Chimpanzee Safari – Uganda

 

Only a limited number of permits are available in each gorilla park. It is therefore essential to book well in advance. Permits need to be paid for at the time of the initial safari booking so that they can be purchased immediately, each permit as per now it is costing about US $600 and in Rwanda it costs US $750 permit per person. Delay in payment can result in permits not being secured. Those going gorilla tracking need to be properly equipped and should consult wild trails safaris tour consultant for more information.To protect gorillas from disease, no children under 15 or people with illnesses may go tracking.

Trackers must be fit and in good health as tracking in thick forest at heights up to 3,000m traversing steep-sided mountains and ravines can be tough, arduous and wet.

Porters at a cost of US $20 can be hired to carry equipment. Part of the gorilla permit fee goes to communities living around the gorilla parks.

Permits purchased for tracking are non-refundable except in specific circumstances.

In the event of medical issues on the day of tracking, the park authorities may, at their discretion, agree to a partial refund of the permit cost, providing a medical certificate is submitted. Wild Trails Safaris can only make a refund to an agent/client if the park authorities agree to the provision of a refund. In the event of national park or border closures, security changes or gorillas going out of range, a refund is at the discretion of the authority and is not within the company’s control.
Obtaining a gorilla permit therefore is not a guarantee of seeing a gorilla.

One hour is allowed with the gorillas, at a distance of at least 7 meters.

Flash photography is not allowed, so fast film is useful. Personal DVD recorders are allowed. Professional film makers require permission and need to purchase filming permits.

At the national parks you will meet your ranger who explains the rules for tracking gorillas and will take you up to the gorillas.

Uganda’s healthy climate makes it possible to get on with life with a minimum of fuss. You have to take precaution against malaria by taking anti-malarial two weeks before arrival. All kinds of anti-malaria is available in drug shops and there are doctors who have been in the country for many years who will treat malaria successfully.
Nearly all-African doctors are good at treating most tropical diseases. Some malaria strains now are resistant to treatments like malaria-quine or quinine, so its is better to always take precautions such as using mosquito repellents, creams or sleeping under treated bed-nets. You could also put on long sleeved shirts, socks and occasionally use sprays in your room. You are meanwhile advised to drink bottled mineral water, although tap water in most places can be drunk without problems.

Immunization
Some visitors to Uganda find a problem coping with fresh vegetables or fruit salads served in hotels, but the problem is usually not that of parasite infection but a change in climate for visitors. You should be able to drink most fresh juices and salads served in most decent hotels. Otherwise washing vegetables or fruits in a tincture of vinegar or salt is recommended. You might want to swim in most of the lakes or rivers, but a precaution should be taken against Schistomiasis (bilharzias).

Compulsory vaccinations:
There was an outbreak of Yellow Fever in northern Uganda in December 2010. You should ensure that your vaccination is up to date before arriving in Uganda. You should also take a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate with you, as you may be asked to produce this when traveling onward from Uganda to other countries.

Recommended immunizations:
Very urgently recommended are vaccination against hepatitis A and typhoid fever. From October to May is recommended vaccination against meningococcal meningitis. In case of a longer stay, is recommended vaccination against hepatitis B and against cholera. For those travelers who will not stay mainly in the towns, is recommended vaccination against rabies. People over 30 years should be re-vaccinated against diphtheria and polio. Before travelling you should check, if you are vaccinated against tetanus and measles.

  • Sezibwa falls: you will visit this wonderful Buganda kingdom water fall
  • Source of the Nile; you will take a boat ride to go and see the source of the Nile.
  • Rafting on the Nile; this an optional activity done on the Nile
  • Chimpanzee track: The chimpanzee track will be done at Nyungwe national park in Rwanda.
  • Bigodi Swamp walk: The best chance to see different species of birds and monkeys.
  • Game drive Safaris: This will be done on the Savannah plains of Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo national park with chances of seeing the wildlife from close quarters.
  • Boat trip: You will have a bout ride at the source of the Nile, Victoria Nile, Kazinga Channel, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mburo national park.
  • Ishasha: Search for the tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Bwindi Impenetrable national park: Meet the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi National Park
  • Lake Bunyonyi: the might calm lake that hosts lots of people around the world.
  • Kabale community: Visit the local people and/or the pygmies and experience their local way of living

 

Route:

