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8 DAYS IN WESTERN UGANDA (MURCHISON FALLS NP, CHIMP AND GORILLAS)

Description

8 Days Uganda gorilla, chimp and wildlife safari, will take you to fascinating tourist destinations that is Murchison falls national park.

Itinerary

This is the day you arrive in Uganda. You will be picked up from the airport and taken to your hotel by the driver. Depending on arrival time, you can check and relax and go on an optional city walking tour.


Accommodation: Accommodation: Serena Hotel/ Onomo Hotel/ Sheraton Hotel (Bed and Breakfast)

You will be picked up from your hotel to start your journey to Murchison Falls National Park. The drive will take you through the famous Luwero triangle and Budongo forest, located on the western arm of the Great Rift Valley. The entire drive takes approximately 5 hours, during which you will get to see some picturesque views. Do not forget to keep your camera out and ready!
We will make a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where you can see the Rhinos if interested. After this, we will have our lunch and then continue our journey towards the park.
Once we reach the park, we will drive to the top of the falls, where you can witness the Nile River in all its glory. You will see the river Nile forcing itself through a narrow gorge, falling about 150 ft down, producing a thunderous roar of white water – truly magnificent scenery! Finally, we will transfer you to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.


Accommodation: Bamboo Village Lodge/Murchison River Lodge
Meals: Full Board

DAY 3: GAME DRIVE LAUNCH CRUISE ON THE NILE DELTA
We will start our day with an early breakfast, followed by our first game drive through the park. You will have the opportunity to witness a parade of elephants, giraffes, buffalos, and other animal species. During the game drive, you can try to spot a lion or leopard or observe and list the different kinds of animals you see. After the game drive, we will have lunch.

In the afternoon, we will go for a calm boat cruise along the Nile to the bottom of the mighty Murchison Falls. Along the banks, you can look for some hippos a dazzling array of birdlife, such as kingfishers, cormorants, bee-eaters, and the rare shoebill stork. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Nile crocodiles!
As we get closer, sharpen your ears for the thunderous and electrifying sound of the famous waterfall.
We will disembark from the boat and return to the lodge.
Accommodation: Dinner and an Overnight stay as stated above.

We will be leaving Murchison Falls National Park early in the morning to head to Kibale National Park via the Kyenjojo/Fort Portal Road. Upon arrival, we will have lunch and take some time to relax. Later in the afternoon, we will go for a community walk where we can experience the local way of life. We will witness the process of planting, roasting, and brewing coffee and learn how to make banana juice and beer from bananas. We will also see different plantations and other available activities for the day. Accommodation: Isunga Lodge

omorrow, we have an early start as we head to the ranger station in Kibale Forest for chimpanzee tracking. This forest is known as the primate capital of the world, with 13 different species, seven of which are active during the day, including baboons and chimps. As we walk through the beautiful forest, we’ll also have the opportunity to spot other primates like mangabeys, colobus monkeys, bush babies, and more. An informative guide will accompany us on the trek, making this experience both enjoyable and educational.
After the trek, we’ll return to the hotel for lunch. You can relax by the pool or take an optional walk in the Bigodi wetland, popular among bird lovers and nature enthusiasts.
Alternatively, you can take a short walking tour to explore some of the many crater lakes in the area and enjoy the stunning scenery.
Accommodation: Isunga Lodge

We will have breakfast and then head to Bwindi Forest where we will spend a night before our gorilla trekking adventure. The drive takes around 6 hours, but it’s worth it because the scenery is breathtaking. Be sure to capture the beauty that catches your eye during the journey.
After we arrive, we will take the rest of the afternoon off to relax and prepare for our trekking excursion the following day.
Accommodation: Bwindi Lodge/Mgahinga Lodge/Chameleon Hill Lodge/Kisoro Travellers Lodge

Today is the day you will go tracking the gorillas. It is essential to have breakfast at 6:30 a.m. before you head out for the briefing with the ranger guides. The drive to Bwindi takes approximately 1 hour. Remember to carry enough water, a packed lunch, a rain jacket, gloves, and insect repellent, and don’t forget to wear good hiking boots. The guides will lead you inside the jungle to witness these beautiful and unique primates, which can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The tracking may take between 2 and 9 hours, depending on the group you have been assigned, but it will be worth every step you take on this hike. Once you finish the tracking, you can spend the afternoon relaxing or taking a boat ride, depending on the trekking location.
Accommodation: Dinner and overnight stay as stated above.

After breakfast, we will proceed to Kampala and stop at the Equator Line for lunch and photos.

What we suggest you bring

A photocopy of your passport, including the visa page; torch; malaria prophylaxis; insect repellent; towel, sturdy walking shoes and long trousers for the Falls walks; plenty of drinking water/snacks; any other personal affects, light coloured clothing (NB There are tsetse flies in the park, which are attracted to blue or dark-colours!)


The small print

˜ Cost includes park entry fees, ferry crossings, game drive ranger fees (when available), boat cruise, guided walk fees, transport/fuel, shared accommodation in furnished safari tents with bedding. Towels are not provided but can be rented for a small fee.


˜ Trip cost excludes all    drinks/other personal items.


˜ Upgrades to banda accommodation can be made for an extra charge – please enquire for availability.


˜ Staff tips are never expected but always appreciated.


˜ A 50% cash deposit or payment in full is required to secure your reservation. Tour bookings are only confirmed once this has been received. Deposits can be made at Kampala Waking Tours or by bank transfer with prior arrangement. We accept Visa credit/debit cards & Uganda Shillings or US Dollars cash (notes printed ater 2006) Visa transactions are subject to a 4.2% bank charge. All bank transfer fees should be paid by the sender. Please note that should you choose to pay in Uganda Shillings the exchange rate can vary and the balance due will be charged at that day’s rate. We recommend paying in Dollars to avoid any confusion.


˜ We endeavor to book out all trips to a max of 8 pax. In the event that a trip has less than 6 people booked, we reserve the right to cancel, or reschedule the trip. In the event of cancellation, deposits will be refunded in full.


˜ Pick-ups en route may be considered if FULL PAYMENT is made in advance – please equire before booking.


˜ The price includes a free night’s camping/dorm bed at Red Chilli Kampala the night before departure (subject to availability and not transferable to another person or to be used as part payment for a room upgrade. Not redeemable for cash). Please reserve in advance if required.


˜ Discounts are available for East African residents and Ugandan Nationals, subject to a valid UWA recognized ID. Please inform us when booking if you are seeking to claim a discount.


˜ Baggage is limited to 1 medium backpack per person. Excess baggage can be stored at Kampala free of charge.


˜ Children below the age of 10 are not permitted on scheduled trips but please esquire about our exclusive trips.

˜ Take all sensible precautions against malaria.


˜ Do not approach any wild animals you may see around the camp/park, & do not startle them with flash photography.


˜ Drink plenty of water at all times & protect yourself from the sun – Murchison is considerably hotter than Kampala.


˜ Take care of your valuables at all times. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss.


˜ We can supply packed lunches on request for Day 1. However last orders are taken at 21.00 the night before the trip departs. If you are unable to meet this deadline, please email or call ahead with your order.


˜ Please leave yourself plenty of time between the scheduled return of the trip and any ongoing travel connections. We cannot accept responsibility for any missed connections due to late return.