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12 Day Gorilla Safari thru Kampala, Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest and the Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi Parks.
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Murchison falls national park where the Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and cascades down to become a placid river whose banks are thronged with hippos and crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes, to Kibale forest national park the primate capital city, to Queen Elizabeth national park Uganda’s most popular game reserve for Uganda safaris and certainly one most scenic, to Bwindi Impenetrable national park famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 320 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, to the 370-sq-km Lake Mburo National Park is an increasingly common stop on the safari circuit as it’s the only place in southern Uganda to see zebra. It’s also the only park in the country with impala, slender mongoose and giant bush rat, and is a great place to look for hyena, leopard, topi and eland.
Detailed agenda and information below.
PRICE PER PERSON – $4,150
BASED ON DOUBLE BED & BREAKFAST / FULL BOARD
AND PRIVATE 4X4 SAFARI VEHICLE INCLUSIVE OF
GORILLA TRACKING PERMIT $600
AND CHIMPANZEE TRACKING PERMIT $150 PER PERSON
FULL TRIP DETAILS:
Day 1: Arrival and hotel transfer.
Today your family will arrive in the night, they will be met and received by your driver guide from Nahans’ safaris And Incentives, who will then brief them and he transfers them to hotel for overnight at Boma Guest house (BB). https://www.boma.co.ug/
Day 2: Kampala – Murchison falls national park.
After an early morning breakfast, depart Kampala for Murchison Falls National Park. That allows you a visit to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary (track the Rhinos here) proceeding later for lunch in Masindi town. On arrival at the park, you will encounter a variety of monkeys, baboons, among others as you proceed for a visit to the top of the falls. This will see you return to transfer to your lodge for a relaxed evening, dinner and overnight at Murchison Tree House (FB) http://www.murchisontreehouse.com/lodge.html
Day 3: Murchison falls – Game drive and Boat cruise.
After an early morning warm up tea/coffee, you will transfer for a game drive to the northern bank in search of animals like: lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kobs, buffaloes among other animal and bird species that your guide will help you spot. This will see you return for lunch at Paraa safari lodge. After lunch, transfer for a three hours boat ride on the Nile River to the bottom of falls where you will have the opportunity to view Animals like; hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks, buffaloes and elephants on the river banks. Return to your lodge for a relaxed evening,
Early morning warm up tea, transfer for game drive, Lunch and afternoon boat cruise. Dinner and overnight at Murchison Tree House (FB)
Day 04: Murchison falls national park – Kibale forest national park.
After breakfast depart Murchison Falls with your parked lunch and drive Southwest via the Albertine Escarpment of the Western Rift Valley through Hoima, the town of the Bunyoro Kitara kingdom passing through verdant countryside tea plantations and traditional homesteads. You will arrive in Fort Portal town the capital of the Tooro kingdom late in the afternoon proceeding to your hotel.
Dinner and overnight at Turracco Treetops Lodge (FB) https://www.turacotreetops.com/
Day 5: Kibale Forest National park – Chimpanzee Tracking – Bigodi Swamp.
After your breakfast at 8:30am, you will transfer to the chimpanzee tracking information office for a pre-briefing by your ranger guide who will then lead you into the rain forest in such of Chimpanzees and other primates, including L’hoest’s, Red-Colobuses, Blues, Red-tailed and grey cheeked Mangabeys swinging through the dense forest. 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.
Lunch and later proceed for an afternoon swamp walk at Bigodi with an opportunity to meet and interact with the local communities here. Dinner and overnight at Turracco Treetops Lodge
Day 6: Kibale Forest National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park.
After breakfast you will check out of the hotel with your packed lunch and transfer for a tour of the crater lakes. A dramatic landscape of crater lakes cupped under steep hillsides, the area south of Fort Portal offers travellers a scenic retreat ideal for long walks and road cycling. Much of the land is cultivated, but primates and plenty of birds occupy the lake shores. Emblazoned on Uganda’s USh20, 000 note, picturesque Lake Nyinambuga makes a worthwhile photo op. Of all the crater lakes, Lake Nkuruba is considered the most beautiful, surrounded by forest with black-and-white and red colobus.
