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MCTU TANZANIA & UGANDA 2020 TOUR

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A Martin Charlton 25th Anniversary Tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park; Luxury tented camping in the Serengeti; Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park; Tracking rhinos on foot at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary; Early morning walking safari in Tarangire National Park; Kazinga Channel afternoon boat cruise

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Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before any applicable taxes. The pricing reflects twin-sharing, per-person costs without airfare to/from the tour; however, we can book flights from your home airport for an added cost. Contact us for a no obligation quote.


Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Sun 19 Jan 2020Sat 08 Feb 2020 $12990 USD

This tour requires a $2500 per person deposit. Due to pre-paid park fees and gorilla permits which are non-refundable once issued, this tour requires a higher than usual deposit amount at time of booking. Your deposit is 100% non-refundable non-transferrable once the tour becomes 'guaranteed.'

Optional Single Supplement: $2390 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $2390 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.


Tour Overview


Regions visited: East Africa
Countries visited: Tanzania and Uganda


Full Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival in Arusha
Arrival in Arusha, Tanzania.

Arusha, nestled in the shadow of Mt. Meru, is the starting point for the northern safari routes of Tanzania, and one of the country's most attractive towns. The surrounding area is primarily a highland forest park, and travellers always hope to catch a glimpse of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance.

Established by the Germans as a centre of colonial administration in the early 20th century, Arusha was a sleepy town with a garrison and a few shops around a grassy roundabout. From its backwater status amidst the farmlands and plantations of northern Tanzania, today Arusha is one of the country’s most prosperous towns.

Overnight in Arusha.

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Arusha - Lake Manyara
Our route today crosses the floor of the Great Rift Valley and takes us to Lake Manyara, a Rift Valley lake renowned for its unique rainforest microclimate. After stopping to mingle with villagers at the local market in Mto Wa Mbu we continue up the rift escarpment and proceed to our lodge with views over the Rift Valley.

After lunch at our lodge we will enjoy a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, the smallest of the northern parks in Tanzania (of which two thirds is the actual lake), hosting a wide variety of vegetation, ranging from savanna to groundwater forest. The park is host to thousands of pelicans, ibis and flamingo that can be heard from afar. Other common visitors to this beautiful lake are hippos and the majestic African fish eagle, which can often be seen swooping down from a perch to snatch a fish from the still waters of the lake. Wildlife interest at Lake Manyara is not confined to bird life only; many game animals such as lion, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, impala, hippo and a great variety of smaller animals also inhabit the park.

After our game drive we will return to our lodge for our overnight.

Overnight above Lake Manyara.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 Lake Manyara - Serengeti National Park
Today we travel from Lake Manyara to the Serengeti National Park.

Our route takes us through the 'highlands', an area of immensely fertile coffee and vegetable farms. The area around the central village of Karatu was cultivated as early as 2,000 years ago by the Mbulu or Iraqw, Cushitic groups of people who migrated south from Ethiopia and Yemen and still dominate the area today. The Maasai came fairly recently, in the late 1700's, but were driven into other areas more suitable for cattle herding by repeated wars with their agricultural neighbours, and by the sleeping sickness in their herds. The first European settlers to arrive were the Germans in the late 1800's.

Upon arrival at the Ngorongoro crater rim we will stop for a photo opportunity before proceeding around the rim of the crater and onward to the Serengeti National Park. As we drop down from the Ngorongoro Highlands we will see the Serengeti Plain stretching out endlessly before us. Indeed the name "Serengeti" derives from a Maasai word meaning "Land-without-end." This is a land of superlatives, both in the vast landscape that surrounds you and the incredible biodiversity it supports. It is here that you have a chance to witness one of the most compelling natural dramas on earth--the annual migration, a sight unparalleled anywhere in the natural world. Today is an excellent introduction to this fantastic landscape and the biodiversity it supports.

