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10 Day Uganda Gorilla and Wildlife Safari

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The 10 days Uganda safari perfectly offers opportunity to visit the most important and untamed wildlife Parks in Uganda; Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth Kibale national park,Lake mburo national park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; Home of Gorillas and other primates.

Itinerary

Day 1 Kampala-Murchison Falls National Park

Have breakfast from your hotel and after meet our breakfast, you will meet with your driver/guide and then drive through the famous Luwero triangle. (You can choose to visit and track White Rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary at $40/ per person. This sanctuary has now been established to breed black and white rhino, and restore Rhino populations in Uganda’s protected areas in a later stage.)
Take a stop-over at Masindi hotel for lunch. We will continue through the park stopping at the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight. Here the Nile, the longest river in the world, is forced through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 43 meters. From here we will continue onto our accommodation place along the Nile river.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market: Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Lodge
Moderate: Sambiya River Lodge
Low Budget: Red Chilli Rest Camp or fort Murchison

Day 2 Game drive & Boat ride

Have breakfast or an early morning cup of coffee, take morning game drive looking for several wildlife species like the lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants, water and bush bucks, warthogs, bush pigs, Uganda Kobs and other types of antelopes. This experience takes 3-4 hours, after return to the lodge for the refreshment and lunch. Thereafter in the afternoon take the unforgettable boat cruise along the River Nile towards to the River falls and while on cruise expect the clear view and panoramic photographs of wildlife and birds along the shores of the channel. Thereafter return to the lodge for dinner and overnight,

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market: Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Lodge
Moderate: Sambiya River Lodge
Low Budget: Red Chilli Rest Camp or fort murchison

Day 3Murchison Falls-Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast embark our safari vehicle and transfer to Kibale forest via the southern part of Murchison falls national park through the rift valley escarpments with the take of unforgettable photographs of this region. Lunch en-route with an evening amazing view of the fabled mountain of the moon.
Overnight at
Up-market option: Kyaninga Lodge or Ndali Lodge / primate lodge kibale / Kibale safari lodge
Moderate option:Kibale Forest Camp
Low Budget option: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse;
Meals Included today: Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.

Day 4Chimpanzee Trekking &Bigodi Walk

After breakfast, head to the park headquarters for briefing about the chimpanzees and the forest as well, after the briefing you will be allocated in groups with a park guide and then enter into the forest to look for the primates and when you meet them take photos and videos. The experience takes 4-5 hours in the forest and then return to lodge for lunch, evening prepare for unforgettable walk in the Magombe/Bigodi swamp to look for the rare shoe bill and other primates like the sitatungas, white and black Columbus, vervet monkeys. Dinner and overnight as above, meal plan: F/B

Day 5Tour Fort Portal Crater Lakes, Amabeere ga Nyinamwiru Caves, transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park,

Leave the National Park after breakfast and drive to Fort Portal. You will visit the Amabere caves in Nyakasura area. This is the traditional home of the Bachwezi who were believed to be demi-gods. This area still has historical regalia of the Bachwezi that helps one in understanding the life they lived while still on earth (they later disappeared). You will then take a nature walk to the crater lakes whose history is associated with the mysterious Bachwezi. We incorporate some crater lake hikes into our this program. You will be simply by amazed by the beauty of these ancient and not ancient crater lakes found in the Fort Portal area

Afterwards, we drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park this morning (about 3 hours driving). Leaving through Fort Portal town, you turn south and early this afternoon enter Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is dominated on its northern border by the snow-capped 16,000-foot Rwenzori Mountains-the famed “Mountains of the Moon”. This 767-square-mile conservation area is bordered on the North East by Lake George and on the South West by Lake Edward; its western border adjoins the Zaire Parc Du Virunga. You will expect to see teeming herds of impala-like Uganda Kob, as well as topi, elephant and lion, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo. There are also several soda lakes filling ancient volcanic calderas where flamingos reside seasonally.

Overnight at
Up-market option: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge or Jacana Lodge / Enganzi lodge (luxury)
Moderate option: Queen Elizabeth Safari Lodge or Simba Safari Camp
Low Budget option: Mweya Hostels or Kazinga Channel Lodge;
Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.

