This tour is completely customizable including dates and accommodation level options. Per person discount is available for more than two people sharing one room.
Tour prices reflected per person based on two people sharing one room in basic accommodations. Suggested dates are for itinerary purposes and can be customized based on Gorilla permit availability…. After placing deposit you will be redirected to Local Tour Provider to finalize all details of this amazing adventure.
Trip highlights for this safari include tracking rhinos in Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Game drives and Boat cruises in Murchison Falls Park and a visit to the top of the falls. You will experience Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park, Game drives and a boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will also to take nature walks in the Bigodi Swamp and gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest plus the smallest national park in Uganda- Lake Mburo National Park famous for zebras, giraffes and so on.
Start: Entebbe International Airport, Uganda
Finish: Entebbe International Airport, Uganda
This incredible safari takes you to Uganda’s greatest wildlife destinations. Highlights include Rhino tracking in Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary, game drives in Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale, Gorilla tracking in Bwindi , Lake Bunyonyi and much, much more.
Meet and greet at Entebbe International Airport where your Uganda Adventure Safari starts by our representative who will warmly welcome you and facilitate seamless arrival formalities. You will then be transferred to your hotel where you will be briefed about your adventure safari. Depending on the time of arrival you are advised to have money changed on this day. In case you arrive in the morning or early afternoon, you will go for a wine and cheese boat cruise on Lake Victoria
After your early morning breakfast drive northwest to Murchison Falls National Park, you may stopover at the Rhino Sanctuary where you will have an opportunity to trek Rhinos.
There are 15 Rhinos which were reintroduced after their extinction in the 1970s through poaching. A local ranger guide will lead you on foot to an up-close encounter with the rhinos and it may take about 1 and half hours. Proceed to Masindi Town for lunch and later continue to Murchison Falls National Park arriving at your lodge late afternoon.
Arise very early in the morning for your game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile in your open-roof vehicle which will give you an excellent opportunity to view and photograph the diverse wildlife. Your guide will help you spot elephant, lion, cape buffalo, Roth child’s giraffe, hartebeest, waterbuck, oribi, bushbuck, bohor reed buck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard.
Alternatively you may go for a hot air balloon safari very early in the morning with a bush breakfast included at a supplement of $380 per person.
After lunch, go for a boat cruise upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just few of meters from the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’, marvel at the schools of hippos, crocodiles and over the 17km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob. This is also the zone of many birds, species like goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork.
After taking shots of the photogenic Murchison Falls, you may choose to continue to the top of the falls, where you will have the amazing view of the falls! See where the Nile -world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. Later, return to your lodge and relax in the evening.
After your morning breakfast, begin your journey to Kibale Forest National Park. Drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside passing through traditional homesteads, farms and Tea Estates. You will have a stopover for lunch en-route. You will arrive at your lodge in the late afternoon. Check in at your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.
The drive is 7-8 hours drive, you may opt to fly to Kibale Forest National Park via Kasese Airstrip at a supplement of $470 per person
After breakfast at your lodge, transfer to the starting point of your Chimpanzee tracking experience in Kibale Forest National Park which is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, man’s closest relative. Kibale’s 1450 Chimpanzee represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate. Kibale is also a home to the rare I’Hoest’s monkey. Other primates include the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Olive baboon to mention but a few. So you will enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and many others. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, visitors stand a good chance of hearing and seeing our distant cousins as they groom and bond with one another.
Alternatively you may opt to do chimpanzee habituation experience by paying a supplement of $50, this exercise takes the whole entire day. Only 6 people are allowed per day and you will be sure to come face to face with these closest cousins of man. Advance booking is necessary for this option.
After lunch, head to Bigodi for an optional afternoon swamp walk. Bigodi was established by a local development organization to protect the 4sq-km Magombe Swamp that’s home to around 200 species of birds (highlights include papyrus gonolek, white-winged warbler and great blue turaco). The highlight of this tour is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco. The swamp is also good for spotting butterflies and primates, with 8 different species here, including grey-cheeked mangabey. The 2-3 hour guided walk is led by experienced local guides who interact with the guests and make the trip both enjoyable and exciting
After breakfast at your lodge you proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range. Your expert driver guide will take you through the game park where you might spot some animals.
