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8 Days Uganda Wildlife Holiday. Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari

Kampala
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Duration

8 Days 7 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

This 8 day Uganda wildlife safari program takes you on an exciting journey through Uganda’s beautiful natural places. from the golden yellow savannah and its animals to the thick forests alive with primates and everything in between.

A visit to Kibale Forest National Park will offer the satisfying experience of seeing chimpanzees in their natural forest. You will also see more than 10 other primates as well as captivating cultural experiences of Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru and the nearby explosion craters.

After Kibale, you will continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will enjoy the classic wildlife game drives and boat cruise. You will see many animals such as elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, hippos, crocodiles and much more.

From Queen Elizabeth’s savannah, you will proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where you will be able to see mountain gorillas after a hike in their thick rainforest. You will spend around 1 hour with the gorillas and learn all about their lives and the natural environment they call home.

Seeing gorillas is a highlight for many, and looking into the silverback’s red eyes is a unique moment of connection.

On your way back to Kampala, you will stop over the Uganda Equator line for some souvenir shopping and of course those classic Uganda Equator picture moments.

This trip is perfect for groups or individuals who want to experience Uganda’s Chimps and gorillas plus the wildlife and culture. Take a look at the detailed day-by-day program to get a picture of how your safari could unfold.

As with all our safari packages, we can customize the program to fit your personal preferences. Just reach out to us and we’ll be eager to help you.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kampala
  • Kibale Forest National Park
  • Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru Caves
  • Explosion Crater lakes
  • Tooro Kingdom Palace
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • The Equator

Itinerary

Day 1: Airport pickup to Kampala

Our driver/guide will be at Entebbe International Airport to pick you up from your flight and transfer you to your accommodation in Kampala.

Accommodation at Sapphire Hotel (Standard), Cassia Lodge (Comfort) and Serena Hotel (Luxury)
Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2: Drive to Kibale National Park

Today your journey begins from Kampala or Entebbe to Kibale Forest national park, with a stop-over for lunch in the friendly town of Fort Portal. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda.
Kibale forest is home to at least 13 primate species including the Red-Tailed Monkey, Olive Baboon, Black and White Colobus Monkey, and the Blue Monkey. The birdlife in the forest is also prolific and includes the beautiful Great Blue Turaco. If you are very lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a meandering herd of Forest elephants.

Accommodation at Kibale Forest Camp (Standard), Mountains of the Moon Hotel (Comfort), Papaya Lake Lodge (Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including our delightful cousins, the chimpanzees. Today, in Uganda, there are approximately 5,000 chimpanzees left in the wild, which makes it a perfect place to spot them! The experienced ranger takes you to track chimpanzees in the morning or afternoon depending on your choice; in the meantime, showing you the many monkey species that live in this tropical forest. A wonderful jungle trip is the result, finishing in an hour of eye to eye contact with the chimpanzees. We can however never guarantee you to see them, they are still wild animals! Your swamp walk (2-3 hours) will take you through grassland, small communities, and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot 3 or 4 different primate species during this walk, though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the Great Blue Turaco!

Accommodation at Kibale Forest Camp (Standard), Mountains of the Moon Hotel (Comfort), Papaya Lake Lodge (Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 4: Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Caves & Tooro Kingdom Palace

Early morning begin the day with a cultural tour of the ‘Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru’ Caves in fort portal passing through the tea plantations. You will also hike up to the explosion craters surrounding this place so be sure to have hiking boots. Return back to fort portal town for Lunch before going to tour the Tooro Kingdom palace. Later you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s second largest park and located base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain ranges, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George.

Accommodation at Bush Lodge (standard), Kasenyi Safari Camp (Comfort), Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early breakfast, you go for an early morning long game drive at 6.30 a.m. in time to see the sunrise. You will search for all the wildlife in the park such as elephants, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, Warthog, etc.
After lunch, you will take a boat trip along the Kazinga Channel. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe.
You can expect to see: Buffalo, crocodiles, bathing elephants, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour. After the boat safari, you game drive back to the lodge.

Accommodation at Bush Lodge (standard), Kasenyi Safari Camp (Comfort), Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Today you drive to Bwindi in the south-western part of Uganda, close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as “the Switzerland of Africa.”
You will see the great countryside, bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains. For lunch, you will stop at a local restaurant en route to Bwindi.

Accommodation at the Bunyonyi Overland Camp (Standard), Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Comfort), Silverback Lodge (Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Today prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants, the rare Mountain Gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa which can make this claim in fact. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. The Gorillas you will track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Your trek will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the Gorillas habitat. En-route, your guide will point out signs of previous Gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. The time taken to track the Gorillas can take as little as 2 hours to as much as 7 hours before one returns! Once the Gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a Mountain Gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience.

Accommodation at the Bunyonyi Overland Camp (Standard), Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Comfort), Silverback Lodge (Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8: Visit to the Equator – Return to Kampala or Entebbe

After breakfast, you drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport) with a stop at the equator, the best place for your souvenir shopping.
Your driver/guide will bring you to your accommodation in Kampala/Entebbe or to Entebbe Airport (this is only possible for flights leaving at midnight or later). Accommodation for tonight is not included in the program. In case you wish us to include one (or more) nights in Kampala and or Entebbe, please let us know.

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

Included/Excluded

  • Transport in a 4WD vehicle with pop-up roof.
  • All fuel for the tour
  • English speaking Ugandan driver/guide.
  • Accommodation and Meals on Full Board (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner)
  • Park-entrance fees for all National parks
  • All activities described in the itinerary
  • 1 Gorilla permit per person.
  • 1 chimp permit per person.
  • Drinking water throughout the safari.
  • International air fares
  • Entry visa Uganda
  • Meals that are not part of your accommodation.
  • A porter for during the gorilla tracking’s (someone who carries your daypack).
  • Personal (medical/travel) insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc.
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.)

Tour's Location

Kampala
from $2,630

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