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16-day Grand East African Tour

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16-day Grand East African Tour

This 16-day Grand East African Tour covers the best highlights that Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania have to offer. Your journey will be full of wildlife encounters, from visiting the mountain gorillas in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Uganda Chimpanzees tracking in Kibale Forest to amazing safaris in the Masai Mara of Kenya and the iconic Serengeti plains and a Ngorongoro Crater tour in Tanzania.

Welcome to Uganda

Your driver/guide will pick you up from Entebbe airport and transfers you to Via Via Guesthouse, only a 10 minute drive. This is where your Matoke Tours driver/ guide will find you tomorrow morning for the start of your tour after a good breakfast. Depending on the time of your arrival, you might be able to explore the area. There are many options in Entebbe and easily organized through the reception of ViaVia Guesthouse. For example a visit to the Botanical gardens or the Ugandan Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC). Please note, all activities and transportation for today are at your own cost. ViaVia Entebbe is a very cosy accommodation in Entebbe, only 10 minutes away from the airport. All the rooms are self-contained and have a private terrace overlooking the dazzling garden. Relax in one of the hammocks while the resident monkeys play around in the trees, you can bath in your hot-tub, enjoy a romantic sunset and sit aside the campfire at night. The restaurant serves you fresh and healthy food, spiced with world flavours for a well balanced international and local menu. ViaVia will give you a truly heartwarming experience that’s very hard to beat! Read more

Entebbe, Uganda, 1 night

To Kibale Forest National Park

Today, you will undertake the journey to green Kibale Forest. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda. On arrival at the forest, you will enter a completely different world... some serious monkey business! Kibale Forest National Park lies just outside the colonial town of Fort Portal and is made up of dense tropical rainforest. This park is considered one of the big highlights of Uganda due to some serious monkey business going on here. A big number of primates residing can be found here and particularly a visit to one of the habituated chimpanzee groups is a very memorable experience. The rare red colobus as well as the black and white colobus, red tailed monkey, olive baboon, the blue Monkey and l’hoest’s monkeys are also regularly seen here. Where would you find a better spot to experience encounters with nature; smelling the forest and listening to the many sounds. Your safari tent or cottage is surrounded by lush green diversity filled with countless bird species and butterflies. This brand new Lodge offers you a unique jungle experience at the border of Kibale Forest National Park with the most stunning view over the forest canopy and the snow- capped Rwenzori Mountains. You will stay at a modern and comfortable cottage at quiet locations in the forest. This lodge is all about a relaxing atmosphere, family friendly and with a refreshing swimming pool. In the restaurant and lounge areas you’ll be welcome to try tasty meals meanwhile you have high chances of spotting the Red Colobus and Grey Cheeked Mangabey monkeys on the premises. Read more

Kibale Forest, 1 night

Chimp Tracking & Queen Elizabeth NP

Chimpanzees share 98% of human genes making them our closest living relatives. They are found in 21 countries throughout Africa, but are most easily sighted in Uganda due to their dense populations. Today, in Uganda, there are approximately 5,000 chimpanzees left in the wild. the Uganda Chimpanzee Tracking experience here is done on several well maintained walking trails. There is also a wonderfully diverse concentration of other primates, more than any other forest in East Africa, in fact. Besides our delightful cousins, the chimpanzees, you can find red colobus, red-tailed guenon, white-nosed monkey, gray-cheeked mangabey, blue monkey, L'Hoest's monkey, and the black and white colobus monkey. In addition in this Uganda Chimpanzee Tracking, you may see olive baboons, bush babies and nocturnal pottos. The aim for your trekking through the jungle under the care of professional guide, is 1 hour of eye to eye contact with the chimpanzees. We can however cannot guarantee 100% for you to see them as they are still wild animals, nevertheless your chances are very good. In the late afternoon of the Uganda Chimpanzee Tracking tour you will take a scenic route to Queen Elizabeth N.P. Your accommodation for the coming two nights is Marafiki Safari Lodge. Read more

Queen Elizabeth NP, 2 nights

Game Drive and Uganda Boat Safari

After an early breakfast, you go for a long game drive and the Uganda Boat Safari in time to see the sun rise. The morning is the best time for a game drive as the African animal kingdom tends to me most active when during the golden hours of the first sunlight touching the savannah. You will continue the search for all the wildlife; elephant, buffalo, lion, waterbuck, leopard, uganda kob, warthog and do not forget about the birds and the primates. After lunch, you will embark on a Uganda Boat Safari along the Kazinga Channel. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see: Buffalo, Crocodile, bathing Elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your Uganda Boat Safari tour. After the boat-safari you game drive back to the lodge. Read more

