Is there any mammal, bird, cuisine, culture, primate, or even accommodation in Africa you have wished for but haven’t experienced? These 18 days offer across the different borders of Africa’s top travel destination namely Uganda (the pearl of Africa), Kenya (magical Kenya), Rwanda (land of a thousand hills) and Tanzania (the land of Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, and Zanzibar) is what you need.
There will be game drive, primate trekking, birding, photography, cultural experience, and hiking among others in the different national parks namely; Nyungwe, volcanoes, Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, Ngorongoro, and Serengeti national park. The accommodation, travel guides, transportation, and weather are amazing.
Safari in Details
Day 1: Arrival and Kigali city tour
Upon landing at Kigali international airport, our expert driver-guide will happily welcome you to the country for the 18 days adventure. He will brief you on the different trip aspects, before going for a tour around the different exciting destinations around the city; notably, the local markets to purchase some missing Items, followed by lunch, and then to the Genocide memorial ground to pay tribute to over 250000 innocent Tutsi and Hutu people who lost their lives during the ethnic conflict. Thereafter, you will drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight sleep.
Day 2: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park
At sunrise, you will have a relaxed breakfast at the lodge, followed by a scenic drive to Nyungwe national park; a primate wild with over 13 different primate species. The drive is not only dramatic, but also has a wide range of flora, captivating landscape, and the locals carrying on with their daily chores.
You will have an optional stopover at the king’s place to uncover facts about the Rwandese culture, before proceeding to the lodge for relaxation, and an evening arrival for a nap and slumber. Your lunch will be enroute.
Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk
Today, you will wake up for an early morning breakfast at the lodge, followed by a rewarding drive to the park’s headquarters to catch-up with the rest of the trekkers in quest for humans’ closest relatives and cousins; possessing over 98% Human DNA and behaviors. During the briefing session, the park rangers will explain the different Dos and don’ts while with the primates and what you have to expect in the Jungle, before starting the quest which may last for about 1-6 hours, while encountering several primates, birds, and unique tree species.
Upon locating the Apes, one extra hour is yours to have a closer look at the primates, ask questions, and photography among others.
Thereafter you will have a lunch break, followed by an amazing canopy walk experience at the treetops for about 2-3 hours while enjoying the amazing views of the landscape, plantations, and several attractions in the park. You will have your dinner and overnight at the end of the entire activity.
Day 4: Depart Nyungwe national park for Volcanoes national park
The first thing today is enjoying a delicious breakfast meal, before checking out of the lodge for a rewarding drive to Volcanoes national park; Rwanda’s top travel destination. The drive is smooth, with a lunch break and plenty of flora and breathtaking landscape to look out for, before arriving at the lodge in the afternoon for some relaxation, followed by dinner and a nap.
Day 5: Golden monkey tracking and twin lakes adventure
Wondering which of the primates is the most active, attractive, and playful, today’s adventure is the answer to your question. After breakfast, you will get to the park’s headquarters for briefing, followed by a 1-6 hours’ search in the jungles of Volcanoes, while tackling the hills, trees, and slopes; yet enjoy the captivating sights of the giant Virunga Mountains.
Upon finding these primates, one hour is yours to take photos, and interact with your guide, before returning for lunch at the lodge.
After lunch, you will spend the evening at the twin lakes relaxing, taking photos and canoe ride, to the time of going to retire at the lodge with a mouth-watering dinner meal and sleep.
Day 6: Depart Volcanoes for Bwindi impenetrable national park
At daybreak, you will have breakfast at the lodge, before checking out for an amazing drive to Bwindi impenetrable; home of the endangered mountain gorillas in the western part of Uganda. 3-4 hours will see you across the unique Rwanda-Uganda border post where you will register and attain some documents, before proceeding for Lunch and photography at Lake Bunyonyi; surrounded by over 27unique islands. In the evening, you will proceed for dinner and overnight slumber at your lodge in any of the sectors in Bwindi.
Day 7: Gorilla trekking and Batwa cultural encounter
Wakeup like a king for breakfast, and then drive to the sectors headquarters very early in the morning for briefing and registration, followed by a 1-8 hours’ hike, plus on across the different corners of the park, traversing plenty of floras and undulating hills, whereas encountering rare birds, primates such as monkeys and reptiles residing here.
The Bwindi Jungle harbors half of the world’s gorilla population reported being fairly different from those in other destinations. The one hour for observation should help you carefully study the gorilla family you tracked, the behaviors of the mothers, infants, adolescents, and the silverbacks among others.
Lunch break comes next, before visiting the shortest people in the country whose lives depended on the forest as hunters and gatherers’ The Batwa pygmies. They will take you to some of the caves, showcase their hunting tools and traditional wear and sing a few songs. Afterward, you will drive to the lodge for rest, followed by the last meal of the day.
Day 8: Depart Bwindi impenetrable to Queen Elizabeth via Ishasha sector
After greeting your intestines with a warm breakfast meal early morning, you will check out of the lodge for a drive to the Medley of wonders; Queen Elizabeth national park. The drive lasts for about 4-5 hours, plus some extra 2 hours of tracking the tree climbing lions resting on the tree branches or roaming freely at the tree marked Ishasha sector.
With luck on your side, you will spot one or two lions on the tree branches, before going for Lunch, and then proceeding to the lodge where you will arrive in the evening for relaxation, followed by dinner and a nap.
