12 Days Gorillas and best of Uganda Wildlife safari

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12 Days Gorillas and best of Uganda Wildlife safari

Day one:   Arrival in Uganda
Our chimpanzee gorilla treks safari begins at Entebbe, upon arrival pick up by your guide who transfers to the Hotel. Depending on the choice of hotel, the transfer is likely to take anywhere between 10 minutes or about 2 hours.
Transit time: 2 hours. BB

Day Two: Departure to Murchison Falls
Breakfast at the hotel and later, meet your guide to begin the chimpanzee and gorilla treks program. The morning drive is through riverine forests at Murchison falls where troops of Olive baboons line the main road. This afternoon, we will embark on the chimpanzee trekking experience with the resident guides from the Uganda Wildlife Authority. The trip thereafter, heads to the River Nile Delta for overnight at the Murchison River Lodge or other category lodge. Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day Three: Safari at Murchison Falls
Morning game viewing on the northern bank of the Murchison falls begins with a guided tour through the different tracks. From the safari vehicle open hatch, see Elephants feeding off the bark of trees and shrubs. The elegant giraffes of the Rothschild species move in large numbers grazing on the whistling thorns vegetation of acacia. Lions tend to hunt in the mid morning with the thawing of the dew. Plentiful of bird life along the delta area and on animal kills is a must see for this tour.

Through herds of cape buffalo and Hartebeest, later on, proceed to have a picnic lunch and proceed to the ferry crossing point.  The large game viewing tourist boat with a guaranteed seat gets visitors access to the water points. In the afternoon heat, Hippo populations cool off and Nile crocodiles bask along the banks. A variety of game cools off  on the Nile towards the bottom of the falls. In the evening, return to your overnight accommodations with an en-route game drive. Possible evening entertainment before dinner and overnight at the Murchison River Lodge. Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day Four:  Chimpanzee gorilla treks option at Kibale
Morning breakfast and transit along the rift valley into the Bunyoro region. Drive through the Lakes Albert and the Blue Mountains of the Congo before stopping over for lunch. Later, depart for the tea growing area of Fort portal before proceeding to the edge of the Kibale forest. Spend the evening taking a self guided walk to the nearby Craters or viewing primates at the national park boundaries. Dinner and overnight at the Ndali Lodge, Kibale Cottages or the affordable A Home guest House. Estimated travel time:  7 hours.

Day Five:
The morning chimpanzee trekking program begins from the briefing point and will most likely take another 4 hours. The guides then begin looking out for a troop of wild chimpanzees in the forests of the Kibale national park. Chimpanzees are vocal and their loud noises leads the team to the tree canopies where the feeding family gets as close as 10 metres. Later, proceed  to the starting point after an hour of chimp viewing before lunch and overnight at the Ndali Lodge or other.
Day Six:  Chimpanzee trek at Karinzu Forest.

Morning breakfast and transfer to the Karinzu forest for the mid afternoon tracking of the Chimpanzees in the wild. Other primates in the forest like the blue monkey and lhoest monkeys occasionally appear on the trail. Thereafter, proceed to the Kazinga channel to take the cruise for some waterbird viewing and see other wildlife drinking water at the edge of the water banks. Look out for migratory birds that can be seen at a sand spar near the village of Kazinga. Later, exit the park and transfer to the luxury Katara lodge in the evening or other mid range lodging for dinner and overnight.

Day Seven: Queen Elizabeth Trip Uganda
Easy game viewing and occasional stops along the way for Baboons and red tailed monkeys. Elephants, as well as Helmeted guinea fowls can be seen on the main road towards Bwindi. You may also catch the Ishasha tree climbing lions lazying in the trees or the odd looking Topi grazing gracefully on the Savannah. The drive through the little villages and mixed crop gardens end uo at high altitude area of the Bwindi Impenetrable National park. The evening is spent at the viewing platform from where, one could hear the hoots of the chimpanzees or the black and white colobus monkeys. Mountain gorillas also occasionally visit the camp to feed on the surrounding vegetation . Meals and overnight a the Mountain Gorilla Resort Bwindi.

Day Eight: Chimpanzee trekking
Breakfast at camp and take a short walk or drive to the park offices to attend a briefing. Meanwhile, in a group of 8, visitors depart for the day’s gorilla trek accompanied by a guide and trackers. The arduous hike in the mountains may take an average of 4 hours before viewing the Mountain gorillas for 60 minutes. The picnic lunches is served at a nice spot in the jungle before heading back to your vehicle to be driven back to camp. Should time allow, there are optional walks to the water falls, or a visit to the Batwa communities for cultural entertainment. Freshen up at your safari lodge or Tented camp before dinner and overnight at The Gorilla Resort Bwindi.
Day Nine:    Transfer to the Volcanoes area

Morning after breakfast, drive through terraced evergreen Mountains referred to as the Little Switzerland of Africa. Have lunch on the way and later, proceed to the Kisoro area. The following day would be spent searching for colonies of the endangered Golden Monkeys. The evening is spent exploring the Lake Mutanda or the diffefrent Volcanic Crater cones of the Mgahinga National park environs. Later on, Meals and overnight at the Luxury, midrange of budget accommodations in Kisoro.
Day Ten:     Golden Monkey trekking and Relaxing at Lake Bunyoni.

