Uganda Safari Wonderland – 15 Days
The early explorers had no easy job crossing the savannah of Africa in search of the source of the Nile. Make it easy on yourself and join us in a discovery of the majesty and beauty of Tanzania and Uganda. This accelerated and enjoyable safari follows the approximate route of those early pioneers.
SOURCE OF THE NILE: DAY 1
From Kampala you drive to Jinja and the source of the Nile. Rising from Lake Victoria, the largest fresh water lake in Africa, the Nile flows 13,000kms to the Mediterranean. As you travel to Jinja in the comfort of your vehicle, reflect on the trails and determination of those early explorers bent on discovering the true source of the Nile.
ZANZIBAR DAY 2-5
Fly to Dar-Es-Salaam and cross to the island of Zanzibar by ferry.
Relax on golden beaches fringed with palms and enjoy the warm waters and excellent coral reefs of the Indian Ocean. Explore the intriguing and historic town of Zanzibar where time seems to have stood still. Wander the narrow streets of Stone Town, go on the romantic Spice Tour, visit Historical Museums, and the Sultan’s Palace. Enjoy warm African hospitality in excellent hotels.
TANZANIA DAY 6-11
Depart Zanzibar and fly over the vast expanses of Tanzania landing in the heart of the safari country. Overnight stay in Arusha.
As you drive through Arusha National Park with its herds of plain game, there are also marvelous views of snow-capped Mt. kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. You travel through Olduvai Gorge where human fossils date back nearly two million years, and continue to Ngorongors Crater where you will spend the night at a hotel built on the rim of the huge caldera, commanding breathtaking views down into the giant game-filled sanctuary.
An early morning game drive takes you down 2,000 feet to the floor of the caldera. This enormous basin of about 100 sq. miles is a natural sanctuary for a wide variety of animals including many lion, elephant, buffalo, and even black rhino. The birdlife is abundant, with many rare and beautiful species. Leaving the crater you head for the wide-open plains of the Serengeti. Overnight stay in Serengeti National Park.
The next two days are spent game viewing in the park. This world famous wildlife sanctuary is home to herds of wildebeest, gazelle, and zebra as well as prides of lions and other predators. In this panoramic setting with vast plains and open blue skies you can often see a variety of animals at one time. Overnight stay in a Serengeti Lodge with clear, star-studded night skies above.Drive to Mwanza on the shores of Lake Victoria. You cross into Uganda by ferry on an overnight trip arriving at Port Bell, near Kampala.
UGANDA – DAY 12-15
Drive northwards through fertile farming country and small market towns to Murchison Falls National Park. Named for its magnificent waterfalls where the Nile is forced through a narrow gorge to plummet 45 metres, this Park also offers rich game and bird life as well as remarkable and varied scenery.
Travelers can get good views of the powerful waterfalls from above as well as from below where you experience the fall from the comfort of a launch cruise. Animals graze on the banks and there are hippopotamus and crocodiles in the river. Birds are all around – you might even spot the rare shoe-billed stork.
Cross to the Northern Bank by ferry for an extensive game drive with a picnic lunch. Your guides help spot elephant, giraffe, water buffalo, Uganda kob, and lion. Pass through the rare Borassus palm forest and visit the dramatic Nyamsika Plateau viewpoint.
Set off on a walk in search of chimpanzees. Other primates such as the colobus and blue monkeys also live in this unspoiled tropical forest with its ancient ironwood trees. There are exotic forest birds and bright butterflies.
Your nights in the Park are spent at Sambiya River Lodge. This picturesque lodge has thatched cottages and is situated on a cliff above the river. There is a swimming pool and panoramic views. On your last day, an early evening departure brings you to Kampala for an overnight stay at your hotel.