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9 Days Wildebeest Migration & Gorilla Safari in Uganda itinerary is a mixture of the best of Uganda and Wildebeest Migration safari in Tanzania. Your safari will follow the routes of Wildebeest Migration from Serengeti to the famous Masai Mara National Reserve. 9 Days Wildebeest Migration & Gorilla Safari Discovery will best suite guests whom prioritize Wildebeest Migration crossing the Mara and Gorilla tracking in Uganda.
The 9 Days Wildebeest Migration & Gorilla Safari in Uganda Tour takes you to various Wildlife Safari Destinations in both Tanzania and Uganda to experience the best Safari Adventure Tours while on holiday.
The Primate and Wildlife big 5 safaris is a unique adventure of its own. It guarantees a quality service and an unforgettable vacation. During the safari you get to experience the highlights of Uganda and Tanzania. Combining mountain gorillas, with game-drives in Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania. It is an action packed safari giving you a great taste of what East Africa has to offer.
After breakfast, drive to Tarangire National Park for a game drive. Check in at Bougainvillea Lodge or similar for a night on a full board basis. This safari begins with an early morning start in Arusha so you’ll need to stay over the night before. After meeting your guide, you’ll head straight for Tarangire National Park. Most spectacular in the dry season when thousands of animals – and their predators – gather at the Tarangire River, the park has over 500 species of birds and the largest population of elephants in northern Tanzania. You’ll overnight outside the park at Bougainvillea Lodge, comfortably set in the farming town of Karatu in the Ngorongoro region. Accommodation is in stone bungalows and there’s a pool and garden to relax in too.
It’s off to the Ngorongoro Crater this morning. Located nearby, the crater is home to one of the densest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. Incredibly, within its steep walls, the Big 5 – elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard – still roam. Hippopotamus inhabit the wetlands and flamingos are often seen on the crater’s soda lakes, occasionally preyed on by lurking hyenas and jackals. It’s a microcosm of African savannah wildlife and you may even see the Big 5 in a single day. A picnic lunch is enjoyed in the crater; accommodation is back at Bougainvillea Lodge.
Drive to the Serengeti via Olduvai Gorge & the ‘Cradle of Humankind’. Check in at Serengeti Wilderness Camp (or similar) for 3 nights on a full board basis.
Both human and natural history are on the itinerary today: one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles – the great wildebeest migration – plus Olduvai Gorge, famous for its ground-breaking archaeological finds. There’s time to visit a traditional Maasai village before checking in at Serengeti Wilderness Camp, or a similar camp closer to the action. And there’ll be plenty of action: over a million animals are on the move during the great migration and the Serengeti is home to some of the most exciting events such as the birthing season and river crossings. Ask us about adding a balloon safari.
After breakfast you have a road transfer back to Arusha but there is also an option to fly – ask us for more information. Your overnight accommodation is River trees Country Inn, lying a few miles out of town and about 20 minutes from the airport. Once part of a grand coffee estate, River trees Inn is an ideal place for you to catch your breath between the great migration and gorillas; it is set in lovely gardens with a swimming pool and there is a spa on site if you’d like to book a massage.
Fly from Arusha’s Kilimanjaro Airport to Entebbe Airport in Uganda & take a charter flight to Bwindi Forest & Buhoma Lodge for 3 nights on a full board basis.
It is a flight of three and a half hours to Entebbe and another hour to Kihihi but now you are on the edge of Africa’s equatorial rainforests and deep in gorilla country. Buhoma Lodge has great views over the forest canopy and makes the perfect base for your gorilla trek the next day: it offers a complimentary post-trek massage and boot cleaning service plus a hot water bottle at night. Trekking is hard and muddy work but the success rate of finding them is 95% – you can pre-purchase a second permit to use the other day just in case.
After an early breakfast, our driver head to the ORTPN offices and get briefed about the activity of gorilla trekking! After the briefing, set off in the forest for Gorilla trekking. Gorilla treks take place in the morning and depart from the Park Headquarters at around 07:30am. Prior to departure you are given a briefing by park staff, assigned a gorilla family to visit and rangers to guide you.
The trek is a thrilling adventure taking you through the refined foothills of the Virungas as you hike into the densely forested canopy. On finding the gorillas, you have one hour to spend time watching them. Feel free to photograph the gorillas.
Your professional guide and tracker lead you into the forest’s secret paths, looking for a habituated gorilla family. Once found, you’ll approach the gorillas quietly and settle down to observe them from between 7 and 10m (22 to 32 ft) away. You’ll spend between 40 minutes and an hour with the gorillas, watching the adults forage and groom each other while the babies tumble and play. You’ll be under the watchful gaze of the great silverback patriarch; whose soft brown eyes constantly sweep over his family protectively. Witnessing gorillas express typically human gestures and emotions is a truly profound experience and one of the reasons that gorilla trekking is such a life changing encounter.
After breakfast and goodbyes at Buhoma Lodge you will be transferred back to the local Kihihi airstrip for a scheduled flight back to Entebbe Airport and your onward travel connection.