The landscape here was originally formed by volcanic activity, and has been sculptured by the concerted action of wind, rain and sun. It now varies from open grass plains in the south, savanna with scattered acacia trees in the centre, hilly, wooded grassland in the north, to extensive woodland and black clay plains to the west. Small rivers, lakes and swamps are scattered throughout. In the southeast rise the great volcanic massifs and craters of the Ngorongoro Highlands. Each area has its own particular atmosphere and wildlife.

Overnight in the Serengeti National Park.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 Serengeti National Park
Today we will either enjoy a full day of game viewing in the Serengeti, or we may split the day into two half-day game drives.

We will visit the "kopjes," a series of low, incongruous hills dotting the open landscape that often provide a vantage point for hungry predators contemplating the endless stream of hoofed animals parading past them. During this time, up to 1.5 million wildebeest and a half a million zebra embark on a single-minded and perilous quest for water and grazing land. Following this spectacle, of course, are the meat-eating opportunists, hoping to capitalize on the physical toll this journey exacts on the desperate grazers. It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous.

Overnight in the Serengeti National Park.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 Serengeti National Park
Today we will again either enjoy a full day of game viewing in the Serengeti, or we may split the day into two half-day game drives.

You may hear of the Big Five before going on Safari, from an old book, or from a nature documentary. Today, these are five of the animals which people most want to see while on Safari (lions, rhinos, buffalo, elephant and leopard). Over one hundred years ago the ‘Big Five’ were the most sought after animals to hunt. They were the fiercest, the most dangerous animals; the animals that would hunt the hunter.

Explorers of East Africa went home with stories of lions and leopards in the tall African grass, of rhinos that would charge at the mere smell of a person, of the Cape Buffalo hidden in the bushes, and of the terrors of an enraged elephant. Today, of course, the hunting is done with camera lenses, but that doesn't take away from the thrill of seeing your first lion or hearing a buffalo walk past our camp at night. These big mammals are each far more interesting than the early explorers knew.

As a result of the biodiversity and ecological significance of the area, the park has been listed by UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites.

Overnight in the Serengeti National Park.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater
Our departure from the Serengeti today sees us travelling back to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. En route this afternoon we will make a stop at Olduvai Gorge, site of the Leakey excavations in the 1960s and 1970s that established this region as the prehistoric habitat of some of the earliest species of hominids with some finds dating back 1.8 million years. Pundits in the life sciences have argued that the Olduvai contribution to the story of human origins remains unsurpassed by any other prehistoric site in the world. A small museum on site outlines the unique geological and human history of the area.

Overnight in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 Ngorongoro Crater - Ngorongoro Highlands
We rise early this morning and descend into the Ngorongoro Crater far below for a game drive in this incredible setting, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We explore the Ngorongoro Crater, 20 km (13 miles) wide and 700 m (2,300 feet) high where we hope to see some of the "Big Five" as well as many herbivores like wildebeest, gazelle, zebra and hippopotamus, as well as thousands of flamingos.

After our game drive we will depart the Ngorongoro Conservation area and continue on to Karatu on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater. Our journey takes us through dramatic rolling green fields and past tiny traditional villages. Our final destination today is Gibbs Farm where we arrive in time for a late lunch. Founded during German colonial times and still privately owned, this farm is now a small lodge perched on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Highlands, surrounded by coffee plantations with long views over lush and beautiful agricultural country. Overlooking the centuries-old Great Rift Valley and Ngorongoro Forest, Gibb’s Farm was one of the first guesthouses in Northern Tanzania. Established as a coffee farm in the late 1920’s and refurbished as a warm, rustic luxury inn, Gibb’s Farm is a welcome retreat for the afternoon.

This afternoon we will enjoy a forest walk. A Gibb’s Farm naturalist is our guide for this tranquil walk through the farm and into the Ngorongoro Forest. Your senses will be alive with the sights and sounds of farm life, flora and fauna of the forest.

