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18 Days, 17 Nights
Tour Details

LUXURY MIDRANGE AND BUDGET TRAVELLERS

Trip details

You shall have a 4wd Extended Toyota Land cruiser for Mid-range and Luxury Safaris: This Extended Toyota land cruiser can accommodate up to 7 passengers maximum, the customized safari vehicle features a pop-up roof that offers tourists a chance to pop their heads out and get clear views of the wildlife and nature during game drives but that’s not all, it also comes with a cooler box for drinks plus well-spaced seats and back-up tyres 

4×4 Mini Land cruiser for Standard Budget safaris: Toyota Land cruiser is the most used safari vehicle in Africa, It’s strong, and it’s rugged and spacious. Of course it looks good, too! It is the supreme vehicle for a large group traveling like an institute traveling to watch wildlife. These cars are designed to accommodate a small number of people traveling together in a group of 4-5 people. 

Itinerary

A 14 Days Uganda safari with Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking  

This 14 days Uganda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Tracking lets you travel through Uganda and really see what the Pearl of Africa has to offer. You start with rafting on the mighty Nile in Jinja and then continue on to the scenic Sipi Falls before heading through remote parts of the country to Kidepo Valley NP in the far north for untouched wilderness and a meeting with the Karamojong people. 

The journey southwards then start taking you to Murchison Falls NP for an abundance of giraffes and on to the Rwenzori Mountains for a hike. Continue on to Queen Elizabeth NP for chimps trekking, Kazinga channel boat-cruise and tree-climbing lions before we reach the great highlight of mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable NP. The last part of the 14days Uganda safari takes you for relaxation by beautiful Lake Bunyonyi. 

Proposed itinerary for 14 Days Uganda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Tracking

DAY 1

Arrive at Entebbe national airport, pick up and transfer to Entebbe

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DAY 2

Transfer to Jinja – Ssezibwa falls – Source of the Nile – Sipi Falls

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DAY 3

Sipi Falls walk/hiking experience and cultural encounter  

 

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DAY 4

Go explore Pian Upe Game Reserve

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DAY 5

Transfer to Kidepo Valley NP and game drive  

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DAY 6

Cultural encounter (Karamajong and Kalenjin) 

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DAY 7

Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park and top of the falls

 

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DAY 8

Game drive and  the afternoon launch trip to the base of the falls  

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DAY 9

Transfer to Kibaale Forest National Park  and Bigodi wetland

 

6-7 hrs

DAY 10

Chimp tracking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP 

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DAY 11

Game drive and launch trip on the Kazinga Channel  

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DAY 12

Transfer to Bwindi NP via Ishasha (South)  

 

5-6 hrs

DAY 13

Gorilla trekking and Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation and sightseeing  

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DAY 14

Depart from Lake Bunyonyi and return to Entebbe Airport  

6-7 hrs

 

Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary for 14 Days Uganda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Tracking 

Day 1:  Arrive at Entebbe national airport, pick up and transfer to Kampala. 

On your arrival at Entebbe airport, you will be picked up by our professional guide, who will brief you about your safari and transfer you to your place of accommodation. Do a city tour in the afternoon and visit local sights depending on your time of arrival. 

Destination: Kampala

 Meal plan: half board 

Accommodation Option: 

  • Luxury: Serena Kigo Hotel | Latitude 0 Degrees
  • Mid-Range: Marie’s Royal Hotel | Forest Cottages
  • Budget: Acactus Hotel | Via Via Entebbe

Day 2: Transfer to Jinja – Ssezibwa falls – Source of the Nile – Sipi Falls

After breakfast head east of the country. You will have a stop at Ssezibwa Falls. The site is a hidden cultural treasure with a number of traditional attachment for the Buganda Kingdom and believed to be a blessing, this should not exceed an hour. After here, you will proceed to Mabira eco-tourism forest reserve for an 1-hour forest trek, it is a home to over 315 species of Bird like the Nahan’s Francolin, Cassin Hawk Eagle: then continue with the drive to Jinja, have lunch en-route and transfer to the Source of the Nile for an hour boat ride from shores of the Nile to the exact point where John Speke, the first European to see the source of the world’s longest river stood. Proceed to Sipi Falls, for a simple hike at Sipi Falls characterized by three spectacular falls along river Sipi, flowing down the Mount Elgon. Each waterfall offers an experience different from another, from the plunge, beautiful views, caves, to rainbows. You shall head to your accommodations, check in, have dinner and rest for the night.  

