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10-Day Uganda Wildlife and Mountain Gorilla Private Safari

Uganda is all about its friendly people and the diversity in landscapes and activities. This trip will show you the best of what Uganda has to offer. Queen Elizabeth National Park features grassland savannah teeming with wildlife and in Lake Mburo N.P. you can make a bush walk or even a horseback safari. All of this is on top of all main highlights like gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking and the boat safaris. And as with all our luxury tours, you will stay in some of Uganda's very best lodges!

per adult from

$11,673

AUD

Duration

10 days

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Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • 10x Breakfast
    • 9x Dinner
    • 10x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 9 nights
    • 1 gorilla permit per person (value: US$700)
    • All activities described in the itinerary
    • Fuel Luxury Safari Landcruiser
    • Prices based on Twin rooms Sharing
    • Entry/Admission - Entebbe Botanic Gardens
    • Entry/Admission - Uganda Equator
    What's excluded :
    • All expenses of personal nature
    • A porter during the gorilla tracking (someone who carries your backpack)
    • International air fares and entry visa to Uganda
    • Personal (medical/travel) insurance
    • Government tax or park fees increase
    • Entry/Admission - Kibale National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Queen Elizabeth National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Lake Mburo National Park

  • Day 1: Karibu ( Welcome to) Uganda! Entebbe Airport

    Stop At: Entebbe Botanic Gardens, Berkely Rd, Entebbe Uganda
    A representative of Hotel No.5 will be present at Entebbe Airport to pick you up from your flight. He will take you to the luxurious Hotel in Entebbe. This lovely colonial-style hotel is spacious and elegant and located only a few minutes from the airport. Depending on your time of arrival, you will meet on arrival or the early next morning a representative of safari retreats Uganda Tours who will brief you about your trip and will give you all the necessary documents and also be treated to a mini-tour of Entebbe Botanical Gardens.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No premium Drinks
    • Dinner: No premium Drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel No.5

    Day 2: Road drive To Fort Portal/ Kibale Forest

    Stop At: Kibale National Park, Kibale National Park, Western Region
    After an early breakfast, you will have some time to change money or go to an ATM before heading to the West of Uganda. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through villages, lush green forests and hills dotted with tea plantations which characterize this part of Uganda. You will stay at a wonderful lodge, just outside the town of Fort Portal, with spacious rooms and amazing views over one of the crater lakes in this area!

    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No Premium Drinks
    • Dinner: No Premium Drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Kyaninga Lodge

    Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park

    Stop At: Kibale National Park, Kibale National Park, Western Region
    Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including our delightful cousins, the chimpanzees. Today, in Uganda, there are approximately 5,000 chimpanzees in the wild, which makes it a perfect place to spot them!
    An experienced forest ranger will take you chimp tracking in the morning or afternoon. En route you might also see other monkey species that live in this forest. Once located, you will spend a full hour with the chimps. Since they are wild animals we can never guarantee that you will see them. You might have to settle with hearing their hoots and hollers. Your swamp-walk (2-3 hours) will take you through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot three to four different primate species during this walk, though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco!

    Duration: 6 hours

    Stop At: Kibale National Park, Uganda
    Optional: Chimpanzee Habituation tracking: You do the chimpanzee habituation tracking instead of the regular chimpanzee tracking. This will take all day and you will be 100% sure to have a very close encounter with your closest relatives. Book this in time because only 6 persons per day are allowed to go. Your swamp walk can be postponed to the next morning.
    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No Premium Drinks
    • Dinner: No Premium Drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Kyaninga Lodge

    Day 4: Road trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Western Region
    In the morning, you can either relax at your lodge, make a crater lake hike or visit a nearby tea plantation, where you will be able to assist the tea pickers and learn about how leaves are selected for the highest quality (All activities of this morning are at your own cost). You will then continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has prolific game, including Gazelle, Uganda Kob, Warthog and Waterbuck. You stay overnight at the beautiful Mweya Safari Lodge, located in the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Mweya peninsula. Watch wildlife from your private veranda and fall asleep to the roaring of lions on the distant savannah. This truly is Africa!
    * You will not stay in the standard rooms, but in the very exclusive and private luxury safari tents.
    Lions are often sighted both in the park and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippo and elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine. In the late afternoon you will go for a game-drive into the park.

    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No Premium Drinks
    • Dinner: No Premium Drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge, Luxury tent

    Day 5: Early Morning Park Game Drive & Afternoon Boat Safari

    Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Western Region
    Today you wake up early. A little before sunrise coffee, tea and doughnuts will be served in the lounge before we head out for a long game drive in time to see the first rays of light. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, and many Warthogs. A well-deserved brunch will be served back at the lodge in the late morning. In the afternoon you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Edward. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see buffalo, crocodile, bathing elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.

