16 DAYS UGANDA ADVENTURE

Uganda, the “Pearl of Africa,” is one of the most beautiful countries on the continent. Its tremendous diversity of wildlife is owed to its unique geographic location at the junction of the East African savannahs, the West African rainforests and the semiarid Sahelian zone of North Africa. Gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking are the country’s major attractions, along with the friendliness of its people. Lion, leopard and elephant inhabit the savannahs, whereas the wetlands are home to large numbers of hippo and crocodile. Moreover, over 1000 species of bird reside in the country.

Tour highlights

  • Rhino trekking
  • Gorilla trekking
  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Game drive
  • Bird watching
  • Boat cruise
  • Nature walk
  • Cultural experience

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport

Upon the arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be welcomed by the representatives from Prime Tours and Adventures, they will then drive you to your hotel in Kampala for dinner and overnight stay Avesta hotel/Rochester hotel/Forest Cottages.

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National park

Very early in the morning after your breakfast, you will be picked from your hotel in Kampala and embark on the journey to Murchison Falls National park in Masindi. Stopover at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for Rhino trekking, after the Rhino trekking, you will have lunch in Nakasongola town at WamRelax restaurant/Tesus restaurant. You ill proceed to Murchison Falls National park, upon reaching the park, check in at the lodge for dinner and overnight stay Murchison Backpackers/Fort Murchison lodge/Parkside Safari lodge.

Day 3: Game drive and Boat cruise

After your early morning breakfast, you will go for a guided game drive into the park, expect to see species of mammals like Elephant, Lion, Cape buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribis, Bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard. Return to the lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, go for a boat cruise upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron”. En-route, marvel at the toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over this you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob crocodile. This is also a zone of many bird species like Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. There you leave the boat and start your “quite heavy” hike to the Top of the falls. See where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. Dinner and overnight stay Murchison Backpackers/Fort Murchison lodge/Parkside Safari lodge.

Day 4: Transfer to Lake Mburo National park

After your morning breakfast, you will embark on the journey to Lake Mburo National park with a lunch stopover en-route. Proceed to the park and check in for dinner and overnight stay Hyena Hill lodge/Mihingo lodge/Eagle’s Nest.

 

Day 5: Game drive and Horseback riding

After your morning breakfast, head for morning game drive in the great features and landscapes such as the rocky plains, the forested gorges, shrubs, thicket, the 14 lakes of which 5 of them are within the boundaries. These harbor a number of animal species such as the bush baby, leopards, zebra, impala, warthog, Waterbuck, and large herds of over 100 eland. But these are quite shy and recently Lake Mburo national park has just introduced giraffes. Return to the lodge and have lunch.

In the afternoon, go for a horseback riding. The horseback ride in Lake Mburo National park can take 1-3 hours as you explore the beauty of the national park Savannah coupled by the view of the wild game. Dinner and overnight stay Hyena Hill lodge/Mihingo lodge/Eagle’s Nest.

Day 6: Transfer to Kibale National park

Take your early morning breakfast. Start the journey to Kibale National park, upon reaching the park, check in at the lodge and after go for a game drive. Return to the lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, go for a guided nature walk, and this will reward you with primates like Grey cheeked Mangabeys, Colobus monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, Phoestes, among others. Proceed to Bigodi swamp to see unique butterflies, flora and fauna. Retire in the evening at the lodge for dinner and overnight stay Kibale Forest camp/Chimpundu lodge/Primate lodge Kibale

Day 7: Chimpanzee trekking

After your morning breakfast, go into Kibale forest. This is an opportunity for you to track the chimpanzees at Kanyanchu as you also look out for other primates like monkeys and baboons. Turn back at the lodge for lunch and after check out of the lodge.

In the afternoon, transfer to Semliki national park. Upon the arrival in Semliki National park, check in at the lodge, you will go for an evening game drive. Retire at the lodge for dinner and overnight stay Semuliki Safari lodge/Muramia motel/Kirimia guest lodge.

