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ETHIOPIA AND SOUTHERN SUDAN

1: Addis Ababa
Arrival in Addis Ababa (we suggest Thursday to fit the market days; otherwise ok any other day). Morning free. Afternoon tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountains with views over the capital, the National museum, St George church. ON hotel.

2: Addis Ababa – DebreMarkos
Drive to visit the Debre Libanos monastery, the old Portuguese bridge and Jemma river valley. Spot also the endemic Gelada Baboons here. Proceed then crossing the Blue Nile valley to DebreMarkos. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON htl DebreMarkos

3: DebreMarkos – Zenegena
Drive to Kossober to visit the Gojam and Agew people Saturday’s market. Then proceed to Chagni (60 km, 1 hrs) and Mandura (67 km, 1 hr driving) to admire another colorful market, this time of the Gumze and Agew people. Then drive back to Zengena lake for ON camping (lunch on the way; dinner at camp)

4: Zengena – Shinashia
Drive to Dahans Baguna to admire a Gumze & Agew people market. Then proceed to very nice and traditional Agew people villages. Reach then the Blue Nile. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camping at Shinashia, at a people village.

5: Shinashia – Guba
Proceed to Guba (or also called Mankush) village, where you find also a previous palace of Dej Asmach Jemal, built during Emperor Menelik reign.
Reach so Janga where you can admire the Blue Nile, before entering in Sudan, called here “Sirba Abay” (189 kms, 4 hrs). Proceed so to Sherkole where you can admire the Berta people, traditional gold miners, at work. (2 hrs drive). Then continue for the overnight at Asosa, at Mango campsite, among lot of Mango trees (lunch on way; dinner camp)

6: Guba – Asosa
Proceed to admire the Bambasi village very colorful market of the Oromo, Mao & Komo. The Mao & Komo are very traditional tribes, with many scarification all over their body. The Mao men have scarification in the
face & chest, while female on the belly. While the Komo on the front & face, while female on the belly. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camp Asosa

7: Asosa – Ye’amsera
Drive to Ye’amsera village (Tongo region) & camp next to the mosque, built in 1952 by an Algerian coming from Saudi Arabia. Here in July (Arabian calendar on Mirage 27) there is a famous pilgrimage. Organize the permits & police escort and drive to the Ganzo people village. The Ganzo are the 81st tribe, just discovered few years ago. Are totally 150 members. Have scarification over their body, mainly the men in the face & chest; while female in the belly, arms & back. They hunt (warthog, alligators, monkeys, etc) and in the evening you’ll participate to dinner and dancing. Is a very particular experience. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Ye’amsera

8: Ye’amsera – Asosa
Morning dedicated to the visit of the Ganzo people. Afternoon proceed to Asosa. On the way make a 1 hrs trek at Inzi, for very nice views over the region, and some villages. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Mango campsite Asosa

9: Asosa – Kumruk
Morning drive to the Sudan border town of Kumruk (3 hrs), get the permits, and drive to Fametsere, where under a volcanic mountain (which they call the gold mountain and have many traditional believes) the Berta people extract salt. Proceed then to a traditional gold market, where you can admire the way they do their market. ON camp

10: Kumruk – Sudan
Enter into Sudan and visit os Southern Sudan tribes and villages. ON camp

11: Souther Sudan
Days 11, 12 and 13) visiting souther sudan

14: Sudan – Gambela
Drive To Gambela, visiting Nuer and Anuak tribes. ON Gambela in hotel

15: Gambela – Nekemte
Drive to Nekemte (341 kms, 8 hrs). On the way visit very nice views and Wollo people resettlements. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camping or local hotel

16: Nekemte – Addis Ababa
Drive back to Addis Ababa. Ones in Addis, short visit of the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Dinner in traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Then transfer airport for departure

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GLTZ 101. Wonderful Ngorongoro & Serengeti

There is no doubt about it, Tanzania’s open game filled plains and Rift Valley scenery are the stuff that African dreams are made of. The lodges we use on this safari feature spacious accommodation, all suites have a sitting room, en suite bathroom, a large bedroom as well as a verandah offering wonderful views of the African wilds. The lodges welcome children and we will be happy to prepare a costing based on your family group.
Travel by road will give you the opportunity to enjoy spectacular scenery and the passing parade of Masai life. The little visited Tarangire National Park offers a diversity of habitats and the permanent rivers attract game all year round. The Park is also famous for its huge baobab trees and breathtaking scenery. So too is the Ngorongoro Crater – a World Heritage Site and a full day exploring the various habitats of the Crater floor will reveal an abundance of resident game species including lion, rhino and elephant.
Stopping at Olduvai Gorge provides the opportunity to learn more about early human ancestors as well as view a fascinating collection of fossils dating back across millennia. Enjoy 2 days of game viewing in the magnificent Serengeti National Park before returning to Arusha by air to save the long drive back over the roads that you have just covered. (or you can choose always to drive back.)

1: Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is easily accessible and boasts magnificent herds of elephant and other species of wildlife. overnight at our comfortable lodge

2: Ngorongoro Crater (02/03 days)
After a morning game depart for Ngorongoro Crater where you will overnight at a lodge perched high on the Crater rim and overlooking this spectacular caldera. During your 2 night stay, enjoy a full day of game viewing on the floor of the Crater with a stop for a picnic lunch. All meals and game viewing activities are included.

4: Serengeti National Park (04/05 day)
Drive to Serengeti National Park. A visit will be made en route to Olduvai Gorge, renowned for the fossil deposits of early hominids. A picnic lunch will be provided. During your 2 night stay in the Serengeti National Park, all meals and game viewing activities are included.

6: Seronera Airstrip – Arusha
Morning transfer to the Seronera Airstrip for a flight back to Arusha. (or can choose the drive back). Transfer to the town centre arriving around noon. Road or air transfers to Nairobi can be arranged.

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ZANZIBAR & parks: AFRICAN PARADISE (A) ZANZIBAR WITH SELOUS GAME RESERVE

For those interested in adding some game drive to the beach, here three offers:

1: Zanzibar
Fly to Zanzibar. Meet your vehicles, which with a short cross of the town, will bring you to your hotel, at the shores of these fantastic beaches. ON Breezes hotel or similar (for upgrading, we propose The Palm as exclusive hotel or the Baraza, luxury accommodations. Or others are/can be proposed)

2: Jozani
Relax at your hotels, with activities, diving, swimming, cycling, walking, exploration of the villages, and more. The exploration of Jozani forest for the red colubus monkeys is also organized, if requested. ON Breezes hotel or similar

3: Stone Town
A guided tour of stone town include the slaves market, St Joseph’s cathedral, the Beit El-Ajaib & Beit El-Sahel, mosques, Hamamni Persian baths, Livingston house, the spice markets, and much more. Walking into these narrow streets, by visiting how the local people leave-meet-and enjoy, the shops, colors, history and more, are so exciting. Lunch is organized in a relaxed restaurant with view over the sea at stone town. And finally back for a wonderful sunset, relax, dinner, some music and a good night at your hotel. (Breezes hotel or similar).

4: Selous
Fly to Selous game reserve, a 48,000 kmq reserve, which occupies 5% of Tanzania. Admire large numbers of elephants, buffaloes, crocodiles, hippos, giraffes, zebras, lot of antelopes and birds and with luck spot the black rhino. Is a not much frequented by tourists; so the paradise for those customers which like more privacy and time just to see these spectacular views, flora and fauna. ON Rufiji River Camp or Sable Mountain Lodge or lake Manza Tented camp (for luxury services we propose Selous Safari or The Retreat or Sand Rivers Selous)

5: Zanzibar
Game drive. Lunch. Afternoon fly back Zanzibar. ON Breezes hotel

6: Zanziba; Free day
Free day for relax. Optional trip to visit the dolphins, or an excursion to Prison Island, can be organized, at supplement cost. As also diving (we have the best diving school of Zanzibar), windsurfing, cycling, snorkeling, swimming, and more: enjoy this fantastic African paradise, with white open beaches, nature, a fantastic culture and people and yourself. Explore with walking around the beach and the nearby villages; meet people, entertain yourself with excellent food, drinks and climate. ON Breezes hotel or other.

7: Zanzibar; Free day
Free day for relax. Optional trip to visit the dolphins, or an excursion to Prison Island, can be organized, at supplement cost. As also diving (we have the best diving school of Zanzibar), windsurfing, cycling, snorkeling, swimming, and more: enjoy this fantastic African paradise, with white open beaches, nature, a fantastic culture and people and yourself. Explore with walking around the beach and the nearby villages; meet people, entertain yourself with excellent food, drinks and climate. ON Breezes hotel or other.

8: Zanziba; Free day
Free day for relax. Optional trip to visit the dolphins, or an excursion to Prison Island, can be organized, at supplement cost. As also diving (we have the best diving school of Zanzibar), windsurfing, cycling, snorkeling, swimming, and more: enjoy this fantastic African paradise, with white open beaches, nature, a fantastic culture and people and yourself. Explore with walking around the beach and the nearby villages; meet people, entertain yourself with excellent food, drinks and climate. ON Breezes hotel or other.

