Tour duration: 10 Days Destinations visited: Uganda, Kampala, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi and Kibale Forest plus Nshenyi Cultural village.
Ground breaking travel and extraordinary experiences. Push the boundaries of conventional travel experiences and reach some of Uganda´s most remote places on this dynamic adventure.
This Midrange across the border thrilling Safari is all about a memorable once in a life-time gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking expedition. A must do for all adventurous travelers!
Day 1: Welcome Uganda
Upon arrival at Entebbe Airport, meet our representative, greet and transfer to your hotel/lodge. Refresh and relax.
Days 2- 3: Primal Primates
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.
A birding/community excursion is also possible in Kibale region. Your swamp walk (1- 2 hours) will take you through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot 3 or 4 different primate species during this walk, though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the Great Blue Turaco bird!
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.
Days 3- 5: Explore Queen Elizabeth National park
Embark on a 3hour Safari route that traces the Western Rift valley in the heart of Africa to the South West of Uganda through many hills, surrounded by small villages, picturesque green tea plantations and beautiful landscapes. This part of Uganda is characterized by the presence of numerous crater lakes of volcanic origin fairy–like surroundings and the charming green Tea plantations. You arrive at Bush Lodge- your home for the next two nights. From here, you’ll enjoy delicious meals overlooking the Kazinga Channel, which teems with life, from monkeys to birds to hippos honking in the water.
You rise at dawn to sip on a freshly brewed hot drink and watch trails of mist lift off the channel below you. Enjoy a quick breakfast in the dining room before heading out into the park with your guide. This region is endowed with a wonderful diversity of habitats that in turn support a plethora of bird and animal species. Grassy plains are dotted with kob, an antelope species found only in central Africa that are an important prey species for the lions. The lions themselves are known for their black manes and habit of climbing trees! Acacia woodlands and forested areas lead to a series of volcanic lakes that are a vital habitat for a number of bird species, including flamingos. The Maragambo Forest sits in a huge area of the Rift Valley floor, and this moist semi-deciduous medium-altitude forest is home to a great number of species, including chimpanzees.
Buffalo roam the grasslands and plains, and these huge bovids are particularly fond of wallowing in mud found in marshy areas. This can give them a comical appearance as they emerge caked in a thick layer of mud, but as your guide will tell you, they are far from comical when faced with danger!
In the mid-afternoon, you climb aboard a boat that will take you up the channel. Linking the two lakes, this waterway is home to a great variety of life, including one of the densest hippo populations in Africa. The cruise along the channel reveals a host of birds, hippos and crocodiles, and all along your guide will keep you informed to the various fauna, flora, landmarks and features you are observing.
Optional activity: Hot Air Balloon Safari:
Experience the wildlife of Queen Elizabeth N.P 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 5- 7: Uganda’s gentle giants
Head south through the lush wilderness to the Ishasha Plains and enjoy a short game drive to spot the plains’ well known tree-climbing lions. After seeing these brilliantly adapted creatures you’ll exit the park and travel through the rolling hills of central Africa as you make your way to Gorilla valley Lodge in the great Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Your second day is the one you have been waiting for: today you make the acquaintance of rare mountain gorillas, one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in the world. Led by experienced trackers who are intimately familiar with each individual gorilla and who understand their overnight movements, you will hike through the forest until you find these gentle creatures. For mutual safety, you will have to observe them from a distance and no children under 15 are allowed on a trek. It can be tough going in the rain and mud but it is worth the effort to look into the emotional brown eyes of these marvelous creatures while in their natural habitat.
Days 7- 9: Cultural Tour
After your adventurous Gorilla trekking, proceed to Nshenyi village for a cultural immersion. On arrival at Nshenyi farm, you will be warmly welcomed with a traditional drink from then onwards, Listen to the silence of the hills, smell the freshness of the countryside, watch the undiscovered, taste the culture and Feel Africa! At Nshenyi village, your senses will come alive…
A day at Nshenyi Village starts with the rising sunlight, while the mist lingers mysteriously over the rolling hills. A dawn chorus of birds forms a pleasant wake up call. You will be served a traditional, organic breakfast with boiled eggs, fresh fruits, complemented by local ground coffee, tea and milk.
A wide range of activities awaits you. Why not join the pastors for grazing the long horned cows, explore the local villages or climb the surrounding hills? The afternoons are ideal for taking a hike through the wide-open savannah fields. Or marvel at the shores of the Kagera River, where the water plunges down into several waterfalls.
After a full day of activities you may want to relax in the comfortable hammock and watch the wonders of the African sunset, the moonrise and the stars fall. A campfire in the evening and the air filled with traditional sounds will be the final touch of an unforgettable day at Nshenyi…
Day 10: Winging your way home
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.
This marks the end of what we hope will be an adventurous trip- Thank you very much!!
✔ Arrival and Departure Airport transfers in Uganda.
✔ All meals EXCEPT on First & last day of Safari
✔ Transportation in a 4×4 Safari van with English speaking Driver/Guide.
✔ Midrange accommodation in Lodges / Camps on safari.
✔ 1x gorilla trekking permit in Uganda for each person
✔ 1x chimpanzee trekking permit Kibale forest for each person
✔ Wildlife &Boat Safari in Queen Elizabeth National park.
✔ Nshenyi cultural excursion and all activities included
✔ All park entry fees.
✔ All activities described on itinerary except those described as ‘Optional’.
❌ International Airfares to and from 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.