7 Days Murchison Falls, Kibale and Bwindi Gorilla Tracking Safari

Murchison Falls, Kibale & Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari

Murchison Falls, Kibale & Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari

Safari Overview

Murchison Falls, Kibale & Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari, a 7 day tour that  takes you to the Murchison Falls National Park for wildlife viewing through game drives and boat launches and to Kibale Forest National Park, the primate capital of the world, for a chimp trek and to see various species of monkeys and birds. You will have a walk in the Bigodi swamp renowned for rare bird species and crown the safari with Gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

Safari Highlights

  • Track Rhinos in Zziwa Rhino sanctuary
  • Game drives in Murchison and Queen Elizabeth
  • Boat cruise on Victoria Nile
  • Chimp trek in Kibale Forest
  • Nature walk in the Bigodi swamp
  • Gorilla trek in Bwindi Forest
  • Equator experience

Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda

You will be met at the airport by our safari guide who will transfer you to the hotel reserved for you in Kampala. Dinner and overnight will be at this hotel.

Day 2: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park (5-6hrs)

You will have an early breakfast and drive to Murchison Falls National Park 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 Masindi Town for lunch and later drive to Murchison Falls National Park. The entire journey takes 6-7 hours.

You will have dinner and overnight 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 3: Game drive and Boat launch on the Nile

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. 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 4: Visit to the top of the fall and travel to Kibale Forest National Park

You will after your breakfast visit the “top of the thunderous Murchison falls”, where you will observe the River Nile squeezing itself in a 7 meter gorge before tumbling 40 meters down in a thunderous explosion and then flows down into a very peaceful river whose water banks are swarmed with a profusion of water and land animals as well as birds. You will thereafter set off on a 9 hour journey to Kibale Forest National Park.  The drive is through verdant countryside interpassing traditional homesteads and farms and via the towns of Hoima and Fort portal which rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon. You will have dinner and overnight 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: Dinner

Day 5: Chimp trek and Bigodi swamp walk

After breakfast you will go for chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park, where the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa is exceptionally represented. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee known to be a delightful ape. It is also a home of species like the rare I’Hoest’s monkey, the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Olive baboon among others. The walk takes 2-3 hours after which you will return to your lodge for lunch. After lunch you will go for the Bigodi swamp walk where you will see a variety of rare bird species and other smaller mammals and return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

  • 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: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

You will have an early breakfast and set off for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Southwestern Uganda near the border with Rwanda. This is a long journey of 9-10 hours but on a paved road passing through areas richly endowed with beautiful geographical features along the way. You will travel along the Albertine rift through the towns of FortPortal and Kasese with stopovers in areas with tourist attractions along the route.

  • 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: Lunch, Dinner.

Day 7: Gorilla Trekking

You will have an early morning breakfast and move to the Park headquarters to join other trackers in a briefing about the gorilla trekking rules at 7:45 am. You will trek through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the Gorillas, which can take you 1-8 hours. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access by tourists. You will have one hour to stay with the Gorillas once sited before returning to your lodge. Time allowing you will go for a guided nature walk around the lodge.

  • 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 8: Transfer back to Kampala / Entebbe

You will after breakfast set off on your return journey to Kampala. You will have a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in two hemispheres at the same time and take some photos. You will arrive in Kampala in the late afternoon and either transfer to the Airport to catch your evening departure flight or to the hotel of your booking for a well deserved rest.

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 launch
  • 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

Enquire about this safari.

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