AVU012 – UGANDA CLASSIC TOUR (9 Days)

The safari will take you for chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National park – a park with highest density of primates on the African continent and later visit the savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park where you can see a wide diversity of game such as elephants, lions, buffaloes, hippos, and leopards; another awesome experience of the safari. The climax of the safari will be tracking the mountain gorillas from Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park. Mountain gorillas are one of the most endangered species vanishing from the wild with half of its population residing in Uganda´s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

AVU012 – UGANDA TOUR – MURCHISON > KIBALE FOREST > QUEEN ELIZABETH > BWINDI GORILLA NATIONAL PARK (9 Days)

Tour Highlights

Day 1: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park

Day 2: Game drive, Launch cruise – Murchison Falls National Park

Day 3: Travel to Kibale Chimpanzee Forest

Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest National Park

Day 5: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 6: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kyambura Gorge

Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Forest

Day 8: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 9: Bwindi Gorilla Forest – Kampala

DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY:

Day 1: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park
Our Abacus Safari guide will meet you and drive northward passing through the famous Luwero Triangle stopping in Masindi for lunch stop. Proceed to drive to Murchison Falls National Park. Drive to the top of the falls for magnificent scenery, breathtaking sight of the raging Nile as it forces it’s way through a rocky gap where millions of gallons of water squeeze in 7 meter gap before it falls (45 meters) in thunderous sound forming a placid river.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury),

Bwana Tembo Lodge (Mid-range),

Red Chilli Tented Camp (Basic)

Travel Time: About 6 hours

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 2: Game drive, Launch cruise – Murchison Falls National Park

Start the day with an early morning game drive to the north of the river Nile. You are able to view those animals that are unique to the African Savannah like lion, leopard, giraffe, antelope, elephant, and many warthogs.

Return to the lodge for lunch before going for an afternoon launch cruise on the Nile River. The cruise takes you to the bottom of the thundering falls where you will see huge crocodiles, schools of hippos, buffaloes, elephants and a variety of water birds like herons, cormorants, ducks, bee-eaters, kingfishers, skimmers, fish eagle and the rare shoebill. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury),

Bwana Tembo Lodge (Mid-range),

Red Chilli Tented Camp (Basic)

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 3: Travel to Kibale Chimpanzee Forest
After an early breakfast, you will depart for Kibale National Park. You will drive via the Albertine Escarpment of the western Rift valley on the Masindi-Hoima-Fort portal road. This will be a long drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal, passing though verdant countryside and traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the legendary “Mountains of the Moon,”

Accommodation: Ndari Lodge or Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury),

Primates Lodge (Mid-range)

Chimps Nest (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board

Travel Time: About 8 Hours

Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest National Park
After breakfast, we shall drive to Kibale Forest National Park for chimpanzee trekking. The activity starts at 8.00 am in the morning. An all day search for chimpanzees and other primates including phoestes, Red-Colobus monkeys, Blues, Red-tailed and grey cheeked Mangabeys swinging through the dense forest and birds, butterflies and many small insects The guide will provide detailed explanations on not only primates, but also on all the forest’s fauna and flora, ensuring that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and primates in close quarters. A visit to Bigodi swamp eco-tourism site in the afternoon is amazing, as we shall encounter rare and beautiful flora and fauna species.

Accommodation: Ndari Lodge or Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury),

Primates Lodge (Mid-range)

Chimps Nest (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 5: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After an early breakfast, Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range most of the journey. A game drive En-route may be rewarded with view of waterbucks, Elephants, Leopards, Buffaloes, Hyenas and a variety of Antelope species.

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),

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

Enganzi Lodge (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Travel Time: About 4 hours.

Day 6: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kyambura Gorge
Have an early breakfast and then travel to Kyambura Gorge for chimpanzee trekking. Expect to see various primates most especially Chimpanzee of different species, Black and white Colobus monkeys and other animals like antelopes, hyenas, Lion and many others in the middle of savanna grassland. This gorge is a home of very many bird species.

Return back to the lodge for lunch and a chance to relax by the side of the swimming pool. Should you have the energy in the afternoon, you may want to go for an evening game drive along the Kasenyi track and Queens mile in the park and expect to see Lions, Elephants, cape buffalo, Warthogs, leopard, hyena, mangoose, waterbucks, kobs, and lots many small animals and birds.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury),

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

Enganzi Lodge (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Forest
Following a morning breakfast, we will depart for Bwindi Impenetrable 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.

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 4 hours

Day 8: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
After an early breakfast, you walk to the park offices for briefing by your guides. You will then set off to your expedition. The thrill of your encounter in this natural forest will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek. Bring jungle boots and rain jackets because the park is often wet. The time you take to find gorillas will depend on the movement of these gentle giants.

Visitors spend one hour with the gorillas watching them go about with their activities. You are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic in delightfully playful display.

After your memorable time with the gorillas, you will return to your camp exhilarated but very excited! You will relieve the encounter with friends over a drink. Have dinner and over night.
Or should you have the energy, you will go for a village walk, see how the Buhoma local community live, or you can chose to go for the Batwa expedition and get to know people of the forest.

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 9: Bwindi Gorilla Forest – Kampala
You will return to Kampala after breakfast taking a different route to enjoy the different scenery in the different parts of the country. Make a brief stop the Equator for and take photos and also at Mpambire drum makers or at some crafts display center along the road for souvenirs.

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Travel Time: about 9 hours

End of Uganda Tour 9 days

The Safari Package Covers:

Park Entry
Gorilla Permit
Launch cruise along the Nile and Kazinga Channel
2 Chimps Permits
Bigodi Nature walk
Community walk
Park Ranger Fees.
Relevant Government Taxes.
Full Board Accommodation (8 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 – 50 for a single room; USD 60 for a double/twin room)