10 Day Uganda Gorilla Tracking & Wildlife Safari

10 Day Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla Tracking, Queen, Kibale & Murchison Safari Park

Overview of 10 Days Gorilla Tracking, Queen, Kibale and Murchison

This 10-day gorilla tracking and wildlife safari takes you to the misty Bwindi Impenetrable forest, which is home to more than half the population of the remaining 800 Mountain Gorillas in the world.  Gorilla tracking is the most enchanting experience in this forest. You will have an experience of a life time as you watch at close range these majestic apes feed, play and relax. The safari will take you to Queen Elizabeth national park for Game drive and boat launch on Kazinga channel, take you to  Kibale Forest National Park for chimpanzee trekking and for a nature walk in the unique Bigodi swamp to see rare species of monkeys, birds and plants. You will crown with a visit to Murchison Falls National Park for game drive and boat launch.

Safari Highlights

  •  Equator experience
  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest
  •  Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  •  Boat cruises on Kazinga channel
  •  Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National park
  • Game drive in Murchison Falls National Park
  •  Boat cruise on the Nile River
  •  Visit to the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary

 

Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by our safari park guide who will transfer you to Kampala to a hotel booked for you. In case you have had an early flight to Uganda, you will be taken on a brief tour of the city of Kampala.

Day 2: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (490 Kms)

After an early breakfast you will set off from Kampala and travel westwards to Bwindi for approximately 9-10 hours. You will have a brief stop at the Equator for an opportunity for you to stand in two hemispheres at the same time and take some photographs. You will continue the journey through the beautiful verdant rolling hills characteristic of this part of the country. You will have a lunch break in Mbarara town and then continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park arriving late in the afternoon hours.

  • Lower Budget: Buhoma community Rest camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Travellers Rest Hotel Kisolo  / Gorilla Valley Lodge
  • Moderate: Gorilla Resort Bwindi /Gorilla Safari Lodge / Silver Back Lodge / Lake Kitandara Camp / Chameleon Hill Lodge / Lake Mutanda Resort.
  • Up market: Mahogang Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Rushanga Gorilla Satari Lodge.
  • Meal plan: Dinner

Day 3: Gorilla tracking and Cultural exposure
After an early breakfast you will go to the park headquarters where you will be briefed by the guides before you begin the search in the thick Bwindi forest for the giant gorillas. Bwindi National Park is renowned for its impressive mountain gorillas, although it is unpredictable for how long you will track before finding them since it all depends on their movement. Though the time spent to track down these Gorillas is unpredictable, the thrill of spending time and observing these gentle giant gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories of a truly unique experience. You will return to your lodge for a rest and later go for a cultural walk to interact with the local people. You will participate in captivating traditional performances presented by Women’s groups or orphaned children groups.

  • Lower Budget: Buhoma community Rest camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Travellers Rest Hotel Kisolo  / Gorilla Valley Lodge
  • Moderate: Gorilla Resort Bwindi /Gorilla Safari Lodge / Silver Back Lodge / Lake Kitandara Camp / Chameleon Hill Lodge / Lake Mutanda Resort.
  • Up market: Mahogang Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Rushanga Gorilla Satari Lodge.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Boat launch & Game drive in Queen Elizabeth
You will have an early breakfast and then travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park entering it through the Ishasha sector renowned for the tree climbing lions. You will have a game drive along the way during which you will see Lions, various Antelope species, Elephants, Hyenas, Leopards and Buffaloes. You will later in the afternoon go for a two hour boat cruise down the Kazinga Channel that connects Lakes George and Edward. The cruise takes you through the highest population of Hippos and you will see a profusion of animals drinking on the water shores. This launch cruise rewards you with a great opportunity to take photos, watch birds and see the water animals.

  • Luxury Lodge: Mweya Safari Lodge: Katara Lodge/ Jacana Lodge 
  • Mid-range moderate: Bush Lodge (in rooms) / Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Buffalo Safari Resort/ Enganzi Lodge/ Ihamba Safari Lodge
  • Budget facility: Kazinga Channel View Lodge/ Simba Safari Camp in tents/ Bush Lodge in tents  
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 5: Game drive and travel to Kibale Forest National Park

You will wake up early for a morning game drive in the park during which you will see Lions, Elephants, Topis, Leopards, Bush bucks, Cape Buffaloes, Defassa Waterbucks, Giant Forest Hogs, Uganda Kobs, among others. On the Drive to Kibale National Safari Park you will be able to enjoy an impressive sight of the legendary “Mountains of the Moon” which you will clearly see on the road to Fort Portal.