Overnight in the Ngorongoro Highlands.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 Ngorongoro Highlands - Tarangire National Park
Our destination today is Tarangire National Park. Along the way to Tarangire, giant baobab trees and umbrella acacias dot the rocky hills and verdant valleys. The gently rolling countryside is dotted with these majestic trees, which seem to dwarf the animals that feed beneath them. Wildlife is drawn to the Tarangire River, a year-round source of water for herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and antelope of all shapes and sizes. Predators such as lion, leopard or hyena lurk nearby. Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania.

Tarangire is located southwest of Arusha and south of the large open grass plains of southern Maasailand. Named after the Tarangire River that flows through the National Park, this vast area offers an array of game including some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa and over 550 bird species,

This afternoon we will enjoy a game drive in this reserve famous for its huge numbers of elephants, baobab trees, zebras, antelope, giraffes, baboons and an amazing variety of bird life. We will return to our lodge in time for dinner.

Overnight in Tarangire National Park.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is probably one of the least visited of the northern Tanzanian game parks, and retains a real air of undiscovered Africa. It lies a little distance to the south east of Lake Manyara and covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers. Many consider this a great place to avoid the crowds that one may find in the other Northern Parks, and an equally brilliant place for viewing large herds of game. The scenery is striking with acacia woodlands dotted with ancient baobabs. We will spend the full day exploring the park.

This morning we will enjoy an early morning walking safari at Tarangire. There is no better way to get up close and personal with the ‘wild’ than on a walking safari. Feel the ancient earth beneath every step you take as you tread on the tracks of animals that have walked the same path minutes before. In the company of an experienced guide we will learn about the flora as well as the fauna.

Overnight in Tarangire National Park.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 Tarangire - Arusha - Entebbe, Uganda
After breakfast we will start our drive back towards Arusha for our flight to Entebbe, Uganda. Upon arrival in Entebbe we will transfer to Kampala -- Uganda's national and commercial capital bordering Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake.

Time permitting we may enjoy an orientation tour of Kampala this afternoon. Kampala is a city constantly being built and rebuilt, and its skyline is forever changing. This is by far Uganda’s largest urban centre, and the city has a distinctive setting spread across a series of seven prominent hills close to Lake Victoria. Although Kampala seems to have outgrown its title of the ‘city of seven hills’ the original seven summits remain important focal points.

Overnight in Kampala, Uganda.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 Kampala - Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary - Murchison Falls N.P.
This morning we start our journey north. Along our route to Murchison Falls National Park we will stop at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. This Sanctuary is a collaborative effort between the Uganda Wildlife Authority and Rhino Fund Uganda, a Ugandan NGO committed to the restoration of Uganda's rhinoceros population. Here we will enjoy lunch as well as some rhino tracking on foot. We then proceed to Murchison Falls.

The falls mark the spot where the Nile River, on its journey from its source at Lake Victoria to join Lake Albert, is suddenly channelled into a gorge only six meters wide and cascades 43 meters below. The earth literally trembles at Murchison Falls -- one of the world's most powerful natural flows of water. Named after Sir Roderick Murchison, president of the Royal Geographical Society, the falls also lend their name to the surrounding National Park.

Overnight in Murchison Falls National Park.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12 Murchison Falls National Park
We begin our day with an early morning breakfast before we head out for a game drive north of the river Nile. Here we have the chance to observe those animals closely associated with the African savanna like lion -- leopard, giraffe, antelope, elephant, and warthog.

After lunch we will enjoy a cruise on the Nile River. Our cruise will take us to the bottom of the thundering falls where we will hope to see crocodiles, hippo, buffalo, elephant and a variety of water birds such as herons, cormorants, ducks, bee-eaters, kingfishers, skimmers, fish eagle and the rare shoebill!

We later return to the lodge for our dinner and overnight.

Overnight in Murchison Falls National Park.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13 Murchison Falls Park
Today we will enjoy both morning and afternoon game drives in Murchison Falls National Park.

