13- Day Wildlife Trip to the Pearl of Africa Including Gorilla Trekking.

13 Days | 12 Nights

Safari Overview

On this amazing adventure of a lifetime, you will encounter endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, Track Chimps the Human close relative in their natural habitat, and various wildlife, and interact with different communities to learn their way of life. Discover Africa’s untamed wilderness in its purest form.

 

Day to Day itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive at Entebbe International Airport and transfer to Murchison Falls National Park en route to Zziwa for rhino tracking. Drive time: Approx. 5-6 hrs.

We hope your flight is scheduled for an early landing at Entebbe Airport, you will be received and welcomed to the Pearl of Africa by the assigned Professional English-speaking Private Trip Guide. Then you will hit the road to transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. The major highlight of this park is its roaring rapids and the rolling savannah plains of Uganda’s largest National Park. You will pass via Zziwa for a one-hour rhino tracking, proceed to Masindi for your en-route lunch, and continue to Murchison Falls National Park. You will arrive in the evening and do little but check into your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Lodge/Hotel:  Hornbill Bush Lodge Budget level.
Meal plan: Half Board (HB)
Day 2 : Murchison morning game drive and afternoon boat trip to the base of the falls

After an early breakfast head for a thrilling game drive, catching sight of majestic lions, graceful giraffes, imposing African elephants, herds of buffaloes, giraffes, and elusive leopards (though hard to spot) among others that find sanctuary in this pristine wilderness. Return to accommodation for lunch and some rest time.

Later in the afternoon, go for an exhilarating boat cruise along the iconic Nile River, leading you to the base of the awe-inspiring Murchison Falls where the Nile River forces its way through a narrow gorge, creating the awe-inspiring Murchison Falls. As you glide through the serene waters, keep an eye out for crocodiles, elephants, hippos, and a variety of water birds. Get up close to the thunderous falls, feeling the raw power of nature and capturing unforgettable moments of this breathtaking spectacle. Optional (at an extra cost) If you like, hike to the top of the falls, The hike may be a strenuous one but the thrill of reaching the thrill of reaching the top is unforgettable. This adventure is a must-do when exploring Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park, promising a thrilling and unforgettable experience.

Lodge/Hotel: Hornbill Bush Lodge Budget level.
Meal plan: Full Board (FB)
Day 3 : Drive to the top of the falls and depart Murchison National Park for Kibale Forest National Park. Drive time: Approx. 4-5 hrs.

Be up early and drive to the top of the falls to have a closer view of the falls and enjoy your breakfast at the top of the falls an experience that will leave you fascinated and thereafter transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. This drive is incredibly scenic passing through villages, lush green countryside, and hills dotted with tea plantations which characterize this part of Uganda. The major highlight of Kibale National Park is its primates like the chimpanzees, the colobus monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, and red-tailed monkeys. While trekking chimpanzees, these are regularly seen swinging on the forest trees and others feeding on the forest fruits. You will arrive in Kibale in the evening and do little but check into accommodation for dinner and relax to prepare for the next day.

Lodge/Hotel:  Chimpanzee Forest Lodge Mid- range.
Meal plan: Full Board (FB)
Day 4 : Kibale Chimpanzee trekking experience.

Have an early breakfast and head to the ranger’s post for a short briefing on the dos and don’ts during chimp trekking. Embark on a captivating chimpanzee trek, led by expert guides who’ll help you spot these charismatic creatures and after spotting the chimps you will be allowed one hour in the presence of these human close relatives learning their way of life, playing, and way of feeding. Also expect to see the cheeky red colobus monkeys and the l’Hoest’s monkey, among others adding to the primate spectacle. Return to the lodge for lunch and have a relaxing evening at the lodge.

 

Lodge/Hotel:  Chimpanzee Forest Lodge Mid-range.
Meal plan: Full Board (FB)
Day 5 : Exit Kibale National Park, transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and proceed for the afternoon/evening game drive. Drive time: Approx. 2-3 hrs.