  • Luxury: Ndali lodge/Primate lodge/Kibale forest/Kyaninga lodge                                                   
  • Moderate: Mountains of the moon/Kibale forest camp
  • Budget: Rwenzori travelers/kibale forest camp/Chimpanzee forest guest house
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking and swamp walk for bird watching
You will, after breakfast, head to Kibale Forest National Park to view the primates. The activity begins at 8.00am with a briefing of the rule for tracking the chimpanzees after which you set off to search for them in the forest. The exercise takes half a day and along the way you will see other primates such as Grey cheeked Mangabeys, Phoestes, Red-Colobus and the Blue tailed and the Red-tailed monkeys swinging in the braches of this thick forest.

Your guide will give you informative briefings on the lifestyles of the primates you will be coming across and on the plants as well as on the insects and butterflies in this forest to ensure that the trek is not only enjoyable but informative as well. You will return to the lodge for lunch after which you will explore the unique Bigodi swamp eco-tourism site where you will see uncommon plants and rare bird species such as the Great Blue Turacco, little Bulbul, Rwenzori Turaco and the Narina Trogon, among others.

Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge of your booking.

  • Luxury: Ndali lodge/Primate lodge/Kibale forest/Kyaninga lodge                                                   
  • Moderate: Mountains of the moon/Kibale forest camp
  • Budget: Rwenzori travelers/kibale forest camp/Chimpanzee forest guest house
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park (441 Kms)

You will set off on a 9 hour journey to Murchison Falls National Safari Park.  The drive is through verdant countryside interpassing traditional homesteads and farms and via the town of Hoima where you have a lunch break. You will continue the journey to Murchison Falls National Park arriving late in the afternoon.

Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge of your booking

  • Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Nile Safari Lodge
  • Mid range: Fort Murchison (in rooms)/ Murchison River Lodge
  • Budget: Fort Murchison in tents/ Murchison River Lodge in tents / Red Chili 
  • Meal Plan: Dinner

Day 8: Game Drive and Boat Cruise

You will wake up very early and set off at 6.30am for a sunrise game drive in the Nyamsika plateau to see the Cape buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffes, Uganda kob, hartebeest and waterbucks. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, shy sitatunga, bush duiker, warthog and bush pig plus large carnivores including lions, leopards and spotted hyenas. Chimpanzees and olive baboons head the list of six species of primates found in the park. Crocodiles and hippos will be seen along the banks of the Nile River. Some of the more common birds that can be seen include goliath heron, Egyptian geese, pelican, bee-eaters, kingfishers, hornbill, cormorant, saddle-bill stork and the rare shoebill stork. You will return to your lodge for a late breakfast and some relaxation before you set off in the afternoon for a boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile, upstream, to the base of the falls. En route you will see hippos, crocodiles, water buck and a wide variety of birds like the unusual shoebill stork. The boat stops just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron” for pictures to be taken of the photogenic and majestic Murchison Falls.

  • Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Nile Safari Lodge
  • Mid range: Fort Murchison (in rooms)/ Murchison River Lodge
  • Budget: Fort Murchison in tents/ Murchison River Lodge in tents / Red Chili
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Travel to Kampala via Ziwa Rhino sanctuary (311 Kms)

You will have an early breakfast and drive to Kampala via the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you will have the opportunity to trek the Rhinos. The sanctuary houses Uganda’s Rhino reintroduction project. There are 9 white rhinos and tracking is done on foot for 1 and half hours. You will continue to Kampala arriving late in the afternoon for a well deserved at the hotel of your booking.

Day 10: Departure

Depending on your flight time you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back home.

This safari package includes;

  • Transportation (type of car ) 4WD min van with pop up roof for excellence safari view.
  • Gorilla permit (a US $600 value)
  • Chimp Permit
  • Boat cruise
  • All fuel for the trip.
  • Driver / guide.
  • Game drive
  • Guide ranger fees.
  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary.
  • All activities are described in the itinerary.
  • Park fee is according to the program.
  • Meals are according to the program.

However, the package excludes:  Personal Expenses like:, tobacco, telephone, drinks, laundry, porter fee, personal insurance, Visa , and tips to guides

 

 

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