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12 DAYS BIG 5, CHIMP AND GORILLA SAFARI

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12 Days
Availability : Jan 16’ - Dec 30’
Entebbe / Kampala
Murchison falls N.P, Queen Elizabeth N.P, Lake Mburo N.P
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 15
Tour Details

Safari Highlights

Rhino tracking, Game drives-3, Boat cruises-2, hiking, Chimpanzee tracking, Gorilla tracking, Batwa Culture encounter

Safari overview

The 12 days safari will take you to the west and southwestern parts of the pearl of Africa which have the largest concentration of protected areas, beautiful landscapes and a rich culture.   The trip features  savanna and forest parks that are habitats  to different  fauna and flora. The safari includes game drives, rhino/chimp tracking and encounters with  Africa’s big 5 including  the climbing lions of Ishasha plains.

Safari Summary
Day1 Airport Pickup
Day 2 Transfer from Kampala to Murchison falls National Park
Day 3 Day 3:  Game Drive and Boat Cruise in Murchison Falls National Park

Day 4 Transfer from Murchison Falls National Park (Albertine Rift valley) to Kibale Forest National Park.
Day 5 Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi Swamp
Day 6 Transfer from Kibale to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 7 Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise
Day 8 Transfer from Queen Elizabeth to Bwindi Impenetrable
Day 9 Gorilla tracking
Day 10 Transfer from Bwindi to Lake Mburo

Day11 Game Drive  and Boat Cruise in Lake Mburo National Park.
Day 12 Transfer from Lake Mburo back to Kampala/Entebbe.

Departure & Return Location

Entebbe / Kampala

Departure Time

7:00 a.m

Price Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Transport in a 4×4 Safari vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide
  • Fuel for the whole safari
  • Boat cruise and game drives
  • All park entry fees
  • All the activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinking water in the Vehicle

Price Excludes

  • Visa fees and Air ticket
  • All expenses of personal nature

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
Itinerary

Day 1Airport Pickup

You arrive at Entebbe International Airport and a representative from Milele Safaris Uganda will meet you and drive you to your pre-booked Lodge or hotel. He will brief you about the tour and Uganda. Please feel free to ask questions about Uganda along the way.

Meal Plan. (D)
Accommodation:

Serena Lake Victoria (Luxury)
Cassia Lodge (Mid-range)
Forest Cottages (Budget)

Day 2Kampala to Murchison falls National park and Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch located in Nakasongola, 176km north of Kampala (2hrs, 20min)on the Gulu high way towards Murchison Falls National Park is home to the only wild rhinos in Uganda. Presently the sanctuary is home to twenty-two (22) southern white rhinos. As these rhinos are free to move around on 7000 hectares of land, it is often necessary to drive to the areas where the rhinos before tracking them on foot. While at the sanctuary you may also encounter a range of other wildlife species including Uganda kobs, oribis, bush bucks, water bucks among others. You will need 1½ to 2½ hours depending on the location of the rhinos. After Rhino Tracking, you will have lunch and Proceed to Murchison Falls National Park (1hr 40min)

Meal Plan- (B, L, D)
Accommodation Luxury:

Paraa Safari Lodge
Midrange: Murchison River Lodge
Budget: Heritage Safari lodge

Day 3Game Drive and Boat Cruise in Murchison Falls National Park

Wake up early at around 6.00 am you go for a game drive with packed breakfast. Murchison Falls National Park is bisected by the Rive Nile and is composed of woodland, wetland, savannah as well as tropical forest. The game drives are done in the savanna plains on the northern bank up to the delta where the Nile powers its waters in Lake Albert up to lunch time. Among the mammals to look out for are: lions, Cape buffalo, Jackson’s hartebeest, elephants and Rothschild’s giraffe. Murchison hosts the biggest number of the Rothschild’s giraffe species in the world.
After lunch you go for boat cruise. A boat cruise to the bottom of Murchison Falls is another rewarding experience to view wildlife and birds. Hippos, waterbucks, crocodiles, buffaloes and elephants can be seen along the banks of the Nile. Birds usually seen during the cruise include: Cormorants, African fish Eagles, Spur-winged goose, African darter, Giant Kingfisher, Red-throated Bee-eater, Water thick knee among the many. At the bottom of the falls, you leave the boat and take 20-minute hike to the top of the falls for sunset pictures over River Nile. At the top of the falls, you will see the Nile waters forced into a narrow gap 7m wide as they plunge down in a 35m drop in a majestic cascade that has been named the “Cradle of the Nile”. Your driver will pick you and drive you to your lodge.