The park is home to over 70 species of mammals including four of the “Big Five”, with huge herds of buffaloes and elephants, well-camouflaged leopards and a healthy population of lions. It is also known for its giraffes; in Uganda these can only be viewed here and in Kidepo Valley. Other species viewed regularly along the game tracks include Jackson’s hartebeest, bushbucks, Uganda kob, waterbucks and warthogs. Olive baboons are common along the roadsides, and the varied habitats of Uganda’s largest park make it home to a variety of birds with over 450 species recorded.

Overnight in Murchison Falls National Park.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14 Murchison Falls - Kibale Forest National Park
Early this morning as we exit the park we will make a stop at the top of Murchison Falls for the spectacular views on offer before we continue by road to southwest towards Kibale Forest National Park. We travel via Hoima, and on a clear day the view on the top of the Albert Rift is spectacular. We will arrive at our lodge at the end of the day.

Kibale Forest National Park is one of Uganda’s most spectacular tropical rainforest parks; best known as the primate capital of the world. The forest occupies the northern as well as the central part of the park, and the southern region of Kibale connects to the heart of Queen Elizabeth National park.

Founded in 1993, Kibale forest features over 13 primate species including over 1500 wild chimpanzees. When it comes to chimpanzee tracking, Kibale Forest National Park features on the top list as one of the most exceptional and sought after tourist destinations by primate lovers. Besides chimpanzees, there are also other apes which help to boost primate walks in the park some of which include the localized Red colobus, endemic Uganda Mangabey, the rare L’Hoests monkey, olive baboons, pottos, bush baby, Red tailed monkey, Black and white colobus monkey, blue monkey among others.

Overnight at Kibale.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 15 Kibale - Chimpanzee Tracking & Bigodi Wetlands
Our morning will be spent tracking chimpanzees in the Kibale Forest, and then in the afternoon we will visit the nearby Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a haven for bird-life and butterflies.

Tracking chimpanzees is an experience not to be missed. After breakfast today we will drive to Kanyanchu from where the tracking begins. Of course, seeing the chimpanzees is never guaranteed, but there is a 90% success rate - far higher than any other location which offers chimpanzee trekking in Uganda or Rwanda. Our walk will lead us through the Kibale Forest, and there are good chances of seeing red-tailed monkeys and grey-cheeked mangabeys along the way. We then hope to find ourselves in the company of the chimps, with an hour to enjoy their behaviour and take photos to our heart's content!

Among the other animals living inside the park are: elephants, buffaloes, leopards, bush pigs, Duikers, warthogs and hippos. You will also see numerous butterfly species, some reptiles and perhaps even some amphibians. The park is also a paradise for bird watchers. Approximately 325 species of birds have been documented here.

After lunch back at the lodge we will enjoy a visit to the Bigodi Wetlands where we will enjoy a walk through the swamps. While on our guided walk around the swamps we hope to see many of the bird species found here, including the Snowy Headed Robin Chat, Black and White Casqued Hornbill, Emerald Cuckoo and a variety of weavers, warblers, greenbuls and sunbirds. This eco-tourism site is truly incredible! The verdant vegetation here is a sight in itself – wild palms, Polita fig trees, and the ever dominant papyrus among the many other plants, flowers, and trees you will see here.

Overnight at Kibale.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 16 Kibale - Queen Elizabeth II National Park
After breakfast we will depart from Kibale and head for the Mweya Peninsula in Queen Elizabeth II National Park, dominated on its northern border by the snow-capped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains -- the famous 'Mountains of the Moon.' The varied ecosystems of this park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, support a wide variety of species.

After lunch at our lodge we will enjoy an afternoon cruise up the Kazinga Channel. This channel is a narrow band of water connecting lakes Edward and George, and a boat cruise here is always a memorable experience. Here we have the chance to cruise amid members of Africa's largest hippo population. In addition to these giant semi-aquatic mammals, the excursion affords unique opportunities to view other mammals and birds as they come to the water's edge to drink and bathe. Birding is excellent, and we expect to see species ranging in size from the tiny, brilliant Malachite Kingfisher to the giant Goliath Heron.

