8 Days Chimps, Gorillas, and Wildlife Safari in Uganda

Overview

This amazing safari caters for those who would like to enjoy the magic of wildlife in Lake Mburo National park, the stunning number of birds species on the islands of  Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale, a place referred to as the Switzerland of Africa. Of course not forgetting the majestic trip to the gorillas of the impenetrable forest of Bwindi. With all this adventure on this safari, one is assured of an unforgettable experience in their life!

You will be accorded a heartily welcome by a representative of Oikos Safaris. You will then be transferred to your hotel either in Entebbe or Kampala depending on your time of arrival. 

Oikos Safaris recommends that you stay overnight in Entebbe for night arrivals.

Depending on the time of your arrival, you can explore the vibrant and chaotic city of Kampala. Discover historical and political sites including the ancient tombs of the Kabakas, where the Buganda tribe laid their kings to rest or the Bahai Temple, and more. You can also eat out as Kampala is a town full of culinary wonders. Stay out from your hotel to taste some of the eclectic cuisine of the region including Kampala’s delicious Indian food!

Overnight at Cassia lodge or similar on bed and breakfast basis

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Lake Mburo National Park. En-route you will get to see the Royal drum makers and have a stopover at the Equator for photographs. Here, you stand a chance to see the area which separates both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. From there, you continue to Lake Mburo National Park where you will enjoy a game drive as you head to the lodge for overnight.

Overnight at Rwakobo rock or similar on full board basis

Have breakfast and then head for a morning gave drive where you will get to see the big herds of Zebra, Impala, Eland and other savannah species. For birders, this is one of the best places to find the African Fin foot, Papyrus, Bush Shrike, among others. Later on, have lunch and then to Bwindi impenetrable forest via Lake Bunyonyi,  (place of many little birds) in Kabale, a place referred to as the Switzerland of Africa. Lake Bunyonyi is the deepest lake in Uganda and is situated close to the borders of Uganda and Rwanda. On a bright day, you might see the magnificent volcano of Mount Muhavura. 

You get to enjoy an optional canoe boat ride on the lake which has over 29 islands. Later drive to Bwindi Forest for overnight.

Other optional activities you will get to do include Zip lining, island hoping, nature walks to mentions but a few.

Overnight at Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge or similar on full board basis.

This morning you will have to wake up very early to get ready for gorilla tracking. Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth.

This forest is home to almost half of the worlds mountain gorillas. The tracking may take between one to six hours but its well worth the effort. There are always park guides with you who interpret the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the gorillas. In the afternoon, you can choose to relax at the lodge or engage in optional activities like Batwa (pygmyies) community trail, water fall hike, community visits to mention but a few.

Overnight at Lake Mulehe Gorilla lodge or similar on full board basis.

This morning after breakfast, you will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This park which boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world and also Uganda’s second-largest National Park, the 1,978 sq km has everything from open savannah to rain forest.   Queen Elizabeth has over 100 mammal species, and an astounding 606 bird species, making it a premier safari destination.  Have a game drive while entering heading to the lodge for overnight.  

Overnight at Baboon Safari Lodge or similar on full board basis

Enjoy morning game drive in the Queen Elizabeth National Park whose diverse ecosystems include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes, and fertile wetlands, which make it the ideal habitat for the classic big game, primates, and over 600 species of birds.  

Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills and the panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel.  Later You will take a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel, 32 Kms long followed by a game drive. This water system has the highest concentration of Hippos in the world and you will get quite close to them. See also crocodiles, buffalos, and other game that drink from the channel, also marvel at the abundant ornitho-life that is supported here. 

Then head to Kibale forest national park for overnight.

Overnight at Chimpanzee forest cottages or similar on full board basis.

After breakfast at the lodge, you will go for Chimpanzee tracking along the network of forest trails. Seeing habituated chimps squabbling and swinging from the trees is an exhilarating experience. Later in the afternoon you will have the opportunity to visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, which is rich in bird species, vegetation, and wildlife. This is also a great opportunity to support local tourism initiatives which benefit social and economic development in the area.  

Overnight at Chimpanzee forest cottages or similar on full board basis

After breakfast, prepare for your journey to Entebbe airport for yuour outbound flight.

This morning you will have breakfast, you will proceed to Kibale forest for two nights.  Kibale is home to an extraordinary thirteen species of primates, including chimpanzees, red colobus, and L’Hoest monkeys. Kibale National Forest has also recorded over 355 bird species, and a range of other mammals including the elusive forest elephant.

Overnight at Kibale forest lodge or similar (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast)

After breakfast at the lodge, you will go for Chimpanzee tracking along the network of forest trails. Seeing habituated chimps squabbling and swinging from the trees is an exhilarating experience. Later in the afternoon you will have the opportunity to visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, which is rich in bird species, vegetation, and wildlife. This is also a great opportunity to support local tourism initiatives which benefit social and economic development in the area. 

Overnight at chimpanzee forest Lodge or similar (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Entebbe international airport for your flight home.

Package details – Included/Not included

Inclusions

  • Accommdation
  • Transportation
  • Gorilla Permit
  • Chimp Tracking Permit
  • All Meals
  • Services of an English Speaking Guide
  • Airport Transfers
  • Game Drive
  • Boat Cruise

Exclusions

  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Porters
  • Laundry services
  • Visa (Uganda)
  • Any other personal interests

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