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10 Days Primate Safari and Game Parks, Uganda

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 6 people
Destination(s): Uganda  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing   National Parks  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 3355 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5699 US Dollar (USD)

Get to trek the gorillas in three different natural habitats, namely Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, both in Uganda.

Day 1: Entebbe/Lake Victoria Hotel
Upon arrival at Entebbe Airport on the shores of Lake Victoria, you are met by your trip leader or representative and driven a short distance to the Lake Victoria Hotel, your lodging for the first night in Uganda. The Hotel, completely refurbished, is surrounded by, pleasant gardens and a pool. Later in the evening you will get a brief overview of the country and your safari by one of our representatives. B/B

Day 2: Entebbe/Kibale Forest (Approximately 7 hours drive)
After breakfast, you begin the day with a drive west toward Fort Portal to the Kibale Forest. Traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you pass through traditional Ugandan Villages where you see people at work tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans and maize.This forest is famed for the variety of primates found here and it is a terrific area for birds. Overnight Ndali lodge/Chimp's Nest Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 3: Kibale Forest
Today you spend the day hiking through the dense overgrowth of the Kibale Forest in search of primates, both greater and lesser. The forest has well marked trails that make it easily accessible.
Once you have encountered the Chimps, you will continue hiking through the forest, looking for birds and lesser primates. Expert national park guides will accompany us and will reveal some of the botanical secrets of the forest. A night walk to see the potto and galagoo can be arranged. Overnight Ndali Lodge/ Chimp's Nest Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: Kibale/Queen Elizabeth National Park (Approximately 3 - 4 hours drive)
After an early morning breakfast, you will say goodbye to Kibale and return to Fort Portal. This rural Ugandan town is locally famous for its weaving and basketry, and we stop briefly to examine some of this local art. Leaving Fort Portal town, you turn south and gently descend into the Great African Rift Valley and early this afternoon enter Queen Elizabeth National Park. Overnight Mweya Safari lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Today’s exploration of Queen Elizabeth National Park begins with an early morning launch trip on the Kazinga Channel. The scenic beauty of the park is a perfect backdrop for the wildlife drama that takes place before you. Overnight Mweya Safari Lodge B L D

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth/Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Approximately 5-6 hours drive)
You are up early this morning for a final game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, hoping to catch a glimpse of the more elusive wildlife of this lovely sanctuary. You then drive through Ishasha area of the park hoping to see the famous tree climbing lions (weather permitting) and then through the scenic area known as the “Switzerland” of East Africa, to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for your gorilla treks. Overnight either in Gorilla Forest Camp / Engagi Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
The Impenetrable Forest of Bwindi National Park is certainly aptly named. On its steep slopes and in the deep valleys, the largest of the primates has managed to escape extinction. Report at the park office at 7.30 am for the gorilla tracking. Carry a picnic lunch and plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film is recommended. It can rain at short notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film.

Meeting our ranger guides, gorilla watchers head off the steep, trail-less slopes to search for gorillas. In addition to the gorillas, you may spot many birds, red-tailed and ground-dwelling L’Hoest’s monkeys.

The park rangers will brief you on appropriate behavior. You can expect to stay with the animals for about an hour after first encountering them. However we can‘t guarantee you’ll see them but chances are 98%. If your group size is less than six members, the park rangers will add other trekkers to your group. You have no way of knowing who these trekkers will be or what physical condition they may be in, and our group will need to trek together. Should your gorilla trekking end early, rainforest walks in Bwindi can be arranged. Other wildlife you may encounter includes yellow-backed duiker and a variety of birds. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: Second Gorilla Trek
Early breakfast, drive to the park headquarters with picnic lunch for your second day of gorilla tracking.

Day 9: Bwindi / Lake Mburo National Park (approximately 7 hours)
After breakfast depart for Lake Mburo National Park. En route, you pass through Uganda’s Ankole District where the people keep massively horned cattle. We continue to Lake Mburo National Park.This is the only place in Uganda where Impala are found. Nile Hippo and Crocodile are also fairly common in the park. Overnight Mihingo Lodge / Mantana tented camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 10: Lake Mburo/Kampala/Entebbe (approximately 5 hours)
You will view game as you leave the camp for Kampala, pass through the town of Masaka near the shores of Lake Victoria, then continue through huge papyrus swamps, fragmented rainforest, with a stop at the equator and the Mpigi Royal drum makers and witness how drums have been made in Uganda for centuries. Long before the coming of the Europeans, the Baganda people had a highly structured society and drums were used extensively for long distance and rapid communications. If time permits, stop in Kampala for shopping, and later transfer to the airport for your departing flight. End of services. Includes: (B), (L).

Your departure flight should be late in the afternoon or in the evening; otherwise another night can be arranged in Entebbe.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Expert leadership
- Accommodations
- Meals as noted
- Airport transfers
- Park fees and sightseeing as noted in the itinerary
- 2 Gorilla permits per person
- Chimp tracking permits
- Ground transportation.

Price Excludes:
- International airfare or flights of any kind
- Meals not noted on the itinerary
- Insurance of any kind
- Visas
- Excess baggage charges
- Airport taxes
- Items of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc).

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Location: Uganda
Joined InfoHub: Jul 2007

Our company is formed and run by indigenous Ugandans. Our staff have worked with the leading tour operators in Uganda and have extensive hands-on knowledge and experience in planning, coordinating and running itineraries. The company was formed with an objective of serving the traveling individuals, especially those...

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