7 Days Uganda Gorillas, Chimps and Lion Safari

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Jambo Safari Hunters! We thank you for choosing Uganda as your holiday destination. Prepare yourself for awe-inspiring landscapes, majestic wildlife, and unforgettable experiences. From the vast savannas of Queen Elizabeth National Park to the lush rainforests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda promises a journey like no other. 

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 2,795 per person, based on 2 people sharing a double/twin room

What's Included

  • Chimp permits per person as per itinerary
  • Gorilla permits per person as per itinerary
  • Accommodation, meals & drinks as per itinerary 
  • Bottled mineral water in the vehicle 
  • All ground transportation and transfers as indicated, inclusive of fuel in a 4x4 safari Landcruiser
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Ranger guide fees
  • Park, conservation and community bed night fees
  • All applicable taxes, administration and banking fees

What's Excluded

  • International flights & applicable airport departure taxes
  • Visa fees (Visa: US$ 50 per person for entry into Uganda)
  • Items of a personal nature: Laundry, drinks,fax, telephone, etc.
  • Gratuities for guide/driver/hotel staff
  • Any extras and additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel/medical insurance

Detailed Itinerary:
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Day 1: Welcome to Uganda!

Your driver/guide will pick you up from Entebbe International Airport and transfer you to your accommodation for the night. This is where he will find you tomorrow morning for the start of your tour around our beautiful Pearl of Africa.

(Kindly share your expected time of arrival in Uganda Depending on the time of your arrival, you might be able to explore the area.

There are many options in Entebbe that can be easily organized before your arrival in

Uganda. For example a visit to the Botanical gardens or the Ugandan Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) commonly known as the national Zoo. Please ask if you would like us to book any of these trips for you.

Lodge: Latitude 0 Degrees

Meal Plan: No meals included today. (kindly let us know if you would like us to include them for you)

 

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Day 2: Travel to Kibale Forest National Park (6 - 7 hrs, drive)

After a hearty breakfast, your guide will pick you up and transfer you to Kibale Forest National park with lunch enroute.

The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda. On arrival at the forest, you will enter a completely different world so get ready for some serious monkey business!

Go for an afternoon community trek through the Kibale villages for a chance to interact with the local community and witness daily life in a traditional local village.

Return to your lodge in time for dinner and overnight

Lodge: Isunga Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 3: Chimpanzee Trekking

Kibale National Park is a great destination for chimpanzee trekking, as it is home to over 1500 chimpanzees and 12 other primates. You can also enjoy the rich biodiversity of the forest, which has over 375 bird species and 351 tree species. 

There are different options for chimp trekking in Kibale, depending on your budget, time and preference. You can either go for the standard chimp tracking, which lasts about 3 - 4 hours and allows you to spend one hour with the chimps, or the chimp habituation experience which lasts for a full day and allows you to follow the chimps from dawn to dusk.

After breakfast you will be briefed by the park rangers about the rules of chimp trekking and you will be assigned to a group of 6 to 8 people and a guide. You will then start your chimp trekking adventure in the forest. Once you locate the chimps you will spend time with them as they groom, feed, play and interact with each other. You will also have a chance to take photos and videos but you must keep a distance of at least 10 meters without flash.

After chimp tracking, you will return to the lodge for relaxation and much needed rest.


Return to your lodge in time for dinner and overnight

Lodge: Isunga Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park with Afternoon Boat cruise (2 - 3 Hrs drive)

After breakfast, your guide will now transfer you to Queen Elizabeth National park with a scenic drive through extinct volcanic lakes, Rwenzori Mountain ranges and vast savannah plains. Be sure to ask the driver to stop for pictures or just to take the moment in.

After lunch, take an afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see: Buffalo, Crocodile, bathing Elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.

After the boat-safari you game drive back to the lodge and arrive in time for dinner and overnight. Take advantage of the Lodge's campfire where you will meet other travellers and share stories of wildlife sightings of the day over a cold beer or cup of tea!


Lodge: Buffalo Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 5: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with game drive in Ishasha (3 - 4 Hrs drive)

Today you drive to Kisoro in the southwestern part of Uganda; close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. Here you will cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. You will seea great country-side, bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains.

Enroute you will take a game drive through the Ishasha sector in search of its world famous lions. After your game drive, you will have lunch and proceed to your lodge for check in.

Lodge: Bweza Gorilla Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 6: Gorilla Trekking and transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Today is the big day… Prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants:

the rare Mountain Gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a highlight for many visitors as this is where they will be visiting the home of the gentle giants. The park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Uganda's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests lies on the mist-covered hillsides. This magnificent forest dates back over 25,000 years, even surviving the last Ice Age (most forests disappeared).

 

Bwindi forest has an incredible diversity of flora and fauna and is the only forest in Africa which can make claim to host both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. In fact, half the worlds’ population of gorillas live here divided over nine habituated family groups. Also 5 other primate species, 120 species of mammal, over 220 butterflies and 360 birds species call Bwindi home. This is THE place to see the critically endangered mountain gorillas up close for your very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ moment.

The gorillas you will trek belong to one of nine family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Your trek will be an exciting (for some also challenging) journey along forested (sometimes slippery) slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gentle giants. En-route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity. Think of dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots.

The time to complete the gorilla trekking can be as little as 2 hours to as much as 7 hours! Once the the family of gorillas has been located, you will be allowed a maximum of one hour observing them. Coming face-to-face with the mountain gorillas is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic part of your tour you will definitely remember for the rest of your life.

After tracking, trasnfer to Lake Mburo National Park 3 hrs drive away.

Lodge: Rwakobo Rock
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 7: Morning Game drive and transfer to Entebbe International Airport

Wake up early and have a hearty breakfast. Go for a game drive in the park, where you can see more wildlife such as elands, giraffes warthogs, zebras and lions. You can also visit the salt lick where the animals come to lick the salty soil.

Alternatively, you can opt for a horseback riding safari, which is a unique way to explore the park and get closer to the animals.

After your game drive, depart from the park proceed to Entebbe. Depending on the time of you flight, you can have an optional shoe bill tracking in the mabamba swamps. 

Drop off at Entebbe International Airport in time for your flight.
Meal Plan: Breakfast and light snack

When you book your trip with Safari Hunters, you donate 5$ per person towards underpriviledged communities that live in the destinations in which we operate.


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