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13 DAYS UGANDA  GORILLA TREKKING AND WILDLIFE SAFARI

Safari overview

The 13 Day Uganda Gorilla Trekking and Wildlife Safari involves recreational boat cruises at River Nile in Murchison falls national park and Kazinga Channel with impressive views of Nile Crocodiles and Hippos, Wild game viewing in Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo including the elephants, buffaloes, lions (& tree climbing lions), Impala, Zebras, Rothschild giraffes, leopards among others and mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Safari summary

Day 1: Arrival in Kampala, Uganda through Entebbe International airport

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. Lunch in Masindi town

Day 3: Do morning game drive and afternoon Nile launch cruise

Day 4: Transfer to Hoima. Visit Kibiro Salt Gardens en route

Day 5: Transfer to fort portal and do Fort portal cultural tour: visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru and the king’s palace

Day 6: Transfer to Semuliki. Visit Sempaya Hot Springs and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 7: Do morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise along the Paradise of Hippos – the 45km long Kazinga Channel

Day 8: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Do game drive in Ishasha in search of tree climbing lions

Day 9: Gorilla trekking in the impenetrable Bwindi and transfer to L. Bunyonyi

Day 10: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park & do evening game drive

Day 11: Morning game walking safari and transfer to Kampala

Day 12: Travel to Jinja and view the source of the Nile

Day 13: Visit Entebbe wildlife Education Centre and departure in the evening

Itinerary in detail

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda through Entebbe International Airport

Arrive on Uganda at her main entry point Entebbe International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by one of our experienced company representative to transfer you to the lodge. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation options:

Upmarket: Sheraton hotel Kampala

Standard: Cassia lodge

Basic: Buziga country resort

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park.

After breakfast at your place of stay in Kampala, embark on the trip to Murchison Falls National Park in the north of Uganda, a journey of 311km about 5 hours’ drive. You traverse through the undulating hill slopes of Nakasongola before stopping in Masindi town for lunch and you will continue on the drive to Murchison Falls National Park for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options:

Upmarket: Paraa safari lodge

Standard: Pakuba game lodge  

Basic: Red Chili Rest Camp

Day 3: Morning game drive and afternoon Nile launch cruise

You will wake up very early in the morning to go for a morning game drive where you will have a chance to spot early risers and nocturnal species before they return to their hideouts. This is the most beautiful national park in Uganda and this is because it hosts 4 of the big 5 animals and also it also home to one of the most beautiful and powerful falls in the world so far.

Traverse the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park before returning later to the lodge for breakfast.  The 3,893 sq. km park is home to a range of animals, and you will have a chance of viewing some of the Park’s residents including lions, giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeests, antelopes, buffalo, and elephants.  For the birders, you will enjoy a cock tail of them as these areas support the secretary bird and the black chested snake eagle, to name a few.

In the afternoon, go for a boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls, where the Nile thunders through a small 7 meter gorge plunging 43 meters into the Nile on the way to Lake Albert. Lots of bird diversity can be spotted and numerous animals resting and drinking water along the banks of the Nile. The most common ones being hippos, buffaloes, Nile crocodiles and birds include, the African fish eagle, Yellow billed stork, Egyptian goose, Egrets, Malachite kingfisher among others. The launch cruise will take you close to the falls’ base where you will be shown the spot where Ernest Hemingway’s plane crashed during sightseeing tour to Murchison falls in 1954.

You can then get off the boat and go hiking up the side of the falls to the top.

After the cruise, you will drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options:

Upmarket: Paraa safari lodge

Standard: Pakuba game lodge  

Basic: Red Chili Rest Camp

Day 4: Transfer to Hoima. Visit Kibiro Salt Gardens en route

After breakfast, embark on the journey to Hoima. Drive through pleasantly undulating landscapes of the Albertine rift before making a stopover at Kibiro salt gardens and hot springs en route on the steep shores of Lake Albert. You venture into the traditional means of salt extraction and learn how locals in this area have made a fortune out of this natural feature. The hike to the salt gardens is an adventurous experience of its own. Retreat from this activity and move on to Hoima for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

Kontiki Hotel

Day 5: Transfer to fort portal and do Fort portal cultural tour: Visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru and the king’s palace

On your arrival in Fort portal, you will have lunch and proceed to Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves driving across unequalled pleasant Nyakasura hills, while exploring the ancient Chwezi heritage. The local guide will explain to you both the scientific theories and the traditional belief behind the formation of the unique breast-like features.

