The 8-days big seven classic safari starts and ends at Entebbe international airport or at your hotel in Entebbe town or Kampala city. This tour was planned to give you a remarkable wildlife and primate experience such as to meet eye to eye with the amazing mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural habitat which is unarguably one of the best Africa’s wildlife highlights, get a close encounter with other diverse African wildlife species such as the big games like (Leopard, Lions, Elephant, Rhinos and Caped Buffaloes), beautiful landscapes, and amazing culture and if you are a keen Bird lover, this is an ideal safari to spot several species of the Africa birds. It will take you to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary the only wild home to Rhinos in Uganda for Rhino tracking experience, Murchison Falls national park to discover the wonders of the World’s renowned Murchison Falls as it squeezes through the narrow gorge, Wildlife sighting, Boat cruise safari on the Nile River, Kibale Forest national park for Chimpanzee tracking, Bigodi wetland swamp nature walk, Queen Elizabeth national park for the wildlife sighting game drive, boat cruise safari on the Kazinga channel, Ishasha sector to search for the tree climbing lions and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park for the mountain gorilla trekking experience, visit Lake Bunyonyi for canoeing and relaxation and conclude with Lake Mburo national park for a night and morning game drive safaris. This is an ideal safari to fully enjoy the nature and to explore abundance of wildlife species such as Lions, Elephants, Buffaloes, Leopard, Zebras, Giraffes, Hippos, Crocodile, Uganda kobs and others antelope species, Warthogs among others, beautiful sceneries and numerous primate species such as the miraculous Mountain gorillas and Chimpanzees in their untouched natural habitats plus visiting local communities.

Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 1: Pick up from Entebbe international airport / Kampala – Visit Ziwa Rhino sanctuary – Drive to Murchison Falls national park – Visit the Murchison Falls – Evening drive safari

 

Early in the morning, you will be warmly met by our company representative and your English-speaking safari guide at your hotel in Kampala city / Entebbe or Entebbe international airport on your arrival for meet and greet, be briefed about your 8 days big seven classic safari, have all your travel bags packed in the vehicle, and then start your adventurous journey to Murchison falls national park found in northwestern Uganda about 320 km from Kampala. On your way, to Murchison falls national park, you will visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary found in Nakasongola district for the white Rhino tracking experience. Ziwa Rhino sanctuary is the only place in Uganda where you can meet the white rhinos in the wilderness. Once Uganda had an adequate number of Rhinos which were found in Kidepo valley and Murchison Falls national parks but they became nationally extinct due to numerous illegal human activities such as poaching and civil unrest in early 1970s. Therefore, in 2005 Ziwa Rhino sanctuary was established to re-introduction of Rhinos in Uganda’s wildlife inventory. During Rhino tracking, you will have a chance to see them close to their feet with the help of the local site guide and spend with them a maximum of one hour and you will be allowed to take as many photos as you would want so, you have to keep your camera on standby not to miss any great moment uncaptured. After you have had an unforgettable experience with rhinos, relax with a bottle of water and drive to Kabalega diner to have lunch. Later, proceed with the drive to Murchison Falls National Park to visit the Murchison Falls to see how the whole River Nile forcing itself through a narrow gorge of only 7 meters wide and dropping about 43 meters into a pool forming a strong thunderous sound which is so lovely. After seeing the Murchison falls, cross the River Nile and drive to northern sector of the park to do a short evening game drive and later drive to your lodge to check in, freshen yourself, be served dinner and an overnight.

