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16 Days Uganda and Serengeti Great Migration Safaris in Tanzania

Hotel Le Petit Village, Ggaba Road, Kampala 1272, Uganda

Uganda Adventure and Safaris Tanzania

Join a very exhilarating safari adventure to the enchanting and thickly dense forest of Bwindi where the largest population of the endangered mountain Gorillas in the world resides and other fun safaris in Uganda! Not stopping there, you will also visit the famous Serengeti National Park and the unique Ngorongoro crater known as Africa’s Eden, famous for its annual wildebeest migration, big cats, and predators. All the park destination in this tour contain the largest concentration of wildlife in the world. If you are so into the wildlife, this safari tour will be the best safari in your lifetime.

Highlights

  • Daily guided game drives
  • Gorilla permit and park fees
  • Exciting gorilla trekking and tours in Uganda
  • A Victoria Nile Falls boat cruise for game viewing
  • Professional English-speaking driver and guide
  • Safari in a 4WD vehicle with pop-up roof
  • Daily meals and drinking water
  • 15 nights' accommodation

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16 activity days
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

During the safari, you will be staying at Hotel Le Petit Village, Paraa Safari Lodge, Kyaninga Lodge, Ndali Lodge, Mahagony Springs, The African Tulip Hotel, Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, Lemala Mara Camp, and Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge.

Program

Day 1 - Entebbe Airport to Kampala

Meet on arrival at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) and transfer to your hotel in Kampala for dinner and overnight at Hotel Le Petit Village.

Day 2 - Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park

You will be picked up in the morning around 8 a.m. and set off in the direction of Murchison Falls National Park. You can have an optional visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in the morning which costs USD 45 per person). Continue your journey to Murchison Falls National Park with en-route lunch in Masindi. Visit the top of the falls and later drive and cross over to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Paraa Safari Lodge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 3 - Full day at Murchison Falls National Park

Rise very early in the morning to catch up with other early risers such as lions, leopards, hyenas, and bush bucks before they return to their hiding places. Return to your lodge for a late breakfast and relaxation. After lunch, enjoy a boat cruise to the bottom of the Victoria Nile falls for game viewing. Overnight and stay at Paraa Safari Lodge.

Day 4 - Murchison Falls – Fort Portal

After breakfast, embark on a scenic journey to Fort Portal, a beautiful town overlooking the Rwenzori Mountains, referred to by some as the mountains of the moon. The Ruwenzori Mountain Range is located on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, with heights of up to 5,109 meters. The mountains formed about three million years ago and the highest Rwenzoris are permanently snow-capped. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. Overnight and stay at Kyaninga Lodge

Day 5 - Chimpanzee Tracking at Kibale Forest National Park

Set off for chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park in the morning. After lunch, go for a nature walk to Bigodi wetland sanctuary or visit the crater lakes. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. Overnight and stay at Ndali Lodge.

Day 6 - Kibale - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Early morning, set off to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, passing through Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will spot elephants, buffalos, and bush bucks. Arrive at Bwindi late afternoon and relax at your lodge while preparing for tracking gorillas the next day.

In the evening, you have the option to visit the Batwa, the short forest hunters whom many refer to as Pygmies. This is an optional activity and costs 20 USD per person. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. Overnight and stay at Mahagony Springs.

Day 7 - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, leave early in the morning to meet your gorilla friends. You will be briefed by a ranger guide before entering the forest for your gorilla tracking adventure. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. Tracking may take many hours depending on the movements of the gorillas in their natural habitat. You will stay with the gorillas for a maximum of one hour once you encounter them. If still early, you may go for a community walk or nature walk to the waterfalls.

You will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Overnight at Mahogany Springs.

Day 8 - Bwindi - Kampala

After a relaxed breakfast, set off on your journey back to Kampala, with an en-route stop over at the equator for photography and experimentation. Reach Kampala in the late afternoon for dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Le Petit Village.

Day 9 - Entebbe, Uganda - Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

You will be picked up from the hotel by 7 a.m. in the morning for a Kampala city tour where you will visit the King’s Palace, the Kasubi tombs. After your tour, you will be transferred to Entebbe International Airport (EBB) to check in for your flight to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. You will be greeted upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) before transferring to Arusha for relaxation and overnight stay at the African Tulip Hotel.

