10 days / 9 nights Wildlife Safari & Gorilla Trekking
9 nights 10 days, Gorillas-Wildlife Safari luxury comfortable.
The Safari gives you an opportunity to encounter the primates in Kibale National Park which is the primate capital of the world and also to experience the hidden beauty of nature from Queen Elizabeth National Park. We later cross over to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for Gorilla trekking. Uganda only has half of the population of mountain Gorillas in the world.
What you'll do
Arrival into Uganda and pick up from the Entebbe international airport by our company representative for the trip and later transferred to Kampala for an overnight.
Clients may also opt for a sunset cruise on Lake Victoria the largest lake in Africa and the second largest fresh water lake in the world. Clients will have some snacks and beer during the cruise which can be planned at a cost. Its roughly 1 hour from the hotel based on traffic
At night we shall have a group dinner with the tour guides for a briefing about the trip
Accommodation: Serena Hotel Kampala or Common Wealth Munyonyo or Lake Victoria Serena
Estimated travel time from Airport: 2 hours
Meal Plan: Dinner
After breakfast, set off from Entebbe to Kibaale National Park through Fort Portal at around 8am from the agreed pick up location. Clients will have a lunch break in Fort Portal before proceeding to Kibaale. Fort Portal is commonly known as the tourism city of Uganda because of its strategic location to most of the tourism sights and its very green scenery. The drive through Fort Portal takes you through scenic views from the tea plantations.
Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge
Estimated travel time: 6+ hours including the lunch stop over
Meal Plan: Full board –Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
About Kibale National Park
This tranquil tropical forest provides an ultimate chimp encounter thanks to its status as a fully fledged primate capital, boasting of 13 species of both old world and new world monkeys. These range from black-and-white colobus, blue monkey, red-tailed monkey, vervets, L’Hoest’s monkey, the bonus being bush babies.
Situated in the shadows of Mountain Rwenzori, this 795km2 lush jungle is surrounded by scenic tea plantations on one side, and Uganda's most beautiful crater lakes on the other side. On its third side, you will find a contiguous wildlife corridor linking Queen Elizabeth National Park. This means you should brace yourself for random elephant turns up, or other mammal species like duikers, forest hogs, bushbuck and even bush pigs.
Clients will have their early morning breakfast before setting off at 6:45am to the park offices for briefing in preparation for Chimpanzee tracking. Once the trek starts, it may takes roughly 1 – 2 hours or less to find the chimpanzees depending on the location they are. The walk in the Kibale Forest at times takes the slippery paths and some bit of climbing and therefore clients should have good hiking shoes, enough drinking water, rain jacket, long pants and long sleeved shirts.
Clients will spend 1 hour observing and taking pictures of the Chimps in the forest a moment which is worth- while. Based on the time clients finish their Chimpanzee tracking, we shall return to the lodge for a hot meal or having it at a new by lodge in case the chimpanzee tracking took long.
Note: Clients who would wish to spend more time in the forest with the Chimpanzees, there is an opportunity for Chimpanzee habituation which is a full day activity and a permit goes for 250 USD per person.
In the afternoon, we shall head out for an optional community experience to see how locals in the area live their life and this will involve a run through how local beer is made, local coffee processing at home, visit to the local medicine man who is one of the most respected man in the community and local cow milking methods. Dinner will be at the lodge again.
Meal Plan: Fulboard - breakfast, lunch & Dinner
After breakfast, we shall start off our journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. One of the common features we shall be able to see during the drive is the famous ranges of Mountain Rwenzori with the highest peak Magherita Standing at 5109M. The drive takes us through community markets ad if clients wish, a stop will always be made for them to take some pictures.
Later in the afternoon head out for an optional crater drive tour in the park
Accommodation: Kyabura Gorge lodge
Estimated travel time: 3-4 hours including the lunch stop over
Meal Plan: Full board – breakfast, lunch & dinner
About Queen Elizabeth National Park
This a true African wilderness of jaw dropping beauty with large concentrations of both predators and prey still enduring. Its huge skies, open savannahs, patches of forest and rolling hills have majesty. Altogether, it covers 1,978km of utter wilderness in the Western Rift Valley, and spans the equator line. Once here, brace yourself for 600 bird species and 95 mammal species. These range from elephants, lions, buffaloes, leopards, toppi, chimpanzees, Uganda kob, bushbuck, hippos, crocodiles...the list goes on.
This Big 5 Destination is set in a field of beautiful crater lakes, some of which are unanimously ranked among the 10 most crater beautiful worldwide (by Travel Advisories like CNN).
A sundowner in Queen Elizabeth National Park
In the morning at 6:30am, start off your game drive in the park. Queen Elizabeth boasts of one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world. Located on the floor of the Albertine Rift Valley south west of Kasese, its vegetation comprises of savannah, acacia, euphorbia trees and large papyrus swamps. A number of over 100 mammal species and 500 bird species make this territory and great tourist destination. The maramagambo forest houses a large selection of monkeys and birds with flamingos on the crater lakes. The morning Game drive provide excellent opportunity to see lions, elephants, Leopards, Topi and many other animals ( remember these are wild animals and nature can’t be tamed, so we can’t be 100% sure of seeing all the animals), After the Game Drive transfer to lodge for lunch before transfer for the boat cruise at 1:30pm
The boat trip on the Mweya Peninsula along the Kazinga channel which is a 41 km stretch of water and believed to be the longest natural water channel connects Lake Edward and Lake George. Here you have an opportunity to see crocodiles, hippos and birds that inhabit the Shoreline. The boat cruise takes roughly 2 hours. After the boat cruise, transfer back to the lodge
Note: Nature can’t be tamed, we can’t assure you on the kind of wild animals you will see.
