Join the Uganda safari topped with gorilla trekking adventure that takes you to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as it is a home to half of the mountain gorillas. It is noted that Bwindi protects 400 species of Mountain gorillas and it has now 10 gorilla families launched for gorilla trekking safari and gorilla tours. More activities to encounter in the Uganda safari adventure at this park include the bird watching, nature walk safaris, and the Batwa cultural performances!
During the exciting safari, you will stay in various accommodations of your choice. Accommodation is based on a standard double, twin, or single room in your choice of accommodation. This can either be budget, mid-range, or high-end. All accommodation options are selected by its location and service standard compared to its price. When you are with one, three, or five persons, one single supplement is included. If you want a single supplements, you can inform Travel Explore Africa Safaris.
You will start for Murchison Falls National Park safari with a chance to visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. After breakfast, you will drive through the famous Luwero triangle. You can choose to visit and track white rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary at 40 USD per person. This sanctuary has now been established to breed black and white rhino, and restore rhino populations in Uganda’s protected areas in a later stage.
You will then take a stop over at Masindi hotel for lunch. You will continue through the park stopping at the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight. The Nile is the longest river in the world and it is forced through a narrow gap in the rock (only seven meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 43 meters. From here, you will continue to your accommodation along the Nile River.
After breakfast, you will head to the Delta in search for bird life and enjoy the game drive to look for lions, giraffes, herds of elephants, buffaloes, and much more. You will drive back to the lodge for lunch before taking an afternoon boat cruise to the foot of Murchison Falls. This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of the trip to Murchison since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals.
Along with this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The bird life is stunning with brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If you are lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric-looking shoebill, which is a cross between the dodo and a dinosaur. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness.
You will leave Murchison Falls National Park for Kibale Forest National Park via the Lake Albert escarpment, having a good view of the lake. There will be a stopover at Kolping Hotel in Hoima for lunch and after that, you will drive across the interesting Nkusi River (flowing from the southern end of Lake Albert, through the villages of Kagadi, joining Victoria Nile). Both rivers join Lake Kyoga and flow through the Murchison Falls continue to Lake Albert and north to the Mediterranean Sea.
Traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you will pass through traditional Ugandan villages where you can see people at work tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans, and maize. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good photo opportunities.
As you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you will enter Uganda’s famous tea plantation region. A carpet of green spreads before you, as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just passed. You will arrive at Fort Portal, then, continue toward Kibale Forest, one of the great African rainforest research reserves.
Years of study by scientists (who have cut a grid through the forest) have habituated many of its animals to human observers. This forest is famed for the variety of primates found here and it is a terrific area for birds. This rural Ugandan town (Fort Portal) is locally famous for its weaving and basketry, and you can spend some time briefly to examine some of this local art.
Fort Portal is a small and attractive city. The fort was built between 1891 and 1893 and named after Sir Gerald Portal, the British Consul General of Zanzibar who arrived in Uganda in 1892 to formalize the protectorate of Uganda. He died of malaria a few months after the fort was completed.
During the afternoon, you will have time to visit the scenic crater lakes region, checking out the superbly terraced tea estates. In the south of Fort Portal is Kasenda Crater Lakes region.
The Kasenda Crater Lakes region sits on the rim of Lake Nyinambuga - the back of the main building looks down over the lake, while the other side of the lodge looks out over another lake in the distance and, further off, the Rwenzori Mountains, which were perpetually shrouded in the clouds, except early in the morning. There’s plenty to do in this area and you can also take an hour’s walk around Lake Nyinambuga.
You will assemble at Kanyankyu River camp at 8:00 a.m. to go for the most popular activity in this park which is Chimpanzee tracking. Chimpanzees are man’s closest cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate’s species.
More primates like black and white Columbus monkeys, L’Hoest Monkeys, Grey Cheeked mangabey, Red-tailed monkeys, Bush babies, Pottos, and many bird species like the Yellow Spotted nicator, Rumped Tinker bird, Little greenbul, Green Breasted pitta, The Crowned eagle, Black Bee Eater and mammals like elephants can be seen on this walk.
Kibale National Park, which averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. It is inhabited by three large “communities” of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups.
Typically, you locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. You will get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialize with each other, or even, occasionally hunt. In the afternoon you will visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals.
At the Eastern edge of Kibale Forest is Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great Blue turaco, Blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bushbucks, bush pigs, and among others.
You will depart early morning for Bwindi, for your gorilla tracking. If the seasons allow, you will drive through the Ishasha sector in search for the tree-climbing lions. Nowhere in Africa do you stand a better chance of seeing this than in the large low-limbed fig trees of Ishasha. This game drive en route will expose you to some of the animals that you might have missed seeing while on your game drives in Kasenyi and Queens Mile. You will arrive in Bwindi in the late afternoon.
On day six, you will enjoy yourself by tracking the Mountain Gorillas and other primates. After breakfast, you will proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip - Gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day.
You will trek through the rain forest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten.
When the gorilla is sighted, visitors will be guided to within seven meters from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes. Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It is difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from two to eight hours. Expect to walk the distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas.
A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.
You will have early breakfast before embarking on your return to Kampala, driving down the grassed and terraced escarpments of southwestern Uganda while taking in the breathtaking sights of the hills of the region dubbed ‘the little Switzerland of Africa’. This area is a highly fertile, mountainous region with steep-sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly terraced cultivated rows.
Not to miss as you traverse Mbarara are the impressing long horn Ankole cattle. A remarkable highlight of this journey is the Equator line and surely you will cross it as we have a brief stop here. You will be in Kampala in the evening before for your flight back home.
A boat cruise in Murchison Falls National Park is included in the price.
The safari will take place throughout Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, and Bwindi Forest, Uganda.
Bwindi’s Impenetrable Forest is a true equatorial jungle, inhabited by four gorilla groups. Amongst the dense vegetation, the Columbus Monkey jumps from branch to branch, chattering its warning to its fellows hidden by the foliage.
Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. Forest cover, interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau.
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.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. It has a total size of 1,978 square kilometers. It was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National Park and renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II.
You will be served with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Food is available on full board basis depending on your dietary requirement. Bottled drinking water is also included during the safari.
Please book your flights to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB).