12 Days Tanzania Migration Safari & Uganda Gorilla Fly-In from US$5,087.- pp plus US$600 gorilla permit

Explore Northern Tanzania, including the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Park. Stay at authentic safari camps as well as hotels. Meet Maasai in their village and visit a local school project. Continue on the Uganda for gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest.

Highlights:

  • Serengeti Migration in Mobile Safari Camp
  • Ngorongoro Crater Safari with Big-5
  • Game Drives in Tarangire National Park
  • Gorilla Tracking In Uganda
  • 3 Nights at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Accommodation Destination Nights Basis Room Type
Ilboru Safari Lodge Arusha 1  D 1x Standard Room
Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge Ngorongoro Region 1 FB+ 1x Double Room
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge Ngorongoro Crater 1 FB+ 1x Standard Room
Nasikia Mobile Camp (Dec – Mar) Serengeti 2 FB+ 1x Safari Tent
Tarangire Ndovu Camp Tarangire National Park 1 FB+ 1x Standard Safari Tent

Rivertrees Country Inn      Arusha                  1              B&B           1x Standard Garden Room

The Boma Hotel                    Entebbe                1             B&B          1x Standard Room

Buhoma Lodge                      Bwindi                   3            FB              1x Cottage

Key
D: Dinner

B&B: Bed and Breakfast

FB: Dinner, Bed Breakfast and Lunch

FB+: Dinner, bed, breakfast, lunch and activities daily

Price

Scheduled small group departures for your safari combined with private Uganda journey:

April, May, Nov 2019: US$5,938- plus US$600.- gorilla permit, per person, sharing occupancy,

Months except April, May, Nov 2019: US$6,118.- plus US$600.- gorilla permit, per person, sharing occupancy,

Trip dates Tanzania safari2019 (your arrival date in Tanzania):

Feb 10th; Feb 24th; March 10th, June 9th, Jun 23rd,July 7th; July 21st, Aug 4th, Aug 18th; Sep 1st, Sep 15th; Sep 29th; Oct 13th; Oct 27th; Nov 17th, Dec 8th, Dec 22nd

Private Tanzania safari and Uganda journey:

April, May, Nov 2019: US$6,628,- plus US$600.- gorilla permit, per person, sharing occupancy,

Months except April, May, Nov 2019: US$6,808.- plus US$600.- gorilla permit, per person, sharing occupancy,

Comfort Level: Mid-level deluxe

Included

Accomodation and meals as per package,  all transfers and airport meet and greets, flight Tanzania to Uganda, Uganda domestic flights for the gorilla tracking,
Transport in 4 wheel drive safari vehicles with naturalist guide , all Tanzania National Park fees and Ngorongoro Crater fee,

Excluded

International flight to Tanzania and from Uganda,  visas, airport fees, travel insurance, optional excursions or activities;

Note: Trip starts at Kilimanjaro airport on Sundays (see scheduled dates) and ends at Entebbe airport, Uganda.  Tanzania safari maximum vehicle passengers are 7 persons.

Day 1:           Ilboru Safari Lodge, Arusha

Day Itinerary

You will be met at Kilimanjaro Int. airport and transfereed to your lodge for pre-safari briefing.

Tanzania

The name Tanzania conjures up images of wildebeest stampeding across vast savannah, rain forests teeming with monkeys and birdlife, and great plains brimming with legions of game. All of these natural wonders and more are on offer in this exceptionally diverse African nation. Visitors typically visit Tanzania to partake in at least one of the four well known Tanzanian tourist experiences: a relaxing seaside vacation on the picturesque island paradise of Zanzibar, an underwater tour of some of the world’s most renowned dive sites around the gorgeous Spice Islands, a safari adventure in some of Africa’s most impressive game reserves, or a hiking excursion around Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. Whichever of these incredible holidays you choose, you will undoubtedly be welcomed by some fabulously friendly and peaceful inhabitants who, despite being divided into 120 different ethnic groups and cultures, live in harmony with one another and provide some of the most wonderfully exotic local cuisine you could imagine. With all of this diversity on offer, the most difficult part of your Tanzanian holiday experience is likely to be deciding where to go!

