25 Days East Africa Safari

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East African Safari | Uganda Gorilla Tracking | Zanzibar Beach

Safari Highlights:

Day 1: Entebbe to Kampala

Day 2: Kampala to Kibale Forest National Park

Day 3: Kibale Gorilla Safari

Day 4: Primate Watching Tour in Bwindi National Park

Day 6 / 7: Uganda Gorilla Safari

Day 8: Entebbe to Nairobi to Lake Naivasha National Park

Day 9: Lake Naivasha National Park to Masai Mara Game Reserve

Day 10 / 11: Full Day safari in the Masai Mara Game Reserve

Day 12: Masai Mara National Reserve to Lake Nakuru National Park (Flamingo and Rhino sanctuary)

Day 13: Lake Nakuru National Park to Amboseli National Park (Home of the African elephants)

Day 14: Full Day safari in the Amboseli National Park(views of the Mt. Kilimanjaro)

Day 15: Amboseli National Park to Lake Manyara National Park

Day 16: Lake Manyara to Serengeti National Park

Day 17: Full Day exploring the Serengeti National Park

Day 18 : Ngorongoro Crater safari

Day 19: Ngorongoro crater to Tarangire National Park

Day 20: Tarangire to Arusha Airport, flight to Zanzibar

Day 21 / 24: 3 days safari in the beautiful Zanzibar Beach

Day 25: Zanzibar Beach to Nairobi JKIA Airport

Safari Summary

This 25 Day East African wildlife safari is a true definition of the African vacation adventure. The holiday tour begins in Entebbe, Uganda and ends in Nairobi after a flight from the sandy coastal beaches of Zanzibar.

Upon your arrival at the Entebbe Airport, you will be met by your safari guide who will transfer you to your hotel in Kampala. After the jet lagged arrival to the hotel in Kampala, you will unwind with an evening dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in readiness for the beginning of your safari the following day.

The following morning, you will visit the Kibale National Park for a gorilla tracking safari. This safari is done by walking through the dense evergreen rainforest. This National Park is famous for its population of the red and blue duikers, bushbucks, bushpigs, giant hogs, warthogs, African buffalo, primates, and also elephants. Kibale is a rich national park that harbours most of Africa’s endangered primate population. This safari in Kibale is done on foot, walking for about an hour watching the Gorillas

After travelling from the South Western Uganda region, you will head North on a 5-hour trip to Bwindi National Park with a quick stop over at the Equator for a photographic moment and lunch in Mbarara. Upon your arrival to The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The park is a large forest located in South Western region of Uganda, the forest is dense and is home to most of Africa’s Primates like gorillas, monkeys amongst thriving birdlife with species like hornbill and turacos. In the evening, you will lose up with an evening rest at The Gorilla Resort.

Uganda is known for its rich history and culture. After your safari in Bwindi, you will head on to Kampala. While on the way, you can take time to buy the African artifacts and crafts as your souvenir. You will arrive at the Cassia Lodge in Kampala in the evening after the scenic 9 hour safari across the Uganda. You will rest with an overnight stay at the hotel, reminiscing the amazing gorilla safari. The following day, you will embark on a flight to Nairobi’s JKIA with a trip to the Lake Naivasha National Park.

Lake Naivasha National Park is a scenic park situated along the Rift Valley. Some of the activities to participate in while in the Lake Naivasha include a boat riding experience overlooking the amazing sunset. You will also visit the Hell’s Gate National Park for a bike riding and walking safari. The Hells’ Gate National park also offers hill climbing safari experience. It is truly a memorable experience while in the Lake Naivasha. The following morning, you will head to the famed Masai Mara National Park.

The Masai Mara Game Reserve is the world-famous home of the Annual wildebeest migration. The park is also home to a thriving wildlife ecosystem including the big five (lions, leopard, Rhino, buffalo and elephants) amongst birdlife like eagles, secretary birds, Vultures, red-capped lark, white-bellied bustards among other scenic birds. After spending two nights in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, you will embark on the road to Lake Nakuru National Park.

The Lake Nakuru is an alkaline lake in the Rift Valley, thus it is favourable for the growth of blue-green and red algae, this algae is food for the pink flamingos. Thus the lake is a bird sanctuary with alot of pink flamingos covering the lake’s horizons. Needless to say, the Lake Nakuru National Park is also a rhino sanctuary. The lake is home to the endangered black rhino. Rhinos are a must-see attraction in the Lake Nakuru.

The following morning, you will head to the home of the African elephants, Amboseli National Park. This is a scenic park overlooking the Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. the park is renown for its large elephant population. It is a common sight to view the large herds of elephants strolling the Amboseli National Park alongside giraffes, zebras, antelopes and gazelles. The Park is also habitat to predators like cheetahs, leopards, snakes and lions too. After the memorable night spent in the Amboseli National Park, you will head south to Tanzania via the nearby Namanga border.