Day 10 - Arusha to Serengeti National Park

  • 08:00 After your breakfast, depart from Arusha to Serengeti National Park
  • 13:00 Site for picnic lunch
  • 14:00 Evening game drive in Serengeti National Park to return in the evening for dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Day 11 - Central Serengeti - Northern Serengeti National Park

  • 06:30 Early morning game drives in the in the park
  • 09:30 Return to lodge for breakfast
  • 10:30 After your breakfast, depart with picnic lunch to northern Serengeti
  • 13:00 Break for lunch which will be served at the picnic area
  • 14:00 Afternoon game drives in northern Serengeti Kogatende or Bologonja area following the great migration at Mara River. Dinner and overnight at Lemala Mara Camp.

Day 12 - Northern Serengeti National Park (tracing the direction of the Wildebeests)

  • 06:30 Early morning game drives in the in the park
  • 09:30 Return to lodge for breakfast and relax at leisure
  • 13:00 Lunch will be served at your lodge
  • 14:00 Afternoon game drives in northern Serengeti Kogatende or Bologonja area following the great migration at Mara River. Dinner and overnight at Lemala Mara Camp.

Day 13 - Northern Serengeti National Park (tracing the direction of the wildebeests)

  • 06:30 Early morning game drives in the in the park
  • 09:30 Return to lodge for breakfast and relax at leisure
  • 13:00 Lunch will be served at your lodge
  • 14:00 Afternoon game drives in northern Serengeti Kogatende or Bologonja area following the great migration at Mara River. Dinner and overnight at Lemala Mara Camp

Day 14 - Serengeti - Ngorongoro or Olduvai

  • 06:30 Early morning game drives in the in the park
  • 09:30 Return to lodge for breakfast and relax at leisure
  • 12:00 Lunch will be served at your lodge
  • 13:00 Drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

It is your option whether you pass by Olduvai Gorge a historical site whereby the early man lived and can also pass by the Maasai boma if you are interested in the real African life tradition and culture. Accommodation will be at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge.

Day 15 - Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha

  • 07:30 After breakfast, drive and descend into the crater floor with your lunch box for game viewing.
  • 13:00 Stop at the picnic site for picnic lunch, which will be served on the crater floor at the picnic site near Lerai forest or hippo pool
  • 14:00 Ascend the crater and drive back to Arusha town for your overnight at the African Tulip Hotel

Day 16 - Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA)

Leisurely breakfast then followed by Arusha Town tour includes a visit to the Maasai market, tanzanite experience, cultural heritage. Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight.

Location

During the safari, you will be visiting these following destinations:

Murchison Falls National Park - Uganda

Murchison Falls National Park is the largest national park in Uganda. It lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into the vast, palm-dotted savanna. The first Gazette as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda’s oldest conservation area, home to over 70 species of mammals and 450 species of birds.

The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45 meters over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls.

Kibale Forest National Park - Uganda

Kibale National Park covers an area of about 755 square kilometers and is said to have one of Uganda’s most gorgeous tropical forests. It has one of the highest diversity and concentration of primates in Africa. Home to a large number of the endangered chimpanzees, it is also a habitat for the threatened red colobus monkeys and other species of primates.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests. This area dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” protects an estimated 320 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups which can be tracked.

Serengeti National Park - Tanzania

The Serengeti National Park is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth as well as the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds.

Olduvai Gorge - Tanzania

Olduvai Gorge is a historical site whereby the early man lived and can also pass by the Maasai boma if you are interested in the real African life tradition and culture.

Ngorongoro Crater - Tanzania

The famous Ngorongoro Crate is rich of wildlife, each species has their own territories.

Food

You will be served daily breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner during the safari.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Daily meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All airport transfers
  • Services of a professional English-speaking guide
  • A safari vehicle (4x4) plus fuel
  • All mentioned park or entrance fees
  • All entry fees to mentioned sites
  • 1 chimpanzee trekking permit in Kibale per person in Uganda
  • 1 gorilla trekking permit per person in Uganda (600 USD)
  • Community development and conservation project fee
  • Drinking water daily while on safari
  • All border clearing charges
  • All government taxes and levies
  • Emergency evacuation cover insurance for Rwanda
  • 15 nights accommodation as stipulated in the itinerary
  • Olduvai and lodge fees
  • Salary for the professional English driver and guide
  • Crater fee
  • All sightseeing as specified in itinerary
  • Transport on safari in a 4WD vehicle with an open roof while in Tanzania
  • Flight from Entebbe International Airport (EBB) to Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA)

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Hot and cold drinks
  • Hot air balloon ride over Serengeti
  • Flying doctors insurance (arrangeable for 50 USD per person)
  • Tips to the driver or guide and all items of personal nature or use
  • Entry visas
  • Telephone calls
  • Airport taxes
  • And all not mentioned in the itinerary above

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to this airport is included. Backpacker Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Entebbe International Airport Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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