Gorilla Safari Uganda, Wildlife Tour , 10 days
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Day 1 Arrival.
A tour guide from AA SAFARIS & TOURS LTD will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kampala.
Budget – Holiday Express Hotel / Tourist Hotel
Standard - Speke Hotel / Cassia Lodge
Luxury Kampala Sheraton Hotel / Kampala Serena Hotel / Grand Imperial Hotel
(Bed and breakfast)
Day 2 MURCHISON FALL NATIONAL PARK – Visit the top of the Falls
Take your breakfast and then you will be picked up from your hotel in Kampala and drive through the famous Luwero triangle or Hoima towards Masindi . Proceed through the park stopping at the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight. At the top of the falls, you will see the longest river in the world forcing its self through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 43 meters. From here we will continue Game viewing on the way is very good; look out for hippos, elephants, buffalos and many other animals, seen grazing on the banks of the river. Dinner and overnight at ;
Budget – Red Chillis
Standard - Sambiya River lodge or Budongo Eco lodge
Luxury – Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Camp
(Break fast Lunch and Dinner- BLD )
Day 3 Morning game drive and boat Trip along the Victoria
After a cup of tea, embark on an early morning game drive on the northern bank where your guide will help you spot elephants, lions, Cape buffalo, rothchild’s giraffes, hartebeasts, waterbucks, oribi, bushbucks, bohor reed bucks, hyenas, and on rare cases leopards. Return to the lodge for mid morning breakfast. Relax at the lodge. After lunch, you will take an afternoon trip to the bottom of Murchison Falls. This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The bird life is stunning with brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric looking shoebill, which is a cross between the dodo and a dinosaur. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness.
Dinner and over night at the lodge of your budget . (Break fast Lunch and Dinner- BLD )
Day 4 Murchison Falls NP to FORT PORTAL
After break fast, we will depart to Kibale National park. Lunch en route Driving through the country side. We will arrive Fort portal town in the late afternoon. Tonight you will overnight at
Budget – Chimps Nest Camp
Mid range – Rujuna guest house / Rwenzori view Guest
Luxury – Primates Lodge / Ndali lodge / Mountains of the Moon Lodge
(Break fast Lunch and Dinner- BLD )
Day 5 Kibale Np to Queen Elizabeth Np
A comparatively early morning start, to report to the ranger station in Kibale National Park at 08.00am to track habituated chimps – these delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. The incredibly diverse forest is home to over 13 species of primates including red Colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest, blue monkey, grey mangabey, pottos, black faced vervet monkeys, baboons and also bushbabies. A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders are in for a treat with 335 species recorded including the endemic Prirogrine’s ground thrush. The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier that its savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into the developed part of the park, while other terrestrial mammals include buffalo, giant forest hog and a half dozen antelope species. After this wonderful experience, we will depart to Queen Elizabeth National park. Overnight at
Budget – Institute of Ecology / Simba safari lodge
Mid range – Hippo Hill Camp or Ihamba Lodge
Luxury –Mweya safari lodge/ Jacana lodge / Katara Lodge or Kingfisher resort.
(Break fast Lunch and Dinner- BLD )
Day 6 GAME DRIVES AND LAUNCH CRUISE ALONG THE KAZINGA CHANNEL
This morning you will leave for early morning game drives. Expect to see various mammals like buffalo, hippo, lions antelopes, hyenas among other species. We will return to the lodge for mid morning breakfast if you did not have breakfast and a chance to relax before taking an afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga channel after your lunch .This launch cruise in Queen Elizabeth NP will give you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others. After this wonderful afternoon, a slow drive back to the lodge. Dinner and overnight at the lodge of your budget . (Break fast Lunch and Dinner- BLD )
Day 7 BWINDI NATIONAL PARK for gorilla tracking
This morning, you will leave for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. You will drive through the seasonal southern sector of Queen Elizabeth called Ishasha. Here we will take lunch by the Ishasha River and try to find the famed Ishasha tree-climbing lions before continuing to Bwindi, home to the few remaining mountain gorillas. Bird life and primate life in Bwindi is quite superb, and there is an incredible variety of flora. Bwindi is the Bird watchers haven! It holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Albertine Rift Endemics that occur in Uganda; and seven red data book species. Once continuous with the forests of the Virunga Volcanoes (Dian Fossey’s stomping ground), Bwindi is now an ecological island, surrounded by cultivation on the rich volcanic soils. Overnight at
Budget – Buhoma Community bandas or Bwindi View Bandas or Virunga Hotel or Nkuringo Safari Centre
Mid range – Lake Kitandara Camp or Nkuringo Campsite
Day 8 Gorilla Trekking– 8 PAX ONLY
Wake up early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking for pax and the rest will trek the following day. Before 8:00 am report to the ranger station for registration and a talk by one of the rangers; the guides will then take you through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. (This trek can take from half an hour to 7hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes) Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. It’s amazing to think there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left. Overnight at the lodge of your budget . (Break fast Lunch and Dinner- BLD )
Day 9 MBURO NATIONAL PARK – KAMPALA
Transfer to L.Mburo National park . You will have lunch in Mbarara and then proceed to the park fro an evening Canoe ride or an evening game drive. The occurrence of Lake Mburo within this park is a sanction worth applauding. The lake is blessed with a diversity of animal and plant species which can only be viewed clearly if you take a Canoe ride . The crocodiles, hippopotami and birds like Pelicans, Black crake, cormorant, fish eagle, Heron. You may also see the rare Shoebill Stork and all these will endow your visit with conceit. Game Viewing is the another tourist activity in Lake Mburo Np . The park harbors 68 different species of mammals. The commonly seen are Zebra, Impala, Buffalo, Topi, and Eland as herbivores while predators include leopards, Hyenas and jackals as predictors.
Dinner and over night at ;
Budget Rwonyo Bandas
Mid range – Arcadia Cottages
Luxury - Mantana Luxury tented camp or Mihingo Lodge . (Break fast Lunch and Dinner- BLD )
Day 10 KAMPALA – ENTEBBE
Indulge in an early morning game drive and then later transfer to Kampala . If there is still some time , you my do a city tour and then later transfer to the airport for your next flight back home.