ACTIVITY

Gorilla & Chimpanzee Trekking

Duration

10 days 9 nights

AMOUNT

$3,099

Big Five Safari Uganda

Overview

This amazing Big Five Safari takes you to the great national parks in Uganda where you will have the chance to see Africa’s Big Five as you enjoy  the beauty of this country while viewing other amazing animals and birds.

Come explore the Pearl of Africa with on this relaxing trip where you will take your time on a safari without a rush with a stopover at the Equator where you will be able to be in the two hemispheres at the same time.

Highlights

  • Visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Game drives
  • Boat trip to the bottom of the falls, the Kazinga Channel, Lake mburo
  • Chimpanzee Trekking
  • Nature walk in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary and Lake Mburo
  • Tree Climbing Lions
  • Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
  • Cultural Encounters
  • Canoe excursion on Lake Bunyonyi

Detailed Itinerary

3 Days Murchison Falls Safari

With an early morning, your driver guide will pick you to commence your Big Five Safari as you head north to Murchison Falls National Park which is about 5 hours’ drive away from Kampala. You will drive through impressive flat stretches of Nakasongola district before branching off at Nakitooma for 7 km to Ziwa Sanctuary to track white Rhinos which are only found here in the whole of Uganda. You retreat from the activity, settle for lunch at Kabalega dinner and continue to Murchison Falls National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Baker’s Lodge
  • Mid range: Pakuba Safari Lodge/ Murchison River Lodge
  • Budget: Heritage Safari Lodge/ Red Chilli Rest Camp.  
Transfer to Murchison Falls

With an early morning, you will conduct a morning game drive in northern Murchison area where you will drive and enjoy impressive wild game encounters. This activity takes you through designated park tracks including Buligi, Albert and the entire delta after which you will return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch.

In the afternoon you will go one of the highlights of your Big Five Safari, a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls. This three-hour boat encounter exposes you to the thrilling Nile waters as they join the Albert delta. The views of hippos, Nile crocodile and shoebill stork will impress you along the adventure. Upon arriving on the bottom of the falls, you will embark on a hike to the top of the world’s powerful waterfall. The Nile River, which is the longest river in the world, forces itself to pass through a less than 8m ravine before falling 43m below to create the stunning falls and a rainbow. Return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and your overnight stay.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Baker’s Lodge
  • Mid range: Pakuba Safari Lodge/ Murchison River Lodge
  • Budget: Heritage Safari Lodge/ Red Chilli Rest Camp.  
Scenic drive to Kibale Forest

After breakfast, you will  embark on the transfer to Kibale National Park driving through impressive countryside landscapes of Hoima and Kagadi. You enjoy impressive views of the en route countryside. A lunch stop can be made in Hoima and you arrive in Fort Portal in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Primates Lodge, Ndali Lodge
  • Mid range: Kibale Forest Camp/ Chimpanzee Forest Guest house
  • Budget: Chimp’s Nest/ Safari Hotel Bigodi
Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda

With an early morning, you will gather at the Kanyanchu Tourism Center for another adventure of your Big Five Safari the chimpanzee trek at 8:00am. Your trek begins with a briefing from the park rangers, who will also be your guides for the day who will lead you into the forest in search of man’s closest relative. Once the chimps are located you have one hour to spend with them and take as many photos as you can. Complete the trek (which tends to last 2 – 5 hours) and then return to the starting point, where you will rejoin your company safari guide and eat a packed lunch.

Transfer to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary for a nature walk that is so impressive with many bird species alongside many primate species. Bigodi is a famous and successful community tourism initiative that features a magical walk in its communally controlled wetland. Transfer to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and your overnight stay.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Primates Lodge, Ndali Lodge
  • Mid range: Kibale Forest Camp/ Chimpanzee Forest Guest house
  • Budget: Chimp’s Nest/ Safari Hotel Bigodi
cruise on kazinga channel

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park about 2 – 3 hours’ drive enjoying the scenic views en route before making a stop in Kasese on the foothills of Mount Rwenzori to explore the Ruboni Village to explore the cultural traditions of the Bakonzo people that have lived on the foothills of Mount Rwenzori for centuries past. They feature unique experiences including their way of life, the crops that they grow, livestock that they keep, their art and craft not forgetting impressive music dance and drama.

