Ajuna Tours and Travel

8 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Tour

Overview
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Itinerary

Overview

The safari includes a visit to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This Park is home to half of the remaining population of mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is the most popular activity where visitors get a chance to see other smaller primates and forest creatures. The safari also includes a visit to Murchison falls national park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Murchison Falls National Park is the largest wildlife conservation in Uganda with the world’s most powerful waterfall. You should expect diverse safari activities and a rich wildlife while visiting Murchison Falls National Park. You also have an opportunity to visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you will learn about what the government and other wildlife conservation organization are doing to protect Uganda’s last remaining Rhinos. Queen Elizabeth is the most visited national park in Uganda and is home to tree climbing lions, crater lakes and other amazing landscape. While on a tour to Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National park, tourists are rewarded with one of the most amazing collection of wild Iife in Africa.

Tour Highlights

What to expect

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Batwa visit
  • Game drives
  • Boat rides
  • Rhino sanctuary
  • Chimpanzee habituation

Brief itinerary
Day 1: Pickup from Kampala or Entebbe – transfer to Bwindi impenetrable National Park
Day 2: Gorilla Tracking – Batwa cultural experience
Day 3: Transfer to the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth-game drive
Day 4: Morning game drive at the Kasenyi Sector – Transfer to Kibale National Park – Visit the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary.
Day 5: Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
Day 6: Transfer to Murchison falls – Visit the top of the falls
Day 7: Morning Game drive – Afternoon Launch cruise
Day 8 Transfer to Kampala – Rhino sanctuary

Included/Excluded

  • Gorilla permits
  • Chimpanzee permits
  • Batwa visit
  • Game drives
  • Boat cruises
  • Ziwa Rhino sanctuary Park
  • Entrance and Ranger fees
  • All activities included in the tour package
  • Tourist van with a professional driver
  • Accommodation for 7 nights and meal
  • International flights and entry visas to Uganda
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratitude to individuals
  • All expenses personal expenses

Tour Plan

Day 01 Pickup from Kampala or Entebbe – transfer to Bwindi impenetrable National Park

The distance is Approximately 473.9km, about 9 hour's journey
Our company driver/guide will pick you up from the pickup point and head towards the south of Uganda to Bwindi national park. There will be several stopovers to enjoy the country’s scenery.
Check in at Bwindi Ride for a woman community guest house budget traveler, Silver Back safari lodge for mid-range lodges and Gorilla Heights lodge for luxury
Meal plan; dinner

Day 02 Gorilla Tracking – Batwa cultural experience

At 7:00am, Briefing for gorilla trekking by a Ranger at the Bwindi National Park head offices begins. All gorilla trackers must be at the park by this time to attend the briefing which is an overview of what to expect during the gorilla trekking. A gorilla safari in Bwindi Forest offers you several gorilla groups to choose from. The Rangers will take into consideration your overall fitness. Gorilla tracking is challenging but you will find the experience awesome once you see the primates. It is always amazing to watch a family of mountain gorillas. You could spend hours just watching the little ones roll around and play. While with the gorillas, it’s important to listen to instructions from your guide and follow the park guidelines for example, you are advised not to make sudden movements while with mountain gorillas. Time with the gorilla family will take about 1 hour after which you will go back to the starting point to meet with the driver to take you back to your hotel for lunch. The afternoon activity will be a visit to the Batwa pygmy cultural community. The Batwa were the original inhabitants of the forest but were relocated by government because they could not live along with the gorillas. This enabled easy gorilla conservation. Expect to be entertained with traditional dancers, songs and stories about their past life during your visit at the Batwa community. After the exciting experience with the Batwa community the driver will transfer you back to your lodge for dinner and overnight at Bwindi Ride for a woman community guest house budget traveler, Silver Back Safari lodge for mid-range lodges and Gorilla heights lodge for luxury
Meal plan; fullboard

Day 03 Transfer to the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth-game drive

Approximately 216kms from Bwindi, about 3 hours’ drive.
Checkout out of the hotel, drive to the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Visiting the Ishasha sector is very rewarding for it is made up of scenic landscape which is not found elsewhere in the park. Ishasha sector is very fascinating tourist destination majorly because of the tree climbing lions and other fascinating wildlife. At Ishasha sector the Guide will take you for your first game drive, this sector is less explored but is home to the largest group of tree climbing lions in the world. The sector has the largest population of the Uganda Kob. The main objective of the game drive is to find the tree climbing lions of Ishasha but with aim to catch sight of many of the mammals in the park. The lions love resting on the large fig trees which are common in the sector. The reasons why lions in Ishasha love climbing trees compared to other lions in other parts of the park, is to avoid bugs/insects in Ishasha that bite them while resting on the ground.
You will be driven back to your hotel for lunch and refreshment before going for an afternoon launch cruise at the Kazinga channel. The channel is characterized with one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in East Africa. The Kazinga Channel is where most of the park animals gather to drink and bath especially during the dry season. During the dry season, it is the most rewarding experience one can ever imagine. Dinner and overnight at the luxury Mweya safari lodge, Queen Elizabeth Bush lodge (Midrange) or Engiri safari lodge for budget Travelers.
Meal plan; lunch and dinner

Day 4 Morning game drive at the Kasenyi Sector – Transfer to Kibale National Park – Visit the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary.