Queen Elizabeth NP

To Lake Mutanda

After the Uganda Boat Safari experience, today you drive to Kisoro in the south-western part of Uganda; close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. You will see a great country-side, bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains. For lunch you will stop at a local restaurant on the road (lunch is included!). Mutanda Lake Resort offers one of the best views in Uganda! Perched on a peninsula in Lake Mutanda, isolated in the shadow of the Virunga Mountain Range, this lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a very unique corner of the country. Their cuisine is listed amongst the best in Uganda. Situated between Kisoro town, Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks the Resort makes a perfect base for a gorilla trekking, volcano hikers, bird lovers as well for those looking for a secluded magical place in nature. Don’t forget to take your chance to dip in the lake as it's Bilharzia free, so safe to swim, peddle board or canoe amongst the locals going about their daily business on the lake! The sunset scenes are spectacular so make sure to be on one of the verandas (with a sundowner drink in hand) at that time. From here you will depart on your gorilla trekking tomorrow, make sure your camera is charged. Read more

Mutanda Lake, 2 nights

Uganda Gorilla Tracking

Today is the big day, the Uganda Gorilla Tracking! Prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare Mountain Gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their Uganda tour. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a highlight for many visitors as this is where they will be visiting the home of the gentle giants. The park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Uganda's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests lies on the mist-covered hillsides. This magnificent forest dates back over 25,000 years, even surviving the last Ice Age (most forests disappeared). Bwindi forest has an incredible diversity of flora and fauna and is the only forest in Africa which can make claim to host both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. In fact, half the worlds’ population of gorillas live here divided over nine habituated family groups. Also 5 other primate species, 120 species of mammal, over 220 butterflies and 360 birds species call Bwindi home. This it THE place to see the critically endangered mountain gorillas up close for your very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ moment. The species that you will see on the Uganda Gorilla Tracking belong to one of nine family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Your Uganda Gorilla Tracking will be an exciting (for some also challenging) journey along forested (sometimes slippery) slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gentle giants. En-route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity. Think of dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. The time to complete the gorilla trekking can can be as little as 2 hours to as much as 7 hours! Once the the family of gorillas has been located, you will be allowed a maximum of one hour observing them. Coming face-to-face with a the mountain gorillas is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic part of the Uganda Gorilla Tracking you will definitely remember for the rest of your life. Read more

Mutanda Lake

To Kigali

After a nice breakfast with stunning views, the driver of Mutanda Lake resort will take you to Kigali. On arrival in Kigali you will visit the Genocide Memorial and Education Centre, which opened in 2004, 10 years after the genocide. It’s a dignified tribute to the victims, including a poignant Children’s Memorial, and a history of the tragedy. Tonigh you sleep in the Heaven Boutique Hotel a popular 22 room 4 Star hotel with rooms located on 3 separate properties along the same road. Heaven Boutique Hotel rooms all have similar amenities (TV, mini fridge, coffee/tea/purified water, free Wi-Fi, Air Conditioning in all rooms except the Villa Queen Economy Room) and all rooms are located on KN 29 Street, the same street as Heaven Restaurant. Read more

Kigali, Rwanda, 1 night

Fly to Nairobi for the Masai Mara tour

The driver of your hotel in Kigali will take you to Kigali international airport. Today you will fly with the airline RwandAir to Nairobi international airport in Kenya. On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi you will be picked up by a Matoke tours representative who will take you to Wilson airport where the domestic flights depart from. You will fly to the Masai Mara Game reserve. This scenic flight will take 45 minutes to 1 hour. A 4wd vehicle of Mara Eden safari camp awaits you and will take you for a long game drive on this Masai Mara tour in search for the big 5 in the world famous Masai Mara game reserve on the border with Tanzania. An excellent year round animal concentration and known for its typical short savanna plains. Home to the great migration in the months July – October when two million Wildebeest make their way northwards from the Serengeti in Tanzania. You are able to spot lions, buffaloes, antelopes and hippo’s and crocodiles in the Mara River. The coming three nights while on Masai Mara tour you will sleep at Mara Eden camp. The camp is sublime located directly on the Mara River in the center of the reserve. The tents are placed along the banks of the Mara River, with a seating area at the front for relaxed game and bird viewing. All the tents have hot and cold running water, a flush toilet, 24 hour solar lighting and tasteful décor. Read more

Masai Mara, Kenya, 3 nights

Full day game drives in the Masai Mara

On today's Masai Mara tour you will have a full day of game drives ahead. Before sunrise you will try to spot different predators that might made a kill last night. You will return for breakfast from the Masai Mara tour at the camp while the sun rises over the game reserve. You can decide to take a packed lunch for a full day game drives or come back at the camp for a hot lunch. The secret on sighting a lot of animals is to do different game drives on different time and areas for the highest success rate. After this exciting day on the Masai Mara tour you will come back to the camp where you can relax with a cold drink on your veranda with a view of the Mara River! Read more

Masai Mara

Full day game drives in the Masai Mara

Today you will have another day of exploring the safari the Masai Mara tour.

Masai Mara

Fly To Tanzania

After a cup of tea or coffee you will go for an early morning game drive to see lions, hyenas or other predators eating after a successful hunt. When even your stomach is growling, you come back to the camp for breakfast. Then it is unfortunately time to leave this beautiful game reserve and fly back to Nairobi. The driver guide of the lodge will take you to the airstrip. On arrival at Nairobi Wilson airport, the driver will take you to a nice place to have lunch. Then you next flight awaits to Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania. On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport your Tanzanian driver will pick you from the airport and transfer you to Ilboru Safari Lodge; a pleasant lodge with a beautiful garden and swimming pool. Harmoniously woven into the surrounding African landscape, Ilboru Safari Lodge rests at the base of the majestic Mt. Meru. Stay comfortably in your private bungalow reminiscent of a traditional Swahili ‘boma’. Read more

Arusha, Tanzania, 1 night

Lake Manyara N.P.

After an early breakfast you game drive out of the park and travel to ‘Mto wa Mbu’. The bustling farming community of Mto Wa Mbu is home to around 18,000 people. On this walk you’ll discover a side of Tanzania many visitors miss out on. A melting pot of cultures; Mto Wa Mbu is thought to be one of the only places in Tanzania where there are representatives from all 120 tribes living happily side by side. During your visit you’ll get a good feel for the social side of the village – the farms and the milling machines, the schools, markets and churches. You’ll likely visit the village banana plantation as well as a youth art project, and a wood workshop where you can watch skilled Makonde tribe members carve intricate figurines, masks and household objects. Maybe you also like to visit to a local ‘bar’ so you can try mbege. This is the traditional banana and millet beer that is brewed and drunk mainly by the Chagga tribe. Of course you also visit the bustling local market to wander around stalls selling fruit and vegetables stalls, spices and meat. A treat for the senses! Your guide is from the village so you have the opportunity to see the community through his eyes and ask many questions. The length of the tour is very flexible but generally last around 2–3 hours. After the walk, you eat a delicious local Swahili meal which you (can) prepare together with the highly respected Miss Bibi. Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s smaller and most underrated parks. It may lack the size and variety of other northern-circuit destinations, its’ vegetation is diverse and beautiful. There are 11 ecosystems, ranging from savannah to marshland to the only evergreen rainforest in Tanzania. You find baboons and other interesting animals in the forest, whereby the lake you may find flamingos (outside rainy season), pelicans and other water birds. Birders absolutely love Lake Manyara National Park as the big lake provides opportunities to spot over 300 species of migratory birds. The park supports one of the highest densities of large mammals in the world. The high chance to see elephant families moving through the forest as well as Lake Manyara's famous tree-climbing lions are reason enough to be excited for a visit. Read more

Lake Manyara NP, 1 night

To Serengeti NP

A Tanzania tour is not complete without safari in the most famous safari park in the world: Serengeti National Park. This park hosts the most extensive population of wild animals on earth and has a complex and untouched ecosystem. Serengeti means "endless plains" in the language of the Maasai, a description that the Serengeti completely lives up to. Even the (long) drive towards your accommodation is one continuous safari! The park is usually described as divided into three regions: Serengeti plains, Western corridor and Northern Serengeti. The latter is where we can witness wildebeest and zebra migrating in their millions during the Great Migration, following the ancient rhythm of Africa's seasons. This is one of the most impressive natural events in the world. No matter which part of the park and in which season you visit, very few people forget their first encounter with the Serengeti! After the incredible impressions of the Serengeti, you drive to your accommodation for a delicious diner and a good night’s sleep. Named after the distinctive Tortilis tree of the Serengeti, this tented camp combines comfort with the real Africa safari experience. With the great comfort of kingsize beds, luxurious decoration and bathroom facilities in the safari tents, you will feel right at home in the middle of the Serengeti. In the dining tent the chefs will prepare your bush meal with a bit of magic for extra delight. Before you crawl into bed, take a moment in their lounge or wind down with a sunset at the fireplace. Dine, sleep and relax knowing the best of Africa's natural wonders is gently knocking on your door. Read more

Serengeti NP, 2 nights

Full day of game drives in Serengeti NP

Early in the morning you leave your accommodation for a full day safari! This is when Africa can reveals its cool side, so you should wrap up warm for the start of your day. Your guide will bring you as close as possible to the wildlife. Few predators hunt during the heat of the day, so the early morning is the best time to observe the thrill of the chase. It is also a magical time, with the subtle light dappling the landscape, the birds awakening and the sense of a great adventure beginning to unfurl. You visit the heart of the Serengeti, Seronera Valley. This valley is often termed as the ‘classic’ Serengeti; short grass plains with all different kind of wild animals ranging from the impressive lion to the naughty mongoose. These full day safaris are the best way to see the full range of what this magnificent park has to offer. We will find you a nice picnic spot to enjoy your packed lunch and then you continue your safari back to Tortilis Camp where you have an excellent dinner and some time to relax. Tired but satisfied, you go to bed with dreams of Serengeti plains! Read more

Serengeti NP

Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater

Today you enjoy a game drive on your way en-route out of the beautiful Serengeti and continue to the Ngorongoro Crater. In the afternoon, you will have a game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater! This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a unique biosphere which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. There are very few places in the world where you can find such a large population of wildlife throughout the year. Deep within the crater, enclosed by towering walls, you have a good chance of spotting ‘The Big 5’: lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. Other wildlife includes serval cat, cheetah, jackal, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle, flamingo and bat-eared foxes, as well as approximately 400 species of colourful birds. After this great experience, you will go to your accommodation for tonight. Country Inn Lodge Karatu is located on the outskirts of Karatu, a quaint country town on the Great Escarpment, in the centre of Northern Tanzania’s green belt district and farming community. The lodge symbolizes simple country comforts, providing beautiful lodging in the heart of Tanzania’s rich and scenic highlands. The rooms are tastefully furnished with soft lighting, inviting and comfortable beds and mosquito netting. After your safari you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the swimming pool or relax on your verandah. On chilly nights, request your fireplace be lit and return from dinner to glowing warmth, you have never slept better! Read more

Karatu, 1 night

End of the Grand East Africa Tour

Today is unfortunately the last day of your trip with Matoke Tours through East Africa! Depending on the time of your international flight you can decide to do an optional activity. Talk to your Matoke Tours Travel Consultant for more details on this.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Entebbe, Uganda
Day 2
Location Kibale Forest
Day 3
Location Queen Elizabeth NP
Day 5
Location Lake Mutanda
Day 7
Location Kigali, Rwanda
Day 8
Location Masai Mara
Day 11
Location Arusha, Tanzania
Day 12
Location Lake Manyara NP
Day 13
Location Central Serengeti
Day 15
Location Karatu

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transportation in Rwanda/Uganda in a Toyota Landcruiser depending on amount of persons
  • 1 Chimpanzee permit per person (US$ 150)
  • 1 Gorilla permit per person (US$ 600)
  • 1 flight with Kenya airways from Kigali to Nairobi (one way) per person
  • 1 flight with Kenya airways from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro (one way) per person
  • 1 Return domestic flight from Nairobi Wilson to Masai Mara and back per person
  • Transport in Kenya in a 4wd Landcruiser from the lodge
  • Transport in Tanzania in an Extended Toyota Landcruiser
  • All airport transfers
  • 1 liter drinking water per person per day;
  • Professional English speaking driver/guide in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania
  • Accommodations as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • National park entrance fees as per itinerary
  • All activities as per itinerary

Package excludes

  • International flights
  • Entry visa for Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania;
  • A porter for during the gorilla tracking (someone who carries your daypack)
  • Personal (medical/travel) insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to your driver/guide, hotel staff, etc
  • All activities that are not mentioned in the programme or activities that are mentioned as optional

More information

  • A single supplement fee of USD xx is not included in the rates.
  • Rates include 18% VAT imposed by the Tanzanian government
  • The bookings with the lodges mentioned in the programme depend on availability. Reservations will only be made after your booking.

REVIEWS

25 Reviews

Sarah, United States

The communication was clear and prompt, we couldn't decide on our itinerary based on work etc... and Harriet was really flexible and worked with us. Our driver Emmanuel made our 4 day stint fun and safe. We loved everything about our trip. Matoke tours took care of it all for us!

Howard, United States

“Matoke” means green bananas, and as you are guided through East Africa, especially Rwanda and Uganda, you see everyone eating them, buying them, cooking them....it’s an apt name for a great local African tour company. I will always try to utilize Matokes expertise. Green bananas are the way to go! Read more

James, United States

Matoke is always quick to respond to any inquiries, check in on you during your safari and everyone on the team was very professional and made you feel like more than just a customer. The tour itself was AMAZING, our tour guide Gabriel was very knowledgeable. Thank you for an unforgettable tour!

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