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9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla Trekking Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari

Overview of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla trekking Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari

This 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla trekking Chimpanzee & Uganda Wildlife Safari offers Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzees tracking and wildlife game drives coupled with amazing game scenery – the highlight of an Africa safari in Uganda. Gorilla trek safaris Uganda are carried out in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. 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 tour 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 the only 1hr but every tourist that has trekked these gorillas has intimated that it is a worthwhile trek! Besides, gorilla safaris Uganda, the Uganda tour features wild game viewing including the Big five of land animals namely; lions, elephants, Rhinos, Buffaloes and Leopard along with other wild game and fascinating scenery.

Uganda Safari Highlight of the 9 Days Uganda Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari with double Gorilla Trekking

Day 1 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla trekking Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Transfer to Murchison Falls NP, visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route

Day 2 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla trekking Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Do morning game drive & an afternoon Nile launch cruise with a hike to the top of the falls

Day 3 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla trekking Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Scheduled flight transfer from Murchison Falls Np to Queen Elizabeth Np

Day 4 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla trekking Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Do game drive in Kasenyi sector & an afternoon launch cruise along the 45km long Kazinga Channel

Day 5 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla trekking Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Do Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve and afternoon game drive 

Day 6 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla trekking Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Do Ishasha game drive en route in search of tree climbing lions.

Day 7 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla trekking Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Do Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Np & relax at the Lodge 

Day 8 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla trekking Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Do Second Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, do an evening boat cruise & relaxation

Day 9 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla trekking Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Drive back to Entebbe making a traditional lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Centre & at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe

Detailed Safari Itinerary of the 9 Days Uganda Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari with double Gorilla Trekking

Day 1 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla trekking Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: 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

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge – Standard rooms

Midrange: Murchison River Lodge –thatched Safari Tent

Budget: Hornbill Bush Lodge

Day 2 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla trekking Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: 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 Borassus palms also presents 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 an 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 trademark rainbow. 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

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge – Standard rooms

Midrange: Murchison River Lodge –thatched Safari Tent

Budget: Hornbill Bush Lodge

Day 3 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla trekking Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Scheduled flight transfer from Murchison Falls Np to Queen Elizabeth Np

After a relaxed breakfast, you drive through the Honeymoon track in the southern sector before connecting to Paraa Jetty to cross with 11 am a ferry to the northern bank for the midday flight to Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda. The flight departs Pakuba Airstrip and lands at Mweya Airstrip where another driver-guide with the Vehicle will be waiting for you.  Spend the afternoon at leisure enjoying the comfort of your lodge or you can take up an evening game drive.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Mazike Valley Lodge

Midrange: Enganzi Game Lodge

Budget:  Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 4 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla trekking Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Do game drive in Kasenyi sector & 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 3 – 4-hour drive through the Kasenyi tracks enables you to explore a range of game including the elephants, lions, buffaloes, leopards, waterbucks, 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 2 pm. The encounter offers you the 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

Luxury:  Mazike Valley Lodge

Midrange: Enganzi Game Lodge

Budget:  Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 5 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla trekking Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Do Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve and afternoon game drive 

Wake up for breakfast after which you embark on the chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve where you traverse the jungle with sights of magical lush mature tropical forest supporting counts of chimpanzees. The eventual encounter with the chimpanzees as they munch fruits, make pant hooting calls, socialize, patrol, copulate and roll themselves in tree branches derive an exciting memory that will last for a lifetime.  Retreat from the encounter which tends to take 2 – 5 hours and connect back to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon, you take up an evening game drive in the park exploring the views of the wild game and the savannah at the sunset.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Mazike Valley Lodge

Midrange: Enganzi Game Lodge

Budget:  Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 6 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla trekking Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: 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 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

Luxury:  Haven Lodge Buhoma

Midrange:  Gorilla Mist Camp

Day 7 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla trekking Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Do Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Np & relax at the Lodge 

This is a great day that will mark your re-union with your long-lost cousins – the Mountain Gorillas. You gather at the respective park headquarters for briefing in the morning at 8 am 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. After your one hour with the gorillas, return to the starting point and connect to the lodge for relaxation.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Haven Lodge Buhoma

Midrange:  Gorilla Mist Camp

Day 8 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla trekking Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Do Second Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, do an evening boat cruise & relaxation

After breakfast, you embark on the second gorilla trekking experience where you have the option of tracking a different gorilla family and gain a different encounter than you had on the previous day. The second gorilla trek offers the opportunity to explore the Mountain Gorillas in detail including their behaviours, the foraging patterns among others. You retreat from the activity and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for evening boat cruise gaining the magical views of the 29 Islands surrounded by the beautiful Kigezi Highlands dubbed the Switzerland of Africa before retiring to relax at the lodge and have dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Luxury: Birdnest @ Bunyonyi resort

Midrange:  Lake Bunyonyi Rock-resort

Day 9 of the 9 Days Uganda safari Gorilla trekking Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari: Drive back to Entebbe making a traditional lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Centre & at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe

After your breakfast embark on the transfer to Entebbe 477km about 8 hours’ drive via Mbarara and settle at Igongo Cultural Center for lunch (Traditional dishes) but also you will have an option to visit the cultural museum here and embark on your drive to Kampala. You can make an en-route stop at the Equator for more photos and passing through the gift shops to secure yourself memorabilia as a commemoration of your gorilla and Uganda wildlife safari tour.  

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November 16th, 2019|Uganda Safaris|
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