AVU016 – UGANDA PRIMATE TOUR (11DAYS)

Tour overview:
This is a wonderful safari that starts in Kampala and ends in Murchison falls National Park. This safari is a combination of wildlife, primates, beautiful scenery, wonderful climate and the most amazing cultures in Uganda.

Tour Highlights
DAY 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport
DAY 2: Lake Mburo National Park – Wildlife viewing
DAY 3: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park
DAY 4: Gorilla Tracking – Bwindi Gorilla Forest
DAY 5: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
DAY 6: Wildlife Viewing, Launch Cruise – Queen Elizabeth National Park
DAY 7: Travel to Kibale Forest National Park
DAY 8: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest
DAY 9: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park
DAY 10: Wildlife Tour in Murchison Falls National Park
DAY 11: Murchison Falls – Kampala

DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY:
DAY 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport
Our stuff will warmly welcome you at Entebbe International Airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Accommodation
Serena hotel, Seraton (Luxury)
Cassia Lodge (Mid range)
The Lodge (Budget)
Meal Plan: Half Board (Bed and Breakfast)
Travel time: About 1 Hour

DAY 2: Lake Mburo National Park
Begin the day with breakfast, drive to the West to Lake Mburo National Park. A stop over is made at Equator for photographs and snacks. On your way to the park, game-drive as you check in Mantana Tented Camp (basic) or Rwonyo rest Camp (budget). After lunch, enjoy a boat ride in Lake Mburo amidst Hippos. Other animals like Crocodiles herons, African King fisher, Fish Eagles, Pelicans, Crested Cranes including local fishermen and fishing villages may be seen. Evening guided walks can also be arranged.

Accommodation
Mihingo (Luxury)
Acadia lodge (Mid Range)
Lake view resort hotel (Budget)
Meal Plan: Full Board
Travel time: About 4 Hours

DAY 3: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Early morning boat ride sight seeing and bird watching is a life time experience. Return to the camp for lunch and drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park; home of Mountain Gorillas!
Evening performances to see traditional dances by the Batwa is a must!

Accommodation:
Gorilla Forest Camp or Mahogany Springs or Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, (Luxury),
Gorilla Mist Camp or Sliver Back Lodge (Mid-range),
Buhoma Community Bandas or Wagtail Eco Lodge (Basic).
Meal Plan: Full Board.
Travel time: About 5 Hour

DAY 4: Gorilla Tracking – Bwindi Gorilla Forest
Up relatively early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking. Before 8:00 am report to the ranger station for registration and a talk by one of the rangers; the guides will then take you through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. (This trek can take from half an hour to 5 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes) Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. It’s amazing to think there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left!

If you have the energy this afternoon, take a guided walk on the Munyaga River trail, which is an ideal short walk. This trail leads to three delightful crystal clear waterfalls, and there is a profusion of tree ferns, epithytic ferns, orchids and Bwindi’s colorful array of butterflies. Here you may also see birds and primates from the forest edge.

Accommodation:
Gorilla Forest Camp or Mahogany Springs or Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge (Luxury),
Gorilla Mist Camp or Sliver Back Lodge (Mid-range),
Buhoma Community Bandas or Wagtail Eco Lodge (Basic).
Meal Plan: Full Board.

DAY 5: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After an early cup of African Coffee, depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. We will drive through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth known as Ishasha, famed for its tree-climbing lions. Ishasha is a remote and beautiful extension of Queen Elizabeth National Park. We will see buffalo, topi and hippo among other species. It is a fabulous sight to see the lions draped from the trees and nowhere in Africa do you stand a better chance of seeing this than in the large low-limbed fig tree of Ishasha.

After checking in and having some time to relax, we will head for a late afternoon game drive. We often spot Elephants, waterbucks, warthogs, hippos and others.

Accommodation:
Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury),
Kyambura Game Lodge or Katara Lodge (Mid-range),
Enganzi Lodge (Basic).
Meal Plan: Full Board.
Travel Plan: About 4 hours

DAY 6: Game Viewing, Launch cruise – Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, you will go for a morning game drive along Kasenyi area of the park. Here you will be able to encounter elephants, buffalo, water bucks, warthogs, lions, Uganda Kobs lakes and a variety of birds. Return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch.
After lunch, a two hour boat trip along the famous Kazinga channel is worthwhile an opportunity to see Hippo, Bufalo, Kobs, Elephants, warthogs etc. This trip also enables visitor chance to see spectacular birds.

Accommodation:
Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury),
Kyambura Game Lodge or Katara Lodge (Mid-range),
Enganzi Lodge (Basic).
Meal Plan: Full Board.