You will retreat from the encounter and continue on the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for an afternoon game drive exploring the impressive landscapes of Queen with the beautiful views of the savannah at the sunset after which you retire for relaxation dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge/ Ishasha Wilderness Camp
  • Mid range: Enganzi Game Lodge/ Kasenyi Safari Lodge
  • Budget: Irungu Forest Safari Lodge/ Simba Safari Camp
kazinga-01

Drive to the rolling plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park with its extensive savannah grassland for amazing game viewing experience after breakfast. The drive through the Kasenyi tracks enables you to explore a range of game including the elephants, lions, buffaloes, leopards, water bucks, side striped jackals among other species. The activity tends to last 3 hours after which you will return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch.

In the afternoon, you will conduct an afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga lastings 2 hours to make a round trip for another turn. The encounter offers you opportunity of encountering the Nile crocodiles, the Hippos and water birds along the channel. The wild game also tends to come to the channel shores to quench their thirst. Return to the lodge for  dinner and an overnight.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge/ Ishasha Wilderness Camp
  • Mid range: Enganzi Game Lodge/ Kasenyi Safari Lodge
  • Budget: Irungu Forest Safari Lodge/ Simba Safari Camp
Rwanda Gorillas and Uganda Wildlife

Early in the morning, you will embark on the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park as you undertake a game drive in Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions that tend to lie on fig tree branches overlooking their prey in the plains. Continue on the drive to Bwindi for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Mahogany Springs/ Buhoma Lodge
  • Mid Range: Gorilla Mist Camp/ Buhoma Haven
  • Budget: Buhoma Community Rest Camp/ Broadbill Forest Camp
LAKE-BUNYONYI-CANOING

Enjoy an early breakfast and along with a packed lunch, and be transferred to the park offices for an 8:00am briefing on your upcoming gorilla trek and to be assigned the family you are going to trek. You will hike along the designated trails within the Impenetrable Forest in search of the amazing mountain gorillas. It may take you 2–8 hours to find the gorillas depending on their location. The trek for these great apes is tiresome but very rewarding once you finally find them. Spend time watching and photographing these great gorillas as you look straight into their inviting brown expressive eyes. This is the thrill of a lifetime and an adventure only Africa can offer you.

After you will return to the starting point and then make your way to Lake Bunyonyi driving through fascinating Kigezi Highlands along the way. You will arrive at Lake Bunyonyi in the afternoon  where you will conduct a canoe excursion to one of the islands for and after return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and your overnight stay.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Birdnest@Bunyonyi Resort/ Bunyonyi Overland camp
  • Midrange: Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort/ Arcadia Cottages Bunyonyi
  • Budget: Heritage Lodge Habuharo/ Bushara Island Camp
impalas-mburo

With an early breakfast, you will set off to Lake Mburo on your Big Five Safari. Upon arrival in the park conduct a game drive with the possibilities of viewing Elands, Burchell’s Zebra, Impala, Defassa waterbuck, warthogs, Buffaloes among others.

Later conduct  a boat cruise on Lake mburo where you will enjoy views of so many bird species and engage in fishing and after retire at the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Mihingo Lodge/ Mantana Tented Camp
  • Midrange: Rwakobo Rock Lodge/Mburo safari lodge
  • Budget:Rwonyo Camp/ Eagle’s Nest Camp
destination-image

After your early morning breakfast, you will undertake a nature walk-the most interesting game walks in the country that will expose you to various species of primates, birds, antelopes like elands, waterbucks, Impala, Topis, Bush buck, Klipspringer, buffaloes, Rothschild giraffe, Burchell’s Zebra, warthogs alongside the beautiful savannah landscape dotted with great acacia.

After which you will head to Kampala/ Entebbe as you come to the end of your Big Five Safari. We will take a stopover at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for magical photo shoots and also an impressive site for purchasing memorabilia to take back home as a remembrance for this safari in Uganda.

End of Safari

Inclusions

Park activities

Gorilla Trekking Permits

Chimpanzee Trekking Permits

park entrance fees

ground transportation

Comprehensively insured vehicle

Driver – guide allowance

Exclusions

Visa

 International air fares

 Activities/ services not included in the Itinerary

 Alcoholic drinks/ wines

 Laundry and any service of personal nature.

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