Eco Safari Uganda

The trip will take us to Bugoma forest then to Budongo forest not forgetting Kibale Forest National Park the home of our chimps and other primates, then we shall drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park which has diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds. We shall visit Bwindi Impenetrable national park a home of Mountain Gorillas, we shall not miss Murchison falls national park a home of our Murchison falls.

What's Included?

• Entrance fees to different sites
• Vehicle entrance fees
• Game drives
• Launch cruises
• Accommodation
• Meals
• 1 litter of bottled water per day per person
• 1 Gorilla permit per person
• 1 Chimpanzee permit per person
• Ground transportation
• All that is mentioned in the itinerary

Duration

18 days

Destination Covered

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park

Best Suited

Budget, Families, Groups, Luxury
Day 1: 23rd December 2017: Drive to Bugoma forest
We shall be picked by our driver/guide, who will transfer us to Bugoma forest which is located in Hoima, passing through Kiboga reaching in time for lunch. We shall have our lunch at Kolping restaurant, after lunch we shall visit the Mparo tombs, return to the accommodation for dinner and overnight at Kolping hotel Hoima http://ugandakolpinghotels.com/index.php/hoima-kolping

Day 2: 24th December 2017: Bugoma forest tour
After our early morning breakfast, we shall have our Bugoma forest eco tour. We shall have a chance to see the different primates like the red tailed monkeys among so many others not forgetting different bird species. Bugoma Forest is a protected tropical forest that is situated southwest of Hoima and northeast of Kyenjojo towns, and east of Lake Albert, in the Hoima district of western Uganda. Regional rainfall in Bugoma ranges from 1 250 to 1,625 mm. Farmlands and regenerating vegetation fringe the forests, which includes Elephant grass and Hyparrhenia grassland. The tree cover of the forest belt shows a tendency toward monospecific dominance. Early colonising forest consists of a mixed forest with Alstonia congensis, Trichilia prieuriana, Khaya anthotheca, Celtis mildbraedii, and Cynometra alexandri, among others.
We shall have a picnic lunch and then continue with our eco tour. We shall return to the accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: 25th December 2017: Continue with our eco visit of Bugoma forest then drive to Budongo forest After morning breakfast, we shall continue with our tour as we explore the best of Bugoma forest before we drive to Budongo forest. We shall have lunch and after lunch drive to Budongo forest settle in our accommodation Budongo Eco lodge for dinner and overnight. https://ugandalodges.com/budongo/the-lodge/

Day 4: 26th- 27th December 2017: Explore Budongo forest
After breakfast we shall explore Budongo forest to identify the different species available. It is known for its former abundance of East African mahogany trees as well as being home to a population of chimpanzees. An exceptionally large mahogany tree is still found here, and is more than 80 meters tall and some 20 meters in circumference. Budongo offers an extremely rich biodiversity including 24 species of small mammals, 9 species of primates and 280 butterflies. It is also the natural habitat of more than 600 chimpanzees, of which a small community has been habituated for eco-tourism purposes. This family consists of 80 individuals, allowing visitors the unique opportunity to view these amazing apes in their natural environment. Other primates that can be observed are the Black-and-White Colobus Monkeys, Olive Baboons, Red-tailed Monkeys, Blue Monkeys and Grey-cheeked Mangabeys. We shall have our dinner and overnight as above.
Meal plan: Full board

Day 5: 28th Drive to Kibale forest National Park
After our breakfast, we shall drive to Kibale National Park passing. We shall have our lunch on our way for this is a long journey. After lunch we shall continue with our journey reaching in the evening. Settle in the accommodation have our dinner and rest at Primate Lodge https://ugandalodges.com/primate/the-lodge/
Meal plan: Half board

Day 6: 29th December 2017: Eco tour.
After our early morning breakfast, we shall start our tour in Kibale Forest as we discover more in the ever green rain forest. There are approximately 229 species of trees found within the moist tropical forests of the park. Some endangered timber species of trees include Cordia millenii, Entandrophragma angolense, and Lovoa swynnertonnii. The forest understory is dominated by shade-tolerant shrubs and herbs, which include Palisota schweinfurthii and Pollia condensata, in addition to ferns and broad leaf grasses. We shall return to the lodge to have our lunch, after lunch we shall visit Bigodi community and explore the best of culture in Uganda. We shall return to the lodge for dinner and overnight as above.
Meal plan: Full board

Day 7: 30th December 2017: Chimpanzee trekking
After breakfast you will report at the Kanyanchu Tourist Centre at 08.00 am for a briefing on the rules before tracking the chimpanzees. Kibale Forest National Park has the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee known to be a delightful ape. The chimps trek takes 2-3 hours and it will provide you with the opportunity to also see a variety of other primates and animals as well as birds, and a variety of butterflies, and other insects. We shall have our lunch and for the rest of the day we shall relax at the lodge as above. Meal plan: Full board

Day 8: 31st December 2018: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National park
In the morning, you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park passing via Ishasha sector, where you will have game drives to try our luck in search for tree climbing lions and other animals as well as a variety of bird species. Reach Queen Elizabeth National Park early enough for lunch at the Lodge. Queen Elizabeth National Park has a variety of birds such as the king fisher, herons, blue oraco and many more. You will also see game as hippos, crocodiles, buffalos, elephants as they bask along the channel banks. Dinner and overnight at Bush lodge http://www.naturelodges.biz/the-bush-lodge/
Meal plan: Full board

Day 9: 1st January 2018: Game drive and boat cruise
Take a cup of coffee and go for an early morning game drive in this park, provide excellent opportunities to see Lions, Cape Buffaloes, Giant Forest Hogs, Leopards, Elephants, Defassa Waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, Topi and Bush bucks and many more. We shall come back for a formal breakfast. Lunch and relaxation at the lodge. After lunch, enjoy the unique 2-hour Launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos and many animals and birds, may be seen drinking at the water's edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing, ideal for the Uganda safari .The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species. Dinner and overnight as above.

Day 10: 2nd January 2018: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable national park
Early breakfast, Check out and continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Lunch at Savannah Resort Hotel, continue to Bwindi and check into Ruhija gorilla lodge http://www.gorillasafari.travel/
Meal plan: Half board

Days 11 - 12: 3rd – 4th January 2018: Tour Bwindi forest
Floristically, the park is among the most diverse forests in East Africa, with more than 1,000 flowering plant species, including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns. The northern (low elevation) sector has many species of Guineo-Congolian flora, including two endangered species, the brown mahogany and Brazzeia longipedicellata. In particular, the area shares in the high levels of endemisms of the Albertine Rift. The park's forests are afromontane, which is a rare vegetation type on the African continent. Located where plain and mountain forests meet there is a continuum of low-altitude to high altitude primary forests in the park, one of the few large tracts of East African forest where this occurs. Dinner and overnight as above.
Meal plan: Full board

Day 13: 5th January 2018: Gorilla tracking
You will rise relatively early for a jovial breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking. Report to the ranger station at 08.00 am where the guides will take you through the forest, slashing at the undergrowth, panting thick creepers, to track gorillas. This trek can take from half an hour to five hours therefore a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes.
You will spend only one hour with seeing the gorillas as you listen to them grumble at each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the silverback. It is amazing to think that there are only 650 or so of these creatures left in the world! If you have the afternoon free, you will take a guided village amongst the locals. Return at your lodge for an overnight as above.

Day 14: 6th January 2018: Drive back to Kampala
Early breakfast before embarking on our return to Kampala, driving down the grassed and terraced escarpments of southwestern Uganda while taking in the breathtaking sights of the hills of the region dubbed ‘the little Switzerland of Africa’. This area is a highly fertile, mountainous region with steep sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly terraced cultivated rows. Not to miss as we traverse Mbarara are the impressing long horn Ankole cattle. A remarkable highlight of this journey is the Equator line and surely you will cross it as we have a brief stop here. We will be in Kampala in the evening at our accommodation for dinner and overnight at Namirembe guest house http://www.namirembe-guesthouse.com/
Meal plan: Half board

Day 15: 7th January 2018: Transfer to Mabira forest
After breakfast we shall transfer to Mabira forest. We shall reach in time for lunch at the hotel, have our lunch then have a walk at our own pace around. Dinner and overnight at Mabira forest camp http://www.mabiraforestcamp.com/accommodation.php
Meal plan: Full board.

Day 16: 8th January 2018: Mabira eco tour
After our morning breakfast we shall start our tour in Mabira forest. Mabira forest the largest rain forest nearest to Kampala city. We will drive to the Eco tourism center to take on one of the many forest trails where we take hike through the forest; we will meet our local site guide who will lead us on this excursion. On the trail, you will learn about the different medicinal trees in the forest and how people lived and survived on the forest. You will encounter different bird species, beautiful butterflies, red-tailed monkeys jumping from one tree to another and hopefully sight the Uganda Mangabeys on a good day. Lunch, Dinner and overnight at the hotel as above.
Meal plan: Full board

Day 17: 9th January 2018: Day 2 Mabira eco tour then drive back to Entebbe Airport for our departures home
After our morning breakfast, we shall have our 2nd day eco tour in Mabira forest before we depart back home. After spending the whole day exploring the best of Mabira forest, we shall drive to Entebbe Airport guest for refreshment and dinner before we fly back home while carrying memories our safari in Uganda.

End of the trip! Thank you!
Note:
• Pay 50% 4 months prior to your travel, then other 50% 60 days prior to your travel.
• Tour Start from 23rd December 2017 to 9th January 2018
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Bugoma forest tours and travel, was amazing, we joined a group of people on their Jinja road adventure, my girlfriend and i had the best moment on this 1 day trip, every single coin was worthy it.

Sep 12, 2017