8 Days Gorillas & Wildlife Safari

This 8 days Gorillas & Wildlife Safari : takes you to the Murchison Falls National Park, the largest national park in Uganda, renowned for its scenic beauty and the spectacular falls from which it derives its name.  You will enjoy memorable game drives, a boat cruise and viewing of the mesmerizing scenery in this national park. The safari will continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will see abundant bio-diversity of wildlife, amazing picturesque scenery and to enjoy a relaxing boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel with awesome opportunities to spot water birds and animals basking on the shores. The climax of Gorillas & Wildlife safari will be an encounter with the elusive Mountain Gorillas in the famous Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and to interact with the former forest people, the Batwa, who used to live in this forest before it was gazetted as a National Park.

Activities

  • Tracking Rhinos in their sanctuary
  • Game drives in Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks
  • Launch cruises 
  • Chimpanzee tracking at Kyabura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Interaction with the Batwa people
  • Equator experience

 

Tour Highlight

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda and transfer to Guest House

Day 2: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park

Day 3: Gam drive-Boat cruise on the Nile River

Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 5: Chimpanzee Tracking

Day 6: Boat cruise-Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 7: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi-Batwa experience

Day 8: Travel to Entebbe

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrival and transfer to the Guest house

On your arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred by a representative of Great Nest Image Safaris to your place of accommodation. You will spend an overnight here and get a briefing of the tour.

Protea Hotel Entebbe

Accommodation 

  • 2 Friends Beach Hotel (luxury)
  • Protea Hotel (Luxury)
  • Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel (Midrange)
  • Airport View Hotel (Midrange)
  • Peniel Beach Hotel (Budget)
  • Acacia Beach Hotel (Budget)

Meal Plan

  • Full Board Basis

Day 2: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park

 

After an early breakfast, we will set off for North Western Uganda to the tranquiMurchison Falls National ParkYou will have a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for a rhino tracking experience and then after head for lunch. You will thereafter transfer to Murchison Falls National Park and check in at your lodge where you will spend the night.

 

Accommodation

Pakuba Safari Lodge

  • Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • Nile Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • Pakuba Safari Lodge (Midrange)
  • Sambiya River Lodge (Midrange)
  • Murchison River Lodge in tents (Budget)
  • Red Chili Rest Camp (Budget)

Meal Plan

  • Full Board Basis

Day 3: Game drive and Boat cruise on the Nile

After breakfast, proceed for a game drive on the northern bank of the Nile, giving you a great chance of seeing animals such as giraffes, elephants, lions, hartebeests and different species of birds. After Lunch, the safari will be continued with a boat cruise on the Victoria Nile to the base of the tranquil Murchison Falls. Look out for the Nile crocodile, hippos, water bucks and a variety of bird species. Upon reaching the bottom of the waterfalls you will disembark and climb your way up to the Top of the Falls where you will be rewarded with amazing views of the falls. After return to your beautiful lodge, and enjoy the good night`s rest.

Accommodation

Pakuba Safari Lodge

  • Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • Nile Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • Pakuba Safari Lodge (Midrange)
  • Sambiya River Lodge (Midrange)
  • Murchison River Lodge in tents (Budget)
  • Red Chili Rest Camp (Budget)

Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park – To Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early morning breakfast, you will check out and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park in western Uganda. You will have lunch on the way at Kabalega Diner and then proceed for an evening game drive en route to your lodge where you will check in and spend the night.

Accommodation

Mweya Safari Lodge

  • Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • Katara Lodge (Luxury)
  • Bush Lodge (Midrange)
  • Enganzi Lodge (Midrange)
  • Kazinga Channel View Lodge (budget)
  • Simba Safari Camp in tents (budget)

Meal Plan

  • Full Board Basis

Day 5: Chimp tracking in Kyambura and evening game drive

Morning chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge where you will be allowed to have a fascinating encounter with the chimpanzeesLater you will return to the lodge for your early lunch and then head out for an evening game drive in the Ishasha sector in search for tree climbing lionsOther game to see include elephants, gazelles, waterbucks, buffaloes, hippos among others. Relax at your lodge for the overnight.

