9 Day Gorilla and wildlife Expedition Uganda
This 9 day gorilla and wildlife Expedition Uganda itinerary combines trips to Uganda’s top National Parks, including, Queen Elizabeth National park and the Ishasha famous for its tree climbing lions , Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for the gentle Mountain gorillas, Ngamba chimpanzee sanctuary in the Lake Victoria to view the feed of these orphaned chimps been rescued from different destination around the East Africa Region ( Rwanda, Burundi and Congo boarder, the Lake Mburo National Park famous to have the biggest numbers of Zebras and Impalas in Uganda. All activities that are done in these destinations can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Day 1: Arrival at the international Airport.
Our Guide will warmly welcome you on arrival at the Airport or at your hotel in Entebbe/Kampala. For the former, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will be briefed about your safari . Depending on the time of arrival you are advised to have your money changed on this day, and you may also have the chance to visit Kampala city, about onehour drive from Entebbe Dinner and overnight on board. Lake Victoria Hotel.
Day 2: Visit N’Gamba Island – Sanctuary of Orphan Chimpanzees
Entebbe- N’Gamba Island – Sanctuary of Orphan Chimpanzees In the morning rest and you get ready for to meet your English speaking guide driver as well as the other small group participants.
Afternoon depart for Ngamba Island Sanctuary by boat. An English speaking guide will show you around the sanctuary, explain the operation and usefulness of the sanctuary and attend the Chimpanzee meal. The Ngamba Island Sanctuary is a project set up by several international conservation organizations, including the Jane Goodall Uganda Institute.
It aims to provide orphaned chimpanzees a safe place, safe from poachers, where they can live in peace. Island sanctuaries make it impossible to use fences (chimpanzees can not swim). The project also aims to educate communities around and visitors about this endangered species and the importance of preserving their habitat to the closet relative of ours.
Ngamba Island, 23 km south of Entebbe, is cut in two: 98% is only jungle, the rest is used for setting up the chimpanzee research and support sanctuary as well as for the reception of the visitors, school groups and communities that are sometimes given the opportunity to visit the island.
The profits from visits to this sanctuary (where you can spend the night in beautiful tents) go directly to the NGO that is responsible for this project and thus participate in the preservation of these chimpanzees. Free dinner and accommodation at Lake Victoria Hotel.
Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi National park
Entebbe- Impenetrable Forest of Bwindi – Gorilla Mountain Estate Departure with your guide driver for the impenetrable forest of Bwindi (about 10 hours of road). Picnic lunch along the way in Mbarara and also having a cup of coffee/tea at the Equator and at the same time taking some pictures . You will cross typical villages.
Afternoon ride by 4×4 vehicle or on foot in the Forest and the community of Bwindi. We recommend you visit the community on foot with local guide and this is one way to support the community members . Bwindi Impenetrable Forest: This is a real African jungle, the richest in Uganda. His name qualifies this site particularly well, since it is almost impenetrable! What is surprising is the calm that reigns there. But between ancient trees and their parasitic flowers (such as orchids or giant bamboos), this jungle has a particularly rich fauna. Mountain gorillas share this protected area with chimpanzees and at least 8 other primate species, as well as elephants, pigs and wild boars, bats, more than 340 bird species, 14 species of snakes, and a minimum of 200 species of butterflies. This forest is one of the rare sanctuaries of mountain gorillas and we find here half of its world population (350 animals out of 650 based on the concluded gorilla census). Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge.
Day 4: Gorilla Trekking
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Gorilla Trek Departure with your guide for an unforgettable day of walking in the forest in search of Gorillas. Good physical condition is necessary because the trek is somewhat unpredictable. An excursion can sometimes take up to 6 or 8 hours. For conservation reasons, the meeting will be limited in time. The park guide will explain how to behave in their presence. You will stay a few meters from the family and will have the privilege of spending time on their side (about 1 hour). Return to the lodge for a late lunch. Afternoon walk or rest. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge .
Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park – southern part of Ishasha Sector
Bwindi – Queen Elizabeth National Park – southern part of Ishasha Park Departure with your driver guide for the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park (about 2 hours drive). You will cross farms and villages and see rural Ugandan way of living. Lunch and afternoon safaris in Ishasha sector Park with your driver guide. The Queen Elisabeth National Park: It was classified world reserve by UNESCO in 1979. Thanks to its varied habitats: lakes, marshes, forests, plains … This park is home to hundreds of animal species, including the famous tree climbing lions, leopards, elephants, hippopotamuses, topis, and more than 500 species of birds. Look up at the fig trees and Acacia trees , that’s where everything happens! Dinner and overnight at Ishasha Tented Camp.
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth Park – southern part “Ishasha”
Queen Elizabeth Park – southern part “Ishasha” Day 4×4 safaris with your guide driver in the Queen Elisabeth National Park. Meals and accommodation in a tent at Ishasha Tented Camp.
Day 7:Queen Elizabeth Park – Chanel Kazinga
Queen Elizabeth Park – Chanel Kazinga Departure with your driver guide for the north of the park, about 2 hours drive to the main Queen Elizabeth National Park. Afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and also a Possibility of a track and observe Chimpanzees at Chamburu Gorge. Mweya Lodge meals and lodging
Day 8:Chanel Kazinga – Lake Mburo
Chanel Kazinga – Lake Mburo Departure with your driver guide for Lake Mburo. Lunch and Afternoon safaris by 4×4 vehicle and boat in Lake Mburo Park. Lake Mburo With its 260 km2, it is the 4th national park of Uganda. Composed primarily of meadows, swamps and acacia woods, it is home to Lake Mburo. The park is home to moose, impala, antelope, zebra, buffalo, hippopotamus, crocodile, leopard, the newly introduced Giraffes and many other bird species (357) the likes of crane, shoebill stork, marabou etc. The surrounding swamps of papyrus hide the beautiful sitatunga. Dinner and overnight at Mantana Tented Camp or Mhingo lodge.
Day 9: End of safari and transfer to the Entebbe Airport
Departure from Lake Mburo for Entebbe Airport. In the morning, return to ENTEBBE (about 5 hours drive). On the way, you will come across many typical villages and pass across the Equator. Lunch along the way. Transfer to the airport and say goodbye to your guide driver and your small group. In the evening, departure to your final destination.
View Safari Highlights:
- Arrival at Entebbe International Airport
- Visit Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary
- Transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park
- Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
- Transfer to the Ishasha Sector
- Ishasha Game
- Transfer to Main Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
- End of Safari and transfer back to the Airport
The Cost Includes
- Airport Transfers
- Transportation – 4×4 Safari Cruiser/Van
- Accommodation – Budget/Luxury Lodging
- English Speaking Driver/Guide
- Bottled Drinking Water en-route
- Meals as specified in itinerary
Our Safari cost exclude:
- For short trips accommodation on arrival and departure are not included, but can be arranged on request
- Visa fees (USD50.00)
- One Gorilla Permit per person (USD600.00)
- Sodas, beers, wines and other drinks
- Medical Insurance