Enjoy this Big Five safari through the Serengeti National Park, with a gorilla trek in Uganda and a beach break in Zanzibar. Start in Uganda with the magical experience of trekking to find mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest before flying to the Serengeti in Tanzania. Spot lions on the green plains, discover vast herds of wildebeest crossing the Mara River and watch cheetah cubs playing in the shade of the acacia trees. Finish your holiday on the pristine beaches of Zanzibar, where you can spend your time snorkelling with colourful fish, tasting fresh seafood and enjoying a beer as you watch the sun set into the ocean.
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Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
On arrival in Uganda, you will be met at the airport and transferred onto your internal flight down to Kihihi Airstrip.
Start your trip with one of the most incredible experiences on the planet. You’ll get up early and head off for your gorilla trek with a primate expert – the hike will be between 2 and 6 hours depending on where you find the gorillas, but it is well worth the effort.
Once you have begun your hike into the wild bush in Bwindi, at some point the gorillas will start to emerge – watching them munch on the lush foliage and move slowly around you is just indescribable. You might experience babies playing and swinging on the branches or the silver back gorillas lounging in the undergrowth – you’ll spend around an hour with them, and we can guarantee it will be an hour you’ll never forget. At the end of the day, you’ll be driven back to the lodge, where you can enjoy a delicious dinner and sharing your memories of such a special day together.
This morning you’ll be up early and head off on a forest walk, along a dappled trail to the waterfalls which takes around 4 hours. The hike is beautiful, with lots of birds and monkeys to look our for on the way, as well as some colourful butterflies! In the afternoon, you’ll visit the local Batwa pygmy community that live nearby. They’ll tell you all about their way of life in the forest, how they hunted and gathered herbs to cure illness. In the evening, you’ll return to the lodge.
After breakfast, you’ll be driven to the airstrip and fly back to Entebbe, enjoying views of the hills and thick vegetation of southwestern Uganda from the air. On arrival, you’ll be driven just out of town to Entebbe Forest Lodge, for a relaxed and peaceful final night in Uganda.
After breakfast, you’ll be driven back to the airport for your flight to the Serengeti. Upon arrival you're immediately in the heart of the Serengeti. Your lodge tonight is the gorgeous new Togoro Plains lodge, conveniently located around 40kms north of Seronera. Here you're in the central Serengeti, so the lodge benefits from good year-round game viewing, with big cats resident in this region. Comfortable safari tents are dotted around the rocks of the kopje, with glorious views of the savannah and there's a refreshing swimming pool too.
Spend the day looking for wildlife in the Serengeti – depending of the time of year you’ll be able to spot cheetahs relaxing in the sun, giraffes munching on the freshest leaves at the top of the trees and lion cubs playing in the sun while their mother keeps an eye from afar. Bat-eared foxes play in the grasslands, endless herds of zebra graze on the lush plain and rare aardvarks snuffle about looking for termites in the early evening air. A day exploring the Serengeti will uncover so many wildlife delights, both animals you’ll recognise immediately as well as some you might never have heard of!
In the afternoon, your driver-guide will take you to Mara River Post, your home for the next two nights. You’ll stay in an ensuite safari tent with a veranda offering unbroken views over the savannah. The main camp sits on a raised platform, with a gorgeous swimming pool that looks out over the Mara River.
Located in the northern Serengeti, from mid July the great migration herds traditionally head north towards the beautiful Mara River. Time this right and this area is known for some spectacular river crossings, where huge herds of wildebeast attempt to navigate the Mara River whilst avoiding local predators. The river here carries water all year round, with elephants, crocodiles and hippos frequent visitors.
After breakfast, you’ll be driven to Kogatende airstrip and fly (via Arusha) to Zanzibar. Leaving the wilderness by small plane is an unforgettable experience in itself, with incredible views over the African bushland. You might even need to clear the zebra off the airstrip before take off! A picnic lunch will be provided during the journey. On arrival in Zanzibar, you’ll be met at the airport and driven to your hotel, checking in for seven nights.
The next few days are free for you to relax, soak up the tropical sunshine and swim in the clear turquoise waters from the resort’s private beach. If you’re keen to explore, you can book a snorkelling expedition or take a trip to Jozani Forest. All meals and drinks are included, and the resort specialises in fresh organic food with a traditional Tanzanian vibe.
Today, you’ll be collected from your resort and driven to the airport in time to catch your flight home to the UK.
Situated on the Equator, Uganda stays a similar temperature for most of the year. The south of the country has two wet seasons, from September to November and March to May, while the north has a longer continuous wet season between March and November and a drier season from December to February. Some areas at high altitude are a lot cooler, including Bwindi where you’ll find the mountain gorillas.
As Tanzania sits close to the Equator, you’re guaranteed at least eight hours of sunlight every day, making it possible to visit the Northern Circuit at any time of year. However, the area does have a subtropical climate made up of warm, wet seasons and cooler, drier seasons.
From January to mid-March, a short dry season settles over Northern Tanzania, making it a great time for a safari. The days can be very hot, so prepare for strong sun! It’s calving season for zebras and antelopes, so you’re likely to see all kinds of baby animals on the plains. This is also a brilliant time for seeing migratory birds.
In mid-March, the rains begin and stick around until the end of May. This is the Northern Circuit’s longest wet season. However, there are plenty of dry spells between downpours and the rains bring gorgeous green landscapes to the region. It’s still possible to go on safari during this green season, although some roads may become flooded and impassable.
In June, the rains dwindle to almost nothing and a long dry season sets in, lasting all the way until late October. This is the most popular time to do a Northern Circuit, especially as it coincides with school holidays. Tourist numbers reach their peak in July and August, as well as lodge prices. In terms of wildlife, the herds of The Great Migration pass through the area during this dry spell, providing another major draw for wildlife lovers.
From late October through to the end of December, another short and wet season kicks in, boosting the greenery of the bush. It’s a fairly quiet time for tourists, making it ideal for travellers wishing to avoid peak season crowds. Migratory birds begin to arrive in November, particularly in Tarangire National Park, attracting bird-watchers from all over the world.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.