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11 Days Wildlife Safari, Gorilla Trekking, and Batwa TrailFly into Uganda and overnight. Transfer to Murchison Falls with a visit to Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary (en route). From Murchison, proceed to Kibale NP for chimp trekking. Thereafter, transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP for classic game viewing. Continue to Bwindi via Ishasha (well known for the tree-climbing lions). Enjoy the epic gorilla trekking in Bwindi then go visit the Batwa people. Drive to Lake Mburo NP for more game viewing before finally returning to Entebbe to catch a flight back home.

Tour Highlights

  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Chimpanzee Trekking
  • Game drives
  • Boat Cruise
  • Wildlife viewing

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at the Airport

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls

Day 3: Game drive and boat cruise

Day 4: Transfer to Kibale National Park

Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking.

Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park for boat cruiser

Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 8: Gorilla trekking

Day 9: Batwa trail Experience.

Day 10: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Day 11: Travel back to Kampala

End of 11 Days Wildlife Safari, Gorilla Trekking, and Batwa Trail

 

Fly into Uganda and overnight. Transfer to Murchison Falls with a visit to Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary (en route). From Murchison, proceed to Kibale NP for chimp trekking. Thereafter, transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP for classic game viewing. Continue to Bwindi via Ishasha (well known for the tree-climbing lions). Enjoy the epic gorilla trekking in Bwindi then go visit the Batwa people. Drive to Lake Mburo NP for more game viewing before finally returning to Entebbe to catch a flight back home.

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrive Entebbe, pick up and overnight in the booked accommodation

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be received by a Home to Africa assigned driver/guide who will welcome you to Uganda – the Pearl of Africa. Thereafter, you will be transferred to the booked accommodation. In case you have had an early flight into Uganda, you may opt to go visit the Entebbe Botanical Garden. The Garden is one of the places around Entebbe where you can spot many species of birds and a few primates such as: the black and white colobus and vervet monkeys. It is also a place of tranquility and peace, a feast for the eyes and there is a notable absence of people and you simply immerse in nature, the sounds of birds breaking the stillness of the moment.

Day 2

Transfer to Murchison Falls with rhino tracking in Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary (en route)

After breakfast, embark on a journey to Murchison Falls National Park. The highlights of this park include the roaring rapids of the Murchison, the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park where you will have the chance of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants. Then surely you will be fascinated by the concentration of hippos and the Nile crocodiles here. For birders, Murchison Falls boasts 450 bird species including the grey parrot, dwarf kingfisher, the white-thigh hornbill, and the Goliath heron among others. En route, make a visit to Zziwa Rhino sanctuary for your first Big 5 experience where you will have an hour of rhino tracking. Another stop will be in Masindi in order to enjoy your lunch. Continue to the park and check in to your accommodation to relax for the Evening.

Day 3

Murchison Morning game drive and Boat trip to the base of the falls

Have your breakfast, depart for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park, where you will have the opportunity of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants. For any birder, this area boasts the secretary bird and black-chested snake eagle to name a few. Return to your accommodation for some rest time and lunch. After lunch, you will head out for the boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls where you will also be able to catch sight of more animals including Hippos and Crocodiles and several water birds. Continue with a hike (if you like) to the top of the falls. The hike may be a strenuous one but the thrill on reaching the top is unforgettable. Miss it only if you must. Return to your accommodation and have a relaxed evening.

Day 4

Exit Murchison Falls National Park and Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast at your accommodation, depart right away for Kibale Forest National Park. The drive is a bit longer but incredibly scenic, passing through villages, lush green countryside, and hills dotted with tea plantations that characterize this part of Uganda. You won’t get bored at all. Kibale NP is popular for its primates like the chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, L'Hoest's monkey, Uganda mangabey (Lophocebus Uganda). On your chimpanzee trails, these can be seen swinging in the forest trees and others feeding on the wild fruits. You will reach and do little but check into your accommodation where you will have dinner and the overnight rest.

