AVU017 – UGANDA GORILLA TOUR (14 DAYS)

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, You will later depart to Lake Bunyoni the deepest lake in East Africa. 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, buffaloes and also enjoy the beautiful display of the rainbow colors found along the falls. Later continue to Jinja and enjoy the source of the Nile, a tour to the local market and the beautiful botanical gardens with a variety of bird species…

Tour Highlights:

Day 1: Airport Transfer
Day 2: Kampala City Tour & Departure for Lake Mburo NP
Day 3 : Widlife Tour in Lake Mburo & Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
Day 4 : Lake Bunyonyi Island Tour& Transfer to Bwindi Gorilla Forest)
Day 5 : Gorilla Tour in Bwindi Impenetrable forest
Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 7: Wildlife Viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 8: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
Day 9 : Chimpanzee Trekking Tour in Kibale Forest
Day 10 : Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
Day 11 : Game Viewing Tour in Murchison Falls National Park
Day 12 : Tour the Top of the Falls & Drive to Kampala
Day 13 : Jinja City Tour & the Source of the Nile
Day 14 : Visit the Botanical Gardens & Transfer to the airport

Detailed Safari Highlights:

Tour Highlights:

Day 1: Airport Transfer
You will be met by our driver /guide at Entebbe International Airport who will drive you to Kampala the Capital City of Uganda.

Accommodations: Serena Hotel, Sheraton Hotel (Luxury),

Cassia Lodge (Mid range).

The Lodge (Budget and Mid-range)

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 2: Kampala City Tour & Departure for Lake Mburo NP
After a morning breakfast, go for a short tour of Kampala City, highlights including the bustling Nakasero market- with a lot of fresh fruits display and the mysterious Kasubi tombs – a burial ground for Buganda Kings. Visit Uganda Museum a display of all Uganda cultures.

Return to the hotel for lunch then after depart by road through the lush green countryside to Lake Mburo National Park stopping at Equator for a photographic opportunity as well as an informative talk. Lake Mburo is an extension of the Tanzanian plains situated between the towns of Masaka and Mbarara and is the only one that contains an entire lake. The attractive acacia-dotted savannah is home of huge herds of impala as well as uncommon topi, eland, klipspringer and other antelope. Zebra and buffalo also graze these peaceful acres. At the lake, there are hippo and crocodile, and a wonderful diversity of birds. Because of the different habitats of the lakeshore and the broad savannah, the variety seems endless.

Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge (Luxury),

Arcadia Cottages (Mid-range),

Lake View Resort Hotel (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Travel Plan: About 4 Hours

Day 3: Wildlife Tour in Lake Mburo & Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
An early start – a wonderful chance to take a guided nature walk. This walk takes you to the Salt Lick Area. A strategically located wooden platform (Observation point) offers a chance to see at least four different species of animals at any one point while they lick the salty soil. You will then proceed to Mbarara with a stop over at the Ankole long-horned cattle sighting en-route. Lunch stop at Mbarara town and continue to Kabale. Drive past beautiful hills, ridges and valleys in Ntungamo area plus the long-flat stretch of savannah before reaching Kigezi Hills (Switzerland of Africa). Arrive in Kabale and proceed to Lake Bunyonyi. This large and erratically shaped lake lies at an altitude of approximately 2000m, where it follows the contours of the hilly terrain that separates the towns of Kabale and Kisoro.

It is a very scenic spot, dotted with small islands and ringed by steeped terraced hills. Bunyonyi means “place of little birds” and it is particularly good for water birds. You will be staying at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Camp in self contained cottages overlooking the lake.

Accommodation: Bird’s Nest (Luxury),

Arcadia Cottages (Mid-range),

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

Meal Plan: Full Board

Travel Plan: About 3 Hours

Day 4 : Lake Bunyonyi Island Tour& Transfer to Bwindi Gorilla Forest
After breakfast, go for a boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi for a tour around the beautiful Islands on the Lake. The lake gives a sanctuary to many different species of birds and migrating birds from Europe. This is the only fresh lake in the country you can find otters. Enjoy sight seeing of Kigezi terraced hills, lunch and depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park passing through Mafuga forest. On clear day, view the Virunga’s from a distance and the Western Rift Valley stretch as it disappears to border of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Bwindi N.P

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 Plan: About 2 Hours

Day 5 : Gorilla Tour in Bwindi Impenetrable forest
An early morning trek into Bwindi National Park led by experienced trackers will bring you amongst a family of mountain gorillas. These massive primates are extremely rare, only 600 remaining. You will get within meters of the family and be privileged to spend time amongst them. Return back to the Lodge for relaxation and should you have the energy, you may want to go for a village walk and see how Ugandans live, visit the local medicine man!

