AVU031 – UGANDA GORILLA, CHIMPANZEE AND WILDLIFE

This Ugandan tour provides the best of the best experience that any one could ever ask for! This safari starts with a city tour and then you will continue to lake Mburo National Park were you will experience the beautiful wildlife and a boat ride which will provide you with an opportunity of viewing different bird species, nn route to Lake Bunwyonyi the deepest Lake in East Africa and experience what it has to offer. Later continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the home of the magnificent Primates the “Gorillas”. Continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park the second largest park in Uganda with a variety of wildlife and different bird species. Continue to Kibale Forest National Park which is famously known for the chimps. Then transfer to Murchison Falls National Park a home of some of the big five like; elephants, buffalos and also enjoy the beautiful display of the rainbow colors found along the falls.

Tour Highlights:

DAY 1: Entebbe – Kampala
DAY 2: Kampala – Lake Mburo National Park
DAY 3: Widlife Viewing, – Lake Bunyonyi
DAY 4: Lake Bunyonyi – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
DAY 5: Gorilla Tracking

DAY 6: Bwindi – Queen Elizabeth National Park
DAY 7: Game Viewing, Launch cruise on Kazinga Channel
DAY 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kibale Forest National Park

DAY 9: Chimpanzee Trekking
DAY 10: Kibale – Murchison Falls National Park
DAY 11: Wildlife viewing, Launch cruise on the Nile
DAY 12: Murchison Falls – Kampala

Detailed Safari Itinerary

DAY 1: Entebbe – Kampala
Our stuff will warmly welcome you at Entebbe International Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kampala.

Accommodations: Serena Hotel, Sheraton Hotel (Luxury),

Cassia Lodge, Boma(Mid range).

The Lodge (Budget and Mid-range)

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

DAY 2: Kampala – 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 Lodge (Luxury),

Arcadia Cottages (Mid-range),

Lake View Resort Hotel (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board.

DAY 3: Widlife Viewing, – Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast make an early morning game drive and expect to see Warthogs, Elands, Uganda kob, Buffaloes and many birds. Depart to Mbarara stopping for Lunch at Regency Hotel or Agip Motel Mbarara. Make a scenic drive to Lake Bunyonyi via Kabale through big terraced hills, valleys and forests.

Accommodation: Bird’s Nest (Luxury),

Arcadia Cottages (Mid-range),

Bushara Island Camp or Lake Bunyonyi Overland Camp (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 4: Lake Bunyonyi – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
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.

DAY 5: Gorilla Tracking

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 6: Bwindi – 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

azinga Cion – it is a marvel! V(Luxury),

Katara Safari Lodge or Kyambura Game Lodge (Mid-range)

Enganzi (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board.

DAY 7: Game Viewing, Launch cruise on Kazinga Channel

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

azinga Cion – it is a marvel! V(Luxury),

Katara Safari Lodge or Kyambura Game Lodge (Mid-range)

Enganzi (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board.

DAY 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast drive to Kyambura gorge a cross open grass and wooden savanna for Chimp tracking. You will also encounter some animals as you trek. Return to the lodge for lunch and thereafter drive to Fort Portal via the creator region and baboon cliff for sight seeing .This an area you will enjoy most the scenery of the Mountains of the Moon following the foot hills.

Accommodations: Ndali Lodge or Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury),

Primates Lodge (Mid-range)

Chimps Nest or Mountains of the Moon Hotel (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 9: Chimpanzee Trekking
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.

Accommodations: Ndali Lodge or Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury),

Primates Lodge (Mid-range)

Chimps Nest or Mountains of the Moon Hotel (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 10: Kibale – 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

DAY 11: 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

DAY 12: 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

Meal Plan: Lunch

END OF UGANDA GORILLA, CHIMPANZEE AND WILDLIFE TOUR IN LAKE MBURO, BWINDI GORILLA FOREST, QUEEN ELIZABETH & MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARKS (12 DAYS)

The Safari Package Covers:

Park Entrance fee
Chimps permit
Entrance Fee to the source of the Nile
Gorilla permit
Community Tour
Launch Cruise along Kazinga and the Nile
Bigodi Nature walk
Park Ranger Fees.
Relevant Government Taxes.
Full Board Accommodation (11 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:

Airport transfers Entebbe-Kampala (USD 40$), Kampala-Entebbe- (USD 30$) 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)