14-Day Ultimate Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari

  14 Days 13 Nights

Wildlife

Overview

The 14 Day Ultimate gorilla, chimpanzee and wildlife safari is a magical journey into the isolated jungles of East Africa where you should expect an experience like no other; the journey starts and ends in Entebbe/Kampala on this safari you will be able to trek gorillas in Bwindi National park that encompasses almost a half of mountain gorillas in the world, trek chimpanzees, enjoy boat cruises and game drives.

This 14 Day Safari is a budget safari that is designed to allow every traveler to have a chance to spend time in the wilderness. If you’re a luxury traveler, don’t be bounced off yet. This Uganda safari can be tailor made to suit your style too. inquire with the Encounter Africa Safaris’ team of experts to make sure you get your desired safari package – including the right accommodation, transportation and meals

Things To Note before you book this 14 Day Ultimate Gorilla, chimpanzee and wildlife safari

  • Accommodation is Inclusive
  • Gorilla trekking permit USD800
  • Chimpanzee permit USD300
  • Small Group Safari: Max 6 People per group
  • Tour Can Depart any day
  • Tour can be customized
  • Solo travelers can join this tour

SUMMERIZED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival at the airport, pick up and transfer to your hotel

Day 2: Drive to Murchison falls National Park via Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for Rhino tracking

Day 3: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise at the bottom of the falls.

Day 4: Hike to the top of the falls and transfer to Kibale National Park

Day 5: Morning chimpanzee trekking and afternoon Bigodi wetland walk

Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park for an afternoon boat cruise

Day 7: Morning game drive and afternoon explosion crater visit

Day 8: Transfer to Ishasha sector southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 9: Morning game drive and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 10: Gorilla trekking Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 11:  Canoeing and any optional activity

Day 15: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park and have an afternoon Boat cruise

Day 13: Morning Game drive and afternoon walk

Day 14: Transfer to Entebbe airport for your flight

 

 

Day 1: Arrival at the airport, pick up and transfer to your hotel

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport our English-speaking Professional Tour Driver-guide will welcome you to Uganda and transfer you to your booked hotel for relaxation. In case you arrive early, you can have an optional excursion in Entebbe such as sun set cruise, zoo experience or Entebbe Botanical Gardens visit

Meal plan: Dinner

Lodge: Protea Hotel Entebbe/ Boma Guest House/ 2friends Beach Hotel


Day 2: Drive to Murchison falls National Park via Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for Rhino tracking

You will enjoy an early morning breakfast at the lodge, embark your vehicle and transfer to the Murchison falls National Park have a stop at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for 1 hour Rhino tracking and later proceed to Murchison falls National Park Upon reaching you will check in for the lodge for rest and overnight.

Lodge: Paara safari lodge/ Pakuba safari lodge

Transfer Time: NA

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 3: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise at the bottom of the falls.

After breakfast, you will set off for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park you will have chances of spotting various wildlife including: lions, leopards on a lucky day. For any birder, there are quite a number of birdspecies to sight too while on the drive.you will return to the lodge after your morning drive for lunch and later head out for a boat cruise at the base of Murchison Falls where you will also be able to catch sight of more animals including school of Hippos and Crocodiles and several water birds. Thereafter you will hike to the top of the falls. Later return back to the lodge for overnight

Lodge: Paara safari lodge/ Pakuba safari lodge

Transfer Time: NA

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 4: Hike to the top of the falls and transfer to Kibale National Park

After your breakfast, you will hike to the top of the falls to truly appreciate the beauty and magnificence of the Murchison Falls.  From the top, you will embark on your vehicle and transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. The drive is quite long but amazingly scenic passing through villages, lush green countryside and hills dotted with tea plantations that characterize this part of Uganda. The beautiful scenery will astonish you all the way. You will arrive in the evening have dinner and overnight.