Arusha

Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania – nestled below Mt. Meru and close to Mount Kilimanjaro. From Arusha there are options to head  to Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Parks and from there it’s a short trip to the Serengeti. Arusha was built by the Germans as a centre of colonial administration because of the temperate climate.

Overnight: Ilboru Safari Lodge     View iBrochure

Nestled on the lower slopes of the majestic Mt Meru, the Ilboru Safari Lodge is popular with mountain climbers and safari travelers in northern Tanzania. Ideally located between the northern safari circuit and Mt Kilimanjaro, the beautiful Swahili sanctuary is set on a five acre plot, tucked away beneath ancient trees on the outskirts of Arusha town. The lodge features rooms for singles, couples and family. Four rooms are in the main building, close to the pool and other facilities, each with a balcony overlooking the garden. The rest of the rooms are double cottages situated throughout the lushly landscaped grounds.

Included

Dinner

Day 2:           Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge, Ngorongoro Region

Day Itinerary

We drive  through villages and on to Lake Manyara for a morning game drive and lunch, a classic safari picnic.  Lake Manyara offers an insight into the Great Rift Valley system and the adaptation of many herd animals and magnificent birdlife. We continue to Esilalei Maasai Village to explore the culture and a school project.  In the late afternoon, we zig zag our way up the Rift Valley Escarpment  and onto the crater highlands for overnight. Tonights lodge is located in the farmlands bordering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Ngorongoro Region

Situated in the shadow of the Ngorongoro Crater the area around Karatu is perfect for exploring two of Tanzania’s gems, the Crater and Lake Manyara National Park.

Lake Manyara National Park

With the Lake on its east and the Manyara Escarpment to its west the Lake Manyara National Park offers breathtaking views and a large variety of habitats. Acacia woodlands, water forests, baobab strewn cliffs, algae-streaked hot springs, swamps and the lake itself. Manyara has the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world. It lends itself for a picnic stop on the way to Ngorongoro Crater.

Overnight: Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge

Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge is quietly tucked away on the top of a hill in rural Africa, and at the same time located in the very heart of the Northern Tanzania safari circuit. Guest accommodations feature fifteen en suite tented safari houses. Each of the comfortable tented houses has a private veranda with splendid views. The bathroom has hot and cold running water, as well as a shower. The lodge is built with indigenous hardwood, in traditional African style. The spacious set up and finishing touches, such as cozy sofas around the fireplace and warm decorative details, provide a balanced luxury.

Double Room

Kingsize bed, bathroom ensuite with shower and toilet. Private balcony with wonderful views.
All tents have hot water provided by solar boiler.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 3:           Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater

Day Itinerary

Short drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ngorongoro is collapsed volcano – an incredible natural amphitheatre, 15 miles across, and teeming with all of the African big game. Morning descent into the crater for spectacular scenery and game viewing. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight we are staying on the crater rim, it is quite common for zebra, buffalo and even elephant to be grazing right outside the lodge.

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater, once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Today, long since having collapsed and eroded, it is an extensive highland area with the famous 600 meter deep Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. Fresh springs and a large soda lake quench the thirst of all the inhabitants.The Ngorongoro Crater is game viewing gone crazy and it is not surprising that it is one of Tanzania’s major tourist draw cards. Black rhino are protected within its rim, giant tusked elephants wander the forests, black-maned lions stalk the grasslands, and flamingos crowd the soda lakes. It is also one of the view places where hyenas can be seen roaming during the daylight. Outside of the crater Masaai herdsmen can be seen tending to their flocks of goats and herds of cattle.

