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10D/9N BIG GAME AND PRIMATE SAFARI

From SGD 5938

Known for its national parks and game drives, Uganda offers a diverse range of animals and bird species. You will be visiting 4 major national parks of Uganda – Murchison National Park, Kibble National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable forest. You will also be visiting a Rhino Sanctuary in Ziwa. In your different safaris you may spot Lions, Elephants, Buffalo, Rothschild’s Giraffes, Warthogs, Waterbucks, Baboons, Blue Monkey etc. You will also go on a Chimpanzee tracking adventure with rangers guiding you about their habitual behaviour as they play and fight in the wilderness. Butterfly lovers and Botanists will be in for a treat with sightings of endemic forest species. Another experience you cannot miss in Uganda is Gorilla Tracking – an unforgettable encounter up close with the Gorillas. A feast for all wildlife and nature lovers, your 10 trip will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.

Day 01: Arrival 

On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by your driver/ Safaris guide who will greet you and transfer you to your guesthouse, taking between 15 minutes to 40 minutes, depending on traffic.

Overnight at The Boma/Karibu Guest House. (B)

Day 02: Murchison Falls National Park 

Today at 7:00am, your safari guide will pick you from the hotel/Entebbe and drive you to Murchison Falls National Park, a protected area of over 4000 km². You  will  have  a  stopover  at  Ziwa  Rhino Sanctuary,  a
species  reintroduction programme  that  has  successfully  bred over  a  dozen white  rhino  and  the  only  place   in Uganda  where  you  can  see rhino.  These  docile  animals  are  best viewed on an early morning walking safari.

Murchison Falls National Park has 76 mammal species and 451 bird species. The River Nile runs through the park and attracts  Nile  crocodile,  hippo  and  the  rare  semi-aquatic  Sitatunga  antelope.  Lion,  leopard,  elephant, buffalo, Rothschild’s  giraffes,  warthogs,  giant  forest  hog,  Uganda  kob,  topi  and  waterbuck  are  just a  few  of the  big  name mammals you may see. If time allows, visit the Top of the Falls and feel the force of the River Nile under your feet as  the half a kilometer wide river narrows to just 7 m wide and cascades down through a 45 m drop.

Overnight at Murchison River Lodge/Fort Murchison (B,L,D)

Day 03: Game Drive – Murchison National Park 

Your  morning  will  start  with  an  early morning game  drive.  You  may choose  to  take  a  packed  breakfast  to eat  mid-morning  or  eat  a  full  breakfast  upon  your  return  to  the  Lodge.  Admire the  wildlife  and  birdlife  of Murchison  Falls National  Park  and  ask  your  driver  guide lots  of  questions  along  the  way.  After  the  game drive,  you  will  return  for lunch and an hour or to use relaxation by the pool.

Overnight at Murchison River Lodge/Fort Murchison (B,L,D)

Day 04: Kibale National Park 

Today  your  guide  will  drive  you  from  Murchison  fall  national  park  via  Hoima  to  Kibale  Forest,  an incredibly diverse forest of 795 km² that is home to over 335 bird species (some rare or endemic) and 13 species of primates including chimpanzee,  red  colobus  monkey,  the  rare  L’Hoest  monkey,  blue  monkey,  grey mangabey,  black  faced  vervet monkeys, baboons, pottos and bushbabies.

You will arrive at the lodge late afternoon.

Overnight at Kibble Forest Camp/Kibale Guest cottages (B,L,D)

Day 05: Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi wetland community walk 

After breakfast, it’s an early start to report to the ranger headquarters at 8 am in Kibale Forest National Park to track habituated Chimps. These engaging apes, our closest living relative, are great fun to watch as they play and fight in the fruit trees. Your experienced guides will introduce you to the different members of the chimp families, as well as the birds and plant life of the forest. The trails through the forest are generally easy to navigate and you will always be accompanied by Rangers who will explain the fascinating traditional uses of the forest plant species.

The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier that its savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into areas of Kibale Forest; Occasionally other large mammals such as buffalo, giant forest hog and numerous antelope species can also be  seen.  Birders  will  be  on  the  look-out  for  an  incredible  list of  335  bird  species.  Also  look  out
for  the  Black  and White  Colobus  Monkey,  Red  Tailed  Monkey  and  Gray Cheeked  Mangabey.  Butterfly
lovers  and  botanists  will  be impressed by equally long lists of rare and endemic forest species.

In the afternoon visit the neighbouring Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary. Cleverly constructed boardwalks lead you through Papyrus  that  towers  above  your  head  in  Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary.  With  over  130  bird  species,
multi-colored butterflies,  eight  different  types  of  primates  and  the  rare, semi-aquatic  Sitatunga  (antelope),
this  is  community tourism at its best.

Overnight at Kibble Forest Camp/Kibale Guest cottages (B,L,D)

Day 06: Queen Elizabeth National Park 

Your driver guide will take you via Kasese towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, set on the floor of the Rift Valley, with the (occasionally visible peaks of the) Rwenzori Mountains behind you. The landscape of northern Queen Elizabeth comprises dozens of ancient craters carved into gentle rolling hills. Queen Elizabeth National Park has over 600 bird species, more than any other national park in Uganda. En route to your lodge, you are likely to see a variety of game, particularly elephants and Uganda Kob. If you are very lucky, you may spot a Giant Forest Hog, Africa’s largest pig. Keep your eyes peeled to spot an elusive leopard. You will arrive at the lodge for lunch, In the afternoon, you will head out for an evening game drive around kaseny i area looking for the pride of lions that hang around the Kob mating ground, you will return to the lodge in time for dinner.

Overnight at Bush lodge/Marafiki lodge (B,L,D)

Day 07: Game drive and Boat Cruise on the Kazinga Channel 

Start your day early with a 6 o’clock coffee or tea wake-up call, ready for your early morning game drive. Make sure to ask the hotel staff for a packed breakfast that morning. A popular route for the game drive is the Kasenyi sector, well-known for its lions that prey on Queen Elizabeth’s large population of Uganda Kob (antelope) that mate around this area. Wildlife to look out for includes elephants, antelope, warthogs, Baboons and occasionally a hyena. If you are  very  lucky,  you  may  spot  a  Giant  Forest  Hog,  Africa’s  largest  pig.  Keep  your  eyes peeled to  spot  an  elusive leopard!

After your Safari, you will head back to the lodge for a few hours relaxation by the pool and lunch. In the afternoon, you will take a boat for a water safari on the Kazinga Channel at Mweya that connects the two lakes of Edward and George. This is likely to be a big highlight of your trip! The Kazinga Channel lies in central Queen Elizabeth, its banks fertile with large mammals such as hippo, elephant and buffalo. The expert Uganda Wildlife Authority guides will identify many of the Channel’s 100 bird species and you’re likely to see  African  Skimmers,
Great  White  Pelicans,  Spoonbill  and  a  number  of  Bee  eater  species.  Hippos  wallow  at  the edge  of  the
water,  huge  Nile  crocodiles  bask  in  the  sun  and  elephants  come  down  to  drink.  The  Kazinga  Channel boat ride is a brilliant opportunity to take some close-up wildlife shots.

Overnight at Bush Lodge/Marafiki (B,L,D)

Day 08: Tree Climbing Lions – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest 

Today we will depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with an ‘en route game drive’ passing through Ishasha, the remote, southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is on the expansive plains of Ishasha that you will be  on  the  lookout  for  its  famous  resident:  the  tree  climbing  lion.  A  sighting  is  not  guaranteed  but  you  have  a better chance of seeing them here in the large low-limbed fig trees of Ishasha than anywhere else in Africa.

Bwindi  Impenetrable  Forest  National  Park  is  a  UNESCO  Natural  World  Heritage  site  and  one  of  the richest biological and botanical regions in the world. The forest covers an area of 331 km² at the south-western edge of the western Rift Valley. Bwindi’s most-revered species are the approximately 400 wild Mountain Gorillas (2011 census) that make up half of the world population of these gentle apes.  After a few hours in the vehicle, you may enjoy an afternoon walk around the village of Buhoma (your home for two nights) and a chance to visit one of the handicraft shops or to meet the Batwa, the ancient forest-dwelling tribe.

Overnight at Haven/Siverback Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 09: Gorilla Tracking 

You  will  be  up  early  on  the  morning  of  your  Gorilla  Tracking  for  a good  breakfast  in  preparation  for  the day physical activity. You will report for registration at the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger station by 8 AM. After a briefing  by  the  rangers,  your  gorilla  trek  will  start.

The  trek  usually  takes between  three  and  six  hours  so  a reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a strong pair of walking boots or shoes. The  rangers  will  guide  you  through  the  village  gardens  and  into  the jungle-like  forest.  They  will  escort  you through the sometimes thick bush, occasionally hacking the dense undergrowth with a machete as you search to locate  the  gorillas.  The  mountain  gorillas  are  under  24  hour monitoring  for  their  own  safety,  so  you’re  almost guaranteed to see them. The rangers monitor each gorilla family by keeping in close radio contact.

In  part  due  to  gorilla  tourism,  the  population  of  gorillas  is  slowly  increasing  but  the  species  remains critically endangered.  Gorillas  and  humans  share  almost  identical  genetic  material  and  their  health  must not  be compromised by coming into contact with human diseases (via our food, for example). To reduce transmission of disease from humans to gorillas, you will also be advised to keep a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas.

Once  you  have  located  the  gorilla  family,  you  will  be  asked  to  leave  all  your  belongings  to  one  side,  and approach  the  gentle  giants,  just  with  your  camera.  The  guides  will  interpret  the  animal’s behaviour  and advise on what you are watching. Females and their young, young males and even a dominant Silverback may be seen: feeding,  playing,  interacting  with  each  other,  or  just  sleeping!  Youwill  never  forget  your  encounter with  the gorillas.  They  will  be  quite  curious  to  see  you!  You  are  allowed  exactly  one  hour  with  the  gorillas before  returning to base.

Overnight at Haven/Siverback Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 10: Departure 

After breakfast, depart to Entebbe international airport for you outbound flight.

PRICES INCLUDE: 

  • Accommodation with Breakfast
  • Lunch and Dinner as indicated in Itinerary
  • 1 Gorilla Permit per person
  • Game Drive and walk
  • Safari Vehicle and fuel
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • All boat tours
  • Mineral water during tour
  • English speaking guide
  • AMREF emergency evacuation insurance

TERMS AND CONDITIONS  

  •  Price is valid till October 2017
  •  Price is per person on sharing basis
  •  Confirmation of package is subject to Hotel Availability
  • All rates & tour itineraries are subject to change without notice
  • All activities are subject to change relative to weather conditions
  • Prices do not include any additional Airport charges or other charges