7 Days Apes Uganda Safari Circuit
Day 1:Kampala – Bwindi.National Park
This Morning, you will be picked from your hotel/residence in Kampala at around 7.00 am and proceed to the south western part of the country. Stop at The equator for land mark photo taking and continue to Mbarara. Break for lunch on the way then proceed to Bwindi National Park the home of Mountain Gorillas. It is estimated to half of the world’s surviving population of mountain gorillas –300 live within these boundaries shared by Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. The drive is long but enjoyable. Proceed south to Buhoma viewing the terraced hills of Kigezi Highlands once known as Switzerland of Africa.
Arrival at Buhoma will be in the evening. You will then settle in at your lodge of your choice for dinner and over night as you prepare for tomorrow’s event! FB
Budget: Buhoma Community Bandas: Bwindi View Bandas: Nkuringo campsite tents or Virunga Hotel or Nkuringo safari centre
Middle: Nkuringo camp site: Wagtail Eco lodge: Gorilla Mist Camp: Shongi Gorilla Resort
Up market: Lake Kitandara Lodge: Engagi lodge: Mahogany Springs Lodge: Gorilla Resort Camp: Traveler’s Rest Camp: Silver Back Lodge: Gorilla Safari lodge.
Luxury: Gorilla Forest Camp: Buhoma Lodge: Clouds Lodge: Gahinga: Volcanoes Bwindi Safari Lodge
Day 2:Gorilla Tracking Safari Bwindi
Morning after breakfast with packed lunch, you will be escorted to the starting point for briefing by your guide. You will be allocated guides to track gorillas with, and then will be off to begin your adventure. A briefing from your local guides and then it’s off! The time taken and the terrain vary (1- 8 hours) this depends on the movement of these gentle giants. The thrill of meeting face to face takes away the pain of some times long and arduous trek. Each encounter is different and has its own rewards, but you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in delightfully playful manner. After tracking will walk back to your lodge for overnight stay FB.
You will need to carry long pants light type, sturdy shoes to help you hiking steep and slippery slopes, long sleeved shirts and blouses to protect your bodies from thorns and itching plants. You may not rule out raining on you and at least a rain coat is needed to protect your bodies and any equipment carried along with like cameras. Also carry insect repellants and sun cream
Day 3: Bwindi National park to Ishasha – Queen Elizabeth National park
After early breakfast head for Ishasha, which is the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, carry out a game drive where you may sight tree-climbing lions and viewing other wildlife like elephant buffalo, hyena etc. Ishasha sector is dominated by acacia woodland and scrubland and features the meandering Ishasha River, banked by a riparian forest.
After picnic lunch drive to Mweya Peninsular all the way to the northern sector of the park arriving in the early afternoon. Then relax at your lodge, dinner and overnight.
Budget: Albertine Camp: Farmland Resort.
Moderate: Hippo Hill Camp: Simba Safari Lodge: Bufallo Safari Lodge: Bush Lodge
Up market: Mweya Lodge standard rooms: Katara Lodge
Luxury : Mweya Safari lodge: Jacana safari lodge: Wilderness Safari Camp
Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park.
After breakfast, you will go for Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge where you will see not only the chimpanzee but also other primates like the colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys plus baboons.
Then take an afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel where you will see a variety of game mostly marine animals. This waterway joins Lake Edward and Lake George and it is filled with schools of hippos, buffaloes, with elephants at the banks and a wonderful diversity of birds. Because of the different habitats of the lakeshores and the broad Savannah, the variety seems endless. Catch a glimpse of water birds diving for fish, the Marabou stork, bee-eater and cheeky bronze-tailed starling as well as the majestic crowned crane. Retire to your lodge for Dinner and Overnight
Day 5:Queen Elizabeth National Park- Kibale Forest National Park
After breakfast carryout game drive viewing herds of elephants, buffaloes and antelopes and some predators- lion’s leopard’s hyenas etc. Watch different species of birds. Over 500 species have been identified here making it a Mecca for bird -watchers. They include Black-bee eater, 11 different species of Kingfisher, several falcons, eagles and raptors. Depart this interesting unique part of the world and head to Kibale Forest National Park another primate concentrated families. Check in at your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Luxury; Kyaninga Lodge : Ndali Lodge: Primate Lodge Kibale
Up market: Fort Motel/Mountains of the moon Lodge: Kibale Guest Cottages
Moderate: Ruwenzori view guest house: A taco
Budget: Toro Resort: Nyinabulitwa Country Resort,Tinka homestead
Day 6:Kibale forest National park- chimpanzee tracking
After an early breakfast you will be driven to Kanyanchu park headquarters. With local guides trek chimps Kibale National Park in their natural habitat nestled in the shadows of the Rwenzori Mountains (the famed mist shrouded “Mountains of the Moon”) Kibale Forest is rich in animal life, including an astonishing 12 species of primates including chimps in this park have been recorded, the very localized red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkeys. Tracking the chimpanzee our ‘cousin’ is a very interesting experience. The way they feed, climb trees, respond to humans, caring for their young ones leaves an imaginative dream to tell.
In the afternoon visit the surrounding- Bigodi swamp eco tourist site or enjoy unique view of crater lakes and other volcanic features. Overnight will be at Toro Resort (this provide mid range clean facilities) dinner and overnight
Day 7:Kibale – Kampala – Entebbe
After breakfast drive to Kampala or Entebbe via Mubende stopping at interesting forest and swamp spots with lunch on the way. End of Safari.
HIGH SEASON RATES: Dec-Mar:, Jun – Oct
COST 2 People sharing: US$ 3385 per person luxury lodge : SRS $ 560
COST 2 People sharing: US$ 2470 per person Upmarket lodge : SRS $ 300
COST 2 People sharing: US$ 1965 per person Middle lodge : SRS $ 270
COST 2 People sharing: US$ 1710 per person Budget lodge : SRS $ 85
LOWS SEASON RATES: April, May and Nov
COST 2 People sharing: US$ 3210 per person luxury lodge : SRS $ 560
COST 2 People sharing: US$ 2300 per person Upmarket lodge : SRS $300
COST 2 People sharing: US$ 1800 per person Middle lodge : SRS $ 270
COST 2 People sharing: US$ 1560 per person Budget lodge : SRS $ 85
Please Note the safari cost will include:
- Meals and accommodation at full board for the agreed dates
- Gorilla permits 1 permit per person
- Game drive — Ishasha , park fees, 2 tracking chimpanzee permit,
- safari driver /guide and 4×4 vehicle
- Park fees
- Applicable government taxes
- Drinking bottled water while driving on safari
- Beverages and bar bills, phone alls, personal insurance and any other services of personal nature like souvenirs, tips, laundry etc