21 Days Uganda Gorillas, Chimp & Wildlife

ITINERARY OVERVIEW FOR THE 21 DAYS UGANDA GORILLA , CHIMPS AND WILDLIFE.

Get a chance to immerse yourself into the unspoiled African wilderness areas only on our all-round 21 days Uganda gorillas, chimps & wildlife safari. Visit all the relevant Uganda National Parks and other tourist sites in the various parts of the country from East to the West, North to the South. This is one of the best primate and wildlife tours introducing you into both the verdant tropical forest and extensive savanna plains including Bwindi National Park, Kibale National Park while savanna protected areas include Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kidepo and Murchison Falls National Park. The long Uganda safari lets you to encounter diversity of wildlife ranging from big game – elephants, cape buffaloes, lions, leopards, rhinos, antelopes, giraffes, zebras, etc; chimpanzees, golden monkeys and mountain gorillas. It also includes visit to the Sipi Falls, found in the Eastern side of Uganda and a spectacular falls consisting of triple waterfalls.

Day 1: Kampala – Jinja, half day white Water rafting experience

Leave a comfortable hotel or lodge in Kampala for Jinja, 2 hours’ drive in a mechanically fit car driving via Mabira Forest – a natural forest found en-route to Jinja. At Jinja- East Africa’s adrenaline adventure capital will treat you with white water rafting taking you through tough challenge on the strongest grade 5 and rapids. After, connect back to your lodge in Jinja city for the rest of evening relaxation, dinner and overnight sleep. Other alternative experiences you may opt for while in Jinja include bungee jumping, boat cruise, horseback riding, quad biking, jet boating and others.

Overnight:
King fisher resort (Budget)
2 Friends hotel (Mid range)
Lemala Wildwaters Lodge ( Luxury)

Day 2: Jinja– Sipi area with lunch on arrival

Mount Elgon is located about 175kms from Jinja and en-route lunch will be had at Mbale city. Connect afterwards to Sipi Falls for hiking adventure to explore the Triple waterfalls/Sipi Falls located at the slopes of the Mt. Elgon. After a hike to the falls, connect to the lodge to chill, dine and overnight sleep.

Overnight:
Lacam Lodge (Budget)
Rafiki Lodge (Mid range)
Sipi River Lodge( Luxury)

Day 3 – 6: Mount elgon climbing Adventure

Spend at least 4 days exploring the beautiful Mt. Elgon – located in Eastern Uganda within Mount Elgon National Park. Mt. Elgon – a home of the world’s mountain caldera in the world is comprised of distinct peaks with the highest being Wagagai (4321m), Sudek (4302m), Mubiyi (4211m), Masaba (4161m) and Koitobos (4222m).
Today, you will undertake a direct climbing path to commence your adventure to the Wagagai peak, but first journey stops at 1600m for you to enjoy the view of the Elgon and its surrounding.

Day 7: Kidepo wildlife trip via mbale city

Travel to the extreme North-eastern side of Uganda to explore unspoiled Kidepo Valley National Park- the “Maasai Mara of Uganda” to engage in a guided game drives, cultural encounters in the Karamojong communities, etc. Arrival late in the afternoon, relax the rest of the day.

Overnight:
Apoka Bandas (Budget)
Kiddepo Savannah Lodge (Mid range)
Apoka Lodge ( Luxury)

Day 8: Kidepo guided game drives & community visit

Early rise for a cup of tea or coffee, after, board a 4x4 vehicle with guide ready for Kidepo’s early morning guided game drive at 6:45am taking 2-3 hours. In the golden savannas of Kidepo while on a game drive, expect animal sightings of the rothschild giraffes, lions, elephants, leopards, cheetahs, elands, zebras, oribis together with birds like ostriches. Get back for lunch break, relaxation and later, take a walk to Karamojong villages – visit the Manyatta, learn about the ancient ways of life of the Karamojong people then get the best of their dances, music performance.

Overnight:
Apoka Hostel Bandas(Budget)
Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Mid range)
Apoka Lodge ( Luxury)

Day 9: Nature walks & hiking Mt. Morungole with cultural Visit to the IK.

After breakfast, leave for rewarding nature walk around the park to see some wildlife, birds, flora and proceed to Mt. Morungole for long day hike to IK community at the summit. At the summits, interact with the IK and later, descend back to have the rest of the evening at the lodge. Overnight:
Apoka Hostel Bandas(Budget)
Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Mid range)
Apoka Lodge ( Luxury)

Day 10: Depart Kidepo Valley NP For Murchison falls national park northwest

Leave Kidepo valley National Park early for a long road trip to Uganda’s largest park – Murchison Falls National Park also a home of the world’s powerful falls. Spreading to cover 3840sq.kms, Murchison is found in the North-west of Uganda and a home to 4 of the big 5 members with exception of only rhinos.

Overnight:
Fort Murchison (Budget)
Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid range
Paraa Safari Lodge ( Luxury)

Day 11: Murchison falls Game drive & launch cruise

Have breakfast, then leave in a 4x4 vehicle with pop up roof for a game drive at 7:00am and take the Northern circuit to see rothschild giraffes, big game, hartebeests, oribis, alongside birds in large numbers. Drive back after 2-3 wildlife encounter, have lunch and later, get a chance to reach the base of the falls and its top while on a boat excursion from Paraa via Victoria Nile 2-3 hours. The boat excursion comes with ultimate view of hippos, Nile crocodiles, together with lots of aquatic birds.

