Lion safari Uganda, Africa 10 days

Lions of Kidepo valley
Murchison falls lion safari
Lion tracking Queen Elizabeth  national park
Tree climbing lions Ishasha
 20% goes to the lion project in Queen Elizabeth national park.

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Lion safari Uganda, Africa 10 days

This is a tribute to the Lions of Africa
Lions Only Safari

Kidepo Valley National Park 3 nights 
Day 1 Travel by road to Kidepo.
Travel time: +/- 9hours
Accommodation:
Nga Moru Lodge (Mid-range)
Apoka Lodge (Luxury)
Savananah Lodge (Budget)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

From Kampala at 5:00 am you start the long journey 558 km (347 miles) going through the Rhino sanctuary to see the southern white rhinoceros. Have breakfast at the Kabalega dinner’s restaurant on the way to Gulu where you will have lunch. After lunch in Gulu we continue through Kitgum and up to Kidepo valley national park. Check into your accommodation based on the budget that you opt for. The lodges are not very far from each other, they are in a radius of 24 km (15miles). Dinner will be served from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm and then you retire early to bed or stay up for a few drinks if you pertake. 

Day 2 full day game drive searching for Lions 
We start at 6:00 am with a cup of coffee and carrying with you packed breakfast, you will be headed for the open savannah in search of the game which includes five Primate Species, predators are particularly well represented with 22 species resident of these, the black-backed jackel, African hunting dog, bat-eared fox, striped hyena, aardwolf, cheetah and caracal are found in no other Ugandan national park. Other predators recorded are side-stripped jackal, spotted hyena, leopard, lion and a variety of mustelids,genets, mongooses and small cats. A remarkable 17 species of antelopes occur is this national park. 7 of these are found nowhere else in Uganda: namely the Grant’s gazelle, greater kudu, lesser kudu, roan antelope, Beira oryx, Guenther’s dik-dik and mountain reedbuck. These are among the species we will be seeing while we focus on searching for lions.

We return for lunch at the lodge and at 3:00 pm we head back for another game drive return in the evening at around 6:30 pm. 

Have dinner and reflect on the days game drive activity. 

Day 3 Morning walking safari and afternoon/night game drive. 
7:00 am you will head out on a walking safari before the heat of the day is upon us. You will return for breakfast, rest and have lunch. 3:00 pm we head back out for another game drive into an early night game drive which we stop at 8:00 pm, returning for dinner at the lodge and overnight.

Day 4 Murchison falls national park 3 nights 
Travel time: +/- 5hours
Accommodation:
Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Paraa Safari lodge (Luxury)
Fort Murchison lodge (Budget)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

6:00 am we have our breakfast before departing for Murchison falls national park which is 407 km (253 miles). Our lunch will be had in Gulu town before we continue to Anaka, and then to Murchison falls national park. 
Arrival will be around 4:00 pm, heading straight to your overnight accommodation for a cold drink stroll around the lodge to release the stress of long sitting in the vehicle.
Dinner and overnight

Day 5 Full morning game drive and afternoon boat ride 
Game drive start at 6:00 am with breakfast before we go lion searching in Murchison falls national park. The lion here are not very easy to see although the park has got a healthy 106 lions within an area covering 3,843sqkm. We will try to search for the lions both in the morning and in the night hopeful we get a chance to spot them.
Return to your lodge for lunch from 11:00 am by the time you get to the lodge it will be 12:00 pm in time for lunch. After lunch you travel to the Paraa area (meaning a place of hippopotamus in Luo language) for a boat safari on the Victoria Nile.

You boat safari will give you a chance to see the iconic Murchison falls with it raw power as well as seeing several animals and birds. 

Day 6 Lazy morning and night game drive 
The morning is given to resting for clients to enjoy the lodge, personal time, swimming.
After dinner we prepare for departure to enjoy a night game drive with chances of spotting leopards, hyenas, lions.
After we head back to the lodge for overnight.
Day 7 Queen Elizabeth national park 3 nights
Travel time: +/- 9hours
Accommodation:
Ihamba safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Mweya Lodge (Luxury)
Bush lodge (Budget)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today we shall be departing for Queen Elizabeth national park, we start the day at 5:00 am, breakfast at 5:30 am with packed lunch. We will be drive south towards the Rwenzori mountains from Murchison falls national park 400 km (248 miles). 

