Safari Code: SWP001
Safari Duration (Days): 10
Price (USD): 5390
Custom Tags: Uganda, Conservation Based
This itinerary is most suitable for one wishing to concentrate on the primates i.e. Gorillas and Chimpanzees amongst other species of the primates family or wishing to go on a primate extension after a wildlife safari in either Kenya or Tanzania. At the moment it is possible to fly “almost” direct from the world famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Brief Itinerary

Day
Place
Highlights
Hotel
1
Entebbe
Arrival & transfer to your Hotel
Boma Guest House
2
Mabamba and depart for Kibale Park
Game watching and boat ride, then depart to Kibale Rainforest
The Primate Lodge
3
Kibale Rainforest National Park
Chimpanzee Trekking & guided walk in Bigodi swamp
The Primate Lodge
4
Kibale - Queen Elizabeth Park
Afternoon game drive
Mweya Safari Lodge
5
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Chimpanzee trek with boat ride
Mweya Safari Lodge
6
Queen Elizabeth to Ishasha
Afternoon game drives
Ishasha Wilderness Camp
7
Ishasha - Bwindi National Park
Morning game drive & Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Engagi Lodge
8
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Gorilla Trekking, overnight in Bwindi National Park
Engagi Lodge
9
Bwindi - Lake Mburo National Park
Game viewing in the afternoon
Mihingo Lodge
10
Lake Mburo - Entebbe
Morning guided hike & travel to Entebbe Int, Airport for departure
N/A

Pricing

Travel Date
Price Per Person
Single Room Supplement
Easter Supp (10-13 April 2020)
Xmas & new year supp (24,25,26,31 Dec & 01 Jan)

Green Season

April / May / November

1pax: USD. 7,490.00 pps
2pax: USD. 6,050.00 pps
3pax: USD. 5,690.00 pps
4pax: USD. 5,390.00 pps
USD. 820.00pp
USD. 40pppd
*The pricing is indicative. Pricing depends on the season and number of travelers.

Other Information

  • Arrival / departure transfers in Entebbe
  • Transport and exclusive use of our custom safari built 4 x 4 Landcruiser with a pop-up roof for game viewing at all destinations
  • All Park entrance fees to the mentioned parks & reserves
  • English speaking driver/guide, conversant with the proposed destinations
  • Unlimited game drives / activities (Chimpanzee and Gorilla premits) as per the itinerary
  • Bed & breakfast accommodation in Entebbe, otherwise full board basis while on safari
  • Unlimited drinking water & fruits in the car
  • Any items of personal nature such as beverages, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc
  • International flights and visas to Kenya
  • Tips / gratuities for the camp / lodge staff and your driver / guide
  • Medical / Travel insurance
  • Entrance fees for cultural visits and schools
  • Change in itinerary
  • Any extras not mentioned above such as extra meals or activities
Important notes;

Visas;
Ugandan visas are required by citizens of the European Union, the USA and Japan; other nationals basically with the principle of reciprocity. Entry visas can be applied online http://www.visas.immigration.go.ug/ or gotten on arrival, applicants must have a valid travel document not less than 6 months from the date of departure. A single entry visa costs US$ 50, and is valid for three months.
NB- The EAC Tourist visa allows you to visit Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda within 90 days and costs US$ 100

Booking Terms & Conditions
1) All quotations are net /non-commissionable and inclusive of statutory taxes/levies.
2) Once a booking is confirmed, an invoice will be sent, after which payment should be made immediately to secure bookings.
3) We shall NOT be liable for any excursions or extra services NOT booked through our offices while on tour.
4) For payments made in cash, US Dollar notes older than 2006 are not accepted, US$ 2 bills not accepted as well.
5) Invoices are subject to a fee of US$ 35.00 towards International Bank Telegraphic transfer charges.

