The safari takes you to the most famous east African Countries i.e. Uganda- the pearl of Africa, Rwanda- the land of a thousand hills and Tanzania – soul of Africa. You will trek the mountain gorillas in lush jungles, trek the golden monkeys and participate in game drives and boat cruises as you witness the movement of wildebeests and zebras in the savannah plains.
This safari will offer you a chance to spot the big five animals (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and the elephants) and the big cats (lion, cheetah, leopard among others. Also it is important to note that this safari can be tailored to suit all types of travellers.
Day 1: Arrival and transfer to a hotel in Kampala
Welcome to Uganda the pearl of Africa! You will be picked up from Entebbe international airport and transfer to a hotel in Kampala where you will be served with dinner. In case you arrive on time, you will visit the Uganda wildlife education centre (UWEC) in Entebbe – a former zoo and visit most of the wildlife in captivity.
Among other animals here are the ions, cheetahs, leopards, chimpanzees, rhinos, buffaloes, zebras among others.
Day 2: Travel to Kibale national park and visit Isunga cultural community
Enjoy breakfast on your room balcony as you view the capital city of Uganda and then travel to Kibale national park in western Uganda, well famous for the chimpanzees. It is home of 13 primates and this has made it to be called the primate capital of the world, including black and white colobus monkeys, Vervet monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, red-tailed monkeys among others.
It is a home of over 500 species of birds including unique ones like the grey parrots, the great blue turacos, and the green breasted pitta among others. It is also home to large mammals like elephants, wild dogs among others and this has made a good research destination. The journey to this park is rewarding as you enjoy tea plantations, hills and valleys, forested vegetation, crater lakes among others.
Lunch enroute will be in fort-portal tourism city and then visit the Isunga cultural community, located at the edge of Kibale forest at Kibale national park headquarters to encounter the Batooro and Bakiga culture that live in Isunga village. You will have the traditional dances for both the Bakiga and Batooro tribes.
Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park for an afternoon boat cruise
Head for briefing before chimps trekking after a well deserving breakfast in Kanyanchu tourist information centre. You will be given instructions to guide you while trekking these beautiful cousins of ours and among others are do not mimic, do not litter the forest, do not feed animals and do not use flashlight cameras. You will encounter other attractions in the forest such as the red-tailed monkeys, Vervet monkeys, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys among others. Trekking will last for over 3 hours including an hour of interaction after locating these chimps.
Head back to the lodge and be served with mid-morning breakfast/lunch and then transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park to catch up with an afternoon boat cruise.
Queen Elizabeth national park is the second largest national park in Uganda with a big number of antelopes. The park has beautiful pains that attract many animals such as herds, of elephants, buffalos, giraffes, warthogs, among others.
The park gets its water from Kazinga channel which is a home of schools of hippos and crocodiles. On the arrival, you will straight away head for a game drive to spot these animals. Later on, check-in the booked accommodation for your dinner
Day 4: Game drive and transfer to Bwindi N/park
Enjoy an early game drive in the savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth national park where you will be able to spot several animals like lions, elephants, buffalos, cheetah, leopards, Uganda kobs, bushbucks, warthogs among others.
After, you will drive to the Ishasha sector for your lunch as you spot the tree-climbing lions. Immediately after lunch, transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park in south-western Uganda, the only conservation area you can find half number of the remaining mountain gorillas. It is also a home of over 450 bird species including several Albertine birds.
Day 5: Gorilla trekking and Batwa community visit
Trek the remaining endangered species after a short briefing at the park office. You will be offered the dos and don’ts to help you trek smoothly and these do not feed animals, do not use camera flashlights, and keep a distance of 10 meters among others.
You will be allowed to be with these great apes for only an hour after locating them but the whole activity takes 3-4 hours. You will be rewarded with a certificate of trekking the endangered species on return to the office and drive back to the safari lodge for your mid-morning breakfast. You will visit the Batwa community where you will learn from their culture as you get entertained from their traditional dances. Late evening, return to the lodge for your accommodation.
