9 DAYS ADVENTURE & WILDLIFE SAFARI

9 Days Adventure & Wildlife Safari

This 9 Days Adventure & Wildlife Safari: takes you to some of the Uganda’s best attractive places for all your adventure experience. The safari will first take you to Jinja Town located in south-eastern Uganda about 87 km from Kampala City. It is where the source of the River Nile is located about 2 km from the Jinja Town. The safari will continue to the Murchison Falls National Park, the largest national park in Uganda, renowned for its scenic beauty and the spectacular falls from which it derives its name. The sight and sound of the falls as the Mighty Nile River crashes through a 7-meter gorge before tumbling 40 meters down in a thunderous explosion makes a memorable assault on the senses. You will enjoy memorable game drives, a boat cruise and viewing of the mesmerizing scenery in this national park. This safari will take you to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will see abundant bio-diversity of wildlife, amazing picturesque scenery and to enjoy a relaxing boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel with awesome opportunities to spot water birds and animals basking on the shores. The climax of the Adventure & Wildlife Safari will be an encounter with the elusive Mountain Gorillas in the famous Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and to interact with the former forest people, the Batwa, who used to live in this forest before it was gazetted as a national Park.

Activities

  • Boat cruise
  • Birding 
  • Game drive
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Gorilla trekking
  • Community visit

Travel Schedule

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda and briefing on safari plan
Day 2: Travel to Jinja and Tour of Source of the Nile
Day 3: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
Day 4: Game Drive and Boat Cruise
Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 6: Chimpanzee Tracking – Evening Game Drive
Day 7: Launch Cruise and Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 8: Gorilla Trekking
Day 9: Drive back to Entebbe

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to accommodation 

On your arrival in Entebbe, you will be welcomed and transferred by a representative of Ssemambo Alex Tours & Travel to your place of accommodation. You will spend an overnight here and get a briefing of the tour.

Accommodation in Entebbe

Luxury Lodge: 2 Friends Beach Hotel / Best Western Premier / Protea Hotel

Moderate: Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel / Airport View Hotel / Pineapple Guest House

Budget facility: Peniel Beach Hotel / Acacia Beach Hotel /  Hotel Royal Nest

Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

Day 2: Transfer to Jinja – Source of the Nile Tour

Our guide will pick you at 7.00am from where you are residing and drive you to Jinja in the eastern part of the country.  You will have a brief stopover at Mabira Forest, the largest remaining tropical forest in Central Uganda and continue to the source of the Nile in Jinja. You will explore the source of the Nile by boat and later have a brief drive through this historical town before heading to your accommodation.

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge: Source of the Smile / Surjio’s Guest House / 2 Friends Guest House

Moderate: Holland Park / Nile Village Hotel & Spa / Gately on the Nile

Budget: Al-Nisaa Hotel & Spa / Brisk Hotel Triangle / Chel & Vade Cottages

Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

Day 3: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

After an early breakfast, we will set off for the tranquil Murchision Falls National Park. You will have a stopover at Ziwa rhino sanctuary for a rhino tracking experience and then after head for lunch. You will thereafter transfer to Murchison Falls National Park and checkin at your lodge where you will spend the night.

Accommodation

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Nile Safari Lodge/ Bakers Lodge

Mid-range: Fort Murchison (in rooms)/ Murchison River Lodge

Budget: Fort Murchison in tents/ Murchison River Lodge in tents / Red Chili

Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

Day 4: Game drive and boat cruise

After breakfast, proceed for a game drive on the northern bank of the Nile, giving you a great chance of seeing animals such as giraffes, elephants, lions, hartebeests and different species of birds. After Lunch, the safari will be continued with a boat cruise on the Victoria Nile to the base of the tranquill Murchison Falls. Look out for the Nile crocodile, hippos, water bucks and a variety of bird species. Upon reaching the bottom of the waterfalls you will disembark and climb your way up to the Top of the Falls where you will be rewarded with amazing views of the falls. After return to your beautiful lodge, and enjoy the good night`s rest.

Accommodation

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Nile Safari Lodge/ Bakers Lodge

Mid-range: Fort Murchison (in rooms)/ Murchison River Lodge

Budget: Fort Murchison in tents/ Murchison River Lodge in tents / Red Chili

Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

Day 5: Murchison Falls National Park – Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early morning breakfast, you will check out and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park in western Uganda. You will have packed lunch en route and then proceed for an evening game drive en route to your lodge where you will check in and spend the night.

