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8 Days Uganda Safari

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8 Days Uganda Safari

Introduction

This 8 Days journey is a budget tour that will take you to some of the best safari destinations in Uganda. With mountain gorilla encounters along the canopy covered trails of Bwindi Forest, game drive and boat safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park and intimate meetings with the chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park.

Our exclusive tours include some of Uganda’s very best lodges selected for their standard and location.

DAY BY DAY, Uganda Safari, Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Uganda

Our representative will pick you up on arrival at Entebbe International Airport and drive you to your guest house where you will spend one night on bed and breakfast. Just 10 minutes drive from Entebbe international airport. If time permits, you can visit attractions within Entebbe including: Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre; Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Bussi Island Bird Sanctuary; Entebbe Botanical garden; Victoria Shopping malls; Uganda Reptile Village; Lake Victoria and Beaches; local market.Please note that this is at additional cost. Journey time: 10 minutes. Overnight stay and breakfast at Via Via Guesthouse.

Day 2: Transfer to Kibale Forest via Fort Portal

Your journey to Kibale Forest is incredibly scenic, taking you through tea plantations, lively village markets and over rolling hills of lush green countryside that is so characteristic of western Uganda. Kibale Forest National Park itself is an extensive tract of dense tropical rainforest located just south of the town Fort Portal. The various ecosystems in this space are reputed to harbor the highest density of primates in all of Africa. The rare red colobus monkey as well as the black and white colobus are just some of the primates you may encounter on your forest walks here. The highlight of a trip to Kibale Forest is of course to spend some time observing the wonderfully entertaining chimpanzees. Your lodge for the next two nights offers a unique jungle experience near the boundaries of the park. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature in one of the property’s modest cottages, set privately in the forest. The main lodge building offers stunning views of the forest canopy below and on a clear day you can see all the way to the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains. Journey Time: 5 hours, Breakfast , dinner and overnight stay at Turaco Treetops - Budget room.

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking & Swamp Walk

No other animal reminds us so much of ourselves as the chimpanzee. Besides many common features and mannerisms, chimpanzees also share 98% of our human DNA, making them our closest living relatives. It is not so surprising then that we find the habits and biology of these primates so fascinating to study. While Chimpanzees can be found in 21 countries throughout Africa, they are most easily sighted in Uganda due to the high concentration of the species here. On a Chimpanzee Tracking experience in Kibale Forest you will have the opportunity to follow an experienced guide into the forest to observe these fascinating creatures at a close range. Watching them interact with each other and go about their daily routine of grooming, playing and foraging is an incredible experience. While your chances of encountering chimpanzees are high during your tracking excursion, it is never 100% guaranteed. These are, after all, wild animals with wills and minds of their own! In the afternoon you can choose whether you would like to spend more time with the local communities and learn more about their day-to-day lives on a Community Walk or go deeper into the forest on a Swamp Walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is home to 8 primate species, over 200 bird species, butterflies and various reptiles. For bird lovers the highlight of the afternoon is spotting the beautiful great blue turaco. Both the Community Walk and Swamp Walk are operated by KAFRED, a registered community-based organization. The income from the walk is used for community development projects such as schools and hospitals. Please let Blessedia know which walk you prefer at the time of booking. Journey Time: 15 minutes each way, breakfast and dinner at Turaco Treetops - Budget room.

Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most visited game reserve and arguably the most scenic. The park protects the vast savannah plains, bushland, wetlands and forests that lie at the base of the Rwenzori mountain range. Kazinga Channel, which flows through the park and connects Lake George in the east to Lake Edward in the west, attracts a rich array of animals and birds, including the famous Nile crocodile and one of the world’s largest concentration of hippos. On your first game drive you will explore the park along a 200 kilometre network of well-maintained game viewing tracks. Staying at Bush Lodge is, as its name suggests, a traditional bush camping experience, with some modern comforts. The safari tents have grass-thatched roofs and are scattered around the lush campsite. The interior is simple with raised beds and solar lighting and the shared bathroom and shower block is only a few steps way. At night you will be escorted around the grounds as the four-legged inhabitants of the park like to roam the lodge area too. The sounds of hippos and hyenas provide the perfect background music to your candlelit dinner under the stars. If you wish to upgrade your stay at Bush Lodge, choose the self-contained safari tent or cottage for $40 per person per night. Journey Time; 3,5 hours, overnight stay and breakfast at Bush Lodge - Lazy Camping.

