Gorilla Watching and Wildlife Safari in Uganda

Wildlife-Gorilla Safari Uganda- 10 days

The 10 day tour is a unique comprehensive package for traveller with more time on their safari holiday in Uganda.  There’s enough time to visit places like Murchison falls national park, Kibaale national park, Queen Elizabeth National park, drives along Kazinga Channel and Bwindi National park for the ultimate gorilla trekking experience.

This safari itinerary is a sample day trip that can be changed and tailored to the needs of each guest and tourist.

Day 1 –Arrival

Fly into Uganda through Entebbe International airport and book into any hotel of your preferred standards and choice. Early arrivals are accompanied by tour of the cities of Kampala, the capital and Entebbe’s attractions like the zoo (wildlife education centre), the vast Lake Victoria. All this will be gladly done by any tour agent as booked.

There are budget accommodation from Holiday Inn, guest houses and Tourist hotel from the capital and luxury/ standard options from Sheraton hotel, Kampala Serena, Windsor Lake Victoria hotel Entebbe, the Imperial group of hotel in both Entebbe and Kampala city. Dinning and overnight accommodation is excellent around all these facilities.

Day 2 -MURCHISON FALL NATIONAL PARK

Have an early breakfast at your hotel and then board your vehicle to Murchison Falls in Masindi, a 5-6 hours drive from Kampala. You are escorted by your booked tour guide from any travel and safari agency. Enjoy your lunch from a hotel en-route. Pass via the Budongo forest for a few sights of the lush vegetation, birds and small mammals like baboons.

The Murchison Falls Park is located on the banks of the Victoria Nile, to the north. Regular sights include elephants, Buffalos, Rothschild giraffe, Oribi, waterbuck, hartebeest, bushbuck, leopard, lion, bush pigs, sitatunga, kob, mongoose, warthog, jackal, genet and hyenas.

Climb to the narrow gorge that makes the famous Murchison Falls, a popular spot for white water rafting in Uganda. Look out for the crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes and a variety of birds along the banks.

The park has plenty of accommodation of different standards and suits all kinds of budget. There is luxury from Paraa Lodge, Nile safari camp and Sambiya River lodge. Budget/ cheaper options from Red Chillis, Budongo Eco lodge, Guesthouses and other public campsites along the river banks. Dining and overnight is quite excellent for any facility you choose.

Day 3 -Morning game drive and boat rides along the Victoria Nile

Wake up to a delightful breakfast and then meet your guide who will lead you through the day’s activities that include a game drive and a boat ride along the Victoria Nile.

The game drive is on open vehicle to the north of the Victoria Nile where the park is crowded with different animals. Carry a wide brimmed hat, binoculars and a good camera to capture the wild’s moments. Sights include the giraffes, buffalos, a few lion prides, oribi, antelopes and waterbucks. Head back to your lodge for a sumptuous lunch before your afternoon rides.

On the 3 hour boat trip, you will see different schools of hippos, buffalos, crocodiles and a variety of birds like the rare shoebills from the swamp/ reed bush banks. Ride across the foot of the falls and experience real African beauty.

Head back to your lodge for overnight and dinning, prepared to your taste and standards.

Day 4 – Transfers to Kibaale Forest National Park

Depart for Fort portal after breakfast, driving for about 4 hours towards Kibaale Forest National Park.  Have lunch from any hotel on the way.

Kibaale Forest national park is popular for its primates like the chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, red cheeked monkeys and red tailed monkeys. On your chimpanzee trails, these are regularly seen swinging in the forest trees and others feeding on the wild fruits.

Budget accommodation can be booked at Chimps Nest Camp, Rujuma Guesthouse and Rwenzori View Guest house. Book luxury accommodation from Primates Lodge, Ndali Lodge and Mountains of the Moon Lodge.

