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12 Days Gorilla Trekking and Adventure Safari in Uganda

  • Murchison Falls National Park - Kibale Forest National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Lake Bunyonyi - Lake Mburo National Park

Unique Wildlife Safari in Uganda

Africa is a dream destination for travelers, Safari Hub will make that dream come true. Prepare to come face to face with amazing gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural habitats. These close encounters will leave you breathless. You will also get close to other diverse African wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and amazing cultures during this safari. If you dream of a once in a lifetime encounter with Africa's wilderness, this safari is for you!

Highlights

  • Game drives
  • Boat ride on Lake Mburo
  • Visit to the Rhino Sanctuary
  • Transportation throughout the safari
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Gorilla and chimp permits
  • Airport transfers
  • 11 activity days
  • English
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Murchison River lodge

Murchison River lodge is located on the southern bank of the River Nile, overlooking Murchison Falls National Park, pods of hippos, and papyrus islands. In beautiful surroundings, the lodge offers comfortable and relaxing mid-range accommodation to suit all budgets. Well appointed en-suite thatched cottages, thatched safari tents each with private facilities, and comfortable camping tents already set up around the shaded campsite.

If you would prefer to bring your own tent, they have covered areas for self-catering in the campsite including a fire pit and excellent shower and toilet facilities. You will be staying here on the second and third night of the safari.

Kibale Primate lodge

This lodge's principal edge is its location, tucked deep in the forest and right next door to the starting point for chimpanzee tracking excursion as well as the incredible chimpanzee habituation, two of the most genuinely breath-taking wildlife experiences on the planet.

All of the nine spacious and en-suite luxury cottages, each secluded deep in the forest for maximum privacy and a natural living in nature feeling, come complete with two double size bed or one king size bed, a sitting area with two comfortable arm chairs, a reading table, and an adjoining large veranda with excellent views to the forest.

The seven mid-level forest cottages are private and en-suite with spacious bathrooms, two twin size beds or one king size bed as well as a spacious veranda over-looking the rainforest with lounge chairs. The popular double storied Elephant Banda has an upstairs bedroom fitted with a giant king size bed and a downstairs living room where you can also place a smaller extra bed.

As a double occupancy, it is very popular with honeymooners, anniversaries, and the hopeless romantics who can also enjoy private lounging and dining at the extensive upstairs veranda that seems to go right into the forest. You will be staying here on the fifth night of the safari.

Queen Elizabeth National Park lodge

The park has luxury accommodation that will favor all visitors. It also caters for the budget travelers. Mweya safari lodge and Jacana lodge have excellent services and Ishasha wilderness camp with lavishness accommodation. Budget accommodation includes Mweya hotels and Ishasha bandas with average standards that will make your stay memorable.

The park also has camping sites such as Maramagambo, Ishasha, and Mweya alternatively, one may take on the Hippo Hill Camp adjacent to Katwe along with Kingfisher camp on a beautiful Kichwamba escarpment. Kyambura Uganda safari wildlife is also establishing a luxury lodge that will surely meet your needs. You will be staying here from the sixth to the seventh night of the safari.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park lodge

You will be staying here from the eighth to the ninth night of the safari.

Lake Bunyonyi overland resort

Accommodation is provided in comfortable safari tents, rooms, cottages, and family cottages. They also offer a self-camping option for those with their own equipment. You can also rent a mobile tent with or without bedding arrangement in their pleasant gardens. You will be staying here from the tenth to the eleventh night of the safari.

Day 1

You will be met and greeted at the Entebbe International Airport (EBB) by an Uganda Adventure Safari representative. This representative will warmly welcome you and facilitate a seamless transfer through immigration. You will then be transferred to your hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.

Day 2

After an early morning breakfast, you will drive northwest to Murchison Falls National Park via the Rhino Sanctuary, where you will have the opportunity to track rhinos. There are 15 rhinos here that were re-introduced after poaching drove them to extinction in the 1970's. A local ranger guide will lead you on foot for about one and a half hours to an up-close encounter with the rhinos. You will then make your way to Masindi town for lunch and then continue to your lodge at Murchison Falls.

Day 3

Rise early in the morning for your game drive on the northern bank of the Nile River. Your open-roof vehicle will give you an excellent opportunity to view and photograph the diverse wildlife.

After lunch, you will go on a boat cruise up the Victoria Nile, the base of the falls, stopping just a few meters from the Devi's cauldron. You will marvel at the schools of hippos and crocodiles that call this place their home. Across the 17-kilometer stretch, you may see elephants, waterbucks, and Uganda kobs. There is also a large number of birds, including the goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant, and the rare shoebill stork.

After taking some photographs of Murchison Falls, you may choose to hike to the top where you will have amazing views of the falls below. See where the world's largest river squeezes through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43 meters below.

Day 4

After breakfast, you will begin your journey to Kibale Forest National Park. Drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside, passing through traditional homesteads, farms, and tea estates. Stop for lunch en route and arrive at the lodge late afternoon. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at the lodge.

Day 5

After breakfast, you will transfer to the starting point of your chimpanzee tracking experience in Kibale Forest National Park. This park is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous primate here is the chimpanzee, which is also man's closest relative. Kibale's 1,450 chimpanzees represent the largest population of this endangered primate in Uganda.

Kibale is also home to the rare I'Hoest's monkey, the black and white colobus, blue monkey, grey cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkey, and olive baboon just to name a few. You will enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of all these primates. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, visitors stand a good chance of hearing and seeing human's distant cousins as they groom and bond with each other.

Day 6

After breakfast, you will make your way to Queen Elizabeth National Park along the mystical Rwenzori mountain range. Your expert driver-guide will point out animals as you make your way into the park.

Upon arriving at the lodge, you will enjoy a hot lunch and then take a unique two-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga channel and into Lake Edward. This cruise takes you through a high concentration of hippos and offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching, and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous!

Day 7

Queen Elizabeth National Park's diverse ecosystem of grassy plains, tropical forests, rivers, swamps, lakes, and volcanic crater is home to an incredible array of wildlife. You will go on an early morning game drive, where you will have the opportunity to view the massive Rwenzori as a backdrop. There will be excellent opportunities to spot lions, leopards, giant forest hogs, cape buffaloes, elephants, defassa waterbucks, Uganda kobs, topis, and bushbucks.

Game drives and boat cruises are wonderful ways to discover Uganda's wildlife. Be sure to have your camera ready for these amazing sightings! In the afternoon, you will visit the bat and hunter's cave where you can get up close with bats, rock pythons, and forest cobras. The same walk will give you the chance to see birds and primates. Return to the lodge for dinner and your last overnight stay.

Day 8

After breakfast, you will pack your bags and head off on a morning game drive through the Ishasha plains, where you will visit for the last time the lions and other wildlife that call Queen Elizabeth National Park their home. From here, you will make your way to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, driving through the area known as the Switzerland of Africa.

You will arrive in the park in the evening and check in to the lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.

Day 9

After breakfast, you will make your way to the starting point of your gorilla trekking adventure. You will be led by experienced gorilla trackers onto the slopes of the nearby volcanoes in search of this amazing primates. Your journey will begin where the gorillas were encountered the previous day.

Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead will keep you going! The beauty of the gorilla forest and its inhabitants is breathtaking. Encountering these gentle giants in one of Africa's major highlights.

Follow the mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest. Discover their gorgeous natural habitual and the many species they share it with. You are allowed to spend one hour with the gorillas before making your way back the lodge. If your trek was relatively short, you may take a guided nature walk around the lodge and surrounding communities in the evening.

Day 10

After breakfast, you will drive to Lake Bunyonyi which has breathtaking scenery. Spend the night overlooking Uganda's deepest lake where you may try your hand at paddling in a dug-out canoe or eating freshwater crayfish. The name Bunyonyi means the place of little birds and it definitely lives up to its name!

Bunyonyi Overland Resort sites on the lake's shore and offers you a great base from which to explore the lake. It is also a wonderful stop-over for those visiting the mountain gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda. The resort is ecologically built with local materials and is locally owned and operated. It provides important employment opportunities for the people around the lake.

Lake Bunyonyi has no bilharzia (parasitic worm), no crocodiles, and no hippos. Due to its altitude, malaria is also rather scarce. You could hardly find a friendlier body of water on the continent.

Day 11

After breakfast, you will travel to Lake Mburo National Park, the smallest park in Uganda. Although small, this park has so much to offer. It is centered on a series of swamp-fringed lakes and is full of rich bird life. The green acacia woodland harbors wildlife such as zebra, warthog, eland, and impala. The lake itself is home to schools of hippos and crocodiles.

You will arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. Later in the afternoon, you will enjoy a boat ride on Lake Mburo and get quite close to the crocodiles and hippos. As you make your way back to the lodge, you may take part in evening game drive.

Day 12

After breakfast, you will go on a safari walk under the escort of an armed ranger. Due to cattle herding in the area, it is amusing to see zebra peaceably grazing alongside wildlife at such close range. Depending on your departure time, you can go on a city tour and visit the craft markets before transferring to the airport to catch your flight back home.

  • Boat ride on Lake Mburo
  • Guided nature walk around the lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Visit to the Rhino Sanctuary

This safari will take place at Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, and Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda.

You will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Your meals are included in the price.

  • Enjoy the game drives
  • Explore the grounds
  • Have fun hiking
  • Learn to paddle
  • Meet and interact with the locals
  • Observe the animals
  • See the stunning views
  • Take a refreshing dip at the pool
  • Tour the city of Kampala
  • Visit the craft markets in Kampala
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • All taxes and VAT
  • Boat ride on Lake Mburo
  • Chimp permit
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Game drives
  • Gorilla permit
  • Guided nature walk around the lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Park fees
  • Transfers to and from Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • Transportation throughout the safari
  • Visit to the Rhino Sanctuary
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and park fees
  • International flights
  • Personal items
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees

Arrival by airplane

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

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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