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15-Day Gorilla and chimps Trekking, Big 5 and Nature Sighting Safari

Arrive and transfer to Murchison Falls where you expect boat trip to the base of the falls and game drive. Head to Kibale for chimp tracking and also explore the crater lakes. From Kibale, transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP. Enjoy the big game sighting plus launch trip along the Kazinga Channel. Proceed to Bwindi for the ultimate gorilla experience and go have relaxation in Lake Bunyonyi. Exit Bunyonyi for Lake Mburo NP and enjoy a park walk plus some game drive. Fly out from Entebbe Airport.

Itinerary

  • You’ll go to Uganda
  • You’ll visit Murchison Falls NP,Kibale NP,Queen Elizabeth NP, Ishasha Sector, Bwindi Impenetrable NP  Mgahinga National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Mburo National Park Entebbe  International Airport
  • This tour starts in Kampala(Uganda) & ends in Entebbe (Uganda)
  • You’ll be collected from the airport (or hotel).
  • Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

Day 1 – Arrive and overnight in the booked accommodation

 

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by a Ngoni Safaris Uganda representative who will welcome you to Uganda – the Pearl of Africa. Thereafter, you will be transferred to your booked accommodation. In case you have had an early landing in Uganda, you may opt to go out for a late afternoon ride around Kampala City. Else, just relax at the accommodation and later enjoy your dinner plus the overnight stay.Dinner and Overnight at Acactus Hotel Kampala.

Main Destination: Entebbe International Airport
Accommodation:  Acactus Hotel Kampala.
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water

Day 2 – Transfer to Murchison with rhino tracking in Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary

After breakfast, embark on a journey to Murchison Falls NP. The highlights of this park include: the roaring rapids of the Murchison, the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park where you will have the chance of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants. Then surely you will be fascinated by the concentration of hippos and the Nile crocodiles here. For birders, Murchison Falls boasts 450 bird species including the elusive shoebill stork, dwarf king fisher, the white-thigh hornbill, and the Goliath heron among others.
En route, make a visit to Zziwa Rhino sanctuary for your first Big 5 experience where you will have an hour of rhino tracking. Another stop will be in Masindi in order to enjoy your lunch. Continue to the park and check in to your accommodation to relax for the Evening.

Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park
Accommodation:  Paraa Safari Lodge, Fort Murchison Lodge
                                 Twiga Tales Safari Lodge
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water

Day 3 – Explore Murchison: undertake game drive and boat trip to the base of the falls

Have your breakfast, depart for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park where you will have the opportunity of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo and elephants among others. For any birder, this area supports the secretary bird and black chested snake eagle to name a few. Return to your accommodation for some rest time and lunch. After lunch you will head out for the boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls where you will also be able to catch sight of more animals including Hippos and Crocodiles and several water birds. Continue with a hike (if you like) to the top of the falls. The hike may be a strenuous one but the thrill on reaching the top is unforgettable. Miss it only if you must. Return to your accommodation and have a relaxed evening.

Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park.
Accommodation:  Paraa Safari Lodge, Fort Murchison Lodge
                                 Twiga Tales Safari Lodge
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water

Day 4 – Exit Murchison Falls NP and Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park.

After breakfast at your accommodation, drive to the top of the falls (if you didn’t hike) where you will have spectacular view of the falls before departing for Kibale NP. Else, depart right away (after breakfast) for Kibale Forest National Park. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through villages, lush green countryside and hills dotted with tea plantations which characterize this part of Uganda. Kibale NP is popular for its primates like the chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, grey cheeked mangabeys and red tailed monkeys. On your chimpanzee trails, these are regularly seen swinging in the forest trees and others feeding on the wild fruits. You will reach and do little but check into your accommodation where you will have dinner and the overnight rest.

Main Destination: Kibale National Park.

Accommodation:  Isunga Safari Lodge, Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse
                                 Crater Safari Lodge
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water

Day 5 – Top of the world hike and afternoon ride around Fort Portal town.

Be up early, have your breakfast and proceed for the breathtaking “Top of the World Hike”. The hike is a popular activity with visitors to nearby Kibale Forest and Fort Portal. The most rewarding time to take this hiking trail is early in the morning when the day is still cool. There are two trails that you can take to the top of the world viewpoint (i.e. the easy and the more challenging trail that most take). The hike may be a strenuous one but you will surely be amazed by the spectacular and unforgettable view on reaching the “Top of the World Hike”. Return to the accommodation for rest time and lunch. Later, you may opt to go out for a ride around Fort Portal town and visit places like Tooro Palace, local market among others.

Main Destination: Kibale National Park.

Accommodation:  Isunga Safari Lodge, Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse
                                 Crater Safari Lodge
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water

 

Day 6 – Go explore Kibale: Chimp tracking and the Bigodi Swamp Walk

Have breakfast and head to the trekking point where you will receive some briefing on the dos and don’ts during chimp trekking. Thereafter, you will proceed to trek the chimps in the Kibale Forest. An experienced ranger guide will take you chimp tracking and you will be marveled by the sights of primates here. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour with them. Return to your accommodation for some rest time and lunch. Later go out for the Bigodi swamp walk. The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a fascinating area, located in Magombe swamp. This area is recognized for its extensive array of biodiversity among which are several primates’ species like the baboons, black & white colobus monkeys, vervet monkey and the L’Hoest monkey. The Bigodi is also a paradise for bird watchers. Among the major bird species within the sanctuary is the grand Blue Turaco.

