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Culture and parks

1: Nairobi – MT Kenya
Arrival Nairobi. Meet your guide and drive for MT Kenya. ON lodge

2: Shaba game reserve
Drive for Shaba game reserve. Very interesting for its ecosystem, being at the border of the desertic area of the country. Shaba with its rocky kopje (isolated hills), hot springs and dum palms is one of the best reserves of the country. ON lodge (or camp)

3: Samburu & Buffalo Springs
Drive to Samburu & Buffalo Springs which together with Shaba cover about 300 kmq along the bank of Ewaso Ngiro river, with a large amount of flora & fauna. Samburu people territory, which leave in mud made huts and lot of animals. ON lodge (or camp)

4: Kaisut desert
Drive toward Kaisut desert, Rendille people territory, with plenty of camels. They are used drinking blood of camels with milk. Very strong is their tradition and family based life At Ngurunet find the Samburu leaving in a traditional way of life. ON camp.

5: Marsabit – Paradise lake
Drive Marsabit, situated at the interior of a volcanic area of 630 kmq, with 22 craters. Drive to Paradise lake, on the crater of Gof Sokorte Guda. ON lodge (or camp)

6: Marsabit
Visit the village and market of Marsabit, where different tribes meet, as the Rendille, Samburu and others. Drive then to Chalbi desert, in arab “naked and salted”, a big dry lake with surrounding of volcanoes. Camp next to Kalacha oasis, where leave the Gabbra

7: Loyangalani – Turkana people
Drive 120 km to Loyangalani, where the Turkana people leave, the most spectacular people of Kenya. They leave of their animals and fishing at Turkana lake. Find also El-molo people, leaving of fish and crocodile meat. ON Oasis lodge (or camp)

8: Nabuyatom area
Explore Nabuyatom area, Samburu people. ON Oasis lodge (or camp)

9: South Horr and Baragol
Drive South Horr and Baragol to reach Maralal N. Sanctuary. ON lodge (or camp)

10: Baringo lake
Baringo lake for birds, hippos & crocodiles. ON lodge (or camp)

11: Lake Bogoria
Lake Bogoria, home of 2 millions of flamingoes. Visit hot springs and geyser. Drive then to Naivasha lake. ON lodge (or camp)

12: Masai Mara National park
Drive to Masai Mara National park. ON lodge

13: Masai Mara
Masai Mara game drive. ON lodge.

14: Amboseli park
Drive Amboseli park. Game drive. ON lodge.

15: Amboseli park
Amboseli park game drive. ON lodge.

16: Nairobi – Departure
Drive and then drive back to Nairobi. Departure (or next day)

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ETHIOPIA – KENYA – UGANDA GLK 107. Eploring 3 marvels of Africa

1: Addis Ababa
Arrival Addis Ababa and tour

2: Lakes of Shala, Abyata, Langano
Addis Ababa- Rift Valley lakes of Shala, Abyata, Langano. ON Wenney ecolodge

3: Langano – Arbaminch
Langano – Dorze people – Arba Minch. ON Swaynes htl

4: Netch Sar park and Chamo lake
Netch Sar park and Chamo lake for crocodiles. ON Swaynes htl

5: Arbaminch – Jinka
Arba Minch – Konso, Derase, Tsemay, ari & Benna people. Jinka htl or camp

6: Mago N.P.
Mursi people & villages- ON camp next to Mursi village or Mago

7: Mago N.P. – Turmi
Karo people & villages- ON Turmi

8: Turmi (hamer people)
Visit Hamer people vilalges, dances (Evangadi), marriage ceremonies with luck with the bull jumping, and if market days. ON Turmi.

9: Turmi (Dassanech people)
Omorate and Dassanech people- Incorenana people- Eleret.

10: Sibiloi
Sibiloi game drives, and petrified Forest Hike. ON Sibiloi camp or lodge

11: Elmolo and Turkana people
Visit Elmolo and Turkana people. ON camp or lodge

12: Samburu people
Samburu people. ON camp or lodge

13: South Horr, Baragol, Maralal sanctuary
Drive South Horr, Baragol, Maralal sanctuary. ON lodge or camp

14: Lake Baringo – Naivasha
Lake Baringo- Naivasha. ON lodge or camp

15: Naivasha – Masai Mara
Naivasha – Masai Mara. ON lodge

16: Masai Mara
Game drive at Masai Mara. ON lodge

17: Masai Mara – Nakuru
Masai Mara- Nakuru. ON camp or lodge.

18: Nakuru- Kampala
Nakuru- Kampala. Cross the border into Uganda and travel via the lakeside town of Jinja (the Source of the Nile) before reaching Kampala, Uganda’s capital

19: Kampala-Kisoro (19/20/21)
Kampala-Kisoro. From your Kisoro base, depending on the availability of gorilla permits, and the gorillas’ location, you will be viewing them in either the Magahinga or Bwindi National Parks in Uganda, the Virunga National Park in the DRC or at Ruhengeri in Rwanda. Due to the nature of the gorillas and their habits, viewing cannot be guaranteed. The gorillas themselves can tend to move around the locality quite a distance, and the trek can be quite arduous. The cost to track the gorillas differs from park to park, and can range from US$275 to US$375, per 1hr viewing.

22: Kisoro-Bunyoni
Kisoro-Bunyoni. A short drive through arguably some of the most picturesque scenery in Africa brings you to Lake Bunyoni. Lake Bunyoni is the deepest crater lake in Africa and is home to a large number of bird and fish species, as well as otters.

