AVU028 Gorillas, Chimps & Wildlife (10 Days)

The tour starts from Murchison Falls National Park, the most beautiful National Park in Uganda that provides a memorable launch cruise on the Nile which is one of the most adventurous activities. Later it continues through the western arm of the Rift Valley as you drive to Kibale Primate Forests a home of man’s closest relatives the chimps.

It also continues to the savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park, a home of wide a diversity of game such as Elephants, Lions, Buffaloes, Hippos, and Leopards. And a launch cruise along Kazinga Channel where schools of hippos and crocodiles can be seen, with a variety of birds that present a haven to birders. This safari will end in Bwindi Gorilla Forest National Park, a home of the giant mountain gorillas, were tracking these giants through the ancient Rainforest is a memorable experience.

Tour Highlights
Day 1: Travel to Murchison, stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary;
Day 2: Game viewing and Launch Cruise;
Day 3: Chimpanzee Trekking in Budongo Forest, Game Drive;
Day 4: Travel to Kibale Forest via Albertine Rift– Fort Portal;
Day 5: Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest National Park;
Day 6: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park; Afternoon Launch Cruise;
Day 7: Game Drive, Nature Walk in Maramagambo Forest;
Day 8: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Search for tree climbing lions;
Day 9: Gorilla Tracking Tour in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest & Guided Nature Walk ;
Day10: Drive back to Kampala;

EXTRA FEE:
– Gorilla permit: USD 600 each per person – Rest of the Year

UGANDA TOUR DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Travel to Murchison, Stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary:
InquireAfter breakfast leave Kampala for Murchison Falls National Park located in North Western part of Uganda. Passing via the Luweero have a panoramic drive northwest through the former battle zone of the Luwero Triangle. Have a stop at Ziwa Rhino’s sanctuary for a brief tour of this Rhino restoration project. Following extinction of Uganda’s Rhino in the early 1980s during the period of civil unrest and heavy poaching, a sanctuary has now been established to breed black and white rhino, and restore rhino populations in Uganda’s protected areas in a later stage. After, head to Murchison Falls National Park time permitting, take a drive to the top of the falls. From the different viewpoints you will be able to see the refreshing spray as the second world’s longest river, the Mighty Nile thunders through different rapids from a 7-metre gap to fall over 40 meters below.
Accommodation:
Pakuba Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 2: Game Viewing Tour, and Launch Cruise:
After breakfast, go for a morning game viewing tour through different habitants. On the drive expect to see different animals which include giraffes, Elephants, Bushbucks, Lion, Jackal, Hartebeest and a variety of birdlife. Return to the lodge for lunch and later proceed to the river for a launch trip from where a number of animals can be seen. These include schools of Hippos, crocodiles, water birds, sometimes elephants, among others. Many birds can also be seen at the banks of the river and these include goliath herons, Egyptian geese, pelican bee-eaters, kingfishers, Hornbills, cormorants and the rare shoebill stork.
Accommodation:
Pakuba Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 3: Chimpanzee Trekking in Budongo Forest, Game Drive:
InquireAfter breakfast you will enter the tropical rain forest of Budongo for a guided nature walk. From the forest, there are a number of chimpanzees as well as other primates. Have lunch and relax as you prepare in the evening for another game viewing tour on the Northern banks of the Nile from where you may be able to spot elephants, lions, Rothschild’s giraffes, cape buffalos, waterbucks, oribi, bushbucks, spotted hyenas, hartebeests and at times leopards and lions.
Accommodation:
Pakuba Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 4: Travel to Kibale Forest via Albertine Rift – Fort Portal.
After breakfast start off from Murchison Falls National Park for Fort portal. Heading Southwest wards the Albertine rift, passing through beautiful scenic areas that are characterized by escarpments of the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley. On reaching the colorful and beautiful Fort Portal town located in the shadow of the mythical Mountains of the Moon, continue to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation:
Kibale Guest Cottages
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 5: Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest National park:
After an early breakfast, proceed to Kibale Forest National Park for Chimpanzee trekking. While on the track you will be able to encounter other different primate species which include: Red-Colobuses, grey cheeked Mangabeys, black-and-white Colobus monkeys, the blues as well as other wildlife such as butterflies, birds and many other small insects. The guide will provide information on tree identification in the forest as well as in explaining to you the other features of the forest. After tracking return to the lodge for lunch after which you will take a nature walk through the Bigodi Swamp. On the walk different birds and mammals can be seen.
Accommodation:
Kibale Guest Cottages
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 6: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park; Afternoon Launch Cruise
Kazinga Boat RideAfter breakfast drive to Queen Elizabeth National park. Enter the park while viewing the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range. With a game drive en-route expect to see different animals which include the comical warthogs, lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants, hyenas and a variety of antelope species. After lunch, proceed to Kazinga Channel for a launch cruise. On the cruise different animals can be seen drinking water along the shores. These include hippos, elephants, buffaloes as well as water birds.
Accommodation:
Park View Safari Lodge r Enganzi Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board.
Travel time: about 5 Hours

Day 7: Game Drive, Nature Walk in Maramagambo Forest:
Wake up early morning and go for a game viewing tour to seek out wildlife. Rest during mid day and then go on an evening Nature Walk in Maramagambo Forest to view the different primates and visit the bat cave and the blue lake.
Accommodation:
Park View Safari Lodgeor Enganzi Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 8: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Search for tree climbing lions.
After an early breakfast, proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, located in the south western part of Uganda. Either travel via Ishasha, where you will have a chance to see the tree climbing lions, roads permitting, or take the alternative route through cultivated expanses.
Accommodation:
Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill Lodge or Gorilla Mist Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board.
Travel Time: about 6 hours.

Day 9: Gorilla Tracking Tour in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Gorilla Trekking in BwindiGo gorilla tracking (subject to permit availability at time of booking), walking up steep densely forested hills before finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation. An inspiring moment! Tracking in Bwindi Gorilla Forest requires stamina and can often take most of the day. In case we have a free afternoon, go for a leisurely nature or community walk.
Accommodation:
Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill Lodge or Gorilla Mist Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 10: Drive back to Kampala with a stop over in Mbarara for lunch and at the Equator for photography and an informative talk.
MEAL PLAN: Breakfast and Lunch

END OF 10 DAYS UGANDA TOUR

The Safari Package Covers:

• Park Entrance Fees.
• Chimpanzee Permit
• Ziwa Rhino fees
• Nature Walks and Community Visit
• Gorilla Permit
• Ferry Crossing
• Park Ranger Fees.
• Relevant Government Taxes.
• Two hour Launch Cruises along the Nile and along Kazinga channel.
• Full Board Accommodation (9 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 transfers

Safari Exclusions:
• Airfares
• Visa Fees
• Personal Insurance
• Expenses of personal nature such as; drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities.

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