8 DAY LUXURY THE AUTHENTIC AFRICAN EXPERIENCE (BEST OF UGANDA)

HIGHLIGHTS

• The most exclusive luxury Safari Camps
• Tree climbing lions and game
• Inland flight is included
• Chimpanzee and Gorilla Permits are included
• Boat Safari

PACKAGE DETAILS

DAY 1 – WELCOME TO UGANDA (TUKUSANYUKIDE, JAMBO)

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by yourTwanza tours and travel representative who will transfer you to your accommodation (approximately 20 minutes away) in Entebbe Town. 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 local town. You can visit town’s old colonial gardens or visit a nearby beach.

DAY 2 – FLIGHT TO KIHIHI AIRSTRIP

After your early morning breakfast, you will transfer to the airport where you will catch a flight to KIHIHI AIRSTRIP in Western Uganda. (Flight is just under 2hours) Upon arrival at the airstrip a representative from Twanza tours and travel will get you onto 4*4’s and ready you for your journey to the camp/accommodation where you will spend your night.

The drive from the Airstrip is truly rewarding as to the scenic endless beauty of Uganda through hills and valleys, fresh water streams and tropical forests. A complimentary massage can be request today at the Lodge. Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner will be served at the accommodation Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge or Mahogany Springs Lodge

DAY 3 – GORILLA TREKKING

After your early morning breakfast, you will walk down (5mins) to the Bwindi Impenatrable Forest National Park gate (Buhoma area) 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 Gorrilas, you can enjoy other 0ptional Activities which include: Batwa experience, Community Visit and Forest Walk Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge or Mahogany Springs Lodge

DAY 4 – JOURNEY TO HOME OF TREE CLIMBING LIONS

After Breakfast your Tour Guide for the rest of the Safari will brief you on the next experience and journey. You will travel north to our camp situated in Queen Elizabeth National Park (Ishasha Sector) along the banks of the Ntungwe River.

En route to the camp you will enjoy game drives in the southern parts of park. The landscape in this section of the magnificent park is considerably different 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 flushing ecofriendly toilet.

Optional Activities: Ishasha Community Visits, Sundowner in the Bush, Drinks and Snacks, Bush Breakfast Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Ishasha Wilderness Camp or Ishasha Jungle Lodge

DAY 5 – GAME DRIVES TO THE MWEYA SECTOR

Early this morning after breakfast, prepare for a game drive to the Mweya Sector North of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Game drives in the morning hours are truly rewarding as this is when animals are most active looking for a quick breakfast.

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 lunch, you will have a 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 waterhole 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. Tonight you will sleep to the heavy roars of the lions in the savannah.

This is truly Africa!! The lodge is a simple but luxurious owned by a Ugandan American gentleman. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Cam

DAY 6 – GAME DRIVES IN THE KASENYI PLAINS

Early this morning we shall set out for a game drive in the grasslands of Kasenyi Plains. Here you will see number Antelopes, Eland, Bushbuck and other wild life as they graze but looking out for the approximately 200 lions that call the Plains a food basket.

After lunch you will drive out of Queen Elizabeth National Park through Fort Portal town to probably the most luxurious lodge in the whole of Uganda Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge

DAY 7 – CHIMPANZEE TRACKING

After your early morning breakfast you will head straight out to Kibale National Park in Fort Portal District. Have your permits ready for the tracking experience which could take you about 2 -3 hrs after which you will transfer back to the lodge for some free time.

The most favourite of Kibale’s walks embarks on from the Kanyanchu Visitor center at 08.00 & 15.00 and lasts 2 to 3 hours. Chimpanzee are the most sought after primate by visitors, but you should look out for the black & white colobus, red tailed monkey or the grey cheeked mangabey.

Your guides will be able to show you pittas & different bird species and will give details of the tradit of the plant species within the forest.

The Kyaninga Lodge boasts stunning views over a volcanic crater lake, a swimming pool, lawn tennis and bad minton facilities as well as private massage. You can also choose to rim hike the crater or walk in the Forest. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge

DAY 8 – END OF SAFARI

Shortly after breakfast your driver/guide will drive you back to Entebbe. This is a 6hr long journey but the scenic beauty of Uganda is breathtaking.

You will drive through green tea plantations Fort Portal District en route Kampala through the rolling hills of central Uganda. NOTE: Your flight should be 10:00pm or late to allow ample time for the check in process

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 staff, 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%