Uganda gorilla tracking 2018

13 day Uganda adventure safari

Responsible travel 20% of the proceeds will go towards frontline street kids ministry.

Minimum 2 people required

Rates

Budget
Per person
Mid-range
Per person
Luxury
Per person
 $3,860 (2 people) $4,390 (2 people) $4,800 (2 people)
 $3,390 (4-6 people) $3,950 (4-6 people) $3,900 (4-6 people)

Day 1: Arrival to Uganda!

Your pick up from the airport to be done by a representative of your hotel. Who will transfer you to your hotel in Kampala. You will meet your Steady Safaris Limited driver/ guide tomorrow morning when he picks you up from your hotel.

You might want to do a city tour

Overnight stay in a well located lodge with views of Lake Victoria. Well furnished rooms, equipped with satellite TV, fridge bar, telephone, fan, balcony with lake-view and a comfortable bathroom.

Journey Time 1 hour Accommodation Cassia Lodge Meal Plan No meals inclusive

Day 2: Visiting Jinja Sezibwa falls, Source of the Nile

You will be drive to Jinja where the Nile River begins its journey from Lake Victoria all the way up to the Mediterranean Sea 6,300kms. Many activities are available around Jinja (see options in Day 3) though please note that all activities today are at your own expense. The Haven is a wonderful lodge in a peaceful location overlooking the river Nile with amazing views of the river and excellent opportunities for bird watching. Journey Time 2½ hours Accommodation The Haven Meal Plan Breakfast and dinner Optional activities in Jinja Today you can relax at the lodge or choose optional activities:

  • Horseback riding (USD 50 for 2 hours / USD 70 for 3 hours)
  • White water rafting (full day USD 145 / half day USD 125)
  • Quad-bikes (USD 70 for 2 hours / USD 90 for 3 hours)
  • A day of whitewater kayaking on the river (USD 120)
  • A sundowner cruise on the Nile (USD 35 – Minimum 5people)
  • A visit to the source of the Nile

Day 3: Travel to Sipi Falls

Driving through the eastern part of Uganda takes you to beautiful Sipi Falls, on a plateau 1300m above sea level.

The Sipi River flows over the foothills of Mount Elgon, forming a series of waterfalls (some nearly 100m high), surrounded by village walking trails and lush green coffee-producing hills. You will overnight stay Sipi river lodge. From your lodge you have beautiful views over one of the waterfalls.

Journey Time 4 Hours Accommodation Sipi River Lodge Meal Plan Breakfast and dinner

Day 4: Sipi Falls exploration

After breakfast, choose to go on a 3-hour or - for the real adventurers - a 7-hour hike through the region. A local guide will lead you on your hike to explain flora, fauna and culture. Whichever option you choose, you can be certain that you pass many picturesque waterfalls, plantations and caves. Local villagers will be sure to greet you with ‘Jambo!’ and beaming smiles.

Accommodation Sipi River Lodge Meal Plan Breakfast and dinner

Day 5: To Murchison Falls National Park

Your drive will take you to Murchison Falls National Park through Soroti town, Lira and into Murchison falls national park. You will be staying at a great mid-range lodge, overlooking the River Nile. From here you can relax the rest of your day.

Journey Time 8 Hours Accommodation Pakuba Safari Lodge Meal Plan Breakfast and dinner

Day 6: Murchison Falls National Park

In the early morning hours animals are the most active, the sun is not yet so hot and temperatures are cooler. It offers the best time to spot wild animals. After an early breakfast you will go out on a game drive to explore the northern part of the park.

Checklist will provide elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many tropical birds may all be spotted during the game drive. In the afternoon you will take a boat safari up the Nile River to Murchison Falls. Carefully watched by crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, monkeys and all the other thirsty wildlife that the Nile attracts, you will reach the base of the 43-meter high Falls which approach with a thunderous sound.

Accommodation Murchison River Lodge Meal Plan Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Drive to Fort Portal & Kibale Forest

The long drive is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda. After about seven hours of driving, you stop for lunch in the Fort Portal. After lunch, you have time to walk around town, observe local life and/or visit the local market. Then you drive one more hour to the lodge.

Journey Time 5 hours Accommodation Kibale Forest Camp Meal Plan Breakfast and dinner

Day 8: Chimpanzee Tracking & Swamp Walk

Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in East Africa, including the chimpanzees. Approximately 6,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Uganda, which makes it a perfect place to see them!

An experienced ranger from the Uganda wildlife authority will take you chimpanzee tracking in the morning or afternoon; you might also see other monkey species that live here. Once you locate the chimpansees you will have a full hour with chimpanzees. Since they are wild animals, we can never guarantee you to see them and might have to settle with hearing their hoots and calls.

