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11 Day Uganda Gorilla Cultural Encounter

Highlights

This tour will take you to the famous Murchison Falls National Park en route to Rhino tracking, and then to Murchison Falls National Park, where you will enjoy a game drive and a boat safari. Transfer to Kibale in order to track chimps. Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park for a game viewing and kazinga channel boat safari. Go gorilla trekking in Bwindi. Take a boat ride or go canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi. Transfer to Lake Mburo to see the wildlife. Make your way back to Kampala.

Itenary

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport

    You will be met by our safari guide/driver after which, you’ll be taken to your hotel. If you arrive earlier, you can take a tour of the town and interact with the community members who are hospitalized, as well as purchase souvenirs if you so desire. Return to the lodge for lunch later in the afternoon and spend the evening relaxing in preparation for your safari adventures.

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park with rhino tracking en route

    After an early breakfast, our driver/guide will pick you up from your hotel at 7:00 a.m., brief you on your 3-day Murchison Falls safari, and you will embark on your 6-hour journey to Murchison Falls National Park. You’ll pass through Luwero and then stop at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for rhino tracking; you’ll see both black and white rhinos here. After tracking, make a pit stop in Masindi for lunch before continuing to the park. Later, drive to the lodge, unwind for the evening, eat dinner, and retire for the night.

Day 3: Morning game drive and Nile boat cruise

    On this day, get up early and eat breakfast, then your driver and ranger guide will pick you up from the lodge at 7:00 a.m. to begin your game drive. During the drive, you will have the opportunity to see lions, buffaloes, giraffes, elephants, antelopes, water bucks, and birds, among other animals. Drive back to the lodge after the game drive around 11:40 a.m., relax/freshen up, and have lunch as you prepare for the afternoon boat cruise. On the boat, you’ll see a variety of Nile crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, and elephants along the Nile’s banks. You might be able to see birds like the Goliath heron and others. The boat ride will take you to the base/bottom of the Murchison Falls, where you will be able to see the mighty waterfalls up close and personal. Continue hiking to the top of the falls; the climb may be difficult, but the thrill of reaching the top is unforgettable. Here you will meet your driver guide, who will drive you back to the lodge.

Day 4: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

    Depart immediately after breakfast from your lodging for Kibale Forest National Park. The drive is breathtakingly beautiful, passing through villages, lush green countryside, and hills dotted with tea plantations, all of which are typical of this region of Uganda. Chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, grey cheeked mangabeys, and red tailed monkeys are among the primates found in Kibale National Park. You’ll arrive and have little time to do anything but check into your lodging for dinner and an overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 5: Chimp tracking in Kibale and transfer to Queen National Park

    After breakfast, head to the ranger station for a briefing on what to do and what not to do while chimp trekking. After that, you’ll go on a chimp trek in the Kibale Forest. An experienced ranger guide will take you chimp tracking, and the sights of primates here will astound you. Once you’ve found the chimps, you’ll have an hour to spend with them. After lunch, you’ll return to the lodge before heading to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will arrive in the evening and spend the night at the Lodge you have reserved.

Day 6: Early morning game drive and afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga Channel

    Enjoy your breakfast first thing in the morning. Take a morning game drive through the Kasenyi plains, looking for lions, elephants, bushbucks, Cape buffaloes, Defassa Waterbucks, Giant Forest Hogs, and Uganda kob, among other animals. Return to your lodging for some much-needed rest and lunch. After lunch, you’ll embark on a 2-hour boat ride along the Kazinga Channel, which connects Lakes George and Edward, where you’ll be enthralled by the concentrations of giant hippos, elephants, and crocodiles, among other animals. At the water’s edge, you’ll see a variety of birds, including the African shoebill, Great and long-tailed cormorants, Open-billed storks, Darters, and saddle-billed storks. Dinner will be served at your lodge, and you will spend the night there.

Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park (famous for its resident tree-climbing lions)

    Have breakfast before departing for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park (famous for its resident tree-climbing lions). The chances of seeing these lions are about 70%, though they can be difficult to spot at times (especially when they’re hunting for prey in the grassland). I hope you get a chance to see them; the sight will be breathtaking! Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the next stop. Bwindi is a large mountain gorilla habitat in Uganda (home to an estimated 400 gorillas, or roughly half of the world’s population), with several habituated groups that can be tracked. With a long day ahead of you, you’ll do little on arrival except check into your lodging and relax as you prepare for your Bwindi gorilla trekking adventure the next day.

Day 8: Gorilla trekking

    After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure for Gorilla trekking Bwindi Forest and afternoon Batwa (pygmy) community and cultural encounter. The area has a dramatic steeply forested landscape and is densely forested, but it is crisscrossed by numerous animal trails that allow tourists access. The length of time it takes and the terrain vary depending on the movements of these massive primates. Once you’ve found a gorilla family, you’ll have an hour to spend with them. Spending time with these gentle and endangered giants is an amazing, exciting experience that should be savoured for a long time. Return to your lodge for lunch and some well-deserved rest. Late in the afternoon, take a cultural walk through the villages to meet the friendly locals and take part in their enthralling traditional performances.

Day 9: Drive to Lake Bunyonyi and enjoy a canoe trek on the lake before relaxing.

    Have a leisurely breakfast before driving to Lake Bunyonyi, Africa’s second deepest lake. You could spend all day admiring the small islands with steep sides and terraced shores that dot the water, as well as the 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it so magical. You can go canoeing in locally made canoes to see the different islands, including the punishment island known as “Akampene,” where bakiga girls were abandoned after becoming pregnant before marriage. Return to your lodging for lunch and relaxation with a breathtaking view of Lake Bunyonyi directly in front of you.

Day 10: Transfer to Lake Mburo NP

    On arrival you’ll enjoy an afternoon game drive Have breakfast and depart for Lake Mburo NP, passing through the densely terraced Kigezi hill slopes, Mbarara town, and finally Lake Mburo NP. Arrive in the park in the early afternoon and relax at your booked accommodation before embarking on an evening game drive. Expect to see eland antelopes, zebras in large numbers, topis, impalas, warthogs, Uganda kob, and Cape buffalos among other animals on the game drive. Later, unwind at the hotel where you’ll be spending the night.

Day 11: Lake Mburo National Park Game drive

    After a hearty breakfast, head to Mburo for a morning park/nature walk with an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger/guide. Hyenas returning to their dens after a night on the prowl are frequently seen on this early morning guided walk. You’ll also get up close and personal with Zebras, Giraffes, and Eland, Topi and other antelopes, and Cape buffaloes, among other animals. Take the Trail to the top of the hills to get a view of Lake Mburo and the surrounding area. You can see 9 of the twelve lakes that surround Lake Mburo National Park from this vantage point. You’ll have the chance to take photos at the equator, eat lunch, and then be dropped off at the airport.

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