This 10-day safari in Uganda will take you to the Murchison Falls National Park for wildlife viewing through game drives and boat launches, contribute to chimpanzee habituation in Kibale, join research teams in Queen Elizabeth National Park to track lions and mongoose, and join expert wildlife researchers in the habituation of endangered mountain gorillas in the lush Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. You will have a plenty of time to experience gorilla and chimpanzee safari completely!
The maximum participants in the group is 8.
Your stay on the 1st night will be at Anderita Beach Hotel.
You have the following choices for your stay on 2nd and 3rd night.
You have the following choices for your stay on 4th and 5th night.
You have the following choices for your stay on 6th and 7th night.
You have the following choices for your stay on 8th and 9th night.
Arrive at Entebbe airport to meet Saso Uganda Safaris staff and then you will be transferred to your hotel. The staff will brief you about all the activities. Your overnight stay will be at Anderita Beach Hotel.
You will have an early breakfast and drive to Murchison Falls National Park via the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you will have the opportunity to track the rhinos. The sanctuary houses Uganda’s rhino reintroduction project. There are 9 white rhinos and tracking is done on foot for 1.5 hours. You will continue to Masindi Town for lunch and later drive to Murchison Falls National Park. You will have dinner and overnight at the lodge of your booking.
You will wake up very early and set off at 06.30 for a sunrise game drive in the Nyamsika plateau to see the Cape buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffes, Uganda kob, hartebeest, and waterbucks. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, shy sitatunga, bush duiker, warthog, and bush pig plus large carnivores including lions, leopards, and spotted hyenas. Chimpanzees and olive baboons head the list of six species of primates found in the park. Crocodiles and hippos will be seen along the banks of the Nile. Some of the more common birds that can be seen include goliath heron, Egyptian geese, pelican, bee-eaters, kingfishers, hornbill, cormorant, saddle-bill stork, and the rare shoebill stork. You will return to your lodge for a late breakfast and some relaxation before you set off in the afternoon for a boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile, upstream, to the base of the falls. En-route you will see hippopotamuses, crocodiles, waterbuck, and a wide variety of birds like the unusual shoebill stork. The boat will stop just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron” for pictures to be taken of the photogenic and majestic Murchison Falls.
After having your breakfast, you will visit the “top of the thunderous Murchison falls”, where you will observe the Nile River squeezing itself in a 7-meter gorge before tumbling 40 meters down in a thunderous explosion and then flows down into a very peaceful river whose water banks are swarmed with a profusion of water and land animals as well as birds. You will thereafter set off on a 9-hour journey to Kibale Forest National Park. The drive is through verdant countryside interpassing traditional homesteads and farms and via the towns of Hoima and Fort portal which rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon. You will have dinner and overnight at the lodge of your booking.
Today, you'll accompany Kibale’s researchers in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to a “soft” habituation project with chimpanzees. You’ll learn to safely observe the chimps during their daily activities, so they get comfortable with human presence without changing their natural behaviors. You will be able to experience the chimp families as they wake up, hunt, patrol, play, fight, copulate, and breastfeed. Guided by biologists and researchers, you will enjoy unprecedented intimate access to these wild chimpanzees for the entire day until they build their nests at bedtime. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at your lodge of booking.
At 09:00, you will begin your drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, enjoying the majestic views en-route of the snow-capped 16,000-foot Rwenzori Mountains, the famed "Mountains of the Moon". In the afternoon, you’ll join a research team from the Uganda Wildlife Authority to track banded mongoose, a highly social mongoose which is closely related to the better-known meerkat. As the research team embarks on their daily monitoring activities, you are awarded plenty of time to observe the mongoose troupes as they normally go about life. See how they engage teamwork, hunt prey, and defend each other. Observe family / group hierarchy among other amazingly interesting mongoose behaviors. Like meerkats, each mongoose group or family sleeps together in a communal underground den, changing between den sites every 3 to 5 days. They emerge at sunrise and forage together in the morning and afternoon before returning to the den at sunset. You can take as many photos as you wish before heading back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
You will see a different face of the park as you venture off road with a research team to track lions and contribute to a valuable lion research project in the Ishasha Sector. The researchers' Land Cruiser is fitted with radio-collar-receiving equipment. You will get a full briefing on the animals with opportunity for as much lion photography as you can manage. After a leisurely lunch on the Mweya Peninsula, you’ll enjoy a 2-hour boat safari along the Kazinga Channel. This affords the opportunity to view wildlife up close such as, hippo’s huff and spray and buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others.
After breakfast, you will drive further south through stunning savannah grasslands as you head to the southern sector of the park, Ishasha. This is the best area to see the famous tree-climbing lions draped from low hanging limbs of fig trees. Next, you will visit the Kob Mating Ground, a defined area specifically used by these stunning antelopes for challenging other males, enticing females, and mating. Finally, you’ll pass through beautiful savannah grasslands as you head towards the breathtaking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. After activities at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, you will be heading to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
You will have an early morning entry into the mountain gorillas’ sanctuary. The rainforest is spectacular and heavily vegetated with dense landscapes crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for trekkers. This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas, where the taken time and terrain vary according to the movements of these fantastic apes. Your intimate gorilla experience will allow you to accompany the Uganda Wildlife Authority’s Bwindi gorilla habituation team for the entire day, allowing you to have a minimum 4 hours in the presence of a mountain gorilla family, since regular permits only allow 1 hour, this is 4 times longer than the amount of time spent up close with gorillas. During this time, you will be able to experience the gorilla family as they wake up, hunt, patrol, play, fight, copulate, and breastfeed until they build their nests at bedtime.
The thrill of spending time with and observing these gentle giants is a rare and moving adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories. Spending more time with them means you are assured of the best possible experience, with 4 full hours for better photography, researcher access for more questions, and enough time to experience more intimate and unusual behaviors. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other.
The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. Once the gorillas are sighted, you will be guided to within 6 meters of the gorillas, and be able to sit all around them while gazing into their big round eyes as the researchers note health, behavior, and other characteristics. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at your lodge of booking.
You will have your breakfast before you head to Kampala (about 5 hour driving) via Mubende. This route travels through breathtaking scenery and delightfully rolling plantations some of the best in Uganda. Depending on how much time you have, you can tour around Kampala‘s craft and souvenirs markets before checking in at your hotel or being transferred to the airport.
During this safari, you will enjoy Kampala City tour.
Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds. The 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. On the banks, prolific wildlife including elephant, crocodile, hippopotamus, lion, giraffe, buffalo, and countless antelopes and birds can be observed.
Kibale Forest hosts at least 1.500 chimpanzees out of the 4.950 found in Uganda, making this the largest concentration of chimps in Africa. The park is also home to 10 other primates including diurnal species like the red colobus monkey, blue monkey, red-tailed monkey, gray checked mangabeys, and vervet monkey, as well as many other animals.
Queen Elizabeth National Park holds huge concentrations of wildlife including predators such as the famous tree-climbing lions, leopard, Serval cats and spotted hyena. Other mammals include elephant, Cape buffalo, hippo, a variety of antelope, warthog, giant forest hog, and 10 species of primates including vervet monkeys, black and white colobus, and olive baboon. The park’s bird species number more than 600, amongst the highest in Africa. There are also several soda lakes filling ancient volcanic calderas where flamingos reside seasonally.
While most of today's forests are no more than 12.000 years old, Bwindi's vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles for over 25.000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterflies, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths, and an exceptional 120 species of mammals including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L'Hoest's monkey, red-tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi's most famous resident, the mountain gorilla. Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include 7 which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.
All types of food are supported. For more information, please send Saso Uganda Safaris an inquiry.
If time allows, you will have the opportunity to visit the market for souvenir and gift shopping.
Please arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Afterward, Saso Uganda Safaris' team will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. This service is already included in the price.