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9 DAYS BEST OF UGANDA

Bwindi Impenetrable Forrest, Queen Elizabeth NP, Kibale Forrest

$5680

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  • Includes Gorilla & Chimp permit
  • 4WD vehicle, driver & guide
  • Luxury accommodation
  • Incredible bird & wildlife
  • Meals

Includes: Meet & greet at your Kampala Hotel, a 10 hour scenic 4×4 road transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forrest. Stay four nights in your luxury tented mountain camp. Go trekking with the mountain gorillas, visit the Batwa pygmies and spend the day hiking to a volcano. After breakfast enjoy a road transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Stay 2 nights in the Mweya sector of the Queen Elizabeth Park. Go on more games drives and see amazing wildlife. After breakfast, a 3 hour road transfer will take you to Kanyanchu Chimpanzee Centre. Stay two nights at your crater lodge. After breakfast you will be transferred back to your Kampala Hotel. All meals and 2 litres of drinking water for use while on the gorilla trek is included.

  • Includes Gorilla & Chimp trekking permit
  • 4WD vehicle, driver & guide
  • Luxury accommodation
  • Park fees, driver & guide
  • Meals
  • Incredible wildlife
  • 13 species of primate
  • Prime bird watching
  • Volcano adventure

EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF UGANDA

 Bwindi Impenetrable Forrest
This park is home to more than half of the world’s wild mountain gorilla population and was declared a Natural World Heritage Site in December 1994. World Heritage Sites are internationally recognized as natural features of outstanding beauty or scientific value.

This area is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa with the richest faunal community in East Africa. There are estimated to be 120 species of mammals (more than any other national park in Uganda except Queen Elizabeth) and is the only park where chimpanzees and gorillas co-exist together. There are an estimated 360 species of birds, including 23 localized species found only along the Albertine Rift Valley and 14 found nowhere else in Uganda.

Queen Elizabeth National Park
Over 500 species of birds have been recorded here making it a prime target for birdwatchers. Species recorded include the shoebill stork, black bee-eater, 11 types of kingfishers and a variety of raptors including several falcons and eagles.  In the crater lakes, spectacular flocks of flamingos gather, creating the image of a moving pink carpet. The unique 02 hour launch trip along the Kazinga Channel between Lakes George and Edward passes through possibly the highest hippo concentration in Africa and many mammals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge.

Game drives in this park, with the massive Rwenzoris as a backdrop provides excellent opportunities to see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephants, Defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, Topi and bush buck. North of the main gate is the crater area, one of the most scenic parts of the park. To the East, in Kyambura Gorge, visitors can climb through tropical forest and catch a glimpse of a variety of primates, including chimpanzee.

Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale Forest National Park is one of the best safari destinations in Africa for chimpanzee tracking. Kibale’s 795km2 national park contains one of the most beautiful and most varying tracts of tropical forest in the whole of Uganda. This is place to a number of forest wildlife, most especially 13 species of primate including chimpanzees. The Forest covering predominates in the central and northern part of the park on the raised Fort Portal plateau. Kibale is highest at the park’s northern tip standing at 1590m above sea level.

The rarely seen wild animals here include leopard, bush pig, duiker, buffalo, elephant, etc. There are also different butterfly species, reptiles along with amphibians. Kibale Forest has a variety of herbs, ferns and about 315 tree species.

NOTES ON GORILLA TRACKING
Please note that gorilla tracking is a strenuous activity and one should be physically fit to enjoy this tour. Minimum tracking age is 15 years. Anyone with signs of communicable diseases will NOT be allowed to track.

While possession of a gorilla permit is a guarantee of trekking and sighting the gorillas, the quality of the gorilla trekking cannot be guaranteed. Maximum time allowed with the gorillas will NOT exceed ONE hour.

We strongly recommend the following: Rain poncho (lightweight), long-sleeved shirt, waterproof trousers, sturdy hiking boots, leather gardening -type gloves, sunscreen, insect repellent and any necessary medications must be brought by yourselves either from your home town or from Kampala. Still Cameras and Camcorders are allowed, but bring batteries and film from Kampala.

Maximum number of people that can trek in one day is 80.
Trekking is divided into 10 families of gorillas, with 8 people trekking each day for each family.
The families are divided into 3 geographic areas within Bwindi Impenetrable NP – North or Buhoma area, East or Ruhijja area and South – Nkuringo/Nshongi area.

Kindly understand that gorilla permits / chimp walks are booked on a “first come first served” CASH basis and therefore can be snapped up by anybody. Please do make a decision as soon as you can in order to avoid disappointment!

A maximum of only 16 permits per day are available for advance bookings. Confirmation 4-12 months in advance is required to avoid disappointment. Some permits are available on short notice. Please enquire with Tribaltourist.com

ACCOMMODATION
Bwindi Impenetrable Forrest
Camp – four nights
Located within Bwindi National Park, our camp offers guests an unrivalled location, including the best bird and wildlife viewing in the Bwindi area. Due to its unique location, it’s not unusual for the gorilla families to visit the camp itself.

The eight luxury tents are stylish and spacious, each featuring two queen sized beds. In addition to the comfortable warm beds, each tent has a huge bathtub that looks straight into the jungle canopy ideal for soaking tired muscles after a day spent observing and meeting gorillas Observe rare forest species while soaking in the tub, followed by a cocktail on the private viewing deck served by your personal attendant.

