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This remarkable journey is truly all encompassing, including the best safari and wildlife viewing in Kenya and Tanzania whilst returning at night to superb permanent tented camps and lodges. Including all the areas frequented by the migration on their annual route, you will have the best opportunity to witness one of the most spectacular wildlife sightings in the world. From Arusha we visit Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks, before experiencing the cultural heritage of the various tribal groups who live nearby. We spend a day exploring the Ngorongoro Crater then continue west to the world famous Serengeti National Park where we have a chance to view vast herds of grazing animals and the magnificent predators that follow them. Crossing the border into Kenya, we enjoy fantastic game viewing in the renowned Masai Mara National Reserve and Amboseli National Park. The undoubted highlight of the journey is our time in the rainforest of Uganda where we follow remote trails in the mist shrouded forests of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga National Park in search of the famous mountain gorillas. With a wonderful variety of wildlife, culture and adventure, this is a truly unforgettable experience.

Inclusions

18 breakfasts, 16 lunches and 16 dinners
Airport transfers (days 1, 15 and 19 only)
7 nights in 3 star permanent safari camps on a twinshare basis
5 nights in 3 star safari lodges on a twinshare basis
6 nights in 3 star hotels on a twinshare basis
English speaking local driver-guides
Game drives and excursions as listed in itinerary
National park and conservation fees (including gorilla permit in Uganda) valued at US$1575
Private safari transport
Payment is required for gorilla permit in Uganda (US$600) at time of booking and is not refundable
Hightlights
Spot the Big Five in the world famous Serengeti National Park
Trek to see the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga National Park in Uganda
Encounter a great variety of wildlife in the World Heritage listed Ngorongoro Crater
Immerse in the rich cultural heritage of Tanzania's various tribal groups including the Masai
Be captivated by wildlife viewing in the Masai Mara National Reserve
View the large elephant population, baobab trees and incredible views in Tarangire National Park
Journey to Lake Manyara National Park, known for its large flocks of flamingos and elusive tree climbing lions
Visit the Karen Blixen Museum and the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi
Explore scenic Amboseli National Park, with views of Mount Kilimanjaro
Enjoy a boat excursion on Lake Victoria
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
19
Price From
AUD $9,790
Start Location
Arusha or Nairobi, Tanzania
End Location
Tanzania
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
4 to 7
Tour Style
Original
Tour Themes
Adventure, Relaxing
Physical Rating
Easy
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
08 Jul 201826 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $9,790
16 Jul 201803 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $9,790
23 Jul 201810 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $9,790
08 Aug 201826 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $9,790
16 Aug 201803 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $9,790
23 Aug 201810 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $9,790
01 Sep 201819 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $9,790
08 Sep 201826 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $9,790
16 Sep 201804 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $9,790
24 Sep 201812 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $9,790
01 Oct 201819 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $9,790
10 Oct 201828 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $9,790
16 Oct 201803 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $9,790
06 Nov 201824 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $9,790
12 Nov 201830 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $9,790
07 Dec 201825 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $9,790
20 Dec 201807 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $9,790
11 Jan 201929 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
05 Feb 201923 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
24 Feb 201914 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
19 Mar 201906 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
28 Mar 201915 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
15 Apr 201903 May 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
24 Apr 201912 May 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
01 Jun 201919 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
16 Jun 201904 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
01 Jul 201919 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
08 Jul 201926 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
16 Jul 201903 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
08 Aug 201926 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
16 Aug 201903 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
23 Aug 201910 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
01 Sep 201919 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
08 Sep 201926 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
16 Sep 201904 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
24 Sep 201912 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
01 Oct 201919 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
10 Oct 201928 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
16 Oct 201903 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
06 Nov 201924 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
12 Nov 201930 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
28 Nov 201916 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
07 Dec 201925 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $10,040
20 Dec 201907 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $10,040
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Upon your arrival, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your lodge in the lush forests surrounding the town of Arusha. If you arrive early enough, you will have an opportunity to explore the lodge grounds, take a dip in the swimming pool or partake in any of the offered additional activities available. Accommodation: Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge or similar Approx. distance: 50 km Approx. driving time: 1 hour
Day 2
Your safari begins after breakfast this morning. Our first stop is Arusha town, for any last minute purchases before we head off on an exciting safari experience! We set off towards Lake Manyara National Park, with the drive being in the region of about 2 hours. Manyara NP is not only known for its large flocks of flamingos, but also for the elusive tree climbing lions. Accommodation: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similar Approx. distance: 200 km Approx. driving time: 4-5 hours (including game drive speeds)
Day 3
After breakfast, we set out to experience the cultural diversity of Mto-wa-Mbu, starting at the market and visiting a Chagga family producing banana beer and passing by many different farms. On the way, your guide will introduce you to the various fruits and vegetables growing in the area and explain the irrigation system that sustains local crops. After a delicious, home-cooked meal in a local Mama's home, we will take a walk starting from the Miwaleni waterfall which falls down from the Rift Valley and has created a green oasis. We will walk towards the Papyrus Lake (approx 5 km), where the Rangi people collect the materials for their mats and baskets. Along the way you can see rice farming and visit Sandawe families who still make traditional bows and arrows for hunting. Late afternoon we enjoy a visit to the Masai Boma for the cultural encounter of a life time. The Masai people are semi-nomadic herders, who choose to live a traditional lifestyle and are known for their distinctive traditional attire. On completion we return to the lodge for dinner & overnight. Accommodation: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similar NOTE - On Day 3 of this trip, you may be offered the opportunity to visit an orphanage and school. World Expeditions clients, and other passengers on this trip, will have the option to participate in the Papyrus Lake walk instead. Please see the Responsible Travel paragraph in this document for more information on why World Expeditions ds not support 'orphanage tourism'.