Overnight: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Perched on the rim of the collapsed volcano, the Ngorongoro Crater, a world heritage site, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. The hotel has the most magnificent views over the crater floor, which is home to vast herds of buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, the rare and endangered black rhino, elephant, cheetah, leopard, lion and herds of gazelle and wildebeest.

Its position on the Eastern rim allows the most spectacular and uninterrupted views of the sunset.

The lodge is situated on the eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, in the volcanic highlands of Tanzania, covering an area of some 155 square miles.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 4:           Nasikia Mobile Camp ,  Serengeti

Day Itinerary

We depart after breakfast to the endless plains of the Serengeti. Upon entering the Serengeti, we are able to game drive all the way to our special camp area. The camp is mobile, following the migration patterns and therefore locations vary  throughout the year from northern Serengeti to far southern plains at Ndutu.

 Serengeti

The Serengeti together with Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Park form Africa’s most famous wildlife park. The image of acacia trees on an endless grass plain epitomises Africa for many, and then add a Masai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. But that is not where the game viewing ends; large prides of lions, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles and eland to mention but a few.

Note: Animals are wild and sightings can not be guaranteed.

Overnight: Nasikia Mobile Camp View iBrochure

Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp

At Nasikia Mobile Camp, we have 8-12 tents that remain mobile throughout the year, depending on seasonal reservation requirements and location of the wildebeest migration. We endeavour to retain the uniqueness and intimacy of the camp, while being directed by the location, wildlife and other factors of responsible tourism.

Accommodation : Each tent is 36’  long by 12’ wide made from well known heavy duty safari rip-stop canvas made locally at Morogoro, southern Tanzania, plus the additional cooling feature of shade-clothing over the entire tent. You are met at the entrance (on the longest side of the tent) by a patio area with chairs and a table for relaxing when you have a moment. The front of the tents zips fully open, including a layer of mosquito netting and the rip-stop canvas (it also zips closed completely with both layers).

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 5:           Nasikia Mobile Camp, Serengeti

Day Itinerary

We enjoy further exploration of the endless African plains. The habitats are natural and we can game drive with a picnic lunch to explore further afield. There are big cats and herd animals for us to observe.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 6:           Tarangire Ndovu Camp, Tarangire National Park

Day Itinerary

We transfer out of the Serengeti, passing through Oldupai Gorge. We enjoy lunch and a view of the archaeological sites (and visit the museum) where early human tools and fossils have been found. We set off in the direction of Tarangire National Park and arrive at our camp for sunset. This camp provides us with a classic bush experience.

*Altnerate camp possible at Lake Manyara/Tarangire area depending on the season.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is known for having the greatest concentration of wildlife outside of the Serengeti eco-system. Named after the river that crosses through it, this park at 1,100 square miles located southwest of Arusha, is sometimes sadly missed by those heading for the more well known of the National Parks in Tanzania. Yet we can highly recommend it for its elephant migration, quiet authentic atmosphere and fantastic birding opportunities. During the dry season, the river is the only source of water for many animals, with thousands migrating to it from the nearby Lake Manyara National Park. The landscape here is diverse, with a mix of habitats that are unique to the area and not found anywhere else: hilly landscapes are dotted with vast numbers of baobab trees, dense bush and high grasses. Herds of up to 300 elephants congregate here, whilst migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala and eland can also be seen, with the accompanying predators following along behind. On drier ground you find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; ostriches, the world’s largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys.

The park is also famous for the termite mounds that dot the landscape. Those that have been abandoned are often seen to be home to dwarf mongoose.

The swamps, an oasis of green year round, are where you will find over 550 bird species, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. It is a birder’s dream with frequent sightings of yellow-collared lovebirds, which can be seen during a game drive alongside the river.

Tarangire’s pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.

Overnight: Tarangire Ndovu Camp          View iBrochure

Nasikia Tarangire Ndovu Camp is located in the heart of Tarangire, Tanzania’s wild land and landscapes. Tarangire is famed for its massive elephant herds, true sense of wilderness and a gentle backdrop of baobabs. It is the lesser visited but more intriguing park on the northern circuit.

