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Spirit of Uganda

Spirit of Uganda

8 Days | Spirit of Uganda

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Overview

Explore Uganda's most diverse forest, trek mountain gorillas, track chimpanzee in Chamburu Gorge, game/bird watching in Queen Elizabeth National Park on a boat cruise. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest the best spot for seeing a mountain gorilla family. Once you have your permit we traverse the rugged terrain and walk though awe inspiring jungle to where the gorillas were last spotted, then we track them (permits excluded). Gorillas aside, the birding is spectacular! Low season price quoted.

 
 
 
 

Day 1: Arrival Entebbe

You'll will arrive at Entebbe International Airport, where you will be met by your driver and taken to the Boma Hotel for your first night. Depending on your flight times, you may have a chance to visit Ngamba Island and the sanctuary for chimpanzees located there (additional cost). Your first night will be spent in comfort at the converted residential home that is the Boma Hotel with a gourmet meal available on request. The former seat of Uganda's government, Entebbe just a short drive from the current capital and offers plenty to keep you entertained. Visit the beaches along the banks of Lake Victoria, stroll around the fields and forests of the Botanical Gardens, or pay a visit to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a haven for country's remaining chimps.

 

Day 2: Entebbe to Bwindi

You'll be picked up from the hotel and driven to the local domestic airport to catch your scheduled flight to the Kihihi Airstrip near the Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth National Parks. With just over an hour to admire the aerial view, you will then be driven to your lodge through local villages and mountain roads - a scenic route for sure!

Arrive at the lodge and settle in. Spend the afternoon exploring the most diverse forest in Uganda on foot, taking in the home of over 100 mammals, 300 bird species and 160 different tree species. Up to 200 different types of butterfly can also be identified and enjoyed.

Alternatively, you can visit a local village and school, learning more about the culture of the pygmy people of the area and picking up the odd handmade crafts along the way.

Spend the evening relaxing in the upper levels of the lodge, enjoying a delicious dinner and discussing the day's events in front of a warm fireplace.

 

Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Today, you will do the first of two potential treks through the forest, looking for your first sighting of a wild gorilla! Often just metres away from the magnificent primates, your chance to see a family group of the rare mountain gorillas will put you in a small minority of people. Although there are only 850 left in the wild, success rates are at 95% - odds are good your trip will be successful!

Pre-booking is essential for gorilla trekking as gorilla permits must be applied for and released before you travel. When you have spent your time watching the gorillas go about their day, you will return to the lodge and take a guided afternoon forest walk or community walk if time allows.

Treks can last between 30 minutes and 6 hours, and can be fairly strenuous as they take place at high altitudes. Some gorillas live in areas that are only accessible by vehicle, but all transport requirements will be taken care of!

 

Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

If you have pre-booked a second gorilla trekking permit, you'll set out after breakfast to spend a second day in the company of the primates. No two visits are ever the same, the more time you spend with them, the more you will see and appreciate.

Otherwise, you can enjoy other activities in the area, including forest walks, visit to a local school or orphanage or Batwa pygmy village and curio shopping.

Take a walk with your experienced guide and enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest. Bird watching is outstanding and you could even glimpse some of the many monkey species living in the forest canopy.

The community walk takes 3 to 4 hours, visit the homes and buildings of the villages and watch banana brewing demonstrations, you may even meet traditional medicine healers.

Finally, the visit to the Batwa pygmy village is a full day activity allowing you to experience their living arrangements, day to day life and even a forest hunt.

 

Day 5: Bwindi to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Depart Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the morning and drive to Isasha in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you will spend some time in the local homesteads and enjoy your first game drive - the chance to see huge herds of buffalo, elephant, and the famous tree-climbing lions that are found in this area.

Visiting the homesteads, learn about the crops and curios produced in the local area. Visit the elephant trench project, an initiative to try prevent elephants raiding crops. This is an extremely interesting cultural experience which will enhance your knowledge of the people in the area.

Volcanic craters, grassy plains, tropical forest and giant lakes connected by a channel groaning with hippos - they're all at the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Plus around 100 mammal types, 606 bird species. The Kasinga Channel is said to contain the world's largest concentration of hippos! Plus buffalo, aquatic sitatunga antelope, giant forest hog.

 

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park

You'll spend the day in the Ishasha sector of the National Park, viewing game and watching the local wildlife go about daily life without having to worry about meeting a schedule. The park's most famous region is the Ishasha sector, which hosts an impressive array of wildlife including tree-climbing lions which are found in the low-lying branches of the native fig trees.

Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors an unforgettable experience. Located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya Safari Lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the 'Mountains of the Moon' and overlooks the Kazinga Channel which links two of the Nile's great lakes ? Lake George and Lake Edward.

Mweya Safari Lodge offers a little luxury in the wilderness. All the rooms have wonderful views of the channel and the Lodge offers a range of activities and attractions including game drives, boat trips, wild life viewing and more.

 

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park

The Mweya sector of the park is your base for the day, Mweye offers excellent game watching in a diverse landscape. Cruise along the Kasinga Channel and get up close and personal with the water based animals and view the fishing villages along the banks of the Mweya Peninsula.

The Kasinga Channel is home to herds of elephant, buffalo and antelope, and the shores are home to a variety of birds including migratory species. Pods of hippo and large crocodiles rest in the water and give you a chance to enjoy a different scene for game viewing.

One of the strangest features of the landscape in Mweya is the appearance of the Euphorbia, or "candelabra" tree, a plant that comes in a variety of forms, the strangest of which is found here.

Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors a spectacular experience of luxury in the wilderness. All of the rooms have wonderful views of the channel. The Lodge offers a range of activities and attractions: game drives, boat trips, wild life viewing and more.

 

Day 8: Departure

Breakfast will start your final day in Uganda, which will see you travelling to the Chamburu Gorge to enjoy some chimpanzee trekking.

The forest is alive with the sounds of the wildlife, with birds in the canopy, a bubbling stream and a large variety of mammals to watch out for. Of course, everyone will stay concentrated looking for chimpanzees - although these are habituated, they are wild animals and sightings cannot be guaranteed. The trek itself is exhilarating, and well worth it even if the primates do not make an appearance.

You'll then depart to the airstrip to return to Entebbe, enjoying lunch at some point during the day. You can fly out from Entebbe on this day, or choose to stay an additional night before a flight the following day.

Please note:Two gorilla tracking opportunities are included but the permits are excluded. Chimpanzee trek with a permit cost of US$50 per person. (Price is based on travel in low season. Please contact us for travel rates at other times.). End of tour
You'll be dropped off at the airport.

 


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The tour package inclusions at a glance:
Items that are included in the price.
    • Park fees (For non-residents)
    • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
    • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
    • A professional driver/guide
    • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
    • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
The tour package exclusions at a glance:
Items that are not included in the cost of tour.
    • International flights (From/to home)
    • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
    • Tips (Tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
    • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
    • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
    • Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
    • Drinks