12 DAYS UGANDA WILDLIFE AND GORILLA ADVENTURE SAFARI

12 days Uganda safari

Key Highlights: Gorilla tracking, Rhino tracking, Horse riding, Game viewing, Boat cruise, Game walking safari and Chimpanzee tracking.

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DAY TO DAY HIGHLIGHT

SAFARI OVERVIEW

 

This safari will take you to 6 Uganda national parks and other destinations such as Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Kampala city and the equator. You will participate in many activities such as Rhino trekking, game drives, boat cruises, chimpanzee habituation, gorilla and monkey trekking, Horse riding community tours and nature walks. The safari starts and ends in Entebbe airport.

Key Highlights: Gorilla tracking, Rhino tracking, Horse riding, Game viewing, Boat cruise, Game walking safari and Chimpanzee tracking. trekking

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Transfer from Entebbe to Murchison Falls National Park and Stop over at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Our driver guide will pick you from Entebbe airport and straight away head to Murchison falls national park in the north western side of Uganda, a journey taking 5-6hours drive. 

The park is known for its most powerful waterfall in the whole world. You will have a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for rhino trekking and lunch before you continue to Murchison falls national park. You will later proceed with your journey and upon reaching the park you will visit the top of the falls for a remarkable experience. You will have your dinner and overnight in the accommodation of your choice.

Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge / Parkside safari lodge

Day 2: Game drive and afternoon boat Cruise to bottom of the falls.

Wake up and have an early morning breakfast and set off for game drive in search for the game. Expect to view lots of wildlife such as leopard, lions, African elephants, buffalos, water bucks, giraffes among others in their natural savannah environment. 

You will later return to the lodge for lunch and head for a launch trip on river Nile where you will view schools of hippos, crocodiles, different bird species such as Egyptian geese, goliath heron among others. Drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge / Parkside safari lodge

Day 3: Transfer from Murchison NP to Kibale National Park.

After your breakfast, you will be transferred to Kibale national park which is a home of 13 primates including chimpanzees. This journey passes through the plains of Albertine region, marked with banana and tea plantations. You will stop over in fort portal at gardens restaurant for lunch and later proceed to your accommodation facility of your choice.

Accommodation: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse / Kibale Forest Lodge

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking

Have breakfast very early in the morning, and head to Kanyanchu information center for briefing before you start chimp trekking activity. It will take 2-6 hours as you observe the life of chimpanzees right way from waking up, playing, feeding, grooming and setting another nest for the next night.

While in the forest you will observe other animals such as black and white colobus monkey, baboons, Vervet monkeys and different bird species such as the great blue turaco among others. After this dramatic experience, descend from the forest, join your driver guide who will drive you back to the lodge for dinner and accommodation.

Accommodation: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse / Kibale Forest Lodge

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP and afternoon boat cruise.

Set off to Queen Elizabeth national park after breakfast with a beautiful sun rising from the Kibale forest reaching early for game drive before Checking in to the lodge, later you will drive to the lodge, check in, have lunch and later embark on the tremendous boat cruise on Kazinga channel which is 45km long connecting Lake Edward to Lake George. 

During this 2 hours’ experience, expect to view a number of wildlife including abundant bird population such as pied kingfishers, crocodiles, hippos and elephants, buffalos, Uganda Kobs at the banks of the channel. After the boat cruise, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Aardvark Safari Lodge / Queen Elizabeth Safari Lodge

Day 6: Morning Game drive and afternoon Community Walk.

Wake up early in the morning and have breakfast, you will meet the ranger guide for briefing and head for a game drive in Kasenyi sector where you will view predators such as lions, hyenas, leopards among others. Other attractions are elephants, Uganda Kobs, warthogs, waterbucks, buffalos and different bird species.

In the afternoon after your lunch, visit Kasoga community with unique features of people who will welcome you with traditional Bakonjo / Basongola dances. It’s an amazing experience you don’t need to miss out. Later return to the lodge for your overnight and dinner.

