9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari in Uganda Tanzania

Overview of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari in Uganda Tanzania

The 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari in Uganda Tanzania starts in Entebbe Uganda and ends in Arusha Tanzania. This Uganda tour takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for Double Mountain Gorilla trekking Uganda safari, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater for extensive wild game viewing including the Big five of African Wild game. This Uganda safari tour features amazing sightseeing experience in the Kigezi Highlands, the Rwandan Hillsides and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Uganda Safari Highlight of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari in Uganda Tanzania

Day 1 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari in Uganda Tanzania: Transfer by flight from Entebbe International Airport to Kihihi Airstrip in Bwindi Impenetrable Np

Day 2 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari in Uganda Tanzania: Do Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & relax at the lodge. Optional Batwa Community tour $20pp

Day 3 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari in Uganda Tanzania: Do Second Mountain Gorilla tracking experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Np and Transfer to Kigali

Day 4 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari in Uganda Tanzania: Fly from Kigali to Kilimanjaro and transfer to Arusha

Day 5 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari in Uganda Tanzania: Transfer to Lake Manyara National Park, visit the Mto Wa Mbu and afternoon game drive

Day 6 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari in Uganda Tanzania: Transfer to Serengeti National Park & evening game drive as you connect to the lodge

Day 7 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari in Uganda Tanzania: Full day game drive in Serengeti National Park

Day 8 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari in Uganda Tanzania: Final game drive in Serengeti National Park & Transfer to Ngorongoro rim

Day 9 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari in Uganda Tanzania: Do Morning game drive in Ngorongoro Crater floor & transfer to Arusha in the late evening

Detailed Safari Itinerary of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari in Uganda Tanzania

Day 1: Transfer by flight from Entebbe International Airport to Kihihi / Kisoro Airstrip in Bwindi Impenetrable Np

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport – the main gateway to Uganda. You can spend them time waiting at any of the Coffee shops at the Airport as you wait to check-in for the Aerolink domestic flight to Kihihi Airstrip at 06:15hrs. You depart at 07:00hrs to arrive in Kihihi Airstrip Bwindi arriving at 08:45hrs. Your Driver guide will be waiting for you at the Airstrip to transfer you to the lodge for relaxation.   The road is rough and the drive time is about 3 – 4 hours.

Accommodation:

Midrange: Gorilla Mist Camp

Day 2: Do Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & relax at the lodge. Optional Batwa Community tour $20pp

This is a great day that will mark your re-union with your long lost cousins – the Mountain Gorillas. You gather at the Ruhija park headquarters for briefing in the morning at 8 am where you are also allocated the respective gorilla families to track. From here, you head to the forest in the company of the armed ranger guides that will lead you up the gorillas. The walk is beyond the ordinary as it involves traversing the dense jungle whose thickness would at some points necessitate using a machete to make a path, hiking the challenging landscapes some of which are steep and slippery at times under the canopy of the mature forest which forms darkness even during the day. You are treated to the impressive bird songs and beautiful flowers through the experience. The encounter tends to take 2 – 8 hours depending on the gorilla movements and one hour is availed to you to have a direct touch with the gorillas. Upon approaching gorillas, their reaction is not predictable as it can include them giving you a courteous welcome, minding less about you and charging against you. However, as a result of habituation, Mountain Gorillas are always welcoming with the Silverback beating a little of his chest to demonstrate his might and also welcoming to you to the group. The young gorillas are very playful and are at times not aware of the 7m rule thus can try to draw closer to even touching on your body – save it by taking some steps away to observe the distance. You are not limited in any way to ask as many questions about gorillas and their habitats along with taking pictures so long as you have the opportunity to do so. After your one hour with the gorillas, return to the starting point and connect to the lodge for relaxation.  An optional Batwa Community tour in the afternoon can be undertaken to explore one of the remaining groups of short people in the world. Their traditions are also impressive to explore.

