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12-Day Uganda Magical Nature Experience

This trip will take you to Uganda's most spectacular highlights: safaris on the savannah, chimpanzees in tropical forest, hippo viewing from the boat and, of course, tracking the rare mountain gorillas. Plus, in Lake Mburo N.P you can take a bush walk or even a horseback safari. You will sleep overnight in the best mid-range accommodations Uganda has to offer.

per adult from

$6,536

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Duration

12 days

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  • What's included :
    • 12x Breakfast
    • 11x Dinner
    • 12x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 11 nights
    • 1 gorilla permit per person (value: US$700)
    • All activities described in the itinerary
    • Chimp permit $200
    • Fueled Safari Landcruiser
    • Prices based on Twin rooms Sharing
    • 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 - Rhino Fund Uganda ( Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary)
    • Entry/Admission - Budongo Forest
    • Entry/Admission - Murchison Falls
    • Entry/Admission - Kibale National Park Tourist Information
    • Entry/Admission - Queen Elizabeth National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Kyambura Game Reserve (Kyambura Gorge)
    • Entry/Admission - Lake Mburo National Park

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

    Stop At: Kampala, Kampala, Central Region
    You will be picked up from the airport by our representative And be transferred to your hotel. You will meet your driver/ guide tomorrow morning when he picks you up from your hotel. You will stay in a nice lodge with beautiful views on Lake Victoria. The hotel has cozy safari style furnished rooms, equipped with satellite TV, fridge bar, telephone, fan, balcony with lake-view and a comfortable bathroom.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No premium Drinks
    • Dinner: No premium Drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Cassia Lodge

    Day 2: Road Trip To Murchison Falls national park

    Stop At: Murchison Falls National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Western Region
    The journey today goes from Kampala - across Uganda – to Murchison Falls National Park.
    Covering an area of over 3,840 km², Murchison Falls National Park is the largest conservation area in Uganda. The park’s name derives from its famous waterfall: the mighty Murchison Falls. The Nile River divides the park into its north and south sections. At the
    spectacular Murchison Falls the world's longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. A game drive in the park allows you to be eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom featuring elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many bird species. Your accommodation for the coming two nights is at Murchison River Lodge. The lodge has been carefully and sensitively built on the edge of the mighty River Nile overlooking pods of hippos and Uganda’s stunning Murchison Falls National Park. There is a swimming pool overlooking the river.

    Duration: 7 hours

    Stop At: Rhino Fund Uganda ( Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary), Gulu Highway Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Nakitoma Uganda
    Optional activity: Rhino Tracking – Possible on day 2
    At the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary you will go – together with an experienced ranger for a safari hike to the rhinos. You will see the rhinos in a very close range!
    Kidepo Valley and Murchison Falls National Parks once had both black and white rhinos; however widespread poaching during the Idi Amin era resulted in the disappearance of these majestic animals from the wild. Founded in 1998, Rhino Fund Uganda works to reintroduce black and white rhinos into Uganda and runs a breeding program, as well as work to educate communities on endangered rhinos.
    Duration: 3 hours

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

    Day 3: Early Morning Game Drive and Afternoon boat cruise

    Stop At: Murchison Falls National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Western Region
    Get ready for an early wake up today! Animals are most active in the early morning hours, the sun is yet so bright and temperatures are cooler. This offers the best time to spot wild animals. After an early breakfast you will go out on a game drive to explore the northern part of the park. Come eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom: Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes, Lions, Leopards, different species of Antelopes and many tropical birds may all be spotted during the game drive. So keep your eyes kin and open.
    Enjoy a boat cruise in the afternoon up the Nile River to Murchison Falls. Carefully watched by Crocodiles, hundreds of Hippos, Buffaloes, Water Birds, Monkeys and all the other thirsty wildlife that the Nile attracts, you will reach the base of the 43-meter high Falls roaring with a thunderous sound. After the boat cruise, you will hike to the top of the falls. From here you have a wonderful view and fantastic panoramic photo opportunities!
    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: Budongo Forest, Northwest of Kampala, Kampala Uganda
    Optional activity: Chimp tracking Budongo forest
    Budongo Forest is located in the southern part of Murchison Falls NP., and has the highest number of wild chimpanzees of Uganda. The habituated groups are located in Kaniyo Padibi, where you can go for chimpanzee tracking. Budongo Forest has an incredible biodiversity that – beside the chimpanzee – includes several other species like the Blue monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, Vervet monkeys and Olive baboons
    Duration: 5 hours

    Stop At: Paraa Masindi, Murchison Falls National Park Uganda
    Optional activity: Hot air balloon safari - Possible on day 3
    Discover Murchison Falls from the air! Sign up for this optional activity and enjoy to a unique experience of flying over Murchison Falls NP in a hot air balloon. You will have the most amazing views over the river Nile, Lake Albert, the great Murchison Falls and of course this is the best way to a bird’s view of animals. You will start early morning, so you will see the sun rise over the park. After your balloon safari you will have a bush breakfast in the park (inclusive).
    Duration: 4 hours

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

    Day 4: Road Drive To Kibale forest National Park.

    Stop At: Kibale National Park, Kibale National Park, Western Region
    Today you will begin your journey to Kibale Forest N.P. The long drive is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda. A packed lunch is included, which you can join on the way. Spend the late afternoon relaxing and enjoy a lovely view of the forest and its wildlife.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No Premium Drinks
    • Dinner: No Premium Drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Kibale Forest Camp

    Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking and swamp walk

    Stop At: Kibale National Park, Kibale National Park, Western Region
    Expect some serious monkey business! Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the chimpanzees. Approximately 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Uganda, which makes it a perfect place to spot them! An experienced ranger will take you chimp tracking in the morning or afternoon; you might also see other monkey species that live here. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour of eye-to-eye contact with them. Since they are wild animals, we can never guarantee you to see them and might have to settle with hearing their hoots and hollers.
    Swamp walking (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, the highlight is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco!
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Kibale National Park Tourist Information, Kibale, Uganda
    Optional: Chimpanzee habituation tracking
    You opt for 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: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch: No Premium Drinks
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner: No Premium Drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Kibale Forest Camp

    Day 6: Road Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Western Region
    Relax at your lodge in the morning as you wait to continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth N.P. 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. Lions are often sighted both in and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for large numbers of Hippos and Elephants, and keep your eyes peeled for a Leopard lazing in the sunshine.
    In the late afternoon, go for a game-drive into the park. Marafiki Safari Lodge is located on a unique location and has been designed and handcrafted using local materials, fitted by artisans from the local community. Overlooking Lake George in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, it offers private safari tents on raised wooden floors and canvas walls that can be rolled up to allow you to sit comfortably watching the Savannah Plains with breath taking views across the Park and the Rwenzori Mountains. Watch wildlife from your verandah and fall asleep to the roaring of Lions at the distant savannah. This truly is Africa!
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No Premium Drinks
    • Dinner: No Premium Drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge – standard cottages

    Day 7: Early Morning Game drive and Afternoon Boat Cruise

    Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Western Region
    Today you wake up early. A little before sunrise coffee, tea and donuts are 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 you will likely come across Elephants, Buffaloes, Lions, Waterbucks, Leopards, Ugandan Kobs, 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 cruise along the Kazinga Channel, which joins Lake George and Lake Albert. Here, you will see many 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 Buffaloes, Crocodiles, bathing Elephants, and a wide range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour. After the boat cruise, you drive back to the lodge through the park.
    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 lions in the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings and behaviour. The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology - and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem. This will as well give you a 95% chance to see the lions! 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.
    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 take 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: 4 hours

    Stop At: Kyambura Game Reserve (Kyambura Gorge), Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda
    Optional activity: Kyambura Gorge:
    Another optional activity in Queen Elisabeth N.P. is to visit the Kyambura Gorge. A hike through the gorge gives you the opportunity to see habituated chimpanzees and other types of primates including red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus, baboons and velvet monkeys. Although the chance of spotting chimpanzees is only 50%, the landscape is among the most impressive in Uganda and is absolutely worth it!
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No Premium Drinks
    • Dinner: No Premium Drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge – standard cottages

    Day 8: Ishasha area and its tree-climbing lions

    Stop At: Ishasha, Uganda
    After a relaxed breakfast, you will proceed to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, to the so-called Ishasha area. Ishahsa is home to the famous tree-climbing lions. While lion cubs around the world frequently climb trees for fun, adults rarely do. The adult lions in Ishasha are an exception to this. It is thought that they sit in the branches to get away from the tsetse flies and to enjoy a cool breeze. If you are lucky you might spot a few during your game drive! Your accommodation for tonight is the Enjojo Lodge, which is surrounded by acacia forest, lush vegetation with palm trees and scattered grasslands. Find birds, monkeys, and other wildlife around your cottage!
    Duration: 2 hours

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

    Day 9: Road trip to Lake Mutanda/Bwindi

    Stop At: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Western Region
    Today you drive to Lake Mutanda in the south-western part of Uganda; close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. You will see a great country-side, bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains. For lunch you will stop at a local restaurant on the road (lunch is not inclusive). Perched on a peninsula in Lake Mutanda in the shadow of the Virunga Mountain Range, Mutanda Lake Resort offers comfortable accommodation combined with the most beautiful views on planet earth. Situated between Kisoro town, Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks the Resort makes a perfect base for gorilla trackers, volcano hikers, bird lovers, as well as for those looking for a secluded place in nature.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No Premium Drinks
    • Dinner: No Premium drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Mutanda Lake Resort

    Day 10: 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 that can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primates, 113 species of mammals, over 200 species of butterflies and 360 species of 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. 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: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No Premium drinks
    • Dinner: No premium drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Lake Mutanda Resort

    Day 11: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park

    Stop At: Lake Mburo National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Western Region
    After breakfast, you will travel to Lake Mburo National Park, one of Uganda’s smallest parks, but certainly not to be underestimated. It is the only Ugandan national park (besides to Kidepo Valley N.P.) which is home to zebras, elands and impalas, as well as to an abundance of other wildlife - not to mention the lake itself, which is teeming with hippos and crocodiles! Last but not least: The Uganda Wildlife Authority recently brought 15 giraffes from Murchison falls to lake Mburo (1st July 2015)! Accommodation for tonight is Rwakobo Rock, a peaceful place with great views just outside the park. The comfortable and spacious cottages are dotted around the hill, all very private and offering great sunset views. At night the sounds of bush come to life and allow your imagination to run wild. There is a swimming pool too!
    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 Rwakobo Rock Lodge

    Day 12: Bush walk, drive to Equator, Entebbe/Kampala

    Stop At: Uganda Equator, Masaka Road, Kayabwe Uganda
    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 program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is at 8 pm or later. If you want us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know.

    Duration: 6 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-256596P9

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