Day 8: Hot springs and nature walk

After you early morning breakfast, go for a visit to Sempaya hot springs which are the most attention-grabbing attractions in Semuliki. These springs have a geyser that shoots up from the 8 meters hole, and the water is at a high temperature. There are female and the male hot springs with very high temperatures of over 100 degrees celcius. In fact this is the largest hot spring in Uganda. Still along the trail where the hot springs are located, there are a number of birds such as the Blue breasted Kingfisher and various primates such as the red tailed monkeys, and the grey cheeked mangabey. Return to the lodge for lunch and relax a bit.

In the afternoon, go for a nature walk into the park. The 11km Red Monkey Track follows the park’s eastern border – a stronghold of the rare deBrazza’s monkey – to the Semliki River. Retire in the evening at the lodge for dinner and overnight stay Semuliki Safari lodge/Muramia motel/Kirimia guest lodge.

Day 9: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Take your early morning breakfast. Start the journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park, upon reaching the park, you will check in at the lodge, Pack your lunch, and then drive to visit the crater lakes of the park. You will drive along the deep and wide dry craters that are occupied by savannah grasses and acacia. The drive takes you through the unique western rift valley escarpment and the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Ishasha sector where you will take on yet another game drive in search of tree climbing lions. Afternoon guided nature walk in the Ishasha for Wildlife viewing. Dinner and overnight stay Ishasha Jungle lodge/Pumba Safari lodge/Simba Safari lodge.

Day 10: Game drive and Boat cruise

Rise very early for your morning breakfast. With your packed lunch, take on a morning game drive to catch-up with the early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. You will most likely meet grazing Hippos, Elephants, and Lions, spotted Hyenas, bush buck, water buck, stripped jackal, comical warthogs and the elusive leopard.

Proceed After lunch, take on an afternoon Launch cruise along Kazinga Channel one that joins Lakes Edward and George. The cruise is a wonderful way to see hippo, buffalo, kob and the occasional Nile crocodile (which up until recently did not inhabit this area) and a spectacular bird watching on the water bank. Later, retire at the lodge for dinner and overnight stay Ishasha Jungle lodge/Pumba Safari lodge/Simba Safari lodge.

Day 11: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After your morning breakfast, drive south to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Kisoro district through interesting features.This park is home of the rare mountain gorillas. Apart from gorillas, there are a wide variety of primates to see including the blue and red tailed monkeys. The forest itself is lush and green and there are streams running through it. Arrive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the afternoon, check in at the lodge, have your lunch and relax. In the afternoon, go for a guided nature walk into the park. Retire in the evening at the lodge for dinner and overnight stay Sanctuary Gorilla Forest camp/Rushaga Gorilla lodge/Karungi camp

Day 12: Gorilla Trekking

After your breakfast, head to the park’s headquarters with your packed lunch for briefing about gorilla trekking adventure, the thrill of your encounter will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek. Bring jungle boots and rain jackets because the park is often wet. Spend time in awe watching the gorillas go about their activities. Each gorilla safari encounter is different and has its own rewards, but you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a magnificent green swathe of dense rainforest, so ancient that survived the last ice age. A recently proclaimed World Heritage site, it’s one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth and its unique, precious flora sustains roughly half of the world population of mountain gorillas believed to number just 720. There’s also a substantial chimpanzee population and research shows that Bwindi is the only forest in Africa in which these two apes live together. Dinner and overnight stay Sanctuary Gorilla Forest camp/Rushaga Gorilla lodge/Karungi camp

Day 13: Batwa Cultural Experience

Have your early morning breakfast. The day is dedicated for a Batwa experience, you will take packed lunch through this cultural experience. The Batwa demonstrate hunting techniques, gather honey, point out medicinal plants and demonstrate how to make bamboo cups. Women of the community perform a sorrowful song which echoes and leaves guests with a moving sense of the richness of this fading culture. Later, retire for dinner and overnight stay Sanctuary Gorilla Forest camp/Rushaga Gorilla lodge/Karungi camp                                                                                              

Day 14: Lake Bunyonyi excursion

After an early morning breakfast, check out of the lodge and then transfer to Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale. Lunch break is made in Kabale. The afternoon is spent for relaxation and sightseeing around the Lake. Dinner and overnight stay Sugarcane lodge and campsite/Paradise Echo-Hub/Rushaga Gorilla lodge.

