Wildlife safaris and gorilla tracking in Uganda (11 days)

Description:

A journey in the pearl of Africa that takes you deeper than any other.  You will visit five wildlife areas looking for the big five. Visit the rhino sanctuary, primates and Mountain gorillas; all in their natural habitat. Come with us to visit the mountain gorillas in Bwindi on this journey, we also take you to other four different wildlife parks where we explore a mix of authentic community encounters. Each day of this trip is a completely unique experience. You will start with the White Rhinos to witness them in their home since reintroduction in 2005. Murchison falls is the next wonder before you visit the chimps to see the largest population of primates in their natural forest habitat in Kibale forest. Then you will be introduced to the joy of looking for the cats and a long list of animals and birds in Queen Elizabeth before you spend time with the gorillas in the impenetrable forest of Bwindi.

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe – Ziwa Rhino sanctuary:  This morning you will be picked by our guide. Proceed to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary via the lake side city of Entebbe and Kampala the capital city of Uganda. this afternoon, arrive to Ziwa guest house for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Ziwa Rhino sanctuary – Murchison:  Start the day with Rhino tracking at Ziwa. After spending time in the wild with these giants, transfer to Murchison in the afternoon. You will arrive to a cooking tour with Boomu Women’s Group and stay in their Bandas for the night.

Day 3: Explore Murchison falls: Early morning breakfast and enter the park as the gates open. You will drive through to the Ferry crossing point to reach out to the Nile delta, a point to celebrate nature as you look for a rich assortment of wildlife including; the cats, buffalos, elephants, antelopes, warthogs, and giraffe as hey extend their head feeding above the acacia canopy. You will not miss the large variety of common and endemic bird species. With a ranger guide, you may opt to walk as you look for specific animal spoors. Mid morning, return to lunch. Looking for more wildlife chances on your way back, you will have lunch and drive to the top of the falls to spend time taking views of the falls at different angles as the worlds longest river thump into the 7 meter curve and dropping for 43 meters deep on its way to lake Albert. Return to the ferry and join the afternoon boat cruise for the two hours journey on the Nile looking for water wildlife including birds, crocodiles, hippos and sometimes other land wildlife lined on the edges of the Nile cooling off. After the boat cruise, head for dinner and overnight at at Boomu Women’s bandas.

Day 4: Murchison falls – Kibale: After breakfast, Transfer to Kibale National Park via Hoima. Arrive to Bigodi in time for dinner and overnight at Tinka’s Homestay.

Day 5: Explore Kibale National park: This morning choose one of the community tours. Options include; the beekeeping cooperative tour, Bigodi swamp walk, Bigodi community walk or the crater lakes tour. After the walk, have a traditional lunch at Tinkas home stay and relax the rest of the day. Spend the second night at  Tinka’s Homestay

Day 6:Chimp tracking – Queen Elizabeth: Early morning chimpanzee tracking. After the experience, transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. On arrival, proceed to the community boat cruise on Kazinga channel. In the late afternoon, return to dinner and overnight at The Elephant home

Day 7: Explore Queen Elizabeth National park: This morning, participate in the lion tracking with the Uganda Carnivore Program. After lunch, you will go for an evening game drive, returning to dinner and overnight at The Elephant home.

Day8: Queen Elizabeth Community exploration: Today, take the guided community hill trek to the farms on the Rwenzori foothills. in the evening, you will participate in the Kikorongo dance performance and do the drumming workshop and return to dinner at The Elephant Home.

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi:  Transfer to Bwindi with a morning game drive in Ishasha looking for the tree climbing lions. After the game drive, proceed to Bwindi impenetrable National Park and spend a night at the Haven Lodge.

Day 10: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi: With packed lunch and water from the hotel, you will leave after a full breakfast to head to the briefing point. Briefing starts at 8:00am from the park rangers to tell you the plan of the day with the dos and don’ts during the gorilla tracking day. Tracking may take from 1 to 8 hours, starting from where the gorillas spend the night before. After finding the targeted group, you will spend one hour with them as you take pictures and learning the background of your new gorilla friends. After spending the time, return to your lodge for dinner and overnight at Haven Lodge

Day 11: Bwindi – Kampala: Today you will transfer from Bwindi to Kampala via Kabale – Mbarara. After breakfast, checkout of the hotel to return to Kampala. On the journey to Kampala, you will make stopovers to take the scenery, coffee, or visit the crafts markets at several places including: great lakes museum, Igongo cultural center, the equator or other roadside markets. Arrive in Kampala late afternoon for dinner and overnight in your hotel.

Price per person

  • 1 Pax (3582 $)
  • 2-3 pax (2782$)
  • 4-5 pax (2357$)
  • 6 Pax (2200$)

Included:

  • Full board accommodation at the parks upcountry
  • Airport transfers
  • All park entrance fees and activities
  • All community activities
  • 4WD safari car with English speaking driver guide
  • Drinking water on board
  • Chimp ticket
  • Gorilla ticket

Excluded:

  • Bar drinks and extras at hotels
  • Insurance cover (can be added on demand)
  • Air ticket
  • Visa fees
  • Laundry and tips
  • Accommodation and meals in Kampala before and after the trip (if required)

Upgrade available on demand:

  • Single supplement
  • Arrival and departure transport
  • Accommodation hotel
  • Number of group participants

Booking Code: UGtrip-12

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