8 Day Jewels of Uganda Luxury Safari

Meet the Chimpanzees in Kibale National Park, Search for the Tree climbing Lions in Ishasha and Get in touch with the mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

per adult from

$7,810

NZD

Duration

8 days

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Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • 8x Breakfast
    • 7x Dinner
    • 7x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 8 nights
    • - All accommodation as quoted in the text
    • - Safari vehicle and fuel
    • - 1 gorilla permit per person
    • - 1 chimp permit per person
    • - Game drives and walks
    • - Entrance fees to the national parks
    • - All boat tours
    • - Taxes
    • - Free mineral water in the vehicle during the tour
    • - AMREF emergency evacuation insurance
    • Entry/Admission - Entebbe Botanic Gardens
    • Entry/Admission - Kibale Forest National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Queen Elizabeth National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
    What's excluded :
    • - Visa fees
    • - Drinks / alcoholic drinks
    • - Additional meals
    • - Tips
    • - International travel insurance

  • Day 1: Arrival to the Pearl of Africa

    Stop At: Entebbe Botanic Gardens, Berkely Rd, Entebbe Uganda
    On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by your Manya Africa Tours guide who will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. This will take between 15 to 40 Minutes depending on traffic.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Lake Victoria Serena

    Day 2: Depart for Kibale Forest

    Stop At: Kibale Forest National Park - Chimpanzee Tracking, Fort Portal Uganda
    This morning we will drive to Fort Portal and explore the area around the base of the Rwenzori Mountains with an (optional) visit to the world-famous Ruwenzori Mountain Sculpture Foundation.
    Optional you can also fly with Aerolink to Kasese. Please see costs at the end of this program.
    Later we drive to Kibale Forest National Park, in Western Uganda. Kibale Forest National Park, a multi-faceted forest of 795 square kilometers is home to over 335 species of birds (some very rare and only found here), and 13 species of primates including chimpanzees. red colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest monkey, blue monkey, grey mangabey, black faced vervet monkeys, baboons, pottos and bushbabies.
    Cleverly constructed walking paths lead you through Papyrus that towers above your head in Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary, a few minutes’ drive from Kibale Forest. With over 130 bird species, multicolored butterflies, eight different types of primates and the rare, semi-aquatic Sitatunga (antelope), this is community tourism at its best.
    Set against the stunning backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and the Rwenzori Mountains beyond, Kyaninga Lodge is the spectacular result of one man’s vision and six years of unwavering commitment to creating an experience of Africa’s beauty unlike anything else.
    You can experience the beauty and romance of this unexplored region, while staying in the height of luxury and elegance. Nine exclusive cottages made from hand carved logs, superb dining, and a wealth of adventures await.


    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight Kyaninga/Primate Safari Lodge

    Day 3: Chimpanzee-Tracking in the Jungle

    Stop At: Kibale Forest National Park - Chimpanzee Tracking, Fort Portal Uganda
    After breakfast, we report to the Ranger Headquarters of the Kibale Forest National Park at 8 AM to set out to find the chimpanzees living there. It's great fun to watch this active apes play and roam in the fruit trees.
    The experienced ranger will introduce you to the various family members of the chimpanzee family and show you many more inhabitants of the forest. As you walk through the forest on small trails, you will be told how the locals use the woodland plants, e.g. also to combat some diseases. Even the elusive forest elephant, which is smaller and bears more coat than its brother from the savannah, moves in the Kibale Forest. Sometimes even large mammals such as buffalo, large forest pigs and various antelope species can be admired.
    In the afternoon, we will visit the neighbouring Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. Cleverly constructed walking paths guide you through the papyrus that grows above your heads. With over 130 species of birds, colourful butterflies, eight species of primates and the rare semi-aquatic sitatunga antelope, this area is a showpiece of responsible tourism.