Destination: Sipi Falls Kapchorwa

 Meal plan: full board 

Accommodation Option: 

  • Luxury: Sipi Rive Lodge
  • Mid-Range: Rafiki River Lodge
  • Budget: Lacam Lodge

Day 3: Sipi falls hiking experience and cultural encounter 

You will have breakfast and thereafter proceed out to explore the Sipi falls. The hike (about 2½ – 3 hours) takes you to explore the nearby Sipi falls which is a set of 3 falls. The views are breath-taking and make for a great excursion while in Sipi. You will return to your lodge and have lunch. In The afternoon, you shall have a coffee tour around the local communities. Your coffee tour will enable you to trace the story of coffee from seed to that in the cup and you don’t want to miss this informative experience. Later, return to the lodge and just relax at the accommodation with some spectacular view of Sipi right in front of you. 

Destination: Sipi Falls Kapchorwa 

Meal plan: full board 

Accommodation Options 

  • Luxury: Sipi Rive Lodge
  • Mid-Range: Rafiki River Lodge
  • Budget: Lacam Lodge

Day 4: Explore Pian Upe Game Reserve 

Be up early and have your breakfast then proceed for game viewing in the pristine Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve. Pian Upe is located between Mt. Elgon NP and Kidepo Valley NP, established as a wildlife reserve in the 1960’s. The Reserve is part of the Mount Elgon Conservation Area (MECA). While in Pian Upe, look out for its inhabitants such as ostriches, common elands, plain zebras, the greater kudu, savannah monitor lizards and the only remaining numbers of roan antelope in the whole of Uganda. 

It is also only in Pian Upe that you may have the chance to see cheetahs while on a Uganda safari. After the game viewing and of course packed lunch, exit Pian Upe then head to your lodge 

Destination: Pian Upe Game Reserve

Meal plan: full board 

Accommodation Option:  

  • Luxury: Africana Hotel Moroto
  • Mid-Range: Karamojong safari camp
  • Budget: Karamojong safari camp

Day 5: Transfer to Kidepo Valley NP and game drive 

Have breakfast and drive off to Kidepo Valley National Park, arriving early for some rest and lunch before going out for the evening game viewing. You will proceed for game viewing in the Narus Valley in the south sector of Kidepo. Narus is the sector of Kidepo that has savannah grasslands mixed with acacia woodland. It is also the area of the park with permanent water sources throughout the year and for that matter, most of the animals are in this part of the park. Be on the look for large herds of Buffaloes, many Zebras, antelope species and the lions. After the rewarding experience, you will return to your lodge. 

Destination: Kidepo Valley National Park Meal plan: full board 

Accommodation Option: 

  • Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge | Adere Safari Lodge
  • Mid-Range: Kidepo Savannah Lodge
  • Budget: Nga’moru Wilderness Camp

  

Day 6: Cultural encounter 

Enjoy your breakfast then embark on a full day culture encounter with the Karamajong community, you will spend a wonderful day with the Karamajong people and have an insight of their way of life and beliefs. At the end of the day, you will retire to your lodge. 

Destination: Kidepo valley National Park / Karamajong and Kalenjin community

Meal plan: full board 

Accommodation Option: 

  • Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge | Adere Safari Lodge
  • Mid-Range: Kidepo Savannah Lodge
  • Budget: Nga’moru Wilderness Camp

Day 7: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

 Be up early, have breakfast and thereafter, exit Kidepo and hit the road to Murchison Falls National Park. The highlights of this park include the roaring rapids of the Murchison falls, the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park where you will have the chance of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants. Then surely, the concentration of hippos and the Nile crocodiles here will fascinate you. You will reach Murchison, head to the top of the falls after which you shall check into your lodge then have some rest. 

Destination: Murchison Falls National Park 

Meal plan: full board 

Accommodation Option: 

  • Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge | Chobe Safari Lodge
  • Mid-Range: Pakuba Safari Lodge | Murchison River Lodge
  • Budget: Hornbill Safari Lodge | Parkside Safari Lodge

Day 8: Game drive and launch trip to the base of the falls 

Have your breakfast, depart for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park and be on the look for wildlife including: lions, leopards among others. For any birder, there are quite a number of birds to sight too during the drive. Return to the accommodation for some rest time and lunch.

After lunch, you will head out for the boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls where you will also be able to catch sight of more animals including Hippos and Crocodiles and several water birds. Return to your lodge and have a relaxed evening. 

