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11 Days Chimp and Gorilla Trekking and Safari Tour in Uganda's Most Amazing National Parks

Marie's Royale Hotel, Kampala, Uganda

Uganda Safari Tour

This safari takes you to three of Uganda’s most amazing national parks. You will trek chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park, see savanna animals during your game drives, boat-cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Maximum group size: 2 persons
  • Children from the age of 12 years old are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point: Kampala
  • Ending point: Entebbe
  • English speaking guide
  • Park fees (for non-residents), Gorilla permits (one per person, non-resident), Chimp permits (one per person, non-resident), and all taxes / VAT included.

Highlights

  • Chimp trek day in Kibale and gorilla trek day in Bwindi
  • 1 evening and one early morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • 1 two-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and one visit to Mabamba Swamp
  • 1 afternoon and one early morning game drive in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Transportation in safari van and transfers from and to Entebbe airport
  • Spot chimpanzees, gorillas, as well as elephants, lions, and zebras
  • Daily meals and drinking water
  • 10 nights accommodation

Styles


9 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 2
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in various hotels, lodges and resorts along the way as follows:

  • Night 1: Marie's Royale Hotel - mid-range hotel located in or near Kampala
  • Night 2: Nyinabulitwa - mid-range resort located outside Kibale National Park
  • Night 3: Park View Safari Lodge - mid-range lodge located just outside Kibale National Park
  • Night 4 and 5: Marafiki Safari Lodge - mid-range lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Night 6: Gorilla Mist Camp - mid-range lodge located in or near Ishasha
  • Night 7 and 8: Bunyonyi Eco Resort - mid-range resort located in or near Lake Bunyonyi
  • Night 9: Rwakobo Rock - mid-range lodge located just outside Lake Mburo National Park
  • Night 10: Marie's Royale Hotel - mid-range hotel in Kampala

Program

Day 1: Kampala

You will be met by a professional driver-guide at Entebbe International Airport and be driven to Kampala in an official Yala Safari van. Depending on your arrival time, it may be possible to take a tour of the city in the afternoon. Later you will check-in at Marie's Royal Hotel, where you will enjoy dinner and your overnight stay.

  • Main destination: Kampala
  • Accommodation: Marie's Royale Hotel - Mid-range hotel located in or near Kampala
  • Meals and drinks: All meals included, drinking water included (other drinks not included)

Day 2: Kibale Forest National Park

You will begin your safari this morning by transferring to Kibale Forest National, stopping at Fort Portal on the way for lunch. You will pass many villages and tea plantations in the country side along the way, offering many opportunities for stopovers. In the late evening, you will check into a beautiful resort area close to a crater lake that borders the forest.

  • Main destination: Kibale Forest National Park
  • Accommodation: Nyinabulitwa - mid-range resort located outside Kibale National Park
  • Meals and drinks: All meals included, drinking water included (other drinks not included)

Day 3: Kibale Forest National Park chimp trek and Queen Elizabeth National Park transfer

Kibale Forest National Park is a rain forest that is home to over 1,500 chimpanzees. During your morning trek you will see chimps up close and capture shots of the closest cousins of man in the jungle! Besides the chimps, nine other different species of monkeys are found in this forest, including red colobus, red tailed monkey and bush babies. Within the forest canopy you may spot various bird species, like the native great blue turaco, joyful greenbul, olive long tailed cuckoo and the superb black bee eater.

After the trek, you start the transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You may drive past the Rwenzori Mountain Range or drive through the crater lakes in the hills to sample the surprising diversity of savanna trees and wildlife to be found here! Reach the lodge and enjoy the impressive view over Queen Elizabeth as you unwind from your long day.

  • Main destination: Kibale Forest National Park
  • Accommodation: Park View Safari Lodge - mid-range lodge located just outside Kibale National Park
  • Meals and drinks: all meals included, drinking water included (other drinks not included)

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today you will discover Queen Elizabeth National Park with an evening game drive that exposes you to diverse animals, including elephants, buffaloes, lion, leopards, warthogs, and hyenas. There is also rich bird life here. The flamingos that make their home in the salt lakes are an especially spectacular sight.

  • Main destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park.
  • Accommodation: Marafiki Safari Lodge - mid-range lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Meals and drinks: all meals included, drinking water (other drinks not included)

Day 5: Wildlife search plus Kazinga Channel boat cruise

After breakfast you will embark to see the park’s early risers on a game drive. After lunch it is time for a classic activity: a two hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This 36 kilometers waterway links Lake George to Lake Edward. On the banks you can see land and water adapted hippopotamuses yawning and slashing canines at each other. You may also get a glimpse of the Nile crocodile!

  • Main destination: Kazinga Channel (Queen Elizabeth National Park)
  • Accommodation: Marafiki Safari Lodge - mid-range lodge located in or near Kazinga Channel
  • Meals and drinks: all meals included, drinking water included (other drinks not included)

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth - Bwindi

Today you will journey through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on your way to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This area is known for its tree-climbing lions who sit high among the fig tree branches.

Continue the transfer to Bwindi. Here you will experience a change in the landscape from flat savanna to cultivated hills to jungle covered mountains. If you arrive early enough you may opt to go on a walk to the local orphanage or visit with the locals.

  • Main destination: Ishasha Sector (Queen Elizabeth National Park)
  • Accommodation: Gorilla Mist Camp - mid-range lodge located in or near Ishasha
  • Meals and drinks: all meals included, drinking water (other drinks not included)

Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Have an early breakfast and then get ready for big highlight of this safari - gorilla trekking! Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is home to the famous mountain gorillas, and on this day you get to meet them! You will set off into the forest with a specialized guide and trek through beautiful nature areas before spending one hour in the area where the mountain gorillas are. Besides the gorillas, this forest is full of birds, butterflies and plant species plus forest hogs and elephants.

  • Main destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
  • Accommodation: Bunyonyi Eco Resort - mid-range resort
  • Meals and drinks: all meals included, drinking water included (other drinks not included)

Day 8: Lake Bunyonyi

Today is a free day for you to relax by the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi. Here is a short list of optional activities that you can partake in: canoeing, swimming (safe in this lake), hiking on the Bushara trail along the lake shore, or lounging at your resort!

  • Main destination: Lake Bunyonyi
  • Accommodation: Bunyonyi Eco Resort - mid-range resort located in or near Lake Bunyonyi
  • Meals and drinks: all meals included, drinking water included (other drinks not included)

Day 9: Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast you will transfer to Lake Mburo, which is known as the “zebra magnet”. You will arrive in the park and have lunch at the lodge before heading out for an afternoon game drive to view zebras, topis, warthogs, cape buffaloes, and impalas.

  • Main destination: Lake Mburo National Park
  • Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock - mid-range lodge located just outside Lake Mburo National Park
  • Meals and drinks: all meals included, drinking water included (other drinks not included)

Day 10: Lake Mburo National Park - Kampala

Get up early for a morning safari walk, during which you’ll have the chance to see leopards, zebras, waterbucks, and bird buffaloes at daybreak! You will also pay a visit to a hyena’s den. Return for breakfast and then make your way back to Kampala, stopping for lunch in Masaka and at the equator.

  • Main destination: Lake Mburo National Park
  • Accommodation: Marie's Royale Hotel - mid-range hotel in Kampala
  • Meals and drinks: all meals included, drinking water included (other drinks not included)

Day 11: Entebbe (end of the tour)

Your guide will pick you up in the morning for your visit to Mabamba Swamp, which sits a bit south of Entebbe. If you are lucky you might see some interesting birds along the way. When you reach the swamp you will go out in small boats to search for the rare shoebill stork, lesser jacana, marsh harriers, African pygmy-goose, whistling ducks and, if its is the right season, the blue swallow, blue breasted bee eater and many other aquatic birds. You will return to Entebbe after the tour.

  • Main destination: Entebbe
  • Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)
  • Meals and drinks: All meals included, drinking water included (other drinks not included)
  • • You'll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel).

Location

This safari tour takes you to various national parks in Uganda. You will visit Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National park, Kazinga Channel, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Lake Bunyonyi as well as Mabamba Swamp.

Yet unknown to so many travelers that undertake African safaris, few of the world visitors have been able to undertake an Uganda safari in Africa, to explore its unique natural attractions. Uganda safaris in East Africa have proved that Uganda is one of the most varied countries in Africa and the world at large, endowed with rolling hills, wide-open savanna, glacial alpine mountains, abundant wildlife, sparkling crater lakes, and definitely more than 400 out of the world`s 880 endangered Mountain Gorillas that combined make Uganda's safaris memorable. Virtually untouched and pure, Uganda is still traditionally African, home to the worlds` friendliest people, lush green and its incredible weather is enjoyable and friendly all year round.

Food

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)

During the 8th day of the tour, which is a free day you can choose from a range of activities like: canoeing, swimming (safe in this lake), hiking on the Bushara trail along the lake shore, or lounging at your resort!

What's included

  • Chimp trek day in Kibale and gorilla trek day in Bwindi
  • 1 evening and one early morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • 1 two-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and one visit to Mabamba Swamp
  • 1 afternoon and one early morning game drive in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits (one per person, non-resident)
  • Chimp permits (one per person, non-resident)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All taxes / VAT
  • Round trip airport transfer
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water (on all days)

What's not included

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

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfers from and to this airport are 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 42 days before arrival.
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