23: Bunyoni-Kampala
Bunyoni-Kampala. After enjoying the peaceful surrounds of Lake Bunyoni you drive to Kampala for another overnight stay, and perhaps the chance to sample the nightlife. Today you will cross the Equator for the 2nd time, where there will be ample photo opportunities to commemorate this event.

24: Kampala – Departure

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GLK 103. Ethiopia & Kenya for their culture and wildlife

1: Addis Ababa
Arrival Addis Ababa & tour. ON htl

2: Addis Ababa – Shala-Abyata Rift Valley lakes
Addis Ababa – Shala-Abyata Rift Valley lakes NP. ON Wenney ecolodge Langano Rift Valley lake.

3: Langano – Wolayta
Langano – Wolayta & Dorze people + villages- Arba Minch. ON Swaynes htl.

4: Netch Sar park – Chamo lake
Netch Sar park (sanctuary of endemic Swaynes Hartbeest, numerous zebra, wonderful views) & Chamo lake for crocodiles-hippos. ON Swaynes htl

5: Arba Minch & Konso people – Jinka
Arba Minch – Konso people (famous for their traditions and terracing agriculture), Derase, Tsemay, Ari & Benna people (ornaments and hairstyles) (if market day, very colorful markets too) ON Jinka in htl

6: Mago NP
Mursi people & villages where for beauty women use to put plates into their lips- ON camp next to Mursi village or at Mago NP campsite

7: Omo river
Cross the Karo people, visit villages of Duss & Kortcho with spectacular view over Omo river- ON camp Kortcho or Murulle.

8: Omo river
Nyangatom people crossing Omo river- back ON camp Kortcho or Murulle

9: Turmi
Proceed for the very nice Hamer people. ON Turmi bungalows or camp Evangadi lodge.

10: Turmi
Day for Hamer people: visit market of Hamer, Karo and Dassanech people; visit Hamer villages. ON Turmi.

11: Turmi
Visit Hamer people and villages: their dances (Evangadi), look for the marriage ceremonies (with the bull jumping), walk around the villages, and more. ON Turmi.

12: Omorate – Lake Turkana
Drive to Omorate, at bank of Omo river, for Dassanech (Geleb) people. Proceed to lake Turkana. ON camp Ileret.

13: Lake Turkana
Sibiloi game drives, ON camp or lodge.

14: Lake Turkana
Elmolo and stone paintings, ON Loyangalani lodge or camp

15: Samburu and Turkana people
Samburu and Turkana people. ON Loyangalani lodge or camp

16: Maralal
Drive Maralal. ON camp or lodge

17: Samburu
Drive via Wamba to Samburu. ON Samburu lodge or camp

18: Nakuru
Drive Nakuru via Thomson Falls. ON lodge or camp

19: Nairobi
Drive Nairobi. Evening or next day departure

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1: Kampala
Meet the group in Kampala (eventually at EBB) and proceed to Lake Mburo National Park. After a short stop on the equator we will have lunch. On the afternoon we enter on the National Park. This is a very beautiful national park, with a lake onthe middle where we will camp. On this park it is possible to see zebra, buffalo, antelopes, hippos, crocodiles and if lucky, leopards.
Optional it is possible to take a small boat trough the lake.

2: Lake Mburo-Mbarara town-Lake Bunyonyi
Very early in the morning we will do a game walk with rangers trough the savanna. It is very interesting and beautiful to see the animals while we walk and because on most parks it is forbidden. We leave Lake Mburo behind and we pass trough Mbarara town. Depending on which area we have been given the Gorilla permits, we will sleep in Lake Bunyonyi (camping) or in the bordering village of Kisoro (local hotel).

3: Bwindi/Mt Gahinga/ Volcanoes -Bwindi or Kisoro
Using smaller vehicles, we will approach to the area where the gorillas live. Gorilla tracking on Bwindi/Mt Gahinga/ Volcanoes NP. Night in Ruhengeri (Rwanda), Bwindi or Kisoro, depending on which area we have been given the Gorilla permits.

4: Bwindi/Mt Gahinga/ Volcanoes – Bunyonyi
Gorilla tracking on Bwindi/Mt Gahinga/ Volcanoes NP (it may be possible to do the tracking this day in stead of the previous day, depending on availability). Nigh in Lake. Bunyonyi. Camping.

5: Queen Elisabeth National park
We leave the lake very early in the morning and we proceed to Queen Elisabeth National park. On this park is very easy to see our first elephants and also possible to see lions. The park hast to big lakes, Edward and George connected by the Kazinga channel. Late on the afternoon we will take a boat trough the channel. Its amazing to see such a big number of hippos and buffaloes near Nile crocodiles, occasionally we may see also elephants or even lions!. We will camp on the park.

6: Kyambura
We will do early game drive trough the park in search of wildlife. Those interested in primates, optionally can do a trekking on Kyambura gorge looking for chimps. In the afternoon we will cross the equator for the second time and we will travel parallel to the Mountains of the moon through green lush landscape. Mountains of the moon hotel.

7: Fort Portal to Kampala – White Nile
We will drive from Fort Portal to Kampala (possibility to end/start the trip) and after to the White Nile. Our tented camp is in a beautiful location in front of an island. Free afternoon. Tented camp.

