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12 Days Tanzania Migration and Gorillas Safari

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12 Days
Availability : Jan 01' - Dec 31'
Arusha
Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Bwindi
Tour Details

This is an East African Safari that gives you an opportunity to explore the best of East Africa’s magical game through the wildebeest migration of Tanzania before heading into Uganda for mountain gorillas.

Itinerary

Day 1JRO - Arusha

Arrive at  Kilimanjaro International Airport and be greeted by our guide. You then drive to the Lodge in Arusha for the dinner and overnight.

Arusha is a city in northern Tanzania and the capital of the Arusha Region, with a population of 416,442 plus 323,198 in the surrounding Arusha District Located below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, Arusha has a temperate climate. The city is close to the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara National Park, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Arusha National Park on Mount Meru.

Meals: D

Day 2 Arusha - Tarangire

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up and drive you to Tarangire National Park for the day game drive with your picnic lunch boxes en route. In the evening, drive to Oliver’s Camp for the dinner and overnight.

The park is located slightly off the main safari route. Tarangire National Park is a lovely quiet park in Northern Tanzania that is most famous for its elephant migration, birding and quiet and authentic safari atmosphere. The majority of travellers to the region either miss out on Tarangire altogether or venture into the park for a matter of hours leaving parts of Tarangire virtually untouched.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 3Tarangire (Walking safari + Game Drive)

After breakfast, proceed for a walking safari with an armed ranger. Later depart for a game drive till evening. This place is characterized by the large herds of elephants, tree-climbing lions, and the fascinating baobab trees also called the Tree of Life for its almost mythical powers that some cultures attach to it.

This park is especially known for the Tarangire River which flows all year round and the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. In the evening, back to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 4 Drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast, drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Explore the Ngorongoro crater rim by walking. Drive back to the lodge for lunch.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 5Ngorongoro Crater

You will spend the whole day exploring the Ngorongoro crater on game drives at the best of the crater. You can as well go for a community visit and see that ways of lives of the Masai people or go for an excursion to OlduVai gorge and the shifting sands. You will then return to the lodge in the evening.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 6Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, drive to Ngorongoro for the game drive in Ngorongoro Crater and in the afternoon, drive to  Serengeti National Park.

The jewel in Ngorongoro’s crown is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder. We will visit Lake Magadi,  a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually be seen here.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 7Seronera (Central Serengeti)

After a good breakfast at the lodge, proceed to a full day game drive in Seronera, the central part of Serengeti with a hot meal for lunch. In the evening,  drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th worldwide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 8Serengeti

Wake up early for a morning game drive before sunrise with your packed breakfast and then drive back to the camp for a hot lunch.  Enjoy the afternoon by relaxing. Later in the afternoon, resume your game drive and then back to the lodge/camp for dinner and overnight.

A million wildebeest… each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: a frenzied three-week bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as 40km (25 miles) long columns plunge through crocodile-infested waters on the annual exodus north; replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000 km (600 miles) pilgrimage begins again.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 9Serengeti - Entebbe

After breakfast you then check-out of the lodge and transfer to Arusha for your flight to Entebbe. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and greeted by your guide and then transfer to the hotel in Entebbe Town for a dinner and overnight.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 10Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Have and early morning breakfast before embarking on your gorilla trekking Uganda excursion transfer – your memorable safari expedition spent in the primitive African wild.

Your first stop will be at the equator in Kayabwe, about 72km from Kampala city. While at the equator, you will have a chance to see the imaginary line that divides the world into two equal halves. You will then arrive at Buhoma, one of the four main gorilla trekking regions in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, in the early evening.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 11Gorilla tracking expedition in Bwindi Forest

Your Bwindi gorilla tracking safari starts with a very early breakfast before you head out to the park headquarters at around 7:00am. You will be briefed about the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ while on a gorilla trekking excursion.

You will then hit the trails with a team of professional guides and trackers. A typical gorilla trekking excursion lasts between 2 – 8 hours. Hiking through the beaten trails in search of the potent giants is exerting but greatly rewarding.

Once you encounter a gorilla family, you will spend an hour observing its members; how the domineering male silverback (head of the family) displays his authority and ability. Besides the males, you will also see the caring mothers tending to their little ones; feeding some, rubbing a few, carrying others and keeping a watchful eye on those playing in the trees. You will be allowed to take photos of the experience.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 12End of Safari - Return to Kampala

You depart from the park and head to Kampala, your guide will drop you at any place of your choice. If you have a flight to catch, your guide will drop you at Entebbe Airport on time.

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