11Days/10 nights Wildlife Safari, Gorilla Trekking and Batwa Trail

Gorilla Trekking and Batwa Trail Uganda Safaris

Day 1-Arrive and overnight in the booked accommodation

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by a representative who will welcome you to Uganda – the Pearl of Africa. Thereafter, you will be transferred to your booked accommodation for the overnight stay. In case you have had an early flight into Uganda, you may opt to go visit the Entebbe Botanical Garden.

The Garden is one of the places around Entebbe where you can spot many species of birds. There is a small ruminate patch of rain forest where Guereza Colobus and vervet monkeys can be observed next to great Blue and Ross’ turacos, and Diederik Cuckoos, Woodland Kingfisher, Black and white casqued horn bill and splendid starling. It is also a place of tranquility and peace, a feast for the eyes and there is a notable absence of people and you simply immerse in nature, the sounds of birds breaking the stillness of the moment.

Main Destination: Entebbe

Accommodation; Cassia Lodge

Meals & Drinks: Bed & Breakfast

Day 2-Transfer to Murchison with detour rhino tracking in Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary

After breakfast, embark on a journey to Murchison Falls National Park. The highlights of this park include: the roaring rapids of the Murchison, the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park where you will have the chance of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants. Then surely you will be fascinated by the concentration of hippos and the Nile crocodiles here. For birders, Murchison Falls boasts 450 bird species including the elusive shoebill stork, dwarf king fisher, the white-thigh hornbill, and the Goliath heron among others.

En route, make a stopover at Zziwa Rhino sanctuary for your first Big 5 experience where you will have an hour of rhino tracking. Another stop will be in Masindi in order to enjoy your lunch. Continue to the park and check in to your accommodation to relax for the Evening.

Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park

Accommodation: Fort Murchison or Pakuba Safari Lodge (All meals included)

Day 3-Murchison Morning game drive and Boat trip to the base of the falls

Have your breakfast, depart for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park, where you will have the opportunity of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants. For any birder, this area boasts the secretary bird and black chested snake eagle to name a few. Return to your accommodation for some rest time and lunch.

After lunch you will head out for the boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls where you will also be able to catch sight of more animals including Hippos and Crocodiles and several water birds. Continue with a hike (if you like) to the top of the falls. The hike may be a strenuous one but the thrill on reaching the top is unforgettable. Miss it only if you must. Return to your accommodation and have a relaxed evening.

Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park

Accommodation: Fort Murchison or Pakuba Safari Lodge

Day 4-Exit Murchison and Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast at your accommodation, drive to the top of the falls (if you didn’t hike) where you will have spectacular view of the falls before departing for Kibale NP. Else, depart right away (after breakfast) for Kibale Forest National Park. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through villages, lush green countryside and hills dotted with tea plantations which characterize this part of Uganda.

Kibale NP is popular for its primates like the chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, grey cheeked mangabeys and red-tailed monkeys. On your chimpanzee trails, these are regularly seen swinging in the forest trees and others feeding on the wild fruits. You will reach and do little but check into your accommodation where you will have dinner and the overnight rest.

Main Destination: Kibale National Park

Accommodation: Kibale Primate Lodge

Day 5-Chimp tracking Kibale Forest and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP

Have breakfast and head to the trekking point where you will receive some briefing on the dos and don’ts during chimp trekking. Thereafter, you will proceed to trek the chimps in the Kibale Forest. An experienced ranger guide will take you chimp tracking and you will be marveled by the sights of primates here. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour with them.

You will return to the lodge for lunch after which you will head out for Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will arrive in time to relax, enjoy your dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.

 

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation: The Bush Lodge (Banda)

Day 6-Queen Morning game drive & Boat trip along the Kazinga Channel

On this day, you will have a game drive and launch trip (boat trip) on the Kazinga Channel. Early in the morning, you will go out for a game drive through the park, with magnificent views of the plains, valleys, terraced hills and abundance of wild animals like reedbuck, bushbuck, kob, warthogs, elephants, lions, buffaloes and so much more. Have a break and relax as you eat lunch served at the lodge.

