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5 Days Chimpanzee Trek and Safari in Murchison Falls, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, and Budongo, Uganda

Amuka Safari Lodge, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda

Uganda Safari and Primate Trekkings

This 5 Days best of Uganda wildlife safari tour allows every traveler going on safari in Uganda to share moments and capture sights of the big five in both Murchison Falls National Park and Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary plus chimpanzee trekking in Budongo Forest Beserve. With the mid-range accommodation option that comes with tour all travelers are guaranteed utmost comfort in the wild. During this safari, you will have the chance to spend almost the entire day with chimpanzees. This experience involves understanding the way of life of the chimps throughout the day, like behavioral, feeding, movement, and resting patterns. Please note that chimpanzee tracking and on foot rhino tracking experiences in Uganda both require permits arranged beforehand.

Key information

  • Private or group safari
  • Maximum group size: 20 persons
  • Children from the age of 1 year old are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point and ending point: Entebbe / Kampala
  • English speaking guide included. Spanish and German speaking guide available at extra cost
  • Park fees are included

Highlights

  • One Rhino trekking in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • One afternoon and one early morning game drive in Murchison
  • One afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the falls and a hike to the top of Murchison falls
  • One chimp trekking and one evening nature walk in Budongo Forest
  • Chance to spot white rhino, chimps, lions, buffaloes, giraffes, etc.
  • Transportation in 4X4 pop-up roof vehicle during game drives
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner and water during the safari
  • 4 nights accommodation

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4 activity days
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in various lodges along the way as follows:

  • Night 1, you will stay at Amuka Safari Lodge
  • Night 2, you will stay at Kabalega Wilderness Lodge
  • Night 3 and 4, you will stay at Budongo Eco Lodge

Amuka Safari Lodge

The luxurious Amuka Safari Lodge is located in the center of Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongola District along the Gulu highway. The lodge offers high class accommodation, food, and a unique service. You will be able to engage in a number of activities at Amuka safari lodge, such as rhino tracking on foot, shoebill canoe safari and birding, night walks and guided nature walks.

Kabalega Wilderness Lodge

Inspired by the breath-taking splendor of the wild landscapes of Murchison Falls National Park and the history and culture of the Bunyoro region of Uganda, Kabalega Wilderness Lodge will amaze you with its allure and its unique location adjacent to one of the biggest natural reserves in Uganda. It comprises of individual safari cabins spread throughout 7 acres of bristling bushes on the banks of the streaming waters of the mighty River Nile.

Budongo Eco Lodge

Nested in the heart of Budongo Forest Reserve, which forms a part of the Murchison Falls National Park, Budongo Eco Lodge is a marvel pocket friendly safari accommodation within one of the largest and most beautiful mahogany rain-forest in East Africa.

At the lodge one can go for a chimpanzee trekking safari as the forest is home to over 600 chimpanzee and 8 other primate species. Other activities can include bird watching and nature trails, among others.

Program

Day1: Entebbe to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Pick up from Entebbe International Airport (preferable your flight arrives early morning) and overnight accommodation in Kampala. you will then be transferred to your overnight accommodation in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to begin your Uganda Safari

Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch / Sanctuary is located in Nakasongola district and is the proud home of the only wild rhinos in Uganda.

  • Accommodation: Amuka Safari Lodge.
  • Driving time: Up to 4 hours.

Day 2: Rhino Trekk and depart for Murchison Falls National Park

Early morning after your breakfast, you will go for your morning activity: on foot Rhino trekking and depending on the location of the Rhinos, this might last you up to 2.5 hours.

After the trek, you will embark on a journey to Murchison Falls National Park, home to different wildlife species leading by over 76 mammal and 451 bird species that include buffaloes, giraffes, hyenas, Jackson hartebeests, antelopes, lions, kobs, bushbucks, and warthogs. With the savanna grasslands capturing the entire landscape; makes it easy to find these animals either grazing or hunting.

On arrival, you will check into your accommodation and thereafter have lunch. After lunch, you will be transferred to ferry point to cross over to the northern bank; here you begin your afternoon game drive as part of your best of Uganda wildlife safari.

Depending on how long this take you will return to the ferry point to cross back to the southern part of Murchison Falls National Park and from here you will return back to the lodge for your dinner and overnight.

  • Accommodation: Kabalega Wilderness Lodge.
  • Driving time: up to 7 hours.
  • Activities: Rhino trekking, afternoon game drive

Day 3: Morning game drive and boat cruise on the Nile in Murchison

As early as 06:00 a.m. with packed breakfast, you will return to the northern part of Murchison Falls National Park for yet another game drive, but this time in the morning. Don’t miss out on the morning sunrise as these compliments your Uganda safari tour experience.

Depending on how long it takes, you will return to the lodge to freshen up and have lunch.

After lunch, you will return to the ferry point; here you will begin your boat cruise on the Nile; this will last you up to about 2.5 hours.

