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10 Days 9 Nights
Availability : Jan 01’ - Dec 31’
Entebbe
Uganda Safari Parks
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 50
Tour Details

This 10 days Uganda Adventure Safari starts and ends in Entebbe International Airport. Meet eye to eye with the amazing gorillas and chimpanzees of Uganda in their natural habitat, one of Africa’s major highlights. This close encounter with these amazing apes is simply breathtaking.  Also get a close encounter with other diverse African wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and amazing culture and if you are a keen Birder, this is the place to be. Experience the wonder of the World’s reknown Murchison Falls as it squeezes through the narrow gorge.

Departure & Return Location

Entebbe International Airport

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Tour Guide
  • Parking Fees and Taxes
  • 9 Nights Full Board Accomodation
  • Gorilla and Chimp Trekking Permits
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Flights and Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Your 10 Days Primates and Wildlife Uganda Safari will include;

  • Kampala City Tour
  • Murchison Falls – Game Drives and Boat Cruise
  • Chimpanzee Trek in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park – Game Drive
  • Gorilla Tracking In Bwindi Forest
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Entebbe - Kampala City Tour

Meet and greet at Entebbe International Airport where your Uganda Adventure Safari starts by our representative who will warmly welcome you and facilitate seamless arrival formalities.  You will then be transferred to your hotel where you will be briefed about your adventure safari.

Depending on the time of arrival you are advised to have money Changed on this day and time allowing you may go for city tour with the help of our driver/guide, visiting the Uganda museum at an extra fee of $5 Per Person, or hike the famous  Gadaffi Mosque Tower to view Kampala City from above at the extra fee of $10 per person or you may opt to move down town to see Kampala’s busiest Market center – the Owino Market as you mix in the drama of marketing of the natives.

 Accommodation: Kampala Serena (Upmarket), Cassia Lodge(Mid market), Red Chilli Kampala (Budget)

Day 2Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

After your early morning breakfast drive northwest to Murchison Falls National Park, you may stop over at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you will have an opportunity to trek Rhinos at an extra charge of $45 per person. There are 15 Rhinos which were reintroduced after their extinction in the 1970s through poaching. A local ranger guide will lead you on foot to an up-close encounter with the rhinos and it may take about 1 and half hours.

Proceed to Masindi Town for lunch and later continue to Murchison Falls National Park arriving at your lodge late afternoon.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Upmarket), Fort Murchison (mid Market), Red Chilli (Budget)

Day 3Murchison Falls National Park – Game Drives and Boat Cruise

Arise very early in the morning for your game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile in your open-roof vehicle which will give you an excellent opportunity to view and photograph the diverse wildlife. Your guide will help you spot elephant, lion, cape buffalo, Roth child’s giraffe, hartebeest, waterbuck, oribi, bushbuck, bohor reed buck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard.

After lunch, go for a boat cruise upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just few of meters from the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’, marvel at the schools of hippos, crocodiles and over the 17km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob. This is also the zone of many birds, species like goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork.

After taking shorts of the photogenic Murchison Falls, you may choose to continue to the top of the falls at an extra charge of $15 Per person, where you will have the amazing view of the falls! See where the Nile -world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. Later, return to your lodge and relax in the evening.

Alternatively, you may pay an extra fee of $500 for a group below 10PAX for thrilling delta cruise to lake Albert, here you will get a chance to mix with the highest concentration of Hippopotamus as well get close to the Albertine Edemic shoebill in the Wilderness or Chancefully you may encounter the African Big Cats of the jungle including a Leopard.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Upmarket), Fort Murchison (mid Market), Red Chilli (Budget)

Day 4Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

After your morning breakfast, begin your journey to Kibale Forest National Park. Drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside passing through traditional homesteads, farms and Tea Estates. You will have a stopover for lunch en-route. You will arrive at your lodge in the late afternoon. Check in at your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Ndali Lodge (Upmarket), Mountains of the Moon (Midmarket) Rweteera Safari Park (Budget)

Day 5Chimpanzee Trek in Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast at your lodge, transfer to the starting point of your Chimpanzee tracking experience in Kibale Forest National Park which is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, man’s closest relative. Kibale’s 1450 Chimpanzee represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate.

Alternatively you may opt to do chimpanzee habituation experience by paying a supplement of $70, this exercise takes the whole entire day.  Only 6 people are allowed per day and you will be sure to come face to face with these closest cousins of man. Advance booking is necessary for this option.

