10 Day Uganda Gorilla Tracking Safari

Summary
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10

Start: Entebbe

End : Entebbe

Duration: 10 Days

From: USD 4500 per person (price subject to change based on pax, month and year of travel)

High season: Jan, Feb, March, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct and Dec (Rates are higher)

Low season: April, May and November (lower Rates)

 

INCLUSIONS:
Airport transfers
Ground Transportation in a safari customized 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser, with fuel
Accommodation as shown
Meals where mentioned as included in the itinerary.
All park entrance fees
English speaking Guide / driver
Mineral water in the vehicle ; 2 liters per person daily on safari
Medical emergency evacuation cover

EXCLUSIONS:
International Airfares
Optional activities unless specified as included
Gorilla permits and Chimp permits.
Excessive baggage charges
Entry Visa Fees; fees for International travel Vaccinations and Inoculations
Items of personal nature such us Room service, Beverage, Communication charges (telephone, fax, and internet). Laundry
Postage fees
Porterage fees
Tips and gratuities for Guide/driver. and hotel staff
Shopping Charges for Curios and Crafts

Arrival – Entebbe (10 mins drive)

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel, check in at Best Western, your home for this night. Lunch is on own account.
In the afternoon, depending on your flight, visit to the botanical gardens.

Premier Best Western- BB

Fly to Murchison Falls National Park (Approx. 1hr 40 Min)

After breakfast, meet your guide at the lobby and transfer to Entebbe Airport for your scheduled domestic flight to Murchison Falls National Park – ETD 12:30 hrs.

 

On arrival at the local airstrip, you will be met and transferred to Baker’s Lodge. After check in and a scrumptious lunch, you will have the afternoon to relax by the pool side, later enjoy an evening game- viewing drive and return to the lodge in time for dinner and a well deserved rest.

Dinner and Overnight at Bakers Lodge (B,L,D)

Murchison Falls National Park is the largest protected area in Uganda. The waterfall for which the park is named is the most electrifying sight of its type in East Africa. The southern part is mostly covered by dense woodlands and harbors one of the most varied forest faunas in East Africa, and is a premier sight for bird watchers, as well as one of the best- and most affordable – places to track chimpanzees. The northern part is mostly covered by green grasslands with scattered acacia trees, borassus palms and riverine woodlands. .The world’s longest River Nile is thronged with hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. Wildlife includes lions, Leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kob and so much more.

Murchison Falls National Park

After an early breakfast we start the day with a game drive on the northern bank of the Nile, with chances of seeing Rothschild Giraffe, elephants, lions, Jackson Hartebeest, Oribis, Waterbucks, different species of the savannah woodland birds, and if lucky even the elusive leopard to top the Africa’s “The Big 5” amongst a multitude of African plains game.Afternoon, you will do site inspection of ParaaSafari Lodge before returning to Baker’s Lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, enjoy a Nile launch cruise to the bottom of the water falls for game viewing at close quarters, after the launch cruise, get off from the bottom of the falls and hike up to the top of the falls where you will be rewarded with amazing views of the Nile. End your day with a sundowner before dinner and overnight.

Overnight : Bakers Lodge

Scheduled Flight fromMurchison Falls – Kibale Forest National Park (1hr: 15mins flight)

After breakfast, check out of the lodge with packed lunches, enjoy a game drive and later transfer to Pakuba airstrip for a scheduled flight to Kasese, on arrival at Kasese airstrip you will be met by a Great Lakes Safaris’ representative and transferred 2 hours to Primate lodge, spend the balance of your day at leisure.

Later enjoy a nocturnal guided forest walk to see the creatures of the night such as Bush babies, potto and the nocturnal birds.

Overnight : Primate Lodge

Kibale Forest National Parkis an extensive Biodiversity National Park in South Uganda and also known as the “Primate Paradise” has one of the greatest variety and concentration of primates in Africa including our famous cousins the Chimpanzee, Red Colobus Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, L’Hoest’s, Black-and- White Colobus and the Olive Baboons. There is also a wide array of unique birds, forest elephants (smaller and hairier than the more familiar savannah elephant) and much more.

Kibale Forest NP

Today the forest opens its doors for a sensational chimpanzee tracking experience.
Following the pre-tracking briefing, you will walk or drive to the trailhead for the start of an unforgettable adventure – hiking in the footsteps of the habituated family of chimpanzees. En-route, your guide will enthral you with stories and facts about the forest and her other inhabitants including other species of primates and birds and other big mammals.

Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will spend an unforgettable one hour with them as they go about their daily life – feeding, playing, grooming, taking care of their young, howling and screeching, in their natural habitat.