Day 5-Kibaale National park to Queen Elizabeth National park

Start your day on an early chimpanzee tracking in the abundant forest. The chimps are the pime attractions in this park, despite the presence of other species of primates like red colobus monkeys, the rare L’Hoest, blue monkey, grey mangabey, pottos, black faced vervet monkeys, baboons and also bush babies. Other animals include forest elephant, buffalo, forest hog, antelopes and other birds. Have your lunch break and then head for Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Check into Simba Safari Lodge and Institute of Ecology, Hippo Hill Camp or Ihamba Lodge for budget accommodation package. Luxury options are available from Mweya safari Lodge, Katara lodge, Jacana Lodge or Kingfisher resort.

Day 6 Game Drives and Boat Ride on the Kazinga Channel

Wake up early to catch a game drive through the park, with magnificent views of the plains, valleys, terraced hills and wild animals like reedbuck, bushbuck, kob, warthogs, elephants, lions, buffalos and so much more. Have a break and relax as you eat lunch served at the lodge.

The afternoon adventure entails a boat ride/ cruise on the Kazinga Channel, water stream joining Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel attract a large school of Hippos and Nile crocodiles, besides the variety of birds that flock the reed shores like the shoebill, pelicans, kingfishers, saddle billed stork and sometimes the crowned cranes.

Ride back to the lodge of your choice for dinner and over night accommodation.

Day 7- Transfers to Bwindi National Park

After the morning breakfast, board vehicle and head for Bwindi National park. Pass through Ishaha, south of Queen Elizabeth Park, famous for its tree climbing lions. You could stop by Maramagambo forest for a forest walk in the lush green forest, look out for the bat caves that house thousands of bats, pythons, lizards and other reptiles.

Continue on to Bwindi forest, also called impenetrable forest for its dense forest vegetation and a habitat for the montane gorillas, a population of the few left in the world. The forest is also home to over 300 species of birds, particularly Albertine endemics like the double collared sunbird, Kivu ground thrushes, short tailed warbler and African grey parrots. 24 of 26 species are found in the park alone.

Find a variety of accommodation depending on your standards and budget. Budget package options include Bwindi View Bandas, Virunga hotels and Nkuringo Safari Centre. Moderate accommodation is offered at Engagi Lodge, SilverbackLodge, Wagtail and Traveller’s Rest Camp. Utmost luxury is enjoyed from Gorilla Forest Camp, Bwindi Safari Lodge, Mgahinga Volcanoes Lodge and Clouds Lodge.

Day 8 – Bwindi Gorilla Trekking

Soon after the early breakfast, take a walk to the park’s offices for preliminary briefing where you will be allocated into groups of 8 persons and given about 2 armed ranger guides to lead you through the thick forest.

Trek through the forest’s thick vegetation hearing creaks and groans of the gorilla and monkeys at a distance. Identify the spoors and trails of the gorillas from their previous night spots and then track them. Finding the gorillas is quite an anxious feeling, you have only 1 hour to enjoy the amazing creatures as they feed and grumble with their little ones. Take pictures of them as your tour guide identifies for you this particular family, its name and usual behavior. The tracking sometimes lasts several hours (normally 2-7 hour) thus the need to pack your lunch for the adventure.

Head back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 9 Mburo National Park

Set off to Lake Mburo National Park after an early morning breakfast at your lodge. Drive past the intensely terraced Kigezi hill slopes and stop by Mbarara town for lunch break. Arrive in the park in the early afternoon for a boat ride on the lake or game drive in the park. On the game drive, there are different animals to see such as the eland, zebras, hyenas, leopards, buffalos, sitatunga and other mammals. The boat ride on the lake is good for birding safaris for several birds like African Harrier Hawk, yellow-backed, cormorant fish eagles, spectacled weavers, Levillant, shoe bill stork, heron etc. the shores of the lake are crowded with crocodiles and a number of hippos.

Dinning and overnight accommodation of different standards like budget accommodation from Rwonyo Bandas and Acardia cottages and luxury is found at Mantana Luxury Tented camp, Mihingo lodge, Bunyonyi Resort.

Day 10- Departures for Kampala

There is an early option for a game drive at the park and Kampala city tour if you’ve late departures. Be in time for your flights at Entebbe.

 

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