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11 Nights- 12 Days wild Uganda Safari

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This 12-day safari takes you to the wild side of Uganda and the chance to see all the major attractions this country can provide to the international visitor. Your first stop takes you to the Murchison Falls National Park (MFNP), the largest and most popular park in Uganda. The park is teeming with wildlife and features the famous Murchison Falls, whose 43-meter falls of boiling water are forced through a 7-meter wide gap before crashing into the lightly wooded savannah below.

Next on your safari adventure is the Kibale National Park (KNP), home to about 1,500 chimps and the best opportunity to experience habituated chimpanzee groups close up. In addition to tracking chimps, the Kibale forest also features an extensive network of hiking trails with more than 320 tropical bird species to observe.

The next stop is the Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP), featuring spectacular game viewing opportunities and attractions such as the Kazinga Channel, home to hippos, buffalos, and elephants. The highlight of your safari takes you to the famous ancient forest of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the world’s largest population of mountain gorillas. Of the 780 gorillas in the world, more than half live in the Mgahinga Gorilla and Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks in Uganda.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Entebbe

Your appointed driver/tour guide will collect you at the airport and take you to your chosen accommodation.

Day 2Entebbe to Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park (MFNP) is situated at the northern end of the Great Rift Valley and was one of the first national parks established in 1952. With a size of 3,900 square kilometers, MFNP is also the largest park in Uganda, featuring extraordinary biodiversity and landscapes ranging from savannahs, and riverine wetlands as defined by the river Nile and tropical forests. The park itself is part of the even larger Murchison Falls Protected Area that covers more than 5,000 square kilometers and includes the Karuma Falls and the Bugungu Wildlife Refuge. One of the most important attractions within the park is the Nile Delta wetlands system that formed when the river reached the northern shores of Lake Albert. Its primary attraction, however, remains the famous Murchison Falls, whose massive 43-meter falls of boiling water is forced through a 7-meter wide gap before crashing into the lightly wooded savannah below. 

The park and the adjacent Budongo Forest Reserve feature 76 species of mammals, including chimpanzees, buffalos, lions, elephants, Uganda kob, Rothschild’s giraffe, and the largest population of Nile crocodiles in the country. Also, more than 450 bird species have been documented in this national park. The southern sector of the park features the Budongo Forest Reserve, home to over 600 chimps and one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the region, with over 460 plant species recorded, including an area of giant mahogany trees reaching up to 60 meters tall.

Day 3Murchison Falls National Park

Morning Game Drive, afternoon Boat cruise, and hike to the Top of the Falls.

Day 4Murchison Falls NP to Kibale National Park

Situated in western Uganda, the Kibale National Park (KNP) consists of 766 square kilometers of mostly lowland and montane forests and is home to the largest concentration of chimpanzees in Africa. Also found in the primate Capital (KNP) are 12 other species of primates such as the red colobus monkey, blue monkey, and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey.

On your guided tours of various forest trails, you can also discover other primate species such as Guereza colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, olive baboon, and L’Hoest’s monkey. You also have the chance to see the lumbering yet silent forest elephants, as well as buffalos along the main trails.

Day 5Kibale National Park

Today, you will be going on an exciting search for the chimp troops of Kibale, venturing into in the dense tropical forests with the further opportunity of observing several tropical bird species. Kibale National Park is home to the largest concentration of chimpanzees in Africa. Also found in KNP are 12 other species of primates such as the red colobus monkey, blue monkey, and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey.

Day 6Kibale NP to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) is situated in southwestern Uganda and covers an area of 1,978 square kilometers. The park was founded in 1952 as the Kazinga National Park but was renamed only two years later to commemorate a visit by England’s Queen Elizabeth II. It offers a diverse ecosystem, from the crater-dotted landscapes of the Katwe peninsula below the Rwenzori Mountains, to the wetlands of the Kazinga Channel connecting Lake George and Lake Albert, and on to the rolling savannahs stretching to the Ishasha River in the far south of the park. The region around QENP is also famous for its volcanic features, such as volcanic cones and crater lakes found in the Katwe peninsula on the west side of the Kazinga Channel. For centuries, these craters have been used by local villages to extract salt. 

Another primary attraction of QENP is the Kyambura Gorge, also known as the Valley of the Apes located in the north-west sector of the park. The gorge is about 1 km across at its widest point, and only about 100 meters deep, and is home to a few dozen chimpanzees. Tracking these through the gorge is one of the highlights of your visit to QENP. Also not to be missed during your visit to the park is a boat cruise on the famous Kazinga Channel, a 32 km long waterway connecting Lake Edward and Lake George, and known for its large populations of hippos, crocodiles, and elephants, combined with an extraordinary variety of tropical bird species.

A game drive in the southern Ishasha sector of the park takes you on an exhilarating search for the famous tree-climbing lions as there are only two places in the world where you can find these. The park’s remarkable wildlife diversity, complemented by an impressive list of 95 species of mammals and over 600 bird species, makes it the ideal location for classic big game safaris and extensive birding tours.

DayQueen Elizabeth National Park

Morning Game Drive, afternoon Boat cruise

Day 8Queen Elizabeth NP –Ishasha Sector

The Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth National Park is rich with wildlife including warthog, waterbuck, bushbuck, leopard, Ugandan kob, elephants, countless bird species, and even the rare giant forest hog.  The Ishasha sector of the park is known for its famous tree-climbing lions sometimes found lying about in the branches of the native fig trees.

