25 Days East African Wildlife, Primate, Gorilla & Cultural Safari


An East African wildlife safari strikes something deep inside all of us because it is an experience that we can never forget.

This first-class tour visits nine of East Africa’s most impressive national parks.

Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park’s tree-climbing lions, Kibale Forest National Park’s chimpanzees, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Volcanoes National Park’s endangered mountain gorillas, Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater National Park, and, last but not least, Tarangire National Park

You’ll see the best wildlife in East Africa and stay in the most luxurious accommodations.


Day 1: Arrival – Entebbe 

On Arrival at Entebbe International airport, you will be received and greeted by a representative of Equatorial Wild Safaris who will later transfer you to your Hotel in Kampala where you will spend a Night.

Dinner and overnight at the Hotel/Lodge Meal plan (Dinner)

Day 2: Entebbe – Murchison Falls National Park – Rhino Tracking

Depart Entebbe very early in the morning with the driver and guide of Equatorial wild Safaris driving North West through the verdant Ugandan countryside to Murchison Falls national park near the scenic Karuma Falls. Our first stop of the day is Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. We disembark and continue our journey on foot with the guide in order to get into close proximity of the Rhinos in the wild of Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary which covers many areas and is not only home to Rhinos but to a lot of other wildlife, birds including the elusive Shoebill Stork.

After our time with the Rhinos at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, we continue the short drive from here to Murchison River Lodge located on the southern bank of the River Nile overlooking Murchison Falls National Park where we check-in around lunch-time. Relax and enjoy the facilities at the lodge.

Late afternoon guided Nature Walk with a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger – during this walk you most often see a variety of wildlife including Giraffes, antelopes, buffaloes, birds, and much more.

Dinner and overnight at the Lodge/Campsite Meal plan (Full board)

Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park – Game drive, Boat ride 

Enjoy a cup of coffee and you are off for your morning game drive – or enjoy breakfast before the morning game drive – the choice is yours – Game drives can start at 6:30 am and you can see the morning mist on the Savannah as the Sun rises for another day at Murchison Falls National Park.


Another option that can be arranged is a bush breakfast for you – hopefully, others will have signed up for this most meaningful time making the price per person more affordable since there is a lot of planning that goes into creating a breakfast in the Bush. Those that go for the Bush Breakfast option find it as one of the highlights of their safari in the African Bush. 

The four-wheel-drive safari vehicle is equipped with a pop-up roof for best game viewing and on a game drive, we always use a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger to enhance your time on a game drive which results in more wildlife sightings and great background to the habits and ways of the wildlife found on a game drive.

After lunch at your Lodge, you will go for the Launch cruise that will take you close to the bottom of the powerful waterfalls where sinister water flows from the slim gorge. You will have a chance to see the giant hippos and crocodiles, plus a profusion of water birds near the banks of the river making this a great birding safari. Head back to the lodge for your dinner and the night rest.

Dinner and overnight at the Lodge/Campsite Meal plan (Full board)

Day 4: Budongo Forest-Kibale National Park – Primate Walk 

After Breakfast, depart from your Lodge and head for Budongo Forest which is part of the greater Murchison Falls National Park, and arrive in time for chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Forest. It is about a two-hour experience and you see other primates, birds, butterflies, and mammals while you are on your chimpanzee trek.

Have your lunch at Budongo Forest Eco Lodge and thereafter drive to Kibale National park for another thrilling experience.

Dinner and overnight at the Lodge/Campsite Meal plan (Dinner)

Day 5: Kibale National Park – Chimp Tracking, Bigodi Visit 

Start the day with an early breakfast and thereafter drive to Kibale National Park which is home to over 1000 chimpanzees including the black and white colobus monkey, grey-cheeked Mangabey, and red-tailed monkey. Here you will be allowed to spend some time with these mesmerizing creatures, as you observe them swing from one tree to another, feed, play around or progress steadily on the ground right in front of you.

Drive to your lodge for lunch and thereafter head to Bigodi wetlands sanctuary which is Rich in biodiversity and beautiful scenery, the wetland is a birder’s paradise with about 138 species. Located outside the park in Magombe Swamp it also hosts eight species of primates including the black-and-white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed, I’Hoest’s and blue monkeys, and olive baboons.

