MARU 02: 11 Nights/ 12 Days Gorilla & Chimpanzee Safari in Uganda

Day 1: Entebbe  
You will be met by your Safari guide on arrival at Entebbe International Airport, who will transfer you to your hotel in Kampala. Overnight at Speke Hotel/Hotel Africana (BB).

Day 2: Scenic Drive to Murchison Falls Conservation Area
Departure from your Hotel early morning with your guide to Murchison Falls National Park. Have lunch en-route and Continue through the park stopping at the top of the falls. The wonderful sight of the Nile River, the world’s longest river plunging through a narrow gap and winding its way through the park is an unforgettable experience. Following a game drive to view hippos, buffalos, elephants as well as Birdlife, arrive your lodge early evening.

Overnight at a Luxurious Paraa Safari Lodge/ Sambiya River lodge/Red Chili Camp (Full Board)

Day 3: Game Viewing Tours in Murchison Falls National park
Have an early morning game drive before breakfast, to the rolling plains to view Lions, Hartebeest, Elephants, primates, Buffalo, Birds and Giraffe. Return to the lodge for breakfast, and later lunch. In the afternoon, have a launch cruise to the bottom of the falls where down river to the delta where the Nile empties into Lake Albert and views of hippos, elephants, Nile crocodiles and allows you more bird watching of species like the shoebill, colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. Overnight at a Luxurious Paraa Safari Lodge/Midrange Sambiya River lodge/Budget Red Chili Camp (Full Board)

Day 4: Albertine Drive to Kibale Forest National Park
After morning breakfast, we will depart to Kibale Forest National Park. Pass close to Lake Albert with a scenic drive to view the Albert rift on a clear day, and the spectacular "Mountains of the Moon,”.  Have a stop over at Fort portal town for lunch. Continue to the lodge, check-in and have an afternoon off relaxing.

Overnight at Ndali Safari Lodge (Luxury) or Rwenzori View Guest house (Midrange) or Kanyankyu ecological centre (Budget)

Day 5: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Chimp Forest
This day after breakfast, report to the ranger station at 08.00am to track habituated chimps. Start your search for Chimpanzees and over 13 species of primates including red tailed and grey cheek Mangabey, Birds and other primates. Have a wonderful experience viewing other mammals including smaller elephants, giant forest hog, buffalo, and antelope species. The guide will provide detailed explanations on flora and Fauna to ensure that your walk is both enjoyable and informative.
Overnight at Ndali Lodge/Rwenzori View Guest house (FB)


Day 6: Kibale Forest - Queen Elizabeth National Park
Following a morning breakfast, we will depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. We will enter the park via the Northern crater Area. With beautiful lakes and rich grasslands which are set deep in the crater valley, this is truly the most breathtaking scenery in the park.  Have Lunch at Mbarara town and continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in the afternoon and have the afternoon resting and relaxing at the swimming pool.

Over night at Mweya Safari Lodge / Budget Institute of ecology. (BLD)

Day 7: Game Viewing Tours in Queen Elizabeth
Have an early morning game drive which will provide opportunities to see Spotted Hyena, buffalo, Uganda Kobs, Defassa Waterbucks, elephant, leopard, antelope, lion and several bird species. In the afternoon, drive back to the lodge for a late breakfast. After breakfast leave the lodge for a boat ride on the Kazinga Channel with the largest concentration of Nile Hippos, a host of countless bird species, crocodiles and water bucks. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Institute of Ecology (FB)

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth - Bwindi Gorilla Sanctuary
Depart Queen Elizabeth for Bwindi National park, have Lunch in Mbarara, and continue through the Kigezi Highlands known as the Switzerland of Uganda, the scenic drive through banana plantations, views of the great Virunga volcanoes of Rwanda and the Congo as well as heads of Ankole cattle take you to the biggest Home of mountain gorillas, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Overnight at Gorilla Resort/Buhoma community Bandas (Full Board)


Day 9 Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest
Wake up Early morning to the sounds of the rain forest for a hearty breakfast. After a short briefing by the guides, proceed through the thick creepers and undergrowth of the dense rain forest to track the endangered mammals. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense with numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. Have an amazing experience watching and photographing the gorillas in the forest, listening to them marvel and grumble to each other. It is an extraordinary feeling being with these beautiful creatures left, which is allowed for only 1 hour!
Overnight at Gorilla Resort/Buhoma community Bandas (Full Board


Day 10: The Return Drive to Kampala
After Breakfast, we will depart to Kampala arriving in the early evening. Your safari guide will transfer you to your hotel. Overnight at Speke Hotel/Hotel Equatorial (BB)

Day 11: Ngamba Island Tour
After breakfast, depart for a visit to the island of the chimpanzees, a home to 39 orphaned chimps. You will visit the Uganda wildlife Education center with replicated ecological zones such as savannah, wetlands and tropical forest. If you have not managed to see the shoebill in the wild you are guaranteed a sighting here, as well as rhino.

 You will then have a 45 minutes boat ride on Lake Victoria, and on reaching Ngamba Island, you will be given a short introduction and briefing on the sanctuary at the visitors centre to learn more about the chimps and their lifestyle. You will be able to view and photograph these fascinating apes in their natural environment at the viewing platform, and watch them feeding and grooming from only a few meters away. In the afternoon you will take a boat ride back to Entebbe and return to your hotel.
Overnight at Golf view inn/Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel (BB)

Day 12 Kampala City Tour & Airport Transfer
After breakfast have a city tour and later shopping in the city craft shops. After lunch, you will be transferred to the Airport for your departure flight.

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