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6-Day WHISPERS OF THE WIND-GORILLA SAFARI

This is the fast but fun way to spend time in the pearl of Africa with a photo opportunity at the Equator. Explore the stunning wildlife of Lake Mburo National Park in addition the superb boat cruise amidst various bird species, don't forget to witness the animals at the salt licks enjoying the nature flavour. Proceed to Bwindi & visit the rare mountain gorillas together with the Batwa people, spiced up with the unique Kigali City Tour prior to your departure. Tour highlights; • Game drives • Boat cruise • Cultural encounter • Bird watching • Scenic road trips • Photos moment at the Equator • Gorilla tracking • Horseback rides & walking safari • Kigali city tour

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $4361 - $5648
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 6 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Uganda Uganda
Parks visited: Bwindi Impenetrable, Lake Mburo
Activity level: Active - Hiking, horse riding
Safari type:
  • Cultural
  • Birding
Included • Meals on full board • Daily mineral water on safari • Accommodation • Transportation in a 4X4 land cruiser (Window seat guaranteed) • AMREF health evacuation cover • All park entry fees • Gorilla permits & game drives • All ground transfers up to the airport • Services of an English – speaking tour guide • Fuel for the round trip Excluded • Other meals and snacks • En Route-lunches • Medical / travel insurance • All drinks alcoholic & non-alcoholic • Personal expenses & optional activities • Tips & gratuities

TOUR PRICE PER PERSON SHARING (Permits Included)

Day 1:      Fairway Hotel & Spa, Kampala      

ARRIVAL & TRANSFER TO THE HOTEL IN KAMPALA

Journey time: 45mins - 1 Hr

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be received by a member of our team who will transfer you to your hotel in Kampala. Arrive at the hotel & stay at leisure while enjoying the cool breeze of Lake Victoria.

Kampala

Bordering the magnificent Lake Victoria, Uganda’s capital city - Kampala - sprawl out over a series of undulating hills and despite the development, this ‘Garden City’ is known for its tree-lined avenues. This bustling city serves as the commercial hub of the country boasting a blend of African markets, modern skyscrapers, international hotels, bars, and casinos. It provides an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area. Visitors can look forward to learning about the country’s rich and colourful history at the Uganda Museum; enjoying a number of activities on Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake; and visiting the Namugongo Martyrs Shrines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the nearby Mburo National Park to catch a glimpse of local wildlife including: hippo, zebra, gazelles, crocodiles, warthog, and variety of birdlife.

Overnight: Fairway Hotel & Spa    

A modern boutique hotel set in the heart of Kampala, Fairway Hotel & Spa is conveniently located close to numerous entertainment and dining venues and is a walking distance away from the biggest shopping malls in the city. Accommodation options include Standard, Standard Triple and Executive rooms, each fitted with an LCD TV, Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge, a coffee-maker, and a kettle. Hotel facilities include two restaurants, a sports club and bar, a fitness centre and a swimming pool. Guests can explore a variety of must-visit venues namely the Kampala Golf Course, the National Theatre, and the National Museum.

Alternate: Speke Resort Munyonyo        

Set on the shores of Lake Victoria, just 30 minutes from Kampala City, Speke Resort Munyonyo offers 5-star accommodation in 335 rooms, suites, cottages, apartments, and studios with modern furnishings and all the amenities required to ensure a comfortable stay.

Dining options at the resort include a fine-dining restaurant on the lobby level of the hotel, an alfresco restaurant with fabulous garden and lake views, a buffet-style multi-cuisine restaurant, and a laid-back grill by the lakeside. The Viking Bar offers a great space to relax and socialise and offers a wide range of drinks, hot beverages, and snacks. Other amenities at the hotel include an Olympic-size swimming pool, equestrian centre, gym, and sports facilities.

Basis

  • Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 2:      Rwakobo Rock, Lake Mburo National Park   

ROAD TRIP TO LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK   

Journey time: 4 - 5 Hrs

Early in the morning after breakfast you will be picked from your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala so as to start off your journey to Lake Mburo National Park. Take a stopover at the Equator for a photo moment and some demonstrations by a specialized tour guide.

Lake Mburo National Park is conveniently located close to the Kampala Mbarara highway, with a gem of wildlife in the middle of extensive rich acacia woodland. The park is home to 332 bird species including the rare African fin foot, shoebill, papyrus gonolek, yellow warbler, saddle billed stork, brown chested wattle, plover among others.

Upon arrival you will have your lunch at your lodge, and in the evening you will have a game drive. After the drive you will be back to your lodge for relaxation.

Lake Mburo National Park

Situated in the south-western region of Uganda, Lake Mburo National Park is an easily accessible, compact little gem. Renowned for its impressive biodiversity, Lake Mburo National Park shelters almost seventy mammal species and over 300 avian species in its forests, swamps and grasslands. This spectacular landscape features open plains of savannah interrupted by rocky ridges, forested gorges and lush dense woodland. Crocodiles, hippos and a myriad of water birds are found in and around the five lakes, of which Lake Mburo is the largest. Other commonly spotted wildlife include: impala, oribi, eland, zebra, buffalo, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hyena, hippo and reedbuck.

Overnight: Rwakobo Rock    

Rwakobo Rock is a peaceful and secluded retreat where guests can breathe in the essence of wild Uganda. The 8 comfortable and spacious cottages are dotted around the hill, and are all very private and offering great sunset views as well as comfortable amenities. The main dining area overlooks an expanse of rock that adjoins the park. Set in the pristine Ankole ranch lands surrounding Lake Mburo National Park, the property serves as an ideal base on which to explore the area. Rwakobo offers a variety of both easy and challenging walks offering the chance to get close to nature. Rwakobo also offers mountain biking and caters for night drives, while the park can be discovered by vehicle, foot or boat.

Alternate: Mantana Tented Camp

Perched on a hill-top overlooking Lake Mburo, Mantana Tented Camp is a charming and simple camp, ideal for guests wanting to explore both the Lake Mburo National Park and Bwindi National Park. All 10 guest tents, as well as the restaurant and bar area, are set on raised wooden platforms that provide stunning views of the lake. Each tent features a comfortable bed and en suite bathroom.

Basis

  • Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
  • Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks Included

 

Day 3:      Rwakobo Rock, Lake Mburo National Park   

THE MBURO WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE & BOAT CRUISE

Early in the morning after breakfast, you will go for a game drive in the woodland acacia. Expect a variety of flora and fauna comprised of Zebras, Roth’s child giraffe, Elephants, Elands, Wart Hogs, Topi, Kob and by chance some Leopards.

Spot some rare bird species mainly water and swamp birds like; Papyrus gonolek, Yellow Warbler, Saddle-billed Stork, Cisticola, White-winged Warbler and many more. Proceed to the Salt licks and get onto the viewing platform where you will be able to watch animals licking salt to supplement their diet.

After your game drive you will return to your lodge and enjoy your lunch. Later on, go for an afternoon boat cruise.

During your boat cruise, watch more animals together with water birds as many come down the lake during afternoon hours for water & cooling off. Here you will spot the African fin foot, king fishers, fish eagle among others including reptiles like crocodiles and some snakes.

After your cruise you will have an opportunity to engage in some optional activities like horseback rides and walking safari through the park where you will view more wildlife, including elands, zebras, buffaloes and more grazers.

Basis

  • Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
  • Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks Included

 

Day 4:      Mahogany Springs Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest        

SCENIC TRIP TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

Journey time: 5 - 6 Hrs

Early in the morning after breakfast check out of your lodge, enjoy your scenic drive through the rolling hills of Ntungamo and Kabale to Bwindi. Upon arrival you will check into your lodge and spend the rest of the day at leisure or explore optional activities.

Optional excursions/activities include;

  • Village walks
  • Story telling by the bonfire   
  • Cultural dance
  • Batwa cultural experience    
  • Birding    

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Located in south-western Uganda, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is said to be Africa’s oldest rainforest. It is world-renowned for its excellent gorilla-sighting opportunities. The rugged landscape features dense jungle, cascading waterfalls, sparkling mountain streams, deep valleys and steep ridges. This untouched forest has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its breathtaking natural beauty and unique ecological significance. Aside from the amazing gorilla interactions, there are other draw cards such as a network of forest walks, over 340 species of bird to spot and a variety of butterflies. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the spectacular Virunga Volcanoes.

Buhoma Community Village Walk

This walk provides guests with an opportunity to support the local community whilst enjoying visiting various interesting places as you follow a walking trail through the village. Highlights include the traditional healer, banana brewery and Mukono Primary school where you may interact with the children.

