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Overview

Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Golden Monkeys, Lions and Elephants, and a cruise - all in one tour!

Queen Elizabeth National park, located in Western Uganda, is one of the most scenic parks and host many wildlife species, including hippos, elephants, leopards, lions and chimpanzees. It is home to 95 mammal species and over 500 bird species. This exclusive conservation safari, only available through the ACF website, includes game drives, chimpanzee trekking and a boat cruise combined with Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park, Batwa pymies community events as well as the rare Golden Monkey on the slopes of the volcanoes of Mgahinga National Park.

Major Highlights

  • Chimpanzee tracking in Karinju forest or Kyambura Gorge
  • Game drive along Kasenyi trail and Kazinga channel boat cruise
  • Maramagambo Forest walk
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and Batwa pygmies cultural visit and community projects
  • Batwa Trail and Golden Monkeys

 


Key Info

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Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Your personal tour guide will pick you from the hotel or meeting point and drive you to Queen Elizabeth National park, located in Western Uganda. This is an 8 hours overland transfer. Make a stop over at the Equator for a photo shoot and check out the local craft centers. After the Equator, a 2 hours drive will lead you to Lake Mburo National Park. You will not miss zebras and impalas grazing along the borders of the park, and can make a stopover for a photo shoot. The next stop over will be Igongo Cultural Centre - an information point for travelers and students about Uganda's major tourist destinations. This is where we will enjoy a lunch. Then proceed to Bunyaruguru Tea Estates, pass by the crater lakes including Lake Rutoto that resembles the map of Africa. Arrive at your lodge in Queen Elizabeth national park. Overnight stay at The Bush Lodge / Jacana Safari Lodge (Meal Plan: Full Board)

Day 2: Game drive and boat cruise

Wake up for a cup of tea and set out for an early morning game drive in the northern part of the park following the Kasenyi Track in search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wildlife. Return to the lodge for a full breakfast, visit the salt lakes and see for yourself the local way of extracting salt. After lunch, at 2.00 pm assemble at the Mweya Peninsula as you prepare to set off on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel. While on the boat you will see big herds of buffaloes, monkeys, bush buck, Uganda Kob, topi, and the Defassa waterbuck, crocodiles; beautiful birds like Cassin’s grey flycatcher, broad billed roller, and bee-eater live along the banks of Lake Edward. Overnight stay at The Bush Loge / Jacana Safari Lodge (Meal Plan: Full Board)

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking

Enjoy a hearty breakfast in preparation for the forest walk searching for the chimpanzees. You may track chimpanzees either in Kyambura Gorge or Karinju Community Forest. Approximately 1 km across at its broadest point and about 100 meters deep, the stunning Kyambura (or Chambura) Gorge also called the “Valley of Apes”. It is an opportunity to learn about this special rainforest, including vegetation types, bird identification and behavior and monkey ecology. Later transfer to Bwindi National Park, en route drive through Ishasha Game Reserve for the famous tree climbing lions. Expect to reach Bwindi before 6:00 pm local time. Overnight stay at Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Day 4: Gorilla trekking

Begin this day with a good breakfast since gorilla trekking will include a long forest walk. With packed lunch and at least 2 bottles of drinking water, cameras and binoculars, transfer to the park headquarters for briefing by the senior park ranger. At 8.30 am gorilla trekking begins. Penetrate the dense tropical forest with a tropical green canopy until you encounter the mountain gorillas. Most people who had an opportunity meeting these gentle giants confess that it is the most exciting wildlife experience ever. Park officials will allow you to stay in their presence for one hour. The time taken to encounter the gorillas ranges between an hour and five hours. No one can be certain over this since the gorillas live in the wild and keep moving looking for food.

Return to the lodge for relaxation. If you have been lucky finding the gorillas closer, you return to the lodge relatively early and enjoy fresh and warm food. In the evening you can choose from different activities – such as a cultural visit to pygmies communities or visiting other community projects such as beer brewing or conservation projects including tree planting sites. Overnight stay at Buhoma Community Rest Camp or Bakiga Community Lodge

Day 5: Visit conservation projects in Kisoro

Take off a day to visit the different community conservation projects in Kisoro organized by Biodiversity Conservation for Rural Development (BCRD – Uganda). Learn more about projects in which the Batwa pygmies collaborate to start up different conservation projects. Overnight stay at Mutanda Eco Community Centre at the gate of Mgahinga National Park

Day 6: Golden Monkeys tracking

After breakfast transfer to the Mgahinga National Park headquarters for briefing and later begin the hike over the volcanic terrain in search for Golden Monkeys in the bamboo forests. Mgahinga National Park shares boarders with Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in DR Congo. The park is also the most scenic as it stands at three volcanoes of Muhavura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo. In the evening theBatwa Trail is another highlight you should not miss. Listen to their folk tales and songs. Overnight stay at Mutanda Eco Community Centre

Day 7: End of Safari

After breakfast transfer back to Kampala as you traverse the scenic Kigezi Highlands, commonly referred to as “the Switzerland of Africa”. Arrive in Kampala by 3.00 pm.


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Queen Elizabeth National Park occupies an estimated 1,978 square kilometres (764 sq mi). The park extends from Lake George in the north-east to Lake Edward in the south-west and includes the Kazinga Channel connecting the two lakes. Queen Elizabeth National Park is known for its wildlife, including Cape buffaloes, hippopotami, crocodiles, elephants, leopards, Congo lions, and chimpanzees. It is home to 95 species of mammal and over 500 species of birds. The area around Ishasha in Rukungiri District is famous for its tree-climbing lions, whose males sport black manes.

The stunning Kyambura (or Chambura) Gorge also called the “Valley of Apes” is located in the far eastern corner of the well- known Queen Elizabeth National Park in south western Uganda. Approximately 1 km across – at its broadest point and about 100 meters deep, this gorge is actually drained by River Kayambura. The landscape is among the most impressive you will find in Uganda and it is swarmed a rich wildlife bio-diversity that comprises of primates, wild animals as well as birds.

The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is in south-western Uganda and a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization-designated World Heritage Site. Species diversity is a strong feature of the park. It provides habitat for 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and many endangered species. Floristically, the park is among the most diverse forests in East Africa, with more than 1,000 flowering plant species, including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns. 

The park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as hornbills and turacos. It is most notable for the 340 Bwindi gorillas, half of the world's population of the critically endangered mountain gorillas. Four habituated mountain gorilla groups are open to tourism: Mubare; Habinyanja; Rushegura near Buhoma; and the Nkuringo group at Nkuringo.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a national park in the far south-west of Uganda, located in the Virunga Mountains.Mgahinga is one of few locations in Uganda in which the rare Golden monkeys can be found.

What is included?

  • Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permits
  • Park Ranger Fees
  • Relevant Government Taxes.
  • Full Board Accommodation (2 nights) and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Full time English speaking Driver/Guide
  • Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Airport transfer, as long as your flight is on the same day on which the safari ends.

What is not included?

  • Airfares
  • Visa Fees
  • Personal Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature such as; drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities.

US$2350 per person sharing in budget accommodation
US$2500 per person sharing in mid-range accommodation 
US$2800 per person sharing in luxury accommodation

Contact Project: Uganda Great Apes & Wildlife Conservation Safari

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