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12-Day Gorillas, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari (Camping & Lodging)

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Duration

12 days, 11 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

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Overview

Take the 12-Day Pearl of Africa –Uganda; Trekking Gorillas, Chimpanzee and Wildlife Safari – a Big 5 Wildlife plus Primates Safari. Search for the elusive Shoebill Stork, visit Africa’s Red tapped Rhinos, Murchison Falls Park – Uganda’s Best All-Around Wildlife Park, Kibale Forest Park for Chimps, Queen Elizabeth Park with its dominant Kazinga Channel, Game & Tree Climbing Lions, Bwindi Gorilla Trek, the stunning stillness of Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mburo Park – All the one Uganda Safari.

  • DEPARTURE: This tour departs from Kampala
  • COUNTRY(‘S): Uganda
  • DESTINATIONS: Murchison Falls National Park
  • TOUR CODE: 3A-UGN-MUR-WLD
  • RETURN: Back to Kampala in the Afternoon
  • PASSENGERS: Minimum 1 Traveler and a Maximum of 14 Travelers per group
  • STYLE: Lodging
  • MEALS: FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
  • VEHICLE: 2-3: Double Cab 4×4/

Trip Facts

Accommodation Destination Duration
Forest Cottages Kampala Kampala 1 Night
Fort Murchison Lodge Murchison Falls National Park 1 Night
Red Chilli Rest Camp Murchison Falls National Park 1 Night
Isunga Lodge Kibale Forest National Park 2 Nights
The Bush Lodge (Queen Elizabeth National Park) Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park 2 Nights
Bakiga Lodge Bwindi Impenetrable Forest 2 Nights
Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort Kabale Lake Bunyonyi 1 Night
Eagle`s Nest Lake Mburo National Park 1 Night
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Itinerary

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Day 1: Kampala Airport to Kampala Accommodation (50.7 km)
Day 1: Kampala Airport to Kampala Accommodation (50.7 km)

Accommodation: Forest Cottages Kampala, Kampala / Similar

Guest will be picked up at their accommodation or Airport and drive to From Kampala and drive to Mabamba swamp to search for the most sought-after bird in Africa, the ancient looking Shoebill Stork along with many other birds in the Swamp. Guest You then access the swamp in local fishing boat / Canoe with a local guide.

Pack a nice lunch, take some bottled water take along a good pair of Binoculars, hat, sun protection, insect repellent, light rain jacket, long-sleeved shirt, and long trousers – all in your backpack. Mabamba Swamp is also habitat for countless of water – birds away from the Shoebill Stork such as Swamp flycatcher, African purple swamp hen, African water rail, Pallid Harrier, Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged Warbler and the Blue Swallow Common moorhen, lesser jacana, African jacana et

Meals: Dinner

Included Activity: Canoe with local guide

Overnight: Forest Cottages Kampala

Forest Cottages a brilliantly designed luxury hotel with cottages nestled within a peaceful African forest setting. Situated on Naguru Hill in the Bukoto area of Kampala, Uganda, with lavish hotel room accommodations that have been carefully landscaped to complement the huge, shady indigenous trees that surround the area.

Guests can enjoy the comforts of modern conveniences like internet, telephone, television and locally made furniture. Selectively planted smaller trees, bushes, shrubs and flowers make Forest Cottages an inspiring destination for nature lovers and eco-tourists alike.

Day 2: Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park 287 km
Day 2: Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park 287 km

Accommodation: Fort Murchison Lodge, Murchison Falls National Park / Similar

Guest will have early breakfast and drive to Murchison Falls National Park from Kampala or Entebbe at 7.30am and head northward in the direction of Murchison Falls National Park as we begin. Our first stop is at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Here we track Rhinos on foot – a unique and one of a kind experience with competent guides who will give you background and insight about the Rhinos and the restoration of Rhinos in Uganda then guest will continue their journey to Murchison Falls National Park and will have lunch at the Red Chili Camp then crossing the Nile by Ferry. for our first wildlife game drive on which we look forward to spotting, Lions, Giraffes, Elephants, Leopards, Buffaloes, Birds, various antelopes plus more. Then We check into either better-budget – moderately priced lodge depending on your budget – Full Board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Other drinks not included)

