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Chimpanzee Tracking in Ngamba Island Sanctuary and Budongo Forest, 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: 2835 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4610 US Dollar (USD)

Those interested in chimpanzees, this 10-day safari will take to all the places in Uganda where these fascinating animals - 98% identical to us, humans - can be found. Ngamba Island Sanctuary, Budongo Forest, Kibale Forest, Semuliki Valley and Queen Elizabeth National Park (Kyambura Gorge).

Day 1: Entebbe/Ngamba Island Sanctuary. 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. In the afternoon you will take a half- day boat trip to Ngamba Island. The trip to Island by speed -boat takes approximately 45 minutes or 1½hours by motorized traditional boat. Overnight Lake Victoria Hotel. Includes: (B).

Day 2: Entebbe/Budongo Forest Reserve (Approximately 5-6 hours drive). Early morning breakfast, then head North to the Budongo Forest area. Lunch at Masindi hotel. Budongo forest is the largest mahogany forest in East Africa.
In the afternoon, drive North of Masindi town on the Paraa road to Kaniyo Pabidi Eco-tourism site for your first Forest Chimpanzee trek in Budongo. Return later in the evening to Masindi Hotel for the overnight. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 3: Budongo Forest. Early morning breakfast, then drive West of Masindi to Busingiro Eco-tourism site still in the Budongo forest for our second day of Chimpanzee trekking. This day we will carry a picnic lunch with us and spend the whole day in the forest. Overnight Masindi Hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: Masindi/Kibale Forest (Approximately 5 -6 hour’s drive). After breakfast, drive south to the Northern end of the Rwenzori Mountains to Kibale Forest. The road passes through villages and farmland where every imaginable tropical fruit and vegetable of the tropics can be seen growing. Pass through Tea Plantations into Kibale Forest and to the camp. Overnight Ndali Lodge/Chimp's Nest Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: Kibale Forest. This morning you go 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. Kibale is inhabited by three large communities of Chimpanzees.

Once you have encountered the Chimps, you will continue hiking through the forest, looking for birds and lesser primates, which may include red-tailed monkey, red colobus monkey, black-and-white colobus monkey, graycheeked mangabey, olive baboon and vervet monkey. Overnight Ndali Lodge/Chimp's Nest Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: Kibale/Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve (Approximately 3 hours drive). After an early morning breakfast, you will say goodbye to Kibale and head North to Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve. The valley has a magnificent view of the River Semliki meandering into Lake Albert arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. Relax by the pool; later go for an afternoon boat trip on Lake Albert. Overnight Semliki Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: Semliki/ Queen Elizabeth National Park (Approximately 3-4 hours). Early morning chimp and other primate tracking in the gallery Forest of Mugiri River, then return to Fort Portal. This rural Ugandan town is locally famous for its weaving and basketry, and stop briefly to examine some of this local art. Leaving Fort Portal town, you turn south and early this afternoon enter Queen Elizabeth National Park. Overnight Mweya lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park. Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park including a launch trip of about two hours on the Kasinga Channel to view some of the largest concentration of hippos in the world (reported to be about 30,000) and other game with excellent birding. Overnight Mweya Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth – Kyamburu Gorge. Today’s exploration of Queen Elizabeth National Park begins with an early morning breakfast, then, on to Kyambura on the Eastern edge of the park. With its steep cliff and green forest, the Chambura gorge has a “Lost World” feel. You hike deep into the gorge to trek the resident chimp family. During this half- day hike, you may come across colorful bird life, colobus monkey and look out for sleeping leopard or possibly a lion or two that come up from the plains. Overnight Mweya Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 10: Queen Elizabeth/Departure (Approximately 6 hours). This morning return to Kampala, driving through Mbarara, the home of the famous Ankole cattle. Shopping in Kampala, then transfer to Entebbe airport for your flight out. End of services. Your departure flight should be late in the afternoon or in the evening; otherwise another night can be arranged in Entebbe. By no means are restricted to this itinerary. Includes: (B), (L).

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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
- 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).

About This Supplier
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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