This tour takes you to the most popular national parks of Uganda including Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Impenetrable and Lake Mburo National as well as Lake Bunyonyi.
Trip Highlights:, the famous mountain gorilla and chimpanzee treks, game drives, boat cruises, birding, and scenery.
Day 1: ENTEBBE - KAMPALA (37 KMS) (DRIVE TIME: APPROX. 45 MIN - 1 HOUR)
Meet and greet at Entebbe International Airport by Crystal Guide who will warmly welcome you and facilitate seamless arrival formalities. After a short transfer to your hotel.
you will be briefed about you safari. Depending on the time of arrival you are advised to have money Changed this day. To get to know Kampala, you can visit some of the landmarks in town with the help of our driver/guide. Overnight at Arccadia suites
Day 2:Kampala- Bwindi National Park
Depart from Kampala at 07:00a.m and drive towards South Western Uganda. Have brief stop at the Uganda Equator for a photographic exercise and admiration of handicraft. During the drive, you will see the green panoramic nature, the long-horned Ankole cattle, the gently sloping hills and the terraced scenery of the region, and fine-looking hills that characterize Kabale District. Have lunch break on the way in Mbarara town. Arrive at the Gorilla Park in the evening. Check in at your lodge.
Take walk around the lodge after lunch; visit the Batwa /Pygmy community to see how they live.Dinner and Overnight at Gorilla Safari Lodge.
Day 3: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
Early morning entry into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest the rainforest is
spectacular, It offers a dramatic, steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal¹s trails allowing access to tourists. Mammals recorded include the endangered Mt Gorilla, rare golden monkey, buffalo, elephant, black-fronted duiker, bushbuck, leopard, giant forest hog and others. This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas. The thrill of spending time and observing the gorillas is a rare moving, awesome and exciting adventure. There is always a ranger guide to interpret the Fauna and the Flora. The gorilla is a shy and peaceful animal and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact the others that are not going Gorilla tracking will have community walk to observe traditional. In the afternoon, relax at the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Overnight at Gorilla Safari Lodge (www.crystallodgesuganda.com). FB.
Day 4:GUIDED COMMUNITY WALK AND BATWA.
After an early morning breakfast,you will take a guided walk in the rainforest, home to several endemic bird species, clouds of butterflies and rare plant life. This walk offers excellent photographic opportunities and the knowledgeable guide will provide a great insight into this globally important habitat.Walk through the local village, and learn about community life and Bwindi Community Hospital that started as a health clinic under a tree and now provides vital medical and educational services to over 60,000 people. Also take a tour of our local tea processing operation at the lodge which enables guests to see the various different methods for tea growing and at the end of the tour taste some of our own grown tea! The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust supports both projects. After lunch,Discover the traditions of the Batwa Pygmies, and learn about the native tribal inhabitants of the forest. The indigenous people of Bwindi forest, though no longer resident in the forest, still practice many of their traditional hunter-gatherer skills.Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Safari Lodge.
Day 5: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST -KIBALE NATIONAL PARK.
After your morning breakfast,you will check out of the Lodge and be transferred to Kibale national park for the most unforgotable experience you will ever have in uganda. Kibale forest has these delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. After lunch go for Bigodi swamp walk where you may see a variety of bird species and other smaller mammals. Overnight at Crater Safari Lodge
Day 6:KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast we visit Kibale Forest National Park in detail through the Chimpanzee tracking, which is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, our closest relative. Kibale 1450 Chimpanzee represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate. Kibale is also a home to the rare I’Hoest’s monkey. Other primates include the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Olive baboon to mention but a few. So you will enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and many others. After lunch we explore the Crater Lake region, which has many crater lakes. Dinner and overnight at Crater Safari Lodge www.crystallodgesuganda.com
Day 7:KIBALE –SEMILIKI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast ,you will go for a Morning Game drive at the reserve searching for different early morning cats and antelopes, this is a breathtaking experience that rewards birders and nature lovers. The drive takes one up to the river Semuliki the only one of its type in East Africa. After lunch, proceed to sempaya hot springs, also a chance to visit the integrated Ntandi pygmy village to see the lifestyles of the Bushmen. You can also participate in a dance with these early inhabitants of the forest, return for dinner and overnight at Crater Safari Lodge.
