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8 Days Apes Safari and Wildlife in Uganda

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 12 people
Destination(s): Uganda  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2850 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5500 US Dollar (USD)

Most people visit Uganda solely to see gorillas, but on this safari you’ll see that the country is actually one of Africa’s top all round natural history destinations. In addition to primates you will see a fantastic variety of mammals and birds. You will explore remote places where Giraffes lurk, Elephants roam and Primates swing through the treetops of tropical rainforests. See the most spectacular falls, Hippos, Zebras, Buffalos, the rare shoebill and many more species.

On this trip you will get to view the apes in their natural environment. From chimpanzee and other primate trek in Kibale forest to the amazing gorilla trek in the Bwindi Impenetrable forest.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival/Entebbe. 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. It is a four star hotel with 99 rooms. Depending on the time of your arrival, you can visit the botanical gardens and the Uganda Wildlife Education Center (formerly the zoo). Includes: (B).

Day 2: Entebbe/Kibale (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. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good “photo opportunities” and keep your eyes open for birds such as the beautiful Black-headed Gonolek, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Double-Toothed Barbet, Long-Crested Eagle and some of the numerous Sunbirds and Weaver birds that perch on the fence rows and power lines near the road, as you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you enter Uganda’s famous tea plantation region. Overnight Ndali Lodge / Chimp's Nest Lodge Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 3: Kibale Chimpanzee Trek. Today you take forest and swamp walks to see the rain forest and view primates including chimpanzees and birds. Walking is not difficult, paths have been made in the forest and all walks are with excellent local guides. Overnight Ndali lodge / Chimp's Nest Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: Kibale/Bwindi (Approximately 7-8 hours drive). Drive to Bwindi via Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive passes through Fortportal and then south along the eastern length of the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon) with the hope of seeing the glaciated peaks, gently descending into the Great African Rift Valley to Queen Elizabeth National Park and continuing to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, passing Ishasha area of the park with the hope of seeing the famous tree climbing lions and through the scenic area known as the “Switzerland of East Africa”. Overnight Gorilla Forest camp/ Engagi Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: First Gorilla Trek. 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 7.30am for the gorilla tracking. Carry a picnic lunch and plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film is recommended.
Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: Second Gorilla Trek. Early breakfast, drive to the park headquarters with picnic lunch for your second day of gorilla tracking.

Day 7: Bwindi/Lake Mburo (Approximately 6-7 hours drive). After breakfast depart for Lake Mburo National Park. En route, you pass through Uganda’s Ankole District where the people keep massively horned cattle, which have been bred in this region for centuries and are used as an indicator of personal wealth. The horns of these domestic beasts may measure well in excess of four feet each. Small children tend their herds, making sure that the cattle don’t invade the fertile fields and banana plantations that dot the countryside. We continue to Lake Mburo National Park, a small park surrounding a lovely system of lakes and papyrus swamps. Overnight Mihingo Lodge / Mantana tented camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: 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).

Supplemental Tour Information:
Note:
- 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 you restricted to this itinerary. If you want a certain itinerary, we shall design it for you.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Expert leadership
- Accommodations
- Meals as noted
- Airport transfers
- Park fee and sightseeing as noted in the itinerary
- 2 gorilla permits per person
- 1Chimp permit per person
- 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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