Accommodation:

Midrange: Gorilla Mist Camp

Day 3: Do Second Mountain Gorilla tracking experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Np and Transfer to Kigali

After breakfast, you embark on the second gorilla tour Uganda experience in the same sector. You can place a request to the warden for a different Gorilla group to gain a different encounter than you had on the previous day. The second gorilla trek offers the opportunity to explore the Mountain Gorillas in detail including their behaviours, the foraging patterns among others. You retreat from the activity and transfer to Kigali driving through the fascinating Kigezi Highlands dubbed the Switzerland of Africa and Rwandan hillsides that have earned her a dub as the Land of a thousand hills. The drive distance is 170km about 4 hours drive. The rough road up to Kabale junction and the then paved road up to Kigali. Settle for relaxation and overnight

Accommodation

Midrange:  Hotel Chezlando

Day 4: Fly from Kigali to Kilimanjaro and transfer to Arusha

After breakfast, connect to Kigali International Park at 8 am to check-in for your flight departing at 10:10 hrs and arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport at 12:50hrs. You are welcomed by our representative to transfer to Arusha for relaxation and overnight

Travel Distance/Time: 55km/1hr

Road Type: Paved

Accommodation:  Tulia Hotel & Spa

Day 5: Transfer to Lake Manyara National Park, visit the Mto Wa Mbu and afternoon game drive

Travel Distance/Time: Arusha – Manyara 130km/2hr, Manyara – Karatu 40km/45min – 1hr,

Road Type: Paved except inside the park

After breakfast, depart to Mto Wa Mbu village for biking advantage to Lake Manyara. Later bike back to the village for hot local lunch at a unique venue that is actually the extension of a local resident’s kitchen. It combines a form of community economic development served by a local resident who transformed her kitchen into a business with a great variety of local African dishes.

After lunch, you will proceed to Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive. Later drive to Karatu for evening leisure, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:  Tloma Lodge

Day 6: Transfer to Serengeti National Park & evening game drive as you connect to the lodge

Travel Distance/Time: From Karatu to Ndutu – 90km/ 2hrs, From Ndutu to Serengeti 80km/2hrs

Road Type: Rough & Dusty

After breakfast, we will head to the Lake Ndutu area, situated in the Ngorongoro conservation area, part of the southern Serengeti eco-system. Lake Ndutu is alkaline, most of the other Rift Lakes, however, the water is still drinkable and used by a wide array of local wildlife.

We will do a game drive until lunchtime. After lunch proceeds to Serengeti for a game drive; arrive at the camp for evening leisure and hot dinner.

Accommodation: Serengeti Kati Kati Camp

Day 7: Full day game drive in Serengeti National Park

Road Type: Rough and Dusty

Before breakfast, depart for early morning game drive on the central plains searching for wildlife (morning game drives are always the best because animals are very active in the morning). We descend into the heart of wild Africa-the Serengeti national park-with it’s endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species.

Accommodation: Serengeti Kati Kati Camp

Day 8: Final game drive in Serengeti National Park & Transfer to Ngorongoro rim

Travel Time/Distance: 145km/3.5hrs

Road Type: Rough and Dusty

After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch for final game drive in Serengeti. After lunch drive to Ngorongoro for evening leisure and hot dinner.

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Farm House

Day 9: Do Morning game drive in Ngorongoro Crater floor & transfer to Arusha in the late evening

Travel Distance/Time:  235km/3.5hrs (excluding 45km/45min -1hr from your lodge to the crater floor and 45km/45min-1hr from the crater to the exit gate)

Road Type: Rough and Dusty on the crater floor, 235km from the exit gate to JRO – Paved

After an early breakfast, you will depart with a picnic and drive for an hour (45km) to the crater entry then descend into the crater floor for game viewing. The crater has a unique ecosystem that is inhabited by more than 25,000 resident animals. In the grass steppes and acacia forest, you can encounter almost every animal species of the East African savanna, including the “Big Five” (rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard). Later on, ascend and proceed to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight home in the evening

End of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari in Uganda Tanzania