8 DAY UGANDA SAFARI

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Your Safari in brief:

DAY

DESTINATION

ACTIVITY

ACCOMMODATION

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Day 1

Kampala

Arrival Transfer

Protea Hotel Entebbe

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Day 2

Kibale NP

Flight to KNP/Nocturnal Walk

Primate Lodge

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Day 3

Kibale NP

AM Chimps/PM Bigodi Swamp walk

Primate Lodge

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Day 4

Queen Elizabeth NP

AM Drive/crater lakes

Mweya Safari Lodge

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Day 5

Queen Elizabeth NP

Lion Tracking/PM Boat Cruise

Mweya Safari Lodge

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Day 6

Bwindi NP

AM Game drive/drive to Bwindi NP

Mahogany Springs

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Day 7

Bwindi NP

Gorilla Trekking

Mahogany Springs

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Day 9

Flight back to Entebbe

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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 Protea Hotel, 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 (at an extra cost).

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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 Kasese 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 Elephant Plains 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: Queen Elizabeth NP – Bwindi NP. Approx. 4 hours /200Km

After breakfast depart Queen Elizabeth National Park through Ishasha and drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home of the endangered mountain 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.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home of the rare but critically endangered Mountain Gorillas (gorilla beringei beringei), lies on the edge of the albertine Rift Valley in south-western Uganda, with a wide altitude range between 1,160m and 2,600m.

The forest itself, dating back to the ice ages, is one of Uganda’s oldest and ecologically most diverse with almost 400 species of plants, 350 species of birds including 23 Albertine Rift endemics as well as 120 mammals species including lots of smaller ones like rodents and bats but also the Gorillas, Baboons, Chimpanzees, Elephants and Antelopes.

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Day 7: 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 8: 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.