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14 Days 13 Nights
Entebbe International Airport
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 16
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A 14 Days Uganda safari with Gorilla & Chimpanzee Tracking

This 14 days Uganda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Tracking lets you travel through Uganda but also lets you see what the Pearl of Africa has to offer. You start with rafting on the mighty Nile in Jinja and then continue on to the scenic Sipi Falls before heading through remote parts of the country to Kidepo Valley NP in the far north for untouched wilderness and eventually meet with the Karamajong people.

The journey southwards basically takes you to Murchison Falls NP for an abundance of giraffes and onto the Rwenzori Mountains for a hike. Meanwhile, continue on to Queen Elizabeth NP for chimps trekking, Kazinga channel boat-cruise and tree-climbing lions before we reach the great highlight of mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable NP. Lastly the 14-days Uganda safari takes you for relaxation by beautiful Lake Bunyonyi, looking for zebras in Lake Mburo NP and finally finishing off with a search for the prehistoric looking great shoebill stork.

Proposed itinerary for 14 Days Uganda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Tracking

Day 1;  Arrive Entebbe, pick up and transfer to Kampala

Day 2;    Transfer to Jinja – Sezibwa falls – Source of the Nile – Sipi Falls

Day 3;    Sipi Falls walk/hiking experience and cultural encounter

Day 4;    Go explore Pian Upe Game Reserve

Day 5;    Transfer to Kidepo Valley NP and game drive

Day 6;    game drive and then cultural encounter

Day 7;    game drive and straightaway transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

Day 8;    game drive and the afternoon launch trip to the base of the falls              N/A

Day 9;    Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

Day 10;   Chimp tracking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP

Day 11; game drive and launch trip on the Kazinga Channel

Day 12;  Transfer to Bwindi NP via Ishasha (South)

Day 13;  Gorilla trekking and Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation, sightseeing

Day 14;  Depart Lake Bunyonyi and return to Entebbe Airport

 

Detailed Itinerary for 14 Days Uganda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Tracking

Day 1:  Arrive at Entebbe national airport, pick up and transfer to Kampala

On your arrival at Entebbe airport, you will definitely be picked up by our professional guide, who will brief you about your safari and straightaway transfer you to your place of accommodation. Do a city tour in the afternoon and finally visit local sights depending on your time of arrival.

Location: Kampala Uganda

Accommodation Option:

       Luxury            Latitude 0 Degrees
       Comfort             Serena Kigo Hotel
      Standard             Via Via Entebbe

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

 

Day 2: Transfer to Jinja – Sezibwa falls – Source of the Nile – Sipi Falls

Firstly after breakfast head east of the country, you will have a stop at Sezibwa Falls. The site is surely a hidden cultural treasure with a number of traditional attachment for the Buganda Kingdom and believed to be a blessing center. After here, you will then proceed to Mabira eco-tourism forest reserve for a 1-hour trek around. It is a home to over 315 species of Bird for instance the Nahan’s Francolin, cassin Hawk Eagle then continue with the drive to Jinja and have lunch.

Secondly, transfer to the Source of the Nile for an hour boat ride from shores of the Nile to the exact point where John Speke, the first European to see the source of the world’s longest river stood. Then proceed to Sipi Falls, for a simple hike at Sipi Falls characterized by four spectacular falls along river Sipi, flowing down the Mount Elgon. Each waterfall offers an experience different from another, from the plunge, beautiful views, caves, to rainbows.

Location: Sipi Falls Kapchorwa

Accommodation Option:

       Luxury            Sipi River Lodge
       Comfort             Rafiki River Lodge
      Standard             Lacam Lodge

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

 

Day 3: Sipi falls hiking experience and cultural encounter

You will have breakfast and thereafter proceed out to explore the Sipi falls. The hike for instance takes about 2½ – 3 hours to explore the nearby Sipi falls which is a set of 3 falls. Furthermore the views are breathtaking and make for a great excursion while in Sipi. You will then return to your lodge and have lunch.

Additionally, in the afternoon your coffee tour will enable you to trace the story of coffee from seed to that in the cup and you don’t want to miss this informative experience. Later, return to the lodge and just relax at the accommodation with some spectacular view of Sipi right in front of you.

Location: Sipi Falls Kapchorwa

Accommodation Option:

       Luxury            Sipi River Lodge
       Comfort             Rafiki River Lodge
      Standard             Lacam Lodge

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

 

Day 4: Explore Pian Upe Game Reserve

Be up early and have your breakfast then proceed for game viewing in the pristine Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve. Pian Upe is specifically located between Mountain Elgon NP and Kidepo Valley NP and was established as a wildlife reserve in the 1960s. While in Pian Upe, look out for its inhabitants such as ostriches, common elands, plain zebras, the greater kudu, savanna monitor lizards and the only remaining numbers of roan antelope in the whole of Uganda.

It is also only in Pian Upe that you may have the chance to see cheetahs while on a Uganda safari. After the game viewing and of course packed lunch, exit Pian Upe then head to your lodge

Location: Pian Upe Game Reserve

Accommodation Option:

       Luxury            Africana Hotel Moroto
       Comfort             Karamajong Safari camp
      Standard             Karamajong Safari Camp

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

 

Day 5: Transfer to Kidepo Valley NP and game drive

Have breakfast and drive off to Kidepo Valley National Park, arriving early for some rest and lunch before going out for the evening game viewing. Additionally,you will proceed for game viewing in the Narus Valley in the south sector of Kidepo. Narus not only has savannah grasslands but also with acacia woodland. It is also the area of the park with permanent water sources throughout the year and for that matter, most of the animals are in this part of the park. Be on the look for example large herds of Buffaloes, many Zebras, antelope species and the lions. After the rewarding experience, you will finally return to your lodge.

