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Culture and Wildlife Safari

Visit Mabamba, a habitat for the globally endangered species Shoebill. Lake Mburo home to Zebras,Impala and Eland. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to track the Gorilla. It is such a mesmerizing scene when you finally meet these human cousins.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $3920 - $4850
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 12 days
Best months: January - February, June - September, November - December
Countries visited: Uganda Uganda
Parks visited: Bwindi Impenetrable, Queen Elizabeth
Activity level: Very Active - Trekking, mountain biking, kayaking
Safari type:
  • Cultural
  • Birding
  • Boating
On this trip you will visit Mabamba, a Ramsar Site since 2006 due to its importance as a habitat for the globally endangered species like the Shoebill and a stopover for migratory birds. It supports over 300 species of birds, community livelihoods through eco-tourism, fishing, agriculture and other activities. Dugout motorized boats are used to ride through the water channels in the marshland in search for the Shoebill and other water birds. Visit Lake Mburo the home of the Zebras, Impala and Eland. It is also habitat for the elusive bird African fin foot. Next stop is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to track the Gorilla. It is such a mesmerizing scene when you finally meet these human cousins. See the elusive tree climbing lions at Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth National Park as they wait for their next prey. Kibale is also another destination to enjoy on this trip. It is the primate capital of chimpanzees in East Africa. You finally wrap up your memorable trip with a visit to the communities that make honey wax candles and Royal palace of the youngest king in the world.

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda at Entebbe. Meet and greet our representative. Check in your hotel in Kampala city,Hotel Africana .

Day 2. Mabamba-Lake Mburo National Park

Today after breakfast, you will visit Mabamba birding site to have a glimpse at the shoebill bird. It is an Important birding Area for shoe bills.

After Mabamba continue to Lake Mburo National Park via the Equator.

Overnight: Rwakobo Rock.

Day 3: Lake Mburo

After breakfast go for a game drive and you may see the zebras, graceful impalas, Oribi, Elands. You also have another optional activity like nature walks and birding.

In the Afternoon go for a boat ride to explore Lake Mburo with its wildlife which includes the Hippos, crocodiles.

Return to hotel for relaxation. Evening game drive is another optional activity available.

Overnight: Midrange Rwakobo Rock Luxury : Mihingo lodge

Day 4: Lake Mburo NP –Bwindi

After breakfast leave drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park  a UNESCO World Heritage site home to 50% of the world’s gorillas. Do another game drive as you leave lake Mburo. Arrive at Bwindi, check in at lodge.

Overnight: Ride 4 A Woman or Gorilla Conservation camp

Day 5-6. Gorilla tracking Bwindi , Batwa Community visit –Bwindi

Today after breakfast with packed lunch, go to gorilla tracking briefing point. Ranger guide will brief you on the day’s activities in the forest. It is a lifetime experience when you come face to face with these giant primates. It takes 4 to 5hours to track them in the forest hideouts and one hour viewing them. Late Afternoon go for a community walk to the Batwa village and learn about the original inhabitants of the Bwindi forest.

Overnight: Bwindi community Homestay-Ride 4 A Woman

Day 7-8. Tree Climbing lions –Queen Elizabeth

Today after breakfast, travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park through rural Uganda. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Rwenzoris .It is a habitat of several mammals. At Ishasha you will be able to see the tree climbing lions. Later on Continue further to Queen Elizabeth Heartland to enjoy other game drives and boat ride.

Early game drives in search of the retiring predators like the lions. Return for lunch and go for A boat ride on Kazinga channel an exciting ride that brings you closer to the hippos, crocodiles and birds like the African skimmer. Return to lodge. Night game drive is an optional activity available.

Overnight: Kasenyi Safari Lodge /Marafiki Safari lodge

Day 9-10.Chimps Trekking

After breakfast travel to Kibale forest National Park .It has the highest concentration of chimpanzees in East Africa. In the afternoon visit the Bigodi community to learn more about the women group projects and also Bigodi swamp for birding.

In the morning , Go for chimp tracking to trace the chimps in the forest. It is quite an experience to visit these playful creatures, swinging in tree branches in their habitat. As your track them you will come across other primates like the Red Colobus and L’Hoest’ Monkeys and the endemic Uganda Mangabey.

Overnight: Kibale Guest Cottages

Day 11.Royal Palace &Community Project visit

Today after breakfast you will take tour around FortPortal town, visit the King’s palace and also visit a Honey Co-operative group, participate in making candles out of bee wax or visit Ruboni community camp on the slopes of Rwenzori Mountains a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Overnight: Ruwenzori Guest house/The Dutchess.

Day 12. Travel back to Kampala, catch your flight back home with memories to share with friends and family.

 

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Hotel Africana
  • Rwakobo Rock
  • Bwindi Community Home stay-Ride 4 A woman
  • Kasenyi Safaris lodge
  • Marafiki Lodge
  • Kibale Cottages
  • Ruwenzori Guest House
  • The Dutchess

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