. (Full board at the lodge – All meals)
Clients will have breakfast before transfer to Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth National Park which is famous for the tree climbing lions. The drive to this area takes approximately 3- 4 hours on dusty roads. Clients will check into the lodge for lunch or head out for the search of tree climbing lions whichever is convenient for them first. In case of a previous lion sighting, clients will enter the park in search of the tree climbing lions. These lions are not sighted every day so clients should be aware that it will depend on nature. The road is strictly adventurous with an African massage since we shall be driving through the national park.
Accommodation: Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Estimated time of travel: 3-4 hours
Meal Plan: Full board- Break Fast, lunch & Dinner
Clients will have a morning to a bush breakfast in the wilderness to take in their final breath of the wilderness air. After breakfast clients will be transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable in Buhoma where they will check into the lodge and later have lunch.
Clients can decide to do a community tour or Batwa cultural experience in the afternoon or rest at the lodge. The activity can be organized at a cost.
Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge
Estimated time of travel: 1-2 hours
Meal Plan: Full board- Break Fast, lunch & Dinner
About Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi is all a 25,000 year old rainforest should be. It is mystical, dense, ever green and very wet. Sitted on a mountainous landscape on the edge of the rift valley, it is renowned for gorilla trekking as it has the highest number of habituated groups, numbered at 50 groups. This is a huge advantage compared to Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park and Congo's Virunga National Park that have 10 and 8 groups respectively. On the part of population, Bwindi has roughly 459 gorillas now,basing on projections made during last years gorilla census. 95% of the park is made of a lush tropical forest that cover 321km2. The remaining 5% is made up of marshlands like Mubwindi, a piece of paradise where you can pursue the park's 350 recorded species, inclusive of 23 endemics, 6 of which are ranked among the 10 most sought birds in East Africa.
Bwindi is divided into sectors where Gorilla trekking is done and these include Buhoma, Ruhijja, Nkuringo, Rushanga and Kigezi. It depends on the availability of Gorilla permits.
After breakfast, at 7:30am drive to the information center from the lodge with packed lunch boxes to prepare for the Gorilla tracking, the park offices are just 5 minutes from the lodge. After briefing from the Ranger guide, traverse to the Gorilla sanctuary to start tracking these lovely creatures. It takes approximately 1-2 hours or less to find the gorillas based on where they are located and after you spend 1 hour observing and taking pictures. The time you spend observing these endangered species is worth a trip to any part of the world and can never be forgotten. Clients are expected to have enough drinking water, good hiking shoes, rain jackets in case it rains, gloves if necessary, long sleeved clothes. Time spent with these Gorillas is very priceless. In case clients need porters during the trekking, they are available at a cost of 20 USD per person.
After the trekking, return back to the lodge to rest or take part in a community activity.
If clients want, optional activities such as Batwa cultural experience and Community tours are available at a cost roughly 20 USD – 30 USD per person
Note: Gorilla trekking is an activity managed and carried out by the Uganda Wildlife authority park rangers. Clients will be grouped between 6-8 people based on the number of clients trekking for the day. However be sure to have a good opportunity to view the gorillas
Meal Plan: Full board- Break Fast, Packed lunch & Dinner
After spending time in the land of the famous Gorillas clients will be transferred from the lodge to the airstrip. The domestic flight from Kihihi airstrip leaves at 9; 45 am and arrives in Entebbe at 11:25am provided all is well. Therefore, clients need to leave the lodge very early because it’s roughly a 1-2 hours’ drive to the airstrip provided the road is not slippery.
Clients will be picked up from the airport to the hotel where they will take their departure covid-19 test.
Accommodation: Kampala Serena hotel
Estimated travel time: 2 hours
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner.
With their Covid-19 Negative test results sent on email, we shall print them out and give the clients a hard copy, clients will be transferred to Entebbe International Airport for their flight back home. Clients will be required to be at the airport 4 hours before their flight. It’s always sad to say goodbye but now will be the time to say goodbye to our clients after their amazing time in Uganda.
Estimated travel time: 2 hours to the Airport
Meal Plan: – Breakfast Only
What is in the package
- Bottled drinking water on safari,
- 1 Gorilla Gorilla
- Accommodation and meals outlined,
- English speaking guide/driver
- Park entrance fees
- Activities as outlined,
- Visa / entry permit for Uganda if required at 50 USD,
- International Flight costs
- All drinks except ones served for breakfast, beverages
- Any activity not mentioned
- Personal travel insurance covers.
- Tips to Waiters/ Waitresses and Tour Guides
- Any other expenses of personal nature
- Waterproof walking shoes or hiking boots are for tracking
- Gardening gloves for protection against stinging plants
- Long trousers and long sleeved sweaters or shirts while in the forest.
- Photography is only allowed with a flash off so as not to scare the Gorillas
- Porters are available to help you with your bags at a small fee
- Carry enough drinking water because you never know the location of the Gorillas from the start of your hike. Be prepared for long walks just in case
- Eating, drinking and smoking near the gorillas is forbidden. The ranger will always communicate when it’s appropriate for you to do so.
- Bwindi being a tropical forest, it can rain anytime so we encourage you to carry a rain jacket.
Accommodation named in the itinerary is based on availability during the preferred travel dates. In case of non-availability, similar types of accommodation will be recommended.
The Safari is done in Safari cars with a pop up roof for Game Viewing. Each client has a window seat for better travel moments
Where Half board meal plan has been indicated, clients will be taken to a restaurant on a en-route our destination where they can have their lunch
For more information on the different travel itineraries we have for East Africa, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Where to stay
Kampala Serena hotel.
Ishasha Wilderness Camp. Etc
Accommodation Category: 4 star
Number of clients: 1 (one)
Price: $1,100/ Person