Day 8: SEMLIKI NP
Depart early after breakfast for the hot springs and crown the day in the pygmy villages located near the Ituri Rainforest. The visit to the villages has proven to be an interesting cultural experience. The guide will have lunch arranged for you to be served as a picnic while you experience the "real Africa". Dinner and overnight at Crater Safrai Lodge accommodation. FB
Day 9:KIBALE NATIONAL PARK-QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK (157) KMS
After your morning breakfast, you will proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range. As you go through the game park you might spot some animals. After lunch enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos. This launch/cruise offers and excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colourful and stupendous, with well over 550 resident species. Overnight at Bush Lodge(Midrange),Mweya Safari Lodge(Luxury),Simba Safari Lodge (Budget)
Day 10: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Queen Elizabeth National Park¹s diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Have an early morning Game drive where you have an opportunity to view the massive Rwenzori as backdrop, which provides excellent opportunities to see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephant, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi and bushbuck. These two game drives and the boat trip (taken prior) are memorable methods of discovering a vast array of Ugandan wildlife. After stretching our legs, we visit the bat cave and hunters cave where we take a close look at the bats, rock python and forest cobras. The same walk will provide a chance of seeing birds, primates, tree species etc. Overnight at Bush Lodge(Midrange),Mweya Safari Lodge(Luxury),Simba Safari Lodge (Budget)
Day 11: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK - LAKE BUNYONYI 110KMS
After an early morning breakfast, you will head out for a couple of hours’ trek. Right in the center of bwindi impenetrable park under their umbrella foundation called the Batwa Development Program, the batwa pygmies have started a fascinating experience called "The Batwa Experience". They will take you through their traditional way of life. Have Lunch enroute and transfer to lake Bunyonyi in Kibale for dinner and overnight. Dinner and Overnight at Bunyonyioverland(Midrange),Birdsnest(Luxury),White Horse Hotel(Budget)
Day 12: FULL DAY IN LAKE BUNYONYI
After breakfast, visit the distinctive Batwa and Abaheesi (black smiths) societies or to the Bukora Cave. Have lunch at the resort and use the afternoon or evening for a boat ride, canoing or go for a cycling tour of the area, going to Orugano Rain Forest which has diverse plants and animals and some community tourism through interaction with the Batwa (pygmies) who inhabit parts of the forest and its surrounding areas. Dinner and overnight stay at Bunyonyi overland(Midrange),Birdsnest(Luxury),White Horse Hotel(Budget)
Day 13: LAKE BUNYONYI - LAKE MBURO NP 167KMS
Early in the morning embark on a 3 hours’ drive to lake Mburo National Park. You will have an evening game drive or a safari walk under the escort of an armed ranger. The Kopjes are particularly interesting and camouflage kilspringers and topis. Due to cattle herding in the area it is amusing to see zebra grazing alongside the long horned Ankole cattle peaceably. You will return to your lodge for lunch and in the afternoon go for either horse riding around the park, or a Nature walk in the Rubanga Forest. This forest offers an excellent habitat for birds therefore a very attractive place for bird watching. Dinner and Overnight at Mburo Safari lodge (Midrange),Mihingo Lodge(luxury),Rwakobo Rock(Budget).
Day 14: LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK.
After an early morning breakfast, you will set off for a cultural tour in the Nshenyi area. This is a cultural tour that rotates around cattle i.e. the keeping, grazing and the benefits. Highlights involve witnessing how milk is extracted from the udders of the cows and treated to become ghee. You also see how the Bahima community set up their homesteads, take a
village walk and if it’s a market day we visit the market. Return to the lodge for lunch before heading out for a boat ride after lunch that gives you the chance to view water animals like; Crocodiles, Hippopotamus and water birds including; Fish Eagles, Pelicans, Black crake, Heron, Cormorant, and the rare shoebill stork. Return to your lodge for a relaxed evening where entertainment by the local community can be arranged dinner and overnight. Dinner and overnight at Mburo Safari Lodge (Midrange),Mihingo Lodge(Luxury),Rwakobo Rock(Budget).
Day 15: LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK – KAMPALA
After breakfast, Leisurely drive back to Kampala, have a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time and take some photos, then another stop over at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers where you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through the generations arriving in the afternoon. Overnight at Urban City Blue Hotel(Midrange),Serena Kampala(Luxury),Cassia Lodge(Budget).
Depending on the departure time, go for a city tour and visit the craft markets before transferring to airport to catch your flight back home.
QUOTATION BASED ON TWO 2 PAX SHARING
TYPE OF SAFARI
$5582 per person
$5650 per person
$6100 per person
All ground transportation in A 4x4 safari vehicle with all fuel
Full time driver/guide with all his associated expenses
Full board accommodation as per above itinerary a part from Kampala, Bed and breakfast only.
Visit of crater falls
Boat cruise where applicable
Game drive where applicable
Chimpanzee permit where applicable
Any other items included in the above itinerary
International Air tickets and airport taxes
Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, telephone calls, etc.
Any other items which are not included in the above itinerary
Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.