Day 6: Transfer to Rwanda and Kigali city tour
Transfer to Rwanda after your breakfast. This country is famous due to being the cleanest country and also being one of the three countries in the world to conserve the mountain gorillas. You will be served with your lunch on arrival in Kigali city and then take a short city excursion where you will visit the local markets, the Rwanda genocide memorial centre among others.
These will offer you a lesson about the history of this country. Check-in at the hotel for your dinner and overnight late evening.
Day 7: Travel to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda
Travel to Volcanoes National park covering a distance of 107km taking 2-3hours drive depending on the speed and stopovers. You will have a chance to pass via the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera where you will participate in canoeing to explore the beautiful lakes.
The park is located in the Virunga conservation area where most of the remaining mountain gorillas can be found. The park was also a home for the famous researcher Dian Fossey who was killed by the poachers but he saved several gorillas and was also the person who introduced gorilla habituation in Rwanda. On the arrival, you will be served with dinner and this will be the end of day seven.
Day 8: Golden monkey trekking and visit the Ibyiwachu cultural village
Have a spiced breakfast and then head to the park headquarters for briefing and then head to the forest to search for the golden monkeys. Like other trekking, you will be allocated only an hour to trek these monkeys after finding their location but this activity requires hiking and moving in long distances.
Therefore, you are advised to have hiking shoes and a bottle of mineral water. After the trek, you will return to the safari lodge and take your lunch. Later, visit the Ibyiwachu cultural village where you will learn the Kinyarwanda culture through traditional wears, dances, meals, among others.
Day 9: Travel back to Kigali and fly to Arusha
Wake up early and take a spiced cup of tea and later on transfer back to Kigali international airport to catch up your scheduled flight to Tanzania. On the arrival in Tanzania, you will meet and greet the tour representative who will give you quick information about this country like the weather, history among others. He will, later on, take you to the booked accommodation in Arusha for your overnight.
Day 10: Depart to Ngorongoro crater
Depart Arusha to Ngorongoro craters where you will encounter the largest caldera in the area and also the 8th natural wonder in the world. The park is concentrated with wild animals, baobab trees and also bird species.
You will visit the hippo pool where you find thousands of hippos. Other animals that can be spotted include zebras, African elephants, lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs, hippos, warthogs among others while on the game drive and these are done on the area of 8,292 square kilometres that are occupied by this park.
On arrival, you will take lunch and then proceed with a game drive to discover of Ngorongoro wildlife which will end at the booked safari lodge.
Day 11: Depart to Serengeti
Enjoy a morning game drive after your delicious breakfast and depart to Serengeti national park which covers an area of 14,750 square kilometres and it is well known for its annual migration of wildebeests and zebra which search for new pasture, the herds move north from their breeding grounds in the grassy southern plains.
Many cross the marshy western corridors of crocodile-infested Grumeti River. Other animals that can be spotted while in these conservation areas include among others lion, giraffe, Grant’s gazelle, leopard, elephant, buffalo and black rhino, impala, topis and eland. On arrival, you will have your dinner.
Day 12: Full day in Serengeti NP
Traversing in the plains of Serengeti for a full day is a great adventure as you take your picnic lunch and among other animals you can spot include topis, zebras and wildebeests as they migrate, lions, rhinos, giraffes and impalas.
Day 13: Depart to Tarangire N/park
Depart to Tarangire after your breakfast to enjoy the last bit of this 14 days Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania safari. This national park is situated in Tanzania’s Manyara region and the name of the park originates from Tarangire River that crosses the park.
This is a major source of water for animals in this park which gives visitors a chance to spot them and among others include Grant’s gazelle, Vervet monkey, lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal, waterbuck, giraffe, dik-dik, impala, eland, banded mongoose and honey badger. On arrival, take lunch and proceed with an evening game drive in the plains.
Day 14: Game drive and transfer to back to Arusha
Enjoy breath-taking moments as you take a game drive which will be followed with breakfast and then hit the road as you make a circular motion to Arusha. Late afternoon, you will be dropped at the airport and board your flight back home. End of safari.