9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda wildlife safari

Overview of the 9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda wildlife safari

The 9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda wildlife safari is a remarkable package that takes you to Uganda’s tourism hot spot. The safari Uganda features active adventures like hiking in the Fort Portal Crater Lake Field, Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Chimpanzee safari Uganda in Kibale National Park not forgetting Island Hopping on Lake Bunyonyi. This Uganda tour also features remarkable wild game viewing in the savannah landscapes of Queen Elizabeth National Park where four of the big five thrive namely lions including tree-climbing lions, leopards, buffaloes and elephants. The game walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park also offers you possible sights of other unique savannah game including Burchell’s Zebra, Impala, Elands and Rothschild Giraffes.

Uganda Safari Highlight of the 9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda wildlife safari

Day 1 of the 9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda wildlife safari: Arrive in Uganda – Entebbe International Airport & transfer to the hotel

Day 2 of the 9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda wildlife safari: Transfer to Fort Portal Area, Fort Portal Crater lake hike, visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves & then transfer to Kibale NP for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 of the 9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda wildlife safari: Do Chimpanzee trekking in the morning & transfer to Queen Elizabeth Np. Sightseeing of the Rwenzori Mountains en route

Day 4 of the 9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda wildlife safari: Do game drive in Kasenyi plains, Kazinga Channel Launch cruise & evening game drive along the channel track

Day 5 of the 9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda wildlife safari: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Do game drive in Ishasha sector en route in search of tree climbing lions

Day 6 of the 9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda wildlife safari: Do Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Np & relax at the lodge

Day 7 of the 9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda wildlife safari: Do Second Mountain 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) and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation & boat ride

Day 8 of the 9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda wildlife safari: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, traditional lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Centre & evening game drive upon arrival

Day 9 of the 9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda wildlife safari: Do morning game walking safari and transfer to Kampala and departure.

Detailed Safari Itinerary of the 9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda wildlife safari

Day 1 of the 9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda wildlife safari: 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

Luxury: Kampala Sheraton Hotel / Speke Resort Munyonyo

Midrange: Cassia Lodge

Budget: Nexus Resorts

Day 2 of the 9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda wildlife safari: Transfer to Fort Portal Area, Fort Portal Crater lake hike, visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves & then transfer to Kibale NP for dinner and overnight

After breakfast at your hotel in Kampala at 6:30am, you embark on the drive to Fort Portal Area 300km about 5 – 6 hours’ drive. 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. If time permits, you can embark on an optional cycling experience. 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. Retreat from the activity and continue to Fort Portal town where you will settle for lunch after which you will connect to Fort Portal Crater Lake Area. 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 the activity and transfer to Kibale National Park Uganda 26km from Fort Portal town for relaxation, dinner and overnight

 Accommodation

Luxury: Crater Safari Lodge – Luxury Cottages

Midrange:  Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse – Cottage

Budget:     Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse –  Mainhouse room

Day 3 of the 9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda wildlife safari: Do Chimpanzee trekking in the morning & transfer to Queen Elizabeth Np. Sightseeing of the Rwenzori Mountains en route

Gather at Kanyanchu Tourism Center in Kibale Forest National Park to catch up with Chimpanzee trekking which begins at 8 am. 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 an 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 tends 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 Queen Elizabeth Np 157km about 2 – 3 hours drive. You drive along with impressive views of Kasenda crater field and the magical views of the mountains of the moon – the Rwenzoris. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight

 Accommodation

Luxury:  Mazike Valley Lodge

Midrange: Enganzi Game Lodge

Budget:  Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 4 of the 9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda wildlife safari: Do game drive in Kasenyi plains, Kazinga Channel Launch cruise & evening game drive along the channel track

After breakfast at 6am, drive to the savannah landscapes of Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda for a 3 – 4 hour 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 waterbucks, 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 Tembo restaurant in the Mweya peninsular 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

Luxury:  Mazike Valley Lodge

Midrange: Enganzi Game Lodge

Budget:  Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 5 of the 9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda wildlife safari: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Do game drive in Ishasha sector en route in search of tree climbing lions

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 309km about 8 – 10 hours driving through the 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

Luxury:  Haven Lodge Buhoma

Midrange:  Gorilla Mist Camp

Day 6 of the 9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda 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 7 of the 9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda wildlife safari: Do Second Mountain 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) and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation & boat ride

After breakfast, you embark on the second Uganda gorilla safari 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 8 of the 9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda wildlife safari: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, traditional lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Centre & evening game drive upon arrival

Early in the morning after breakfast transfer to Lake Mburo National Park 199km about 4 hours drive making a lunch en route at Igongo Cultural Center 12km from Mbarara town. Proceed to Lake Mburo national park for an evening game drive exploring the impressive wild game sights and the views of the savannah at the sunset.

 Accommodation

Luxury:  Mihingo Safari Lodge

Midrange: Rwakobo Rock

Budget:  Eagles Nest Mburo

Day 9 of the 9 Days Uganda Safari tour gorilla chimpanzee trekking Uganda wildlife safari: Do morning game walking safari and transfer to Kampala and departure.

After your early morning breakfast, you will undertake a nature walk-the most interesting game walk in the country starting at 7 am 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, warthogs among other species not forgetting the beautiful savannah landscape dotted with great acacia. Retreat from the 2-hour 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 the north sphere and the other remains in the south. It is also an impressive site for purchasing memorabilia to take back home as a remembrance for this safari in Uganda

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