8: River Shores
Possibility (not included) to do one of the best and most attractive rafting in the world or to chill out on the river shores. Tented camp.

9: Kenya
(possibility to end/start the trip). We leave behind Uganda and We enter in Kenya. We will drive trough beautiful landscapes covered with green tea plantations. Tea hotel.

10: Maasai Lands
Driving through Maasai Lands we finally reach Masai Mara Reserve. In the next 2 days we will cruise through its endless savannah looking for wildlife. We will spent the night in a basic campsite that overlooks the acacia spotted plains. It is very likely that these days we will see the great Migration.

11: Maasai Lands
Driving through Maasai Lands we finally reach Masai Mara Reserve. In the next 2 days we will cruise through its endless savannah looking for wildlife. We will spent the night in a basic campsite that overlooks the acacia spotted plains. It is very likely that these days we will see the great Migration.

12: Lake Victoria
Crossing the border into Tanzania we reach Lake Victoria, the biggest in Africa and the 2nd biggest in the world. We will camp on Lake Victoria shore.

13: Serengeti
After a morning Boat excursion where we can visit a fishermen village, we enter the emblematic Serengeti. Driving through the Western Corridor, we will start encountering wildlife, further in the national park we will let Nature seduce us with its most genuine manifestation of fauna. We will spend the night in a tented camp in the heart of the Serengeti surrounded by spectacular views.

14: Serengeti-Mara River – Seronera
Morning and afternoon game drives through the beautiful savannah, observing abundant wildlife in its most natural habitat. Depending on the time of the year, it is also possible we will encounter part of the great Migration here, on its way to cross the Mara River. We will spend a 2nd night in a tented camp in Seronera, the heart of the Serengeti.

15: Ngorongoro-Oldupai Gorge
Leaving behind the Infinite Savannah, we enter Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, on our way to the top of the crater we stop in Oldupai Gorge where the oldest hominid footsteps so far discovered (dating back to 3.8 million years) were found. We will spend the night in a basic lodge that overlooks the crater, at an altitude of 2200mts.

16: Ngorongoro – Lake eyasi
With the first sun beams we will descend to Ngorongoro Crater, this time with our 4wd vehicles. Also known as Noah’s Arch, Ngorongoro is famous for the variety and density of animals that can be found. After six hours of game drive we ill drive to Lake Eyasi. Camping on the shore of the lake.

17: Lake Eyasi-Datoga-Hadzabe
Lake Eyasi area is habitat of 2 of Tanzania’s most ancient tribes; the Datoga, who part form the Masai and the Hadzabe hunters-gatherers. Accompanied by a local guide we will have the opportunity of sharing the every day life of these 2 tribes. Camping on the shore of the lake.

18: Arusha-Mt. Meru-Mt. Kilimanjaro
Drive back to Arusha, one of Tanzania’s most important cities. After the beautiful view of Mt. Meru, we will reach our lodge from where you can perfectly contemplate the awesome Mt. Kilimanjaro – The Roof of Africa. Night in a perfectly equipped lodge.

19: Swahili Coast-Usambara Mountains
On our way towards the Swahili Coast we divert our course and drive up the Usambara Mountains. Dotted with villages, this gracious though unknown rural area provides us with the possibility of learning about agriculture and traditional medicines. After an afternoon walk with a local Sambara guide we reach our campsite, in midst of the mountains.

20: Tanga-Zanzibar-Kendwa
Back on the road that leads to the coast, we reach Tanga. We embark on board of light aircraft and after a short 45-minute flight we land in Zanzibar. A minibus takes us up north to the white beaches of Kendwa with its turquoise clear waters. Bungalows on the beach.

21: Zanzibar
These 2 days in the north of Zanzibar are perfect for doing snorkelling, practice diving, go on a dolphin excursion or else just sunbathe on the beach enjoying the paradisiacal scenery. Bungalows on the beach.

22: Zanzibar
These 2 days in the north of Zanzibar are perfect for doing snorkelling, practice diving, go on a dolphin excursion or else just sunbathe on the beach enjoying the paradisiacal scenery. Bungalows on the beach.

23: Stonetown-Swahili-Stonetown
This last day we drive back to Stonetown, the capital of the isle, marked by its Swahili past. We can take the Spice tour or simply walk through its narrow allies and history laden streets, enjoying its peoples, markets and architecture. Night in Mtoni Marine hotel, off the center of Stonetown.

24: Stonetown
End of services.

All meals (except in Kampala, dinner at Fort Portal, and ZNZ in HB). All entrance in NPs and conservation areas (except the gorilla permits), boat cruise in Kazinga channel (queen Elisabeth), KANANGA guide speaking English and Spanish, Driver, cook, Game walk on Lake Mburo NP, Transport in excellent truck (from 11 pax) and less in Toyota Land cruiser, accommodation as listed,
Flight in a Light aircraft fromTanga to ZNZ, Alllcamping equipment, 4X4 Vehicles to go down the crater in Ngorongoro, Local guide for the Datota and Hadzabe tribes.

Gorilla permits and transport to the gorilla area, visas, optional excursions (boat on Lake Victoria to see the local fishermen, walk to see the chimps in Kyambura gorge, rafting,…), all whatever not included under the list ” Services included”

Gorilla permits: We will look after it when you have the clients. At the present it is 500 US$. Transport will be different depending on number of pax. Maximum (for 2 pax) it is 140 person to 30 US$.

