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7-Day Murchison Falls, Chimps & Gorilla Trekking

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Travel to the Murchison Falls NP. Expect the roaring rapids of the Murchison Falls, the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park teaming with abundance of wildlife. Go chimp trekking in Budongo Forest Reserve. You will return to Kampala before travelling to Bwindi. Go gorilla trekking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation and sightseeing. Return to Entebbe International Airport to catch your flight out.

Itinerary

Day 1- Pick up and Transfer to Murchison with detour rhino tracking in Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Hopefully, your flight is scheduled for an early (not past noon) landing in Uganda. Your guide/driver will pick you from Entebbe Airport and you will hit the road for Murchison falls. 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 detour visit to Zziwa Rhino sanctuary. You will have at least one hour of rhino tracking while here. 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
Best Time to Visit December to February (Easier to spot animals)
High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather June and July (Less rain and lower temperatures)

Wildlife in Murchison Falls NP

Accommodation:
Parkside Safari Lodge

  • Mid-range lodge located just outside Murchison Falls NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2- Murchison Falls’ game drive and launch/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. For any birder, this area supports the secretary bird, and black chested snake eagle to name a few. Return to your accommodation for 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 breathtaking. Miss it only if you must. Return to your accommodation and have a relaxed evening.

Main Destination:
Murchison Falls National Park
Accommodation:
Parkside Safari Lodge

  • Mid-range lodge located just outside Murchison Falls NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3- Go chimp tracking in Budongo Forest including sighting birds

Budongo is astonishingly bio-diverse, with 24 mammal species, over 360 birds, 289 butterflies and 465 plants. Budongo is also known for its primate population, which includes around 800 chimpanzees.
After breakfast, you will be driven through the Ugandan countryside which alone is worth a trip as you go for chimpanzee trekking in Budongo Forest. Also, look out for other primates like the black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, baboons and grey-cheeked mangabeys. With over 360 bird species, you will have an absolute bird sighting experience while here.
After your chimp experience, you will return to the lodge for lunch and relax probably enjoying the sounds and sights of the area. Else, you may opt to take some nature walk to feel the beauty of the forest firsthand.

Main Destination:
Budongo Forest
Best Time to Visit Dec to March and June to July (Easy chimp trekking)
High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather June and July (Less rain and lower temperatures)

Wildlife in Budongo

Accommodation:
Budongo Eco Lodge

  • Mid-range lodge located inside Murchison Falls NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4- Exit Budongo and return to Kampala and overnight

Have a relaxed breakfast at the accommodation and then set off for a return journey to Kampala. On arrival, you will be dropped off at the booked accommodation where you will have relaxation plus the overnight stay (awaiting next day’s trip to Bwindi NP).

Main Destination:
Kampala
Accommodation:
Cassia Lodge

  • Mid-range lodge located in or near Kampala
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5-Transfer to Bwindi for the Epic gorilla trekking

Your guide/driver will pick you from the accommodation and then depart for Bwindi Impenetrable national park. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a big habitat for mountain gorillas in Uganda harboring over 300 of them, more reason as to why it should be your next safari destination.
The drive takes you southwest Uganda, cross the Equator, and then to Mbarara for Lunch and through Savannah grasslands to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The scenic drive through Kigezi Highlands, banana plantations and sight of herds of long-horned Ankole cattle – endemic to this area take you to the gorilla Sanctuary of Bwindi.
You will arrive in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening and will mainly do less but just check into your accommodation, relax as you prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day.

Main Destination:
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Best Time to Visit June to August and December to February
High Season June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)
Best Weather June to July and December to February (Less rainfall)

Wildlife in Bwindi Impenetrable NP

 Accommodation:
Broadbill Forest Camp

  • Budget tented camp located inside Bwindi Impenetrable NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6- Go gorilla trekking Bwindi and later transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation

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. Have your lunch and thereafter check out for a transfer to Lake Bunyonyi. 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:
Arcadia Cottages Uganda

  • Mid-range cottage located in or near Lake Bunyonyi
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7- Depart Bunyonyi for your outbound flight in Entebbe Airport

Have a relaxed breakfast at the accommodation with spectacular view of the Bunyonyi little islands just right in front of you and thereafter embark on your return journey to Entebbe Airport. Expect enroute stopovers in Mbarara town for lunch and the Uganda Equator line mark in Kayabwe for some memorable photos (if you didn’t stop on the first day) and may be buying some art pieces of interest. Proceed with the journey arriving late afternoon/evening for drop off at the airport.
We do recommend for a late afternoon/evening outbound flight schedule for this day (if flying out). We hope to see you (or any referral) when next, you visit and thanks for choosing Ngoni Safaris Uganda!

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Important Information

Price Includes

  • Park fees(For non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits(One per person, non-resident)
  • Chimp permits(One per person, non-resident)
  • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water(On all days)

Price Excludes

  • International flights(From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)

Terms & Conditions

  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.
  • This tour must be paid in US Dollars (USD).

Rates Per Person

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$2,695 $2,038 $1,897 $1,774 $1,730 $1,652 Get Quote
$2,695 $2,038 $1,897 $1,774 $1,730 $1,652 Get Quote

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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 .