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15 Days Basic Gorilla, Lions And Waterfalls Safari Tour

Country: Uganda
City: Bwindi
Duration: 15 Day(s) - 14 Night(s)
Tour Category: Visiting Parks
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

This fourteen days safari lets you visit Four top National parks with a memorable experience of the wild in these areas which include, Gorillas, Climbing Lions, in this trip, you catch the Big Five animals and climax this trip with a white water raft and a shoebill tour just before your flight

Day 1: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park and Game-Drive

Have an early transfer (for a 4 1/2hr drive) to Lake Mburo National Park, the ‘Zebra magnet’. Stop over and take photo poses at the equator and continue driving through Masaka. When entering the park enjoy a landscape of vast savannah dotted with acacia and shrubs. Head for the lodge for check-in and lunch. In the late afternoon go for a game-drive for view of zebras, Topis, warthogs, cape buffaloes and impalas.

Main Destination:

Lake Mburo National Park

Best Time to Visit June to August and December to February

High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best Weather June, July, and January to February (Little rainfall)

Rwakobo Rock

Mid-range lodge located just outside Lake Mburo NP

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2: Morning Walk and Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Early morning safari walk, get early up to visit the hyena's den, chance to see Leopards, zebras, waterbucks, birds buffaloes in their day break jungle life! Get back for breakfast and start the drive to continue on to to Bwindi Mountain Gorillas through the neck of the impenetrable forest.

Main Destination:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Best Time to Visit June to August and December to February

High Season June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)

Best Weather June to July and December to February (Less rainfall)

Accommodation:

Gorilla Mist Camp

Mid-range lodge bordering Bwindi NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3: Gorilla Trekking - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Have an early breakfast and get ready for the big highlight of this safari. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is the home to the forest giants, the mountain gorillas, and on this day you get to meet them. You will set off into the forest with a specialized guide, trek through beautiful nature and finally get to spend one hour in the area where the mountain gorillas are. Besides the gorillas this Impenetrable Forest is full of birds, butterflies and plant species plus forest hog, forest Elephants.

Main Destination:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Accommodation:

Gorilla Mist Camp

Mid-range lodge bordering Bwindi NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4: Tree-Climbing Lions in Ishasha

In Ishasha we will drive off in this adventurous vast savannah area with topis and the southern version of Elephants to hopefully get the Lions high in the fig tree branches. Continue the transfer to the Nothern Sector of Queen Elizabeth NP. Here you will experience a change in the landscape from cultivated hills and jungle-covered mountains. To the savanna vegetation.

Main Destination:

Ishasha Sector (Queen Elizabeth NP)

Best Times to Visit January to February and June to July (Dry seasons)

High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best Weather June to July and January to February (Less rainfall)

Accommodation:

Ishasha Jungle Lodge

Mid-range lodge located inside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5: Evening Boat Cruise at Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast we transfer to the northern sector of Queen Elizabeth and Discover Queen Elizabeth National Park with an evening game drive that exposes us to diverse animals, Elephants, Buffalos, big cats- Lions, Leopards more times in the evening, warthogs- Hunchback carnivals like Hyenas are spotted along with the Circuits as we drive along the and many more species that are residents to this park. After lunch it is time for the Classic highlight of the 2hrs boat-cruise on the famous Kazinga channel, a 36kms channel linking Lake George to Lake Edward.

On the banks, you can see land and water Adapted Hippopotamuses Yawning and some slashing canines at each other and the National Geographical society Killing machine the Nile crocodile gaping along the Banks! Savannah versions of Pigs the Warthog- Pumba of the award-winning Lion King are a hallmark sign in this Animal home.

Main Destination:

Kazinga Channel (Queen Elizabeth NP)

Accommodation:

Parkview Safari Lodge

Mid-range lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6: Transfer to Lake Nkuruba

After Breakfast we have an Early transfer to the Nkuruba crater area with pressure and fatigue lessened during punctuation of stopovers at sceneries, typical African village setup in the far countryside, and tea plantations along the drive offer us chances of stretching. There is an amazing display of primates in this area over the craters, monkey species that can be seen are for example black and white colobus, red colobus, red-tailed monkey, and grey-cheeked mangabeys.

Main Destination:

Lake Nkuruba Nature Reserve

Accommodation:

Crater Safari Lodge

Mid-range lodge located just outside Kibale NP

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7: Bigodi Wetlands & Village Walk in the Lake Nkuruba area

A Briefing by Ovacado adventures Tour Guide/Driver and transfer to Lake Nkuruba in Fort Portal.

Activities around Lake Nkuruba include Cultural Dance performances,

Enjoy cultural dance performances from the talented Nkuruba Development Youth Group.

Traditional Crafts of Uganda

A variety of beautiful Ugandan hand crafts for sale, all of which have been made by local women. All proceeds go directly to these women

Bicycle Hire

Why not explore the surrounding area and its abundant crater lakes by bicycle. Alternatively, explore a bit further afield on a motorbike (hire is subject to availability).

Main Destination:

Lake Nkuruba Nature Reserve

Accommodation:

Crater Safari Lodge

Mid-range lodge located just outside Kibale NP

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 8: Transfer to Hoima

After Our Breakfast, we check out and drive to Hoima as we shorten our journey for the next day. The long route to Murchison Falls National Park is best broken down into two parts. We will spend the night in the little town of Hoima. After the drive, you can choose to explore this quaint upcountry center or just relax by the hotel pool.

