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12-Day Uganda Big Game & Primates Safari

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices and Dates: $2075 - $2860
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 12 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited Uganda Uganda
Parks visited Bwindi Impenetrable, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, Lake Mburo
Activity level Very Active - Trekking, mountain biking, kayaking
Safari type:
  • Camping
  • Cultural
  • Boating
This tour was designed in a special way to offer first-time travellers to Africa an exquisite introduction of Uganda's famous tourist attractions. This is a general trip that is ideal for adventure travellers, family groups, students and all those interested in wildlife expedition holidays. Day 1 Entebbe Airport and Entebbe Botanical Gardens - Our driver guide will warmly meet you on arrival at Entebbe International Airport; brief you on the rest of the safari programme, then drive for short distance to your hotel for refreshments. Depending on the time of arrival, early arrivals will give a chance to visit the Entebbe Botanical Gardens (EBG) for a welcome nature walk. Situated on the northern shores of Lake Victoria, virtually on the Equator, EBG covers an area of 40.7ha.The gardens house a collection of species of plants of the tropical, sub-tropical and temperate zones besides several shrubs and other plants which regenerated naturally over the years. The habitat has attracted a diverse array of birds – 206 species (both forest and shorebirds) and monkeys; Black and White Colubus and Vervet Monkeys. We will spend the rest of our afternoon here.

Overnight: Airport Guest House Entebbe The guesthouse is ideal for people arriving late in the evening or departing early in the morning or those who just want to spend a few days relaxing away from the busy Kampala city. We shall be sleeping in en-suite double rooms. The beds have mosquito nets. -

Day 2 Lake Mburo National Park - We will today travel to L. Mburo National Park arriving there in time for lunch; we have short siesta, and later we depart for our first game viewing drive. Lake Mburo National Park is a combination of open water with an extensive marsh and wooded grassland comprising of flooded plains bordered with pockets of tropical lowland forests giving the park an oasis setting that greatly draws wildlife in big numbers. The fresh water body attracts big congregations of hippos, crocodiles and shoreline birds. On the observation deck of our boat, we shall, most likely have a good view of the rare African Finfoot, White-backed Night Heron, etc. The wooded grassland section of the park is endowed with large herds of elephants, buffalo and a large numbers of antelopes like zebra, eland, impala, waterbuck, bushbuck, and many others. The entire Lake Mburo Park is a place of breathtaking and magical beauty; a place where the vision of a deep red sunset silhouetting the thorny acacia scrub along the extensive marshy area, brings the perfect end to a day on safari.

Overnight: Arcadia Cottages The cottages are bar and a majestically set on a hillside in extensive gardens stretching over 14-acre area. They are designed to provide the client with uniquely tranquil and serene atmosphere. They provide amazing vistas, service with a smile, and a warm welcome. All the rooms are en suite. They also provide a fully stocked restaurant whose aim is to tantalize your taste buds. They serve both local and international dishes. -

Day 3 Lake Mburo and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - Still in Lake Mburo NP, we shall wakeup this day and enjoy our sumptuous breakfast, then aboard a boat along the shoreline of the lake till early afternoon. After this activity, we shall drive towards the southwestern part of the country to Bwindi, stopping over in Mbarara town for lunch. Overnight: Buhoma Community Rest Camp The Camp is just at the entrance of the park with good views of the forest. The Bandas have flush toilets with hot showers. Meals are good and are prepared by the members of the community. -

Day 4 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - After breakfast we assemble at the park headquarters for briefing for our day’s activity; gorilla tracking. For those who have done this activity before, it is by far rated as number one wilderness experience in the whole world. The Bwindi forest alone hosts more than half of the total world population of the mountain gorillas; the rest being shared among Rwanda and the DR Congo. We shall be guided by the trackers who are very knowledgeable at finding these apes. There are several other primate species in the forest including the beautiful l’Hoest monkey, blue, black and white colobus, etc. If we are successful early enough, we shall take a walk (optional) around the nearby Buhoma village where we shall have a chance to meet the marginalized Batwa (Pygmies) people, the traditional healer and visit the local brewing site. Overnight: Buhoma community Camp -

Day 5 Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park - Today we shall start early, carry packed lunch for a rather long journey on a rough road to Queen Elizabeth National Park, passing through the Ishasha sector of the park, famed for the tree climbing lions, or depending on the condition of the road then, we may choose to pass via the picturesque Rukungiri district. We shall stopover at some strategic points to stretch legs, have lunch while enjoying wildlife around us. Arrival at our camp will be late this evening. Overnight: Nyanzibiri Eco Camp This is a small eco-camp in a typical Uganda village setting located on a hilltop overlooking the twin crater lakes - some of the most captivating crater lakes in the area. The cottages are ensuite with mosquito nets, hot showers and built-in eco-sun toilets. It’s an ideal place for relaxing after long hours of driving. There is a cave that also supports an underground stream, the cultural museum, vegetable garden and a traditional fishpond. In the evening after your dinner you can gather around a campfire and recap the day’s activities plus listening to each other stories about the whole experience. -