  • Day 1: Arrival in Uganda
  • Day 2: Head to Jinja & the source of the Nile
  • Day 3: Variety of optional activities around the Nile
  • Day 4: Head to Murchison Falls National Park.
  • Day 5: Game drive and boat safari
  • Day 6: Game drive, top of the falls, To Hoima
  • Day 7: Drive to Kibale forest
  • Day 8: Chimpanzee tracking and swamp hike
  • Day 9: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National park
  • Day 10: Game drive and boat safari
  • Day 11: Ishasha- Lake Bunyonyi
  • Day 12: Explore Lake Bunyonyi
  • Day 13: Gorilla tracking
  • Day 14: Lake Mburo National park
  • Day 15: Lake Mburo national park to Entebbe… Nature walk

 

Map of Uganda showing travel route

Day 1: Arrival Entebbe
Our company professional driver/guide will be at Entebbe Airport to pick you up from your flight and takes you directly to your lodge in Entebbe. Depending on the hour of your arrival, you may be able to explore the sites in and around Entebbe.

You will stay in a nice hotel with spacious rooms.

The coffee and local meals are wonderful and there are plenty of different species of birds in the gardens overlooking Lake Victoria.
Mid-range accommodation: Airport view guest house.

Luxury accommodation: Protea hotel

Meal plan: Dinner.

Travel time: 20 minutes from the airport.

Activity: Airport pick up

 

Day 2: Entebbe to Jinja
This morning you will have your breakfast, and later head to visit Sezibwa falls known for its birth by humans, the place is known for its Gods that the people from Buganda Kingdom used to go there and worship. Later you will drive and have a nature walk through one of the biggest forest in Uganda called Mabira forest.

After this quiet rewarding walk through the forest, you will the head to Jinja town which is the home to the source of the Nile and known for its white water rafting on the might Nile.
Mid-range accommodation: Source of smiles lodge.

Luxury accommodation: Haven lodge Jinja

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 1.2 hours.

Activity: Sezibwa falls walk & Mabira walk

 

 

Day 3: Rafting  or Source of the Nile
Today you will have morning breakfast, you will have to choose either to go for white water rafting or go city tour Jinja, and also visit the source of the Nile by boat.. For those opting to go rafting on the Nile will be driven to the starting point where the legendary White Nile offers some of the best White Water rafting in the world. The Nile has up to seven times the volume of the Zambezi. The raft explodes through huge walls of white water and drifts through warm pools in the equatorial sunshine. You do not need any previous rafting experience, your raft guide will teach you all the practice on all aspects of safety and prepare them for an unforgettable experience. Rafting the Nile has 100% safety records.

 You will enjoy the rafting knowing that you are in the safest hands.

Mid- range accommodation: Source of smile lodge.

Luxury accommodation: Haven lodge Jinja

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 45 minutes.

Activity: rafting full day or visit source of the Nile and Jinja city tour).

 

Day 4: To Murchison Falls National Park.
Today you after your breakfast your safari guide will drive you from  east going up country to the North above the nile, you will go through Kayung district, Luwero district, having the views of villages and farm lands, then you will arrive to

Murchison falls national park which is a home to elephants, Kobs, different species of birds, buffalos, warthogs, giraffes, Jackson’s Harte beast and many more. You lodge is located outside the national park.

Mid-range accommodation: Murchison rive lodge

Luxury accommodation: Paara lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 6 hours drive.

Activity: Road trip

 

Day 5: Murchison Falls National Park
In the early morning hours animals are the most active, the sun is not yet so bright and temperatures are cooler. It offers the best time to spot wild animals. Come eye-to-eye with the animal kingdom: elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many tropical birds may all be spotted during the game drive. So keep your eyes open, they are all there in Murchison Falls National Park! In the afternoon you will take a boat safari up the Nile River to Murchison Falls. Carefully watched by crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, monkeys and all the other thirsty wildlife that the Nile attracts, you will reach the base of the 43-meter high Falls which approach with a thunderous sound. After the boat safari you will hike to the top of the falls.

 From here you have a wonderful view and fantastic photo opportunities! Return back to your comfortable lodge, to enjoy a good meal and enjoy the views.

Mid-range accommodation: Murchison rive lodge

Luxury accommodation: Paara lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 15 minutes to the ferry.

Activity: Game drive & Boat ride

 

 

Day 6: Game drive- Hoima
This morning after your breakfast your guide will drive you to the game park to have another morning game drive to look for lions, giraffe, Uganda kobs, orib, wart hogs, different species of birds, hippos, elephants. After game drive of five and a half hours you will cross to the southern bank and have your packed lunch,

later drive to the top of the falls and after that visit you will drive to Hoima town where you will spend a night. There is also a swimming pool at this lodge, you can enjoy swimming if you arrive early and have time, thus also if the weather is favorable.

