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9 Days 8 Nights
Tour Details

This mid-range combination tour is perfect for people who want to combine tracking the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda with the best national parks of Northern Tanzania. You will visit the Genocide memorial in Kigali and track the endangered Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Forest. In Tanzania you will visit Lake Manyara or Tarangire National park, the famous Serengeti and the Ngorogoro crater. Accommodation has been chosen for its excellent location and level of comfort.

Price Includes

  • Transport – day 1 to day 9 – in a 4wd Landcruiser with pop-up roof;
  • Airport transfer on day 1 and day 9;
  • One way flight from Kigali to kilimanjaro airport with Rwandair;
  • English speaking driver/guide in Rwanda;
  • English speaking safari guide in Tanzania;
  • Accommodations as per programme;
  • Meals as per programme;
  • National park entrance fees as per programme;
  • All activities as per programme.
  • 1 Gorilla permit Uganda per person (a US$ 700 per permit).

Price Excludes

  • Government tax or park fees increase;
  • International flights;
  • Entry visa for Rwanda & Tanzania;
  • All drinks;
  • Personal (medical/travel) insurance;
  • Porter to carry your luggage during the Gorilla tracking;
  • Tips and gratuities to your driver/guide, hotel staff, etc;
  • All activities that are not mentioned in the programme or activities that are mentioned as optional;
  • All expenses of a personal nature (e.g. laundry, souvenirs etc.).   
Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kigali airport Rwanda, To Mutanda Lake resort in Uganda

Day 2: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi impenetrable forest in Uganda

Day 3: Optional activities at Lake Mutanda, To Kigali in Rwanda

Day 4: To Kigali airport, flight to Tanzania, to Arusha

Day 5: Game drive in Lake Manyara N.P. or in Tarangire N.P.*

Day 6: Arrival in the Serengeti, game drive to Seronera Valley

Day 7: Full day of game drives in Serengeti N.P.

Day 8: Game drives Serengeti N.P. and Ngorongoro Crater

Day 9: Airport transfer or tour extension

Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to Lake Mutanda

Mutanda Lake Resort offers one of the best views in Uganda! Perched on a peninsula in Lake Mutanda, isolated in the shadow of the Virunga Mountain Range, this lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a very unique corner of the country. With small islands dotting the surrounding lake and a backdrop of misty volcanoes this setting never fails to impress visitors. Situated between Kisoro town, Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks the Resort makes a perfect base for a gorilla trekking, volcano hikers, and bird-lovers as well for those looking for a secluded magical place in nature. Don’t forget to take your chance to dip in the lake as it is Bilharzia free, so safe to swim, peddle board or canoe amongst the locals going about their daily business on the lake! The sunset scenes are spectacular so make sure to be on one of the verandas (with a sundowner drink in hand) at that time.

Note: Your international flight must arrive at 1 pm local time or earlier. If your flight is arriving later we will book a room for you in Kigali at costs price. We will then pick you up from Kigali the next day.

Note 2: We advise you to arrange an East-Africa visa in advance. This is $100 pp and will allow you to muliple enter both Uganda and Rwanda

Journey Time      4, 5 hours

Accommodation Mutanda Lake Resort

Meal Plan  Dinner

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking

This is the big day… Prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare Mountain Gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. Do not forget to bring your gorilla permit and passport (original)!

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a highlight for many visitors as this is where they will be visiting the home of the gentle giants. The park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests lies on the mist-covered hillsides. This magnificent forest dates back over 25,000 years, even surviving the last Ice Age (most forests disappeared). Bwindi forest has an incredible diversity of flora and fauna and is the only forest in Africa which can make claim to host both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. In fact, half the worlds’ population of gorillas live here divided over nine habituated family groups. Also 5 other primate species, 120 species of mammal, over 220 butterflies and 360 birds species call Bwindi home. This it THE place to see the critically endangered mountain gorillas up close for your very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ moment.

The gorillas you will trek belong to one of nine family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Your trek will be an exciting (for some also challenging) journey along forested (sometimes slippery) slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gentle giants. En-route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity. Think of dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. The time to complete the gorilla trekking can be as little as 2 hours to as much as 7 hours! Once the the family of gorillas has been located, you will be allowed a maximum of one hour observing them. Coming face-to-face with the mountain gorillas is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic part of your tour you will definitely remember for the rest of your life.

Accommodation Mutanda Lake Resort

Meal Plan  Breakfast, packed lunch & Dinner 

Day 3: Optional activities at Lake Mutanda, To Kigali

In the morning you can do one of the optional activities at Lake Mutanda. The driver of Mutanda Lake resort will take you to Kigali in Rwanda. You shall visit the Genocide memorial and Education Centre, which opened in 2004, 10 years after the genocide. It’s a dignified tribute to the victims, including a poignant Children’s Memorial, and a history of the tragedy.

You can visit some of Kigali’s craft markets, to browse amongst the pottery, carvings, batik, weaving, sculpture, musical instruments, leather and fabrics on offer. Prepare to haggle! All activities today are at your own cost. You will spend the night at a lovely accommodation. Flame tree village is ideally located on the outskirts of Kigali.

