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20 Days East African Safari

20 Days East African Safari

East African Safari – Embark on an extraordinary 20-day safari adventure through the diverse landscapes and rich wildlife of East Africa. From the iconic savannahs of Kenya to the lush rainforests of Rwanda, this journey promises an immersive exploration of some of Africa’s most captivating destinations.

Exploring the Maasai Mara in Kenya:

Begin your safari adventure in the legendary Maasai Mara National Reserve, one of Africa’s most iconic wildlife destinations. Set out on game drives across the vast savannah plains, where herds of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles roam freely. Witness the drama of the Great Migration, as millions of animals cross the Mara River in search of greener pastures. Encounter the Maasai people, renowned for their vibrant culture and traditional way of life, gaining insight into their customs and traditions.

Encountering Gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park:

Continue your journey to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, home to the majestic mountain gorillas made famous by Dian Fossey’s pioneering research. Embark on a thrilling gorilla trekking expedition, hiking through dense bamboo forests in search of these endangered primates. As you come face to face with a gorilla family in their natural habitat, observe their behaviors with awe and admiration, knowing that you are witnessing one of the rarest and most intimate wildlife encounters on Earth.

Safari in Tanzania’s Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater:

Crossing the border into Tanzania, immerse yourself in the legendary Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. Set out on game drives across the vast plains, where lions, elephants, and giraffes roam freely. Witness the spectacle of the annual wildebeest migration, as millions of animals traverse the savannah in search of fresh grazing grounds. Explore the Ngorongoro Crater, a natural amphitheater teeming with wildlife, including the densest population of lions in Africa.

Discovering the Spice Islands of Zanzibar:

After the excitement of the savannah, unwind on the idyllic beaches of Zanzibar, known as the Spice Islands. Relax on pristine white sands lapped by turquoise waters, or explore the vibrant culture and history of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Indulge in delicious seafood delicacies, sample exotic spices at local markets, or embark on snorkeling and diving adventures to discover the colorful marine life of the Indian Ocean.

Venturing into Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park:

Crossing into Uganda, explore Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of the country’s most diverse and scenic wildlife reserves. Embark on game drives through the savannah plains, encountering iconic African wildlife such as lions, elephants, and buffalo. Cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural waterway connecting Lake Edward and Lake George, where hippos, crocodiles, and a plethora of bird species abound.

Encountering Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest:

Delve into the lush rainforests of Kibale National Park, known as the “Primate Capital of the World” for its dense population of chimpanzees and other primates. Embark on a chimpanzee trekking expedition, hiking through the forest in search of these playful creatures swinging through the trees. As you observe their behaviors and interactions, gain insight into the complex social dynamics of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom.

Discovering the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park:

Conclude your safari adventure with a visit to Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area. Explore the dramatic landscapes of the Nile River, where it plunges through a narrow gorge to create the iconic Murchison Falls. Set out on game drives and boat safaris along the river, encountering a diverse array of wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, and the elusive shoebill stork.

A Sample Of A Trip Outline

Day 1-3: Nairobi, Kenya

  • Arrival in Nairobi
  • Explore Nairobi National Park
  • Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Giraffe Centre
  • Overnight stay in Nairobi

Day 4-6: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

  • Transfer to Maasai Mara
  • Game drives in the Maasai Mara
  • Witness the Great Migration (seasonal)
  • Optional hot air balloon safari
  • Cultural interaction with the Maasai people
  • Overnight stay in Maasai Mara

Day 7-8: Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

  • Fly to Kigali, Rwanda
  • Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
  • Gorilla trekking experience
  • Explore local communities and cultural activities
  • Overnight stay near Volcanoes National Park

Day 9-11: Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

  • Fly to Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
  • Game drives in Serengeti
  • Witness the Great Migration (seasonal)
  • Visit the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Game drives in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Overnight stay in Serengeti or Ngorongoro area

Day 12-14: Zanzibar, Tanzania

  • Fly to Zanzibar
  • Relax on Zanzibar’s beaches
  • Explore Stone Town’s cultural and historical sites
  • Visit spice plantations
  • Optional snorkeling or diving excursions
  • Overnight stay in Zanzibar

Day 15-17: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

  • Fly to Entebbe, Uganda
  • Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel
  • Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge
  • Overnight stay in Queen Elizabeth NP area

Day 18-19: Kibale National Park & Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

  • Transfer to Kibale National Park
  • Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest
  • Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
  • Game drives in Murchison Falls NP
  • Boat safari to the base of Murchison Falls
  • Overnight stay in Murchison Falls NP area.

Day 20: Departure

  • Transfer to Entebbe
  • Departure from Entebbe International Airport.

This outline provides a comprehensive itinerary covering diverse landscapes and wildlife experiences across Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda over a span of 20 days.

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