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Gorillas Chimps and Savannah Safari

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Gorillas, Chimps and Savannah Safari

Experience the best of Uganda – the gorillas of bwindi chimp tracking in kibale and the African wildlife of Queen Elizabeth national park. This comprehensive seven day safari uses luxury lodges and your guide travels with you throughout your journey.

Highlights:

Kibale N.P.Queen Elizabeth N.P.Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Chimp Trekking, Gorilla Trekking

Detailed Itinerary:

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Kyambura Gorge Lodge

 

 

 

Young African Male Lion Asleep in a Tree

Day 1 – Kampala / Kibale National Park

Today you will be met by your guide and vehicle at your hotel or at the airport and depart Kibale National Park via the town of Mubende set in rolling hills. Time permitting, take a two hour detour to visit the Nakayima Shrine, a 400 year old tree venerated in local folklore as holding the spirit of an ancient king. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route and continue to Kibale, arriving in the late afternoon.

The park is home to 11 primate species, including chimpanzees, and baboons. Other wildlife at Kanyawara include hundreds of bird species, the rare forest elephant, duikers, giant forest hog, golden cat, civit, genets, and mongoose. Here, on a daytime or evening guided forest walk, you may find families of chimpanzees and red colobus monkeys chattering and swinging through the ancient forest trees. The sightings of birds in the forest are no less impressive – there are at least 325 species, many of which are found nowhere else. In addition there are over 144 species of butterflies. The park contains pristine lowland tropical rain forest, montane forest, and mixed tropical deciduous forest. In addition to forest, you will also notice areas of grassland and of swamp.

Today after you arrive, relax at lodge or explore nearby crater lake. Your stay will at the Ndale Primate Lodge, set on a high hill above Lake Nyinambuga with 360° views. The lodge is built from local materials. Eight individual cottages provide en suite bathrooms and spacious, airy bedrooms with high ceilings. The four-poster beds are draped in elegant netting and decorated with local craftwork. Each cottage has a private verandah. There is no electricity; instead, ample candles and oil lamps evoke the sense of “old Africa” in the evening.
Overnight – Ndali Primate Lodge (L,D & activities)

Day 2 – Kibale National Park – Chimp Trek
This morning after an early breakfast you will head into the park to track the noisy chimps and other primates crashing around through the high canopy of the forest, stopping for a picnic lunch. After your time with the chimps you will take an afternoon walk in Bigodi to see swamp birds. The tourism and conservation activities in Bigodi wetland have helped build a number of community projects including a local library and a new secondary school.
Overnight – Ndali Primate Lodge (all meals & activities)

Day 3 – Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kyambura Gorge
This morning after breakfast, you’ll depart by road for Queen Elizabeth National Park. Along the way you will stop at the Equator where you can stand astride both hemispheres and you’ll also have the opportunity to stop at the roadside markets that burst with fruit and vegetables. Continuing on, you’ll descend the escarpment to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s oldest park, which lies in the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley. The park is centered around Lake Edward and Lake George, with the two lakes being linked by the Kazinga channel, a waterway rich in wildlife and birds. The Rwenzori Mountains act as a majestic backdrop to the park’s variety of habitats – tropical forest, green meadows, savannah, crater lakes and swamps.

Around Ishasha you may spot the famous tree-climbing lions which lounge nonchalantly in the upper branches of old fig trees. In the Maramagambo forest, a vast virtually untouched woodland area, search for forest game and primates. Over 500 bird species have been recorded with 260 sighted in a day, making it a Mecca for bird-watchers. They include the shoebill stork, the black bee-eater, kingfishers, raptors and spectacular flocks of flamingos.

Afterwards continue to the Kyambura Gorge Lodge, set on the edge of the part with stunning views over the Gorge and the lush savannah of the park, with the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains in the distance. The main lodge building was originally a coffee store and processing plant, surrounded by coffee plantations. The original structure has been sensitively restored to create a stunning living space, balancing the history of the building with the location and creating a series of distinct luxurious contemporary spaces for guests.

