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7 Day Big Five, Gorillas And Chimps

Tuesday 13 November 2018, by admin

Day
1
Welcome to Uganda

When you arrive at Entebbe International Airport, you will be picked up by our guide/driver who will transfer you to your hotel where you’ll spend the night.
Distance from airport to hotel:5 minutes
Hotel options:Protea Hotel by Marriott Entebbe

Day
2
Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Today you’ll travel to Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s biggest and oldest conservation area, having been created close to a century ago. Located 305 kilometres northwest of the Kampala, the park is home to a variety of wildlife, including 76 mammal species and 451 bird species, according to statistics from the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the institution that is in charge of Uganda’s flora and fauna.
But before you get to Murchison Falls, you’ll make a stopover at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where you’ll get an insight into the sanctuary’s commendable conservation efforts. Tracking rhinos on foot is another a spectacular treat for seasoned safari-goers and walking safari enthusiasts.
From Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a two-hour drive will lead you to Murchison Falls National Park, where you’ll be a guest at the picturesque Chobe Safari Lodge.
Hotel options:Chobe Safari Lodge
Distance from Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary:2 hours

Day
3
Game drive in Murchison Falls National Park

Now, this is it! You’ll begin your fourth day in Uganda with a game drive in what is now known as Uganda’s wild animal kingdom.
Your day will start as early as 6:00 am as wild animals are most active in the morning. The morning game drive will reward you with sightings of some of the most fantastic wildlife Uganda has to offer: elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, and a variety of antelope and bird species that roam this park.
After lunch in the afternoon, you will take a boat safari up the River Nile to Murchison Falls, the centrepiece of the park. Here you whet your eyes with crocodiles, buffaloes, water birds, monkeys and all the other thirsty animals seeking permanent water sources such as the Nile. The highlight, however, will be the base of the Murchison Falls, which rise 43 metres to create a magical, thunderous roar.
As the sun sets, you’ll take a hike to the top of the waterfalls for a magnificent view and spectacular photo op.
Hotel options:Chobe Safari Lodge

Day
4
Drive to Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, you’ll embark on a 10-hour journey to Kibale Forest National Park, which is also known as the primate capital of the world. The park has the highest concentration of primate species in the world, with the chimpanzee the most famous of all.
The drive to Kibale will take you on a trip through some f Uganda’s most scenic countryside – lush green forests and hills dotted with tea plantations – so expect this to be another captivating sight-seeing adventure.
Distance from Murchison Falls National Park:10 hours
Hotel options:Papaya Lake Lodge

Day
5
Chimpanzee trekking, transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Today you can choose to track chimpanzees either in the morning or in the afternoon – up to you. More than 5,000 chimpanzees are said to be resident in Kibale Forest National Park, and 13 other primate species have also been recorded here.
Once you find the chimps, you’ll be allowed to stay with them for one hour, but that one hour will be engraved in your memory for many years to come as an encounter with these species is one of the most poignant travel experiences in Uganda.
As you trek through the forest, you’ll also have chance encounters with other mammal species such as bongos, forest buffalos and forest elephants – in addition to plenty of Albertine Rift endemic bird species such as the highly sought-after Great Blue Turaco.
After chimp trekking you’ll continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a journey that will reward you with views of the vast Rift Valley escarpment, Kazinga Channel, Lake George, Lake Edward and the Rwenzori Mountains in the distance.
Distance from Kibale Forest National Park: 2 hours
Hotel options:Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Day
6
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 6 marks the highlight and end of your trip to Uganda. The ecologically diverse Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the only national park in the world which harbours both the endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.
About 113 mammal species, more than 200 butterfly species, five primate species and 360 species of birds also call this forest home. But you’re here primarily for the iconic gorillas so today’s focus will be tracking one of the nine habituated gorilla families.
It can take between two to seven hours to locate the gorillas, depending on how lucky you are today. But once they are found, you will only be allowed to be with them for a maximum of one hour to avoid stressing them. Still, coming face-to-face with mankind’s closest relatives is a spellbinding, humbling and memorable – the most perfect way to wrap up your trip to the Pearl of Africa.
Hotel options:Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Day
7
Depart from Bwindi to Kihihi Airstrip, then to Entebbe

After breakfast in the morning, you’ll be driven to the nearby Kihihi Airstrip for your domestic flight to Entebbe International Airport from where you’ll catch your international flight.

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