Uganda 14 days Uganda Gorilla tracking and chimpanzee trek, & safari

 
 

DETAILED ITENERARY

 

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe, Uganda
You will be received by your driver/guide at the Airport. Depending on your arrival time, if you arrive night time, we check into your hotel for a relaxation moment after the long flight.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) Spend the night                                                     at Airport Guesthouse Entebbe (Low budget)
or upgrade to Boma Guesthouse Entebbe (medium price accommodation) or Protea and imperial  resort beach hotel for luxury

 

Day 2: Kampala-Sezibwa falls,Mabira forest & Jinja to Sipi falls.
After breakfast, an early morning drive on Jinja road with our first visit being at the Historical Ssezibwa water falls for 1hr,the falls are about seven meters high and with the sweet hissing sound created by the falling water forms beautiful scenery. This is complemented by the natural vegetation cover and the undulating and steep rocks over which the waters fall. The site has several bird species which present a wonderful opportunity for bird watching. The site presents several tourist activities such as bird watching, camping, rock climbing, nature walks, hiking, canoeing.

We continue to the Mabira forest for 2hrs where we have a forest walk .The Mabira Forest is a rainforest area covering about 300 square kilometres (120 sq mi) in Uganda, located in Buikwe District, between Lugazi and Jinja. Mabira forest is home to over 300birds species, and many Ugandan primates.

We continue to Jinja, to the source of the River Nile where we get to the speed boat and continue to samuka island for relaxation and lunch. if you are a bird lover, this is a must place for you. return later at 4:30 and drive through the Jinja one  Main street. And drive back to Kampala.

Accommodation available (all on full board basis) 
Overnight at Samuka Island lodge

 

Day 3: Start for Murchison Falls National Park.
After your breakfast, we drive through the famous Luwero triangle. Take a stop-over at Masindi hotel for lunch. We will continue through the park stopping at the top of the falls which is a fantastic 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. From here we will continue onto our accommodation place along the Nile river.  
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Spend the night at Red Chilli Rest Camp (Low budget)
or upgrade to Fort Murchison Lodge (medium price accommodation)

 

Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park
After breakfast head to the Delta in search for bird life and enjoy the game drive to look for lions, giraffes, herds of elephants, buffaloes and many more. We will drive back to the lodge for lunch before taking an afternoon boat cruise to the foot of Murchison Falls. 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.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Spend the night at Red Chilli Rest Camp (Low budget)
or upgrade to Fort Murchison Lodge (medium price accommodation)

 

Day 5: Transfer to Fort Portal
Leave Murchison falls N.P for Kibale Forest N.P via the Lake Albert escarpment, having a good view of the lake. Stopover at Kolping Hotel in Hoima for lunch and after drive across the interesting river Nkusi (flowing from the southern end of L. Albert, through the villages of Kagadi, joining Victoria Nile). Both rivers join L.Kyoga and flow through the Murchison Falls continue to L. Albert and north to the Mediterranean Sea.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Spend the night at Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (Low budget)
or upgrade to Kibale Forest Camp (medium price accommodation)

 

Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
Assemble at Kanyankyu River camp at 0800hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is Chimpanzee tracking. Chimpanzees are man’s closet cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate’s species. More primates like Black and white Columbus monkeys, L’Hoest Monkeys, Grey cheecked Mangabey, Red tailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, Little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee eater and mammals like Elephants can be seen in this walk.
Kibale National park, which averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. It is inhabited by three large “communities” of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups.
Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialize with each other, or even, occasionally hunt.
In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the Eastern edge of Kibale forest is Bigodi Wetland sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great Blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bush bucks, bush pigs and among others.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Spend the night at Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (Low budget)
or upgrade to Kibale Forest Camp (medium price accommodation)

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast we depart to Queen Elizabeth National Park which is dominated on its northern border by the snow-capped 16,000-foot Rwenzori Mountains-the famed "Mountains of the Moon". This 767-square-mile conservation area is bordered on the North East by Lake George and on the South West by Lake Edward; its western border adjoins the Zaire Parc Du Virunga.
As we drive through the park, expect to spot teeming herds of impala-like Uganda Kob, as well as topi, elephant, Cape buffalo. There are also several soda lakes filling ancient volcanic calderas where flamingos reside seasonally.
In the afternoon we will go for a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray at a mere feet away from the boat, buffalo 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.
 Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Spend the night at Queen Elizabeth Mweya Hostels (Low budget)
or upgrade to Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (medium price accommodation)

 

Day 8: Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Game drives during this day dedicated to discover Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of the most diverse ecosystems in Africa. A total of 95 mammals species has been recorded. The park boasts of over 600 recorded bird species making it the ideal destination for bird watchers.

We set out early in the morning for a game drive in the northern part of the park on the Kasenyi Track in search of lions, elephants, solitary buffaloes. This is the best time for opportunities of viewing the cats in action owing to the vast population of Uganda Kobs. We have an excellent chance to view just about every animal here at very close range. 
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Spend the night at Queen Elizabeth Mweya Hostels (Low budget)
or upgrade to Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (medium price accommodation)

 

Day 9:  Drive to Bwindi National Park
 Mid-morning after breakfast we drive further south through stunning savannah grasslands as we head towards the breathtaking adventures of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Either (roads permitting) we will pass the southern sector of the park – Ishasha, a remote and beautiful extension of Queen Elizabeth National Park that is host to a large variety and volume of wildlife. (It is a fabulous site 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).
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Spend the night at Buhoma Community Restcamp (Low budget)
or upgrade to Engagi Lodge or Silverback Lodge  (medium price accommodation)

 

Day 10: Gorilla trekking (Bwindi Impenetrable NP)
 Today enjoy surely. After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip- Gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.
 Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It's difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Spend the night at Buhoma Community Restcamp (Low budget)
or upgrade to Engagi Lodge or Silverback Lodge  (medium price accommodation)

 

Day 11: Guided Village Walks
The Buhoma Village Walk gives you a great opportunity to see how the people surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. It also is a great way to support the local community in a direct way. The Walk begins with your guide at Buhoma Community Rest Camp and is most informative, rewarding to the average visitor. It will amaze you how resourceful the local people are as you see and learn their ways.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Spend the night at Buhoma Community Restcamp (Low budget)
or upgrade to Engagi Lodge or Silverback Lodge  (medium price accommodation)

 

Day 12: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast, you will transfer to Lake Bunyonyi via Kabale the place commonly known as the Switzerland of Africa. Relax on Lake Bunyonyi as you wait for the sunset.

Dinner and overnight at Bushara Island Camp

 

Day 13: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
After an early morning breakfast, you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Upon arrival, you will go for the game drive which will give you insights of animal species like the zebras, topes, elephants, elands, impalas, buffaloes, antelopes and so many others.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
 Spend the night at Mburo Eagles Nest (Low budget)
or upgrade to Lake Mburo Safari Lodge (medium price accommodation)

 

Day 14: Game drive and Canoe Ride on Lake Mburo and Transfer to Entebbe
After breakfast, you will go for the last game drive with in the Park to search for the early risers and also look out for animals missed out in the previous game drive. Later transfer back to Kampala with a brief stopover at the Equator for photographs; Reach Kampala in the afternoon. Proceed to Entebbe for your flight departure back home.

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