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22-Day Gorilla, Chimps, Lions and Culture Safari-Uganda – 22 Days

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22-Day Gorilla, Chimps, Lions and Culture Safari-Uganda – 22 Days

The destinations chosen are more than just the most preferred traveler sites in Uganda because of the best exposure to some of Africa’s finest safari experiences to Mgahinga, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison falls and Mburo national park. Go culture, wildlife, big game viewing, gorilla and chimpanzee tracking, nature walking, amazing scenic views, water boat adventuring and shopping in Africa. Please feel free to customize this safari and we will be happy to quote basing on your safari need.

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The destinations chosen are more than just the most preferred traveler sites in Uganda because of the best exposure to some of Africa’s finest safari experiences to Mgahinga, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison falls and Mburo national park. Go culture, wildlife, big game viewing, gorilla and chimpanzee tracking, nature walking, amazing scenic views, water boat adventuring and shopping in Africa. Please feel free to customize this safari and we will be happy to quote basing on your safari need.

Arrival

  • You’ll be collected from the airport (or hotel).
  • Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

Arrival at Entebbe airport – 1st day

Welcome to the Pearl of Africa-Uganda. Upon arrival you shall be warmly welcomed on arrival at Entebbe International Airport by our well trained guide and transferred to your respective hotel in Kampala where you shall have dinner and overnight stay.

Main Destination: Kampala
Accommodation: Forest Cottages
• Mid-range cottage located in or near Kampala
Meals & Drinks:
• Dinner (Breakfast & lunch not included)
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Visit the Buganda Court house and Nagalabbi coronation site – 2nd day

On waking up in the morning, enjoy your warm breakfast and let us head to the Buganda court house, later to the kabakas´ (kings) coronation site where you shall be marveled with the unique and impressive culture of Buganda kingdom (packed lunch) after where we shall head for dinner and an overnight stay at Mpanga forest reserve.

Main Destination: Mpanga Forest Reserve
Accommodation: Mpanga Forest Reserve
• Budget banda located inside Mpanga Forest
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Drive to Lake Mburo national park – 3rd day

Wake up to a hearty breakfast and embark on your journey to Lake Mburo Park. This journey is impressive as you shall stop over at the equator to take a few lovely pictures, get to experiment and prove that the equator line passes through the region of Kayabwe, have lunch and drive to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Rwakobo rock lodge.

Main Destination: Lake Mburo National Park
Best Time to Visit June to August and December to February
High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather June, July and January to February (Little rainfall)

Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock Lodge
• Budget lodge located just outside Lake Mburo NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Cycling/game drive and boat ride at Lake Mburo National Park – 4th day

Start your morning with delicious breakfast and with a beautiful view from the lodge, after go cycling/game drive in the park (optional) enjoy lunch at the lodge and later head for more wildlife viewing on the boat ride. Dinner and overnight stay at Rwakobo rock lodge.

Main Destination: Lake Mburo National Park
Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock Lodge
• Budget lodge located just outside Lake Mburo NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Game drive and afternoon cultural activity – 5th day

Wake-up call from the beautiful sound of the birds at the lodge, be treated to a warm breakfast and let’s hit the road for another morning game drive, where you shall encounter beautiful animals like zebras and antelopes. Go back to the lodge for lunch and have afternoon cultural activities at Igongo cultural center like milking the cow, preparing Eshabwe or may be visiting the museum this whole process is highly interesting. Dinner and overnight stay. Rwakobo rock lodge.

Main Destination: Lake Mburo National Park
Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock Lodge
• Budget lodge located just outside Lake Mburo NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Drive to kisoro – 6th day

Awaken to another beautiful day in Africa this time, we take pride in enjoying the landscape and surrounding of every single area we pass through as we head to kisoro. We shall also make a stopover at the great lakes museum about 4 hours from Mbarara and approximately 1hr: 30min between Kabale and Ntungamo for yet another captivating cultural episode. Dinner and overnight at Chahafi resort.

