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5 Days Perfect Combination Safari in Murchison Falls National Park and Bwindi, Uganda

Budongo Eco Lodge, Budongo Forest National Reserve, Masindi, Masindi District, Western Region, Uganda

All-Inclusive Uganda Safari

Kubwa Five Safaris invites you on a wonderful tour that combines gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with a wildlife safari in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s largest protected area, home to a wide range of savannah wildlife such as lions, buffalos, elephants, hippos, giraffes, antelopes, crocodiles, and more. Your safari vehicles are well maintained to provide a maximum level of comfort and safety. Furthermore, since the success of your safari will largely depend on your driver / guide, a great team of carefully selected well-trained drivers / guides will be there for you. Plan your holiday now and get ready for some exciting Ugandan adventure!

Meet the guides

Raymond, Peter, & Emmanuel
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Highlights

  • Gorilla tracking at Bwindi
  • Park fees and gorilla permit
  • Game drive in Murchison Falls
  • Three-hour boat cruise on the Nile
  • A complimentary visit to the Equator
  • Pick up and drop off at the airport
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 4 nights' accommodation

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4 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 100 participants
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

Budongo Eco Lodge

Budongo Eco Lodge is a comfortable lodge featuring eco-cabins with private veranda, spacious dorm rooms, a visitor's center and restaurant located in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda. The lodge has ensuite forest cabins and dormitory room with modern and comfortable facilities. The room has a double bed, mosquito net, free breakfast and an ensuite bathroom. Terrace gardens are available with a serene view of the national park.

Continental dishes are served with a variety of local and international dishes available for guests. Free breakfast is available. The lodge has a bar and lounge with a view of the park.The hotel offers laundry service, on-site parking, security personnel.

Paraa Safari Lodge

Situated in Paraa, this lodge is 11 miles (17.7 kilometers) away from Murchison Falls National Park and 16.1 miles (26 kilometers) away from Murchison Falls National Park Northern Gate.

Buhoma Lodge

An elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities, offers a cozy, comfortable environment to discuss the day’s activities around the fireplace. Buhoma Lodge has eight comfortable cottages each with its own private veranda, offering extensive views of the forest canopy of the national park. Inside the spacious cottages have comfortable beds, a well-appointed en-suite bathroom with flushing toilet and a hot shower, some rooms have bathtubs.

Program

Day 1

On your arrival, Kubwa Five Safaris’ representative, with your name printed on an A4 paper, will welcome you to Uganda at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) and transfer you to Sky Hotel International in Kampala, located 10 kilometers from the city center towards Naalya Housing Estate. Sky Hotel International has a capacity of 29 rooms with twin beds, taking up 58 guests. There is one restaurant, which is open from 07:00 - 10:00. for breakfast. However, it is open for the rest of the day for meals. Depending on your arrival time, relax in your already-booked hotel after a long flight while you are dreaming of your safari tomorrow morning at 07:00 and then driven across several districts to Murchison Falls National Park. A stopover will be made at Masindi where you will have lunch then proceed to the top of Murchison falls where the Nile forces its way through a gorge in the rocks and tumbles 43 meters below flowing westwards into Lake Albert. You will then check into Budongo Eco Lodge for an overnight stay.

Day 2

After an early breakfast, set off for a morning game drive on the Northern Delta Nile. Lions, buffalos, waterbucks, Jackson’s hartebeest, Rothschild’s giraffes, oribis, and baboons are some of the animals to expect. Other activities in this game drive include bird watching and sightseeing across the open savannah, dotted woodland, and riverine vegetation along the Nile and Albert delta. You will then return to the camp to rest and have lunch after which you will embark on a three-hour boat cruise on the Nile. This boat ride offers an amazing view of the falls from the bottom angle. Hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, and aquatic birds can be seen along the shores of the river. Dinner and overnight stay are at Paraa Safari Lodge.

Day 3

After breakfast, you will transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home of the mountain gorilla. Enjoy the drive as you will spot Lake Albert, the Rwenzori ranges, Kibale forest, and the beautiful lakes Edward and George. Dinner and overnight stay are at Buhoma Lodge. It is situated within the Bwindi National Park, less than five minutes' walk from the gorilla trekking start point.

Day 4

After breakfast, prepare for the gorilla tracking adventure that begins at 08:00. with a briefing at the information center by the Uganda Wildlife Authority staff. You will then be guided into the jungle to track the shy primates. Gorilla tracking may take three to seven hours but it’s well worth the effort. It’s advisable to bring along a rain jacket, and hiking boots. At the end of this long and exciting adventure, return to your lodge for a well-deserved shower, dinner, and rest. Dinner and overnight stay are at Buhoma Lodge.

Day 5

After breakfast, transfer back to Kampala making a lunch stop en-route at Mbarara. Proceed to make another stop at the equator in Masaka to see where this imaginary line divides our planet into two equal hemispheres. Snacks, souvenirs, and photographs may be taken here. Arrive in Kampala later that evening and transferred to Entebbe International Airport (EBB) for your departure flight.

Included excursions

This safari includes a visit to the Equator for snacks, souvenirs, and photographs.

Guides

Raymond

Peter

Emmanuel

Location

This safari will take place in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Murchison Falls National Park.

Food

You will have an African buffet.

We can as well arrange the meals according to your request.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

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)

Murchison falls national park activities

Birding both on the game drives and the launch trips offer an opportunity for one to come across distinct birdlife including the savannah forest birds, water birds, albertine rift endemics and the Shoebills.

Games Drives in the park will reveal a wide range of animals including Giraffe, Elephant, Buffalo, Antelopes, Simba (King of the jungle) to mention but a few. You may even spot a leopard at dusk.

Hiking and nature walks will show you vast landscapes and the varied scenery of Murchison falls national park and the surrounding conservation area. Trails through Kaniyo- Pabidi, Rubongo and Budongo forests provide sightings of many primates and birds. Guided swamp walks offer possible shoebill sightings.

Launch trips/Boat cruises on the Nile present an astonishing display of wildlife and culminates into a memorable frontal view of the falls. Also recommended for birders is a morning cruise downstream to the Nile-lake Albert delta.

Sport fishing on the banks of the Nile below Murchison falls provides exciting challenges to anglers. Living within strong currents and highly oxygenated water is the Nile perch.

Cultural encounters with energetic traditional entertainers performing around lodge campfires will make for a magical African experience at dusk. Boomu women’s group offers accommodation, a craft shop and village tours, revealing the realities of this rural community.

At Bwindi impenetrable national park is home to over half of the only remaining world’s mountain gorillas, whose encounter and consequent eye contact is the most exciting and poignant wildlife experience in the whole of Africa.

This impenetrable forest is the oldest and most biologically diverse rainforest. It lies at the edge of the rift valley in southwestern Uganda providing natural habitat to 400 plant species, 120 mammal species, 346 bird species, 202 species of butterflies, 163 tree species, 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, among many endangered species.

What's included

  • Gorilla tracking at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Game drive in Murchison Falls National Park
  • 3-hour boat cruise on the Nile
  • A visit to the Equator
  • 1 gorilla permit (600 USD per person) to be secured and paid for well in advance
  • Services of an expert guide
  • Airport transfer to and from Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • Ground transportation in a 4 x 4 safari Landcruiser / minivan
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Full board meals and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Park fees and relevant government taxes

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Visa fees
  • Personal insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature, such as drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, and cigarettes
  • Accommodation and meals not indicated in the itinerary

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Kubwa Five Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

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 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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