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Uganda Tanzania Safari: Serengeti - Ngorongoro - Gorilla Trekking, Chimps, Zanzibar - 14 Days

Uganda and Tanzania Safari: Serengeti - Ngorongoro - Gorilla Trekking,  Chimps and Zanzibar 14 Days Safari

Gorillas and Wildlfe Safaris Hall of Fame Trip Advisor RecommendedThe 14 days Uganda and Tanzania is a perfect combination for the magnificent gorillas and Serengeti, gorillas and Ngorongoro, gorillas and wildebeest migration and gorillas and Zanzibar. We have included in this tour the Uganda mountain gorillas, chimps tracking in Kibale National Park, BIG 5 African wildlife safaris in Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater, Tarangire and Manyara, Batwa pygmies and beach holiday at Zanzibar  Island. You can request lower budget, midrange or upscale options in your email. The tour is private transfer based.

The tour can also be reversed to start from Arusha/ Kilimanjaro, then Zanzibar and after the mountain gorilla in Uganda. If you prefer, you could add other parks on the safari, like gorilla trekking in Rwanda or Congo.

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Uganda and Tanzania Safari : Serengeti - Ngorongoro - Gorilla Trekking,  Chimps and Zanzibar 14 Days Safari

The 14 days Uganda and Tanzania  Serengeti -Ngorongoro Gorilla Trekking,  Chimps and Zanzibar 14 Days Safari starts from Entebbe in Uganda to Kibale national park for chimps trekking and primates, then to Bwindi for gorilla trekking, before flying to Tanzania for wildlife safaris in Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti and Ngorongoro and then relaxing at Zanzibar.

Tour Overview for Uganda Tanzania Gorillas and Serengeti Zanzibar Safari

Day 1: Kibale National Park for primate walk in afternoon

Day 2: Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale National Park & Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for gorilla tracking

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 5: Batwa Pygmies Tribe, Transfer to Kigali, overnight.

Day 6: Flight from Kigali to Kilimanjaro and onward transfer to Arusha for Tanzania wildlife Safari and Zanzibar

Day 7: Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park, wildlife safaris, game drives.

Day 8: Game price in Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National Park

Day 9: Serengeti National Park for wildlife safari game drives

Day 10: Serengeti to Ngorongoro wildlife safaris

Day 11: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 12: Transfer from Serengeti to Zanzibar flight

Days 13: Zanzibar

Day 14: Departure

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Uganda and Tanzania Safari: Serengeti - Ngorongoro - Gorilla Trekking,  Chimps and Zanzibar 14 Days Safari

The 14 days Uganda and Tanzania is a perfect combination for the magnificent gorillas and Serengeti, gorillas and Ngorongoro, gorillas and wildebeest migration and gorillas and Zanzibar. We have included in this tour the Uganda mountain gorillas, chimps tracking in Kibale National Park, BIG 5 African wildlife safaris in Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater, Tarangire and Manyara, Batwa pygmies and beach holiday at Zanzibar  Island. You can request lower budget, midrange or upscale options in your email. The tour is private transfer based.

Day 1: Kibale National Park

Briefing on the safari before we drive westwards towards Fort Portal to the Kibale Forest National Park (about 5 hours).

Traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you pass through traditional Ugandan villages where you see people at work tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans and maize. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good photo opportunities.

As you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you enter Uganda's famous tea plantation region. A carpet of green spreads before you, as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just passed.

You arrive at Fort Portal, then, continue toward Kibale Forest, one of the great African rainforest research reserves. Years of study by scientists (who have cut a grid through the forest) have habituated many of its animals to human observers. This forest is famed for the variety of primates found here and it is a terrific area for birds. This rural Ugandan town (Fort Portal) is locally famous for its weaving and basketry, and we can spend some time briefly to examine some of this local art.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge | Primate Lodge Kibale | Ndali Lodge

Moderate: Isunga Lodge | Kibale Forest Camp| Turaco Treetops Lodge

Low Budget: Kibale Forest Camp | Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National Park & Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Assemble at Kanyankyu River camp at 08:00 hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is chimpanzee tracking.

