12-DAY LUXURY UGANDA SAFARI

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Your Safari in brief:

DAY

DESTINATION

ACTIVITY

ACCOMMODATION

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Day 1

Entebbe

Arrival Transfer

Lake Victoria Serena

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Day 2

Murchison Falls NP

Drive + Rhino Tracking

Bakers Lodge

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Day 3

Murchison Falls NP

AM game/PM Nile Cruise

Bakers Lodge

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Day 4

Kibale Forest NP

Drive, Lunch en-route

Primate Lodge Kibale

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Day 5

Kibale Forest NP

AM Chimps/PM Bigodi

Primate Lodge Kibale

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Day 6

Queen Elizabeth NP

Drive/PM Game Drive

Elephant Plains Lodge

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Day 7

Queen Elizabeth NP

Lion tracking/boat cruise

Elephant Plains Lodge

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Day 8

Queen Elizabeth NP

AM/PM Game drive

Ishasha Wilderness

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Day 9

Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Community walk

Buhoma Lodge

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Day 10

Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Gorilla Tracking

Buhoma Lodge

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Day 11

Lake Mburo NP

PM boat trip

Mihingo Lodge

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Day 12

Entebbe

Nature walk + Drive to Entebbe

 

High season months – Jan –Feb- March-June-July-Aug-Sept-October-Dec

Low season months – May – April – November

INCLUSIONS:

  • Airport transfers

  • Ground Transportation in a safari customized 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser, with fuel

  • Accommodation as shown

  • Meals where mentioned as included in the itinerary.

  • All park entrance fees

  • English speaking Guide / driver

  • Mineral water in the vehicle; 2 liters per person daily on safari

  • Medical emergency evacuation cover

EXCLUSIONS:

  • International Airfares

  • Optional activities unless specified as included

  • Gorilla permits and Chimpanzee Permits

  • Excessive baggage charges

  • Entry Visa Fees; fees for International Travel Vaccinations and Inoculations

  • Items of personal nature such us Room service, Beverage, Communication charges (telephone, fax, and internet). Laundry

  • Postage fees

  • Porterage fees

  • Tips and gratuities for Guide/driver. and hotel staff

  • Shopping Charges for Curios and Crafts

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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 – Murchison Falls National Park (350kms/6-7hrs)

Today we will depart for the most beautiful protected area in Uganda: Murchison Falls National Park. En route we will make a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, home to the only wild rhinos in Uganda. The reserve was created to reintroduce rhinos to the country which had been extinct since 1982. Together with a guide you will track the rhinos and observe them in their habitat at a very close and safe distance. Have lunch at the Rhino sanctuary and thereafter we will drive to Murchison Falls National Park and drive for an hour deeper into the National Park to the site of Murchison Falls after which the park is named– one of Uganda most beautiful sights. If time allows, you will be able to visit to Top of the Falls for a first view of the magnificent waterfalls. Check in at Baker’s lodge for dinner and overnight.

Murchison Falls National Park is the largest protected area in Uganda. The waterfall for which the park is named is the most electrifying sight of its type in East Africa. The southern part is mostly covered by dense woodlands and harbors one of the most varied forest faunas in East Africa, and is a premier sight for bird watchers, as well as one of the best- and most affordable – places to track chimpanzees. The northern part is mostly covered by green grasslands with scattered acacia trees, borassus palms and riverine woodlands. . The world’s longest River Nile is thronged with hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. Wildlife includes lions, Leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kob and so much more.

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Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park

After an early breakfast we start the day with a game drive on the northern bank of the Nile, with chances of seeing Rothschild Giraffe, elephants, lions, Jackson Hartebeest, Oribis, Waterbucks, different species of the savannah woodland birds, and if lucky even the elusive leopard to top the Africa’s “The Big 5” amongst a multitude of African plains game. In the afternoon, you will return to Baker’s Lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, enjoy a Nile launch cruise to the bottom of the water falls for game viewing at close quarters, after the launch cruise, get off from the bottom of the falls and hike up to the top of the falls where you will be rewarded with amazing views of the Nile. End your day with a sundowner before dinner and overnight.

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Day 4: Murchison Falls – Kibale Forest National Park (441km /7- 8hrs) or take a scheduled flight/ charter a flight to Kasese and drive for only 2hrs( at an extra cost)

After breakfast, check out and drive south to Fort Portal, with lunch (packed) en-route. Fort portal rests in the shadow of the fabled ‘Mountains of the Moon’ and is famous for her many tea plantations. You will continue into Kibale National Park arriving at Primate Lodge Kibale in time for dinner and overnight.

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Day 5: Kibale National Park

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 6: Kibale – Queen Elizabeth National Park (180km/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 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: Batwa Experience & Afternoon Guided Nature Walk to the Water Falls.

n 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.

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Day 12: 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.