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8 Day – Classic Western Uganda Safari

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8 Day – Classic Western Uganda Safari

Experience the very best of Uganda’s wild west highlands and savanna. Track chimpanzees, take game drives and a boat cruise in the middle of the wilderness. Go on to meet our cousins the endangered mountain gorillas, and wind down exploring the islands of the scenic Lake Bunyonyi and finally sign out with a walking safari in the company of impalas and zebra. This is the best of the wild west safari in Uganda.

Highlights

– Track chimps of Kibale.
– Discover the wonders of the wild on a game drive.
– Visit a family of the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
– Take a boat cruise in the wild.
* Price includes your gorilla and chimpanzee tracking permits.

Tour Summary

Day 1 – Go west into the shadow of the Rwenzori mountains and on to Kibale National Park.
Day 2 – Track chimps in Kibale Forest- the chimp capital.
Day 3 – Discover the wonders of wild on a game drive; in the afternoon take the boat cruise safari.
Day 4 – Look out for the iconic tree-climbing lions as you travel south into the highlands.
Day 5 – Come face to face with the endangered mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Day 6 – Wind down in the place of the small birds — the scene Lake Bunyonyi region.
Day 7 – Travel north to Lake Mburo National Park the only park in Uganda’s southern hemisphere, with both giraffe and zebra.
Day 8 – Hike through the savanna on a walking safari before taking off for Kampala.

Itinerary

Day 1 Off into the lands of the Rwenzori mountains

Set off early from Kampala and go west through rolling hills, tea plantations and rural towns hanging on the highway. Lunch in Fort Portal before heading south. After lunch head south into the rainforest to reach the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. From here a community guide will take you on a tour of the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, and the Magombe swamp. Look out for the 8 species of primates among them the red colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, L’Hoest, and the blue monkeys.
After the tour, head to your accommodation and relax as the forest comes alive with the night.

Day 2 Track chimps

Kibale National Park is most famous for having the highest concentration of primates in Eastern Africa. Your Uganda Wildlife Authority guide and tracking team will take you on a four to five hour experience as you search the forest for the chimps. Once you find the chimp group, you will spend a precious 1 hour with them. You will follow it around the forest as you get a peek into the chimps’ life and family interactions. Beyond the chimps you will also get to see and hear a host of birds, and other primates.
In the afternoon, hit the road for travel farther south crossing the Equator and then into the Queen Elizabeth National Park. You can choose to spend the afternoon exploring the savannah looking out for game. You will also get to see the explosion crater lakes formed at the birth of the western Great Rift Valley.

Day 3Game drive & boat cruise safari

Today look out for herds of buffalo, elephants, warthogs, and a variety of antelopes. And if you are lucky, the elusive leopard in the thicket. Of course at the top of the list is the hunt for the lions. After the morning game drive, travel back to your hotel for an easy lunch before taking the afternoon cruise safari on the Kazinga Channel that connects lakes George and Edward. The two lakes are named after the brothers Kings Edward and George of the United Kingdom.
This cruise brings you up close with more wildlife and lots of birds. There is plenty of birdlife representing some of the 600 species here. After the cruise transfer back to your hotel and enjoy the evening.

Day 4Look out for the Iconic Tree-climbing lions

Today you travel through the southern sector of the park on your way Bwindi. This route takes you through the Ishasha plains famous for the tree-climbing lions. But for the big cats of Ishasha, much of the day is spent in the fig trees of the western savanna. Your journey continues south leaving the plains as you rise through forests, and tea plantations. You will reach Bwindi Impenetrable National Park before dusk with time to soak in the great vistas of the ancient rainforest and the sunset

Day 5Go Gorilla Tracking

This is the day that only one who has experienced it can describe. Today you get intimate and close with a family of the endangered mountain gorillas of Uganda. The tracking begins with an orientation by the Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers. It is about the history of this ancient forest, the forest residents, tracking and interacting with the mountain gorilla family and everything else that makes this park a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your one hour encounter will allow you see mothers nurse, baby gorillas play and move around as the family feeds. This magical hour is like a handful of minutes and you will soon be on your way back to your hotel with memories of this wonderful new world. You are officially now one of few in the whole world to have this intimate relationship with the mountain gorillas of Uganda. Spend the evening in the listening to the sounds of one of earth’s oldest rainforests.

Day 6Let nature's beauty spoil you

It has been a fast hike from park to park over the last five days. There is nothing more rewarding than chilling out in one of Africa’s most beautiful highlands and lake region. Welcome to Lake Bunyonyi in the Kigezi highlands. In the Rukiga language of the locals, “Bunyonyi” means “small birds” and this place has plenty of them. Take a canoe to explore the amazing beauty of Lake Bunyonyi and its 29 islands. Or take a swim in the cool and safe waters. Later in the evening enjoy a dish of crayfish under the beautiful starlight heavens (weather permitting).

Day 7Into longhorn and zebra countryside

Set off early and descend from the gorilla highlands down to the rolling hill and plains of Lake Mburo National Park just 200 km out of Kampala on the southwestern tourism circuit. Lake Mburo is Uganda’s only southern hemisphere park with zebra and giraffe. Be on the lookout for these beautiful animals. In the afternoon take a cultural tour to meet the keepers of the famous Ankole longhorn cattle– get an introduction into cattle culture.

Day 8Walking safari

Set out early in the morning for a walking safari with your guide and ranger from the Uganda Wildlife Authority. The absence of the big cats like the lion make Lake Mburo National Park a favorite for walking safaris. Walking will bring you up close to the wildlife. Look out for giraffe, zebra, a variety of antelopes, warthogs and several bird species. In the afternoon, head to Kampala, crossing the equator again and arriving in the sunset.

Departure & Return Location

Kampala 

Accommodation

There are several options for accommodation offering different levels of comfort and pricing. These range from budget accommodation to mid-range and high end options. Sometimes, the choice of accommodation is influenced by the activities you are interested in taking. Contact us and we will work with you to choose your ideal safari accommodations within your needs and budget.

Included

Price Includes

  • Bottled water while in travel
  • Accommodation in approved facility
  • Tour Guide
  • All tracking permits included
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Tips
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Any Private Expenses and Items of Personal Nature
  • Room Service Fees
  • Any items not listed in the approved itinerary