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Uganda Gorilla Trekking and Safaris, budget or luxury

Meet mountain gorillas and other amazing primates on this once in the lifetime adventure. Join experienced trackers and travel deep into Uganda’s impenetrable forests for an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spot endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Our safari trucks are an adventurous way to see the highlights. Experience a world apart as you encounter the colorful cultures and wild landscapes of Uganda.

 

Highlights: Visit the Equator, Tree climbing lions, Nature walks, Game drives, Boat cruise at the Kazinga Channel and Gorilla Trekking

 

5 nights / 6 days

Land Cost Per Person based on 2 pax only

From USD

1,345.-

 

ITINERARY

 

Day 1 –Airport pick up

Arrival at Entebbe International airport, pick up and drop off at your hotel in Kampala. Dinner and Overnight at Cassia Lodge B/B

 

Day 2-Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park

At 0600 hours depart Kampala and proceed through volcanic formations of the Western Rift Valley towards Queen Elizabeth National Park. The descent reveals a stunning panorama of Lakes George and Edward amidst game-filled plains. In the evening, proceed for a game-drive, before retiring at Mweya. Dinner & overnight at Mweya Lodge F/B

 

Day 3-Full day activities at Queen Elizabeth National Park

Early morning game-drive to- 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.  Game drives in this park, with the massive Rwenzoris as a backdrop, provides excellent opportunities to see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, cape buffalo, elephants, de fassa waterbuck, Uganda kob, topi and bush buck.

 

The afternoon boat-cruise offers an excellent platform for photography and game viewing. The birdlife is colorful and abundant. For dinner and overnight return to Mweya Safari Lodge,  beautifully situated on a bluff overlooking the Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward.    

 

Day 4 - Queen Elizabeth to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After an early morning breakfast, checkout and take a sunrise game-drive as you exit Queen Elizabeth National Park heading to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; arrive in time for lunch. Check in and get ready for an adventurous day the following day. Dinner and Overnight at Silverback Lodge or Nkuringo Gorilla Camp F/B

 

  DAY 05 – Gorilla Trekking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest         

After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure.  The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular.  The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored. Many find it to be a rare and moving experience. Dinner and Overnight at Silverback Lodge or Nkuringo Gorilla Camp F/B

 

 DAY 06 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Kampala         

This morning, end your stay in the "Country of the Mountain Gorillas" & depart with great memories of the moments spent with the fascinating great mountain apes.  Drop off at your hotel in Kampala or airport for departure to your next destination.

Luxury Safari Option

11 nights / 12 days

Land Cost Per Person based on 2 pax only

From USD

4,439.-

 

ITINERARY


Day 1- On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by your Safari guide who will drive you through Entebbe to your hotel in Kampala for your welcome night in Uganda. Dinner and Cassia Lodge B/B

Day 2- your safari guide will collect you from the hotel and then you'll depart by road to Lake Mburo National Park (the journey will take approximately 3-4 hours). A Bird viewing opportunity – Lake Mburo is one of the best places to find African fin foot and papyrus bush shrike. Lake Mburo National Park is an extension of its Tanzanian counterpart known for having big herds of zebra, impala, eland and other ungulates. At Lake Mburo, spend rest of the day at your own leisure.
 

The Park has about 68 different species of mammals. The common ones are Zebra, Impala, Buffalo and Topi. Tonight you will sleep in Mihingo Lodge/ Rwonyo Rest Camp. This is situated in Lake Mburo National Park on a small hill overlooking Lake Mburo and constitutes one of the game corridors leading to the lake. Accommodation is in ten fully furnished Batian tents comprising of veranda, twin bedrooms, dressing area and en-suite shower and toilet facilities. The meals served are all from a set menu.
Dinner and overnight at Mihingo Lodge (Full Board)

Day 3- An early start – a wonderful chance to take a guided bush walk. Return to the lodge/camp for breakfast, after which you will head through the highlands to Kabale, where you will stop for lunch. Continue your journey, which offers excellent views including the triangular peaks of the Virunga volcanoes of Rwanda and the Congo. The road then drops down into a valley, to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to the remaining mountain gorillas. Dinner and Overnight at Silverback Lodge or Nkuringo Gorilla Camp (FB)

Day 4- Up relatively early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking. Before 8:00 am report to the ranger station for registration and a talk by one of the rangers; the guides will then take you through the forest pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. This trek can take from half an hour to 5 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. It’s amazing to think there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left! You can take a guided walk on the Munyaga River trail, which is an ideal short walk. This trail leads to three delightful crystal clear waterfalls, and there is a profusion of tree ferns, epithytic ferns, orchids and Bwindi’s colorful array of butterflies. Here you may also see birds and primates from the forest edge. If you wish, in the afternoon you can take a guided village walk to see how the Ugandans live, visit a local bar and meet the local medicine man! Overnight at Silverback Lodge or Nkuringo Gorilla Camp (FB)

Day 5- We will leave Bwindi passing through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park also 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. We will have our packed lunch along the way before heading to Queen Elizabeth National Park’ s Mweya safari lodge / Jacana Safari Lodge .

