Uganda Journey in Search of Gorillas, Chimps & Shoebills with Dr. Mark Brazil & Ian Redmond
August 21 – September 02, 2018

Overview:

Join Naturalist Guide, Dr. Mark Brazil and Ian Redmond in Uganda as they lead an itinerary guaranteed to be unforgettable. Uganda is the Pearl of Africa and commonly regarded as “gifted by nature”. This itinerary offers amazing wildlife adventures from the Murchison Falls National Park home to over 71 mammal species to the Chimpanzees in the Kibale Forest Area to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park home to 240 mountain gorillas. This 13-day itinerary is a journey you will never forget!

Brief Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive to Entebbe. Meet & Greet and transfer to Karibu Guest House for overnight.
Day 02: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park. Overnight at Baker’s Lodge.
Day 03: Safari by vehicle & boat in Murchison Falls National Park. Overnight at Baker’s Lodge.
Day 04: Northern Murchison Falls National Park. Overnight at Baker’s Lodge.
Day 05: Drive to Kibale Forest area. Overnight at Ndali Lodge.
Day 06: Chimp Trekking in the Kibale Forest. Overnight at Ndali Lodge.
Day 07: AM swamp walk in Bigodi. Traditional Ugandan Lunch. PM Queen Elizabeth National Park. Overnight at Mazike Valley Lodge.
Day 08: AM Queen Elizabeth National Park. PM Kazinga Channel. Overnight at Mazike Valley Lodge.
Day 09: AM Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park onwards to Ishaha region. Overnight at Ishaha Wilderness Camp.
Day 10: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Overnight at Buhoma Lodge.
Day 11: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Overnight at Buhoma Lodge.
Day 12: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Overnight at Buhoma Lodge.
Day 13: Fly to Entebbe. Mabamba Wetland Excursion. Day room use at Karbu Guest House. Depart for home.

Interested in more information? Please contact Africa Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Africa Easy Team.

Uganda Journey in Search of Gorillas, Chimps & Shoebills with Dr. Mark Brazil & Ian Redmond
August 21 – September 02, 2018

Day-by-day Itinerary:

Day 01 – Tuesday, August 21, 2018 – Arrive to Entebbe, Meet & Greet and transfer to Karibu Guest House
Upon arrival in Entebbe, Uganda a meet & greet representative will assist you through customs and immigration and collect your luggage. You will then be met by a driver who will transfer you to Karibu Guest House. Check in for 1 night on a B&B basis. Settle in and meet your tour leaders for a welcome cocktail and dinner.

Day 02 – Wednesday, August 22, 2018 – Murchison Falls National Park – Overnight at Baker’s Lodge
This morning we start our journey in Uganda and drive to Murchison Falls National Park. Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest national park, with an area of 3840km². It lies in the core of the Murchison Falls Conservation Area. This impressive park protects a chunk of untamed African savannah bisected by the mighty river Nile. The dramatic Murchison Falls, where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below strikes an exhilarating impression on all 5 senses. Murchison Falls is occupied mainly by lush grasslands. The highest diversity of wildlife is found on the open plains north of the Nile, where elephant, buffalo, giraffe and a huge variety of antelope are regularly encountered. The Nile itself boasts one of Africa’s densest hippo and crocodile populations, and a dazzling variety of water birds including the world’s most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill. Overnight at Baker’s Lodge, FI basis.

Day 03 – Thursday, August 23, 2018 – On Safari in Murchison Falls National Park – Overnight at Baker’s Lodge
Today we get to explore the wonders of this magnificent park, by safari vehicle and a private boat. Enjoy a morning game drive and visit top of the falls. The launch trip takes you along the Nile to the bottom of the falls. Murchison Falls National Park is said to be the best game park in Uganda. During a typical game drive you can be expected to see a large number of antelope species, including the bush buck, the water buck, Thomson’s gazelle and the dik dik to name but a few. Larger herbivores, such as giraffe and elephant are present in the park in great numbers and often the lumbering giraffe will cross the roads right in front of you. MFNP is the most accessible park in Uganda to see the giraffe. Huge groups of buffalo are a common sight whilst exploring the park on a game drive. Primates, such as the baboon and the patas monkey, stare at you as you pass by and if you are a bird lover then Murchison Falls National Park will not disappoint. Overnight at Baker’s Lodge, FI basis.

Day 04 – Friday, August 24, 2018 – Northern Murchison Falls National Park – Overnight at Baker’s Lodge
This morning we go for a private Delta boat trip and then game drive in the northern sector of the park, most of the game is to be found in the area north of the Victoria Nile River and East of the Albert Nile and Lake Albert. This is where part of the movie The African Queen was filmed. Game is now returning quite rapidly and game drives can be very exciting. Game often seen includes elephant, oribi, giraffe, waterbuck, hartebeest, topi, buffalo, sitatunga, bushbuck, warthog, bush pig, lion, leopard, mongoose, genet, hyena, jackal and bat eared fox. Overnight at Baker’s Lodge, FI basis.

