Tour duration: 15 Days
Destinations visited: Uganda, Bwindi, Kenya, Masai Mara, Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls.
Africa’s diversity is on offer, with enchanting experiences of staring deep into the pensive eyes of a Mountain Gorilla, stops at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and vibrant nights under canvas in Nairobi and Kenya’s Masai Mara.
This overland thrilling tour is all about a memorable once in a life-time gorilla trekking expedition. A must do for all adventurous discerning travelers! In addition to the life-changing hour you spend with a gorilla family, you will also be able to hike the mighty Victoria Falls- one of the natural wonders of the world; Follow the great herds thumping through Kenya’s Masai Mara- one of Africa’s most venerated reserves and toast to your good fortune of being in Africa with a dawn hot-air balloon safari.
Day to Day Itinerary:
- Day 1: Welcome to Uganda
- Days 2 – 4: Meet the Gorillas
- Days 4 – 5: Nairobi
- Days 6 – 8: Masai Mara
- Days 9 – 11: Flying north for the Wildebeest Migration Spectacle
- Days 11 – 15: The magnificent Victoria Falls
15 Days Adventurer Uganda & Zanzibar Beach
Day 1: Touchdown Entebbe
On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will transfer to Protea Hotel, Kampala for the night. The rest of the day is yours to relax at the hotel or explore the energetic city and visit the many shops and markets.
Days 2 – 3: Track chimpanzee in the Kibale Forest
Depart from Kampala and travel through the central part of the country, passing the rural towns of Mityana, Mubende and Kwenjojo on the way. Arrive at the town of Fort Portal, situated at the base of the sweeping Ruwenzori Mountains. After lunch, continue along the rolling hillside past scenic Crater Lakes to the Kibale Forest Camp in the primate world of Kibale Forest National Park.
Early the next morning, embark with Kibale’s researchers into these tropical forests to track the local chimpanzee population. See the chimps in their natural environment and marvel at how similar they are to humans.
Days 3 – 5: Spot hippos on the Kazinga Channel
Say goodbye to the Kibale Forest as you make your way south through rich farmland, travelling on the slopes of the Ruwenzori Mountains – one of Africa’s largest mountain ranges. Cross the equator before reaching the renowned Queen Elizabeth National Park.
After enjoying lunch at the Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge, set off on a game drive in Uganda’s prime game viewing region and be on the lookout for elephant and buffalo. As these are the breeding grounds of the Uganda kob, you will be sure to see them grazing in the grass. Continue your game viewing in the park the following day as you explore the network of tracks in search of the animals you have not yet seen. In the evening, embark on a cruise of the Kazinga Channel, home to the largest concentration of hippo.
Days 5 – 7: Trek gorillas of Bwindi
Head south through the national park to the Ishasha Plains and enjoy a short game drive to spot the plains’ well known tree-climbing lions. After seeing these brilliantly adapted creatures you’ll exit the park and travel through the rolling hills of central Africa as you make your way to the Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge in the great Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. An early morning will see you off on a chance-of-a-lifetime experience of tracking the mountain gorillas of Uganda. A professional guide will lead you along, searching for these gentle giants, trek the lush, tropical mountains to see Uganda’s rare mountain gorillas. Since these highly endangered creatures do not breed in captivity, encountering a silverback gorilla and his family in the wild is one of the most poignant and thrilling wildlife experiences in the world. After a refreshing night’s sleep, you once again lace up your hiking boots and set out to meet members of the Twa tribe, who are thought to be the longest-standing inhabitants of the Great Lakes region. Their history can be traced back at least 4 000 years and they are renowned as dancers and storytellers. You will learn more about the Batwa’s hunting and gathering techniques, their goddess and their musical performances. Day 7-9: Lake Mburo Walking Safari.
Say farewell to the dense tropical forest of Bwindi and make your way to Lake Mburo National Park’s acacia woodland via the town of Mbarara – the largest urban centre in western Uganda. Continue to the park and look out for the herds of long horned Ankole cattle on the way to the entrance. After checking in at the Rwakobo Rock Lodge, you can enjoy a relaxed but exciting night drive to seek the nocturnal animals that call Lake Mburo their home. Lake Mburo has a rich animal life, with more than 315 different bird species and 68 different mammals.
