My Uganda Journey

Glossary
BB-Bed and breakfast, LDBB-Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast, P Trsf- Park Transfer, F Trsf- Fight Transfer, E-Early morning game drive, OA-Optional Activity, A-Morning game drive, P-Afternoon game drive, GH-Gorilla Habituation, CT- Chimpanzee Tracking, BT-Afternoon Boat Trip, CV-Community village visit, CE – City excursion, AA – Adventure activity, CTR- City Tour, RT- Rhino Tracking

Tour Highlights

  • Only 600 gorillas remain in the world and half of them are found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park.
  • Bwindi National Park offers some of the best montane- forest bird watching in Africa with about 350 recorded different species including rare ones.
  • Enjoy tracking playful chimpanzees through the dense Kibale forest, the Park with 13 different primate species is one of the best in Africa.
  • In Kibale Forest, marvel at the various forest, woodland birds including the Prigogine ground thrush endemic only to Uganda.
  • Embarking on an early morning game drive in hopes of spotting The Big Five in Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National parks, indeed the former park is “Queen of parks” in Uganda.
THE PACKAGE INCLUDES:-
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers 
  • ALL Accommodations as per itinerary with all meals
  • All park entrance fees
  • Services of a qualified English Speaking Driver Guide
  • Transport in 1 x 4×4 vehicle
  • 1 liter bottle of mineral water per person per day while on a road safari in a SAFARI CHAPTER UGANDA vehicle 
  • 1 Gorilla permits per person as specified in the itinerary. Gorilla viewing is subject to availability of permits, which are limited. Any gorilla permits required should be purchased when booking. There is a minimum age limit for gorilla tracking which is strictly 15 years.  Gorilla permit prices are subject to change without warning.
THE PACKAGE EXCLUDES:-
  • All International Flights + Taxes
  • Visas
  • Travel & Personal accident insurance
  • Tips & personal expenses such as telephone calls…etc.
  • Excursions not detailed in above program

Arrival at Entebbe International airport. After clearing with customs, you will be warmly welcomed by a representative from Safari Chapter who will then transfer you to your hotel in Kampala.

Onomo Hotel is contemporary and stylish architecture. Guests have a choice of two wings: one houses 114 guest rooms, while the other offers apartments. The hotel also has a conference room and a meeting room with plenty of natural light. Discover our restaurant, which features a diverse menu and tables on a sunny terrace. Enjoy our house cocktails and savour our chef’s gourmet dishes throughout the day and night. ONOMO Hotel Kampala is the ideal destination for families, couples and business travelers from all over Africa and across the world.

Overnight at Onomo Hotel , Kampala (BB) “OR similar”

After breakfast, proceed to Kibale National Park. This is one of the parks that protects a moist evergreen forest. It is home to 13 species of chimpanzees which are man’s closest relative. Kibale National Park is located south of the town of Fort Portal; its main characteristics are the lush impenetrable forest, and, in particular, the numerous species of primates that populate it including black and white colobus, red-tailed monkeys and velvet monkeys. Expert guides & visitors on the trail report that the meetings are very frequent and extremely exciting. It is best known for having the highest concentration of chimpanzees; you will get to meet these fantastic primates in their natural environment, some are accustomed to the presence of man because researchers have studied their behaviour for over forty years.

Turaco Tree Tops is Kibale Forest’ newest semi-luxe lodge. We believe in creating an uncomplicated, and warm-hearted atmosphere and offer our guests a unique experience in the forest with stunning views over the snowcapped Rwenzori Mountains. Turaco Treetops is the place to go on a chimpanzee trekking, share tasty meals, laugh, read a book near our fire place, learn about nature, play a game, or take dip in our refreshing pool. And not to forget: enjoy that well-deserved hot shower and comfortable beds that help you get ready for a new day of exploration in the Kibale Forest region.

The team behind Turaco Treetops is passionate about nature and hospitality. On one of the last patches of rain forest outside the boundaries of Kibale National Park, we are proud to invite you to a lodge that honors nature and presents Uganda with a modern twist.

After Breakfast, you will then depart to track chimpanzees.

This can last 2 to 3 hours. Chimpanzees are the most sought after primate by visitors, but you should also look out for the black & white colobus, red tailed monkeys or the grey cheeked Mangabeys. The guides will be able to show you pittas & different bird species and will give details of the tradit of the plant species within the forest.

Chimpanzee tracking is a very fascinating experience. Chimpanzees as well as humans share over 98 percent of their DNA.

They are over 95% within the Kibale Forest, hence making it the most perfect destination in the whole of East Africa for chimpanzee tracking.

The average weight of an adult well grown male chimpanzee is between 35 and 70 kilograms, with a height of approximately 3 meters whereas an adult female chimpanzee weighs between 26 and 50 kilograms and a height between 2 and 4 feet.

A chimpanzee’s life expectancy is at 40 years whereas that for those living in captivity can extend up to 60 years.

