9 days Uganda Gorillas and wildlife tour

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    9 Days Uganda Gorillas and Wildlife tour

    This 9 days Uganda gorillas and wildlife tour leads you to Queen Elizabeth National park where you will have chance to see a number of savannah fauna and flora. This park has 10 primate species including man’s closest cousin (the Chimpanzee) and over 600 birds have been recorded in the past years. You then continue to southwest of Uganda to track the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable forest. Relax at Lake Bunyonyi and participate in a number of optional activities there before your transfer back to Entebbe airport.

    Day 1. Arrival

    Day 2. Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park

    Day 3. Queen Elizabeth National park

    Day 4 Chimpanzee tracking and transfer to Ishasha

    Day 5. Transfer to Bwindi

    Day 6. Gorilla tracking

    Day 7. Lake Bunyonyi

    Day 8. Lake Mburo National Park

    Day 9. Transfer to Entebbe Airport.

    Day 1. Arrival

    On your arrival at Entebbe Airport, you will be welcomed/picked up by your guide for transfer to your hotel in Kampala. On this day you will be briefed about your whole tour. Depending on the time of arrival, you may go for a Kampal;a city tour leading you to the Buganda palace, Kampala city center, Uganda martyrs’ shrine Namugongo and Gadaffi Mosque.

    Accommodation – Secrets Guest House/Airport Guest House/Malakai Eco Lodge

    Meal Plan – Lunch and Supper

    Day 2. Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park

    Having had breakfast at leisure, you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National park arriving in time for lunch. After lunch, you will have a boat trip on the Kazinga channel. This is the water stream that joins lakes Edward and George and is said to have the largest concentration of hippos in the world. It is also known as the CENTER OF ECOLOGY due to many animals and bird species recorded on its banks. Other animals to see include; crocodiles, monitor lizards. This boat trip is likely to be among the highlights of your 9 days Uganda gorillas and wildlife tour. We then check into our lodge for evening accommodation.

    Travel Time-Approx. 6 hrs.

    Accommodation – Pumba Safari Cottages/The Baboon Safari Resort/Mweya Safari Lodge

    Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch and supper.

    Day 3. Full day Game drive and visit a Salt Lake

    We wake up early for a morning game drive to search for the early risers. This is the best time to spot predators such as lions, leopards and the spotted hyena. Other mammals to see include; buffaloes, waterbucks, elephants, kobs, warthogs and so on. We then later visit Lake Munyanyange to see flamingos. Having had lunch, we proceed to the Katwe Salt Lake. This Lake has been in existence since the 16th century and is responsible for the survival of people in Katwe village. You will see/get to know how local salt is extracted and made ready for consumption and sale in this area. We end our day with an evening game drive in the Kabatoro sector which is famous for large herds of elephants and is also a feeding ground for hippos. This evening, be ready to take a picture of a feeding hippo.

    Meal plan –Breakfast, lunch and supper.

    Accommodation-Pumba Safari Cottages/The Baboon Safari Resort/Mweya Safari Lodge

    Meal Plan- Breakfast, lunch and supper.

    Day 4 Chimpanzee tracking and transfer to Ishasha

    After breakfast, we prepare ourselves for the once in a life time experience (chimpanzee tracking). You may track the chimps in the Kyambura Gorge or Imaramagambo Forest or Kalinzu Forest; the choice is yours. This activity is a bit challenging but very rewarding, so expect to walk for one to six hours depending on where the chimps will be on this day. Having encountered them, you will have a full hour with them. The chimpanzees’ behavior can provide a clue to that of our early ancestors. We have lunch and then travel to Ishasha, the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This area is famous for the rare tree climbing lions which tend to climb fig trees to escape the mid-day sun. Other mammals here include; elephants, buffaloes, topi, waterbucks and so on.

    Accommodation –At The River Ishasha/Topi Lodge/Enjojo Lodge

    Meal Plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper

    Travel time – Approx. 2 Hrs.

    Day 5. Transfer to Bwindi

    Today, you will have an early morning breakfast a game drive around this section of the park and then travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. On your way there, you will see beautiful sceneries, the ever green plant cover which Uganda is known for and the terraced hills. Bwindi Impenatrable forest is home to more than half of the world’s surviving mountain gorillas, many other primates and over 380 bird species. Arrival will be in the late afternoon and then check in your lodge to relax.

