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9 Days Pearl of Africa Safari

Overview…

Tour duration: 9 Days

Destinations visited: Uganda, Kampala, L. Mburo & Queen Elizabeth National Parks, Bwindi and Kibale Forest.

Enjoy the Pearl of Africa as you traverse through open savannah plains consisting mainly of acacia woodland mashes and open valleys. The great mix of wetland and woodland habitats makes for a wide range of mammals and birds and Mburo’s tranquil atmosphere and soothing views are a great relief. It’s the one National park where you can do a walking safari, horse safari, boat safari as well as a game drive.

Offering a wilderness experience second to none, this expertly guided walking safari through Uganda’s Lake Mburo National Park, is a safari fanatic’s dream.

This 9 Days adventure takes you on a journey through the primal forests of Uganda in search of primates, Queen Elizabeth and L. Mburo National Park for a thrilling wildlife experience.

Perfect for the adventurous at heart, this journey delivers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, deep in the forests of Uganda

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Uganda

On arrival at Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by a representative and transferred to the Boma Guesthouse Entebbe. This charming 1940’s guesthouse is the ideal place to relax and prepare for the coming adventure. Depending on your time of arrival, you can opt to spend the afternoon lazing in the pool garden or rent a bicycle to explore this bustling city.

Days 2- 3: Walking/horseback Safari awaits!

This 8-night Ugandan wildlife & trekking safari incorporates excellent hosting and guiding in one of the most spectacular wilderness areas the country has to offer: the lake Mburo National Park. Offering a truly exceptional game-viewing experience, this package is aimed at the bona fide safari-enthusiast who will relish moving through acacia woodland on foot or by horseback.

Lake Mburo national park is one of Uganda’s smallest parks, but certainly not to be underestimated. There is no better way to savor this beautiful natural reserve and experience its serene atmosphere and wildlife than while on a walking or horseback safari. The wildlife and bird species is prolific. Our experienced guides are full of fascinating stories about the ever-changing landscape, its trees and plants, and have an incredible ability to spot even the best-camouflaged wildlife. Our horses also have finely-tuned senses – keep an eye on their ears to see where animals are hiding. Once comfortable, our horses calmly drop their heads to graze, sending a signal to other animals in the area to relax and go about their normal daily routines.

In order to ensure the safest and most enjoyable walking or horseback adventure for everyone, participants/riders must be riding fit and confident at all paces. Days in the saddle can be long, and daytime temperatures can vary, so it is worth the effort to arrive prepared. Lake Mburo N.P. is one of two parks in Uganda where it is permitted to go for a walking Safari with an experienced ranger. This opportunity should not be missed. From footprints and animal droppings the ranger will be able to tell you which animal has left it and how long ago. It is exciting to approach wildlife at such close range.

Note: Other activities include: 4×4 game viewing, Boat Safari on Lake Mburo and mountain bike safari – $15 pp for 2 hours.

Days 3- 5: Gorillas in the mist!

Head South through ever green country side to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Despite its rather forbidding name, Bwindi is a tropical forest wonderland. The landscape changes dramatically: Bwindi is a place of steep hillsides, dense jungle and towering trees.

Bwindi is known for its habituated gorilla families and, after a hearty breakfast to fuel you for your trek, you will set out in the early morning for a chance-of-a-lifetime experience of tracking the mountain gorillas of Uganda. A professional guide will lead you along, searching for these gentle giants, trek the lush, tropical mountains, yes the going can be hard as the mountains are steep, the air humid and the vegetation dense. But the exertion is all worth it when you finally reach a group of gorillas eating, grooming, playing or napping. Their behavior is so familiar that you may feel like you have known them all your life; it is an inspiring and privileged moment to see these highly endangered creatures in the wild. Since these highly endangered creatures do not breed in captivity, encountering a silverback gorilla and his family in the wild is one of the most poignant and thrilling wildlife experiences in the world.

Once back at the lodge, you will no doubt appreciate a relaxing late afternoon sharing tales of your entire experience.

Days 5- 7: Explore Queen Elizabeth National Park

Your drive from Bwindi to Queen Elizabeth may take six hours but as you drive through the open savannah of Acacia on the edge of the Albertine Rift valley of Ishasha plains, be on the lookout for a pride of tree-climbing lions that have made an old fig their regular ‘hangout’.

