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10 Days Unforgettable Wildlife Safaris in East Africa

Humura Resort, Kampala - Primate Lodge Cottages, Kibala Forest - Marafiki Safari Lodges, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Silverback Lodge, Bwindi National Park - Rwakobo Rock, Lake Mburo National Park - Laico Lake Victoria Hotel, Entebbe

Magnificent Safaris in Uganda

Join Travelers Link Africa for a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience! This safari combines the wide savanna plains of Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park with the dense tropical rainforests of Kibale and Bwindi. Experience an excellent wildlife viewing and unforgettable encounters with both the big carnivores, the birdlife, and the primates of Uganda!

Highlights

  • Gorilla tracking trip
  • Game drives in the national parks
  • Safari cruise along the Kazinga Channel
  • Gorilla tracking permits worth 600 USD per person
  • Ground transportation in a safari customized 4WD vehicle
  • All park entrance fees and statutory taxes
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 9 nights accommodation

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9 activity days
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

During this safari holiday, you will stay at multiple resorts and lodges. On day one, you will stay at Humura Resort in Entebbe. During day two and three, you will stay at Primate Lodge Cottages in Kibala Resort. For day four and five, you will stay at Marafiki Safari Lodges at Queen Elizabeth. For day six and seven, you will be staying in Silverback Lodge at Bwindi National Park. For day eight, you will stay in Rwakobo Rock at Lake Mburo National Park, and as for day nine, you will be staying at Laico Lake Victoria Hotel in Entebbe.

Program

Enjoy a 10-day safari tour that will give you a life-changing experience! From game drives, gorilla tracking, to boat cruises, be prepared to capture the greatness that Uganda has to offer.

Day 1: Arrival to Kampala

Welcome to the Pearl of Africa! You will arrive at Entebbe Airport, where you will be welcomed by a company representative and be transferred to your hotel in Kampala. You will stay the night at Humura Resort B. The distance to Humura Resort is approximately at 40 kilometers with a one-hour and thirty minutes drive.

Day 2: Kampala to Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, you will depart Kampala and head west to Fort Portal. On your way, look out for black-and-white colobus monkeys as many of these primates are hiding in trees along the road. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon and is famous for the many tea plantations.

From this lovely town, you will then continue to Kibale National Park arriving in the evening for a stay within the tropical forest. You will then have dinner and an overnight stay at Primate Lodge Cottages. The distance to Kibale Forest National Park is approximately 330 kilometers and will take around seven hours. Today’s meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3: Chimp Tracking and Bigodi Swamp

You will have breakfast at 06:00 a.m. and head to the park arriving in time for a briefing session at 07:30 a.m. at the park headquarters, which is a 10-minute stroll from the lodge. Today, the forest opens its doors for a sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is reputable for having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa.

Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus monkey, and many others. Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will stay with them for one unforgettable hour as they continue their daily routine. After lunch at the primate lodge, you will transfer to the Bigodi Swamp for a two-hour nature walk. It is a home of 200 bird species including the Papyrus Gonolek and the Great Blue Turaco.

Other than that, you also have the choice to opt for the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience if you choose not to participate for the chimp tracking and Bigodi Village Walk. This project offers you the unique experience to join the ranger guides in their research program and spend an entire day with our “cousins”. You will watch the chimpanzees starting the day by climbing out of their nests and while following their daily activities, learn more about their way of life, and have them habituated to human presence.

Today’s meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 4: Kibala National Forest National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, you will calmly head towards the Crater Lakes for an exploration tour with amazing scenic views of some of the crater lakes in the area. Later on, you will head towards the south while passing the majestic foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the “Mountains of the Moon”. You will arrive in time for lunch and relaxation. You will then have dinner and stay overnight at Marafiki Safari Lodge. The distance to Queen Elizabeth National Park is 180 kilometers and will take around three hours. Today’s meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5: Game drive and boat cruise

You will have breakfast and then begin the day with a morning game drive and head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. You will go on search for lions, elephants, buffaloes, and other wild animals in their natural habitat. After lunch, take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel is 33 kilometers long and two to three kilometers at its widest points.

The scheduled two-hour boat ride will cover a 12 to 14 kilometers stretch of the channel, with almost guaranteed excellent wildlife sightings of water birds and on a hot day, hippos, elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks at the water edge. Crocodiles are also occasionally sighted along the channel banks. You will then have dinner and stay overnight at Marafiki Safari Lodge. Today’s meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi National Park

After breakfast, you will depart to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas, arriving in time for late lunch and relaxation. You will then have dinner and stay overnight at Silverback Lodge. The distance to Bwindi National Park is 290 kilometers and will take around six hours.

Day 7: Gorilla tracking

Arise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the "gentle giants"! Following breakfast, you will transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of eight as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally. Your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trail head for the start of a thrilling adventure.

Expect to walk between two to eight hours in steep and slippery conditions at times with rain overhead, which can be quite a challenge so you require to be reasonably fit. These magnificent animals live in small troops, each within its own defined boundaries and each with several females and their young being led by a single dominant male, the magnificent “silverback".

Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, water proof hiking boots, and a light rain coat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grabbing onto the vegetation while most hotels and lodges provide a walking stick that come in very handy especially when hiking downhill. A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.

Upon sighting of the gorillas, you will spend one hour with them as they go about their daily life such as feeding, moving around playing, and grooming. It is a totally unique and unforgettable experience! Thereafter, you will head back to the lodge for relaxation. You will then have dinner and stay overnight at Silverback Lodge. Today’s meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 8: Bwindi National Park to Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, you will depart the impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head to Lake Mburo National Park. You will then enjoy lunch at a restaurant before entering the national park. In the evening, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a night game drive for two to three hours. It is an exciting experience out at night.

Look out for white tailed mongoose, elusive leopards, and spotted hyenas among others. You will then have dinner and stay overnight at Rwakobo Rock. The distance to Lake Mburo National Park is approximately 390 kilometers and will take around six hours. Today’s meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 9: Lake Mburo National Park to Entebbe

You will have an early start of the day as you will go for a bush walk guided by a ranger. Lake Mburo National Park is renowned for its rich birdlife and beautiful lakes. Enjoy a nature walk searching for zebra, warthog, buffalo, impala, and if you’re lucky, see the largest of Africa’s antelope the beautiful eland. Return to the lodge for breakfast and with a game drive on your way out, you will depart the protected area heading back towards the capital city.

En-route, you will pass the equator where you will make a stop for lunch, photos, and souvenir shopping. The distance to Entebbe is 340 kilometers and will take approximately six hours. You will then have dinner and stay overnight at Laico Lake Victoria Hotel. Today’s meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 10: Departure day

You will have breakfast and then depending on your flights details, it is recommended for you to visit Uganda Wildlife Education Center for the Behind the Scenes Program. Experience the thrill by going beyond just watching the animals, get to visit the holding facilities or exhibits, food preparation areas, the pharmacy, quarantine facility, workshops, taking part in rescues, and more.

In the behind the scenes program, you will be given inside view of what actually takes place in areas out of reach to the public including the animal holding facility, animal hospital, and rescue center upon advice of the veterinarian and get a within depth information from an animal keeper, veterinarian and educators. You will then be dropped off at the airport for onward flight back home. Today’s meal plan includes breakfast.

Included excursions

  • Boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George
  • Visit to Bigodi Swamp
  • Visit to the Uganda equator for a stop for lunch, photos, and souvenir shopping

Location

This safari will take place in Kampala, Kibala Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, and Entebbe.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is situated in south western Uganda, on the edge of the Western Rift Valley and Albertine rift and is shared by Kanungu, Kabale, and Kisoro districts. It covers 331 square kilometers on an altitude range of 1,160 meters (Ishasha gorge) to 2,607 meters (Rwamanyonyi Peak). The annual average temperature range is 7 degrees Celsius to 20 degrees Celsius.

Bwindi is home to 326 gorillas, almost half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas with 10 different families. There are also 350 species of birds and over 200 species of butterflies. This African-mountain forest has dense under storey of fern, vines, and shrubs. About 324 tree species have been recorded here, 10 of which occur nowhere else in Uganda. The park is also home to the three waterfalls and to the Batwa community.

The park is separated into four gorilla viewing area which are Buhoma the site of the park's headquarters is located in the north of the park, Ruhija, the highest gorilla tracking trail head, in the east of park, Nkuringo, covering the south-western area, and Rushaga on the southern edge of the park.

Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park (KNP) is situated in the northern foothills of the Rwenzori Mountain, covering an area of 776 square feet extending southwards to form a contiguous block with Queen Elizabeth National Park. It covers Kamwenge, Kasese, Kyenjojo, and Kabarole district. With a breath-taking expanse, a mountain and mixed tropical deciduous forest, it has the highest number of primates in East Africa totaling to 13 primate species.

These include the highest concentration of over 1000 chimpanzees, the red colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest’s monkey, black-and-white-colobus, blue monkey and grey-cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkey, bush babies, galagos, and pottos. The park also hosts over 325 species of birds including the great blue turaco, the great white heron, the yellow spotted nicator, the green breasted pitta, African pitta, crowned eagle, and the black bee-eater.

There are a number of impressive mammals including forest elephants, buffaloes, bush pigs, duikers, and bats. A keen observer may see some of the reptiles and amphibians as well as a colorful variety of butterflies. Furthermore, over 250 tree species are recorded in the park. Four kilometers from the park, lies Bigodi wetland sanctuary situated in Magombe swamp and one of the best birding spots close to the park.

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo is situated in western Uganda and was gazetted in 1993. It is the smallest national park in Uganda, covering 350 square kilometers, consisting of an extensive area of wetlands, the five lakes which are Kazuma, Kigambira, Bwala, Mburo, and Mutukula. It has one of the most serene environments with stunning topography of dry hill sides, rocky outcrops, open and wooded savanna, papyrus swamps, and lakes.

There are 68 different species of mammals among which are animal species like the impalas, the elusive zebras and the gigantic elands, 315 bird species both water and woodland species like the African fin foot and Cormorants. Lake Mburo National Park is a geographical extension of the Tanzanian plains and is home to a vast population of zebras.

It is the only park in Uganda with an impala population, the animal after which Kampala derives its name, and is the best place to spot African fin foots and being the only place where it's possible to take ranger-led walking safaris.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) is located in the western rift valley of south Western Uganda covering Kawenge and Kanugu districts and it has 1,978 square kilometers. The park is bounded to the west by the Ishasha River and Lake Edward along the Congolose Border, to the north by Kasese and the Rwenzori foot hills, to the east by Lake George, the Kyambura Gorge, and Kalinzu Forest Reserve and to the south by the Kigezi Wildlife Reserve.

It is divided into two sections which are the northern part of the park known as Kasenyi Plains and the southern part known as Ishasha Sector, a vast low-lying savanna plain lying south of the equator in the Albertine Rift Valley, known for its tree climbing lions consisting of around 40 individuals split across three prides. There are over 100 mammal species including lions, elephants, chimpanzees, and an astounding 606 bird species in her diverse eco-systems from open savanna grasslands to rain forest.

The Kazinga Channel, a natural canal that joins Lake Edward and Lake George, is one of the parks domineering features. The adjacent Kyambura Gorge hosts a habituated chimpanzees community, man’s genetically closest wild animal relative, and the Maramagambo forest has its diverse attractions like blue lake, hunters cave, bat cave, and the crater lakes surrounding the park.

Food

During the safari camp, you will be served with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

What's included

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • All park entrance fees
  • Bird watching walking tours
  • Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Game drives in Uganda's most famous parks
  • Gorilla and chimp trekking trips
  • Gorilla tracking permits for 600 USD per person
  • Ground transportation in a safari customized 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Medical emergency evacuation cover
  • Mineral water in the vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking driver and guide
  • Statutory taxes
  • Transfer from and to Entebbe International Airport (EBB)

What's not included

  • Additional activities, excursions, and services
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Airfare
  • Communications charges
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Fees for international travel vaccinations and inoculations
  • Hotels staff
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Room service
  • Shopping charges for Curios and Crafts
  • Ugandan entry visa fee for 50 USD per person

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. Travelers Link Africa 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 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.
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