Best of Western Uganda with a 10 day Safari
Day One: Entebbe
Arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met and assisted by a Safari Chapter representative who will then transfer you to Entebbe for overnight at Gately Inn Entebbe (BB) Gately Inn Entebbe (the extension of Gately on Nile Jinja) has been tastefully designed and built with great passion, by the owner herself, keeping only one thing in mind – the customer’s comfort and satisfaction. Gately Inn Entebbe’s reputable theme (covering 18 years of success), is based on casual, rustic, yet elegant ambience, incorporating the use of natural elements with attention to local wood, stone and earth finishes.
Day Two: Kibale Forest National Park.
This morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Kibale Forest National Park by road. Drive is about 5 hours. This park is home to some 13 species of primates including the red colobus, chimpanzee and L’Hoest’s monkeys as well as 70 mammal species.
Overnight at Chimpanzee Forest Guest House (LDB) Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse was formerly a residence of the British district commissioner in the 1950s, during Uganda’s colonial period, and was innovated turned it to a Guest House in 2003, it has been wonderfully cared for and maintained ever since. Guests can relax in a comfortably furnished lounge which features an excellent collection of colonial African literature dating back to the 1800s. It offers accommodation in beautifully furnished self-contained cottages (Bandas) with a panoramic view of kibale Forest National park and the surrounding Tea plantations. We also offer accommodation in a large ancient colonial house, which was formerly a home to the British commissioner in the 1950’s .It is well furnished with two self-contained rooms in a colonial setting with beautiful views of Kibale national park, Tea plantation and the Crater Lake. Enjoy hot showers in western style bathrooms. Or, camp on flat grassy sites away from the house with shade and seclusion.
Day Three: Kibale Forest National Park
After breakfast at the lodge, you will go for Chimpanzee tracking along the network of forest trails. Seeing habituated chimps squabbling and swinging from the trees is an exhilarating experience. Later in the afternoon you will have the opportunity to visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, which is rich in bird species, vegetation, and wildlife. This is also a great opportunity to support local tourism initiatives which benefit social and economic development in the area.
1. Crater Lakes Hike: Formed by ancient volcanic activity, the crater lakes of Uganda are located near Fort Portal, and are a great hiking option. Typical hikes take you through local villages and tea plantations, to the base of several of these incredibly serene and beautiful lakes. With the Rwenzori Mountains in the background, this is by far one of Uganda’s most peaceful and extraordinary sights.
Overnight at Chimpanzee Forest Guest House (LDB)
Day Four: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
This morning you will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park (~3Hrs), through volcanic crater lakes, and on a clear day one can see the famous “Mountains of the Moon”, The Rwenzori Mountains. This park which boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world and also Uganda’s second largest National Park, the 1,978 sq km has everything from open savannah to rain forest. Queen Elizabeth has over 100 mammal species, and an astounding 606 bird species, making it a premier safari destination. Have a game drive while entering the park and later go for another evening game drive and overnight at your lodge.
Overnight at Twin Lakes Safari lodge (LDB)
The lodge is perched on the edge of the escarpment adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Its exclusive position, affords it some of the most spectacular views. It can accommodate up to twenty guests in eight spacious grass-thatched cottages. The cottages have been designed with a feel of the contemporary African culture in mind, a perfect blend of design and comfort with an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and a hot shower and spacious tub. Each cottage has a private shaded veranda with spectacular
views of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kazinga Channel, Lakes George and Edward and the Rwenzori Mountain Ranges.
Day Five: Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Enjoy morning game drive in the Queen Elizabeth National Park whose diverse ecosystems include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, that make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, primates and over 600 species of birds.
Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills and the panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel. Return for Lunch at the lodge.
In the afternoon, you will take a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel, 32 Kms long followed by a game drive. This water system has the highest concentration of Hippos in the world and you will get quite close to them. See also crocodiles, buffalos and other game that drink from the channel, also marvel at the abundant ornitho-life that is supported here.
Overnight at Twin Lakes Safari lodge (LDB)
Day Six: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Today you will continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for two nights passing via Ishasha in search of the tree climbing lions. Bwindi is a home to over half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. Interacting with these gentle giants is one of the most moving experiences that Africa has to offer and should not be missed! The ancient
rainforest of Bwindi spans 321 sq km and boasts 90 mammal species, including a range of primates, as well as 23 Albertine Rift endemic bird species, including the African Green Broadbill, the Bar Tailed Trogon and many others. Relax in the evening and get ready for the following day’s gorilla tracking. Overnight at either.
Overnight at Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge (LDB)
Ichumbi derived from the local Rufumbira dialect means ‘ a cool, comfortable home ‘. The lodging facility that is just 10 minutes’ walk to Rushaga gate of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, has a spectacular view of the park right from your room! It is designed to provide you with high end comfort and relaxation to be able to enjoy your Gorilla tracking experience, go birding watching and enjoy forest life surrounded by impressive landscape.
Day Seven: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Today after an energizing breakfast, you will embark on your gorilla trek. Before 8 am report to the ranger station for registration and briefing by one of the rangers; the guides will then lead you through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas.
