7 Days Murchison Falls – Chimpanzee & Gorilla Trekking Safari

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7 Days Murchison Falls – Chimpanzee & Gorilla Trekking Safari

7 Days Murchison falls – chimpanzee & gorilla trekking safari in Uganda is perfect for wildlife and nature enthusiasts. As you travel to the Murchison Falls NP. Expect the roaring rapids of the Murchison Falls, the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park teaming with abundance of wildlife. You will go for chimpanzee trekking in Budongo Forest National Park, gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and afterwards you will transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation and sightseeing. Return to Entebbe International Airport to catch your flight out.

 

Itinerary Highlights:


Murchison Falls National Park:

A chance to explore the largest and oldest park in Uganda. Known for its rolling savannah plains, lush forests, and the Nile River. Which is the home to numerous species of primates and other wildlife.

Game drive and boat safari at Murchison Falls:

A morning game drive and a boat safari up the Nile River to the bottom of Murchison Falls. Providing the opportunity to see elephants, lions, buffalo, giraffes, and other big mammals, as well as schools of hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species.

Kibale Forest National Park:

A visit to one of the largest and most biodiverse forests in Uganda, known for its 13 species of primates, including the critically endangered red colobus monkey and the habituated chimpanzees.

Chimpanzee trekking in Kibaale Forest:

A guided chimpanzee trek to see the primates in their natural habitat, offering a close-up view of these amazing animals as they go about their daily lives.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park:

A visit to a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to over 400 species of birds and half of the world’s population of gorillas.

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi:

An awe-inspiring experience trekking to find the gorillas in their natural habitat, with the opportunity to observe them as they go about their daily lives.

Stunning landscapes and scenic areas: The chance to visit some of Uganda’s most stunning landscapes and scenic areas, including Murchison Falls and Kibale Forest, known for their rich biodiversity and natural beauty.

 

Detailed Itinerary:

 

Day 1- Pick up and Transfer to Murchison with Detour Rhino Tracking in Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

Hopefully, your flight is scheduled for an early (not past noon) landing in Uganda. Your guide/driver will pick you from Entebbe Airport and you will hit the road for Murchison falls. The highlights of this park include; the roaring rapids of the Murchison, the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park where you will have the chance of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants. Then surely you will be fascinated by the concentration of hippos and the Nile crocodiles here. For birders, Murchison Falls boasts 450 bird species including the elusive shoebill stork, dwarf king fisher, the white-thigh hornbill, and the Goliath heron among others

Enroute, make a detour visit to Zziwa Rhino sanctuary. You will have at least one hour of rhino tracking while here. Another stop will be in Masindi in order to enjoy your lunch. Continue to the park and check in to your accommodation to relax for the Evening.

Destination: Murchison Falls National Park

Accommodation Options:

Luxury

Paraa Safari Lodge or Similar

Mid-Range

Parkside Safari Lodge or Similar

Budget

Hornbill Bush Lodge or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 2- Murchison Falls’ Game Drive and Launch/Boat Trip to the Base of the Falls.

Wake up to an early morning breakfast and depart for your early morning game drive in the northern sector of the park, where you will have the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Uganda, with a high concentration of animals such as elephants, buffalos, lions, giraffes, antelopes. You will stand an opportunity to spot elephants, lions, buffalo, giraffes, and other big mammals.

After your splendid game drive, you will drive back to the lodge for lunch and prepare for an afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the Murchison Falls. The boat cruise offers a unique perspective of the park’s wildlife and provides an opportunity to see aquatic animals such as Nile crocodiles, hippos, and various bird species. The highlight of the boat trip is the chance to see the mighty Murchison Falls up close and to witness the powerful force of the Nile River as it plunges into the pool below. After the boat trip, you will be taken back to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Destination: Murchison Falls National Park

Accommodation Options:

Luxury

Paraa Safari Lodge or Similar

Mid-Range

Parkside Safari Lodge or Similar

Budget

Hornbill Bush Lodge or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey


Day 3: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park.

On this day after your breakfast, you will drive to Kibale Forest National Park, one of the largest and most biodiverse forests in Uganda. The park is known for its lush tropical rainforest and diverse primate population, including the highly endangered chimpanzees. Kibale National Park is a popular destination for primate lovers and offers excellent opportunities for chimpanzee tracking, as well as for observing other primates such as colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, and L’Hoest’s monkeys.

