Experience the great diversity of East Africa on this mammoth, month-long tour through four incredible countries and partake in a momentous journey through exotic culture and nature. In Uganda's national parks, we find diverse ecosystems that house extensive ranges of biodiversity in the wetlands and we'll have occasion to snap pictures of countless species of bird and butterflies, elephant and buffalo, as well as to cruise the waters inhabited by the largest hippo population in Africa.
In the thick, lush forests of the Parc National des Volcans on the slopes of the Virunga Mountain Range in Rwanda, we track a family of mountain gorillas and find about the issues this endangered species faces with poachers before heading to the Genocide Museum in Kigali to learn about the this tragic period of time in the country's history. Kenya and Tanzania are each highly recommended destinations when it comes to touring East Africa and together they make for the ultimate safari.
Through more than half a dozen game parks and nature reserves, we find the best of East African nature; we see the world's second-highest peak -- Kilimanjaro -- 'The Big Five', the Serengeti Plains, volcanoes, waterfalls, mountain forests and the UNESCO-protected Ngorongoro Crater. Ending our tour with exploration of the island paradise of Zanzibar only adds that bit of extra spice to our adventure.
Note: This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of 1315 USD if twin-sharing accommodation is unavailable.
Seasonality and Weather
UGANDA/RWANDA: Temperatures average about 25 C (79°F) during the day and 15 C (60°F) at night. The hottest months are from December to February when the daytime range is 26-28 C (81 to 84°F). The rainy seasons in the south are from April to May and late October through November, the wettest month being April. Humidity is generally low outside of the wet seasons. KENYA/TANZANIA: Feb / Mar post-short rains with many migratory birds from Europe though high grass can make game spotting a challenge. Sept / Oct is often hot and dusty though game viewing is excellent due to short grass and animals congregating around water sources. Wildebeest herds usually present before annual trek south to Tanzania.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Some road journeys are very long and very rough, possibly dusty. We travel via well-maintained, rugged minivan with six passengers each, 4X4 in Tanzania. The same vehicles, with roofs that pop up, will be used for our game drives in parks and reserves. Please note that air-conditioned safari vehicles are non-existent in East Africa.
UGANDA/RWANDA have only re-emerged as tourist destinations in the last few years and their lodges and camps are not as luxurious as in some African countries. KENYA/TANZANIA hotels and lodges used are 4-5 star properties with hot water, electricity, mosquito netting, dining areas, bar, swimming pools. Remote lodges are not air-conditioned though many are at higher elevations where heat is not a factor. Hotel porter service is available throughout (see 'Inclusions'). Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins. Many lodges are quite spread out and you will need to be able to walk up to 10 minutes from public areas to your room.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local drivers & guides.
10 -21 (plus Tour Leader)