9-Day Pearl of Africa Wildlife, Bird-sighting Safari

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9 Days
Availability : As you Plan
BOTANICAL GARDEN – ENTEBBE
KIGALI
Min Age : NA
Max People : Private Tailored Safari

Overview


: Arrive in Uganda and tour Entebbe Botanical Garden. Next day, proceed to Kibale Forest NP with detour shoebill stork sighting in Mabamba. In Kibale, enjoy chimp trekking plus Bigodi swamp walk. Proceed to Queen Elizabeth NP and expect classic big game sighting plus the boat trip on the Kazinga channel. Head for the ultimate gorilla trekking in Bwindi and then transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation and sightseeing. Depart to Entebbe to catch your flight out.

Let Home to Africa take you on this remarkable safari into the Pearl of Africa that the Fond Memory will not be forgotten so soon.

Fun: Boat trip on the Kazinga Channel, game drive, chimp and gorilla trekking, sighting birds.

Bragging Right: Close up encounter with the chimps and gorillas firsthand in their natural habitat, being in both Uganda – the Pearl of Africa and Rwanda in one safari.

My trip at a glance
Day and Date Destination Attention Accommodation Meals
Day One Entebbe Airport | Botanical Garden
  • Arrive, visit the Entebbe Botanical Garden and overnight in the booked accommodation.
Lake Victoria View Guesthouse Lunch, Dinner
Day Two Mabamba Swamp | Kibale Forest  NP
  • Go shoebill stork sighting in Mabamba Swamp and proceed to Kibale Forest NP.
Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day Three Kibale Forest  NP | Bigodi Swamp
  • Go chimp tracking Kibale Forest and later take the Bigodi Swamp walk.
Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP and the afternoon boat trip on the Kazinga Channel.
The Bush Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Morning game drive in Queen and the afternoon visit to the Katwe salt lake.
The Bush Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six Bwindi Impenetrable NP
  • Transfer to Bwindi with en route game drive in the Ishasha area.
Broadbill Forest Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven Bwindi NP | Lake Bunyonyi
  • Go gorilla trekking Bwindi and later transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation & sightseeing.
Arcadia Lodge Bunyonyi Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight Lake Bunyonyi
  • Explore Lake Bunyonyi: enjoy canoe ride, interact with the community, swim, watch birds etc.
Arcadia Lodge Bunyonyi Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine Kigali City | Airport
  • Exit Bunyonyi and Transfer to Kigali, visit the Genocide Museum and later transfer to the airport.
Not Provided (Unless requested) Breakfast, Lunch.
My trip Step – by – Step

Day 1:  Arrive, visit the Entebbe Botanical Garden and overnight in the booked accommodation.

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by a Home to Africa representative who will welcome you to Uganda – the Pearl of Africa. Thereafter, you will be transferred to your booked accommodation where you will have the overnight stay. After checking into your accommodation, you will go out and tour the Entebbe Botanical Garden.

Entebbe Botanical Gardens is one of the places around Entebbe where you can spot many species of birds. There is a small ruminate patch of rain forest where Guereza Colobus and vervet monkeys can be observed next to great Blue and Ross’ turacos, and Diederik Cuckoos, Woodland Kingfisher, Black and white casqued horn bill and splendid starling. It is also a place of tranquility and peace, a feast for the eyes and there is notable absence of people and you simply immerse in nature, the sounds of birds breaking the stillness of the moment.

Day 2:  Go shoebill stork sighting in Mabamba Swamp and proceed to Kibale Forest NP.

You will have your breakfast at the accommodation and then depart for Kibale Forest National Park. The park is popular for its primate’s population like the chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, red cheeked monkeys and red tailed monkeys. On your chimpanzee trails, these are regularly seen swinging in the forest trees and others feeding on the wild fruits.

En route, you will detour for the shoebill stork sighting in Mabamba swamp. This is one of the best and most convenient places to see the elusive Shoebill. The bird is easiest seen in the morning when they stalk their main prey, the mudfish or frogs, but may be spotted all day. They may stand absolutely still for long periods awaiting the movements of their prey and then suddenly strike with a marvelous speed. It’s fascinating to watch the behavior of this elusive and endangered bird firsthand in their natural habitat. You will thereafter continue to Kibale Forest NP, arriving late afternoon/evening.

Day 3:  Go chimp tracking Kibale Forest and later take the Bigodi Swamp walk.

Today you will experience some serious primate business! Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the chimpanzees. Approximately 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Uganda, which makes it a perfect place to spot them! An experienced ranger will take you chimp tracking and you will be marveled by the sights of primates here. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour with them.

