UGANDA 2019
  
 
8 Days Safari

Itinerary in Brief
• Day 1          Kampala
• Day 2          Kibale National Forest
• Day 3          Kibale National Forest
• Day 4          Queen Elizabeth National Park
• Day 5          Queen Elizabeth National Park
• Day 6          Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
• Day 7          Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
• Day 8          Kampala

Itinerary Highlights
• Primate Tacking in Kibale National Forest
• Cruise on the Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park
• Game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park
• Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha
• The rich cultural history of Uganda
• Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Kampala   Day 1
You will be met at Entebbe International airport by our safari guide who will transfer you to a local lodge for your first night.
Kampala is Uganda's national and commercial capital bordering Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake. Winston Churchill called Uganda “the Pearl of Africa” because of its beauty, colour and abundance of wildlife.  Uganda is a land of astonishing diversity and one of the last refuges of the endangered Mountain Gorilla.  It also is the home of the highest number of primate species, some of the richest birding in Africa (over a 1,000 species), the highest mountain range in Africa, the Rwenzori Mountains as well as big cats and plains game.

Kibale Forest National Park   Day 2
After breakfast, start your panoramic road trip south west from Kampala to Kibale Forest National Park, passing through beautiful scenery and tea estates. You will have a stopover for lunch at Fort Portal and then proceed to Mountains of the Moon Hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
 
Primate Tracking   Day 3
After breakfast, the guides and rangers will lead you into the mountains on your first primate tracking experience. You will go into Kibale Forest for a chance to see chimpanzees in their natural habitat. During the chimpanzee tracking experience, you may also encounter different primate species such as the black and white Colobus monkeys, Da Brazza’s monkey, Patas monkeys, Galagos and many more. (about 22 species in Uganda) A wide variety of bird species occur here too.
  
After the chimpanzee tracking experience, you will proceed to Tinka’s home stead for a lunch of locally prepared cuisine. The afternoon takes us for a swamp walk at Bigodi wetland sanctuary. Known for its huge array of primates, Sitatunga, mongoose, otters, bush pigs and many bird species. This is a community-based conservation project which brings revenue and jobs to the residents of the area. Return to Mountains of the moon Hotel for your dinner and an overnight stay.

Queen Elizabeth National Park    Day 4
After breakfast head to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Mwena Peninsula lies beteen Lake Edward and Lake George. One of Uganda’s most popular tourist destinations and is one of the oldest National parks in the country with a variety of animal and bird species. Well known for its tree climbing lions.
Dinner and Overnight at Bush lodge.

Queen Elizabeth National Park    Day 5
An early morning game drive in the Park after breakfast, you may see animals like; lions, Buffalo, Elephants, Giant forest hog, Waterbuck, Bushbuck and Kobs. If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of the elusive Shoebill.
 
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest   Day 6
This day you will be transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable National park. This park is in the south western part of the country and is a home to over half of the remaining population of the rare mountain Gorillas.
En route to Bwindi Impenetrable forest, you will pass via the Ishasha sector of the Queen Elizabeth National park. You may get another opportunity to see the tree climbing lions as well as other animal species on your way to Bwindi. Check in later in the evening at Nkuringo Gorilla camp for dinner and an overnight stay.

Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest   Day 7
After your breakfast and equipped with your packed lunch, proceed to the park headquarters from where you will begin your Gorilla tracking experience. The ranger will lead you through the forest in search of these wonderful beasts. After the Gorilla tracking experience, depending on time, you may also have a community tour of the local Batwa communities who inhabit the forests for a cultural experience.

Return in the evening for dinner and overnight at Nkuringo Gorilla Camp.

Kampala   Day 8
Start your day with an early morning breakfast and thereafter prepare for a transfer back to Kampala, passing through the beautiful Kigezi highlands commonly referred to as the “Switzerland of Africa”. You will have a stopover at the Equator for photographs and lunch, and then proceed to Kampala. Arrive in time for a transfer to Entebbe International airport to catch up with your international flight.

INCLUSIONS
Included in Uganda Safari:
~Everything stated in the itinerary
~Airport transfers
~All meals
~Bottled water on game drives
~All accommodation
~Entrance fees into all National Parks
~Specialist naturalist guide
~Local guides where required

Not Included in the Tanzanian/Vic Falls Safari:
~International flights
~All drinks
~Tips and gratuities for drives and guides
~Visa fees where required
~Items of a personal nature

TANZANIA  2019

8 Days Tanzania

Itinerary in Brief
• Day 1          Arusha
• Day 2          Tarangire National Park
• Day 3          Lake Manyara
• Day 4          The Serengeti
• Day 5          The Serengeti
• Day 6          The Serengeti
• Day 7          Ngorongoro Crater
• Day 8          Return to Arusha

Itinerary Highlights
• Visit Tarangire National Park, Baobabs and thousands of Elephants, Zebra and Wildebeest
• Lake Manyara, known for its large flocks of Flamingos and Tree climbing Lions
• The Serengeti National Park, Vast grassland savannas, home to the “Great Migration”
• Ngorongoro Crater, Wildlife wonderland. Big 5 and so much more

Arusha   Day 1
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Situated in the shadow of the great mountain we will be transferred to the beautiful and tranquil surroundings of the Mount Meru Game Lodge, nestled between the Usa river and the Wildlife Sanctuary.
Both the Lodge and the Sanctuary were established in 1959 and remains in family hands still today. The Sanctuary is home to zebra, ostrich, a wide array of birds and monkeys, including the elusive Colobus monkey. Surrounded by exotic bird calls and indigenous forest, the lodge is an ideal base to unwind after your flight and prepare for the adventure ahead.