Meal Plan- (B, L, D)
Accommodation Luxury:

Paraa Safari Lodge
Midrange: Murchison River Lodge
Budget: Heritage Safari lodge

Day 4Transfer from Murchison Falls National Park (Albertine Rift valley) to Kibale Forest National Park.

Have breakfast and transfer to Kibale Forest National Park via top of Murchison Falls. In case you are travelling by road, the trip will take you 7-8 hours, passing through the valley escarpment. You will have a glance over the Albertine rift valley which is a result of tectonic cracking, faulting and uplift that happened about 15 million years ago to Fort portal town, then to the Park.

Meal Plan- (B, L, D)
Accommodation:

Luxury- Primate Lodge (Luxury cottages)
Midrange- Kibale Forest Camp
Budget- Rwenzori View Guest House

Day 5Kibale Forest (Chimpanzee tracking) and Bigodi Swamp

Wake up early, have breakfast and drive to Kibale Forest National Park visitors’ center at Kanyanchu for a pre- chimpanzee tracking briefing. At 8.00 am, enter the forest to track the chimpanzees and other primates. You will have a picnic lunch in the forest. The Park is famous for Chimpanzee tracking. With 13 primate species, Kibale National Park is known is the Primates Capital of the world. The park hosts about 1500 chimpanzees out of the 5000 recorded in the country and has 375 and 250 bird and butterfly species respectively in addition to 70 mammal species.
After tracking, you drive to the nearby Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary for a nature walk and community visit. There is a craft center manned by the local women group.
After the community tour, you return to your lodge

Meal Plan- (B, L, D)
Accommodation:

Luxury- Primate Lodge (Luxury cottages)
Midrange- Kibale Forest Camp
Budget- Rwenzori View Guest House

Day 6Transfer from Kibale Forest National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, transfer to the Queen Elizabeth National park. During the drive, you will appreciate the beautiful landscape with rolling hills and craters on your way to Uganda’s second largest national park and home to climbing lions. It will take you approximately 2-3 hours to reach the park. You will check in at the lodge relax and have lunch. Then in the afternoon, do a 27 km crater drive in the park and to Katwe salt mining village for landscape and people photography.

Meal Plan- B, L, D
Accommodation:

Luxury- Mweya Safari Lodge
Midrange- Ihamba Safari Lodge
Budget- Simba Safari Camp

Day 7Morning game drive and afternoon launch cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Wake up very early in the morning and Go for an early morning game drive to the kob mating area in Kasenyi plains. Lions are usually not far from the mating ground. Expect to see elephants, buffaloes, lions and other fauna of the 95 mammals that call the park home in their natural habitat. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, go for an exciting boat cruise along the Kazinga channel which 40 km long and 8m deep joining two lakes Edward and George. The channel is a meeting point for animals that come to drink, reptiles like the Nile crocs and monitor lizards. The channel joins Lake George to Lake Edward. Wild life can be viewed while on a scheduled or hired boat cruise. The Kazinga Channel is an oasis for many of the fascinating species that inhabit the park. A boat cruise gives you a chance to watch hundreds of enormous hippos, buffalo’s elephants along the shoreline.
Kazinga Channel is a haven for water birds that are easily seen during a boat cruise. Some of them are: Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Common Squaco Heron, White-faced Whistling and Knob-billed Ducks, African Fish Eagle, Great-white and Pink-backed Pelicans, African open-billed Stork, Water Thick-knee, Malachite and Pied kingfishers, Swamp flycatchers and Yellow backed Weavers, Black Crake, African Jacana, Spur-winged and African Wattled Plovers. Hundreds of African Skimmers may be seen roosting on sandbars near the entry to Lake Edward but are migrants from southern tropics and typically present only from December to May.