Day 9Queen Elizabeth NP to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, North or South ( On this you can also drive to the Buhoma-Nteko walk through the Forest to Bwindi South, and or Mgahinga National Park)

Situated in south-western Uganda on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) covers an area of 321 square kilometers and consists mostly of montane and lowland tropical rain forest dating back to the last ice age. The mist-covered hills and ancient forests of Bwindi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to the world’s largest population of mountain gorillas. Of the 780 gorillas in the world, more than half live in the Bwindi Impenetrable NP and the Mgahinga Gorilla NP in Uganda.

Bwindi is also known as Birder’s paradise, featuring many forest trails and over 350 recorded tropical bird species, of which 14 have no record anywhere else in the country. The park is one of the most ecologically diverse in Africa and home to 120 species of mammals, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, and geckos, many of these are endangered species.

Day 10Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Today, you venture on a lifetime adventure into the tropical forest of Bwindi, past waterfalls and bamboo thickets, in search of the famous mountain gorillas. Other safari activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park continue as per the activities listed as included in this safari itinerary.

Day 11Fly to Entebbe

The drive/ Tour guide will drive to Kisoro /Kihihi airstrip for the internal Flight ti Entebbe International Airport

Day 12Departure

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Safari Features

Services & Safari Activities Included

• Safari Activities in Murchison Falls National Park.
– Game Drives x 2.
– Nile Boat Cruise to the Bottom of the Falls
– Top of Murchison Falls visit

• Safari Activities in Kibale National Park.
– Crater Lakes Hike
– Tour of the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary

• Safari Activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
– Game Drives x 3.
– Boat Cruise Kazinga Channel.

• Safari Activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
– Gorilla Tracking Permit PP.
– Buhoma community Walk
– Nkuringo Walk- Ivy River trail- (Optional)

• Internal Flight from Kisoro/Kihihi to Entebbe International Airport
• Airport Transfers.
• Entrance fees for national parks listed in the itinerary.
• Return transfers with 4×4 safari vehicle.
• English-speaking driver/tour guide.
• Meals as specified in the itinerary and mineral water.
• FB – Full board includes bed, breakfast, (packed) lunch, and dinner.
• HB – Half Board includes bed, breakfast, and dinner.
• BB – Bed & Breakfast includes bed and breakfast only.

Pricing

Safari Price

The price tables listed here are subject to availability at the time of booking and changes without prior notice. The prices stated are PPS – Per Person Sharing in a Double / Twin Room, with the Single Supplement cost listed at the end of each table. Activities and accommodation options of this safari itinerary can be tailored to individual requirements and preferences.

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Accommodation Option

1 night Hotel No.5 – BB

2 nights Twiga Safari Lodge – FB

2 nights Chimpund Safari Lodge – FB

2 nights Buffalo Safari Lodge – FB

1 night Ishasha Wilderness Camp – FB

2 nights Nkuringo Safari Lodge – FB

1 night No.5 – FB

1 night Papyrus – BB

2 nights Pakuba Safari Lodge –FB

2 nights Turaco Tree Tops Lodge –FB

2 nights Elephant Hab Lodge –FB

1 night Ishasha Jungle Lodge – FB

2 nights Haven Lodge –FB

1 night Papyrus – FB

1 night Guinea Fowl – BB

2 nights Hornbill Safari Lodge –FB

2 nights Nsaho –FB

2 nights Bush Lodge –FB

1 night Topi Safari Lodge – FB

2 nights Gorilla Valley Lodge –FB

1 night Guinea Fowl – FB

Price Per Person Sharing (PPS)From US $ 6,540From US $ 4,790From US $ 4,220
2 Pax$6,540$4,790$4,220
3 Pax$6,080$4,350$3,770
4 Pax$5,860$4,130$3,540
5 Pax$5,720$4,000$3,400
6 Pax$5,630$3,910$3,310
Single Supplement$805$520$465
Transport Options4×4 Land Cruiser4×4 Land Cruiser4×4 Land Cruiser

Services & Safari Activities Not Included

  • All international flights,
  • Cost of entry visas, Yellow Fever, and COVID-19 certificates.
  • Travel, baggage, medical, and/or personal insurance.
  • Gratuities and items of a personal nature.
  • Optional Activities not listed as Services & Safari Activities Included.

 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Adventure activities
    – Water Rafting, overnight stay in Rukungiri on your way to Bwindi Impenetrable NP
    – Cycling in Fort Portal
    – Mountain Hiking in Kigezi
    – Cultural Activities
    – Rubalika Farm Activities at Rubalika Farm Lodge
    – Tinker Homesteads
    – Bunyoro Kingdom
    – Coffee Experience
    – Ride for A woman

 

Payment Terms
– Deposit: 30% of the Gorilla and Chimpanzee permit price within 7 days of written tour confirmation.
– Balance: 20% of the rest of the Safari price to be paid 60 days before the start of the trip. Full balance due within 30 days before arrival.
– Reservations within 45 days or less before arrival: Immediate full prepayment due.

Cancellations fees:
– 30 days before the safari date, a 20% cancellation fee
– 30 to 15 days before the safari date, a 50% cancellation fee
– 29 to 01 days before the safari date, a 90% cancellation fee
– No Show 100 % cancellation fee

 

 

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