Mid-range accommodation: Kontic hotel.

Luxury accommodation: Hoima cultural village lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 5 hours including a game drive.

Activity: Game drive

 

Day 7: Fort Portal- Bigodi
Today, you will begin your journey to fort portal driving through Kibale Forest National Park arriving to your lodge in Bigodi. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda. After about five hours driving, you stop for lunch in the cozy town Fort Portal. You have time to walk around town and/or visit the local market or eat some local food like Matoke (green cooked banana).

Tonight you will go ‘lazy camping’, a great experience where you will stay in a basic tent with 2 single beds and a solar lantern (all bedding and towels are provided). The hot showers and flushing toilets are nearby).
Mid-range accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp

Luxury accommodation: Primate lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Activity: swamp walk

Travel Time: 5 hours

 

Day 8: Swamp Walk
Late this morning you will have your lovely breakfast at 7:15am you will go for chimpanzee trekking in Kibale national park to look for chimpanzees and later after lunch you will go for a swamp walk for 3 hours to look for different spies of monkeys including the black and white colobus, red-tailed monkeys au are a bird lover then you have come to the right place. You will also walk through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves.

It is usual to spot three to four different primate species during this walk, though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco!. After the swamp walk you will have lunch at the lodge and later transfer to queen Elizabeth national park.

Mid-range accommodation: Simba safari lodge

Luxury accommodation: Katara lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 4 hours drive.

Activity: chimpanzee trek & Swamp walk….

 

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park.
This morning you will have a game drive in Queen Elizabeth the Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has prolific game, including gazelle, Uganda kob, warthog and water buck. Lions are often sighted both in and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippo and elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine, the game drive will last for five hours and later come back for lunch at the lodge and get prepared for you

boat ride on the Kazinga channel. In the afternoon after your lunch you will take a boat safari

along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Albert. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see buffalo, crocodile, bathing elephants,

Mid-range accommodation: Simba safari lodge

Luxury accommodation: Katara lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Activity: Game drive & Boat ride

 

Day 10: Bwindi
Today you drive to Kisoro town located in the south-western part of Uganda; close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. You will see a great country-side, bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains. On your way to Kisoro you will have a game drive through Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth national park to look for tree climbing lions.

Then you will have lunch at Ishasha river to see the hippos in a school. The drive is rewarding with the best scenery and mountain table set up. You will arrive late afternoon at your lodge set in the beautiful town of Kisoro.

Mid-range accommodation: Haven lodge.

Luxury accommodation: Volcano lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 7hours of activity & road trip.

Activity: Road trip

 

Day 11: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest
Today is the big day for gorilla trekking for those who have paid for their gorilla tracking permit, meet Uganda’s gentle giant! For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. The gorillas you will track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts mountain gorillas and Duikers. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. (Each Gorilla Permit costs $600) En route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family. The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours.

Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

For those who will not participate in the gorilla tracking, you will have to visit the short pygmies the Batwa tribe the shortest people who used to leave in the Bwindi forest over 100years ago.

Mid-range accommodation: Haven lodge.

Luxury accommodation: Volcano lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 3-6 hours of gorilla tracking.

Activity: Gorilla tracking & Batwa visit

 

 

Day 12: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
A Five-hour ride will take you to Lake Bunyonyi (“Lake of the little birds”) where you will be staying on a beautiful island. Surrounded by steep hills rising out of the lake, people call it “The Switzerland of Africa”. And today you have lots of time off the itinerary for you to have time to enjoy the lake.

 You can swim, read a book, relax or choose from some of the optional activities: like Bird watching since there are different species of birds, also you can have a cultural and historical tours around the communities of Lake Bunyonyi.

Mid-range accommodation: Overland resort.

Luxury accommodation: Bird nest lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 5 Hours

Activity: Free day( Discuss with your guide)

 

Day 13: Boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi
This morning at 9:30 am you will get ready for your boat cruise on the lake to visit most of the islands on the lake, you will visit an island which has a school you will visit thus spend half day at the school interacting with

the children and helping them with their school work, the other.

Later you will head back to your lodge.

Mid-range accommodation: Overland resort.

