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Best of Uganda 12 days classic safari Tour

Package Duration
12 Days / 11 Nights
Destination Covered
Kampala

  • Day 1 : Briefing on the safari.Start for Murchison Falls National Park safari with a chance to visit Ziwa Rh

    Description :

    After your breakfast, we drive through the famous Luwero triangle. You can choose to visit and track White Rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary at $40/ per person. This sanctuary has now been established to breed black and white rhino, and restore Rhino populations in Uganda's protected areas in a later stage.) Take a stop over at Masindi hotel for lunch. We will continue through the park stopping at the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight. Here the Nile, the longest river in the world, is forced through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 43 meters. From here we will continue onto our accommodation place along the Nile river

    Murchison Falls National Park is the largest in Uganda at 3840 square kilometres. Here is the awe inspiring Murchison Falls where the River Nile hurls itself in convulsions through a narrow crevice and then plunges 40 metres in one breathtaking leap. The park has a variety of vegetation ranging from riparian forests and swamp lands to broad savannah, and provides visitors the opportunity of seeing large concentrations of wildlife including lion, leopard, civet, hyena, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, a host of smaller game, small primates and many bird species, including the rare shoebill stork. The park is especially famous for crocodiles and hippos. Apart from game viewing, the launch trip to the bottom of the Falls is another memorable adventure giving you the experience of the mighty Biblical Nile. On the launch you may see schools of crocodiles and hippos basking on the river banks as well as a variety of birds.
    Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
    Up-market: Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Lodge
    Moderate: Sambiya River Lodge / Fort Murchison Lodge / Murchison River Lodge/ Pakuba Lodge
    Low Budget: Red Chilli Rest Camp

    Day 2 : Safari game drives Murchison Falls National Park Tallest Wild Girrafe Feeding You may ever see looki

    Description :

    After break fast head to the Delta in search for bird life and enjoy the game drive to look for lions, giraffes, herds of elephants, buffaloes and many more. We will drive back to the lodge for lunch before taking an afternoon boat cruise to the foot of Murchison Falls. This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The bird life is stunning with brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric looking shoebill, which is a cross between the dodo and a dinosaur. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness.
    Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
    Up-market: Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Lodge
    Moderate: Sambiya River Lodge / Fort Murchison Lodge / Murchison River Lodge/ Pakuba Lodge
    Low Budget: Red Chilli Rest Camp.

    Day 3 : Drive to Kibale National Park for Chimps, primates tracking

    Description :

    Leave Murchison falls N.P for Kibale Forest N.P via the Lake Albert escarpment, having a good view of the lake. Stopover at Kolping Hotel in Hoima for lunch and after drive across the interesting river Nkusi (flowing from the southern end of L. Albert, through the villages of Kagadi, joining Victoria Nile). Both rivers join L.Kyoga and flow through the Murchison Falls continue to L. Albert and north to the Mediterranean sea.

    Traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you pass through traditional Ugandan Villages where you see people at work tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans and maize. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good "photo opportunities". As you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you enter Uganda's famous tea plantation region. A carpet of green spreads before you, as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just passed. You arrive at Fort Portal, then, continue toward Kibale Forest, one of the great African rainforest research reserves. Years of study by scientists (who have cut a grid through the forest) have habituated many of its animals to human observers. This forest is famed for the variety of primates found here and it is a terrific area for birds. This rural Ugandan town (Fort Portal) is locally famous for its weaving and basketry, and we can spend some time briefly to examine some of this local art.

    Fort Portal is a small and attractive city. The fort was built between 1891 and 1893 and named after Sir Gerald Portal, the British Consul General of Zanzibar who arrived in Uganda in 1892 to formalise the protectorate of Uganda. He died of malaria a few months after the fort was completed.
    During the afternoon we have time to visit the scenic crater lakes region, checking out the superbly terraced tea estates. In the south of Fort Portal is Kasenda Crater Lakes region. It sits on the rim of Lake Nyinambuga the back of the main building looks down over the lake, while the other side of the lodge looks out over another lake in the distance and, further off, the Rwenzori Mountains, which were perpetually shrouded in the clouds, except early in the morning. There’s plenty to do in this area and we can also take an hour’s walk around Lake Nyinambuga.
    Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
    Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale or Ndali Lodge
    Moderate: Kibale Forest Camp
    Low Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

    Day 4 : Chimpanzee tracking, tracking over 12 primates in Kibale National Park, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

    Description :

    Assemble at Kanyankyu River camp at 08:00hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is Chimpanzee tracking. Chimpanzees are man’s closet cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate’s species. More primates like Black and white Columbus monkeys, L’Hoest Monkeys, Grey cheecked Mangabey, Red tailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, Little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee eater and mammals like Elephants can be seen in this walk.
    Kibale National park, which averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. It is inhabited by three large "communities" of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups.
    Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialize with each other, or even, occasionally hunt.
    In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the Eastern edge of Kibale forest is Bigodi Wetland sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great Blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bush bucks, bush pigs and among others.
    Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
    Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale or Ndali Lodge
    Moderate: Kibale Forest Camp
    Low Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

    Day 5 : Queen Elizabeth National Park, viewing Rwenzoris, lots of craters lakes and wild animals

    Description :

