802: 16 days Tanzania – Uganda safari

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802: 16 days Tanzania – Uganda safari

$9405 per person

This itinerary incorporates two of East Africa’s most famous wildlife destinations. It’s designed to give you time to explore a wide range of habitats in search of Uganda’s and Tanzania’s best known inhabitants like the mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, Big 5…

This itinerary incorporates two of East Africa’s most famous wildlife destinations. It’s designed to give you time to explore a wide range of habitats in search of Uganda’s and Tanzania’s best known inhabitants like the mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, Big 5 game and over 1,000 bird species. This all starts from Tarangire, Ngorongoro crater, Serenegeti plains on to the mountainous rainforest of Bwindi, the savannah plains of Queen and Murchison falls in the pearl of Africa. You will visit some of Uganda’s successful conservation projects such as the rhino sanctuary as well. All this by vehicle, on foot and by boat to give you the best experiences. This safari doesn’t stop at wildlife though; there are also opportunities to meet the friendly local people and gain an insight into their culture and daily life style.

 

Highlights

  • Thrilling Gorilla and chimpanzee tracking experience
  • Explore East Africa’s savannah plains for host of wildlife including Big 5
  • Boat cruises on some of Uganda’s breath-taking water bodies
  • Go behind the scenes at Entebbe
  • Meet the local communities on village visits

 

Overview

Day 1: Morning arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Transfer to Tarangire
Day 2: Transfer to Ngorongoro crater. Continue to Serengeti national park
Day 3: Explore Serengeti national park
Day 4: Full day game drive in Serengeti national park
Day 5: Return to Arusha
Day 6: International flight to Entebbe. Go behind the scenes at Entebbe
Day 7: Domestic flight to Bwindi Impenetrable national park. Village walk
Day 8: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi’s impenetrable forest.
Day 9: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park. Game drive for tree-climbing lions
Day 10: Lion tracking. Boat cruise on kazinga channel
Day 11: Coffee tour and experience. Transfer to Kibale national park
Day 12: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale. Bigodi swamp walk
Day 13: Drive to Murchison Falls national park
Day 14: Game drive. Boat cruise to the Murchison falls. Hike to the falls
Day 15: Rhino tracking. Drive to Kampala
Day 16: African craft market. Flight home

 

When is the best time of year to visit Uganda?

Although Ugandan seasons have become less predictable in recent years, peak tourist seasons usually coincide with dry seasons. When choosing your dates consider:

  • Uganda is an all-year round destination with a pleasant climate and temperatures averaging in the mid 20s0C. The huge variety in altitude means temperatures vary around the country (but this also means increased biodiversity)
  • Flight prices often increase in European/American holiday seasons
  • There are fewer tourists in low seasons so you can have the place to yourselves!
  • Many hotels offer all-year prices so the price of your visit may not change much between seasons
  • Most major roads going from the capital, Kampala, up-country are tarmac. Conditions on murram roads may worsen, to varying degrees, in rainy season
  • Rainy season can be good for birding as there is more food (bugs) available
  • If you are targeting certain birds, ask our advice on breeding and migration seasons
  • Should you plan to climb the Rwenzori mountains, dry seasons are best
  • Hiking may be better in rainy seasons when it is cooler

 

