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UGANDA

4 Days Bwindi Gorilla Tracking Safari: UGA/TAEL/BG4

Day 1: Kampala-Bwindi

Our guide/driver picks you at 8:00 am from your hotel in Kampala. Drive to Mbarara via Masaka. Make a stop over at Equator crossing for photography. Proceed and stop over for Lunch in Mbarara at Igongo Cultural village (Ankole Museum) or Agip Motel. After lunch, drive to Bwindi. This is a lush highland rain forest and home to the Mountain Gorillas. It is filled with primates and exotic birds, valleys, hilltops and papyrus swamps.  

Dinner and overnight stay at Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Budget).

Day 2: Bwindi Gorilla Trekking

Begin the day with breakfast ready for tracking, which begins at 8:00 am with a briefing from the UWA staff. Ensure to carry along with you a rain jacket, drinking water, snacks or packed lunch, jungle boots etc. The guides will lead you inside the jungle to see the shy Primates, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours depending on the group you booked, but it is well worth the effort. Depending on the time you return from tracking, you can spend the afternoon on a community walk around the local communities living around the park, or a nature walk in the forest.

Dinner and overnight stay at Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Budget).

Day 3: Bwindi-Kampala/Entebbe Out

After your morning breakfast drive back to Kampala via Lake Mburo National Park for a game drive. Overnight in Kampala at Cassia lodge

Day 4: Entebbe/Kilimanjaro

After breakfast proceed to Entebbe to catch up your early morning flight to Tanzania or Rwanda or Kenya.

The safari package includes

Transportation by 4 WD safari van, Fuel expenses, Accommodation while on safari,The services of English speaking driver/guide, Meals as indicated while on safari, 1 soft drink per meal i.e. a soda or mineral water at/during lunch and dinner, One gorilla permit per person, Community visit, Lots of fun in the African Sun , Return Airport transfers.

Excluded in the 4 day Gorilla Safari:

Local and international flights,  Accommodation in Kampala on day prior to safari, Personal Travel insurance, Visa Fees, drinks, cigarettes, tips, souvenirs and any other items of personal nature. END

RWANDA

DAY 7

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, depart Bwindi for Volcanoes National Park. The Park forms part of the extension of the Congo-Nile Divide, separating two of Africa’s most important watersheds. This Park, together with Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda is home to the world’s last surviving mountain gorilla population, currently a mere 700 individuals. The drive from Bwindi to Volcanoes National Park has panoramic views of the Virunga Volcanoes namely; Karisimbi (4507m), Bisoke (3711m), Sabinyo (3634m) Gahinga (3474m) and Muhabura (4127m). Arrive in Ruhengeri in time for lunch. Optional activities for today include a nature walk in the National Park, tracking the golden monkeys, visit to the Grave of Dian Fossey and her gorilla Digit. It is also possible to visit the Twin Lakes, Lake Ruhondo and Lake Burera.
Overnight Virunga lodge/Le Bamboo Hotel

DAY 8

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast we bring you to the starting point of the gorilla tracking. After the briefing you begin your tracking of the gorillas. The bamboo forest will drip around you as you first hear the breaking of bamboo signaling the group is near and then you will be face to face with one of the most delightful and fascinating creatures in the world. After an hour’s viewing you will make the trek back to the lodge.
Overnight Virunga lodge /Le Bamboo Hotel

DAY 9

NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast depart for Nyungwe Forest National Park. This 1000 sq.km jungle in the South of Rwanda is the largest and most ancient Afro-montane forest remaining in East and Central Africa, dating back to the last ice age. The forest is interspersed with well marked and maintained trails and boasts 13 rare primate species, the world’s largest ever recorded arboreal troop of black/white colobus monkeys, over 300 species of birds and 100 types of orchid. Make a walk through the forest in search of chimpanzees, monkeys and birds, or do the waterfall trail.
Overnight Gisaruka lodge/Nyungwe Forest Lodge