After lunch, head to Bigodi for an optional afternoon swamp walk at an extra fee of $45 per person. Bigodi was established by a local development organization to protect the 4sq-km Magombe Swamp that’s home to around 200 species of birds (highlights include papyrus gonolek, white-winged warbler and great blue turaco). The highlight of this tour is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco. The swamp is also good for spotting butterflies and primates, with 8 different species here, including grey-cheeked mangabey. The 2-3 hour guided walk is led by experienced local guides who interact with the guests and make the trip both enjoyable and exciting.

Accommodation:   Ndali Lodge (Upmarket), Mountains of the Moon (Midmarket) Rweteera Safari Park (Budget)

Day 6Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast at your lodge before you proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range. Your expert driver guide will take you through the game park where you might spot some animals.

Upon arriving at your lodge, you will enjoy a hot lunch and later in the afternoon take a unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and 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 (Upmarket), Bush Lodge (Midmarket) or UWA Lower Cottages (Budget – Bed Only)

Day 7Queen Elizabeth National Park – Game Drive and Transfer to Ishasha

Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife.  Have an early morning game drive where you have an opportunity to view the massive Rwenzori as backdrop, which provides excellent opportunities to spot lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephant, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi and bushbuck. The game drives and the boat trip (taken prior) are memorable methods of discovering a vast array of Ugandan wildlife. Be sure to have your camera ready for these amazing sightings!

Alternatively you may opt to go for a balloon safari on payment of a supplement of $380. Arise early in the morning and proceed to the starting point of your balloon safari at the Kasenyi gate of Queen Elizabeth NP at 5:30am. This early drive in the dark is a chance to see nocturnal animals that live in and around the park. You will meet your pilot and be given a safety briefing and instructions for boarding the balloon as well as landing procedures.

The flight gives you great photo opportunities that are different from an ordinary safari on the ground. As you gently drift over the park, you can watch the sun rise as savannah below come to life with birds and animals. After landing, celebrate the flight with a glass of sparkling wine. After the toast, passengers sit down to a delectable bush breakfast prepared by Mweya Safari Lodge. The bush breakfast makes for a memorable ending to your ballooning adventure in Queen Elizabeth NP.

Have an afternoon Optional Visit to the Bat and hunters Cave an an extra fee of $30 per person, this nature walk will lead you to most mammals and beautifull birds in the Park, later transfer to Ishasha sector home of the tree climbing lions. Go on an evening game drive in Ishasha. Return to the lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.

Accommodation:   Ishasha Wilderness Camp(upmarket), @ The River (Midmarket) Ishasha Wilderness Jungle (Budget)<

Day 8Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After your breakfast, pack-up your bags and take a morning game drive transfer to Bwindi.  The drive takes you through the Switzerland of Africa area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, arriving in the evening. Check into the lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.

Accommodation:   Buhoma Lodge (upmarket), Haven Lodge (Midmarket) Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Budget)

Day 9Gorilla Tracking In Bwindi Forest

After an early breakfast depart to the starting point for briefing about your gorilla trekking adventure after which you will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. You will start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here the gorilla tracking begins. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is amazing, and the beauty of the gorilla forest and its inhabitants are fascinating.

One of Africa’s major highlights is when you encounter these gentle apes. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones. Follow the mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest, and discover their gorgeous natural habitual and the many species they share it with.

You are allowed an hour with the gorillas before finally sloping down back to your lodge. If your trek was relatively short, you may have a guided nature walk around the lodge and the surrounding communities in the evening. Return to the lodge where you will enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers before getting a good night’s rest for tomorrow’s safari adventure.

Alternatively, you may pay a supplement of $900 per person to enjoy extra time with Gorillas on the habituation exercise, here you will spend enough time with researchers too learning more about Gorillas and their family social lives.

Day 10Return to Kampala - End of Safari

After breakfast, leisurely drive back to Kampala with a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time.  Take some photos, then another stop over at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers where you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through the generations arriving in the afternoon.

You may transfer to Boma Guest house for a day room at an extra cost or proceed to Entebbe Airport to catch your flight for your onward flight or you may opt to have a cheese and wine sunset cruise on Lake Victoria waters Entebbe at an extra fee of $75 per person to perfectly conclude your safari.

 Alternatively, you may opt for a domestic flight from Bwindi impenetrable national park to Entebbe at an extra cost if your international  flight is early. Here you will enjoy beautiful scenic views of the forest and communities from above.

 

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