9 DAY TAILOR MADE UGANDA: REALM OF THE PRIMATE

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9 Days
Availability : May 2022 - Dec 2023
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Min Age : 6+
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Discover the Pearl of Africa by road! Enjoy chimp & primates tracking in Kibale National Park, game viewing & drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park, the ultimate Gorilla Tracking prepare yourself for an unforgettable meeting with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  

Tour price in US Dollars per person ( Valid for 2022 -2023)

Number of pax

 High season

 Low season 

Traveling with 2 pax

US $ 3756

US $ 3756

Traveling with 3 pax

US $ 3081

US $ 3081

Travelling with 4 pax

US $ 2725

US $ 2725

Traveling with 5 pax

US $ 2550

US $ 2550

Travelling with 6 pax

US $ 2412

US $ 2412

Traveling with 7 pax

US $ 2313

US $ 2313

PRIMATES TRACKING PERMITS/OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

(to be added to the package)

 

High season

 Low season 

Gorilla Permits

US $ 700

US $ 700

Chimp Permits

US $ 200

US $ 200

SRS

US $ 538

US $ 538

 

UPGRADE AT AN EXTRA COST (PER PERSON PER NIGHT)

Accommodations

PP sharing per night

Single Room Supplement 

Protea Hotel Entebbe

US $ 75

US $ 44

Primate Lodge- Luxury Room

US $ 588

US $ 255

Elephant Plains Lodge 

US $ 608

US $ 138

Mahogany Springs Lodge

US $ 173

US $ 13

Mihingo Lodge

US $ 113

US $ 60

Arrival & Departure Location

Entebbe International Airport (EBB)

Itinerary

Day 1ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (EBB) | OVERNIGHT AT BOMA ENTEBBE

Welcome to the Pearl of Africa! Arrival – Entebbe (10mins drive)
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Entebbe.
Midrange: The Boma (B&B)
High end: Protea Hotel Entebbe (B&B)

Day 2KIBALE FOREST NP | OVERNIGHT AT TURACO TREE TOPS- STANDARD

Entebbe – Kibale Forest National Park. Approx. 370km/6hrs drive: After breakfast, we drive west to Kibale National Park via the lovely town of Fort Portal, resting in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon and famous for her many tea plantations. After stopping for lunch at a local restaurant, time permitting you will explore the crater lakes and continue on to the Park and check in at Primate Lodge.
Kibale Forest National Park is an extensive Biodiversity National Park in South Uganda and also known as the “Primate Paradise” has one of the greatest variety and concentration of primates in Africa including our famous cousins the Chimpanzee, Red Colobus Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, L’Hoest’s, Black-and- White Colobus and the Olive Baboons. There is also a wide array of unique birds, forest elephants (smaller and hairier than the more familiar savannah elephant) and much more.
Midrange: TURACO TREE TOPS- standard cottage (B-L-D)
High end: Primate Lodge Kibale- Luxury cottage (B-L-D)

Day 3KIBALE FOREST NP | OVERNIGHT AT TURACO TREE TOPS- STANDARD

Today the forest opens its doors for a sensational chimpanzee tracking experience. Following the pre-tracking briefing, you will walk or drive to the trailhead for the start of an unforgettable adventure – hiking in the footsteps of the habituated family of chimpanzees. En-route, your guide will enthral you with stories and facts about the forest and her other inhabitants including other species of primates and birds and other big mammals.

Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will spend an unforgettable one hour with them as they go about their daily life – feeding, playing, grooming, taking care of their young, howling and screeching, in their natural habitat. Return back to the lodge for lunch then in the afternoon enjoy a guided nature walk through the Bigodi wetland.

Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates. The path and board walk maybe flooded and muddy after heavy rainfall and gumboots are recommended. The walk is about 4km in length taking 3-4 hours at birding pace with local community guides. All proceeds from eco- tourism go back to into the community, a conservation project well worth supporting.

Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Midrange: Turaco tree tops- standard cottage (B-L-D)
High end: Primate Lodge Kibale- Luxury cottage (B-L-D)

Day 4 QUEEN ELIZABETH NP | OVERNIGHT AT IHAMBA SAFARI LODGE

Kibale – Queen Elizabeth National Park. Approx.185km/3hrs drive: After an early breakfast, we will check out visiting and enjoy sight-seeing around the scenic crater lakes that surrounds the dense forest of Kibale National Park. Afterwards, you will proceed south alongside the majestic Rwenzori ‘Mountains of the Moon’ to Queen Elizabeth National park. Check in at the lodge for lunch and relaxation, later enjoy an evening game drive.

