Ape's Unity Tour - 9 Days of Uganda premier safari experince.
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Welcome to destination Uganda, with our defined premier safari package, you're ushered into this naturally endowed cradle land of mankind.Uganda is a peaceful travel destination for you to explore on our defined 9 days discovery trip to Uganda. This journey is about sites,sounds and the peopling of Uganda featuring the Greatest of the wildlife experience on the planet i.e the Greatest Mountain Gorilla experience.This Nine days itinerary is for you to get away from the known to unknown, We have taken care of your lifetime trip expectations into natural landscapes with charming and platinum scenic wonders.The beauty of the pearl of Africa is packaged in these nine days tour for your wild experiences,with our customized fleets of safari vehicles in form of Landcruisers or Landrover defenders your trip to Uganda will not only be professionally conducted but you will find it comfortable, informed,exciting and responsibly conducted.To honeymooners,booking our ape's unity itinerary gives you ample time to feel the romance and reflect on the future together.With our understanding of how the current working conditions can be challenging and frustrating, these nine days off duty will give you that peace of mind needed to relieve you from job stress. For those in the rush of the time with more business meetings,the WiFI provided in most of the hotels won't allow you to feel missing athing. This itinerary features the best time needed to get on with endemic and true rewards of awell conserved Ecosystem of Uganda.We have packaged it to reality with contrasts of a site seeing tour to awell defined lifetime safari experience. Don't hesitate to read through!
Day 1 – Welcome to the pearl of Africa through Entebbe international airport and transfer to Kampala
On the first day of our safari, our instinct safaris responsible safari guide will receive you with a warm welcome at Entebbe International Airport. He will smile to you with awarm handshake before listening to his precise safari briefing. Luggage will be fitted in the vehicle boot and together you will enjoy the first road trip to the hills rolling hills of Kampala city via the shores of the second largest fresh water body in the world Lake Victoria. You will finally arrive at your hotel for your first overnight in Uganda, depending on the time of your arrival ashort city trek can be arranged and on this tour you will learn that Kampala is known for its large density of vehicles and people. But this vibrant East African city is also popular because of its pretty site-seeing spots, including the Gaddhafi Mosque in Old Kampala and the Kabaka Palace. Accommodation at Cassia Lodge (Budget), overlooking the city from the southern Buziga hill of Kampala.
Day 2 – From Kampala to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park via the equator.
After a healthy and energizing breakfast at our lodge, we will launch our road trip up-country. We will exit the city to the long awaited memories of a true wilderness experience,we will witness the amazing scenes of the travel destination gifted by nature as we drive through numerous rolling hills of greenery. Uganda is alandlocked country but note the country is crossed by the Equator line which is another stopover for today.Your guide will share some stories and myths about this Equator point and you are free to witness the "Did you know equator experience" which locals prove without scientific and geographic facts. On our way to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park we will pass through farm lands,community settlement patterns and remember the southwestern reach of Uganda is arich biodiversity hotspot where all the amazing creatures on the planet tend to concentrate. We will drive through flat Ankole farms and will gaze at lake Bunyonyi the second deepest lake of Africa on your road trip to Mgahinga. The last part of today's driving will be in the hilly terrain of the Kigezi highlands with meandering roads and this will lead us to our lodge – Traveller’s Rest Hotel (Budget) – in Kisoro town located at the foothill of three extinct Virunga volcanic chain .We will arrive ion the evening for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 3 – First Mountain gorilla trekking inside Mgahinga Gorilla national park of the Virunga massif.
Your third day is for your great trek in the virunga massif, after breakfast from the hotel you will proceed to Muhavura base camp with your luch pack to be enjoyed responsibly inside the forest.This day is meant for your first mountain gorilla trekking experience in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Your safari guide will accompany you on the short steep hike to the ranger camp and visitor reception center,here its where all the trekking to the forest commences.You will meet your ranger guide who will lead your trek,he or she will take you through the activity safety briefing please do pay attention and after he will lead you to the home of Nyakagezi mountain gorilla family. You will be allowed one hour of interaction,photographing and note the use of flash is not recommended and after seeing the gentle giants during our hike through dense forests and cross steep slopes, we will come back from the forest to check out and drive to Nkuringo the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park along lake Mutanda and lake Murehe. Your next lodge is set in the community near Bwindi rain forest with breathtaking view of the Albertine rift valley and Virunga volcano range awaits.We will checkin and enjoy our dinner. The overnight is planned to be spent on top of one of the local hills at Nkuringo Gorilla Camp (Medium).
