13 Days & 12 Nights Uganda Tanzania Safari: Gorilla & Wildlife Viewing

13 days and 12 nights Uganda Tanzania Safari takes |Kilimanjaro Airport | Moshi | Arusha | Maasai Boma| Serengeti National Park | Ngorongoro Crater| Karatu| Depart to Zanzibar-Entebbe| Bwindi Impenetrable National park| Entebbe

Brief Itinerary 13 Days Uganda Tanzania Safari

  • Day 1: Arrival Tanzania
  • Day 2: Full day Kilimanjaro Hike Trip /Transfer to Arusha.
  • Day 3: Arusha / Serengeti National Park / Maasai Boma.
  • Day 4: Full day game drive in Serengeti National Park.
  • Day 5: Drive to Ngorongoro crater/Bougainvillea lodge
  • Day 6: Drive from Ngorongoro to Arusha Airport and then board a domestic one-way flight to Zanzibar.
  • Day 7: Full day Zanzibar
  • Day 8: Full day Zanzibar
  • Day 9: Full day Zanzibar
  • Day 10: Fly from Zanzibar to Entebbe
  • Day 11: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National park
  • Day 12: Gorilla Tracking
  • Day 13: Drive from Bwindi – Entebbe- Airport

Detailed Itinerary 13 Days Uganda Tanzania Safari

Day 1:  Arrival Tanzania

Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport / Transfer to Moshi.  You will meet our professional guide at the Airport for a Meet and greet and short briefing then he will drive you to Moshi, which is approximately 31km, 1hrs drive

Overnight at Weru Weru River Lodge. Breakfast, Dinner.

Distance: 31 km, 1 hr

Day 2: Full day Kilimanjaro Hike Trip /Transfer to Arusha.

Overnight at Gold Crest Hotel. HB.

  • Marangu Gate (1,900m/5,905ft) to Mandara Hut (2,743m/9,000ft)
Kilimanjaro Hike

Kilimanjaro Hike

Wake up very early in the morning and have breakfast, pick your packed lunch. Leave Moshi at 7:00 am for Marangu Gate.

For your briefing and registration, after completing gate registration begin your Kilimanjaro trek. Walk along a narrow trail through the rainforest of Kilimanjaro for most of the hike.

Eat a picnic lunch at Kisambioni, day one’s halfway point. After lunch continues walking through the rainforest until reaching Mandara Hut.

Relax a bit and take a short walk to Maundi Crater. The views to the east over Taveta and to the northwest to Mawenzi Peak – a clear view of Mount Kilimanjaro are stunning on a clear day, making the short hike well worth the effort – descend back to Marangu Gate and drive to Arusha.

The drive will transfer you back to your hotel. Overnight at Gold Crest Hotel

Meal Plan: Breakfast and lunch

  • Elevation: 1,900m to 2,743m
  • Hiking time: 3 hours hike to Mandara Hut, 2 hours hike back t to Marangu Gate
  • Distance: Approximately 12 kilometers
  • Habitat: Mountain forest

Day 3: Arusha / Serengeti National Park / Maasai Boma.

Overnight at Serengeti Heritage Camp. BLD.

Wake up early morning and have breakfast, after breakfast collect lunch boxes, and drive to Serengeti National Park. You will have an en-route stop passing by the Maasai Village in Ngorongoro for the Cultural Tour.

Proceed to Serengeti with an afternoon game drive through Serengeti National Park as you head to the Camp. Spend the evening at leisure at your camp. Dinner and overnight on full board. Overnight at Serengeti Heritage Camp

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Distance: 348.4km, 6h 25 min.

Day 4: Full day game drive in Serengeti National Park.

Overnight at Serengeti Heritage Camp. BLD.

Serengeti National park

Serengeti National park

Wake up early in the morning for the sunrise game drive. Serengeti National park- Unlike most parks where you have to wait for three days to see all the Big 5 animals, here you can see all of them in one hour.

Covering ‎14,750 km2 (5,700 sq mi), it is an endless flat plain with short grass that makes it very easy to view wildlife.

In their midst are rocks where lions hide while waiting for their prey. In the rainy season, the grass is green.  In the dry season, it turns golden brown.

Return for breakfast, collect packed lunch and depart for a full day game drive in Serengeti. Head back to the lodge. Dinner and overnight on full board. Serengeti Heritage Camp.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 5: Drive to Ngorongoro crater/Bougainvillea lodge

After breakfast at 6 am an early morning game drive and then proceed to Ngorongoro crater. The Crater supports a vast variety of animals. You will stopover at the Masai Boma for the cultural tour before descending into the Ngorongoro crater- a wonderful haven for the wildlife.

Ngorongoro is unique in that almost all the wildlife lives within the crater walls hence you have the opportunity to find a game easily. Rhino, in particular, can be seen regularly as well as the pride of lions and other predators like cheetahs.

You will visit Lake Magadi a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner which is one of the main features of the crater. Enjoy lunch at 12h by the hippo pond before beginning your drive back to karatu. Dinner and Overnight at Bougainvillea lodge full board

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 6: Drive from Ngorongoro to Arusha Airport and then board a domestic one-way flight to Zanzibar.