    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight Kyaninga/Primate Safari Lodge

    Day 4: Drive to Queen Elizabeth Nationalpark

    Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, 410 kilometers from Kampala, Kasese Uganda
    Your Guide will drive you through Kasese towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is at the foot of the Rift Valley. From time to time even the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains can be seen on the horizon. The landscape of northern Queen Elizabeth consists of several dozen craters. With more than 600 species of birds, Queen Elizabeth National Park offers even greater diversity than other national parks in Uganda. On the way to the lodge you can observe a large variety of wildlife such as elephants. Keep your eyes open for the hard-to-find leopards! Today's accommodation is high above the Kichwamba Ridge and offers breathtaking views over the bottom of the Rift Valley. While the foothills of the Rwenzoris are in front of you, the eight mighty Virunga volcanoes rise to the other side.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Katara Lodge or Mweya Lodge

    Day 5: Boat safari on the Kazinga Channel

    Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, 410 kilometers from Kampala, Kasese Uganda
    Start your day early with an early morning game drive. Please ask the hotel staff to pack for you breakfast so that you can find a nice spot en route. A popular route for the game drive is the Kasenyi sector, well-known for its lions that prey on Queen Elizabeth’s large population of Uganda Kob (antelope). If you are very lucky, you may spot a Giant Forest Hog, Africa’s largest pig. Keep your eyes peeled to spot an elusive leopard!
    You could also opt for a balloon ride and enjoy a bird's-eye view over the Savanah (optional costs at the end of this program).
    After your game drive, you will head back to the lodge for a few hours’ relaxation by the pool and lunch.
    In the afternoon, you will take a boat for a water safari on the Kazinga Channel at Mweya that connects the two lakes of Edward and George. This is likely to be a big highlight of your trip! The expert Uganda Wildlife Authority guides will identify many of the Channel’s 100 bird species and you’re likely to see African Skimmers, Great White Pelicans, Spoonbill and a few Bee-eater species. Hippos wallow at the edge of the water, huge Nile crocodiles bask in the sun and elephants come down to drink.
    The Kazinga Channel boat ride is a brilliant opportunity to take some close-up wildlife shots.

    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight Mweya/Katara Lodge

    Day 6: In Search of the tree climbing lions - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

    Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, 410 kilometers from Kampala, Kasese Uganda
    Today we drive to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and on the way take a short game drive through Ishasha, the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. On the vast plains of the Ishasha you will find a famous inhabitant, the tree-climbing lion. A sighting is not guaranteed, however, in the large low-hanging Fig Trees of Ishasha there are far better chances to see the lion, like in the rest of Africa.

    Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is regarded as a UNESCO-Natural-World-Heritage and is one of the richest biological and botanical regions in the world. With its south-west position at the edge of the western Rift-Valley, this forest covers 331 km². The treasures of Bwindi are the approx. 400 wild Mountain gorillas. They contribute to about half of the world population of these gentle human apes.
    After a few hours in the car, you can take a relaxing afternoon walk in the village of Buhoma (your home in Bwindi) and visit one of the many craft markets. Or you can visit the Batwa tribe who live in the middle of the forest. Your current accommodation is elevated and from there you can overlook the breathtakingly beautiful Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

    Mahogany Springs offers privacy and serenity blended with optimal comfort in a spectacular setting. With some of the most luxurious accommodation in East Africa the feeling that you will experience when staying here is beyond compare.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight Mahogany Springs Lodge

    Day 7: In touch with the Gorillas

    Stop At: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Buhoma Uganda
    Get up very early for your gorilla tracking and have a well-balanced breakfast in preparation for the day. After the registration at the Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger Station and a short briefing, your incredible gorilla tracking starts.

    Once you've located the gorilla family, you'll be asked to leave all your belongings behind and slowly approach these gentle giants armed with only your camera. The guide interprets the behavior of the animals for you. Females and their young ones, young males and even the dominant silverback can be seen feeding, playing and interacting with each other or just relaxing! You will never forget this experience with the gorillas. You can be sure that they are very curious to see you. You have exactly one hour with the gorillas before you return to the base station.

    After the exciting encounter with the gorillas you will return to the village. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to see the Batwa, the indigenous people of the forest.

    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight Mahogany Springs Lodge

    Day 8: Depart for Entebbe

    Stop At: Entebbe Botanic Gardens, Berkely Rd, Entebbe Uganda
    After breakfast, we start our journey back towards Entebbe. Here we will stop for a picnic lunch and a fun photo opportunity at the Equator.

    A dayroom will be organized for you to shower and change in Entebbe. After a farewell dinner, your Manya Africa Tours guide will transfer you to Entebbe International Airport for your outbound flight.
    Please note that check-in for international flights should be done two hours prior to flight departure. The departures area of the airport has a small restaurant, several duty-free shops and a seating area.

    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Dayroom at Lake Victoria Serena
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Entebbe Airport, Entebbe Uganda
    Departure Time :
    6:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

12

Organised by Manya Africa Tours

Activity ID: V-237390P6

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