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12 DAYS PEARL OF AFRICA WILDLIFE AND ADVENTURE SAFARI

Overview:

This is an epic grand safari within Uganda; the Pearl of Africa, this tour will let you discover some of Uganda’s best spots and premier wildlife destinations. Uganda is no ordinary safari destination, offering sublime tourist experiences ranging from Big Game viewing in the striking savanna plains, Mountain Gorilla tracking adventure, stunning sites that trigger you to show case your photographic skills as well as adventurous activities not missing out rafting on the Nile or Bungee jumping. On this safari, you will track Gorillas in Bwindi, do Golden monkey tracking and hiking in Mgahinga, view the big game roaming the savanna plains of Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls.

Details

Note: On the day of arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be warmly received by the company guide/ representative, who will transfer you to your overnight accommodation in Kampala. Depending on time of arrival, you may do a Kampala city tour visiting sites like Mengo [Buganda] palace, Uganda Martyrs shrine and the East African crafts and Art Gallery for Souvenir shopping. This maybe time/day to change your money. Overnight: Sheraton Hotel (luxury) or Cassia lodge (midrange) or Speke Hotel (Basic); Bed & Breakfast

Day 01: Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla Park [Approximately 9hours drive].

Have an early breakfast at the hotel, meet with your guide at the hotel, receive briefing and then embark on an early drive southwest of the country to Mgahinga National Park. On this drive, you will break off in Kayabwe at the Equator for an introductory experience, here you will be exposed to a water try out and enjoy some snap shots, later continue with the drive stopping off again for lunch, before you proceed further arriving in Kisoro in the evening. Proceed to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight as you think of what is waiting for you to discover on this tour.

Meal Plan: Half Board: Overnight: Gahinga Gorilla lodge (luxury) or Travelers Rest Kisoro (midrange) or Kisoro Tourist Hotel (basic). 

Day 02: Hiking the volcanoes

Begin with an early breakfast at the lodge, with your packed lunch boxes transfer to the park headquarters where hiking will proceed from. Hiking starts from Ntebeko, you will climb one of the 3 volcanos in the park that is; Muhavura at 4127m, or Sabinyo at 3669m or Gahinga at 3474m, depending on your fitness and strength, the activity lasts through the entire day and therefore a picnic lunch will be enjoyed. Trails to the summit reward you with forest species like birds, primates, glorious views of lakes and agricultural villages. The summits of the volcanos command views within neighboring Rwanda and DR Congo.

Meal Plan: Full Board Overnight: Gahinga Gorilla lodge (luxury) or Travelers Rest Kisoro (midrange) or Kisoro Tourist Hotel (basic).

Day 03: Golden monkey tracking and head to Bunyonyi.

Start with an early breakfast, transfer to Ntebeko visitor center from where you will start off the Golden monkey tracking experience. These are some of the most endangered species and can be traced in the beautiful Bamboo forests of the Virunga ranges, look out for these primates in the wilds of Mgahinga on the trek, once you find them, you spend an hour watching them and later retreat to the start point. Head to the lodge, have lunch and transfer to Bunyonyi, a lake known for its glittering beauty.

Meal Plan: Full Board [FB] Overnight: Bird Nest @ Bunyonyi Resort (luxury) or Arcadia lodge (midrange) or Crater Bay Cottages (basic). 

Day 04: Canoe ride on Bunyonyi and transfer to Bwindi.

Have a delightful breakfast at your lodge, transfer for a morning breathtaking canoe ride along the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi. The 2-3hours boat experience rewards you with stunning views of the terraced Kigezi Highlands and will let you explore some of the 29 Islands that the lake harbors. You will return to the lodge in the afternoon for lunch, check-out and head North wards to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Check-in at the booked lodge where dinner and overnight will be.

Meal Plan: Full Board [FB] Overnight: Buhoma Gorilla lodge (luxury) or Silverback lodge (midrange) or Engagi (basic).

Day 05: Gorilla tracking in the park.

Have an early breakfast and then transfer to the park headquarters with your packed lunch boxes, you will receive briefing from the ranger and then enter the forest for the day’s ultimate adventure. Trekking is such a challenging activity, characterized by steep and slippery terrain as well as tangled vegetation, it’s a park where only the brave can penetrate. Look out for the Mountain Gorillas and once you find them, an hour will be allowed in their presence. Tracking can last just for a few hours or through the whole day depending on where these Apes are located and their movements, return to the lodge where dinner and overnight will be. Meal Pan: Full Board [FB].

