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19 DAYS/18 NIGHTS UGANDA PRIMATES, BIRDING, WILDLIFE & LEISURE SAFARI

Safari Overview

The 19 days safari in Uganda is both a wildlife and primate safari and it will have you visiting both the scattered savanna plains and the dense forest canopies of the Uganda National parks.  This Uganda safari holiday is a combination of leisure and adventure safari experiences in Uganda and it will give you a bigger picture of holidays in Africa.

19 days Uganda wildlife safari includes a visit to most of Uganda wildlife and primate destinations. Expect to experience birding safaris in Uganda, gorilla safaris in Uganda, chimpanzee safaris in Uganda, leisure holidays in Africa, boat cruising on the world’s largest river Nile and Kazinga channel and obviously the wildlife safaris in Uganda with very high chances of direct encounter with “Africa’s big FIVE” which includes; Lions, Elephants, Rhinos, Buffaloes and leopards.

Expect to encounter one of the world’s most endemic bird species “shoebill” while on this 19 days

Summarized Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive VIP meet and greet. Transfer to your accommodation.

Day 2: Day at leisure. Optional activities available.

Day 3: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park. Enroute stop over at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Drive time is 5 -6 hours

Day 4: AM game drive.  PM scheduled boat cruise to the bottom of the falls.

Day 5: AM Delta cruise. PM Game drive.

Day 6: Drive to Kibale National Park. Drive time is 3 – 4 hours. PM Game drive.

Day 7: AM chimp Habituation. PM Nocturnal walk.

Day 8: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National park. Drive time is 3 -4 hour. PM Game drive.

Day 9: AM Lion tracking experience. PM scheduled boat cruise on Kazinga channel.

Day 10: AM Game drive. Drive to Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 11: AM and PM Game drives. Sundowner.

Day 12: AM bush breakfast and game drive. PM transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park. Drive time is approx. 2hrs

Day 13: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park

Day 14: Gorilla Habituation in Bwindi National park

Day 15: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Drive time is approx. 5 hours. PM Game drive.

Day 16: AM Nature walk. PM Game drive.

Day 17: Horse riding – 3 hours ride. PM Game drive.

Day 18: AM Game drive. Drive to Entebbe.

Day 19: Transfer to the airport for your scheduled international departure flight. End of services.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International airport and transfer to your accommodation.

Meet your driver who will be waiting for you at the Airport exit lounge, he will have your name printed on the Airport signage to transfer you to your accommodation overnight.
Afternoon at leisure. Optional activities are available like a Mabamba visit, a Ngamba sanctuary visit, and a sunset cruise.

Accommodation options in Entebbe Include;

Luxury – Hotel No.5

Hotel No.5 is one of the most tranquil luxury boutique hotels in Entebbe providing a luxurious and cozy stay for your time in Entebbe. The hotel has different room types like the deluxe and apartments for those who wish to stay longer. The ensuite rooms are well facilitated with unique and up to date amenities like the air conditioners, a flat screen, bathrobes, and slippers, a safety box locked with a password, desk and an electric kettle incase you want to prepare yourself a cup of tea or coffee.
The property has a 24-hour front desk, a shuttle service, a shared kitchen and free Wi-Fi, secure parking space, a swimming pool catering for both the young and the adults. Clients are free to enjoy their time in the lounge with free house drinks provided in case you need a breeze out of the rooms.

Mid-range – Karibu guest House

Karibu Guest House is a boutique hotel located in Entebbe since 2012 when it was set up. The guest house can be traced just 10 minutes from the airport and it is well facilitated to cater for a small number of people in its 8 rooms offering a very exclusive experience and a personal touch of service, delicious food, a 24 hour reception, free and fast internet access, swimming pool, spa and massage amenities.

Budget – Guinea Fowl guest house

Guinea Fowl Guest House named after the rare bird species of the Numididae bird family that can only be found in Africa and among the birds that have a long life span so, they are referred to as the oldest of the gallinaceous birds.  The Guest House has a variety of room types to offer a cozy and comfortable stay, the guesthouse arranges additional services like laundry, luggage storage and a secure parking plus the special massage treatment.

