Classic Uganda, Magical Kenya & Zanzibar Holiday
Duration: 12 Days
Gorilla tracking in Bwindi impenetrable Forest National Park, Lake Mburo National Park for a walking safari experience, Kenya’s popular Masai Mara National Reserve for a memorable wildlife encounter, and Zanzibar’s great beaches.
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Best time to go
June to August and December to February (Drier trails make for easy mountain gorilla tracking)
June to September (Gorilla permits need to be booked long in advance at any time of the year)
The tour starts in Entebbe at your lodge or hotel and ends in Zazibar at Zanzibar Airport.
Our first adventure will be gorilla trekking in the misty jungles Bwindi Impenetrable forest. Bwindi Forest is the best place in Uganda to track mountain gorillas. The park protects half the world’s population and has several habituated groups. The forest is also a bird-watcher’s paradise with 350 species recorded, including many Albertine Rift endemics.
After that unmatchable gorilla adventure in Bwindi, we’ll proceed to Lake Mburo National park for a walking safari. This scenic little park, close to Bwindi, is home to several wildlife species not easily seen elsewhere in Uganda. These include – Rothschild’s giraffe, Burchell’s zebra and impala. Although elephants are absent from the park, there is plenty of other wildlife to see. This is the only park in Uganda where people can view savanna animals on foot, from a mountain bike, horseback and in a vehicle.
From Lake Mburo, we head back to Entebbe to catch a flight to Nairobi – Kenya where we’ll join our guides on our second adventure in the famous Savannah park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. Situated Southwest of Kenya, covering an area of 1 510 square km, the Masai Mara National Reserve is a land of breathtaking vistas, abundant wildlife, and endless plains. The quintessential Masai Mara safari delivers many attractions and is home to an excellent year-round concentration of game as well as the two million animals that make up the Great Migration.
We’ll seal this adventure with a tour to Zanzibar, a walking tour around Historical Stone Town, taking you through fabled Stone Town, where history seems to stand still. We’ll visit the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum (People’s Palace) and the Arab Fort amongst others, which will reveal to you the charm of Zanzibar. You will see Zanzibar’s bustling market, winding passageways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless antique mosques among others. From here we’ll drive to Nungwi.
Things to consider:
- Mid-range tour – Accommodated tour
- Group Tour – The tour is run for more than 2 people at a go
- Can depart any day? – This tour can depart any day
- Can be customised? – This tour can be customized
Minimun require age – Suitable for ages 16 and older
Tour Summary (See full day-by-day for more details)
- You’ll go to Uganda ,Kenya , and Zanzibar
- This tour starts and ends in Kampala (Uganda) – Getting there & away
- You’ll visit Bwindi Forest, Lake Mburo, Masai Mara & Zanzibar
- Activities: gorilla tracking, savannah game drives, bird watching, historical site seeing
- Getting around: 4×4 Safari Landcruiser / Minivan / Flight to Kenya
- A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for extra cost
Arrival – Meet and greet at Entebbe international airport by our driver/guide for transfer to your overnight accommodation in Kampala.
Dinner and overnight: Metropole Hotel in Kampala Meal plan: D
Kampala – Bwindi Forest National Park
Your driver and guide for the safari picks you up from your overnight accommodation to head south-west via the equator and Masaka town. We will have lunch en route, after which we will proceed through to Kabale Uganda’s most elevated town and on through the magnificent Kigezi highlands and on to Bwindi National Park. Today’s journey involves many hours of travelling but is very fulfilling for the interesting things you get to see along the way like great scenery views, local farms, people, markets and the Ankole long horned cattle among others.
Dinner and overnight: Silverback lodge Meal plan: L-D
Gorilla tracking – Bwindi Forest National Park
After breakfast, we head to the information center for a briefing before embarking on the long awaited trek. Gorilla trekking may last from 3 hours up to 8 hours or more of the day sometimes under wet conditions. It is advisable to bring along sturdy hiking boots, rain poncho and be physically ready. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of the mountain gorillas is surely the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer. Return to the lodge for a well-deserved hot shower and rest.
Dinner and overnight: Silverback Lodge. Meal plan: B-L-D
Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast depart Bwindi full of life time memories of your experience with the great mountain gorillas heading to Lake Mburo National park to break the journey. Enjoy a relaxed evening in this serene wilderness home of giant eland and zebras among other wildlife plus bird species.