Upon arriving at your lodge, you will enjoy a hot lunch and later in the afternoon take a unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and this launch/cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous, with well over 550 resident species.
Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Have an early morning game drive where you have an opportunity to view the massive Rwenzori as backdrop, which provides excellent opportunities to spot lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephant, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi and bushbuck. The game drives and the boat trip (taken prior) are memorable methods of discovering a vast array of Ugandan wildlife. Be sure to have your camera ready for these amazing sightings!
Later, have an afternoon game drive as you transfer to Ishasha Plains – sector in Queen Elizabeth National Park for tree climbing lion search
After your breakfast, pack-up your bags and take a morning game drive through the Ishasha plains for your final visit with the tree climbing lions and other wildlife before heading out of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and on to Bwindi. The drive takes you through the Switzerland of Africa area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, arriving in the evening. Check into the lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.
Bwindi forest is Located in southwestern Uganda, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is said to be Africa’s oldest rainforest. It is world-renowned for its excellent gorilla-sighting opportunities. The rugged landscape features dense jungle, cascading waterfalls, sparkling mountain streams, deep valleys and steep ridges. This untouched forest has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its breathtaking natural beauty and unique ecological significance. Aside from the amazing gorilla interactions, there are other drawcards such as a network of forest walks, over 340 species of bird to spot and a variety of butterflies. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the spectacular Virunga Volcanoes.
After an early breakfast depart to the starting point for briefing about your gorilla trekking adventure after which you will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. You will start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here the gorilla tracking begins.
Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is amazing, and the beauty of the gorilla forest and its inhabitants are fascinating. One of Africa’s major highlights is when you encounter these gentle apes. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones. Follow the mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest, and discover their gorgeous natural habitat and the many species they share it with. You are allowed an hour with the gorillas before finally sloping down back to your lodge. If your trek was relatively short, you may have a guided nature walk around the lodge and the surrounding communities in the evening at the supplement of $35 per person. Return to the lodge where you will enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers before getting a good night’s rest for tomorrow’s safari adventure.
You may opt for Gorilla Habituation on supplement of $900 per person. Gorilla Habituation exeperience is where by you trek the gorillas and stay with them for 4 hours instead of 1 hour as its with Gorilla Trekking. Actually you are gone the whole day.
After breakfast , you may relax at the lodge or you may opt for other extra activities at the lodge.
GORILLA SAFARI LODGE ACTIVITIES:
To lake mutanda- $50 per person
To lake Bunyonyi (advanced bikers)- $100 per person
Ride to Kisoro -$95 per person
Each activity includes a mountain bike and all gears
Birding in Bwindi forest-$85 per person (includes park entrance fees
From Lodge to Lake Mutanda-$50 per person
From Lodge to Lake Muhele-$50 per person
From Lodge to Nkuringo-$50 per person
Forest guided walk to Bayed Falls (hike the falls)-$85 per person (includes park entrance fees)
Community visits like the schools, women group-weaving hats, baskets etc, meet the local people, local fruit and vegetable market (on fridays)-$35 per person
Batwa Experience Trail -$85 per person
Golden Monkeys Trekking-$100 per person
Golden Monkey Habiuation-$150 per person
Gorilla Trekking- $600 per person (must book in advance as availablity is limited)
Gorilla Habituation on supplement of $1,500 per person
After breakfast drive to Lake Bunyonyi which has breathtaking scenery. Spend the night overlooking Uganda’s deepest lake, where you may try your hand at paddling a dugout canoe, or eating fresh water crayfish.
Leisurely drive back to Kampala with a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time. Take some photos, then another stop over at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers where you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through the generations.
Arriving in the afternoon and you will be transferred to Entebbe International Airport to catch your flight to your next destination.