While in Tanzania, you will get to visit the best National parks of this beautiful East African country. You will start your Tanzanian tour with a visit to the Lake Manyara National Park. The park is renown for its protection of the African elephant population, however other wildlife thrive in this favourable ecosystem like hippos, monkeys, waterbuck, warthog, gazelle, buffalo, wildebeest, waterbuck, warthogs and wildebeest. You will spend one night here and head on to the Serengeti National Park.

The Serengeti National park is one of the most remarkable places to visit in Africa. It is famed for its large lion, cheetah and leopard population. The Serengeti is also home to the Annual wildebeest and zebra migration in search for pasture in the neighbouring Masai Mara National Park. It is arguably the largest National Park in Tanzania covering over 14,000 kms squared in the serengeti plains. With an evening stay at a tented camp, you will head on to the Tarangire National Park.

Tarangire is a bird sanctuary, it is an ideal home for numerous birdlife during the dry season. The park also boasts of a large number of indigenous baobab trees alongside the thriving elephant population alongside other wildlife in the area.

The following morning, you will head to Arusha. Here, you will fly to the Zanzibar Beach as you head to the tail-end of your ultimate East African safari. You will spend 2 nights in this scenic island in the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar is an ideal holiday destination, with the cool ocean breeze against the tropical island’s sandy beach. The island is also rich in history, you can opt to spend some time exploring the swahili culture and also get to buy some merchandise for your memorabilia.

After the two nights, you will head to Nairobi where you will mark the end of your 25 day safari.

Asili Adventure Safaris is willing to customize this safari for you. With options flexible to meet your requirements. Feel free to contact us so as to customize your African holiday safari.

Schedule

Day 1

Arrival- Entebbe – Kampala

Our chimpanzee and Gorilla Safari begins with meet and greet from Entebbe airport. Your safari guide then transfers to Kampala to your hotel.
Day 2

Kampala- Lake Mburo National park

Early morning breakfast at the hotel, short safari briefing by your tour guide and thereafter you proceed to Lake Mburo National Park which is located in the south western part of the country. Along the way you will have several stopovers such as Mpambiire drum makers point where you will get a chance of buying yourself souvenirs, and at the Equator where you will have a great time and take enough photos. You will arrive at the park early afternoon, and have lunch at the lodge, check in as you prepare for the game drive with in the park. During the game drive you will get chance to see different wildlife species such as Kobs, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, antelopes, water hogs and impalas among others. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge
Day 3

Lake Mburo- Bwindi impenetrable national park

Early morning breakfast, after breakfast depart for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, as you drive you will enjoy the great volcanic landscape with rolling hills covered with vegetation. Have your lunch en-route as you travel and later approach the park, which harbors over 340 individuals of mountain gorillas. The park has four main tracked gorilla groups with 12 gorilla families which are visited daily by the gorilla trackers. As you drive, you will enjoy many banana plantations and steep hills all over and you will arrive at the park late afternoon. If time allows, you might opt for a guided nature walk within the park in the evening or relax at your lodge to prepare for the tracking of gorillas the next day. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4

Gorilla Trekking- Bwindi Forest

Have an early morning breakfast, thereafter proceed to the park headquarters to have a briefing about what to do and no to do while trekking gorillas in the forest. The rangers will then guide to you to and through the rainforest as you start trekking searching for mountain gorillas. It is not easy to tell how long the tracking would take since it entirely depends on the location of these gentle giants, but in most cases it takes between 2 to 8 hours. Trekkers are always advised to carry enough water, snacks, boots and raincoats since the weather is unpredictable in most cases, also remember that tracking needs you to be physically strong. On sighting the gorillas, the ranger guides will tell you what to do and how to behave while near the gorillas especially standing 6 meters away from them. After the trek, head back to your lodge for lunch and in the afternoon you could choose to unwind at the lodge or visit the Batwa community and have a great time watching them dance and sing through cultural performances.
Day 5

Bwindi- Queen Elizabeth national park

breakfast at the lodge and thereafter start your journey through the Savannah vegetation, you will also pass via the Ishasha sector where you will get a chance of viewing the tree climbing lions and many other animal species as you approach Queen Elizabeth National Park. This national park is famous for this channel which is known as the Kazinga channel connecting both Lake Edward and Lake George and has variety of wildlife species including the crocodiles, hippos, birds, buffaloes etc. On your arrival at the park, you will have lunch and later go for an evening game drive were you will be able to view many animals including the elephants, kobs, antelopes, warthogs, waterbucks, etc. After, return to the lodge to enjoy your dinner and overnight.
Day 06

