PRIMATE and WILDLIFE EXPEDITION
May 30 - June 8, 2020
(10 day Expedition / 8 Days Wildlife Safari )
Uganda, East Africa
This is a 10 - day gorilla, chimpanzee AND wildlife photography expedition. On this off the beaten path expedition, you get to track the mountain gorillas in the wild, seek out chimpanzees, walk with white rhinos, and enjoy wildlife safaris with opportunities to see tree-climbing lions, as well as water cruises to seek out hippos, crocodiles and water monitors. Of course the highlight of this trip is encountering mountain gorillas, however this trip is non-stop as we seek out some of the best wildlife, Uganda has to offer, all in their natural environment.
Please Note* - Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It's difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can be strenuous and can take from 2 to 8 hours to find them. So expect to walk long distances in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. So being in good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour.
Day 1 - Travel Day.
Fly into Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Our host will pick you up and drive you to your lodge where you can rest from your travels.
Day 2 - Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park.
Pick-up from the lodge at 7:00am. Your driver/guide shall brief you on the day's program shortly before the start of a 6 hour drive to Murchison Falls National Park.
Along the way, we will stop to visit Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for a morning walk with white rhinos. After a stop for lunch, we continue the drive and get to Murchison Falls National Park.
After clearance at the park gate, you are ushered into the Murchison by a congress of playful baboons on the road. Continue the drive as you savor the beautiful grassy landscape. You can hike to the top of the Murchison Falls, (Optional). At the top you are treated to the breathtaking sight of the Falls. At 5:30pm, we drive to your lodge for dinner. After dinner, you can look around for Nocturnal Bush Pigs, within the lodge, before you go to bed. Tonite we will be staying at the Heritage Safari Lodge.
Day 3 - Early Morning Game Drive.
We are up for an early breakfast at 6:00am. The driver picks you up and along with a game ranger set out for the game drive by 7:00am. Early morning is a great time to catch the early risers, as well as a chance to see some nocturnal species and hunters before they return to their hideouts.
Wildlife sightings we hope to see here; giraffes, lions, elephants, spotted hyenas, warthogs, Uganda kobs, Jackson's Heart beasts, waterbucks, and leopards, among others. After 11am, you return for lunch (12 noon), then rest until 2pm.
At 2:30pm we will take a boat cruise on the River Nile (Victoria Nile). This ride is about 3 hours long. There are lots of water animals like; hippos, Nile crocodiles and water monitor lizards. Other animals that may visit the river to drink water, and cool off from the heat; buffalos, antelopes and a cocktail of birds. The ride takes you to the base of the Murchison Falls for yet another angle to savor the view.
Return at about 5.30pm and here you wait for evening game drive to look for nocturnal species across the Nile River.
Day 4 - Transfer to Kibale National Park.
Early departure from Murchison Falls to Kibale National Park. We will arrive there in the evening, after a full day of driving. Before going to bed you can go for a night forest walk looking for, Gallogos, Potos and other nocturnal species.
We will overnight in the lodge, Kibale Guest Cottages (FB)
Day 5 - Chimpanzee Habituation, in Kibale National Park
We visit the Kanyankyu River camp at 6:30am to go for the most popular activity in this park which is Chimpanzee habituation. Chimpanzees are man’s closet cousins, and one of the most threatened of the primate species. We may also see more primates like; Black and white Columbus monkeys, L’Hoest Monkeys, Grey cheeked Mangabey, Red tailed monkeys, as well as bush babies, pottos and many bird species.
Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialize with each other.
We will overnight at.Kibale Guest Cottages.
Day 6 - Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, we check out and start our drive to Fort Portal. We do a game drive in the northern part of the park; large expanses of savannah grasslands as you spot some wildlife en route. Tonite we stay at the Parkview Safari Lodge
Day 7 - Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
We set out early in the morning for a game drive in the northern part of the park on the Kasenyi Track in search of lions, elephants, solitary buffaloes.
In the afternoon we will go for a boat trip along the Kazinga Channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s, crocodiles, water monitors and countless birds. Overnight stay at Parkview Safari Lodge
Day 8 - Drive to Bwindi to track gorillas and other primates
Mid-morning after breakfast we drive further south through stunning savannah grasslands as we head towards the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Roads permitting, we will pass the southern sector of the park – Ishasha, which is a remote and beautiful extension of Queen Elizabeth NP, that is host to a large variety of wildlife, including tree climbing lions.
Overnight in Silver Back Lodge
Day 9 - Gorilla trekking (Bwindi Impenetrable NP), Tracking the Mountain Gorillas and other primates
After breakfast, we will have a morning briefing, before enjoying the highlight of the trip - Gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 meters from the gorillas.
Day 10 - Departure Day, Drive to Kampala
Early breakfast before embarking on our return to Kampala, This is a full day of driving. During the journey is the Equator line which we will cross, and stop for a quick photo opportunity. We will be in Kampala in the evening before for your flight back home. You can book your return flights after 10pm, or book an overnight stay at a hotel, for an early morning departure, (hotel not included in price).
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