13 days Uganda and Tanzania mid-range safari

13 days Uganda and Tanzania

13 days Uganda and Tanzania mid-range safari

Overview

13 days Uganda and Tanzania mid-range safari brings you closer to the mountain gorillas and the chimpanzees in their wild and also have a chance to visit Rwanda where you will catch a flight to you next destination Tanzania.

Day1. Arrival in Uganda

Your 13 days Uganda and Tanzania starts after meeting our driver/guide who will transfer you to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Depending on the time of arrival, you are free to explore the Entebbe town. There are many activities in Entebbe that are easily organized through the reception of your guesthouse, for example a visit to the Botanical gardens or the Ugandan Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC). Please note, all activities and extra transportation today are at your own cost.

Accommodation: Via via guest house

Meal plan: dinner

Day2. Transfer to Kibale forest national park

After breakfast, your journey to Kibale Forest is incredibly scenic, taking you through tea plantations, lively village markets and over rolling hills of lush green countryside that is so characteristic of western Uganda.

Kibale Forest National Park itself is an extensive tract of dense tropical rainforest located just south of the town Fort Portal. The various ecosystems in this space are reputed to harbor the highest density of primates in all of Africa. The rare red colobus monkeys as well as the black-and-white colobus are just some of the primates you may encounter on your forest walks here. The highlight of a trip to Kibale Forest is of course to spend some time observing the wonderfully entertaining chimpanzees.

Accommodation: Isunga lodge

Meal plan: full board

Day3. Chimpanzee tracking

After breakfast, you will be driven to Kanyanchu park headquarters for the briefing and there after you will enter the forest for tracking.

No other animal reminds us so much of ourselves as the chimpanzee. Besides many common features and mannerisms, chimpanzees also share 98% of our human DNA, making them our closest living relatives. It is not so surprising then that we find the habits and biology of these primates so fascinating to study.

There after you will come back to your lodge for lunch and in the late afternoon, you will go for Bigodi swamp walk and here you will get a chance to watch lots of bird species and monkeys.

Accommodation: Isunga lodge

Meal plan: full board

Day4. Transfer to queen Elizabeth National park

After a relaxed breakfast, you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth expecting a clear view of Rwenzori Mountains during your journey upon arrival, you will have your lunch served at the lodge and after you may opt to visit Lake Katwe or to relax as you wait for dinner and overnight stay.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most visited game reserve and arguably the most scenic. The national park protects the vast savannah plains, bushland, wetlands and forests that lie at the base of the Rwenzori mountain range. Kazinga Channel, which flows through the park and connects Lake George in the east to Lake Edward in the west, attracts a rich array of birds and animals, including the infamous Nile crocodile and one of the world’s largest concentration of hippos. On your first game drive you will explore the park along a 200 kilometre network of well-maintained game viewing tracks.

Accommodation: Irungu forest safari lodge

Meal plan: full board

Day5. Game drive and boat cruise

Safari breakfasts are traditionally served before the day breaks so that you can start your morning game drive as the sun comes up. Sunrise is the best time for wildlife spotting as animals tend to be the most active during the “golden hours”, when the first rays of sunshine come to rest on the savannah. Elephants, buffalo and several species of antelope are some of the characters you may come across today, and if you’re lucky, you may even spot a lion or leopard or both of them.

Later in the day when the sun is high in the sky and the animals make their way to the river for a drink, we will head to Kazinga Channel for an exciting boat cruise. You will spot more hippos today than you can possibly imagine. Herds of elephants and buffaloes will also wander down to the shoreline to bathe in the cooling waters. A boat cruise is a fantastic way to get close to wildlife and for many visitors and the highlight of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Accommodation: Irungu forest safari lodge

Meal plan: full board

Day6. Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National park

After breakfast, you will drive to Bwindi passing through Ishasha sector for tree climbing lions expecting en-route lunch. Upon arrival, you will relax as you wait for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Gorilla mist camp

Meal plan: full board

Day7. Gorilla tracking

Encountering the rare and endangered Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is an experience of a lifetime.

Half of the world’s populations of gorillas live under the mist-covered canopies of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforest. In the company of an experienced park ranger you will be tracking the whereabouts of one of the habituated family groups who reside here.