Main Destination: Kibale National Park.

Accommodation:  Isunga Safari Lodge, Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse
                                 Crater Safari Lodge
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water

Day 7 – Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP and take the Boat trip on the Kazinga Channel.

After breakfast you will Exit Kibale NP and continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth NP. Queen is Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park’s diverse ecosystem which include sprawling savannah makes it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds. You will reach Queen early enough to rest, have lunch and later go for a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George to Lake Edward. You will surely be fascinated by the concentrations of giant hippos, elephants and crocodiles among others. You will also see many varieties of birds at the water shores. Return to the accommodation for dinner and later overnight rest.

Main Destination: Queen Elizebeth National Park.

Accommodation:  Mweya Safari Lodge, Park view Safaris Lodge
                                 Irungu Forest Safari Lodge
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water

Day 8 – Queen’s Morning game drive and the afternoon explosion crater drive.

Be up early and have your breakfast. Proceed for a morning game drive in the park, along the Kasenyi plains and be on the look for Lions, Elephants, Leopards (though hard to spot), Bushbucks, Cape Buffaloes, Waterbucks, Giant Forest Hogs, Uganda kob among others. Return to your accommodation for some rest time and lunch.
In the afternoon you will go for the explosion crater drive. The drive is basically sightseeing with very spectacular view of the breathtaking scenery in and around Queen. There is also plenty of wildlife to see along the drive although commonest are sights of Cape Buffaloes plus Elephants. Return to the accommodation for relaxation, dinner and the overnight stay.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Accommodation:  Mweya Safari Lodge, Park view Safaris Lodge.
                                 Irungu Forest Safari Lodge.
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water

Day 9 – Proceed to the southern part of Queen – to the Ishasha area

Have breakfast then set off for a breathtaking game viewing experience in the Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth National Park – famously known for its resident tree-climbing lions. The chance of spotting these lions is about 70% though sometimes they are really hard to spot (most especially when they’re down in the grassland looking for prey). Hoping you get the chance to spot them, the sight will be spectacular! You will also be able to see other wildlife such as the Uganda kob, Cape buffalos, elephants and warthogs in addition to the tree-climbing lions. Thereafter, head to the accommodation for relaxation, dinner and later overnight.

Main Destination: Ishasha Sector.

Accommodation:  Engojo Lodge, Ishasha Jungle Lodge.
                                The River Ishasha Lodge
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water

Day 10 – More Ishasha game viewing and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable NP.

Be up and have your breakfast served. Go for more tree-climbing lions’ sighting and thereafter transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is a big habitat for mountain gorillas in Uganda (harboring an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population), including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. With a strenuous day ahead, you will do less on arrival but just check-in your accommodation, relax as you prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day.

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Accommodation:  Gorilla Mist Camp Lodge, Ruhijah Gorilla Safari Lodge.
                                Bakiga Lodge
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water

 

Day 11- Gorilla trekking Bwindi Forest and Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla NP.

After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular! The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. Once you locate a gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored. Return to your lodge for some rest time and lunch. Thereafter, embark on a transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla NP. You will reach and do little but check into your accommodation, relax, enjoy your dinner and overnight stay.

Main Destination: Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Accommodation:  Mount Gahinga Lodge, Travellers Rest Hotel.
                                Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water

 

Day 12 – Undertake the Batwa Trail experience and Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation

Have breakfast and proceed out for the Batwa trail experience. For generations, the Mgahinga dense forest was home to the indigenous Batwa (hunter – gatherers and fierce warriors) who depended on the forest for shelter, food and medicine. Now, they lead visitors through the forest and introduce them to their old home and the techniques they used to survive in it. The remarkable trail unveils the hidden historical secret of the Batwa people. It expresses the true cultural background of the Batwa who are the famous traditional owners of the hilly forested areas occupied by Mgahinga Forest in the district of Kisoro. Thereafter, you will proceed to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation with impeccable stunning view of the Bunyonyi little islands. Lake Bunyonyi is framed by lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of (2,200 – 2,478m) but it’s the 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical — you could admire them all day.

Main Destination: Lake Bunyonyi.

Accommodation:  Lake bunyonyi Rock Resort, Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort.
                                 Bunyonyi Overland Resort.
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water

 

Day 13 – Go explore Lake Bunyonyi: enjoy canoe ride, interact with the community and sight birds.

After breakfast, you will have the option of visiting the Orugano rain Forest which has diverse plants and animals or spend some time interacting with the Batwa (pygmies) community who inhabit parts of the forest and its surrounding areas. Birders will treat themselves with well over 300 bird species recorded. Alternatively, you could opt for a canoe trek on Lake Bunyonyi which will introduce you to the major islands and their rich history but also there will be some great time spent in traditional dugout canoe. Return to your accommodation for lunch and relaxation probably reflecting on your trip so far….