The scientific theory believes that they are geological features made up of pillars, stalagmites and stalactites, while the traditionally they are believed to be the breasts of Nnyinamwiru the daughter of Bukuku a self-enthroned king of the Chwezi empire following the disappearance of Ishaza. Nnyinamwiru cut off her breasts in protest of her father to refuse to breastfeed her son Ndahura who was from the right royal descent and was meant to take the throne.  After this heritage tour, you proceed to hike the Fort Portal Crater lake field which is surrounded by a series of crater lakes with a steep conical hill named Kyeganywa that offers you impressive vistas of the area and the legendary mountains of the moon viewed more clearly from a distance on a clear day.

Accommodation options:

Upmarket: Ndali lodge

Mid range: Mountains of the moon hotel

Budget : Rwenzori view guest house  

Day 6: Transfer to Semuliki. Visit Sempaya hot Springs and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, embark on the journey to Semuliki National Park driving through Fort Portal town, Uganda’s arguably tourism city and eventually continue to Semuliki. Upon arrival, you will begin with the Sempaya Nature Walk exploring both male and female hot springs at Sempaya. This walk rarely exceeds 4 hours and then you transfer back to Fort Portal for lunch and later to Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options:

Upmarket: Mweya safari lodge

Midrange: Enganzi lodge

Budget: Park View Safari lodge

Day 7: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise along the Paradise of Hippos – the 45km long Kazinga Channel

After a splendid morning cup of coffee at your hotel, embark on the drive across the fascinating rolling savannah rangelands of Queen Elizabeth in search of wild game. The stretch to the Kasenyi plain, the renown mating ground offers you a lifetime opportunity of encounter numerous families of wild game in a single glance including elephants, buffaloes, water bucks and Kobs along with predators like lions, leopards and jackals. The game drive takes 3 – 4 hours and you retreat back to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. After lunch, you continue to Mweya jetty to catch up with a boat trip at exactly 4pm. The 2 hour boat cruise offers a chance to explore the 45km long Kazinga Channel which links the twin lakes, George and Edward, the channel is known to be the capital of Hippos and Nile crocodiles. Its banks are usually fully stocked with numerous wild game like elephants and buffaloes which can be seen along quenching their thirst from the Kazinga waters on a hot day. Retreat from the activity and do the game drive along the channel track as you proceed to the lodge.

Accommodation options:

Upmarket: Mweya safari lodge

Midrange: Enganzi lodge

Budget: Park View Safari lodge

Day 8: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Do game drive in Ishasha in search of tree climbing lions

After breakfast, transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. En route Ishasha, in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, the exit to the Bwindi impenetrable national park where you will do a game drive looking for the elusive tree climbing lions, the unique Species that are only found in this part of Uganda with another group known to be living in Lake Manyara National Park in the south of Tanzania. However, low lying fig trees of Ishasha offers a closer contact with these unfamiliar species than any other part. You will eventually arrive in Bwindi in the evening for relaxation dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options:

Luxury: Chameleon hill lodge

Mid range: Bakiga Lodge

Budget: Broad bill forest camp

Day 9: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and transfer to lake Bunyonyi   

After an early morning breakfast you will be briefed by your ranger / tour guide and after start your gorilla trekking journey, you will enter into the amazing rainforest (gorilla sanctuary) as it offers an exciting, heavily forested and dense landscape interrupted by plenty of animal trails that provide access for tourists tracking these resident animals. Mammals thriving here include majorly the endangered mountain gorillas, elephants, buffaloes, giant forest hogs, the rare golden monkey, black-fronted Duikers, bushbucks, leopards to mention but a few. HOWEVER, The charming mountain gorillas form the highlight of the park, you will continue to the misty Bwindi forest in search of the world’s most sought after and endangered species. The trekking adventure takes you through impressive hikes exploring the attractive forest landscapes characterized by rugged terrain which makes it quite challenging to explore.