Lodge:  Papaya Lake lodge/ Turaco Tree Tops lodge/ Chimpanzee Forest Guest House

Transfer Time: Approx. 7-8 hours

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 5:Morning chimpanzee trekking and afternoon Bigodi wetland walk

In the morning you will be transferred to the park headquarters for briefing to start chimpanzee trekking activity, this activity will take approximately half a day and you will later return and prepare for an afternoon Bigodi wetland walk. You will have a chance to encounter Primates such as black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkey, and baboon and birds such as the Great Blue Turaco, shoebill stork among others

Lodge:  Papaya Lake lodge/ Turaco Tree Tops lodge/ Chimpanzee Forest Guest House

Transfer Time: Approx. 7-8 hours

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park for an afternoon boat cruise

You will embark on your vehicle and a transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park for about 2 hours.  You will reach Queen early enough to have lunch, rest and then proceed to Mweya peninsula for an afternoon boat cruise where you will have a chance to encounter Nile crocodiles, hippos, buffalos along the banks and also various bird species.

Lodge:  Buffalo safari lodge/ Elephant Plains/ Elephant Hab lodge

Transfer Time: NA

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 7:Morning game drive and afternoon explosion crater visit

You will have an early morning game drive in the Kasenyi plains. Be on the look for Cape buffalos, herds of elephants, lions, leopards on a lucky day, you will return to the lodge for lunch and rest in the afternoon you will visit explosion craters and also having a spectacular view of Queen Elizabeth, you will return to the lodge, have dinner and overnight

Lodge:  Buffalo safari lodge/ Elephant Plains/ Elephant Hab lodge

Transfer Time: NA

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 8: Transfer to Ishasha sector southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

After breakfast you will set off for Ishasha sector well known for the tree climbing lions, upon reaching you will have lunch and rest, in the afternoon you will embark on your vehicle for an afternoon game drive to have a chance of spotting tree climbing lions on a lucky day since the chances of spotting them are 70%, you will be able to spot other wildlife while on the drive, you will later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Lodge: Ishasha Jungle Lodge/Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Transfer Time: Approx. 3-4 hours

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 9: Morning game drive and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

You will have a morning game drive to have a chance of spotting wildlife that you may have not spotted while on an afternoon game drive and thereafter you will later transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park a home of more than a half of mountain gorillas in the world which has families which are habituated and can be tracked, you will check upon arrival, relax, have dinner and then overnight.

Lodge: Gorilla Leisure Lodge/4 Gorillas Lodge/ Rushaga Gorilla Havens

Transfer Time: Approx.5-6 hours

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 10: Gorilla trekking Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Here comes the long-awaited day on this trip to Africa. You will have breakfast and move to the park headquarters for briefing from a ranger guide on the dos and don’ts during trekking. Thereafter, you will enter the Bwindi Forest for your adventure. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular! The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. Once you encounter a gorilla group, you will be allowed to interact with these endangered species for hour. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle but endangered giants is unforgettable. You will return to the lodge for lunch and rest. You will later check out and embark on the vehicle to Lake Bunyonyi you will check in at the lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Lodge: Bird nest/ Bunyonyi Overland Resort

Transfer Time: NA

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 11:  Canoeing and any optional activity

In the morning you will visit the islands for example the punishment island as you spot a variety of bird species and later you will have any optional activity like swimming, zip lining or nature walks in Mukoni village

Lodge: Bird nest/ Bunyonyi Overland Resort

Transfer Time: NA

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 15: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park and have an afternoon Boat cruise

You will wind down this trip to Africa with a visit to Lake Mburo National Park as you receive morning breakfast and set off to Lake Mburo NP via Mbarara City. You will arrive at the lodge in Lake Mburo in time and rest before moving for an afternoon-to-evening game drive. After relaxation you will have an afternoon boat cruise, while on the cruise you will be able to spot various bird species, hippos, crocodiles and also Buffalos. You will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Lodge: Kigambira Lodge/ Mihingo Lodge/ Rwakobo Rock lodge

Transfer Time: Approx. 4-5 hours

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 13: Morning Game drive and afternoon walk

