12 Days Uganda Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari

This 12 Days Uganda Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari offers Gorilla trekking,Chimpanzees tracking and wildlife game drives coupled with amazing game scenery- the highlight of an African safari in Uganda.Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda Africa are carried out in Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks.Uganda has an increased number of Gorillas to a tune of 400 Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi and more than ten (10) in Mgahinga thus possessing close to a half of the world population of these Species. All tourists that have an African gorilla trekking safari in Uganda have wished to have it again and again. Tracking gorillas can take from 2 – 8 hours depending on how far the gorillas are feeding or resting from. Once tracked, you are allowed to stay with these beautiful apes for only 1hr but every tourist that has trekked these gorillas has intimated that it is a worthwhile trek! Besides, gorilla trekking, the safari features wild game viewing including the Big five of land animals namely; lions, elephants, Rhinos, Buffaloes and Leopard. The chimpanzee trekking experience in Kibale forest is also incorporated.

Safari Highlight

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda – Entebbe International Airport and transfer to the Hotel

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls NP, visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route

Day 3: Do morning game drive & an afternoon Nile launch cruise with a hike to the top of the falls

Day 4: Transfer to Lake Albert Lodge / Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve on the shores of Lake Albert. Sightseeing of the Albertine Rift Valley

Day 5: Relaxed Morning & transfer to Kibale National Park. Optional hike to the Fort Portal Crater Lake field or Cycling in the Tea Estates

Day 6: Do Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Np and afternoon Bigodi wetland walk

Day 7: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth Np, visit Ruboni Community en route and evening game drive upon arrival

Day 8: Do game drive in Kasenyi sector& an afternoon launch cruise along the 45km long Kazinga Channel

Day 9: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Do Ishasha game drive en route in search of tree climbing lions.

Day 10: Do Mountain Gorilla trekking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, do an evening boat cruise & relaxation

Day 11: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, traditional lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Centeren route & do evening game drive upon arrival

Day 12: Do morning walking Safari & transfer to Kampala. Make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe.

Detailed Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda – Entebbe International Airport and transfer to the Hotel

After your long flight from your country of origin, you land at Entebbe International Airport which is the main point of entry into Uganda if you are coming by flight. Positioned with in a majestic peninsular, the airport is surrounded by fresh waters of Lake Victoria – the world’s second largest fresh water lake, the largest lake in Africa and the largest tropical lake in the whole world. You are welcomed by soothing fresh breeze and a brightening equatorial sunshine. You secure your Ugandan Visa from the immigration arrival desk at the Airport and then connect to the waiting area where you are courteously welcomed into Uganda by our company representative. You attend to a short briefing about Uganda and the safari in particular after which you board the vehicle and connect to the hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Budget: Airport Guesthouse Entebbe

Midrange: Boma Hotel Entebbe                                      

Luxury: Protea Hotel Entebbe

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls NP. Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route

Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park 311km from Kampala about 5 hours’ drive excluding stops en route, You drive through impressive flat stretches of Nakasongora district before branching off at Nakitooma for 7km to Ziwa Sanctuary to track white Rhinos which are only found here in the whole of Uganda. You retreat from the activity, settle for lunch at Kabalega dinner and continue to Murchison Falls National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Budget: Heritage Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard:  Murchison River Lodge – Thatched Safari Tent

Luxury:Paraa Safari Lodge – Safari Tent

Day 3: Do Morning game drive & an afternoon Nile launch cruise with a hike to the top of the falls

Drive to the park’s northern section for a morning game drive offering impressive wild game viewing encounter.  The 3 – 4 activity takes you through the designated park tracks including Buligi, Queen, Albert and the entire delta area with possibilities of encountering the lions, elephants, Rothschild giraffes, Leopards, Jackson’s Hartebeest, waterbucks, Oribis, Kobs among others.  The open savannah grassland intercepted with scattered borasus palms also present a unique landscape worth viewing. Retreat from the activity and return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch after which you gather at Paraa jetty for afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the falls. The 3 hour boat encounter opens you to the thrilling Nile waters in their relaxed flow as they join the Albert delta. The views of Hippos, Nile crocodile and shoebill stork might impress you along the adventure. Upon arriving on the bottom of the falls, you will embark on the hike to the top of the world’s powerful waterfall. The Nile River which is the longest in the world forces itself to pass through a less than 8m ravine before falling 43m below to what has been termed the devils cauldron forming a plume of spray marked by a thunderous roar and trade mark rain bow. During the hike, you will enjoy the sounds of the Nile as it splashes its head on the impermeable rocks that have stood in its way for centuries past. Retreat from the activity and connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Budget: Heritage Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard:  Murchison River Lodge – Thatched Safari Tent

Luxury:Paraa Safari Lodge – Safari Tent

Day 4: Transfer to Lake Albert Lodge / Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve on the shores of Lake Albert. Sightseeing of the Albertine Rift Valley& Bush Dinner