    Either a day’s walk in the foothills of the Rwenzoris, one of the great mountain ranges of the world, looki Rwenzori is the highest mountain range in Africa with the highest peaks; Margherita (5,109m) and Alexandra (5083m) on Mount Stanley. These are exceeded in altitude elsewhere in Africa only by Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya which are extinct volcanoes standing in isolation above the surrounding plainng out for its forbidding peaks in the distance, or drive straight to Queen Elizabeth. The game seen will depend on the season; the Kasenyi plains are good for lion and the Mweya peninsula for a variety of animals.
    Shift to Queen Elizabeth National Park this morning (about 3 hours driving). Leaving through Fort Portal town, you turn south and early this afternoon enter Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is dominated on its northern border by the snow-capped 16,000-foot Rwenzori Mountains-the famed "Mountains of the Moon". This 767-square-mile conservation area is bordered on the North East by Lake George and on the South West by Lake Edward; its western border adjoins the Zaire Parc Du Virunga. You will expect to see teeming herds of impala-like Uganda Kob, as well as topi, elephant and lion, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo. There are also several soda lakes filling ancient volcanic calderas where flamingos reside seasonally.

    In the afternoon enjoy a game drive in the northern part of the park, visiting the Baboon Cliff famous for its nice scenery, and good views of the shadows of the mountains of the moon - the Rwenzoris. The drive to the lodge leads through large expanses of savannah grasslands and plenty of wildgame
    Overnight at Up-market/ Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge Or Katara Lodge
    Mid-range or moderate facility: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (in rooms)/ Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Buffalo Safari Resort/ Enganzi Lodge/ Ihamba Safari Lodge (mid-range )
    Budget price: Kazinga Channel View Resort/ Simba Safari Camp (Tents)/ Mweya Hostels/ Bush Lodge (Tents)

  • Other Benefits (On Arrival)
    Description :
    The cost above is based on 2 persons only. More lower offers are available if you are more than 2 persons.
    You will have all the best Uganda has to offer to a tourist. You first track the white rhinos, visit the magnificent Murchison Falls and do game drives to view the BIG 5 - elephants, lions, leopard, hippos, etc, then continue to Kibale National Park to track the chimpanzees and 12 other primates in the forest, then continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park for more safari game drives to see more lions, elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, leopard and the tree climbing lions. We track the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and then visit the Lake Mburo NP.
    Package Excludes :
    • personal expenses, flights to/from Entebbe, drinks.

  • Package Terms & Conditions :

    RESERVATIONS/ PAYMENTS  (Please note that we are quite flexible on most of these if you let us know of your concern) To confirm your reservation, we need to secure your gorilla permits and chimpanzee permits. And we are required to make full payment for these permits to fully confirm them and so we also request you to make this payment at the time of booking. If the tour you are booking is at least 60 days (or more) away, any deposit  that should at minimum be able to cover the cost of the gorillas and chimps permits is fine. Each gorilla permit is US$600 in Uganda, $750 in Rwanda. A Chimpanzee permit is $150 in Uganda and $100 in Rwanda.  

    Because most hotels/ lodges and camps will need payment to confirm bookings, we kindly request you to pay in full before the commencement of your tour/ safari.  If you have already paid for the permits, you can pay the balance any time to within 14 days before your tour begins. This is is not so strict but of course if we lost your preferred hotel/lodge reservation because of failure to pay in time, because of your failure to remit payment, we won't be held responsible. The standard is we should have your full pay before you start the tour. So you can even pay on the tour start day. Besides, we need money to run your tour. Last minute payments may lead to late starts for the tour especially if you have to withdraw money from an ATM.

    PAYMENT METHODS

    Our most preferred payment mode would be by electronic bank transfer (wire) to the bank details we give you when you ask. It takes 3-5 days to receive the funds.

    However you can can also pay us by credit card or cash.

     

    Cancellations by You In case you intend to cancel your holiday with us, you shall have to write to us. Unless we receive a copy of your communication in writing, we can not confirm your cancellation. To avoid losses caused by your cancellation since reselling your holiday may be impossible, cancellation fees, excluding insurance, will be levied per person as follows: Cancellation charge shall be a % age of the total price where applicable.

    CANCELLATION POLICY Cancellations here below shall be treated against the total cost of the safari booked as follows: 61-100 days 10% of the safari cost 08-60 days 50% of safari cost 0-7 days 100% of safari cost Note: Cancellation fees are effective from the date your written notification is received at Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris.

    Gorilla Permits Cancellation Policy

    UWA/ Rwanda Tourism Board will retain the following percentages on a gorilla permit upon cancellation.   0 – 30 days to tracking date - no refund,   31 – 60 days to tracking date – 75% (25% refund to client),   61– 90 days to tracking date – 50%,   91 days and above to tracking date – 25% (75% refund to client). Note: The cost of transferring money to you is entirely yours when you cancel your tour and the funds your receive will be less by the bank charges (usually about 20$)

     COMPLAINTS We shall attend to all complaints of any nature either directly from you or indirectly from our tour representative or service supplier. Our motto is: “The Client is the king”. We shall be in position to respond appropriately to any of your complaint or dissatisfaction as long as we can receive your report not later than 21 days after completion of your holiday. This gives us enough time to investigate your case and respond appropriately. Failure to lodge in your complaint within such a time limit, we shall not be held liable.

     




Contact Detail

Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris

Contact Person :-

Ivan Paul

Address :- Kampala, Kampala, Uganda