11 DAYS UGANDA SAFARI AND FARM LODGE EXPERIENCE (MID RANGE)

HIGHLIGHTS

• Boat safari on the famous Kazinga Channel
• Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking
• Tree climbing Lions
• 2 game parks
• Unforgettable Lodges with breathtaking views

PACKAGE DETAILS

DAY 1 – WELCOME TO UGANDA (TUKUSANYUKIDE, JAMBO)

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by your Twanza tours and travel representative who will transfer you to your accommodation (approximately 1.5hrs away) in Kampala City. There will be an important group meeting at 6pm at your accommodation.

Please endeavor to attend the meeting. If you arrive with time to spare, spend some time visiting and getting to know the city. You can visit the nearby Museum. Meal Plan: Dinner Accommodation: Humura Resorts

DAY 2 – TRAVEL TO FORT PORTAL, KIBALE NATIONAL PARK

Early after your morning breakfast, you will meet a representative of Twanza Tours and travel who will be your Guide/Driver for your stay in Uganda. After a brief interaction and guidelines, he will get you onto one of our 4*4 vehicles and drive you to Kibale National Park, West of Uganda.

This is a 5.5hrs journey on a good paved road crossing through the rolling endless of hills of central Uganda to neat beautiful green hills of vast tea estates in Kibale and Fort Portal districts. Soon into the journey, you won’t fail to notice the beautiful picturesque environment the Pearl of Africa has to o¬er its visitors and millions of sons and daughters.

Depending on the time of arrival you will have time to explore Fort Portal town and probably the Toro Kingdom Royal Palace. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Turaco Tree Tops

DAY 3 – CHIMPANZEE TRACKING

Today after your breakfast get ready to experience some serious monkey business. Kibale Forest boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the chimpanzees. Approximately 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Uganda, which makes it a perfect place to spot them!

Here an experienced park ranger will take you Chimp Tracking in the morning and you might see other monkeys that live within the vast forest. Once you spot them you will have 1 full hour eye to eye contact with the primates. Since they are wild animals we cannot guarantee you seeing them and might have to settle for their hoots and hollers

After you can go for the swamp walk and on the way you might be able to spot other monkeys but the real highlight is catching a glimpse of the great Blue Turaco Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Turaco Tree Tops

DAY 4 – TRAVEL TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Early this morning after breakfast, you can stay and enjoy the beautiful lodge or have a crater hike. You will have lunch here and there after head south to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Soon, on arrival, prepare for a game drives in the Mweya Sector North of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Watch out for the popular lionesses Bridget and Lena with their 4 boys roaming the savannah. The park was recently designated a Biosphere Reserve for Humanity by UNESCO. It covers about 2000sq km in a remarkable ecosystem comprising of savannah grasslands, semi tropical rain forest, swamps and rivers.

After the game drives you will head to the stunning Kasenyi Safari Camp tucked away in the African bush for that magical unforgettable experience. You will sleep to the roars of lions in the Savanah. This is truly Africa!! Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Camp or Mweya Safari Lodge

DAY 5 – EXPLORE QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Soon after breakfast the game drives in Kasenyi plains will resume. Game drives in the morning hours are truly rewarding because this is when animals are most active looking for a quick breakfast. Lions and leopards are often on the move at this time.

Watch out for the popular lionesses Bridget and Lena with their 4 boys roaming the savannah. After your lunch you will take a private boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Albert. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the water to drink or bathe. You can expect to see bualo, crocodile, bathing elephant, and a range of beautiful birds.

This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Camp or Mweya Safari Camp

DAY 6 – DRIVE TO ISHASHA SECTOR

Soon after you breakfast you will set out to Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park along the banks of River Ntungwe. The landscape in this section of the magnicent park is considerably dierent from that found in other parts of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The Ishasha Sector within QENP is habitat to the internationally renowned tree-climbing lions which are actually unique to this very place. The males of these exceptional lions have black manes. The sector also home to plenty of other wild life such as the Uganda Kob and other antelopes, herds of elephants and buffaloes, hippos, baboons, leopards and many more.

After lunch you will head out on game drives in search for Tree Climbing Lions sitting lazily in the branches of the fig trees or carefully watching the jungle from an elevated view. You will stay at Ishasha Wilderness Camp, a very luxurious lodge with wonderful views over the savannah and a river packed with hippos!

Each of the ten spacious framed canvas rooms, situated in the wooded area besides the river, is comfortably furnished and has its own private en suite bathroom and dressing area providing a hot water ‘bush’ shower and a frushing ecofriendly toilet.

Optional Activities: Ishasha Community Visits, Sundowner in the Bush, Drinks and Snacks, Bush Breakfast Optional activity: Lion Tracking For visitors who yearn to get up close to wild African fauna, a research trip is a rewarding adventure.

This new and unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of lions in the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings and behavior. The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology – and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem.

This will as well gives you a 95% chance to see the lions! The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors. Costing: US$85 p.p. Kyambura Gorge Nature walk The spectacular Kyambura Gorge, also called the “Valley of Apes”, is located in the eastern corner of Queen Elizabeth.

The landscape is among the most impressive you will find in Uganda. Enter into the Gorge and you will be marveled by the verdant, rich Tropical Rain-forest right close to the Equator crossing. You can make a wonderful hike here looking for chimpanzees.

