12 Days Big 5, Gorillas, Chimpanzee & Cultural Safari

Highlights: Uganda Safari:  Murchison Falls National Park + Kibale Chimps National Park + Queen Elizabeth National Park , Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions, + Bwindi Gorillas & ( Birding on Lake Bunyonyi ) & (Birdiing on Lake Mburo).


Day 1: Welcome to Uganda The Pearl of Africa!
Arrival at Entebbe International Airport where you will be met by Representatives from Uganda Wildlife Scene Safaris . Later transfer to your place of accommodation relax from Jet lag overnight at:  Cassia Lodge or Hotel No.5  depending on your time of arrival.

Day 2: Rhinos at Ziwa  & Murchison Falls National Park : After an early breakfast depart for Murchison Falls National Park, along the way you will come across lots of activities going on as children walk along the sides of the roads to and from school, men pushing their loaded bicycles, women preparing their piles of fruit and vegetables to set up their colorful markets. This then would be the beginning of making your colorful pictures.

Arrive at Ziwa Rhinos sanctuary, this will be ‘already’ time to focus on the first animal on the list for today the Rhinos. The guided short walk will lead you to the Rhinos, the experience and thrill of walking by the side of these animals in this impressive piece of wooded savanna, coming to take pictures from a few meters is an unforgettable experience. Later you will return to the main offices of this reserve and fill in your comments. Return for lunch and after proceed to enter the Murchison Falls National Park and head on to the Top of Falls. Later you will be transferred to overnight at  Pakuba Safari Lodge.

Day 3:  After an early breakfast game drive begins at 6:30 am to be in time to see the big cats and other game in action. It is with in this park that the natural beauty of the Nile is perfected. You will come across herds of Elephants giraffes, antelopes, Uganda kobs, buffaloes, waterbucks, lions, and several bird species also the unusual saddle bill storks. Be back in time for your lunch. In the afternoon take a 3 hour launch cruise to the bottom of the falls you will come across pools of hippos, and lots of game coming down to the Nile for the afternoon refreshing. Later get back to Lodge, Dinner and overnight  at Pakuba Safari Lodge.

Day 4: Kibale Forest  Chimpanzees National Park:  The drive will take you through the magnificent views of the Blue mountains in Congo, and make a stop over at the top of the plateau to view the scenic blue stretch of Lake Albert. Proceed to Hoima with lunch enroute. Arrive in Fort Portal by early evening refreshments will be served dinner and overnight at Kibale Forest Camp.

Day 5: Chimp Tracking: After morning Breakfast, head to the park headquarters arrive at 8:00am. Get the introduction from the park warden join the group and begin your adventure to meet our closest relatives the “Chimpanzees” Tracking will start and last for 3-4 hrs along the trails you will come across other primates like Black and white Colubus, Grey cheecked Mangabeys, Bird life and Plant life is abundant here.

After lunch proceed to the nature walk in the Bigodi wetland area which is also home to the Great blue turaco and also you may choose to do the Native Village walk. Later return to your place of accommodation, refreshments dinner and overnight at Kibale Forest Camp.

Day 6: Crater Lakes Tour of Kasenda Belt:  After Breakfast depart to Tour the Crater Lakes of Kasenda. This is Simply beautiful picturesque. Today you will be able to view about 9 crater lakes. Stop for lunch at Nkuruba Crater Lake. After lunch you will proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park, via Kasese towns and the magnificent Rwenzori Mountains of the moon in the back drop of the view along your transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.  Arrive by early evening time and check in to your accommodation. Refreshments, meal plans dinner, campfire and overnight at Bush Lodge.

Day 7: Early Morning Game drives:  After a warm wake up coffee at 6:15am at 6:30am start your early morning game drive to be in time to see the big cats in action. Game drive lasts for 3-4 hrs get back for breakfast relax and lunch.  At 2:45pm Take the boat cruise on the Famous Kazinga Channel which connects Lake George to Lake Edward. The cruise on the water will last 2 hrs return by 5:00pm embark on the evening game drive which will bring you back to the hotel by 7:00pm. Refresh, meal plans dinner, campfire and overnight at Bush Lodge.

Day 8: Ishasha Tree climbing Lions & Bwindi National Park – Gorillas:  After an early breakfast departure to the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ishasha, famous for the last African breed of the tree climbing lions.  Later proceed with the  game drive in the park in search of these fascinating felines, forest elephants and several species of antelopes are present. Have your picnic lunch and proceed with the game drive as you exit Ishasha Sector and proceed to Bwindi National Park. Arrive by early evening check into your accommodation, refreshments will be served. Later dinner and overnight at Haven Lodge Bwindi

Please Note: That accommodation for this day will depend on the Gorilla Family to be visited the next day which can only be confirmed after fully purchasing the Gorilla permits.

Day 9: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi National Park: After an early breakfast you will head to the park headquarters and get the briefing from the chief park warden get into your groups and later its on to your adventure to meet these thrilling gentle giants of Bwindi National Park.

Tracking time varies according to the movements of these giants it could take from 30 mins to 5hrs so we highly recommend that you are in a good physical condition to trek these gorillas.

There are porters at the briefing point and if you need one to carry your equipment please do inform the warden and one will be readily available at a fee of $20 USD.

After tracking you will get back to the camp and relieve those special moments with the group. Dinner and Overnight at the Haven Lodge in Bwindi.

Day 10:  Lake Bunyonyi.

Introduction:  Lake Bunyonyi  As its serpentine shape might suggest, is essentially a flooded valley system, extending Northwards from the Rwanda border over a distance of 25kms through the contours of the steep hills that separate Kabale and Kisoro. It is thought to have formed about 8,000 yrs ago, as a result of a lava flow from one of  the Virunga Mountains, which blocked off the Ndego River at the present –day Muko to create a natural dam.

The lake has a total surface area of 60km sq, it lies at an altitude of of 1840m, known to be the deepest lake in Uganda and also the home of “otters & crayfish”. Also in its favor is the high altitude location which ensures a moderate climate and relatively low incidence of malaria and often becoming quite chilly at night.

Bilharzia is reliably reported to be absent from the lake, as are crocodiles and hippos, which means that swimming is very safe. Active travelers are catered for, with motorized canoes that will take you to visit the several Islands of this lake and also visit the Pigmy tribe of this area. Later return to your accommodation, dinner and overnight at; Arcadia Lodge.

Day 11:    Lake Mburo National Park:  After breakfast we will depart to  Lake Mburo National Park . Arrive and check in at your place of accommodation refreshments and lunch. After lunch you will take a boat cruise which will last for 1 ½ hrs after which you will return and embark on an evening game. Get back to your accommodation by 7:00pm. Refreshments will be served, dinner and overnight at  Rwakobo Rock.

Introduction: Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda’s fourth National park was gazzeted in 1982.The park covers an area surface of 256km sq and it is the only park to contain an entire lake. It offers varied scenic beauty hills.

Attractions will include : Include: Zebras, Giraffes, Impala, Topis, Wipsprings, Elands, Buffaloes,  Hippos, and a variety of bird species.

Day 12: After breakfast you will then be transferred to Entebbe International Airport and be in time to check in to your flight. This will mark the end of a memorable Safari with Uganda Wildlife Scene Safaris.


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