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Gorilla and Chimp Safari

Gorilla and Chimp Safari
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With a tapestry of landscapes, excellent wildlife watching and welcoming locals, Uganda packs a lot into one small country. This central African nation was described as “the pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill. But the country's most iconic experience is tracking mountain gorillas in their misty habitat. Join us on a journey to meet these world’s most endangered species. The first glimpses of them in Bwindi Forest National Park will capture your hearts and render you speechless - a just reward for the challenging trek. We shall visit Kibale forest as well – the best place in Africa to spot chimpanzees (a population of over 2000 chimps and 13 varieties of other primates). More natural wonders await in northern Uganda, home of magnificent Murchison Falls and the boat trip on Kazinga Channel will give you the chance to meet hippo, crocodile, buffalo and herds of elephants at close range.
This Ugandan adventure is action packed and sure to satisfy. Do not miss it!

Highlights
Murchison Falls and Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary - Game viewing in one of Uganda's finest reserves
Kibale National Park - The best destination for chimp tracking
Kazinga Channel - An exhilarating cruise looking out for hippo, crocodile, elephant and birdlife
Bwindi Forest National Park - On foot in the equatorial rainforest in search of Mountain gorillas
♦ Ugandan People - Some of the friendliest and most hospitable of Africans


Itinerary:

Day 1. Entebbe - Kampala - Murchison Falls
Arrive Entebbe airport. After short visit and sightseeing in  Kampala we continue to Murchison Falls NP (350 km)
We stop at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to admire form a close
distance the endangered rhinos. After lunch (included) proceed to Murchison. If you arrive inside the park before the sunset, first evening game drive. Visitors will stay in a double tent with shared bathroom, dinner included.

Day 2. Game Drive in Murchison Falls 
You will spend a full day in Murchison Falls NP dedicated to game drives and Park exploration.
Morning Game drive, afternoon boat trip with UWA (Ugandan Wildlife Authority) boat and top to falls,
sleep into the park.

Day 3. Early wake-up, morning game drive before leaving Murchison. Long drive to Fort Portal. This region is well known for craters lakes and tea plantations. Dinner at the lodge where visitors will also spend the night: double tent with shared bathroom.

Day 4. Murchison - Kibale NP - Queen Elisabeth NP
Early wake up, short drive to Kibale National Park home of about 2,000 chimpanzees. Visitors will
track primates inside the forest. The trekking will take from 3 to 5 hours on a prevalently flat terrain. The
level of difficulty is low but visitors should wear good boots and have with them a rain jacket. After a lunch (included in the offer), crater lakes tour and visit tea plantations. Drive to Queen Elizabeth and overnight into the park: double tent with shared bathroom.

Day 5. Queen Elizabeth NP - Katwe Village - Kazinga Channel
Early wake, visit the village of Katwe where visitors will have the chance to see how people extract salt from small salty lakes. The rest of the day is dedicated to game drives and Park exploration: boat trip on Kazinga Channel, a great chance to spot wildlife from a very short distance. Evening Game Drive, sleep into the park; game drive into the sector of the park called Kyambura gorges, an area well known for its spectacular landscapes. Sleep into the park.

Day 6. Ishasha - Bwindi Forest NP
Early wake-up, last game drive into the sector of the park called Ishasha. This area is well known for the so called “tree climbing lions”. It’s not easy to spot them and you will need some luck but our guides knows the best places to see them. Then Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP: visitors will stay at the Gorilla Valley Lodge, located along the south National Park boundaries. Double room with private bathroom.

Day 7. Bwindi Gorilla Tracking 
Early wake-up (6.30 AM), drive to Bwindi NP gate and Gorillas track! The trekking will start at 8.00, rangers will brief visitors about the gorilla family you are going to track. Trekking can takes from 3 to 6 hours. Travelers need to wear good boots and bring a rain jacket.
As part of our travel philosophy, we encourage visitors to spend some nights in a real local house to meet the local culture. During the homestay program all meals are included, a great opportunity to experience some amazing Ugandan typical dishes. Accommodations are simple, but comfortable and clean: double bedroom with electricity and private bathroom.

Day 8. Batwa - Lake Mburo NP
Early wake-up, visit the Batwa community and our social project Save the Vulnerable Children. After lunch drive to Lake Bunyonyi famous for its numerous little and beautiful islands. The tour proceeds to Lake Mburo National Park, evening game drive.

Day 9. Mbamba -  Entebbe
Early wake up, morning game drive. Drive to Mbamba Swamp where you will try to spot the rare
Shoe Bill, canoeing through the swamp. Spend the rest of the day visiting local markets and the area near Entebbe. You will then drive to a nice guesthouse where you will spend your last night in Uganda. Here the tour ends – the guesthouse will arrange the transfer to the airport (included). Departure.

 

 


Price Includes:
airport transfers and all transport
English speaking local guide middle range accommodations (double rooms with private bathroom)
breakfasts and meals (dinner at lodges and lunch-box during safari)
park fees (40$ per person for 24h for every park visited)
boat trips
Chimp permits (150$ per person) and all the game drives into the parks.

Not Included:
UWA Gorilla permits (600$ per person)
flights
visa (50 usd per person)
travel insurance
drinks and alcoholics.


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