 

Murchison Falls National Park is a home to 76 recorded mammal species these include; Jackson’s hartebeest, Waterbucks, Hippopotamuses, Nile crocodiles, some primates like Chimpanzees, Olive baboons, Black and white colobus monkeys, Giraffes, Uganda kobs, Elephants, Caped Buffaloes, Lions, Leopards, Spotted hyenas, Civets, Warthogs, Oribis, Topis among others plus 450 recorded bird species such as the rare shoebill stork, Abyssinian ground hornbill, papyrus Gonolek, marabou stork, black bellied bustard, open billed stork among others. Dinner and an overnight

 

Accommodation: Hornbill Bush Lodge (Standard)

Meal plan: Lunch / Dinner

Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park – Morning game drive safari – Afternoon boat cruise along the Murchison falls – Spend your evening relaxing

 

Wake up very early to have a cup of coffee, get your packed breakfast and head to the northern sector of the park where superb game drive safaris are carried out. During the game drive, your safari guide will help you to spot several animals and share with you lot of information regarding various wildlife species that you will spot such as Caped buffalo, Elephants, Uganda Kobs, Jackson hartebeest, Roth child giraffes, oribis, Lion, Common warthogs some primates species on a lucky day, you may spot a leopard, have short break to enjoy your full breakfast and later proceed with your game drive to fully explore the park and be able to spot several wildlife species. Later early afternoon, leave the jungle and return to your lodge to relax, have lunch and then drive to Paraa gathering point for an afternoon boat cruise safari on the River Nile which starts at 02:00 pm. The boat cruise safari goes upstream from the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the Murchison falls stopping few meters from the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’ of the falls which will give you an amazing views of the fall and see how the River Nile drops into a pool. The boat cruise will take you through the zones of water mammals and birds like bloats Hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles, some birds like the Egyptian goose, goliath heron, kingfisher, pelican bee-eater, hornbill, cormorant, you may see some land mammals when they have come to drink water and swimming. After the boat drive back to your lodge and spend your night while relaxing, dinner and an overnight.

Accommodation: Hornbill Bush Lodge (Standard)

Meal plan: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

 

 

Day 3: Murchison Falls national park – Drive to Kibale Forest national park – Bigodi Sanctuary swamp and community tour

 

Today after your fantastic breakfast, check out of your lodge and slowly drive through the park, across the Nile River and then journey to Kibale forest national park. Kibale forest national park is famously known for its biggest population of chimpanzees, amounting to more than 1500 individual chimpanzees, and some of these are well habituated for tourism and research. The park is also referred to as Africa’s primate capital, with 13 primate species recorded than any national park or wildlife reserve in Africa, hence making the park a primate lover’s haven. The park is also home to East Africa’s largest population of the threatened and rare L’hoest’s monkey and red colobus monkeys. While at Kibale forest national park, you will see several primates such as the black-and-white colobus, blue monkeys, red-tailed olive baboons, grey-cheeked mangabeys, and over 375 species of birds. Along the way to Kibale Forest national park, you will enjoy the spectacular views of tea estates, several forests, and the shadow of the legendary Rwenzori Mountain that forms a mystic backdrop to the beautiful volcanic landscape. Have a stopover in Fort portal city to have lunch, move around the city on foot and later continue with your journey to the park to check in at your booked lodge and later drive to Bigodi swamp for a nature walk and community experience.

 

Bigodi sanctuary swamp is punctuated by biodiversity and lovely sceneries, and is a paradise to bird lover’s with over 138 bird species and hosting eight species of primates these include the grey-cheeked mangabey, black-and-white colobus, l’Hoest’s and blue monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, and olive baboons plus other mammals like Bushbucks and mongooses can also be found here. The swamp is managed by the surrounding local community wish a purpose of preserving exclusive environmental features along with the wetland for future generation. So, during this walk, you will have an opportunity to spot several monkeys, and bird species. The Bigodi community walk, will take you through the nearby community to have a chance to interact with local people to know how they harmoniously live with wildlife species, take you through how they locally to their daily activities without applying the modern technology such as making nice gins from banana, making delicious coffee and making art crafts. After the walk, return to your lodge to relax, be served dinner and an overnight.

