Uganda Safari & Gorilla

Uganda

Uganda Safari & Gorilla

$1900 per person

Only 600 gorillas remain in the world and half of them are found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park. Bwindi National Park offers some of the best montane- forest bird watching in Africa with about 350 recorded different species including rare ones.

Only 600 gorillas remain in the world and half of them are found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park. Bwindi National Park offers some of the best montane- forest bird watching in Africa with about 350 recorded different species including rare ones. Enjoy tracking playful chimpanzees through the dense Kibale forest, the Park with 13 different primate species is one of the best in Africa. In Kibale Forest, marvel at the various forest, woodland birds including the Prigogine ground thrush endemic only to Uganda. Embarking on an early morning game drive in hopes of spotting The Big Five in Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National parks, indeed the former park is “Queen of parks” in Uganda.

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Entebbe
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, light jacket.
  • Included
    Breakfast
    Departure Taxes
    Entry Fees
    Personal Guide
  • Not Included
    5 Star Accommodation
    Airport Transfers
    Bed & Breakfast
    Flights
    Optional Activities
    Personal Expenses
    Travel Insurances
    Visa Fees
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Day 1: Entebbe
Arrival at Entebbe International Airport. Met and assisted by a SAFARI CHAPTER UGANDA representative. Transfer to Entebbe for overnight at Hotel No 5 (BB).
Hotel NO 5 is a stylish boutique hotel located in Entebbe with luxurious rooms opening onto the garden and swimming pool.
Hotel No 5 Entebbe rooms are air-conditioned, with a small outside sitting area facing the gardens and a swimming pool.
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Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Your guide will pick you up at 0630hrs and drive to the Airport for your 0745hrs flight out to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. You will land at Kisoro airstrip at 0855hrs and transfer for about 2 hrs to Chameleon Hill Lodge, your base for Gorilla tracking for the next 2 nights.
This rainforest is located in south-western Uganda, at the junction of the plain and mountain forests. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park covers 32,000 ha and is known for its exceptional biodiversity, with more than 160 species of trees and over 100 species of ferns. Many types of birds and butterflies can also be found there, as well as many endangered species, including the mountain gorilla.
There are 23 of the 24 Albertine rift endemics including the African green broadbill, bar-tailed trogon and other beautiful forest species.
Chameleon Hill is a peaceful and exclusive retreat on the shores of Lake Mutanda, adjacent to Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks. It features ten luxury en-suite Chalets, each one individually decorated with that “arty touch”, painted in bright and happy colours – just like a chameleon.
Each Chalet promises stunning views across the lake and the Virunga Volcanoes mountain range and the modern bathroom offers hot and cold running water.
All Chalets are equipped with mosquito nets (although due to the altitude we actually do not have any bugs at all), private safe, umbrella, torches, fire extinguisher and extra blankets for those chilly nights.

Wooden deck with picturesque views across the lake with its islands and Virunga Volcanoes in the distance