Tarangire National Park   Day 2
After breakfast, we take a drive north toward Tarangire to explore the evocative savannah landscapes of this National Park for a game drive and picnic lunch in a baobab ¬filled wonderland. One of the lesser-known game reserves in Tanzania, Tarangire rivals the Serengeti with its vast number and diversity of wildlife. It is an excellent choice for travelers who wish to encounter more animals and less tourists while on safari.
The Tarangire National Park is known as a wonderful birding destination and features large numbers of game. The landscape is of particular interest too, due to the high number of baobab trees and its enormous herds of elephant. An often-overlooked gem, Tarangire’s characteristic skyline, framed by the stubby branches of fat baobab trees, is the backdrop for superb game viewing. Lion and other predators are frequently spotted. The park boasts over 500 species of birds, including some species endemic to Tanzania.
We end the day with a late afternoon stroll on the shores of Lake Manyara guided by one of the local Masaai Morani. Overnight at the Maramboi tented lodge.

Lake Manyara   Day 3
After breakfast, drive to Lake Manyara National Park which offers a wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. Apart from a spectacular setting, the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect. The shores of the lake, encrusted with pink flamingo, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. Large herds of buffalo, cheetah, Masai giraffe and impala roam the lake shores and the forested valley slopes.A Lake Manyara safari is a fascinating experience, as the park also features a ground-water forest, Acacia Tortilis woodland and hot springs called Maji Moto. Troops of several hundred Olive Baboon appear alongside Sykes Monkey and Short-eared Galago. Cape Clawless Otter, Egyptian Mongoose, Hippo and Klipspringer are other park residents. We spend a night in a coffee plantation on the slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater at the Ngorongoro Farm House.

The Serengeti    Day 4
After breakfast we depart for a drive around the cloud shrouded rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, followed by a descent into the endless of plains of the Serengeti. With a name that means ‘endless plains’ in the Maa language, the Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stretches along a vast plateau between the eastern arm of the rugged Rift Valley and the huge expanse of Lake Victoria. The park covers an immense 1.5 million hectares.
The park is famous for its vast, open grasslands, which allow for excellent sightings of abundant wildlife. Tanzania’s oldest game reserve, it is also one of the oldest ecosystems on earth and its climate and vegetation have remained largely unchanged for millions of years.
While the Serengeti boasts incredible numbers of resident wildlife, it is perhaps best known as the site of the annual Great Migration, when an estimated three million antelope – mostly wildebeest — migrate to Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. One of the greatest spectacles in the natural world, the migration follows the seasonal rains, spending the wet season on the south eastern plains of the Serengeti and the dry season in the woodlands of South Western Kenya. Between January and March, the wildebeest give birth on the short grass plains of the South Eastern Serengeti. This time of year attracts a vast plethora of predators, from lion to hyena, leopard and cheetah. As the grazing runs low in this area the wildebeest move to the central Serengeti and then the Western Corridor before crossing the Grumeti and Mara Rivers on their journey North toward Kenya. Here the horizon fills with the dust of millions of hooves and the timeless drama of predator and prey takes center stage.
We overnight under canvas at the Serengeti Kati Kati


 
The Serengeti   Day 5 and 6
The Serengeti is a name firmly embedded within the safari culture of both days gone by and the modern era. It has inspired filmmakers, drawn in countless wildlife photographers and romanced lovers from all around the world. It is a constant source of inspiration with an abundance of natural beauty that never seems to wither.
The Serengeti stands alone in it’s marvelous ability to deliver an extraordinary encounter with Africa’s wildlife unlike any other and our Serengeti Migration Safari offers you the perfect way in which to experience it.
After breakfast we depart for a full day’s game drive on the endless plains of the Serengeti, stopping for a picnic lunch and photographic opportunities. We overnight under canvas at the Serengeti Kati Kati

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Dawn balloon flight over the vast herds and endless plains followed by champagne breakfast.

Ngorongoro Crater   Day 7
This morning we ascend the rift valley escarpment and descend into the lost world of the Ngorongoro Crater. The Crater, once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Today the nearly three million-year-old ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth.
Lean Maasai, resplendent in their beads and furled in scarlet shuka robes, tend their herds on the crater rim. A burbling spring and a large soda lake quench the thirst of the crater’s inhabitants. Black Rhino are protected within the crater rim, giant tusked elephant wander the forests, black-maned lion stalk the grasslands and flamingos crowd the soda lakes.
An estimated 25 000 large mammals are resident in this bowl of plenty, including a large population of lion.
Cheetah move in and out of the crater, while leopard are most often encountered in the spectacular Lerai Forest. Among the smaller carnivores, both golden and black-backed jackal are abundant, while the normally shy and crepuscular serval are frequently seen during daylight hours. Vast numbers of buffalo, zebra and Thomson’s Gazelle can be seen grazing the crater floor. After spending the day exploring this wonderland we will overnight back at the Ngorongoro Crater Farm House.