8 Day Uganda Safari

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8 Day Uganda Safari

This itinerary is a combination of three national parks, Kibale Forest National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Lake Mburo National Park. Kibale Forest is full of rain forests and hosts at least 60 mammal species, 13 of which are primates. It also has a rich diversity of birds. An exploration under the shady green canopy will brim with discoveries to delight botanists and butterfly lovers alike. The most alluring and rewarding activity in Kibale Forest is tracking for habituated chimps. The opportunity to gain a privileged insight into the daily lives of man’s closest relative is one which will be cherished and remembered for a number of years. It is then onto Bwindi Forest – a magnificent luxuriant swathe of rainforest across the ridges of the Albertine rife valley. It is in this ancient rainforest that we encounter a famous and endangered resident, the mountain gorilla. All of the tiredness of the hike is magically lifted away as we first hear the mutterings and feeding noises of these mighty primates. We are allowed to venture closer to the gorilla family with our trained guide giving directions and advice. The chance to be so close to them and share in their moments will never be forgotten.

Day 1
Entebbe

Arrive at Entebbe International airport, meet and greet and transfer to Lake Victoria Hotel. If time permits we can visit the famous Entebbe Botanical Gardens.

Overnight at Lake Victoria Hotel (on accommodation and breakfast basis).

Day 2
Entebbe-Kibale National Park

Drive to Kibale Forest area, the drive is a full day of approximately seven hours. After leaving the Lake Victoria Basin pass through beautiful traditional villages, with various fruit and vegetable gardens and fields. Drive through Kyenjojo, in the lower foothills of the Rwenzori Mountain ranges {Mountains of the Moon}, through beautiful tea plantations and into Kibale tropical rain forest. The phenomenal Ndali Lodge is situated on a high saddle between two crater lakes.

Overnight at Ndali Lodge or Kyaninga Lodge (BLD)

Day 3
Kibale National Park

This morning we get to explore Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale Forest hosts over 13 primate species. A guided forest trek can be arranged in search of one of the most popular primate species in the world – the chimpanzee. There are 9 diurnal primates, these include, vervet, red‐tailed, L’Hoest’s, blue monkeys, grey‐cheeked manabey, red colobus, black and white colobus, olive baboon and the most famous of all, the chimpanzee. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, there is high likelihood of encountering them. You will then go on a forest walk in search of primates. Whilst trekking in the depths of the lush green forest, you will be surrounded by bird song and can expect to see at least 5 or 6 other types of primate, most probably the grey‐cheeked mangebey and the red‐tailed monkey and of course the chimpanzee. The walking is fairly easy due to the well‐maintained trails and reasonably flat terrain. In the afternoon we will have a swamp walk.

Overnight at Ndali Lodge or Kyaninga Lodge (BLD)

Day 4
Kibale- Via Queen Elizabeth to Bwindi Impenetrable National park

Drive to Bwindi via Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive passes through Fort Portal and then south along the eastern length of the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon) with the hope of seeing the glaciated peaks. The drive is a full day gently descending into The Great African Rift Valley to Queen Elizabeth National Park and continuing to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, passing through the scenic area known as The Switzerland of East Africa. The drive is about 7 ½ hours.

Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp (BLD)

Day 5
Gorilla tracking day.

After breakfast take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. Hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras or smart phones to capture spectacular moments, are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film. N.B. We cannot guarantee seeing Gorillas.

Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp (BLD)

Day 6
Second gorilla tracking day.

Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp (BLD)

Day 7
Bwindi-Lake Mburo

Drive to Mbarara passing through the Switzerland of East Africa area and eventually into Ankole Cattle country around Mbarara. The long horn cattle are very beautiful to watch as you drive along, continue to Lake Mburo National Park, game drive. The drive is approximately 6 to 7 hours. Lake Mburo National Park is a small park, excellent for birding, antelope and other grazers, one of the only places to easily see Impala and zebra in Uganda. Game drives offer particularly picturesque game viewing with the Parkʹs mixture of savannah, acacia woodlands, grassy valleys, rocky outcrops, swamps, lakes and rolling hills. Herds of impala are endemic to this park, buffalo and zebra, plus water buck and eland are among the variety of wildlife to be seen. Birders will enjoy the Parkʹs 310 recorded water and dry land species. In this valley we can operate night drives and walks. This is the only park where we will see Impala and Burchellʹs Zebra. Drive to the lodge.

Overnight at Mihingo Lodge (BLD)

Day 8
Lake Mburo- Entebbe

After breakfast drive back to Entebbe, this takes approximately 5 hours – road and weather dependent. If time permits it is possible to stop in Entebbe for shopping and lunch. A visit to the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers en-route may also be arranged. Transfer to Entebbe International airport to connect with your departure flight. Please note the departure flight must be in the late afternoon or evening for this to work, alternatively and extra night in Entebbe is advised.

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Safari Price Inclusions

  • Inclusions
  • All ground transportation and fuel and transfers as per itinerary
  • A full-time safari guide (English Speaking) and his associated expenses
  • All meals as specified in this itinerary
  • Accommodation as noted in this itinerary on full board basis
  • Fruits and water in the Vehicle, while on the game drives and throughout your Trip
  • Activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Game drives in a private 4WD vehicle
  • Ranger guide fees
  • Park & conservation fees
  • All applicable taxes, administration and banking fees
  • Boat Launch Cruise (S) Where applicable
  • Exclusions
  • International flights
  • Money transfer costs
  • All airport departure taxes
  • All passport and visa fees
  • All meals not specified on this itinerary
  • All drinks including alcoholic beverages
  • Specialty wines, spirits and champagne throughout this itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature: fax, telephone, internet services etc.
  • Any extras and additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel / medical insurance
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities for Guide/driver
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay or baggage insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our control.

Safari Price Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Money transfer costs
  • All airport departure taxes
  • All passport and visa fees
  • All meals not specified on this itinerary
  • All drinks including alcoholic beverages
  • Specialty wines, spirits and champagne throughout this itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature: fax, telephone, internet services etc.
  • Any extras and additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel / medical insurance
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities for Guide/driver
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay or baggage insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our control.

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