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Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Transfer to Tarangire national park
Upon arrival at JRO airport meet and greet with your guide then transfer to Tarangire one of the thrilling parks in Tanzania. It hosts big concentrations of wildlife outside the Serengeti area.
Accommodation: Octagon Lodge - Tarangire.
Meal plan. Dinner
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Day 2: Drive to Ngorongoro crater. Continue to Serengeti national park
Depart this morning with picnic lunch boxes for Ngorongoro Crater. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a unique biosphere which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Visit one of the biggest Caldera in the world. Then continue to Serengeti – the most famous of the world’s safari parks. Your safari in Tanzania isn’t complete without this amazing one, even the long drive to your accommodation is one continuous safari - enjoy the game!
Accommodation: Embalakai Authentic Camp - Serengeti national park.
Meal plan. B, L, D
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Day 3: Explore Serengeti national park
Serengeti in the local language means ‘endless plains’. Spend the day exploring the vast plains and its untouched ecosystem for host of wildlife. From witnessing the wildebeest and zebra migration in millions, to the different wildlife that call this park home. Most never forget their experience in the Serengeti plains.
Accommodation: Embalakai Authentic Camp - Serengeti national park.
Meal plan. B, L, D
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Day 4: Full day game drive in Serengeti national park
Moving with your lunch box on this second day in Serenegti, you will head to find the wild side of Africa at its most active hours, wrap up warm and enjoy the drive. Your guide will take you as close as possible to the wildlife reaching a wide range, exploring the heart of this park. This full day safari is the best way to see a wide range of what this amazing park has got to offer.
Accommodation: Embalakai Authentic Camp - Serengeti national park.
Meal plan. B, L, D
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Day 5: Return to Arusha
Prepare to make your return journey to Arusha. Spend the night in Arusha.  
Accommodation: Tulia Boutique Hotel, - Arusha.
Meal Plan. B, L, D
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Day 6: Flight to Entebbe. Go behind the scenes at Entebbe
Today you enjoy the aerial view of the beautiful East African landscape as you take your regional flight to Entebbe – Uganda. A representative from Venture Uganda will welcome and transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe, a short drive from the airport. In the afternoon, enjoy a conservation experience in Entebbe, when you go behind-the-scenes with the animal care takers. An amazing opportunity to come up close and personal with the animals.
Accommodation: The Boma Hotel – Entebbe.
Meal Plan. B, L, D
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Day 7: Domestic flight to Bwindi Impenetrable national park.
Your hotel representative will transfer you to the airport for your scenic domestic flight to Bwindi Impenetrable national park. Upon arrival at Kihihi airstrip, your safari guide will be there to transfer you to your lodge in Buhoma approx. two hours away. In the evening, you will have a community walk and meet some of the locals in the area. The projects they are carrying out are amazingly changing livelihood of many people in the village.
Accommodation: Engagi Lodge – Bwindi Impenetrable national park.
Meal Plan. B, L, D
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Day 8: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi’s impenetrable forest.
The big highlight is here! After an early morning briefing at 7:30am, enjoy the jungle walk (3-8 hours) with your ranger guide and group. When you locate your gorilla family, you are allowed one full hour in the company of the gentle giants – a truly humbling experience and emotional feeling. Watch them as they go about their daily business in the forest.
Accommodation: Engagi Lodge – Bwindi Impenetrable national park.
Meal Plan. B, L, D
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Day 9: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park. Game drive for tree-climbing lions
Drive (2 hours) further north to Queen Elizabeth’s Ishasha sector, home to the famous tree-climbing lions. Enjoy a game drive in search of these big cats and other animals. Your safari today continues as you drive northwards to the stunning Kyambura section of the park.
Accommodation: Mazike Valley Lodge – Queen Elizabeth national park.
Meal Plan. B, L, D
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Day 10: Lion tracking. Boat cruise on kazinga channel
Today provides another outstanding wildlife experience as you move out early to spend 2-3 hours with the lion researchers. Participate in their activities on the day which may include monitoring species, climate and habitat, learning about tracking and how tracking devices are used and learning about the animals. Later, in the afternoon, take a fabulous boat cruise for approx. 2-3 hours along the Kazinga Channel which links Lakes Edward and George. Keep your eyes peeled for elephant, buffalo, hippos, crocodiles and a wide variety of birds and pass a typical Uganda fishing village en route.
Accommodation: Mazike Valley Lodge – Queen Elizabeth national park.
Meal Plan. B, L, D
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Day 11: Coffee tour and experience. Transfer to Kibale national park.
The kyambura has been known as the coffee store in this area. Just before you make your journey to Kibale, you will head for a coffee tour and experience. You will visit the coffee gardens, learn how its grown, harvested, processed locally and make a cup for yourself. In the afternoon, you travel to Kibale national park. The drive is incredibly scenic taking you through the crater lakes region approx. 3 hours.
Accommodation: Papaya Lake Lodge – Kibale national park.
Meal Plan. B, L, D
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Day 12: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale. Bigodi swamp walk
Today you have the exciting opportunity to walk through this beautiful tropical rainforest tracking a chimpanzee group. When you find them, you may spend one hour with them observing their natural behaviour, in their natural habitat. Your site guide will tell you all about the chimps, the other flora and fauna in the forest, how they track forest animals and about the avifauna Kibale is famous for. In the late afternoon, travel a short distance to a swamp conservation project where a community guide will take you on nature walk in search of primates like the Red Colobus monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey and Red-tailed monkey. Also, look out for birds like the Great Blue Turaco, Hairy-breasted Barbet and various Sunbirds.
Accommodation: Papaya Lake Lodge – Kibale national park.
Meal Plan. B, L, D
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Day 13: Drive to Murchison Falls national park
Transfer to Murchison Falls national park through Hoima – a town fast developing due to the discovery of oil. Enjoy amazing scenery, interesting villages and plenty of birdlife. Arrive at your beautiful lodge located in the heart of the park and with good views over the legendary Nile. Relax for your evening and rest from the journey and you prepare for a nature filled day.
Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge – Murchison Falls national park.
Meal Plan. B, L, D
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Day 14: Game drive. Boat cruise to the Murchison falls
Start this nature-filled day with a game drive on the north bank – possible sightings include: lions, elephant, giraffe, various antelope, warthogs, buffalo, jackal, hyena, Patas monkeys, baboons and numerous bird species. Have your lunch at paraa and then take a boat cruise, along the Nile with excellent chances of game viewing including hippos, crocodiles and maybe some elephant, antelope and buffalo. Birds may include Goliath Heron, African Fish Eagle and many others. Alight from the falls and hike (approx. 30 mins) to the top for spectacular views over the falls and across the park
Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge – Murchison Falls national park.
Meal Plan. B, L, D
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Day 15: Rhino tracking in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Drive to Kampala
Leaving Murchison Falls early, you will drive approx. 3 hours to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. You will be given a briefing by your ranger guides who will then lead you in to the bush tracking the southern white rhino as well as enjoying a nature walk. Later, you will make your 3-hour journey to Kampala.
Accommodation: Cassia Lodge – Kampala.
Meal Plan. B, L, D
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Day 16: Visit the African craft market. Flight home
Have a relaxed morning at the lodge. Then visit Kampala’s African craft village – for some craft souvenirs. Have your lunch and after head to Entebbe. Your guide will take you to the airport in time for flight.
Meal Plan. B, L