Main Destination: Kisoro
Accommodation: Lake Chahafi Resort
• Mid-range tented camp located in or near Kisoro
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Gorilla tracking – 7th day

Yes this is the time for action into the woods in search of the rare mountain gorillas. This is such an experience of a life time and highly recommended for travelers craving for a unique adventure that cannot be found anywhere else in Africa. The look in the eyes of these ancient apes will give you a smile all through your safari. Dinner and overnight stay at Chahafi resort.

Main Destination: Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Best Time to Visit June to August and December to January
High Season June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)
Best Weather Jun to Aug and Dec to Jan (Less rainfall)
Accommodation: Lake Chahafi Resort
• Mid-range tented camp located just outside Mgahinga Gorilla NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Golden monkey tracking, Batwa community walk, community cave or community cultural walk to soda water – 8th day

Breakfast is warm and ready for you! Enjoy and after head to one of the above destinations for yet another marvelous safari experience. All activities mentioned above are equally breath taking, so please feel free to select one that you would really love to experience. Dinner and sleep over at Chahafi resort.

Main Destination: Kisoro
Accommodation: Lake Chahafi Resort
• Mid-range tented camp located in or near Kisoro
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Travel to Queen Elizabeth national park and afternoon game drive – 9th day

Morning is up and delicious breakfast awaits you, enjoy yourself and let us drive to Queen Elizabeth national park specifically to the Ishasha sector. Have lunch and check into your lodge after then we head for an afternoon game drive in search of the famous tree climbing lions which is absolutely amazing. Dinner and overnight stay at the river lodge.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Best Time to Visit January to February and June to July (Dry seasons)
High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather June to July and January to February (Less rainfall)
Accommodation: At the River Lodge
• Budget banda located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Tree climbing lions in Ishasha Sector – 10th day

Early in the morning, have your breakfast then later we go for a morning game drive through the Ishasha sector, have lunch and head to the other part of the park for more unforgettable exposures in Africa. Dinner and overnight stay at the Bush lodge.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Accommodation: The Bush Lodge
• Budget tented camp located inside Queen Elizabeth NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Game drive and boat cruise – 11th day

After a hearty breakfast and with packed lunch, head for yet another game drive that will exhibit a spectacular view of the park and the crater lakes. This scenery is so beautiful and extremely lovely to view. You shall continue for a boat cruise that will refresh your afternoon. Enjoy a great view of wildlife like herds of elephants, hippos, buffaloes, crocodiles, antelopes and other bird species. This water boat adventure is so refreshing be sure to capture some great memories. Dinner and overnight at the Bush lodge.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Accommodation: The Bush Lodge
• Budget tented camp located inside Queen Elizabeth NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Visit salty Lake Katwe and further head to fort portal – 12th day

Early in the morning, have your freshly made breakfast and let us head to the salty lake. Enjoy seeing the locals harvest salt where you may also take part in a few activities if you would love to. Have lunch and we head to fort portal the home of primates in Uganda. Dinner and overnight stay at Chimpanzee forest guest house.

Main Destination: Kibale National Park
Best Time to Visit December to February and June to July
High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather June to July and December to February (Least rain)

Accommodation: Chimpanzee View Guest House
• Budget guest house located just outside Kibale NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Chimpanzee tracking and afternoon nature walk at Bigodi – 13th day

After your breakfast, we shall drive to kibale forest national park where you shall be briefed about the park and headed for tracking, have lunch (packed lunch) and go for another walk in bigodi swamp where you shall encounter more beautiful primates. Dinner and overnight stay at Chimpanzee forest guest house.

Main Destination: Kibale National Park
Accommodation: Chimpanzee View Guest House
• Budget guest house located just outside Kibale NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Visit Amabeere ga nyinamwiru, crater lakes, semuliki hot spring, tea estate, kings palace – 14th day

This is another interesting travel episode where you are required to select at most 2 of the above suggested activities for the day’s adventure. Please feel free to select the most applicable to your safari and enjoy a marvelous experience in Africa. Dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee forest guest lodge.