Day 5

Chimp tracking Kibale Forest and afternoon Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP

Have breakfast and head to the Rangers’ post where you will receive some briefing on the dos and don’ts during chimp trekking. Thereafter, you will proceed to trek the chimps in the Kibale Forest. An experienced ranger guide will take you chimp tracking and you will be fascinated by the sights of primates here. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour in their presence. You will return to the lodge for some rest time and lunch after which you will head out for Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will arrive in time to relax, enjoy your dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.

Day 6

Queen’s Morning game drive and afternoon Boat trip along the Kazinga Channel

Be up early and have your breakfast. Proceed for a morning game drive to the Kasenyi plains and be on the look for Lions, Elephants, Bushbucks, Cape Buffaloes, Defassa Waterbucks, Giant Forest Hogs, Uganda kob, among others. Return to your accommodation for some rest time and lunch. After lunch, you will go for a 2-hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel which connects Lakes George and Edward and you will surely be fascinated by the concentrations of giant hippos, elephants and crocodiles among others. You will also see many varieties of birds at the water shores. You will have dinner and overnight at your accommodation.

Day 7

Transfer to Bwindi (Ruhija) with en route game viewing in the Ishasha area

Have breakfast then set off for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park – famously known for its resident tree-climbing lions. The chance of spotting these lions is about 70% though sometimes they are really hard to spot (most especially when they’re down in the grassland looking for prey). Hoping you get the chance to spot them, the sight will be spectacular! Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is a big habitat for mountain gorillas in Uganda (harboring an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population) including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. With a strenuous day ahead, you will do less on arrival but just check in your accommodation, relax as you prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day.

Day 8

Gorilla trekking Bwindi Forest and Transfer to Traveler’s Rest Kisoro

After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular! The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. Once you locate a gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored. Return to your lodge for some rest time and lunch. Thereafter, embark on a transfer to Traveler’s Rest Kisoro for relaxation and the overnight stay.

Day 9

Undertake the Batwa trail experience and later relax at the accommodation

Have breakfast and proceed out for the Batwa trail experience. For generations, the Mgahinga dense forest was home to the indigenous Batwa (hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors) who depended on the forest for shelter, food, and medicine. Now, they lead visitors through the forest and introduce them to their old home and the techniques they used to survive in it. The remarkable trail unveils the hidden historical secret of the Batwa people. It expresses the true cultural background of the Batwa who are the famous traditional owners of the hilly forested areas occupied by Mgahinga Forest in the district of Kisoro. Thereafter, return to the accommodation for lunch and take the afternoon (evening) relaxing at the Traveler’s Rest Kisoro (most likely reflecting on your trip so far).

Day 10

Transfer to Lake Mburo NP and enjoy afternoon (evening) game viewing

Have breakfast and set off to Lake Mburo NP. Drive past the intensely terraced Kigezi hill slopes into Mbarara town and finally Lake Mburo NP. Arrive in the park in the early afternoon and take some rest before proceeding out for the late afternoon (evening) game viewing. On the game drive, expect to see the gigantic eland antelopes, zebras in big numbers, topis, impalas, warthogs, Uganda kob and Cape buffalos among others. Later, relax at the accommodation where you will spend the night. Optional: In case you’re interested, you may go out for the breathtaking Mburo night game drive. During the night game drive, expect to sight nocturnal creatures including huge snakes, python, hyena, owls and the elusive leopard (on a lucky day) among others. However, the cost for the night game drive is excluded and payable on the ground (as may be specified).

Day 11

Mburo park (nature) walk and transfer to Entebbe Airport for your flight out

Enjoy your early breakfast and proceed for the Mburo morning park/nature walk in the presence of an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger/guide. On this early morning guided walk, you often encounter hyenas that are returning to their dens after a night of being on the prowl. Also, you will have the opportunity to encounter (at close range): Zebras, Giraffes and Eland, Topi and other antelopes, Cape buffaloes among others. Take the Trail to the top of the hills and see Lake Mburo and beyond. From this vantage point, you will have a great view of 9 of the twelve lakes surrounding Lake Mburo NP. Thereafter, return to the accommodation for checkout and then hit the road to Entebbe airport for your flight out (recommended for 18:00 onward). We hope to see you (or any referral) when next, you visit and thanks for choosing Home to Africa!
  • 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)
  • Drinking water(On all days)
  • 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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