At Nasikia Tarangire Camp, we have 7 mobile tents established in Tarangire during it’s most incredible time – 15th June – 31st Oct. During these dry months, the massive elephants herds travel through the corridor between Manyara and Tarangire and spend their time in and around the park. This is because of their ability to uncover permanent sources of fresh water. We endeavour to retain the uniqueness and intimacy of the camp, while being directed by the location, wildlife and other factors of responsible tourism.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 7:           Rivertrees Country Inn, Arusha

Day Itinerary

Early morning game driving in Tarangire National Park; this park is famed for its massive elephant herds, true sense of wilderness and backdrop of baobab trees.  This is true Africa and the perfect way to end our adventures You are then transferred to Arusha.

Arusha

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Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn

Once an old coffee estate, Rivertrees is now a charming country inn nestled in abundant foliage with the Usa River flowing by. Set in the foothills of Mt Meru, conveniently close to Kilimanjaro International Airport and a short drive to Arusha, its location proffers a wealth of natural wonders to explore.

Comprising the original Farm House, an elegant River House, luxurious River Cottages and several beautifully appointed Garden Rooms, it also serves delicious garden-fresh cuisine in its stunningly set restaurant. The swimming pool and spa are tailored for relaxation, and friendly personalised service ensures a memorable stay, whether for a one-night stopover or much longer.

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 8:           The Boma Hotel Entebbe, Entebbe

Day Itinerary

Transfer to the airport in the morning for your flight to Uganda where our representative will be expecting you for the transfer to your guest house.

Optional afternoon excursions include:

Bike rental to visit nearby Botanical Garden:

The Gardens are a 15 minute bicycle ride from The Boma. They date from the Colonial era and contain many beautiful trees including palms and medicinal plants. A rainforest type environment here is locally said to have been used in an old Tarzan movie! Of particular interest are the Colobus monkeys and the wide variety of bird species in the Gardens.

Half day tour to Mabamba Swamp to search for the elusive shoebill stork, a highlight for birders.

Fishing on Lake Victoria

Uganda

Once referred to as the “Pearl of the British Empire in East Africa”, visiting Uganda, being one of the most beautiful countries on the African continent is like visiting the Garden of Eden. Uganda is a land of contrasts.  In half a day you can drive from mist –shrouded volcanic mountains to hot, hazy savannah dappled with wildlife. Serene undulating lush hills of tea plantations give way to tangled jungle and rainforest with the musical accompaniment of chaotic, cacophonous birdlife. Uganda is alive with these contrasts: The tiniest sunbirds, iridescent in the morning light, the massive lumbering yet silent elephant, the chimpanzees crashing about the forest canopy, the majestic gorilla, chewing thoughtfully in  the bamboo thicket.  This is Africa the way it should be!

Ugandas biggest tourist draw are of course the mountain gorillas with almost half of the world’s population located in one of East Africa’s most famous national parks, the World Heritage listed Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.   There is nothing in comparison to the thrill to observing these magnificent, peacefull apes in their native environment. But they aren’t the country’s only great apes. Humankind’s closest relative, the chimpanzee, is found in several of areas of Uganda.

Parks with varied wild life covering different habitats, few tourists and friendly people make for a memorable experience well worth visiting. And as Uganda combines both Central African forests and East African savannahs , it is home to more than half of all Africa’s species of birds!

Entebbe

The former seat of Uganda’s government, Entebbe just a short drive from the current capital and offers plenty to keep visitors amused. Tourists can while away days on the beaches along the banks of Lake Victoria, stroll around the fields and forests of the Botanical Gardens, or pay a visit to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a haven for country’s remaining chimps.

