7 Days Uganda Gorilla trekking and Semliki Valley
This seven day safari takes you through the most scenic places the pearl of Africa has to offer rolling hill with beautiful manicured tea plantations, to the magnificent Rwenzori slopes, dense true African jungle, amazing nature created features, from hot springs, plenty of wild animals, different primates, numerous bird species you will appreciate that this country is truly the pearl of Africa.
DAY 1 Uganda Gorilla trekking-Semliki Valley: DEPART SEMILIKI-HOT SPRINGS-NIGHT GAME DRIVE
Semliki national park and wild life reserve found north of fort portal town in the west of the country is one of the richest areas for both flora and fauna in Africa,an extension of the Ituri forest on the base of the northern Rwenzori and close to lake Albert an area of 720sqkm offers fantastic views, hot springs, wild game such as pygmy/ forest elephants, pigmy hippos, Sitatungas, leopards, Uganda kobs and various varieties of primates, for the twitters over 40 Congo species can be seen including the prehistoric shoe bill stork.
Leave early from your hotel, stop in Fort portal for lunch and thereafter ascend the mountain for the hot springs at Sempaya and then to the lodge where you will do late afternoon check in relax as you get ready for evening game drive before dinner, accommodation options; Semiliki safari lodge (upmarket facility), Uganda Wildlife Bandas (mid-market) and Uganda Wildlife Bandas (Budget facility), Meal plan Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner.
DAY 2 Uganda Gorilla trekking-Semliki Valley: SEMILIKI-MORNING GAME DRIVE-KIBALE
One of Uganda’s oldest reserve where a tropical rain forest meets the grassy Savannah, the flat plains are punctuated by deep river valleys, this unique geography is also reflected in the diversity of wildlife which includes the mammals of central Africa and some key east African species, with a variety of bird life, the morning game drive across the three track of the reserve where usually you get to see small forest and larger Savannah elephants, kobs, warthogs, water buck, buffaloes and many types of monkeys , head back for lunch, checkout and head for the kibale forest, accommodation options; Ndali lodge (up market facility),Chimpanzee Forest Guest House (mid-market) and Kibale Forest Camp (Budget facility), Meal plan Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner.
DAY 3 Uganda Gorilla trekking-Semliki Valley: KIBALE-CHIMPANZEE TREKKING-BIGODI SWAMP
In the morning you will have breakfast then transfer to Kibale forest national park 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 monkeys, lhoestes, and butterflies. After tracking the chimps in the afternoon you will go for a nature walk to the Bigodi swamp to see unique flora and fauna, Accommodation options, Ndali lodge (up market),Chimpanzee Forest Guest House (mid-market) and Kibale Forest Camp (Budget facility), Meal plan Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner.
DAY 4 Uganda Gorilla trekking-Semliki Valley: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK-AFTERNOON BOAT
Begin your morning with a visit to the Ndali crater region and the vanilla factory, thereafter drive to the south into Queen Elizabeth National Park sightseeing and game viewing, named after the British monarch in memory of her visit to Uganda and the area, the park is nestled between two lakes, George and Edward with the kazinga channel joining the two, its lush Savannah offers prime grazing ground for the buffalo, elephants and various antelope, host over 600 bird species, on a clear day their chances of viewing the mountains of the moon the Rwenzori and its snow peak.
Arrive in time for lunch; check in,after lunch drive down to the jetty for the boat cruise on the famed Kazinga Channel where you get to see schools of hippos. The Channel has the highest concentration of hippos in Africa it is also the place for birders/twitters enjoy most as you will hundreds and hundreds of birds on the shore, you can easily identify over 40 species while on the boat cruise on Kazinga Channel. Hippos and Birds are plenty here but so are crocodiles, monitor lizards, elephant herds, buffaloes, antelopes and during the late afternoon you might see a predator coming to water, accommodation options: Mweya safari lodge (up market facility), Bush Lodge (mid-market) and Bush Lodge (Budget facility), Meal plan Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner.
DAY 5 Uganda Gorilla trekking-Semliki Valley: ISHASHA-BWINDI
Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park after breakfast, Bwindi impenetrable national park habitats half of the world’s mountain gorilla population providing the best tracking moments, the total population is estimated to be about seven hundred eighty living in the Virunga volcanoes and Bwindi. Before journeying to Bwindi we shall do a game drive in Ishasha to look for the tree climbing lions and other game, with a lunch stop Savannah resort, late arrival in Bwindi. Accommodation options; Buhoma lodge (up market facility),Silverback safari lodge (mid-market facility), Buhoma Community Camp Ground (Budget facility) and meal plan Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.
DAY 6 Uganda Gorilla trekking-Semliki Valley: GORILLA TREKKING
After breakfast you will be picked by your driver guide and driven to the briefing point and thereafter off to track the gorillas, the thrill of your encounter will erase the difficulties of the strenuous trek. Bring jungle boots and rain jackets because the park is often wet.
Spend time in awe watching the gorillas go about their activities. Each gorilla safari encounter is different and has its own rewards, but you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a magnificent green swathe of dense rain forest, so ancient that it survived the last ice age. A recently proclaimed World Heritage site, it’s one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth and its unique, precious flora sustains roughly half of the world population of mountain gorillas believed to number just 780. There’s also a substantial chimpanzee population and research shows that Bwindi is the only forest in Africa in which these two apes live together. Time permitting, spend the afternoon on a community foot safari to explore the life style of the people living and surrounding the park. Return to camp exhilarated to relieve the encounter with friends over a drink. Accommodation options; Buhoma lodge (up market facility),Silverback safari lodge (mid-market facility), Buhoma Community Camp Ground (Budget facility) and meal plan Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.
DAY 7 Uganda gorilla trekking-Semliki Valley: DEPARTURE KAMPALA/ENTEBBE
After breakfast travel to Kampala, stopover at the equator line, this is an imaginary line which dissects the globe into two, participate in the water experiment where you will see how water movement changes when either south, north or along the equator line, have a photos and shop for gifts at the equator. Accommodation option: Cassia lodge (up market facility), Boma Guest House (mid-market) and Red Chili Backpackers (Budget facility), Meal plan Breakfast/ Lunch. End of your trip.
7 days gorilla trekking-semliki package includes:
-Transportation by a 4wd vehicle with services English speaking Driver/guide
-Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary except in Kampala/ Entebbe bed and breakfast
-Lunch while on transit
-Bottled water in the car
-Four game drives
-One boat cruise
-Two Nature walks
-One Gorilla and chimpanzee permit per person to be secured and paid for in advance
7 days gorilla trekking-semliki valley package excludes:
-expenses of personal nature like: Visa, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, porter fee while trekking, personal insurance, and tobacco.
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