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9 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari

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9 Days/ 8 nights
Entebbe
Min Age : 5+
Max People : 20

9 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari

If its adventure you are looking for, then the 9 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari is the package you have to choose for your safari in the Pearl of Africa. This trip takes you to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (the home to the only surviving wild Rhino population in Uganda), Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for the magical mountain gorillas, Murchison Falls National Park for four of the big five animals as well as the breathtaking Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth National Park for the rare tree climbing lions, Lake Mburo National Park for the zebras as well as giraffes and Kibale Forest National Park to see man’s closest relatives (the chimpanzees). While on this safari, expect to see a myriad of wildlife species including the mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, buffaloes, lions, leopards, hyenas, waterbucks, elephants, bushbucks, Uganda kobs, giraffes, zebras, Nile crocodiles, and Hippos as well as spectacular bird species including the elusive shoebill stork.

Activities to expect on this 9 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari

  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Game viewing
  • Launch cruises
  • Rhino tracking
  • Batwa cultural walk (optional)

Itinerary highlights of this 9 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari

Day 1: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park

Day 2: Game drive and Nile Boat Cruise

Day 3: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 5: Game drive and Kazinga Channel boat cruise

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 7: Gorilla trekking and cultural walk

Day 8: Transfer to Lake Mburo and afternoon boat cruise

Day 9: Morning game drive and departure

A detailed itinerary of this 9 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari

Day 1: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park

You will be picked from the agreed location in Kampala after breakfast to continue to Murchison Falls National Park with a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary on Kampala-Gulu highway to track some of the surviving wild Rhino population. Thereafter continue to Murchison Falls National Park with another stopover in Masindi for lunch and arriving in the evening to hike to the top of the falls. Dinner and overnight is at Chobe Safari Lodge (upmarket), Heritage Safari Lodge (mid-range) or Red Chilli Rest Camp (budget) while the meal plan is lunch and dinner.

Day 2: Game drive and Nile Boat Cruise

Have an early morning breakfast and set off for the morning game drive where you will have a chance to see some of the interesting wildlife species that call the Park home including elephants, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, bushbucks, waterbucks, elands, giraffes and warthogs among others. Return to the Lodge for lunch before setting off for the main highlight of the Park-the Nile boat cruise to spot the Nile crocodiles, hippos as well as unique bird species that will take your breath away. Also, the phenomenal appearance of the waterfalls will blow your mind and make you wish to spend more time in the Park. Dinner and overnight is at Chobe Safari Lodge (upmarket), Heritage Safari Lodge (mid-range) or Red Chilli Rest Camp (budget) and the meal plan is full board.

Day 3: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

Before you set off for Kibale Forest National Park, you will first have breakfast then check out of the Safari Lodge. Your journey will involve trans-versing through the magnificent Albertine Escarpments and enjoying the views of the cool countryside. Lunch will be within Hoima Town and arrival to Kibale Forest National Park in the evening. Dinner and overnight is at Primate Safari Lodge/Kyaninga Lodge (upmarket), Chimps Nest Lodge (midrange) or Chimpanzee Guesthouse (budget) and the meal plan is breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Converge at Kanyanchu Visitor Center at 7:00 am after breakfast for a pre-tracking briefing before entering the jungles of Kibale Forest to search for mankind’s closest relatives. After 2-5 hours of tracking, you will hear them hooting or see them feeding, playing and grooming, and that’s when your cameras start rolling. Besides the chimpanzees, expect to see several primate species including the red-tailed monkeys, L’Hoests monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and olive baboons among others as well as birds, butterflies and tree species of interest. Return to the Lodge for lunch and check-out before starting your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the afternoon. Meal plan is full board while dinner and overnight will be at Mweya Safari Lodge (luxury), Enganzi Safari Lodge for midrange or Simba Safari Camp for budget.

Day 5: Game drive and Kazinga Channel boat cruise

Wake up to an early morning breakfast before heading for a game drive through the Kasenyi Plains where you are likely to spot the African lions and the elusive leopards, Uganda kobs, Elephants, buffaloes, bushbucks, Defassa waterbucks and warthogs in addition to at least 200 bird species. After this amazing 2-3 hours’ activity, head back to the Lodge for lunch and relaxation as you prepare to go for the boat cruise.

The boat cruise will be conducted within the Kazinga Channel where Hippos, Nile crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes and Uganda Kobs, as well as bird species like Kingfishers and shoebill storks, can be spotted. Dinner and overnight is at Mweya Safari Lodge for upmarket, Enganzi Game Lodge for midrange or Simba Safari Camp for budget while the meal plan is full board.

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Have breakfast at leisure then check out of the Lodge before heading to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Uganda’s mountain gorillas’ capital) through the spectacular savannah grasslands of Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will pass through Ishasha sector to see the tree climbing lions as well as the buffaloes, elephants and Uganda Kobs. Have a lunch stop at Savannah Resort Hotel (Kihihi) and arrive Bwindi in the evening. Dinner and overnight is at Buhoma Lodge for luxury, Engagi Lodge for midrange or Buhoma Community Rest Camp for budget while the meal plan is breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Gorilla trekking and cultural walk

Due to the physical demands of gorilla trekking, you will need a hefty breakfast before proceeding to the Park Headquarters for a pre-tracking briefing at 7:00 am. Continue to the jungles at 8:00 am to track the adorable mountain gorillas in their natural habitat characterized by thick forest covered by mist. Trekking lasts 2-6 hours and once sighted, you will be required to spend only one hour with the allocated gorilla family to study their behavior and take photos then proceed to the Lodge to relax.

If time allows or are if you are still energetic, you will continue for a cultural walk to Batwa villages to be immersed in their ancient lifestyles and be entertained in their traditional dances. Overnight stay is at Buhoma Lodge/Gorilla Forest Camp (luxury), Engagi Lodge (midrange) or Buhoma Community Rest Camp/Bwindi View Bandas (budget) and the meal plan is full board.

Day 8: Transfer to Lake Mburo and afternoon boat cruise

On this day you will have your usual breakfast and transfer to Lake Mburo National Park with a lunch stopover being at Igongo Cultural Center to have a taste of their signature traditional dishes. Arrive at the Park in the afternoon for the boat cruise to spot the hippos, Nile crocodiles as well as aquatic bird species.

Day 9: Morning game drive and departure

Wake up to a cup of coffee or tea and embark for the game drive conducted through varying landscapes (rocky outcrops, acacia woodland and hillsides among others) where you will get the chance to see a variety of wildlife species including the zebras, giraffes, impalas, Topis, elands, waterbucks, bushbucks in addition to the bird species that call the Park home. Depart for Kampala after the game drive.

End of our 9 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari`

Inclusions

  • Gorilla permit.
  • Chimpanzee permit.
  • Game drives
  • Ground transportation with 4WD Vehicle.
  • Boat cruises.
  • Bottled drinking water.
  • Accommodation and meals including the en-route ones.
  • Full-time English-speaking guide/driver.
  • Airport transfer (if only the flight is on the same day the safari ends).
  • Park ranger and entrance fees.
  • Batwa Community visit.
  • Relevant Government Taxes.

Exclusions

  • Personal expenses such as cigarettes, drinks, laundry fees, tips, meals and accommodation not included in the itinerary and telephone fees.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Visa fees.

 

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