Journey Time      4 hours to Kigali                 

Accommodation          Flame tree Village

Meal Plan  Breakfast

Day 4: Welcome to Tanzania!

The driver of Flame tree village will take you to Kigali airport for your morning flight to Tanzania with Rwandair. This flight is included in the price! Your Tanzanian driver/guide will pick you up from Kilimanjaro airport and transfer you to Ilboru Safari Lodge; a pleasant lodge with a beautiful garden and swimming pool. Harmoniously woven into the surrounding African landscape, Ilboru Safari Lodge rests at the base of the majestic Mt. Meru.

Depending on your time of arrival you can do an optional activity organized by the lodge.

Journey Time      45 minutes

Accommodation Ilboru Safari Lodge

Meal Plan  Breakfast                        

Day 5: Lake Manyara N.P.

After an early breakfast you game drive out of the park and travel to ‘Mto wa Mbu’. The bustling farming community of Mto Wa Mbu is home to around 18,000 people. Onthis walk you’ll discover a side of Tanzania many visitors miss out on. A melting pot of cultures; Mto Wa Mbu is thought to be one of the only places in Tanzania where there are representatives from all 120 tribes living happily side by side.During your visit you’ll get a good feel for the social side ofthe village – the farms and the milling machines, the schools, markets and churches. You’ll likely visit the village banana plantation as well as a youth art project, and a wood workshop where you can watch skilled Makonde tribe members carve intricate figurines, masks and household objects.

Your accommodation for tonight is the Manyara Wildlife Camp, situated in the rolling grasslands. All rooms have large beds, en-suite bathroom and a private balcony. Against the dramatic angles of the Rift Valley Escarpment and overlooking Lake Manyara, this camp stands out. The renowned restaurant caters to all tastes, and the full-service sports bar, upstairs lounge house (with flat screen tv) and infinity swimming pool are available for your ultimate enjoyment as well.

Journey Time      1 hour (Tarangire – Mto wa Mbu

Accommodation Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp

Meal Plan  Breakfast, local lunch, dinner

Day 5: Tarangire National Park

Today, after an early breakfast, you will be traveling to Tarangire National Park. The game drive can begin! Tarangire is best known for its many gigantic baobab trees and its large herds of elephants; it is a home to roughly 2,500 individuals and large herds are regularly viewed. Elephants gathering at the Tarangire River to drink make for a perfect panoramic picture! You might also find many other animals like leopard, zebra, impala, warthog, eland, buffalo, waterbuck and lion. Also the birders will have so much to see; more than 500 different bird-species are present. This park hosts the biggest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti. Also it is the only place in Tanzania where the oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted.

Your driver/guide will have a lunch-box for you so you can picnic at a beautiful spot in the park. After your lunch your safari continues.

At the end of the safari you head for Sangaiwe Tented Lodge, situated across forty acres of hillside in a beautiful forest with indigenous African hardwoods. The local villagers have kept it untouched for future generations creating a wonderful environment for the lodge. They have landscaped with mostly indigenous plants to minimize water usage.

On arrival you’ll be welcomed at their “boma” with a welcome drink and refreshing towel before walking up the hill to the reception.

Wildlife wanders in and out of the lodge grounds and it’s possible to climb the hillbehind the lodge or take a guided nature walk. The Sangaiwe Gate to Tarangire National Park is less than a kilometre down the road. The safari tents all have views over Tarangire National park and are a comfortable base for your game drives in the park. The safari tents have a thatched roof, veranda, and a genius en-suite bathroom with purely solar heated showers. Take a refreshing dip in the inviting outdoor pool and enjoy the fantastic sunset with a cold drink on the veranda!

Journey Time      2 hours to the park entrance

Accommodation Sangaiwe Tented Lodge

Meal Plan  Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Day 6: The Serengeti

A Tanzania tour is not complete without safari in the most famous safari park in the world: Serengeti National Park. This park hosts the most extensive population of wild animals on earth and has a complex and untouched ecosystem. Serengeti means “endless plains” in the language of the Maasai, a description that the Serengeti completely lives up to. Even the (long) drive towards your accommodation is one continuous safari! The park is usually described as divided into three regions: Serengeti plains, Western corridor and Northern Serengeti. The latter is where we can witness wildebeest and zebra migrating in their millions during the Great Migration, following the ancient rhythm of Africa’s seasons. This is one of the most impressive natural events in the world. No matter which part of the park and in which season you visit, very few people forget their first encounter with the Serengeti!

After the incredible impressions of the Serengeti, you drive to your accommodation for a delicious diner and a good night’s sleep.

Named after the distinctive Tortilis tree of the Serengeti, this tented camp combines comfort with the real Africa safari experience. With the great comfort of kingsize beds, luxurious decoration and bathroom facilities in the safari tents, you will feel right at home in the middle of the Serengeti. In the dining tent the chefs will prepare your bush meal with a bit of magic for extra delight. Before you crawl into bed, take a moment in their lounge or wind down with a sunset at the fireplace. Dine, sleep and relax knowing the best of Africa’s natural wonders is gently knocking on your door.