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GLU 102. Fantastic parks and the gorilla trail

Gorilla Trekking safari – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Murchison Falls National Park

1: Kampala
Arrive Kampala. ON

2: Bwindi
Early in the morning set off for Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park. This safari will take a minimum of nine hours. Make a brief stop at the Equator line.
The drive takes you through the grasslands of Ankole, whose common sight are the famous long horned cattle; then to the highlands of Kigezi with their beautifully terraced hills.
Break off for lunch at any hotel enroute. Continue with the journey through beautiful scenery and arrive Bwindi National Park in the evening. This park is home of the rare mountain gorillas. 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.
You will check in at Buhoma Homestead / Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Bandas), for dinner and overnight. The Homestead is a mini resort inside a thick forest providing clean accommodation with cold and warm showers, flushing toilets and solar power lighting. While the community bandas offer basic services.

3: Gorilla treck
After breakfast set off early with your guide to track the gorillas. The thrill of your encounter will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek. Spend time in awe watching the gorillas go about their activities. Each 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.
On a clear day as you track the gorillas – you may have a spectacular view of Congo’s Parc National Des Virunga’s, L.Edward and Mountain Rwenzori’s.
Return to the camp exhilarated to relieve the encounter with friends over a drink. Have dinner and over night at Buhoma Homestead or similar

4: Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, depart northwards for Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive takes you through the unique western rift valley escarpment. Carry out a game drive in Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions before proceeding to the Mweya Peninsular; park headquarters. Arrive in the evening and check in at your Lodge.
The park boasts of a variety of big game like; lions, buffaloes, kobs, elephants, bushbucks, and the rare occasional leopard. Have dinner and over night at Mweya Safari Lodge/ Ecology Institute Hostel / Jacana Safari Lodge.

5: Chimpanzee safari – Kazinga Channel
Rise before the sun and drive to Kyambura Gorge for a thrilling Chimpanzee safari. Your guided walk may last three to five hours and in addition to seeing the chimps, the trip may yield sightings of the colobus monkeys, baboons, red tailed and velvet monkeys, and other primates.
It is important to note that the chimpanzee safari is subject to availability of permits and good weather because occasional flooding can make the trails impassable.
After lunch, drive to the dock, and take on an afternoon launch cruise on Kazinga Channel, which joins Lakes Edward and George. It is a waterway that is filled with schools of hippos, buffaloes, and elephants, which can be seen at the banks. There are also a rich variety of birds on the channel. Retire to the lodge for dinner and over night at Mweya Safari Lodge/ Ecology Institute Hostel / Jacana Safari Lodge.

6: Kibale Forest National Park.
Early rise for a morning game drive. Look out for early grazers and hunters. These include hippos, elephants, lions, spotted hyenas and leopards, bushbuck, water buck and stripped jackal, and of course the several warthogs.
Visit the saline explosions for the locally mined salts, the processes and people involved. See the role of women in this activity plus the risks at hand. Return to the lodge for lunch and then drive to Kibale Forest National Park through Fort-Portal. Drive along the scenic beauty of the Rwenzori ranges and the stretch of savanna grasslands.
Admire the smoke from the Bakonzo homesteads and the glittering tiny iron sheet-roofs on the steep Rwenzori ranges. Dinner and overnight stay at Ndali Lodge / Primate Lodge / Fort Motel / Mountains of the Moon Hotel / Toro Resort.

7: Kibale 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 the Uganda. This is home of 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 colobus, Blue monkey, Grey-cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey and Bush babies and Pottos.
After lunch take on a nature walk to the wetlands. View a variety of butterflies, birds and other insects. Have a tour of the crater region around Ndali lodge. Visit the “natural bridge” and “top of the world”. You may also stop over at any tea plantation along the road if you wish. Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight stay at Ndali Lodge / Primate Lodge / Fort Motel / Mountains of the Moon Hotel / Toro Resort.

8: Murchison Falls National Park
After breakfast, drive to Murchison Falls National Park with packed lunch enroute. Experience the endless stretch and beauty of savanna grassland that disappears in a mirage. After breakfast, drive to Murchison Falls National Park with picnic lunch enroute. Arrive at Paraa. Stay Red Chilli Camp / Sambiya River Lodge / Nile River Camp or cross by ferry to Paraa Safari Lodge on the northern bank of River Nile for dinner and overnight.

9: Nile River
Start the day with an early morning game drive on the Buligi, Albert or Queens tracks north of the river Nile. You are able to view those animals that are unique to the African
Savannah like giraffe, antelope, lion, elephant, and the Uganda kob. May also visit Nyamisika cliffs with picnic breakfast (optional).
After lunch, take on a launch cruise along the Nile River. The cruise takes to the Bottom of the thundering falls where you will see huge crocodiles, schools of hippos, buffaloes, elephants and a variety of water birds like herons, cormorants, ducks, bee-eaters, kingfishers, skimmers, fish eagle and the rare shoebill. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

10: Kampala
On this day before you leave the park, take a drive to the “Top of the falls” for a breathtaking sight of the raging Nile as it forces its way through
a rocky gap barely six meters wide. This is the point where the Nile River explodes through a narrow gorge and cascades down to become a placid river. Proceed to Kampala with lunch enroute.

