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Friends on Safari with the Buganda - Safari

Trip Information

Safari Overview Detailed Itinerary Map Prices

Accommodation Levels

Lodges and Camps

Included Features

* All meals

* Park Fees

* First class and luxury lodging

* Guarranteed window seat in a 4WD vehicle with open-roofs for prime viewing

* 2 Chimp trekking permits per person

* 2 gorilla trekking permits per person

* Exclusive primate safari and exploration of Buganda culture

* Pre-departure kit and materials

* Private pre-trip consultation

* Membership to the Flying Doctors Society

Children dancing

The Buganda have a strong musical heritage that is passed down through the generations.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Entebbe, Uganda
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the Lake Victoria Hotel in Entebbe. Time permitting a visit to the famous Entebbe Botanical Gardens will be arranged. Overnight Lake Victoria Hotel.

Day 2 – Journey to Kibale Forest
After breakfast pack your bags into the vehicles and begin your journey to Kibale Forest. The drive, while long, is anything but boring. Your first full day in Uganda takes you through the Lake Victoria Basin into beautiful agricultural country where every type of fruit and vegetable imaginable is grown. Upon reaching Kyanjojo, in the lower foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains {Mountains of the Moon}, drive through beautiful tea plantations and into Kibale’s tropical rain forest. Arrive at your lodge, situated on a high saddle between two crater lakes, in time to explore a little before dinner. Overnight Ndali Lodge. All meals included.

Day 3 – Pursuing Chimps in Kibale Forest
A good breakfast provides fuel for the day before you set out on your hikes. The Forest is home to more than 11 species of primates, including chimpanzees. Two trekking permits per person ensure ample time with the very animated members of the chimp kingdom. The park rangers of Kibale are known for their excellent knowledge and will guide you through the foliage as you pursue primates of all kinds. The forest trails are steep. Hikers commonly see several large groups of chimpanzees. Extremely tall trees fill the forest and the canopy stretches out high overhead. You will also walk the perimeter of Kibale’s Magonde swamp where you find the famous fire trees, plenty of large birds, amphibians and oodles of monkeys. Overnight Ndali Lodge. All meals included.

Day 4 – On Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Your morning departure from Kibale takes you through Fort Portal and along the eastern length of the Rwenzori Mountains where you have a good chance of seeing the glaciated peaks. You then descend into The Great African Rift Valley to Queen Elizabeth National Park. In the park’s savannah you’ll encounter elephant, warthog, buffalo, Uganda Kob and more. Along the waterways of the park are hippos and amazing bird-life. This park also contains lion, leopard, baboon and hyena and is the location with the greatest concentration of Nile Hippo on the planet. After safari you continue on arriving in Bwindi National Park by evening. Overnight Gorilla Forest Camp. All meals included.

Day 5 & 6 – Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is an enduring pocket of a huge primeval forest that once stretched from the Virunga Volcanoes in the South to the Rwenzori Mountains in the North. The fertile 331 square kilometers of the park are home to a wide range of animals including forest elephands, butterflights, and bird. Seven species of primates have attracting the attention of international conservation efforts, of which the most endangered is that elusive giant of Africa-- the Mountain Gorilla.

Local guides and trackers orient you to gorilla behavior and trekking etiquette before hike into the forest in search of a gorilla family. The trek can reach altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet and can become strenuous. Travelers should be in good physical condition. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten. These gentle mammals allow you to become part of their group, provided that you are respectful. You will spend about 45 minutes to 1 hour with them witnessing their everyday adventures. Often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world, seeing these majestic and serene creatures in their natural habitat is not soon forgotten. While we cannot guarantee Gorillas, rare is the occasion that they remain hidden over the course of two days. Overnights at Gorilla Forest Camp. All Meals Included.

Day 7 – On safari around Lake Mburo
You turn your sights back in the direction of Lake Victoria as you head to Lake Mburo National Park. Here you explore the shores and wetlands of the lake while on safari seeking out wildlife and birds famous in the region. Your safari takes you to Mihingo Lodge for the evening, where you can relax, allowing the reality of the last two days sink in as you lounge by the pool, enjoy the sounds of nature, or watch nearby wildlife. Take advantage of the numerous activities offered by Mihingo Lodge such as forest and savanna walks or simply wind down with a massage. Overnight Mihingo Lodge. All meals included.

Day 8, 9 & 10 - Exploration of the Buganda Kingdom
Journey to a small Bugandan village not too far from Jinja. Besides being a small, quiet agricultural village, this special place is home to the Master Musicians and Dancers of Buganda. You will be greeted by the villagers and long time friends of Another Land, the Ssempeke family. The family’s story is a fantastic one. Starting when he was a young boy, the late Albert Ssempeke was a royal court musician for the king of Buganda. He is still known today as one of Uganda’s most cherished musicians. He has toured the world and made many recordings. His knowledge has been passed on to his many children, who are excellent musicians, dancers and teachers and carry on the musical traditions today. The entire village participates in not only entertaining you, but also in being entertained BY you. They are honored by your interest and enjoy watching you learn. You’ll spend your time learning their dances, playing their music and building instruments. Bugandan culture is beautifully generous, and you may be given gifts of vegetables, eggs, fruit or chickens. Music and dance might be a nightly affair, since it is an integral part of village life. Overnights at Gately on the Nile Guest House.All meals included.

Day 11 – Return to Entebbe and Farewell
You return to Entebbe full of new experiences and stories. Some may wish to book day rooms to repack or relax before evening departures. Others may have flights departing early afternoon and need to proceed to the airport directly. Airport transfers included. Breakfast and lunch included.

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