Dinner and overnight Lake Mburo Safari Lodge, Meal plan: B-L-D
Lake Mburo National Park – Kampala
After breakfast go out for a nature walk in the park accompanied by an armed ranger and walk past the salt lick where a lot wildlife come for a saltlick to nourish themselves. On return from this activity head out for the drive to Kampala with a stop at the equator line and continue to Entebbe for the night.
Dinner and overnight 2friends Hotel Entebbe, Meal plan: B-L
Entebbe – Nairobi- Masai Mara National Reserve
Today we catch an early morning flight to Nairobi and on arrival our driver/guide picks you up to continue to Masai Mara National Reserve on a journey of about 270km from Nairobi. The drive lasts 4-6 hours on a road that’s partly tar and the other part of it dirt bumpy road. Domestic flights are also possible and last between 40 -50 minutes. Masai Mara National Reserve covers about 1,510 sq km (580 sq miles) and raises 1,500-2,170 meters above sea level. This wildlife reserve is like no other with over 95 mammal and 570 bird species with each of them featuring in big populations to be easily spotted on a game drive. For the incredible wildebeest migration a visit in the months of July – October is great, another that the reserve is open all year and offers incomparable opportunities for viewing the big cats and big five.
Dinner and overnight: Sopa Lodge Meal plan: B-L-D
Masai Mara National Reserve
After an early breakfast head out with our lunch boxes for an engaging day in the park searching for the big cats besides other animals like elephants, giraffes, and several other animals and bird species.
Dinner and overnight: Sopa Lodge. Meal plan: B-L-D
After breakfast visit a Masai community to learn about their culture, general way of life and interact with them. The traditional Masai village locally known as a Manyatta is made up of small wattle and cow dung huts with grass thatched roofs. The huts are built in a circle formation leaving a yard in the middle for the livestock. A thorny hedge is built around the manyatta for protection against wild night predators looking to prey on the livestock. A morning visit to the village takes you to learn about the local customs and see the women and girls milking cows and goats before the herders take the cattle out for grazing on the Mara plains.
Dinner and overnight: Sopa Lodge. Meal plan: B-L-D
Return to Nairobi after an early breakfast to catch an evening flight to transfer to Zanzibar.
Dinner and overnight at Ahlan Palace hotel. Meal plan: B-L-D
Kenya – Zanzibar/ Stone Town/spice tour
After a relaxed breakfast you’re picked up from your overnight hotel at 9:00am start with a drive to go for a walking tour around Historical Stone Town, taking you through fabled Stone Town, where history seems to stand still. Today we visit the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum (People’s Palace) and the Arab Fort amongst others, which will reveal to you the charm of Zanzibar. You will see Zanzibar’s bustling market, winding passageways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless antique mosques among others.
From here we’ll drive to Nungwi.
Dinner and overnight: Mapenzi beach. Meal plan: B-L-D
Have a relaxed breakfast and either remain at your Hotel by the beach or depart for a days’ excursion at 7:00am.Today’s activities include: a visit to Jozani Forest to see the mangroves and red colobus monkeys among other species and a visit to Kizimkazi, a fishing village situated on the southern part of the Island. Kizimkazi is home to several schools of bottle-nosed dolphins and Humpback dolphins that are easily sighted on a short boat trip from the village. Each day is unique but there are good chances of swimming quite close to the dolphins which is a very gratifying experience. We end today at about 17:00hours.
Dinner and overnight at Mapenzi beach. Meal plan: B-L-D
After breakfast head out for a swim in the hotel pool and enjoy some dives into the water for most of the morning if you wish, and after lunch get transferred to Zanzibar Airport to catch your connecting flight home.
Meal plan: B-L
End of safari
Metropole Hotel in Kampala. Meal plan: D
Silverback Lodge. Meal plan: B-L-D
Lake Mburo Safari Lodge. Meal plan: B-L-D
2friends Hotel Entebbe. Meal plan: B-L
Sopa Lodge – Mara. Meal plan: B-L-D
Ahlan Palace hotel – Zanzibar. Meal plan: B-L-D
Mapenzi beach – Zanzibar. Meal plan: B-L-D
Included in the price
- An English speaking driver/guide
- 1gorilla permit
- Ground transport in a customized 4×4 safari vehicle
- Meals as indicated
- Accommodation as indicated
- A cultural village visit
- Meals as indicated
- Two game drives
- Park entry fees
- 2 liters of bottled water daily the vehicle.
- Local taxes
- Entry visas and flights
- Items of personal nature/tips/laundry
- Personal insurance
- Sodas/alcohol/ teas and extra water
- Extra meals and activities