Early morning breakfast and later, begin the morning golden monkey trekking experience in the Bamboo forest.   These shy monkeys that live in communities of over 40 individuals have been habituated and can be approached on foot by tourists. They will be viewed for about one hour on the bamboo forest floor, before heading back to the park offices to have a picnic lunch. The Golden monkey trek may involve hiking through some difficult terrain and so, one is advised to carry a walking stick for support. Visitors are also advised to have enough water in the day packs to re hydrate on the walk.  After the chimpanzee gorilla treks, depart for serene Lake Bunyonyi to recuperate from the past days of the chimpanzee and gorilla treks. Meals and overnight at the Birdnest Lodge Lake Bunyonyi.

Day Eleven:  Return to Kampala
Morning breakfast, then enjoy a leisurely drive back to Kampala. Stop over at the Uganda Equator to experience the gravitational forces and take pictures. In the early afternoon, you could have the driver guide take you to the craft village to shop for a souvenir. Proceed to your overnight accommodation in Kampala. Options being, Kampala Serena for Luxury, moderate option being the Eureka Palace Hotel. Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch.

Day Twelve:
After breakfast, eventually, your guide organizes a transfer or the Hotel will provide a shuttle to the airport for the departure flight. End of services.

Price per person in a safari vehicle starts at USD2,998 plus gorilla and chimp permits.

Moderate accommodations       inquire here

Luxury accommodations       Inquire here
Tour price covers:
Transfers from and back to Entebbe airport, lodges or Tented Camp overnight stays, listed meals as per tour program, complimentary spring water in vehicles, national park fees, trekking tours with gorilla or chimpanzee tours guide, wildlife safari in open topped vehicle,  plus assigned English speaking driver guide in 4×4 safari jeep for the duration of the tour.

Price doesn’t or may not cover:
Items of a personal nature which include drinks at the lodges or camps, chimpanzee/ gorilla treks  permit priced for separately, presently US$600 per trek and any other expenses not listed in the program.

1 review for 12 Days Gorillas and best of Uganda Wildlife safari

  1. 5 out of 5

    Yesterday we got back from a gorilla trek in Uganda`s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. After doing some research back in Sydney we decided to book with a company called Travelust African Safaris which turned out to be a great choice! We were picked up promptly from our hotel in Entebbe at 8am with just the two of us (plus driver) in a spacious, comfortable Landcrusier. After a bit of a mishap with an ATM in Entebbe our lovely guide/driver Maddie drove us out of the way and into the heart of Kampala to ensure we found an ATM we could withdraw cash from. After that it was a 9 hour drive to Bwindi through villages, towns and farm areas along the way. We stopped at a delicious buffet for lunch which was included in our overall package.
    We arrived at dusk (due to ATM issues) and were greeted at the accommodation Gorilla Resort Camp with hot towels and fresh juice before being taken to our room. The room as a huge fixed tent with two double beds and a bathroom with a good hot water shower. The tent had wooden floors and thatched roof covering it, so it’s not like actual camping and there were mosquito nets too. We had a delicious dinner and didn’t have to pay for any food the whole time (including packed lunches), but beers were on top. In the morning we woke to amazing views across the valley whilst eating our eggs, tomatoes, toast, fruit, juice, cereal…pretty much anything you could want for brekkie.
    After breakfast we were driven a short way to the entrance of the national park. We watched a short video while we waited for all the trekkers to arrive and were then run through the few rules of when we came face to face with the gorillas. We were put into R group, which we didn’t realise was the easy group. It seems like that family of gorillas hung around the same area all the time and it was barely half an hour before we found them. We were lucky enough to see them grazing on leaves in trees as well as on the ground a bit later – the best of both worlds. We were much closer to them than I imagined and it was an amazing experience! Definitely recommended.
    There are harder groups so it’s worth asking, depending on what kind of trek you’re after. The other group that left at the same time we did (8.30am) didn’t get back until around 4.30pm which is quite a difference, considering we were back at around 10.30am.
    After our trek we went back to the tented camp for a bit of a relax before heading back to the national park for a waterfall walk which took 3 hours and was a great walk. This was a bit extra on top of the gorilla trek cost, but the national park fees were still covered from that trek. After the trek we were relaxing on our balcony and saw the whole family of gorillas that we’d seen in the morning being chased away from the neighbouring campsite by park rangers (to keep them away from humans). It was amazing to see them while we weren’t even looking for them! I guess this highlights again how fantastic the location of the accommodation was.
    The whole operation at the Bwindi park was impressive. The guides, trackers and guards were incredibly nice and helpful. It was all very above board with receipts being given for the additional trek we did in the afternoon which were given only by rangers of a certain level and signs were around with costs clearly displayed. We didn’t feel as if we were being ripped off because we were tourists, as can often be the case in other countries.
    We were dropped off back in Kampala at our hotel the next day and said a sad goodbye to Maddie.
    Overall it was a fantastic experience and I wholeheartedly recommend using Travelust to organise the whole trip through. It was obvious they knew what they were doing and were well known by the rangers and guides in the national park.
    Enjoy your time with the gorillas!

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