Day 6 Game drive in the morning and afternoon Launch Cruise along the Kazinga Channel - This morning, after our breakfast, we will jump on our open-roof hatched van and follow one of the game viewing trails for our game drive.The park prides itself as being the most diverse national reserve in the entire Africa due to the rich habitats and the associated wildlife. We are likely to meet herds of elephant, buffalo, warthog, Uganda kob, bushbuck, waterbuck and many more. For centuries, Queen Elizabeth National Reserve has stumped her authority as the ‘hotspot’ of wildlife. We shall have lunch at Mweya Penisula, have a short siesta and go for a Launch Cruise along the Kazinga Channel. This is a natural narrow neck of water connecting lakes George and Edward. It is one of the migratory stopovers in the region attracting both resident and Palearctic visitors like spoonbills, waders, gulls and terns and sometimes flamingos. Along the banks of the channel, we are likely to find giant crocodiles basking in the sun alongside other big herds of elephant, buffalo, giant forest hog, and hippos. This activity takes about two hours. Later we return to our camp for dinner and overnight stay. Overnight: Nyanzibiri Eco camp -

Day 7 Travel to Kibale Forest National park - This park is also famous for hosting the highest number primates in Uganda (13 primate species) including Chimps, the Beautiful l’ Hoest Monkey, black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkey etc. Overnight: Nature Lodges – Kibale Forest Camp Accommodation is in comfortable and spacious ensuite tents. Kibale Forest Camp offers this unique classic canvas experience in the form of African safari style tents set in a lush forested surrounding. Complemented by excellent food and service, it forms your perfect base to explore the area. While on your bed, you will hear buzzes of nocturnal birds like the wood owl, small insects and elephants too, somewhere in the forest, laughing out loud. Black and white colobus monkeys too cavort nearby. -

Day 8 Chimpanzee Tracking in the Forest - We assemble in the morning after our breakfast, for briefing as we prepare for chimp tracking. The movement of the chimps depends upon the availability of food and hopefully they won't be too far away! As we tour one of the chimps groups, we shall witness the behavioral characteristics of these living closest cousins to human beings demonstrating a distrustful fleeting look at our sudden interruptive visit into their private world, which is comforted by the chuckling made by the knowledgeable tracker guides. The noisy giant male uses loud vocalizations and drumming on large tree buttresses as a means of communicating with the other members of their group. Overnight: Nature Lodges – Kibale Forest Camp -

Day 9 Travel to Murchison Falls National Park - This is a very long journey that will probably take us the whole day. We will carry packed lunch; arrive at our hotel late this evening for refreshments, dinner and overnight stay. Early arrivals here will give a chance to do an evening game drive in the park. Murchison Falls National Conservation Area is one of the best places in Uganda to relax, and enjoy nature’s beauty. The park was named after the stunning Murchison Falls which were discovered by Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, who was a Scottish geologist who visited the area in the 18th century. The scenery is breath-taking; a sight of the virgin expansive open savannah plains, grassland dotted with standing borassus palm trees, tropical rain forest, traversed by the majestic River Nile. Interesting activities here include a boat ride along the Nile up to the bottom of the falls, a game drive to the delta, and a game drive to the top of the falls. Game viewing in the park is so fascinating with encounters like the lion, Cape buffalo, waterbucks, warthogs, oribi, giraffes, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Patas monkeys etc Overnight: Fort Murchison -

Day 10 Game drive and boat ride on the Nile - The boat ride along the Nile River is very rewarding experience. There are several congregations of buffalo, elephant, hippo and the gigantic Nile crocodiles that throng the banks. Several waterfowls both migratory and resident are abundant here. Overnight: Fort Murchison -

Day 11 Transfer to Kampala - We bid farewell to Uganda at Ndere Center. We will enjoy a mouth-watering farewell dinner at the centre as we are being entertained by Ndere’s versatile artists in the Afro Jazz style. There is quite a variety of soft delicacies to sample. During this time we can exchange pleasantries, reflect on the safari experience - moments that carried us away in laughter, joy & amazement. Back home, with your photographs – a capture of the special moments we have had on this tour to immortalize the experience, your memories should last a lifetime and tell all those who have not known about Uganda! Optional activity here is a stopover on our way to Kampala at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino tracking (not included in the price) Note: Ndere Troupe entertainment is always on the evenings of Sundays, Fridays, Overnight: Hotel Sojovalo - Day 12 Flight back home – End of our Tour -

Just so you know ________________________________________ • This tour can be customized according to the client's preferences • This tour accepts children who are 5 years and older, but please note that children must be at least 15 years old to participate in gorilla- and chimp-tracking. • from USD 2,860 per person sharing, excl. international flight Additional rate information Group of 2 sharing acommodation each pays USD2860 Group 0f 4 sharing accommodation each pays USD2336 Group of 6 sharing accommodation each pays USD2165 Group of 8 sharing accommodation each pays USD2075 Single Room suppliment USD320 Rates include Gorilla tracking permits (each at USD500), chimp tracking permits (USD150 each), all entrance fees to national parks, boat cruises, your vehicle and fuel, knowledgeable driver guide, bottled drinking water, accommodation and meals, and cultural entertainment Rates exclude Flight charges, visa fees, alcoholic and aditional beverages and snacks, laundry services, tips, and any other items of personal nature.

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