Gorillas and Wildlife
This Gorillas and Wildlife Safari guarantees you sight to most if not all of Uganda’s attractions including Gorillas in Bwindi forest and Mgahinga national park, wildlife in Queen Elizabeth, Murchison falls and Kidepo national parks, chimpanzee tracking in Kibale national park, Kyambura gorge, Budongo forest reserve and Ngamba island, watching tree climbing lions in Ishasha and tracking the white rhinos in Zziwa
Starts and ends in Kampala
Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Transfer To Jinja
Day 3: Jinja – Transfer To Sipi Falls
Day 4: To Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve – Moroto Town
Day 5-7: To Kidepo Valley National Park
Day 8-9: Transfer To Murchison Falls Np
Day 10-11: Transfer To Kibale Forest Np
Day 12: Semuliki Valley National Park
Day 13-15: Fort Portal – Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 16-17: To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 18: Lake Bunyonyi
Day 19-20: Transfer To Lake Mburo National Park
Day 21: To Entebbe–Departure–flight Back Home!
Highlights For The Safari
- Gorilla Trekking
- Chimpanzee Tracking
- Game Drive
On arrival at the Entebbe International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our guide from Cheetah Safaris and then transfer to your accommodation for an overnight.
Day 2: Transfer To Jinja (The Adventure Capital of Africa)
Early transfer to Jinja, where you will have a chance to reach the starting point of the 2 longest rivers in the world, River Nile. You will do an optional activity in the morning. And in the afternoon, take a boat ride to the source of the Nile and on the way watch lots of water birds and reptiles.
– White water rafting minimum age is 13 years
– Bungee jump
– Rafting Bungeey jump
– Kayak on the Nile
– Horseback rides
Day 3: Jinja (The Adventure Capital of Africa) – Transfer To Sipi Falls
Early transfer to your lodge in Kapchorwa, at the slopes of Mount Elgon; where you will go for a guided hike to the Sipi Falls. Lunch and in the afternoon, go for a guided community walk.
Day 4: To Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve (A Haven for Unique Wildlife) – Moroto Town
After an early breakfast, we will go for a full day game drive in Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve which is about an hour drive from the lodge. On the game drive, we will come across some carnivores like the Jackals, Civets, Spotted hyenas, Serval, Leopards, Cheetahs, and Wildcats. Primates that you might come across include Vervet monkeys, Patas monkeys and the Olive baboons. And during the game drive, also lookout for the following animals: Topis, Cape buffalo, lesser kudu, Bright’s gazelle, ostriches, eland, Roan antelope, Blue and common duiker, Günther’s dik-dik, Klipspringer, Waterbuck, Uganda kob, Bohor and mountain reedbuck, Rock hyrax, Aardvark, Crested porcupine, Hare and the Four-toed hedgehog.
Day 5: To Kidepo Valley National Park (True African Wilderness)
Today after very early breakfast, we will drive to Kidepo Valley National Park, where we will arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon/evening, we will go for a guided game drive on a look out for the animals like leopards, lions, jackals, etc.
Day 6: Kidepo Valley National Park (True African Wilderness)
EToday after an early breakfast, we will go for a game drive. We will try to spend the whole morning exhausting all the options in the park. Wildlife is most active in the Narus Valley during early mornings at 6am and late afternoon at 4pm, they are optimum times to set off on game drives. The ranger-guides are so experienced; they will help you spot some of the park’s lions that may be sitting on various rocks within the valley. Other wildlife you are likely to spot includes elephants, leopards, bush duikers, jackals, bushbucks, bush pigs, Kavirondo bush baby, buffalos and much more. Since it’s a game drive, everyone participates in the spotting.
Kidepo Valley Scenic Drive. Though wildlife is scarce in the arid Kidepo Valley, the drive to Kanangorok Hot Springs passes some magnificent landscapes. The route goes rock outcrops and hills, then descends into the Kidepo Valley, crosses the Kidepo Sand River and traverses the open plains that of Kanangorok Hot Springs to the mountains across the South Sudanese border. This is where ostriches are most commonly sighted.
In the afternoon go for a 2 hours game walk with a ranger guide. Shorter guided walks can be taken through the Narus Valley extending over a 5km radius from Apoka Tourism Centre.
Visitors can also wander along the splendid Kidepo River Valley between banks of attractive borassus palm forest. And also Namamkweny Valley can be reached in one hour from Apoka.
Day 7: Visit The Dodoth Tribe And The Ik Tribe
After early breakfast, we will embark on our cultural visit to one of the indigenous communities living around the Kidepo area. We will first drive to the lowland plains near Loyoro to meet the Dodoth communities who are traditionally pastoralists. You will spend the morning listening to their stories and interacting with some families.
