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Highlights

  • Witness the Great Wildebeest Migration (Jan–Mar)
  • Explore the Ngorongoro Crater
  • See big cats like lion, cheetah and leopard
  • Experience gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Stay in luxury under-canvas accommodation
  • Interact with an indigenous tribe

Overview

Great for first-time and experienced safari goers alike, this nine-day safari will take you from the seemingly endless plains of the Serengeti to the floor of the world’s oldest volcanic caldera in Tanzania, and deep into an impenetrable forest in the heart of Uganda.

Two nights at Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp allows you to get a taste of “the place where the land runs on forever”. And if you visit between January and March, you may catch some of the Great Wildebeest Migration. A two night stay at Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp will give you the chance explore the ecological wonderland created by this extinct volcano before heading off to have a cathartic wildlife encounter in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Aside from a few optional activities on offer at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, this tour is an all-inclusive luxury safari experience that will ensure you are able to fulfil your safari dreams in complete comfort.

Summary

  • Tour Duration: 9 Days

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Itinerary

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Day 1-2: Hujambo Tanzania

Bwindi National Park, Uganda
Detailed breakdown

Day 1-2: Hujambo Tanzania | 3 Nights

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Your African safari will start as soon as you lift off in the light aircraft that will carry you into the Serengeti. Keep your camera close, as you’ll have the chance to get some great aerial shots of the wildlife that call these plains home. On arrival at the Serengeti South Airstrip, you will be met by a guide who will provide a mini game drive on the 20-minute transfer to your final destination for the day, Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp. Here, you can spend the afternoon at leisure, enjoying a game viewing activity or simply relaxing in your tent.

After a good night’s rest, you’ll be woken with tea, coffee and a light snack before embarking on one of two activities for the day. Venture off into the heart of the Serengeti on a full-day game drive, picnic lunch included, or stay closer to camp with morning and afternoon game drives. Either way, you will have the opportunity to see plenty of birdlife, plains game and perhaps even some predators. Return to camp to enjoy a chilled drink as you watch the setting sun paint the Serengeti sky in shades of pink, orange and red.

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Day 3-4: Explore an Ancient Crater

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A morning at Sanctuary Kichakani provides time for relaxing at camp or a final shared game drive before being transferred back to the Serengeti South Airstrip and on to Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp. A short flight will take you from Serengeti South to Manyara Airstrip, where a guide will transfer you to the camp via Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive and picnic lunch. Once at camp, you will be given the afternoon to relax and recharge in preparation for the following day’s activities.

Day four begins with a hearty breakfast before you head down into Ngorongoro Crater - the world’s oldest intact volcanic caldera. The lush vegetation growing on the floor of the crater supports about 30 000 animals. Zebra and wildebeest account for about half of this number, but there are plenty of gazelle, buffalo, warthog, elephant and predators. The lake in the middle of the crater is home to thousands of flamingos whose shimmering pink feathers create a sight that is second only to the Serengeti sunset.

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Day 5: On to Entebbe

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Breakfast provides sufficient fuel for a busy day of travel. Once you’ve eaten and packed, you’ll be transferred to Manyara Airstrip for your eastbound flight to Entebbe International Airport across the border in Uganda. This charming town had a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for recharging after a day of travel in preparation for tracking gorillas. You will be accommodated at Entebbe’s Protea Hotel for the night.

Day 6-8: Greeting gorillas

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An early start ensures you are able to make the most of the day as you travel from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. A light aircraft will take you to Kihihi where you will be met by a guide who will drive you an hour and a half to Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp. Lunch is served upon arrival, following which you can spend the afternoon relaxing at camp or experience a community tour. 

Next morning, after breakfast, you’ll be driven to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park headquarters for a briefing before setting off on your gorilla trek. At about 08h30, your group will enter the park to track one of the habituated family groups that call Bwindi home. Once you locate a family, you will be given an hour to watch these incredible creatures as they interact with one another and their environment. On your return to camp, enjoy a chilled beverage around the fire while sharing stories of the day’s soul-stirring encounters before retiring to bed for a restful slumber.

Your final day in Bwindi can be spent relaxing at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp or taking part in optional activities, charged separately to your tour itinerary. Choose from game drives, forest walks or birding walks in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, or a Batwa Tribe Experience, any of which are great for cooling down from your trekking experience before heading back to Entebbe tomorrow.

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Day 9: Safari salama, safari njema

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Your hosts at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp will bid you farewell saying, “Safari salama, safari niema” (“safe journey, good journey”) as you leave Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for Kihihi Airstrip and on to Entebbe. Then it’s on to your next destination with bags packed full of muddy trekking clothes and your heart full of treasured memories.

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Inclusions

  • Intercamp and airstrip transfers
  • Laundry
  • Park fees
  • Scheduled flights from Entebbe / Kihihi /Entebbe / Mara / Serengeti / Ngorongoro / Kuro / Zanzibar and return airstrip transfers.
  • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers (Sanctuary Properties)
  • Teas, Coffees
  • x2 gorilla permits
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Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Rates

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Dates Price
2021-07-01 — 2021-09-30 $9,265
2021-10-01 — 2021-10-31 $8,750
2021-11-01 — 2021-12-16 $7,595
2021-12-17 — 2022-01-02 $9,265
Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:
  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
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