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Uganda safari itinerary - Safari combining the savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park with the tropical rainforests of Kibale & Bwindi (encounters with the primates of Uganda).

 
Gorilla Safari in UgandaThis itinerary operates on a scheduled basis (subject to a minimum of 2 people) but can be offered on a private basis too for not too much more than the rates below. There are also options available to fly and prices are dependent on number of people.

This 10 day Luxury Primate Safari in Uganda tour starts from Entebbe - Kibale Forest National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi National Park - Lake Mburo National Park - Entebbe.

Boasting one of the largest selections of forest Primates in the world, Uganda's star attraction is the endangered mountain gorilla. Staring into the pensive brown eyes of these gentle giants, who share 95% of their genes with humans, is an experience as humbling as it is thrilling. Uganda's verdant biodiversity is supplemented by a an impressive selection of plains antelope and over 1000 species of bird life.

An amazing safari that combines the wide savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park with the dense tropical rainforests of Kibale and Bwindi. Excellent wildlife viewing and unforgettable encounters with the primates of Uganda!

Safari Highlights :
• Exciting chimp tracking in Kibale Forest
• Option for unforgettable Hot Air Balloon Safari
• Breakfast in the bush in Queen Elizabeth NP
• Game viewing in Queen Elizabeth NP
• Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest
• Possibility for a night game drive in Lake Mburo NP
• Accommodation in intimate, luxury safari lodges

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B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

The estimated traveling hours are based on the actual hours of driving; stops for lunch or photos not included.
 
Day 1: Arrive
Welcome to the Pearl of Africa! Arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will be welcomed by a representative and transferred to your hotel.
40km's (1,5 hours)

Overnight at Protea Hotel (BB)

Protea Hotel – Entebbe
Protea Hotel in Entebbe is the closest accommodation to the International Airport, located at only 1 km from the departure and arrival hall and directly on the shores of Lake Victoria. The hotel features 73 rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and modern amenities including complimentary WiFi, satellite TV and electronic safes. The restaurant offers a la carte menu and there is an outside terrace with a wonderful of the lake. Other facilities include a swimming pool, bar, lounge and health club.

Day 2: Entebbe - Kibale Forest National Park
Primate Lodge - DiningAfter a relaxed breakfast we will depart the capital city and head west to Fort Portal, with lunch en route. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon” and is famous for the many tea plantations. From this lovely town we will continue to Kibale National Park.
330 km's (5 hours)

Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge luxury cottages. (B-L-D)

Kibale Forest National Park harbors  the  greatest  variety  and  concentration  of  primates  found anywhere in East Africa. Not less than 13 different species are living in this small area of 560 sq km, including  Black-and- White  Colobus  Monkeys,  Blue  Monkeys  and  Grey-cheeked  Mangabeys.  More important, the dense forest hosts a population of more than 1,000 chimpanzees, allowing visitors the unique  opportunity  to  view  these great  apes  in  their  natural  environment.  Just  outside  the  national park  you  will  find  Bigodi  Wetland Sanctuary,  offering  a  number  of  walking  trails  in  the  Magombe Swamp.

Primate Lodge Kibale – Kibale Forest National Park

The  new  luxury  cottages  at  Primate  Lodge  feature  large twin  or  double  beds,  a  spacious  bathroom and  private veranda.  Large  glass  windows  and  a  full  size  glass  sliding door  allow  180  degree  views  of  the  beautiful  rainforest.
The  main  lodge  has  a  spacious  dining  room,  serving  local  and  international  meals,  with  an  adjacent  bar  and  lounge  area. Wifi is available in the main area.

Day 3: Kibale Forest National Park & Bigodi Swamp
Today the forest opens for a sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is reputable of having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. After a pre-tracking briefing at walking distance from your accommodation, you will start your hike adventure into the forest. Follow the footsteps of a large habituated family of chimpanzees, with over 120 individuals, that has made Kibale one of the best locations in Africa for chimp viewing.

En route your guide will explain more about the forest and the other inhabitants, including other primates and birds such as the blue breasted Kingfisher, black billed Turaco, Pied Hornbill, Chestnut winged Starlings and many more.

Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will stay with them for one unforgettable hour as they continue their daily routine – growling, grooming, feeding, taking care of the young ones and agilely climbing up trees. It certainly is one unforgettable wildlife encounter and the hour is always over too soon.

After your forest walk, return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we transfer to Bigodi Swamp for another, totally different nature walk. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates.

Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge luxury cottages. (B-L-D)

Day 4 : Kibale Forest National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast we head towards the south while passing the majestic foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the “Mountains of the Moon”. En route we will explore the scenic crater lakes region that surrounds the dense forest of Kibale National Park.

Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the scenic views from your accommodation or take a refreshing dip in the pool.
250 km's (3 hours)

Dinner and overnight at Katara Lodge. (B-L-D)

The natural beauty in Queen Elizabeth National Park is overwhelming and diverse: green savannah plains with small acacia and euphorbia trees gave way to sunken crater lakes and swamps, bounded by  the  snow-covered  peaks  of  the  Rwenzori  Mountains.  The  park  is  home  to  95  types  of  mammals, including  Uganda  Kobs,  lions,  elephants  and  the  giant  forest  hog.  Moreover,  with  a  bird  list  of  over 600  species,  it  has  the  highest  number  of  bird  species  found  in  any  national  park  in  Africa!  On  the shores  of  the  Kazinga  Channel,  a  natural  link  between  Lake  Edward  and  Lake  George,  you  will encounter  large  herds  of  hippopotamus  and  many  crocodiles.  Chimpanzees  can  be  tracked  in Kyambura  Gorge,  while  the  famous  tree  climbing  lions  are  found  in  the  southern  part  of  the  park, called Ishasha.

Katara Lodge – Queen Elizabeth National Park

Katara Lodge is located on the Kichwamba escarpment at a short  (15  km)  drive  from  the  main  entrance  of  Queen Elizabeth  National  Park.  The  lodge offers  five  thatched cottages on a beautiful stretch of hills overlooking the open savannah.   Each   cottage  was  hand  crafted  using   locally available materials,  features  a  four  poster  star  bed  and private veranda. The bathrooms are fitted with a romantic roll top bath or invigorating rain shower. The main bar and dining   area   is   a   large   thatched   structure   providing a beautiful view of the plains of the park. Wifi is available.

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park
The day begins early when we start with a morning game drive and head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. We search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat. Alternatively you can decide to experience a unique Hot Air Balloon Safari, followed by a bush breakfast and game drive (pre-booking required).

In the afternoon we take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel is 33 km long and 2-3 km at its widest points. The scheduled 2 hour boat ride (beverages and snacks included!) will cover a 12-14 km stretch of the channel, with almost guaranteed excellent wildlife sightings including multitudes of hippopotamus – possibly the world’s highest concentration – Nile crocodiles, wallowing buffaloes on its reedy banks, elephants, and many birds.

Dinner and overnight at Katara Lodge. (B-L-D)

Optional: Hot Air Ballooning in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Arise at dawn and transfer to the park gate to meet your ballooning crew and drive to the launch site by the first light. With coffee on site, witness the gigantic balloon being inflated. You will attend a safety briefing before being invited to get on board for a smooth ascension to a bird’s view position.

View the Kasenyi plains, the famed mating grounds of the Uganda Kobs, and a haunt for the predators. Enjoy the aerial views of the Kazinga Channel, the Mweya Peninsula and Lake George as well as far down towards Ishasha. Queen Elizabeth is truly famous for magnificent topography and milliard species of wild game, flowers, plants and birds.

The one hour long flight at different altitudes culminates with an amazing wilderness. Afterwards you are joined by your regular driver/guide and able to enjoy more game viewing en route back to your lodge where you will have time to relax before lunch and your planned afternoon activity. All in all, an unforgettable African experience that we highly recommend!

NB: Children below 7 years old or under 4 feet (1.20 meters) tall are only carried on parents request and at the discretion of the operator. Booking in advance required.

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park (Ishasha)
After breakfast we start with another game drive and then proceed to the southern part of the national park. This area is called Ishasha and known for the tree climbing lions. Check in at your accommodation where you will have lunch and relax.