Journey Time      2 hours to the park entrance

Accommodation Tortilis Camp

Meal Plan  Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Day 7: Game drives in Serengeti National Park

Early in the morning you leave your accommodation for a full day safari! This is when Africa can reveal its cool side, so you should wrap up warm for the start of your day. Your guide will bring you as close as possible to the wildlife. Few predators hunt during the heat of the day, so the early morning is the best time to observe the thrill of the chase. It is also a magical time, with the subtle light dappling the landscape, the birds awakening and the sense of a great adventure beginning to unfurl. You visit the heartof the Serengeti, Seronera Valley. This valley is often termed as the ‘classic’ Serengeti; short grass plains with all different kind of wild animals ranging from the impressive lion to the naughty mongoose. These full day safaris are the best way to see the full range of what this magnificent park has to offer.

We will find you a nice picnic spot to enjoy your packed lunch and then you continue your safari back to Tortilis Camp where you have an excellent dinner and some time to relax.Tired but satisfied, you go to bed with dreams of Serengeti plains!

Accommodation Tortilis Camp

Meal Plan  Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner 

Day 8: Game drives in Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater

Today you enjoy a game drive on your way en-route out of the beautiful Serengeti and continue to the Ngorongoro Crater. In the afternoon, you will have a game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater! This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a unique biosphere which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. There are very few places in the world where you can find such a large population of wildlife throughout the year. Deep within the crater, enclosed by towering walls, you have a good chance of spotting ‘The Big 5’: lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. Other wildlife includes serval cat, cheetah, jackal, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle, flamingo and bat-eared foxes, as well as approximately 400 species of colorful birds

After this great experience, you will go to your accommodation for tonight. Country Inn Lodge Karatu is located on the outskirts of Karatu, a quaint country town on theGreat Escarpment, in the centre of Northern Tanzania’s green belt district and farming community. The lodge symbolizes simple country comforts, providing beautiful lodging in the heart of Tanzania’s rich and scenic highlands. The rooms aretastefully furnished with soft lighting, inviting and comfortable beds and mosquito netting. After your safari you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the swimming pool or relax on your verandah. On chilly nights, request your fireplace be lit and return from dinner to glowing warmth, you have never slept better!

Accommodation Country Inn Karatu

Meal Plan  Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Day 9: Departure

Today is unfortunately the last day of your trip with Paradise Adventure Vacations! Depending on the time of your international flight you can decide to do an optional activity.

Optional activity Ngorogoro highlands walk: US$ 50 per person

This 1,5 to 2 hour activity will be guided by an armed ranger. The rugged and beautiful Ngorongoro Highlands offers one of the finest blends of culture, landscapes and wildlife in Tanzania. The best way to experience the highlands is no doubt on foot. Its diverse landscapes consisting of elevated volcanoes and craters, forests and vast grassy plains offer a remarkable experience for those hiking through this area. Hikers will experience first-hand how the Maasai people, who inhabit these highlands and the wildlife, coexist. This excursion gets you close to nature in a different way than from a safari vehicle and allows you the chance to get an authentic taste of the local culture at the same time.

Your driver/guide will take care of your transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport. If you are not ready to go home, continue your holiday in one of our other destinations in Africa.

Journey Time      5-6 hours

Accommodation Not included

Meal Plan  Breakfast

Transport in Tanzania

Transport:

Transport is provided in an extended 4wd Land cruiser with pop-up roof for excellent game viewing. The Land cruiser contains a fridge and 220-volt plugs.

Driver/Guide:

Your driver/guide is a professional and experienced English-speaking Tanzanian guide.

Journey times:

All journey times are close approximations, as you can never quite guarantee what will happen on the African roads. You could be in for a bumpy ride on parts of the route (which adds to the excitement of being on safari!), we may encounter road works and, of course, there are the photo stops.

Although you may sometimes be seated for long periods, you will be passing some spectacular countryside and there will always be something of interest to see along the way!

Rates and Conditions

Rates 2019

2 pers.        3 pers.        4 pers.

Jan    US$ 4590  US$ 4090  US$ 3690

Feb, 16th – 31st Dec    US$ 4650  US$ 4150  US$ 3750

March        US$ 4550  US$ 4050  US$ 3650

April – May – Nov         US$ 4490  US$ 3990  US$ 3650

June, 1st – 15th Dec     US$ 4550  US$ 4090  US$ 3650

July – Aug   US$ 4690  US$ 4150  US$ 3750

Sept – Oct  US$ 4650  US$ 4150  US$ 3690

* Rates include 18% VAT imposed by the Tanzanian government

 Single Supplement:

One single supplement is included when traveling with 3 persons. Please ask for the additional single supplement for the month you wish to travel.

Holiday supplement for the Easter and Christmas/New Year period:

A number of the lodges have a holiday supplement for these dates. In case you are planning to travel during the Easter or Christmas/New Year period, ask us for the rate.

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