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GoExplore Safaris

  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
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  • Uganda

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Destinations

Destinations

Uganda,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Mid Range

Tour Overview

This is an incredible trip for wildlife enthusiasts; tracking chimpanzees in Kibale National Park and mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, while also spending time in the wildlife havens of Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks. The wildlife-rich country of Uganda is alive with contrasts: the tiniest sunbirds iridescent in the morning light, chimpanzees crashing about the forest canopy, the massive lumbering yet silent elephant disappearing like a vapor behind the trees, the lugubrious gorilla chewing thoughtfully in the bamboo thicket. Let us show you the Uganda we know and love – the way Africa should be!

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Chimpanzee Safari, Gorilla Safari, Guided Safari, Trekking Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale National Park, Murchison
  • Wildlife:
    elephant, kob, chimpanzees
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Walking Safari, Boat Cruise
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Entebbe

RATES – PER PERSON USD

Based on 2 people
From USD 4,931 per person sharing a double/twin room
From USD 5,340 per person in a single room

Based on 4 people
From USD 4,783 per person sharing a double/twin room
From USD 5,032 per person in a single room

Based on 6 people
From USD 4,490 per person sharing a double/twin room
From USD 4,952 per person in a single room

Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking

  • Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking is subject to availability of permits, which are limited to 8 per gorilla group per day and 6 per chimpanzee track per ½ day
  • Any Gorilla and Chimpanzee permits required need to be paid for upfront when booking. As soon as funds clear in our account, we will go ahead and purchase
  • Gorilla and Chimpanzee permits cannot be held with the Uganda Wildlife Authority in advance of payment – they are only secured once physically paid for
  • Gorilla and Chimpanzee permits are always 100% non-transferable and non-refundable
  • There is a minimum age limit for gorilla tracking which is strictly 15 years

What's Included

  • All meals as specified in the itinerary (hotels in Kampala or Entebbe are Bed and Breakfast)
  • Drinks as per itinerary
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Water in the vehicle for overland sectors
  • All ground transportation and transfers as indicated, inclusive of fuel
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Game drives in a shared 4-wheel drive Land Cruiser at lodges where indicated
  • Ranger guide fees
  • Park, conservation and community bed night fees
  • All applicable taxes, administration and banking fees
  • Gorilla and Chimpanzee permits per person as specified in the itinerary

What's Excluded

  • International flights and applicable airport departure taxes
  • All passport and visa fees (Visa: US$ 50 per person for entry into Uganda, easily obtainable at the airport)
  • Meals not specified (including lunch and other meal stops between properties on overland sectors)
  • Drinks where not stipulated in itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature: fax, telephone, etc.
  • Laundry in Entebbe/Kampala/Kigali
  • Gratuities for guide/driver/hotel staff
  • Any extras and additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay or baggage insurance
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our control
  • All statutory increases beyond our control

Disclaimer

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

Day by Day Overview

Arrive at Entebbe Airport early in the morning. Your driver guide will transfer you from here to Murchison Falls National Park after breakfast. The drive is outstanding to the park where you will have lunch and relax for the rest of the day after a long journey.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Very early in the morning you will have breakfast and proceed to the national park for a game drive. After this activity relax and have your packed lunch. In the afternoon you will head for a scheduled boat cruise along the Nile and to the foot of the falls for -/+2 hours. Later proceed for an evening game drive, this is a rewarding experience and you may well be able to see some of the animals you didn’t see in the morning. Head to your lodge for dinner.

Murchison Falls National Park is the largest national park in Uganda, home to the biggest population of Nile crocodiles, 76 species of mammals and 450 bird species including the elusive shoebill stork, dwarf king fisher, white-thigh hornbill and Goliath heron.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Early in the morning enjoy breakfast before the drive later on to to Kibale via Fort Portal. Stop en route in Hoima for and lunch and continue to the journey to Fort Portal.

Accommodation: Ndali Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast your driver guide will take you to the start point for tracking the chimpanzees. This will take you -/+4 hours depending on your energy levels. Chimpanzee tracking is an amazing experience and you will be allowed to spend some time (at most an hour) with our fascinating relatives, watch them swing from one tree to another, feed, play about or progress speedily on the ground right in front of you. Chimpanzees are the most sought after primate that visitors want to see, but you should also look out for the black & white colobus, red tailed monkey and the grey cheeked mangabey. Your guides will be able to show you pittas & other bird species and will give details of the plant species within the forest.

Please note that with chimps and gorillas, those with illness such as flu or diarrhea may not be allowed in the park.

After the tracking drive from the forest to Fort Portal for lunch. Then head to Queen Elizabeth National Park for your evening game drive before dinner at the lodge.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the very early morning you will enjoy a game drive in the Kasenyi sector. Later on your driver guide will transfer you to the Mweya Peninsula to prepare for your boat cruise in the afternoon at 14:00, a 2-hour cruise along Kazinga channel where you will see elephants, hippos and a number of bird species.

The Queen Elizabeth National Park covers 1,978 sq km and lies north and south of the equator in southwestern Uganda. From open savannah to rainforest, dense papyrus swamps and brooding crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward, it is little wonder that Queen Elizabeth National Park boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world. Almost 100 mammal species and a remarkable 606 bird species makes this superb safari territory with elephant, a profusion of hippos, the elusive giant forest hog and handsome Uganda kob all regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula – this also boasts a marvellous waterfront setting in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains. Bird species include the martial eagle, black-rumped buttonquail, Verreaux’s eagle owl and African skimmer to name but a few.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will have breakfast and then drive to Ishasha to spot the tree climbing lions if you’re lucky. Later your driver will transfer you to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to the endangered mountain gorillas.

Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Up relatively early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for your gorilla track. By 08h00 report to the ranger station for registration and a talk by one of the rangers.  The guides will then take you through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. The track can take from half an hour to 7 hours. A reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Once you are close to the group the guides will ask you to leave behind your bags as no food items should be carried close to the gorillas. Just take your cameras with you as you are about to meet the gentle giants! Sit in the forest amongst the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male – the silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas, sadly there are only about 720 of these beautiful creatures left. You are allowed an hour with the gorillas before returning to the base station. Back at the lodge you may go on an evening leisure walk depending on time.

Please note: listen to the instructions of the local rangers at all times. It is forbidden to approach the gorillas closer than 5 meters, to feed them or to use flash photography. For your safety and theirs! You will be accompanied by armed guards which guarantee your safety in an area where wild buffalo are sighted. While walking, please feel free to ask guides to slow down if they are going too fast and if you need a rest. There is the additional option to hire porters on site. The Uganda Wildlife Authority does not allow tracking when you are ill as gorillas are very susceptible to human diseases. Should you feel sick on the day of the track we urgently advise you to abide this rule. In order to receive a 50% refund of the permit cost you must get a doctor’s report that day. We must also stress that, while you have a very good chance of seeing gorillas, success is not guaranteed (although success is at least 99.5 %!) They are wild creatures with no fixed routine and finding them requires the skills and experience of your trackers and guides, as well as luck. The trackers and guides have helped to habituate the gorilla groups and know them intimately. They will take you to the area where they left the gorillas the day before. Before leaving they may be able to suggest how long the hike might be.

Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early in the morning your driver will transfer you from Bwindi to Entebbe Airport for your flight, stopping en route at Mbarara for lunch at Igongo Cultural Centre. Then proceed with your journey to Entebbe for your outbound flight.

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