    Duration: 6 hours

    Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, 410 kilometers from Kampala, Kasese Uganda
    Optional activity: Lion Tracking:
    For visitors who yearn to get up close to wild African fauna, a research trip is a rewarding adventure. This new and unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of the exotic birds and mammals that fill the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings and behavior. The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology - and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem.
    The experiential tourism activities currently available are Mongoose Tracking, Lion Tracking, Hippo Census, and Bird Counts. The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.
    Experiential tours last between one and three hours. They usually take place in the early morning or evening, or occasionally at night. All activities must be booked through the Visitor Information Centre in Mweya at least 24 hours in advance.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch: No Premium Drinks
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner: No Premium Drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge, luxury tents

    Day 6: Road trip to Ishasha Sector - Tree-climbing lions

    Stop At: Ishasha, Uganda
    This morning you have plenty of time to do one of the optional activities listed on day 5 or simply make another game drive. After lunch you will proceed to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, to an area called Ishasha. The Ishasha area is famous for its tree-climbing lions. To escape from the heat during the day, the lions here have learned how to climb the fig trees. If you are lucky you might spot a few during your game drive, so keep your eyes open and look up! Besides these famous lions, there is other interesting wildlife to be seen, like buffalo and the Uganda kob. After you gamne drive, looking for the tree climbing lions in Ishasha, you will head for Ishasha Wilderness Camp, a very luxurious lodge with wonderful views over the savannah and a river packed with hippos! After a well-deserved lunch at the lodge, you will go on an afternoon game drive. Each of the ten spacious framed canvas rooms, situated in the wooded area besides the river, is comfortably furnished and has its own private en suite bathroom and dressing area providing a hot water 'bush' shower and a flushing eco friendly toilet.

    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No Premium Drinks
    • Dinner: No Premium Drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp

    Day 7: Morning Game drive on the way to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

    Stop At: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Western Region
    After breakfast, you will have a game drive on your way out of the park for a last chance at spotting those tree-climbing lions. Lunch will be provided at the lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; home of the Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Safari Lodge eight bandas overlook the forest canopy, each with a private terrace from which guests can watch birds and monkeys in the tree tops. The main lodge building also maximizes on the beautiful views of the forest canopy, with both open and covered terraces providing optimum viewing platforms facing the forest. Get a good night's sleep because tomorrow you have to be fresh for the Gorilla trekking.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No Premium Drinks
    • Dinner: No Premium Drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Bwindi Lodge

    Day 8: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest

    Stop At: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Western Region
    Today is the big day… prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the endangered mountain gorilla. For most people, this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees - the only forest in Africa which can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. “Face-to-face with a Mountain Gorilla” Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family. The time taken to track the Gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Once the Gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No Premium Drinks
    • Dinner: No Premium Drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Bwindi Lodge

    Day 9: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park

    Stop At: Lake Mburo National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Western Region
    After breakfast, you travel to Lake Mburo National Park, one of Uganda’s smallest parks. But it is certainly not to be underestimated; it is the only Ugandan national park home to zebra, eland and impala, as well as an abundance of other wildlife. The lake itself is teeming with hippos and crocodiles! Upon entering the park, you drive along tracks searching for animals on your way to your accommodation. Mihingo Lodge features ten rooms built on wooden platforms with stilts. From the dining and pool area, you can enjoy the view of a west-ward oriented valley and its stunning sunsets over Lake Mburo N.P.

    Duration: 7 hours

    Stop At: Lake Mburo National Park, Mbarara Uganda
    Optional activity: Night game drive
    A night game drive in Lake Mburo national park is absolutely great! You have chances of seeing Hyena, different nocturnal animals and it’s probably your best chance to spot a leopard. Your night safari is either just before dinner or just after dinner and takes about 2 hours.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No Premium Drinks
    • Dinner: No Premium drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Mihingo Lodge

    Day 10: Bush walk, Equator Picture Moment - Airport Transfer

    Stop At: Uganda Equator, Masaka Road, Kayabwe Uganda
    This morning you will go for a bushwalk. Lake Mburo N.P. is one of two parks in Uganda where bush walks with an experienced ranger are permitted. This opportunity should not be missed. From footprints and animal droppings the ranger will be able to tell you which animal has left it and how long ago. It is exciting to approach wildlife at such close range.

    After brunch at the lodge, you will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport) stopping at the equator for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping.
    Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the programme. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is at 10 pm or later. If you would like us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know

    Duration: 7 hours

    Stop At: Lake Mburo National Park, Mbarara Uganda
    Optional activity: Mountain bike Safari
    It’s very exciting to make a safari by mountain bike. Get active and get close to zebra, gazelle, eland and sometimes even giraffe!
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No Premium drinks
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Private residencesAirports
    • Entebbe Airport, Entebbe Uganda
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Near public transportation
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English - Guide, English - Written

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Safari Retreats Uganda

Activity ID: V-256596P7

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