8 Days Uganda Wildlife Adventure & Gorillas

Details

Game drives, Hot air Ballooning Safari, Launch cruises on the Nile Delta and Kazinga Channel, Chimpanzee tracking, Gorilla trekking, and Lake Bunyonyi Island Visit.

Destinations

UGANDA Murchison falls National Park Kibale Forest National Park Queen Elizabeth National Park Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Lake Bunyonyi Island

Duration

8 Days

Availabilty

All Year Round


8 DAYS UGANDA WILDLIFE ADVENTURE, HOT AIR BALLOON, CHIMPANZEES AND GORILLAS 

SAFARI OVERVIEW

This 8 Days Uganda Wildlife Adventure Safari, ballooning, Chimpanzees and Gorillas take you through Uganda’s major National parks to enjoy a Hot Air Balloon and Wildlife Safari in Murchison Falls National park, Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth National park and Gorilla trekking Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as well as relaxing on the Lake Bunyonyi island. This Tour starts and ends in Kampala or Entebbe Airport.

8 Days Uganda Wildlife Adventure & Gorillas – DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1: Arrival and transfer to Murchison Falls National Park.

Our safari guide from MuAfrika Adventures Ltd will pick you up from Entebbe Airport upon arrival, depending on your arrival time, you will depart by Road for Murchison Falls National Park with a stop in Masindi for lunch, arrival in the Park on time for Dinner and Overnight at

Luxury Accommodation:  Baker’s Lodge, Paraa Safari Lodge.

Mid-range Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge, Fort Murchison Lodge, Murchison tree House, Sambiya River Lodge.

Budget Accommodation: Budongo Eco Lodge,  Red chilli Rest Camp, Boomu women’s Group Bandas.

Meal plan: Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 2: Morning Game drive – Afternoon Launch cruise on the Nile delta.

A very early morning rise on time to cross River Nile with Ferry and go for a game drive in search for predators and early risers on the Northern bank of the Nile. You may have a chance to see game like hyenas, giraffes, lions, birds, Hartebeests, buffalos, elephants, primates and others as well as different species of Birds.  After the game drive return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon go for a launch cruise on the great Victoria Nile to the Bottom of the falls. The boat ride will reward you with water game like hippos, crocodiles, elephants and plenty of birds dashing and walking along the banks. Dinner and overnight as above

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 3: Hot air Balloon Safari for Game viewing and Transfer from Murchison Falls – Kibale National Park.

An early morning start to cross with a ferry to the departure point of the hot air balloon, after the balloon has been inflated begin your ride up the sky as you enjoy views of Wildlife and the Murchison Falls Park. Look out for predators and early risers on the Northern bank of the Nile. You may have a chance to see game like hyenas, giraffes, lions, birds, Hartebeests, buffalos, elephants, primates and others as well as different species of Birds.  After the balloon safaris, you will enjoy a Bush breakfast and later enjoy a game drive as you depart from Murchison Falls National park and transfer to Kibale Forest National Park late in the afternoon. On arrival enjoy your Dinner and overnight at:

Luxury  Accommodation: Crater Safari Lodge, Primates Lodge, Kyaninga Lodge or Papaya Lake Resort.

Mid-range Accommodation: Turaco treetops. Isunga Lodge, Mountains of the Moon Hotel / Kibale Forest Camp

Budget Accommodation: Rweteera Safari Park, kanyanchu Rest Camp, Nyinabulitwa country resort.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 4: Chimpanzee Tracking – Queen Elizabeth National

An early morning report to the Park Headquarters ranger station for a short briefing to go for your chimp trekking. You will be briefed about the whole process of tracking and then you will head along the tracks in the forest to search for chimpanzees. The walk through the park will be guided providing information not only about chimpanzees but also on flora and fauna. You will then meet the chimpanzees and spend some time watching them feed and making their calls. If you are lucky to find them hunting this is the best time, as you watch them share the meat amongst themselves. After tracking you will have Lunch and later drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park to reach in the evening. Dinner and overnight at

Luxury Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge, Elephant Plains Lodge

Midrange Accommodation: Marafiki Lodge, Enganzi Lodge, Ihamba Safari Lodge.

Budget Accommodation: Bush lodge, Simba Safari Lodge, Pumba Safari Cottages.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 5: Game Drive – Launch Cruise on Kazinga Channel

Wake up before sunrise to a cup of tea or a glass of water and then set off to the park tracks for a game drive to be able to see predators as they return to their hideouts and the early risers. During the drive watch out for game like the Leopards, Lions, giant forest hogs, hyenas, Uganda kobs, warthogs and others. After the game drive you will drive back to the lodge for heavy breakfast and then later have lunch and later transfer for your afternoon Boat Cruise on the Kazinga Channel. The launch that takes you along the Kazinga channel that connects Lakes George and Edward will reward you with game like Hippos, elephants and buffaloes at the shores not forgetting plenty of birds. Dinner and overnight as above.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast go in search of the chimpanzees in Kyambura gorge Wildlife Reserve Or Proceed through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National park in search of the famous tree-climbing lions, as you continue your drive to Bwindi National Park. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge/ Silverback lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge / Nkuringo Gorilla Campsite / Broadbill Forest Camp.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 7: Gorilla Tracking – Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi Island.

