14 Days Uganda Gorillas, Game & Masai Mara Safari

14 Days Uganda Gorillas, Game & Masai Mara Safari

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14 Days Uganda Gorillas, Game & Masai Mara Safari

Start/End: Entebbe
Duration: 14 Days
Activities: The great migration in Masai Mara, enjoy white water rafting on the Nile River, Bird watching, Chimpanzee tracking, Game drives, Boat trips, Gorilla tracking, Nature walks
Destinations:
Bwindi Forest, Jinja Source of the Nile, Kibale forest, Queen Elizabeth Park, Lake Mburo park, Ngamba island, Mabamba Swamp, and Masai Mara in Kenya

This 14 days Wild Uganda & Kenya Safari is a lifetime experience worth memories with a lot of adventure, nature, and cultural experiences.

TOUR DESCRIPTION

An amazing opportunity to enjoy white water rafting on the Nile River waters in Uganda plus a game safari experience. This journey through Uganda’s most popular destinations will make your Safari Memorable with spectacular views of the green vegetation & mountainous areas. First off on this trip is the beautiful town of Jinja located north east of Kampala (Uganda’s capital). This is where the source of the Nile is, and you or your team will have chance to see it. A rafting experience awaits you at the other side of the falls, with an experienced rafter/kayaker that will guide you through the whole process. Also you will find enough craft shops for your souvenir shopping.

Going west to a beautiful town of fort-portal giving you views of the majestic Rwenzori Mountains from a distance and an astonishing green countryside. Later visit the Bigodi wetland sanctuary, a place known as the true birders paradise & common for the Rwenzori Blue Turaco bird. Your guide will take you to Kibale forest national park for an awesome chimpanzee tracking which is almost like the gorilla trek but this one will reward you with a number of primates.

After this you will go down to south western Uganda to the most popular destination – Queen Elizabeth national park, viewing the parks animals like elephants, Lions, kobs etc. and boat trips on the Kazinga Channel. The Journey will continue down south passing through the ‘Switzerland of Africa’ place known as Kabale winding your way down to the impenetrable forests of Bwindi. It’s here that you will get to encounter the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Get ready with your cameras as this will be a story to tell the world about Uganda’s gentle giants. You will visit Lake Mburo national park on your way back to Kampala, which is situated between the towns of Masaka & Mbarara

Later, the great Migration in t he Masai Mara Kenya!

Finally, Fly back to Entebbe and visit Mabamba Swamp and Ngamba Island on Lake Victoria.

Mabamba wetlands west of Entebbe is one of the best and most convenient place to spot the elusive shoe bill, there’s also an opportunity of seeing other bird species  and this mostly happens when one uses a boat. Later proceed to Ngamba island which is a project of the chimpanzees sanctuary and wildlife trust, it’s a home for over 40 orphaned chimpanzees to live out their lives, since a return to their natural habitat is not possible

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WILD UGANDA SAFARI

  • Jinja Source of the Nile
  • Ngamba Island – Entebbe
  • Kibale forest national park
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Masai Mara, Kenya
  • Nairobi City
  • Bwindi Impenetrable forest park
  • Lake Mburo national park
  • Kampala City
  • Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

SAFARI ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe, transfer to kampala

Our tourist guide / driver will be waiting at Entebbe International airport to pick you up and then transfer you to your accommodation for the night.
Accommodation at  Cassia Lodge Kampala or Kazi Beach Resort
Meal Plan: Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 2: Transfer to Jinja then back to Kampala

Early morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Jinja for a white water rafting experience on the Nile. This can take either full or half day depending on your choice and also visit Jinja town and some craft shops for your souvenir shopping.
Accommodation at Cassia Lodge Kampala or Kazi Beach Resort
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 3:   Drive to Kibale forest

Today, after an early morning breakfast, your guide will transfer you to Fort Portal town; a 5 hours journey from Kampala with stop-overs along the way. This town nestles in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains so be sure to have that amazing view.
Accommodation at Kibale Forest Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 4: Kibale forest national park

Early morning after breakfast, you will visit the Kibale forest to track the Chimpanzees and 10 other primates including l’ hoestes, red colobus, blue, red-tailed and gray-cheeked mangabey. The guide will provide detailed explanations on primates, the forest fauna and flora. This primate walk is both informative and enjoyable. In the afternoon, visit the Bigodi swamp and community around the Kibale forest National Park.
Accommodation at Kibale Forest Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 5: Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru Caves, Tooro Palace, Crater Lakes – Queen Elizabeth Park

