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10 days Gorilla Adventure and Wildlife Safari

Gorilla safaris are on most people's bucket list, how do you turn your childhood dream to the ultimate Adventure; travel with the Adventure Specialists.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices and Dates: $6000 - $15650
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 10 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited Uganda Uganda
Parks visited Bwindi Impenetrable, Mgahinga, Kidepo Valley
Activity level Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Cultural
  • Birding
  • Boating
This amazing adventure takes us to Bwindi ‘The Impenetrable Forest’ in Uganda’s mountainous far south-western tip where you will have the opportunity to track Mountain Gorillas. This action filled excursion will take you also to Mgahinga National Park where you will trek up Mount Sabinyo 3,645m one of the region’s inactive volcanoes. You will have the opportunity to get up close to another endangered species, the Golden Monkey in its natural habitat of bamboo forest. Local tribesmen will pilot dug-out canoes as we traverse Lake Mutanda. Add on – Kidepo Valley National Park Kidepo Valley N.P. was rated 3rd best National Park in Afrika by CNN

DAY 1:  ARRIVAL ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

On your arrival we will meet you at Entebbe International Airport and will transfer you to  your accommodation for tonight.

Overnight  Lake Heights Entebbe (B&B)

DAY 2:   ENTEBBE – BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

Transfer at 6: am to Entebbe International Airport for scheduled flight to Kisoro in southern Uganda. During the short flight you will be able to see Uganda´s diversity from high up. We will pick you up from the airstrip and drive you up to Nkuringo. A short distance that can take up to 2 hours.

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is set 2160 metres above sea level and offers stunning views looking north over the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, south to the volcanoes of the Virunga and west into the rift valley and the DR Congo.

After lunch we will take you for a community walk with one of our guides from the camp; he will basically introduce you to his family.

Overnight at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (FB)

Up-grade accommodation for the Luxury Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge (FB)

DAY 3: GORILLA TREKKING

After breakfast proceed to the Nkuringo visitor’s reception 300m from Nkuringo Gorilla Camp. The guides do a good job to describe the surroundings and the lifestyle of the animals. After this tour, in the evening you can relax around a campfire, take walks or retire to the lodge.

On completion of the gorilla tracking you will return to Nkuringo Gorilla Camp to freshen up, a bowl of hot potato soup will be waiting for you as you reflect back and browse your pictures of the gorilla tracking activity earlier in the day. Time permitting with one of the Nkuringo Walking Safaris guide team you can explore the village of Nkuringo to engage in some cultural interaction to visit the 'Top of the World' view point where on a clear day the Rwenzori Mountains can be seen some 170km distant.

Overnight at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (FB)

Up-grade accommodation for the Luxury Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge (FB)

DAY 4:  FOREST NATURE WALK - BWINDI FOREST  

You have the opportunity to undertake a full day trekking, accompanied by our local guides through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest one of the most diverse habitats on earth and home to 120 species of mammals, 200 varieties of tree and more than 50 reptiles. 

08.00am with your guide commence the Nkuringo Walking Safari activity into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park as part of the Kashasha River and Ivy River trails. This is a full day walk where there would be opportunity to visit the Munyaga River falls in the forest. The emphasis of this activity is for your walking guide to share his knowledge of the forest that you come into contact with and not simply an A to B. The walking distance would be about 15km

You will rendezvous with your vehicle in the village of Nteko on the DR Congo border to be transported 10km back to Nkuringo Gorilla Camp 

 Overnight at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (FB)

Up-grade accommodation for the Luxury Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge (FB)

DAY 5:  COMMUNITY WALK AND CANOE EXCURSION ON LAKE MUTANDA  

Depart Nkuringo after breakfast with your Nkuringo Walking Safari guide to commence walk to Lake Mutanda having been dropped by your safari vehicle at Rubuguri Junction. Here a 9km walk to the north shore of the lake is conducted where the dugout canoe team will rendezvous at the Rwajenje landing site with you to complete a traverse of the lake over 2 and 1/2 hours to the southern shore. From the southern shore it is a 90 minute walk into Kisoro town. 