Accommodation: Aardvark Safari Lodge / Queen Elizabeth Safari Lodge

Day 7: Morning Game Drive and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Have a relaxed breakfast and head to Ishasha sector for a game drive, where you will spot tree climbing lions and different unique birds of Uganda. Later transfer to Bwindi national park which is a home of almost half of the remaining mountain gorillas. On arrival you can go to visit community neighboring the park and learn their daily life style. Later check in at your lodge for overnight stay and dinner at the lodge. Accommodation: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge / Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge

Day 8: Gorilla trekking and transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Head to the park headquarter after your breakfast and be briefed about the dos and don’ts while with the gorillas then proceed to track an allocated gorilla family. Upon meeting them, have one hour to interact with gorillas. While trekking, you have chances of meeting other animals in the forest including monkeys, baboons, forest elephants, and verdant flora.

Descend back to park headquarters and immediately transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National park arriving later in the evening to check in at the lodge and have your dinner at the lodge.

Accommodation: Ichumbi Hotel, Kisoro / Travelers Rest Hotel

Day 9: Golden Monkey trekking and Batwa Cultural Encounter.

You will go for golden monkey trekking immediately after briefing by the park rangers. Along the trek, also view other primates in Mgahinga national park such as baboons, black and white colobus monkeys among others. Later trek back to the loge for lunch and in the afternoon, visit the Batwa community whose life depend on the forest, their traditional dance and meals are the most exciting. In the evening, head back to the lodge for your dinner and overnight stay at the lodge. Accommodation: Ichumbi Hotel, Kisoro / Travelers Rest Hotel

Day 10: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park and afternoon boat cruise.

Have a relaxed breakfast and transfer to lake Mburo national park. It’s a 4-hour drive passing through Kabale and Mbarara towns. Have lunch at Igongo cultural hotel and continue to the park. At 2:00pm, embark on a magnificent boat cruise on Lake Mburo. This boat cruise rewards you with interesting views of unique bird species as well as mammals. Among others while you are in Lake Mburo, you will see zebras, impalas, Topis, antelopes and giraffes. Later you will check in the lodge for your dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock / Mpogo Safari Lodge.

Day 11: Morning game walking safari, game drive and community visit.

After breakfast, embark on a fascinating game walking safari after the sunrise to explore the magnificent savannah acacia landscapes with gentle rolling hills marked with the extrusive Kopje rocks and other ancient Precambrian rocks that have existed in that locality for the past 500 million years. 

The animals which can be encountered include; Impala antelope which only exists in this small but rich national park, Lake Mburo National park, Burchell’s Zebra, Rothschild Giraffes, Topis, water bucks, warthogs, among other wildlife. 

Later after lunch you will head out for game drive to look out for what you might have experienced in the previous day. In the evening you may choose to learn how cow milking is done using hands, churning milk to make cheese locally in the nearby community rearing Ankole long-horned cattle. Later head back to the lodge for dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock / Mpogo Safari Lodge

Day 12: Horse riding and transfer to Entebbe airport 

Today morning after breakfast, you embark on the most exhilarating horse ride inside the park, it will expose to most spectacular views where vehicles may not be able to reach.

 After this encounter, undertake the transfer back to Kampala after breakfast, a journey of about 240km, approximately 4 hours’ drive. You will make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for an amazing photo session for memories. Depart in the evening through Entebbe international airport.

End of safari

QUOTATION:  

 

1 Pax

2 Pax

3 Pax

4 Pax

5 Pax

6 Pax

Midrange

$4,945.79

$3,737.57 pp

$3,712.49 pp

$3,424.95 pp

$3,415.23 pp

$3,273.08 pp

Budget

$4,571.79

$3,462.57 pp

$3,224.82 pp

$3,006.95 pp

$2,955.43 pp

$2,855.08 pp

Included in The package/Price:

  • All Domestic Flights as mentioned in itinerary
  • Transfers in a exclusive 4×4 Customized jeep
  • All Airport Transfers.
  • Full Board Accommodations 17 Nights
  • All Activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 1 Gorilla Permit per person
  • 1 chimpanzee Permit Per person
  • All Boat Cruises Mentioned
  • Bottled water on safari
  • Planned Bush Breakfasts & Sun downers

Excluded in the Package

  • Personal International flight
  • Visa (USD $50 or $100 for east African tourist visa
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Laundry service
  • Tips

F.A.Q.

