13 day Uganda wildlife Safari with Gorillas and Tree climbing Lions

13 day Uganda Wildlife Safari with Gorillas and Tree climbing Lions

Overview

13-day Uganda Wildlife Safari with Gorillas and Tree climbing Lions gives you an opportunity to spot the ‘’Big five’’ in Murchison falls with the roaring rapids of the falls, Chimpanzee tracking, Queen Elizabeth National Park game drives with Kazinga boat cruise. The ultimate gorilla experience in Bwindi, Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation and canoe ride, and finally the nature walk in Lake Mburo National park.

Day 1. Arrival and hotel transfer

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be received by a driver/guide from Pamoja Tours and Travel who will welcome you to Uganda and then transfer you to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Optional activity at extra cost:

Kampala city

Accommodation: Via via Guest house

Meal plan: dinner only

Day 2. Transfer to Murchison Falls national park

After breakfast, your driver-guide will be ready at the waiting point ready to drive you to Murchison Falls. On your way to the park, you will have a stopover at Ziwa rhino sanctuary for rhino tracking and lunch, and thereafter proceed with the journey to the park and check into your lodge for relaxation, dinner, and overnight stay.

13 day Uganda wildlife Safari with Gorillas and Tree climbing Lions

 

Accommodation: Pakuba safari lodge

Meal plan: full board

Optional activity at extra cost:

Hot air balloon safari

Day 3. Game drive and boat cruise

After breakfast, depart for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park where you will have the opportunity of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants among others. For any birder, this area supports the secretary bird and black chested snake eagle to name a few. Return to your lodge for lunch and after go for a boat cruise to the base of Murchison Falls where you will spot lots of animals including Hippos Crocodiles and several water birds. Continue with a hike (if you like) to the top of the falls. The hike may be a strenuous one but the thrill of reaching the top is unforgettable then come back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

murchison Falls national park

 

Day 4. Transfer to Kibale forest national park

After breakfast, you will transfer to Kibale national park for chimpanzee tracking the next day.

The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through villages, lush green countryside, and hills dotted with tea plantations that characterize this part of Uganda. Kibale NP is popular for its primates like the chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, and red-tailed monkeys. On your chimpanzee trails, these are regularly seen swinging in the forest trees and others feeding on the wild fruits. Upon arrival, you will check-in and relax as you wait for dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Isunga lodge

Meal plan: full board

Day 5. Chimpanzee tracking

After breakfast, you will be driven to kanyachu park headquarters for the briefing, and thereafter you will enter the forest for tracking.

13 day Uganda wildlife Safari with Gorillas and Tree climbing Lions

 

 

No other animal reminds us so much of ourselves as the chimpanzee. Besides many common features and mannerisms, chimpanzees also share 98% of our human DNA, making them our closest living relatives. It is not so surprising then that we find the habits and biology of these primates so fascinating to study.

Thereafter you will come back to your lodge for lunch and in the late afternoon, you will go for a Bigodi swamp walk and here you will get a chance to watch lots of bird species and monkeys.

Accommodation: Isunga lodge

Meal plan: full board

Optional activity at extra cost:

Chimpanzee habituation

Day 6. Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

After a relaxed breakfast, you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth expecting a clear view of the Rwenzori Mountains during your journey upon arrival, you will have your lunch served at the lodge, and after you may opt to visit Lake Katwe or relax as you wait for dinner and overnight stay.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most visited game reserve and arguably the most scenic. The national park protects the vast savannah plains, bushland, wetlands, and forests that lie at the base of the Rwenzori mountain range. Kazinga Channel, which flows through the park and connects Lake George in the east to Lake Edward in the west, attracts a rich array of birds and animals, including the infamous Nile crocodile and one of the world’s largest concentrations of hippos. On your first game drive, you will explore the park along with a 200-kilometer network of well-maintained game viewing tracks.

Accommodation: Bush lodge

Meal plan: full board

Day 7. Game drive and boat cruise

Safari breakfasts are traditionally served before the day breaks so that you can start your morning game drive as the sun comes up. Sunrise is the best time for wildlife spotting as animals tend to be the most active during the “golden hours” when the first rays of sunshine come to rest on the savannah. Elephants, buffalo, and several species of antelope are some of the characters you may come across today, and if you’re lucky, you may even spot a lion or leopard or both of them.

