The 7-day Serengeti and Gorilla Trekking trip includes gorilla trekking in Uganda as well as a BIG 5 wildlife safari in the Serengeti-Ngorongoro National Park. Includes gorilla trekking permits in Uganda, all lodging with food, wildlife safari park fares, flights between Uganda and Tanzania, and transfers.
ITINERARY IN DETAIL
Day 1: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (home of the mountain gorillas) to begin your Uganda Gorilla Trek trip.
Meet and greet with our local guide in Kampala/Entebbe/Kigali at 07:00 hours before departing on your drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda, the birthplace of the mountain gorillas.
A small village known for producing local drums and crafts, as well as a fruit market, can be found along the way. Stop by, look around, and buy some souvenirs. Proceed to the Equator line, which is regarded as one of Africa’s most majestic sights – the sun’s pathway – and take photos.
On the nine-hour drive, you’ll pass through valleys, tropical rainforests, and bamboo forests.
The trip from Entebbe or Kampala to the mountain gorilla sanctuary takes about 7 hours, with the majority of the time spent on smooth-surfaced roads and only 45 minutes of dusty murram. If you don’t feel like traveling, you should fly to Bwindi. One-way fares cost between 280 and 360 dollars per person.
Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Gorilla Trekking
Enjoy gorilla monitoring in Bwindi today.
After breakfast, go to the daily briefing before embarking on the trip’s highlight: gorilla trekking, which will last all day. In pursuit of a mountain gorilla nest, we trek the gorillas through the rainforest and bamboo-covered mountains, followed by a guide and gorilla trackers. The walking can be strenuous and lengthy at times, but any discomforts can be easily forgiven when you see the majestic silverback. Visitors will be led to within 6 meters of the gorillas when they are spotted, and will sit around them for an hour, looking into their wide round eyes.
Trekking with gorillas is unpredictable. It’s impossible to estimate how long you’ll be hiking. The gorilla tracking trip will last anywhere from 2 to 8 hours. Before you see any gorillas, expect to travel a long way in steep and muddy terrain, even with rain overhead. It’s best that you’re in decent physical shape. The time spent with the gorillas is reduced to one hour for environmental reasons. A ranger will give you instructions about how to interact with the gorillas.
While most modern forests are less than 12,000 years old, Bwindi’s vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles for at least 25,000 years, amassing a diverse species list in the process. There are 310 butterfly species, 51 reptiles, 200 plants, 88 moths, and a whopping 120 mammal species, including 10 primates. Chimpanzees, L’Hoest’s, red-tailed and blue monkeys, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi’s most famous resident, the mountain gorilla, are among the latter’s inhabitants.
For birdwatchers, Bwindi is a must-see destination. It has 350 species, including seven IUCN red data described species and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, which are difficult or impossible to see in any other region of East Africa.
Day 3: Transfer to Entebbe (daily flights to Entebbe are also available) for Kilimanjaro and Arusha flights.
Early breakfast before continuing our trek from Bwindi to Entebbe, passing through the grassed and terraced escarpments of southwestern Uganda and taking in the stunning views of the area called “the little Switzerland of Africa.”
This is a lush, mountainous territory with steep-sided hills covered in neatly terraced planted rows from top to bottom. The amazing longhorn Ankole cattle are not to be missed as we travel via Mbarara. The Equator line is a spectacular highlight of this trip, and you will undoubtedly cross it when we make a brief stop here.
Before your flight to Tanzania, we’ll arrive in Entebbe in the early evening.
Our representative will greet you at Kilimanjaro Airport and move you to your Arusha hotel as you prepare to embark on a completely different dimension of your Tanzania safari in the Serengeti.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park BIG 5 Safari
We will fly to Serengeti National Park from Arusha early in the morning. We’ll drive to Serengeti along a path near the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, which will enable us to see animals along the way. It’s easy to see why the Serengeti is one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders, with its golden savannah and endless plains teeming with zebras, wildebeest, and giraffes. We will have a picnic lunch on Naabai kopje (a remote, rocky hill in a generally flat area) on this day, where you will be able to see the Serengeti’s popular pink-headed lizards. We’ll go on to the plains after lunch for a leisurely game trip. You’ll spend the night in the Serengeti, falling asleep to the zebra and hyenas’ playful calls.
Serengeti Hot Air Balloon Safari ($570 per person) is an optional experience.
Float through the famed Serengeti National Park in a hot air balloon, taking in the breathtaking scenery. This may be the most spectacular place on the planet to take a balloon ride. There are no power lines, barriers, or roads in the area. Your Balloon Safari journey begins as you leave your lodge or camp early in the morning. It’s still dark outside, and you could see any nocturnal creatures on your way to the launch site. You’ll see your pilot and see your balloon being inflated and primed for flight when you arrive. Since the number of people who can participate is small, this is a unique and exclusive experience. Depending on the atmosphere, the balloon safari will last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. This adventure will come to a close with a champagne bush breakfast in the middle of the park!
Day 5: Serengeti Safari to Ngorongoro Crater
We’ll start the day with an early morning game drive in the Serengeti’s central region. The savannah is an active ecosystem, and when the regenerated sunshine begins to illuminate the entire landscape, the air is filled with the melodies produced by the birds. To track down predators, your guide will examine the footprints on the ground. The Ngorongoro Crater will be our destination. You will be fed and accommodated for the night.
Day 6: Drive back to Arusha after a safari in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
We’ll start the day with an early morning game drive in the Serengeti’s central region. The savannah is an active ecosystem, and when the regenerated sunshine begins to illuminate the entire landscape, the air is filled with the melodies produced by the birds. To track down predators, your guide will examine the footprints on the ground. After that, we’ll return to Arusha by car.
Day 7: Departure – After breakfast, grab your baggage and lunch boxes and drive to Kilimanjaro International Airport to catch your flight home.
- Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
- 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)
- 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)
- Optional Activity fees
- Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
- Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
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.