7 Days Gorillas & Wildlife Safaris

Overview

This 7 Day Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris will take you to Kibale National park the primate capital of the world where you will track the chimpanzees and many other primates, you will also have a chance to tour Queen Elizabeth National park and enjoy many game drives and a boat cruise on Kazinga channel, visit Bwindi impenetrable National park famously known for mountain gorilla trekking. This safari will provide you with a combination of tours that will leave you with unforgettable memories of Uganda the Pearl of Africa.

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Highlights

  • Scenic Drive to Kibale National Park
  • Bigodi Nature Walk
  • Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest.
  • Game Drives
  • Boat trip along the Kazinga Channel.
  • Tree Climbing lions of Ishasha
  • Gorilla trekking experience.
  • Nocturnal game drive in Lake Mburo National Park.

Day 1

Transfer to Kibale Forest and Bigodi Nature Walk

After an early breakfast, you will begin your Gorillas and Savannah Safari as you are transferred west through tea plantations and rolling hills to reach Fort Portal town where you will have an en-route lunch before proceeding to Kibale National Park.

After checking into the hotel, you will embark on a guided nature walk through the dense papyrus at Magombe Swamp which is part of Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary situated on the edge of Kibale Forest National Park. On your nature walk, you have the chance to spot up to 138 bird species including the Great Blue Turaco, a variety of butterflies and perhaps the real drawcard of this swamp; its seven species of monkeys including red colobus, grey-cheeked Mangabey, L’Hoest, vervet, black and white colobus, blue monkey and baboons.

Accommodation

Luxury: Kyaninga Lodge, Ndali Lodge

Midrange: Kibale forest camp, Isunga Lodge

Budget: Chimpanzee forest guesthouse

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 2

Chimpanzee Trekking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the Uganda Wildlife Authority park headquarters where you will be briefed before embarking on your trek of the exciting chimps in Kibale Forest. Once you’ve found your group of chimpanzees, you will spend one hour with them, observing their humorous hand gestures and facial expressions, their ear-piercing squeals and their death-defying leaps through the trees.

After trekking, you will leave the rainforest and drive south following the Rwenzori Mountain chain to reach the savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park with an en-route stop at the equator line for lunch.
On arrival at Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will take an evening game drive through the explosion crater-lake fields expecting to spot a variety of species such as elephants, Uganda kob, bushbuck and troops of the baboon.

Accommodation

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge, Ishasha wilderness camp, Mazike valley Lodge

Midrange: Baboon safari lodge

Budget: Bush Lodge, Pumba Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 3

Game Drive and boat safari on the Kazinga channel

Depart for a morning game drive in the Kasenyi Plains aiming to spot lions hunting in the morning. The Kasenyi plains are a prime location to track pride of lions, which hunt the game herds found here. Expect to spot elephants, buffalo, warthogs, bushbuck, waterbuck and vast herds of Uganda kobs as you be joined on this game drive by a guide from Uganda Wildlife Authority who is an expert in tracking the lions.

After lunch, you will explore Kazinga Channel on a water safari as the river flows through the heart of the park and connects Lake Edward and Lake George. On your boat cruise, expect to spot elephants, buffalo, warthogs and waterbucks as they cool off along the river banks in the heat of the day.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation:

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge, Ishasha wilderness camp, Mazike valley Lodge

Midrange: Baboon safari lodge

Budget: Bush Lodge, Pumba safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 4

Transfer to Bwindi Forest via Ishasha

You will exit Queen Elizabeth National Park through the Ishasha Plains in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park for another epic game drive. Ishasha is famous for its iconic tree-climbing lions that climb trees to catch the cool breezes.
After your game drive, you will leave Queen Elizabeth National Park and head to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Accommodation:

Luxury: Mahogany Springs Lodge, Gorilla Forest camp, Buhoma Lodge

Midrange: Gorilla Mist Camp, Ruhija Gorilla Camp, Rushaga Gorilla Camp

Budget: Buhoma community Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 5

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

With an early breakfast and a packed lunch, you will be transferred to the Uganda Wildlife Authority park headquarters where you’ll be briefed on the gorilla tracking which begins at 8:00am. You will then be guided into the jungle to track the shy primates. The trek length varies depending on where the gorillas spent the night, ranging from 30 minutes to 7 hours, once you find the gorilla family, you will spend one hour with them, observing them feed, socialize and display their prowess.

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Accommodation:

Luxury: Mahogany Springs Lodge, Gorilla Forest Camp, Buhoma Lodge

Midrange: Gorilla Mist Camp, Ruhija Gorilla Camp, Rushaga Gorilla Camp

Budget: Buhoma community Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 6

Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, you will then transfer to Lake Mburo National Park driving through winding roads, farmlands and forests. Lake Mburo National Park boasts of a beautiful acacia Savannah terrain and woodlands. On arrival, you will embark on a game drive expecting to spot warthog, impala, zebras, oribi, leopard and several savannah bird species some of which include lapwings, hornbills, and cocqui francolin. This park is also home to the eland, Africa’s largest antelope species only found here and Kidepo valley National Park.
After dinner, you will set out to explore this park on a nocturnal game drive guided a by a ranger, you will be scanning the savannah with a spotlight to search for a variety of species including the genet cat, warthog, hippos, spotted hyena and the elusive leopard.

Main Destination: Lake Mburo National Park

Accommodation:

Luxury: Mihingo Safari Lodge

Midrange: Rwakobo Rock Lodge

Budget: Rangeland Mburo Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 7

Transfer to Entebbe, visit Mabamba swamp & departure

With a sumptuous African breakfast, you will transfer from Lake Mburo to Mabamba Swamp on the shores of Lake Victoria, driving through Mbarara town and crossing the equator at Mbarara. At Mabamba Swamp, you will set out on the water in a local canoe guided by an expert birder. You will explore the swamp in search of the infamous Shoebill Stork, the Grey Crowned Crane, Uganda’s National Bird, Saddle-billed Stork, African Fish Eagle and Malachite Kingfisher.

Your guide will then drive you across town to Entebbe International Airport in time for you to check-in and catch your outbound flight back home.

End of Safari

Rates per person in a Luxury Accommodation

Start date Solo
1 Room
2 Pax
1 Room
3 Pax
2 Rooms
Jan 1,2019- Dec 31, 2020 $6,267 $4,463 $4,109

Rates per person in a Midrange Accommodation

Start date Solo
1 Room
2 Pax
1 Room
3 Pax
2 Rooms
Jan 1,2019- Dec 31, 2020 $3,802 $2,727 $2,499

Rates per person in a Budget Accommodation

Start date Solo
1 Room
2 Pax
1 Room
3 Pax
2 Rooms
Jan 1,2019- Dec 31, 2020 $3,206 $2,518 $2,360

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Includes

  • Transportation
  • Airport transfers
  • Chimp Permit
  • Gorilla permit
  • Boat trip on Kazinga channel
  • Mabamba swamp fees
  • Park fees.

Excludes

  • International Ticket
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Laundry
  • All iteims of personal nature

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