Included Activity: Rhino Drive and Game

Overnight: Fort Murchison Lodge

Set on the eastern banks of the slow flowing Albert Nile, lies Fort Murchison Lodge. Built on the perfect spot and inspired by the historical background, the lodge is unlike any other in Uganda. The massive tower, earth coloured walls, and touch of Swahili style, will impress guests from their arrival to their departure. The lodge offers a variety of accommodations to suit all budgets, from beautiful guest rooms to comfortable thatched tents. Guests to the accommodation can enjoy a variety of activities including game drives, boat cruises to the delta, fishing, chimp trekking, birdwatching, and hiking and nature walks.

Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park
Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park

Accommodation: Red Chilli Rest Camp, Murchison Falls National Park / Similar

Guest will wake up early at 6.00am and go on a Morning game drive for a chance to view the magnificent daybreak from across the open savannah, birds and dotted woodland as well as reverine vegetation along the Nile. Guest will see animals like lions, buffalo, elephant, giraffes, antelope and a lot more. Guest will be back around 10-11am, to have breakfast. Guest will relax around the lodge until lunch hour and go for the boat launch to the bottom of the powerful Murchison Falls. This 3-hour boat cruise climaxes at the edge of the rift valley escarpment at which point you will get off the boat and trek to the top of the falls (wear sports shoes while on the boat for ease of trekking to the top). Having worked up a sweat, once at the top, get bathed in the misty spray that the Nile creates as it forces itself into the 7-metre cleft to create the famous Murchison Falls. Guest will Your go back to the lodge for dinner.

Meals: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Included Activity: Game Drive and Boat Cruise

Overnight: Red Chilli Rest Camp

We offer the only low to mid budget accommodation in the park, in furnished safari tents and bandas (small individual houses) with public or private bathrooms, as well as the only camping facilities with modern showers, toilets, cooking area and security lighting.

We are not a posh lodge with three course meals and all the trimmings but we do provide an authentic safari experience…and at a really great price!

A range of accommodation options from DIY camping to superior family bandas with en suite facilities

Day 4: Kampala to Kibale Forest National Park (308.0 km)
Day 4: Kampala to Kibale Forest National Park (308.0 km)

Accommodation: Isunga Lodge, Kibale Forest National Park / Similar

Guest will have a nice breakfast early in the morning and drive to Kibale Forest, along the way guest will have Lunch along the road. Kibale Forest National Park is in southern Uganda, Kibale Forest National Park is said to be home to the highest density of primates in Africa. Although the highlight of the park is the habituated chimpanzees, the treetops are alive with all manner of monkey including red-tailed monkey, L’Hoest’s monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, red colobus and black and white colobus monkeys are all spotted here. We check in and have dinner and rest for the night after a long day of travel. Recommended for the experience (Chimps’ Nest Tree House in the jungle).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Other drinks not included)

Day 5: Kibale Forest National Park
Day 5: Kibale Forest National Park

Accommodation: Isunga Lodge, Kibale Forest National Park / Similar

Guest will wake up early at 6.00am guest will drive to Kanyankyu River camp for a pre – tracking briefing then go for the most popular activity in this park – Chimpanzee Tracking. Chimps are man’s closet cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate’s species. There are several other primate species you will encounter. Best to take a light daypack, one liter of water, your camera equipment and a good set of binoculars, wear some jeans or long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, light hiking boots, a hat. Tracking is normally about 3½ hours in length and a most memorable time for you. You do have the choice here to either track chimpanzees or to participate in all day chimpanzee habituation experience where you are with researchers and others who are in the process of habituating the chimpanzees. Both chimpanzee habituation and chimpanzee tracking must be well planned ahead of time. Return for lunch at your lodge.

Meals: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Included Activity: Trackng

Overnight: Isunga Lodge

The lodge sits on an elevated position, with magnificent views of the rainforest, the majestic peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains and all the way to Queen Elizabeth and Lake George. Around 50 volcanic crater lakes can be also found in the surrounding area, making this the ideal base for sightseeing and activities such as chimpanzee and other primate watching, birdwatching, hiking and mountain biking. We are approximately 20 minutes drive from the chimpanzee tracking start point at Kanyanchu. Six peaceful, secluded cottages are dotted over the hillside, and guests can enjoy wandering around through the large grounds that have returned to a wilder, more natural state with abundant bird life around. Perfect for nature-lovers.

