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Uganda,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Mid Range

Tour Overview

A Uganda safari with superb wildlife experiences; in Murchison Falls take a boat cruise on the River Nile, come face to face with chimpanzees in Budongo Forest, discover more primates around Kibale Forest where an impressive 13 primate species live; experience a community walk in Rwenzori Mountains; check off amazing birds and animals on a boat cruise on Kazinga channel; search for Ishasha’s lions resting in fig trees; journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for gorilla trekking as well as the option to look for rare golden monkeys in Mgahinga National Park; and finally relax by beautiful Lake Bunyonyi.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Chimpanzee Safari, Gorilla Safari, Guided Safari, Primate Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Bwindi Impenetrable NP, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla NP, Lake Bunyonyi
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Hartebeest, Red-tailed Monkey, Grey Mangabey, L'Hoest Monkey, Ugandan Kob, Oribi, Rhino, Giraffe
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Trekking, Boat Cruise, Optional Activities
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Kampala or Entebbe, end in Entebbe

Highlights

  • Game drives
  • Boat cruises
  • Chimpanzee experience
  • Bird watching
  • Gorilla trekking
  • Golden monkeys
  • Relaxation by Lake Bunyonyi

Need To Know

  • This tour starts and ends in Kampala/Entebbe, Uganda
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged at an extra cost
  • Lodging mentioned in the itinerary depends on availability of rooms available at the time of booking. Reservations will only be made after your confirmed booking with us
  • At the time of booking in the event that the listed hotel is fully booked or room unavailable, we will do our best to inform you and book a similar hotel of the same class available
  • Available year round – contact us to discuss your dates.
  • Advance booking recommeded – the number of gorilla permit availble per day are limited and very competitive. To go on a gorilla trek, you need a gorilla permit/license which we can arrange for you.  We can only purchase your gorilla permit after you have made a down-payment to us. Gorilla permits are competitive on a daily basis, advance booking is always preferred

Gorilla Trekking

Please note the gorilla tracking in this itinerary can be done in Bwindi and or Mgahinga National Parks. Gorilla tracking is dependent on the permits availability at the time of your booking. Gorilla permits in all parks are on a very high demand and we advise that you book them as early as possible.

  • Gorilla trekking can be strenuous activity, minimum gorilla tracking age is 15 years.
  • What to bring: Hiking shoes/walking shoes, long socks to tuck in to long pants, rain wear, warm clothing, evenings can be cold/chilly, gloves preferably gardening type are very helpful, insect repellant.
  • Anyone with signs of communicable diseases will NOT be allowed to track.
  • Maximum time allowed with the gorillas will NOT exceed ONE hour, you are kindly requested to practice different modes of using your camera in different light situations. Gorillas can sometimes be moving, forest vegetation can at times obstruct visibility, hence taking photos of these creatures can be very challenging!


Difficulty

Gorilla trekking takes place at altitudes 1160 to 2607m (3806 to 8553ft) above sea level. This means that moderate/average physical fitness is required. The slowest member will determine the groups’ speed. The pace will be moderate, with plenty stops to rest, ask questions, re-hydrate and enjoy the forest and views.

Transport

Our standard offering is a 4WD with pop-up roof for easy safari viewing. All passengers will have a dedicated window seat. Your driver/guide will be at your disposal for questions.

Extension
If you want to extend your tour to one of our other destinations or if you’d like to add a few side trips to the itinerary, kindly let us know.

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 3,160 per person

What's Included

  • Accommodation in self-contained rooms
  • Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch as on indicated on itinerary)
  • 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser transportation & all transfers
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Park entrance fees
  • Guides in the park
  • Gorilla permit & 1 Chimpanzee tracking permit (Budongo forest)
  • 2 boat cruises & 4 game drives
  • 1 Bigodi swamp & community walk

What's Excluded

  • Flights & visa
  • All drinks & any meals not indicated on itinerary
  • Porters on treks
  • Tips to guides
  • All optional activities
  • Items of personal nature
  • The first and last nights in hotels in Entebbe/Kampala at Lake Victoria View Guest House (single $60 and double $90) or  Via Via Guesthouse Entebbe (single $40, double $60)

