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GRAND DISCOVERY SAFARI - SELFDRIVE

DETAILED ITINERARY:

Destination: Uganda

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

09 days from $2,100 per person

* Prices are in US dollars, Based on double occupancy, incl. taxes & fuel surcharges, restrictions apply

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HIGHLIGHTS

Endangered mountain gorillas and intriguing batwa group are the star attractions. Track and observe the habituated primates with your expert guides

Explore Welocme to the Pearl of Africa, as it;s know, enjoy the landscape incluing Kigezi Region known as the Switzeland of Africa..

Discover the coveted hour with Uganda’s rare and endangered mountain gorillas. Watch the family — its dominant male silverback leader and protector, their attentive mothers and playful juveniles — move through their forest home.

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Experience the magical setting of your stunning hills overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

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Enjoy emersing yourslef with the village dwellers, the Batwa and enjoy some dancing and hunting technics.

ITINERARY
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Day 1; Arrive Entebbe, Uganda

 

Morning: Upon arrival in Entebbe, Uganda, our representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel—a transfer of about 30 minutes.

When you arrive at the hotel, you will check in and receive your room assignment. Depending on what hotel we stay at, we’ll likely be located in the shores of Lake Victoria. Typical hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar, an outdoor swimming pool, and a fitness centre; rooms are likely to feature air conditioning, satellite TV, wireless Internet, and private bath with hair dryer.

Afterwards, you’ll be handed over the car and taken through all the equipment’s and extras.(Plus given Map for your safari)

Accommodation: Bush Pig Backpackers

DAY 2: Ziwa Rhino and Murchison Falls National Park

 

Morning: Depart very early and transfer to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for Rhino trekking. The trek can take anything from a few minutes to an hour depending on where the Rhinos are located within the sanctuary. You will receive a briefing from the ranger guide and start on your Rhino trek thereafter. After the experience, you will break for lunch.

Afternoon: You will proceed to Masindi town, after which you will enter the Park via the Kichumbanyobo gate and visit the Top of the falls, the spot from which the park gets its name.  At the top of the waterfalls, you will observe the River Nile squeezing itself in a 7 meter gorge before tumbling 40 meters down in a thunderous explosion and then flows down into a very peaceful river whose water banks are swarmed with a profusion of water and land animals as well as birds.

Evening: You are free to relax from the day’s activities at the bar, or retire early to rest up for tomorrow.

Accommodations: Red Chili Camp

DAY 3: Game Drive • Boat Cruise on River Nile

 

Morning: Today early morning after your breakfast, the driver guide will pick you from the Lodge and start your game drive exploring Murchison falls national park. The park has different tracks where you are able to drive and enjoy both the vegetation and the variety of animals.

The highlight of this trip is game viewing in our custom made vehicles where you are able to capture your favourite moments in pictures of Giraffes as they move through the grasslands, buffaloes, Jacksons Hartebeast, Uganda Kobs, Lions, herds of Buffaloes, fishermen on Lake Albert, Waterbucks,  etc. You will be looking for the remaining Big 4 having seen the Rhinos the previous day at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

Afternoon: In the afternoon take the famed boat Safari on River Nile from where you shall watch different animals along the shore and continue to about ten meters from the bottom of Murchison falls – also known as ‘Devils cauldron”. This 2 hour boat journey is a great way to spend the afternoon enjoying the Victoria Nile and the several Hippos and Crocodiles.

Evening: You are free at the lodge lounge area to discuss the day’s activities or share pictures of the animals you saw earlier.

Accommodations: Red Chilli Camp

DAY 4 – Murchison Falls Nat Park to Kibale Forest

 

Morning: We'll check out of the lodge first thing this morning. Then, around 8:15am, we’ll depart by safari vehicle for 4 hour-long drive to Kibale Forest. Arrive in time in the beautiful town of Fort Portal. Marvel at the stunning palace of Toro Kingdom, the Royal tombs, the numerous shops and the mosque before driving on to Kibale forest, only a couple of kilometers ahead.

On arrival, you will check into Primates Lodge Kibale. Actually, Kibale national park hosts the highest number of primates in the whole of East Africa including chimpanzees, baboons, black & white colobus monkeys and the blue monkey.  .

Afternoon: Have a primate walk in the afternoon to Kanyanchu river camp; this is the most popular of all walks inside the park. It takes you through a diversity of flora zones and unveils a number of wild animals along the way living inside the forest. Head back to the lodge for dinner and Overnight.