Luxury accommodation: Bird nest lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Activity: Boat ride and school visit

Travel Time: 5 hours

 

Day 14: Transfer to Lake Mburo n.p- game drive
After breakfast, you will continue your journey to Lake Mburo National Park which is one of Uganda’s smallest parks, but certainly not to be underestimated. It is the only Ugandan national park (besides to Kidepo Valley NP) which is home to zebra, eland and impala, as well as an abundance of other wildlife.

The lake itself is full with hippos and crocodiles! You will stay just outside the park boundaries, but it will feel like being in the middle of the park. From your verandah and restaurant you have a great view over the park and its wildlife.

Mid-range accommodation: Rwaboko rock lodge.

Luxury accommodation: Mihingo lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 4 Hours

Activity: Game drive

 

Day 15: Boat Ride on Lake Mburo  – Airport Transfer
This morning you will have a boat ride on Lake Mburo, where you will see lots hippos playing and resting in water, thus seeing other animals, like impala, buffalo, and warthogs coming to drink water.

Later after the boat ride you will head back to the lodge for lunch. After lunch you will head straight to the airport for you flight back home.

Mid-range accommodation: Non

Luxury accommodation: Non

Meal plan: Breakfast & lunch.

Travel time: 5 hours.

Activity: Morning Game & Afternoon road trip to Airport

 

END OF SAFARI

This 15 Day Uganda and Rwanda safari starts from Kampala city to Jinja, Murchison falls national park, Hoima, Kibale National park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Ishasha, Bwindi impenetrable National Park, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mburo national park

Safari price:

 Type of Safari:  Luxury Safari Mid-range Safari
 1 Traveler pays:  US $ 7,400  US $ 4,839
 2 people traveling together: each person pays:  US $ 4,906  US $ 3,981
 Group Safari, Each person pays: US $ 4507 US $ 3,698
 Single supplement, each person pays: US $ 280 US $ 106

 

International Group Safaris 2017-18:

This is a join-in Safari in which a mix of people from all ages (above 16) and nationalities are welcome to join. The Safari dates are guaranteed departures with a minimum of 5 people.

Guide/ driver  1
Max Passengers 7
Duration 15 Days, 14 Nights
Type of Vehicle Mini van bus/Land cruiser
Accommodation type Luxury Lodge / mid range lodge
Meals 14 Breakfast, 15 Lunches, 14 Dinners
Country Uganda

 

NOTE:

Gorilla trekking:

  • In case you don’t want to go for gorilla trekking on this trip then you will do other activities as your group friends are gorilla trekking, those who will not go for gorilla trekking will pay less price. You subtract US $ 448 from your safari price.
  • It is not possible to reserve gorilla and chimpanzee permits so we will buy them only after your booking and down payment. Permits also depend on availability.

Single supplement:

  • This is when some people on this trip would like to travel with others and share everything but when it comes to Accommodation they would like not share the room with other people, each prefers to have a single room. That’s why they have to pay extra fee on top of the safari price we call it  “single supplement”

Lodges and Hotels:

  • The bookings with the lodges and hotels mentioned in the program depend on availability. Reservations will only be made after your booking.
  • In case the mentioned lodges are not available during the requested period, we will do our best to book a lodge in the same class for you (of course we will only do this after consulting you).

 

 Uganda  15 Days safari (What you are paying for)

 

SAFARI COST INCLUDES: SAFARI COST EXCLUDES:
Chimpanzee permit International air fares;
A  Gorilla  permit     (if you pay full price) Entry visa Uganda and Rwanda
All three meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Alcohol drinks, All soft drinks
Park entrance fees & English speaking driver/guide Activities optional activities
6 game drives in 3 national parks A porter for during the gorilla tracking
Community visits & Transport in a 4WD minibus Personal (medical/travel) insurance
All Accommodation as in program & vehicle fuel Tips and gratuities to rangers and driver/guide
1 Swamp walk  and 1 Sipi falls water Hike laundry and souvenirs
4 Boat rides on lakes All expenses of a personal nature

 

Tipping

Clients are advised to give a fair, reasonable tip to the local guides, cleaners, drivers, hotel staff, etc. We advise you to only give tips when you are truly happy with the service provided.

Tipping suggestions:

Your driver/guide:  $5 dollars per person/per day
Porters:  $5 dollars per half day (3 – 4 hours)
Hotel porters:  $2 dollar per bag.
Rangers/ local guides:  $15 dollars per activity (in total)
Restaurants:  5 – 10%
Hotel staff $1 – $2 dollars per person/per night

 

 

 

Note: For those who have their own departure dates please contact us for your departure dates.