Six beautiful, spacious bandas have been carefully nestled into the hillside, each with their own luxury bathroom. Each room has a different aspect of the panoramic views across the gorge, savannah and mythical Rwenzoris. Each banda is uniquely appointed, adopting a different colour theme.

Relax with a cool drink and take in the views with time to freshen up before dinner.
Overnight – Kyambura Gorge Lodge (all meals, drinks & activities)

Day 4 – Queen Elizabeth National Park – Chimp Trek
This morning after breakfast you will drive to the Kyambura gorge to track the fast moving Chimpanzees. The chimp population here is quite mobile and viewing is unpredictable. The walk in this “lost world” is nevertheless enchanting. You may also visit the tropical Bee Care Center to look at their range of community projects from bee keeping, honey making to the community nursery for children.

Alternatively go for a nature walk in Maramagambo Forest. This forest harbors some unusual species – red-tailed and L’Hoest’s Monkey, potto, giant forest hog, pygmy antelope, and giant elephant shrew. You can also visit the bat caves and the blue lake. In the afternoon you will go on boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, with a view of a variety of game, especially hippo, buffalo, elephant and a vast array of birds.
Overnight – Kyambura Gorge Lodge (all meals, drinks & activities)

Day 5 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
This morning after breakfast you will drive to the dense forested hills of Bwindi. Bwindi is a rainforest and thus is wet all year round, so depending road conditions and where the gorillas where last spotted you may have time for an afternoon wildlife walk after arriving in camp.

The Bwindi Impenetrable forest was established in 1991 to protect some of the last remaining great apes in the wild. Here exists about one half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas. Other animals including the Colobus monkey, chimpanzee, elephant, bushbuck, duiker, buffalo, golden cat, leopard, civet, bushpig and giant forest hog.. The Gorillas live at altitudes of up to 6,500 feet (1,980 m) so be prepared for a long and difficult hike. Usually these habituated gorilla’s are tracked daily by the park rangers, but they can travel long distances through the dense jungle in a matter of hours.

Your stay here will be at Volcanoes’ Bwindi Lodge. The Lodge overlooks the primeval Bwindi forest, home to gorillas, monkeys, chimpanzees and birds. Amidst the many noises of forest life, it is the perfect place to experience the magic of this area. The lodge consist of only 8 spacious bandas with a dinning room, bar and lounge that overlooks the forest below.
Overnight – Bwindi Lodge (all meals & activities)

Day 6 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Gorilla Trek
This morning you arise early to begin your hike to find the Gorilla’s. Depending on where they were last spotted it may take several hours to come upon them. But your patience and stamina will be rewarded. Coming upon a family of these amazing creatures in the undergrowth is an inspiring moment. After a full hour with these intelligent gentle creatures it’s time for one last look before hiking back to camp.
Overnight – Bwindi Lodge (all meals & activities)

Day 7 – Bwindi / Kampala – Depart
After an early breakfast you will depart by road, driving through this beautiful land. With a picnic lunch en route, you’ll arrive back in Kampala in the late afternoon.

NOTE – Optional charter flights from Bwindi to Kampala can be arranged at an additional cost – for those wishing to avoid the long 8-10 hour drive back or wanting to depart Kampala earlier.

Gorillas Chimp and Savannah Safari Rates

Cost:

  • Starting at $4,750 per person sharing double accommodations
Our fully inclusive rates include:

  • All accommodations and meals as per itinerary, including alcoholic beverages at Bwindi Loge only
  • English speaking guide and 4×4 vehicle for group departure
  • Private guide and 4×4 vehicle for private safari
  • All drinks including beer, wing and spirits (except at Ndali Lodge)
  • 1 chimpanzee trekking permit
  • 1 Bwindi Gorilla trekking permit
  • Services of rangers and gorilla guide for trekking
  • All wildlife reserve and national park fees

Does not include:

  • Airfare into and out of Uganda
  • First night in Entebbe/Kampala (departs at 9:00am)if needed
  • Alcoholic beverages at Ndali Loge
  • Laundry (can be done for a fee)
  • Visas and visa fees
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance (Emergency Medical, Medical Evacuation & Repatriation Insurance is required)
  • Gratuities for guides and camp/lodge staff
  • Airport Departure Taxes

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