10-DAY LUXURY UGANDA SAFARI

10 DAYS - 9 NIGHTS
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Your Safari in brief:

DAY

DESTINATION

ACTIVITY

ACCOMMODATION

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Day 1

Kampala

Arrival Transfer

Lake Victoria Serena

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Day 2

Kibale NP

Flight to KNP/Nocturnal Walk

Primate Lodge Kibale

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Day 3

Kibale NP

AM Chimps/PM Bigodi Swamp walk

Primate Lodge Kibale

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Day 4

Queen Elizabeth NP

AM Drive/crater lakes

Elephant Plains Lodge

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Day 5

Queen Elizabeth NP

Lion Tracking/PM Boat Cruise

Elephant Plains Lodge

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Day 6

Queen Elizabeth NP

AM Game Drive/PM Game drive

Ishasha Wilderness Camp

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Day 6

Bwindi NP

AM Game drive/drive to Bwindi NP

Gorilla Forest Camp

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Day 7

Bwindi NP

Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla Forest Camp

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Day 8

Bwindi NP

Batwa experience/Waterfall

Gorilla Forest Camp

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Day 9

Flight back to Entebbe and international flight back home

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Day 1: Arrival – Entebbe (10mins drive)

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by a Great Lakes Safaris’ representative and transferred to your hotel, check in at Lake Victoria Serena, your home for this night. Lunch is on own account.
In the afternoon, depending on your flight, visit to the botanical gardens and later enjoy a sunset cruise to the Equator with drinks and snacks included.

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Day 2: Entebbe – Kibale Forest National Park (flight time 1:15mins)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a scheduled flight departing at 07:00am or 12:30pm to Kihihi Airstrip, Approx. 1:15mins flight on arrival you will be met by a Great lakes Safaris guide and transferred 1:30mins to Primate lodge, check in for lunch and relaxation. Later enjoy a nocturnal guided forest walk to see the creatures of the night such as Bush babies, potto and the nocturnal birds. Overnight accommodation at Primate Lodge located in the heart of the Kibale forest.

Kibale Forest National Park is an extensive Biodiversity National Park in South Uganda and also known as the “Primate Paradise” has one of the greatest variety and concentration of primates in Africa including our famous cousins the Chimpanzee, Red Colobus Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, L’Hoest’s, Black-and- White Colobus and the Olive Baboons. There is also a wide array of unique birds, forest elephants (smaller and hairier than the more familiar savannah elephant) and much more.

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Day 3: Kibale Forest NP

Today the forest opens its doors for a sensational chimpanzee tracking experience.
Following the pre-tracking briefing, you will walk or drive to the trailhead for the start of an unforgettable adventure – hiking in the footsteps of the habituated family of chimpanzees. En-route, your guide will enthral you with stories and facts about the forest and her other inhabitants including other species of primates and birds and other big mammals.

Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will spend an unforgettable one hour with them as they go about their daily life – feeding, playing, grooming, taking care of their young, howling and screeching, in their natural habitat.

Return back to the lodge for lunch then in the afternoon enjoy a guided nature walk through the Bigodi wetland.

Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates. The path and board walk maybe flooded and muddy after heavy rainfall and gumboots are recommended. The walk is about 4km in length taking 3-4 hours at birding pace with local community guides. All proceeds from eco- tourism go back to into the community, a conservation project well worth supporting.

Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

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Day 4: Kibale – Queen Elizabeth National Park (185km/3hrs)

After an early breakfast, we will check out visiting and enjoy sight-seeing around the scenic crater lakes that surrounds the dense forest of Kibale National Park. Afterwards, you will proceed south alongside the majestic Rwenzori ‘Mountains of the Moon’ to Queen Elizabeth National park. You will arrive at your lodge in time for dinner and overnight.

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Day 5: Lion Tracking & Boat Cruise

In the morning become a researcher for a day, as you learn to use telemetry to find the different lion prides who roam the savannah of Queen Elizabeth. We can honestly state there is no better way to find and photograph lions in all of Uganda. The lion is one of the most sought-after safari species, and one of the most impressive to observe. Living in prides of around 15 individuals, lions adhere to strict social structures. Groups consist of related females and their cubs, who are often born around the same time and raised communally. During the drive, the guides and researchers will discuss human-animal conflict in communities around the park, veterinary issues within the park, and lion family dynamics as part of a very in-depth game drive. You will come face to face with the King of the Jungle and you will have stories for a life time.

