17 Days Gorillas, Chimps & Wildlife Safari (Best Uganda Safari 2021)
17 Days Gorillas, Chimps & Wildlife Safari (Best Uganda Safari 2021) takes you Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest National Park, & Chimp Tracking in Kibale Forest National Park & Wildlife Safari in Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Rhino Tracking in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. 17 Days Gorillas, Chimps & Wildlife Safari is worth adventuring in Uganda.
Trip Overview of the 17 Days Gorillas, Chimps & Wildlife Safari (Best Uganda Safari 2021)
The 17 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari takes you to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Semliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Bwindi Forest National Park and Lake Mburo National Park.
Detailed Itinerary of the 17 Days Gorillas, Chimps & Wildlife Safari (Best Uganda Safari 2021)
Day 1: Arrival-Pick Up
On arrival at the Entebbe International Airport, you will be picked up Company driver guide who will transfer you to your hotel/ lodge in Kampala for Dinner and OvernightSheraton Hotel (luxury), Cassia Lodge (Mid range), Excellent Hotel (Budget).
Day 2: Transfer- Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
Today after your morning breakfast you will be picked from your hotel in Kampala by your driver guide and set off for the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Masindi trekking Rhinos you will break off for lunch then transfer to Murchison Falls National Park a distance that will take you 2-3 hours then when you get here transfer to your lodge/ hotel for relaxation, Dinner and Overnight. Murchison River Lodge, Paraa Safari lodge, Pakuba Safari Lodge.
Day 3: Full Day Game Drive-Murchison Falls National Park
Wake up have breakfast then transfer to the park where you will transfer along various tracks watching numerous wildlife animals wandering from one place to another grazing on the Savannah grasslands and these include; giraffes, kobs, elephants, water bucks, buffalo, hippos, leopard, lions, topis, bush buck, duicker etc. After the morning to mid day game drive, you will break off for lunch then later transfer back to experience another game drive. After the experience, you will return to your lodge/ hotel for Dinner and Overnight. Murchison River Lodge, Paraa Safari lodge, Pakuba Safari Lodge.
Day 4 of the 17 Days Gorillas, Chimps & Wildlife Safari: Game Drive & Boat Cruise-Murchison Falls National Park
After your breakfast you will drive toward the Albert Nile for a game viewing drive on the northern bank of the Nile River where you will get exposed to its habitant species Possible sightings on this trip may include the Rothschild Giraffe, Elephant, Jackson Hartebeest, Lions, Waterbucks and a variety of Savannah woodland birds. After your lunch you will enjoy an afternoon Launch cruise along the Victoria Nile. Expect hippos and crocodiles along the River banks as you take this ride to the bottom of the falls. Dinner and overnight at Murchison River Lodge, Paraa Safari lodge, Pakuba Safari Lodge.
Day 5 of the : Transfer-Kibale Forest National Park
Wake up have breakfast then transfer to Kibale Forest National Park situated a few kilometers off the beautiful Fort Portal Town. En-route you will spot some wildlife animals in the Savannah grasslands as well as Mountain Rwenzori in a distance and with en-route lunch you will reach the park and transfer to your lodge/ hotel for Dinner and Overnight. Primates lodge (Luxury), Chimp’s Nest (Mid range), Chimpanzee Guest House (Budget).
Day 6: Nature Walks-Kibale Forest National Park
Wake up have breakfast then later embark on a guided nature walk in the misty tropical forest where you will trace various primates like the L’Hoest’ monkeys, red colobus monkey, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkey, red-tailed monkeys and the grey-cheeked mangabeys etc.
After your lunch you will take a scenic drive to the Crater Lake region where you will get a chance of enjoying the scenery of various Crater Lakes. Transfer for dinner and overnight at Primates lodge (Luxury), Chimp’s Nest (Mid range), Chimpanzee Guest House (Budget).
Day 7: Chimpanzee Tracking-Kibale Forest National Park
This morning you will report to the park headquarters after your breakfast for a briefing session from the UWA official about the tracking code of conduct around the Chimpanzees. You will track these for 3-5 hours with a skilled ranger guide and when you meet them only an hour is allowed to stay in their presence taking numerous photos to keep for memories. After the experience, you will transfer back to your lodge/ hotel for relaxation, Diner and Overnight.Primates lodge (Luxury), Chimp’s Nest (Mid range), Chimpanzee Guest House (Budget).
Day 8: Transfer-Semliki National Park
Wake Up have break fast then transfer to explore the stunning Sempaya Hot Springs in Semliki National Park and along the nature walks, you will spot birds, green terrain vegetation then later you will reach the hot springs. After the visit to the hot springs you will break off for lunch then later proceed to visit the stunning pygmy villages to learn more about their livelihood. After the experience, you will transfer to your lodge/ hotel for Dinner and Overnight.Semliki Safari Lodge, UWA campsite, Kyaninga Lodge.
Day 9: Transfer-Queen Elizabeth National Park
Wake up have breakfast then transfer to the beautiful Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will take on a game drive around the various tracks in the park. En-route, you will spot various wildlife animals like elephants, Kobs, buffalos, lions, hyenas, antelopes etc.
After your lunch you will take a launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and George. This trip will reward you will expose you to the highest concentration of Hippos in Africa besides the bird life of both typical and migrants.
Dinner and overnight stay at Jacana (Luxury), Hippo Hill camp (Mid range), Institute of Ecology (Budget).
Day 10: Transfer-Lake Bunyonyi
After breakfast you will drive through the grassland area, where you will come across an amazing gorge of tropical rain forest. Ramble into Kyambura River Gorge for an astonishing lifetime experience hiking chimpanzees. You will get exposed to ravishing river valley a home to many butterflies and birds in the park.
After your lunch you will have a game drive through Ishasha sector to encounter the tree climbing lions as they rest in the fig trees. Thereafter proceed to Lake Bunyonyi where you will enjoy a boat ride on the lake shore near Rutinda that may reward you with sightings of various water species that may include the water birds and many more. Dinner and an Overnight stay at Heritage Lodge (Luxury), Arcadia Cottages (Mid range), Bunyonyi Overland Resort (Budget).
Day 11: Transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park
Wake up have breakfast then transfer on your journey to Bwindi Forest National Park and en-route, you will spot green terrain vegetation and the Rwenzori Mountains in a distance. You will reach Bwindi Forest National park and transfer direct to your lodge for relaxation, Dinner and Overnight. Gorilla Resort (Luxury), Engagi Lodge (Mid range), Buhoma Community Bandas (Budget).
Day 12: Gorilla Tracking-Bwindi Forest National Park
Wake up have breakfast then transfer to the Park Headquarters to be briefed about the Dos and Don’ts around the Mountain Gorillas and in groups of 8 with a skilled ranger guide, you will transfer into the forest vegetation to track the Gorillas for 3-5 hours and when you meet them only an hour is allowed to stay in their presence taking photos to keep for memories. After tracking them, you will return to your lodge for dinner and over night.Gorilla Resort (Luxury), Engagi Lodge (Mid range), Buhoma Community Bandas (Budget).
Day 13: Transfer-Lake Mburo National Park
Have breakfast then leave Bwindi Forest National Park for Lake Mburo National Park and en-route you will spot the stunning scenery and have lunch.
After lunch, you will proceed to the park where you will reach in the evening and transfer to experience a boat cruise along Lake Mburo where you will watch Hippos and crocodiels as well as various species of birds like; Papyrus gonolek, blue headed coucal, southern ground hornbill and mosque swallow. After, you will transfer to your lodge/ hotel for Dinner and Overnight. Mihingo lodge (Luxury), Arcadia cottages (Mid range), Rwonyo campsite (Budget).
Day 14: Transfer to Buggala Island
Wake up have breakfast then transfer to Entebbe and en-route, you will spot various wildlife animals like the zebras, topis, elephants, elands, impalas, buffalos and antelope etc. When you reach Entebbe, you will transfer to the shores of Lake Victoria to board a boat to enable you traverse to the Buggala Islands with beautiful sightings at the sandy beaches and birds like eagles, hammerheads, hornbills and kingfishers. When you reach the Islands, you will transfer to your lodge/ hotel for Dinner and overnight Mirembe Resort Beach, Pearl gardens on the beach.
Day 15: At Buggala Island
This morning after your breakfast you will take a boat ride to Bukasa Island along Lake Victoria. You will be rewarded with splendorous views of the bird species on the water and on the shores too. You will also encounter magnificent scenic views of the unique waterfalls and stones. Laze around the beach after a whole days ride on the beautiful lake or embark on optional sport fishing. Transfer back for dinner and overnight at Mirembe Resort Beach/Pearl gardens on the beach.
Day 16: Buggala Island
Today you will go for a forest walk after your breakfast in search for the animal habitants on this beautiful misty Island forest. Return back to your lodge for lunch. Embark on an afternoon canoe ride after your lunch to the Ssese Island. A camp fire will be arranged for you on this last evening on the Island before your retire for dinner and over night at the Lodge.
Day 17: Departure-Entebbe
This morning you will leave the resort early morning after your break fast to catch-up with a ferry transfer back Entebbe.