Start in Uganda with the magnificent Gorillas and end in Tanzania with an incredible flying luxury bush safari through northern Tanzania’s iconic national parks, home to some of Africa’s best wildlife densities as well as the changing landscapes of The Great Rift Valley and the rich culture of the Maasai. Enjoy game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater looking for rhino, watch herds of elephant in the verdant swamps of Tarangire and explore the vast savannah plains of the Serengeti on this experience-rich safari.
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Upon arrival at Entebbe International, after immigration and collection of baggage, exit from the terminal and look for a placard with your name
Transfer to your lodge for overnight
6:00 am: Check-in at Entebbe Airport for scheduled Aerolink flight to Kihihi Airstrip (Southwestern Uganda), departing at 7:00 am and arriving at 8:45 am. If you prefer, there is also an early afternoon service departing at 12:00 pm and arriving at 2:45 pm.
Transfer on arrival to Bwindi, Buhoma Sector (60 km / 2 hours)
Rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure
After an early breakfast, depart your lodge with picnic lunch boxes and assemble at the nearest ranger post of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to be introduced to your rangers, and for a briefing on your trek. Begin your gorilla tracking expedition. When you find the gorillas, you will be permitted to view them for an hour before returning to the ranger post and to your lodge.
After breakfast, bid farewell to your lodge and head to Kihihi Airstrip, to check-in for the scheduled Aerolink flight, departing at 9:45 am and arriving at Entebbe Airport at 11:25 am.
AIR TANZANIA EBB > JRO direct EDT 14h45 > 16h15 - Upon arrival in Tanzania you will clear customs and collect baggage
Our representative will be waiting at the terminal exit with a placard
Check-in assistance at Airport lodge 10 mins from Kilimanjaro
Early AM transfer back to Kilimanjaro airport
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will proceed to the Coastal Aviation desk for your light-aircraft flight to Tarangire National Park, just 20-minutes away (15 kg luggage limit per person; soft bags required for all flights on this itinerary). Your guide from Little Oliver’s will meet you here and game drives you back to camp, where you can settle in and enjoy some lunch. Relax during the heat of the day before afternoon tea is served, and then go out on an afternoon game drive to explore this varied and wildlife-rich park. The large elephant herds in the drier months are a real highlight here, but the wildlife and birdlife are excellent year-round.
Set off this morning on a guided walking safari, learning to look for signs of wildlife nearby, from bird calls to tracks in the earth. You can approach smaller creatures such as warthogs, small antelope species, and birdlife, all of which are less skittish when approached on foot compared to a vehicle. Return to camp for lunch and a rest during the heat of the day. After tea and cake, head out on a late-afternoon game drive, stopping for sundowner drinks in a scenic spot. The adventure continues with a night game drive, seeking out nocturnal species such as mongoose and nightjars, as well as predators such as lions on the move. Return to camp for a late dinner.
Depart after a leisurely breakfast for the airstrip. From here, you will fly over Lake Manyara to the Manyara Airstrip. A guide from The Highlands will drive you through coffee plantations towards the Ngorongoro Crater, a journey of 3 hours to reach the property, enjoying a packed lunch on the way. Stop at the viewpoint overlooking the crater to soak in the spectacular landscape and continue your drive around the rim until you reach the Olmoti Crater, where you will stay for the next two nights. If you feel like stretching your legs, you can opt for a guided walk from the camp up to the rim of Olmoti Crater, passing through dense forest and waterfalls on the way.
After an early breakfast, depart with your guide for the Ngorongoro Crater, a drive of around an hour until you reach the descent road. Spend the morning game-driving on the crater floor in search of the varied wildlife that lives here. You’ll enjoy a picnic lunch during the heat of the day in a shady spot before driving back to The Highlands, where you can relax a little. In the late afternoon, a guide will take you to one of the nearby Maasai villages, where you can learn more about this rich culture and take part in their afternoon activities, which often include rounding up cattle into the boma for the night.
Depart by road for the Manyara Airstrip, 3 hours away, where you will catch a flight to the central Serengeti, just 45-minutes away. A guide from Dunia will meet you at the airstrip and game drive you back to camp, stopping at any wildlife sightings along the way. Settle into your tent before going on an afternoon game drive to fully explore your final national park. The Serengeti is impressive in terms of both the diversity and density of wildlife found here, so there is plenty to discover each day. Return to camp in the early evening for drinks around the campfire and dinner.
Safari activities at Dunia take place in the early morning and late afternoon when the wildlife is most active. You will explore with expert guides on game drives, looking for the big cats that have made the Serengeti famous as well as hippos wallowing in muddy pools and giraffe browsing the fresh shoots of an acacia tree. In between, you will return to camp for a delicious lunch, and to have a siesta or catch up on a good book. Evenings are spent sharing stories of your day’s adventures with other guests around the dinner table.
Launching at dawn, rising as the sun rises, you gently float over the plains of the magnificent Serengeti.
Your Balloon Safari adventure starts early in the morning when you depart your lodge or camp. It is still dark and you may be fortunate to see nocturnal animals on the way to the launch site. When you arrive, you will meet your pilot and witness your balloon being inflated and prepared for launch. After a thorough safety briefing and demonstration of boarding and landing position, you board your balloon and lift off. Rising as the sun rises, your balloon floats in whatever direction the winds of the day are heading over this wonderful area. It is an adventure – even for us. Whereas we know where we have started, we genuinely do not know where we will land as we float in the direction of and speed of the wind.
Your pilot will use varying altitudes and layers of air to navigate the balloon over this amazing area. Each day is different, some of the flights may be low, offering a different perspective and at other times your balloon may climb to 1000’ or more. Nobody can predict, no two flights are ever the same and your balloon safari will be unique. While impossible to guarantee particular animals, you are likely to see various species from above. Your pilot knows the area well and is also a committed conservationist and will point out animals, birds, and features of interest.
Out of Africa Breakfast
We aim to fly for about an hour, depending on the conditions. After landing, you celebrate in the traditional way with a champagne toast (well, an excellent sparkling wine) before heading off to a special ‘Out of Africa’ breakfast. Breakfast is prepared in the bush and served under a convenient acacia tree. Linen, bone china, Sheffield cutlery, and freshly prepared fare in the company of your fellow passengers make a memorable finale to your adventure.
After breakfast, you are taken to the rendezvous point to meet with your driver-guide and continue your day’s activities.
Breakfast and check-out
Game drive en-route airstrip
Bush flight to Kilimanjaro international EDT 13h00 EAT 14h25
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