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Nicknamed the “Pearl of Africa,” Uganda shines with stunning greenery, deep lakes, soaring mountains and perhaps the greatest natural treasure of all — half of the world’s last remaining mountain gorilla population. On BIG LIFE SAFARI Uganda gorilla safari tours, travel deep into the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and see these incredible, endangered creatures from closer than you ever thought possible.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our office representative who will then take you to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel No.5 https://www.hotelnumber5.com/ (high end) and Boma Hotel https://www.boma.co.ug/ (Mid range) Meal plan Dinner
Begin your morning fascinating drive through papyrus swamps and thick jungle of the Nile Delta with your lunch enroute connecting to Kibale National Park just under the Ruwenzori Mountains. Afternoon guided walk in the crater lakes area of the park for outstanding cultural visit. Meals and overnight at Kyaninga Lodge https://www.kyaningalodge.com/ (High end facility) and Primate Lodge Kibale https://ugandalodges.com/ (Mid range). Meal plan: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
In the morning you will have breakfast then transfer to Kibale Head quarters for briefing before setting off for a forest walk in search for chimpanzees. The forest walk will be guided to provide information not only on chimpanzees and primates but also on small organisms making it interesting. The walk will reward you with other primates like Grey cheeked Mangabeys, Colobus monkeys, Red-tailed. In the afternoon, you will head for Bigodi Wetland nature walk to see unique flora and fauna. It is a community-based conservation and tourism project located in Magombe swamp. this area is recognized for a extensive array of biodiversity among which are several primates species like the red colobus monkey, baboon, black & white colobus monkey, blue monkey grey cheeked, mangabey, vervet monkey, red tailed monkey and the L’Hoest monkey with various bird species. Clients will also see the women projects around the area. Overnight at Kyaninga Lodge https://www.kyaningalodge.com/ (High end facility) and Primate Lodge Kibale https://ugandalodges.com/ (Mid range). Meal plan: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
After breakfast head for cultural treat which involves full immerse of clients in both the cultural and marine practice of the community for half day tour. This involves taking participating in how milking is done in Uganda, escorting cattle in the bush within the community parameters, how milk is used to make local yoghurt and finally getting ghee. Later, we slope to the landing site to engage in the marine practices of the community, the traditional fish preservation stoves, traditional canoe making demonstrations, proceed for net sawing, a chance to see women making crafts, then to the spot which is the only place in Queen where you can get as close as possible to Hippos, reach the location that has the most beautiful view in the community which clients you will be happy of, and if time allow proceed through the historical swamps in the community and the vacation palace of former king of Tooro. Also, many birds are seen minimum 26 bird species. Overnight at Mweya Safari lodge https://mweyalodge.com/ (High end) and Bufallo Safari Lodge https://www.buffalolodge.ug/ (Mid range) Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Begin your day with a cup of coffee. Early morning game drive along Kasenyi and Queens Mile makes visitors encounter elephants, buffalo, water bucks, warthogs, lions, Uganda Kobs lakes and a variety of birds. Return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. After lunch, a two hour boat trip along the famous Kazinga channel which connects the water flow from Lake Edward to Lake George is worthwhile an opportunity to see Hippo, Buffalo, Kobs, Elephants, warthogs etc. This trip also enables visitor chance to see spectacular birds. Dinner and overnight stay at Mweya Safari lodge https://mweyalodge.com/ (High end) and Bufallo Safari Lodge https://www.buffalolodge.ug/ (Mid range) Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
After early morning breakfast, head for Lion tracking which involves following an individual or group of lions in order to learn more about their behavior, feeding habits and social/group dynamics. To take part in the Lion tracking experience, one needs to book in advance because there is a limit to the number of people who may participate in the activity. Lion tracking has three sessions in a day but we shall participate in the early morning session which takes between two to three hours (2-3 hours). The chief tracker or researcher will brief you about the activity and what to expect before you get into vehicles to look for the lions. Later, you will be driven to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via the beautiful scenery of the tea plantations. This is the lushest highland rain forest on earth, filled with primates and exotic birds. Overnight at Buhoma Lodge https://www.africanpearlsafaris.com/buhoma-lodge.html / Mahogany springs http://www.mahoganysprings.com/ / similar (High end) and Silverback Lodge https://silverbacklodge.com/ / similar Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Begin the day with breakfast ready for trekking, which begins at 8:00 am with a briefing from the UWA staff. Ensure to carry along with you rain jacket, drinking water, snacks, jungle boots etc The guides will lead you inside the jungle to see the shy Primates for a group you have been booked for. Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours but its well worth the effort. The afternoon is spent on leisure and relaxation at your lodge. Dinner and overnight stay at Buhoma Lodge https://www.africanpearlsafaris.com/buhoma-lodge.html / Mahogany springs http://www.mahoganysprings.com/ / similar (High end) and Silverback Lodge https://silverbacklodge.com/ / similar Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
After Breakfast, prepare for the Batwa trail experience that leads you to the lives of the ancient people of the forest. They display their hunting skills, harvesting of honey, traditional performances and demonstration of making bamboo cups among others. Learn as they guide you through the forest, dance, sing and storytelling of their traditional ways of farming, handling the bow, gather honey and picking herbal medicine from roots and leaves a local way of treating the local people. The experience shows you how they lived in grass thatched houses, caves, hunted small animals which were used for food. The trail begins with a nature walk, hike through the forest as you learn from the first keepers of the forest this takes half a day. Later in the afternoon, Compliment the amazing Batwa trail experience at Bwindi National Park with a coffee tour at a local farm in Kisoro district. Spend time with small scale farmers near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Through the coffee-making experience, you will learn how to dig, weed, and harvest organic coffee in a real farming environment. You will get involved and learn about the process from seedlings to the drink/cup. You will be able to take part in picking, pounding, roasting, grinding, and drinking coffee. The skills and knowledge needed by farmers will bring a new appreciation to your coffee drinking habits. Here you take nothing, but the everlasting coffee-making experience. Dinner and overnight stay at Buhoma Lodge https://www.africanpearlsafaris.com/buhoma-lodge.html / Mahogany springs http://www.mahoganysprings.com/ / similar (High end) and Silverback Lodge https://silverbacklodge.com/ / similar Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
After breakfast, you will be driven to Kihihi airstrip by our driver guide to catch up with your morning flight at 0945 arriving Entebbe airport 1125 so that you can catch up with your flight back home. End of our service.