10 Day Honeymoon Special, Primates & The Nile

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Places to Visit: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kibale Forest, The Source of the Nile

Tour Overview

If you’ve ever wanted to sit with mountain gorillas in their natural rainforest habitat then a Uganda safari will deliver on your expectations. Boasting a 90% success rate at finding habituated gorilla family groups in the extraordinary Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, gorilla trekking in Uganda has become one of Africa’s most powerful wildlife experiences and such is its success that the gorilla population is actually increasing.

But don’t think that a Uganda safari is only about gorillas in rainforests: this 10 Day Honeymoon Special, Primates & The Nile safari package flies you to/from Kisoro and a couple of days into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest jungle where you’ll go on a gorilla trekking adventure, then take you to Kibale Forest to participate in the Chimpanzee Habituation experience and later take the mighty Nile River on in Jinja. A perfect honeymoon special holiday gift.

Highlights:

  • Discover the southern region of the Pearl of Africa optimizing the transfer times
  • Fly to/from Kisoro with daily departures and no minimum of participants
  • Unforgettable encounter with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Trek Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park.
  • Meet, explore and learn from the local communities
  • Support sustainable tourism initiatives
  • Raft the Nile
  • Explore the source of Nile

Specially created for:

  • Nature lovers
  • Safari aficionados
  • Walking enthusiasts
  • Adventure travellers

The safari at a glance

  • Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe & Botanical Garden and Sunset Cruise  B, L, D
  • Day 2: Transfer to Jinja – Visit the source of the Nile.  B, L, D
  • Day 3: Raft the Nile  B, L, D
  • Day 4: Transfer to Entebbe B, L, D
  • Day 5: Entebbe – Kibale Forest National Park  B, L, D
  • Day 6: Full day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience  B, L, D
  • Day 7: AeroLink Flight to Kisoro, hike and canoe across Lake Mutanda B, L, D
  • Day 8: Gorilla tracking B, L, D
  • Day 9: Optional Second Gorilla Trek and Buniga Forests (encounter with the Batwa) B, L, D
  • Day 10: AeroLink flight to Entebbe B, L, D

SAFARI ITINERARY IN DETAIL

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe & Botanical Garden and Sunset Cruise

Arrival in Entebbe as per your international flights and transfer to Papyrus Guest House.

After check in at the guesthouse, transfer to the Botanical Garden for guided nature walk and later proceed to the pier at 5:30pm for Sunset Boat Cruise on Lake Victoria with the stop at the Equator line, the cruise comes with Cheese and Wine on board.

  • Accommodation: Papyrus Guest House (standard room)
  • Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast basis; Lunch & Dinner on own’s account

Day 2: Transfer to Jinja – Visit the source of the Nile.

Early breakfast and transfer to Eastern Uganda, via Mabira forest – conduct nature in the forest and proceed to Jinja town visit the Ghandi Statue and learn the history of this famous Industrious town, after lunch, proceed for boat trip to the source of the Nile as its springs out of Lake Victoria on its Journey to the Mediterranean Sea. After the boat trip you rendezous with your guide to the lodge. Please note: Boat transfer from the mainland to the island (last boat transfer is at 1730 hrs).

  • Accommodation: WildWaters Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 3: Raft the Nile

Early morning Breakfast and transfer to meet your fellow rafters and guides. After a quick briefing, you will be fitted out with life jackets and helmets before heading off to the starting point of the days rafting. Experience grade 5 White Water rafting, provided by the rafting company as you draft away on the thunderous Nile.

  • Accommodation: WildWaters Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 4: Transfer to Entebbe

Relaxed morning at the Wild Waterlodge till mid-morning and transfer to Entebbe via Kayunga District, through Kampala surburbs onwards to Entebbe.

  • Accommodation: Papyrus Guest House (standard room)
  • Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast basis; Lunch & Dinner on own’s account

Day 5: Entebbe – Kibale Forest National Park

Depart for Entebbe Airport for your Aero link flight to kasese Airstrip. Pick up by the driver; continue to Kibale Forest National Park

This lively town is the base for activities around Kibale Forest National Park. The national park offers one of the most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda, 70 mammal species and 13 primate species.