Main Destination:

Hoima

Accommodation:

Hoima Cultural Lodge

Mid-range lodge located in or near Hoima

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 9: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park & Visit Top of the Falls

After Breakfast, we embark on the journey to Murchison Falls national park. You have lunch either along the way or when reaching the lodge depending on time. When arriving in Murchison Falls National Park you start off with a visit the top of the falls. This is a magnificent classic highlight on our 1st day as an explosive dash of water at close range gushes through a narrow crevice.

Main Destination:

Murchison Falls National Park

Best Time to Visit is December to February (Easier to spot animals)

High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best Weather June and July (Less rain and lower temperatures)

Accommodation:

Pakuba Safari Lodge

Mid-range lodge located inside Murchison Falls NP

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 10: Game Drive and Boat-Cruise on the Nile and Wildlife Viewing

Early Morning Game Drive after breakfast, here you have the chance of seeing Big cats hunting, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffalos, plus more as the checklist of mammals reaches 76. We continue browsing the Drive circuits to the Delta point for a cocktail of Birds and mammals.

Enjoy a relaxed lunch and then in the afternoon 3 hour boat ride to the base of the falls where you get to see the Hippos (You have never seen more hippos yawning, Grooming in there Pods anywhere else than here- Believe me you)! Nile Crocodiles, Elephants and a variety of beautiful bird species along the banks. If you are a keen birder this might be your magnet to catch them.

Main Destination:

Murchison Falls National Park

Accommodation:

Pakuba Safari Lodge

Mid-range lodge located inside Murchison Falls NP

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 11: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Transfer Jinja

After an early breakfast you shall head out of the park to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where white rhinos are being nurtured before they are re-introduced into the parks. Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch located in Nakasongola district is the proud home of the only wild rhinos in Uganda. The Rhino re-introduction project is a project of Rhino Fund Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority, here you will have lunch and then drive to Jinja.

Main Destination:

Jinja

Accommodation:

Kingfisher Safaris Resort Hotel

Mid-range hotel located in or near Jinja

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 12: Exploring the source of the Nile, Canoeing (Optional Bungee Jumping White –Water Rafting)

Always wanted to discover the source of the Nile, but never had the opportunity? Experience a true source of the of the river which is believed to have been discovered by John Speke on August 3rd, 1858. At the source, stands the mighty Lake Victoria which has been thought for a long time to be the source of the Nile.

Waters from the large lake leave by the Victoria Nile to head north to join the Albert Nile in northern Uganda. When the water leaves the massive Lake Victoria, it does so in a spectacular fashion. The water pours out of the lake at the Ripon Falls, also known as Owen Falls Dam, in Uganda.

Main Destination:

Jinja

Accommodation:

Kingfisher Safaris Resort Hotel

Mid-range hotel located in or near Jinja

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 13: White Water Rafting and Return to Entebbe

You will, after breakfast, go for the adventurous white water rafting on the Nile River. The rafting begins at the Source of the Nile at 09:30am with a comprehensive briefing and being fitted with the special rafting gear. The rafting is done on an 18 kilometre stretch of the Nile River and no prior experience of rafting is required.

The first few rapids are of low grade (1, 2) to build the confidence of the participants before guiding them gradually into the more challenging grades. A total of eight major rapids are rafted to maximize the adrenaline rush of this adventure. You will, after the rafting adventure, be treated to a barbecue lunch and drinks before setting off for Kampala.

Main Destination:

Entebbe

Accommodation:

2 Friends Beach Hotel

Mid-range hotel located in or near Entebbe

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 14: Mabamba Swamp for Great Shoebill Stork Experience

Your guide picks you up in the morning as we start the journey toward Mabamba Swamp, a bit south of Entebbe. If you are lucky we might make some interesting sightings of birds along the way. When reaching Mabamba swamp we go out in small boats to search for the Rare Shoebill stork, lesser jacana, marsh harriers, African pygmy-goose, whistling ducks if its the right season the blue swallow, blue breasted bee-eater plus many more aquatic birds of Uganda. Hopefully, we can finish the experience off by having made a sighting of the Great shoebill stork.

Main Destination:

Entebbe

Accommodation:

2 Friends Beach Hotel

Mid-range hotel located in or near Entebbe

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 15: Transfer to Entebbe Airport (Flight Back)

This day will mark the last day of your safari. After Breakfast you expect to relax and enjoy the Entebbe Environment with a cool Breeze from the Lake Victoria as we get ready for your safari. Your Guide and driver will help you drive to the Airport for your check-in and flight.

Main Destination:

Entebbe International Airport

Accommodation:

No accommodation (End of the tour)

Meals & Drinks:

Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Included:

Park fees (For non-residents)

Gorilla permits (one per person, non-resident)

All activities (Unless labeled as optional)

All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)

A professional driver/guide

All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)

All Taxes/VAT

Roundtrip airport transfer

Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Drinking water (On all days)

Excluded:

International flights (From/to home)

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour

Tips (Tipping pp per day)

Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)

The government imposed an increase in taxes and/or park fees

Contact for Rates Per Person:

Solo 1 room

2 people 1 room

3 people 2 rooms

4 people 2 rooms

5 people 3 rooms

6 people 3 rooms

7+ people

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