Day 4
After breakfast, we will depart for Tarangire National Park for a full day's game drive. The breath-taking views of the Maasai Steppe, and the mountains to the south, make a stop at Tarangire a truly memorable experience. Tarangire is as well known for its huge elephant population and baobab trees. It forms the centre of an annual migratory cycle that includes up to 3000 elephant, 25,000 wildebeest and 30,000 zebra. Accommodation: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similar Approx. distance: 130 km Approx. driving time: 2-3 hours
Day 5
This morning we have an early departure for a game drive in the world renowned Ngorongoro Crater. For many, this wildlife spectacle is the pinnacle of their safari experience! At nearly 2300m, the highlands around Ngorongoro Crater has brisk mornings and low cloud sometimes covers the area. Please bring some warm clothing as it can be cold here. The Crater is one of the last refuges for the endangered black rhino in northern Tanzania; the rhino population here is carefully protected and they are quite commonly seen. With over 30,000 animals, the Ngorongoro Crater can be regarded as a "Garden of Eden". The 100 sq km caldera also has the highest density of lions anywhere in Africa and forms a natural enclosure for all its inhabitants. The Ngorongoro Crater boasts all of the 'Big 5', including a small population of endangered black rhino. After a picnic lunch, we head towards the Serengeti through the stunning Southern Plains sector of the park. This is the area that the Serengeti is best known for the endless, undulating grass savannah with rocky outcrops that serve as isolated wildlife refuges. Accommodation: Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp or similar Approx. distance: 400 km (including the Crater) Approx. driving time: 6-7 hours (mostly at game drive speeds)
Day 6
Today you will be spending a full day game driving around the Seronera area of the Serengeti. The Serengeti is divided into three main areas: Seronera is the most central and accessible region and this is where the Park HQ is based, as well as most of the larger lodges and communal campsites. This part of the Serengeti is characterised by open plains of grassland, packed with animals. The Seronera River is the lifeblood of the Serengeti and this area is renowned for great game viewing all year round. It is also particularly good for lion and cheetah sightings, as well as the most elusive of all big cats, the leopard. The Serengeti National Park, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage area for its wildlife and natural beauty. Accommodation: Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp or similar
Day 7
We have another exciting day of exploring the Serengeti National Park ahead of us. Famed for its annual migration, the Serengeti offers amazing game viewing at any time of the year: herds of buffalo, groups of elephant and giraffe, zebra, eland, topi, kongoni, impala and gazelle, among other wildlife. With lunch boxes provided we continue with game drives throughout the day, scanning the endless plains, spotting many animals and truly realizing just why this national park is so famous. In the late afternoon we drive back to the lodge for overnight. Accommodation: Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp or similar
Day 8
After breakfast we make our way to Lake Victoria. We pass through the villages of the Sukuma tribe, who grow ground nuts, sorghum and cassava as well as keeping livestock. Life carries on here simply as it has done for ages, but with a few poignant reminders of the 20th century. Some leisure time in the afternoon, or to possibly take a bird walk along the lake shore. Accommodation: Speke Bay Lodge or similar Approx. distance: 250 km Approx. driving time: 4-5 hours (including game drive speeds)
Day 9
This morning you have the opportunity to take part in a boat excursion to one of the local fishing villages, before we bid Lake Victoria farewell and continue our journey northwards across the border into Kenya. Here we head to the Masai Mara, the traditional land of the Maasai people, who are permitted to graze their cattle in this area. The Masai Mara covers an area that includes the riverine forests along the banks of the Mara and Talek Rivers, acacia forests and the open plains of the savannah. Accommodation: Mara Eden Safari Camp or similar Approx. distance: 270 km Approx. driving time: 6-8 hours (border crossing dependent)
Day 17
Today we will trek deep into the forest in search of these mountain gorillas in either Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga National Park. While trekking for mountain gorillas in Uganda we will be accompanied by specialist local guides and national park rangers in accordance with local permit regulations, and allowed no more than one hour with your allotted gorilla family. To find your family group the guide will lead you to where the gorillas were sighted on the previous day and then literally track them through the forest. The terrain is very rough, often over steep slopes covered with matted vegetation. Be prepared for rain, mud and giant stinging nettles long trousers, gloves and a waterproof jacket will help. It will be necessary to take your own water and snacks eg: biscuits or sweets with you in case you have to trek for a while before finding the gorillas. Be prepared to walk between 3-9 hours to find the gorilla family. You may be joining other travellers for these treks, not only those in your group. Please remember that Mother Nature is unpredictable, and no gorilla sightings can be guaranteed. Under no circumstances are refunds given if you do not see these primates. Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge or Silverback Lodge (Uganda) or similar
