Combined trip Uganda & Tanzania
Uganda offers with the Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest a unique nature experience in Uganda and in Tanzania you can see the highest lion concentration as well as experience the big migration of the wildebeests and zebras in Serengetu. On this trip you can visit both countries and enjoy plenty of time in the National Park.
|Day||Journey Combined trip Uganda & Tanzania
|1||arrival day Uganda, Entebbe – drive to the Hotel
|2||drive to Kampala – Kibale Forest National Park
|3||Kibale Forest National Park, Chimpanzee Tracking – Queen Elizabeth National Park
||Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge
|4||Queen Elizabeth National Park, game drive||Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge|
|5||Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
||Chameleone Hill Lodge|
|6||Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Gorilla Tracking||Chameleone Hill Lodge|
|7||Bwindi Impenetrable NP – Lake Mburo National Park
||Rwakobo Rock Cottage|
|8||Lake Mburo National Park, Walking Safari – drive to Bukoba, flight to Mwanza||Malaike Beach Resort|
|9||drive from Mwanza into Serengeti National Park, game drive
||Serengeti Tortilis Camp|
|10||Serengeti National Park, game drive||Serengeti Tortilis Camp|
|11||Serengeti National Park – drive to Ngorongoro
|12||game drive in Ngorongoro Crater||Pembeni Lodge|
|13||Ngorongoro – drive to Tarangire National Park, game drive
||Tarangire Simba Lodge|
|14||Tarangire National Park, morning game drive and drive to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO)|
Itinerary and highlights of the combined Uganda and Tanzania tour
Day 1 Entebbe (EBB) – Kampala
Our driver will pick you up at the airport and bring you to the first hotel in Kampala. Depending on your arrival time you will have the a chance to see the capital of Uganda, the Royal Palace or relax after the long flight at the lodge..
Day 2 drive to Kampala – Kibale Forest National Park
Today you leave Kampala and head western part of Uganda. The route leads through a hilly landscape with numerous beautiful tea fields and banana plantations along the roadside. After about 320 km you reach Fort Portal, the center of the Toto Kingdom. If you are lucky you will see the impressive view over the peaks of the Ruwenzori Mountains. On the way there is time for a short stopover, have a coffee or buy a souvenir before continuing to the lodge.
Journey time: approx. 5 hours Distance: 320km
Day 3 Kibale Forest National Park – Chimpanzee Tracking – Queen Elizabeth NP
This morning, accompanied by an experienced guide, you will follow the tracks of the chimpanzees into the jungle of the Kibale Forest National Park. The primates are incredibly interesting. Some of the chimpanzees poses resemble human ones. The intelligent animals use sticks and stones as tools. They also chewed leaves and use them as sponges to draw water from tree holes. Look out for the primates and enjoy the impressive calls through the untouched forest. Later you will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Trekking: 1-4 hours Driving time: approx. 2.5 hours Distance: 112km
Day 4 Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elisabeth National Park is a classic safari park. Elephants, Buffalo’s, Kobe Antelopes, Lions, Cheetahs, Hippos, Crocodiles and much more can be seen. The Lakes Edward and Lake George splits the wild savanna and, in the background, the Ruwenzori Mountains appear. In the afternoon you will go on a boat safari on the Kazinga Channel. It connects the two lakes and is especially interesting for bird watching. Hippos and crocodiles are also common.
Game Drive: 4-5 hours Boot-safari: 1 hour
Day 5 drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi Impenetrable NP
In the morning you drive to Ishasha. This is the southern Part of Queen Elisabeth National Park and surrounded by protected areas. Therefore it particularly rich in wildlife. Hippos, Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Topies, Hyenas and much more. In Uganda, Ishasha is the only area where Lions regularly climb trees. This experience will sweeten your long drive to Bwindi Forest.
Travel time: 6 hours Distance: approx. 210km
Day 6 Bwindi Impenetrable NP – Gorilla Tracking!