We will stop in Fort portal for a break and have a late lunch before we continue for another 2 hours to your overnight accommodation.
Day 8 Lion safari Uganda, Africa game drive
6:00 am we go to the park gate to make payment for lion tracking, from this point on we will be with a tracker from the Lion Project in Uganda. He uses a radio tracker receiver to pin-point the location of the lions that we are to see. Often the lions are off track which requires driving off road to reach the lions of Queen Elizabeth national park. When and if the lions are found, you get to spend 20 – 40 minutes observing them before you go and tracker another pack.

There is a total of 95 mammals recorded in this park the highest of any national park in Uganda. Ten primates including chimpanzee, vervet, blue, L’Hoest’s monkey, black-and-white colobus and olive baboon. Close to 20 predators are found in the Queen Elizabeth national park, including side-striped jackel, spotted hyena, Lion, and leopard. The most common antelope species is the Uganda Kob, bushbuck, Defassa waterbuck, topi. The elusive semi-acquatic sitatunga antelope occurs in papyrus swamps to the north around Lake George, while four duiker species are primarily confined to the Maramagambo Forest.

12:30 pm will find us at the Mweya safari lodge on the mweya peninsular where you will have a filling lunch and gaze at the extensive Kazinga Channel. Here you will take a 2 hours boat safari to see the several animal species including hippopotamus. It is believed that the Kazinga channel hosts the highest concentration of hippopotamus in the world. 

We head for another game drive before heading back to the lodge for dinner and overnight. 
 
Day 9 morning travel south Ishasha for tree climbing lions
We take a 96 km game drive south to Ishasha sector where tree climbing lions are found. In Africa you can only find tree climbing lions in Ishasha and Tanzania’s lake Manyara. While searching for tree climbing lions we take a game drive to see other animals.
We spend a night in Ishasha sector tonight.
Day 10 Optional Morning game drive and travel back to Entebbe for departure.
We have breakfast and start on the drive back to Entebbe Airport for departure back home.
Quote Based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room full board
2 people per person $3,629 ($7,258) Mid-range Lodging
2 people per person $5,566 ($11,132) Luxury Lodging
2 people per person $3,208 ($6,416) Budget Lodging
What is Included
1. 9 nights Accommodation to your standard
2. Meals (10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners)
3. 4x4 Land cruiser Jeep
4. Fuel
5. Bottled water for drinking/brushing teeth
6. Driver guide
7. Park entry
8. Boat ride Murchison falls national park
9. Boat ride Queen Elizabeth national park
10. 2 Night game drives
11. Experiential game drive Queen Elizabeth national park
12. Drop to the Airport on last Day
13. Ranger from Uganda Wildlife Authority
Not Included
1. Drinks (Accept for the Apoka Lodge Luxury clients)
2. Flights
3. Insurance
4. Tips $10 per person per day
5. Activities not included on the Itinerary
6. Laundry
7. Items of personal nature such as phone calls
Optional Activities and ec=xtensions
Chimpanzee Habituation Kibale forest (we would have to adjust the program)
Balloon safari over Queen Elizabeth national park $380 per person
Extension 3 days gorilla tracking (Extra $2,400 luxury, $1,800 mid-range, $1650 budget per person)
Terms and conditions
1. At the moment of booking a deposit of the 40% of the total amount is due.
2. Bookings must be made at least 60 days before the date of departure.
3. Steady Safaris Ltd reserves the right to not accept bookings made less than 60 days prior the date of departure.
4. Full payment has to be made not less than 30 days before the departing date of the tour.
5. If the full amount is not paid in due time, Steady Safaris Ltd reserves the right to treat the booking as cancelled.
6. Cancellations: 60 days prior to departure date of the tour, full refund of deposit; between 60 and 30 days, refund of 50% of deposit; less than 30 days, no refund.
7. Gorilla permits are non-refundable..

Notes Lion safari Uganda, Africa 10 days
1. Travelers are supposed to reach Entebbe on the tour starting day before 8 am and leaving from the same airport at the end of the tour after 8 pm.
2. If these times can't be respected then 1 or 2 days should be calculated for the overnight in Kampala.
3. Children under 12 years of age are not allowed to see chimpanzees.
4. Kibale National Park offers small walks of 1 or 2 hours followed by creative activities.
5. Gorilla trekking is not allowed to anyone under 15 years of age.
6. Prices for private safari. No extra passengers added.
7. All prices are VAT included.
8. Prices are in United States dollars (USD).
9. Gorilla permits are available booking at least 3 months before the departure date.

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