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Chigo Tours
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Chigo Tours‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

Early in the morning, our guide will pick you from your hotel or other residence in Kampala or Entebbe. Along the way to Murchison Falls National Park, you will stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary located at Nakitoma village. Tracking and viewing the rhinos usually involves a short drive followed by one hour walking and viewing with a ranger. Closed shoes, long trousers and insect repellent are strongly recommended. Afterwards continue to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

  • Driving time: 7 hours
  • Accommodation Options: Fort Murchison / Hornbill Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today we head out early (6.30 am) for a morning game drive to the northern side in the open savannah. Enjoy a 3-hour game drive; keep an eye out for the elephants, leopards, lions, warthogs and giraffes as well as large herds of antelopes such as oribi, hartebeets and kobs. Some game like leopards and lions can be elusive, our guides will maximize your chances of these cat sightings! We stop for lunch by the River Nile. At 2.00 pm we depart for a 3-hour boat cruise along the Victoria Nile to the bottom of Murchison Falls. Along the way, pass large numbers of giant Nile crocodiles, pods of hippos and a vast range of birdlife as well as enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

  • Optional activity: Hike to the top of the Falls for amazing views, 1 hour
  • Accommodation Options: Fort Murchison
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After an early breakfast, your guide will transfer you south of Murchison Falls to Budongo Forest in time for your chimpanzee tracking walk at 8.00 am. Although the forest is home to a big population of chimpanzees, Budongo is also the largesttropical rainforest, with an abundance of large East African mahogany trees (some more than 80m tall, with a 20m circumference. Chimpanzee walking takes between two and four hours.  It can be quite exhausting, so take good shoes and possibly a poncho. After viewing the chimpanzees for an hour, your ranger will guide you back to the trail head, where you will meet your driver/guide who will then transfer you for two hours to Hoima town, the future Oil City.

  • Accomodation Options: Hoima Kontik Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

This morning you set off on the journey to Kibale Forest National Park. The is a very beautiful journey with stunning diverse landscapes and the hills and mountains you drive through will become greener and greener until you come to the tea plantations of Fort Portal. In the afternoon you will be to exploring Bigodi swamp and community in a village walk (2-3 hours). Search for other primates including L’Hoest’s, red colobus, blues and red tailed monkeys and gray–cheeked mangabey as well as bird species like the great blue turaco, bee eaters and many more. Experience how primates and birds live with the community and amazing farm life experiences such as basket weaving and coffee tour.

  • Driving time: 4 hours
  • Optional activities: Second Chimpanzee tracking walk after 2 pm (extra $150 per person), night walk through the forest in search for nocturnal residents like bushbaby, potto, and night jar (subject to availability, approx 1.5-2 hours, walk, $25 per person)
  • Accomodation Options: Kibale Forest Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Early morning transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Check in at the lodge then at 2.00 pm we will go for a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel (2 hours approx.). Look out for the hippos, big herds of buffalos and lots of water birds by the channel side. Time permitting head out a 2-hour evening game drive from 5 pm to 7 pm. Look out for the lions, buffalos, elephants and large numbers of Uganda Kobs and other antelopes.

  • Driving time: 3.5 hours

  • Accommodation Options: Bush Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

In the morning we go on a second game drive, on the look out for lions, buffalos, elephants and a large numbers of Uganda Kobs and other antelopes. We transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park / Mgahinga National Park. You will drive via Ishasha (2½ hours approx), which is in the southern sector of Queen Elisabeth National Park, famous for its tree climbing lions. There are chances of finding lions in the trees by the roadside – please note that there is no guarantee but our guide will maximize all regular hot spots to increase the chances of sighting. Depending on the gorilla permits available at the time of booking, we will proceed to one of the following three sectors: Buhoma, Rushaga, Ruhija and Kisoro/Mgahinga gorilla gate.