Afternoon Bigodi Swamp walk and later relax at the Lodge.

  • Accommodation: Primate Lodge
  • Meal plan: Full board

Day 6: Full day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience

Proceed early morning at 6:30 Am for a full day chimpanzee habituationexperience; you will spend the full day with Chimpanzees following them around. While tracking, you will be able to spot different animal species like the Red Colobus, Black and white Colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, Red-tailed Monkey, and L’Hoest’s Monkey among others and different bird species.

  • Accommodation: Primate Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full board.

Day 7: AeroLink Flight to Kisoro, hike and canoe across Lake Mutanda

After an early breakfast, transfer to Kasese Airstrip for the AeroLink flight to Kisoro across central Uganda and offering a view of the country beautiful landscape of mountains, hills, cultivated terraces, tropical rainforest, bamboo forests and the majestic chain of the Virunga Volcanoes.

Upon arrival meeting with the vehicle and our walking safari guide for a briefing on the very interesting activities of the day which will be adapted to the clients’ desires. You can either walk for approx. 90 minutes – 4km to Lake Mutanda Sheba’s Camp – or drive 30 minutes to the lake. You then “settle” in a dugout canoe for 2-3 hours of gentle relaxed cruising across the lake, enjoying the beautiful landscape. After lunch at a restaurant on the lake shores, continuation on foot till Rubuguri (9km – 2/3 hours) where you meet up the vehicle and drive for another 10 km up to the Lodge in Nkuringo (approx 1 hour). Of course you can also be picked up by the vehicle at the lake and drive all the way up to the Lodge. Guests decide!

  • Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (Virunga Terrace Room or Private cottage)
  • Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 8: Gorilla tracking

After breakfast, at around 7:45 am, with packed lunch and drinking water you will be transfer to the National Park Head Quarters for the briefing on the dos and the don’ts while with the gorillas. You then continue to the forest for the start of the actual gorilla tracking.

The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular. The area offers a 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 as per the movements of these great primates. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored. Many find it to be a rare and moving opportunity. The tracking can take place at Nkuringo or at Rushaga (1 hr drive from Nkuringo), as per the gorilla permits obtained.

Upon return, relax at the lodge and, for those who like, at 5.00 pm either stroll through the community center or drive up to the “Top of the World” – the name given to the football field, high up in Nkuringo which offers amazing views over the peaks and forests around Nkuringo. A great way to stretch your legs after the gorilla tracking and to enjoy a sundowner.

  • Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (Virunga Terrace Room or Private Cottage)
  • Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 9: Optional Second Gorilla Trek and Buniga Forests (encounter with the Batwa)

Proceed to Rushaga some 23km from Nkuringo to conduct your second gorilla tracking excursion.
At 06.45 you will depart Nkuringo as part of a 23km drive to Rushaga where you will meet with your Gorilla tracking guide and receive an activity briefing. The drive to Rushaga at first light is particularly spectacular with the volcanoes looking like sentinels on the Southern horizon. Where you pass through the village of Rushaga the sun raising in front you fractures against the primary forest. Stopping for a photograph is a prerequisite. Your gorilla tracking activity will very likely require you proceed some kilometers from the Rushaga visitors reception to the trail head where you will commence the tracking activity. Your time in the forest cannot be pre-determined as every day is different from that previous. On your return to your vehicle you will proceed directly to Nkuringo if time permits, you will have chance to visit the Batwa Pygmies either on Day 6 or Day 7

Transfer to Buniga Forest Trail Walk, an informative project run by USAID and the local Batwa community. The Batwa tribe was forced to leave their home in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in 1991 when it was declared a UNESCO Heritage site for gorillas only. They had been living in the forest as nomadic hunter-gatherers for millennia, in perfect balance with the flora and fauna around. Moving out and suddenly living in communities with a completely different way of life has proven to be a huge challenge. They now survive as best as they can and earn a living explaining their previous life in the forest and their rich heritage.

  • Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (Virunga Terrace Room or Private Cottage)
  • Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 10: AeroLink flight to Entebbe

Early breakfast and transfer to Kisoro Airstrip for your morning AeroLink flight to Entebbe. The flight arrival time in Entebbe at 11:30am, connect to the outbound flight to Nairobi.