10 Days Safari Itinerary with Big Game and Primate Safari

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Highlights (10 Days Tour)

Your experienced guides will introduce you to the different members of the chimp families, as well as the birds and plant life of the forest. The trails through the forest are generally easy to navigate and you will always be accompanied by Rangers who will explain the fascinating traditional uses of the forest plant species.

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    Arrival in Entebbe

    On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by your guide who will greet you and transfer you to your Entebbe Hotel for overnight on Bed and Breakfast.

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    Depart for Murchison Falls National park

    Today at 7:00am, your safari guide will pick you from the hotel in Entebbe and drive you to Murchison Falls National Park, a protected area of over 4000 km². You will have a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a species reintroduction programme that has successfully bred over a dozen white rhino and the only place in Uganda where you can see rhino. These docile animals are best viewed on an early morning walking safari. Overnight at Lodge on Full Board. Murchison Falls National Park has 76 mammal species and 451 bird species. The River Nile runs through the park and attracts Nile crocodile, hippo and the rare semi-aquatic Sitatunga antelope. Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffes, warthogs, giant forest hog, Uganda kob, topi and waterbuck are just a few of the big name mammals you may see. If time allows, visit the Top of the Falls and feel the force of the River Nile under your feet as the half a kilometer-wide river narrows to just 7 m wide and cascades down through a 45 m drop.

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    Morning and afternoon game drives Murchison fall National Park

    Your morning will start with an early morning game drive. You may choose to take a packed breakfast to eat mid-morning or eat a full breakfast upon your return to the Lodge. Admire the wildlife and birdlife of Murchison Falls National Park and ask your driver guide lots of questions along the way. After the game drive, you will return for lunch and an hour or to use relaxation by the pool. Overnight on Full Board.

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    Depart for Kibale Forest National Park

    Today your guide will drive you from Murchison fall national park via Hoima to Kibale Forest, an incredibly diverse forest of 795 km² that is home to over 335 bird species (some rare or endemic) and 13 species of primates including chimpanzee, red colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest monkey, blue monkey, grey mangabey, black faced vervet monkeys, baboons, pottos and bushbabies. You will arrive at the lodge in the late afternoon. Overnight at Lodge on Full Board.

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    Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi wetland community walk

    After breakfast, it’s an early start to report to the ranger headquarters at 8 am in Kibale Forest National Park to track habituated Chimps. These engaging apes, our closest living relative, are great fun to watch as they play and fight in the fruit trees. Your experienced guides will introduce you to the different members of the chimp families, as well as the birds and plant life of the forest. The trails through the forest are generally easy to navigate and you will always be accompanied by Rangers who will explain the fascinating traditional uses of the forest plant species. The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier that its savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into areas of Kibale Forest; Occasionally other large mammals such as buffalo, giant forest hog and numerous antelope species can also be seen. Birders will be on the look-out for an incredible list of 335 bird species. Also look out for the Black and White Colobus Monkey, Red Tailed Monkey and Gray Cheeked Mangabey. Butterfly lovers and botanists will be impressed by equally long lists of rare and endemic forest species. In the afternoon visit the neighboring Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary. Cleverly constructed boardwalks lead you through Papyrus that towers above your head in Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary. With over 130 bird species, multi-colored butterflies, eight different types of primates and the rare, semi-aquatic Sitatunga (antelope), this is community tourism at its best. Overnight at Lodge on Full Board.

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    Depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Your driver guide will take you via Kasese towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, set on the floor of the Rift Valley, with the (occasionally visible peaks of the) Rwenzori Mountains behind you. The landscape of northern Queen Elizabeth comprises dozens of ancient craters carved into gentle rolling hills. Queen Elizabeth National Park has over 600 bird species, more than any other national park in Uganda. En route to your lodge, you are likely to see a variety of game, particularly elephants and Uganda Kob. If you are very lucky, you may spot a Giant Forest Hog, Africa’s largest pig. Keep your eyes peeled to spot an elusive leopard. You will arrive at the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, you will head out for an evening game drive around kasenyi area looking for the pride of lions that hang around the Kob mating ground, you will return to the lodge in time for dinner and overnight on Full Board.

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    Game drive and Boat Cruise on the Kazinga Channel

    Start your day early with a 6 o’clock coffee or tea wake-up call, ready for your early morning game drive. Make sure to ask the hotel staff for a packed breakfast that morning. A popular route for the game drive is the Kasenyi sector, well-known for its lions that prey on Queen Elizabeth’s large population of Uganda Kob (antelope) that mate around this area. Wildlife to look out for includes elephants, antelope, warthogs, Baboons and occasionally a hyena. If you are very lucky, you may spot a Giant Forest Hog, Africa’s largest pig. Keep your eyes peeled to spot an elusive leopard! After your Safari, you will head back to the lodge for a few hours relaxation by the pool and lunch. In the afternoon, you will take a boat for a water safari on the Kazinga Channel at Mweya that connects the two lakes of Edward and George. This is likely to be a big highlight of your trip! The Kazinga Channel lies in central Queen Elizabeth, its banks fertile with large mammals such as hippo, elephant and buffalo. The expert Uganda Wildlife Authority guides will identify many of the Channel’s 100 bird species and you’re likely to see African Skimmers, Great White Pelicans, Spoonbill and a number of Bee eater species. Hippos wallow at the edge of the water, huge Nile crocodiles bask in the sun and elephants come down to drink. The Kazinga Channel boat ride is a brilliant opportunity to take some close-up wildlife shots.Dinner and overnight at lodge on Full Board.