Before departing Lake Mburo, enjoy a walking Safari with an experienced ranger. This opportunity should not be missed. From footprints and animal droppings the ranger will tell you which animal has left it and how long ago. It is exciting to approach the wildlife at such close range. Alternatively you can indulge in a mountain bike riding safari or a safari by horseback.
Day 9 – 10: To Zanzibar!
After your activity at Lake Mburo NP, you will drive to Entebbe stopping at the equator for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping. You will stay at the Boma Guest house – a nice and cozy lodge in British colonial style.
Upon arrival in Zanzibar you will be picked up by our representative that will transfer you to your lodge. Time to unwind in paradise!
Your accommodation is planned at the beautiful Blue Oyster Hotel on the East-Coast. This hotel is famous for its wonderful cuisine and the relaxed atmosphere. The lodge is located directly on the beach but does not have a swimming pool. There are great optional activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, low-tide walks and mountain biking on the beach!
Day 11 – 15: Sun, Sand & Sea; East Coast Zanzibar
Family-friendly Breezes is located on a beautiful stretch of white-sand beach that looks out over a deep-blue sea – perfect for activities like snorkeling or diving, beach volleyball, pedal boats and sailing.
You and your family can relax and spend the sunny days beside the pool or swim in the warm Indian Ocean. On day two, enjoy an inclusive half-day tour of Jozani Forest in Chwaka Bay National Park. This is one of the last remaining wild habitats for elusive red colobus monkeys, and is also home to bushbabies, Sykes monkeys, 40 species of birds and 50 different types of butterflies.
On your third day, tour the historic streets of Stone Town and spend sunset on a classic dhow cruise – one of Zanzibar’s most iconic activities.
On the fourth day, indulge in a ‘safari Blue’ and spend the biggest part of the day relaxing on the sandbank, enjoying the solitude of being on a sandbank in the middle of the ocean and feasting on fresh sea food. The rest of your vacation can be as active or relaxed as you like. Book a few spa appointments, laze on the beach, and catch up on your reading… whatever you prefer, that is what you do!
Day 15: Treasure the island memories
Today a transfer will pick you up from Breezes Beach Club & Spa and take you back to Zanzibar Airport in time for your outbound journey.
This marks the end of what we hope will be an adventurous trip- Thank you very much!!
Sun Africa Expeditions Terms & Conditions
PLEASE be reminded that the luggage allowance on our inbound schedule flights is strictly 15KGS PER PERSON and that SOFT BAGS are highly recommended, if not essential. In light aircraft the baggage area and weight allowance is limited. Hard Samsonite type suitcases do not fit into the cargo compartment easily, if at all. Due to limited space available for storage in safari vehicles, we strongly recommend use soft duffle bags rather than hard suitcases.
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When Sun Africa Expeditions has accepted your booking, the date of the confirmation invoice activates the terms and conditions of the contract. Confirmation of services is subject to payment of a non-refundable deposit of 15% of the total invoiced amount. The balance is to be paid not later than 30 days prior to commencement of the services. When bookings are made within 30 days prior to the departure date, full payment is required immediately on written confirmation.
All bookings are subject to availability at the time of booking and cannot be guaranteed except for scheduled departures.
Prices are quoted in US dollars. All prices are subject to change without prior notice. Should prices or costs from suppliers increase due to inflation, currency depreciation and fuel surcharges, then Sun Africa Expeditions will not have any other option than to pass on the same to you. All suppliers reserve the right to increase prices at any time of the year when costs increase outside the control of the supplier. Please note that when the clients’ itinerary overlaps two seasons, the price will be prorated over the two seasons.
Rates include but are not limited to the following services specified in the itinerary. Accommodation with meals, tours, transport, driver/guide, park entrance fees, hotel taxes and service charges.
Rates exclude (Unless otherwise specified), Medical Air Rescue services, Porter-age, domestic Air Charters, Visa fees, beverages, laundry, telephone calls, scheduled flights, gratuities and all expenses of personal nature.
NB: Flying doctor services are Optional at USD 25 per pax (Subject to change and vendor terms & conditions).
Child rate: – is only applicable to one or two children under 12 years sharing a room with 2 adults. In the case of 02 children sharing a room with parents, the two children will share a bed, as most hotels/lodges cannot accommodate a fourth bed. 01 child sharing a room with 01 adult will be charged full adult rate.