Day 6: Kibale to Queen Elizabeth National Park (109.0 km)
Day 6: Kibale to Queen Elizabeth National Park (109.0 km)

Accommodation: The Bush Lodge (Queen Elizabeth National Park), Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park / Similar

Guest will grab breakfast and depart to Queen Elizabeth Park where we check into the lodge. The Bush lodge location is overlooking the famous Kazinga Channel. The natural channel connecting Lake Edward and Lake George. Lunch at the lodge, rest and late afternoon game drive across the candelabra euphoria tree studded savannah. Nothing to be hurried, if you see something the driver will stop at your beckon. Queen Elizabeth National Park is bordered by the snow-capped 16,000ft Rwenzori Mountains in the north – the “Mountains of the moon” The 767-square-mile conservation area is bordered on the North East by Lake George and on the South West by Lake Edward; its western border connects to the DRC Parc Du Virunga. Look out for teeming herds of impala-like Uganda Kob, as well as topi, elephant and lion, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo. There are also several soda lakes filling ancient volcanic calderas where flamingos reside seasonally. Return to the lodge for dinner and night rest.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner (Other drinks not included)

Included Activity: Game Drive

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation: The Bush Lodge (Queen Elizabeth National Park), Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park / Similar

Guest will wake up early at 6.00am after your morning breakfast, you will begin your day with a game drive in the morning where you are likely to see early risers, predators, bush bucks, hyenas, elephants, bush pigs, Lions, buffaloes, climbing lions and jackals. After the drive, you will return to the Lodge/Hotel for lunch and relaxation. In the afternoon, you will go for 3 hrs thrilling launch trip along the Kazinga channel where you are likely to see hundreds of hippos, buffalos, while elephants linger on the shoreline and spot over 60 bird species during the trip. You will return to the Lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay.

Meals: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Included Activity: Game Drive and Boat Cruise

Overnight: The Bush Lodge (Queen Elizabeth National Park)

The Bush Lodge (Queen Elizabeth National Park) forms an excellent base for safari activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The lodge is located just off the main road of Kasese near the small town of Katunguru.

The accommodations consist of 10 non-self-contained tents, 2 self-contained tents, and 12 self-contained bandas. The non-self-contained tents are furnished with comfortable beds, a power outlet, a private terrace, and a communal ablution block. The bandas are spaciously placed between the indigenous bush and are equipped with huge mosquito-netted windows and an eco-toilet. Each of these units provides a private terrace with an outdoor shower.

A large dining tent is offered as the on-site restaurant. Guests can enjoy numerous activities in the surroundings including wildlife research tours, game drives, and chimpanzee trekking.

Day 8: Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi National Park (149.0 km)
Day 8: Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi National Park (149.0 km)

Accommodation: Bakiga Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest / Similar

Guest will have breakfast drive to the unvisited portion of Queen Elizabeth Park called Ishasha – it is a 2½ hr drive. We take a game drive and our focus is the tree climbing lions of Ishasha. This is best I East Africa to watch the lions sleep the day way up in the fig trees. Ishasha is the best place for tree – climbing lions in East Africa. Not only will we see tree-climbing lions but leopards, elephant herds, buffalo herds, Topi antelopes along with other species and often you will not find many other vehicles in this area of QEP

Lunch at Savannah Resort and then we take 2½ hrdrive to Ruhija area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This plan is very situational as it entirely relies on the weather season of the time you are visiting. There is much difficult accessing this part of the park during rain seasons and it’s advisable not to take chances. It doesn’t matter what kind of 4×4 vehicle you are using. – Therefore, this game drive is optional and not included at the time of costing this safari.

Meals: Dinner

Optional Activity: Game Drive

Day 9: Bwindi National Park

Accommodation: Bakiga Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest / Similar

Guest will be picked up at the airport and drive to Emin Pasha Hotel, Kampala which is an hour drive. Kampala is 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. Upon arrival guest can do a City Tour: Depending on your time of your arrival.

