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15-Day Big Five Safari Gorilla , Chimp and Wildlife

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Tour Details

These 15 days Uganda adventure safari starts and ends in Entebbe International Airport. Meet eye to eye with the amazing gorillas and chimpanzees of Uganda in their natural habitat, one of Africa’s major highlights. This close encounter with these amazing apes is simply breathtaking.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival at Entebbe International Airport

Meet and greet at Entebbe International Airport where your Ugandan adventure safari starts with our representative who will warmly welcome you and facilitate seamless arrival formalities. Your will then be transferred to your hotel where you will be briefed about your adventure safari.

Depending on the time of arrival, you are advised to have money changed on this day. If time allows, you may go for the city tour with the help of our driver/guide. Visit the shopping malls around town and craft villages to get items that you may need while upcountry.

Main Destination:
Entebbe (City)

Day 2Murchison Falls National Park

After your early morning breakfast drive northwest to Murchison Falls National Park. You may stopover at the Rhino Sanctuary for an optional opportunity to trek rhinos at an extra fee of $45 per person. There are 15 rhinos that were reintroduced after their extinction in the 1970s through poaching. A local ranger guide will lead you on foot to an up-close encounter with the rhinos and it may take about 1 and a half hours. Proceed to Masindi Town for lunch at your expense and later continue to Murchison Falls National Park arriving at your lodge late in the afternoon.

Main Destination:
Murchison Falls National Park

Day 3 Game Drives and Launch Cruise

Arise very early in the morning for your game drive on the northern bank of River Nile in your open-roof vehicle which will give you an excellent opportunity to view and photograph the diverse wildlife. Your guide will help you spot elephant, lion, Cape buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, hartebeest, waterbuck, oribi, bushbuck, bohor reedbuck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard.

After lunch, go for a boat cruise upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just few of meters from the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’. Marvel at the schools of hippos, crocodiles and over the 17km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob. This is also the zone of many birds, species like Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork.

Main Destination:
Murchison Falls National Park

Day 4 Kibale Forest National Park

After your morning breakfast, carry a packed lunch from the lodge and begin your journey to Kibale Forest National Park. Drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through the verdant countryside passing through traditional homesteads, farms and tea estates. You will arrive at your lodge late in the afternoon.

Main Destination:
Kibale National Park (Chimps)

Day 5 Kibale-Semiliki National Park

Depart early after breakfast for the hot springs tour. Enjoy a full day pursuing the Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve. The park is dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. This is one of Africa’s most ancient and bio-diverse forests; one of the few that survived the last ice age, 12-18,000 years ago. Your guide will point out and explain the park’s diversity of wildlife and flora and fauna. The Sempaya hot springs are Semliki’s most famous attraction. There’s a “male” spring, known as Bintente, measuring 12m in diameter and is set in a lush swampy clearing. The “female” spring Nyasimbi, meaning “the female ancestors”, is a boiling geyser (103°C) that spurts bubbling water and steam up to two meters high, the steam cloud can be seen from as far as 2km away. Local residents used to cook their food in these boiling pools.

Main Destination:
Kibale (Chimps)

Day 6 Chimp Trekk Kibale

After breakfast at your lodge, transfer to the starting point of your chimpanzee tracking experience in Kibale Forest National Park which is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the chimpanzee, man’s closest relative. Kibale’s 1450 chimpanzees represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate.

After lunch, head to Bigodi for an optional afternoon swamp walk at an extra fee of $45 per person. Bigodi was established by a local development organization to protect the 4sq km Magombe Swamp that’s home to around 200 species of birds (highlights include papyrus gonolek, white-winged warbler and great blue turaco).

Main Destination:
Kibale (Chimps)

Day 7 Kibale -Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast at your lodge, you’ll proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range. Your expert driver guide will take you through the game park where you might spot some animals.

Upon arriving at your lodge, you will enjoy a hot lunch and later in the afternoon take a unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and 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 550 resident species.

Accommodation: Bush Lodge
Meal Plan: Full board.