Chimpanzees are man’s closest cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate species. More primates like black and white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee-eater and mammals like elephants can be seen in this walk.

Kibale National park, which averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of Central Africa. It is inhabited by three large communities of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups.

Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialise with each other, or even, occasionally hunt.

In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the eastern edge of Kibale Forest is Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bushbucks, bush pigs and among others.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge | Primate Lodge Kibale | Ndali Lodge

Moderate: Isunga Lodge | Kibale Forest Camp| Turaco Treetops Lodge

Low Budget: Kibale Forest Camp | Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Depart early morning for Bwindi for your gorilla trek.

Very early in the morning after breakfast, you will set off for Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park via Kabale- Kisoro route or Isasha Sector with packed lunch. On your way you will enjoy scenery views of different mountains and beautiful plantations. 

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Buhoma Lodge | Mahogany Lodge | Mt. Gahinga Lodge

Moderate: Engagi Lodge | Silverback Lodge | Gorilla Mist Camp | Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge
Low Budget: Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp | Buhoma Community Campground | Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip - gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day.

We trek through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.

Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It's difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk a long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Buhoma Lodge | Mahogany Lodge | Mt. Gahinga Lodge

Moderate: Engagi Lodge | Silverback Lodge | Gorilla Mist Camp | Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge
Low Budget: Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp | Buhoma Community Campground | Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge

Day 5: Batwa Pygmies Tribe, Transfer to Kigali

Enjoy breakfast at the lodge and proceed for the Batwa Cultural Experience. This a challenging but not too strenuous one hour hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, that will reward you with stunning vistas and the serenity of this ancient rain forest. Along the way, you will learn about the healing plants and the delicate fare offered from the forest and how the Batwa collected wild honey, wild yams and mushrooms. You will inspect the traditional dwellings and participate in the traditional dances. Hear stories and learn the folklore of the Batwa pygmies from the elders, practice shooting their bow and arrows and join in a mock hunting party.

Afterwards, we shall be driving to Kigali, a drive which goes for about 4 hours through some magnificent scenery of terraced mountains and valleys. We shall be in Kigali in the early evening, spending the night at a nice hotel (depending on your budget).

Accommodation options available (only Breakfast & lunch)

Up-market: Hotel Milles de Collines 

Moderate: Heavens Kigali Boutique Hotel

Low Budget: Step Town Hotel Kigali

Day 6: Flight from Kigali to Kilimanjaro and onward transfer to Arusha.

Your driver will be transferring you to Kigali Airport for your flight to Tanzania's Kilimanjaro Airport. On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be picked up with our representative driver,  having a short brief and then transferred to the hotel in Arusha for your dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park 

You will depart from your hotel in Arusha and head for Lake Manyara National Park. The Park is famous for its birdlife which congregate around the soda lake, If you are fortunate you might see the migratory flamingoes performing their dance over the lake!

Arrival Lake Manyara Serena Lodge will be in time for dinner. This will give you a chance witness the dramatic Lodge se#ing as it overlooks, the Great Rift Valley, the beautiful Soda Lake of Manyara and the park itself.

Lake Manyara National Park is known for the flamingos that inhabit the lake. During the wet season they inhabit the edges of the lake in flocks of thousands but they are not so present during the dry season. Ngorongoro is famous for the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, gazees and other animals into the northern plains. And the Serengeti is famous for its annual migration of over 1.5 million white bearded (or brindled) wildebeest and 250,000 zebra and for its numerous Nile crocodile and honey badger.

Day 8: Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National Park

Enjoy your breakfast at the lodge y before a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, The Park is famous for its tree-climbing lions abut also a very diverse animal population due to its varied habitat. There are large herds of buffalo and zebra as well as blue monkeys and baboons.

After lunch you shall leave Lake Manyara behind you and depart for Serengeti National Park - the heart of wild Africa – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. One of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species.  

Dinner and overnight at the Lodge/camp

The seemingly endless grasslands of the Serengeti are also the stage for the famous wildebeest migration. On the annual migration 1.5 million wildebeest and other game, such as zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, impala and topi move on mass between Kenya’s Masai Mara, then into Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti. This mass movement is driven by the rains, and the herds’ endless search for water and good grazing.

