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Uganda Safari, Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 8 people
Destination(s): Uganda  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 3700 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4800 US Dollar (USD)

Kibale Forest National Park

The main attraction of Kibale is the high density of primates that inhabit the rainforest. In fact, this forest supports the highest number of primate species in Uganda and one of the highest primate densities in the world. In addition to a large community of chimpanzees, there are 12 other primate species, including red and black-and-white colobus monkeys, l'Hoest's, red-tailed, vervet and blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, olive baboons, as well as four species of nocturnal primates. The birdlife is prolific, with approximately 400 species recorded for the area. Highlights include the crested guineafowl, great blue turaco, grey parrot, green-breasted and African pittas, African crowned eagles and black bee-eaters.

Though elephants, buffaloes and giant forest hogs are found here, they live deep in the forest and are only seldom seen. More commonly encountered are bushbucks, duikers and montane sun and giant forest squirrels. This park covers 766 sq. km and runs contiguously with the northern end of Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is located just south of Fort Portal.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

As one of the outstanding treasures of Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park has recently been designated a Biosphere Reserve for Humanity under UNESCO. It is the most popular and easily accessible game reserve in Uganda.

The park covers 2000 sq. km and includes a remarkable variety of Eco-systems, from semi-deciduous tropical forest to green meadows, Savannah and swamps. A total of 95 mammal species has been recorded here, the highest for any Ugandan national park. It is the home of the famous tree-climbing lions, the Uganda kob and other antelope species, as well as elephant, buffalo, hippos, baboons and chimpanzee.

A total of 547 confirmed and 15 unconfirmed bird species have been recorded in Queen Elizabeth. This is one of the highest totals in the world and is truly remarkable for such a relatively small reserve. Species recorded include the Shoebill stork, black bee-eater, 11 types of kingfishers and a variety of raptors, including several falcons and eagles. In the crater lakes, spectacular flocks of flamingos gather, creating the image of a moving pink carpet. The launch trip along the Kazinga Channel between Lakes George and Edward is a memorable way to view the abundant game in Queen Elizabeth and to see an astounding number of bird species.

In the eastern section of the park is Kyambura Gorge where visitors can climb through a tropical forest in hopes of catching a glimpse of a variety of primates, including chimpanzees. In the more isolated Ishasha sector of the park, visitors can move through the woodlands in search of tree-climbing lions perched on the boughs of ancient fig trees. To the southeast, travelers can explore newly opened trails in the Maramagambo forest.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This park is home to more than half of the world’s wild mountain gorilla population and was declared a Natural World Heritage Site in December 1994. World Heritage Sites are internationally recognized as natural features of outstanding beauty or scientific value. The landscape here is rugged, with deep valleys running between steep sided hills and ridges with barely a square kilometer of the park flat. There are continuous stands of both lowland and montane rainforest with a dense undergrowth of herbs, vines and shrubs (hence the name impenetrable).

This area is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa with the richest faunal community in East Africa. There are estimated to be 120 species of mammals (more than any other national park in Uganda except Queen Elizabeth) and is the only park where chimpanzees and gorillas co-exist together. There are an estimated 360 species of birds, including 23 localized species found only along the Albertine Rift Valley and 14 found nowhere else in Uganda.

The pristine rainforests of this park, one of the largest natural forests in East Africa, are home to approximately 300 species of butterfly (including two endangered species of swallowtails), 200 native tree species and many species of reptiles and amphibians (including one species of frog that may be new to science). The rugged terrain makes gorilla trekking strenuous work and visitors should be prepared for up to 8 hours of hiking (good physical condition is a must). A maximum of only 32 permits per day are available for advance booking, so confirmation 4-12 months in advance is required to avoid disappointment. Some permits are available on short notice-please inquire with us.

Lake Mburo National Park

This attractive park of rolling hills and open grassy valleys, interspersed with thickets, woodlands and rich wetlands, is the only place in Uganda where impala still occur and is the best place to see large herds of eland (Africa’s largest antelope). Other antelope species that may be sighted in the park include topi, bushbuck, sitatunga, common duiker, klipspringer, oribi, Defassa waterbuck and Bohor reedbuck. A safari walk her can be most revealing. All of your senses come in to play when experiencing the African bush. It is one of only two Ugandan national parks where Burchell’s zebra still occurs.

In addition to a game drive, many visitors enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo, the largest of the five lakes that lie within the park boundaries. The lake and lush fringing vegetation support healthy populations of buffalo, warthog, bushpig and hippopotamus. Birdwatchers will enjoy the more than 250 species of birds found in Lake Mburo. It is probably the best place in Uganda to see acacia-associated birds. Also of special interest to birders are the swamps, the place to see six so-called papyrus endemics, including the striking papyrus gonolek and the highly localized papyrus yellow warbler (recorded nowhere else in Uganda).

Day 1: Meet and greet at Entebbe airport - TBA. Transfer to Boma Guesthouse for check in. Afternoon visit to the Botanical Gardens, UWEC. Overnight at The Boma. Lunch and dinner is open.

Day 2: Transfer to Kibale Forest. Afternoon swamp walk in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. Short night walk. Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge Kibale.

Day 3:Breakfast. Transfer to staging area for briefing: Begin your chimp trekking experience escorted by rangers. Transfer to Queen Elizabeth - 3 hrs. Evening boat cruise on the Kazinga channel - 2 hrs. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.

Day 4: Breakfast: Morning game drive - 4 hrs: Transfer to Bwindi - 5 hrs: Lunch en-route: Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge

Day 5: Breakfast: Transfer to the Park Headquarters for the briefing: Start gorilla trekking escorted by rangers:. Late or picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge.

Day 6: Breakfast. Day at leisure. Optional activities (Village walk, nature walk to the waterfalls or visit to the pygmies). Lunch, dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge.

Day 7: Breakfast. Bwindi to Lake Mburo - 5hrs. Afternoon boat ride on Lake Mburo + game drive. Dinner and overnight at Mihingo Safari Lodge

Day 8: Breakfast. Morning game + Safari walk. Transfer to Entebbe airport for onward flight. Lunch en route.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Private use of a luxury Minivan.
- Bottled water in the vehicles throughout the safari.
- All accommodation and meals as indicated above.
- All Park fees.
- Entrance to UWEC and Botanical Gardens.
- Chimp Trek.
- Swamp Walk.
- Game Drives.
- One Gorilla Trekking Permit.
- The services of an experienced Driver Guide throughout the Safari.
- All Transfers as indicated above.

Price Excludes:
- Airfares.
- Visas or Insurance.
- Tips.
- Porterage or Laundry.
- Soft or alcoholic drinks or mineral water (excl. water in the vehicles).
- Items of a personal nature.
- Any meals not indicated above.
- Boat trip at Lake Mburo.

About This Supplier
Location: Kenya
Joined InfoHub: Apr 2008

M18070 is a destination management company which is family owned and managed and specializes in customized tailor made tours for families and small and specialized groups, looking for that personalized touch and attentions of service. Our services are within Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Madagascar, Zanzibar and...

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