AVU028 – WILDLIFE AND CHIMP SAFARI (5 DAYS)

Murchison Falls National Park derives its name from the Murchison Falls where the mighty river Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and flows down to become a placid river whose banks are thronged with Hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. The Vegetation is characterized by savannah, Riverine forest and woodland. Wildlife includes; lions, leopards, chimpanzee giraffes, buffaloes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda Kob, Chimpanzees and many bird species including the rare shoebill stock. Later Transfer Kibale National Park, a park famous for the world’s highest concentration of primates among which is man’s closest relatives – the chimpanzee. This tour provides a thrilling and memorable experience when you en counter chimps swinging from tree branch to tree branch or when the baby chimps are hiding behind their mother. A guided walk in Bigodi Swamp is also rewarding as you will have an opportunity of looking at different bird species.

Safari Highlights

Day 1: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park
Day 2: Game Viewing, Launch cruise
Day 3: Albertine Rift Tour – Fortportal – Kibale Forest National Park
Day 4: Chimpanzee Trekking, Bigodi Visit

Day 5: Kibale – Kampala

Detailed Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park

Depart after breakfast and drive northwest to Murchison Falls National Park. The drive takes you through Luweero district were inhabitants practice both commercial and subsistence farming. The route is punctuated by small trading centers and sometimes roadside markets. Have a lunch break at Masindi before proceeding to enter the park via Kichumbanyobo Gate. Arrive in time before sunset for the sparkling view at the top of Murchison Falls, you will marvel at the breathing sight of the raging Nile, longest river, in the world as it forces its way through a rocky gap barely six to seven meters wide! This is the point where the Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and cascades down to become a placid river.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury),

Bwana Tembo Lodge (Mid-range),

Red Chilli Tented Camp (Basic)

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 2: Game Viewing, Launch cruise – Murchison Falls National Park
Start the day with an early morning game drive in the Northern circuit of the park.You will be able to view animals unique to the African savannah like giraffes, antelopes, lions, elephants, and the famous Uganda Kob.

Drive back to the lodge for lunch before going for a 3-hour boat cruise on the Nile River. The cruise upriver takes you to the bottom of the thundering falls where you will see huge crocodiles, schools of hippos, buffaloes, elephants, and a wide variety of water birds like herons, ducks, bee-eaters, cormorants, king fishers, skimmers fish eagle and rare shoebill!

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury),

Bwana Tembo Lodge (Mid-range),

Red Chilli Tented Camp (Basic)

Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 3: Albertine Rift Tour – Fortportal – Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, depart by road to Fort portal. This scenic drive will give you a view of the beautiful Blue Mountains of Congo across Lake Albert. Drive through vast tea plantations before arriving in Fort portal.

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 4: Chimpanzee Trekking, Bigodi Visit

After breakfast, report to the ranger station in Kibale National Park at 08.00am to track habituated chimps – these delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. The incredibly diverse forest is home to over 13 species of primates including red Colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest, blue monkey, grey mangabey, pottos, black faced vervet monkeys, baboons and also bushbabies. A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders are in for a treat with 335 species recorded including the endemic

Prirogrine’s ground thrush. The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier that 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.

If you have the energy in the afternoon, you will take a walk in Bigodi swamp for its rare, beautiful flora and fauna. You will also have an opportunity to interact with a successful community tourism project.

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 5: Kibale – Kampala

After a luxurious breakfast, depart to Kampala arriving in the afternoon.

END OF MURCHISON FALLS AND KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK (5 DAYS)

The Safari Package Covers:

Chimps Trekking Permit
Bigodi Entrance Fee
Park Entrance Fees.
Park Ranger Fees.
A 2 hour launch cruise along the Nile
Relevant Government Taxes.
Full Board Accommodation and en route meals as indicated in the Itinerary (4nights).
Full time English speaking Driver/Guide
Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
Airport transfer provided your flight is on the same day on which the safari ends.

Safari Exclusions:

Airfares
Personal Insurance
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 night after safari in case your flight is on the next day). We recommend the following accommodations:

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 (Basic – 50 for a single room; USD 60 for a double/twin room)

Airport Transfer fare: Entebbe-Kampala USD 30 and Kampala-Entebbe USD 40