Overnight at Queen Elizabeth II National Park.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17 Queen Elizabeth II National Park
Today we will enjoy both morning and afternoon games drives in the National Park.

We will enjoy driving in the open savanna, lined by acacia trees on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley. We may search for the local tree climbing lions (among other things), a population which is found only in this part of the country. It is impressive to see the animals while they are resting on top of the fig trees.

We may drive along the Kasenyi Track, an area which is one of the best places to look for big cats, as well as herds of elephants and solitary buffalo, and of course the fairly common Ugandan kob.

Overnight at Queen Elizabeth II National Park.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 18 Queen Elizabeth II National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
After breakfast we will set off with picnic lunches and head for the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. We may enjoy some game-viewing en-route, and our journey will then take us through rolling hills and colourful villages before we eventually reach the Bwindi Forest and our lodge for the next two nights.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – just less than half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.

A recent 2018 survey of the critically endangered mountain gorilla has revealed that it is the only great ape in the world whose population is rising. The census puts the wild population of mountain gorillas at 1,004 – a 25 per cent increase since 2010. Mountain gorillas are found in only two locations in the world: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda and the Virunga Massif, which straddles the border between Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Overnight at Bwindi.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 19 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park: Gorilla Trekking
A gorilla trek is a true highlight for anyone visiting Uganda, and certainly mountain gorillas are one of the the major reason as to why people venture to this corner of the country. This is a truly surreal experience, and your anticipation builds with each step. The reward of seeing the last remaining mountain gorillas in the world is spectacular. The setting, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, is arguably one of the most mystical in all of Africa.

After our briefing at the park headquarters we will drive to the trailhead for our trek. Today's walk/hike/trek can take from one to three hours (sometimes more) at elevations in excess of 2270 m (7,500 ft) and over rough terrain. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is invigorating, and the beauty of the forest and its inhabitants is fascinating. These are wild animals and the trackers have to locate where the gorillas have gone each day. We get to spend an hour with them once they've been located! You will watch them groom, eat and play, and then we will trek out of the forest and be driven back to our lodge for a well earned hot shower and hearty dinner.

* Your gorilla permits are included in the tour price.

Overnight at Bwindi.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 20 Bwindi - Entebbe
We head out early today and travel by road from Bwindi to Entebbe via Mbarara. Our route will take us across some incredible landscapes, past local markets, towns, terraced hills, forests, banana plantations, and more! We will arrive in Entebbe in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Entebbe.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 21 Departure
Departure from Entebbe.

SAFARI NJEMA!

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Tour Map

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*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


Hotel List


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Kibo Palace

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Arusha
Country: Tanzania

Casual rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars, as well as safes and mosquito nets. They also include sitting
... Other amenities include 2 bars, an outdoor pool and a fitness room, as well as a spa with a sauna and massages. A gift shop is also available.
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Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

Rating: 5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation
Location: Lake Manyara
Country: Tanzania

Standing high on the bluff above Lake Manyara's gleaming alkaline waters, the Lodge commands panoramic views across the volcano-studded floor
... the Great Rift Valley. The circular, closely-thatched rooms echo the traditional Maasai 'Boma' style of construction. Each room has a private veranda and breathtaking views of the shimmering lake.


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Serengeti Sopa Lodge

Rating: 5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation
Location: Serengeti National Park
Country: Tanzania

Nestled in the acacia woodland on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti. 69 standard
... all with 2 queen size beds, carpeted, and tastefully furnished with local fabrics and pictures. The rooms have en-suite bathrooms and hairdryers.