Overnight:
Fort Murchison (Budget)
Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid range
Paraa Safari Lodge ( Luxury)

Day 12: top of the falls tour & drive to hoima city

Visit the top of the Murchison Falls after breakfast to witness it squeeze itself into the 8m rock then fall 43m below creating devil’s cauldron, a permanent rainbow. After photography, get back to the car for transfer to Hoima – the oil city, visit the homesteads then later, have overnight stay.

Overnight:
Kontique Hotel (Budget)
Hoima Resort (Mid range)
Mika Eco Resort ( Luxury)

Day 13: Depart Hoima To Kibale Forest National Park with en-route hike to the top of the world

Exit Hoima city early for Kibale National Park through Fort Portal city. In the afternoon/evening, take a walk to enjoy mesmerizing view of the Ndali-Kasenda Crater (the top of the world).

Overnight:
Nkuruba Lodge (Budget)
Isunga Lodge (Mid range)
Chimpundu Lodge ( Luxury)

Day 14: Guided chimpanzee trekking experience

Enjoy a 2-4 hours of trekking to see chimpanzees in the wild starting at 8:00am after briefing from the park official. On a normal chimp trek, expect to spend 1 hour of face to face encounter (with already habituated chimpanzees) and on chimp habituation, 4 hours but with the semi-habituated chimpanzee community. For chimpanzee tracking visitors, the afternoon will include Bigodi Wetland Swamp tour to see more primates alongside birds and other mammals.

Overnight:
Nkuruba Lodge (Budget)
Isunga Lodge (Mid range)
Chimpundu Lodge ( Luxury)

Day 15: Kibale – Queen elizabeth national Park with salt Lake trip

Leave early Kibale National Park to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park located 4 hours’ drive away. En-route include view of Rwenzori Mountains at the background and lunch served on arrival at the park, then proceed for Salt Lake tour.

Overnight:
Bush Lodge(Budget)
Elephant Hab Lodge (Mid range)
Mweya Safari Lodge( Luxury)

Day 16: Wildlife game drive, launch excursion

A game drive early after breakfast for you to encounter clearly the savanna dwellers such as elephants, lions, antelopes, warthogs, buffaloes, leopards etc via Kasenyi sector. Return to have a relaxed afternoon, then embark on recreational launch trip via Kazinga Channel to see hundreds of hippos, crocodiles plus birds.

Overnight:
Bush Lodge(Budget)
Elephant Hab Lodge (Mid range)
Mweya Safari Lodge( Luxury))

Day 17: Ishasha Sector & bwindi impenetrable road trip

Connect to Ishasha area in the Southern side of Queen Elizabeth NP for a short game drive allowing you to see the tree climbing lions with picnic lunch following. Drive to Bwindi for an afternoon relaxation, dinner and a night sleep.

Overnight:
Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Budget)
Mahogany Springs Lodge (Mid range)
Bwindi Lodge( Luxury)

Day18: Guided gorilla trekking day in bwindi

gorilla trekking tour

Leave early for briefing about gorilla trekking rules and also to be allocated habituated gorilla families to visit. A single group of gorillas will be visited in your group of 8pax, led by an experienced park guide in Bwindi Impenetrable NationalPark. Enjoy a trek via the verdant Bwindi Forest for 2-6 hours while looking for your habituated gorilla group and this means, you require a bit of physical fitness level.
Being a breathtaking trek, come along with some snacks plus bottled water to keep you strong.
Gorilla trekking being an adventure leading you through Bwindi, you have higher chances of seeing other wildlife. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a 321sq.kms park in Uganda and a home to also 200 tree species, 119 other mammals including chimpanzees, colobus monkeys; 360 bird species, butterflies, floral species and more.
When you have finally met a gorilla family, an hour given for a face to face encounter begins and should be fully utilized for photography and learning more about the behaviors of mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi also comes with a certificate after your adventure and this will be provided at the park offices after the adventure.
Next will be visiting the Batwa pygmies – the original dwellers of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Southwestern Uganda. The Batwa cultural visit to Batwa Pygmies’ community means a great chance of learning about their ancient way of living, norms, practices, traditions, cultures and others.
Overnight:
Buhoma Community Camp (Budget)
Engagi lodge (Mid range)
Buhoma Lodge ( Luxury)

Day 19: Lake bunyonyi relaxation & excursion

29 islands make Lake Bunyonyi spectacularly stunning and you will have a boat ride excursion exploring one of the island. In the evening, visit the Batwa – the original forest keepers or go interact with Bakiga.
Overnight:
Bunyonyi Eco Resort (Budget)
Bird Nest Resort (Mid range)
Acardia Lodges ( Luxury)

Day 20: Lake mburo trip with an afternoon launch cruise

Exit accommodation at Lake Bunyonyi for Lake Mburo NP with lunch served at the lodge when you arrive. A boat cruise excursion on Lake Mburo follows for you to see lots of hippos, crocodiles, plus many aquatic birds.

Overnight:
Eagles Nest Lodge (Budget)
Eagles Nest (Mid range)
Mihingo Lodge( Luxury)

Day 21: departure with an early morning game drive

Gorilla Trekking Tour

Following breakfast, leave Lake Mburo NP with an early game drive to see special wildlife in the park including zebras, giraffes, leopards, lions, buffaloes, antelopes and birds. Get back to Kampala with stopover at Equator to take pictures – marking the end of 21 days Uganda gorillas, chimps & wildlife.

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