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Saso Uganda Safaris

  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Rwanda
  • Uganda
Destinations

Destinations

Uganda,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Camping, Luxury, Mid Range

Tour Overview

This safari is packed with wildlife encounters; experience the thrill of tracking mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and chimpanzees in Kibale Forest as well as seeing a host of other wildlife and birds on game drives in the savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park and boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Chimpanzee Safari, Gorilla Safari, Jungle Safari, Primate Safari, Trekking Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale National Park
  • Wildlife:
    leopard, elephant, kob, baboons, chimpanzees, topi
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Trekking, Boat Cruise, Nature Walk
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Start/end in Kampala or Entebbe

Safari Highlights

  • The thrill of tracking the wild but habituated chimps in Kibale and other primates in their natural environment
  • A guided nature walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary for birding and primate viewing
  • An opportunity to explore the beautiful crater lakes surrounded by gentle hills and stunning views
  • Sightings of the carpets of green tea plantations and long horned cattle
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park and a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel
  • An opportunity to stand in two hemispheres at the Equator for memorable photos

Requirements for this Safari

  • A Visa – you can apply for the visa online or very easily get one at the points of entry into the country (airport)
  • Gorilla trekking permits – you can apply and secure these on line but experience has shown that it is better coordinated when you send money to the tour firm to handle it for you at no extra cost to the standard fee (USD 600)
  • Travel & Health Insurance – This should be arranged by you in your home country before you travel
  • A good level of physical fitness

RATES – PER PERSON USD

From USD 3,560 per person

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transportation by 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Park entrance fees
  • Gorillas and Chimps tracking permit
  • Drinking water
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • En-route meals

What's Excluded

  • Air ticket
  • Visa fees
  • Drinks not mentioned in itinerary
  • Tips
  • Souvenirs and any other items of a personal nature

Disclaimer

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

Day by Day Overview

Depart from Kampala or Entebbe after breakfast and head westwards to Fort Portal town. The drive will take about 4-5 hours. After lunch in Fort Portal continue to Kibale. In the afternoon visit a nearby forest swamp. excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the eastern edge of Kibale Forest is Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You can expect to see birds like the great blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bush bucks, bush pigs and among others. Dinner and overnight will be at your reserved lodge.

Budget: Kibale Forest Camp / Chimpanzee Guest House
Midrange: Kibale Forest Camp in self-contained safari tents
Luxury: Papaya Lake Lodge / Kyaninga Lodge

After breakfast, you will report to at the Kanyanchu Tourist Centre at 08.00 am for a briefing before tracking the chimpanzees. The forest is only accessible on foot and the walk will provide you with the opportunity to see a variety of other primates and animals as well as birds, a variety of butterflies and other insects. You will return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will have dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Budget: Bush Lodge in tents / UWA Hostel/Kazinga View Lodge
Midrange: Bush Lodge in Banda / Ihamba Lodge / Twin Lakes / Park View
Luxury: Mwaye Safari Lodge / Kyambura Game Lodge

After your morning breakfast, you will have an early morning wildlife safari game drive where you will may see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephant, defassa waterbuck, Uganda kob, topi and bushbuck among others. You will return to your lodge for lunch and in the afternoon go for a 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. It is a 42km channel that joins Lake Edward and Lake George. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colourful with well over 550 resident species. Dinner and overnight will be spent at your reserved lodge.

Budget: Bush Lodge in tents / UWA Hostel/Kazinga View Lodge
Midrange: Bush Lodge in Banda / Ihamba Lodge / Twin Lakes / Park View
Luxury: Mwaye Safari Lodge / Kyambura Game Lodge

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via the Ishasha sector with a 2-3 hour game drive here in search of the tree climbing lions. Expect to see other animal species such as the warthogs, leopard, spotted hyena and birds. Afterwards you will transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge of booking.

Budget: Gorilla Friends Lodge / Broadbill Lodge / Travellers Kisoro / Buhoma Community Camp
Midrange: Gorilla Mist / Gorilla Valley / Lake Mutanda Resort / Haven Lodge
Luxury: Mahogany Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge / Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge

Today you will surely enjoy! After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip – gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within six metres of the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.

Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It’s difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take anything from two hours up to eight hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas. Time allowing you will go for a guided community walk to experience the livelihoods of the local communities. Visit a traditional herbalist to see how he prepares native medicine to treat a wide array of human ailments, see a blacksmith manufacturing local tools used in everyday life and see how local beer is brewed using local methods. You will also be entertained by the traditional dances offered by the community. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge of booking.

Budget: Gorilla Friends Lodge / Broadbill Lodge / Travellers Kisoro / Buhoma Community Camp
Midrange: Gorilla Mist / Gorilla Valley / Lake Mutanda Resort / Haven Lodge
Luxury: Mahogany Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge / Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge

After breakfast enjoy another game drive before setting off on the return journey to Kampala (or Entebbe). You will have a stopover at the Equator where you will have the remarkable opportunity of standing in two hemispheres at the same time and take some photos. You will also make another stopover at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers centre where you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using traditional methods passed down through the generations.

You will arrive in Kampala in the late afternoon and either be transferred to the airport for your departure flight or to the hotel of your booking for dinner and overnight.

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