Safari highlights; Kibale forest, Kyambura gorge, Maramagambo forest and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
This safari takes you through the Jungle forests of Uganda.
TOUR CODE BSCRS 105
Day 1: Arrival day
? On arrival at Entebbe International airport, you will be warmly welcomed by your driver/guide from Budget Safari and Car Rental Services Ltd. Who will then transfer you to Kampala for overnight at either Serena Hotel, Common Wealth Country Resort Munyonyo (High end/luxurious accommodation), Grand Imperial Hotel, Royal Capital Palace Hotel (Medium class accommodation) or Fairway Hotel (low Budget accommodation).
Day 2: Kampala – Kibale Forest National Park
After breakfast, depart Kampala via the pretty little town of Mubende set in rolling hills. Make a stop over at the splendid Nakaima cultural tree known to be 400 hundred years old worshipped by local people and thought to be holding the spirit of an ancient Bachwezi King. Picnic lunch en route and continue to Kibalale. Arrive late afternoon. Relax at the lodge or explore the near by Crater Lake. Overnight at either Ndali lodge, a stunning location over looking a dramatic Crater Lake (high end luxurious accommodation), Rwenzori view Guest House (medium classic accommodation), Primate Lodge or Kanyanchu tourist Centre (low budget classic accommodation)
Approximate driving time is 6 – 7 hours.
Day 3: Tracking chimps in Kibale
After breakfast, enter the forest in search for chimpanzees the experience is quiet exciting and adventurous. Expect to see other species of primates such as Baboons, Red colobus monkey, Black and white colobus monkey, Grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Birds like sun birds, Turaco, pitas and other bird species, butter fly species etc. return late afternoon for relaxation or an option of visiting Bigodi swamp. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 3: Kibale – Queen Elizabeth
After breakfast, go for a walk to Bigodi wet land sanctuary look out for the rare shoe Bill Bird, African pitta, Fish Eagle, Crown Great Blue Turaco among others, species of primates such as Baboons, Blue monkeys, Banded Mangoose etc. picnic lunch will be taken at the lodge.
In the afternoon drive off to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Over night at either Jacana Safari lodge, Mweya Safari Lodge, King Fisher Lodge (high end classic accommodation) or Mweya Institute of Ecology (low budget classic accommodation).
Day 4: Kyambura gorge and Maramagambo forest
Start with Kyambura river gorge for an extra ordinary experience of tracking chimps. It is so enriching to see the ravishing river valley which is a home of many birds and butterfly species. Relax over a drink at the camp and proceed to Maramagambo forest for an exciting nature walk up to the bat cave and the unique blue Crater Lake. Over night at the lodge.
Day 5:? Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Depart from Queen Elizabeth and leave for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, with a game drive in the Ishasha sector which is the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Expect to see the famous tree climbing lions that can be spotted on the large fig trees and other wild life such as Topis, Buffaloes and warthogs etc.
Overnight at either Mantana Tented Camp (high end luxurious accommodation), Buhoma homestead (medium class accommodation) or Buhoma community camp (low Budget accommodation). Approximate driving time is 4 – 5 hours.
Day 6:? ? Gorilla Tracking
After breakfast and briefing from the guide, enter the forest in search for mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable forest is a home for the rare mountain Gorillas and about 650 individual gorillas left in the whole world half are in Bwindi. Tracking may take 2 – 8 hours, depending on the location of the Gorillas. One may walk a short or long distance in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. A picnic lunch will taken and you will only be allowed an hours stay with Gorillas. After tracking return to the Camp for relaxation. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 7: Bwindi – Kampala
After breakfast, return to Kampala lunch en route in Mbarara town. Visit Ankole cultural village, buy some souvenirs. Proceed to Kampala; arriving late evening. Overnight at either Serena Hotel (High end/luxurious accommodation), Grand Imperial Hotel, Royal Capital Palace Hotel (Medium class accommodation) or Fare way Hotel (low Budget accommodation).
Approximate driving time is 8 – 9 hours.
Day 8:? Departure day
After breakfast, you may go for Kampala City tour, depending on your flight departure time, tour ends.
Quotation: Rates are up to Dec 2009
The cost covers the following
All national parks entrance fees
All government taxes
Services of English driver guide
All ground transportation in a 4 WD vehicle
Airport pick ups and drops
All meals and accommodation
The cost does not include the following
Booking for Gorilla Permits
We advice our clients interested in Gorilla tracking to book for a Gorilla permit at least 3 months in advance to ensure that requested dates are available. This is because of high number of trackers. The track experience starts at 8:30am local time and can take three to eight hours. The Gorilla tracking fee is $500 per – person. Gorilla tracking can also be done in Rwanda as well if permits can’t be got in Uganda at the time of booking.
What to bring
Wear jungle shoes suitable for steep muddy slopes and carry a rain jacket because the park is often wet.
Come with ear plugs for those who feel uncomfortable with jungle sounds.
Carry rain gear, sunscreen lotion, a hat (as the weather is unpredictable) and insect repellant
Carry packed lunch.