Day 16
After breakfast we drive towards Uganda, and have lunch or a picnic lunch enroute. After completing border formalities, we transfer to our comfortable lodge in Uganda and prepare for our gorilla tracking the following day in either the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga National Park. Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge or Silverback Lodge (Uganda) or similar Approx. distance: 200 km Approx. driving time: 7-8 hours (including border crossing)
Day 15
After breakfast, you will be transferred by the hotel to the airport for your outbound flight to Kigali, Rwanda. NOTE - The flight from Arusha to Kigali is not included in the tour cost. On arrival at Kigali airport, you will be met by our Rwandan guide and transferred to our hotel in Kigali. The rest of the day is at leisure. Kigali, with population of more than 1 million (2012), is the capital and largest city of Rwanda. It is situated near the geographic centre of the nation. The city has been the economic, cultural, and transport hub of Rwanda since it became the capital at independence in 1962. The main residence and offices of the President of Rwanda are located in the city, as are the government ministries. Accommodation: Lemigo Hotel or similar
Day 14
This morning after a leisurely breakfast, we make our way to the border and then onwards to Kilimanjaro Airport. En route, we pass the Marangu waterfalls which is a moderately strenuous walk (we do recommend sturdy shs and a degree of walking fitness). We continue to KIA via Moshi town the gateway to the Kilimanjaro National Park. Your lodge is situated close to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for an easy connection with your outbound flight tomorrow. Accommodation: KIA Lodge or similar Approx. distance: 170 km Approx. driving time: 4-5 hours (border crossing dependent)
Day 10
Today we spend the whole day game viewing in the world famous Masai Mara National Park. Here the various habitats are home to a great variety of game including lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest (gnu), giraffe, buffalo, jackal, topi, gazelle, impala and elephant. Hippopotamus and crocodile are also plentiful in the rivers and the bird life is very abundant. Accommodation: Mara Eden Safari Camp or similar
Day 12
After breakfast, we further explore Nairobi with a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum. The museum is the beautiful and historic farmhouse where Karen Blixen, author of "Out of Africa", lived between 1917 and 1931 until she left Kenya after a series of personal tragedies. Thereafter, we head to the Giraffe Centre and the Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage for a visit. The institution is named after the wife of the late famous Naturalist, David William Sheldrick who was the founder warden of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya from its inception in 1948 to 1976. At 11:00, the baby animals are brought from the national park for a mud-bath at the orphanage, where for an hour you can get close to them. Lunch will follow before driving down to Amboseli National Park, arriving in the afternoon. Accommodation: Kibo Safari Camp or similar Approx. distance: 240 km Approx. driving time: 4-5 hours
Day 11
After breakfast we head off towards Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. We have the afternoon at leisure or to explore the city. Time allowing, we visit the Kazuri Beads Centre and workshop for those interested in shopping. Kazuri means "small and beautiful" in Swahili and it describes each striking ceramic bead which is shaped by hand by the women employed at the Kazuri workshop. Nairobi is a cosmopolitan, lively and interesting city. Its central business district is nicely compact and it is therefore a great place to tune into modern urban African life. Later in the afternoon, we head to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Accommodation: Eka Hotel or similar Approx. distance: 280 km Approx. driving time: 5-6 hours
Day 18
After breakfast we drive back to Kigali Rwanda, and have lunch or a picnic lunch enroute. After completing border formalities, we transfer to our hotel in Kigali for overnight. Accommodation: Lemigo Hotel or similar Approx. distance: 200 km Approx. driving time: 7-8 hours (including border crossing)
Day 13
Today we will head into the Amboseli National Park for a full day of game viewing in one of Kenya's most famous parks. Amboseli is known for its huge elephant bulls with their magnificent tusks, which make for the ultimate safari picture with the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Accommodation: Kibo Safari Camp or similar
Day 19
After breakfast we undertake a short morning tour of this interesting city, including a visit to the genocide memorial. Group arrangements conclude in Kigali with a departure transfer to the airport. (Please note: earliest departure time is 14:00hrs.) NOTE - This trip also starts in Nairobi.