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Overview

This 6 Nights – 7 Days Uganda Primates and Wildlife Safari in a nutshell ticks the bucket list of “Must See” wildlife of travellers coming for a safari in Uganda including the rhino.
Start this journey by visiting Ziwa rhino sanctuary to track rhinos on foot, then proceed to Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s largest national park for some big four wildlife spotting and spectacular waterfalls hiking.

The next stop on this wildlife exploration is at Kibale Forest National Park home to Uganda’s largest population of Chimpanzees and one of the top birding spots in the country. Enjoy a walk-through Bigodi Swamp and see wild chimpanzees’ exciting chimp walk.

The excitement on this epic Journey is getting high this morning as our next visit is Bwindi National Park for an opportunity to interact face to face with the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

This safari starts and ends in Uganda.

Summary of your Trip
  • 2 Nights Murchison River Lodge (Murchison Falls National Park) | Uganda
  • 2 Nights Rubalika Safari Lodge (Kibale National Park) | Uganda
  • 2 Nights Gorilla Safari Lodge (Bwindi Impenetrable Forest) | Uganda
Price Includes
  • All ground transportation in a normal land cruiser with all fuel
  • Full-time driver or guide with all their associated expenses
  • Full board accommodation as per above itinerary
  • 1 Chimp permit per person, 1 Gorilla permit per person
  • Drinking water in the vehicle
  • Any other items included in the above itinerary
Price Excludes
  • Visas and International Air tickets
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, telephone calls, etc
Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1Transfer to Murchison falls national park via Ziwa rhino sanctuary

Driving time: ± 5h30 (±374 kms)

You will be collected from a Hotel in the Capital Kampala or welcomed at Entebbe Airport
by our representative who facilitates seamless arrival formalities. Thereafter you will be brief on your travel arrangements before heading northwest towards Murchison Falls National Park with a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for some rhino tracking.

This sanctuary is a 70-square kilometre property protected by an electric fence which keeps the rhinoceroses from escaping. This is the only location in Uganda where anyone can see rhinos.
There are 15 Rhinos that were reintroduced after their extinction in the 1970s through poaching. With the ongoing breeding program, the number of rhinos has risen to 32 animals. Visitors to the sanctuary are registered at the park office before they are taken to track and see the rhinoceros in the wild. The process is very easy and enlightening for the visitors to understand the ever-present dangers facing rhinos. Dressing in shorts or trousers or skirts is fine as long as you apply mosquito repellent and sunscreen.
A local ranger guide will lead you on foot to an up-close encounter with the rhinos and it may take about 1 and a half hours.

After successfully tracking the rhinoceros, we proceed to Masindi Town for lunch and later continue to Murchison Falls National Park arriving at your lodge late afternoon. Murchison Falls National Park is one of the largest national parks in Uganda and it covers an area of 3840 sq meters. The park is home to a variety of wildlife species and vegetation. The main tourist activities carried out in this park are game viewing and boat trips along the Nile River. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Activity and Services: Rhino Tracking at Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch
Included: Rhino Tracking & Park entrance fees

Day 2 Full Day Murchison Falls National Park – Game Drive & Boat Cruise

The morning starts with breakfast before your departure on a morning game drive where you look for the animals as the sun rises. During the sunrise game drive, you will see animals such as Giraffes, spotted hyena, pangolin, Jackson’s hartebeest, African elephant, leopard, African buffalo, oribi antelope, Kobus kob, side stripped jackal, African long-tailed mongoose, bushbuck, waterbuck, warthog, red mongoose, and lion. As the game drive continues into daylight the large animals with be evident. Many birds will be spotted, and hippo will the seen at the hippo pool.

After the morning sunrise game drive, we head back to the lodge for rest until lunch is served.
After lunch, we go for a boat safari upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just few of meters from the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’, marvel at the toothsome hippos, home of crocodiles and over the 17km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob. This is also the zone of many birds, species like goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. After taking shorts of the photogenic Murchison Falls, return to your Lodge. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Activities and Services: Game Drive; Boat Cruise on the Nile, Top of the Falls Hike
Included: Game Drive; Park Entrance Fees; Ferry Crossing; Boat Cruise on the Nile; Top of the Falls Hike; Vehicle Entrance fees

Day 3Transfer to Kibale National Game Park

Driving time: ± 8 hours ( ± 488 km)

