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Lodge Safari in Uganda

CLASSIC UGANDA SAFARI
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Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Queen Elizabeth National Park & Kibale Forest

A ten day safari from Entebbe, visiting the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda (Bwindi Impenetrable Forest) or Rwanda, plus Chimpanzee trekking in the forests of Kibale and Chamburu Gorge, game viewing and bird-watching in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Ngamba island chimpanzee sanctuary.

A combination of luxury lodges and local hotels is used, and transport is by customised vehicle. All meals on safari are provided, bed & breakfast only in Entebbe (first night).

DAY 1: LAKE VICTORIA, ENTEBBE
Arrive Entebbe. On arrival met and driven to Lake Victoria Hotel, Entebbe. Bed and Breakfast.

DAY 2: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
OPTION HERE TO FLY DOWN TO BWINDI TO SAVE THE LONG DAY’S DRIVE.
From Entebbe head in a westerly direction through the highlands of Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (or to Kisoro Border town) depending on where permits are held. Overnight at a permanent, comfortable tented camp, for two nights with all meals included.

DAY 3: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
An early morning trek into the forest on the slopes of the volcanoes, led by experienced trackers will bring you amongst a family of Mountain Gorillas. These massive primates are extremely rare, only 600 remaining. You will get within metres of the family, and be privileged to spend time amongst them. Returning to the camp for a late lunch, we overnight as above. All meals included.

DAY 4: LAKE BUNYONI
A second opportunity to trek gorillas (permits MUST be pre-purchased if you would like to do this). After trekking and lunch, head back to Kabale and overnight at Bushara Camp, on Lake Bunyoni. All meals included.

DAY 5 & 6: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, overnight at Mweya Lodge or Jacana Lodge.
Mweya Lodge has been recently upgraded and refurbished. Its location, overlooking the Kazinga Channel, offers fantastic views plus there is a swimming pool, restaurant and al fresco breakfast terrace.

Within these two days we will go on a boat cruise on the Kasinga Channel, famous for hippos and bird life, and trek chimps in the Chamburu gorge (subject to permits being available and group size). Early morning and late afternoon game viewing / drives will also be conducted in search of Uganda's unique wildlife such as the Giant Forest Hog, Red Forest Buffalo and Ugandan Kob , and lion , elephant and leopard are often seen.

The sequence of activities will depend on availability of permits at various times of the day. Your guide will discuss with you during the safari.

DAY 7: KIBALE FOREST
Morning game drive out of the park. Drive from QENP to Kibale Forest with the backdrop of the breathtaking Rwenzori Mountain range behind you all the way. You will drive along roads through local villages and farmland to Kibale.

Overnight at either a luxury tented camp or lodge, or in town at Fort Portal at a guest house. All meals included.

DAY 8: KIBALE FOREST, CHIMPANZEE TREK
Early morning head to the forest (do some birding en route) to trek chimpanzees with local guides into the Kibale Forest – there are many species of primate in this forest, as well as prolific birdlife.

Overnight as above.

DAY 9: NGABA ISLAND CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY
Return to Entebbe, to meet our boat to travel out to Ngamba Chimpanzee Island sanctuary, tented camp.

Ngamba Island is part of the Koome group of islands located on Lake Victoria 23km south of Entebbe, Uganda. It consists of approximately 100 acres, 98 of which are forested and separated from the visitors area by an electric fence. Ngamba Island was officially opened to visitors in October 1999 and is currently home to 35 orphaned chimpanzees, 15 of which have been confiscated and brought to the island since its opening.

Ngamba Island is a project of the Chimpanzees Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT), established in 1997 by the Born Free Foundation (UK), International Fund for Animal Welfare (USA), the Jane Goodall Institute (Germany and Uganda), The Uganda Wildlife Education Centre Trust (UWECT) and the Zoological Board of New South Wales (Australia) and it provides these orphaned chimpanzees with a secure home to live out their lives, since a return to their natural habitat is not possible, while educating visitors and local communities about their remarkable species and the importance of conserving their fragile forest habitat.

You can help support this project by visiting. The entrance and activity fees paid goes directly towards helping cover the recurring costs of the island sanctuary and ensuring the well being of the chimpanzees.

DAY 10: ENTEBBE
Option to do a morning Chimpanzee Forest walk with one of the researchers on Ngamba island. This particular activity has strict rules with regard to permit availability, and also vaccines required to undertake this activity. Please enquire for a full list of requirements prior to booking. The walk MUST be prebooked well in advance, and cannot be assumed as part of the overnight experience.

Transfer to mainland for onward flights after 1400 .

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Costs:
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Price includes – accommodation as stated, all meals per itinerary, transfers, services of driver/guide, all park entry fees, boat cruise on Kasinga Channel in QENP, game drives, forest walk at Bwindi (x 1), overnight Ngamba Chimpanzee island with return boat transfers.

Price excludes – visas, drinks, all items of a personal nature, Gorilla and chimpanzee viewing fees (budget approximately USD 360-375 per permit per trek +USD50 per chimp permit per visit at Kibaale, and USD 30 at Chamburu per person per trek). Chimp Forest walk on Ngamba optional, USD100 payable direct, flights, airport and departure taxes, gratuities comprehensive travel insurance.

Activities:
Gorilla tracking
Forest trekking
Cultural experience, village walk
Game drives
Nature walks
Visit to Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Bird watching

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