12- Day Uganda and Tanzania wildebeest migration, gorillas and chimpanzees.
Enjoy this safari combing two East African Destinations; Uganda and Tanzania. In Uganda you will visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for gorilla tracking, chimpanzee trekking and game drives in Queen Elizabeth National park. Then fly to tanzaia Serengeti National Park for classic game viewing. In Serengeti at the right time, July to October and November you can expect to see the wildebeest migration, the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth featuring the movement of over 1.5 million wildebeest along with zebra, Thompsons’s gazelles. This migration involves wildlife action as predators follow the animals for prey. Plus, the crossing of crocodile infested Grumeti River offers great opportunity for photography.
Start this tour in Uganda and end in Tanzania
Day 1: welcome to Uganda
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, our Oree safaris’ guide will pick you up and transfer to your hotel. Relax the rest of the day dinner ad overnight
Day 2: Flight to Bwindi Forest
Take a flight from Entebbe to Kihihi airstrip in Kanungu district about 30 km from Buhoma. You will be transferred by road about 1- hour drive to your overnight lodge perched right on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable forest.
This is a UNESCO world heritage site home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas. There are about 17 gorilla families habituated for tracking which gives you guarantee to see gorillas in the wild.
Day 3: Gorilla trekking
Today is the big day for gorilla tacking? After breakfast prepare yourself for gorilla tracking. Carry packed lunch, war appropriately for the jungle and head to the gorilla center for briefing on gorilla rules. These are meant to protect gorillas from tourist disturbance.
Thereafter, you will be led into the forest by guides and escorted by armed rangers. The search for gorillas begins. This can take 30 min to more than 5 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas.
Once gorillas are found, visitors are allowed to spend 1-hour taking photos and observing the family of gorillas in their natural habitat. Trek back to the lodge and relax the rest of the day. Optional community walks to learn the local ways of living. Dinner and overnight stay
Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, transfer by road to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Take a game drive en route via Ishasha famous for tree climbing lions. Dinner and overnight stay
Day 5: Game drive and boat safari
Wake up early before sunrise and head to wild for an early morning game drive. Queen Elizabeth NP is home to big 4 African mammals and over 600 bird species. During this game drive you expect to see buffalos, elephants, Uganda kob and lions, leopards and hyenas.
In the afternoon, take a boat cruise along the Kazinga channel. During this 3 hour cruise, it’s an opportunity for viewing wildlife such as water birds, elephants and buffaloes that come to quench their thirst on the shores. Return to your lodge in a game drive style.
Day 6: Chimp trekking
After breakfast, transfer to Kalinzu central forest reserve for your chimpanzee trekking experience. This forest is home to chimps including 2 troops that have been habituated for tourism. The chimp experience here will offer hiking through dense bush over uneven terrain while searching for chimpanzees. It can take you 1-3 hours but definitely worth the experience to spend 1 hour with man’s closest relative.
Thereafter, fly to Entebbe airport or transfer by road arriving in Entebbe town for overnight in preparation for the second leg of your safari to Tanzania.
Dinner and overnight
Day 7: transfer to Entebbe, flight to Arusha, Tanzania
Take a flight from Entebbe Uganda to Kilimanjaro airport. On arrival, our guide will pick you up and transfer to Lake Manyara National Park. This park is famous for its tree climbing lions but is also rich in wildlife including elephant, buffalo, zebras, giraffe, and leopard and over 300 species of birds.
Dinner and overnight stay
Day 8: Lake Manyara to Serengeti
After breakfast, you head out of Manyara while doing game drive transfer to Serengeti National Park. On your way, drive passed the Ngorongoro highlands with a breathtaking of the world’s largest crater. It’s also possible to drive eastern part of Serengeti and visit Olduvai Gorge an archeological site where fossils of earth’s earliest humans were discovered. Animals such as elephant, giraffe, and zebra can be spotted en route to your lodge in Seronera valley Central Serengeti. Known as the land of endless plains, Serengeti national park is a UNESCO world heritage site. Covering 18,000 sq km of savannah rolling plains, Serengeti is Tanzania’s premier wildlife safari park home to 2 million mammals. The highlight here is the migration of wildebeest and spot the big five African mammals.
Day 9 to 11: wildbeest migration – Serengeti National Park
You will be based in cental Serengeti. During the right season (July to March), Serengeti affords you the opportunity to view the wildebeest migration. This is the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth featuring the movement of over 1.5 million wildebeest along with zebra, Thompsons’s gazelles. It’s such as an amazing experience as you see these mammals with action of predators looking for prey.
Day 12: Departure
This morning, your safari ends after breakfast transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your return flight home. End of service.
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This safari Includes
- Ground transportation throughout the trip in 4WD vehicle
- Services of English speaking driver guide
- Free bottled drinking mineral water in the vehicle
- Meals on full board basis
- Activities as stipulated in this itinerary
- All park entry fees and government park fees
- Accommodation in the chosen lodges.
- Visa fees
- International and domestic flight fares
- Personal expenses such as tipping, shopping, airtime to make calls
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