 

Accommodation: Rwetera Safari Park (Standard)

Meal plan: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

 

 

Day 4: Kibale Forest national park – Chimpanzee tracking safari –Drive to Queen Elizabeth national park – Afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga channel

 

After breakfast, meet your safari guide and transfer to the park information offices to join other guests for briefing about the dos and don’ts to follow while looking for chimpanzees in the forest, and how to behave before chimpanzees. Then embark on your guided forest walk to search for the intelligent chimpanzees the human closest relatives sharing 98.8% human DNA. During your forest walk, you may encounter other wildlife species both mammals and birds species such as others primates, Bush pigs among other and your guide will be able to give you much interesting information about everything that you will encounter which will make your walk so adventurous. Once you meet chimpanzees, you will spend with them a maximum of one hour to watch how they play in the tree branches, feeding and taking care of their babies and taking as many photos as you would want. After staying with chimpanzees for an hour, return to the starting point to relax, have refreshment plus lunch and then drive to Queen Elizabeth national park a “medley of wonders”. Queen Elizabeth National Park is known for its variety wildlife species with over 95 mammal species which includes four big mammals, big cats and other predators, 10 species of primates, aquatic mammals and about 600 recorded bird species and with Kazinga channel the main water stream which connects Lake Edward and George. On your arrival at Queen Elizabeth national park, have some minutes to relax and later go for your boat cruise safari along the Kazinga channel the main water stream which goes through the park and connecting Lake George and Lake Edward. Boat cruise safari on the Kazinga Channel is one of the highly recommended adventurous activities to visitors of Queen Elizabeth national park. The cruise will bring you very close to several mammals such as the Hippos, Nile crocodiles and Buffaloes, Elephants and many others plus various water birds. The fantastic experience during 2 hours’ boat cruise safari along the Kazinga channel, makes it a must do adventure to every guest. After the boat safari drive straight to your lodge to check in and spend your evening while relaxing and memorizing on your great moments during chimpanzee tracking and boat cruising safari on the Kazinga channel. Dinner and an overnight

 

Accommodation: Pumba Safari Cottage (Standard)

Meal plan: Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

 

 

 

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth national park – Morning game drive safari – Game drive through Ishasha sector – Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park

 

 

After having your tasty breakfast, get all your luggage packed in the vehicle, check out of your lodge and then drive to Kasenyi plains found in the northeastern parts of park for the morning game drive safari in search of wildlife species. Queen Elizabeth national park is an understandably one of the Uganda’s most popular national park and an ideal habitat for classic big game such as the four mammals of the big five family of the African savannah (Lions, Leopards, Elephants and Buffaloes), several antelope species, primates and many others. Your safari guide will ensure that you spot as many wildlife species as possible and give much information about everything that you well encounter during your game drive. After the game drive, relax and then start the journey to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park via Ishasha sector in the southern parts of Queen Elizabeth National Park for a game drive to lookout for the unique tree climbing lions which are only found in Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park in Uganda with 4 prides, Lake Manyara of Tanzania with 2 prides and Kruger national park in South Africa. After the game drive, have lunch and proceed with the journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park which is famous for being a home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas and one of the Uganda’s ancient as well as the most biologically diverse rainforests that is over 25,000 years with almost 400 tree species that are forming the huge impenetrable forest that is ever green. It is a home to approximately 500 mountain gorillas, 120 mammal species such as numerous primate species, over 350 bird species, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics and is the ancient home of the Batwa bush people. Dinner and an overnight.

 

Accommodation: Broadbill Forest Camp (Standard)  

Meal plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 6: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park – Mountain gorilla trekking –Drive to Lake Bunyonyi

 

Day 6 of the 8-Days big seven classic safari, wake up early morning (0600am) to organize yourself, arrange the necessary equipment during mountain gorilla trekking such as camera, binoculars, insect repellants, get well-dressed in a recommend style for mountain gorilla trekking like long khaki /jean trouser, long sleeved shirt, water proof hiking boots, a rain jacket, heavy duty gloves and round hats, have heavy breakfast, get your packed lunch boxes, get enough drinking water and meet your safari guide to be transferred to the park information offices to join other guests to be briefed about mountain gorilla trekking dos and don’ts, how to behave in the presence of mountain gorillas and the expectations, be allocated a mountain gorilla family to track, UWA ranger and the forest guide. We would recommend you to hire a porter to help you carry your packed bag other and your other items you would need during mountain gorillas. After pre-mountain gorilla trekking session, start your forest walk in search for the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitats.