Mweya Safari Lodge – two nights
Located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya Safari Lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’.

The following types of accommodation are available: 32 Standard Rooms • 12 Deluxe Rooms with Air-conditioning • 2 Suites. The following Cottages are available for those wanting something more special, or for families: The Presidential Cottage • The Queens Cottage • 2 Family Cottages • 2 Luxury Tents, 2 Standard Tents

Ndali Lodge – two nights
Perched on the rim of an extinct volcano which, since its demise, has filled with water to become the breathtaking Lake Nyinambuga – 250 acres in size and 130 metres deep.

There is a main thatched lodge with spacious sitting room, reception area and dinning room flanked by 8 cottages providing luxurious accommodation for 16 guests. The cottages face west offering a panoramic view of the spectacular ‘Mountains of the Moon’.

ACTIVITIES

Day One
Meet and greet at your accommodation at 0600hrs. An early morning start from Kampala takes you southwest and across the Equator. You drive through savannah grasslands seeing banana plantations and herds of Ankole cattle with their incredibly long curving horns. You then ascend into the Kigezi highlands, known as the “Switzerland of Africa”, with terraced farming and mountain scenery. Drive through to Bwindi. {10 hr drive}

Day Two
After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure.  The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular.  The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but criss-crossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored. Many find it to be a rare and moving opportunity.

Day Three
This day, you enter the forest again for a guided forest walk to the Munyaga Falls. In the afternoon, you have a chance to visit the Batwa pygmies. The Batwa Development Program will enable you learn more about the pygmies and their ways of life. You will also be entertained by them (this day, you may track the gorillas a second time – add $600 for this).

Day Four
After an early breakfast go on a guided jungle adventure and explore these magnificent forests. A full day hike will take you to a volcano. Along the way observe the incredible wildlife from exotic butterflies to flowing waterfalls. It’s a great chance to get off the beaten track in what is one of Africa’s most impressive National Parks.

Day Five
This morning, end your stay in the “Land of the Mountain Gorillas” & depart with great memories of the moments spent with the fascinating Mountain Gorilla. Transfer to the Mweya sector of Queen Elizabeth NP arriving in the early evening, have a game drive to catch glimpse of some of the amazing wildlife species.

Day Six
Wake-up and follow your adventure instincts on a sunrise game-drive. Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse Eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife.  Game drives in this park, with the massive Rwenzoris as a backdrop provides excellent opportunities to see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephants, de fassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, Topi and bush buck. In the afternoon, have a two hours boat cruise on the famous Kazinga Channel that links lakes George and Edward. The boat-cruise offers an excellent platform for photography and game viewing. The birdlife is colorful and abundant. You will be privileged to see schools of hippos and Nile-crocodiles sunbathing and opening wide their saw-like jaws. Return to your accommodation facility for overnight.

Day Seven
After breakfast, check out and take a 3hr picturesque ride to Kibale Forest NP. En-route stopover at the Ndali craters for a walk.

Day Eight
After early morning breakfast, transfer to Kanyanchu Tourist centre for briefing prior to the chimpanzee tracking activity. Have a morning spell in the forest as you track the Chimpanzees and other primates resident in this forest. In the afternoon, have a Bigodi Swamp Walk. This is an initiative of the local people geared towards conservation in this area. On this walk you have chances for different bird & butterfly species, primates like black and white colobus monkey, red tailed monkey, blue monkey, grey-cheeked mangabeys, etc. There is also a variety of interesting plant species.

Day Nine
Morning breakfast, check out and bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth. Drive back to Kampala with stopover for lunch en-route.

EXCLUDES
International and domestic flights (unless specified as an extra cost); travel insurance; personal expenses incl. laundry,phone calls, tips, visas, insurance & vaccinations. All drinks except those inlcuded for breakfast and the gorilla trekking. Accommodation in Kampala before and after the trip. Increases in park fees, government taxes and levies, exchange rate fluctuations and fuel surcharges.

EXTRAS
Single room supplement: US $1055.00
Extra gorilla trekking on day three: US$600.00 pp

You can choose to fly from Kampala to Bwindi: US$300.00 pp one way or US$500.00 pp return.

RT Airport Transfers in Kampala/Entebbe.
RT Airstrip Tranfers from Kisoro or Kihihi to Bwindi Impenetrable NP and back.

The scheduled charter flights operate 1 or 2 times daily, with a maximum number of passengers of 10.  Maximum weight per client, including luggage is 120kgs, or 250lbs.  Extra luggage can be stored at our partner offices.  Should your group size exceed 10 people, or the weight exceed 1200kgs, then we can discuss alternative arrangements.

Porters are available at a price of US $20 per porter per day.  They will assist in carrying your backpack and other equipment should you require.

The Community Village walk is also available.  This is an interesting way to meet the pygmy people called the Batwa, see the local traditional healer, see the making of local beer, see the making of local bricks, and more.  This can be booked and paid for on-site at a cost of $25 USD per person per maximum of 4 hours.

Note: Malaria precautions should be taken; Yellow Fever vaccination required if transferring through a South African border.

DISCLAIMER: While everything possible is done to ensure the accuracy of information supplied, all rates and packages published on this site are subject to change as a result of fluctuating exchange rates, seasonal differences, availability and other factors, and cannot be taken as binding on www.tribaltourist.com

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