Day 2: Day at leisure. Optional activities available.

Today, you have the day at leisure, to relax and prepare for your trip ahead. But optional activities are available like a discover Entebbe tour that takes you to Botanical gardens, reptile village, Uganda wildlife education center, shopping malls, local markets among others.

Day 3: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park. Enroute stop over at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Drive time is 5 -6 hours

Meet your safari guide and transfer Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Ziwa Rhino sanctuary is the only place in Uganda that hosts the white Rhinos. The sanctuary is located on Nakasongola district, north of Kampala. Currently the sanctuary hosts 32 white Rhinos but also other wildlife can be seen there like over 300 bird species including the rare shoe bill species, Uganda kobs, warthogs, oribis, bush bucks, and water bucks among others.

Enjoy an adventurous trip around the ranch on foot or a boat canoe through the swamps. The sanctuary rangers will walk you to the Rhinos however sometimes you might need to first drive a little into the ranch as the Rhinos are allowed to move around for about 27 miles so you could need to just search for them. The trek goes for about 1 to 2 hours depending on the location of the rhinos.

You need to bring Closed shoes, drinking water, long pants, insect repellent, and of course, your camera

After your 2 hours of Rhino trekking. Proceed to Murchison falls National Park. Murchison falls is one of the most popular parks in Uganda, it being the largest and the oldest park among the ten national parks attracts a large number of tourist due to its rich bio diversity.

Murchison falls national park formerly renowned as Kabelega national park is found in the North end of the Albertine Rift valley where it has existed since 1926 when it was first gazetted as wildlife reserve. It is a home to a variety of wildlife including 76 mammal species, over 451 bird species in the greenery of the savanna plains covering the entire park.

The park is famous for the thunderous waterfall formed due to the bisection of Victoria Nile. The rapid falls thrust down 45 meters of the prominent rift valley walls through the 7 meter gorge to join the calm waters of river Nile stretching for 80km before joining Lake Albert.

The 80km stretch of the river provides one of Uganda’s most remarkable wildlife sightings and views along its banks including elephants, giraffes and buffaloes while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents.

Accommodation Options in Murchison Falls National Park Include;

Luxury – Nile Safari Lodge

Nile safari lodge is found inside the park at the outskirts of River Nile. The lodge has 3 room types namely the deluxe banda, exclusive banda, and the family villa perfect for bigger groups or a couple and their children.

All rooms have in Bidet, Mini-Fridge, Bathtub, Monsoon Shower, Ceiling Fans, Outdoor Shower, Day Bed, Telephone, Deck, Wi-Fi, En-suite toilet, Yoga Mats, and Safe, among others.

There is also a star bed for your relaxation as you face the waters and take in fresh air, especially for clients booked in the exclusive banda but also all rooms have access to a private swimming pool that caters for both children and adults.

Enjoy the warmth and exceptional care from the staff plus a massage on the peaceful floating Dhow (boat) known as Lala Salama on the river

Mid-range – Pakuba Safari Lodge

Pakuba Safari Lodge is located inside Murchison Falls National Park and it is a mid-range accommodation but very beautiful and comfortable with the clear and perfect views of Savannah grasslands.

You have many opportunities for sighting wildlife for instance birds and animals right from your room veranda or at the lodge.

The staff are so hospitable and exceptional and surely so many clients enjoy a pleasant stay at Pakuba safari lodge.

The Lodge is also just 30 minutes away from the boat jetty making it easier to access so many water activities like fishing, delta cruise, the bottom of the falls boat cruise, and bird watching among others.

Budget – Bamboo Village

Bamboo village is found 5 minutes away from the New Nile Bridge and Mubaku Gate of Murchison Falls.

The facility has eight rooms constructed to offer a traditional homely feel to the guests from local materials such as the bamboo plant that is sighted in the compound. The rooms are well spaced and each room has a balcony and they are all ensuite, the rooms have running water 24 hours, king-sized beds with mosquito nets draping around.

Enjoy the reception from the staff that are super friendly and care to make you comfortable and receive high-quality services.

Day 4: Morning Game drive. Afternoon scheduled bottom of the falls cruise.