Dinner and overnight at the Lodge/Campsite Meal plan (Full Board)

Day 6: Kibale National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park – Crater/Salt lake Exploration

After a healthy breakfast, you will take a guided cultural walk in the Ndali crater lakes & Amabere –breasts” area of the Kibale National Park. Tour the Nyakasura area to view the “breasts” of the prehistoric princess in the Chwezi Kingdom that were cut off and later grew into a scenic rock that continually drips with ‘ milk ‘; you will visit a number of hills around this area. Climbing up the hills will reward you with breathtaking views of the Mountain Rwenzori ranges. This morning’s cultural visit around the craters is amazing and a stunning location overlooking a dramatic Crater Lake and the fabled “Mountains of the Moon”. Return to your lodge for lunch and thereafter drive south to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Upon reaching Queen Elizabeth, check into your accommodation, relax a bit and go for a guided tour of the Katwe Salt Lake and the activities there. You will visit the lake, see how the salt is mined, and visit the factory, fishing village, and cattle keeping communities.

Dinner and overnight at the Lodge/campsite Meal plan (Dinner)

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Game drive, Boat ride 

After a cup of African coffee or tea, Embark on an early morning game drive along Kasenyi track and Queen’s mile in the park and expect to see Lions, Elephants, Cape buffalo, Warthogs, leopard, hyena, mongoose, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, Topi and lots of many small animals and birds. After the game drive, have lunch and relax at your lodge. After a healthy lunch, enjoy the unique afternoon 2-hour boat cruise on Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward.

The trip passes through the highest concentration of Hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. The launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching, and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species.

Dinner and overnight at the Lodge/Campsite Meal plan (Full Board)

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park-Bwindi National Park – Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions 

Start this adventurous day with a splendid breakfast at your lodge and thereafter drive south to the mystical Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Enter the park through the Ishasha sector which is notably recognized for its resident Tree climbing lions that are an exceptional attraction and one among the highlights on all safaris taken within Queen Elizabeth National park.

In addition to the fascinating population of the Tree Climbing Lions within the Ishasha visitor will also come across huge buffalo herds, numerous antelopes that keep crossing your path. Thereafter check into your lodge for late lunch and an evening of relaxation.

Dinner and overnight at the Lodge/Campsite Meal plan (Full Board)

Day 9: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Gorilla Tracking 

After an early breakfast, head to the Headquarters of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for an orientation plus meeting the guides as well as separation into the groups basing on which gorilla group you are to be tracking. From there you will set off for your thrill experience of the Gorillas in the Mist. Hiking within this mysterious and wonderful forest offers quite a lot to see as you make your way to see the Mountain Gorillas. The wildlife including additional primates, butterflies, mammals, and birds, will certainly be very beautiful and really enhance this extremely special experience.

The tracking/trekking can entail some thorough climbing as well as hiking although when you come face to face with the tranquil yet potent Mountain Gorillas, watching them only a few meters away from you observing the group, the baby with the mothers, the gorillas partaking their everyday routine just right in front of you is all very overwhelming. You can never find any mountain gorillas living in the zoo, save for just in this not large area of Africa where a number of the remnant mountain gorillas can be seen. Luckily because of too many efforts, this population is thriving and well surviving within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and visitors get the opportunity of observing them at close proximity. Time permitting; thereafter visit the famous Batwa community for a community and cultural experience. You will learn about the traditional lifestyle of the Batwa, from the brewing of the local beer to medicines made from this very forest.

Dinner and overnight at the Lodge/Campsite Meal Plan (Full Board)

Day 10: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Lake Bunyonyi 

After a healthy breakfast, you will drive south to Lake Bunyonyi. Because of the tiring experience in the safari so far, the majority of the clients will take pleasure in some time relaxing on the shores of this beautiful lake. There are various activities for the guest to enjoy here such as swimming, bird watching, sunbathing including a boat trip around the islands as well as cycling.

