Uganda Rwanda Gorillas & Tanzania Safari

Duration: 18 Days / 17 Nights


Our 18 days Uganda Rwanda Gorillas & Tanzania Safari brings the best of Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania; where savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the big 5 and the other big game on the savannah and up to 17 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!

This trip includes the most important national parks of Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania: Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Volcanoes National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and Tarangire National Park.

We start in Kibale Forest National Park in Uganda. This beautiful jungle has the highest concentration of chimpanzee and is home to 13 primate species, including chimps. Second stop we make is Queen Elizabeth National Park, where we make a unique boat trip on the Kazinga Channel with elephants, buffaloes, hippos and many bird species. Queen Elizabeth is also home to the famous tree climbing lions in Ishasha. Highlight of the jungle is a meeting with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable. After we cross the border to Rwanda where we visit Volcanoes National Park, this is where Dian Fossey studied the Mountain Gorillas. It is possible to make a second gorilla tracking here.

The first national park we visit in Tanzania is Lake Manyara, one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a huge soda lake, located at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. This park is famous for its tree-climbing lions. The next day we drive to Tarangire, which features some of the greatest concentration of game in Tanzania – second only to the Ngorongoro Crater – but less crowded and unspoiled. After that, we go to the Ngorongoro Crater, featuring one of the highest concentrations of game and arguably the densest population of predators and carnivores in Africa. This safari will also take you to the Serengeti, a massive wilderness of 14500 square km, where every day brings a new landscape.

Tour Highlights

  • See the chimpanzees and 12 other monkey species in Kibale Forest in Uganda
  • Boat trip on the Kazinga Channel with the biggest concentration of hippos
  • Search for the tree climbing lions in Ishasha (Queen Elizabeth National Park) and Lake Manyara
  • Meet the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi National Park in Uganda and  Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda
  • The best large game viewing in the world on the endless savannah plains of the Serengeti
  • One of the eight Wonders of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater with outstanding wildlife
  • Very good chances of seeing the Big Five: Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard and Buffalo
  • Meet the local people like the Maasai and the pygmies and see their local way of living

Places To Visit

Kampala, Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Forest, Bwindi National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Arusha, Ngorongoro Crater, Kilimanjaro.

Departure Dates

Flexible and customizable for private departures.

When to Go

This safari circuit is best visited during the east African dry season, which spans roughly from June – October and January – February annually. In recent years, the dry seasons have been increasing in length due to the effects of climate change, so there is some flexibility with these months if necessary. During this period, guests will experience the best game viewing in the spare and dry bush. Furthermore, the climb through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest will be the most pleasant – and dry – during this time. While this is the high season for tourism, the parks visited are generally quiet year round and crowds will not be a major concern.

If however you have chosen this package in order to experience lush landscapes and rich birdlife – and do not mind sporadic daily rain showers – you may be happier during the rainy season.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Entebbe- Kampala

Arrival at Entebbe airport Uganda). Your guide will be there waiting for you. Pick up and proceed to your accommodation.

Day 2: Kampala – Kibale Forest

After breakfast we drive to Kibale Forest. You can make a walk around the lodge in the afternoon. During this walk it is possible to see monkeys and birds. It is also possible to make a night walk through the forest to see the animals of the night, like bush babies (both activities optional).

Kibale Forest is a spectacular jungle, with 13 primate species! Including chimps, baboons, black and white colobus, red colobus, grey cheeked mangabey and L’Hoest monkey.

Day 3: Kibale Forest

Chimpanzee tracking in the morning or in the afternoon. For people interested in primates and birds and willing to make another walk we can make a community walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary as well. It is also possible to visit the local people or the crater lakes (all 3 activities optional).

Day 4: Kibale Forest – Queen Elizabeth National Park

Transfer to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. On our way we pass the equator where we will make a stop. Boat trip on the Kazinga Channel in the afternoon.

The Kazinga Channel is believed to be the highest hippo concentration in the world. See the large animals coming for a drink or a plunge. The boat is also a perfect platform to see birds up close.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the best places in Uganda to see lions. Expect to see elephants, lions, many hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes and maybe leopards.

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Ishasha

Game drive or optional Chimpanzee tracking in the Kyambura Gorge in the morning. Afterwards we drive through the national park to the Ishasha sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Ishasha is home to the unique tree climbing lions. Game drive in the afternoon in search of the tree climbing lions.

In Ishasha there are 4 prides of lions that climb the trees. Unique in the world! The other attraction of Ishasha are the Topis, not found anywhere else in this National Park.

Day 6: Ishasha – Bwindi Impenetrable

Today we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable. On our way we pass through interesting villages and have some breath taking views of the mountains.

Bwindi Impenetrable is a unique jungle, with many monkey species. Bwindi is one of the two places in the world where you can find Mountain Gorillas!

(Driving time depends on the area in Bwindi we stay).

Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable

Gorilla tracking!!! Early morning departure with your ranger to search for one of the world’s most interesting and endangered animal, the Mountain Gorilla! You will spend one hour with one of our closest relatives. An experience you will never forget.

Relaxing in the afternoon. It is also possible to do an optional visit to the local people or the pygmies.

Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable – Volcanoes National Park

Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. On a clear day we can see the 3 volcanoes on the border between Uganda and Rwanda. It is possible to visit a pygmy village on the way (optional).

Volcanoes National Park is part of the Virunga Mountains, covering 3 countries: Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. Together with Bwindi this is the only place in the world to see the Mountain Gorilla’s.

Day 9: Volcanoes National Park – Kigali

Second Gorilla tracking. Or other optional activities: Visit the pygmies, visit the local people, go to the Twin Lakes, climb a Volcano, visit Dian Fossey’s grave, or do the Golden Monkey tracking. Transfer to Kigali afterwards. Make a city tour and visit the Genocide Memorial if time allows (all activities optional).

Day 10: Kigali – Flight – Arusha (Tanzania)

Transfer to the Airport for your flight to Tanzania.

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania. Pick up and proceed to Arusha.

Day 11: Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park

Transfer to Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife area, consisting of a shallow but huge soda lake, at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. Game drive in the afternoon.

Lake Manyara is famous for its tree climbing lions.

Day 12: Lake Manyara National Park – Serengeti National Park (Lobo)

Today we drive to the Serengeti National Park. On our way we drive through the Ngorongoro Highlands, where we have a magnificent view of the crater. On this day it is possible to visit a Maasai Boma (kraal) or Olduvai Gorge (famous and interesting place where our ancestors have been found). Both activities optional.

Game drive en route and in the afternoon in the Serengeti National Park if time allows.

Day 13: Serengeti (Lobo) – Serengeti (Seronera)

Early morning game drive in the Lobo area searching for active animals in kopjes, especially the massive groups of lions, before breakfast. After breakfast we drive to the Seronera area, game drive on the way. Game drive in Seronera in the late afternoon.

Seronera has much water all year round, so many animals. Seronera is also home to a permanent population of hippos.

Day 14: Serengeti National Park (Seronera)

Full day safari in the Seronera area (Central Serengeti). It is also possible to make a balloon safari in the morning (optional).

Serengeti National park is a massive wilderness of 14500 square km and one of the best places in the world to see the big 5!

Day 15: Serengeti National Park (Seronera) – Ngorongoro Crater

Game drive in the morning. Afterwards we drive to the Ngorongoro Crater. Game drive en route.

The Ngorongoro Crater, featuring one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa. Here you will witness an amazing spectacle of African wildlife, inside a self-contained world teeming with animals, with very good chances of seeing The Big Five!

Day 16: Ngorongoro Crater – Tarangire National Park

Today we enter the Ngorongoro Crater. Afternoon lunch at the Hippo Pool Picnic site. Game drive afterwards. In the afternoon we ascend the crater and drive to Tarangire National Park.

Day 17: Tarangire National Park – Arusha

Early morning game drive in Tarangire National Park. Transfer to Arusha afterwards.

Tarangire gives high chances of lions, elephants, wildebeest, eland, zebra, hartebeest, oryx and many more.

Day 18: Arusha – Kilimanjaro Airport

Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your outbound flight . It is also possible to extend your trip and fly to Zanzibar.

Accommodations

Day 1: Kampala –  Forest Cottages (BB) or Nanjing Motel (BB)
Day 2-3: Kibale Forest – Chimps` Nest (FB)
Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kasenyi Safari Camp (FB)
Day 5: Ishasha – Ishasha Jungle Lodge (FB)
Day 6-7: Bwindi Impenetrable – Depends on the group of gorillas you chose to track (FB)* – Buhoma: Buhoma Community Rest Camp (FB), Ruhija: Gorilla Mist Camp (FB), Nkuringo: Nshongi Gorilla Resort (FB) / Wagtail Eco Safari Camp (FB)
Day 8: Volcanoes National Park – Muhabura Hotel (FB)
Day 9: Kigali – Flame Tree Village (FB)
Day 10: Arusha (Tanzania) – Silver Palm Hotel (FB)
Day 11: Lake Manyara National Park – Migunga Tented Camp (FB)
Day 12: Serengeti National Park (Lobo) – Lobo Wildlife Lodge (FB)
Day 13: Serengeti (Seronera) – Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp (FB)
Day 14: Serengeti National Park (Seronera) – Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp (FB)
Day 15: Ngorongoro Crater – Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge (FB)
Day 16: Tarangire National Park – Whistling Thorn Tented Camp (FB)
Day 17: Arusha – Silver Palm Hotel (FB)
Day 18: Kilimanjaro Airport – Flight (End of service)

Legend: BB = Bed and Breakfast / HB = Half Board / FB = Full Board
* Depending on the group of gorillas you will be tracking we will choose where to sleep in Bwindi. There are 3 areas for Gorilla tracking in Bwindi: Buhoma, Ruhija and Nkuringo.

Price Includes:

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodations with meals mentioned
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Private 4×4 custom built safari vehicle with knowledgeable driver/guide and fuel
  • Entrance fees to the included National Parks
  • The following activities: bird watching, game drives, chimp tracking in Kibale Forest, boat trip on Kazinga Channel, Ngorongoro adventure

Not Included:

  • International airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Passport/Visa fees. VISA’s are required for this country
  • Airport departure taxes if any
  • Drinks other then water with meals
  • Gratuities for driver, guides
  • Personal Expenses
  • Meals not listed

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