Uganda’s Ultimate Expedition: Chimps, Gorillas, and Lions

8 Days
From $
Activity Level
Light
Transport
4X4 Landcruiser
Comfort Level
Luxury

Trip Overview

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda
Day 2: Road trip to Kibale Forest National Park
Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking
Day 4: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 5: Park Game drive and Boat ride
Day 6: Visit Lake Mutanda and Bwindi Forest
Day 7: Mountain Gorilla Trekking
Day 8: travel to Kigali

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda

An AA Safaris tour driver will receive you happily at the pickup point; Entebbe airport and will drive you
to your hotel in Kampala. Enjoy the breeze from Lake Victoria as you drive by the open Ssese beach, see
street markets with fresh fruits and vegetables along the way to Kampala.
While at your hotel, you can explore the capital city of Uganda in which you are in. many activities like
boda-boda rides, visit Nakasero market and Uganda museum however note that the expenses of the trip
and transportation this day is at your expense.

Meals included: No Meals
Accommodation: Speke Resort Munyonyo
Day 2: Road trip to Kibale Forest National Park/ Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking

A tropical rainforest found south of Fort Portal in which there is the highest density of primate species
so this allows for the hike into the forest to be the most rewarding activity of the time spent here. Arrive
at your hotel and relax for the next day.

Chimpanzees are easily sighted in Uganda because of their big numbers here. An experienced park
ranger will take you into the forest and you will follow these primates as they play, hunt and go about
their daily routine.
After lunch, go on a nature walk in Bigodi wetland Sanctuary which has butterflies, reptiles, 200 bird
species you can see. What makes this walk more wildlife fulfilling is this sanctuary being home to 8
primate species.
Optionally, you can have lunch in the community as you visit outside the park and eat as you learn about
their culture or get immersed in it through joining in on their arts and crafts making, entertaining with
music and dance, folklore.
Let your AA Safaris Tour consultant know during booking which walks you prefer.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge
Day 4: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park/ Day 5: Park Game drive and Boat ride

Queen Elizabeth National Game Park is very scenic because it combines bushland, savannah plain lands,
forests, and wetlands with the Kazinga Channel flowing through the park that connects to Lake George and Lake Edward thus attracting wildlife and birds to it because of the huge waters it offers for survival.
This park has one of the largest hippo concentration numbers in the world.

Breakfast before daybreak lets you start the game drive early during the “golden hours” to enjoy
watching the savannah land inhabitants like the elephants, buffalos, warthogs, kobs, antelopes wake up.
Enjoy and relax with an afternoon boat ride when the sun is hot making the Kazinga Channel turn into a
drinking spot for many animals especially the crocodiles, hippos, buffalos that immerse themselves in
the water to cool off. The animals might be unbothered by your boat so you can take photos of them up
close.
You can opt for a hike in the Kyambura gorge which is also named “valley of apes” because it is a
the geological feature that is home to several primates like vervet monkeys, chimpanzees, baboons, red
tailed monkeys.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge
Day 6: Visit Lake Mutanda and the Bwindi Forest/ Day 7: Mountain Gorilla Trekking/ Day 8: travel to Kigali

Allow the lush vegetation to enchant you as it is wrapped around hills forming the slopes of Kisoro, this
is what will fascinate you as you drive south-west to Bwindi. Explore the volcanos and reach Lake
Mutanda’s calm waters. This lake is surrounded by islands and has a hilly terrain around it with lively
human inhabitants who co-exist with the wild game and birds.

Uganda has 50% of the world’s total population of the rare and endangered mountain gorillas that live
in the Bwindi forest. They are currently 13 gorilla families in Uganda and you get to track one through their
day’s routine. Meet the park ranger at the park headquarters who will be your guide throughout this
encounter. The walk into Bwindi forest will be through well-maintained walkways but dress
appropriately because the forested slopes are often muddy and slippery, have tangled vines depending
on how deep into the forest you have to trek to meet the gorillas. When the family is seen, you will in
silence watch them play, hunt, groom, and sometimes copulate.

Take a swim in the lake or go for a morning bike ride then after breakfast set off for the Uganda-
Rwanda border and be driven through to Kigali International Airport preferably 3½ hours before your
departure flight time. Make sure your travel documents are in order, get a Rwanda visa early.
AA Safaris recommends you take a flight after 4 pm so that you arrive at the Kigali international airport 3
hours or more.
If interested in one or more extra nights in Kigali to extend the tour or for some other reason, do let us
know so that we arrange for you though it will be at an additional fee.
END OF SAFARI

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Mutanda Lodge

Expectations

AA Safaris brings you 8 days of revealing Uganda’s beauty of both flora and fauna right from the first day
to last. Enjoy relaxing with the wild game of the parks, start the day with them. Make the wild your
classroom all through this tour. Visit national parks like; Kibale forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi forest
that gives chimpanzee meetings, wildlife safaris and mountain gorilla encounters. You start in Uganda
and end in Kigali international airport.

Accomodations

Speke Resort Munyonyo
Our luxurious rooms – Presidential Suites, Presidential Cottages, Executive Rooms, Superior Rooms are bright, spacious residences, filled with beautiful views of Lake Victoria and the resort’s tropical garden. Sheltered under charming, traditional African, modern contemporary and furnished with rich natural fabrics, the rooms and cottages are also equipped with the latest modern technologies, complimentary high speed Internet for up to four devices and 24-hour services, for our guests’ utmost convenience. Guests of Speke Resort Munyonyo and Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort are guaranteed a stay unlike any other offered by luxury hotels in Uganda.
Kyaninga Lodge
Relax, Unwind, And Explore Untouched Africa In Luxury
Mweya Safari Lodge
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'.
Mutanda Lodge
Perched on a Lake Mutanda peninsula in the shadow of the Virunga Mountains, the resort offers comfortable accommodation combined with the most beautiful views on planet earth. It is a perfect base for gorilla trackers, lake loungers, volcano hikers and bird lovers as well as those looking for a mystical place in nature.

Availability and Prices

Jan 21 - 15, 2020
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Single Occupancy
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Feb 5 - Jan 12, 2020
Double Occupancy
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Included
  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
Excluded
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • All gratuities
  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages