31 Days Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya.
31 Days Self Drive Uganda, Rwanda , Burundi , Tanzania & Kenya.
Looking for ultimate Self drive Experiences within the east African Countries starting from Uganda to Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya & Tanzania on one way Car rental in rooftop tent jeep? We do offer 31 Days Self drive trip to explore African enjoying Wildlife game drive and Primate trekking in Uganda, Rwanda for gorilla trekking in Magical Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.
- Wildlife Watching in Wildlife National Parks of Uganda, Kenya , Tanzania
- Rhino Tracking in Ziwa Sanctuary.
- Cultural Experiences in Burundi , Rwanda
- Primate Trekking in Uganda, Rwanda that hosts the mountain gorillas, Golden monkey, Chimpanzee Tracking.( We secure the permits at no extra costs)
Advises and tips
- Accommodations are booked for clients that would like to enjoy overnight stay in lodges and not in the Rooftop tent in your landcruiser 78 series.
- Car Pick up can be done from Entebbe international Airport.
- Car Drop off at Nairobi international Airport.
This 31 days maximum adventure safari highlights in East Africa is one that combines up to five travel countries in a single package. A traveler has got opportunities to visit all the five renowned East Africa destinations starting with Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania.
Day 1; Arrive in Entebbe, Uganda
Today we arrive at Entebbe International Airport (the airport serving the capital) and transfer to our lodge nearby.
Mid-range; 2 friends hotel
Day 2; Entebbe – Murchison Falls National Park
This morning we travel by road northwards and stop at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, track the rhinos, and have lunch. We then proceed to Murchison Falls.
Have lunch and proceed to Murchison entering the park through Kichumbanyobo gate. Then proceed to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.
Luxury: Kabalega Wilderness Lodge
Mid-range: Pakuba Safari Lodge
Day 3; Morning game drive & Cruise on River
We begin the day with an early morning game drive on the Buligi, Albert or Queens tracks north of the river Nile. Here we have the chance to observe those animals closely associated with the African savannah like lion, leopard, giraffe, antelope, elephant, and warthog.
After lunch we have a cruise on the Nile River. The cruise takes to the bottom of the thundering falls where you will see huge crocodiles, hippo, buffalo, elephant and a variety of water birds like herons, cormorants, ducks, bee-eaters, kingfishers, skimmers, fish eagle and the rare shoebill. Dinner and night at the above lodge
Day 4; Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
Enjoy breakfast and start your long, scenic journey to Kibale national park. This is a full day drive and you will have lunch en-route in Fort portal city. Proceed to Kibale arriving late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the lodge
Luxury: Kibale safari lodge
Mid-range: Chimpanzee Forest guest house
Day 5; Kibale Chimpanzee Tracking – Queen Elizabeth II National Park
This morning we trek to see chimpanzees. Kibale National Forest has one of the highest diversity and concentration of primates in Africa, and is one of the best places not only in Uganda, but in the world, to see chimpanzees. Drive to Fort Portal for lunch and after proceed to where Kibale Park is connected to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the South, hence allowing wildlife to freely move. This park has a total population of approximately 1,450. Then we’ll have a walk through the Bigodi Swamps.
Luxury: Kyambura Gorge Lodge
Mid-range: Bush lodge
Day 6; Morning game drive & Boat cruise Queen
This morning we embark on a game drive in open savannah covered by acacia trees on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley. We will search for the typical tree climbing Lions (among other things), a population which is found only in this part of the country. It is impressive to see the animals while they are resting on top of the fig trees.
This afternoon we cruise up the Kazinga Channel, a narrow band of water connecting lakes Edward and George. This is one of the most memorable experiences of a visit to Uganda, offering an opportunity to cruise amid members of Africa’s largest hippo population. In addition to these giant semi-aquatic mammals, the launch affords unique opportunities to view other mammals and birds as they come to the water’s edge to drink and bathe. Birding is excellent, and we expect to see species ranging in size from the tiny, brilliant Malachite Kingfisher to the giant Goliath Heron.
Day 7; Queen Elizabeth II National Park – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
You will enjoy breakfast and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park with a stopover for lunch en-route in Kabale town. Proceed to Bwindi arriving in the evening. Dinner and overnight at the lodge
Luxury: Clouds mountain gorilla lodge
Mid-range: Mutanda lake resort
Day 8; Gorilla Trekking Bwindi
Simple Facts about Bwindi, a World Heritage Park, is home to just over half of the world’s last surviving mountain gorilla population of 1,000 individuals. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is invigorating, and the beauty of the forest and its inhabitants is fascinating.
You will have early morning breakfast and transfer to the park headquarters for briefing by the ranger guide and later head into the forest trekking until you encounter the mountain gorillas. This could take 2-4 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. On finding them, you will be allowed to spend one hour with these gentle giants and later return and transfer back to the lodge where you will unwind, have dinner and stay overnight as above.
Day 9; Bwindi, Uganda – Transfer to Rwanda
After an early breakfast and transfer to Rwanda via Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale where you will embark on a boat cruise visiting the different islands while enjoying the magnificent scenery and a lot of bird-life. Have Lunch and after continue to Rwanda through Katuna border. After immigration procedures, proceed to Kigali city for dinner and overnight.
Luxury: Kigali Serena hotel,
Mid-range; hotel des mille Collines
Day 10; Transfer to Volcanoes national park (6 hours)
After breakfast, you prepare to start journey to Rwanda. Volcanoes national park is located within the virunga massif that houses the mountain gorillas and the golden monkey alongside various mountaineering trips and winding roads in the land of a thousand hills.
Luxury: Five Volcanoes
Mid-range: Davinci Lodge
Day 11; Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes
Wake up for an early morning breakfast and after drive to the headquarters for a briefing a head of your mountain gorilla trekking. Enter the forest hike for 2 hours until you meet the Gorilla family of the day. After trekking, you will head back to the lodge for lunch, and later in the evening, you may take an optional cultural tour at Iby’iwachu cultural center. Return to the hotel for dinner and another night.
Day 12; Volcanoes – Kigali
Today we drive back to Kigali. In Kigali we will have a brief look at Kigali and the Genocide Museum, opened in 2004 to mark the tenth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. While the genocide occurred as a result of a complex series of factors, it can only be seen as an absolute tragedy to Rwanda and its people. Time spent at the Genocide Museum is moving and important in understanding the sheer courage and resilience of this beautiful, tiny nation.
Luxury: Kigali Serena hotel,
Mid-range; hotel des mille Collines
Day 13; Kigali, Rwanda – Burundi
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Bujumbura city cross via Rusizi border and arrive to Bujumbura hotel or Roca golf in the evening to refresh, dinner and a night.
Day 14; Karera falls and source of the Nile
After breakfast, embark on a trip to the source of the Nile. It is located in Rutovu province close to wonderful Karera falls, visit the source of the Nile and Karera falls which is located in Rutana.
Day 15; Gishora drum sanctuary and Gitega museum
After breakfast, you drive to Gishora drum sanctuary and meet one of the oldest and drumming groups that began at the beginning of the 19 c. Later visit Burundi national museum in Gitega museum and Mushasha catholic village. Return to your lodge for dinner and a night.
Day 16&17; Burundi – drive to Nairobi, Kenya
After an early breakfast, start your journey to Kenya in Nairobi of about 2 days driving. You might want to check out interesting stops along the way, enroute lunch and maybe even find a hotel to stay overnight. Based on the length of this trip, we think you could spread out this fun road trip over more than one day. After reaching Nairobi, check in, have dinner and night at the lodge
Luxury: Nairobi Serena Hotel
Mid-range: Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi
Day 18; Nairobi – Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Today we travel from Nairobi, through the “White Highlands,” so called because of the large number of Europeans who settled here, northwards to the lower slopes of Mt Kenya, rising to 5199 m (16,728 feet), Africa’s second highest peak. Our drive will take us into the Central Highlands, the heartland of the Kikuyu people. This is a very fertile region, well-watered, intensively cultivated, and thickly forested. The land was coveted by the Europeans who began arriving in ever-increasing numbers once the railway through the area was completed. The settlers established coffee and tea plantations on the eastern slopes of Mt Kenya and cultivated wheat on the western slopes.
Luxury: Sweet waters Serena Camp
Mid-range: Ol Pejeta Mansion
Day 19; Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Ol Pejeta is a mosaic of grass plains, wooded grassland, acacia woodland and evergreen thicket extending for over 350 square kilometers. The conservancy boasts an astounding variety of animals, including the “Big Five.”
We will have morning and afternoon game drives today, as well as a chance to visit the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary the only place in Kenya where this highly endangered and remarkably intelligent species can be seen. The facility was initially established to receive and provide lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from West and Central Africa. Here the chimpanzees are carefully nursed back to health so they can enjoy the rest of their days in the safety of a vast natural enclosure.
Day 20; Ol Pejeta – Great Rift Valley – Lake Nakuru National Park
This morning we travel to Lake Nakuru, a shallow soda lake in the Rift Valley. The Rift Valley was created millions of years ago under the strain of enormous volcanic eruptions which resulted in a giant split in the earth’s surface from Syria to Mozambique. Lava flowed into the valley, forming escarpments on either side of the gigantic trough which can be up to 80 km (50 miles) wide, big enough to be visible from space. At the lake, depending on the water levels, we may have the opportunity to see flamingos, in addition to the over 340 species of birds that have been recorded in the Rift Valley.
Lake Nakuru is very shallow and can fluctuate up to five metres (12 feet) each day. When the water is low, you can see a white band of crystallized soda along the shoreline. This is also one of the best places in Kenya to view the rare White Rhino as we explore the park on our afternoon game drive.
Luxury: Lake Nakuru Lodge
Mid-range: Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge
Day 21; Lake Nakuru – Maasai Mara National Reserve
Early this morning we depart from Lake Nakuru National Park and continue our journey through the Rift Valley, passing by Lake Naivasha and nearby Mount Longonot, a relatively young volcanic reminder of the Rift’s violent past. We arrive at our lodge (via bad road) in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in time for lunch.
The Maasai Mara is a natural extension of the Serengeti eco-system and has an amazing concentration of wildlife. The largest population of lions in Kenya is found here, along with large herds of plains game. The Maasai Mara may also be the best place in Kenya to view cheetah. Later this afternoon we enjoy another game drive.
Time-permitting, we may be able to visit a Maasai village to witness the local way of life and meet its residents. If time does not permit, we will attempt this visit the village on our way back to Nairobi.
Midrange: Ol Moran tented camp
Luxury: Mara Sarova Luxury Tented Camp
Day 22; Maasai Mara National Reserve
The Maasai Mara National Reserve consists of rolling grassland and is located at the northern end of the Serengeti Plain. Considered the best of Kenya’s parks, it is on the pathway of the yearly wildebeest migration, which comes north from Tanzania about the end of June and returns to Tanzania around the end of September. “The Mara” sustains all of the “Big Five” lion, elephant, leopard, rhinoceros and buffalo as well as an astonishing wealth of herding animals and other wildlife. You can see the stately Maasai men and youth along the road tending their cattle and goats.
We have a full day in the reserve, with morning and afternoon game drives. In the Mara you will also have an optional opportunity to ascend over the northern Serengeti at daybreak in a hot air balloon (optional expense). From over 300 m (984 feet) above, you will be able to view the vast land and the myriad animals that inhabit the Maasai Mara. Today or tomorrow are the best days to participate in this activity – details sent upon booking.
Day 23; Maasai Mara National Reserve
We enjoy another full day with game viewing in Maasai Mara. Depending on the season and current game locations and viewing conditions, we may divide our day into morning and afternoon drives, or take our lunches with us in order to venture further into the reserve if conditions warrant.
Day 24; Maasai Mara – Nairobi
After breakfast we depart for Nairobi. En route, just outside the capital, we visit the Karen Blixen Museum. Baroness Karen Blixen-Finecke emigrated from Denmark to Kenya in 1918 and, in 1937, wrote under the pseudonym, Isaac Dineson, “Out of Africa.” The novel tells the tale of the Baroness’s experiences on a Kenyan farm. Her home is now a museum, restored to the style in which she maintained it.
Luxury: Nairobi Serena Hotel
Mid-range: Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi
Day 25; Nairobi – Amboseli National Park
Today we travel south from Nairobi to the Amboseli National Park. Just across the border from Tanzania, this park is situated on the African plain at the foot of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the continent’s tallest mountain at 5894 m (19,300 feet). Here the cone-shaped mountain seems to hover majestically over the shimmering African plains.
The Amboseli National Park is also famous for its large herds of elephants. Here they cover themselves in red dust, giving them an even more imposing appearance. On this afternoon’s game drive we hope to view animals grazing on the open plain with Mt Kilimanjaro providing the classic backdrop (weather-permitting).
Luxury: Amboseli Serena Safari Camp
Mid- range: Maasai Simba Camp
Day 26; Amboseli, Kenya – Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
This morning we cross the border into Tanzania at Namanga and travel to Lake Manyara National Park via the town of Arusha, the starting point for the northern safari routes of Tanzania.
Manyara is the smallest of the northern parks in Tanzania (330 sq km, of which two thirds is the actual lake) hosting a wide variety of vegetation, ranging from savannah to ground water forest to riparian habitats. The park is host to thousands of pelicans, ibis and flamingo that can be heard from afar. Other common visitors to this beautiful lake are hippos and the majestic African fish eagle, which can be seen swooping down from its perch to snatch a fish from the still waters of the lake.
After lunch at our lodge we will have an afternoon game drive in the park, located at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment and comprising of forest, woodland, grasslands, and swamps. Wildlife interest at Lake Manyara is not confined to bird life only; animals such as buffalo, elephant, giraffe, impala, hippo and a great variety of smaller animals also inhabit the park.
Luxury: Lake Manyara Seana Safari Lodge
Mid-range: Kirurumu Manyara Lodge
Day 27; Lake Manyara – Serengeti National Park
This morning we enter the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a beautiful rolling landscape with periodic views over the Ngorongoro Crater. Before descending onto the Serengeti Plain, we’ll stop at a viewpoint overlooking the crater. The name “Serengeti” derives from a Maasai word meaning “Land-without-end.” This is a land of superlatives, both in the vast landscape that surrounds you and the incredible biodiversity it supports. It is here that you have a chance to witness one of the most compelling natural dramas on earth — the annual migration, a sight unparalleled anywhere in the natural world. Our afternoon game drive provides an excellent introduction to this fantastic landscape and the biodiversity it supports.
Luxury: Serengeti Serena Safari
Mid- range: Tortilis Camp
Day 28; Serengeti National Park
Today we have a full day of game viewing on the Serengeti. We will visit the “kopjes,” a series of low, incongruous hills dotting the open landscape that often provide a vantage point for hungry predators contemplating the endless stream of hoofed animals parading past them. Depending on the season and the timing of the rains, up to 1.5 million wildebeest and a half a million zebra embark on a single-minded and perilous quest for water and grazing land.
Even outside of “migration” time, large herds are still seen as they bear their young and feed, gaining strength for their annual return to the parks northern reaches. Resident species that do not migrate make for rewarding animal viewing in any season. It may be possible to take an optional hot-air balloon safari over the plains at daybreak; today is the best day to participate in this activity
Day 29; Serengeti – Olduvai Gorge – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Travelling back to Ngorongoro today we make a stop at Olduvai Gorge, site of the Leakey excavations in the 1960s and 70s that established this region as the prehistoric habitat of some of the earliest species of hominids with some finds dating back 1.8 million years.
Called the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ and stretching across some 8300 sq km, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area boasts a blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeology that is unsurpassed in Africa. The volcanoes, grasslands, waterfalls and mountain forests are home to an abundance of animals and to the Maasai. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles and its magical setting and abundant wildlife never fail to enthral visitors. Balance of the day at leisure to enjoy our lodge overlooking the crater.
Luxury: Neptune Ngorongoro Lodge
Mid-range: Ngorongoro wildlife lodge
Day 30; Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today we enjoy a half-day tour in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After an early breakfast we descend into the crater far below for a game drive in this incredible setting. We explore the Ngorongoro Crater, 20 km (13 miles) wide and 700 m (2,300 feet) high where we may see the “Big Five” as well as many herbivores like wildebeest, gazelle, zebra and hippopotamus, as well as thousands of flamingos on Lake Magadi.
Day 31; Ngorongoro – Arusha – Depart
This morning we descend the Ngorongoro Highlands, retracing our steps back to Arusha via a lunch stop at Gibb’s Farm. Founded during German colonial times and still privately owned, Gibb’s Farm is now a small hotel perched on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Highlands, surrounded by coffee plantations with long views over lush and beautiful agricultural country. We continue to Arusha to connect with homeward evening flights.