You will have a morning game drive where you will have a chance of spotting wildlife such as Zebras, Giraffes and Eland, Topi and other antelope, Cape buffaloes among others. You will later return at the lodge for lunch and relaxation, in the afternoon you will have a nature walk to have a chance of sighting wildlife at a close range, this walk will be guided by an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger-guide. You can take the Trail to the top of the hills and see Lake Mburo and beyond. From this vantage point, you will have a great view of 9 of the twelve lakes surrounding Lake Mburo NP. Thereafter, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Lodge: Kigambira Lodge/ Mihingo Lodge/ Rwakobo Rock lodge

Transfer Time: NA

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 14: Transfer to Entebbe airport for your flight

After breakfast you will checkout at the lodge and then hit the road to Entebbe, you will have a stop at the Equator crossing in Kayabwe for photography, souvenir shopping and equator experience later proceed to Entebbe International Airport.

Transfer Time: Approx. 4 hours

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch

This safari is available on private basis so you can contact us for a quote. Provide us with details of how many people you will be in a group, when you intend to travel and one of our specialists will respond to you as soon as we receive your email

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers on first and last day,
  • Chimpanzee trekking Permit (We book it for you)
  • Gorilla trekking Permit (We book it for you)
  • Game drive and boat cruise
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide
  • Fuel for the whole trip
  • Accommodation and meal plan as per the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees
  • Drinking water while in the vehicle

Cost excludes

  • Pre and post tour accommodation in Entebbe or Kampala
  • International airfares
  • Uganda Visa (USD50.00
  • Items of personal nature such as tips, drinks, and laundry

Safari Vans

STANDARD: 4X4 SAFARI VAN

Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari Vans customized for game viewing and photography. Each safari van comes with a professionally trained driver guide and fuel for the whole safari. Our Safari vans have viewing hatches and each client is entitled to a window seat. Our Vans can take up to eight people. We also have 4×4 Super Customs very comfortable and stable on the road. These carry up to 5 people with their luggage. We also have 4×4 RAV 4 for a group of two people

Safari land cruiser

UPGRADE: 4X4 LUXURY SAFARI LANDCRUISER

We have luxury latest Land cruisers each driven by professionally trained driver guides and fuel. They have pop-up roofs for proper game viewing and photography. They come with a small fridge for cooling your drinking water while on safari (which is always included while IN THE VEHICLE). They have inverters for charging small gadgets such as your smartphones and cameras. They can seat five to a maximum of seven people and each client is guaranteed of a window seat.

New Normal Travel Guidelines (SOPs)

At Encounter Africa Safaris our core value is to provide you with an authentic safari experience during these new and changing times when the whole world is alert about the ongoing pandemic of the Coronavirus. Encounter Africa Safari Travel SOPS have been put in place to ensure the wellbeing, safety and health of our clients and as such guidelines and measures have been put in place as we return to the new normal post covid-19. All these are in line with advice, guidelines and procedures for a post covid-19 traveler put in place by WHO, UNWTO, UWA, AUTO, UTB and Civil Aviation.

General recommendations for personal hygiene, cough etiquette and keeping a distance of at least one meter from persons showing symptoms remain particularly important for all travelers and even those without symptoms. These include:

  • Perform hand hygiene frequently, particularly after contact with respiratory secretions. Hand hygiene includes either cleaning hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub. Alcohol-based hand rubs are preferred and are not easily soiled. All travelers are advised to carry with.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or paper tissue when coughing or sneezing and disposing immediately of the tissue and performing hand hygiene; the recommended type of mask is the N95.
  • Refrain from touching mouth, eyes and nose, in general areas of the face.
  • Postponing travel plans in cases of illness, and avoiding contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections, hence social distance of at least one meter apart and if you are not sure of your health then postpone travel until you feel

On arrival at the airport or any entry point

  • Mandatory temperature screening using non-contact infra-red thermometers at the key tourism gates at the Airport.
  • Clients are required to have tested for the Virus prior to travel dates and should carry with medical documents supported by medical evidence and consistent with health best practices.
  • A non-contact system (digital travel) has been introduced at the Airport for clients to check in and out and at visa points, you will be attended to by someone behind a glass shield and they will also wear face masks and protectors to maintain as little contact as possible.
  • It’s now a must for all travel bags to be wrapped in plastic bags for travelers who are checking in at the Airport.
  • Mandatory hand washing / sanitizing at all entrances of the Airport for all travelers and staff.
  • Face masks are a must for all travelers, the recommended mask is an N95.
  • Tours should not exceed more than 4 in a group to maintain social distancing and walk marks in place around the airport.