Chances of seeing chimps are 50% and that is why we rather call it a nature walk. Don’t miss it; the gorge is simply amazing! Costing: $50 us dollar p.p. One of these activities is possible on the day you drive to Ishasha Sector early in the morning. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Ishasha Jungle Lodge

DAY 7 – TRAVEL TO SOUTHERN BWINDI FOREST

Shortly after your breakfast, you will travel to the southern sector of the Bwindi Impenatrable forest in Kisoro District. This 4.5hr journey is a truly incredible journey as you will move from Dry Savannah to a very thick rain forest almost neighboring each other.

There are not many places in the world where you can experience such untouched beauty natural beauty. The Bwindi forest is home Uganda’s gentle giants. Today you will sleep in one of the 10 Luxury Mountain and Lake View chalets at the colorful and beautiful luxurious Chameleon Hill Lodge near the Lake Mutanda over-looking the Virunga Mountains in the Congo.

A variety of activities are available for you to experience such as massage, boat drives, mountain biking, culture, Batwa trail etc. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge or Mutanda Lake Resort

DAY 8 – GORILLA TREKKING

After your early morning breakfast, you will be driven to the Bwindi Impenatrable Forest National Park gate (Rushaga or Nkuringo areas) where you’ll be briefed on the Gorilla trek by the Uganda Wildlife Authorities.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest was declared a World Heritage site in 1994 because of its incredible biodiversity. This forest protects about half of the remaining 800 Mountain Gorillas. Once a trekking group encounters one of the gorilla families, only one hour is granted in the presence of the great apes before trekkers must leave, however reluctantly.

Be aware that the trek can be strenuous and may reach altitudes of almost 2,000 metres above sea level. Depending on weather conditions, some of the paths can be slippery and these paths themselves can change depending on the location of the gorillas.

Therefore it is very hard to predict how long you will need to walk for, but a very good level of fitness is recommended for this trek. You can usually get very close to the mountain gorillas, and seeing their movements is like seeing a mirror image of yourself.

From a safe distance, watch them eat, sleep, groom and play – the giant silverback surveying and guarding the scene. Enjoy a packed lunch in the wilderness. Depending on the time you finish tracking the Gorillas, you can enjoy other short Optional Activities as listed above. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge or Mutanda Lake Resort

DAY 9 – TRAVEL TO EMBURARA FARM LODGE

Shortly after breakfast we shall set off to Emburara Farm Lodge. This is a luxury farm lodge located near Lake Mburo National Park. It enhances the traveler’s experience of the unique farm life of the indigenous people. The people resident in this area are cattle keepers and the popular long horned cows greatly informs their way of life.

While at the Farm, we shall be treated to a number to a number of farm activities like Milking, herding a cattle, and taking the cows to the watering trough and many more activities that increase one’s appreciation of the long horned Ankole Cow. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Emburara Farm Lodge

DAY 10 – TRAVEL TO EMBURARA FARM LODGE

We shall stay leisurely at the lodge and later set off to the nearby Lake Mburo National Park. This is Uganda’s smallest national park but with an abundance of Zebras, Uganda Kobs, Elands and many other species of antelopes. The park also has a lake which is also teeming with hippos and crocodiles.

Recently in 2015 Uganda Wildlife Authority introduced 15 giraffes from Murchison Falls National Park. Your accommodation tonight is Rwakobo Rock Lodge situated on a beautiful lodge with very private rooms and a swimming pool over-looking a water hole where a number of animal report to quench their thirst .

The lodge was built on an elevated rock and offers great picturesque views of the park. Tonight you will head out with a ranger on a night game drive which can take about 2hrs after or before your dinner. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock Lodge

DAY 11 – END OF SAFARI

This morning you will go for a bush walk. Lake Mburo N.P. is one of two parks in Uganda where bush walks with an experienced ranger are permitted. This opportunity should not be missed. From footprints and animal droppings the ranger will be able to tell you which animal has left it and how long ago.

It is exciting to approach wildlife at such close range. After brunch at the lodge, you will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport) stopping at the equator for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping.

Please make sure your international flight is after 8pm Meal Plan: Breakfast If you choose stay longer, accommodation will be a private arrangement.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

INCLUSIONS
1. Transport in a 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser with pop-up roof for excellent safari view
2. All fuel for the tour
3. English speaking Ugandan driver/guide;
4. Water during the trip;
5. Accommodation as listed in the itinerary;
6. Meals according to the itinerary;
7. Park-entrance fees according to the itinerary;
8. All activities described in the itinerary;
9. 1 Chimpanzee permit per person (US$ 200);
10. 1 Gorilla permit per person (US$ 700)

EXCLUSIONS
1. International air fares
2. Entry visa Uganda
3. Meals that are not part of your accommodation;
4. A porter for during the gorilla tracking (someone who carries your daypack);
5. Personal (medical/travel) insurance;
6. Government tax or park fees increase;
7. Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel sta, etc;
8. All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.).

Please Note
In case the mentioned lodges are not available during the requested period, we will do our best
to book a lodge in the same class for you (of course we will only do this after consulting you). It
is not possible to ‘reserve’ gorilla and chimpanzee permits so we will buy them only after your
booking and down payment. Permits also depend on availability.

DISCLAIMER
Since Gorillas are wild animals Gorilla trekking doesn’t 100% guarantee you seeing the gorillas
although chances of seeing them are about 98%