9 Days Gorilla, Wildlife & Chimps Safari

10 Days Uganda wildlife, Gorilla & Chimpanzee safari

Trip Highlights

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International AirPort.

Day 2: Drive to Lake Bunyonyi; Canoeing, swimming/sunbathing, birding & visiting the pygmies.

Day 3: Drive to Kisoro.

Day 4: Gorilla Tracking Special Day!!!

Day 5: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 6: Game drive and Boat in the afternoon.

Day 7: optional Activity at Queen.

Day 8: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park.

Day 9: Chimpanzee tracking and swamp walk.

Day 10: Drive to Back to Entebbe

Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International AirPort.

You will arrive at Entebbe International airport where you will be picked by your waiting guide and transfer to the Hotel.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Kampala Serena

Midrange: Forest Cottages/2 Friends Hotel

Budget: Forest Cottages

 

Day 2: Drive to Lake Bunyonyi; Canoeing, swimming/sunbathing, birding & visiting the pygmies.

On your way to Bunyonyi, you will have a stopover at the Equator. While there, you can do a water experiment to see the difference between the southern hemisphere and the northern hemisphere. You will also visit the crafts shops and have lunch enroute

Accommodation

Budget: Crater Bay Cottages / Bunyonyi overland

Midrange / Standard: Lake Bunyonyi Rock – resort

Luxury: Birdsnest

 

Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi

After your lunch, you will start your journey to Kisoro of which you will have stopovers for taking pictures of the beautiful sceneries of Uganda as you proceed with your journey to Kisoro. This town is mostly famous for the rare Mountain gorillas from the surroundings with incredible scenery, passing through various local villages and the lush green countryside & hills which characterize so much of south western Uganda. It is near the border between Rwanda, Congo & Uganda and it provides habitat for some 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and many endangered species. Floristically Bwindi is amongst the most diverse forests in East Africa, with more than 1,000 flowering plant species including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Chameleon Hill Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Volcanoes Safari Lodge /Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

 

Day 4: Gorilla Tracking Special Day!!!

Have early breakfast today as you prepare for a drive to the park for briefing by your ranger guide. Here you begin tracking the Mountain gorillas through the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This can take a couple of hours or a whole day depending on the location of the apes. Keep an eye out for forest species such as buffaloes, elephants, black fronted duikers and bushbucks. NB; don’t forget to carry your packed lunches. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young.

 

Follow the Mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest and discover their gorgeous natural habitat and the many species they share it with. The Gorilla group you will track belongs to one of the habituated family group who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. After a well-earned trip to the gorillas you will drive back to your hotel for an overnight. You can rest your tired legs and restorative massage, offered from the gorilla experience!

Accommodation

Luxury:  Chameleon Hill Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Volcanoes Safari Lodge /Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

 

Day 5: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Today you will start your journey to the famous Queen Elizabeth National park. The Park covers an area of about 1978 km2; its position provides a magnificent view of the rift valley floor that occupies Lake Edward and Gorge. The park has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any national park in the world as it is well known to be habitat of about 95 mammals along with 612 species of birds.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Enganzi Game Lodge/Buffalo Safari Lodge

Midrange: Elephant Hab Safari Lodge

Budget: Pumba Safari Lodge

Meals: all meals

 

Day 6: Game drive and Boat in the afternoon.

After an early morning breakfast, you go for your first game drive through the park. Your guide will help you spot the plethora of wildlife found in the Park. You will be able to spot a lot of the African animal wildlife for example: elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many tropical birds. They are all there!

After lunch, you will take a boat safari 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.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Enganzi Game Lodge/Buffalo Safari Lodge

Midrange: Elephant Hab Safari Lodge

Budget: Pumba Safari Lodge

Meals: all meals

 

Day 7: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park.

After an early morning breakfast, you will drive to Kibale Forest National Park, a home of 13species of primates and have a stop on the way for the crater hike. Here you will be able to interact with the local people shaking hands a sign of welcome to their community. You will also take a walk to the tea plantation and see how it is processed from the leaves to a drink.

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Ndali Lodge/Kyaninga Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse/Isunga Lodge

Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse

 

Day 8: Chimpanzee tracking and swamp walk.

Kibale National Park has one of the most lovely and varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. The Forest is interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominant in the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau. The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, mostly 13 species of primates which includes the chimpanzee.

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Ndali Lodge/Kyaninga Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse/Isunga Lodge

Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse

 

It also has over 375 species of birds. Kibale neighbors Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south to create a 180km-long corridor for wildlife between Ishasha, the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Sebitoli in the north of Kibale National Park. The Kibale-Fort Portal area is one of Uganda’s most appealing destinations to explore. The park lies close to the quiet Ndali-Kasenda crater area and within half a day’s drive of the Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains and Semuliki National Parks, as well as the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve.

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Ndali Lodge/Kyaninga Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse/Isunga Lodge

Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse

 

Day 9: Drive to Back to Entebbe

Today after breakfast you will drive back to Entebbe. You decide on where your driver drops you either for your flight in Entebbe or accommodation.

We trust that your trip will be inspirational, educational and somewhat magical! Ultimate wild safaris wishes you a safe flight back home and thank you for letting us host you in this, The Pearl of Africa!

 

End of Safari

Inclusions

  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • 1 Gorilla tracking permit
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. (Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.)
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)






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    Best time to visit Uganda

    Uganda is open all-year-long, the best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry season from late June to October.

    The most commonly asked Ugandan questions! The solution is straightforward! You are welcome to visit Uganda at any time of the year! It’s a hot and humid atmosphere here.

    The cost of a safari, which is normally higher during peak season, maybe the difference. We offer discounts in May and April, and if you are traveling in groups, we offer a $150 discount on a Uganda safari gorilla permit.

    June to October –Dry Season. Wildlife is easier to spot.

    November to May –Wet Season

    The scenery is beautiful and green Rates drop because it’s the low season.

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