After a relaxed breakfast, embark on the drive to the Albertine Rift valley. You enjoy incredible scenic views of the steep escarpments, the flat rift valley stretches, Lake Albert and the Blue Mountains in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  A stop can be made at Kibiro Salt Gardens to explore this 900 year old traditional salt mine where locals still practice the traditional methods of salt extraction. The site also involves an adventure hike.  The afternoon will be spent at the comfort of Lake Albert lodge and an evening game drive in Kabwoya game reserve can be undertaken with chances of viewing Kobs, Buffaloes and birds.  The thrilling bush dinner will make your stay memorable

Accommodation: Lake Albert Lodge

Day 5: Relaxed Morning & transfer to Kibale National Park. Optional hike to the Fort Portal Crater Lake field or Cycling in the Tea Estates

Settle for a relaxed breakfast after which you connect to Fort Portal Area where Kibale National Park is located. You enjoy the countryside views en route and settle for lunch in Fort portal town. In the afternoon, options include cycling in the Mpanga tea estates. The green tea plantation is spread over a beautiful undulating landscape with endless scenic views which makes it ideal to encounter on your mountain bikes. On your cycling, you encounter the estate staff plucking tea and you are free to participate in the exercise to gain the exact touch.

Alternatively, you can opt to visit the Amabere g’ Nyinamwiru Caves and hike the Fort Portal Crater Lake field.Upon arrival, you are welcomed by the local inhabitants of the place with deep understanding and history of the place. You visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves – the breast like features believed to have belonged to Nyinamwiru the daughter of Bukuku who was a self-enthroned King of the Bachwezi. She was denied the opportunity to breastfeed her baby Ndahura as the father had been alerted that the child will take over his throne. The milk continues to flow out of Nyinamwiru’s breasts. Retreat from this encounter and embark on the hike to the Fort Portal Crater Lake field where you traverse the challenging slopes of Kyeganywa hill surrounded by a range of crater lakes and crater hollows presenting one of the beautiful scenic sites in Uganda. The top of Kyeganywa hill offers the views of Rwenzori Mountains on a clear day. Retreat from any of the encounters and transfer to Kibale National Park for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Budget: Isunga Lodge Kibale

Midrange / Standard:Kibale Forest Camp – Safari Tent

Luxury: Primate Lodge – Luxury Cottages

Day 6: Do Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Np and afternoon Bigodi wetland walk 

Gather at Kanyanchu Tourism Center in Kibale National Park to catch up with Chimpanzee trekking which begins at 8am. The encounter commences with a briefing from the respective park rangers who will be your guides through the activity detailing the conduct of the exercise. After this, you head to the forest in search of the man’s closest relative. The dense forests of Kibale comprise of lush flora with mature trees marked with huge buttress and climbers, impressive bird species including the African Pitta, Afep Pigeon, Green-breasted Pitta, White-naped Pigeon, Red-chested Owlet, Crowned Eagle, Black Bee-eater, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Western Nicator, Little Greenbul, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Brown-chested Alethe, African Grey Parrot, Brown Illadopsis, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, Black-capped Apalis, Collared Apalis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Dusky Crimsonwing, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Yellow Spotted Nicator, Black-eared Ground Thrush Little Green Bul and Abyssinian Ground-thrush among others. Apart from chimps, Kibale also supports other 12 Primate Species including the threatened red colobus with the highest population thriving in Kibale, the rare I’Hoest’s monkey, black-and-white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed and blue monkeys, bush baby, olive baboon and potto which may be viewed  during the trek. Finally you approach the common chimpanzees which have been fully habituated and thus offering you an opportunity to draw closer to them and take pictures. Viewing them as they munch fruit, swinging in trees, socializing, patrolling, mating and making pant hooting calls may lure you into unforgettable excitement. You have hour availed to you to encounter these precious apes and you are free to take as many photos as you can. Retreat from the activity which tend to last 2 – 5 hours and get back to the starting point where you will rejoin your company safari guide, settle for your packed lunch after which you transfer to Bigodi wetland Sanctuary a famous successful community tourism initiative in the whole of Uganda presenting a magical walk in its communally controlled wetland with possible sights of 138 species of birds including the great blue turaco, the papyrus gonoleks and a range of hornbills. The sights of the swamp dwelling sitatunga antelope that is resident in the swamp may also be explored. The walk offers a touch of the community including the home of the traditional healer and an extension to the local school can also be arranged. The range of arts and crafts at the centre put together by local women offers you an impressive look of the local expertise. Retreat from the encounter and embark on the transfer to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Budget: Isunga Lodge Kibale

Midrange / Standard:Kibale Forest Camp – Safari Tent

Luxury: Primate Lodge – Luxury Cottages

Day 7: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth Np, visit Ruboni Community en route and evening game drive upon arrival

