8 Days Gorilla Trekking And African Big 5 Safari

8 Days

Overview

You will have an incredible experience in Pearl of Africa that is Uganda thanks to this excursion. Expect to see the Big Five, go to the top of the Murchison Falls, see a lot of big game, take a boat tour through the savannah and go chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park. You’ll be astounded by how many primates there are in this area. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park should be your final activity. Welcome to Africa’s jewel!

Itinerary

The safari will begin with a transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. The drive will take you through Nakasongola in the Luwero Triangle, a long stretch to Masindi town. This safari includes the roaring falls of Murchison, a boat trip to the bottom of the falls and through the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest national park. We will stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for a short walk with a ranger escort to see the white rhinos for about an hour. Have lunch at Kabalega Diner and thereafter proceed to Murchison Falls National Park. Check in at your accommodation and relax ahead of tomorrow’s activities.

Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park
Accommodation: Mid-range lodge located just outside Murchison Falls NP
Meals &Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

The day begins with an early morning breakfast. You will then head out on a morning game drive toward the Albert and Victoria Nile to experience a great deal of wildlife and bird species. Search for big cats, herds of elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, antelopes and various bird species like the shoebill and saddle-billed stork, goliath heron, egret and Abyssinian ground hornbill. Return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, go on a boat cruise on the Victoria Nile to the bottom of the falls. Game viewing is excellent with hippos in the hundreds, some of the largest crocodiles in Africa, small herds of buffalo, waterbucks and Uganda kobs. Elephants are frequently seen playing in the water, often within a few meters. From the main viewpoint, go on a hike of about 30 min on a footpath, leading to a viewpoint of not only the Murchison Falls, but also some waterfalls a few 100 meters north. The view at the top of the falls is spectacular and good for close-up photography. Drive back to the lodge.

Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park
Accommodation: Mid-range lodge located just outside Murchison Falls NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

After breakfast, the safari will continue with a transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. This park is highly alluring to nature lovers for its excellent chimpanzee trekking and bird watching. It boasts the highest numbers of primates such as the vervet, red-tailed, L’Hoest’s and blue monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, red colobus, olive baboon and the chimpanzee. Upon arrival, you will check into your room and have a relaxed evening.

Main Destination: Kibale National Park (Chimps)
Accommodation: Mid-range cottage located just outside Kibale NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

After breakfast, proceed to the park office for a briefing. The highlight of Kibale Forest will be the chimpanzee trekking excursion. While in the forest you can expect to see several other types of primates including the grey-cheeked mangabey and red-tailed monkey. You will hear plenty of birdsong. The guides are knowledgeable and will identify various medicinal plants, bird calls and animal spoors. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will be allowed an hour with them. You’ll return to the lodge for lunch, thereafter, you will head out to Queen Elizabeth National Park, arriving in the evening for dinner and your overnight stay.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Accommodation: Mid-range lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

After a healthy breakfast you will go on an early morning game drive through the park. Look out for members of the Big Five including lions, elephants, buffaloes and leopards, as well as other mammals such as giant forest hogs and antelopes. You will return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon and then go for a boat trip along the Kazinga Channel. It’s a great trip with sights of elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, large hippo pods and giant forest hogs that can be observed from time to time. Keep an eye open for crocodiles as well as the enormous monitor lizard which is common in the riverine scrub. Water birds are plentiful, such as yellow-billed storks, pelicans, fish eagles and crowned eagles. You will return to the lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Accommodation: Mid-range lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

After breakfast you will start the trip to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park which is well-known for its tree-climbing lion population. The Ishasha sector also harbors decent concentrations of hippos, elephants, buffaloes and antelopes. You will have lunch in Ishasha and continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park which is home to the endangered mountain gorillas. You will arrive in the evening for dinner and your overnight stay.

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)
Accommodation: Budget lodge located just outside Bwindi NP
Meals &Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

After an early breakfast, you will drive to the park offices for a briefing. Gorilla trekking is the highlight of your safari. We’ll trek through the rainforest and bamboo-covered slopes. You will love trekking in the ecosystem of the park. The trekking will take 3-5 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. Return to the lodge for lunch. Later, you will drive through the terraced hills to Lake Bunyonyi. Check in at your lodge for a relaxed evening with a stunning view of the lake. You can have an optional canoe ride on the lake to discover its scattered islands.

Main Destination: Lake Bunyonyi
Accommodation: Mid-range resort located in or near Lake Bunyonyi
Meals &drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Have a delicious breakfast before you start on your journey to Kampala / Entebbe. Expect stopovers for lunch along the way and beautiful pictures at the Equator line. Proceed with the journey to Entebbe. You will arrive in the late afternoon or evening and be dropped off at the hotel or airport. Enriched with the memory of the rare apes and savannah wildlife, you will say goodbye to the pearl of Africa.

Main Destination: Entebbe International Airport (Entebbe)
Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Included

  • Park fees(For non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits(One per person, non-resident)
  • Chimp permits(One per person, non-resident)
  • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Round-trip airport transfer
  • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water(On all days)

Excluded

  • International flights(From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

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8 Days Gorilla Trekking And African Big 5 Safari
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