The time and track taken while looking for these beautiful primates varies according to their movements, “Remember they are also wild animals”. The duration of the activity is between 2 – 8 hours inclusive of one (1) hour direct contact with these unfamiliar creatures as they forage, socialize and make their joyous tactics with the frightening eyes of the Silverback. Once tracked, observing, spending time with and photographing these gentle, peaceful and shy apes is a unique, breathtaking, inspiring, and thrilling life time memorable adventure that leaves you desiring to have it again. Upon reaching the starting point, you will proceed to Lake Bunyonyi driving through the fascinating over hanging highlands of Kigezi with splendid sceneries. Arrive at the legendary Lake Bunyonyi in the afternoon and relax at your lodge before you would embark on a fascinating sunset boat cruise to discover the lake with 29 Virgin Islands that have earned it a nick name as the lake of a thousand Islands.  Retreat from this experience and unwind at the banks, relax, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options:

Luxury: Bird nest@ Lake Bunyonyi resort

Mid range: Lake Bunyonyi eco –resort  

Budget: Nature’s prime Island resort

Day 10: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park & do evening game drive

After breakfast, embark on the trip to Lake Mburo National Park, a journey of 199km about 4 – 5 hours’ drive traversing the impressive plain lands in the countryside of south western Uganda before getting to Igongo Cultural Center 12km past Mbarara town for a traditional sumptuous lunch. You will later continue for a distance of 33km to Lake Mburo National Park for an evening game drive activity exploring the park’s savannah low lands with impressive faunal and floral species. Retire for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options:

Luxury: Mihingo safari lodge

Midrange: Arcadia cottages 

Budget: Eagles’ Nest

Day 11: Morning game walking safari and transfer back to Kampala

After breakfast, embark on a fascinating game walking safari after the sunrise to explore the magnificent savannah acacia landscapes with gentle rolling hills marked with the extrusive Kopje rocks and other ancient Precambrian rocks that have existed in that locality for the past 500 million years. The animals which can be encountered include; Impala antelope which only exists in this small but rich national park, Lake Mburo National park, Burchell’s Zebra, Rothschild Giraffes, Topis, water bucks, warthogs, among other wildlife. Retreat from the 3 – 4 hour activity and undertake the transfer back to Kampala 240km about 4 hours’ drive. You will make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for an amazing photo session for memories.

Accommodation options:

Luxury: Sheraton hotel Kampala

Mid range: Cassia lodge

Budget: Buziga country resort

Day12: Transfer to Jinja and view the source of the Nile

Be among the few individuals in the world to view the source of the world’s longest river and take as many photos as you can and undertake a recreational boat trip in the Nile.

At this point, the mighty Nile starts its 5000 km journey to the Mediterranean sea where it pours its waters. Retire in the evening and transfer back to the hotel.

Accommodation options:

Luxury: Sheraton hotel Kampala

Mid range: Cassia lodge

Budget: Buziga country resort

Day13: Visit the Entebbe wildlife education Centre (the zoo) and evening departure through Entebbe international airport

Our driver guide will drive you to the Entebbe Wildlife Education Centre (the zoo) where you will have a chance to encounter even the most elusive animals that you might have missed in the wilderness and later head to the airport after lunch as you get your flight back home. You can also purchase as many souvenirs as you can, at Entebbe airport from Uganda’s duty-free shops.

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OFF KUBBIRI ROUNDABOUT

KAMPALA UGANDA

What is included in this safari:

  • Gorilla permit
  • Game drive
  • 4 WD Vehicle – with a pop – up roof for scenic viewing
  • A professional English speaking Driver guide
  • Park entrance fees
  • Free Wi-Fi internet in the vehicle
  • All ground transportation and fuel
  • Accommodation and Meals
  • All activities / service as per itinerary
  • Drinking water in the vehicle

Exclusions of the safari:

  • Visas
  • International air fares
  • Activities / services not included in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic drinks / wines
  • Laundry and any service of personal nature

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