Destination: Murchison Falls National Park 

Meal plan: full board 

Accommodation Option: 

  • Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge | Chobe Safari Lodge
  • Mid-Range: Pakuba Safari Lodge | Murchison River Lodge
  • Budget: Hornbill Safari Lodge | Parkside Safari Lodge

Day 9: Transfer to Kibaale Forest National Park and Bigodi swamp walk

After breakfast at your accommodation, depart right away for Kibaale Forest National Park with a stopover in Fort portal town for lunch. The drive is quite long but incredibly scenic – passing through villages, lush green countryside and hills dotted with tea plantations that characterize this part of Uganda. The beautiful scenery will amaze you all the way. Kibaale NP is popular for its primates like the chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkey, Uganda mangabey- which is native to Uganda. You will have lunch and head to Bigodi wetland for a stroll through this bio diversity rich wetland with lots of bird species, reptiles and beautiful people who you will interact with and also get to support their craft businesses. From Bigodi, check into your lodge, refresh, and wait for dinner and overnight stay.

Destination: Kibaale Forest National Park

Meal plan: full board 

Accommodation Option: 

  • Luxury: Kyaninga Lodge | Crater Safari Lodge
  • Mid-Range: Chimpanzee Guest House| Turaco Treetops
  • Budget: Rweteera Safari Park | Lake Nkuruba & Camp Site

Day 10: Chimp tracking in Kibaale Forest and transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP 

Have breakfast and head to the rangers’ post where you will receive some briefing on the do’s and don’ts during chimp trekking. Thereafter, you will proceed to trek the chimps in the Kibaale Forest. An experienced ranger guide will take you chimp tracking (Kibaale Forest) and you will be left amazed by the presence of primates here. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour in their presence. You will return to the lodge for lunch, refreshment and relaxation thereafter you will head out for Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in the evening, check in to your lodge. 

Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park 

Meal plan: full board 

Accommodation Option: 

  • Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge | Katara Lodge
  • Mid-Range: Irungu Forest Safari Lodge | Elephant Hub Lodge
  • Budget: Pumba Safari Cottages | Bush Lodge

Day 11: Game drive and launch trip on the Kazinga Channel 

Be up early and have your breakfast. Proceed for a morning game drive to the Kasenyi plains and be on the look for Cape buffalos, herds of elephants plus the big cats: lions, leopards among others. Return to your lodge for some rest time and lunch. 

After lunch, you will go for a 2-hour launch trip on the Kazinga Channel that connects Lakes George and Edward. During the trip, the sight of wildlife including giant hippos, elephants and crocodiles among others will fascinate you. You will also see many varieties of birds at the water shores. You return to your lodge after the fascinating activity. 

Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Meal plan: full board 

Accommodation Option: 

  • Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge | Katara Lodge
  • Mid-Range: Irungu Forest Safari Lodge | Elephant Hub Lodge
  • Budget: Pumba Safari Cottages | Bush Lodge

Day 12:  Transfer to Bwindi NP via Ishasha (South) 

Have breakfast then set off for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park – famously known for its resident tree-climbing lions. The chance of spotting these lions is about 70% though sometimes they are hard to spot (most especially when they are down in the grassland looking for prey). Hoping you get the chance to spot them, the sight will be spectacular! 

Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is a big habitat for mountain gorillas in Uganda (harbouring over 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population) including several habituated groups, which you will trek. With a strenuous day ahead, you will do less on arrival but just check in your lodge, relax as you prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day. 

Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park 

Meal plan: full board  

Accommodation Option: 

  • Luxury: Buhoma Lodge | Gorilla Safari Lodge
  • Mid-Range: Gorilla Mist Camp | Silverback Safari Lodge
  • Budget: Bakiga Lodge | Broadbill Forest Camp

Day 13: Gorilla trekking and Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation, sightseeing 

After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular! The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. Once you locate a gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is unforgettable. 

Thereafter, you will return for lunch then drive off to Lake Bunyonyi. The lake is framed by lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of (2,200 – 2,478m) but it’s the 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical — you could admire them all day. 

Destination: Lake Bunyonyi 

Meal plan: full board 

Accommodation Option: 

  • Luxury: Bird nest @ Bunyonyi Resort | Arcadia Cottages Bunyonyi
  • Mid-range: Hawk’s Eye Lodge Bunyonyi | Bunyonyi Overland Resort    
  • Budget: Bunyonyi View resort | Crater Bay Cottage 

Day 14: Depart Lake Bunyonyi and return to Entebbe Airport 

Have a relaxed breakfast at the accommodation with spectacular view of the Bunyonyi little islands just right in front of you and thereafter embark on your return journey to Entebbe Airport.  

Expect en route lunch and a stop at the Uganda Equator line mark in Kayabwe for some memorable photos and maybe buying some art pieces of interest. Proceed with the journey arriving late afternoon/evening for drop off at the airport to catch your flight back home recommended for 19:00 onward.

END OF 14 DAYS UGANDA GORILLA & CHIMPANZEE TRACKING. THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING CALSAAR SAFARIS UGANDA AND WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN SOON. 

  

 

 

 

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