Day 05 – Saturday, August 25, 2018 – Drive to Kibale Forest Area – Overnight at Ndali Lodge
Drive to Kibale Forest area, the drive is a full day of approximately eight hours. After leaving the Rift Valley pass through beautiful agricultural countryside 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}, we drive through beautiful tea plantations and into Kibale tropical rain forest and join up with the rest of the group. Overnight at Ndali Lodge, FI basis.

Day 06 – Sunday, August 26, 2018 – Full day Chimp Trekking in the Kibale Forest – Overnight at Ndali Lodge
This morning we get the opportunity to spend a full day in the life of Chimpanzees. Kibale Forest is home to 13 primate species and a guided forest trek will be taken in search of one of the most popular primate species in the world – the chimpanzee. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, the odds are good with the chance of encountering them standing at higher than 90%. You will go on a forest walk in search of primates. Whilst trekking in the depths of the lush green forest, you will be surrounded by bird song and can expect to see at least 5 or 6 other types of primate, most probably the grey-cheeked mangabey and the red-tailed monkey and of course the chimpanzee. The walking is fairly easy due to the well-maintained trails and reasonably flat terrain. Overnight at Ndali Lodge, FI basis.

Full day Chimp Habituation:
This is a unique opportunity to really spend a day in the life of a chimp. It is a full day activity in the forest, so not for the faint hearted! It begins with an early morning arrival at the park headquarters where you will meet with the park rangers. You will then set off into the forest to find the chimps’ nesting site. Hopefully you will be in time to see them waking up, stretching and coming down from the tree tops.

In the early morning, the entire forest is waking up and you will have the opportunity to observe the sights and sounds as you peacefully watch the morning routine of the chimp group.

You will be able to spend the day walking through the forest and watching the chimps’ daily routines, where they feed, what they feed on and the social interactions of the group.

When the group decides that evening is coming, they will find a new nesting site, expertly build new nests and settle down for the night. At this point you will say farewell to your new friends and head back to the park headquarters.

Day 07 – Monday, August 27, 2018 – AM swamp walk in Bigodi. Traditional Ugandan Lunch. PM Queen Elizabeth National Park – Overnight at Mazike Valley Lodge
This morning enjoy a swamp walk in Bigodi. Bigodi village is situated in the highlands of western Uganda, in the shadow of the Ruwenzori Mountains, the famous “Mountains of the Moon”. The swamp walk takes place in the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary, which is located in the Magombe wetland. The sanctuary is a major eco-tourism attraction in the Kibale Forest area. The Sanctuary is operated by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED), a registered local community based organization.
For lunch we will visit with Tinka, a local community leader, we are able to visit him at his home and sample a variety of traditional Ugandan dishes. Tinka will advise on the preparation and cooking process of all of the foods.
Afternoon we gently descend into The Great African Rift Valley and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth National Park resides in a fertile, equatorial area and has beautiful scenery. It is Uganda’s most popular and accessible savannah reserve, with a total area of 1978km². It is primarily associated with grassy savannah plains, but this impressive park also includes within its boundaries, leafy rainforests, dense papyrus swamps and natural volcanic crater lakes. As a result it has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world, including a total of 95 recorded mammal species and more than 610 species of birds. (Approx. 3hrs) Overnight at Mazike Valley Lodge, FI Basis.

Day 08 – Tuesday, August 28, 2018 – AM Queen Elizabeth National Park. PM Kazinga Channel – Overnight at Mazike Valley Lodge
This morning we head out onto the northern savannahs of QENP for a game drive. After lunch we will drive to the Kazinga Channel and take a private boat ride along the river (2hrs). The launch trip along the Kazinga Channel is one of the most popular activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It provides an amazing chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the fresh river breeze whilst observing a large selection of animals. Those species commonly seen along the riverbank are elephants, buffalo, waterbuck and Ugandan Kob. On occasion visitors will also see giant forest hog, leopard and lion. The waterbirds in the area are plentiful; in particular, water thick knee, yellow-billed stork, various plovers, white pink-backed Pelicans and white-bellied cormorants, with 560 + recorded species and a record of 296 bird species seen in one 24 hour period. You will also view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world {reported to be about 30,000}. Overnight at Mazike Valley Lodge, FI Basis.