Then we will drive past Kisoro to Mount Gahinga National Park.

Overnight at Volcanoes Mgahinga Lodge  

DAY 6:  GOLDEN MONKEY TRACKING  

Mount Gahinga National Park is with 33 km² the smallest national park but its flora and fauna and the three volcanoes offer a wide range of activities. You will report Ntebeko gate to conduct the Golden Monkey tracking activity. Golden Monkeys a unique species which can only be found on the volcanoes of the Virunga and in Nungwe forest in Rwanda. The tracking and viewing activity is generally conducted over a 4 to 5 hour window. 

Optional activity – Mt Sabinyo Volcano Climb

Tracking Approx 8 hours

After breakfast proceed to Mgahinga National Park headquarters for briefing to the start a Volcano climb of Mount Sabinyo. Mt. Sabinyo, at 3,669m, takes about eight hours to cover the 14km round trip, following a steep ridge up to the peak this trek will be conducted in the company of your Nkuringo Walking Safari guide.

Mount Sabinyo, known locally as ‘Old Man’s Teeth’ because of its serrated rim, an extinct volcano and at 3645 meters it is one of the region’s highest peaks.

Overnight at Volcanoes Mgahinga Lodge  

DAY 7:  TRANSFER TO KISORO AIRSTRIP – ENTEBBE. (2.5 HOURS` FLIGHT.)

We will drive back to Kisoro for your flight back to Entebbe.

Approximate arrival time 11.30hrs.  Arrival at Entebbe International Airport to wait at the Airport for connecting flight to KidepoThe flight takes approximately two and half-hours to Kidepo. You are picked from the airstrip and dropped to Apoka lodge, check in, relax and have lunch. After lunch, take an evening game drive through Kidepo Valley National park. 

Overnight at  Apoka Lodge (FB)

Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the rugged, semi-arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, some 700km from Kampala. Gazetted as a national park in 1962, it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species. Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses. From Apoka, in the heart of the park, a savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges. During the dry season, the only permanent water in the park is found in wetlands and remnant pools in the broad Narus Valley near Apoka. These seasonal oases, combined with the open, savannah terrain, make the Narus Valley the park’s prime game viewing location.

Apoka Lodge is the only lodge located in the middle of Kidepo Valley National Park, surrounded by expansive grassy plains and abundant wildlife. Ten expansive rooms are built of wood, thatch and canvas and have an uninterrupted view of the Narus River Valley, which can be enjoyed from your private veranda or outdoor stone bathtub. Each room has an inside sitting room, big hand-hewn beds and en suite bathroom with a large tropical shower. More relaxation can be found at the main lodge with dining room and lounge or at the swimming pool.

DAY 8:  FULL DAY IN KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Early morning breakfast, we set off for a 2-3 hours morning game drive to Kidepo Valley National Park in search for lions, cheetahs and leopards.  Return to the lodge for late breakfast, Enjoy mid-morning at the open swimming pool with sighting of wildlife from the lodge. The lodge offers nice viewing platform for wildlife and often at night you will hear the lions roar and the hyena cries. We relax at Apoka Lodge, lunch and we arrange for an evening fully parked Game drive.

Overnight at either Luxury option: - Apoka Lodge (FB)

DAY 9: FULL DAY IN KIDEPO VALLEY PARK – CULTURAL VISIT 

Kidepo is wildlife bonaza you can either conduct morning nature walk accompanied by ranger escort or another game drive. In the afternoon visit the nearby Karamojong village. The Karamojongs are cousins to the Masai in Kenya and they were mostly nomadic pastoralists however they have been recently introduced to farming, learn more about their culture and enjoy in their cultural dance.

Overnight at either Luxury option: - Apoka Lodge (FB)

DAY 10: FLIGHT TO ENTEBBE AND DEPARTURE

 

Morning Game drive and return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. You will be transferred to the Airstrip to proceed to Entebbe. Our driver to transfer you to Lake Heights Entebbe  for day room – use.

Transfer to Entebbe International Airport for evening flight.

 

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