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 157km about 2 – 3 hours’ drive enjoying the scenic views en route before making a stop in Kasese on the foothills of Mount Rwenzori to explore the Ruboni Village to explore the cultural traditions of the Bakonzo people that have lived on the foothills of Mount Rwenzori for centuries past. They feature unique experiences including their way of life, the crops that they grow, livestock that they keep, their art and craft not forgetting impressive music dance and drama. You retreat from the encounter and continue on the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for an afternoon game drive exploring the impressive landscapes of Queen with the beautiful views of the savannah at the sunset after which you retire for relaxation dinner an overnight

Accommodation

Budget: Pumba Safari Cottages

Midrange / Standard:Bush Lodge – En suite Tented Banda

Luxury:Mweya Safari Lodge – Safari tent

Day 8: Do game drive & an afternoon launch cruise along the 45km long Kazinga Channel

Drive to the rolling plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park with its extensive savannah grassland for amazing game viewing experience after breakfast. The drive through the Kasenyi tracks enables you to explore a range of game including the elephants, lions, buffaloes,leopards, water bucks, side stripped jackals among other species. The activity tends to last 3 – hours after which you will return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon, you gather at Mweya jetty for an afternoon boat cruise starting at 2pm for Marasa and 3pm for UWA with the interval of 2hours to make a round trip for another turn. The encounter offers you opportunity of encountering the Nile crocodiles, the Hippos and water birds along the channel. The wild game also tends to come to the channel shores to quench their thirst. Retreat from that and do a game drive along the channel track as you connect to the lodge for overnight.

Accommodation

Budget: Pumba Safari Cottages

Midrange / Standard:  Bush Lodge – En suite Tented Banda

Luxury:Mweya Safari Lodge – Safari tent

Day 9: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Do Ishasha game drive en route in search of tree climbing lions.

Embark on the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park.You undertake a game drive in Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions that tend to lie on fig tree branches overlooking their prey in the plains. Continue on the drive to Bwindi for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Midrange / Budget:   Gorilla Mist Camp

Luxury:Haven Lodge Buhoma

Day 10: Do Mountain Gorilla trekking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, do an evening boat cruise & relaxation

Have breakfast at your respective lodge and then go to the park offices to get briefed and at 8:00am after which you embark on the Uganda gorilla trek along the designated trails within the impenetrable forest in search for these great mountain gorillas. The gorilla trekking might take you 2 – 8 hours to find the giant Gorillas depending on their movement. The trek/quest for these great apes is tiresome but very well rewarded by meeting, spending time with and photographing these great gorillas as you look straight into their inviting brown expressive eyes, this is a life time thrill of a wild life adventure only Africa can offer you. After your one hour with the gorillas, return to the starting point and transfer to the starting point to embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi driving through fascinating Kigezi Highlands which locals apply terracing method to cultivate their slopes deriving impressive scenic landscape. You arrive at Lake Bunyonyi in the afternoon for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

 Midrange / Budget: Lake Bunyonyi Eco-resort

Luxury: Birdnest @ Bunyonyi Resort

Day 11: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, traditional lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Centeren route & do an evening game drive upon arrival

After a relaxed breakfast, embark on the transfer to Lake Mburo National Park 199km about 4 hours’ drive. A lunch stop will be made at Igongo Cultural Centre before proceeding to enter the park through Sanga Gate. Do an evening game drive as you head to your lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Budget: Eagles Nest Mburo

Midrange / Standard:    Rwakobo Rock  / Mantana Tented Camp

Luxury / Up market:Mihingo Lodge

Day 12: Do morning walking Safari & transfer to Kampala. Make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe.

After your early morning breakfast, you will undertake a nature walk-the most interesting game walks in the country that will expose you to various species of primates, birds,antelopes like elands, waterbucks, Impala, Topis, Bush buck, Klipspringer among others, buffaloes, Rothschild giraffe, Burchell’s Zebra, wart hogs among other species not forgetting the beautiful savannah landscape dotted with great acacia. Retreat from the activity and embark on the transfer to Kampala 240km about 3 – 4 hours’ drive making a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for magical photo shoots where one leg can be placed in north sphere and the other remains in the south. It also an impressive site for purchasing memorabilia to take back home as a remembrance for this safari in Uganda

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Rate per person in US Dollars

Budget Midrange Luxury
1 Pax 4632
2 Pax 3581
3 Pax 3230
4 Pax 3055
5 Pax 2950
6 Pax 2880
1 Pax 4860
2 Pax 3819
3 Pax 3473
4 Pax 3299
5 Pax 3196
6 Pax 3126
1 Pax 5781
2 Pax  4782
3 Pax  4450
4 Pax 4283
5 Pax 4184
6 Pax 4117
Single Supplement USD228 Single Supplement USD368 Single Supplement USD656

GENERAL SAFARI INCLUSIONS

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in 4X4 Safari Van with pop up & AC. The top up to the 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser can be arranged.
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)

GENERAL SAFARI EXCLUSIONS

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)

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