6 Days Uganda Primate & Wildlife Group Safari

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Overview:

Our 6 Days Uganda Gorilla safari takes you to Uganda`s population of mountain gorillas in Bwindi but also exposes you to Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda. It has been confirmed that Mountain gorillas in Uganda have increased to a minimum of 400 in Bwindi according to results from the mountain gorilla census that was carried out by Uganda Wildlife Authority together with the International Gorilla Conservation Program (IGCP), Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) in DRC and RDB from Rwanda. Scientifically referred to as Gorilla beringei beringei, Uganda`s mountain gorillas live in families headed by a Silverback as the dominant male. However, mountain gorilla families sometimes split up to form new groups especially when there is more than one silverback in a family. Currently there are 36 gorilla families in Bwindi and 16 solitary males of which 10 are habituated for tourism and research. Following the two censuses carried out in the Virunga Massif and in Bwindi in 2011, it has been confirmed that the world’s population of mountain gorillas now stands at a total of 880 after census results showed in 2010 that there were 480 mountain gorillas in the Virunga massif which comprises Rwanda`s Volcanoes National Park, Uganda`s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, and DRC`s Virunga National Park, plus the 400 that has been confirmed present  in Uganda`s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.This means that Uganda is host to more than half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas trekking safari or tour destination.

6 Days Uganda Gorilla safari major highlights:

Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, encounter the Uganda Equator en route at Kayabwe & traditional lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Centre.

Day 2:    Do Gorilla Trekking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, evening boat cruise & relaxation.

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Do game drive in Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions.

Day 4: Do game drive & and an afternoon launch cruise along the Hippos paradise – the 45km long Kazinga Channel.

Day 5: Transfer to Kibale National Park. Visit Rwenzori Art foundation en route & have an afternoon relaxation at the lodge.

Day 6: Do Chimpanzee trekking & transfer to Kampala.

Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, encounter the Uganda Equator en route at Kayabwe & traditional lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Centre.

Embark on the journey to the southwest of Uganda 530 km about 10 hours’ drive after an early breakfast at your place of stay in Kampala. After 77km, you will make a stop at the Equator crossing – Kayabwe for photo shooting and participating in the water experiments to evidence the separation of the northern and southern hemispheres. A continuous drive through the farmed hill sides and the urban environments of Masaka will eventually lead you to another stop at Igongo cultural center 12km to Mbarara town for lunch. The delicious meal at Kahwa Kanuzire restaurant will give you a taste of traditional cuisine. Proceed on your drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to arrive in the evening for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange/Standard) or Nshongi Gorilla Resort (Budget/Basic).

Day 2:    Do Gorilla Trekking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, evening boat cruise & relaxation.

After your early morning breakfast, gather at the Park Headquarters for briefing from the park rangers about the conduct of gorilla trekking activity. After the short briefing, you embark on the challenging trek through the impenetrable jungle of Bwindi with its rugged landscape involving valleys, swamps, steep slopes and rocky areas amidst amazing jungle sounds and bird songs which is an attraction in its self. You will finally come across these endangered apes in thriving in their ancient habitat foraging or socializing. You will marvel at the gorillas as they welcome you, interact and finally say bye when your one hour with them is used up. The opportunity to take as many photos as you can is availed to you while asking questions to your guide about these apes is up to your discretion. The trekking duration ranges between 2 – 8 hours. Retreat from the activity & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening relational boat cruise exploring some of its 29 islands.

Accommodation: Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort (Upmarket/Luxury), Arcadia Cottages (Midrange / Standard) or Byoona Amagara Island Retreat (Basic/Budget).

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Do game drive in Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions.

After breakfast transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park – the highest visited Game Park in Uganda 309km. The drive involves traversing the rolling hill of Kigezi and eastern forested landscapes of Bwindi as you make your way to the north before approaching the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park – Ishasha where you will undertake simple game drive in search of tree climbing lions that tend to rest on the fig tree branches. The tree climbing lions thrive in only in this part of Uganda and in Lake Manyara National Park but Ishasha offers ideal encounters because of its short trees. You might be lucky to spot some and then continue to your respective lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Enganzi lodge (Midrange/standard) or Kazinga Channel View Resort (Budget/Basic).

Day 4: Do game drive & and an afternoon launch cruise along the Hippos paradise – the 45km long Kazinga Channel.

Wake up very for a cup of coffee before setting of for the game drive activity in the savannah game park of Queen Elizabeth. The early departure at 06:00 gives you an opportunity to see night hunters like hyenas getting back to their hiding places and early risers setting off to look for what to eat. The drive through the Kasenyi and channel tracks gives a probable opportunity to see a range of game including; Lions, buffalo, elephants, elusive leopard (if too lucky), defassa water bucks, Uganda kobs, Oribis, side stripped jackal among other wildlife. Return to the lodge after this 3 -4 hour game drive and relax till lunch time. After lunch, you will gather at Mweya for a recreational afternoon launch cruise leaving at 03:00pm taking 2 hours exploring the magical offerings of Kazinga Channel including the sights of water birds and wild game drinking on the channel side, the Nile crocodile and the Hippos. The 45m channel that stretches from Lake George to Lake Edward has tranquil waters that always give pleasure and psychological satisfaction to any traveller on Uganda safaris. Retire from the boat at 5 pm for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Enganzi Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Kazinga Channel View Resort (Budget/Basic).