Midrange: Ihamba Safari Lodge- cottage (B-L-D)
High end: Elephant Plains Lodge- luxury cottage (B-L-D)

Day 5 QUEEN ELIZABETH NP | OVERNIGHT AT IHAMBA SAFARI LODGE

Morning Game drive and afternoon boat cruise: The day begins early when we start with a morning game drive and head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. We search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat. Alternatively, you can decide to experience a second chimp tracking in the lush Kyambura Gorge (pre-booking required).
In the afternoon we take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel is 33 km long and 2-3 km at its widest points. The scheduled 2-hour boat ride (beverages and snacks included!) will cover a 12-14 km stretch of the channel, with almost guaranteed excellent wildlife sightings including multitudes of hippopotamus – possibly the world’s highest concentration – Nile crocodiles, wallowing buffaloes on its reedy banks, elephants, and many birds.

Midrange: Ihamba Safari Lodge- cottage (B-L-D)
High end: Elephant Plains Lodge- luxury cottage (B-L-D)

Day 6BWINDI NATIONAL PARK| OVERNIGHT AT HAVEN LODGE - COTTAGES

Queen Elizabeth –Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Approx. 225km/4hrs drive

After breakfast, you will depart the northern part of QENP and drive to Bwindi through the Ishasha sector famously known for the tree climbing lions.
Continue further south to Bwindi National Park, home of the gorillas. Upon arrival check in and enjoy lunch. After some time to rest you will then embark on an evening village walk meeting the locals and engaging in the community, later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Midrange: Haven Lodge Buhoma- cottage (B-L-D)
High end: Mahogany Springs Lodge- cottage (B-L-D)

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home of the rare but critically endangered Mountain Gorillas (gorilla beringei beringei), lies on the edge of the albertine Rift Valley in south-western Uganda, with a wide altitude range between 1,160m and 2,600m.
The forest itself, dating back to the ice ages, is one of Uganda’s oldest and ecologically most diverse with almost 400 species of plants, 350 species of birds including 23 Albertine Rift endemics as well as 120 mammals species including lots of smaller ones like rodents and bats but also the Gorillas, Baboons, Chimpanzees, Elephants and Antelopes.

Day 7GORILLA TRACKING BWINDI | OVERNIGHT AT HAVEN LODGE- BUHOMA

Gorilla Tracking (3 to 8hrs): Arise early today and prepare for an amazing adventure; an unforgettable encounter with the gentle giants of Bwindi! Following breakfast, transfer to the park offices where participants are divided into groups of 8 and allocated a gorilla family as well as a tracking guide.
Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, water proof hiking boots and a light rain coat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long-sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grabbing onto the vegetation while most hotels/lodges provide a walking stick that come in very handy especially when hiking downhill. A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.
After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide (touches on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions), you drive to the trailhead for the start of your thrilling adventure – participants can expect to walk long distances in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of fitness. Granted, the time taken can be quite unpredictable taking anything from 2 to 8hrs or longer however the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback will more than compensate for the effort in their quest.
Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling by the juveniles – it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience!
NB: Coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla must truly be the most genuinely breathtaking wildlife experience on earth!
Afterwards, you hike back to base where your Driver will be waiting to transfer you to the lodge for a deserved shower and lunch or dinner depending on the time taken on the trek.

Midrange: Haven Lodge Buhoma- cottage (B-L-D)
High end: Mahogany Springs Lodge- cottage (B-L-D)

Day 8LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK | OVERNIGHT AT RWAKOBO ROCK LODGE

Bwindi – Lake Mburo National Park. Approx. 250km/6hrs drive
After breakfast, we depart the impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head to Lake Mburo National Park. As we enter the park it is likely that you will spot some wildlife. After checking in you will go on a boat ride on the lake to view the rich bird life and many hippos that are cooling off. Have an early dinner before going on an optional (at extra fee) night game drive in an open Landrover with spot light. This special game drive of 2-3 hours provides good chances of seeing the elusive leopard and of course other nocturnal animals. En-route we shall stop at Igongo Cultural Centre for lunch. The cultural centre illustrates the culture and traditional way of life of the local tribes in this area, including a museum, garden with indigenous trees and plants and traditional homesteads.

Midrange: Rwakobo Rock Lodge- cottage (B-L-D)
High end: Mihingo Lodge- tented room (B-L-D)

Day 9DEPARTURE | ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (EBB)

Lake Mburo NP – Entebbe. Approx. 270km/5-6hrs drive: Early start of the day we will go for a bush walk guided by a ranger. Experience a safari on foot that will allow you to notice the smaller, often overlooked, details and usually brings you much closer to the wildlife than when in a car.

Return the lodge for breakfast and with a game drive on our way out we depart the protected area and back towards the capital city. En-route we will pass the Equator where we will make a stop for lunch, photos and souvenir shopping. Continue to Entebbe, connect with your International flight back home.