In addition to primates, the park also provides a habitat for over 375 species of birds, elephants, buffalos, and other wildlife. After a full day of exploring the park and its diverse wildlife, on reaching, you will drive to check in to your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Destination: Kibale Forest National Park

Accommodation Options:

Luxury

Kyaninga Safari Lodge or Similar

Mid-Range

Chimpanzee Forest Lodge or Similar

Budget

Kibale Forest Camp or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 4: Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest – 7 Days Murchison Falls – Chimpanzee & Gorilla Trekking Safari.

After your breakfast, you will start the day with a pre-trek briefing, after which you will embark on a guided chimpanzee trekking excursion to see the primates in their natural habitat. Chimpanzee trekking is a popular activity in the park and it will allow you to get up close with these intelligent and social primates.

The trek will involve a guided walk through the lush rainforest, in search of the chimpanzees, who move around the forest in search of food. The excursion can be physically demanding, but the experience of observing these fascinating animals in their natural habitat is well worth the effort. After the chimpanzee trek, you will have a chance to relax and enjoy a delicious parked lunch before returning to your lodge for an overnight stay.

Destination: Kibale Forest National Park

Accommodation Options:

Luxury

Kyaninga Safari Lodge or Similar

Mid-Range

Chimpanzee Forest Lodge or Similar

Budget

Kibale Forest Camp or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey


Day 5: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

After breakfast in the morning, you will transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and park is surrounded by communities that depend on its resources for their livelihoods and participate in conservation efforts through various initiatives. The park is located in southwestern Uganda and is home to the critically endangered mountain gorillas. Bwindi is one of the few places in the world where visitors can go gorilla trekking and observe these magnificent primates up close.

The park is also known for its rich biodiversity, with over 160 species of mammals and over 400 species of birds, making it a popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. After a long drive, you will arrive at your lodge in Bwindi for dinner and an overnight stay, ready for an exciting gorilla trek the next day.

Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Accommodation Options:

Luxury

Buhoma Lodge or Similar

Mid-Range

Bakiga Lodge or Similar

Budget

Broadbill or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 6: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi – 7 Days Murchison Falls – Chimpanzee & Gorilla Trekking Safari.

After breakfast at the lodge, you will embark on a gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will be guided by park rangers and trackers who will lead you through the dense forest in search of a gorilla family. The trek can be physically demanding, but the experience of seeing the gorillas in their natural habitat is truly unforgettable. You will spend the day trekking to find the gorillas in their natural habitat, an experience that is truly awe-inspiring.

The gorillas are habituated, which means they are used to the presence of humans, and you will have an opportunity to observe them as they go about their daily lives. After encountering the gorillas, you will have an opportunity to observe them for a limited amount of time (normally 1 hour), get back to the park headquarters for a Trekking Certificate and our driver-guide shall drive you back to your lodge for the night.

Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Accommodation Options:

Luxury

Buhoma Lodge or Similar

Mid-Range

Bakiga Lodge or Similar

Budget

Broadbill or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey


Day 7: Departure back to Kampala:
7 Days Murchison Falls – Chimpanzee & Gorilla Trekking Safari.

After breakfast, you will depart from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park back to Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. The journey will take you approximately 8-10 hours by road, depending on the route and traffic conditions. During the trip, you may have the opportunity to stop and visit local communities, sample local cuisine, or take in the scenic beauty of the countryside.

Upon arrival in Kampala, you will be transferred to your hotel or the airport for your onward travel arrangements. This incredible tour offers a unique and unforgettable wildlife experience, with the opportunity to see some of the most amazing primates and other wildlife in their natural habitat.

We hope to see you (or any referral) when next, you visit and thanks for choosing Arcadia Safaris.

Destination: Kampala (Entebbe)

Accommodation Options: No (End of your safari)

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey.

 

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Round Trip Airport Transfers (pick up and drop off)
  • Private transportation in a 4×4 Safari Cars
  • Meals specified on a Full Board basis
  • Accommodation with ensuite facility
  • Applicable Park entrance & activities Fees
  • English speaking professional Driver-Guide
  • Chimpanzee Trekking Permit Fees
  • Gorilla Trekking Permit Fees
  • All hotel/lodge pickups and drop off
  • All Taxes
  • Bottled drinking water and Fruits while on safari
  • Activities as stipulated in the itinerary (except those stated as “optional”

 

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Flight Fares (unless requested)
  • Country entry Visa
  • Personal/Travel insurance
  • Telephone charges
  • Laundry
  • Bar bills and all other kinds of drinks except water
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Souvenirs, gifts and Tips
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Covid-19 and other related tests and vaccinations

 

RATES PER PERSON: (Tour Rates/Prices are Per Person and exclude International Flight from/to your home Country).

 

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