Overnight: Mahogany Springs Lodge      

Mahogany Springs is situated in one of the most intimate, secluded, beautiful and most importantly natural settings in the world and only around 2 minutes away from the Gorilla tracking starting point.

All the rooms at Mahogany Springs are high end suites. All Suites can be twin, double or triple.  There is 24/7 power in all the rooms. All rooms have large en-suite bathrooms with a gorgeously designed open terracotta shower.

All 12 luxurious suites have their own private terrace with magnificent panoramic views over the grounds, river and surrounding areas.

The main dining area is exquisitely furnished and with panoramic views beyond the lodge’s own gardens you will enjoy dining in a tranquil and unrivalled setting. The service provided is as much an art form as the food therefore; the staffs are trained to very high standards. Within the main building there is a stunning bar where guests can sit all day and night trying one of the many cocktails or simply a bottle of fine wine. Most of the produce used at Mahogany Springs is grown on site to provide guests with the freshest ingredients.

Alternate: Trackers Safari Lodge   

Trackers Safari Lodge is located in the pearl of Africa, 435 kilometers from Entebbe International Airport (8-hour drive) and 60 kilometers from Kihihi Airstrip, your holiday features the great scenery and tranquillity of the awesome Bwindi forest which is well known for gorillas. Trackers Safari Lodge features a variety of room types in various configurations. Facilities at the lodge include onsite dining, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath and a spa.

Basis

  • Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
  • All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included

 

Day 5:      Mahogany Springs Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest        

Day Itinerary

GORILLA TRACKING DAY | CULTURAL ENCOUNTER

Early in the morning after breakfast, take part in the days main activity; Gorilla tracking comprised of over 346 bird species, 400 plant species, 202 butterfly species, 163 tree species and the most astonishing scenic views.

Gorilla tracking is a captivating and unforgettable experience which gives you a chance visit one of the 9 habituated gorilla families; but tracking can be challenging and one needs to be reasonably fit before venturing into the activity.

Briefing starts at 08:00 am with the main activity starting exactly 08:30 am lasting for an hour or more depending on where the gorillas were left previously. 

Later on after tracking, you will return to the lodge and have your lunch at leisure.

 

Basis

  • Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
  • All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included

 

Day 6:      End of Itinerary     

BWINDI TO KIGALI, CITY TOUR & DEPARTURE

Journey time: 5 - 6 Hrs

After your breakfast, check out and leave Bwindi taking the most scenic route to Kigali. Upon arrival, you will have a city tour of Kigali, with visits to Kigali genocide memorial site. The site provided an opportunity to offer a place in which the bereaved could bury their families and friends, and over 250,000 victims are now buried at the site.

This site also includes three permanent exhibitions, the largest of which documents the genocide in 1994. There is also a children's memorial, and an exhibition on the history of genocidal violence around the world; the Education Centre, Memorial Gardens and National Documentation Centre of the Genocide all contribute to a meaningful tribute to those who perished, and form a powerful educational tool for the next generation.  After the tour, you will have some rest and then, be transferred to the airport so as to check in for your next home departure flight.

Kigali City Tour

Get to know this beautiful and amazing city. The Go Kigali City Tour is the best way to see and experience Kigali! Stops include: a trip to the top of Mt. Kigali for views of the city and the countryside, a milk bar, a neighbourhood market, a mural walk, a great Rwandan lunch, the best coffee around, a ride on a water taxi, a neighbourhood walk and ends at the Kigali Genocide Memorial.

Kigali Genocide Memorial & Museum

Located just outside of Kigali City Centre in the Gasabo district, Kigali Genocide Memorial & Museum was created by a joint partnership of the Kigali City Council and the UK-based Aegis Trust. The centre is an extremely moving, challenging, educational and ultimately inspiring as well as a great place to understand the cause, tragedy and successful rebuilding post-genocide.

The memorial hosts a tour which is transparent and educational but very sombre and humbling when guests realise that over 250,000 deceased are buried on the site of the memorial.

Basis

  • Bed and Breakfast

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Fairway Hotel & Spa Kampala
  • → Speke Resort Munyonyo alternate
  • Rwakobo Rock Lake Mburo National Park
  • → Mantana Tented Camp alternate
  • Mahogany Springs Lodge
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • → Trackers Safari Lodge alternate

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