A mammoth tour of East Africa’s biggest and best safari destinations. We cover everything from primates to savannah game drives and cultural visits. Beginning in the forests of Uganda, we track chimpanzees, float down the Kazinga Channel and trek gorillas at Bwindi. In Kenya we visit the dry lands of Samburu, hike around Mt. Kenya and drive across the famous plains of Amboseli and Masai Mara. Then in Tanzania we explore the vast and famous Serengeti, drive by the wildlife spectacle of Ngorongoro Crater, the beautiful Lake Manyara and finish in dry and wild Tarangire.
Our tour begins by heading to greenest park of the greenest country in East Africa, Kibale in western Uganda. It is a five hour journey to the edge of Kibale Forest where we have a chance to recover from the drive and enjoy entertainment by local dance troupes.
Time depending, we can make a tour of the town, Fort Portal, and surrounds to get a feel for the area and enjoy the stunning backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon.
We venture in to Uganda’s most accessible rainforest, Kibale. With over 13 primates (and the highest concentration of primates in Africa), viewing here is fantastic. Look out for L’Hoest’s monkeys, red colobus, black-and-white colobus, red-tailed monkeys and grey-cheeked mangabeys.
Our main activity however is chimpanzee tracking, which will take us into the forest as we follow the rapidly moving chimps for most of the morning.
It’s a two hour drive to the spectacular wildlife of Queen Elizabeth National Park. With 95 mammal and 600 bird species (the most in any African reserve), there are great wildlife viewing and birding oportunities.
Our first drive is across the plains and crater lake dotted northern sector where lions, elephants, Uganda kob and hyena dominate.
A morning safari along the Mweya peninsula, in search of elephant, buffalo, hyena and warthog.
Afternoon boat trip down the Kazinga Channel – hundreds of hippo and buffalo are guaranteed and chances to see crocodile and African fish eagles.
We visit Queen Elizabeth’s Kyambura Gorge for chimpanzee tracking. The walk takes 3 - 4 hours depending on the weather and is also a great opportunity to spot black-and-white colobus monkeys and a few more of the 600 bird species that have been registered in the park.
In the afternoon we take another game drive along the Mweya peninsula.
Start out for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Depending on the roads (which depend on the weather) we will drive either via Ishasha, home of the tree-climbing lion, or take the alternative route through cultivated farms (approximately 4 hours driving). In the afternoon, we explore the area surrounding the lodge and local village and prepare for the next day’s mountain gorilla trekking.
The highlight of many safaris - gorilla trekking (subject to permit availability at the time of booking). This can take up the whole day and can be very tiring – the ground is steep and densely forested – but it’s worth it. This is an inspiring moment.
Today we drive the 8 hour journey back to Kampala and enjoy a comfortable evening in the capital.
We fly to Nairobi and then transfer immediately to Samburu National Reserve.
Samburu is a dry and dusty park, very different to the forests and lush landscapes of the previous days. It's an arid region of plains and hills, with a life giving river flowing through the middle. It is this that allows the presence of large elephant herds, lions, leopards, cheetahs and their prey.
Expect a full day of game drives in this uncrowded and impressive park.
We leave behind the parched plains of Samburu and head south to the very different Mount Kenya National Park. This is Africa's second highest mountain (5199m) and a welcome break from the previous day’s aridity.
We stay on the lower slopes of Mount Kenya mixing scenic drives and hikes to bring you the best of these forest covered foothills. A little further, conditions change and open moorland dominates the steep and craggy slopes.
From Mount Kenya we continue south and back to the capital, Nairobi. This is approximately half a day’s journey, which leaves us several hours to explore the city and relax. We take advantage to visit a few places of interest, but generally clients prefer to enjoy an evening relaxing back in civilization.
We continue the journey down to Amboseli, lying right on the Tanzanian border and under the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. We arrive around lunch time, which leaves us plenty of time for an afternoon game drive.
A full day in Kenya’s picture postcard Amboseli. This is a top safari destination and responsible for the classic images of East Africa – herds of elephant roaming beneath the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro.
Amboseli offers great wildlife viewing and stunning scenery. In particular, it is noted for lions, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest and cheetah. It is a classic park but one of the busier ones that we encounter on this tour.
Most of today is spent on the journey from Amboseli to the Masai Mara, although we do have a little time in the afternoon to explore our new destination.
Three full days exploring the Serengeti Plains. We begin in the Masai Mara, Kenya’s premiere safari reserve. This is a sprawling wilderness with a high concentration of predators and is witness to the great migrations (see below). The big five are regularly seen and lions are very common.
We continue along the Masai Mara and into its Tanzanian extension, the Serengeti. This is Tanzania’s oldest and most famous national park and a wildlife extravaganza. In addition to hosting the big five, the Serengeti is home to almost every species of large mammal found throughout Tanzania and its fame is well deserved.
Two further days in the mighty Serengeti with game drives and guided walks. If your visit coincides with the migrations (around October and April), you could see the greatest wildlife show on earth. 1.2 million wildebeest, 300,000 antelope and 200,000 zebras follow the rains across the plains of Kenya and Tanzania.
We rise early and make the short drive to Ngorongoro Crater through the splendid highland scenery. The crater is the largest intact ancient caldera in the world, a World Heritage Site and a park of unequalled wildlife viewing. Twenty thousand animals (including the big five) crowd the crater floor and this is perhaps the best place in Africa to see the endangered black rhino in the wild.
We transfer to our final national park, after three weeks of forest, savannah, mountain and lake safari. Our destination is the often forgotten but spectacular Tarangire National Park. Known for its large herds of elephant and majestic baobab trees, this park is an often overlooked gem, with great dry season (June – November) wildlife viewing.
A full day enjoying the unspoiled beauty of Tarangire.
We deliver you to Kilimanjaro International Airport, where the tour ends.
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