The boat will drop you at the bottom of the falls; here you will meet with your ranger who will guide you through a hike to the top of Murchison Falls. At the top you will meet with your driver who will drive you to your next accommodation.

On arrival, you will check in and thereafter have your dinner and overnight.

  • Accommodation: Budongo Eco Lodge
  • Driving time: up to 1.5 hours.
  • Activities: morning game drive, afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the falls, hike to the top of falls.

Day 4: Chimp trek in Budongo Forest Reserve.

At 07:00 a.m. you will have an early morning breakfast, and after you will attend briefing and thereafter go for a chimpanzee trek in Budongo Forest Reserve.

Your Chimpanzee trekking activity will last up to 4 hours.

After the trek you will return to the lodge for lunch and after you will go for an evening nature walk; this should last you about 2.5 hours depending on how long the walk takes, you will then return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

  • Accommodation: Budongo Eco Lodge
  • Driving time: up to 1.5 hours.
  • Activities: chimp trek, evening nature walk

Day 5: Budongo to Kampala

At 8:00 a.m. in the morning after breakfast, you will embark on a journey back to Kampala to finish the best of Uganda wildlife safari with chimps and rhinos.

Tour summary

Day one

  • Pick up from overnight accommodation / Entebbe International Airport.
  • Drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary / Amuka Safari Lodge.
  • Afternoon / evening walk

Day two

  • On-foot Rhino tracking activity.
  • Drive to your accommodation in Murchison Falls National Park.
  • Lunch, and afternoon game drive.
  • Dinner and overnight

Day three

  • Early morning game drive.
  • Lunch, afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of Murchison Falls.
  • Hike to the top of Murchison Falls.
  • Check into next accommodation, dinner, and overnight.

Day four

  • Breakfast, chimp trek.
  • Lunch, evening forest walk.
  • Dinner and overnight.

Day five

  • Breakfast, drive back to Kampala / Entebbe International Airport.
  • End of safari tour experience.

Location

This safari takes place in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Murchison National Park in Ugnda.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Rhino Fund Uganda opened Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in a private 70-sq kilometers reserve, 170 kilometers northwest of Kampala, about 30 years after poachers shot the nation’s last wild rhino in Murchison in 1983. There are now 22 southern white rhinos roaming the savanna and wetland.

The long-term goal for these magnificent beasts is to reintroduce them in Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley National Parks. While tracking rhinos on foot sounds a bit foolhardy, the fact that they’re in the company of armed anti-poacher rangers 24 hours, means they’re well and truly used to human presence.

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park became one of Uganda’s first national parks in 1952, measuring 3840 square kilometers.

At Murchison Falls, the Nile squeezes through a 8-meter wide gorge and plunges with a thunderous roar into the "Devil's Cauldron", creating a trademark rainbow.

The northern section of the park contains savanna and borassus palms, acacia trees and riverine woodland. The south is dominated by woodland and forest patches

Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. It is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds.

Murchison Falls National Park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45 meters over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80-kilometer stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river's energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda's most remarkable wildlife spectacles. Regular visitors to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles, and aquatic birds are permanent residents.

Budongo Forest Reserve

Budongo Forest reserve is of an enormous diversity in flora and fauna with a well-developed and extensive trail system with a length of 115 kilometers in total is found throughout the forest, which enables tourist activities like forest walks. Apart from the 465 species of plants, the reserve is also famous for the age-old, Mahogany trees which can grow up to 80 meters.

Food

While on safari, you will be provided with all daily meals based on breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the 4 nights. Water shall be provided to you throughout the safari tour experience.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Upgrade with Chimpanzee Habituation Experience

Join a habituation and research team that goes out every morning to study and habituate the chimpanzees. The habituation experience offers you the unique occasion to join the professional guides on their daily program and follow the chimpanzees during their activities.

With an early start, you get to watch the chimpanzees waking up and de-nest, search for food, rest, play and start making new nests in the evening to go to sleep again. With the habituation experience you will spend an entire day with these amazing creatures and learn about their way of life.

The research staff leading the trek are very learned in forest botany, chimpanzee behavior, as well as the personalities and interactions of the individual chimpanzees. Please note that there is an option to end the habituation experience earlier than nesting time though.

This activity requires an extra night stay in the safari and comes at the additional cost of 298 USD per person.

What's included

  • One Rhino trekking in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • One afternoon and one early morning game drive in Murchison
  • One afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the falls and a hike to the top of Murchison falls
  • One chimp trekking and one evening nature walk in Budongo Forest
  • 4 nights mid-range and full board accommodation
  • All park entry fees
  • Ground transportation in 4X4 safari customized vehicle
  • Fuel for entire trip
  • Return airport transfers
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Water while on safari

What's not included

  • International flights (from / to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline 10 USD per person per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and / or park fees

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). The organizer will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Airport: Entebbe International Airport Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Pricing policy for attending children
 
  • Children below 2 years old are free of charge.
  • Children above 2 Years and below 12 Years - 75% of adult prices
  • Children 12 years and above pay full adults prices.

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