 

Day 15: Boat trip at Lake Bunyonyi

Take your breakfast, and begin with a boat trip for sightseeing and birding along Lake Bunyonyi. Feel the wonders of nature as you will see big terraced hills, big valleys, big everything including big people and forests. You will have your lunch at your lodge. After lunch, you will go for a nature walk and cultural visit to the Pygmies community to explore their life style. Dinner and overnight stay Sugarcane lodge and campsite/Paradise Echo-Hub/Rushaga Gorilla lodge.

Day 16: Departure

Enjoy your early morning breakfast and check out of the lodge. Embark on the journey back to Kampala, drive to the Equator crossing with your lunch en route before you drive to back to Kampala where you will be dropped off to the location of your choice or be dropped off to Entebbe International Airport for your flight back home.

END OF SAFARI

 

NO. OF PAX 1 2 3 4 5 6
COST ($) 7,350 7,300 7,240 7,170 7,090 7,000

 

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • A 4×4 Safari vehicle
  • Full board accommodation
  • Park entrance fees
  • Gorilla permit
  • Chimpanzee permit
  • Launch cruise
  • Tour activities as per the itinerary
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Professional English speaking guide

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Visa costs
  • Insurance costs
  • Personal expenses
  • Laundry costs
  • Extra food and drinks
  • Extra activities per the itinerary
  • Tips

Commonly Visited Gorilla Destinations

Bwindi Impenetrable national park a large primeval forest located in the South Western part of Uganda is a home to over half the worlds 1,000 mountain gorillas.

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Bwindi Impenetrable national park

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

Bwindi Impenetrable National park is found in southwestern Uganda in Kanungu district. It covers an area of 332kms. When we talk of gorillas in Uganda, we talk of Bwindi and this is Africa’s oldest rainforest, it hides much more than just gorillas but more other wild animals but when gorilla tracking became an activity it made it even more appealing. Bwindi is commonly known for its 400 endangered gorillas with many families, Batwa trails, the Batwa are the first and last forest people who anciently lived in the forest for a long time also known as hunters, gatherers and fierce warriors and 350 bird species. Buhoma as one of the gates apart from gorillas it’s the right place for bird watching.

ACTIVITIES
Bwindi impenetrable National Park is found in southwestern Uganda in Kanungu district, when we talk of gorillas we talk of Bwindi, but it not being the only activity, Bwindi has a variety of activities all incredibly good and as Gorilla Trips Africa here are some of the activities

Gorilla Tracking
Gorillas in Bwindi are habituated making them less dangerous and this is one of great activity done, the tour guides guide tourists through the forest on their way to track gorillas, gorillas act more like humans which keeps you wondering about God’s will, you can interact with them offer them yellows and even can have pictures with them creating memorable moments. Bwindi has a number of gates for example Buhoma gate with three gorilla  groups habituated, Nkuringo gate with two groups , Ruhija with four groups of gorillas habituated, and Rushaga with the most habituated groups and others are still under habituation with six groups

Gorilla Habituation Experience
During habituation Gorillas are tamed to be more of human, not to be dangerous around people, tour guides will take you through the process they go through while habituating the gorillas, it’s a terrifying experience but worth to go through and this is so because the gorillas are not yet fully habituated, this is most popular at Rushaga gate it being with the large gorilla habituation

Batwa Trail
Experience the ancient life of Batwa people. The Batwa trail is a celebration of the forest first people and still they are the last forest people who are also known as hunters, gatherers and fierce warriors. When you get a chance to see them you can see the forest in their lives and all through their eyes, this trail is guided by the Batwa guides who provide insights into their traditional forest life and culture. It runs  from the lower slopes of the muhavura and Gahinga volcanoes and ends in the Batwa community, throughout the trail you will be surprised all through for example showing you how incredibly  they made fire using friction of sticks, having a taste of the wild berries which they used to eat before going to hunter, seeing the huts the built using the tree leaves lastly after reaching the Batwa community you will get the unforgettable performance of your life since the Batwa are well known for their music and dance.