Have an early breakfast and then, transfer from Kibale to Queen Elizabeth. The major highlight of Queen NP is that it features diverse ecosystems and is called home to a variety of wild species which include primates like chimpanzees, and other wildlife like elephants, buffalos, tree climbing lions (Ishasha) among others, and a variety of bird species for birders.

You will reach Queen and check into your accommodation for lunch and some rest time and later go for an afternoon/evening game drive where you will expect to spot wildlife like elephants, cape buffalos, waterbucks, and Uganda Kobs among others. Return to your accommodation for a relaxing evening and overnight.

 

Lodge/Hotel:  Irungu Safari Lodge Budget level.
Meal plan: Full Board (FB)
Day 6 : Queen morning game drive and afternoon boat trip along kazinga channel.

After an early breakfast head for a morning game drive along the Kasenyi plains and be on the look for wildlife such as; cape buffalos, waterbucks, elephants, lions, leopards (though hard to spot), and bushbucks, among others which will leave you amazed. Return to your accommodation for lunch and some rest time.

Later in the afternoon, take 2 hours on a scenic boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel which connects Lake George and Lake Albert, expect to catch sight of wildlife like hippos in a big concentration, elephants, crocodiles, and various water birds such as the African fish eagle, the African skimmer, and the yellow-billed stork among others and this experience will fascinate you.  Return to the lodge for a relaxing evening.

 

Lodge/Hotel: Irungu Safari Lodge Budget level.
Meal plan: Full Board (FB)
Day 7 : Depart Queen en route to Ishasha sector for tree climbing lions and transfer to Bwindi National Park. Drive time. Approx. 3-4 hrs.

After an early breakfast checkout proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable NP Park, The major highlight of this park is its endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat and a variety of bird species. Bwindi harbors over 400 mountain gorillas which is roughly more than half of the total number of total the world’s gorilla population. En route Ishasha sector which is famously known for its resident tree-climbing lions. Spotting these unique creatures as they laze on the branches of fig trees will paint lasting memories. (Though sometimes they are hard to spot) You will also be able to spot other wildlife such as Uganda Kobs, cape buffalos, elephants, and warthogs in addition to tree-climbing lions, and then proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable NP arriving in the late afternoon just check in for dinner and overnight.

 

Lodge/Hotel:  Broadbill Forest Camp budget level.
Meal plan: Full Board (FB)
Day 8 : Bwindi Gorilla trekking Experience and afternoon transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation. Drive time. Approx: 2-3 hrs.

Have breakfast and move to the rangers’ post. You will receive some briefing (from a ranger guide) on the dos and don’ts during trekking. Thereafter, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rainforest is spectacular! The area offers a dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. Once you have located a gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle but endangered giants is unforgettable. Return to the accommodation for some rest time and lunch and later transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, you will arrive in the evening and relax by the lake.

 

Lodge/Hotel:   Bunyonyi Eco Resort Budget level.
Meal plan: Full Board (FB)
Day 9 : Go explore Lake Bunyonyi, and enjoy a canoe ride and afternoon relaxation at the lodge.

After breakfast go for a canoe trek on Lake Bunyonyi which will introduce you to the major islands and their rich history but also there will be some great time spent in the traditional dugout canoe. Return to your accommodation for lunch and relaxation.

 

Lodge/Hotel: Bunyonyi Eco Resort Budget level.
Meal plan: Full Board (FB)
Day 10 : Morning community visit/interaction and transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. Drive time. Approx: 4-5 hrs.