A game drive around Murchison falls is one of the best ways to explore the park’s attractions which include the top game four including Lions, buffalo, hippo, Elephant and Leopard, Kob, Rothschild’s giraffe and Orbi, antelopes among others.

The park is divided into the Bugungu (South) and the Paraa section (North) but majority of the game is found along the Bulingi game track which stretches over 160 km offering a great chance of viewing plenty of wildlife including different bird species like Carmine Bee eater, Bar breasted Fire finch, Spur winger Geese, North Crombec and many more but also lots of game can be seen along the Victoria and Albert trails which are the best for viewing the water animals and birds like the hippo, crocodiles, alligators, monitor lizards among others.

A morning game drive creates a great chance to see animals while still in their habitants before dispersing away for the day’s hunt. Don’t forget to carry along an insect repellant for the case of tsetse flies.
Return to the lodge for lunch and a relaxation before proceeding for your afternoon scheduled boat cruise to the bottom of the falls.

The three hours boat cruise to the bottom of the falls in Murchison falls can be done in the morning or afternoon from the jetty sailing downs to the Fajoa Gorge as a shared or exclusive activity.

The boat cruise stops at the point where the strong rapid falls from the top of the falls join the calm waters of the river offering you a full sight of the waters gushing from the gorge down the escarpment and previously clients could get off the boat to hike to the top of the falls for a full encounter.

The boat trip also offers beautiful sightings of so many residents of the park along the shores of the river Nile like birds, the hippos, crocodiles, elephants as they feed, never can you miss out glimpsing at the buffaloes and antelopes.
Overnight and dinner at your accommodation.

Day 5: AM Delta cruise. PM Game Drive.

The morning delta cruise taking you downstream along the Victoria Nile delta, a 20km voyage downstream from Paraa.
The delta cruise is highly recommended for keen bird watchers, it is really an informative trip with the boat captain stopping a few times so explain to you details about a given bird species that you could have spotted, the cruise also offers sighting of lots of native animals like the elephant, hippo and large Nile crocodiles, baboons, chimpanzees, waterbuck, giraffes, antelopes,
Birds: Eagles, kingfishers, cranes, skimmers, shoe bilked stork, herons. The trip lasts approximately 4-5 hours and departs at 7 am from a jetty at Paraa on the South Bank of the Nile River.

Return to the lodge for lunch before embarking for the evening game drive.
Dinner and overnight at your accommodation.

Day 6: Drive to Kibale Forest. Drive time is 7 – 8 hours

Kibale forest national park is located in the western side of Uganda covering a total surface area of 766 square kilometres and the entire landscape is green, full of lush vegetation of trees, shrubs, ferns, grass among others and this has created a natural home for variety of wildlife like 13 primate species including chimpanzees, vervet, red-tailed, L’Hoest’s, blue monkeys, grey-cheeked manabey, red colobus, black and white colobus, olive baboon, and over 335 bird species like the ducky crimson wing, black capped Apalis, blue headed sunbird, red faced woodland warber and purple breasted sunbird among others and over 60 other kinds of mammals besides the primates like the bush pigs, elephants, duikers among others.
The park is the most accessible of all the Ugandan parks with only a 5 hours’ drive from Kampala and a must visit for a perfect trip exploration and satisfaction.

Accommodation Options around Kibale Forest National Park

Luxury – Primate Safari Lodge

Primate Lodge is found at the edge of Kibale Forest with 10 minutes’ walk from the UWA offices.

The lodge has 10 cottages with six doubles / four twins inclusive of 1 honey moon cottage and all the rooms have similar amenities except a bathtub and a fire place that is only found in the honey moon cottages. All rooms have en suite facilities and safes.

Enjoy the spa services inclusive of a massage after your trek and all kinds of drinks and delicious meals from the bar and restaurant.
There is no Wi-Fi in the cottages but you can freely access it from the main area lounge.
 

Mid-range – Turaco Safari Lodge

Enjoy a unique experience in the forest canopy at Turaco Treetops with great views of the snowcapped Rwenzori Mountains. Turaco Treetops named after the popular Great Blue Turaco bird is just at the edge of the green lush of vegetation that is the famous home to man’s shy cousins; the chimpanzees and plenty of other bird and monkey species like the black and white colobus.