The drive takes you along the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range with its partly snowy hilltops. Stunning views of the “Mountains of the Moon” opens up before your eyes.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is strongly influenced by glacial melt water. The two large lakes – George and Edward – are the home to many hippos. Open savannah landscape provides habitat for elephants, lions, shy leopards, Impalas and buffalo. On your final afternoon, you will cruise the Kazinga Channel, which flows between Lakes George and Edward. An incomparable nature experience awaits you. One of the continent’s densest concentrations of hippo lives here, as well as large numbers of elephants playing on the edge of the channel, crocodiles and water birds like African fish eagles and pelicans.

Optional activity: Hot Air Balloon Safari:

Experience the wildlife of Queen Elizabeth np in a new, unique way. Wake up early to catch the sunrise, as you silently fly over the plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Admire the herds of buffaloes, elephants and enjoy the serene tranquility of the African bush…

You will take off early at dawn for a flight that lasts for approximately 1 hour. Rise as the suns rises and float in whatever direction the winds of the morning take you. Fly higher than the trees and hills and enjoy the best of Uganda, with many great photo opportunities of the scenery and wildlife below.

After a smooth landing you can celebrate this amazing adventure with a glass of sparkling juice before returning to your lodge to continue your safari.

Optional activity: Lion Tracking:

For visitors who yearn to get up close to wild African fauna, a research trip is a rewarding adventure. This new and unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of lions in the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings and behavior. The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology – and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem. This will as well gives you a 95% chance to see the lions!

The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.

The experiential tourism activities currently available are Mongoose Tracking, Lion Tracking, Hippo Census, and Bird Counts. The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.

Experiential tours lasts between one and three hours. They usually take place in the early morning or evening, or occasionally at night. All activities must be booked through the Visitor Information Centre in Mweya at least 24 hours in advance.

Days 7- 8: Africa’s Primate Capital

From savannah grasslands, you embark on a Safari route that traces through small villages, picturesque green tea plantations and beautiful landscapes of numerous crater lakes of volcanic origin. Proceed to Kibale forest- home of great apes!

Kibale Forest boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including our delightful cousins- the Chimpanzees. At this moment, in Uganda, there are approximately 4,950 Chimps left in the wild, which makes this forest a perfect and best place to spot chimpanzees in Africa! During the excursion, your ranger will point out the other species living in the forest, including birds, flora and fauna.

Of course, the stars of the show are chimpanzees and nine other species of primate. Smaller than their gorilla cousins but no less charming, intelligent or expressive, chimp families can cover vast distances and the trek in Kibale forest to find them will be filled all sorts of enchanting encounters.

Optional activity: Chimpanzee Habituation tracking: At an additional fee of only $70 us dollar pp you do the chimpanzee habituation tracking instead of the regular chimpanzee tracking. This will take all day and you will be 100% sure to have a very close encounter with your closest relatives. Book this in time because only 6 persons per day are allowed to go.

DAY 9: Goodbye Uganda! Your journey ends at its starting point, Entebbe International Airport where you can return home or easily continue on an East African big game safari or even an Indian Ocean island holiday.

After breakfast, you set off for Entebbe and along the way you’ll enjoy a late lunch. In Entebbe, you can still enjoy a dinner and a day room until 23.00 pm. Thereafter you will be transferred to the airport for your outbound flight.

This marks the end of what we hope will be an adventurous trip- Thank you very much!!

QUOTATION INCLUDES:

✔ Arrival and Departure Airport transfers in Uganda.

✔ All meals EXCEPT on First & last day of Safari

✔ Transportation in a 4x4Safari land cruiser with English speaking Driver/Guide.

✔ Midrange accommodation in Lodges / Camps on safari.

✔ All park entry fees.

✔ 1xGorilla trekking permit per person- $600

✔ 1xChimpanzee trekking permit per person.- $150

✔ All activities described on itinerary except those described as ‘Optional’.

NOT INCLUDED:

❌ International Airfares to and fro Uganda.

❌ Soft & alcoholic Drinks.

❌ Entry visas and airport taxes.

❌ Travel insurance.

❌ All personal expenditure such as tips, telephone calls.

❌ A porter for during the gorilla tracking (someone who carries your daypack);

❌ All activities NOT described on the itinerary.