Your tracking experience will be an exciting, yet challenging, journey along forested (often muddy and slippery) slopes, tangled vines, thick vegetation and bamboo forests before you reach the territory of these gentle giants. En-route, your ranger will point out telltale signs of previous gorilla activity like dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Depending on the location of the gorillas on any given day the walk can take anything from 2 to 7 hours. Once the family of gorillas has been located, settle in to your surroundings and enjoy the 1 hour you have to quietly observe these fascinating primates whose habits and mannerisms remind us so much of our own hence ending your 7 days of the 13 days Uganda and Tanzania safari

Thereafter, return to lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Gorilla mist camp

Meal plan: full board

Day8. Transfer to Kigali city (Rwanda) and catch up your flight to Tanzania

After an early breakfast, you will transfer to Kigali city where you will board your next flight to Kilimanjaro international air (Tanzania) upon arrival, at Kilimanjaro, you will be driven to Arusha town where you will spend your night that day. Upon arrival, will check into your hotel as you wait for dinner and overnight stay

Accommodation: Arusha Planet Lodge

Meal plan: full board

Day9. Transfer to Lake Manyara national park

After breakfast, you will be met at your accommodations by your safari guide and then drive to Lake Manyara National Park. This is a relatively small but diverse park situated 120km west of Arusha. The park’s namesake is a shallow salt lake. It covers a large area of the park, floods and dries with the seasons, and is home to thousands of flamingos and over 500 other bird species. During your park explorations, you will see monkeys, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, elephant and, with some luck, lions lounging in the trees. The park is known for its diverse landscapes. It not only has grassy plains, but also primate-filled woodlands and baobab dotted cliffs.

After an extensive game drive through the park, you will head towards your nearby accommodations.

Accommodation: Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp

Meal plan: full board

Day10. Transfer to Tarangire national park

After breakfast, you will drive to Tarangire National Park. Tarangire is well known for its large elephant herds. From the open roof of the vehicle, you will experience the seasonal swamps, savannah, and Tarangire River in search of many animals – including zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, elephant, and giraffe. It’s possible on the lucky day that you may spot a glimpse of a lion stalking its prey or leopards watching and relaxing in the trees above. Your guide will stop at a nice picnic spot where you can enjoy your packed lunch in the still nature around you.

Accommodation: Sangaiwe Tented Lodge

Meal plan: full board

Day11. Transfer to Serengeti national park

After breakfast, you will continue towards the fertile highlands where wheat, coffee, and corn are grown by the Iraqw people. Passing through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you will be able to see the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater before traveling onwards to the Serengeti, which you will reach by mid-day.

Serengeti National Park is the largest park in Tanzania. It features diverse landscapes and habitats, such as grassy plains, swamps, lakes, savannah, and mountains. The biggest wildebeest and zebra migration takes place here and, depending on the season, you may witness thousands of animals on their search for food and water.

Accommodation: Serengeti Heritage Tented Camp

Meal plan: full board

Day12. Full day game drive

The entirety of today is set aside for game driving in Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti is the habitat for an abundance of wildlife, including impalas, buffalo, crocodiles, and hippos, but is best known for its great migrating herds of zebras and wildebeest. The animals’ trek is determined by the rainfall and varies from year to year. In November and December, the animals move from the northern region, dominated by woodlands and hills, to the grassy plains of the south. During the longer rainy season from April to June, they return to the north. Apart from the migrating herds, you might have the chance to see predators, such as leopards, cheetahs, and lions, always lurking close by which marks the climax of your 13 days Uganda and Tanzania mid-range safari.

Accommodation: Serengeti Heritage Tented Camp

Meal plan: full board

Day13. Transfer to Arusha for the drop off

After a relaxed breakfast, you will transfer to Arusha town with an en-route lunch where you will catch a plane back home hence the of your 13 days Uganda and Tanzania mid-range safari.

Accommodation: end

Meal plan: breakfast and lunch

Included

Park fees (For non-residents)

All activities (Unless labeled as optional)

All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)

A professional driver/guide

All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)

All Taxes/VAT

Round-trip airport transfer

Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Drinking water (On all days)

Flight from Rwanda to Tanzania

Excluded

International flights (From/to home)

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour

Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)

Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc)

Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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