In the morning you will have heavy breakfast and with packed lunch, transfer to the park headquarters for briefing and then later on at 8:00 am, set off along the tracks to penetrate the impenetrable forest in search for these great apes. Depending on the movement of these humble giants the walk might take between 2-9 hours before you encounter the Gorillas. The walk is tiresome. However, meeting these great apes and spending some time with them while looking deep into their expressive brown eyes, is an exhilarating and a breathtaking experience. Later depending on the time of completion of the Gorilla trek, you will later transfer to Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale. If time allows, take a boat ride on the lake to visit neighbouring pygmy tribes with their unique culture. Dinner and Overnight at

Luxury Accommodation:  Bird’s Nest@ Lake Bunyonyi Resort

Mid-range Accommodation: Heritage Lodge, Arcadia Cottages, Entusi Resort, Crater bay cottages, Natures Prime Lake Bunyonyi.

Budget Accommodation: Bunyonyi Overland Camp, Bushara Island Camp.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.                                   

DAY 8: Transfer from Lake Bunyonyi Island – Entebbe

 An early breakfast, depart Lake Bunyonyi, Passing through Mbarara Town for  Kampala with a Lunch Stopover at either Masaka / equator for your souvenir shopping, photo shooting and possibly for tea/ coffee break or lunch,  transfer to Entebbe airport on time for your check-in flight back home.

8 Days Uganda Wildlife Adventure & Gorillas is Inclusive of:

  •  The cost of all ground transportation and Fuel,
  • Gorilla tracking and permit@$700 each,
  • Chimpanzee tracking,
  • Full-time English speaking safari guide and his associated expenses,
  • Park entrance fees,
  •  Vehicle entrance fees,
  • Ferry Crossing fees,
  • Accommodation and meals,
  • all tour activities mentioned in Itineraries such as Boat trips,
  • Game drives and other related activities.

8 Days Uganda Wildlife Adventure & Gorillasexcludes;

  • Items of personal nature like Laundry,
  • Beverages,
  • tips,
  • Airfares.

Time & Dates of Travel:
This is a private tour, departure can be organised for any time throughout the year subject to availability of accommodation and transport.

Accommodation Booking: The Accommodations Mentioned in the Program depend on availability and Reservations are only made after your booking Confirmation. In case the mentioned accommodations are not available during the requested period, we will always do our best to book one for you in the same Class. This is done only after consulting you. While on a Safari always be sure to have all your belongings before checking out of the Accommodations to avoid losing things that may be important to you.

Transport: Our Safaris involve a lot of travelling on main Tarmac and Dirt Roads thus transport is provided in closed 4X4 Wheel drive Toyota Land Cruisers for all luxury Tours and the standard 4×4 Wheel drive Safari minivans for all Midrange Safaris. All Vehicles are provided with pop-top roofs for easy and excellent safari viewing. All passengers will have a dedicated window seat. Your professional English speaking and courteous driver/guide will be at your disposal for questions or translations.

a combination of light aircraft and small plane Charters can fly you to all National Parks in Uganda Such as;

  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Kisoro and Kihihi Airstrip) for your Gorilla Trekking Safari.
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park (Mweya and Kasese Airstrip) to view the Park’s Big Five Game Safari.
  • Murchison Falls National Park (Pakuba and Chobe Airstrip ) to view the Park’s Big Five Game Safari and the Murchison Falls.
  • Lake Mburo National Park ( Mbarara Airstrip)
  • Kibale Forest National Park ( Kasese Airstrip)
  • Kidepo National Park.  These Flights decrease the miles on ground needed to reach remote destinations. This is also Combined with the use of closed 4×4 Wheel Drive Vehicles with pop-top roofs that pick you up from the Airfields since they are located far away from the National Parks and Lodges that are usually in remote areas and this may involve some travelling on main tarmac or dirt roads to reach the final destinations.

Gorilla trekking points to Note: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda) Trails are steeper and less accessible, hence high levels of Energy is needed. Treks are often 2 to 3 hours each way (but can be more Or Less) and involve hiking through dense forest and traversing steep ravines and mountainsides, often in damp conditions. However, all this adventure is worthwhile for a glimpse of one of nature’s finest spectacles. There is a minimum age of 15 years on gorilla treks.

What to wear and bring with you on your gorilla trek: With changeable weather conditions and dense forest vegetation, it is advisable to take layers of protective clothing. We recommend wearing the following:

  • t-shirt
  • long-sleeved top
  • warm fleece/jumper
  • thick trousers
  • thick wool socks (and gaiters preferably)
  • strong lightweight, waterproof walking boots
  • hat with brim
  • garden gloves to aid scrambling up banks

And carry a small rucksack with:

  • water
  • packed lunch and snacks
  • binoculars
  • camera/video camera with spare battery, memory cards or film
  • light-weight rain Mac / poncho

Walking sticks are available at the Park headquarters and porters can be

hired for approx. US$20.

A sealed plastic bag around the camera/lenses will help keep them dry on the trek. Pockets are useful for valuables and spare camera batteries/lenses etc. as all other equipment must be left with porters approx. 200 meters away from the gorilla groups.

What to bring with you for a wildlife safari

  • Rain Jacket is essential as it could unpredictably Rain
  • Light Clothes as the sun does shine pretty bright in Murchison falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks
  • Torch is essential for safety purposes
  • Sunglasses to protect you from direct sun rays
  • A zoom lens Camera for photographs
  • A good insect repellent to keep those persistent Insects and Mosquitoes away.

NB: It is not a Guarantee to see all the Various Animals in the Parks, especially Cats but there is a great chance that you might see them during an Evening or Early Morning Game drive because it is less hot around that time and therefore the animals are freely roaming around as opposed to typical afternoon hours when it gets too hot for the animals and they go undertaking cover from the sun.

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