02 Nov UGANDA and TANZANIA SAFARI – 10 nights – 11 days
This SAMPLE programme shows a little of what Uganda and Tanzania have to offer your clients.
Day 1 ARRIVAL ENTEBBE, UGANDA
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by a SafariDMC representative and transferred to the Protea Hotel by Marriott, Entebbe for overnight.
The Protea Hotel by Marriott, Entebbe is a 4* beach resort nestled on the shores of Lake Victoria in Entebbe barely one kilometre from the International Airport. Guest accommodation comprises 4 standard rooms, 69 deluxe rooms, 2 junior suites and 12 executive suites on 3 floors. Room Amenities include an en-suite bathroom with separate bathtub and shower, Hair dryer, Minibar, Tea service, Coffee maker, Iron and ironing board and an electronic Safe and multi-channel satellite Television and free WiFi. Other resort services & amenities including the ‘Tides’ restaurant, the terrace, bar, elegant furnishings, a swimming pool, gym, a variety water sports and other games, a luxurious atmosphere, the outside terrace, superb lake views, meeting/conference rooms, complimentary high speed WiFi in the public areas as well as proximity to all the best spots around Entebbe for hanging and dining out.
Balance of the day spent at leisure with lunch and dinner under own arrangement.
Day 2 ENTEBBE / BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, check out and drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home of the rare yet critically endangered mountain gorillas (535 kilometres /9hours)
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda along the border with DR Congo border. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, her 331km² of montane and lowland forest jungle forests accessible only on foot are one of the most ecological diverse places in Africa with over 220 species of trees (including the endangered brown Mahogany), over 100 ferns, 350 species of birds, 200 species of butterfly, many Moths, Reptiles and 120 species of mammals including Mountain Elephants, small antelope species, several carnivores (the side-striped jackal, African golden Cat, and civet Cat) and 10 species of primates including L’Hoest’s monkey, Black & White Colobus Monkeys, Red-Tailed Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, Chimpanzees. But by far her most famous residents are the rare and critically endangered Mountain Gorillas of which only 850 remain in the world and Bwindi is home to almost half. They are a major pull for thousands of tourist who, every year, come to encounter and marvel at these magnificent beings visiting the 10 habituated families residing in Buhoma (north), Ruhija (east) and Nkuringo (south) Bwindi, situated 535kms/9½hrs southwest of Kampala, is one of Uganda’s most popular tourism destinations as well as home of the Batwa pygmy People.
With lunch at a local restaurant en-route, you will arrive at Gorilla Safari Lodge in the evening with time for check in and a shower before dinner and overnight.
Gorilla Safari Lodge is nestled atop a hill just outside Bwindi National Park with stunning views of the Impenetrable Forest over a Batwa valley below. Accommodation comprises eight spacious and en suite chalets secluded along a contour on the little hill affording great privacy as well as beautiful views of the Bwindi forest from their private verandahs. Two of The chalets are double room family cottages. Room amenities include double or twin beds, an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold running water, flush loo, solar lighting and a cozy fireplace. Other lodge facilities includes a main building housing a lounge, kitchen, restaurant and bar as well as a campfire spot overlooking the forest.
Gorilla Safari Lodge – BLD (http://www.gorillasafarilodge.com/index.html)
Day 3 MOUNTAIN GORILLA TRACKING in BWINDI
Arise at dawn for an early breakfast then transfer to the Park offices for your Gorilla Tracking excursion, arguably one of the most genuinely breathtaking wildlife experiences in the world. After registration, all participants are divided into groups of 8, allocated a gorilla family to track as well as a specialist gorilla tracking guide then, at 0830hrs: briefing by your guide then transferred by car to the trailhead where the tracking on foot begins.
Gorilla tracking entails hiking long distances in steep and sometimes wet and muddy vegetation and can be tiring. For the best experience, participants are advised to pace themselves, and follow your guide’s advice at all times. As you enter the forest however, it is stunning and magical fairytale world of diverse features and creatures with ancient trees, lobelias, many birds and butterflies species, as well as primates and other mammals. And your specialist guide, many of whom have lived in this forest for years and years, always makes it more interesting and enjoyable with tales about the forest, its inhabitants and secrets of its hidden treasures; did you know that gorillas are vegetarians, they do not drink water (!) and a fully grown male (silverback) can be as strong as 8 men, and so much.
Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for one unforgettable hour as they go about their daily life – so like us; resting, feeding, playing, mating, raising their young; always seemingly oblivious of our presence but definitely curious.
But the hour is always over ‘too soon’ and then you will hike back to base where your driver guide will be waiting to transfer you back to the lodge for a well-deserved shower and lunch or, depending on the time you return, relaxation before dinner and overnight.