Main Destination:
Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 8 Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Have an early morning game drive where you have an opportunity to view the massive Rwenzori as a backdrop. This provides excellent opportunities to spot lions, leopards, giant forest hogs, Cape buffalos, elephants, defassa waterbucks, Uganda kobs, topis and bushbucks. The game drives and the boat trip (taken prior) are memorable methods of discovering a vast array of Ugandan wildlife. Be sure to have your camera ready for these amazing sightings!

Have an afternoon optional nature walk at an extra fee of $30 per person to the bat and hunters cave where we take a close look at the bats, rock python and forest cobras. The same walk will provide a chance of seeing birds, primates, tree species etc. Return to the lodge for dinner and your last overnight stay.

Main Destination:
Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 9 Ishasha Tree-Climbing Lions

After your early morning breakfast, pack your bags up and transfer to Ishasha Plains, a sector in Queen Elizabeth. Enjoy the wilderness and its inhabitants that are highlighted by Uganda’s tree-climbing lions as well as numerous birds and more mammals. Dinner and your overnight stay will be at River Ishasha.

Main Destination:
Ishasha Sector (Queen Elizabeth NP)

Day 10 Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After your early morning breakfast, pack your bags up and drive through Ishasha plains for your final visit with the tree-climbing lions and other wildlife. Head out of Queen Elizabeth National Park and into Bwindi. The drive takes you through the Switzerland of Africa area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will be arriving in the evening.
Accommodation: Gorilla Valley Lodge
Meal Plan: Full board.

Main Destination:
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)

Day 11 Gorilla Trekking

After an early breakfast, depart to the starting point for briefing about your gorilla trekking adventure after which you will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. You will start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here the gorilla tracking begins. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is amazing, and the beauty of the gorilla forest and its inhabitants are fascinating. One of Africa’s major highlights is when you encounter these gentle apes. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones.

Main Destination:
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)

Day 12 Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast drive to Lake Bunyonyi which has breathtaking scenery. Spend the night overlooking Uganda deepest lake, where you may try your hand at paddling a dugout canoe or eating freshwater crayfish.

Main Destination:
Lake Bunyonyi (Lake)

Day 13 Lake Bunyonyi-Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast at 8.00 am, you will travel to Lake Mburo National Park, the smallest national park of Uganda. Though being small, it has a lot to offer! Centred on a series of swamp-fringed lakes its birdlife is very rich.
You will arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. Later in the afternoon at 4:00 pm, enjoy the boat ride on Lake Mburo and get quite close to the crocodile and hippos. As you return to your lodge, you may have an evening game drive as you return to your lodge.

Main Destination:
Lake Mburo National Park

Day 14 Walk in Lake Mburo-Jinja

After breakfast, have a safari walk under the escort of an armed ranger. The Kopjes are particularly interesting with the camouflage klipspringers and topis. Due to cattle herding in the area, it is amusing to see zebra grazing alongside the long-horned Ankole cattle peaceably. It is exciting to approach wildlife at such close range.

Later drive to Jinja with a stopover at the Equator for water experience, here you will too have an opportunity to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time. Take some photos, then another stopover at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers where you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through the generations arriving in the afternoon..

Main Destination:
Jinja (Town)

Day 15 Source of the Nile -Departure

Arise early in the morning to enjoy rays of sunlight spreading on the green canopy and grasses that fringe the source of the Nile. Have your breakfast and lead to the source of the Nile for a morning of memorable boat cruise that will lead you to the Napoleon Gulf, where the Nile River starts to travel Miles through Sudan – Egypt leading finally to the Mediterranean sea. While at the source of the Nile, view the Mahatima Ghadi Monument as well John Hanning Speke Monument where he stood to point where the Nile starts to spread to Mile. You may try to sample some fish at your expense while at the source of the Nile.

Have early lunch in a selected restaurant in town or at the hotel and proceed to Entebbe Airport with a stopover at Mabira Roadside market for a barbaque of roasted chicken and gonja all at your expense. Proceed straight to the airport to catch your onward flight to your next destination.

Main Destination:
Entebbe (City)
Inclusions & exclusions

Included

  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • Chimp permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Excluded

  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
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