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8-Day Trip to Murchison Falls, Big 5 Sighting plus Gorilla Trekking

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8-Day Trip to Murchison Falls, Big 5 Sighting plus Gorilla Trekking

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport pick up and transfer to Murchison Falls National Park.

Upon arrival, the assigned English-speaking professional driver-guide will pick you from the Entebbe International Airport and hit the road to Murchison Falls National Park. The highlights of this park include: the roaring rapids of the Murchison Falls, the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park where you will have the chance of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo and elephants among others. On arrival at the park, you will do less but just check into your accommodation to relax for the Evening.

Location: Murchison Falls National Park.

Accommodation: Hornbill Bush Lodge

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout.

Day 2: Murchison Game drive and boat cruise to the base of the falls and top of the falls walk.

Have your breakfast, depart for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park and be on the look for wildlife including: lions, leopards (though hard to spot) among others. For any birder, there are quite a number of birds to sight too during the drive. Return to the 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.

Location: Murchison Falls National Park.

Accommodation: Hornbill Bush Lodge

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout.

Day 3: Exit Murchison Falls and transfer to Kibale National Park.

After breakfast at your accommodation, depart right away for Kibale Forest National Park. The drive is quite long but incredibly scenic – passing through villages, lush green countryside and hills dotted with tea plantations that characterize this part of Uganda. The beautiful scenery will amaze you all the way.

Kibale NP is popular for its primates like the chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkey, Uganda mangabey (Lophocebus ugandae). You will reach and do little but check into your accommodation where you will have dinner and the overnight rest. Optional: If time permits and you’re interested, you may do any of; Bigodi swamp walk, crater lakes tour, or visit Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru cave for some historical/cultural insights.

 

Location: Kibale National Park.

Accommodation: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout.

Day 4: Chimp trekking in Kibale National Park, lunch and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Have breakfast and head to the rangers’ post 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 (Kibale Forest) and you will be left amazed by the presence of primates here. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour in their presence. You will return to the lodge for lunch and thereafter you will head out for Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will arrive in the evening and overnight at your booked accommodation. Optional: If interested you may hike to the twin lakes or do a brief evening game drive.

Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Accommodation: Irungu Safari Lodge.

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout.

Day 5: Morning Game Drive and boat cruise along Kazinga channel.

Be up early and have your breakfast. Proceed for a morning game drive to the Kasenyi plains and be on the look for Cape buffalos, herds of elephants plus the big cats: lions, leopards (though hard to spot) among others.

Return to the accommodation for some rest time and lunch. After lunch, you will go for a 2-hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel that connects Lakes George and Edward. During the trip, the sight of wildlife including giant hippos, elephants and crocodiles among others will fascinate you. You will also see many varieties of birds at the water shores. You will have dinner and overnight at your accommodation. Optional: If interested, you can proceed for a brief evening game drive before return to the lodge.

Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation: Irungu Safari Lodge

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout.

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi via Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions.

Have breakfast then set off for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through the Ishasha sector 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 hard to spot (most especially when they are down in the grassland looking for prey). Hoping you get the chance to spot them, the sight will be spectacular!

 

Continue 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 you will trek. 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.

Location: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Accommodation: Broadbill Forest Camp

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout.

Day 7: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and transfer to lake Bunyonyi for relaxation.

Have breakfast and move to the rangers’ post. You will receive some briefing (from a ranger guide) on the dos and don’ts during trekking. Thereafter, you will enter the Bwindi Forest 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 have located a gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle but endangered giants is unforgettable. Return to the accommodation, check out and 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.

Location: Lake Bunyonyi.

Accommodation: Bunyonyi Overland Resort.

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout.

Day 8: Depart from Lake Bunyonyi to Entebbe International 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 en route lunch and a stop at the Uganda Equator line mark in Kayabwe for some memorable photos and maybe buying some art pieces of interest. Proceed with the journey arriving late afternoon/evening for drop off at the airport to catch your flight back home. We hope to see you (or any referral) when next, you visit and thanks for choosing Home to Africa!

Location: Entebbe International Airport

Accommodation: No Accommodation

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

 

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout.

 

Tour Includes:

Airport transfers

4×4 transport with English speaking local guide/driver for all road transport

Accommodation & all meals above

All park entrances fees

Drinking water in the vehicle

Mentioned activities

 

Tour Excludes:

International visas

Accommodation facilities while in Kampala

All expenses of personal nature such as tips and drinks

Health:

Yellow fever and malaria prophylactics are required

COVID19 certificate

Visas:

Most nationalities require a visa to enter Uganda which can be obtained on arrival at USD 50 per person, single entry. Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months

 

Flights:

It is imperative that you confirm your onward /return flights.

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    Departure & Return Location

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    Departure Time

    3 Hours Before Flight Time

    Price Includes

    • Air fares
    • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
    • Tour Guide
    • Entrance Fees
    • All transportation in destination location

    Price Excludes

    • Guide Service Fee
    • Driver Service Fee
    • Any Private Expenses
    • Room Service Fees

    Complementaries

    • Umbrella
    • Sunscreen
    • T-Shirt
    • Entrance Fees
    What to Expect

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    Itinerary

    Day 1 Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland

    We’ll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Luzern (Lucerne) for a “Welcome to Switzerland” meeting. Then we’ll take a meandering evening walk through Switzerland’s most charming lakeside town, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together. Sleep in Luzern (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

    Day 2Zürich–Biel/Bienne–Neuchâtel–Geneva

    Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss, famous for watch-making, and explore the historical center. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.

    Day 3Enchanting Engelberg

    Our morning drive takes us from Swiss lakes to Swiss Army. At the once-secret Swiss army bunker at Fortress Fürigen, we’ll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Switzerland strong and neutral. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming Alpine village of Engelberg, our picturesque home for the next two days. We’ll settle into our lodge then head out for an orientation walk. Our stroll through the village will end at the Engelberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery with its own cheese-making operation. You’ll have free time to wander back before dinner together. Sleep in Engelberg (2 nights). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: light.

    Day 4Interlaken Area. Excursion to The Jungfrau Massif

    An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. Globus Local Favorite At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.

    Day 5Lake Geneva and Château de Chillon

    It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Geneva. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.

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