    Travel Time-Approx. 3Hrs

    Accommodation – Broad Bill Forest Camp/Bakiga Lodge/Ruhija Gorila Safari Lodge

    Meal Plan-Breakfast, lunch and supper.

    Day 6. Gorilla tracking.

    After a mighty breakfast prepared by your accommodation, we report at the gorilla tracking starting point for a short briefing. You then enter the Impenetrable forest with your packed lunch to search for the endangered mountain gorillas. Be ready to walk for 45 minutes to 5 hours depending on where you will find the gorillas that day. Having encountered them, you will be given a full hour to interact with gorillas and then return to your accommodation. In case you return early, you will enjoy cultural dances from the local community before relaxing at your lodge.

    Accommodation – Broad Bill Forest Camp/Bakiga Lodge/Ruhija Gorila Safari Lodge

    Meal Plan-Breakfast, lunch and supper.

    Day 7 Lake Bunyonyi.

    After having breakfast at leisure, you will be led by your guide to Uganda’s deepest and most beautiful lake. It is also known as ‘THE LAKE OF 100 ISLANDS’. This is some where you will feel relaxed after the tracking activities in Bwindi. While there, you can join a number of optional activities including, canoeing, bird watching, hiking to the nearby falls and forests, visiting a Batwa community, swimming and so on. Note that only Lake Bunyonyi and Mutanda have been proven bilharzia free.

    Travel time – approx. 1 hr.

    Accommodation – Bunyonyi Overland Resort/Bird Nest Bunyonyi

    Meal plan –Breakfast, lunch and supper.

    Day 8 Transfer to Lake Mburo

    After having a leisure breakfast, we embark on a journey to Lake Mburo National park. This is where you will be able to see zebras, giraffes, elands and so on thus making it a great add onto a Uganda gorillas and wildlife tour. Other animals include buffaloes, warthogs, hippos, waterbucks, impalas and so on. After having lunch, you are to have a 2 hours’ boat trip on Lake Mburo to search for crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, water birds and so much more. 

    Travel time – Approx. 4 hrs.

    Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper

    Accommodation – Leopard Rest Camp/Eagles Nest Camp/Rwakobo Rock

    Day 9 Transfer to Kampala.

    After having breakfast, we embark on the long journey back to Entebbe so as to catch your flight back home. Enroute we shall have a stop at Kayabwe (equator village). Equator is the point at which the earth is divided into the northern and southern hemispheres and is the latitude marked 00 on the world map. You will be transferred to the airport or hotel of your choice in Entebbe or Kampala hence end of service.

    Travel time – approx. 4 hrs.

    Meal plan – breakfast and lunch

    Accommodation – Not included.

    Please note that accommodation has been arranged ion the order, Standard/Mid-range/Luxury.

    Highlights of the Uganda gorillas and wildlife tour,

    Gorilla tracking

    Chimpanzee tracking

    Sight seeing

    boat trips

    Nature walks

    Salt lake visit

    4 Game drives

    Visit a Batwa community

    Canoeing on lake Bunyonyi

    Included in the Uganda Gorillas and wildlife tour;

    1 gorilla permit per person valued at US Dollars 600.

    1 chimpanzee permit per person

    All park entrance fees

    Game drives

    All meals as the itinerary states

    All accommodation

    Fueled 4WD safari car (Toyota Land Cruiser)

    English speaking guide/driver

    Bottled drinking water

    Canoeing at Lake Bunyonyi

    Not included in the Uganda gorillas and wildlife tour;

    Porter for gorilla trekking (if you need one)

    Activities marked optional in the itinerary.

    Drinks besides water

    Packing list for gorillas and wildlife tour

    A pair of water proof trousers and jacket.

    A hat

    Insect repellent

    A pair of sun glasses

    Personal camera

    A pair of binoculars

    Note that weather at Bwindi is un predictable, it can rain at any time.

    A flying Air Balloon Safari in Queen Elizabeth can be arranged on request. (US Dollars 380 per person)

    While on site, we accept payment in only US Dollars, GB Pound, Euro and UG Shillings.

    You can remove the bits you do not want and add the ones that you want to meet your budget and interest.

    Enjoy your 9 days Uganda gorillas and wildlife tour!