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Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Holidays and Primate Tours Chimpanzees

Uganda Safari Holidays, Private Driver Guide: Murchison Falls + Gorillas

Uganda Safari, with Murchison Falls (overland)
UPB12E
12 NIGHTS
FROM £4,990
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Uganda Safari Holidays Private Driver Guide Murchison Falls Gorillas

Experience the abundant wildlife & friendly people of this beautiful country, on one of our tailor made Uganda safari holidays, travelling overland with your own private driver guide from Murchison Falls National Park, via the chimps of Kibale, the river-based game of Queen Elizabeth Park & Ishasha, to the gorillas of Bwindi. All transfers, game viewing & gorilla permits included. Min age 15 yrs.

Uganda Safari Holidays Private Driver Guide Murchison Falls Gorillas
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Uganda Safari Holidays
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Private Driver Guide
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Rhino Sanctuary
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Murchison Falls National Park
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Chimps, Kibali Rainforest
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Queen Elizabeth National Park
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Kazinga Channel Boat Ride
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Ishasha Tree, Climbing Lions
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Gorillas of Bwindi
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Kigali
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Uganda Safari Holidays
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Private Driver Guide
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Rhino Sanctuary
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Murchison Falls National Park
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Chimps, Kibali Rainforest
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Queen Elizabeth National Park
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Kazinga Channel Boat Ride
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Ishasha Tree, Climbing Lions
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Gorillas of Bwindi
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Kigali
Day 1
You will be met at Entebbe Airport and transferred to your hotel.
 
Check into your Entebbe hotel and relax under warm blue African skies.
Day 2
This morning we leave Entebbe and travel 4-hours to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, situated on over 27 square miles (70 sq. km) of rolling hills and woodlands near Nakitoma Village in the Nakasongola district of central Uganda.
 
This special rhino re-introduction project was founded by Rhino Fund Uganda with the support of the Uganda Wildlife Authority and it is the only place in the country where you can see these magnificent creatures in the wild.
 
After checking into your lodge, head out on foot with an armed ranger and guide in search of Southern white rhino, which have thrived here since they first arrived in 2004. Once located, you will watch them for around an hour before returning to the lodge.
Day 3
This morning we drive 2-hours to Murchison Falls National Park.
 
This wildlife-rich game sanctuary is situated on the banks of the River Nile, downstream from the famous waterfall after which it was named. This verdant reserve was favoured by Winston Churchill, who called Uganda the "Pearl of Africa". It is a relatively undiscovered gem and the premier game reserve in the country. It is one of the best wildlife conservation areas in the whole of Africa.
 
On arrival we visit the top of Murchison Falls, where the waters of the river squeeze through a narrow 23-ft (7 m) gorge, creating a thunderous roar as they hits the rocks below. After checking into our lodge, in the afternoon enjoy a game drive in the park.
 
 
Day 4
This morning enjoy a game drive in Murchison Falls National Park, a magnificent 3,893 square mile sanctuary that offers easy game viewing on its open plains.
 
This game reserve is famous for its huge herds of Ugandan kob (an antelope similar to the impala) as well as its buffalo, elephant, giraffe, baboon and monkeys. You may also see warthog, Jackson's hartebeest and hopefully lion.
 
In the afternoon enjoy a boat ride along the Nile River to the thundering Murchison Falls. Along the way you should see large pods of hippo, some crocodiles and abundant water birds - including pied kingfishers diving into the water. You may even be fortunate and see a Shoebill stork in the dense papyrus in search of frogs. When you reach the bottom of the Murchison Falls, you can leave the boat and hike up to the top of the waterfall, where you will be rewarded with amazing views.
 
Note: The national park opens at 6.30 am and closes at 7 pm. Vehicles are not allowed to drive off-road in any national park in Uganda.
Day 5
This morning we leave Murchison Falls and drive 4-hours through many small rural villages to the fast growing town Hoima.
 