Game drive and an afternoon boat cruise

Early morning game drive along the Kasenyi track, you will also be able to view different animals such as elephants, antelopes, water bucks, buffaloes, lions, kobs among others. After the game drive, head back to the lodge your breakfast, relax and later have lunch as you prepare for the afternoon boat cruise. You will have a great time cruising along the Kazinga channel and getting a chance to view water birds such as the saddle billed stork, pink backed pelicans, the malachite kingfishers and animals such as crocodiles, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, feeding along the channel. Later in the evening, head back to the Lodge, for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 07

Queen Elizabeth- Kampala

Have your breakfast and set off for Kampala, you will go through Mubende whereby you will have great and beautiful scenery along the way due to the beautiful vegetation. Have your lunch in Mubende and continue to Kampala whereby you will arrive late afternoon. Check in at the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 08

Kampala – Nairobi – Masai Mara National reserve

Early morning transfer to Entebbe airport to board a morning flight to Nairobi – Pick up from the airport on arrival then drive to the Masai Mara Game Reserve as you enjoy the scenic views of the Great Rift Valley - Masai Mara game reserve is the northern part of the Serengeti, one of Kenya's most favored game-viewing areas. The reserve covers 700 square miles of magnificent wilderness. It is the Africa of the imagination; endless reaches of acacia-dotted grasslands studded with hazy hills. Afternoon game drive to see the sundowner as you trail the Big 5 i.e. Lions in large prides, Elephants, buffalos, zebras and numerous plain game. Dinner and overnight stay at
Day 09-10

Masai Mara game reserve

2 days spent exploring the park in search of the big 5/ trailing the wildebeest migration Morning and afternoon game drives are offered. Optional hot air balloon safari can be arranged at an extra cost of US$ 450 per person. Dinner and overnight at Enkorok Mara Camp The Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe: over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. You will easily see lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephant. It is in the Mara that perhaps the most spectacular event of the natural world takes place. This is the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture. Following on their heels are the predators of the savanna- lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures
Day 11

Masai Mara -Hells gate National park

After breakfast, exit the park and drive to Naivasha -visit to hells gate national park- this park can be explored on foot or by cycling- bicycles are available for hire at an extra cost. Dinner and overnight stay at Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort or similar. Hells gate national park is characterized by diverse topography and geological scenery. It has historically been an important home for the rare lammergeyer, but it is now thought that the famous pair of birds may not have nested in the park for several years. One is encouraged to hike and cycle in the park. This is a rarity in Kenyan National Parks, and is only made possible due to the lack of large predators such as lions and cheetahs
Day 12

Lake Naivasha– Amboseli national park

Optional morning boat ride ( extra cost) then proceed to Amboseli national park. Via Nairobi Amboseli is the magnificent park at the foot hills of Mt.Kilimanjaro.After noon game drives followed by dinner and overnight stay at Kibo safari Camp This small park (at 392 sq km) is the second most popular park in Kenya after Maasai Mara, mainly due to the spectacular backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro on the southern
Day 13

Amboseli National Park

Full Day spent exploring this park. The waters from melted snow drain down the mountain under lava flows and surface on the Amboseli plains, creating a green belt of swampland amidst dusty plains. Here elephant, buffalo, lion, cheetah, wildebeest, hyena, jackal, warthogs, zebra and the Maasai giraffe are likely to be seen. Amboseli National park is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in Kenya. It is situated close to Kenya- Tanzania border, The Park lies at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa (5,896m) whose snow-capped summit presents a splendid view on clear days.
Day 14

Amboseli – Lake Manyara National Park

Early morning breakfast, then drive into Tanzania via the Namanga border. We also pass through Arusha to Lake Manyara National park with lunch enroute. Regardless of the direction we approach Manyara from, the view is always fantastic. We proceed to Manyara Wildlife safari camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 15

Lake Manyara – Serengeti National park

Breakfast then proceed to Serengeti national park. Game is viewed as we proceed to Mawe tented camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 16

Serengeti National park

Full day spent exploring the park. Morning and afternoon game drives are offered. Dinner and overnight stay at Mawe Tented Camp or similar Serengeti is Africa’s most famous and Tanzania’s largest park covering 14,736 sq km and is adjoining with the Masai Mara National reserve in Kenya. With a wildebeest population of about 2 million and several other hoofed species (which include zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, impala, topi, Grants gazelle, Kongoni, Eland, Kirk’s dik dik, klipspringer, roan, Oryx, oribi, waterbuck, buffalo, giraffe and warthog), the Serengeti is sure to attract a string of prey such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, golden jackals and bat eared foxes. Elephants are relatively scarce and the few remaining black rhinoceros are restricted to the Moru Koppies area. Serengeti also offers rewarding bird viewing with ostrich and kori bustard being common, a variety of larks, finches, and raptors can be seen but the most distinctive small bird is the lilac breasted roller
Day 17

Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater

We view game as we drive southeast up into the magnificent Ngorongoro Conservation .Full afternoon crater tour followed by dinner and overnight stay at Hhando coffee lodge or similar The Ngorongoro crater is the world’s biggest whole volcanic caldera at 8300 sq km and is arguably the most stunning arena. It is frequently described as one of the wonders of the world, not only because of its geological magnificence, but also because it serves as an extraordinary natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s largest populations of large mammals. Ngorongoro and other freestanding mountains are volcanic in origin, formed during the fracturing process that created the Rift valley 15 to 20 million years ago. When it peaked in size 3 million years ago it was a similar height to Mt. Kilimanjaro today
day 18

Ngorongoro – Tarangire National park

Early breakfast then we check out of the lodge and proceed to Tarangire national park ; game drives .dinner and overnight stay at Tarangire Roika camp Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It's the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators - and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed
day 19

Tarangire - Arusha – Zanzibar (Stone town)

After an early breakfast check out of the camp and drive to the airport to board your morning flight to Zanzibar. on arrival you will be at the airport and after formalities you will proceed to drive to spice tour for 2 hours tours include local lunch, then drive to stone town for city tour which will take about 2-2.5 hrs. Your guide will take you to Dhow palace for check in and freshen up till 17hrs where you will walk with the guide up to the shores for the for Sunset Cruise, thereafter return to the hotel for overnight stay.
day 20

Stone Town- Beach Hotel

Pick up from your hotel at 0900 hrs and proceed to Jozani Forest The Jozani Forest Reserve is the last sanctuary in the world for the rare red colobus monkey, which is endemic to Zanzibar. The 484-acre reserve, which is the largest area of mature forest left on Zanzibar, is located 35kms from Stone Town in the central eastern region of Zanzibar island. The forest is also home to Syke's monkeys, bush pigs and nocturnal Zanzibar leopards. A series of nature trails lead through various different types of habitat, which feature over 40 species of birds including the African pygmy kingfisher, little greenbul, dark-backed weaver and the Fischer's turaco. Your tour will be led by a well-trained guide who can offer information on the other inhabitants of the forest, which include; the red-bellied coast squirrel, the endangered Aders' duiker, the Zanzibar suni, the black-and-white rufous elephant shrew and the tree hyraxes. The forest also offers a board walk, which leads through the mangrove forests at its southern end, which is an excellent place to spot the rare mangrove kingfisher. Proceed to Ocean Paradise Beach Resort to start your beach vacation.
day 21-24

Zanzibar beach holiday

Days spent sunbathing and relaxing at the beach hotel
day 25

Zanzibar - Departure

Morning spent at leisure then transfer to the airport to board your onward flight. End of a memorable East African Safari

Tour Price Includes

  • Guarantee price/guarantee safari on confirmation

  • Ground transport on safari in a comfortable safari Land Cruiser in Uganda and Tanzania- Tour van in Kenya

  • 1 night Hotel accommodations in Kampala and 1 night in Entebbe on Bed and Breakfast

  • All airport /hotel transfer as per the itinerary

  • 1 Gorilla viewing permit

  • Full board accommodations while on safari except in Kampala and Zanzibar

  • Ngorongoro Crater tour

  • Accommodation in double/twin room in lodges/Tented camps specified above

  • All park entrance fees to include government taxes

  • Service of English speaking professional driver/guide

  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Stone town

  • Stone town excursions as shown above

  • 5 Nights hotel accommodations in Zanzibar on Half board basis

  • All game drives as detailed in the itinerary

  • mineral water whilst on safari- kindly bring along your own portable water bottle

  • Flying Doctors emergency evacuation cover

  • Tour starts in Entebbe & ends in Zanzibar

Price Excludes

  • Tips, Laundry , Beverages/Drinks

  • All regional flights i.e. Entebbe –Nairobi, Arusha- Zanzibar

  • Olduvai Gorge Museum

  • Boat Ride/excursions at Lake Naivasha

  • Uganda/Kenya /Tanzania Visas

  • Cultural visits to Masai villages - can be arranged with our guide

  • Zanzibar departure taxes

  • All personal expenses; e.g. laundry, telephones, beverages, tips,

  • Water sports/Zanzibar excursions

  • water bottle

US$ 7270

2 pax

US$ 6,295

4 pax

US$ 5,990

6 pax

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