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7 nights – Crater, Lakes and Gorillas

Min. 2 people Max. 8 people based on shared double room.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $3450 - $4150
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 7 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Uganda Uganda
Parks visited: Bwindi Impenetrable, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Boating
Your first stop will be Kibale National Park a Chimpanzee habitat. You will enjoy the sight of these playful primates and also have a choice to stay with them for a whole day with researchers. Bigodi wetland sanctuary is another stop for you. It has been conserved by the community alongside other community activities that have uplifted the welfare of the communities. Go hunt for the Tree climbing lions in the fig tree at Ishasha, spot hippos and herds of elephants at Queen Elizabeth National Park. Gorilla tracking is also another lifetime experience at Bwindi. It is home to half the world’s population of gorillas. This Bwindi forest too is popular for forest birding. It is a habitat of 23 endemic bird species. Enjoy the picturesque scenes of the crater lakes formed by volcanic eruption several years year ago.

Day 1: Meet and greet our guide. Depending on your arrival and available time you will visit Botanical Gardens or the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (ZOO). Overnight at Travellers Lodge.

Day2: Kibale Forest National Park

On this day you have the chance to visit the Primate capital of East Africa. Chimpanzees are famous primates seen in this place. You wake early for a morning trekking to search for these playful primates. Return for late breakfast. Later on in the afternoon go for birding and a community walk. You can choose to go birding in the morning and chimpanzee tracking done in the afternoon.

Overnight: Kibale Guest Cottages

Optional activity (additional cost): Chimpanzee habituation-Here you will stay longer with the chimpanzees. It is quite an exhilarating experiential experience at extra cost.

Day 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in the afternoon on time for lunch. Have an evening game drive in the Mweya Peninsula from the open Savannah to the Rain Forest.

Dinner and overnight : Ihamba Safari Lodge.

Day 4: Game drive & Boat Ride

Go for the early morning game drive in the Park in search for the early risers and if lucky the Lions, Leopard, Hippos, Spotted Hyena, Buffaloes, Elephants, Mongoose, Bushbucks and the elusive Giant Forest Hog Plus over 600 amazing bird species including the Black Chested Eagle, Black Bee-Eater, Bustards, craters full of Lesser Flamingos the Swallow Tailed Bee Eaters, and if you are lucky, the Legendary Shoebill Stork among others. Return to the lodge for breakfast as you wait for Lunch. After lunch, go for an afternoon boat ride on the Kazinga channel to view water game including Hippos, crocodiles and Buffalos

Dinner and overnight: Ihamba Safari Lodge.

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth to Bwindi National park 
After breakfast, depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Explore the village and the native communities. Remember to be eagle eyed to spot the Tree climbing lions at Ishasha. Dinner and overnight at Chameleon Hill Lodge

Day 6: Gorilla tracking –a lifetime experience
Have an early morning breakfast and then go for a briefing by wildlife rangers at the Park headquarters. Proceed to the Impenetrable forest for gorilla tracking. Carry packed Lunch. You should be equipped with jungle boots since tracking involves walking up steep densely forested hills before finally coming across the endangered gorillas in the dense tropical vegetation their favourite habitat. After lunch go for a community visit to the local communities living around the park to learn about their history. Dinner and overnight at Chameleon Hill Lodge

Optional accommodation: Gorilla Conservation camp. Stay here to support the gorilla conservation efforts or Ride 4 Woman to Support women projects.

Day 7: Drive to Lake Bunyonyi.

After breakfast, we take a scenic drive to Kabale via Lake Bunyonyi (a place of little birds) with beautiful terraced hillsides. It is the second deepest Lake in Africa rumored to vary between 144 ft and 2,952 ft. Go for canoeing rides and also visit the legendary Punishment Island that hosted impregnated girls outside wedlock. Overnight and dinner at Bunyonyi Safari resort

Day 8: End of tour-Travel back to Entebbe.

 

 

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

  • Travellers Lodge
  • Kibale Guest Cottages
  • Ihamba Safari Lodge
  • Chameleon Hill Lodge
  • Gorilla Conservation camp
  • Bunyonyi Safari resort
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