Gorilla Permits
Gorilla permits are confirmed via payment of US$ 600 per permit to Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), who confirm the permits on first come first serve basis. Primate Expeditions Ltd shall NOT be held responsible if at the time of receipt of payments the permits will not be available.
NB:
a) Gorilla Permits based on current Government Park Tariffs. Park fees are subject to change without prior notice.
b) Gorilla permits are non-refundable & non-transferable

Cancellation Policy: The cancellation policy for safari sector excludes permits policy:
a) To cancel any reservation, Primate Expeditions Ltd must be notified in writing as soon as possible.
b) Notice of cancellation is only effective when it is received in writing.
c)  In such case the following cancellation charges will be payable on accommodation and related services:
 i. If cancelled 60 days and over - No charges.  
ii. If cancelled 59 - 36 days and under, 45% cancellation charges will apply   
iii. If cancelled 35 - 16 days and under, 75% cancellation charges will apply   
iv. If cancelled 15 days and under, 100% cancellation charges will apply
d) Unused portion of any Safari or Tour is not refundable.
e) The small and up market properties such as Apoka Lodge, Clouds Gorilla Mountain Lodge, Semliki lodge and Pineapple Bay and any other as advised at the time of quotation/booking may require a non-refundable deposit to guarantee bookings. This will be communicated at the time of booking.
Joanne Kiao
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+254 733888027

Key

BB:
Bed & Breakfast
Half Board:
2 Meals per day (Breakfast / Dinner)
Full Board:
3 Meals per day (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Eco-status:
Indicates the Environmentally friendly/ sustainable approach of the hotel
Eco-friendly status:
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Entebbe

Arrival can take place at any time of the day though we would recommend from noon onwards for guaranteed hotel check-in. Upon arrival, your private safari guide / vehicle will be waiting to pick you up and transfer you to your overnight hotel which will be about 10 minutes drive within Entebbe. Entebbe is one of Uganda’s main towns and a more of a residential area hence no much traffic is expected. All meals on this day will be payable direct. Overnight at THE BOMA GUEST HOUSE.

Meal Plan: All Meals Payable

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Day 2

Excursion to Mabamba (Shoebill Tour) and thereafter depart for Kibale Rainforest National Park

After breakfast your safari driver guide will pick you up and transfer you to the Mabamba wetland on Lake Victoria. You will board a small boat the so-called Mokoro i.e. dugout boats to explore the narrow canals of the Papyrus marsh. You will come across many different species of birds whilst searching for the legendary bird, SHOEBILL named after its mighty beak, the bird is one of Uganda's landmarks. At about 1000 hrs depart to Kibale Rainforest National Park driving Southwest of Uganda to Fort Portal. Enjoy a packed/picnic lunch on the way as a long drive will be involved. Your driver guide will gladly provide you with information about the country and its people. Fort Portal is located in the "shadow of the Moon Mountains". This is the name of the impressive Ruwenzori Mountains. Arrive at your accommodation late afternoon. The day ends comfortably while you listen to the sounds of nature. A wonderful bird and butterfly world has found your home in the rainforest. Dinner and overnight at THE PRIMATE LODGE. (B, L & D)

Accommodation

Meal Plan: Full Board

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Day 3

Full day in Kibale Rainforest National Park

Breakfast at your lodge and thereafter transferred to the chimpanzee trekking base. After a brief orientation depart for the Chimpanzee trekking with your local ranger to see these amazing creatures closest to us. Like us, chimps are highly social animals, care for their offspring for years and can live to be over 50 years. Chimps usually travel on all fours, though they can walk on their legs like humans for as far as a mile. They use sticks to fish termites out of mounds and bunches of leaves to sop up drinking water. The probability of actually finding the primates is 95%. Sometimes they hide up in the trees and it's not easy to spot them. In addition to the chimpanzees, there are also other primates that are native in this forest such Colobus monkeys, red monkeys, diadem black-backed white-nosed meerkats and many other species. Over 300 species of birds and 140 species of butterflies make the forest an oasis for nature lovers. The chimpanzee trekking takes about 2 - 4 hours and you cover a distance of 3 - 5km back. Afternoon at leisure or take a guided walk in the Bigodi Swamp excellent for birders as well as other primates. All meals and overnight at THE PRIMATE LODGE.

Tip: Instead of the normal chimpanzee trekking, the habituation can also be booked for a surcharge. Here you have much more time in a smaller group. Take a hike through the Bigodi Swamps in the morning. Many different plant species, bird species and many more make the hike unique.

Accommodation

Meal Plan: Full Board

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Day 4

Drive to QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK (Northern sector)

In the morning proceed on to Queen Elizabeth National Park driving along the mighty Ruwenzori Mountains to arrive at your accommodation in time for lunch. After lunch depart for an extended game drive in the Uganda's most famous national park until the evening. Dinner and overnight at MWEYA SAFARI LODGE.

