32 DAYS TANZANIA, UGANDA AND RWANDA

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport - Arusha Meet our representative on arrival at Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to Arusha to Mt Meru Game lodge Accommodation: Mt Meru Game Lodge Meals included: none

Day 2 : Arusha National Park Today, we drive to Arusha National Park with picnic lunch, the park is famous for its birdlife, we will have a game drive, and hiking in the park enabling us to get used to Tanzania climate before the climb. Accommodation: Mt Meru Game Lodge Meals included: breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

Day 3: Arusha to Machame - 1280m to 3100m 1hr drive transfer Arusha to Machame gate, 5-7hrs hike, 18kms to Machame campsite - FB Vegetation: Montane forest

Day 4: MACHAME TO SHIRA - 3100m to 3840m 4-6hrs hike, 9kms to Shira campsite - FB Vegetation: Moorland

Day 5: SHIRA TO BARRANCO FB - 3840m to 3860m 6-7hrs hike higher to 4630, then descend, 15kms to Barranco campsite - FB Vegetation: Semi-desert

Day 6: Barranco - Karanga - 3860m to 4200m 4hrs hike, 7kms to Karanga Valley campsite - FB Vegetation: Alpine desert

Day 7: Karanga to Barafu - 4200m to 4600m 4hrs hike, 6kms to Barafu campsite - FB Vegetation: Alpine desert

Day 8: Barafu to Summit - 4600m to 5895m 5hrs Mid-night hike to Stella point to experience sunrise, another 1-2hrs to Summit, total 7kms to Summit, Vegetation: snowscree and ice-capped summit. SUMMIT TO MWEKA - 5895m to 3100m after summit, 7-8hrs descend, 23kms to Mweka Campsite – FB

Day 9: Mweka to Arusha - 3100m to 1280m It 3-4hrs descend to, 15kms to Park entrance, and say good bye to Kilimanjaro porters and guides. Another 2hrs drive transfer to your lodge Accommodation: Mt Meru Game Lodge Meals include, breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

Day 10: Tarangire National Park AM 2hrs drive to Tarangire National Park and packed lunch. Game drive in Tarangire National Park. Game drive timing between 11h30 - 18h00 Accommodation at Tarangire Safari Lodge FB Meals include, breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

Day 11: Lake Manyara National Park After breakfast, we leave Tarangire for Lake Manyara National Park in the Great Rift Valley. The park is home to tree-climbing lion, colorful birds, elephant and hippo. Game drive in Manyara for the rest of the day. Accommodation: Lake Manyara Hotel or similar with Lake View. Meals include, breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

Day 12: Serengeti National Park After breakfast, 08h30am, drive pass the malanja depression and Plains, en-route game viewing, visit Olduvai Gorge Museum, continue en-route game viewing to Naabi Park Gate. (Naabi Park gate is the border of Ngorongoro Conservation area and Serengeti National Park), here you can opted to do a short 15 minutes designated Nature Trail Walk on the Slopes of Naabi hill. You will enter Serengeti National Park, packed lunch and continue a further afternoon game drive in Serengeti National Park. Before 6pm we will drive to our overnight at Serengeti. (Good chance to see leopard, hyena, gazelle, lion, ostrich, giraffe, buffalo and many more animals) Accommodation: Serengeti Sopa Lodge Meals included: breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

Day 13: Serengeti National Park We shall do a balloon safari and continue game drive in Serengeti national park. Full day game drive of Serengeti National Park (lunch or Packed lunch, as game drive timing will depend on where Wildlife can be best spotted). Return to our overnight at Serengeti Lodge FB Accommodation at Serengeti Sopa Lodge and Meals include, breakfast, lunch or packed lunch and dinner OPTIONAL: Serengeti balloon excursion operating in Serengeti only, Each Balloon can take 16 persons and 2 balloons fly daily - subject to availability. Cost per seat: USD 499, per person (Already covered in the costing) DETAILS: 5:00 am, Serengeti Balloon Safaris will collect you from your central Serengeti lodge or camp, and transfer you by Land rover to our launch site near Maasai Kopjes. Here you will meet your pilot, receive a briefing and watch the inflation of your balloon. At dawn we take off, rising as the sun rises and float in whichever direction the winds of the morning take us. Your pilot can precisely Control the altitude of your balloon: sometimes flying at tree top height, sometimes lower, offering a unique perspective and great photographic opportunities of the wildlife below. At other times he will ascend to 1000' or more to see the enormity and wonderful panorama of the Serengeti. From time to time the pilot must put more heat into the balloon with the powerful whisper burners. In between these burns, there is silence apart from the natural sounds below. The flight is for about one hour depending on conditions, on landing you celebrate in the traditional manner with champagne (well, an excellent sparkling wine), before sitting down to a full English breakfast prepared and served in the bush in 'Out of Africa' style with bone china, linen table cloths, King's silver etc. After breakfast you receive your Serengeti Balloon certificate and we drive you back to Seronera Lodge game viewing enroute. 9:30 am Arrive at Seronera ready to continue your day's activities.

