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Epic Gorilla & Wildlife Safari

Epic Gorilla & Wildlife Safari

Epic Gorilla & Wildlife Safari

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Operator:   Home To Africa Tours & Travel
Price From:  $3120
Program duration:  10 day

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About this program

Discover the wealth of wildlife that calls Uganda home on this 10-day action-filled safari. Explore awe-inspiring scenery at beautiful nature parks such as Murchison Falls, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and Queen Elizabeth National Parks.

You will spot multiple species of birds, crocodiles and hippos from river boats, as you soak in the warm African sun. Enjoy driving across the lands in open air vehicles, whilst taking in the sights of giraffes, elephants, lions, antelopes, buffaloes and more.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Entebbe

On arrival at the Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our safari guide who will transfer you to the booked hotel. Depending on your preference, a tour of Kampala City can be arranged; experience the rich cultural history of the Buganda Kingdom from which the name 'Uganda' was derived. Enjoy a visit to the Uganda Museum and feel the energy of Kampala's vibrant nightlife.

Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park

We'll start with an early morning breakfast and head off for a game drive across the Savannah along Lake Albert Delta. Watch for the abundant wildlife as you move as slowly as the sun rises. Climb to the narrow gorge that houses the famous Murchison Falls, first gazetted as a game reserve in 1926. It is Uganda's largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds and is a popular spot for white water rafting in Uganda. Look out for crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes and a variety of birds along the banks.

Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park

The game drive is in an open roof vehicle venturing to the north of the Nile River where the park is crowded with different animals. The gorilla trek may take more than 2 hours but it is worthwhile when you meet a family that you have been tracking for a long time. Please carry a wide brimmed hat, binoculars and a good camera to capture the wild’s moments. Sights include the giraffes, buffaloes, prides of lions, oribi, antelopes and waterbucks. Head back to your lodge for a sumptuous lunch before your afternoon rides. On the 3-hour boat trip, gently moving along the river bank viewing crocodiles, look for an abundance of hippos, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, may bird species including the fish eagle, storks and so much more. The boat moves gently up the river and stays to the left-hand side so that you see most of the animals who come to the river.

Day 4: Kibale Forest National Park

Depart for Fort Portal after breakfast, driving for about 4 hours towards Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale is highest at the park’s northern tip, which stands 1,590m above sea level. The lowest point is 1,100m on the floor of the Albertine Rift Valley and covers 795km2 of beautiful forest. You will enjoy lunch at a hotel en route. This park is popular for its primates such as chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, red-cheeked monkeys and red-tailed monkeys. On the trails, chimpanzees are regularly seen swinging in the forest trees and others feeding on the wild fruits.

Day 5: Kibale Forest National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Start your day on an early chimpanzee tracking in the lush forest. Chimps are the prime 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.

Day 6: Game Drives & Boat Ride On The Kazinga Channel

Early in the morning, you will go with a ranger head for 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 cruise on Kazinga Channel, a water stream joining Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel attracts 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.

Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After an early morning breakfast, board the vehicle and head for Bwindi National Park. En-route we will pass through Ishaha, south of Queen Elizabeth Park, famous for its tree climbing lions. Continue on to Bwindi forest for the mountain gorillas, a population of 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.

Day 8: Gorilla Trek at Bwindi

After an early morning breakfast, take a walk to the park’s offices for the preliminary briefing where you will be allocated into groups of 8 and given 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 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 the gorillas as your tour guide identifies this particular family, its name and usual behaviour. The tracking sometimes lasts 2-7 hours.

Day 9: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

After an early morning breakfast set off to Lake Mburo National Park; Drive past the intensely terraced Kigezi hill slopes and stop by Mbarara town for lunch break. Arrive at 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 discovering several bird species like the 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. Later, relax at Mihingo Lodge, where you will spend the night.

Day 10: Departure from Kampala or Entebbe

Breakfast in the morning and there is an early option for a bush walk in the park and a Kampala city tour if you have late departures. Note: Instead of going for the bush walk, you can decide to relax at your lodge, take a mountain bike safari (US$15 pp for 2 hours) or go on a horseback riding safari in the park (US$ 60 pp for 2 hours). After brunch at the lodge, you will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport) (7 hours) stopping at the equator for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping. Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. If your departure is from Entebbe airport, please ensure the departure is after 10PM.

Country Fast Facts

Uganda

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Continent: Africa
Official Language(s) Swahili, English
Capital: Kampala
Population 37,873,253 (2015 estimate)
Climate(s) Warm Semi-arid, Tropical Savanna, Monsoon, Equatorial
Major Airport(s): Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
Economic Driver(s): Agriculture, Textiles, Mining
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