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YEMEN AND ETHIOPIA GLETY 101. Routes of Queen of Sheba

1: Aden
Arrival in Aden. Tour. ON htl

2: Ta’izz
Drive to Ta’izz. Drive up to Jebel Sabir over Ta’izz and Sightseeing. ON htl

3: Ibb and Jibla
Hilltop Cities of Ibb and Jibla. Visit the historical site of these Two Cities. ON htl

4: Zabid – Al-Faza beach
Drive to Hodaidah passing the historical city of Zabid and having a short stay at Al-Faza beach. ON htl

5: Manakha
Drive to Manakha and the amazing Haraz villages. O/N in Funduq

6: Al-Mahweet
Through the Oasis of Wadi Sara and extra ordinary villages we drive to another hill top town to Al-Mahweet. ON htl

7: Al-Mahweet – Al-Taweela – Kaukaban – Thulla – Sana’a
Passing cave dwellings a Spectacular drive from Al-Mahweet through Al-Taweela, Kaukaban and Thulla to Sana’a. ON htl

8: Sana’a – Addis Ababa
AM Sightseeing in Sana’a. PM Transfer apt for departure. Arrival Addis Ababa.

9: Axum
Fly Axum. Tour of Queen of Sheba town: steles, churches, archeological sites. ON htl

10: Gondar
Cross Semien mountains- drive Gondar. ON htl

11: Gondar – BahirDar
AM tour of Gondar. PM drive Bahirdar. ON htl

12: BahirDar – Blue Nile Falls
Blue Nile falls and PM boat on lake Tana for monasteries. ON htl

13: Lalibela
Fly or drive Lalibela. ON htl

14: Lalibela
Rock hewn churches Lalibela. ON htl

15: Addis Ababa – Departure
Fly back Addis. Tour. Evening departure or next day

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01. FRI. Arrival in Addis Ababa. Transfer to the chosen hotel. Have a free morning. Afternoon (1400 hrs from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountain with views over the capital, the National & the Ethnographic museums, St George church and the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa.
Meals free. ON (overnight) hotel.

02. Transfer from the hotel to the airport for the flight to Axum, 2 hrs before the flight time (meet your driver at your hotel). Ones in Axum transfer to the hotel for check-in.
Visit the steles, St Mary of Tsion church (where legend says the Ark of Covenant is deposited), the bath and the palace of Queen of Sheba, and archeological sites.
Breakfast can be at the airport or in Axum. Lunch and dinner at the hotel in Axum.

03. Leave your hotel at 08am to drive to Mekele, capital of the Tigray region. On the way make very interesting visits, as: the Yeha pre-Christian temple, DebreDamo monastery (where to reach the monastery men have to climb 16 meters by ropes. Women are not allowed) and one of the Tigray rock churches, as Abreha We Atsbeha or Wikro Cherkos (or could be both, if clients prefer not to visit DebreDamo).
Lunch on the way. Dinner traditional restaurant in town. ON hotel in Mekele.

04. Leave your hotel at 08am to drive to Lalibela, crossing sites as Ambalagi, Alamata, Dild & the Tekeze river, with very nice views and admiring the Tigray, Azebo/ Raya, Afar (with luck around Woldya) & Wollo people on the way.
Spot also the endemic Gelada Baboons around Dild.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Yemereha htl or similar

05. Full day visit of the rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, defined as the 8th wonder in the world. Churches built in the 12th century; the African Jerusalem.
And late afternoon take part of the coffee ceremony in a traditional house or the hotel (the coffee ceremony in an important part of Ethiopian culture).
Meals & ON at your hotel

06. Leave your hotel at 08am to drive to Gondar, the city of castes and churches, defined the African Camelot, admiring very nice views over the Semien mountains.
Lunch on the way; dinner in a restaurant in town. ON hotel in Gondar

07. Morning visit of Gondar: the castles, Debre Birhan Sellasie church (light of Trinity) with wonderful murals, King Fasiladas bath and Qusquam monastery.
Have lunch in a restaurant in town.
Afternoon drive to Bahirdar, with views at lake Tana and Amhara people villages. Dinner and ON at your hotel in Bahirdar

08. Leave your hotel at 08am to drive to admire the Blue Nile falls.
Drive back then for lunch at the hotel.
Afternoon have a boat excursion on lake Tana to admire some monasteries over the lake’s islands, as Asua Mariam and Ura Kidane Mehret, with also the visit of an Amhara people village & coffee plantations.
Dinner in a restaurant in town. ON hotel in Bahirdar

09. SAT. Transfer from the hotel to the airport for the flight to Addis Ababa, 2 hrs before the flight schedule. Ones reached Addis Ababa transfer to the hotel for a day use room available till 18:00 hrs. Have your free afternoon.
Lunch free. Have dinner invited in a traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Then transfer to the airport for departure (or if the flight is next day, have an overnight in Addis Ababa. The next day you’ll be picked up from your hotel 3 hrs before your flight and transferred at the airport)

10. SUN. Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport. Please issue your visa at the Immigration Desk (50 US per person), get your luggage and go through customs. There your driver will wait for you and will take you to Tarangire National Park. To the gate it will take you around 3 hours drive. Do a first game drive along the shores of Lake Manyara. This park impresses by the big Lake and the thick forest. You will find Impalas and Dik Diks as well as hippos and elephants. Take care of the lions in the park, sometimes they are laying in the trees and inspect their surroundings. After the game drives proceed for dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Lake Manyara National Park Information:The Lake Manyara National Park has a rare ground water forest, which merges into grassland with acacia trees and open grassland. On the shores of Lake Manyara are marshy areas. In the park live about 20-30 lions, who like to rest are particularly on the trees, a few leopards and monkeys. Prevalent in the park are giraffes, impalas, wildebeests, zebras, hippos and big herds of buffalo.
Things to do nearby the park: Cultural excursions, bicycle tours, forest walks outside the park
Best time to visit: July to October: large mammals
Accommodation lodge. Meals: LB/D