In the afternoon we will go out for a game drive in search of the lions resting in the fig trees.
180 km's (2-3 hours)

Dinner and overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp. (B-L-D)

Ishasha  Wilderness  Camp (Queen Elizabeth National Park)
Ishasha  Wilderness  Camp  is  a  hidden  gem  in  the  remote southern  sector  of  Queen  Elizabeth  National  Park.  Each  of the  ten  spacious  tents  is situated  in  the  wooded  area besides the Ntungwe river and is comfortably furnished. It has its own en suite bathroom providing hot water “bush” showers and an eco-friendly toilet. A central lounge/dining area,  also  under  canvas,  offers  meals  and  relaxing during the day, while the bar has a selection of local and imported  beverages.  In  the  evening  guests  can  enjoy  a  unique  bush experience in the area besides the river including an evening fireplace. Wifi is available.

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park / Bwindi National Park
Awaken early and set off on a game drive to spot lions, elephants and other wildlife in action. Around breakfast time you will be treated on a bush breakfast in the middle of the wilderness. Sit and listen to the early morning sounds while the chef prepares a delicious full English breakfast. Later in the morning we return towards the lodge with another game drive en-route.

In the afternoon we depart Queen Elizabeth National Park and drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas.
90 km's (2 hours)

Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge. (B-L-D)

Of  the  over  800  mountain  gorillas  worldwide, Bwindi National Park is  home  to  almost  half  of  the gorilla  population.  There  is  no  better  place  for  observing  these  gentle  giants  from  a  close  distance!

Thanks  to  the  wildlife  conservation  program,  the  number  of  gorillas in  Bwindi  Impenetrable  Forest only has increased from 300 to 400 in the recent years,  which include nine different families that are habituated  for  tourism  purposes.  Apart  from  the  famous  residents,  the  dense  forest  hosts  9  other  primates.  There  are  different  trails  in  the  park,  including  the  Munyanga  River  Trail  and  Waterfall Trail, leading through the pristine rainforest to three sparkling waterfalls.

Buhoma Lodge (Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park)
Buhoma Lodge  is  an  intimate  lodge  within  the  boundary of  the  forest.  It  offers  ten  traditional  cottages,  each  with its  own  private  veranda, allowing wonderful  views  of  the forest  canopy.  The  rooms  feature  comfortable  beds  and en-suite  bathroom  with  flushing  toilet  and  hot  shower.
There  is  also  an  elevated  lounge  area,  complete  with  bar  and  dining  facilities,  and  a  fire  place  to  warm  up  during the cool evenings. Wifi is available.

Day 8: Gorilla Tracking (Bwindi National Park)
Arise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants! Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure. Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of (average) fitness. However the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback completely makes up for the effort!

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.

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 with the juveniles – it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience!

Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge. (B-L-D)

Day 9: Bwindi National Park - Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast we depart the impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head to Lake Mburo National Park. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant before we enter the national park, and with a game drive en-route we will proceed to our accommodation, with beautiful views of the park.

In the evening you will have the opportunity to enjoy a night game drive (pre-booking required).
390 km's (5 hours)

Dinner and overnight at Mihingo Lodge. (B-L-D)

Lake Mburo is the smallest national park in Uganda and conveniently located in the west of the country. Despite of its size, the area offers amazing scenery. The five lakes are surrounded by forested hills, open savannah, acacia woodland and papyrus swamps. Wildlife includes some special species such as impalas, zebras and the gigantic elands, which are almost nowhere else found in the country. Lake Mburo is an excellent place for bird watching as well. About 315 species are recorded in this area. Besides exploring the network of game tracks by car, guided safari walks and boat rides on Lake Mburo can also be arranged. In July 2015 giraffes were translocated from Murchison Falls to Lake Mburo NP.

Optional: Night game drive in Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park is one of the few parks in Uganda where you can continue watching wildlife after the sun has set.

A night game drive (usually 2-3 hours) is an exciting experience and unusual twist on your regular game drives, allowing you to search for a variety of animals that you would not easily see during the day, such as bush pigs, genet cats and white tailed mongoose. But also the elusive leopards and spotted hyenas are best to be seen at night. And with some luck you will be able to spot the one male lion in the park who resides down by Lake Mburo!