Gorilla Safari Lodge – BLD (http://www.gorillasafarilodge.com/index.html)
Day 4 BWINDI/ENTEBBE
After breakfast, say good bye to Bwindi and the mountain gorillas and drive back to Kampala.
With lunch en-route, you will proceed to the Protea Hotel by Marriott Entebbe for overnight.
Balance of the evening spent at leisure with dinner under own arrangements/on own account.
Lake Victoria Serena Resort (BLD)
Day 5 ENTEBBE/ARUSHA (TANZANIA)/AMBOSELI.KILIMANJARO AREA
After breakfast, transfer to Entebbe International Airport for fight to Arusha, Tanzania. Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by a “Shumata” representative and transferred to the Kilimanjaro Amboseli Area arriving at Shu’mata Camp in time for lunch.
Shu’mata (means heaven in the local Maasai language) is nestled atop a hill, in the heart of Maasai country in the Kilimanjaro Amboseli Area, part of the newly gazetted Enduimet Wildlife Management Area, south, and right at the foot, of Mt. Kilimanjaro. East-African safari tents like the ones Hemingway used line a leopard hill and offer magnificent views to all sides. In the east the savannah merges with the slopes of the Kilimanjaro rising into the deep-blue African sky – it is so close that under a full moon we can even recognize details of the glaciers on top of the mountain. Depending on the season the savannah surrounding the Shu’mata hill is populated by herds of common eland, zebra, giraffe, ostrich, gnu as well as Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle. The region is famous for bird-watching. To reach Shu’mata from Hatari takes only two comfortable and spectacular hours by car. We present to our guests our “private Amboseli,” an exclusive bush adventure and the highlight of their ‘Hatari’ experience.
In the evening, enjoy a game viewing activity with opportunity to view large jumbos and many other terrestrial wild game in addition to the local Maasai people.
Arrangement includes accommodation per person sharing in a tent, meals, (drinks excluded) WMA Entry and Wildlife Activity Fees, Day Activities, transfer to/fro Hatari, tourism development level and VAT
Shu’mata Camp – BLD (www.theafricanembassy.de)
Day 6 MOUNT KILIMANJARO
We start the morning in our open topped 4WD vehicle driving first across the Maasai steppe then up Mount Kilimanjaro where we cross different climatic and vegetation zones from lush greenery as you enter the Park at Londorossi gate, and finally to alpine scenery at 3400m; our goal is Shira Plateau at 4000m, one of the most fascinating and scenic areas on Kilimanjaro.
We hike for about an hour through grass, heather and moorland landscapes and up to 10 metre tall groundsel herbs. Eland, the biggest of Africa’s antelopes will cross our way on the mountains cliffs while colobus monkeys swing through the tree branches. So are signs of buffalo presence and with a little luck even elephants. When the clouds open, we enjoy a magnificent views of the Shira cone rising about 200 metres above the plateau, the Shira Ridge rising almost 400 metres, the dramatic peaks – Cathedral and Needle, magnificent views to the Great Rift Valley, Mts. Meru and Longido as well as the immediate summit of Kilimanjaro itself.
On the way back, we stop for a warm picnic lunch on the vast plains of the plateau and enjoy the wonderful views of the summit of the highest mountain in Africa before arriving at Shu’mata late afternoon with time to relax and marvel at the nature again before dinner and overnight.
Shu’mata Camp – BLD (www.theafricanembassy.de)
Day 7 KILIMANJARO AMBOSELI/NGORONGORO CRATER
After breakfast, we check out and drive the famous Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.
Ngorongoro Crater, the most dominant feature of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania, is reminiscent of a modern day garden of Eden or a real life Disneyland of surprising features, creatures and stunning beauty. Part of the famous ‘northern-circuit’ parks, her 21km wide by 610m deep crater formed millions of years ago from the collapse of what was supposedly a volcanic mountain almost as tall as Kilimanjaro, is considered the world’s largest intact and un-flooded caldera and one of the 7 natural wonders of Africa. Within her 259km² crater floor are found numerous species of wild mammals from lions, rhinos, elephants, hyenas, topi, wildebeest, hyenas, leopard (elusive), wild dogs and hippos (no less than 25,000 individuals in all) as well as many species of birds including the pink flamingoes.A wide array of activities from game viewing drives on the crater floor (only allowed using a 4WD vehicle), visits to a Maasai manyatta or a bush walk in the company of Maasai morans, hiking on the Olmoti or Empakai craters, or trips to the Olduvai Gorge pre-historic site can be organized. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most popular attractions in Tanzania and the easiest place to see rhino in East Africa. Every year between December and March, Ngorongoro western slopes called Ndutu and adjoining the Serengeti are scene of one of the most magnificent wildlife spectacles on earth, the Great wildebeest Migration when over two million wildebeest congregate here on their annual birthing ritual accompanied by thousands of zebra and opportunistic predators; magical.
