National Park, Kasese, Western Region Today the forest opens for a sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is reputable of having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. After a pre-tracking briefing at walking distance from your accommodation, you will start your hike adventure into the forest. Follow the footsteps of a large habituated family of chimpanzees, with over 120 individuals, that has made Kibale one of the best locations in Africa for chimp viewing. En route your guide will explain more about the forest and the other inhabitants, including other primates and birds such as the blue breasted Kingfisher, black billed Turaco, Pied Hornbill, Chestnut winged Starlings and many more. Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will stay with them for one unforgettable hour as they continue their daily routine – growling, grooming, feeding, taking care of the young ones and agilely climbing up trees. It certainly is one unforgettable wildlife encounter and the hour is always over too soon. After your forest walk, return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we transfer to Bigodi Village for a community walk that will bring you closer to the local tribe that lives in this area. Accompanied by a local guide, who can tell you everything about the traditional customs and lifestyle, you will follow the village path and visit a primary school, traditional homesteads and learn more about the crops in the fields. Duration: 10 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: O/n Primate Lodge Luxury Cottages (B, L, D)
Day 8: Kibale to Entebbe Stop At: Airport Transfer Entebbe, Kampala, Central Region After breakfast we calmly head back towards the capital city with lunch en route. Look out for the black-and-white colobus monkeys which are hiding along the road. From Kampala we continue to Entebbe. Duration: 10 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: O/n Protea Hotel Entebbe (B, L)
Day 9: Travel from Uganda to Tanzania Stop At: Ascend Tanzania, Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region Transfer to Entebbe International Airport connect to your international flight. We recommend you book your own flight from Entebbe to Kilimanjaro Airport as part of your international ticket. Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport where you will be collected and transfer to Ahadi Lodge located just outside Arusha town. Duration: 10 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: O/n Ahadi Lodge (D)
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