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Uganda Primates Safari: Gorilla & Chimpanzees & Gorilla Tracking Tour
[ACUG04]: Uganda Primates Highlights Safari (8 Days)
This safari gives you the opportunity to visit the most important national parks in Uganda for primates viewing, Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth and Kibale National Parks. During the safari expect to take the Gorilla tracking walk and the chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest. You will do a lot of birding and game drives in private vehicles along the Queen Elizabeth National Park, including the boat cruise along Kazinga Channel. This trip is suitable and anybody of good to moderate health can join this tour itinerary, though the gorilla tracking can be generally the most demanding activity in terms of readiness to walk many hours in the rain tropical forest. This trip is generally available all the year as long as is possible to secure Gorilla Tracking Permits in Uganda. However, th dry seasons are most likely to guarantee a better road conditions in the parks. Learn More >
ITINERARY: Uganda Primates Highlights Safari (8 Days)
Day 1: Arrival Uganda – Kibale Forest National Park
In the morning, you arrive at the newly refurbished and modern Entebbe International Airport, where we will meet you for a welcome drink and a briefing. We then drive southwest to the Kibale Forest National Park. We pass through Ugandan villages, catching views of the Western Rift Valley as we go. This afternoon we arrive at our lodge. Overnight: Primate Lodge. Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 2: Kibale Forest National Park
This 766-square-kilometer tropical rain forest is the natural habitat for an amazing 12 primate species, and contains the highest primate density of an area on Earth. Here, on a guided forest walk, you may find families of Chimpanzees and Red Colobus Monkeys chattering and swinging through the ancient forest trees. Some of the trees are 50 to 60 meters (150 to 180 feet) in height, and provide a majestic canopy for the profusion of rain forest life, including 325 bird species. Even though you may only rarely see them, the park is home to the largest population of Forest Elephant in Uganda, and is also home to Buffalo, Uganda Kob, Genet, Civet, Waterbuck and Bushbuck. This morning we take a guided walk through this fascinating forest, following the well-marked trails. After lunch we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing more primates and other forest animals. Overnight: Primate Lodge. Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 3 and 4: Kibale Forest National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park
This morning we drive to Ishasha in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Ishasha is a much more remote and less-traveled part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, but one which has a sense of exclusivity and remoteness. The game densities here are high, and this region has reported some of the largest herds of Elephant anywhere in Uganda, as it is the main migration corridor between Uganda and the DRC. There is prolific plains game here - primarily Topi and Uganda Kob, Buffalo, Hippo and of course Elephant. There is plenty of smaller plains game and a number of primate species and this of course means that predators are in attendance. Spotted Hyaena is a common visitor, and Leopard is occasionally sighted. However, a prime attraction for Ishasha is that is has a large lion population, and the frequency of sightings for this magnificent animal is higher here than anywhere else in Uganda. An added bonus is that they have learned to climb trees to escape the midday heat and insects, and one is usually rewarded by the slightly surreal sight of anything up to six lions relaxing high up in a Sycamore Fig, Arbisia or Acacia. These are the only other lions apart from those in Tanzania’s Lake Manyara National Park known to exhibit this behaviour. Overnight: Ishasha Wilderness Camp. Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After breakfast, we travel further south to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This is a leisurely drive, taking most of the day. We climb out of the Rift Valley at first, and then travel through the Kigezi Highlands of South-Western Uganda. The scenery gets increasingly breathtaking as we switchback up and down the hills. Thirty kilometers (18 miles) before the end of our journey, we see our objective – the mist-swathed mountains of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. On arrival, we are welcomed to the luxurious Gorilla Forest Camp with hot towels and a welcome drink. We retire to our enormous tents for a hot shower (or a hot bath if you prefer), and meet later around the campfire to recount the day’s activities. After dinner, we retire for the night, lulled to sleep by the sounds of one of Africa’s most incredible natural environments.Overnight: Gorilla Forest Camp. Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 6 and 7: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