Day 06: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Have a relaxed breakfast at the lodge, leave Bwindi heading to Queen Elizabeth National park, entering through the Southern section with the famous Ishasha sector known for its tree climbing Lions. Game drive looking out for these elusive species lying in tree branches, stalking their prey or as they move through the grasses planning their hunt. Head to the lodge where your dinner will be. Meal Plan: Full Board [FB] Overnight: Mweya/ Ishasha Wilderness camp (luxury) or Parkview Safari lodge/ Ishasha Jungle lodge (midrange)] or Bush lodge/ Simba safari camp (basic). 

Day 07: Game drive and launch trip in Queen Elizabeth.

Start with breakfast and hit the savanna plains in search of the game variety. The savannas are crammed with a number of wildlife such as; Uganda Kobs, Warthogs, the giant African Elephants and Buffalos among others, that present dream photo opportunities in the African wilderness. In the afternoon after your lunch break, you will go for a luxurious way of enjoying the wilderness, on a launch trip along the Kazinga channel, leading you past the enormous Hippo schools, these are opportune moments to spot Caimans, Monitor lizards, Buffalos and birds like Marabou Storks along the shores. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan: Full board [FB] Overnight: Mweya Safari lodge (luxury) or Parkview lodge (midrange) or Simba safari camp (basic).

Day 08: Game drive and head to Kibale Forest National Park.

After a hearty breakfast, proceed for yet another game drive, to explore the park diversity. These are opportune moments to add on your game count and later in the afternoon, proceed to Kibale Forest National Park. Check-in at your lodge on arrival where you will relax at the evening, dinner and overnight. Meal Plan: Full board [FB] Overnight: Ndali lodge (luxury) or Primate lodge (midrange) or Kibale Forest Lodge (Basic).

Day 09: Chimpanzee tracking and crater field hiking.                                                                                                               

Transfer after an early breakfast, on ward to the park headquarters at Kanyancu for an interesting Chimpanzee tracking expedition. Receive briefing from the ranger and at 08:00hours, you will set into the forest to track these delightful species. The forest is diverse, therefore, expect to see a number of creatures, an hour is accorded to you once you meet them and later retreat to the start point, from here, head back to the lodge. After lunch head to Fort Portal to explore the Ndali crater field, the summits reward you with striking views of the crater lakes.

Meal Plan: Full Board [FB] Overnight. Kyaninga lodge (luxury) or Mountains of the moon (midrange) or Koi Koi Cultural village (basic).

Day 10: Transfer to Murchison Falls, visit top of the falls

After an early breakfast, checkout from the lodge and continue northwards through the greater Bunyoro region, you will have a lunch break in Masindi and continue to the park arriving in the early evening hours, proceed to the top of the falls for stunning photographic moments, and feel of the power of Nature at the roaring falls; Later proceed to your lodge through the Northern Bank spotting some game. Meal Plan: Full Board [FB], Overnight. Paraa safari lodge (luxury) or Pakuba safari lodge (midrange) or Heritage safari lodge (basic).

Day 11: Launch trip and savannah game drive.

Start with an early breakfast, transfer to Paraa; the tourism hub and prepare to take part in the morning launch trip along the majestic river Nile, culminating into a frontal display of the astonishing falls. The trip rewards you with views of; Nile Crocodiles, and Hippopotamuses among other game, as well as birds that linger along the banks and in trees nearby. Have lunch in the afternoon and later go for a game drive on the northern bank where you will see variety of game.

Meal Plan: Full board [FB] Overnight: Paraa safari lodge (luxury) or Pakuba Safari lodge (midrange) or Heritage safari lodge (basic). 

Day 12: Morning game drive and travel back to Kampala.

Have an early breakfast at the lodge, sign off with another game experience on the northern bank, looking out for more wildlife to add on your safari check list, expecting to see the early grazers. Later drive out of the park and head back to Kampala, onward to the airport for your flight. En-route break off for lunch. [Optional; branch to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary to track another member of the African big five; the white Rhinos]. Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch. End of Safari

 

Price Inclusion

Park entrance fees, Gorilla, Chimpanzee and Golden monkey tracking Permits per person, Professional English Speaking guide/driver, Ground Transportation, Round trip Airport /Hotel transfers, Drinking water [mineral] in the car, Pre tour accommodation on bed and Breakfast basis.

Price Exclusions

Visa fees (visa can be arranged on request), Post Tour Accommodation [can be arranged on request], Airline ticket [arranged on request], Tips, Gratuities and expenses of personal nature, Meals and beverages outside the menu, Travel insurance (arranged on request), All activities labeled as optional.

 

Rates are Per Person (P/P) in USD 1Pax 2Pax 3Pax 4Pax 5Pax 6Pax 7Pax
Budget 5769 4156 3736 3511 3381 3291 3169
Mid-range 6966 4999 4589 4376 4250 4063 3976
Luxury 10272 7624 7150 6911 6766 6666 6581

 


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