10 Days Uganda, Chimps & Wildlife Safari

Safari overview;

This 10 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee safari is among the extended adventure safaris in Uganda that present remarkable safari memories. The safari takes you to Kibale Forest National Park famous for its canopy walk and the chimpanzee trekking, the Murchison Falls – most famous for its rapid waterfall and the African Big 5. You further encounter the adorable Uganda mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

Day by Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park.

After your breakfast, your Uganda safari guide will pick you from the hotel and drive you to Murchison Falls National Park located in the north western part of the country. The drive is approximately 5 hrs and very beautiful, on your journey to the park, you will pay a visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – a safe place that is now a home to Rhinos. Visitors to this place track the Rhinos in their natural environment. Afterwards, proceed to the park with a stop for lunch at Masindi or Kabalega dinner.

Accommodation

Luxury / Upmarket: Paraa Safari Lodge/Bakers lodge

Midrange / Standard: Murchison River Lodge /Pakuba Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Red chili Lodge / Heritage Safari Lodge

Meals: all meals

Day 2: Embark on Morning Game Drive & afternoon launch cruise

Embark on an early morning game drive towards the northern river bank in search for wildlife that harbors in this park among which are the Cape buffalo, elephants, bohor reed bucks, lions, Rothschild’s giraffes, hyenas, hartebeests, waterbucks, oribi, bushbucks, and on a lucky day  you  can spot  leopards and lions.

After lunch, enjoy a boat cruise to the bottom of Murchison Falls , this cruise opens your eyes to  the fascinating beauty  of the white Nile with the falls as the main caption of the day, hippos and Nile crocodiles on the River banks.

There are also many birds to spot for those with a good vision. You can spot the colored kingfisher, the rare shoe bill that usually hides across between the dinosaur and the dodo. Enjoy the rest of your evening with dinner and overnight stay at the park.

Accommodation

Luxury / Upmarket: Paraa Safari Lodge/Bakers lodge

Midrange / Standard: Murchison River Lodge /Pakuba Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Red chili Lodge / Heritage Safari Lodge

Meals: all meals

Day 3: Transfer from Murchison Falls to Kibale National Park
The drive to Kibale National park is approximately 9 hours through Hoima- Kagadi road and then proceeds to kyenjojo. My visitors opt for a lunch break in Hoima or further towns in between the route. Have the rest of the evening at the hotel with relaxation.

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Primate Lodge – Luxury Cottages / Ndali Lodge / Kyaninga Lodge

Midrange / Standard:Kibale Forest Camp – Safari Tent / Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

Budget / Basic:Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking & Transfer to  Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast early in the morning go to the briefing station in Kibale National Park at 07.30am for a briefing. The chimps are more closely related to humans than to any other living creature.
During your tracking experience, you can have a chance to  meet some of the 13 primate species including the red Colobus monkey, bush babies, the rare L’Hoest monkey, black-faced vervet monkeys, blue monkey, grey mangabey, pottos, plus baboons.

If you love birding, you can view more than 300 bird species, butterflies and so many more. After chimpanzee trekking, proceed for lunch and get ready to drive off to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will have your overnight stay and dinner at this park.

Accommodation
Upmarket / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge
Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge
Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 5: Enjoy wildlife tour / game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park & afternoon Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise

Embark on an early morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park is the best time to spot the early risers such as the elusive leopards and spotted hyenas. You can as well have possible views of lions, Buffaloes, elephants, waterbucks, spotted hyenas, Uganda Kobs among others.

After the game drive, return to the lodge for some relaxation with lunch after which you gather at Mweya jetty for an afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga channel thus getting an opportunity to look at hippos and crocodiles.

The banks of the channel are also dotted with many bird species among which are the saddle billed stork, the pink-backed pelicans, the pied and malachite kingfishers among others. After the boat cruise, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay

Accommodation
Upmarket / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge
Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge
Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, embark on your journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park through Ishasha Sector. In Ishasha, there are tree climbing lions that have a habit of resting on the fig tree branches during the day time. Proceed to the park where you will have your dinner and overnight stay

Accommodation

Luxury:  Chameleon Hill Lodge / Volcanoes Safari Lodge / Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp/ Gorilla Havens Lodge / Jungle Lodge Buhoma

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Day 7: Ultimate Gorilla trekking Safari

Enjoy a heavy early breakfast and be sure to have packed lunch before leaving the lodge. Go through a briefing and now you will so much set for the trekking in the impenetrable forest.

Park guides will then take you through the thick buttress root tree forest plus undergrowth, sloppy spots and muddy valleys – tracking the gorillas. The Gorilla trek necessitates a practical degree of fitness and the tracking attire. You will get an hour with the gorillas, proceed for your lunch and leave the forest back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay

Accommodation

Luxury:  Chameleon Hill Lodge / Volcanoes Safari Lodge / Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp/ Gorilla Havens Lodge / Jungle Lodge Buhoma

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Day 8: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

After an early morning breakfast, drive to Bunyonyi pass through the Kigezi Highlands regularly referred to as the “Switzerland of Africa”. Upon arrival, you get on the wooden engine boat and sail discovering the calm waters of Bunyonyi –There are 29 islands dotted on this lake and it is proudly the second deepest lake in the whole of Africa. After your lunch have a nature walk, through the Islands and have a chance to view the many birds among which are the crested cranes

Accommodation:
Upmarket / Luxury: Birdnest
Midrange / Standard: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort
Budget / Basic: Bunyonyi overland

Day 9: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park & afternoon boat cruise on Lake Mburo

After your early breakfast, transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. The park is approximately 4hrs from Kabale, enjoy lunch at your lodge upon arrival and directly head from the afternoon boat cruise on Lake Mburo. After the 2 hours cruise, return to the lodge for relaxation and spend the rest of the evening with dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation:
Upmarket / Luxury: Mihingo Safari Lodge
Midrange / Standard: Arcadia Cottages Mburo
Budget / Basic: Eagles Nest

Day 10: Do a morning game walk and transfer to Kampala

After your breakfast, you will embark on a nature walk-the most interesting game walks in the National park that will expose you to various species of primates, birds, antelopes like elands, waterbucks, Impala, Topis, Bushbuck, Klipspringer among others, buffaloes, Rothschild giraffe, Burchell’s Zebra, warthogs among other species not forgetting the beautiful savannah landscape dotted with great acacia. After the game walk, get on board and head for Kampala for your night stay or the airport for your flight to your next destination.

Inclusions

  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • 1 Gorilla tracking permit
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. (Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.)
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)






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    Best time to visit Uganda

    Uganda is open all-year-long, the best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry season from late June to October.

    The most commonly asked Ugandan questions! The solution is straightforward! You are welcome to visit Uganda at any time of the year! It’s a hot and humid atmosphere here.

    The cost of a safari, which is normally higher during peak season, maybe the difference. We offer discounts in May and April, and if you are traveling in groups, we offer a $150 discount on a Uganda safari gorilla permit.

    June to October –Dry Season. Wildlife is easier to spot.

    November to May –Wet Season

    The scenery is beautiful and green Rates drop because it’s the low season.

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