In the vehicle while traveling.

  • Regular communication of safety protocols and responsibilities to clients, and to keep them informed and reminded to stay vigilant while enjoying.
  • Onboard sanitizing tissues and/or fluids to clients (travelers) and staff (driver guides and the like) will be available and we encourage you to use them.
  • Making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and surfaces. Hence we will minimize the stops and set designated stopping areas that we prove to be safe for our health and we will encourage a takeaway food system to seating in hotels during stops. We rather encourage picnic eating along the way.
  • Cleaning all surfaces more frequently, using products and disinfectants that meet requirements with special attention to high-touch surfaces like vehicle door knobs, picnic boxes, hand rests, refrigerators, etc.
  • Redesigning all processes towards a more digital and touchless approach in all possible touch-points. Like cashless payment points as money has been found to spread the virus.
  • Reduce the number of objects on board. Limit luggage quantities while traveling to only what is enough for your tour.

At the lodge.

Encounter Africa Safaris is working with only those lodges that have proven to uphold the health of our clients first and practicing as per the guidelines of WHO as below;

  • Our partner hotels, lodges and restaurants are those that have increased the frequency of cleaning in common areas and contact surfaces and rooms. The lodges have also gone further to put hand sanitizers in both the common room and in bedrooms.
  • Social distancing is a must in lodges we use of at least one meter which is the standard around the world.
  • Upon arrival standard safety protocols will be outlined and how the lodge is practicing them to prevent spread of the virus in case a person is found to be sick.
  • Our partner hotels and lodges keep spare rooms for possible sick or quarantine guests that are suspected to have the virus and later inform authorities about it.
  • The hotels and lodges we use have implemented contactless check-in and provide guests with a hygiene welcome kit where possible (this may include gloves, masks, and sanitizers).
  • Where possible temperature will be taken using a contactless infra-red thermometer as a basic standard for checking the common symptom of covid-19.
  • The partner lodges have adopted new services such as room service or picnic takeaway to reduce convergence in the common dining area at the lodge and also you are encouraged to avoid buffets while ordering for meals as these attract many people.
  • Our partners lodges and hotels foster flexibility in all their operations, such as those that can amend bookings if clients are not able to make it at suggested times and those that can keep credit for the client until when they are fit to travel.

At the national parks.

  • All Staff and visitors shall wear the right face masks that have been prescribed by Ministry of Health (Visitors will carry their own masks an N95).
  • Staff of Uganda Wildlife Authority will inform the visitor of the general government approved covid operational guidelines. They will explain to the visitor the UWA safety COVID measures (DOs and DONTs) during their tour and stay within the protected areas.
  • The tourists shall be required to provide a certificate that shows that they are COVID negative, either provided by our Ministry of Health or the relevant authority from the country most recently visited.
  • Temperature screening will be done at the key tourism gates of the different National Park. Those with temperatures above 37.6 degrees Celsius shall not be allowed into the protected areas and shall be advised to seek medical help through the mechanisms set up by authorities to get to the nearest quarantine location.
  • Every tourist shall have wash and disinfect their hands at all entry points to the protected areas. Sanitary alcohol sanitizer dispensers as well as hand washing facilities with soap shall be installed at all entry points.
  • There will be regular disinfecting of common areas with heavy tourist contact before, during and after visiting hours. These include information counters, service desks, waiting areas, park offices and toilets. Toilets in particular should be cleaned at least every 2 hours
  • Where applicable, transparent screens will be fitted at all, park gate counters. The staff manning the gate will only allow visitors who have the prescribed face masks and who have washed/ sanitized to enter the park

