12 days 11 nights cultural safari , Rhino trekking, gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking

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18 Days, 17 Nights
Tour Details

This trip for an entire 12 days 11 nights takes you for an adventure to the western part of the Pearl of Africa. It is Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking, rhino trekking, wildlife and cultural experience safari that takes you to the home of the only white rhinos in Uganda, “Zziwa rhino sanctuary” to the world’s most powerful waterfall that is the Murchison falls, and not forgetting the breath-taking boat cruise experience to the bottom of the falls and cultural immersion activities. You will explore the breath-taking landscapes of Uganda’s national parks Kibaale which is the primate capital of the world, Queen Elizabeth, a medley of wonders and the whispers of the wild national park, Lake Mburo, not forgetting cultural interacting activities that will involve homestead visits to the Batooro, Batwa, Basonghola, communities leaving you with memories that will last a life time. It comes with options for all budgets: luxury, Midrange and Budget.

Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Murchison Falls

After breakfast at your hotel rooms your driver guide will pick you up from there at 7:30am to start our 12 days adventure heading northwards of the country and having healthy stopovers for example at Bombo for a taste of the fried chicken there up to Nakasongola via Kampala-Bombo road to Zziwa rhino sanctuary for rhino trekking experience for 2 hours; we shall have lunch and proceed to Murchison falls via Masindi for a top of the falls experience that evening. After there you shall check in, relax and wait for dinner and for our overnight stay.

Destination: Murchison falls national park

 Meal plan: Half board.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Nile safari lodge
  • Midrange: Pakuba safari lodge
  • Budget: Red chili rest camp

Day 2: Morning Game drive and Boat cruise

We start our day with a breakfast at the hotel, and proceed for an early morning game drive for about 3-4 hours to explore the savannah plains of Murchison falls where you shall spot several animals such as hippos, buffaloes, hartebeests, warthogs, lions, bushbucks and several other wildlife species, and if we are lucky we may spot the solitary leopard. After the game drive you shall head back to the hotel for lunch and prepare for a boat cruise later to the bottom of the World’s most powerful waterfall cruising a 17km distance for 2-3 hours coming along with breath-taking scenic views of the natural beauty on the mighty river Nile after which we shall head back to the hotel for refreshment, dinner and overnight stay.

Destination: Murchison falls national park

Meal plan: Full board.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Nile safari lodge
  • Midrange: Pakuba Safari Lodge
  • Budget: Red chili rest camp

Day 3: Jonam culture experience  

We start our day with a breakfast at the hotel and at 8:00 am your driver guide shall pick you and take you to the local communities around the park which include the Jonam in Pakwach. Because this culture is so rich and diverse we dedicated an entire day to this encounter and lunch shall be from the local communities where you shall get to prepare the food locally in Jonam culture way. After this, in the evening we shall head back to our hotels for refreshment, dinner and overnight stay.

Meal plan: Full board.

Destination: Pakwach.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Nile safari lodge.
  • Midrange: Pakuba Safari Lodge.
  • Budgeted: Red Chill Rest Camp.

Day 4: Transfer to Kibaale National park

Wake up early refresh, have breakfast and by 7:30am, your driver guide shall pick u up from the hotel and via Hoima-Buliisa route, you shall proceed to the primate capital of the world; Kibaale forest national game park. You shall have chance to witness the breath-taking views and hilltop meanders that live you with nothing but everlasting memories in appreciation of the pearl of Africa. We shall have lunch en-route and on arrival to the park we shall head to the hotel, check in, refresh, wait for dinner and have an overnight stay.

Destination: Kibaale forest national Game Park.

Meal plan: Full board

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Papaya lake lodge
  • Budgeted: Lake Nyamirima cottages
  • Midrange: Rwenzori view guest house.

Day 5: Chimp trekking and Bigodi swamp walk

Wake up early, have breakfast and with packed lunch, enough drinking water, you trekking gear and secured permits, head for briefing which is very important before heading to forest for this activity. After we shall head to the forest with a well-trained UWA ranger for chimp trekking which is to last 3-4 hrs depending on the location of the chimpanzees and after this we shall Have our packed lunch in the bush and proceed to Bigodi swamp; a swamp in the natural rain forest with abundant wildlife species such as monkeys, elephants and birds. From the swamp we shall also have time to interact with the peoples of Bigodi, get to support their art crafts business and also listen to their wonderful stories about the Chimpanzees and Kibaale forest.  We shall then go for refreshment, dinner, and rest at the hotel.

Meal plan: Full board

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Papaya safari lodge
  • Budgeted: Lake Nyamirima cottages
  • Midrange: Ruwenzori view guest house.

