Uganda Gorilla Tracking & Tanzania Luxury Safari

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Day 1

Thu. 9 Sep 2021

    

Entebbe

Day notes

Welcome to Africa and Uganda!

You will be met upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport and transferred a short distance to our hotel.  The remainder of the day and evening will be at leisure.

Transfer from Entebbe International Airport [EBB] to The Boma Hotel Entebbe

Details  

9 Sep 2021

Mode

Transfer

Pick up

Entebbe International Airport [EBB]

Drop off

The Boma Hotel Entebbe

Transfer

Check-in to The Boma Hotel Entebbe

Day 2

Fri. 10 Sep 2021

    

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Day notes

We will depart this morning after breakfast for the Entebbe Airport and our short flight to Kisoro, Uganda.   

Located under the peaks of the Mufumbiro Mountains, which are part of the Virunga Mountains and home to rare mountain gorillas, Kisoro is known for its colorful markets, mountain scenery, Lake Mutanda, and being the nearest town to the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.  It is also an access town for those traveling to Rwanda or the Democratic Republic of the Congo for gorilla tracking in Virunga National Pak and Volcanoes National Park. 

A 1-hour's drive will take us to our lodge and home for the next three nights, Mount Gahinga Safari Lodge.  Take some time to rest after arrival.  Lunch will be at the lodge.

Later this afternoon, we will visit the Batwa Community on our first Evolved Experience. 

The Evolved Traveler believes travel is “evolving” into something more than we have previously experienced or knew it to be. There is a desire for it to be more meaningful, more impactful, more enriching, and certainly more engaging. We understand our guests wish to travel with a purpose and truly engage with the cultures they visit, and that is why we have created the Evolved Experience.

Evolved Experiences are a core and unique component to all our journeys that provide you, our Evolved Traveler, with experiences that far exceed the par-for-the-course of luxury travel. Evolved Experiences allow our guests the opportunity to make a lasting impression on the communities they visit, extend their hand in a gesture of global community, and create memories that can be cherished for years to come, not only for themselves but for those they visit.

Living on the Mgahinga National Park's perimeters are the remaining members of the endangered Batwa Pygmy tribe that once claimed this region as their own.  Our visit to their community is a way to learn more about their history and culture as hunter-gathers and is also a means to support these people whose ancient way of life was almost wiped out by modernization and who have effectively become refugees in their own country.

Today, there are approximately 3000 Batwa left. Living in grass-hut villages, marginalized and excluded from mainstream society, they are given limited access to work, education, and healthcare; It has been a struggle for decades for the Batwa to adapt to the changing times. 

In a sign of progression and genuine sustainable tourism, in 2000, members of the Batwa community formed the United Organization for Batwa Development in Uganda (UOBDU), which works to support the tribe in their respective villages with education, housing, and income generation. One of the primary initiatives is to set up cultural experience tours, providing the Batwa the opportunity to be directly involved in their own tourism projects.  Now, rather than continuing to be exploited, they are controlling their own destiny once again with the UOBDU project.  We will witness this sustainable tourism project in action.

We will gather with our safari mates this evening for a welcome dinner at the lodge.

Check-out from The Boma Hotel Entebbe

Transfer from The Boma Hotel Entebbe to Entebbe International Airport [EBB]

Details  

10 Sep 2021

Mode

Transfer

Pick up

The Boma Hotel Entebbe

Drop off

Entebbe International Airport [EBB]

Transfer

Charter Flight from Entebbe International Airport [EBB] to Kisoro Airport

Details  

10 Sep 2021

Mode

Charter Flight

Departure

Entebbe International Airport [EBB]

Arrival

Kisoro Airport

Charter Flight

Transfer from Kisoro Airport to Mount Gahinga Lodge

Details  

10 Sep 2021

Mode

Transfer

Pick up

Kisoro Airport

Drop off

Mount Gahinga Lodge

Transfer

Check-in to Mount Gahinga Lodge

Included:

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

All beverages excluding premium brands

 

Day 3

Sat. 11 Sep 2021

    

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Day notes

Today (and tomorrow) will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of our journey in what will truly be a once-in-lifetime opportunity as we go gorilla tracking with the Gorilla Doctors, our second Evolved Experience of the journey.

"Gorilla Doctors is dedicated to saving the mountain and eastern lowland (Grauer’s) gorilla species one gorilla patient at a time. Our international veterinary team provides hands-on medical care to the ill and injured mountain and Grauer’s gorillas living in the national parks of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). With only 1,004 mountain gorillas, and an ever-decreasing number of Grauer’s gorillas left in the world today, the health and well-being of every individual gorilla are vital to the species’ survival. Our veterinary team regularly monitors the health of mountain and Grauer’s gorillas and intervenes to treat individuals with life-threatening illnesses or injuries whenever possible. The Gorilla Doctors also help rescue and treat mountain and Grauer’s gorillas orphaned by poachers."

https://www.gorilladoctors.org/

PLEASE NOTE: Our group will be split in two on Days 3 and 4.  One group will go tracking with the Gorilla Doctors, and the other group to Bwindi National Park to track our expert guides.  We will then switch so that each group has a tracking session with the Gorilla Doctors.

Included:

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

All beverages excluding premium brands

Day 4

Sun. 12 Sep 2021

    

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Day notes

Today is day two of our Gorilla tracking.

Included:

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

All beverages excluding premium brands

Day 5

Mon. 13 Sep 2021

    

Northern Serengeti

Day notes

This morning, we bid farewell to Uganda and make our way to Tanzania.

We will have a morning flight back from Kisoro back to Entebbe and then on to Lobo via Musoma.  Upon arrival in Lobo, our safari staff will meet and transfer us to the luxury Kleins Camp. Our accommodations at Kleins Camp are intimate cottages with ensuite bathrooms (showers only).

