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17 Days Gorilla safari Uganda Safari Parks, Wildlife, Gorilla Trekking Safari

Day One; Arrival
Upon your arrival, you will be picked from the airport by our guide and check in to the service of Naigara Hotel in Kampala for dinner and overnight.

Day Two:- Kampala-Murchison Falls National Park
You will be picked from your Hotel by our tour guide/ driver and will begin our journey to Murchison Falls National park. This is a panoramic drive North West through the famous Luwero Triangle, traditional homesteads. We will have a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino trekking and then lunch at Masindi and later enter the park and visit the top of the falls where you can see the River Niles beauty perfected. Marvel at the Nile compressing from up to one Km squeezed through a 7 metre canyon dropping 150 metres with a thunderous roar, creating a rainbow and a plume of spray and this is probably the most impressive falls in East Africa. Enjoy the sunset as you drive to your place of accommodation for dinner and overnight at Fort murchison logdge.

Day Three:- Murchison Falls National Park
The day begins early with early morning breakfast and drive down to the ferry and cross to the Northern sector of the park where we do our game drive in search of wildlife that includes Elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes, Hartebeasts, Waterbucks, Oribis, Jackals, Hyenas, Lions and if you are lucky the leopards among others and a variety of bird species. Come back to the camp, relax around, have lunch and later go for the boat cruise at 2:00pm for yet another but different view of wildlife at close quarters as the animals cool off at the banks of the River Nile. In the 17Kms cruise, the wildlife we expect to see includes the hippos, birds, crocodiles, Elephants, Kobs, Baboons and Bushbucks as they enjoy the freshness of the mighty Nile. Come back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day Four:- Murchison Falls National Park
The day begins early with a very early breakfast and drive to Budongo forest for chimps trekking. The walk takes about 3 hours in search for chimps, Black and white Colubus, Red Colubus, Red tailed monkeys, Roohost monkeys and a variety of forest birds among others. We later go back to the camp for lunch, relax around later go for another boat cruise towards the delta on this side of the Nile, we stand chances of seeing the rare Shoebill stock among other wildlife. We come back to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Day Five:- Murchison Falls – Kibale National Park
After breakfast, we start off for a whole day drive southwards via Hoima to Fort portal, pass through traditional homesteads, farms and beautiful tea plantations. With en-route lunch and arriving in the evening and check in to the service of Primate Lodge Kibale/budget bandas for dinner and overnight.

Day Six:- Kibale National Park (Chimps Trekking)
After breakfast, we visit Kibale Forest National Park, which is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the Tropical rainforest in search of the Chimpanzees, Red tailed monkeys, Black and white Colubus, Red Colubus monkeys and many others. The guides will always brief you on how to behave while with these apes. After lunch we take a walk in the Bigodi wetland sanctuary which is also a good experience. We comeback to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day Seven:- Kibale – Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain ranges through Fort Portal and Kasese towns. Enter the park with a mini game drive and then check into the service of Bush lodge, have lunch, relax around and later go for the boat cruise on the Kazinga channel that connects the two lakes Edward and Georg. The two hours boat trip starts at 3:00pm or 5:00pm and exposes prolific and colorful bird life that gives you an excellent platform for photography. Come back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day Eight:- Queen Elizabeth National Park
The day begins with a game drive towards the Kasenyi plains where you have an opportunity of viewing the parks diverse eco-systems, grassland plains, tropical forest, rivers, lakes, swamps and volcanic craters together with its abundant wildlife that includes elephants, buffaloes, Kobs, Warthogs, Bushbucks, waterbucks and a variety of bird species. Come back to the lodge relax around, have lunch, and later go back for an evening game drive which have better chances of seeing cats in actions. Come back to the lodge for dinner and over night.

