This tour will take you on tracking adventures in Uganda to see both chimps and gorillas before flying to Tanzania to explore the best northern Safari Parks Circuit of northeast Tanzania, which covers an area that is astoundingly rich in natural features and wildlife. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to spot the Big 5 while enjoying the scenery of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater on several game drives.
Day 1: Arrival in Uganda and transfer to hotel
When you arrive in Kampala for your long Uganda safari, you will be met by our company representative, who will take you on a city tour of Kampala, including the Kasubi Tombs, the Uganda Museum, and the African Craft Village, or you will be transferred directly to the hotel, where you will relax and recover from the jet lag! At your Lodge, you’ll have dinner and spend the night.
Day 2: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park.
You’ll have your breakfast before setting out on an exciting journey to western Uganda. Your journey to Kibale Forest is breathtakingly beautiful, passing through tea plantations, bustling village markets, rolling hills of lush green countryside typical of western Uganda and Mt. Rwenzori ranges in sight. The park itself is a large expanse of dense tropical rain forest located just south of Fort Portal. The various ecosystems in this region are said to have Africa’s highest density of primates. Some of the primates you might see on your forest walks here include the rare red colobus monkey and the black-and-white colobus monkey. The best part of a trip to Kibale Forest is, of course, getting to spend time with the fascinating chimps. When you arrive, you will check into the lodging that has been reserved for you for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking and a visit to the Queen Elizabeth National Park
You will go chimp trekking first thing in the morning. On a Chimpanzee Tracking adventure in Kibale Forest, you’ll have the chance to follow an experienced guide into the forest and get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures. It’s fascinating to watch them interact with one another and go about their daily grooming, playing, and foraging routines. You will then travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s second largest park, which is situated at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. Gazelle, Uganda Kob, Warthog, and Waterbuck are among the park’s many animals. Lions are frequently seen in the park and at the park’s entrance. You will go on a game drive into the park in the late afternoon and return to the lodge to have your dinner and spend the night.
Day 4: Game drive and Kazinga channel boat cruise
Early in the morning, after breakfast, go on a morning game drive to see elephants, elands, antelopes, buffaloes, and lions, among other animals. Return to the lodge later to relax and eat lunch. Set out for a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel, which connects Lake George and Lake Edward, in the afternoon. You will see a variety of animals including crocodiles, hippos, water bucks, buffaloes, elephants, and storks, among others, who come to the waterhole to drink or bathe, as well as birds such as storks and Kingfishers. This will undoubtedly be one of your tour’s highlights. For dinner and the night, return to the lodge.
Day 5: Transfer to Lake Mutanda.
Today, you’ll continue south-west toward Kisoro, a bustling town south of Bwindi Forest, near the Rwandan and Congolese borders. One of our favorite drives in Uganda is this one. Before arriving at the serene waters of Lake Mutanda, the serpentine roads wind through lush rainforests, skirting hill tops (keep an eye out for volcanos!) and dipping into lively villages in the valley. Mutanda Lake Resort is perched on a peninsula with some of Uganda’s best views, overlooking a series of small islands scattered across the water and the volcanoes of the Virunga Range rising out of the mist in the distance. The main attraction of a trip to the southern parts of Bwindi Forest is gorilla tracking.
Day 6: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Gorilla Trekking
After an early breakfast, you will be transported to the park headquarters for a gorilla tracking briefing. You’ll see one of Bwindi’s critically endangered mountain gorillas. For the majority of visitors to Uganda, this is the absolute highlight of their trip. The only forest in Africa that can claim to have both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It also has five other primate species, 113 mammal species, over 200 butterfly species, and 360 bird species. Trekking takes anywhere from an hour to eight hours, depending on the location of these gentle giants. Your group will be given a maximum of one hour with the gorillas once they have been located. Face-to-face encounters with mountain gorillas are both humbling and emotional. For dinner and the night, return to the lodge.
Day 7: Lake Mutanda optional activities, then transfer to Kigali
Today you can participate in one of the lodge’s optional activities. Climb one of the Virunga Volcanoes, hike the Batwa Trail, or track Golden Monkeys in Mgahinga National Park. Depending on your arrival time, you can browse the pottery, carvings, batik, weaving, sculpture, musical instruments, leather, and fabrics available at Kigali’s craft markets. Get ready to haggle! Today’s activities are entirely at your own expense. Return to the lodge for dinner and a night’s stay.
Day 8: Transfer to Tanzania on Day 8 (Kilimanjaro Airport)
After breakfast, your hotel’s driver will drive you to the airport for your morning Rwandair flight to Kilimanjaro. When you arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, your Tanzanian driver will meet you there and transport you to the Lodge, which is a pleasant lodge with a lovely garden and swimming pool. At the lodge, you’ll have dinner and spend the night.
Day 9: Lake Manyara National Park
Tanzania’s friendly people are one of the many wonderful aspects of the country. On a cultural visit to Mto Wa Mbu today, you’ll get a taste of their warmth and hospitality. A village walk in Tanzania will show you the social side of rural life, from small farms to schools, markets, and churches. You’ll be able to see the Makonde tribe’s intricate wood carving and tribal painting techniques, as well as learn how the Chagga tribe makes their traditional banana and millet beer, “Mbege.” You will have time to explore Lake Manyara National Park after lunch (around 1:00 p.m.). The park is smaller than most of Tanzania’s northern circuit parks, but it more than makes up for it in terms of content. Zebra, baboon, warthog, giraffe, impala, elephant, hippo, wildebeest, and the rare tree climbing lion are all possible sightings. Return to Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 10: Serengeti National Park
A trip to Tanzania would be incomplete without a visit to the Serengeti National Park, one of the world’s most famous safari destinations. The Serengeti is home to the world’s largest population of wild animals and a complex, untouched ecosystem. In Maasai language, Serengeti means “endless plains,” a description that the Serengeti more than lives up to. To fully appreciate these endless plains, one must first experience them! You’ll spend the night at Mbali Mbali Soroi Serengeti after experiencing the Serengeti’s incredible sights.
Day 11. Serengeti National Park: Full-day game drive
You leave the camp early in the morning with a picnic lunch for a full day safari! Today on your safari, you’ll visit the Serengeti’s Seronera Valley, which is located in the heart of the Serengeti. The area is known for its high concentration of big cats such as lions, leopards, and cheetahs, but you’ll also see a wide variety of wild animals roaming these grassy plains, from the wary zebra to the mischievous mongoose.
Day 12: The Ngorongoro Crater
An en-route game drive will take you from the Serengeti’s flat grassy plains to the Ngorongoro Highlands’ rugged forested hills, passing through picturesque Masai villages. The Ngorongoro Crater is today’s destination, and it’s one of the highlights of a trip to northern Tanzania. This UNESCO World Heritage Site contains a one-of-a-kind biosphere that has remained virtually unchanged since the beginning of time. With an estimated 25,000 animals roaming the grassy crater floor, the crater is the world’s most densely populated wildlife area. You have a good chance of seeing ‘The Big 5′: lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard deep within the crater, which is surrounded by towering walls. Depending on the time of year, flocks of pink flamingos may be seen on the shores of the shallow Lake Magadi, while large pods of hippos live in the surrounding swamp. At the lodge, you’ll have dinner and spend the night.
Day 13: Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Before you return home, take in one last African sunrise in this beautiful country. Depending on the time of your departure flight, you may have time in Arusha on your way to the airport to participate in some activities. You are responsible for all of your activities on this day. Your transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport will be arranged by your guide.
- Airport Pickup
- Park Entry Fees
- Safari Guides