Accommodation

Meal Plan: Full Board

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Day 5

Full day in QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK (Northern sector)

A busy day awaits you today. In the morning you start chimpanzee trek in the Kyambura valley. The 16km long canyon forms a natural border with the Kyambura Wildlife Sanctuary to the east. It is especially a strong landscape in contrast to the open grass savanna. The gorge forms a closed habitat for the chimpanzees and the probability of seeing the animals is very high. After a 3-hour hike, a boat trip on the Kazinga Canal awaits you at 1600 hrs. In addition to the hippos and crocodiles in the water you can see much wildlife near the shore - a great opportunity to observe the animals from the boat up close and take pictures. With the sun setting, you will return and a last observation tour takes you back to your accommodation. All meals and overnight at MWEYA SAFARI LODGE.

Note: The chances of seeing the chimpanzees here are slightly lower than in Kibale Forest. But the hike through the gorge is unique.

Accommodation

Meal Plan: Full Board

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Day 6

Drive to ISHASHA – Southern part of QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Early morning game and breakfast. Thereafter depart for Ishasha area famous for its tree climbing lions that can sometimes be spotted resting in the branches of the large fig trees. Arrive at your camp set along a river in time for lunch. Afternoon game drive at your convenience. Dinner and overnight at ISHASHA WILDERNESS CAMP.

Meal Plan: Full Board

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Day 7

Drive to BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

After morning wake up teas / coffees, check-out from your accommodation and depart for a morning game drive and with a bit of luck you may spot the tree climbing lions. Ishasha Wilderness organizes a fantastic bush-breakfast which is always a different experience in the wilderness. Thereafter proceed through the so-called "Switzerland of Africa" past the highlands of Kigezi's all the way to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It is the home to half of the world's remaining mountain gorillas. Nine other primate species are found here too. The name Bwindi Impenetrable is as a result of the landscape i.e. the dense mountain rain forest that developed since the Ice Age and the shrub and bush vegetation provide an ideal habitat for the primates. You will arrive at your accommodation in the afternoon located at an altitude of 2300m. Enjoy the view of the rainforest and the rest of the day at your leisure. Dinner and overnight at ENGAGI LODGE.

Accommodation

Meal Plan: Full Board

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Day 8

Gorilla Trekking – Overnight at BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Gorilla trekking base which is a few minutes’ drive from the lodge. A briefing / Gorilla trek orientation will be provided to you and especially one need to pay attention to the guidelines provided. You will then proceed into the mountain rainforest with the ranger. The ranger follows the instructions and paths of the trackers who already left at sunrise. The trackers begin with spotting the overnight nest and from there follow their trails. As soon as they spot the gorillas your guide is informed accordingly. It is always a great and fulfilling moment when you are in the rainforest facing these "gentle jungle giants". The visit is only limited to 1 hour in order to minimize the disturbance of their natural rhythm of life. Then you head back to your accommodation. The path to the gorillas can be exhausting depending on the gorilla family being visited hence a certain fitness level is expected. It is also important that you are healthy. Even with colds / flu the access to the gorillas may be denied so that they are not endangered. A late lunch awaits you at your accommodation and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. All meals and overnight at ENGAGI LODGE.

Accommodation

Meal Plan: Full Board

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Day 9

Drive to LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

After an early breakfast, you will head to Lake Mburo National Park. It is on the way to Kampala and is all too often overlooked by travelers, but offers beautiful scenery and numerous potential activities. It is Uganda's smallest national park. Bird lovers will also get their money's worth here. More than 250 different species such as the papyrus bush shrike, black-headed lapwing or the white winged warbler can be found in the National Park. In the afternoon you will go for an extended game drive. Buffalo, Elan antelope, Oribis or Topis and many other animals can be discovered. It is also the only national park next to Kidepo where you can also watch zebras in Uganda.

Dinner and overnight at MIHINGO LODGE.

Accommodation

Meal Plan: Full Board

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Day 10

Drive back to Entebbe and outbound departure

At dawn, we head out into the wild on a guided private hike. The walk will involve 2-3 hours with a ranger to the wildlife themes “at eye level”. After a brunch at the camp, you head back to Entebbe to arrive late in the afternoon. A day room has been booked for you at The PAPYRUS GUEST HOUSE to freshen up till 1800 hrs. Depending on your international flight departure time you will then be transferred to the Entebbe International Airport.

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