The trek can take anywhere from half an hour to 7 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking boots. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas – sadly enough there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left.
You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to the base station.
Overnight at Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge (LDB)
If time permits, there are additional activities, unique to Bwindi, which you can engage in for the afternoon. These include the Batwa community trail, community visits or waterfall hike
Day 8: Lake Bunyonyi
After your breakfast, you will start off your journey to Lake Bunyonyi found in Kabale which is the second deepest lake in Africa and a great place for birders. You will be welcomed by the sweet sounds of the birds, the word Bunyonyi means small birds in the local language. Upon arrival, you will go for a canoe trip on the lake where you will be able to see various birds, communities, landforms such as the islands (around 29 islands are in the lake). Later in the afternoon, you may choose to either relax at the lodge or go for a nature walk through the Batwa and Abaheesi communities.
Overnight at Arcadia Cottages – Bunyonyi (LDB)
Day Nine: Lake Mburo National Park.
The adventure continues as you spend one night at Lake Mburo National Park. The 371 sq km park is an extension of the Tanzanian Plains and has distinctly different fauna compared to other Ugandan parks. It is the best place in the country to see Eland Antelope, Zebra, Topi, Impala, and Acacia. The five lakes within the park attract hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of water birds, while fringing swamps hide black and yellow papyrus gonalek. Arriving in the park for lunch you can rest before exploring the park on game drive for the rest of the afternoon.
1. Horseback Riding Safaris: What better way to explore the park than on horseback! Horseback riding safaris are available for various times and are suitable for all levels of riders including the non-experienced.
2. Boat Safari: Take a cruise along Lake Mburo which is home to dense populations of hippos and crocodiles.
Overnight at Rwakobo Rock (LDB) Rwakobo Rock is a peaceful and secluded retreat where you can breathe in the essence of wild Uganda. The 8 comfortable and spacious cottages are dotted around the hill, all very private and offering great sunset views. The main dining area overlooks an expanse of rock that adjoins the park. Set in the pristine Ankole ranchlands surrounding Lake Mburo National Park; whether you want to sit back, sip on an ice-cold drink in a hammock or head out into Lake Mburo National Park for a day of exciting exploration, there is something for everyone here.
Day Ten: Transfer to Entebbe.
This morning you will have breakfast and then proceed to Entebbe having lunch enroute. You will stop at the Equator-where you will be able to stand in both hemispheres simultaneously arriving in Entebbe in the afternoon and later catch your evening flight back home.
· All ground transportation and fuel and transfers as per itinerary
· All meals as specified in this itinerary
· Accommodation as noted in this itinerary
· Water and snacks in the vehicle
· Activities as indicated in the itinerary
· All game drives in a 4 wheel drive vehicle
· Ranger guide fees
· Park & conservation fees
. Chimp tracking permit fees
. Bigodi Swamp Walk
. Boat rides
· All applicable taxes, administration and banking fees.
· Gorilla permits per person as specified in the itinerary. Gorilla viewing is subject to availability of permits, which are limited. Any gorilla permits required should be purchased when booking. There is a minimum age limit for gorilla tracking which is strictly 15 years. Gorilla permit prices are subject to change without warning. Visibly sick persons are not allowed to trek due to high transmission between humans and Gorillas.
· Domestic Charter or scheduled flights can be arranged on request. Baggage restriction of 12kgs is applicable on all flights in small, soft-sided bags.
• International flights
• All airport departure taxes
• All passport and visa fees (USD50 per person for entry into Uganda)
• All meals not specified in this itinerary
• Drinks, Specialty wines, spirits and champagne throughout this itinerary
• Items of a personal nature: fax, telephone, etc.
• Laundry in Entebbe/Kampala and most lodges
• Gratuities for Guide/driver / hotel staff
• Any extras and additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
• Travel/medical insurance
• Trip cancellation, travel delay or baggage insurance.
• Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our control.
• All statutory increases beyond our control.
• PLEASE NOTE THAT GORILLA PERMIT AVAILABILITY CANNOT BE GUARANTEED UNTIL WE RECEIVE A DEPOSIT OF US$600 PER PERMIT AND ACTUALLY BOOK AND PAY FOR THE PERMITS. THE PROGRAMME OR EVEN DATES OF TRAVEL MAY HAVE TO BE ALTERED IF AFFECTED BY GORILLA PERMIT OR LODGE AVAILABILITY.
Cost indicated above is per person on a 2 persons trip.
PS: You have the option travel as 1 pax or as a group of up to – 2 pax – 4 pax – 6 pax.
A cancellation on gorilla permits will incur a 100% cancellation fee.
We reserve the right to amend the stated itinerary in response to unexpected changes in local conditions, availability of services, as well as the right to substitute hotels of comparable status where deemed necessary and will inform the client of the changes.
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
1 month before travel date, there will be a full payment refund minus bank charges.
2 weeks before travel date, 50% charges will be made.
Less than 2 weeks to travel date, 100% charges will be made.
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