On arrival and after clearing the entrance formalities, you will descend into the crater floor for an all-day game viewing drive with picnic lunches; in search of wild game including rhinos, lions, eland, many other terrestrial mammals, many species of birds, stunning scenery as well as amazing photo opportunities in this beautiful caldera.
In the evening, exit crater and check in at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge – BLD (http://www.serenahotels.com/serenangorongoro/default-en.html)
Day 8 NGORONGORO/ZANZIBAR
After breakfast, you drive back to Arusha where you connect to your flight to Zanzibar, the spice island (1315/1445hrs) – picnic lunches.
Zanzibar is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean off the Tanzania coast comprising 2 major islands, Unguja (the one mostly referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba, and about 50 other smaller islands. It is popular for her long white sandy beaches, over 25 fabulous beach fronts, great weather all year round and warm Indian Ocean waters creating a ‘heaven on earth’ for romance and relaxation; the perfect holiday get away for beach and ocean enthusiasts. It is also home to a wide array of international standard tourism facilities. Stone Town, the oldest city and now the ‘capital’ is a town of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and Arab-influenced houses most of them dating back to the 19th Century, when Zanzibar was occupied by the Omani Arabs. Then, it was an important trading center in the Indian Ocean. To date, Zanzibar remains an enigma in the Indian Ocean with its long history of slave trade, war and strife, spice and coconut plantations and a predominantly Islamic culture and religion; and life continues as it always has, still governed by the ocean and its winds, little, almost not at all changed over two centuries and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On arrival at Zanzibar Airport, you will be met by a SafariDMC representative and transferred to north-east coast and check in at Blue Bay Beach Resort and Spa for dinner and overnight.
Blue Bay Beach Resort & Spa is a luxury beachfront resort situated on a white, sandy beach on the east coast of Zanzibar; the ultimate in beach comfort: excellent accommodation; fine wining and dining; a host of sports and leisure facilities; free WiFi; the famous Oasis Spa conference rooms and award-winning service. Together with her sister property – Sultan Sands Island Resort – they share a 500m stretch of the finest beach. Set in 30-acres of tropical gardens with over 1,000 palm trees, all the rooms are spacious, bright and beautifully decorated in Zanzibari style with hand-carved furniture. The 24 comfortable Garden Rooms in six bungalows overlook the grounds, while the 74 Superior Rooms on higher ground offer views over the gardens to the beach and ocean beyond. The 6 exclusive and split level Junior Suites in 3 bungalows are barely 30 metres from the ocean with a large seating area, magnificent veranda and a private garden with outdoor shower while the two beachfront Sultan Suites are the epitome of opulence, privacy and luxury! Other facilities include The Makuti Restaurant, the beachfront Bahari Grill serves fresh seafood and Italian specialities, The Blue Marlin offers beach barbecues while the Palms Pool Bar boasts an enticing selection of wines and spirits. Together with her sister property – Sultan Sands Island Resort – they share a 500 metre stretch of beach.
Balance of the evening spent at leisure with dinner and overnight at the resort.
Blue Bay Beach Resort – BLD (Garden Rooms)
Day 9 & Day 10 ZANZIBAR BEACH
Two full days spent at leisure at ‘Bluebay’ to enjoy the beach, the ocean, a variety of water sports as well the resort’s own amenities including a swimming pool and complimentary WiFi. You might be interested to visit the birthplace of Freddy Mercury which is in Kenyatta Road, Stone Town, Zanzibar.
Lunches are on own account; breakfast and dinner are included at the hotel
Blue Bay Beach Resort – BD (Garden Rooms)
Day 11 DEPART
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airport for your international departure flight.
kila la kheri/safiri salama!
Airport/airstrip transfers and ground transportation using a private safari-customized 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser; services of courteous and professional English speaking Driver/guides; Mineral water in the vehicles; Gorilla tracking Permits-once (shown separately); applicable Park Fees; Accommodation at the indicated 4* hotels as shown; Meals as shown (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch and D = Dinner); Scheduled flight Arusha/Zanzibar (shown separately), AMREF Medical Emergency Evacuation Cover and applicable government Taxes.
International flights; Flight Uganda/Tanzania, Entry Visa fees; Items of a personal nature like crafts and curios shopping, laundry, bar drinks; Tips and gratuities for your Driver/guide, Tour Leader, Hotel or Restaurant Staff, other Guides and Rangers; International airport departure taxes, any other items not shown or expressly mentioned as included.