In the afternoon we take on a scenic boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a 33km long natural and pre-historic canal that joins Lakes Edward and Lake George. Formed by tectonic activity millions of years ago during the formation of the rift valleys, the canal, 2 to 3kms at its widest, is now the most dominant feature of Queen Elizabeth National Park and one her key tourist attractions.
On a scheduled boat ride over a 12km stretch from Mweya to the bird sanctuary (2hrs), guests are almost always guaranteed excellent wildlife sightings including large schools of hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles, wallowing buffaloes on its reedy banks, elephants, multitudes of birds including many endemics as well as numerous other plains game that come to drink at its water’s edge all day long.

Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

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Day 6: Game drive in Ishasha Sector, PM game drive with sundowner

After your Exquisite breakfast, you will depart the northern part of QENP and drive to the southern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of the tree climbing lions, with a game drive through the Ishasha side in search of the tree climbing lions It is a beautiful route with the Rwenzori Mountains on your right side and the green valley on the left this is one of the most amazing scenic views you will experience, getting there in time for lunch and some rest. Later on you will enjoy another game drive in search of the tree climbing lions, returning back in time for a beautiful sundowner at the lodge as you watch the sun go down.

Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

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Day 7: AM Game drive, Drive to Bwindi National Park – Evening village walk. (100km/2hrs drive)

You will wake to a game drive in the wilderness while enjoying the sunrise that the wild has to offer, after your drive you will be amused to a bush breakfast set out in the heart of the park. After this check out and head further south to Bwindi National Park, home of the gorillas.

Upon arrival check in and enjoy lunch. after some time to rest you will then embark on an evening village walk meeting the locals and engaging in the community
Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

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Day 8: Gorilla Tracking (3 to 8hrs)

Arise early today and prepare for an amazing adventure; an unforgettable encounter with the gentle giants of Bwindi! Following breakfast, transfer to the park offices where participants are divided into groups of 8 and allocated a gorilla family as well as a tracking guide.

Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, water proof hiking boots and a light rain coat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grabbing onto the vegetation while most hotels/lodges provide a walking stick that come in very handy especially when hiking downhill. A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.
After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide (touches on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions), you drive to the trailhead for the start of your thrilling adventure – participants can expect to walk long distances in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of fitness. Granted, the time taken can be quite unpredictable taking anything from 2 to 8hrs or longer however the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback will more than compensate for the effort in their quest.

Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling by the juveniles – it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience!
NB: Coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla must truly be the most genuinely breathtaking wildlife experience on earth!
Afterwards, you hike back to base where your Driver will be waiting to transfer you to the lodge for a deserved shower and lunch or dinner depending on the time taken on the trek.

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Day 9: Batwa Experience & Afternoon Guided Nature Walk to the Water Falls.

In the morning you will be taken to visit the Batwa – enjoy the walk in the forest as you prepare to meet the Batwa who have a lot in stock for you.

As the original dwellers of this ancient jungle, the Batwa were known as “The Keepers of the Forest.” The history of these small-statured people is long and rich. The Batwa survived by hunting small game using arrows or nets and gathering plants and fruit in the rain forest. They lived in huts constructed of leaves and branches, moving frequently in search of fresh supplies of food. The Batwa lived in harmony with the forest and its creatures, including the mountain gorillas, for millennia. Some anthropologists estimate that pygmy tribes such as the Batwa have existed in the equatorial forests of Africa for 60,000 years or more.

After this amazing experience with the Batwa – you will embark on a guided nature walk to the waterfalls which are situated inside the park, en route you will be guided with tales about the community, culture and people around, receiving waves from the locals and enjoying the beautiful canopy views.

Later return for dinner and overnight

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Day 10: Departure

Today you will be transferred to the Kihihi Airstrip (about 1 hour from the lodge) for your departure flight out of Impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head back to Entebbe with the morning or afternoon flight. At Entebbe International Airport connect to your international flight.