Later in the day when the sun is high in the sky and the animals make their way to the river for a drink, we will head to Kazinga Channel for an exciting boat cruise. You will spot more hippos today than you can possibly imagine. Herds of elephants and buffaloes will also wander down to the shoreline to bathe in the cooling waters. A boat cruise is a fantastic way to get close to wildlife and for many visitors and the highlight of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Accommodation: Bush lodge

Meal plan: full board

Day 8. Experiential lion tracking

Have breakfast; go for an early morning lion tracking experience. The activity is only open in the northern sector (Kasenyi plains) of Queen Elizabeth National Park and it’s breathtaking for Wildlife enthusiasts who take part in this rare opportunity while in Queen. However, the groups (to go tracking) are limited in order to reduce stress on these lions and increase the quality of the experience for visitors. You will also have the opportunity to encounter other wildlife while on the lion tracking experience. Return to your accommodation for lunch and in the evening you may opt to visit Lake Katwe for a salt mining experience.

Experiential lion tracking

 

Accommodation: Bush lodge

Meal plan: full board

Day 9. Transfer to Ishasha sector for the tree-climbing lions

Have breakfast then set off for a breathtaking game viewing experience in the Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth National Park – famously known for its resident tree-climbing lions. The chance of spotting these lions is about 70% though sometimes they are really hard to spot. Hoping you get the chance to spot them, the sight will be spectacular! You will also be able to see other wildlife such as the Uganda kob, Cape buffalos, elephants, and warthogs in addition to the tree-climbing lions. Thereafter, head to the accommodation for relaxation, meals, and overnight stay

Accommodation: Topi lodge

Meal plan: full board

Day 10. Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

After breakfast, then transfer to Bwindi national park. Upon arrival, you will relax as you wait for dinner and overnight stay.

Bwindi forest has an incredible diversity of flora and fauna and is the only forest in Africa which can make claim to host both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. In fact, half the worlds’ population of gorillas live here divided over nine habituated family groups. Also 5 other primate species, 120 species of mammal, over 220 butterflies and 360 bird’s species call Bwindi home. This is the place to see the critically endangered mountain gorillas up close for your very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’

Accommodation: Gorilla mist camp

Meal plan: full board

Day 11. Gorilla tracking and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Encountering the rare and endangered Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is an experience of a lifetime.

Half of the world’s populations of gorillas live under the mist-covered canopies of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforest. In the company of an experienced park ranger, you will be tracking the whereabouts of one of the habituated family groups who reside here.

silver back gorilla

 

Your tracking experience will be an exciting, yet challenging, journey along forested (often muddy and slippery) slopes, tangled vines, thick vegetation, and bamboo forests before you reach the territory of these gentle giants. En route, your ranger will point out telltale signs of previous gorilla activity like dung, nests, and chewed bamboo shoots. Depending on the location of the gorillas on any given day the walk can take anything from 2 to 7 hours. Once the family of gorillas has been located, settle into your surroundings and enjoy the 1 hour you have to quietly observe these fascinating primates whose habits and mannerisms remind us so much of our own. After tracking you will transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation as you wait for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Bunyonyi rock resort

Meal plan: full board

Day 12. Morning canoe ride and transfer to Lake Mburo national park

After breakfast, you will go for a canoe ride to view the island that makes up Lake Bunyonyi which is commonly known as the little Switzerland of Africa. Thereafter, you will drive to Lake Mburo National park with an en-route lunch. Upon arrival, you will relax as you wait for dinner and overnight stay.

Lake Mburo

 

Accommodation: Eagles nest camp

Meal plan: full board

Day 13. Natures walk and transfer to Kampala/Entebbe for the drop-off

After breakfast, you will go for a nature walk with the help of an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger/guide. On this early morning guided walk, you often encounter Zebras, Giraffes, Eland, Topis and other antelopes, and Cape buffaloes among others. Take the Trail to the top of the hills and see Lake Mburo and beyond. From this vantage point, you will have a great view of 9 of the twelve lakes surrounding Lake Mburo NP. Thereafter, return to the accommodation for checkout and then hit the road to Entebbe airport with a stopover at the equator for lunch and buy some souvenirs if you like then after proceeding with the journey to Entebbe for the drop off hence the end of your 13 day Uganda Wildlife Safari with Gorillas and Tree climbing Lions

Included

Park fees (For non-residents)

Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking permits

All activities (Unless labeled as optional)

All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)

A professional driver/guide

All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)

All Taxes/VAT

Round-trip airport transfer

Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Drinking water (On all days)

Excluded

International flights (From/to home)

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour

Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)

Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc)

The government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

 

 

 

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