Dinner and overnight at the Lodge/Campsite Meal Plan (Full Board)

Day 11: Lake Bunyonyi – Volcanoes National Park 

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Volcanoes National Park 53km from Lake Bunyonyi. You will drive along with the stunning views of Virunga Volcanoes that connect the three countries of Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The scenic views of Lake Mutanda – re-known lava dammed lake gives you the taste of the influence of volcanic activity in the formation of landform features.

Continue on the drive to arrive in Volcanoes National Park for lunch and short relaxation after which you take on a caves walk activity to marvel at this natural feature with great historical significance in traditional Rwanda as they provided refuge for the Kings and storage for supplies during times of war.

Dinner and overnight at the Lodge/Campsite Meal Plan (Full Board)

Day 12: Volcanoes National Park – Gorilla Tracking 

Wake up very early for breakfast such that by 8:00 am, you are already at the park headquarters –Kinigi for briefing and eventual gorilla trekking experience. During this session, you are allocated to a gorilla family to track, and if with a special case, rangers can be consulted for special arrangements. You will head off to the volcanic lush vegetation in search of gorillas. The trek is quite thrilling as you go through amazing landscapes amidst bird sights and another wildlife crossing including monkeys, wild pigs, and if lucky wild elephants.

The trek takes 2 – 8 hours as gorillas are unpredictable thus packed lunch is required. The jungle sounds will accompany you up to that long-awaited moment of direct contact with gorillas. You will see them as they forage, play, socialize and sometimes charge. The state of wonder that will engulf your heart could leave your camera film with no space for other encounters. The full one hour is enough to optimize this experience after which you will retreat to the starting point then proceed to your hotel to relax.

Dinner and overnight at the Lodge/Campsite Meal Plan (Full Board)

Day 13: Golden Monkey Tracking, Kigali City Tour 

After morning breakfast, you will track the golden monkeys. These striking primates are a treat for the eyes. With their bright orange fur contrasting the green rainforests of the Virunga Mountains – it’s a photographer’s dream! Visitors meet with their guides at Volcanoes National Park’s Kinigi Headquarters and the visit is done once per day, time will be allocated once booked. Have lunch at your lodge then proceed to Kigali.

Peacefully nestled along picturesque hilltops, Kigali is a thriving African city immediately notable for its cleanliness, orderliness, and hospitality. You will visit the Genocide Memorial centers, the Camp Kigali Belgian Monument, Natural History Museum – Kandt House, Ivuka Arts Galleries, and the Nyamata church among others.

Dinner and overnight at the Lodge/Hotel Meal Plan (Full Board)

Day 14: Kigali – Nairobi 

After breakfast, Check-out and proceed to Kigali International Airport to catch up with your outbound flight to Kenyatta International Airport. Upon arrival in Nairobi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by a representative of Equatorial Wild Safaris. Spend the rest of the day relaxing from the flight and preparing for your next adventure.

Dinner and overnight at the campsite/lodge Meal Plan (Dinner)

Day 15: Nairobi – Masai Mara National Reserve – Great Rift Valley, Game drive 

Start your day with a healthy breakfast and thereafter you will be picked up by one of our drivers from your Nairobi hotel and depart for Masai Mara with the first stop at the Great Rift Valley ViewPoint. This is a perfect place to be in the early morning and evening. You will watch the enthralling Rift valley with its vast vegetation and the sun rays kissing the far and wide stretching mountains in the surrounding. The Great Rift Valley has been reckoned as a wonder of the world stretching from the Middle East passing through Africa and has a great and vast chunk in the East African part and ends in Mozambique in the South.

After about 15-20min of getting history, you will proceed to Narok. Narok is a town west of Nairobi that supports Kenya’s economy in the south-west of the country, along the Great Rift Valley. Narok is the district capital of Narok County and stands as the major center of commerce in the district. Narok has a population of around 40,000 people, mostly Masai. The Masai, natives of Narok district, refer to Narok as Enkare Narok (meaning black water or dark water) named after, Enkare Narok, the river flowing through Narok town.