Guide price: from US$ 9,405 per person

Based on 2 adults sharing a double room, in mid-range accommodation, in low season and travelling in a safari Land Cruiser (all our safaris and tours can be adapted to high-end, mid-range or budget versions)

 

The price for every safari depends on the number of people travelling, their ages, the time of year, whether or not international flights are included, the type of transport and accommodation used and the activities undertaken.

 

We calculate according to the specific dates of your booking because after we publish our itineraries some things may change. For example, hotels may increase their prices, exchange rates fluctuate, the government may introduce new taxes or some discounts may become available. Unfortunately, we also have to pass on surcharges imposed on us by, for example, airlines when fuel prices or airport taxes are unexpectedly increased.

 

We would be happy to prepare a quotation, based on your requirements. We normally include most costs in the price so all you need to bring with you is ‘pocket money’ for items like drinks, tips and personal shopping e.g. souvenirs.

Price includes

1 domestic flight

1 gorilla and 1 Chimp tracking permit each

A double room in mid-range, non-air-conditioned accommodation with a full board meal plan

Private safari vehicle with driver and fuel for this itinerary

All entrance and other fees for the activities included in the itinerary

Mineral water in transit

All government taxes

Price does not include

International flights

Visas

Travel insurance

Personal expenses: alcohol, laundry services and souvenirs

Tips (normally 5–10% and around $10 per day for your guide).