13 Days Bwindi Gorilla Tracking Safari
Day 1 : Arrival Entebbe Airport – Kampala
You’ll be personally met by our company representative upon arrival at Entebbe airport, and transfer to Serena Hotel (High end facility), Cassia Lodge (mid range Lodge facility) overlooking Lake Victoria or Natete Tourist Backpackers Meal plan: Dinner
Day 2: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park
Begin the panoramic drive north-west through the famous Luweero Triangle and, travel to Masindi via Ziwa Rhino Project. A visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino trekking is a must. After lunch, drive to Murchison at the spectacularly situated site at the top of the fall where you can see the Nile’s beauty perfected! Marvel at the Nile, compressing from up to 1 km squeeze through a 7 meter canyon dropping 45 meters with a thunderous roar creating a beautiful rainbow, a plume of spray and the best thing that happened to the Nile; the Murchison Falls. Overnight and dinner at Paraa Safari Lodge (High end facility), Sambiya River Lodge (Mid range facility) Meal Plan B-L-D
Day 3 : Murchison Falls National Park
Begin the day with a cup of African Coffee. After your cup of coffee, cross the Nile by ferry to the northern bank of the park.Your guide will help you spot Elephant, Lion, Cape buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi, Bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard. Return to the hotel for breakfast and lunch. After lunch, go for a boat safari upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron”. En-route, marvel at the toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over this 17 km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob crocodile. This is also a zone of many bird species like Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. There you leave the boat and start your “quite heavy” hike to the Top of the Falls (approx. 1 hour). See where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. Your driver/guide will be waiting for you to bring you back to the lodge. Overnight and dinner at Paraa Safari Lodge (High end facility), Sambiya River Lodge (Mid range facility) Meal Plan B-L-D
Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park – Kibale
All day drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside and past traditional homesteads and farms along Albertine Rift escarpments. Fort-Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon Meals and overnight at either Kyaninga Safari Lodge (High end facility) or, Mountains of the moon (Mid range Facility). A stunning location overlooking a dramatic Crater Lake and the fabled “Mountains of the Moon”. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5: Kibale Chimpanzee Tracking & Bigodi Walk
After early breakfast, report at Kanyanchu Tourist Centre where tourist activities begin and set out to track chimpanzee in the forest. Chances of viewing the chimps are over 90% but not a guarantee. Kibale National Park is one of the beautiful and stunning forests in the Uganda. It is home to our closest living relatives the endangered Chimpanzee, the threatened Red colobus monkey and the rare L’hoest’s monkey. The forest also boasts of having one of the highest diversity and density of primates in Africa totaling 13 species including the Black and white Columbus, Blue monkey, Grey-cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey and Bush babies and Pottos.
After lunch visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary from where you will take on aguided walk around the Swamp which will provide you with the opportunity to see a wide range of flora and fauna. View a variety of butterflies, birds and other insects. Have a tour of the crater region around Ndali lodge. You may also stop over at any tea plantation along the road if you wish. Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.
Have an evening tour of the crater region, visit “top of the world”, the natural bridge. On a clear day you will be able to have a view of the snow cap on the Rwenzori. Meals and overnight at either Kyaninga Safari Lodge (High end facility) or Mountain of the Moon (Mid range Facility) A stunning location overlooking a dramatic Crater Lake and the fabled “Mountains of the Moon”. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 6: Kibale National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park viewing the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey. Check in at your accommodation facility as you wait for your lunch. After lunch, take on an afternoon Launch cruise along Kazinga Channel one that joins Lakes Edward and George. The cruise is a wonderful way to see hippo, buffalo, kob and the occasional Nile crocodile (which up until recently did not inhabit this area) and a spectacular bird watching on the water bank. Many who experience the launch cruise consider it the high light of their entire African safari. Dinner and overnight stay at Mweya safari (High end facility), Ihamba Safari Lodge (Mid range facility). Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Rise very early with your packed lunch take on a morning game drive to catch-up with the early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. You will most likely meet grazing Hippos, Elephants, and Lions, spotted Hyenas, bush buck, water buck, stripped jackal, comical warthogs and the elusive leopard. Proceed to Maramagambo forest. Many surprises await you here for example pythons are often observed in the crevices of the bat cave floor using the bats as a source of food. The cave is near a picturesque formerly Blue lake and Hunters cave. You may also see forest birds such as bat hawks, brown eared woodpecker and other primates. Dinner and overnight stay at either Mweya safari (High end facility), Ihamba Safari Lodge (Mid range facility). Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8 : Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi
With previous day’s memories, enjoy your breakfast ready for guided Chimpanzee/primate walk along Kyambura Gorge to look for habituated chimps through the gorge. After primate walk, proceed to Ishasha. You will drive along the deep and wide dry craters that are occupied by savanna grasses and acacia. The drive takes you through the unique western rift valley escarpment and the (southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park) Ishasha sector where you will take on yet another game drive in search of tree climbing lions before proceeding to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
The journey takes about 4 hours but driving through interesting features. Arrive Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening. This park is home of the rare mountain gorillas. Apart from gorillas, there are a wide variety of primates to see including the blue and red tailed monkeys. The forest itself is lush and green and there are streams running through it. Dinner and overnight stay at either Buhoma Lodge) High end facility), Engagi Safari Lodge, (Mid range facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 9: Bwindi Gorilla Tracking
After breakfast set off early with guides to track the gorillas. The thrill of your encounter will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek. Bring jungle boots and rain jackets because the park is often wet. Spend time in awe watching the gorillas go about their activities. Each gorilla safari encounter is different and has its own rewards, but you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a magnificent green swathe of dense rain forest, so ancient that survived the last ice age. A recently proclaimed World Heritage site, it’s one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth and its unique, precious flora sustains roughly half of the world population of mountain gorillas believed to number just 720. There’s also a substantial chimpanzee population and research shows that Bwindi is the only forest in Africa in which these two apes live together.
Time permitting, spend the afternoon on a community foot safari to explore the life style of the people living and surrounding the park. Return to camp exhilarated to relieve the encounter with friends over a drink. Dinner and overnight stay at either Buhoma Lodge) High end facility), Engagi Safari Lodge, (Mid range facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 10 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Kampala
After early breakfast, Drive back to Kampala with a visit to Igongo Cultural village to exploreand learn the Bahima and Ankole culture. This is the place where the future meets the past. Continue your drive to the Equator crossing with your lunch en route before you drive to back to Kampala for overnight at Kampala Serena Hotel or Cassia Lodge. Meal Plan B-L-D
Day 11: Kampala – Jinja
Early this morning after your breakfast, our driver guide will pick you at your place or hotel of residence ready for a drive to the adventure capital Jinja. Jinja lies in the south east of Uganda, 54 miles (87 km) north east of the capital, Kampala. It is located on the shores of Lake Victoria. A visit to Sezibwa falls and Mabira forest en route is very rewarding. Later proceed to Jinja for overnight at Jinja Nile Resort Nile Facing room (High end facility) Meal Plan L-D
Day 12: Whole Day White Water Rafting in Jinja
Early this morning after your breakfast, our driver guide will pick you from wild waters, arriving in time for rafting briefing, here you choose to raft in the paddle-powered boats for one of the wildest raft rides on the planet, or opt to be rowed downstream by our professional guides in the safety raft. After a buffet lunch you will hit a series of more wild rapids and wind the evening with BBQ snacks after rafting. Return to Your Lodge for overnight and dinner Meal Plan B-L-D
Day 13: Jinja – Entebbe Out
Begin your day with African cup of coffee, depending on your flight time you can choose to explore Jinja with a visit to the source of the Nile. Thereafter drive back to Kampala then Entebbe International Airport to catch up your flight back home. Meal Plan B-L
End of the 13 Days Bwindi Gorilla Tracking Safari.
The 13 Days Bwindi Gorilla Tracking Safari package includes:-
- Airport transfers
- Transportation by a 4wd vehicle
- Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
- Ziwa Rhino trekking
- Hike to the Top of the Falls
- Ferry crossings
- Igongo cultural village visit
- Boat trips
- One Gorilla permit per person to be secured and paid for in advance
- Park fees
- Kibale Chimpanzee and Kyambura Gorge chimp Permits
- Community visits
- Bigodi guided Nature walk
- Services of English speaking Driver/guide.
- En route lunches
- Game drives
- Rafting Whole day
- Visit Source of the Nile with a boat trip to the source, Mabira Forest and Sezibwa falls en route to Jinja
However, the 13 Days Bwindi Gorilla Tracking Safari package excludes: expenses of personal nature like: Visa, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, porter fee while trekking, personal insurance, and tobacco.