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Turner Springs Camp


Location: Serengeti National Park
Country: Tanzania

This particular camp is located 17kms from Seronera HQ and lies right in the heart of central Serengeti. The spectacular
... secluded location of this camp boasts all year round game which choose to graze around the camp due to its lagoon type contoured landscape, where the camps is surrounded on three sides by water catchments. There are also large acacia trees spread sparingly across the camp which adds on to create a tranquil feel of the camp and also helps provide natural shading assisting to keep cool the tents during the hot summer months.
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Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Rating: 5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation
Location: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Country: Tanzania

Facing the always magnificent sunsets to the west, and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater’s entire rim, Ngorongoro
... Lodge stands well over half a kilometre above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera.

Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, and decorated with examples of Africa’s rich tapestry of artistic traditions by way of rich woodcarvings and sculptures, the lodge harmonizes perfectly with its dramatic surroundings. But the drama does not just stop with the great outdoors: it also flows through the split level interiors of the main building which all offer an unsurpassed generosity of space while somehow managing to combine an almost magically welcoming ambience of both warmth and cosiness.

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Tarangire Treetops

Rating: 5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation
Location: Tarangire National Park
Country: Tanzania

Tarangire Treetops sits alone in a private conservation area that covers an area of 260 sq km, and the Masai
... amid rolling baobab studded hills with views to Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley wall. Tarangire Treetops offers 20 luxury tents, built atop tree-attached platforms, overlooking the Tarangire Sand River. Each en-suite unit has a private veranda and lounge area, with sweeping views over the conservation area.


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Kampala Serena Hotel

Rating: 5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation
Location: Kampala
Country: Uganda

Set on 7 acres of landscaped grounds, this sophisticated hotel features upscale rooms and suites come with free Wi-Fi, satellite
... and safes. They also include tea and coffeemakers.
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Mweya Safari Lodge

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Queen Elizabeth Ii National Park
Country: Uganda

Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors an unforgettable experience. Located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National
... Mweya Safari Lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the 'Mountains of the Moon'.

To the east, lie the guardians of the birthplace of mankind, the Great Rift Valley hills, separated from the Mountains of the Moon by the meandering Kazinga Channel. Here the water flows endlessly into two giant lakes – Lake George and Lake Edward.

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Mahogany Springs Lodge

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Country: Uganda

Mahogany Springs offers privacy and serenity blended with optimal comfort in a spectacular setting. With some of the most luxurious
... in East Africa the feeling that you will experience when staying here is beyond compare.

At Mahogany Springs it is the little touches that make the big difference, from the tiny details in the design of the lodge through to the unrivalled service levels provided by the highly trained management team.

Mahogany Springs is the perfect base from which to begin you Gorilla Tracking or Bird watching adventures. The Gorillas have been to know to the visit the lodge and coming face to face with one of these peaceful creatures is an indescribable experience.

With more bird species per square kilometre than anywhere else in the world Bwindi is often described as bird watchers paradise and the fact that Mahogany Springs is set back on an open piece of land by the river ensures we have many rare species visiting us every day.

Come and stay at Mahogany Springs and it will live in your memory forever with a charming elegance that will leave you wanting more…

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Gorilla Safari Lodge


Location: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Country: Uganda

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is situated on the South of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park with stunning views over Bwindi
... Forest, the magnificent Virunga Volcanoes and the Great Albertine Rift Valley. There are 18 individually hand-crafted cottages, each offering the tranquillity of the rainforest, the atmosphere of a mountain chalet and the warm hospitality Ugandans are known for.
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K Hotel

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Entebbe
Country: Uganda

Unwind yourself in the luxuries of our rooms with modern interiors, balconies, and comforts like complimentary high-speed wireless internet, Satellite
... a full sized executive desk, safety deposit boxes.
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Trip Information

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Inclusions

Most meals are included (as per the tour itinerary). All accommodation, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for parks/sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary, including gorilla permits. Gratuities for driver-guides/gorilla guides, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving/late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.

NOTE: Due to pre-paid park fees and gorilla permits which are non-refundable once issued, this tour requires a higher than usual deposit amount at time of booking. Your $2500 per person deposit is 100% non-refundable non-transferrable once the tour becomes 'guaranteed.'

