8 days Uganda big ape, scenery & wild game Uganda Group Safari

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Overview of the 8 days Uganda big ape, scenery & wild game Uganda Group Safari

The 8 days Uganda Group Safari, Wild game & Scenery Safaris is one of the short but well detailed safaris that allows you to explore Uganda – the pearl of Africa in detail. The 8 Days encounter features Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest NP, adventure hiking to the Rwenzori Mountains, the wild game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park which including the tree climbing lions, the elephants, buffaloes, leopards, Nile crocodiles, Hippos and a range of antelopes, the mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park not forgetting a recreational encounter on Lake Bunyonyi dubbed the Lake of a thousand Islands because of its 29 Islands surrounded by the fascinating Kigezi Highlands.

Safari Highlight of 8 days Uganda big ape, scenery & wild game Uganda Group Safari

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda (Entebbe International Airport) & transfer to the Hotel

Day 2: Transfer to Kibale National Park & do an afternoon Chimpanzee trekking in the primate capital of the world – Kibale National Park along with other 12 species of primates.

Day 3: Transfer early to Rwenzori Mountains & do whole day Rwenzori hiking. Encounter the legendary mountains of the moon as described by the Greek geographer Ptolemy in 150 AD towering to 5,109m above sea level covered by snow.

Day 4: Morning game drive in the rolling savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park in the shadows of Rwenzori Mountains for amazing wildlife including lions, elephants, buffaloes, Antelopes, leopard, etc. & an afternoon launch cruise along the Paradise of Hippos – the 45km long Kazinga Channel with sights of Hippos, Nile crocodiles and birds.

Day 5: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & do Ishasha game drive en route (tree climbing lions).

Day 6: Do gorilla trekking (Encounter the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas where almost a half of the world population 400 out of 880 thrive in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park) & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Day 7: Do a morning boat ride on the Lake of a thousand Islands as it has been dubbed because of its 29 islands surrounded the magical highlands of Kigezi famously known as the Switzerland of Africa & transfer to Kampala with a stop at Igongo Cultural Center for lunch & at the Equator crossing – Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots an water experiments.

Day 8: Departure. If the flight is in the evening, do half day tour of Kampala city

Detailed Itinerary of theof 8 days Uganda big ape, scenery & wild game Uganda Group Safari.

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda (Entebbe International Airport) & transfer to the Hotel

Arrive in Uganda following the flight from your respective country of origin. You land at Entebbe International Airport which is the main gateway to Uganda where you will find the company representative dedicated to offer you a courteous welcome. The amazing weather and brightening atmosphere on the shores of Lake Victoria give you a remarkable first impression of Uganda. After briefing about Uganda and the safari, you will connect to the respective hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

 Midrange / Standard: Cassia Lodge / Humura Resort

Budget / Basic: Banda Inn / Nexus Resort Hotel

Day 2: Transfer to Kibale National Park & do an afternoon Chimpanzee trekking in the primate capital of the world – Kibale National Park along with other 12 species of primates.

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After an early breakfast at your hotel in Kampala / Entebbe, you embark on the drive to Fort Portal Area 300km about 5 – 6 hours’ drive starting off at 6am. You will drive through impressive scenic landscapes on smooth tarmac viewing the unique geographical features including the Mubende Inselbergs not forgetting the small towns en route including Mpigi, Mityana, Mubende and Kyenjojo. You branch off in Fort Portal town and drive 26km further on rough muraam road to Kanyanchu Tourism Center in Kibale National Park. Gather at Kanyanchu Tourism Center in Kibale National Park to catch up with Chimpanzee trekking which begins at 2pm. 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 and connect to your Lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Midrange / Standard: Kibale Forest Camp – Safari Tent / Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse – Cottages /

Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Day 3: Transfer early to Rwenzori Mountains & do whole day Rwenzori hiking. Encounter the legendary mountains of the moon as described by the Greek geographer Ptolemy in 150 AD towering to 5,109m above sea level covered by snow.

Wake up early enough to depart at 6am driving to Mount Rwenzori National Park 135km about 2 hours’ drive to catch with Mount Rwenzori hiking  commencing at 8am. Gather at Nyakalengija park station to embark on the whole day hike to the Rwenzori Mountains. The Rwenzori Mountain rises to 5,109m above sea level with snowcapped peaks despite its closeness to the world’s main latitude – the Equator. Encounter the world heritage site which is greatly known for its impressive flora other than fauna. The impressive giant lobelias and groundsels are lovely to encounter. The sights of the peaks can be viewed at a distance, the sights of glaciers flowing down the mountain is beautiful not forgetting the savannah landscapes of Queen Elizabeth National Park, the rift valley lakes of George and Edward and Kasese town below. You have lunch on the mountain and retreat in the evening around 5pm for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp

Day 4: Morning game drive in the rolling savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park in the shadows of Rwenzori Mountains for amazing wildlife including lions, elephants, buffaloes, Antelopes, leopard, etc. & an afternoon launch cruise along the Paradise of Hippos – the 45km long Kazinga Channel with sights of Hippos, Nile crocodiles and birds.

After breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a morning game drive exploring the park’s rolling savannah landscapes dotted with counts of wild game including the big four of the big five like lions, leopards, buffaloes and elephants, antelope species like water bucks, Kobs, bushbucks among others, jackals among other wild game. The stretch to Kasenyi and the Mweya peninsular offers you the best of these. You settle for lunch at Mweya lodge after which you gather at the Mweya jetty to embark on a thrilling boat cruise on the 45km long Kazinga Channel. The cruise takes 2 hours with possibilities of encountering the aquatic species such as Nile Crocodiles and Hippos not forgetting other wild game that tends to congregate on the channel shores to consume water.  Retreat from the activity and do a game drive along the channel track with in the Mweya peninsular to explore more game. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge / Marafiki Safari Lodge – Private Tent/ Kasenyi Safari Camp

Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 5: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & do Ishasha game drive en route (tree climbing lions).

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park driving through southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park named Ishasha well known for its tree climbing lions. The Ishasha sector presents a remarkable encounter with the unique tree climbing lions which are only existing in two spots in the whole world with Ishasha sector having the best viewing opportunities. You continue on the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Day 6: Do gorilla trekking (Encounter the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas where almost a half of the world population 400 out of 880 thrive in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park) & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

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This is a special day dedicated for the mountain gorillas. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park supports a minimum of 400 mountain gorillas which on global scale are given as critically endangered. Therefore, undertaking the gorilla trekking experience in the hilly forested landscapes of Bwindi is such a life time endeavor that will create lasting memories. You gather at the respective park headquarters for briefing in the morning at 8am where you are also allocated the respective gorilla families to track. From here, you head to the forest in the company of the armed ranger guides that will lead you up the gorillas. The walk is beyond the ordinary as it involves traversing the dense jungle whose thickness would at some points necessitate using a machete to make a path, hiking the challenging landscapes some of which are steep and slippery at times under the canopy of the mature forest which forms darkness even during the day. You are treated to the impressive bird songs and beautiful flowers through the experience. The encounter tends to take 2 – 8 hours depending on the gorilla movements and one hour is availed to you to have a direct touch with the gorillas. Upon approaching gorillas, their reaction is not predictable as it can include them giving you a courteous welcome, minding less about you and charging against you. However, as a result of habituation, Mountain gorillas are always welcoming with the Silverback beating a little of his chest to demonstrate his might and also welcoming to you to the group. The young gorillas are very playful and are at times not aware of the 7m rule thus can try to draw closer to even touching on your body – save it by taking some steps away to observe the distance. You are not limited in any way to ask as many questions about gorillas and their habitats along with taking pictures so long as you have the opportunity to do so. Retreat from the activity 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

Day 7: Do a morning boat ride on the Lake of a thousand Islands as it has been dubbed because of its 29 islands surrounded the magical highlands of Kigezi famously known as the Switzerland of Africa & transfer to Kampala with a stop at Igongo Cultural Center for lunch & at the Equator crossing – Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots an water experiments.

After breakfast, embark on the sunrise boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi exploring the impressive scenic views of the Lake marked with 29 Islands surrounded by magical Kigezi Highlands dubbed the Switzerland of Africa. The calm waters of Lake Bunyonyi allows you to rub shoulders with the local people as they paddle their canoes connecting to and from the Islands and also doing some fishing. Retreat from the 2 hour activity and embark on the transfer to Kampala 437km about 7 hours’ drive driving through impressive country side landscapes of south western Uganda making a traditional lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Center for typical African buffet and another stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots where one leg would be in the southern hemisphere and the other in the northern hemisphere. Continue to arrive in Kampala in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

 Midrange / Standard: Cassia Lodge / Humura Resort

Budget / Basic: Banda Inn / Nexus Resort Hotel

Day 8: Departure. If the flight is in the evening, do half day tour of Kampala city

This is dedicated for your flight departure back home. If the flight is in the evening, you can do a half day tour of Kampala exploring the sites of historical, religious, cultural and political significance. These include; the Ugandan Parliament, the Uganda National Museum, Namugongo Martyrs Shrine where 45 converts were burnt because of converting to Christianity, the Rubaga Cathedral which is the headquarter for catholic faith in Uganda, the Namirembe Cathedral for Protestants and the Baha’i Temple which is the only temple of the Baha’i in Africa.

End of the 8 days Uganda big ape, scenery & wild game Uganda Group Safari

Van Vehicle Option

Midrange Budget
2 Pax  2390.888
3 Pax   2308.925
4 Pax   2085.069
5 Pax   2097.055
6 Pax   1983.129
7 Pax   2006.254
8 Pax   1932.159
9 Pax   1955.808
 

2 Pax   2178.038
3 Pax  2034.658
4 Pax   1872.219
5 Pax   1847.355
6 Pax   1770.279
7 Pax  1767.082
8 Pax   1719.309
9 Pax  1722.486

NB: The travel in the low season months of May and November attracts $150 discount per person on the Uganda gorilla permit and $50 discount on the Uganda Chimpanzee permit for Kibale.

Departure dates

Month Date
Jan 21st
May 18th
July 2nd
Aug 27th
Nov 15th
Dec 19th

Terms and Conditions

GENERAL SAFARI INCLUSIONS

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • 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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