Enjoy a cozy stay in the semi luxury rooms with very comfortable beds with running water all day for a shower and the hospitality from the staff makes your stay made amazing.

Budget – Kibale Forest Camp

Kibale forest camp has 12 self-contained cottages and four lazy camp rooms and the lodge can be traced after a 15 minutes’ drive from the Park’s gate and the headquarters.

The lodge is surrounded by greenery with high chances of sighting the black and white Columbus from your room veranda or at the lounge

Day 7: AM Chimp Habituation. PM Nocturnal walk in Kibale Forest National Park.

Chimpanzee habituation starts from the park headquarters with a briefing and registration. Chimpanzee habituation is the process the chimps are undertaken to get more familiar with the human surroundings, the activity is only done in Kibale forest national park in the whole of Uganda and it takes two years before clients are allowed to meet the chimpanzees and only 12 persons are allowed to spend the day with chimpanzees with clients divided in 2 groups of six a factor that has made permit availability very limited hence an advance booking is very recommendable.

The five hours excursion involves clients assisting the researchers to collect data and information related to the chimpanzee’s diurnal lives like the way they feed surprising how chimps love antelope and goats meat, watch them as they play and swing from one tree to the other, how the juvenile provoke and poke each other – watch them defend themselves, See how they construct their nests and what materials they use and best chance to see the chimps nurse their young one.
Get more information from the ranger guide about their mating periods, the reproduction system, the physical gestures and different sounds made among others that you will get to know of during your habituation.

Definitely a little bit of fitness is very crucial and wearing long sleeved clothes and gloves plus hiking shoes is a safety measure.
Return to the lodge for lunch and a relaxation before heading out later for the nocturnal nature walk.

The nocturnal nature walk can only be done in Kibale national park and it is a night activity that goes through the demarcated trails of the forest bringing you to a closer encounter with the different wildlife that have found a home in the forest canopy like 13 primate species including chimpanzees, vervet, red-tailed, L’Hoest’s, blue monkeys, grey-cheeked manabey, red colobus, black and white colobus, olive baboon, and over 335 bird species like the ducky crimson wing, black capped Apalis, blue headed sunbird, red faced woodland warber and purple breasted sunbird among others and over 60 other kinds of mammals besides the primates like the bush pigs, elephants, duikers among others.

The activity is done in an accompaniment of the guide ranger and you need the spot light for the nocturnal walk.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 8: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National park. Drive time is 3 – 4 hour. PM Game Drive.

After your breakfast, drive to the northern side of Queen Elizabeth. Queen Elizabeth National park formerly renowned as Kazinga channel national park is stationed in the western arm of the rift valley and it is the second largest national park in Uganda spreading on over 1978 square kilometers of land.

The park has been in existence since 1952 when it was gazetted as Kazinga channel national park, a name which was changed two years later to Queen Elizabeth national park so as to honor Queen Elizabeth ii of England’s visit to Uganda.

The park is famous for its rich eco system ranging from the wide savannah landscape with humid trees and acacia woodlands plus shrubs, crater lakes, kazinga channel joining Lake Edward and Lake George, maramagambo forest, wetlands that have made a perfect natural environment for over 95 mammals including the popular big five like the lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo and 10 primate species and over 600 species of birds including the rare flamingos making Queen Elizabeth national park along the best birding sites in Uganda, opportunities of sighting reptiles.

Once in Queen Elizabeth National Park, check in at your accommodation, relax and enjoy your lunch and later head out for the afternoon Game drive.

Following the demarcated trails, embark on a game drive to search for the wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National park including 95 mammals including the popular big five like the lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo and 10 primate species and over 600 species of birds including the rare flamingos making Queen Elizabeth national park along the best birding sites in Uganda, opportunities of sighting reptiles.

Accommodation options in Queen Elizabeth National park

Luxury – Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Buffalo Safari Lodge is situated on the Northern side of Queen Elizabeth National Park near Katunguru Bridge, a few minutes’ drive from the renowned Kazinga channel boat cruise along the Mbarara highway road.

The lodge has 17 rooms divided into standard and deluxe cottages accommodating a maximum of 20 guests. Buffalo safari lodge offers very scenic views of wildlife like buffaloes, elephants, warthogs, and many more and these are common residents of the lodge.

The lodge is ensuite with a very welcoming and hospitable staff who provide first-class services. Enjoy drinks from the fully stocked bar and restaurant with free internet access.
 

Budget – Bush Lodge

The bush lodge is bordered by the Kazinga channel offering the perfect sights of the animals as they roam around the park.

The lodge has 12 bandas and 2 tents all ensuite, the lodges are designed to offer exclusivity as the rooms are distanced from one another facing the Kamera River.

The rooms have running water all day, mosquito nets and king-sized beds.
For clients that are a bit more budget-restricted, the lodge has 10 non-self-contained tents that are joined to form sort of a block with shared showers and flushing toilets.
 

Day 9: AM Lion Tracking experience. PM scheduled boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

Proceed for the lion tracking experience in the kasenyi plains located in north of Queen Elizabeth National park, the Uganda wildlife Authority, has organized a cat family sustainable and conservation unit so as the cat lovers get enough information, fun, experience, exploration at a closer range.

Queen Elizabeth National park is a home to about 250 large cats including the leopards and lions among others with the tree climbing lions found in the southern sector of the park.

The activity is run each day with a limit of over 50 tourists, and it is carried out in three phases the morning, afternoon and at night. Lion tracking experience starts with meeting the researcher at the park headquarters for briefing about the dos and don’ts during the experience before proceeding to the savanna plains.

With the researcher in the vehicle, you head out to look for the predators, the researcher needs to track the movements of the animals which might lead him to drive off the demarcated trails some times and also use a radio collar.

Once the predators are sighted, the vehicle engine will be turned off not to scare away the animals, the researcher will provide you with full details about the cats’ lives and expect to learn a lot from this activity as it is a more of a research based activity. The data collected is used to better understand the lives and ways of the predators.

Tourists are able to monitor how the predators’ feed, behave, defend themselves, hunt for their prey and also watch how the juveniles play among others.
Return to the lodge for lunch and refreshments before proceeding for the afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga channel.

The boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National park is done on Kazinga channel located in the Northern side of the park in the Mweya Peninsular either in the morning or afternoon. The channel stretching on 40km length connects Lake Edward to Lake George.

The 3 hours boat cruise on the kazinga channel offers sights of wildlife resting along the shore of the channel like African buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, and monitor lizards, numerous bird species like the flamingos, African skimmer, kingfishers, and fish eagles among others.
Dinner and overnight at your accommodation.

Day 10: AM Game drive. Drive to Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth National Park

After your morning game drive, proceed to the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The drive time is 2 – 3 hours.
Dinner and overnight at your accommodation.

Accommodation Options in Ishasha- Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park

Luxury – Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is located in the Southern sector of Queen Elizabeth known as the Ishasha on the shores of the Ntungwe River and it is the perfect spot for people who are in love with the African Wilderness as it is found inside the park.

The ishasha sector is popular for the tree-climbing lions that are spotted in the branches of the scattered fig trees found in the park and other animals like buffaloes, and elephants that you are most likely to encounter as you stroll through the park.

The lodge offers a very convenient stay with free Wi-Fi, fully stocked bar for premium drinks but the house drinks are included, enjoy the hospitable gesture from the friendly and trained staff.

Ishasha Jungle Lodge is adjacent River Ntungwe which is 20km from Katokye Gate on 30 acres of land. The lodge‘s location at the River side of Ntungwe attracts lots of wildlife like buffaloes, lions, leopards as they come to cool off and freshen up.

The lodge cottages are from African traditional materials like thatched grass and they are 7 in number and all the rooms are ensuite and privately located with an open veranda with tables and chairs for a cup of tea or coffee, wardrobe, laundry bag, and basket, electricity outlets among others.

Budget – Enjojo Lodge

Enjojo Lodge named after the history of the lodge where an elephant was born on this land during construction and Enjojo is a local name for elephant. The lodge is surrounded by lots of greenery and a lush of acacia forest and vegetation.