  • Driving time to Bwindi: 3.5 to 7 hours, (depending on location/gate of gorilla permit reserved at time of booking)
  • Accomodation Options: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge/ Travellers Rest / Bakiga Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After breakfast take a short transfer to Bwindi National Park office, where you will meet up with excellent local rangers and trackers, who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. Thereafter, hike into the forest with your packed lunch. After this exciting experience, it’s time to relax at the lodge and view your photos. In Bwindi National Park (Uganda) there are 19 habituated gorilla families that can be viewed by visitors while in Mgahinga National Park (Uganda) there is one habituated gorilla family for visitor viewing. Each of the families can be visited by a maximum of eight people daily and the viewing lasts only one hour.

The trekking can take from two to nine hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain can get tough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking well worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. You will spend a maximum of one hour viewing them. It can rain at a moments notice, hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and it’s important to take plenty of water.

  • Accommodation Options: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge / Travellers Rest / Bakiga Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Depending on the location of the gorilla family that you trekked yesterday, you will transfer to Kisoro town.

Optional activities starting from Kisoro/Mgahinga National Park

a) Golden monkey tracking. Cost USD 100 per person

Our guide will transfer you direct to Mgahinga Park gate on time for pre-tracking orientation at 8 am. The golden monkeys are a rare primate species with colorful coats and playful ways. Photo tip; you may need to set your camera equipment on fast shutter speed as they move rather quickly.  Activity duration: 3 to 6 hours

b) Mgahinga Panoramic Walk to viewing point. Cost USD 10 per person

Just above Ntebeko Gate is a small platform offering a magnificent view of Mgahinga National Park and the surrounding area; three volcanoes, to the north miles of small gardens, Lake Mutanda and the hills of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, to the west a great view of the Western Rift Valley in the Congo.

c) Hiking Gahinga Volcanoe. Cost USD 90 per person

6 hours; distance 8 km; height 3474m; elevation gain 1100m

d) Village Walk with local guide. Cost USD 20 per person

Go through villages of the local people, learn how the people live and work, walk over the hills to Lake Mutanda. Difficulty: moderate; walking time: 3hrs; distance 3-8 km; elevation gain: very little

e) Community Life Experience. Cost USD 20 per person

Visit a native homestead, learn how young girls were initiated into getting married in ancient times. If you like there is the possibility to eat at a local home or sometimes with a family. Activity duration: 2 hours.

f) Wine Farm Tour. Cost USD 15 per person

Experience how wine is processed from beat root at a local organic mixed farm. Taste some beat root wine made from purely organic farm. Activity time 1-2 hours.

After the optional activity, our guide will transfer you to Lake Bunyonyi, described by BBC media as ‘probably Africa’s most beautiful lake’.

  • Driving time: 2½ hours
  • Accommodation Options: BirdNest@bunyonyi resort
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Lake Bunyonyi is a lake formed when a river was dammed by lava and the valley filled up. This is one of Africa’s deepest and probably most beautiful lakes at an elevation of 1960m (6400ft). Lake Bunyonyi is a known to be a place of ‘many little small birds’. It’s possible to have an early morning guided bird watching at the lodge.

Optional activities at Lake Bunyonyi

(a)  Boat Ride to Punishment Island. Cost USD 10 per person

Look out  for “akampene”  – Punishment Island –  where until the 1940’s unmarried pregnant girls were dropped and left to die helplessly or starve to death, some drowned trying to swim ashore or they were often saved my poor men who could not afford bride price. It was a taboo to pregnant before the recommended marriage age. Activity duration: 1 hour.

(b)  Boat Ride to Traditional Healer’s Village. Cost USD 15 per person

Experience how traditional African medicine is integrated into modern medicine. The healer not only treats the sick, but uses his knowledge to conserve and educate about the various medicinal plants of ancient time. Activity duration: 2-3 hours

  • Accomodation Options: BirdNest@bunyonyi resort
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today you will transfer to Entebbe town in which it will be the end of your Ugandan safari adventure.  We will stop at the Equator for lunch. This is an opportunity to have photo moment and do souvenir shopping.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
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