08 days Uganda Wildlife Holiday

08 days Uganda Wildlife Holiday

uganda wildlife holiday - ishasha lions
uganda wildlife holiday - ishasha lions

Uganda Wildlife Holiday

Start/End: Kampala
Duration: 8 Days
Activities: Gorilla Trekking, Chimp tracking, Savanna Game Drive, Launch trip
Destinations: Bwindi Forest, Kibale forest, Queen Elizabeth N.Park

This Uganda wildlife holiday is indeed an exciting 8 day wildlife journey with the best guiding team that will take you to see chimpanzees, Ishasha tree climbing Lions & the mountain gorillas

TOUR DESCRIPTION

This exciting 8 day Uganda Wildlife holiday will take you to see the most beautiful & medley of wonders in the national parks. Get to see the amazing wildlife, birds, primates green scenery and the gentle giants living in the mist covered hillsides of Bwindi forest.

A fabulous drive to Kibale forest national park being the first destination on this trip will give you views to the lush green countryside, tea plantations and the mystical Rwenzori mountain ranges. At Kibale, you will get an opportunity to track the chimpanzees plus 12 other primate species accompanied by an experienced and informed tour guide. From here the journey continues with a cultural tour of the historic ‘Amabere ga Nyina mwiru’ Caves, explosion craters & Tooro kingdom palace in fort portal. This Uganda wildlife tour gives you the best Game viewing experiences in Queen Elizabeth Park, a chance to see a lot of animals like gazelles, elephants, lions, hippos & many more. Your 2 nights stay at this park will be truly memorable.

Moving on to the south western part of Uganda with a 5 hours journey crossing the most beautiful part of the country to Bwindi forest. This will ultimately be the highlight of your trip as you will get to track the mountain gorillas living within the forest. Be sure to have the right clothes/ gear with you as this will determine whether you will enjoy the experience!! A Local village tour to the communities living around the forest will also be organized after your trekking to see how these people live.

This specific trip is suitable for anyone or a group traveling together, maximum of 10 people with a choice of Safari lodges in budget, mid range & luxury categories. Accommodation is on a full board basis. Airport transfers are also included on this trip so be sure that our tourist driver/ guide will pick & drop you at the airport.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kampala
  • Kibale forest national park
  • Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru Caves
  • Explosion Crater lakes
  • Tooro Kingdom Palace
  • Queen Elizabeth national park
  • Bwindi impenetrable forest
  • The Equator

TOUR 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 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 forest

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

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking & swamp walk in Kibale Forest

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), Ndali 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 sun rise. You will search for all the wildlife in the park like; Elephant, 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, Crocodile, bathing Elephant, 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 Forest

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 a great country-side, 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: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Gorilla Tracking

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 mid-night or later). Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive 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

End of tour

INCLUDED

  • 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.

NOT INCLUDED

  • 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.)
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