Day 14: Serengeti National Park Full day game drive of Serengeti National Park (lunch or Packed lunch, as game drive timing will depend on where Wildlife can be best spotted). Return to our overnight at Serengeti Lodge FB Accommodation: Serengeti Sopa Lodge Meals included: breakfast, lunch or packed lunch and dinner

Day 15: Ngorongoro Crater Today we leave Serengeti for the crater, stopping enroute at Olduvai Gorge for a private guided visit of this history-changing archaeological site made famous by the Leakey family. We also visit a Masai village to learn about their cultures and more. We will arrive at the crater for afternoon game drive in the crater, Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. Meals included: breakfast, lunch or packed lunch and dinner

Day 16: NGORONGORO CRATER After breakfast, descent onto the crater floor, game drive on the crater floor. This is the only Park where, Black Rhino could be spotted. Packed lunch at a picnic site, and continue game drive until late afternoon. You are allowed in the crater for a maximum of 6hrs.( NOTE: The park gate on the crater rim ascent closes at 6pm sharp ) Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. Meals included: breakfast, lunch or packed lunch and dinner

Day 17: Ngorongoro / Arusha / Departure for Uganda. Descend into Ngorongoro crater for another game drive in the crater exploring the short-grass plains of the crater floor. This extinct Volcano embraces 100sq miles alive with lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo, and many More games, then drive to Arusha. Day room at MT MERU LODGE, evening transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for the flight to Entebbe international airport. Drive directly to Jinja for over night stay at the Jinja Accommodation: Hotel of your choice in Jinja on full board

Day 18: Jinja Go White water rafting that will take a half day. and in the evening drive back to Kampala. Over night at Hotel of your choice. Accommodation of your choice Meals included: breakfast and Lunch or packed lunch

Day 19: Drive to Entebbe to take up your boat to Ngamba Island Chimp sanctuary. You will have a chance to watch the feeding of the chimps at 2pm.Over night stay at G and C camp at the island. Accommodation: G and C camp Meals included: breakfast, lunch or packed lunch and Dinner

Day 20: Early morning entry into the forest with the young orphaned chimps for the walk. After lunch will take the boat to Entebbe and drive to Kampala for over night stay at Hotel Africana. Accommodation: Hotel of your choice Meals included: breakfast and Lunch

Day 21: Murchision Falls NP Begin the panoramic drive to the northwest through the famous Luwero Triangle and Masindi Town to Murchison Falls National Park, arriving in time for lunch at the spectacular situated site at the top of the fall where you can see the Nile's beauty perfected! Marvel at the Nile, compressing from up to one km squeezed through a 7 meter canyon dropping 150 meters with a thunderous roar, creating a beautiful rainbow, a plume of spray and the best thing that happened to the Nile 'The Murchison Falls' enjoy the sunset as you return to the lodge. Enjoy the superb comfort and service of Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Camp. Accommodation: paraa safari Lodge or Similar Meals included: breakfast and Lunch and Dinner.

Day 22: Game viewing Safari - Murchison Falls National Park Early morning game drive on the northern bank. Your guide will help you spot elephant, lion, cape buffalo, roth child's giraffe, hartebeest, waterbuck, oribi, bush back, bohor reed buck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard. After a packed lunch picnic, go for a boat safari upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just tens of meters from the 'Devil's Cauldron', marvel at the toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over the 17km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob. This is also the zone of many birds, species like goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. After taking shorts of the photogenic Murchison Falls, return to Paraa Lodge or Nile Safari Camp for dinner and overnight. Accommodation: Paraa safari Lodge or Similar Meals included: breakfast and Lunch and Dinner.

Day 23: Albertine Rift Tour All day drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside and pass traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled 'Mountains of the Moon'. Dinner and overnight at the tree house at Kanyanchu Toursit centre. Accommodation: Tree house at Kanyankyu or Similar Meals included: breakfast and Lunch and Dinner.