Nature Walks
Tourists who have a short time for nature walk usually do it near river Munyanga and river Ivy on the way you get an opportunity to see baboons, monkeys and birds. And if you continue to the Batwa pygmy community you will be surprised by the energetic dance of the Batwa, you will meet woman making craft giving you and opportunity to buy craft from the Batwa. Nature walk to the Mubwindi swamp is the right spot for the birders and if you use the path of the forest descending through the majestic rainforest it will give you great scenery of the green nature. Amazingly the name Bwindi came from Mubwindi swamp.

Bird watching
Bwindi is one of the best birding destinations in Uganda the pearl of Africa, it being the oldest forest in Uganda surely means it’s the ideal habitat for the variety of bird species, Bwindi is estimated to have around 350 bird species for example Jameson’s Antpecker, pink-footed puff back, Waller, crested Guinea fowl, Barred long-tailed cuckoo, Grey crowned crane, White headed saw wing and so many more. Migratory birds are present from November to April and if you want the main spot for bird watching is along Buhoma waterfalls trails.

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Mgahinga Gorilla national park

MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is in the southwestern corner of Uganda, located in Kisoro district although the volcanoes stretch to the far parts of Rwanda and DRC. Mgahinga National Park was gazzetted in 1991 despite it being declared an area of game sanctuary in the early 1930s by the British Administration and it covers 33.9 square kilometers. As the name “Mgahinga” suggests, the park was mainly established to protect gorillas that inhabit the depth of the forest, other than that the park has a significance to culture “the Batwa culture”. Most importantly Mgahinga National Park has great features which are the beautiful extinct volcanoes, a great fauna, primates which include mountain gorillas and golden monkeys, bird species include handsome francoin, red throated alethe, Rwenzori batis, collared apalis, mountain masked apails, stripe-breasted tit, blue- headed sunbird, strange weaver, red –faced woodland warber, regal sunbird, Rwenzori turaco among others.

Top Activities Done At Mgahinga National Park

Gorilla Trekking

Mgahinga National Park is the right place for gorilla trekking and that’s so because it has half of the world’s Gorillas thus making it the most popular activity done at Mgahinga, it has one habituated gorilla family called “Nyakagezi Gorilla family” and this family at times moves to the parts of Rwanda and DRC. Gorilla trekking at Mgahinga usually starts from 8:30 in the morning and it takes 3-8 hours, trackers take visitor through the routes to the place they had left Gorillas a day before and that’s where they begin the trekking from, Gorillas are habituated making them less dangerous to humans. All in all Gorillas trekking is best done in dry seasons because it makes the hikes easier for tourists.

Golden Monkey Trekking

Mgahinga National Park is the best place for Golden Monkey trekking and it’s among the most interesting activities done for primate safari, the estimated number of golden monkeys at Mgahinga is 3000-4000. If you participate in this activity you will have an excitement of your life time since it offers you an opportunity to view, take pictures of the monkeys before heading back to the lodges.

Volcano Hiking

At Mgahinga Gorilla National Park despite Gorilla trekking visitors have an opportunity for hikes to the summit of Mountain Muhabura which requires more than one day to hike it but still tourists who prefer a one day hike can opt Gahinga trail aa their best and this takes 6 hours. During this hikes you will come across various bird species, also have a view of the famous extinct volcanoes.