Bwindi National Park

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 Plan: Unpredictable

Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After break fast, we will depart early with our packed lunch 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.

Travel Plan: About 2 Hours

Day 7: Wildlife Tour in Uganda National Park
Early morning wake up for the morning game drive to catch up with early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. During the game drive, you will be likely to meet grazing hippos, elephants, lions, spotted hyenas, bushbucks, water bucks, stripped jackal, leopard and of course the several warthogs. Return to the lodge for lunch and relax by the side of the swimming pool.

After lunch, enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos, bufallos, elephants and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species.

Accommodation:
Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury),

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

Enganzi (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 8: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
You will carry out another game drive in the morning exploring different tracks exploiting all chances of viewing game that inhabit this beautiful part of the world. After lunch depart for Kibale Forest National Park – home of chimpanzees.

Accommodations: Ndali Lodge or Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury),

Primates Lodge (Mid-range)

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

Meal Plan: Full Board

Travel Plan: About 4 Hours

Day 9 : Chimpanzee Trekking Tour in Kibale Forest
After breakfast with local guide off to track chimps in their natural habitat. Kibale Forest National Park is believed to have most concentration of primates in the world. Over 10 different species of primates including chimps in this park have been recorded in this park including the very localized red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkeys. Tracking the chimpanzee our ‘cousin’ is a very interesting experience. The way they feed, climb trees, respond to humans, caring for their young ones, is just phenomenal. A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders have record over 300 species including the endemic Prirogrine’s ground thrush.

The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier than its savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into the developed part of the park, while other terrestrial mammals include buffalo, giant forest hog and a half dozen antelope species.

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 : Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

Depart for Murchison Falls National Park with a packed lunch arriving late in the evening. Enter through Bugungu gate.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury),

Bwana Tembo Lodge (Mid-range),

Red Chilli Tented Camp (Basic)

Travel Plan: About 8 Hours

Day 11: Game Viewing Tour in Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, carry out a game drive with a local guide who will assist you sight the Congo Blue Mountains on clear day. Game drive is carried out in the northern Bank of River Nile where concentrations of game is common sight of elephants, giraffes, antelopes, lions leopards hyenas and many bird species are common sight. Enjoy your picnic lunch.

In the afternoon, go for a boat cruise on the famous River Nile up to the bottom of falls. Chances of sighting the shoe bill stork are many though not a guarantee continue up to the bottom of the falls where you will see marine animals like the crocodiles, schools of hippos and many species of birds.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury),

Bwana Tembo Lodge (Mid-range),

Red Chilli Tented Camp (Basic)

Day 12: Tour the Top of the Falls & Drive to Kampala
Checkout and drive to the top of the falls a spectacular sight where millions of gallons of water squeeze in 6-meter gap before it explodes into thunderous explosion of Murchison Falls then proceed to Kampala passing through Budongo Forest. Stop to view different species of flora seeing particular species of trees – mahogany muvule etc that are characteristic of an African rainy forest.

Accommodations: Serena Hotel, Sheraton Hotel (Luxury),

Cassia Lodge (Mid range).

The Lodge (Budget and Mid-range)

Meal Plan: Full Board

Travel Plan: About 5 Hours

Day 13: Jinja City Tour, Bujagali Falls & the Source of the Nile
After breakfast,you will be driven to Jinja town. This day can be dedicated for white water rafting. Alternative you will be visiting the source of the Nile River and Bujagali Falls and when time allows you can visit the Namugongo Martyrs Shrine and continue to Entebbe for overnight stay.

Kampala City

Accommodations: Serena Hotel, Sheraton Hotel (Luxury),

Cassia Lodge (Mid range).

The Lodge (Budget and Mid-range)

Travel Plan: About 1 Hour
END OF GORILLA TOUR AND WILDLIFE TOUR TO UGANDA NATIONAL PARKS (14 DAYS)

END OF UGANDAS PRIMATES TOUR (11 DAYS)

The Safari Package Covers:

Park Entrance fee
Chimps permit
Entrance Fee to the souce of the Nile
Entrance Fee to the Botanical Gardens
Entrance Fee to the historical and cultural sites in Jinja and Kampala
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:

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)

Day 14: Visit the Botanical Gardens & Transfer to the airport
If time allows, visit Botanical gardens before transfer to the airport for departure.

Meal Plan: Breakfast