Uganda Ultimate Wildlife Safari

November 2-11, 2019

Uganda was described as ‘the pearl of Africa’ by Winston Churchill and it is easy to see why! Nestled between the arms of the Great Rift Valley, Uganda is where East African savannah meets West African Jungle. This harmonious situation provides a unique opportunity for safaris. Where else but in this enchanting country can you venture into open savannah and observe lions relaxing under an acacia tree in the morning, then in the afternoon enjoy the sight of hippos and crocs enjoying the cool waters whilst you cruise along? The adventure doesn’t stop there, for the very next day you can journey into the lush rainforests to track chimpanzees and the highlight of your safari may be a visit to see one of man’s closest relatives, the mountain gorilla. Staring deep into the eyes of these endangered apes will be a time treasured and not easily forgotten.

Itinerary

DAY 1  (Sat, Nov 2)  Arrival to Entebbe ~ Arrive at Entebbe International airport, meet and greet and transfer to hotel. Get to know fellow travelers during tonight’s Welcome Dinner.

Accommodations: Boma Guesthouse

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 (Sun, Nov 3) – Mabamba Wetlands and Entebbe Botanical Gardens ~ Morning motorized canoe birding excursion at Mabamba Swamps, one of the best and most convenient places to spot the elusive shoebill.  Our boat ride provides excellent opportunities to see many of the birds that inhabit these important wetlands.  Afternoon walking tour at Entebbe Botanic Gardens, another hotspot for Uganda’s birdlife and a lovely place to explore for a few hours.

Accommodations: Boma Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 3 (Mon, Nov 4) – Kibale ~ Full day drive to Kibale Forest area.  After leaving the Lake Victoria Basin, we’ll pass through beautiful agricultural countryside where every type of fruit and vegetable imaginable is grown. Upon reaching Kyanjojo, in the lower foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon), we drive through beautiful tea plantations and into Kibale tropical rainforest. Nocturnal walk in search of resident primates that come out after the sun sets.

Estimated drive time today: 6-7 hrs

Accommodations: Primate Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 4 (Tues, Nov 5) – Kibale (Chimp Trek) ~ We have the full day to explore Kibale National Park. Kibale is home to 13 primate species, including colobus monkey, olive baboon, vervet and the most famous of all, the chimpanzee. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, the odds are good with the chance of encountering them standing at higher then 90% during our full day chimp habituation experience. Whilst trekking in the depths of the lush green forest, you will be surrounded by bird song and can expect to see at least five or six primate species.  The walking is fairly easy due to the well‐maintained trails and reasonably flat terrain.

Accommodations: Primate Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 (Wed, Nov 6) – Queen Elizabeth National Park ~ Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive passes through Fort Portal and then south along the eastern length of The Rwenzori Mountains, with the hope of viewing the glaciated peaks. Enjoy a boat ride through the impressive Kazinga Channel, a 40 km natural channel linking Lake Edward and Lake George.  Here, you’ll find the largest population of hippos in Africa.  Other notable species include crocodile, elephant, buffalo, waterbuck, and more.

Estimated drive time today: 5 hrs

Accommodations: Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Elephant on safari

Day 6 (Thurs, Nov 7) – Queen Elizabeth National Park ~ Queen Elizabeth National Park resides in a fertile, equatorial area and has beautiful scenery. It is Uganda’s most popular and accessible savannah reserve, with a total area of 1978 km². It is primarily associated with grassy savannah plains, but this impressive park also includes within its boundaries, leafy rainforests, dense papyrus swamps and natural volcanic crater lakes. As a result it has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world, including a total of 95 recorded mammal species and more then 610 species of birds. We have the entire day for a game drive in the park including the Ishasha region in search of tree climbing lions.

Accommodations: Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 (Fri, Nov 8) – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park ~ After a final morning at Queen Elizabeth National Park, we continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park(a UNESCO World Heritage Site) passing through the scenic area known as The Switzerland of East Africa.

Estimated drive time today: 2.5 hrs, not including game drives

Accommodations: Mahogany Springs Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Days 8-9 (Sat, Nov 9 – Sun, Nov 10) ~ Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (Gorilla Treks) ~ Sightings are not guaranteed so we have two days of gorilla treks included at Bwindi.  Local guides lead us on a hike into the forest where gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. Trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. Groups will be designated based on physical ability.  The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding, the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world.

Accommodations: Mahogany Springs Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Gorilla trekking in Uganda

Day 10 (Mon, Nov 11) – Entebbe/ Departure ~ Scheduled flight to Entebbe in time to connect to your flight home.   You have a day room at Boma Guesthouse for use until 9 pm.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Details

Price: $6795*/ person (double occupancy).  Single supplement:$830*/ person – subject to availability.

Package includes accommodations, private guide and vehicle (every person in vehicle will have a window seat), guided activities as listed, meals, permits (nocturnal primate walk; full day chimp habituation; two gorilla permits), full-time trip host from Reefs to Rockies, park fees and flight to Entebbe on Day 9.

Exclusions: international airfare, passport and visa fees, travel insurance, health preparations, gratuities ($25 per person per day suggested), laundry, and items of a personal nature.

*Pricing and availability subject to change without notice until deposit received and permits and domestic flight purchased.

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