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12 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari(Group Tour)

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    A Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari is a once in a lifetime experience. This 12 Day’s Expedition leads you to Uganda’s classic parks, tropical forests which will give you a taste of the Uganda. It involves, rhino tracking, gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking, game watching, bird watching, sightseeing and so on. You also get to relax at the mighty Lake Bunyonyi.

     

    Tour Details

    Price per person (USD)

    Budget Lodges

    2 people – 3090

    3 people -2895

    4 people -2780

    5 people -2650

    6 people and more -2590

    Midrange Lodges

    2 people – 3860

    3 people- 3590

    4 people – 3480

    5 people – 3300

    6 people – 3190

     

     

    Departure & Return Location

    Entebbe International Airport (Google Map)

    Departure Time

    3 Hours Before Flight Time

    Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Price Includes

    • Airport Transfers
    • All meals
    • All accommodation
    • Hiking to the Top of the Murchison Falls
    • Gorilla permits valued at usd 700 per person
    • Chimpanzee permits valued at usd 200 per person
    • Golden monkey permits
    • All park entrance fees
    • Game ranger fee
    • All game drives
    • Boat trips
    • 4WD Safari vehicle (Landcruiser) suitable for game viewing
    • Enough Bottled drinking water while on safari

    Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Price Excludes

    • Porter for your forest treks
    • Flights
    • Rhino tracking
    • Visa fees
    • Drinks besides water provided in safari vehicle
    • Anything marked optional in the itinerary
    • Anything marked optional in the itinerary

    Complementaries

    • A pair of water proof trousers and jacket.
    • A hat
    • Insect repellent
    • Sunshine repellent
    • A pair of sun glasses
    • Personal camera
    • A pair of binoculars
    • Good hiking shoes

    What to Expect on the Uganda gorilla trekking safari

    On this Uganda gorilla trekking safari, expect to get adventurous as you walk through the impenetrable forest of Bwindi to search for the remaining mountain gorillas. You also trek through Kibale forest in search for man’s closest relative’s; the chimpanzee. As if that is not enough, you trek though the bamboo in Mgahinga Gorilla park to meet the golden monkeys in their natural habitat.

    Itinerary

    Day 1Arrival

    On your arrival at Entebbe Airport, you will be welcomed/picked up by your guide for transfer to your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe to relax. On this day you will be briefed about your whole tour.

    Accommodation
    Budget – Airport Guesthouse/Via Via Guesthouse
    Midrange – Malakai Eco Lodge
    Meal plan- Supper

    Day 2Day 2 Travel to Murchison Falls

    This morning, you will be met by your safari guide. He will give you a short briefing about the whole tour and then travel to Murchison Falls National Park. On the way, you have an option to do rhino tracking at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. This is the only place to see rhinos in the wild in Uganda. You track rhinos on foot under the guidance of an expert guide.
    We then continue to Murchison falls National Park with a lunch stop and arrival will be in the afternoon. We then check in the lodge and relax.

    Travel time – Approx 7 Hrs
    Meal Plan –Breakfast, Lunch and Supper.
    Accommodation
    Budget –Hornbill Bush Lodge/Fort Murchison Camp
    Midrange – Pakuba Safari Lodge/Murchison River Lodge

    Day 3Game drive and boat trip

    After having breakfast, you are to have a morning game drive in search for giraffes, water bucks, elephants, warthogs, hyenas, leopards, oribis and so on. You then have lunch and get ready for the boat trip to the bottom of the Murchison Falls. Expect to see hundreds of hippos bathing, crocodiles, warthogs, antelopes, elephants, buffaloes, lions, hyenas and many more. This park is also home to over 350 bird species. You are advised to wear a hat and insect repellent to avoid bites of insects. Get off the boat and hike with your guide to the top of the falls to see how the Victoria Nile plunges over 45 meters over the Remnant rift valley wall thus creating the amazing Murchison Falls. We then drive to our lodge to relax.

    Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper
    Accommodation
    Budget – Hornbill Bush Lodge/Fort Murchison Camp
    Midrange – Pakuba Safari Lodge/Murchison River Lodge

    Day 4Game drive and travel to Kibale Forest

    Wake up at leisure, have breakfast and then have a game drive in this magnificent park. Expect to check out of the park at before 10:00 am in order to travel to Kibale Forest, The primate capital of the world. The forest is home to 13 primate species including the chimpanzee, blue monkeys, nocturnal portal, bush babies, and so on. It is also home to several species of butterflies. In the evening, you have an option to a walk in the Bigodi wetlands giving you a opportunity to see several bird and primate species.

    Meal plan – breakfast, lunch and supper
    Accommodation
    Budget – Kibale Forest Camp/Rwenzori View Guesthouse
    Midrange – Turaco Tree Tops/Isunga Lodge

    Day 5Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest

    Wake up early for breakfast and then travel to Kyanyanchu Park head quarters where you will be briefed about the dos and don’ts of chimpanzee tracking. You then enter the tropical rainforest as you search for man’s closest relatives; the chimpanzee. Having encountered them, enjoy a full hour observing their behavior and then return to your lodge to relax. This will indeed be one of the highlights of your Uganda gorilla trekking safari.

