6 DAYS MURCHISON FALLS, KIBALE CHIMPANZEE, GORILLA TREKKING
DAY 1 Transfer to Murchison falls via ziwa
DAY 2 Game drive and boat cruise
DAY 3 Transfer to kibale
DAY 4 Chimpanzee tracking
DAY 5 Gorilla trekking / community walk
DAY 6 Departure back to Kampala / Entebbe.
Day 1: Transfer to Murchison falls national park / Ziwa rhinos
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in the morning or for those arriving at Entebbe international airport expect your driver guide to pick you up and begin the journey to Murchison falls National Park, you will drive through several towns along the way before having a stopover at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary where the endangered White rhinoceros are bred. This Rhino sanctuary was started to protect the White Rhino populations found in Uganda. You will have a stopover in Masindi for your lunch. It is 2-3 hours drive from Masindi town to the park. As you drive through the Budongo Forest you will comes across troops of baboons, monkeys and several bird species.
Depending on time of arrival at the park, one may have an evening game drive as you warm up for the morning game drive. Arrive at your preferred accommodation relax, refresh and wait for diner.
Accommodation options at Murchison Falls National Park (Meals inclusive)
Luxury: Paara Safari Lodge / Chobe safari lodge
Mid-range: Pakuba Lodge, Murchison River Lodge, Fort Murchison River lodge
Budget: Red Chili Rest Camp / Yebo safari camp
Day 2: Morning game drive and boat cruise along the Nile
Have breakfast by 6am and thereafter and proceed to the wilderness in search of the early morning raisers, the morning game drive starts at about 6:30am, look out for animals such as; the giraffes, lions, hyenas, water bucks, elephants, buffalos, antelopes- many species of birds such as; egrets, ibis, shoebill stock, marabou stock, king fisher, egrets to mention but a few. As you have your game drive, you may relax and have a picnic on the river bank as you listen to the groans of the Hippos.
After the game drive, you will transfer to the lodge and enjoy your lunch either way you may take packed lunch with as you prepare to have an afternoon boat cruise on the Nile River. This cruise is spectacular as it allows you to get up close to the aquatic animals such as; the hippos, crocodiles, water bucks, buffalos, elephants etc. Among the birds commonly sited on the boat cruise include the goliath heron, king fisher, weaver birds, bee eater, cattle egrets and the beautiful scenery along the bank. At the bottom of the falls, you may choose to trek to the top of the falls or choose to take photos at the rocks below the falls.
DAY 3 Transfer to kibale NP
After breakfast for the fascinating drive through the country side as you will drive past road side markets, schools country homes, panoramic view of tea, banana, corn gardens and so many activities may be sited along the way.
Check-in to your preferred accommodation. Freshen up before embarking on an afternoon guided walk in Bigodi swamps, here you will interact with the locals and get to know their livelihood you will get to see their homes, the gardens and livestock. During the swamp walk you may encounter other wildlife, Vervet monkey, L’Hoest monkey, Black and white Colobus, Red tailed monkey and Mangabey etc. other animals such as the Antelopes, Bush pigs, Baboons, bush back etc. there are over 375 bird species including the hornbill, Hamerkop, yellow billed egret, water thick knee are a common sitting.
A stunning location overlooking a dramatic Crater Lake and the stunning hills covered with tea plantations is worth looking out for.
You will return to the lodge after the adventure, freshen up, have dinner and wait for the exciting chimpanzee tracking in the morning.
Accommodation (Full board)
Luxury: Papaya/Ndali lodge/Primate lodge/Kibale forest/Kyaninga lodge
Moderate: Kibale forest camp / Mountains of the moon
Budget: Ruwenzori travelers/Chimpanzee forest guest house/ Kibale forest camp
Meal plan: Full Board Basis
DAY 4 Chimpanzee tracking and transfer to Bwindi
Start your day with an early breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Kanyanchu Visitor center at the park office. Here you will have a briefing on the do’s and don’ts before setting off for the long awaited chimpanzee tracking.
