SAFARI IN UGANDA.

11 Days Chimps, Gorillas And Game

Duration

11 Days

Tour Type

Multi-Day Tour

Group Size

20 People Max

Languages

English, French, Chinese, German,

This trip is like no other as it gives you the opportunity to taste the Ugandan traditional foods, while you enjoy the different cultural experiences. Not forgetting the amazing wildlife and primates (chimpanzees, gorillas) encounters in Uganda.
Different ethnic groups/tribes in Uganda have their unique staple food and a taste of it on Uganda tours is a lifetime opportunity to experience something unique and memorable. Come lets explore

11 Days /10 Night

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) and then transfer to hotel for overnight. Uganda, uniquely known as “the Pearl of Africa” is a nation of stunning greenery, deep lakes, soaring mountains and rich biodiversity.

Overnight at: Aiportlink Guesthouse or similar. Meal plan: Dinner and Breakfast

After an early breakfast, your guide will pick you from your hotel and drive you around Kampala
where you will tour the city and its religious attractions.

These include;
Namugongo Martryrs Shrine: The Basilica of the Uganda Martyrs is a Roman Catholic minor
basilica dedicated to the Ugandan Martyrs who shed their blood because of the Christian faith
Namirembe Cathedral: This is the oldest cathedral in Uganda and serves as the provincial cathedral of the Anglican church of Uganda.
Uganda National Mosque: this is the third biggest mosque in Africa.
Kabaka’s Palace: Famously known as the “Lubiri Palace”, this is the first modern palace in
Uganda. This is the Royal Palace of the Buganda Kingdom and a fascinating piece of the Buganda history
Visit the art and crafts market in Kampala: You will get to visit one of the biggest crafts markets in Kampala. While here, you will get to buy some art, crafts and other souvenirs that will remind you of your visit to the Pearl of Africa

Visit the fresh food markets: You will visit one of the big market places for fresh farm produce, fruits and vegetables.

Later you will have lunch at a local restaurant; Kampala is a town full of culinary wonders. You
will get to taste some of the eclectic cuisine of the region including Uganda’s local foods. The
rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy.

Later in the evening, you will get to enjoy cultural dance perfomances at Ndere centre.

Overnight at Aiportlink Guesthouse or similar. Meal plan: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast.

After breakfast, your adventure in Uganda begins by driving northwest towards Masindi and
Murchison Falls National Park, which offers beautiful sceneries of grassland acacia savannah in
the north and tropical forests in the south. You will stopover for a nature walk with the rhinos at
the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, the breeding project which saw the rebirth of the endangered white
rhinos in Uganda. You can see them closely while walking freely in the reserve which is their
natural habitat. You will then have Lunch at a local restaurant. You will get to taste one the
delicious traditional cuisines here; these include; steamed matooke (bananas), Kalo (type of
millet bread), Psoho, chapatti and so much more. Later, Proceed to the national park. Check in to
your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Overnight at: Pakuba Safari Lodge or similar. Meal plan: Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast

Today, set out on a game drive along the northern banks of the Nile in the heart of Murchison Falls National Park. You may see giraffes, buffalo, elephants, warthogs, leopards, lions and antelopes. This afternoon, embark on a boat cruise to the base of the falls, watching for hippos, crocodiles, elephants and birds on the river’s banks.

Overnight at: Pakuba Safari Lodge or similar. Meal plan: Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast

After your breakfast at the Lodge, you will visit the top of the falls then embark on a scenic drive to Kibale Forest Park, which is home to some 13 species of primates including the red colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and L'Hoest's monkeys as well as 70 mammal species.

Optional activities: Crater Lakes Hike: Formed by ancient volcanic activity, the crater lakes of Uganda are located near Fort Portal, and are a great hiking option. Typical hikes take you through local villages and tea plantations, to the base of several of these incredibly serene and beautiful lakes. With the Rwenzori Mountains in the background, this is by far one of Uganda’s most peaceful and extraordinary sights.