Guest can eat Out for lunch and Dinner: Kampala is a town full of culinary wonders. Stray out from your hotel to taste some of the eclectic cuisine of the region including Kampala’s delicious Indian food.

Meals: Dinner

Optional Activity: City Tour

Overnight: Bakiga Lodge

Bakiga Lodge is situated in Ruhija, Bwindi, a one and a half hour drive north of Kabale town and just 1km from the Gorilla tracking meeting point. With stunning views across the valley onto Bwindi forest, Bakiga Lodge is an ideal location to base your Gorilla trekking or bird viewing tour, while at the same time supporting community development. The Lodge offers accommodation of 2 twin tents and 2 family Cabins, all self-contained with en suite bathrooms. Facilities at Bakiga Lodge include onsite parking, a restaurant and a bar.

Day 10: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Lake Bunyonyi (83.6 km)

Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort Kabale, Lake Bunyonyi / Similar

Guest will wake up early Breakfast and proceed to the pre-briefing point. Enjoy the highlight of your trip – Gorilla trekking, which may last from 3 to 8 hours. We trek through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a Uganda Wildlife Authority guide and other trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. Gorillas move to a new location daily and never stay in the same place, twice. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within 5 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for not more than one hour while gazing into their big round eyes. A party of not more than 8 will be allowed to visit a gorilla family each day. Children under 15 are not permitted. Chances are 99% for you to see the gorillas.

After the trek you just might want to relax, a cold drink and reflect on your adventure today in the ancient forest of Bwindi.

Meals: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Included Activity: trekking

Overnight: Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort Kabale

Welcome to Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort-Kabale!

Set high on the saddle of a tree-clad ridge above the banks of lake Bunyonyi, commanding panoramic views of the Island and across the lake.

The resort has been styled to offer a showcase of cultural performance, heritage and traditional art. Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort offers just 10 cottages, each of which stands on its own, each with a spectacular view of the forest, lake Bunyonyi and the surrounding community – here you can enjoy the sounds of the surrounding jungle, the floating waters and the relaxing atmosphere.

The resort also offers the exclusive Bunyonyi Suite and Bunyonyi Deluxe, which offers facilities, private balcony, wooden floor, big windows and a perfect craftwork of woven bamboo.

Day 11: Lake Bunyonyi to Lake Mburo National Park (272.2 km)

Accommodation: Eagle`s Nest, Lake Mburo National Park / Similar

Guest will wake up early Breakfast and Breakfast, and head to Lake Mburo Park that is nearby and another beautiful Park. Check out the lovely Kigezi highlands, the scenery is simply soothing to the eye in the evergreen state of Africa. You can stay at one of the classy up-market tented camps that are eco-friendly and simply one of the nicest places you have ever stayed at or the budget. – Arrive and check in at Eagles Nest Lodge.

After lunch go for the afternoon Boat Safari on Lake Mburo where you will see several other lakes such as Kazuma, Lake Bwa. Gaze at the huge hippos, crocodiles and buffaloes as they drink water. There are attractive birds to check out like Abyssinian ground hornbill, the crested crane (Uganda’s national emblem), saddle bill storks among others. You can do an optional guided nature walk. Return to the lodge for dinner and a quiet overnight during the African Savannah.

Meals: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Included Activity: Boat Safari

Overnight: Eagle`s Nest

Accommodation with a view! Located on a high hill bordering Lake Mburo National Park, this tented camp has not only one of the best views in Uganda, it is also the ultimate African canvas experience. Every safari tent has its own veranda, overlooking the park. The bathrooms are real bush-experiences: we fill the shower upon your request and the toilet is a new eco-friendly invention. For dinner we prepare a woodfire and use the big African potjies. The real Africa feeling!

Day 12: Lake Mburo National Park to Kampala Airport (228.3 km)

This is the last day of tour. Guest will have Breakfast and a morning Game Drive through the savannah. Check out

Meals: Breakfast

Included Activity: Morning Game Drive

Included/Excluded

  • Qualified professional driver guide
  • Vehicle / fuel
  • Park entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Passenger liability 15%
  • VAT 2% tourism levy
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for the Client
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks at lodges and on road
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Tips for tour guides
  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Items not mentioned in the itinerary
  • All Drinks

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