Day 5: Morning Game Drive & Afternoon Boat Safari

Welcome to morning game drive in the park. You will need to be up before the sun and in the vehicle after a quick snack to see the best sightings. This is when the land is cool and the animals are most active, when anything is possible and sighting comes quickly. Elephants, buffalo and several species of antelope, lions, leopard are some of the animals you may come accross. Later in the day you will go for a boat safari. when the sun is high in the sky the animals make their way to the river for a drink, we will head to Kazinga Channel for an exciting boat safari (a fantastic way to get close to wildlif). You can also visit Kyambura Gorge (home to several primate species including chimpanzees, the red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus, baboons and vervet monkeys and colorful bird species). This activity is at additional cost of USD 50 per person. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight stay at Bush Lodge - Lazy Camping.

Day 6: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

This beautiful lake surrounded by steep terraced hillsides, contains 29 islands, many of which are inhabited. It is a magical place to wake up in, especially with the early morning mist lingering on the lake. At this time you will see school children paddling dugout canoes to school and farmers transporting their goods to the market place. Here you can fill your time swimming, hiking, bird watching, and taking boat rides to any of the islands on the lake. Lake Bunyoni is bilharzia, croc and hippo free so you can relax and enjoy its cool waters. There are also several cultural hikes that will teach you about the local people and their traditions and customs. Lake Bunyonyi is the perfect place for relaxation. The only chatter you will hear in this setting is that coming from the numerous birds. Bunyonyi means 'place of many little birds'. Journey Time: 5-6 hours, Breakfast and overnight stay at Crater Bay - Self contained cottage

Day 7: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest

After breakfast you will have an opportunity to follow an experienced park ranger deep in the forest to track one of the nine habituated gorilla family residing here. Half of the world’s population of gorillas live under the mist-covered canopies of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforest. This is exciting yet challenging journey along forested (often muddy and slippery) slopes, tangled vines, thick vegetation and bamboo forests before you reach the territory of these gentle giants. The ranger will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, like dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Depending on the location of the gorillas on any given day the walk can take anything from 2 to 7 hours. Encountering the mountain gorillas is a truly humbling and emotional experience. Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner & overnight at Crater Bay Cottages.

Day 8: Day 8: Transfer to Kampala/Entebbe

Like all great journey, the 8 day Uganda safari holiday has come to an end. You will set off early today to make the long drive back to Entebbe Airport or Kampala. Along the way we will stop at the equator for some souvenir shopping. It is possible to connect with an international flight tonight, but the earliest departure must be at 10pm. It will be a bit tight however, so we do recommend having an additional night in Entebbe. In case you wish us to include one (or more) nights in Entebbe and/or Kampala, please let us know. Journey Time: 9 hours to Kampala / 10 hours to Entebbe; Accommodation: Not Included; Meal Plan: Late Breakfast.

Cost Per Person Sharing
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Rate 2024/ 2025

› 1 Person - USD 900 Per Person

› 2 Person - USD 490 Per Person

› 3 Person - USD 460 Per Person

› 4 Person - USD 450 Per Person

› 5 Person - USD 440 Per Person

› 6 Person - USD 400 Per Person

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Package Included

› All Airport Transfers

› 7 night accommodation

› English speaking friendly guide

› Drinking water while in the vehicle

› Transport in 4x4 safari vehicle

› Fuel for the whole trip

› All meals as listed

› Activities as listed

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Package Excluded

› 1 Gorilla Permit Per Person (USD 700)

› 1 Chimps Permit Per Person (USD 200)

› Travel Insurance (recommended)

› Visa fees

› Personal expenses (Tips, Drinks, etc)

› Face Masks (Recommended)

› International flights

› Cost of additional activities

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