DAY 10

NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
Another full day in Nyungwe Forest National Park. Activities today will include the Canopy walk. The canopy walkway is 40m above the ground and 90m long, providing the “eye-to-eye level” with different primate species and many bird species, all of which are fond of inhabiting the upper scales of the forest. Other activities are excursion to Kamiranzovu Marsh, excursion to Lake Kivu, scaling Mt. Bigugu (2925m) and photography.
Overnight Gisaruka Lodge/Nyungwe Forest Lodge

DAY 11

Transfer from Nyungwe Forest National Park to Kigali Airport for your outbound Flight. If time allows you will have a city tour of Kigali.
Overnight New Stanley Hotel (Nairobi)

KENYA

DAY 12
Nairobi – NAIVASHA
Pick up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Almost two hours drive from Nairobi lies the fresh water Lake Naivasha at 1890m above sea level. The road to the region climbs over the eastern escarpment giving spectacular views of the Rift Valley before descending towards the lake. The amazing variety of both aquatic and terrestrial bird life around Lake Naivasha is one of its main tourist attractions. Over 340 bird species have been spotted in a single visit! Other wildlife species in the area include buffalo, zebra, giraffe, eland, Chandler’s reedbuck, kongoni, gazelles and hippo.
A visit to Crescent Island will see us walk near the lake edge amongst giraffe and gazelle and marvel at the variety of bird life.
Overnight Camp/ lodge

DAY 13

LAKE BOGORIA
Lake Bogoria is a small reserve of only 100 square kms. Formerly known as Lake Hannington this is one of the most beautiful of the Rift Valley lakes. The Laikipia Escarpment drops sharply into the lake on the eastern side and along the shore we find geysers spurting high in the air, and pools of hot water bubbling from the ground. It is shallow soda lake which was established as a National Reserve in November 1983. The reserve covers the whole lake and its surroundings. It is a geological wonder no-one can afford to miss. Jets of steam and boiling water shoot out of geysers and fumaroles indicating the sort of volcanic activities which created the Great Rift Valley millions of years ago. We see hot geysers shooting into the air against a background of flamingos feeding in the warm waters. Masses of pink flamingos line the shores of the lake. This reserve is a birdwatchers paradise with flamingos, pelicans, avocets, ducks, cranes and hornbills, just to mention a few. It is the best place in Kenya to see the greater kudu which lives on the western shores of the lake. There are no predators in this reserve so we can take a walk peacefully along the lake shore to observe the many different species of birds.
Overnight Camp / Lodge

DAY 14

NAKURU
After a stroll along the waters edge to watch the flamingos feeding in the early morning light we leave Lake Bogoria Reserve. Passing small African farms and homesteads with neat round huts nestled on the hot dry floor of the Rift Valley the road winds up the western escarpment offering fantastic views over the immense Rift Valley far below. Heading south we stop at the busy town of Nakuru to do our shopping in the market. Nakuru is the 4th largest town in Kenya and is a rich agricultural region. The large variety of fresh fruit and vegetables is ideal for us, as we won’t have the opportunity to re-supply for the rest of our journey. Overnight at Kembu Cottages located on a large 900 acre farm where one can enjoy the freedom to go on walks, relax or persue any of the many activities.
Overnight Camp/lodge

DAY 15, 16

MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
In the morning and after a few hours crossing Kipigi country dotted with snall farm holdings and small villages of round huts with neat thatch roofs we arrive onto the plains of Masai Mara. We begin to see wildlife long before arriving at the reserve as the animals are not aware of the borders created by man. Soon the wildlife becomes denser as we arrive near to our camp.
Masai Mara covers an area of some 1812 square km and is totally unfenced. The Masai are permitted to graze their cattle in the exterior section, but the interior park of 518 square km is reserved strictly for the fauna. Although these people of Nilotic origin were feared by the first explorers to the region, the proud warriors of today spend most of their time herding cattle in search of fresh pasturage. A living tapestry of grassy savanna, spreading thorn trees, rounded hills and tall gallery forests, this feast of wildlife is a paradise for wildlife observation. In addition to the wildebeest and hordes of zebra which join them in their annual migration to the ever-changing pastures, the Masai Mara supports lion, cheetah, elephant, kongoni, topi, Thomson’s gazelle and Defassa waterbuck, as well as eight species of primate.
Overnight Camp/Lodge