    In the afternoon, you have an option to go for a Bigodi Swamp walk which might give you an opportunity to see some primate species including; black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys and so on. This is also a ramsar site for bird watchers. Species to see include; the African fish Eagles, kingfishers, herons and so on.

    Meal plan – breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Accommodation
    Budget – Kibale Forest Camp/Rwenzori View Guesthouse
    Midrange – Turaco Tree Tops/Isunga Lodge

    Day 6Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park via the Kasenda Crater Lakes

    Have breakfast and then embark on the road less travelled. Visit the Kasenda crater lakes on your way to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Common lakes include Lake Nkuruba, Lake Nyabikere, Lake Mubiro and so on. Among these, the most visited are ones at the “top of the world”. Due to their scenic and romantic location they are commonly visited by the newlyweds. Drive to Queen Elizabeth and if time allows, we have an evening game drive around the Kasenyi area.
    Meal plan – breakfast, lunch and supper
    Accommodation
    Budget – The Bush Lodge/Pumba Safari Cottages
    Midrange –Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge/ Parkview Safari Lodge

    Day 7 Morning Game drive and afternoon boat trip

    We wake up for early breakfast and embark on a morning game drive around Kasenyi sector to search for the early risers. This sector is known as a matting ground for antelopes and therefore a hunting ground for predator such as lions, leopards and so on. The game drive lasts for 3 to 4 hrs and ends at the shores of Lake George. We then return to the lodge for a lunch break.
    We are to have lunch on the Mweya peninsular and then a boat safari on the Kazinga channel in search for crocodiles, hippos, elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, water birds and so on. This channel is a water stream that joins two lakes George and Edward and is known as a hippo paradise because it has the highest concentration of hippos in the world. We then drive to our safari lodge to relax.
    Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper
    Accommodation
    Budget – The Bush Lodge/Pumba Safari Cottages
    Midrange –Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge/ Parkview Safari Lodge

    Day 8Travel to Lake Mutanda

    We eat breakfast and then travel to Lake Mutanda on the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This is a pefect base for trekking the gorillas of Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors. This is home to more than half of the world’s only surviving mountain gorillas and other mammals. Arrival to your safari lodge will be in the early evening.
    Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper
    Accommodation
    Budget –Mutanda Lake Resort(standard cottage)
    Midrange -Mutanda Lake Resort(Luxury Cottage)

    Day 9Gorilla Tracking

    On this day, you wake up very early, move to the park headquarters for paperwork and then get briefed about gorilla trekking before entering the Impenetrable forest. Be ready to walk for one to six hours depending on where you will find the gorillas. Having encountered them, you will without doubt spend a full hour to associate with them. The one hour you spend with the gorillas is unforgettable. The mountain Gorilla is the most powerful and muscular primate on earth. Expect to see more wildlife since the forest is home to other creatures including the black and white colobus monkeys, L’hoest’s monkey, bushbucks, olive baboons, forest elephants, and many bird species. You will then be transferred back to your lodge to relax or visit a Batwa community. These are the original inhabitants of Bwindi forest.
    Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper
    Accommodation
    Budget –Mutanda Lake Resort(standard cottage)
    Midrange -Mutanda Lake Resort(Luxury Cottage)

    Day 10Golden monkey Trekking and travel to Lake Bunyonyi

    Wake up early for breakfast and then travel to Mgahinga Gorilla park. Arrive in time for briefing and then enter the forest to search for the rare golden monkeys. The trek will take anywhere from 45 minutes to six hours depending on where the monkeys will be on this day. Enjoy a full hour with the goldens and travel back to your lodge to relax. Your lodge is a resort on Lake Bunyonyi. This is Uganda’s deepest and Africa’s 2nd deepest lake. Relax and feel free to take part in a number of optional activities while here.
    Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper
    Accommodation
    Budget – Bunyonyi Overland Resort
    Midrange – Arcadia Lodges/Bunyonyi Rock Resort

    Day 11Travel to Lake Mburo National park

    Having had dinner, travel to lake Mburo National park. This is Uganda’s smallest savannah park and I s dominated by large herds of zebras and impalas. Other big game to see includes, the eland, buffaloes, waterbucks, topi and so on. Arrive in time for an evening game drive and later check in your lodge for overnight.
    Accommodation
    Budget – Eagles Nest Camp/Leopard Rest Camp
    Midrange – Arcadia Lodges Mburo/ Rwakobo Rock
    Meal plan – breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 12Optional activities and Departure

    Having had breakfast, feel free to take part in any of the optional activities such as safari walk,(30usd) bike safaris,(25usd)horseback safaris,(50usd) boat trip(30usd). The absence of large predators such as lions definitely makes Lake Mburo a perfect place to have these adventurous activities.
    You then travel to Kampala or Entebbe to catch your flight. The journey takes you through the Ankole kingdom famous for its long horned cattle/Ankole cattle. You will have a lunch stop at Kayabwe/Equator village. This is where the earth is divided into south and northern hemisphere. In this case, you will cross from south to northern hemisphere and arrival at your destination will be in the early evening hence end of the Uganda gorilla trekking safari.
    Meal plan – breakfast and lunch
    Accommodation – Not included

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    Dates

    28-06-2023

    20-07-2023

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    12-12-2023

     

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