Along the way your guide will explain the way of life of the local people, as well as the history of the various kingdoms still in existence in Uganda. You can also ask your guide to detour 40-minutes to a traditional fishing village on Lake Albert, to see their way of life.
 
On arrival in Hoima check into your accommodation where various activities can be enjoyed - including a village walk and cultural dancing. You can also visit the Mparo royal tombs.
 
Note: You will be travelling on some rough gravel roads today.
Day 6
Today we travel 5-hours from Hoima to the picturesque Crater Lakes region.
 
This is the gateway to Kibale National Park, a protected tropical rainforest that has the highest concentration and variety of primates in all of East Africa. The park is home to the bushpig, duiker, otter, leopard and large herds of elephants that migrate between Kibale and Queen Elizabeth National Park. The bird life is also outstanding.
 
Drive through tea plantations to your lodge and relax in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains (the 'Mountains of the Moon').
 
Note: You will be travelling on some rough gravel roads today.
Day 7
This morning enjoy the amazing experience of Chimp Tracking, as you walk through the spectacular Kibale Rainforest with a guide, searching in the high rainforest canopy for these intelligent primates that are our closest relatives.
 
Kibali is home to 14 different primate species including the chimpanzee, black-and-white colobus, red colobus, red tailed monkey, blue monkey, olive baboon, grey-cheeked mangabey, bush baby, vervet and L’ Hoest’s monkey. Tracking a noisy chimp family is a thrilling experience and is best in the morning, when they come down to the forest floor to forage. The chimps are very mobile, so viewing can be quite unpredictable, but the walk itself is enchanting.
 
The birdlife is also outstanding, although the dense forest canopy does mean patience is needed. You can hope to see the huge crowned eagle, the black-and-white flycatcher, African grey parrot, black-necked and yellow-mantled weavers, the beautiful blue touraca and maybe the secretive black bee-eater.
 
In the afternoon enjoy a 2.5-hour guided nature walk in the Bigodi Wetlands sanctuary, a local community initiative that is home to 8 different primate species, including black-and-white colobus and red colobus, over 200 bird species and numerous other small mammals and reptiles.
 
Note: Chimp tracking is limited to small groups, with a minimum age of 12 years. Please note the chimpanzees move a lot - sometimes far into the dense forest - so wear good walking shoes and expect to walk a lot today (up to 3 hours). Don’t forget your binoculars, as if the chimps don't come down from the trees you will need these.
Day 8
This morning we travel 3.5-hours through the scenic crater lakes region to Queen Elizabeth National Park - stopping for a photo opportunity as we cross the equator.
 
This enormous 764 square mile (1,978 square km) wildlife sanctuary is the second largest in Uganda with extensive rolling grass-covered hills, wooded valleys and a series of extinct volcanic craters. The park extends from Lake George in the northeast to Lake Edward in the southwest, with the Kazinga Channel connecting these two great lakes.
 
Queen Elizabeth National Park is renowned for its river-based game viewing, but it also has a land-based game viewing area about 45-minutes from the river. Game is not plentiful here, especially during the dry season when most animals migrate to the river, but if you are patient you may be rewarded with good lion and leopard sightings. You can also hope to see buffalo, baboon, vervet monkey, warthog, Ugandan kob, waterbuck and the elusive giant forest hog.
Day 9
Rise early today for the opportunity to join a community-run research initiative in conjunction with the Uganda Wildlife Authority, joining a Lion Tracking game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park monitoring the movement of radio-collared lions. This activity lasts 1 to 3-hours and gives researchers a better understanding of the lions' habitat and movements.
 
Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most visited national park in Uganda. It has 95 different species of mammal including lions, hippo, elephants and leopards, as well as over 660 different bird species.
 
After returning to our lodge for lunch, in the afternoon enjoy a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel. Thanks to the abundant wildlife that gathers along its shores - including huge herds of elephant, buffalo, Nile crocodile & hundreds of hippo - this cruise will be a highlight. The channel is also a magnet for great flocks of waterbirds and pink backed pelican, fish eagle, pied kingfisher, malachite kingfisher, grey-headed kingfisher, African spoonbill, marabou stork, cormorants, yellow bill stork, hamerkop, hadada ibis, sacred ibis, vultures and many other species gather here on the shores of the channel.
 
