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12 Days Fly-in Safari

The 12 12-day fly-in safari tour lets you get up close and meet the primates of Uganda – Chimpanzees and Gorillas in the dense tropical forests of Kibale and Bwindi National Park. Get enchantment by the Medley of Wonders in Queen Elizabeth and the Mighty Falls, look out for the impressive wildlife! Wind down the tour with the Culture on the Crest at Lake Bunyonyi.

Tour Highlights 12-Day Fly in Safari

  • Handpicked Eco Luxury Lodges.
  • Mighty Murchison Falls
  • Game Safaris in Murchison and Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest 
  • Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary 
  • Lion Experiential Project and Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth NP 
  • Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi National Park 
  • Culture on the Crest -Lake Bunyonyi.

Tour Itinerary 12 Days Fly-in Safari

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport

You will be welcomed by a Company Representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel No. 5(B&B).

Day 2: Entebbe – Murchison Falls National Park

Early in the morning drop off at Entebbe International Airport for a domestic flight towards one of the most beautiful protected areas in Uganda: Murchison Falls National Park. Your plane is scheduled to depart at 12.30 hr and the expected arrival time is 13.30 hr at Pakuba Airstrip. From here you will be transferred through the park to your accommodation for check-in at your accommodation.

Enjoy lunch from the terrace with magnificent views of the river Nile and relax before going on a game drive for a first introduction to Uganda’s flora and fauna.

Accommodation and Meals at Paraa Safari Lodge.

Day 3:  Murchison Falls National Park

After an early breakfast, we start the day with a game drive on the northern bank of the Nile, with chances of seeing giraffes, elephants, lions, hartebeest, and different species of birds. In the afternoon the safari will be continued with a boat cruise on the river Nile for game viewing at close quarters. Accommodation and Meals at Paraa Safari Lodge.

Day 4:     Murchison Falls – Entebbe – Kibale Forest National Park

Today you can enjoy a relaxed breakfast before being transferred back to Pakuba Airstrip. Depart at 10.30 hr on a scheduled flight back to Entebbe from where you directly continue towards the western part of the country, arriving at 14.35 hr at Kasese Airstrip. Here you will be picked up and transferred to Kibale Forest for the final transfer (approximately 2 hours) to your accommodation in the middle of the tropical rainforest of Kibale.

Accommodation and Meals at Primate Lodge Kibale

Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking and nature walk at Bigodi

Following the pre-tracking briefing at 7:30 a.m. you walk to the trailhead for the start of an unforgettable adventure –enjoy a guided primate walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus monkey, and many others. 

The treks are generally 3-4 hours; expect good sightings of chimps in their natural environment.  A maximum of 6 people per group will head out with a forest ranger guide and will be allowed to track chimpanzees. Spend an unforgettable hour with the chimpanzees watching them go through their daily routine in their natural habitat.

Head back for lunch at the lodge and thereafter head to Bigodi Swamp Walk, an initiative of the local community that is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates. This wetland is a great attraction for birders with over 200 bird species, including the popular Great Blue Turaco. Accommodation and Meals at Chimpundu Lodge.

Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth – Boat cruise Kazinga Channel

Wake-up call from the beautiful sounds of birds in the park, and prepare for another Uganda gorillas & wildlife safari road trip through beautiful Western Uganda. Enjoy an early morning breakfast and drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park with famous wildlife like hippos, buffaloes, elephants, kobs, and a number of bird species. 

After lunch,  have a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. Thanks to the abundant birdlife that is sighted, and the elephants, buffaloes, and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari. 

After the boat cruise, head out for a coffee tour experience learning about the processing of coffee, and later a cultural dance session.

Accommodation and Meals at the Mweya Safari Lodge – Deluxe Tents

Day 7: Lion Experiential Tour  – Ishasha sector – Tree climbing lions

After breakfast, head for the lion research project that allows visitors to participate in monitoring the pride in the park, using locator devices and learning habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings, and behavior.  The Lion Project involves the clients and the researchers heading as early as 6:30 a.m. with a safari vehicle equipped with radio-collar-receiving equipment to keep track of the lions.   

Later head for Ishasha sector, home of the popular tree-climbing lions, another major highlight of the Uganda gorillas & wildlife safari. You shall first check in at the lodge for lunch and thereafter head for the game drive in search of the tree-climbing lions as they cling to the fig trees.

Other animals like the kobs, elephants, and buffaloes among others may be spotted time as well. Accommodation and Meals at Ishasha Wilderness Camp.

Day 8: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Enjoy a warm breakfast and have another game en route in the Ishasha sector in search of the tree-climbing lions. This will give you such an amazing experience as you can see the tree-climbing lions hanging on the old fig trees. , later head to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to have a late lunch after check-in, relax, and have personal time. Accommodation and Meals at Buhoma Lodge

Day 9: Gorilla trekking at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Following breakfast, transfer to the Bwindi Park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in group 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure. Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and slippery conditions at times with rain overhead, which can be quite a challenge so you require to be reasonably fit. 

These magnificent animals live in small troops, each within its own defined boundaries and each with several females and their young being led by a single dominant male, the magnificent ‘Silverback’. 

Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving around, playing, and grooming– it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience! Thereafter head back to the lodge for relaxation. Accommodation and Meals at Buhoma Lodge

Day 10: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Depart for Lake Bunyonyi arriving in time for lunch at the Lodge and relaxation. 

Accommodation and Meals at Birdnest Lodge

Day 11: Culture on the Crest

Today you will embark on a 5-hour experience on Kyabahinga Peninsula. You will canoe across the bay to the terraced hillsides of the Kyabahinga peninsula.

Have a stopover at a trading center where the local brew is made, as you proceed to climb the slopes of Kyabahinga for about 30 minutes till the top of the hill, you will meet Omugurusi Jeremiah, a traditional healer, a well-known herbalist who will share with us some carefully chosen secrets of tropical highland flora. 

You will hear some of the colorful tales, legends, and historical facts related to these islands. Thereafter proceed to the ridge where you will find a home of a crafts maker who will demonstrate how the crafts are made, which you can try out as well.  A descent down the hill and a short canoe ride will bring you back to our starting point.  Spend the evening relaxing at the Lodge. 

Day 12: Transfer to Kisoro Airstrip – Entebbe

You will be transferred to Kisoro Airstrip for your onward flight back to Entebbe where you will spend some time relaxing before heading to the airport for your onward flight back home.

Included in the 12 Days Fly-in Safari

  • Ground transportation in a safari customized 4WD with gasoline/fuel,
  • Mineral water in the vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking Driver/guide,
  • Accommodation as shown at the lodges mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Meals as shown (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner),
  • All Park Entrance Fees,
  • Gorilla Trekking Permits-once 
  • Chimpanzee Tracking permits

Excluded in the 12 Days Fly-in Safari

  • International Airfares; Excess baggage charges;
  • Ugandan Entry Visa Fees
  • International travel Vaccinations and Inoculations;
  • Items of a personal nature such as Room service,
  • Beverages, Communications charges (telephone, fax, internet), Laundry, etc.;
  • Tips, and Gratuities for your Driver/guide and Hotels staff
  • Optional activities unless specified as included,
  • Any other services not expressly shown in the itinerary or indicated as included.

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