Day 4 – Getting on the second Mountain gorilla trekking trail inside Bwindi Impenetrable forest.
After Early Breakfast,the fourth day will direct us to one of the two park entrances of southern Bwindi National Park at either Nkuringo or Rushaga. From there, we will drive to meet the rangers from Uganda wildlife Authority (UWA) before we descend into the deep valleys of the tropical rain forest for the humbling gorilla encounter. With your guide you will enter Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to track the mountain gorillas for a second time, this time in a completely different environment, which is generally greener and denser with trees arranged in different canopies than in Mgahinga. In the afternoon after the second gorilla trekking, we get back to the lodge for a hot shower and relaxation in front of the massive Virungas. You will have another overnight at Nkuringo Gorilla Camp (Medium).
Day 5 – Morning Great forest adventure walk and transfer to Ishasha sector of southern Queen Elizabeth National Park for anevening game viewing
In the morning of the fifth day, we have planned to have another excursion inside Bwindi impenetrable forest, with your community responsible eco-cadres and rangers from UWA you will expect to penetrate the impenetrable jungles of Bwindi. Your guide will drive to the starting point at Nteko and the rest of your journey will totally be Eco-friendly. Without engine sounds and fumes,you enter the forest to walk on the spongy like floor, amidst trees arranged in different canopies you will follow the trail and feel free to ask any question to your guides. This will be a journey of three to four hours of sites and sounds while your instinct safaris guide transfers the luggage and the vehicle via the connecting road from the south to the east and finally will find you at Buhoma.You will arrive at Buhoma ahead of him since he is driving five to six hours depending on the nature of the road,but don't worry Buhoma is serviced with anetwork of hotels and you're free to grab ahot African coffee pot as you cool down. You will meet your guide once again and together drive to the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth conservation area for your first evening Savannah experiences. This evening will introduce you to different game tracks and if lucky will crown the experience with rare safari memories of tree climbing lions.You will have another overnight at (Ishasha jungle lodge(Medium).
Day 6 – Awhole day of Game watching in the Savannah and Kazinga boat launch
On the next day, we will have enough time for a whole day of game drives and wild experiences in the park. On a morning game drive after an early or with packed breakfast, we will search for lion packs, elephant herds, and buffaloes still in the southern region of the park. Antelopes and endemic bird species are also among other animals that we will expect to mark on our check list. After we will drive to reach Mweya main gate in the afternoon, we are planning to go on a boat cruise in the national park to see even more aquatic wildlife including alligators and hippos near Kazinga channel at Mweya peninsula. We are further planning a late game drive at sunset en-route to our lodge and dinner at our next lodge set at the hill with the whole natural view of QENP through your eys at Enganzi Lodge (Luxury).
Day 7 – Morning game drive and transfer to Kibale National Park for Bigodi community swamp walk.
After a last morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park we will continue our journey towards Kibale Forest National Park. Via the Rwenzori mountains and Fort Portal’s vegetable market. We will stop at the Queen's pavilion before exiting the forest, this is a point where Queen Elizabeth landed on a diplomatic trip to the King of Toro for a discussion to harmonise the conservation procedures of Kabalega national park currently Queen Elizabeth National Park in 1950. Here you hear for some information, walk through the footsteps and have aphotosque moment of the pavilion. Crater Rukorongo makes good natural views from here and the Rwenzori blocks form the next shield to the region. After this we will get back in our vehicle and we are planning to arrive in Kibale, home to more than 15 primate species, in the afternoon. We will then top the day off with a primate and swamp walk around the community and forest. Near Bigodi swamp, we can expect to see black-and-white colobus monkeys, red-and-white colobus monkeys, baboons, chimps, and more in their natural habitat around the forest. This walk will also take us close to the local community, before we return to our lodge, Kibale Primate Lodge (Budget).