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    Depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – and look out for tree-climbing lions!

    Today we will depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with an ‘en route game drive’ passing through Ishasha, the remote, southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is on the expansive plains of Ishasha that you will be on the lookout for its famous resident: the tree climbing lions. A sighting is not guaranteed but you have a better chance of seeing them here in the large low-limbed fig trees of Ishasha than anywhere else in Africa. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and one of the richest biological and botanical regions in the world. The forest covers an area of 331 km² at the south-western edge of the western Rift Valley. Bwindi’s most-revered species are the approximately 400 wild Mountain Gorillas (2011 census) that make up half of the world population of these gentle apes. Bwindi bird watching is highly recommended by the African Bird Club. After a few hours in the vehicle, you may enjoy an afternoon walk around the village of Buhoma (your home for two nights) and a chance to visit one of the handicraft shops or to meet the Batwa, the ancient forest-dwelling tribe. Dinner and overnight at Lodge on Full Board.

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    Day of Gorilla Trekking

    You will wake up early on the morning of your Gorilla Tracking for a good breakfast in preparation for the day’s physical activity. You will report for registration at the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger station by 7:45 AM. After a briefing by the rangers, your gorilla trek will start. The trek usually takes between three and six hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a strong pair of walking boots or shoes. The rangers will guide you through the village gardens and into the jungle-like forest. They will escort you through the sometimes thick bush, occasionally hacking the dense undergrowth with a machete as you search to locate the gorillas. The mountain gorillas are under 24 hour monitoring for their own safety, so you’re almost guaranteed to see them. The rangers monitor each gorilla family by keeping in close radio contact. In part due to gorilla tourism, the population of gorillas is slowly increasing but the species remains critically endangered. Gorillas and humans share almost identical genetic material and their health must not be compromised by coming into contact with human diseases (via our food, for example). To reduce transmission of disease from humans to gorillas, you will also be advised to keep a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas. Once you have located the gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings to one side, and approach the gentle giants, just with your camera. The guides will interpret the animals’ behaviour and advise on what you are watching. Females and their young, young males and even a dominant Silverback may be seen: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping! You will never forget your encounter with the gorillas. They will be quite curious to see you! You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to base. Some afternoons, there is an option of watching a dance by the Batwa tribe, the original inhabitants of the forest. Note: the dance performance also depends on how many visitors there are staying at the lodge that night at an extra small cost. Dinner and overnight at Lodge on Full Board.

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    Bwindi Impenetrable national park – Entebbe

    This morning after a lazily breakfast, you will drive back to Entebbe international airport for your out bound flight to your next destination.

Please note following regarding Gorilla Permits:

  1. Gorilla permit prices are subject to change without warning.
  2. Prices for gorilla safaris are based on clients staying together.
  3. Gorilla viewing is subject to availability of permits, which are limited.
  4. Separate quotes are available, on request, for clients wishing to stay at other properties.
  5. All gorilla permits need to be purchased at the time of booking or a deposit equivalent to 50% of the cost of the safari paid, whichever is higher.
  6. We may customize any of our itineraries to suit you. You are at liberty to reduce or add a number of nights, change a hotel (upgrade/downgrade), change a given routing etc.

Child policy Rate (3 –12 years)

Children below 2 years sharing with an adult are Enjoy safari free of charge. Children above the age of 12 years are considered as adults and pay full rates without a gorilla or Chimpanzee or Golden monkey permit. Children between 3 years and 12 years old sharing the safari with an adult will be charged 50% of the full adult rate.

Also Note that Children below 16years do not go for Either Chimpanzee or Gorilla Tracking, they shall only go for children’s activities.

NOTES

Custom designed personal / Group tour; Prices subject to change

  1. Published prices may change without notice in case of unforeseen circumstances beyond our control.

Gorilla Permits

  1. All gorilla permits need to be purchased at the time of booking or a deposit equivalent to 50% of the cost of the safari paid, whichever is higher. Gorilla viewing is subject to availability of permits, which are limited; any additional gorilla permits required should be purchased when booking. Gorilla permit prices are subject to change without warning.
  2. Prices for gorilla safaris are based on clients staying together. Separate quotes are available, on request, for clients wishing to stay at other properties.

Hotels / Lodges

  1. We may customize any of our itineraries to suit you. You are at liberty to reduce or add a number of nights, change a hotel (upgrade/downgrade), change a given routing etc.

Transport

  1. You will use a 4×4 wheel Drive safari vehicle Minivan Costumed designed carries 6 people this can be upgraded to a land cruiser 1-5 on additional fees.

Inclusions:

  • All accommodation on Half Board (HB), Full Board (FB) or Bed and Breakfast (B&B) basis as quoted in the text
  • Safari vehicle and fuel
  • English speaking tourist guide
  • 1 gorilla permit per person USD $700
  • Game drives and walks
  • Entrance fees to the national parks
  • Kampala Tour
  • Taxes
  • Free mineral water in the vehicle during the tour
  • AMREF emergency evacuation insurance

Exclusions:

  • Visa fees
  • Drinks / alcoholic drinks
  • Additional meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips
  • Activities not part of the described programme
  • International travel insurance

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