Later transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range most of the journey. Dinner and overnight at Ihamba lake side safari lodge (FB)
Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park.
After an early morning warm up tea or coffee, you will head for a game drive along Kasenyi tracks and Queens Mile in search of animals like: lions, elephants, cape buffalos, warthogs, spotted hyenas, mangoose, waterbucks, kobs and, if you’re lucky the leopard and about 606 bird species recorded here. After lunch, transfer to enjoy a unique two hours boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This launch cruise gives you a great opportunity for photography, bird watching and game viewing at close range. Return for a relaxed evening, dinner and overnight at Ihamba lake side safari lodge (FB)
Day 8: Queen Elizabeth national park – Ishasha Sector – Full Day Game drive.
Wake up to a typical Queen Elizabeth breakfast and check out of the safari lodge after your breakfast. You will transfer to Ishasha the southern sector. This will see you go on a game drive coming across herds of buffaloes, elephants and countless of different antelopes, birds of all kinds around you, and most likely you are the only vehicle. Your guide will point out what you otherwise might miss. Lunch and later in the afternoon transfer for a game drive down to the Lake Edward floodplains and you just might find a shoebill stork if you look carefully and once again you will have the assistance of the guide on board to assist you and hopefully you will see an occasional leopard and spot more tree climbing lions. Dinner and Overnight at Ishasha Jungle lodge. (FB) http://ugandajunglelodges.com/ishasha-jungle-lodge
Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi National Park.
After your breakfast, you will transfer for a game drive to the Ishasha sector in search of the rare tree climbing lions (however, this will depend on the road condition to Ishasha at the time of visit otherwise you may go via Ishaka) proceeding to Bwindi impenetrable gorilla forest national park. Dinner and overnight at Ruhija gorilla safari lodge, Bwindi (Deluxe Rooms). http://bwindigorillasafari.com/
Day 10: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi.
After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to the gorilla tracking information office for a pre-briefing by the ranger guides who will then lead you into the forest trekking this great relatives of ours (Gorillas). The rainforest is dense and is crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, the thrill of spending time and observing the gorillas is a memorable one. Gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other. After this day’s gorgeous adventure, you will return to your lodge for lunch (if not parked) and if time allows, transfer for a short community/nature walk to see this local people’s way of life and cultures or just relax at your lodge, dinner and overnight at Ruhija gorilla safari lodge, Bwindi (Deluxe Rooms) – (FB).
Day 11: Bwindi National Park – Bwindi – Lake Bunyonyi.
After early morning breakfast, drive to lake Bunyonyi. The lake is located between Kisoro and Kabale in the southwestern Uganda close to the border with Rwanda and it’s believed to be the second deepest lake in Africa with the depth between 44m and
900m deep and width of about 7 to 25kms. The driver will drive slowly so you can enjoy pictures of the rolling hills of the region. Upon arrival at Lake Bunyonyi with great scenic views of surrounding hills, connect for a boat ride/ canoe paddle and visit the main islands including the community. The islands at the lake have great history that you will love to listen. Dinner and Overnight at Arcadia lodge, Lake Bunyonyi (FB)
Day 12: Check out – Departure.
After breakfast check out of the lodge and transfer to back to Kampala via Mbarara at Igongo Cultural lodge for lunch and then proceeding to Kampala. A stop over at the Equator where you will perform a simple experiment. You will transfer back to your agreed point in kampala.
Included in the price:
Pick up and drop off in Kampala
Ground transport in a private 4WD safari vehicle
French speaking driver/guide
Accommodation as described in the itinerary, based on a double room sharing
Meals as described in the itinerary ( Bed & Breakfast – BB, HB – Half Board, FB – Full Board)
Bottled mineral water in the car
Entrance and ranger fees for the national parks activities mentioned in the program
Visa (USD $50)
Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
Items of personal nature
Gorilla Permit (600 USD PER PERSON)
Chimps Tracking (150 USD per person).
For booking information contact us at:
Contact name: Trevor Kinyabwiru
Address: Zana, Entebbe Road – Kampala.
Mob: +256-701 635 451: 701 482 403
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