NB. Booking in advance is required to avoid disappointment.
 
Mihingo Lodge – Lake Mburo National Park
Mihingo Lodge is a peaceful and exclusive retreat, situated in Lake Mburo National Park. It features 12 luxury, tented rooms designed to provide guests with privacy and tranquillity. Each spacious canvas tent is equipped with en-suite bathrooms, hot and cold running water, showers, and flush loos. The rooms have been sensitively designed to complement the local environment with great attention to detail. All the rooms have its own unique charm and character, whether it is nestled in forest, overlooking the lake, perched on a rocky outcrop or down by the water hole. Below the dining area, an infinity swimming pool stretches out from the rocks. Wifi is available.
 
Day 10: Lake Mburo National Park – Entebbe
Early start of the day as we will go for a bush walk guided by a ranger. Experience a safari on foot that will allow you to notice the smaller, often overlooked, details and usually brings you much closer to the wildlife than when in a car.

Return the lodge for breakfast and with a game drive on our way out we depart the protected area and back towards the capital city. En-route we will pass the Equator where we will make a stop for lunch, photos and souvenir shopping.

You will be dropped at Entebbe Airport for your international flight. (B-L)
340 km's (6 hours)

Travel tip:
Extend your safari with two or three days and explore Uganda’s most amazing retreats to unwind before flying back home. Stay at Wildwaters Lodge, Jinja, nestled on a private island amidst the wild rapids of the river Nile.
Or cross Lake Victoria to the remote Bulago Island and relax on the white sandy beaches at Pineapple Bay Resort.
 
This itinerary can be done on a private basis or with our scheduled departures:
Scheduled departure dates:
12 January 2018
8 February 2018
23 April 2018 *
1 June 2018
26 July 2018
13 August 2018
1 September 2018
20 November 2018 *
* Low season

The above departure dates are the starting dates in Entebbe, guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people. Should you like other dates, please let us know and we can quote you according to how many people you are.

Cost per person sharing:

Min. 2 participants
Low season: US$4160
High season: US$4662
 
The high season period includes January, February, March, June, July, August, September, October and December.
The low season period includes April, May and November.
 
Includes:
Airport transfer to/from Entebbe Airport
Ground transport per private 4WD safari vehicle (Land Cruiser)
English speaking driver/guide
Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary, based on a shared twin/double room
Meals as described in the itinerary
Bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle
Entrance fees and ranger fees for national parks
Activities and excursions mentioned in the program
Permit for chimp tracking in Kibale Forest
Detailed map of Uganda
AMREF Evacuation Air Ambulance insurance
VAT for hotels and lodges outside Kampala

Exclusions:

International flight
Visa (USD $100 per person to be paid on arrival)*
Gorilla permit (between $450 - $600)
Optional activities (eg. Hot Air Balloon)
Meals and drinks not mentioned
Items of personal nature
Tips & laundry service.
 
*If you are planning to combine Uganda with a visit to Rwanda and/or Kenya it is recommendable to request for the East African Tourist Visa. This special tourist visa costs US $100 per person and allows 90 days multiple entry to Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. Regretfully, Tanzania is not (yet) a member of the East African community and therefore not part of this arrangement.
 
How to obtain the East African Tourist Visa:
- Uganda: upon arrival at the airport, no (online) application in advance is required. The visa can be paid directly in cash.
- Rwanda: online via the Rwanda Immigration website. Similar to the application for the single entry visa but make sure to select the East African Tourist Visa.
- Kenya: at the moment only available directly upon arrival, but soon via the eCitizen portal as well.

Availability of accommodation, permits and activities is not guaranteed until confirmation. Permits are sold on ‘first come first serve’ basis.
Gorilla permits can only be secured after receiving the requested deposit.
The chimp tracking in Kibale Forest may take place either in the morning or afternoon, depending on the availability of the permits for chimp tracking.
This safari supports Eco-Tourism in Uganda.The included accommodations have been carefully selected, based on their contribution to sustainable tourism. Your stay will directly benefit the local communities and conservation projects. The funds from the tracking permits are used for the protection of the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees that are living in Uganda’s rainforests.

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