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12 Days Uganda Gorilla Tracking Budget Safari

12 Days Uganda Gorilla Tracking Budget Safari

Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Gorillas, Lake Mburo

Day 1: Murchison Falls National Park

After early breakfast transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a two-hour drive from Kampala, along the road on the way to Murchison Falls National Park. While you track the rhinos, visit the information centre and craft shop, look out for bush buck, leopard, Uganda kob, oribi, crocodiles, hippo and other wildlife present on the ranch. The bird life is abundant, with even the rare shoebill stork present in the Lugogo Swamps. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary offers peace and tranquility in beautiful surroundings. In the afternoon we will visit the "top of the falls" for your chance to view the magnificence of the Nile. The park is cut into half by the famous River Nile where it has to squeeze itself through the legendary Murchison Falls, an impossibly narrow 7 m gap in a cleft rock creating a powerful explosion of white water. The Falls are believed to be the most powerful natural flow of water anywhere on earth.

Overnight: Red Chilli Rest Camp / Murchison Falls River Lodge / Paraa Safari Lodge
Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, breakfast

Day 02: Murchison Falls Park

Early breakfast followed by rewarding game drive for an opportunity to spot Elephant, Cape buffalo, Rothschild's giraffe, Uganda kob, hartebeest and waterbuck are commonly seen. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, bush duiker, warthog and bush pig. Large carnivores include lion, leopard and spotted hyena. After lunch enjoy a boat safari upstream the calm Victoria Nile. En-route, marvel at the toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over this 17 km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob. This is also a zone of many bird species like Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. The boat will stop just tens of meters from the sinister, frothing and bubbling base of the falls.

Overnight: Red Chilli Rest Camp / Murchison Falls River Lodge / Paraa Safari Lodge
Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, breakfast

Day 3: Murchison Falls / Kibale Forest

Early breakfast followed by drive from Murchison to Kibale which takes most of the day; drive via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside and past traditional homesteads and farms. Fort-Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon.

Overnight: Kibale Forest Camp / Primate Lodge / Ndali Lodge
Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, breakfast

Day 4: Kibale Forest      

Early breakfast followed by chimp tracking and other primates which include l' hoestes, red colobus, blues, red tailed and gray - cheeked mangabey. The guide will provide detailed explanations, not only on primates, but on all the forest fauna and flora and will ensure that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and seeing primates at close quarters.

Overnight: Kibale Forest Camp / Primate Lodge / Ndali Lodge
Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, breakfast

Day 5: Kibale Forest / Queen Elizabeth National Park    

Early breakfast followed by departure to Queen Elizabeth National Park; you will catch a glimpse of the mystical Ruwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey. Game drives en route with sightings of lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, hyena and a variety of antelope species. In the afternoon, enjoy the unique 2 hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water's edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colourful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species.

Overnight: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge / Katara Lodge / Mweya Safari Lodge 
Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, breakfast

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth

Early breakfast followed by rewarding morning and afternoon game drives with a lunch break. Queen Elizabeth National Park's diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Game drives in this park, with the massive Ruwenzori as a backdrop provides excellent opportunities to see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephants, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, Topi and bush buck.                                  

Overnight: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge / Katara Lodge / Mweya Safari Lodge 
Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, breakfast

Day 7 & 8: Ishasha Sector Queen Elizabeth

Early breakfast followed by morning transfer to Ishasha Area of Queen Elizabeth national park. Game drives in Ishasha sector, home to the famous tree-climbing lions and the large herds of game. The scenic beauty, the size of the euphorbia and a combination of riverine forest, Savannah plain and equatorial forest makes this a scenic and memorable day.

Overnight: Ishasha River / Ishasha Ntungwe River Camp / Ishasha Wilderness Tented Camp
Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, breakfast

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth / Bwindi National Park

Early breakfast followed by long drive through the "Switzerland of Africa" area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi; arrival in the forest in the evening.

Overnight: Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Engagi Lodge / Buhoma Lodge
Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, breakfast

Day 10: Bwindi Gorilla Tracking  

Early breakfast followed by morning entry into the spectacular rainforest. Bwindi offers a dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but criss-crossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. Mammals recorded include the endangered mountain gorilla, rare golden monkey, buffalo, elephant, black-fronted duiker, bushbuck, leopard, giant forest log and others. This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas. The time taken and the terrain vary according to the movements of these marvelous primates. The thrill of spending time and observing the gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure. The gorilla is a shy and peaceful animal and it is unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact.

Overnight: Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Engagi Lodge / Buhoma Lodge
Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, breakfast  

Day 11: Bwindi Forest / Lake Mburo National Park

Early breakfast followed by a drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Enjoy the boat ride on Lake Mburo and get quite close to crocs and hippos. Birdwatchers will enjoy the more than 250 species of birds found in Lake Mburo including Papyrus Gonolek, Brown faced Lapwing. Carruther's Cisticola, the extraordinary White winged Warbler and Bare-Faced-Go- Away bird. In the evening enjoy relaxing game drives along the Lakeshore track. 

Overnight: Rwonyo Rest Camp / Lake Mburo Tented Camp / Mihingo Safari Lodge
Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, breakfast

Day 12: Lake Mburo National Park / Entebbe or Kampala

Early breakfast followed by either a game drive or a guided safari walk under the escort of an armed ranger. The Kopjes are particularly interesting and camouflage klipspringers and topis. Due to cattle herding in the area it is amusing to see zebra grazing alongside the long horned Ankore Cattle peaceably. Return for lunch which should be taken leisurely enjoying the view of the lakes in this park. After lunch, drive back to Kampala stopping at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers en route where you will able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through generations. There will also be time to stop at the equator for photographs. You will arrive in Kampala in the early evening.

Group size

2Pax

3Pax

4Pax

5Pax

6Pax

SRS

Luxury

$4,730

$4,285

$4,070

$3,935

$3,850

$615

Midrange

$4,220

$3,775

$3,560

$3,420

$3,330

$480

Budget

$3,515

$3,070

$2,845

$2,715

$2,630

$270

 *Above rates may vary from time to time. Please contact us for applicable rates during your dates of travel. 

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