Day 24: Chimpanzee Tracking - Kibale Forest NP, Uganda A half day search of chimpanzee and ten other primates including, phoestes, red-colobus, red-tailed and Grey-cheeked Mangabey. The guide will provide explanation, not only on primates, but also on all the forest's fauna and flora and will insure that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and seeing primates at close quarters. After the tracking relax and after lunch drive to Bigodi ecological site for butterflies and bird viewing. Over night stay at the tree house. Accommodation: Tree house at Kanyankyu or Similar Meals included: breakfast and Lunch and Dinner

Day 25: Wildlife Safari - Queen Elizabeth NP, Uganda After morning breakfast, Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range. A game drive en route may yield viewing a lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, hyena and a variety of antelope species. After lunch drive to the creator region for sight seeing. Visit Lake Katwe salt factory to see local methods of making salt. Dinner and over night at Mweya safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge. Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge or Similar with water view Meals included: breakfast and Lunch and

Dinner Day 26: Game Viewing in Queen Elizabeth NP, Uganda An early game drive today. Queen Elizabeth National Park's diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Game drives in this park, with the massive Rwenzori as backdrop, provides excellent opportunities to see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, buffalo, elephant, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi and bushbuck. These two game drives and the boat trip (taken prior) are memorable methods of discovering a vast array of Ugandan wildlife. After lunch, enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos. This launch/cruise offers and excellent platform for photography bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous, with well over 550 resident species. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge or the Jacana Safari Lodge. Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge or Similar with water view Meals included: breakfast and Lunch and Dinner

Day 27: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP, Uganda Early drive to Kyambura gorge for chimp tracking in the rain forest. Even if you fail to see the chimps,the forest walk itself is rewarding and memorable! Drive through the 'Switzerland of Africa area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Kisoro or Bwindi. Dinner and overnight stay at Buhoma Home stead. Accommodation: Buhoma Homestead or Similar. Meals included: breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 28: Gorilla Trek - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest There will be an early morning entry into the gorilla sanctuary. The rainforest is spectacular. It offers a dramatic, steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animals’ trails allowing access to tourists. Mammals recorded include the endangered Mt. Gorilla, rare golden monkey, buffalo, elephant, black-fronted duiker, bushbuck, leopard, giant forest hog and others. This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas. The time taken and the terrain vary according to the movements of the marvelous primates. The thrill of spending time and observing the gorillas is a rare moving, awesome and exciting adventure. The gorilla is a shy and peaceful animal and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Homestead. Accommodation: Buhoma Homestead or Similar. Meals included: breakfast, Lunch or packed lunch and Dinner

Day 29: Lake Bunyonyi Island Tour, Uganda Drive to Kabale a region known as the 'Switzerland of Africa' with beautiful terraced landscape and rolling hills and valleys. Dinner and overnight at Arcadia cottages Accommodation: Arcadia Cottages or Similar. Meals included: breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 30: Boat ride - Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda After breakfast, we do a boat ride inside Lake Bunyonyi to various islands inside the lake for bird viewing and sight seeing. Return to the Resort for lunch. After our lunch drive to Kisoro and cross the border. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla nest Camp in Rwanda. B,L,D Accommodation: Gorilla Nest Camp or Similar. Meals included: breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 31: Virunga Volcanoes Trek After early breakfast get set to Virunga volcanoes for another trek of the Dian Fossey Mountain gorillas. There after lunch, (Option) visit the Karisoke Research Centre where Dian Fossey spent 20 years studying gorillas. Over night at Gorilla Nest Camp. Accommodation: Gorilla Nest Camp or Similar. Meals included: breakfast, Lunch or packed lunch and Dinner

Day 32: Transfer to Kigali Transfer to Kigali for your international flight at Kanombe international airport. Alternatively we drive back to Uganda for your flight at Enttebbe international airport. This will depend on your flight schedule. Total package costs as follows: 32 days * English Speaking Kilimanjaro Guide with over 300 successful summit climbs;