The elevation of Narok is 1827 meters (5,997 feet) in altitude. You will have your hot lunch here and thereafter proceed to Masai Mara, on arrival you will be received by our Masai Mara Staffs and then assist you to check in the Camp, leave for the late afternoon game drive which starts immediately upon your arrival, this game drive offers you the 1st day and evening big 5 kill as well as Africa Sunset around 1830hrs, then our driver will drive you back to the camp where you will be served with Africa food in the Camp.

Dinner and overnight at the campsite/lodge Meal Plan (Dinner)

Day 16: Masai Mara National Reserve 

Masai Mara is situated in south-west Kenya and is one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves. Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, it forms Africa’s most diverse, incredible, and most spectacular Eco-Systems and possibly the world’s top safari big game viewing Eco-system. I am sure you have heard the wildebeest migration is nothing short of amazing. It is one of the things you have to add to your bucket list. This will be the full-day exploration of the Masai Mara, breakfast will be served as early as 0730am, then the chef will pack for you fresh picnic lunch since the whole day you will be exploring the Masai Mara famous 7th wonders of the World. This game reserve is Kenya’s finest wildlife sanctuary. Including migrants, well over 450 species of animals have been recorded here.

Mara plains are filled with migrating wildebeest and zebra; there is also resident wildlife year-round. The Mara’s gentle fertile climate bounded by The Rift offers perhaps the richest stocked reserve set within some 1672 sq km – an unlimited spectacle of wildlife. Located 268 km west of Nairobi, the emphasis here is on games. Herds of immense Elephants, browse among Lion, Buffalo, Thompson Gazelle, Zebra, and Topi. You may occasionally sight black Rhino. After exploring the park return to the camp or Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Dinner and overnight at the campsite/lodge Meal Plan (Full Board)

Day 17: Masai Mara National Reserve – Lake Nakuru 

Leaving the Masai Mara after breakfast, you’ll travel across the ‘breadbasket of Kenya, where acres of wheat and barley litter the landscape as you head north to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasai land. You’ll then travel across the vast plains of the Rift Valley, and up the Mau Escarpment, before arriving at Lake Nakuru. Check into your Lodge for lunch.

After lunch, you will enjoy an afternoon game drive in Nakuru National park before heading back to your lodge for the night, in the heart of one of Kenya’s most densely populated wetland National Parks, two hours’ drive from Nairobi.

Dinner and overnight at the campsite/lodge Meal Plan (Full Board)

Day 18: Lake Nakuru-Amboseli National Park 

After an early breakfast, you will leave Rift Valley behind, continue towards Nairobi and collect a picnic lunch from Nairobi and then head south towards Amboseli National Park. Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, the Amboseli National Parks is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust”, and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. Enjoy a picnic lunch with an afternoon game drive in the park en-route to your lodge.

Dinner and overnight at the campsite/lodge Meal Plan (Full Board)

Day 19: Amboseli National Park – Game Drives 

Start your day with a delicious breakfast as you prepare for an adventure-filled day. Full-Day in Amboseli with game drives early in the morning and in the evening. The park is famed for and is home to the huge herds of the African Elephant.

The park also plays host to lions, buffaloes, the elusive leopard, wildebeest, giraffes, zebras, a variety of antelopes, and other smaller plains games. During the dry season, it is semi-arid terrains and during the wet season, the seasonal “Amboseli Swamp” becomes home to many species of birds.

Dinner and overnight at the campsite/lodge Meal Plan (Full Board)

Day 20: Amboseli National Park-Lake Manyara 

After breakfast, you continue the journey to the Tanzania border post and then on to Arusha for lunch. After lunch, drive across the Masai Steppe to Lake Manyara National Park, this small park stretches a long way via the high rift valley escarpments which is occupied by the alkaline lake. Waterbirds gather around the lake and there are over 400 bird species found in this park. Its vegetation provides a good habitat to many animals like monkeys, antelopes, giraffes, grassland elephants, which live around the acacia trees.

You will also get a chance to view the Manyara lions around the trees. In the afternoon, leave Lake Manyara and head to your booked lodge.