Day 09 – Wednesday, August 29, 2018 – AM Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park onwards to Ishaha region – Overnight at Ishaha Wilderness Camp
This morning enjoy a game drive as you drive through the savannahs of Queen Elizabeth NP with game viewing and onwards to the Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth National Park, famous for its population of tree-climbing lions. Overnight at Isahaha Wilderness Camp, FI basis.

Day 10 – Thursday, August 30, 2018 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – Overnight at Buhoma Lodge
Today we drive through the savannahs of Queen Elizabeth National Park to the Ishasha region. Game drive in search of tree climbing lion (75% success rate). We leave behind the lush savannah grass plains of QENP and drive to Buhoma/Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Bwindi forest is a magnificent luxuriant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rife Valley, this ancient rainforest – one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age – is regarded to be one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park has at least 90 mammal species, including 11 primates and is ranked as one of the best in Uganda for forest birding, with 23 highly localised Albertine Rift endemics. Bwindi is renowned for its Mountain Gorilla population, slightly more than half the world’s mountain gorilla population is resident in Bwindi: an estimated 280 – 320 individuals living in 15 groups. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is an extremely special privilege and an encounter unparalleled in most likely the whole of Africa. Overnight at Buhoma Lodge, FI basis.

Day 11 – Friday, August 31, 2018 – Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – Overnight at Buhoma Lodge
After breakfast take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes not in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. 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, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film. Overnight at Buhoma Lodge, FI basis.

Day 12 – Saturday, September 01, 2018 – Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – Overnight at Buhoma Lodge
Second day of gorilla tracking with an opportunity of visiting another gorilla family and experiencing a different thrill. Overnight at Buhoma Lodge, FI basis.

Day 13 – Sunday, September 02, 2018 – Fly to Entebbe, Mabamba Wetland Excursion day room at Karibu Guest House, depart for home
This morning we depart the lodge for the drive to Kihihi airstrip for your scheduled flight back to Entebbe (09h45/11h25). Upon arrival we will depart for our Mabamba Wetland Excursion to search for the shoebills followed by day room use at Karibu Guest house and then transfer back to Entebbe airport to connect with your international flight home.

Mabamba Wetland Excursion
This large accessible wetland near the village of Mamba on the shores of Lake Victoria is only a short drive from Kampala or Entebbe. Mamba swamp extends across more then 100km² from a shallow marshy bay on the northern shores of Lake Victoria. This large papyrus swamp is listed as an Important Bird area and provides a haven for a wide variety of birdlife. The swamp is laced with navigable channels which you can explore in dugout canoes with the excellent help of a local guide. Especially exciting is the chance to see the magnificent shoebill, Mamba swamp is now possibly the most reliable place to see this rare and most sort after bird.

Note: The above itinerary and arranged sightseeing is subject to change. Please contact us with your preferred travel dates and goals to confirm your trip.

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Uganda Journey in Search of Gorillas, Chimps & Shoebills with Dr. Mark Brazil & Ian Redmond
August 21 – September 02, 2018

Rates:

August 21 – September 02, 2018

Safari Package Rate:
$11,740 Approx. per person sharing based on 8 Travelers with Mark & Ian in 2 x5-seater vehicles
$12,410 Approx. per person sharing based on 7 Travelers with Mark & Ian in 2 x5-seater vehicles
$13,295 Approx. per person sharing based on 6 Travelers with Mark & Ian in 2 x5-seater vehicles
$14,555 Approx. per person sharing based on 5 Travelers with Mark & Ian in 2 x5-seater vehicles
$12,160 Approx. per person sharing based on 4 Travelers with Mark in 1 x5-seater vehicle
$13,865 Approx. per person sharing based on 3 Travelers with Mark in 1 x5-seater vehicle

$1,985 approx. per person Supplement for Single Accommodations

Please note: This group safari will be lead with a minimum of 3 travelers. Dr. Mark Brazil will lead this trip with 3 – 4 travelers. Ian Redmond will lead alongside Dr. Mark Brazil with 5+ travelers.

The Safari package rate includes 1 Chimp Habituation experience and 1 Gorilla Permit, there is an option and we recommend a 2nd gorilla trek, please see the optional rates section below for the rate of the 2nd gorilla trek permit..

Rates NOT inclused in Safari Package Rate
$600 per person for optional 2nd Gorilla Trekking Permit

Scheduled/Domestic Air Rate: $370 approx per person

Rates are based on per person sharing and are approximate until the time of booking. Rates are quoted in USD and subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Flights:

Domestic & Regional Flights:
The following Commercial flights will be required for the above itinerary. Africa Easy will book these flights for you. Please note: these flights are not included in the safari package rate. We have quoted the airfare separately in the rates section below.

– Sept 02: Aerolink; Kihihi – Entebbe; 09:45/11:25

International Airfare:
International air is not included. Africa Easy does not book international flights into and out of Africa, however we can put you in touch with our airline partner at if you would like assistance booking your international air.

