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9 Day Gorillas & Africa Wildlife Safari

Take on this 9 Day Gorillas & Africa Wildlife Safari and experience the best worlds on the Savannah and rain-forest jungle on the same holiday. The tour first takes you to Ngamba Island sanctuary which is the great work of Jane Goodall institute for the protection and conservation of chimpanzees. From Ngamba we take you to Kibale forest to meet our primate cousin, the chimpanzee, then for wildlife viewing experience with a game drive and boat launch in Queen Elizabeth National Park and lastly we meet up with elusive Mountain Gorilla in the misty Bwindi Forest National Park jungle.

Highlights

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Detailed Itinerary

Arrival (See Getting There for more details)


You’ll be collected from the airport.
Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Entebbe for overnight Hotel

Upon you arrival through Entebbe International Airport, you will be welcomed by our guide and transferred to your overnight hotel in Entebbe in BB.

Meal plan: Bed and Breakfast at Cape Diem Guest House (subject to room availability at time of booking).

Main Destination: Entebbe
Accommodation: Carpe Diem Guest House (mid-range)
Meals & Drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included), Drinks not included

Day 2: Transfer to Ngamba Island for the chimpanzee Tour


This morning after breakfast, take the 45 minute boat trip to Ngamba Island, the home to the orphaned chimpanzees living in the protected sanctuary. On arrival, the duty caretakers will take you around the chimp home and brief you about the history of the sanctuary and how and why the chimps were transferred to this island. You will be in time for the feeding session as this gives a chance for visitors to interact with the chimpanzees. Standing on the visitor platform, you’ll also notice their unique behavior and then take pictures of them. Return to your Entebbe accommodation.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Main Destination: Ngamba Island (Lake Victoria)
Accommodation: Carpe Diem Guest House (Mid-range)

Day 3: Entebbe and Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, drive south west of Uganda to the town of Fort Portal and then proceed to Kibale Forest National Park. Lunch en-route. Arrive at Kibale forest in the evening and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.
Accommodation Options: Kibale Forest Camp (Midrange)
Drive time: 6 – 7 hours.

Main Destination: Kibale Forest National Park
Best Time to Visit: December to February and June to July
High Season: June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather: June to July and December to February (Least rain)

Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale national Park


After an early breakfast, you’ll have briefing session the park officials and later set off to the rainforest on the chimpanzee tracking adventures. Return to the lodge for lunch and in the evening, we organize the Bigodi swamp walk. Bigodi Swamp is popular with many swamp endemic birds like pelicans, herons, collared apallis, bee eater, Narina trogon, black capped apallis, yellow spotted nicator, blue headed sunbird, woodland warbler and more. The swamp is also a major livelihood for the local community through tourism and crafts.

Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight as night before.

Main Destination: Kibale Forest National Park
Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp (Safari Tent)
Meals & Drinks: All meals included

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park (By Road)


Drive to Queen Elizabeth national park, one of the largest parks and home to several species of mammals. Lunch and arrive in time for an evening game drive in the savannah with sights of Lions, Elephants, Buffaloes, hyenas, stripped jackals, Hippopotamus, Kobs, Warthog and a variety of primates like Chimpanzee, olive baboon, red-tailed and vervet monkeys in the forests.

Dinner and overnight at accommodation of your choice

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation options: Enganzi Lodge – Ihamba Safari Lodge (subject to room availability at time of booking)
Drive time: 4 – 5 hours.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Best Time to Visit: January to February and June to July (Dry seasons)
High Season: June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather: June to July and January to February (Less rainfall)

Day 6: Activities in the Park—Game Drive & Boat Launch


After breakfast, drive towards Kasenyi and visit the crater lakes, Edwards and George which has been popularly marked as the mating ground for several antelopes, particularly for the Uganda kob. You maybe be lucky to also sight more wildlife that may include lions, buffaloes, elephants, and other animals. Head back to your lodge for lunch and then proceed on an afternoon launch cruise on the Kazinga channel. Enjoy the rays of the setting sun on the launch cruise as you return back to your lodge for dinner and overnight as night before.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Accommodation: Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge (Midrange)
Meals & Drinks: All meals included

Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi Forest Via the Ishasha Sector


Take an early breakfast and then drive to Bwindi Impenetrable forest park through Ishasha sector the area famed for the tree climbing lions. Have a short game drive, lunch and then proceed to Bwindi via the lush green countryside. Reach Bwindi by the evening and check into your lodge for overnight and dinner.

Accommodation options:
Midrange: Silverback lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp or Chameleon Hill lodge (subject to room availability and gorilla permit allocation at time of booking)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Drive time: 5 – 6 hours.

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Best Time to Visit: June to August and December to February
High Season: June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)
Best Weather: June to July and December to February (Less rainfall)

Day 8: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest


After an early breakfast, head to the ranger station for briefing and by the mid morning, start your gorilla trekking expedition in the lush forest vegetation of Bwindi national park. It is quite strenuous and requires fitness through the long hours of anticipated gorilla tracking, sometimes taking 2-7 hours of trekking. Other sights on the trails may include monkeys, birds and several butterflies. Spend utmost one hour with the gorillas and then retire to your lodge happy to have made the trip. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight as night before.

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Accommodation: Silverback Lodge (mid-range)
Meals & Drinks: All meals included

Day 9: Transfer from Bwindi forest back to Entebbe


This morning after your breakfast, start the long journey back to Kampala with stops at the equator point and lunch. Reach Kampala in the early evening and transfer to the airport for your flights. This day is reserved for late evening or night flights.

Main Destination: Entebbe International Airport
Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks: Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)

End of tour


Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
You’ll be dropped off at the airport.

Included in the trip

  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • Chimp permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Not Included

  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

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