Day 6: Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Game drive, boat trip on Kazinga Channel

We set out early in the morning for a game drive in the northern part of the park on the Kasenyi Track in search of lions, elephants, solitary buffaloes. This is the best time for opportunities of viewing the cats in action owing to the vast population of Uganda Kobs. We have an excellent chance to view just about every animal here at very close range. In the afternoon we will go for a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray very close from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallow; elephants watering, and many other wildlife. At least 80% of the wildlife in Queen Elizabeth national park can be found along this Channel. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others.

Overnight at
Up-market option: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge or Jacana Lodge / Enganzi lodge (luxury)
Moderate option: Queen Elizabeth Safari Lodge or Simba Safari Camp
Low Budget option: Mweya Hostels or Kazinga Channel Lodge;
Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.

Day 7 Ishasha Sector for tree-climbing lions, and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

We drive through the Ishasha sector in search for the tree-climbing lions. Nowhere in Africa do you stand a better chance of seeing this than in the large low limbed fig trees of Ishasha. This game drive en route will expose you to some of the animals that you might have missed seeing while on your game drives in Kasenyi and Queens Mile.
Afterwards, we head towards the breathtaking adventures of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Overnight at

Up-market option: Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Springs Lodge
Moderate option: Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Camp, Ruhija
Low Budget option: Buhoma Community Restcamp or Ruhija Gorilla Friends / gorilla valley lodge /Travellers hotel
Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.

Day 8: Gorilla trekking (Bwindi Impenetrable NP) other primates

You will surely enjoy these two days! After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip- Gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.
Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It’s difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

While most of today’s forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi’s vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over at least 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammal including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi’s most famous resident, the mountain gorilla. Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.

Overnight at
Up-market option: Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Springs Lodge
Moderate option: Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Camp, Ruhija
Low Budget option: Buhoma Community Restcamp or Ruhija Gorilla Friends / gorilla valley lodge /Travellers hotel
Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.

Day 9: Depart from the Gorilla Tracking Park, Drive to Lake Mburo National Park for zebras, Eland, Hippos, etc.

We drive east to Mbarara, now one of Uganda’s major towns, but formerly capital of Ankole kingdom for over 400 years until disbanded by independence in 1962. In the days before modern Uganda came into being, the area had a series of fiercely independent tribal states. The once nomadic Bahima people, part of Bantu-speaking Ankole kingdom, are renowned for the particular bond they forge with their unique, long-horned Ankole cattle. These hardy cattle respond to their individual names when called by their male herder; he in turn lives in close harmony with them. From here you continue to Lake Mburo, a small but picturesque national park renowned for its herds of antelope and one of the only two Ugandan parks home to Buchell’s zebra. The park is also especially good for acacia-associated bird.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market: Mihingo Lodge / Mantana Tented Camp/ Archadia Cottages
Moderate: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge/ Rakobo Rock
Low Budget: Rwonyo Campsite

Day 10Safari in Lake Mburo National Park for zebras, Eland, Hippos, Buffalo, Topi, birds, etc, return to Kampala/ Entebbe

Rise early for breakfast before a short drive to the Rwonyo Park Headquarters. This has often been a good chance of seeing hyenas coming back to their dens, hippos walking back to the water, you will see buffalo, zebra, impala and topi and with a bit of luck maybe even a sitatunga, an antelope rarely seen living in the papyrus swamps. After your early morning activities, return the lodge for a late breakfast on the wooden decking overlooking the water hole. Before lunch you can relax at the pool, the bar area or enjoy the privacy of your room.
In the afternoon we bid farewell to the park’s friendly staff as we depart for Kampala. We drive through a magnificent hilly country and lush cultivation on an approximately four-hour journey. En route we will stop at the Equator for photographs and ‘polar-water experiment’, then a local community popular for making local drums (Mpabire Village), gardens, crafts shops and fruit markets.

Price Includes

  • Gorilla Permit
  • 9 Nights Hotel Accommodation
  • Full day English speaking guide fees
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Chimpanzee permit
  • Bigodi walk safari
  • Mineral water on board

Price Excludes

  • International flight fare
  • Entry Visas
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Tips
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