Dinner and overnight at the campsite/lodge Meal Plan (Full Board)

Day 21: Lake Manyara – Serengeti National Park 

Have breakfast and after start your transfer towards Serengeti National Park, via the high lying farmland of Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Karatu. We shall then descend into the far distance and head to the central area of the park called the Seronera Area, which is one of the richest wildlife places in the park, near the Seronera River that provides a water source to this particular area and has attracted wildlife which is representative of many of the Serengeti species. We shall later arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive within the park.

Dinner and overnight at the campsite/lodge Meal Plan (Full Board)

Day 22: Serengeti National Park – Game drives 

Wake up so early and be fortunate to glide in a hot air balloon which will help you view the Serengeti plains, you will be able to float silently above the bushes while spotting the different wildlife as you enjoy the scenery of the best African National Park, local villages as well as rivers.

You will after breakfast, enjoy game viewing along the famous Sogore River Circuit which enters into the plains of Seronera River, and it’s a good spot to view the lions, topis, Thomson Gazelle, ostrich as well as cheetah. There is also the Visitor Centre that is also worth a visit after the morning game drive. It’s nicely designed and offers interesting wildlife displays with a gift shop that sells maps of the area as well as the information leaflets. You can as well get cold drinks and snacks from the Centre. We shall after enjoy a relaxed picnic lunch at the Centre within the shades of the acacia trees.

Later, in the afternoon, we shall follow the Kopjes Circuit, which goes anti-clockwise around the Maasai Kopjes, this usually attracts many lions and large cobras, the Kopjes are known as weathered granite outcrops that are found around the plains and most of these are miniature ecosystems, providing shade as well as drinking water within the pools in the rocks after the heavy rains. This makes the kopjes good for spotting wildlife species including the lions which sit near the water waiting for animals to come to drink.

Dinner and overnight at the campsite/lodge Meal Plan (Full Board)

Day 23: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater National Park-Game viewing 

Have breakfast at the lodge and after starting your transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, we shall have a stopover at the Olduvai Gorge, which boasts a history dating back to the dawn of time. This is the place where both Dr. Lois the anthropologist and his friend Mary Leaky who discovered the skull of Nutcracker Man and the HandyMan, were both very significant links in the chain of human evolution.

We shall then arrive at the park in time for lunch and after descend over 600m into the crater in order to view wildlife for a half day. Being supported by the all-around year water supply as well as fodder, Ngorongoro crater harbors lots of animals including; zebras, eland, buffalos, warthog, giant African elephants, as well as herds of wildebeest.

The park also has a dense population of predators which include; lions, leopards, hyenas, jackals, etc. we shall also visit Lake Magadi which is a large but shallow alkaline lake found in the southwestern corner that is the main feature of the crater. This shallow lake also harbors lots of birds, flamingos as well as hippos.

Dinner and overnight at the campsite/lodge Meal Plan (Full Board)

Day 24: Ngorongoro Crater – Tarangire National Park 

Departing Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast, you head southeast to Lake Manyara, Mto wa Mbu village, and Tarangire beyond. Check into your lodge, have lunch and perhaps a swim, and spend the remainder of the afternoon on a game drive. The park is recognized as one of the best parks on the northern circuit for elephant viewing during the dry season.

Dinner and overnight at the campsite/lodge Meal Plan (Full Board)

Day 25: Arusha – Departure 

Depart Tarangire after breakfast and drive back to Arusha arriving in time for lunch. After lunch, you drive to the airport for your departure flight.

End Of Safari


  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. (Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.)
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides, and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages/drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)

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    Best time to visit Tanzania

    Tanzania is open all-year-long, the best wildlife viewing months in Tanzania are during the Dry season from late June to October.

    Make sure you plan ahead if seeing the wildebeest migration is the main reason for your journey.

    The best time to see the Serengeti migration is from June to September, but you’ll have to stay in various parts of the park at different times of the migration.

    Must know before Traveling

    June to October –Dry Season. Wildlife is easier to spot.

    July to October are the best months to see the wildebeest migration It gets very busy and crowded in the most popular parks.

    November to May –Wet Season

    The scenery is beautiful and green Rates drop because it’s the low season.

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