17 days Uganda Tanzania Safari is the best mixture of wildlife and Gorilla trekking. Our 17 days Uganda Tanzania safari.
Day 1: Arrival to Uganda through Entebbe
Arrive at Entebbe international Airport, met by our guide and transferred who will brief you on the itineray of 17 days Uganda Tanzania Safari before we transfer to the Hotel in Kampala. Overnight in Hotel Africana
Meal Plan Dinner and Breakfast
Day 2: Kampala – Murchison Falls (Travel Time 5hrs)
Begin the panoramic drive north-west through the famous Luwero Triangle and, travel to Masindi via Ziwa Rhino Project. A visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino trekking is a must. After lunch, drive to Murchison Falls with a visit to the Bomu women group for a community experience. Proceed for our next stop over at the top of the falls. Overnight and dinner at Heritage Safari Camp
Meal Plan B-L-D
Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park Safari
After your cup of coffee, cross the Nile by ferry to the northern bank of the park. Your guide will help you during this 17 days Uganda Tanzania Safari spotting animals like Elephant, Lion, Cape buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi, Bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard. Return to the hotel for breakfast and lunch. After lunch, go for a boat safari upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron”. En-route, marvel at the toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over this 17 km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob crocodile. This is also a zone of many bird species like Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. There you leave the boat and start your quite heavy hike to the Top of the Falls (approx. 1 hour). See where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. Your driver/guide will be waiting for you to bring you back to the lodge. Dinner and overnight as above
Meal Plan B-L-D
Day 4: Murchison Falls – Kibale (Travel Time 8hrs)
Day 2 of 17 days Uganda Tanzania Safari. All day drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside and past traditional homesteads and farms along Albertine Rift escarpments. Fort-Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon. Meals and overnight at Kibale forest Lodge or Rweetera Safari Camp
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 5: Kibale Chimpanzee trekking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After early breakfast, report at Kanyanchu Tourist Centre where tourist activities begin and set out to track chimpanzee in the forest. Chances of viewing the chimps are over 90% but not a guarantee. Kibale National Park is one of the beautiful and stunning forests in Uganda. It is home to our closest living relatives the endangered Chimpanzee, the threatened Red colobus monkey and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey. The forest also boasts of having one of the highest diversity and density of primates in Africa totaling 13 species including the Black and white Columbus, Blue monkey, Grey-cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey and Bush babies and Pottos.
After chimpanzee trekking we drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park viewing the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey. Check in at your accommodation facility as you wait for your lunch. In the afternoon go for evening agme drive in Kasenyi side, you will see diffrent animal species like Kobs, Antelopes, Bushbacks, Buffaloes, Lions mention but afew and also birds .Dinner and overnight stay at Engiri Game Lodge
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari
Rise very early with your packed lunch take on a morning game drive to catch-up with the early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. You will most likely meet grazing Hippos, Elephants, and Lions, spotted Hyenas, bush buck, water buck, stripped jackal, comical warthogs and the elusive leopard. . After lunch, take on an afternoon Launch cruise along Kazinga Channel one that joins Lakes Edward and George. The cruise is a wonderful way to see hippo, buffalo, kob and the occasional Nile crocodile (which up until recently did not inhabit this area) and a spectacular bird watching on the water bank. Many who experience the launch cruise consider it the high light of their entire African safari Dinner and overnight stay as above
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park –Bwindi via Ishasha
With previous day’s memories proceed to Ishasha. Drive along the deep and wide dry craters that are occupied by savannah grasses and acacia. The drive takes you through the unique western rift valley escarpment and the (southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park) Ishasha sector where you will take on yet another game drive in search of tree climbing lions and other game then after in mid-morning drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
The journey takes about 2 hours but driving through interesting features. Arrive Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening. This park is home of the rare mountain gorillas where Uganda safari is at its peak as guest enjoy Gorilla trekking. Apart from gorillas, there are a wide variety of primates to see including the blue and red tailed monkeys. The forest itself is lush and green and there are streams running through it. Dinner and overnight stay at Trekkers tarvan Cottages
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8: Bwindi Gorilla Tracking Tour
After breakfast set off early with guides to track mountain gorillas in Bwindi. The thrill of your encounter will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek, this is the high lights of 17 days Uganda Tanzania Safari. Bring jungle boots and rain jackets because the park is often wet. Spend time in Gorilla trekking go about their activities. Each gorilla safari encounter is different and has its own rewards, but you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a magnificent green swathe of dense rain forest that gives great expereince during Uganda safari, so ancient that survived the last ice age. A recently proclaimed World Heritage site, it’s one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth and its unique, precious flora sustains roughly half of the world population of mountain gorillas believed to number just 720. There’s also a substantial chimpanzee population and research shows that Bwindi is the only forest in Africa in which these two apes live together.
Time permitting, spend the afternoon on a community foot safari to explore the life style of the people living and surrounding the park. Learn their culture, way of life and storytelling. Return to camp exhilarated to relieve the encounter with friends over a drink. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge as above. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9: Bwindi to Kampala
Leave Bwindi early in the morning have brief stopover at Equator for pictures, proceed to Kampala and drive to Entebbe for your flight to Arusha. Received by our driver guide at Arusha as we enter in to our second destination of 17 days Uganda Tanzania Safari who will transfer you to the Hotel for dinner and overnight.Impala hotel
Day 10: Arusha – Lake Manyara
Pick up from Arusha and transfer to Lake Manyara National Park. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch we head into the Lake Manyara National Park for an afternoon game drive. This national park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park), located at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, Lake Manyara’s unique tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake.