Today after breakfast early in the morning, we will have a cultural tour to the ‘Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru’ caves located 10 km from Fort Portal town and also hike to the explosion craters surrounding this area. Return back to fort portal town for lunch, in the afternoon visit the ‘Tooro’ Kingdom palace. In the evening we drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for about 2 hours following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain ranges for much of the journey.
Accommodation at 
Kasenyi Safari Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 6:  Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, you will go for an early morning game drive in the park with the massive Rwenzori Mountains as a backdrop provides excellent opportunities to see lions, leopards, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephants, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kobs, Topi and bushbuck. Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse Eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife.  In the afternoon, your guide will take you for a unique 2- 3 hour boat cruise on the famous Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This boat trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos. Many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This will give you excellent opportunities for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species.
Accommodation at Kasenyi Safari Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 7: Drive to Bwindi impenetrable forest park

Today we drive through the Kigezi highlands region of Uganda also known as the “Switzerland of Africa” providing views of terraced hillsides and winding roads to Bwindi Impenetrable forest which is a 4 hours journey.
Accommodation at  Rushaga Gorilla Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park

The Bwindi forest is a spectacular and incredibly dense rain forest which offers a dramatic steeply forested landscape. You will arrive at the park headquarters early in the morning (7:00am) for briefing by the UWA staff before going to trek. Don’t forget to carry along your tracking gear which includes raincoats, jungle boots and more. The trekking will take a couple of hours (2 -7 hrs) depending on how far the gorillas might have moved. In groups of 8 people, your guide will lead you through the numerous pathways created for the tourists and eventually you’ll find your way to the rare & shy gorillas. A certificate is awarded by UWA at the end of every gorilla trekking experience. Later relax at your lodge which will give breath taking views of the park.
Accommodation at Rushaga Gorilla Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

 

Day 9:  Drive to Lake Mburo National park

Check out after breakfast in the morning for a 4 hours’ drive to Lake Mburo National Park with a stopover in Mbarara town for Lunch. This is the best place in the country to see zebras. Lake Mburo has 5 lakes and is mainly savanna with scattered acacias trees. The park features animals such as impalas, elands, roan antelopes, reedbucks, klipspringers and topis, as well as buffaloes and hippos. Adjacent to the park are the ranches of the Bahima (Ankole) tribe, who herd the famous long-horned Ankole cattle that are a common sight here. Take an afternoon boat ride on the Lake & see a variety of birds and hippos too.
Accommodation at Rwakobo Rock 
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

 

Day 10: Transfer back to Entebbe

Early morning after breakfast, go for a safari walk in the park accompanied by your guide and later return to your lodge for Lunch. Check out in the afternoon and depart for Kampala which is 3 hours away with a stop-over at the Equator line.
Accommodation at Cassia Lodge Kampala or Kazi Beach Resort
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 11: Transfer to the Airport and fly to Masai Mara.

After breakfast, at your will and flight schedule, your guide will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight to Masai Mara with Aero link.
Accommodation At Ashnil Mara Luxury Camp
Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 12: Masai Mara

Depending on the Wildlife migration patterns and the weather, early morning breakfast followed by a full day of game drives within the reserve. The Masai Mara is famous for its black mane lions and the annual wildebeest migration.

This is probably one of Kenya’s most visited reserve with an extraordinary density of animals including the Big five and many other varieties of plains game. The Mara River cuts through the Mara and Serengeti eco systems giving life to the both reserves before finally pouring out into the Lake Victoria.
Impressive and most notable is the wildebeest, zebra and gazelle instinct led migration from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Mara in Kenya. This journey is coupled by numerous obstacles which makes it even more magnificent. You will have a picnic lunch and continue with the game drives arriving at the lodge in the evening for a well-deserved rest and hot relaxing shower.
Accommodation at Ashnil Mara Luxury Camp
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 13: Masai Mara

After Breakfast, another game drive as you follow the Migration of the wildebeests across the Mara River.
Accommodation at Ashnil Mara Luxury Camp
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 14: Masai Mara to Nairobi then to Entebbe

You will be treated to an optional final early morning game drive after which you will return to the lodge for breakfast. Embark on your safari back to Nairobi at around mid-morning. You will have a brief stopover at Narok town and later proceed to Nairobi city and to the JKIA for your flight to Entebbe international airport at 23:30 hours.

Accommodation at 2Friends Beach hotels or Cassia lodge Kampala.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner.

End of Tour

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Transport in a 4WD vehicle with pop-up roof.
  • All fuel for the tour
  • English speaking Ugandan driver/guide.
  • Accommodation and Meals on Full Board (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner)
  • Park-entrance fees for all National parks
  • All activities described in the itinerary
  • 1 Gorilla permit per person.
  • 1 chimp permit per person.
  • Drinking water throughout the safari.

NOT INCLUDED

  • International air fares
  • Entry visa Uganda
  • Meals that are not part of your accommodation.
  • A porter for during the gorilla tracking’s (someone who carries your daypack).
  • Personal (medical/travel) insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc.
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.)
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