Mweya Safari Lodge is a large first class lodge overlooking the famous Kazinga Channel and its resident hippo population. The lodge comprises of 49 rooms, all of which have en-suite bathrooms and mosquito nets. It has a swimming pool sunk into the large deck, looking out over the Kazinga Channel and a boutique from which you can purchase clothing, local crafts, basic necessities and souvenirs. The meals are generally served as a buffet. There over 560 species of birds found here including the martial eagle, black-rumped buttonquail, Verreaux’s eagle owl and African skimmer to name but a few. We'll arrive in time to enjoy dinner at the lodge.
 

Jacana Lodge is a fabulous wood-and-thatch construction that straddles the steep wall of the jungle-fringed Lake Nyamasingiri. Accommodation is in comfortable, wooden, double suites with en-suite bathrooms and private verandahs overlooking the picturesque crater-lake. The open-sided bar and restaurant are suspended over the lake and overlook a great lakeshore swimming pool. The meals served are all from a set menu.
 

After checking in you can relax at the lodge, swim and enjoy your afternoon. Dinner and Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Jacana Lodge (Full Board)

Day 6- This morning we will leave for the 08.00am chimp trek in Kyambura Gorge. 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 trees. We will return to the lodge/camp for lunch.
In the afternoon, you will take a boat trip along the Kazinga Channel, an opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippos huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, while buffalos linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others. After this wonderful afternoon, we'll take a slow drive back to Lodge. Dinner and Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Jacana Lodge (FB)

Day 7- An early rise – a pre-breakfast “sunrise game drive” starts the day, after which we will return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast. We often see numerous elephants as well as water hog, lion, hyena, Uganda kob, waterbuck and bushbuck. We will then depart, game viewing en-route, for an afternoon Chimpanzee tracking activity in Kibale National Park. These delightful apes are always delightful to watch as they squabble and play. 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 bush babies. After tracking the Chimpanzees, we will drive to your lodge /guest house for dinner and overnight at Kibale Forest Lodge(Full Board).

Day 8- After a morning breakfast, we will depart by road with a packed lunch to Murchison Falls National Park. This scenic drive will take approximately 9 hours. You will be viewing the Ugandan villages along the way and enjoy views of Lake Albert. Murchison Falls National Park is well cited for the best wildlife viewing – giraffe, buffalo, lion, elephant, Nile crocodile, hippo, orib, bush buck, waterbuck. We will continue game viewing en-route, taking a ferry across the river to Paraa Safari Lodge. This is a large lodge, which has recently been refurbished and is very well located for game viewing. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge (FB)

Day 9- Up early for a morning game drive. This is the best time to try and find lions. Your drive will take you across to Lake Albert and the Nile delta where you will see elephants, buffalo, giraffe, antelope and lion. You will return to the lodge for lunch and a chance to relax before taking a boat trip in the afternoon taking around 3 hours. This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The bird life is stunning with brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric looking shoebill, which is a cross between the dodo and a dinosaur. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness.
Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge (FB)


Day 10- After breakfast, we will depart to Jinja. The first stop is the source of the Nile, the spot where John Speke discovered the source of the Nile. We will stop at the top of the falls to marvel at this incredible sight. Here the Nile, the longest river in the world, is forced through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 43 meters. This drive will take approximately 6-7 hours, stopping briefly in Masindi. From here we will continue heading east to Jinja, passing coffee, tea and sugar plantations as well as scores of colorful roadside fruit and vegetable markets.  Overnight at Jinja Nile Resort (FB)

Day 11- Following a relaxed breakfast, we will visit Bujagali Falls. We will then drive back to Kampala, stopping at Mabira Forest to see primates, birds and butterflies. On arrival in Kampala, your guide will transfer you to your Hotel. Should you have the energy this afternoon, your guide can take you to the craft market where you can do some last-minute souvenirs shopping. Overnight at Cassia Lodge. B/B

Day 12- Your safari guide will pick you up from the hotel In Kampala and transfer you to Entebbe International Airport for your outbound flight to your next destination.

 

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