The time taken before encountering your allocated mountain gorilla family is not known however, it may be between 45mins to 4 hours depending on the movements and location of gorilla family therefore, you should be physically and mentally prepared to walk a long distance through the forest that is made of hills and with no clear walking trails that are only made on that particular time of tracking by the your guide depending on the direction that can easily lead you to the location of the gorilla family. That is why, it is recommended to carry enough water to keep you hydrated and snacks to keep you with enough energy since you use a lot of energy when walking through the forest in search for the mountain gorillas.

 

Once you encounter the mountain gorilla family, the excitement of seeing the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, will outweigh the hardship went through while searching for them. A mountain gorilla family can be made of several members such as the giant silverback who is always the head and protector of the family, mothers, infants and juveniles. The time you will spend with the mountain gorillas, you get to know much about their behaviors, how they socializes and be excited with their actions like the playful babies, mothers grooming their babies and the Mr. silverback watching the situation silently as he is ready to protect the family from any kind of attack. You will spend a maximum of one hour with the mountain gorillas and you will be free to capture as many photos and recording videos as you would want to keep your great memories with the mountain gorilla family in the jungle. Thereafter an hour with the mountain gorilla family, return to the trekking start point to receive your mountain trekking certificate in appreciation of your contribution to the conservation of the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda. Have refreshments and lunch and then drive to Lake Bunyonyi to relax. Dinner and an overnight

 

Accommodation: Bunyonyi Rock Resort (Mid-range)

Meal plan: Breakfast/Lunch /Dinner

  

Day 7: Lake Bunyonyi – Morning boat canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi – Drive to Lake Mburo national park – Evening and night game drive safaris

 

Today, wake up at your convenient time, be served breakfast and then go for a morning boat canoeing safari on Lake Bunyonyi which takes approximately 2 hours of the exploring the lake and visiting different islands of the lake with a local canoe guide who is well experienced about the places and all the things around. Lake Bunyonyi is framed with 29 islands of different size across the water making it view the most magical. Each of the 29 islands on Lake Bunyonyi has its unique interesting story behind it which your local guide will narrate to you during the canoeing safari such as the Akampene island also known as the “punishment Island” which was used by the Biga community to punish girls who would get pregnant before official marriage by isolating them there to death as a way to teach a lesson to the rest not to do the same mistake. So, poor men who could not afford to pay bride price, would go on this island to get free wives from amongst those that could have been exiled to this island. In an Africa society, it a disgrace for a girl to get pregnant before her official marriage and this would cause the family to lose its community respect so, this made parents to be strict to their girl children as a way of protecting them.

 

After canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi return to your lodge to check out and start your journey to Lake Mburo National Park with a stopover at Igongo cultural center to have lunch, tour the Museum one of the Uganda’s richest heritage with history, traditions, and lifestyle of the Ankole people and southwest Uganda that will take you centuries back about the life of the. Thereafter, proceed with the journey to the park to check in at your booked lodge. Thereafter checking in at your lodge, drive to the park for an evening and night wildlife sighting game drives where you will have an opportunity to spot several mammals like; the beautiful Zebras, Impalas, Elands, Topis, Waterbucks, other species of Antelopes, Warthogs, Caped buffaloes, Giraffes Leopard some primates like Olive baboons, vervet monkeys among others. After the evening game drive safari, return to the lodge to have dinner and then return to the park for an adventurous night game drive to enjoy the night life of the jungle and to see how wildlife animals behave at night. The night game drive will boost your chances of seeing the nocturnal wildlife species such as the spotted hyenas, Leopards, Civet, African rock python, Porcupine, Bush babies among others which are very difficult to see during day game drives. It is an interesting experience out at night and Lake Mburo is one of the best parks for a night game drive. Later return to the lodge for an overnight.