Overnight at: Chimpanzee Forest Lodge or similar. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner

After breakfast at the lodge, you will go for Chimpanzee tracking along the network of forest trails. Seeing habituated chimps squabbling and swinging from the trees is an exhilarating experience.

Later in the day, you will have the opportunity to visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, which is rich in bird species, vegetation, and wildlife. This is also a great opportunity to support local tourism initiatives which benefit social and economic development in the area.
You will then go for a cultural village walk. Basing on your interests, you will visit a traditional healer who will share knowledge about local herbs, plants and medicines. You will get also get a chance to visit local homes where you will be told interesting stories about birth, marriage,
ceremonies, clans and their traditional life. Learn more about the history and challenges faced by
this developing community of rural Uganda. Time permitting, you will have a chance to experience the Ugandan school system, visit a local church and Bigodi’s trading centre, a hub of rural life and activity.  Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Overnight at: Chimpanzee Forest Lodge or similar. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, you will have breakfast then head for your lessons about how to prepare a local Kitooro meal. You will get to taste your prepared meal and then head out for avisit to the tea and coffee plantations. While here, you will learn about the preparation of these two products. Later, you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to elephants, lions, hippos, buffalo and baboons. You will take a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel, 32 Kms long followed by a game drive. This water system has the highest concentration of Hippos in the world and you will get quite close to them. See also crocodiles, buffalos and other game that drink from the channel, also marvel at the abundant ornitho-life that is supported here.

Overnight at: Twinlakes Safari Lodge or similar. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Today you will have breakfast then continue into the western mountains, before reaching Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and our gorilla-trekking base in the rain forest. The park, whose name references the dense forests it encompasses, is home to roughly half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Though best known for its outstanding gorilla trekking, it also provides refuge to chimpanzees, monkeys, elephants and various small antelope. Bwindi is also a top Uganda birding destination, with 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemics, including threatened species such as African green broadbill and Shelley's crimson wing.

Overnight at: Bweza Gorilla Lodge or similar. Meal plan: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

In the morning you enter the rain tropical forest of Bwindi for the gorilla safari. The activity
starts at 8 am and you will follow the ranger guides in a group of maximum 8 people as you
search for the habituated family of mountain gorillas, which was allocated according to the
permits. Bwindi forest in Uganda has a population of about 420 gorillas, which is half the world
population. It is not predictable the time you will spend to encounter the gorillas. You have one
hour for observing the primates and their behaviours, while taking photographs. Ensure you take
the packed lunch and water with you in the bag and for this, you might need the support of
available porters.
Dinner and overnight at your lodge.
Overnight at: Bweza Gorilla Lodge or similar. Meal plan: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

After breakfast, you will go for a batwa (pygmies) cultural experience. You will learn of their
ways of living. Then head to Lake bunyonyi for overnight. Lake Bunyonyi (“Place of many little
birds”) is the perfect place to stop for a break. The serene lake is rumored to be the deepest in
Africa, reaching depths of 900 meters. The lake stretches around 25 km in length and 7 meters
wide, with 29 islands scattered throughout. Although it can be very tempting to just sit by the
water and soak up the sun, there are many different activities available for one to engage in.
Overnight at: Arcadia Lodge or similar. Meal plan: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

After a heartily breakfast, you will go for a canoe boat ride on the Lake. You will get to visit some of the different islands including one where pregnant girls /women where taken as an
isolating place for having gotten pregnant before marriage.
The adventure continues as you spend one night at Lake Mburo National Park.
The 371 sq km park is an extension of the Tanzanian Plains and has distinctly different
fauna compared to other Ugandan parks. It is the best place in the country to see Eland
Antelope, Zebra, Topi, Impala, and Acacia. The five lakes within the park attract hippos,
crocodiles, and a variety of water birds, while fringing swamps hide black and yellow papyrus gonalek. Have a game drive then return to the lodge.

Overnight at: Mpogo lodge or similar. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

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