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7 days Great Apes Safari (high)

 

1. Entebbe – The Boma
2. Kibale NP - Kyaninga/Ndali (6 h)
3. Kibale NP - Kyaninga/Ndali
4. Queen Elizabeth NP – Katara/ Mweya (4 h)
5. Bwindi NP - Mahogany Springs/ Buhoma Lodge(6 h)
6. Bwindi NP - Mahogany Springs/ Buhoma Lodge
7. Lake Mburo NP – Mihingo (7 h)

Day 1 – Hotel Emin Pasha, Kampala:

After arriving at Entebbe International Airport, we will pick you up and head into Kampala. On your first day in Uganda, you can chose to either get acclimatized over a full body massage in the Spa, or, if you are out for adventure, go for a trip into the seething, pulsating heart of Kampala.

You will be staying at the Emin Pasha, a boutique Hotel close to, yet seemingly a world apart from the hustle and bustle of Kampala street life. Excellent food and service will guarantee you a perfect beginning to an amazing trip!

Day 2 – Ndali Lodge, Kibale Forest National Park:

We are heading out to western Uganda. Approaching our destination, we slowly begin ascending to the higher altitudes of Fort Portal in close proximity with the Rwenzori Mountains. Kyaninga Lodge/Ndali Lodge (Description of Lodge follows) is your home for now and is located conveniently close to Kibale Forest National Park, home to over 600 chimpanzees.

Day 3 – Ndali Lodge, Kibale Forest National Park:

It’s going to be a looong day! But full of marvel! Today, get ready to join the researchers in their work following a group of chimpanzees in the forest. The aim is to get the chimps accustomed or habituated to human presence without interfering in their natural behavior. This is important, as the only way to generate funds urgently needed for the conservation of man’s closest relative (Did you know that we share up to 98% of a chimp’s genes? That makes us 98% chimp!) is through enabling people to catch a glimpse of them. While accompanying the researchers in their work, you have the chance of seeing the chimps de-nesting early in the morning, foraging and playing during the day, and building new nests for the night in the evening.

After this you will be more than looking forward for some relaxing time at the lodge.

Day 4 – Mahogany Springs, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

Much of the road to the gorillas takes you through Queen Elizabeth National Park. Elephants, Buffalo, Uganda Kob, Waterbuck and Topi are among the more common sights you can expect to see while driving through the park. Towards the end of the journey, we leave the savannah and head deep into the jungle into the home of the Mountain Gorillas! Enjoy a restful night while mentally preparing yourselves for the following morning’s trek to see Diane Fossey’s world famous mountain gorillas.

Day 5 – Mahogany Springs, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

No other activities are planned for this day except for tracking the mighty mountain gorilla, as the trek can take anything from 1 ½ to 7 hours, depending on where you will find the gorillas. Chances of seeing the gorillas are very high, as each group is closely monitored and the rangers accompanying your trek go to great lengths to ensure 100% satisfaction.

Day 6 – Mihingo Lodge, Lake Mburo National Park:

An early start sees you off to Lake Mburo National Park. The park lies in southern Uganda and apart from an incredible array of birdlife, is teeming with Impala and Uganda’s largest zebra population.

The breathtaking Mihingo Lodge is the ideal stopover, so enjoy a sundowner overlooking the waterhole, which attracts everything from buffalo, warthogs and impala to zebra, bushbuck and even the majestic eland. After nightfall use the opportunity to see the resident family of bush babies (Thick Tailed Galagos) interact with each other.

Day 7 – Lake Victoria Serena Resort, Entebbe:

How about a morning horseback safari through the steppes of Lake Mburo National Park, before hitting the road back to Entebbe via Kampala? Spend the last night of the trip at the Lake Victoria Serena Resort, not far from the airport.

 

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