Evening: After dinner, you have the freedom to spend the evening as you wish, whether you’d like to enjoy a beverage at the bar area, or retire to your room to relax before we head to the Queen Elizabeth in the morning.

Accommodations: Kibale Forest Camp

DAY 5 - Chimpanzee Trekking • Bigodi Swamps • Transfer to Queen Elizabeth Nat Park

 

Morning: Today the forest opens its doors for an exhilarating chimpanzee tracking experience. Kibale Forest is reputable for having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black and white colobus monkey and many others. Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will spend an unforgettable hour with them as they go about their daily life - feeding, playing, grooming, taking care of their young, howling and screeching, in their natural habitat. Later visit the Bigodi swamp, walk that offers you an opportunity to spot other mammals, insects and lots of birds.

Afternoon: At around 2:00pm proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park (following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range for most of the journey and we arrive in time for an en-route game drive as we head to our lodge within the park.

Evening: You are free to remain in the lounge dining Lounge area or around the campfire to discuss the day’s wildlife with fellow travellers, or retire to your tent to rest before tomorrow’s day of discoveries

Accommodations: Bush Lodge  

DAY 6 – Queen Elizabeth Nat Park • Game drive • Kazinga Boat Cruise

 

Morning: Today, we depart early after your breakfast at the lodge be in for the morning game drive around the Park searching for different Wildlife Species including Buffaloes, Elephants, Defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, Topi, Bush bucks, spotted hyenas and more. After the exciting game drive return to the lodge for lunch.

Afternoon: At around 3:00pm, we’ll head out for the exciting launch trip cruise along the Kazinga Channel. Launch trip cruise along Kazinga Channel exposes you to different aquatic species including hippopotamus, crocodiles, water birds and more.

Evening: You are free to remain in the main dining area or around the campfire to discuss the day’s activities Or, turn in early to prepare for tomorrow's game-viewing.

Accommodations:  Bush Lodge

DAY 7 – Drive to Ishasha • Tree Climbing Lions

 

Morning: After your morning Breakfast, you drive to Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth National Park, for your morning game drive in search of the most popular tree climbing lions and chances of seeing them climbing the trees will depend on the luck of the day. Ishasha has also other population of animals such as antelpos, Elephants, Bufallos and many others to see. Break for lunch.

Afternoon: We head towards Bwindi, driving through the Southern sector, which is famous for its abundant wildlife. Get to look for animals not seen the previous day, later we depart through Katunguru gate and drive to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park through the verdant country side, you will pass traditional homesteads and enjoy panoramic views of the Rwenzori Mountains. Arrival in Bwindi National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas, you will be checked in for your dinner and overnight at your lodge or camp.

Evening: You are free to remain in the main dining area or around the campfire to discuss the day’s activities Or, turn in early to prepare for tomorrow's Gorilla trekking.a

Accommodations: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort

DAY 8 - Mountain gorilla trek 

Morning: At about 7:30am, we take a drive of about 30 minutes to the National Park headquarters at to meet your guides for the day. After completing our park formalities, we are embark on a once in a life time experience of tracking mountain gorillas. Once you spot them you are allowed to spend an hour watching your closest long lost cousin. This is perhaps one of the most breath-taking experiences on earth!!! You get so close to these awesome giant primates. You stare at each other blankly not knowing who to break the long silence first. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 1000 living today. You will get within meters of the family, and be privileged to spend an hour amongst them. The trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to 3 hours or longer at a relatively high altitude. It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers, gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets (for you, not the gorillas) as well as sufficient water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. You will spend one hour with the gorillas, but it is an hour you will never forget. Depending on the length of our trek, groups will return to our lodge by about 1pm.

Afternoon:  Transfer to Golden Monkey Guesthouse in Kisoro, check in and the remainder of the afternoon will be spent around the lake reflecting on your mountain gorilla encounter.

Evening: You are free to relax from the day’s activities at the bar, or retire early to rest up for tomorrow.

Accommodations: Golden Monkey Guest House

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DAY 9 – Bwindi • Entebbe • Airport

 

Morning: Today, Wake up early for a cup of tea and embark on a drive back to Entebbe International airport. En-route stop over at the Equator for photographs and as well as to perform a simple experiment and experience a tropical balance before proceeding to the airport fpor flight back home.

PRICING

Land Arrangements (Price per person)

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