*** END OF YOUR SAFARI WITH INQUISITIVE AFRICA & ADVENTURES ***
Inquisitive Africa reserves the right to review published rates in the event of currency exchange rate fluctuations or increases in costs or taxes, which are beyond our control.
EXTENDING YOUR STAY WITH US: Inquisitive Africa has a variety of authentic experiences in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar, Kenya and Dian or Mombasa, Uganda, Rwanda, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and South Africa. We would be happy to facilitate and plan any extended stay you might require in East and Southern Africa.
High season months- January, February, March, June, July, August, September, October and December
Low season months- April, May and November

INCLUSIONS:
• Airport transfers
• Ground Transportation in a safari customized 4WD Toyota Land cruiser, with fuel
• Accommodation as shown
• Meals where mentioned as included in the itinerary.
• All park entrance fees
• English speaking Guide / driver
• Mineral water in the vehicle; 2 liters per person daily on safari
• Medical emergency evacuation cover

EXCLUSIONS:
• International Airfares
• Optional activities unless specified as included
• Gorilla permits and Chimpanzee Permits
• Excessive baggage charges
• Entry Visa Fees; fees for International Travel Vaccinations and Inoculations
• Items of personal nature such us Room service, Beverage, Communication charges (telephone, fax, and internet). Laundry
• Postage fees
• Porterage fees
• Tips and gratuities for Guide/driver. and hotel staff
• Shopping Charges for Curios and Crafts

TERMS & CONDITIONS: Prices are subject to change. Availability of accommodations and activities is not guaranteed; reservations will be made after receiving confirmation of the final itinerary and the requested deposit. Should any of the included accommodations not be available, we reserve the right to substitute it with an alternative suitable accommodation, which might affect the final quoted price. For more clarity please consult our website www.Inquisitivesafari.com for the more detailed Terms & Conditions.
The chimp tracking may take place either in the morning or afternoon, depending on the availability of chimp permits. The estimated travelling hours are based on the actual hours of driving, stops for lunch or photos not included.

Booking of permits and payment

• All tours will be booked and confirmed only after receiving a 30% deposit of the confirmed safari. In case of gorilla permits a full advance payment of the permit fee is required.
• Gorilla and chimp permits will be bought in advance after receiving a full deposit of the permit fee.
• The payment for the safari is due no later than 45 days prior to the safari, unless agreed differently.
• Bookings made within 45 days before arrival must be fully paid at the time of confirmation.

If payment is not received in accordance with the above, Inquisitive Africa has the right to cancel the booking.

Payment can be made by VISA credit card, bank transfer, in any way before the start of the safari. Note that payments by VISA credit card involve a 5% service charge and transactions have to be made at least two months prior to the start of your safari. Regretfully, traveller Cheques are not accepted as of now.

The costs of international transactions (or 5% service charge in case of credit card payment) are to be fully paid by the travel agency/wholesaler.
VISA FEES AND APPLICATIONS FOR EAST AFRICA
Uganda Visa: Single entry visa costs US $50 per person. Visas have to be applied and paid for online via the Uganda Immigration website,( https://visas.immigration.go.ug) A copy of the approved application has to be presented at the entry point where the visa will then be issued.

Rwanda Visa: Single entry visa costs US $50 per person. Visas have to be applied for online via the Rwanda Immigration website. ( https://www.migration.gov.rw/index.php?id=203) A copy of the approved application has to be presented at the entry point where the visa will then be issued and paid for. Kindly note that citizens from the following countries are required to pay visa fees but are allowed to obtain their visa upon arrival without prior online application: Australia, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, UK and USA.

Kenya Visa: Single entry visa costs US $50 per person. Visas have to be applied and paid for online via the eCitizen portal, ( https://www.ecitizen.go.ke) and present a copy of their E-Visa upon immigration. However, effective 1st September 2015 all visitors to Kenya will be required to apply and pay for the visa online. Please remember that the visa process may take one full week.

Tanzania visa: Single entry visa costs US $50 per person. Visas have to be applied and paid for online via the https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/ A copy of the approved application has to be presented at the entry point where the visa will then be issued.

East African Tourist Visa:
If you are planning to combine Uganda with a visit to Rwanda and/or Kenya it is recommendable to request for the East African Tourist Visa. This special tourist visa costs US $100 per person and allows 90 days multiple entry to Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. Unfortunately, Tanzania has not yet joined the East African community tourist visa, and therefore not part of this arrangement and to visit Tanzania you’ll need separate visa

How to obtain the East African Tourist Visa:
– Uganda: online via the Uganda Immigration website, (https://visas.immigration.go.ug)
– Rwanda: online via the Rwanda Immigration website. ( https://www.migration.gov.rw/index.php?id=203)
– Kenya: online via the eCitizen portal ( https://www.ecitizen.go.ke).

Similar to the application for the single entry visa but make sure to select the East African Tourist Visa.

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