The afternoon adventure entails a launch trip (boat trip) on the 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 pelicans, kingfishers, saddle billed stork, and sometimes the crowned cranes. Return to your accommodation in time for your dinner.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation: The Bush Lodge (Banda)

Day 7-Transfers to Bwindi NP with en route game drive in the Ishasha area

Have breakfast then set off for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through the Isasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park – famously known for its resident tree-climbing lions. The chance of spotting these lions is about 70% though sometimes they are really hard to spot (most especially when they’re down in the grassland looking for prey). Hoping you get the chance to spot them, the sight will be spectacular!

Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is a big habitat for mountain gorillas in Uganda; harboring an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. With a strenuous day ahead, you will do less on arrival but just check in your accommodation, relax as you prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day.

 

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Accommodation: Buhoma Havens lodge

Day 8-Gorilla trekking Bwindi Forest and Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla NP

After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular! The area offers 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 locate a gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored.

Return to your lodge for some rest time and lunch. Thereafter, embark on a transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla NP. You will reach and do little but check into your accommodation, relax, enjoy your dinner and overnight stay.

Main Destination: Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Accommodation: Travellers Rest Hotel

Day 9-Undertake the Batwa Trail experience and Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation

Gorilla Trekking and Batwa Trail uganda Safaris and toursHave breakfast and proceed out for the Batwa trail experience. For generatiGorilla Trekking and Batwa Trail uganda Safaris and toursons, the Mgahinga dense forest was home to the indigenous Batwa (hunter – gatherers and fierce warriors) who depended on the forest for shelter, food and medicine. Now, they lead visitors through the forest and introduce them to their old home and the techniques they used to survive in it.

The remarkable trail unveils the hidden historical secret of the Batwa people. It expresses the true cultural background of the Batwa who are the famous traditional owners of the hilly forested areas occupied by Mgahinga Forest in the district of Kisoro.

Proceed to Lake Bunyonyi after the Batwa trail experience for relaxation with impeccable stunning view of the Bunyonyi little islands. Lake Bunyonyi is framed by lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of (2,200 – 2,478m) but it’s the 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical — you could admire them all day.

Main Destination: Lake Bunyonyi

Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Resort

Day 10-Explore Lake Bunyonyi: enjoy canoe ride, interact with the community, swim, watch birds etc

After breakfast, you will have the option of visiting the Orugano rain Forest which has diverse plants and animals or spend some time interacting with the Batwa (pygmies) community who inhabit parts of the forest and its surrounding areas. Birders will treat themselves with well over 300 bird species recorded.

Alternatively, you could opt for a canoe trek on Bunyonyi which will introduce you to the major islands and their rich history but also there will be some great time spent in traditional dugout canoes. Return to your accommodation for lunch and relaxation probably reflecting on your trip so far….

Main Destination:  Lake Bunyonyi

Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Resort

Day 11-Depart Bunyonyi to catch your flight out in Entebbe

Have a relaxed breakfast at the accommodation with spectacular view of the Bunyonyi little islands just right in front of you and thereafter embark on your return journey to Entebbe Airport. Expect en route stopovers in Mbarara town for lunch and the Uganda Equator line mark in Kayabwe for some memorable photos and maybe buying some art pieces of interest. Proceed with the journey arriving late afternoon/evening for drop off at the airport.

We do recommend for a late afternoon/evening outbound flight schedule for this day (if flying out). We hope to see you (or any referral) when next, you visit and thanks for choosing Home to Africa!

Main Destination: Entebbe International Airport (No Accommodation)

Price for this 11-days safari (net, 2018-2019):

High season Low season
When 2 People travelling 4535$ 4435$
When 4 people travelling 4400$ 4300$
When 6 people Travelling 4300$ 3950$
When 8 people travelling 3900$ 3840$

 

High season: January – March, June – October, December 2018
Low season April, May & November 2018

 

Included in the price:

  • Ground transport per private 4WD safari vehicle –Minivan.
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Accommodation in places mentioned in the itinerary, based on a twin/double room
  • Gorilla permit (USD $600 per person)
  • Permit for chimp tracking in Kibale Forest (USD $150 per person)
  • Meals as described in the program (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Bottled mineral water throughout the safari
  • Entrance fees and ranger fees for national parks
  • Activities as described

Exclusions:

  • International flight
  • Visa for Uganda (USD $50, available upon arrival, single entry)
  • Accommodation in Entebbe or Kampala
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above
  • No accommodation on the last day

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