Meal Plan- B, L, D
Accommodation:

Luxury- Mweya Safari Lodge
Midrange- Ihamba Safari Lodge
Budget- Simba Safari Camp

Day 8Transfer from Queen Elizabeth to Bwindi Impenetrable

Have breakfast then check out from your lodge and transfer f to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will pass via the Ishasha sector is in the southern part of the park. Ishasha is famous for tree climbing lions. You will also visit River Ishasha, which marks the boundary between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to look for sunbathing hippos. It will take you 3-4 hours to reach Bwindi. You will have lunch en route. In the evening you can do a community tour and get close to the locals by visiting handcraft shops. The neighboring Batwa community in Buhoma performs songs and dances about their former life in the forest.

Meal Plan- B, L, D
Accommodation:

Luxury-Buhoma Lode
Midrange- The Haven Lodge
Budget- Buhoma Campsite

Day 9Gorilla tracking

Wake up early have breakfast and assemble for a briefing before 8:00am. At 8.30 you enter the forest to track the Mountain Gorillas. You will enter into the amazing rain forest (gorilla sanctuary) that offers an exciting, heavily forested and dense landscape interrupted by animal trails. Tracking can take from half a day to a full day depending on how far the gorillas are and which gorilla family you track.

Meal Plan- B, L, D
Accommodation:

Luxury-Buhoma Lodge
Midrange- The Haven Lodge
Budget- Buhoma Campsite

Day 10Bwindi to Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. You will have lunch at Lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyonyi (‘place of many little birds’) is undoubtedly the loveliest lake in Uganda. Its contorted shore encircles 29 islands, surrounded by steep terraced hillsides. The sights of the Lake include women rowing dug-out canoes, mist over the numerous islands in the lake and stunning sunsets on clear days. Unlike many lakes in East Africa – Bunyonyi is bilharzia, croc and hippo. You will reach Lake Mburo National Park in the evening. Lake Mburo is Uganda’s smallest savannah National Park. It is conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. The park is underlain by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years. The park is home to over 350 bird species and has the biggest concentration of Zebras, impala, and eland in Uganda. Other animals are: buffalo, waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck.

Meal Plan- B, L, D
Accommodation:

Luxury-Mihingo Lodge
Midrange- Rwakobo Rock
Budget- Eagles Nest Camp

Day 11Game Drive and Boat Cruise in Lake Mburo National Park.

Have an early morning breakfast, check out and start off the game drive through the Park for about three hours. This will give you an amazing glimpse of the Savannah park, and its fauna and flora. Animals to watch out are: Zebra, impala, buffalo, eland, waterbuck, warthog and giraffe, topi and You will also see various animals such as buffaloes, antelopes, zebras, hyenas, topis, hippos, also the different bird species on the acacia trees and near the lake making beautiful sounds.
In the evening you will have a boat ride along the lake where you will have a great time having a chance to see different animals like the crocodiles, hippos, topis and birds like the African fish Eagle, Giant and Pied Kingfishers, African Fin foot, Bee eaters among others.
Later return to the lodge for diner and an overnight.

Meal Plan ( B,L, D)
Accommodation:

Luxury-Mihingo Lodge
Midrange- Rwakobo Rock
Budget- Eagles Nest Camp

Day 12Transfer to Kampala/ Entebbe

Have breakfast at the lodge then drive back to Kampala. Make a stopover at the Equator where you will buy yourself handicrafts as souvenirs of your African trip and take some photos in two hemispheres. It is a 3-4-hour drive to Uganda’s capital City-Kampala and 45 minutes to reach Entebbe International Airport.

Meal Plan- B, L

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