15 Days Safari Gorilla Trekking & Cultural Tour
This kind of safari starts from Entebbe, visiting the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda ( Bwindi Impenetrable Forest ) or Rwanda, plus Chimpanzee trekking in the forests of Kibale or Chamburu Gorge, visiting the orphaned chimps on Ngamba Island Chimpanzee sanctuary. The itinerary is as below;
Day 1; Arrival & Hotel Transfer.
On arrival, you will be met by our company representative at Entebbe Airport and transfer to your lodge in Kampala for dinner and overnight Stay at Hotel Africana Kampala.
Day 2; Kampala City Tour
Welcome to Kampala capital city of Uganda. You will enjoy breakfast and begin Kampala city tour visiting the Bahai temple, Uganda martyrs shrine Namugongo, Uganda museum, Kabaka’s lake, the craft village among others. Have lunch and later be transferred back to Cassia Lodge. Dinner and overnight at Cassia Lodge
Day 3: Transfer to Murchison falls
After breakfast you will drive to Murchison falls national park. It will take you around 5hours from Kampala with about 305 km. You will enter through Kichumbanyobo gate. Paraa covers a distance of about 85km from Masindi town by the shortest route. You will visit the top of the falls and then proceed to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Sambiya river lodge.
Day 4: Game drive and launch cruise
You will enjoy early morning breakfast and then go for a game drive where you may spot various animal species like elephants, giraffes, lions, Uganda Kobs among others. In the afternoon you will go for a launch cruise on the park’s main tourist attraction the unique Murchison Falls as well as the River Nile with its streaming hippo and serried ranges of crocodile along the sandbanks, as well as large numbers of different species getting down to drink & bathe. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Murchison – Kibale National Park
You will have breakfast and then transfer to Kibale national park. This is a full day drive and you will have lunch en-route. Dinner and overnight stay at Chimpanzee forest guest house
Day 6: Chimpanzee trekking
After breakfast you will go for chimpanzee trekking. Kibale Forest National Park is one of the best safari destinations in Africa for chimpanzee tracking. Kibale’s 795km2 National Park contains one of the most beautiful and with the most varying tracts of tropical forest in the whole of Uganda.This is place to a number of forest wildlife, most especially 13 species of primate coupled with chimpanzees. After trekking you will have lunch and then visit Bigodi wetland, after transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park arriving in the evening for dinner and overnight at Enganzi Game lodge.
Day 7: Game drive and launch cruise
You will go for an early morning game drive in the Kasenyi sector, you may spot various animals like the elephants, Uganda Kobs, leopards among others. Return to the lodge for late breakfast, in the afternoon you will go for a launch cruise on Kazinga Channel where you will spot various water animals like Hippos and crocodiles, the cruise will also enrich you with various water birds. Dinner and overnight as above
Day 8: Transfer to Bwindi
You will enjoy breakfast and transfer to Bwindi forest national park with a stopover for lunch en-route. Proceed to Bwindi arriving in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Wagtail Eco Safari Camp.
Day 9: Gorilla trekking – Bwindi
You will have early morning breakfast and transfer to the park headquarters for briefing by the ranger guide and later head into the forest trekking until you encounter the mountain gorillas. This could take4-8 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. On finding them, you will be allowed to spend one hour with these gentle giants and later return and transfer back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay as above.
Day 10: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
You will enjoy breakfast and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale where you will arrive well in time for Lunch. Enjoy lunch in Kabale and proceed to Lake Bunyonyi where you will embark on a boat cruise visiting the different islands while enjoying the magnificent scenery and a lot of birdlife. You will encounter the local people and get to know about their lives as they display their craftsmanship and weaving skills for ladies. Dinner and overnight at Arcadia Cottages.
Day 11; Transfer to Nshenyi Village
You will have early morning breakfast and transfer to Nshenyi village with a Lunch stopover in Mbarara town. Proceed to Nshenyi village for a cultural experience like no other! The village is nestled in the rolling hills of the Ankole Kingdom. Arrive in the evening, dinner and overnight at Nshenyi village.
Day 12; Full Day at Nshenyi Village.
You will spend the full day in Nshenyi village and participate in all activities as you please! You will enjoy your stay at the charming and spacious farm, decorated according to the local customs. Participate in milking cows with your bare hands, accompany children to school, find out how matooke is prepared or follow the Akagera Trail to the natural border with Tanzania.
Let traditional dances and songs enchant you under the moonlit sky, while a campfire warms the cool evening. Relax in the raw comforts of nature and explore the rural charm of untouched Africa. Nshenyi village is such a rare experience that you will be delighted with.
Day 13: Transfer to Lake Mburo NP, Game drive and boat ride.
You will have an early morning breakfast and transfer to Lake Mburo National park where you will arrive well in time for lunch. Enjoy lunch at the lodge and later go for an afternoon boat ride where you will encounter a number of birds and enjoy the experience! Return for dinner and overnight at Mburo Safari Lodge.
Day 14: Game drive and Transfer back to Kampala
Enjoy early morning game drive; the park is home to herds of Impala, as well as the more uncommon Topi, Eland, and Klipspringer. Burchells Zebra and buffalo also graze these areas. Return to the lodge for late breakfast and lunch, and then drive back to Kampala with a stopover at the equator for photography and the equator experience. Proceed to Kampala arriving in the evening. Dinner and overnight at Cassia Lodge.
Day 15: Airport transfer
You will enjoy breakfast, leave the hotel and transfer to Entebbe, visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Center and have lunch in Entebbe. Later transfer to the airport for your flight back home and thus the end of the safari.
This package includes;
- Gorilla tracking permits
- Chimpanzee tracking permits
- Ground transport in a comfortable 4WD safari van equipped for game viewing, photography and touring
- Meals and accommodation as specified in the itinerary
- Full time English speaking professional driver/guide
- All tour activities as detailed in the itinerary
- Bottled water while on safari
- Airport transfers.
But it excludes;
- Items of personal nature like Laundry, Beers, tipping of staffs at the lodges, cigarettes etc.