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8 Days Chimps, Wildlife & Fishing Safari

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Duration

8 Days / 7 Nights

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

5 people

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Languages

English

Overview

Entebbe – Murchison Falls National Park – Kibale Forest National Park – Kampala
8 Days / 7 Nights
Group Size: 1 – 5

 

Safari Overview

Explore the unique fish species of Lake Victoria “the 2nd largest fresh water lake in the world” & the great River Nile “the longest river in the world”. This is spiced up with Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park, photo opportunity at the Equator within Lake Victoria to the wonderful wildlife of Murchison Falls National Park with its stunning sunset. Get into cultural interactions at Bigodi community with a bird watching adventure in the Wetland Sanctuary in company of a local guide. After the wilderness adventure you can have a half day city tour in Kampala City prior to your departure, leaving you with memories of Buganda cultural history & heritage.

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fishing on Lake Victoria & the Nile
  • Visit the equator in Lake Victoria
  • Chimpanzee Tracking
  • Chance to visit Mabamba wetland
  • Exclusive game drives
  • Visit the top of the falls
  • Cultural encounter at Bigodi
  • Rhino tracking at Ziwa (optional)
  • The Kampala City Tour
  • Souvenir shopping
  • Scenic drive from the north to the west

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival & Transfer to the Hotel In Entebbe

Arrival at Entebbe International Airport where you will be received by a member of our team and transferred to your hotel in Entebbe. Depending on your arrival time, check-in & enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: 2 Friends Beach Hotel / Laico Lake Victoria Hotel/ Hotel No. 5

Day 2: Full Day Sport Fishing On Lake Victoria

After breakfast you will be transferred to the meeting point – Uganda Wildlife Education Centre for briefing by today’s fishing guide about the activity. Thereafter board the boat & go explore the fish in the largest fresh water lake of Africa for approximately 8 hours with packed lunch & a couple of drinks. You will also pass the Equator on the lake.

Fishing here gives you a high chance of catching the famous Nile Perch (8- 80 kg in weight) by trolling with lures as the main method of fishing, on fully equipped speedboats of between 18 & 30 feet powered by twin outboard engines.

You are advised to come along with sun protection; hats, sunglasses, creams (average day time temperatures are in the mid to late 20 0C), sandals, insect repellent & a camera, a pair of binoculars, light daywear such as T-shirts and shorts with a rain jacket in case of bad weather and a sweater. Return to the hotel in the evening after the long day’s adventure & stay at leisure with dinner in a serene atmosphere.

Day 3: Murchison Falls N. Park Via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

After a sumptuous breakfast at about 7:30 am, depart for Murchison Falls National Park past Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

Optional Activity

En-route to Masindi 3 hours’ drive out of Kampala, make a stopover at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track Rhinos before proceeding to the National Park.
Upon entrance into the park, visit the top of the falls; here you will spot a permanent rainbow right from the top as you hear the uproar of the waterfall (This is possible depending on the gate of entry and Water levels at ferry crossing).

The view is rewarding as it explains why Murchison Falls is famously known as one of the world’s strongest waterfalls. And soon after sightseeing the perfect scenery, proceed to the ferry dock, crossover to the lodge to check-in & enjoy your leisure.

Overnight at Pakuba Safari Lodge/ Paara Safari Lodge/ Bakers Lodge
Meal Plan
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, and Lunch

Day 4: Full Day Sport Fishing On River Nile

After breakfast meet your fishing guide (advisable to be accompanied) & go fishing in the jungle waters of the great River Nile with various wildlife & unique birds.

Fishing in Murchison Falls National Park is so exciting & involves catching fish by casting lures (best method for catching larger fish like the Nile perch & catfish), to include live bait & termites for smaller fish like the Tigerfish.

Enjoy a boat ride along with the Nile past crocodiles, hippos & other wildlife to Victoria Nile or the bottom of the falls (best spots for fishing) but you are advised to take caution of the Hippos & Nile crocodiles especially at the banks.

Advised to carry enough sun protection equipment (temps rise over 40°C), wear long socks, trousers & insect repellents, also carry spare fishing equipment. Please note that it is a “catch & release” activity.

Meal Plan
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, and Lunch
Tea, Coffee, and Soft Drinks Included

Day 5: Dawn Game Drive & Trip to Kibale National Park

Journey Time: 6 - 7 Hrs
After an early breakfast go for a game drive through the delta circuit, reputably known for high concentrations of wildlife, rewarding you with stunning views of the savanna & other plant vegetation of acacia & borassus palm trees propagated by elephants from Congo. Expect a wide variety of wildlife including;

Lions, hippos, waterbucks, leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hyenas, oribi, Uganda Kob, baboons & patas monkeys, and many more. Stopover at the Nile Delta to view Hippos cooling off in the water, with a photo opportunity around the bank.

After the game, the drive departs for Kibale National Park with a lunch stopover in Hoima. Upon arrival head straight to the lodge & enjoy the rest of today at leisure.

Overnight: Primate Lodge Kibale / Papaya Lodge
Meal Plan:
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, and Lunch
Tea, Coffee, and Soft Drinks Included

Day 6: Chimp Tracking & Optional Activities

At 795 sq. km Kibale National Park is home to over 351 tree species some over 200 years old, famous for 13 primate species including Chimpanzees, 70 mammal species & over 375 birds species. In the morning, start off the day with breakfast and get ready for the day’s exciting activities.

Chimpanzee tracking is combined with an all green forest walk where you see various bird species (great blue turaco), & more primates like the black & white colobus monkey, Return to the lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, visit Bigodi Community (optional) & interact freely with the locals. Then proceed to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a nice spot for birds; to include; African hobby, great blue turaco, Black kite, Swamp flycatcher, Scarlet-chested bird, Grey-crowned crane, Herons, Weaver birds & many more. Later on in the evening, return to the lodge & spend the evening at leisure.

Meal Plan
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, and Lunch

Day 7: Depart Kibale National Park for Kampala City

Journey Time: 5 - 6 Hrs
Enjoy a leisurely morning with breakfast at the lodge & later depart Kibale National Park for Kampala City with an optional lunch stopover in between. Arrive in Kampala & proceed to the hotel where you will spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8: Kampala City Tour, Transfer & Departure

On this final day of your safari, enjoy a brief tour of Kampala city with visits to; the highlights of the city such as the Buganda palace, Uganda museum, Nakasero market, all the historical monuments, the largest craft village and temples. You will later be transferred to Entebbe International Airport to check in for your next home departure flight.
END OF SAFARI
DISCLAIMER:

1. The journey time(s) stated in the itinerary is estimation and it is subject to variation depending on traffic and road conditions.
2. Listed accommodation options are subject to availability at the time of booking. If not available, similar properties will be considered

Included/Exclude

  • Meals & mineral water
  • 7 Nights’ accommodation
  • All park entry fees
  • Kampala City Tour
  • Fishing permits (inclusive)
  • Chimp permits & game drives
  • Return airport transfers
  • Services of an English – speaking guide
  • Transport in a 4X4 land cruiser (Window seat guaranteed)
  • AMREF Medical evacuation cover
  • International airline ticket
  • Meals & snacks outside accommodation
  • En Route-lunches
  • Optional activities
  • Medical & travel insurance
  • All drinks alcoholic & non-alcoholic
  • Expenses of a personal nature and tips
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Extra nights &/or day room

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