11. Mto wa Mbu cultural excursion. After breakfast go on a bicycle ride on the edge of Lake Manyara National Park. You will see the animals from a different perspective and discover things, you would have never seen from the car. For lunch enjoy a local meal under banana tree and get ready for a guided walk through the village. There you will see how the farmers plant their crops and how craftsmen produce their goods.
Accommodation lodge. Meals:B/L/D

12. Ngorongoro Crater Tour – Karatu. Today you will do an unforgettable Ngorongoro Crater Tour. At the beginning you will descend into the crater – 600m from the rim to the floor. When you reach the bottom, start your game drive and discover this breathtaking landscape. Wildebeests, zebras and lions will cross your way. Enjoy your picnic lunch next to the hippo pool. After the game drive ascend the steep crater wall with the safari car and return back to the lodge.
Ngorongoro Crater Information: The Ngorongoro conservation area is located between the Serengeti and Lake Manyara. Within the protected area is the Ngorongoro Crater, which is the largest caldera in the world. The crater is 600m deep and 260 square km in size and offers the diversity of East African scenery and wildlife in a confined space. Enjoy the breathtaking views at sunset from one of the lodges on the crater rim.
Accommodation lodge. Meals: B/LB/D

13. After breakfast proceed to Serengeti National Park. On the way you can visit Olduvai Gorge and get more information about this National Park at Naabi Hill Gate. Game en route to lodge.
Serengeti National Park Information: The Serengeti is a treeless savanna, which extend from the north Tanzania, east of Lake Victoria, to southern Kenya (Africa) extends and covers an area of about 30,000 sq km. There live more than 1.6 million herbivores and thousands of predators. Common animals in this region are wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and buffalo. A unique experience is the migration taking place every year between the Sernegeti and the Masai Mara.
The word “Serengeti” is derived from the Maasai language and means “Wide area / high level.” You can find extensive, flat grasslands in the south and slightly wooded plains in the north. The central Serengeti is an almost treeless savanna. In the southeast arises Ngorongoro Conservation Area (world heritage site since 1979). The highest mountains are located about 1,850 m above sea level, lower parts of the savannah to reach “down” to about 950 m.
The region encompasses the Serengeti “Serengeti National Park”. With its 14,763 km ² it is one of the largest and certainly the best known National parks in the world. Since 1981 it is part of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage.
The documentary film “Serengeti Shall Not Die” by Bernhard Grzimek was honored in 1960 with the Oscar. 
Best time to travel: Throughout the year; Great Migration: December to July
Accommodation lodge. Meal: B/LB/D

14. Full day game drive in Serengeti National Park. Discover landscape and animals.
Accommodation lodge. Meal: B/LB/D

15. Serengeti – Tarangire National Park. Today you will leave Serengeti National Park. Do an early game drive in the morning and proceed towards Ngorongoro and go on until you reach Tarangire National Park. Game en route.
Tarangire National Park Information: Tarangire National Park is one of 11 national parks in Tanzania. It is located south-west of Arusha in the Lake Manyara region. The Tarangire River flows through the park even in the dry season and is the only water source for the wildlife. Therefore, the wildlife in the park is very rich dring dry sesaon. The landscape consists of savannah and the river. The park is 2600 square kms and is located on 900m altitude. Furthermore the park is well known for its uncountable baobab trees, the large number of elephants and various species of birds. Best time to visit: Throughout the year (June – September high animal density because of dry season)
Accommodation lodge. Meals: B/LB/D

16. For the last day on safari do an early morning game drive in Tarangire National Park and leave towards Arusha. Here then either transfer to catch your flight or stay a night in Arusha.
Accommodation hotel. Meals: B/LB

17. Transfer to the airport on time to catch your flight. Meal: B

We also suggest extensions to the fantastic beaches in Zanzibar, or another tour in Tanzania as trekking to Kilimanjaro or the parks of the south, or another tour in Ethiopia as the Omo valley or the Surma people or people of the north-west or trekking to the Semien mountains, or tours to northern or Southern Sudan or to the parks in Kenya (see our programs)

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Sudan. Guaranteed Departure 2012


01. FRI. Arrival at Khartoum airport. Meet with the guide, and transfer to the hotel. Meals free and ON Grand Holiday Villa Hotel or similar

02. Visit the Archaeological Museum that, besides many beautiful objects, contains two beautiful temples rescued by UNESCO and moved from the Lake Nasser area, when it was flooded by the water (the visit to the Museum can be moved on to the last day according to opening time). Then we drive to Wadi Muqaddam. We will stop at the “chai houses”, tea houses. In the afternoon reach the Nile in the town of Merowe 
Lunch on the way; dinner and ON at the Nubian rest house

