11 Day Primate and Wildlife Safari

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11 DAYS PRIMATE AND WILDLIFE SAFARI

This amazing adventure takes us to Bwindi ‘The Impenetrable Forest’ in Uganda’s mountainous far south-western tip and Volcanoes National Park part of the Great Virunga where you will have the opportunity to track Mountain Gorillas. Mountain Gorillas are one of the world’s most endangered apes. It is estimated that there are only about 880 left throughout the world. Almost half of them can be found in Uganda, and populations can also be found in neighbouring Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Highlights

This safari ticks all the boxes.

  • Experience the Mighty Murchison Falls National Park
  • Boat cruise to the bottom of the falls and hike on the top of the fall
  • Visit Kibale Forest National Park lots of primates and bird life, the Crater Lakes and beautiful colonial tea plantations.
  • The Kazinga Channel that joins Lake Edward and Lake George, this is wildlife bonaza.
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, this forest has a lot to offer and its home to largest population of Mountain Gorillas.
  • Visit Lake Mburo National Park
  • Community walks will introduce you to locals’ way of life, perfect photographic through Lake Bunyonyi and Kisoro
Itinerary

Day 1ENTEBBE MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

After Breakfast pick up from you accommodation in Entebbe.
Proceed to Murchison Falls in the afternoon – allow 4-5hours drive, access the park entrance through the north bank.
Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 2MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

06.30 proceed 20 minutes to Paraa to conduct a boat trip into the Victoria Nile Delta are of the National Park. The delta area is quite spectacular with several endemic mammal species to be seen to include Rothschild’s giraffe and elephant. The Shoebill stork is also to be found in the delta a must see species for the avid bird enthusiast.
Return to lodge for lunch,at 13.45 you will again leave the lodge to return to Paraa to conduct a scheduled launch trip on the Nile to the Murchison Falls themselves.
The riverbanks often host elephant in the afternoon, crocodiles are monstrous and the waterfalls themselves spectacular. The riverbank is also home to the Red-throated bee-eater a local endemic to Murchison Falls National Park.
You will have opportunity to disembark the boat launch at the drop off point close to the base of the falls (approximately 750m) to be met by a UWA ranger / guide to follow the riverbank and footpath that leads up to the top of the falls. The walking trail from the drop point up to the head of the falls will take about 1 hour. Your safari vehicle will rendezvous with you at the top of the falls.
Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge .
Meal plan: Full board

Day 3 MURCHISON FALLS – KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

This is a driving day where provision should be made to allow 8 hours on the road.
You will depart Paraa Safari Lodge via the rift valley escarpment road offering spectacular views over Lake Albert to the DR Congo and West Nile. You will proceed via the towns of Biso, Hoima, Kenjojo and onto Fort Portal to your overnight accommodation venue within KIbale Forest National Park at Primate Lodge. The venue is great starting point for Chimpanzee tracking.
En-route to the lodge we will shake off the long drive with a walk to the “top of the world” along crater lakes which this area is also famous for.
Accommodation: Kibale. Forest Camp
Meal plan: Full board

Day 4CHIMPANZEE TRACKING AND BIGODI WETLAND SANTUARY

An early start and a long day are ahead of you! Today you will track chimpanzees and will not only learn about them but also about the flora and fauna of the national park. In the afternoon visit the Bigodi community.
Bigodi village is situated in the highlands of western Uganda, in the shadow of the Ruwenzori Mountains, the famous “Mountains of the Moon”. Our community is located about 40 kilometers south of the town of Fort Portal, and borders Kibale National Park, which has the highest density of primate life in the world in its forests.
Since 1992, the people of Bigodi have worked together as a community to open our natural beauty to eco-tourists and to bring our crafts and handiwork to the world.
Accommodation: Kibale. Forest Camp
Meal plan: Full board

Day 5KIBALE FOREST – FULL DAY QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Commence 3 hour drive south to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Your overnight accommodation will be at Mweya Safari Lodge In a deluxe en suite safari tent located at the head of the Mweya Peninsular. The lodge’s location offers unparalleled views over the Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward. In the late afternoon you will have the opportunity to conduct a launch trip on the Kazinga Channel that regularly plays out to be a wildlife bonanza.
Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Camp
Meal plan: Full board

