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9 Day Wildlife & Activity Holiday. Wildlife & Gorillas Trekking Safari in Uganda

Kampala
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Duration

9 Days 8 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

The 9 Days Wildlife & Activity Holiday in Uganda starts and ends in Uganda’s capital – Kampala.

The trip starts off with a visit to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary where you will get to track rhinos and other wildlife on foot. You then proceed to Murchison falls National Park where you get to see more animals such as lions, giraffes, elephants, hippos and so much more.

Your next stop after Murchison is Kibale Forest National Park, affectionately called the primate capital because you will see chimpanzees as well as more than 10 other primate species. Kibale is also great for birds and you will see some special ones before continuing to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

In Queen Elizabeth, you will enjoy the game drives and boat cruises that enable you to see many animals up close in their natural ecosystems. You will see hippos, elephants, lions, buffalos and so many birds before you continue to Bwindi Impenetrable.

Bwindi Impenetrable National park is known for the endangered mountain gorillas it protects. You will hike through Bwindi’s thick jungle with a knowledgeable ranger who will lead you to the gorillas and teach you everything about the gorillas and their forest home.

From Bwindi, you will return to Kampala where this safari program ends. This safari package takes you on one of the most popular routes for Uganda safari-goers and can work well for both small and big groups.

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 City
  • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Murchison falls national park
  • Kibale forest national park – Chimpanzee tracking
  • Queen Elizabeth national park
  • Bwindi impenetrable forest park – Gorillas
  • Mpigi royal drum makers & the Equator

Itinerary

Day 1: Entebbe Airport to Kampala

Meet with your tour guide/driver at Entebbe International Airport. Transfer to Kampala for the first night in the capital city of Uganda.

Accommodation at Cassia Lodge (Comfort), Serena Hotel (Luxury)
Meal plan: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Kampala to Murchison

Today your guide will begin the Safari with a panoramic drive to Murchison located in north-west part of Uganda. Passing through the famous Luwero Triangle you will stop by the Ziwa Wildlife Sanctuary for Rhino Trekking. Later continue to Masindi Town for lunch before proceeding to Murchison Falls National Park. Enter the park from the southern entry gate and get a chance stop at the spectacular ‘Top of the falls’ where you can see the River Nile! This great river compresses from 50 meters through a 7 meter canyon which drops 50 meters with a thunderous roar and a beautiful rainbow – the Murchison falls. Later check in to your lodge for dinner & enjoy the sunset.

Accommodation at Murchison River Lodge (Comfort), Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Murchison falls Game Safari

Early morning, your guide will take you to enjoy a game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile. This will give you an opportunity to spot some of the wildlife like the Elephant, Lion, Cape buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi, Bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard. After lunch, head for a boat cruise upstream on the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just tens of meters away from the “Devil’s Cauldron” (Murchison falls). You will see a large number of toothsome hippos, crocodiles, birds and other animals on the banks of the river. Key birds found include Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, Brown pelican, Red-throated bee-eater, various kingfishers, Fish eagles, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork.

Accommodation at Murchison River Lodge (Comfort), Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Murchison to Kibale

Your guide will drive you to Kibale forest today passing Hoima and Fort Portal town through verdant countryside and past traditional homesteads & farms.
The town of Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon. Check-in at your lodge in Kibale.

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

Day 5: Kibale forest – Primate Walks & birding.

Early morning, visit the primate capital of the world – Kibale Forest. Enjoy a guided nature walk in search of chimpanzees and 10 other primates including l’ Hoestes, Red collobus, blue, red-tailed monkeys, brown monkeys and gray-cheeked mangabey. The guide will provide detailed explanations, not only on primates, but on all the forest fauna and flora and will ensure that your walk is informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and seeing primates at close quarters. In the Evening proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey.

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

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth Park – Wildlife attractions

An early morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park to see the medley of wonders including grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes, wildlife and volcanic craters. The massive Rwenzori mountains acting as a backdrop provides excellent opportunities to see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, cape buffalo, elephants, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, Topi and bush buck. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a unique 2 hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colourful and stupendous with well over 600 resident species.

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

Day 7: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Today your guide will transfer you to Bwindi forest – home of the mountain gorillas, passing through one of the most beautiful parts of the country – the Kigezi Highlands, with its terraced hillside and winding roads.

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

Day 8: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Early morning, your guide will transfer you to the park headquarters for briefing by the park authorities. Make sure you have carried along with the perfect gear for this experience like jungle boots, a raincoat etc.
On entering the forest, you will be in a group (8 tourists maximum) led by a guide who will help get close to the gorillas. The time taken on the trekking varies according to how far the gorillas might have gone.
The forest offers a dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The thrill of observing the gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure. You will only be allowed 1 hour to access the gorillas after which your trekking will end, also you receive a certificate from Uganda Wildlife Authority.

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

Day 9: Drive back from Bwindi to Kampala.

Today your guide will drive back to Kampala with a stop-over at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers where you will be able to watch ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through generations.
You will also be able to stop at the equator for snacks and some photography.
Arrive in Kampala in the early evening and transfer to your accommodation or to Entebbe airport if you have an evening flight.

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 $3,460

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