03. Visit Jebel Barkal (“Jebel” means mountain in Arabic) where at the foot of this red sandstone mountain, considered holy since the ancient times, there is a big temple, dedicated to the Pharaohs of the New Reign and to their patron, Amon. Amon’s ancient “Pure Mountain”, the Olympus of the Nubians, was the religious Nubian heart for more than 1000 years. The Royal necropolis of the ancient city of Napata, the Nubian capital (from 800 to 400 b.C.) before the Meroitic period, had a large number of pyramids, located in three different places. 
We then move southwards to the village of El Kurru where there is one of the necropolis of the ancient capital, Napata. Here we can visit two tombs, which are excavated in the rock under pyramids – partially collapsed – and are totally decorated with images of the Pharaoh, of the gods and multicolour hieroglyphic inscriptions. The trip goes on with the visit to a site, rich in fossil trunks in the desert. Later in the afternoon we cross the Nile to reach the Pyramids of Nuri. 
Lunch on the way; dinner and ON at the Nubian rest house

04. We enter the Bayuda Desert, an area bounded by the loop that the Nile forms between the 4th and the 6th Cataract and characterised by sharp black basalt mountains, most of them volcanic and typically cone-shaped. They alternate with level pebble stretches and large valleys crossed by dry wadis, where little vegetation can be seen. It is very likely to meet isolated groups of Bisharin nomads, who live in familiar groups in small huts, with their caravans and herds of camels and donkeys. We then reach the town of Atbara, located on the confluence between the Nile and the Atbara River. We proceed south when, all of a sudden, we can glance at more than 40 pyramids, located on top of a hill, that belong to the Royal Necropolis of Meroe. 
Lunch on the way; dinner and ON tented camp of Meroe

05. Visit the Royal necropolis of Meroe where several pyramids stand out with their sharp shapes against the clear sky. Each one has its own funerary chapel with the walls fully decorated with bas-reliefs that show the King’s life and offers to the gods. The excavations confirm that the town of Meroe used to cover a large area and the royal city was located in a central position, surrounded by suburbs and a boundary wall. Most of the area where the city is located, formed by many small hills covered by red clay fragments, has still to be excavated by the archaeologists. 
Lunch on the way; dinner and ON tented camp of Meroe

06. Visit the two archaeological sites. The site of Naga is located about 30 km to the east of the Nile and it is one of the two centres that developed during the Meroitic period. In Naga, in a typical Saharan environment with rocks and sand, we find a temple dedicated to Apedemak (1st century a.D.): a wonderful building with bas-relief decorations depicting the god with a lion’s head, the Pharaoh, noblemen and several ritual images. A few metres away there is a small and odd construction with arches and columns, named “kiosk”, in which we can notice Egyptian, Roman and Greek styles, all at the same time. Not far away we reach another temple dedicated to Amon with many statues of rams and beautiful gates decorated with bas-reliefs. We then go to Mussawarat, not far away from Naga. This settlement is located in a beautiful valley crowned by hills. Here the ruins of a very big temple are visible; it once played an exceptional important role. Its main characteristic, the Great Enclosure, is made by many constructions and boundary walls which surround a temple built in the 1st century a.D. The large number of elephants represented on these walls makes you think that this animal used to have an important role in this area. Beyond the big wadi there is another temple dedicated to the god Apedemak. In the afternoon we reach Omdurman, ancient capital of Sudan. Visit to the interesting souk, where it is possible to buy some typical local handicrafts. Transfer the to Khartoum. 
Lunch on the way; dinner free and ON Grand Holiday Villa Hotel or similar

07. 3 hrs before flight time transfer to the airport for your flight.

The itinerary can be run in opposite direction without any changes for visits and excursions.

We also suggest extension to tours in Ethiopia as the Historic route or Omo valley or the Danakil depression or the people of the north-west or the Surma people, or tours to southern Sudan, or the fantastic beaches and lakes in Djibouti or Zanzibar or Monbasa, or to the parks in Tanzania or Kenya (see our programs)

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FRI. Arrival in Addis Ababa. Transfer to the chosen hotel. Have a free morning. Afternoon (1400 hrs from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountain with views over the capital, the National & the Ethnographic museums, St George church and the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa.
Meals free. ON (overnight) hotel.

02. Leave your hotel around 0730 am & drive to Arbaminch (500 kms). On the way visit the Guraghe and Wolayta people villages and their culture. And spectacular views. Reach Arbaminch late in the afternoon.
Lunch on the way. Dinner & ON at the Swaynes hotel, with spectacular views over Chamo & Abaya lakes.

03. Morning drive to Chencha, for the Dorze people, with their unique houses and traditions. Visit the false banana cultivations, from which they extract their traditional bread (the Kotcho), the weaving works and more. Afternoon make a boat excursion on Chamo lake for crocodiles, hippos, birds and a fantastic sunset.
Meals & ON Swaynes hotel.