Accommodation

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge / Jacana Lodge

Mid-range:  Bush Lodge (in rooms) / Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Buffalo Safari Resort/ Enganzi Lodge/ Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget: Kazinga Channel View Lodge/ Simba Safari Camp in tents/ Bush Lodge in tents

Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking – Evening game drive

Morning Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge where you will be allowed to have a fascinating encounter with the chimpanzees. Later you will return to the lodge for your early lunch and then head out for an evening game drive in the Ishasha sector in search for tree climbing lions. Other game to see include elephants, gazelles, waterbucks, buffaloes, hippos among others. Relax at your lodge for the overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge / Jacana Lodge

Mid-range:  Bush Lodge (in rooms) / Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Buffalo Safari Resort/ Enganzi Lodge/ Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget: Kazinga Channel View Lodge/ Simba Safari Camp in tents/ Bush Lodge in tents

Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

Day 7: Morning launch cruise – Transfer to Bwindi

After an early morning breakfast, proceed directly to the head of the Mweya Peninsular to conduct a launch trip on the Kazinga Channel which is home to one of the largest concentrations of hippopotamus, as well as herds of elephants, buffalo, and other wildlife that come to drink from the river. The Kazinga also attracts a tremendous variety of bird species including the African Eagle, Open-Billed Stork, and Pied Kingfishers. Thanks to the abundant birdlife that is sighted, and the elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari. After the boat cruise, you will head for an evening game drive and enjoy the stunning sceneries over the Albertine rift escarpment, the beautiful savannah grasslands and have a possible dip in the pool. You will have packed lunch and then transfer to your lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where you will spend the night as you wait to track the forest gentles the following morning.

Accommodation

Luxury: Mahogany Springs Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Rushanga Gorilla Satari Lodge.

Mid-range: Gorilla Resort Bwindi /Gorilla Safari Lodge / Lake Mutanda Resort/ Gorilla Mist Camp.

Budget: Buhoma community Rest camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge

Meal plan: Full Board Basis

Day 8: Gorilla trekking

The most exciting day of your safari! The briefing is at 8 am and you will learn about gorilla etiquette. Then you will start walking and hiking in the impenetrable forest until you find the gorillas. For one hour, you are allowed to watch those majestic giants! Depending on the duration of the track you can either relax in the afternoon at the lodge and just enjoy the view or go for a walk around and explore the village or walk up to the highest football field with the best view ever. Also today, you will carry a packed lunch.

Accommodation

Luxury: Mahogany Springs Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Rushanga Gorilla Satari Lodge.

Moderate: Gorilla Resort Bwindi /Gorilla Safari Lodge / Lake Mutanda Resort/ Gorilla Mist Camp.

Budget: Buhoma community Rest camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge

Meal plan: Full Board Basis

Day 9: Transfer back to Entebbe

Our guide will drive you back to Entebbe where you will relax before catching your departure flight.

END OF SAFARI

The Safari package includes:

  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • 4WD safari vehicle with pop-up roof
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Rhino trekking fees
  • Ferry crossing fees
  • Boat trips
  • Visit to the top of the Murchison falls fee
  • Chimpanzee trekking permit in Kyambura Gorge, Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Gorilla trekking permit for $600 per person
  • Services of an English Speaking Driver/guide.
  • Game drives
  • Community visit fees
  • Guided nature walks
  • Pick up and Return airport transfers.

The Safari package excludes expenses of a personal nature such as:

  • Other drinks
  • Laundry
  • Tips to local guides
  • Telephone expenses
  • Porter fees while trekking Gorillas and Chimpanzees
  • Personal insurance
  • Cigarettes

Requirements for the Gorilla Trek Uganda & Wildlife Safari

  • A Visa – you can apply for the visa online or very easily get one at the point of entry into the country (airport)
  • Chimpanzee and Gorilla trekking permits – You can apply and secure these online but experience has shown that it is better coordinated when you send money to the tour firm to handle it for you at no extra cost to the standard fee (USD700)
  • Travel & Health insurance – This should be arranged by you in your home country before you travel.
  • Physical fitness
  • Good camera for photography

SAFARI TRANSPORT

Standard 4X4 Safari Vans/Land cruisers

Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari van and Land cruisers with open roof tops customized for game viewing and photography.  Each Safari van/Land cruiser comes with a professionally trained driver/guide with fuel for the whole safari. Each client is entitled to a window seat and can take up to 8-10 people. We also have very comfortable super customs which can carry up 6 people with their luggage also have small vehicles like Alphads, Harrier and much more that can carry 4-5 people.

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