Accommodation

  • Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • Katara Lodge (Luxury)
  • Bush Lodge (Midrange)
  • Enganzi Lodge (Midrange)
  • Kazinga Channel View Lodge (budget)
  • Simba Safari Camp in tents (budget)

Meal Plan

  • Full Board Basis

Day 6: Morning launch cruise – Transfer to Bwindi

After an early morning breakfast, proceed directly to the head of the Mweya Peninsular to conduct a launch trip on the Kazinga Channel which is home to one of the largest concentrations of hippopotamus, as well as herds of elephants, buffalo, and other wildlife that come to drink from the river. The Kazinga also attracts a tremendous variety of bird species including the African Eagle, Open-Billed Stork, and Pied Kingfishers. Thanks to the abundant birdlife that is sighted, and the elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari. After the boat cruise, you will head for an evening game drive and enjoy the stunning sceneries over the Albertine rift escarpment, the beautiful savannah grasslands and have a possible dip in the pool. You will have packed lunch and then transfer to your lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where you will spend the night as you wait to track the forest gentles the following morning.

Accommodation

Gorilla Closeup Lodge

  • Mahogany Springs Lodge (Luxury)
  • Rushanga Gorilla Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • Gorilla Closeup Lodge (Midrange)
  • Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange)
  • Buhoma community Rest camp (Budget)
  • Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp (Budget)

Meal plan

  • Full Board Basis

Day 7: Gorilla trekking

The most exciting day of your safari! The briefing is at 8 am and you will learn about gorilla etiquette. Then you will start walking and hiking in the impenetrable forest until you find the gorillas. For one hour, you are allowed to watch those majestic giants! Depending on the duration of the track you can either relax in the afternoon at the lodge and just enjoy the view or go for a walk around and explore the village or walk up to the highest football field with the best view ever. Also today, you will carry a packed lunch.

Accommodation

  • Mahogany Springs Lodge (Luxury)
  • Rushanga Gorilla Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • Gorilla Closeup Lodge (Midrange)
  • Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange)
  • Buhoma community Rest camp (Budget)
  • Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp (Budget)

Meal plan

  • Full Board Basis

Day 8: Transfer back to Entebbe

Our guide will drive you back to Entebbe where you will relax before catching your late flight.

                                                                  END OF SAFARI

Includes

  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • 4WD safari vehicle with popup roof
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Rhino trekking fees
  • Boat trips
  • Chimpanzee trekking permit in Kyambura Gorge, Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Gorilla trekking permit for $700 per person
  • Services of an English Speaking Driver/guide.
  • Community visit fees
  • Guided nature walks

 

Excludes

  • Other drinks
  • Laundry
  • Tips to local guides
  • Telephone expenses
  • Porter fees while trekking Gorillas and Chimpanzees
  • Personal insurance

Requirements for the Safari

  • A Visa – you can apply for the visa online or very easily get one at the point of entry into the country (airport)
  • Chimpanzee Tracking permits costs USD200 per person while Gorilla trekking permits costs USD700 per person. You can apply and secure these on line but experience has shown that it is better coordinated when you send money to the tour firm to handle it for you at no extra cost.
  • Travel & Health insurance – This should be arranged by you in your home country before you travel.
  • Physical fitness
  • Rain jacket
  • Sun glasses
  • Good camera
  • Binoculars 

SAFARI TRANSPORT

Standard 4X4 Safari Vans/Land cruisers

Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari van and Land cruisers with open roof tops customized for game viewing and photography.  Each Safari van/Land cruiser comes with a professionally trained driver/guide with fuel for the whole safari. Each client is entitled to a window seat and can take up to 8-10 people. We also have very comfortable super customs which can carry up 6 people with their luggage also have small vehicles like Alphads, Harrier and much more that can carry 4-5 people.

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