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10 DAY UGANDA GORILLAS AND WILDLIFE FLYING OUT SAFARI

Uganda is the only country where you can get  experience with Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Tree-Climbing Lions, Boat Safaris where you can get up close to Hippos, Major Game Driving Parks, and Cultural Experiences

In this 10 Day Uganda gorillas and wildlife Flying out safari, you will have to have to tick off all the wildlife and games. You will have a nice time to trek the two main primates, such as Chimpanzees and Mountain Gorillas

We also have a very interesting cultural experience to meet the amazing Batwa Pygmies of Bwindi, the original inhabitants of this forest.

All in all, this is a great value, express wildlife adventure that could only be done in Uganda.

DAY 1: PICK UP FROM ENTEBBE AIRPORT AND TRANSFER TO YOUR HOTEL

Arrival at Entebbe international airport, you will be met by our knowledgeable expert guide and will be briefed about your itinerary and  Uganda, later you will be transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 2: TRANSFER TO MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

After early morning breakfast, we set off on a long drive to Murchison Falls National Park. Travel off the beaten track as we drive north, passing the ancient Nyero Rock Paintings near Soroti. Time permitting, you may break your journey at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the only place where you can see wild rhinos in Uganda and trek them.

This incredible experience enables you to get up close with the endangered Rhino’s which are protected and cared for in the sanctuary. Continue to Uganda’s largest national park, Murchison Falls which is split by the gushing waters of the River Nile and is home to a rich population of big games and primates. Visit the Top of the Falls and feel the force of the River Nile under your feet as the half a kilometer-wide river narrows to just 7m wide and cascades down through a 45m drop, known as the Devils Cauldron. The Falls are believed to be the most powerful natural flow of water anywhere on earth.

Overnight stay at your accommodation

DAY 3: GAME DRIVE IN MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK.

Set off early morning on a game drive in the Nyamsika plateau to see the Cape buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffes, Uganda kob, hartebeest, and waterbucks. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, shy sitatunga, bush duiker, warthog, and bush pig plus large carnivores including lions, leopards, and spotted hyenas. Chimpanzees and olive baboons head the list of six species of primates found in the park. During the afternoon enjoy a boat safari on the Victoria Nile River. Over a 17km stretch enjoy sightings of hippos, crocodiles, elephant, waterbuck, and Uganda Kob.

The boat will stop just tens of meters from the sinister, frothing, and bubbling base of the falls where you can take pictures of the majestic Murchison Falls.

Overnight stay at your accommodation.

DAY 4: TRANSFER TO KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

After a relaxed breakfast, depart to Kibale Forest National Park, in Western Uganda. This journey will be rewarded with stunning views as you pass small villages and local markets and a fantastic view of tea plantation sceneries en-route to the ‘Mountains of the moon’ region.

Kibale National Park (also known as the primate capital of East Africa) is an incredibly diverse forest and home to over 335 bird species (some rare or endemic) and 13 species of primates including the chimpanzee, red colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest monkey, blue monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, black-faced Vervet monkeys, baboons, pottos and bush babies.

Overnight stay at your accommodation.

DAY 5: CHIMPANZEE TRACKING IN KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK.

Today the forest opens its doors for an exhilarating chimpanzee tracking experience. Kibale Forest is reputable for having the greatest variety and the highest concentration of primates in East Africa.

Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black and white colobus monkey, and many others. Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will spend an unforgettable hour with them as they go about their daily life – feeding, playing, grooming, taking care of their young, howling and screeching, in their natural habitat. Return to the lodge for lunch.  Enjoy an afternoon at leisure or visit the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary for a nature walk – it is one of the many wetlands to visit in Uganda. The Sanctuary features 8 primate species, numerous other interesting mammals, over 200 bird species, many reptiles, and uncounted varieties of trees, shrubs, and vines.

Overnight stay at your accommodation

DAY 6: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park (following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range for most of the journey) and enjoy an en-route game drive to the lodge where you will enjoy lunch.

Enjoy an afternoon game drive around the Mweya Peninsular and the Kasenyi mating ground of the Uganda Kobs, search for lions, elephants, buffaloes, and other wild animals in their natural habitat or relax around the pool.

Overnight stay at your accommodation.

DAY 7: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK FOR A GAME DRIVE AND BOAT SAFARI

The day begins early as we start with a morning game drive, or you can book the lion tracking experience. The park’s diverse ecosystem of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes, and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife.

Look out for buffaloes, lions, elephants, and other wildlife in their natural habitat. In the afternoon (from 15h00 to 17h00) enjoy a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural waterway between Lake Edward and Lake George. This cruise will be one of the highlights of your safari as you sight abundant birdlife and view elephants, buffaloes, and hundreds of hippos cooling off at the shores. Continue after the boat cruise with game drives in the Kasenyi plains area where you can find the Uganda Kobs, lions, elephants, buffaloes, and more.

Overnight stay at your accommodation. 

DAY 8: TRANSFER TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK VIA A GAME DRIVE.

The day begins early as we start with game drives. We head towards Bwindi, driving through the Ishasha sector, which is famous for its tree-climbing lions. While driving through the verdant countryside, you will pass traditional homesteads and enjoy panoramic views of the Rwenzori Mountains. In the afternoon arrival in Bwindi National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas

Overnight stay at your accommodation.

DAY 9: MOUNTAIN GORILLA TREK AND BATWA EXPERIENCE

Early morning depart from the lodge to the trailhead at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for your mountain gorilla tracking experience. After the briefing (touches on aspects of gorilla behavior, details on the gorilla family you’ll track as well as safety precautions) your adventure will start! Gorilla tracking can be strenuous, and a certain level of fitness is required.

Tracking can take from 2 – 6 hours to three-quarters of the day, so one needs to prepare for both. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in Africa, if not the world. Mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) are a critically endangered species. At least 400 mountain gorillas inhabit the Bwindi Mountains and live at altitudes from 1,160m – 2,607m above sea level. There is a feeling of mutual understanding as you watch them in their home, going about their daily business.

Youngsters will often show off, jumping to demonstrate their motor skills. Silverbacks may beat their chests as a sign of dominance, an exhilarating experience! Or they may just sit peacefully as a family, chomping on bamboo and grooming each other, watching you with the same intrigue you are showing them. Gorilla tracking is for sure a life-changing and once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Daily visits have an impact on gorilla activity patterns, and are a source of animal stress – therefore the firm justification for the “only spend one-hour” rule. This is adequate time for photography and observing these great primates in their natural habitat. Afterward, return to base where your driver will be waiting to transfer you to the lodge to enjoy leisure time, or you can book the Batwa Experience.

Known as the “Keepers of the Forest” the enchanting Batwa pygmies of Bwindi are a hunter-gatherer tribe that has lived side-by-side with the wildlife of this park for hundreds of years. The Batwa Experience is a hands-on historical and cultural encounter during which the Batwa demonstrate and describe their traditional way of life as hunter-gatherers.

Overnight stay at your accommodation.

DAY 10: AERO LINK FLIGHT TO ENTEBBE AND DEPARTURE

Enjoy the morning at leisure, before your transfer to the Kihihi Airstrip (about 1 hour from the lodge) for your flight by light aircraft to Entebbe International Airport.

From the team at African Expert Safaris, we wish you safe travels, and may your incredible memories of this 10 Day Uganda gorillas and wildlife Flying out safari tour stay with you long after you return home.

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