Batwa Trail

Batwa are also known as the forest people. While at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, the Batwa trail begins from the Muhavura cave with the Batwa guides who will give you an insight of their ancient life and culture in the forests where they lived in harmony with the gorillas. Batwa people lived as hunter-gatherers, built houses using tree leaves but later they were displaced from the park although some are still with in the park taking part in tourism as tour guides and others as porters.

Bird Watching

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the ideal place for birders because its blessed and enriched with over 180 bird species all unique in one way or the other and these birds can be spotted in the wetland areas , forests, Buffalo wall among others. These unique bird species include Rwenzori turaco, regal sunbird, strange weaver, mountain masked apails, stripe-breasted tit, handsome francoin, red throated alethe, collared apalis among others.

Garama Cave Exploration

Beneath a plateau northern edge of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park you will come across the great Garama Cave lying on the length of 342meters and this believed to have been used as a retreat and council for the Batwa where they met to solve conflicts and problems among Batwa members.

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Volcanoes national park

Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park also referred to as Parc National des Volcano in French and Pariki y’Igihugu y’Ibirunga in Kinyarwanda local language. The park is situated in the north-western province of Rwanda in a small town called Musanze formerly Ruhengeri.

The park is the oldest national park in the African continent and harbors the endangered Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda. Gorilla tracking is Rwanda’s main tourism activity. Volcanoes National Park borders Virunga National Park in DRC and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in south-western Uganda. Besides its huge population of Mountain Gorillas, it also harbors the endangered Golden Monkeys, primate specie that apparently offers the best diverse tourism activity within the national park at the moment.

Volcanoes National Park also shelters five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga massifs which are: Mount Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo: covering over 160 km2 of rain forest and bamboo. The park acted as a base for American zoologist Dian Fossey.

Fauna of the forest in addition to endangered species of mountain gorilla includes: golden monkeys, buffaloes, black-fronted duiker, hyenas then bushbucks. A few reports also clam that a small number of elephants can be found at the park but on very rare occasions. The bird life spans at 178 species, with about 12 of the main species and 15 of the subspecies being endemic to the Virunga conservation area and the great Ruwenzori Mountains.

The Volcanoes National Park is one of the three other only habitats for Mountain gorillas on the planet and the only possible destinations for Mountain gorilla trekking expeditions in Rwanda. The rainforests are at a higher altitude and temperatures are generally lowest in the African region. The tropical sun brings with it effects of heat, evaporation of vapor and rain forming. In Volcanoes National Park, it rains at any time regardless of the season. Factor is the volcanic soils that are fertile and very rich in plant mineral content, resulting in an evergreen rain forest; some parts have bamboo trees, small patches of shrubs and grassland areas, swamp and wetland vegetation in the valleys, and heath on the tips of the volcanoes. These are the ideal conditions for the survival and the existence of the Mountain gorillas and other unique wildlife species.

Mammal species

Volcanoes National Park is a rich ecosystem, a habitat with vibrant and unique mammal species. Mountain gorillas and Golden monkeys are most recognized than other wildlife species because the Virunga volcanoes region is their only habitat on earth. There is high mammal presence in the park, though harder to spot because of hilly and rugged terrain, coupled with  a thick and enclosed rainforest. The mammals in such habitat adapt to a solitary or pair lifestyle, shy away from intruders and are very aggressive if cornered. Save for rare physical encounters, there are signs that indeed show Forest elephants, buffaloes, bushpigs, bushbucks, giant forest hogs, spotted hyenas, bushbucks, duikers, vervet and colobus monkeys and other primate species reside in the park. Volcanoes National Park is very popular as a Rwanda gorilla trek and Golden monkey tracking destination. There are other Rwanda travel destinations to easily spot and have maximum interaction with the rest of mammal species.

Predominant activities include:

Gorilla tracking, Golden Monkey tracking, twin lakes visit, mountaineering, visiting Dian Fossey’s tomb, Iby’Iwacu cultural village and other community visits.

Rwanda is an exciting destination with a number of national parks in addition to the famous Volcanoes national park; say the Akagera and Nyungwe national parks plus Lake Kivu for water excursion.