* Assistant guide with over 100 successful summit climbs;( we provide the second guide for 2 climbers or more ) * Porters: Average of 3 porters per climber - depending on the size of the group; * Porters to carry climber baggage - maximum baggage allowance is 15kgs per climber * Porters to carry foodstuff * Porters to carry camp, dinning equipment * 3 meals a day whilst in Kilimanjaro Park * boiled drinking water is provided. * Our cook prepares your delicious and excellent meals. * All Accommodation in mountain tent (Access budget safaris provides the Tent) * A mountain 3-person-tent normally used for 2 or 3 persons maximum; * Shared vehicle return transfers from Arusha to Kilimanjaro Park Entrance. * Kilimanjaro National Park Fees: Entry, Rescue and Huts Fees Machame Route costs exclude; * Beverages. * All personal climbing equipment. * Mineral Bottled water. * Medical Insurance and Medical bills * Tipping (money) to guide, cook and porters * Visas * Evacuation if required out of East Africa. * All items not mentioned in "Cost includes" SOME INFORMATION: * Kilimanjaro Climbing Permit: Subject to availability on request or confirmation * cooks: We use our Trained Cook/s who prepare delicious meals for mountain fitness. * Equipment: We use our camping equipment and mountain chairs on all camping routes. * Recommended Equipment List shall be provided on booking. * Travel and medical insurance: We highly recommend clients to be covered by travel and personal medical insurance, in case of any injury, illness, and loss of property etc. * NOTE: Medicals insurance should cover any rescue required from the Park Exit, to a hospital plus medication costs etc. However, it’s advisable to have about cash US D 50per person which may be required for registering at a hospital and thereafter included in your medical insurance claim. Gorilla Tracking: Gorilla tracking permits are sold very long in advance and the minimum age is 16years to be allowed to go tracking and maximum age is 90years. Every June the prices for gorilla tracking is reviewed of course always upwards. We therefore, pay and confirm the permits immediately the safari is confirmed with us to avoid price variations and hikes to our clients.

LODGE Safari, costs include: * Olduvai Gorge fee. * English speaking Driver/guide, specialized in Wildlife, completed over 300+ safari trips, excellent performances, very friendly and knowledgeable. * Excellent 4WD Safari vehicle; PRIVATE VEHICLE * 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch or lunch boxes, dinner), whilst on safari; * Guaranteed window seat whilst on game drives; * Access to open roof(s) to be able to stand in vehicle, whilst on game drives * Accommodation in lodges with private bathroom facilities; * All National Park and Conservation Entry Fees LODGE Safari, costs exclude: * Beverages * laundry * Telephone * All activities or excursions not mentioned in program * Airport departure taxes and Fuel Surcharge * Mineral Bottled water * Any Medical expenses * Evacuation emergency fee * Tipping to your safari crew; Safari driver / guide Lodge Porter or Waiters Olduvai Guide: $10-20 per group, * Items of personal nature and all not mentioned in cost included; FOR INFORMATION AND BOOKING CONDITIONS; a) BOOKING PROCEDURES: We require a signed contract sent to us by fax together with a deposit of USD 30% of total cost,- per person, to confirm per trip. Depending on Trip Program and Accommodation in Lodges, and the balance can be settled before the tour begins or prior to arrival. (Kindly refer to our Terms of booking which forms the basis of our contract with you)

Note: MODE OF PAYMENTS: Accepted as follows; i) Bank wire transfer. Provided it’s credited into our account prior to Trip Arrival. ii) Travelers’ cheques (TC) - add USD 20,-per person to the total balance to cover bank-charges. (Kindly bring larger TC denominations bill i.e. 500/1000 bills if possible ) iii) Master or Visa Credit Cards: add 10% to the Total balance to cover bank charges, provided charged/approved 60 days prior to Trip Arrival, as it takes a long process to receive credit of funds into our account. iv) Cash payment: no bank charges. v) Bankers Cheques: Provided received 60 days prior to Trip Arrival. *We do not accept Personal Cheques or other credit cards are not accepted unless prior arrangement has been made and accepted. FINAL BULLETIN ON THE TRIP PROGRAM: Once we receive your confirmation, the booking file is complete; we shall provide a 'Final Bulletin' in preparation for your trip to Africa. We shall be glad to provide any further details. Assure you our best services. Access Budget Safaris is one of the most premier companies of Safaris to Africa. We take you for the very best of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda Safaris with itineraries built around clients' needs, interest and time frame allowing you to enjoy the diversity of wildlife Africa has to offer. Whether your interest is in Kenya Tours, Wildlife Safaris or Bird Watching Tours, We will be more than happy to give you that dream safari. At Access Budget Safaris, we care of your interests and choices for your East African Safaris. We specialize in tailor making journeys that suit your time & budget constraints the way you want it. Note that 15% of what is got out of the profit of your safari money goes to helping the orphans at helping Hand Foundation Uganda © 2012 - All rights reserved - Access Budget Safaris Ltd. - Our S.Africa Offices now open |