After breakfast, visit and interact with the local community (the Pygmies) who inhabit areas surrounding Lake Bunyonyi. Embrace the warm hospitality of these remarkable people as they share their ancient customs, dance, and music. Engage in traditional activities like, gathering, and creating intricate handicrafts, all while gaining profound insights into their spiritual connection with nature like medicinal plants and their significance in Pygmy culture. Learn about the healing powers and spiritual symbolism attached to each plant, creating an unparalleled understanding of their intimate bond with nature. Thereafter, you will transfer from Lake Bunyonyi to Lake Mburo. You will arrive late in the evening and do little but check into your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

 

Lodge/Hotel: Mburo Eagles Nest Budget level.
Meal plan: Full Board (FB)
Day 11 : Lake Mburo morning game drive and afternoon boat trip on Lake Mburo.

Lake Mburo is a wildlife haven in Uganda. Enjoy a game drive and expect to witness graceful zebras and impalas galloping freely, majestic elands grazing serenely, cape buffalos, and Topis among others roaming the savannah. Capture unforgettable moments as the sun sets, painting the horizon in mesmerizing hues. Optional:(at an extra cost) You may choose to go for a thrilling horseback safari, immersing yourself in the unspoiled beauty of the savannah. Pure safari magic! Return to the lodge for some rest time and lunch.

Later in the afternoon head for a captivating boat trip across the shimmering waters of Lake Mburo, surrounded by picturesque landscapes and lush greenery. Glide alongside graceful hippos, watch crocodiles sunbathe on the banks, and marvel at a spectacular array of birdlife, including African fish eagles and colorful kingfishers. A serene adventure awaits! Return to the lodge and have a relaxing evening and overnight.

 

Lodge/Hotel: Mburo Eagles Nest Budget level.
Meal plan: Full Board (FB)
Day 12 : Transfer from Lake Mburo en route to the Equator and proceed to Kampala (Uganda's Capital city). Drive time. Approx: 5-6 hrs.

After breakfast hit the road and head to Kampala from Lake Mburo via the Uganda equator line for some photographs and to buy some art and crafts depending on your wish, arriving in the late afternoon/evening for check-in and evening relaxation.

 

Lodge/Hotel: Nyumbani Hotel Budget level.
Meal plan: Bed & Breakfast
Day 13 : Kampala morning City tour later Transfer to Entebbe Airport to catch your flight back home. Drive time Approx.:  1-2 hrs

Have an early breakfast and embark on an enchanting morning Kampala city tour to uncover the vibrant heart of Uganda’s capital. The places to visit may include the Uganda Martyrs Shrine, the Buganda Royal Mile, Owino Market where a kaleidoscope of colors and flavors will awaken your senses. Traversing historical Kasubi Tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage site immersing in the rich Buganda culture, the Uganda museum, strolling along the serene shores of Lake Victoria, the largest freshwater lake in Africa beholding its majestic beauty among others. Unearth the city’s soul as the sun casts a golden glow, making this journey truly unforgettable. After lunch proceed to Entebbe for departure.

Taking with you unforgettable memories of your wildlife adventure in Uganda and a longing to return to this enchanting wilderness in the future. We hope to see you (or any referral) when next you visit, and thanks for choosing Private Trip Uganda!

 

Lodge/Hotel: Not Included only provided on demand at an extra cost
Meal plan: Half Board (HB)

Safari Pricing

1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax
USD 5,749 USD 3,896 USD 3,522 USD 3,196 USD 3,140 USD 2,985

Tour Inclusions


 All meals and accommodations as per the itinerary.
 Applicable Park entry fees USD/ activity fees.
 All ground transportation in a comfortable safari vehicle.
 Services of a full-time English-speaking guide/driver.
 Kibale Chimp Trekking permits (USD 200 ) per person
 Bottled water while on a safari.
 Gorilla trekking permits (USD 800) per person
 All airport/hotel pick-ups and drop off.
 All activities as stipulated in the itinerary. (Except those stated as optional)

 

Tour Exclusions


 Activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
 Phone calls and bar bills.
 Airfare.
 Personal/travel insurance.
 Driver guides gratuity.
 Entry Visa to Uganda (Apply Here)

 All activities stated as “OPTIONAL”
 All kinds of drinks except water.
 All other Services of a personal nature.

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