Dinner and overnight at Twiga Lodge
Day 11: Lake Manyara National Park – Serengeti Plains
After breakfast we head towards the Serengeti National Park, via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, we descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti Safari – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to the central park area, known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park that is called the onders of Africa that excites the Tanzania Safari, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti National Park.
Dinner and overnight Osupuko Camp
Day 12: full day Serengeti
We have another full day in this wonderful park, serengeti safari starts with rising early to make the most of our time. Our guides will choose the best spotting locations for the time of year; we can spend time at the Hippo pool watching these majestic animals laze about in the cool water happily living alongside the crocodiles, watch a big pride of lions, be in the middle of the migration, sometimes surrounded by wildebeest, sometimes by zebras, which travel with the wildebeest. We journey from the wide open plains to the kopjes: these volcanic rocky outcrops provide protection and shelter for a wide variety of animals and from the top we can look out across the vast grasslands of the Serengeti. This diverse and interesting landscape will provide us with the ultimate in game viewing, we will hopefully see all of the plain games; elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lions and it you are lucky the elusive leopard and cheetah, as well as huge amounts of interesting bird life, from the elegant secretary birds to the flightless ostrich. We return to our special tented camp for the night. Osupuko camp
Day 13 – Full day at the Serengeti Plains
Day 13 of our 17 days Uganda Tanzania Safari, After your early breakfast, we shall go for a morning game drive along the Sogore River Circuit, which twists into the plains south of the Seronera River, some of the wildlife to look out for in this section include the Lions, Thomson gazelles, Topi, ostriches and cheetahs.
After your game drive, you will proceed to the Visitor Centre which is close to the Serengeti Seronera Lodge and public campsites. The Centre offers some interesting wildlife displays as well as a gift shop selling information leaflets and maps of the area. The shop also as refreshment, and we shall therefore have our lunch from there.
Later in the afternoon we will drive through the Kopjes Circuit, which goes anti-clockwise around the Maasai Kopjes, this circuit is known for having a number of lions and some very large cobras. Kopjes are weathered granite outcrops, scattered around the plains, most of which are miniature ecosystems, providing shade and drinking water in pools left in the rock after the rains. The Kopjes are good hunting grounds for lions especially in dry seasons when most wildlife come to drink up.
Dinner and overnight at Osupuko camp
Day 14 – Transfer from the Serengeti Plains to the Ngorongoro crater
After an early breakfast at the lodge we shall transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Area the highlight of our 17 days Uganda Tanzania Safari. We will stopover at Olduvai Gorge (optional), boasting with a history dating back to the dawn of time. It was here, that the anthropologists Drs. Lois and Mary Leakey discovered the skulls of ‘Nutcracker Man’ and ‘Handy Man’, known as the early men.
We shall arrive at the crater in time for lunch, have our lunch boxes then after which we will descend over 550 meters into the Ngorongoro Crater to view wildlife for the rest of the day. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, eland, warthog, zebra, buffalo, hippo, and giant African elephants, lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and leopard. We shall then visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds are usually found here.
Dinner and overnight stay at Hhando coffee lodge
Day 15 – Transfer from the Ngorongoro to the Tarangire National Park
After your breakfast we shall transfer to Tarangire National Park. The park stretches along the banks of River Tarangire, mostly composed of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. The parks natural vegetation is majorly composed of Acacia woodlands and giant Baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the southern sections. Both the river and the swamps attract wildlife especially during Tanzania’s dry season. The park is undisputedly known to have some of the largest herds of elephants in Africa there are also several rare wildlife species at the Tarangire including the Greater Kudu, the Fringed-eared Oryx, as well as a few Ashy Starlings. After your morning game drive, you will have a picnic lunch before embarking on an afternoon game drive. You will later retire to your lodge for relaxation and rest.
Dinner and overnight at Osupuko camp
Day 16. Full day in Tarangire National Park.
After breakfast you will go for the full day exploration with in Tarangire National Park as we keep experiencing our 17 days Uganda Tanzania Safari . You will leave with your packed lunch which you will have while viewing the wildlife with in the wilderness. Look out for wildlife animals such as Elephants, Buffaloes, Lions and the rare huge Baobab tree which can only be found in this National Park. Dinner and overnight at Osupuko camp
Day17 – Tarangire – Arusha
Enjoy breakfast, after which we will transfer back to Arusha. Upon arrival in Arusha will we have lunch and then we will end our 17 days Uganda Tanzania Safari.
The safari and tour prices below include
- Hotel/lodge accommodation for the duration of the safari
- Gorilla permits
- Chimpanzee trekking
- Boat cruises
- Crater fee
- Animal tours according to your itinerary preferences
- Private 4-wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch
- Professional safari and tour guide / driver
- All national park fees
- All meals on the safari
- All game viewing activities specified
- Price quoted per person sharing
- VAT on tourism activities and park fees
- Concession fees
- and mineral water
The safari and tour prices below exclude
- Items of personal nature
- International and local airfares
- Airport taxes Any airport transfers & hotel accommodation before / after the safari
- Entry visas
- Travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities