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10 Days Uganda’s Gorillas, Chimpanzee’s Trekking And African Big 5

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This 10 days Uganda’s Gorillas & Chimpanzee’s Trekking and African Big 5 Safari takes you to the misty mountains of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where you will be able to face our closest cousins the mountain gorillas, go on a hunt for the African Big 5 in Queen Elizabeth National park, Murchison falls national park, the primate capital Kibale forest National Park for chimps trekking.
The trip starts and ends in Kampala.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival and transfer to the lodge

You will arrive in Uganda at the main entry point Entebbe International Airport (EBB), where you will be welcomed by our company representatives to transfer you to the lodge and followed by retirement for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Meal Plan (D)

Day 2Transfer from Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park and Rhino tracking at Ziwa

Early morning after breakfast, your guide will pick you up at the lodge and embark on this day drive to Murchison Falls National Park, arguably the largest park in the country, the most beautiful as it overlooks the hanging escarpments of the great western rift valley, and home to the most powerful falls in the world. You will stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino tracking and after have lunch at the sanctuary.

Proceed to Murchison Falls National Park where you will be welcomed by baboons, warthogs, and other primates playing freely amidst the road to this amazing park as you drive through Budongo forest. Upon reaching the park, you will check-in at your lodge for dinner, and relaxation.
Meal Plan (B, L, D).

Day 3Morning game drive and an afternoon boat cruise on the Victoria Nile and hike to the top of the falls

You will wake up very early in the morning at around 6 am have breakfast and go for a morning game drive. Here you will have a chance to spot early risers and nocturnal species before they return to their hideouts. This is the most beautiful national park in Uganda and this is because it hosts 4 of the Big Five and it is also the home to one of the most beautiful and powerful falls in the world where it gets its name. You will traverse the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest national park before returning later to the lodge for Lunch. The 3,893 square-kilometers park is home to a range of animals and you will have a chance of viewing some of the park’s residents including lions, giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeests, antelopes, buffalo, and elephants. For the birders, you will enjoy them as these areas support the secretary bird and the black-chested snake eagle, to name a few.

In the afternoon, you will go for a boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls, where the Nile thunders through a small seven-meter gorge plunging 43 meters into the Nile on the way to Lake Albert. Lots of bird diversity can be spotted and numerous animals resting and drinking water along the banks of the Nile. The most common ones being hippos, buffaloes, Nile crocodiles, and birds include the African fish eagle, yellow-billed stork, Egyptian goose, egrets, and malachite kingfisher among others. You will then get off the boat and go hiking up the side of the falls to the top with your guide who will take you through the history and uniqueness of the Murchison Falls. After this experience, you will be driven back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Meal Plan (B, L, D).

Day 4Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, you will drive through the Albertine Escarpments and the verdant countryside, traditional farms, and homesteads. The 445km stretch goes through the rift valley with beautiful viewpoints. You have lunch en-route and arrive late evening in Fort Portal. You will check-in at your lodge for refreshing from the long drive and dinner at your lodge.
Meal Plan (B, L, D)

Day 5 Chimpanzee tracking and tour fort portal town

After breakfast, you will drive to the Kanyanchu briefing center. You will be briefed by a senior ranger guide and then after you will be led into the forest by ranger guides for chimpanzee tracking in the forest with the highest concentration of primates in Uganda with 13 primate species. This park has also got wild mammals like forest elephants, forest buffalos, bush pigs among others, butterflies and wide range of plants and trees not forgetting 372 species of birds like the Green Breasted Pitta, Kibale Thrush, among others.
In the afternoon, you will drive nearly 30 kilometers south to the historical caves, locally dubbed “Amabere Ga’nyinamwiru” – literally meaning the “breasts of Nyina Mwiru”. The caves have a rich legendary history. You will enjoy this story as a local guide narrates how it came into existence. Also very close to the caves are the waterfalls which play a very important role in the sustainability of these caves. You will enjoy the scientific explanation of the caves as well. Thereafter you will visit the Toro Kingdom palace and Karambi Tombs.
Meal Plan (B, L, D)

Day 6Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Have an early breakfast, you will embark on your journey towards the southwestern part of the country to explore the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park. This national park is the second-largest savannah park in Uganda after Murchison Falls National park. The park also boasts of being a shelter to Uganda’s four mammals (buffalo, leopard, lion, and elephant). In the evening you will have a 27km crater drive in the park to explore the beautiful landscapes of the park and you will also encounter a variety of wildlife and birds. You will return to your lodge for dinner, and overnight.
Meal Plan (B, L, D)

Day 7Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga Channe

Have a morning cup of coffee at your lodge and embark on the game drive across the rolling savannah rangelands of Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of wild game that roams the Kasenyi Plains. The stretch to the Kasenyi plains, the renowned mating ground offers you a lifetime opportunity to encounter numerous families of wild game in a single glance including elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, and kobs along with predators like lions, leopards, and jackals.

After the game drive, you will then return to the lodge for and lunch before proceeding for a launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel. This boasts to be home to one of the largest concentrations of the hippos, as well as herds of elephants, buffalo, and other wildlife that come to drink from the river. The Kazinga also attracts a tremendous variety of bird species including the African eagle, open-billed stork, and pied kingfishers.
Meal Plan (B, L, D)

Day 8Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through Ishasha Sector

After breakfast, you will embark on the drive further south 62km to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the southwestern part of Uganda. You will do a game drive en route in the Ishasha sector in search of the tree-climbing lions. This section of the park is well endowed with the famous climbing lions that lazily rest in the fig trees and also other wild game that roams in this woodland part of the park. The tree-climbing lions prefer to lie flat on fig tree branches in the mid-morning sun while waiting for their prey. After this encounter, you will proceed on the drive to Bwindi arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.
Meal Plan (B, L, D)

Day 9Gorilla tracking

After an early breakfast, you will take a packed lunch, have a briefing by the ranger guides at the park headquarters, and you will enter the forest for your gorilla tracking. You will hike through the thick lush vegetation in the rainforest to eventually come across the gorillas in their natural habitat is an amazing and unforgettable experience. This encounter takes between 2 to 8hours. You will only have one hour of close contact with these calm gentle apes, take pictures and get acquainted with them. You are free to shoot as many photos as you desire before returning to the starting point.

Meal Plan (B, L, D)

Day 10Departure

After breakfast, you will embark on the journey back to Kampala, traversing the impressive plain lands in the countryside of southwestern Uganda before getting to Igongo Cultural Center lunch. You will then drive to Kampala for about 4hrs with a stop at the equator for a photo moment. The driver-guide will drop you at the airport for your exit flight or at a hotel for your overnight.

Price Includes
All ground transport
Park entry fees
Gorilla tracking Permit
English speaking driver guide
Accommodation
Activities Mentioned in the itinerary
Price Excludes
Visas
Air tickets
Accommodation on last day (Can be booked on request)
Alcoholic drinks
Activities not mentioned
Tips

Highlights

Rhino Tracking
Game drives
Boat cruises
Chimpanzee and Gorilla tracking

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