Return to your accommodation for lunch and later have the Bigodi swamp walk. The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a fascinating area, located in Magombe swamp. This area is recognized for its extensive array of biodiversity among which are several primates species like the red colobus monkey, baboon, black & white colobus monkey, grey-cheeked mangabeys, vervet monkey, red-tailed monkey and the L’Hoest monkey. The Bigodi is also a paradise for bird watchers. Actually skilled birders may spot up to fifty or so new species on a bird list. Among the major bird species within the sanctuary is the grand Blue Turaco.

Day 4:  Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP and the afternoon boat trip on the Kazinga Channel.

Queen Elizabeth National Park, a 2hour drive from Kibale, is one of the best birding destinations. The park’s diverse ecosystem, 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.

After an early breakfast, begin your journey to Queen.  Arrive in time to relax, have lunch and later go for a two-hour boat safari on the Kazinga Channel which connects Lakes George and Edward and you will surely be fascinated by the concentrations of giant hippos, elephants and crocodiles among others. You will also see many varieties of birds at the water shores. You will have dinner and overnight at your accommodation.

Day 5:  Morning game drive in Queen and the afternoon visit to the Katwe salt lake.

Be up early and head out for a game drive through the park with magnificent views of the plains, valleys, terraced hills and abundance of wild animals like reedbuck, bushbuck, Uganda kob, warthogs, elephants, lions, buffaloes and so much more. For any birder, the drive also offers an amazing birding opportunity. Thereafter, return to the accommodation for lunch and some rest time before going out for the Katwe salt lake visit.

Lake Katwe in Queen Elizabeth National Park is a traditional salt mining lake formed by the volcanic eruption about 10,000 years ago. A visit to this salt lake will give you the opportunity to interact with the local salt-miners and their experience of salt mining using traditional methods. Thereafter, return to the accommodation for relaxation awaiting dinner and the overnight stay.

Day 6:  Transfer to Bwindi with en route game drive in the Ishasha area.

Have breakfast then set off for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through the Isasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park – famously known for its resident tree-climbing lions. The chance of spotting these lions is about 70% though sometimes they are really hard to spot (most especially when they’re down in the grassland looking for prey). Hoping you get the chance to spot them, the sight will be spectacular!

Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is a big habitat for mountain gorillas in Uganda; harboring an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants.

With a strenuous day ahead, you will do less on arrival but just check in your accommodation, relax as you prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day.

Day 7:  Go gorilla trekking Bwindi and later transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation & sightseeing.

After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary 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 locate a gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored.

Return to your lodge. Have your lunch and thereafter check out for a transfer to Lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyonyi is framed by lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of (2,200 – 2,478m) but it’s the 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical — you could admire them all day.

Day 8:  Explore Lake Bunyonyi: enjoy canoe ride, interact with the community, swim, watch birds etc.

After breakfast, you will have the option of visiting the Orugano rain Forest which has diverse plants and animals or spend some time interacting with the Batwa (pygmies) community who inhabit parts of the forest and its surrounding areas. Birders will treat themselves with well over 300 bird species recorded. Return for lunch at the accommodation and enjoy the afternoon on a boat ride, canoeing.

Alternatively, a full-day canoe trek on Lake Bunyonyi will introduce you to the major islands and their rich history but also there will be some great time spent in a traditional dugout canoe. Return to your accommodation and have a relaxed evening, dinner and overnight.

Day 9:  Exit Bunyonyi and Transfer to Kigali, visit the Genocide Museum and later transfer to the airport.

Have breakfast with spectacular view of the Bunyonyi little islands just right in front of you. Thereafter, checkout of the accommodation and embark on a transfer to Kigali. You will arrive in Kigali early enough to undertake the Kigali City tour with excursion to places like: the national museum, local markets and art & craft shops, genocide memorial grounds. Later, you will transfer to the airport to catch your flight out. We hope to see you (or any referral) when next, you visit and thanks for choosing Home to Africa!

Our Pricing

Travelers Price/Person Discount From Base
Solo Traveler 3596 Base Price
2 Persons Sharing 2669 25.78%
3 Persons Sharing 2549 29.12%
4 Persons Sharing 2407 33.06%
5 Persons Sharing 2355 34.51%
6 Or More Persons Sharing 2228 38.04%
Inclusion Exclusion
  • All Meals and accommodation as per the itinerary.
  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable safari vehicle.
  • Phone calls and bar bills.
  •  Applicable park entrance fees.
  • Personal/travel insurance.
  • Services of a full-time English speaking driver/guide.
  • Laundry.
  • Water while on safari
  • Airfare
  • Any activity stated as “Optional”
  • All launch or boat trip as per itinerary.
  • All other Services of a personal nature.
  • Gorilla trekking permit USD 600 per person.
  • Driver guide’s gratuity.
  • Chimp trekking permit USD 150 per person.
  • Any activity stated as “Optional”
  • All airport/hotel pick-ups and drop off.
  • All kinds of drinks except water.
  • All activities as stipulated in the itinerary.
  • And all government taxes/levies.
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