31 Days East African Safari

The 31 days is a trans-African safari which takes you through 4 major countries. It covers mostly the East African destinations like Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. It offers you a great chance to discover diverse attractions within these East African states. It starts in Nairobi and ends in Kigali.

Day 1: Arrival at Nairobi
Day 2: Lake Nakuru National Park
Day 3: Transfer to Lake Naivasha-go for boat ride
Day 4: Drive to Masai Mara National Reserve
Day 5 and 6: Whole day game viewing in Masai Mara National Reserve
Day 7: Transfer to Serengeti National Park
Day 8: Entire day game viewing in Serengeti National Park
Day 9: Transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Day 10: Explore the crater
Day 11: Transfer to Lake Manyara National Park
Day 12: Drive to Tarangire National Park
Day 13: Transfer to Arusha airport to take a flight to Entebbe
Day 14: Volunteer work
Day 15: Transfer to Jinja for white water rafting
Day 16: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park
Day 17: Game viewing and boat cruise
Day 18: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park
Day 19: Chimpanzee tracking and nature walk in Bigodi wetland
Day 20: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 21: Game drive and launch cruise
Day 22: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Day 23: Gorilla trekking and Batwa community visit
Day 24: Connect to Lake Bunyonyi
Day 25: Pay a visit to local communities and transfer to Rwanda
Day 26: Golden monkey tracking and visit to Iby’Iwacu cultural village
Day 27: Drive to Nyungwe National Park
Day 28: Forest walk and canopy walk
Day 29: Transfer to Butare
Day 30: Kigali city tour ‘
Day 31: Departure

Day 1: Arrival at Nairobi capital
Land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and meet our driver guide for pick up. After, he will brief you on what your trip all about and then transfer you to the lodge or hotel. Nairobi features a number of touristic sites for you to explore as well including the giraffe center, elephant orphanage, Karen Blixen museum and others. Dine and spend a night at Sarova Stanley Hotel (Luxury), Best Western Plus Meridian Court Hotel (Midrange) or Wildebeest Eco Camp (Basic).

Day 2: Transfer to Lake Nakuru National Park
Have breakfast and after, drive to Lake Nakuru National Park which is set within central Kenya about 155 kilometers’ drive from Nairobi. En-route, make a stopover at Thomson Falls and rift valley view point that will reward you with breathtaking views. Lake Nakuru National Park is situated around the floor of the might of East African Rift Valley and it features among the major safari destinations in Africa. It is popular for its flamingos and several birds making it one of the main birding sites in Africa. While here, you will have the best of Africa’s ecosystem. Have dinner and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill (Luxury), Lake Nakuru Lodge (Midrange) or Chester Hotel (Basic).

Day 3: Transfer to Lake Naivasha 
After breakfast, head off to Lake Naivasha and get here early enough to have lunch at your lodge. In the afternoon, take a boat ride that will reward you with excellent views over huge concentration of hippos, birds that make up about 400 and many others. Lake Naivasha is a home to African fish eagles, pelicans, kingfishers, the great cormorant and many more. Dine and spend a night at Enashipai Resort and Spa (Luxury), Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort (Midrange) or Camp Carnalleys (Basic).

Day 4: Transfer to Masai Mara National Reserve
After breakfast, check out from your safari lodge and head off to Masai Mara National Reserve via Kenya-Tanzania border. While here, witness the wildebeest migration depending on when you pay a visit. Wildebeest migration is usually occurs from July to October. As well, in the evening/afternoon you will take game drive which will reward you with incredible views over lions, buffaloes, antelopes and many others. Dine and spend a night at Mara Serena Safari Lodge (Luxury), Mara Sopa Lodge (Midrange) or Jambo Mara Camp (Basic).

Day 5 and 6: Entire day game viewing in Masai Mara
Have breakfast early in the morning and after, you embark on a 2 day game drive which gets you the best views over the spectacular sceneries and varied wildlife species that are confined within this protected area. Mara Serena Safari Lodge (Luxury), Mara Sopa Lodge (Midrange) or Jambo Mara Camp (Basic).

Day 7: Transfer to Serengeti National Park
Wake up early enough and have a hot cup of tea or coffee and later, drive to Serengeti National Park. En-route, have picnic lunch. Drive via Isebania to Serengeti National Park. Arrive early enough and embark on afternoon game drive that will reward you with amazing views over the big game. Have dinner and overnight stay at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge (Luxury), Serengeti Kati Kati Camp (Midrange) or Seronera Campsite (Basic)

Day 8: Whole day game viewing in Serengeti National Park
Have breakfast and after, embark on a full day game viewing experience in the wilderness area of Serengeti National Park. A game drive in this park gets you the best views over wildlife species such as impalas, gazelles, zebras, hartebeests, topis, water bucks, buffaloes, wildebeest migration and zebras, elephants, dik-dik, lions, leopards, African bush elephants, eastern black rhinos and African buffaloes. As well, you can sight at birds like Kori bustard, crowned cranes, secretary bird, Masai ostrich, helmeted guinea fowls, southern ground hornbill, marabou stork, yellow billed stork, lesser flamingo, martial eagle and many others.

Day 9: Transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast, set off for early morning game drive to spot out wildlife species that you missed to see the previous day. After, drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area via Olduvai Gorge for you to explore a bit of this prehistoric site. Arrive early enough and check in at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (Luxury), Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge (Midrange) or Simba A campsite (Basic) for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 10: Whole day Crater exploration
Enjoy your breakfast and after, embark on the entire day exploration at the Crater. Over 20000 mammals are said to thrive within this area including several black rhinos, lions, cheetahs, jackals, hyenas a mention but a few. Have dinner and overnight stay at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (Luxury), Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge (Midrange) or Simba A campsite (Basic).

Day 11: Drive to Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast, check out ready to set off on a road trip to Lake Manyara National Park. At this park, don’t miss to catch a glimpse at the tree climbing lions, thousands of birds including pick hued flamingos, fish eagles, storks, cormorants, pelicans and many others. Dine and spend a night at Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge (Luxury), Migunga Forest Camp (Midrange) or Twiga Campsite (Budget).

Day 12: Drive to Tarangire National Park
Head off to Tarangire National Park after breakfast. En-route, have lunch and then set off for game drive via the park. This park lies southwest of Arusha and it is second to Ngorongoro Crater with huge concentration of wildlife especially during the dry season. It boasts of its huge concentration of elephants and many other wildlife species. Dine and spend at Tarangire Safari Lodge (Luxury), Maramboi Tented Camp (Midrange) or Panoroma Camp (Budget).

Day 13: Transfer to Arusha Airport to take a flight to Entebbe
Have breakfast and after, set off to Arusha to catch up with your flight to Entebbe. Arrive at Entebbe early enough and get a warm welcome from your driver guide who then will transfer you to a hotel of your choice. Have dinner and overnight stay at Sheraton Hotel (Luxury), Cassia Lodge (Midrange) or Forest Cottages (Budget).

Day 14: Volunteer work at Love Uganda Foundation in Kampala
After an early morning breakfast, you will be picked up by the driver guide ready to embark on road trip to Kasubi tombs in Kampala to pay a visit to burial site for Buganda Kings. After, set off to orphanage to interact with charity community including orphans, widows, persons with disabilities and others. Return to have dinner and overnight stay at Sheraton Hotel (Luxury), Cassia Lodge (Midrange) or Forest Cottages (Budget).

Day 15: Transfer to Jinja for white water rafting
After breakfast early in the morning, drive to eastern Uganda to Jinja a renowned capital of adrenaline adventures in East Africa. In Jinja, take part in white water rafting via the mighty River Nile. Dine and spend a night at Jinja Nile Resort (Luxury), King Fisher Resort (Midrange) or Source of the Smile Guesthouse (Budget).

Day 16: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park
Have breakfast early in the morning and after, set off to northwestern Uganda to Murchison Falls National Park. Drive via Kampala-Luweero and en-route; make a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for you to track rhinos. Dine and spend a night stay Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury), Pakuba Safari Lodge (Midrange) or Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget).

Day 17: Game viewing and launch cruise
After breakfast early in the morning, drive to northern part of Murchison Falls National Park for morning game drive. This will take you about 2 to 3 hours and it will reward you with amazing encounters over wildlife species such as lions, buffaloes, giraffes, elephants, leopards, warthogs, oribis, Uganda kobs, birds among others. After, return and have lunch. In the afternoon, set off for a launch cruise to the bottom of Murchison falls which gets you the best views over wildlife species such as hippos, crocodiles and water birds like egrets, malachite kingfishers, African fish eagles, yellow billed stork, Egyptian goose a mention but few. Have dinner and overnight stay at Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury), Pakuba Safari Lodge (Midrange) or Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget).

Day 18: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
Early in the morning, have breakfast and later, check out and set off for a morning game drive in Buligi sector. After, drive through Hoima and have lunch before proceeding to Kibale Forest National Park. Dine and spend a night stay at Primate Lodge/Ndali lodge (Luxury), Kibale Forest Camp (Midrange) or Rwenzori View Guesthouse (Budget).

Day 19: Chimpanzee tracking and nature walk in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
After your enjoyable breakfast, gather at Kanyanchu visitor center where you will be briefed on dos and don’ts that you have to follow while with chimpanzee. You will be put in groups of 6 visitors and assigned to 1 park ranger guide. This primate adventure takes you about 2 to 4 hours and this includes 1 hour of magical encounter with chimpanzees. It also offers you a chance to catch a glimpse at other primate species such as blue monkeys, red colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, grey cheeked mangabeys, baboons and others. Return to the lodge to have lunch and after, set off for nature walk in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary that will reward you with amazing encounters over diverse primate species including the blue monkeys, vervet monkeys, baboons, L’Hoest monkeys as well as birds such as the great blue turaco. Dine and spend a night at Primate Lodge/Ndali lodge (Luxury), Kibale Forest Camp (Midrange) or Rwenzori View Guesthouse (Budget).

Day 20: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Start your day with a cup of tea or coffee and after, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park about 3 to 4 hours’ drive. Arrive early enough and have lunch then set off for afternoon game drive via Kasenyi track. While on a game drive, expect to see lions, buffaloes, African bush elephants, leopards, birds, antelopes and others. Or embark on community visit to Kasoga community and take part in activities like canoe ride, pay a visit to traditional homesteads and others. Dine and spend a night at Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury), Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge (Midrange) or Simba Safari Camp (Budget).

Day 21: Game viewing and boat cruise
Have breakfast and after, embark on a game drive via Kasenyi track. This will reward you with excellent views over wildlife like leopards, elephants, lions, water bucks, buffaloes, jackal, birds and many others. Return to have lunch and after, set off for boat cruise via Kasenyi channel. This will reward you with amazing sights at hippos, crocodiles, water birds like pied kingfishers, African eagle, open billed stork and many others. Dine and spend a night at Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury), Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge (Midrange) or Simba Safari Camp (Budget).

Day 22: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Wake up early in the morning and enjoy breakfast. After, head off via Ishasha sector for you to catch a glimpse at the tree climbing lions. En-route, make a stopover at Savanna Resort Hotel for lunch and after, proceed to Bwindi. Have dinner and overnight stay at Gorilla Safari Lodge/Chameleon Hill Lodge/Buhoma lodge (Luxury), Gorilla Valley Lodge/Gorilla Mist Camp/Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge (Midrange) or Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Budget).

Day 23: Gorilla trekking and Batwa cultural encounter
Have breakfast early in the morning and after, join other visitors at Bwindi park headquarters for briefing on rules and regulations that you have to observe while with mountain gorillas. Note, gorilla treks in Bwindi National Park are conducted in any of the 4 main trailheads of Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga. On this day, make sure that you have your packed lunch or energy giving snacks and bottled water. This is a strenuous adventure and can last you about 4 to 8 hours but this also depends on your hiking speed, nature of habitat and location of these creatures. Upon find them, you have only 1 hour of a face to face encounter with these creatures. Return to have rest and lunch then take a walk to Batwa community for cultural experience. Enjoy the best dances, music performances and others. Have dinner and overnight stay at Gorilla Safari Lodge/Chameleon Hill Lodge/Buhoma lodge (Luxury), Gorilla Valley Lodge/Gorilla Mist Camp/Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge (Midrange) or Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Budget).

Day 24: Drive to Lake Bunyonyi 
Get up early in the morning and enjoy your breakfast. After, drive to Lake Bunyonyi a home to 29 scenic islands. This also features as one of the deepest lakes in Africa and comes with incredible birds that you will sight at while on a canoe ride. Dine and spend a night at Arcadia Cottages (Luxury0, Bunyonyi Safari Resort (Midrange)

Day 25: Visit to local communities and transfer to Volcanoes National Park
After an early morning breakfast, pay a visit to nearby communities in Lake Bunyonyi and after, embark on a road trip to Rwanda to Volcanoes National Park. Arrive early enough and check in at Bisate Lodge/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/Da Vinci (Midrange) or Kinigi Guesthouse/Hotel Muhabura (Budget).

Day 26: Golden monkey tracking and cultural tour at Iby’Iwacu cultural village
Have breakfast early in the morning and after, gather at the park headquarters for rules and regulations for golden monkey trekking. In the evening, you have cultural walk in Iby’Iwacu cultural village. Dine and spend a night at Bisate Lodge/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/Da Vinci (Midrange) or Kinigi Guesthouse/Hotel Muhabura (Budget).

Day 27: Travel to Nyungwe Forest National Park
After early morning breakfast, check out from your lodge ready to set off to southwestern province of Rwanda to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Arrive early enough and have lunch. Have dinner and overnight stay at Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury), Nyungwe Hill Top View Lodge (Midrange) or Gisakura Guesthouse (Budget).

Day 28: Forest walk and canopy walk
Enjoy breakfast and after, set off for forest walk through the rainforest of Nyungwe National Park for you to look out varied primate species such as black and white colobus monkeys, baboons, birds and unique floral species. After, return to have lunch and in the after you embark on canopy walk which equally rewards you with incredible sights over primates, birds and many others. Dine and spend a night at Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury), Nyungwe Hill Top View Lodge (Midrange) or Gisakura Guesthouse (Budget).

Day 29: Transfer to Butare
Have breakfast and after, drive to Kigali through Butare for you to explore more about the Nyanza King’s palace in Nyabisindu, craft shops and also pay a visit to Nyamata and Ntarama genocide sites. Dinner and overnight stay at Kigali Serena Hotel (Luxury), Hotel Chez Lando (Midrange) or Murugo Hostel (Budget)

Day 30: Kigali city tour
Wake up early in the morning and after, you will set off for city tour in Kigali. Visit Gisozi genocide for you to learn more about the 1994 Rwanda genocide. You will also pay a visit to different markets, craft shops and others. Return to have rest, dinner and overnight stay at Kigali Serena Hotel (Luxury), Hotel Chez Lando (Midrange) or Murugo Hostel (Budget).

Day 31: Departure
After an early morning breakfast, embark on road trip to Kigali International Airport to catch up with your flight back home and this marks the end of your 31 days safari in East Africa.
End of safari

Safari inclusions
 Transport in 4WD safari car and driver guide
 All safari activities listed in the travel plan
 Bottled water
 Accommodation and meals
 Park entry fees
Safari exclusion
 Visa fees
 Airfares
 Personal insurance
 Personal expenses like laundry services, alcoholic drinks, accommodation and meals, extra activities outside the travel plan, cigarettes and others.