Day 6FULL DAY QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

After an early morning game viewing, you will proceed directly to the head of the Mweya Peninsular to conduct a launch trip on the Kazinga Channel which is a home to one of the largest concentrations of hippopotamus, as well as herds of elephants, buffalo, and other wildlife that come to drink from the river. The Kazinga also attracts a tremendous variety of bird species including the African Eagle, Open-Billed Stork, and Pied Kingfishers. After the boat cruise you will head to your accommodation for the night
Kyambura Gorge
The gorge is within the savannah sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This 16 kilometre long scar in the earth is home to a group of habituated chimpanzees, baboons, monkeys and birds. The gorge is about 100m deep to where organised chimpanzee trekking can be conducted; bird watching, nature walks and sightseeing can be undertaken from the visitors centre.
Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Camp
Meal plan: Full board

Day 7QUEEN ELIZABETH – ISHASHA SECTOR

Morning Game drive in the Kasenyi- Ishasha sector. Proceed with a packed lunch to the Ishasha sector, enjoy a pinic lunch by the River Ishasha to then proceed to your accommodation. The sector is the southern part of the park that is famous for its population of tree climbing Lions often to be seen in large fig trees in the plains.
Accommodation: Ishasha Jungle Lodge
Meal plan: Full board

Day 8ISHASHA – BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST

Today we will depart the beautiful area of Queen Elizabeth and drive to the southwest via a Ishasha sector with a brief game drive in search of tree climbing lions, thereafter proceed to Buhoma sector.
In Buhoma which is the northern side of the park you will meet our Nkuringo Walking Safari guide who will walk with you 4 hours through the forest to Nkuringo, on the southern side. Your safari guide will meanwhile drive around to the lodge and will meet you there so we recommend you pack a little day pack as chances are high that you will arrive before him. A packed lunch will be provided.
Your arrival in Nkuringo will see you at 2160m above sea level. From the vantage of Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge a 270-degree panorama will hopefully unfold to reveal views of the volcanoes of the Virunga, the western arm of the Great Rift Valley and a huge swathe of primary forest that constitutes the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Meal plan: Full board

Day 9GORILLA TRACKING – BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast proceed to the Nkuringo visitor’s reception 300m from Nkuringo Gorilla Camp. The guides do a good job to describe the surroundings and the lifestyle of the animals. After this tour, in the evening you can relax around a campfire, take walks or retire to the lodge.
On completion of the gorilla tracking you will return to Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge to freshen up, and reflect back and browse your pictures of the gorilla tracking activity earlier in the day. Time permitting with one of the Nkuringo Walking Safaris guide team you can explore the village of Nkuringo to engage in some cultural interaction to visit the ‘Top of the World’ view point where on a clear day the Rwenzori Mountains can be seen some 170km distant.
Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Meal plan: Full board

Day 10NKURINGO – LAKE MBURO PARK

After breakfast depart Nkuringo via town of Kabale through Mbarara town to stop at Igongo Cultural Centre for lunch.
Proceed to Lake Mburo National Park where your accommodation will be at Mihingo Lodge. A provision of 6 to 7 hours on the road between venues should be considered.
Mihingo Lodge is situated on a series of rock out crops on the boundary of the park with views of Lake Opeta. Each of the accommodations is very private and beautifully sited. The lodge has a gorgeous infinity pool where the dinning room overlooks a man-made waterhole that draws in game to include on occasions Eland antelope.
Activities: – Conduct a boat trip on Lake Mburo in the afternoon; there after proceed with your guide on game drive en-route to the Lodge.
Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock Lodge
Meal plan: Full board

Day 11LAKE MBURO – ENTEBBE

Since we have to be at the Airport by 1pm on this day. We will have very early morning game drive, you depart the lodge with packed breakfast and our guide will ensure this day has an early kick start. Break at the Equator will be possible for you to have your packed breakfast; we target to be at the Entebbe by 12noon – for the Emirates flight