Main Destination: Fort Portal
Accommodation: Chimpanzee View Guest House
• Budget guest house located in or near Fort Portal
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Drive to Hoima – 15th day

Wake up this morning, enjoy your delicious breakfast and later drive to Hoima for more of your great safari. We shall have lunch as we carry on, Upon arrival at your hotel please feel free to stretch your legs by walking around or even enjoy yourself by just relaxed at the bar with a drink or two later, dinner and a night at the Kontiki hotel.

Main Destination: Hoima
Accommodation: Hotel Kontiki
• Budget hotel located in or near Hoima
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Visit the royal mile and cultural entertainment – 16th day

The Royal Mile. The Royal Mile is a road stretch constructed by one of the Bunyoro Kitara kings for leisure/ nature walk, is a key attraction for visitors to Budongo Forest near Nyabyeya Forestry College in Budongo Sub County. Uganda is diverse with culture and today we get exposed to yet another cultural experience, so enjoy every aspect of it and get to know how unique and different the people of Bunyoro are from the other cultures visited, we shall have lunch and later dine and sleep over at Kontiki hotel.

Main Destination: Hoima
Accommodation: Hotel Kontiki
• Budget hotel located in or near Hoima
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Drive to Murchison Falls national park and visit top of the falls – 17th day

Have breakfast and after drive to Murchison falls national park. Upon arrival, we shall go to the top of the falls where you shall witness how powerful the water is as it fights its way through the rough rocks to the river forming the mighty Murchison falls. The view is very rewarding and relaxing, lunch will be had and after we will cross the ferry for a simple game drive and head to the lodge where we shall dine and stay over at Fort Murchison Lodge.

Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park
Best Time to Visit December to February (Easier to spot animals)
High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather June and July (Less rain and lower temperatures)

Accommodation: Fort Murchison Lodge
• Budget tented camp located just outside Murchison Falls NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Morning, evening game drive and afternoon boat cruise – 18th day

This morning after your breakfast, you shall go for a beautiful game drive in the northern part of Murchison falls national park. View a variety of game; enjoy your lunch at red chilly restaurant and after a beautiful boat adventure to see more aquatic animals, birds and also other land mammals on the river banks enjoying the breeze from the river. Later we shall have a lazy evening game drive as we drive out of the park to the lodge. Dinner and overnight stay at Fort Murchison Lodge.

Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park
Accommodation: Fort Murchison Lodge
• Budget tented camp located just outside Murchison Falls NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Game drive and later drive to Gulu – 19th day

Wake-up to enjoy your breakfast, checkout as we shall head to the park for a morning game drive to view animals like the lions, antelopes, elephants and giraffes a refreshing act in the morning and after head to Gulu town. Lunch will be had and thereafter dinner and overnight stay at Acholi inn.

Main Destination: Gulu
Accommodation: Acholi Inn
• Budget hotel located in or near Gulu
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Tour Gulu – 20th day

After your warm breakfast, you shall head for 2 of the listed activities below while in Gulu that is Gulu market, Locho hospital, J. Luwum cultural center, Fort patiko, guru-guru hills (Select an option of 2 activities) all the activities are very interesting so we advise that you chose something that you would really love to do later, dinner and overnight stay at Acholi inn.

Main Destination: Gulu
Accommodation: Acholi Inn
• Budget hotel located in or near Gulu
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Drive to Kampala – 21st day

You shall have your breakfast and after drive back to Kampala city, our lunch will be had on our way to Kampala. There is quite a lot to do like chill at the bar area and enjoy a drink later, dinner will serve and an overnight stay at the forest cottages.

Main Destination: Kampala
Accommodation: Forest Cottages
• Mid-range cottage located in or near Kampala
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Departure to Entebbe airport – 22nd day

For your departure options feel free to select just 1 option from shopping, Ndere entertainment centre or The Uganda museum (select only 1 option) which will be done in the morning, later we have lunch and drop you at Entebbe International Airport, end of safari.

Main Destination: Entebbe International Airport
Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
• Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

End of tour

• Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
• You’ll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel).

Included

• Park fees (For non-residents)
• Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident)
• Chimp permits (One per person, non-resident)
• 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
• Roundtrip 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.)
• Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
• Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

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