There is no standard price for Uganda, Rwanda or Congo gorilla permit –each country has its rates. In Uganda, the charges vary depending on the visitor category. The foreign non-residents are charged USD 700 to have their gorilla permits booked, USD 600 for foreign residents and Ugandans (East Africa citizens) pay shs. 250,000 per person. To have a gorilla permit secured/booked, you need USD 1500 for Rwanda and this is most ideal for luxury/high-end travelers interested in visiting the endangered mountain gorillas.

When booking a gorilla permit, it is also a good thing to have a destination of your desire in mind. The key places to consider a must-visit on gorilla tour include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park –these are gorilla trekking destinations for tourists on a tour in Uganda. In Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park is where you can locate habituated mountain gorilla families and crossing the D.R. Congo, you can explore Virunga National Park.

It is a good thing to also understand when best to book your gorilla permits to avoid having issues on actual date of gorilla trekking. Considering our experience, we always recommend our clients to have their permits booked early enough at least 2-4 months. This can save you from last minute stress, especially if you plan to travel during the dry season also considered to be the peak season. The peak months of the year fall around June, July, August to September, and December, January to February.

Gorilla permits are among the relevant documents visitors must have to be allowed to track gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Not any gorilla permit should be presented on actual gorilla trekking adventure but a valid one. Booking gorilla permits is part of making the entire gorilla trip complete and should be done early enough before the actual visit to see mountain gorillas or eastern lowland gorillas.

To have your gorilla permit booked, there is a process one should undergo through and is generally tedious. Considering your tight schedule back home, you may wonder how easier you can have your permit booked in advance to avoid last minute stress.

The easiest way to secure your gorilla permit in Uganda or Rwanda is by dealing with a recognized tour operator/company on the ground. This is where our reservation team comes in. As part of your gorilla safari requirement, our team being on ground will ensure that your permit is booked early enough and everything else that is needed for gorilla trekking is put together.

The beauty about dealing with local safari company such as ours is that we have knowledge on the different gorilla groups and surrounding communities plus various accommodation facilities for your night stay. This is in addition to making the entire gorilla permit booking process easier on behalf of our clients.

There is also an option of booking the permit directly through the reservation team of respective park authorities. But the challenge is that you must undergo through the long process to have your permit booked and this may not favor you depending on your schedule. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is an organ in charge not only for conservation of wildlife in the Pearl of Africa but also sets prices for tourism activities in the parks including gorilla permits. In Rwanda, you can contact Rwanda Tourism Board/Rwanda Development Board to have your permit booked.

The East African tourist visa is a joint visa that permits one to travel to specific countries within East Africa, namely Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda only. A joint tourist visa can be used several times for various purposes as long as it’s not overdue. 

Tourists should therefore find it important to always remember that the tourist visa lasts for only 90 days.  Processing the tourist visa takes a maximum period of two working days. It is also important to note that the tourist visa prohibits employment.

The process of applying for a tourist visa has been made easier since it can be done with the help of a tour operator or by the individual themselves online through the Ministry of Internal Affairs immigration portal. Visitors are required to log in to the portal, go ahead and accept the terms and conditions for the tourist visa, select the Visa / permit type, the subcategory and category, complete the application form and upload the required documents. 

A reference number will be generated and sent to you through your email, submit it and proceed to payment. It’s important to note that the payment can be made using Visa cards.  An approval letter will be sent to your email after the above process.

Report at the immigration office or border post for the biometric capture with all the necessary documents, receipt of payment, approval letter and your passport. Visitors should regard it as important to enter through the home country issuing the visa.

The East African tourist visa costs a fee of $100 only, meaning that it can be obtained by all travelers ranging from the budget to luxurious ones.

  • Persons aged 15 years and above are allowed to trek gorillas.
  • Avoid sneezing in the presence of gorillas.
  • Always stay away from gorillas by observing distance
  • Do not try to feed gorillas
  • Do not chew in the presence of gorillas
  • Do not take photos with flash light on.