Your swamp walk (2-3 hours) will take you through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot three to four different primate species during this walk, though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco!

Optional: Chimpanzee Habituation tracking:

$70 us dollar per person you will be able to take on the chimpanzee habituation tracking instead of the usual chimpanzee tracking which lasts 2 to 3hours. This will take all day and you will be 100% sure to have a very close enounter with chimpanzee. Book this in time because only 6 persons per day are allowed to go. Your swamp walk can be postponed to the next morning.

Journey Time 15 minutes each way Accommodation Kibale Forest Camp Meal Plan Breakfast and dinner

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park

The safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park continues this morning. Queen Elizabeth National Park is in southwest Uganda. Leopards roam the Mweya Peninsula, which lies beside Lake Edward. Nearby Lake Katwe is a huge volcanic explosion crater. Boats on the Kazinga Channel float past hippos and Nile crocodiles. Chimpanzees inhabit the Kyambura Gorge. Trails lead to bat caves in the central Maramagambo Forest. The Ishasha area is home to tree-climbing lions and shoebill storks.

In the late afternoon you will go for a game-drive into the park.

Marafiki Safari Lodge is uniquely located and has been handcrafted using local materials, fitted by artisans from the local community. Overlooks Lake George in the Queen Elizabeth National Park it offers self contained safari tents based on wooden floors and canvas walling for a comfortabe watching the Savannah Plains with breath taking views across the Park and the Rwenzori Mountains. Watch wildlife from your verandah and fall asleep to the roaring of Lions on the distant savannah.

Journey Time 3½ hours Accommodation Marafiki Safari Lodge Meal Plan Breakfast and dinner

Day 10: Wildlife Game Drive & Kazinga Channel Boat Safari

With an early start coffee, tea and donuts will be served in the lounge before you are headed out for a traditional African morning game drive. There are various wildlife in the park such as Elephant, African Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, Bush pigs, Jackels, Tsavo cats, Hyenas, Warthogs and severals birds. You will return to the lodge for breakfast and rest until lunch time.

In the afternoon you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Albert. The Kazinga channel is known for supporting a large number of hippopotamus you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!), as well as a variety of other animals. Other common sitings include African buffalo, crocodile, elephant, and colourful birds. We head back to the lodge after the boat safari. Journey Time Depending on the game drive Accommodation Marafiki Safari Lodge Meal Plan Breakfast and dinner Optional activity: Lion Tracking:

100% to see lions if you participate in monitoring some of lions in the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings and behavior. The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology - and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem. If you are interested please let us know in advance since the number people is limited for this activity.

The experiential tourism activities currently available are Mongoose Tracking, Lion Tracking, Hippo Census, and Bird Counts. The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.

Experiential tours lasts between one and three hours. They usually take place in the early morning or evening, or occasionally at night. All activities must be booked through the Visitor Information Centre in Mweya at least 24 hours in advance.

Costing: $85 us dollar per person for 1 of the activities (Mongoose Tracking, Lion Tracking, Hippo Census, and Bird Counts) Optional activity: Chimp tracking Kyambura Gorge

Kyambura Gorge, also called the “Valley of Apes”, is located in the eastern corner of Queen Elizabeth. The landscape is among the most impressive you will find in Uganda. Enter into the Gorge and you will be marveled by the verdant, rich Tropical Rain-forest right close to the Equator crossing. Costing: $50 us dollar per person

Days 11: Bwind forest – via Ishasha

You will be driven throught the ishasha sector to Buhoma or Ruhija where you will be taking part in the gorilla tracking experience. Accommdotion will be communicated when we get gorilla permits.

Days 12: Gorilla tracking

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees - the only forest in Africa which can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.

The time taken to track the gorillas can be from 2 hours to 7 hours. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

Meal Plan Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

Day 13: Departure

After brunch at the lodge, you will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport) stopping at the equator for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping. Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is at 10 pm or later. If you want us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know.

Journey Time: 6 hours Accommodation: Not Included Meal Plan: Late Breakfast What is Included

  • English speaking Ugandan driver/guide
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts and dinners included
  • All meals in Murchison Falls National Park
  • Packed lunch for the gorilla tracking
  • Park-entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • All activities described in the itinerary
  • 1 chimpanzee permit per person (US$ 150)
  • 1 gorilla permit per person (US$ 600)

What is Excluded:

  • International Flights
  • Uganda Visa
  • Meals extra meals not on accommodation
  • A porter while gorilla tracking (someone who carries your daypack)
  • Personal (medical/travel) insurance
  • Government tax or park fees increase
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs

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