Day Nine:- Queen Elizabeth National Park (Mweya)
The day begins early, we carry our packed breakfast and drive through the grass plains to Kyambura gorge for yet another but different experience of chimps trekking in the tropical rainforest in the 100 metres river gorge that harbors habituated chimpanzees, Black and White Colubus, Red Colubus, Red tailed monkeys, baboons, a variety of bird life and none paying visitors to the gorge like the hippos, bushbucks, giant forest hogs and waterbucks among others.
We have our lunch and later go to Maramagambo forest and pay a visit to the bat (hunters) cave where we will have the opportunity of seeing millions of bats in their natural habitat, cobras, African rock pythons feeding on the Egyptian fruit bats and bat horks among others all visiting the bat cave for a meal. We later go back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day Ten:- Mweya to Ishasha Sector
After breakfast, we drive to Ishasha the Southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park which is renowned for the famous tree climbing lions, arriving in the afternoon and check into the service of Ishasha bandas, have our lunch, relax around and later go for an evening game drive in search for wildlife that includes the topis, elephant, Buffaloes, Kobs, Leopards, Hyenas and climbing lions among others. Come back to the bandas for dinner and overnight.

Day Eleven:- Ishasha – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
After a relaxed breakfast, go for the hanging tails after checking out the bandas. You know lions normally climb trees at around 11:00am when the sun is getting hot and that is one of the reasons why they climb. After the game drive, we transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park with lunch en-route arriving in the evening and check into the service of Buhooma community Rest Camp for dinner and overnight.

Day Twelve:- Bwindi Gorilla Trekking
After breakfast at around 7:45am we walk to the visitors information centre for registration and briefing before we begin the Gorilla trekking which is one of the highlights of our safari. The spectacular impenetrable rain forest offers a dramatic steep landscape and is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. As we trek these endangered giants there are chances of seeing other resident wildlife like the Bushbucks, giant forest hogs, black fronted clicker, golden monkeys, Elephants and Buffaloes among others. The thrill of spending time observing the Gorillas is a rare moving, awesome and exciting adventure and due to conservation purposes, the time spent with these shy and peaceful apes is limited to one hour this activity normally takes about 2-8 hours according to the movement of these primates. We comeback to the camp for dinner and over night.

Day Thirteen:- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Lake Bunyonyi
After a relaxed breakfast, we transfer to Lake Bunyonyi driving through Ruhija Sector of Bwindi and the little Switzerland of Africa known as Kigezi highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Kabale arriving in the afternoon and check into the service of Bunyonyi overland collages for dinner and overnight.

Day Fourteen:- Lake Bunyonyi – Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Lake and its surroundings, take a dug out cause on the lake and tour some of its 80 islands, relax around and later after lunch transfer to Lake Mburo National Park arriving in the evening and check into the service of Eagle’s nest for dinner and overnight.

Day Fifteen:- Lake Mburo National Park
The day begins early as we go for the morning nature walk in Lake Mburo National Park. This is one of the best nature walks we have as we search for wildlife that includes Zebras, Impala, Buffaloes, Bohor Reedbuck, topis, Oribis, Hyenas, Eland (Africas Biggest Antelope) , warthogs, bush pigs and a variety of bird life. The walk normally takes 2 hours and only done with the escort of a ranger guide but very rewarding. We come back to the lodge, have our breakfast, relax around and have lunch later at 2:00pm go for a boat trip on Lake Mburo in search of wildlife as they cool off on the shores of the lake. Here we also have chances of seeing the rare African finfoot among other birds.

Day Sixteen:- Lake Mburo National park – Kampala
Day begins early as we go for the morning game drive in search for wildlife that includes Zebras, impala, warthog, Bushpig, Oribis,, Clip springers, Bushbucks, Buffaloes, elands and leopards among others and a variety of bird life. We come back to the lodge and have our breakfast and later check out and en route lunch and then transfer to Kampala arriving in the evening and check in to the service of Naigara Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day seventeen:- Mabamba Swamp, Departure
After the early morning breakfast, we drive to Mabamba swamp and take a boat in search for the rare shoebill stock and other water birds. We come back in the afternoon for lunch and later dropped at the airport according to the time of your flight back home.

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