In the afternoon, you will hike into the Morungole Mountains (is over 9,000 feet high) to visit one of the most remote Tribes in East Africa, the Ik Tribe. You will spend the afternoon listening to their stories and interacting with some families. Traditionally they are farmers who practice subsistence farming. The common crops grown are tobacco, maize, sorghum, millet, finger millet, bulrush, beans, cabbage and pumpkins. They also keep bees, gather white ants and do some hunting. In some areas they rear goats for the Dodoth, a neighbouring tribe. Due to the frequent droughts in the area, they do not own livestock.
After the amazing experiences, descend to your vehicle and then drive back to your lodge.
Day 8: Transfer To Murchison Falls Np (The World’s Most Powerful Waterfall)
After early breakfast, we will transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. We will have a lunch stop along the route. Arrival at the lodge in the evening and relax.
Day 9: In Murchison Fall National Park (The World’s Most Powerful Waterfall)
Early morning, we will drive towards Paraa and cross by ferry to the northern bank of river Nile for a game drive. On the game drive, you will view and photograph herds of Cape buffalos, dozens of elephants, warthogs, towering Rhodschild giraffes, bushbucks, kobs, oribis, hartebeests, spotted hyenas and if lucky you will spot the leopard. Your guide will have a better idea where to find the lions. We will the return to the Lodge and rest until lunch time.
In the afternoon, we will take a boat cruise upstream to the “bottom of the falls”. On-route you will marvel at large schools of hippos, crocodiles, elephants as well as lots of bird species like Goliath herons, pelicans, bee– eaters, kingfishers, hornbills, cormorants, etc. The 3 hour boat cruise departs daily at 2pm from Paraa to the bottom of the falls. Once at the end point, you will get off and hike for about 45 hour to the “top of the falls” to catch a close view of the beauty that forms the Murchison Falls. It’s an experience that brings all the senses into play: watch waves of white water tumble hypnotically through the six-meter chasm, listen to the thunderous sound of the falls, taste the spray on your face and feel the rock shake beneath your feet. You will then walk to the parking space, meet your driver and transfer to the lodge.
Day 10: Transfer To Kibale Forest Np (The Primate Capital of the World)
After early breakfast, we will transfer to Kibale Forest NP; through very beautiful villages and trading centres, cross tea plantations, gardens, farms, rivers and swamps filled with papyrus plants. We shall have several stopovers for photos; interact with local people and even for lunch.
Day 11: Kibale Forest National Park (The Primate Capital of the World)
Early breakfast and transfer at 06:30hrs to Kibale Forest National Park headquarters for briefing before setting off for chimpanzees tracking. Thirteen species can be sought, and a good variety of diurnal monkeys invariably encountered (including L’Hoest’s, red colobus, blues, red tailed and gray– cheeked mangabeys), but the stars of this trail are the chimpanzees. It is home to a total of 70 mammal species and over 375 species of birds.
After the chimpanzees, you will return to the lodge and rest or go for an optional activity.
Optional (not included):
– You can do a guided walk in Nkuruba Forest. (cost per person: US$8)
– You can go for a guided walk within the crater lakes area of Ndali Kasenda (cost per person: US$8, duration: 2-3 hours; US$14, duration:5-6 hours)
– You can go for a guided walk within the crater lakes area of Canon Apollo (cost per person: US$20 duration: 2-3 hours)
– You can go for a 3 hours guided nature walk to Mahoma falls or tour a tea plantation and factory in Fort Portal region. (cost per person: US$12)
– You can do a 3-4 hour guided tour of Fort Portal Town (cost per person: US$25)
Day 12: Semuliki Valley National Park (The True Birders’ Haven)
After early breakfast, go for a guided nature walk to the Sempaya Hot Spring and for birders you can as well take advantage of the walk. You will hike 30 minutes through palm forest from the main road to the inner, “female” spring (a boiling geyser) where eggs and matooke (green plantain) will be cooked in and enjoyed by hungry hikers. You will continue for another 30mnthrough a patch of forest where red-tailed monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys and black-and-white colobus monkeys are common, to the outer, “male” spring. A tree house en route provides an aerial view.
Go for lunch and in the afternoon visit the pygmies commonly referred to as the Bambuti of the Ituri forest. The Bambuti live a life of hunter-gatherer lifestyle meaning that they are dependent on Semuliki forest for food, shelter, medicine; though their interaction with the local communities has modified some of their habits. They will display their rich cultural history through music and dance performances at Ntandi.
Thereafter, we will drive to your hotel in Fort Portal for an overnight.
Day 13: Fort Portal – Queen Elizabeth National Park (A Medley of Wonders)
Breakfast at leisure, do a brief tour of Fort Portal Town and thereafter transfer to your lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park where we will arrive in time for lunch. In the evening, we will do a game drive (or a panoramic view of the crater lakes of Katwe).
Day 14: Queen Elizabeth National Park (A Medley of Wonders)
With your packed breakfast, we will go for an early game drive in Kasenyi area. We will spend most of the morning exhausting all options in the park with possibilities of seeing lions, leopards, civets, hippos, elephants, and buffalos, ten species of primates and over 600 bird species.