Overnight: The Boma Hotel Entebbe

The Boma is situated on the outskirts of Entebbe and only 5 minutes from Entebbe International Airport.  The Boma Guesthouse is ideally suited for business and recreational travelers alike.
The Boma is an ideal stopover for passengers inbound on late evening or outbound on early morning flights.  The Boma will arrange all airport transfers leaving you relaxed in the knowledge of not having to travel to or from Kampala at night or in the early hours of the morning. Our staff and management team ensure guests receive a personable service and enjoy hospitality standards which are in keeping with the tradition of this charming lakeshore town.
The Boma consists of six bedrooms decorated along African themes, all of which have their own private bathrooms.  A residents’ and diners’ bar set in a landscaped garden with lake views combine to provide a charming and relaxed “country house” experience. The main house includes a private dining veranda and living room for overnight guests.  Although a pre-booked dining service is provided to non-residents, the premises retains a quiet atmosphere to guarantee a peaceful night’s rest for residents. The Boma’s walled compound has twenty-four hour security and car parking.  A full breakfast and airport transfers are included in the standard rate.

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 9:           Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day Itinerary

Take the morning flight to Bwindi Impenetrabel Forest National Park. Afternoon options include a guided Forest Walk (US$70 includes National Park fee).

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is where you have the best chance of spotting a mountain gorilla family going about their business. Once you have your permit you are led across the rugged terrain and though the awe inspiring jungle to where the gorillas were seen the day previously and then you track them down. Aside from the amazing gorilla interactions there are numerous forest walks and 346 species of birds to track down, many of which are amazingly coloured.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of Africa’s  most ancient habitat. With an altitude span of 3,800’ to 8,550’ this antiquity has produced  an incredible diversity of flora and fauna, even by normal rainforest standards. And we do mean rainforest; up to 8.2 feet  of rain falls here annually.

Overnight: Buhoma Lodge

Buhoma Lodge commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park home to the rare and elusive Mountain Gorilla. We offer a top quality, intimate lodge for our guests’ enjoyment in this area. Situated within the National Park, Buhoma Lodge is a short distance from the meeting point for gorilla tracking and other activities in the area. Ten comfortable cottages have been carefully built, each with its own private verandah, allowing wonderful views of the forest canopy of the National Park.
Inside the spacious cottages you will find comfortable beds, a well appointed en suite bathroom with flushing toilet and a hot shower and also some rooms with bath tubs. An elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities, offers a cosy, comfortable environment, to discuss the day’s activities around the fireplaces which add atmosphere and warmth in the cool evenings. Meals are freshly prepared with many local ingredients, offering a balance of international and locally flavoured cuisine with meals being of several courses. The bar has a selection of local and imported beverages and the friendly local staff will attend to your needs.

Included

Full Board

Day 10:        Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day Itinerary

Get up early at 6:00 and report to the Park headquarters with your  packed lunch for briefing by the senior park ranger guide. You will  then set out to track the gentle giants through thick vegetation as you hike up and down slippery slopes. Be vigilant to listen to their vocal communications and follow them until you finally come eye-eye with them. An hour with them is possible as you observe and learn their habits while taking photos. It is an extraordinary feeling, sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining and critically endangered mountain gorillas.

Included

Full Board

Day 11:        Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day Itinerary

Today you may choose to track the gorillas a second time (US$670.-), visit the local community (guided at US$30) or meet the Batwa Pygmies (US$85).

Included

Full Board

Day 12:        Departure

Day Itinerary

Take a flight over the “Pearl of Africa” for your onward flight home (do not schedule departure flight prior 7pm)

Note: All reservations/quotes are subject to our Terms and Conditions as per our website: https://www.adventuretoafrica.com/Terms-and-conditions/ All participants required to sign liability release form. Images are for reference only. Malaria prophylaxis is highly recommended for this itinerary. Yellow Fever required for Uganda.Please consult with your travel clinic or CDC.gov  for complete advice. Price discounted for  deposit payment by credit card with final payment wire or check only. Travel and evacuation insurance is highly recommended.

Minimum 2 guests.

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