Single Room Policy
Single rooms are available at supplementary cost but the suppliers do not guarantee singles. Single rooms are scarce and cannot be guaranteed even if paid for at twin sole use rate. Where this occurs an appropriate refund will be made by the supplier to the client. Suppliers will only allow a maximum of 3 single rooms per group at a single room rate except for high end luxury camps where single rooms are limited to only 02 singles.
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Reservations that are cancelled, reduced in length of stay or reduced in numbers (hereinafter collectively called a CANCELLATION) are subject to Cancellation and No Show fees if cancelled within 30 days of the arrival date:
55 days to 41 days prior to arrival: 25%
40 days to 22 days prior to arrival: 35%
21 days to 15 days prior to arrival: 50%
14 days to 07 days prior to arrival: 65%
06 days to 03 days prior to arrival: 80%
Within 48 hours and after commencement of holiday: 100%. Once the holiday has commenced no refund will be made. The figures expressed are percentage of the total tour price.
Cancellation: Although it rarely happens, and Sun Africa Expeditions will do their utmost to avoid doing so. Sun Africa Expeditions must reserve the right to cancel tours and other arrangements. Where your holiday is cancelled (other than due to your default in payment) due to unavoidable circumstances beyond our control e.g. Natural disaster or over booking, Sun Africa Expeditions will offer you the choice of purchasing an alternative holiday.
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In the unlikely event that a tour member has a dispute whilst on safari this must immediately be brought to the attention (and put on record) of the local representative, Hotel, Lodge or Camp management. It is likely that the tour member’s complaint will be satisfactorily resolved there and then. If, however, this is not the case and the tour member wishes to pursue the matter on their return from safari, it is essential the complaint be communicated in writing to Sun Africa Expeditions within 21 days of the end of tour quoting tour reference, destination and departure date.
Responsibility of Sun Africa Expeditions
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Safari Minibuses, Cars, Land Cruisers and coaches will be provided according to the route and number of participants. Sun Africa Expeditions reserves the right to employ services of sub-contractors. Multi-lingual driver guides are provided on request. For flying packages, clients will share vehicles with other guests booked at the hotel. For exclusive use, please check with Sun Africa Expeditions for supplements, which will be subject to availability.
The hazards of travelling in Africa may inevitably rise to some risks and dangers. It is therefore a condition of booking that all tour members must have sufficient and appropriate travel insurance for the duration of their tour. Such insurance (which is not supplied by Sun Africa Expeditions) should fully cover all personal requirements including death, personal injury, medical expenses, and repatriation in the event of accident or illness, cancellation or curtailment of the tour members’ personal property.
Any special requests (e.g. for single rooms or particular diet) must be notified in writing when the booking is made. Whilst the supplier will endeavour to meet such requests they cannot be guaranteed and any failure to comply will not be a breach of contract.
Sun Africa Expeditions services include flight re-confirmation and airport assistance within Africa if clients are provided all services by Sun Africa Expeditions. In cases whereby Sun Africa Expeditions is providing part of the services and the clients have other arrangements of their own, then Sun Africa Expeditions will only reconfirm where forwarding address or contacts are provided.
Demand for safaris can be high and may lead to shortage of lodge/hotel accommodation. All bookings will be confirmed, but no occasions changes may be necessary. Hotels/Lodges/camps, here specifically named are given as an indication of the category and rooms may be reserved at similar lodges/ hotels/camps. We undertake to advise you of any changes known to us prior to departure, but the possibility of change without notice, must be acceptable when booking. Where ever possible we book rooms with private baths showers throughout on the basis of two persons sharing a double room. Single rooms are available at supplementary cost but neither single rooms nor rooms with private bath/shower can be guaranteed.
Safari minibuses cars, four wheel drive vehicles or coaches will be provided according to the route and number of participants. The right is reserved to employ the services of subcontractors. Multi-lingual chauffer/guides are provided. Occasional mechanical problems, changes of lodge or adverse road conditions may in turn lead to a change of routing or game viewing without prior notice being given. We reserve the right to offer substitutes of equal value or to cancel the operation of any tour. In practice, very few itineraries are affected but a little flexibility on your part will ensure the tour is unique and rewarding.
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