DAY 7: Travel to Kibale Forest National Park
Have an early breakfast and depart to the large protected block of rainforest which offers a very different variety of birds, Monkeys and ofcourse Mans closest relatives the chimps. You can take a forest walk and find the fruiting trees which attract birds like; Narina’s trogon, pied hornbill, yellow-spotted, hairy-breasted and yellow-billed barbets. Kibale also has the joyful greenbul, which is rare to other Ugandan parks.

In case you have time in the afternoon, visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. This guided 4.5km circular trail through this small sanctuary is a must for birders, but can be muddy and it is advisable to wear hiking boots. Some of the birds you are likely to see are: – the great blue touraco, papyrus gonalek, various barbets, woodpeckers, blue-throated roller, grey parrot, bronze sunbird, black-crowned waxbill, grey-backed black finch, swamp flycatcher, red and snowy-headed robin-chats, grosbeak…and so the list goes on. Needless to say, birders who have the time will undoubtedly find this a worthwhile trail.

Accommodation:
Ndali Lodge or Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury),
Primates Lodge (Mid-range)
Chimps Nest (Basic).
Meal Plan: Full Board
Travel Time: About 4 Hours

DAY 8: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest
After breakfast drive to Kibale forest for Chimpanzee trekking. The dense forests offer a suitable habitat for habituated chimps, where designated nature trails have been developed to help you and your guide spot the chimps swinging on top of the trees inside cool forest. After lunch from Kanyanchu Tourist Center, visit Bigodi Bird Sanctuary for birding.

Accommodation:
Ndali Lodge or Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury),
Primates Lodge (Mid-range)
Chimps Nest (Basic).
Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 9: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park
Begin the day with breakfast. After breakfast drive to Murchison Falls National Park via Hoima, Masindi road through a landscape of Albertine rift escarpment engulfed with tea plantations, forests, rift valley escarpment and valleys. Visit astonishing beauty of the top of Murchison falls where the water escapes from a narrow gorge bouncing downwards 45 meters and making a constant roar and plume of rainbow. Cross the famous river Nile by ferry to Paraa Safari Lodge. Visitors booked for Nile Safari and Red Chilli do not need to cross the ferry until the next day.

Accommodation:
Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury),
Bwana Tembo Lodge (Mid-range),
Red Chilli Tented Camp (Basic)
Meal Plan: Full Board.
Travel time: About 8 hours

DAY 10: Wildlife Viewing, Launch Cruise – Murchison Falls National Park
After a morning breakfast, you will go for a game drive, bird watching and sight seeing across the open savannah dotted woodland and riverine vegetation along the Nile and Albert delta. Here expect to meet elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, waterbuck and a countless population of birds, return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. After lunch, a three hour boat trip along the Nile gives you assured chance to see the falls from the bottom angle. Hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, and aquatic birds can be seen along the shores of the River.

Accommodation:
Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury),
Bwana Tembo Lodge (Mid-range),
Red Chilli Tented Camp (Basic)
Meal Plan: Full Board.
Travel time: About 8 hours

DAY 11: Murchison Falls – Kampala
Wake up at 6:00am prepared to take a photograph of the African rising sun in the morning and enjoy African breakfast. Visitors booked for Paraa have to cross the ferry back to Masindi using the same route for lunch. Return to Kampala at leisure. Overnight at Imperial Resort beach Hotel (Classic) or Africana Hotel (Mid range) (BB).

Meal Plan:
Half Board (Breakfast and Lunch)
Travel time: About 7 hours

END OF UGANDAS PRIMATES TOUR (11 DAYS)

The Safari Package Covers:

• Park Entrance fee
• Chimps permit
• Gorilla permit
• Community Tour
• Launch Cruise along Kazinga and the Nile
• Bigodi Nature walk
• Park Ranger Fees.
• Relevant Government Taxes.
• Full Board Accommodation (10 nights) and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary.
• Full time English speaking Driver/Guide
• Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
• Airport transfer as long as your flight is on the same day on which the safari ends.

Safari Exclusions:
• Air Fares
• Visa Fees
• Expenses of personal nature such as; personal insurance, drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities

Extra Services:
Booking accommodation for you (Night before safari starts and after safari in case your flight is on the next day). We recommend the following accommodations:
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast
Serena Hotel, (Luxury – USD 413 for a single room; USD 437 for a double/twin room),
Sheraton Hotel (Luxury – USD 297 for a single room; USD 321 for a double/twin room),
Cassia Lodge (Mid-range – USD 105 for a single room; USD 135 for a double/twin room)
The Lodge (Budget and Mid-range -USD 50 for a single room; USD 60 for a double/twin room)