Absolutely wonderful trip!!!! exceeded our expectations : )
Upon arrival to Entebbe, we met our very friendly tour guide Hannington. We got to rest that afternoon, before leaving early the next morning to fly to Kibale National park. We stayed in a beautiful lodge at the edge of a lake, with extremely friendly and professional staff. The next day we did the chimpanzee habituation trekking: it was mind blowing; we loved…loved….loved the experience of seeing the chimpanzees interact so closely.
We then drove the next day from Kibale to Biwindi. We saw beautiful landscapes; we were so impressed how stunning Uganda is.
Upon arrival to Biwindi, we relaxed in the Gorilla lodge since we knew the next day was the dig day!!! We were soooo excited to do the Gorilla trekking, and the experience did not disappoint! Seeing the Gorillas in the wild was a once in a lifetime experience…we will cherish those memories for the rest of our days.
And then…it was time to head back
The entire trip was so well organized. Hannington made sure we felt safe at all times.
A big thank you to Barbara from Crystal Safaris, who adjusted our itinerary to our needs and always made sure we knew everything was confirmed and booked.
Thank you for the unforgettable trip…
Truly great experience, all my dreams accomplished!
Is the second time I use this company and am totally sure I will used again! I wanted a tour out of the box, very truly places, no tourist crowded places but still with a great level of comfort without leaving aside the adventure, well it was an accomplished dream !! We traveled 25 days in Kenya and Tanzania including Pemba and Zanzibar with the best guide ( and great friend ), Joseph. He made sure everything were more than perfect, his knowledge was shared with us in a genuine way, he always keep that smile that motivate, his love for Africa is contagious !! He is ready to support local people at any chance he has and is very proud of African culture, some values that you don’t find in tourism industry so easy …
if you want a genuine experience of Africa including zafarís ( we say river crossing, leopards, Lions, rhenos, the big 5 and way more, we visited towns, we scuba dive, we saw flamingos, we learned about culture and traditions as well as normal life, best acomodations,
best food, great ballon ride on top of a migration.. many smiles … a great swimming day at lake natron … I can not think of something else we could have done ! Thanks Barbara and Joseph for made this trip so especial !
Ps if you are planing to go to east Africa I recommend this company and of course request a Joseph as your guide, you can not be wrong with that !
The best tour company ever
My family had a wonderful 15 nights in Uganda thanks to Crystal Safari.
Barbara had planning everything perfectly and taken care of the smallest things. She will immediately solve even the smallest problems for you all you have to do is let her know that there is a problem.
Best thing about Crystal is also that they are most value for money company.
I had contacted two other agencies from safaribookings and they ended up giving me a higher quotation ( a lot lot higher ) for pretty much the same itinerary and hotels.
And of course we had the best guide ever – Joesph. His animal spotting is exceptional. He can see things we just can’t. And he has such great relationships with other guides and people on the ground that you end up receiving a lot of help and benefit.
A word of advice – always listen to what Joseph tells you.
Best experience so far
Ever since we first contacted Crystal Safari until we met Hennington at the airport, we were very well informed about the itinerary and the status of our trip. The lodge at Bwindi National Park provides all the comfort and rest we needed ahead of the Gorilla Tracking. The tracking itself exceeded all expectations. That experience was incredibly touching and we look forward to come back to Uganda.
Crystal Safaris Ltd. is an incredibly generous hospitable beautiful place to stay & experience!
Crystal Safaris is a lovely place to stay as you plan your adventures into the Bwindi jungle in search of mountain gorillas. The accommodations are very clean, food was very good and service impeccable! Barbara was very thoughtful and thorough helping with our trip plans & accommodations! She is amazing!
Joseph was our driver and guide for the week as we trekked mountain gorillas, safaried in Queen Elizabeth’s National Park & went on the chimpanzee hike. Joseph has vast experience as a Tour guide – we nicked named him “Magic Man” as we often experienced many fun surprises as we were on safari. The tree climbing lions were no where to be found, yet Joseph was relentless until we found them! He knows every short cut to get to his destination as well! Such an adventure! Joseph also was an incredible advocate for me talking to our trekking guide & porter. I had previously had esophageal surgery and was concerned about the hike. Joseph made sure we were well taken care of!