Cozy yet modern lounge with fireplace and book exchange

  • Accommodation: Overnight Chameleon Hill Lodge (LDBB)
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Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Today after an energizing breakfast, you will embark on your gorilla trek. Before 8 am report to the ranger station for registration and briefing by one of the rangers; the guides will then lead you through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. The trek can take anywhere from half an hour to 7 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking boots. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas – sadly enough there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left. You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to the base station.
  • Accommodation: Overnight Chameleon Hill Lodge (LDBB)
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Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park
This morning we Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park (about 4-5 hrs drive).The drive takes us past Volcanic crater lakes, with breathtaking game and some of the best bird watching in East Africa (about 500 different bird species).Late afternoon we take a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel, 32 kms long. This water system has the highest concentration of Hippo in the world and we will get quite close to them. See also crocodile, buffalo and other game that drink from the channel, also marvel at the abundant ornitho- life that is supported here.
  • Accommodation: Overnight Katara lodge (LDBB)
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Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Morning game-drives in the park as well as evening game-drives.
  • Accommodation: Overnight Katara lodge (LDBB)
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Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park-Kibale National Park
We drive for about 2 hours to Kibale Forest Park. Primate Lodge Kibale’s principal edge is their location, tucked deep in the forest and right next door to the starting point for Chimpanzee tracking excursions. This afternoon we will go chimp tracking in Kibale Forest National Park. After our briefing, we embark on the chimp tracking which takes about 2-3 hours depending on where the chimps are. On the trek you can see other primates such as grey-cheeked mangabeys along with red tailed and blue monkeys. Your expert guide will share the secrets of the forest' flora and fauna, ensuring that the trail is both informative and enjoyable.
  • Accommodation: Overnight at Primate Lodge standard cottages (LDBB)
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Day 7: Kibale Forest National Park –Murchison Falls Park
After breakfast we drive to Murchison Falls National Park (about 6-7 hrs drive).
  • Accommodation: Overnight Kabalega Wilderness Lodge (LDBB)
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Day 8: Murchison Falls National Park
Game-drives in the park in the morning. After lunch we take a boat trip on the Nile. Further evening game-drives in the park.
  • Accommodation: Overnight Kabalega Wilderness Lodge (LDBB)
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Day 9: Entebbe Departure or Kidepo Valley National Park Extension
Depature:
We will drive to Entebbe for about 6 hours, Freshen up in Dayrooms reserved for your convenience at Hotel No.5 then transfer to the Airport in time to check in for your onwards flight connections.
  • Accommodation: Dayrooms Hotel No.5 (BB)
Kidepo Valley National Park Extension:
We will drive to Kidepo Valley National Park. Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the rugged, semi arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, some 700km from Kampala. Gazetted as a national park in 1962, it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species. The park boasts an extensive bird list of around 475 species, making it second only in Uganda to Queen Elizabeth National Park. A few species of note are the Ostrich, Kori Bustard and Karamoja Apalis
Kidepo is notable for its birds of prey. Of the 56 species recorded, 14 – including Verreaux’s Eagle, Egyptian Vulture and Pygmy Falcon – are believed to be endemic to the Kidepo and Karamoja region.
Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses (also voted 3rd best National park in Africa by CNN Traveller in 2013). From Apoka, in the heart of the park, a savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges.
  • Accommodation: Overnight Apoka Safari Lodge/Kidepo Savannah Lodge (LDBB)
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Day 10: Kidepo Valley National Park
We will take morning game drives, Vist the Lorikul Village to see how the locals live and sundowners in the park.
  • Accommodation: Overnight Apoka Safari Lodge/Kidepo Savannah Lodge (LDBB)
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Day 11: Departure
Morning Game-drives. We will fly by scheduled flight to Entebbe at (1500hrs /1630hrs).Transfer to the Airport for your onward night departure flight back home.
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TOUR LOCATION

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in south western Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley.

History of the Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in south western Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Before getting a National park status, two blocks of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest were designated as Crown Forest Reserves in 1932 and stretched on an area of about 298Km². Later in 1964, it was turned into an animal sanctuary in order to protect the mountain gorillas.
In 1991, the Impenetrable Central Forest Reserve, along with the Mgahinga Gorilla Reserve and the Rwenzori Mountains Reserve, were designated as a national park and named it the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
in 1993 due to the existence of almost half of the world’s mountain gorillas; the parks management, the Uganda National Parks which later turned into Uganda Wildlife Authority bought a piece of land from the Batwa people-first keepers of Bwindi forest that stretched a further 4Km² and was incorporated to the park. Its Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants.
Locals around Bwindi National forest call it “Mubwindi bwa nyinamuraki” .The forest has a swamp in the southern sector and one time a family wanted to cross the swamp but it seemed to be impenetratable because of the thick vegetation. Ugandans believe forest heads are spirits and this family asked permission from the spirits to cross peacefully.
Bwindi was gazetted as a National Park in 1991 and declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1994.
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