 

Please note: Please plan on international air home out of Entebbe after 1900.

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Included:

– All accommodations as per itinerary
– Karibu Guest House: Welcome Dinner & Breakfast
– Bakers Lodge: Full Board Accommodation, Laundry, Soft drinks (soda & water), local gins, local beer and house wines
– Ndali Lodge: Full Board Accommodation & Laundry
– Mazike Lodge: Full Board Accommodation & Soft drinks
– Ishasha Wilderness Lodge: Full Board Accommodation, Soft Drinks (soda & water), local gins, local beer and house wine
– Buhoma Lodge: Full Board Accommodation, 3 multiple course meals per day, all hot beverages and bar snacks, house drinks, one complementary massage per stay
– All excursions as stated in your chosen itinerary, which includes all park fees and taxes
– All Gratuities
– Tour Leader, Dr. Mark Brazil (3-4 travelers) and Ian Redmond (if there are more than 5+ travelers)
– Airport transfers
– Meet and Greet upon arrival
– Departure services
– Additional guides as needed
– Comfortable, modern, 4X4 vehicles, customized for maximum viewing with open roof hatches. These are usually Toyota Land Cruisers, or comparable vehicles
– Professional, experienced drivers, and guides who are knowledgeable in all aspects of Uganda and Rwanda Safaris
– Emergency International communications available
– Books available in the vehicles to help identify the flora and fauna
– Umbrellas, bean bags and blankets in the vehicles
– Courtesy bag which includes tea, coffee, biscuits, and paper napkins
– Coolers in our vehicles
– Bottled water in vehicles ONLY

Not Included:

– Insurance
– Beverages (however, bottled water is included in the vehicles only)
– Items of personal nature
– International Air
– Entry Visas
– Laundry (unless indicated)
– International & domestic departure tax not mentioned
– Any optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary above

Deposit & Payments

A completed & signed Africa Easy Reservation Form, along with your 20% safari package deposit and full regional and/or domestic air payment (if applicable) is required at the time of booking.

Reservations

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Africa Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

To reserve space on a trip on the Africa Easy website, please contact Africa Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Africa Easy Team.

Uganda Journey in Search of Gorillas, Chimps & Shoebills with Dr. Mark Brazil & Ian Redmond
August 21 – September 02, 2018

Dr. Mark Brazil, Naturalist Guide and Leader
Mark developed a love for nature, especially birds, during his boyhood in England. After earning his PhD in animal behavior from Stirling University he has had careers in television (he has been involved in making wildlife documentaries with various television companies, but especially BBC, TVNZ and NHK) and teaching – he was professor of biodiversity and conservation for nine years at Rakuno Gakuen University in Hokkaido. Now he divides his time between travels in search of experiences with wildlife and writing about the natural world. Although best known for his knowledge of and publications about eastern Asia, especially Japan, Mark has travelled extensively in South America and Africa. His first adventure in Africa had him hitchhiking around Kenya as a young post-graduate student, since when he has been fortunate to make many journeys to the continent. His travels in search of African wildlife have taken him to Algeria, Botswana, Gambia, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, and Tunisia. Mark has been leading wildlife-focused tours for more than thirty years. Mark and his wife Mayumi also lead Expedition Easy’s Kamuy Mintara tour focusing on Hokkaido wildlife and Ainu culture and led Africa Easy’s Zambia & Rwanda in 2017. Mark is passionate about the natural world, animal behavior and ecology and looks forward to sharing his excitement about African wildlife with you.

Ian Redmondd, OBE, Ambassador for the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species, Ambassador and Consultant for VEcotourism & Chairman of the Ape Alliance and the Gorilla Organization
Ian Redmond is a wildlife biologist and conservationist, renowned for his work with great apes and elephants. As with his mentor, the late Dr Dian Fossey, the focus of his work shifted in 1978 from research to conservation work, after poachers killed Digit – a famous young silverback – to sell his skull and hands. He established and chairs The Ape Alliance, served as Ambassador for the UN Year of the Gorilla 2009, and was awarded an OBE for services to conservation in 2006. Ian has been introducing people to gorillas for more than 40 years, including Sir David Attenborough (for BBC TV’s Life on Earth), Dr Charlotte Uhlenbroek (for BBV TV’s Cousins), Gordon Buchanan (BBC ‘Gorilla Family and Me and the App, Gorilla Safari VR) and John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols, for a series on Misunderstood Animals!).  Ian is a widely respected gorilla, chimp, rhino and elephant conservationist, who has been leading special interest tours to Africa since 1983, but he seldom leads more than one per year so this is a rare opportunity to travel with him.

 


August 21 - September 02, 2018