Enjojo Lodge has 7 luxury cottages that are self-contained with 4 cottages in the lush vegetation, 3 cottages facing the open savannah plains. Each cottage has an ensuite bathroom with 24 hours of running water with a spacious veranda.

Day 11: AM and PM Game drives. Sundowner

Awake with nature, ready for your morning game drive to search for the wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National park including 95 mammals including the popular big five like the lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo and 10 primate species and over 600 species of birds including the rare flamingos making Queen Elizabeth national park along the best birding sites in Uganda, opportunities of sighting reptiles.
Many tourists flock the park to look for the tree climbing lions that can be sighted resting on the branches of the humid trees in the southern sector of Queen.

Conclude your game drives with the sundowner experience which comes along with a mini buffet set up inside the park. Different hot and cold snacks are laid out on a fine dining table for your consumption, feel free to feast based on your preference and like.

The sundowner experience also provides so many opportunities like watching the sun set, the nocturnal animals beginning their night life and also other animals summarizing their day’s activities – watch them lazily stroll back to their nests for an overnight.

Day 12: AM bush breakfast and game drive. PM transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park. Drive time is approx. 2hrs

Conclude your early morning game drive with a delicious breakfast in the bush setting. An exclusive spot in the park is set up with snacks and drinks to create a fine dining experience with your personal chef ready to prepare any hot meal for you if you prefer based on the table’s menu.
You can choose to enjoy this activity exclusively or to socialize a bit with other people joining.
After your bush breakfast, head out to Bwindi Forest National Park. The drive time is 2 – 3 hours.
Bwindi National park is located in the south western region of Uganda stretching on 327 square kilometers of land which makes it one of the forests on large expanse in East Africa with an eco-system so rich in variety of mammals, birds, trees, vegetation shrubs among others.

In the early 90s, Bwindi Forest was awarded a world Heritage site status after being converted to a national park from a forest reserve due to its broad diversity in nature with different animal life like Gorillas, monkeys, elephants, baboons among others, and the dense population of tree species, shrubs, vines, flowers on the forest terrain plus a group of 300 bird species not excluding the diverging insect species like butterflies that are over 200 species.

The fact that it is located at the edge of the Great Rift Valley induces the all year rain formation, we therefore advise our guests to come along with warm clothes as the forest and the surrounding areas give off cold currents.

The beautiful forest is a home to half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas habituated in both the north and the southern sectors of the park namely Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo
Dinner and overnight at your accommodation.

Accommodation options in Bwindi Forest National Park– Southern Sections

Luxury – Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is an upmarket lodge situated on the southern side of Bwindi National Park just on top of the top ridge offering magnificent views of the forested valley of Kashasha River and the three historical volcanoes of the Virunga chain.

The Lodge has different room types including standard garden cottages, deluxe garden cottage, luxury forest suites, 2 bed room villa. A greenery of unique trees and different flower gardens with the best view of the forest canopy surrounds all rooms.

The rooms have great décor and furniture made of unique African materials to offer an expensive traditional feel and to make them super conducive, every room has in a fireplace to provide additional warmth on top of a warm and cosy bed.

Mid-range – Chameleon Hill

Chameleon hill Lodge is easily sighted as you head towards the lodge, the creativity portrayed and the colorfulness makes you not miss out the beauty of the chalets.
The Chalets are 10 in number and are well assembled to offer a serene and private stay and each room has a private garden, a modern ensuite bathroom with all day running water.

The lodge’s dining area overlooks Lake Mutanda and its beautiful islands and the three dormant volcanoes with a large expanse of lush vegetation on its slopes.

So many activities to do around the lodge like powerboat, traditional canoes, kayaking, carve a gorilla, traditional basket weaving, and a day in the rural Uganda, boda boda tour among others.

Budget – Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge

Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge is found just 10 minutes away from the Rushaga gate of Bwindi National Park making it easy to start your day’s Gorilla trek.

Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge has 10 rooms that can be organized into singles, doubles, twins, and triples and all rooms offer a view of the Bwindi Forest and Farm hills and they are all ensuite with running water for your refreshment.

