Overview:

The 12 Days Uganda Chimpanzees, wildlife & Gorilla safari takes you through the largest savannah park in Uganda- Murchison falls National Park with its powerful Murchison falls which is the greatest natural wonder to ever happen on the world’s longest Nile River along its course from Uganda to Mediterranean sea, the Ziwa rhino sanctuary the home of the formerly extinct white rhinos in Uganda , the primate capital of the world – Kibale National Pak with 13 species of primates including largest populations of habituated chimpanzees, eco- encounters in Bigodi wetland sanctuary, the most visited park in Uganda – Queen Elizabeth National Park with populations of tree climbing lions, elephants, buffaloes, Antelopes not forgetting Nile crocodiles and Hippos along the 45m long Kazinga channel., the gorilla trekking haven of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which provides a perfect habitat to 400 mountain gorillas out of 880 that are remaining in the world. Encounters in Lake Mburo National Park exposes you populations of Impala and Zebra while the cultural encounters at Igongo provides an ideal exploration of the cultures of south western Uganda.

Safari Highlight:

Day 1: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park & visit Ziwa rhino sanctuary en route & top of the falls on arrival.

Day 2: Do game drive & Nile launch cruise

Day 3: Transfer to Kibale National Park

Day 4: Do Chimpanzee trekking & Bigodi wetland encounter

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & do crater area drive

Day 6: Do game drive & Kazinga channel launch cruise

Day 7: Do Maramagambo nature walk & an evening game drive

Day 8: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & spot tree climbing lions en route.

Day 9: Do gorilla trekking

Day 10: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park & visit Igongo cultural center & 1520AD monument en route

Day 11: Do game drive & boat cruise

Day 12: Transfer to Kampala.

Description:

Day 1: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park & visit Ziwa rhino sanctuary en route & top of the falls on arrival.

After breakfast, you will transfer from your place of stay in the company of our guide heading to the north of Uganda to Murchison Falls National Park 311km about 5 hours’ drive. You will branch off at Nakitoma 115km from Kampala for other extra 7 km to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary where white rhinos can only be traced in Uganda. After trekking Rhinos, you will continue on the journey to make a lunch stop in Masindi town and eventually proceeded to Murchison Falls National Park. Upon arrival, you will visit the top of the falls to marvel at amazing scenery of the longest River in the world River Nile as it makes it squeezes its self to pass through the 8m ravine falling 43m below before forming a plume of spray and trademark rainbow. The roaring sound produced by these waters will leave you with a great taste of nature. Retire to your lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Murchison River Lodge (Midrange/standard) or Bwana Tembo (Budget/Basic).

Day 2: Do game drive & Nile launch cruise

Wake up for an early morning game drive. You will catch up with the ferry crossing at 7am at Paraa before embarking on the rewarding game drive in the northern bank of the Nile. Possible wildlife to see include; lions, elephants, buffaloes, Jackson hartebeest, giraffe, Kobs among other wildlife. The 3 -4 hour game drive will expose you to not only wild game but also birds and amazing rolling savannah combretum. Return to your lodge for relaxation till lunch time after which you will gather at Paraa for the Nile launch cruise that departs at 3pm taking about 3 hours exploring the magical offerings of the Nile. The sights of Nile crocodiles, Hippos, rare shoe bill stork and a range of wild game drinking on the river side will give you company up to the bottom of falls. Retire for overnight.

Accommodation: You will spend dinner and overnight at you previous lodge.

Day 3: Transfer to Kibale National Park

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Kibale National Park 441km about 9 hours’ drive from Murchison Falls National Park. You will enjoy the scenic views of the Albertine rift valley including the magical Ruwenzori Mountains as you are approaching Fort Portal. You have a lunch stop in the oil city of Hoima and you will arrive in Fort Portal and Kibale n particular in the evening for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Primate Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Chimpanzee guesthouse (Midrange/standard) or Chimps nest (Budget/Basic).

Day 4: Do Chimpanzee trekking & Bigodi wetland encounter

You gather at Kanyanchu tourism center to start up with short briefing about the Chimpanzee trekking conduct at 08:00am after which you will head to the forest of Kibale full of birds, 13 species of primate, amazing flora and fauna including forest elephants. The search is for the common chimpanzees – one of man’s closest relatives. Upon encountering them, you will marvel at their physical make up particularly the facial structure that is much correlated with that of man, their pant hooting calls, their playful tactics and the way they swing from branch to branch and from tree to tree that will lure you to use up your camera space unknowingly. The full one hour encounter will allow you maximize this experience. Return from this 2 – 5 hour activity and transfer to Bigodi wetland for eco-tour encounter. The community of Bigodi is gifted by a natural wetland with birds like Rwenzori Turaco, animals like Sitatunga and amazing flora which is greatly used in craft making which makes the Bigodi encounter rewarding. The visit to the local healer and a local school gives you the taste of the societal setting. Return to the lodge for dinner & overnight.