Exclusions

International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, some lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international (if applicable) air taxes, visa fees,* and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, visas, and and locally-payable departure taxes.

* Tanzanian visas are available upon arrival; Uganda visa are available online.

Seasonality and Weather

UGANDA: Temperatures average about 25C (79°F) during the day and 15C (60°F) at night. The warmest months are from December to February when the daytime range is 26-28C (81-84°F). Our January timing is outside of the two main rainy periods, April to May & late October through November. Humidity is generally low outside of the wet seasons.

TANZANIA: Tanzania experiences two rainy seasons and two dry seasons: the short dry season runs from late January to early March, and the long dry season from June to October. Our Timing coincides with the end of the drier period, which means that if the seasonal "short rains" arrive on time, we may experience some showers. Wildlife viewing should be excellent, in that foliage and grass has not yet had a chance to fill out and grow tall, which later in the season could make animal viewing more challenging.

Transport and Travel Conditions

We travel by multiple touring mini-buses, with seating for approx six. Main roads are generally good but travel is much slower than on European or American roads. Secondary roads are of variable quality and often slow and bumpy, especially around the gorilla parks.

Our difficulty "Level 3" rating refers mostly to our gorilla viewing excursions; aside from this, the trip is quite leisurely and not tremendously physical. We'll have some full days of travel on some bad roads, some early starts, and will be moving around a lot on an ambitious program. We'll also experience some heat and visit remote locations with limited access to medical facilities.

MOUNTAIN GORILLAS
Mountain gorillas are a major attraction of this tour and the following is compiled to maximize your enjoyment and understanding of these animals. Gorillas are very special animals - rare, gentle, like us yet so different. Tracking gorillas is a unique experience - the trek will take you into a strange land to meet these unusual creatures on their own terms.

Gorilla tracking is an intense experience that can take all day. A trek can take from one to six hours, sometimes more, at elevations in excess of 2270m (7,500 ft) and over rough terrain. Local guides will have a very good idea where the gorillas are and how far away they may be on the morning of our excursion. If they have the luxury of doing so, and if there are multiple gorilla family groups to choose from, the guides may choose to divide the group into groups that are less/more capable physically and assign participants dependent on estimated distance. But, of course, this cannot be guaranteed.

Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is invigorating, and the beauty of the forest and its inhabitants is fascinating.

We must also stress that, while you have a very good chance of seeing gorillas, the parks that we visit clearly state that success is NOT guaranteed! They are wild creatures with no fixed routine, and finding them requires the skill and experience of your trackers and guides, as well as luck!

For more information, go to www.uwa.or.ug and www.ortpn.gov.rw

Accommodation

UGANDA has only re-emerged as tourist destinations in the last few years and their lodges and camps are not as luxurious as in some African countries. That said, you will be very comfortable in our well-appointed, well-managed properties.

TANZANIA hotels and lodges used are 4-5 star properties with hot water, electricity, mosquito netting, dining areas, bar, swimming pools. Remote lodges are not air-conditioned though many are at higher elevations where heat is not a factor.

Hotel porter service is available throughout (see 'Inclusions'). Single rooms are limited in number* and likely smaller than twins. Many lodges are quite spread out and you will need to be able to walk up to 10 minutes from public areas to your room.

* A mandatory single supplement may apply to this tour if you have selected our share program and we cannot find you a share partner. Due to the very high cost of single accommodation in the region, the "forced" single supplement is equal to 100% of the published single rate.

Single supplement rates for this trip are tiered according to how many are requested. Ie, the first two sold will be offered at the lowest rate, the rate will increase from #3-6, and 7 or more will come at a higher rate (these are terms applied by our suppliers at destination).

Please click on the 'Map & Hotels' tab elsewhere on this page for more information.

Staff and Support

Local driver/guides and gorilla trek guides. This tour will be led by senior Tour Leader, Martin Charlton who, in 2020, will be celebrating 25 years with Adventures Abroad.

Group Size

Maximum 16 plus Tour Leader