Location: Kidepo Valley National Park

Accommodation Option:

       Luxury            Apoko Safari Lodge
       Comfort             Kidepo Savannah Lodge
      Standard            Nga’Moru Wilderness camp

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

 

Day 6: Morning game drive and cultural encounter

Enjoy your breakfast then embark on yet another game drive into the park but this time head to Kidepo Valley in the northern sector. The biggest highlight in this area is the famous sand bed of River Kidepo – a seasonal river that does not flow during the long dry spell. There are lush Borassus palms presently creating a sight akin to an oasis in a desert. Also, be on the look for ostriches, leopards and tortoises along the way.

You may also choose to have packed lunch or return for lunch at the accommodation. Later, you will proceed out for the Karamajong community, cultural encounter. You will then spend a wonderful afternoon with the Karamajong people and have an insight of their way of life and beliefs. Lastly at the end of the day, you will retire to your lodge.

Location: Kidepo Valley National Park

Accommodation Option:

       Luxury            Apoko Safari Lodge
       Comfort             Kidepo Savannah Lodge
      Standard            Nga’Moru Wilderness camp

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

 

Day 7: Game drive and transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

Be up early, have breakfast and proceed for another morning game drive. Thereafter, exit Kidepo and hit the road to Murchison Falls National Park. The highlights of this park are for instance 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. Then surely, the concentration of hippos and the Nile crocodiles here will fascinate you. You will reach Murchison and do little but check into your lodge in order to have some rest.

Location: Murchison Falls National Park

Accommodation Option:

       Luxury            Paraa Safari Lodge
       Comfort             Pakuba Safari Lodge
      Standard             Hornbill Safari Lodge

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

 

Day 8: Game drive and launch trip to the base of the falls

Having had breakfast, you ill then depart for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park and be on the look for wildlife for example lions, leopards among others. For any birder, there are quite a number of birds to sight too during the drive. Finally return to the accommodation for some rest time and lunch. Optional: If interested, you may opt for the hot air balloon safari at an extra cost (on ground).

After lunch, you will certainly 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. The hike may be a strenuous one but the thrill on reaching the top is unforgettable. Miss it only if you must. Lastly return to your lodge and have a relaxed evening.

Location: Murchison Falls National Park

Accommodation Option:

       Luxury            Paraa Safari Lodge
       Comfort             Pakuba Safari Lodge
      Standard             Hornbill Safari Lodge

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

 

Day 9: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast at your accommodation, depart straightaway for Kibale Forest National Park with a stopover in Fort portal town for lunch. 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. Kibale NP is popular for its primates for instance the chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkey, Uganda mangabey (Lophocebus Ugandan). While on your chimpanzee trails, you will see them swinging in the forest trees and others feeding on the wild fruits.

Location: Kibale Forest National Park

Accommodation Option:

       Luxury            Kyaninga Lodge
       Comfort             Chimpanzee Forest Lodge
      Standard             Kibale Forest Camp

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

 

Day 10: Chimp tracking in Kibale Forest and transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP

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 then take you chimp tracking (Kibale Forest). Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour in their presence. You will however return to the lodge for lunch and thereafter you will head out for Queen Elizabeth National Park. Lastly you will arrive in the evening and check in to your lodge.

Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation Option:

       Luxury            Mweya Safari Lodge
       Comfort             Twin Lake Safari Lodge
      Standard             Irungu Forest Safari Lodge

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

 

Day 11: Game drive and launch trip on the Kazinga Channel

Be up early and have your breakfast then quickly 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 among others. Finally return to your lodge for some rest time and lunch.

After lunch, you will then go for a 2-hour launch 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. Lastly return to your lodge after the fascinating activity.

Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation Option:

       Luxury            Mweya Safari Lodge
       Comfort             Twin Lake Safari Lodge
      Standard             Irungu Forest Safari Lodge

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

 

Day 12:  Transfer to Bwindi NP via Ishasha (South)

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 lodge, relax as you prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day.

Location: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Accommodation Option:

       Luxury            Buhoma Lodge
       Comfort             Gorilla Mist Camp
      Standard             Bakiga Lodge

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

 

Day 13: Gorilla trekking and Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation, sightseeing

After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, you will then enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The area not only offer dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense but also 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 unforgettable.

Thereafter, you will return for lunch then drive off to Lake Bunyonyi. The lake 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 Option:

       Luxury            Bird nest @ Bunyonyi resort
       Comfort             Arcadia Cottages Bunyonyi
      Standard             Hawk’s Eye Lodge Bunyonyi

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

 

Day 14: Depart Lake Bunyonyi and return to 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.

Meanwhile 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.Then proceed with the journey arriving late afternoon/evening for drop off at the airport to catch your flight back home recommended for 19:00 onward. Thus the End of 14 Days Uganda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Tracking.

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Location: Kampala (City)

Accommodation Option: No (End of tour)

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

Drinking Water and fruits throughout

 

Tour Includes on Uganda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Tracking

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

Chimp permits and gorilla permits

 

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

Officials have a right to refuse entry if you are found to have or show any signs of communicable diseases

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 basically confirm your onward /return flights.  Please contact our office for assistance.

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