Highlights of East Africa 11-day safari

This 11 days’ safari gives you the opportunity to discover the best East African destinations with the most exciting wildlife, scenic beauty, cultures and so much more.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport

A driver/guide from Wild Calling Africa will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation of choice.

Day 2: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast on day 2, we will be heading out to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. There will be a series of stopovers for shopping, photography and at times just to take in some unique, beautiful sites including a lunch break in Mbarara City.

We should be arriving at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park late afternoon. You will then check-in at your lodge and unwind for the evening.

Day 3: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

You will wake up early on the 3rd day of this safari, have breakfast and after breakfast your guide will drive you to the park offices for briefing about gorilla tracking. After briefing, you will start the trek to the gorillas in an experience that will you will never be forget. Note that mountain Gorillas are only found in three countries (in their natural habitat) and over half of them are in Uganda.

The Gorilla trek in Bwindi will be guided by professional and knowledgeable guides from Uganda wildlife Authority and the it can take a minimum of 2 hours to find the gorillas since finding them depends on where they slept the previous night.

You will also have an opportunity to do a guided community walk after lunch and get samples of African homestead set up and a birding experience.

Day 4: Return to Kampala for transfer to Kenya

After your early breakfast you will head back to Kampala where you will arrive late afternoon. You will have the opportunity for more stopovers on the return journey in case you missed something the first time round. For example, this return journey would be a great opportunity to stop at the Mbambire drum makers point for some crafty souvenirs.

Dinner and overnight stay at an accommodation of your choice.

Day 5: Transfer to Masai Mara via Nairobi city

After breakfast on day 5, you will transfer to Entebbe International Airport for your flight to Nairobi where you will be met by our Kenya representative for transfer to Masai Mara. We expect to arrive during lunch hours and possible have a brief game drive after lunch on this day.

Day 6: A day in the mighty Maasai Mara

The Masai Mara features a stunning kaleidoscope of wild and rugged landscapes, warm and welcoming people, and an exciting array of creatures – big and small. World-famous for hosting the epic Great Migration, the Masai Mara National Reserve and conservancies are brimming with life and offer safari travelers a wide variety of activities that guarantee unforgettable experiences and lifelong memories.

On this day, you will enjoy a first-hand experience of the pristine riverine forests, dramatic towering escarpments, stunning sprawling savannahs, and all the creatures, big and small. The day will be crowned by a visit to a Maasai village for a cultural immersion where you will gain some insight into the day-to-day life of your hosts—the Masai people.

All meals and overnight at the accommodation of your choice

Day 7: Transfer to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania

After breakfast on the 7th day of this tour, we will embark on an approximately 5-hour journey to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania via the isebania border where you will be cleared for entry and transferred to the National Park. In about 3 hours, you will be checking in at your lodge or hotel of choice for relaxation, dinner, and overnight stay.

Day 8: the world-famous Serengeti experience

Serengeti National Park is a World Heritage Site teeming with wildlife: over 2 million ungulates, 4000 lions, 1000 leopards, 550 cheetahs, and some 500 bird species inhabit an area close to 15,000 square kilometers in size. Join us on a safari and explore the endless Serengeti plains dotted with trees and kopjes from which majestic lions control their kingdom; gaze upon the Great Migration in awe or find an elusive leopard in a riverine forest.

After your early breakfast on day 8, we shall go for a morning game drive along the Sogore River Circuit, which twists into the plains south of the Seronera River, some of the wildlife to look out for in this section include the Lions, Thomson gazelles, Topi, ostriches, and cheetahs. After your game drive, you will proceed to the Visitor Centre which offers some interesting wildlife displays as well as a gift shop selling information leaflets and maps of the area. The shop also as refreshment and lunch shall be served at this spot.

After lunch, we will drive through the Kopjes Circuit, which goes anti-clockwise around the Maasai Kopjes, this circuit is known for having a number of lions and some very large cobras.

Dinner and overnight stay at an accommodation of your choice.

Day 9 – Transfer from the Serengeti Plains to the Ngorongoro crater

After an early breakfast at the lodge, we shall transfer to the Ngorongoro Conservation area. We will stop over at Olduvai Gorge, boasting a history dating back to the dawn of time. It was here, that the anthropologist Drs. Lois and Mary Leakey discovered the skulls of ‘Nutcracker Man’ and ‘Handy Man’, known as the early men.

We shall arrive at the lodge in time for lunch after which we will descend over 550 meters into the Ngorongoro crater to view wildlife for the rest of the day.

Dinner and overnight stay at your lodge.

Day 10 – Transfer to the Tarangire National Park

After your breakfast, we shall transfer to the Tarangire National Park. The park lies between the meadows of Masai Steppe to the southeast and the lakes of the Great Rift Valley to the north and west. Within the northern part of Tarangire is the permanent River Tarangire also known as the lifeline of the park particularly in the dry season when most of the region is totally dry. This flows northwards until it exits the park in the northwestern corner to pour into Lake Burunge. There are a number of wide swamps which dry into green plains during the dry season in the south.

One of the key attractions that have made the Tarangire NP to become internationally popular is its largest elephant population which in fact is considered to be the highest in the whole of Tanzania. The shrinking lagoons are gathered around by migratory wildebeest, eland, gazelle, impala, zebras, kudu, rhino, hartebeest buffalo and other smaller mammals. Also regularly spotted are the dry country antelopes like the long necked gerenuk and fringe eared Oryx.

After your morning game drive, you will have a picnic lunch before embarking on an afternoon game drive. You will later retire to your lodge for relaxation and rest.

Dinner and overnight stay at an accommodation of your choice.

Day 11 Return to Arusha and departure

You will wake early for one more morning game drive in Tarangire National Park. You will then return to the lodge for your breakfast, packing up and check-out. For a return to Arusha for departure.

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