Day 9: Game drive and Kazinga channel boat trip
After breakfast early in the morning, you will go for a 3-4 hours’ game viewing experience at the vast savannah grassland of Queen Elizabeth national park. The expectation at the different territories and plains should be that besides encountering the birds, primates and the captivating landscapes, you spot any 4 of Africa’s big 5 namely the lions, leopards, buffaloes, and elephants, in addition to the antelopes, giraffes, warthogs, and zebras among others.
The end of game drive leads to Lunch, and later on a rewarding boat launch for about 2-3 hours where you will encounter a wide range of flora, Hippos, crocodiles and other mammals quenching their thirst at the massive Kazinga channel.
Day 10: Depart to Nairobi – Kenya
This day starts with breakfast, after which you will check out of the lodge for a 6-7 hours’ drive to Entebbe international airport, with an enroute stopover at equator for lunch, photography, and seeing how the experts carry out experiments at the point the equator crosses the earth.
The line passes through only 13 countries globally. On arrival at the airport, the flight will land at Nairobi Kenya where our company representative will meet you for briefing and then a drive to the hotel to retire from the day’s duties.
Day 11: Drive to Lake Nakuru national park – birding
The first thing today is breakfast, followed by a scenic drive to Lake Nakuru national park; a birders paradise, with variety to look out for. The drive lasts for about 5-6 hours with an amazing stopover at the Great Rift Valley for photography and sightseeing, before having an afternoon park entrance straight for lunch.
After lunch, you will head out to spot the flamingoes and other birds at the lakeshore up to sunset when you will to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 12: Morning game drive and transfer to Masai Mara
After an early morning breakfast meal, you will spend approximately 3-4 hours in search for the different residents in this paradise; both prey and predators namely wildebeests, warthogs, giraffes, several antelope species, lions, elephants, and buffaloes among others, plus birds and primates, while paying attention to the breathtaking landscape.
Thereafter, Lunch follows before a drive to Masai Mara reserve, while admiring the beautiful landscape, rolling hills and lush vegetation spread on the way. Dinner and overnight are the last activities today upon checking in at the lodge in Masai Mara.
Day 13: Full day game drive
Today, you will have a tasty cup of coffee first, before having a morning and evening game drive across the different corners of the park, known for its high concentration of wildlife, especially predators such as lions in the world. The residents at this park include among others lions, leopards, cheetahs, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, warthogs, wildebeest, and several antelope species, but not forgetting the birds such as the ostriches, and flamingoes among others.
Your lunch will be in the wild while enjoying the landscape, followed by an evening at Mara river; invested with hippos and crocodiles among others. This day ends with dinner and a good slumber at the lodge.
Day 14: Depart Masai Mara to Serengeti national park
After enjoying a peaceful night, you will have breakfast at the lodge, and then checkout for a 7-8 hours’ drive to Serengeti national park; a host to the wildebeest migration and one of the top travel destinations in Africa, with a wide range of flora and fauna.
The drive is decorated with plenty of unique tree species, vegetation, and undulating hills, but not ignoring the scenic border post where you will attain new documents, followed by Lunch, and then proceed to your lodge in or outside the park.
Day 15: Game drive and relaxation
Early in the morning, you will leave your lodge to catch-up with the early risers and night hunters as they either go for a hunt or to graze at the vast Seronera area. although it isn’t the wildebeest migration season, there is still variety to look out for such as the lions, leopards, cheetah, vultures, flamingoes, Kori bustard, elephants, buffaloes, Rhinos, Hyenas, Hippos, reptiles, warthogs, monkeys, Oribis, giraffes, zebras and zebras among others, either roaming, hunting or grazing.
Thereafter, bush breakfast will be served, followed by Lunch and then evening chilling in the evening from the days of adventure, and then the day collapses with dinner and a nap
Day 16: Maasai Cultural adventure and transfer to Ngorongoro conservation area
You will start this day with a yummy breakfast meal, followed by a Maasai cultural visit for cultural performances such as dances, songs, and stories, besides village walk to the Manyattas and learning of the different social lifestyle.
The Maasai are cattle keepers who have resisted the modern pressure but rather upheld to their traditional believes and practices; they depend on cow products such as milk, beef, and blood for food and other uses. After 2-3 hours of Maasai interactions, feel free to purchase a few souvenirs before returning to the lodge for lunch and then a transfer to Ngorongoro conservation area for dinner and a peaceful sleep
Day 17: Morning game drive and Top of the crater hike
At about 06:00hours, you will enjoy a hefty breakfast meal, followed by a 4-5 hours’ game drive experience around the areas known to be having the highest concentration of ungulates in the wild.
Given the high concentration of wildlife in this paradise, you have a very high chance of spotting all Africa’s big 5 at first sight, notably; lions, Rhinos, Elephants, Buffaloes, and leopards, plus the wildebeests, zebras, cheetah, gazelles, giraffes warthogs and vultures among others, yet not forgetting the unique birds and primates residing here.
Thereafter, you will have a mouth-watering picnic lunch, followed by the top of the crater hike where you get closer to the world’s largest caldera, take amazing photos and enjoy the beautiful views of the landscape, before having a sunset drive to the lodge for the last meal and sleep.
Day 18: Departure
You will enjoy a relaxed breakfast at the lodge, before setting checking out for a drive to the airport for your flight to the next destination. If time permits you can visit a prehistoric destination where fossils of the evidence of first human beings on earth is found; the OLDUPAI GORGE!
End of safari