TANZANIA

DAY 17

LAKE VICTORIA
From Kenya/ Tanzania Border (Sirari) Leaving the wildlife behind us we cross again a region of traditional African farmlands to arrive at the busy border post of Sirari. We meet with queues of transport lorries that are ferrying goods into central Africa and here we must present our passports for entry into Tanzania. A good tarmac road leads us into Tanzania and in a few hours we are crossing plains Cultivated principally with cotton, cassava & maize. We meet our first Luo fishermen as we near the shores of Lake Victoria
Lake Victoria was discovered by Speke, the first European who was to proclaim that this vast freshwater lake was the source of the Nile.Fishing is the main activity of the Wa-Kerewe people on this immense lake of 68854 km². Dinner and overnight Speke bay Lodge

DAY 18, 19

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Entering through the Western corridor into the most famous wildlife sanctuary in Africa with game drive on route. The Western Corridor of the Serengeti was created to ease the passage of the wildebeeste migration through the Serengeti to Lake Victoria. The Grumeti River which flows into Lake Victoria is the home to thousands of crocodiles. The crocodiles feast only once a year when the migration passes the river & the wildebeeste come to drink. Hundreds of animals lose their lives to the hungry crocs who are eager to build up a reserve for the months of drought & hunger. Serengeti National Park is one of the largest animal reserves in Africa and covers an area of 14500 km². During the annual migration we can observe immense herds of several hundred thousand animals. The last aerial census counted 1.2 million wildebeest, 700 000 zebra, 400 000 gazelle, and of course all the predators that follow and hunt the feebler of the animals. Over 2 million animals follow the rhythm of the seasons. During the few days spent here we join their rhythm and follow the procession, observing this magnificent wonder of nature. We pass through a wide variety of ecosystems from savannah dotted with acacias, to open plains with the occasional rock kopjie of Seronera.
Overnight Seronera wildlife lodge

DAY 20

NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
Ngorongoro Conservation Area was created with a separate entity to the Serengeti to protect the Masai herdsmen. The Masai had in fact found themselves thrown out of their traditional pasturelands. It was decided that to protect the ancestral rights of the Masai they should be given the right to graze their cattle in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area but not in the Serengeti. This compromise seems to be a success as we are able to observe an enormous variety of wildlife against the backdrop of some spectacular landscapes. The amateur photographer will appreciate the contrast of the cloud charged skies which surround the hill tops, the brilliant golden sunlight illuminating the vegetation on the crater floor, and the white soda lake where pink flamingos search for food. Ngorongoro Conservation Area is not only an animal reserve but also a very important location for research into the roots of mankind. At Olduvai and Laetoli, Louis Leakey discovered several Australopithecus as well as footprints that date back 3.5 million years.Half day Crater tour according to new park regulations and night in lodge. Twiga campsite (Mto wa mbu)

ZANZIBAR

DAY 21
Leaving the animal kingdom for a region cultivated by man we cross again the Rift Valley and with the pointed peak of Mt. Meru in sight we reach Arusha.
And you will have your Flight to Zanzibar through Kilimanjaro International Airport
Overnight Casa der mar/Matemwe Beach Village

DAY 22

Zanzibar is reach in Snorkeling,
Spice tour + stone town tour
Overnight Casa der mar / Matemwe Beach Village B/B

DAY 23

Swim with dolphins,
Jozani forest tour B/B
Overnight Casa der mar / Matemwe Beach Village B/B

DAY 24

Flight to Dar es salaam for outbound Flight