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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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GLK 101. Exploring northern parks and people

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 camp or 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 camp /lodge

4: Samburu – Ngurunet (10hrs, 300Km)
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: Ngurunet – Marsabit (7 hrs, 160 km)
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 camp/lodge.

6: 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

7: 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 camp or Oasis lodge

8: 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 camp or lodge.

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

10: 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 Robert’s Campsite or a lodge.

11: 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 camp or lodge.

12: Naivasha – Masai Mara
Drive to Narok and Masai Mara. ON camp or lodge

13: Masai Mara
Full day for this wonderful and so rich park. ON camp or lodge

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

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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
Departure

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GLK 106. Ethiopia-Kenya-Ethiopia

1: Addis Ababa
Arrival Addis Ababa, city tour. ON hotel.

2: Wolayta people – Chencha for Dorze people
ON Arbaminch Swaynes htl. www.swayneshotel.com. Spectacular views over Chamo and Abaya lakes

3: Netch Sar park – Chamo lake
Netch Sar park. Afternoon boat on Chamo lake. ON Swaynes htl.

4: Jinka
Konso, Derase, Ari, Benna and Tsemay people & villages, very famous for hairstyles and their unique culture and traditions. Visit markets. ON Jinka.htl or camp

5: Mago N.park (Mursi people)
Cross Mago N.park and go to visit the Mursi people and villages. Here for beauty women use to put round plates into their lips. camp

6: Karo people
Karo people- visit their village of Kortcho and Duss; views over the Omo river too. Karo people are famous for their extravagant hairstyle in men and for the different ornaments and paintings all over their body. ON camp Kortcho or Murulle.

7: Bume people – Turmi
Drive to Kangate, cross by small boats the Omo river and visit the Bume people and villages. Proceed to the beautiful Hammer people region & ON Turmi lodge or camp at the Evangadi lodge & campsite. www.evangadilodge.com

8: Turmi (Hamer people)
Turmi: Hammer people, with unique hairstyles, cultures, ornaments and traditions. Visit village, their dances. If possible, a marriage ceremony, with unique celebrations, such as the bull jumping. If market days admire the very colorful market of the Hammer, Karo and Dassanech people markets. ON Turmi.

9: Omorate, Dassanech people & villages- Incoreana
Omorate, Dassanech people & villages- Incoreana people at Turkana lake ON camp

10: Siboloi game drive
Siboloi game drive- ON camp or lodge.

11: Turkana people
Turkana people- El-Molo people. ON camp or lodge.

12: Maralal national Sanctuary
Maralal national Sanctuary and Samburu people. ON camp or lodge Maralal

13: Lake Baringo
Lake Baringo: 450 species of birds, hippos and crocodiles. Access through Kampi ya Samaki. camp or lodge.

14: Masai Mara
Drive to Narok and Masai Mara. ON camp or lodge

15: Masai Mara
Full day for this wonderful and so rich park. ON camp or lodge

16: Nairobi
Drive Nairobi. Visit. ON htl

17: MT Kenya
MT Kenya. ON camp or lodge

18: Samburu & Buffalo Springs
Drive to Samburu & Buffalo Springs, with a large amount of flora & fauna. Samburu people territory, which leave in mud made huts and lot of animals. ON camp

19: Kaisut desert
Drive Kaisut desert, Rendille people territory. 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 and dressing. ON camp.

20: Marsabit & Paradise lake
Marsabit & Paradise lake, with spectacular views ON camp.

21: ElSod crater
Drive tMoyale- enter Ethiopia- proceed to ElSod crater, Borena people. ON camp

22: Borena villages
Walk to ElSod crater (Borena men extract salt), visit Dublock singing wells, Borena villages. ON htl Yabelo or Dila.

23: Guji people- Rift Valley lakes of Awasa & Langano
Guji people- Rift Valley lakes of Awasa & Langano. ON Wenney ecolodge. www.wenneyecolodge.com

24: Shala & Abyata Rift Valley NP- back Addis Ababa
Shala -Abyata Rift Valley NP- back Addis Ababa. The Merkato, biggest open air market in Africa, as souvenir shops and art galleries. Dinner with folkloristic dances. 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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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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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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HISTORIC ROUTE AND TANZANIA – GLT 2012 –

1: ITINERARY
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 http://www.greenlandtoursandhotels.com/yemereha/

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 to the parks in Kenya (see our programs)

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