Day 6: Batooro Culture Experience

Wake up early, have breakfast at the hotel and by 8:00am, your driver guide shall take  you to Fort portal  town for your ultimate Batooro cultural experience taking you from Batooro home steads, to the kings palace, and to the Amabeere Ga Nyina Mwiru cultural history rich caves. We shall have lunch locally prepared in Tooro homesteads and continue with our cultural encounter for the rest of the day. In the evening we shall head to the hotel for refreshment, dinner, and an overnight stay.

Destination: Fort portal, Nyakasura

Meal plan: Full board.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Papaya lake lodge
  • Budgeted: lake Nyamirima cottages
  • Midrange: Ruwenzori view guest house.

Day 7: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park and Katwe salt mines.

Wake up early have breakfast, and by 9:00am, your driver guide shall pick you from the hotel, drive south to queen Elizabeth national park check in, refresh have lunch and visit the salt mining lake; Lake Katwe while interacting with the local Basonghola communities. We shall head back to the hotel for dinner, refreshment and overnight stay.

Destination: Queen Elizabeth national park, Lake Katwe

Meal plan: Full board

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Elephant plains lodge
  • Midrange: Buffalo safari lodge
  • Budgeted: Pumba safari lodge

Day 8: Morning Game drive and Kazinga Channel boat cruise

After having breakfast at the hotel, we shall have an early morning game drive where you shall see several animals such as buffaloes, lions, antelopes, warthogs and several others unmentioned not forgetting the primates in the parks trees. We shall have lunch out in the wild, and then head back to the hotel for refreshment in preparation for a wondrous boat cruise on the 32 kilometre long natural channel that links lakes Edward and George with one of the largest concentrations of hippopotamuses and Nile crocodiles and several bird species. We shall then go to our hotels for refreshment, dinner and an overnight stay.

Meal plan: Full board

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Elephant plains lodge
  • Mid-range: Buffalo safari lodge
  • Budgeted: Pumba safari lodge

Day 9: Transfer to Bwindi Via Ishasha tree climbing lions

Have breakfast at the hotel in the morning, and at 8:00am your driver guide shall take you from there travelling south to Bwindi impenetrable national park through the Ishasha tree climbing lions, have lunch en-route, and on arrival to Bwindi national park, we shall check in and head to the hotel, refresh, wait for diner and have an overnight stay.

Destination: Bwindi impenetrable.

Meal plan: Full board

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Trackers safari lodge
  • Midrange: Engagi lodge
  • Budgeted: Karungi camp

Day 10: Gorilla trekking and Batwa community experience

Wake up early, have our breakfast and with our packed lunch, enough drinking water and trekking gear head to the briefing points for briefing during  which we are allocated families which we are going to track. We shall then proceed to the forest with experienced UWA rangers for gorilla trekking which is to last 1-6 hours depending on the location of the gorillas. When we find the gorillas, we shall be given an hour with them for photography and for videography. We shall after this have our packed lunch from a suitable spot, and if not tired, we shall head out to the Batwa community for cultural experience and homestead visits and cultural encounters. We shall then head back to the hotel for refreshment, dinner, and overnight stay.

Meal plan: Full board

Destination: Bwindi Forest

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Trackers safari lodge
  • Mid-range: Engagi lodge
  • Budgeted: Karungi camp.

 

Day 11: Transfer to Lake Mburo National park

Have breakfast at the hotel, and by 8:00am your driver guide shall transfer you to Lake Mburo National Park, having lunch en route and on arrival we shall check in to our hotels relax for the evening by the campfire, as we wait for dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.

Destination: Lake Mburo national park

Meal plan: Full board

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Mihingo lodge
  • Midrange: Kigambira safari lodge
  • Budgeted: Leopard rest camp

Day 12: Morning bush walk and Ankole culture experience

Wake up early have breakfast, and at 8:00am your guide shall take you from there for a morning walk safari or Ankole cultural experience. We shall then head back to the hotel have lunch, refresh, check out and travel back to Kampala via Kampala – Masaka road taking us through the equator.

Destination: Kampala/Entebbe international air port

Meal plan: half board.

END OF TRIP. THANK YOU FOR TRAVELLING WITH CALSAAR SAFARIS UGANDA

  • Maximum passengers: Four (4)
  • Tour activities: Rhino trekking, top of the falls, boat cruise, cultural experience, chimpanzee trekking, Bigodi swap, Tooro palace, Amabeere ga Nyina Mwiru, Gorilla tracking.
  • Package includes: English speaking guide, 4×4 tourist vehicle, bottled drinking water, gas for to and from ground transport, all mentioned activities, gorilla and chimpanzee trekking permits, park entrance, airport transfer
  • Package excludes: tips, shopping, personal expenses, visas, flight tickets, and laundry.
  • What to carry: trekking boots, rain coats, long sleeved clothing, sun glasses, sunscreen, and hand gloves.

 

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