After the morning breakfast head for Kibale Forest National Park, driving south via Hoima.
You will be rewarded with breath-taking scenery of the great Rwenzori Mountains in Kasese, as well as the homesteads of local people in Hoima, tea plantations, bananas among others.
Drive through Fort Portal town a region with the youngest monarch in the world the King Rukirabasaija Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV. of Toro kingdom in Uganda. Your guide will point out interesting sights in this town as your drive.
Dinner and overnight at your Lodge

Accommodation: Rubalika Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Activities and Services: Kasenyi Sector
Included: Transfer to Kibale National Park, Game Drive, Park entrance fees

Day 4Full Day Kibale Forest National Park – Chimpanzee tracking & Bigodi swamp walk

Today is an early rise followed by breakfast after which you will be driven by your Driver-Guide to the starting point of your Chimpanzee tracking experience in Kibale Forest National Park.
On arrival you will have a briefing for chimpanzee trekking. There are more primates in Kibale than any other country in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, man’s closest relative. Kibale’s 1450 Chimpanzee represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate and the largest populations of habituated chimpanzees resides here.

Although chimpanzee tracking is the most known activity here, Kibale is also a home to the rare I’Hoest’s monkey as well as other primates such as the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Olive baboon to mention but a few. So, you will enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and many others. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, visitors stand a good chance of hearing and seeing our distant cousins as they gloom and bond with one another.

After lunch we explore the Crater Lake region, which has many crater lakes and the local people in the area. Dinner and overnight at your Safari Lodge.

Accommodation: Crater Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Activities and Services: Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary chimps tracking
Included: 1 chimp Permit per person; Explore Crater Lake region

Day 5Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

After breakfast we proceed to Bwindi impenetrable national park. You will have a stopover at Ishasha sector where you will engage in a game drive where you will be able to view the tree climbing lions which will be lying up in acacia or fig tree branches. During the game drive you will also be able to view other animals like buffaloes, Uganda kobs, elephants, hippos and different bird species. After the game drive you will have en-route lunch after which back on the road towards Bwindi impenetrable national park.
Arrival in the afternoon and check in at the lodge and enjoy all the amenities on offer.
Later enjoy Dinner and go to bed sleeping with the sounds of the tropical rainforest.

Accommodation: Gorilla Safari Lodge
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Activities and Services: Ishasha Sector
Included: Game Drive & Transfer to Bwindi

Day 6Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Batwa Cultural Visit

Today is an early rise followed by breakfast by 7:00am and there after you will be driven by your driver-guide to the Gorillas Head Quarters for briefing at the park station. Your lodge will give you packed snack. During the briefing, the park Rangers let you know what to expect, how to act around the gorillas and what you need to carry along. After being assigned a gorilla family, the rangers and the armed guards will then take you to the forest for tracking. Early morning entry into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is spectacular. As you move searching for the gorillas, you will pass through thickets, steep and muddy slopes. Mountain gorilla tracking can take between 2 to 5 hours depending on which gorilla family you were allocated. Once you get to the gorillas, you are expected to be with them for 1 hour. While with the gorilla group, observe and take as many photos/videos as you can. The thrill of spending time and observing the gorillas is a rare moving, awesome and exciting adventure. There is always a ranger guide to interpret the Fauna and the Flora. After gorilla trekking, you will go back to the lodge to freshen up and have lunch.

Later in the afternoon, you may visit the Batwa People. They are hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors who depended on the forest for shelter, food and medicine thanks to ancient knowledge passed down through many generations. They were the first people to inhabit the tropical rainforest who used to stay with mountain gorillas in harmony, it has been once their home for centuries. They used to eat the same food as mountain gorillas considering gorillas as part of their forest family. Visiting the Batwa tribe listen to ancient legends and traditional songs and learn a thing or two about their daily lives and traditions.
Return to the lodge where you will enjoy dinner with fellow travellers before retiring to your room, relax and get to sleep to the sounds of nature.

Accommodation: Gorilla Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Activities and Services: Gorilla Tracking/Uganda Wildlife Authority
Included: 1 Gorilla permit per person; Batwa Community visit (Optional)

Day 7Departure to Kampala

All good things always come to an end, so as your spectacular Uganda Primates and Wildlife Safari. After breakfast it is time to bid farewell to the lodge staff as the drive back to Kampala-Entebbe begins.

On the way you will have a stopover in Mbarara town for lunch and another stopover at the Equator to take photos and buy souvenirs. From the Equator you will proceed to Kampala arriving in the evening and upon arrival you will be dropped off at Entebbe international airport to connect with your onwards International flight back home.

Activities and Services: Road Transfer to Entebbe International Airport, Lunch
Included: Road Transfer to Entebbe International Airport, Lunch

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