Gorilla Tours

DESTINATION: UGANDA

TOUR TYPE: PRIVATE SAFARI / GROUP SAFARI

DAYS /NIGHTS: 14 DAYS, 13 NIGHTS

DESCRIPTION:

Darkest Africa inspired epic sagas of discovery in the Victorian age. Livingstone and Stanley’s quest for the Nile’s source filled newspapers. Reports of fearsome beasts meant that only the most intrepid explorers ventured into the bush. Much has changed since those times. Uganda is now enjoying unprecedented political and economic growth. An excellent national park infrastructure gives economic benefits back to the local people. The country is now reaping great rewards as the true value of Churchill’s statement Uganda is “the Pearl of Africa” as it’s recognized.

Despite Hollywood’s attempt to portray the great apes as monsters, Dian Fossey’s work followed by the Gorilla Doctors in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo and other conservations projects, have showed a gentle side of the endangered mountain Gorillas, through sensitization of communities around these areas and treating the Gorillas with admiration through giving them so much attention. To sit just 8 feet from them and to see, hear and smell them is something that words cannot convey. Explore the best of Uganda on this 14 Days Uganda Safari western circuit safari visiting Murchison falls, Kibale, QENP, Bwindi Gorilla trekking, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mburo.

About this Tour

This tour takes you on a visit around Uganda’s best wildlife destinations including Bwindi famous for the endangered mountain gorillas. You will also get see lions, elephants, giraffes, birds and primates on this tour so get ready with your camera. The spectacular scenery in Uganda combined with the warm people and nice food will make your 14 days Safari a memorable experience.

Highlights;

  • Rhino Tracking at Ziwa Sanctuary
  • Game drives in Murchison falls national park
  • Chimp tracking in Kibale forest
  • Queen Elizabeth national park
  • Gorilla trekking in the Bwindi forests

Practical Aspects

  • You will cover tracks and roads in comfortable vehicles
  • Cold lunches, warm and varied dinners
  • Equatorial type of climate (25 – 30ºC), some nights can be fresh, mostly at high altitudes
  • Experienced, English speaking guides during the whole safari

ITINERARY

DAY 01 – ARRIVAL – ENTEBEB UGANDA

You will be welcomed by our company representative upon your arrival at Entebbe airport and transferred to the Lodge where you will unwind, dinner and overnight stay at Boma Hotel Entebbe  – B.B

DAY 02/03 – MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

On day two you will enjoy morning breakfast and drive to Murchison falls national park. It will take you around 6-7 hours from Kampala with about 305 km, with a stopover at the Zziwa rhino sanctuary for a rhino trek (Optional activity). After lunch at the Kabalega dinners, you will enter through Kichumbanyobo gate. Paraa covers a distance of about 85km from Masindi town by the shortest route. You will visit the top of the falls and then proceed to your pre-booked accommodation. (6-7Hrs Driving)

On day three you will have an early morning breakfast and then go for a game drive where you will spot various animal species like elephants, giraffes, lions, Uganda kobs among others. In the afternoon you will go for a launch cruise on the park’s main tourist attraction the unique Murchison Falls as well as the River Nile with its streaming hippo and serried ranges of crocodile along the sandbanks, as well as large numbers of different species getting down to drink & bathe. Dinner and overnight at the Paraa Safari Lodge as above – B.L.D

DAY 04 – TRANSFER TO KIBALE NATIONAL PARK

You will have breakfast and then drive to Kibale forest home of Chimpanzees via major towns like Hoima Kagadi, Kyenjojo and Fort –Portal. This is a full day drive (5-6Hrs). You will have lunch en-route arriving at your accommodation late afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay at Crater Safari Lodge – B.L.D

DAY 05 – CHIMPANZEE TREKKING & BIGODI SWAMP WALK

Take early morning breakfast and go for briefing and start chimpanzee trekking. Kibale Forest National Park is one of the best safari destinations in Africa for chimpanzee tracking. Kibale’s 795km2 National Park contains one of the most beautiful and with the most varying tracts of tropical forest in the whole of Uganda. This is place to a number of forest wildlife, most especially 13 species of primate coupled with chimpanzees. After trekking you will have lunch and then visit Bigodi wetland where you will experience a lot of bird life and un-spoilt nature! Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Crater Safari Lodge – B.L.D

DAY 06 – TRANSFER TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK.