These two days activities may be amongst the most exciting and challenging of our entire expedition. The Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi are part of a worldwide population of just 600 individuals. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong either one of two habituated family groups. For up to five years each, these groups have undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually brought them to tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day and allowed a few privileged visitors to interact with them in the wild. The gorillas are by no means tame, and are completely wild animals. However, experienced guides will accompany us on our tracking, many of who have been involved in the habituation process themselves. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas’ habits and information from the previous day to locate the group’s whereabouts. Because of this, the time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as 9 hours before one returns to camp. Once the gorillas are located, our group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. This is one of the world’s truly memorable experiences – a look into one of these magnificent creatures eyes brings home the bond that exists between them and us. It also brings home the poignant fact that they are on the edge of extinction, and that our presence here contributes to ensuring their continued survival. The hour is often over all too quickly, and we slowly make our way back to camp to recount the day’s adventures. Overnight: Gorilla Forest Camp. Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Lake Mburo
Today we will travel eastwards to Lake Mburo National Park. After lunch in Mbarara, we drive to the park and check in to our camp. We enjoy an evening game drive to view the parks plains game species and birds, followed by a return to the camp to freshen up for dinner. Overnight: Mihingo Lodge. Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 9: Lake Mburo - Entebbe + Depart
After an early morning game drive, we return to Entebbe. We will arrive in time for lunch, with the afternoon at leisure or optionally doing some last-minute shopping in Kampala. If your flight departs this evening, you may opt to take a day room to rest at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel. Your tour leader will advise you on cost and options available. Later, we transfer you to the Airport for your onward arrangements. AfriChoice! airport representative will re-confirm your onward flight, and assist you at check-in. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

IMPORTANT SAFARI NOTES:
This safari gives you nothing but the best of Uganda and takes you to Bwindi Forests for endangered mountain Gorillas, Queen Elizabeth National Park for game with chimpanzee tracking and Kibale Forest for a further encounter with the chimps. On this safari, we also employ the services of a naturalist / guide who will not only tell you about the country and animals but also the birdlife and cultures of the people of Uganda. Expect to participate in the village walks to enrich your knowledge about Uganda and Africa in general. For More information concerning this exciting safari, DO NOT hesitate to Contact Us.
PRICE GUIDE: 2016-2017 Uganda Travel Planner
NO. OF
PAX
PER PERSON
SHARING TWIN
SINGLE ROOM
SUPPLEMENT
EXTRA
NIGHT
2-4
USD 4950
USD 699
USD 295
5-8
USD 4795
USD 699
USD 295
9-12
USD 4680
USD 699
USD 295
13+
USD 4625
USD 699
USD 295
ABBREVIATION KEY: NO. Of Pax = NO. Of Participants, USD = U.S. Dollar
CHILDREN POLICY : Between 2-12 Yrs= 50% of Adult, Under 2 Yrs= FREE
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Uganda Primates Safari: Gorilla & Chimpanzees & Gorilla Tracking Tour
INCLUDED In the Uganda Safari Price
Meet and Greet Services with airport assistance
Arrival and departure airport transfers with assistance
Complimentary baggage handling of two pieces per person
Free excess baggage storage in the Gateway City / Town
Express check-in with assistance in your city hotels / safari lodges
Full board accommodation whilst on Safari
Transport in a custom-built safari vehicle with window seat guarantee
At least a pair of standard Binoculars in each safari vehicle
All parks and game reserve entry gate fees including vehicle & driver fees
One Gorilla permit per person to be secured and paid for in advance
Complimentary bottled mineral water on safari and game drives
Unlimited game viewing drives per day whilst on safari
Services of an English - speaking and professional safari driver/guide
Guided Pre-Departure Shopping Tour at an African Market or Arts Store
NB: Government taxes and levies are EXCLUDED
EXCLUDED In the Uganda Safari Price
International Airfares
Tourist entry Visa to Uganda (If required for your nationality)
Accommodation in your City Hotels (Extra Nights / Day Room)
Travel Insurance Cover, Personal or Baggage (Recommended)
International airport(s) departures taxes (if not included in your ticket)
Optional excursions not mentioned in the inclusions and/or quoted separately
Expenses of personal nature such as phone calls, internet, laundry etc.
All alcoholic drinks, wines and spirits.
Tips and gratuities to driver guides/lodge/hotel staff
All other extras not mentioned in the 'included'
VALUE ADDED FEATURES: The AfriChoice! Difference
Membership to AMREF's Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuation Programme*
Illustrated Spectrum Guide® to Africa Wildlife Safaris and Animal Spotter®
Assorted and Pre-Stamped 'AfriChoice!® African Safari Post Cards
Complimentary 'AfriChoice!® Authentic African Safari Hat

NB: The AMREF's Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuation Programme ONLY covers the cost of evacuating the casualties from emergency site to the nearest hospital by air or ground ambulance but does not cover hospitalization bills.
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