You will be allocated a group of not more than six people and given a ranger to guide you throughout the chimp tracking experience.
Tracking the chimps is an exciting experience on average it takes about 3 hours to find the chimps. Locating the chimps depends on the weather and season, during dry spells the chimps move longer distance in search of food and water while in the wet seasons food is readily available so the chimps can easily be traced. The chimps also become illusive during times of patrolling territories, they move tens of kilometers thus making it difficult to be found.
During the chimp tracking you may come across other primates such as; Blue monkey, vervet monkey, red tailed monkey, mangabey, bush pigs, elephants, baboons, different bird species and butterflies.
When you finally get to see the chimps you are allowed one hour with the primates, during this encounter, you will get the see the chimps grooming, fighting, feeding, the young ones playing, adults swinging from tree to tree and the ranger guide will brief you about the life history of the chimps and their interaction with the other inhabitants of the forest. You are allowed to take photos but you are advised to keep your distance and flash photography is not allowed.
After this wonderful experience you will transfer to the lodge and head for Bwindi Impenetrable forest for next adventure.
DAY 5; Gorilla trekking / community walk
Have an early breakfast 6:30am, then proceed to the park headquarters by 7.30am for a briefing from the Park Wardens. Ensure to carry along rain jacket, drinking water, snacks, and ankle high jungle boots.
The park wardens will allocate you different gorilla families which you will track. Besides seeing Gorillas other animals such as antelopes, bush pigs, chimpanzees, baboons, elephants and over 350 bird species are a common siting this park.
Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth.
When you finally get to meet the gentle giants you are allowed a maximum of one hour with them, photos are allowed, but no flash photography, minimum 5 meters distance must be kept, avoid contact with the gorillas as you can spread diseases but also coming close may mean invading their space which the silverbacks or dominate males may not take lightly thus this could lead to charging- also avoid running away in case of charging by the gorillas.
The tracking may take between 2 and 8 hours but it’s well worth the effort. The afternoon is spent on a village cultural walk which gives you a great opportunity to see how the people surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable Forest live. It also is a great way to support the local community in a direct way.
The walk begins at your accommodation- visit the local Doctor as he performs his trade- visit the pygmies locally known as the Batwa, who originally lived in the rain forest before it was gazette in to a national park in 1991, they will show case songs, dances- different skills – fire making, hunting and storytelling-you will also visit a school run by community NGO thus by visiting the school you will be the supporting the these dis-advantaged kids.
You will get to see the local home steads, local people see and learn their ways. The cultural excursion will showcase art and craft, dance and culture as well as way of life if you have time you can learn a few skills yourself.
You will see several souvenir shops, schools, churches and drinking joints. Other options includes taking the trails, to see the stunning waterfalls or you can choose to have a birding expedition in the forest addition to various primates.
DAY 6; Departure
Early breakfast then start the journey back to Kampala, have a stopover for hot lunch at Igongo cultural center- Last stopover is at the equator, take some photos – arrive in Kampala or Entebbe.
END OF SAFARI
Accommodation (full board)
Budget: Buhoma community Rest camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Trakkers Tarver/ /Gorilla Valley Lodge
Moderate: Gorilla Resort Bwindi /Gorilla Safari Lodge / Trakkers Tarver/Bakiga.
Luxury: Mahogany Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Rushanga Gorilla Satari Lodge
- Transport 4*4WD safari vehicle
- English-speaking driver/guide
- Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
- Three meals a day, apart from your stay in Kampala/Entebbe
- Bottled water in the safari vehicle
- All Park entrance fees
- Gorilla permit / chimpanzee permit
- Community cultural walk
- Chimpanzee permit
- Kampala / Entebbe accommodation (the eve of the safari and the night after the safari),
- Laundry services,
- Drinks & Beverages
- International flights,