Day 1: Entebbe
You will be met on arrival in Entebbe and transferred to your hotel.
1 Night in Entebbe
Day 2: Bwindi Forest National Park
Take a scheduled flight to Bwindi Forest National Park, which impresses with a truly theatrical landscape. This is a region of volcanoes, jagged valleys, waterfalls, lakes and dramatic mountain ranges. And it is here, on a flat ridge high in the forest, that Gorilla Forest Camp is tucked away. This is the ideal base for encounters with the mountain gorillas that live in Bwindi.
Later you may have time to visit the Batwa Pygmies village to learn about these native tribal inhabitants of the forest. The indigenous people of Bwindi forest, though no longer resident in the forest, still practice many of their traditional hunter-gatherer skills.
3 Nights at Gorilla Forest Camp
There are nine habituated gorilla families in Bwindi and you will have the opportunity to visit one of them today. Meet with the local guides and trackers for trekking formalities and a talk on the etiquette of gorilla tracking. The trekking can take from three to seven hours and the terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding, the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery along with the anticipation of our quest seem to lessen the trekking effort. Once you locate your assigned gorilla group, you will have one hour to spend with them before making your way back down. This afternoon you may want to relax or get a massage!
After breakfast and the now familiar trekking formalities, you will re-enter the forest to visit another gorilla family. You will likely find this to be a very different experience than you had the day before!
The bio-diversity of the park also makes it home for more than 350 bird species, 200 butterfly species, and eleven kinds of primates including L'Hoest's monkeys, rare forest elephants, giant forest hogs and antelopes.
Day 5: Serengeti
Today you fly to Entebbe and onward to Tanzania’s famed Serengeti. You will be met at the airstrip and then game drive en-route to your private camp which will be situated near the Great Wildebeest Migration. This will serve as your base for exploring the area for the next few days.
2 Nights at a Private Tented Camp in the Serengeti
This is a totally private and exclusive camp just for you, with large walk-in tents with dressing area, private en-suite bathroom (short drop toilet, bucket shower and wash stand). There is a separate dining/mess tent, and fully equipped and well-stocked bar. This camp reflects the old and luxurious “Out of Africa” camping style, the beauty of the bush in an authentic atmosphere.
The Serengeti hosts the largest concentration of wildlife in the world, thought to be more than 3 million, and is home to one of the great wonders in the world, the Great Migration. Over a million wildebeest move annually from the southern plains, where they give birth in January - March, to the north and the Mara River, and back, accompanied by zebra and other migratory mammals. Lion, cheetah, hyena, African wild dog and crocodiles make sure only the strongest survive.
Day 7: Grumeti Reserves
You will take a short flight to your next camp. Once settled in you will have lunch and later go out to explore the area. 3 Nights at Singita Sabora Tented Camp
The Singita Grumeti Reserves spans more than 400,000 acres of relatively untouched wilderness and is part of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem bordering the western corridor of Serengeti National Park. There are no fences so wildlife moves freely and the concession has a variety of habitats including open plains, rugged rocky outcrops, woodlands and riverine forests. Grumeti features unparalleled exclusivity combined with the ability to enjoy a wide selection of activities not allowed inside the Serengeti, since it is not governed by national park regulations.
Sabora Plains Tented Camp is situated on the Serengeti plains, beautifully decorated in grand campaign 1920s style. The six lavish tents are air-conditioned and feature a bedroom and reading area, bathroom with bath and outdoor shower, viewing deck with your own Swarovski spotting scope.
This morning you will game drive en-route to Faru Faru River Lodge, arriving for lunch and settling in for the next few days.
3 Nights at Singita Faru Faru River Lodge
This contemporary safari styled lodge offers barefoot elegance in a laid-back rustic setting. Elevated viewing desks over the watering hole allow guests to watch game from the lodge. The open-style suites are air- air-conditioned with a bath and outdoor shower, a personal bar and fridge, Wi-Fi, and deck. Walks from the lodge along the Grumeti River, with its unrivalled spectrum of fauna and flora, are an unforgettable experience.
Enjoy your last game drive back to the Sasakwa airstrip to catch your flight to Arusha. You will be met and taken to the Shanga River House for lunch and shopping. Day rooms can be arranged here and later you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro for your international departure.