Your 12-days adventure takes you on a journey through the primal forests of Uganda in search of primates, before visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park for thrilling wildlife experiences, teamed with adventurous treks through lake Mburo National Park and finally winding it down at the longest river in the world- the River Nile.
This safari is perfect for the adventurous at heart; this journey delivers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover mountain gorillas and Golden monkeys in their natural habitat, deep in the forests of Uganda followed by a cultural interaction with East Africa’s oldest inhabitants – the pygmies.
Tour duration:12 Days
Destinations visited:Entebbe, Kampala,Kalinzu Forest, Lake Mutanda, Mgahinga, Queen Elizabeth,Bwindi,&LakeMburo National Parks.
Detailed Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival Uganda
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our company representative and transferred to your hotel for refreshment & overnight.
Day 2: Fly to Kisoro/Meet the pygmies
07:00AM: transfer by domestic flight to kisoro. You’ll proceed deep to the south-western part of Uganda; close to the borders of Rwanda. You will see a great country-side of bamboo forest and have great views of landscape.
Upon arrival, you will drive to the ‘Batwa’ (pygmies) Cultural Trail in Mgahinga National Park. Doing this trail will enable you interact and learn about the interesting lifestyle of Uganda’s unique pygmies. The Batwa pygmies are among the original traditional inhabitants of the mighty Mgahingaforest that’s currently occupied by the National park.
The Batwa Trail is unique in a way that it show-cases authentic culture of the original inhabitants of the forest whose lives mainly depended on the natural habitat. The experience comes along with different unique demonstrations on how the pygmies used to extract local herbs that were used for healing different diseases, traditional ways of fetching water using locally made bamboo mugs and construction of grass huts.
The highly rewarding cultural tour ends with staged, authentic cultural performance organized by the Batwa community at the gate of the Garama cave which was highly regarded as a ceremonial place for the cultural leaders of the Batwa community.
Day 3: Golden Monkey Tracking/ To Lake Mutanda
Today you will track golden monkeys in Mgahinga N.P. This activity in the park allows visitors to have an insight and a better understanding of what it means to research, conserve, and protect an endangered species in the 21st century and the many challenges faced everyday by the team out in the field.
Learn about primate life in the canopy and their habitat, and other forest dwelling animals that share their home with the monkeys. You willwitness how these tree dwelling primates are the gymnasts of the forests; gain an insight into their daily lives, and the challenges that they have to overcome to survive. You will also gain an understanding of the forest, the plant life, and other species found there.
This ultimate “forest experience”, no day is ever the same, as you can’t predict how it will be, except to say, it is new, exciting.
Later transfer to Lake Mutanda, check into your hotel for refreshment, overnight and prepare yourself for the big day tomorrow.
Day 4: Gorilla Tracking!!!
Today is the big day… Prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare Mountain Gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. You will be required to wake up early in the morning then be led to the visitor’s reception center for a briefing about the park. You are allocated guides before heading into the forest in search of Mountain Gorillas.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts of both Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa which can make this claim in fact. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds.
The Gorillas you will track belong to one of the nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Your trek will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the Gorillas’ habitat. En-route, your guide will point out signs of previous Gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots.
The time taken to track the Gorillas can take as little as 2 hours or more! Once the Gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a Mountain Gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.
Day 5: Optional Activities in Lake Mutanda
Today you can simply relax or get to choose from a variety of activities at your disposal.
Optional Activities by Lake Mutanda
Day 6: To Ishasha
On this day, you will head outto the beautiful wilderness of Ishasha plains that are a part of Queen Elizabeth National Parkthe oldest & second largest National Park in Uganda, located at the base of the massive Rwenzori Mountains, adjacent to lakes Edward& George, covered by Savannah plains that provide an abundance of Game viewing like; Elephants that trumpet when you get too close, lazy Leopards laying in the sun, abundant Gazelle and buck, Lions, Buffaloes, Hippos and others.
If you’re lucky, a game drive through the open savannah of Acacia on the edge of the Albertine Rift valley will enable you view ‘Tree climbing Lions’ and other wild animals.
Day 7: Full DayGame Drive
After breakfast, go for a game drive in time to see the sun rise. You will search for all the wildlife in the park; Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, Warthog, etc.
In the afternoon you will head back into the park for another game drive.
Day 8: Game Drive/ Boat Cruise
Today morning, you will depart Southern Bwindi on a game drive to the Northern sector of Queen Elizabeth National park.