Main Destination: Lake Bunyonyi.

Accommodation:  Lake bunyonyi Rock Resort, Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort.
                                 Bunyonyi Overland Resort.
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water

Day 14 – Transfer to Lake Mburo NP and enjoy afternoon (evening) game viewing.

Have breakfast and set off to Lake Mburo NP. Drive past the intensely terraced Kigezi hill slopes into Mbarara town and finally Lake Mburo NP. Arrive in the park in the early afternoon and take some rest before proceeding out for the late afternoon (evening) game viewing. On the game drive, expect to see the gigantic eland antelopes, zebras in big numbers, topis, impalas, warthogs, Uganda kob and Cape buffalos among others. Later, relax at the accommodation where you will spend the night.

Main Destination: Lake Mburo National Park.

Accommodation:  Rwakobo Rock, Mihingo Lodge.
                                 Mburo Safari Lodge.
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water

Day 15 – Mburo park (nature) walk and transfer to Entebbe Airport for your flight out.

Enjoy your early breakfast and proceed for the Mburo morning park/nature walk in the presence of an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger/guide. On this early morning guided walk, you often encounter hyenas that are returning to their dens after a night of being on the prowl. Also, you will have the opportunity to encounter (at close range): Zebras, Giraffes and Eland, Topi and other antelopes, Cape buffaloes among others.
Take the Trail to the top of the hills and see Lake Mburo and beyond. From this vantage point, you will have a great view of 9 of the twelve lakes surrounding Lake Mburo NP. Thereafter, return to the accommodation for checkout and then hit the road to Entebbe airport for your flight out. We hope to see you (or any referral) when next, you visit and thanks for choosing Ngoni Safaris Uganda!

Main Destination: Entebbe International Airport.

Accommodation:  End Tour
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water

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Important Information

Price Includes

  • Round trip  transfers.
  •  Accommodation
  • Breakfast daily.
  • Day touring as per the itinerary.

Price Excludes

  • Round trip airport or train station transfers.
  • Alcohol Drinks

Terms & Conditions

Prices are “from”, per person, based on 2 adults and 2 children (under the age of 12) sharing, and include all taxes. Subject to availability.   accommodation. Breakfast daily. Day touring as per the itinerary.

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Customer Reviews

Stephany Aug 13, 2019

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Sedrick was unique and stood out from the rest in the high quality communication he provided since the first inquiry. He called me to provide information about the itinerary and see if I had any questions even before booking the tour. We communicated through WhatsApp for any other questions that came to mind after that call. After picking me up from the airport, he and Pilot (additional tour guide) provided plenty of information about the country to give me some context and we started our long drive to the impenetrable forest. The food was delicious with many options; the accommodation was very clean with exceptional service; and the transportation from Entebbe to Bwindi park was very comfortable (although long). As a solo female traveler, both tour guides (Sedrick and Pilot) did an exceptional job at enduring I accomplished everything intended to in Uganda, and always made me feel safe. I highly recommend to book your safari with this company because the quality and professionalism will not let you down.

Shakira Dec 14, 2018

Ngoni safaris uganda is the best tour operator in Uganda. A few weeks back we traveled to Bwindi impenetrable with sedrick to explore the beauty that is Uganda. This company took care of us . with most comfortable car , Great guide .We highly recommend it to the next travelers

Winnie Dec 19, 2018

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I was going on a gorilla safari with my friend and this was going to be the first ever safari for the both of us. Luckily, the communication with the office was super easy and we got answers to all of the questions we needed. The driver / guide (Sedrick) was very professional and funny and made our time very pleasant. Also, he had a proper knowledge of the local area close to the Mgahinga national park and he promptly spoke some 7 languages which we thought was super positive. The safari was surely the highlight of out East African trip!

Ritah Jan 2, 2019

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My Team and I did a five day trip, including Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls and Kidepo. It was truly an incredible experience. Our guide, Sedrick, was knowledgeable, skilled in driving in some challenging settings and just plain fun to hang out with for five days. The lodging was perfect, especially Savannah Lodge. The tents and beds were high quality. The views were spectacular. Meals were delicious and varied. I recommend Ngoni safaris Uganda with all my heart and soul!

Pilot May 28, 2019

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Our six days trip was amazing. The driver/guide had an incredible knowledge of animal and bird-life and are so interesting to talk to. His driving skills through lashing rain and massive puddles was admirable! The cooks managed to produce varied and delicious meals from the kitchen, which we ate both at accommodation or roadside when we were travelling from one place to another . At all times we felt safe and well-looked after. All in all, an incredible experience, due not only to the abundance of wildlife we were lucky enough to see, but also to the great efforts put to have our Safari a better one . The safari was full of fun. Traveling with ngoni safaris is my life time memorable experience and I highly recommend it to travellers who would love to visit uganda or EastAfrica for holidays, vacations or Adventure.. Even five stars are too small .