Tourist vehicles and boats within the national parks

  • The National guidelines issued by MoH shall be enforced by tourists while in visiting the National Parks i.e
    • Saloon cars – 3 persons (This does not include the guide, where one is requested and paid for)
    • Buses, mini buses and omnibuses – Half capacity
    • Overlanders – Half capacity
    • Concessionaire delivery vehicles, pick-ups and lories – 2 persons
    • Private boats and launches – Half capacity
    • Tour operator game drive vehicles and UWA owned game drive vehicles – 6 persons
  • Social distancing should be observed within the vehicles
  • Tour operators and service providers will be regularly reminded to disinfect their cars regularly
  • UWA owned vehicles will be washed every day before use and disinfected daily through spray pumps
  • Every protected area shall provide a safe location where this spraying can be done, and where they tour operators can also park their cars to disinfect them
  • All tour operators shall be encouraged to provide their drivers with an alcohol rub/hand sanitizer for frequently or alternatively wear gloves. Caution should however be taken to remove this sanitizer whenever the car is parked
  • All other precautionary measures have to be enforced ie washing hands, social distancing and cautiously using masks

Key Tourism Activities

Briefing of tourists

  • Before engaging in any tourism activities, the tourists shall be given the usual briefing regarding the activities they are about to engage in. In addition to this, the guides shall remind the tourists about the risk / looming dangers of covid and brief them on the general preventative measures government has instituted and the measure they will be expected to abide by while in the Protected Areas, and remind them that it’s both for their safety and that of the wildlife.
  • These guidelines and measures shall also be printed and displayed in key visible areas within the park such as the briefing areas, the gates, the information centres, the canteens, to mention but a few.

Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking

  • The existing gorilla and chimpanzee tracking rules and guidelines (see annex) will remain in force to prevent any human to animal transmissions. These include
    • 8 and 6 tourists will be allowed to track the gorillas and chimpanzees respectively
    • The tourists must keep 7m away from the gorillas and chimpanzees
    • Tourists who during the briefing are observed to be overly coughing shall not be allowed to track
    • Tourists who during the briefing are observed to be sick shall not be allowed to track. These include tourists with signs flu, and those who report to have diarrhoea and stomach upsets, malaria etc
  • While the forests are dense and don’t have any specific trails for tracking, the assigned UWA guides shall try as humanly possible to ensure that there is social distancing among the tourists while the tracking takes place
  • The tourists shall be encouraged to carry light equipment to minimise the need for potters while they undertake the tracking. This will be communicated to potential tourists through the tour operators and other fora
  • Due to the reported side effects of putting on masks for long periods and in high altitudes, the number of breaks during the tracking shall be doubled to give tourists time to breathe fresh air.
  • During these breaks, social distancing should be observed

Game Drives

  • The regular park rules shall apply
  • The vehicle guidelines above shall also apply
  • Where a guide is requested, the guide shall sit at the front and shall continuously remind the tourists about the need to social distance
  • Masks shall be worn at all time
  • Where a tourists gets side effects due to putting on a mask for a long time, the tourist shall inform the guide who will find a safe and secure place to park the vehicle and allow for the tourists to get fresh air while maintaining social distance

Boat Cruises

  • The regular park rules shall apply
  • The boat and launches guidelines above shall also apply
  • The UWA owned boats must be cleaned and disinfected every day before any boat cruise activity
  • The concessionaire shall also be required to clean and disinfect their boats every day before any boat activities
  • The guide shall enforce social distancing while on the boat.
  • Masks shall be worn at all time while on the boat
  • Where a tourists gets side effects due to putting on a mask for a long time, the tourist shall inform the guide who will find space within the boat for this client to get some fresh air for a few minutes. This shall be away from the other tourists

Anticipated travel needs for anyone traveling post Covid-19

  • Bring enough of your medicine to last you for the entire trip.
  • Pack enough alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) and keep it within easy to reach.
  • Bring a cloth face covering to wear in public places. Mask N95 is recommended while traveling to Uganda.
  • Prepare food and water for your trip where possible and avoid eating at places providing buffets.
  • Limit the number of people you get in contact with while on safari.

For more information about safety and healthy responses and updates on Covid-19 in Uganda and East Africa, do not hesitate to contact Encounter Africa Safaris

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