Where you go: The safari takes you to Kibale and Bwindi Gorilla National Parks in Uganda for the best primate trekking. Proceed to Kenya to Lake Nakuru and Maasai Mara National parks. And you finally cross to Tanzania for game viewing in Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
You are met on arrival for your Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania Gorilla Trekking Safari at Entebbe International Airport and transferred to Fairway Hotel (C) or Ivys Hotel (B) – accommodation on bed and breakfast basis in Kampala. BB
After breakfast drive westwards to Kibale Chimpanzee National Park. After lunch, explore the area of the crater lakes at the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. Dinner and overnight at Mountains Of The Moon. FB
After early breakfast, go for the chimpanzee trekking. Other primates you may encounter include the L’Hoest’s, Red Colobus, Red-tailed, Olive Baboon, Gray-cheeked Mangabey and others. In the Afternoon visit Bigodi wetland which is managed by the local community. This project was started by an American Peace Corps Volunteer trying to develop ways for the local people to derive income by protecting their forest for ecotourism. It has survived as a success model which funds a school and employs local people has hosts, guards and guides. Here, we expect to spot the elusive Sitatunga antelope in the Papyrus and several other interesting species of birds like the White-winged warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, and Carruthre’s Cisticola. Today we enjoy a traditionally prepared meal from the local group that manages this wetland. Another night at the Mountains of the Moon. FB
After breakfast, begin our wildlife safari in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via the seasonal Ishasha sector which provides chances of viewing the tree climbing Lions. On a lucky day you might catch a glimpse of a Leopard. Troops of Olive Baboons frequent the roads. Be on the lookout for other interesting savannah animals and birds. These include Black Lored and Arrow-marked Babbler, Ovambo Sparrow Hawk, African Cuckoo Hawk, Stout, Zitting, Wing-snapping and Trilling Cisticolas, Violet-backed Starling, Brown Snake Eagle, Holub’s Golden Weaver, Lesser and Greater Honeyguide, Grassland and Plain Backed Pipit, Black Cuckoo, Fork-tailed Drongo, Senegal Thick-knee, Blue-naped Mousebird. Overnight at the Bwindi forest edge at Gorilla Forest Camp, Gorilla Resort orLake Kitandara Luxury Tented Camp. BLD
Set off early, with packed lunch, to the park headquarters for a briefing prior to Gorilla tracking. The gorillas are gentle animals and it is an unforgettable experience to observe and photograph. Reaching the family to which we are assigned may require walking of 20 minutes to three hours. Game scouts are likely to have pre-located them and radioed back their location to your guide, but the animals are wide-ranging and they don’t stick to the trails. Each encounter is different and has its own rewards. 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. Gorilla tracking involves part or all of one day in the Impenetrable Forest. In rare instances finding, reaching, observing and returning from a group takes an entire day of quite hard trekking. You need to be physically fit if you wish to maximize your chances. Very occasionally, in spite of all efforts, the gorillas prove elusive. Depending on the time at which we return, we might have an optional visit to the communities around the gorillas habitat or evening birding around Buhoma. Return to Gorilla Forest Camp, Gorilla Resort or Kitandara lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Transfer to Entebbe airport for a late flight to Nairobi. On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you are met and driven to Sarova Hotel for dinner and overnight stay. HB
The Aberdares, Tree Hotel for an afternoon / evening of game viewing from the Hotel’s Balconies. Dinner and overnight – Stay at Serena Hotel. FB
After breakfast, continue across the floor of the Great Rift Valley past the Maasai town of Narok to the legendary Maasai Mara National Reserve – to many, the jewel and highlight of the safari expedition, by lunch time. Enjoy an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Keecorock Lodge – Mara Serena Lodge or Mara Sopa Lodge (C) or tented camp (B). FB
A full day in the Mara with game drive in the morning and in the afternoon-evening. Lunch, dinner and overnight as above. FB
An early morning game drive in the Mara is followed by breakfast and thereafter, return to Nairobi to arrive by mid afternoon. Lunch en route. Overnight – Bed and breakfast. HB
Leave Nairobi early after breakfast by a tourist shuttle bus to Arusha to arrive by lunch time. After lunch, continue to Lake Manyara National Park for an afternoon game drive, heading on to your Hotel at dusk – dinner and overnight. FB
Continue to Ngorongoro Conservation Area and descent into the Crater for a full day Crater Tour with Picnic lunch. Ascend to your Hotel / Lodge on the Crater rim at dusk for dinner and overnight. FB
Taking an early morning view of the crater from your Hotel & breakfast, return to Arusha and connect to an afternoon shuttle bus back to Nairobi. Overnight – Bed and breakfast (if catching an evening flight from Nairobi, safari can end on this day with the shuttle bus dropping pax at the airport for their flight out). HB
Reserved transfer to the airport for departure-