Wake in the morning for breakfast at 07:00 am and after breakfast drive to the Kilimanjaro Airport, – Fly to Zanzibar. Arrive in Zanzibar from Arusha at Abeid Amani Karume international airport and our guide will transfer you to your hotel. Overnight at Uroa Bay Hotel. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Day 7: Full day Zanzibar

Stone Town Tour + Spice Tour. Overnight at Uroa Bay Hotel. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Day 8: Full day Zanzibar

Nakupenda Sandbank Picnic. Overnight at Uroa Bay Hotel. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Day 9: Full day Zanzibar

Leisure day at the hotel, enjoying the beach and hotel facilities. Overnight at Uroa Bay Hotel. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Day 10:  Fly from Zanzibar to Entebbe

Transfer to the airport in Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume international airport for your outbound flight to Uganda. On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our professional guide, who will greet you and transfer you to your hotel, taking between 15 minutes to 20 minutes, depending on traffic. Overnight at Central inn Entebbe

Meal Plan: Bed and Break fast

Day 11: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National park

An early morning breakfast then start from Entebbe to Bwindi, enjoy the scenery while on your journey to Bwindi.  You will have a stopover at the Equator.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and one of the richest biological and botanical regions in the world. The forest covers an area of 331 km² at the south-western edge of the western Rift Valley. Bwindi’s most-revered species are the approximately 400 wild Mountain Gorillas (2011 census) that make up half of the world population of these gentle apes.

After a few hours in the vehicle, you may enjoy an afternoon walk around the village of Buhoma or Rushaga (your home for two nights) and a chance to visit the Batwa, the ancient forest-dwelling tribe. Overnight at Rushaga Gorilla camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 12: Gorilla Tracking

You will be up early on the morning of your Gorilla Tracking for a good breakfast in preparation for the day’s physical activity. You will report for registration at the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger station by 8 AM.

Gorilla Tracking

Gorilla Tracking

After a briefing by the rangers, your gorilla trek will start. The trek usually takes between three and six hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a strong pair of walking boots or shoes.

The rangers will guide you through the village gardens and into the jungle-like forest. They will escort you through the sometimes thick bush, occasionally hacking the dense undergrowth with a machete as you search to locate the gorillas.

The mountain gorillas are under 24-hour monitoring for their own safety, so you’re almost guaranteed to see them. The rangers monitor each gorilla family by keeping in close radio contact. In part due to gorilla tourism, the population of gorillas is slowly increasing but the species remains critically endangered. Gorillas and humans share almost identical genetic material and their health must not be compromised by coming into contact with human diseases (via our food, for example). To reduce transmission of disease from humans to gorillas, you will also be advised to keep a distance of 7 meters from the gorillas.

Once you have located the gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings to one side, and approach the gentle giants, just with your camera. The guides will interpret the animals’ behavior and advise on what you are watching. Females and their young, young males and even a dominant Silverback may be seen: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping! You will never forget your encounter with the gorillas. They will be quite curious to see you! You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to base. . Overnight at Rushaga Gorilla Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 13: Drive from Bwindi – Entebbe- Airport

Depart Bwindi with great memories of the moments spent with the fascinating Mountain Gorillas. Transfer back to Entebbe with lunch en-route. Depending on your flight schedule, you will have a lunch stop then your driver will transfer you to the airport in due time for your outbound flight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • All Game drives and the Park fees, Camping fee, Conservation Area, Crater Service in Tanzania and Uganda
  • Cultural Tour at Maasai village
  • Transfer from Kilimanjaro airport to Moshi and Moshi to Arusha and also Airport transfers in Entebbe
  • Professional Mountain Guide, lunch box and Kili park mountain fee, 1 assistance guide (from 4 pax)
  • Hotel overnight before in Moshi
  • Picnic lunch in the bush
  • Pick up on arrival and drop off after safari in Tanzania
  • Budget Accommodations as agreed in the itinerary above Tanzania and Uganda)
  • 1 Gorilla Per person
  • Meals as per the above itinerary – 3 Meals a day – Vegetarians and Nonvegetarians (advise dietary requirements before arrival) in Tanzania and Entebbe
  • Transport in a 4WD tourist vehicle with pop up roof and English speaking-the seating not more than 5 people in a 7 seater van according to the COVID-19 travel SOPs (Mini-vans in Uganda and Jeep in Tanzania
  • 4×4 standard jeep open roof-seating not more than 5 in a 7 seater jeep people according to the COVID-19 travel SOPs
  • Each Jeep comes with simple snacks on board
  • Complimentary bottled drinking water while on safari in Uganda and Tanzania
  • Professional driver-guide for a safari in Tanzania and Uganda
  • Accommodation on HB at Uroa Beach Hotel
  • **Return Airport Transfer in Zanzibar
  • **Flight from Arusha to Zanzibar one way
  • **Professional guide in Zanzibar for the excursions
  • **Entrance fee
  • **Zanzibar dhow boat for the sandbank picnic
  • Park fees in Tanzania and Uganda
  • Covid-19 Face masks in Uganda and Tanzania
  • Sanitizer

PACKAGE EXCLUDES:

  • Soft drinks, beer, wine, and spirits (as well as gifts like local crafts, etc).
  • Any international flights tickets (airline) to/from Tanzania
  • International insurance
  • Tips for staff such as guides, waiters, cooks staff.
  • Fees for passport, visas, immunizations, and insurance.
  • Meals and expenses en route to Tanzania.
  • Laundry, phone, and other items of a personal nature.
  • Cost of hospitalization and evacuation if necessary –
  • Visit and supports for the orphan’s center – these can be arranged and paid directly to the center.
  • And all which are not mentioned above

We recommend you to bring lightweight safari shoes or trainers, sandals, sunglasses, sun creams, insect repellent creams, a lightweight first aid kit, a day pack for your cameras, a rucksack for your safari gears, and clothes.

Of course, you will want to capture much of Tanzania’s wildlife, so don’t forget a camera, batteries, and film. A medium-range telephoto lens will be found useful as will a pair of binoculars. In case you’re bringing any electrical equipment, the electricity is 220v. Also, our vehicles have a charging system for our clients to charge their cameras, etc.