Day 5: Transfer to Kibale National Park. Visit Rwenzori Art foundation en route & have an afternoon relaxation at the lodge.

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Kibale National Park 157km from Mweya about 3 hours’ drive excluding stops en route. The magical scenic views of the mountains of the moon will welcome you as soon as you leave Queen Elizabeth and a stop at Rwenzori Art foundation – the only bronze casting center in the whole of Africa will lure you into remarkable amazement. Having an experiential touch of the sculpture making process, mixing of dyes among others is quite rewarding before proceeding to Kibale for lunch and afternoon relaxation.

Accommodation: Primate Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Chimpanzee Guesthouse (Midrange/Standard) or Rwenzori View Guesthouse (Budget/Basic).

Day 6: Do Chimpanzee trekking & transfer to Kampala.

After breakfast, gather at Kanyanchu tourism center for briefing at 08:00am from the park rangers about the Chimp trekking conduct. Set off to this forest of Kibale after the short briefing in quest of Chimpanzees. The 2 – 5 hour trek will expose you amazing tree species and wildlife including other 12 species of primates like Colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, Red tailed monkeys and olive baboons. The sights of Birds cannot be avoided while their songs will offer you natural entertainment through the jungle. You will marvel at the Chimpanzees as the roll themselves on tree branches, munch fruits and make their pant – hooting calls. After utilizing your one hour, you will return to the starting point and embark on the transfer to Kampala 358km about 6 hours’ drive arriving on the evening to mark the end of your safari.

End of Safari:

REF: PUST G 3 – 6 DAYS UGANDA PRIMATE AND WILDLIFE SAFARI.

BUDGET
3 PAX USD 1930
4 PAX USD 1679
5 PAX USD 1655
6 PAX USD 1596

 

MIDRANGE
3 PAX USD 2058
4 PAX USD 1780
5 PAX USD 1773
6 PAX USD 1698

 

LUXURY
3 PAX USD 2346
4 PAX USD 2058
5 PAX USD 2060
6 PAX USD 1977
Safari Start Dates:     
Month

Date

February

15th

March

25th

April

27th

June

6th

July

14th

August

21st

October

15th

November

13th

December

13th

Terms and Conditions

We offer set departure dates for the above scheduled programs LEAVING FROM KAMPALA ON THE SPECIFIC DATES MENTIONED.These are fixed for groups who would like to join other people traveling on these tours.

Where gorilla tracking is involved, this will depend on the availability of gorilla permits at the time of booking. Because of the scarcity of gorilla permits, our programs have been standardized to allow tracking in either Bwindi or Mgahinga parks or Rwanda – De Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. However tracking Rwanda (Park Volcanoes) this will need a top up of permits, visa entry, accommodation and border crossing fees.

Clients to track in Rwanda staying in upmarket/Medium facilities will top USD 395 and client staying budget facility will be toping up USD 285.

Safaris cutting accross x-mas and end of year dates will be subjected to supplements.

Clients are advised to book early to avoid disappointments (see our other booking policy terms )

Tour minimum numbers of people are 2 – 6 people. Each person will be communicated the standing number of persons to join and how many are confirmed for the trip. A refund or top up will be paid where the number exceeds other than communicated. Big groups will be communicated special rates on request

Clients on working visits in the country stand to exploit this chance for our affordable tours and safaris.

Accommodation

In terms of accommodation the price quote given is based on the Midium rate and budget options rate accommodation facilities. The budget type of accommodation is in rest camps or bandas- which are African small medium houses separate from each other and may not necessarily be self contained, while in other cases it will be in hostels like at Queen Elizabeth National Park or in budget hotels. In most cases these are simple accommodation units but with clean facilities. Meals can either be served from canteens in some cases or in the Dinning rooms.

In the Medium option rates, accommodation is in self-contained facilities (cottages, hotels, lodges or tented camps) with standard en-suit rooms and offer meals of international standard cuisine. For Luxury and Upmarket accommodation facilities can send special request.

Included in the Cost

The costs given above include accommodation and meals on full board basis while on safari, 1 gorilla permit and 1 or 2 chimp tracking permits per person where mentioned, 1 boat cruise on River Nile in Murchison Falls National Park and another launch cruise on Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National park also where mentioned, game drives and park entrance fees plus bottled water through out the safari transits.

Cost Excludes

The cost excludes airport transfers and accommodation in Kampala. However, airport transfers and accommodation while in Kampala (before and after the safari) can be arranged for you on request. The cost also does not cover drinks, souvenirs, tips, and all other expenses of personal nature. Our trips usually begin at 8.00am from Sheraron or we can pick you at your hotel and end in Kampala. However, pick up from any other place can be arranged on request.

Deposit.

A total of 30% will be deposited or at least costs to pay for gorilla permit fees to confirm the safari .The Balance will be paid 3o days to safari date. Payments will be done by sending funds by Telegraphic Transfer (wire transfer ) method to our bank Account details communicated upon confirmation.

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