Day 8 – Chimpanzee trekking inside Kibale tropical rain forest.
Today is reserved for another great forest Trek, we plan to enter the dense rain forest for chimpanzee tracking. On this tour, we expect to find large troops of chimpanzee families amidst other primates inside their natural home. Kibale is a natural home to more primates like red-and-white colobus monkey and black-and-white colobus monkeys. Your guide will drive to the visitor reception center at Kanyancu,here you meet your UWA ranger guide who will lead your whole day chimpanzee habituation experience. He will talk to you before the activity, this is your safety and activity briefing please do pay attention. Chimpanzee tracking is meant for one hour but you have more hours of walking inside the forest to allocate them. Kibale forest is one of Uganda's most forested areas and has the highest concentration of wild and freely roaming chimpanzees totaling to 4,500. There is a buffer zone of tea plantations scattered all over the forest boundary to solve animal crop problem,numerous explosion craters and hills form the majority of the forest neighborhood which give the region its characteristic name - the "Mountains of the Moon". While with chimpanzee you will be allowed to take as many photographs as you can but never pretend to imitate their calls as you might not know their language hence not sure what you're doing. Maintaining the required distance between you and them is beneficial to you and the chimps,being our closest neighbors to whom we share about 99% of our DNA with.You can spread diseases to chimps or them spread to you hence the need to observe all the rules and regulations for your tranquil wild experience.Keeping your voices very low and dressing appropriately with no shouting colours will always yield much in every wildlife conservation area. Later in the evening after you tracking you will come back to your hotel in the evening for diner and relaxation. Accommodation at Kibale Primate Lodge (Medium) or at Kyaninga or Ndali Lodge (Luxury).
Day 9 – Return to Entebbe and departure
On the last day of our trip, we will return to Entebbe international airport for your continuation of your journey. The drive is expected to take between four and five hours to Entebbe, so that we comfortably leave Kibale after breakfast and our safari ends with your successful check-in for your connecting flight!
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What is included?
VAT is included in the tour price - emergency air ambulance evacuation is included in your trip with us through a gold cover from AMREF Flying Doctors (www.flydoc.org) valid in Uganda and Rwanda. DR Congo is not yet part of the service and no emergency air ambulance is provided - your Instinct Safaris guide and driver are included in your safari itinerary - your half or full board accommodation in the specified lodges, hotels, and camps is included on a shared room basis - your secure transport is ensured by traveling in a fully safari-customized Land Rover Defender or Toyota Land Cruiser - all other transportation included in your travel plan is on us - soft drinks, water, and endemic fruits are included in your safari. We support the local community by buying as much produce as possible from them rather than from large chains - park entrance fees to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Kibale National Park are included in your trip - your mountain gorilla tracking permit in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is included (US $600 value) - your mountain gorilla tracking permit in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is included (US $600 value) - a community walk and canoe trip on and near lake Murehe is included in your trip - morning, day, and evening game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park are included - your boat launch on Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park is included - a visit to Fort Portal's vegetable market is included in the safari price - your afternoon swamp and primate walk in Kibale and Bigodi village is included in your safari - chimpanzee tracking permits are included in the safari price - a city tour in Kampala, including Gaddhafi mosque and historic sites, is included - your Instinct Safaris Foundation fee is included in the tour, supporting local vocational, health, and educational projects.
What is excluded?
International flights to and from Entebbe are excluded - any additional travel health insurance is not part of your safari price - all sorts of expenses of personal nature - souvenirs, drinks, laundry, and additional equipment - are not included - activities not stated in the itinerary are excluded - gratuities and tips to rangers, driver, guide, porter, lodge staff, or others, are not included - visa fees to Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo (where applicable) are not included - Instinct Safaris is not to be held responsible for the loss or damage taken to any object or piece of equipment taken in the wild.