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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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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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