Day 9: Serengeti National Park - African BIG 5 wildlife game drive

Breakfast at the lodge then you will proceed with a game drive in southern of Serengeti National park, Ndutu area for two days. A striking characteristic of this area is the stunning acacia woodland, which is immediately surrounded by the short grass plains. Within this wooded area is Lake Ndutu – one of the Rift Valley’s soda lakes. At the height of the wildebeest migration, and when heavy rains have fallen, often lines of wildebeest can be seen crossing the lake. Accompanying the wildebeest are large numbers of zebra and Thomson gazelles. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge/camp.

Day 10: Serengeti to Ngorongoro

Morning after having breakfast continue with game drive. In the afternoon you drive en route (optional stopover at Olduvai) to the rim of Ngorongoro Crater. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge/camp

The property has global importance for biodiversity conservation due to the presence of globally threatened species, the density of wildlife inhabiting the area, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, gazelles and other animals into the northern plains. Extensive archaeological research has also yielded a long sequence of evidence of human evolution and human-environment dynamics, including early hominid footprints dating back 3.6 million years. Several animal and bird species are found here. Lions, Elephants, Buffalos, Black Rhinos, Cheetahs, spotted hyenas, Impalas, Gazelles and others may be spotted here.

Day 11: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast, we descend into this magnificent crater. The Ngorongoro crater is the world’s biggest whole volcanic caldera. It is frequently described as one of the wonders of the world, not only because of its geological magnificence but also because it serves as an extraordinary natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s largest populations of large mammals. Another big drawcard to this picturesque park is the dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. You will enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater then you will continue with game drive. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge/camp.

Day 12: Serengeti / Zanzibar

After breakfast drive to Seronera airstrip for our flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival at Zanzibar, you meed with our representative for your transfer to the resort in Zanzibar.  
You will touch down at Zanzibar airport at around 1420 hrs where our local representative will meet and assist you to your private vehicle, followed by transfer to your beach resort. The evening will be at leisure followed by dinner and overnight stay at Zanzibar Queen Hotel. (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner).

Days 13: Zanzibar

Day at leisure in Zanzibar.

Breakfast, Dinner and overnight at the resort.

Day 14: Departure

Breakfast at your resort, check out of rooms by 1000 hrs. We will pick and transfer you to Zanzibar International Airport on time for your flight to your next destination.

Inclusions
  • Gorillas tracking and chimps trek permits
  • Bottled drinking water on safari
  • All park entrance and related fees
  • Private 4x4 ground transportation with an English speaking driver guide
  • Flight from Kigali to Kilimanjaro ad Seronera/Ndutu to Zanzibar

  • Accommodation Day 1-5 on fullboard, Day 6 in Arusha at Karama Lodge B&B, Day 7-10 full board and BB in Zanzibar 

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Quick Itinerary Overview

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Go mountain gorilla trekking in the rain forests of Uganda, where you come face-to-face with these gentle primates in their natural surroundings. The memory of the Gorilla Trek - of observing these gentle giants as they roam and feed in their ever-diminishing habitat - will remain with you forever.

Embark on exhilarating game viewing drives in search of Africa's Big 5 in the best game parks of Tanzania, including the famous  Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater! 

This beautiful safari explores the wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater and the famous Northern Serengeti, before flying to Rwanda to track the magnificent mountain gorillas. Staying in fantastic accommodation throughout, and offering some of Africa's best wildlife experiences, this is a wonderful safari for those who want to see the best bits. This highlights safari can also be done in reverse,  giving you the option of a beach extension to the stunning Tanzanian Coast or 'spice island' of Zanzibar for a bit of relaxation after your adventure.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Combine the big game and big cats of Tanzania with the mountain gorillas of Rwanda.
  • See the ‘big five’ on game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Witness the dramatic Great Wildebeest Migration river crossings at the Mara River in the Northern Serengeti (mid-July – November).
  • Trekking the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda.