Self Drive Safari Itinerary: How to Spend 04 Weeks in East Africa

Self drive holidays in Uganda

East Africa is an umbrella term that covers an incredible array of different countries, landscapes, cultures, and ecosystems. East Africa is a lifetime destination and safe for tourists to visit. If you want to take a great tour through East Africa, visiting all the hot spots in this epic region, then I highly recommend Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania and traveling with 4×4 Car Hire Uganda that is managed by the 4×4 Car Hire Africa a local car rental agency based in East Africa.

Combining the countries of Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania is the perfect way to visit a couple of different national parks as part of your East Africa itinerary, even if you only have 4 weeks to spend in this amazing part of the world.

4weeks Self –drive Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania

Starting with Uganda and you will visit most of the loved safari and game parks and with the suitable campsites you will be able to explore with the 4×4 rooftop tent vehicle and that are ready to hit all the rough roads and then suitable for the amazing stay in the wilderness.

After being exhausted with the Uganda wildlife then cross to Rwanda, Rwanda’s stunning scenery and warm, friendly people offer unique experiences in one of the most remarkable countries in the world. Rwanda is blessed with extraordinary biodiversity, with incredible wildlife living throughout its volcanoes, montane rain forest and sweeping plains.

The capital city if Rwanda, Kigali is the beginning of your epic journey into Rwanda’s mountain ranges. A visit to Rwanda’s Genocide Museum is a must for any traveler in Kigali. After that we traverse to Volcanoes National Park to your reserved accommodation.

The steep slopes that make up the 160 km of the rain forest have been designated Volcanoes National Park. This is the perfect environment for mountain gorillas who have long called this part of Rwanda home. The highlight of Rwanda is of course the endangered mountain gorillas. Trekking with mountain gorilla is approximately one hour as your take photos and videos of them. So, if you are looking for an experience that will stick with you and surely will encourage for years to come, trekking with these majestic creatures is to hit the pot.

With abundance if conservation and national parks, Kenya is one of the most diverse countries on offer to safari goers. Should you be looking for a longer and meaningful trip, this is the ultimate safari in the heart of East Africa. Arriving in Kenya’s capital city Nairobi marks the start of your adventure.

Spend an afternoon with some of Africa’s most iconic animals on this day tour from Nairobi that gives access to giant elephants and towering giraffes. Tour the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphaned Trust and learn about conservation efforts being made to protect these massive mammals. Then stop at the Giraffe Centre, where you’ll find Rothschild giraffes wandering the grounds.

We visit Amboseli National Park located in the south of Kenya, a short bush flight and you will soon arrive in the park. Elephant herds are large and plentiful here, complemented by a backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro for incredible photographs and memories of a life-time.

We travel to Lewa Conservancy to the North of Kenya and you will soon arrive to it. This area is known know for hosting a wide variety of wildlife including the rare and endangered black rhinos, Grevy’s zebras and Sitatunga. It also includes the big five (lion, leopards, elephants, rhinos and Cape buffaloes). Lewa holds over 12% of Kenya’s eastern black rhinoceros population and the largest single population of Grevy’s zebras in the world (approximately 350 individuals). The wildlife viewing in this part of Kenya is so unbelievable.

Visit the Masai Mara National Reserve. No visit to Kenya will be complete be complete without the visit to this reserve. This is Kenya’s most famous and visited reserve. The Mara borders, the Serengeti in Tanzania play host to a number of animals including lion, cheetah, elephants, zebras, hippos, and wildebeests. Visit this reserve during the Great Migration for nature’s best show.

Transfer to Nakuru National Park is one of the Rift Valley lakes at an elevation of 1,754 m above sea level. It lies to the south of Nakuru, in the rift valley of Kenya and is protected by Lake Nakuru National Park. The lake’s abundance of algae used to attract a vast quantity of flamingos that famously lined the shore. Other birds also flourish in the area, as do warthogs, baboons and other large mammals. Eastern black rhinos and southern white rhinos have also been introduced.

Traverse to Arusha and Ngorongoro Crater, few people forget their first encounter with the Serengeti. As you embark your journey through Tanzania, start your trip with a night in Arusha, the gateway to the region. The next day advance to Ngorongoro Conservation Crater, a UNESCO world heritage site and the world’s sixth-largest intact volcanic caldera and Olduvai Gorge. Every direction you look, you can spot zebras, lions, elephants, wildebeests and if you’re lucky, black rhinos, too.

Next make your way to the highlight of Tanzania Serengeti National Park. Spanning Northern Tanzania, the park is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth – the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive. It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous.

Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back.

Advance to Tarangire National Park. This is usually assigned only a day visit as part of a larger northern-circuit itinerary. But it deserves a whole lot more, at least in the dry season. This is a place where elephants dot the plains like cattle, and where lion roars and zebra barks fill the night, all set against a backdrop of constantly changing scenery.

It is a good choice for travelers who wish to encounter more animals and less tourists while on safari. The Tarangire National Park is known as a wonderful birding destination and also features large numbers of game, particularly during the dry season, when the Tarangire River is the only source of water in the area. The landscape is of particular interest too, due to the high number of scenic baobab trees.

Proceed to Lake Manyara National Park, it provides a unique wilderness experience. Including diverse landscapes such as the Rift Valley soda lake, open grasslands, dense woodlands and stunning mountainsides. Surrounding the lake are marshlands, grassy plains and acacia woodlands, home to tree-climbing lion and long-tusked elephant. Giraffe strut across the grasslands, where herds of buffalo, zebra and wildebeest graze.


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