Note: Vehicles are not allowed to drive off-road in any national park in Uganda. The park opens at 6.30 am and closes at 7 pm.
Day 10
After an early morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth Park, today we drive 5-hours to our lodge situated near the entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - home to over 50% of the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas, and also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys and chimpanzees.
 
Along the way enjoy game viewing on the open Ishasha Plains that are famous for their black maned tree-climbing lions. You will also see topi, a fast and highly social antelope that is not found in the more northerly parks, as well as a variety of plains game.
 
Afterwards we continue to Bwindi. This dense equatorial jungle is accessible only on foot and features one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, including 120 species of mammals, 350 bird species including hornbills and turacos, 220 butterfly species, 27 frog species as well as chameleons, geckos and many other endangered species. It also boasts over 1,000 different flowering plants, ferns & trees.
 
Check into your lodge and enjoy the beautiful scenery of your remote forest surroundings.
Day 11
This morning we enter Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - home to half the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas, and also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys and chimpanzees.
 
This dense equatorial rainforest is accessible only on foot and features one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, including 120 species of mammals, 350 bird species including hornbills and turacos, 220 butterfly species, 27 frog species as well as chameleons, geckos and many other endangered species. It also boasts over 1,000 different floral species.
 
After walking (or driving up to 1.5-hours) to your specified gate, rangers will allocate you to a small group of up to 8 people - with each gorilla family graded as a short, medium or long hike, based on their location the previous day. We recommend you ask your guide to request the appropriate category for you, although this cannot be guaranteed as the gorillas may have moved significantly overnight.
 
After a briefing, you will then track a family of endangered Mountain Gorillas, accompanied by two rangers - one at the front and one at the back. The group will walk at the speed of the slowest member, so it is important to proceed at your own pace and enjoy the experience. We strongly recommend hiring a local porter at a cost of around $15 per person, as not only is this an important source of local employment, but they will carry your backpacks and give you a hand up (or a push) where necessary. Expect to walk 1 to 4-hours each way in steep, sometimes muddy and dense tropical jungle conditions to view a family of these enormous primates and observe their behavior up close - a rare privilege indeed.
 
You must take a copy of your passport with you today, as this will be required to trek. You must be over the age of 15 years to track gorillas and be sufficiently fit to walk for the period indicated. Ensure you arrange a packed lunch with your lodge and carry sufficient water in your backpack (at least 2 litres). You should wear long trousers, long sleeved top, long socks (tucked into your trousers to keep out biting ants), proper walking boots and gardening gloves to protect your hands from nettles and undergrowth. Start off wearing a light fleece, as it is cold in the forest in the morning and pack proper rain gear, including a rain jacket and waterproof trousers, as it can rain at any time. A walking stick to help with the steep ascents will be provided if you don’t have your own.
 
You cannot be sick or have any infectious disease and no eating or drinking is permitted in the vicinity of the gorillas. Only one hour is allowed with the gorillas and you have to keep a distance of at least 7 metres. No flash photography is allowed and no touching the gorillas (although they may decide to touch you)!
Day 12
At leisure to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with your guide.
 
It is possible to participate in another optional gorilla trek today, but this must be booked in advance as gorilla permits are strictly limited.
 
Other optional activities include a Community Village Walk where you can learn more about the local inhabitants, as well as meet the forest-dwelling Batwa Pygmies. You can also enjoy a guided walk to a waterfall in the rainforest, where you can see endemic birds, butterflies and plants.
Day 13
Transfer 4.5-hours across the border into Rwanda.
 
On arrival in Kigali, we visit the moving Genocide Memorial to see the inspiring way in which Rwandans have recovered from this horrific chapter in their recent history. Afterwards transfer to Kigali Airport for your flight home.