Accommodation: You have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & do crater area drive

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 157km about 4 hours’ drive from Kibale. You will drive through the amazing scenic landscapes of Rwenzori Mountains rising above the snowline with Margarita peak standing at 5,109m above sea level. You will arrive in Queen Elizabeth early for lunch and short relaxation after which you will embark on the drive to the crater are to encounter the magical scenic offerings of the explosion craters that lie in form series surrounded by impressive terrain that is fancied by wildlife especially elephants. You can also use that evening to visit the salt lake (Katwe) to explore into the process of salt formation, extraction and processing. Retire for overnight.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Enganzi Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Mama land Pumba Safari Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 6: Do game drive & Kazinga channel launch cruise

Wake up early enough to depart for a game drive at 06:00am to catch up with early risers and night hunters getting back to their hiding places including Hyenas, owls, side stripped jackals among others. You will drive through the Kasenyi tracks to enjoy the sights of wild game including elephants, lions, buffaloes, antelopes among others though they are not guaranteed. You will return from this 3 – 4 hour activity for relaxation and lunch after which you will gather at Mweya to catch up with the launch cruise on Kazinga Channel at 03:00pm. The 2 hour boat cruise will expose to a range of aquatic animals including Hippos and Nile Crocodiles which is the second largest reptile in the whole world. Wild game drinking on the channel side including elephants, Antelopes and buffaloes and abundant bird life will make your launch trip on the 45m long Kazinga channel memorable. Retire for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: You will have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 7: Do Maramagambo nature walk & an evening game drive

After breakfast, embark on the nature walk in the Maramagambo forest to have an excounter of the natural offerings in this mature tropical forst. You will marvel at amazing tree species, forest canopy, forest birds including; African Finfoot, Black Cuckoo, Red-chested Cuckoo, African Emerald Cuckoo, Black Coucal, Yellow bill, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Blue-throated Roller, Black Bee-eater, Barbets, Brown-eared Woodpecker, Red-throated Wryneck, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike and Honey guide. You will enjoy the bat cave where a colony of bats thrives alongside the giant python. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation after which you will do an evening game drive to enjoy the sun set views of the rolling savannah vegetation of Queen Elizabeth dotted with numerous wildlife as they graze towards their night resting places.

Accommodation: You will have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 8: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & spot tree climbing lions en route.

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will drive through Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth in search of tree climbing lions lying on short tree branches of Ishasha providing a perfect base to view these unique creatures other than any other wilderness. Continue on the drive to arrive in Buhoma in the afternoon for relaxation and overnight.

Drive distance: 160km Drive distance: 5 hours

Accommodation: Gorilla Forest Camp (Upmarket/luxury), Engagi Lodge (Midrange/standard) or Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 9: Do gorilla trekking

Wake up for an early breakfast before assembling at the park headquarters Buhoma for briefing about the gorilla trekking activity at 08:00am. The forest of Bwindi dates back from the prehistoric era and is one of the few remaining Afro montane forests in East Africa. Due to its surviving of the last ice age, it has a great bio-diversity concentration including the endangered mountain gorillas. Other great flora will give you company as you traverse the dense thicket famously known as impenetrable forest while wildlife crossings and bird songs will never leave you abandoned in this ancient forest. The trek is a bit strenuous due to rugged terrain that characterizes the area. One hour is availed to you upon encountering of these close to human apes that will leave you with real belief of human evolution theory. Return to the lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Trekking duration: 2 – 8 hours

Accommodation: You will have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 10: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park & visit Igongo cultural center & 1520AD monument en route

Transfer after breakfast to Lake Mburo National Park 261km. You will drive through scenic landscapes of south western Uganda with numerous banana plantations and cattle farms. The overlooking Kigezi highlands give a perfect scenic base from Bwindi. You make a stop at Igongo cultural center 12km past Mbarara the largest town in the sub region for lunch at their famous traditional Kahwa Kanuzire restaurant where traditional cuisine is served in a cozy atmosphere overlooking the lush gardens and historical sculptures. You will then visit the Erijukiro museum to have a look at different artifacts, photo collections, sculptures and historical writings that give a historical and cultural account of all tribes of south western Uganda. You will also visit the 1520 AD eclipse monument that commemorates the total solar eclipse that befell Ankole during that time. You will continue to arrive in Lake Mburo National Park 33km about 1 hour drive in the evening for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Mihingo lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Arcadia Cottages (Midrange/standard) or Eagles Nest (Budget/Basic).

Day 11: Do game drive & boat cruise

Wake up very early to embark on the morning game drive at 06:00am to have an opportunity to view a range of wildlife including early risers and nocturnal getting back to their hiding places. Wildlife possibilities to encounter include; buffaloes, zebra, impala, water bucks, warthogs, topi among others. The drive through the splendid rolling savannah combretum dotted with acacia tree species adds spice to your experience. Return to the lodge for relaxation till lunch time after which you will embark on the 2 hour boat cruise on Lake Mburo. Cruising on the calm waters of this lake with a rich historical formation coupled with sights of Hippos and water birds like the African fish eagle perching on Lake Shore trees is such a rewarding encounter to have on your safari.

Accommodation: You will have dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 12: Transfer to Kampala.

After having a relaxed breakfast, embark on the transfer to Kampala 240 about 3 – 4 hours’ drive. You will drive through the en route towns of Lyantonde and Masaka before making a stop at the equator 77km to Kampala. At the equator, you will perform water experiments to justify the geographical divide between the northern and southern hemispheres. It is also an ideal place for photography. You will continue on your journey to arrive in Kampala in the afternoon to mark the end of your safari.

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