After arrival, lunch will be provided with some time to rest before our first game drive late this afternoon.

  

Check-out from Mount Gahinga Lodge

Transfer from Mount Gahinga Lodge to Kisoro Airport

Details  

13 Sep 2021

Mode

Transfer

Pick up

Mount Gahinga Lodge

Drop off

Kisoro Airport

Transfer

Scheduled Flight from Kisoro Airport to Entebbe International Airport [EBB]

Details  

13 Sep 2021

Mode

Scheduled Flight

Departure

Kisoro Airport

Arrival

Entebbe International Airport [EBB]

Scheduled Flight

Scheduled Flight from Entebbe International Airport [EBB] to Lobo Airstrip

Details  

13 Sep 2021

Mode

Scheduled Flight

Departure

Entebbe International Airport [EBB]

Arrival

Lobo Airstrip

Scheduled Flight

Transfer from Lobo Airstrip to andBeyond Klein's Camp

Details  

13 Sep 2021

Mode

Transfer

Pick up

Lobo Airstrip

Drop off

andBeyond Klein's Camp

Transfer

Check-in to andBeyond Klein's Camp

Included:

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

All beverages excluding premium brands

Day 6

Tue. 14 Sep 2021

    

Northern Serengeti

Day notes

Enjoy a day of safari drives beginning early this morning, returning in time for breakfast.

Take time to relax before lunch and heading out once again late this afternoon returning in time for dinner.  But, the day is not done! 

Set on a private concession on the northern border of the Serengeti National Park, Klein’s Camp offers the opportunity to experience night drives and go off-roading in search of intimate wildlife encounters in open safari vehicles with a canvas canopy. Because they are conducted in a private concession, game drives do not encounter vehicles other than those from Klein’s, allowing the rare luxury of relatively private animal sightings while benefitting from the wildlife riches of the neighboring Serengeti. 

Included:

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

All beverages excluding premium brands

Day 7

Wed. 15 Sep 2021

    

Northern Serengeti

Day notes

Our final day at Kleins Camp brings additional safari drives and the opportunity for a Bush Walk out on the open savannah with our safari guides.

 

Included:

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

All beverages excluding premium brands

Day 8

Thu. 16 Sep 2021

    

Ngorongoro Crater

Day notes

This morning we transfer to the airstrip for our from Lobo Airstrip to Manyara Airstrip.  Marvel at the beautiful scenery as we fly high above parts of the Great Rift Valley before landing at Manyara airstrip on the escarpment.

We will again be met and transferred by our safari team to Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, approximately 1.5 hours drive through the African plains. Lunch will be served at the lodge upon arrival.

Located in Northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is best known for its natural beauty and abundance of diverse wildlife. Surrounded by Tanzania’s highlands, this UNESCO-listed crater is said to be the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Visitors can look forward to spotting the world-renowned "Big Five" and a host of other wildlife species including large herds of zebra and wildebeest.

The afternoon is at leisure, or take an optional game drive at Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Indulge and explore at the luxurious Ngorongoro Crater Lodge during our 3-night stay in a Suite with an ensuite bathroom with a bath and shower. 

 

Check-out from andBeyond Klein's Camp

Transfer from andBeyond Klein's Camp to Lobo Airstrip

Details  

16 Sep 2021

Mode

Transfer

Pick up

andBeyond Klein's Camp

Drop off

Lobo Airstrip

Transfer

Charter Flight from Lobo Airstrip to Lake Manyara Airstrip

Details  

16 Sep 2021

Mode

Charter Flight

Departure

Lobo Airstrip

Arrival

Lake Manyara Airstrip

Charter Flight

Transfer from Lake Manyara Airstrip to andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Details  

16 Sep 2021

Mode

Transfer

Pick up

Lake Manyara Airstrip

Drop off

andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Transfer

Check-in to andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Included:

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

All beverages excluding premium brands

Day 9

Fri. 17 Sep 2021

    

Ngorongoro Crater

Day notes

Today brings our final Evolved Experience with a visit to the KOPE Lion Foundation. 

Enjoy half a day with the KopeLion team and discover how these dedicated conservationists foster lion-people coexistence within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA). Working closely with local communities, they create a sustainable ‘corridor of tolerance’ that will re-connect the divided Crater and Serengeti lion sub-populations, ensuring their long-term survival. This insightful experience will allow you to understand the challenges and complexities of wildlife and human coexistence.

PLEASE NOTE:  Guests may be split into groups and visiting at different times.  

We will enjoy game drives this afternoon, ending with a true safari sundowner on the edge of the caldera this evening! 

Included:

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

All beverages excluding premium brands

Day 10

Sat. 18 Sep 2021

    

Ngorongoro Crater

Day notes

We have a final day of exploration in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area including, a crater tour.

This evening we gather for a farewell dinner to share in the wonderful memories we will be taking home with us. 

Included:

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

All beverages excluding premium brands

Day 11

Sun. 19 Sep 2021

    

End of Itinerary

Day notes

Breakfast at the lodge before we bid farewell.

You will be met by a team member who will drive us from Ngorongoro Crater Lodge to the Manyara airstrip (approximately 1.5 hours) for a 12:00 PM flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

We will connect on our international departure flights at Kilimanjaro.

Check-out from andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Transfer from andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge to Lake Manyara Airstrip

Details  

19 Sep 2021

Mode

Transfer

Pick up

andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Drop off

Lake Manyara Airstrip

Transfer

Scheduled Flight from Lake Manyara Airstrip to Kilimanjaro International Airport [JRO]

Details  

19 Sep 2021

Mode

Scheduled Flight

Departure

Lake Manyara Airstrip

Arrival

Kilimanjaro International Airport [JRO]

Scheduled Flight

Included:

Breakfast

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