04. Leave your hotel around 0730 am & drive to Jinka. See on the way the Konso, Derase, Tsemay, Ari and Benna people. Make a stop for the visit of a Konso people village, which are famous for the terracing agriculture, and have particular traditions. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON in a hotel in Jinka (choices are Tebekew or Resort) 05. Drive to the Mago National park, admiring different mammals and birds. Proceed to visit the Mursi people and their villages. Here for beauty women use to put round plates into their lips. Afternoon then drive back to Jinka and visit the museum.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON in hotel

06. Make a full day excursion around Jinka, for spectacular views, and very interesting villages and people. For who is interested is possible to have a day trekking too. Visit the Wub Hamer and Gazer people with their culture and villages.
Ones back to Jinka, if time permits, visit the interesting museum.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON in hotel

07. THU. Drive to Turmi. On the way admire Thursday’s KeyAfer village market of the Tsemay & Erbore people. Proceed to visit the Hamer people and villages.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Turmi Evangadi lodge

08. Leave your hotel around 0730 am & drive to visit the Karo people, for their very interesting decoration and scarification all over their body. From Kortcho village you’ll enjoy also a spectacular view over the Omo river. Proceed then to the Nyangatom people crossing the Omo river with small boats at Kangate.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Turmi Evangadi lodge

09. SAT. Drive to Dimeka village, to admire the colorful Hamer, Karo and Dassanech people market at Dimeka village. Ones the market is done, have a full day for the Hamer people. With luck we’ll try also to participate to the Hamer people marriage ceremonies, with the bull jumping. And in the evening visit the Evangadi dances
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Turmi Evangadi lodge

10. Drive to the Erbore people and visit their villages and interesting culture. Then proceed to the Weyto river valley, where you might have your lunch. Afternoon proceed to Yabelo. Drive to visit the singing wells (where Borena men extract water) and if time permits also the Elsod crater (where Borena extract salt for their cattle).
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Yabelo Motel or other hotel

11. Leave your hotel around 0630 am & drive to Moyale. Make the necessary border process. Then cross into Kenya and proceed to the Chalbi desert, admiring very nice views and the Gabra people and villages. Continue the drive to Kalacha village.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Kalacha in camping

12. Leave your hotel around 0630 am & drive to Loyangalani, at bank of lake Turkana. Admire the Turkana and Elmolo people and villages.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camping

13. Leave your hotel around 0630 am & drive to the Samburu National park.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Serena or similar lodge in the park

14. Early morning and late afternoon enjoy the game drives in the Samburu National park, one of the richest of fauna and flora (including the big five) in Kenya.
Meals & ON in the lodge

15. Drive to lake Nakuru.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON lodge in the park

16. Full day game drive and visit of the park. Is another very rich park and famous also for the large number of flamingoes
Meals & ON in the lodge

17. SUN. Drive to Nairobi.
Lunch on the way. Have dinner at the famous carnivore restaurant.
After dinner transfer to airport for departure

Extension to Maasai Mara (if requested)

17. SUN. Drive to Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Serena or Sopa lodge or other

18-19. Two days for fantastic games and views. Its sheer beauty of wide savannah, rolling hills, meandering rivers, riverine forests, forests with huge grazing herds, bountiful birdlife, the big five and lot of other mammals.
Meals and Overnight Serena or Sopa lodge or other

20. WED. Drive to Nairobi. Enjoy a leisurely and scenic drive with a brief stopover at the View Point to Marvel at the beauty of The Great Rift Valley.
Lunch on the way. Dinner at The Carnivore Restaurant to experience game meat and barbeque meat. Transfer then to the airport for departure

We also suggest extensions to the fantastic beaches in Monbasa or Malindi or Zanzibar or another tour in Ethiopia, or tours to northern or Southern Sudan or to the parks in Tanzania (see our programs)

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UGANDA GLU 101. Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania Safari

This tour takes you to Kibale and Bwindi National Parks in Uganda for the best primate trekking, and to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation. 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.

1: Entebbe – Kampala
Arrival ON Kampala.

2: Kibale Forest National Park.
Drive to Kibale N.P. After lunch, explore the area of the crater lakes at the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. ON Nynabulitwa

3: Bwindi
After early breakfast, go for the chimpanzee trekking and primates viewing in Kibale Forest. After lunch proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National park for dinner and overnight at Bwindi Gorilla Resort – Nkuringo Safari Lodge or Buhoma Community – Kisoro Tourist Hotel or similar

4: Mountain Gorillas trecking
After breakfast and briefing from the guides, set off for the gorilla tracking in the forest sanctuary. Packed lunch. After tracking, transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for dinner and overnight at Arcadia Cottages or Ha Buharo.

5: Lake Bunyonyi
After breakfast you can take a boat ride along the lake, for birding activities and to experience the culture of the Bakiga people. Kampala overnight
Day 6 – NAIROBI. Transfer to Entebbe airport for morning flight to Nairobi.

6: Nairobi
Transfer to Entebbe airport for morning flight to Nairobi.
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you are met and driven to the Aberdares, Tree Hotel for an afternoon / evening of game viewing from the Hotel’s Balconies. Dinner and overnight – The Ark, Treetops or Mountain Lodge on the western shoulder of the mighty Mt. Kenya, or similar

7: The Great Rift Valley
Leave leisurely after breakfast and drive via the Nyahururu Water Falls (Thompson Falls – commonly known as the T-falls!) stopping to view, and down the escarpment into the Great Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park. Lunch at your lodge will be followed by an afternoon game drive in this small game & bird-filled Park returning at dusk for dinner and overnight.

8: Masai Mara (08/09 day)
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 or tented camp

10: Masai Mara
An early morning game drive in the Mara is followed by breakfast and thereafter, return to Nairobi to arrive by mid afternoon. ON

11: Nairobi – Arusha – Lake Manyara
Leave Nairobi to Arusha, and continue to Lake Manyara National Park for an afternoon game drive, heading on to your Hotel

12: Ngorongoro
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.

13: Ngorongoro – Arusha – departure
Taking an early morning view of the crater from your Hotel & breakfast, return to Arusha Evening or enxt day departure

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