In Uganda today, Efforts to actually conserve the chimpanzees are extensively acknowledged and well supported. Actually The Jane Goodall Foundation has played a major role in the overall conservation of not only these Chimpanzees but the Gorillas as well found in Uganda. By going for chimpanzee tracking, you directly contribute to the conservation efforts.

Chimpanzees are Sociable, intelligent as well as communicative and among their very fascinating traits is the ability to utilize tools like rocks for crushing nuts, emptying pods for hollowing out water plus sticks for capturing termites from their holes. These skills are for long been passed on from one generation to another and researchers say that different troops have specialist tasks, basing on their habitat as well as diet.

Chimps stay in groups of 10–100 members. They can babysit each other’s young, kiss, groom one another and even hold hands. The young chimps become independent at the age of 4. Nonetheless, chimps can be aggressive and unsociable, mainly if disturbed.

Although they spend some time on ground, they normally feed and do make their sleeping nests up in the trees. Their diet varies comprising of leaves, seeds, fruit plus flowers.

In the afternoon, after the chimps, we transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park where we spend the night.

Buffalo Safari Lodge is located at Queen Elizabeth Park, Katunguru Bridge, near the magical Kazinga channel

The facility boasts of a serene environment comprising of spectacular flora and fauna such as elephants, buffaloes, hippos, warthogs and a variety of birds all at a glance of an eye. Buffalo Lodge has world class and experienced staff, a fully stocked bar and restaurant, with a lounge that gives guests and visitors a spectacular view of Queen Elizabeth park nearby, and Lakes Edward and George.

Overnight at Buffalo Safari Lodge Lodge (LDBB) “OR similar”

Queen Elizabeth National Park was named after Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. This is the second largest park in Uganda after Murchison Falls National Park. This park boasts of some of the most magnificent views in the Western arm of the Great Rift Valley, it gushes with a remarkable variety of ecosystems, from semi-deciduous tropical forest to green meadows, savannah, swamps and a rare set of tree climbing lions at Ishasha.

We will enjoy the boat cruise on the Kazinga channel and an evening game drive.

Overnight at Mazike Valley Lodge (LDBB) “OR similar”

After Breakfast, you will set off for Bwindi National Park. Bwindi National Park is the fifth largest park in Uganda and is home to about 330 mountain gorillas, almost half of the entire world population of this species.

The Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is 2161m ASL on the Nteko ridge overlooking a beautiful swath of the World-renowned Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The ridge provides a superb vantage across the Kashasha River Valley to the forested hill known as ‘Nkuringo’ and the surrounding swathe of trees of the Bwindi Forest. 

This section of forest is home to the Buhoma Gorilla families of Mountain Gorillas from where the Lodge provides a prime access point to the start of the amazing activity. The Lodge has panoramic views of the majestic volcanoes of the Virunga chain, across the escarpment into the Albertine Rift Valley within the DRC Congo.

Buhoma Community Haven Lodge commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The Lodge is owned by Buhoma Mukono Community Development Association, which guarantees you elevated community experiences. The lodge uses green energy and keeps a sustainable program with neighboring communities.

The lodge lounge is open-ended to allow guests to marvel at the pristine scenery while relaxing, having a drink, and tucking into delicious meals by the in-house chef. There’s a little shop stocking African craft souvenirs and postcards to take back home for your memory bank.

Today, after an energizing breakfast, you will embark on your Gorilla Trek. Before 8 am, you will be driven to the ranger station for registration and briefing by one of the rangers. The guides will then lead you from there.

The trek can take anywhere from half an hour to 7 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking boots. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas – sadly enough there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left. You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to the base station.

If the time allows, you will have the pleasure of visiting the Batwa community. These are another endangered tribe that live right outside the forest. The forest was their original home. Enjoy the cultural dance and music with the Batwa, visit the women and learn how to weave beautiful baskets.

Overnight at Buhoma Community Lodge – Haven Lodge “OR similar”

In the morning we transfer to lake Bunyonyi.

Start your day with visiting the indigenous Batwa homestead to learn the amazing heritage and traditions of their rich culture. They lived in harmony with the forest and survived by hunting small game using bows and arrows and gathering plants for both food and medicinal purposes. In 2001 when the batwa was on the edge of extinction American missionaries Dr Scott and Carol Kellermanns came to their rescue. They purchased land and established programs to improve the conditions and lives of the Batwa, therefore this trail will give you opportunity to enjoy hike in the forest with the people of the forest and see how they lived and hunted in the traditional manner, talk to a medicine men and learn about the medicinal properties of the forest. 

Take a community village walk this walk provides opportunity to support the local community and conclude with a visit to the Bwindi community hospital an essential service provider for the immediate communities especially the Batwa after you will leave for Kabale 

Arcadia Lodges Lake Bunyonyi offers 25 accommodations with fireplaces and safes. Rooms open to balconies or patios. Accommodations offer separate living rooms and include desks. Beds feature premium bedding. 

After your break fast, we take a morning game drive as we make our way back yo Entebbe. We will have a stop over at the Equator in Masaka for the equator experiment and lunch

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