9: Stone Town Airport
Drive to stone town airport for your flight. Extend for the unique history & cultures in Ethiopia (see our Ethiopian programs) or fly back home

EXTENSIONS FOR THIS TOUR
Ethiopia
Extend for the unique history & cultures in Ethiopia (see our Ethiopian programs)

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GLK 108. Short wildlife program

1: Nairobi & Lake Nakuru
Drive through the Great Rift Valley, which is the extension of the African Rift Valley running from the red sea through Ethiopia to southern Africa. In Kenya, it forms a dramatic landscape complete with Lakes, Rivers and the plains inhabited by Maasai pastoralists. The Lake Nakuru National Park is reached in time for lunch at the Lake Nakuru Lodge. In the afternoon, you will have a game drive to witness the vast numbers of flamingoes amongst other birds for which like Nakuru is famous. The presence of black rhinos, lions and other wildlife not forgetting the euphorbia forest which the largest in Africa. Dinner and overnight at Lake Nakuru lodge.

2: Lake Nakuru – Mara
After breakfast, depart from Lake Nakuru and drive to the world famous Masai Mara National reserve. Arrive in time for late Lunch, and spend the rest of the afternoon in the park doing spectacular game drives. In this famous reserve, you will be able to encounter animals like the big five e.g. Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos and Buffalos and other lesser species. The day will be enough to turn Mara inside-out and see, learn, photograph and enjoy all that this world famous National reserve has to offer its visitors, with all meals and overnight at the Mara Sopa Lodge.

3: Mara – Mombasa
Breakfast at the lodge; and then transfer to the airstrip to connect your flight to Mombasa. Met on arrival at the airport, and transferred to voyager beach resort. Voyager Beach Resort has been heralded as the most comfortable and exciting voyage on the western seaboard of the Indian Ocean. With three restaurants, and swimming pools, a professional dive school and what is arguably the region’s finest Water sports Centre, Voyager Beach Resort really does have something for everyone. Moored just 7km north of Mombasa, a short hop from the city’s international airport, this classic resort offers the ultimate high-value, action-packed holiday paradise – overlooking one of the most beautiful stretches of water in the world with dinner and overnight stay at the Voyager Beach Resort.

4: Mombasa
Spend the day relaxing, beach combing the miles of pristine beaches, windsurfing, snorkeling, creek fishing or take a boat trip to explore the beaches. Also available at the hotel are half /Full day tours to the Tsavo East / West which are operated by the hotel. Dinner and overnight at Voyager Beach resort.

5: Mombasa & Nairobi
After breakfast, and depending on your outbound international flight departure timings; transfer to the airport to connect your Nairobi flight and then reconnect with your outbound international flight.

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GLK 102. Exploring northern parks and people (in lodge)

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

2: MT Kenya – Shaba 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

3: Shaba – 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

4: Samburu – Marsabit (7hrs, 160Km)
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, with spectacular views Here is possible to trek to the edge of Karantin (1707 m), with a 5 km walk, for another wonderful view. ON lodge.

5: Marsabit – Chalbi desert (8 hrs, 150 km)
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 people (pastors) Similar to the arabs, many have been converted to Islam. Hunted, instead of antelopes, prefer hunt lions and rinhos. ON camp (we try to make it as comfort as possible; best tent, camp gear)

6: Kalacha – Lake Turkana (8 hrs, 200 km)
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

7: Lake Turkana
Explore Nabuyatom area, Samburu people, option visit “Altar” graffits and proceed to Mowoleketeng oasis, where an underground river makes the area very fertile for the Tturkana and Samburu people. ON lodge.

8: Lake Turkana – Maralal (10 hrs, 260 km)
Drive south through South Horr and Baragol to reach Maralal national Sanctuary and Samburu people. ON lodge.

9: Maralal – Lake Baringo (6hrs, 180 Km)
Drive south to reach Baringo lake, one of the few of sweet water of the Rift Valley. Here leave 450 species of birds, hippos and crocodiles. Access through Kampi ya Samaki. If time permits we make a boat excursion to Parmalok e Ol Kokwe islands. ON lodge.

10: Lake Baringo – Lake Bogoria – Naivasha (10 hrs, 310 km)
Drive 30 km to reach lake Bogoria, home of 2 millions of flamingoes. Visit hot springs and geyser. Drive then to Naivasha lake. ON lodge.

11: Naivasha – Masai Mara
Drive to Narok and Masai Mara. ON lodge

12: Masai Mara
Full day for this wonderful and so rich park. ON lodge

13: Masai Mara – Nairobi (8 hrs, 300 km)
Last game drive and then drive back to Nairobi. Departure

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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
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. www.wenneyecolodge.com

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

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. www.evangadilodge.com

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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UGANDA-TANZANIA-ZANZIBAR

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.

SERVICIES INCLUDED
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.

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED:
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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