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travel example 12 days mid range lodges with gorilla-tracking in Uganda

(MURCHISON FALLS, BIGODI, KIBALE, QUEEN ELIZABETH, BWINDI, MBURO & LAKE VICTORIA)


DAY 1- On arrival at Entebbe Airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel (Red Chili hideaway)



DAY 2- After an early breakfast you will leave Kampala in a northwesterly direction. Along the way we stop for lunch before arriving in Murchison Falls National Park in the late afternoon. We will have a short stop at the top of the falls, where you will see the beauty of the Nile and marvel at the 43 meter drop of the Falls ... a thunderous roar with possibly a beautiful rainbow in the spray.

We will have dinner and overnight in the safari Lodge in the park.



DAY 3- Early in the morning we will embark on a game drive on the North Bank where your guide will help you spot a variety of animals and birds. Then we return to the lodge for brunch and some relaxation by the pool.

Shortly after noon, take the boat upstream to the tranquil Victoria Nile, at the base of the falls. There you can marvel at the many hippos, crocodiles and on the 17-kilometer journey you can also see elephants, waterbuck and Uganda kobs.
At the end of the tour you can optionally hike to the top of the falls today. Your driver will be waiting for you in the meantime, before we return for dinner and overnight in the same lodge.



DAY 4 - Today you will head southwest through the great western Rift Valley. On the way there will be lunch and by evening we reach the beautiful colorful city of Fort Portal, the capital of the Tooro Kingdom, located in the shadow of the legendary "Mountains of the Moon".

We will have dinner and overnight in the safari camp Rwetera.



DAY 5 - Today you will spend most of the morning in the forest looking for chimpanzees.

These primates are very agile and viewing them is very unpredictable and exciting.

This forest walk starts at 8:00 am and lasts about 4 to 5 hours. The forest is home to large numbers of chimpanzees as well as other primates, including the red-tailed colobus, the gray-cheeked monkey and many birds and butterflies.

Your local guide will explain all of these in detail as you walk through the forest. After lunch you can enjoy the Kasenda crater and the lake area of the Bigodi swamp, a great panoramic view.
We will have dinner and overnight again in the same lodge.



DAY 6 - After an early breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, most of the drive along the mystical Rwenzori Mountains.

On the way we grind a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel. Mainly with lots of hippos, water buffalo, crocodiles and a huge variety of waterfowl as well as lots of wildlife that visit the water to come and drink. After this spectacle there is lunch at the lodge, with its beautiful location on top of the Mweya peninsula. Take a breather and then enjoy a unique evening game drive.

Besides many smaller animals and birds looking for lions, elephants, Cape buffalo, warthogs, spotted hyenas, mongooses, waterbuck, Uganda kobs and ... if you are lucky also a leopard. At nightfall we return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at the Simba safari camp.



DAY 7 - With your packed lunch under your arm, drive to Bwindi through the Ishasha sector of the park in search of the tree-climbing lions that are only found in this area of Uganda. This landscape is mainly an open savanna with acacia trees.
We also stop for a Batwa cultural experience. Buhoma community camp will be our end point today.



DAY 8 - After an early breakfast, you will be briefed by the park rangers before entering the gorilla sanctuary.

Because today is the big day. Gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and seeing (and photographing) them as they are and interact with each other is an unforgettable experience. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, an ancient rainforest, stretches over a series of steep ridges in the Virunga Volcanoes Mountains. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its ecological uniqueness and natural beauty, about half of the world's total gorilla population lives in this park.



The activity starts at 8.00 am but at what time we will be back is still a big question mark. We provide you with packed lunches and drinking water, but it can also be useful to bring a raincoat into the jungle, as well as boots or good mountain boots. While the rangers provide you with a walking stick. You don't have to worry about your luggage because there are porters who will do that for you.

The price for a permit (which is integral to the protection of this species) has already risen to 610 euros in recent years.

In neighboring Rwanda (barely 15 km away), this has already risen to more than 1,300 euros since the Covid-19 pandemic.

For dinner and overnight we return to the same resort.



DAY 9 - Have a quick breakfast before driving through the rolling hills and terraced countryside to Kabale. This area is also known as the "Switzerland of Africa". Lunch will be at the Arcadia Cottages, with its unique and amazing panoramic view of Lake Bunyonyi.

At the moment, many boats are always sailing on the lake to the different islands.
Dinner and overnight is at the BirdNest Resort.



DAY 10 - Early morning drive to Lake Mburo National Park, the smallest national park in Uganda. On a game drive in search of beautiful impala, zebra, Cape buffalo, eland, oribi and toppie. The park is also a very good opportunity for bird watchers, who will enjoy more than 250 species of birds that are found here. The attraction here, however, is the Rotchild family of giraffes who live here.

After lunch we continue to Kampala. We stop at the equator for a selfie and then have dinner and rest at the Hyena Hill Lodge.



DAY 11 - These last 2 days you can choose from 2 options. Off to Lake Victoria for a ferry ride to the Ssesse Islands for one last extended dose of adventure where you can go hiking and birdwatching or just relax on the beach. Dinner and overnight at the Brovad sand hotel.

 

Or just go to Entebbe for dinner and overnight in the luxurious Lake Victoria hotel.



DAY 12 - Early in the morning we board the ferry, back to Entebbe.

Depending on your flight time, you can take another city tour with cultural attractions, including handicraft and souvenir shops.

 

Or while you were still in Entebbe a visit to UWEC Sanctuary where you can feed or caress African animals yourself ...

An extra day of rest in your hotel at the swimming pool or at Lake Victoria while waiting for the evening flight back to your own country is of course also an option.

 

Finally, we also provide the transfer to the airport.




12 days lodges with gorilla and chimp tracking Price per person
2 persons 3615 USD
4 persons 3348 USD
6 persons 3215 USD

This is a travel and price example. For an exact price you will therefore have to contact us because since COVID-19 prices have fluctuated strongly, but this does not always have to be a disadvantage. 

 

What is always included in the price anyway:

- all entrance fees to the national parks

- all game drives and boat trips

- all transport with English speaking guide / driver in a 4WD safari vehicle

- chimpanzee and gorilla tracking permits (worth 890 USD)

- all meals and drinks listed (11x breakfast, 9x lunch and 10x dinner) 

- always drinking water on board

- all overnight stays

- all taxes

 

 What's not included:

- extra excursions, other meals, drinks and tips, personal expenses

- Uganda visum (online)

- the international flight (to be arranged by yourself but we are happy to help you)

- Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) 25 USD per person

- vaccination costs

- travel and cancellation insurance

- an optional your native speaking guide or an English speaking private photographer


“Here I am ... where I belong.”

* Karen Blixen