Complementary to the rooms, additional services are provided like the restaurant, mini bar, Wi-Fi, secure parking among others

Day 13: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National park- Uganda

Finally the long awaited day has come for you to face the gentle giants. The day begins with an early morning breakfast before you set off to UWA headquarters which is the starting and briefing point for the Gorilla trek, don’t forget to carry your packed lunch as we are not sure of the time you will be coming out of the forest.

After your registration and briefing by the ranger guides, you will be assigned a family to trek and a guide to accompany you to the dense forest.

Following the different trails, search for the gorillas and them being wild animals, they keep moving from place to another in the forest to look for food and construct nests therefore it is hard to predict their exact location in the greenery which makes the trekked distance a little longer and a bit of straining with the hikes up and down lasting for about 9 hours.

The pain and the strain is long forgotten once you have traced the gorillas, as they vigorously welcome you with the gigantic humming sound, as the babies try to hide in their parents and swing from one tree to the other and the mothers nurse the babies, the males are visible in the trees building nests for rest and an overnight and the sightings, the experience have a left never to forget memories, what a redeemable experience that is!

After your one hour of enjoyment with the gorillas, return to the park headquarters for your certificate, return to the lodge for an overnight and dinner.

Tips for trekking Gorillas and chimpanzees in Uganda

  • Wear fully covering clothes like long trousers and a full sleeved shirt
  • Wear hiking boots and gaiters are important.
  • Carry along your cooler box with enough water like 3 litres of water or more and packed lunch.
  •  Hand gloves to protect you from pricking of the thorns.
  • Hire a porter to carry your bag and act as your support when the terrain gets tough.
  • No flash light is allowed when taking photos of the gorillas.
  • Dinner and overnight at your accommodation.
Day 14: Gorilla Habituation in Uganda

Depart for your Gorilla Habituation with packed lunch after your breakfast.
Gorilla habituation is the process the gorillas are undertaken to get familiar with the human surroundings, the event is only done in the rushaga sector and it takes two years before clients are allowed to meet the gorillas families and only 8 persons are allowed to spend the day with gorillas and they are divided into 2 groups of four a factor that has made permit availability very limited hence an advance booking is very recommendable.

The four hour excursion involves clients assisting the researchers to collect data and information related to the gorilla’s lives like the way they feed, play, and nurse their young ones, the mating periods, the reproduction system, the physical gestures and different sounds made among others that you will get to know of during your habituation trip.

Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Day 15: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Drive time is approx. 5 hours.

Drive to Lake Mburo National park. Drive time is approx. 5 hours from Bwindi Forest National Park.
Lake Mburo has been in existence since 1933 and it is started as a controlled hunting area but later upgraded to a game reserve in 1936 and in 1983 it was awarded a national park status by the former president of Uganda, Sir Milton Obote with a major intention of punishing the Banyakole for allegedly supporting the anti –government rebels, the Banyakole used the reserve as a grazing ground for their cattle so Obote ordered for their exit and they ended up as squatters around the park.

Lake Mburo national park is blessed with lots of green scenery and wildlife including the klipspringers visible on the metamorphic rocks that are believed to have existed for more than 500 million years.
The park also has five lakes with other natural occupants including the zebras and it is believed that it has the biggest population of them at about 5000, Impalas, elands, buffaloes, oribi, Waterbucks, Leopards with the highest concentration of them in Uganda, hippo, hyena and reedbucks among others and plenty of bird species like the bare faced go away bird, Ruppell’s starling, blackbellied, mosque swallow and more different species which have made Lake Mburo one of the best birding tourist destinations.

Accommodation Options in Lake Mburo National Park-Uganda include;

Luxury – Mihingo Lodge

Mihingo Lodge is a high-end lodge adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park offering one of the best views of the great Savannah plains and the only lodge in Uganda that offers day and night horse rides around the park.

Mihingo has 12 deluxe-tented rooms constructed to provide exclusiveness and tranquility in the perfect blend of the surrounding environment like the doorways are made from dead olive wood pieces and the walls outside are painted the colors of the African soil.

Each room is ensuite with 24-hour running water, flushing toilets, solar powered water heater among others and this complemented with the 24 hours staff attendance.