The Gorilla Tracking is one of the most impressive nature experiences of the world and serves the protection of the species. In the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the gorilla populations have recovered since the tracking started. While you penetrate trough the dense jungle steep slopes, winding vines and bamboo plants are dominating. Your experienced guide will show you traces of the gorillas’ past activities, such as nests, dung and nibbled bamboo shoots. Soon you will face the powerful, almost human-looking mountain gorilla! The silverback its almost 1.70 meters in high and prefers to stay a little further. While the monkeys approach their daily activities undisturbed, you can observe the animals in peace.
Gorilla tracking: 2-7 h Gorilla observation: 1 h
Day 7 Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Lake Mburo National Park
Today after breakfast you drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Lake Mburo is the smallest national park in Uganda. In the afternoon you start for a game drive through the park. Next to the Kidepo National Park this is the only park where you can see zebras. Since 2015 also Giraffes are seen frequently.
Travel time: 4 hours Distance: approx. 260km
Day 8 Lake Mburo National Park, walking safari – drive to Bukoba
Lake Mburo National Park is one of the two parks in Uganda where walking safaris are allowed. Accompanied by a ranger you will go on an exploration tour. After your return to the lodge you drive on to Bukoba in Tanzania. (Please note that you will need a visa for Tanzania) From here it’s a short flight over the huge Lake Victoria to Mwanza. Along the lake the population lives mainly from fishing. Arrived in Mwanza, our driver will welcome you and take you to the hotel.
Day 9 Mwanza – Serengeti National Park, game drive
After an early breakfast you will be picked up at the hotel in Mwanza and drive towards Ndabaka Gate – the western part of Serengeti National Park. Serengeti is number 1 of all African parks and covers an area of 15,000 km². Your driver will quickly take care of the formalities at the park entrance before you see the first Zebras and elephant herds on your game drive.
Day 10 Serengeti National Park, game drive
It is a fantastic feeling to awaken in this endless grass savanna, surrounded by nature and peace. There are many animals peacefully sharing an ecosystem. The Serengeti offers gallery forests along the rivers and tree savanna’s. With around three million larger mammals, the Serengeti is the richest ecosystem in the world, which is why the Serengeti is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the middle of this boundless beauty, your driver awaits you for the first game drive in Serengeti National Park.
Day 11 Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro
After breakfast you will head towards Ngorongoro. You will also be able to take pictures of the animals, following in the footsteps of the Big Migration. The wildebeest migration is one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World”. Nowhere in the world is a greater annual movement of animals than in the Serengeti. But it’s time to drive on to the Ngorongoro Crater, where you’ll see traditional Maasai with their cattle herds. A stop at the viewpoint of the crater is also definitely worthwhile for the famous Crater Selfie!
Day 12 Ngorongoro Crater, game drive
Today you drive down into the Ngorongoro Crater. The crater floor is about 600 meters lower than the crater rim which reaches a height of 2,300 meters. Up to 25,000 large animals live here, including Elephants and Rhinos. Among other things you have good chances to see the famous “Big Five”: Lion, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo and Leopard. The animals find their home in the naturally delimited nature reserve Ngorongoro.
Day 13 Ngorongoro – Tarangire National Park
Today you will drive on into the Tarangire National Park. The landscape is particularly impressive thanks to the many Baobab trees. In the middle of the park flows the river of the same name, which serves as a water source for many immigrated animals from other areas even in the dry season. Among them are also larger herds of elephants. In total there are over 1000 elephants in the 2600 km² large park. Buffalo’s, Zebras, Giraffes, Water-bucks and Impalas are also common. Lions and leopards are rarely seen.
Day 14 Tarangire National Park -Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO)
The impressive days in Uganda and Tanzania have giving you an unexpected nice picture of Africa. You were surprised by so much nature, the beauty of the parks and the kindness of the people. After a last breakfast in the bush, you will take a short morning game drive before continuing towards the airport. In the afternoon return flight to Europe or flight to Zanzibar.