2:00 pm you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel- a natural channel which connects Lake Edward to Lake George. View Buffaloes, Elephants, Waterbucks, Crocodiles and the highest concentration of Hippos plus a variety of colourful species of Water birds like Crested Eagles, Pelicans and Cormorants – an Amazing diverse collection of the African animal Kingdom which comes to the waterhole to drink or bathe. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.
Optional Activity: Lion Tracking
For visitors who yearn to get up close to wild African fauna, a research trip is a rewarding adventure. This unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of lions in the park, using locator devices you will learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings and behavior. The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology – and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem. This will as well give you a 95% chance to see the lions!
The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.
Other experiential tourism activities currently available are; Mongoose Tracking,Hippo Census, and Bird Counts. Such nature excursions can be done in the early morning or evening, or occasionally at night.
Costing: $150 us dollar p.p.
Day 9: Chimp Tracking in Kalinzu Forest/ To Lake Mburo N.P
Kalinzu Forest is home to over 414 species of trees, shrubs and in this forest, you can find 379 species of birds which is an amazing treasure trove for birders. 378 Species of Birds call this their home including the Great Blue Turaco, Black and White Cascket, Cuckoos, and Sunbirds.
There are six different Species of Primates found in Kalinzu Forest Reserve including; the Blue Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, Black and White Colobus Monkeys and over 220 Chimpanzees.
You can hike up the Kishunja Hill Viewpoint, where you can behold the entire Forest Canopy, great parts of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and some Peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains. Being close to Queen Elizabeth National Park, wildlife tend to come from the park and if you are lucky you can see Leopards, antelopes, and wild pigs.
After trekking chimpanzees head to Lake Mburo National Park, one of Uganda’s smallest parks, but certainly not to be underestimated.Lake Mburo is the only Ugandan national park (besides to Kidepo Valley NP) which is home to zebra, eland and impala as well as an abundance of other wildlife like Giraffes, Bush bucks, Warthogs, Uganda Kob, Oribi, Topi, Buffaloes, Water bucks, Baboons, Monkeys and 300 Bird species in the papyrus swamp land- not to mention the lake itself, which is teeming with hippos and crocodiles!
Day 10: Horseback Safari/ Nature Walk
For one of the smallest parks in Uganda,there is no better way to savour this beautiful natural reserve and experience its serene atmosphere and wildlife than while on a horseback safari. You’ll embark on a 3hour horseback safari within the park. The wildlife and bird species is prolific.
In the afternoon, you willindulge in a nature walk in the park. LakeMburo N.P. is one of the parks in Uganda where it’s possible to go for a walking safari with an experienced ranger. This opportunity should not be missed. From footprints and animal droppings, the ranger will be able to tell you which animal has left and how long ago. It is exciting to approach wildlife at such close range.
Note:You can either opt for a walking Safari or mountain bike safari-$15 p.p(1 hour)
Day 11: To Entebbe/ Cheese & Wine Tasting Cruise
Today you will depart Lake Mburo N.P to Entebbe. .En-route, you’ll have a stopover at the Uganda equator crossing for a requisite snap shot and some souvenir shopping or meals.
5:00pm-The perfect end to a Ugandan safari is with a sun downer cruise accompanied by a cheese platter and your choice of wine on Lake Victoria, the second largest fresh water lake in the world after Lake Superior. Watch the sun set over the horizon of this mighty Lake as fishermen cast their nets for fresh catch.
Day 12: Departure
Depending on the time of your departure flight, today morning you can simply relax or explore the city of Entebbe before departing tothe airport from where you’ll catch your flight back home.
Optional Activities in Entebb
This marks the end of what we hope will be an adventurous trip- Thank you very much!!!
Validity: 04.01.2019 – 24.12.2019
Price (USD) Per Person Including 4×4 Jeep
I. If 1 pax traveling @US$8,382
II. If 2 pax traveling @US$5,424
III. If 3 pax traveling @US$4,859
IV. If 4 pax traveling @US$4,265
V. If 5 pax traveling @US$4,171
VI. If 6 pax traveling @US$3,885
Price (USD) per Person including 4×4 Safari Minibus
I. If 1 pax traveling @US$7,106
II. If 2 pax traveling @US$4,788
III. If 3 pax traveling @US$4,435
IV. If 4 pax traveling @US$3,941
V. If 5 pax traveling @US$3,918
VI. If 6 pax traveling @US$3,676
Note: The Cost is per person. Gorilla permit is included in the safari cost. The permit is $600 per permit.
Please note: that the prices and the program can change due to availability or other unplanned conditions like road conditions, weather etc
Please observe our Additional checklist for Gorilla Tracking