You will have breakfast and transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park where you will arrive well in time for lunch. Enjoy your lunch and unwind at your lodge or embark on a brief evening game drive. Dinner and overnight at Kasenyi Safari Lodge – B.L.D

DAY 07 – GAME DRIVE AND LAUNCH CRUISE (QENP)

Today you will go for early morning game drive in the Kasenyi sector, you may spot various animals like the elephants, Uganda kobs, leopards among others. Return to the lodge for late breakfast, in the afternoon you will go for a launch cruise where you will spot various water animals like Hippos and crocodiles, the cruise will also enrich you with various water birds. Dinner and overnight at Kasenyi Safari Lodge – B.L.D

DAY 08 – TRANSFER TO ISHASHA FOR THE TREE CLIMBING LIONS

After a relaxed breakfast, your guide will transfer you to the southern sector of queen Elizabeth, which is well know for the tree climbing lions and other wildlife like the spotted hyenas, Leopards, elephants (with large tasks), topi and different species of birds. Dinner & overnight at Enjojo Lodge B.L.D

 DAY 09 – TRANSFER TO BWINDI

After having your morning breakfast, you will set off for Bwindi passing through the Ishasha again for a morning game drive, which will increase your chances to view more wildlife especially the tree climbing lions. You will have lunch en-route, arriving in Bwindi in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Rushaga Gorilla Camp – B.L.D

DAY 10 – GORILLA TREKKING – BWINDI

After an early morning breakfast, you will drive to the park headquarters for briefing and go for gorilla trekking, this could take 4-6 hours depending on the movements of the gorillas. After trekking, return for dinner and overnight as above – B.L.D

DAY 11 – BATWA TRAIL EXPERIENCE

The batwa/ pygmy people are the original inhabitants of the Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Mt. Mgahinga before they were transformed into National Parks. After the forests were gazette as national parks in 1992 the batwa people were relocated and integrated into the surrounding communities hence living the communities. Now the government together with the batwa communities created a trail to show how the pygmy used to live before their relocation. This activity takes between 5-6 hrs and needs lots of walking and little hiking in the forest as you learn from the batwa leader guide. Dinner & Overnight at Arcadia Cottages – B.L.D

 DAY 12 – LAKE BUNYONYI TOUR

After a relaxed breakfast, your local guide will pick you for a boat ride on lake Bunyonyi to tour the various 29 islands on the same lake, with many other different experiences! Lake Bunyonyi literary means “a place of little birds” and as such you will experience a lot of bird life on the islands and get an insight into the peoples’ way of living as you visit the locals. Dinner and overnight at Arcadia Cottages – B.L.D

 

DAY 13: TRANSFER TO LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

You will enjoy your morning breakfast and transfer to Lake Mburo national park with a stopover in Mbarara town for lunch and arriving in the early evening allowing you to do an evening game drive. (you could also opt for a night game drive which would help you to sight nocturnal animals like the leopards, owls, bush baby’s etc.  Dinner and overnight Rwakobo Rock – B.L.D

DAY 14: AIRPORT TRANSFER

You will enjoy breakfast and an early Nature/Community walk where you will walk with the zebras, buffalos and other antelopes, before your transfer to Entebbe airport for your flight back home with fond memories of this 14 Days Uganda safari! Also will have a stopover at the equator for lunch and a photo moment at the equator line and signage.

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    WHAT’S INCLUDED?

    • Gorilla Permits
    • Chimpanzee permits
    • Airport pickup and transfer
    • Boat cruise & Park entrance fees
    • Fuel, Driver guide & car hire
    • Accommodation based of Full board
    • All the mentioned activities
    • Bottled water in the Vehicle

    EXCLUDED

    • Both Local & International Flights
    • Tips & Laundry
    • Extra Activities
    • Extra Drinks & Meals not mentioned above
    • Insurance cover