8 Nights Safari In Uganda
08 Nov 2019
9 day s
$ 1,853 per person
- Uganda, Gifted by nature, welcomes you!
- On safari enjoy wildlife viewing in Murchison falls
- Boat cruises on River Nile at Murchison falls park
- Don’t miss the fascinating scenery and friendly people
- Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National park
- Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest
- The Mburo Zebra long horned cattle experience
ENTEBBE TO MURCHISON FALLS PARK
Depart form Entebbe or Kampala lead by the company driver guide. Depart for Murchison Falls National Park.
Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary on the way to Murchison falls park where you will have the opportunity to trek the Rhinos. The sanctuary houses Uganda's Rhino reintroduction project. There are 19 white rhinos and tracking is done on foot and takes about one and half hour.
You continue to Masindi town for a lunch break. This scenic drive to the park will take approximately 7 hours. Continue to the park arriving, late evening.
Dinner and overnight, Pakuba lodge FB.
Murchison falls park Uganda's largest park (3840 sq km) protects a chunk of untamed African savannah bisected by the mighty river Nile, covering an altitude from 600 – 1300 meters. It is named after the dramatic Murchison Falls, where the world's longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below.
The Nile itself hosts one of Africa's densest hippo and crocodile populations, and a dazzling variety of water birds including the world's most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill stork. A total of 76 mammal species and roughly 460 bird species have been recorded.
Landscapes range from savannah ecosystems and grassland to riverine woodlands. The South of the park is characterized by dense woodlands.
MURCHISON FALLS PARK
After breakfast at 0700, cross the river of the ferry to the upper part of the Nile. Go for a morning game drive for wildlife viewing - giraffe, buffalo, lion, and elephant, Nile crocodile, hippo, orib, bush buck, waterbuck and much more. Return to the lodge for lunch and the chance to relax before taking a boat trip in the afternoon which takes around 3 hours. This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison Falls National Park since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The birdlife is stunning with eagles, brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the river banks. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness.
Overnight, Pakuba lodge (FB)
MURCHISON FALLS - KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK (441KMS)
After your morning breakfast drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside passing through traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon. The drive takes approximately 8 hours.
Overnight at Kibale Forest Camp FB
KIBALE-FOREST-NATIONAL-PARK TO QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK
After breakfast, armed with your packed lunch, drive to Kibale Forest National Park, where the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa is represented. Go tracking the most famous of its 13 species, the Chimpanzee (also known as ‘the delightful ape’). Kibale is also a home of species like the rare I'Hoest's monkey, the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Olive baboon among others. The walk takes 2-3 hours.
After a lunch break, head Queen Elizabeth Park following the mystical Rwenzori mountain range. As you go through the game park, you will spot some animals. Arrive late afternoon at the lodge.
QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Queen Elizabeth National Park's diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. An early morning Game drive will give you the opportunity to view the massive Rwenzori as backdrop, which provides excellent opportunities to see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephant, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi and bushbuck. Return to the lodge for lunch
At 1500 hours proceed to the Mweya Peninsula to enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos. This launch/cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous, with well over 550 resident species. Return to the lodge in the evening. Optional: Visit and support: There are women groups that make handicrafts as a business and to conserve natural resources. One of them, Katara women’s group collaborates with Queen Elizabeth National Park to promote conservation of the elephant that is facing them. “We make elephant dung paper to show the community that elephants should be conserved because there are people who kill them for meat and ivory,” said Mr. Agaba. “By using elephant dung it adds value to the elephant.” He added,” Elephants always eat our crops so in a way we are compensating ourselves by picking their dung instead of poisoning as retaliation against crop raids, by making paper out of elephant dung
Dinner and Overnight Park View Lodge. FB.
QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK - BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONALPARK /250KMS
After breakfast at 0900, head for the gorilla park. Drive via Ishasha sector to spot tree climbing lions. Continue southwards through farm lands and terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park-the northern sector called Buhoma. Have Lunch at the lodge. In the evening take a walk around the lodge to enjoy the forest views and tranquility of its surroundings.
Dinner and Overnight Haven lodge. FB
The journey to Bwindi offers excellent views including the triangular peaks of the Virunga Volcanoes and the rainforest said to be 25.000 years old, making it one of Africa’s most biodiverse habitat. The altitude of this mountain park ranges from 1200 - 2600 meters. Five rivers and a high annual rainfall make it rather humid. Besides its major attraction, the mountain gorillas (gorilla gorilla berengeri) the National Park is also home to an amazing 120 mammal species, 350 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies and over 200 species of trees. It is believed that about 350 gorillas remain in several stable groups in the park. The great protection over the last years has led to a steady increase of the population.
BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
Get up early for breakfast to give you the energy needed for your gorilla trek. Before 8 am report to the ranger station for registration and briefing by the rangers; the guides will then take you through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. The trek can take from half an hour to 7 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes.
Once you are close to the group the guides will ask you to leave behind your bags as no food items should be carried close to the gorillas. Just take your cameras with you as you are about to meet the gentle giants! Sit in the forest amongst the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas – sadly enough there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left. You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to the base station.
Please note: please listen to the instructions of the local rangers at all times. It is forbidden to approach the gorillas closer than 5 meters, to feed them or to use flash photography. Likewise for your and their safety! You will be accompanied by armed guards which guarantee your safety in an area where wild buffaloes are sighted. While walking, please feel free to ask guides to slow down if they are going too fast and if you need a rest. There is the additional option to hire porters on site.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority does not allow a trekking when you are sick as gorillas are very susceptible of human diseases. Should you feel sick the day of the trek we urgently advise you to abide this rule.
In order to receive a 50% refund of the permit cost you MUST get a doctor’s report that day (please ask your guide to arrange this for you).
We must also stress that, while you have a very good chance of seeing gorillas, success is NOT guaranteed. They are wild creatures with no fixed routine and finding them requires the skills and experience of your tracker sand guides, as well as luck. The trackers and guides have helped to habituate the gorilla groups and know them intimately.
They will take you to the area where they left the gorillas the day before. Before leaving they may be able to suggest how long the hike might be.
Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight, Haven lodge. FB.
BWINDI NATIONAL PARK TOLAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
This morning after breakfast at 0700 check out of the lodge and start on your drive to Lake Mburo national park. Check into the tented camp and have a late lunch. Rest at the camp and enjoy the sights and sounds of the wilderness. In the evening, take a game drive to enjoy the fascinating sunsets, the zebras, the impalas, the warthogs and water backs, the bush backs and endless types of birds. Return to camp.
Dinner and overnight, Eagles nest camp
LAKE MBURO TO ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT / 5 HOURS
This Morning at 0630, go for a guided nature walk for 2 hours. Trace the foot marks of the leopard and other animals; see other creatures of the park and the rest of the wild game on foot and up close. Return to the camp for breakfast before heading for Entebbe international airport.
The above itinerary will start off with a minimum of 2 people. Cost per person will be:
- 2 people each $2,578
- 4 people each $2,078
- 6 people each $1,916
- 8 people each $1,831
The cost of a gorilla permit is additional at $ 600 per person.
Convinient lodge or hotel depending on your preference.