Approximately 78.5kms to Kibale national park, about 1hr 50min drive
You will wake up early and have breakfast at your hotel and head for the second game drive at the Kasenyi sector. This game drive is even more rewarding than the first because of the high concentration of wildlife and striking scenery. The game drive goes all the way up to the shores of lake Edward where you can spot birds like the black bee-eater, broad billed roller and Cassin’s grey flycatcher. The game drive takes 3 hours after which you will be transferred to Kibale National Park following lunch. On arrival at Kibale forest, you will be taken to your hotel for check-in before heading out for a tour of the Bigodi wetland sanctuary. This sanctuary is home to 12 species of primates and is one of the most visited birding sanctuaries in Uganda. Expect to spot over 300 recorded species as well as butterflies. Dinner and overnight will be at crater safari lodge for luxury travelers, Chimpanzee Forest Guest House for budget and mid-range facilities.
Meal plan; Breakfast and lunch

Day 5 Chimpanzee Habituation Experience

Wake up early and take your breakfast as you warm up for the next experience, the Guide will pick you up from your hotel. It is important to come with packed lunch as you will have a very long day out in the forest. Chimpanzee habituation starts earlier than normal chimpanzee trekking with a briefing at the Kanyanchu visitor information center. The plan is to follow a chimpanzee group from the time they wake up until they make their nests later in the evening. During the activity, you will have opportunities to spot many of the smaller primates. If you are interested in birds and butterflies, you will enjoy hiking in the forest. Kibale has a population of about 1500 individual chimps. Kibale National Park is the best place to spot chimpanzees in the world because the chances of seeing them is very high. Unlike chimpanzee trekking which allows only one hour with the chimps, the habituation experience allows you over 4 hours with the primates excluding the time taken tracking them and heading back to the starting point. Dinner and overnight will be at Aramaga safari lodge for luxury travelers, Isunga safari lodge for midrange and Kibale forest camp for Budget
Meal plan; fullboard

Day 6  Transfer to Murchison falls – Visit the top of the falls

Approximately 253kms to Murchison falls and about 4 hrs drive
Wake up at leisure and take breakfast and embark on a journey to the Murchison falls National Park via Fort Portal, Hoima and Masindi. Enjoy the beautiful landscape, Mount Rwenzori and the countryside with several small towns and trading centers. Lunch will be taken along the way. Once you reach the park, the driver will take you straight to visit the top of the falls. Here you will be able to witness the river Nile force its way through a 7-meter gorge before falling 45 meters before continuing with a mighty roar. The area around the falls has incredible natural beauty and is excellent for photography. Dinner and overnight at the Luxury Paraa Safari Lodge, Sambiya river Safari Lodge (midrange) or Heritage safari lodge for Budget travelers.
Meal plan dinner

Day 7 Morning Game drive – Afternoon Launch cruise on the river Nile-transfer back to Kampala

Wake up very early in the morning and have breakfast, start the day’s activities with an early morning game drive at the Nyamsika plateau. The purpose of this game drive is to catch the early morning risers and predators retiring back into their dens after hunting in the night. After the morning game drive, the Driver will take you back to the hotel for refreshment and lunch as you prepare for the boat cruise along the Nile.
2:00 pm, Start the boat ride going upstream up to the bottom of the falls. The starting point has an amazing collection of wildlife. You can see many of the park animals gather to drink and bath along the river Nile. This section of the Nile is gifted with variety of birds for birders. The journey continues upstream and close to what is known as the “Devil’s Cauldron”. This place provides an excellent angle for taking photos of the beautiful falls. Dinner and overnight at Paara Safari Lodge for luxury, Sambiya River Lodge for midrange accommodation or Heritage Safari Lodge for Budget.
Meal plan; fullboard

Transfer to Kampala – Rhino Sanctuary Day 8

Approximately 305km distance
Wake up at leisure have breakfast and later embark on a 5 hours journey to Kampala, take a stopover at the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for an encounter with Uganda’s last remaining rhinos. The sanctuary is home to other wildlife species including birds, antelopes and small primates. Proceed to Kampala and arrive in Kampala late in the afternoon.
Meal plan Breakfast
End of safari

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