18 Days Wildlife, Chimpanzee & Gorilla Safari in Uganda
Day 1: Arrival and Pick Up
Upon your arrival, you will warmly be welcomed into the country at Entebbe International Airport by a Uganda Safari driver guide. You will transfer to your lodge/ hotel in Kampala for relaxation, Dinner and Overnight. Sheraton Hotel, Cassia Lodge, Excellent Hotel.
Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking in Budongo Forest-Murchison Falls National Park
After our breakfast, you will be picked from your hotel after an early breakfast and head to Murchison Falls National Park. Upon your arrival in the park, you will proceed directly to the park head quarters where you will be briefed about the chimpanzee trackers code of conduct by a UWA official.
Set off for Kaniyo Pabidi thereafter under the guidance of an armed ranger for Chimpanzee Tracking. Possible other sightings on this trail may include other primate like the Black and white colobus monkey, red tailed monkeys among others. After your lunch you will drive to the magnificent top of the falls and marvel around the robust Nile for a wondrous lifetime experience. Transfer for dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury)/ Sambiya Lodge (Midrange)/Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (Budget)
Day 3: Game Drive-Murchison Falls National Park
Wake up have breakfast then transfer to experience a remarkable Game Drive along the various tracks of Murchison Falls National Park where you will spot many wildlife animals wandering from one point to another i.e the Rothschild Giraffe, Elephant, Jackson Harte beest, Lions, Water buck and bird species.
You will break off for lunch then afterwards, transfer to the banks of Victoria Nile to experience a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls spotting crocodiles, hippos beneath the water. After, transfer to your lodge/ hotel for Dinner and Overnight.Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury), Sambiya Lodge (Mid range), Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary (Budget).
Day 4: Transfer-Kibale Forest National Park
Wake up have breakfast then transfer to Kibale Forest National Park and en-route, you will view the majestic Mountain Rwenzori at a distance as well as have lunch. After, you will proceed on your transfer and when you reach the park, you will transfer to your lodge/ hotel for relaxation, Dinner and Overnight. Primates lodge (Luxury), Chimp’s Nest (Mid range), Chimpanzee Guest House (Budget).
Day 5: 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’hoests’ 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. Dinner and Overnight. Primates lodge (Luxury), Chimp’s Nest (Mid range), Chimpanzee Guest House (Budget).
Day 6: Game Drive & Boat Cruise-Queen Elizabeth National Park
Wake up have breakfast then embark on your transfer to experience a game drive along the various tracks in Queen Elizabeth National Park watching various Wildlife animals like elephants, Kobs, buffalos, lions, hyenas, antelopes etc.
You will break off for lunch and later transfer for an exciting Boat Cruise along the Kazinga Channel where you will watch numerous Hippos and crocodiles beneath the waters and birds. After the cruise, transfer to your lodge/ hotel for Dinner and Overnight. Jacana (Luxury), Hippo Hill camp (Mid range), Institute of Ecology (Budget).
Day 7: Transfer-Bwindi Forest National Park
Wake up have breakfast then transfer via the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park towards Bwindi Forest National Park for a period of 4-6 hours with sightings of Mountain Rwenzori in a distance. You will reach the park in the evening and transfer to your lodge/ hotel for relaxation, Dinner and Overnight. Gorilla Resort (Luxury), Engagi Lodge (Mid range), Buhoma Community Bandas (Budget).
Day 8: Gorilla Tracking-Bwindi Forest National Park
After your breakfast you look forward to the awaited highlight activities of this tour. Well prepared with your packed lunch, proceed to the park headquarters for a briefing session on the gorilla tracking code of conduct.
Thereafter penetrate through the misty impenetrable forest for a hilarious and adventurous experience of tracking the gorillas with the guidance of an armed game ranger. The time taken to encounter these peaceful primates is unpredictable. Nevertheless, at the end of the day, it is very appealing. Return to your lodge for Dinner and Over night. Gorilla Resort (Luxury), Engagi Lodge (Mid range), Buhoma Community Bandas (Budget).
Day 10: Transfer-Lake Mburo National Park
Wake up have breakfast then transfer to Lake Mburo National Park and en-route you will have beautiful views at the scenery and lunch for a period of 4-6 hours. When you reach the park, you will transfer to experience a boat cruise along Lake Mburo which will offer you remarkable sightings of birds, terrain vegetation, Hippos and crocodiles. After the cruise, you will transfer to your lodge/ Hotel for Dinner and Overnight. Mihingo lodge (Luxury), Arcadia cottages (Mid range), Rwonyo campsite (Budget).
Day 11: Transfer-Kampala
This morning you will leave the park after your breakfast for a transfer back to Uganda’s capital Kampala. Embark on a city tour upon your arrival.
The visit will expose you to some of the historical religious and cultural archaeologies in places like the Uganda museum, Namugongo shrine, Bahai temple, and Kabaka’s lake among others. Retire for dinner and overnight at Sheraton Hotel (Luxury)/Cassia Lodge (Midrange)-Excellent Hotel (Budget)
Day 12: Transfer-Mabira Forest then to Jinja
This morning you will be picked from your hotel in Kampala after your breakfast and drive to the beautiful Jinja Town. Take a detour for an exciting experience of birding in the largest standing indigenous forest in the central Uganda the bird haven of Mabira Forest. Expect to see birds like the yellow whiskered Greenbul, White spotted Fluff tail, Toro Greenbul, Forest Robin, Buff spotted Woodpecker, Grey spotted Woodpecker, Leaf love, Red headed Blue Bill, Yellow spotted Barbet, Grey throated Barbet, Yellow Rumped Tinker bird, Red headed Malimbe, Yellow Throated Tinker bird, Blue Breasted Kingfisher, African Pygmy, Shining blue, etc. After a while, you will transfer to Jinja at your hotel/lodge for relaxation, Dinner and Overnight. Wild waters lodge (luxury), Hotel Triangle (Mid range), Bridge way Guest House.
Day 13: White Water Rafting Adventure on River Nile
After your breakfast drive to the Nile River for a hilarious whole day life time experience. You will receive a briefing before heading off 15kms down river to the start point of the days rafting experience. Rafting is a physical activity so make sure you eat up big to help keep your energy levels up throughout the day. Once down at the river’s edge, you will receive a detailed safety briefing, before launching into the river for a last bit of practical instruction as you float down the pool.
Overtime kicks off with a bang, as we maneuver through the rocks and negotiate the 12ft drop. Enjoy the ride on the Nile with rewards of spectacular scenery views. At the end of the day take pleasure in the delicious BBQ buffet at the end of the rafting. Transfer for dinner and overnight at Jinja Wild waters lodge (luxury)/Hotel Triangle (Midrange)/ Bridge way Guest House
Day 14: Transfer-Murchison Falls National Park
Today you will drive off to Murchison falls National Park through the famous Luwero Triangle and Budongo forest on the western arm of the Great Rift Valley after your breakfast. The drive will reward you with spectacular scenery views.
Upon your arrival in the park, you will drive to the magnificent top of the falls where the Nile perfects its splendor with views of the thunderous roar of the white water as the calm Nile forces its way through the narrow gorge. Transfer for dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury)/ Sambiya Lodge (Midrange)/ Red Chili (Budget)
Day 15: Game Drive & Boat Cruise in Murchison Falls National Park
After your cup of tea, you will embark on a morning game drive in the park and catch up with the habitant early risers besides other predators. Possible sightings may include the side striped jackals, Rothschild’s giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, Uganda Kob, warthog, oribi among others especially in the delta circuit.
After your lunch you will get on board for further a game viewing adventure on the Launch cruise along the Nile River that will reward you with sights of the hippos, crocodiles, Defassa water bucks, bush bucks, black and white colobus and also small herds of buffalos. The cruise may further reward you with views of bird life that may include; the shoebill, African fish eagle, Goliath Heron, saddle-billed stork, African jacana and the malachite kingfisher, rock pratincle, black headed gonolek, black winged red bishop, yellow-mantled window bird and the colorful red-throated bee eater and the rare Egyptian plover. Return for dinner and overnight stay at Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury)/ Sambiya Lodge (Midrange)/ Red Chili (Budget)
Day 16: Game Drive in Murchison Falls National Park-Ngamba Island
Today you will have another adventurous experience in the morning game drive through a different trail immediately after your break fast. This will be a chance of spotting the game you might have missed the previous day. Thereafter leave the park and transfer to Entebbe and you will have an en-route lunch.
Get on a cruise along Lake Victoria and proceed to the home of 40 orphaned chimpanzees in Ngamba Island sanctuary and catch up with the interactive unique experience of viewing the chimpanzees’ in their natural environment. You may engage in the optional infant integration experience of the chimpanzees on the island or take a forest walk and have an encounter with the interactive primates on the island. Transfer for dinner and overnight at Ngamba Island Tented Camp.
Day 17: Chimpanzee Viewing-Ngamba Island
After your break fast, be part of the memorable interactive experience of care giving given to the chimpanzees’ in their morning feeding time. After your lunch return to the main land landing site for your transfer back to Entebbe. Take pleasure in visiting the Uganda Wild life Education Centre were you will further be exposed to the rescued wildlife. Transfer for dinner and overnight at Imperial Golf View Hotel (Luxury)/Sophie’s Motel (Midrange)/Uganda wildlife Education Centre (Budget)
Day 18: Departure-Kampala
After you breakfast have an optional souvenir shopping in the Entebbe craft shops before your transfer to the Airport to catch-up with your flight back home. All depending on your departure flight details.