Return back to the lodge for lunch then in the afternoon enjoy a guided nature walk through the Bigodi wetland.

Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates. The path and board walk maybe flooded and muddy after heavy rainfall and gumboots are recommended. The walk is about 4km in length taking 3-4 hours at birding pace with local community guides. All proceeds from eco- tourism go back to into the community, a conservation project well worth supporting.

 

Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Primate LodgeKibale – Luxury Cottage

Kibale – Queen Elizabeth National Park (180km/3hrs)

After an early breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park with scenic views of crater lakes and the surrounding rolling hills, you will go through banana farmlands,Afterwards, youwill proceed south alongside the majestic Rwenzori ‘Mountains of the Moon’ to Queen Elizabeth National park. You will arrive at Mweya Safari Lodgein time for dinner and overnight.

Mweya Safari Lodge

Lion Tracking & Boat Cruise

In the morning become a researcher for a day, as you learn to use telemetry to find the different lion prides who roam the savannah of Queen Elizabeth. We can honestly state there is no better way to find and photograph lions in all of Uganda. The lion is one of the most sought-after safari species, and one of the most impressive to observe. Living in prides of around 15 individuals, lions adhere to strict social structures. Groups consist of related females and their cubs, who are often born around the same time and raised communally. During the drive, the guides and researchers will discuss human-animal conflict in communities around the park, veterinary issues within the park, and lion family dynamics as part of a very in-depth game drive. You will come face to face with the King of the Jungle and you will have stories for a life time.picnic breakfast and return to the lodge for relaxation

In the afternoon we take on a scenic boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a 33km long natural and pre-historic canal that joins Lakes Edward and Lake George. Formed by tectonic activity millions of years ago during the formation of the rift valleys, the canal, 2 to 3kms at its widest, is now the most dominant feature of Queen Elizabeth National Park and one her key tourist attractions.
On a scheduled boat ride over a 12km stretch from Mweya to the bird sanctuary (2hrs), guests are almost always guaranteed excellent wildlife sightings including large schools of hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles, wallowing buffaloes on its reedy banks, elephants, multitudes of birds including many endemics as well as numerous other plains game that come to drink at its water’s edge all day long.
Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Mweya Safari Lodge

Scheduled Flight from Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (30mins flight)

After your Exquisite breakfast, transfer 2mins to Mweya Airstrip, say good to your Great lakes Safaris representative and board on the scheduled flight departing at 10.05hrs for a flight of approx. 30mins to Kihihi Airstrip, Upon arrival at the local airstrip you will be met by a Mahogany Springs Lodge guide and transfer 1hr to the lodge, check in and enjoy lunch. after some time to rest you will then embark on an evening village walk meeting the locals and engaging in the community
Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Mahogany Springs

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home of the rare but critically endangered Mountain Gorillas (gorilla beringeiberingei), lies on the edge of the albertine Rift Valley in south-western Uganda, with a wide altitude range between 1,160m and 2,600m.

The forest itself, dating back to the ice ages, is one of Uganda’s oldest and ecologically most diverse with almost 400 species of plants, 350 species of birds including 23 Albertine Rift endemics as well as 120 mammals species including lots of smaller ones like rodents and bats but also the Gorillas, Baboons, Chimpanzees, Elephants and Antelopes.

Gorilla Tracking (3 to 8hrs)

Arise early today and prepare for an amazing adventure; an unforgettable encounter with the gentle giants of Bwindi!Following breakfast, transfer to the park offices where participants are divided into groups of 8 and allocated a gorilla family as well as a tracking guide.
Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, water proof hiking boots and a light rain coat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grabbing onto the vegetation while most hotels/lodges provide a walking stick that come in very handy especially when hiking downhill. A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.
After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide (touches on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions), you drive to the trailhead for the start of your thrilling adventure – participants can expect to walk long distances in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of fitness. Granted, the time taken can be quite unpredictable taking anything from 2 to 8hrs or longer however the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback will more than compensate for the effort in their quest.
Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling by the juveniles – it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience!
NB: Coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla must truly be the most genuinely breathtaking wildlife experience on earth!
Afterwards, you hike back to base where your Driver will be waiting to transfer you to the lodge for a deserved shower and lunch or dinner depending on the time taken on the trek.

Overnight: Mahogany Springs

Bwindi – Flight to Entebbe

Today you will be transferred to the Kihihi Airstrip(about 1 hour from the lodge) for your departure flight out of Impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head back to Entebbe with the morning or afternoon flight. At Entebbe International Airport connect to your international flight. (B)