 

Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock Lodge (Hornbill House)

Meal plan: Breakfast/Lunch / Dinner

 

 

Day 8: Lake Mburo national park – Morning game drive safari – Drive back to Entebbe international airport

 

Wake up very early in the morning to be served breakfast, and then go for an early morning game drive safari in Lake Mburo national park. Lake Mburo national park is one of Uganda’s national parks that provides amazing views and habitat for several wildlife species and also known for having the highest concentration of leopards, impalas, bush babies, the shy eland and the rare Klipspringer in Uganda. During the morning game drive safari, expect to encounter high concentrations of zebras, elands, impalas, buffaloes, warthogs, topi, water bucks, some primate species like ververt monkeys and olive baboons, and if it is a lucky day, you may see grazing hippos, leopards, and greedy hyenas, plus many others. After the morning game drive safari return to the lodge to have full breakfast, check out of your lodge and then start your drive back to Entebbe international airport. On your way back to Entebbe International airport, you will have a stopover at Kayabwe equator landmark.

 

While at the equator landmark, you will see the water experiment which is done to show how forces move differently on each side of the planet and to prove the difference between the two hemispheres for example water drains from the funnel in a clockwise motion on the northern hemisphere whereas it drains down in an anti-clockwise motion on the southern hemisphere. Here, the sun rises and sets rapidly and the temperatures and weather is largely constant all year through. While at the Equator landmark, take some memorial photos with one foot in the southern hemisphere and another one in the northern hemisphere which will give you an opportunity to take a photo while standing in both sides of the world at the same time. It is also said that while standing at the equator line, your body weight is reduced by about 3kgs so, you will have a chance to prove this statement. After water experiment, have lunch, visit the craft shops to buy some souvenirs and later proceed with your journey straight to Entebbe international airport to prepare for your return flight and this will be the end of your 8 days big seven classic safari. On this 8 days big seven classic safari, expect to encounter several wildlife species such as the African big fives (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino), the magical mountain gorillas, Chimpanzees, and other primates, Giraffe and many others.

Meal plan: Breakfast / Lunch

Package Quotation;

 

US$5470 for 2 people sharing a twin room on full board (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) and using a well modified safari van (4WD, air-conditioned and pop up roof)

 

US$2735 per person sharing

 

The package price includes;

 

  • Private transport for 8 days using a well modified safari van which is full time 4WD, air-conditioned and pop up roof
  • Fuel for 8 days
  • A professional English / French speaking safari guide for 8 days
  • Return airport transfers (Pick up and drop off)
  • Bottled mineral water throughout your tour
  • Private standard accommodation on full board (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) for 7 nights
  • All park entrance fees
  • All government taxes
  • 1 mountain gorilla trekking permit per person
  • 1 chimpanzee tracking permit per person (Kibale Forest National Park)
  • Ziwa Rhino tracking experience
  • Visit the top of the Murchison Falls
  • Morning and evening game drive safaris in Murchison falls national park
  • Afternoon boat cruise trip on the River Nile
  • Chimpanzee tracking at Kibale Forest National Park
  • Evening boat cruise trip on the Kazinga channel
  • Morning game drive safari at Queen Elizabeth national park
  • Game drive safari at Ishasha sector to search for the tree climbing lions
  • Mountain gorilla trekking at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park (Ruhuja sector)
  • A visit and canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi
  • A visit at Igongo cultural center
  • Evening, night and morning game drive safaris at Lake Mburo national park
  • A visit to Kayabwe Equator landmark

 

The package price excludes;

 

  • Country entry visas
  • Domestic and international flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Laundry / telephone charges
  • Extra meals and activities
  • Alcoholic and other soft drinks (Sodas, special juice order at the lodge and wines)
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