We will return to lodge and rest until lunch time. In the afternoon, you go for a 2-3 hours boat trip on a 32-kilometre long natural channel, the Kazinga Channel; that connects Lake Gorge (to the east) with Lake Edward (to the west). This Channel is an oasis for many of the fascinating species that inhabit the park and a boat tour gives you a chance to cruise just meters from schools of hippos, herds of buffalos and elephants. The boat departs at around 2 pm.
Day 15: Queen Elizabeth National Park/Ishasha Sector (A Medley of Wonders)
Early breakfast and then transfer to Ishasha sector, in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park where we will do a game drive in search of the tree climbing lions of Kigezi. You will also have chances of sighting herds of antelopes, cape buffalos, large African elephants, olive baboons, topis, lots of bird species, etc. You will also explore the hippo pool and if conditions are favourable in the Albertine flat, you will also include it to the game drive.
Day 16: To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (The Ultimate Gorilla Experience)
Breakfast at leisure and then continue to Rushaga Sector, in southern end of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We will have several stopovers for sight viewing and lunch at a restaurant. Arrival at the lodge, check in and relax for the rest of the afternoon/evening.
Day 17: In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (The Ultimate Gorilla Experience)
After Breakfast, we will take a short drive to the Park headquarters for a briefing before setting off for mountain gorilla trekking. You will have a general briefing on the behaviours of the mountain gorillas as well as the strict rules that you are supposed to obey. Thereafter, you will be allocated to one of the habituated groups (& a guide) in the sector, which only welcomes 8 visitors a day to minimize behavioural disturbance and the risk of exposure to human-borne diseases. You will hike into the forest and once you have located them, you only have one hour to take photos, film, selfies, etc. Thereafter, you will walk back to the starting point.
The hike can take from 2hr to 8hr in altitudes exceeding 7.600 feet.
Day 18: Lake Bunyonyi
Today, we will transfer to L. Bunyonyi. You can do any of the optional activity below.
– Do a guided waterfall walk in Rushaga (Cost per person: US$30)
– Go for a guided batwa and natives community visit and walk (Cost per person: US$25)
– Go for a guided walk to the Batwa community and Garama caves located within Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (Where Gold Meets Silver) (Cost per person: US$80; includes park entrance fees)
– Go for golden monkeys tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (Where Gold Meets Silver) (Cost per person: US$90; includes park entrance fees)
– Go for a guided gorge walk (Cost per person: US$30)
– Zip-Line cable crossing
– High ropes course
Day 19: Transfer To Lake Mburo National Park (Whispers of the Wild)
Enjoy your breakfast at leisure and then transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, where we will arrive in time for lunch. Relax for some time and at sundowners go for a game drive.
Day 20: In Lake Mburo National Park (Whispers of the Wild)
In the early morning, you will go for a guided game walk within the national park. It’s the best way to limit vehicle noise and contamination of the environment. It is also healthy to walk and the best way of getting close to the animals without scaring them off.
Thereafter, you will return to the lodge for breakfast and relax until lunch time. In the afternoon, you will go for a boat ride on Lake Mburo and later go for a sundowners’ game drive.
You can do a 2 or 3 hours horseback ride within the park. (Cost per pax: US$110 for 2 hours; US$130 for 3 hours)
Day 21: Transfer To Entebbe International Airport – Departure
Breakfast, check out and transfer to Entebbe International Airport for your evening/afternoon departure flight. We will have a short stopover at the equator for photos and souvenir purchasing.
- Park entrance fee as indicated in the itinerary
- Mountain gorilla & chimpanzee permits as indicated in the itinerary
- A SAFARI VAN driven by an English speaking driver/guide. Exclusive use of vehicle.
- Pick up and drop off at the airport.
- All transfers as per the itinerary
- All the accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary
- 8 Days Mountain Hike on the Rwenzori Mountain inclusive of (Trekking Permit, Porters Wage, Park Fees, Accommodation in the Mountain, Guides wages, Food and a cook)</>
- Mineral Water in the Car</>
- International flights in and out of the country.
- All services not indicated in the itinerary (any of the optional activities).
- Drinks: sodas, wines, whiskies, brandies, beers, etc..
- Ugandan visas: single entry visa costs US$50 and it is required for all countries that require visas for Uganda (principle of reciprocity). Under the new application process, all visas must be applied online at least two weeks prior to travel: https://visas.immigration.go.ug
- Medical and travel insurance
- Tips, telephone expenses, etc.
- Hiring of Equipment at the Mountain such as Crampons,Climbing Boots, Rubber Boots, Climbing Ropes, Harness and Ice Axe.</>
TOTAL PRICE FOR THIS PACKAGE FROM USD
|LUXURY: 3- 4 PERSONS EACH||…..|
|MIDRANGE: 3- 6 PERSONS EACH||…..|
|BUDGET: 4-6 PERSONS EACH||…..|
Enjoy Your Safari!