Mid-range – Rwakobo Rock Safari Lodge

Rwakobo Rock is one of the most tranquil and calm places ami the African savannah plains facing the large expanse of rocks.

The lodge was named Rwakobo Rock because it is situated on a hilltop made out of an outcrop rock and it has its ensuite rooms scattered around the plains to provide exclusivity and also different animals are seen from the room verandas like the zebra, Impala, Warthog among others.
The lodge is located by Nshara gate, 8 kilometers off the main road connecting to Mbarara and Masaka town.

For nature lovers, the lodge can also arrange a camping site in the bush if you choose to spend a night closer to the wilderness.

Budget – Mburo Eagles Nest

Eagle’s Nest was built on the high hill nearing Lake Mburo National Park, a location that offers breath-taking views of the physical features and nature life in Lake Mburo National park from a raised angle.

The facility is made of 10 ensuite tents with private bathrooms and eco-toilets. The tents can be arranged as singles, doubles or twin rooms and the major source of energy is the sun – the lodge runs on solar energy as a form of nature conservation.

There are great chances of sighting the lions, chirping crickets, Bush pigs from the restaurant as you enjoy your meal.
 

Day 16: AM Nature walk. PM Game drive.

After breakfast, proceed for your morning nature walk around Lake Mburo National Park. Lake Mburo has a very rich eco system of flora and fauna that can be accessed through the different trails designed by Uganda Wildlife Authority like Rwonyo trail leading to the salt lick, Rubanga forest trail, along the shores of the lake.

The walk is best done in the dawn hours of the day lasting for over 2 hours based on your preference and it is the best way for tourists to come to a full encounter with nature in the wild savanna plains as compared to the drive.

Possible sightings on the walk include the zebras, Impalas, elands, buffaloes, oribi, Waterbucks, Leopard, hippo, hyena and reedbucks among others.
Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation and later head out for the afternoon game drive.

Following the demarcated trails, embark on a game drive to search for the wildlife in Lake Mburo National park including zebras, Impalas, elands, buffaloes, oribi, Waterbucks, Leopard, hippo, hyena and reedbucks among others and plenty of bird species like the bare faced go away bird, Ruppell’s starling, blackbellied, mosque swallow

Dinner and overnight at your accommodation.

Day 17: Horseback riding and night game drive.

Experience the beauty of Lake Mburo National park seated on the back of the horse, a very unique aspect as it can only be done in Lake Mburo.

The horse riding safari is run by Mihingo Lodge with experienced staff together with the ranger, embark on your 1 to 3 hours ride, the trail is based on your expertise and also the horses are also well trained for this activity which makes it a secure.

Ride past the African buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, and monitor lizards, numerous bird species like the flamingos, African skimmer, kingfishers, and fish eagles among others plus bird species like the kinds of the kingfishers in the savanna plains.

Return to the lodge for lunch and a relaxation and later proceed for the night game drive. The night game drive is the best chance of sighting the nocturnal animals is by embarking on a night game drive which can only be done in a few parks and Lake Mburo is among them.

The game drive creates the best chances of sighting the nocturnal animals including leopard, spotted hyenas, genets, porcupines, bush babies and so much more. The drive lasts for over 3 hours.
You can carry your spot lights for better views.
Overnight and dinner at your accommodation.

Day 18: AM Boat cruise. Drive to Entebbe.

Enjoy a morning boat cruise before heading back to Entebbe. The boat cruise in Lake Mburo National park is done on the five lakes found in the park.

The trips can be done in morning and afternoon either as scheduled or exclusive basing on your choice.
The boat cruise lasts for over 2 hours with great sightings of wildlife resting along the shores of the lakes like African buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, and monitor lizards, numerous bird species like the flamingos, African skimmer, kingfishers, and fish eagles among others plus bird species like the kinds of the kingfishers and also a home to the only African fin foot.

The drive to Entebbe from Lake Mburo National park is 6 -7 hours. Overnight in Entebbe.
Optional accommodations in Entebbe include: Protea Hotel, Boma Guest House, Papyrus Guest House.

Day 19: Transfer to the airport for your international departure flight. End of services

Meet your driver and transfer to Entebbe International Airport for your international departure flight.
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